The House Is Not In Session - Next Session Tuesday, November 20 At 10:30 AM
House Session - June 15, 2011
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  • 10:06:16 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COHEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:06:22 AM

    MR. COHEN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS PAST FRIDAY THE UNES WOULD HAVE OBSERVED,…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS PAST FRIDAY THE UNES WOULD HAVE OBSERVED, CELEBRATED WOULD HAVE BEEN THE WRONG WORD, THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR ON DRUGS. THE WAR ON DRUGS WAS INITIATED BY PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON AND HE SAID WE CAN HAVE A WAR ON DRUGS 40 YEARS AGO AND THE FACT IS 40 YEARS LATER WE SPENT NEARLY A TRILLION DOLLARS ON THE WAR ON DRUGS, WE HAVE JUST AS MUCH DRUG USE IN THIS COUNTRY AS EVER BEFORE, WE HAVE INCARCERATED MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE FOR VICTIMLESS CRIMES, AND WHEN WE GET PEOPLE WHO SELL DRUGS, WHICH WE NEED TO DO, ALL THAT HAPPENS IS LIKE A SHARK'S TEETH, THEY ARE REPLACED BY THE NEXT IN LINE, SOMEBODY ELSE WANTING TO MAKE MONEY FROM A PROGRAM THE PUBLIC ENDORSES AND SUPPORTS. . A LOST GENERATION OF PEOPLE WITH NO EDUCATION AND NO PROSPECTS BECAUSE THOSE ARRESTS HAUNT THEM FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. THINK ABOUT HOW MANY LAW ENFORCEMENT RESOURCES HAVE BEEN WASTED ON DRUG ARRESTS. NINE VIOLENT DRUG ARRESTS WHEN POLICEMEN COULD BE SPENDING THEIR TIME WORKING AGAINST VIOLENT CRIME AND CRIMES THAT ARE DANGEROUS TO PEOPLE, ROBBERIES, AND MURDERS AND ADULTS AND OTHER OFFENSES TRULY IMPORTANT TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. IT HAS BEEN ESTIMATED THAT THE TOTAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE COST OF MARIJUANA ARRESTS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IS AS MUCH AS $7.6 BILLION A YEAR. THAT AVERAGES OUT TO ABOUT $10,000 PER ARREST. THINK OF ALL THE SERIOUS CRIMINALS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN ARRESTED INSTEAD. I WAS SHOCKED RECENTLY TO READ THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT ARRESTED 50,000 PEOPLE FOR LOW-LEVEL MARIJUANA OFFENSES LAST YEAR. NEW YORK CITY, 50,000 ARRESTS FOR LOW-LEVEL MARIJUANA ARRESTS. MORE THAN A 19-YEAR PERIOD BETWEEN 1968 AND 1969 COMBINED. MARIJUANA USE HAS NOT SKYROCKETED BUT ARRESTS HAVE VAMPED UP. AND THEY USE THOSE ARRESTS TO GET PARTICULARLY PEOPLE OF COLOR WHERE SEVEN TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE ARRESTED IF YOU ARE A AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND FOUR TIMES IF YOU ARE LATINO, AND IF YOU ARE AFRICAN-AMERICAN LATINO, YOU'LL SPEND THE NIGHT IN JAIL THAN CAUCASIAN AS A WAY TO TAKE PEOPLE AND ARREST THEM AND DEPRIVE THEM OF WHAT SHOULD BE THEIR BASIC CIVIL RIGHTS. OUR LOCAL BUDGETS ARE STRAINING LIKE NEVER BEFORE AND YET WE SEE MORE ARRESTS. IT'S TIME THAT WE QUESTION THIS POLICY, THIS WAR, AND KNOWING THAT INSANITY IS REPEATING THE SAME THICK OVER AND OVER AGAIN EXPECTING -- THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN EXPECTING A DIFFERENT RESULT. THIS IS INSANE. FOR 40 YEARS WE HAVE HAD A WAR ON DRUGS, WAR ON OUR CITIZENS, WE HAVE WASTED MONEY THAT COULD BE USED FOR GIVEN THINGS AND WE TREATED A SOCIETAL PROBLEM AS LAW ENFORCEMENT PROBLEM. WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR APPROACH. DRUG COURTS HAVE BEEN A SUCCESSFUL WAY TO DEAL WITH THIS PROBLEM. WE HAVE DRUG COURTS IN MY COMMUNITY GETTING SUCCESSFUL TO SEE A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO LIFE. NOT JAIL. RACIAL DISPARITIES HAVE BEEN TREMENDOUS. SEVEN TIMES MORE LIKELY FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN, FOUR TIMES IF YOU ARE LATINO. THESE INEQUITIES RUN THROUGHOUT OUR DRUG POLICY PROGRAM AND NEED TO BE CORRECTED. WE CORRECTED A DISPARNECY BETWEEN CRACK AND COCAINE, POWDERED AND CRACK LAST YEAR. IT'S 18-1 IN QUANTITY. STILL IT SHOULD BE EQUAL AND IT RESULTS IN RACIAL DISPARITIES ONCE AGAIN. I HAVE INTRODUCED LEGISLATION THAT JUSTICE INTEGRITY ACT WHICH IS STUDYING DISPARITIES AND THE BURN ACCOUNTABILITY ACT WHICH WILL REQUIRE STATES TO DO STUDIES ON THEIR RACIAL DISPARITIES. THE FACT IS LAW ENFORCEMENT MAKES ARRESTS FOR THESE CRIMES SOMETIMES TO JUSTIFY GETTING BURN FUNDS AND FUNDS FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF GETTING MONEY INTO THEIR PROGRAMS AND NOT PROVIDING JUSTICE. THEY SHOULD GO ON TO HAVE A LIFE OF EMPLOYMENT AND SUCCESSFUL LIFE IN AMERICA. I HAVE INTRODUCED THE FRESH START ACT WHICH SAYS IF YOU HAVE A NOP HAVEN'T FEDERAL OFFENSE AND SPENT SEVEN -- SPENT SEVENS YEARS AND A CLEAN LIFE YOU CAN GET YOUR RECORD EXSUSPENSIONED. OTHERWISE THEY CAN'T GET JOBS. MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS AN ISSUE AND MOST STATES WHO HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEAL WITH IT HAVE PASSED IT. MOSTLY BY 60%. I HAD A GOOD FRIEND WHO WAS A NAVY SEAL AND ONE OF THE STRONGEST, TOUGHEST, BEST FRIEND I EVER HAD. WHEN O.J. WAS 54 HE GOT PANCREATIC CANCER. AND IT DESTROYS A PERSON. JUST WHITTLES THEM AWAY. THE GUY WAS 210 POUNDS, COULD DO ALL THOSE THINGS THE SEALS DO, HAND TO HAND AND PAIR TROOPS -- -- PARATROOPS, HE USED MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND HIS MOTHER SAID THANK GOD FOR THAT. IT ALLOWED HIM TO HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR AND EAT. IT WORKED. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. URGE US TO SOLVE THE WAR ON CRIMES -- WAR ON DRUGS BY GETTING OUT OF IT.

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  • 10:11:47 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:11:53 AM

    MR. BOUSTANY

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

  • 10:11:56 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 10:12:01 AM

    MR. BOUSTANY

    SPEAKER, I--OVER 14 YEARS IN PRIVATE PRACTICE IN MEDICINE, I HAD THE GREAT…

    SPEAKER, I--OVER 14 YEARS IN PRIVATE PRACTICE IN MEDICINE, I HAD THE GREAT PRIVILEGE TO TREAT MANY, MANY MEDICARE PATIENTS. THOUSANDS OF MEDICARE PATIENTS. I DID OPEN HEART SURGERY, COMPLEX OPEN HEART SURGERY, ONE CANCER SURGERY, IN TIMES OF GREAT NEED, GREAT DIFFICULTY FOR THESE SENIORS WHO HAD PAID MANY YEARS OF THEIR PAYROLL TAXES INTO THE MEDICARE PROGRAM , WITH THE HOPE AND RECOGNITION THAT THIS PROGRAM WOULD BE THERE FOR THEM, FOR THEIR HEALTH CARE NEEDS IN THEIR LATER YEARS. I'LL TELL YOU, IN THE 1990'S WHEN I WAS IN THE MIDST OF THE -- PEAK OF MY PRACTICE, IT WAS NOT UNUSUAL, IN FACT QUITE OFTEN PATIENTS WOULD COME INTO THE EMERGENCY ROOM WITH A VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION. WITHOUT A PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN BECAUSE THEY HAD NOT HAD PREVIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS, AND THEN WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IS WE WOULD HAVE TO DO EMERGENCY HEART SURGERY ON THEM. ONCE THEY GOT THROUGH ALL THIS AND THE HOSPITAL STAY, WE COULD NOT FIND A PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN TO TAKE THEM ON, TO TREAT THEIR EVERYDAY PROBLEMS WITH HYPERTENSION, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, DIABETES, GOUT, AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE. I WOULD GET ON THE PHONE TIME AND TIME AGAIN AND I WOULD CALL FAMILY DOCTORS AND INTERNAL MEDICINE PHYSICIANS AND PLEAD WITH THEM, WHY CAN'T YOU TAKE THIS ONE MORE PATIENT INTO YOUR PRACTICE? AND IT'S BECAUSE THE REIMBURSEMENT SITUATION FOR MEDICARE WAS SO BAD, EVEN BACK THEN IN THE 1990'S, THAT IF A PHYSICIAN TOOK ON TOO MANY MEDICARE PATIENTS, THEY COULDN'T MEET THEIR COSTS. AND THAT SITUATION'S GOTTEN MUCH WORSE. TODAY, TODAY IN 2011. I CAN TELL YOU THAT I HAVE GRAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE MEDICARE PROGRAM. AND WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN. AND I'M NOT SPEAKING AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS. I'M SPEAKING AS A PHYSICIAN. AS SOMEBODY WHO CARED FOR MANY PATIENTS WHO VALUED THAT DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP. THIS SITUATION WHEREBY FAMILIES WHO HAVE A LOVED ONE ON MEDICARE CANNOT FIND A PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR, THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS SITUATION TODAY AND GETTING WORSE BY THE WEEK. THE BOTTOM LINE IS MEDICARE IS IN TROUBLE. I SAW THIS AS A DOCTOR AND NOW AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS. JUST A COUPLE OF FACTS. OVER 10,000 BABY BOOMERS ARE REACHING RETIREMENT AGE EVERY DAY, LEAVING FEWER WORKERS TO SUPPORT THEM. WE HAVE AN AGING POPULATION. AND THIS IS PUTTING TREMENDOUS COST PRESSURE ON THE MEDICARE PROGRAM. ACCORDING TO THE MEDICARE ACTUARIES, THE TRUST FUND THAT PROVIDES THE MONEY FOR THE HOSPITAL PROGRAM IS GOING TO BE OUT OF MONEY IN 2024. MORE MONEY IS BEING PAID OUT THAN WITHOUT CHANGES TO THE CURRENT LAW, SOMETHING THAT IS BASICALLY ASSUMED THAT THESE CERTAIN CUTS WOULD OCCUR IN THE LAW. IN FACT, WITHOUT ANY CHANGES TO THE LAW, PHYSICIAN REIMBURSEMENTS WOULD FALL FROM 80% OF PRIVATE RATES TO 57% OF PRIVATE RATES IN 2012. NOW, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? THAT MEANS THAT THE SITUATION FOR PHYSICIAN PRACTICES WILL GET EVEN WORSE WHEREBY THEY CAN'T EVEN MEET THE COST OF THEIR PRACTICE. AND, THEREFORE, THEY'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO LIMIT THEIR EXPOSURE TO TAKING ON NEW MEDICARE PATIENTS. THAT MEANS ACCESS PROBLEMS. THAT MEANS MEDICARE PATIENTS CANNOT GET ACCESS TO PHYSICIANS. WE NEED REAL SOLUTIONS TO THIS. WE NEED FACT-BASED SOLUTIONS. WE NEED ANSWERS TO THE PROBLEM AND NOT POLITICAL RHETORIC. AND SO FAR THAT'S ALL WE'VE SEEN LARGELY COMING FROM THE OTHER SIDE AND THE WHITE HOUSE ON THIS. IN FACT, WE'RE ON A PATH TO SEE THE BANKRUPTCY OF THIS MEDICARE PROGRAM IF WE DON'T ACT. NOW, LET'S TAKE A STEP BACK AND LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED IN THE HEALTH CARE BILL? THIS HEALTH CARE BILL WHICH PASSED WITHOUT REPUBLICAN SUPPORT CUT OVER $500 BILLION FROM THIS MEDICARE PROGRAM TO EXPAND COVERAGE INTO A NEW ENTITLE, AN EXTENSION OF THE MEDICAID PROGRAM. WE'RE DIGGING OURSELVES OUT OF A HOLE IN ORDER TO PAY FOR THIS. AND NOW THERE WILL BE CUTS IN CURRENT SENIORS, NOT PEOPLE THAT WILL GO ON TO MEDICARE IN THE FUTURE. SENIORS THAT DEPEND ON THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM TODAY. ANOTHER THING THAT'S IN THIS BILL IS NOT WELL-KNOWN IS A NEW BUREAUCRATIC ENTITY THAT WAS CREATED. THERE IS ONE THAT REALLY BOTHERS ME A PHYSICIAN. IT'S QUALITY THE INDEPENDENT PAYMENT ADVISORY -- IT'S CALLED THE INDEPENDENT PAYMENT ADVISORY CHORD. OK. IT SOUNDS A BIT INNOCUOUS. WHAT DOES IT DO? IT'S A 25-PERSON BOARD THAT IS ARBITRARILY CHOSEN THAT WILL MAKE LIFE AND. DECISIONS ABOUT WHAT THINGS WILL BE PAID FOR UNDER THE MEDICARE PROGRAM. NOW, WHAT IS THE RECOURSE IN ALL OF THIS? THIS IS AN ARBITRARY DECISIONMAKING BODY, AND YOU CANNOT DISPUTE WHAT THIS BODY IS GOING TO DO. IN FACT, IF CONGRESS OVERRODE IT WOULD TAKE 3/5 OF THE SENATE TO OVERRIDE IT. IT'S BAD FOR MEDICARE PATIENTS. I CAN TELL YOU, REPUBLICANS HAVE AN IDEA ABOUT HOW WE'RE GOING TO FIX THIS. I CAN'T GET INTO IT NOW. I'LL DO IT IN THE SUBSEQUENT SPEECH. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:17:31 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT, MR. WELCH, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT, MR. WELCH, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:17:36 AM

    MR. WELCH

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SEEK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SEEK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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  • 10:17:42 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YOU'RE RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:17:44 AM

    MR. WELCH

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE, THE DEFAULT CLOCK IS TICKING. WE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE, THE DEFAULT CLOCK IS TICKING. WE FACE A DEFAULT ON AUGUST 2 IF WE DO NOT RAISE THE DEBT CEILING. RAISING THE DEBT CEILING IS ALWAYS A DIFFICULT VOTE. IT IS DIFFICULT BECAUSE WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING THAT'S NECESSARY BUT NOT POPULAR. NOW, THE QUESTION OF THE DEBT CEILING IS ABOUT PAYING OBLIGATIONS ALREADY INCURRED. IT'S NOT ABOUT GIVING THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PERMISSION TO SPEND MORE MONEY. BUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED WITH THIS DEBT CEILING DEBATE IS THAT IT IS BEING USED AS LEVERAGE BY BOTH SIDES TO TRY TO GET ITS WAY ON A LONG-TERM BUDGET RESOLUTION. AND THE REALITY IS THAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS BOTH. IT NEEDS NUMBER ONE TO HAVE A LONG-TERM RESOLUTION ON ITS FISCAL SITUATION BUT, NUMBER TWO, THIS IS THE IMMEDIATE NEED. IT HAS TO PAY ITS BILLS. AMERICA IS A GREAT COUNTRY. IT HAS ALWAYS PAID ITS BILLS. AND THE DEBT CEILING IS ABOUT THAT AND NOTHING MORE. AND INCIDENTALLY, THOSE BILLS ARE ONES THAT HAVE BEEN INCURRED BY CONGRESSES THAT MANY OF US WERE NEVER PART OF. IT'S NOT A QUESTION OF WHETHER THIS IS A BILL THAT YOU WOULD HAVE SUPPORTED INCURRING THE EXPENSE WAR, THE IRAQ WAR, THE AFGHANISTAN WAR, THE MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION PART D, THE TWO CUTS IN TAXES DURING THE BRUCKS, ALL OF WHICH WERE ON THE CREDIT CARD. I WAS -- BRUCKS, ALL OF WHICH WERE ON THE CREDIT CARD. I WAS AGAINST THOSE. THAT IS THE OBLIGATION WE HAVE AND WE MUST PAY THEM. THE RISK IS ENORMOUS. EVERY INCREASE IN THE INTEREST RATE OF 1% WILL COST THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS $160 BILLION. THE DEFAULT CLOCK IS TICKING. NOW, TWO WEEKS AGO THE MAJORITY BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR A CLEAN DEBT CEILING BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEFEATING IT. AND IMMEDIATELY UPON BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR AND DEFEATING IT WITH UNANIMOUS REPUBLICAN OPPOSITION AND MANY DEMOCRATS VOTING NO, MEMBERS WENT BACK TO THEIR OFFICES AND CALLED WALL STREET AND SAID, JUST KIDDING. WE WILL RAISE THE DEBT CEILING BUT WE WANTED TO SEND A SIGNAL. WE ARE PLAYING WITH FISCAL FIRE HERE. YOU KNOW, IT'S FINE TO NEGOTIATE BUT NEGOTIATIONS CANNOT LEAD TO DEFAULT. MR. SPEAKER, IF WE IN THIS CONGRESS WITH THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY NOW LEADING THE WAY FAIL TO HONOR THE NATION'S OBLIGATIONS BY MAKING GOOD ON OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PAY OUR BILLS, WALL STREET WILL AGAIN WORK ITS -- THE BOND MARKETS WILL WORK ITS WILL AND WE WILL LOSE OUR A.A.A. CREDIT RATING AND WE WILL DO ENORMOUS DAMAGE TO THIS ECONOMY. JUST -- THIS IS NOT ABOUT A DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN SPEAKING. LET ME QUOTE CHAIRMAN BERNANKE AND A FEW OTHERS WHO COMMENTED ON THE URGENCY OF PAYING OUR BILLS. CHAIRMAN BERNANKE JUST YESTERDAY SAID THAT FAILURE TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING WOULD CREATE FUNDMENTAL DOUBT ABOUT THE CREDIT WORTHINESS OF THE UNITED STATES AND DAMAGE THE SPECIAL ROLE THAT THE DOLLAR AND THE TREASURY SECURITIES HAVE IN THE GLOBAL MARKETS. NOW, I UNDERSTAND THE DESIRE TO USE THE DEBT LIMIT DEADLINE TO HAVE POLICY ADJUSTMENTS, MR. BERNANKE SAID. BUT THE DEBT LIMIT IS THE WRONG TOOL FOR THAT IMPORTANT JOB. A FEW OTHER PEOPLE COMMENTING ON THIS. JPMORGAN'S C.E.O., JAMIE DIAMOND, A DEFAULT WOULD BE A MORAL DISASTER. IT WOULD DWARF LEHMAN. EVERY SINGLE COMPANY WITH TREASURIES. EVERY INSURANCE FUND. EVERY REQUIREMENT THAT IT WILL START SNOWBALLING, AUTOMATIC IF YOU DON'T PAY YOUR DEBT. THERE WILL BE DEFAULT BY RATING AGENCIES, ALL SHORT-TERM FINANCING WILL DISAPPEAR. THAT'S JAMIE DIAMOND OF JPMORGAN. THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, FAILURE TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING WILL CREATE UNCERTAINTY AND FEAR AND THREATEN THE CREDIT RATING OF THE UNITED STATES. MOODY'S RATING SERVICE ON DOWNGRADING AMERICA'S RATING. SINCE THE RISK OF CONTINUING STALEMATE HAS GROWN, IF PROGRESS AND NEGOTIATIONS IS NOT EVIDENT BY THE MIDDLE OF JULY, SUCH A RATING ACTION IS LIKELY. FITCH RATING SERVICE. FAILURE TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING IN A TIMELY MANNER WOULD IMPLY A CRISIS OF GOVERNANCE WHICH COULD IMPERIL THE A.A.A. STATUS. FIRST, WE HAVE TWO PROBLEMS. WE HAVE A LONG-TERM PROBLEM THAT HAS A LONG-TERM FISCAL PLAN. AND WE HAVE A LONG-TERM PLAN WHICH IS TO PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF AMERICA'S REPUTATION FOR PAYING ITS BILLS. WE HAVE A DOWNGRADE IN OUR RATING. IT'S GOING TO AFFECT THE INTEREST RATES THAT WE PAY, AND THAT'S GOING TO HURT FOLKS IN REPUBLICAN DISTRICTS, IT'S GOING TO HURT FOLKS IN DEMOCRATIC DISTRICTS WHO HAVE NO POWER TO DO ANYTHING. I YIELD BACK. WE MUST RAISE OUR DEBT CEILING -- WE MUST PAY OUR BILLS.

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  • 10:22:55 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 10:23:06 AM

    MR. KINZINGER

    MR. SPEAKER. LAST SEPTEMBER, PRESIDENT OBAMA REFERRED TO AMERICA'S SMALL…

    MR. SPEAKER. LAST SEPTEMBER, PRESIDENT OBAMA REFERRED TO AMERICA'S SMALL BUSINESSES AS THE ANCHORS OF OUR MAIN STREETS. UNFORTUNATELY, ECONOMIC DATA RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY PROVED THAT THE PRESIDENT'S ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS. THE FAILED POLICIES OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAVE LEFT SMALL BUSINESSES STRUGGLING. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES, CONFIDENCE IN SMALL BUSINESS HAS DROPPED INTO RECESSIONARY LEVELS, AND THE REASON, SMALL BUSINESSES WILL TELL YOU THAT THEIR ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY IS CAUSED BY LOW SALES, HIGH TAXES AND BURDENSOME GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS. NOW, I HAIL FROM THE STATE OF ILLINOIS. LET ME TELL YOU A LITTLE STORY ABOUT ILLINOIS. ILLINOIS RAISED ITS PERSONAL INCOME TAX LEVEL AND RAISED ITS CORPORATE TAX LEVEL. SO AS A RESULT OF THIS, JUST A FEW DAYS AGO WE SAW "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL" PUT OUT AN EDITORIAL WHICH BASICALLY SAID, ILLINOIS HAS RAISED $300 MILLION IN REVENUE BECAUSE OF THE CORPORATE TAX INCREASE. OH, BUT HOWEVER, BECAUSE OF THE BUSINESSES THREATENING TO LEAVE ILLINOIS, THEY'VE ALREADY SPENT $240 MILLION IN GIVEAWAYS TO CORPORATIONS TO KEEP THEM THERE. THIS IDEA, THIS THING THAT WE'VE BEEN ON OVER THE LAST COUPLE YEARS OF TAX, BORROW AND SPEND OUR WAY TO PROSPERITY ISN'T WORKING. I REMEMBER WHEN THE PRESIDENT'S ECONOMIC -- YOU KNOW WHAT, IN MY OWN HOME DISTRICT, UNEMPLOYMENT EXCEEDS 11% IN MANY OF THE COUNTIES. PEOPLE ARE ASKING ME, WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO CREATE JOBS? WELL, I'LL TELL THEM THIS. LOOK, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN DO ONE THING. WE CAN CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT FOR JOB CREATION, BUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOESN'T CREATE JOBS AND THAT'S BEEN THE PROBLEM BECAUSE IN THE LAST TWO YEARS WE'VE BEEN COUNTING ON $800 BILLION STIMULUS AS A MIRACULOUS JOBS BILL. THE PRESIDENT PROMISED BY THIS TIME UNEMPLOYMENT WOULD BE 6.7%. . THE PRESIDENT PROMISED IF WE PASSED AN $800 BILLION STIMULUS BILL, UNEMPLOYMENT WOULD NEVER EXCEED 8%. WE SAW IT APPROACH 10%. AND NOW IT'S BACK ON THE RISE AGAIN. MR. SPEAKER, YOU DON'T SOLVE OUR JOBS PROBLEM BY SPENDING MORE MONEY. BECAUSE WE SPENT MONEY. AND WHERE ARE THE JOBS? WHERE ARE THE JOBS? WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS TO UNDERSTAND THAT JOBS ARE NOT CREATED BY THIS BODY, BUT THEY ARE CREATED BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR. BY THE FOLKS WHO GET UP EVERYDAY AND THEY PUT THEIR MINDS TOGETHER, THEY COME UP WITH AN IDEA. THEY RISK THEIR CAPITAL, THEY RISK THEIR FINANCIAL WELL-BEING, AND THEY HIRE SOMEBODY IN HOPES THAT THIS DREAM THAT THEY HAVE SUCCEEDS. IN MANY CASES IT DOESN'T. A LOT OF FOLKS WITH AN IDEA TO BEGIN A SMALL BUSINESS ARE NOT SUCCESSFUL. BUT THEN THEY GET UP AND TRY AGAIN. BUT IF YOU TALK TO ANY SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, YOU TALK TO ANY MANUFACTURE IN THE UNITED STATES, THEY'LL TELL YOU THE BIGGEST IMPEDIMENT TO JOB CREATION IS GOVERNMENT REGULATION AND TAXATION. IS THERE REALLY ANYBODY THAT BELIEVES -- I UNDERSTAND SOME PEOPLE CAN ARGUE WE HAVE TO RAISE TAXES TO GET MORE MONEY TO THE GOVERNMENT. FUNDAMENTAL DISAGREEMENT, BUT I UNDERSTAND PEOPLE CAN ARGUE THAT. IS THERE ANYBODY THAT TRULY BELIEVES RAISING TAXES CREATES JOBS? IS THERE ANYBODY THAT REALLY BELIEVES IT? WHAT'S THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE WE HAVE RIGHT NOW? WE WANT TO TAKE PEOPLE, ALMOST 10%, THE 9.1% OF FOLKS IN THIS COUNTRY THAT DESPERATELY WANT TO HAVE A JOB, WE WANT TO TAKE THEM FROM A TAX RECIPIENT TO A TAXPAYER BECAUSE THEY WANT TO BE A TAXPAYER, TOO. THE DEFINITION OF INSANITY IS DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS EACH TIME. BUT YOU ARE GOING TO GET THE SAME RESULT. WHEN THIS BODY SPENDS MONEY, WHEN WE SPEND $800 BILLION ON A STIMULUS, WE GOT NOTHING BUT A FUTURE OF DEBT, DOUBT, AND DESPAIR. I BELIEVE WE HAVE A FUTURE IN THIS COUNTRY THAT'S PROSPEROUS, THAT NEVER ACCEPTS SECOND BEST. THERE IS A LOT OF YOUTH WATCHING HERE TODAY THAT YOU HAVE A JOB WHEN YOU GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE. A FUTURE, A COUNTRY THAT NEVER ACCEPTS ANYTHING LESS THAN BEING A WORLD LEADER. AND I BELIEVE WE NEVER, EVER ACCEPT SECOND BEST. SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT WHAT TO DO IN THE FUTURE, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. WE DO HAVE TO REIN IN SPENDING, BUT WE HAVE TO GET PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. AND MORE AND MORE SPENDING ISN'T GOING TO DO THAT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:28:05 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 10:28:21 AM

    MR. MCDERMOTT

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT MEDICARE. MEDICARE IN A FACT-BASED…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT MEDICARE. MEDICARE IN A FACT-BASED UNIVERSE WHERE TRUTH MATTERS, WITH MEDICARE PEOPLE'S HEALTH IS AT STAKE AND THEIR FINANCIAL LIFE IS AT STAKE AS WELL. REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS DON'T AGREE ON MUCH THESE DAYS, BUT MOST PEOPLE AGREE THAT THE LONG-TERM DEFICITS OF THIS COUNTRY ARE DRIVEN BY EVER-RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS. IF YOU SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF SKYROCKETING HEALTH CARE COSTS, OUR DEFICIT PROBLEM WOULD LARGELY GO AWAY. WHAT TO DO IS THE PROBLEM. DEMOCRATS FEEL WE HAVE AN UNBREAKABLE COMPACT WITH SENIORS. DEMOCRATS THINK BASIC HEALTH NEEDS OF THE ELDERLY SHOULD BE GUARANTEED AND THE ELDERLY SHOULD NEVER BE DRIVEN INTO BANKRUPTCY. REPUBLICANS THINK THERE IS NO COMPACT WITH THE ELDERLY AND THAT BANKRUPTCY IS JUST NATURAL ECONOMICS. SO THE REPUBLICANS HAVE WANTED TO KILL MEDICARE EVER SINCE IT WAS PASSED IN 1965. AS RECENTLY AS 1993, SPEAKER GINGRICH SAID WE WANT IT TO WITHER ON THE VINE. THE CRAZIEST THING ABOUT THE REPUBLICAN PLAN TO KILL MEDICARE IS THEIR PLAN DOES NOTHING TO CONTROL COSTS. DESPITE ALL THE REPUBLICANS SCREAMING ABOUT BUDGETS AND DEFICITS, THEIR PLAN DOES NOTHING TO FIX THE SINGLE LARGEST PROBLEM THAT THREATENS THE WHOLE OF OUR ECONOMIC SITUATION IN THIS COUNTRY. THE REPUBLICAN PLAN IS TO GIVE SENIORS A COUPON FOR ABOUT HALF THEIR MONTHLY PREMIUM AND THEN WALK AWAY. IF YOU CAN'T PAY THE OTHER HALF OF THE PREMIUM, TOO BAD. NO HEALTH CARE FOR YOU. IF YOU CAN PAY AND IT BANKRUPTS YOU, TOO BAD. COSTS WILL CONTINUE TO SKYROCKET. WE DEMOCRATS THINK THAT THE RYAN WRECKING BALL IS THE WRONG WAY TO GO. DEMOCRATS ARE RESPONSIBLE STEWARDS OF THE MEDICARE SYSTEM. DEMOCRATS WANT TO LOWER COSTS, IMPROVE CARE, AND KEEP THE ELDERLY FROM GOING BANKRUPT. . NOW, IT'S IMPORTANT TO KEEP THE DEBATE ON MEDICARE REALITY BASED. WHEN WE PASSED THE HEALTH CARE LAW LAST YEAR THE REPUBLICANS WENT AROUND SCREAMING ABOUT DEATH PANELS AND SCARRING AS MANY VOTERS AS POSSIBLE. IT WAS ALL POLITICS AND IT WAS NOT TRUE. THE FACT IS THAT THE HEALTH CARE REFORM HAD 165 MEASURES IN IT TO IMPROVE MEDICARE. MEDICARE IS ABOUT PAYING DOCTORS, NURSES, HOSPITALS, DRUGS. THE HEALTH CARE LAW IMPROVED MEDICARE BY HELPING DOCTORS FOCUS MORE ON TAKING CARE OF PATIENTS, BY KEEPING NURSES FROM DROWNEDING IN PAPERWORK AND BY MAKING HOSPITALS MORE EFFICIENT AND BY GETTING FAIRER PRICES FOR DRUGS. THE DEMOCRATS WORKED WITH HOSPITALS TO IMPROVE THE PAYMENTS AND SO SAVE THE COUNTRY $157 BILLION FOR HOSPITAL PAYMENTS. THE REPUBLICAN PLAN DID NOTHING TO SAVE AMERICANS MONEY. IT JUST SHIFTED THE COST FROM THE GOVERNMENT ONTO GRANDMA AND HER KIDS. THE DEMOCRATIC HEALTH CARE LAW SAVED $136 BILLION BY REDUCING PAYMENTS TO INSURANCE COMPANIES. THE REPUBLICAN PLAN GAVE A RUNAWAY TRAIN TO MONEY TO THE INSURANCE COMPANIES. THE ANNUAL MEDICARE TRUSTEE REPORT CAME OUT LAST MONTH AND IT SAID THE NEW HEALTH CARE LAW WAS A SIZEABLE IMPROVEMENT TO MEDICARE. $500 BILLION OF SAVINGS AND BETTER CARE FOR MORE PEOPLE. THOSE ARE THE FACTS. IT'S WHAT ANY GOOD COMPANY WOULD DO TO INCREASE QUALITY AND LOWER COSTS. THE DEMOCRATS HAVE A PLAN FOR MEDICARE, AND WE PASSED IT IN THE ACCOUNTABLE CARE ACT LAST YEAR. THAT'S WHY THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO REPEAL IT. YOU GOT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT ALL THIS REPEAL TALK IS ABOUT. THEY WANT TO GET RID OF THE IMPROVEMENTS THAT WE MADE IN HEALTH CARE. WE CUT MONEY FROM ONE PLACE THAT DIDN'T MAKE SENSE AND IMPROVED CARE FOR PREVENTION, FOR OTHER PLACES FOR SENIORS. WE KNEW WHAT WE WERE DOING, BUT THE REPUBLICANS' GOAL HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO END MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. THEY HAVE BEEN VERY CLEAR FROM 1964 RIGHT STRAIGHT THROUGH NEWT GINGRICH AND THROUGH THE RYAN PLAN. THEY DON'T WANT TO HAVE MEDICARE THAT GUARANTEES SENIORS SECURITY. THEY WANT TO GIVE THEM A LITTLE COUPON AND SAY, NOW, GO AND FIND AN INSURANCE COMPANY THAT WILL GO AND TAKE CARE OF YOU, GRANDMA. THINK ABOUT THAT. SENIORS, WHAT THEY REALLY WANT IS CERTAINTY. WHEN YOU GET OLD, WHAT YOU WORRY ABOUT IS, HOW AM I GOING TO TAKE CARE OF MYSELF AND HOW AM I GOING TO HELP MY KIDS AND LEAVE A LITTLE SOMETHING TO THEM? AM I GOING TO HAVE TO GO TO MY KIDS AND SAY, I CAN'T GO TO THE DOCTOR BECAUSE I CAN'T PAY FOR IT? THEY TAKE THAT SENIOR CITIZEN MEDICARE CARD, IT IS THEIR SECURITY. THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO GET RID OF IT. WE HAVE ALREADY PASSED A PLAN TO SAVE IT.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WORDS ARE INADEQUATE. I…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WORDS ARE INADEQUATE. I CONVEY MY PROFOUND RESPECT,ED A MIR MATION FOR BISHOP EMERITUS, JOHN SMITH, WHO CELEBRATED FOR HIS GOLDEN JUBILEE AND AN AMAZING 50 YEARS AS CATHOLIC PRIEST IN A MASS ATTENDED BY OVER 800 PEOPLE IN TRENTON, NEW JERSEY. THE MASS WHICH HAD BISHOP DAVIDO CONGRESSIONAL, NOW BISHOP OF TRENTON, AND SEVERAL BROTHERS, FATHER ANDREW SMITH, WAS FILLED WITH JOY AND REFLECTION, BEFITTING THE ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF A GREAT SERVANT OF GOD. CARDINAL MCCARRICK NOTED THAT BISHOP SMITH IS AN AN AMAZING, EXTRAORDINARY BROTHER, AN EXTRAORDINARY FRIEND, A MAN FILLED WITH FAITH, FILL WITH ZEAL, ZEAL FOR THE CHURCH, ZEAL FOR THE PEOPLE HE SERVES AND AS SPECIAL WAY AS BISHOP, FOR HIS FAITH. MODEL JESUS CHRIST FOR OUR PEOPLE AND IMITATE CHRIST. MORT SMITH, HE SAID, DOES THAT WELL. THE CARDINAL SAID, I'M NOT HERE TO TALK ABOUT BISHOP SMITH. AND THEN SAID HE IS THE GREATEST CAPISSOR, USUALLY FOR TELLING LONG STORIES AND HAPPILY VERY FUNNY. ONCE WHEN I WAS ABOUT TO GIVE AN ADDRESS I TURNED TO BISHOP SMITH, SEATED WITH MY WIFE AND ME, AND HE GAVE ME A JOKE. I, COURTESY OF HIS JOKES, HAD THEM ROLLING IN THE AISLES. BISHOP SMITH'S UNCANNY ABILITY TO INFUSE HUMOR AND HOPE FILLED LIGHT HEARTEDNESS, IT'S ALMOST ALL THINGS, IS NOT ONLY ENTERTAINING BUT MAKES PRESENTATION OF THE GOSPEL TO AN OFTEN CONFUSED AND STRESSED OUT WORLD MORE EFFICACIOUS. BISHOP SMITH CONNECTS AMAZINGLY WELL WITH THE YOUTH. I WITNESSED IT MANY TIMES AT SCHOOLS AND AT THE CATHOLICS MEN'S RALEY. BISHOP SMITH HAS A WAY TO HAVE YOUTH TO FAITHFULLY AND COURAGEOUSLY LIVE BY THE GOSPEL. YOU ALWAYS FIND YOURSELVES FILING WITH BISHOP SMITH AND YOUR SPIRITS LIFTED. FOR THE MANY YEARS I'VE KNOWN HIM, BISHOP SMITH NOT ONLY RADIATES THE LOVE OF CHRIST, BUT HE WORKS HARD AND SMART. OFTEN I DON'T KNOW WHERE HE FINDS THE TIME. ORDAINED A PRIEST IN 1961. HE HAS REALLY DONE IT ALL. BISHOP SMITH HAS EARNED SEVERAL DOCTORS AND GOT HIS DOCTORATE FROM CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA IN THE 1960'S AND WAS DEPLOYED AS A PASTOR IN THE NEW YORK ARCHDIOCESE. OVER THE YEARS HE'S CHAIRED OR BEEN A DIRECTOR OF NUMEROUS BOARDS, INCLUDING THE INSTITUTE FOR CONTINUING THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION, THE U.S. BISHOP'S CONSULTATION NUMBER FOUR AND THE ARCHDIOCESE VOCATION BOARD. HE'S ALSO SERVED IN LEADERSHIP POSITIONS ON THE BISHOP'S COMMITTEE ON MIGRATION AND REFUGEE SERVICES AND SERVED ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE ST. VINCENT DEPAUL SEMINARY, NOTRE DAME SEMINARY, ST. JOSEPH COLLEGE SEMINARY, ST. FRANCIS MEDICAL CENTER, CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES. I NOTE HE MADE FIVE HUMANITARIAN TRIPS TO AFRICA AS PART OF CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES MISSION THERE. AS BISHOP HIS PASTORIAL PLAN, LED BY THE SPIRIT, IDENTIFIED SEVERAL PRIORITIES, INCLUDING DEALING WITH CHARITY INJUSTICE, PASTORIAL LEADERSHIP, ETHNIC DIVERSITY, YOUNG AND YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY, FAITH FORMATION AND SUNDAY WORSHIP. TODAY, ALL 111 PARISHES IN THE DIOCESE OF TRENTON ARE DEVELOPING ACTION PLANS TO IMPLEMENT LED BY THIS SPIRIT. BISHOP SMITH ALSO CREATED THE INSTITUTE FOR ECLEEZIAL MINISTRY WHICH HAS FORMED AND COMMISSIONED APPROXIMATELY 100 PEOPLE TO DATE. HE ALSO UPDATED AND ADVANCED THE GOSPEL AND THE CULTURE OF LIFE AND CREATED REAL FAITH TV, AN AWARD-WINNING TEEN TALK SHOW, AND HE BOOSTED THE TRENTON DIOCESE' ONLINE OUTREACH TO THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY TO PROTECT THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE AND TO REACH AN EVER-WIDER AUDIENCE WITH NEWS AND COMMENTARY PUBLISHED IN THE NEWSPAPER "THE MONITOR." FACED WITH DECLINE NUMBER IN DIOCESE ENROLLMENT, WHICH INCLUDED 30 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND EIGHT HIGH SCHOOLS, BISHOP SMITH'S COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE INITIATIVE ESTABLISHED BENCHMARKS TO MAKE AN ALREADY EFFECTIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM EVEN BETTER. MR. SPEAKER, MY WIFE, MARIE AND I, WERE THOSE AMONG OFFERING THANKS TO BISHOP SMITH'S JUBILEE MASS. WE REJOICED WITH HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS FOR HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS THAT ARE WITHOUT NUMBER. WE REJOICED OVER HIS BOLD, CONSISTENT AND COMPASSIONATE COMMITMENT TO DEFENDING UNBORN CHILDREN, THEIR MOTHERS AND THE SAPPINGTITY LIFE. WE ASPIRE ANEW FOR HIS LIFE WELL LIVED. MR. SPEAKER, WE GIVE THANKS THAT WHILE HIS EXTRAORDINARY MINISTRY HAS CHANGED, HE'S FAR FROM DONE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WOOLSEY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, A YEAR AND A HALF AGO WE WERE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, A YEAR AND A HALF AGO WE WERE PROMISED A NEW WAY FORWARD IN AFGHANISTAN, A WAY THAT WOULD INCLUDE A SIGNIFICANT MILITARY DRAWDOWN. THE DATE FOR THE REDEPLOYMENT TO BEGIN WAS JULY 1, 2011. JUST TWO WEEKS AWAY. THEN, LAST YEAR THE GOAL POSTS WERE MOVED AND IT WAS DECIDED THAT IN FACT OUR TROOPS WOULD REMAIN IN AFGHANISTAN THROUGH 2014. BUT APPARENTLY THAT WASN'T ENOUGH. NEGOTIATIONS ARE NOW UNDER WAY WITH THE KARZAI GOVERNMENT. NEGOTIATIONS THAT ARE HAPPENING APPARENTLY IN SECRET AND WITHOUT PROPER ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF MILITARY BASES IN AFGHANISTAN. OFFICIALS ARE BEING CAREFUL, VERY CAREFUL. NOT TO SAY THAT THESE BASES WOULD BE PERMANENT. BUT IT'S CLEAR THAT OUR GOVERNMENT COULD BE HAMMERING OUT THE DETAILS OF AN AGREEMENT THAT WOULD CALL FOR U.S. MILITARY PRESENCE IN AFGHANISTAN FOR AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE. I CAN'T UNDERSTAND THE LOGIC HERE, MR. SPEAKER. WHY CAN'T WE GRASP THE VERY IDEA THAT THE LONGER WE ARE PERCEIVED TO BE IN OCCUPYING POWER THE MORE RESENTMENT WE BREED IN AFGHANISTAN? THE LONGER WE'RE THERE THE MORE WE FUEL THE INSURGENCEY, THE MORE WE LEAVE OUR TROOPS VULNERABLE, THE MORE WE PUT OUR OWN NATIONAL SECURITY IN JEOPARDY, ERECTING PERMANENT BASES WOULD BE THE BIGGEST FAVOR WE COULD DO FOR THE TALIBAN. I SALUTE MY GOOD FRIEND AND FELLOW CALIFORNIAN, CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA LEE, FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE, AND I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CONSIDER MY LEGISLATION THAT WOULD REQUIRE THE PRESIDENT TO NEGOTIATE A STATUS OF FORCES AGREEMENT THAT WOULD CLEARLY PROHIBIT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF PERMANENT BASES. MR. SPEAKER, THE OUTGOING DEFENSE SECRETARY, MR. GATES, SAYS WE'RE SEEKING JOINT BASES. WHETHER THE UNITED STATES ACTS AS A TENANT AS OPPOSED TO AN OCCUPYING FORCE. BUT I DON'T BELIEVE FOR A MINUTE THAT THE TALIBAN APPRECIATES THE SUBLETTY OF THAT DISTINCTION. AS LONG AS THERE ARE BOOTS ON THE GROUND AND NOT JUST BOOTS BUT LARGE INSTALLATIONS WITH AMERICAN TRAPPINGS AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE STREET SIGNS AND SO FORTH THE MORE WE EMBOLDEN THE VERY RADICAL FORCES WE'RE TRYING TO DEFEAT. WE'RE GOING EXACTLY THE WRONG DIRECTION, MR. SPEAKER. AT A MOMENT WHEN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE CRYING OUT FOR THIS MILITARY OCCUPATION TO END, OUR LEADERS LOOK AS IF THEY'RE PREPARING TO EXTEND IT INTO PERPETUITY. AT A MOMENT WHEN CASUALTIES ARE A LONG-TERM PRESENCE -- EXCUSE ME -- AT A MOMENT WHEN CASUALTIES ARE ON THE RISE, WE'RE PREPARING FOR A LONG-TERM PRESENCE THAT WILL FURTHER ENDANGER, NOT PROTECT, AMERICANS. WE CAN'T AFFORD PERMANENT WAR. IT'S UNSUSTAINABLE. WE CAN'T AFFORD THE COST IN BLOOD, TREASURE, LOSS OF CREDIBILITY. IT'S TIME TO BRING OUR TROOPS AND CONTRACTORS HOME AND LEAVE NO MILITARY FOOTPRINT BEHIND. I YIELD.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. BUERKLE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. BUERKLE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO TALL ATTENTION TO THE ATTENTION OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO TALL ATTENTION TO THE ATTENTION OF ELDER ABUSE. TODAY IS ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS EACH YEAR ARE THE VICTIMS OF ELDER ABUSE. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL CENTER ON ELDER ABUSE, THIS NUMBER COULD BE AS HIGH AS ONE MILLION TO TWO MILLION AMERICANS. ELDER ABUSE, MR. SPEAKER, IS A BROAD TERM FOR THE VICTIMIZATION OF SENIORS 65 YEARS AND OLDER. THERE IS NO ONE PICTURE OF WHAT ELDER ABUSE LOOKS LIKE. IT CAN BE PHYSICAL ABUSE, NEGLECT, SEXUAL ABUSE, EMOTIONAL ABUSE OR EXPLOITATION. THE PERPETRATION OF ELDER ABUSE ALSO VARIES. SPOUSES, PARTNERS, CAREGIVERS IN NURSING HOMES AND EVEN NEIGHBORS. OUR OLDER, ELDER AMERICANS ARE ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE TO ABUSE, PARTICULARLY THOSE WHO SERVE FROM DEMENTIA OR OTHER DISEASES. THOSE WHO FOUGHT IN WORLD WAR II AND KOREA WHO NURTURED US, WHO TAUGHT US, WHO BUILT THIS SOCIETY AMONG US WOULD BE VICTIMIZED IN THE TWILIGHT OF THEIR LIVES. OUR ELDERLY CITIZENS HAVE GIVEN US SO MUCH, AND THEY DESERVE OUR APPRECIATION, OUR RESPECT AND MOST IMPORTANTLY OUR PROTECTION. NOT JUST FOR WHAT THEY'VE CONTRIBUTED, MR. SPEAKER, BUT FOR THE WAYS THEY STILL ENRICH OUR SOCIETY AND ENRICH US AS A PEOPLE. THIS AUGUST, MY MOTHER, MR. SPEAKER, WILL TURN 90 YEARS OLD. THREE YEARS AGO WHEN MY FATHER DIED SHE WAS LOST. SHE WAS PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE. FORTUNATELY FOR MY MOTHER SHE HAS CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN AND GREAT GRANDCHILDREN TO HELP HER AND TO SUPPORT HER, BUT HOW MANY OTHER AMERICANS, ELDERLY FOLKS ARE OUT THERE WHO DON'T HAVE THAT SUPPORT SYSTEM, MR. SPEAKER? THIS IS NOT A DEMOCRATIC OR A REPUBLICAN ISSUE. IN IS AN AMERICAN ISSUE. OUR SENIORS, OUR ELDERLY DESERVE OUR HELP, THEY DESERVE OUR PROTECTION. PLEASE, AS AMERICANS, TODAY IS ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY. LET US BE PARTICULARLY AWARE OF OUR MOST VULNERABLE, OUR ELDERLY CITIZENS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK. .

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    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ALABAMA, MS. SEWELL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. SEWELL

    RISE IN SUPPORT OF FARMERS AND PRODUCERS ACROSS THESE UNITED STATES AND…

    RISE IN SUPPORT OF FARMERS AND PRODUCERS ACROSS THESE UNITED STATES AND ESPECIALLY IN THE SEVENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF ALABAMA. AS WE DEBATE AND DISCUSS ISSUES SUR SURROUNDING THE AGRICULTURE -- SURROUNDING THE AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATION BILL, LET US REMAIN MINDFUL OF THE ENORMOUS IMPACT THE AGRICULTURE SECTOR HAS HAD ON THE UNITED STATES AND OUR WORLD ECONOMY. AGRICULTURE EMPLOYS MORE THAN 21 MILLION AMERICAN WORKERS. AND ACCOUNTS FOR 15% OF THE TOTAL U.S. WORK FORCE. IN MY HOME STATE AGRICULTURE CONTRIBUTES NEARLY $5 BILLION TO THE STATE'S ECONOMIC SECTOR EVERY YEAR. ANY AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS BILL MUST TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE POTENTIAL ECONOMIC IMPACT AND THE STRENGTHENING OF AGRICULTURE SECTOR THAT IS NEEDED FOR THE 2 IS -- 21ST CENTURY. I UNDERSTAND WE ARE MAKING VERY DIFFICULT BUDGETARY DECISIONS, HOWEVER I AM CONCERNED THAT THE TYPES OF CUTS PROPOSED IN THIS YEAR'S AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS BILL ARE ILL-ADVISED AND DISPROPORTIONATE. THIS BILL REDUCES THE FUNDING FOR AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH PROGRAMS, INCLUDING THE AGRICULTURE RESEARCH SERVICE AND THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE BY OVER $354 MILLION FROM LAST YEAR'S LEVEL. NOW, I KNOW THAT IS A SUBSTANTIAL CUT AND VERY IMPORTANT RESEARCH THAT MUST BE DONE BOTH NATIONALLY AND WITHIN OUR INDIVIDUAL STATES. IN FACT, THE INSTITUTE, THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE FULFILLS THIS MISSION BY SUPPORTING RESEARCH, EDUCATION, AND EXTENSION PROGRAMS AT LAND GRANT UNIVERSITIES LIKE THOSE IN ALABAMA. AUBURN, TUSS KEYING KEY GEE -- TUSKEGEE, AND OTHERS. WE MUST RESERVE FUNDING FOR THESE CRITICAL INVESTMENTS IN THE FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE RESEARCH AND FOOD SAFETY. UNDER THE REPUBLICAN APPROPRIATION BILL, FOOD AND NUTRITION PROGRAMS LIKE SNAP AND CHILDREN NUTRITION ARE FUNDED AT NEARLY $2 BILLION LESS THAN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. SNAP IS AN IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL PROGRAM IN THESE CHALLENGING TIMES FOR LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS WHO CANNOT AFFORD TO PURCHASE FOOD FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. SINCE THE PROGRAM WAS CREATED, SNAP HAS LITERALLY SAVED MILLIONS OF LIVES AND CURRENTLY PROVIDES ESSENTIAL SUPPORT TO OVER 165,000 INDIVIDUALS IN MY DISTRICT ALONE. THE PROPOSED FUNDING FOR WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, W.I.C. AS IT'S KNOWN, IS FAR BELOW WHAT IS NEEDED TO SERVE ALL THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE BENEFIT. W.I.C. PROVIDES ESSENTIAL NUTRITION TO NEW MOTHERS, BABIES, AND SMALL CHILDREN UNDER 5 THAT ARE NUTRITIONALLY AT RISK. NEARLY 50% OF THE BABIES BORN IN OUR COUNTRY EACH YEAR RELY ON W.I.C. IN ALABAMA, W.I.C. PROVIDES ASSISTANCE TO OVER 140,000 INDIVIDUALS AND OVER 25,000 JUST IN MY KISS TRICT -- DISTRICT ALONE. CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF, THIS PROGRAM IS COST EFFICIENT AND IT SERVES NEARLY 10 MILLION PEOPLE EACH YEAR COSTING LESS THAN $100 PER PERSON RECEIVING BENEFIT. THE LACK OF PROPER FUNDING IN THIS APPROPRIATION BILL IS YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF REPUBLICAN ATTACK ON HARDWORKING FAMILIES AND CHILDREN THAT DEFINITELY NEED ASSISTANCE FOR NUTRITION. I CANNOT STAND IDLY BY AND LET THIS OCCUR. WE MUST ENSURE THAT ANY APPROPRIATIONS BILL PROVIDES ROBUST AND ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR THESE ESSENTIAL PROGRAMS BOTH NOW AND IN THE FUTURE. THE REPUBLICAN AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATION BILL REDUCES FUNDING FOR ESSENTIAL RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS BY $337 MILLION BELOW LAST YEAR'S LEVELS. NOW, THESE REDUCTIONS DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACT LOAN AUTHORITY FOR 502 DIRECT HOUSING PROGRAMS. WITHOUT THESE LOANS LOW-INCOME RURAL FAMILIES COULD NOT FIND FINANCING OPTION THAT IS WOULD HELP THEM PURCHASE HOMES AND SIMPLY BE ABLE TO LIVE. THIS BILL ALSO SEEKS TO REDUCE FUNDING FOR AGRICULTURE BUSINESS AND RURAL BUSINESS GRANTS BY 20 MILLION BELOW LAST YEAR'S LEVELS. IN A TIME OF ECONOMIC RECOVERY, WE MUST CONTINUE TO MAKE STRATEGY INVEST -- STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS IN SMALL AND RURAL BUSINESSES AND NOT MAKE REDUCTIONS. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE WHO KNOW BETTER DO BETTER. AGRICULTURE IN OUR GLOBAL SOCIETY IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE. AS OUR GLOBAL POPULATION INCREASES, FOOD SECURITY AND ADEQUATE FOOD PRODUCTION WILL BE NECESSARY FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND OUR OVERALL SURVIVAL. IT IS MY HOPE THAT ALL, ALL ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, WILL PASS AN AGRICULTURAL APPROPS BILL THAT IS BOTH FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE, FORWARD THINKING, AND MAKES ECONOMIC SENSE. I YIELD BACK THE REST OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. DENHAM, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. DENHAM

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT NATURAL RESOURCES AND WHETHER…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT NATURAL RESOURCES AND WHETHER OR NOT THEY CAN CREATE AMERICAN JOBS. THE ANSWER'S YES. WITH OIL PRODUCTION ALONE, 1.2 MILLION JOBS BETWEEN THE THREE BILLS THE REPUBLICANS PASSED OUT OF COMMITTEE AND ON TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. A TOTAL OF TWO MILLION JOBS IF YOU ADD IN THE AMERICAN ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND PRICE REDUCTION ACT. TWO MILLION AMERICAN JOBS. NOT ONLY COULD WE BE ENERGY INDEPENDENT IN OUR GREAT NATION, BUT WE CAN PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK WITH TWO MILLION JOBS ALONE IN THIS AREA. WE NEED TO HAVE STATES' RIGHTS, ALLOWING STATES TO EXPLORE OIL EXPLORATION OR NATURAL GAS OR UTILIZE ALL OF THEIR NATURAL RESOURCES WHETHER YOU ARE IN ALASKA AND YOU WANT TO DRILL IN ANWR OR THE GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA AND YOU WANT TO PASS THE RIDGE AND CLEAN UP THE OLD OIL WELLS OFF THE COAST. STATES SHOULD HAVE THOSE RIGHTS TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT AND TO BE ABLE TO PUT THEIR OWN PEOPLE BACK TO WORK IN THOSE STATES. THE PRESIDENT'S POLICIES ON OUR NATURAL RESOURCES ARE JUST FLAWED. MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT THE BILLS THAT COME OFF OF THIS FLOOR AND WHETHER THEY CREATE JOBS OR NOT. THIS IS INDISPUTABLE. TWO MILLION JOBS. YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIKE THESE JOBS. BUT NEVERTHELESS THEY ARE AMERICAN JOBS AND IT GIVES US OUR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. NOW, THE PRESIDENT TALKED ABOUT WE HAVE 2% OF THE WORLD'S OIL. BUT WE UTILIZE 25% OF THE WORLD'S OIL WITH OUR VEHICLES. I AGREE WITH YOU, 25%, WE GOT A LOT OF CARS ON THE ROAD. WE HAVE A LOT OF GOOD MOVEMENT. BUT 2%? THE NUMBER IS FLAWED AGAIN. AS WE WENT THROUGH THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, WE HAVE OVER 65% OF THE WORLD'S NATURAL RESOURCES BETWEEN NATURAL GAS, OIL, AND OIL SHALE, WE JUST HAVE TO BE WILLING TO GO GET IT. RATHER THAN GOING TO BRAZIL, RATHER THAN GOING TO THE MIDDLE EAST AND PUTTING OUR TROOPS AT RISK, WE OUGHT TO BE SELF-SUFFICIENT AND UTILIZE OUR OWN NATURAL RESOURCES. AND PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK IN THE PROCESS. NOW, IN MY DISTRICT WE GOT NATURAL RESOURCE ISSUES AS WELL. WE HAVE SEEN TIMBER ISSUES ACROSS THE NATION. IN ARIZONA WE SEE CATASTROPHIC DISASTERS OF NATURAL FORESTS. IN MY DISTRICT WE HAVE NATURAL FORESTS AS WELL. THESE NATIONAL FORESTS WE'VE GOT TO MANAGE BETTER. WE GOT TO BE ABLE TO TAKE THE FUEL OFF OF THE FOREST FLOOR. WE'VE GOT TO BE ABLE TO HARVEST SOME OF THE TIMBER. WE'LL NEVER CATCH UP AT THIS POINT BECAUSE OUR TIMBER HARVESTING PLANTS ARE SO FAR BEHIND, BUT NEVERTHELESS WE'VE GOT TO PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK. WE'VE GOT TO PUT CALIFORNIANS BACK TO WORK DEALING WITH OUR TIMBER INDUSTRY. IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY, WHERE WE HAVE THE LARGEST ABUNDANCE OF AG PRODUCTION, ALL OF THE FRESH FRUITS, THE NUTS, PACKAGED SALADS, WE HAVE SO MANY DIFFERENT THINGS THAT CALIFORNIA PRODUCES AND YET WE SEE SOME OF THE HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE NATION. AS OUR NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT CONTINUES TO ESCALATE, WE ARE AT 9.1% NOW, WE ARE DOUBLE THAT IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY. AND IT'S A DIRECT CORRELATION TO THE WATER. ONE OF OUR NATURAL RESOURCES WHEN YOU SHUT OFF THE WATER TO THE VALLEY AND ONLY GIVE A 10% OF THE CONTRACTED ALLOCATION, YOU HAVE 36% UNEMPLOYMENT. AND IN SOME CITIES IT'S EVEN HIGHER. WHEN YOU GO TO THE FOOD LINES AND YOU SEE AMERICANS, 44% UNEMPLOYMENT SOME CITIES. IT SEEMS UN-AMERICAN. TO NOT UTILIZE OUR NATURAL RESOURCES. SO WE HAVE THE ABILITY IN THIS GREAT NATION. WE HAVE THE BILLS THAT WE ARE PASSING OFF OF THIS FLOOR. WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS HAVE THE WILL TO MOVE THEM THROUGH BOTH HOUSES AND ENCOURAGE THE PRESIDENT TO HAVE AMERICAN JOBS. NOT REPUBLICAN JOBS. THESE AREN'T REPUBLICAN JOBS. NOT DEMOCRAT JOBS. BUT AMERICAN JOBS. PUTTING PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. AVOIDING THE NATURAL DISASTERS THAT HAPPEN WITH FOREST FIRES AND THE NATURAL DISASTERS WE HAVE WITH FLOODING WHEN WE DON'T MANAGE OUR WATER. CREATING CLEAN ENERGY IN THE PROSES IS. -- PROCESS. BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE, WHEN YOU GOT 9.1% UNEMPLOYMENT AND ESCALATING ACROSS THE NATION, WHEN YOU'VE GOT DOUBLE THAT IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY AND CONTINUING TO ESCALATE, BUT YOU HAVE THE NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE ABILITY TO SOLVE YOUR OWN PROBLEMS BUT IGNORE THE FACT AND DON'T DO SO, WE HAVE AN AMERICAN PROBLEM. WITH JOBS. AS REPUBLICANS WE ARE WILLING TO FIX THAT PROBLEM. WE WILL CONTINUE TO PASS THESE NATURAL RESOURCE BILLS, BUT AT SOME POINT WE COULD ASK OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE TO WORK WITH US. WE WILL NOT SOLVE CALIFORNIA'S ENERGY PROBLEMS OR THE NATION'S JOB ISSUE WITHOUT ADDRESSING OUR NATURAL RESOURCES. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:56:14 AM

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:56:27 AM

    MR. DEFAZIO

    FACT THAT THE GENTLEMAN WHO PRECEDED ME IN THE WELL TALKED ABOUT…

    FACT THAT THE GENTLEMAN WHO PRECEDED ME IN THE WELL TALKED ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT AND CREATING JOBS AND I MAY NOT HAVE AGREED WITH HIS PARTICULAR WORDS, BUT AT LEAST THAT'S ONE REPUBLICAN TALKING ABOUT CREATING JOBS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS OF LEADERSHIP IN THE HOUSE HAS BROUGHT FORWARD NO BILLS TO PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK. EXCEPT THEY SAY, DO MORE OF THE SAME. WHAT? YES, MORE OF THE SAME. THE LAST DECADE GEORGE BUSH DRAMATICALLY CUT TAXES TWICE. DECREASED REGULATIONS. UNDER THE THEORY THAT THAT WOULD CREATE JOBS. UNFORTUNATELY THE FACTS ARE IN. WE HAD THE WORST JOB CREATION POST-WORLD WAR II IN THE LAST DECADE UNDER GEORGE BUSH AND DOUBLED THE DEFICIT AND DEBT WHILE DOING IT. DIDN'T CREATE JOBS. TRICKLE-DOWN ECONOMICS DOESN'T WORK. DIDN'T WORK IN THE REAGAN ERA, DIDN'T WORK THEN. COMPARE THAT TO THE CLINTON ERA. WE RAISED TAXES, YEAH, PARTICULARLY ON RICH PEOPLE AND BIG CORPORATIONS. WE BALANCED THE BUDGET. WE PAID DOWN DEBT. WE HAD 3.8% UNEMPLOYMENT. AND REAL INCOMES WENT UP FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. I WOULD LOVE TO GO BACK TO THOSE BAD OLD DAYS. NO, IT'S THE BUSH POLICIES THAT WILL WORK. WE JUST GOT TO DO MORE OF THEM. REDUCE SPENDING EVEN MORE. GOVERNMENT CAN'T DO ANYTHING TO CREATE JOBS. WHAT ABOUT INVESTING IN THE NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE? WHO BUILT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY SYSTEM? WHO BUILT THE BRIDGES, THE TRANSIT SYSTEMS IN THIS COUNTRY? WHO HELPED BUILD THE RAIL SYSTEMS? WHO HAS MAINTAINED OUR PORTS AND WATERWAYS? THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. SOMETIMES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH STATES OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT OR THE PRIVATE SECTOR. BUT THOSE INVESTMENTS PAY OFF. AND WHAT DO THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO DO? IN FACE OF 150,000 BRIDGES ON THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY SYSTEM THAT ARE ABOUT TO OR NOT IN THE NOT-TOO-DISTANT FUTURE HAVE THE SAME FAITH AS THE BRIDGE IN MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, THAT IS COLLAPSE, THEY NEED EITHER TOTAL REPLACEMENT OR REPAIR, 150,000 BRIDGES. 40% OF THE PAVEMENT ON THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY SYSTEM. $60 BILLION BACKLOG ON OUR TRANSIT SYSTEMS. THEY WANT TO CUT FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN TRANSIT AND THEY SAY IF WE GIVE THAT MONEY TO RICH PEOPLE AND CORPORATIONS, WHO ARE SITTING ON $2 TRILLION WORTH OF CASH, THEY'LL TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEM. REALLY? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? TOLL 150,000 BRIDGES ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN ORDER TO INDUCE THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO COME IN AND REBUILD THEM? YOU GOING TO TOLL THE EXISTING INTERSTRAIGHT TO BRING IT UP TO THE DECENT SYSTEM OF GOOD REPAIR? AND TRANSIT SYSTEMS, THEY ALL LOSE MONEY. SOME OF THE REPUBLICANS SAY, WE SHOULD DO AWAY WITH TRANSIT SYSTEM. WE DON'T NEED THOSE THINGS. COME ON, LET'S HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF COMMON SENSE HERE. YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT SAVING FUEL? INVEST IN TRANSIT. YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT CREATING JOBS, INVEST IN INFRASTRUCTURE. WE HAVE THE STRONGEST BUY AMERICAN REQUIREMENTS IN TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE AS ANY PROGRAM OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WE CREATE MORE JOBS PER BILLION DOLLARS THAN ANYTHING ELSE, WAY MORE THAN THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT WHERE THEY WANT TO SHOWER ALL THEIR FUNDS, CAN BE CREATED IN TRANSPORTATION. WE CAN PUT AMERICANS TO WORK. NOT ONLY CONSTRUCTION WORKERS WHO HAVE HORRIBLE UNEMPLOYMENT, NOT ONLY STEEL WORKERS FOR THE BRIDGES, NOT ONLY PEOPLE WHO MAINTAIN THESE SYSTEMS, BUT ENGINEERS, SOFTWARE ENGINEERS, PEOPLE WHO MAKE TIRES, PEOPLE WHO MAKE RAILCARS, MAKE PEOPLE WHO MAKE STREETCARS. MAKING STREETCARS IN AMERICA FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 70 YEARS IN OREGON DUE TO ONE OF THOSE HORRIBLE EARMARKS THEY WANT TO BAN. WE WERE BUYING THEM OVERSEAS. NOW WE ARE MAKING THEM IN AMERICA. IS THAT BAD? THEY SEEM TO THINK IT IS. THEY WANT TO DECREASE INVESTMENT IN THESE SORTS OF THINGS THAT ARE PROVEN JOB GENERATORS. I HAVE TO GIVE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION A BIG FAT DE-MINUS ON THE SAME ISSUE. THEIR SO-CALLED STIMULUS WHICH I VOTED AGAINST, $800 BILLION, 40% OF IT WAS BUSH TAX CUTS. WHICH DIDN'T BOURQUE FOR BUSH, DIDN'T WORK FOR OWE--- DIDN'T WORK FOR BUSH, DIDN'T WORK FOR OBAMA. EXTENDING THE PAYROLL HOLIDAY ON SOCIAL SECURITY. THAT WILL PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK. GIVE ME A BREAK. THESE THINGS HAVEN'T WORKED. WE NEED REAL INVESTMENT. IF YOU BORROW MONEY TO BUILD A BRIDGE THAT LASTS 100 YEARS, AT LEAST YOU CAN LOOK YOUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS IN THE EYE AND SAY WHAT DID YOU DO WITH THAT MONEY BECAUSE I'M STILL PAYING THE BILLS 30 YEARS FROM NOW, WE BUILT THAT BRIDGE YOU DROVE OVER TO GO TO WORK TODAY. WE REBUILT THAT TRANSIT SYSTEM THAT YOU TOOK TO WORK TODAY. . WE MADE AMERICA MORE COMPETITIVE IN THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMY WITH THOSE INVESTMENTS. YOU GOT TO START DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN INVESTMENTS AND WASTEFUL SPENDING. YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT CUTS, LET'S TALK ABOUT THEM. SUBSIDIES FOR PEOPLE TO GROW THINGS. ANOTHER $15 BILLION TO GROW SURPLUS CROPS. DON'T WANT TO TOUCH THAT ONE. TAX LOOPHOLES THAT -- GIVEAWAYS TO THE BIG OIL COMPANIES. WE CAN'T CUT TAXES TO THE OIL COMPANIES. COME ON, PEOPLE, LET'S GET REAL HERE. LET'S INVEST IN AMERICA AND PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. WE FEED A REAL PROGRAM AND YOU'VE OFFERED US NOTHING.

