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House Session - April 1, 2011

The House approved a four-year extension of certain Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs. Members also passed a bill, H.R. 1255, pertaining to fiscal year 2011 spending. H.R. 1255 states that the Senate has until April 6, 2011, to approve a spending through the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2011. If the Senate does not approve this bill, the previously approved budget outlined in H.R. 1 would go into effect.

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  • 09:02:04 AM

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    MR. SPEAKER, THE WORK ETHICS OF THE PEOPLE OF MY DISTRICT GIVE ME GREAT…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE WORK ETHICS OF THE PEOPLE OF MY DISTRICT GIVE ME GREAT OPTIMISM DESPITE THE DAILY REMINDERS THAT OUR NATION TEETERS ON THE EDGE OF BANKRUPTCY. INDIVIDUAL AMERICANS ARE RICH IN SPIRIT, TRADITION AND INNOVATION, BUT AS A COUNTRY WE'RE BROKE. ALL BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS MAXED OUT ITS CREDIT CARD. THIS HOUSE IS LISTENING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND WE HAVE PASSED LEGISLATION REPRESENTING SIGNIFICANT SPENDING CUTS BY HISTORIC PROPORTIONS. MR.

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  • 09:02:39 AM

    MR. JOHNSON

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO RISE?

  • 09:03:13 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO RISE?

  • 09:03:16 AM

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:03:24 AM

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    RISE TODAY IN CELEBRATION OF WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH AND TO HONOR A VERY…

    RISE TODAY IN CELEBRATION OF WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH AND TO HONOR A VERY SPECIAL HERO STATIONED AT KIRKLAND AIR FORCE BASE IN ALBUQUERQUE. CONSIDERIAN IS OUR NATION'S FIRST FEMALE PILOT OF THE CV-22, ALSO KNOWN AS THE OFFSPRAY. IT'S AN ELITE HONOR FOR A PILOT TO FLY THE CV-22 AND IT'S PARTICULARLY UNIQUE TO BE THE FIRST WOMAN IN HISTORY TO DO SO.

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  • 09:03:55 AM

    MR. HEINRICH

    UNFORTUNATELY, THE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT WOMEN MAKE TO OUR MILITARY AND OUR…

    UNFORTUNATELY, THE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT WOMEN MAKE TO OUR MILITARY AND OUR NATION DON'T ALWAYS GET THEIR DUE RECOGNITION, SO IT'S A VERY SPECIAL HONOR TO ME TO RECOGNIZE FIRST LIEUTENANT KILLIAN AS PART OF WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH. I TP TO BE INSPIRED BY THE GREAT SACRIFICES MADE BY LEADERS LIKE FIRST LIEUTENANT KILLIAN IN SERVICE TO OUR NATION. CONGRATULATIONS TO FIRST LIEUTENANT KILLIAN AND HER DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:04:25 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 09:04:34 AM

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:04:38 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:04:42 AM

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    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1281, THE RESTORING…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1281, THE RESTORING ECONOMIC CERTAINTY ACT OF 2011. THIS BILL PLACES A 24-MONTH MORATORIUM ON THE MAJORITY OF NEW REGULATIONS PROMULGATED BY AGENCIES GIVING SMALL BUSINESSES THE CERTAINTY REQUIRED TO CREATE JOBS. THE GOAL OF THIS BILL IS TO PROVIDE CONFIDENCE TO SMALL BUSINESSES WHICH CREATE THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF JOBS IN AMERICA.

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  • 09:05:03 AM

    MR. RIBBLE

    CALLING ON CONGRESS TO ENACT A REGULATORY COOLING OFF PERIOD. LET'S GIVE…

    CALLING ON CONGRESS TO ENACT A REGULATORY COOLING OFF PERIOD. LET'S GIVE AMERICA'S SMALL BUSINESSES A CHANCE TO CATCH THEIR BREATH FROM THE OVER 23,000 RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN ENACTED SINCE 2004. AS A BUSINESS OWNER MYSELF, I'VE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE HARMFUL IMPACT THAT GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS AND UNCERTAINTY CAN HAVE ON JOB CREATION. JOB CREATORS HAVE TO KNOW THAT THEY CAN -- THAT THEY WON'T BE PUNISHED BY UNELECTED FEDERAL BUREAUCRATS WITH ADDITIONAL RULES, REGULATIONS AND RED TAPE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1281 TODAY. LET'S SEND JOB CREATORS A CLEAR SIGNAL THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO ALLOW GOVERNMENT --

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  • 09:05:45 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 09:05:48 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RISE?

  • 09:05:51 AM

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    HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

  • 09:05:54 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:05:58 AM

    MR. CONNOLLY

    MADAM SPEAKER, HOW SOON WE FORGET. THEN MINORITY LEADER BOEHNER CALLED…

    MADAM SPEAKER, HOW SOON WE FORGET. THEN MINORITY LEADER BOEHNER CALLED DEEM AND PASS BILLS A SCHEME AND A PLOT. ONE THAT HAS EMPLOYED IMMEDIATELY UPON ENSUING THE SPEAKERSHIP. IT'S DOUBLY IRONIC BECAUSE THIS PARTICULAR DEEM AND PASS BILL IS BLATANTLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL. AS IT ELIMINATES THE SENATE AND PRESIDENT FROM THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. ARTICLE 1, SECTION 7, CLAUSE 2 OF THE CONSTITUTION READS, EVERY BILL WHICH SHALL PASS THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATE SHALL BEFORE BECOMES LAW BE PRESENTED TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. IF HE APPROVES HE SIGNS IT. IF NOT HE SHALL RETURN IT. THIS DEEM AND PASS SPENDING BILL WILL ELIMINATE THE INCONVENIENCE OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE, PASSING OR THE PRESIDENT SIGNING H.R. 1, THE RADICAL REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL TO ELIMINATE 700,000 TO 900,000 JOBS. WHETHER OR NOT REPUBLICANS RAM IT DOWN OUR THROATS TODAY IS PROBABLY IRRELEVANT SINCE IT IS CLEARLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL, BUT WE SHOULD VOTE IT DOWN AS A MATTER OF CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:06:58 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA RISE?

  • 09:07:02 AM

    MR. WILSON

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

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

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  • 09:07:05 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:07:09 AM

    MR. WILSON

    MADAM SPEAKER, DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE SHOULD WORK WITH REPUBLICANS TO ACT…

    MADAM SPEAKER, DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE SHOULD WORK WITH REPUBLICANS TO ACT ON THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION. HOUSE REPUBLICANS SUCCESSFULLY PASSED A BILL OVER 40 DAYS AGO. AND SENATE DEMOCRATS HAVE STILL NOT ACTED. LIBERALS IN THE SENATE CLAIM TO HAVE A PLAN OF THEIR OWN. RATHER THAN VOTING ON THIS PLAN, SENATE DEMOCRATS HAVE RESORTED TO PETTY POLITICAL GAMESMANSHIP. CONSERVATIVES WON THE ELECTION IN NOVEMBER. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SPOKE CLEARLY. THEY WANT TO PUT A HALT TO RECKLESS SPENDING. THIS IS THE CONSERVATIVE POSITION IN CONGRESS. ANY COMPROMISE SHOULD INCORPORATE VIEWS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE TEA PARTY HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE. WHILE LIBERALS ARE ENCOURAGING THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, CONSERVATIVES IN CONGRESS HAVE PASSED A BILL TO AVOID THIS EVENT. CONTINUING ONE-LINE GIMMICKS TO COVER POLITICAL FAVOR IS ANOTHER POLITICAL PLOY IN WASHINGTON THAT LIBERALS ARE JUST OUT OF TOUCH WITH AMERICA. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THAT RECKLESS BORROWING IS A THREAT TO AMERICAN FAMILIES. YOUNG PEOPLE KNOW DEBTS ARE BEING PASSED TO THEM. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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  • 09:08:17 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 09:08:22 AM

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    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. I ASK PERMISSION.

  • 09:08:25 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:08:29 AM

    MR. BUTTERFIELD

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RISE?

  • 09:09:26 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RISE?

  • 09:09:29 AM

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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.

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  • 09:09:34 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:09:38 AM

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    LIEUTENANT MCNEIL BECAME THE CHAIRMAN AND C.E.O. OF EXELON CORPORATION.…

    LIEUTENANT MCNEIL BECAME THE CHAIRMAN AND C.E.O. OF EXELON CORPORATION. AND THE FOURTH HONOREE HOLDS A PLACES SOMETHING IN MY HEART, UNCLE BOB. MY UNCLE BEGAN HIS FLIGHT SCHOOL AND HIS CAREER IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY. IN 1965 FLYING HIS CRUSADOR HE WAS TAKEN PRISONER BY THE NORTH VIETNAMESE. FOR OVER EIGHT YEARS HE WAS HELD PRISONER AND MANY OF THOSE YEARS IN THE HASWAY HILTON, A NAME HE DOUBLED IN THAT PRISON CAMP. HE SERVED AS AN INSPIRATION TO ME AND TO OTHERS. I WAS GRADE TO SEE THIS AWARD BESTOWED UPON HIM THIS PAST WEEK. I WANT TO THANK HIM AND HIS FELLOW RECIPIENTS FOR THEIR SERVICE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:10:20 AM

    MR. DOLD

    I YIELD BACK.

  • 09:11:18 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 09:11:24 AM

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    ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:11:30 AM

    MR. BARROW

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ENCOURAGE THE PRESIDENT AND LEADERS OF THE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ENCOURAGE THE PRESIDENT AND LEADERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE TO CRAFT A LONG-TERM SPENDING PLAN TO PREVENT A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AND GET OUR NATION'S FINANCES BACK ON TRACK. NO BUSINESS CAN THRIVE WITHOUT A STABLE, LONG-TERM FINANCIAL PLAN. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN'T EITHER. THE UNCERTAINTY WE'RE OPERATING UNDER IS COSTLY TO TAXPAYERS AND THREATENS THE HEALTH OF BOTH THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS. AS I TRAVELED AROUND MY DISTRICT I HEAR TIME AND AGAIN FROM CONSTITUENTS WHO ARE TIRED OF THE HEATED POLITICAL RHETORIC. WE CAN CATER TO POLITICAL EXTREMES OR WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO RESOLVE PRESSING ISSUES. LET'S MOVE BEYOND THE WEEKLY BATTLES ON DISCRETIONAL SPENDING. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:12:13 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 09:12:17 AM

    MRS. BIGGERT

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

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

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  • 09:12:21 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 09:12:24 AM

    MRS. BIGGERT

    I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF ONE OF AMERICA'S GREAT MILITARY HEROES,…

    I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF ONE OF AMERICA'S GREAT MILITARY HEROES, LIEUTENANT GENERAL SOLOMON WELLS, OR JIM, AS HE WAS KNOWN TO HIS FAMILY. GENERAL WELLS PASSED AWAY IN DECEMBER AT THE AGE OF 94 AFTER A LIFETIME OF DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO HIS COUNTRY. TODAY, HIS FRIENDS, FAMILY AND LOVED ONES WILL GATHER TO CELEBRATE HIS AMAZING LIFE AT A SPECIAL SERVICE NEAR HIS HOME IN CALIFORNIA. AMONG THOSE WILL BE HIS CHILDREN, THREE GRANDCHILDREN AND SIX GREAT GRANDCHILDREN. MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S NO WAY I COULD DO IT JUSTICE TO ALL THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THIS AMAZING MAN IN THE TIME I HAVE HERE. JIM FIRST EARNED HIS WINGS IN 1941 AND WENT ON TO LOG OVER 12,000 HOURS OF FLYING TIME AS A COMMAND PILOT WITH OVER 700 HOURS OF COMBAT TIME. HE FLEW HUNDREDS OF MISSIONS DURING THREE WARS. WORLD WAR II, KOREA AND VIETNAM, AND HAS BEEN HONORED WITH ALMOST EVERY MEDAL IMAGINABLE. AFTER COMMANDING ALL OVER THE WORLD, HE CULMINATED HIS CAREER AS INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE AIR FORCE HERE IN WASHINGTON. TODAY, I'D LIKE TO JOIN WITH MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO EXPRESS TO JIM'S FAMILY AND LOVED ONES OUR HEART FELT SYMPATHY ON HIS LOSS AND OUR SINCERE GRATITUDE FOR HIS SERVICE TO THE NATION HE LOVED. MR. SPEAKER, DURING HIS SERVICE, IT WAS THE HOPE OF MANY THAT GENERAL WELLS WOULD BE HONORED BY A MILITARY FLYOVER. I AM DISAPPOINTED TO SAY THAT THE AIR FORCE WAS UNABLE TO ACCOMMODATE THIS WISH, BUT I KNOW THERE'S NO MILITARY AIRMAN IN AMERICA WHO DOES NOT JOIN US IN HONORING THE MEMORY OF THIS HERO. AND IF ANYONE WOULD UNDERSTAND THE LOGISTICAL CHALLENGES OF COMMAND IT WOULD BE JIM, AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:14:08 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 09:14:12 AM

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

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

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  • 09:14:16 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 09:14:18 AM

    MR. TONKO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WELL, HERE WE GO AGAIN.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WELL, HERE WE GO AGAIN. WE'RE ONE WEEK AWAY FROM A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. I FOR ONE WISH WE COULD FOCUS ON CREATING JOBS AND GROWING THE ECONOMY, BUT INSTEAD THE MAJORITY CAN'T EVEN AGREE ON HOW TO KEEP THE DOORS OPEN. IN FACT, UNWILLING TO COMPROMISE AND UNABLE TO BREAK FREE OF THE CLUTCHES OF THE TEA PARTY, THEY HAVE TRIED TO STUNT THAT IS BEYOND BELIEF. IT'S ALTOGETHER FITTING THAT WE ARE DEBATING THIS ABSURD MEASURE TODAY ON APRIL FOOLS DAY. WHY? BECAUSE READING THE CONSTITUTION ON THE FLOOR OF THIS BODY JUST WEEKS AGO THEY'RE IGNORING OUR FOUNDING DOCUMENT, MOCKING ITS PRINCIPLES AND ATTEMPTING TO CIRCUMVENT 222 YEARS OF HISTORY. WHAT DO THEY WANT TO DO? SAY THAT ANY BILL, ANY BILL THAT PASSES THIS HOUSE IS GOOD ENOUGH, NO NEED FOR THE SENATE OR PRESIDENT, IT SHOULD JUST BECOME LAW LIKE MAGIC. THIS COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED ON CHECKS AND BALANCES AND LIMITED GOVERNMENT. INSTEAD OF DESPERATE ATTEMPTS TO RAM THROUGH JOB-DESTROYING LEGISLATION TO APPEASE THE EXTREME WING OF THEIR PARTY, PERHAPS THE MAJORITY IN THIS HOUSE COULD TRY NEGOTIATING IN GOOD FAITH WITH THE SENATE AND OUR PRESIDENT TO KEEP THE LIGHTS ON. AFTER ALL, THE AMERICAN PUBLIC EXPECTS THAT OF THEIR PUBLIC OFFICIALS. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. .

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  • 09:15:37 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE? FOR WHAT PURPOSE…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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  • 09:15:46 AM

    MR. WOODALL

    DIE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 194…

    DIE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 194 AND ASK FOR ITS MEET CONSIDERATION.

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  • 09:15:52 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

  • 09:15:55 AM

    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 24, HOUSE RESOLUTION 194. RESOLVED, THAT UPON THE ADOPTION OF THIS…

    NUMBER 24, HOUSE RESOLUTION 194. RESOLVED, THAT UPON THE ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL, H.R. 1255, TO PREVENT THE SHUTDOWN OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE MAJORITY LEADER AND MINORITY LEADER OR THEIR RESPECTIVE DESIGNEES. AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT.

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  • 09:16:39 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

  • 09:16:48 AM

    MR. ELLISON

    A POINT OF ORDER BECAUSE THE RESOLUTION VIOLATES SECTION 406-2-A OF THE…

    A POINT OF ORDER BECAUSE THE RESOLUTION VIOLATES SECTION 406-2-A OF THE RESOLUTION BUDGET ACT. IT CONTAINS -- WHICH INCLUDES A WAIVER OF SECTION 425 OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT WHICH VIOLATES -- WHICH CAUSE AS VIOLATION OF SECTION 426-A.

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  • 09:17:09 AM

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  • 09:17:45 AM

    MR. ELLISON

    CHAIR. MADAM SPEAKER, I RAISE THIS POINT OF ORDER NOT NECESSARILY OUT OF…

    CHAIR. MADAM SPEAKER, I RAISE THIS POINT OF ORDER NOT NECESSARILY OUT OF CONCERN FOR UNFUNDED MANDATES, ALTHOUGH THERE ARE LIKELY MANY IN THIS BILL, I RAISE A POINT OF ORDER BECAUSE IT'S THE OVERWHELM VEHICLE WE'VE GOT TO ACTUALLY TALK ABOUT THIS RULE AND THIS BILL AND HOW WE ARE BEING DENIED THE ABILITY TO ACTUALLY ALTER THE -- OFFER THE AMENDMENTS WE WOULD LIKE TO, TO ILLUMINATE WHAT'S ACTUALLY IN THIS BILL. REPUBLICANS ARE PLAYING PARTISAN POLITICAL GAMES WITH AMERICA'S FUTURE, AMERICA'S SENIORS, AND AMERICA'S VETERANS WITH THE FOLLOWING. WITH AMERICA'S GOVERNMENT. SINCE TAKING CONTROL OF CONGRESS OVER 13 WEEKS AGO, REPUBLICANS HAVE FAILED TO INTRODUCE A SINGLE BILL, NOT ONE SINGLE BILL, TO CREATE ONE SUNGLE JOB. INSTEAD, THE REPUBLICANS MAJORITY ATTACHED A UNCONSTITUTIONAL SCHEME TO FIRE NEARLY A MILLION AMERICANS AND FORECLOSE ON THE MIDDLE CLASS. MR. SPEAKER -- MADAM SPEAKER, I THINK IT'S IRONIC THAT TODAY IS APRIL POOL'S DAY BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN PARAGRAPH -- APRIL FOOL'S DAY BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IS PLAYING AN APRIL FOOL'S JOKE ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS UNCONSTITUTIONAL WASHINGTON TRICKERATION REFLECTED IN THE UNDERLYING BILL WILL DESTROY AT LEAST 700,000 JOBS, ACCORDING TO THE ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE, MARK ZANDI, CHIEF ECONOMIST AT MOODY'S ECONOMICS, AND GOLDMAN SACHS. THE UNDERLYING BILL WHICH MR. WOODALL IS A CO-SPONSOR SAYS -- IMPLIES THAT THE SENATE HAS PASSED A BILL WHICH ALREADY FAILED THERE, IT ASSUMES OR DEEMS THE PRESIDENT HAS SIGNED THE BILL, WHICH HE THREATENED TO VETO. APRIL FOOL'S AMERICA, THERE IS NO SENATE OR OFFICE OF PRESIDENCY TODAY UNDER THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY BILL. THE REPUBLICAN SPENDING BILL BADLY DAMAGES OUR FRAGILE ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACCORDING TO 300 ECONOMISTS OF ALL POLITICAL STRIPES AND THREATENS TO SEND US SPIRALING INTO ANOTHER REPUBLICAN RECESSION. AND AS WE HAVE HEARD EARLY THIS WEEK, THE REPUBLICAN ANSWER TO 14 MILLION AMERICANS WHO LOST THEIR JOBS AND CAN'T FIND NEW ONES IS, STOP TALKING ABOUT JOBS. SO AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN, MR. WOODALL, FOR 15 SECONDS, TO ASK HIM JUST A SIMPLE QUESTION.

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  • 09:20:13 AM

    MR. WOODALL

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I'D BE HAPPY TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION.

  • 09:20:18 AM

    MR. ELLISON

    ASK THE GENTLEMAN, HOW MANY JOBS DOES THIS BILL CREATE?

  • 09:20:25 AM

    MR. WOODALL

    THE CRUSHING FEDERAL DEFICIT THAT WE HAVE TODAY, BY TAKING THE FIRST STEPS…

    THE CRUSHING FEDERAL DEFICIT THAT WE HAVE TODAY, BY TAKING THE FIRST STEPS WE HAVE SEEN IN A GENERATION -- MR.

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  • 09:20:34 AM

    MR. ELLISON

    TIME, MADAM SPEAKER. I DO APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S DECISION NOT TO…

    TIME, MADAM SPEAKER. I DO APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S DECISION NOT TO ANSWER MY QUESTION. BECAUSE --

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  • 09:20:46 AM

    MR. WOODALL

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    MR. ELLISON

    APPRECIATE HIM NOT ANSWERING THE QUESTION HOW MANY JOBS THIS BILL WILL…

    APPRECIATE HIM NOT ANSWERING THE QUESTION HOW MANY JOBS THIS BILL WILL CREATE. IT CREATES JOHN. IT DESTROYS JOBS. I THINK IF THE GENTLEMAN WANTED TO GIVE US A NUMBER, EVEN AN ESTIMATE, JUST SOME SORT OF ESTIMATE AS TO HOW MANY JOBS THIS BILL IS GOING TO CREATE, WE CERTAINLY COULD HAVE A GOOD DIALOGUE ABOUT HOW AMERICA GOES FORWARD. BUT UNFORTUNATELY, MADAM SPEAKER , THE GENTLEMAN CANNOT ANSWER THAT QUESTION BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS BEEN EXPOSED, THEY HAVE A NO JOBS AGENDA, AND THIS BILL THEY PROPOSE TO DEEM AND PASS TODAY WOULD CUT UPWARDS OF A MILLION JOBS AND AS LITTLE AS 700,000. THIS IS A NO-JOBS AGENDA. AT THIS TIME THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. PAUL TONKO, I BELIEVE, WOULD LIKE TO -- I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 09:21:48 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 09:21:57 AM

    MR. TONKO

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THIS REPUBLICAN APRIL FOOL'S RESOLUTION ON THE HOUSE…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THIS REPUBLICAN APRIL FOOL'S RESOLUTION ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY SEEMS TO LOOK FOR A WAIVER OF ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL. WHICH INCLUDES THE WAIVER OF SECTION 425 OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT WHICH CAUSES A VIOLATION WE BELIEVE OF 426-A, SECTION 426-A. I'M NOT SURE IF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE ARE DECLARED NULL AND VOID ON ANY APRIL FOOL'S DAY, BUT I HAVE A FEELING THAT WE ARE ABOUT TO SEE THAT HAPPEN TODAY ON THE FLOOR. APPARENTLY THE NEW REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP AND THEIR MAJORITY BELIEVE THAT THEY CAN TAKE CONTROL OF A PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEM. UNFORTUNATELY FOR THEM WE STILL HAVE A BICAMERAL LEGISLATURE, INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND A CONSTITUTION THAT REQUIRES THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO SIGN LEGISLATION. SO THE RULES SEEM TO BE CHANGING EVERY DAY AROUND HERE. I THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO SEE BILLS 72 HOURS IN ADVANCE. THE BILLS WOULD HAVE TO BE PAID FOR, PAID FOR UNDER THE REPUBLICAN CUT-GO MEASURE, AND THAT ALL BILLS, AGAIN ALL BILLS, WOULD HAVE TO MEET A CONSTITUTIONAL TEST BEFORE THE FLOOR CONSIDERS IT. IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS, WE HAVE VIOLATED EVERY, EVERY ONE OF THESE PRINCIPLES. THERE ARE LIKELY SOME UNFUNDED MANDATES IN THIS MEASURE. I RAISE A POINT OF ORDER BECAUSE THIS IS THE ONLY WAY THAT WE HAVE TO DEBATE THIS BILL AND WE ARE BEING DENIED THE ABILITY TO ACTUALLY OFFER THE AMENDMENTS THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO TO ELIMINATE WHAT'S ACTUALLY IN THIS LEGISLATION AND HOW THIS IS A BREAK, AGAIN, FROM THE HALLMARK AND TRADITION OF THIS GREAT HOUSE WHICH IS TO ALLOW OPEN DEBATE ON APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. SO IN CONCLUSION WE SIMPLY CANNOT TRASH THE RULES OF THE HOUSE LIKE WE ARE DOING HERE TODAY AND IRONICALLY ON APRIL FOOL'S DAY. THANK YOU.

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  • 09:24:00 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. ELLISON

    I INQUIRE TO THE TIME?

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  • 09:24:08 AM

    MR. ELLISON

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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  • 09:24:14 AM

    MR. WOODALL

    I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION ON THE POINT OF ORDER AND IN FAVOR OF…

    I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION ON THE POINT OF ORDER AND IN FAVOR OF CONSIDERATION OF THE RESOLUTION.

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  • 09:24:22 AM

    MR. WOODALL

    MADAM SPEAKER, THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE AN APRIL FOOL'S DAY THEME DAY, I…

    MADAM SPEAKER, THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE AN APRIL FOOL'S DAY THEME DAY, I SUPPOSE I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT WHEN I WOKE UP THIS MORNING. I'M A LITTLE SURPRISED THAT IT BEGINS WITH FOLKS CLAIMLING A -- CLAIMING A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST UNFUNDED MANDATES THEY ARE NOT SURE EXIST IN THE BILL. THAT THEY CLAIM A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST UNFUNDED MANDATES IN A RULE THAT WAIVES THOSE POINTS OF ORDER IF THEY DID EXIST. I WANT TO SAY, MADAM SPEAKER, I'M A BIG PROPONENT OF REGULAR ORDER. BIG PROPONENT OF ORDER. AND THE PROPHYLACTIC WAIVER IN THE RULE IS DESIGNED JUST IN CASE THERE IS SOMETHING WE MISSED, BUT WHAT'S IMPORTANT IS THAT WE HAD THE LARGEST AND MOST OPEN DEBATE WE HAD IN THIS HOUSE IN A DECADE ON H.R. 1. THE ONLY PROVISION THAT COULD POSSIBLY HAVE AN UNFUNDED MANDATE IN IT AND DOES NOT. THERE'S TWO THINGS, THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION DOES TWO THINGS, IT BOTH GIVES THE SENATE AN OPPORTUNITY TO COME OUT FROM UNDER ITS PARALYZING INACTION AND PASS H.R. 1, AND IT SAYS THAT IF THE SENATE DOES NOT, IF THE SENATE FAILS TO ACT, WE ARE NOT ASKING THEM TO DO WHAT WE WANT THEM TO DO, IF THEY FAIL TO ACT, THEN CONGRESS WILL NOT GET PAID. CONGRESS WILL NOT GET PAID. MY COLLEAGUES ON THE LEFT WON'T GO PAID. MY COLLEAGUES ON THE RIGHT WON'T GET PAID. AND MY COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE WON'T GET PAID. AND I YIELD 15 SECONDS TO MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. ELLISON, TO ASK, DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THIS PROVISION THAT WILL PREVENT US FROM GETTING PAID, FROM GETTING PAID, FOR NOT DOING OUR JOB, IS THE UNMUNDED MANDATE IN THAT PROVISION -- UNFUNDED MANDATE IN THAT PROVISION?

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  • 09:26:12 AM

    MR. ELLISON

    THAT THE REPUBLICAN NO-JOBS AGENDA IS A SERIOUS AFFRONT TO THE AMERICAN…

    THAT THE REPUBLICAN NO-JOBS AGENDA IS A SERIOUS AFFRONT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MILLION WOODALL: LET ME RECLAIM MY TIME. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S SUPPORT FOR MAKING SURE WE DON'T GET PAID IF WE ARE NOT DOING OUR WORK. THERE IS A DIVIDE IN THIS TOWN, MADAM SPEAKER, THERE IS A CROWD THAT BELIEVES GOVERNMENT CREATES JOBS. AND THE MORE GOVERNMENT ACTIVITY THAT TAKES PLACE THE MORE JOBS THERE ARE. THERE IS ANOTHER CROWD IN THIS TOWN THAT BELIEVES THAT ONLY THE PRIVATE SECTOR CAN CREATE JOBS. AND THIS BILL WILL PUT MORE CAPITAL INTO THE PRIVATE MARKETS, IT WILL CREATE JOBS. AS THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED CERTAINTY THAT WE CANNOT HAVE UNDER THESE CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS, THIS BILL WILL CREATE JOBS. AS THIS BILL GOES TO COMPLETE THE WORK THAT SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED LAST CONGRESS BUT DID NOT, THIS BILL WILL CREATE JOBS. IT IS A CRUEL APRIL FOOL'S DAY JOKE ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, MADAM SPEAKER, THAT INSTEAD OF DEBATING THE UNDERLYING RESOLUTION, AND I HAVE A RULE I'M PREPARED TO BRING TO THE FLOOR THAT WILL ALLOW TIME TO DEBATE THE UNDERLYING RESOLUTION, WE ARE INSTEAD FOCUSED ON POINTS OF ORDER THAT EVEN MY COLLEAGUES ON THE LEFT DON'T BELIEVE EXIST. THEY AUSE US OF PERVERTING THE PROCESS, MADAM SPEAKER, AND WE HAVE HAD THE MOST OPEN PROCESS IN THE FIRST 90 DAYS OF THIS CONGRESS THIS CONGRESS HAS SEEN IN A DECADE, AND IN DOING SO THEY PERVERT THE PROCESS, RAISING POINTS OF ORDER THAT THEY DO NOT BELIEVE EXIST AND KNOW IN THEIR HEARTS DO NOT EXIST. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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  • 09:27:46 AM

    MR. ELLISON

    TWO MINUTES FOR THE GENTLELADY FROM MARYLAND, MISS DONE -- CONGRESSWOMAN…

    TWO MINUTES FOR THE GENTLELADY FROM MARYLAND, MISS DONE -- CONGRESSWOMAN DONNA EDWARDS.

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  • 09:27:54 AM

    MS. EDWARDS

    15 SECONDS FOR A QUESTION.

  • 09:29:35 AM

    MR. ELIE SOP

    FOR A QUESTION.

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    MR. WOODALL

    YOU CONTROL THE TIME.

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    MR. ELLISON

    I'M WILLING TO YIELD. WOULD YOU BE AMENABLE TO STRIP OUT ALL BUT THE…

    I'M WILLING TO YIELD. WOULD YOU BE AMENABLE TO STRIP OUT ALL BUT THE MEMBER PAID ISSUE THAT'S CONTAINED IN THE BILL. WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO DO THAT?

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  • 09:29:50 AM

    MR. WOODALL

    YOU WANT TO REMOVE THE MOST DEBATED PROVISION WE HAVE HAD IN THIS ENTIRE…

    YOU WANT TO REMOVE THE MOST DEBATED PROVISION WE HAVE HAD IN THIS ENTIRE CONGRESS THAT HASN'T BEEN DEBATED ENOUGH?

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  • 09:29:57 AM

    MR. ELLISON

    WE'LL DEAL WITH THE PAY ISSUE. ARE YOU WILLING TO DO THAT?

  • 09:30:01 AM

    MR. WOODALL

    ISSUE IS CRITICALLY TIED TO THE INACTION OF THE FOLKS -- MR.

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  • 09:30:10 AM

    MR. ELLISON

    THANK YOU FOR GETTING AROUND TO THAT NO. I THINK THAT MAKES THE POINT…

    THANK YOU FOR GETTING AROUND TO THAT NO. I THINK THAT MAKES THE POINT HERE, MADAM SPEAKER. THE FACT IS THAT THIS PARTICULAR REPUBLICAN ACTION, YET ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO DEGRADE AND TAKE AWAY THE BASIC SOCIAL SAFETY NET OF AMERICA WHILE DOING NOTHING TO DO -- TO GET AMERICANS BACK TO WORK. AMERICANS DESERVE TO WORK. AMERICANS THOUGHT THAT THEY WERE GOING TO GET A MAJORITY THAT WOULD HELP THEM GET BACK TO WORK LAST NOVEMBER. BUT THEY WERE SORELY SURPRISED WHEN THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY GOT THERE AND DECIDED TO DO NOTHING TO HELP AMERICANS GET BACK TO WORK. THAT ALL THEY DO IS STRIP AWAY PROGRAMS AND THINGS THAT WILL HELP AMERICANS DO BETTER. TO TAKE PROGRAMS AND MONEY FROM POLICE OFFICERS, TO FIRE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES, THIS HAS BEEN THEIR AGENDA. THIS IS TOO BAD. . THIS IS CERTAINLY A SHAME AND A ABANDONMENT OF WHAT THEY WERE TRYING TO GET IN NOVEMBER. THIS POINT OF ORDER ADDRESSES THE CRITICAL ISSUES WE NEED TO ADDRESS. AT THE BOTTOM WE ARE STILL LOOKING AT 13 WEEKS WITH NO JOBS AND REPUBLICANS OFFERED LEGISLATION THAT LITERALLY WOULD PUT NEARLY A MILLION PEOPLE OUT OF WORK. AND SO I ASK -- I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE -- SO I ASK -- YEAH, IN A MOMENT. SO I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. LET'S MOVE AMERICA FORWARD. LET'S REJECT THE UNDERLYING RULE, THIS WASHINGTON TRICKERY, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MAKE SURE THAT -- MR.

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    MR. WOODALL

    MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LUNGREN.

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  • 09:32:17 AM

    MR. LUNGREN

    A PROVISION DEALING WITH THE PAY OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT…

    A PROVISION DEALING WITH THE PAY OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THE SENATE HAS SENT OVER A BILL WHICH PROPORTED TO PAY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE CONGRESS FOR ANY TIME THAT LAPSED DURING WHICH THERE WAS NOT AUTHORIZATION FOR APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE GOVERNMENT ACTIVITY. IT IS ON ITS FACE BLATANTLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL, VIOLATING THE SECTION OF THE CONSTITUTION THAT DEALS WITH PRESIDENTIAL PAY AND SPECIFICALLY THE 27TH AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION WHICH DOES NOT ALLOW US TO DO THAT. THE AUTHOR OF THE BILL BEFORE US IN THE STATEMENT OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY MAKES IT CLEAR THAT WE RECOGNIZE THE LIMITS OF THE ACTION WE CAN TAKE AND INSTEAD WE WOULD IN THIS WAY COMMAND THOSE PAYMENTS NOD TO BE MADE DURING THE PERIOD OF TIME IN -- NOT TO BE MADE DURING THE PERIOD OF TIME THEREBY MAKING A VERY SERIOUS AND GOOD FAITH ATTEMPT TO PUT THAT PRESSURE ON MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BUT IN A CONSTITUTIONAL WAY. AND SO MEMBERS SHOULD BE AWARE OF THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE LANGUAGE CONTAINED IN THIS PROVISION BEFORE US AND THAT WHICH WAS SENT OVER HERE BY THE SENATE WHICH ON ITS FACE BOTH CONSTITUTIONAL SCHOLARS HAVE LOOKED AT IT HERE ON THE HOUSE SIDE AND SENATE SIDE AND THE WHITE HOUSE HAS SUGGESTED THAT BILL THAT CAME OVER FROM THE SENATE WOULD NOT STAND UP TO CONSTITUTIONAL EXAMINATION. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT ON OUR SIDE TO TRY AND PROVIDE THAT ACTION IF DEMANDED BY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN A WAY THAT WOULD BE RENDERED CONSTITUTIONAL. AND SO AT LEAST I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT AS WE DEBATE THIS POINT OF ORDER THE RULE AND THE BILL THAT IT IS CLEAR WHAT THE INTENTION OF THE AUTHOR --

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  • 09:34:17 AM

    MR. LUNGREN

    IS IN THIS CASE AND WHERE WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO FOLLOW CONSTITUTIONAL…

    IS IN THIS CASE AND WHERE WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO FOLLOW CONSTITUTIONAL PROCEDURES.

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  • 09:34:21 AM

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

  • 09:34:24 AM

    MR. WOODALL

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR THAT…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR THAT EXPLANATION BECAUSE CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLES ARE PARAMOUNT, ARE ABSOLUTELY PARAMOUNT ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE AND SO IS ACCOUNTABILITY, SO IS ACCOUNTABILITY FOR OUR ACTIONS HERE IN THIS BODY AND OUR ACTIONS ACROSS THE WAY AND I CANNOT BE MORE PLEASED TO BE THE CO-SPONSOR OF THE UNDERLYING RESOLUTION BECAUSE IT SAYS NO WORK, NO PAY, NO WORK, NO PAY. TYPICAL HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT JOBS EVERY DAY, EVERY DAY IN THIS BODY WE'RE TALKING ABOUT JOBS AND YET THE DEBATE THIS MORNING IS FOCUSED ON ARE WE DOING ENOUGH DEBATING ABOUT A BILL THAT HAS BEEN THE MOST AGGRESSIVELY DEBATED BILL THAT CONGRESS HAS SEEN IN OVER A DECADE. I WANT TO INVITE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE TO JOIN ME AS A CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 25. H.R. 25 IS THE FAIR TAX BILL. IT'S THE ONLY BILL IN CONGRESS THAT ELIMINATES EVERY SINGLE CORPORATE LOOPHOLE, EXCEPTION, LOBBYIST-INSERTED PROVISION, NOT A ONE SURVIVES THE FAIR TAX. IT'S THE ONLY BILL IN CONGRESS THAT ELIMINATES THE PAYROLL TAX, THAT LARGEST TAX THAT 80% OF AMERICANS PAY. YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT AMERICAN FAMILIES AND THEIR PAIN, LET'S TALK ABOUT THE LARGEST TAX THAT AMERICAN FAMILIES PAY. IT'S THE PAYROLL TAX AND H.R. 25 IS THE ONLY BILL IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT ELIMINATES THE PAYROLL TAX IN FAVOR OF A FLAT RATE PERSONAL CONSUMPTION TAX THAT CEASES TO PUNISH PRODUCTIVITY AND BEGINS TO REWARD THOSE ACTIVITIES THAT BUILD JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY. IT'S THE ONLY BILL IN CONGRESS THAT PUTS AMERICAN MANUFACTURING ON A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD. DO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT JOBS OR DO YOU NOT? DO YOU WANT TO GET AMERICA GACK ON TRACK OR DO YOU NOT, BECAUSE THIS IS A POINT OF ORDER THAT WE KNOW DOESN'T EXIST? IT'S A POINT OF ORDER THAT FILLS THE AIRWAVES FIRST THING IN THE MORNING. IF YOU WANT TO FILL THE AIRWAVES FILL IT WITH PROMISES OF JOBS, FILL IT WITH PROMISES OF ENDING THE TAX CODE THAT DRIVES JOBS OUT OF THIS COUNTRY AND BRINGING IN THAT CAPITAL THAT WE SO DESPERATELY NEED. AGAIN, MADAM SPEAKER, THERE ARE NO UNFUNDED MANDATES IN THIS BILL. THIS HAS BEEN THE MOST AGGRESSIVELY DEBATED BILL THAT THIS CONGRESS HAS SEEN IN A GENERATION, I WOULD ARGUE, AND THE ONLY TWO THINGS THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION DOES, IT FORCES THE GOVERNMENT TO STAY OPEN WITH FUNDING LEVELS, THOSE FUNDING LEVELS PROVIDED IN H.R. 1, IF THE SENATE PASS THIS IS BILL, AND IT INSISTS THAT NO WORK IN CONGRESS RECEIVES NO PAY. 40 DAYS WE WAITED ON THE SENATE TO ACT. THEY DEFEATED TWO BILLS BUT THEY PASSED NOTHING, MADAM SPEAKER. THEY PASSED NOTHING. IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT JOBS, IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT CERTAINTY, YOU HAVE TO BRING A PROPOSAL TO THE TABLE. THIS IS A FRESHMAN PROPOSAL THAT REACHES OUT TO TRY TO DO SOMETHING TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU BREAK LOGJAMS IN THIS CITY. CLEARLY IT'S NOT EASY. LAST YEAR WITH A DEMOCRATIC HOUSE, DEMOCRATIC SENATE AND DEMOCRATIC WHITE HOUSE YOU STILL COULDN'T PASS A BUDGET, YOU COULDN'T GET AN APPROPRIATIONS PASSED. I AM HERE TO SOLVE LOGJAMS. YOU SEE OVER AND OVER AGAIN PEOPLE TRYING TO COME UP WITH SOLUTIONS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:38:04 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS NOW WILL THE HOUSE CONSIDER THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE QUESTION OF CONSIDERATION --

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  • 09:38:20 AM

    MR. ELLISON

    I DEMAND THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE YEAS AND NAYS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE.FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE? THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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  • 10:03:25 AM

    MR. WOODALL

    FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MY GOOD…

    FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS. SLAUGHTER.

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  • 10:03:32 AM

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    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE IS NOT…

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. WILL MEMBERS CLEAR THE WELL? THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:03:57 AM

    MR. WOODALL

    FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MY GOOD…

    FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS. SLAUGHTER. PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME IS YIELDED FOR PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY.

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  • 10:04:17 AM

    MR. WOODALL

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

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

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    MR. WOODALL

    MADAM SPEAKER, THIS RULE THAT WE HAVE TODAY PROVIDES FOR AN HOUR OF…

    MADAM SPEAKER, THIS RULE THAT WE HAVE TODAY PROVIDES FOR AN HOUR OF CONSIDERATION ON A BILL THAT WOULD DO TWO VERY SIMPLE THINGS. FIRST, IT WOULD PROVIDE THAT IF THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE FAILED TO DO THEIR BUSINESS THEY FAIL TO GET PAID. IT'S A PRETTY BASIC PRINCIPLE IN AMERICA, NO WORK, NO PAY. IF THE HOUSE AND SENATE FAILED TO GET TOGETHER AND SOLVE THIS BUDGET CRISIS, NO PAY. ALL THIS RESOLUTION ASKS, ALL THE UNDERLYING RESOLUTION ASKS IS THAT THE SENATE ACT. THE SENATE ACT, THEY DON'T HAVE TO AGREE WITH THE HOUSE, THEY JUST HAVE TO ACT, ACT, AND SEND SOMETHING -- SEND SOMETHING TO THE HOUSE FOR NEGOTIATION AND CONSIDERATION. THE SECOND THING THIS BILL DOES IS IT'S EVERY BIT AS IMPORTANT AS NO WORK, NO PAY, IS THAT THIS BILL SAYS FOR WHATEVER REASON IF THE SENATE CANNOT ACT, IF THE SENATE CANNOT PASS SOMETHING, THEY DEFEATED TWO THINGS BUT THEY PASSED NOTHING, THEN THE TEXT OF H.R. 1 WILL CONTROL THE APPROPRIATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT SHUT DOWN. WILL NOT SHUT DOWN. BECAUSE WE WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE UNDER H.R. 1 FUNDING LEVELS UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THE SENATE CAN AFFIRMTIVELY PASS YET A DIFFERENT BILL. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THAT UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, MADAM SPEAKER, AND I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THE OPENING OF THIS DEBATE, I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. WOMACK.

