The House Will Convene At 10:30 AM Today
House Session - December 14, 2011

During Morning Hour, any member may speak for up to five minutes on any topic. When no additional members seek recognition, Morning Hour concludes.

Speakers:
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  • 10:01:33 AM

    MR. JONES

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. OVER THE PAST WEEKEND AN ARTICLE IN A…

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. OVER THE PAST WEEKEND AN ARTICLE IN A NORTH CAROLINA PAPER WAS TITLED, "U.S. ENVOY TROOPS COULD STAY IN AFGHANISTAN,," SUBTITLE, "THE WHITE HOUSE ECHOED THAT 2014 IS NOT A DEADLINE FOR TOTAL WITHDRAWAL." I'D LIKE TO SUBMIT THE ARTICLE FOR THE RECORD, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT.

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  • 10:02:01 AM

    MR. JONES

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:03:41 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:03:44 AM

    MR. JONES

    YOU SAID MADE PERFECT SENSE. THESE ARE THINGS I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT…

    YOU SAID MADE PERFECT SENSE. THESE ARE THINGS I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT TWO OR THREE YEARS. KARZAI'S MOST RECENT REMARKS WAS JUST THE LAST SLAP IN THE FACE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. HOW CAN YOU CONVINCE YOUR FELLOW REPUBLICANS OF THESE TRUTHS? WE CANNOT SAY ON THIS WAS -- CANNOT STAY ON THIS COURSE, AND WAITING FOR THE NEXT ELECTION. IT IS CRIMINAL TO OUR TROOPS. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE ACROSS THIS NATION THAT JUST WONDER WHY WE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT A CORRUPT LEADER IN A COUNTRY THAT WILL NEVER, NEVER CHANGE. MR. SPEAKER, I HOPE AS WE GET INTO THE NEW YEAR THAT THOSE OF US IN BOTH PARTIES CAN FIND LEGISLATION AS I HAVE WORKED WITH MR. MCGOVERN BEFORE THAT WE CAN SUBMIT IN THE HOUSE AND GET THIS HOUSE TO GET BEHIND GETTING OUR TROOPS OUT BECAUSE, BELIEVE ME, WE WILL BE THERE FOR FIVE, 10 MORE YEARS AND IT'S NOT FAIR AND IT'S NOT RIGHT. MR. SPEAKER, BESIDE ME IS A -- FROM THE NEWS IN THE "GREENSBORO NEWS RECORD," IT WAS A FEW MONTHS AGO BUT THIS TELLS IT ALL. THE TITLE SAYS, "GET OUT." AND THERE ARE SOLDIERS TAKING A TRANSFER CASE, A FLAGGED DRAPED TRANSFER CASE OFF THE PLANE. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S TIME THAT WE BRING OUR TROOPS HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN. IT'S TIME WE FIX THE PROBLEMS HERE IN AMERICA, CREATE JOBS IN AMERICA AND WE CAN CERTAINLY USE THAT $10 BILLION A MONTH THAT WE ARE SENDING TO AFGHANISTAN AND SPEND IT RIGHT HERE ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND DO WHAT'S RIGHT TO GET AMERICA BACK ON ITS FEET. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WILL CLOSE AS I ALWAYS DO FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, GOD, PLEASE BLESS OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. GOD, PLEASE BLESS THE FAMILIES OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. GOD, PLEASE HOLD IN YOUR ARMS THE FAMILIES WHO HAVE GIVEN A CHILD DYING FOR FREEDOM IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. AND, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK GOD TO PLEASE BLESS THE HOUSE AND SENATE THAT WE WILL DO WHAT'S RIGHT IN THE EYES OF GOD. I ASK GOD TO GIVE STRENGTH, WISDOM AND COURAGE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA. AND THREE TIMES I WILL ASK GOD, PLEASE, GOD, PLEASE, GOD, PLEASE CONTINUE TO BLESS AMERICA, AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:06:05 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:06:12 AM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ONE THING THAT MOST OF THE OCCUPY WALL STREET PROTESTORS…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ONE THING THAT MOST OF THE OCCUPY WALL STREET PROTESTORS AND THE MAJORITY OF THE TEA PARTY ADVOCATES AGREE UPON IS THAT THE UNITED STATES IS NOT ON A SUSTAINABLE PATH. THE ECONOMY IS STILL FLOUNDERING. WE ARE IN TOO MANY CASES, LOSING THE COMPETITION TO OTHER COUNTRIES IN TERMS OF BUILDING OUR INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE FUTURE AND KEEPING UP WITH THE ADVANCES OF EDUCATION. WE HAVE THE WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT LEAVES TOO MANY PEOPLE WITHOUT COVERAGE AND PROVIDES THE NATION OVERALL WITH MEDIOCRE RESULTS. AMERICANS GET SYCAMORE OFTEN, TAKE LONGER TO GET WELL AND DIE SOONER THAN MOST OF OUR EUROPEAN COMPETITORS. AND HALF THAT COST IS LOADED ON THE BACKS OF THE EMPLOYERS AND EMBEDDED IN THE PRICE OF THEIR PRODUCTS. BUT PERHAPS THE MOST GLARING EXAMPLE OF UNSUSTAINABILITY IS NOT OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM OR OUR TAX SYSTEM. IT IS THE MASSIVE DEFENSE AND SECURITY SPENDING WITH US CLATING COSTS WHICH IS SADLY NOT STRATEGICALLY ORIENTED. WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO SPEND ALMOST AS MUCH AS THE REST OF THE WORLD, FRIEND AND FOE ALIKE, COMBINED. OUR MILITARY WAS STRESSED AND CONTINUES TO BE HOBBLED BY THE RECKLESS ACTION IN IRAQ AND FURTHER CHALLENGED BY THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. YET, WE HAVE A DEFENSE RE-AUTHORIZATION THAT WE WILL BE CONSIDERING ON THE FLOOR TODAY THAT IGNORES THE BIG PICTURE, DOES NOT LAY THE FOUNDATION FOR DRAMATIC SCALING BACK OF OPEN-ENDED SPENDING COMMITMENTS AND ESPECIALLY DEALING WITH ISSUES LIKE A NUCLEAR WEAPON SYSTEM, FAR MORE EXPENSIVELY AND OUT OF PROPORTION TO WHAT WE WILL EVER NEED OR USE. THERE ARE PATTERNS OF DEPLOYMENT THAT CRY OUT FOR REFORM. THESE ARE -- THERE ARE LONG OVERDUE ELEMENTS TO DEAL WITH COST-EFFECTIVENESS AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT. ENERGY COSTS OF $400 A GALLON FOR FUEL TO THE FRONT, BILLIONS OF DOLLARS JUST FOR AIR CONDITIONING ARE SYMBOLS OF A SYSTEM THAT IS NOT SUSTAINABLE. WE NEED KEY IMPROVEMENTS. UNFORTUNATELY, WE ARE ON A PATH OF TRYING TO DO MORE THAN WE CAN OR THAT WE SHOULD DO. THE GREATEST THREAT TO OUR FUTURE IS LOSING CONTROL OF OUR ABILITY TO SUSTAIN THE MILITARY BECAUSE WE CAN'T SUSTAIN THE ECONOMY. UNLIKE THE PAST, WE FEEL NOW WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO TRAIN AND EDUCATE OUR NEXT GENERATION. IT IS A PROBLEM NOW THAT AMERICAN INFRASTRUCTURE IS NOT KEEPING PACE WITH THE DEMANDS OF OUR COMMUNITIES, LET ALONE THE GLOBAL ECONOMY. WE SHOULD REJECT THIS BLUEPRINT. WE SHOULD BEGIN THE PROCESS NOW OF RIGHT SIZING THE MILITARY, OF GETTING RID OF THE BURDENSOME NUCLEAR OVERREACH AND PATTERNS FROM THE PAST, SPENDING ON THINGS THAT WOULD HELP US WITH THE COLD WAR OR WORLD WAR II, MAYBE EVEN DO A SLIGHTLY BETTER JOB ON THE MISGUIDED MISSION IN IRAQ BUT NOT THE MOST PRESSING CHALLENGES FOR AMERICAN SECURITY IN THIS CENTURY. WE HAVE THE MOST POWERFUL MILITARY IN THE WORLD AND WILL BY FAR, EVEN IF WE INVEST SUBSTANTIALLY OR LESS. OUR PROBLEM IS THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IS BEING ILL-SERVED BY A GOVERNMENT THAT'S NOT INVESTING IN OUR FUTURE AND AN ECONOMY THAT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SUSTAIN EVER INCREASING MILITARY COMMITMENTS TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DEMANDS INVESTING IN OUR COMMUNITIES, OUR -- AND OUR PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY THE YOUNG. I WAS FROM THE BEGINNING APPALLED THE BURDEN WE WERE ASKING OF OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN TO BEAR WHEN WE PUT THEM IN THE RECKLESS IRAQ ADVENTURE. PEOPLE WHO ARE ON THE FRONT DESERVE THE BEST IN TERMS OF EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES. THEY AND THEIR FAMILIES NEED TO BE WELL CARED FOR, NOT JUST IN THE FIELD BUT WHEN THEY COME HOME. WE CAN DO THIS, EVEN IN DIFFICULT TIMES, IF WE GET OUR PRIORITIES RIGHT. AND WE CAN GET OUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT AND THE JOB DONE WITH LESS MONEY. THE CUTS INITIATED BY SECRETARY GATES AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PLUS WHAT WOULD BE REQUIRED BY SEQUESTRATION WOULD ONLY BRING OUR DEFENSE ESTABLISHMENT TO THE LEVEL OF 2007 ADJUSTED FOR INFLATION. THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS WE CAN MANAGE THAT TRANSITION AND THAT WE WILL HAVE TO DO IT. WHAT IS SAD IS THAT THE BILL WE WILL BE CONSIDERING TODAY DOESN'T MAKE THE PROGRESS WE NEED TO GET US THERE.

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  • 10:10:48 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE…

    THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO INFORM THE HOUSE THAT THE SENATE HAS FAFFED WITH AMENDMENT H.R. 2667, TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ACT OF 1998 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. IN WHICH THE CONCURRENCE OF THE HOUSE IS REQUESTED.

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  • 10:11:15 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:11:18 AM

    MR. GUTHRIE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO A…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO A GREAT FRIEND AND A REMARKABLE KENTUCKYIAN, MS. PHYLLIS CAUSEY. IN JANUARY, AFTER 39 YEARS OF HONORABLE AND SELFLESS PUBLIC SERVICE SHE WILL RETIRE. HER HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK IN 1968 CONTAINED A PROPHECY SAYING, PHYLLIS WILL BE IN PRESIDENT NIXON'S CABINET IN 10 YEARS. ALTHOUGH PRESIDENT NIXON RESIGNED WHILE SHE WAS IN BASIC TRAINING FOR THE ARMY VERVE NF 1974 AND SHE NEVER DID MAKE IT TO THE WHITE HOUSE, LUCKY FOR US SHE STILL DECIDED TO FOLLOW HER PASSION FOR POLITICS AND PUBLIC SERVICE. PHYLLIS GRADUATED FROM HOPKINSVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN 1970 AND RECEIVED A BACHELORS DEGREE FROM WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY IN 1972. SHE WORKED FOR W.K.U. FOR THE FOLLOWING 23 YEARS. IN 1995 SHE WAS HIRED AS A FIELD REPRESENTATIVE FOR CONGRESSMAN RON LEWIS. WHEN I WAS ELECTED TO REPLACE CONGRESSMAN LEWIS UPON HIS RETIREMENT, PHYLLIS WAS KIND ENOUGH TO CONTINUE TO WORK FOR ME. WHILE TRAVELING AS A CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS I MET SO MANY INDIVIDUALS WHOSE FIRST QUESTION TO ME WAS, ARE YOU GOING TO KEEP PHYLLIS IF YOU'RE ELECTED? THEIR QUESTION WAS A TESTAMENT TO PHYLLIS' COMPASSION AND HARD WORK AND DEDICATION TO THE INDIVIDUALS IN THE COUNTIES SHE SERVED. SHE WAS AND STILL IS IRREPLACEABLE. PHYLLIS GREW UP ON A FARM IN LOGAN COUNTY WHERE HER PARENTS TAUGHT HER THE VALUE OF HARD WORK AND THE IMPORTANCE OF GIVING AND CARING FOR OTHERS. AND THROUGHOUT THE NEARLY 20 YEARS I HAVE KNOWN PHYLLIS, SHE HAS EXEMPLIFIED THESE VALUES EVERY DAY. SHE'S BEEN SUCH AN INSPIRATION TO ME AND SHE'S ALWAYS BEEN DEVOTED TO THE CAUSES SHE BELIEVES IN IN CHURCH, FAMILY AND FRIENDS. PHYLLIS IS AN INCREDIBLE WIFE, DAUGHTER, SISTER AND MOTHER. I KNOW HER FAMILY, ESPECIALLY HER HUSBAND, LARRY, WILL BE HAPPY TO HAVE HER AROUND MORE OFTEN. AND ALTHOUGH I WILL MISS HER, I KNOW THIS IS NO WAY A GOODBYE. I AM POSITIVE SHE WILL CONTINUE TO BE ACTIVE AND TOUCH THE LIVES OF THOSE OF US WHO HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF CALLING HER A FRIEND. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING PHYLLIS CAUSEY WHO KNOWS WHAT IT BELIEVES TO BE A KENTUCKYIANS, A PUBLIC SERVANT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:13:39 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:13:47 AM