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  • 11:01:47 AM

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

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    MR. GINGREY

    MR. SPEAKER, I STAND HERE TODAY NOT JUST AS A CONGRESSMAN BUT AS A…

    MR. SPEAKER, I STAND HERE TODAY NOT JUST AS A CONGRESSMAN BUT AS A PHYSICIAN WITH NEARLY 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE TREATING AND INTERACTING WITH PATIENTS. WHEREIN BOTH OF THESE HATSES A ALLOWED ME TO UNDERSTAND OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AT EACH END OF THE SPECTRUM AND IT ALLOWS ME TO SAY WITH ABSOLUTE CERTITUDE THAT THE DEMOCRATS AND PRESIDENT OBAMA HAVE WRITTEN THE WRONG PRESCRIPTION FOR MEDICARE. WITH 47 MILLION AMERICANS RELYING ON OUR MEDICARE SYSTEM AND MILLIONS MORE TO ENTER SOON, IT'S ABSOLUTELY IRRESPONSIBLE NOT TO INFORM THE PUBLIC ACCURATELY OF THE FACTS ABOUT ITS CURRENT PATH IF LEFT UNCHANGED. THE TRUTH IS, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE BILL WAS SIGNED INTO LAW, IT ENDED MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. ACCORDING TO THE NONPARTISAN MEDICARE ACTUARY, MEDICARE WILL RUN OUT OF MONEY IN 2024. THAT'S, WHAT, 13 YEARS FROM NOW. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE SAYS IT WILL BE AS SOON AS 2020, NINE YEARS FROM NOW. HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE CHOSEN TO FACE THE FACTS AND RESPONSIBLY PROPOSE A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR MEDICARE. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET SAVES MEDICARE BY MAINTAINING BENEFITS AS THEY ARE FOR THOSE 55 YEARS AND OLDER WHILE ALSO STRENGTHENING IT BY BRINGING TRUE CHOICE AND COMPETITION TO MAINTAIN AND SAVE MEDICARE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND FOR OUR GRANDCHILDREN. MR. SPEAKER, THE DEMOCRATS' PLAN FOR MEDICARE REFORM IS INCLUDED IN THE 2,400 PAGES OF, YOU GUESSED IT, OBAMACARE, WHICH IS BAD FOR AMERICAN SENIORS AND BAD FOR THE COUNTRY. THEIR PLAN EMPOWERS A PANEL OF UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS TO RATION SENIOR HEALTH CARE. THIS PANEL WILL FOCUS ITS TIME ON THE CRITICALLY ILL. THEY USE THE MOST HEALTH CARE SERVICES. HEALTH CARE RATIONING HAS NEVER, MR. SPEAKER, HAS NEVER BEEN THE AMERICAN WAY. BUT IT CERTAINLY APPEARS TO BE THE DEMOCRATS' WAY. AS A DOCTOR, I KNOW THAT THE LAST THING PATIENTS NEED ARE BUREAUCRATS WHO ARE UNANSWERABLE TO THE PUBLIC, INDEED TO THE CONGRESS, MAKING HEALTH CHOICES FOR THEM. THE DEMOCRATS' PLAN ALSO ALLOWS FOR A $500 BILLION RAID OF MEDICARE TO FUND PROGRAMS IN OBAMACARE, A FACT THAT THEY HAVE CONVENIENTLY IGNORED WHILE THEY ARE CONSISTENTLY CRITICIZING REPUBLICANS FOR SO-CALLED CUTTING CARE. THE PLAN PUT FORTH BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS IS A PLAN THAT CUTS MEDICARE FOR SENIORS TODAY AND IT LEAVES MEDICARE BANKRUPT FOR OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS, OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN. MR. SPEAKER, MY DIAGNOSIS IS THAT AMERICAN SENIORS SHOULD BE WORRIED ONLY IF WE SIT BACK AND DO NOTHING ABOUT MEDICARE OR ACCEPT THE DEMOCRATS' PLAN TO GUT IT FROM SICK AND DISABLED SENIORS. WE CANNOT ALLOW IT TO CONTINUE ON ITS CURRENT PATH TO INSOLVENCY AS THE DEMOCRAT AND PRESIDENT OBAMA WOULD HAVE IT. WE NEED TO SUPPORT MEDICARE REFORM NOW SO THAT WE WILL HAVE MEDICARE TOMORROW, AND THAT INCLUDES ELIMINATING THIS RATIONING BOARD AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. CHU, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 11:05:36 AM

    MS. CHU

    STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE SECURE COMMUNITIES PROGRAM. I AM FOR THE STATED…

    STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE SECURE COMMUNITIES PROGRAM. I AM FOR THE STATED GOALS OF THE SECURED COMMUNITIES PROGRAM. ANYONE WHO IS UNDOCUMENTED IN THIS COUNTRY AND WHO HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF A SERIOUS VIOLENT OFFENSE SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THIS COUNTRY, PERIOD. BUT I CAN'T SUPPORT THE PROGRAM BECAUSE OF THE SIGNIFICANT EVIDENCE THAT SECURE COMMUNITIES IS FAILING TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, NEARLY HALF OF THE UNDOCUMENTED INDIVIDUALS FROM MY HOME COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES WHO HAVE BEEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY THROUGH THIS PROGRAM HAVE NOT BEEN COMMITTED OR BEEN CONVICT OF A SERIOUS VIOLENT OFFENSE AND THAT IS THE PROBLEM. TAKE THE STORY OF A 20-YEAR-OLD WHO SUFFERED THREE TURBULENT YEARS OF ABUSE AND BEATINGS AT THE HAND OF HER BOYFRIEND. IN FEBRUARY, SHE FINALLY FOUND THE COURAGE TO CALL 911 FOR HELP. EARLIER THAT DAY HER BOYFRIEND, RICARDO, HAD THROWN HER AND HER DAUGHTER OUT OF THEIR APARTMENT. WHEN SHE CAME BACK TO THE HOUSE AND GOT HER THINGS, RICARDO SHOWED UP AND STARTED THROWING THINGS AT HER. WHEN SHE TRIED TO PROTECT HERSELF AND HER CHILD SHE ACCIDENTALLY SCRATCHED HER NECK. AFTER THE 911 CALL THE POLICE SHOWED UP AND PUT HER BOYFRIEND IN CUFFS. AFTER THEY SAW THE SCRATCHES THEY TOOK THEM OFF OF HIM AND PUT THEM ON ISARA. SHOCKED AT WHAT WAS HAPPENING SHE FAINTED. AT THE HOSPITAL DOCTORS FOUND BRUISES COVERING HER BODY FROM THE WEEKS AND YEARS OF ABUSE. DESPITE BEING IDENTIFIED BY A DOCTOR AS A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHE HAD BEEN ARRESTED AS THE ABUSER. AFTER THE ARREST, ISARA LANDED IN THE L.A. COUNTY JAIL WHICH WAS PARTICIPATING IN THE SECURE COMMUNITIES PROGRAM. BUT BECAUSE OF THIS PROGRAM SHE WAS FINGERPRINTED AND FOUND TO BE HERE IN AN UNDOCUMENTED WAY. IT WAS TOO LATE. BEFORE SHE KNEW IT SHE WAS SENT TO AN IMMIGRATION DETENTION CENTER IN SANTA ANNA. ITS STORIES LIKE ISARA WHICH IS CAUSING D.H.S. INSPECTOR GENERAL TO INVESTIGATE THE SECURE COMMUNITIES PROGRAM. WASHINGTON STATE, PENNSYLVANIA AND WASHINGTON, D.C., REFUSE TO JOIN SECURE COMMUNITIES, AND NEW YORK, ILLINOIS AND MASSACHUSETTS ARE SUSPENDING THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROGRAM, AND CALIFORNIA IS DISCUSSING THIS AS WELL. BUT THAT'S ONLY THE FIRST STEP. THE CONCERNS ABOUT SECURE COMMUNITIES MUST BE PROPERLY AND PERMANENTLY ADDRESSED. THIS IS FIRST AND FOREMOST ABOUT PUBLIC SAFETY. THE PEOPLE ON THE FRONT LINES OF THIS PROGRAM ARE POLICE OFFICERS THAT HAVE EXPRESSED SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT ITS IMPLEMENTATION. LAPD CHIEF SAID THAT IT'S CAUSING A BREACH OF TRUST BETWEEN THE LAPD AND OUR IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES, HINDERING OUR OFFICERS' DUTY TO PROTECT AND SERVE ALL OF OUR RESIDENTS. AND THE NUMEROUS REPORTS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS BEING DETAINED THROUGH THIS PROGRAM ARE SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE. IF A PROGRAM IS CAUSING A VICTIM OF VIOLENCE TO FEAR REACHING OUT FOR HELP, THEN THAT PROGRAM IS CAUSING MORE HARM THAN GOOD. SECURE COMMUNITIES HAS UNDERMINED OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT'S MISSION OF PROTECTING THE PUBLIC. IT HAS WEAKENED PROTECTIONS AGAINST RACIAL PROFILING AND IT WILL HAVE A CHILLING EFFECT ON IMMIGRANTS' WILLINGNESS TO REPORT CRIMES OR PROVIDE USEFUL INFORMATION TO THE POLICE. WE MUST TAKE A LONG, HARD LOOK AT THE AFFECTS OF SECURE COMMUNITIES. WE MUST ALLOW STATE TO OPT OUT OF THE PROGRAM. WE MUST PROTECT THE SAFETY AND WELFARE OF ALL OUR RESIDENTS AND TRULY ENSURE THAT WE WILL HAVE SAFER, MORE SECURE COMMUNITIES.

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  • 11:09:30 AM

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. COURTNEY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 11:09:36 AM

    MR. COURTNEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, BLOOMBERG NEWS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, BLOOMBERG NEWS RELEASED AN ANALYSIS DISTRICT BY DISTRICT AROUND AMERICA OF THE HIGHEST CONCENTRATION OF 45 TO 54-YEAR-OLDS. AND THE REASON THEY DID THIS ANALYSIS WAS TO SEE AND FOCUS ON WHERE THE IMPACT OF THE REPUBLICAN MEDICARE PLAN WOULD LAND THE HARDEST. IN FACT, THE TOP 10 DISTRICTS, WHICH THEY IDENTIFIED, THE HEADLINE OF THIS ARTICLE WHICH OBVIOUSLY IS BLOOMBERG NEWS, A NONPARTISAN NEWS SERVICE, IS MEDICARE CUTS WOULD HIT REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS. NINE OUT OF THE TOP 10 DISTRICT IN AMERICA WITH THAT HIGHEST 45 TO 54 CONCENTRATION ARE REPUBLICAN DISTRICTS. THE 10TH IS THE SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, WHICH I HAVE THE HONOR OF REPRESENTING, IN NORTHERN CONNECTICUT. NOW SOME SAY, WHY WAS BLOOMBERG LOOKING AT THE POPULATION OF 45 TO 54-YEAR-OLDS. WELL, THE RYAN MEDICARE PLAN RADCALLY ALTERS THE MEDICARE PROGRAM -- RADICALLY ALTERS THE MEDICARE PROGRAM STARTING IN 2022 FOR PEOPLE 55 YEARS OLD AND YOUNGER. STARTING WITH THAT AGE GROUP, MEDICARE WILL NO LONGER BE A GUARANTEED BENEFIT BUT A VOUCHER PROGRAM WHICH THEY WILL BE GIVEN A $8,000 PAYMENT TO SAY, GOOD LUCK. GO FIND INSURANCE. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE HAS ALREADY ANALYZED WHAT THAT MEANS FOR AGE 54 TODAY IN TERMS OF OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS. IN FACT, IT WOULD DOUBLE THE OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS FOR 54 AND BELOW IN YEAR ONE WHO ENROLL IN THE MEDICARE PROGRAM. AND OVER TIME WE HAVE AN ANALYSIS WHICH SHOWS WHAT THE TRUE OUT-OF-POCKET COST WOULD BE FOR A 55-YEAR-OLD WITH NORMAL AMERICAN LIFE EXPECTANCY. IT WOULD RAISE THEIR OUT-OF-POCKET COST -- THESE ARE ADDITIONAL COSTS BY $8 ,000. SO FOR ANYBODY THAT'S OUT THERE TODAY WHO'S IN THAT AGE GROUP, YOU BETTER START SAVING UP BECAUSE YOU'RE GOING TO NEED A LOT MORE RETIREMENT ASSETS TO KEEP LEVEL WITH WITHSTAND AN AMERICAN TURNS 65 TODAY GETS UNDER THE MEDICARE PROGRAM. NOW, WE HEARD A LOT AND ONE OF THE SPEAKERS A FEW MINUTES AGO WAS JUST MAKING THE COMMENTS ABOUT MEDICARE GOING BROKE AND THAT PEOPLE 65 AND UP ARE GOING TO BE PROTECTED IN TERMS OF THEIR MEDICARE. WRONG. THE RYAN REPUBLICAN PLAN WOULD IMMEDIATELY CAN SELL NEW BENEFITS FOR SENIORS TODAY THAT THEY STARTED TO ENJOY STARTING IN JANUARY, ANNUAL CHECKUPS, CANCER SCREENINGS, SMOKING CESSATION. I HAD A TOWN HALL BACK IN NORWICH, CONNECTICUT, WHERE I HAD A YOUNG PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR WHICH WAS TALKING ABOUT THE FACT THAT THE ANNUAL CHECKUP HAS ALLOWED HER THAT EXTRA TIME TO SPEND WITH PATIENTS AND SHE'S DETECTED THREE CANCERS BECAUSE OF THE FACT SHE NOW HAS THE TOOLS TO DO HER JOB SMARTLY AND EFFICIENTLY. AND THE RYAN REPUBLICAN PLAN WOULD CAN SELL THAT ANNUAL CHECKUP COVERAGE WHICH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT KICKED IN JANUARY, ALONG WITH CANCER SCREENINGS AND ALONG WITH SMOKING CESSATION, ALL SMART, PREVENTIVE WELLNESS-ORIENTED CARE WHICH WILL SAVE THE MEDICARE PROGRAM MONEY. SO FOR PEOPLE 55 AND LESS, AND THIS CHART SHOWS THE OUT-OF-POCKET COST GROWS EXPONENTIALLY. SO I SEE SOME YOUNG FOLKS UP IN THE AUDIENCE. IF YOU'RE 15 YEARS OLD, YOUR OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS WILL BE $711,000 HIGHER THAN A 65-YEAR-OLD TODAY ENTERING THE MEDICARE PROGRAM. WHAT THIS REALLY AMOUNTS TO THE RYAN PLAN, IS JUST SIMPLY A COST SHIFT TO PATIENTS AND FAMILIES. IT DOES NOTHING TO MAKE A MORE EFFICIENT HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, AND THAT IS NOT A SOLUTION FOR THE PROBLEM. NOW, WE ALSO HEARD, WELL, MEDICARE IS GOING BROKE, IT'S GOING TO BE BANKRUPT IN 2024. IF YOU READ THE TRUSTEE'S REPORT YOU'LL SEE IN FACT THAT IS A TOTALLY MISLEADING COMMENT. WHAT THE TRUSTEES REPORTED IS THERE IS SUFFICIENT FUNDING IN THE PROGRAM TO COVER 90% OF THE COST IN MEDICARE STARTING IN 2024 FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER DECADE AND A HALF. NOW, THAT SHORTFALL IS A PROBLEM. WE SHOULD NOT HAVE A 10% SHORTFALL STARTING IN 2024, BUT THAT IS A MANAGEABLE PROBLEM. WE CAN MAKE SMART, INTELLIGENT CHANGES TO THE MEDICARE PROGRAM, JUST LIKE WE HAVE HAD -- JUST LIKE WE HAVE DONE GOING BACK TO 1965 WHEN IT WAS FIRST ENACTED. AGAIN, WE HAVE HAD IN FACT SOLVENCY REPORTS AND WARNINGS FROM THE TRUSTEES THAT WERE MUCH MORE DIRE IN THE 1970'S, IN THE 1980'S, IN THE 1990'S THAN THE REPORT WE SAW THREE WEEKS AGO. THERE WAS NO REASON TO SCARE PEOPLE AND PANIC PEOPLE INTO BUTCHERING THE MEDICARE'S GUARANTEED BENEFIT IN THE NAME OF FISCAL SOLVENCY FOR THE MEDICARE PROGRAM. WE CAN MAKE SMART CHOICES. WE CAN MAKE SMART CHANGES. BUT SHIFTING COST TO PEOPLE 55 AND LESS, THAT'S NOT A SOLUTION TO MEDICARE'S PROGRAM. IT ENDS MEDICARE. NOW, WITHIN FAMILIES, SOME WHO ARE OVER 55 AND SOME WHO ARE UNDER 55, THIS WILL CREATE A TWO-TIERED COVERAGE. I CAN REPORT TO YOU THE COURTNEY FAMILY, I'M 58 YEARS OLD, SO PURPORTEDLY I WOULD GET THE OLD-FASHIONED BENEFIT UNDER THE RYAN PLAN. BUT MY WIFE, AUDREY, WHO IS A NURSE PRACTITIONER, SHE IS 51, SHE GETS THE LOSER BENEFIT SO SHE HAS TO START DISHING OUT $2,000 IN ADDITIONAL COSTS FOR HER RETIREMENT UNDER THIS PLAN. YOU HAVE TWO-TIERED COVERAGE EVEN WITHIN FAMILIES UNDER THE PROPOSAL THAT WE HAVE WITH THE RYAN PLAN. WE CAN DO BETTER AS A GREAT NATION TO GUARANTEE COVERAGE THAT IS A REASONABLE PACKAGE THAT IS SMART AND EFFICIENT TO SOLVE MEDICARE'S PROGRAM. WE DON'T NEED THE RYAN PLAN WHICH WILL SHIFT COSTS TO PATIENTS AND FAMILIES IN AN UNFAIR FASHION. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:15:12 AM

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. JUST TO OUR MEMBERS, THE MEMBERS…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. JUST TO OUR MEMBERS, THE MEMBERS SHOULD NOT REFER TO THOSE IN THE GALLERY. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MISSPEIER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 11:15:29 AM

    MS. SPEIER

    I RISE TODAY TO DRAW OUR ATTENTION TO THE EDMONTON.EPIDEMIC OF RAPE AND…

    I RISE TODAY TO DRAW OUR ATTENTION TO THE EDMONTON.EPIDEMIC OF RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY. FIRST I WANT TO MENTION THE DISTURBING GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTING OFFICE REPORT RELEASED LAST WEEK WHICH SHOWED THAT PATIENTS AND STAFF HAVE BEEN RAPED AND SEXUALLY ASSAULTED IN THE V.A., 284 REPORTS OF SEX -- SEXUAL ASSAULT OCCURRED. 67 CLASSIFIED AS RAPE, 185 AS INAPPROPRIATE TOUCHING, 13 AS FORCED ORAL SEX, EIGHT AS FORCEFUL MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS, AND 11 OTHERS. WHILE THIS IS NOT AS WIDESPREAD AS RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY, IT IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE WHERE GOVERNMENT HAS LACKED IN PROTECTING THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE OUR NATION IN UNIFORM. ONE ASSAULT IS ONE TOO MANY. V.A. FACILITIES SHOULD BE THE PLACE FOR AID AND COMFORT NOT FOR ABUSE. THE HOUSE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE HAS HELD A HEARING ON THIS ISSUE JUST MONDAY. CONGRESS MUST MAKE IT A PRIORITY AND HOLD THE V.A. ACCOUNTABLE AND ENSURE THAT THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN AGAIN. AS I SAID DURING MY LAST SPEECH ON THIS ISSUE, I SET UP AN EMAIL ACCOUNT SO SURVIVORS OF RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY CAN TELL THEIR STORIES. THE ADDRESS IS STOPMILITARYRAPE AT MAIL.HOUSE.GOV. TODAY YOU WANT TO SHARE THE STORY OF PRIVATE JESSICA KENYAN. I MUST WARN MY COLLEAGUES THAT SOME OF THE LANGUAGE IS WRONG. -- IS RAW. SHE CONCERNED THE ARMY FROM AUGUST OF 2005 UNTIL AUGUST OF 2006. HER ALLEGATION IS AS FOLLOWS, DURING TRAINING AT FORT USE TISS, PRIVATE KENYAN'S TEACHING ART GANTT BEGAN TO HARASS HER. HE MADE SEXUAL JOKES AND COMMENTS TO HER. SHE DID NOT BELIEVE IT WOULD BE EFFECTIVE TO REPORT THE TEACHING SERGEANT BECAUSE HER UNIT COMMANDER WAS OPENLY MASSAGENIES. HE WAS KNOWN TO SAY THAT, QUOTE, THIS UNIT NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS UNTIL FEMALES CAME INTO IT, UNQUOTE. IN DECEMBER, 2005, WHILE PRIVATE KENYAN WAS HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, SHE WAS RAPED BY A MEMBER OF THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD. AT THAT POINT SHE REPORTED BOTH THE SEXUAL HARASSMENT BY THE DRILL INSTRUCTOR AND THE RAPE TO AN ARMY SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE COORDINATOR. THE ARMY OFFICIAL ADVISED HER TO PUT THE RAPE, QUOTE, ON THE BACK BURNER, UNQUOTE. AND FOCUS ON THE SEXUAL HARASSMENT. PRIVATE KENYAN THEN DISCUSSED THE RAPE WITH COMMAND WHO ADVISED THAT IT WOULD BE USED AGAINST HER IN PROMOTIONAL REVIEW IT IS SHE CHOSE TO PURSUE PROSECUTION. AFTER SHE REPORTED THE HARASSMENT AND RAPE, SHE WAS OSTRACIZED AND RETALIATED AGAINST BY HER FELLOW SOLDIERS. THIS RETALIATION FOLLOWED HER TO HER NEXT ASSIGNMENT AT CAMP HUMPHREYS IN KOREA. WHEN SHE ARRIVED, THE SERGEANT ADVISED THAT HE HAD RECEIVED CALLS WARNING HIM ABOUT HER. HE THEN MADE A UNITWIDE ANNOUNCEMENT CAUTIONING MUCH THAT THEY, QUOTE, SHOULD BE CAREFUL WHO YOU TALK TO BECAUSE THEY MIGHT REPORT YOU, UNQUOTE. THE SERGEANT AND OTHERS ENGAGED IN ONGOING SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF PRIVATE KENYAN. IN THE SPRING OF 2006, ONE SOLDIER, A SPECIALIST AND SQUAD LEADER, SEXUALLY ASSAULTED PRIVATE KENYAN. HE PUT HIS HAND UNDER HER SKIRT AND UNDER HER SHIRT AND ON HER BREAST AND TRIED TO MAKE HER TOUCH HIS PENIS. SHE FOUGHT HIM OFF. PRIVATE KENYAN REPORTED THE ASSAULT TO COMMAND. THE ASSAILANT DENIED THE SEXUAL ASSAULT AND FAILED A LIE DETECTOR TEST AS A RESULT. HE THEN RECANTED HIS TESTIMONY AND ADMITTED TO THE HARASSMENT. HE WAS CHARGED WITH LYING ON A SWORN STATEMENT AND GIVEN ONLY A NONJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT. HE WAS DEMOTE -- DEMOTED TWO RANKS BUT REMAINED ON ACTIVE DUTY. THE ASSAILANT GOT TO KEEP HIS JOB. PRIVATE KENYAN GOT POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER. FOR 16 YEARS THE CONGRESS AS BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS ISSUE. AND THERE HAVE BEEN 18 HEARINGS AND REPORTS. AND YET, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE STILL TESTIFIES THAT THERE ARE 19,000 RAPES THAT OCCUR IN THE MILITARY EVERY YEAR. AND WE HAVE DONE NOTHING ABOUT IT. I URGE SURVIVORS TO TELL THEIR STORIES BY WRITING TO STOP MILITARY RAPE AT MAIL.HOUSE.GOV. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK, FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR.

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    MR. FITZPATRICK

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE RECENT RELEASE OF THE MAY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE RECENT RELEASE OF THE MAY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AT 9.1% WAS A HARSH REMINDER THAT A JOBLESS RECOVERY IS NOT A RECOVERY AT ALL. I BELIEVE THAT IN ORDER FOR OUR ECONOMY TO GROW AND SMALL BUSINESSES TO CREATE JOBS, THE FIRST STEP MUST BE TO RESTORE FISCAL ORDER TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THIS YEAR OUR GOVERNMENT IS BORROWING 42 CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR THAT IT SPENDS. IN ADDITION TO BURDENING OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WITH AN ENORMOUS DEBT, SUCH RECKLESS SPENDING CROWDS OUT PRIVATE INVESTMENT AND COMPETES WITH SMALL BUSINESS FOR ACCESS TO CAPITAL. WHILE REDUCING OUR DEFICIT SPENDING IS AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP TO ECONOMIC RECOVERY, WE CAN AND WE MUST DO MORE. SINCE TAKING OFFICE, PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS DRAMATICALLY INCREASED THE REGULATORY BURDEN ON SMALL BUSINESSES. IN 2010 ALONE, THE ADMINISTRATION HAS HANDED DOWN 43 MAJOR NEW REGULATIONS, THE HIGHEST SINGLE YEAR INCREASE ON RECORD. THE PRESIDENT HAS ALSO USED THE REGULATORY PROCESS TO BLOCK DEVELOPMENT OF VAST DOMESTIC ENERGY SOURCES. THIS HAS LED TO COSTLY BURDENS THAT PREVENT SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH AS WELL AS HIGHER PRICES AT THE PUMP. WHILE REGULATIONS CAN HELP PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT, THEY SHOULD BE BASED ON COMMON SENSE AND NOT STIFLE GROWTH. RECENTLY I HELPED THE SMALL MANUFACTURER CUT THROUGH MONTHS OF COSTLY FEDERAL RED TAPE THAT PLAYED EXPANSION IN HIRING AT HIS FACILITY IN BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. WE MUST WORK TO MAKE SURE THAT UNNECESSARY AND DUPLICATIVE REGULATIONS DO NOT STAND IN THE WAY OF JOB CREATION IN OUR REGION AND ACROSS OUR GREAT NATION. FINALLY, WE MUST PROACTIVELY ENCOURAGE PRIVATE SECTOR JOB CREATION. I HAVE BEEN WORKING, MR. CHAIRMAN, ON TWO PIECES OF LEGISLATION IN THIS AREA. THE HIGHER JUST ONE ACT WOULD PROVIDE A ONE-TIME TAX CREDIT TO SMALL BUSINESSES THAT HIRE FULL-TIME PERMANENT EMPLOYEES THIS YEAR. I HAVE ALSO INTRODUCED THE FAIRNESS TO VETERANS ACT, WHICH WOULD EXTEND FEDERAL CONTRACTING PREFERENCES TO VETERAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESSES. THIS BILL IS DESIGNED TO HONOR THE SERVICE OF OUR NATION'S MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, AS WELL AS ADDRESS THE STAGGERING 21% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AMONG VETERANS RETURNING FROM IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. I'M COMMITTED TO WORKING TO FIX OUR ECONOMY AND MAKING SURE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS A PARTNER IN JOB CREATION NOT AN OBSTACLE TO IT. TOGETHER WE CAN GROW OUR ECONOMY AND CREATE PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN SESSION. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED TODAY BY OUR…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN SESSION. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED TODAY BY OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN, REVEREND PHIL HOSKINS, FROM THE HIGHER GROUND BAPTIST CHURCH, KINSPORT, TENNESSEE.

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    THE CHAPLAIN

    PRAY. HEAVENLY FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR THE GIFTS OF LIFE AND FREEDOM,…

    PRAY. HEAVENLY FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR THE GIFTS OF LIFE AND FREEDOM, THANK YOU FOR THE BLESSING OF CITIZENSHIP IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. TODAY I PRAY FOR OUR PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE. LORD, GRANT WISDOM TO OUR GOVERNING OFFICIALS. -- OFFICIALS AS THEY LEAD US DURING THESE CHAMMINGING TIMES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. MANY HAVE FORGOTTEN YOU AND MANY ALSO HAVE FORSAKEN YOU, BUT TODAY WE TURN TO YOU AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU AND YOU ALONE ARE THE SOURCE OF OUR STRENGTH AND SECURITY. HAVE MERCY UPON US, I PRAY. NOW I CLAIM THE PROMISE IN YOUR WORD AS WRITTEN IN SECOND CHRONICLES, CHAPTER 7, VERSE 14 , IF MY PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME WILL HUMBLE THEMSELVES AND PRAY AND SEEK MY FACE AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, THEN WILL I HEAR FROM HEAVEN AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN AND WILL HEAL THEIR LAND. IN JESUS' NAME, AMEN.

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    THE SPEAKER

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

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

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    MR. PITTS

    OUR GUESTS IN THE GALLERY TO JOIN US IN SING THE PLEDGE. I PLEDGE…

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

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    THE SPEAKER

    ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS ON EACH SIDE. WITHOUT OBJECTION,…

    ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS ON EACH SIDE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE --

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    IS REVEREND HOSKINS. HE SERVED AS A FULL-TIME SOUTHERN BAPTIST EVANGELIST…

    IS REVEREND HOSKINS. HE SERVED AS A FULL-TIME SOUTHERN BAPTIST EVANGELIST AND HAS CONDUCTED OVER 400 REVIVALS AND CRUSADES IN 28 STATES AND CANADA. HE'S NOW PASTOR OF HIGHER GROUND BAPTIST CHURCH IN KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE.

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    MR. ROE

    HIS CONGREGATION TO GROW FROM UNDER 200 TO WELL OVER 1,000 MEMBERS. LEAST…

    HIS CONGREGATION TO GROW FROM UNDER 200 TO WELL OVER 1,000 MEMBERS. LEAST HERE WITH HIS WIFE, BRENDA, AND HIS TWO BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS, MACKENZIE PAIGE AND MADISON JANE. IT IS AN HONOR TO SERVE WITH REVEREND HOSKINS, AND I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. SHULER.

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    MR. SHULER

    IT IS INDEED AN HONOR THAT YOU HAVE ASKED ONE OF MY DEAR FRIENDS, PHIL…

    IT IS INDEED AN HONOR THAT YOU HAVE ASKED ONE OF MY DEAR FRIENDS, PHIL HOSKINS TO COME AND PRESIDE OVER THE HOUSE THIS MORNING AND LEAD US IN PRAYER. A GENTLEMAN WHO BAPTIZED MY WIFE, WHO ADMINISTERED THE CEREMONY THAT MARRIED MY BROTHER AND HIS WIFE, AND SO PHIL HAS MEANT AN ABSOLUTE EVERYTHING TO ME AND MY FAMILY AND I LOVE HIM UNCONDITIONALLY, HE HAS BEEN A MAN OF GREAT CHARACTER, SOMEONE I CAN LEAN ON AND I'M THE JE LOUSE YOU HAVE HIM IN YOUR DISTRICT. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR WILL --

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    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRE THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15…

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRE THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS.

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    MR. POE

    I ASK TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. POE

    MET WITH PRIME MINISTER MALL KEY AND IT WAS SUGGESTED TO HIM THAT IRAQ…

    MET WITH PRIME MINISTER MALL KEY AND IT WAS SUGGESTED TO HIM THAT IRAQ ASSUME SOME COST FOR THE WAR OF LIBERATION. THE WAR HAS COST BILLIONS AN THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN LIVES. SINCE WE ARE REBUILDING IRAQ AND GIVEN THEM A FREE DEMOCRACY, IT SEEMS ONLY RIGHT THAT IRAQ AT LEAST CONSIDER PAYING FOR PART OF THE -- PART OF THE COSTS WITH FUTURE OIL REVENUES. I WAS SURPRISED THAT PRIME MINISTER MALL KEY REACTED WITH AN EMFAT -- MALIKI REACTED WITH AN EMPHATIC, NO WAY. EVEN -- LATER WE LEARNED THE PRIME MINISTER ORDERED THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS OUT OF IRAQ. LOOKS LIKE OUR QUESTIONS TO HIM WERE A POLITICAL I.E.D. AS THE DATE FOR OUR MILITARY LOOMS EVER CLOSER FOR DEPARTURE, THERE ARE REPORTS HE WANTS OUR MILITARY TO STAY LONGER AND AMERICANS TO PAY FOR IT. IRAQ SHOULD HELP PAY FOR THE NATION AMERICANS REBUILT AND LIBERATED AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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

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    MR. CICILLINE

    HONOR DYLAN NEIL OF HARBOR HIGH SCHOOL AND SAUL. THEY HAVE SHOWN…

    HONOR DYLAN NEIL OF HARBOR HIGH SCHOOL AND SAUL. THEY HAVE SHOWN THEMSELVES TO BE SOME OF THE NATION'S MOST DISTINGUISHED GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. THEY ARE TWO STUDENTS SELECTED AS PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS OF MORE THAN 3,000 AP LIP CANTS. IT RECOGNIZES GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, ARTISTIC ENDEAVORS AND CIVIC CONTRIBUTIONS. I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE JENNIFER STEWART AND KRISTEN BARRY, WHO WERE SELECTED BY DYLAN AND SAUL AS THEIR MOST INSPIRING AND TALENTED TEACHERS. I'M PLEASED TO JOIN THE WHITE HOUSE COMMISSION ON PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS AND THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IN RECOGNIZING DYLAN NEIL AND SAUL TOBIN. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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    MR. PITTS

    THAT ISRAEL SEEKS PEACE WITH HIS NEIGHBORS, UNFORTUNATELY ITS NEIGHBORS…

    THAT ISRAEL SEEKS PEACE WITH HIS NEIGHBORS, UNFORTUNATELY ITS NEIGHBORS DON'T FEEL THE SAME WAY. THE CHARTER OF HAMAS STATES THAT PEACEFUL SOLUTIONS ARE CONTRARY TO THEIR BELIEFS. AS A PARTY, THEY STAND FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL, A GLORIFY -- THEY GLORIFY THE MURDERS OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND MOURN THE DEATH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN. DESPITE THESE POSITIONS, HAMAS WAS WE CENTLY WELCOMED BACK INTO THE PALESTINIAN GOVERNMENT. AND EGYPT HAS OPENED THE BORDER TO THE GAZA STRIP. BY NO MEANS SHOULD U.S. TAXPAYER MONEY GO TO SUPPORT THESE MURDERS. WE CANNOT SUPPORT A PALESTINIAN GOVERNMENT THAT HAS NO INTENTION TO LIVE PEACEFULLY WITH ITS FREE AND DEMOCRATIC NEIGHBOR. WE MUST STOP SENDING HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN ANNUAL AID UNTIL ALL PARTIES IN THE PALESTINIAN GOVERNMENT RECOGNIZE THAT ISRAEL HAS A RIGHT TO EXIST. I YIELD BACK.

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

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    SPEAKER, SHOCKINGLY, INDIVIDUALS ON THE FEDERAL TERRORIST WATCH LIST ARE…

    SPEAKER, SHOCKINGLY, INDIVIDUALS ON THE FEDERAL TERRORIST WATCH LIST ARE NOT EXCLUDED FROM PURCHASING FIREARMS IN THE UNITED STATES. QUITE SIMPLY THIS MEANS YOU CAN BE ON A TERRORIST WATCH LIST AND BE PROHIBITED FROM BOARDING A PLANE BECAUSE WE THINK YOU'RE A TERRORIST BUT BUY A SEMIAUTOMATIC WEAPON. LAST WEEK, ADAM GADAIN URGED TERRORIST GROUP FOLLOWERS TO EXPLOIT THIS TERROR GAP IN OUR GUN LAWS. OUR ENEMIES, INTENT ON DESTROYING AMERICANS AND OUR WAY OF LIFE, HAVE MADE A CALCULATED DECISION THAT CONGRESS CARES MORE ABOUT PROTECTING THE GUN LOBBY AN THE SAFE I HAVE TO ITS CITIZENS.

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    MR. QUIGLEY

    THEY ARE CONVINCED WE LACK THE FORTITUDE TO CLOSE FWAPING LOOPHOLES AND…

    THEY ARE CONVINCED WE LACK THE FORTITUDE TO CLOSE FWAPING LOOPHOLES AND THEIR CONSISTENT CAMPAIGN TO STRIKE AGAIN ON OUR SOIL HAS NEW PROMISE. I WOULD LIKE TO -- I WOULD LOVE TO STAVEND HERE AND SAY OUR ENEMY HAS GROSSLY UNDERESTIMATED US, BUT I AM NOT CERTAIN I CAN. MY COLLEAGUES IN CONGRESS ARE FACED WITH A CRITICAL OPPORTUNITY TO DO THE RIGHT THING AN PASS THE MOST COMMON SENSE OF COMMON SENSE POLICIES BY CLOZZING THE TERROR GAP. AL QAEDA WILL BE WATCHING OUR RESPONSE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA.

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    HONOR A NATIVE MEMBER OF INDIANA'S NATIONAL GUARD TODAY, STAFF MEMBER…

    HONOR A NATIVE MEMBER OF INDIANA'S NATIONAL GUARD TODAY, STAFF MEMBER ANDRE CARBONAW WAS AWARDED AIR NATIONAL GUARD FOR 2010. IT'S DESIGNED TO RECOGNIZE MEMBER WHORS HARD WORKING, INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY AND CONTINUE TO ADVANCE THEMSELVES THROUGH EDUCATION. THEY COMPETE AT THE STATE LEVEL TO BECOME AIRMAN OF THE YEAR. HE RECEIVED HIS AWARD FRIDAY, MAYE 20, AT VICTORY FIELD IN INDIANAPOLIS.

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    MR. STUTZMAN

    INDIANA, AND A MECHANIC FOR THE 127TH FIGHTER WING IN FORT WAYNE, INDIANA.…

    INDIANA, AND A MECHANIC FOR THE 127TH FIGHTER WING IN FORT WAYNE, INDIANA. HE'S ALSO A FULL-TIME STUDENT AT INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY WHERE HE'S MAJORING IN AVIATION. I CONGRATULATE HIM FOR HIS ACHIEVEMENTS AND AISLE PROUD OF INDIANA'S 14,700 MEMBERS OF THE INDIANA ARMY AND AIR NATIONAL GUARD. OUR NATION OWES ENDLESS GRATITUDE TO THESE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WHO VOTED -- DEVOTED THEIR LIVES TO OUR SECURITY AND PRESERVATION OF OUR UNITY.

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    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MRS. CAPPS

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE MISGUIDED ATTACK ON MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. NO…

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE MISGUIDED ATTACK ON MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. NO MATTER WHAT THE OTHER SIDE SAYS, THEIR PLAN FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID WILL END THEM, LEAVING THEM NOTHING BUT A SHELL. THIS IS A WE OF PRIORITIES. WHICH IS THE BEST CHOICE? EITHER CLOSING THE DOUGHNUT HOLE SO SENIORS, INCLUDING 7,000 IN MY DISTRICT, DON'T HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THEIR MEDICATIONS AND PAYING THE RENT, OR GIVING HUGE SUBSIDIES TO OIL COMPANIES. OR THIS CHOICE, TELLING PEOPLE, INCLUDING 100,000 IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN THEIR 40'S AND 50'S TO HURRY UP AND SAVE ANOTHER $200,000 EACH BEFORE THEY RETIRE SO THEY CAN PAY FOR HEALTH CARE SINCE MEDICARE'S GUARANTEE IS GONE OR CONTINUING TAX BREAKS FOR MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET IS NOT A PLAN FOR OUR FUTURE, IT'S A RECIPE FOR DISASTER. IT ENDS MEDICARE AND MEDICAID, PUTS OUR SENIORS AT RISK. STAND UP FOR OUR CURRENT AND FUTURE SENIORS. THEY IS A -- SAY NO TO THE REPUBLICAN ATTACK ON MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    WE FOUND OUT LAST WEEK --

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    MR. HENSARLING

    FOUND OUT LAST WEEK THAT NEW BUSINESS CREATION IS AT A 17-YEAR LOW AND THE…

    FOUND OUT LAST WEEK THAT NEW BUSINESS CREATION IS AT A 17-YEAR LOW AND THE PEOPLE ARE ASKING, WHERE ARE THE JOBS. UNEMPLOYMENT HAS LANGUISHED AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND AMERICANS ARE ASKING, MR. PRESIDENT, WHERE ARE THE JOBS. ONE IN SEVEN FAMILIES ARE NOW ON FOOD STAMPS AND AMERICANS ARE ASKING, MR. PRESIDENT, WHERE ARE THE JOBS? THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS RELEASED THAT THE TIME IT TAKES TO GET A NEW JOB IS AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH AND AMERICANS ARE ASKING, MR. PRESIDENT, WHERE ARE THE JOBS? HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE A PLAN FOR AMERICA'S JOB CREATORS TO PUT THE NATION ON A FISCALLY SUSTAINABLE PATH TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE TO MAKE OUR TAX CODE REPETITIVE AND -- COMPETITIVE AND TAKE THE BURDEN OF REGULATION OFF OUR CREATORS TO AMERICAN WORKERS CAN GET THE PAYCHECKS THEY NEED AND DESERVE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    PLAN TO END MEDICARE, THE MORE THERE IS TO DISLIKE. SENIORS WILL PAY…

    PLAN TO END MEDICARE, THE MORE THERE IS TO DISLIKE. SENIORS WILL PAY $6,000 MORE IN ANNUAL OUT OF POCKET COSTS FOR MEDICATIONS.

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    MR. SIRES

    BE A SPIKE IN PREVENTIVE CARE BECAUSE FREE ANNUAL WELLNESS VISITS WILL BE…

    BE A SPIKE IN PREVENTIVE CARE BECAUSE FREE ANNUAL WELLNESS VISITS WILL BE ELIMINATED. INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE 54 YEARS OF AGE AND YOUNGER, INCLUDING 540,000 PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT WILL BE DENIED ACCESS TO MEDICARE'S GUARANTEED BENEFITS. IN ADDITION, IT SLASHES MEDICAID FUNDING BY $800 MILLION AND NEARLY 60 MILLION AMERICANS WILL BE IN JEOPARDY OF LOSING THEIR HEALTH CARE. FOR MY DISTRICT IN PARTICULAR, THEIR PLAN WILL IMPAIR THE HEALTH CARE OF 22,000 ELIGIBLE SENIORS WHO RELY ON MEDICAID TO SUPPLEMENT MEDICARE COVERAGE AND 82,000 CHILDREN WHO RECEIVE COVERAGE UNDER MEDICAID. NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO BE CUTTING VALUE USUAL SERVICES TO OUR MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS.

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    MR. MURPHY

    MASSIVE DEFICIENCIES IN MEDICARE CAUSING IT TO GO BANKRUPT. ONE IS THE…

    MASSIVE DEFICIENCIES IN MEDICARE CAUSING IT TO GO BANKRUPT. ONE IS THE INTRAVENOUS MEDICATION. BUT IT REQUIRES SPECIALIZED EQUIPMENT AND SUPERVISION AND OFF LASTS SEVERAL HOURS A DAY OVER A PERIOD OF SEVERAL WEEKS. IT'S VERY EXPENSIVE FOR PATIENTS TO GO THIS CARE IN THE HOSPITAL. ALTHOUGH PRIVATE PLANS HAVE BEEN COVERING THE THERAPY FOR DECADES, MEDICARE STILL FORCES PEOPLE TO GO TO A HOSPITAL WHERE THEY HAVE INCREASED RISK FOR INFECTION BY GOING THERE AND IT COSTS THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR DELIVERY AS OPPOSED TO HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS AT HOME. THAT'S WHY TODAY REPRESENTATIVE ELIOT ENGEL AND I ARE REINTRODUCING THE MEDICARE INFUSION HOME THERAPY ACT SO THE PATIENTS CAN RECEIVE THE TREATMENT IN THEIR HOME AT A LOWER COST. OUR BILL SAVES TAXPAYERS MONEY, ABOUT $6 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, OUR PROOF IS THAT THIS IS ONE MORE WAY WE CAN FIND SIGNIFICANT SAVINGS IN MEDICARE THAN SIMPLY WAITING FOR THE PROGRAM TO GO BANKRUPT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT OUR BILL TO GIVE PATIENTS BETTER QUALITY AND CARE AT LOWER COSTS. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S

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  • 12:16:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. WITHOUT…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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  • 12:17:07 PM

    MR. BACK YO

    YO: MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA'S SENIORS HAVE GIVEN A LIFETIME OF SERVICE TO OUR…

    YO: MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA'S SENIORS HAVE GIVEN A LIFETIME OF SERVICE TO OUR NATION. IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO DEMONSTRATE THE SAME COMMITMENT TO THEM BY PROVIDING A SAFETY NET LIKE MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. SADLY THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET WILL HAVE THE DEVASTATING IMPACT ON OUR SENIORS. FORCING MANY OF THEM TO SELL THEIR HOMES AND RELY ON THEIR CHILDREN JUST TO GET BY BECAUSE THEY CAN'T AFFORD HEALTH COVERAGE. IN MY DISTRICT ALONE, THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PLAN WOULD THROW UTE -- OUT, $3,200 MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES IN THE PRESCRIBED DOUGHNUT HOLE. ELIMINATE PREVENTIVE CARE BENEFITS FOR 56,000 SENIORS. DENY 630,000 INDIVIDUALS AGE 54 AND YOUNGER GUARANTEED MEDICARE COVERAGE. JEOPARDIZE NURSING HOME CARE FOR 1,100 SENIORS WHOSE EXPENSES ARE PAID BY MEDICARE. YES, WE MUST LOWER THE DEFICIT WITH INTELLIGENT SPENDING CUTS. BUT IT IS WRONG TO BALANCE THE BUDGET BY CUTTING VITAL SERVICE TO THE AMERICAN SENIORS. LET'S PRESERVE MEDICARE, MEDICAID. LET'S WORK TOGETHER, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, AND FIND A SOLUTION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:18:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA. WITHOUT OBJECTION. SO ORDERED.

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    SPEAKER, WE ARE AT A GREAT TURNING POINT IN HISTORY WHEN IT COMES TO THE…

    SPEAKER, WE ARE AT A GREAT TURNING POINT IN HISTORY WHEN IT COMES TO THE SURVIVAL OF MEDICARE. MR.

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  • 12:18:47 PM

    MR. FLEMING

    THE C.M.S. ACTUARY JUST INFORMED US THAT MEDICARE WILL BECOME INSOLVENT IN…

    THE C.M.S. ACTUARY JUST INFORMED US THAT MEDICARE WILL BECOME INSOLVENT IN JUST 12 YEARS. THAT MEANS THAT IF YOU ARE ON MEDICARE OR EXPECT TO BE ON MEDICARE IN THE NEXT 12 YEARS, YOU NEED TO THINK ABOUT HOW YOU WILL FINANCE YOUR HEALTH CARE AFTER THAT PERIOD. WHAT IS THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN OR THE DEMOCRAT CONGRESSIONAL PLAN? SORRY, THERE IS NO PLAN. WHEN ASKED MR. PRESIDENT WHY NO PLAN WHEN THE LAW REQUIRES YOU TO HAVE ONE? HE SAID, AND I PARAPHRASE, THAT HE WOULD RATHER REPUBLICANS TAKE THE LEAD SO HE CAN DEMAGOGUE OURS. NEVER MIND THAT OBAMACARE TAKES ONE HALF TRILLION DOLLARS FROM MEDICARE TO SUBSIDIZE ITS CRAZY SCHEMES. IN THE RYAN BUDGET PLAN THAT WAS PASSED HERE IN THIS CHAMBER HAS THE ONLY CREDIBLE PLAN TO SAVE MEDICARE. IT ENSURES TRADITIONAL MEDICARE COVERAGE INDEFINITELY IF YOU ARE OVER 54 YEARS OF AGE. IT PROVIDES FOR A CHOICE AMONG MANY PRIVATE PLANS BASED ON FINANCIAL NEED FOR THOSE WHO ARE UNDER. IT IS TIME CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS AND THE PRESIDENT STEP UP ON THIS VITAL ISSUE. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:19:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    MR. SPEAKER, THE MORE PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT THE REPUBLICAN PLAN FOR MEDICARE,…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE MORE PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT THE REPUBLICAN PLAN FOR MEDICARE, THE LESS THEY LIKE IT. SO IT'S NO WONDER THAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO PREVENT HOUSE MEMBERS FROM TELLING OUR CONSTITUENTS ABOUT THE PLAN TO END MEDICARE BY ACTUALLY SENSORING OUR MAILINGS TO OUR OWN DISTRICTS. THE DEMOCRATS AREN'T ALONE IN SAYING THE REPUBLICAN PLAN ENDS MEDICARE. TOM SCULLY, FORMER BUSH ADMINISTRATION HEAD OF MEDICARE, SAYS THE REPUBLICAN PLAN, QUOTE, GETS RID OF THE CURRENT MEDICARE PROGRAM, UNQUOTE, AND THAT IS IT IS, QUOTE, A FUNDAMENTAL STRUCTURAL CHANGE IN THE PROGRAM, UNQUOTE. IT'S SO FUNDAMENTAL THE BEGINNING IN 2022 THE OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS FOR ENROLLEES WOULD DOUBLE AND THEY WOULD BE FORCED TO PICK A PRIVATE INSURANCE PLAN WITHOUT GUARANTEED BENEFITS. REPUBLICANS CAN CALL THEIR PLAN WHATEVER THEY WANT. SORT OF CARE, MAYBE CARE. WE DON'T CARE. BUT THEY CAN'T CALL IT MEDICARE. THEY CAN TRY ALL THEY WANT BUT THEY CAN'T KEEP SENIORS FROM LEARNING THE TRUTH. THIS PROGRAM THAT THEY INTRODUCED ENDS MEDICARE.

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  • 12:21:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. WITHOUT…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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  • 12:21:32 PM

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    THEY HAVE FAILED A BUDGET --

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    MR. BRAWN

    A BUDGET --

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    MR. BROWN

    THEY HAVE FAILED A BUDGET. IN 13 SHORT YEARS MEDICARE'S HOSPITAL INSURANCE…

    THEY HAVE FAILED A BUDGET. IN 13 SHORT YEARS MEDICARE'S HOSPITAL INSURANCE TRUST FUND WILL RUN COMPLETELY OUT OF MONEY. BANKRUPTING THIS PROGRAM WILL LEAVE MANY OF OUR NATION'S SENIORS HIGH AND DRY. AND OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS WITHOUT A HEALTH CARE PROGRAM TO DEPEND UPON. GUESS WHAT? THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DOESN'T CARE. INSTEAD OF MAKING MEDICARE REFORM A TOP PRIORITY, THE ADMINISTRATION IS PASSING IT OFF TO A PANEL OF UNQUALIFIED BUREAUCRATS LIKE IT WAS BUSY WORK THAT THEY COULDN'T BE BOTHERED WITH. MR. SPEAKER, MEDICARE'S GOING BROKE. THAT'S A REALITY THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS TO FACE. THE PROGRAM IS ALREADY DRIVING UP THE LARGER THAN LIFE DEBT AND IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE FROM HERE. I URGE THE ADMINISTRATION TO AT LEAST PRESENT US WITH ONE OPTION FOR FIXING MEDICARE'S PRESENT MONEY PROBLEM, AND IF THEY CAN'T THE HOUSE G.O.P. DOCTORS HAVE PLENTY OF SUGGESTIONS WHERE TO BEGIN. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:22:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MR. YARMUTH

    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. YARMUTH

    MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I CAME TO CONGRESS I WAS A NEWSPAPER EDITOR IN…

    MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I CAME TO CONGRESS I WAS A NEWSPAPER EDITOR IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, AND AS AN EDITOR MY JOB WAS TO MAKE SURE OUR STORIES REVEALED THE TRUTH AND MAKE SURE THINGS ARE EASIER TO UNDERSTAND FOR THE READERS. RIGHT NOW THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN CONGRESS IS TRYING TO HIDE THE FACTS FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. EVER SINCE THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE IN NEW YORK LOST THE SPECIAL ELECTION IN A HEAVILY REPUBLICAN DISTRICT, BECAUSE SHE SUPPORTED THAT RECKLESS G.O.P. PLAN TO END MEDICARE, THE MAJORITY IN THIS BODY HAS BEEN PETRIFIED ABOUT WHAT IT MIGHT MEAN FOR THEIR POLITICAL CAREERS IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ACTUALLY FOUND OUT THE TRUTH AND THEY ARE DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO HIDE THE TRUTH. THE REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED FRANCING COMMISSION, WHICH CONTROLS CONTENTS FROM CONGRESSIONAL OFFICES, IS DICTATING ANY REFERENCE TO THE END OF MEDICARE BE CUT OUT FROM CORRESPONDENT. WHENEVER THE WORD END IS USED THEY HAVE TO SAY WE USE THE WORD CHANGE. THEY WON'T LET THE TRUTH BE TOLD. BUT THE TRUTH IS, IF YOU ELIMINATED SOMETHING, YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED IT, YOU CAN'T CHANGE SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN KILLED. THAT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW. THAT'S WHAT THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IS TRYING TO HIDE. BUT THEY WILL NOT DECEIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:24:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA. WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 12:24:09 PM

    MR. WILSON

    YESTERDAY MARKED THE BIRTHDAY OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY. 236 YEARS AGO THE…

    YESTERDAY MARKED THE BIRTHDAY OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY. 236 YEARS AGO THE UNITED STATES ARMY WAS ESTABLISHED TO DEFEND OUR FAMILIES. THE ARMY BEGAN JUNE 14, 1775, AS THE CONTINENTAL ARMY. THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS ESTABLISHED THE ARMY TO COORDINATE MILITARY EFFORTS AMONG THE 13 INDEPENDENT COLONIES. WITH VICTORY IN THE COLD WAR, MORE PEOPLE AND MORE COUNTRIES TODAY LIVE IN DEMOCRACY, FREEDOM, AND PEACE THAN IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. DUE TO THE SUCCESS OF AMERICA'S MILITARY. PROMOTING THE VALUES OF LOYALTY, DUTY, RESPECT, SELF-LESS SERVICE, HONOR, INTEGRITY, AND PERSONAL COURAGE. TODAY'S SOLDIERS REPRESENT THE BEST OF OUR NATION. AS THE GRATEFUL SON OF AN ARMY AIR CORPS FLYING TIGER, AS THE 31-YEAR VETERAN OF THE ARMY RESERVES AND ARMY NATIONAL GUARD, I KNOW FIRSTHAND THE CONFIDENCE AND PATRIOTISM THAT SERVICE MEMBERS, ESPECIALLY MY WIFE AND I ARE GRATEFUL TO HAVE THREE SONS CURRENTLY SERVING IN THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD. MY YOUNGEST SON, SECOND LIEUTENANT HUNTER TAYLOR WILSON, WAS COMMISSIONED LAST MONTH AN ENGINEER THROUGH THE CLEMSON UNIVERSITY ROTC. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS, WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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  • 12:25:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. WITHOUT…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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  • 12:25:31 PM

    MR. CONNOLLY

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO OBJECT TO THE FRANKING COMMISSION THE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO OBJECT TO THE FRANKING COMMISSION THE MAJORITY, EXERCISE IN BLATANT AND TRANSPARENT CENSORSHIP ON A MEDICARE MAILING AND I OTHER COLLEAGUES OF MINE WISH TO SEND TO OUR CONSTITUENTS. I'M NOT ALLOWED TO CALL IT THE RYAN BUDGET EVEN THOUGH THE REPUBLICANS CALLED IT THE RYEANT BUDGET, BECAUSE IT'S BECOME UNPOPULAR. I'M NOT ALLOWED TO REFER TO CHANGING MEDICARE TO A VOUCHER SYSTEM EVEN THOUGH MR. RYAN HIMSELF REFERRED TO IT AS A VOUCHER SYSTEM. I MUST NOW CALL IT A PREMIUM SUPPORT SYSTEM. THESE CHANGES AMONG MANY OTHERS ARE CENSORSHIP AT ITS WORSE WHEN WE DON'T LIKE SOMETHING, WHEN IT'S NOT GOING WELL FOR US ON THE MAJORITY SIDE, WE SUPPRESS IT. THIS CENSORSHIP WOULD MAKE FORMER SOVIET CENSORS BLUSH AT THE BREATHTAKING NATURE AND SWEEPING SCOPE OF THE SUPPRESSION OF FREE EXPRESSION, FREE IDEAS HERE IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:26:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA. WITHOUT…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA. WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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  • 12:26:33 PM

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    ABOUT JOBS. LAST WEEK DURING THE DISTRICT WORK PERIOD I MET WITH LOCAL…

    ABOUT JOBS. LAST WEEK DURING THE DISTRICT WORK PERIOD I MET WITH LOCAL BUSINESS LEADERS, TOURED BUSINESSES THROUGHOUT MY DISTRICT, AND LISTENED TO THEIR CONCERNS. IT SHOULD NOT COME AS A SURPRISE TO ANYONE THE MAIN TOPIC OF CONVERSATION WAS WHERE ARE THE JOBS? AND WHAT IS THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY? OVER AND OVER THE SMALL BUSINESS LEADERS TOLD ME THAT GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS AND UNCERTAINTY ARE NEGATIVELY AFFECTING THEIR ABILITY TO GROW AND CREATE JOBS. BUSINESSES ARE AFRAID TO INVEST IN THE FUTURE DUE TO THE UNCERTAINTY OF OUR TAX CODE, INCREASED COSTS AND REGULATIONS STEMMING FROM THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WHICH THEY CAN'T AFFORD, AND INCREASE BURDENS OF OUT-OF-CONTROL REGULATORY PROCESS THAT HAS STIFLED JOB CREATION. JUST YESTERDAY THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS RELEASED THE REPORT SHOWING A DECLINE IN OPTIMISM OF SMALL BUSINESSES FOR A THIRD CONSECUTIVE MONTH. IT'S BEEN 28 MONTHS SINCE THE ILL-CONCEIVED STIMULUS PASSED AND A YEAR SINCE THE RECOVERY SUMMER WAS DECLARED. YET 1.9 MILLION FEWER AMERICANS HAVE JOBS. THIS IS WHY WE NEED TO GET OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER, CUT SPENDING, REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. .

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  • 12:27:40 PM

    MR. BUCSHON

    THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY GETS THE MESSAGE AND EVERYTHING WE ARE DOING IS…

    THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY GETS THE MESSAGE AND EVERYTHING WE ARE DOING IS CREATE A CLIMATE WHERE WE CAN EXPAND AND CREATE JOBS IN AMERICA.

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  • 12:27:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA.

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    MS. BROWN

    TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

  • 12:27:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 12:27:57 PM

    MS. BROWN

    I LISTENED WITH GREAT INTEREST LAST NIGHT ON THE DEBATE PERTAINING TO…

    I LISTENED WITH GREAT INTEREST LAST NIGHT ON THE DEBATE PERTAINING TO CUTTING FUNDS FOR CHILDREN AND WOMEN WITH THE AGRICULTURE UREL DEPARTMENT. I'M GREATLY DISTURBED BY THE ASSERTION THAT WE SHOULD DO THAT AND CUT PROGRAMS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS AND THE DISABLED BECAUSE OF THE BUDGETARY PROBLEMS THAT WE ARE HAVING HERE IN WASHINGTON. YES, WE ARE HAVING PROBLEMS. BUT THOSE PROBLEMS DID NOT START 18 MONTHS AGO. AND THOSE PROBLEMS HAVE BEEN GOING ON FOR A VERY LONG TIME. AND WE ARE MAKING DECISIONS. WHEN WE VOTED, NOT I, IN DECEMBER, TO GIVE BILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES $780 BILLION AND THEN IN JUNE AND APRIL YOU SAY YOU DON'T HAVE MONEY FOR PENSION CHECKS AND YOU DON'T HAVE MONEY FOR SENIOR CITIZENS AND YOU DON'T HAVE MONEY FOR CHILDREN AND BABIES, IT'S A MISPRIORITY. AND FOR PEOPLE TO GET ON THIS FLOOR AND CONSTANTLY TALK ABOUT THE RECOVERY AND THE NUMBER OF JOBS, WELL, I WANT TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD THE NUMBER OF JOBS THAT WERE SAVED IN FLORIDA AND GEORGIA AND OTHER PLACES BECAUSE OF THE RECOVERY ACT.

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  • 12:29:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. -- THE…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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  • 12:29:23 PM

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    WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE BUSINESSES TO INVEST AND EXPAND HERE AT HOME. ONE WAY…

    WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE BUSINESSES TO INVEST AND EXPAND HERE AT HOME. ONE WAY THAT WE CAN DO THAT IS THROUGH CORPORATE TAX REFORM, ELIMINATING TAX LOOPHOLES THAT CURRENTLY EXIST IN THE SYSTEM. ONE THING IS CLEAR, INCREASES IN TAXES WITHOUT SPENDING REFORM CANNOT WORK. . IT'S TIME TO START EMPOWERING BUSINESSES TO GET THE ECONOMY MOVING AGAIN. ILLINOIS HAS LOST 7,000 JOBS OVER THE LAST DECADE. NOW WE HAVE TO FOCUS ON JOB CREATION. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:30:01 PM

    MR. DOLD

    BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    OBAMA MADE A JOKE ABOUT HIS STIMULUS PACKAGE. REMEMBER THE SHOVEL-READY…

    OBAMA MADE A JOKE ABOUT HIS STIMULUS PACKAGE. REMEMBER THE SHOVEL-READY PROJECTS? THEY WERE A BIG SELLING POINT. THE PRESIDENT SAID SOME WEREN'T AS SHOVEL-READY AS WE THOUGHT. SOME GOT A CHUCKLE OUT OF THAT LINE BUT THERE'S NOTHING FUNNY ABOUT THIS FAILURE.

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  • 12:31:25 PM

    MR. QUAYLE

    STATES, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. WE HAVE…

    STATES, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. WE HAVE A HOUSING MARKET THAT'S COLLAPSED. MR. SPEAKER, WE'LL NEVER GET OUR ECONOMY GROWING AGAIN UNLESS WE SEE DRASTIC IMPROVEMENTS IN UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE HOUSING SECTOR. OUR COUNTRY IS AT ITS BEST WHEN WE UNLEASH THE INGENUITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE HAS A REAL AND ACTIONABLE JOBS PLAN THAT WILL PUT AMERICA BACK TO WORK. THAT WILL GIVE OUR ENTREPRENEURS AND INNOVATORS FREEDOM FROM THE REGULATORY BURDENS AND HIGH TAXES HOLDING THEM BACK. WE MUST TAKE ACTION TO GET THIS ECONOMY GOING AGAIN AND THAT'S WHAT OUR PLAN DOES. PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SPEECHES, POLICIES AND COUNCIL MEETINGS ARE NOT ENOUGH. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:32:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    RISE TODAY TO RECALL A PROMISE THAT WE HEARD MANY TIMES FROM THIS…

    RISE TODAY TO RECALL A PROMISE THAT WE HEARD MANY TIMES FROM THIS PRESIDENT AND HIS ADMINISTRATION THAT UNDER HIS HEALTH CARE LAW, IF YOU LIKE YOUR INSURANCE, YOU CAN KEEP IT. UNFORTUNATELY, IT SEEMS THAT THAT PROMISE WAS AN EMPTY ONE AND IT WILL AFFECT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. A RECENT -- RECENT STUDY FOUND THAT 30% AND PERHAPS AS MANY AS HALF EMPLOYERS SAY THEY WILL PROBABLY OR DEFINITELY STOP OFFERING HEALTH CARE COVERAGE TO THEIR EMPLOYEES AFTER 2014. THESE ARE ASTOUNDING STATISTICS AND THEY REVEAL THE FALLACY WE HEARD SO FREQUENTLY THAT IF YOU LIKE YOUR PLAN, YOU CAN KEEP IT. WITH EVERY PASSING DAY, WE FIND OUT MORE AND MORE WHAT'S IN THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE LAW AND WE FIND OUT WHAT'S -- THAT IT HURTS MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS HOLDING BACK OUR ECONOMY AND KILLING JOB CREATION. THIS STUDY IS JUST ONE MORE REASON FOR THE HOUSE TO REDOUBLE ITS EFFORTS TO REPEAL THIS LAW. AND REPLACE IT WITH LEGISLATION THAT WILL CONTROL THE COST OF HEALTH CARE WHILE PRESERVING INDIVIDUAL FREEDOMS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:33:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    WHO IS RETIRING FROM KVPT. I INTERNED UNDER HIM AT CHANNEL 5. I LEARNED A…

    WHO IS RETIRING FROM KVPT. I INTERNED UNDER HIM AT CHANNEL 5. I LEARNED A LOT THAT SEMESTER WATCHING JIM, WHOSE COMMITMENT TO BALANCED NEWS REPORTING SET A HIGH STANDARD FOR OTHER NEWS CASTERS.

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  • 12:34:03 PM

    MR. ROONEY

    TO QUALITY NEWS COVERAGE HAS EARNED HIM A TELLY AND AN EMMY HE SERVED HIS…

    TO QUALITY NEWS COVERAGE HAS EARNED HIM A TELLY AND AN EMMY HE SERVED HIS COUNTRY HONORABLY FOR FIVE YEARS IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY. HE CONTINUES TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY WHERE HE'S ACTIVE IN SEVERAL ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS. HE'S WIDELY RECOGNIZED FOR HIS THURSDAY'S CHILD FEATURE WHICH FOR 30 YEARS PROFILED CHILDREN TO HELP THEM FIND FOREVER ADOPTIVE PARENTS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR COMMUNITY. YOU'RE A TRULY -- YOU'RE TRULY A PILLAR OF THE TREASURE COAST AND PALM BEACH COUNTY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:34:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    THE CLERK

    MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION AND…

    MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION AND RELATED AGENCIES AND PROGRAMS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2012, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 01:04:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE ON TUESDAY, JUNE 14, A REQUEST OF A…

    WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE ON TUESDAY, JUNE 14, A REQUEST OF A RECORDED VOTE OF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. RICHARDSON, HAD BEEN POSTPONED AND THE BILL HAD BEEN READ THROUGH LINE 17. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 01:05:12 PM

    THE CLERK

    18, NATURAL CONSERVATION RESOURCES. $7,950 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL…

    18, NATURAL CONSERVATION RESOURCES. $7,950 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2013. WATERSHED REHABILITATION PROGRAM, $15 MILLION.

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  • 01:05:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF…

    NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA.

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  • 01:05:44 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 01:05:48 PM

    MR. BROUN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, MY AMENDMENT WOULD ELIMINATE ONE OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, MY AMENDMENT WOULD ELIMINATE ONE OF 20 DIFFERENT PROGRAMS THAT USDA OPERATES, THE WATER REHABILITATION PROGRAM. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, MY GOOD FRIEND FROM GEORGIA, HAS STATED DURING DEBATE ON FUNDING FOR AGRICULTURE PROGRAMS THAT HE HOPES TO SEE A REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF FEDERAL PROGRAMS INCLUDED IN THIS BILL. I UNDERSTAND THAT SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN THIS PROGRAM. BUT WHEN WE HAVE A PROGRAM, ITS FUNDING PROJECTS IN ONLY A HANDFUL OF STATES, WE MUST TAKE A LONG, HARD LOOK AT OUR PRIORITIES. MR. CHAIRMAN, EVEN THE PRESIDENT DID NOT REQUEST FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM. IT CANNOT BE UNDERSTATED THAT WE ARE FACING UNPRECEDENTED FISCAL CHALLENGES IN OUR NATION. WE JUST SIMPLY HAVE TO STOP SPENDING MONEY THAT WE DON'T HAVE AND WE HAVE TO START CREATING JOBS OUT IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. AND MY AMENDMENT WILL, BY CUTTING THIS PROGRAM, WILL HELP TO STOP THE BLEEDING ECONOMICALLY THAT WE'RE HAVING. THE CONSEQUENCES OF FAILURE TO REDUCE SPENDING JEOPARDIZE THE CURRENT AND FUTURE STABILITY OF THE NATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:07:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 01:07:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT AND I THINK IT…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT AND I THINK IT MIGHT BE WORTHWHILE TO EXPLAIN FOR JUST A MOMENT WHAT THE SMALL WATERSHED PROGRAM IS AND THE SMALL WATERSHED REHABILITATION PROGRAM IS ALL ABOUT. THESE EFFORTS WERE BEGUN IN THE 1930'S, I'M SORRY, THE 1940'S AND 1950'S IN THIS BODY TO ADDRESS FLOODING CONDITIONS. UNDER THIS PROGRAM, 10,000 SMALL EARTHEN DAMS WERE BUILT ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WORKING IN INTERLOCKING SERIES TO PREVENT DOWNSTREAM FLOODING BY CAPTURING FLOODWATERS AT THE SOURCE.