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  • 10:06:15 AM

    MR. WOMACK

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE YIELDING, -- THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND I…

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE YIELDING, -- THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND I VALUE HIS FRIENDSHIP AND HIS SENSE OF PURPOSE. MADAM SPEAKER, THAT IS PRECISELY WHY I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL TO PREVENT A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. I HAVE A UNIQUE BACKGROUND. HAVING HELPED A FAMILY START A BROADCASTING COMPANY THAT NOW SPANS IN EXCESS OF 30 YEARS, I SERVED MY COUNTRY IN UNIFORM FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS, SPENT A LITTLE TIME IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SECTOR, AND FINALLY FOR THE LAST 12 YEARS HAVING SERVED AS MAYOR OF ONE OF ARKANSAS' MOST DYNAMIC CITIES AND ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST LIVABLE CITIES, ROGERS, ARKANSAS, IN CLEARLY ONE OF OUR NATION'S MOST DYNAMIC AND FASTEST GROWING REGIONS. MADAM SPEAKER, IT WAS THERE I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WORKING SIDE BY SIDE WITH EXECUTIVES FROM SOME OF OUR LEADING CORPORATIONS, WAL-MART, TYSON FOODS, J.B. HUNT TRUCKING, ALL STARTUP COMPANIES ONCE UPON A TIME AND NOW LEADERS IN THEIR TRADE AND WITH A GLOBAL REACH. THESE INDUSTRY GIANTS DID NOT GET WHERE THEY ARE BY IGNORING THEIR CHALLENGES. THEY CONFRONTED THEM. IT'S PART OF THEIR GENIUS. IT IS IN THIS CONTEXT THAT I SHARE WITH MY COLLEAGUES MY GREATEST FRUSTRATION. HAVING BEEN ELECTED BY THE CITIZENS OF ARKANSAS' THIRD DISTRICT TO COME TO WASHINGTON, D.C. AND HELP DELIVER OUR COUNTRY TO A BETTER FUTURE ONLY TO FIND MYSELF AND MY COLLEAGUES MEYERED IN THE MUCK OF BELTWAY -- MIRED IN THE MUCK OF BELTWAY POLITICS. WE HAVE A CRISIS ON OUR HANDS. UNSUSTAINABLE DEFICITS AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE, A NATIONAL DEBT NEARING STATUTORY LIMITATION AND OVERREACHING GOVERNMENT BURR OCKRASSY INTRUDING IN ALL SECTORS OF -- BUREAUCRACY INTRUDING IN ALL SECTORS OF SOCIETY, PEOPLE LOOKING FOR WORK SO THEY CAN PURSUE THE AMERICAN DREAM. AND THEY FACE OUR NATION'S TOUGHEST ISSUES HEAD ON AND THAT'S WHAT HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN DOING. WE WERE THREE MONTHS INTO THIS FISCAL YEAR WHEN WE TOOK OUR OATHS OF OFFICE AND WITHOUT A BUDGET WE WENT STRAIGHT TO WORK ON THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE UPON ARRIVAL, FUNDING GOVERNMENT FOR THE REST OF THIS YEAR. AND IT IS SAD THAT AS I MAKE THESE REMARKS ALL WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SHOW FOR OUR WORK NOW INTO THE MONTH OF APRIL ARE TEMPORARY MEASURES THAT CONTINUE TO DISTRACT US AWAY FROM THE REAL WORK AHEAD, THE 2012 BUDGET. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS HAS TO STOP . THE POLITICAL GAMESMANSHIP GOING ON IN THE UPPER CHAMBER MIGHT MAKE FOR GOOD HEADLINES IN THE CAPITOL PRESS BUT IT IS HURTING OUR NATION. THAT'S WHY I'VE OFFERED THIS BILL TO SELF-IMPOSE A DEADLINE ON CONGRESS, AND I'M ASKING MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 1255 TO START THE CLOCK ON THE SENATE TO PASS SOMETHING WE CAN AGREE TO IN FUNDING GOVERNMENT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS YEAR, BY APRIL 6, OR ASSUMING A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, EXPECT TO HAVE OUR PAY WITHHELD UNTIL WE CAN REACH AGREEMENT. EVERY TIME WE FAIL TO ADDRESS THESE ISSUES, MADAM SPEAKER, WE ADD TO THE UNCERTAINTY NOW PLAGUING AMERICA. WE CONTRIBUTE TO THE DECLINE OF OUR ECONOMY. WE ADD TO THE BURDEN OF FUTURE GENERATIONS AND WE DASH THE HOPES AND DREAMS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO COUNT ON US EVERY DAY. MADAM SPEAKER, THE TIME IS NOW TO ACT, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES HIS TIME.…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 10:10:28 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    GOOD MORNING, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING,…

    GOOD MORNING, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 10:10:41 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    SPEAKER, FOR OVER 200 YEARS THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS SEEN ALMOST…

    SPEAKER, FOR OVER 200 YEARS THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS SEEN ALMOST EVERYTHING. FROM THE DAYS AS A YOUNG NATION TO MODERN DAY AMERICA, THE EXCHANGE OF IDEAS, THE DEBATE OF LEGISLATION IS A RICH AND PROUD TRADITION AND MOVES OUR COUNTRY FORWARD. BUT UNFORTUNATELY TODAY'S LEGISLATION ABANDONS THIS PROUD HISTORY AND TAKES A NEW ROLE IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. AS YOU KNOW THE NEW MAJORITY STARTED OFF THIS SESSION WITH READING EVERY SECTION AND EVERY PIECE OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES TO SHOW OUR REVERENCE FOR IT. BUT THIS MORNING THAT CONSTITUTION HAS BEEN KICKED UNDER THE COUCH OUT OF SIGHT, LESS ITS PRESENCE IN THE ROOM RESTRICT WHAT IS ATTEMPTING TO BE DONE HERE TODAY. INDEED, THIS LEGISLATION PROPOSES WE THROW AWAY 200 YEARS OF LEGISLATIVE HISTORY AND UPENDS THE FINAL PROCESS OF HOW A BILL BECOMES LAW. DESPITE THE URGENT AND DIRE ISSUES FACING OUR CONSTITUENTS, HERE WE ARE, THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONSIDERING A LEGISLATION THAT HAS NO CHANCE OF BECOMING LAW. TODAY'S LEGISLATION WOULD DEEM A BILL THAT THE SENATE HAS ALREADY VOTED DOWN AS PASSED BY THAT VERY SENATE. IT WOULD TAKE A REMARKABLE MIND TO EVEN COME UP WITH SUCH AN IDEA. THIS NOTION, WHILE CLEVER, WILL NEVER PASS IN THE U.S. SENATE AND LET ME REMIND YOU THAT WHAT WE'RE DOING THIS MORNING SAYING WE'RE GOING TO BYPASS THE SENATE WOULD NOT DO ANYTHING AT ALL UNLESS THE SENATE PASSES IT THEMSELVES SAYING, FORGET ABOUT US. IT'S SIMPLY NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. I HOPE A SOLUTION OF THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN IS TAKING PLACES IN OFFICES BETWEEN SENATE AND HOUSE MEMBERS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ADMINISTRATION AS WE SPEAK. THEY ARE THE PEOPLE THAT CAN -- IT IS THE ONLY SOLUTION AND THEY THICK THE SOLUTION IS A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN TO MEET THE DEMOCRAT PARTY AT THE NEGOTIATING TABLE, NOT TO PROPOSE SCRAPPING THE ENTIRE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. I'M SAD TO SAY THAT IT IS LIKE GRIM'S FAIRY TALES. I THINK IT DEMEANS THE HOUSE TO PRETEND TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE, TO PRETEND TO DO WHAT WE CAN. DOES THE MAJORITY BELIEVE THAT THE MAJORITY HAS SUPERNATURAL POWERS UPON THEM TO BYPASS THE UNITED STATES SENATE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THERE ARE WRITTEN RULES FOR HOW THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS PROCEEDS. RULES THAT WERE CRAFTED BY THOMAS JEFFERSON, RULES THAT HAD BEEN TRIED IN TRUTH BY THIS LEGISLATIVE BODY. THIS HAS HELPED OUR NATION DURING THE CIVIL WAR TO CIVIL RIGHTS, THE RULES OF THE HOUSE HAS SEEN US THROUGH STRUGGLE AND STRIFE AND KEPT OUR COUNTRY STRONG. TODAY'S BILL WOULD THROW AWAY THESE RULES AND VERY MUCH UPSET THOMAS JEFFERSON. EVERY ONE OF US KNOWS AS SCHOOLCHILDREN THAT THERE IS NO WAY FOR A BILL TO BECOME LAW WITHOUT BOTH CHAMBERS ACTING ON IT. A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE CAN MEET IF NECESSARY, AND THE SIGNATURE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. I WISH I WAS NOT STANDING HERE TO EXPLAIN TO MY COLLEAGUES HOW A BILL BECOMES LAW, AND I SAID YESTERDAY, AND I MUST SAY IT AGAIN, AND I HOPE WE HAVE NOT WARPED NO CHILDREN'S MIND, ANYONE THAT IS WATCHING THE PER VERSION OF THE PROCESS TODAY AND ANY TEACHERS WHO ARE GUIDING CHILDREN THROUGH THIS PROCESS TAKE COURAGE BECAUSE YOU CAN SEE THE VIDEO THAT WILL EXPLAIN ONCE AGAIN, I AM A BILL. NO ONE HAS SERIOUSLY CONSIDERED THE IDEA THAT ONE HOUSE CAN PASS A BILL AND DECIDE IT WILL BE THE LAW OF THE LAND. HOPEFULLY NO PARTY WILL EVER TRY SUCH A FAR-FETCHED TACTIC AGAIN. THE PROCEDURE TO DEEM AND LEGISLATION THROUGH THE HOUSE WAS THE SLAUGHTER SOLUTION, A PROCEDURE WE DECIDED NOT TO USE. AT THE TIME SPEAKER BOEHNER CALLED CALLED IT AN AFFRONT TO EVERY AMERICAN AND NOW HE BRINGS HIS OWN DEEM AND PASS LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR. . I WANT TO SPEAK TO THE PROCESS THAT LEADS US TO THE FLOOR TODAY. THE PROPOSED BILL HAS SEEN NO COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION OF ANY KIND. THERE HAS BEEN NO OPPORTUNITY WHATEVER FOR PUBLIC INPUT. IT REQUIRED EMERGENCY MEETING OF THE RULES COMMITTEE LAST NIGHT TO RUSH IT TO THE FLOOR TODAY. AND NO CHAIR OR RANKING MEMBER OF THE FOUR COMMITTEES RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS LEGISLATION EVEN CAME TO THE RULES COMMITTEE. THE DEMOCRAT RANKING MEMBER SAYING THEY NEVER HEARD OF THE BILL. THEY CERTAINLY DID NOT WANT TO COME UP AND DEBATE IT. SO NOW WE ARE CONSIDERING ANOTHER CLOSED RULE, A PROCESS THAT CERTAINLY IS FAR FROM THE MOST OPEN AND TRANSPARENT CONGRESS IN HISTORY WE WERE PROMISED. IF WE ARE MOVING FORWARD WITH EMERGENCY LEGISLATION UNDER CLOSED RULE IT SHOULD BE FOR ONE REASON, TO CREATE JOBS. WE HAVE GONE 13 WEEKS WITHOUT A SINGLE JOBS BILL BROUGHT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR BY THE MAJORITY. IN FACT, ALL OF US KNOW THAT THAT IS THE OVERRIDING FEAR IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY. INSTEAD, WE DEBATE LEGISLATION SO FAR-FETCHED THAT IT WILL NEVER PROCEED BEYOND THIS HOUSE FLOOR. WE SHOULD NOT WASTE ANOTHER MINUTE IGNORING THE NEEDS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, THOSE WHO HAVE NO JOBS, AND ARE LOSING THEIR HOMES, WHILE DEBATING FANTASTIC LEGISLATION THAT WILL NEVER BECOME LAW. THIS IS A BAD JOKE ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. NOT A SERIOUS SOLUTION TO OUR PROBLEMS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO THINK AGAIN ABOUT THE PROUD TRADITION OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND HOW PROUD EACH OF US ARE TO BE ABLE TO REPRESENT CONSTITUENTS HERE AND TO TRY TO DO IT IN A SENSIBLE WAY THAT CAN REALLY MOVE THE COUNTRY FORWARD AND NOT AS WE ARE DOING TODAY SIMPLY AGAIN WASTING TIME. I URGE EVERYONE TO VOTE NO ON TODAY'S RULE AND NO ON THE UNDERLYING BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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  • 10:17:24 AM

    MR. WOODALL

    60 SECONDS TO APOLOGIZE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. I'M TOLD BY MY…

    60 SECONDS TO APOLOGIZE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. I'M TOLD BY MY TEAM HERE THAT NORMAL ORDER WOULD HAVE BEEN TO YIELD TO YOU BEFORE I YIELDED TO MY COLLEAGUE. I'M NEW AND I APOLOGIZE FOR GOING OUT OF ORDER.

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  • 10:17:37 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    NO NEED TO APOLOGIZE. PERFECTLY ALL RIGHT.

  • 10:17:40 AM

    MR. WOODALL

    I WOULD JUST SAY AS I BEG THE GENTLELADY'S FORGIVENESS AS A FRESHMAN I'M…

    I WOULD JUST SAY AS I BEG THE GENTLELADY'S FORGIVENESS AS A FRESHMAN I'M JUST TRYING TO GET THINGS DONE. I'M TRYING TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. THIS BILL IS ONE OF THOSE STEPS ALONG THE WAY.

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  • 10:17:52 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    WE ALL WERE FRESHMEN ONCE, WE UNDERSTAND.

  • 10:17:54 AM

    MR. WOODALL

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND LEADER, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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  • 10:18:06 AM

    MR. DREIER

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

  • 10:18:09 AM

    MR. DREIER

    MADAM SPEAKER, I WANT TO BEGIN BY EXPRESSING MY APPRECIATION TO MY FRIEND…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I WANT TO BEGIN BY EXPRESSING MY APPRECIATION TO MY FRIEND FROM LAWRENCEVILLE NOT ONLY MANAGING THIS RULE BUT AS ONE OF THE LEAD CO-SPONSORS OF THIS LEGISLATION. I HATE THE FACT, I HATE THE FACT THAT WE ARE DOING THIS BILL. I DON'T LIKE IT AT ALL, MADAM SPEAKER. BUT I LIKE EVEN LESS THE PROSPECT OF A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. WE ARE DETERMINED TO DO EVERYTHING WE POSSIBLY CAN TO ENSURE THAT WE DON'T SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. AND POTENTIALLY CREATE A SCENARIO WHEREBY OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM ARE NOT COMPENSATED AND ALL THE OTHER THINGS THAT WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THAT WOULD BE SERIOUS PROBLEMS THAT WE WOULD FACE IF WE HAD A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN WOULD TAKE PLACE. WE WANT TO PREVENT THAT. THAT'S THE REASON THAT WE ARE HERE DEALING WITH THIS VERY, VERY UNPLEASANT SITUATION. WHY IS IT, WHY IS IT, MADAM SPEAKER, THAT WE ARE HERE TODAY? WE ARE HERE TODAY BECAUSE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE PASSAGE OF 1974 BUDGET AND EMPOWERMENT ACT, WE SAW A UNITED STATES CONGRESS FAIL TO PASS A BUDGET. THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR. WE ALSO FOR THE FIRST TIME SAW THE FAILURE TO PASS APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. NOW, THERE WAS AN ATTEMPT TO DO IT UNDER A CLOSED PROCESS, WE KNOW WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF CHANGING THAT, BUT THE BILLS WEREN'T PASSED. AND SO THE LAST CONGRESS DUMPED IN OUR LAPS IN DECEMBER A CONTINUING RESOLUTION WHICH EXTENDED THE OPERATIONS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO MARCH 4 OF THIS YEAR. MADAM SPEAKER, WE KNOW THAT THERE WAS A NEW CONGRESS ELECTED ON NOVEMBER 2 OF LAST YEAR. I'M VERY HAPPY ABOUT THAT. MR. WOODALL, MR. CONSECO, OTHER MEMBERS ARE HERE, THERE ARE 87 NEW REPUBLICANS, NINE NEW DEMOCRATS WHO HAVE JOINED THE 112TH CONGRESS. FOR MY PARTY IT'S THE LARGEST GAIN WE HAVE HAD IN NEARLY 3/4 OF A CENTURY. SINCE 1938. AND IT'S NOT SIMPLY A GAIN FOR MY PARTY, MADAM SPEAKER, IT WAS A MESSAGE THAT WAS SENT BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAID, WE'VE HAD IT. WE ARE UP TO HERE. WE NEED TO CREATE JOBS, GET OUR ECONOMY GROWING, AND WE NEED TO REDUCE THE SIZE AND SCOPE AND REACH OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. NOW, WE CONSTANTLY HEAR THIS ARGUMENT, FROM OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THAT WE ARE NOT CREATING JOBS. WE ARE NOT TAKING ACTION TO CREATE JOBS. MADAM SPEAKER, AS WE KNOW THE JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE HAS JUST COME OUT WITH A STUDY LOOKING AT NATIONS AROUND THE WORLD, AND IT'S VERY CLEAR, EVERYTHING THAT WE DO TO REDUCE GOVERNMENT SPENDING, MADAM SPEAKER, IS BASED ON EVIDENCE WE HAVE WORK TO GROW ECONOMIES AND CREATE JOBS AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO HERE. THE OTHER THING THAT'S VERY SAD IS THAT 41 DAYS AGO WE PASSED A MEASURE THAT WE ARE DEBATING HERE. 41 DAYS AGO WE HAD, AS MY FRIEND FROM LAWRENCEVILLE SAID, A VIRTUALLY UNPRECEDENTED DEBATE OF 90 HOURS, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECADES, HAD AN OPPORTUNITY ON A CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO DEBATE AND PASS THEIR AMENDMENTS. MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE HAD AMENDMENTS THAT SUCCEEDED DURING THAT 90 HOURS OF DEBATE WHICH WAS A CHALLENGE FOR ALL OF US, BUT WE WENT THROUGH IT. THAT'S THE WORK PRODUCT THAT WE HAVE BEFORE US. THIS HOUSE WORKED ITS WILL AND THAT'S WHAT WE WERE ABLE TO ACHIEVE. 41 DAYS AGO WE DID THAT, MADAM SPEAKER. AND THE OTHER BODY, OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE, HAVE DONE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING OTHER THAN DEFEAT TWO MEASURES. THIS ONE, H.R. 1, AND THEY DEFEATED THEIR DEMOCRATIC PROPOSAL. NO ACTION HAS BEEN TAKEN. SPEAKER BOEHNER HAS CONSISTENTLY BEEN SAYING NOT ONLY WHERE ARE THE JOBS, WE ARE ALL GRATIFIED THAT THE POSITIVE SIGNS OF OUR GETTING OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER HAVE PLAYED A BIG ROLE IN CREATING 216,000 NONFARM PAYROLL JOBS LAST MONTH, AND BROUGHT THE EMPLOYMENT RATE FROM 8.9 DOWN TO 8.8%. POSITIVE INDICATION THAT IS HAVE COME ABOUT BECAUSE WE ARE STARTING TO GET OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. BUT, MADAM SPEAKER, OUR FRIENDS IN THE OTHER BODY HAVE FAILED TO ACT ON DEALING WITH THIS ISSUE. SO THAT'S WHY WE ARE HERE TODAY AS WE LOOK, APRIL FOOL'S DAY, EVERYONE'S BEEN TALKING ABOUT THAT, BUT ONE WEEK FROM TODAY IT'S NOT GOING TO BE A JOKE AT ALL IF WE FACE THE PROSPECT OF A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. AND WE DO ONE WEEK FROM TODAY. AND THAT'S WHY WE FEEL THAT IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR US TO PASS THIS MEASURE AGAIN, REMIND OUR COLLEAGUES, SOME OF WHOM MAY HAVE BECOME A LITTLE FORGETFUL, THEY NOT KNOW IT WAS 41 DAYS AGO WE ACTUALLY SENT THIS MEASURE OVER TO THEM, SO, MADAM SPEAKER, WE WANT TO DO THAT AGAIN. AND I HOPE VERY MUCH THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO DO IT. AGAIN, I DON'T LIKE A LOT OF WHAT'S IN HERE. I DON'T LIKE THE FACT THAT WE ARE HERE. BUT IT'S BECAUSE OF THIS CRISIS THAT WE ARE HERE. NOW, WE ARE DEALING WITH VERY SERIOUS INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGES AROUND THE WORLD. MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PARTICULARLY PROUD THAT THE HOUSE DEMOCRACY PARTNERSHIP, WHICH MY COLLEAGUE FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. PRICE, AND I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF LEADING, HAS HAD A GROUP OF NEWLY ELECTED PARLIAMENTARIANS FROM INDONESIA, PAKISTAN, LEBANON, AND IRAQ VISITING US THIS WEEK, OBSERVING THIS INSTITUTION. AND I HEARD AN INTERVIEW THIS MORNING WITH ONE OF OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE OTHER BODY WHO SAID, WHAT KIND OF SIGNAL DOES IT SEND TO PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING TO DEVELOP DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS, POLITICAL PLURALISM, THE RULE OF LAW, SELF-DETERMINATION IN THEIR COUNTRIES, WHAT KIND OF SIGNAL DOES THAT SEND WHEN THE UNITED STATES EVER AMERICA CAN'T EVEN COME TO TOGETHER AND KEEP THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GOING? NOW, MANY OF THOSE PEOPLE HAPPEN TO BE HERE RIGHT NOW WITH US, MADAM SPEAKER, AND THEY ARE OBSERVING WHAT IS TAKING PLACE. AND WE NEED TO SHOW THEM THAT WE CAN GET OUR WORK DONE. AND WE NEED TO SHOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE MESSAGE THAT WAS SENT TO US LAST NOVEMBER 2 IS ONE THAT HAS BEEN HEARD. SO, MADAM SPEAKER, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS RULE AND IN FAVOR OF THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION SO THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE AN UNPLEASANT SITUATION, ENSURE THAT THE GOVERNMENT DOESN'T SHUT DOWN A WEEK FROM TODAY, AND ENSURE THAT WE CAN GET BACK TO THE WORK THAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING THIS YEAR, NOT CLEANING UP LAST YEAR'S WORK. WE SHOULD DO THAT AS EXPEDITIOUSLY AS POSSIBLE. I THANK MY FRIEND AGAIN FOR HIS THOUGHTFUL LEADERSHIP ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE, HIS MANAGEMENT OF THE RULE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 10:25:24 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, A…

    SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, A MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, MR. MCGOVERN.

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  • 10:25:31 AM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    THANK YOU. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS CLOSED RULE…

    THANK YOU. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS CLOSED RULE AND TO THE RIDICULOUS, MEANINGLESS, AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. TODAY THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HAS BROUGHT FORWARD A BILL THAT THEY CALL WITHOUT ANY APPARENT TRACE OF IRONY, THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN PREVENTION ACT OF 2011. THIS BILL WAS INTRODUCED ON WEDNESDAY AND RUSHED TO THE FLOOR WITHOUT THE 72 HOURS OF NOTICE THAT THE REPUBLICANS PROMISED. EVEN THOUGH THE BILL WAS REFERRING TO FOUR DIFFERENT COMMITTEES, NOT A SINGLE HEARING HAS BEEN HELD. NOT A SINGLE MARKUP HAS TAKEN PLACE. WHERE IS THE OPENNESS, WHERE IS THE FAIRNESS? THIS PROCESS IS LOUSY. THIS BILL WOULD NOT ONLY -- THIS BILL WOULD NOT ONLY HAVE NO PRACTICAL EFFECT, IT'S NOT EVEN REMOTELY CONSTITUTIONAL. IF MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WANT TO PUT OUT A PRESS RELEASE OR SERIES OF TALKING POINTS, HEY, IT'S A FREE CONTRY. BUT TO WASTE THE TIME OF THE HOUSE ON SOMETHING THIS RIDICULOUS IS AN INSULT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT JOBS AND THE ECONOMY, NOT DEBATING SILLINESS THAT IS SUPPOSED TO APPEAL TO THE G.O.P.'S RIGHT-WING BASE. IF MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS WANT TO AVERT A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AND MAKE NO MISTAKE, BECAUSE OF YOUR INTRANSIGENCE, BECAUSE OF YOUR INSISTENCE ON CUTTING EVERYTHING FROM PELL GRANTS TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, THIS IS IN YOUR HANDS. THIS IS IN YOUR HANDS. IF YOU WANT TO AVERT A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, I HAVE AN IDEA. PICK UP THE PHONE. SEND A NOTE. OR BETTER YET, ENGAGE IN MEANINGFUL NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE SENATE AND THE WHITE HOUSE. ENOUGH PONTIFICATING, ENOUGH POLARIZATION. DO YOUR JOB. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES LIKE TO TALK A LOT ABOUT THE SANCTITY OF THE CONSTITUTION. THEY MADE A BIG DISPLAY OF READING THE ENTIRE DOCUMENT ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS CONGRESS. APPARENTLY THEY WEREN'T PAYING VERY MUCH ATTENTION. FOR THE BENEFIT OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, LET ME READ FROM ARTICLE 1, SECTION 7. QUOTE, EVERY BILL WHICH SHALL HAVE PASSED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE SHALL BEFORE BECOMES LAW BE PRESENTED TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IF HE APPROVES, HE SHALL SIGN IT, BUT IF NOT, HE SHALL RETURN IT. END QUOTE. INSTEAD, WHAT THIS BILL SAYS IS THAT IF THE SENATE HASN'T PASSED A CONTINUING RESOLUTION BY APRIL 6, THEN H.R. 1 WOULD BE DEEMED AS PASSED BY THE SENATE, SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT, AND ENACTED INTO LAW. YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME, MADAM SPEAKER. IF THIS IS THE NEW STANDARD THAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO USE, I HAVE A FEW IDEAS OF MY OWN. I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE A BILL THAT SAYS THAT THE HOUSE DEEMS THE RED SOX WHO HAVE WON THE 2011 WORLD SERIES. IT WOULDN'T MEAN ANYTHING, IT WOULDN'T BE CONSTITUTIONAL, BUT IT SURE WOULD BE POPULAR IN MASSACHUSETTS. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS WOULD BE LAUGHABLE IF IT WEREN'T SO OUTRAGEOUS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS CLOSED RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION AND I URGE MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS TO GO BACK TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE AND NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH.

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  • 10:28:42 AM

    MR. WOODALL

    GOOD FRIEND, A FRESHMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CANSECO.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA -- TEXAS FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 10:28:56 AM

    MR. CANSECO

    THANK THE SPEAKER AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA. MADAM SPEAKER,…

    THANK THE SPEAKER AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA. MADAM SPEAKER, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS ATTEMPTING TO PREVENT THE GOVERNMENT FROM SHUTTING DOWN. WE HAVE TO DO SO BECAUSE THE SENATE UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF SENATOR HARRY REID HASN'T PASSED A BILL TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR. IT'S NOW BEEN 41 DAYS SINCE THE HOUSE PASSED OUR BILL, H.R. 1. THE LACK OF SENATE ACTION CERTAINLY ISN'T BECAUSE THEY HAVEN'T HAD THE TIME. SINCE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 1, THE SENATE HAS HAD TIME TO PASS LEGISLATION LIKE, THE BILL DESIGNATING MARCH 11 AS WORLD PLUMBING DAY. SENATOR REID'S EXCUSE FOR NOT PASSING THE BILL? HOUSE REPUBLICANS PASSED EXTREME SPENDING CUTS. DESPITE THE $61 BILLION IN SPENDING CUTS IN H.R. 1 BEING THE LARGEST SPENDING CUT SINCE WORLD WAR II, IT AMOUNTS TO APPROXIMATELY A 2% CUT OF WHAT THE C.B.O. PROJECTS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL SPEND IN 2011. THAT'S CUTTING SPENDING BY APPROXIMATELY TWO CENTS FOR EVERY DOLLAR WE ARE PROJECTED TO SPEND. GIVEN THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS BORROWING APPROXIMATELY 40 CENTS OUT OF EVERY DOLLAR WE SPEND AND SENDING THE BILL TO OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN, CUTTING TWO CENTS OUT OF EVERY DOLLAR HARDLY SEEMS EXTREME OR EXCESSIVE. . THE ONLY THING THAT IS EXTREME OR EXCESSIVE IS FOR LIBERALS TO SPEND THE MONEY LEAVING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE UNABLE TO SPEND ON THEIR PRIORITIES. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, A MEMBER OF THE…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, A MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE,

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  • 10:30:57 AM

    MR. POLIS

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, WE DO FACE A REAL ISSUE HERE BEFORE US…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, WE DO FACE A REAL ISSUE HERE BEFORE US TODAY. A GOVERNMENT SHUFTDOWN IN A WEEK THAT COULD HURT OUR SECURITY AND SAFETY AS A NATION AND HURT OUR RECOVERY AND JOB GROWTH. AND THIS REAL ISSUE DESERVES A REAL DISCUSSION, A DISCUSSION AND AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE AND THE PRESIDENT. WE HAVE SIX DAYS LEFT TO NEGOTIATE AND YET HERE TODAY INSTEAD OF CONTRIBUTING TO A SOLUTION, THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE BRINGING ABOUT A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS ON TOP OF THE FUNDING CRISIS. THAT'S THE LAST THING THAT OUR FRAGILE ECONOMY NEEDS. MADAM SPEAKER, YESTERDAY IN RULES COMMITTEE -- AND I THINK THIS MIGHT VERY WELL BE THE FIRST TIME IT'S OCCURRED ON RULES COMMITTEE IN MY JUST OVER TWO YEARS, EVERY WITNESS THAT CAME TO VISIT OUR COMMITTEE WAS OPPOSED TO WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE TODAY. THE WITNESSES WERE UNANIMOUS THAT THIS APPROACH IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND THAT THIS APPROACH IS ILL-ADVISED. NOW, IN MY TIME ON RULES COMMITTEE I DON'T THINK WE HAD SUCH UNANIMITY OF THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE COME BEFORE US. MADAM SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD ARTICLE 1 OF OUR CONSTITUTION.

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  • 10:32:13 AM

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. POLIS

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. ARTICLE 1, SECTION 7, CLEARLY STATES THAT EVERY…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. ARTICLE 1, SECTION 7, CLEARLY STATES THAT EVERY BILL WHICH SHALL HAVE PASSED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE SHALL BEFORE IT BECOME THE LAW BE PRESENTED TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. NOW, WHAT'S BEING DONE WITH THIS BILL IS ENTIRELY DIFFERENT. I'D LIKE TO SHOW OUR FRIENDS A VERY BASIC LESSON IN HOW A BILL BECOMES LAW. THIS IS OUR FRIEND, BILL. FOR A BILL TO BECOME A LAW IT NEEDS TO PASS THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE BEFORE IT GOES TO THE PRESIDENT. NOW, WE KNOW THERE ARE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE VERSION THAT CAN BE RESOLVED THROUGH A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE OR IT CAN BE SENT WITH AN AMENDMENT BACK TO THE OTHER BODY TO ACCEPT THAT AS WE ROUTINELY DO. THAT IS BEING DONE IN THIS CASE IS THIS LITTLE GUY IS DEEMING FROM THE HOUSE THAT IT HAS PASSED THE SENATE. NOW, THIS IS PARTICULARLY UNUSUAL BECAUSE NOT ONLY HAS THIS BILL NOT PASSED THE SENATE, IT ACTUALLY HAS BEEN SPECIFICALLY REJECTED BY THE SENATE. AND NOW A BILL IS GOING TO THE SENATE ASKING THEM THAT THEY DEEM THEY HAVE PASSED SOMETHING THAT THEY HAVE ACTUALLY REJECTED. IT'S SOME SORT OF ORWELLIAN DOUBLE SPEAK OF CONFORMING SOME ALTERNATIVE REALITY REGARDING TO THIS DEEM AND PASS MEASURE. NOW, THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT WE COULD BE DOING IN THIS HOUSE AND I HOPE WE DO. IN ADDITION TO THE GOOD FAITH NEGOTIATIONS, WHICH THIS CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS UNDERMINES, WE COULD BE TAKING UP SENATE BILL 388. SENATE BILL 388 WOULD MAKE SURE THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DON'T GET PAID DURING A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. NOW, THIS IS NEWS TO MOST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHAT, MOST FEDERAL WORKERS, THEY AREN'T GOING TO GET PAID IF THE GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN. YOU KNOW WHO GETS PAID? THOSE OF YOU THAT ARE SPEAKING BEFORE YOU TODAY. THAT IS THE CURRENT LAW. WE COULD CHANGE THAT LAW TODAY. IT PASSED UNANIMOUSLY IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE TO ENSURE THAT MEMBERS -- I ASK FOR AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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  • 10:34:13 AM

    MR. POLIS

    THANK YOU. THE SENATE SENT A BILL OVER UNANIMOUSLY TO MAKE SURE THAT…

    THANK YOU. THE SENATE SENT A BILL OVER UNANIMOUSLY TO MAKE SURE THAT CONGRESS DOESN'T GET PAID IF THE GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN. IT'S BEEN SITTING HERE AT THE HOUSE DESK. THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HAS NOT TAKEN UP THAT BILL. WE CAN SEND IT ON TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, SIGN THAT BILL, MAKE SURE THAT THE SENATE MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESS -- AND WE ARE IN THE SAME BOAT AS THE OTHER FEDERAL WORKERS WITH REGARD TO A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. IT'S TIME TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT SOLVING HOW WE'RE GOING TO FUND THE OPERATIONS OF GOVERNMENT AND NOT --

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    MR. POLIS

    AND NOT PUT A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS ON TOP OF A FUNDING CRISIS. I YIELD…

    AND NOT PUT A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS ON TOP OF A FUNDING CRISIS. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MR. WOODALL

    LIKE TO ASK MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. POLIS, IF HE'D LEND ME HIS CHART FOR A…

    LIKE TO ASK MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. POLIS, IF HE'D LEND ME HIS CHART FOR A MOMENT. MR. POLIS, COULD I BORROW YOUR CHART UP HERE? WOULD YOU ALLOW ME TO USE THIS? AND I WANT TO SAY THAT -- AND I THANK MY -- I THANK MY FRIEND FOR SHARING WITH ME. THAT'S THE KIND OF THING THAT GOES ON. I MEAN, FOLKS OFTEN SEE THE FRUSTRATION ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. YOU OFTEN SEEN -- SEE THE TEMPERS AT THEIR HEIGHT. THANK YOU, SIR. BUT THE KIND OF THINGS THAT GOES BEHIND THE SCENES THAT YOU DON'T SEE IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF THING I SEE ON TV. I THANK MY CHART -- I THANK MY FRIEND FOR BRINGING THIS CHART. THIS WAS A TREAT TO SEE IN THE RULES COMMITTEE, I THINK WE ALL AGREE. IF YOU LISTEN TO THIS SONG, MADAM SPEAKER, ONCE THE BILL PASSES THE HOUSE IT GOES TO THE SENATE AND THE SENATE ACTS. THE SENATE ACTS. THERE'S ALL THESE PLEAS FOR NEGOTIATION. THE SUGGESTION AS WE'RE NOT DOING ENOUGH ON THE HOUSE SIDE. LONGEST DEBATE THIS HOUSE HAS HAD MOST AMENDMENTS -- MORE AMENDMENTS IN FACT ON H.R. 1, THE BILL THAT'S CONTAINED IN THIS UNDERLYING RESOLUTION THAT WE HAD ON ALL APPROPRIATION BILLS COMBINED OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS. THIS IS THE PROUD WORK PRODUCT OF THE HOUSE, H.R. 1. HERE IS THE WORK PRODUCT OF THE SENATE, MADAM SPEAKER. RIGHT HERE. AS MY COLLEAGUE ASKS, PLEADS, IN FACT, THAT WE NEGOTIATE WITH THE SENATE. HERE'S WHAT THE SENATE HAS OFFER. HOW DO YOU NEGOTIATE WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER? HOW DO YOU NEGOTIATE WITH THAT? THIS IS WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT. THIS IS WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE STUDYING ACROSS THE NATION. THIS IS WHAT THE SENATE HAS GIVEN US TO WORK WITH. NOW, YOU TELL ME AS A FRESHMAN, WHAT IS IT THAT I'M SUPPOSED TO DO? WHAT IS IT THAT I'M SUPPOSED TO DO WHEN THE SENATE FAILS TO ACT AND WHAT WE HAVE DONE, WHAT WE HAVE DONE IS TO SAY, IF THE SENATE FAILS TO ACT YOU CAN'T PASS ANYTHING, I DON'T KNOW WHY. SO JUST GO AHEAD AND FUND THE GOVERNMENT, PREVENT THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, FUND THE GOVERNMENT AT H.R. 1 LEVELS AND LET'S CONTINUE THAT NEGOTIATION. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY WHEN WE DON'T HAVE A BLANK SHEET HERE.

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    MR. POLIS

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD FOR A MOMENT?

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    MR. WOODALL

    I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD.

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    MR. POLIS

    HOUSE PASSED A CONTINUING RESOLUTION. HOWEVER, THAT SPECIFIC RESOLUTION…

    HOUSE PASSED A CONTINUING RESOLUTION. HOWEVER, THAT SPECIFIC RESOLUTION FAILED IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. IT WAS REJECTED. ON TOP OF THAT, THE THIRD BODY, THE EXECUTIVE, THREATENED A VETO OF THAT. WHAT THIS CALLS FOR IS SOME SORT OF DEAL THAT EVERYONE CAN DO TO ENSURE THAT THE GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO -- MR. WOODALL: THERE ARE THOSE THAT WOULD HAVE YOU BELIEVE THAT THE HOUSE IS INSISTING THAT ITS WAY OR NO WAY AT ALL. THAT'S NOT THE CASE AT ALL. WE JUST DID OUR JOB HERE AND WE'RE WAITING FOR THE COUNTEROFFER. HOW DO YOU NEGOTIATE WITH THIS? YOU CAN'T, MADAM SPEAKER. AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MADAM SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PALLONE.

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    MR. PALLONE

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I KNOW IT'S APRIL FOOLS DAY, BUT I STILL AM…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I KNOW IT'S APRIL FOOLS DAY, BUT I STILL AM AMAZED BY THE JOKES OR THE MYTHS THAT ARE BEING RELAYED BY MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. AND I LIKE MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA, BUT I JUST WANT TO SAY THREE THINGS. FIRST OF ALL, I HEARD THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. DREIER, GET UP AND SAY THAT THE REPUBLICAN POLICIES WITH THIS C.R. WERE CREATING JOBS. AND HE CITED THE FACT THAT THE UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS WENT DOWN FROM 8.9% TO 8.8% IN MARCH. IF ANYONE THINKS THAT BY PASSING TWO OR THREE-WEEK C.R.'S THAT YOU'RE GOING TO CREATE JOBS AND SOMEHOW IMPROVE THE ECONOMY AND LOWER THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, YOU KNOW, I GOT -- I GOT A BRIDGE TO SELL YOU. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT EVERY ECONOMIST IS TELLING US THAT THIS REPUBLICAN C.R. KILLS JOBS, ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE SHOWS THAT THE REPUBLICAN C.R. WOULD DESTROY MORE THAN 800,000 JOBS. AND I COULD GO THROUGH THE LIST. SO THE MYTH THAT THEY'RE CREATING JOBS AND HELPING THE ECONOMY WITH IN IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE. SECOND THING IS, THE GENTLEMAN KEEPS TALKING ABOUT THE CONGRESS NOT GETTING PAID IF THERE IS A SHUTDOWN. WELL, S. 388 PASSED THE SENATE UNANIMOUSLY OVER A MONTH AGO WITH REPUBLICAN LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL'S SUPPORT. IT'S BEEN SITTING HERE AT THE HOUSE DESK BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP REFUSES TO TAKE IT UP. THAT BILL COULD BECOME LAW TODAY IF THEY WANTED TO BRING IT UP. SIMPLY BRING IT UP. DON'T MASK WHAT YOU'RE DOING WITH THIS C.R. BY TALKING ABOUT MEMBERS GETTING PAID. YOU COULD BRING THAT BILL UP AT ANY TIME. NOW, THE THIRD MYTH IS THIS IDEA THAT -- THAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE NOT PREVENTING A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. THEY'RE THE ONES THAT ARE PREVENTING A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN BECAUSE THEY REFUSE TO COMPROMISE. THERE ARE NEGOTIATIONS GOING ON WITH THE SENATE, BUT IT'S THE TEA PARTY AND THE RIGHT WING OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY THAT KEEPS INSISTING THAT IT'S MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY. PASS H.R. 1, PASS THE C.R. OR DO NOTHING. YESTERDAY WAS A RALLY ON THE MALL. WHAT DID THE TEA PARTY CRY OUT? THEY SAID, CUT IT OR SHUT IT. EITHER GO ALONG WITH MY BILL OR SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN. SO DON'T SAY YOU'RE TRYING TO PREVENT A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. YOU'RE DOING JUST THE OPPOSITE. LET'S NOT CONTINUE WITH ALL THESE MYTHS TODAY. APRIL FOOLS' DAY. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. WOODALL

    SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN,…

    SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN, MR. MCCOTTER.

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    MR. MCCOTTER

    YOU. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE BECAUSE I THINK FOR TWO REASONS IT'S…

    YOU. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE BECAUSE I THINK FOR TWO REASONS IT'S VERY IMPORTANT -- THAT ARE VERY IMPORTANT. THE FIRST IS SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO DISCUSS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BURY PROSPERITY BENEATH BIG GOVERNMENT. THE SECOND IS BECAUSE WE ALSO NEED TO BE REMINDED THAT THE ROAD TO HELL IS PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS. IT SEEMS TO ME THAT WHEN YOU HAVE AN IMPASSE ON THE BUDGET IT IS BORNE OF THE DIFFERENCE VERY FUNDAMENTALLY THAT ONE SIDE WANTS LESS SPENDING AND ONE SIDE WOULD LIKE MORE SPENDING. AND THERE ARE A BUNCH OF MEMBERS WHO WIND UP IN THE MIDDLE. NOW, I THINK WE CAN ALL CONCEDE WHATEVER OUR POSITIONS THAT REDUCING FEDERAL SPENDING IS HARD. CERTAINLY PAST PRECEDENCE PROVES THAT. PAST PRECEDENCE ALSO PROVES SOMETHING ELSE. THAT HISTORICALLY THE WAY YOU BREAK A LOGJAM IN CONGRESS IS TO LOG ROLL. THAT IS THE PROCESS WHEREBY MEMBERS WHO HAVE DIFFERENCES SPLIT THAT DIFFERENCE AND SPEND MORE MONEY TO MAKE EACH OTHER HAPPY AND TO SERVE THEIR CONSTITUENTS AS THEY THINK BEST. WHAT WE'VE DONE IN THIS BILL IS TO INCENTIVIZE SPENDING. BECAUSE I WANT YOU TO THINK OF THE SITUATION WE'RE IN. YOU ARE NOW TELLING A POLITICIAN THAT YOU WILL GET YOUR -- YOU WILL GET NO MONEY IN YOUR POCKET UNTIL YOU SPEND MONEY FROM SOMEONE ELSE'S POCKET. YOU ARE TELLING THEM THAT THE FASTEST WAY TO END AN IMPASSE IS TO SETTLE. AND YOU ARE MAKING IT HARDER FOR THOSE WHO WOULD SEEK MORE SPENDING REDUCTIONS TO STAND THEIR GROUND AND FIGHT FOR IT. SO THAT IS WHY I SUPPORT THE RULE AND WHY I OPPOSE THE UNDERLYING BILL BECAUSE I WILL NOT PAVE THE FISCAL ROAD TO HELL WITH GOOD INTENTIONS OR YOUR MONEY. I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MARYLAND, MS. EDWARDS.

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  • 10:42:54 AM

    MS. EDWARDS

    MADAM SPEAKER, I'M REALLY DUMBFOUNDED AS TO WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY. I SAT…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I'M REALLY DUMBFOUNDED AS TO WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY. I SAT BACK AND I CLOSED MY EYES AND I REMEMBER THAT MY FAVORITE GRADE WAS FIFTH GRADE AND NOW I REMEMBER WHY MY FAVORITE GRADE WAS FIFTH GRADE BECAUSE AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO HAS POINTED OUT, I REMEMBER IN FIFTH GRADE PLAYING HOW A BILL BECOMES A LAW AND I WAS THE HOUSE AND SOMEBODY ELSE WAS THE SENATE AND ANOTHER ONE OF OUR FIFTH GRADERS WAS THE CONSTITUTION AND WHAT WE LEARNED IS YOU HAVE TO PASS THE BILL OUT OF THE HOUSE, GOES TO THE SENATE, GOES ON TO THE PRESIDENT, HE SIGNS IT, IT BECOMES A LAW. PRETTY SIMPLE. WELL, HERE WE ARE IN FIFTH GRADE YET AGAIN. I WANT TO SAY HERE, MADAM SPEAKER, IS THAT I REALLY -- I OPPOSE THE RULE, I OPPOSE THE UNDERLYING BILL AND I'M RECOLLECTING THAT JUST OVER A YEAR AGO WE HAD THIS EXACT DISCUSSION ABOUT DEEM AND PASS. AND SO WHILE AN ELEPHANT NEVER FORGETS, IT SEEMS THAT THE PARTY OF ELEPHANTS IS JUST FORGETTING EVERY DAY. AND IF THIS WERE ONLY ABOUT MASCOTS, FORGETTING WOULD BE OK, BUT IT'S NOT OK BECAUSE IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT MASCOTS. IT'S ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND SO I WANT TO REMIND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT THE WORD OF SOME OF OUR LEADERS HERE IN THIS HOUSE WHEN DEEM AND PASS WAS PUT ON THE TABLE JUST A YEAR AGO. OUR NOW SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER CALLED IT A, QUOTE, SCHEME AND PLOT, THAT SET A PRECEDENT THAT WAS, QUOTE, ONE OF THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS THINGS HE'D SEEN SINCE HE'D BEEN IN CONGRESS. THAT WAS ON MARCH 19, 2010. MIKE PENCE SAID IT'S A, QUOTE, TRAMPLING ON THE TRADITIONAL RULES OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE EVEN ON THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. THAT WAS ON MARCH 16, 2010. ERIC CANTOR TERMED IT A, QUOTE, MALFEESANT MANNER, UNQUOTE. AND THOSE WHO MIGHT SUPPORT IT AS HAVING, QUOTE, DISCHARGED THE DUTIES OF THEIR OFFICES, ON MARCH 18, 2010. AND HERE WE ARE, THE ELEPHANTS NEVER FORGETTING BUT THE ELEPHANTS REPEATING. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. WOODALL

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

    SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE GENTLEWOMAN'S REMARKS. THOSE COMMENTS ON THE BOTTOM OF THE BOARD ARE AS TRUE TODAY AS THEY WERE A YEAR AGO. THERE'S NO DEEMING IN THIS BILL. I GIVE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT THAT THEY KNOW THAT AND THAT'S JUST THE SPIN FOR TODAY. THERE'S NO DEEMING IN THIS BILL. THIS BILL SAYS ONE THING AND ONE THING ONLY ABOUT H.R. 1 AND THAT IS THAT IF THE SENATE CANNOT ACT WE'RE GOING TO GIVE THE SENATE SOME COVER. IF THE SENATE DOESN'T WANT TO COMMIT TO H.R. 1 FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR WE GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO INCORPORATE THE LANGUAGE OF H.R. 1 INTO THIS BILL, SEND IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK FOR HIS SIGNATURE, MAKE IT THE LAW OF THE LAND WHILE WE CONTINUE TO WORK TO SORT OUT OUR BUDGET DIFFERENCES. NOW, THAT'S CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. ONE THING AND ONE THING ONLY THIS BILL DOES, GIVES THE SENATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, FOR WHATEVER REASON, AND THE REASONS ARE STILL A MYSTERY FOR ME, WE CAN'T PASS LEGISLATION IN THE SENATE. WE CAN DEFEAT THINGS ALL DAY LONG BUT WE CAN'T PASS ANYTHING. I'M NOT SURE WHY THAT IS. . THIS BILL SAYS NONE OF US WANT A SHUTDOWN. I'VE GOT TO BE HONEST, I'M BEGINNING TO WONDER IF NONE OF US WANT A SHUTDOWN IS A TRUE STATEMENT. THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE DRIVING US DOWN THAT ROAD. THIS IS A BILL THAT GIVES US ANOTHER OPTION. ANOTHER ARROW IN OUR QUIVER TO SAY, IF YOU CANNOT ACT, SENATE, IF YOU ARE PARALYZED BY INACTION, PASS THIS BILL AND WE'LL CONTINUE THOSE NEGOTIATIONS WHILE H.R. 1 IS THE LAW OF THE LAND. I'D LIKE TO SAY TO MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN, I THANK HIM FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THE RULE. I HOPE I CAN PERSUADE HIM TO SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING RESOLUTION. HE SUGGESTED THAT BY PENALIZING MEMBERS OF CONGRESS FOR FAILURE TO ACT, AND CURBING OUR SALARIES, THAT WOULD SOMEHOW ENCOURAGE A COMPROMISE THAT WOULD SPEND MORE OUT OF OTHER PEOPLE'S POCKETS. I CERTAINLY SHARE THAT FEAR IF THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL DOES, BUT IT DOES NOT. WHAT IT SAYS IS, THE VERY BEST DEAL WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO NEGOTIATE AMONG OURSELVES HERE IN THE HOUSE WAS H.R. 1. THE MOST CONSERVATIVE DEAL -- ACTUALLY THE MOST CONSERVATIVE AND MOST LIBERAL, THE WORK PRODUCT OF ALL 435 OF US, IT'S WHAT CAME OUT OF THIS HOUSE IN H.R. 1. AND IT SAYS, LET'S FUND THOSE LEVELS THAT WE HAVE ALREADY AGREED ON, THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN THE WORK PRODUCT OF THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE, THE MOST RESPONSIVE BODY IN POLITICS, LET'S INCORPORATE THAT AS OUR BASE LINE WHILE WE CONTINUE TO DISCUSS. IT'S NOT GOING TO SPEND AN ADDITIONAL NICKEL OUT OF ANYONE'S POCKETS, MADAM SPEAKER. IT IS ONLY GOING TO SAY TO THE CONGRESS AND THE SENATE, IF YOU DO NOT WORK, YOU DO NOT GET PAID. I CANNOT THINK OF A CONSTITUENT BACK HOME WHO WOULD DISAGREE WITH THAT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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  • 10:47:55 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MISS DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ.