    MR. DEFAZIO

    TOO BIG TO FAIL AND BUSH SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY, HANK PAULSEN, AND…

    TOO BIG TO FAIL AND BUSH SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY, HANK PAULSEN, AND PRESIDENT BUSH BAILED OUT A BUNCH OF GUYS ON WALL STREET FOR THEIR GAMBLING AND MISTAKES AND PUTTING TAXPAYERS AT RISK. SOME PRINCIPLE THAT DOES NOT BELONG IN THE POLICY OF THIS COUNTRY. BUT NOW WE GOT ANOTHER ONE. TOO BIG TO BE COUNTED. TOO BIG TO BE COUNTED. THIS YEAR THE PENTAGON WILL SPEND $670 BILLION, ABOUT $2 BILLION A DAY, AND IT DOESN'T KNOW WHERE ITS MONEY IS. IN FACT, IT DOESN'T KNOW IF IT HAS SPENT MONEY. HERE'S A FEW EXAMPLES. IN MARCH, 2000, THE PENTAGON INSPECTOR GENERAL FOUND THAT $7.6 TRILLION, T, TRILLION DOLLARS IN ACCOUNTING ENTRIES, ONE THIRD OF THEM, $2.3 TRILLION, OR $8,000 FOR EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN AMERICA WERE COMPLETELY UNTRACEABLE, COMPLETELY UNTRACEABLE. $2.3 TRILLION. DON'T KNOW WHERE IT WENT. DON'T KNOW IF THEY BOUGHT SOMETHING AND IT WAS DELIVERED. WHO KNOWS. THEN IN 2003 THEY FOUND, AND THIS IS SOMETHING I TALKED ABOUT ALL THROUGH MY YEARS IN CONGRESS AS THE SO-CALLED INVENTORY SYSTEM AT THE PENTAGON WHICH IS ABSOLUTELY ABSURD, THE ARMY LOST TRACK OF 56 AIRPLANES, 32 TANKS AND 36 MISSILE COMMAND LAUNCH UNITS. . AND 36 MISSILE COMMAND LAUREN UNITS. WHILE MILITARY LEADERS BACK IN 2003 WERE SCRAMBLING AROUND TRYING TO FIND CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL SUITS FOR OUR SUITS BECAUSE OF THE RISKS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND AFGHANISTAN, THE PENTAGON WAS SELLING SUITS AT SURPLUS ON THE INTERNET FOR TWO CENTS ON THE DOLLAR. NO SUITS FOR THE TROOPS, THEY ARE VERY EXPENSIVE. OVER HERE WE ARE SELLING THEM FOR TWO CENTS ON THE DOLLAR TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT? ANOTHER YEAR THEY SPENT $100 MILLION FOR REFUNDABLE AIRLINE TICKETS. THEY DIDN'T ASK FOR THE REFUNDS. IN FISCAL YEAR 10, HALF OF THE PENTAGON, HALF OF THE PENTAGON $366 BILLION UNTIL CONTRACT AWARDS WERE NOT COMPETED. HALF. NOW, THESE ARE PRETTY SHOCKING NUMBERS. AND ACTUALLY MR. GARRETT AND I ON THE FLOOR HERE LAST SPRING GOT A LITTLE AMENDMENT IN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BILL TO REQUIRE THAT THEY CONFORM TO A 1994 LAW, 1994, CONGRESS SAID THE PENTAGON SHOULD BE AUDITED BY 1997. UNFORTUNATELY EVERY YEAR THE APPROPRIATORS SAY NO, NO, NO. WE CAN'T HAVE THAT. THAT'S TOO MUCH TO ASK OF THE PENNING PECK. -- PENTAGON. WELL, WE GOT A LITTLE AMENDMENT IN THE BILL HERE, SNUCK IT BY THE D.O.D. HAWKS OVER THERE WHO ARE PROTECTING THIS INCOMPETENCE OVER THERE, AND THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN AUDITED. THE SENATE DID THE SAME THING. BUT TO THE RESCUE THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, I WAS ONE OF THE VERY FEW ON THE FLOOR HERE WHO VOTED AGAINST CLOSING THE DOORS TO THE CONFERENCE, THEY DON'T CLOSE THE DOORS TO THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE OVER THERE TO TALK ABOUT CLASSIFIED THINGS THAT COULD RISK -- THEY DO IT TO CUT DEALS LIKE THIS. SO, YESTERDAY THEY DECIDED THE PENTAGON WILL NOT BE AUDITED. IT CAN'T BE AWEDILITIED. IN FACT, MR. CONAWAY, ONE OF OUR COLLEAGUES SAID, IT WOULD BE INSULTING. INSULTING TO REQUIRE THAT WE AUDIT THE PENTAGON IN A MANDATORY WAY BY 2014. I MEAN THAT'S ONLY TWO YEARS FROM NOW. THAT'S ONLY A COUPLE MORE TRILLION DOLLARS FROM NOW. BOY, WE WOULDN'T WANT TO KNOW WHERE THAT MONEY'S GOING. WE WOULDN'T WANT TO KNOW WHETHER THEY ARE SURPLUSING OUT STUFF OUR TROOPS NEED WHILE THEY ARE PAYING FOR A CONTRACTOR WHO DIDN'T HAVE TO COMPETE TO BUY THE SAME STUFF AND THEY SAY THERE IS A SHORTAGE? WE WOULDN'T WANT TO KNOW THESE THINGS. SO WE CLOSE THE CONFERENCE AND CUT THESE STINKING DEALS. SO HERE IT IS ONCE AGAIN, TOO BIG TO BE COUNTED. THIS DOES NOT SERVE OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WELL. IT DOES NOT SERVE THE NATIONAL DEFENSE NEEDS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND IT SURE AS HECK DOESN'T SERVE THE INTERESTS OF THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS. THE PENTAGON MUST BE AUDITED LIKE EVERY OTHER AGENCY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND WE SHOULD ALSO THROW IN THE FEDERAL RESERVE. THANK YOU.

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  • 10:18:42 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:18:55 AM

    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST TODAY I RISE TO CONGRATULATE TRISHA MILLER…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST TODAY I RISE TO CONGRATULATE TRISHA MILLER OF CENTRE COUNTY ON RECEIVING THE 2012 PENNSYLVANIA TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD. AN ENGLISH TEACHER FROM THE VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT SINCE 1994. TRISHA IS THE FIRST EDUCATOR TO RECEIVE THE AWARD IN ITS 54-YEAR HISTORY. IN ADDITION TO TEACHING ENGLISH, IN 2009 SHE BECAME THE PENNS VALLEY LITERACY COACH FOR GRADES SEVEN THROUGH 12 WHERE SHE HAS INTRODUCED NEW INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES IN THE CLASSROOM. MANY VARIABLES GO INTO A GREAT EDUCATION. BUT IT'S HAVING GREAT TEACHERS THAT MATTER MOST. TRISHA MILLER IS THE TYPE OF TEACHER THAT GOES ABOVE AND BEYOND. SHE'S TIRELESSLY COMMITTED TO A HIGH ACHIEVEMENT, AND THE SUCCESS FOR STUDENTS WHICH SHE HAS DEMONSTRATED YEAR AFTER YEAR. TRISHA MILLER IS DESERVING OF THIS AWARD AND RECOGNITION. WE THANK HER FOR HER COMMITMENT TO THE TEACHING PROFESSION AND ARE PROUD THAT SHE WILL GO TO REPRESENT THE STATE IN THE NATIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION. -- -- COMPETITION. CONGRATULATION TEACHER, TRISHA MILLER. MR. SPEAKER, ALSO WOULD LIKE TO TAKE TIME THIS MORNING TO ADDRESS AND CELEBRATE A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WE PASSED OUT OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES LAST EVENING. LARGELY ALMOST SOLELY WITH JUST REPUBLICAN SUPPORT. BUT A BILL THAT DESERVED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR IT IS GREAT FOR THE ENTIRE NATION. THIS IS A BILL THAT ADDRESSES MANY OF THE EXTENSION BILLS THAT WERE LINGERING AND WOULD SOON EXPIRE AT THE END OF THE YEAR. IN PARTICULAR, THERE WERE THREE PARTS, I JUST WANT TO TOUCH ON BRIEFLY THIS MORNING, THAT ARE INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT FOR THE CITIZENS OF THIS NATION. AND I THINK ALSO PARTS THAT ARE TRANSFORMATIONAL. IT'S RARE WE SEE TRANSFORMATIONAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO -- OUT OF THIS BODY. FIRST OF ALL THE TAX CUTS. TAX CUTS FOR ALL AMERICANS. THIS IS A TAX CUT THAT WAS ACTUALLY PAID FOR. NOT ONE THAT ADDED TO THE NATIONAL DEBT. CERTAINLY ONE THAT THREATENED IN ANY WAY THE INTEGRITY OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY FUND. VERY PROUD THAT -- TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND TO DO IT IN A PROPER WAY. TO PAY FOR AND ALLOW THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY TO KEEP MONEY IN THEIR OWN POCKETS. CERTAINLY THEY ARE PRETTER PREPARED TO MAKE DECISIONS -- BETTER PREPARED TO MAKE DECISIONS ON HOW MONEY IS SPENT. SECONDLY THE CHANGES IN THE EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION. WE HAVE TAKEN STEPS AND MOVED ON EMPLOYMENT TOWARD A WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. AS OPPOSED TO JUST ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM. UNEMPLOYMENT, WE HAVE RETURNED IT TO -- IT IS IMPORTANT AND SHOULD BE USED TO RETURN PEOPLE TO WORK. AND THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL THAT WAS APPROVED YESTERDAY ARE -- DO JUST THAT. IT ALLOWS STATES TO DO DRUG SCREENING. WE PUT A LOT OF MONEY INTO RETRAINING PEOPLE FOR JOBS WHEN THEY ARE ON UNEMPLOYMENT THROUGH THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT ACT ONLY TO FIND THAT THERE IS A PERCENTAGE THAT AREN'T ELIGIBLE TO WORK BECAUSE THEY CAN'T PASS A DRUG TEST. THIS PROVISION GIVES PEOPLE REASON TO CLEAN THEIR LIVES UP. IT TAKES IT FROM 99 TO 59 WEEKS WHICH IS AN APPROPRIATE MOVE. AND ONE OF THE LAST PROVISIONS WHICH I THINK IS MAYBE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT, IF YOU ARE AN INDIVIDUAL AND NEED UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION, AND YOU DON'T HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL DEGREE OR A G.E.D., IT REQUIRES YOU TO ENROLL IN A QUALIFIED G.E.D. PROGRAM. EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS IN THIS COUNTRY. AND FINALLY, AS A PART OF THIS BILL THAT I WAS PROUD TO SUPPORT, IT PROVIDES TWO YEARS OF PREVENTING A -- OVER 27% CUT TO THE MEDICARE PART B, MEDICARE REIMBURSEMENT RATES FOR BOTH HOSPITALS AND PHYSICIANS. AS A FORMER HEALTH CARE PROVIDER, MANAGER WITHIN RURAL HOSPITALS, I KNOW HOW DEVASTATING THOSE CULTS WOULD BE. AND I WAS VERY PROUD THAT NOT ONLY DID WE ADDRESS THAT, BUT WE DID IT WITH MORE CERTAINTY THAN HAS EVER DONE IN THE PAST SINCE 1997 WHEN WE DID THAT FOR A TWO-YEAR PERIOD. MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY APPRECIATIVE OF MY COLLEAGUES FOR SUPPORTING THIS BILL, PASSING IT OUT OF THE HOUSE. AND I WOULD ASK, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE SENATE GIVE IT THE SAME FULL DUE DILIGENCE AND QUICKLY MOVING IT OUT OF THAT SIDE OF CONGRESS SO THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN BENEFIT FROM ALL THE PROVISIONS WITHIN THAT EXTENSION PACKAGE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:23:46 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN. FOR…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN. FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:23:56 AM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    SPEAKER, ON SATURDAY "THE NEW YORK TIMES" REPORTED THAT OUR AMBASSADOR IN…