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  • 01:07:59 PM

    MR. LUCAS

    LIKE ANYTHING, AFTER 50 YEARS, ITS LIFE EXPECT ANTI-- EXPECTANCY CAN BE…

    LIKE ANYTHING, AFTER 50 YEARS, ITS LIFE EXPECT ANTI-- EXPECTANCY CAN BE EXPECTED TO COME TO AN A CONCLUSION SYSTEM OF WE MADE THE REHABILITATION PROGRAM TO EXTEND THEIR LIFE SPAN. NOW BASED ON MODERN TECHNOLOGIES THESE 50-YEAR STRUCTURES WILL WIND UP WITH 150-YEAR TOTAL LIFE EXPECTANCY IN MANY INSTANCES. THIS IS WHERE THE -- THIS IS A PROGRAM WHERE REHABILITATION RESOURCES ARE BASED ON NEED, AS SCORED BY USDA. THE MONEY IS MADE AVAILABLE AND AS THE STRUCTURES NEED WORK, THEY ARE PRIORITIZED. IT'S A WONDERFUL WAY TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE. NOW, IF YOU LOOK AT THE AMOUNT OF PROPERTY AND LIFE AND INFRASTRUCTURE THAT HAVE BEEN PROTECTED IN THE LIFE OF THESE PROGRAMS, IT'S ALMOST INCALCULABLE. IN OKLAHOMA IN THE RANGE OF $81 MILLION A YEAR WORTH OF PROPERTY SAVED. MY COLLEAGUE ALLUDED TO PROGRAMS THAT ONLY AFFECT LIMITED NUMBERS OF AIR CRAS. I WOULD NOTE EVEN IN THE GREAT STATE OF GEORGIA, THERE ARE 357 OF THESE WATERSHED STRUCTURES. THERE ARE 69 THAT IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS WILL NEED THE REHABILITATION PROGRAM. THERE ARE BENEFITS IN EVERY STATE. I WOULD SIMPLY SAY, IF YOU CARE AND BELIEVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE IS PART OF OUR RESPONSIBILITY IF YOU BELIEVE THAT PROTECTING EVERY LIFE FROM BELOW THAT DAM ALL THE WAY TO THE OCEAN IS IMPORTANT AND THE PROPERTY, THEN THIS IS A WISE, SMALL USE OF RESOURCES. WHAT MY FRIEND ATTEMPTS TO DO HERE IS TO ZERO OUT THE WHOLE PROGRAM. NO MONEY FOR REHAB THIS YEAR. NO MONEY FOR REHAB THIS YEAR. THAT WOULD BE A TRAVESTY. THAT WOULD BE A TRAGIC USE OF RESOURCES IN THE PAST. IT'S IMPORTANT, EDGE, THAT WE CONTINUE THIS PROGRAM.

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  • 01:10:06 PM

    MR. LUCAS

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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    CHAIRMAN OF THE AGRICULTURE KNOWS AND IS AWARE OF, WANTS TO UNDERSCORE THE…

    CHAIRMAN OF THE AGRICULTURE KNOWS AND IS AWARE OF, WANTS TO UNDERSCORE THE POINT THAT YOU JUST MADE, THE ORDINARY, MANDATORY, AUTHORIZATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS $165 MILLION, THAT HAS BEEN ZEROED OUT AND THE ONLY THING WE'RE DOING THIS YEAR IS THIS $15 MILLION AND SO EVEN AT THE CURRENT $15 MILLION LEVEL, IT'S STILL $150 MILLION LESS THAN IT ORDINARILY HAS BEEN.

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  • 01:10:34 PM

    MR. LUCAS

    I WOULD SAY, RECLAIMING MY TIME, THAT THE GENTLEMAN IS RIGHT. S THAT…

    I WOULD SAY, RECLAIMING MY TIME, THAT THE GENTLEMAN IS RIGHT. S THAT DRAMATIC REDUCTION OVER WHAT HAD BEEN EXPECTED DURING THE FARM BILL YET THIS $15 MILLION WILL DO TREMENDOUS WORK AND IT'S ALLOCATED ON A 65-35 COST BASIS. LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT HAVE TO COME UP WITH A THIRD OF THE MONEY, MORE THAN A THIRD OF THE MONEY, TO BE ABLE TO IMPLEMENT THESE REHABILITATION PROGRAMS. FOR THESE FEW PENNIES, BASED ON NEED, NOT ANYONE'S POLITICAL PRIORITIES BUT BASED ON NEED. THIS IS AN EXCEPTIONAL PROGRAM. I WOULD ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO TURN BACK THIS AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:11:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME? SEEING NONE, THE QUESTION SON THE QUESTION OFFER -- THE QUESTION SON…

    TIME? SEEING NONE, THE QUESTION SON THE QUESTION OFFER -- THE QUESTION SON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE NOES HAVE IT. THE SEAMENT NOT AGREED TO. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 01:11:34 PM

    THE CLERK

    SALARIES AND EXPENSES INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS, $166,11,000. RURAL…

    SALARIES AND EXPENSES INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS, $166,11,000. RURAL HOUSING SERVICE. RURAL HOUSING INSURANCE FUND PROGRAM ACCOUNT, INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS FOR THE COST OF DIRECT AND GUARANTEED LOANS, $40 MILLION. IN ADDITION, FOR THE COST OF DIRECT LOANS, DELRKS 12,500,000, IN ADDITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES, $12 MILLION, RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, $890 MILLION. MULTIFAMILY HOUSING REVITALIZATION PROGRAM ACCOUNT, $11 MILLION.

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  • 01:12:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 01:12:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    BY MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA, PAGE 32, LINE 5, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT,…

    BY MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA, PAGE 32, LINE 5, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT, INCREASED BY $100 BILLION. PAGE 35, LINE 1, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT, INCREASED BY $149 MILLION. PAGE 39, LINE 23, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT, REDEUCED BY $200 MILLION.

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  • 01:13:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS BEING DISTRIBUTED.

  • 01:13:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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    MR. GOSAR

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M OFFERING AN AMENDMENT THAT OFFERS A BILLION…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M OFFERING AN AMENDMENT THAT OFFERS A BILLION DOLLAR FOOD FOR PEACE PROGRAM. REGARDLESS OF ITS MERIT, OUR COUNTRY IS DEEP IN DEBT AND WE HAVE PROBLEMS IN AMERICA, PARTICULARLY IN RURAL AMERICA, THAT NEED OUR ATTENTION. THE REASONS FOR MY AMENDMENT ARE MORE DIRECT. THE CURRENT FUNDING FOR BUDGET AT OVER $1 BILLION, WE STAND TODAY WITH A $14.3 TRILLION DEFICIT. AT THE SAME TIME, WE HAVE UNMET NEEDS IN OUR OWN BACK YARD. MY AMENDMENT CUT $300 MILLION FROM THIS PROGRAM AND SETS ASIDE $100 MILLION INTO THE SPENDING REDUCTION ACCOUNT. THEN OF THE REMAINING $00 MILLION, $100 MILLION EACH IS DIRECTED INTO THE RURAL DEVELOPMENT TITLE 3 HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. THE REASON FOR THIS AMENDMENT IS STRAIGHTFORWARD. PARTS OF RURAL AMERICA RIVAL PARKING LOTS OF SOME THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES WHERE WE SPEND TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. WE NEED TO FOCUS ON OUR OWN PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES BEFORE WE SPEND MONEY IN FOREIGN LANDS. ONE EXAMPLE IS THE AREA KNOWN AS THE FORMER BENNETT FREEZE AREA, AN AREA OF 100 MILLION ACRES OF NAVAJO RESERVATION. WHERE THE -- WHERE 0% OF THE HOMES HAVE NO ELECTRICITY. THERE ARE FEW PAVED ROADS OR COMMUNICATION STRUCTURES. HOW DO WE JUSTIFY SPENDING $1 BILLION IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES WHEN WE HAVE SO MANY UNMET NEEDS IN THE UNITED STATES. THE WORLD DEVELOPMENT LOAN PROGRAM WOULD RECEIVE ADDITIONAL FUNDING THIS UNDER THIS AMENDMENT, A PROGRAM THAT GETS HIGH MARKS FOR SUCCESS SYSTEM OF TOO WOULD THE MULTIFAMILY HOUSING REVITALIZATION PROGRAM. WITH MILLIONS OF PEOPLE LOSING HOMES, THEY ARE MOVING INTO MULTIUNIT HOUSING. THIS PROGRAM WOULD HELP AMERICANS, IT IS EASY TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE EMOTIONAL APPEAL PROGRAM LIKE FOOD FOR PEACE MAY HAVE, A PROGRAM THAT WOULD BE REDUCED BY THIS AMENDMENT. BUT ULTIMATELY, WE ARE USING TAXPAYER MONEY FOR CHARITY. IMPROVING LITERACY, REDEUCING HUNGER, EDUCATING GIRLS IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES ARE ISSUES THAT ARE CHARITABLE AND EMOTIONALLY APPEALING BUT WE HAVE OUR OWN LITERACY, HUNGER AND GENDER ISSUES IN OUR OWN COUNTRY. AT A TIME WHEN WE HAVE A $14.33 TRILLION DEBT, MASSIVE UNEMPLOYMENT AND RATES OF POVERTY AND SCHOOL UNDERPERFORMANCE, WE SHOULD FOCUS HERE AT HOME. WE OWE IT TO OUR CONSTITUENTS, THE TAX PAYERS TO HELP THEM. SURELY ONE CAN SEE THIS PROGRAM HAS LAUDABLES A PRAGES BUT THAT WON'T HELP THE U.S. ECONOMY OR TABBLINGS PAYER. -- TAXPAYER. PRESIDENT OBAMA ISSUED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TO HAVE A COMMISSION TO CREATE PROBLEMS IN RURAL AMERICA. IN THE EXECUTIVE ORDER THE PRESIDENT STATED THAT 16% OF THE AMERICAN POPULATION LIVE IN RURAL COUNTIES. STRONG, SUSTAINABLE RURAL COMMUNITIES ARE ESSENTIAL TO WINNING THE FUTURE AND ENSURING AMERICANS' COMPETITIVENESS IN YEARS AHEAD. THESE COMMUNITIES SUPPLY OUR FOOD, ENERGY, SAFEGUARD OUR NATURAL RESOURCES AND ARE ESSENTIAL IN THE AREA OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. THEY HAVE ENORMOUS ECONOMIC POTENTIAL. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN ORDER TO EXPAND ACCESS TO CAPITAL NECESSARY FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH, PROMOTE INNOVATION, IMPROVE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION, AND RECREATION ON PUBLIC LANDS. I AGREE. BUT INSTEAD OF JUST FORMING A COMMITTEE TO FORM THE PROBLEMS, PROBLEMS THAT ARE WELL-KNOWN AND NEED NO FURTHER STUDY, MY AMENDMENT WOULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT AND DIRECT MONEY TO THE MULTIFAMILY HOME REVITALIZATION PROGRAM FOR OUR RURAL HOUSING VOUCHER PROGRAM. AND RURAL BUSINESS ACCOUNT WHICH PROVIDES LOAN GUARANTEES FOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS INCLUDING BUSINESS GRANTS TO INDIAN TRIBES AND RURAL ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP ZONES FOR FARM AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT. AGAIN, INSTEAD OF HAVING THE STUDY OF LAGGING INFRASTRUCTURE AND OPPORTUNITIES, LET'S DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. THE RURAL AMERICAN POVERTY RATE HAS EXCEEDED THE NATIONAL RATE BY THREE PERCENTAGE RATES. THE CHILD POVERTY RATE IS FIVE PERCENTAGE POINTS THAN URBAN METROPOLITAN AREAS. WHY CAN'T WE INVEST MILLIONS IN OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES INSTEAD? WE SHOULD TOLERATE POVERTY, UNEMPLOYMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN OUR RURAL COUNTIES WHILE WE SEND MILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO OUR COUNTRIES? IN GOOD FAITH, KNOWING HOW HARD THESE PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT WORK, I CAN'T AGREE TO SEND THEIR MONEY OVERSEAS WHILE THEY SUFFER IN OUR BACK YARD. KNOWING THAT INFRASTRUCTURE IS LACKING, THIS AMENDMENT HELPS START THE PROCESS OF DIRECTING OUR MONEY TO THE UNMET NEEDS IN THE UNITED STATES. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO ACCEPT THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:18:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME? THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

  • 01:18:53 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    MR. CHAIR, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 01:18:58 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    AND WANTED TO MAKE A FEW NOTES ON IT. I APPRECIATE MY FRIEND FOR OFFERING…

    AND WANTED TO MAKE A FEW NOTES ON IT. I APPRECIATE MY FRIEND FOR OFFERING IT. I THINK HE'S RAISED SOME SERIOUS PHILOSOPHICAL QUESTIONS PARTICULARLY ABOUT THE 480, THE FOREIGN FOOD PROGRAM. I WANTED TO POINT OUT, WE HAVE REDUCED THAT BY 31% IN THIS ACCOUNT, BUT WE'VE ALSO REDUCED THE MULTIFAMILY HOUSING REVITALIZATION ACCOUNT, AS HE'S WELL AWARE OF, BUT HIS AMENDMENT WOULD ACTUALLY INCREASE THAT 10 TIMES AT AN $11 MILLION LEVEL AND BRING IT UP TO $111 MILLION. THE HIGHEST FUNDING LEVEL WAS IN F.Y. 2010 AT $43 MILLION. SO WE HAVE BEEN RATCHETING IT DOWN USING A VOUCHER PROGRAM, BUT FEEL IT WAS OVERFUNDED. THE RURAL BUSINESS PROGRAM ACCOUNT RIGHT NOW IS ABOUT $64 MILLION. AND SO THIS AMENDMENT ALMOST DOUBLES THAT. IT DOESN'T QUITE DOUBLE IT, BUT THERE, AGAIN, WE HAVE BROUGHT THAT ACCOUNT DOWN FROM A HIGH OF $97 MILLION. AND WITH HIS AMENDMENT IT WOULD GO UP TO $164 MILLION. THESE TWO ACCOUNTS WOULD GO TO HIGHER LEVELS THAN THEY HAVE HISTORICALLY HAD, AND IN CONTRAST, THE PL-480, THE FOREIGN FOOD PROGRAM, IS AT ONE OF THE LOWER LEVELS THAT IT'S BEEN AT. SO I HAVE TO SAY TO MY FRIEND THAT I AM SORRY TO RELUCTANTLY OPPOSE YOU BUT WE ARE GOING TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AT THIS POINT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:20:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS TIME? SEEING NONE, THE…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS TIME? SEEING NONE, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFER BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 01:20:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 01:20:52 PM

    MR. FARR

    RURAL AREA IS HURTING. WE'RE -- RURAL AMERICA IS REALLY UNDER A…

    RURAL AREA IS HURTING. WE'RE -- RURAL AMERICA IS REALLY UNDER A DEPRESSION. WE HAVE NOT DONE A VERY GOOD JOB OF HAVING A RURAL STRATEGY FOR AMERICA. I APPLAUD SECRETARY VILSACK FOR TRYING TO PULL TOGETHER PROGRAMS TO INVEST IN RURAL AMERICA AND MAKE SURE THE DIFFERENT AGENCIES IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ARE WORKING IN COLLABORATION. AND I THINK THIS AMENDMENT ADDRESSES SOME OF THOSE ISSUES, NOT ON THE COLLABORATIVE BUT JUST PUTTING MORE MONEY INTO RURAL AMERICA. BUT UNFORTUNATELY THAT GOOD INTENT IS OFFSET BY THE EVIL DONE IN TAKING IT OUT OF THE FOREIGN AG ACCOUNT. I CAN'T SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT FOR THAT.

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  • 01:21:34 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. IF NO ONE IS SEEKING…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. IF NO ONE IS SEEKING TIME, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 01:21:51 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    RECORDED VOTE.

  • 01:21:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA WILL BE POSTPONED.

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  • 01:22:00 PM

    THE CLERK

    MUTUAL AND SELF-HELP HOUSING GRANTS. $22 MILLION. RURAL HOUSING --…

    MUTUAL AND SELF-HELP HOUSING GRANTS. $22 MILLION. RURAL HOUSING -- INCLUDING TRANSFER --

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  • 01:22:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    >>

    SEEK TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

  • 01:22:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WOULD RISE TO ENGAGE IN A COLLOQUY WITH MY FRIEND…

    MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WOULD RISE TO ENGAGE IN A COLLOQUY WITH MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. FARR, ABOUT CUTS IN THIS LEGISLATION THAT MR. FARR, IF YOU WOULD YIELD TO OUR COLLOQUY?

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  • 01:22:31 PM

    MR. FARR

    CERTAINLY. THANK YOU.

  • 01:22:34 PM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    AS I'VE BEEN ANALYZING THE LEGISLATION COMING BEFORE US, MR. FARR, IT…

    AS I'VE BEEN ANALYZING THE LEGISLATION COMING BEFORE US, MR. FARR, IT APPEARS THAT THE LEGISLATION, IF APPROVED IN THE FORM THAT IS BEFORE US, WOULD HAVE A REALLY DEVASTATING IMPACT UPON AMERICAN FARMERS, FAMILIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT. THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, CUTS NEARLY $1 BILLION FROM THE FIVE MAIN CONSERVATION PROGRAMS. CONSERVATION PROGRAMS THAT PUT MONEY DIRECTLY IN THE POCKETS OF FAMILY FARMERS. OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS, THESE PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN SO POPULAR THAT THE LIST OF FARMERS WHO WANT TO PARTICIPATE GREATLY OUTWEIGHS THE AVAILABILITY. BOTH THE CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY INCENTIVES PROGRAM HAVE TWICE AS MANY APPLICANTS AS THEY CAN SERVE, AND THE WETLANDS RESERVE PROGRAM AND THE GRASSLANDS RESERVE PROGRAMS COMBINED HAVE OVER A MILLION ACRES WAITING TO APPLY. THESE ARE NOT PROGRAMS THAT ARE UNDERUTILIZED OR INEFFECTIVE. THEY APPEAR TO BE WIDELY POPULAR AND APPEAR TO HAVE A DIRECT BENEFIT TO AMERICA'S FARMERS AND RANCHERS. THESS WOULD APPEAR TO BE EXACTLY THE SAME PROGRAMS WE SHOULD BE SUPPORTING. THEY PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR FAMILY FARMS AND PRODUCERS WHO ARE DOING EXACTLY THE RIGHT THING. ENSURING THAT WE USE PRECIOUS TAX DOLLARS NOT ONLY TO SUPPORT FARMERS AND RANCHERS BUT TO ENSURE CLEAN WATER, CLEAN AIR AND FERTILE PRODUCTIVE SOIL. THEY ARE A BLUEPRINT FOR A BETTER PATH FORWARD, A FARM BILL THAT HELPS FARMERS ADD VALUE AND TRULY SUPPORTS SMALL AND MID-SIZED OPERATIONS. I WAS WONDERING IF YOU WOULD CARE TO COMMENT ON MY CONCERNS.

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  • 01:24:25 PM

    MR. FARR

    I APPRECIATE MR. BLUMENAUER'S SENTIMENTS AND AS RANKING MEMBER OF THE…

    I APPRECIATE MR. BLUMENAUER'S SENTIMENTS AND AS RANKING MEMBER OF THE HOUSE AG APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE I'M A STRONGER -- STRONG SUPPORTER OF THESE PROGRAMS. I'M DISTRESSED BY THE PROPOSED CUTS TO THESE PROGRAMS. I'D LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT THE FARM BUREAU ALSO OPPOSES LARGE CUTS TO THE IMPORTANT WORKING LANDS PROGRAM AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY INCENTIVES PROGRAM. I FIND IT ESPECIALLY DISAPPOINTING THAT THESE FUNDING LEVELS ARE LOW ENOUGH THAT THE USDA WILL HAVE TO BREAK CURRENT CONTRACTS. THAT IS AN UNFAIR RESULT FOR OUR FARMERS AND RANCHERS WHO HAVE COUNTED ON THE SUPPORT AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR THE YEAR AHEAD. THE FUNDING LEVELS FOR THE 2008 FARM BILL WERE CAREFULLY NEGOTIATED. IT IS FRUSTRATING TO ME AND TO MANY OTHERS TO SEE THE MANDATORY FUNDING FOR CONSERVATION PROGRAMS DECREASE SO DRASTICALLY BECAUSE THIS BILL WAS GIVEN SUCH A LOW ALLOCATION.

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  • 01:25:26 PM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    I APPRECIATE THE SENTIMENTS OF MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA AS I…

    I APPRECIATE THE SENTIMENTS OF MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA AS I APPRECIATE HIS LEADERSHIP ON ISSUES THAT RELATE TO BOTH AGRICULTURE AND PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT. MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM HOPEFUL THAT MEMBERS WILL SPEND TIME LOOKING AT WHAT THIS MEANS TO FARMERS AND RANCHERS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES AND HOPE THAT AS THE LEGISLATION WORKS ITS WAY THROUGH CONGRESS WE WILL BE ABLE TO REVERSE THESE EFFORTS. THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:25:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

  • 01:26:04 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

  • 01:26:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM GEORGIA.

  • 01:26:14 PM

    MR. BROUN

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 01:26:18 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 01:26:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 01:26:43 PM

    MR. BROUN

    MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO OFFER MY AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD REDUCE THE BUDGET…

    MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO OFFER MY AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD REDUCE THE BUDGET FOR THE RURAL HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM BY OVER $20 MILLION. MY AMENDMENT WOULD DROP THE ALLOCATION FOR THIS PROGRAM FROM $32 MILLION TO JUST AROUND $12 MILLION. THIS IS A MODEST REQUEST, PARTICULARLY CONSIDERING THE PRESIDENT INITIALLY ASKED FOR A FUNDING LEVEL OF JUST $12 MILLION. AND WE WOULD SIMPLY BE DROPPING THE LEVELS BACK DOWN TO WHAT THE ADMINISTRATION ITSELF REQUESTED. IT IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL THAT THIS CONGRESS CUT SPENDING WHEREVER POSSIBLE, AND IF THE PRESIDENT CAN DO WITHOUT THAT EXTRA $20 MILLION, SO CAN WE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:27:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 01:27:32 PM

    MR. FARR

    INTERESTING THAT YOUR COLLEAGUE, MR. GOSAR, JUST A MINUTE AGO WAS TRYING…

    INTERESTING THAT YOUR COLLEAGUE, MR. GOSAR, JUST A MINUTE AGO WAS TRYING TO ADD MONEY TO THIS ACCOUNT BECAUSE OF THE CATASTROPHE IN RURAL AMERICA. THIS RULE -- RURAL HOUSING ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM IS PRIMARILY TO REPAIR VERY LOW-INCOME RURAL HOUSING. THIS ACCOUNT WAS INCREASED FROM THE REQUEST OF THE PRESIDENT BY THE COMMITTEE. THE EFFECT OF THIS AMENDMENT WOULD BE TO KNOCK IT BACK, AND THE REASON THE COMMITTEE INCREASED IT WAS BECAUSE OF THE NEED OUT THERE. WE KNOW WHAT KIND OF A HOUSING CRISIS WE'RE HAVING IN AMERICA, PARTICULARLY PEOPLE HAVE NO OTHER PLACE TO GO. THIS ALLOWS THE LOWEST OF INCOME PEOPLE IN THE POOREST AREAS IN THE COUNTRY IN RURAL AMERICA TO HAVE SOME ASSISTANCE TO UPGRADE THEIR HOUSES AND TO BRING THEM UP SO THAT THE COST OF UTILITIES AND HIGH UTILITY BILLS CAN BE BROUGHT WITH WEATHERIZATION ISSUES AND THINGS LIKE THAT. I MEAN, THIS IS NOT A SMART CUT. THIS GOES TO HURTING PEOPLE WHO CAN LEAST AFFORD IT AT A TIME WHEN THEY MOST NEED IT. I WOULD OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 01:28:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 01:29:03 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA, PAGE 34, LINE 19, AFTER THE FIRST DOLLAR AMOUNT,…

    BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA, PAGE 34, LINE 19, AFTER THE FIRST DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT, REDUCED BY $6,0 -- BY $604,000,000. PAGE 2, LINE 13, INSERT $604,000,000.

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  • 01:31:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    COPIES OF THE AMENDMENT ARE BEING DISTRIBUTED.

  • 01:32:20 PM

    MR. BROUN

    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS NATION HAS ALMOST A $14.5 TRILLION DEBT.…

    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS NATION HAS ALMOST A $14.5 TRILLION DEBT. WE'RE SPENDING 40 CENTS OF EVERY $1 THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPENDS, WE'RE BORROWING. WE'VE JUST GOT TO STOP THE OUTRAGEOUS SPENDING GOING ON HERE IN WASHINGTON AND BOTH PARTIES HAVE BEEN GUILTY OVER THE YEARS. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD SIMPLY CUT 10% OUT OF A PROGRAM. 10%. IT'S -- SOME PEOPLE SAY, WELL, IT'S JUST A SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY, BUT AS I WAS DOING A TOWN HALL MEETING BACK DURING LAST WEEK IN GEORGIA, ONE LADY GOT UP AND SAID $1 MILLION MAKES A LOT OF DIFFERENCE. IT IS A LOT OF MONEY THIS DOES CUT A GREAT DEAL OF MONEY OUT OF THIS PROGRAM. BUT MR. SPEAKER, WE JUST HAVE TO STOP SPENDING MONEY THAT WE DON'T HAVE. IT'S JUST ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL. THE ECONOMY DEPENDS UPON IT. CREATING JOBS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR DEPEND UPON IT. THE FUTURE OF OUR NATION DEPENDS UPON IT. WE'RE IN AN ECONOMIC EMERGENCY, MR. SPEAKER AND IF WE DON'T STOP SPENDING MONEY WE DON'T HAVE, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE AN ECONOMIC COLLAPSE OF THIS NATION. I'M A PHYSICIAN. I WORKED IN EMERGENCY ROOMS. I'VE SEEN A DOCTOR OPEN UP A MAN'S CHEST AND DO OPEN HEART MASSAGE IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM TRYING TO KEEP A PATIENT ALIVE. IT'S TIME FOR OPEN HEART MASSAGE OF OUR ECONOMY. WE'VE GOT TO STOP SPENDING MONEY WE DON'T HAVE. WE'VE GOT TO PUT THIS COUNTRY BACK ON THE RIGHT FINANCIAL COURSE AND START CREATING JOBS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. MY AMENDMENT WILL BE ONE SMALL STEP TOWARD THAT. SO MR. SPEAKER, I HOPE THAT MY COLLEAGUES WILL SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT SO THAT WE CAN PUT THIS COUNTRY BACK ON THE RIGHT COURSE SO WE CAN CREATE JOBS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND CAN HAVE A STRONG ECONOMY AGAIN. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:34:19 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. FARR

    YOUR TOWN HALL MEETING IF YOU SAID, WOULD YOU RATHER TAKE $604 MILLION OUT…

    YOUR TOWN HALL MEETING IF YOU SAID, WOULD YOU RATHER TAKE $604 MILLION OUT OF THE PROGRAM THAT FEEDS WOMEN, INFANT AND CHILDREN OR WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE $604 MILLION OUT OF THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT FOR A WAR WE'RE PUTTING ON A CREDIT CARD? FOR AN AFGHAN WAR WE'RE PUTTING ON A CREDIT CARD, THE IRAQ WAR WE'RE PUTTING ON A CREDIT CARD OR THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM THAT WASN'T PAID FOR UNDER THE REPUBLICAN PLAN? HOW ABOUT ASKING PEOPLE ABOUT THEIR CHOICES. WE AUTHORIZED A DEFENSE BILL IN COMMITTEE WHERE WE TALKED ABOUT BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. AND THOSE WERE ALL BORROWED MONEY. SO WHY DON'T WE GET OUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT. WE SPENT THREE HOURS HERE LAST NIGHT DISCUSSING WHAT THE IMPLICATIONS ARE OF CUTTING THE W.I.C. PROGRAM. I DON'T THINK THIS IS A COUNTRY THAT WANTS TO BALANCE ITS BUDGET ON THE BACKS OF THE POOREST PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES. ON THE PEOPLE MOST VULNERABLE, ON THE PEOPLE THAT NEED BASIC SERVICES. THAT'S WHAT THIS AMENDMENT DOES. MR. BROUN, I KNOW YOU'RE INTERESTED IN CUTTING, SQUEEZING, AND TRIMMING BUT THERE ARE PLACES TO DO THAT AND THIS IS NOT ONE OF THEM. CERTAINLY IF YOU WERE HERE ON THE FLOOR LISTENING TO THE PASSIONS LAST NIGHT OF THREE HOURS OF DEBATE ON WHAT THE IMPLICATIONS WERE FOR CUTTING W.I.C. PROGRAM, AND IT SEEMS TO HAVE -- IT SEEMS NONE OF THAT WAS LISTENED TO BY YOU. THIS IS AN AMENDMENT THAT GOES RIGHT BACK TO REDUCING THAT ACCOUNT BY $604 MILLION. TAKE THE MONEY OUT OF THE PEOPLE MOST VULNERABLE IN THE UNITED STATES TO WRITE DOWN THE DEFICIT AND IGNORE THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, IGNORE THE SPENDING FOR WEAPONS PROGRAMS, IGNORE THE WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN, IGNORE EVERYTHING THAT IS WITH D.O.D. AND EXPOSE EVERYTHING THAT'S WITH PEOPLE IN POVERTY. THIS IS THE WRONG AMENDMENT AND I HOPE IT'S DEFEATED.

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  • 01:36:27 PM

    MR. BROUN

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN ZEELED

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    MR. BROUN

    I WANT TO DO BOTH. I THINK EVERY DOLLAR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPENDS…

    I WANT TO DO BOTH. I THINK EVERY DOLLAR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPENDS NEEDS TO BE LOOKED AT. WE'RE SPENDING MONEY WE DON'T HAVE, EVEN IN D.O.D. I THINK WE COULD CUT A LOT OF FUNDING THERE, PARTICULARLY WITH WASTEFUL SPENDING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DOES. THE THING IS, IF WE CONTINUE DOWN THIS ROAD THAT WE'RE ON ECONOMICALLY, EVERYBODY IS GOING TO BE POOR, NOBODY IS GOING TO HAVE MONEY FOR ANY GROCERIES, NOBODY IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET ANY HEALTH CARE, WE'RE JUST GOING TO BE IN A FINANCIAL QUAGMIRE AS A NATION. IT'S ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL IN MY OPINION THAT WE DO EMERGENT -- EMERGENCY PROCEDURES TO GET THIS COUNTRY BACK ON THE RIGHT COURSE ECONOMICALLY. TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION THAT YOU ASKED ME, YES WE NEED TO DO ALL OF THE ABOVE AND I'M EAGER TO DO BOTH. I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU FOR THE TIME.

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  • 01:37:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. WHO SEEKS TIME?

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    >>

    MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. I THINK DR. BROUN HAS RAISED A LOT OF GOOD…

    MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. I THINK DR. BROUN HAS RAISED A LOT OF GOOD POINTS ABOUT THE FINANCIAL FUTURE TODAY, FOR EVERY $1 WE SPEND, 40 CENTS IS BORROWED.

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  • 01:37:51 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    THE NATIONAL DEBT IS 45% OF THE G.D.P., WE HAVE TO MAKE SOME DIFFICULT…

    THE NATIONAL DEBT IS 45% OF THE G.D.P., WE HAVE TO MAKE SOME DIFFICULT CHOICES AHEAD. THAT'S WHY IN THE COMMITTEE WE HAVE REDUCED W.I.C. FUNDING ALREADY $686 MILLION. NOW THESE NUMBERS AREN'T RANDOM. W.I.C. PARTICIPATION IN 2010 WAS 9.2 MILLION AND IN 2011, 8.9 MILLION. OUR COMMITTEE MARK FOR F.Y. 2012 CONTEMPLATES A PARTICIPATION LEVEL OF 8.3 MILLION. HOWEVER, IF THE ECONOMY DOES NOT IMPROVE AND THE NUMBER OF THOSE -- AND THE NUMBER GOES BACK UP, WITH CONTINGENCY FUNDS, WE HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO FUND A PARTICIPATION LEVEL OF OVER NINE MILLION. BUT IT'S VERY DIFFICULT, MR. CHAIRMAN, BECAUSE AS WE SAID MANY TIMES DURING YESTERDAY'S DEBATE, THAT THE ONLY BUDGET THAT HAS ACTUALLY PASSED EITHER HOUSE IS THE RYAN BUDGET AND OUR 302-B ALLOCATION FUNDING LEVEL COMES FROM THAT BUDGET. THE PRESIDENT'S OWN BUDGET FAILED IN THE SENATE, 97-0. THE DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP IN THE SENATE IS UNABLE TO PASS A BUDGET. THEY'RE NOT TRYING TO PASS A BUDGET. SO USING THE 302B ALLOCATION, WHICH WE HAVE, WE HAVE COME UP WITH THESE NUMBERS, NOT DONE IN RANDOM, NOT DONE WITH ANY RECKLESSNESS AT ALL, TRYING TO BE VERY CARE TO FEEL MAKE SURE NO ONE FALLS THROUGH THE CRACKS, BUT BECAUSE THIS IS A DELICATE CARD HOUSE, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:39:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION SON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION SON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. BROUN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 01:39:44 PM

    MR. BROUN

    MR. SPEAKER. I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    ON THE AMENDMENT OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA WILL BE POSTPONED. THE…

    ON THE AMENDMENT OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL READ. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 01:40:03 PM

    MS. FOXX

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 01:40:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE GENTLELADY HAS ONE PRINTED AND ONE…

    WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE GENTLELADY HAS ONE PRINTED AND ONE UNPRINTED AMENDMENT. CAN YOU SPECIFY WHICH YOU WISH TO OFFER?

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  • 01:40:30 PM

    MS. FOXX

    IT IS THE PRINTED AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, OFFERED BY MS. FOXX OF NORTH…

    NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, OFFERED BY MS. FOXX OF NORTH CAROLINA, PAGE 45, LINE 1 AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT REDUCED BY $75 MILLION. PAGE 45, LINE 3, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT, REDUCED BY $7,500,000. PAGE 80, LINE 2, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT, INCREASED BY $82,500,000.

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  • 01:41:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I ASK THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS THIS THE CORRECT AMENDMENT?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HER AMENDMENT.…

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HER AMENDMENT. THE GENTLELADY MAY PROCEED.

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  • 01:41:28 PM

    MS. FOXX

    TODAY IS AN EFFORT TO SAVE TAXPAYERS' HARD EARNED MONEY BY ENDING FUNDING…

    TODAY IS AN EFFORT TO SAVE TAXPAYERS' HARD EARNED MONEY BY ENDING FUNDING FOR AN UNNECESSARY PROGRAM THAT SPENDS MONEY COMING TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FROM OUR HARD WORKING TAXPAYERS. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO SAY THAT I VERY MUCH BELIEVE IN BREASTFEEDING. WE WOULDN'T HAVE A HUMAN RACE HERE TODAY IF IT WEREN'T FOR THE FACT THAT BREASTFEEDING HAS BEEN IN EXISTENCE SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME. HOWEVER, I AM OPPOSED TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FUNDING BREASTFEEDING PROGRAMS. UNDER THE SPECIAL SUPPLEMENTAL PROGRAM FOR WOMEN, INFANTS, AND CHILDREN, OR THE W.I.C. PROGRAM, CONGRESS DIRECTED THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO CREATE A NATIONAL PROGRAM FOR THE PROMOTION OF BREASTFEEDING. IN FISCAL 2010, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPEND $ 5 MILLION TO EDUCATE WOMEN ON HOW TO BREASTFEED. WE'RE FACING A NATIONAL DEBT OF OVER $14 TRILLION. SPENDING TAXPAYER MONEY TO PROMOTE BREASTFEEDING IS SIMPLY NOT THE PROPER ROLE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND SERVES TO ILLUSTRATE JUST ONE REASON GOVERNMENT MISSION CREEP THAT WE ARE SO DEEPLY IN DEBT. ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS FOR THE W.I.C. PROGRAM HAVE GROWN 72% WHILE ENROLLMENT HAS INCREASED BY ONLY 26%. IT IS DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND HOW THIS PROGRAM'S PEW RACKCY HAS GROWN THREE TIMES AS FAST AS ITS ENROLLMENT. AGAIN, IT'S AN ACCEPTED FACT THAT BREASTFEEDING IS GOOD FOR INFANTS AND MOTHERS AND I SUPPORT MOTHERS WHO CHOOSE TO BREASTFEED. BUT COACHING WOMEN ON BREASTFEEDING IS NOT THE ROLE OF THE -- OF WASHINGTON. THIS PROGRAM CAME TO MY ATTENTION EARLIER THIS YEAR BECAUSE OF THE BUDGET CRUNCHES THAT ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT ARE FEELING AND I WAS CONTACTED BY COUNTIES IN NORTH CAROLINA ABOUT THIS PROGRAM. IT WAS BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION THAT MOST OF THE MONEY IS BEING USED TO PAY SALARIES AND BENEFITS, SOME IS BEING USED FOR TRAVEL EXPENSES, AND SOME IS BEING USED FOR CELL PHONE USE SO THAT THE PEER COUNSELORS ARE AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY. TO THE PEOPLE THAT THEY ARE COUNSELING. MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE WILL SHOUT ABOUT THIS AND I MAY EVEN BE OPPOSED BY THE COLLEAGUES ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE BUT LAST YEAR, MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE CUT MORE THAN $550 MILLION FROM THE W.I.C. PROGRAM TO FUND UNRELATED ACTIVITIES AT THE USDA. THESE WERE TOTALLY UNRELATED. IT WAS OBVIOUSLY NOT A HIGH PRIORITY THEN. IF WE WANT TO PROMOTE THE HEALTH AND WELL BEING OF WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN, THEN LET'S GET SERIOUS ABOUT IT BY CREATING A JOB-FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT THAT PUTS PEOPLE BACK TO WORK AND ALLOWS AMERICAN FAMILIES TO KEEP MORE OF WHAT THEY EARN. LET'S STOP SPENDING MONEY ON EVERY WELL-INTENTIONED PROGRAM AND RETURN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ITS CONSTITUTIONALLY MANDATED PURPOSES. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF WASHINGTON TAKING THEIR HARD EARNED DOLLARS IN TAXES AND WASTING IT ON A BLOATED FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY. IT'S TIME WE STOPPED THE CULTURE OF SPENDING IN WASHINGTON AND THAT'S WHY I URGE ADOPTION OF MY AMENDMENT WHICH WILL SAVE TAXPAYERS $82.5 MILLION IN JUST ONE YEAR. THE MONEY WILL GO INTO SPENDING REDUCTION ACCOUNT AND I WANT TO SAY MY TOTAL CONCERN HERE IS THE SPENDING OF HARD-EARNED TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS. ON A PROGRAM THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS NO BUSINESS RUNNING. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:45:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. IT HAS COME TO MY ATTENTION THAT I NEED TO SEEK…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. IT HAS COME TO MY ATTENTION THAT I NEED TO SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT THAT I -- AND OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT WAS NOT PRINTED IN THE RECORD. I APOLOGIZE.

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  • 01:45:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    OBJECTION? SEEING NONE, SO ORDERED. THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. THE CLERK…

    OBJECTION? SEEING NONE, SO ORDERED. THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE OTHER AMENDMENT.

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  • 01:45:48 PM

    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MS. FOXX OF NORTH CAROLINA. PAGE 44, LINE 19, AFTER THE DOLLAR…

    OFFERED BY MS. FOXX OF NORTH CAROLINA. PAGE 44, LINE 19, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $8 ,500,000. PAGE 45, LINE 1, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT REDUCED BY $78 MILLION. PAGE 45, LINE 3, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCE BY $700,000,500. INCREASE BY $82,500,000 PAGE 45, LINE 4.

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  • 01:46:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. FOXX

    THE INDULGENCE OF THE RANKING MEMBER AND THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE AND…

    THE INDULGENCE OF THE RANKING MEMBER AND THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE AND I'LL JUST SAY THAT I APPRECIATE VERY MUCH HAVING THE SUPPORT FOR MOY AMENDMENT, AND I THANK YOU, AGAIN, FOR THE INDULGENCE.

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  • 01:46:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. WHO SEEKS TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT?…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. WHO SEEKS TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT? THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 01:46:48 PM

    MR. FARR

    CHAIRMAN, I CLAIM OPPOSITION.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. FARR

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AGAIN, HOW MANY TIMES DO WE HAVE TO KEEP…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AGAIN, HOW MANY TIMES DO WE HAVE TO KEEP ATTACKING THE W.I.C. ACCOUNT? WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN. AMERICA HAS LONG DECIDED THAT WE OUGHT TO BE TAKING CARE OF THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN AMERICA. THERE ARE WOMEN WHO ARE PREGNANT, LOW INCOME. WHAT WE FOUND IS IF THE DON'T INVEST IN TEACHING THEM HOW TO HAVE PROPER NUTRITION DURING THEIR PREGNANCY YOU HAVE A RISK OF HAVING A LOW-WEIGHT BABY, A LOW-WEIGHT BABY, AS DR. MCDERMOTT TOLD US YESTERDAY ON THE FLOOR, CAN COST UP TO A QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS IN INCUBATION AND HOSPITAL COSTS. THIS IS PREVENTABLE WITH GOOD NUTRITION. WE GO ON TO TEACH WOMEN ONCE THAT BABY IS BORN HOW TO BREAST-FEED THAT CHILD. WE KNOW THAT IS GOOD HEALTH PRACTICES. AND THEN WE KEEP THE CHILDREN WITH NUTRITION IN THE FIRST FIVE YEARS. THAT'S WHY IT'S CALLED WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN. IT'S ABOUT PREGNANCY, BIRTH AND RAISING THAT CHILD. AND THIS AMENDMENT WANTS TO TAKE $82 MILLION OUT OF THAT PROGRAM WHICH INSTRUCTS WOMEN HOW TO DO PROPER BREAST-FEEDING, IT WORKS WITH THE STATES TO DO EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS. WE SPENT THREE HOURS LAST NIGHT DEBATING THE CONSEQUENCES OF THESE CUTS. AND IT'S ONE OF THOSE PENNY-WISE SUPERPOUND FOOLISH. IT'S ALSO ONE OF THOSE WHERE YOU KNOW THE COST OF EVERYTHING AND THE VALUE OF NOTHING. THERE IS A LOT OF VALUE OF KEEPING WOMEN WELL NOURISHED DURING PREGNANCY AND CERTAINLY KEEPING THAT NEWBORN CHILD WELL-FED AND NOURISHED. TO STRIKE MONEY FROM THIS PROGRAM IS ILL FOUNDED AND I STRONGLY OPPOSE THE -- ILL-FOUNDED AND I STRONGLY OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 01:48:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME? THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. GINGREY

    LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA WHO…

    LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA WHO IS AN EXPERT ON THIS TOPIC AND WHOM I RELY ON AND I WANT TO THANK THE LADY FOR HER COMMENTS TODAY.

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  • 01:49:17 PM

    MS. FOXX

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING TIME FOR…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING TIME FOR ME. I THINK IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE CHARACTERIZE OUR DOING OUR BEST TO BRING FISCAL SANITY TO THIS CONGRESS BY SAYING THAT WE DO NOT CARE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE POOR OR DISADVANTAGED. MR. CHAIRMAN, I GREW UP AS POOR AS ANYBODY IN THIS BODY, AND I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO BE POOR AND TO BE HUNGRY. I HAVE NO MALICE TOWARD ANY PERSON IN THIS COUNTRY. NONE. NO MALICE TOWARD ANYONE IN THIS BODY. HOWEVER, WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF A FISCAL DISASTER IN THIS COUNTRY. THERE ARE MANY THINGS THAT COULD BE DONE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL AND THE STATE LEVEL THAT SHOULD BE DONE AT THE LOCAL AND STATE LEVEL, BUT ABSOLUTELY SHOULD NOT BE DONE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. AGAIN, MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE COME HERE AND SAY, WHAT A SHAME IT IS THAT YOU ARE PICKING ON THE W.I.C. PROGRAM. WELL, THEY TOOK OVER $500 MILLION OUT OF THE W.I.C. PROGRAM LAST YEAR, PUT IT IN A TOTALLY UNRELATED PROGRAM AND SAID NOTHING ABOUT IT. WE DIDN'T COME TO THE FLOOR AND SAY, YOU ARE MISTREATING POOR AND DISADVANTAGED WOMEN AND CHILDREN. NO COMMENTS WERE MADE ABOUT THAT. AND I THINK IT'S VERY UNFORTUNATE, AGAIN, THAT THAT'S HOW WE'RE CHARACTERIZED. I BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION, AN OBLIGATION GIVEN TO US BY GOD TO HELP OUR FELLOW AMERICANS WHO ARE LESS FORTUNATE THAN WE ARE, BUT IT IS NOT OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO TAX HARDWORKING AMERICANS WHO ARE WORKING ALL THE TIME JUST TO PAY THEIR BILLS AND SURVIVE AND USE THAT MONEY TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE. THAT'S NOT OUR JOB. OUR JOB IS TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO CREATE A GOOD ENVIRONMENT IN THIS COUNTRY FOR EVERYONE TO SUCCEED, AND THAT'S THE DIRECTION THAT I WANT TO GO. AND BY LOWERING OUR DEPENDENCY ON FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS, WE WILL MAKE OUR COUNTRY A BETTER PLACE TO BE. AS MY COLLEAGUES HAVE SAID OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN THE DEBATE ON THIS BILL, WE'RE BORROWING 43 CENTS FOR EVERY DOLLAR THAT WE SPEND. WE HAVE $14 TRILLION DEBT. THERE'S HUGE DEBATE ABOUT RAISING THE DEBT CEILING. THAT'S GOING TO BE FACING US. DO WE REALLY WANT TO IGNORE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE $82.5 MILLION IN A PROGRAM THAT HAS NO BUSINESS BEING RUN OUT OF THE FEDERAL AND HELP US DEAL WITH THE BIG ISSUE THAT'S DEALING WITH US? THAT'S WHAT CONGRESS SHOULD BE DEALING WITH. WE SHOULD BE DEALING WITH THE BIG ISSUES. WE SHOULD LET THESE OTHER ISSUES BE DEALT WITH AT THE LOCAL AND STATE LEVEL. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:52:34 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA YIELD BACK HIS TIME? MR. COMBRAFSE --

  • 01:52:41 PM

    MR. GRAVES

    YES, SIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. KINGSTON.

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    MR. KINGSTON

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM NORTH…

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR PUTTING THIS DISCUSSION ON THE TABLE BECAUSE I THINK THAT IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO LOOK AT THE W.I.C. PROGRAM, MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING AS EFFICIENTLY AND AS EFFECTIVELY AS POSSIBLE AND THAT WE'RE PUTTING THE MONEY IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. WE HAVE A VERY THOROUGH, ABOUT A SIX-HOUR DEBATE ABOUT W.I.C. YESTERDAY. WE'RE TRYING IT TO BALANCE IT. I THINK THE MORE SUNSHINE WE HAVE, NOT JUST ON W.I.C. BUT ON OTHER FEDERAL FEEDING PROGRAMS, I THINK THE BETTER PRODUCT WE'RE GOING TO COME UP WITH. SHE AND I HAVE HAD SOME DISCUSSIONS ON THIS. WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO HAVE DISCUSSIONS ON IT. I WANTED TO SAY I THINK IT'S A GOOD DEBATE TO BE HAVING, ALTHOUGH THAT I AM NOT SUPPORTIVE OF THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:53:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

  • 01:53:44 PM

    MR. BROUN

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

  • 01:53:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 01:53:49 PM

    MR. BROUN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO MY GOOD…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO MY GOOD FRIEND, VIRGINIA FOXX, DR. FOXX.

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  • 01:53:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM GEORGIA HAS TO STAY ON HIS FEET.

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    MS. FOXX

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING TIME, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND I…

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING TIME, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND I JUST WANT TO MAKE A POINT IN RESPONSE TO MY OTHER COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA. I AGREE WITH HIM. WE ARE BRINGING LIGHT TO MANY OF THESE PROGRAMS, AND I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE DO SO. I WANT TO POINT OUT AGAIN, THE W.I.C. BUREAUCRACY HAS GROWN THREE TIMES AS FAST AS ITS ENROLLMENT IN THE LAST 10 YEARS. THIS IS AN INCREASE OF $800 MILLION IN ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS. IF WE ARE NOT PREPARED AT LEAST TO CUT ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS AND PROGRAMS THAT HAVE NO BUSINESS BEING OFFERED AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, THEN WE ARE NEVER GOING TO GET CONTROL OF OUR DEBT AND OUR DEFICIT. AND I WANT TO ENCOURAGE BOTH MY REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES TO THINK ABOUT THIS. WE HAVE GOT TO HAVE ACCOUNTABILITY, AND WE HAVE GOT TO START CUTTING, ESPECIALLY IN THE AREA OF ADMINISTRATION. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:55:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    NO REQUEST FOR TIME, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

    NO REQUEST FOR TIME, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 01:55:19 PM

    MS. FOXX

    ON THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

  • 01:55:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 01:55:45 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

  • 01:56:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 01:56:23 PM

    MR. BROUN

    SPEAKER, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 01:56:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 01:56:29 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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    MR. BROUN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO OFFER MY AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD CUT $175…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO OFFER MY AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD CUT $175 MILLION IN F.Y. 2012 BY ELIMINATING THE FOREIGN AGRICULTURAL SERVICE. THIS IS A CORPORATE WELFARE PROGRAM THAT ESSENTIALLY GIVES HANDOUTS TO PRIVATE BUSINESSES THAT DON'T NEED TAXPAYER DOLLARS IN ORDER TO GROW THEIR PROFITS. IT'S ESSENTIAL THAT WE MAKE SIGNIFICANT CUTS TO OUR BUDGET THIS YEAR AND FOCUS ON REDUCING OUR DEFICIT AND TACKLE OUR DEBT. THIS IS AN UNNECESSARY PROGRAM, AND A WASTE OF MONEY THAT WE COULD USE TO REDUCE THIS FISCAL BURDEN. I UNDERSTAND THE POSITION THAT MY DEAR FRIEND FROM GEORGIA IS IN. IT IS TRUE THAT THE RYAN BUDGET IS THE ONLY BUDGET TO PASS EITHER HOUSE. I SUPPORTED THE RYAN BUDGET, AND I SUPPORTED THE REPUBLICAN STUDY COMMITTEE BUDGET WHICH WOULD HAVE REDUCED EVEN MORE MONEY FROM THIS BILL. REGARDLESS OF HOW ONE VOTED ON A PARTICULAR BUDGET, WE ALL HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO MOVE THE DEBATE IN A DIRECTION THAT CALLS FOR MORE SERIOUS SPENDING CUTS. IT'S CRITICAL FOR THE ECONOMIC FUTURE OF OUR NATION. IT'S CRITICAL FOR OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN. IT'S CRITICAL IN CREATING NEW JOBS AND HAVING A STRONGER ECONOMY HERE IN AMERICA. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:58:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS TIME? THE QUESTION'S ON THE…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS TIME? THE QUESTION'S ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. AS MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR WILL SIGNIFY BY SAYING AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 01:58:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 01:58:31 PM

    THE CLERK

    PAGE 49, LINE 3, FOOD FOR PEACE TITLE 1, DIRECT CREDIT AND FOOD FOR…

    PAGE 49, LINE 3, FOOD FOR PEACE TITLE 1, DIRECT CREDIT AND FOOD FOR PROGRESS PROGRAM ACCOUNT INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS, $2,385,000. FOOD FOR PEACE, TITLE 2 GRANTS, $1,040,198,000.

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  • 01:58:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 01:59:01 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    AN AMENDMENT AT THE TABLE, NUMBER 29.

  • 01:59:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA. AFTER THE DOLLAR AMENDMENT INSERT REDUCED…

    OFFERED BY MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA. AFTER THE DOLLAR AMENDMENT INSERT REDUCED BY $100 MILLION. PAGE 80, LINE 2, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMENDMENT, INSERT INCREASED BY $100 MILLION.

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  • 01:59:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

  • 01:59:27 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    MR. CHAIR. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT THAT WOULD CUT $100 MILLION…

    MR. CHAIR. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT THAT WOULD CUT $100 MILLION FROM THE BILLION DOLLAR FOOD FOR PEACE PROGRAM AND REDIRECT IT TO THE RURAL AMERICAN COMMUNITIES, SPECIFICALLY THE RURAL BUSINESS LOAN PROGRAM. THIS $100 MILLION WILL PROVIDE RESOURCES TO RURAL BUSINESSES AND THE DEVELOPMENTAL LOAN PROGRAMS. SMALL, RURAL BUSINESSES AND INDIAN TRIBES AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS CAN USE THESE LOANS TO JUMP-START BUSINESSES IN OUR DEVASTATED RURAL COMMUNITIES. GIVE YOU ONE EXAMPLE. THE BENNETT FREEZE. IN THE 111TH CONGRESS,, WE LIFTED THIS PART ON THE NAVAJO NATION LAST YEAR. THIS PROHIBITED ANY TYPE OF IMPROVEMENT TO ANY HOMES, BUSINESSES AND THE LIVELIHOOD AND AS A RESULT THE BENNETT FREEZE RESULTED IN AN AREA THAT IS WORSE THAN ANY THIRD WORLD NATIONS. WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS ADDRESS THIS NEED AND TRY TO PROVIDE SOME RESOURCES THIS THIS GROUP OF FOLKS. WE NEED TO EMPOWER OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES. PLEASE VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS AMENDMENT. .

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  • 02:00:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS WHACK. WHO SEEKS TIME? THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 02:00:37 PM

    MR. FASH

    THIS AMENDMENT REDUCES $100 MILLION FROM FOOD FOR PEACE. I DON'T KNOW IF…

    THIS AMENDMENT REDUCES $100 MILLION FROM FOOD FOR PEACE. I DON'T KNOW IF MR. GOSAR WAS HERE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, WAS HERE LAST NIGHT, BUT THERE WAS A LOT OF DISCUSSION ABOUT AMERICAN IMAGE ABROAD AND CERTAINLY AT A TIME WHEN WORLD ECONOMY IS HURTING, THIS FOOD FOR PEACE PROGRAM IS EXACTLY THAT. WE BUY AMERICAN GOOD WILL. WE BUY THIS FOOD FROM AMERICAN GROWERS, FARMERS. THEY PRODUCE IT. WE BUY IT. WE SHIP IT. IN AMERICAN SHIPS AND WE DISTRIBUTE IN A FOOD PROGRAM THAT BUYS A LOT OF GOOD WILL FOR AMERICA. I DON'T THINK AT A TIME WHEN CONFLICTS OF THIS GLOBE ARE GENERATED IN CULTURES OF POVERTY WHERE PEOPLE DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO PROPER NUTRITION DIET, I KNOW FROM BEING A PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER THE FIRST THING PEOPLE TRY TO DO IS FIGURE OUT WHETHER THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE ENOUGH FOOD TO EAT. YOU CAN'T GO TO SCHOOL WITH KIDS BECAUSE YOU ARE HUSTLING TO GET FIREWOOD. YOU ARE HUSTLING TO GET WATER. YOU ARE HUSTLING TO FIND ANYTHING THAT WILL PRODUCE FOOD FOR THE DAY. YOU CANNOT -- A WOMAN CAN'T DO ANY OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT MIGHT -- RAISING LIVESTOCK IF SHE'S JUST TRYING TO HUSTLE FOR FOOD ALL DAY LONG. I MEAN IT JUST SEEMS TO ME THE MOST BASIC I VESTMENT -- INVESTMENT IN PREVENTING VIOLENCE AND WAR IS INVESTMENT IN NUTRITION AND TRYING TO GET PARTICULARLY PEOPLE IN THE POOR SECTORS OF THE WORLD. WE'VE GOT SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA THAT IF PEOPLE DON'T GET FED THERE, ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE MIGRATIONS OF MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. THERE'S GOING TO BE NO PLACE TO PUT THEM. NOBODY'S GOING TO WANT BIG IMMIGRATION OF STARVING PEOPLE FROM OTHER PARTS OF AFRICA. IT'S GOING TO AN IMPACT ON US. OUR INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES TELL US THIS IS A SECURITY THREAT. INVESTMENT IN FOOD FOR PEOPLE AT THE BASIC LEVEL IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. THIS IS FOOD RAISED BY AMERICAN FARMERS. PAID FOR BY AMERICAN DOLLARS. AND SENT WHERE MOST NEEDED IN THE WORLD. IT'S A VERY GOOD PROGRAM. AND IT DOES INDEED TRADE FOOD FOR PEACE. AND STABILITY. I THINK IT WOULD BE UNWISE TO CUT IT BY $100 MILLION.

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  • 02:02:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS TIME? THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS TIME? THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 02:03:07 PM

    MR. BROWN

    STRIKE THE LAST --

  • 02:03:10 PM

    MR. BROUN

    MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    MR. BROUN

    I HAD AN AMENDMENT FOLLOWING THIS ONE THAT WOULD HAVE TOTALLY ELIMB NAMED…

    I HAD AN AMENDMENT FOLLOWING THIS ONE THAT WOULD HAVE TOTALLY ELIMB NAMED -- ELIMINATED FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM AND IT WOULD PRESENT A PROBLEM TO THE HOUSE. SO I'M GOING TO WITHDRAW MY AMENDMENT SINCE DR. GOSAR HAS INTRODUCED HIS. BUT IT'S ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL WE STOP SPENDING MONEY WE SIMPLY DO NOT HAVE. FRANKLY I DON'T LIKE TRANSFERRING MONEY FROM ACCOUNT TO ACCOUNT BECAUSE I THINK THE ONLY TRANSFER THAT WE SHOULD DO IS TRANSFER IT INTO THE DEBT REDUCTION PROGRAM SO WE CAN REDUCE THE FEDERAL DEBT. IT'S ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL FOR THE ECONOMIC FUTURE OF THIS NATION. SO SINCE I'M GOING TO WITHDRAW MY AMENDMENT FOLLOWING THIS, I WANT TO GET UP AND SPEAK ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR AMENDMENT AND JUST SAY THAT I REALLY APPRECIATE WHAT MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. FARR, WAS SAYING ABOUT POOR PEOPLE. I'M A MEDICAL DOCTOR. I DEAL WITH PROBLEMS WITH NUTRITION FOR MY PATIENTS. I APPRECIATE WHAT DR. FOXX DID WITH HER AMENDMENT ABOUT ELIMINATING THIS BREAST-FEEDING PROGRAM. BUT YOU SEE, WE ARE CONSTRAINED BY THE CONSTITUTION, OR SHOULD BE. AND CONGRESS HAS GOTTEN WAY, WAY, AWAY FROM THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF THE CONSTITUTION. WE CANNOT TRY TO FEED EVERYBODY IN THE WORLD. WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO TRY TO BE A NANNY STATE FOR EVERYBODY EVEN IN THIS COUNTRY. THE PRIVATE SECTOR IF WE MOBILIZE THEM, THERE WOULD BE PLENTY OF DOLLARS TO TAKE CARE OF THE NEEDS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS AND -- AS WELL AS PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD BY LEAVING DOLLARS IN THE HANDS OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR. IN PEOPLE'S HANDS, CHURCHES, SYNAGOGUES, AND MOSQUES AND DIFFERENT AREAS. THE PRIVATE SECTOR, SALVATION ARMY, EFFORTS. I THINK WE NEED TO AS A CONGRESS START BEING FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE. WE HAVE BEEN FISCALLY UNRESPONSIBLE FOR MANY YEARS. IN DEMOCRAT AS WELL AS REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATIONS, AS WELL AS DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN CONTROLS OF CONGRESS. WE JUST HAVE TO STOP SPENDING MONEY. I APPRECIATE, MR. FARR, AND I WOULD BE GLAD TO YIELD TO YOU.

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  • 02:05:38 PM

    MR. FARR

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. I JUST WANT TO POINT OUT YOU USED THE TERM NANNY…

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. I JUST WANT TO POINT OUT YOU USED THE TERM NANNY STATE. I DON'T THINK ANYBODY WANTS TO BE, SINCE WE ARE GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERYBODY, TO RAISE THE WHOLE SOCIETY. BUT I DO THINK THAT THIS HELP THAT YOU GIVE PEOPLE FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND FROM LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. I TELL YOU WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE THAT INFRASTRUCTURE OF SOCIAL SERVICES AND SOCIAL NEEDS THERE, I'LL TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENS. PEOPLE STILL HAVE THOSE PROBLEMS. ONLY THEY DON'T HAVE A PLACE TO GO GET THEM. YOU KNOW WHAT THEY DO? THEY KNOCK ON YOUR DOOR. AND IN AMERICA WE DON'T HAVE TO OPEN OUR DOOR DAY AFTER DAY WITH SOMEBODY HOLDING A BABY, AS I SAW IN THE PEACE CORPS, PEOPLE ALL THE TIME WITH DEAD BABIES, INFANTS, BEGGING FOR MONEY TO BURY THEM PROPERLY. OR PEOPLE ASKING YOU FOR EXTRA FOOD. ASK YOU TO FINISH YOUR PEOPLE. THEY KNOW WHAT TIME YOU EAT SAYING COULD YOU GIVE YOUR LEFTOVERS TO US? WE DON'T HAVE THAT IN AMERICA BECAUSE WE HAVE A INFRASTRUCTURE THAT TAKES CARE OF PEOPLE. AND I THINK IF YOU TOTALLY WIPE THAT OUT AND SAY WE'LL LEAVE THAT TO CHARITY, CHARITY IS -- IT'S VOLUNTARY. IT DOESN'T ALWAYS WORK WHEN THE MARKETS CRASH, CHARITY ISN'T THERE. THE POVERTY IS STILL THERE. THE NEED'S STILL THERE. YOU KNOW YOU HAVE SERVICED PEOPLE THAT COULDN'T PAY THEIR BILLS. IF YOU DO HAVE MEDICARE REIMBURSEMENTS AND OTHER KIND OF MEDICARE REIMBURSEMENT SO YOU CAN EVEN IF THEY CAN'T PAY THEIR BILLS, SOMEWHERE TO PAY, IF IT WAS ALL LEFT UP TO VOLUNTARY, THE DOCTORS WOULD HAVE TO SERVE PEOPLE THAT DON'T HAVE MONEY, I DON'T THINK ALL THE POOR PEOPLE IN AMERICA WOULD BE TAKEN CARE OF. WE DO HAVE TO CONCERN OURSELVES ABOUT HOW MUCH CARE AND SPENDING WE DO. BUT AT THE SAME TIME DON'T WIPE OUT THE PROGRAMS THAT ARE THE -- ESSENTIALLY THE LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEMS OF A SOCIETY THAT IS RICHEST AMERICA. WE CAN'T -- WE CAN AFFORD TO TAKE CARE OF THE PEOPLE MOST VULNERABLE. WHETHER THEY ARE AGING OR INFANTS. AND I THINK A LOT OF THE DISCUSSION HERE HAS BEEN ABOUT TRYING TO DELETE THE PROGRAMS THAT HELP PEOPLE.

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  • 02:07:43 PM

    MR. BROUN

    APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS. WHEN I WAS SWORN IN THE MARINE CORPS AND…

    APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS. WHEN I WAS SWORN IN THE MARINE CORPS AND CONGRESS NOW THREE TIMES, I SWORE TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION. AND I BELIEVE IN THIS DOCUMENT AS OUR FOUNDING FATHERS MEANT IT. WHICH MEANS VERY LIMITED GOVERNMENT. WE ARE DESTROYING THE VERY THING THAT HAS MADE THIS COUNTRY SO GREAT, SO POWERFUL, SO RICH AS A NATION. AND THAT'S CONSTITUTIONAL LIMITED GOVERNMENT, THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM, PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS, PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. RULE OF LAW. AND MORALITY. IT'S ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL IF WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A BRIGHT, SHINING STAR OF LIBET OVER THE HEADS OF AMERICA WE -- LIBERTY OVER THE HIDS OF AMERICA -- HEADS OF AMERICA, WE BUILD THOSE FOUNDATIONS.

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  • 02:08:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 02:08:36 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    IN OPPOSITION TO A PREVIOUS AMENDMENT, THE GOSAR AMENDMENT, TO ELIMINATE…

    IN OPPOSITION TO A PREVIOUS AMENDMENT, THE GOSAR AMENDMENT, TO ELIMINATE THE FOOD FOR PEACE PROGRAM AND TRANSFER IT TO RURAL DEVELOPMENT. BUT I'M ALSO GOING TO RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA'S AMENDMENT WHICH ALSO GOES AFTER FOOD FOR PEACE. AND I'M GLAD HE'S WITHDRAWING IT. BUT I FIND IT ASTONISHING THAT THERE IS SO MANY ON THE OTHER SIDE THAT ARE ATTACKING PROGRAMS THAT I THINK ARE SO VITAL TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. BUT MR. GOSAR'S AMENDMENT WOULD TELL FARMERS THAT WE WILL TAKE AWAY FROM THEM $1 MILLION IN U.S. PURCHASES OF THEIR CROPS SO THAT WE CAN BORROW MONEY IN THE FORM OF LOANS FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THAT'S ESSENTIALLY WHAT HE'S PROPOSING. DOES THAT MAKE SENSE TO ANYONE? SO WE TELL U.S. FARMERS WHO HAVE BEEN SELLING RICE, SOYBEAN, VEGETABLE OIL, BEANS, PEASE -- PEES -- PEAS, LENT ILLS, THIS MARKET IS CLOSED TO THEM. SO LONG, GOODBYE, TAKE OUT A LOAN TO DEVELOP THE RURAL ECONOMY. MR. CHAIRMAN, I SUPPORT THE RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. AND I OBVIOUSLY SUPPORT THE FOOD FOR PEACE PROGRAM. BOTH OF THEM DIRECTLY BENEFIT AMERICAN FARMERS. MR. GOSAR HIMSELF SAID FOOD FOR PEACE TITLE 2 P.L. 480 MERITS SUPPORT. LET'S TALK ABOUT WHY. IT SUPPORTS U.S. FARMERS, MILLERS, FREIGHT RAIL, TRUCK AND SHIPPING. FOOD AID PROVIDED BY USAID IS A LIFESAVING MEASURE FOR 11 MILLION TO 16 MILLION VULNERABLE PEOPLE OVERSEAS. OUR LARGEST EMERGENCY FOOD AID PROGRAM, INCLUDING DARFUR IN SOUTHERN SUDAN, AFGHANISTAN, HAITI, AND THOPE. U.S. FOOD AID NOT OVERWHELM -- ETHIOPIA. U.S. FOOD AID NOT ONLY HELPS PEOPLE SURVIVE, IT SUPPORTS U.S. SECURITY INTERESTS. IT PROMOTES GOOD WILL ESPECIALLY IN LIBYA, AFGHANISTAN, AND PAKISTAN. OUR EMERGENCY AND HUMANITARIAN FOOD AID SENDS THE CLEAR MESSAGE TO DESPERATE PEOPLE IN NEED THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CARE. THE GOSAR AMENDMENT SENDS THE OFF SIT MESSAGE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T CARE, GO AHEAD AND STARVE. WE NEED TO SUPPORT FOOD FOR PEACE. WE NEED TO OPPOSE THAT AMENDMENT BUT WE ALSO NEED TO HE O POSE AMENDMENTS THAT GUT ESSENTIAL FOOD AND NUTRITION PROGRAMS FOR POOR PEOPLE NOT ONLY HERE IN THE UNITED STATES BUT AROUND THE WORLD. THIS NOTION THAT SOMEHOW THAT WHEN WE SUPPORT PROGRAMS LIKE FOOD FOR PEACE THAT IT'S JUST HELPING A BUNCH OF FOREIGNERS OVERSEAS. IT'S JUST WRONG-HEADED. IT IS AMERICAN FARMERS THAT PRODUCE MUCH OF THE FOOD THAT GOES TO SUPPORT THE HUNGRY AROUND THE WORLD. IT IS AMERICAN FARMERS THAT ARE SO MUCH -- THAT ARE SO IMPORTANT IN OUR BATTLE AGAINST TERRORISM BECAUSE QUITE FRANKLY, I THINK THESE PROGRAMS, AS SECRETARY GATES HAS SAID, DO MORE TO ENHANCE OUR HOMELAND SECURITY -- NATIONAL SECURITY THAN ANYTHING ELSE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES COMING TO THE FLOOR WITH AMENDMENTS TO GUT THESE PROGRAMS TO STOP IT. ENOUGH. THESE ARE ESSENTIAL PROGRAMS TO HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE HELPLESS OVERSEAS. BUT THEY ALSO SUPPORT OUR ECONOMY HERE IN THE UNITED STATES AND HELP OUR U.S. FARMERS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 02:11:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    SEEKS TIME? THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. KINGSTON.