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  • 10:48:04 AM

    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1255.…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1255. I SAY TO MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA THAT NO MATTER HOW HE SLICES IT, IF YOU ARE SAYING IN THIS LAW, IN THIS BILL, THAT IF THE SENATE FAILS TO ACT THEN H.R. 1 BECOMES LAW, CHECK WEBSTERS, THAT'S DEEMING. THIS IS BLATANTLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL, DEEM AND PASS LEGISLATION, OFFERED BY REPRESENTATIVE WOMACK, AND IT MAKES ME WONDER WHAT SORT OF APRIL FOOL'S DAY JOKE IS BEING PLAYED ON THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. TO BE SURE CONGRESSMAN WOMACK CITED CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY FOR HIS BILL. FIRST HE CITES CLAUSE 7 OF SECTION 9 OF ART IGLE 1, THAT CONGRESS HAS THE AUTHORITY TO SPEND MONEY BY PASSING LAWS. HE THEN CITES CLAUSE 1 OF SECTION 8, FOR THE IDEA THAT CONGRESS SHALL HAVE POWER TO LAY TAXES AND PAY THE DEBT. BUT WHAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES FAIL TO CITE, IS CLAUSE 1, SECTION 1, ARTICLE 1 FOR THE FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPT THAT CONGRESS SHALL CONSIST OF A SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. AS MUCH AS WE DON'T LIKE THAT MUCH OF THE TIME, THAT IS WHAT THE CONSTITUTION SAYS. I ALSO REFER HIM TO CLAUSE 2, SECTION 7 OF ARTICLE 1, THAT LAYS OUT THE BASIC CONSTITUTIONAL CONSCRIPT THAT A BILL BECOMES A LAW IF AND ONLY IF IT IS PASSED BY THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE AND SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT. THE HOUSE HAS NO MAGIC WAND TO DO THIS ALL ON ITS OWN. GLINDA THE GOOD WITCH OF THE NORTH IS NOT COMING TO SAVE YOU. H.R. 1 IS MORE LIKE A PRODUCT OF THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST. PERHAPS AT THE START OF THE NEXT CONGRESS WE SHOULD SHOW THE SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK VIDEO, I'M JUST A BILL, AS A REFLEX ON HOW A BILL BECOMES THE LAW. READING THE CONSTITUTION ON THE FLOOR HAS STUCK WELL. WHILE TODAY'S APRIL'S FOOLS DAY IT FELLS LIKE GROUNDHOG'S DAY. HERE WE ARE DEEMING PASSED THE JOB KILLING H.R. 1. IN CASE ANYONE HAS FORGOTTEN, THAT JOB KILLING SPENDING BILL WOULD DESTROY 700,000 JOBS AND THREATEN THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY NOW UNDER WAY. THE DEMOCRATIC MINORITY REMAINS COMMITTED TO OUR GOALS FOR THE 112TH CONGRESS TO CREATE JOBS, STRENGTHEN THE MIDDLE CLASS, AND RESPONSIBLY REDUCE THE DEFICIT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. AND SAY, DEFEAT THIS MISGUIDED LEGISLATION AND MAKE SURE THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AREN'T PAID WHEN GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AREN'T.

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    MR. WOODALL

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:50:29 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. ANDREWS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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  • 10:50:37 AM

    MR. ANDREWS

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. ANDREWS

    MADAM SPEAKER. AS THE WEEKENDS, THERE IS THE WELCOME NEWS THAT AMERICAN…

    MADAM SPEAKER. AS THE WEEKENDS, THERE IS THE WELCOME NEWS THAT AMERICAN EMPLOYERS ADDED 216,000 JOBS. BUT THIS IS STILL A NIGHT FOR 15 MILLION PEOPLE WHERE THEY DIDN'T GET THOSE JOBS. IT WILL BE ANOTHER SLEEPLESS NIGHT, ANOTHER FRIDAY WITHOUT A PAYCHECK. AND WHAT DID THE MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DO ABOUT THAT THIS WEEK? WELL, EARLY IN THE WEEK THEY TOOK A BILL TO CANCEL OUT A PROGRAM THAT HELPS PEOPLE TRYING TO KEEP THEIR HOMES AND PAY THEIR BILLS OUT OF FORECLOSURE. THEN WE SPENT A DAY PRETENDING WE WERE THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BOARD OF EDUCATION DEBATING ABOUT HOW THE D.C. SCHOOLS SHOULD BE ORGANIZED. TODAY IS GOING TO BE CAPPED OFF BY DEBATING A BILL THAT ANY FIFTH GRADER WOULD UNDERSTAND IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL BECAUSE IT DOES NOT REQUIRE THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE TO ACT. THERE ARE SERIOUS DISCUSSIONS GOING ON ABOUT WHAT WE OUGHT TO DO IN THIS COUNTRY, BUT THE MOST SERIOUS THING WE OUGHT TO DO IS WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT SO THAT ENTREPRENEURS LARGE AND SMALL COULD CREATE JOBS. INSTEAD, WHAT WE ARE DOING IS WASTING YET ANOTHER WEEK, THIS IS WEEK 14, YET ANOTHER DAY, YET ANOTHER SESSION, HAVING A FAIRLY SUPERFICIAL POLITICAL DISCUSSION ABOUT A BILL THAT SIMPLY ISN'T CONSTITUTIONAL AND DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. WHY DON'T WE PUT ON THE FLOOR A BILL THAT REDUCES THE DEFICIT, CUTS THE SUBSIDIES TO THE OIL COMPANIES, AND PUTS SOME OF THE MONEY INTO PUTTING AMERICANS BACK TO WORK BUILDING CLEAN WATER SYSTEMS AND ROADS AND SCHOOLS? WHY DON'T WE DO THAT? AT A MINIMUM WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO TODAY IS VOTE FOR SOMETHING I DO SUPPORT. IF THERE'S A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, AND I SURE HOPE THERE ISN'T, WE SHOULDN'T GET PAID, EITHER. WE CAN AGREE ON THAT. LET'S PUT THAT ON THE FLOOR. BUT FOR GOODNESS SAKES CAN'T THERE COME A DAY IN THIS HOUSE WE ACTUALLY WORK TOGETHER ON A JOBS BILL INSTEAD OF ANOTHER WEEK OF FAILURE? I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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  • 10:52:45 AM

    MR. WOODALL

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. TO SAY ONE OF…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. TO SAY ONE OF THE GREAT JOYS OF SERVING IN THIS BODY IS WHEN YOU GET TO TAKE A STAND ON SOMETHING YOU REALLY BELIEVE IN. AND WHILE I HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR MY FRIEND FROM NEW JERSEY AND I KNOW HE REPRESENTS HIS CONSTITUENCY WELL, MY CONSTITUENCY DOES NOT BELIEVE THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS THE POWER TO CREATE A SINGLE JOB. NOT ONE. IN FACT, MY CONSTITUENCY BELIEVES THAT EVERY SINGLE PERSON THAT THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT HIRES IS A JOB THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN DONE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, WOULD HAVE BEEN DONE BETTER IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, WOULD HAVE SPURRED THE PRIVATE SECTOR ECONOMY BUT WERE SUCKED INTO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WE UNDERSTAND THAT ENTREPRENEURS CREATE JOBS. ENTREPRENEURS CREATE JOBS. I WILL SAY AS WE CONTINUE TO COUNT THE DAYS THAT THE HOUSE HAS PASSED H.R. 1 AND THE SENATE HAS ENACTED, IF THE SAME NUMBER OF DAYS, MADAM SPEAKER, SINCE I CAME TO THIS FLOOR, PROBABLY SHORTLY AFTER MY FRIEND FROM NEW JERSEY SPOKE OBJECT H.R. 1 RULE, TO SAY IF YOU WANT TO DO AWAY WITH THOSE -- IF YOU WANT TO GO AFTER THE OIL COMPANIES, IF YOU WANT TO GO AFTER THE LOBBYISTS, SPECIAL EPPINGS EXCEPTIONS -- EXCEPTIONS, JOIN ME ON H.R. 25. NOT ONE NEW FRIEND OF MINE FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAS JOINED ME SINCE THAT SPEECH. ONLY BILL IN CONGRESS. I WOULD LOVE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. ANDREWS

    FRIEND AND THANK HIM FOR HIS PASSION. I THOUGHT I HEARD THE GENTLEMAN SAY…

    FRIEND AND THANK HIM FOR HIS PASSION. I THOUGHT I HEARD THE GENTLEMAN SAY A MINUTE AGO THAT EVERY JOB CREATED IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR SUCKS AWAY MONEY THAT COULD CREATE A PRIVATE SECTOR JOB. DID THE GENTLEMAN SAY THAT?

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  • 10:54:18 AM

    MR. WOODALL

    MR. ANDREWS, I ABSOLUTELY SAID, THE GOVERNMENT CANNOT CREATE JOBS. IT CAN…

    MR. ANDREWS, I ABSOLUTELY SAID, THE GOVERNMENT CANNOT CREATE JOBS. IT CAN HIRE PEOPLE THAT WOULD OTHERWISE HAVE BEEN HIRED --

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    MR. ANDREWS

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. I WOULD ASK HIM IF HE WOULD APPLY THAT…

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. I WOULD ASK HIM IF HE WOULD APPLY THAT DEFINITION TO OUR PEOPLE IN THE MILITARY. ARE THEIR JOBS --

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    MR. WOODALL

    I'M THANKFUL FOR BRINGING THAT UP. I INTEND TO SPEAK TO THAT. IT'S…

    I'M THANKFUL FOR BRINGING THAT UP. I INTEND TO SPEAK TO THAT. IT'S CRITICAL IMPORTANT. IT'S BEEN IGNORED THROUGHOUT THIS WHOLE DEBATE, DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS IN A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN? THOSE HEROES OF THIS COUNTRY DO NOT GET PAID. I UNDERSTAND THAT. IN A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, THIS IS A BILL TO PROVIDE A SPECIAL RULE SO THAT WE DON'T GET PAID, BUT BY THE ORDINARY FUNCTION OF LAW, OUR MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE THIS COUNTRY AT HOME AND ABROAD IN UNIFORM, DO NOT GET PAID. DO NOT GET PAID. NOW, IT IS ALARMING TO ME BECAUSE I KNOW YOU SHARE MY PASSION FOR THAT. IT IS ALARMING TO ME THAT THIS IS THE ONLY SOLUTION THAT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR. I'M ONE OF THE CO-SPONSORS WHO BROUGHT IT TO THE FLOOR. AND WE HAVE HAD NOTHING BUT CONTEMPT FOR THIS EFFORT. I'M NOT SAYING THIS IS THE END ALL, BE ALL OF GOOD GOVERNMENT. IN FACT I ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH CHAIRMAN DREIER'S REMARKS. I HATE WE HAVE TO DO THIS. I HAVE BEEN IN CONGRESS FOR 90 DAYS, MADAM SPEAKER. I HAVEN'T GOTTEN TO WORK ON THE NEW AGENDA YET. MY TIME HAS BEEN WHOLLY CONSUMED WITH TRYING TO SORT OUT THE PROBLEMS FROM LAST YEAR. IT'S FRUSTRATING TO ME AS SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO LOOK TO THE FUTURE AND NOT THE PAST. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR BRINGING UP OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM BECAUSE THEY ARE OUTRAGEOUSLY DISADVANTAGED BY -- MR.

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    MR. WOODALL

    WE HAVE A TEA PARTY RALLY ON THE MALL, THEY ARE 100% SUPPORTIVE OF OUR MEN…

    WE HAVE A TEA PARTY RALLY ON THE MALL, THEY ARE 100% SUPPORTIVE OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND WANT TO SEE THOSE FOLKS GET PAID. THIS IS THE ONLY BILL TO DO THAT. IT' BE HAPPY TO YIELD.

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  • 10:56:09 AM

    MR. ANDREWS

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN SAY PEOPLE WHO ARE F.B.I. OR D.E.A. AGENTS ARE SUCKING…

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN SAY PEOPLE WHO ARE F.B.I. OR D.E.A. AGENTS ARE SUCKING MONEY OUT OF THE TREASURY THAT COULD BE USED FOR PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS?

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  • 10:56:17 AM

    MR. WOODALL

    I WANT TO POINT OUT, MADAM SPEAKER, ONE OF THE GREAT JOYS OF THE JOB IS…

    I WANT TO POINT OUT, MADAM SPEAKER, ONE OF THE GREAT JOYS OF THE JOB IS BEING ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER WITH COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE. I THINK MR. ANDREWS IS 100% RIGHT. 100% RIGHT. BECAUSE WHAT HE STRUCK ON IS ONE OF THOSE NARROW OPPORTUNITIES WHERE THE CONSTITUTION ACTUALLY GIVES THE GOVERNMENT THE RESPONSIBILITY TO ACT. AND THAT'S ONE OF THE WONDERFUL THINGS. MADAM SPEAKER, I MAY BE NEW HERE ON CAPITOL HILL, BUT THE JOB CAME WITH AN INSTRUCTION BOOK. IT'S NEAT. CAME WITH AN INSTRUCTION BOOK. IT'S THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. IT TELLS US WHAT IT IS WE SHOULD AND SHOULDN'T DO.

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  • 10:56:48 AM

    MR. ANDREWS

    GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. WOODALL

    I LOVE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN, I SUSPECT WHAT I COULD HEAR IF I COULD…

    I LOVE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN, I SUSPECT WHAT I COULD HEAR IF I COULD PRESUME IS A DISCUSSION OF THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THIS PROVISION THAT'S HERE BEFORE US TODAY. THE GOOD NEWS IS, I READ THE INSTRUCTION BOOK BEFORE I CAME TO THE FLOOR TODAY AND I'M VERY COMFORTABLE WITH WHERE WE ARE HEADED. I WOULD ENCOURAGE MY FRIENDS TO SUPPORT US ON THIS RESOLUTION. IT'S NOT THE END ALL, BE ALL OF GOVERNMENT. IT'S A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. AND IF YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE AN ALL OR NOTHING ATTITUDE, I'M NOT SURE WE ARE GOING TO GET THINGS DONE. I WISH YOU WOULD WORK WITH ME INCREMENTALLY TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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  • 10:57:24 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    TO RESPOND, I'D LIKE TO YIELD 15 SECONDS TO MR. ANDREWS.

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    MR. ANDREWS

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT SAY IT'S NOT AN…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT SAY IT'S NOT AN INSTRUCTION BOOK. IT'S AN OWNER'S MANUAL. AND THE OWNER'S MANUAL OF THE CONSTITUTION SAYS FOR A BILL TO BECOME LAW THE HOUSE HAS TO PASS IT AND THE SENATE HAS TO PASS IT. THAT'S WHY THIS BILL IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO, WHO'S HELPED CREATE A FEW JOBS WHILE HE'S BEEN HERE.

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    WAS ASTOUNDING. APPARENTLY THE GENTLEMAN IS UNFAMILIAR WITH THE PORTIONS…

    WAS ASTOUNDING. APPARENTLY THE GENTLEMAN IS UNFAMILIAR WITH THE PORTIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION REFERRING TO WHAT WERE THEN POST ROADS. THE GOVERNMENT CAN'T CREATE A JOB? WE CREATE INCREDIBLE WEALTH, MILLIONS OF JOBS. BY FACILITATING THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF THIS COUNTRY WHICH IS PAID FOR BY THE TAXPAYERS. AND THOSE ARE ALL PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS. THEY ARE CONTRACTED OUT TO THE BEST BID. SO THE GENTLEMAN HAS A LITTLE BIT TO LEARN. I REALIZE HE IS NEW HERE. AND HE HAS BEEN SENT HERE ON A FOOL'S ERRAND. LET'S KEEP THE REPUBLICAN FRESHMEN BUSY WHILE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS YOUR SPEAKER IS CUTTING A DEAL. THINGS HAVEN'T CHANGED AROUND HERE ALL THAT MUCH. AND YOU'RE DOWN HERE PRETENDING THAT SOMEHOW WE HAVE BECOME THE OMNI POTENT, UNICAMERAL LEGISLATURE AND THE RULERS OF AMERICA. THE PRESIDENT, THE SENATE. I'M PRETTY FED UP WITH THE SENATE, TOO. I SHARE YOUR LOW OPINION OF THEM. BUT THEIR PROBLEM. LET'S THINK THIS THROUGH. WE CAN PASS A BILL HERE, BECOMES A LAW. NOW, IN THE LAST CONGRESS THE HOUSE PASSED 300 BILLS THAT NEVER CAME UP IN THE SENATE. ARE THOSE ALL LAWS TODAY? BOY, WE GOT SOME CATCHING UP TO DO HERE. THERE WERE A LOT OF GOOD BILLS THAT DIED IN THE SENATE. 300 LAWS, GREAT. NOW, BUT WHAT IF THE SENATE PASSES A BILL AND THE HOUSE DOESN'T? DOES THAT BECOME A LAW? WELL, I GUESS THEY COULD DEEM THEM SELVES THE UNICAMERAL OMNIPOTENT LEGISLATIVE BRANCH WHICH I THINK THEY FEEL LIKE THEY ARE ALL THE TIME ANYWAY. SO ANYTHING THEY PASS WE DON'T TAKE UP BECOMES LAW. WHAT IF THE PRESIDENT TAKES A BILL THAT SOMEONE'S INTRODUCED HERE THAT HASN'T BEEN DEBATED AND VOTED ON BY EITHER HOUSE AND HE SIGNS IT? DOES THAT BECOME A LAW? WHAT A BRAVE AND WONDERFUL NEW EFFICIENT WORLD WE HAVE. WE CAN HAVE THREE COMPETING, TWO BRANCHES, AND THREE COMPETING PLACES PASSING WHAT THEY DEEM TO BE LAWS. COME ON, LET'S GET REAL HERE. WE READ THE CONSTITUTION ON THE SECOND DAY OF THIS CONGRESS, AND IN FACT JOE WILSON, HE READ ARTICLE 1, SECTION 7.2 ON THE FLOOR. BUT APPARENTLY HE AND MANY OTHERS ON THAT SIDE DIDN'T TAKE IT TO HEART. . IT'S GOT TO PASS THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE IN IDENTICAL FORM AND BE AGREED TO BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. WE CANNOT DEEM ANYTHING. IN YOUR FANTASY WORLD WE CAN DEEM EVERYTHING. NOW, I WOULD --

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    I WOULD RECOMMEND WHAT I GIVE OUT TO SCHOOL KIDS HOW A BILL IS MADE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. I WOULD REMIND MEMBERS THAT THEY SHOULD REFRAIN FROM IMPROPER REFERENCES TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 11:00:50 AM

    MR. WOODALL

    MADAM SPEAKER, MIGHT I INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS ON BOTH SIDES?

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA HAS 3 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS 6 1/4 MINUTES REMAINING.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA ONE MINUTE, MR. DEUTCH.

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    MR. DEUTCH

    I AM PROUD TO SERVE IN A BODY THAT HAS SUCH RESPECT FOR THE CONSTITUTION.…

    I AM PROUD TO SERVE IN A BODY THAT HAS SUCH RESPECT FOR THE CONSTITUTION. APPARENTLY MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE USING A SPECIAL APRIL FOOLS' PART OF THE CONSTITUTION THAT HAS A SPECIAL PROVISION IN IT WHEN IT SAYS A MAJORITY IN THE PARTY IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS IMMOVABLELY COMMITTED TO SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT UNLESS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE UNITED STATES SENATE GET ONBOARD WITH THEIR PLAN TO DESTROY 700,000 JOBS AND CRIPPLE THE NATION'S ECONOMIC GROWTH, THAT HOUSE MAJORITY CAN SIMPLY DEEM THEIR PLAN THE LAW WITHOUT A VOTE BY THE SENATE OR THE SIGNATURE OF THE PRESIDENT AS THEY ARE NULL AND VOID. THERE YOU HAVE IT, MADAM SPEAKER. WHAT WE'VE CLEARLY SEEN HERE IS THAT MY COLLEAGUES ARE SO BENT ON ADDING 700,000 AMERICANS TO THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE THAT THEY CAN SIMPLY DECLARE THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES NULL AND VOID. THIS BILL TRAMPLES ON OUR CONSTITUTION. IT IS BAD POLITICAL THEATER AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE IT.

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    MR. WOODALL

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF 15 SECONDS TO SAY I FEAR WILL FALL ON DEAF…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF 15 SECONDS TO SAY I FEAR WILL FALL ON DEAF EARS. H.R. 1255 WILL NOT BECOME THE LAW OF THE LAND UNLESS THE SENATE PASSES IT AND THE PRESIDENT SIGNS IT. THE SENATE PASSES IT AND THE PRESIDENT SIGNS IT. THAT'S THE ONLY THING WE TALK ABOUT DOING HERE TODAY AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    I AM PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS.…

    I AM PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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  • 11:02:56 AM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. AND I QUARREL WITH THE UNDERSTANDING…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. AND I QUARREL WITH THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE GENTLEMAN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION. THERE ARE THREE BRANCHES. THE JUDICIARY, THE LEGISLATIVE AND THE PRESIDENT. THANK GOD THEY ARE BECAUSE THAT MEANS WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO BE REASONABLE AND PRACTICAL, RECOGNIZING WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO REDUCING THE DEBT, BUT NOT KILLING OFF SENIORS AND THOSE IN CLASSROOMS. I JUST CAME FROM SPEAKING TO FELLMAN COLLEGE, WOMEN WHO ARE READY TO GO OUT AND SERVE AMERICA, HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGE, AND THEY REALIZE THAT THEIR EDUCATION IS A GIFT. BUT THEY WANT TO GIVE BACK TO AMERICA. BUT THIS RIDICULOUS $61 BILLION IN CUTS, WANT TO MAKE SURE WE DON'T HAVE THE AMERICAN DREAM. AS A MEMBER OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, I SIT AND LISTEN TO THOSE FIGHTING THE DRUG CARTELS ON THE BOTHEREDER BUT $400 MILLION WILL BE CUT OUT OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING SO THAT IT IMMACTS I.C.E. AGENTS, IT IMPACTS BORDER PATROL AGENTS, IT IMPACTS INTELLIGENCE GATHERING. THESE KINDS OF NONPRACTICAL WAYS ARE UNDERMINING AMERICANS AND AMERICA'S DREAM. 700,000 IS JUST THE BEGINNING. IT'S THE FLOOR, IT'S NOT THE LIMIT. TO THOSE THAT SEEK A SINGLE TUNNEL VIEW OF HOW WE RUN THIS COUNTRY ---TIME THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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  • 11:04:18 AM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THE WRONG DIRECTION. SIT DOWN AT THE BARGAINING TABLE.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    STOP PUTTING YOUR IDEAS ON THE BACKS OF AMERICANS WHO NEED TO BE ABLE TO…

    STOP PUTTING YOUR IDEAS ON THE BACKS OF AMERICANS WHO NEED TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THE AMERICAN DREAM. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. WOODALL

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF 15 SECONDS. I DON'T WANT TO BE LECTURED ON…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF 15 SECONDS. I DON'T WANT TO BE LECTURED ON THOSE WHO LEFT THE DEBT ON OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN'S BACKS. THIS BILL IS ABOUT PROVIDING A BETTER DAY TOMORROW THAN TODAY. I STAND PROUDLY IN SUPPORT OF IT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT, FORMER…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT, FORMER MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, MR. WELCH.

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    MR. WELCH

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. THE HOUSE PASSED H.R. 1 WITH THE REPUBLICAN…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. THE HOUSE PASSED H.R. 1 WITH THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY THAT CAN'T GET IT THROUGH THE SENATE. THEY'RE FRUSTRATED. THEIR RESPONSIBILITY, TO BE DIRECT WITH THE PEOPLE THAT SUPPORTED THEIR PASSAGE OF H.R. 1. AND BEING DIRECT WITH THOSE FOLKS IS TELLING THEM THEY HAVE A PROBLEM IN THE SENATE. THE REASON THEY HAVE A PROBLEM IN THE SENATE IS BECAUSE THE SENATE HAS A PROBLEM WITH THE BILL. COMING INTO THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AS A POLITICAL GAME YOU WILL TO PASS A LET'S PRETEND BILL, LET'S PRETEND THE HOUSE PASSED IT, BECOME LAW WITHOUT SENATE ACTION, LET'S PRETEND THAT IT BECOMES LAW WITHOUT THE SENATE OR THE PRESIDENT SIGNING IT,ES THAT IS MISLEADING AND NOT BEING STRAIGHT WITH THE FOLKS WHO SUPPORTED H.R. 1. TELL THEM THE TRUTH. THEY HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE SENATE. NOW, THERE'S A REASON THEY HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE SENATE. H.R. 1 IS A BILL THAT WAS DESIGNED TO FAIL. IT WILL NOT ADDRESS THE DEFICIT. IT WILL REDUCE SPENDING IN SOME AREAS. IF YOU'RE LOW INCOME AND GETTING HEATING ASSISTANCE, YOU'LL LOSE SOME MONEY. IF YOU'RE AN OIL COMPANY THAT'S MAKING $55 BILLION IN TAX BREAKS FROM PEOPLE YOU'LL CONTINUE TO RECEIVE IT. IF YOU HAVE THE WAR PRACTICE OF PUTTING OUR TWO WARS, AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ, ON THE CREDIT CARD, THAT WILL CONTINUE. WHAT H.R. 1 DID WAS TARGET LOW-INCOME FOLKS, MIDDLE-CLASS FOLKS AND IT LEFT ALL THE OTHER ASPECTS OF THE BUDGET OFF THE TABLE THAT HAS TO BE ON THE TABLE IF WE'RE GOING TO GET TO FISCAL BALANCE. NUMBER TWO, H.R. 1 WAS LOADED WITH POLITICAL HAND GRENADES THAT WERE DESIGNED TO MAKE THIS THING BLOW UP, AND THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE SENATE. THINGS LIKE ENDING NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO OR PLANNED PARENTHOOD, GETTING IN DEBATE ABOUT CHOICE AND ABORTION, ALL OF THOSE ARE ISSUES THAT ARE VITALLY IMPORTANT, LEGITIMATE TO BE DEBATED. BUT WHY PUT THEM ON A BILL WHERE THE ONIVE OF THE BILL IS TO HELP BRING US INTO FISCAL BALANCE? THAT'S A SELF-CONSCIOUS DECISION, IT'S A WILLFUL DECISION AND IT'S A DECISION THAT HAS IMPLICATIONS AND YOU ARE SEEING IT PLAYED OUT IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. H.R. 1 WILL NOT SUCCEED IN THE CHALLENGE WE FACE GETTING US TO FISCAL BALANCE. AND THAT IS THE PROBLEM THAT THE MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE IS HAVING WITH THAT BILL. COMING IN HERE WITH A BILL IS FLATLY EXPLICITLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL BY ITS OWN LANGUAGE, NOT WITH THE SPONSORS SAY THE BILL DOES BUT WHAT THE BILL SAYS IT DOES, ALLOW THE HOUSE BY ITS UNILATERAL ACTION TO PASS LEGISLATION IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL, IT HAS NO MERIT AND IT IS SIMPLY A WAY OF TRYING TO AVOID RESPONSIBILITY. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. WOODALL

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF 15 SECONDS AND I WISH I HAD TIME TO REFUTE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF 15 SECONDS AND I WISH I HAD TIME TO REFUTE THAT MISDIRECTION. WHAT WE'RE ASKING HERE IS WE PASS THE ONLY BILL THAT HAS BEEN PASSED IN EITHER HOUSE OF CONGRESS. I DON'T CARE IF THE SENATE PASSES H.R. 1. PASS SOMETHING. DO I NEED TO BRING THE CHART BACK UP WHAT THE SENATE HAS DONE? THEY HAVE DONE NOTHING.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD 30 SECOND TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR.…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD 30 SECOND TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COHEN.

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    MR. COHEN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I'M JUST TOTALLY CONFUSED. I WAS IN NEW YORK A…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I'M JUST TOTALLY CONFUSED. I WAS IN NEW YORK A COUPLE WEEKS AGO AND I SAW A PLAY CALLED "SINGLE TIGER IN THE BAG CAD ZOO." ROBIN WILLIAMS WAS THE STAR. I WROTE HIM A LETTER. SAID, REALITY, WHAT A CONCEPT. IT EVEN EXISTS IN CONGRESS. ROBIN, I'M SORRY. I WAS WRONG. IT DOESN'T EXIST TODAY. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER.

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    MR. WOODALL

    THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE GENTLEMAN HAS NO FURTHER…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE GENTLEMAN HAS NO FURTHER SPEAKERS.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MADAM SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION I WILL OFFER AN…

    MADAM SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO PROVIDE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE HOUSE ADOPTS THIS RULE TO BRING UP S. 388, A BILL TO PROHIBIT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT FROM RECEIVING PAY DURING GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWNS. AS WE FACE THE POSSIBILITY OF A SHUTDOWN AND DISCUSS HOW TO PREVENT AND DEAL WITH IT, THERE'S ONE POINT ON WHICH WE ALL AGREE, THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SHOULD NOT BE PAID DURING A GOVERNMENT SHUFTDOWN. THE REPUBLICAN BILL -- GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN. WE COULD PASS A MEMBER PAY BILL TODAY AND TAKE THE SENATE BILL FROM THE DESK. MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO AND DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN DEBATE AND PASS A BILL THAT ACTUALLY DOES SOMETHING USEFUL AND THAT IS DEAL WITH THE PAY OF THE PRESIDENT AND THE CONGRESS AND ACTUALLY HAS A CHANCE BECAUSE IT HAS ALREADY PASSED THE SENATE OF BEING ENACTED INTO LAW. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE RULE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. WOODALL

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

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    MR. WOODALL

    THIS HAS BEEN AN INTERESTING EXPERIENCE FOR ME AS A FRESHMAN MEMBER OF…

    THIS HAS BEEN AN INTERESTING EXPERIENCE FOR ME AS A FRESHMAN MEMBER OF CONGRESS AND A CO-SPONSOR OF THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. I HAVEN'T HAD MY MOTIVES IMPUGNED QUITE AS MUCH IN THE PREVIOUS DAYS AS I'VE BEEN IMPUGNED TODAY. WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WE'RE TRYING TO MOVE THE BALL FORWARD. I WISH OUR -- I'M JUST A BILL SONG WENT ON TO TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU DO WHEN YOU HAVE AN INTRANG GENT SENATE THAT CAN'T ACT. IN SEVEN DAYS, MADAM SPEAKER, THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN. I JUST WANT TO MAKE THAT CLEAR. IN SEVEN DAYS THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN. IF THE SENATE CAN'T PASS A BILL AND THAT WE CAN'T GET TOGETHER AND DEFINE A SOLUTION. AND THAT MEANS OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM DON'T GET PAID. THAT MEANS OUR USDA INSPECTORS THAT INSPECT ALL THE MEAT AND THE CHICKEN THAT WE EAT, THEY WON'T GO TO WORK AND THOSE PRODUCTS WON'T COME TO THE GROCERY STORE. IT'S NOT A LITTLE DEAL. IT'S A BIG DEAL. IT'S A BIG DEAL AND THIS IS A STEP IN THE DIRECTION TOWARDS FINDING A SOLUTION. NOW, THIS RULE PROVIDES FOR DEBATE ON THAT UNDERLYING RESOLUTION. WE'LL GET TO THAT THIS AFTERNOON. I LOOK FORWARD TO THAT. I WILL ASK ALL MY COLLEAGUES ON THE LEFT AND THE RIGHT, THE CONSERVATIVES AND THE LIBERALS OF ALL STRIPES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE SO THAT WE CAN MOVE FORWARD AND DEBATE IN AN OPEN FASHION THE UNDERLYING RESOLUTION. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, MADAM SPEAKER, AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 11:11:54 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MADAM SPEAKER, ON THAT I ASK THE YEAS AND NAYS .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 189 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 658. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. YODER, KINDLY TAKE THE CHAIR?

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  • 11:13:00 AM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 658 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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  • 11:13:08 AM

    THE CLERK

    TO AMEND TITLE 49, UNITED STATES CODE, TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE…

    TO AMEND TITLE 49, UNITED STATES CODE, TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION FOR FISCAL YEARS 2011 THROUGH 2014, TO STREAMLINE PROGRAMS, CREATE EFFICIENCIES, REDUCE WASTE, AND IMPROVE AVIATION SAFETY AND CAPACITY, TO PROVIDE STABLE FUNDING FOR THE NATIONAL AVIATION SYSTEM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 11:13:30 AM

    THE CHAIR

    --

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 27 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-46 OFFERED BY MR. PEARCE…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 27 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-46 OFFERED BY MR. PEARCE OF NEW MEXICO.

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  • 11:14:36 AM

    THE CHAIR

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A…

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS 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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  • 11:39:27 AM

    THE CHAIR

    VOTE THE YEAS ARE 207. THE NAYS ARE 215. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. THE…

    VOTE THE YEAS ARE 207. THE NAYS ARE 215. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 29 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-46 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 11:39:57 AM

    THE CLERK

    29 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-46 OFFERED BY MR. SCHIFF OF CALIFORNIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    A RORTED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A…

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

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  • 11:46:11 AM

    THE CHAIR

    VOTE THE YEAS ARE 178, THE NAYS ARE 243 AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED.…

    VOTE THE YEAS ARE 178, THE NAYS ARE 243 AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 20 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-46 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SESSIONS, ON WHICH PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY A VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 11:46:41 AM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 20 PRINTED IN 112-46 OFFERED BY MR. SESSIONS OF TEXAS.

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    THE CHAIR

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A…

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

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  • 11:53:25 AM

    THE CHAIR

    VOTE THE YEAS ARE 183, THE NAYS ARE 238. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE…

    VOTE THE YEAS ARE 183, THE NAYS ARE 238. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 21 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-46 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. LATOURETTE, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 11:53:56 AM

    THE CLERK

    21 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-46 OFFERED BY MR. LATOURETTE OF OHIO.

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    THE CHAIR

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A…

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

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  • 12:00:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    206-220. THE NAYS HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT FAILS. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS…

    206-220. THE NAYS HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT FAILS. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT 24 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-46 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. SHUSTER, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND WHICH THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 12:00:31 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 24, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 112-46, OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 24, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 112-46, OFFERED BY MR. SHUSTER OF PENNSYLVANIA.

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  • 12:00:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR…

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

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  • 12:06:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 215. THE NAYS ARE 209. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED.…

    THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 215. THE NAYS ARE 209. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY UNDER THE RULE, THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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  • 12:07:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    THE CHAIR

    MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 658 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 189 I REPORT THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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  • 12:07:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

    THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION THE BILL H.R. 658 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 189 REPORTS THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. UNDER THE RULE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. IS THERE A SEPARATE VOTE DEMANDED ON ANY AMENDMENT TO THE AMENDMENT REPORTED FROM THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE? IF NOT, THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTED AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE, THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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  • 12:07:53 PM

    THE CLERK

    TITLE 49 UNITED STATES CODE TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FEDERAL…

    TITLE 49 UNITED STATES CODE TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION FOR FISCAL YEARS 2011 TO 2014, TO STREAMLINE PROGRAMS, CREATE EFFICIENCIES, REDUCE WASTE, AND IMPROVE AVIATION SAFETY AND CAPACITY THE, PROVIDE STABLE FUNDING FOR THE NATIONAL AVIATION SYSTEM, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 12:08:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 12:08:21 PM

    MS. SANCHEZ

    TO RECOMMIT AT THE DESK, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THE GENTLELADY OPPOSED TO THE BILL?

  • 12:08:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY QUALIFIES. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

  • 12:08:32 PM

    THE CLERK

    SANCHEZ OF CALIFORNIA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL 658 TO THE COMMITTEE WITH…

    SANCHEZ OF CALIFORNIA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL 658 TO THE COMMITTEE WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO REPORT THE SAME BACK TO THE HOUSE FORTHWITH WITH THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENT.

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  • 12:08:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO DISPENSING WITH THE MOTION TO READ THE AMENDMENT?…

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO DISPENSING WITH THE MOTION TO READ THE AMENDMENT? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:08:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    A POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED. IS THERE OBJECTION TO DISPENSING WITH THE…

    A POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED. IS THERE OBJECTION TO DISPENSING WITH THE READING? SEEING NONE, THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 12:09:02 PM

    MS. SANCHEZ

    MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAL IS CORRECT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLELADY MAY PROCEED.

  • 12:09:21 PM

    MS. SANCHEZ

    MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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    >>

    THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

  • 12:10:42 PM

    MS. SANCHEZ

    THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

  • 12:11:19 PM

    MS. SANCHEZ

    THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. SANCHEZ

    THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:15:38 PM

    >>

    MY RESERVATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S RESERVATION IS WITHDRAWN.

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    >>

    I VOTE AGAINST THIS AS PROPOSED. THIS IS NOTHING MORE THAN --

  • 12:15:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN VOICED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS BASICALLY A PROCEDURAL TACTIC AND I AM VERY OPPOSED…

    MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS BASICALLY A PROCEDURAL TACTIC AND I AM VERY OPPOSED TO THIS.

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  • 12:16:01 PM

    MR. CRAVAACK

    A FEDERAL FLIGHT DECK OFFICER FLYING FOR THE AIRLINES. AND IF THIS WAS…

    A FEDERAL FLIGHT DECK OFFICER FLYING FOR THE AIRLINES. AND IF THIS WAS TRULY AN IMPORTANT ISSUE, THIS HAS BEEN AN OPEN PROCESS, THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN BROUGHT OUT WAY BEFORE THIS TIME. FURTHERMORE, THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION HAS NO AUTHORITY OVER U.S. AIR MARSHALS. THE F.A.A. IS CURRENTLY OPERATING UNDER 18 EXTENSIONS, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS TIME TO GET THIS DONE. WE COME HERE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND NOT TO RECOMMIT. THIS IS AN EXTENSION THAT HAS NOT BEEN FORMALLY RE-AUTHORIZED SINCE 2003 AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS SO THAT WE CAN GET THE F.A.A. UNDER WAY AND GET TRANSPORTATION AND BUSINESS FLYING AGAIN. THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE BROUGHT A BILL HERE TODAY THAT REFORMS THE NECESSARY PROGRAMS, IT PROTECTS AIR SAFETY AND SAVES THE TAXPAYER DOLLARS. AVIATION ACCOUNTS FOR 9.3% OF OUR G.D.P. IT'S DONE FOUR YEARS OF DELAYS, FOUR YEARS OF PEOPLE LOSING THEIR JOBS, IT GETS PEOPLE BACK TO WORK AND STOPS THESE DELAYS. VOTE AGAINST THE M.T.R. AND I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:17:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN CANNOT RESERVE HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK?

  • 12:17:07 PM

    MR. CRAVAACK

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 12:17:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 0, THE 15-MINUTE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL IF ORDERED, ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION OR ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 194 AND ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 194 IF ORDERED. THIS WILL BE A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 12:33:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 184. THE NAYS ARE 235. THE MOTION IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 184. THE NAYS ARE 235. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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  • 12:33:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL…

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

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  • 12:39:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 223. THE NAYS ARE 196. THE BILL IS PASSED.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 223. THE NAYS ARE 196. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 194 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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  • 12:39:57 PM

    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 24, HOUSE RESOLUTION 194, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 24, HOUSE RESOLUTION 194, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 1255, TO PREVENT A SHUTDOWN OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 12:40:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, MEMBERS WILL RECORD…

    THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 12:46:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THIS 230, THE NAYS ARE 187, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION…

    THIS 230, THE NAYS ARE 187, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 12:46:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I ASK THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE…

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

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  • 12:51:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 229, THE NAYS ARE 187. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 229, THE NAYS ARE 187. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION? I MEAN GEORGE.

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  • 12:52:13 PM

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    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 194 I CALL UP THE BILL H.R. 1255 AND ASK FOR ITS…

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 194 I CALL UP THE BILL H.R. 1255 AND ASK FOR ITS CONSIDERATION.

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  • 12:52:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 125, A BILL TO PREVENT A SHUTDOWN OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED…

    H.R. 125, A BILL TO PREVENT A SHUTDOWN OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 12:52:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 194, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL,…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 194, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. CLYBURN, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 12:52:41 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY LEADER, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY LEADER, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CANTOR.

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  • 12:52:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 12:52:51 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    I THANK THE SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. MR. SPEAKER, MR.…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. MR. SPEAKER, MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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  • 12:52:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

  • 12:53:08 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE DEBATE THE FUTURE COURSE OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE DEBATE THE FUTURE COURSE OF GOVERNMENT SPENDING, WE NEED TO BE HONEST WITH THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY ABOUT THE CURRENT FISCAL STATE OF AFFAIRS. AMERICA AVERAGES NOW TRILLION-DOLLAR DEFICITS. WE BORROW NEARLY 40 CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR WE SPEND. GIVEN THE FISCAL CLOUT THAT HANGS OVER OUR COUNTRY, IT IS RECKLESS TO ASSUME WE CAN LIVE PAIN-FREE FOREVER. SOONER OR LATER SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE. TO GIVE FAMILIES AND BUSINESS CONFIDENCE THAT THEIR FUTURE WON'T BE PLAGUED BY INFLATION, HIGHER TAXES AND HIGHER INTEREST RATES, OUR MAJORITY VOWED TO MOVE FORCEFULLY TO CUT SPENDING. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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  • 12:53:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

  • 12:54:05 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. CLYBURN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TO BEGIN THIS DEBATE I YIELD FOUR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TO BEGIN THIS DEBATE I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED DEMOCRATIC LEADER. DEMOCRATIC WHIP.

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  • 12:56:26 PM

    MR. HOYER

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. APRIL FOOL'S, AMERICA. THIS IS A JOKE,…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. APRIL FOOL'S, AMERICA. THIS IS A JOKE, AMERICA. THIS IS NOT REAL, AMERICA. AS A MATTER OF FACT, MR. WOODAL OF GEORGIA SAYS IT'S NOT REAL, IT'S NOT GOING TO PASS THE SENATE. HE MADE THAT VERY CLEAR. THE MAJORITY LEADER JUST SAID IF THE SENATE WON'T TAKE WHAT WE GIVE THEM WE'RE GOING TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. THAT'S WHAT HE JUST SAID. AND THAT'S WHAT I BELIEVE TO BE THE CASE. THE LAST TIME THE GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN WAS NOT WHEN WE HAD A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT AND A DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS. BUT WHEN WE HAD A DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT AND A REPUBLICAN CONGRESS. THEY SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT IN 1995 AND 1996. THEY SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT OVER CHRISTMAS, AS A MATTER OF FACT. THE GRIVERAGE WHO STOLE THE GOVERNMENT'S OPERATIONS FOR ALMOST THREE WEEKS. WE'RE ABOUT TO DO IT AGAIN. MR. WOODALL WHO HAS BEEN HERE NOW A FEW MONTHS WAS 10 YEARS OLD WHEN I CAME TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. HE MENTIONED SOMETHING ABOUT THE DEBT. THIS $14 TRILLION OF DEBT. I'VE ONLY BEEN HERE, I TELL MY FRIEND, 30 YEARS, BUT DURING THE COURSE OF THOSE 30 YEARS REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS HAVE SIGNED BILLS SPENDING $4.8 TRILLION IN DEFICIT SPENDING. DURING THE COURSE OF THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION WE HAD A SURPLUS, AS THE GENTLEMAN PROBABLY KNOWS. NOW HE WILL SAY PRESUMABLY BECAUSE WE HAD A REPUBLICAN CONGRESS. BUT OF COURSE THE REPUBLICANS NOT ONLY TOOK THE CONGRESS BUT THEY TOOK THE PRESIDENCY. IN 2001. AND THEY RAN UP $2.5 TRILLION OF DEFICIT AND INCREASED THE NATIONAL DEBT BY 150% NOTWITHSTANDING THE FACT THAT THEY INHERITED A PROG -- PROJECTED $5.6 TRILLION SURPLUS. AND NOW THEY'VE PASSED THIS APRIL FOOL'S JOKE ON AMERICA. THE GENTLEMAN, WHO IS ONE OF THE CO-SPONSORS SAYS WON'T PASS THE SENATE, WE KNOW IT WON'T PASS THE SENATE. BUT THEY PRETEND IN THEIR LANGUAGE WHAT IS CLEARLY CONTRARY TO THE CONSTITUTION. BECAUSE THEY SAY, IF IT DOESN'T PASS, THE PROVISIONS OF H.R. 1, THE BILL THEY'VE SENT TO THE SENATE, PASSED BY THE HOUSE ON FEBRUARY 19, 2011, ARE HEREBY ENACTED INTO LAW. IN OTHER WORDS, WE'RE GOING TO DEEM IT BASSED. LET ME TELL WHAT YOU ERIC CANTOR SAID ABOUT DEEMING IT PASSED. MALFEES ANT MANNER. DISCHARGE -- TO NOT DISCHARGE THE DUTIES OF THEIR OFFICE. AND THEN SPEAKER BOEHNER SAID THIS ABOUT THESE DEEMING PIECES OF LEGISLATION WHICH THIS IS. HE SAID IT WAS A SCHEME AND PLOT. THAT SET A PRECEDENT THAT WAS, QUOTE, ONE OF THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS THINGS THAT HE SEEN SINCE HE HAD BEEN IN CONGRESS AND ERRONEOUSLY CLAIMED THAT IT NEVER HAPPENED IN AMERICAN HISTORY. IT HAD HAPPENED BEFORE. THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED, WHERE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TOOK THE POSITION IF YOU DON'T PASS WHAT WE WANT, OURS GOES INTO LAW ANYWAY. I'M SURE OUR TEA PARTY FRIENDS ARE SHOCKED BECAUSE THEY WILL FIND NOWHERE IN THE CONSTITUTION, MY FRIENDS, DOES THAT PROVIDE FOR. FURTHERMORE, MIKE PENCE SAID THE PROCEDURE LIKE THIS, HE SAID, DENOUNCED DEEM AND PASS AND, QUOTE, TRAMPLING ON THE TRADITIONAL RULES OF THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE AND EVEN ON THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. . MICHELLE BACHMANN, APPARENTLY MAY BE A CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT SAID THIS, THE DEEM DEEM AND PASS, QUOTE, IGNORED THE CONSTITUTION AND WARRANTED THE IMPEACHMENT OF THE HOUSE SPEAKER. QUOTE, THERE SHOULD BE PEOPLE THAT ARE CALLING FOR IMPEACHMENT OFF OF SOMETHING LIKE THIS. THIS RESOLUTION -- CAN I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL ONE MINUTE? I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. SOMETHING LIKE THIS. WHICH SAYS CONTRARY TO THE CONSTITUTION, IF THE SENATE DOESN'T ACT, THIS BILL BECOMES LAW. NOBODY ON YOUR SIDE SURELY BELIEVES THAT THAT CAN HAPPEN. NOBODY BELIEVES THAT THAT JOKE THAT WE ARE TRYING TO PLAY ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ON APRIL FOOL'S DAY WILL BE BELIEVED BY ANY OF THEM. AND MY FRIENDS DO NOT TELL ME ABOUT YOUR CONCERN ABOUT THE DEFICIT BECAUSE THE DEFICIT DURING MY PERIOD OF TIME EXCEPT FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS TRYING TO DEAL WITH THE DEEP DEPRESSION IN WHICH THE LAST ADMINISTRATION LEFT THIS ECONOMY, DON'T TRY TO TELL ME THAT WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEBT, THE $14 TRILLION OF DEBT. SURELY MY FRIEND KNOWS THAT'S NOT THE CASE. IF MY FRIEND DOESN'T KNOW IT, I WOULD BE GLAD TO SET UP A TIME WHEN WE CAN DEBATE THAT ISSUE AND ANY -- IN ANY FORM HE CHOOSES BECAUSE THE FACTS BELIE HIS REPRESENTATION. MY FRIENDS, REJECT THIS BILL, REJECT THIS BILL BECAUSE IT IS A FRAUD ON THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. REJECT THIS BILL BECAUSE IT'S AN ATTEMPT TO SHIFT BLAME FROM THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSING A BILL THAT CAN IN FACT PASS NOT TO SAY TO THE SENATE OUR WAY OR NO WAY AND WE WILL SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL SAYS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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  • 01:02:03 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    15 SECONDS TO SAY TO MY FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA ABOUT WHOM I SAY REGULARLY…

    15 SECONDS TO SAY TO MY FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA ABOUT WHOM I SAY REGULARLY BACK HOME AS A REPUTATION -- I'M SORRY, MARYLAND. WE HAVE VIRGINIA ON MY MIND TODAY. PARDON ME, MR. HOYER. OUR FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. WOODALL

    BACK HOME HAS A GREAT REPUTATION FOR FAIR DEALINGS. TREMENDOUSLY…

    BACK HOME HAS A GREAT REPUTATION FOR FAIR DEALINGS. TREMENDOUSLY DISAPPOINTED BY THAT CHARACTERIZATION OF THE BILL. I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE BILL SPONSOR TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON WHAT THE BILL IS.