    SPEAKER, ON SATURDAY "THE NEW YORK TIMES" REPORTED THAT OUR AMBASSADOR IN AFGHANISTAN, RYAN C. CROCKER, TOLD A GROUP OF JOURNALISTS THAT U.S. TROOPS COULD STAY IN AFGHANISTAN LONG PAST THE PEZZ'S -- PRESIDENT'S 2014 DEADLINE IF THE AFGHAN GOVERNMENT ASKS US TO STAY. THE VERY NEXT DAY "THE NEW YORK TIMES" REPORTED AFGHAN PRESIDENT HAMID KARZAI BLAMING FOREIGNERS, INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES, FOR THE CORRUPTION THAT IS SO RAMPANT IN HIS GOVERNMENT. AND HE HAD THE AUDACITY TO SAY THIS AS AN EVENT MARKING INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY. MR. SPEAKER, AFGHANISTAN IS ONE OF THE MOST CORRUPT COUNTRIES ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. TRANSPARENCY, INTERNATIONAL RANKS AFGHANISTAN AS THE SECOND MOST CORRUPT GOVERNMENT RIGHT BEHIND SOMALIA AND NORTH KOREA WHICH TIED FOR FIRST PLACE. SO I ASK MY COLLEAGUES, WHY SHOULD WE SHED A SINGLE DROP MORE OF BLOOD? SACRIFICE THE LIVES OF OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN FOR A CORRUPT GOVERNMENT THAT DOESN'T EVEN HAVE THE DECENCY TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ITS OWN FAILURES? ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. WE HAVE SPENT OVER $440 BILLION ON MILITARY OPERATIONS ALONE IN AFGHANISTAN SINCE 9/11. IN 2012 WE AIM TO SPEND ANOTHER $113 BILLION. BY THIS TIME NEXT YEAR OUR TOTAL SPENDING ON THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN, JUST THE MILITARY OPERATIONS, WILL BE AROUND $557 BILLION. THAT'S OVER HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS. WHEN I SAY SPEND, I REALLY MEAN BORROW, BECAUSE FROM DAY ONE OF THE AFGHANISTAN WAR AND THE IRAQ WAR FOR THAT MATTER, WE HAVE NOT PAID FOR THE MILITARY OPERATIONS IN THESE WARS. WE HAVE BORROWED NEARLY EVERY SINGLE PENNY OF THAT MONEY, PUT IT ON THE NATIONAL CREDIT CARD, LET IT RACK UP OVER A QUARTER OF OUR CUMULATIVE DEFICIT, AND HELP EXPLODE OUR DEBT YEAR AFTER YEAR FOR A DECADE. SADLY WHEN IT COMES TO PAYING FOR THIS WAR, TOO MANY IN WASHINGTON ARE SILENT. MR. SPEAKER, OVER 1,800 SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN HAVE DIED IN AFGHANISTAN. 42 FROM MASSACHUSETTS. OVER 14,000 WOUNDED. HUSBANDS, FATHERS, WIVES, AND MOTHERS, SONS AND DAUGHTERS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS. HOLES CREATED IN FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES THAT COULD NEVER BE FILLED. LOSSES THAT WILL BE FELT FOR A GENERATION OR MORE. EACH MONTH THE TALLY OF DEAD AND WOUNDED GETS HIGHER. 2010 WAS THE DEADLY YEARS FOR THE AMERICAN TROOPS IN THE HISTORY OF THE AFGHANISTAN WAR. IN 2011 A CLOSE SECOND. WE HAVE BECOME NUMB TO THE NUMBERS. WE DON'T HEAR THEM ANYMORE. BUT THESE LOSSES RESONATE AROUND FAMILY KITCHEN TABLES AND THE HOMES OF THE DEPLOYED EVERY DAY AND NIGHT OF THE YEAR. WE ALL KNOW THAT THE HUMAN COST OF THE WAR IS FOUND NOT ONLY ON THE BATTLEFIELDS OF AFGHANISTAN, IT'S ALSO FOUND IN VETERANS' HOSPITALS AND COUNSELING CLINICS AROUND THE COUNTRY. WE CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE WITH SOARING RATES OR TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES, POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS, AND SUESIDES AMONG OUR SOLDIERS AND VETERANS. SO MANY LEAVE THE SERVICE OR TRY AND CARRY ON MILITARY CAREERS WOUNDED IN BOTH BODY AND SOUL. IF WE WERE TO LEAVE AFGHANISTAN TOMORROW, AND I'M SO VERY GLAD TO SEE OUR TROOPS FROM COMING HOME FROM IRAQ, OUR WAR DECK -- DEBT WILL CONTINUE FOR DECADES? FOR WHAT? FOR A CORRUPT GOVERNMENT IN AFGHANISTAN? 10 YEARS OF SACRIFICING OUR BRAVE UNIFORMED MEN AND WOMEN? 10 YEARS OF BORROWING MONEY WE NEVER HAD? THIS WAR IS NO LONGER ABOUT GOING AFTER AL QAEDA, WHICH I VOTED TO DO. OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD. INSTEAD WE ARE NOW BOGGED DOWN IN A SEEMINGLY ENDLESS OCCUPATION IN SUPPORT OF AN INCOMPETENT AND KARZAI GOVERNMENT. THIS IS NOT WHAT I VOTED FOR. SO, YES, I'M REALLY WORRIED WHEN I PICK UP THE NEWSPAPER AND READ AMBASSADOR CROCKER SAYING WE MAY BE IN AFGHANISTAN FOR YEARS BEYOND 2014. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE WAY AHEAD OF THE CONGRESS AND THE WHITE HOUSE ON THIS ISSUE. THEY WANT THIS WAR ENDED NOW. BUT IT SEEMS THAT WASHINGTON JUST DOESN'T GET IT. BUT WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR CONTINUING OR ENDING THE WAR IS RIGHT HERE IN THIS CHAMBER. WE APPROVE THIS WAR, WE MUST NOW TAKE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO END IT. THIS IS WHY, MR. SPEAKER, I WILL VOTE AGAINST THE CONFERENCE REPORT ON THE F.Y. 2012 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL. THE DEFENSE BILL INCLUDES MANY GOOD AND IMPORTANT PROVISIONS, BUT IT DOES NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, TO WIND DOWN THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. IT'S WAY PAST TIME TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN. I CAN'T AUTHORIZE ANYMORE FUNDING THAT DOESN'T EXPLICITLY CALL ON THE PRESIDENT TO PLAN AND CARRY OUT THE ACCELERATED REMOVAL OF OUR TROOPS. BRING THEM HOME, MR. PRESIDENT. BRING THEM ALL HOME NOW. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. FLORIS

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE A CONSTITUENT OF TEXAS…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE A CONSTITUENT OF TEXAS DISTRICT 17. HIS NAME IS ROBERT GRIFFIN III OF WACO, TEXAS, HE'S THE RECIPIENT OF THE 2011 HEISMAN TROPHY -- MEMORIAL TROPHY. THE SON OF TWO U.S. ARMY SERGEANTS, ARCHIE THREE, EPITOMIZES -- RG 3. EPITOMIZES WHAT IT IS TO BE A ROLE MODEL FOR ALL AMERICANS. DURING THE BAYLOR BEARS 2011 SEASON, HE THREW FOR NEARLY 4,000 YARDS AND 45 TOUCHDOWNS. HIS 7 % COMPLETION RATE PLACED HIM AMONG THE MOST ACCURATE PASSER IN THE NATION. AND ONLY PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY HAD A HAD AT LEAST 3,00 PASSING YARDS AND 300 RUSHING YARDS. HE'S ONLY ONE OF THREE PLAYERS IN THE CAREER HISTORY WITH 10,000 YEAR PASSING YARDS. HE OWNS OR SHARES 30 BAYLOR FOOTBALL RECORDS. AMONG HIS AWARDS AND ACCOLADES IN 2011 WERE THE CHICK HARLEY AWARD FOR THE NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR, THE BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE YEAR, FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICAN, THE DAVEY O'BRIEN AWARD, AND OF COURSE THE 77TH ANNUAL HEISMAN MEMORIAL TROPHY. AWARDED TO THE MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL EACH YEAR. HE DID ALL THIS WHILE LEADING THE BEARS TO THEIR FIRST NINE-WIN REGULAR SEASON SINCE 1986, AND A BERTH IN THE ALAMO BOWL FOR 2011. WHAT MAKES ROBERT SUCH AN EXCELLENT ROLE MODEL IS THAT HIS SUCCESS AT BAYLOR IS NOT ONLY -- HAS NOT ONLY BEEN ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD. ROBERT GRADUATE INTERESTED BAYLOR IN THREE YEARS WITH A 3.67 G.P.A., AND A DEGREE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE. HE'S CURRENTLY IN GRADUATE SCHOOL PURR SURING A MASTERS IN COMMUNICATION AND PLANS TO ATTEND LAW SCHOOL IN THE FUTURE. . HE'S A TWON-TIME DEAN'S LIST HONOREE. THIS YEAR HE WAS NAMED SECOND TEAM ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN. ROBERT IS VERY ACTIVE IN HIS COMMUNITY, REGULARLY VOLUNTEERING FOR SEVERAL CHARITIES IN THE WACO AREA. ROBERT IS A WORLD-CLASS HURDLER AND HOPES TO QUALIFY FOR THE 2012 OLYMPIC TEAM. I AM VERY PROUD OF RG-3 BECAUSE HE'S A FINE CHRISTIAN MAN AND PUBLICLY PROFESSES HIS FAITH IN GOD. I ALSO WANT TO CONGRATULATE BAYLOR UNIVERSITY AND THE FOOTBALL COACH ON A GREAT 2011 FOOTBALL SEASON. AS THE COACH SAYS, GREAT THINGS COME WITH GREAT EFFORT. AND THE BAYLOR NATION SHOULD BE JUSTIFIABLY PROUD OF THEIR FOOTBALL TEAM AND COACHING STAFF FOR THEIR GREAT EFFORTS THIS YEAR. BEFORE I CLOSE, I'D LIKE TO WISH ALL AMERICANS ARE A SAFE AND FULFILLING CHRISTMAS SEASON AND A HOLIDAY SEASON, AND I ASK THAT ALL OF US CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY AND OUR MILITARY MEN, WOMEN DURING THESE DIFFICULT TIMES. SICK 'EM BEARS. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:31:54 AM

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    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. RANGEL, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. RANGEL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. RANGEL