  • 02:11:53 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 02:11:57 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    WE HAVE ACTUALLY REDUCED THIS ACCOUNT 31% AND AGAIN AS I HAVE SAID MANY…

    WE HAVE ACTUALLY REDUCED THIS ACCOUNT 31% AND AGAIN AS I HAVE SAID MANY TIMES, PASSING AN APPROPRIATION BILL THAT BUILDS A CARD HOUSE THERE IS A DELICATE BALANCE. I HAVE MY FRIEND, MR. MCGOVERN, WHO BELIEVES WE HAVE CUT TOO MUCH. GOT MY FRIEND, DR. BROWNE, WHO BELIEVES WE HAVEN'T CUT ENOUGH. AND SO WE ARE TRYING TO MOVE THIS LEGISLATION. I WANTED TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT P.L. 480 AND MAKE A COUPLE THINGS. NUMBER ONE, THERE IS A NATIONAL SECURITY INTEREST IN IT. THIS IS NOT ABOUT INTERNATIONAL CHARITY ALONE. WE DO HAVE AN INTEREST. AMERICA NEEDS TO BE ENGAGED AROUND THE WORLD. WHEN THERE IS A NATURAL DISASTER OR MAN-MADE DISASTER, IF WE ARE NOT THERE, WHO WILL BE THERE? AND THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. MY FRIEND, MR. DICKS, IS HERE. FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE KNOWS IN TERMS OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE WE HAVE SOLDIERS RIGHT NOW AS I SPEAK IN 60 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AROUND THE GLOBE. NOW, THEY ARE ENGAGED FOR A REASON. IT'S NOT A JOB CREATION PROGRAM. THEY ARE KEEPING AN EYE ON NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS. IF YOU TRAVEL IN CHINA -- EXCUSE ME IF YOU TRAVEL IN AFRICA OR SOUTH AMERICA RIGHT NOW, YOU'LL SEE A NEW PLAYER THAT WAS NOT THERE 10 YEARS AGO, AND THAT IS THE COUNTRY OF CHINA. CHINA IS NOT NECESSARILY AN IMMEDIATE THREAT TO US, BUT IT IS A CONCERN TO US. CHINA IS RISING AS A MILITARY FORCE AND CERTAINLY AS AN ECONOMIC SOURCE. AND THEY ARE ENGAGED ALL OVER THE GLOBE. OFTEN OUR INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS, INCLUDING FOOD PROGRAMS, KEEPS US ENGAGED AND GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE SOME DOORS OPENED WHICH WE WOULD NOT ORDINARILY HAVE. AMERICA PROVIDES 57% OF THE FOOD AID IN THE WORLD, FOLLOWED BY THE E.U. AT 27% AND JAPAN AT 6%. RIGHT NOW CHINA IS NOT A MAJOR PLAYER. THE OIL RICH MIDDLE EAST COUNTRIES CERTAINLY AREN'T MAJOR PLAYERS. IT IS ABOUT ENGAGEMENT AND IT'S INTERESTING THAT WE HAVE A BALANCE BETWEEN DEVELOPMENTAL AID AND EMERGENCY AID, BECAUSE IF THERE IS A HAITIAN DISASTER, WE ARE THE FIRST ON THE GROUND TRYING TO GET FOOD TO THE PEOPLE, BUT WE NEED TO ALSO BE THERE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL AID TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE COUNTRIES AREN'T DEPENDENT, THESE COUNTRIES DO KNOW HOW TO GROW THEIR OWN FOOD AND HAVE THEIR OWN RESOURCES. I JUST WANT TO EMPHASIZE AGAIN THAT THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN TRIMMED ALREADY, 31%, AND IT SEEMS TO ME THE BALANCE THAT WILL GET THIS BILL OVER TO THE SENATE SO THAT WE CAN NEGOTIATE FURTHER ON IT. WE ARE IN MANY, MANY DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. WITH THAT I WANT TO YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO DR. GOSAR.

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  • 02:14:49 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    LIKE TO REITERATE THIS IS AN ISSUE WE ALSO HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF FOLKS AT…

    LIKE TO REITERATE THIS IS AN ISSUE WE ALSO HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF FOLKS AT HOME. FOR EXAMPLE, I BROUGHT UP THE NAVAJO NATION. THIS IS A TREATY RESPONSIBILITY OF THE UNITED STATES IN WHICH WE FORBADE DIFFERENT GROUPS FROM EVEN RAISING TO TAKE CARE OF A WINDOW PANE OR CREATE ECONOMIC CERTAINTY. WE HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN AND NOT HELP EVERYBODY ACROSS THIS WORLD. THAT'S WHY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT. .

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  • 02:15:20 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    CHAIR, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I DO WANT TO POINT OUT SOME OF…

    CHAIR, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I DO WANT TO POINT OUT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT THIS PROGRAM IS DOING IN PAKISTAN, HAITI, THE SUDAN AND AFGHANISTAN AND I WILL SUBMIT THAT FOR THE RECORD AT THE PROPER TIME. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:15:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA WILL BE HANDLED IN GENERAL LEAVE. THE…

    OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA WILL BE HANDLED IN GENERAL LEAVE. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 02:15:52 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 02:16:05 PM

    MR. BROUN

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT THAT I HOPE IS AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA. PAGE 49, LINE 23, AFTER THE DOLLAR…

    OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA. PAGE 49, LINE 23, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT REDUCED BY $140,198,000. PAGE 80, LINE , AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $140,198,000.

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  • 02:16:34 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS…

    GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 02:16:38 PM

    MR. BROUN

    MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    MR. FARR

    MR. CHAIRMAN, WE HAVE COULDN'T HAVE A COPY OF THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    FROM GEORGIA MAY PROCEED.

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    MR. BROUN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. WE HAVE TO STOP SPENDING MONEY WE DON'T HAVE. AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. WE HAVE TO STOP SPENDING MONEY WE DON'T HAVE. AND THIS WOULD ZERO OUT THE BALANCE OF THE FUNDS IF MY FRIEND FROM ARIZONA'S AMENDMENT IS INDEED PASSED INTO THIS BILL. SO, MR. CHAIRMAN, I JUST -- AS WE LOOK AT WHERE WE'RE GOING AS A NATION, WE GOT TO BE FOCUSING ON JOBS AND THE ECONOMY. WE HAVE TO LEAVE DOLLARS IN THE HANDS OF BUSINESSES, PARTICULARLY SMALL BUSINESSES. LEAVE THE DOLLARS IN THE HANDS OF INDIVIDUALS SO THAT THEY COULD TAKE CARE OF THEIR OWN NEEDS IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES. INSTEAD OF BEING A BIGGER AND BIGGER FEDERAL PROGRAM TO TRY TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYBODY'S NEEDS ALL OVER THE WORLD. WE JUST SIMPLY DO NOT HAVE THE MONEY, AND IT JUST HAS TO STOP AND IT'S TIME TO STOP RIGHT NOW. WE'RE HEADED TOWARDS AN ECONOMIC CLIFF IN THIS NATION. IT MAY BE VERY SOON WHERE WE'RE GOING TO BE OFF THAT CLIFF WHERE EVERYBODY IN THIS COUNTRY EXCEPT FOR THE EXTREMELY WEALTHY ARE GOING TO BE FORCED INTO JUST TREMENDOUS POVERTY. WE HAVE A POTENTIAL OF HAVING RIOTS IN THE STREET BECAUSE OF THE GREAT DEBT AND SPENDING THAT'S GOING ON. WE'RE DESTROYING JOBS. WE'RE DESTROYING OUR ECONOMY, AND IT JUST MUST STOP. THE SOONER THE BETTER. MY AMENDMENT WOULD SIMPLY ZERO OUT THE REST OF THE FUNDS IN THIS PROGRAM. I THINK IT'S CRITICAL FOR US TO STOP SPENDING MONEY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:18:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. WHO SEEKS TIME? THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. WHO SEEKS TIME?

  • 02:19:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 02:19:10 PM

    MR. FARR

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 02:21:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM WASHINGTON STATE IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. DICKS

    TO THE CHAIR AND TO THE AUTHOR OF THE AMENDMENT WHO'S A DOCTOR, A MEDICAL…

    TO THE CHAIR AND TO THE AUTHOR OF THE AMENDMENT WHO'S A DOCTOR, A MEDICAL DOCTOR, REMEMBER THE HIPPOCRATIC OATH, DO NO HARM. THIS AMENDMENT, IF ENACTED, WILL HARM MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. MILLIONS OF CHILDREN WILL DIE BECAUSE OF THIS AMENDMENT. AND I JUST THINK IT'S OUTRAGEOUS AND I HOPE IT WILL BE DEFEATED.

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  • 02:22:10 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. DICKS

    HAVE THE TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA CONTROLS THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA CONTROLS THE TIME.

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  • 02:22:19 PM

    MR. FARR

    I YIELD MY TIME TO MR. DICKS. OR YIELD IT TO YOU FOR A QUESTION.

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    THE CHAIR

    FROM CALIFORNIA CONTROLS THE TIME.

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    MR. FARR

    DO I HAVE LEFT?

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    THE CHAIR

    HAS A MINUTE AND A HALF OF HIS TIME.

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    MR. FARR

    MR. BROUN, I YIELD TO YOU.

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    MR. BROUN

    YOU VERY MUCH. I RESENT THE FACT THAT YOU ARE ACCUSING ME TO DO HARM. DICK…

    YOU VERY MUCH. I RESENT THE FACT THAT YOU ARE ACCUSING ME TO DO HARM. DICK DICKS YOU DON'T THINK YOUR --

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  • 02:22:53 PM

    MR. DICKS

    YOU DON'T THINK YOUR AMENDMENT WILL DO HARM?

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    MR. BROUN

    NO, SIR. I THINK IT WILL DO GOOD. WE HAVE COME TO THE CRUX OF THE PROBLEM…

    NO, SIR. I THINK IT WILL DO GOOD. WE HAVE COME TO THE CRUX OF THE PROBLEM THAT SOME PEOPLE IN THIS CONGRESS BELIEVES THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OUGHT TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYBODY IN THE WORLD AND I WOULD LOVE TO DO IT. FOR TO YOU ACCUSE ME OF WANTING TO DO HARM TO PEOPLE, I RESENT THAT.

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  • 02:23:17 PM

    MR. DICKS

    SIR, I DIDN'T OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO -- SIR --

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    MR. BROUN

    SIR, I HAVE THE TIME. I RESENT THE FACT THAT YOU ARE ACCUSING ME THAT I…

    SIR, I HAVE THE TIME. I RESENT THE FACT THAT YOU ARE ACCUSING ME THAT I WOULD DO HARM. I DON'T KNOW IF THIS IS A POINT OF ORDER --

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  • 02:23:41 PM

    MR. BROUN

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I BRING FORTH A POINT OF ORDER.

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    MR. FARR

    I RECLAIM MY TIME,

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RECLAIMS HIS TIME. IN --

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    MR. FARR

    I'D LIKE TO SAY, THERE IS SOME INCONSISTENCY AND INSINCERITY HERE ABOUT…

    I'D LIKE TO SAY, THERE IS SOME INCONSISTENCY AND INSINCERITY HERE ABOUT STATING WHAT YOU DID AS A PROFESSION AND THEN CUTTING THESE PROGRAMS BECAUSE THESE GO TO THE CHILDREN THAT WE THINK THE MEDICAL PROFESSION SO MUCH APPRECIATES TRYING TO CARE FOR. I MEAN, IF YOU CAN'T FEED CHILDREN, IF YOU CAN'T FEED WOMEN AND YOU CAN'T FEED INFANTS, NO MATTER WHERE IN THE WORLD THEY ARE, PROBLEMS ARE GOING TO OCCUR. BIG, SERIOUS PROBLEMS. THAT IS NOT FISCAL CONSERVATIVE. THAT IS JUST NOT VERY INTELLIGENT.

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  • 02:24:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. BROUN

    I BRING A POINT OF ORDER, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    THE CHAIR

    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. BROUN

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD LIKE TO BRING A POINT OF ORDER ABOUT THE GENTLEMAN'S…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD LIKE TO BRING A POINT OF ORDER ABOUT THE GENTLEMAN'S ACCUSATIONS THAT I WANT TO DO HARM, AND I BELIEVE THIS MEETS THE CRITERIA OF TAKING DOWN HIS WORDS, AND I'D LIKE A RULING FROM THE CHAIR REGARDING THAT.

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  • 02:25:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WILL SUSPEND. THE CHAIR WOULD ASK THE CLERK TO TRANSSCRIBE -- TRANSCRIBE…

    WILL SUSPEND. THE CHAIR WOULD ASK THE CLERK TO TRANSSCRIBE -- TRANSCRIBE THE WORDS.

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  • 02:25:21 PM

    MR. BROUN

    CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. BROUN

    I WITHDRAW MY POINT OF ORDER.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE DEMAND IS WITHDRAWN. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE DEMAND IS WITHDRAWN. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:25:38 PM

    MR. DICKS

    I WILL REVISE MY WORDS AND MAKE SURE THAT IT IS NOT ANYWHERE CLOSE TO --…

    I WILL REVISE MY WORDS AND MAKE SURE THAT IT IS NOT ANYWHERE CLOSE TO -- TO BEING AN INSULT TO THE GENTLEMAN. I APPRECIATE HIM WITHDRAWING HIS POINT OF ORDER.

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  • 02:25:52 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON MAY REVISE HIS REMARKS.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

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

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN VERY, VERY, VERY STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. GUTTING THE FOOD FOR PEACE PROGRAM. FOOD FOR PEACE. I FIND IT SOMEWHAT IRONIC THAT WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO OPPOSE FOOD FOR PEACE BUT SUPPORT WEAPONS FOR WAR. WITHOUT GIVING IT A SECOND THOUGHT. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THIS AMENDMENT WOULD DO GREAT HARM TO SOME OF THE MOST HELPLESS PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. AND I BELIEVE VERY, VERY STRONGLY THAT I THINK ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS THAT THIS AMENDMENT SHOULD BE DEFEATED. THE FOOD FOR PEACE PROGRAM HAS SAVED THE LIVES OF MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. IT IS A GOOD PROGRAM. IT IS SOMETHING WE SHOULD BE PROUD OF IN THIS COUNTRY, AND WE ARE ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS, I BELIEVE, WE ARE PROUD OF THE FOOD FOR PEACE PROGRAM. AND I THINK WE NEED A BIG BIPARTISAN VOTE TO DEFEAT THIS AMENDMENT. I APPRECIATED THE CHAIRMAN'S REMARKS EARLIER. I THANK HIM FOR HIS COMMENTS ON THIS ISSUE. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 02:27:13 PM

    MR. DICKS

    CUT THIS PROGRAM BY 38% BELOW THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST AND 31% BELOW…

    CUT THIS PROGRAM BY 38% BELOW THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST AND 31% BELOW LAST YEAR. I MEAN, THAT IS A MAJOR CUT IN THIS PROGRAM. TO GO ANY FURTHER I THINK WOULD BE A BIG MISTAKE. I YIELD.

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  • 02:27:32 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    THE GENTLEMAN. AND I WOULD JUST SAY, YES, WE NEED TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN. AND I WOULD JUST SAY, YES, WE NEED TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT THE DEFICIT AND WE NEED TO FIND WAYS TO, YOU KNOW, TO BRING THIS DEFICIT DOWN, BUT TAKING THE FOOD OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF CHILDREN IS NOT THE WAY TO DO IT. IT'S NOT THE WAY WE NEED TO -- NOT THE WAY WE DO THIS. I MEAN, I CAN GO THROUGH A LITANY OF THINGS THAT DESERVE TO BE CUT FROM SOME OF THE SUBSIDIES THAT WE PROVIDE TO SOME OF THE BIG AGRICULTURAL BUSINESSES TO THE SUBIS I DIIZATION -- SUBSIDIZATION OF THE BIG OIL COMPANIES TO THE DONALD TRUMPS OF THE WORLD. TO DENIGRATE THIS PROGRAM I THINK IS WRONG. THIS IS SOMETHING WE SHOULD BE PROUD OF. REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTS HAVE SUPPORTED THIS PROGRAM, AND THIS IS VITAL TO THE SURVIVAL OF SO MANY PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD. AND, AGAIN, I WOULD REITERATE WHAT SECRETARY GATES SAID. THESE PROGRAMS, THESE DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAMS, YOU KNOW, ARE IMPORTANT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. I'M GOING TO TELL YOU, THEY DO MORE TO HELP IMPROVE OUR IMAGE AND PROTECT OUR SECURITY AROUND THE WORLD THAT A LOT OF THESE OTHER PROGRAMS THAT WE HAVE THAT EXPORT MILITARY HARDWARE AROUND THE WORLD. THIS SPORNT. THIS IS REAL. THIS -- THIS IS IMPORTANT. THIS IS REAL. THIS SAVES LIVES. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO SOUNDLY REJECT THIS AMENDMENT AND LET US SUPPORT FOOD FOR PEACE. LET US SUPPORT FOOD PROGRAMS FOR THE POOR. THAT'S WHO WE ARE. THAT REFLECTS WELL ON THIS COUNTRY, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 02:29:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 02:29:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MRS. EMERSON

    I HAVE BEEN HEARING THIS SUBJECT THAT IS NEAR AND DEAR TO OUR HEART. THIS…

    I HAVE BEEN HEARING THIS SUBJECT THAT IS NEAR AND DEAR TO OUR HEART. THIS HAS BEEN NEAR AND DEAR TO MY FAMILY SINCE MY LATE HUSBAND CAME BACK FROMTH OPENIA HAVING SOBBED, AS HE TOLD -- FROM HAVING SOBBED, AS HE TOLD ME, OF A CHILD IN ETHIOPIA WHO DIED IN HIS ARMS. I WILL SAY THAT THERE'S BEEN AN AWFUL LOT OF RHETORIC ON THIS AND I THINK THE CHAIRMAN, IN SPITE OF THE FACT I DON'T LIKE THE NUMBER, I DON'T LIKE THE NUMBERS THAT WE'VE BEEN GIVING THE CHAIRMAN, WHO HAS ALSO TRAVELED TO AFRICA AND HAS SEEN UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL TO SEE HOW THESE PROGRAMS REALLY DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THOSE OF US WHO LIVE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. HOW IMPORTANT THESE PROGRAMS ARE FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, AS MR. MCGOVERN SAID AND MR. DICKS AND ALSO HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT AMERICA, WHICH IS STILL THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD IN SPITE OF OUR FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES, HAS RESPECT AND WANTS TO HELP OTHERS BECAUSE WE OURSELVES HAVE BEEN SO WELL BLESSED. SO I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT, AND I WANT TO -- I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE AND THANK MR. KINGSTON AS WELL AND HOPE AS WE PROCEED THROUGH THE PROCESS THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO FIND SOME COMMON GROUND. PERHAPS GET A LITTLE BIT MORE ASSISTANCE FOR THESE VITAL PROGRAMS, BUT LET'S TRY TO KEEP OUR EMOTIONS DOWN A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE THIS -- EVERYBODY FEELS VERY STRONGLY BUT YET OUR COMMON GOAL IS TO LIFT THIS COUNTRY UP AND BY HELPING OTHERS WE DO THAT. . YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:31:19 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. IS ANYONE SEEKING RECOGNITION? THE QUESTION IS ON…

    GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. IS ANYONE SEEKING RECOGNITION? THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 02:31:37 PM

    MR. BROUN

    RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 02:32:06 PM

    THE CLERK

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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    >>

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    6, PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 02:32:42 PM

    MR. BROUN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO OFFER MY AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD ZERO OUT…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO OFFER MY AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD ZERO OUT THE MCGOVERN-DOLE PROGRAM AND SAVE TAXPAYERS $180 MILLION IN THE COMING FISCAL YEAR. WE SIMPLY CANNOT CONTINUE TO DOLE OUT MONEY THAT WE SIMPLY DON'T HAVE. AND WE -- PARTICULARLY WHEN WE ARE EXPERIENCING SUCH A HUGE ECONOMIC CRISIS AND ECONOMIC EMERGENCY HERE AT HOME. IT'S IMPORTANT TO MAKE SERIOUS CUTS WHEREVER AND WHENEVER WE CAN. THIS FUNDING IS NOT TIED TO A SPECIFIC NATIONAL SECURITY INTEREST. SO WE CAN AFFORD TO DO WITHOUT IT. I THINK WE SHOULD DO WITHOUT IT. THUS I'M OFFERING MY AMENDMENT. I HOPE IT PASSES. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:33:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

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    MR. MCGOVEN

    TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS SIMPLY A BAD AMENDMENT. IT ELIMINATES FUNDING FOR…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS SIMPLY A BAD AMENDMENT. IT ELIMINATES FUNDING FOR ONE OF THE U.S. SIGNATURE PROGRAMS TO REDUCE CHILD HUNGER IN THE WORLD. I HELPED ESTABLISH THE GEORGE MCGOVERN, ROBERT DOLE INTERNATIONAL FOOD FOR EDUCATION PROGRAM. FIRST AS A PILOT PROJECT IN 2000, AND THEN AS A PERMANENT PROGRAM IN THE 2002 FARM BILL. IT HAS ALWAYS HAD STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, INCLUDING MY COLLEAGUE AND MY FRIEND, JO ANN EMERSON, AND THEN CONGRESSMAN NOW SENATORS JOHN THUNE AND JERRY MORAN. MCGOVERN-DOLE HAS ONE BASIC GOAL. PROVIDE AT LEAST ONE NUTRITIOUS MEAL TO SOME OF THE WORLD'S MOST VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN A SCHOOL SETTING. IT HAS REDUCED THE INCIDENTS OF HUNGER AMONG SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN. IT HAS INCREASED SCHOOL ENROLLMENT AND ATTENDANCE. IT HAS INCREASED THE SUPPORT OF FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES FOR EDUCATION, ESPECIALLY FOR GIRLS. MCGOVERN-DOLE IS A PROVEN SUCCESS. INSTEAD OF CUTTING ITS FUNDING, LET ALONE ELIMINATING IT, WE SHOULD BE SCALING IT UP. THE CUTS TO MCGOVERN-DOLE ALREADY IN THE BILL WOULD END SCHOOL MEALS FOR MORE THAN 400,000 CHILDREN. ELIMINATING THE FUNDING WOULD LITERALLY TAKE THE FOOD OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF OVER FIVE MILLION OF THE WORLD'S MOST VULNERABLE CHILDREN. MR. CHAIRMAN, IT'S BAD ENOUGH TO IGNORE HUNGRY CHILDREN. IT'S EVEN WORSE TO GIVE A HUNGRY CHILD A MEAL TO GIVE THEIR PARENTS HOPE FOR A BETTER FUTURE AND TAKE IT AWAY. THESE ARE NOT JUST NUMBERS IN A BILL. THESE ARE REAL LIVING, BREATHING HUMAN BEINGS. REAL CHILDREN WHO ARE IN SCHOOL. MANY FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME BECAUSE THE U.S. IS WORKING WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO ADVANCE EDUCATION AND NUTRITION. I HAVE VISITED SOME OF THESE PROGRAMS AROUND THE WORLD. I RESPECTFULLY SUGGEST TO THOSE WHO WANT TO ELIMINATE THEM TO FIRST GO AND SEE WITH THEIR OWN EYES WHAT THEY ARE DOING ON THE GROUND. LOOK AT THESE CHILDREN. THEIR PARENTS, THEIR TEACHERS, COMMUNITY LEADERS IN THE EYE AND MAKE SURE YOU WANT TO TELL THEM YOU DON'T CARE IF THEY GO HUNGRY OR GET A CHANCE TO GO TO SCHOOL. IN COLOMBIA I VISITED A PROGRAM ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF BOGOTA ON THE HILLSIDE SHUR ROUNDED BY SHANTY HOUSING THOUSANDS OF DISPLACED FAMILIES. CHILDREN WERE RECEIVING SCHOOL BREAKFAST AND LUNCH. MOTHERS AND GRANDMOTHERS WERE TRAINING AS COOKS, PREPARING THE MEALS. CLEARLY VISIBLE IN THE CAFETERIA WERE USAID BAGS OF BEEF AND BEANS. ONE MOTHER SAID PLEASE THANK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHEN YOU GO BACK HOME. I COULDN'T FEED MY CHILDREN. I COULDN'T SEND THEM TO SCHOOL. I WAS AFRAID MY SON WHO IS 11 YEARS OLD WAS GOING TO JOIN THE PARAMILITARIES AND GUERRILLAS JUST TO GET FOOD. NOW MY SON IS GETTING FED AND STAYING IN SCHOOL. PLEASE TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THANK YOU. IN KENYA IN THE LARGEST SLUM IN THE WORLD, I WENT TO A MC GOVERN-DOLE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PROGRAM, I WAS AMAZED BY THE SCHOOL'S ENERGY AND ACHIEVEMENTS. THE SCHOOL'S PRINCIPAL TOLD ME HOW THEY STORE AND PREPARE THE COMMODITIES THAT FEED HER STUDENTS AND ALL THEY ALL KNOW THIS PROGRAM IS A PROGRAM FROM THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I ATE A SERIAL MUSH MADE FROM YELLOW PEAS GROWN BY AMERICAN FARMERS IN A ROOM FULL OF CHILDREN. THE KIDS DUG INTO THIS FOOD LIKE MANNA FROM HEAVEN. ONE LITTLE BOY WOULD TAKE A BITE AND SCOOP A SMALL AMOUNT FROM HIS BOWL AND PUT IT IN HIS POCKET. HE WAS TAKING FOOD HOME TO HIS SIBLINGS WHO DON'T GET ANYTHING TO EAT. OUTSIDE NAIROBI IN A SCHOOL FOR THE GIRLS MCGOVERN-DOLE PROVIDES A HOT LUNCH. I HELPED COOK AND SERVE THE MEAL OF U.S. BULGAR WHEAT AND LOCALLY GROWN VEGETABLES. ONE STUDENT TOLD ME HOW GRATEFUL SHE WAS TO GO TO SCHOOL AND EAT EVERY DAY. SHE GREW UP IN A VILLAGE OVER 100 MILES AWAY. WHEN SHE WAS 12 HER FATHER TOLD HER SHE HAD TO MARRY A MUCH OLDER MAN. SHE REFUSED. HER FATHER ORDERED HER TO GO TO HER UNCLE'S HOUSE, GET HIS MACHETE, AND BRING IT BACK TO HIM. SHE KNEW HER FATHER WAS GOING TO KILL HER. SHE RAN AWAY, WALKING ALOPE FOR DAYS, BECAUSE SHE HAD -- ALONE FOR DAYS, BECAUSE SHE HAD HEARD OF THIS SCHOOL. SHE WAS THEN 15, HEALTHY, WELL-FED, AT THE TOP OF HER CLASS. I KNEW I WAS TALKING TO SOMEONE WHO COULD BE PRESIDENT SOMEDAY. AND THE VERY BEST WAY THIS YOUNG WOMAN WILL NEVER FORGET US. IN A VERY WORST WAY WHERE WE TAKE FOOD AWAY FROM CHILDREN, FAMILIES, SCHOOLS THOSE COMMUNITIES WILL NEVER FORGET US, EITHER. THEY WON'T FORGET THAT WE TOOK AWAY THEIR CHILDREN'S FUTURE. I WOULDN'T FORGET IT IF IT WERE MY CHILD. WOULD YOU? MR. CHAIRMAN, THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO ADVANCE U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY AND ECONOMIC INTERESTS ABROAD. EDUCATION AND CHILD NUTRITION ARE VERY MUCH AT THE TOP OF THAT LIST. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE SUPPORT THE MCGOVERN-DOLE PROGRAM. THIS IS A JOY, INCREDIBLE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. AND I WANT TO TELL YOU, THIS DOES MORE TO ENHANCE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY THAN SENDING WEAPONS TO COUNTRIES ALL OVER THE WORLD. TO PEOPLE WHO BENEFIT FROM THIS PROGRAM KNOW IT COMES FROM THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THIS IS A GOOD PROGRAM. SUPPORT THE MCGOVERN-DOLE PROGRAM. REJECT THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 02:38:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 02:38:59 PM

    MRS. EMERSON

    MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    MRS. EMERSON

    TO TAKE THE ENTIRE FIVE MINUTES. I DO WANT TO SAY A COUPLE THINGS. NUMBER…

    TO TAKE THE ENTIRE FIVE MINUTES. I DO WANT TO SAY A COUPLE THINGS. NUMBER ONE, I TOTALLY ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE REMARKS OF MY COLLEAGUE FROM MASSACHUSETTS. IT IS QUITE TRUE THAT TAKING AWAY THE PROGRAM FUNDING WOULD IN FACT LITERALLY TAKE FOOD OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF FIVE MILLION HUNGRY, HUNGRY CHILDREN. I ALSO WANT TO ADD BECAUSE I KNOW THE PEOPLE PROBABLY DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS IF YOU HAVEN'T BEEN WORKING WITH THIS PROGRAM IS THAT COUNTRIES ACTUALLY GRADUATE FROM THIS PROGRAM. THIS IS NOT AN ONGOING EFFORT IN EVERY SINGLE COUNTRY CL COLOMBIA MIGHT HAVE GRADUATED, NICARAGUA, AND OTHER COUNTRIES. YOU KNOW, WITH SO MANY THREATS AGAINST OUR NATION, I JUST THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO SHARE AMERICA'S BOUNTY WITH HUNGRY CHILDREN IN OTHER PLACES. AND IN CRITICAL PLACES AROUND THE WORLD SO THAT WE CAN HELP AMERICA FEED THEIR HUNGRY BODIES OUT OF GOODNESS. AND IT REALLY IS SOMETHING THAT THE ENTIRE KEY FENCE DEPARTMENT -- DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, YOU ASK ANY ARMY OFFICER, ANY MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES, WHEN THEY ARE IN AREAS WHERE THESE CHILDREN'S LIVES ARE BEING CHANGED BY A BOWL OF MUSH, AS MR. MCGOVERN SAID, IT MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE. IT MAKES THEM ABLE TO GO TO SCHOOL. IT MAKES LITTLE GIRLS HAVE THE ONLY OPPORTUNITY THEY WILL EVER GET FOR ANY KIND OF EDUCATION. AND IT IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS THAT PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS FOR THE SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 02:40:55 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR HER COMMENTS AND THANK HER FOR HER…

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR HER COMMENTS AND THANK HER FOR HER LEADERSHIP NOT ONLY ON THIS ISSUE BUT SO MANY OTHER ISSUES TO HELP HUNGRY CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD. I JUST WANT TO ALSO COMMEND HER FOR MAKING THE POINT THAT THE MCGOVERN-DOLE PROGRAM, IN THE PROGRAM THERE ARE PROVISIONS THAT REQUIRE THAT COUNTRIES GRADUATE OUT OF THE PROGRAM. THIS IS NOT A PERMANENT U.S. HANDOUT, IF YOU WILL. THIS IS SOME SUPPORT TO HELP GET ESTABLISHED SCHOOL FEED PROGRAMS THAT WILL, ONE, GET MORE KIDS IN SCHOOL, TWO, GIVE KIDS A NUTRITIOUS MEAL.

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  • 02:41:32 PM

    MRS. EMERSON

    RECLAIMING MY TIME. THE COUNTRIES ACTUALLY TAKE THIS PROGRAM OVER. THIS IS…

    RECLAIMING MY TIME. THE COUNTRIES ACTUALLY TAKE THIS PROGRAM OVER. THIS IS A JUMP-START. AND ONE THAT FOR NO OTHER REASON LITTLE GIRLS WOULD NEVER GO TO SCHOOL. AND TO ME IT'S JUST SHOCKING. WE TAKE THESE THINGS FOR GRANTED IN THIS COUNTRY. BUT IT SETS A VERY, VERY GOOD EXAMPLE AND GIVES THESE CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO MORE FOR THEMSELVES. WITH JUST A WEE BIT OF HELP FROM US. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:42:01 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    TO SAY THAT THIS IS -- THIS PROGRAM IS NAMED AFTER GEORGE MCGOVERN AND…

    TO SAY THAT THIS IS -- THIS PROGRAM IS NAMED AFTER GEORGE MCGOVERN AND ROBERT DOLE. SO BY THE VERY NAMING OF THIS PROGRAM IT SHOWS THE BIPARTISANSHIP THAT HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN FORMING THIS PROGRAM FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. I THIS -- THINK WE SHOULD BE PROUD.

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  • 02:42:20 PM

    MRS. EMERSON

    BE. ELIZABETH DOLE TOOK OVER FOR BOB AFTER HE LEFT THE SENATE. AND THIS…

    BE. ELIZABETH DOLE TOOK OVER FOR BOB AFTER HE LEFT THE SENATE. AND THIS WAS A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR HER, BUT IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN ONE THAT'S BEEN BIPARTISAN. AND ONE THAT HELPS LIFT OTHER PEOPLE UP BECAUSE WE REALLY DO HAVE SO MUCH HERE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:42:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:42:41 PM

    MR. FARR

    WANT TO MAKE ONE SHORT COMMENT. I RISE IN OPPOSITION. WHAT HAPPENED TO…

    WANT TO MAKE ONE SHORT COMMENT. I RISE IN OPPOSITION. WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS PROGRAM IS THAT WE CONTRACT WITH COUNTRIES TO CREATE THESE INCENTIVES TO GET KIDS TO GO TO SCHOOL. YOU HAVE HEARD THE INCREDIBLE STORIES, JIM MCGOVERN JUST GAVE US, ON HIS EXPERIENCES IN VISSUTTING THESE COUNTRIES. IT'S NOT ONLY THAT THESE CONTRACTS ARE MADE WITH COUNTRIES SO THAT THEY HAVE TO PUT SOMETHING INTO IT, BUT THEY ALSO HAVE A WAY OF WORKING THEMSELVES OUT. IT'S NOT ONE OF THOSE GOING BACK TO THE COMMENT EARLIER ABOUT NANNYGATE, THIS IS A WORK YOURSELF OUT OF A PROGRAM. YOU CAN GET OFF THE PROGRAM BY HAVING IT WORK. AND THEN YOU CAN MOVE THE MONEYS TO ANOTHER COUNTRY. I THINK IT'S AN OUTSTANDING PROGRAM AND WORTH KEEPING AND CERTAINLY THIS CUT WOULD RUIN IT ALL. YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:43:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 02:43:36 PM

    MS. DELAURO

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 02:43:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 02:43:41 PM

    MS. DELAURO

    SUFFERING AND MISERY AROUND THE WORLD AND PUT AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN IN…

    SUFFERING AND MISERY AROUND THE WORLD AND PUT AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN IN DANGER. MY COLLEAGUES HAVE ADDRESSED THAT ISSUE AS WELL. THE APPROPRIATION LEGISLATION BEFORE US IS ALREADY REMARKABLY STINGY WITH REGARDS TO INTERNATIONAL FOOD AID. IT CUTS MCGOVERN-DOLE FOOD FOR EDUCATION PROGRAM BY 10% BELOW THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST AND FOOD FOR PEACE BY AN ASTONISHING $650 MILLION. 38% REDUCTION. NOW MR. BROUN PROPOSES TO ZERO OUT MCGOVERN-DOLE ENTIRELY. THIS IS A PROGRAM AS YOU CAN TELL BY ITS NAME HAS BEEN THE HALLMARK OF BIPARTISAN LEADERSHIP FOR OVER A DECADE NOW. IT IS A LINCHPIN IN OUR DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS IN DEVELOPING NATIONS. MAKE NO MISTAKE, CUTTING MCGOVERN-DOLE ENDANGERS OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. ZEER HE ROW OUT THIS PROGRAM AS THIS AMENDMENT CALLS FOR WOULD NEEDLESSLY PUT THE SAFETY AND THE SECURITY OF AMERICAN FAMILIES AT RISK. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY, OVER ONE MILLION PEOPLE, ONE IN SIX ARE UNDERNOURISHED WORLDWIDE. EVERY SIX SECONDS A CHILD DIES BECAUSE OF HUNGER AND RELATED CAUSES. THIS HUNGER FORCES PEOPLE INTO DESPERATE ACTS, DANGEROUS PACKS, FAMINE AND STARVATION CREATE THE CONDITIONS FOR MILITANT EXTREMISM, THE VERY EXTREMISM OUR TROOPS FIGHT IN AFGHANISTAN AND AROUND THE WORLD. . AND SO MCGOVERN-DOLE IS A CRUCIAL FRONT TO FIGHT GLOBAL TERROR. WE UNDERCUT THE RECRUITING BASE OF THOSE WHO WOULD THREATEN US. AS FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, SANDY BERGER WROTE IN "THE LOS ANGELES TIMES" TO ENSURE A CHILD GOES TO SCHOOL NO HUNGRY IS THE SINGLE BEST INVESTMENT WE CAN MAKE IN BUILDING A PROSPEROUS, HEALTHY AND STABLE SOCIETY. MCGOVERN-DOLE IS THAT. OPERATING IN 8 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD, INCLUDING AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN, MCGOVERN-DOLE PROVIDES AT LEAST ONE NEW TRISHES MEAL EACH DAY TO VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS. IT HAS SHOWN DEMONSTRATED SUCCESS IN REDUCING HUNGER AND INCREASING SCHOOL ENROLLMENT AND ATTENDANCE. ESPECIALLY, AS MY COLLEAGUES POINTED OUT, FOR GIRLS. OTHERWISE LITTLE GIRLS IN THESE COUNTRIES DON'T GET ANY EDUCATION AND THEY DON'T GET ANY FOOD. LAST MONTH, A G.A.O. RELEASED A REPORT ON MCGOVERN-DOLE AND IT CALLS FOR STRENGTHENING MONITORING BY THE USDA, ACCELERATING THE TIME FRAME FOR REPORTING. IT DID NOT, HOWEVER, CALL INTO QUESTION ANY OF THE OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM WORKS. SINCE BECOMING A PERMANENT PROGRAM IN THE 2002 FARM BILL, IT HAS REDUCED HUNGER AND VIOLENCE, INCREASED EDUCATION AND NUTRITION, BECOME A VITAL ELEMENT IN OUR INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMACY. ZEROING OUT THE PROGRAM, AS THIS AMENDMENT DEMANDS, WOULD NOT ONLY DESTROY ALL THESE BENEFITS FOR AMERICA AND THE DEVELOPING WORLD. IT WOULD MEAN FIVE MILLION KIDS WILL GO HUNGRY AGAIN. FIVE MILLION CHILDREN, AND YET EVEN AS THIS AMENDMENT THREATENS TO FORCE MILLIONS IN STARVATION, SOMEHOW THE MAJORITY'S BUDGET STILL FINDS MONEY FOR OIL COMPANIES' SUBSIDIES AND TAX BREAKS FOR MILLIONAIRES. CUTTING THIS FUNDING IS SHORTSIGHTED IN THE EXTREME. IT -- MCGOVERN-DOLE WORKS. IT WORKS FOR AMERICA. IT WORKS FOR DEVELOPING NATIONS AROUND THE WORLD. IT MOVES CHILDREN FROM STARVATION TO EDUCATION, AND IT UNDERCUTS THE RECRUITING ABILITY OF THOSE WHO WOULD DO AMERICA HARM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES, STAND WITH OUR TROOPS, STAND AGAINST HUNGER WORLDWIDE AND OPPOSE THIS DISASTROUS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:47:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. ANYONE ELSE SEEKING RECOGNITION? THE QUESTION…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. ANYONE ELSE SEEKING RECOGNITION? THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 02:47:59 PM

    MR. BROUN

    A RECORDED VOTE, MR. CHAIRMAN.

  • 02:48:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 02:48:14 PM

    THE CLERK

    AND FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES…

    AND FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ADMINISTRATION, SALARIES AND EXPENSES, $3,654,148,000.

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  • 02:48:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    >>

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT THAT WAS JUST READ.

  • 02:48:43 PM

    THE CLERK

    51, LINE 18, INSERT AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT THE FOLLOWING -- REDUCED BY…

    51, LINE 18, INSERT AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT THE FOLLOWING -- REDUCED BY $392 MILLION. PAGE 52, LINE 11, INSERT AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT THE FOLLOWING -- REDUCED BY $392 MILLION. PAGE 54, LINE 6, INSERT AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT THE FOLLOWING -- REDUCE BY $392 MILLION. PAGE 80, LINE 2, INSERT AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT THE FOLLOWING -- INCREASED BY $392 MILLION.

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  • 02:49:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:49:16 PM

    MR. STEARNS

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD FOR A BRIEF REQUEST?

  • 02:52:41 PM

    MR. STEARNS

    MY AMENDMENT.

  • 02:54:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 02:54:34 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 02:54:37 PM

    MR. FARR

    OF ALL, I HOPE WE DON'T HAVE ONE OF THESE AMBUSH AMENDMENTS THAT WE…

    OF ALL, I HOPE WE DON'T HAVE ONE OF THESE AMBUSH AMENDMENTS THAT WE HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE TO REALLY LOOK AT. THIS ONE REALLY HAS SERIOUS IMPLICATIONS. WHAT THIS -- IT SEEMS THAT THIS AMENDMENT DOES IS FIRST OF ALL REDUCE THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY'S FEES THAT THEY HAVE TO PAY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THIS IS A BIG HELP TO THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY. CUTS FEES THAT THE PRIVATE SECTOR HAS TO PAY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND WHAT DO THESE FEES GO INTO? INTO CAMPAIGNS FOR -- TO REDUCE TOBACCO CONSUMPTION AND TO TREAT ISSUES RELATED TO TOBACCO. THAT'S THE WAY THE AMENDMENT READS TO US. I'D JUST LIKE TO REMIND THE AUTHOR THAT I REPRESENT CALIFORNIA. CALIFORNIA'S TIME AFTER TIME PUT TAXES ON THE BALLOT TO INCREASE TOBACCO TAXES AND THEY'VE PASSED OVERWHELMINGLY AND WE USE THOSE FEES THAT WOULD COME FROM THE INDUSTRY FROM THE SALE OF -- NOT ONLY FROM THE INDUSTRY BUT THE USER -- TO RUN VERY EFFECTIVE ANTI-TOBACCO CAMPAIGNS. WE REDUCED SMOKING IN CALIFORNIA ALMOST TO ZERO. I MEAN, IT'S INCREDIBLE. MOST CITIES IN CALIFORNIA DON'T ALLOW ANY SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES. THE COMMUNITIES I REPRESENT ALONG THE COASTLINE DON'T ALLOW YOU TO SMOKE ON THE BEACHES. YOU CERTAINLY CAN'T SMOKE IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS. AND ANY OTHER KIND OF -- EVEN IN PUBLIC PLACES THAT ARE PRIVATELY OWNED. SO TO DO THIS, TO AMBUSH THE ANTI-TOBACCO CAMPAIGN WITH HIS AMENDMENT IS A GIVEAWAY TO THE TOBACCO COMPANIES. AND REDUCES THE FEES THEY HAVE TO PAY AND URGE THE ABILITY TO ELIMINATE THE ILLNESSES CAUSED BY TOBACCO AND ANYBODY WHO'S HAD CANCER IN THEIR FAMILY, AS I HAVE, ARE AWARE OF THE ILLNESSES CAUSED BY TOBACCO USAGE. I THINK THIS IS A DANGEROUS AMENDMENT, AND HOPEFULLY THE GENTLEMAN WILL WITHDRAW IT. IF NOT I WILL OPPOSE IT.

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  • 02:56:48 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ANYONE ELSE SEEKING RECOGNITION? SEEING NO ONE,…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ANYONE ELSE SEEKING RECOGNITION? SEEING NO ONE, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 02:57:07 PM

    MR. STEARNS

    I'D LIKE A RECORDED VOTE.

  • 02:57:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:57:27 PM

    MR. FARR

    LIKE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

  • 02:57:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 02:57:31 PM

    MR. FARR

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I WAS GOING TO INTRODUCE AN AMENDMENT, BUT I JUST WANT TO…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I WAS GOING TO INTRODUCE AN AMENDMENT, BUT I JUST WANT TO MAKE A STATEMENT AND I'LL WITHHOLD THE AMENDMENT. THE STATEMENT I WANT TO MAKE IS ABOUT WHAT THE UNDERLYING BILL DOES TO F.D.A. IT CUTS THE F.D.A., FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, BY 21%, ABOUT $580 MILLION. ON TOP OF THAT, THE F.D.A. HAS TO ABSORB ANOTHER $37 MILLION IN HIGHER RENT COSTS. SO WE REALLY ARE TALKING ABOUT A REDUCTION TO F.D.A. ABOUT $600 MILLION, AND YET WE KEEP THE LAW IN PLACE SO THEY HAVE TO CONTINUE ALL THE CURRENT REQUIREMENTS AND ACTIVITIES THAT ARE MANDATED TO THEM. THIS KIND OF CUT MEANS THAT 2,000 FEWER DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN INSPECTIONS OF FIRMS THAT MANUFACTURE FOOD AND MEDICAL PRODUCTS CAN BE MADE. THIS KIND OF CUT MEANS THAT MORE THAN 9,000 FEWER F.D.A. IMPORT INSPECTIONS TO VERIFY THAT IMPORTED FOOD AND MEDICAL PRODUCTS MEET SAFETY STANDARDS. THIS KIND OF CUT MEANS THERE WILL BE 4,000 FEWER FOOD AND MEDICAL PRODUCTS SAMPLINGS TO IDENTIFY SAFETY PROBLEMS. THE AMENDMENT I WOULD HAVE INTRODUCED WOULD HAVE MOVED SOME OF THE FUNDS TO THE CENTER OF DEVICES AND RADIOLOGICAL HEALTH, KNOWN AS CDRH. THE CENTER FOR DEVICES AND RADIOLOGICAL HEALTH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING NEW TECHNOLOGIES TO MARKET AND TO MAKE THE MEDICAL DEVICES THAT ARE ALREADY ON THE MARKETS SAFER AND MORE EFFECTIVE. THE F.D.A. HAS IMPLEMENTED A MORE STREAMLINE PROCESS BY WHICH MEDICAL DEVICES CAN GET TO MARKET, CALLED THE INNOVATION PATHWAY, BUT WITH THE CUTS TO THE F.D.A. BUDGET IN THIS BILL, THE INNOVATION PATHWAY WILL BECOME INNOVATION ROADBLOCK. AT A HEARING AT THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH ON FEBRUARY 17, 2011, THE DIRECTOR OF CDRH TESTIFIED THAT THESE CUTS, I QUOTE, THE INNOVATION PATHWAY WOULD BE NOT AN OPTION, AND FOR THE REST OF WHAT WE DO, THIS WOULD INCREASE DELAYS IN DECISIONS. IT WOULD DENY PATIENTS TRULY SAFE AND EFFECTIVE INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES, AND IT WILL RESULT IN JOBS BEING LOST, UNQUOTE. SO MOVING FUNDS, EVEN NOMINAL FUNDS TO CDRH, MAKES A POINT THAT WE WOULD HAVE TO MAINTAIN A COMMITMENT TO GETTING CRITICAL MEDICAL DEVICES TO MARKET AND TO PATIENTS. THE OTHER POINT I WANT TO MAKE IS THE CENTER FOR DEVICES AND RADIOLOGICAL HEALTH IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE IN PART FOR THE F.D.A.'S ADVANCES IN MEDICAL COUNTERMEASURES. THESE MEDICAL COUNTERMEASURES PROGRAMS EXTENDS ACROSS SEVERAL F.D.A. OFFICES. THE PROGRAM COORDINATES THE APPROPRIATE RESPONSES TO NATIONAL MEDICAL CATASTROPHES. FOR THEM TO PUT IN PLACE THE RIGHT MEDICAL RESPONSES TO RADIOLOGICAL THREATS. THREATS LIKE A DIRTY BOMB, A ROGUE NUCLEAR DEVICE OR EVEN NATURAL DISASTERS LIKE THE ONE THAT OCCURRED IN FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR REACTOR AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI. THIS ISN'T JUST A HEALTH CONCERN. IT'S A HOMELAND SECURITY CONCERN. UNLESS WE ARE READY TO HANDLE THESE EMERGENCIES, MANY, MANY PEOPLE COULD DIE OR BE PERMANENTLY DISABLED. WE HAVE TO PREPARE, AND THE CDRH CAN DO THAT FOR US, BUT NOT WITH THE BUDGET CUT IT'S FACING. THIS MEANS THE PUBLIC HEALTH OF AMERICA IS PUT ON RISK IS PUT ON HOLD. MEDICAL SAFETY DEVICES WITH PUT ON HOLD. MEDICAL COUNTERMEASURES ARE PUT ON HOLD. RADIOLOGICAL TREATMENT IMPROVEMENTS LIKE THE NEW FORMS OF X-RAYS, PET SCANS AND M.R.I.'S ARE PUT ON HOLD. THE 21% CUT IN THE F.D.A. INTUNLT NOT GOOD FOR AMERICA'S HEALTH. I WISH THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE TO ADOPT A BUDGET WITH THAT KIND OF A CUT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:01:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. ANYONE ELSE SEEKING RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN NO LONGER…

    YIELDS BACK. ANYONE ELSE SEEKING RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN NO LONGER WISHES TO OFFER HIS AMENDMENT? THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 03:01:51 PM

    THE CLERK

    6. BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES. $8,788,000. INDEPENDENT AGENCIES, COMMODITY…

    6. BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES. $8,788,000. INDEPENDENT AGENCIES, COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION, $171,930,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2013. FARM CREDIT ADMINISTRATION LIMITATION ON ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES, $62 MILLION. TITLE 7, GENERAL PROVISIONS, INCLUDING CANCELLATIONS, RESIGSES AND TRANSFERS OF FUNDS. SECTION 701, APPROPRIATIONS SHALL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE OF PASSENGER MOTOR VEHICLES.

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  • 03:02:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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    AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 03:02:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

    CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 03:02:43 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA.

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  • 03:02:51 PM

    MR. BROUN

    I RISE TUFERE MY AMENDMENT THAT WOULD REDUCE THE FLEET OF VEHICLES THE --…

    I RISE TUFERE MY AMENDMENT THAT WOULD REDUCE THE FLEET OF VEHICLES THE -- THEY ARE ABLE TO PURCHASE BY HALF. IT'S A SIMPLE WAY TO SAVE TAXPAYERS SOME OF THEIR MONEY, THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY. I KNOW MANY OF MY AMENDMENTS CUT PROGRAMS THAT ARE NEAR AND DEAR TO MY COLLEAGUES AND THEIR DISTRICTS' HEARTS. WE'VE HEARD CLEARLY FROM FRIENDS ON BOTH SIDES REGARDING THAT. BUT TOGETHER, MY AMENDMENTS CUT OVER $2 BILLION. AND IF WE ACCRUE MORE THAN TWICE THAT AMOUNT OF DEBT EVERY SINGLE DAY. IT'S TIME TO MAKE THE HARD CHOICES. FOR THE GREATER GOOD OF OUR ECONOMY. WE HAVE TO CUT WHEREVER WE CAN. AND CUTTING BY $-- BY 230 VEHICLES OUT OF THE USDA FLEET IS ANOTHER WAY TO SAVE TAXPAYERS MONEY. I ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO VOTE FOR MY AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:03:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 03:03:51 PM

    MR. FARR

    CAN I REQUEST A POINT OF INQUIRY, MR. BROUN? DO YOU LEASE A CAR?

  • 03:04:04 PM

    MR. BROUN

    CAR? NO, I DO NOT.

  • 03:04:16 PM

    MR. FARR

    TO CUT THIS ACCOUNT THAT'S VEHICLES FOR THE DEPARTMENT.

  • 03:04:23 PM

    MR. FARR

    YOU EXPECT THEM TO GET AROUND?

  • 03:04:26 PM

    MR. BROUN

    I'VE INTRODUCED -- MAYBE THEY COULD RIDE SHARE, THAT WOULD BE A GOOD WAY…

    I'VE INTRODUCED -- MAYBE THEY COULD RIDE SHARE, THAT WOULD BE A GOOD WAY TO SAVE TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS.

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  • 03:04:35 PM

    MR. FARR

    WE CAN OPERATE GOVERNMENT ON A MAYBE AND I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT.

  • 03:04:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ANYONE ELSE SEEKING RECOGNITION? SEEING NO ONE, THE…

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ANYONE ELSE SEEKING RECOGNITION? SEEING NO ONE, THE QUESTION SON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 03:05:03 PM

    THE CLERK

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 03:11:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 03:12:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 03:12:05 PM

    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MRS. LUMMIS OF WYOMING. PAGE 77, LINE 12, STRIKE THE SEMICOLON…

    OFFERED BY MRS. LUMMIS OF WYOMING. PAGE 77, LINE 12, STRIKE THE SEMICOLON AND INSERT OR. PAGE 77, LINE 15, STRIKE OR AND INSERT A PERIOD. PAGE 77, STRIKE LINE 16 THROUGH 17.

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  • 03:12:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 03:12:26 PM

    MRS. LUMMIS

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REMOVE THE RESTRICTION ONLY…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REMOVE THE RESTRICTION ONLY ON THE FEE FOR SERVICE HORSE MEAT INSPECTION PROGRAM. SINCE FISCAL YEAR 2006, CONGRESS HAS PROHIBITED THE USE OF FEDERAL FUNDS TO INSPECT HORSES. HOWEVER THE USDA ALLOWED FOR A FEE FOR SERVICE PROGRAMS FOR MANDATORY INSPECTION OF HORSES DESTINNED FOR FOOD UNTIL 2008 WHEN CONGRESS PROHIBITED THE PROGRAM THROUGH AN APPROPRIATIONS RIDER. BEFORE THESE BANS, HORSE PROCESSING WAS A $65 MILLION A YEAR INDUSTRY. AND OWNERS COULD RECEIVE ABOUT $400 TO $800 WHEN SELLING A HORSE. I'M OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE OWNERS SHOULD HAVE THE OPTION OF SELLING THEIR HORSE FOR PROCESSING UNDER THEIR PERSONAL PROPERTY RIGHTS. IT IS NOT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S ROLE TO BAN THIS OPTION. THE DECISION TO ALLOW FOR PROCESSING SHOULD BE MADE BY THE STATES. THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS HAS DIRECTED G.A.O. TO EXAMINE THE EFFECTS OF THIS BAN ON THE WELFARE OF HORSES AND ON THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY. THIS REPORT WAS EXPECTED BY MARCH 1 OF 2010, OVER A FULL YEAR LATER, WE STILL HAVE YET TO BE DELIVERED A FINAL REPORT FROM G.A.O. BUT EXPECT ONE WITHIN WEEKS OF THE DEBATE. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THIS ANALYSIS BE CONSIDERED WHEN DETERMINING WHETHER TO CONSIDER THIS BAN. IN PARTICULAR, THE G.A.O. WAS ASKED TO EXAMINE HOW MANY HORSES ARE NOW BEING SHIPPED TO MEXICO AND CANADA FOR SLAUGHTER. WHICH OUTSIDE ANALYSIS HAS CONFIRMED IS INCREASING. WITH THE INCREASED EXPORTING OF ANIMALS COMES THE CONCERN OF LONGER TRANSPORTATION TIMES TO SLAUGHTER AND REDUCED INSPECTIONS BY USDA OF TRAVEL CONDITIONS. USDA HAS NO AUTHORITY TO ENSURE HUMANE TREATMENT ONCE HORSES CROSS THE BORDER TO MEXICO OR CAN KA. -- OR CANADA AND THERE'S NO REASON TO BELIEVE HORSES ARE RECEIVING BETTER TREATMENT BY CONTINUING THIS BAN. ADDITIONALLY, THERE CONTINUE TO BE REPORTS OF INCREASED ANIMAL ABUSE DURING THE REDUCED OPTIONS FOR UNWANTED HORSES. I CAN ASSURE YOU THIS IS TRUE IN MY HOME STATE OF WYOMING. RECENTLY, 100 HORSES HAVE BEEN SEIZED FROM A WESTERN WYOMING RANCH WHERE THEY WERE BEING STARVED AND HAD TO BE TRANSPORTED TO THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE STATE TO THE STATE'S CHEYENNE STOCKYARDS. WHILE THE STATE VETERINARIAN IS CARING FOR THE ANIMALS CURRENTLY, THE OPTIONS FOR SELLING THESE HORSES ARE LIMITED. THERE IS JUST NO PLACE TO SEND UNWANTED HORSES AND NEGLECT WILL CONTINUE TO RISE ACROSS THE COUNTRY WITHOUT A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE. IN FACT, THE WYOMING LEGISLATURE THIS YEAR NEEDED -- MADE IT A CRIME TO RELEASE A HORSE ONTO PUBLIC LANDS. THE REASON PEOPLE DO THAT IS BECAUSE THERE'S NO OTHER WAY TO GET RID OF AN UNWANTED HORSE. THERE'S NO OPPORTUNITY TO SELL THEM INTO THIS MEAT MARKET SO PEOPLE ARE TURNING THEM LOOSE, WITH THE FERRELL HORSE THE WILD HORSES, FURTHER EXACERBATING THE FEDERAL WILD HORSE PROBLEM. CONGRESS NEEDS TO EXAMINE THESE CONCERNS AND THE G.A.O. REPORT SHOULD PROVIDE US THE INFORMATION NEEDED TO MAKE AN EDUCATED DECISION ON THIS MATTER. NOW, I PLAN TO WITHDRAW MY AMENDMENT AFTER DISCUSSING THIS ISSUE, BUT WOULD LIKE TO PROVIDE MY COLLEAGUES WITH THE OPPORTUNITIES TO PRESENT THEIR STATE'S CONCERNS WITH THIS BAN AND TO ENSURE MOVING FORWARD WE EXAMINE THE G.A.O. REPORT BEFORE FINALIZING ANY APPROPRIATIONS LANGUAGE BEFORE FISCAL YEAR 2012. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:16:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. IS ANYONE ELSE WISH TO…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. IS ANYONE ELSE WISH TO BE RECOGNIZED? THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO SEEKS RECOGNITION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 03:16:46 PM

    MR. PEARCE

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING BRINGING…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING BRINGING THIS BILL. YOU KNOW, MANY TIMES PEOPLE THINK THAT HORSE SLAUGHTER IS SIMPLY INHUMANE. SOME THINK THAT HORSE STARVATION IS MORE INHUMANE. THE TRUTH IS PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GET RID OF THEIR HORSES IN SOME WAY. WHAT THEY DO IN NEW MEXICO AND THE WESTERN STATES IS THEY SIMPLY TAKE THEM OUT AND TURN THEM LOOSE. RIGHT NOW WE'RE STRUGGLING WITH AN ECONOMY, AN ECONOMY THAT IS HAVING DIFFICULTIES IN EVERY AREA. TOO OFTEN IT SAYS IT'S THE PROBLEM OF THE ECONOMY. WE DON'T BREAK IT DOWN TO ITS INDIVIDUAL COMPONENTS. ONE OF THE COMPONENTS IN NEW MEXICO IS THAT WE'VE COMPLETELY ELIMINATED SHEEP FROM NEW MEXICO. NEW MEXICO USED TO BE A LARGE AREA OF SHEEP PRODUCTION. THAT PIECE OF THE ECONOMY IS SIMPLY GONE BECAUSE OF REGULATIONS THAT WE IN WASHINGTON AND IN THE STATES HAVE PUT INTO PLACE. NEW MEXICO ALSO USED TO HAVE A VIBRANT APPLE POPULATION, APPLE ECONOMY. THAT'S NOW GONE BECAUSE WE'VE GIVEN FAVORABLE TREATMENT TO OVERSEAS' PRODUCTS. THIS IS ANOTHER ELEMENT OF AN ECONOMY THAT HAS SIMPLY DISAPPEARED. NEW MEXICO USED TO HAVE A VIBRANT HORSE TRADE. PRICES WERE HOW. NOW -- PRICES WERE HIGH. PEOPLE ARE DOING AWAY WITH THE HORSE MARKET. SO WE FIND THAT WE IN CONGRESS ARE CAUSING THE ECONOMIC DECAY OF OUR ENTIRE NATION AND THIS LADY'S AMENDMENT SAYS LET'S STUDY THE EFFECT, LET'S UNDERSTAND WHAT WE ARE CAUSING, LET'S UNDERSTAND THE ECONOMIC DUERESS THAT WASHINGTON AND THE STATES ARE PUTTING ON THEIR OWN ECONOMY. IT MAKES ULTIMATE SENSE AND FOR US IN THE WEST IT SHOULD BE REINSTATED. WE SHOULD REINSTATE THE MARKET THERE BECAUSE HORSES HAVE BEEN VERY UNHUMANELY TREATED IN THE GUISE OF MORE HUMANE TREATMENT. I THANK THE LADY FOR HER PRESENTATION.

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  • 03:18:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK.

  • 03:18:43 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 03:18:47 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    IT AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO VOTE ON IT. WE HAD A VOTE IN FULL COMMITTEE. IT…

    IT AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO VOTE ON IT. WE HAD A VOTE IN FULL COMMITTEE. IT WAS ANOTHER'S AMENDMENT. I DID NOT SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. MORAN'S AMENDMENT, BECAUSE I BELIEVE THERE IS A LOT OF EMOTION WHEN IT GOES ON WHEN WE'RE DEALING WITH A HORSE. IT STILL IS A PRIVATE PROPERTY ISSUE, A PERSONAL PRIVATE PROPERTY ISSUE. WHILE I DO NOT OWN HORSES, I HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS WHO OWN HORSES. I KNOW THAT YOU DO HAVE TO HAVE SOME PLACE TO MOVE THE HORSE ON WHEN IT AGES OUT ON YOU. VERY EMOTIONAL IN AMERICA. WE LOOK DOWN AT OTHER NATIONS THAT EAT HORSES, BUT I HAVE EATEN HORSE BEFORE IN KAZAKHSTAN. IT ISN'T BAD. WE IN AMERICA WE HAVE AN OBESITY PROBLEM. WE CAN PICK AND CHOOSE WHAT WE WANT TO EAT. WHAT WE DON'T WANT TO EAT. PEOPLE FEEL LIKE WE'RE TOO GOOD TO BE EATING HORSES. I UNDERSTAND THAT. BUT THE REST OF THE WORLD DOES EAT HORSES. AND I THINK FRANKLY IT'S A DIFFERENT DISCUSSION, AS MY FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA KNOWS. I WISH WE WERE HAVING A VOTE ON IT. IF THE GENTLEMAN, DO YOU WANT TO GET SOME TIME FROM ME OR DO YOU NEED TO USE FIVE MINUTES? I'LL YIELD TO YOU AND WE'LL GIVE YOU SOME TIME. OK, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. BUT I DID WANT TO ENCOURAGE THE GENTLEWOMAN TO CONTINUE WORKING ON THIS. I WILL BE SUPPORTIVE OF YOU AND I WILL WORK WITH OUR FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA ON IT AS WELL. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:20:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. IS THERE ANYONE ELSE WISHING TO SEEK RECOGNITION ON THIS…

    YIELDS BACK. IS THERE ANYONE ELSE WISHING TO SEEK RECOGNITION ON THIS AMENDMENT? THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:20:32 PM

    MR. MORAN

    THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    YOU'RE RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. MORAN

    IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT THAT WOULD ALLOW HORSE SLAUGHTERING TO…

    IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT THAT WOULD ALLOW HORSE SLAUGHTERING TO RESUME IN THE UNITED STATES. THE LANGUAGE THAT THIS, THE LADY'S AMENDMENT WOULD STRIKE WAS PUT INTO THE BILL AS A BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT. TWO REPUBLICANS AND A DEMOCRAT. MR. SWEENEY, MR. WHITFIELD AND MR. SPRATT. WHAT IT DID WAS TO RESTRICT FUNDING FOR FEDERAL ACTIVITIES INVOLVED WITH MEAT INSPECTION AND THEREBY IT STOPPED HORSE SLAUGHTER FOR THE PURPOSE OF HUMAN CONSUMPTION IN ANY FACILITY IN THE UNITED STATES. IT STOPPED NEW FACILITY -- FACILITIES FROM OPENING. WELL, IT PASSED THIS BODY BY AN OVERWHELMING VOTE, 269-158. NOW, EVERY YEAR SINCE, THE LANGUAGE HAS BEEN RETAINED IN THE AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS BILL. THERE'S SIX VERY GOOD REASONS FOR DOING THIS. ONE, IT'S MONEY BADLY SPENT. ONLY FOREIGN CORPORATIONS WHICH DOLE IN HORSE MEAT FOR CONSUMPTION IN FOREIGN MARKETS WOULD BENEFIT FROM THE FEDERAL INSPECTION OF U.S. HORSE SLAUGHTER PLANTS. SO WE ARE USING AMERICAN TAXPAYERS' MONEY SO FOREIGN CORPORATIONS CAN SEND IT OVERSEAS SO PEOPLE LIVING IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES CAN CONSUME IT. THERE'S A $37 MILLION CUT BELOW LAST YEAR'S LEVELS IN THE FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION SERVICE. SO HERE YOU ARE CUTTING $37 MILLION IN FOOD SAFETY INSPECTION AND YET YOU WOULD BE ADDING THIS ADDITIONAL BURDEN ONTO THE FOOD SAFETY INSPECTION SERVICE, THE ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO INSPECT HORSE MEAT. REMEMBER, THIS IS MEAT THAT WILL BE EXCLUSIVELY CONSUMED IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES. BEFORE THE BAN, MOST MEAT WAS EXPORTED TO FRANCE, BELGIUM AND JAPAN. WE SHOULD BE USING OUR RESOURCES TO FOCUS ON MEAT CONSUMED BY OUR CONSTITUENTS. THE AMERICAN PUBLIC OVERWHELMINGLY DOES NOT SUPPORT THE SLAUGHTER OF HORSES FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION. THREE QUARTERS OF OUR CONSTITUENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY OPPOSE SLAUGHTER OF HORSES FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION. THIRDLY, AMERICAN HORSE MEAT INVARIABLELY CONTAINS HARMFUL CHEMICALS BECAUSE HORSES ARE NOT RAISED FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION. A RECENT F.D.A. TOXICITY REPORT FOUND ANY NUMBER OF SUBSTANCES THAT COULD CAUSE ADVERSE EFFECT IN HUMANS. ONE EXAMPLE IS THE MOST COMMON ANTI-INFLAMMATORY GIVEN TO HORSES. IT'S DIFFICULT TO KNOW EVERYTHING GIVEN TO EVERY HORSE IN THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT INTENDED TO RAISE AS FOOD. THE ONLY WAY TO ENSURE THAT SUCH HARMFUL SUBSTANCES DON'T MAKE IT INTO THE FOOD SUPPLY IS TO PREVENT HORSE MEAT FROM ENTERING THE MARKET. FOURTH, MOST SLAUGHTER IS HEALTHY. IT'S FRAMED IT'S A WAY TO DISPOSE OF UNWANTED HORSES. THE FACTS DON'T EXPOSE THIS CLAIM. WHEN HORSE SLAUGHTER WAS ALLOWED IN THE U.S., 92% WERE HEALTHY, COULD CONTINUE TO BE USED AS PRODUCTIVE HORSES. SICK AND OLD HORSES AREN'T USE AS A FOOD SOURCE. PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO EAT MEAT FROM SICK, OLD HORSES. THE -- SO WE'RE TALKING PRIMARILY HEALTHY HORSES. OR HUMANE OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE. A LICENSED VETERINARIAN CAN HUMANELY EUTHANIZE A HORSE FOR $250. THAT'S NOT COST PROHIBITED. I WANT TO UNDERSCORE, TOO, MY VERY GOOD FRIEND WAS COMPLAINING THERE WAS TOO MUCH EMOTION IN THIS ARGUMENT. WHAT'S WRONG WITH EMOTION? I MEAN, THE HORSES INSPIRE US. THAT'S WHY MOST OF THE STAFF USE AROUND THE U.S. CAPITOL, THERE ARE HORSES. OUR HEROES RIDING ON HORSES. HORSES WERE CRITICAL TO THE EXPANSION OF THE WEST. THEY AIDED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF AGRICULTURE. THEY PROVIDE ENTERTAINMENT AND RECREATION, SIMILAR TO DOGS AND CATS. THEY ARE TREASURED, LOYAL, COMPANIONED ANIMALS. THAT'S WHY THE AMERICAN PUBLIC DOES NOT ALLOW SLAUGHTER FOR CONSUMPTION. A VOTE FOR THIS AMENDMENT IS A VOTE TO OVERTURN ESTABLISHED POLICY THAT WAS ENACTED UNDER REPUBLICANS, SUPPORTED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO PREVENT HORSE SLAUGHTER TO RESUME IN THIS COUNTRY. WE WOULD BE DIVERTING INSPECTION FUNDING WHICH IS BEING CUT SUBSTANTIALLY, DIVERTING THAT TO INSPECT MEAT THAT FOREIGN CORPORATIONS WILL BE ABLE TO SELL TO FOREIGN CONSUMERS. THAT'S NOT SOMETHING THIS BODY SHOULD SUPPORT, AND WITH THAT I CAN ARGUE AGAINST EVERY CLAIM THAT WAS MADE BUT I DON'T THINK I'LL TAKE UP YOUR TIME TO DO THAT.