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    MR. HOYER

    I THANK YOU FOR HIS OBSERVATION AND REGRET HE THOUGHT IT WAS A…

    I THANK YOU FOR HIS OBSERVATION AND REGRET HE THOUGHT IT WAS A MISCHARACTERIZATION BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT WAS ACCURATE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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    MR. WOMACK

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANKS TO THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. YES, THERE'S BEEN…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANKS TO THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. YES, THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF CONVERSATION IN WASHINGTON ABOUT THE PROSPECT OF A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. WHILE I REALIZE THERE ARE SOME IN THIS CONGRESS WHO MIGHT PREFER THAT OPTION, I AM NOT ONE OF THEM. LET ME JUST ADD OUR LEADER IS NOT ONE OF THEM. FRANKLY, WE THINK IT'S IRRESPONSIBLE. OUR CONSTITUENTS DID NOT SEND US TO WASHINGTON TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. THEY SENT US HERE TO MAKE IT MORE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE. AND THAT'S PRECISELY WHAT HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN DOING. EXAM THE FACTS. WHEN THE CURTAIN CAME UP ON THIS CONGRESS, WE WERE ALREADY THREE MONTHS INTO THIS FISCAL YEAR. WITH NO BUDGET AND ON A TEMPORARY SPENDING PLAN THROUGH EARLY MARCH, THIS HOUSE WENT TO WORK CRAFTING LEGISLATION THAT WOULD FUND GOVERNMENT FOR THE REST OF THIS FISCAL YEAR WHILE DELIVERING ON OUR PLEDGE TO CUT SPENDING. THE RESPONSE FROM THE SENATE, NOT SO FAST. SO WE KEPT GOVERNMENT OPERATIONAL WITH A TWO WEEK CONTINUING RESOLUTION IN HOPES THAT THE SENATE WOULD REALIZE THE SENSE OF URGENCY THAT ACCOMPANIES OUR FISCAL SITUATION , AND IN THAT TWO-WEEK SPAN OF TIME, THE RESPONSE, NOT INTERESTED. AGAIN, THIS HOUSE WENT TO WORK CRAFTING ANOTHER TEMPORARY MEASURE THAT FUNDS GOVERNMENT THROUGH NEXT WEEK. AND MY FRIENDS' -- AND MY FRIENDS, PATIENCE IS WEARING THIN, NOT JUST MINE AND OF MY COLLEAGUES, BUT THE PATIENCE OF AMERICANS. IN OUR COLLECTIVE OPINION, TIME'S UP. MR. SPEAKER, WE ALL AGREE THAT WE HAVE SOME BIGGER FISH TO FRY. PRESSURE ON THE STATUTORY LIMIT ON DEBT AND MORE IMPORTANTLY THE 2012 BUDGET LOOM VERY LARGE RIGHT NOW FOR THIS COUNTRY. INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON THESE ISSUES CRITICAL TO OUR STRUGGLING ECONOMY, HERE WE ARE MIRED IN PARTISAN GAMESMANSHIP OVER FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS YEAR. DID WE COME HERE TO FISH OR DID WE COME HERE TO CUT BAIT? THIS BILL SIMPLY PUTS THE CLOCK IN ACTION ON THIS PROCESS. I AM HOPEFUL MY COLLEAGUES WILL AGREE THAT THE TIME IS NOW TO MOVE BEYOND 2011 SO THAT WE CAN TURN OUR ATTENTION TO THE BIGGER CHALLENGES OF TRANSFORMING THIS INSTITUTION AND RESTORING FISCAL SANITY. THAT'S WHAT THE PEOPLE SENT US HERE TO DO AND EVERY DAY WE FAIL TO DO THIS WORK, THE PEOPLE LOSE. WE HAVE BEEN CALLED EXTREME. H.R. 1 WHICH PASSED IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS ON THIS FLOOR ON FEBRUARY 19 CUTS AN ANNUAL -- ON AN ANNUALIZED BASIS, $100 BILLION IN FEDERAL SPENDING. THAT'S 1/16 OF THE DEFICIT. 1/16. IS THAT EXTREME? I DON'T THINK SO. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT PEOPLE ACROSS AMERICA TRYING TO FIND JOBS, TRYING TO PAY THEIR MORTGAGES, AND TRYING TO HAVE THE FUNDS TO PUT THEIR KIDS THROUGH COLLEGE ARE VICTIMIZED BY THIS FLAWED POLITICAL PROCESS. INSTEAD OF REMOVING THE UNCERTAINTY FOR SMALL BUSINESS AND JOB CREATORS BY CUTTING SPENDING AND SHRINKING THE SIZE AND REACH OF GOVERNMENT, WE ARE PAYING GAMES WITH THE -- PLAYING GAMES WITH THE FUTURE OF OUR NATION. IF THIS IS OUR BEST, OUR BEST FALLS SHORT OF THE EXPECTATION OF THOSE WE REPRESENT. WE CAN DO BETTER. WE SHOULD DO BETTER. AND IF WE CAN -- IF ALL WE CAN SHOW FOR OUR WORK IS A SHUT DOWN OF THE GOVERNMENT, WE WILL HAVE FAILED OUR CONSTITUENCY AND SHOULD NOT BE PAID. THE GAMESMANSHIP GOING ON RIGHT NOW IS GAMBLING WITH AMERICA'S FUTURE AND IT'S HARD TO MAKE PROGRESS WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING ON HOUSE MONEY. H.R. 1255 FORCES MEMBERS TO HAVE SKIN IN THE GAME. AND IF PASSED BY BOTH CHAMBERS AND SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT, WE'LL HAVE THE PROPER MOTIVATION TO SETASIDE THE RHETORIC AND ACTUALLY ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING THAT IS GOOD FOR AMERICA, A CLIMATE FOR JOB CREATION. NOT A GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL SO WE CAN DO THE PEOPLE'S WORK. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. CLYBURN

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF FOUR MINUTES. LET'S DO A…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF FOUR MINUTES. LET'S DO A QUICK REVIEW OF THE YEAR. IT'S BEEN 13 WEEKS SINCE THE REPUBLICANS TOOK OVER THE MAJORITY. LEADING UP TO THAT POINT WE HEARD THE MANTRA, WHERE ARE THE JOBS? SO YOU MIGHT EXPECT ON DAY ONE OF THE 112TH CONGRESS THEY WOULD BRING US A JOBS BILL TO THE FLOOR. BUT NO. WHEN THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY DID WITH GREAT FANFARE WAS TO CONDUCT A READING OF THE CONSTITUTION. AND AS IF OUR OATH OF OFFICE WASN'T ENOUGH, ALSO IMPLEMENTED A NEW HOUSE RULE WHICH REQUIRED LEGISLATION TO BE ACCOMPANIED BY A STATEMENT OF CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY. IN FACT, MY FELLOW COLLEAGUE, FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, JOE WILSON, READ ALLOWED ARTICLE 1, SECTION 7. WHAT DOES IT SAY? EVERY BILL SHALL HAVE PASSED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE. SHALL BEFORE IT BECOMES LAW BE PRESENTED TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IF HE APPROVED, HE SHALL SIGN IT. BUT IF NOT, HE SHALL RETURN IT. NOW, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE ALL LEARN IN GRADE SCHOOL HOW A BILL BECOMES A LAW. WE'LL GET BACK TO THAT IN A MOMENT. SO 13 WEEKS AGO WHEN REPUBLICANS TOOK THE MAJORITY, UP TO THAT POINT WE HEARD FROM THEM, WHERE ARE THE JOBS? SO THEN WHAT WAS THE FIRST BILL WE WERE ASKED TO VOTE ON? THE FIRST BILL WAS TO REPEAL THE HEALTH CARE LAW. DEMOCRATIC POLICIES CREATED MORE JOBS IN THE LAST YEAR THAN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION CREATED IN EIGHT YEARS. SINCE HEALTH REFORM BECAME LAW, 1.1 MILLION PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS HAVE BEEN CREATED. 1/5 OF THOSE NEW JOBS, OVER 200,000, HAVE BEEN IN THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY. SO REPEAL OF THE HEALTH CARE LAW WOULD END JOBS NOT CREATE JOBS. BUT SURELY AT SOME POINT IN THE LAST 13 WEEKS THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY WOULD HAVE BROUGHT TO THIS FLOOR A JOBS BILL. THREE MONTHS AND NO JOBS BILL. IN FACT, WE HAVE PASSED THREE BILLS THAT WILL DESTROY MORE THAN ONE MILLION JOBS. WHICH BRINGS US TO THIS MOMENT, THE SO-CALLED GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN PREVENTION ACT OF 2011, AND ARTICLE 1, SECTION 1 OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. I'VE READ IT. BUT I WANT TO REPEAT A CERTAIN PORTION OF IT. EVERY BILL SHALL HAVE PASSED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE SHALL BEFORE IT BECOME THE LAW BE PRESENTED TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. BUT THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY, NOT A JOBS BILL, SAYS THAT IF THE SENATE DOESN'T ACT PRIOR TO THE EXPIRATION OF THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION, H.R. 1, A BUDGET BILL PASSED ONLY BY THE HOUSE, WILL BECOME THE LAW OF THE LAND. IT'S VERY SIMPLE. THAT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. WE DO NOT HAVE A UNICAMERAL LEGISLATIVE BODY. THEN WHAT DO THEY CITE THE CONSTITUTION AUTHORITY THAT MUST ACCOMPANY EACH BILL? THERE ARE A LOT OF WORDS, BUT ONLY A PARLIAMENTARIAN EXPERT COULD UNDERSTAND -- PARLIAMENTARY EXPERT COULD UNDERSTAND. BUT IF YOU ASK MY DAUGHTER'S EIGHTH GRADE CLASS THAT VISITED US HERE EARLIER THIS WEEK, THEY COULD TELL YOU -- I YIELD MYSELF AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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  • 01:12:00 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

    YOU THAT'S NOT HOW THINGS WORK UNDER OUR CONSTITUTION. BUT DON'T LISTEN TO…

    YOU THAT'S NOT HOW THINGS WORK UNDER OUR CONSTITUTION. BUT DON'T LISTEN TO ME. OR HER EIGHTH GRADERS AT DENT MIDDLE SCHOOL. LISTEN TO WHAT SOME OF YOUR COLLEAGUES IN THE OTHER BODY HAVE TO SAY. OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE OTHER BODY MADE IT VERY CLEAR, MY REACTION TO THAT IS ULTIMATELY THE WHOLE BODY, INCLUDING THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH, HAS TO SIGN ON HERE OR WE'LL JULLS -- WE ARE JUST WHISTLING IN THE WIND. SAID ALEXANDER OF TENNESSEE, TO BE THE LAW OF THE LAND A BILL HAS TO PASS THE SENATE AND BE SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT. ONE OF OUR OWN, THE APPROPRIATION SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR, REPRESENTATIVE MIKE SIMPSON, AFTER LAUGHING OUT LOUD SAID, IF WE CAN DO THAT, CAN'T WE JUST DEEM THE BUDGET BALANCED? MADAM SPEAKER, I KNOW IT'S APRIL 1ST, SO MAYBE THAT'S THE POINT.

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    MR. CLYBURN

    I ASK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE TO LET'S HIT THIS JOKE AND GET…

    I ASK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE TO LET'S HIT THIS JOKE AND GET SERIOUS. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. WOODALL

    AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A VERY SERIOUS REFORM…

    AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A VERY SERIOUS REFORM MINDED FRESHMAN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. ROKITA.

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    MR. ROKITA

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING ME TIME. I RISE AS A…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING ME TIME. I RISE AS A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS BILL AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. I HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS A CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT SAVES TAXPAYERS MONEY AND KEEPS THE GOVERNMENT RUNNING. WHILE THE OTHER BODY AS WE CONTINUE TO HEAR HAS DONE NOTHING BUT COMPLAIN. ARE THEY BLIND? ARE THEY DEAF? DO THEY NOT SEE, DO THEY NOT HEAR WHAT THE REST OF THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY SEE AND HEAR IN TERMS OF THIS COUNTRY'S FINANCIAL CRISIS? IN TERMS OF THIS COUNTRY'S DEBT, IN TERMS OF WHAT WE ARE DOING TO OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN BY CONTINUING TO DO NOTHING, MADAM SPEAKER. WE WAITED 41 DAYS FOR THEM TO SEND US A FUNDING BILL AND WE'VE GOT NOTHING. AT LEAST THE MEMBERS WHO WILL BE VOTING FOR THIS BILL, WHO WILL BE VOTING IN FAVOR OF THIS BILL, ARE SHOWING LEADERSHIP. ARE SHOWING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT WE CARE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY. AND THAT WE DO CARE ABOUT JOBS. SHOW ME ONE COUNTRY ON THIS GLOBE THAT CAN GROW ITS ECONOMY, THAT CAN GROW JOBS, WHILE HAVING THE BEAT OF GOVERNMENT ON THE NECK OF ITS PEOPLE, NECK OF ITS BUSINESSES ALL THE TIME. AND JUST LIKE OUR -- THE OVERREGULATION WE DO RIGHT NOW THROUGH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THAT DEBT BURDEN IS DOING THE SAME THING TO JOB CREATION. .

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    MR. CLYBURN

    PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM KENTUCKY, MS.…

    PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM KENTUCKY, MS. DELAURO.

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    MS. DELAURO

    THE MAJORITY IS DISRESPECTFUL OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION. AND ALL BECAUSE OF…

    THE MAJORITY IS DISRESPECTFUL OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION. AND ALL BECAUSE OF THEIR POLITICAL BASE AND TO BENEFIT THEIR POLITICAL BASE. THIS BIZARRE ATTEMPT TO DEEM AND PASS INTO LAW THEIR RECKLESS BUDGET IS NOT ONLY HYPOCRITICAL AND BLATANTLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL -- UNCONSTITUTIONAL, WHERE IS THE STATEMENT OF THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THIS LEGISLATION? I'LL ASK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, READ THE CONSTITUTION. IT CALLS INTO QUESTION WHETHER THE SPEAKER AND THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP UNDERSTAND HOW OUR REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY WORKS, AND THAT INCLUDES THE AUTHOR OF THIS LEGISLATION. THE HOUSE CANNOT SIMPLY CLOSE THEIR EYES, PRETEND THAT THE SENATE AND THE PRESIDENT HAVE PASSED AND SIGNED A BILL INTO LAW. IT DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY. WHEN THE BILL ACTUALLY PASS THE SENATE, THE SENATE HAS ACTUALLY PASSED THE BILL. AND WHEN THE PRESIDENT PICKS UP A PEN AND PUTS HIS NAME ON IT AND NOT A SECOND BEFORE, THAT BILL HAS BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW. NO MATTER -- NO AMOUNT OF MAGICAL THINKING CAN CHANGE THESE SIMPLE FACTS. EVEN NOTWITHSTANDING THE GALL OF THE REPUBLICANS' UNCONSTITUTIONAL PLAN, THE VERY ATTEMPT TO PASS A DEEM AND PASS ACT FLIES IN THE FACE OF ALL OF THE PEARL CLUTCHING WE HEARD FROM THE MAJORITY IN 2010. THEN WHEN A SIMPLER VERSION OF DEEM AND PASS CAME UP DURING THE HEALTH CARE DEBATE, ONE THAT DID NOT FLY IN THE FACE OF THE CONSTITUTION AND ATTEMPT TO SPEAK FOR THE SENATE AND PRESIDENT, THE CURRENT SPEAKER CALLED IT ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS, OUTRAGEOUS THINGS HE'D SEEN IN THE CONGRESS. CANTOR PUT THE REPUBLICANS ON RECORD AGAINST ANY SORT OF DEEM AND PASS MECHANISM. A YEAR LATER THE STORY HAS CHANGED. NOW, MOST OF ALL, THIS IS A DIE VERSION FROM THE RECKLESS CUTS THE MAJORITY PROPOSED, THE SLASHES TO HEAD START, PELL GRANTS, MEALS ON WHEELS, VETERANS, JOB TRAINING, MEDICAL RESEARCH, ALL CUTS THAT HURT MIDDLE CLASS AND WORKING FAMILIES. WE ARE STILL WAITING FOR THE REPUBLICANS TO CUT THE SPECIAL INTEREST WASTE LIKE THE OIL COMPANY SUBSIDIES AND THE TAX LOOPHOLES FOR THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN THE NAGSE. AND WHAT ABOUT THOSE TAX SUBSIDIES FOR THOSE MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS THAT TAKES THEIR JOBS OVERSEAS? YOU'RE NOT STARTING THERE TO CUT THE DEFICIT, BUT, NO, IT'S ABOUT WORKING FAMILIES AND THEIR CHILDREN THAT YOU'RE GOING AFTER. YOU ARE TAXING THE PATIENTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND YOU'RE TAXING THE MEMORIES OF OUR FOUNDING FATHERS WHO EDUCATED US AND CHILDREN IN GRADE SCHOOLS TODAY ON HOW A BILL BECOMES A LAW. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IS PLAYING A DANGEROUS GAME. IF THEY DO NOT GET WHAT THEY WANT THEY WILL SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN.

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    MR. CLYBURN

    I YIELD THE GENTLELADY 130EKDS.

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    MS. DELAURO

    YOU ARE PLAYING WITH THE LIVES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THEIR KIDS, THEIR…

    YOU ARE PLAYING WITH THE LIVES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THEIR KIDS, THEIR FAMILIES AND WITH AMERICAN BUSINESSES. NO MATTER WHAT THOSE DAMAGING EFFECTS ARE BECAUSE OF IDEOLOGICAL REASON AND POLITICAL BASE AND ELECTORAL VOTES, YOU ARE WILLING TO PUT THE UNITED STATES AND ITS PEOPLE ABOVE ALL WORKING FAMILIES, MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES AND THEIR CHILDREN AND OUR ECONOMY AT RISK. PLEASE, READ THE CONSTITUTION, UNDERSTAND HOW THIS DEMOCRACY WORKS AND TAKE THIS BILL --

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    MS. DELAURO

    AND DO AWAY WITH IT. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. WOODALL

    AT THIS TIME I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, A…

    AT THIS TIME I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, A FRESHMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. DUNLY. -- MR. DUNLLY.

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    MR. NUNNELEE

    40 DAYS AND THE DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE HAVE FAILED TO ACT ON A SPENDING…

    40 DAYS AND THE DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE HAVE FAILED TO ACT ON A SPENDING PLAN. IF OUR GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN OUR TROOPS WON'T GET PAID. NOW, THEY'LL STILL BE SERVING THIS GREAT NATION BUT WITHOUT PAY. WE NEED TO ENSURE THERE ARE NO POLITICAL BURDENS WHILE OUR TROOPS ARE AT WAR. AS THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HAS INDICATED, A FUNDING LAPSE DOES IMPACT THEIR MILITARY'S OPERATIONAL READINESS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CANNOT WAIT. CONGRESS CANNOT WAIT. WHILE WHILE THE DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE PLAY POLITICS. WE'VE GIVEN THEM AMPLE TIME TO PUT FORTH A REASONABLE PLAN, YET, THE MAJORITY LEADER IN THE SENATE IS NOT SERIOUS ABOUT SPENDING REFORM. WHILE THE DEMOCRATS WILL BE CHEERING FOR A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, REPUBLICANS HAVE PASSED THE LARGEST SPENDING CUT IN AMERICAN HISTORY. AND OUR ACTIONS ARE HAVING RESULTS. JUST THIS MORNING IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS AT A TWO-YEAR LOW. AMERICANS ARE GOING BACK TO WORK BECAUSE OF OUR EFFORTS. MEANWHILE, WHAT'S HAPPENED THIS WEEK? THE SENATE DEMOCRATS HAVE SPENT THE WEEK DIVERTING ATTENTION, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO SPIN REPORTERS, AND TODAY WHILE THE SHUTDOWN IS IMMINENT, THEY'VE GONE HOME. WELL, THE CUTS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT, THEY'RE NOT EXTREME. THEY'RE NECESSARY. WHEN WE'RE BORROWING 42 CENTS OUT OF EVERY DOLLAR WHAT OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN'S FUTURE IN JEOPARDY, THESE CUTS ARE FAR FROM EXTREME. IT'S TIME FOR THE SENATE TO ACT. OUR GOAL IS TO CUT SPENDING, NOT TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. BACK IN MISSISSIPPI WE HAVE A SAYING, LEAD, FOLLOW OR GET OUT OF THE WAY. MR. REID, TODAY YOU'RE IN THE WAY. SO I CHALLENGE YOU TODAY TO LEAD BY PASSING A PLAN OF YOUR OWN, TO FOLLOW BY ADOPTING THE PLAN THAT WE'VE ALREADY PASSED. IF YOU CAN'T DO EITHER OF THOSE, GET OUT OF THE WAY AND ALLOW THE SENATE TO ACT. I YIELD BACK, MADAM SPEAKER.

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  • 01:22:30 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. MORAN.

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    MR. MORAN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, SEVERAL STUDENTS FROM KEY…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, SEVERAL STUDENTS FROM KEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAME TO THE OFFICE. THEY WERE EXCITED TO BE ON CAPITOL HILL. I EXPLAINED THIS AFTERNOON WE ARE DEBATING BAIL, IT'S BEEN INTRODUCED BY WHAT WE CALL THE FRESHMEN, NEW MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE, THAT SAYS IF THE SENATE DOESN'T AGREE WITH A BIG BILL THAT THE HOUSE HAS PASSED THAT THE SENATE DOESN'T AGREE NEXT WEEK THEN THIS BILL WOULD DEEM IT PASSED. IN FACT, DEEM IT ENACTED. THEY WERE SHOCKED BECAUSE THAT'S NOT WHAT THEY LEARNED IN CIVICS CLASS. THEY LEARNED THAT A BILL HAS TO BE PASSED BY THE HOUSE AND THEN PASSED BY THE SENATE AND THEN IT GOES INTO CONFERENCE AND THEN IF THE PRESIDENT AGREES TO SIGN IT THEN IT CAN BECOME LAW. BUT NOT THIS BILL. I WAS AT A LOSS, OF COURSE, TO EXPLAIN HOW IT WAS CONSTITUTIONAL. THEY WERE KIND OF SURPRISED THAT THIS IS WHAT THE HOUSE WAS DOING. THEY WANTED TO KNOW, WELL, WHAT IS THE BILL THEY WANT TO BE ENACTED. IT IS A BILL I DON'T AGREE WITH AND THE SENATE DOESN'T AGREE WITH. BECAUSE WHILE WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE UNEMPLOYED, THIS WOULD MAKE APPARENTLY ABOUT 700,000 MORE PEOPLE UNEMPLOYED, ACCORDING TO EVEN REPUBLICAN ECONOMISTS. SO THEY WERE EVEN FURTHER AMAZED BY THAT. IT ALSO WOULD ELIMINATE A LOT OF REGULATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN PASSED BY THE HOUSE. IT WOULD -- THROUGH A LOT OF DELIBERATION BUT IT JUST SAYS THOSE REGULATIONS WOULDN'T TAKE EFFECT. SO IT'S A VERY CONTROVERSIAL BILL. NOW, I WAS ALSO ABLE TO TELL THEM I DID SUGGEST TO THE RULES COMMITTEE YESTERDAY THAT THE MAJORITY REJECTED THERE IS SOMETHING WE COULD DO TODAY AND THAT IS TO SAY THAT IF WE PUT OUR STAFF OUT ON THE STREET WITHOUT PAY WHO GET A FRACTION OF WHAT WE GET PAID AND WE PUT ANOTHER MILLION FEDERAL EMPLOYEES OUT ON THE STREET UNPAID THEN THE CONGRESS SHOULDN'T GET PAID EITHER. THE SENATE DID IN FACT PASS THAT UNANIMOUSLY, INCLUDING SENATOR MCCONNELL, OBVIOUSLY. SO IF WE PASSED THAT TODAY THEN WE COULD PUT THE COUNTRY ON RECORD. WE'RE NOT GOING TO -- COULD I HAVE ANOTHER 30 SECONDS?

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    MR. CLYBURN

    I YIELD 30 SECONDS.

  • 01:25:03 PM

    MR. MORAN

    WE COULD PUT OURSELVES ON RECORD THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO PUT PEOPLE OUT ON…

    WE COULD PUT OURSELVES ON RECORD THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO PUT PEOPLE OUT ON THE STREET WHILE WE CONTINUE TO GET PAID BECAUSE WE GET PAID FROM A DIFFERENT AUTHORIZATION AS DOES THE PRESIDENT. NOW, THIS IS LEGISLATION WE COULD GET PASSED, THAT THE SENATE AGREES AND COULD GO FOUGHT PRESIDENT RIGHT AWAY. I KNOW THE PRESIDENT WOULD SIGN IT. THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING TODAY, NOT SOMETHING THAT EVEN A 10-YEAR-OLD UNDERSTANDS IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER.

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    MR. WOODALL

    AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A GENTLEMAN FROM YOUR HOME…

    AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A GENTLEMAN FROM YOUR HOME STATE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS,

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  • 01:25:59 PM

    MR. KINZINGER

    MADAM SPEAKER, WE ARE IN A MESS. WE ARE THROWING BARBS. WE'VE BEEN IN…

    MADAM SPEAKER, WE ARE IN A MESS. WE ARE THROWING BARBS. WE'VE BEEN IN CHARGE FOR FOUR YEARS AND HAD THE PRESIDENCY FOR TWO YEARS AND IT'S NOT OUR FAULT AND WE DON'T WANT TO DO ANYTHING TO FIX IT. SO IN FACT HERE LAST YEAR WHEN YOU HAD ALL OF THE MAJORITY, WHEN OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAD ALL THE MAJORITY THEY FAILED TO DO THE MOST BASIC THING THAT YOU OUGHT TO DO WHEN YOU RUN SOMETHING, YOU PASS A BUDGET. NO BUDGET WAS PASSED BECAUSE THE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS WERE COMING UP. YOU DIDN'T WANT TO HAVE TO MAKE THE TOUGH CHOICES THAT WOULD HURT YOU IN RE ELECTION AND YOU DIDN'T WANT TO HAVE TO GO THROUGH THAT ROUTE SO YOU DIDN'T PASS A BUDGET. YOU PASSED A CONTINUING RESOLUTION. GUESS WHAT, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN NOVEMBER SPOKE. THEY SAID THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS ENTIRELY TOO BIG AND THE BIG BLOATED BUREAUCRATIC GOVERNMENT IS CROWDING OUT THE FREE MARKET. AND SO WHAT HAPPENED? WE WERE SENT HERE TO WASHINGTON, D.C., TO CONTROL THE SIZE OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND WE'RE DOING EXACTLY THAT. AND WE PASSED A MINOR CUT, A SIGNIFICANT BUT A CUT TO JUST A SMALL PART OF THE BUDGET. WE'RE NOT EVEN TALKING ABOUT THE 2012 BUDGET YEAR. THAT'S COMING UP, BUT OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE DON'T EVEN WANT TO SHOW US WHAT -- WHERE THEY'RE AT. THEY CAN'T CUT SPENDING. THEY DON'T WANT TO SAY NO TO PEOPLE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE CHILDREN ARE ASKING US TO SAY YES TO THE FUTURE. I'M A MILITARY PILOT. THAT'S WHAT I DO AS A RESERVIST. I HAVE FRIENDS WONDERING IF WE'RE GOING TO GET PAID. I SAY, ASK HARRY REID. I DON'T KNOW. WE TRY TO MAKE SURE YOU CONTINUE TO GET PAID THROUGH THIS. I HAVE A FRIEND, TIM NORTON, WHO RUNS A COMPANY BACK HOME. AND AS HE'S SENDING KIDS TO COLLEGE AND AS HE'S BUILDING HIS SMALL BUSINESS HE DOESN'T KNOW IF HE CAN TRUST IN THE FAITH OF WHAT THIS GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO BE IN THE FUTURE BECAUSE OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE DON'T WANT TO DO ANYTHING TO BEGIN TO REIN IN THIS OUT-OF-CONTROL GOVERNMENT. WE DO. PASS THIS BILL. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:28:01 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. ANDREWS.

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  • 01:28:09 PM

    MR. ANDREWS

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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  • 01:28:14 PM

    MR. ANDREWS

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM SOUTH CAROLINA. THERE WAS…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM SOUTH CAROLINA. THERE WAS SOME GOOD NEWS TODAY FINALLY THAT 214,000 AMERICANS WENT TO WORK LAST MONTH. THAT'S NOT NEARLY GOOD ENOUGH. THERE'S RADIO MORE WORK -- THERE'S A LOT MORE WORK TO DO. ONE OF THE WAYS IS TO COME TO AN AGREEMENT ON A RESPONSIBLE BUDGET. I'M HOPEFUL THERE WILL BE SUCH AN AGREEMENT NEXT WEEK. THAT SENSEABLY REDUCES SPENDING BUT PRO-- THAT SENSIBLELY REDUCES SPENDING BUT LEADS TO A REPEAL OF HEALTH CARE. THE OTHER SIDE BELIEVES WE SHOULD. WHETHER OR NOT TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD. WE BELIEVE WE SHOULDN'T. MOST OF THE OTHER SIDE BELIEVES THAT WE SHOULD. LEAVE THOSE DISCUSSIONS TO ANOTHER DAY AND KEEP THE GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONING BECAUSE THE TAXPAYERS WILL KEEP PAYING TAXES EVEN THOUGH THERE'S A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. THEY PAY EVEN IF THEY DON'T GET THE SERVICES. SO WHAT ARE WE DOING THIS AFTERNOON? WHAT WE'RE DOING THIS AFTERNOON IS LOOKING AT A BILL THAT'S ON ITS FACE IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. AND THE REASON WE'RE LOOKING AT THIS BILL IS SO THAT MEMBERS OF THE MAJORITY SIDE WHO PROBABLY WON'T VOTE FOR THE BUDGET COMPROMISE NEXT WEEK CAN SAY THEY DID SOMETHING. WELL, DOING SOMETHING THAT'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL IS WRONG. AS MR. CLYBURN READ ARTICLE 1, SECTION 7, SAYS, EVERY BILL WHICH SHALL PASS THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE SHALL BEFORE IT BECOME A LAW BECOME PRESENTED TO THE PRESIDENT. ARTICLE 1, SECTION 5 OF THE CONSTITUTION SAYS, EACH HOUSE MAY DETERMINE THE RULES OF ITS PROCEEDINGS. EACH HOUSE MAY DETERMINE THE RULES OF ITS PROCEEDINGS. WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS BILL IS THAT ONE HOUSE, OUR HOUSE, IS DETERMINING THE RULES OF THE OTHER HOUSE'S, THE SENATE'S, PROCEEDINGS. YOU CAN'T DO THAT. IT'S A PRETTY SIMPLE CONCEPT, AND I'VE HEARD ALL THE CONVOLUTED ARGUMENTS ON THE OTHER SIDE. I'VE HEARD ALL THE TWISTED RATIONALIZATIONS. IT COMES DOWN TO THIS. IF THIS AFTERNOON THE SENATE PASSED A BUDGET THAT OUR FRIENDS ON THE MAJORITY SIDE DOESN'T LIKE AND OUR FRIEND ON THE MAJORITY SIDE DOESN'T PASS THAT BUDGET IN A WEEK IT BECOMES LAW THEY WOULDN'T AGREE TO THAT BECAUSE THEY WOULD KNOW THAT IT'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL. THIS IS THE SAME THING. . IT IS IRONIC THAT WITH GREAT FANFARE ON THE FIRST WEEK OF THIS SESSION, AFTER RUNNING A CAMPAIGN SAYING THEY WOULD PRODUCE JOBS, WHAT THE MAJORITY PRODUCED WAS A READING OF THE CONSTITUTION ON THIS FLOOR. I THOUGHT IT WAS APPROPRIATE. I THOUGHT IT WAS ACTUALLY MOVING AND THE RIGHT THING TO DO. THE WRONG THING TO DO IS TO IGNORE WHAT WE READ THE FIRST WEEK. EACH HOUSE MAY DETERMINE THE RULES OF ITS PROCEEDING. WE CAN'T DETERMINE THE RULES OF PROCEEDING FOR THE SENATE. THEY CAN'T DETERMINE THE RULES OF PROCEEDING FOR US. THIS IS A BAD BILL. VOTE NO. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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  • 01:31:32 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM KANSAS, MY…

    TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM KANSAS, MY GOOD FRIEND, MS. JENKINS.

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  • 01:31:40 PM

    MS. JENKINS

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING.…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING. YOU-ALL REMEMBER THE STORY ABOUT AN OLD MAN OF GREAT FAITH WHOSE TOWN WAS ABOUT TO BE FLOODED? THE TOWN WAS BEING EVACUATED AND ITS WATER WAS ALREADY COVERING THE ROADS. THE OLD MAN SAT ON HIS PORCH CALMLY UNAFRAID. A CAR PULLED UP TO THE HOUSE, THE WATER ALMOST TOO DEEP TO DRIVE IN. THE DRIVER YELLED, GET IN. WE'LL TAKE YOU TO SAFETY. THE OLD MAN SHOOK HIS HEAD AND SAID GO ON, I HAVE FAITH A GOD. HE'LL SAVE ME. THE CAR MOVED ON. A SHORT TIME LATER THE WATER HAD RISEN SO HIGH IT COVERED THE PORCH. SO THE OLD MAN SIMPLY WENT UPSTAIRS. A BOAT FLOATED UP TO THE HOUSE AND THE PEOPLE YELLED GET IN, WE'LL TAKE YOU TO SAFETY. THE OLD MAN SAID AGAIN, GO ON, I HAVE FAITH IN GOD. HE'LL SAVE ME. SO THE BOAT WENT ON. HOURS LATER THE WATER HAD RISEN SO IT ALMOST COVERED THE EP TIRE HOUSE. THE OLD MAN WAS NOW ON HIS ROOF WHEN A RESCUE HELICOPTER CAME IN. THEY CALLED GET IN, WE'LL TAKE YOU TO SAFETY. THE OLD MAN REFUSED, SAYING GO ON I HAVE FAITH IN GOD. HE'LL SAVE ME. THE HELICOPTER LEFT. THE WATER ROSE SO HIGH THE OLD MAN DROWNED. HE WENT TO HEAVEN OF COURSE AND WHEN HE ARRIVED HE ASKED GOD, I HAD FAITH IN YOU TO SAVE ME. WHY DIDN'T YOU? GOD ANSWERED, I SENT YOU A CAR, A BOAT, AND A HELICOPTER, WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT FROM ME? I HOPE MY DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUES IN THE OTHER CHAMBER AND THIS PRESIDENT UNDERSTAND THAT THIS BILL IS THEIR HELICOPTER. YOU HAD A CHANCE TO PROPOSE AND PASS A BUDGET FOR 2011 LAST YEAR WHEN YOU-ALL HAD UNFETTERED POWER IN WASHINGTON. YOU HAD OVER A MONTH NOW TO ADDRESS H.R. 1, A BILL THAT CUT A NEAR $100 BILLION FROM OUR -- MERE $100 BILLION FROM OUR BUDGET. TODAY WE ARE GIVING YOU A THIRD CHANCE TO AVOID A GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN. PLEASE GRAB ON TO THIS LIFELINE AND WORK WITH US TO PREVENT A GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN THAT COULD HAVE INTERNATIONAL CONSEQUENCES. VOTE YES ON H.R. 1255. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. CLYBURN

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

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. OWENS.

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  • 01:33:54 PM

    MR. OWENS

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CLYBURN. WHEN I HEARD THAT THIS…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CLYBURN. WHEN I HEARD THAT THIS BILL WAS COMING FORWARD, I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO REFLECT ON THE FACT THAT I HAD BEEN HAVING CONVERSATIONS WITH MY CONSTITUENTS. AND IN EACH CASE I POSED TO THEM HOW WE ARE PROCEEDING HERE IN CONGRESS. AND ASKED THEM IF IN FACT THEY COULD ACCEPT A SMALL ACROSS-THE-BOARD PERCENTAGE DECREASE FOR F.Y. 2011. INVARIABLY EACH AND EVERY ONE SAID YES. I HAVE BEEN ON RECORD FOR MANY MONTHS AS SUGGESTING THAT WE CAN SOLVE THIS PROBLEM, WALK AWAY FROM THE IDEOLOGY THAT'S DIVIDING US, AND SIMPLY REDUCE SPENDING BY 2%, WHICH I THINK IF ONE DOES THE MATH GETS US TO THE POSITION THAT OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WOULD LIKE US TO ADOPT. IT IS CLEAR TO ME AFTER PRACTICING LAW FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS PART OF WHICH WAS A J.A.G. OFFICER IN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE THAT CLEARLY THIS IS AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND IS NOTHING MORE THAN SPINNING IN THE WIND. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY THE OTHER DAY WHEN I SAW THE MAKE UP OF THIS BILL TO WRITE TO THE SPEAKER, MR. BOEHNER, ALONG WITH 27 OTHER CO-SIGNERS AND ASKED THAT S. 3LE 88 -- S. 388 BE SEPARATED FROM THIS LEGISLATION. THIS LEGISLATION IS NOT MOVING FORWARD, AND IF IN FACT WE DO SEE A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, WE IN CONGRESS SHOULD SHARE THE PAIN. WE HAVE THAT RESPONSIBILITY, THAT OBLIGATION, AND WE MUST LEAD BY EXAMPLE. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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  • 01:35:46 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    MADAM SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ONE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ONE OF MY FELLOW FRESHMEN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS,

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. GRIFFIN I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FOR YIELDING ME TIME. MADAM SPEAKER, I COMMEND MY FELLOW ARKANSANS FOR INTRODUCING THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN PREVENTION ACT AND I STRONGLY SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE. I'D LIKE TO SAY REAL QUICKLY WHAT WE HAVE SEEN HERE IN THE LAST FEW MINUTES IS A COLOSSAL WASTE OF TIME. YOU HAD A BUNCH OF FOLKS SAYING, MADAM SPEAKER, THAT THIS IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. I JUST WANT TO CLARIFY SO WE CAN MOVE PAST THAT AND IF MY COLLEAGUES IS -- CAN FOCUS THIS ARGUMENT WHERE IT MATTERS. WE INTEND FOR THIS BILL LIKE ALL OTHER BILLS TO PASS THE HOUSE, TO PASS THE SENATE, BE SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT. I, TOO, AM A J.A.G. OFFICER FROM THE ARMY AN I THINK THE J.A.G. OFFICER, MADAM SPEAKER, FROM THE AIR FORCE WOULD UNDERSTAND THAT. THIS IS A CONSTITUTIONAL BILL LIKE THE OTHER BILLS THAT WE INTRODUCE HERE. NOW, WHY ARE WE HERE TODAY? 41 DAYS AGO THIS HOUSE PASSED A $100 BILLION SPENDING CUT FROM THE PRESIDENT'S 2011 BUDGET THAT. BILL KEPT THE GOVERNMENT OPERATING. WE DID OUR JOB HERE. THERE WAS ANOTHER HOUSE DOWN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CAPITOL AND WE ARE HERE BECAUSE THEY HAVE REFUSED TO DO THEIR JOB, 41 DAYS LATER, ZERO BILLS. WE HAVE HEARD SOME SUGGESTIONS HERE TODAY. AND MAYBE WE OUGHT TO DO A ACROSS-THE-BOARD CUT. I SUGGEST THAT IF THEY GOT ANY FRIENDS ON THE SENATE SIDE THAT THEY GO DOWN THERE AND SEE IF THEY WILL PROPOSE A BILL WITH SOME KIND OF CUTS, BECAUSE SO FAR IT'S ZERO. ZERO BILLS FROM THE SENATE ON THIS. SENATOR HARRY REID THINKS OUR PLAN GOES, QUOTE, TOO FAR, END QUOTE. WE HAVE HEARD A LOT OF PEOPLE USING THE WORD EXTREME BECAUSE THAT'S A SCARY WORD. LET ME TELL YOU, THE ONLY THING AROUND HERE IS THE NATIONAL DEBT. YOU WANT TO SEE EXTREME, THAT'S EXTREME. SENATOR HARRY REID BELIEVES THAT SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT IS PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE. IN FACT, WE HAVE SEEN WITH THE POLLSTERS AND PUNDITS AND HOWARD DEAN AND OTHERS THAT THEY WANT TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. I DON'T WANT TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. I WANT TO CUT SPENDING.

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  • 01:38:12 PM

    MR. GRIFFIN

    SECONDS? THANK YOU.

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  • 01:38:16 PM

    MR. GRIFFIN

    WANT THE GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN. I WANT SPENDING CUT. I HAVE A QUESTION OF…

    WANT THE GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN. I WANT SPENDING CUT. I HAVE A QUESTION OF HOW -- WHAT A SHUT DOWN WOULD DO TO OUR ARMED FORCES. THE AIRMEN AND THE SOLDIERS IN ARKANSAS THAT ARE IN MY DISTRICT , SENATOR REID HAS FAILED TO COME UP WITH A CREDIBLE PLAN OF HIS OWN. THEY CAN'T CUT JUST A FEW BILLION DOLLARS. EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE A G.A.O. REPORT THAT INDICATES $100 BILLION TO $200 BILLION COULD BE SAVED BY GETTING RID OF DUPLICATIVE PROGRAMS. IF THE SENATE IS UNWILLING TO MAKE THE SMALL CUTS, HOW IN THE WORLD ARE WE EVER GOING TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THE BOLD DECISIONS --

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    MR. CLYBURN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER OF CALIFORNIA, MS. PELOSI.

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  • 01:39:22 PM

    MS. PELOSI

    FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN THIS DEBATE THIS AFTERNOON. I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO…

    FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN THIS DEBATE THIS AFTERNOON. I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO IT VERY INTENTLY. I HEARD THE DEBATE ON THE RULE THIS MORNING AND THEN THE DEBATE THIS AFTERNOON. AND SOME QUESTIONS HAVE ARISEN. FIRST, I WANT TO STATE A FACT. THE FACT IS IS THAT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US IN THIS BODY, AS OUR FIRST ACT, RAISES OUR RIGHT HAND TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. THE BILL THAT WE HAVE ON THE FLOOR BEFORE US DOES VIOLENCE TO THOSE PROVISIONS IN THE CONSTITUTION THAT DESCRIBE HOW TO PASS A BILL. NOT BY ONE HOUSE DEEMING IT BUT AS OUR DISTINGUISHED ASSISTANT LEADER, MR. CLYBURN, DESCRIBED, HIS DAUGHTER'S SCHOOL CHILDREN AND HER CLASS COULD TELL YOU THAT YOU PASS ONE HOUSE, YOU PASS ANOTHER HOUSE, IT'S SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT. BUT THAT SEEMS TO BE MISSED BY THE MAKERS OF THIS RESOLUTION TODAY. AGAIN MR. CLY BUSH TALKED -- CLYBURN TALKED ABOUT THE CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY TO BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. IT'S TRULY A MYSTERY HOW YOU CAN TAKE AN OATH OF OFFICE TO PROTECT THE -- AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, BRING A BILL TO THE FLOOR IN VIOLENCE OF THAT, AND JUSTIFY IT ACTUALLY. I HAVE HEARD THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, MR. DREIER, SAY THAT WE HAD SOME VISITING PARLIAMENTARIANS HERE WHO WERE WATCHING THIS DEBATE TO SEE IF AMERICA, CONGRESS CAN GET ITS JOB DONE. PLEASE DON'T PAY ATTENTION TO THIS. WHAT YOU SEE ON THE FLOOR TODAY IS NO EXAMPLE OF DEMOCRACY IN ACTION. IT'S SILLY. THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IS ASKING ITS MEMBERS TO MAKE A SILLY VOTE. AND IT'S TIME FOR US TO STOP THAT SILLINESS AND GET SERIOUS ABOUT THE CREATION OF JOBS. GET SERIOUS ABOUT NOT SHUTTING DOWN GOVERNMENT. ABDICATING OUR RESPONSIBILITIES AND SHUTTING DOWN GOVERNMENT. I HAVE HEARD MR. HOYER EARLIER TODAY TALK ABOUT HOW WE GOT HERE IN TERMS OF THIS BUDGET DEFICIT. WE ALL KNOW THAT WE MUST REDUCE THE DEFICIT, THAT'S WHY DURING THE CLINTON YEARS AS MR. HOYER SAID, WE REVERSED THE FIRST BUSH DEAF, CAME OUT WITH A TRAJECTORY OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, GOING INTO SURPLUS. THE LAST FIVE CLINTON BUDGETS WERE IN SURPLUS OR IN BALANCE. BUT BECAUSE OF TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH, TWO UNPAID-FOR WARS, AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG BILL THAT GAVE AWAY THE STORE TO THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY, WE CAME BACK INTO DEFICIT, THE BIGGEST SWING IN FISCAL IRRESPONSIBILITY IN OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY, AND NOW WE HAVE HAD TO DEAL WITH THAT. AND WHAT IS THE ANSWER THAT THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION GAVE US? TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH, THAT'S HOW YOU CREATE JOBS. WE DIDN'T. THAT'S HOW YOU REDUCE THE DEFICIT. WE GREW IT. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE DEFICIT, WHICH WE ALL AGREE MUST BE CUT, AND WE ARE TALKING ABOUT JOBS, TO NOTE THAT IN THE FIRST YEAR OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION MORE JOBS WERE CREATED IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR THAN IN THE EIGHT YEARS OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH DID NOT PRODUCE JOBS. CUTS IN INITIATIVES TO EDUCATE OUR PEOPLE AND KEEP US HEALTHY AND SAFE, THOSE CUTS DID NOT CREATE JOBS. SO HERE WE ARE TODAY AT THE END OF THE WEEK WASTING THE PUBLIC'S TIME ON A NOTION, NOT EVEN AN IDEA, ON A NOTION THAT DOES NOT RISE TO THE LEVEL OF A CREDIBLE IDEA THAT ONE HOUSE CAN DEEM A BILL THE LAW OF THE LAND. I ALSO HEARD ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE A CALL FOR SMART REID, LEADER IN THE SENATE, TO TAKE UP H.R. 1. HE DID. IT FAILED. NOT EVEN THE REPUBLICANS ALL VOTED FOR IT IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. THREE REPUBLICAN SENATORS VOTED AGAINST H.R. 1 IN THE SENATE. PERHAPS YOU DON'T KNOW THE DATE, BUT IT DID HAPPEN. AND IT IS -- IT'S STUNNING TO HEAR THIS DEBATE THAT TALKS ABOUT VISITING PARLIAMENTARIANS SEEING AN EXAMPLE OF GOOD GOVERNMENT IN ACTION. NO. WRONG. SO WHAT COULD BE THE EXPLANATION FOR THIS? MR. CLYBURN SUGGESTED IT COULD BE APRIL FOOL'S AND AT THE END OF THIS DEBATE THE GENTLEMAN WILL WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT, APOLOGIZE FOR WASTING THE PUBLIC'S TIME, AND SAY THIS IS ONLY AN APRIL FOOL'S JOKE. BECAUSE THAT'S THE ONLY THING THAT IT COMPLIES WITH. IT DOES NOT COMPLY OR CONFORM WITH HONORING THE CONSTITUTION. IT DOES NOT CREATE JOBS. IT DOES NOT REDUCE THE DEFICIT, AND IT DOES HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. WOODALL

    I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS JUST TO REMIND THE GENTLELADY THAT ARTICLE 1,…

    I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS JUST TO REMIND THE GENTLELADY THAT ARTICLE 1, SECTION 7 SAYS ALL BILLS FOR RAISING REVENUE SHALL ORIGINATE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. WE FAILED TO DO THAT IN THE LAST CONGRESS AND THAT'S WHY THE GENTLEMAN STANDS HERE TODAY WITH THIS BILL PROUDLY. WITH THAT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A VERY GOOD FRESHMAN, MY COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LA, MR. LANDRY.