    YOU. AS WE MOVE TOWARD THE CLOSE OF THIS CONGRESSIONAL SESSION, I HAVE…

    YOU. AS WE MOVE TOWARD THE CLOSE OF THIS CONGRESSIONAL SESSION, I HAVE BEEN EMBARRASSED OF THE NUMBER OF THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE RECOGNIZED ME AND ASKED ME WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE GOVERNMENT, WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE CONGRESS, WHY CAN'T YOU PEOPLE GET ALONG. AND IT'S VERY DIFFICULT AND EMBARRASSING TO TELL THEM THAT, YOU REALLY NEED ALL PARTS OF THE GOVERNMENT WORKING TOGETHER, PUSHING THE BOAT FORWARD, ROWING IN THE SAME DIRECTION. AND WHEN YOU HAVE SOMEBODY THAT'S ALREADY SAID THAT THEIR PRIMARY MISSION AS MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS IS TO GET RID OF THE PRESIDENT, HOW THAT IS INTERPRETED LEGISLATIVELY IT MEANS THAT THE PRESIDENT CANNOT OFFER THEM ANYTHING THAT WOULD LIKE -- LOOK LIKE HE'S ACCOMPLISHING ANYTHING POSITIVE BECAUSE IT WOULD INTERFERE WITH THEIR PRIMARY GOAL WHICH IS NOT ECONOMIC GROWTH, NOT JOBS, NOT HELPING PEOPLE OUT WHEN THEY NEED A HANDOUT, BUT IT HAS TO SHOW THAT WE WANT TO GET RID OF OBAMA AND YOU CAN SEE THAT EVEN THE CANDIDATES THAT WANT TO FILL HIS JOB, THEY'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO BUT THE WHOLE CAMPAIGN IS AGAINST THE PRESIDENT. NOW, SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE, THAT IS THOSE ON TELEVISION, THAT FOR ALL PRACTICAL PURPOSES THAT WE SHOULD NOT EXPECT THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO GIVE ASSISTANCE TO OUR VARIOUS COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY BECAUSE THE CAMPAIGN HAS STARTED AND THEREFORE NO LEGISLATION IS GOING TO PASS. THAT'S JUST NOT SO. AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL AN ELECTION. WE HAVEN'T BEEN SENT DOWN HERE JUST TO PLEASE OUR VOTERS FOR WHAT HAPPENS IN 2012. EACH AND EVERY DAY YOU HAVE A RIGHT AND AN OBLIGATION TO CALL THE PERSON THAT YOU HAVE SENT DOWN HERE TO WASHINGTON, AND IF YOU HAVEN'T SOMEONE DID. EVERYBODY HAS A MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE AND TWO MEMBERS IN THE OTHER BODY. WHY CAN'T ARE YOU PICK UP THE PHONE AND ASK THEM AND TO TELL THEM THAT WHAT THEY DO IN THIS YEAR BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS AND WHAT THEY DON'T DO IS GOING TO MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN TERMS OF HOW YOU VOTE WHEN THAT OPPORTUNITY COMES? SO YOU CAN PUT THE PRESSURE ON, AND I MIGHT ADD THIS, TOO, IT IS NOT JUST THE VOTERS THAT HAVE THIS OBLIGATION TO HELP THOSE THAT ARE LESSER AMONG US. IT'S NOT THOSE THAT ARE WAITING FOR A LITTLE HELP, BUT THE REPUBLICANS SAY THAT THE ONLY WAY YOU GET THE HELP IS TO CUT BACK IN HEALTH CARE, IT'S TO SUPPORT THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE -- OIL PIPELINE. ALL OF THESE THINGS -- PEOPLE DON'T GO TO SLEEP AT NIGHT WONDERING ABOUT A PIPELINE. THEY WANT TO KNOW HOW TO GET HELP FROM THEIR GOVERNMENT. AND THE ISSUES REALLY DON'T AFFECT THE VERY, VERY RICH. IT AFFECTS THE VERY, VERY POOR AND THOSE IN THE MIDDLE CLASS THAT ARE PUSHING INTO POVERTY WHERE ONE OUT OF FIVE KIDS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS BORN INTO POVERTY. I AM SUGGESTING THAT THIS IS NOT JUST A PLEA FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE OR EQUITY IN HOW WE TAX PEOPLE, BUT IT'S A MORAL ISSUE THAT WE SHOULD BE HEARING FROM OUR CLERGY. I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. I AM TALKING ABOUT MATTHEWS WHERE JESUS SAID IS HOW YOU TREAT THE LESSER AMONG US IS HOW YOU'RE GOING TO BE JUDGED. IT'S NOT JUST THE BIBLE, IT'S NOT ABOUT THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT, IT'S THE KORAN, IT'S THE TORAH, IT'S CHRISTIANS, IT'S JEWS. IT WOULD SEEM TO ME IF OUR CLERGY MISSED THIS OPPORTUNITY BEFORE THE HOLY SPIRIT, NOT TO TELL US WHAT TO DO, BUT TO TELL US WHAT THEY THINK IS THE RIGHT THING WE SHOULD BE DOING. AND SO AS WE MOVE INTO THE HOLIDAYS, PLEASE DON'T THINK WE HAVE GOT THE OTHER SIDE CONVINCED THAT THEY SHOULD GIVE RELIEF TO UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE WHO PAID INTO A SYSTEM, WHO LOST THEIR JOBS THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. PLEASE DON'T THINK THAT THEY WANT TO PROTECT SOCIAL SECURITY , THAT THEY WANT TO PROTECT MEDICAID AND MEDICARE. NO, IT'S THEIR JOB TO DO IT. BUT IT'S YOUR JOB TO REMIND US WE HAVE THIS OBLIGATION TO DO IT. AND SO YOU'RE RIGHT IF YOU STOP US IN THE STREET AND SAY THAT WE'VE LOST CREDIBILITY. ALL OF GOVERNMENT, THE PRESIDENT, THE CANDIDATES, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. BUT WHAT ABOUT YOU? WILL YOU BE ABLE TO SAY THAW JOINED IN THIS EFFORT -- THAT YOU JOINED IN THIS EFFORT? WOULD YOU SAY THAT YOU MADE THAT TELEPHONE CALL? I HOPE YOU DO. WE ARE WAITING FOR THAT TYPE OF SUPPORT. THANK YOU. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

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  • 10:37:37 AM

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    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM MARYLAND, MS. EDWARDS, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM MARYLAND, MS. EDWARDS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. EDWARDS

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS FAMILIES PREPARE FOR THE HOLIDAYS, MANY WILL GATHER…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS FAMILIES PREPARE FOR THE HOLIDAYS, MANY WILL GATHER TO WATCH SOME OF OUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY MOVIES, AND MY FAMILY, WE ALWAYS ENJOYED "HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS" AND TUNING IN TO "A CHRISTMAS CAROL" AND ONE OF MY FAVORITES, "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE." YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO VISIT THE LOCAL REDBOX OR ORDER THE MOVIES ON NETFLIX. AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY CAN TUNE IN TO C-SPAN AND WATCH OUR OWN VERSION OF "THE GRINCH" AND EP KNEESER SCROOGE AND HENRY POTTER. OUR HOLIDAY HUMBUGS ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN ONLY HOPE, HOWEVER, THAT THEY CAN REDEEM THEMSELVES, OUR HOLIDAY HUMBUGS THE WAY THESE CHARACTERS DID. BUT I FEAR THAT'S NOT POSSIBLE. YESTERDAY HOUSE REPUBLICANS BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR PAYROLL TAX CREDIT AND UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROPOSAL TRIMMED IN CONTROVERSIAL RIDERS AND DECEIT. THE HOLIDAY HUMBUGS, THE G.O.P. LEADERSHIP DECORATED THE PAYROLL TAX CREDIT AND UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BILL WITH A CONTROVERSIAL KEYSTONE X.L. PIPELINE RIDER TO SWEETEN THE DEAL FOR THEIR CAUCUS. BUT THAT WASN'T ENOUGH. THE MAJORITY GUILDED THE PROPOSAL WITH CUTS TO THE ESSENTIAL HEALTH CARE REFORM FUNDING, A FREEZE IN FEDERAL EMPLOYEE PAY FOR YET ANOTHER YEAR AND A CUT IN THE LENGTH OF EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. AND BLOCKING THE ADMINISTRATION FROM MOVING FORWARD ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECT THAT WILL HELP OUR FAMILIES BREATHE, DRINK AND LIVE MORE HEALTHYLY. AND WE HEARD FROM THE HOUSE HOLIDAY HUMBUGS THAT THE PROBLEMS FACING THE UNEMPLOYED THAT THEY TRIED TO FIX YESTERDAY WAS DRUG TESTING FOR THE UNEMPLOYED. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, THE PROBLEM FOR THE UNEMPLOYED ISN'T DRUGS. IT'S A JOB. AND IN THE ABSENCE OF A DRUG IT'S AN UNEMPLOYMENT CHECK. SO FOR THE HOLIDAYS, MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES PUT ON THEIR LIST A PROPOSAL THAT WOULD DIP FURTHER INTO THE POCKETS OF LOW AND MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES AND DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON AT A TIME OUR NATION'S ECONOMY AND CONSUMPTION ARE CHALLENGED AND AT A TIME WHEN THE CONSUMPTION HAS GROWN ONLY 5% SINCE JUNE, 2009, OUR HOLIDAY HUMBUG WOULD CUT HOLES IN THE POCKETS OF OUR NATION'S CONSUMERS. THE LEGISLATION PASSED IN THE HOUSE YESTERDAY WOULD FREEZE THE COMPENSATION OF 2.65 MILLION FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WHO ARE CONSUMERS. MR. SPEAKER, SO WHILE THE SPECIAL INTERESTS AND THE WALL STREET FAT CATS AND THE OIL COMPANIES ARE ENJOYING THEIR LARGE CHRISTMAS BONUSES, FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, WHO ALREADY CONTRIBUTED $60 MILLION IN FOREGONE PAY FOR DEFICIT REDUGS WILL BE REQUIRED TO GIVE UP EVEN MORE. THE REPUBLICAN PLAN HIT STRUGGLING FAMILIES EVEN HARDER. IN FACT, THE BILL PASSED YESTERDAY BY OUR HOLIDAY HUMBUGS ELIMINATES 40 YEARS OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. THE FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM, NOT ONLY HELPS FAMILIES CHECK OFF ITEMS ON THEIR CHRISTMAS LIST, THINGS LIKE RENT, THINGS LIKE CHILDCARE AND THINGS LIKE GROCERIES, THE CHECK ALSO BRINGS FUNDING FOR MONEY BACK TO THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. IN FACT, THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE ESTIMATES THAT FOR EVERY DOLLAR OF BENEFITS SPENT ON UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION IT GENERATES ABOUT $2 OF ADDITIONAL ECONOMIC ACTIVITY. THAT'S MONEY DIRECTLY INTO OUR ECONOMY. THE REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL PASSED IN THE HOUSE YESTERDAY WOULD ELIMINATE OVER $22 BILLION IN ECONOMIC GROWTH AND RESULT IN THE LOSS OF 140,000 JOBS IN 2012. THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS HOUSE YESTERDAY. MY COLLEAGUE, SANDER LEVIN FROM MICHIGAN, RECOGNIZED THAT THE LEGISLATIVE HOLIDAY GIFT THAT THE REPUBLICANS THOUGHT THEY WERE PROVIDING THE AMERICAN WORKER THIS CHRISTMAS IS JUST ONE BIG LUMP OF COAL. THEIR PROPOSAL WOULD LEAVE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS OUT IN THE COLD THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WHILE IMPOSING ADDITIONAL BARRIERS TO RECEIVING ASSISTANCE AND DIMINISHING THE PROTECTIONS OF UNEMPLOYED WORKERS. THROUGHOUT THE DAY YESTERDAY, THE HOLIDAY HUMBUGS KEPT TRYING TO POINT TO PLACES WHERE WE COULD COMPROMISE. WELL, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE ASKING, WHY NOT SIMPLY COMPROMISE ON A CLEAN EXTENSION OF THE PAYROLL TAX CREDIT FOR 160 MILLION WORKERS AND UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE? WHY NOT ENSURE THAT 160 MILLION HARDWORKING FAMILIES CAN BENEFIT FROM THE AVERAGE $1,000 THEY'LL RECEIVE FROM THE PAYROLL TAX CREDIT? AGAIN, RIGHT INTO THE ECONOMY. YESTERDAY, THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY DECIDED THEY'D RATHER RISK RAISING TAXES AND DIGGING INTO THE POCKETS OF FAMILIES ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, NOT EVEN SCROOGE COULD DO WHAT WE SAW ON THE FLOOR YESTERDAY. AND IN THE END, OUR HOLIDAY HUMBUGS, THE GRINCH, MR. SCROOGE, AND EVEN MR. POTTER LEARNED THAT THERE IS REDEMPTION. IT'S TIME THAT OUR HOUSE REPUBLICANS DO THE SAME. I URGE THE MAJORITY TO INSTEAD BRING TO THE FLOOR A SENSIBLE, THOUGHTFUL PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION AND THE PAYROLL TAX CREDIT. AND WITH THAT I YIELD.

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  • 10:43:30 AM

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    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, MS. FUDGE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:43:38 AM