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  • 03:25:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. MORAN

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA RISE?

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA RISE?

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    THE CHAIR

    FROM NEBRASKA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. SMITH

    MR. SPEAKER. I DO WANT TO CLARIFY FOR THE RECORD THIS AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    MR. SPEAKER. I DO WANT TO CLARIFY FOR THE RECORD THIS AMENDMENT IS NOT ABOUT TAX DOLLARS. THIS AMENDMENT IS ABOUT ADJUSTING SOME POLICY THAT WOULD PUT INTO AN OPENINGSES BILL SOME TIME AGO, LONG BEFORE THE CURRENT MAKEUP OF CONGRESS. AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A FEE-FOR-SERVICE SCENARIO THAT WOULD ALLOW THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO ENSURE THERE IS SAFE, AFFORDABLE HORSE MEAT TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC, TO A MARKET OVERSEAS THAT IS VERY ROBUST. BUT LET ME SAY THAT IN A G.A.O. STUDY ON THE EFFECTS OF HORSE SLAUGHTER, PLANT CLOSINGS ON THE WELFARE OF HORSES AND THE FARMING ECONOMY AS A WHOLE WAS REQUESTED BY THE SENATE AG APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE MORE THAN A YEAR AND A HALF AGO AND IS OVERDUFORT A REPORT. THE DEVASTATED HORSE INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO BE ATTACKED BY MISINFORMATION AND WE CERTAINLY HAVE A PROBLEM HERE BECAUSE I WOULD ALLEGE THAT THE HORSE ECONOMICS OR THE OWNERSHIP OF HORSES, THE ECONOMICS ARE UPSIDE DOWN. UNFORTUNATELY, MR. SPEAKER, THE RESULT OF THIS MISGUIDED CAMPAIGN WILL EVENTUALLY BE A NATION WHERE VERY FEW CAN EVEN AFFORD TO OWN A HORSE. WITHOUT A SECONDARY MARKET, THE VALUE OF HORSES AT EVERY LEVEL HAS PLUNGED. FEWER HORSES MEANS FEWER JOBS. FEWER HORSE TRAILERS SOLD, FEWER VETERINARY DOLLARS SPENT, FEWER SADDLES SOLD AND THE LIST CONTINUES. DESTROYING THE U.S. HORSE INDUSTRY CLOSED THE U.S. TO A VERY ROBUST GLOBAL MARKET AND GAVE OTHER COUNTRIES THIS ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY. WITH THE ABILITY TO ETHICALLY PRODUCE HORSE MEAT UNDER REGULATED, HUMANE CONDITIONS IN THE UNITED STATES, WE WOULD ALMOST IMMEDIATELY CREATE JOBS AND MINIMIZE SUFFERING. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:27:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. IS THERE ANYONE ELSE WISHING TO SEEK RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT…

    YIELDS BACK. IS THERE ANYONE ELSE WISHING TO SEEK RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:28:02 PM

    MRS. LUMMIS

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA INADVERTENTLY MISREPRESENTED THE TERMS OF THIS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA INADVERTENTLY MISREPRESENTED THE TERMS OF THIS AMENDMENT. THEY ONLY APPLY TO THE FEE-FOR-SERVICE COMPONENT. WITH THAT,

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  • 03:28:16 PM

    MR. DICKS

    THE GENTLELADY HAS ALREADY SPOKEN ON HER AMENDMENT.

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    MRS. LUMMIS

    I'M ASKING UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO WITHDRAW.

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    MR. DICKS

    I DIDN'T HEAR THAT AND I OBJECT. IF YOU WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT, I WON'T…

    I DIDN'T HEAR THAT AND I OBJECT. IF YOU WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT, I WON'T OBJECT. SHE HASN'T WITHDRAWN IT.

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  • 03:28:35 PM

    MRS. LUMMIS

    GOING TO WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT. I ASK FOR A VOTE. I'LL ASK FOR A VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    ANYONE SEEKING RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    ANYONE SEEKING RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:28:52 PM

    MR. BURTON

    ME JUST SAY TO THE GENTLELADY -- I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. BURTON

    LET ME SAY TO THE GENTLELADY, THIS IS AN EMOTIONAL ISSUE, AND THOSE OF US…

    LET ME SAY TO THE GENTLELADY, THIS IS AN EMOTIONAL ISSUE, AND THOSE OF US THAT DO NOT AGREE WITH YOU FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT IT. NOW, I BELIEVE IF YOU PUT THAT AMENDMENT IN IT COULD VERY WELL JEOPARDIZE THE AG BILL. AND I DON'T THINK YOU WANT TO DO THAT. SO I HOPE YOU'LL RECONSIDER WITHDRAWING THIS AMENDMENT. IN COMMITTEE YOUR AMENDMENT WAS DEFEATED. AND THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY THAT FEEL VERY STRONGLY ON BOTH SIDES OF THIS ISSUE, BUT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, WHETHER OR NOT YOU AGREE WITH THEM, FEEL VERY STRONGLY, AS MR. MORAN SAID. AND SO I HOPE YOU'LL CHANGE YOUR MIND. AND REGARDING SOME OF THE THINGS THAT I'VE HEARD, AND I WAS NOT GOING TO SPEAK ON THIS. DID YOU HAVE SOMETHING, JAY, YOU WANT TO SAY? REGARDING -- REGARDING SOME OF THE THINGS I HEARD ABOUT THESE HORSES STARVING TO DEATH ON THE PLAINS AND EVERYTHING, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY THAT ARE WILLING TO PUT UP MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. IN FACT, I KNOW SOME OF THEM WHO HAVE BOUGHT RANCHES AND WANT TO TAKE THESE WILD HORSES AND PUT THEM INTO AN AREA WHERE THEY'LL BE SAFE, THEY WILL BE PROTECTED AND THEY WILL BE CARED FOR. AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT MAYBE IN ADDITION TO THE RANCHES ANOTHER 600,000 OR 700,000 ACRES THAT WOULD BE USED FOR THESE HORSES AND FOR THEM TO BE ABLE TO SURVIVE. IF YOU HAVE EVER LOOKED AT THE WAY THEY TRANSPORT THESE ANIMALS FOR SLAUGHTER, THEY CRAM 20 HORSES INTO A TRAILER BUILT FOR 10. THEY DON'T FEED THEM THEY DON'T WATER THEM PROPERLY AND THE HORSES ARE SO MISTREATED IT'S UNBELIEVABLE. IN ADDITION, YOU OUGHT TO SEE WHAT THEY DO IN THE SLAUGHTER HOUSES. THEY HANG THEM UP BY A HOOK WHEN THEY'RE STILL ALIVE AND THEY'RE SQUEALING AND THEY KILL THEM IN A VERY INHUMANE WAY. NOW, YOU KNOW -- I AM NOT FOR CHANGING OUR AGRICULTURAL ATTITUDES IN THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE TO HAVE THE SLAUGHTER OF PIGS AND COWS AND CHICKENS AND THAT SORT OF THING, SO A LOT OF TIMES PEOPLE SAY, IF WE'RE AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER WE WANT TO DO SOMETHING TO HURT THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY. THAT COULDN'T BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THESE ANIMALS ARE TREATED IN A HUE HEW MAIN WAY, NUMBER ONE, AND NUMBER TWO, THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER IS NOT PAYING FOR THE FRENCH TO GET HORSE MEAT. LET ME SAY TO THE LADY ONE MORE TIME, I HOPE SHE WILL RECONSIDER, WE HAVE A DISAGREEMENT YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU, BUT I HOPE YOU'LL RECONSIDER AND WITHDRAW THIS AMENDMENT. I DON'T THINK SOMETHING OF THIS EMOTIONAL STATUS SHOULD IMPEDE OR IMPAIR SOMETHING AS IMPORTANT AS THE AG BILL. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:31:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 03:32:06 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    IT MAY BE AN EMOTIONAL ISSUE, AND AS MY FRIENDS SAID, EMOTION IS GOOD,…

    IT MAY BE AN EMOTIONAL ISSUE, AND AS MY FRIENDS SAID, EMOTION IS GOOD, THERE'S A LOT OF LOGIC IN THE GENTLEWOMAN'S POSITION. THAT'S WHY I'M A STRONG SUPPORTER OF IT AND RECOGNIZING SHE'S ON HER FEET, I'D LIKE TO YIELD HER THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:32:31 PM

    MRS. LUMMIS

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. BEFORE I WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT, I WISH TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. BEFORE I WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT, I WISH TO CORRECT THAT THIS AMENDMENT HAS NEVER BEEN CONSIDERED IN COMMITTEE OR ON THE FLOOR. THIS AMENDMENT ONLY APPLIES TO THE TWO LINES IN THIS HORSE INSPECTION ISSUE WHICH DEAL WITH AN INDIVIDUAL'S RIGHT TO PAY THEIR OWN MONEY TO HAVE A HORSE INSPECTED. THERE ARE NO TAXPAYER DOLLARS INVOLVED IN THIS AMENDMENT. I'M ONLY STRIKING THE TWO LINES THAT NOW YOU'RE EVEN NOT ALLOWING PEOPLE TO PAY THEIR OWN MONEY TO HAVE A HORSE INSPECTED. WITH THAT -- WITH THAT OPPORTUNITY TO CORRECT THE RECORD, MR. CHAIRMAN, I WITHDRAW MY AMENDMENT.

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  • 03:33:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME?

  • 03:33:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO WITHDRAWING THE AMENDMENT? SEEING NONE SO ORDERED.…

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO WITHDRAWING THE AMENDMENT? SEEING NONE SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, PROCEEDINGS WILL NOW RESUME ON THOSE AMENDMENTS ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. FIRST, THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. DELAURO OF CONNECTICUT. THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. SEGS OF TEXAS. THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. FARR OF CALIFORNIA, AMENDMENT NUMBER EIGHT BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA, AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. CHAFFETZ OF UTAH, AMENDMENT NUMBER FOUR BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA. AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. CLARKE OF MICHIGAN, AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 BY MR. BRUN OF GEORGIA, AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. RICHARDSON OF CALIFORNIA, THE AMENDMENT A BY MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA, AMENDMENT A BY MR. BROUN OF FWEA, AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. FOXX OF NORTH CAROLINA, AMENDMENT NUMBER 12 BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA, AMENDMENT B BY MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA, AMENDMENT B BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA, AMENDMENT C BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA, AND AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. STEARNS OF FLORIDA. THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO TWO MINUTES THE TIME FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE AFTER THE FIRST VOTE IN THIS SERIES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MS. DELAURO, 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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  • 03:35:11 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY

  • 03:35:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON --

  • 04:01:00 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 192.

  • 04:01:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YEAS ARE 193, THE NAYS ARE 296, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED.

  • 04:02:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    >>

    FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE HOUSE OBSERVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE IN HONOR…

    FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE HOUSE OBSERVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE IN HONOR OF THE VICTIMS OF THE TORNADO WHICH HIT JOPLIN, MISSOURI, ON MAYE 22. AS THE CONGRESSMAN REPRESENTING MISSOURI'S SEVENTH DISTRICT, WHICH INCLUDES JOPLIN, I ASK THAT WE OBSERVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY THE EF-5 TORNADO THAT STRUCK THIS AREA ON THE 22ND OF MAYE.

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  • 04:03:14 PM

    MR. LONG

    LED TO THE LOSS OF LIFE OF 153 INDIVIDUALS FROM BABIES TO FOLKS IN THEIR…

    LED TO THE LOSS OF LIFE OF 153 INDIVIDUALS FROM BABIES TO FOLKS IN THEIR 90'S. THEY ALSO LOST 54% OF THEIR SCHOOL CAPACITY, 8,000 HOMES, AND 500 BUSINESSES.

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  • 04:03:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. ALL MEMBERS PLEASE RISE AND OBSERVE A…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. ALL MEMBERS PLEASE RISE AND OBSERVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE.

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  • 04:04:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, TWO-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS AND THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SESSIONS, 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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  • 04:04:20 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT 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 RISEN A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A TWO-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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    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 225, THE NAYS ARE 199, THE AMENDMENT IS…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 225, THE NAYS ARE 199, THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORD VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. FARR, ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 04:08:51 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. FARR OF CALIFORNIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE --

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    THE CHAIR

    YEAS ARE 350, THE NAYS ARE 70, THINK AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. 352 YEAS, 70…

    YEAS ARE 350, THE NAYS ARE 70, THINK AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. 352 YEAS, 70 NAYS. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER EIGHT PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FWEA, MR. BROUN, 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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  • 04:12:52 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER EIGHT PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER EIGHT PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA.

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  • 04:12:58 PM

    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 RORED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED, MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A TWO-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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  • 04:16:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YEAS ARE 121 --

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    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 120 AND THE NAYS ARE 304, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 120 AND THE NAYS ARE 304, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. CHAFFETZ, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE NAYS PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESSNARET THE AMENDMENT. CLOIP

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  • 04:17:52 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. CHAFFETZ OF UTAH.

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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 VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A TWO-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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  • 04:20:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YEAS ARE 83 AND THE NAYS ARE 338. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE…

    YEAS ARE 83 AND THE NAYS ARE 338. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. BROUN, 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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  • 04:20:51 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA.

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  • 04:20:56 PM

    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. THIS IS A TWO-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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  • 04:23:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YEAS ARE 125, THE NAYS ARE 298, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE…

    YEAS ARE 125, THE NAYS ARE 298, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CLARKE, 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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  • 04:24:04 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. CLARKE OF MICHIGAN.

  • 04:24:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    A RECORD 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 TWO-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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  • 04:27:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 142 AND THE NAYS ARE 282, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 142 AND THE NAYS ARE 282, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. BROUN, 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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  • 04:27:28 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA.

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  • 04:27:33 PM

    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. THIS IS A TWO-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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  • 04:30:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 107, THE NAYS ARE 318, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 107, THE NAYS ARE 318, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. RICHARDSON, 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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  • 04:30:49 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. RICHARDSON OF CALIFORNIA.

  • 04:30:52 PM

    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. THIS IS A TWO-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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  • 04:33:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ARE 200 YEAS, 224 NAYS, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED…

    ARE 200 YEAS, 224 NAYS, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT A OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GOSAR, 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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  • 04:34:01 PM

    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MR. GOSAR OF AYES ARIZONA.

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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 RISEN A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A TWO-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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  • 04:37:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 139, THE NAYS ARE 285. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 139, THE NAYS ARE 285. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT A OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. BROUN, 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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  • 04:37:20 PM

    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR 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 RISEN A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A TWO-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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  • 04:40:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

    NAYS ARE 360, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BIDS IS THE…

    NAYS ARE 360, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BIDS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE WOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX, 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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  • 04:40:41 PM

    THE CLERK

    BY MS. FOXX OF NORTH CAROLINA.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE DOWNED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A TWO-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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  • 04:43:44 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 119, THE NAYS ARE 306, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 119, THE NAYS ARE 306, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 12 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. BROUN, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEED WRGS POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 04:44:05 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 12 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 12 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA.

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  • 04:44:10 PM

    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 RISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A TWO-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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  • 04:46:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 99, THE NAYS ARE 324, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 99, THE NAYS ARE 324, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT B OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GOWSAR, 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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  • 04:47:15 PM

    THE CLERK

    B OFFERED BY MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA.

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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 VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A TWO-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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  • 04:50:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YEAS ARE 124, THE NAYS ARE 300, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE…

    YEAS ARE 124, THE NAYS ARE 300, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT B OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. BROUN, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICHES NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE.

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  • 04:50:56 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT B OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA.

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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 VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A TWO-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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  • 04:53:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YEAS ARE 107, THE NAYS ARE 312.

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    THE CHAIR

    YEAS ARE 108, THE NAYS ARE 316, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE…

    YEAS ARE 108, THE NAYS ARE 316, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT C OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. BROUN, 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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  • 04:55:15 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA.

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  • 04:55:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR 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. THIS IS A TWO-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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  • 04:58:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YEAS ARE 120, THE NAYS ARE 303, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE…

    YEAS ARE 120, THE NAYS ARE 303, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. STEARNS, 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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  • 04:58:26 PM

    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MR. STEARNS OF FLORIDA.

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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 VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A TWO-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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  • 05:01:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 164. THE NAYS ARE 257. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 164. THE NAYS ARE 257. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED.

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  • 05:03:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. TAKE YOUR…

    THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR, PLEASE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE?

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  • 05:03:35 PM

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 05:03:46 PM

    MR. LANCE

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN CAN PROCEED.

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  • 05:05:12 PM

    MR. LANCE

    BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    MR. REHBERG

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    MR. REHBERG

    I RISE TO SPEAK BRIEFLY ABOUT THE LANGUAGE THAT IS ABOUT TO BE STRICKEN…

    I RISE TO SPEAK BRIEFLY ABOUT THE LANGUAGE THAT IS ABOUT TO BE STRICKEN FROM THIS BILL WHICH HAS COME TO BE CALLED THE HARD SCIENCE AMENDMENT. I OFFERED THIS IN COMMITTEE FOR RANCHERS IN MONTANA. THEY SAT ACROSS THE TABLE FROM ME AND TALKED ABOUT THE LACK OF SKIBE TIFIC BASIS BEING USED BY THE F.D.A. IN ADOPTING RULES AND REGULATIONS AFFECTING THEIR RANCHES AND THE LIVE STOCK INDUSTRY. FOR ME THIS ISN'T FACELESS REGULATIONS. -- FOR ME THIS ISN'T BASELESS REGULATIONS. THEY RAISE 6.2 MILLION COWS ANNUALLY, 230,000 SHEEP. I KNOW OF AT LEAST 600 GOATS. THE CATTLE INDUSTRY ALONE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR $1.4 BILLION IN SALES EVERY YEAR. RANCHERS IN MONTANA AND ACROSS THE UNITED STATES HAVE A STRONG INCENTIVE TO PRESERVE A HEALTHY FOOD SUPPLY FOR THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, AND THAT MEANS MAKING SURE THEIR ANIMALS ARE HEALTHY. THE USE OF ANTIBIOTICS IN LIVESTOCK SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVES THE HEALTH OF ANIMALS WHICH IN TURN LOWERS THE RISK OF FOOD BORNE ILLNESSES WHICH MAY SHOW UP LATER IN THE PROCESS. F.D.A. HAS REFUSED TO RELEASE RISK ASSESSMENTS ANTIBIOTICS MAY HAVE ON HUMANS WHO CONSUME THESE MEATS. ALTHOUGH THEY HAVE NOT RELEASED ANY CREDIBLE EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THEIR EFFORTS, F.D.A. BUREAUCRATS ARE YOU PUSHING RANCHERS TO REMOVE THESE VALUABLE ANTIBIOTICS FROM LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION. THIS IS A GRAVE CONCERN FOR MONTANA RANCHERS, AND I'LL KEEP FIGHTING ALONGSIDE MONTANA PRODUCERS TO GET THIS PROBLEM ADDRESSED. I WANT TO SUBMIT LETTERS FROM THOSE ORGANIZATIONS INTO THE RECORD, AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DO SO.

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  • 05:08:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST WILL BE COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE.

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    MR. REHBERG

    YOU. I HOPE TO WORK WITH MY MEMBERS ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AS…

    YOU. I HOPE TO WORK WITH MY MEMBERS ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AS WELL AS THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE TO WORK WITH F.D.A. IN ORDER TO ENSURE THEY EXAMINE THE FACTS BEFORE MOVING FORWARD WITH NEGOTIATIONS ON REGULATIONS THAT WILL SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT MONTANA'S NUMBER ONE INDUSTRY. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:08:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIR WILL ANNOUNCE THAT THE VOTE TOTAL ON ROLL CALL VOTE NUMBER 421,…

    THE CHAIR WILL ANNOUNCE THAT THE VOTE TOTAL ON ROLL CALL VOTE NUMBER 421, THE YEAS WERE 226 AND THE NOES WERE 199. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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  • 05:08:52 PM

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    THE LAST WORD, PLEASE.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:09:03 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    EXPRESS MY THANKS TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NEST COMMITTEE FOR THEIR -- OF…

    EXPRESS MY THANKS TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NEST COMMITTEE FOR THEIR -- OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR WILLINGNESS TO FIND THE ISSUE WHICH SERVES THE BASIS OF THIS POINT OF ORDER, THESE REGULATIONS. WE HAVE COTTON, PEANUTS AND PECANS IN MY DISTRICT AND WE ALSO HAVE POULTRY. WE HAVE PORK AND WE HAVE CATTLE OPERATIONS. THE DECISIONS OF THE F.D.A. HAVE AN ENORMOUS IMPACT OF THE FARMERS IN MY DISTRICT AT MANY LEVELS. MANY OF THE PRODUCERS IN MY DISTRICT ARE WORRIED ABOUT SOME OF THE CONCLUSIONS THAT F.D.A. SEEMS TO REACH -- TO HAVE BEEN REACHED REGARDING ANTIBIOTICS. HEALTHY ANIMALS MEANS HEALTHY FOOD FOR CONSUMERS. THERE IS SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE THAT SHOWS THAT CURRENT PRACTICES ARE NOT IN THE INTEREST OF PUBLIC HEALTH. MY FARMERS, OF COURSE, WILL CHANGE THEIR PRACTICES. BUT THERE SHOULD AND THERE MUST BE CLEAR EVIDENCE. NOT UNNECESSARY REGULATION. CERTAINLY WITH THE JOB SITUATION TODAY AND THE STATE OF OUR ECONOMY, THE F.D.A. MUST BE VERY CAREFUL, VERY PRECISE AND VERY CERTAIN THAT ANY REGULATORY ACTION MUST BE SUPPORTED BY SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE. SO I VERY MUCH WELCOME THE INVOLVEMENT OF THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE TO HELP FIND A SOLUTION TO THIS ISSUE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:10:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WILL READ.

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    CHAIRMAN. PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. WHAT SECTION ARE WE?

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    THE CHAIR

    SECTION 740. THE CLERK IS ABOUT READY TO READ. SHE WILL READ IT NOW.

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    THE CLERK

    PAGE 77, LINE 18, SECTION 740. NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO RIGHT --

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    MR. LANCE

    IT CONSTITUTES LEGISLATING ON APPROPRIATIONS BILL BECAUSE IT REQUIRES A…

    IT CONSTITUTES LEGISLATING ON APPROPRIATIONS BILL BECAUSE IT REQUIRES A NEW DETERMINATION AND THEREFORE VIOLATES CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21 OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE AND SHOULD BE STRUCK FROM THE BILL.

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  • 05:11:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ORDER? THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE. THEN THE CHAIR WILL RULE AND THE…

    ORDER? THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE. THEN THE CHAIR WILL RULE AND THE SECTION THEREFORE CONSTITUTES LEGISLATION IN VIOLATION OF CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21. THE POINT OF ORDER IS SUSTAINED AND THE SECTION IS STRICKEN FROM THE BILL. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

    OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE URGING CONGRESS TO REVIEW THOSE RULES AND REGULATIONS…

    AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE URGING CONGRESS TO REVIEW THOSE RULES AND REGULATIONS WHICH MAY STOP INNOVATION AND JOB CREATION. I INTRODUCED HOUSE RESOLUTION 98, ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUES FROM NORTH CAROLINA AND TENNESSEE TO SEND A BIPARTISAN, COMMONSENSE MESSAGE TO THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION TO RELY ON SCIENTIFIC FACT AND ITS DEVELOPMENT OF RULES AND REGULATIONS.

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  • 05:12:26 PM

    MR. FINCHER

    SUPPORTING THIS RESOLUTION NOW BECAUSE THE F.D.A. MAY BE CONTEMPLATING…

    SUPPORTING THIS RESOLUTION NOW BECAUSE THE F.D.A. MAY BE CONTEMPLATING SOME REGULATIONS IN THE FUTURE THAT MAY IGNORE HARD SCIENCE WHEN CREATING RULES, REGULATING FOOD, DRUGS, MEDICAL DEVICES AND COSMETICS, AMONG OTHER PRODUCTS. THIS MAY HARM INDUSTRY AND JOB CREATION IN THE FUTURE. THE F.D.A. WAS SET UP TO BE A SCIENCE-BASED AGENCY, BUT AMERICAN FARMERS, PEOPLE I REPRESENT IN TENNESSEE'S EIGHTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, ARE CRYING OUT FOR COMMONSENSE REGULATIONS AND URGING CONGRESS TO REVIEW THOSE RULES AND REGULATIONS WHICH MAY HAMPER INNOVATION AND AMERICAN BUSINESS. I KNOW THAT F.D.A. IS WELL-INTENTIONED IN THEIR EFFORTS. HOWEVER, TODAY'S F.D.A. IS NOT PUTTING SCIENCE FIRST. INSTEAD, THEY ARE PICKING AND CHOOSING WHICH SCIENTIFIC STUDIES THEY WANT TO USE TO SUPPORT THEIR ORIGINAL THEORY. THE F.D.A. HAS BEEN SLOWLY EXPANDING THEIR EFFORTS TO REGULATE REGARDLESS IF THE SCIENCE IS THERE TO BACK UP THEIR EFFORTS. THEREFORE, I ALSO WOULD HOPE THAT THIS BODY WOULD BE WILLING TO INVESTIGATE ALL EFFORTS, GUIDELINES AND RULES BY THE F.D.A. AND REVIEW WHETHER THEY FOLLOW THE SCIENCE TO GET THEIR DECISIONS. THE F.D.A. IS THE LEADING AGENCY BUT CONGRESS ALSO NEEDS TO DO ITS PROPER DUE DILIGENCE OF OVERSIGHT TO ENSURE THAT AMERICAN INDUSTRY'S PROSPER AND THE AMERICAN POPULATION IS SAFE. I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:13:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK AND THE CLERK WILL READ.

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    THE CHAIR

    GO AHEAD, MADAM CLERK.

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    THE CLERK

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA RISE?

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA RISE?

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    MAKE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST SECTION 741 WHICH IT FWINS ON PAGE 78, LINE…

    MAKE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST SECTION 741 WHICH IT FWINS ON PAGE 78, LINE 8. AND ENDS ON PAGE 78, LINE 15 IN THAT IT VIOLATES HOUSE RULE 21, CLAUSE 2 BY CHANGING EXISTING LAW AND INSERTING LEGISLATIVE LANGUAGE IN AN APPROPRIATION BILL AND I ASK FOR A RULING FROM THE CHAIR.

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  • 05:14:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARD ON THIS? WELL, THEN THE CHAIR WILL…

    DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARD ON THIS? WELL, THEN THE CHAIR WILL RULE. THE CHAIR FINDS THAT THIS STATEMENT INCLUDES LANGUAGE IMPARTING DIRECTION, THE SECTION, THEREFORE, CONSTITUTES LANGUAGE IN VIOLATION OF CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21. THE SECTION IS STRICKEN FROM THE BILL. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 05:15:07 PM

    THE CLERK

    15, SECTION 742. NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT OR…

    15, SECTION 742. NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT OR A COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT WITH ANY CORPORATION THAT WAS CONVICTED OF A FELONY, CRIMINAL VIOLATION UNDER ANY FEDERAL OR STATE LAW WITHIN THE PRECEDING 24 MONTHS. SECTION 743.

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  • 05:15:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT RISE?

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    MS. DELAURO

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    PAGE 74, LINE 24.

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA RISE?

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    MR. LUCAS

    ANYONE ELSE WISH TO BE HEARD?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    CLARIFY WHAT INSISTING ON THIS POINT OF ORDER MEANS. IT MEANS THAT THE…

    CLARIFY WHAT INSISTING ON THIS POINT OF ORDER MEANS. IT MEANS THAT THE AMENDMENT THAT MS. DELAURO OFFERED IN COMMITTEE, WHICH WAS APPROVED IN THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, IS NULLIFIED, WHICH MEANS THAT BRAZILIAN COTTON FARMERS GET SUBSIDIES AND POOR, PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN DO NOT GET THE MONEY FOR W.I.C. NOW I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST BRAZILIAN COTTON FARMERS, BUT BRAZIL'S ECONOMY IS DOING PRETTY GOOD RIGHT NOW. NOW, THE RULES COMMITTEE, YOU KNOW, COULD HAVE PROTECTED THE MONEY FOR W.I.C. THE RULES COMMITTEE WAIVED POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST A WHOLE BUNCH OF STUFF EXCEPT THREE PROVISIONS, SO IT WOULDN'T BE UNUSUAL FOR THE RULES COMMITTEE TO PROTECT THIS PROVISION. MANY OF US PLEADED TO DO JUST THAT, TO RESPECT THE WORK OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE WHEN IT CAME TO PROTECTING W.I.C., WHEN IT CAME TO PROTECTING POOR, PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN. AND MADAM CHAIR, MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SAY ALL THE TIME THAT THEY ARE WITH US IN TRYING TO CUT EXCESSIVE SUBSIDIES AND PUTTING THE FOCUS BACK ON THE PEOPLE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES WHO NEED HELP. THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN AN OPPORTUNITY. IF NOT NOW, WHEN ARE WE GOING TO DO THIS? MADAM CHAIR, I WOULD HOPE THAT MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WOULD RECONSIDER AND NOT INSIST ON THEIR POINT OF ORDER. I THINK POOR, PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN THIS COUNTRY WHO BENEFIT FROM W.I.C. ARE MORE IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW THAN SUPPORTING BRAZILIAN COTTON FARMERS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:21:20 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    STRIKE THE LAST WORD. MY FRIEND --

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    THE CHAIR

    TO THE POINT OF ORDER BUT NOT STRIKE THE LAST WORD. THE GENTLEMAN IS…

    TO THE POINT OF ORDER BUT NOT STRIKE THE LAST WORD. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:21:32 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    WHEN AND IT IS OUR INTENTION TO INRESTORE IT IN THE PROPER PLACE IN THE…

    WHEN AND IT IS OUR INTENTION TO INRESTORE IT IN THE PROPER PLACE IN THE BILL AND WE DISCUSSED THAT AND INTEND TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THAT.

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    THE CHAIR

    PAGE 79 LINE 3, --

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    THE CHAIR

    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA RISE?

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    MR. LUCAS

    A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST SECTION 744 AND ENDS ON PAGE 79 LINE 10 IN THAT…

    A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST SECTION 744 AND ENDS ON PAGE 79 LINE 10 IN THAT IT VIOLATES HOUSE RULE 21, CLAUSE 2 WHICH INSERTS LEGISLATIVE LANGUAGE IN AN EXROPINGSES BILL AND I ASK FOR A RULING.

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  • 05:22:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    RULE. THE CHAIR FINDS THAT THIS SECTION ADDRESSES FUNDS IN OTHER ACTS. IT…

    RULE. THE CHAIR FINDS THAT THIS SECTION ADDRESSES FUNDS IN OTHER ACTS. IT CONSTITUTES LEGISLATION IN VIOLATION OF CLAUSE 2, RULE 21. THE POINT OF ORDER IS SUSTAINED AND THE SECTION IS STRICKEN FROM THE BILL.

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  • 05:22:48 PM

    THE CLERK

    LINE 11, SECTION 745, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO ENTER INTO A…

    LINE 11, SECTION 745, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH ANY CORPORATION WITH ANY UNPAID FEDERAL TAX LIABILITY IS NOT BEING PAID PURSUANT TO AN GREEM. SPENDING REDUCTION ACCOUNT, SECTION 746, THE AMOUNT BY WHICH THE APPLICABLE ALLOCATION OF THE BUDGET AUTHORITY MADE BY THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS --

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  • 05:23:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RISE?

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    MR. KINGSTON

    THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION TO…

    THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION TO ADOPT AND THE COMMITTEE RISES. THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE IN THE STATE OF THE UNION HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION DIRECTS ME TO REPORT THAT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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  • 05:24:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE COMMITTEE REPORTS THAT IT COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 2112 AND COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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  • 05:24:24 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, DUE TO MY APOINTMENT TO THE…

    THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, DUE TO MY APOINTMENT TO THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE, I HEREBY RESIGN MY POSITION WITH THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS. IT HAS BEEN AN HONOR TO SERVE AS A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS AND I HAVE WORKED HARD WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEMS THAT SMALL BUSINESSES FACE IN AMERICA. I LOOK FORWARD TO REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE OF THE THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE SERVED ON THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU IN THE FUTURE. SIGNED SINCERELY, CHUCK FLEISCHMANN, MEMBER OF CONGRESS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    THE CHAIR

    WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE IN THE…

    WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE IN THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2112 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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  • 08:06:38 PM

    THE CLERK

    DEVELOPMENT, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION AND RELATED AGENCIES PROGRAMS…

    DEVELOPMENT, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION AND RELATED AGENCIES PROGRAMS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR SEPT 30, 2012 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 08:06:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    HAD BEEN READ THROUGH PAGE 80, LINE 2. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    HAD BEEN READ THROUGH PAGE 80, LINE 2. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE

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  • 08:06:59 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CLERK

    END OF THE BILL BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION,…

    END OF THE BILL BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, EACH AMOUNT MADE AVAILABLE BY TITLES ONE THROUGH EIGHT OTHER THAN AN AN AMENDMENT TO BE MADE IS HEREBY REDUCED BY 0.87%.

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  • 08:07:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. KINGSTON

    THIS AMENDMENT REDUCES CERTAIN ACCOUNTS IN THE BILL BY.78% AND FULFILLS…

    THIS AMENDMENT REDUCES CERTAIN ACCOUNTS IN THE BILL BY.78% AND FULFILLS THE COMMITMENT WHICH THE MINORITY AND MAJORITY DISCUSSED EARLIER AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:07:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    MR. FARR

    THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. AND THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO.

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    WILL THE GENTLEMAN PLEASE SEND THE TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN PLEASE SEND THE TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT.

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    MR. YOUNG

    IT. WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IT?

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMEN SUSPEND. IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD PLEASE SUBMIT THE AMENDMENT TO…

    GENTLEMEN SUSPEND. IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD PLEASE SUBMIT THE AMENDMENT TO THE CHAIR.

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  • 08:08:49 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    THAT GAVEL TOO MUCH.

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    THE CLERK

    BY MR. YOUNG OF ALASKA. INSERT THE FOLLOWING. SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS…

    BY MR. YOUNG OF ALASKA. INSERT THE FOLLOWING. SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS ACT TO THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION MAY BE USED TO ANY APPLICATION OF THE FEDERAL FOOD DRUG AND COSMETIC ACT FOR APPROVAL OF ENGINEERED SALMO NMP.

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  • 08:09:45 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I'M FROM ALASKA AND WE HAVE THE FINEST WILD SALMON IN THE WORLD. AND WE…

    I'M FROM ALASKA AND WE HAVE THE FINEST WILD SALMON IN THE WORLD. AND WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT ARE TRYING TO -- TRYING TO APPROVE THIS ACT AND THEY HAVE GEARED SALMON. THAT'S NOT NATURAL. AND OUR GOAL, AS WE HAVE A SUPPLY OF NATURAL WILD SALMON FOR THE STATE OF ALASKA. AND FOR THIS NATION, BECAUSE I THINK IT'S CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT IN THIS DAY, WE HAVE ALL THOSE THAT ACCUSE US OF HAVING ARTIFICIAL THINGS, YOU KNOW, PESTICIDES, ET CETERA. THIS IS A GOOD AMENDMENT. SUPPORTED BY BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. THIS IS NOT JUST FOR ALASKA, BUT CALIFORNIA AND OREGON. I'M A CONGRESSMAN FROM ALASKA. IT IS IMPORTANT WE UNDERSTAND. -- I CALL IT THE FRANKENSTEIN FISH, SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED IN OUR MARKETS. I HAVE A GROUP OF INDIVIDUAL ALASKA ANDS WHO MAKE IT TO HAVE THIS OCCUR AND BE PROMOTED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS WRONG. I'M TRYING TO SAVE MONEY BUT SHOULD NEVER ALLOW IT TO HAPPEN IN THE FISHING INDUSTRY. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:11:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    NOT RESERVE TIME?

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    MR. YOUNG

    WHY? I'LL KEEP TALKING BUT I'LL YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,…

    WHY? I'LL KEEP TALKING BUT I'LL YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, HOW DOES THAT SOUND?

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  • 08:11:21 PM

    MR. FARR

    MY PLEASURE TO JOIN YOU IN THIS AMENDMENT. I HAVE THE BEST SALMON CAUGHT…

    MY PLEASURE TO JOIN YOU IN THIS AMENDMENT. I HAVE THE BEST SALMON CAUGHT IN THE LOWER 48 IN MONTEREY BAY. WE ARE SENSITIVE TO THE FACT THAT PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO MESS AROUND WITH THE NATURAL PROCESS AND THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION IS SET TO APPROVE NEW DRUGS FOR ANIMALS. SOMETHING WRONG FOR THE FACT THAT OUR FOOD IS NOW TREATED THE SAME AS ANIMAL DRUGS. IF APPROVED, IT WILL BE THE FIRST GENETICALLY MODIFIED ANIMAL ALLOWED INTO THE DINNER PLATE. IT POSES THREATS TO HUMAN HEALTH, OUR FISHING COMMUNITIES AND WILDLIFE STOCK FISH. THEY HAVE NO LONG-TERM STUDIES ON SAFETY OF GENETICALLY GEARED FISH. THERE COULD BE CONSEQUENCES ON HUMAN HEALTH. STUDIES SHOW THAT THE COMPOUNDS MAY BE LINKED TO CANCER AND SEVERE DRUG ALER GIST. WE HAVE SEEN THE PREDOMINANT METHOD OF RAISING SALMON IS AN OPEN NET. THESE PENS IN THE OCEAN AND FARM FISH ESCAPE THESE FACILITIES EVERY YEAR. THE IMPACT OF GENETICALLY GEARED -- ENGINEERED SALMON GOES ON AND ON AND ON. AND IT WOULD HAVE AN ADDITIONAL EFFECT OF LOWERING PRICES AS ALREADY SEEN WITH NORMAL FARMED SALMON. LOWER PRICES WITH DECLINED SALMON STOCKS WOULD BE DETRIMENTAL TO OUR FISHING CULTURE AND OUR COASTAL COMMUNITIES. FOR THESE REASONS, I SUPPORT MR. YOUNG'S AMENDMENT TO APPROVE FUNDS FOR THE GENETICALLY- ENGINEERED SALMON.

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  • 08:13:30 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. BUT I WANTED TO SAY THIS, EARLIER,…

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. BUT I WANTED TO SAY THIS, EARLIER, DURING THE MARKUP, MR. REHBERG RAISED THE AMENDMENT ABOUT USING SOUND SCIENCE AND THEY ARE USING SOUND SCIENCE IN A PROCESS THAT WAS APPROVED IN JANUARY, 2009 AND THEY ARE GOING THROUGH A PROCESS RIGHT NOW TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS PRODUCT DOES NOT HAVE A PROBLEM AS RESPECT TO HUMAN CONSUMPTION. I THINK THAT SHOULD BE THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE. THERE ARE SOME OTHER CONSIDERATIONS IN TERMS OF FOOD SUPPLY, FEEDING MORE PEOPLE, WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT WE ALL HAVE DEBATED ON THIS BILL AND ALSO THERE IS AN ISSUE WITH ME ABOUT SOME JOBS. SO I'M CONCERNED ON THIS, BECAUSE IT DOES SEEM LIKE A PRETTY MAJOR CHANGE AND MY PHILOSOPHY IN SOUND SCIENCE. BUT I YIELD BACK TO MY FRIEND FROM ALASKA.

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  • 08:14:38 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    LAST WORD. BUT THANK YOU. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I BELIEVE WHO HAS GIVEN…

    LAST WORD. BUT THANK YOU. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I BELIEVE WHO HAS GIVEN THAT INFORMATION WAS WRONG. WE HAVE A PRODUCT MADE IN THE UNITED STATES. WHY WOULD WE WANT SOMEONE TO CREATE A FRANKENSTEIN FISH TO COMPETE AGAINST A GNAT TRALTLY GOD-GIVEN GIFT AND HAVE IT PROMOTED BY SCIENCE. THERE IS NO SCIENCE IN THIS. IN FACT THEY WERE TRYING TO DO AND SAYING THEY WERE TRYING TO FEED THE WORLD WITH ARTIFICIAL MEANS. DON'T YOU DO IT WITH MY SALMON. LISTEN TO ME THIS IS THE GREATEST THING THAT WE HAVE, ALASKA AND NATURAL WILD SALMON BEING SOLD IN THE MARKET AND THE BENEFIT THEY CAN DO TO HAVE IT REPLACED BY A GENERAL ITICALLY FRAVERAGEN STEIN FISH. WHAT SCIENCE ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT. THEY ARE GOING TO PUT IT IN TRAPS OR NETS AND CREATE A FISH THAT IS FED QUICKLY AND THEY SAY CAN GROW QUICKER FOR WHOM? WHAT PEOPLE ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? MR. DICKS, YOU LISTEN. YOU BETTER STAND ON THE FLOOR AND DEFEND THIS. I TELL YOU THAT RIGHT NOW. .

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  • 08:16:15 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    MY TIME, I DON'T KNOW ALL THE INS AND OUTS OF THIS, BUT I DO KNOW THE…

    MY TIME, I DON'T KNOW ALL THE INS AND OUTS OF THIS, BUT I DO KNOW THE F.D.A., WE'RE CONSTANTLY GETTING ON THE F.D.A. TO QUSE MORE SOUND SCIENCE, LESS POLITICS, AND TO HAVE MORE TRANSPARENCY AND IT APPEARS THAT THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE DOING HERE. AND THEY MAY COME OUT AGAINST GENETICALLY MODIFIED SALMON BUT THEY ARE JUST LOOKING AT IT RIGHT NOW TO DETERMINE. AS RESPECTS THE FOOD SUPPLY, IF YOU COULD SAFELY PRODUCE GENETICALLY MODIFIED FISH, YOU COULD FEED A GREAT PORTION OF THE WORLD WITH IT. SO I HAVE SOME CONCERNS ON IT, I WILL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND -- BUT I DID WANT TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 08:17:00 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM MAINE RISE?

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. PINGREE OF MAINE. AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. PINGREE OF MAINE. AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED ON TRAVEL RELATING TO ANY KNOW YOUR FARMER, KNOW YOUR FOOD INITIATIVES OR TWO IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FOOD RESEARCH INITIATIVE SPECIFIED IN SUBSECTION B-2-F OF THE COMPETITIVE SPECIAL AND RESEARCH GRANT ACT 7 U.S.C. 450I.

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  • 08:18:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. PINGREE

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS WOULD COMBAT THE MISGUIDED…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS WOULD COMBAT THE MISGUIDED REPORT LANGUAGE WRITTEN TO ATTACK LOCAL AND REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEMS. BY PASSING THIS AMENDMENT, WE WILL SEND AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO FARMERS, CONSUMERS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS AROUND THE -- AROUND THE COUNTRY. HELOW CALL AND REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEMS ARE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. THEY PROVIDE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES AND HEALTHY FOOD FOR CONSUMERS. LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS ARE THE BACK BONE OF ECONOMIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN ORDER TO ENSURE LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS WORK TO THEIR MAXIMUM POTENTIAL, CONGRESS MUST SUPPORT RESEARCH, DRIVING PROGRAMS AND DEVOTE MORE, NOT LESS FUNDING TO PROMOTE THIS WORK. NO MATTER WHAT GROUP I'M TALKING TO, WHETHER IT'S MEMBERS OF CREDIT UNIONS OR REALTORS OR TEACHERS, WHEN I START TALKING ABOUT IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF FOOD WE SERVE OUR KIDS, IMPROVING LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS AND KNOWING WHERE YOUR FOOD COMES FROM, I LOOK AROUND THE ROOM AND EVERYBODY IS NODDING. ACROSS THE BOARD, THESE ISSUES ARE IMPORTANT TO PEOPLE. AND THIS IS WHERE THERE IS REAL ENERGY FOR GROWTH IN THE ECONOMY. THE LANGUAGE INCLUDED IN THE REPORT WAS DESIGNED TO CRITICIZE AND HAMSTRING EFFORTS THAT ARE UNDER WAY AT THE USDA TOEE CREE ATE JOBS, TO INCREASE FARM INCOME AND BOLSTER THE ECONOMY THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL AND REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEMS. THE LANGUAGE TARGETS LOCAL AND REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT IN TWO WAYS. FIRST IT DEMANDS OVERLY BURDENSOME REPORTING REQUIREMENTS OF THE USDA'S KNOW YOUR FARMER, KNOW YOUR FOOD INITIATIVE. USDA DEVELOPED THIS INITIATIVE TO STREAMLINE EXISTING PROGRAMS AUTHORIZED BY CONGRESS IN THE LAST FARM BILL. KNOW YOUR FARMER, KNOW YOUR FOOD IS NOT A STAND ALONE PROGRAM AND DOES NOT HAVE ITS OWN BUDGET. CREATING ADDITIONAL BURDENSOME REPORTING REQUIREMENTS WOULD DELAY PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION AND DISTRACT THE USDA FROM ADDRESSING THE ECONOMIC CHOOFPBLGS RURAL COMMUNITIES. SECOND, THE REPORT LADGEWADGE EXPRESSES CONCERN WITH USDA RESEARCH, EDUCATION, AND EXTENSION ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH LOCAL AND REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEMS THROUGH THE AGRICULTURE AND FOOD RESEARCH INITIATIVE, AFRI. WHILE CONGRESS SETS BROAD RESEARCH POLICIES FOR USDA, CONGRESS DOES NOT USUALLY DICTATE WHAT RESEARCH USDA CANNOT DO. NOR DOES CONGRESS USUALLY SUBSTITUTE ITS OPINION OF WHAT'S GOOD SCIENCE FOR THE PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENTS OF COMPETITIVE GRANT PEER REVIEW PANELS. BY SINGLING OUT A SMALL PIECE OF THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AGENDA AND BY SUBSTITUTING THE COMMITTEE'S JUDGMENT FOR THAT OF RESEARCHERS AND EDUCATORS, THE AGRICULTURAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL REPORT SETS UP A ROADBLOCK TO INNOVATION AND DIVERSITY IN AMERICAN AGRICULTURE AND GROWTH IN THE RURAL ECONOMY. IN RESPONSE TO THIS MISGUIDED REPORT LANGUAGE THIS AMENDMENT WILL PROHIBIT THE USDA FROM USING FUNDS TO FULFILL THE ADDITIONAL AND BURDENSOME REPORTING REQUIREMENTS PROPOSED FOR KNOW YOUR FARMER, KNOW YOUR FOOD. IT WOULD ALSO PROHIBIT USDA FROM USING FUNDS TO CARRY OUT ACTIVITIES CONTRARY TO THE RESEARCH PRIORITIES CONGRESS ESTABLISHED IN THE LAST FARM BILL. I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE GOING TO SAY, IT'S TIME TO CUT BUDGETS AND REDUCE DEFICITSISM ALSO BELIEVE IN FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. THIS IS NOT ABOUT FISCAL DISCIPLINE. THIS IS ABOUT PRIORITIES. LAST YEAR, WE SPENT A STAGGERING $548 BILLION TO FUND THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. AND AN EQUALLY UNBELIEVABLE $158 BILLION ON CONTINUED OPERATIONS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. BY COMPARISON, THE ENTIRE AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT IS FUNDED WITH 20% OF WHAT WE SPEND ON DEFENSE AND THE RESEARCH PRIORITIES WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IN THIS AMENDMENT IS FUNDED WITH ONE HALF OF ONE PERCENT OF THE TOTAL AGRICULTURE BUDGET. UH URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING FARMERS, SUPPORTING LOCAL FOOD PRODUCTION AND CONSUMERS WHO WANT TO KNOW WHERE THEIR FOOD COMES FROM. IT'S GOOD FOR LOCAL COMMUNS, LOCAL ECONOMIES AND GOOD FOR OUR COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:22:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 08:22:37 PM

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    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT AND MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

  • 08:22:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. KINGSTON

    WHAT THE PROBLEM IS WITH THE AMENDMENT AT ALL. HERE'S WHAT IT DOES. OUR…

    WHAT THE PROBLEM IS WITH THE AMENDMENT AT ALL. HERE'S WHAT IT DOES. OUR BILL LANGUAGE, EXCUSE ME. THE REPORT LANGUAGE WHICH THIS AMENDMENT TRIES TO STRIKE, IT SIMPLY TELLS THE SECRETARY OF USDA TO NOTIFY THE COMMITTEE OF ANY TRIPS RELATED TO KNOW YOUR FARMER INITIATIVE AND INCLUDE THE AGENDA AND THE COST TO THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS. IT DOESN'T PREVENT THEM DOING THIS. IT SIMPLY SAYS, LET US KNOW. AND IT ALSO SAYS PUT THIS INFORMATION ON THE WEBPAGE SYSTEM OF IF KNOW YOUR FARMER IS THAT IMPORTANT, WHY WOULD THE USDA HAVE ANY OPPOSITION TO THIS AT ALL? IN FACT, I DON'T KNOW THAT USDA DOES. I ALSO WANT TO SAY THAT SOMEBODY WHO REPRESENTS RURAL SOUTHEAST GEORGIA, THERE IS THIS NOSTALGIC IDEA THAT SOMEHOW THE FURTHER FOOD TRAVELS THE MORE EVIL IT BECOMES, BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE PLATE OF VEGETABLES, FRESH VEGETABLES YOU MAY HAVE EATEN SOMETIME TODAY THAT FOOD TRAVELED A LONG WAY. IN FACT, ASPARAGUS TRAVELS A LOCK WAY. LETTUCE, MY FRIEND MR. FARR GAVE ME AN ARTICLE EARLIER TODAY, I THINK 59% OF LETTUCE IN AMERICA COMES FROM HIS ONE DISTRICT. NOW WE START CONFINING THAT, IS IT MONTEREY COUNTY? WE CONFINE IT TO MONTEREY COUNTY, IT MIGHT BE GREAT FOR THE FOLKS IN MONTEREY COUNTY BUT I DON'T MIND EATING CALIFORNIA LETTUCE. IF THE CALIFORNIA FARMERS DO IT FOR LESS MONEY AND I CAN GET LETTUCE YEAR ROUND FOR LESS MONEY, THAT'S NOT A BAD THING. I THINK THE ASTHALMS FOOD TRAVELING IS A BAD IDEA IS FLAWED IN ITSELF. BUT I WANT TO GET BACK TO THIS BILL, REPORT LANGUAGE. IT SIMPLY SAYS TO THE USDA, LET US KNOW HOW MUCH YOU'RE GOING TO SPEND AND WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT? I WANT MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA TO KNOW THAT IF YOU LOOK THROUGH THE USDA BUDGET REQUEST FOR F.Y. 2012 THERE'S NOT ONE MENTION OF KNOW YOUR FARMERS, KNOW YOUR FOOD. IT'S AN INITIATIVE. THERE'S NOT A BUDGET REQUEST FOR IT. IF THERE WAS A BUDGET REQUEST FOR IT FOR $3 MILLION OR $30 MILLION, THEN WE COULD HAVE SOMETHING TO DEBATE ABOUT. BUT WHAT IT IS IS AN INITIATIVE AND ALL WE'RE ASKING IS, IF YOU GO FORWARD WITH THIS, AND WE DON'T STOP THEM FROM GOING FORWARD WITH IT, WE WANT TO KNOW HOW MUCH IT'S GOING TO COST. AND SO I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT IT'S BAD REPORT LANGUAGE AT ALL. I STRONGLY OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 08:25:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT.

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    OF THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    MR. FARR

    MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. FARR

    I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. THE LANGUAGE IN THE BILL, IT'S THE MOST…

    I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. THE LANGUAGE IN THE BILL, IT'S THE MOST DRACONIAN LANGUAGE, WE HAVE NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE EVER IN AN AG BILL, IT SAYS THE COMMITTEE DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT TO PROVIDE AN ELECTRONIC NOTIFICATION TO THE COMMITTEE AT LEAST 72 HOURS PRIOR TO ANY TRAVEL IN SUPPORT OF KNOW YOUR FARMER, KNOW YOUR FOOD INITIATIVE. SUCH NOTIFICATION SHALL INCLUDE THE AGENDA OF THE ENTIRE TRIP, ALONG WITH THE COST TO U.S. TAXPAYERS, ADDITIONALLY THE COMMITTEE DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT TO POST MEDIA ADVISORIES FOR ALL SUCH TRIPS ON ITS WEBSITE AND THAT SUCH ADVISORIES INCLUDE THE SAME INFORMATION. MY GOD, WE DON'T DO THIS TO KNOW YOUR SOLDIER, KNOW YOUR VETERAN, KNOW YOUR SCHOOLTEACHER, TO ANYBODY ELSE IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE TO KNOW YOUR LAW ENFORCEMENT, YET THEY'RE DOING THIS FOR KNOW YOUR FARM HER THIS PROGRAM, AS MR. KINGSTON POINTED OUT, WE JUST HAD THE AG REPORT COME OUT, I'M PROUD THAT MY DISTRICT, ONE COUNTY DOES $4 BILLION WORTH OF AGRICULTURE. IT WAS POINTED OUT THAT 59% OF ALL THE LETTUCE CONSUMED IN THE UNITED STATES IS FROM ONE COUNTY IN CALIFORNIA THAT I REPRESENT. PART OF THAT IS THIS PROGRAM THEY'RE DOING, KNOW YOUR FARMER, KNOW YOUR FOOT. CONSUMERS CAN GO WITH A BLACKBERRY INTO, WITH THEIR CELL PHONE INTOORK A GROCERY STORE AND BECAUSE OF THE BAR CODE THERE, THEY CAN ZIP IT AND IT COMES UP THE FARM WHORE GREW THE FOOD. SAYING THIS IS WHO I AM, THIS IS WHERE I GREW IT, THIS IS HOW MANY DAYS IT TAKES TO GET TO YOU AND ALL THE THINGS YOU MIGHT WANT TO -- IF WE'RE GOING TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT NUTRITION, I CAN'T THINK OF A MORE EXCITING WAY TO DO IT. TO REQUIRE THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAVE TO ESSENTIALLY DO THIS GESTAPO LOOKING AT EVERY TIME YOU MOVE, YOU HAVE TO REPORT TO HIGHER AUTHORITY ON YOUR INITIATIVE AND ON YOUR ENTIRE TRIP AND THE AGENDA, WE DON'T DO THAT FOR ANYBODY ELSE IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD DO IT FOR OUR FARMERS. OR FOR OUR MEMBERS OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SUPPORTING OUR FARMERS SYSTEM OF I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT VERY STRONGLY.

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  • 08:27:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MAINE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES VISIT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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  • 08:28:07 PM

    MS. PIN FWREE

    I REQUEST A VORDED -- RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    PROCEEDINGS OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM MAINE WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR…

    PROCEEDINGS OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM MAINE WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE?

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  • 08:28:24 PM

    MS. FOXX

    AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK DESIGNATED FOXX AMENDMENT NUMBER 1.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S VERY INTERESTING THAT I CAME IN TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S VERY INTERESTING THAT I CAME IN TO THE CHAMBER AT THIS TIME BECAUSE MY AMENDMENT ALSO HAS TO DO WITH KNOW YOUR FARMER, KNOW YOUR FOOD. I AM VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THIS PROGRAM BECAUSE IT IS NOT AN AUTHORIZED PROGRAM BY THE CONGRESS. IT IS SOMETHING THAT I AM VERY CONCERNED THAT WE HAVE OUR EXECUTIVE BRANCH OFF DOING ALL KINDS OF THINGS THAT IT HAS NO BUSINESS DOING FROM FIGHTING WARS TO RUNNING PROGRAMS THAT THEY WEREN'T AUTHORIZED TO RUN. THIS PROGRAM IN MY OPINION CONDUCTS DUPE DEW PUBLICTIVE MARKETING METHODS BY TAKING FUNDS FROM PROGRAMS THAT EXIST WITHIN USDA THROUGH GRANTS AND PROGRAM MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES. ALL OF THESE ENTITIES WITHIN THE USDA ALREADY HAVE MARKETING TOOLS TO REACH OUT TO APPLICANTS IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AND WORK WITH THEM. PROGRAMS THAT ISSUE GRANTS FROM USDA WOULD NOT BE AFFECTED OR LOSE A SINGLE CENT OF FUNDING FROM MY AMENDMENT. LET ME REPEAT, GRANTS AND PROGRAM MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES FROM USDA DO NOT LOSE A CENT OF FUNDING UNDER MY AMENDMENT. RATHER, IT -- IT WOULD STRIKE THE REDUNDANT KNOW YOUR FARMER, KNOW YOUR FOOD EFFORT BY THE USDA TO ADVERTISE THEIR PROGRAMS AND ENSURE THAT THE MONEY IN THE GRANTS AND IN THE PROGRAM MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES WOULD BE SPENT ON THE ACTIVITIES THAT ARE AUTHORIZED. I HAVE BEEN -- MY STAFF HAS BEEN TOLD BY PEOPLE AT THE USDA THAT GRANT ISSUING AND FARMER AND CONSUMER PROGRAMS WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE AS NORMAL WITHOUT THIS DUPLICATIVE EFFORT. MR. SPEAKER, -- MR. CHAIRMAN, THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF ERRONEOUS INFORMATION PUT OUT THERE IN RELATIONSHIP TO MY AMENDMENT AND I'D LIKE TO TAKE SOME TIME TO CLEAR THEM UP. IT DOESN'T AFFECT ANY USDA GRANT OR PROGRAM MANAGEMENT FUNDS ALREADY EXISTING, AND BECAUSE KNOW YOUR FARMER KNOW YOUR FOOD DOES NOT ISSUE GRANTS, NOR DOES IT MANAGE ANY PROGRAMS. BUT IT IS A CIRCUMSTANCE UM VENTION OF THE AUTHORITY -- CIRCUMVENTION OF THE AUTHORITY AND DEFEATS THE INTENT OF CONGRESS WHEN WE'RE THE ONES WHO SHOULD BE AUTHORIZING PROGRAMS AND BUDGETS. I THINK THAT THIS IS A PROGRAM WE DO NOT NEED AND I BELIEVE THAT IT SHOULD BE ABOLISHED BECAUSE WHEN THE USDA WANTS A PROGRAM, IT SHOULD BE COMING TO THE CONGRESS GET AUTHORIZATION FOR THAT PROGRAM AND THERE IS A SPECIFIC VIOLATION AGAINST ESTABLISHING A PROGRAM IN THE AUTHORIZATION THAT WOULD HAVE SET UP SLUSH FUNDS IN THE SECRETARY'S OFFICE AND I THINK THIS IS SIMILAR TO THAT. IT ALLOWS THE DEPARTMENT TO TAKE MONEY FROM EXISTING PROGRAMS, PUT IT INTO THIS PROGRAM AND SPEND THEM THE WAY THEY WISH TO AND I DON'T THINK THAT THAT IS AN APPROPRIATE EXPENDITURE FUNDING THAT WE'VE AUTHORIZED. .

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  • 08:32:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK.

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    MR. FARR

    OPPOSITION BECAUSE I CANNOT UNDERSTAND WHY YOU ARE SO AFRAID OF KNOW YOUR…

    OPPOSITION BECAUSE I CANNOT UNDERSTAND WHY YOU ARE SO AFRAID OF KNOW YOUR FARMER, KNOW YOUR FOOD. THEY SAY, WELL, WE HAVE TO HAVE THIS PROGRAM AUTHORIZED. WE WENT TO WAR WITHOUT AUTHORIZING. YOU SPENT ALL THAT MONEY. AND YOU WANT TO QUESTION, KNOW YOUR FARMER, KNOW YOUR FOOD. THIS IS A DIRECT ATTACK ON THE WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE, WHICH IS ABOUT NUTRITION. WE TALKED ABOUT THIS YESTERDAY ABOUT HOW YOU HAVE PLACES IN THIS COUNTRY THAT ARE FOOD DESERTS. THERE ARE PLACES WHERE THERE ARE NO GROCERY STORES. THEY DON'T HAVE FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. PEOPLE CAN'T GO TO A LOCAL STORE AND FIND FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. THIS COMMITTEE PUTS MONEY TO HELP FARMERS MARKETS GET ESTABLISHED IN THE TOUGH AREAS, TO ENCOURAGE FARMERS TO COME IN AND AT THE SAME TIME TEACH PEOPLE WHO NEVER SHOPPED, NEVER BEEN TO A FARMERS MARKET. WE TIED NUMB FOOD STAMPS AND W.I.C. VOUCHERS AND SPEND THEM RIGHT THERE. 65% OF THE INCOME THAT COMES INTO THAT IS ALL PART OF THESE INITIATIVES IS WHAT PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW. MILK DOESN'T COME FROM A CARTON AND WE ARE TRYING TO GET KIDS TO KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT AGRICULTURE. WE ARE PUTTING IN SCHOOL GARDENS. ALL OF THIS IS KNOW YOUR FOOD, KNOW YOUR FARMER. A AND WHAT IS THIS? IS THIS SOME KIND OF CONSPIRACY THAT YOU ARE AFRAID OF, PEOPLE MIGHT LEARN WHERE FOOD COMES FROM IN AMERICA AND THERE IS ORGANIC FOOD AND YOU HAVE CHOICES AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO EAT EVERYTHING THAT IS PACKAGED AND PROCESS AND FULL OF SALT AND SUGARS AND ADDITIVES? WHAT ARE WE AFRAID OF? TO STRIKE OR TELL THE DEPARTMENT THAT THEY CAN'T DO THIS I THINK -- WE ARE TRYING TO GET PEOPLE AND I'M TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT AND IT IS HARD TO CHANGE YOUR CHARACTER AND EATING HABITS AND UNLESS WE DO THAT, WE ARE GOING TO GROW A LOT OF AMERICANS THAT AREN'T GOING TO BE HEALTHY BECAUSE THEY DON'T KNOW THEIR FARMER OR FOOD AND IF YOU STRIKE THIS ABILITY FOR THE DEPARTMENT TO DO THAT KIND OF OUTREACH, WE WILL HAVE A LESS HEALTHY AMERICA. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:35:00 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO REGULATE AND DOING AND AWFUL LOT, KNOW YOUR…

    THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO REGULATE AND DOING AND AWFUL LOT, KNOW YOUR FOOD, KNOW YOUR FARMER IS AN AGENCY GOING BEYOND WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE AND SOMETHING I FEEL THEY SHOULD COME BACK TO CONGRESS FOR. AND I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME TO MS. FOXX.