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    MR. LANDRY

    FIRST ELECTED, I DECLINED MY HEALTH CARE BENEFITS BECAUSE I DON'T BELIEVE…

    FIRST ELECTED, I DECLINED MY HEALTH CARE BENEFITS BECAUSE I DON'T BELIEVE WE CAN FIX A SYSTEM WE ARE NOT A PART OF. I DECLINED MY RETIREMENT BENEFITS BECAUSE OUR SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM IS BROKE. . I SUPPORT THIS BILL BECAUSE IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE TO ENDURE A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, WHICH IS THE RESULT OF THE FAILURE OF THE SENATE DEMOCRATS, THEN NONE OF US, INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT, SHOULD EXPECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO CONTINUE OUR PAY. UNTIL WE FIX THIS BUDGET MESS. THE FUNDING FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS 182 DAYS OLD. DEMOCRATS ON THE SENATE HAVE FAILED -- DEMOCRATS HAVE FAILED TO PASS A BUDGET FOR 182 DAYS. 182 CASE, THAT'S AN ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, WHAT WOULD YOU THINK IF YOUR CHILD'S TEACHER DID NOTHING FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR. OUR CONSTITUTION AUTHORIZES CONGRESS TO BE THE POWER OF THE PURSE. IT IS OUR JOB TO SET A RESPONSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE BUDGET FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EACH YEAR. AND IF WE CAN'T DO OUR JOB WE SHOULD NOT BE PAID. MR. SPEAKER,, IT IS TIME FOR THE -- MR. SPEAKER, IT IS TIME FOR THE DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE TO DO THEIR JOB. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. I'M SORRY, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CLYBURN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM SOUTH CAROLINA. DAVID FISHBURG WROTE IN 1975,…

    I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM SOUTH CAROLINA. DAVID FISHBURG WROTE IN 1975, "I'M JUST A BILL," AND THIS HAS BEEN UTILIZED -- I UTILIZED IT YESTERDAY. MY FRIEND, MR. WOODALL FROM GEORGIA, USED IT TODAY. I ENCOURAGE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC TO UNDERSTAND THAT MY FRIENDS KNOW HOW A BILL BECOMES THE LAW. H.R. 1, THE MEASURE THAT WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT, REALLY DID PASS THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND IT WENT OVER TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND IT WAS REJECTED. THE PRESIDENT ALSO SAID THAT HE WOULD VETO H.R. 1 IF IT REACHED HIS DESK. SO WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE IS SYMBOLISM. AND MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE ENTITLED EASILY TO MESSAGE ANYTHING THEY WISH TO ADDRESS THEIR BASE. BUT DON'T BRING IT TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC UNDER THE AGES OF THIS IS SOMETHING SERIOUS. IT IS NOT. IT IS ABSURD. IT IS A COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME. AND EVEN MORE IMPORTANT, AS HAS BEEN SAID BY MANY, AND I BELIEVE EVERYBODY ON THE OTHER SIDE UNDERSTANDS, IT'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL. IT ALSO HAS NOT GONE UNNOTICED THAT MY FRIENDS WHO ADVOCATED RIGHTLY THAT THERE SHOULD BE TRANSPARENCY IN ADDITION TO BEING TRANSPARENCY THAT MEASURES SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO BE READ BEFORE THEY'RE UTILIZED. THE LEADERSHIP OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE BEFORE ANY MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SAW MR. WOMACK AND MR. WOODALL'S BILL. KNOWING THIS, THEN I GUESS WHAT MUST BE HAPPENING HERE IS WE ARE WASTING OUR TIME ON UNCONSTITUTIONAL --

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    MR. CLYBURN

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    WE ARE WASTING OUR TIME ON PATE ANTLEY UNCONSTITUTIONAL MEASURES. I WON'T…

    WE ARE WASTING OUR TIME ON PATE ANTLEY UNCONSTITUTIONAL MEASURES. I WON'T GO INTO ALL OF THE DETAILS ABOUT THE NEED TO ADDRESS JOBS, BUT I DO KNOW THIS, STENY HOYER SAID EARLIER WHAT ALL OF US IN AMERICA KNOW AND WHEN WE WERE CHILDREN WE CELEBRATED A LOT, A LOT OF US, AND IT WAS APRIL FOOLS' AND WE PLAYED JOKES ON PEOPLE. BUT, LISTEN, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NOT FOOLS, AND THEY ARE NOT FOOLISH ENOUGH TO BELIEVE THIS ABSOLUTELY FOOLISH UNCONSTITUTIONAL MEASURE. I YIELD BACK.

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    MADAM SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M VERY PROUD TO YIELD 30 SECONDS TO MY GOOD…

    MADAM SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M VERY PROUD TO YIELD 30 SECONDS TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT.

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    MR. GOHMERT

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. WE'RE HERE BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY LAST…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. WE'RE HERE BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY LAST YEAR DID NOT DO THEIR JOB, DID NOT GIVE US A BUDGET, DID NOT DO PROPER APPROPRIATIONS AND NOW THE SENATE HAS HAD THE SAME PROBLEM. AND SO I APPLAUD ANYBODY'S EFFORTS IN TRYING TO MOVE THE BALL DOWN THE ROAD SO THAT WE CAN APPROPRIATE. I JUST WISH THE SENATE WOULD DO THEIR JOB NOW AND TAKE CARE OF IT. BUT FOR A BILL TO SAY PROVISIONS ARE PASSED -- THAT PASS THE HOUSE OR HEREBY ACTED INTO LAW VIOLATES MY CONSCIOUS AND THE CONSTITUTION. I CANNOT VOTE FOR IT. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. CLYBURN

    MAY I INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE LEFT?

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    MR. CLAY

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO LET THE OTHER SIDE CATCH UP?

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    MR. WOODALL

    IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ONE OF MY FRESHMAN COLLEAGUES,…

    IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ONE OF MY FRESHMAN COLLEAGUES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. SCHWEIKERT.

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    MR. SCHWEIKERT

    FUNNY HEARING THE DISCUSSION THIS ISN'T CONSTITUTIONAL. NOW, LET ME SEE --…

    FUNNY HEARING THE DISCUSSION THIS ISN'T CONSTITUTIONAL. NOW, LET ME SEE -- IT'S A PIECE OF LEGISLATION WITH A TRIGGER MECHANISM IN IT. OK, I KNOW THE OTHER SIDE DOESN'T LIKE THAT TRIGGER BUT IT WOULD STILL REQUIRE THE SENATE TO PASS IT AND THE PRESIDENT TO SIGN IT. IF I GO BACK TO A -- AND IT WAS FUN SEEING SOMETHING FROM MY CHILDHOOD OF THE 1970'S "HOW A BILL BECOMES A LAW." IT'S HOW IT BECOMES A LAW. IT'S NOT THE GAMESMANSHIP OF OH, IT'S APRIL FOOLS' DAY, LET US DEMAGOGUE THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. WHAT'S IMPORTANT HERE IS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW WE'RE TAKING THE JOB SERIOUSLY, AND GIVING THE SENATE ANOTHER CHANCE, ANOTHER CHANCE TO STEP UP AND DO THEIR JOB. WE'RE SITTING HERE HOW MANY WEEKS AFTER WE PASSED RESOLUTION -- YOU KNOW, H.R. 1? AND WE'RE STILL DOING THIS DANCE. AT SOME POINT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE TO EXPECT US TO DO OUR JOB. AND IF WE DON'T DO OUR JOB NOT A SINGLE ONE OF US HERE, THE ADMINISTRATION AND IN THE SENATE DESERVE A PAYCHECK. MADAM CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR.…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. ANDREWS.

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    MR. ANDREWS

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. ANDREWS

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THINK WE NEED TO REITERATE, WE JUST HAD A VERY…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THINK WE NEED TO REITERATE, WE JUST HAD A VERY PRINCIPLED STATEMENT OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. I THINK WE NEED TO RISE ABOVE PARTISANSHIP. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SAID HE AGREES WITH THE PROPOSITION THAT THE BILL IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. I WOULD URGE MEMBERS, MADAM SPEAKER, TO LISTEN TO THAT EXAMPLE OF PRINCIPLE. WE DON'T AGREE ON ALL THINGS BUT WE SHOULD ALL RISE TO HONOR OUR OATH OF OFFICE AND VOTE ON THIS BASED ON PURE CONSTITUTIONAL GROUNDS. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. WOODALL

    MADAM SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD…

    MADAM SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND MENTOR, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, DR. BROUN.

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    MR. BROUN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, WHEN A PATIENT IS…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, WHEN A PATIENT IS BLEEDING TO DEATH ON AN OPERATING TABLE, WE AS DOCTORS DO EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN TO SAVE THAT PATIENT'S LIFE. WE DON'T JUST WALK AWAY AND WE CERTAINLY DON'T CALL IT QUITS. WELL, THAT'S WHAT THE DEMOCRATS WANT TO DO. THEY WANT TO CALL IT QUITS ON OUR SPENDING CRISIS, AND THE WORST PART IS THEY ARE DOING IT FOR THEIR OWN POLITICAL GAMES. DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS ARE INTENTIONALLY PLOTTING THIS GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AND THEY HATCHED THEIR PLAN MONTHS AGO, I BELIEVE. IF THEY WANTED TO, DEMOCRATS COULD HAVE PASSED A LONG-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTION DURING THE LAME DUG SESSION WITHOUT MAKING ANY -- LAME-DUCK SESSION WITHOUT MAKING ANY SPENDING CUTS AT ALL. BUT INSTEAD THEY PASSED A SHORT-TERM SPENDING BILL SO THEY COULD PLAY THE SHUTDOWN CARD RIGHT NOW. THE DEMOCRATS' POLITICAL GAME OF WEDGING CONSERVATIVES BETWEEN UNEXACCEPTABLE CUTS AND A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN IS AN INSULT TO THE GRAVITY OF THE PLAN. IT'S AN INSULT TO AMERICAN FAMILIES WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. IT'S AN INSULT TO ALL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO ARE OUT OF WORK AND IT'S AN INSULT TO US IN CONGRESS, THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO ARE SERIOUS ABOUT TRYING TO PUT THIS COUNTRY ON A ROAD TO RECOVERY, ECONOMIC RECOVERY. IT'S PITIFUL THAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE WASTED SO MUCH TIME STALLING OVER THESE MINIMAL CUTS IN THEIR OWN SELF-INTEREST. WHILE OUR COUNTRY IS FINANCIALLY BLEEDING TO DEATH, WE SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON TRYING TO REVIVE OUR ECONOMY RATHER THAN BICKERING ABOUT $61 BILLION WHEN WE ALREADY BORROW ALMOST $60 BILLION PER WEEK. MADAM SPEAKER, SINCE THE DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO STOP THEIR POLITICAL GAMES AND GET TO WORK, THOSE OVER IN THE SENATE, IN PARTICULARLY, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN PREVENTION ACT SO THAT WE CAN DO OUR JOBS AND START FRYING TO HEAL OUR ECONOMY AND CREATE JOBS IN AMERICA. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. CLYBURN

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT, MR. WELCH.

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    MR. WELCH

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MADAM SPEAKER, THERE'S NO STRONGER SUPPORTER OF…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MADAM SPEAKER, THERE'S NO STRONGER SUPPORTER OF H.R. 1 THAN MR. GOHMERT FROM TEXAS, AND HE MADE A VERY SIMPLE, VERY ELOQUENT STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLE, ABOUT ADHERING TO THE CONSTITUTION. THIS LEGISLATION HAS TO BE INTERPRETED BY ITS OWN WORDS, NOT BY WHAT PEOPLE SAY IS IN IT. AND WHAT IT EXPLICITLY SAYS, IF THE HOUSE HAS NOT RECEIVED A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE BEFORE APRIL 6 STATING THAT IT HAS PASSED A MEASURE PROVIDING FOR THE APPROPRIATION FOR THE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES OF GOVERNMENT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE FISCAL YEAR, AND THIS IS THE LANGUAGE OF YOUR LEGISLATION, THE PROVISIONS OF H.R. 1 AS PASSED BY LAW ON FEBRUARY 19, 2011, ARE HEREBY ENACTED INTO LAW. THAT'S ABSURD. IT'S A PRETEND BILL THAT SAYS THAT IF THE HOUSE ACTS AND THE SENATE DOESN'T OUR ACTION BECOMES LAW. IT'S ABSURD. IT SAYS THAT IF THE HOUSE ACTS THE SENATE DOESN'T AND THE PRESIDENT DOESN'T SIGN THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION IT'S LAW. THAT'S THE DOCUMENT THAT YOU PRESENTED TO THIS BODY TO VOTE ON. NOW, MR. GOHMERT TOOK THE HIGHER ROAD HERE WHERE INSTEAD OF TAKING OUT HIS FRUSTRATION WITH THE UNITED STATES SENATE AT THE EXPENSE OF THE CONSTITUTION HE STOOD UP FOR THE CONSTITUTION. AND THAT'S WHAT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO. ALL OF US HAVE FRUSTRATION WITH THE OTHER BODY BECAUSE THEY SIT ON BILLS. IN THE EYES OF THE BEHOLDER IT'S A GOOD OR BAD BILL DU IT DOES NOT ENTITLE US TO PRETEND THAT THE CONSTITUTION DOES NOT APPLY TO THE LEGISLATION THAT WE HAVE TO CONSIDER. ALSO, IF WE HAVE A POLITICAL IMPRACTICAL PROBLEM OF MOVING AHEAD ON A PIECE OF LEGISLATION IN THE HOUSE, IS IT RIGHT FOR US IN EFFECT TO MISLEAD THE PEOPLE THAT SENT US HERE BY SUGGESTING THAT WE'RE PASSING A LAW THAT HAS ANY IMPACT WHEN WE KNOW IT HAS ABSOLUTELY NO IMPACT? IS THAT A FAIR OR APPROPRIATE OR HONORABLE THING FOR A DEMOCRAT OR A REPUBLICAN TO DO? I URGE US TO VOTE NO ON THIS LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. WOODALL

    I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS TO ANSWER MY FRIEND FROM VERMONT'S QUESTION…

    I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS TO ANSWER MY FRIEND FROM VERMONT'S QUESTION WHICH IS NOT THE APPROPRIATE THING TO MISLEAD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. SO I'LL JUST READ ONE MORE -- ONE MORE TIME THE -- HAVING PASSED THE HOUSE, HAVING PASSED THE SENATE AND BE SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT. THAT'S THE REGULAR ORDER. I'LL SAY TO MY FRIEND, I'M SORRY WE DIDN'T HAVE THAT TIME TO FINISH OUR DISCUSSION IN THE RULES COMMITTEE. I'M SORRY WE WERE CALLED AWAY BY VOTES. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY VERY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. BARLETTA.

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    MR. BARLETTA

    SPEAKER, I CAME HERE TO FIGHT FOR MY CONSTITUENTS. I DIDN'T COME HERE TO…

    SPEAKER, I CAME HERE TO FIGHT FOR MY CONSTITUENTS. I DIDN'T COME HERE TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. MY STATE HAS THE HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT. THEY LOOK AT THE RECKLESS SPENDING IN WASHINGTON AND THEY GET ANGRY. IT'S JUST THIS SIMPLE. THEY DON'T SPEND MONEY THEY DON'T HAVE. SO WHY DOES WASHINGTON? THIS BILL PREVENTS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT FROM GETTING PAID IF THE GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN. I GET IT, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE GET IT, WHY DOESN'T WASHINGTON GET IT? IT'S SOMETHING ANY BUSINESS OWNER OR LOGICAL INDIVIDUAL ANYWHERE IN AMERICA CAN UNDERSTAND. IF YOU DON'T WORK YOU DON'T GET PAID. MAYBE THIS JUST MAKES TOO MUCH SENSE FOR WASHINGTON. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. CLYBURN

    MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE…

    MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. WEINER.

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    MR. WEINER

    ONE OF THE EXPERIENCE WE HAD IN THE OPENING DAYS OF EXPERIENCE THAT WE…

    ONE OF THE EXPERIENCE WE HAD IN THE OPENING DAYS OF EXPERIENCE THAT WE READ THE CONSTITUTION AND I THINK ONE OF US HAD THE GREAT GOOD FORTUNE TO READ ARTICLE 1, SECTION 7, EVERY BILL SHALL HAVE PASSED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE SHALL BEFORE IT BECAME LAW BE PRESENTED TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. HE HAS HOW A BILL BECOMES A LAW. NOW, THIS IS HOW ERIC CANTOR ON 3/30/11 SAID A BILL BECOMES A LAW. THE SENATE'S GOTTA -- THIS IS JUST THE TRANSDESCRIPTION. I JUST ASSUME IT'S THE SOUTHERN THING. THE SENATE'S GOTTA ACT PRIOR TO THE EXPIRATION OF THE C.R. IF IT DOES NOT ACT, MEANING, IF THE SENATE DOES NOT DO SOMETHING, H.R. 1 BECOMES THE LAW OF THE LAND. THAT'S NOT TRUE. THAT'S NOT CONSTITUTIONAL. THAT'S NOT FITTING OF THIS BODY. NOW, IT IS, HOWEVER, CONSISTENT WITH THE -- HOW THE MAJORITY PARTY HAS BEEN GOVERNING AROUND HERE. THEY PASSED RULES THAT THEY'VE IGNORED. FOR EXAMPLE, ON JANUARY 5 THEY HAD MEMBERS OF THEIR CAUCUS TAKE THE OATH IN FRONT OF A TELEVISION SET. ON FEBRUARY 9 THEY FAILED TO PROVIDE CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY FOR A BILL DESPITE THAT IT WAS ONE OF THEIR RULES. ON MARCH 13 THEY FAILED TO GET A 3/5 MAJORITY FOR PASSAGE OF A BILL THAT RAISE TAX RATES DESPITE THE FACT THAT IT WAS PART OF THE RULES. ON MARCH 17 THEY FAILED TO MAKE A BILL AVAILABLE WITHIN 72 HOURS DESPITE THE FACT THAT IT WAS PART OF THE RULES. AND JUST MARCH 30 THEY FAILED TO INCLUDE AN OFFSET FOR NEW GOVERNMENT PROGRAM. THE RULES ARE NOT A BIG THING FOR THEM TO FOLLOW BECAUSE THIS IS WHY IT'S HARD, IT'S A BIG BOOK. I BROUGHT YOU THIS, HOUSE MOUSE AND SENATE MOUSE WHICH IS SOLD IN THE GIFT SHOP TO TEACH CHILDREN HOW TO UNDERSTAND THE CONSTITUTION. IT'S THE FLOOR OF EACH CHAMBER THE SENATE AND HOUSE WHERE EACH SENATOR AND EVENING CONGRESS MOUSE GETS TO VOTE ON A BILL AND IF ENOUGH DO, IF ENOUGH DO, THIS PRESIDENT SIGNS IT IF HE LIKES TO. WELL, THE SENATE MOUSE -- MICE, THE SENATE MICES HAVEN'T PASSED THIS YET. PERHAPS IF THIS WERE THE RULES THAT THE REPUBLICANS HAD TO FOLLOW, IT'S A MUCH THINNER BOOK AND IT RHYMES, MAYBE YOU'D GET IT RIGHT. BUT THIS IS NOT THE CONSTITUTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MADAM SPEAKER --

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

  • 02:02:02 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

    TIME DO I HAVE?

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA -- FROM GEORGIA HAS 6 1/2 MINUTES. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA -- FROM GEORGIA HAS 6 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA HAS TWO MINUTES.

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  • 02:02:14 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

    RIGHT TO CLOSE?

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    MR. CLYBURN

    SPEAKERS DO YOU HAVE LEFT?

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    MR. WOODALL

    SIX MINUTES LEFT?

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    MR. WOODALL

    IS PREPARED TO CLOSE. WE HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS.

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  • 02:02:43 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE OFTEN REFERRED TO THIS PALATIAL…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE OFTEN REFERRED TO THIS PALATIAL HALL AS OUR NATION'S CLASSROOM. IT IS THE REASON I FEEL THAT WE SHOULD NOT JUST STAND HERE TO ENUNCIATE PRECEPTS BUT AS ELECTED LEADERS WE OUGHT TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE. THEREFORE, MADAM SPEAKER, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO BRING LEGISLATION TO THIS FLOOR THAT WE DEMONSTRATE TO THOSE YOUNG CHILDREN IN CLASSROOMS ALL ACROSS AMERICA THAT WE WILL NOT FLY IN THE FACE OF THAT CONSTITUTION THAT ALL OF US ARE SWORN TO UPHOLD. I BELIEVE THAT IT'S A GOOD THING TO WANT TO MOVE A MEASURE, BUT WE OUGHT NOT DO SO WHILE VIOLATING THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. AND I THINK IT'S A GOOD REASON THAT THE SENATE REJECTED H.R. 1. BECAUSE ALL OF THE ECONOMISTS WHO EVALUATED THAT PIECE OF LEGISLATION MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT TO THEM IT WOULD DESTROY 700,000 JOBS. THAT BILL, H.R. 1, IS A JOB KILLER. IT ALSO, THAT BILL, H.R. 1, WILL SAY TO LITTLE PRESCHOOL CHILDREN IN HEAD START, WE ARE TERMINATING YOUR EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE BY AT LEAST 200,000 OF YOU. WILL NO LONGER HAVE AN EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE. MADAM SPEAKER, I THINK IT'S LAUDATORY FOR US TO PUT OUR HANDS ON THE CONSTITUTION, SWEAR TO UPHOLD IT, BUT I THINK THAT WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT IS FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE. ENUNCIATING PRECEPTS FOR EMPTY GESTURES. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:05:11 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF TALK ABOUT…

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF TALK ABOUT CHILDREN ON THE FLOOR TODAY. WE HAVE BEEN READING CHILDREN'S STORIES AND BEING SHOWN CHILDREN'S BOOKS. I HAVE BEEN HARKENED BACK TO MY OWN CHILDHOOD IN THE 1970'S AND SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK AND FOR FOLKS WHO HAVE NOT SEEN THE SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK ENTIRE D.V.D. NOW, I RECOMMEND YOU PICK A COPY UP FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE. IT REALLY IS A FANTASTIC BEGINNING STEP ABOUT WHAT IT IS WE ARE ALL ABOUT. WHAT IT IS WE ARE ALL ABOUT. THE PREAMBLE IS IN THAT SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK. NO MORE KINGS IN THAT SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK CATEGORY. WHAT THEY TALK ABOUT IS WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR US TO BE AMERICANS? AND WHAT IT MEANS IS FOLKS ELECT THEIR REPRESENTATIVES AND THEY SEND THEM TO WASHINGTON, D.C., AND SAY GET YOUR BUSINESS DONE. GET YOUR BUSINESS DONE. THAT'S WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO WITH THIS RESOLUTION HERE TODAY. GET OUR BUSINESS DONE. I JUST WANT TO READ FROM THE BILL. I'M SO THRILLED THAT SO MANY AMERICANS WATCH WHAT WE DO HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TO HOLD US ACCOUNTABLE, AND I'M SO SADDENED BY ALL THE MISINFORMATION THAT'S CIRCULATED. I READ DIRECTLY FROM THE BILL. IF THE HOUSE HAS NOT RECEIVED A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE BEFORE APRIL 6, 2011, STATING IT HAS PASSED A MEASURE PROVIDING FOR THE APPROPRIATION FOR THE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES OF THE GOVERNMENT FOR REMAINDER OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2011, THE PROVISIONS OF H.R. 1 AS PASSED BY THE HOUSE ARE HEREBY ENACTED INTO LAW. THIS BILL WE SENT TO THE SENATE FOR THE SENATE TO PASS, THE PRESIDENT TO SIGN, THOSE PROVISIONS ARE HEREBY ENACTED INTO LAW. I WANT TO STUDY THAT CLOSER. IF THE HOUSE HAS NOT RECEIVED A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE STATING THAT THE SENATE HAS PASSED A MEASURE PROVIDING FOR THE APPROPRIATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT. FOLKS MAY BE WONDERING, MADAM SPEAKER, WHY IS IT THAT WE ARE DOING THAT NOW? WASN'T THAT SUPPOSED TO BE DONE LAST SEPTEMBER? YES, IT WAS. IT DIDN'T GET DONE. SHOULD THAT HAVE GOTTEN DONE LAST DECEMBER? YES, IT SHOULD HAVE, BUT IT DIDN'T GET DONE. SO WE ARE HERE TODAY TO GET IT DONE, 41 DAYS AGO WE PASSED A BILL TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT. THIS ENTIRE BODY WORKED ITS WILL ON A PROCESS THAT WAS AS OPENED AS THIS HOUSE AS SEEN. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS WORKING TOGETHER. REPUBLICANS WINNING AMENDMENTS. DEMOCRATS WINNING AMENDMENTS. DEMOCRATS LOSING AMENDMENTS. REPUBLICANS LOSING APPEDS. IT MADE ME PROUD TO BE A -- AMENDMENTS. IT MADE ME PROUD TO BE A REPRESENTATIVE AND SERVE IN THIS BODY MUCH IT WAS THE BEST WORK PRODUCT THIS HOUSE PUT TOGETHER. WE SENT IT TO THE SENATE 41 DAYS AGO. THEY DEFEATED IT. THEY HAVE TO ACT. THEY DEFEATED OUR BILL, H.R. 1, THEY DEFEATED A DEMOCRAT BILL, AND THEY HAVE DONE NOTHING. I GOT A CALL EARLIER TODAY, I HELD UP A BOARD JUST LIKE THIS, TALKING ABOUT WHAT THE SENATE HAD DONE. WELL, THERE'S NOTHING ON THIS SHEET OF PAPER. YOU HOLD UP THE WRONG SIGN. NO, IT'S THE RIGHT SIGN. NOTHING, NOTHING HAVE WE RECEIVED FROM THE UNITED STATES SENATE. IT'S THE SAME ON BOTH SIDES. BLANK. HOW IN THE WORLD ARE WE SUPPOSED TO FUND THIS GOVERNMENT WITH NOTHING FROM THE UNITED STATES SENATE? THIS BILL DOES TWO THINGS AND TWO THINGS ONLY, MADAM SPEAKER. IT SAYS, SENATE ACT. YOU DON'T HAVE TO ACT LIKE US. ACT LIKE DEMOCRATS. JUST ACT. ACT. DO SOMETHING. SEND US SOMETHING. BEGIN THE PROCESS. MAKE IT AVAILABLE. ACT. AND NUMBER TWO, -- MADAM SPEAKER, TELL ME HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE REMAINING?

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  • 02:08:42 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    BE DELIGHTED TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA.

  • 02:08:48 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    DO YOU BELIEVE WHAT YOU'RE DOING HERE IS CONSTITUTIONAL?

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    MR. WOODALL

    ABSOLUTELY. HAVING HAD MY MOTIVES IMPUGNED THROUGHOUT THE DAY, I KNOW THE…

    ABSOLUTELY. HAVING HAD MY MOTIVES IMPUGNED THROUGHOUT THE DAY, I KNOW THE COLLEGIAL RELATIONSHIP YOU AND I HAVE IN THE RULES COMMITTEE, YOU KNOW FOR A FACT I WOULDN'T BE HERE OTHERWISE. I WOULDN'T BE HERE OTHERWISE. NOW, I'M NO SCHOLAR OF HOUSE ACTIVITIES. I KNOW WE HAVE PASSED BILLS IN THIS HOUSE THAT HAVE INCORPORATED THINGS BY REFERENCE BEFORE AND I'M SURE WE'LL DO IT AGAIN. NOT IN AN OUTSIDE THE PROCESS. TO SUGGEST, TO SUGGEST, YOU APPRECIATE THIS, I SAY TO MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, TO RECEIVE CONSTITUTIONAL INSTRUCTION FROM THE TEAM THAT BROUGHT US OBAMACARE IS TROUBLING AT THE MOST BASIC LEVELS.

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  • 02:09:27 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD AGAIN FOR ANOTHER QUESTION? DO YOU HAVE ANY…

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD AGAIN FOR ANOTHER QUESTION? DO YOU HAVE ANY PRECEDENT FOR THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THIS PARTICULAR MEASURE? I URGE YOU BASED ON WHAT YOU JUST SAID, THERE HAVE BEEN MEASURES THAT WERE DEEMED BUT THAT WAS WHEN THEY WERE AGREED UPON, BUT THERE IS NO AUTHORITY ANYWHEREFORE US TO PASS A LAW FRIRG -- ANYWHERE FOR US TO PASS A LAW. AND I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE YIELDING.

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  • 02:09:55 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    RECLAIMING MY TIME. I'LL SAY THAT THIS IS A UNIQUE PROCEDURE AND THESE ARE…

    RECLAIMING MY TIME. I'LL SAY THAT THIS IS A UNIQUE PROCEDURE AND THESE ARE UNIQUE TIMES. I WILL JUST SAY TO YOU THAT IN 1999, REPUBLICAN CONGRESS, DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT, ENACTED THE FOREIGN RELATIONS BILL BY REFERENCE, THE FOREIGN RELATIONS AUTHORIZATION BILL BY REFERENCE IN APPROPRIATIONS BILL. THAT'S WHAT WE ARE DOING TODAY. FOLKS, IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT. CALL YOUR SENATE COLLEAGUES AND GET THEM TO ACT. THIS IS WHERE WE NEED TO BE. WE NEED ACTION FROM THE SENATE. CALL YOUR SENATE, COLLEAGUES. I HAVE CALLED THEM. I NEED YOU TO CALL THEM, TOO. WE NEED TO MOVE THIS BALL FORWARD. IF THE GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN, OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN DON'T GET PAID, MADAM SPEAKER. IF THE GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN OUR USDA INSPECTORS GO HOME AND BEEF AND CHICKEN LEAVE OUR SHELVES IN THE GROCERY STORES. THIS ISN'T PLAY TIME GOING BACK TO OUR CHILDREN REFERENCES THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS. FOLKS SENT US HERE TO DO SERIOUS THINGS. I COULD NOT BE HAPPYIER, MADAM SPEAKER, FOR THE SECOND PROVISION TO SAY IF YOU DON'T WORK, YOU DON'T GET PAID. IT'S A BASIC PREMISE IN THIS REPUBLIC NO PAY FOR NO WORK. I'M VERY PROUD OF THE WORK THAT WE HAVE DONE. AND I IMPLORE, I IMPLORE MY COLLEAGUES TO CONTACT THEIR SENATORS AND GET THEM TO DO SOMETHING. SOMETHING. THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE FROM THE SENATE SO FAR, MADAM SPEAKER. WE DESERVE BETTER. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVER. AND THE SENATE CAN DO BETTER. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:11:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 194 THE BILL IS CONSIDERED AS READ AND THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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  • 02:11:38 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE SHUT DOWN OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND FOR OTHER…

    THE SHUT DOWN OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 02:11:45 PM

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE --

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    I HAVE A THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER TO RECOMMIT AT THE DESK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RISE? IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSED TO THE BILL?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN QUALIFIES. THE CLERK WILL READ THE MOTION.

  • 02:12:04 PM

    THE CLERK

    MR. WALLS OF MINNESOTA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL H.R. 1255 TO THE…

    MR. WALLS OF MINNESOTA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL H.R. 1255 TO THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO REPORT THE SAME BACK TO THE HOUSE FORTHWITH WITH THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENT. STRIKE ALL AFTER THE ENACTING CLAUSE AND INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION 1, PROHIBITION OF -- ON PAY DURING GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, A, IN GENERAL, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT SHALL NOT RECEIVE BASIC PAY FOR ANY PERIOD IN WHICH, ONE, THERE IS MORE THAN A 24-HOUR LAPSE IN APPROPRIATIONS FOR ANY FEDERAL AGENCY OR DEPARTMENT AS A RESULT OF A FAILURE TO ENACT A REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS BILL OR CONTINUING RESOLUTION. OR TWO, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS UNABLE TO MAKE PAYMENTS OR MEET OBLIGATIONS BECAUSE THE PUBLIC DEBT LIMIT UNDER SECTION 3101 OF TITLE 31 UNITED STATES CODE HAS BEEN REACHED. B, RETROACTIVE PAY PROHIBITED. NO PAY FORFEITED IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUBSECTION A MAY BE PAID RETROACTIVELY. AMEND THE TITLE TO READ A BILL TO PROHIBIT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT FROM RECEIVING PAY DURING GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWNS.

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    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION.

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  • 02:13:12 PM

    MR. WALZ

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. TO STAND HERE IN THIS HALOED PLACE AS A --…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. TO STAND HERE IN THIS HALOED PLACE AS A -- HALLOWED PLACE AS A REPRESENTATIVE, THE INCREDIBLE PRIVILEGE AND HONOR TO REPRESENT THE HARDWORKING AMERICANS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, IN SOUTHERN MINNESOTA THE CHANCE TO SEE GENUINE FOLKS OUT WORKING HARD, DOING THE THINGS THAT BUILT THIS COUNTRY, AND MADE US THE GREATEST NATION ON EARTH. ONE OF THOSE THINGS IS A VERY BASIC PREMISE. THE AMERICAN WORK ETHIC. THE IDEA THAT YOU SHOULD WORK HARD AND DO YOUR BEST AND BE COMPENSATED AT THE END OF THE DAY AND FEEL GOOD AND SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT IN WHAT YOU DID. WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DID SEND US HERE, AS YOU HEARD, ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, TO DO A VERY SIMPLE THING. GET THE WORK DONE, MOVE THIS COUNTRY FORWARD. THE DEBATE IS, THERE'S DIFFERENCES IN HOW TO DO THAT. THAT'S THE STRENGTH OF THIS LAND. IT'S DEMOCRACY. BUT THERE IS ONE VERY STRONG PRINCIPLE THAT WE CAN REINFORCE. THAT WORK ETHIC THAT IF YOU DO NOT GET YOUR JOB DONE, YOU CERTAINLY SHOULD NOT BE PAID. NO MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, NO IF IT PASSES AND GOES THIS WAY, VERY SIMPLY, THE EASIEST YOU THING TO DO IF THIS CONGRESS AFTER BEING HERE FOUR MONTHS, I DON'T CARE WHERE YOU PUT THE BLAME, CAN'T GET THIS DONE BY NEXT WEEK, AND THE GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN, THERE WILL BE NO CHANCE OF A SINGLE PAYCHECK GOING AND NO RETROACTIVE PAY. THAT'S THE LEAST WE OWE THOSE HARDWORKING FOLKS. THAT'S THE LEAST WE CAN DO HERE. I WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR. I UNDERSTAND THE MAJORITY IS HAVING A PROBLEM. THEY'VE GOT A DEBATE HAPPENING INSIDE THEIR CAUCUS. IF COMPROMISE IS A VIRTUE OR A VICE. THEY WILL WORK THAT OUT AND DECIDE BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THIS DEBATE TODAY WAS ABOUT. WHERE DO WE COMPROMISE IN THE -- FOR THE GOOD OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC? I COME OUT ON THE SIDE OF COMPROMISE. WITH THAT BEING SAID, IF WE DON'T GET OUR WORK DONE, AND I WILL DO EVERYTHING IN MY POWER TO ENSURE WE DO NOT SHUT THIS GOVERNMENT DOWN, THE REPERCUSSIONS ARE CATASTROPHIC FOR AMERICANS. NOT JUST MACROECONOMICALLY, OUR SENIORS AREN'T GOING TO GET THEIR CHECKS. WE ARE GOING TO SEE MEDICAL CARE SLOW DOWN TO OUR VETERANS. WE ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM AND WE HAVE HEARD FROM OUR MILITARY COMMANDERS THAT IT STRESSES THE READINESS OF THIS NATION. OUR FEDERAL WORKERS AND EVEN THE HARDWORKING STAFF HERE WILL NOT RECEIVE A PAYCHECK. HOW DO YOU GO HOME TO GEORGIA, TO ALABAMA, TO MINNESOTA, LOOK SOMEBODY IN THE EYE AN SAY, WE FAILED BECAUSE WE BICKERED AGAIN, BUT, DANG, I'M GOING TO TAKE HOME THAT CHECK. I TELL MY COLLEAGUES, ESPECIALLY THE NEW MEMBERS, IF YOU'RE A FRESHMAN IN HERE, YOU CAME WITH AN OPTIMISM THAT SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO BE BEATEN OUT OF YOU. REGARDLESS IF YOU DISAGREE WITH US, WITH EVERY FIBER EVER YOUR BEING, THE VERY SIMPLE PRINCIPLE THAT WE CAN'T GET THIS DONE LET'S PUT SKIN IN THE GAME. NO, IF IT GOES TO THE SENATE AND GET PASSED, NO IF IT'S NOT CONSTITUTIONAL. I OFFER YOU THE RAREST OF OPPORTUNITIES TODAY. THE RAREST, THE FIRST TIME YOU HAVE HAD THIS CHANCE, IF YOU VOTE YES ON THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT, IT GOES TO THE PRESIDENT TODAY AND BECOMES LAW OF THE LAND AND NO ONE HERE WILL BE PAID. YOU CAN LOOK YOUR CONSTITUENTS IN THE EYE AND WHOEVER YOU BLAME FOR IT, YOU CAN SAY, I'M NOT GETTING A PAYCHECK UNTIL WE FIX THIS. I WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR, THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY, A RARE OPPORTUNITY. YOU CAN VOTE HOWEVER YOU WANT AND DECIDE HOWEVER YOU WANT TO BALANCE THE BUDGET, BUT DO NOT ALLOW TO PLAY GAMES. IT IS THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF DAY, THE BOARD IS GOING TO COME UP, AND YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY, NOT WHAT'S IN THE UNDERLYING BILL, THAT DOESN'T STOP FROM RETROACTIVE PAY, AND THAT HAS TO PASS THE SENATE. . EVERY REPUBLICAN ALREADY VOTED FOR MY MOTION TO RECOMMIT. SO YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO SAY, ALL RIGHT, I DISAGREE WITH THE DEMOCRATS ON EVERYTHING IN THIS BILL BUT I'M NOT GOING TO GO BACK TO GEORGIA AND TELL SOMEONE I'M PICKING A PAYCHECK AND THEN TRYING TO EXPLAIN, BUT I VOTED FOR IT REALLY, BUT IT WAS A MOTION TO RECOMMIT THINK A DIDN'T AGREE WITH. NOTHING, SIMPLE, 75 WORDS. HALF PAGE. DON'T DO YOUR JOB, DON'T GET PAID. NO WORK, NO PAY. IT IS VERY, VERY SIMPLE. AT THIS POINT I WANT TO YIELD A LITTLE BIT OF TIME TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM VIRGINIA.

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  • 02:17:09 PM

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    THE GENTLEMAN. SO THE POINT IS, THE LAW AS IT STANDS TODAY IS, WE SHUT THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN. SO THE POINT IS, THE LAW AS IT STANDS TODAY IS, WE SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN, A MILLION FEDERAL EMPLOYEES DON'T GET PAID, OUR STAFF DOESN'T GET PAID, BUT WE GET PAID. ALL THE GENTLEMAN WANTS TO SAY IT -- IS, TREAT OURSELVES LIKE WE'D PAY OURS. IF OTHER STAFF IS OUT ON THE STREET WE OUGHT TO BE OUT THERE WITH THEM.

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  • 02:17:30 PM

    MR. MORAN

    MAKES IS IF HE VOTE FOR THIS RECOMMITAL, THE SENATE HAS ALREADY APPROVED…

    MAKES IS IF HE VOTE FOR THIS RECOMMITAL, THE SENATE HAS ALREADY APPROVED IT, IT GOES RIGHT TO THE SENATE. IT GETS SIGNED INTO LAW. WE'VE DONE SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE. THE ALTERNATIVE IS TO SEND SOMETHING OVER TO THE SENATE AND THE SENATE'S GOING TO LAUGH AT US. YOU KNOW THIS 1255 ISN'T GOING TO GET PASSED. THIS WOULD BE PASSED, THIS BECOMES LAW, IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. THANK YOU.

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  • 02:17:54 PM

    MR. WALZ

    YOUR RARE OPPORTUNITY. IF YOU DON'T DO THIS AND SAY YOU'RE GOING TO VOTE…

    YOUR RARE OPPORTUNITY. IF YOU DON'T DO THIS AND SAY YOU'RE GOING TO VOTE FOR THE UNDERLYING BILL, THE GENTLEMAN SAID HIMSELF, MR. WOODALL, THAT IT WOULD PROBABLY NOT PASS THE SENATE. THIS IS DONE. THERE'S NO MORE GOING ANYWHERE, IT'S GOING TO BE DONE. I KNOW OPTIMISM ABOUNDS ON APRIL 1. I BELIEVE TODAY THE TWINS ARE GOING TO WIN THE WORLD SERIES. I BELIEVE THAT IN ALL MY HEART. BUT I WOULDN'T TAKE THE BAT OR THE CHANCE ON IT. IF YOU WANT TO GO BACK TO EACH OF YOUR CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS AND SAY, I STAND WITH YOU TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT ON THE AMERICAN WORK ETHIC, IF WE DON'T GET DONE NEXT WEEK, WE DON'T GET PAID. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 02:18:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR REMINDS MEMBERS THAT THEY…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR REMINDS MEMBERS THAT THEY SHOULD ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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  • 02:18:40 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION, MADAM SPEAKER.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 02:18:47 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    WHERE TO BEGIN. I DON'T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN. THE MISREPRESENTATION AFTER…

    WHERE TO BEGIN. I DON'T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN. THE MISREPRESENTATION AFTER MISREPRESENTATION AFTER MISREPRESENTATION. I DON'T IMPUGN ANYONE'S MOTIVES. I ADMIRE THE PASSION. BUT IF YOU REALLY BELIEVE WITH NO WORK, NO PAY, I WISH WE HAD THE BOARD UP THERE, IF YOU BELIEVE IT, ALL THE TIME WE'VE BEEN SPENDING TALKING ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION, DON'T YOU THINK WE OUGHT TO DO IN A IN A CONSTITUTIONAL WAY? DON'T YOU THINK WE OUGHT TO DO IT IN A CONSTITUTIONAL WAY? I DO. BECAUSE IF WE SAY IT WE OUGHT TO MEAN IT AND STAND BY OUR CONVICTIONS AND, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO SPEAK TO THESE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES, MY CHAIRMAN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LUNGREN.

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  • 02:19:25 PM

    MR. LUNGREN

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 02:20:03 PM

    MR. LUNGREN

    NO, I WILL NOT YIELD. OF THE COMPENSATION CLAUSE OF ARTICLE 2. SO IF ONE…

    NO, I WILL NOT YIELD. OF THE COMPENSATION CLAUSE OF ARTICLE 2. SO IF ONE WANTS TO BY THIS BILL HAVE SOME PRESSURE EXERTED ON THE HOUSE, THE SENATE AND THE PRESIDENT, IT WOULD BE IN THE LANGUAGE CLOSER TO THAT THAT'S CONTAINED IN THE UNDERLYING BILL ON WHICH YOU CAN --

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  • 02:20:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA CONTROLS THE TIME.

  • 02:20:30 PM

    MR. LUNGREN

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA YIELD TIME?

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    WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA YIELD TIME?

  • 02:20:44 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    I'D LIKE TO LET MY CHAIRMAN FINISH.

  • 02:20:48 PM

    MR. LUNGREN

    THE REGULAR ORDER IS TO NOT INTERRUPT AT THE TIME THEY'RE MAKING THE…

    THE REGULAR ORDER IS TO NOT INTERRUPT AT THE TIME THEY'RE MAKING THE ARGUMENT. MAYBE BECAUSE IT'S DIFFICULT TO HEAR THE WORDS OF THE WHITE HOUSE ABOUT THE UNCONSTITUTIONALITY OF THAT WHICH THE GENTLEMAN BRINGS TO THE FLOOR. IF ANYONE WANTS THIS TO ACT IN VEIN IT IS THE GENTLEMAN ON THE OTHER SIDE WHO HAS PRESENTED THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT BECAUSE IT IS UNDER ANY VIEW, ANY VIEW, UNCONSTITUTIONAL. IT VIOLATES THE VERY TERMS OF THE CONSTITUTION WITH RESPECT TO THE PRESIDENT AND WITH RESPECT TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. SO IF YOU WANT TO EXERT ANY INFLUENCE ON MEMBERS, IF YOU BELIEVE THIS IS THE WAY TO DO IT, WOULD YOU ACCEPT THE LANGUAGE THAT'S IN THE UNDERLYING BILL WHICH DOES NOT ATTACK DIRECTLY THE WORDS OF THE CONSTITUTION. I FIND IT NOT FUNNY, I FIND IT TRAGIC THAT ON THIS FLOOR WE JUST HEARD THE GREAT ARGUMENTS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ABOUT OBSERVING THE CONSTITUTION AND THEN THEY COME TO THE FLOOR AND GIVE US SOMETHING WHICH THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS IN ITS LANGUAGE , IN ITS EMAIL TO ME, IS PATENTLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL. NOT MAYBE UNCONSTITUTIONAL. NOT PERHAPS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. NOT ARGUABLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL. BUT PATENTLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL. SO THE GENTLEMAN HAS PRESENTED US THE KIND OF I GUESS SHELL GAME WE TALK ABOUT WHERE IT LOOKS GOOD WHEN IT'S PRESENTED TO YOU BUT BY SLEIGHT OF HAND IT MAKES SURE THAT IT HAS NO IMPACT WHATSOEVER. THE GENTLEMAN SAYS, WELL, IT WILL GO RIGHT TO THE PRESIDENT. THAT IS NOT TRUE. THIS IS NOT THE BILL SENT OVER TO US, IT'S THE SAME LANGUAGE. SO IT DOESN'T GO RIGHT TO THE PRESIDENT, NUMBER ONE. NUMBER TWO, UNLESS THE PRESIDENT IS SENDING ME MISINFORMATION VIA HIS MESSAGER, THE PRESIDENT'S POSITION IS IT'S PATENTLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL. D.O.J.'S POSITION, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, PATENTLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL. SO I GUESS THE GENTLEMAN IS ARGUING TO US, SEND IT TO THE PRESIDENT SO THAT HE MAY COMMIT A PATENTLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL ACT. NOW, I MAY HAVE DISAGREEMENTS WITH THE PRESIDENT BUT I HAVE NO WHEAFSSOFFER THAT THE PRESIDENT IS WAITING WITH BAITED BREATH OVER AT THE WHITE HOUSE FOR US TO SEND SOMETHING TO HIM SO THAT HE CAN DO AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL ACT. PERHAPS THE GENTLEMAN BELIEVES THAT'S THE POSITION HE WANTS TO PUT THE PRESIDENT IN AND EVEN THOUGH I HAVE GREAT DISAGREEMENT WITH THIS PRESIDENT, FRANKLY I DON'T THINK THAT'S APPROPRIATE THING TO DO. SO I WOULD ARGUE TO MY COLLEAGUES, REJECT THIS UNANIMOUSLY BECAUSE IT REALLY IS SOMETHING WHICH DOESN'T PASS THE TRUTH IN LABELING ACT AND MORE THAN THAT, IT VIOLATES THE CONSTITUTION ON ITS VERY WORDS, IT'S ALMOST AN ATTEMPT TO DIRECTLY VIOLATE THE CONSTITUTION. YOU COULDN'T HAVE WRITTEN IT BETTER TO VIOLATE THE CONSTITUTION. BUT SOMEHOW THE GENTLEMAN HAS ACHIEVED THAT HIGH HONOR. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 02:23:36 PM

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    CANNOT BE SAID ANY BETTER THAN THAT SO I'LL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY…

    CANNOT BE SAID ANY BETTER THAN THAT SO I'LL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:23:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 02:24:02 PM

    MR. LUNGREN

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

  • 02:24:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO FIVE MINUTES THE MINIMUM TIME FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE ON THE QUESTION OF PASSAGE. [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.] HE HAD DONE ALL HE COULD DO AND IT WAS TIME FOR HIM TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH HIS GRANDCHILDREN. WHEN HE ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT WE HAD A LOT OF FOLKS PUT THEIR NAME IN THE RING. NO SHORTAGE OF GOOD CONSERVATIVES AND THE GREAT STATE OF GEORGIA. BUT THEY'RE NOT FOCUSED ON ISSUES PASSIONATE TO ME -- THE FAIR TAX AND CONSTITUENT SERVICE. ABOUT A YEAR AGO I ANNOUNCED I WAS GOING TO TOSS MY HAT IN THE RING. I HAD A FANTASTIC CAMPAIGN. HAD A GREAT DEBATE ONG THE EIGHT OF US, REPUBLICANS, AND THE PRIMARY, AND ONTO THE GENERAL. AND LO AND BEHOLD, THE FOLKS PICKED ME TO SERVE THEM AND I HAVE BEEN GRATEFUL AND ENJOYED EVERY DAY SINCE.