    MS. FUDGE

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

  • 10:43:46 AM

    MS. FUDGE

    SPEAKER, AFTER A YEAR OF ATTEMPTS TO ELIMINATE MEDICARE AND OBSTRUCT ANY…

    SPEAKER, AFTER A YEAR OF ATTEMPTS TO ELIMINATE MEDICARE AND OBSTRUCT ANY KIND OF JOBS BILL, THE REPUBLICAN AGENDA IS CLEAR. ELIMINATE THE DEFICIT AT ANY COST, INCLUDING AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR MOST VULNERABLE WHILE ADVERSELY IMPACTING OUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY. MORE THAN 1.6 MILLION AMERICAN CHILDREN WERE HOMELESS AT SOME POINT IN 2010. THESE ARE CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 18 LIVING IN EMERGENCY SHELTERS OR IN SHARED HOUSING AND MANY ARE LIVING ON THE STREET. NOW, IN 2011, THE NUMBER OF HOMELESS CHILDREN CONTINUES TO INCREASE. THERE ARE MORE HOMELESS CHILDREN TODAY THAN AFTER THE NATURAL DISASTERS OF HURRICANE KATRINA AND RITA. THE RECESSION'S ECONOMIC DEVASTATION HAS LEFT ONE IN 45 CHILDREN HOMELESS. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE OUT OF WORK AND PUSHED -- AND WE HAVE PUSHED UNEMPLOYMENT RATES TO LEVELS NOT SEEN IN DECADES. WE CONTINUE TO SEE POVERTY SOAR. AS ARE POVERTY SURGED TO ITS HIGHEST LEVELS SINCE 1993, MEDIUM HOUSEHOLD INCOMES DECLINED WHICH IS WHY IT IS MADDENING TO ME THAT WE IN CONGRESS CAN'T AGREE OR EVEN COME TO A POINT WHERE WE CAN AGREE TO COMPROMISE ON POLICIES THAT WILL HELP STRUGGLING AMERICANS. IN THE 49 WEEKS SINCE THE REPUBLICANS TOOK CONTROL OF THIS HOUSE, THEY HAVE FAILED TO PASS A SINGLE BILL TO ENCOURAGE JOB GROWTH. THEY PLEDGED TO FOCUS ON ECONOMIC RECOVERY, BUT THEY HAVE FAILED TO DELIVER. . I HAVE SPONSORED FOUR JOBS BILLS IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS, BUT NONE OF THEM HAS BEEN BROUGHT UP FOR A VOTE. THE MAJORITY HAS DONE -- THE MAJORITY HAS DONE AS IT HAS TRIED TO ADVANCE -- ALL THEY HAVE DONE IS TRY TO ADVANCE THEIR OWN POLITICAL AGENDA. THEIR PRIORITY IS CLEAR, ELIMINATE THE DEFICIT AT ANY COST ON THE BACKS OF THE MOST VULNERABLE. THIS YEAR REPUBLICANS PROPOSED A BUDGET THAT WOULD PRIVATIZE MEDICARE AND MAKE MEDICAID A BLOCK GRANT. SACRIFICING CARE FOR OUR SENIORS, OUR SICK, AND OUR POOR. THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET SLICED MORE THAN $6 WITH A T OVER THE NEXT DECADE FROM MEDICAID, SNAP, MEDICARE, AND MANY OTHER PROGRAMS SUPPORTING LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME AMERICANS. THE MAJORITY SUGGESTS THESE DRASTIC CHANGES WHILE LEAVING IN PLACE TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHIEST AND $40 BILLION IN BIG OIL TAX LOOPHOLES. THE MAJORITY'S BUDGET WOULD DEVASTATE POOR COMMUNITIES AND MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS. IT PUSHES SENIORS INTO THE HANDS OF PRIVATE INSURANCE COMPANIES AND FORCES THEM TO PAY MORE OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES. WHAT WE NEED IS A BOLD APPROACH, MR. SPEAKER, TO MAINTAINING THESE PROGRAMS, RATHER THAN FINDING WAYS TO DEFUND OR DERAIL THEM. ALMOST SIX MILLION WORKERS HAVE BEEN UNEMPLOYED FOR MORE THAN A YEAR IN THIS COUNTRY, SO WE KNOW THERE IS A STRONG NEED TO EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. WHAT WE HAVE SEEN THIS WEEK MAKES ME SKEPTICAL. HERE WE ARE AT THE END OF ONE OF THE MOST UNPRODUCTIVE CONGRESS CONGRESSIONAL SESSIONS WE HAVE HAD IN RECENT HISTORY. IN THIS END OF THE YEAR DRAMA, REPUBLICANS PLAY THE ROLE OF THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS. YESTERDAY THE HOUSE PASSED A BILL THAT SLASHES UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BY 40 WEEKS IN THE STATES THAT ARE HARDEST HIT, INCLUDING MY OWN HOME STATE OF OHIO. IF SIGNED INTO LAW, BENEFICIARIES WITHOUT A HIGH SCHOOL DEGREE WOULD BE DENIED INSURANCE UNLESS THEY USE THE BENEFITS WE ARE GIVING THEM TO PAY FOR GETTING THEIR G.E.D. THE BILL ALSO ALLOWS STATES TO FORCE RECIPIENTS TO TAKE DRUG TESTS. IN 2010 UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS KEPT 3.2 MILLION AMERICANS, INCLUDING NEARLY ONE MILLION CHILDREN, FROM FALLING INTO POVERTY. I DON'T EVEN WANT TO IMAGINE THE MAGNITUDE OF THE PROBLEM IF WE FAIL TO EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE NOW. DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON MORE THAN EVER, AMERICANS FEEL THERE IS NO WAY OUT. LAST WEEK A WOMAN IN TEXAS WHO WAS ORIGINALLY FROM THE STATE OF OHIO KILLED HERSELF AND SHOT HER TWO CHILDREN BECAUSE THEY WERE DENIED SNAP BENEFITS. ONE OF THOSE CHILDREN HAS DIED. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS DESPERATION. HOMELESSNESS AT ITS WORSE. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WOOLSEY, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WOOLSEY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, SINCE THE SPRING OF 2004, I HAVE STOOD HERE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, SINCE THE SPRING OF 2004, I HAVE STOOD HERE IN THIS VERY SPOT, 415 TIMES, TO CALL FOR AN END TO FOREIGN WARS AND THE START OF A NEW SMARTER APPROACH TO NATIONAL SECURITY. MOST OF THOSE SPEECHES MY TONE HAS BEEN ONE OF INSISTENCE AND BESEACHING. SELDOM HAVE I BEEN ABLE TO ECHO GOOD NEWS OR DECLARE A SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT, BUT, MR. SPEAKER, TODAY IS DIFFERENT. AS THE PRESIDENT WILL FIRM IN A SPEECH AT FORT BRAGG TODAY AND IT MOVES ME BEYOND WORDS TO SAY THIS, THE WAR IN IRAQ IS FINALLY OVER. AFTER 105 EXCRUCIATING MONTHS, AFTER SO MUCH HEARTBREAK AND DESPAIR, AFTER SO MANY SHAMEFUL EPISODES SUCH AS THE MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, ABU GHRAIB, THE OUTING OF VALERIE PLAME, AND SO MUCH MORE, OUR TROOPS ARE FINALLY COMING HOME FROM IRAQ. ALL OF THEM. MUCH CREDIT GOES TO PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR MAKING GOOD ON HIS PROMISE WHEN HE WAS SWORN INTO OFFICE, THERE WERE 142,000 U.S. SERVICE MEMBERS DEPLOYED TO IRAQ. BY THAT TIME THE CALENDAR TURNS IN 2012 THERE WILL BE ZERO. ZERO. BUT THIS DAY WOULD NOT HAVE COME UNLESS SOME VERY BRAVE PEOPLE SPOKEN UP FOR PEACE AT A TIME WHEN THE POLS AND CONVENTIONAL WISDOM SAID THAT BRUSH -- PRESIDENT BUSH IN HIS IRAQ POLICY WERE UNAVAILABLE. I HAVE BEEN PROUD TO WORK IN PARTICULAR WITH MY FRIENDS, CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA LEE AND CONGRESSWOMAN MAXINE WATERS, IN ESTABLISHING THE OUT-OF-IRAQ CAUCUS. MANY OF OUR COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE STOOD SHOULDER TO SHOULDER WITH US, INCLUDING OUR LATE FRIEND, JACK MURTHA, WHOSE OPPOSITION TO THE WAR REPRESENTED A MAJOR TURNING POINT IN THE IRAQ DEBATE. OF COURSE NO ONE DISPLAYED MORE COURAGE THAN THESE HEROIC MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED IN IRAQ WITH HONOR AND SELFLESSNESS. THEY PRESENT THE BEST OUR NATION HAS TO OFFER. I ONLY WISH THAT THEIR ELECTED LEADERS HAD SERVED THEM BETTER OVER THE LAST DECADE. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST BE CAREFUL. WE MUST BE CAREFUL ABOUT TURNING THIS INTO AN OCCASION OF TRIUMPH OR CELEBRATION. THE END OF THE IRAQ WAR IS WELCOMED, BUT TRAGICALLY OVERDUE. TOO MUCH HAS BEEN LOST IN PRECIOUS AMERICAN BLOOD, IN BADLY NEEDED PUBLIC TREASURE, AND IN OUR MORAL CORE AS A NATION. THE END OF THIS WAR COMES INTO LATE FOR NEARLY 4,500 AMERICANS WHOSE PARENTS, SPOUSES, CHILDREN, AND FRIENDS WILL MISS SOME DESPERATELY -- WILL MISS THEM DESPERATELY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON AND EVERY OTHER DAY OF THE YEAR. MANY THOUSANDS MORE ARE HOME FROM IRAQ WITH BROKEN MINDS AND BODIES, WITH SCARS THEY WILL CARRY FOR THE REST OF THEIR DAYS. WE MUST KEEP THEM AND KEEP OUR PROMISE TO THEM, TO PROVIDE THE BENEFITS THAT THEY SO NEED AND DESERVE. I DON'T KNOW HOW WE ATONE FOR THE DEATHS OF THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT IRAQI CIVILIANS. OUR MILITARY OCCUPATION IN IRAQ IS OVER. BUT OUR BILATERAL ENGAGEMENT WITH IRAQ MOST CERTAINLY WILL GO ON. THERE IS STILL PLENTY OF HUMAN NEED IN IRAQ. AND WE MUST HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO HELP ALLEVIATE THAT. IT IS CRITICAL THAT THE UNITED STATES BE A PEACEFUL AND CONSTRUCTIVE PARTNER TO IRAQ. INVESTING IN DEVELOPMENT, PROVIDING THE CIVILIAN SUPPORT THAT WILL EMPOWER THEIR PEOPLE AND STRENGTHEN THEIR DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS. NOW IS THE MOMENT, NOW MORE THAN EVER WE MUST MOVE TO A SMARTER SECURITY IN IRAQ. FINALLY IT IS CRITICAL TO REMEMBER THAT THE END OF THE IRAQ WAR DOES NOT MEAN WE ARE A NATION AT PEACE. THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN LINGERS ON, VIOLENTLESS AND SENSELESSLY, STILL UNDERMINING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND WEAKENING OUR COUNTRY. WE MUST, MR. SPEAKER, MOVE MORE QUICKLY THAN EVER TO END THAT CONFLICT. IT IS TIME TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME, ALL OF OUR TROOPS, SAFELY HOME NOW. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SHIMKUS, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SHIMKUS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. SHIMKUS

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. SHIMKUS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S AN HONOR TO FOLLOW MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S AN HONOR TO FOLLOW MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA WHO IS RETIRING AT THE END OF THE CONGRESS, WHICH IS ANOTHER YEAR, EVEN THOUGH WE DISAGREE PROBABLY TOO MANY TIMES TO COUNT, NO ONE QUESTIONS HER PASSION, HER COMMITMENT, AND HER HER MORAL CONSCIOUSNESS OF DOING THE RIGHT THING. GIVE ME A CHANCE TO PUBLICLY STATE THAT AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SERVING WITH YOU THE FINAL YEAR TOGETHER. MR. SPEAKER, I COME TO THE FLOOR TO READ A LETTER FROM A BUSINESSMAN IN SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS WHO IS CLOSING UP THE BUSINESS. BUT EVEN MORE TIMELY THAN THAT WAS A "WALL STREET JOURNAL" EDITORIAL TODAY, I WAS BRINGING THE LETTER DOWN ANYWAY, I DECIDED TO -- LOOKING AT THE "WALL STREET JOURNAL" EDITORIAL, AND IT'S TITLED, REGULATIONS FOR DUMMIES. THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS IT'S RULE MAKING ISN'T COSTLY OR UNUSUAL. THE EVIDENCE SHOWS OTHERWISE. FIRST PARAGRAPH. THE WHITE HOUSE IS ON THE POLITICAL OFFENSIVE AND ONE OF ITS CHIEF CLAIMS IS THAT IT ISN'T THE OVERREGULATOR OF BUSINESS AND REPUBLICAN LORE. THE LIST LINE HAS BEEN PICKED UP BY AN IMPRESSIONABLE COLUMNIST SO IT IS A GOOD TIME TO CONSIDER THE EVIDENCE IN SOME DETAIL. SO THEY GO THROUGH THE ANALYSIS. IT ENDS UP BY SAYING THE EVIDENCE IS SO OVERWHELMING THAT THE OBAMA REGULATORY SURGE IS ONE REASON THE CURRENT ECONOMIC RECOVERY HAS BEEN SO LACKLUSTER BY HISTORICAL STANDARDS. RATHER THAN NURTURE AN ECONOMY TRYING TO REBUILD CONFIDENCE AFTER THE FINANCIAL HEART ATTACK, THE ADMINISTRATION PUSHED THROUGH ITS NOW FAMOUS BLITZ OF LIBERAL POLICIES ON HEALTH CARE, FINANCIAL SERVICE, ENERGY, HOUSING, EDUCATION, AND STUDENT LOANS, TELECOM, LABOR RELATIONS, TRANSPORTATION, AND PROBABLY SOME OTHER INDUSTRIES WE HAVE FORGOT YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. -- FORGOTTEN. ANYONE WHO THINKS THIS IS ONLY MINIMAL IMPACT ON BUSINESS HAS NEVER BEEN IN BUSINESS. NOW THE LETTER WHICH THIS IS DATED -- COLUMNIST DATED DECEMBER 14. THIS LETTER WAS DATED DECEMBER 7. YOU ARE THE FINEST CUSTOMER THAT WE HAVE SERVED OR YOU ARE ONE OF THE FINEST PROFESSIONALS THAT HAVE SERVED THESE CUSTOMERS. AFTER 61 YEARS OF WHICH 58 WERE WONDERFUL YEARS IN THE CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS, AND HAVING BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH THE GREATEST OF PEOPLE, IT'S WITH MUCH SADNESS AND DISAPPOINTMENT THAT WE HAVE TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE WILL BE CLOSING DECEMBER 31, 2011. YOU-ALL KNOW THAT WE SERVED THE PRIVATE SECTOR. WE HAVE ENJOYED WORKING WITH INDUSTRY, AVIATION, AND ALL PRIVATE BUSINESSES AND ENTREPRENEURS. WE ALWAYS FELT THAT YOU WERE THE PULSE OF THE WHOLE U.S.A. IT'S SAD TO SAY THAT THROUGH NO FAULT OF YOURS THAT THIS PULSE HAS SLOWED TO A LEVEL THAT CAN NO LONGER SUSTAIN THE QUALITY OF SERVICE WE HAVE ALWAYS FELT OBLIGATESED AND MORE DESIRED TO PROVIDE. OUR GOVERNMENT IS WONDERFUL IN THAT IT PROVIDES FOR OUR COMMON DEFENSE, HIGHWAY INFRASTRUCTURE, AND A FEW OTHER WORTHY ENDEAVORS. HOWEVER THEY ARE IN FACT AN EXPENSE, AN EXPENSE THAT WE SHOULD ENJOY FUNDING. THOUGH WHEN THEY LOSE SIGHT OF THE TRUE FACT THAT WE IN THE PRIVATE ENTERPRISE PAY THE BILLS AND DO NOT SUPPORT AN ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH WE CAN FLOURISH WITH THE FRUITS OF OUR HARD WORK, THE FUNDING WILL SOON CEASE TO EXIST. GOVERNMENT CANNOT PRODUCE REVENUE OR PROSPERITY, BUT THEY LIKE US COULD ENJOY BOTH IF THEY LOOK AT THEMSELVES AS ANY OTHER HIRED SERVICE ORGANIZATION THAT HAS TO BE WORTH THE MONEY THEY ARE GETTING PAID. THAT'S ALL -- THAT'S THE WAY ALL OF US HAVE TO OPERATE. AND WHAT GIVES US PRIDE IN WHAT WE DO. GOD BLESS YOU. THANK YOU. AND WE PRAY THAT WE ALL FIND AMERICAN LEADERSHIP TO RESTORE THE PULSE AND PRESSURE OF THE GREAT PRIVATE SECTOR AND THE AMERICAN ENTREPRENEUR AGAIN. YOU ARE THE HEARTBEAT OF AMERICA. AGAIN GOD BLESS YOU. AND SO THESE TWO WRITTEN, ONE COLUMN, ONE LETTER, OCCURRING SIMULTANEOUSLY, ALMOST, HIGHLIGHTING THE POINT IT IS THIS REGULATORY REGIME PUSHED ON BY THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH THAT IF NOT OUTRIGHT DESTROYING JOBS, MAKING IT VERY DIFFICULT FOR JOBS TO FLOURISH. THAT'S WHY IN THE BILL LAST NIGHT WE MOVED THE KEYSTONE X.L. PIPELINE, CONNECTED WITH THE BOILER MACT. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE DONE SOME OTHER BILLS TO AT LEAST LEGISLATIVELY PUT BARRIERS INTO THE EXCESSES OF THE REGULATORY REGIME HERE FROM THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. MR. SPEAKER, I THINK THIS WAS TIMELY TO COME DOWN TO THE FLOOR AND SHARE THIS LETTER. AND I THANK YOU FOR THE TIME. AT THIS TIME I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER