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  • 08:35:40 PM

    MS. FOXX

    COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS YIELDING TIME. AND I WANT TO RESPOND TO MY COLLEAGUE…

    COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS YIELDING TIME. AND I WANT TO RESPOND TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA. I'M NOT AFRAID OF A PROGRAM. I'M AFRAID OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH CONTINUING BRANCH CONTINUING TO OVERSTEP ITS GROUVENDS AND DEVELOP PROGRAMS THAT HAVE NO AUTHORIZATION AND DO THE THINGS THAT IT HAS NO BUSINESS DOING WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION FROM CONGRESS. AND I FIND IT INTERESTING THAT MY COLLEAGUE WOULD BRING UP THE FACT THAT WE WENT TO WAR WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION. I BELIEVE THAT WAS HIS PRESIDENT THAT DID THAT AND I VOTED RESOUNDINGLY NOT TO DO THAT. AND I WANT TO SYMPATHESIZE WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA. I'M CERTAINLY DOING MY BEST TO LOSE WEIGHT, TOO. I THINK IT'S A STRUGGLE THAT MOST OF US, PARTICULARLY IN THIS BODY HAVE. BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT I'M NOT LOOKING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO GIVE ME MY NUTRITION INFORMATION. I KNOW HOW TO FIND THAT NUTRITION INFORMATION AND MOST AMERICANS KNOW HOW TO DO THAT AND WE DON'T NEED A SPECIAL PROGRAM IN THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO DO THAT. WE HAVE GOT TO COMMIT TO BRINGING GOVERNMENT SPENDING UNDER CONTROL. AND WE'RE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN. WHILE NO MONEY WILL BE CUT FROM THE APPROPRIATIONS BY THIS PROGRAM, IT REMOVES A PROGRAM THAT'S NOT AUTHORIZED, THAT GIVES PART OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AN ARGUMENT FOR WHY THEY NEED MONEY. AND I THINK THAT IN MANY CASES, WHAT HAPPENS IN THESE EXECUTIVE BRANCH DEPARTMENTS IS THAT WHEN THEIR OWN ENTITY BEGINS TO LOSE ITS NEED FOR BEING, THEY BEGIN TO LOOK OUT THERE FOR WHAT'S THE LATEST TREND, WHAT CAN WE DO IN THIS DEPARTMENT TO JUSTIFY OUR EXISTENCE, AND I THINK THAT THAT IS WHAT HAPPENS IN MANY, MANY CASES AND YOU GET THE CONTINUATION. AS RONALD REAGAN SAID, THE NEAREST THING TO I AM MORTALITY IS A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROGRAM. AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS IN MANY DEPARTMENTS, NOT JUST THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. I HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR WHAT THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE DOES. AND I THINK IT IS PROVIDING VITAL SERVICES IN MANY AREAS. BUT THIS IS NOT AN AREA THAT WE NEED, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO BE INVOLVED IN. WE DON'T NEED THIS PROGRAM. AND I'M FRANKLY -- MY COLLEAGUE ASKED ME WHAT I'M AFRAID, I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY MY COLLEAGUE FROM MAINE DOESN'T WANT REPORTING? WHY IS SHE CONCERNED, BECAUSE WE ASKED THE DEPARTMENT HOW MUCH MONEY ARE YOU SPENDING? THERE IS NO ANSWER. THERE IS NO COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS. IT'S TIME THAT ANY PROGRAM THAT SAYS, WE CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH WE'RE SPENDING, WE CAN'T TELL YOU WHAT WE'RE DOING OR HAVING ANY EFFECT TO BE DONE AWAY WITH. AND ANY PROGRAM THAT ANSWERS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS THAT WAY SHOULD BE IMMEDIATELY ELIMINATED. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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    JUST A SECOND, AND I WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH MY DOCTOR AND TRAINER THAN…

    JUST A SECOND, AND I WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH MY DOCTOR AND TRAINER THAN THE USDA.

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  • 08:39:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    JABT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLELADY FROM MAINE RISE? PEN PEN I MOVE TO…

    JABT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLELADY FROM MAINE RISE? PEN PEN I MOVE TO -- RSH I WANT TO ENGAGE IN THIS CONVERSATION BOTH ABOUT THE PREVIOUS AMENDMENT AND MY FRIEND FROM NORTH CAROLINA'S CONCERN ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM CALLED KNOW YOUR FARMER AND KNOW YOUR FOOD. I HAVE HEARD THE SECRETARY SPEAK TO US ABOUT HIS INTEREST IN INCREASING THE NUMBER OF FARMS IN OUR COUNTRY AND GETTING TO KNOW OUR FARMERS AND MAKING SURE PEOPLE HAVE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT WHERE THEIR FOOD COMES FROM. I HAVE TO SAY, IT'S AFTER 8:30 ON A BUSY NIGHT AND WE ARE STILL DEBATING THIS BILL AND WE HAVE HUGE CHALLENGES BEFORE US AND AT WAR IN TWO COUNTRIES AND I JUST PERSONALLY HAVE TO SAY, I'M BAFFLED BY WHY WE SHALL HAVING THIS DEBATE. THIS SLOWS DOWN RESEARCH ON LOCAL FARMING THAT TRIES TO STOP A LOCAL PROGRAM. AND I WILL SAY I KIND OF THINK BACK TO THE WAY I LOOK AT OUR COUNTRY. WE WERE BASED ON AGRICULTURE AND FARMING. I HAD THE GOOD FORTUNE TO BE BORN IN MINNESOTA. BOTH SETS OF MY GRANDPARENTS WERE IMMIGRANTS AND THEY CAME BECAUSE IT WAS GREAT LAND, MY UNCLE AND GRANDFATHER WERE DAIRY FARMERS. I WENT TO COLLEGE TO STUDY AGRICULTURE AND I OWN MY OWN FARM. IS THIS WHAT AMERICA IS ALL ABOUT, KNOWING YOUR FARMER AND KNOWING WHERE YOUR FOOD COMES FROM. GROWING AND USING OUR LAND. WHAT ARE IN THE WORLD ARE WE TALKING ABOUT. IT'S AS IF BLACK IS WHITE AND WHITE IS BACK. I GREW UP IN MINNESOTA AND MAINE, BOTH HAVE RICH FARMING HERTAGES. WE COULDN'T BE MORE PROUD. WE COULDN'T BE MORE PROUD OF HAVING VIGOROUS FARMERS' MARKETS AND HAVING PEOPLE BEING ABLE TO SAY, WHAT IS HYPED THIS, PLEASE TELL ME WHAT IS GROWING. THIS IS AMERICA. THIS IS HOW OUR COUNTRY WAS BUILT. IF THERE IS ONE TRAGEDY THAT IS GOING ON TODAY IS THE REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF FARMS, THE NUMBER OF FAMILIES WHO CAN'T HOLD ON TO THEIR FARMS AND DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MARKETS. IF THERE IS ANYTHING THAT THE SECRETARY IS TELLING US WE WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT THEIR FARMS. WE WANT TO HAVE LOCAL ACCESS TO FARMING. I SPENT A LOT OF TIME VISITING SCHOOL CALF TERYASS AND MANY OF THE SCHOOLS IN MY DISTRICT BUY LOCALLY. IF THEY DEAL WITH CHILDHOOD OBESITY, THEY HAVE TO GET KIDS TO EAT MORE VEGETABLES AND HAVE THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE KNOW THE FARMERS. MANY SCHOOLS HAVE A GARDEN OUT BACK. I VISITED A SCHOOL IN MAINE RECENTLY AND THEY HAVE CARROTS AND NOT THAT EVERY LUNCH HAS CARROTS ON THE MENU FOR THOSE KIDS TO SAY I GREW A CARROT. I SAT DOWN AND ATE WITH KIDS AND THEY WERE EATING KALE AND GARLIC AND SHOWING IT TO ME ABOUT HOW THEY GROW KALE AND MANY VISITED WITH FARMERS AND SEEN THE FARMERS COME DOWN THE ROAD. I CAN'T IMAGINE WHY ANYONE WOULD WANT TO PUT LANGUAGE IN THAT SAYS YOU HAVE TO STRIKE A PROGRAM LIKE THIS THAT'S NOT EVEN FUNDED, BUT A WAY OF THE SECRETARY SAYING, THIS IS A GOOD AMERICAN TRADITION. IT'S A TRADITION IN NORTH CAROLINA WHERE PEOPLE ARE PROUD OF THEIR FARMERS AND MAINE, THE AVERAGE AGE OF OUR FARMER IS GOING DOWN. WE HAVE MORE PEOPLE GOING INTO FARMING AND MORE ACREAGE GOING INTO FARMER, WHICH IS THE REVERSAL OF OUR COUNTRY. THIS IS GOOD FOR OUR HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT. AND THIS IS A JOBS BILL. THAT IS WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE TALKING ABOUT. AND EVERY YOUNG PERSON WHO HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO INTO FARMING, EVERY FAMILY THAT GETS TO HANG ON TO A FAMILY FARM, INCREASES THE NUMBER OF JOBS. WHAT DO WE WANT THIS TO TURN INTO? WHERE EVERYTHING HAS TO BE TRUCKED INTO AROUND THE WORLD AND CARROTS COME FROM BRAZIL AND I MEAN THIS IS AMERICA. THIS IS A TRADITION OF OUR COUNTRY. HOW COULD WE POSSIBLY THINK THAT ANYTHING WAS WRONG WITH PROMOTING OR RESEARCHING LOCAL FIELDS. ABSOLUTELY NOT? MUCH AS I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE FROM NORTH CAROLINA, I'M NOT GIVING UP ONE SECOND TO TALK ABOUT THE FANTH THAT IN MY STATE, WE ARE PROUD OF OUR FARMERS AND PROUD OF OUR BIG FARMS, THEY GROW POTATOS AND BLUEBERRIES, APPLES, WE ARE PROUD OF OUR FISHERMEN AND MORE YOUNG PEOPLE WANT TO GET INTO FARMING. MORE MARKETS FOR FARMING AND PART OF IT IS BECAUSE PEOPLE LIKE TO BUY FOOD LOCALLY AND THEY ARE EXCITED ABOUT GOING TO A FARM STAND WHERE YOU SEE THE FARMER AND SEE WHERE IT WAS GROWN AND FEEL COMFORTABLE AND KNOW WHERE IT WAS SLAUGHTERED AND KNOW SO MUCH ABOUT IT AND RAISING OUR KIDS TO SAY, VEGETABLES ARE GOOD FOR YOU AND HERE THEY ARE. I CAN'T POSSIBLY IMAGINE WHY THIS REPORT LANGUAGE WAS IN THE FIRST PLACE, WHY MY COLLEAGUE WOULD WANT TO STRIKE EVERYTHING ABOUT KNOW YOUR FARMER, KNOW YOUR FOOD.

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  • 08:45:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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  • 08:45:19 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    NOT AUTHORIZED. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS NOW BOMBING IN LIBYA…

    NOT AUTHORIZED. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS NOW BOMBING IN LIBYA AND I VOTED WITH THE CUES NICHE AMENDMENT BECAUSE I FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE WITH BOMBING WITH THE UNSTHORSED USE OF FORCE. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OBLIGATES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO NEW PROGRAMS AND THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS HASN'T HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO VET OR VOTE ON THEM. I DON'T UNDERSTAND MYSELF WHY THAT IS A PROBLEM THAT WE CAN HAVE THIS TRANSPARENCY. AS I LISTEN TO THIS, I THOUGHT, KNOW YOUR FARMER, KNOW YOUR FOOD, WAS ONE OF THESE HARMLESS INITIATIVES BUT I'M BEGINNING TO THINK IT'S ONE BIG DATA BANK. I DON'T KNOW WHY THE USDA NEEDS TO KNOW THIS INFORMATION ABOUT THE FARMERS. I'M WONDERING ABOUT THAT. BUT IF WE WANT TO HELP FARMERS, AND I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OF REPRESENTING LOTS OF FARMERS FOR A LONG TIME, I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU SEVEN THINGS I THOUGHT ABOUT JUST SITTING HERE IN THE COURSE OF THE LAST SPEECH. NUMBER ONE, THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS DECLARED WAR ON THE COMMUNITY BANKS WHICH ARE THE FIBER AND HEART OF SMALL COMMUNITIES. THAT'S WHERE FARMERS GET THEIR LOANS. FARMERS NEED CREDIT. WE NEED STABILITY IN BANKING LAW TO HELP FARMERS, NUMBER ONE. NUMBER TWO, WE NEED CONSISTENT REGULATIONS AND REGULATIONS THAT DON'T SEND THE E.P.A. OUT ON THE FARMS TO PLAY I GOT YOU. YOU MAY KNOW RIGHT NOW, MR. CHAIRMAN, THAT ORGANIC CHICKENS, AND I KNOW MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA PROBABLY KNOWS THIS, THE F.D.A. REQUIRING THAT THEY BE RAISED ON A SLAB OF CONCRETE AN THE USDA SAYING, NO THEY CAN'T BE. SO TWO FEDERAL AGENCIES, TWO DIFFERENT REGULATIONS FOR ONE PRODUCT. FARMERS NEED REGULATORY CONSISTENCY. NUMBER THREE, WE NEED AN H2A PROGRAM. WE HAVE TO GET LABOR OUT THERE AND A GOOD GUEST WORKER PROGRAM THAT WORKS. NUMBER FOUR, FREE TRADE AGREEMENT. WE HAVE HAD SITTING ON THE DESK OF THE WHITE HOUSE FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS WITH SOUTH KOREA, COLOMBIA AND WITH PANAMA AND THIS ADMINISTRATION WON'T MOVE THEM THAT WILL CREATE LOTS OF MARKETS FOR FARMERS. NUMBER FIFE, WE NEED ESTATE TAX RELIEF. YOU WANT TO KEEP THE FAMILY FARM IN THE FAMILY, THEN GET RID OF THE DEATH TAX SO IT CAN BE PASSED ON TO THE NEXT GENERATION. NUMBER SIX, YOU NEED TO HAVE A GOOD CROP INSURANCE PROGRAM. MORE THAN ANY OTHER FARM PROGRAM, FARMERS WANT A GOOD CROP INSURANCE PROGRAM. NUMBER SEVEN, WE NEED TO CUT THE RED TAPE OUT SO YOU CAN GET THE LOCAL -- TO THE LOCAL MARKET. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO SELL TO YOUR LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL BECAUSE OF MANY FEDERAL REGULATIONS. THE SMALL FARMERS CAN'T COMPETE WITH THE BIG FOLKS ON THIS. I WANT TO SAY THIS ABOUT APPLES BECAUSE THE GENTLEWOMAN HAD MENTIONED APPLES, THE AVERAGE APPLE TRAVELS, RIGHT NOW, 2,500 MILES TO GET TO THE CONSUMER. I DON'T FIND THAT HORRIBLE. WE HAVE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING LAWS WHICH OUR COMMITTEE HAS DEBATED FOR OVER A DECADE AND I DON'T KNOW THAT IT HAS MADE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE. I THINK THAT CONSUMERS ARE DRIN BY FOOD SAFETY, FOOD TASTE AND FOOD PRICE AND WHETHER IT COMES FROM NEW YORK OR COMES FROM THE FARMER DOWN THE STREET, THOSE ARE GOING TO BE THE DRIVING FACTORS IN MAKING THE DECISION. CARROTS COME 2,000 MILES. I WOULD CHALLENGE MY FRIEND TO LOOK AT GOOGLE FOOD MILEAGE AND LOOK HOW MUCH COMMON, EVERYDAY FOOD TRAVELS TO GET TO YOUR PLATE. WHAT HAS IT DONE? IT'S MADE AMERICA HEALTHIER. IT'S GIVEN US ABAN DUN -- ABUNDANT FOOD SUPPLY AND GIVEN US A LESS EXPENSIVE FOOT SUPPLY. IF WE'RE SERIOUS ABOUT GROWING MOM AND POP FARMS, I WANT TO SAY THIS TO MY FRIEND FROM MAINE, I'M VERY INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH HER ON THAT THE SEVEN THINGS I HAVE LISTED I CAN PROMISE YOU IN ANY POLL, FARMERS WILL CHOOSE BEFORE THEY CHOOSE WHAT WE REALLY NEED TO GET FARMERS GOING IN AMERICA IS THIS PROGRAM THAT'S NOT AUTHORIZED BY THE CONGRESS CALLED KNOW YOUR FARMER. THANK YOU AND I YIELD PACK.

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  • 08:49:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT. FOR WHAT…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN --

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    OUT THAT THIS AMENDMENT DOESN'T SAVE ONE PENNY.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLEMAN ASKED UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO…

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLEMAN ASKED UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. MR. KINGSTON RESERVING MY RIGHT TO OBJECT.

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  • 08:50:08 PM

    MR. FARR

    CHAIRMAN. MOVE TO STRIKE THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF WORDS.

  • 08:50:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 08:50:16 PM

    MR. DICKS

    I YIELD TO THE RANKING MEMBER.

  • 08:50:21 PM

    MR. FARR

    DOESN'T SAVE ONE PENNY. IRONICALLY, WE JUST RETURNED FROM A WHITE HOUSE…

    DOESN'T SAVE ONE PENNY. IRONICALLY, WE JUST RETURNED FROM A WHITE HOUSE SUMMER CONGRESSIONAL PICNIC. AND PEOPLE ATE FOOD THERE AND YOU KNOW WHAT? AT EVERY TABLE, IT LIST WRD THE FOOD CAME FROM. INDEED, I REMEMBER BECAUSE I WENT TO THE ICE CREAM PLACE, AND THERE WAS A STACK OF HONEY, HONEY THAT CAME FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. THAT HAS WHITE HOUSE LABEL ON IT. AND A GIFT THAT THE FIRST LADY GIVES TO VISITING DIGNITARIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD AS A SAMPLE OF AMERICAN HONEY GROWN ON THE WHITE HOUSE. WE JUST EXPERIENCE -- EXPERIENCED NOY KNOW YOUR FARMER, KNOW YOUR FOOD NOT MORE THAN AN HOUR AGO. THIS AMENDMENT IS NOTHING BUT BEING MEAN.

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  • 08:51:23 PM

    MR. DICKS

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK?

  • 08:51:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK?

  • 08:52:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

    QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH…

    QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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  • 08:52:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    VOTE HAVING BEEN REQUESTED, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER…

    VOTE HAVING BEEN REQUESTED, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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  • 08:52:31 PM

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

  • 08:52:34 PM

    THE CHAIR

    REPORT THE AMENDMENT. WILL THE GENTLEWOMAN SPECIFY WHICH AMENDMENT?

  • 08:52:48 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    I BELIEVE IT'S NUMBER 20.

  • 08:52:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    CLERK WILL REPORT. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 08:52:59 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 20 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MS.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 20 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MS. WOOLSEY OF CALIFORNIA.

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  • 08:53:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

  • 08:53:07 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER ON THE GENTLEWOMAN'S AMENDMENT.

  • 08:53:11 PM

    THE CHAIR

    A POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

    A POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 08:53:16 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR SOME FAMILIES, MANY TOO MANY,…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR SOME FAMILIES, MANY TOO MANY, AS A MATTER OF FACT, THE MEALS SERVED AS SCHOOL MAY BE THE ONLY DECENT MEAL THEIR CHILDREN GET THAT DAY. ESPECIALLY DURING THIS CURRENT ECONOMIC DOWNTURN WITH MANY AMERICANS BARELY GETTING BY. MORE PEOPLE ARE RELYING ON SCHOOL MEALS TO KEEP THEIR CHILDREN FED AND READY TO LEARN. WHY, THEN, IS THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY TRYING TO TURN BACK THE CLOCK OF SCHOOL NUTRITION. D NUTRITION? WHY ARE THEY TRYING TO UNDERMINE THE QUALITY OF SCHOOL MEALS BY GUMMING UP A REGULATORY PROCESS DESIGNED TO EP SURE OUR KIDS ARE EATING HEALTHY? MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT WILL STOP THE MAJORITY'S ATTEMPT TO BLOCK THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SCIENTIFIC STANDARDS FOR SCHOOL MEALS. HERE'S THE BACK STORY. SINCE THE TRUMAN ADMINISTRATION, CONGRESS AND THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE HAVE SET STANDARDS FOR SCHOOL LUNCHES AND BREAKFASTS. BUT FOR MOST OF THAT HISTORY, THOSE STANDARDS HAVE NOT REFLECTED THE EXPERTISE OF NUTRITIONISTS AND OTHER HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. THEN LAST YEAR, CONGRESS PASSED AND THE PRESIDENT SIGNED A BILL DIRECTING USDA TO MAKE SCHOOL MEAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FIRST TIME CONSISTENT WITH SOUND SCIENCE AND DIETARY GUIDELINES ISSUED BY THE INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE. WITH THE TOM LINE, THAT WOULD MEAN -- BOTTOM LINE, THAT WOULD MEAN HEALTHIER FOOD FOR OUR KIDS. IT WOULD MEAN THE CAFETERIA LINE WOULD HAVE MORE FRUITS AN VEGETABLES, MORE WHOLE GRAINS AND LOW FAT MILK, AN LESS SODIUM AND SATURATED FAT. AS INSTRUCTED BY THE LAW WE PASSED, USDA WROTE A REGULATION AND RECEIVED OVER 130,000 COMMENTS. NOW JUST FROM THE PROCESS -- NOW JUST WHEN THE PROCESS IS WRAPPING UP, MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WANT TO USE REPORT LANGUAGE IN THIS APPROPRIATIONS BILL TO SCRAP THE RULE AND COMPEL USDA TO WRITE A COMPLETELY NEW ONE. THIS IS A STALL TACTIC, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. BETTER SCHOOL MEALS MUST NOT -- CAN'T BE FROM THIS ACT A PRIORITY FOR THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. THEY APPARENTLY DON'T BELIEVE WE NEED TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT THE EPIDEMIC OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY THAT'S RAPIDLY BECOMING A MAJOR PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. SO THEY'RE LOOKING FOR ANY WAY TO PUT ON THE BREAKS -- THE BRAKES. THE PROCESS HAS WORKED. WE'VE HAD CONGRESSIONAL DIRECTION AND MANDATES. WE'VE HAD OPEN COMMENT PERIOD AND RULE MAKING BASED ON SOUND SCIENCE. BUT THE END RESULT IS NOT TO THE MAJORITY'S LIKING SO THEY WANT A DO-OVER. THIS IS NOT ONLY UNNECESSARY, MR. SPEAKER -- MR. CHAIRMAN, BUT EXPENSIVE. THERE WOULD BE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH STARTING THE RULE MAKING OVER, GOING BACK TO SQUARE ONE. IN ONE FELL SWOOP, THE REPUBLICANS ARE SHOWING THEMSELVES TO BE ANTI-SCIENCE, ANTI-CHILD, ANTI-PUBLIC HEALTH AND ANTI-FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. MY AMENDMENT WOULD STOP THIS SHORTSIGHTED AND IRRESPONSIBLE SCHEME. IT WOULD PREVENT FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS APPROPRIATIONS ACT FROM BEING USED TO REQUIRE USDA TO REISSUE A NEW RULE. IMPORTANT ADVOCATES AGREE WITH ME. MY AMENDMENT HAS BEEN ENDORSED BY THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION. THE AMERICAN DIETETIC ASSOCIATION. BREAD FOR THE WORLD. THE CENTER FOR SCIENCE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST. AND MANY OTHER GROUPS. IN FACT, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TO ENTER THE LIST OF ALL THE GROUPS INTO THE RECORD.

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  • 08:57:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    UNDER GENERAL LEAVE. SO NOTED.

  • 08:57:13 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    OUR CHILDREN NEED BALANCED, HEALTHY, NUTRITIOUS MEALS. NOT COSTLY,…

    OUR CHILDREN NEED BALANCED, HEALTHY, NUTRITIOUS MEALS. NOT COSTLY, BUREAUCRATIC DELAYS. THEY NEED THIS TO HELP THEM SUCCEED IN SCHOOL AND IN LIFE. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO WITHDRAW.

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  • 08:57:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THERE AN OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. FOR…

    THERE AN OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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  • 08:57:39 PM

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

  • 08:57:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

    CLERK SHALL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK SHALL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 08:57:49 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 24 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 24 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. ROYCE OF CALIFORNIA.

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  • 08:57:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR PHI MINUTES.

  • 08:57:57 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, VERY MUCH. A COUPLE OF QUICK POINTS HERE. ONE THE…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, VERY MUCH. A COUPLE OF QUICK POINTS HERE. ONE THE ADMINISTRATION IS ACTIVELY CONSIDERING RESUMING FOOD AID IN NORTH KOREA AND I UNDERSTAND THE HUMANITARIAN IMPULSE HERE BUT THE UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCES OF NORTH KOREA MAKE THIS A MISTAKE. AND MAKE IT A VERY BAD MISTAKE, FRANKLY WHICH THIS AMENDMENT WOULD CORRECT. I REMEMBER THE WORDS OF ONE NORTH KOREAN DEFECTOR, I HAD A CHANCE TO TALK WITH HIM, AND HE SAID -- HE SAID ACTUALLY IN TESTIMONY HERE BEFORE THE COMMITTEE, WE MUST NOT GIVE FOOD AID TO NORTH KOREA BECAUSE, HE SAYS, IT IS, IN HIS WORDS, THE SAME AS PROVIDING FUNDING FOR NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM. WHY IS THAT SO? BECAUSE WHAT INVARIABLY HAPPENS IS THEY REDIRECT THESE RESOURCES INTO SUPPORT FOR THE REGIME. THIS WEEK, WE HAD REPORTS THAT NORTH KOREA IS MAKING MINIATURIZED VERSIONS OF ITS NUCLEAR WEAPONS, ONES THAT COULD FIT ATOP ICBM'S AND THAT MAKES HIS STATEMENT ALL THAT MORE DIRE ABOUT THE REDIRECTION OF THE RESOURCE INTO THE REGIME'S HANDS. THE SITUATION IN NORTH KOREA IS HEARTBREAKING. I'VE BEEN UP THERE, I'VE SEEN THE DEPRIVATION BUT THIS IS A DISASTER MADE BY THE DICTATORSHIP ITSELF AND LET ME SAY, UNEQUIVOCALLY, THE FOOD WE SEND DOES NOT REACH THE HUNGRY. SO WHO BENEFITS FROM -- FROM OUR GOOD WILL? THE INNER CIRCLE DOES AND THEIR MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX DOES. WE'VE HAD HEARINGS IN WHICH THE FRENCH N.G.O. DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS, WE'RE ALL AWARE OF THEIR GOOD WORK AROUND THE WORLD THEY TESTIFIED BEFORE THE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF REFUGEES THEY INTERVIEW SAY THEY HAD NEVER RECEIVED ANY FOOD AID. NONE OF THE CHILDREN. THEY HAD -- NONE OF THE CHILDREN THEY HAD MET HAD RECEIVED FOOD AID IN THE YEARS THEY WORKED ON THE BORDER THIS TESTIMONY IS BACKED UP BY A SURVEY, 500 NORTH KOREAN DEFECTIVE, 78.2% OF THEM NEVER SAW FOREIGN FOOD AID AND THE REASON FOR THIS IS BECAUSE IT GOES, AGAIN, INTO THE BLACK MARKET, IT IS SOLD FOR THE HARD CURRENCY THE REGIME NEEDS FOR ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND OTHER PROGRAMS. NOW SOME COULD ARGUE, YOU KNOW WHAT WE NEED IS MORE OVERSIGHT, MAYBE BETTER MONITORING ON THIS FOOD. LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THE TESTIMONY WE'VE HEARD ON THAT, BECAUSE THE NORTH KOREANS, I DON'T THINK THEY'VE GOT A WORD FOR TRANSPARENCY. NO MATTER HOW AIRTIGHT ANY MONITORING PROTOCOL MAY BE, THEY CHEAT. WE HAD A TOM LANTOS HUMAN RIGHTS HEARING WHERE THEY TOLD US THE DISSIDENTS WOULD MARK ALL THE HOUSES THAT HAD RECEIVED BAGS AN FOOD AND RETURNED TO COLLECT THEM AFTER THE MONITORS HAD LEFT. NORTH KOREANS WILL ALWAYS CHEAT. SOME ASSERT THE NORTH IS HOLDING FOOD. HOLDING IT FOR THE FUTURE. HORDING A MILLION TONS OF RICE. THAT'S THE CHARGE WE HEAR FROM SOUTH KOREA, FROM MEMBERS OF THEIR PARLIAMENT, BUT THE FACT IS, THE FACT IS, THAT IT'S AN ASSET THAT IS CONVERTED BY THE NORTH, SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT FOR THE SAKE OF THE NORTH KOREAN PEOPLE, PROVIDING THIS AID, NOT ONLY ALLOWS KIM JONG IL'S OPPRESSIVE REGEM TO DIVERT RESOURCES TOWARD ITS MAIL TIR PROGRAM, ONE THAT'S GROWN INCREASINGLY THREATENING BUT ALSO DELAYS THE DAY WHEN REAL STRUCTURAL REFORM WILL COME TO NORTH KOREA. THERE'S A NORTH KOREAN SAYING THAT POURING WATT ENTIRE A CRACKED POT IS WORTHLESS. SENDING RESOURCES TO KIM JONG IL IS EVEN WORSE, IT'S ENABLING THE REGIME WITH OUVEN THE WORLD'S WORST HUMAN RIGHTS RAILROADS. NORTH KOREA PLAYED US LIKE A FIDDLE FOR YEARS AND CONDITIONS HAVE ONLY WORSENED. IT'S TIME FOR A NEW NORTH KOREAN POLICY SO LET'S START NOW AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:02:03 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

  • 09:02:05 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO FORWARD THE AMENDMENT AND I WANT TO SAY WE HAVE…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO FORWARD THE AMENDMENT AND I WANT TO SAY WE HAVE HAD A VERY DIFFICULT TIME --

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  • 09:02:11 PM

    THE CHAIR

    OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN VOICED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 09:02:14 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    HELP SECURE ANOTHER QUARTER OF THE BILL, WE WOULD WORK WITH YOU ON THIS…

    HELP SECURE ANOTHER QUARTER OF THE BILL, WE WOULD WORK WITH YOU ON THIS AMENDMENT AND SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:02:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RISE?

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  • 09:02:37 PM

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    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 09:02:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 09:02:52 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 25 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 25 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. KIND OF WISCONSIN.

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  • 09:03:00 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 09:03:02 PM

    MR. KIND

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, MY AMENDMENT IS VERY…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, MY AMENDMENT IS VERY STRAIGHTFORWARD. FOR MANY YEARS NOW I AND A GROUP OF BIPARTISAN MEMBERS OF THIS CONGRESS HAVE FORMED A COALITION IN AN ATTEMPT TO MOVE FARM BILL REFORM FORWARD. TO TRY TO END THESE LARGE TAXPAYER SUBSIDIES THAT ARE GOING TO A FEW BUT VERY LARGE AGRI-BUSINESSES, SUBSIDIES THAT ARE NOT HELPING FAMILY FARMERS, MEETING THE GREATER CONSOLIDATION AND PRODUCTION OF AGRICULTURE, DRIVING UP LAND VALUES, MAKING IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR NEW BEGINNING FARMERS TO ENTER AGRICULTURE AND SUBSIDIES THAT ARE NOT FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE. AND IN LIGHT OF THE BUDGET DEFICITS THAT WE'RE WRESTLING WITH, WHAT BETTER TIME TO CONTINUE TO MOVE IN THE AREA OF REFORM UNDER THE FARM BILL WITH THIS AGRICULTURAL APPROPRIATION BILL, RATHER THAN WAITING FOR THE PROMISE OR HOPE THAT IN THE YEAR OR TWO, IN THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF ANOTHER FARM BILL, THAT THIS INSTITUTION MIGHT FINALLY COME AROUND AND START MAKING THE LONG OVERDUE CHANGES? BUT JUST TO SHOW YOU HOW PERVERTED THESE FARM PROGRAMS HAVE GOTTEN, RECENTLY BRAZIL CHALLENGED OUR OWN DOMESTIC COTTON SUBSIDY PROGRAM AND PREVAILED IN THE W.T.O. COURT. NOW YOU WOULD EXPECT OUR RATIONAL RESPONSE WOULD BE TO REFORM OUR COTTON SUBSIDY PROGRAM. TO COME INTO COMPLIANCE WITH THAT W.T.O. DECISION. TO END THESE SUBSIDIES THAT YOU REALLY CAN'T JUSTIFY TO OUR COTTON PRODUCERS AND WE'D SOLVE THIS PROBLEM BUT THAT'S NOT THE APPROACH THAT WAS TAKEN. IN FACT, THE ADMINISTRATION RECENTLY SET UP A NEW SUBSIDY PROGRAM THAT IS NOW GOING TO SUBSIDIZE BRAZIL COTTON PRODUCERS. LET ME REPEAT THAT. WE ARE SPENDING $147 MILLION A YEAR IN ORDER TO BRIBE THE BRAZILIAN GOVERNMENT SO THAT THEY DON'T ENFORCE THE SANCTIONS THAT THEY'RE ENTITLED TO NOW BECAUSE OF OUR UNWILLINGNESS TO REFORM OUR OWN COTTON SUBSIDY PROGRAM. THAT IS WRONG. AND THAT'S WHAT MY AMENDMENT WOULD ADDRESS. IT WOULD PROHIBIT THE USE OF FUNDS IN THIS AGRICULTURAL APPROPRIATION BILL GOING TO THIS NEW SUBSIDY PROGRAM TO SUBSIDIZE THE BRAZIL COTTON INDUSTRY. IT JUST SHOWS YOU WHAT A PRETZEL OUR FARM PROGRAMS HAVE TURNED THIS CONGRESS INTO BECAUSE OF YET AGAIN THE UNWILLINGNESS FOR US TO REFORM OUR OWN DOMESTIC TITLE 1 SUBSIDY PROGRAMS. THE ANSWER TO THIS IS NOT TO FUNNEL OUT ANOTHER $147 MILLION A YEAR UNTIL MAYBE WE ADDRESS THIS IN THE NEXT FARM BILL WHICH COULD END UP COSTING THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER OVER A HALF A BILLION DOLLARS WHEN WE CAN MAKE THAT CORRECTION NOW, REFORM THE DOMESTIC PROGRAM, GET UP FROM UNDER THE W.T.O. DECISION, START SAVING MONEY BY NOT SENDING $1 HAPPEN 7 -- $147 MILLION A YEAR TO BRAZIL AND SAVING SOME MONEY BY REFORMING OUR OWN COTTON DOMESTIC SUBSIDY PROGRAM. THAT'S THE SOLUTION TO THIS, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE CAN FIX TONIGHT, RATHER THAN CONTINUING THIS FACADE OF MAINTAINING THESE PROGRAMS THAT MANY OF US WARNED IN THE LAST FARM BILL WOULD BE CHALLENGED AND SURE ENOUGH THEY DID. AND THEY'RE PREVAILING AND NOW THEY CAN APPLY ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST US. SO THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW. NOT WAITING FOR A YEAR OR TWO OR WHENEVER WE'RE GOING TO GET AROUND TO RE-AUTHORIZING ANOTHER FARM BILL. THE TIME TO START SAVING SOME REAL MONEY IS THIS NIGHT. BY PASSING THE AMENDMENT THAT WE'RE OFFERING. WE CAN SAVE $147 MILLION, WE CAN REFORM THE COTTON SUBSIDY PROGRAM AND SAVE MORE TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND WE HAVE THAT ABILITY TO BE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE AND START MAKING CHANGES TONIGHT. I KNOW WHAT THE ARGUMENT ON THE OTHER SIDE WILL BE. WAIT FOR THE NEXT FARM BILL, WE'LL TAKE CARE OF IT THEN. WELL, THERE IS A LOT THAT WE ARE MOVING FORWARD THIS YEAR ALREADY ON DEFICIT REDUCTION. AND I FOR ONE THINK THAT FARM BILL SHOULD ALSO BE OPEN FOR SCRUTINY, FOR POTENTIAL SAVINGS TO REDUCE OUR DEFICIT. BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT'S BEING OFFERED TONIGHT IN REFORMING THE TITLE 1 SUBSIDY PROGRAMS, INSTEAD MOST OF THE DEEP CUTS ARE COMING UNDER THE CONSERVATION TITLE, THE NUTRITION PROGRAMS, CERTAIN KEY INVESTMENTS THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE TO EMPOWER OUR FARMERS TO BE GOOD STEWARDS OF THE LAND, TO REDUCE SEDIMENT AND NUTRIENT FLOWS AND THE IMPACT IT HAS ON THE QUALITY OF WATER SUPPLY THAT WE NEED THIS HAD -- IN THIS COUNTRY, THE PROTECTION OF HABITAT. THREE OUT OF EVERY FOUR FARMERS APPLYING FOR CONSERVATION FUNDING ASSISTANCE TODAY ARE TURNED AWAY BECAUSE OF INADEQUACY OF FUNDS. THAT NUMBER WILL ONLY EXPLODE BECAUSE OF THE DEEP CUTS COMING IN THESE OTHER TITLES IN THE FARM BILL. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO START MAKING SOME CHANGES UNDER TITLE 1, THE SUBSIDY PROGRAM. FIRST BY STOPPING THE ADDITIONAL LARE ARE LAYER OFDY THAT'S BEING -- OF SUBSIDY THAT'S BEEN CREATED. I WOULD ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO LOOK CLOSELY AT THIS AMENDMENT. THIS IS THE REASONABLE RESPONSE THAT WE SHOULD BE TAKING, LET'S NOT DEFER THIS DECISION ANY FURTHER, WE CAN DO THAT, AND INSTEAD OF ENCOURAGING ANY TYPE OF TRADE WAR OR SANCTIONS WITH BRAZIL, WE SHOULD MOVE FORWARD IN REFORMING THE COTTON SUBSIDY PROGRAM STARTING TONIGHT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:07:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK TIME…

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT? THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 09:08:05 PM

    >>

    OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. REQUEST TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

  • 09:08:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 09:08:11 PM

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    THIS BUYS US TIME UNTIL THE 2012 FARM BILL CAN GET DONE. WE CANNOT TONIGHT…

    THIS BUYS US TIME UNTIL THE 2012 FARM BILL CAN GET DONE. WE CANNOT TONIGHT NOR SHOULD WE TONIGHT DELVE INTO A VERY COMPLICATED FARM SAFETY NET PROGRAM THAT HAS WORKED WELL FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT'S UNQUESTIONED THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ENJOY THE SAFEST, MOST ABUNDANT AND CHEAPEST FOOD AND FIBER SOURCE IN THE WORLD, IN THE DEVELOPED COUNTRIES. AND WE DO THAT BECAUSE OF THE HARD WORK, SWEAT EQUITY AND RISK TAKING OF THE AMERICAN AG PRODUCER. THEY RELY IN TURN ON A SAFETY NET THAT IS RELATIVELY COMPLICATED AND INTERWOVEN BETWEEN A BUNCH OF THINGS THAT MAKE IT HELP. AND 2012, MUCH TO THE BUDGET THAT WE DID PASS SAYS THAT THE FARM BILL BE WRITTEN IN 2012, I UNDERSTAND MY COLLEAGUE'S DISDAIN FOR THE PROCESS OF THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, HE DOESN'T LIKE THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, DOESN'T LIKE THE WORK PRODUCT THAT WE COME OUT WITH, BUT THAT'S THE GROUP THAT KNOWS THE MOST ABOUT THE PROCESS OF THE SAFETY NET. DOING WHAT THE GENTLEMAN WOULD LIKE TO DO TONIGHT WOULD DISRUPT THAT TRADE AGREEMENT, UNDERCUT THE U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE AND HIS ABILITY TO NEGOTIATE AROUND THE WORLD BECAUSE HE'S NEGOTIATING WITH A GROUP THAT WON'T STICK BY THEIR WORD, THE 2008 FARM BILL PUT IN PLACE A FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT, FIVE-YEAR AGREEMENT WITH THE AMERICAN AG PRODUCERS, GOES THROUGH THE 2012 FARM BILL, 2012 CROP YEAR, AND WE OUGHT TO STAND BEHIND IT AND DEFEAT THIS AMENDMENT. SO, THE MONEY DOES NOT GO TO FARMERS, IT DOES PROTECT $800 MILLION A YEAR IN EXPORTS OF NONAGRICULTURE EXPORTS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO THIS COUNTRY, INCLUDING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS THAT WOULD BE ABROGATED IF WE BACK OUT ON THIS DEAL THAT WE'VE MADE WITH BRAZIL. WITH THAT I RESPECTFULLY REQUEST MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE KIND AMENDMENT AS BEING WRONGHEADED TONIGHT. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:09:02 PM

    MR. CONAWAY

    KIND AMENDMENT AS BEING WRONGHEADED TONIGHT. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

  • 09:10:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

  • 09:10:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 09:10:51 PM

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    THANK YOU. I LISTENED TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TEXAS TALK ABOUT DEFERRING…

    THANK YOU. I LISTENED TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TEXAS TALK ABOUT DEFERRING YET AGAIN TO THE AG COMMITTEE, THAT SOMEHOW THIS PAYMENT GOES TO THE BRAZILIAN COTTON INDUSTRY AND NOT TO THE COTTON FARMERS.

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  • 09:11:08 PM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    A DISTINCTION WITHOUT A DIFFERENCE, I WOULD SUGGEST. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF…

    A DISTINCTION WITHOUT A DIFFERENCE, I WOULD SUGGEST. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY COLLEAGUE FROM WISCONSIN IN THIS PROPOSAL. I'VE BEEN IN THIS CONGRESS, HAVING WATCHED THREE FARM BILL RE-AUTHORIZATIONS AND EACH TIME WE FIND THAT THERE IS EXPRESSION ON THE FLOOR OF THIS CHAMBER FOR ACTUAL REFORM. WE'VE ASKED FOR LIMITATIONS, WE ARE TOLD, WELL, WE JUST DON'T -- THE FLOOR DOESN'T UNDERSTAND IT. IT'S TOO COMPLICATED. WELL, IT IS COMPLICATED AND TWISTED BECAUSE THIS IS AN EFFORT TO TRY, THROUGH THE COMPLEXITY, TO LAYER EFFORTS HERE THAT CHEAT THE AMERICAN CONSUMER, THAT HURT THE ENVIRONMENT AND POSE SERIOUS PROBLEMS FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE. AND MY FRIEND FROM WISCONSIN IS CORRECT, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THIS IN THE LAST FARM BILL AND WE GOT OUR COME UPANCE BUT INSTEAD OF RESPONDING RESPONSIBLY IN REDUCING OR ELIMINATING THE ILLEGAL COTTON SUBSIDIES, WE'RE SHOSKING UPWARDS OF A HALF BILLION DOLLARS TO THE BRAZILIAN COTTON INDUSTRY AND I'LL BE PREPARED TO ARGUE BENEFITS COTTON FARMERS. SO WE'RE SUBSIDIZING TWO COUNTRIES BECAUSE WE FAIL TO REACH OUR RESPONSIBILITIES NOW. I SINCERELY THINK THIS IS WRONG, I THINK $147 MILLION COULD GO A LONG WAY TOWARD HELPING THE PART OF AMERICAN AGRICULTURE THAT GROWS FOOD, THAT WE CATEGORIZE AS SPECIALTY CROPS, WHO ARE DRAMATICALLY SHORTCHANGED AND I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME IF I COULD TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM WISCONSIN, THE SPONSOR OF THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:12:55 PM

    MR. KIND

    GOOD FRIEND FROM OREGON FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT AND FOR HIS…

    GOOD FRIEND FROM OREGON FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT AND FOR HIS SUPPORT THROUGHOUT THE YEARS IN TRYING TO LEAD THE EFFORT FOR MEANINGFUL FARM BILL REFORM. NOW, MR. CHAIRMAN, THERE IS ANOTHER SOLUTION TO THIS THAT'S GOING TO BE OFFERED BY OUR GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM ARIZONA IN JUST A LITTLE BIT, MR. FLAKE. HE GOES TO THE HEART OF THE W.T.O. DECISION TO FIND OUT WHAT CHANGES WE SHOULD BE MAKING IN THE COTTON SUBSIDY PROGRAM TO GET OUT FROM UNDER THE THUMB OF BRAZIL. AND I WILL SUPPORT THAT AMENDMENT AND I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT HIS AMENDMENT AS WELL BECAUSE THAT IS THE ULTIMATE SOLUTION TO THIS, INSTEAD OF JUST CUTTING OFF THE FUNDING TO BRAZIL RIGHT NOW, BUT COMING UP WITH THE COTTON SUBSIDY REFORM. NOW, LET'S REMEMBER THE CONTEXT IN WHICH WE FIND OURSELVES THIS EVENING. COTTON PAYMENTS ARE ALMOST AT A WORLD RECORD HIGH PRICE RIGHT NOW. YET THESE SUBSIDIES ARE STILL GOING OUT. THERE'S VERY LITTLE RELATIONSHIP RIGHT NOW WITH A LOT OF THE SUBSIDIES UNDER TITLE 1 TO THE GRAIN PRODUCERS AND COTTON PRODUCERS OF OUR COUNTRY. AND AT A TIME OF TOUGH BUDGETS, WHEN EVERYONE ELSE IS BEING ASKED TO TAKE A HAIR CUT, WHETHER YOU'RE A SUPPORTER OF CONSERVATION PROGRAMS OR VITAL NUTRITION PROGRAMS FOR OUR CHILDREN AND SENIORS, FOR US TO NOT EVEN LOOK AND CONSIDER THE TITLE 1 PROGRAMS IN THE CONTEXT OF THIS AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATION BILL, IT'S BEYOND. THERE'S NO JUSTIFICATION TO IT. AND THESE PROGRAMS ARE OUTDATED, THEY ARE IMPOSSIBLE TO JUSTIFY WITH THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER, ESPECIALLY WITH THE DEFICIT REDUCTION THAT ALL OF US ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THIS YEAR. THIS IS A SMALL BUT I THINK SIGNIFICANT STEP DOWN THE ROAD OF REFORM WITH THE FARM BILL, FINDING SAVINGS THAT CAN BE APPLIED TO EITHER OTHER PROGRAMS OR FOR DEFICIT REDUCTION AND THAT'S WHY I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE FROM ARIZONA FOR THE AMENDMENT HE'S ABOUT TO OFFER. BUT MY FRIEND FROM OREGON, TOO, WILL HAVE SOME IMPORTANT AMENDMENTS FOR US TO CONSIDER. A PAYMENT LIMITATION, LIMITING THE OVERALL AMOUNT OF SUBSIDIES THAT GO TO OUR PRODUCERS AND, FOLKS, THIS IS GOING TO AGRI-BUSINESS. MANY OF WHOM HAVE MAILING ADDRESSES IN MANHATTAN, IN CHICAGO, IN SAN FRANCISCO, THESE AREN'T EVEN FAMILY FARMERS WORKING THE LAND. AND THEY'RE SOME OF THE PRIMARY RECIPIENTS OF THESE AGRICULTURE SUBSIDIES. MR. BLUMENAUER'S AMENDMENTS ADDRESS THAT ALONG WITH MR. FLAKE'S CUTOFF AT $250,000 A YEAR, THAT'S PROFIT. IF YOU'RE AN ENTITY MAKING A PROFIT OF OVER A QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR, SHOULD YOU REALLY STILL BE RECEIVING TAXPAYER SUBSIDIES FOR THE BUSINESS THAT YOU'RE RUNNING? I THINK NOT. AND WE'LL HAVE ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO CONSIDER THAT LATER TONIGHT. . IF WE ARE SERIOUS, WE SHOULD BE SERIOUS ABOUT SUPPORTING THIS AMENDMENT TONIGHT. AND I'M HAPPY TO YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:15:41 PM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    MY FRIEND WHAT MY FRIEND FROM WISCONSIN IS DOING AND I LOOK FORWARD TO MY…

    MY FRIEND WHAT MY FRIEND FROM WISCONSIN IS DOING AND I LOOK FORWARD TO MY COMMENTS. IF WE ARE SERIOUS, IT'S TIME TO MOVE IN THIS AREA. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:15:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    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 ARIZONA RISE?

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  • 09:16:00 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    STRIKE THE LAST WORD. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE KIND AMENDMENT. WE HAVE…

    STRIKE THE LAST WORD. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE KIND AMENDMENT. WE HAVE HEARD HERE THAT WE NEED THIS PROGRAM TO MAKE US TRADE COMPLIANT. MANY OF US LEARNED WHEN WE DID THE LAST FARM BILL, WHEN WE DID THE LEVEL OF SUBSIDIES, YET WE PLOWED AHEAD AND DID IT ANY WAY. LAST APRIL, OUR FARM PROGRAMS, WHICH ON THEIR BEST DAY ARE OUT OF STEP OF REALITY, MOVED INTO THE REALM OF THE ABSURD. WE HAD PROGRAMS TO FUND A COTTON INDUSTRY IN BRAZIL AND START SUBSIDIZING THE BRAZILIANS SO WE CAN SUBSIDIZE OUR OWN FARMERS. IS THAT NOT ABSURD? WHY ARE WE CONTINUING TO DO THIS. AND TARIFFS MIGHT BE IMPOSED. I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT IN THE COMMITTEE EARLIER ON THAT WOULD HAVE TAKEN MONEY FROM THE DIRECT PAYMENTS THAT WE CURRENTLY PAY TO COTTON FARMERS AND PAY OFF THE BRAZILIANS RATHER THAN RAID THE TREASURY. AND GUESS WHAT? THAT PASSED IN COMMITTEE, BUT STRICKEN WHEN IT CAME TO THE FLOOR. WHEN YOU HEAR ALL THIS RHETORIC ABOUT HOW WE WANT TO BE TRADE COMPLIANT, WE COULD HAVE ALLOWED THAT. WE COULD HAVE ALLOWED THAT AMENDMENT TO STICK IN THE BILL AND THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN TRADE COMPLIANT AND THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN PAID OFF WITH NOT NEW TAXPAYER MONEY. SO DON'T BELIEVE WHAT YOU'RE HEARING ABOUT WHAT WE JUST WANT TO BE TRADE COMPLIANT. WE OFFERED AN ALTERNATIVE TO THAT AND IT WAS REJECTED. WE ARE ASKING THE TAXPAYERS TO ONCE AGAIN THIS YEAR, $147 MILLION TO THE BRA ZILLIANS TO -- BRAZILIANS TO MAKE US TRADE COMPLIANT. AND SO WE ARE GOING TO BE DOING THIS YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR, SO THAT MEANS WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO THIS UNLESS WE STOP IT. IF WE PASS THE KIND AMENDMENT FONET, WE WILL BE BACK AND REFORM OUR COTTON SUBSIDIES THAT WILL MAKE US TRADE COME PLIPET. THE FLAKE AMENDMENT TOOK US FROM THE COTTON PROGRAM. WE DON'T NEED TO ASK THE TAXPAYERS TO PAY OFF THE BRAZILIANS TO CONTINUE SUBSIDIES TO OUR OWN FARMERS. I COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FOR OFFERING IT AND I YIELD SOME TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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  • 09:18:52 PM

    MR. KIND

    APPRECIATE HIS SUPPORT FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. AND THE EASIEST WAY FOR US TO…

    APPRECIATE HIS SUPPORT FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. AND THE EASIEST WAY FOR US TO COME INTO TRADE COMPLIANCE ISN'T BY BRIBING THE BRAZILIAN GOVERNMENT, BUT FIXING THIS DOMESTIC PROGRAM RATHER THAN WAITING YEARS FROM NOW FOR THE NEXT FARM BILL. I KNOW THIS ISN'T EASY AND I KNOW THE COMMITTEE -- I USED TO SERVE ON THE COMMITTEE. I'M NOT ASKING ANYONE TO DO ANYTHING DIFFERENT. THE REFORMS I HAVE BEEN PROPOSING WOULD REQUIRE MY DISTRICT TO TAKE A HIRECUT ON THE AGRICULTURAL SUBSIDIES AND IT'S NOT EASY TO STAND UP TO GROUPS AND SAY WE CAN'T AFFORD IT. AND WITH THE DEFICITS, THAT IS WHAT IT IS GOING TO TAKE IF WE ARE GOING TO BE SERIOUS AND GETTING THE SPENDING UNDER CONTROL. I KNOW THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE HAS THEIR HANDS FULL AND WOULD RATHER DID HE FER THIS DECISION BUT WE DON'T KNOW WHEN THAT'S GOING TO BE, BUT $147 MILLION GOING OUT THE DOOR THAT WE CAN STOP DOING TONIGHT WITH THE PASSAGE OF THIS AMENDMENT AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING.

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  • 09:20:16 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    EVERYBODY NEEDS TO TAKE A HAIR CUT HERE IF WE HAVE TO GET THIS UNDER…

    EVERYBODY NEEDS TO TAKE A HAIR CUT HERE IF WE HAVE TO GET THIS UNDER CONTROL, WE SHOULDN'T ASK THE TAXPAYERS TO PAY OFF THE BRAZIL ANSWER. WE HAVE A COTTON INDUSTRY IN ARIZONA, THEY MAY TAKE A HIT BECAUSE OF THIS. BUT EVERYBODY HAS TO TAKE A HAIR CUT. EVERYBODY HAS TO CONTRIBUTE HERE TO GETTING THIS DEFICIT AND DEBT UNDER CONTROL AND IF WE CAN'T START WITH A PROGRAM LIKE THIS, I DON'T KNOW WHERE WE'LL START. AFTER THIS AMENDMENT, I PLAN TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT WILL GO AFTER THE PROGRAMS THAT WILL MAKE US NONTRADE COMPLIANT AND I WOULD BE GLAD TO OFFER IT NOT AT ALL IF THIS AMENDMENT PASSES. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:21:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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    THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF WORDS. THIS IS A SURREAL DEBATE, BECAUSE I DON'T…

    THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF WORDS. THIS IS A SURREAL DEBATE, BECAUSE I DON'T THINK WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE REAL ISSUE HERE. THE COTTON PROGRAM ISN'T PERFECT. A LOT OF THE PROGRAMS THAT WE HAVE IN THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE AREN'T PERFECT. FREEDOM TO FARM THAT WAS PASSED IN 1986, I OPPOSED. IT SAVED A LITTLE BIT OF MONEY AND WE ENDED UP SPENDING 10 TIMES THE AMOUNT OF MONEY BAILING PEOPLE OUT WHEN IT COLLAPSED. BUT THE PROBLEM HERE, WE ARE ARGUING ABOUT SOMETHING THAT NO LONGER EXISTS. THIS PROGRAM THAT THEY ARE UNDER NO LONGER EXISTS. WE HAVE FIXED IT TWO, THREE TIMES. WE TRIED TO ADDRESS THIS AND NEVER GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE BRAZILIANS AND MADE CHANGES IN THE FARM BILL. STILL NOT GOOD ENOUGH. COTTON WENT THROUGH DIFFICULT TIMES. I DON'T HAVE ANY COTTON IN THIS DISTRICT. THIS ISN'T AN ISSUE FOR ME, BUT WE WOULD HAVE BEEN OUT OF THE BUSINESS. BUT WHAT WAS GOING ON? WE HAD BRAZIL USING GOVERNMENT MONEY TO INCREASE COTTON PRODUCTION IN BRAZIL. AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT ISN'T CONSIDERED IN THE W.T.O. BECAUSE WE ARE AGREEING TO THIS DEMREEMENT THAT TIED OUR HANDS AND GAVE OUR COMPETITORS THE ABILITY TO EAT OUR LUNCH. J.B.S. TOOK OVER THE LIVESTOCK OF THIS COUNTRY AND THEY OWN 30% . NOBODY COMPLAINS ABOUT THAT. YOU KNOW, THE BRAZILIAN GOVERNMENT CREATED MOST OF THIS COMPETITION THAT COLLAPSED THE PRICE OF COTTON WORLDWIDE AND THEN WE AGREED TO GO INTO THE W.T.O. AND THEY PROMISED THAT THEY WEREN'T GOING TO GO INTO COTTON PRODUCTION AND WE SHIPPED OUR TEXTILE MARKET TO CHINA AND YOU KNOW, COLLAPSED ALL OF OUR TEXTILE INDUSTRY AND WHAT HAPPENED? THEY INCREASED PRODUCTION LIKE CRAZY AND INDIA, OUR COTTON PRICES WENT DOWN BELOW THE COST OF PRODUCTION BECAUSE OF THESE TRADE AGREEMENTS WE GOT INVOLVED IN. BUT THE WAY THEY ARE STRUCTURED, THERE IS NT ANYTHING THEY CAN DO IT BUT GOING TO SUE US OVER THE STEP TWO PROGRAM TRYING TO KEEP OUR PEOPLE IN BUSINESS. IF YOU WANT TO SHIP THE COTTON INDUSTRY TO BRAZIL, CHINA AND INDIA, YOU ARE ON A GOOD START TO DO THAT. IF YOU KEEP ON THIS ROAD YOU ARE WILL SHIP AGRICULTURE TO THE SO-CALLED DEVELOPING NATIONS THAT AREN'T DEVELOPING NATIONS. IF YOU HAVE BEEN TO BRAZIL, THEY ARE ANYTHING BUT A DEVELOPING NATION, BUT THEY ARE PROTECTED UNDER THIS DEAL. IS THIS A PERFECT SOLUTION? NO. BUT WE COULDN'T GET THE BRAZILIANS TO WORK THIS OUT BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO. THEY WANT TO USE US FOR TRADE NEGOTIATIONS AND SO FORTH AND I DON'T THINK WE COULD DO ANYTHING TO SATISFY. THERE IS MORE TO THIS THAN PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT HERE. THIS ISN'T ABOUT SAVING MONEY BUT MAKING SURE WE CAN HAVE A SAFETY NET IN THIS COUNTRY TO MAINTAIN AGRICULTURE PRODUCTION IN THE UNITED STATES AND NOT SHIP IT ALL TO OTHER COUNTRIES AND NOT GET DEPENDENT ON FOREIGN COUNTRIES FOR FOOD LIKE WE HAVE BECOME DEPENDENT ON FOREIGN COUNTRIES FOR ENERGY. I HOPE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND ALL OF THE DIFFERENT RAMIFICATIONS. THIS ISN'T THE PERFECT DEAL, BUT FOR THE TIME BEING, THIS IS THE BEST SOLUTION. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:25:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    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 OKLAHOMA RISE?

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  • 09:25:19 PM

    MR. LUCAS

    THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF WORDS. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. AND…

    THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF WORDS. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. AND WANT TO RETURN A MOMENT TO THE FOCUS OF THE DISCUSSION AND WANT TO BE CLEAR. IF THIS AMENDMENT PASSES, IT WILL, IT COULD INSITE A TRADE WAR. BRAZIL COULD IMMEDIATELY IMPOSE, $800 MILLION ON TARIFFS ON A VARIETY OF U.S. GOODS. I PROMISE, THEY WON'T RETALIATE AGAINST U.S. AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS BUT OTHER PRODUCTS LIKE BOOKS, MUSIC AND FILL AM. THEY WILL GO AFTER EVERYBODY OUTSIDE OF PRODUCTION AGRICULTURE WITH THEIR $800 BILLION IN TARIFFS. WE CAN DEBATE HOW WE GOT HERE AND OUR RANKING MEMBER GAVE A GOOD HISTORY OF WHAT LED US TO THIS POINT, BUT THIS AMENDMENT RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW, WOULD EXPOSE THE U.S. TO JOB-KILLING SANCTIONS ON GOODS VALID AT $800 MILLION. IN 2010, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FINALIZED A FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT WITH BRAZIL THAT WAS A CRITICAL STEP IN RESOLVING THIS DISPUTE IN EXPORT CREDITS. AND YES, UNDER THE AGREEMENT, BRAZIL AGREED TO DELAY TRADE RETALIATION UNTIL THE 2012 FARM BILL WAS DEVELOPED AND PUT TOGETHER. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD CIRCUMVENT THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS IN WHAT CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS A HAPPENHARSARD WAY. THIS AMENDMENT IS A WAY TO CHANGE POLICY ON AN APPROPRIATION BILL. I CAN ASSURE, I PLAN AND WE WILL HAVE A FULL AND OPEN PROCESS WHEN WE START THE FARM BILL DEBATE. WE'LL DEBATE THE RELEVANT ISSUES DEALT WITH IN THIS AMENDMENT. AND ON THAT NOTE, I WOULD SERVE A NOTICE FOR RECORD, NEXT WEEK, WE START TO PLAN THE PROCESS TO CONDUCT AN AUDIT. THIS AUDIT IS A BEGINNING OF THE TRANSPARENT PROCESS WE USED TO DRAFT THE 2012 FARM BILL. POLICY CHANGES WILL BE CONSIDERED CAREFULLY WITH INPUT FROM INDUSTRY STAKE HOLDERS AND CONSTITUENTS AND WITHIN THE LARGER CONTEXT OF IMPROVING THE AGRICULTURE. LET'S RETURN TO REGULAR ORDER AND IF NOTHING ELSE, REMEMBER, THIS BILL IS 13% LOWER THAN THE PREVIOUS SPENDING BILL. THIS TAKES US ALMOST BACK IN THE AG AAPPROPRIATIONS BILL TO AUGUST, 2006. WE ARE GIVING OUR SHARE IN THIS APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS AND EVERYONE KNOWS WHETHER TEASE THE REGULAR FARM BILL NEXT SUMMER OR IF WE HAVE SOME GREAT UNDERSTANDING ON THE NATIONAL DEBT CEILING AND SPENDING THE DEFICITS, WE COULD WILL HAVE A FARM BILL DRAMATICALLY QUICKER NEXT SUMMER AND WE WILL HAVE A FARM BILL THAT REFLECTS THE DRAMATIC REDUCTION IN RESOURCES. LET THE AG COMMITTEE CRAFT THE POLICY AND THEN WHEN WE BRING IT TO THE INTERIOR, ALL OF OUR FRIENDS, EXPERT AG ECONOMISTS, WE MAY BE ALL TOGETHER, YOU WILL HAVE YOUR SHOT AS YOU'VE HAD BEFORE. BUT PLEASE, DON'T INSITE A TRADE WAR. PLEASE, DON'T IGNORE THE REGULAR ORDER OF APPROPRIATION AND AUTHORIZATION. PLEASE BE RATIONAL IN WHAT YOU DO. WE'VE GOT TOUGH DECISIONS AHEAD OF US. WE KNOW THAT. WE ARE GOING TO DO WHAT WE HAVE TO DO. BUT LET US DO IT IN REGULAR ORDER. NOT IN THIS FASHION. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:29:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MOVE TO STRIKE THE REQUISITE WOORDS.

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    THE REQUISITE WOORDS.

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    GEORGIA IS THE SECOND LARGEST COTTON-PRODUCING STATE THAT ACCOUNTS FOR…

    GEORGIA IS THE SECOND LARGEST COTTON-PRODUCING STATE THAT ACCOUNTS FOR APPROXIMATELY 10% OF THE U.S. COTTON PRODUCTION. IN 2011, GEORGIA FARMERS PLANT TO 1.5 MILLION ACRES OF COTTON. 9 AVERAGE IS MORE THAN $600 MILLION. THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 2,800 BUSINESSES DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS AND DISTRIBUTION OF COTTON, ACCOUNTING FOR THE BROADER ECONOMIC EFFECTS THAT GEORGIA ACCOUNTS FOR 46,000 JOBS AND GENERATES ECONOMIC ACTIVITY OF APPROXIMATELY $11 BILLION. NOW THE OPPONENTS OF THESE AMENDMENTS TARGET PROVISIONS IN THE COTTON PROGRAMS THAT ARE AT THE CENTER OF A W T.O. TRADE CASE THAT BRAZIL HAS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES. THEY HAVE SCHEDULED A SERIES OF CONSULT TAGES DESIGNED TO IDENTIFY THE MODIFICATIONS AND POLICIES THAT WILL RESOLVE THE CASE. INTENTION IS TO REACH AGREEMENT ON CAREFULLY THOUGHT-OUT PROVISIONS THAT CAN BE INCLUDED IN THE 2012 FARM BILL. . THESE AMENDMENTS ARE NOT TO RESOLVE THE DISPUTE. ONE SINCE THEY HAVE NOT RESULTED IN ANY SPECIFIC AGREEMENT AND, TWO, SINCE THESE APPROACHES WILL CERTAINLY UNDERMINE THE FUTURE DISCUSSIONS AS THE TWO COUNTRIES ATTEMPT TO REACH A FINAL RESOLUTION. THAT'S FAIR AND THAT IS REASONABLE. THE AMENDMENTS TARGET COTTON FARMERS IN AN EFFORT TO REDUCE GOVERNMENT SPENDING. THE 2008 FARM BILL INCLUDING THE COTTON PROVISIONS WAS FULLY PAID FOR, OFFSET AND DID NOT ADD ONE SINGLE DIME TO THE DEFICIT. THEY CITE THE YEARS IN WHICH THE GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR COTTON WAS HISTORICALLY HIGH. BUT THEY IGNORE THE YEARS WHEN THE SUPPORT ACTUALLY IS AT HISTORIC LOWS. WE NEED TO MAINTAIN THE SAFETY NET SO THAT IT'S THERE WHEN IT'S NEEDED BUT NOT UTILIZED AS IT HASN'T BEEN RECENTLY WHEN IT'S NOT NEEDED. FARMERS UNDERSTAND THAT THE CURRENT BUDGET PRESSURES, THEY UNDERSTAND THAT VERY WELL, BUT THEY EXPECT TO BE A PART OF THE DEBATE INVOLVING ALL OF THE AGRICULTURAL STAKEHOLDERS AND NOT BE SINGLED OUT FOR AD HOC BUDGET REDUCTIONS WITH HASTY POLICY DECISIONS. THESE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS WOULD NULLIFY THE BASE UCK COMPONENT -- BASIC COMPONENT OF COTTON POLICY. IF THESE AMENDMENTS ARE ENACTED, THEY WOULD TAKE EFFECT OCTOBER 1 AND AS A RESULT USDA WOULD HAVE TO CHANGE THE COTTON PROGRAM RULES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MARKETING YEAR AND CHANGE THEM BACK EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2012. THIS WOULD UNDERMINE THE CONFIDENCE IN COMMODITY PROGRAMS, ESPECIALLY AMONG AGRICULTURAL LENDERS. THIS WOULD COMPROMISE THE AGRICULTURE POLICY, A POLICY THAT HAS BEEN VETTED VERY CAREFULLY BY OUR AUTHORIZING COMMITTEES AND RELIED UPON BY OUR GROWERS AND OUR LENDERS IN MAKING THEIR BUSINESS DECISIONS GOING INTO 2012. THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE FARM BILL IN 2012 IS THE PROPER FORM TO DEBATE THE COTTON AGRICULTURE POLICY, NOT HERE ON THIS APPROPRIATIONS BILL. WE HAVE GOT TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT IN REGULAR ORDER. THIS IS NOT THE TIME, IT'S NOT THE PLACE AND WHAT WE'RE DOING TONIGHT, IF THEY GO FORWARD WITH THIS, IS PULLING THE RUG OUT FROM UNDER OUR COTTON FARMERS AND OUR AGRICULTURE WHEN THEY HAVE MADE PLANS THROUGH 2012. IT IS UNFAIR, IT IS NOT RIGHT AND WE SHOULD NOT DO IT. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THESE AMENDMENTS. THEY ARE ILL ADVISED.

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  • 09:34:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    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 TEXAS RISE?

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  • 09:34:25 PM

    MR. CONAWAY

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    I'D LIKE TO SPEAK IN OPPOSITION TO THIS. THE RANKING MEMBER GIVES A GREAT…

    I'D LIKE TO SPEAK IN OPPOSITION TO THIS. THE RANKING MEMBER GIVES A GREAT HISTORY LESSON ON HOW THIS COMES OUT. THE PREVIOUS FARM BILL PASSED PRIMARILY CONGRESS CONTROLLED BY YOUR SIDE OF THE AISLE, CREATED A SITUATION WITH OUR COTTON SUBSIDIES, CAUSED A PROBLEM WITH BRAZIL AND WE ARE TRYING TO WORK IT OUT. MY COLLEAGUES ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE AND MANY OF THE COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE ALSO CONCERNED THAT THIS GOVERNMENT AS A WHOLE THROUGH THE REGULATORY PROCESS, PICKED THE REGULATORY AGENCY, IS MAKING IT VERY DIFFICULT AND UNPREDICTABLE FOR BUSINESSES BY CHANGING THE REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT.

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  • 09:35:11 PM

    MR. FARENTHOLD

    TO VOTE AGAINST THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    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 OREGON RISE? DOES THE GENTLEMAN MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD?