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  • 02:40:16 PM

    HOST

    WOODALL IS A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, AND THE BUDGET COMMITTEE IS…

    WOODALL IS A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, AND THE BUDGET COMMITTEE IS SET TO BRING OUT TH BUDGET BLUEPRINT NEXT WEEK. MAYBE WE WILL SQUEAK OUT A FEW DETAILS. BEFORE WE LEAVE THE BUYER FEE -- LET ME ASK Y, YET SUCH A LONG TIME TO SERVE WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE A MEMBER. IS IT ANY DIFFERENT?

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  • 02:40:37 PM

    GUEST

    EASIER TO GIVE FREE ADVICE THAN TO AS SUNLIGHT FREE ADVICE. SOMETHING…

    EASIER TO GIVE FREE ADVICE THAN TO AS SUNLIGHT FREE ADVICE. SOMETHING FOLKS CANNOT ALWAYS APPRECIATE. MORE IMPORTANTLY, IT IS AN OBLIGATION NOW TO OBSERVE. STAFF HAS AN IMPORTANT JOB TO SERVE, BUT I REALLY FEEL THE WEIGHT OF SUCCEEDING FOR FOLKS AT HOME. A LOT OF PEOPLE PUT THEIR TRUST IN ME. THEY DID NOT HAVE TO, BUT THEY DID. AND THE WONDERF BURDEN TO SUCCEED FOR THEM IS FELT EVERY DAY.

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  • 02:41:06 PM

    HOST

    ABOUTOUR DIRICT. HOW MANY PEOPLE AND WHAT IS THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE?

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    GUEST

    LOSE ABOUT 250,000 IN THE NEXT REDISTRICTING. OUR ECONOMY IS DOING BETTER…

    LOSE ABOUT 250,000 IN THE NEXT REDISTRICTING. OUR ECONOMY IS DOING BETTER THAN MOST. THOUGH TWO OF THE COUNTIES IN GEORGIA WITH THE LARGEST FORECLOSURE RATES ARE IN MY DISTRICT. THE NORTHERN SUBURBS OF A GLANCE AT HEADING OFF AND OUTOWARD ATHENS. -- NORTHERN SUBURBS OF ATLANTA HEADING OFF TOWARD ATHENS. WHAT WE GET TO HEAR DURING THE DISCUSSIONS IS HOW TOUGH IT I TO GROW A JOB IN AMERICA THESE DAYS. I WAS SITTING DOWN WITH A CEO LAST WEEK SAYING I TRYING TO MOVE MY COMPANY OUT OF THE COUNTRY BECAUSE IT JUST DOES NOT PAY TO HIRE AMERICANS ANY LONGER. THAT IS UNFORTATE.

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  • 02:41:59 PM

    HOST

    TO CALL IN A FEW MINUTES. WE WILL CONTINUE THIS DISCUSSION ABOUT…

    TO CALL IN A FEW MINUTES. WE WILL CONTINUE THIS DISCUSSION ABOUT PRIORITIES FOR FEDERAL SPENDING AND WHAT BUT BUDGET WILL LOOK LIKE COMING OUT OF THESE BIG DEBATE ON CAPITOL HILL. LET'S START WITH THE CURRENT NEGOTIATIONS OVER THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION. THE FUNDING FOR THIS YEAR. SEEDS OF A COMPROMISE. WHEN YOU ARE READING BEHIND THE HEADLINES, WHERE ARE YOU ON WHAT NUMBER YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH?

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  • 02:42:23 PM

    GUEST

    NOT ABOUT NUMBERS, BUT COMMITMENTS I MADE BACK HOME. I MADE A COMMITMENT…

    NOT ABOUT NUMBERS, BUT COMMITMENTS I MADE BACK HOME. I MADE A COMMITMENT TO CUT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLY CAN. 100 BILLION WAS MY NUMBER. NOT BECAUSE I CHOSE IT BUT BECAUSE THE LEADERSHIP CHOSE IT FOR US IN THE PLEDGED TO AMERICA. I WANT TO COME THROUGH FOR FOLKS. BUT I UNDERSTAND WE CONTROL ONE- HALF OF ONE THIRD OF THE GOVERNMENT. IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT DOLLARS. THERE ARE IMPORTANT POLICY RIDERS. WE TALK ABOUT CREATING JOBS, CERTAINLY. CUTTING FEDERAL SPENDING AND GETTING US OUT OF THE BORROWING BUSINESS WILL FREE UP CAPITAL TO CREATE JOBS. SO, TOO, IS REVEALING SOME OF THE REGULATORY BURDEN THAT IS OUT THERE. THAT IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF H.R. 1 FOR ME. WHAT IS SO FRUSTRATING, SUSAN, I AM IN NEWCOMER -- SITTING IN THIS CHAIR, I WAS SO PROUD TO BE PART BE PARTH.R. 1 EXPERIENCE FOR THE TRULY CONGRESS AT WORK IN THE WAY I BELIEVE THE FOUNDING FATHERS WANTED TO WORK. DEMOCRAT AMENDMENTS WERE WINNING AND LOSING, REPUBLICAN AMENDMENTS WILL WINNING AND LOSING. WE WERE ON THE FLOOR AROUND THE CLOCK TALKING WITH EACH OTHER ON WHERE TO GO NEXT. YOU TALK ABOUT SEEDS OF NEGOTIATION. I STILL HAVE NOT SEEN A SENATE PROPOSAL, AND I HAVE NOT SEEN A SENATE PROPOSAL BECAUSE THERE IS NO SENATE PROPOSAL. I DO NOT KNOW A LOT ABOUT NEGOTIATING IN THIS TOWN, BUT I DO KNOW IF I KNEWHERE OTHER FOLKS WERE, I KNOW EXACTLY WHERE WE ARE, IT WOULD BE EASIER FOR ME TO MAKE DECISIONS ON HOW WE COME TOGETHER.

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  • 02:43:54 PM

    HOST

    COUPLE OF FRIDAYS AGO WE WERE HERE TALKING ABOUT A RESOLUTION ON PUBLIC…

    COUPLE OF FRIDAYS AGO WE WERE HERE TALKING ABOUT A RESOLUTION ON PUBLIC RADIO. I AM WONDERING -- YOU ENDED UP BREAKING RANKS AND DECIDED NOT TO SUPPORT THE LEADERSHIP PLAN TO BE FUNDED PUBLIC RADIO. TWOHINGS I WANTED TO SHOW YOU. FIRST OF ALL, THIS MORNING IN THE NEWSPAPER, BILL MOYERS MAY COME BACK FROM RETIREMENT FOR A NEW SHOW ON PBS. THE TIMING ON THAT GIVEN THIS DEBATE IS NOT SETTLED. AND EXPLAIN YOUR VOTE.

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  • 02:44:27 PM

    GUEST

    IS GOING ON -- WHETHER TALK ABOUT AND BE OUR AND CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC…

    IS GOING ON -- WHETHER TALK ABOUT AND BE OUR AND CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING BUT THESE ARE NOT DECISIONS ABOUT WHETHER THEY ARE IMPORTANT OR EVEN GOOD PROGRAMS, BUT THE QUESTION IS WE ARE BOOWING EVERY DOLLAR TO PAY FOR THE PROGRAMS FROM OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN, SO IS IT SO IMPORTANT WE NEED TO BURDEN OUR CHILDREN WITH THOSE EXPENSES? IN MY OPINION, IT IS NOT. H.R. 1 DEFUNDED ALL -- I WAS PROUD TO CAST A VOTE. IT WAS A LITTLE DIERENT LAST WEEK. THE BURDEN OF RESPONSIBILITY, WHEN YOU CONTROL THE HOUSE, IS A BIG ONE. AND JOHN BOEHNER HAS DONE A WONDERFUL JOB LETTING THE HOUSEWORK AS WELL. ON THE RULES COMMITTEE AS WELL. WE HAVE HAD MORE OF AN OPEN PROCESS IN THE FIRST 90 DAYS OF THIS CONGRESS THAN WE HAD IN THE PREVIOUS FOUR YEARS COMBINED. THAT IS AN AMAZING THING TO THINK ABOUT. JOHN VANA HAS THE POWER TO SHUT THE WHOLE PROCESS DOWN -- JOHN BOEHNER HAS THE POWER TO SHUT THE WHOLE PROCESS DOWN AND FORCED THE CONSERVATIVE AGENDA THROUGH, BUT HE DOES NOT USE IT. HE LETS THE HOUSE WORK ITS WILL, UNDER THE SINCERE BELIEF THAT HE HAS WE WOULD GET A BETTER PRODUCT IF WE ALL PARTICIPATE. THAT AND BE OUR VOTE LAST WEEK WAS AN EXCEPTION -- NPR VOTE WAS AN EXCEPTION. IT CAME AND MOVED TO THE FLOOR VERY QUICKLY AND I THINK THAT WE CAN DO BETTER. IT JUST BECAUSE WE CAN MOVE SOMETHING QUICKLY DOES NOT MEAN WE SHOULD MOVE SOMETHING QUICKLY. AND THAT THE VOTE AGAINST IT WAS CERTAINLY NOT A VOTE IN FAVOR OF FUNDING NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, IT WAS A VOTE IN FAVOR OF ALLOWING THE HOUSE TO WORK ITS WILL AND HAVE AN OPEN PROCESS. AND I THINK THAT IS ONE OF OUR JOBS AS FRESHMEN IS TO SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, ALL OF THESE WONDERFUL ASPIRATIONS THAT THIS NEW CONGRESS HAS ABOUT HOW TO LEAD, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE STICK TO THOSE EVEN WHEN IT IS EASY TO MOVE AWAY.

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  • 02:46:22 PM

    HOST

    ANY COMMENTS YOU HAVE ABOUT THE IDEA OF BILL MOYERS COMING BACK. ONE THING…

    ANY COMMENTS YOU HAVE ABOUT THE IDEA OF BILL MOYERS COMING BACK. ONE THING FROM ELIZABETH JENSEN'S ARTICLE --

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  • 02:46:57 PM

    GUEST

    MY POINT AS SOMEONE WHO WOULD DEFUND THE CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC…

    MY POINT AS SOMEONE WHO WOULD DEFUND THE CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING, SUSAN. BILL HAS A WONDERFUL PRODUCT TO BRING TO THE TABLE. AND THERE ARE FOLKS WHO WANT TO FINA

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  • 02:47:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 188, THE NAYS ARE 237. THE MOTION IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 188, THE NAYS ARE 237. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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  • 02:47:47 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY…

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

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  • 02:53:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    VOTE THE YEAS ARE 221 AND THE NAYS ARE 200. AND ONE -- 201.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 221, THE NAYS ARE 202 WITH ONE ANSWERING…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 221, THE NAYS ARE 202 WITH ONE ANSWERING PRESENT. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RISE?

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  • 02:55:04 PM

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURN TO MEET ON MONDAY THE NEXT WHEN IT SHALL CONVENE AT NOON MORE MORNING HOUR DEBATE AND 2:00 P.M. FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS.

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  • 02:55:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION WITH WITHOUT OBJECTION. -- WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:56:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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    THE CLERK

    LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. GERLACH OF PENNSYLVANIA FOR THURSDAY,…

    LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. GERLACH OF PENNSYLVANIA FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 31 AFTER 5:00 P.M.

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  • 02:56:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED.

  • 02:56:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE MEMBERS WILL -- IF THE MEMBERS WOULD PLEASE CLEAR THE WELL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE CHAIR WILL BER -- ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE? WILL THE HOUSE PLEASE COME TO ORDER. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 02:58:46 PM

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO COMMEND THE KING STREET PATRIOTS, THE HOUSTON…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO COMMEND THE KING STREET PATRIOTS, THE HOUSTON POLITICAL WATCHDOG GROUP, FOR BEING GIVEN THE ESTEEMED RONALD REAGAN AWARD AT THE FEBRUARY MEETING OF THE CONSERVATIVE POLITICAL ACTION CONFERENCE. THE KING STREET PATRIOTS STARTED THE TRUE THE VOTE INITIATIVE IN AN ATTEMPT TO UNCOVER VOTER FRAUD IN THE GREATER HOUSTON AREA.

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  • 02:59:09 PM

    MR. SOLSON

    IN THEIR INVESTIGATION THEY DISCOVERED UNIMAGINABLE LEVELS OF VOTER FRAUD…

    IN THEIR INVESTIGATION THEY DISCOVERED UNIMAGINABLE LEVELS OF VOTER FRAUD FROM BREAKING LAWS WITH RESIDENT VOTERS TO ELECTION JUDGES HELPING VOTERS WITH THEIR BALLOTS.

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  • 02:59:21 PM

    MR. OLSON

    UP OF ORDINARY CITIZENS WHO REALIZED THAT VOTER FRAUD IS ONE OF THE MOST…

    UP OF ORDINARY CITIZENS WHO REALIZED THAT VOTER FRAUD IS ONE OF THE MOST EGREGIOUS OFFENSES UNDER OUR CONSTITUTION. THE KING STREET PATRIOTS ARE NOW LOBBYING THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE TO STRENGTHEN ELECTION LAWS AND PREVENT FUTURE ABUSES. FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS ARE ESSENTIAL TO OUR DEMOCRACY AND THE KING STREET PATRIOTS HAVE SHOWN AN IMPRESSIVE COMMITMENT TO CIVIC DUTY AND I APPLAUD THEIR EFFORTS. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 02:59:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA RISE? WITHOUT OBJECTION,…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA RISE? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 03:00:02 PM

    MS. BERKLEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO REJECT REPUBLICAN CALLS FOR AN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO REJECT REPUBLICAN CALLS FOR AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE DECISION TO END YUCCA MOUNTAIN. LET ME SAVE THIS REPUBLICAN CONGRESS A LOT OF TIME AND A LOT OF MONEY. PRESIDENT OBAMA PUT A STOP TO YUCCA MOUNTAIN BECAUSE IT IS TOO DANGEROUS A SITE TO STORE RADIOACTIVE NUCLEAR WASTE AT. THIS IS A POLITICAL STUNT WITH ONE GOAL, TURNING MY HOME STATE OF NEVADA INTO A NUCLEAR GARBAGE DUMP. THOSE PUSHING THIS REVIEW ARE LYING ABOUT THE DUMP SAFETY. THEY KNOW YUCCA MOUNTAIN IS SMACK IN THE MIDDLE OF AN EARTHQUAKE ZONE. THERE'S VOLCANIC ACTIVITY, THERE'S GROUNDWATER ISSUES. HAVE WE LEARNED NOTHING BUT ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW IN JAPAN? WE OUGHT TO BE DEMANDING THAT THE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS ACT NOW TO SECURE NUCLEAR WASTE IN DRY CAST STORAGE. DRY CAST STORAGE WILL INCREASE PUBLIC SAFETY NOW, INVESTIGATING YUCCA MOUNTAIN WILL ONLY INCREASE THE DANGER AND WASTE MONEY. SHAME ON THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY AND ITS ALLIES FOR BEING MORE INTERESTED IN PROTECTING THEIR PROFITS THAN IN PROTECTING PUBLIC SAFETY. AND THAT IS WHY EVEN IN THE FACE OF ONE OF THE WORLD'S WORST NUCLEAR DISASTERS UNFOLDING NOW IN JAPAN, THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY IN ITS NUKED-UP BUDDYS IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS --

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  • 03:01:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MS. BERKLEY

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    MR. POE

    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. POE

    MR. SPEAKER, DELAY, DELAY, DELAY IS THE ADMINISTRATION'S ENERGY PLAN. THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, DELAY, DELAY, DELAY IS THE ADMINISTRATION'S ENERGY PLAN. THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE PROJECT WOULD BRING SEVERAL HUNDRED THOUSAND BARRELS OF OIL A DAY FROM ALBERTA, CANADA, TO REFINERIES IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS. THIS WOULD PROVIDE MORE ENERGY FOR AMERICA BUT THE PRESIDENT HAS HAD IT FOR OVER TWO YEARS AND CAN'T MAKE UP HIS MIND WHETHER TO APPROVE THE PROJECT OR NOT. THE STATE DEPARTMENT, E.P.A. AND A BUNCH OF OUT OF TOWNERS HAVE STONE WALLED THE PROJECT ON ALLEGED ENVIRONMENTAL GROUNDS. PIPELINES ARE THE MOST COST EFFECTIVE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND WAY TO TRANSPORT OIL AND NATURAL GAS. OIL MUST REACH THE REFINERY SOME WAY. WE CAN EITHER IMPORT OIL THROUGH A SAFE AND RELIABLE PIPELINE FROM OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS, THE CANADIANS OR RELY ON RISKY TANKERS COMING FROM UNSTABLE MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRIES AND DICTATORS. EVEN THE E.P.A. SHOULD BE ABLE TO FIGURE THIS OUT AFTER TWO YEARS OF DELAY. GASOLINE IS NEARLY $4 A GALLON. THE ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO BE REREALISTIC AND APPROVE THIS PIPELINE IMMEDIATELY. IT'S ABOUT TIME WE START LAYING PIPE. THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:02:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:03:03 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    ARE THERE ANY OTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTES? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    ARE THERE ANY OTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTES? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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  • 03:04:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ONE-MINUTES? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    CHAIRMAN OF THE OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATION COMMITTEE AND WE HAD THE…

    CHAIRMAN OF THE OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATION COMMITTEE AND WE HAD THE ADMINISTRATION UP TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE PROGRAMS THEY'RE HANDING OUT MONEY ON AND ONE OF THEM IS GIVING OUT MONEY TO LARGE CORPORATIONS AND TO UNIONS FOR EARLY RETIREMENT OF THE EMPLOYEES OF FOR-PROFIT CORPORATIONS.

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  • 03:05:01 PM

    MR. STEARNS

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

  • 03:05:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR DR. BETH DUPRI, AN ONCOLOGIST AND…

    MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR DR. BETH DUPRI, AN ONCOLOGIST AND BREAST CANCER SURGEON FROM BUCKS DOWNY. HER CARE AND COMPASSION FOR HER PATIENTS EXTENDS FAR BEYOND THE OPERATING ROOM. I'M HONORED THIS EVENING TO ATTEND A CEREMONY IN HONOR OF DR. DUPRI.

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  • 03:06:34 PM

    MR. FITZPATRICK

    BETH FOUNDED A GROUP CALLED THE HEALING CONSCIOUSNESS FOUNDATION THAT…

    BETH FOUNDED A GROUP CALLED THE HEALING CONSCIOUSNESS FOUNDATION THAT PROVIDES SUPPORT SERVICES TO ANYONE BATTLING BREAST CANCER AND IN NEED OF SUPPORT. PSYCHIATRIC PROGRAMS, EXERCISE, AND DIET COACHING ARE ALL AVAILABLE. THESE ARE PROGRAMS INSURANCE AND GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS DO NOT PROVIDE BUT WHICH CAN BE JUST AS CRITICAL TO RECOVERY. THROUGH HER DEDICATION AND HARD WORK AS WELL AS THE SENSE OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY SHE INSTILLS IN OTHERS, TO HEAR THE CALLING TO SERVE, BETH HAS MADE THE MISSION OF HEALING CONSCIOUSNESS FOUNDATION TURNING SURVIVORS INTO THRIVERS, TRULY A REALITY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:07:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SPOIL OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. BUERKLE IS…

    SPOIL OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. BUERKLE IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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  • 03:07:36 PM

    MS. BUERKLE

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

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

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  • 03:07:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:07:43 PM

    MS. BUERKLE

    TO SPEAK ABOUT TWO OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ISSUES FACING OUR SOCIETY…

    TO SPEAK ABOUT TWO OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ISSUES FACING OUR SOCIETY TODAY. THE TWIN SURGES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ABUSE. OUR SOCIETY HAS A MORAL OBLIGATION TO STAND UP AGAINST THOSE WHO EXPLOIT THEIR POWERS TO COMMIT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, MEN AND CHILDREN AND I JOIN OTHER MEMBERS HERE TODAY IN TAKING THE OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS THESE ISSUES AND PARTICIPATE IN THE WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN. ON TUESDAY OF THIS PAST WEEK, MARCH 22, IN THE DISTRICT, IN SYRACUSE, NEW YORK, PRESIDENT OF SUNY UPSTATE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY CHAIRED A BREAKFAST AND IT WAS THE KICKOFF TO THE WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN A CAMPAIGN THAT IS TO DRAW ATTENTION TO AND FOCUS ON, RAISE AWARENESS OF, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ABUSE. THE WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN IS AN INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATING PROBABLY ACROSS 55 COUNTRIES. LATER IN THE WEEK, ON FRIDAY, AGAIN, DR. SMITH LED A GROUP OF MEN IN A MARCH RAISING AWARENESS FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. AND THEY MARCHED IN WOMEN'S SHOES, DOWN THE MAIN STREET IN SYRACUSE, NEW YORK, AGAIN, WALK A MILE IN THEIR SHOES. RAISING AWARENESS, RAISING THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ABUSE. THESE ISSUES THAT FACE OUR SOCIETY TODAY. THE INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN HAS PROBABLY 55 COUNTRIES AND INVOLVES A GENERAL PUBLIC EDUCATION FOCUSED ON PREVENTING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. MANY OF MY FELLOW MEMBER THIS IS PAST WEEK HAVE BEEN WEARING WHITE RIBBONS TO DEMONSTRATE OUR COMMITMENT TO PUTTING THE SPOTLIGHT ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. WEARING THE WHITE RIBBON SPEAKS TO OUR PERSONAL PLEDGE TO NEVER COMMIT, CONDONE, OR REMAIN SILENT ABOUT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN. THE WHITE RIBBONS WERE SPONSORED BY VERA HOUSE. VERA HOUSE WAS FORMED IN 1977 IN SYRACUSE, NEW YORK, BY SISTER MARY VERA BECAUSE SHE RECOGNIZED THE NEED FOR EMERGENCY SHELTERS FOR WOMEN. SHE DEVELOPED, SHE EXPANDED HER SERVICES AND NOW TODAY VERA HOUSE HAS MERGED WITH THE RAPE CRISIS CENTER AND THEY SERVE THE NEEDS OF SO MANY WOMEN, MEN, AND CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN ABUSED. AGAIN, THE WHOLE WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN IS TO RAISE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. AT THIS TIME, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, REPRESENTATIVE ELLMERS.

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  • 03:10:37 PM

    MRS. ELLMERS

    THANK YOU. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND…

    THANK YOU. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND FROM NEW YORK AND TO POINT OUT THE FACT THAT OVER THE YEARS SHE HAS JUST BEEN A TIRELESS, DEDICATED SUPPORTER OF WOMEN'S ISSUES, FAMILY ISSUES, AND GIVING HER VOLUNTARY SUPPORT OF LEGAL SERVICES TO FACILITIES THAT PROVIDE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HAVENS IN NEW YORK. SHE IS A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR THE WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN AND I'M PROUD TO STAND WITH HER TODAY IN SUPPORT OF ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. WE SHOW OUR SUPPORT TODAY BY WEARING THESE WHITE RIBBONS THAT REPRESENT THE PLEDGE TO NEVER COMMIT, CONDONE, OR REMAIN SILENT ABOUT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS. SO LET'S START THIS DISCUSSION BY DEFINING THE DIFFERENT FORMS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OCCURS WHEN ONE PERSON IN AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP USES A PATTERN OF CONTROLLING, ASSAULTIVE BEHAVIOR TO ABUSE, THREATEN, HARASS, AND INTIMIDATE THE OTHER PARTNER. THIS VIOLENCE COMES IN MANY FORMS. IN ITS SIMPLEST TERMS, EMOTIONAL ABUSE, NAME CALLING, PLAYING MIND GAMES, PUT DOWNS, THREATS, THEY CAN BE PHYSICAL OR EMOTIONAL, INTIMIDATION, USING LOOKS, SMASHING THINGS, LOUD VOICES OR ACTIONS, TO PUT YOU IN FEAR OF WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN. ISOLATION. CONTROLLING WHERE YOU GO WHAT YOU DO, WHAT YOU SEE. DRIVING AWAY FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND OF COURSE SEXUAL ABUSE. AND THE USE OF CHILDREN MAKING YOU FEEL GUILTY ABOUT THE CHILDREN, USING CUSTODY OR VISITATION TO HARASS YOU. NONE OF THESE FORMS OF ABUSE ARE ACCESSIBLE AND PART OF THE WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN IS TO BRING THESE ISSUES TO LIGHT. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT THERE ARE MEN IN THIS COUNTRY THAT WANT TO PROTECT THE WOMEN THEY LOVE AND THROUGH THE WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN, THEY ARE SPEAKING OUT AGAINST THESE ATROCITIES THAT TAKE PLACE. THEY ARE EDUCATING AND CALLING ON THEIR FELLOW MAN TO STOP THE VIOLENCE. WHILE WE ARE TAKING A MOMENT TODAY TO BRING THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE TO LIGHT, I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO COMMEND THE MANY FACILITIES IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT THAT ARE HELPING TO PROVIDE A SAFE PLACE FOR WOMEN, BUT ALSO WORKING TOWARD BRINGING FAMILIES BACK TOGETHER BY WORKING THROUGH THE VIOLENCE ISSUES. SAFE OF HARNETT COUNTY IS A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION WHOSE MISSION IS TO PROVIDE SAFETY AND PROVIDE ADVOCATES FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS, SURVIVORS, AND THEIR FAMILIES. IN CHATHAM COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, THE FAMILY VIOLENCE, RAPE, AND CRISIS SERVICES HAS HELPED NUMEROUS PEOPLE THROUGH EFFECTIVE PROGRAMMING. ONE VICTIM SAID THE PRICE OF THE -- THE PIECES OF THE PUZZLE ARE COMING TOGETHER. THE FAMILY RAPE AND CRISIS SERVICE HAS GIVEN ME THE STRENGTH TO BE WHO I WAS SUPPOSED TO BE ON MY OWN. IN JOHNSTON COUNTY, SAFE HARBOR IS ANOTHER PRIVATE, NONPROFIT AGENCY THAT WAS CREATED IN 1984 WITH $500 AND A DONATED PHONELINE. THIS AGENCY SERVED AROUND 3,000 VICTIMS IN 2009. THERE ARE NUMEROUS OTHER FACILITIES IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT THAT ARE ALSO DOING GOOD WORK TOWARD STEMMING THE TIDE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. I WANT TO COMMEND THEM FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION TO THE DOWNTRODDEN. AS I CLOSE TODAY, I ALSO WANT TO COMMEND THE MEN WHO SUPPORT THE WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN AND I APPLAUD THEM FOR RISING UP AND REACHING OUT TO OTHER -- TO EDUCATE. IT TAKES A STRONG MAN TO TAKE THIS KIND OF ACTION. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:14:54 PM

    MS. BUERKLE

    THANK YOU TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR YOUR KIND COMMENTS…

    THANK YOU TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR YOUR KIND COMMENTS AND FOR PUTTING ATTENTION ON THE RAPE CRISIS CENTERS, ALL THESE CENTERS WHO HAVE DEALT WITH, BECAUSE TODAY WHILE WE RISE AND WE STAND TO CALL AND BRING TO CONSCIOUSNESS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, THIS IS ALSO A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THE HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO VOLUNTEER IN THESE SHELTERS, WHO WORK FOR THESE AGENCIES, WHO PROVIDE A SAFE HAVEN FOR THE WOMEN, THE MEN, AND THE CHILDREN WHO ARE ABUSED, FOR THE VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. MY COLLEAGUE TALKED ABOUT WHAT THESE CENTERS DO. THE AGENCY THAT I STAND TODAY TO REPRESENT IS TO TALK ABOUT -- REPRESENT, HAS EXPANDED THEIR SERVICES THESE DAYS TO OUTREACH, ADVOCACY, EDUCATION, CHILDREN'S COUNSELING, -- COUNSELING, CHILDREN, AS YOU HEARD FROM MY COLLEAGUE, ARE OFTEN THE VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BETWEEN SPOUSES. THEY ARE THE ONES THAT SUFFER. MOST IMPORTANTLY IT PROVIDES VIOLENCE EDUCATION FOR THE PERPETRATORS. IF WE ARE GOING TO CHANGE BEHAVIORS WE'VE GOT TO EDUCATE AND TO RETRAIN THE WAY THE PERPETRATORS THINK. AT THIS TIME I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE SUBJECT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT.

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  • 03:16:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:16:34 PM

    MS. BUERKLE

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'VE WORKED AS AS A PRO BONO LEGAL VOLUNTEER. THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'VE WORKED AS AS A PRO BONO LEGAL VOLUNTEER. THE WOMEN'S BAR ASSOCIATION IN SYRACUSE, NEW YORK, PUT TOGETHER A PROGRAM WHERE ALL ATTORNEYS, MALE AND FEMALE, WENT THROUGH TRAINING TO BEGIN TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF THE VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. THROUGH THOSE 14 YEARS I BEGAN TO GET AN UP-CLOSE, CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF THE ISSUE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. THE FACT THAT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TRANSCENDS SOCIOECONOMIC, TRANSCENDS RACE. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS AN ISSUE THAT EVERYONE FACES. IT CROSSES RACIAL LINES, IT CROSSES ECONOMIC LINES, IT CROSSES SOCIAL LINES. I RECALL ONE OF MY MEETINGS WITH A WOMAN WHOSE HUSBAND WAS WELL-KNOWN IN THE MEDIA IN OUR TOWN. WOULD YOU NEVER SUSPECT, YOU WOULD NEVER THINK THAT SHE WOULD BE A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, EDUCATED, FINANCIAL MEANS AND YET SHE WAS A VICTIM. THIS IS THE PERVASIVENESS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. AT THIS TIME I BELIEVE MY ESTEEMED COLLEAGUE, JUDGE POE, WOULD -- I YIELD TO HIM.

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  • 03:18:04 PM

    MR. POE

    THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING TIME AND I APPRECIATE THE WORK SHE'S DONE WITH…

    THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING TIME AND I APPRECIATE THE WORK SHE'S DONE WITH THIS ISSUE AND BRINGING IT TO THE HOUSE ATTENTION TODAY DURING THIS SPECIAL ORDER. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, AS YOU SAID, AFFECTS THE ENTIRE COUNTRY, ALL RACES, ALL ECONOMIC GROUPS. NO ONE IS EXEMPT FROM THIS DASTARDLY DEED. IT'S MY HONOR TO SERVE AS CHAIRMAN OF THE VICTIMS RIGHTS COMMITTEE, OR CAUCUS, A BIPARTISAN CAUCUS, CONGRESSMAN JIM COSTA IS THE CO-CHAIR AND WE HOPE TO HELP PROMOTE THE CONCEPT THAT VICTIMS ARE PEOPLE TOO AND THEY HAVE RIGHTS AND THE SAME CONSTITUTION THAT PROTECTS DEFENDANTS PROTECTS RIGHTS OF VICTIMS AS WELL. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY FOR BEING A MEMBER OF THAT CAUCUS. IN MY OTHER LIFE, BEFORE I CAME TO CONGRESS, I SPENT MOST OF MY TIME AT THE COURT NEWS TO HOUSTON, 30 YEARS AS A PROSECUTOR AND AS A CRIMINAL COURT JUDGE HEARING CRIMINAL CASES AND I SAW A LOT OF PEOPLE COME DOWN THERE AND A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE DOWN THERE BECAUSE THEY HAD COMMITTED A CRIME AGAINST THEIR FAMILY. AND WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN YOU HURT SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY IT IS NOT A FAMILY PROBLEM ONLY. IT IS A CRIMINAL PROBLEM. AND SOCIETY MUST GET TO THE POINT WHERE WE BELIEVE THAT IT IS SOCIALLY UNACCEPTABLE TO COMMIT CRIMES IN THE FAMILY. AND PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN MY LIFE GROWING UP WAS MY GRANDMOTHER. SHE NEVER FOR GAVE ME FOR BEING A REPUBLICAN, SHE ALWAYS CONSIDERED HERSELF A DEMOCRAT. GOD BLESS HER. BUT ONE THING SHE SAID THAT WAS TRUE WAS THAT YOU NEVER HURT SOMEBODY YOU CLAIM YOU LOVE. AND THAT'S AN ABSOLUTE TRUTH. PEOPLE WHO CLAIM THEY LOVE SOMEBODY AND THEN PHYSICALLY OR EMOTIONALLY OR VERBALLY ABUSE THEM ARE WRONG AND SHOULD BE TREATED ACCORDINGLY AND HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THAT CONDUCT. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE RECOGNIZE THAT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS A TRUE ISSUE. AND WE ALSO NEED TO UNDERSTAND AS A CULTURE AND AS A COMMUNITY THAT WHEN A PERSON IS THE VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE THAT IT'S NOT THEIR FAULT. THEY ARE THE VICTIM. THE OFFENDER IN, IN MOST CASES THE HUSBAND, THEY ARE NOT THE VICTIM, THE SPOUSE IS THE VICTIM. THE WIFE. AND DEFENDANTS AND HUSBANDS WHO COMMIT THOSE CRIMES CAN'T USE EXCUSE TO TRY TO PORTRAY THEMSELVES AS THE ONES BEING THE VICTIM. THE OFFENDER SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE AND VICTIMS NEED TO UNDERSTAND SOCIETY AND THE LAW IS ON THEIR SIDE. MANY VICTIMS OF SPOUSAL ABUSE AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, THEY DON'T REPORT IT THEM. DON'T WANT THE NEIGHBORS TO KNOW, THEY DON'T WANT THE COMMUNITY TO KNOW, THEY FEEL LIKE THEY'RE BEATEN DOWN PHYSICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY AND SOMETIMES THEY THINK IT IS THEIR FAULT. IT'S NOT THEIR FAULT. IT'S ALWAYS THE OFFENDER'S FAULT. AND SO WE AS A CULTURE, AS A COMMUNITY IN THIS COUNTRY, WHETHER WE'RE FROM NEW YORK OR FROM TEXAS, WE NEED TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT IF THEY ARE A VICTIM OF CRIME, IF THERE IS A LADY THAT IS ABUSED BY HER HUSBAND, THAT SOCIETY COMES TO HER RESCUE AND HELPS THEM ANY WAY WE CAN. AND TO MAKE SURE BENEFIT A SAFE HAVEN FOR THEM TO GO TO -- AND TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A SAFE HAVEN TO GO TO IF NECESSARY AND WE MAKE SURE THAT IT'S FINANCED SO THAT THE WIFE DOES NOT FEEL LIKE, I HAVE NO PLACE TO GO BECAUSE I CAN'T AFFORD ANYPLACE. AND SO SHE STAYS IN THAT ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP AND SOMETIMES IT ENDS IN WORSE TRAGEDY. LASTLY I'D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT A VERY FAVORITE PERSON OF MINE WHO LIVES NOT FAR FROM HERE. EVETTE CADE IS JUST A REGULAR PERSON WHO LIVES IN MARYLAND. AND A FEW YEARS AGO SHE WAS TRYING TO SEPARATE AND DIVORCE FROM HER HUSBAND. AND A JUDGE REFUSED TO GRANT HER A RESTRAINING ORDER, REFUSED TO GRANT A RESTRAINING ORDER THAT SHE REQUESTED, TO KEEP HER SPOUSE AWAY FROM HER. UNTIL ALL OF THE DIVORCE HAD BEEN WORKED OUT. AND BECAUSE THE RESTRAINING ORDER WASN'T EXTENDED, HER SPOUSE WENT INTO A VIDEO STORE WHERE SHE WAS WORKING, CARRYING A JAR OF GASOLINE AND POURED IT OVER EVETTE CADE'S HEAD AND SET THAT WOMAN, THAT WONDERFUL LADY, ON FIRE. NOW BECAUSE OF A PERSON IN THE STORE WHO HELPED PUT OUT THAT FIRE THAT THIS SPOUSE HAD COMMITTED AGAINST HER, SHE SURVIVED. AND IT'S THINGS LIKE THAT THAT WE AS A CULTURE NEED TO HOLD THESE CULPRITS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THESE CRIMES AGAINST PEOPLE IN THEIR FAMILY AND WE NEED TO TAKE WONDERFUL LADIES LIKE EVETTE CADE AND MAKE SURE WE TREAT THEM WITH TENDER CARE AND MAKE SURE WE HAVE COMPASSION ON THEM TO PREVENT ANY FURTHER DAMAGE TO THEM PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY AND ALSO PREVENT THE CONSEQUENCES THAT OTHER PEOPLE MAY CHOOSE TO COMMIT AGAINST SPOUSES IN THEIR OWN FAMILY. SO I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR THE TIME AND IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE CONTINUE TO PREACH THIS WORD THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, THAT SPOUSAL ABUSE IS SOMETHING WE'RE GOING TO DEAL WITH AS A NATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:23:25 PM

    MS. BUERKLE

    THANK YOU TO MY ESTEEMED COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND…

    THANK YOU TO MY ESTEEMED COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND COMMENTS. AND I THINK ALL OF THE GENTLEMEN WHO HAVE THE COURAGE TO STAND UP AND CALL AWARENESS TO THE ISSUE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, WHO STAND AGAINST THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, MEN AND CHILDREN. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS KNOWN BY MANY NAMES. DOMESTIC ABUSE, SPOUSAL ABUSE, FAMILY VIOLENCE, INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE. IT ALSO TAKES MANY FORMS. FROM PHYSICAL VIOLENCE IN SOLVING SMALL THINGS SUCH AS HITTING OR KICKING, BITING, SHOSKSING, OR RESTRAINING. IT CAN BE EMOTIONAL OR IT CAN BE VERBAL. WHICH MANIFESTS IN MANY TYPES OF BEHAVIOR. CONTROLLING, DAM NEARING, THREATENING OR HUMILIATING. IF WE AS A SOCIETY HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO RAISE THE AWARENESS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SO THAT WOMEN KNOW, JUST AS MY ESTEEMED COLLEAGUE WAS TALKING ABOUT, IT'S NOT THEIR FAULT. IT IS THE FAULT OF THE PERPETRATOR, WHETHER THAT PERPETRATOR IS MALE OR FEMALE. AND THAT IS THE PERSON WHO SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE, NOT THE VICTIM. IT CAN ALSO BE ECONOMIC ABUSE. IN WHICH THE ABUSER CONTROLS THE VICTIM'S MONEY. IN THIS ABUSE WE OFTEN SEE WITH THE ELDERLY. ANOTHER ISSUE THAT NEEDS TO BE -- WE NEED TO RAISE SOCIETY'S CONSCIOUSNESS ABOUT THE ISSUES OF ELDER ABUSE. TRAGICALLY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS NOT A RARE PHENOMENON, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL ESTIMATE THAT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS A PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM AFFECTING OVER 32 MILLION AMERICANS OR 10% OF THE POPULATION. THIS IS A TRAGEDY OF NATIONAL PROPORTION THAT SOCIETY AGAIN, WE MUST RAISE UP THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF THIS HORRIFIC ISSUE. THE AFFECTS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARE STAGGERING. PHYSICAL ABUSE CAN BE BRUISES, BROKEN BONES, HEAD INJURE, -- INJURY, LACERATIONS. BUT THOSE ARE JUST THE EXTERNAL PHYSICAL WOUNDS. INTERNAL BLEEDING, CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS SUCH AS ARTHRITIS, IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME, ULCERS, MIGRAINES, MISCARNLES, CAN ALSO BE LINKED TO THE PHYSICAL ABUSES THAT VICTIMS SUSTAIN. BUT THERE ARE OTHER EFFECTS AS WELL. MANY VICTIMS EXPERIENCE ANXIETY, STRESS, FEAR, GUILT, DEPRESSION. GUILT THAT WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THEM IS THEIR FAULT. AGAIN, WE HAVE TO RAISE THE AWARENESS AND RAISE THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF SOCIETY THAT IT IS THE PERPETRATOR'S FAULT, NOT THE VICTIM'S. ABUSE VICTIMS ALSO FREQUENTLY MANIFEST A CONDITION WE THINK OF RELATIVE TO OUR VETERANS. POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER. VICTIMS OF CONDITIONS HAVE FLASHBACKS, NIGHTMARES OR EXAGGERATED RESPONSES. THE EFFECT OF ABUSE CAN ALSO BE FINANCIAL. MANY VICTIMS COURAGEOUSLY LEAVE THEIR ABUSERS BUT OFTEN LACK THE EDUCATION, THE SKILLS AND THE RESOURCES TO FIND GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT TO CARE FOR THEMSELVES AND ANY CHILDREN THEY MIGHT HAVE. MR. CHAIRMAN, I CAN RECALL SITTING WITH WOMEN WHO ARE HELPLESS, THEY SIT ACROSS THE TABLE FROM YOU AND THEY ARE HELPLESS BECAUSE THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO GET OUT OF THIS SITUATION. THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS HELP. AND THAT SOCIETY IS WILLING TO STEP UP AND PROVIDE SAFE HAVEN FOR THEM AND FOR THEIR CHILDREN. I SPOKE TO A PROSECUTOR WHO HAD A PROGRAM THAT WOULD GO AFTER DEAD BEAT DADS AND GO AFTER THE SUPPORT SO THAT WOMEN WOULD BE ABLE TO LEAVE, BE SAFE, AND GET SUPPORT IN ORDER TO SUPPORT THEIR CHILDREN. I THINK THAT OUR SOCIETY IS COMING AROUND, THAT WE HAVE WONDERFUL ORGANIZATIONS LIKE VERA HOUSE, BUT WE IN THIS HOUSE MUST WORK HARD, WE MUST CONTINUE TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THESE ISSUES. THE OTHER SOCIETAL SCOURGE I REFERENCED IN MY OPENING REMARKS IS SEXUAL ASSAULT. SEXUAL ASSAULT IS SIMPLY PUT ANY UNWANTED CONTACT OF SEXUAL NATURE. IT DOES NOT MATTER IF THE VICTIM IS ON A DATE OR DRINKING WHEN IT OCCURS. IT'S NEVER OK TO FORCE SEXUAL CONTACT ON YOU AGAINST YOUR WILL. AGAIN, IT'S RAISING THE AWARENESS, IT'S LETTING SOCIETY KNOW THE VULNERABLE -- KNOW, THE VULNERABLE KNOW THAT IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO WITH STAND THESE ABUSES. LIKE DOMESTIC ABUSE, SEXUAL ASSAULT KNOW NOES PRIVILEGED CLASS IMMUNE TO ITS RAVAGES. MEN, WOMEN, CHILDREN ALL AGES, ALL RACES, ALL RELIGIONS AND ETHNICITIES ARE VICTIMS. THE EFFECTS ARE OFTEN SIMILAR TO THE VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE AND THE EFFECTS CAN BE ESPECIALLY TROUBLING FOR CHILDREN AND MEN. I SERVE ON THE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT VETERANS' ISSUES. IT IS A COMMITTEE THAT IS BIPARTISAN, IT'S A COMMITTEE THAT WORKS TOGETHER BECAUSE WE ALL UNDERSTAND, WE ALL UNDERSTAND THE SERVICE AND THE SACRIFICE OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN THE MILITARY. I AM THE DAUGHTER AND SISTER OF VETERANS AND BELIEVE THAT WE OWE A DEBT OF GRATITUDE TO OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. BUT PART OF THAT DEBT EXTENDS TO MAKING SURE THAT WE DON'T TURN A BLIND EYE TO SEXUAL ASSAULTS OF WOMEN AND MEN IN OUR ARMED SERVICES. WE HAVE MUCH TO DO BUT I APPLAUD THE U.S. AIR FORCE'S RECOGNITION THAT SEXUAL ASSAULT AGAINST BOTH MALE AND FEMALE AIRMEN IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM THAT NEEDS A SYSTEMIC SOLUTION. AND WHILE THE AIR FORCE HAS EMPHASIZED SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSES FOR SEVERAL YEARS THEY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT SEXUAL ASSAULT IS STILL A PROBLEM IN THE AIR FORCE AS IT IS FOR OUR MILITARY SERVICES. IN THE AIR FORCE'S OWN WORDS, SEXUAL ASSAULT CONTINUES TO BURDEN OUR AIRMEN AND DEGRADE OUR MISSION EFFECTIVENESS. SEXUAL ASSAULT IS A CRIME AND THERE IS NO PLACE FOR THIS OR THIS BEHAVIOR IN OUR AIR FORCE. WE MUST DEMAND BETTER OF OURSELVES AND OF SOCIETY. CONSEQUENTLY THEY CONTRACTED WITH GALLOP TO CONDUCT AN UNANIMOUS POLL ABOUT WITH SEXUAL ASSAULTS IN THE AIR FORCE. THE FINDINGS WERE, TO PUT IT MILDLY, DISTURBING. THE RESULTS OF THE SURVEY IN THE 12 MONTHS PRIOR WERE THAT 2,143 WOMEN AND 1,355 MEN REPORTED THAT THEY HAD BEEN SEXUAL ASSAULTED WITH A MAJORITY OF FEMALE VICTIMS REPORTING THAT THEIR ASSAILANT WAS A FELLOW AIRMAN. EVEN ONE VICTIM IS ONE TOO MANY. SADLY IT IS UNREALISTIC TO THINK THAT OUR ARMED FORCES WOULD BE IMMUNE TO THE PROBLEMS ENDEMIC IN OUR SOCIETY. WE MUST COMMIT TO OUR COMMUNITIESING OUR MOMS, DADS, AIRMEN, CHURCHES, SYNAGOGUES, MOSQUES, SPORTS TEAMS, SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, THE LIST GOES ON. IT WILL TAKE ALL ASPECTS OF SOCIETY TO CHANGE A CULTURE THAT INCREASINGLY DEVALUES HUMAN LIFE. I BELIEVE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE ARE CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD. AND THAT FOR EACH OF US, HE HAS A PURPOSE IN OUR LIFE. NO WOMAN SHOULD EVER, EVER HAVE TO FEAR FOR THE SAFETY OF HER UNBORN CHILD BECAUSE OF AN APUCIVE HUSBAND. NO CHILD SHOULD EVER DREAD GOING TO BED BECAUSE OF A PARENT WHO IS MOLESTING HER. AND NO MAN SHOULD BE RAPED BECAUSE BLIND JUSTICE TURNED A BLIND EYE TO PRISON RAPE. I HAVE SIX CHILDREN AND 11 GRANDCHILDREN, MR. SPEAKER. AND AS A PARENT AND A GRANDPARENT, I THINK ABOUT THE LESSONS I HAVE TRIED TO TEACH TO EACH OF THEM. SOME OF THOSE LESSONS WERE VERY SUCCESSFUL. SOME LESS. SO BUT I TAUGHT MY KIDS TO HELP OTHERS. HELPING OTHERS INCLUDES LIVING UP TO THE PLEDGE I MENTIONED EARLIER, THEY AM MAKING BY WEARING THIS WHITE RIBBON. I WILL NOT COMMIT, CONDONE, OR REMAIN SILENT ABOUT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, MEN, OR CHILDREN AND I COMMEND THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THIS BODY FOR THE WHITE RIB BONNS THAT THEY COURAGEOUSLY WORE TO AGAIN RAISE THE AWARENESS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT. WE HAVE A SERIOUS PROBLEM IN FRONT OF US, MR. SPEAKER. IN EVERY COMMUNITY IN AMERICA. BUT I HAVE HOPE. AMERICA IS AN AMAZING COUNTRY AND I AM SO PRIVILEGED TO BE AN AMERICAN, TO BE FREE. I BELIEVE THAT THE GREATNESS OF THIS COUNTRY IS A REFLECTION OF BOTH THE GREATNESS OF OUR FOUNDING AND THE GREATNESS OF OUR PEOPLE. WE ARE UP TO AND EQUAL TO THE TASK OF FIGHTING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT IF WE PUT OUR AMERICAN MINDS AND OUR AMERICAN SPIRITS TO IT. SO TODAY, AS I STAND BEFORE YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN TO CALL ATTENTION TO THE SCOURGE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ABUSE, BUT AT THE SAME TIME CELEBRATING THE WONDERFUL AGENCIES AND SHELTERS AND VOLUNTEERS AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE STEPPED FORTH WHO ARE WILLING TO TAKE THIS ISSUE ON, WHO ARE WILLING TO ADDRESS IT, WHO ARE WILLING TO HELP THE VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. WE ARE BLESSED BY THEIR SERVICE, BY THEIR COMMITMENT TO SOCIETY, BY THEIR APPRECIATION OF THE VALUE OF HUMAN LIFE AND THE NEED TO HELP THOSE WHO HELP -- WHO NEED THAT HELP. SO AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE HOUSE FOR THE ABILITY TO BE ABLE TO CALL ATTENTION TO THESE ISSUES, I WANT TO AT THIS TIME LET VERA HOUSE KNOW, IN SYRACUSE, AND ALL THE SHELTERS AND ALL THE AGENCIES THROUGHOUT THIS COUNTRY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO FOR THE VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT, AND AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:33:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE CHAIR IS PREPARED TO RECOGNIZE A…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE CHAIR IS PREPARED TO RECOGNIZE A DEMOCRATIC MEMBER AT THIS TIME.