    LET US PRAY. GRACIOUS GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY.…

    LET US PRAY. GRACIOUS GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. YOU HAVE BLESSED US WITH ALL GOOD GIFTS AND WE'RE -- AND WITH THANKFUL HEARTS WE EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE. YOU HAVE CREATED US WITH OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE OTHER PEOPLE AND THEIR NEED TO SHARE TOGETHER IN RESPECT AND AFFECTION, AND TO BE FAITHFUL IN THE RESPONSIBILITYINGS WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN. WE WISH TO ACKNOWLEDGE BEFORE YOU, O GOD, THE SACRIFICE OF SO MANY AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN AND MANY ALLIES, DURING MANY YEARS OF COMMITMENTS IN IRAQ. . WE THANK THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE AND ASK FOR YOUR CONTINUED BLESSING UPON THEM AS THEY NOW LIVE INTO A FUTURE MORE SECURE BECAUSE OF THEIR EFFORTS. IN THIS MOMENT OF PRAYER, PLEASE GRANT TO THE MEMBERS OF THIS PEOPLE'S HOUSE THE GIFTS OF WISDOM AND DISCERNMENT THAT IN THEIR WORDS AND ACTIONS THEY WILL DO JUSTICE, LOVE WITH MERCY AND WALK HUMBLY WITH YOU. MAY ALL THAT IS DONE THIS DAY BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY. AMEN. SBOIK THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. --

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    MR. GRAVES

    ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC…

    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 EITHER SIDE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE…

    ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS ON EITHER SIDE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA RISE?

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    MR. WILSON

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. WILSON

    MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED HE WILL VETO THE PAYROLL…

    MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED HE WILL VETO THE PAYROLL FAX EXTENSION BILL PASSED BY HOUSE REPUBLICANS DUE TO THE INCLUSION OF THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION. THE PRESIDENT CAMPAIGNS FOR JOBS BUT WILL SADLY VETO A JOBS BILL. THIS FALL I WAS FORTUNATE TO VISIT ALBERTA, CANADA, AND SEE FIRSTHAND THE SAFEGUARDS TO DEVELOP CANADIAN OIL SANDS. THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS ENVIRONMENTALLY ADVANCED PIPELINE WILL CREATE AT LEAST 120,000 NEW AMERICAN JOBS WITHOUT COSTING TAXPAYERS A DIME AND WILL STIMULATE OUR ECONOMY. WALTER C. JONES IN "THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE" REPORTED THAT REFINED OIL PRODUCTS WITH NO PIPELINE WILL BE DENIED TO SOUTH CAROLINIANS AT A NORTH AUGUSTA TERMINAL. WITH A RECORD UNEMPLOYMENT RATE OVER 8% OVER 34 MONTHS AND AMERICANS LOOKING FOR JOBS, IT'S VERY SAD THE PRESIDENT WOULD VETO LEGISLATION CREATING JOBS. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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

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

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    PERMISSION 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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    AS A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY, I RISE TO EXPRESS MY…

    AS A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY, I RISE TO EXPRESS MY CONCERN ABOUT THE DIRECTION OF THE URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE PROGRAM. IT WAS CREATED TO DEVELOP CAPABILITIES TO PREVENT AND RESPOND TO ATTACKS AND CATASTROPHES IN OUR MOST VULNERABLE CITIES.

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    MR. HIGGINS

    IT HAS DEVELOPED JOINT INITIATIVES AMONG LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN MY COMMUNITY…

    IT HAS DEVELOPED JOINT INITIATIVES AMONG LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN MY COMMUNITY OF BUFFALO-NIAGARA. THE CAPABILITY GAINS DEVELOPED ACROSS THE COUNTRY. YET, DRASTIC -- RECENT DRASTIC COUNTRIES IN THE FUNDING HAVE RESULTED IN THE ELIMINATION OF 32 OF THE 64 URBAN AREAS FROM THE PROGRAM. THAT PUTS THE PREPAREDNESS AND CAPABILITY GAINS WE'VE ACHIEVED AT RISK. IN ORDER TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THIS PROBLEM, THIS WEEK I FORMED THE PRESERVING THE UE WASY CAUCUS -- UE BECAUSEY CAUCUS. AND THE CAPABILITIES GAINED THAT WAS DROPPED FROM THE PROGRAM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES WHO REPRESENT THESE COMMUNITIES TO JOIN OUR CAUCUS SO WE CAN PROTECT OUR CAPABILITY GAINS AND ENSURE OUR COMMUNITIES ARE PROPERLY SECURED. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MR. POE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. POE

    SOME AMERICANS WORRY ABOUT BIG LABOR. OTHERS WORRY ABOUT BIG BUSINESS. BUT…

    SOME AMERICANS WORRY ABOUT BIG LABOR. OTHERS WORRY ABOUT BIG BUSINESS. BUT WHAT REALLY SCARES MOST AMERICANS IS THE MASSIVE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SNOOPING AROUND, MEDDLING AND CONTROLLING EVERY ASPECT OF PEOPLE'S LIVES. ACCORDING TO A GALLUP POLL RELEASED THIS WEEK, THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY, 64% OF THOSE SURVEYED, THINK THAT BIG GOVERNMENT WILL BE THE BIGGEST THREAT TO THE COUNTRY IN THE FUTURE. IT'S WORTH NOTING ABOUT HALF OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED WERE DEMOCRATS THAT AGREED THAT BIG GOVERNMENT IS THE PROBLEM. NO SURPRISE. WHEN I MEET WITH MY NEIGHBORS IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS THEIR MESSAGE FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS CLEAR. BACK OFF. STOP SADDLING EXPENSIVE JOB-KILLING AND UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS TO BUSINESSES. THE MERE PHRASE, I'M FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND I'M HERE TO HELP YOU, BRINGS FEAR AND TRENDATION INTO THE HEARTS AND SOULS OF -- TREPIDATION INTO THE HEARTS AND SOULS OF BUSINESSES THROUGHOUT THE FRUITED PLAIN. THE CONSTITUTION SAYS WE, THE PEOPLE, ARE TO CONTROL GOVERNMENT, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND. GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT RUN ROUGH SHOT OVER OUR -- ROUGH SHOCK OVER OUR PERSONAL LIBERTY. AND THAT'S THE WAY IT IS.

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

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, DURING THIS SEASON OF GIVING WHEN OUR NATION SHOULD BE…

    MR. SPEAKER, DURING THIS SEASON OF GIVING WHEN OUR NATION SHOULD BE REFLECTING ON THE NEEDS OF OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS WHO ARE OUT OF WORK STRUGGLING TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR LOVED ONES, THIS CHAMBER YESTERDAY CUT UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FOR OVER ONE MILLION OF OUR CITIZENS. IT IS PROVIDED UP TO 99 WEEKS IN SUPPORT OF THOSE WHO LOST THEIR JOBS THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN.

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    MR. GENE

    LEGISLATION BECOMES LAW, THE MAXIMUM POTENTIAL UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT WILL…

    LEGISLATION BECOMES LAW, THE MAXIMUM POTENTIAL UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT WILL FALL ABOUT 40 WEEKS. THIS LEGS WOULD ALSO ALLOW STATES, MANY OF WHICH IS STRUGGLING TO BALANCE THEIR BUDGETS.

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    MR. GREEN

    OPPOSED TO ANY REDUCTION OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. I AM SUPPORTIVE OF THE…

    OPPOSED TO ANY REDUCTION OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. I AM SUPPORTIVE OF THE KEYSTONE X.L. PIPELINE. IT MAKES BOTH ENERGY AND ECONOMIC SENSE TO OUR COUNTRY AND I HOPE THE ADMINISTRATION WILL FIND A WAY TO ALLOW THE CONSTRUCTION TO COMMENCE IN SOME STATES WHILE STILL REVISITING THE ROOT IN NEBRASKA. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND IN SUPPORT OF OVER 13 MILLION AMERICANS LOOKING FOR WORK THIS HOLIDAY SEASON AND PASS A CLEAN EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT.

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

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. GRAVES

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO GIVE THANKS TODAY TO MY HOUSE COLLEAGUES…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO GIVE THANKS TODAY TO MY HOUSE COLLEAGUES WHO YESTERDAY IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION MOVED TO START SFRUX ON THE KEYSTONE X.L. PIPELINE BECAUSE THIS IS TRULY A SHOVEL-READY PROJECT THAT WILL PROVIDE GOOD JOBS AND SECURE ENERGY FOR AMERICANS. THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE WILL CREATE NEARLY 100,000 PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS COMPLETED. 20,000 JOBS IMMEDIATELY. THIS PIPELINE WILL PUMP 700,000 GALLONS OF CRUDE OIL A DAY FROM OUR FRIEND AND NEIGHBOR, CANADA. A GOOD, RELIABLE AND SECURE SUPPLY OF OIL. THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED. THE PATH FOR THE PIPELINE HAS BEEN DETERMINED. THE ONLY THING STANDING IN THE WAY IS POLITICS. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS POSTPONED HIS DECISION ON WHETHER THE PRIVATE SECTOR CAN BUILD THIS PIPELINE UNTIL AFTER THE NEXT ELECTION. IF IT'S GOOD ENOUGH AFTER THE ELECTION, SURELY IT'S GOOD ENOUGH TODAY. GOOD JOBS, SECURE ENERGY, NO COST TO THE TAXPAYERS, IT'S A NO-BRAINER.