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  • 09:36:51 PM

    MR. DEFAZIO

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. THE GENTLEMAN PRECEDING ME SAID WE LOST A…

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. THE GENTLEMAN PRECEDING ME SAID WE LOST A LAWSUIT. WE DIDN'T LOSE A LAWSUIT. NO CONFLICT OF INTEREST, NO OPEN LITIGATION, NO LEGAL PROCEEDING AS WE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA UNDERSTAND IT. A CLOSED GROUP WITH NO CONFLICT OF INTEREST THAT MAKES RULINGS AND THEY HAVE DECIDED THAT WE UNDER THIS FAILED TRADE POLICY SHOULD PAY TRIBUTE, TRIBUTE MORE THAN WE PAID TO THE PIRATES, $147 MILLION A YEAR TO THE GOVERNMENT OF BRAZIL SO WE CAN SUBSIDIZE OUR COTTON FARMERS. NOW, YOU GO HOME AND EXPLAIN THAT TO YOUR CONSTITUENTS. WE'LL BORROW $147 MILLION FROM CHINA AND WE'LL SEND IT TO BRAZIL SO WE CAN SUBSIDIZE OUR COTTON FARMERS. WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT? IT IS ABOUT A TOTALLY FAILED TRADE POLICY AND AT SOME POINT THIS CONGRESS HAS TO TAKE A STAND. RON PAUL AND I A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO, THREE YEARS AGO, WE DO IT ONCE EVERY FIVE YEARS, OFFERED AN AMENDMENT TO WITHDRAW THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FROM THE W.T.O. THAT WILL COME UP SOON. I HOPE YOU'LL ALL SUPPORT IT. IT IS SOMETHING THAT BINDS US AND IS DESTROYING OUR INDUSTRIES, OUR FARMERS AND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT'S GREAT ABOUT THIS COUNTRY. I VOTED AGAINST THE W.T.O. THIS ISN'T ABOUT SO MUCH AS A FAILED FARM POLICY OR FARM BILL AS THE GENTLEMAN OUTLAID. IT'S ABOUT TOTALLY FAILED TRADE POLICIES. OTHER COUNTRIES WANT TO PROTECT THEIR AGRICULTURE INTERESTS, THEY WANT TO FEED THEIR OWN PEOPLE, THEY DON'T WANT TO IMPORT POLLUTED FOOD FROM CHINA. WE HAVE OPENED UP OUR COUNTRY TO POLLUTED FOOD AND GOODS FROM CHINA AND BRAZIL AND EVERY PLACE ELSE IN THE WORLD WITH THE W.T.O. AND THESE TRADE AGREEMENTS. THEY DON'T OBSERVE THEM. WE GO AND WE LOSE THIS AND SAY, WE'VE GOT NO CHOICE BUT TO PAY. WE HAVE A CHOICE. LET'S NOT PAY. WE'RE NOT GOING TO PAY THE TRIBUTE. WE'RE NOT GOING TO BORROW THE MONEY FROM CHINA, WE'RE NOT GOING TO SEND IT TO BRAZIL. LET'S SEE WHAT THEY DO NEXT. AND MAYBE WE CAN BLOW UP THIS THING CALLED THE W.T.O. AND GET BACK TO SOMETHING THAT PROTECTS OUR NATIONAL INTERESTS. WITH THAT I'D YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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  • 09:39:10 PM

    MR. KIND

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COMMENTS IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT AND JUST ONE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COMMENTS IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT AND JUST ONE FINAL POINT THAT MY COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE BEEN SUPPORTIVE OF TRADE AGREEMENTS IN THE PAST, LET'S BE HONEST WITH OURSELVES. IF WE'RE GOING TO BE A PART OF THIS W.T.O. ORGANIZATION TO ESTABLISH RULES OF TRADE ACROSS BORDERS THEN LET'S NOT TURN OUR BACK ON AN ADVERSE DECISION THAT AFFECTS US. LET'S INSTEAD COMPLY AND BRING THE COTTON SUBSIDY PROGRAM INTO COMPLIANCE. THAT IS THE ANSWER TO THIS AND LET'S END THIS NONSENSE OF SACKING SUBSIDY PROGRAM ON -- STACKING SUBSIDY PROGRAM ON TOP OF SUBSIDY PROGRAM TO BLACKMAIL OTHER GOVERNMENTS WHO HAVE A W.T.O. DECISION IN THEIR HANDS. AND I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THIS EVENING WHEN WE'RE ASKING FOR HUGE UNPRECEDENTED CUTS IN CONSERVATION PROGRAMS THAT WILL AFFECT THOUSANDS OF FARMERS -- EFFECT THOUSANDS OF FARMERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND UNPRECEDENTED CUTS WITH NUTRITION PROGRAMS THAT WILL EFFECT THOUSANDS OF LOW INCOME FAMILIES WITH THEIR CHILDREN AND SENIORS, SAYING, TOUGH LUCK, WE'RE OPERATING UNDER DUFF BUDGET TIMES, YOU'RE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO DO WITHOUT. WHEN IT COMES TO A SIMPLE AMENDMENT LIKE THIS, TO SAVE $147 MILLION A YEAR, TO BRIBE BRAZIL COTTON PRODUCERS IN AN UNWILLINGNESS TO GO INTO THE TITLE 1 SUBSIDY PROGRAMS FOR COST SAVINGS THEN WHAT THE HECK ARE WE DOING AROUND HERE? IT'S BEYOND THE PAIL THAT WE'RE WILLING TO TAKE THE DEEP CUTS AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE CLAIMED 12% CUT IN THE FARM BILL BUT HE DIDN'T SAY WHERE THOSE CUTS WERE COMING FROM. I'LL TELL YOU WHERE IT'S NOT COMING FROM. IT'S NOT COMING FROM THESE SUBSIDY PROGRAMS. IT'S NOT COMING FROM THE COTTON SUBSIDY PROGRAM THAT'S GOTTEN US INTO THIS PROBLEM. A HANDFUL OF POWERFUL COTTON FAMILIES ARE HOLDING THIS INSTITUTION HOSTAGE IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN THESE SUBSIDY PROGRAMS THAT HAVE BENEFITED THEM FOR TOO LONG. TALK ABOUT BENEFITING THE FEW AT THE EXPENSE OF THE MANY. THIS IS THE CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF THIS AGRICULTURAL APPROPRIATION BILL BEFORE US THIS EVENING. WE COULD DO A HECK OF A LOT BETTER. I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:41:05 PM

    MR. DEFAZIO

    WE MAY HAVE SOME DIFFERENCE OVER THE UNDERLYING TRADE AGREEMENT AND THE…

    WE MAY HAVE SOME DIFFERENCE OVER THE UNDERLYING TRADE AGREEMENT AND THE MANDATES AND THE PROCESS WHICH GOT US TO THIS POINT, BUT I AGREE, SUBSIDIES OR BRIBES ON TOP OF SUBSIDIES IS INSANE IN THESE TOUGH BUDGET TIMES. AND I WOULD JUST NOTE THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE CONFRONTED VERY SOON WITH ANOTHER LIMITATION AMENDMENT ON ANOTHER BILL WHERE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A CHOICE, WE'RE GOING TO ABANDON THE AMERICAN TRUCKING INDUSTRY TO MEXICO WHO IS AGAIN EXACTING TRIBUTE FROM THE U.S. FOR A BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR WORTH OF TARIFFS TO TRY AND DRIVE OUR COMPANIES SOUTH OF THE BOARDER TO USE MEXICAN DRIVERS. SO TIME AND TIME AGAIN THESE TRADE AGREEMENTS ARE FAILING US. I THINK IT'S BIGGER THAN THE PROBLEM OF THE SUBSIDIES AND THE FARM BILL. AND THIS CONGRESS NEEDS TO PAY ATTENTION. ONE WAY OR ANOTHER WE'RE GOING TO EITHER GET REAL ABOUT OUR DEFICITS AND WHAT'S REALLY ESSENTIAL TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, FEEDING OUR PEOPLE, CLOTHING OUR PEOPLE, AND PUTTING AMERICAN PEOPLE TO WORK, OR WE'RE GOING TO ABANDON OURSELVES TO THIS FAILED NOTION OF THE W.T.O. AND OTHER TRADE AGREEMENTS. WITH THAT I'D YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:42:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    SEEK TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

  • 09:42:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 09:42:17 PM

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    HAS CHANGED. IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO SIMPLY BUY AMERICAN ANYMORE, WE HAVE TO…

    HAS CHANGED. IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO SIMPLY BUY AMERICAN ANYMORE, WE HAVE TO SELL AMERICAN, WE HAVE TO SELL OUR AMERICAN AGRICULTURE PRODUCTS, OUR TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES ALL THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

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  • 09:42:27 PM

    MR. BRADY

    OFTENTIMES WHEN WE COMPETE WE FIND MUCH OF THE WORLD IS TILTED AGAINST US.…

    OFTENTIMES WHEN WE COMPETE WE FIND MUCH OF THE WORLD IS TILTED AGAINST US. OTHER COUNTRIES CUT AGREEMENTS TO MAKE IT TOUGH FOR US TO SELL. THAT'S WHY WE ARE INVOLVED IN THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION, TO ENSIFT THAT OTHER COUNTRIES PLAY BY THE RULES. BUT THAT MEANS AMERICA HAS TO PLAY BY THE RULES AS WELL. WE LOST THIS CASE IN THE W.T.O. SO THE QUESTION TODAY ISN'T ABOUT COTTON SUBSIDY OR EVEN SAVING MONEY, IT'S ABOUT THE SMART WAY TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE THAT PROTECTS AMERICAN JOBS. I AM VERY SYMPATHETIC TO THIS AMENDMENT, PAYING BRAZIL NEARLY $12 MILLION A MONTH IS NOT THE RIGHT WAY TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE. AND I AGREE WITH THAT. THE QUESTION -- IN FACT, AMERICA SHOULD SIMPLY LIVE UP TO ITS W.T.O. OBLIGATIONS AND INSIST THAT OTHERS DO THE SAME AS WELL. THE SETTLEMENT THAT'S IN PLACE TODAY IS NECESSARY TO PREVENT BRAZIL FROM IMPOSING ALMOST $1 BILLION OF NEW TARIFFS, NEW TAXES ON AMERICAN PRODUCTS WHEN WE TRY TO SELL THEM INTO BRAZIL. AND IT'S NOT JUST AGRICULTURE PRODUCTS, AS YOU HEARD CHAIRMAN FRANK LUCAS TALK, HE MADE THE POINT THAT NOT ONLY CAN BRAZIL PENALIZE OUR AG PRODUCTS, THEY CAN TAX AND TARIFF A BROAD RANGE OF PRODUCTS, ESPECIALLY AMERICA'S INNOVATION ECONOMY. SO IN YOUR STATE, IF YOU HAVE COMPANIES THAT PRODUCE PHARMACEUTICALS, MEDICAL DEVICES, BUSINESS SOFTWARE, TECHNOLOGY, ANYTHING IN THE INNOVATION SECTOR OF AMERICA, YOUR COMPANIES AND YOUR WORKERS FACE THE LOSS OF JOBS AND LOSS OF PRODUCT SALES BECAUSE OF THIS ISSUE. SO, THE SMART WAY TO HANDLE THIS IS TO DEAL WITH THIS NOT ONLY IN THE FARM BILL, BUT AT THE W.T.O. TODAY, INSISTING THAT AS WE END THESE COTTON SUBSIDIES, OTHER COUNTRIES END THEIR AGRICULTURAL SUBSIDIES AS WELL. THAT IS THE SMART WAY TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE THAT DOESN'T HURT AMERICA IN JOBS, IN FACT PROTECTS OUR AMERICAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN BRAZIL AND OTHER COUNTRIES. THIS IS AN ISSUE OF DOING IT THE A SMART WAY, I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT, I URGE OUR COLLEAGUES TO CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE IN A SMART WAY FOR OUR ECONOMY AND A SMART WAY FOR OUR JOBS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:44:48 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 09:45:01 PM

    MR. KIND

    CHAIRMAN. ON THAT I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

  • 09:45:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    HAS BEEN REQUESTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS…

    HAS BEEN REQUESTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN WILL BE POSTPONED. .

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  • 09:45:24 PM

    MRS. SCHMIDT

    FROM CALIFORNIA HAD AN AMENDMENT THAT SHE DID WITHDRAW THAT WANTED TO…

    FROM CALIFORNIA HAD AN AMENDMENT THAT SHE DID WITHDRAW THAT WANTED TO CODIFY INTO THE LAW THE USDA RULES REGARDING THE SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM. AND I WON'T GO INTO THE REASON WHY IT IS THE WRONG WAY TO GO, BUT ALSO TO THE FACT THAT USDA WAS REGARDING THE SCRUDGES OF THE VEGETABLES TO ONE SERVING A WEEK WHICH I WAS SHOCKED. BUT I WASN'T SHOCKED MYSELF THAT HAD THIS REACTION, BUT ALSO THE CALIFORNIA FRUIT GROWERS ASSOCIATION. IT WAS THE NATIONAL SCHOOL -- NATIONAL -- NATIONAL SCHOOL BOARD ASSOCIATION. IT WAS THE COUNCIL OF THE GREAT CITY SCHOOLS THAT WROTE A LETTER AND THAT'S WHY AND 40 OTHER COLLEAGUES WROTE TO MR. SILL VACK OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IN REACTION TO THE PROMULGATION OF THESE RULES. I WOULD LIKE TO ENTER THE TESTIMONY I WAS GOING TO GIVE UNTIL SHE WITHDREW THE AMENDMENT, AS WELL AS THESE FOUR LETTERS INTO THE RECORD AND I THANK YOU.

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  • 09:46:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    BE COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE. AND THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT…

    BE COVERED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE. AND THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RISE?

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  • 09:46:52 PM

    MR. DINGELL

    AN AMENDMENT AT THE CLERK'S DESK.

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    THE CLERK

    AT THE END OF THE BILL BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE INSERT THE FOLLOWING NEW…

    AT THE END OF THE BILL BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE INSERT THE FOLLOWING NEW SECTION, SECTION, THE AMOUNTS OWE WISE PROVIDED BY THIS ACT FOR DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATION, AGRICULTURAL BUILDINGS AND --

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  • 09:47:14 PM

    MR. DINGELL

    THE READING BE DISPENSED WITH.

  • 09:47:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    OBJECTION? SO ORDERED.

  • 09:47:19 PM

    MR. DINGELL

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

  • 09:47:27 PM

    MR. DINGELL

    GOOD AMENDMENT. AT A TIME WHEN 30 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN GROSSLY SICKENED AND…

    GOOD AMENDMENT. AT A TIME WHEN 30 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN GROSSLY SICKENED AND DIED IN GERMANY AND 3,000 HAVE BEEN SICKENED, WE ARE CUTTING FOOD AND DRUG'S ENFORCEMENT BUDGET. THE LEGISLATION WOULD CUT THE FOOD SAFETY BUDGET OF F.D.A. OF $87 MILLION BELOW THE FISCAL YEAR 211 -- 2011. WE ARE WITNESSING NOW ONE OF THE DEADLIEST ENCHT COLI OUTBREAKS IN EUROPE AND THAT INFECTION IS SPREADING ACROSS THE WORLD. MY AMENDMENT HAS THE SUPPORT OF CENTERS FOR PUBLIC INTEREST AND THE NATIONAL WOMEN'S HEALTH NETWORK. NOW, IT IS TIME FOR US TO UNDERSTAND, EVERY YEAR IN THE UNITED STATESU ,000 AMERICANS ARE KILLED FROM BAD FOOD, 1828,000 ARE HOSPITALIZED. 48 MILLION ARE MADE SICK. WE HAVE IMPORTED FOOD THAT ARE CAUSING DIFFICULTY. BAT PEANUTS WITH SALMONELLA. FOOD AND DRUG HAS THE RESOURCES TO DO THE JOB FROM PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE ARE ABLE TO INSPECT LESS THAN 1% OF THE FOOD COMING INTO THE UNITED STATES. THIS IS A POSITIVE RISK TO AMERICAN CONSUMING PUBLIC. THE SITUATION HERE IS INDEFENSIBLE. THE HOUSE LAST YEAR PASSED MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS IN OUR FOOD SAFETY LAWS AND WE SAW TO IT, WE HAD A FUNDING MECHANISM WHICH WAS REMOVED BY THE SENATE. BUT WITHOUT THE ADEQUATE FUNDING THAT THIS AMENDMENT WOULD AFFORD TO OUR PEOPLE, WE WILL FIND THAT THEY ARE AT RISK OF SERIOUS HEALTH DANGERS FROM BAD FOOD AND FROM SICKNESS THAT COMES FROM THOSE THINGS. WE ARE HERE BY THIS AMENDMENT GIVING FOOD AND DRUG THE RESOURCES THAT IT NEEDS, SOME $49 MILLION TO SEE TO IT THESE IMPORTED FOODS AND OTHER FOODS ARE SAFE. THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. AND WHILE YOU MIGHT SAY, WELL, I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S GOING TO AFFECT ME, SOMEBODY IN THIS COUNTRY IS GOING TO GET SICK BECAUSE BAD FOOD CAME IN AND BECAUSE IT KILLS PEOPLE WHEN THAT HAPPENS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. UNTIL WE CAN GET OURSELVES IN A SITUATION WHERE WE HAVE PROPER AND ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR FOOD AND DRUG TO SEE TO IT THAT OUR PEOPLE ARE SAFE FROM IMPORTS WHICH ARE CAUSING SICKNESS, ILLNESS AND DEATH TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE BUDGET CUTS IT IN WAYS WHICH ARE THREATENING A PIECE OF LEGISLATION WHICH HAS STRENGTHENED FOOD AND DRUG WITH THE SUPPORT NOT JUST OF FARMERS AND CONSUMERS, BUT ALSO OF THE FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY, WHICH RALLIED AROUND AND SUPPORTED THE LEGISLATION ALONG WITH CONSUMER GROUPS AND ALL OF THE SOURCES AND INDUSTRY, RECOGNIZING WE DESPERATELY NEED SOMETHING TO BE DONE TO ASSURE THAT OUR PEOPLE WILL NOT GET SICK AND DIE FROM IMPORTED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT, WHICH WILL ADEQUATELY SUPPORT FOOD AND DRUG AND SEE TO IT OUR PEOPLE CAN SLEEP EASILY AFTER THEY HAVE A FULL MEAL, KNOWING THAT THE FOOD THEY HAVE CONSUMED IS SAFE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:51:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    JABT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING RISE?

  • 09:51:35 PM

    MRS. LUMMIS

    I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 09:51:46 PM

    MRS. LUMMIS

    HOW AG CREDIT AND RURAL HOUSING HAVE -- HAD DEEP CUTS IN THIS BILL. AND…

    HOW AG CREDIT AND RURAL HOUSING HAVE -- HAD DEEP CUTS IN THIS BILL. AND YET NOW, WE HAVE AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD CUT MORE FROM THEM AND WOULD IMPART THOSE FUNDS ON A PROGRAM THAT BETWEEN FISCAL YEAR 2004 AND THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR HAVE EXPERIENCED A NET BUDGET AUTHORITY INCREASE OF $2 BILLION, $121% INCREASE AND OVER THE SAME PERIOD, DIRECT APPROPRIATIONS INCREASES OF OVER $1 BILLION OR OVER 75%. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2010, WOULD REQUIRE AN ADDITIONAL $1.4 BILLION IN NEW BUDGET AUTHORITY. IF THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST WERE ADOPTED, THE RESULT WOULD BE A 156% INCREASE FOR F.D.A. SINCE 2004. THIS LEVEL OF SPENDING IS UNSUSTAINABLE. WHILE THE RECOMMENDED FUNDING LEVEL IS 11.5% DECREASE PROVIDED IN THE 2011 CONTINUING RESOLUTION, THE SUBCOMMITTEE'S OVERALL ALATION WAS REDUCED BY 13.4%. HENCE, THIS PROGRAM SUFFERED A SMALLER REDUCTION THAN OTHER PROGRAMS WITHIN THE BUDGET. ONCE AGAIN, WITH THESE MASSIVE INES -- INCREASES IN BUDGET AUTHORITY AND SPENDING INDIRECT APPROPRIATIONS FROM 2004 AND THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR AND GIVEN THE AG CREDIT AND RURAL HOUSING HAVE TAKEN THE TYPES OF DEEP CUTS THAT ARE REFERENCED IN THE REST OF THE BILL, MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:53:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE SNR

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  • 09:53:55 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    STRIKE THE LAST WORD, MR. SPEAKER.

  • 09:53:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 09:54:05 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    SUPPORT OF THE DINGELL AMENDMENT. I LISTENED TO WHAT MY COLLEAGUES HAVE…

    SUPPORT OF THE DINGELL AMENDMENT. I LISTENED TO WHAT MY COLLEAGUES HAVE SAID ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, IT SLASHES THE F.D.A. BY $572 BILLION OR 12% BELOW THIS YEAR. I BEG TO DIFFER WITH THE GENTLEWOMAN THAT THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO BE CUTTING THE F.D.A.'S BUDGET. WE HAVE HAD MANY SCARES AND MANY OUTBREAKS AND WE HAVE HAD PEOPLE DIE AND BECOME SERIOUSLY ILL AND THAT'S WHY IN THE LAST CONGRESS WE PASSED THE LANDMARK FOOD SAFETY ACT BECAUSE WE WANTED TO HAVE INCREASED INSPECTION, INCREASED SCRUTINY IMPORTED FOODS AND RESPOND TO FOOD-BORNE ILLNESSES. BUT WHEN I GO HOME, I HEAR CONCERN ABOUT THE QUALITY AND SAFETY OF OUR FOOD SUPPLY. WHEN PEOPLE GUY GROCERIES, THEY ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE QUALITY OF THE FOOD AND WHETHER THEY ARE GOING TO GET SICK. THAT'S WHY WE PASSED THE ACT. AND IT'S CLEAR WE HAD JUST RECENTLY THE E. COLI BREAKOUT. THE NATION'S FOOD SUPPLY IS VULNERABLE AND THE F.D.A. MUST BE EQUIPPED TO KEEP IT SAFE. THEY HAVE IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT THE HEALTH OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. TO SUCCEED IN THAT MISSION, THEY MUST ENSURE THE SAFETY OF FOOD, BUT DRUGS AND MEDICAL DEVICES THAT AMERICANS RELY ON EVERY DAY. THEY NEED TO BE INVOLVED IN FACILITATING SCIENTIFIC INNOVATIONS THAT MAKE THESE PRODUCTS SAFE, AND AFFORDABLE. I BELIEVE THAT AMERICAN AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS DEPENDS ON OUR ABILITY TO INNOVATE. WE MUST FUND KEY AGENCIES THAT ARE ESSENTIAL TO ASSISTING IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW DRUGS AND DEVICES. F.D.A. PLACES A HIGH IMPORTANCE OF PROMOTING INNOVATION. THEY ARE DEVELOPING A NEW INNOVATION INITIATIVE TO HELP TECHNOLOGIES GET TO MARKET. LET ME SHARE SOMETHING WITH MY COLLEAGUES. ONE OF THE STAFF TESTIFIED RECENTLY AND ASSURED US THAT THESE CUTS WOULD PREVENT SUCH EFFORTS FROM MOVING FORWARD. WHAT I'M TRYING TO EMPHASIZE IS WHETHER YOU LOOK AT IT FROM THE POINT OF VIEW FROM THE FOOD SUPPLY OR FROM THE POINT OF VIEW FROM INNOVATION, TO MAKE CUTS IN THE F.D.A. BUDGET MAKES NO SENSE. IT IS CRUCIAL TO JOB CREATION AND PEOPLE FEELING SAFE ABOUT WHAT THEY EAT. AND THE GOVERNMENT HAS TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR FACILITATING AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE AMERICANS CAN INNOVATE. IT CONTINUES NEW INDUSTRIES THAT WILL PRODUCE NEW JOBS AT HOME. IF GOVERNMENT ABANDONS ITS ROLE, WE RUN THE RISK OF TOO MANY OPPORTUNITIES THAT LEAD TO GREAT ECONOMIC BENEFITS. F.D.A. IS AN UNDERFUNDED AGENCY. IF WE DON'T GIVE THEM THE RESOURCES, THEY CANNOT SUPPORT INITIATIVES THAT SAVE LIVES, CREATE JOBS AND THESE ARE PRIORITIES THAT CONGRESS SHOULD EMBRACE. I LISTENED TO MY COLLEAGUES AND WE HAVE TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT FUNDING AND WE HAVE A DEFICIT. WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT IS IMPORTANT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE TOLD US THAT FOOD SAFETY IS A PRIORITY. THAT'S WHY WE PASSED THIS LANDMARK BILL LAST YEAR AND THERE HAS TO BE A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN FUNDS AND IN THIS ENVIRONMENT EVEN IF WE ARE GOING TO KEEP THE FOOD SUPPLY SAFE. IF WE DON'T DO THAT'S CORRECT A LOT OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY IS GOING TO SUFFER, INCLUDING INNOVATION AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO KEEP THIS COUNTRY COMPETITIVE. I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE SAYING, BUT IT IS IMPORTANT TO RESTORE THESE FUNDS AND IP COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE, MR. DINGELL, FOR PUTTING FORTH THIS AMENDMENT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:58:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    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 RISE?

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  • 09:58:32 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    TO STRIKE THE WORDS. AND I STAND IN OPPOSITION OF THE AMENDMENT, BUT WITH…

    TO STRIKE THE WORDS. AND I STAND IN OPPOSITION OF THE AMENDMENT, BUT WITH GREAT ADMIRATION FOR THE AUTHOR OF THE AMENDMENT, BUT STILL DISAGREEMENT. THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER ALL TILY THAT USDA HASH SLASHED. LAST YEAR, THE FUNDING LEVEL WAS $3.6 BILLION. THIS YEAR, IT'S $3.64 BILLION. IT'S A LITTLE BIT MORE. IT'S LEVEL FUNDING, BUT F.D.A. FUNDING HAS NOT BEEN SLASHED AND IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO REALIZE THAT. NUMBER TWO, AND LET ME SHOW YOU SOMETHING ABOUT THE FALED FUNDING'S HISTORY, MR. CHAIRMAN. IF YOU CAN SEE THIS, THIS CHART ACTUALLY GOES BACK TO 2000 AND GOES UP TO 2011, NOTHING BUT A CLIMB UPHILL FOR THE F.D.A. AND PEOPLE ARE SAYING, THEY ARE SLASHED, THERE ISN'T A DIP IN THIS FUNDING CHART. VERY IMPORTANT FOR US TO REALIZE. NOW, SECOND POINT, AN F.D.A. HEARING, I'M CONCERNED ABOUT F.D.A.'S ABILITY TO DO FOOD SAFETY AND TAKE ON THIS BIG MISSION AND HERE'S WHY. YOU HEAR THE FIGURE, A VERY HIGH NUMBER THAT WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT, BUT 20% OF THOSE ILLNESSES FROM KNOWN PATHOGENS AND COME FROM NEUROVIRUS. THE C.D.V. HHE C. TELLS US THAT APPROPRIATE HYGIENE IS THE APPROPRIATE METHOD TO PROMOTE ILLNESSES. AND IT'S BEST ACCOMPLISHED BY THOROUGH HAND WASHING. . IN THE BUDGET REQUEST THERE'S NO MENTION OF NEURO VIRUS. I BELIEVE THAT'S RELEVANT. SECOND POINT, TERMS OF SALMONELLA, THE SECOND HIGHEST CAUSE OF ILLNESS IS SALMONELLA BUT UNDER ITS AUTHORITY THE EXISTING AUTHORITY BEFORE THE FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION ACT WAS PASSED BY THE HOUSE, F.D.A. UPDATED ITS OWN FOOD SAFETY AS RESPECTS SALMONELLA AND THEY'RE SAYING THAT ACCORDING -- THIS IS ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN PRESS RELEASE IN JULY OF LAST YEAR, THAT AS MANY AS 79,000 ILLNESSES AND 30 DEATHS DUE TO CONSUMPTION OF EGGS CONTAMINATED WITH SALMONELLA MAY BE AVOIDED. THAT WAS LAST YEAR. THAT WAS BEFORE A NEW BUREAUCRACY AND THIS BUREAUCRACY BY THE WAY OVER A 10-YEAR PERIOD OF TIME WILL COST $1.4 BILLION AND HIRE 17,000 NEW FEDERAL EMPLOYEES. THE THIRD HIGHEST CAUSE OF FOOD-BORNE ILLNESSES IS CLOSTRIDIUM. AGAIN, IN F.D.A.'S 630-PAGE BUDGET REQUEST, IT WAS ONLY MENTIONED ONCE. NOW, I WANT TO SAY SOMETHING ELSE VERY IMPORTANT. DO WE BELIEVE THAT MCDONALD'S AND CONNECTICUT FRIED CHICKEN AND ANY BRAND NAME THAT YOU THINK OF, THAT THESE PEOPLE AREN'T CONCERNED ABOUT FOOD SAFETY? THE FOOD SUPPLY IN AMERICA IS VERY SAFE BECAUSE THE PRIVATE SECTOR SELF-POLICES BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE HIGHEST MOTIVATION. THEY DON'T WANT TO BE SUED, THEY DON'T WANT TO GO BROKE, THEY WANT THEIR CUSTOMERS TO BE HEALTHY AND HAPPY AND COME BACK AND GIVE THEM REPEAT BUSINESSES. NOW, IN RESPONSE TO THE 2006 E. COLI OUTBREAK THAT HAPPENED IN CALIFORNIA WITH SPINACH WHERE THREE PEOPLE DIED AND 200 CONSUMERS GOT SICKENED, THE CALIFORNIA LEAFY GREEN PRODUCTS HANDLER MARKETING AGREEMENT WAS MADE. THIS IS A PRIVATE SECTOR AGREEMENT WHICH HAS BEEN -- WHICH HAS DONE ALREADY 2,000 FARM AUDITS ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS, NEARLY 200 BILLION SERVINGS OF LET US AND SPINACH AND OTHER LEAFY GREENS PRODUCED UNDER THIS PROGRAM HAVE BEEN SURVEYED. IT IS A SUCCESSFUL PRIVATE SECTOR INITIATIVE AND THOSE TYPES OF THINGS HAPPEN ALL THE TIME IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. WE'RE BLIND TO IT. BUT HERE'S SOME NUMBERS FROM THE C.D.C. VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE I THINK AMERICA LOVES TO BEAT ITSELF UP OVER THINGS ALL THE TIME. THESE NUMBERS, MR. CHAIRMAN, 48 MILLION FOOD-BORNE ILLNESSES REPORTED A YEAR. 128,000 HOSPITALIZATIONS, 3,000 DEATHS. THOSE NUMBERS ARE VERY HIGH, I'M VERY CONCERNED ABOUT IT, THAT'S WHY WE SPEND A LOT OF MONEY ALREADY ON FOOD SAFETY. BUT I ALSO WANT TO TO POINT OUT -- WANT TO POINT OUT --

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  • 10:03:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 10:03:49 PM

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:03:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:03:54 PM

    MR. CONAWAY

    MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA.

  • 10:03:56 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I JUST WANT TO CONTINUE WITH THIS, MR. CHAIRMAN.…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I JUST WANT TO CONTINUE WITH THIS, MR. CHAIRMAN. YOU HAVE 311 MILLION AMERICANS EATING THREE MEALS A DAY, THAT'S 933 MILLION MEALS EATEN EACH DAY , THAT'S NEARLY A BILLION FOOD CONSUMPTION EVENTS IN OUR COUNTRY, WHICH IS OVER 360 BILLION MEALS CONSUMED. IF YOU DO THE MATH GOING BACK TO THE 38 MILLION FOOD-BORNE ILLSNESSES, ACCORDING TO THE F.D.A., OUR FOOD SAFETY RATE IS 99.99%. NOW, I WANT TO ADDRESS THE 48 MILLION, BUT WHAT I ALSO SUGGEST TO YOU THAT WE CAN SPEND $45 MILLION MORE FOR F.D.A. FUNDING, WE CAN SPEND $100 MILLION MORE, WE IS SPEND $1 BILLION MORE, BUT I DON'T THINK YOU CAN INCREASE THIS NUMBER OF 99.99% FOOD SAFETY RATE ACCORDING TO THE C.D.C. SO IN THESE TIMES OF VERY TIGHT BUDGETS, IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO KEEP THESE FACTS IN MIND. I'M GOING TO CLOSE WITH THIS STATEMENT BY THE DEMOCRAT SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE, TOM VILSACK, AND THIS WAS AS OF YESTERDAY. HE SAID, WITH REASONABLE CONFIDENCE THAT THE U.S. CONSUMERS WON'T BE FACED WITH THE SAME SORT OF E. COLI OUTBREAK NOW PLAGUING GERMANY AND HE GOES ON AND EXPLAINS WHY WITH THE CURRENT FOOD SAFETY LAWS IN PLACE AND THE CURRENT FOOD SAFETY FUNDING. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:05:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    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 CALIFORNIA RISE?

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  • 10:05:46 PM

    >>

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS SHE SHALL CONSUME TO THE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS SHE SHALL CONSUME TO THE CHAIRMAN,

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  • 10:05:54 PM

    MR. DINGELL

    I YIELD BACK.

  • 10:10:06 PM

    MR. DINGELL

    ON THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

  • 10:10:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RISE?

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  • 10:10:22 PM

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    WILL THE GENTLEMAN SPECIFY THE NUMBER OF THE AMENDMENT.

  • 10:10:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN SPECIFY THE NUMBER OF THE AMENDMENT.

  • 10:10:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 10:10:32 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:10:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:10:42 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    THANK YOU. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS A SIMPLE AMENDMENT TO LIMIT THE SUBSIDIES…

    THANK YOU. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS A SIMPLE AMENDMENT TO LIMIT THE SUBSIDIES FOR MOHAIR. IT IS SOMETHING THAT BACK IN WORLD WAR II WE NEEDED FOR OUR MILITARY UNIFORMS. PROBLEM IS, WE HAVEN'T USED MOHAIR IN OUR MILITARY UNIFORMS SINCE THE KOREAN WAR AND YET THE SUBSIDIES STILL CONTINUE. SO THIS IS A COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT TO SIMPLY LIMIT THIS. THIS IS ROUGHLY $1 MILLION A YEAR TO SOMETHING THAT CONGRESS HAS PREVIOUSLY ELIMINATED. IT CREPT BACK IN AND THIS LIMITATION AMENDMENT THAT I OFFER I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR. MY UNDERSTANDING IS THERE'S NO OPPOSITION ON EITHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AND WITH THAT UNDERSTANDING I'LL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:11:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

  • 10:11:23 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    QUESTION SON AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH -- THE QUESTION…

    QUESTION SON AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH -- THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. AND THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RISE?

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  • 10:11:45 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    YOU. I WOULD HOPE THIS BODY WOULD TAKE THIS AMENDMENT WITH THE SAME PACE…

    YOU. I WOULD HOPE THIS BODY WOULD TAKE THIS AMENDMENT WITH THE SAME PACE THAT WE DID THE MOHAIR SUBSIDIES BUT PERHAPS NOT. THIS AMENDMENT HERE SEEKS TO ELIMB NAT THE COTTON AND PEANUT STORAGE -- ELIMINATE THE COTTON AND PEANUT STORAGE PAYMENTS WE HAVE BEEN MAKING. I WOULD POINT OUT TO MY COLLEAGUES THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA RECOMMENDED TERMINATING THIS PROGRAM IN ITS FISCAL 2012 BUDGET. NO OTHER AGRICULTURE COMMODITIES RECEIVE THIS TYPE OF ASSISTANCE. I'D LIKE TO READ A PARAGRAPH THAT'S FOUND ON THE WHITEHOUSE.GOV WEBSITE. THE CREDITS ALLOW PRODUCERS TO STORE THEIR COTTON AND PEANUTS AT THE GOVERNMENT'S COST NULL NLRB PRICES RISE. THEREFORE STORAGE CREDITS HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE AMOUNT OF COMMODITIES IN THE MARKET. BECAUSE STORAGE IS COVERED BY THE GOVERNMENT, PRODUCERS MAY STORE THEIR COMMODITIES FOR LONGER THAN NECESSARY. THERE IS NO REASON THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE PAYING FOR THE STORAGE OF COTTON OR PEANUTS, PARTICULARLY SINCE IT DOES NOT PROVIDE THIS ASSISTANCE FOR ANY OTHER COMMODITY. END QUOTE. THAT IS THE QUOTE FROM THE WEBSITE. I HAPPEN TO CONCUR WITH THE PRESIDENT ON THIS. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES FIND THIS TO BE A COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT, TO SAY WE SHOULD NOT BE SPECIFYING WINNERS AND LOSERS IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE. WE'RE GOING TO OFFER A STORAGE CREDIT FOR JUST COTTON AND JUST PEANUTS. IT'S SOMETHING THAT I THINK SHOULD BE ELIMB ASTRONAUTED. I'D HOPE THE BODY WOULD -- ELIMINATED. I'D HOPE THE BODY WOULD CONCUR. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE WAY WE DO THINGS. THIS IS ONE INSTANCE IN WHICH I AGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT. I'M PROUD TO STAND IN SUPPORT OF THAT AND WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I'LL YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:13:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    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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  • 10:13:43 PM

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    STRIKE THE LAST WORD. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN…

    STRIKE THE LAST WORD. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT --

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  • 10:13:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 10:13:54 PM

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    TO THE AMENDMENT, TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    IF YOU REPRESENT FARM COUNTRY OR IF YOU'VE EVER WORKED ON A FARM BILL, YOU…

    IF YOU REPRESENT FARM COUNTRY OR IF YOU'VE EVER WORKED ON A FARM BILL, YOU HAVE SOME IDEA OF WHAT A DELICATE BALANCE IT CAN BE TO USE THE DIFFERENT TOOLS AT OUR DISPOSAL TO CRAFT A LAW THAT MEETS THE NEEDS OF FARMERS AND CONSUMERS. DIFFERENT COMMODITIES HAVE DIFFERENT ECONOMIES. PRICES SOMETIMES SWING WILDLY. SOMETIMES EVEN BIOLOGICAL DIFFERENCES NEED TO BE ACCOUNTED FOR. FOR EXAMPLE, IF PEANUTS ARE NOT STORED CORRECTLY, THEY CAN DEVELOP TOXICITY THAT RENDERS THEM USELESS AND DANGEROUS TO THE CONSUMER. STORAGE AND HANDLING ASSISTANCE HAS BEEN DEVELOPED AS AN EFFICIENT POLICY FOR PEANUTS BECAUSE IT NOT ONLY GIVES THE FARMER SOME LATITUDE ABOUT IS MR. CHAIRMAN, I WAS ON THE AG COMMITTEE BACK IN 2008 WHEN WE CRAFTED THE LAST FARM BILL. IT HAS BEEN THE LAW OF THE LAND AND CONTINUES TO BE UNTIL NEXT YEAR. THIS AMENDMENT, CREATES UNCERTAINTY FOR THOSE FARMERS AND THREATENS THEIR JOBS AND THREATENS THE DOMESTIC PRODUCTION. IT IS BAD POLICY AND I URGE MY COLIGSE TO REJECT IT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:14:46 PM

    MR. BARROW

    I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:16:03 PM

    MR. CONAWAY

    THE AMENDMENT. THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT SAVE ONE NICKEL IN FISCAL 2012. IT…

    THE AMENDMENT. THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT SAVE ONE NICKEL IN FISCAL 2012. IT IS A BIT THEATER. PEANUTS AND COTTON AND HAVE DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES AND THE STORAGE IS ONLY PAID IF THE PRICES DROPS BELOW THEIR LOAN RATE. C.B.O. DOES NOT ESTIMATE FOR IT TO HAPPEN IN THE NEXT DECADE. IT IS BELOW WHERE THE CURRENT PRICES ARE AND THE PRODUCERS PAY FOR THE STOVERAGE COSTS AS THE PRODUCTS ARE MOVED TO MARKET. THIS AMENDMENT WILL COST MORE TO DEBATE THAN IT WILL SAVE FOR THE TAXPAYERS. ON IT IS A PART OF THE SAFETY NET. AND YOU HAVE HEARD THIS OVER AND OVER TONIGHT, THE AG COMMITTEE IS THE BEST SUITED TO DEVELOP A PROPER SAFETY NET AND AG POLICY FOR THIS COUNTRY. AND WE OUGHT TO STAND BY THE AG POLICY ONCE IT IS PUT IN PLACE. WE PUT IT IN 2008. MANY TRADEOFFS WERE MADE BETWEEN COMMODITY TRADE PROGRAMS AND HAVE THE EXACT SAME CONVERSATIONS. THE FARM BILL WILL COME TO THE FLOOR. AND THOSE WHO DISAGREE WILL HAVE A.M. WILL OPPORTUNITY TO COME TO THIS FLOOR AND MAKE THESE ARGUMENTS ONCE AGAIN. BUT TO TO DO THIS IS WRONG-HEADED. THE AG WORK WILL GET IT DONE. THE 2008 FARM BILL WAS PUT IN PLACE. BANKERS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY HAVE LOOKED AT THAT AS A DEAL. MOST FOLKS IN THE BUSINESS WORLD DON'T BACK UP ON A DEAL IF WE DON'T HAVE TO. IT DOES NOT COST THE TAXPAYERS MONEY AND C.B.O. ESTIMATES THAT THE NEAR TERM, THE PRICES WILL NOT DROP BELOW 18 CREPTS FOR PEANUTS OR 52 CENTS FOR COTTON. I DISAGREE TO ALTER THE FARM BILL AND I WOULD ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:18:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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  • 10:18:28 PM

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    STRIKE THE LAST WORD. CHIRMENTE FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    STRIKE THE LAST WORD. CHIRMENTE FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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    TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    IS ILL-ADVISED. STORAGE AND HAPPENED WILLING FEES ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF…

    IS ILL-ADVISED. STORAGE AND HAPPENED WILLING FEES ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE PROGRAM. ON IT WILL STRIKE AGAINST THE GROWERS AND FARMERS. THE CURRENT MARKETING LOAN RATE IS $5355 PER TON. THERE IS NO INCREASE SINCE THE 2002 FARM BILL. WITH THE NEW FARM BILL EXPECTED TO TAKE PLACE NEXT YEAR IS UNFAIR FOR THE PROGRAM TO CHANGE DRAMATICALLY IN THE 2008 FARM BILL. PEANUT GROWERS CHANGE THEIR PROGRAM FROM A SUPPLY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM IN 2002 TO A MARKET AND LOAN PROGRAM. WE ELIMINATED THE OLD QUOTA SYSTEM. THIS INCLUDED A PRICE REDUCTION FROM $610 PER TON TO $355 PER TON. THE GROWERS WILL LOSE EVEN MORE AS THEY SUFFER A REDUCTION DUE TO THE ELIMINATION OF THE STORAGE AND HANDLING FEES. PEANUTS ARE A SEMI-PERISHABLE COMMODITY. IT IS ECONOMICALLY UNFILES I BELIEVE FOR THE PRODUCERS TO STORE PEANUTS ON THE FARM. PEANUTS NEED A CONTROLLED ENVOORMENT. PEA REQUIRE INTENSE MANAGEMENT WHICH THE FARMERS DO NOT HAVE THE SKILLS TO DO. TO GO FROM A LOAN PRICE TO A THREE LOAN PRICE. ELIMINATION OF THE STORAGE AND HANDLING PROGRAM COULD CERTAINLY IMPACT FOOD SAFETY. THE SAFETY OF THE PRODUCT. NOW, THE SELLERS BASICALLY CONTROLS 75% OF THE PEANUTS AFTER THE PEANUTS LEAVE THE FARMERS' CONTROL. SINCE THE PEANUTS ARE SEMI-PERISHABLE AND DUE TO THE HIGH CONCENTRATION OF THE SHELLING INDUSTRY, FARMERS ARE AT THE MERCY. SELLERS COULD POSSIBLY FORCE THE FARMER TO ACCEPT A LOWER PRICE THAT WILL COVER THE STORAGE AND HANDLING COSTS. THE FARMER THEN HAS NO ALTERNATIVE IN SELLING THE PEANUTS. THAT ELIMINATES THE COMPETITIVE EDGE. THIS COULD EFFECTIVELY LOWER THE LOAN RATE TO PRODUCERS, AS I SAID, BY $50 A TON. THE STORAGE AND HANDLING PROGRAM WAS EFFECTIVELY BEEN A NO-NET COST PROGRAM TO THE GOVERNMENT. THUS, THE ELIMINATION OF IT WILL NOT HELP TO REDUCE THE FEDERAL DEFICIT. AGAIN, WE ARE HERE ABOUT TO PULL THE RUG OUT FROM UNDER FARMERS WHO HAVE RELIED UPON WHAT THIS CONGRESS AND WHAT THIS GOVERNMENT HAS DONE IN SETTING FARM POLICIES STARTINGS IN 2008 TO 2012. WHY WE WOULD COME TO THIS POINT AND PULL THE RUG OUT FROM UNDER THEM, UPSET ALL OF THE PLANS. MANY TIMES THEY HAVE MADE LOANS, HAVE HAD TO PURCHASE EQUIPMENT AND THE EQUIPMENT THAT WAS REQUIRED FOR SOUTHEAST PEANUT GROWERS ARE VARIED. WE HAVE A BROAD PORTFOLIO, UNLIKE THE MIDWEST. WE GROW MULTIPLE CROPS. FROM VIRGINIA ALL THE WAY TO TEXAS, YOU WILL FIND THAT FARMERS WILL GROW CORN, GRAIN, PEANUTS, SOY BEANS AND THEY WILL GROW CANNOT SONON. EACH OF THOSE COMMODITIES WILL REQUIRE DIFFERENT EQUIPMENT. AND THE COMBINES COSTS FROM $250,000 TO $300,000. OTHER EQUIPMENT FOR PEANUTS FOR GRAIN, 150,000, $5,000. THIS IS GOING TO UNDERMINE THE BOTTOM LINE AND GOING TO REMOVE THE COMPETITIVE EDGE TCHA AMERICAN HE PEANUT GROWERS HAVE AND WILL UNDERESTIMATE OUR ABILITY. SO THIS IS VERY ILL ADVISED AND UNDERMINE AMERICAN AGRICULTURE AND LESSEN OUR FOOD SECURITY AND THAT IS THE LAST THING THAT WE NEED TO DO BECAUSE WE ARE ALREADY ENERGY INSECURE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:23:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE? -- THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RISE, I APOLOGIZE. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:24:29 PM

    THE CLERK

    BY THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, REDUCING THE AMOUNT…

    BY THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, REDUCING THE AMOUNT AVAILABLE FOR AGRICULTURAL BUILDINGS BY $13 MILLION AND INCREASING THE AMOUNT AVAILABLE MADE AVAILABLE FOR THE OFFICE OF SECRETARY BY $5 MILLION.

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  • 10:24:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:24:58 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THE CHAIRMAN AND I THANK THE AGRICULTURAL COMMITTEE FOR THIS VERY LONG…

    THE CHAIRMAN AND I THANK THE AGRICULTURAL COMMITTEE FOR THIS VERY LONG EVENING AND AS WELL, THE RANKING MEMBER ALONG WITH THE CHAIRMAN. THIS IS A SIMPLE AMENDMENT ABOUT FOOD AND ABOUT HELPING MORE AMERICANS GET HEALTHY FOOD. THERE'S NOT ONE OF US THAT DOES NOT UNDERSTAND HOW DRY AND DIFFICULT A DESERT IS. THIS AMENDMENT IS SIMPLY ABOUT FOOD DESERT ABOUT RURAL AND URBAN AREAS. THIS PROVIDES A $5 MILLION INCREASE TO THE OFFICE THE SECRETARY TO ALLOW ASSISTANCE TO PROVIDE RELIEF TO THOSE WHO ARE UFFERING FROM THE LACK OF -- SUFFERING FROM THE LACK OF FOOD QUALITY. THIS IS A HEALTHY CHILD, WE WOULD HOPE. THAT HEALTHY CHILD NEEDS TO HAVE GOOD FOOD. THIS WOULD INCREASE THE AVAILABILITY OF HEALTHY FOOD IN URBAN AND RURAL COMMUNITIES THROUGH GROCERY STORES AND OTHER HEALTHY FOOD RETAILERS. FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS AND CONVENIENCE STORES LINE THE BLOCKS OF LOW-INCOME NEIGHBORHOODS OFFERING FEW OPTIONS. IN RURAL AREAS, THERE MAY BE NO ACCESS. THIS IMPACTS AFRICAN AMERICA COMMUNITIES AND HISPANIC AND RURAL COMMUNITIES. THIS CLIMATE REQUIRES US TO BE ABLE TO ALLOW FAMILIES TO HAVE ACCESS TO GOOD FOOD. WE HAVE THE ISSUES OF OBESITY AND AS WELL, NUTRITION. FOOD DESERTS IMPACT MANY DISTRICTS AND I WILL SAY TO YOU TEXAS IN PARTICULAR HAS FEWER GROCERY STORES PER CAPITA THAN ANY OTHER STATE. 32% OF ALL CHILDREN IN TEXAS FACE A NUTRITION ISSUE. TARGETING ASSISTANCE TO FOOD DIZZ EARTH AREAS WILL PROVIDE HEALTHY FOOD TO AFFECTED AREAS, OPEN NEW AREAS FOR FARMERS. FARMERS MARKETS ARE A GOOD IDEA. THE FARMERS MARKETS ARE DIFFICULT TO FIND IN OUR COMMUNITY. AND AGAIN, LET ME EMPHASIZE, THIS IS ABOUT RURAL AND URBAN AREAS. THIS INITIATIVE WILL PROVIDE FOR THE ABILITY OF HEALTHY FOOD ALTERNATIVES TO 23 MILLION PEOPLE LIVING IN FOOD DESERTS. THESE FAMILIES THAT WE CARE FOR, FAMILIES, YOUNG FAMILIES OF THE MILITARY, MANY OF YOU HAVE HEARD STORIES WHERE FAMILIES ARE ON FOOD STAMPS AND THEY LIVE BEYOND THEIR BASES AND MANY ARE BACK HOME. THIS AMENDMENT WHICH WILL PROVIDE AN $8 MILLION GIFT BACK TO THE GOVERNMENT WILL GIVE $5 MILLION TO PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THOSE FOOD DESERTS LOOPHOLES IF YOU WILL, WHERE THERE ARE BIG GAPS TO ACCESS TO FOOD AND URBAN AREAS, TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GOOD AND HEALTHY FOOD. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK MY TIME AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE JACKSON LEE AMENDMENT THAT ADDRESSES THE QUESTION OF THOSE ADDRESSING THOSE WHO NEED HEALTHY FOOD.

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  • 10:28:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 10:28:37 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    RISE TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. AND MY GOOD…

    RISE TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. AND MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TEXAS HAS WORKED DILIGENTLY TO FIND SOMETHING TO WORK OUT WITH THIS AS I HAD INDICATED TO HER LAST NIGHT, WE ARE TRYING TO WORK ON SOME ALTERNATIVES AND FIND A WAY TO DO IT. JUST IN THE LAST 30 MINUTES I HAVE GOTTEN FROM G.A.O. THAT SAYS YOU COULD CUT OUT $30 MILLION FROM THIS PROGRAM AND THAT IT WOULD NOT AFFECT THE POTENTIAL OF IT. SO RIGHT NOW, WHAT I'LL DO AND MY FRIEND FROM COL CALIFORNIA IS RISING AND LET ME YIELD TO YOU.

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  • 10:29:30 PM

    MR. FARR

    TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    MR. KINGSTON

    FOUR MINUTES MINUTES FROM ME.

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    MR. FARR

    MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU. IVE CONCERNS WHERE THE MONEY IS COMING FROM. BUT…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU. IVE CONCERNS WHERE THE MONEY IS COMING FROM. BUT I THINK THE PURPOSE IS HERE, SHOULD BE FUNDED. YOU KNOW, WE HAVE THIS WHOLE INITIATIVE AND SOME OF IT HAS BEEN ATTACKED TONIGHT ABOUT TRYING TO GET HEALTHY FOODS GROWN BY AMERICAN FARMERS TO PEOPLE IN AREAS THAT ARE -- CALLED FOOD DESERTS AS THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS POINTED OUT, THAT THERE ARE PLACES -- THERE ISN'T A GROCERY STORE. THINK OF A 7-ELEVEN AND THOSE ARE THE KIND OF GROCERY STORES. AND SO WHAT THIS INITIATIVE IS ALL ABOUT AND IT'S THE PRESIDENT'S INITIATIVE IS, TOO, IS TRYING TO GET FOOD -- IT'S AN EDUCATIONAL PROCESS. I THINK THE HARDEST CULTURAL -- THIS IS WHAT I LEARNED FROM OTHER CULTURES, HARDEST THING IS TO GET PEOPLE TO CHANGE THEIR EATING HABITS. WE ALL KNOW THAT STRUGGLE WHEN WE GO ON A DIET. . IT TAKES A LOT OF EDUCATION AND SUPPORT BUT IT ALSO TAKES THE NEED TO HAVE ACCESS TO IT. YOU NEED TO HAVE ACCESS TO FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. THEY CAN EITHER COME TO YOU AT A FARMERS MARKET OR YOU CAN GO TO THEM. BUT IF YOU HAVE NEITHER A FARMERS MARKET AND THERE'S NOTHING TO GO TO, YOU HAVE NO OPTION AND THAT'S WHAT THIS AMENDMENT IS ABOUT, IS GETTING SOME MONEY INTO THE PROGRAM THAT WILL BE ABLE TO OUTREACH IN GETTING GOOD NUTRITIOUS FOOD TO FAMILIES WHO MOST NEED IT, WHO WITHOUT THAT HAVE A GOOD CHANCE OF NOT GROWING UP HEALTHY, HIGH INCIDENCE OF OBESITY, HIGH INCIDENCE OF DIABETES, A HIGH RISK ISSUES THAT COST A LOT OF MONEY FOR THE TAXPAYERS WHEN THEY HAVE TO GO ON DIALYSIS OR HAVE TO BE UNDER TREAT -- TREATMENT. SO WE HAVE SPENT MANY YEARS HERE IN THE COMMITTEE, AND THE CHAIRMAN KNOWS IT VERY WELL, OF LOOKING HOW DO WE PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING, WHEN THE CHOICES ARE THERE. THIS IS A PREVENTABLE -- THESE ARE PREVENTABLE DISEASES AND PREVENTABLE ILL HEALTH SITUATIONS. BUT WE'VE GOT TO REACH OUT AND DO IT AND THAT'S WHAT THIS AMENDMENT DOES AND I THINK IT DESERVES SUPPORT.

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  • 10:32:08 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    THANK YOU FOR -- I HAVE A RECOLLECTION --

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    I HAVE A RECOLLECTION --

  • 10:33:06 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    YIELD. DO YOU REMEMBER THAT, MR. FARR? WAS THAT NOT ABOUT FOOD DESERTS?

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    MR. FARR

    WAS. BUT IT'S ALSO, YOU REMEMBER MS. KAPTUR'S AMENDMENT IN OUR COMMITTEE…

    WAS. BUT IT'S ALSO, YOU REMEMBER MS. KAPTUR'S AMENDMENT IN OUR COMMITTEE OF TRYING TO SUBSIDIZE FARMERS MARKETS TO GO INTO HIGH RISK AREAS TO GET IT STARTED SO THAT IT DOES DEVELOP A MARKET APPROACH AND CAN BE SUSTAINABLE, BUT WE REACH OUT AND DO THOSE KINDS OF THINGS.

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  • 10:33:38 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    A LITTLE BIT. G.A.O.S A REPORTED THAT A VARIETY OF APPROACHES INCLUDING…

    A LITTLE BIT. G.A.O.S A REPORTED THAT A VARIETY OF APPROACHES INCLUDING ACCESS TO TARGETED FOODS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO INCREASE THE CONSUMPTION OF TARGETED FOODS THAT COULD CONTRIBUTE TO A HEALTHY DIET BUT LITTLE IS KNOWN ABOUT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THESE APPROACHES AND SO I THINK WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO, MR. CHAIRMAN, IS CONTINUE TO OPPOSE THIS, BUT KNOWING MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TEXAS AND FROM CALIFORNIA, WE'LL KEEP THIS AS A PRIORITY, WE'LL TALK ABOUT THIS, YOU KNOW, THE HOUR'S LATE. THE GENTLEWOMAN'S BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR A LONG TIME.

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  • 10:34:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 10:34:17 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    FOCUS ON IT BEFORE I CAN ACCEPT IT. I YIELD BACK.

  • 10:34:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RISE?

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

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    THE CHAIR

    STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:34:34 PM

    MR. FARR

    TIME SHE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    ALL, LET ME THANK MR. FARR AND PROSECUTE KING -- AND MR. KINGSTON. I HOPE…

    ALL, LET ME THANK MR. FARR AND PROSECUTE KING -- AND MR. KINGSTON. I HOPE MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA CAN SEE IN HIS HEART THAT THIS IS A VERY SMALL MICROS COULD MUCH FOR A VERY LARGE ISSUE -- MICROCOSM FOR A VERY LARGE ISSUE AND THAT IS THAT FOOD DESERTS DO EXIST. AND THE FAMILIES THAT ARE IMPACTED, FAMILY MEMBERS FROM THE UNITED STATES MILITARY TO THE VERY YOUNGEST CHILD, I HAVE BEEN FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE IF THAT IS THE CASE TO NARROW THIS VERY WELL AND I HAVE NO QUARREL WITH INDIVIDUALS ENGAGING IN MARKETING OUTREACH BUT I'M TALKING ABOUT HARD TO SERVE AREAS THAT INCLUDE URBAN AND RURAL AREAS WHERE THERE ARE NO CHAINS TO ENGAGE -- FOOD CHAINS TO ENGAGE IN ANY BEN EV LENT ASSISTANCE. I'M ALSO SUGGESTING TO YOU THAT IF YOU LOOK AT THE LANDSCAPE OF DISTRICTS ACROSS THE NATION, JUST TAKE, FOR EXAMPLE, MY DISTRICT IS NUMBER 32 IN REGARDS TO FOOD INSECURITY. BUT THERE ARE 31 ABOVE ME. THE PEOPLE HAVE LIMITED ACCESS TO FOOD. I ENJOY THE POINT THAT MR. FARR MADE ABOUT MS. KAPTUR'S FARMERS MARKET. THIS WILL INFUSE ENERGY INTO THE FARMERS MARKET, THIS WILL CREATE JOBS FOR A LIMITED AMOUNT OF PILOT RESOURCES. THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. THIS IS TO TAKE A GREAT LAND LIKE AMERICA AND SAY, WE WANT EVERYBODY TO MINIMALLY HAVE THE ACCESS TO GOOD, HEALTHY NUTRITIOUS FOOD. SO I WOULD ASK FOR THE HUMANITARIAN CONSIDERATION OF MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR HIS INSTRUCTIVENESS AND THE WORK OF THE MEMBERS OF THIS APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. THE JACKSON LEE AMENDMENT. IT FILLS THE GAPING HOLE OF THE LACK OF FOOD BY PROVIDING RESOURCES TO CURE THE PROBLEM OF FOOD DESERTS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:36:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LEE: I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    TO CLAUSE 6 EVER RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY…

    TO CLAUSE 6 EVER RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RISE?

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  • 10:37:07 PM

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    AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    REPORT THE AMENDMENT. WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 10:37:23 PM

    THE CLERK

    23. AMENDMENT NUMBER 23 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR.…

    23. AMENDMENT NUMBER 23 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. GIBSON OF NEW YORK.

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  • 10:37:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:37:34 PM

    MR. GIBSON

    MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, OVER 50 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS ACROSS OUR…

    MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, OVER 50 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS ACROSS OUR COUNTRY HAVE AT LEAST 10% OF THEIR POPULATION WITHOUT HIGH SPEED -- WITHOUT ACCESS TO HIGH SPEED BROADBAND. MY DISTRICT IS ONE OF THESE OVER 50 DISTRICTS. THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT IMPEDIMENT TO JOB CREATION. WE HAVE FARMERS WITHOUT ACCESS TO THE HIGH SPEED BROADBAND, WE HAVE MANY SMALL BUSINESSES IN OUR DISTRICT, INCLUDING BED AND BREAKFASTS WHICH IMPACT OUR TOURISM. WITHOUT THAT ACCESS. THIS AMENDMENT HELPS ADDRESS THAT SITUATION. NOW, THE UNDERLYING BILL ZEROS OUT THE LOAN PROGRAM FOR RURAL BROADBAND. THIS IS DOWN FROM $22.3 MILLION THAT WE JUST CLOSED OUT A FEW MONTHS AGO FOR F.Y. 2011. AND WITH THE HEALTHY RESPECT FOR THE LEADERSHIP OF THE AGRICULTURAL APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE, I THINK THIS IS A MISTAKE. I KNOW THAT THERE HAVE BEEN ISSUES WITH THIS PROGRAM IN THE PAST. I HAVE READ THE I.G. REPORT. I WILL ALSO SAY THAT MY UNDERSTANDING IS THE ADMINISTRATION HAS MADE PROGRESS. SINCE THE PUBLISHING OF THAT REPORT. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN SAID ABOUT THIS PROGRAM IS IT HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO ADDRESS THE SIGNIFICANT VOLUME OF REQUESTS AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT IN MARCH, 2011, THEY CLEARED THE BACKLOG OF ALL THE APPLICATIONS FOR THE PROGRAM AND IN FACT THERE'S NOW UP TO $100 MILLION IN NEW LOAN APPLICATIONS, SHOWING THE INTEREST IN THIS PROGRAM. ANOTHER CRITICISM HAS BEEN THAT THIS PROGRAM IS DUPLICATIVE AND THAT IN FACT THAT YOU CAN APPLY UNDER TELEMEDICINE FOR RURAL AREAS AND I WILL TELL YOU THAT WE HAVE TRIED THAT IN OUR DISTRICT. WITH NO SUCCESS. AND THIS PROGRAM THAT I AM OFFERING AMENDMENT TODAY, FOR $6 MILLION, A LOAN PROGRAM, FULLY OFFSET, IS THE ONLY PROGRAM EXCLUSIVELY DEDICATED TO RURAL BROADBAND. AND THIS PROGRAM, THIS AMENDMENT, $6 MILLION CAN GIVE US ACCESS TO OVER AND SUPPORT OVER $100 MILLION IN LOAN APPLICATIONS. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS AMENDMENT WILL HELP CREATE JOBS AND IT WILL HELP OUR FARMERS WITH PROFITABILITY. OF COURSE I'M BIASED. BUT I BELIEVE WE'VE GOT THE SMARTEST, THE HARDEST WORKING FARMERS IN THE WORLD. THEIR ISSUE IS PROFITABILITY AND THIS AMENDMENT WILL HELP. AND THE C.B.O., THE C.B.O. ASSESSES THIS AMENDMENT AS NEUTRAL AND IT SAYS THAT IT WILL REDUCE OUTLAYS BY $2 MILLION IN 2012. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN. C.B.O. SAYS THIS AMENDMENT WILL REDUCE OUTLAYS BY $2 MILLION IN 2012. AND SO HOW DO WE OFFSET THIS? HOW DO WE PROVIDE ACCESS FOR FARMERS AND SMALL BUSINESSES, ACCESS TO A LOAN PROGRAM? WE CUT THE FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY, $6 MILLION IN OFFICE RENTAL PAYMENTS. NOW THE USDA IS BLESSED WITH SOME OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT OFFICE SPACE AMONG ALL THE FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY AND IN ADDITION TO WHAT THEY HAVE HERE IN THE DISTRICT. IN MARYLAND THERE IS ADDITIONAL OFFICE SPACE OF WHICH THEY POSSESS. SO ON TOP OF ALL THAT THERE'S $151 MILLION IN THIS APPROPRIATIONS BILL FOR RENTAL OF OFFICE SPACE, INCLUDING RIGHT HERE ON M STREET IN WASHINGTON, D.C. THIS IS A GOOD PAY-FOR TO GIVE ACCESS TO OUR FARMERS SO THAT THEY CAN HAVE ACCESS TO RURAL BROADBAND. TO ALL MY COLLEAGUES, I SAY THIS IS A GOOD AMENDMENT. THE ONLY AMENDMENT THAT PROVIDES EXCLUSIVE RURAL BROADBAND ACCESS. IT'S SUPPORTED BY THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU, IT'S SUPPORTED BY THE NEW YORK STATE FARM BUREAU AND NUMEROUS CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE IN MY DISTRICT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND I'D LIKE TO YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM ARIZONA, MR. GOSAR.

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  • 10:41:33 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING THE TIME AND I THANK THE CHAIR. I RISE…

    TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING THE TIME AND I THANK THE CHAIR. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE --

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  • 10:41:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK MUST REMAIN ON HIS…

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK MUST REMAIN ON HIS FEET. THE GENTLEMAN WILL CONTINUE.

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  • 10:41:43 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT PROPOSED BY MR. GIBSON AND MR. OWENS'.…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT PROPOSED BY MR. GIBSON AND MR. OWENS'. AS I THINK IT IS EXACTLY WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT US TO DO HERE IN WASHINGTON. THE PEOPLE EXPECT US TO BE RESPONSIBLE WITH THEIR TAX MONEY. THE PEOPLE HAVE MADE IT CLEAR, MORE THAN CLEAR, THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS TOO BIG. OUR JOB IS TO LOOK FOR WASTE, INEFFICIENCIES AND BLOAT. THE GIBSON-OWENS AMENDMENT HAS FOUND SUCH BLODE AND SEEKS TO REMEDY IT. THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT THE USDA DOES GOOD WORK AND THAT THE AGENCY SHOULD HAVE SUITABLE WORKSPACE TO CONDUCT ITS WORK. INDEED AS MR. GIBSON HAS POINTED OUT, THE USDA HAS THREE MILLION SQUARE FEET OF PRIME OFFICE SPACE ON THE NATIONAL MALL IN A BEAUTIFUL BUILDING THAT CONTRIBUTES TO THE ARCHITECTURAL BEAUTY OF THE NATION'S CAPITOL. TO LEARN THAT THE USDA ALSO HAS A CAMPUS IN MARYLAND THAT OCCUPIES 45 ACRES OF LAND IS ITSELF CONCERNING. WITH ALL THAT OFFICE SPACE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TO THE USDA IN THE WASHINGTON AREA AND AN ADDITIONAL 1 -- $151 MILLION TO RENT OFFICE SPACE ELSEWHERE, WHY DOES THE USDA WANT TO RENT MORE OFFICE SPACE IN D.C.? THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY WILL NOT BEGRUDGE AN ARCHITECTURALY DISTINGUISHED OFFICE FOR THE NATION'S CAPITOL BUT A LUXURIOUS HIGH RENT OFFICE IN ADDITION IS TOO MUCH.