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  • 03:35:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    JANUARY 5, 2011, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZED THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. KING,…

    JANUARY 5, 2011, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZED THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. KING, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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  • 03:35:20 PM

    MR. KING

    IT'S A PRIVILEGE TO ADDRESS YOU HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF…

    IT'S A PRIVILEGE TO ADDRESS YOU HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND TO ONCE AGAIN BRING A CASE BEFORE YOU THAT I BELIEVE WILL BE OVERHEARD IN AN EFFECTIVE WAY BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND RESPONDED TO YOU BY OF COURSE YOUR GOOD JUDICIAL AND PRUDENTIAL JUDGMENT. I CAME HERE TO THE FLOOR TO TALK ABOUT A NUMBER OF THINGS AND YET SHOULD ALWAYS BRING UP THE NUMBER ONE THING THAT'S ON MY MIND FIRST AND I KNOW THAT IT'S IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO EXHAUST THE SUBJECT BUT I HAVE GIVEN IT A SIGNIFICANT ENDEAVOR OTHER THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF AND NOW AS THINGS MOVE TOWARDS A HEAD WITH THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION NEGOTIATION AND DEBATE TAKING PLACE AND THE MAJOR DECISIONS THAT WILL BE FORMED OVER THE WEEKEND BY THE LEADERSHIP IN THE HOUSE AND IN THE SENATE WITH CONSULTATION, PRESUMABLY, WITH THE WHITE HOUSE, WE EXPECT TO SEE SOME KIND OF PROPOSAL COME BEFORE ONE OR BOTH CHAMBERS NEXT WEEK BEFORE THE CLOCK TICKS DOWN ON THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT IS TEMPORARILY FUNDING THIS GOVERNMENT IN A PIECE OF SHELL APPROPRIATIONS THAT SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED. BUT THAT'S PERHAPS OUTSIDE OF WHAT I SHOULD BRING UP TODAY AND WE SHOULD FOCUS ON THE ISSUE AT HAND. THEY WERE THIS. THERE WAS A STRONG PLEDGE MADE THAT IF THE REPUBLICANS WIN THE MAJORITY WE WOULD CUT $100 BILLION OUT OF THIS FISCAL YEAR'S BUDGET. AND I WILL SUBMIT THAT RECOGNIZING THAT WE WERE FIVE MONTHS INTO THIS FISCAL YEAR BEFORE WE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO BEGIN THAT PROCESS, THAT CALCULATES OUT TO BE ABOUT $61.5 BILLION IF YOUAGE USIZE THE $100 BILLION. SO EVEN THOUGH THE INITIALLY PROPOSED CONTINUING RESOLUTION DID NOT INCLUDE THOSE KIND OF CUTS, THERE WAS AN INTENSE DEBATE HERE IN THE CONGRESS DRIVEN BY THE 87 FRESHMAN REPUBLICANS TO GET THAT NUMBER UP TO A NUMBER THAT WAS EITHER $100 BILLION OR $100 BILLION IF YOU CALCULATED IT ON AN ANNUALIZED BASIS. WE DID COME TOGETHER ON THAT NUMBER AND THE HOUSE DID PASS H.R. 1 WHICH INCLUDED IN IT $61.5 BILLION WORTH OF CUTS OUT OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2011. EVEN THOUGH THE HOUSE DIDN'T ACT IN A -- LET ME SAY THE FUNCTION OF THE HOUSE WAS NOT FUNCTIONAL DURING THE LAST TWO OR THREE YEARS AT LEAST OF THE -- OF SPEAKER PELOSI'S TIME AND THERE WAS NO APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS THAT ONE COULD BRING FORWARD AND THERE WAS NO BUDGET THAT WAS BROUGHT FORWARD AND THEREFORE GOVERNMENT WAS BEING RUN ON STOPGAP MEASURES OF CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS. SO DURING THE LAME DUCK SESSION, THE LAME DUCK SESSION BEING THE PERIOD OF TIME WHEN CONGRESS COMES TOGETHER TO MEET AFTER AN ELECTION SO I HAVE SAID THAT LAME DUCK SESSIONS SHOULD ONLY BE TO TAKE CARE OF THE URGENT ISSUES THAT NEED TO BE HANDLED BEFORE THE NEW MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CAN BE SWORN. IN THE OLD CONGRESS, AT LEAST IN THEORY, HAS DELEGITIMIZED BY THE ELECTIONS THAT TAKE PLACE, LAST YEAR ON NOVEMBER 2, THEY NO LONGER REPRESENT THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THAT'S BEEN REFLECTED IN THE ELECTION RESULTS ALL ACROSS THE LAND AND THIS HOUSE WAS DESIGNED TO BE A QUICK REACTION STRIKE FORCE TO BE RESPONSIVE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND SO OUR FOUNDING FATHERS PUT IT WITHIN THE CONSTITUTION NEVER AMENDED OUT, THAT HOUSE MEMBERS ARE UP FOR ELECTION EVERY TWO YEARS. AND EVERY 10 YEARS THERE'LL BE A CENSUS AND THAT CENSUS IS DESIGNED THEN TO BE USED TO REDISTRICT THE DISTRICTS, AND WE HAVE NOW AGREED THAT 435 IS THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF HOUSE MEMBERS, AND AS THE POPULATION MOVES AND AS THE POPULATION GROWS, EVERY 10 YEARS WE RESET THE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS TO AS ACCURATELY AS POSSIBLE REFLECT THE NEW POPULATION DISTRIBUTION IN AMERICA. THAT GOES ON ALONG WITH EVERY TWO YEARS THERE'S AN ELECTION. THE ELECTIONS HAVE TWO PURPOSES, EVERY 10 YEARS TO REFLECT THE POPULATION CHANGE AND EVERY TWO YEARS, INCLUDING THAT 10-YEAR CENSUS YEAR ELECTION WHICH COMES UP IN 2012, IT'S THE QUICK REACTION RESPONSE TO THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BECAUSE OUR FOUNDING FATHERS UNDERSTOOD THAT IF YOU PUT PEOPLE IN THIS OFFICE AND LET THEM HAVE TENURE FOR LIFE LIKE WE'RE HEARING ABOUT IN STATES LIKE WISCONSIN OR OHIO WHERE WHAT TENURE DOES DO A PERSON'S DUE DILIGENCE, THERE WOULD BE PEOPLE WHO WOULD SIT HERE FOREVER AND NEVER BE RESPONSIBLE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THEY REALIZED IF THEY WOULD SET THE SENATE UP IN SIX-YEAR ELECTION CYCLES, THE SENATE WOULDN'T BE ACCOUNTABLE WITHIN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, NOT WITHIN TWO YEARS OR FOUR YEAR, BUT IN SIX YEARS. THAT WAS INTENTIONALLY SO THE SENATORS WOULD BE MORE INCLINED TO MAKE LONG-TERM, VISIONARY DECISIONS AND HOUSE MEMBERS COULD COME IN AS THE SHOCK TROOPS, SO TO SPEAK TO BRING THE QUICK REACTION IF THE CONGRESS GOT OUT OF SYNC WITH THE PEOPLE. IT'SITY CLEAR, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE CONGRESS GOT OUT OF SINK WITH THE PEOPLE LAST YEAR. ACTUALLY, THEY BEGAN TO GET OUT OF SYNC WITH THE PEOPLE WELL BEFORE THAT, MORE THAN FOUR YEARS AGO, BUT WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA CAME IN HE HAD HUGE MAJORITIES TO WORK WITH IN THE HOUSE UNDER NANCY PELOSI AS SPEAKER AND IN THE SENATE WITH HARRY REID AS LEADER. EVEN TO THE EXTENT THAT THEY HAD A FILIBUSTER PROOF MAJORITY IN THE SENATE SYSTEM OF THEY FELT THEIR OATS, SO TO SPEAK. THEIR IDEOLOGY DROVE THEM, I THINK, TO MAYBE THEY DIDN'T KNOW IT. I THINK SOME OF THEM KNEW IT. I BELIEVE THE BLUE DOGS IN THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT LOST THEIR ELECTIONS LAST NOVEMBER KNEW IT. THEY KNEW THEY WERE WALKING THE PLANK. THEY KNEW THEY WERE GOING DOWN INTO POLITICAL DAVY JONES' LOCKERSER IF THEY VOTED FOR OBAMACARE. BUT THEY DID BECAUSE OF LEVERAGE, BECAUSE OF LEGISLATIVE SHENANIGANS, BECAUSE -- AND I'LL TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THAT TO UNDERSTAND THIS, THAT OBAMACARE FOR A LONG TIME HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WAS H.R. 3200. A BILL THAT CAME THROUGH THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE IN A FASHION THAT WAS AT LEAST ENVISIONED TO BE A FUNCTIONAL FASHION THROUGH OUR CONSTITUTION AND BY OUR FOUNDING FATHERS, BUT IT CAME THROUGH AND THERE WERE LONG, LONG DEBATES IN COMMITTEE, BUT H.R. 3200, THE PRODUCT OF THE HOUSE, DIDN'T MAKE IT TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. WHAT CAME TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE UNDER OBAMACARE WAS THE BILL THAT WAS WRITTEN IN SPEAKER PE LOW' CEASE -- PELOSI'S OFFICE, 2,600 OR SO PAGES, PLUS OR MINUS 100, DEPENDS ON THE FONT TYPE BUT 2,600 PAGES OF A BILL THAT NOT ONE PERSON HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO READ IT ALL. AND BEFORE I CAME TO THE FLOOR -- BEFORE IT CAME TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. AS MUCH AS IT WAS STUD BIED -- STUDIED BY MANY, AND THERE ARE QUITE A FEW AMERICANS THAT READ IT ALL, BUT IT HAS SO MANY CONVOLUTED CONTRAPTIONS WITHIN IT WITHIN IT, THERE ISN'T A SINGLE PERSON ON THE PLANET, NO MATTER HOW INTELLECTUAL THEY MIGHT BE, THERE'S NOT ONE PERSON THAT HAS THE CAPABILITY OF READING THE OBAMACARE BILL AN UNDERSTANDING ALL THE ACTIVITIES OF THAT BILL WHERE IT REFERENCES OTHER SECTIONS OF THE CODE AND YOU HAVE TO READ IT AND SWITCH BACK AND FORTH, ZIGZAG IN AND OUT OF EXISTING CODE AND LOOK AT THE OBAMACARE PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND AT THE SAME TIME UNDERSTAND THE IMPLICATIONS TO AMERICANS. IT'S ONE THING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT A BILL DOES TECHNICALLY AND IT'S ANOTHER TO UNDERSTAND HOW PEOPLE HAVE TO LIVE UNDERNEATH THAT LEGISLATION. SO, H.R. 3200 KICKED OFF TO THE SIDE. THE PRODUCT OF THE ACTUAL COMMITTEE DIDN'T COME TO THE FLOOR, THE PRODUCT OF THE SPEAKER'S OFFICE, HER STAFF, MANY OF THEM YOUNG, JUNIOR PEOPLE, WRITING UP A BILL THEY THOUGHT WAS RIGHT FOR AMERICA, DUMPED DOWN ON US HERE TO BE IN A SPORT PERIOD OF DEBATE AND A VOTE TO BE PASSED BY THE HOUSE AND COULD NOT AND WOULD NOT HAVE PASSED THE HOUSE THE DAY IT WAS BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE EXCEPT FOR A COUPLE OF LITTLE PROMISES. ONE OF THOSE PROMISES WAS THAT THE SENATE WOULD PASS A RECONCILIATION PACKAGE WHICH PUT OTHER PIECES INTO IT IN ORDER TO AVOID THE FILIBUSTER RULE IN THE SENATE SYSTEM OF IN ORDER TO GET THAT DONE THEY HAD TO BRING SOME THINGS THAT COULDN'T GET PASSED UNDER THE FILIBUSTER RULE IN THE SENATE, WRITE THEM UP IN A SEPARATE BILL, WELL SOMEHOW THAT BILL COULDN'T HAVE BEEN AMENDED TO THE ONE ON THE FLOOR BECAUSE THAT WOULDN'T HAVE PASSED. FURTHERMORE, THE OBAMACARE BILL WRITTEN IN NANCY PELOSI'S OFFICE COULDN'T HAVE PASSED HERE ON THE FLEW BECAUSE BART STUPAK HAD A DOZEN DEMOCRATS THAT LOCKED UP WITH THE REPUBLICANS AND SAID WE AREN'T GOING TO VOTE FOR A BILL THAT FUNDS ABORTION. NANCY PELOSI WROTE A BILL THAT FUNDS ABORTION. HARRY REID WROTE A RECONCILIATION PACKAGE THAT THEY SENT TO THE HOUSE THAT HAD THE THINGS THAT HIS SENATORS NEEDED TO HAVE HAPPEN AND THE HOUSE MEMBERS NEEDED TO HAVE HAPPEN AND THE PIECE OF OBAMACARE WAS GOING TO SATISFY THE STUPAK DOZEN IF THE PRESIDENT SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TO AMEND THE VOTE OF THE HOUSE. I WOULDN'T UNDERSTAND EVERY AMERICAN TO UNDERSTAND THIS CONVOLUTED PROCESS. I EXPECT MOST OF THEM TO BE CONFUSED ABOUT THIS. THIS WAS DESIGNED TO BE A CONFUSING PROCESS. THE VERY IDEA THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WOULD TAKE AN OATH OF OFFICE TO PRESERVE, PROTECT, AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES THAT EVERYBODY IN THIS CHAMBER WOULD DO THE SAME THING AND EVERYBODY IN THE SENATE WOULD DO THE SAME THING, AND THEN BELIEVE SOMEHOW, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS READ ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION AND ONE CAN EASILY CONCLUDE THAT THE PRESIDENT CAN CAN NOT AMEND A PIECE OF LEGISLATION BY SIGNING AN EXEC TIFF ORDER. HE DOES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO DO SO. THAT IS A CONSTITUTIONAL VIOLATION AND I HAVE, IN A VERY SIMILAR IF NOT EXACTLY IDENTICAL LANGUAGE IN THE IOWA CONSTITUTION GONE TO COURT TO PROVE EXACTLY THAT WHEN FORMER GOVERNOR VILSACK THOUGHT HE COULD WRITE RE-WRITE THE CODE OF IOWA BY EXECUTIVE ORDER AND THE CASE OF KING VS. VILSACK IS IN THE BOOKS AND THE COURT VACATED THE EXECUTIVE ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF IOWA BECAUSE HE THOUGHT HE COULD LEGISLATE BY EXECUTIVE ORDER, I THOUGHT HE COULDN'T AND THE JUDGE SAID HE COULDN'T. IT'S RESOLVED IN THAT ISSUE AND THE POINT IS CONCEDED BY FORMER GOVERNOR, NOW SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE TOM VILSACK. THAT SAME TACTIC WAS USED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, BARACK OBAMA, WHEN HE SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT WAS DESIGNED TO AMEND THE BILL THAT WAS ABOUT TO PASS, ACTUALLY HE SIGNED IT AFTER THE BILL PASSED, THE BILL THAT PASSED ON THE CONDITION THAT THE PRESIDENT WOULD SIGN AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TO TAKE CARE OF THE FUNDING FOR ABORTION AND THAT THE SENATE WOULD PASS A RECONCILIATION PACKAGE THAT FIT THE OTHER NEEDS. WHY COULDN'T WE DO THIS UNDER WHAT WE CALL HERE IN REGULAR ORDER? WHY COULDN'T WE HAVE A COMMITTEE PROCESS THAT WOULD WORK A BILL THROUGH? WELL, THEY DID. BUT NANCY PELOSI DROPS THAT ONE IN THE TRASH. WHY COULDN'T THEY ALLOW THE RECONCILIATION PACKAGE IF IT HAD ANY MERIT TO BE AMENDED ONTO THE OBAMACARE LEGISLATION EVEN IF IT'S THE LEGISLATION THAT WAS WRITTEN IN SPEAKER PELOSI'S OFFICE AND REJECTED THAT OUT OF COMMITTEE? WHY COULDN'T THAT HAVE BEEN AN AMENDMENT THAT COULD HAVE BEEN VOTED ON UP OR DOWN HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ATTACHED TO THE SAME PIECE OF LEGISLATION? WHY COULDN'T THEY HAVE PUT THE LANGUAGE OF BARACK OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT SUPPOSEDLY SAYS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S NOT GOING TO FUND ABORTION, WHY COULDN'T THEY HAVE PUT THAT INTO THE BILL TOO AND HAD AN HONEST DEBATE ON AN HONEST PIECE OF LEGISLATION? WHY NOT? WELL, BECAUSE IT WASN'T. BECAUSE THEY COULD NOT PASS IT UNDER AN HONEST PROCESS. IT HAD TO BE A LEGISLATIVE SHENANIGAN PROCESS. THAT'S WHAT WE GOT. AND AS THAT BILL WENT TO FINAL PASSAGE THAT NIGHT, I GOT A LITTLE BIT OF SLEEP THAT NIGHT, NOT MUCH, I DRAFTED LEGISLATION TO REPEAL OBAMACARE. PROBABLY AT THE SAME TIME, ME NOT KNOWING THAT, CONGRESSWOMAN MICHELE BACHMANN OF MINNESOTA DRAFTED LEGISLATION TO REPEAL OBAMACARE. WE EACH GOT OUR LEGISLATION DRAFTS DOWN AND THEY CAME TO US SHORTLY AFTER 9:00 THAT MORNING, EXACTLY THE SAME 40 WORDS, WITHIN THREE MINUTES OF EACH OTHER, THAT SAID WE'RE GOING TO -- NOW, I'M GOING TO DO THIS IN SUMMARY, BUT ONLY 40 WORDS. THAT WE WILL REPEAL THIS CONGRESS WOULD REPEAL THE ACT OF OBAMACARE AND IT REFERENCES THE TWO SECTIONS THAT COMPONENTS, BY BILL NUMBER, AND THE LAST WORDS THAT HAVE REPEAL BILL IS, AS IF IT HAD NEVER BEEN ENACTED. SO WE INTRODUCED THAT LEGISLATION ACTUALLY SEPARATELY. I JOINED ON HERS AND SHE ON MINE AND WE WENT TO WORK TO GET SIGNATURES TO MOVE THE REPEAL BILL. THAT TURNED INTO A DISCHARGE PETITION WITH 173 SIGNATURES ON IT. AND THAT WOULD BE THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER AND INTO THE FALL OF LAST YEAR THAT WE WERE GETTING SIGNATURES ON THE DISCHARGE PETITION. AND, MR. SPEAKER, YOU WILL KNOW THAT IF THERE'S 218 SIGNATURES, A MAJORITY OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, ON A DISCHARGE PETITION THAT REPRESENTS A BILL THAT BILL BYPASSES COMMITTEE AND THE SPEAKER CAN'T BLOCK IT AND IT COMES TO THE FLOOR TO BE VOTED UP OR DOWN WITHOUT AMENDMENT. THAT'S WHAT A DISCHARGE PETITION DOES. WELL, IT TOOK US A LONG WAYS DOWN THE LINE OF A COMMITMENT TO REPEAL OBAMACARE AND IT WAS A TOOL THAT WAS USED BY SEVERAL AND I'LL SAY MANY CANDIDATES FOR CONGRESS WHO NOW SOME OF THEM ELECTED TO THIS CONGRESS, PART OF THE 87 FRESHMEN REPUBLICANS AWFUL WHOM RAN ON THE REPEAL OF OBAMACARE, AND I BELIEVE AND DON'T KNOW THIS, I'VE HEARD NO EXCEPTIONS, BUT I BELIEVE IT'S ALSO LIKELY THAT AWFUL THEM RAN ON DEFUNDING OBAMACARE. CUTTING THE FUNDING OFF BECAUSE WE KNEW THAT A REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HERE IN THE HOUSE COULD PASS THE REPEAL OF OBAMACARE WHICH WE DID IN THE SECOND WEEK HERE UNDER H.R. 2, THE SECOND HIGHEST PRIORITY FOR SPEAKER BOEHNER WAS THE REPEAL OF OBAMACARE, H.R. 1 WAS FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT, H.R. 2 WAS REPEALING OBAMACARE. THAT LEGISLATION PASSED THE HOUSE WITH A RESOUNDING SOLID BIPARTISAN VOTE AND WENT OVER TO THE SENATE WHERE EVERY REPUBLICAN IN THE SENATE VOTED TO REPEAL OBAMACARE. WE COMMITTED TO CUTTING OFF THE FUNDING TO OBAMACARE AND THAT'S THE NEXT STEP AND I SENSE SINCE LAST JULY AT LEAST TO SHUT OFF ALL THE FUNDING TO OBAMACARE AND EVERY APPROPRIATIONS BILL THAT COMES OUT OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. WELL H.R. 1 WAS THE SINGLE PIECE OF LEGISLATION WHERE WE HAD THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF LEVERAGE, THAT'S THE FUNDING FOR THE DURATION OF THE YEAR, FOR ALL OF THE FUNCTIONS OF GOVERNMENT. WE LEARNED SOMETIME LAST YEAR THAT THERE WERE AUTOMATIC APPROPRIATIONS AND DECEPTIVELY I BELIEVE WRIT NOON OBAMACARE THAT ARE DESIGNED TO CREATE THIS PERPETUAL MONEY MACHINE THAT FUNDS THE IMPLEMENTATION OF OBAMACARE. SOME CALL IT MANDATORY SPENDING, I DO NOT. I CALL IT AUTOMATIC SPENDING. THERE'S AUTOMATIC SPENDING IN OBAMACARE WRITTEN INTO IT AND THE NUMBER'S STILL ON MY HAND IN SARAH PALIN FASHION, $105.5 BILLION AUTOMATICALLY APPROPRIATED, SPENT, IN AN AUTHORIZATION BILL COMPLETELY OUTSIDE OF REGULAR ORDER OF THIS CONGRESS WITH A FEW HANDFUL OF EXCEPTIONS IN SHORT-TERM AND FEW DOLLARS. BUT IN SCOPE AND IN MAGNITUDE NO ONE'S EVER TRIED, NO ONE'S EVER HAD THE AUDACITY TO TRY TO IMPOSE AN AUTOMATIC APPROPRIATION ON THIS CONGRESS THAT WOULD BE $105 BILLION. SOME THAT HAVE MONEY GOES BEYOND. THAT THAT'S JUST 10 YEARS. SOME OF IT IS APPROPRIATED, MR. SPEAKER, IN PERPETUITY, $1 BILLION A YEAR HERE, $1 BILLION THERE THAT GOES ON EVERY YEAR, THAT CAN'T BE STOPPED UNLESS CONGRESS GOES IN AND SHUTS IT OFF. AND THAT'S WHAT WE NEED TO DO, MR. SPEAKER. WE NEEDED TO THIS -- TO DO IN EVERY BILL. THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT'S BEFORE US NOW MUST INCLUDE WITHIN IT THE LANGUAGE THAT CUTS OFF THE FUNDING TO OBAMACARE, THE CURRENT AND THE PREVIOUS, THE LANGUAGE THAT CUTS OFF THE AUTOMATIC SPENDING IN OBAMACARE. THERE ARE $18.6 BILLION FOR FISCAL YEAR 2010, MOST OF IT NOT SPENT YET, THAT IMPLEMENTS OBAMACARE. $18.6 BILLION. OF THE $105.5 BILLION. AND THERE'S ANOTHER $4.95 BILLION IN 2011 THAT AUTOMATICALLY APPROPRIATES TO OBAMACARE. THAT'S $23.6 BILLION, MR. SPEAKER, THAT GOES ON TO KICK OBAMACARE IN. IT'S BEEN FOUND UNCONSTITUTIONAL BY TWO FEDERAL COURTS AND IT'S BEEN REJECTED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO SAY -- SENT 87 FRESHMEN REPUBLICANS HERE TO REPEAL OBAMACARE AND WE'RE SITTING HERE LOOKING AT 23.-- $23.6 BILLION IN AUTOMATIC SPENDING. WE'RE STRUGGLING TO CUT THE BUDGET BY $61.5 BILLION. WELL LET'S DO THAT. BUT OTHER HERE -- BUT OVER HERE IS $23.6 BILLION IN AUTOMATIC SPENDING THAT GOES ON. AND IF, AS I BELIEVE HARRY REID IS COMMITTED TO SHUTTING OUR GOVERNMENT DOWN, AND BY THE WAY, THE MAJORITY LEADER IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE SPEAKS, I THINK, AS A PROXY FOR THE PRESIDENT, WHAT DOES THE PRESIDENT WANT HERE? HE WANTS THE DELAY OR HE'LL BE TELLING HARRY REID, PASS THIS THING. AND I BELIEVE HARRY REID WANTS TO DELAY AND THEN SHUT DOWN. THEY HAVE CONVINCED ME THAT THEIR INTENTION ALL ALONG WAS TO SHUT DOWN THIS GOVERNMENT. THAT'S WHY THEY AGREED TO A SHORT-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTION UNTIL MARCH 4. SO THEY COULD POSTURE THEMSELVES TO BE IN A POSITION TO FORCE A SHUTDOWN OF THE GOVERNMENT AND THEY THINK THAT THEY CAN BLAME IT ON REPUBLICANS AND THEN THE PUBLIC WILL PUNISH REPUBLICANS AT THE POLLS. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, I WILL SUBMIT THAT'S NOT THE WAY IT IS AND NOT THE WAY IT WILL BE. BECAUSE NOW JOHN BOEHNER AND ERIC CANTOR'S LEADERSHIP HAVE DEMONSTRATED CLEARLY THAT THIS MAJORITY IN THIS CONGRESS, THE SPEAKER'S OFFICE, THE MAJORITY LEADER'S OFFICE, DOWN THE LINE, HAVE THREE TIMES H.R. 1, TWO-WEEK C.R. DEMONSTRATED THERE IS THE DOLLARS FOR THE LEGITIMATE FUNCTIONS OF GOVERNMENT, THERE'S THE DOLLARS FOR IT, WE PROVIDED IT THREE TIMES HERE AND THREE TIMES THE SENATE HASN'T MOVED ON ANYTHING OF THEIR OWN INITIATIVE. SO THEY'VE CONVINCED ME THAT THEIR GOAL ALL ALONG WAS TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. IF I DIDN'T BELIEVE THAT ALL I'D HAVE TO DO IS LISTEN TO SENATOR SCHUMER OR HOWARD DEAN OR SOME OF THE LANGUAGE COMING OUT OF THE MAJORITY LEADER REID. I'M CONVINCED THAT THEY ARE COMMITTED TO SHUTTING THIS GOVERNMENT DOWN. IF THEY DO THAT WE NEED TO SAY TO THEM, HERE'S ALL THE RESOURCES AGAIN AND NO MONEY TO IMPLEMENT OBAMACARE. IF THERE'S NO MONEY TO IMPLEMENT OBAMACARE BUT ALL THE MONEY THAT'S NECESSARY FOR THE PHYSICALLY RESPONSIBLE LEGITIMATE FUNCTIONS OF GOVERNMENT AND THEY GO IN AND SHUT THIS GOVERNMENT DOWN AND POINT THEIR FINGERS AT US, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL KNOW DIFFERENTLY. THEY'LL UNDERSTAND THAT IT ALWAYS WAS A STRATEGY TO SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN BY THE DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE AND THE WHITE HOUSE. AND THAT WE'RE COMMITTED TO KEEPING IT OPEN BUT WE CANNOT BE ALLOWING THE FUNDING TO GO FORWARD TO AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL TAKING OF AMERICAN LIBERTY WHICH IS OBAMACARE ON ITS FACE. IT'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL IN FOUR DIFFERENT WAYS, IT'S IRRESPONSIBLE, IT'S UNSUSTAINABLE, IT CAN'T BE FUNDED AND WE CAN'T FIND THE FUNDS TO FUND IT ALL. IT'S $2.6 TRILLION IN OUTLAYS IN THE FIRST 10 YEARS. WE MUST, MR. SPEAKER, CUT OFF THE AUTOMATIC FUNDING TO OBAMACARE AND ANY FUNDING GOING FORWARD TO OBAMACARE. LET THE COURTS DECIDE AND WE DECIDE HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO DRAW A LINE, DRAW A BRIGHT LINE, AND STAND FIRM. THAT ALL NEEDS TO HAPPEN IN THAT WAY. AND HISTORY, HISTORY TELLS US THIS, MR. SPEAKER. THAT WHEN THERE WAS A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, THE ARGUMENT LAST TIME WAS, OH, WE'RE SPENDING, WE'RE SPENDING MOST OF IT WITHIN MEDICAID OR MEDICARE. IF MY MEMORY SERVES ME CORRECTLY, IT WAS OVER $300 BILLION IN CUTS, WHERE IT WOULD BE A PLUS-UP OR A PLUS-DOWN FROM THAT, YOU CAN'T TAKE A STAND ON A MONEY FIGURE. YOU CAN'T SAY, I'M GOING TO STAND AND FIGHT ON $300 BILLION, BUT IF THEY LOWER MY CUTS DOWN TO $299 BILLION, THEN I'M NOT, YOU KNOW, THEN IF THEY LOWER THE CUTS DOWN TO $299 BILLION I'M GOING TO BE A NO OR IF THEY TAKE IT UP TO $301 BILLION, I'LL BE HAPPIER YET. YOU CANNOT STAND ON A PRINCIPLE THAT IS A DOLLAR FIGURE BECAUSE WHATEVER YOU PICK, IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE ON A SLIDING SCALE. CAN ALWAYS BE -- IT'S NOT A PRINCIPLE. WE'RE STANDING ON $61.5 BILLION RIGHT NOW. IF THEY LOWER THOSE CUTS DOWN TO $61 BILLION DO WE SAY NO? I THINK THAT THE DEMOCRATS ON THE OTHER SIDE UNDERSTAND THAT. THAT'S WHY THEY FLOATED THIS NUMBER OF $33 BILLION IN CUTS. THEY HAVEN'T SAID WEATHER WEATHER THEY'RE WILLING TO ACCEPT IT OR NOT. THEY GOT TO CUTS THIS WAY. THEY TOOK $61.5 BILLION, DIVIDED IT BY TWO AND ROUNDED IT UP TO $33 BILLION. THAT'S HOW THEY ARRIVED AT THE NUMBER. THERE ISN'T ANY QUESTION IN MY MIND ABOUT THAT. AND THEY WANT TO BE ABLE TO SAY, WELL, WE MET YOU HALFWAY AND A LITTLE MORE. SO YOU SHOULD BE HAPPY THAT WE'RE WILLING TO COMPROMISE. TO THEM COMPROMISE IS TAKE THE NUMBER, CUT IT IN HALF AND THEN IF YOU CAN'T GET AGREEMENT, CUT IN HALF AGAIN AND THEY CALL THAT COMPROMISE. WELL, I'VE SAID, MONEY ITSELF IS NOT A PRINCIPLE. YOU CAN'T STAND ON SOMETHING STRONGLY UNLESS YOU'RE STANDING ON A PRINCIPLE. WELL A PRINCIPLE IS AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL 2,600 PAGE TAKINGS OF AMERICAN LIBERTY, THE NATIONALIZATION OF OUR SKIN AND EVERYTHING INSIDE IT, OBAMACARE. THAT'S A PRINCIPLE. IT'S COMPLETELY UNSUITABLE FOR AN AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT LIVE WITH THE LIBERTY AND FREEDOM THAT GOD GAVE US, THAT OUR FOUNDING FATHERS SO WELL ARTICULATED IN THE DECLARATION AND IN THE CONSTITUTION, IT'S PART OF OUR THAT DIRKS PART OF OUR HISTORY AND PART OF THE INSPIRATION FOR THE ENTIRE GLOBE TO BE KNOCKING ON THE DOOR WANTING TO COME TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BECAUSE OF WHAT? LIBERTY, MR. SPEAKER. LISTS IT OUT IN THE BILL OF RIGHTS, FREEDOM OF SPEECH, RELIGION AND THE PRESS, FREEDOM TO PEACEABLY ASSEMBLE AND PETITION THE GOVERNMENT FOR REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES. SECOND AMENDMENT, TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, A RIGHT TO OWN PROPERTY, PROTECTION FROM DOUBLE JEOPARDY, BE TRIED BY A JURY OF YOUR PEERS, THE PHILOSOPHY OF FEDERALISM THAT DEVOLVES THE POWERS DOWN TO THE STATES SO THAT PEOPLE RESPECTIVELY ALL OF THIS AND GOING ON, EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW IN THE 14TH AMENDMENT. ON AND ON AND ON. THESE ARE THE INSPIRATIONS FOR A VIGOROUS PEOPLE, A PEOPLE THAT HAVE A BELIEF AND A COMMON CAUSE AND A COMMON CULTURE, A CULTURE OF CONTINUITY, OF BELIEF IN OUR LIBERTY AND THEY WOULD IMPOSE US WHAT? SOCIALIZED MEDICINE? A FEDERAL TAKINGS OF OUR RIGHT TO MANAGE OUR OWN HEALTH CARE? AND PART THAT HAVE MANAGEMENT WOOG TO BUY A HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY -- WOULD BE TO BUY A HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY THAT'S DRIVEN BY THE MARKETPLACE THAT PEOPLE DEMAND AND WANT, THAT WOULD HAVE ANY OF THE BILLS AND -- BELLS AND WHISTLES THAT THE MARKET DEMANDS, IT WOULD HAVE EVERY BELL AND WLIFTLE THE MARKET DEMANDS AND WOULD NOT HAVE MANDATES IMPOSED ON IT BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT'S IMPOSED WITHIN THE STATES. AND PEOPLE SHOULD BE ABLE TO BUY THEIR OWN HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY ACROSS STATE LINES. THE PROTECTION FOR THE MONOPOLIES OF STATE HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES IS ANTIMARKET. IT'S ANTIFREE MARKET, IT'S ANTIFREEDOM. AND JOHN SHADEGG'S BILL THAT HE PUSHED SO HARD WHILE HE WAS HERE NEEDS TO BE SOMETHING THAT GOES TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK AND ALLOWS PEOPLE TO BUY INSURANCE ACROSS STATE LINES. SO THAT A YOUNG MAN 23 YEARS OLD PAYING $6,000 A YEAR FOR A TYPICAL POLICY IN NEW JERSEY LAID WITHIN MANDATES COULD INSTEAD GO BUY THAT TYPICAL POLICY AND KENTUCKY FOR NOT $6,000 BUT $1,000. DOESN'T THAT HELP OUR COST? DOESN'T THAT GIVE MOTHER PEOPLE INSURED? DOESN'T THAT DO THE RIGHT THING AND PROTECT PEOPLE? THAT'S JUST ONE I COULD TAKE YOU DOWN THROUGH ALY THE OF -- -- I COULD TAKE YOU DOWN A LIST OF IDEAS WHICH COME TO THIS FLOOR AS STAND-ALONE PIECES OF LEGISLATION, BE SENT OVER TO THE SENATE WHERE HARRY REID WOULD PUSH THEM INTO THE TRASH CAN. WHY? BECAUSE THEY'RE LIBERTY-ORIENTED, THEY'RE FREE-MARKET-ORIENTED, THEY'RE CONSTITUTIONAL AND THEY'RE PRINCIPLED AND IT GIVES PEOPLE BACK THEIR LIBERTY. BUT THIS COUNTRY, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THIS VIGOROUS PEOPLE THAT WE ARE, WE HAVE A VITALITY THAT'S UNIQUE. WE HAVE ALL OF THE VITALITY THAT COMES FROM THE RIGHTS THAT I'VE TALKED ABOUT. WE HAVE THE VITALITY OF THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM WHICH IS THE FOUNDATION OF OUR ECONOMIC SYSTEM AND I POINT OUT THAT THERE ARE FLASHCARDS THAT NEWLY ARRIVING IMMIGRANTS OR THOSE I SHOULD SAY THAT ARE STUDYING FOR THEIR CITIZENSHIP TEST, MOSTLY THAT'S FIVE YEARS IN, STUDYING FOR THEIR CITIZENSHIP TEST, FLASHCARDS. ON ONE SIDE IT WILL SAY, WHO'S THE FATHER OF OUR COUNTRY? YOU SNAP IT OVER AND IT WILL SAY GEORGE WASHINGTON. THE NEXT CARD, WHO EMANCIPATED THE SLAVES? SLAP THAT CARD OVER, ABRAHAM LINCOLN. NEXT CARD, WHAT IS THE ECONOMIC SYSTEM OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA? FREE ENTERPRISE CAPITALISM. . WE ARE FREE TO SPEND OUR MONEY AS WE CHOOSE. OBAMACARE TAKES OVER OUR PAY CHECK AND THEY SAY YOU MUST BUY THIS HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY THAT IS APPROVED OR PRODUCED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND IF YOU DON'T DO THAT, WE ARE GOING TO SEND IN THE I.R.S. TO PUNISH YOU. IT'S A PUNISHMENT IF YOU DON'T BUY IT. IF THEY REQUIRE YOU TO BUY A PRODUCT THAT IS PRODUCED OR APPROVED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, IF THEY CAN TAKE OVER 5% OR 10% OR 25%, 50% OF YOUR PAYROLL TO PAY FOR A HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUM, IF THEY CAN TAKE OVER ANY PART OF YOUR EARNINGS AND FORCE YOU TO BUY SOMETHING, THE NEXT STEP IS, THEY CAN TAKE OVER YOUR MONEY TO BUY A GENERAL MOTORS CAR BECAUSE THEIR INVESTMENT MIGHT NOT BE DOING SO WELL, OR CHRYSLER OR SHARES IN FREDDIE MAC OR FANNIE MAE OR INVEST IN THE STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM. THEY TOOK THAT OVER, TOO, DIDN'T THEY? THEY COULD FORCE YOU TO BUY A CERTAIN WASHING MACHINE OR A SHOE OR FORCE YOU AT THAT POINT, YOU HAVE TO BUY DIET POP OR CARROTS VERSUS CANDY BARS. IF THEY CAN TAKE OVER 1% OF YOUR PAY CHECK AND FORCE YOU TO BUY A PRODUCT, THEY CAN FORCE YOU TO BUY ALL PRODUCTS TO THE POINT WHERE YOU ARE ENSLAVED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. HOW CAN THAT BE CONSTITUTIONAL FOR A FREE PEOPLE? MR. SPEAKER, I WILL SUBMIT, IT IS NOT AND CANNOT BE AND THAT'S WHY THIS HOUSE VOTED RESOUNDINGLY TO REPEAL OBAMACARE. EVERY REPUBLICAN HERE AND IN THE SENATE VOTED TO REPEAL AND CUT OFF ALL FUNDING TO IMPLEMENT OR ENFORCE OBAMACARE IN EVERY APPROPRIATIONS BILL AND THAT'S WHY THEY DECEPTIVELY PLUGGED IN THE AUTOMATIC APPROPRIATION OF $105.5 BILLION FRONTLOADED WITH 18.6 BILLION IN THE 2010 BUDGET TO IMPLEMENT OBAMACARE AND THERE IS ANOTHER 4.95 BILLION, $23.6 BILLION SITTING IN THE POT. AND IF THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL IN FORCING A SHUT DOWN IN THIS GOVERNMENT AND THEY ARE TRYING TO POINT AT US TO THOSE OF US TRYING TO KEEP IT OPEN, WE WOULD STILL SEE $23.6 BILLION HARD AT WORK IMPLEMENTING OBAMACARE. THE LIGHTS COULD GO OFF IN FEDERAL OFFICES ALL ACROSS AMERICA WHERE YOU CAN DRIVE DOWN AND LOOK AT WHERE THE LIGHTS ARE ON, GUESS WHAT? THAT'S THE $23.6 BILLION STILL THERE, STILL IMPLEMENTING OBAMACARE LIKE SANTA'S LITTLE ELVES. THAT'S WHAT WE ARE FACED WITH AND WE MUST DRAW A LINE. THE FIGHT IS INEST TABBLE. CHOOSE THE GROUND WHERE THE ARMY IS THE STRONGEST AND THAT IS THIS, PROVIDE THE RESOURCES FOR LEGITIMATE FUNCTIONS OF THIS GOVERNMENT, NOT FOR THE ILLEGITIMATE FUNCTIONS OF THIS GOVERNMENT AND IF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WORKING THROUGH HIS MOUTH PIECE BRINGS ABOUT A SHUTDOWN, IT WILL BE ABOUT A BRIGHT LINE BETWEEN LEGITIMATE FUNCTIONS OF GOVERNMENT VERSUS PERHAPS A LEGISLATIVE TANTRUM, AN ACT OF AUDACITY THAT A SIGNATURE PIECE OF LEGISLATION CALLED OBAMACARE MEANS MORE TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES THAN ALL OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT PUT TOGETHER. FOR ALL THOSE REASONS, I SAY THIS IS THE WEEK TO DRAW THE LINE. THIS IS THE WEEK TO DO THE FIGHT. THIS IS THE WEEK TO DO THE BATTLE. WE HAVE TO HAVE IT AND CAN'T AVOID IT AND LET'S GET IT OVER WITH SO WE CAN GET ON WITH THE LEGITIMATE FUNCTIONS OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL FROM NEW YORK, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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    MR. ENGEL