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

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    MR. SIRES

    ASK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. SIRES

    SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE MAJORITY UNWISELY GAMBLED WITH ECONOMIC SECURITY OF…

    SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE MAJORITY UNWISELY GAMBLED WITH ECONOMIC SECURITY OF THE MIDDLE CLASS. THEY VOTED ON LEGISLATION THAT WAS DESIGNED TO FAIL. FULLY KNOWING IT WOULD BE DEAD ON ARRIVAL IN THE SENATE AND THE VETO BY THE PRESIDENT. BY TYING THE PAYROLL TAX TO UNRELATED POLICIES, THE MAJORITY IS PLAYING A DANGEROUS GAME THAT COULD HURT -- DANGEROUS GAME THAT COULD RESULT IN TAX HIKES FOR 160 MILLION WORKERS. MOREOVER, ATTACHING THE MEDICARE DOC FIX TO THE SAME DIVISIVE POLICY, THEY HAVE ENDANGERED SENIORS' ACCESS TO DOCTORS. WE SHOULD SUPPORT THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY. WE SHOULD NOT DO THAT AT THE EXPENSE OF PUBLIC HEALTH. IF WE FAIL TO PASS A CLEAN EXTENSION OF THE PAYROLL TAX CUT HOLIDAY, OUR ECONOMY WILL LOSE $30 BILLION, THE UNEMPLOYED WILL LOSE MUCH-NEEDED ASSISTANCE. NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO PAY A GAME. WE MUST CONTINUE ASSISTING THE UNEMPLOYED. I YIELD BACK.

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

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    ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. GINGREY

    AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM WEST GEORGIA, CONGRESSMAN GRAVES, JUST SAID, I STAND…

    AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM WEST GEORGIA, CONGRESSMAN GRAVES, JUST SAID, I STAND BEFORE YOU NOW TO EMPLOY SENATE DEMOCRATS AND PRESIDENT OBAMA FOLLOW SUIT AND SUPPORT THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE PROJECT. THE PIPELINE, WHICH HAS BEEN DELAYED FOR MORE THAN THREE YEARS BY THIS ADMINISTRATION, WOULD BE A CRITICAL STEP TOWARDS ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND JOB CREATION IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS PIPELINE WOULD TRANSPORT 1.4 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL PER DAY FROM CANADA DOWN TO THE GULF COAST REFINERIES, DRASTICALLY REDUCING OUR RELIANCE ON MIDDLE EAST IMPORTS AND CREATE, YES, MORE THAN 100,000 JOBS NATIONWIDE. THIS DOES INCLUDE GEORGIA WHERE KEYSTONE FUEL WILL BE SHIPPED BY EXISTING PIPELINES THROUGH TERMINALS IN ATLANTA, ROME, AUGUSTA, ATHENS AS WELL AS TO OTHER EAST COAST CUSTOMERS. THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE AND PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ALLOW PRODUCTION TO BEGIN. AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR AN EXTRAORDINARY AMERICAN, FISHING…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR AN EXTRAORDINARY AMERICAN, FISHING CAPTAIN JAMES HENRY FROM MYSTIC TOWN, CONNECTICUT.

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    MR. COURTNEY

    HIS FIRST BOOK AT THE AGE OF 98. WHAT'S EVEN MORE EXTRAORDINARY IS THAT…

    HIS FIRST BOOK AT THE AGE OF 98. WHAT'S EVEN MORE EXTRAORDINARY IS THAT CAPTAIN HENRY WAS ILLIT RATE UNTIL THE AGE OF 91 BUT AFTER LEARNING THE STORY OF A YOUNG SLAVE WHO TAUGHT HIMSELF TO READ AND WRITE AT THE AGE OF 98 HE BEGAN HIS JOURNEY TO LITERACY. LITERACY VOLUNTEER FROM EASTERN CONNECTICUT, MARK HOLGREN, HELPED HIM EDIT HIS BOOK. IN A FISHERMAN'S LANGUAGE, HE WEEFED TOGETHER THE LIFE OF THIS LOBSTERMAN, SHARING HIS STORIES FROM LIFE ON HIS GRANDFATHER'S FARM IN PORTUGAL, HIS WORKS ON THE BOATS, A MEMBER OF THE CONNECTICUT NATIONAL GUARD, A PROFESSIONAL BOXER AND ELECTRIC FISH BOAT SHIP YARD, HE SOLD THE ORIGINAL 750 COPIES IN A FEW WEEKS, HE'S BEEN CONTACTED BY OTHERS WHO WANT TO SHARE HIS STORY WITH THE WORLD. IT'S A JOURNEY FROM BEING UNABLE TO READ AND WRITE AND BEING A SOURCE OF -- I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO READ THIS AMAZING BOOK AND SALUTE CAPTAIN HENRY FOR HIS AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. PITTS

    REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR JOB CREATION. THE PRESENT…

    REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR JOB CREATION. THE PRESENT ADMINISTRATION HAS TRIED TO DOWNPLAY THE EFFECT NEW REGULATIONS WILL HAVE ON COMPANIES STRUGGLING IN THE WEAK ECONOMY. TODAY'S "WALL STREET JOURNAL" DOCUMENTS EFFORTS OF THE WHITE HOUSE OFFICE ON INFORMATION AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS TO MUDDY THE WATERS ABOUT REGULATIONS. THE OFFICIAL OBAMA ADMINISTRATION COMPILATION OF REGULATION IGNORES SIGNIFICANT INSTITUTIONS SUCH AS THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD AND THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION. YET, THE NUMBER OF ECONOMICALLY SIGNIFICANT RULES AT ALL STAGES HAS RISEN TO 149, A HISTORIC HIGH. VAST SECTIONS OF INDUSTRY ARE WAITING TO HEAR HOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL CHANGE THE WAY THEY HAVE TO DO BUSINESS. HOW ON EARTH CAN WE EXPECT THEM TO HIRE NEW WORKERS WHEN THEY CAN'T PLAN WITH THIS REGULATORY UNCERTAINTY? THE ADMINISTRATION CAN TRY TO MANIPULATE THE NUMBERS BUT THERE CAN BE NO DOUBT THAT THE FEDERAL REGULATORY JAGGER KNOTT IS HOLDING BACK -- JUGGER NOT IS HOLDING BACK JOB GROWTH. I YIELD BACK.

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    BEEN TALKING ABOUT DEBT AND DEFICIT FOR THE LAST YEAR AND HERE WE WILL ADD…

    BEEN TALKING ABOUT DEBT AND DEFICIT FOR THE LAST YEAR AND HERE WE WILL ADD NEARLY $200 BILLION TO THE DEFICIT. WE ARE GOING TO USE A BUNCH OF PAY-FORS THAT WE WILL SET ASIDE FOR THE DEFICIT. THIS IS PLOAST DISINGENUOUS GROUP OF FOLKS WE HAVE SEEN IN A LONG TIME.

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    MR. SCHRADER

    PASS ANOTHER PAYROLL TAX CUT THAT ADDS TO THE DIFFICULTY OF FUNDING OUR…

    PASS ANOTHER PAYROLL TAX CUT THAT ADDS TO THE DIFFICULTY OF FUNDING OUR SYSTEM. OH, NO. WE ARE GOING TO ISSUE SOME I.O.U.'S. I DON'T THINK THERE IS A SINGLE AMERICAN OUT THERE THAT BELIEVES ANOTHER I.O.U. IS A GOOD THING FOR SOCIAL SECURITY. WE HAVE GOT TO STOP BORROWING AGAINST OUR SOCIAL SECURITY. NOT ONLY THAT, THE PAYROLL TAX, YOU GET ONLY 60 CENTS BACK FOR EVERY DOLLAR YOU INVEST. I DON'T THINK THAT'S A VERY GOOD INVESTMENT. PRESIDENT BUSH TRIED THAT IN 2008 AND THERE WAS NO CHANGE IN CONSUMPTION. WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING IS FOCUSING ON UNEMPLOYMENT WHERE YOU GET $1.60 BRACK IN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY FOR EVERY DOLLAR YOU PUT IN, JUST LIKE THE PRESIDENT ASKED FOR. AND WE SHOULD HAVE A MORE ROBUST DOC FIX THAT MAKES SURE SENIORS AND DOCTORS GET PAID WHAT THEY NEED TO KEEP MEDICARE SOLVENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. DESJARLAIS

    WILL ENSURE THAT RESOURCES ARE NOT TAKEN FROM THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST…

    WILL ENSURE THAT RESOURCES ARE NOT TAKEN FROM THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND TO PAY FOR THIS RELIEF. MOST PORNLY, THE LEGISLATION INCLUDES A MEASURE TO SUPPORT THE CREATION OF MORE THAN 100,000 NEW AMERICAN JOBS BY EXPEDITING THE CREATION OF THE KEYSTONE X.L. ENERGY PIPELINE. THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON, CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE GIFT OF JOBS AND TAX RELIEF THAT THEY NEED WITH WITHOUT SPENDING MORE MONEY THAT WE DO NOT HAVE. IT IS TIME FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA TO LIVE UP TO HIS OWN RHETORIC OF WE CAN'T WAIT AN PUT PARTISAN POLITICS ASIDE AND GET AMERICANS BACK TO WORK. I YIELD BACK.

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    GOVERNMENT COMPROMISES THE RIGHT TO PEACEABLY ASSEMBLE, THE RIGHT OF EXPRESSION AND THE RIGHT OF INDEPENDENT THOUGHT, THE PEOPLE OF SUCH A COUNTRY ARE NOT FULLY FREE. WHEN THEY TAKE THE PROPERTY OF SIT ZEPPS WITHOUT DUE COMPENSATION AND PROCESS OF LAW THE PEOPLE ARE NOT FREE.

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    MR. SARBANES

    A GOVERNMENT DISCRIMINATES AGAINST CITIZENS ON THE BASIS OF RELIGION,…

    A GOVERNMENT DISCRIMINATES AGAINST CITIZENS ON THE BASIS OF RELIGION, FREEDOM IS DENIED. WHILE TURKEY HAS TAKEN SOME STEPS TOWARD FREEDOM, IT IS NOT A MEASURE OF -- A MATTER OF HALF MEASURES. THEY MUST ZEALOUSLY DEFEND THE FREEDOM OF ALL ITS CITIZENS. I URGE THE REPUBLIC OF TURKEY TO SAFEGUARD ITS CHRISTIAN HERITAGE AND RETURN CONFISCATED CHURCH PROPERTIES. I YIELD BACK.

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    MY COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE AND THE PRESIDENT, IT'S TIME TO STAND WITH THE…

    MY COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE AND THE PRESIDENT, IT'S TIME TO STAND WITH THE AMERICAN WORKER. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ADDING 20,000 JOBS AS WE APPROVE THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE, COMING FROM ALBERTA, CANADA, TO THE GULF SHORE. BUT CANADA IS A LEADING SOURCE OF OUR OIL. THEY PRODUCE MORE OIL THAN SAUDI ARABIA. MICHIGAN IS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS IN THAT PARTNERSHIP. ENBRIDGE, WHICH IS A COMPETITOR TO TRANSCANADA, IS LOOKING AT INCREASING ITS CAPACITY AND EXTENDING ITS PIPELINE. MARATHON REFINERIES LOOKING TO EXPAND THE PIPELINE TO HANDLE CANADIAN CRUDES.

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    MR. HUIZENGA

    ZERO TAXPAYER DOLLARS WILL BE USED FOR THIS. IT PILL PUT THOUSANDS OF…

    ZERO TAXPAYER DOLLARS WILL BE USED FOR THIS. IT PILL PUT THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN WORKERS BACK TO WORK AT A CRITICAL TIME. THE OIL WILL BE EXTRACTED, THE QUESTION IS WHERE WILL IT GO? WILL IT BE SHIPPED TO THE UNITED STATES OR GO TO ASIA TO HELP FUND THE ENGINE TO COMPETE AGAINST US? IT'S TIME TO STAND WITH THE AMERICAN WORKER, MR. SPEAKER. -- MR. PRESIDENT. THANK YOU.