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  • 10:42:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    MR. KINGSTON

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. KINGSTON

    SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, IF I HAVE TIME LEFT OVER I'LL YIELD YOU…

    SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, IF I HAVE TIME LEFT OVER I'LL YIELD YOU SOME BUT YOU CAN YIELD FIVE MINUTES IF YOU WANT. MR. CHAIRMAN, I OPPOSE THIS. I WANT TO START OUT BY SAYING THAT THE COMMITTEE'S TAKEN A REALLY CLOSE LOOK AT THIS OVER THE YEARS AND I WISH COULD YOU SEE FROM WHERE YOU'RE SITTING BETTER THE SATURATION LEVEL OF BROADBAND ACCESS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THAT'S IN THE BLUE. AS YOU CAN SEE, THE ENTIRE COUNTRY IS MOSTLY BLUE ACCORDING TO THIS. BUT I WOULD NOT WANT YOUR EYES TO JUST STRAIN FROM THERE SO I CAN GIVE YOU SOME NUMBERS HERE. NEW JERSEY, 100% PENETRATION. FLORIDA, 99.9% PENETRATION. NEW YORK, 99.8%. GEORGIA, 99.4%. ARIZONA, 98.2%. AND I CAN SUBMIT THIS FOR THE RECORD, BUT THIS PROGRAM IS NOT NECESSARY. AND IN A TIME WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SAVING MONEY, WE DO NOT NEED TO INCREASE THIS ACCOUNT. THE PROCESS IS BURDENSOME, WE GET LOTS OF COMPLAINTS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD APPLICATIONS, PENDING FOR A LONG TIME, AND THEY CAN'T GET IT ANSWERED. CAN'T GET THEIR QUESTIONS ANSWERED, OR THEY GET APPROVED BUT CAN'T GET THE MONEY. THE ELIGIBILITY IS TOO BROAD. AND IN MANY AREAS IT COMPETES WITH PRIVATE SECTOR BROADBAND SERVICE. NOW, THE I.G. REPORT HAD A NUMBER OF THINGS THAT THEY FOUND. THEY FOUND THAT THIS RURAL BROADBAND PROGRAM GRANTED LOANS OF $103 MILLION TO 64 COMMUNITIES NEAR LARGE CITIES INCLUDING $45 MILLION LOANS TO 19 SUBURBAN SUBDIVISIONS WITHIN A FEW MILES OF HOUSTON, TEXAS. THAT'S HARDLY THE INTENT OF THE PROGRAM. THE I.G. REPORT ALSO FOUND OUT THAT THEY WERE COMPETING WITH PRE-EXISTING BROADBAND ACCESS IN MANY PLACES AND FOUND THAT 159 OF THE 240 COMMUNITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE LOAN, THAT 66% ALREADY HAD SERVICE. .66% ALREADY HAD SERVICE. NOW, THERE WAS CRITICISM AND THE PRESIDENT SAID AND THE I.G. TOOK A LOOK AT THAT EIGHT OUT OF THE 14 HAD ACTIONS TAKEN ON THEM. 34 OF THE 37 APPLICATIONS FOR PROVIDERS WERE IN AREAS WHERE THERE WAS ALREADY PRIVATE OPERATORS OFFERING SERVICE, 34 OUT OF 37. WHEN OUR COMMITTEE TOOK A LOOK AT THIS, WE FELT THE PROGRAM NEEDED CHANGING AND DID NOT NEED NEW MONEY. SO I MUST RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE WITH MY GOOD FRIENDS WHO ARE OFFERING THIS AND STAND IN OPPOSITION WITH THE AMENDMENT. I YIELD TO MY FREEND FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 10:46:24 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    LIKE TO DISAGREE AND THAT IS, AS I SERVED A VAST PART OF ARIZONA, 60% OF…

    LIKE TO DISAGREE AND THAT IS, AS I SERVED A VAST PART OF ARIZONA, 60% OF ARIZONA WHICH IS SEVERED BY NUMEROUS AMOUNT OF NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES AND TRYING TO GET BROADBAND SERVICE AND THIS IS THE FUNDING WE WANT TO DIRECT TO THE APPROPRIATE PLACE AND THE NATIVE AMERICANS ARE EXACTLY THE PLACE THIS CAN GO. THIS IS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THEY NEED AND THEY ARE IN THE PROCESS TO GET THAT AND TRYING TO BUILD THAT INFRASTRUCTURE AND THAT IS WHERE THAT FUND CAN BE. AND I YIELD TO MR. GIBSON. GIBGIB I THANK THE --

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  • 10:47:12 PM

    MR. GIBBS

    THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. THERE IS SIGNIFICANT NEED FOR EXPANDING…

    THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. THERE IS SIGNIFICANT NEED FOR EXPANDING BROADBAND. WE HAVE OVER 60 DISTRICTS THAT HAVE 10% OF THEIR POPULATION THAT AREN'T IN THE HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND AND I WANT TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES. THIS REDUCES BY $2 MILLION IN 012. THIS PROGRAM SHOULD NOT BE ZER OED OUT AND WE SHOULD HAVE WE SHOULD ACCEPT THIS AMENDMENT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ACCEPT THIS AMENDMENT TO CONTINUE TO MAKE PROGRESS WITH BROADBAND AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:47:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

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    MRS. LUMMIS

    STRIKE THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF WORDS. RESPECTFULLY, MY CHAIRMAN AND I…

    STRIKE THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF WORDS. RESPECTFULLY, MY CHAIRMAN AND I DISAGREE ON THIS ISSUE. I RAISED THIS IN THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS AND HIS SUPERIOR ABILITIES TO CONVINCE THE SUBCOMMITTEE PREVAILED. BUT I WEIGH IN ON THE SIDE OF MR. GIBSON AND MR. GOSAR AND LET ME TELL YOU WHY. THE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN HAS IT CORRECT INSOFAR AS IT GIVES YOU NUMBERS ON BROADBAND ACCESS THAT WILL ALLOW YOU A SPEED OF RECEIVING SERVICE THAT IS SO SLOW THAT IT IS BASICALLY 20TH CENTURY RATHER THAN 21ST CENTURY COMMUNICATION. UNDER THE SPODE OF THE NUMBERS THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA HAS DERIVED COVER THIS 99, 98% COVERAGE, IT WOULD TAKE YOU NINE HOURS TO DOWNLOAD A MOVIE. WHO'S GOING TO DO THAT? IN THIS DIGITAL WORLD, THE KINDS OF DATA THAT NEEDS TO BE -- IN ORDER TO HAVE THE TYPE OF BROADBAND ACCESS THAT MY COLLEAGUE FROM ARIZONA WOULD LIKE THE NATIVE AMERICANS WOULD LIKE TO HAVE WOULD REQUIRE A MUCH FASTER BROADBAND SERVICE. AND IT IS CONSISTENT WITH HAVING A ROBUST COMMUNITY THAT HAS REAL BROADBAND SERVICE, MY STATE IS AT THE ROCK BOTTOM, LESS THAN HALF OF THE PEOPLE IN MY STATE HAVE THE KIND OF ROBUST SERVICE THAT IS TYPICAL OF URBAN AREAS. THE SAME COULD BE SAID TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM ARIZONA WHERE NATIVE AMERICANS SO DESPERATELY NEED THE OPPORTUNITY TO MARKET PRODUCTS OFE THE NET. I ENCOURAGE MY POLL SITUATION TO SUPPORT MR. GIBSON AND MR. GOSAR AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THEIR AMENDMENT. AND I WOULD YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO.

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  • 10:50:40 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    FIND THE PRESENT TIME TO ENTER INTO A DISCUSSION ON THIS AMENDMENT AT THIS…

    FIND THE PRESENT TIME TO ENTER INTO A DISCUSSION ON THIS AMENDMENT AT THIS POINT?

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  • 10:50:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. LUMMIS

    AND THE GIPSA RULE AND I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    NOT OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 721, A LEGISLATIVE LEGISLATION THAT…

    NOT OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 721, A LEGISLATIVE LEGISLATION THAT PREVENTS THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE OF DOING IS JOB AS INSTRUCTED IN THE FARM BILL RELATIVE TO FAIR COME PGS, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE LANGUAGE THAT IS IN THE BILL AND WHEN THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE WROTE THE FARM BILL, USDA USED THE PACKERS AND STOCK YARDS ACT TO RESTORE FAIRNESS TO THE MARKETS BUT INSTEAD ALLOWING THE AGENCY TO DO ITS JOB, CONGRESS IN AN UNEVENED HANDED WAY HAS ALLOWED ITSELF TO BE CAPTURED BY THE MEET INDUSTRY. WHILE THEY ARE BEING SQUEEZED OUT OF THE MARKETS, LARGE CONSOLIDATED PLAYERS MANIPULATE THE RULES TO FAVOR THEIR OPERATIONS AND CONGRESS CAN'T STAND BY SILENT. ON BEHALF OF THE FARMERS, RANCHERS AND WHO STRUGGLE EVERY DAY AS THEY FACE THE TASK, I OPPOSE THE BASE LANGUAGE IN 721 AND I WOULD LIKE TO PLACE TWO STATEMENTS IN THE RECORD, A LETTER FROM THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU OPPOSING SECTION 721 AND LETTER FROM OVER 140 RGSES SUPPORTING THE PROPOSAL. THE MEAT PACK RS ARE SCARING MEMBERS WITH MILLIONS IN CAMPAIGN DONATIONS. AND ATTEMPTING TO WIN ON THE MERITS OF THE ARGUMENT, THE NATIONAL CATTLEMEN'S BEEF ASSOCIATION, WHICH HAS THE RIGHT TO SPEEK OUT, SENT OUT A NATIONAL NLTS TO ITS MEMBERS TO HARASS THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU. THIS ISN'T THE NATURE OF WELL-MEANING DEBATE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO RESIST THE MISINFORMATION AND STAND STRONG FOR INDEPENDENT PRODUCERS AND FAMILY FARMERS AND RANCHERS. SECTION 721 OF THE BASE BILL GOES FURTHER. IT WILL STOP USDA FROM CONDUCTING A ANALYSIS OF ITS INDUSTRY.

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  • 10:53:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS IT POSSIBLE TO GAIN ADDITIONAL TIME?

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    MS. KAPTUR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLEMAN RISE?

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    THE REQUISITE WORDS.

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    MR. KING

    YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    THE GENTLEMAN. THE CURRENT PROPOSAL WILL SILENCE THE NEARLY 60,000…

    THE GENTLEMAN. THE CURRENT PROPOSAL WILL SILENCE THE NEARLY 60,000 COMMENTS ON THE RULE BECAUSE IT WILL PREVENT USDA FROM READING THE RECORD AND FINALLY IT WILL UNDERMINE LONG FAIRNESS FOR MILLIONS OF FAURMERS, RANCHERS AND PRODUCERS BY ALLOWING IT TO REMAIN IN THE BILL. THE HOUSE IS STANDING WITH THE FEW BIG MEAT PACKERS AND AGAINST THE MA THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF PRODUCERS. TO UNDERSTAND HOW ILLOGICAL, I REFER THE HOUSE TO THE COMMITTEE REPORT WHERE THE COMMITTEE DIRECTED THE UMP SD ARCH TO ISSUE DOCUMENTS AND BEFORE THE HOUSE BEGAN CONSIDERATION OF THIS BILL. ON ITS FACE THE AGENCY HAS COMPLIED WITH SOMETHING BEFORE THE HOUSE KFERED THE BILL. IS THIS PROPER? FURTHERMORE, I WOULD NOTE THAT SECTION 721 WERE TO BE IMPLEMENTED. , THE AGENCY WOULD NOT COMPLY. IF THERE EVER WAS A TIME THAT THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE HAS OVERSTEPPED ITS BOUNDS THIS IS IT. THIS COMMITTEE PRESENTED USDA FROM IMPLEMENTING A PROVISION OF LAW. IT WAS THE SAME CONSOLIDATED MEAT-PACKING INDUSTRY, CRIME FROM THE RAFT TERS WITH CLAIMS WHICH WAS BEHIND THE MEAT LABELING COOL DELAY. WE HAVE RETURNED TO THE DARK DAYS RECYCLING THE SAME TALKING POINTS. IT TOOK US EIGHT YEARS AND WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO SEE WHERE OUR MEAT COMES FROM WHERE THE PEOPLE WANTED. ON BEHALF OF FARMERS, RANCHERS, I PLEDGE TO CONTINUE THIS FIGHT AND CONTINUE EIGHT YEARS OF DELAY. LET IT DO ITS JOB AND I YIELD MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN AND GENTLELADY AND I THANK THEM FOR THEIR CONSIDERATION.

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  • 10:56:12 PM

    MR. KING

    THANK GENTLELADY FOR THEIR ATTENTION TO THIS MATTER AND FOR STANDING IN…

    THANK GENTLELADY FOR THEIR ATTENTION TO THIS MATTER AND FOR STANDING IN THE BEST INTERESTS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:56:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE PING OF THE AIR CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 10:56:43 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    PROCEEDINGS WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    PROCEEDINGS WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RISE? THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:56:59 PM

    THE CLERK

    3 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. BLUMENAUER OF OREGON.

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    MR. BLUMENAUER

    THESE ARE CHALLENGEING AND DIFFICULT ECONOMIC TIMES. BUT UNFORTUNATELY,…

    THESE ARE CHALLENGEING AND DIFFICULT ECONOMIC TIMES. BUT UNFORTUNATELY, THERE REALLY ARE ALTERNATIVES TO SLASHING ENVIRONMENTAL PAYMENTS AND SUPPORT IN THE FARM BILL. THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE TO REFORM AND MODERNIZE. THE LAST FARM BILL PRETENDED TO START LIMITATIONS IN PAYMENTS, BUT EXEMPTED FROM THE MODEST LIMITATIONS IN SOME AREAS WHERE MARKET LOAN PAYMENTS AND COMMODITY CERTIFICATES, NOT CAPPED. THIS MEANS THAT ENTITIES CAN RIFT TITLE WILL 1 DOLLARS UNDER THE CURRENT LAW. MR. CHAIRMAN, IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US AS WE ARE DEALING WITH TRYING TO REDUCE THE STRAIN ON THE FEDERAL BUDGET TO DO SO IN A WAY THAT IS STRATEGIC. THE AMENDMENT I PROPOSE WOULD ESTABLISH $125,000 PAYMENT LIMITATION IN TOTAL. NOW THIS WILL SAVE 2/3 OF $1 BILLION. BEAR IN MIND THAT IN WE ARE NOW CUTTING EXISTING ENVIRONMENTAL CONTRACTS IF THIS BILL CAME FORWARD. THERE ARE STILL THE MAJORITY OF FARMERS AND RANCHERS IN THIS COUNTRY STILL RECEIVE NOTHING. 62% RECEIVE NOTHING. IN MY STATE OF OREGON, IT'S 87% OF THE FARMERS AND RANCHERS. IT'S TIME TO START WITH MODEST RESTRICTION ON GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES. THERE ARE A WIDE RANGE OF AREAS IN THIS BUDGET AS ITS WORKING ITS WAY THROUGH THE HOUSE. WE ARE GOING TO SEE DRAMATIC REDUCTIONS, ALMOST A THIRD IN TRANSPORTATION. WE SLASHED $1 BILLION FROM WATER AND SEWER PROGRAMS. AT A TIME OF RECORD MY FARM COMMODITY PRICES, THIS WOULD BE A TIME TO PLACE THIS MODEST LIMITATION. THERE IS ACTUALLY A QUESTION OF WHETHER OR NOT SOME OF THESE PAYMENTS EVEN GO TO FARMERS AT ALL. IN 2009, SOME OF THE ENTITIES THAT RECEIVE TITLE ONE HANDOUTS, FIDELITY NATIONAL TITLE INSTITUTE RECEIVED OVER $4.85 MILLION. ALMOST $3 MILLION WENT TO A COUNTY ABSTRACT COMPANY. THE AMERICAN MARKET INK PEANUT ASSOCIATION RECEIVED LARGESSE WORTH OVER 3.89 MILLION. THESE AREN'T SMALL FAMILY FARMERS THAT I THINK ALL OF US WOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT. IN THIS DAY AND AGE IT IS EMBARRASSING TO BE GIVING AWAY TAXPAYER YOU MONEY IN ONE YEAR TO A PRIVATE, FOR-PROFIT COMPANY WHEN I THINK WE SHOULD BE DOING IS CONCENTRATING ON THE SUPPORT FOR AMERICA'S FARMERS AND RANCHERS. WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY WITH THIS AMENDMENT TO TAKE A STEP IN THIS DIRECTION. I WOULD STRONGLY URGE THAT MY COLLEAGUES JOIN WITH ME IN ADOPTING THIS AMENDMENT ESTABLISHING A $125,000 OVERALL LIMIT -- EXCUSE ME -- AND BE ABLE TO START SAVING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND SING NATIONAL A THAT WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT REFORMING AND I YIELD BACK. .

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  • 11:01:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    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 OKLAHOMA RISE?

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  • 11:01:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THIS AMENDMENT WOULD ALSO EFFECT THE PERMANENT DISASTER PROGRAM. PRODUCERS…

    THIS AMENDMENT WOULD ALSO EFFECT THE PERMANENT DISASTER PROGRAM. PRODUCERS WERE REQUIRED TO PURCHASE CROP INSURANCE TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THAT PROGRAM. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD BE A BAIT AND SWITCH. THEY FULFILLED THEIR END OF THE BARGAIN. BUT WE'RE PULLING THE RUG OUT FROM UNDER THEM NOW. THERE'S A TIME AND A PLACE TO DEBATE THE APPROPRIATE LEVEL OF SUPPORT FOR FARMERS. I WELCOME THAT DEBATE AS A PART OF THE 2012 FARM BILL PROCESS. WHICH WILL IN EFFECT BEGIN NEXT WEEK. THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE WILL BE AUDITING FARM PROGRAMS FOR EFFECTIVENESS AND EFFICIENCY AND THEN WILL INPUT FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY ON THE BEST WAY TO SUPPORT OUR FARMERS AND RANCHERS WHILE MAKING GOOD USE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS. DISCUSSING FARM PROGRAMS IN THE CONTEXT OF A FARM BILL WILL REPRESENT HONEST, TRANSPARENT POLICYMAKING. THIS AMENDMENT PREVENTS THAT DISCUSSION FROM TAKING PLACE BY ALTERING THE TERMS OF THE CONTRACTS WITH FARMERS ONCE THEY'VE ALREADY BEEN SIGNED. PROTECTING FARMERS DURING CATASTROPHIC WEATHER EVENTS IS THE LEAST WE CAN DO TO MAINTAIN A STABLE FOOD SUPPLY IN OUR COUNTRY. MY COLLEAGUES IN THE MIDWEST HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE DEVASTATION THAT COMES WITH FLOODING. MY COLLEAGUES IN THE SOUTHWEST KNOW HOW DROUGHTS CAN TURN HEALTHY FARMS INTO DESOLATION. FOR THAT REASON ALONE I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. BUT I ALSO URGE YOU TO OPPOSE IT BECAUSE POLICY CHANGES LIKE THIS SHOULD BE CONDUCTED WITHIN THE BROADER CONTEXT OF ALL FARM BILL POLICY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:01:50 PM

    MR. LUCAS

    TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    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 MISSOURI RISE?

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS WE DID IS WE APPLIED THE FARM -- THE PAYMENT…

    ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS WE DID IS WE APPLIED THE FARM -- THE PAYMENT LIMITATIONS TO ALL OF THE PROGRAMS AND AS I UNDERSTAND THIS AMENDMENT, IT ONLY APPLIES TO THE COMMODITY TITLE. SO WE'RE ONCE AGAIN GOING -- AGAIN GOING TO CREATE A DIFFERENT SET OF PAYMENT LIMITATIONS FOR ONE PART OF THE FARM PROGRAM COMPARED TO ANOTHER. I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THE PURPOSE OF THIS IS, BECAUSE THE FARM PROGRAMS ARE NOT DESIGNED TO BE A WELFARE PROGRAM OR TO PICK WINNERS AND LOSERS AND DECIDE HOW BIG A FARM'S GOING TO BE AND ALL THAT SORT OF STUFF. THE PURPOSE OF THESE FARM PROGRAMS IS TO SUPPORT PRODUCTION AGRICULTURE SO WE CAN FEED THIS COUNTRY AND FRANKLY FEED THE WORLD. AND YOU READ ALL THESE STORIES COMING FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD THAT WE'RE WORRIED THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE ENOUGH FOOD TO FEED THE INCREASE IN POPULATION AND ALL THAT STUFF, YOU KNOW, IF YOU GO DOWN THIS TRACK YOU'RE GOING TO GO DOWN A POLICY THAT'S GOING TO MAKE IT VERY DIFFICULT FOR US TO FEED THE WORLD. SO THIS IS IDEOLOGY RUN AMOK, YOU KNOW, SOME PEOPLE HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THE WAY WE'VE DESIGNED THIS SAFETY NET AND I THINK WE CAN DO A BETTER JOB. BUT, YOU KNOW, THIS IS JUST THE WRONG THING TO DO, THIS IS TOO COMPLICATED AN ISSUE TO SETTLE HERE ON THE FLOOR IN A FEW MINUTES OF DEBATE AND IT'S JUST NOT FAIR TO THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE MADE THE LONG-TERM DECISIONS AND INVESTED A LOT OF MONEY BASED ON EXPECTING THAT THIS FARM BILL WAS GOING TO BE IN THIS FORM UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30 OF 2012. SO I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:04:33 PM

    MR. PETERSON

    OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    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 CONNECTICUT RISE?

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  • 11:06:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THESE ARE NOT SMALL FARMERS, AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM OREGON SAID, THE TOP 10%…

    THESE ARE NOT SMALL FARMERS, AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM OREGON SAID, THE TOP 10% OF SUBSIDY RECIPIENTS RECEIVE ALMOST 3/4 OF THESE FUNDS. THIS IS NOT THE SMALL FARMER, THESE ARE BIG CON DEMROM RATS. THESE -- CONGLOMERATES. THESE SUBSIDIES ARE BAILOUTS. WE HEAR A LOT ABOUT BAILOUTS IN THIS CHAME BEFORE HE AND NOBODY THINKS BAILOUTS ARE A GOOD THING. THESE ARE SLOW MOTION YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT BAILOUTS OF AN INDUSTRY. MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT BOTH THE GOALS OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND THE IDEA THAT MARKETS ARE EFFICIENT. HERE NOT ONLY ARE WE TAKING TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND SENDING THEM TO A SLOW MOTION PERPETUAL BAILOUT, BUT WE'RE DOING IT IN SUCH A WAY THAT CREATES CHEAP CORN SUGARS AND OTHER THINGS THAT GO INTO THE FAST FOOD THAT CREATE -- THAT EXACERBATE THE OBESITY PROBLEM IN THIS COUNTRY. THIS IS A BAD IDEA. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT FOR BOTH FISCAL HEALTH AND SHEER MARKET GROUNDS. AND WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM OREGON.

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  • 11:08:17 PM

    MR. HIMES

    OF MY TIME TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM OREGON.

  • 11:09:23 PM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE YOUR KIND WORDS AND YOUR THOUGHTFUL ANALYSIS. THE…

    THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE YOUR KIND WORDS AND YOUR THOUGHTFUL ANALYSIS. THE APPROACH THAT WE ARE TAKING HERE IS TO PUT AN OVERALL LIMIT OF $125,000 IN ADDITION TO WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. THIS WOULD HAVE ONLY AFFECTED ABOUT 6,500 ENTITIES IN 2009. IT'S AN APPROPRIATE STEP FORWARD. I HEAR SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES CONCERNED ABOUT CHANGING THE RULES FOR A FEW THOUSAND PEOPLE WHO ARE GETTING HUGE AMOUNTS OF SUBSIDIES. YOU KNOW, THIS BILL WILL CHANGE THE RULES FOR TENS OF THOUSANDS OF FARMERS AND RANCHERS WHO WOULD OTHERWISE GET ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS, PAYMENTS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS. IN FACT, SOME OF THE EXISTING CONTRACTS WOULD BE BE A ROGATTED -- ABROGATED. THERE'S GOING TO BE LOTS OF CHANGES GOING ON. I HOPE THAT WE START NOW BEGINNING THE PROCESS OF AGRICULTURE REFORM AND MAKING CLEAR THAT WE WANT TO START BY PUTTING SOME OVERALL LIMITATION DURING A TIME OF RECORD HIGH FARM PRICES, THERE'S NEVER A GOOD TIME TO DO IT, I THINK THE TIME TO DO IT IS NOW, I LOOK FORWARD TO A SPIRITED DEBATE ON FARM BILL REFORM, I HOPE AT SOME POINT WE'RE ABLE TO ACTUALLY DO SOME MEANINGFUL REFORM, AS ACKNOWLEDGED BY EVEN THE PROPOBETS FROM THE COMMITTEE, THAT WE'VE -- PROPONENTS FROM THE COMMITTEE, THAT WE'VE GOT LOTS OF PROBLEMS WITH THE EXISTING BILL, WE COULD DO A BETTER JOB, IT'S COMPLICATED. WELL, THIS ISN'T COMPLICATED. THIS IS STRAIGHTFORWARD AND DIRECT AND I URGE AN AYE VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE TIME TO MY COLLEAGUE WHO ALLOWED ME TO SPEAK.

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  • 11:11:12 PM

    MR. HIMES

    YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 11:11:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    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 TEXAS RISE?

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    WE'VE COME TO A POINT WHERE I NEED TO DEFEND THE WORK OF THE AG COMMITTEE,…

    WE'VE COME TO A POINT WHERE I NEED TO DEFEND THE WORK OF THE AG COMMITTEE, THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE, THE ONE WHO KNOWS, THE COMMITTEE WHO KNOWS THE MOST ABOUT THIS PROCESS.

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  • 11:11:35 PM

    MR. CONAWAY

    LIMIT IS ARBITRARY, HAS NO CLUE WHAT IT MIGHT HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE…

    LIMIT IS ARBITRARY, HAS NO CLUE WHAT IT MIGHT HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE FARMERS AND RANCHERS IN THE DISTRICTS THAT I REPRESENT. IT'S A DRIVE-BY SHOOTING OF A FOREIGN POLICY THAT FRANKLY MAKE NOES SENSE WHATSOEVER, IF YOU'RE REALLY GOING TO SERIOUSLY PROTECT THE PRODUCTION OF AGRICULTURE IN THIS COUNTRY. ON THE ONE HAND WE HEAR OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE RANT ABOUT IMPORTED FOODS AND THEY WANT TO THEN TURN AROUND AND MAKE SURE THAT THE AMERICAN FARMER AND PRODUCER DOES NOT HAVE THE SAFETY NET THAT WE PROMISED THEM IN 2008. NOW, I UNDERSTAND MY COLLEAGUES DON'T LIKE THAT SAFETY NET. THEY HAD AMPLE OPPORTUNITY WHEN THEY WERE IN THE MAJORITY IN 2008 TO AFFECT THE FARM BILL. IF THEY DON'T LIKE THE PROCESS THEY NEED TO TAKE THAT UP WITH SPEAKER PELOSI AND THEM. THE PROCESS GOING FORWARD THAT I ANTICIPATE HAPPENING NEXT YEAR IS THAT WE WILL BEGIN AS THE CHAIRMAN HAS SAID TO AUDIT THESE FARM BILL PROGRAMS OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS, WE WILL THEN CRAFT A NEW FARM BILL THAT WILL BE INTRODUCED IN THE COMMITTEE, DEBATED THROUGH SUBCOMMITTEES, THEN THE FULL COMMITTEE AND THE THEN WE'LL BRING IT TO THE FLOOR AND IT WILL BE EXPOSED TO ALL OF THESE ARGUMENTS IN AN APPROPRIATE MAN THAT ARE SHOULD TAKE PLACE. NOT IN THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE DID NOT VOTE FOR THE BUDGET THAT WE PASSED HERE IN APRIL, THAT BUDGET CLEARLY SAID THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS IN 2012 WOULD NOT BE USED TO AFFECT THE FARM BILL, THAT THE FARM BILL WOULD BE WRITTEN BY THE AG COMMITTEE, THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE IN 2012. MY COLLEAGUES' ARGUMENTS ARE UNPERSUASIVE AND I DO BELIEVE THIS IS AN ILL-ADVISED AMENDMENT TO GO AT A SAFETY NET THAT BY EVERY DESCRIPTION IS COMPLICATED, IS DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND, BUT IT HAS WORKED TO PROTECT PRODUCTION OF AGRICULTURE FROM THE RISKS THAT THEY TAKE YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT TO PROVIDE THE SAFEST, MOST ABUNDANT AND CHEAPEST FOOD AND FIBER SOURCE THAT ANY DEVELOPED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THE BLUMENAUER AMENDMENT, IT'S WRONG POLICY, WRONG TIME AND THE WRONG PLACE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:13:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    IS AN AMENDMENT THAT IS ILL-CONCEIVED. I THINK IT WILL DO GREAT HARM AND I…

    IS AN AMENDMENT THAT IS ILL-CONCEIVED. I THINK IT WILL DO GREAT HARM AND I THINK THAT IT'S NOT TIMELY. I AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN THAT THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE HAS GREAT EXPERTISE AND WE HAVE TAKEN A LOT OF TIME TO VET THIS PROGRAM.

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  • 11:14:03 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    FOR US TO COME TONIGHT AND DO IT IS VERY ILL-ADVISED. 19 YEARS AGO WHEN I…

    FOR US TO COME TONIGHT AND DO IT IS VERY ILL-ADVISED. 19 YEARS AGO WHEN I CAME TO THIS BODY, I WAS ON THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE, ON THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE. AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE AT THAT TIME WAS A GENTLEMAN BY THE NAME OF DELAGARZA. HE WAS FOND OF TELLING US THAT -- ONE OF HIS LIFE EXPERIENCES AND THAT WAS HIS SUBMARINE STORY. HE SAID THAT ALL OF HIS LIFE, FROM THE TIME HE WAS A LITTLE BOY, EVEN THOUGH HE GREW UP IN THE RURAL AREAS IN TEXAS, ON THE FARM, THAT HE WANTED TO RIDE IN THE SUBMARINE. HE ALWAYS WAS JUST ENAMORED WITH SUBMARINES. FINALLY AFTER HE CAME TO CONGRESS AND AFTER HE BECAME A CHAIRMAN OF A COMMITTEE, HE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO OUT ON ONE OF OUR NUCLEAR SUBMARINES AND OF COURSE AS THE GUEST HE WAS ALLOWED TO TAKE THE WHEEL AND TO SUB MERGE -- SUBMERGE THE SUBMARINE, TO GET IT UP, TO PLAY WITH THE PARASCOPE AND HE WAS JUST REALLY, REALLY AMAZED AT HOW IMPRESSIVE THAT NUCLEAR SUBMARINE WAS. . IT WAS AN SLEPT MACHINE AND HE SAID HOW LONG WOULD YOU GUESS? AND HE SAID HE THOUGHT FOR A WHILE AND HE SAID, WELL, MAYBE A YEAR AND THE CAPTAIN CHUCKLED AND SAID, MR. CHAIRMAN, WE CAN STAY UNDER WATER FOR AS LONG AS WE HAVE FOOD FOR THE CREWS. WE, IN THIS COUNTRY, WILL BE ABLE TO DEFEND OURSELVES AND HAVE A STRONG COUNTRY AS LONG AS WE HAVE FOOD. AND RIGHT NOW, WE ARE HEADED TO GETTING IMPORT D FOOD FOR THE MAJORITY OF OUR PEOPLE. IF WE CONTINUE WITH THE ROUTE WE ARE GOING, IF WE IMPOSE THESE LIMBTATIONS AND LIMIT THE ABILITY OF OUR FARMERS TO COMPETE ON A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD WITH OUR GLOBAL COMPETITORS, ALL OF OUR FOOD WILL BE COMING FROM SOUTH AMERICA, CHINA. WE CANNOT STAY STRONG AND WE CANNOT BE HEALTHY AND GET SAFE FOOD IF WE DON'T ALLOW OUR FARMERS TO HAVE THE CAPACITY TO EARN A LIVING AND TO PRODUCE THE HIGHER QUALITY ANYWHERE IN THE STRILIZED WORLD. WE HAVE TO DEFEAT THIS AMENDMENTS AND WE HAVE TO STUDY THE WAY TO REFORM THESE PROGRAMS AND TO GET COST EFFECTIVENESS. BUT THIS BILL IS NOT THE PLACE TO DO IT. BUT WE HAVE TO TAKE THE FARM BILL IN 2012 WITH THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE AND ALL OTHERS HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE OUR TIME AND TO THOUGHTFULLY CRAFT A NEW FOREIGN POLICY. WITH THAT, I URGE THE DWEAST OF MY -- DEFEAT THIS AMENDMENT.

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    MY COLLEAGUE'S AMENDMENT. THIS ISN'T A NEW CONCEPT. A NEW DISCUSSION ON…

    MY COLLEAGUE'S AMENDMENT. THIS ISN'T A NEW CONCEPT. A NEW DISCUSSION ON TITLE I. THE TIME TO START DOING THIS IS NOW. WE CAN PRETEND THERE AREN'T POLICIES CHANGES BEING MADE, WITH YOU -- BUT THERE ARE. THERE IS A LETTER EXPRESSING THEIR CONCERN ABOUT THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION PROGRAMS AND THE IMPACT. ARE THE ABILITY OF STEWARDS. HUGE DEMANDS FOROR PROGRAMS WHICH WILL BE DRAMATICALLY AFFECTED. THE HUGE FUNDING IMPACTS, WOMEN AND INFANT CHILDREN PROGRAMS. THEY ARE GOING TO FEEL THE AFFECTS OF THE AFFECTS WE ARE MAKING. THAN FOR MY COLLEAGUES TO CLAIM WE CAN'T MESS WITH TITLE 1 PROGRAM FUNDING AND WAIT FOR THE NEXT FARM BILL. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES, MOHAIR SUBSIDIES IS THAT THE BEST? I WOULD SUBMIT, THE REASON IT WAS PICKED ON, IT WASN'T AN ARGUED POLITICALLY CONNECTED ENTITY SO IT WAS EASE WHICH EASY TO GO AFTER THEM. THEY DO DISTORT THE MARKETPLACE AND TRADE POLICY AND AS I HIGHLIGHTED EARLIER THIS EVENING. AND LONG PAST TIME TO MAKE THESE REVISIONS IN IN LIGHT OF THE HUGE DEFICITS. WHEN 80% GET NOTHING UNDER TITLE 1 SUBSIDIES, NOT A DIME, THAT LEAVES A SMALL GROUP OF ENTITIES THAT ARE RECEIVING THE BULK. THEY ARE THE BIG FIVE GRAIN-PRODUCING, AND THEY ARE THE ONES WHO ARE RECEIVING THE BULK AND UPPED THE FARM BILL, THERE ARE MULTIPLE PROGRAMS THEY CAN BE ELIGIBLE FOR. THE NEW PROGRAM, MANY OF US WERE ARGUING IN THE LAST FARM BILL WHETHER IT WAS NECESSARY TO GO FORWARD WITH DIRECT PAYMENTS THAT BEAR NO RELATIONSHIP TO CURRENT MARKET PRICES AND TODAY WE ARE FACING WORLD'S RECORD COMMODITY PRICES AND NOT ONLY DO WE CONTINUE THEM BUT WE INCREASE THE DIRECT PAYMENTS AND ALLOWING DIRECT PAYMENTS AND NONE OF THAT IS BEING DISCUSSED IN THIS BILL. SO MY ORIGINAL, I'M NOT SURE 125 IS THE RIGHT LEVEL, BUT THE CONCEPT IS NOT NEW BUT A STEP IN THE RIGHT DECKS AND TRYING TO BRING SANITY WHICH WE SHOULDN'T BE DELAYING TO THE NEXT FARM BILL. WE KNOW IT'S TOUGH TO GET IT THROUGH LET ALONE A PRESIDENTIAL YEAR, IT COULD BE YEARS FROM NOW WITH ANY POTENTIAL CHANGE. SO I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT AND CONTINUING THE DISCUSSION AND URGE MY COLLEAGUE TO SUPPORT IT AND I'M SURE THE SENATE WILL HAVE IDEAS ON THINGS THEY RECOMMEND BUT THIS IS APPROPRIATE AND NOT NEW. AND TO CLAIM WE SHOULDN'T TOUCH TITLE I AND AADVICE RATING THE FARM BILL IN WHAT WE ARE DOING IS DISINGENERAL YOUOUS.

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  • 11:21:56 PM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    TALKED ABOUT IMPORTING FOOD FROM OVERSEAS. WELL, YOU KNOW, THE FOOD THAT…

    TALKED ABOUT IMPORTING FOOD FROM OVERSEAS. WELL, YOU KNOW, THE FOOD THAT PEOPLE IN MY STATE RAISE AND I MET WITH A BLUMP OF THEM LAST WEEK AGAIN, THE FRUIT AND VEGETABLES, THEY GET ZIP. WE ARE CUTTING BACK ON THE RESEARCH FUNDING FOR THEM. WE ARE CUTTING BACK ON MARKETING AND HELPING NEM COMPLY WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS BECAUSE THEY ARE GOOD STEWARDS FOR THE LAND AND HARDING FOR THEM TO DO THE WORK OF PRODUCING FOOD FOR AMERICA AND LAVISH SUBSIDIES. WE ARE 90%. IF YOU CARE ABOUT PROTECTING THE FOOD SUPPLY WE REDIRECT IT AND SAVE $650 MILLION AND PUT IT WHERE IT WILL DO MORE GOOD.

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  • 11:22:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    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 WYOMING RISE?

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  • 11:23:01 PM

    MRS. LUMMIS

    SFRIKE THE NUMBER OF WORDS.

  • 11:23:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 11:23:11 PM

    MRS. LUMMIS

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA. MEERTPEERT I WANTED TO --

  • 11:23:17 PM

    MR. PETERSON

    IT WAS DISCUSSED WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO IS THE…

    IT WAS DISCUSSED WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO IS THE TOP 20 RECIPIENTS AND I GOT A COPY OF IT, FOUR OF THE TOP 0 RESIPENS ARE THOSE THAT DID WORK. THE ONE IS 4.8 YOU MILLION AND WORK THAT WAS DONE ON W.R.P. CONTRACTS. SIX OF THE TOP 20 ARE TITLE FIRMS THAT DID WORK ON CONSERVATION W.R.P. CRARKTS THAT ARE NOT AFFECTED. THAT'S A PROBLEM. YOU HAVE ALL THESE STATISTICS AROUND AND CLAIMING THAT THESE BIG GUYS ARE GETTING ALL THIS MONEY, BUT THESE AREN'T FARMERS, BUT LAW FIRMS. MAYBE WE SHOULD HAVE LIMITATIONS ON LAW FIRMS, THAT MIGHT BE A GOOD THING AND MAYBE WE SHOULD LET LET THESE GUYS SPREAD IT AROUND A LITTLE BIT AND MAKE IT FAIR. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:24:36 PM

    MRS. LUMMIS

    YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 11:24:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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    MR. FARR

    JUST -- THIS DISCUSSION JUST BUGS ME. I REPRESENT MORE PRODUCTIVE…

    JUST -- THIS DISCUSSION JUST BUGS ME. I REPRESENT MORE PRODUCTIVE AGRICULTURE IN MY DISTRICT THAN ANYONE IN THIS ROOM, $4 BILLION IN ONE COUNTY AND I REPRESENT A BUNCH OF COUNTIES AND WHAT WE GROW IS SPECIALTY CROPS. AND WE ARE TALKING ABOUT EARLIER, 58% OF ALL THE LETTUCE. WE GROW 58% OF WINE GAPES AND LEADING COUNTIES IN SCRAW BERRY -- STRAWBERRY PRODUCTION. AND OUR MOTTO IS WE ARE THE SALAD BOWL CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, SELLERY AND LETTUCE AND THEY DON'T GET A DIME OF SUPPORT. IF THEY HAVE THE MARKET FALSE, THEY EAT IT. DISASTER COMES IN, THEY EAT IT. SO THE REASON THESE AMENDMENTS ARE BROUGHT UP BY MR. KIND, AND MR. BLUMENAUER IS FRANKLY, YOU KNOW WHAT, THE FARM BILL DOESN'T ADDRESS THIS ISSUE. IT REALLY DOESN'T. IT'S TOO TOUGH. TOO MANY VESTED INTERESTS IN THIS TOWN. BUT YOU HAVE A WHOLE BUNCH OF AGRICULTURE OUT THERE AND IT IS IN COMMODITY SUPPORTS. AND THAT'SAL THE STUFF YOU EAT ALL THE TIME. AND YOU CAN'T HAVE A BUNCH OF PEOPLE WHO ARE ON WELFARE AND A BUNCH OF PEOPLE WHO ARE CONSUMING ALL THE RIFPKS AND WHAT SURPRISES ME THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SEAL TRYING TO SOLVE PROBLEMS, THIS ISN'T A MARKET APPROACH, THIS IS A SUBSIDY AND TAXPAYER SUBSIDY AND GOING TO WEALTHY PEOPLE. AND SO, I'M RISING, THRKS THIS AMENDMENT I'M HOPING GETS DEFEATED AND I BEG WITH THE LEADERS AND IVE GREAT RESPECT FOR THE LEADER. HE IS A C.P.A. AND KNOWS THESE THINGS. AND I JUST I THINK THE HANDWRITING IS ON THE WALL IF THE CONSERVATIVES WOULD TAKE THIS ON AS AN ISSUE THAT AMERICA HAS TO ADDRESS, WITH MAY GET PROGRESS. IF YOU DON'T, YOU ARE ABANDONNING WHAT IS NEEDED IN AMERICA AND THAT APPLE, THAT PEER, THAT BANANA, THAT STRAWBERRY, THE LIST GOES ON, THE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, THEY DON'T GET ANY OF THESE PAYMENTS. LET'S NOT HAVE A BIFURCATED WHERE MAFF OF IT DEPENDS ON TAXPAYER PAYMENTS AND THE OTHER HALF ON MARKET FORCES.

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  • 11:28:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE NOES HAVE IT AND THE AGREEMENT IS NOD AGREED TO. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6, RULE 8, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA RISE?

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  • 11:28:41 PM

    MR. KING

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, AMENDMENT NUMBER 11.

  • 11:28:49 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. KING OF IOWA. AT THE END OF THE BILL, INSERT THE…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. KING OF IOWA. AT THE END OF THE BILL, INSERT THE FOLLOWING NEW SECTION, SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT MAY BE USED TO PAY THE SALARIES AND EXPENSES OF PERSONNEL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO MAKE PAYMENTS UPPED SECTION 2 1 OF THE CLAIMS RESOLUTION KT 201 RELATING TO THE FINAL SETTLE THEMENT OF CLAIMS FROM AND BLACK FARMERS OR SECTION 14012 BY THE FOOD CONSERVATION AND ENERGY ACT, PUBLIC LAW.

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  • 11:29:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 11:29:40 PM

    MR. KING

    AMENDMENT EMINATES FROM CLAIMS THAT WERE FILED SUBSEQUENT TO A PRESS…

    AMENDMENT EMINATES FROM CLAIMS THAT WERE FILED SUBSEQUENT TO A PRESS CONFERENCE HELD BY DAN GLICKMAN IN 1985 WHO SAID THE UD SMP DA. THEY WERE 3,000 BLACK FARMERS WHO FILED CLAIMS. THE 3,000 ESTIMATE BAKE 22,AND ACCORD IDGE TO THE CENSUS, 18,000 BLACK FARMERS. ACCORDING TO THE TESTIMONY BEFORE THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, 18,000 BLACK FARMERS. 18 BLACK FARMERS BECAME 22,551 CLAIMS. THAT WAS PIGFORD ONE. THEY SETTLED ALL OF THE CLAIMS THAT WERE THERE. OTHERS DIDN'T GET FILED. BUT IT ALWAYS WAS A NUMBER GREATER THAN THE ACTUAL NUMBER OF BLACK FARMERS AND CAN'T HAVE MORE BLACK FARMERS THAN THEY ACTUALLY ARE. AND THIS CONGRESS DIDN'T ACT ON IT BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE UNTIL LATE LAST FALL. PRESIDENT OBAMA INTRODUCED LEGISLATION AS A JUNIOR SENIOR FROM ILLINOIS IN 1989 AND 2007 AND WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN PUSHING THIS THROUGH THAT APPROPRIATED $1 MOIN 15 BILLION. WE HAVE NO NOT -- WE STILL HAVE 94,000 CLAIMS AND REPORT AFTER REPORT OF FRAUDULENT CLAIMS AND MARKETING THIS AS PERPETRATION OF A FRAUD ACROSS THIS COUNTRY AND MY AMENDMENT SHUTS OFF THE FUNDING TO ADMINISTER OR TO FUND THE BALANCE OF THESE FUNDS THAT THIS CONGRESS MUST INVESTIGATE. AND THE LARGEST REPUBLIC SIP YET WAS THE LARGEST CLAIM, $14 MILLION FOR HER CLAIM. VILSACK HIRED HER AND LATER HE HIRED HER AND THEN SHE SUED. ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE INFORMATION THAT WE NEED TO FIND OUT. THIS CONGRESS CANNOT BE PAYING OUT ANOTHER 1.1.5 BILLION, GOING AFTER BAD CLAIMS. AND WE HAVE REPORTS AND VIDEOTAPE, ONE IS A CLASS COUNCIL WHO IS ON VIDEOTAPE AND SAYS HE HAS 3,000 CLIENTS WHO HAS FILED CLAIMS. A CLASS COUNCIL WHO IS INCLUDED IN THIS SECOND AGREEMENT BY WHICH THE WAY THE COURT HAS NOT FINALLY APPROVED. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS SHUTS OFF THE FUNDING TO PAY OFF THESE CLAIMS AND ADMINISTER THESE CLAIMS AND GIVES THIS CONGRESS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK IN TO WHAT HAS BEEN DONE TO THE TAXPAYER. I URGE ADOPTION OF MY AMENDMENT AND IT HAS BEEN IN THE NEWS OVER THE LAST YEAR OR SO AND I YIELD BACK. .

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  • 11:33:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 11:33:19 PM

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

  • 11:33:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ANOTHER AMENDMENT IS PENDING. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR…

    ANOTHER AMENDMENT IS PENDING. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 11:33:36 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MEMBERS TO HAVE AMENDMENTS IS A PRIVILEGE THAT…

    THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MEMBERS TO HAVE AMENDMENTS IS A PRIVILEGE THAT SHOULD NOT BE DENIED. AND I RESPECT MY COLLEAGUE FROM IOWA FOR HIS RIGHT TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT. BUT IT IS TRAGIC AND DISAPPOINTING THAT MY FRIEND FROM IOWA WHO SERVES WITH ME ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WOULD TAKE THIS TIME TO DEMEAN THE TRAGIC LIVES THAT BLACK FARMERS, NATIVE AMERICAN FARMERS AND OTHERS IMPACTED HAVE EXPERIENCED OVER SEVERAL DECADES. TO RAISE THE NAME OF CHERYLY SHERROD WHOSE ELOQUENT STORY -- SHIRLEY SHERROD WHOSE ELOQUENT STORY AND PAINFUL STORY OF THE LOSS OF HER FATHER IN THE SEGREGATED SOUTH, WHO WAS MURDERED AND THE FAMILY HAD TO SURVIVE AFTER HIS TRAGIC MURDER BECAUSE OF HIS COLOR, TO MY KNOWLEDGE A FARMER, A MAN OF THE EARTH, I SIT ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS AND THIS LEGISLATION PRECEDED THROUGH THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. I JOINED THE GENTLEMAN IN WANTING TO ENSURE THE ADEQUACY OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS SETTLEMENT. I WANT TO STAND ALONGSIDE OF A TRANSPARENT SYSTEM BUT THIS WAS A LAWSUIT. MANY OF THE LITIGANTS DIED BEFORE THEY EVEN GOT TO THE SETTLEMENT. THIS IS THE AMERICAN WAY. A BATTLE IN THE COURTS, A SETTLEMENT. HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THE GOODWILL OF MEMBERS OF THIS BODY ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS WHO JOINED WITH MEMBERS OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, REPUBLICANS, PAST PRESIDENTS WHO WERE CONCERNED AND INTERESTED IN THE DEVASTATION, TRAGEDY OF THE SEGREGATED SOUTH AND A SEGREGATED DEPARTMENT WHO TREATED BLACK FARMERS IN A DIFFERENT WAY FROM OTHERS. INDIVIDUALS WHO WENT BANKRUPT, WHO LOST FARMS BECAUSE THEY COULD NOT GET THE SAME ACCESS TO AGRICULTURAL LOANS THAT OTHERS COULD. AND IN THE WISDOM OF THE COURT SYSTEM AND THE WISDOM OF THIS BODY AND THE WISDOM OF A SETTLEMENT, RELIEF WAS BROUGHT, NOT BEFORE MANY HAD DIED AND THEIR HEIRS TREMBLING, LIMITED, SCATTERED, FEW WERE ABLE TO COME TOGETHER AND TO RECEIVE THE FUNDING. I'M SORRY MR. KING WAS NOT AT THE SIGNING OF THAT FINAL SETTLEMENT AND TO SEE THOSE HISTORIC FAMILIES, PATRIOTS WHO EXPRESSED NOTHING BUT LOVE FOR THIS COUNTRY, WHAT A TRAGEDY TO COME AND INTERFERE WITH AN EXISTING SETTLEMENT. I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW HE CAN PUT THIS AMENDMENT UP ON THE FLOOR. IT'S LATE, WE'RE LOSING OUR VOICES HERE, BUT I WOULD ASK MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO RECOGNIZE THAT THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH ENSURING THAT THE AGRICULTURAL DEPARTMENT AND THE SURROUNDING ENTITIES THAT ARE DEALING WITH THE DISTRIBUTION OF THESE FUNDS BE TRANSPARENT AND WITHOUT FRAUD. BUT IT WOULD BE ABSURD FOR ANY MEMBER TO JOIN AND TO VOTE TO INTERFERE WITH THE LEGITIMATE SETTLEMENT OF LEGITIMATE CLAIMS THAT HAVE EVIDENCED THE PAIN AND DEVASTATION AND DISREGARD AND TREATMENT AND DISCRIMINATION AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL TREATMENT OF FARMERS WHO WE CLAIM ON THIS FLOOR TODAY TO LOVE. AND FARMING IS PART OF THE AMERICAN FABRIC AND IF THERE'S ANY BODY OF PEOPLE WHO UNDERSTANDS FARMS, IT IS THE EX-SLAVES WHO WORKED FOR 400 YEARS WITHOUT PAYMENT IN THE COTTON FIELDS OF THE SOUTH. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO CONSIDER OPPOSING THIS AMENDMENT AND I RISE RESPECTFULLY TO OPPOSE IT.

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  • 11:38:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. AND THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO.

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  • 11:38:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA WILL BE POSTPONE -- POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RISE?

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  • 11:38:35 PM

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    THE CLERK WILL READ THE AMENDMENT.

  • 11:38:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WILL READ THE AMENDMENT.

  • 11:38:47 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 11:39:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 11:39:23 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. ON MAY 24, PRESIDENT OBAMA ISSUED A MEMORANDUM OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. ON MAY 24, PRESIDENT OBAMA ISSUED A MEMORANDUM OF -- ON FEDERAL FLEET PERFORMANCE WHICH REQUIRES THAT ALL NEW LIGHT DUTY VEHICLES IN THE FEDERAL FLEET TO BE ALTERNATE FUEL VEHICLES SUCH AS HYBRID, ELECTRIC, NATURAL GAS OR BIOFUEL BY DECEMBER 31, 2015. MY AMENDMENT SIMPLY ECHOES THE PRESIDENTIAL MEMORANDUM BY PROHIBITING FUNDS IN THE AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS BILL FROM BEING USED TO LEASE OR PURCHASE NEW LIGHT DUTY VEHICLES, ACCEPT IN ACCORD WITH THE PRESIDENT'S MEMORANDUM. TWO WEEKS AGO I INTRODUCED A SIMILAR AMENDMENT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL THAT WAS ACCEPTED BY BOTH PARTIES AND PASSED BY VOICE VOTE UNANIMOUSLY. OUR TRANSPORTATION SECTOR IS BY FAR THE BIGGEST REASON WE SENT $600 PER YEAR TO HOSTILE NATIONS TO PAY FOR OIL AT EVER-INCREASING COSTS BUT AMERICA DOESN'T NEED TO BE DEPENDENT ON FOREIGN SOURCES OF OIL FOR TRANSPORTATION FUEL. ALITY ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGIES EXIST TODAY THAT WOULD IMPLEMENT BROADLY WOULD ALLOW ANY ALTERNATIVE FUEL TO BE USED IN AMERICA'S AUTOMOTIVE FLEET. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OPERATES THE LARGEST FLEET OF LIGHT DUTY VEHICLES IN AMERICA. ACCORDING TO G.S.A. THERE WERE OVER 660,000 VEHICLES IN THE FEDERAL FLEET WITH ALMOST 38,000 BELONGING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. BY SUPPORTING A DIVERSE ARRAY OF VEHICLE TECHNOLOGIES IN OUR FEDERAL FLEET WILL ENCOURAGE DEVELOPMENT OF DOMESTIC ENERGY RESOURCES, INCLUDING BIOMASS, NATURAL GAS, COAL, AGRICULTURAL WASTE, HYDROGEN AND RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY. EXPANDING THE ROLE OF THESE ENERGY SOURCES PLAY IN OUR TRANSPORTATION ECONOMY WILL HELP BREAK THE LEVERAGE OVER AMERICANS HELD BY FOREIGN GOVERNMENT CONTROL, OIL COMPANIES AND WILL INCREASE OUR NATION'S DOMESTIC SECURITY AND PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM PRICE SPIKES AND SHORTAGES IN THE WORLD'S OIL MARKETS. SO I ASK THAT WE ALL SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT, THE CHAIRMAN -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. KINGSTON, AND I CO-CHAIRED THE OIL AND NATIONAL SECURITY CAUCUS. AND WE DO IT BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THAT AMERICA CANNOT BE TOTALLY FREE UNLESS WE'RE ENERGY INDEPENDENT AND WHILE WE STILL HAVE TO RELY ON HOSTILE FOREIGN NATIONS TO GET OUR FUEL AND TO GET OUR FUEL SUPPLIES. SO ON A SIMILAR NOTE, I'VE WORKED WITH MY COLLEAGUES, MR. SHIMKUS, MR. BARTLETT AND MR. ISRAEL AND FOR MANY YEARS WITH MR. KINGSTON TO INTRODUCE THE BIPARTISAN OPEN FUEL STANDARD, H.R. 1687, IT'S SIMILAR TO WHAT I'M DOING NOW. I JUST WANTED TO BRIEFLY MENTION THAT OUR BILL, NOT THIS AMENDMENT, BUT OUR BILL WOULD REQUIRE 50% OF NEW AUTOMOBILES IN 2014, 80% IN 2016 AND 95% IN 2017 TO BE WARRANTED TO OPERATE ON NONPETROLEUM FUELS IN ADDITION TO OR INSTEAD OF PETROLEUM-BASED FUELS. IT WOULD COST $100 OR LESS PER CAR TO MANUFACTURE CARS THAT WOULD BE FLEX FUEL CARS. COMPLIANCE POSSIBILITIES INCLUDE THE FULL ARRAY OF EXISTING TECHNOLOGIES INCLUDING FLEX FUEL, NATIONAL -- NATURAL GAS, HYDROGEN, BIODIESEL, PLUG-IN ELECTRIC DRIVE. SO I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE ENGEL AMENDMENT AND THE OPEN FUEL STANDARD AS WE WORK TOWARD BREAKING OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL. I THANK OUR CHAIRMAN KINGSTON FOR HIS COURTESIES AND I URGE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:42:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    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 -- THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING RISE?

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  • 11:42:55 PM

    MRS. LUMMIS

    CHAIRMAN, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE INFORMS ME THAT HE WILL ACCEPT…

    CHAIRMAN, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE INFORMS ME THAT HE WILL ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND CALL FOR A VOICE VOTE.

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  • 11:43:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. AND THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA RISE?

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  • 11:43:21 PM

    MR. KING

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

  • 11:43:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

  • 11:43:28 PM

    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MR. KING OF IOWA. AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT…

    OFFERED BY MR. KING OF IOWA. AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT MAY BE USED FOR RU-486 FOR ANY PURPOSE.

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  • 11:43:48 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 11:43:50 PM

    MR. KING

    DOES THE BILL HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT?

  • 11:46:48 PM

    MR. FARR

    ANYTHING TO DO WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT?

  • 11:46:54 PM

    MR. KING

    LINE ITEM IN THE BILL THAT PROVIDES $15 MILLION AND TO GO GRANTS FOR…

    LINE ITEM IN THE BILL THAT PROVIDES $15 MILLION AND TO GO GRANTS FOR TELEMEDICINE.

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  • 11:47:04 PM

    MR. FARR

    IN THE AMENDMENT.

  • 11:47:07 PM

    MR. KING

    FUVENDS MAY BE USED FOR R.U.-46 MAY BE USED FOR ANY PURPOSE. AND I…

    FUVENDS MAY BE USED FOR R.U.-46 MAY BE USED FOR ANY PURPOSE. AND I ADDRESSED THIS LANGUAGE TO THE BROADER BILL. AND BECAUSE THERE ARE FUNDS AVAILABLE, THAT'S WHY I'M CONCERNED THIS APPLICATION THAT I'M USED HAS GONE ACCORDING TO SEBELIUS GOON TOE THESE GRANTS. THN IT WOULDN'T HAVE AN EFFECT. MR. CHAIRMAN, I I URGE THE ADOPTION OF MY AMENDMENT.

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  • 11:47:54 PM

    MR. FARR

    STRIKE THE LAST WORD. I RISE IN OPPOSITION. BECAUSE FALL OF ALL,…

    STRIKE THE LAST WORD. I RISE IN OPPOSITION. BECAUSE FALL OF ALL, TELEMEDICINE IS NOT LEGAL OR WISE AND WHAT THE GENTLEMAN IS GOING TO TALK ABOUT IS ILLEGAL DRUG IN THE UNITED STATES. IT HAS BEEN A LEGITIMATE DRUG IN THE UNITED STATES AFTER IT MET ALL THE F.D.A. PROCESS IN 1996 AND HAS BEEN AVAILABLE SINCE 2000 IN THIS COUNTRY AND I REMEMBER GHATES THIS COMMITTEE ABOUT THE CONDITION. IT IS AVAILABLE IN A ALL 50 STATES, IN WASHINGTON, D.C.,, IN GUAM AND PUERTO RICO. IT IS A PRESCRIPTION DRUG WHICH IS NOT AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH PHARMACIES BUT IT IS TO LICENSED QUALIFIED PHYSICIANS. A WOMAN MUST GO TO A DOCTOR'S OFFICE. WHATEVER CONTROVERSY THAT SURROUNDED RU-6 WAS SETTLED YOORS AGO A AND THIS IS TO STIR UP THE CONTROVERSY OVER THE REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS OF WOMEN. AND I WOULD URGE US ALL TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. AND DOESN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH UUDA FUNDS.

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  • 11:49:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    I OFFER AN AMENDMENT.

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    MR. CLARKE

    AN AMENDMENT.

  • 11:50:25 PM

    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MR. CLARKE.

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    MR. CLARKE

    DISS PENCE WITH THE READING. LUME LIME I OBJECT.

  • 11:50:38 PM

    THE CLERK

    PUBLIC B, PUBLIC LAW, UNDER THE HEADING FOR ASSISTANCE FOR AFFLING, $77…

    PUBLIC B, PUBLIC LAW, UNDER THE HEADING FOR ASSISTANCE FOR AFFLING, $77 MILLION SHALL BE MERGED WITH FUNDS UNDER THE HEADING AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICES.

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  • 11:51:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING SEEK RECOGNITION.

  • 11:51:15 PM

    MRS. LUMMIS

    A POINT OF ORDER.

  • 11:51:19 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RESERVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 11:51:27 PM

    MS. CLARKE

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO RE--

  • 11:51:31 PM

    MR. CLARKE

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO RESERVE AND WE CAN PROVIDE NUTRITION FOODS AND…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO RESERVE AND WE CAN PROVIDE NUTRITION FOODS AND PRESSURE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES TO THOSE WHO LIVEN AROUND THIS COUNTRY THAT THE GENTLELADY FROM MISLEE DESCRIBED AS FOOD DESERTS. THIS GOVERNMENT SPENDS HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO BUILD AGRICULTURAL BUSINESSES TO HELP SUPPORT FARMERS TO HELP TO START NEW BUSINESSES TO ADDRESS NEW DESERT ISSUES. THAT MONEY ISN'T SPENT HERE, BUT SPENT IN THE AFGHANISTAN DESERT. AS A MATTER OF FACT, THIS GOVERNMENT SPENT OVER $700 MILLION IN AGRICULTURAL AID IN AFGHANISTAN. WHAT I PROPOSE IS TO REDIRECT 1% OF THAT MSH OF MONEY THAT'S GOING TO AFGHANISTAN RIGHT NOW, SEND IT BACK TO THE UNITED STATES SO PEOPLE HERE CAN EAT NUTRITIONAL FOOD AND HAVE ACCESS. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY ONE THING, THE ARGUMENT ON WHY WE ARE SPENDING THAT KIND OF MONEY TO SUPPORT FARM IRIS IN AFGHANISTAN IS BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT FARMERS TO SELL OPIUM TO FUND A SAFE HAVEN FOR FRIRTS. WE UNDERSTAND THERE ARE PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD THAT WANT TO ATTACK THIS COUNTRY LIKE THEY DID MANY YEARS AGO. BUT BECAUSE BIN LADEN IS NOW DEAD, IT'S TIME TO REACEASE OUR MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN. WE DON'T HAVE TO SPEND $100 BILLION IN AFGHANISTAN. WE HAVE TO HELP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IF WE TOOK 1%, WE WOULD BE ABLE TO NUND THE PROGRAM PROPOSED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS. I'VE GOT YOUNG FOLKS IN THE CITY OF DETROIT RIGHT NOW THAT WOULD LIKELY NOT REORT TO SELLING DRUGS. WE NEED THAT MONEY GOING TO AFGHANISTAN AND WE NEED IT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES SO WE CAN HELP OUR FARMERS HERE AND SUPPORT FARMERS' L' MARKETS AND PROVIDED NUTRITIONAL FOODS. AND THAT'S WHY I WANTED TO RAISE THIS POINT. I UNDERSTAND THE RULES OF THIS HOUSE MAY NOT ALLOW ME TONIGHT TO REDIRECT THAT MONEY FROM AFGHANISTAN BACK HERE TO THIS BUDGET. WE COULD USE A SHARE OF THAT MONEY TO HELP RETIRE OUR DEFICIT AND DEBT AT THE SAME TIME. I WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH YOU ON THAT. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT WE SHOULD DO? WE SHOULD CHANGE THE RULES OF THE HOUSE, TO REDUCE THE OVERSPNG AND CREATE JOBS AND CREATE HEALTH CARE COSTS AND HELP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DURING THIS ECONOMIC RECISION. I WOULD WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH YOU AND CHANGE THE RULES OF THE HOUSE SO WE CAN DO THIS. AND I UNDERSTAND AT THIS LATE DATE THIS IS NOT THE TAME TO ACT. BUT WOY LIKE TO PLEDGE AN AGREEMENT TO WORK WITH THE MAJORITY AND SAVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MONEY AND PROVIDE BETTER NUTRITION AND ADDRESS THE FOOD ISSUES, FUND THE INITIATIVES PROPOSED BY MS. JACKSON LEE AND HELP END THIS ECONOMIC RECESSION AND RETURN US TO US TO PROSPERITY. WITH THAT, I WITHDRAW MY AMENDMENT.

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  • 11:55:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS WITHDRAW, WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 11:55:49 PM

    MRS. LUMMIS

    FOR INTERRUPTING THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

  • 11:55:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    HAVE FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE? CLECK

  • 11:56:02 PM

    THE CLERK

    22 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. GARRETT OF NEW…

    22 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. GARRETT OF NEW JERSEY. GAR

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  • 11:56:12 PM

    MR. GARRETT

    BY ENSURING A SWAPS MARKET. I OFFER SUPPORT THAT WOULD PREVENT JUB UNINTIN…

    BY ENSURING A SWAPS MARKET. I OFFER SUPPORT THAT WOULD PREVENT JUB UNINTIN -- UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES AND FINALIZE DATA REPORTING RULES BEFORE SWAFF TRANSACTIONS. WITH THIS CHANGE, THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO COLLECT THE DATA IT NEEDS TO DETERMINE THE REASONABLE STANDARDS FOR BLOCK TRADE LEVELS AND REAL-TIME REPORTING REQUIREMENTS WITHOUT DISRUPTING THE MARKETPLACE. FINE LIDSING ANY DATA FOR SETTING REAL TAME TAME FRIMES PRIOR TO HAVING NECESSARY DATA WOULD BE ARBITRARY AND ENCOURAGE LITIGATION AND WOULD HAVE THE UNINTENDED CONSENQUENSES, THEIR ABILITY TO PROTECT INVESTORS AS WELL AS ECONOMIC GROWTH SM THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE SWAP DATA REPORTING RULES TO BE FINALIZED AND BE IN PLACE BEFORE THE CRITERIA RULES. NUMEROUS PARTICIPANTS HAVE BEEN SENT TO US WARNING OF THE DANGERS SO GET OLYMPIC TRADES. LET'S GIVE YOU ONE OF THOSE LETTERS FROM THE AMERICAN BENEFITS COUNCIL. THEY AND THEIR MEMBERS PROVIDE BENEFITS AND THE COMMITTEE WHOSE MEMBERS INCLUDE MORE THAN 100 OF THE COUNTRIES' LARGEST PENSION FUNDS AND $1 TRILLION AND GIVE YOU ONE QUOTE. WE HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THE SEQUENCING OF PROPOSED REAL-TIME REPORTING RULES IN RELATION TO SWAP MARKET RELATION. THEY SHOULD OBTAIN MARKET INFORMATION AND PROPPED RULES BASED ON THE DATA, WHICH NECESSARILY SERVE THE INTEPPEDED PURPOSES. BY INSTITUTING A COMMONSENSE APPROACH, WE ARE GIVING THEM THE ABILITY TO COLLECT THAT DATA OF THE SWAP TRANSACTION TO DETERMINE THE TRADES, LEVELS THEY HAVE TO SET, AND TO DO SO IN A WAY THAT WILL NOT IMPAIR THE MARKETING OF THE MARKETPLACE. AND I YIELD BACK. PEERTFEERT I RISE TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. MR.

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  • 11:59:14 PM

    MR. PETERSON

    SECTION DEALS WITH PUBLIC REPORTING OF SWAP DATA AND WHAT PEOPLE TO…

    SECTION DEALS WITH PUBLIC REPORTING OF SWAP DATA AND WHAT PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND, THEY ARE NOT THE PEOPLE THAT ARE USING THIS MARKET. IT'S THE BANKS. WHAT THIS IS REALLY ABOUT AND END EASIER DEBATE THAT HAS BEEN GOING ON, IS THAT THE PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF THIS INFORMATION WILL LOWER THE SPREADS OF THE WALL STREET BANKS THAT DO THESE SWAPS. THAT IS THE BOTTOM LINE OF THIS WHOLE DEAL. AND YOU KNOW, IF THE MARKET PARTICIPANTS KNEW MORE, YOU KNOW LIKE WHAT WE DO IN THE TRADING, THE MARGINS ARE GOING TO COME DOWN AND THE BANKS ARE

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  • 12:01:54 AM

    MR. PETERSON

  • 12:01:57 AM

    MR. GARRETT

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    MR. GARRETT

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    MR. PETERSON

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    MR. GARRETT

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    MR. PETERSON

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    MR. GARRETT

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    MR. PETERSON

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    THE CHAIR

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    MR. PETERSON

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    THE CHAIR

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    MR. PETERSON

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    THE CHAIR

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    MR. PETERSON

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    THE CHAIR

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    THE CHAIR

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    MR. FARR

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    THE CHAIR

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    THE CHAIR

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

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    THE CHAIR

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    THE CLERK

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    THE CHAIR

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

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    THE CHAIR

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

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    THE CHAIR

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    THE CHAIR

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    THE CLERK

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    THE CHAIR

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    MR. SCALISE

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    THE CHAIR

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    THE CHAIR

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

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    THE CHAIR

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    THE CLERK

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    THE CHAIR

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

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    THE CHAIR

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

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    THE CHAIR

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    MS. HIRONO

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    THE CHAIR

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    MS. HIRONO

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    THE CLERK

  • 12:23:01 AM

    MS. HIRONO

  • 12:26:08 AM

    THE CHAIR

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    MR. KINGSTON

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    THE CHAIR

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    THE CHAIR

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. KINGSTON

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. KINGSTON

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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