    TRIBUTE TO A GOOD FRIEND AND A FORMER COLLEAGUE WHO PASSED AWAY THIS PAST…

    TRIBUTE TO A GOOD FRIEND AND A FORMER COLLEAGUE WHO PASSED AWAY THIS PAST WEEK, A TRUE TRAILBLAZER, FORMER CONGRESSWOMAN ENGINEER ALED EVEN FERRARO. FIRST WOMAN TO BE NOMINATED ON A MAJOR TICKET AND ITALIAN AMERICAN TO ACHIEVE THAT HONOR. SHE WAS A DOTED PUBLIC SERVANT AND BELOVED FAMILY MEMBER AND I'M HONORED MOST OF ALL TO CALL HER A FRIEND. THE HISTORY THAT HAS UNFOLDED AFTER SHE STOOD ON THE STAGE IN SAN FRANCISCO IN 1984 TO ACCEPT HER PARTY'S NOMINATION FOR VICE PRESIDENT HAS HAPPENED THANKS TO HER TAKING THOSE FIRST STEPS. I REMEMBER BEING THERE AT THE CONVENTION IN SAN FRANCISCO NATIONAL PARK 1984 AND HOW PROUD WE WERE THAT ONE OF OUR OWN, A NEW YORKER, CONGRESSWOMAN FERRARO WAS BEING NOMINATED AS VICE PRESIDENT. AT THE TIME, OUR GOVERNOR AT THE TIME, MARIO CUOMO GAVE THE KEY NOTE ADDRESS AT THAT CONVENTION. SINCE THAT TIME, OF COURSE, ANOTHER WOMAN HAS APPEARED ON THE BALLOT, MAJOR PARTY FOR VICE PRESIDENT AND ANOTHER CAME WITH A HANDFUL OF DELEGATES OF BECOMING THE FIRST PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE. STRONG WOMEN IN POLITICS AND BUSINESS ARE NOT THE EXCEPTION ANY LONGER, BUT MAIN DELEM STREAM. AS SHE CLAIMED IN SAN FRANCISCO, I STAND BEFORE YOU TO QUOTE, WHERE DREAMS CAN COME TRUE FOR ALL OF US. SHE GREW UP IN NEW YORK CITY AND WENT INTO TEACHING BEFORE GOING TO LAW SCHOOL AND GREW UP IN THE SOUTH BRONX, AS I DID AS WELL. SHE HEADED THE VICTIMS' BUREAU AND QUEENS COUNTY PROSECUTOR BEFORE BEING ELECTED TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN 1978. WHILE SERVING IN THE HOUSE, SHE CREATED A FLEX TIME PROGRAM FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES, WHICH HAS BECOME THE BASIS OF SUCH PROGRAMS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. SHE ALSO SUCCESSFULLY SPONSORED THE WOMEN'S ECONOMIC EQUALITY ACT WHICH ENDED PENSION DISCRIMINATION FOR WOMEN AND PROVIDEDED JOBS FOR DISPLACED HOMEMAIMERS AND ALLOWED THEM TO OPEN I.R.A.'S. WHEN I THINK OF HER, TYPICAL REPRESENTATIVE OF NEW YORK'S OUTER BURROUGHS. SHE HAS STREET SMART AND BOOK SMARTS AND MOXY AND HOW TO GET AHEAD AND WHAT TO SAY. WE ARE ALL BETTER OFF, NO QUESTION. AMERICA IS A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF GERRY FERRARO. ALL AMERICANS, WOMEN OR NOT, ARE BETTER OFF BECAUSE OF WHAT SHE DID. SHE TOOK THOSE FIRST STEPS IN 1984 WHEN SHE WAS NOMINATED 64 YEARS AFTER WOMEN WON THE RIGHT TO VOTE, A WOMAN HAD REMOVED THE MEN-ONLY SIGN FROM THE WHITE HOUSE DOOR. I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE GOOD AT THIS POINT TO READ SOME OF THE THINGS THAT THE "NEW YORK TIMES" HAD MENTIONED ABOUT THE HIGHLIGHTS OF GERRY FERRARO. SHE WAS CONSIDERED IDEAL FOR TELEVISION, DOWN TO EARTH, STREET BLOND, MOTHER, WHOSE PERSONAL STORY RESONATED POWERFULLY. BROUGHT UP BY A SINGLE MOTHER SENT HER DAUGHTER TO GOOD SCHOOLS AND SHE WAITED UNTIL HER OWN CHILDREN WERE SCHOOL-AGED BEFORE GOING TO WORK IN THE QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE. IN THE 1984 RACE, MANY AMERICANS FOUND HER STYLE REFRESHING. WHAT ARE YOU CRAZY WAS ONE OF HER FAMILIAR EXPRESSIONS. SHE MIGHT BREAK INTO A LITTLE DANCE BEHIND THE SPEAKER'S PLATFORM WHEN SHE LIKED THE INTRODUCTORY MUSIC. GERRY FERRARO WAS BORN ON AUGUST 26, 1935 IN THE HUDSON RIVER CITY OF NEW BURG, NEW YORK, FOURTH CHILD AND ONLY DAUGHTER OF DOMENIC FERRARO, AN ITALIAN IMMIGRANT WHO OWNED A RESTAURANT AND FIVE AND DIME STORE. ONE BROTHER DIED SHORTLY AFTER BIRTH AND ANOTHER DIED IN AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT WHEN HE WAS THREE, TWO YEARS BEFORE SHE WAS BORN. SHE WAS BORN AT HOME. HER MOTHER WHO HAD BEEN HOLDING GERARD AT THE TIME OF THE CRASH AND WASHED AND PRESSED HIS CLOTHES FOR MONTHS AFTER HIS DEATH, WOULD NOT GO TO THE HOSPITAL FOR THE DELIVERY AND LEAVE THE THIRD BROTHER AT HOME. SHE WAS NAMED FOR HER BROTHER BUT IN HER BOOK, MS. FERRARO SAID HER MOTHER EMPHASIZED THAT SHE WAS NOT TAKING HIS PLACE. GERRY IS SPECIAL BECAUSE SHE IS A GIRL. HER MOTHER SOON SOLD THE STORE AND THE FAMILY'S HOUSE AND MOVED TO THE SOUTH BRONX WITH THE PROCEEDS OF THE SALE OF THE ITALY, SHE SENT HER TO A CATHOLIC SCHOOL. AND SENT HER TO TARRYTOWN. HER GRADES EARNED A SCHOLARSHIP TO COLLEGE FROM WHICH SHE TRANSFERRED TO THE SCHOOL'S MANHATTAN BRANCH AND COMMUTED TO QUEENS WHERE HER MOTHER HAD MOVED BY THEN. MS. FERRARO WAS EDITOR OF THE SCHOOL NEWSPAPER AND ATHLETE A WON HONORS BEFORE GRADUATED IN 1956. THE LIGHTS AND THE UNEXPECTED, THE YEAR BOOK SAID ABOUT HER. AFTER GRADUATING, SHE GOT A JOB TEACHING IN THE PUBLIC GRADE SCHOOL IN QUEENS. SHE LATER APPLIED TO FORWARDHAM LAW SCHOOL AND WAS WARNED SHE MIGHT BE TAKING A MAN'S PLACE. ONE OF TWO WOMEN IN THE CLAYS OF 279 AND RECEIVED HER LAW DEGREE IN 1960. SHE WAS MARRIED ON JULY 16, 1960, TWO DAYS AFTER SHE PASSED THE BAR EXAM AND ADMITTED TO THE NEW YORK STATE BAR IN 1961 AND DECIDED TO KEEP HER MAIDEN NAME TO HONOR HER MOTHER AND ADMITTED TO THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT BAR IN 1978. FOR THE FIRST 13 YEARS OF HER MARRIAGE, SHE DEVOTED HERSELF TO HER GROWING FAMILY. DONNA WAS BORN IN 1962, JOHN IN 1964 AND LAURA IN 1966. MS. FERRARO DID LEGAL WORK FOR HER HUSBAND'S BUSINESS AND WORKED FOR WOMEN IN FAMILY COURT AND DABBED IN LOCAL POLITICS. IN 1970, SHE WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE QUEENS COUNTY WOMEN'S BAR ASSOCIATION. IN 1973, AFTER HER COUSIN, NICHOLAS FERRARO WAS ELECTED QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY, SHE APPLIED FOR AND GOT A JOB AS ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY IN CHARGE OF A SPECIAL VICTIMS BUREAU INVESTIGATING RAPE, AND CHILD AND WIFE ABUSE. THE CASES WERE SO HARROWING THAT THEY CAUSED HER TO DEVELOP AN ULCER AND THE CONDITIONS SHE SAW, SHE SAID, PLANTED THE SEEDS OF HER LIBERALISM. WHEN SHE WAS ELECTED TO THE HOUSE, SHE CAME -- BECAME VERY GOOD FRIENDS WITH TIP O'NIL WHO WAS THE SPEAKER. SHE DECIDED TO RUN IN CONGRESS WHEN JAMES DELANEY WHEN A CONGRESSMAN ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT. IN THE HOUSE, MS. FERRARO WAS ON THE PUBLIC WORKS AND TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE AND IN DOING THAT, SHE SUCCESSFULLY PUSHED FOR IMPROVED MASS TRANSIT AROUND LA GUARDIA AIRPORT. THE SPEAKER TOOK AN IMMEDIATE LIKING TO HER AND IN HER THREE TERMS, SHE VOTED MOSTLY WITH THE PARTY'S LEADERSHIP. HER FRIENDSHIP WITH MR. O'NEILL, SHE WAS ELECTED SECRETARY OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS GIVING INFLUENCE ON COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS AND AWARDED A SEAT ON THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE. IT WAS MS. FERRARO'S APPOINTMENT AS CHAIRWOMAN OF THE DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM COMMITTEE THAT GAVE HER THE MOST PROMINENCE. IN HER BOOK "MY STORY," SHE SAID IN BECOMING THE FIRST WOMAN TO HOLD THAT POST, SHE OWED MUCH TO DEMOCRATIC WOMEN, CONGRESSIONAL STAFFERS, RIGHTS ACTIVISTS AND OTHERS WHO CALLED THEMSELVES TEAM A AND LOBBIED FOR HER APPOINTMENT. THERE WERE A LOT OF SLIGHTS BEING THE FIRST WOMAN. PEOPLE WERE ADJUSTING OR NOT ADJUSTING TO A WOMAN ON THE NATIONAL TICKET. MISSISSIPPI'S AGRICULTURE SECRETARY CALLED HER YOUNG LADY AND ASKED IF SHE COULD BAKE MUFFINS TO WHICH SHE SAID YES, I CAN, CAN YOU? MS. FERRARO ALWAYS HAD A SMILE AND ALWAYS HAD A KIND WORD AND NEVER SAID NO TO SOMEONE NEEDING HER HELP. EVEN THOUGH I CAME TO THE HOUSE FOUR YEARS AFTER SHE LEFT, I GOT TO KNOW HER VERY WELL AND TRULY FEEL A LOSS IN HAVING HER PASS AWAY. NEAR THE END OF 1998, SHE LEARNED SHE HAD BONE MARROW CANCER THAT SUPPRESSES THE IMMUNE SYSTEM. BEFORE THEN SHE WAS LATER AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION AND CO-HOST OF THE CNN PROGRAM "CROSSFIRE" FROM 1996 AND 1998. SHE ADDRESSED HER PLACE IN HISTORY IN A LONG LETTER TO "THE TIMES" SAYING WOMEN HAD WROTE TO HER TO INSPIRE THEM TO TAKE ON CHALLENGES. I DECIDED IF YOU CAN DO IT, I CAN, TOO. SCHOOL GIRLS TOLD HER THEY HOPED TO BE PRESIDENT SOME DAY AND NEEDED ADVICE. SHE SAID, I'M THE FIRST TO ADMIT WERE I NOT A WOMAN, I WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN THE VICE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE BUT INSISTED HER PRESENCE ON THE TICKET HAD TRANSLATED INTO VOTES THAT THE TICKET MIGHT NOT HAVE OTHERWISE RECEIVED. . IT MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR THE DEMOCRATS TO WIN THAT YEAR NO MATTER THE CANDIDATES OR THEIR GENDER. QUOTE, THROWING RONALD REAGAN OUT OF OFFICE AT THE HEIGHT OF HIS POPULARITY WITH INFLATION AND INTEREST RATES DOWN, THE ECONOMY MOVING AND THE COUNTRY AT PEACE WOULD HAVE REQUIRED GOD ON THE TICKET, MS. FERRARO WROTE, AND SHE WAS NOT AVAILABLE. GERALDINE FERRARO IS SURVIVED BY HER HUSBAND, THREE CHILDREN AND EIGHT GRANDCHILDREN. I MUST SAY THAT I WAS DISAPPOINTED THAT IN THE HOUSE WE DIDN'T HAVE A PLANE TO TAKE ALL THE MEMBERS TO THE FUNERAL YESTERDAY. I'M SORRY ABOUT THAT BECAUSE FRANKLY I THINK IT WAS A BIT DISRESPECTFUL. BUT WE ALL REMEMBER GERRY FERRARO. WE REMEMBER HER AS A TRUE NEW YORKER. WE REMEMBER HER AS A TRUE AMERICAN. AND WE REMEMBER HER AS SOMEONE WHO EACH OF US, SHE INSPIRED TO PUSH ON WITH WHATEVER GOAL WE WANT TO ACHIEVE NO MATTER HOW DAUNTING OR IMPOSSIBLE IT LOOKED. THAT'S HOW I'LL REMEMBER GERRY FERRARO. I'LL REMEMBER HER AT THE 1984 CONVENTION STANDING ON THE STAGE WITH WALTER MONDALE, BOTH PUTTING THEIR ARMS AROUND THEM AND THERE WAS A QUESTION THEY WOULD INTERACT BECAUSE IT WAS THE FIRST TIME A WOMAN WAS ON THE TICKET. I'LL MISS MY FRIEND, GERRY. WE WILL ALL MISS HER BUT WE ARE ALL BETTER PEOPLE BECAUSE OF HER. REST IN PEACE, GERRY. WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU AND SO WILL THE HISTORY BOOKS. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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    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 INDIANA, MR. BURTON, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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    MR. BURTON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR 30 MINUTES AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. BURTON

    YOU. MR. SPEAKER, YOU KNOW A WHILE AGO ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES WAS DOWN HERE…

    YOU. MR. SPEAKER, YOU KNOW A WHILE AGO ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES WAS DOWN HERE TALKING ABOUT THE OBAMACARE AND WHAT A PROBLEM IT WAS GOING TO CAUSE FOR THIS COUNTRY FROM A FINANCIAL STANDPOINT AS WELL AS CAUSING RATIONING OF HEALTH CARE AND A WHOLE HOST OF OTHER THINGS. BUT WHAT I WANT TO DO RIGHT NOW IS BRING TO THE ATTENTION OF MY COLLEAGUES AND ANYBODY ELSE THAT'S PAYING ATTENTION A DECISION THAT WAS JUST MADE BY U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE ROSEMARY COLLIER THAT AFFECTS EVERYBODY ON SOCIAL SECURITY WHO WANTS TO HAVE A HEALTH CARE PLAN BESIDES MEDICARE. AND I'M GOING TO READ YOU AN OP-ED THAT WAS IN "THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER" AND ALSO "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL" THAT I THINK EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN OUGHT TO BE AWARE OF BECAUSE IT HAS WIDE-RANGING -- A WIDE-RANGING IMPACT ON EVERYBODY IN THIS COUNTRY. AND HERE'S WHAT IT SAYS. A RECENT COURT RULING HAS HELPED PRESIDENT OBAMA PUSH AHEAD WITH A MANDATE THAT ALL CITIZENS BE REQUIRED TO HAVE GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE. NOW, GET THIS, THIS COURT RULING WOULD MANDATE THAT EVERY CITIZEN IN THIS COUNTRY HAS GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE, SOCIALIZED MEDICINE. IN A MARCH 16 DECISION, U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE ROSEMARY COLLIER, WHO PREVIOUSLY SERVED AS GENERAL COUNSEL OF THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD, SHE RULED THAT SENIORS WHO ELECT TO OPT OUT OF MEDICARE COVERAGE MUST FORFEIT THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS AS WELL AND REPAY ALL PAST SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS PRIOR TO OPTING OUT. NOW, I HOPE EVERYBODY'S GETTING THAT IN THEIR OFFICES. IF YOU DON'T TAKE MEDICARE COVERAGE AND YOU'RE A SENIOR AND YOU OPT OUT OF MEDICARE COVERAGE BECAUSE YOU WANT ANOTHER FORM OF HEALTH CARE, MAYBE A BETTER FORM OF HEALTH CARE, THEN YOU GOT TO LOSE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENTS AND PAY BACK ALL THE SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENTS THAT YOU RECEIVED IN THE PAST. NOW, ANYBODY THAT'S PAYING ATTENTION IS GOING TO SAY, NO, THAT DIDN'T REALLY HAPPEN, BUT I'M TELLING YOU THAT DECISION WAS MADE ON MARCH 16 BY JUDGE ROSEMARY COLLIER, U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE, HERE IN THIS AREA. NOW, THE RULING RELATES TO A LAWFUL -- THE RULING RELATES TO A LAWSUIT THAT WAS FILED IN 2008 WHEN IN -- AND THIS WAS THE NAME OF THE CASE -- HALL VS. SBEELIAS -- SEVERAL SENIOR CITIZENS CHALLENGED A CLINTON PROGRAM RULE AND SUED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO OPT OUT OF MEDICARE WITHOUT LOSING THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS. THE PLAINTIFFS ALL PAID THEIR MEDICARE TAXES THROUGHOUT THEIR EMPLOYMENT HISTORIES AND DID NOT REQUEST REIMBURSEMENT OF THE MONEY. SO THEY PAID INTO MEDICARE FOR THE ENTIRE TIME THAT THEY'D BEEN WORKING. THESE INDIVIDUALS SIMPLY WISHED TO ENGAGE OTHER HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS. THEY WANTED TO GET SOME OTHER HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN BESIDES MEDICARE. THEY PAID INTO MEDICARE, THEY PAID INTO SOCIAL SECURITY BUT THEY WANTED TO GET OTHER HEALTH INSURANCE BESIDES MEDICARE. AND IT GOES ON TO SAY THAT THEY BELIEVED THEY WOULD PROVIDE -- THAT WOULD PROVIDE BETTER COVERAGE THAN THAT OF THE GOVERNMENT MEDICARE PROGRAM. IN ADDITION THESE SENIORS CONTRIBUTED TO SOCIAL SECURITY WHILE THEY WERE WORKING AND ACCEPTED THESE BENEFITS UPON RETIREMENT. NOW, HERE'S WHAT THE SENIORS' LAWSUIT ARGUED. BOTH THE SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE ACTS STATE THAT THE APPLICATION FOR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS AND MEDICARE ARE VOLUNTARY AND THAT APPLICATIONS FOR EACH PROGRAM ARE NOT DEPENDENT UPON EACH OTHER. FORCED PARTICIPATION IN MEDICARE VIOLATES AN INDIVIDUAL'S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO PRIVACY. THE CLINTON-ERA RULES WERE PROMULGATED WITHOUT UNDERGOING THE REQUIRED NOTICE AND COMMENT RULEMAKING REQUIREMENTS WHICH IS A VIOLATION OF THE FEDERAL ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE ACT. THE JUDGE STATED THAT IN ITS ARGUMENTS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, QUOTE, EXTOLLS THE BENEFITS OF MEDICARE AND SUGGESTS THAT PLAINTIFFS WOULD AGREE THAT THEY ARE NOT TRULY INJURED IF THEY WERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MEDICARE PERHAPS THROUGH DISCOVERY. NOTE, THE FAMILIAR CONDESCENDING OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TONE, TAKE THE MEDICARE AND THEN FIND OUT WHAT'S IN IT. YOU'LL LIKE IT WHEN YOU DO. WE HAD THAT PROBLEM BEFORE ON LEGISLATION. YOU REMEMBER THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE WHEN WAS ASKED ABOUT THE OBAMACARE SHE SAID, WELL, WE GOT TO PASS THE BILL, THEN WE'LL FIND OUT WHAT'S IN IT. THAT REALLY MADE A LOT OF SENSE. BUT PRETTY MUCH THAT'S THE ATTITUDE OF THE ADMINISTRATION. NOW, HERE'S WHAT THE JUDGE WENT ON TO SAY. THE PARTIES USE A LOT OF INK DISPUTING WHETHER PLAINTIFFS DESIRE NOT TO GET MEDICARE PART A IS SENSIBLE. TRANSLATION, IF AMERICANS DON'T WANT GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE, WELL, THEY DON'T HAVE MUCH SENSE. AFTER ALL, THE GOVERNMENT KNOWS WHAT'S BEST FOR THEM AND THEY DON'T. MOST ASTOUNDING ABOUT THIS CASE IS THAT AS OF LATE 2009 THIS SAME JUDGE, JUDGE COLLIER, SUPPORTED THE PLAINTIFFS' CLAIM AND EVEN REFUSED THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S REQUEST TO DISMISS THE SUIT AND HER RULING THEN WAS THAT NEITHER THE STATUTE NOR THE REGULATION SPECIFIES THAT PLAINTIFFS MUST WITHDRAW FROM SOCIAL SECURITY AND REPAY RETIREMENT BENEFITS IN ORDER TO WITHDRAW FROM MEDICARE WHICH MEANS SIMPLY THAT IF THEY DECIDE NOT TO TAKE MEDICARE THEY CAN CONTINUE TO GET THE SOCIAL SECURITY THAT THEY PAID INTO, AS THEY SHOULD, AND THEY WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY BACK SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS THEY RECEIVED IN THE PAST. THAT MAKES SENSE. IN HER STUNNING REVERSAL SHE CHANGED HER MIND. NOW, THIS JUDGE MADE THIS RULING IN 2009 AND NOW SHE CHANGES HER MIND. AND SHE SAYS IN HER STUNNING REVERSAL, SHE ARGUES THAT REQUIRING A MECHANISM FOR PLAINTIFFS AND OTHERS IN THEIR SITUATION TO DISENROLL WOULD BE CONTRARY TO CONGRESSIONAL INTENT WHICH WAS TO PROVIDE MANDATORY BENEFITS UNDER MEDICARE PART A AND FOR THOSE RECEIVING SOCIAL SECURITY RETIREMENT PLANS. QUOTE, PLAINTIFFS ARE TRAPPED IN A GOVERNMENT PROGRAM INTENDED FOR THEIR BENEFIT. THEY DISAGREE AND WISH TO ESCAPE, COLLIER WROTE, THE COURT CAN FIND NO LOOPHOLE OR REQUIREMENT THAT THE SECRETARY PROVIDES SUCH A PATHWAY. ACCORDING TO COLLIER, AN ENTITLEMENT IS MANDATORY. YOU HAVE TO TAKE IT. NOW, HERE'S THE GOVERNMENT SAYING YOU HAVE TO TAKE MEDICARE. AND HER OPINION WILL UNDOUBTEDLY BE RELIED UPON BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AS SUPPORT FOR CLAIMS OF MANDATORY ENTITLEMENTS SUCH AS THAT WHICH IS THE CRUX OF OBAMACARE WHICH COULD BE MEDICARE FOR EVERYONE. EVERYONE WOULD HAVE TO BE COVERED NOT BY THEIR OWN INDIVIDUAL HEALTH CARE PLANS THAT THEY HAVE OR BY THEIR EMPLOYER'S HEALTH CARE PLAN OR A GROUP PLAN THEY ARE ON, BUT EVERYONE WOULD HAVE TO BE ON MEDICARE WHICH IS A GOVERNMENT-RUN APPROACH WHICH WOULD RATION HEALTH CARE AND COST A GREAT DEAL MORE. OBAMACARE, WHEN YOU RUN IT OUT TO ITS -- FOR 10 YEARS YOU FIND IT'S GOING TO COST LITERALLY TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS AT A TIME WHEN WE HAVE A $14 TRILLION NATIONAL DEBT, AND THIS YEAR ALONE WE'RE EXCEEDING OUR REVENUES BY $1.4 TRILLION. "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL" REPORTED THAT KENT MASTERSON BROWN, THE LEAD ATTORNEY FOR THE SENIORS COMMENTED THAT IF AMERICANS WONDER HOW THEY'LL RIGHT OBAMACARE RULES THEY NEED ONLY TO LOOK TO THIS RULING. QUOTE, WHEN THEY DO, HE SAID, THEY WILL REALIZE NOTHING WILL BE OPTIONAL. THIS IS AN ALARMING DECISION THAT CAME ABOUT IN A DISTURBING MANNER. COLLIER'S RULING IS A DANGER TO FREEDOM-LOVING AMERICANS. LET'S LOOK TO THE PLAINTIFF'S APPEALING -- THEY'RE APPEALING -- TO THE D.C. CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS FOR MORE FAVORABLE RESULTS. NOW, THAT'S WHERE WE ARE TODAY. IF SHE IS NOT REVERSED, THAT MEANS THAT ANYBODY WHO GETS SOCIAL SECURITY WHO MAY HAVE ANOTHER HEALTH CARE PLAN, MAY NOT WANT TO BE ON MEDICARE, THEY EITHER TAKE MEDICARE OR THEY GOT TO PAY -- THEY HAVE TO PAY ALL THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS BACK PLUS THEY DON'T GET SOCIAL SECURITY IN THE FUTURE. NOW, THINK ABOUT THAT. YOU DON'T WANT TO TAKE MEDICARE FOR WHATEVER REASON, AND YOU'VE BEEN PAYING INTO SOCIAL SECURITY ALL OF YOUR LIFE, YOU'RE GETTING SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS, AND BECAUSE YOU WON'T TAKE MEDICARE THEY SAY, UH-OH, YOU GOT TO PAY ALL YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS BACK TO WHEN YOU RECEIVED THEM AND YOU CAN'T GET ANY MORE IN THE FUTURE. THAT IS JUST ABSOLUTELY CRAZY. NOW, I WANT TO READ TO YOU SOME INFORMATION THAT I HAVE FROM THE ACTUAL WORDING OF THE STATUTE. AND THIS IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT CAN ONLY BE INTERPRETED ONE WAY AND YET THIS JUDGE AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS CHANGING IT SO THAT IT WILL FIT THEIR DESIRED OBJECTIVE. LET ME READ THIS TO YOU. BE PATIENT WITH ME WHILE I READ IT AND GET ALL THE INFORMATION. NOW, HERE'S WHAT -- THE MEDICARE STATUTE SAYS. NOW SEE IF -- COLLEAGUES IN YOUR OFFICES, SEE IF YOU CAN GET THIS PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO PAY THEIR PAYMENTS BACK. HERE'S WHAT THE MEDICARE STATUTE SAYS. THE MEDICARE STATUTE PROVIDES THAT ONLY INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE ENTITLED -- ENTITLED TO SOCIAL SECURITY ARE ENTITLED TO MEDICARE. IF YOU'RE ENTITLED TO SOCIAL SECURITY YOU HAVE TO BE ENTITLED TO SOCIAL SECURITY IN ORDER TO BE ENTITLED TO MEDICARE. BUT IT DOES NOT SAY IF YOU'RE ENTITLED TO SOCIAL SECURITY THAT YOU HAVE TO TAKE MEDICARE. IT ONLY SAYS IF YOU'RE ENTITLED TO SOCIAL SECURITY YOU'RE ENTITLED IF YOU WANT TO TO TAKE MEDICARE. NOW, THIS JUDGE IS CHANGING THE WORDS THAT ARE IN THE STATUTE TO MEAN THAT IF YOU TAKE SOCIAL SECURITY YOU HAVE TO TAKE MEDICARE. BUT THE LAW DOES NOT SAY THAT. SO SHE IS MAKING LAW ON THE FEDERAL BENCH, AND THAT'S NOT WHAT OUR FOUNDERS CONTEMPLATED WHEN THEY WROTE THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND THE CONSTITUTION. SO LISTEN TO THIS AGAIN. THE MEDICARE STATUTE SAYS THAT ONLY INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE ENTITLED TO SOCIAL SECURITY ARE ENTITLED TO MEDICARE, THEREFORE, THE JUDGE'S ARGUING THE ONLY WAY TO AVOID ENTITLEMENT TO MEDICARE PART A AT AGE 65 IS TO FORGO THE SOURCE OF THAT ENTITLEMENT, I.E., SOCIAL SECURITY RETIREMENT BENEFITS. SO SHE'S STANDING THE LAW OF THE COUNTRY, THE MEDICARE LAW AND THE SOCIAL SECURITY LAW ON THEIR HEADS. AND THIS WILL MEAN TO EVERY SINGLE CITIZEN OF THIS COUNTRY IF THE GOVERNMENT SAYS HERE'S SOMETHING WE WANT YOU TO DO AND IF YOU DON'T DO IT WE'LL TAKE AWAY ANOTHER BENEFIT THAT YOU HAVE OR ANOTHER GOVERNMENT PROGRAM YOU WILL HAVE TO DO IT BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THIS JUDGE'S RULING MEANS SIMPLY. IF THE GOVERNMENT IS GIVING YOU A BENEFIT LIKE SOCIAL SECURITY AND THEY DECIDE THAT THERE'S ANOTHER BENEFIT THAT YOU'RE ENTITLED TO, SO YOU HAVE TO TAKE IT, YOU DON'T TAKE IT, THEY'LL BE ABLE TO WITHDRAW YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY AND SAY YOU HAVE TO PAY BACK ALL YOUR BENEFITS OF THE PAST. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY INSANE. IT IS GOVERNMENT RUN AMUCK, GOVERNMENT RUN OUT OF CONTROL, AND THIS JUDGE, IF I HAD THE ABILITY, WOULD BE FIRED. ONE TIME IN 19 -- IN 1997 OR 1998, I SAID BEFORE, I CAN'T REMEMBER THE EXACT DATE, HER RULING WAS -- LET ME GET THE EXACT DATE ON IT. IN 2008 SHE RULED IN FAVOR OF THE PLAINTIFFS SAYING IF YOU GOT SOCIAL SECURITY AND YOU DON'T WANT MEDICARE BECAUSE YOU GOT ANOTHER HEALTH CARE PLAN YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE IT, AND NOW SHE'S REVERSED HERSELF AND SAID, IF YOU GET SOCIAL SECURITY YOU HAVE TO TAKE MEDICARE. . I SEE MY GOOD FRIEND IS HERE, THIS IS WHAT THE LAW SAYS. THE LAW SAYS THAT ONLY INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE ENTITLED TO SOCIAL SECURITY ARE ENTITLED TO MEDICARE. BUT THAT DOES NOT SAY IF YOU'RE ENTITLED TO SOCIAL SECURITY, YOU HAVE TO TAKE MEDICARE. AND SHE'S SAYING AND I HOPE EVERYBODY IS GETTING THIS, SHE'S SAYING IF YOU GET SOCIAL SECURITY, YOU HAVE TO TAKE MEDICARE. IF YOU HAVE ANOTHER HEALTH PLAN, YOUR EMPLOYER HAS ANOTHER HEALTH PLAN, DOESN'T MATTER, YOU HAVE TO GET RID OF THOSE AND YOU HAVE TO JOIN MEDICARE OR YOU LOSE YOUR BENEFITS. NOW THIS CASE IS ON APPEAL AND I HOPE IT GOES TO THE SUPREME COURT AND THE SUPREME COURT REVERSES, BECAUSE IF IT DOES NOT REPEAL THIS DECISION BY JUDGE COLLIER, WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IS THAT EVERYTHING THE GOVERNMENT SAYS, WILL HAVE TO BE DONE. IF THEY CAN SAY, YOU GET SOCIAL SECURITY, YOU GOT TO TAKE MEDICARE AND IF YOU HAVE A SEPARATE HEALTH CARE PLAN, TO HECK WITH IT. AND IF THEY CAN GO FAR ENOUGH TO SAY THAT, THEY CAN SAY ANYTHING THEY WANT TO TO MAKE YOU JUMP THROUGH A HOOP. AND IT'S DEAD WRONG AND FLIES IN THE FACE OF EVERYTHING WE BELIEVE AS FAR AS THE FREE PEOPLE AND FREE GOVERNMENT IS CONCERNED. I CAN'T BELIEVE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING AROUND HERE. AND THE THING THAT BOTHERS ME, MR. SPEAKER, IS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO ARE INVOLVED IN SO MANY THINGS THAT THEY CAN'T PAY ATTENTION TO ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON, THEY RELY UPON THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES BECAUSE WE HAVE A DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC TO STUDY THESE BILLS AND MAKE DECISIONS THAT ARE BEST FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. AND WE HAVE 300 MILLION PEOPLE HERE AND THEY CAN'T READ EVERY BILL OR WATCH EVERY COURT DECISION. BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, THESE COURTS, A SEPARATE PART OF OUR GOVERNMENT, OUR FOREFATHERS SAID WE HAVE A JUDICIAL BRANCH, A LEGISLATIVE BRANCH AND AN EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND SUPPOSED TO BE CO-EQUAL. BUT HERE YOU HAVE A FEDERAL JUDGE MAKING A LAW THAT WILL TRANSSEND LAWS THAT WE HAVE ON THE BOOKS AND CHANGE THE WAY OF LIFE FOR EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN. REMEMBER WHAT THIS DOES. THE LAW SAYS IF YOU ARE GETTING SOCIAL SECURITY, YOU MAY TAKE MEDICARE. AND WHAT THE JUDGE IS SAYING, IF YOU GET SOCIAL SECURITY, YOU HAVE TO TAKE MEDICARE, NO MATTER WHAT OTHER HEALTH CARE PLAN YOU HAVE. AND IF YOU DON'T DO WHAT THE GOVERNMENT TELLS YOU, THEN YOU ARE GOING TO LOSE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS. AND NOT ONLY, YOU HAVE TO PAY BACK PROBABLY WITH INTEREST PROBABLY ON EVERY SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK YOU RECEIVED. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT.

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  • 04:33:58 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    I APPRECIATE MY GOOD FRIEND FOR YIELDING. WE HEAR SO OFTEN FROM THIS…

    I APPRECIATE MY GOOD FRIEND FOR YIELDING. WE HEAR SO OFTEN FROM THIS ADMINISTRATION THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE LITTLE GUY, BUT WE KNOW THAT WALL STREET EXECUTIVES GAVE CONTRIBUTIONS FOUR TIMES MORE FOR THE PRESIDENT THAN THEY DID FOR HIS REPUBLICAN OPPONENT. SO IT KIND OF TELLS YOU WHERE YOU SEE THE CONTRIBUTIONS COME FROM FOR A PARTICULAR CANDIDATE, WHO THEY REALLY CARE ABOUT. WE'RE TOLD THEY REALLY CARE ABOUT THE WORKING POOR. AND YET, THE VERY THING YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT UNDER THE OBAMACARE BILL IS ALMOST INCONCEIVABLE EXCEPT THAT IT WAS PUSHED THROUGH BY THIS PRESIDENT AND TWO DEMOCRATIC MAJORITIES THAT THERE IS A PROVISION THAT IF YOU ARE JUST ABOVE THE POVERTY LINE AND YOU CAN'T AFFORD THE HEALTH INSURANCE THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION DICTATES, AS I UNDERSTAND WILL BE INCLUDING PREGNANCY AND YOUNG PERSON, NO PLANS OF GETTING PREGNANT, NO ABILITY TO GET PREGNANT, OTHER THINGS THAT WON'T AFFECT YOU AT ALL BUT MANDATED BY THE ADMINISTRATION, INSTEAD OF BEING ABLE TO BUY A CHEAPER INSURANCE POLICY YOU CAN AFFORD, THIS ADMINISTRATION WILL HAVE MADE IT SO EXPENSIVE THAT PEOPLE JUST ABOVE THE POVERTY LINE WON'T BE ABLE TO AFFORD IT. AND HOW THE BILL DEALS WITH THOSE WORKING POOR JUST ABOVE THE POVERTY LINE, IT REQUIRES A 2% ADDITIONAL INCOME TAX IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD THE INSURANCE THAT THEY MANDATE.

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  • 04:35:55 PM

    MR. BURTON

    THING? MY COLLEAGUE, GOOD FRIEND OF MINE, REPRESENTATIVE GOHMERT POINTS…

    THING? MY COLLEAGUE, GOOD FRIEND OF MINE, REPRESENTATIVE GOHMERT POINTS OUT THE PROBLEMS WITH THE OBAMACARE BILL. AND THAT IS BAD, VERY BAD. AND IT SHOULD NOT BE IN LAW. AND THAT'S WHY WE MOVED H.R. 1 TO REPEAL IT. BUT THIS DECISION THAT WAS TALKING ABOUT EVEN GOES FURTHER THAN THAT. IT SAYS IF YOU ARE GETTING SOCIAL SECURITY, YOU HAVE TO TAKE MEDICARE AND WHAT THEY'RE DOING IS SAYING EVERYBODY IN THIS COUNTRY IS ULTIMATELY GOING TO HAVE TO BE UNDER A GOVERNMENT-RUN PROGRAM, MEDICARE OR OBAMACARE, WHICH MEANS SOCIALIZED MEDICINE IN AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT APPROACH TO MEDICINE, WHICH WILL BE CONTROLLED BY GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRATS.

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  • 04:36:39 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    I UNDERSTOOD WHERE MY FRIEND WAS GOING AND I HAD NOT HEARD OF THAT OPINION…

    I UNDERSTOOD WHERE MY FRIEND WAS GOING AND I HAD NOT HEARD OF THAT OPINION AND I'M SO GLAD THE SMART GENTLEMAN HAD BROUGHT THAT TO OUR ATTENTION, BECAUSE THAT IS JUST INCREDIBLE EXCEPT THAT IT IS EXACTLY WHAT THE DEMOCRATIC PROPONENTS OF OBAMACARE AND THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF HAD SAID BEFORE, THEY WANTED TO GET TO. THE GOAL WAS TO USE THIS TO GET TO A COMPLETE GOVERNMENT-RUN, SINGLE-PAYER SYSTEM WHERE EVERYBODY IS REQUIRED TO BE UNDER IT. AND SO, THIS DECISION SPEEDS THAT PROCESS UP DRAMATICALLY, BUT IT IS ULTIMATELY WHERE -- THEY SAID THEY WANTED TO GET ANY WAY. NOW, HAVING SEEN SOCIALIZED MEDICINE FIRSTHAND IN THE SOVIET UNION AS AN EXCHANGE STUDENT BACK IN 1973 AND HAVING SEEN ANOTHER FORM OF SOCIALIZED MEDICINE FOR FOUR YEARS IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY, I DON'T WANT TO GO THERE. I DON'T WANT THE GOVERNMENT IN CHARGE OF MY HEALTH CARE. I SAW THAT IN THE ARMY. WE HAVE SOME INCREDIBLE MEDICS. WE HAVE SOME FOLKS THAT SHOULDN'T BE PRACTICING MEDICINE THAT WERE WORKING THERE AND HOPEFUL THAT I WAS HELPFUL IN GETTING RID OF SOME OF THOSE, BUT THAT'S NOT WHERE WE NEED TO BE GOING. PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER. BUT I THOUGHT THE FACT THAT IN THE BILL ITSELF, THERE IS RETRIBUTION FOR THE WORKING POOR WHO CAN'T EVEN AFFORD TO DO WHAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAS DICTATED. SO BETWEEN A JUDGE SAYING IF YOU'VE GOT SOCIAL SECURITY, YOU ARE GOING TO BE CRAMMED INTO THIS AND THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THE FORMER SPEAKER PELOSI AND HARRY REID SAYING THAT WE'RE GOING TO PENALIZE YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE WORKING POOR AND CAN'T AFFORD THE LUXURIES OF THE POLICIES WE ARE MANDATE -- MANDATING, THE WORKING MAN DOES PRESIDENT HAVE A CHANCE UNLESS WE TURN THOSE THINGS AROUND. AND THE WORKING POOR IS WHAT I OFTEN SAW AT FORT BEENING AND PEOPLE NOT GETTING PAID. BUT NOW THE MILITARY IS PAID BETTER AND I WANTED TO BRING UP THE SITUATION THAT EXISTS THAT THERE IS AN ATTEMPT TO USE THE MILITARY AS PAWNS, EVEN WHILE THEY'RE OUT THERE FIGHTING TO PROTECT US IN COMBAT THEATERS. THE LAST THING THOSE PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IS WHETHER OR NOT THEIR MONEY ARRIVES IN THEIR ACCOUNT SO THEIR FAMILY CAN BE TAKEN CARE OF. YET WE'RE HEARING FROM MILITARY PEOPLE THEY UNDERSTAND THAT IF THERE'S A SHUTDOWN, SURE, THEY'LL GET THEIR PAY EVENTUALLY WHEN THE SHUTDOWN IS OVER AND MAYBE THEY'LL BE LUCKY AND HARRY REID AND THE DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE WON'T FORCE A SHUTDOWN FOR VERY LONG. WE KNOW THEY WANT TO FORCE IT BECAUSE THEY KEEP SAYING THEY DO. AND OF COURSE, WE HEARD FROM SENATOR SCHUMER HIMSELF THAT THIS IS A POLITICAL GAME TO THEM. THEY'RE GOING TO FORCE A SHUTDOWN AND BASICALLY BLAME THE TEA PARTY. THE MILITARY ARE THE ONES WHO ARE GOING TO GET HURT THERE, THIS FROM THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY THAT SAID ALL THEY CARE ABOUT ARE THOSE WORKING TO PROTECT US. AND YET, WHEN YOU SEE WHAT THEY ARE REALLY DOING BEHIND THE SCENES. NO SUCH THING. WE HAVE A REPORT FROM C.R.S. HERE THAT SAYS AND I'M QUOTING, EVEN THOUGH UNIFORMED PERSONNEL HAVE BEEN EXCEPTED FROM FURLOUGHS BECAUSE OF A LAPSE IN FUNDING, NO NOTHING WILL PROVIDE PAY. UNIFORMED PERSONNEL ARE TREATED NO DIFFERENTLY THAN EXCEPTED CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES WHO ARE SIMILARLY EXPECTED TO CONTINUE WORKING DURING A SHUTDOWN, BUT WHOSE PAY WILL BE DELAYED UNTIL APPROPRIATIONS ENACTED. WELL, I KNOW MY FRIEND FROM INDIANA FEELS AS I DO AND WE'VE GOT -- AROUND 50 OTHER PEOPLE JUST IN A MATTER OF AN HOUR OR SO THAT HAVE SIGNED ON TO THIS BILL, THAT SAYS -- AND WE JUST GOT THE NUMBER H.R. 1297, AND I'LL GO RIGHT TO THE MEAT OF THIS THING. IT SAYS, DOING A FUNDING GAP IMPACTING THE ARMED FORCES, THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY SHALL MAKE AVAILABLE TO THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE AND THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY IN THE CASE OF THE COAST GUARD, OUT OF ANY AMOUNTS IN THE GENERAL FUND OF THE TREASURY NOT OTHERWISE APPROPRIATED SUCH AMOUNTS AS THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE AND THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY IN THE CASE OF THE COAST GUARD DETERMINES TO BE NECESSARY TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE PAY AND ALLOWANCES WITHOUT INTERRUPTION TO MEMBERS OF THE ARMY, NAVY, AIR FORCE, MARINE CORPS AND COAST GUARD, INCLUDING RESERVE COMPONENTS THEREOF WHO PERFORM ACTIVE SERVICE DURING THE FUNDING GAP. AND SO, WE HOPE THAT THE MAJORITY LEADER IN THE SENATE, HARRY REID AND SENATOR SCHUMER AND THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN SAYING PRIVATELY THAT GOT EXPOSED, LIKE THE BIBLE SAYS, WHAT'S DONE IN THE DARK WILL BE EXPOSED, AND IT HAS BEEN, THEY'RE OUT TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT AND TRY TO BLAME THE TEA PARTY. AND THEY HAVE EXPECTED THAT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I'M SURE WILL BE ABLE TO DO IS HAVE THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA TO DO ANYTHING THEY CAN TO SUPPORT THAT PARTY GO TRY TO FIND SPOUSES OF MILITARY IN HARM'S WAY WHO ARE SCARED TO DEATH BECAUSE NOW THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN AND THERE'S NO CHECK COMING IN THE -- FOR THE NEXT PAY PERIOD. AND THIS WILL ADDRESS THAT. AND WE CAN TAKE OUR MILITARY OFF THE TABLE AS PAWNS AND LET THEM BE ABOUT CONCENTRATING ON PROTECTING US AND SAVING THEIR OWN LIVES. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:43:39 PM

    MR. BURTON

    SORRY TO INTERRUPT YOU. BUT ONE THING THAT I THINK MY COLLEAGUES AND…

    SORRY TO INTERRUPT YOU. BUT ONE THING THAT I THINK MY COLLEAGUES AND ANYBODY WHO IS PAYING ATTENTION, FIRST OF ALL, I HAVE HEARD THE REPUBLICANS DON'T HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CARE PLAN. WE HAVE HAD ONE FOR TWO YEARS AND THE MEDIA IS SAYING WE HAVEN'T PROVIDED AN ALTERNATIVE, WE DO, ONE THAT WILL WORK AND WON'T COST FUTURE TAXPAYERS EVERYTHING THEY WILL EXPECT TO EARN. THAT'S NUMBER ONE. AND THE OTHER THING THAT CONCERNS ME IS THE ADMINISTRATION. AND NOW THERE ARE COMPLICIT PERSONS IN THE COURT AND MEDIA TRYING TO DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO MOVE THIS COUNTRY IN A DIRECTION THAT NOBODY HAS ANTICIPATED, AND THAT IS COMPLETE GOVERNMENT CONTROL OVER OUR LIVES. AND I KNOW THAT YOU AND ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE VERY COMMITTED TO MAKING SURE THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN. THE LAST THING I WOULD LIKE TO SAY, WE NEED TO CUT GOVERNMENT SPENDING. YOU KNOW THIS. AND WE ARE SENDING LEGISLATION OVER THERE TO TRY TO CUT $16 -- 100 MILLION OR 61 BILLION. 6 -- $61 BILLION IS A DROP IN THE OCEAN AND YET THEY DON'T WANT TO CUT ANY PROGRAMS. AND IF WE DON'T CUT SPENDING, THIS COUNTRY WILL NOT ONLY BE BANKRUPT, WE WILL BE GIVING A LEGACY TO OUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS THEY WILL NEVER FORGIVE US FOR. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES ARE AWARE OF THAT. WE DON'T WANT TO SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN. WE ARE COMMITTED TO TO CUTTING SPENDING. THEY WON'T LET THE BILL PASS AND WE ARE CUTTING IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY. SO THEY ARE THE ONES WHO ARE CAUSING THE PROBLEM. WE DON'T WANT TO HAVE THE GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN. . MR.

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  • 04:45:40 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    THE CHILDREN? THOSE OF US STANDING SO FIRMLY TRYING TO CUT THIS RUNAWAY…

    THE CHILDREN? THOSE OF US STANDING SO FIRMLY TRYING TO CUT THIS RUNAWAY SPENDING ARE THE ONES WHO ARE STANDING FOR THE CHILDREN AND THE CHILDREN'S GRANDCHILDREN BECAUSE WHAT HAS BEEN DONE IN TRUTH, WE WERE RUNNING SOME -- I REMEMBER GETTING BEAT UP IN 2005 AND 2006 FOR $160 BILLION IN DEFICIT SPENDING. IT WAS WRONG. WE SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN THERE. BUT NOW FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS -- 2 1/2, TO BE OVER $1 TRILLION EACH YEAR IS JUST REPREHENSIBLE. IT IS WRAPPING SUCH A HEAVYWEIGHT AND CHAINS AROUND THE NECKS OF THE CHILDREN, SOME NOT EVEN BORN YET, THAT IT IS UNTHINKABLE THAT SOMEBODY WOULD INVOKE FOR THE CHILDREN TO KEEP SPENDING GOING THAT'S GOING TO COME OUT OF THE CHILDREN AND THE GRANDCHILDREN'S POCKETS. WE HAVE SOME THAT SAY, IT'S ALL GOING TO WORK OUT. DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT. JUST LET THE SPENDING GO. DON'T ROCK THE BOAT. AND I SAW THIS PRAYER FROM PETER MARSHALL BACK WHEN HE WAS CHAPLAIN OF THE SENATE. AND JUST FOR HISTORICAL PURPOSES, ONE OF HIS PRAYERS IN THE SENATE HE SAID, O FATHER, GIVE US THE FAITH TO BELIEVE THAT IT IS POSSIBLE FOR US TO LIVE VICTORIOUSLY EVEN IN THE MIDST OF DANGEROUS OPPORTUNITY THAT WE CALL CRISIS. HELP US TO SEE THAT THERE IS SOMETHING BETTER THAN PATIENT ENDURANCE OR KEEPING A STIFF UPPER LIP AND THAT WHISTLING IN THE DARK IS NOT REALLY BRAVERY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:47:35 PM

    MR. BURTON

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR COMING DOWN TO THE FLOOR AND, MR. SPEAKER, I…

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR COMING DOWN TO THE FLOOR AND, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:47:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 04:47:46 PM

    MR. BURTON

    MOVE THAT THE HOUSE DO NOW ADJOURN.

  • 04:47:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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