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    MS. PELOSI

    OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM FOR THEIR SERVICE, AND FOR THE SACRIFICES…

    OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM FOR THEIR SERVICE, AND FOR THE SACRIFICES THEY HAVE BEEN WILLING TO MAKE TO KEEP US THE HOME OF THE BRAVE AND LAND OF THE FREE. AMERICA'S BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM HAVE DONE EVERYTHING THAT HAS BEEN ASKED OF THEM -- ASKED OF THEM. THEY HAVE PERFORMED WITH VALOR, DEDICATION, TAI PAIS TROTISM AND A DEDICATION TO DUTY. IT IS BECAUSE OF OUR TROOPS AND THE LEDER SHIP OF PRESIDENT OBAMA THAT THIS MONTH WE ARE ABLE TO SAY THE WAR IN IRAQ IS OVER, OUR TROOPS ARE COMING HOME, COMING HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH THEIR FAMILIES. AS WE THANK OUR TROOPS, WE THANK THE MEN AND -- THE FAMILIES OF THE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM FOR THE SACRIFICES THEY HAVE BEEN WILLING TO MAKE FOR OUR COUNTRY. PRESIDENT OBAMA PROMISED TO END THE WAR RESPONSIBLY, PROMISE MADE, PROMISE KEPT. WHEN HE TOOK OFFICE, 150,000 TROOPS WERE DEPLOYED IN IRAQ THIS MONTH, OUR TROOP PRESENCE WILL WIND DOWN TO JUST AROUND A FEW THOUSAND. IN WINDING DOWN THE WAR, THE PRESIDENT HONORED THE WISHES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AS WE MARK THE END OF THE WAR, WE HONOR THE NEARLY 4,500 AMERICANS WHO MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN IRAQ. TENS OF THOUSANDS MORE HAVE BEEN WOUNDED. WE WILL NEVER FORGET THOSE WHO WERE LOST IN THE -- WERE LOST AN THE -- AND WE WILL FOREVER BE GRATEFUL TO THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES. I'M FROM BALTIMORE, MARYLAND. WHEN THEY BUILT THE STADIUM THERE WAS A DISCUSSION OF WHAT TO CALL IT AN THE UNANIMOUS DECISION WAS MEMORIAL STADIUM. GENERAL PERSHING SAID, AND IT WAS ENGRAVED ON BALTIMORE MEMORIAL STADIUM, TIME WILL NOT DIM THE GLORY OF THEIR DEEDS. TIME WILL NOT INDEED DIM THE GLOR OF THOSE WHO SACRIFICED IN IRAQ. I'M PARTICULARLY PROUD TO HAVE PRESIDED OVER FOUR YEARS OF A CONGRESS THAT MADE MORE PROGRESS FOR OUR VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILIES THAN MADE SINCE THE PASSAGE OF THE ORIGINAL G.I. BILL IN 1944 BUT OUR WORK IS NOT DONE. ON THE BATTLEFIELD, OUR TROOPS -- ON THE BATTLEFIELD, THE MILITARY SAYS WE WILL LEAVE NO SOLDIER BEHIND. AND WHEN THEY COME HOME, WE PROMISE, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, WORKING TOGETHER TO LEAVE NO VETERAN BEHIND. OVER A MILLION OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM SERVE SERVED IN IRAQ. WE MUST HONOR THEIR SERVICE WITH ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES AND THE BENEFITS THEY DESERVE. WE MUST REMEMBER THAT OUR COMMITMENT TO OUR VETERANS IS NOT WHILE THEY SERVE, OR EVEN FOR LIFE. IT IS A COMMITMENT FOREVER. TO THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES. WE MUST BUILD A FUTURE WORTHY OF THEIR SACRIFICE. AS THE WAR IN IRAQ COMES TO AN END, WE EXPRESS OUR ENORMOUS GRATITUDE TO THESE WHO HAVE SERVED AND BECAUSE OF THEM, WE EXPRESS OUR GREAT OPTIMISM FOR THE FUTURE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    REDUCTION ACT AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE.…

    REDUCTION ACT AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT IRAN FOSES A THREAT TO OUR NATION, OUR INTERESTS, AND OUR ALLIES. IN THE WAKE OF THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC AGENCY REPORT, IT'S CLEAR THAT THE YATES MUST TAKE SWIFT ACTION TO PROACTIVELY ENFORCE POLICIES THAT WILL NOT ONLY DETER BUT DISENGAGE THE IRANIAN REGIME FROM ITS HOSTILE NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION PROGRAM. THIS WILL TAKE STEPS TO ADDRESS IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION BY TAKING AIM AT ITS PRIMARY SOURCE OF FUNDING, ITS ENERGY SECTOR, ADDING MORE SANCTIONS, INCLUDING A PROVISION TO -- ON THOSE WHO CONDUCT PETROLEUM INDUSTRY IN IRAN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MILLIONS HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. BUT RATHER…

    MILLIONS HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. BUT RATHER THAN STANDING UP AND HELPING STRUGGLING AMERICANS THIS CHAMBER ADVANCED A BILL DOOMED TO FAIL BECAUSE OF THE UNRELATED AND CONTROVERSIAL RIDERS THAT WERE ATTACHED. ACCORDING TO THE RHODE ISLAND STATE DIRECTOR OF LABOR, FOR EVERY TWO PART-TIME OR FULL-TIME POSITIONS IN RHODE ISLAND, THERE ARE SEVEN APPLICANTS. THERE'S AN URGENT NEED FOR CONGRESS TO EXTEND FEDERAL UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION. IN MY STATE WITH A TOAL OF 50,000 UNEMPLOYED RHODE ISLANDERS, THIS PROVIDES A LIFELINE TO STRUGGLING INDIVIDUALS, HELPING THEM PAY THEIR MORTGAGE AND UTILITIES AND PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE FOR THEIR FAMILIES. FAMILIES LIKE BETSY IN RHODE ISLAND WHO SUPPORTS HER DISABLED HUSBAND AND SEVERELY DISABLED SON BUT DOESN'T KNOW HOW TO MAKE ENDS MEET WHILE CONTINUING TO LOOK FOR WORK IF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE IS NOT EXTENDED. IT'S TIME TO STOP PLAYING PARTISAN GAMES AND STAND UP FOR MILLIONS LIKE BETSY AN EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS NOW. I YIELD BACK.

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    U.S. BORDER PATROL AGENT BRIAN TERRY LOST HIS LIFE HE SERVED WITH…

    U.S. BORDER PATROL AGENT BRIAN TERRY LOST HIS LIFE HE SERVED WITH DISTINCTION IN THE U.S. MARINE CORE, THEN AS A -- MARINE CORPS THEN AS A POLICE OFFICER.

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    MR. QUAYLE

    A JOB IN THE BORDER PATROL, A JOB HE'D DREAMED OF HE LOST HIS LIFE IN A…

    A JOB IN THE BORDER PATROL, A JOB HE'D DREAMED OF HE LOST HIS LIFE IN A SHOOT OUT WITH ARMED THUGS. HIS SISTER MICHELLE TOLD THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, QUOTE, HIS DREAM ALL HIS LIFE WAS TO BE A FEDERAL AGENT. I WANT TO BE A COP, I WANT TO GET THE BAD GUYS, IT WAS HIS LIFE HE SAID IT WAS DANGEROUS BUT HE LOVED WHAT HE DID AND WANTED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. MR. SPEAKER WE'LL NEVER FORGET AGENT TERRY AND THE SACRIFICE HE MADE. WE'LL CONTINUE TO KEEP HIS FAMILY IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER. AS WE HEAR FROM MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE EVERY DAY, I THOUGHT IT…

    MR. SPEAKER. AS WE HEAR FROM MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE EVERY DAY, I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE REFRESHING TO BRING THE PEOPLE'S VOICE DIRECTLY TO FLOOR. SO I ASKED MY CONSTITUENTS TO SEND ME THEIR THOUGHTS I COULD DELIVER AS A ONE-MINUTE SPEECH, THE FOLLOWING IS FROM SUE SAB SIGMUND OF SAN DIEGO WHO SENT ME THIS ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TO BE REVIEWED BY THE SUPREME COURT.

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    MRS. DAVIS

    FAILED THAT, SHE WROTE, I'LL TELL YOU MY CONCERN. IT'S THE FUTURE OF THE…

    FAILED THAT, SHE WROTE, I'LL TELL YOU MY CONCERN. IT'S THE FUTURE OF THE HEALTH CARE LAW. THE SUPREME COURT COULD STRIKE IT DOWN NEXT YEAR. I HAVE A PRE-EXISTING HEALTH CONDITION, SHE WROTE, AND I WILL DIE IN ABOUT THREE YEARS UNLESS I'M ABLE TO PIE A HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY. I'M SURE I AM ONE OF MANY FACING THIS BLEAK POSSIBILITY. AS I UNDERSTAND IT, SHE WROTE IF THE MANDATE SECTION REQUIRING A POLICY GOES SO GOES THE PROVISION BARRING PRE-EXISTING CONDITION DISCRIMINATION. SO IF THE TIME COMES, PLEASE DO THE HONORABLE THING AND VOTE TO ALLOW YOUR CONSTITUENTS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS TO BUY HEALTH CARE INSURANCE. LIVES DEPEND ON IT, SHE WROTE. THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK SUSAN SIGMUND FOR BRINGING TO THE HOUSE HER THOUGHTS ON HEALTH CARE. THANK YOU.

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    MR. ELLISON

    MEMBER OS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS INTRODUCED AN IMPORTANT…

    MEMBER OS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS INTRODUCED AN IMPORTANT BILL, THE REBUILD AMERICAN DREAM FOR THE 99% ACT. THIS BILL, THIS IMPORTANT REBUILD THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR THE 99% ACT, WOULD CREATE FIVE MILLION JOBS, MR. SPEAKER, OVER TWO YEARS AND CUT THE DEFICIT BY $2 TRILLION OVER 10 YEARS. THE REBUILD THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR THE 99% ACT CREATES DIRECT HIRE PROGRAMS TO PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK, PROVIDES GRANTS FOR ON THE JOB TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES, INVESTS $50 BILLION IN INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS, CREATES A NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE BANK, IMPROVES BUY AMERICA PROVISIONS, ENDS THE PRACTICE OF FOREIGN CURRENCY MANIPULATION, PROTECTS WOUNDED VETERANS FROM JOB DISCRIMINATION, EXTENDS UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE INCLUDING FOR PEOPLE AT 99 WEEKS. SUPPORTS THE EMERGENCY CONTINGENCY FUND TO HELP STATES PAY FOR THE COST OF HIRING UNEMPLOYED WORKERS. WE CAN DO THESE THINGS, THE REBUILD THE AMERICAN DREAM ACT FOR THE 99% ACT DOES IT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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    MR. SPEAKER, IN THE CALAMITY OF NEWS REPORTS PROLIFERATING ACROSS AMERICA…

    MR. SPEAKER, IN THE CALAMITY OF NEWS REPORTS PROLIFERATING ACROSS AMERICA REGARDING THE EPIDEMIC PROPORTION OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, I INTRODUCE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, H.R. 3650, I CAN MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME FOR A NATIONAL STATEMENT OF JAB HORING AND STANDING AGAINST THE ABECAUSE OF OUR CHILDREN. FOR A MUCH MORE HAPPIER TOPIC, I THANK OUR LEADER FOR HER COMMENTS ON OUR RETURNING TROOPS AND I LOOK FORWARD TO INTROTUSING H.RES. A RESOLUTION THANKING AND CONGRATULATING OUR RETURNING TROOPS AND AS WELL HAVING A DAY OR TWO DAYS WHICH OUR MEMBERS WILL JOIN ME IN WEARING A YELLOW RIBBON AND AS WELL COMMEMORATING THE RETURN OF OUR WONDERFUL TROOPS AND THANKING THEIR FAMILIES FROM WHEREVER THEY HAVE COME FOR THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, WHAT GREATER GIFT THAN THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SERVED ON THE FRONTLINES TO HONOR US BY THEIR PRESENCE HERE ON THE HOLIDAY SEASON. OUR MESSAGE SHOULD BE NO SILENT STATE, NO SILENT NEIGHBORHOODS, NO SILENT COMMUNITY IN REFERENCE TO HONORING THEM AS THEY COME HOMISM YIELD BACK.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    BILL EXTENDS SOME UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FOR SOME JOBLESS AMERICANS AND…

    BILL EXTENDS SOME UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FOR SOME JOBLESS AMERICANS AND CUTS MONTHS OFF BENEFITS FOR OTHERS AND MAKES ALL UNEMPLOYED JUMP THROUGH DEMEANING HOOPS TO GET ANY. AND IN ORDER TO GIVE A MIDDLE-CLASS STAY ROLL TAX CUT THEY ASK SENIORS TO PAY MORE FOR MEDICARE BUT DOESN'T ASK MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES TO PAY ANYTHING. AND IT DOES NOT LET THE E.P.A. TO REGULATING DANGEROUS TOXINS AND IT THREATS THE PUBLIC HEALTH BY CUTTING THE PUBLIC HEALTH FUND. THIS IS A POLITICAL STATEMENT, NOT A SERIOUS PROPOSAL. AND WHAT A STATEMENT TO MAKE. MORE SUPPORT FOR DIRTY AIR AND WATER, INCREASED HEALTH CARE COSTS FOR MIDDLE-INCOME PEOPLE AND LESS HELP FOR THOSE STRUGGLING TO FIND JOBS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO A VETERAN PROGRAM AT THE VETERANS' HOSPITAL…

    I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO A VETERAN PROGRAM AT THE VETERANS' HOSPITAL IN FRESNO, CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. COSTA

    DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON IT'S APPROPRIATE TO GIVE THANKS. MEMBERS OF THE…

    DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON IT'S APPROPRIATE TO GIVE THANKS. MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY FOLLOW THE SACRED OATH OF LEAVE NO MAN BEHIND. THIS PROGRAM ENSURES THAT EVERY VETERAN KNOWS THEY ARE NOT FORGOTTEN IN THEIR REMAINING DAYS. MEN AND WOMEN, SOME WHO WORK AT THE HOSPITAL, VOLUNTEER THEIR TIME TO CARE FOR THOSE WHO WORE THE UNIFORM OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY. THIS INNOVATIVE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM HELPS OUR VETERANS' HOSPICE PATIENTS SPEND THEIR FINAL DAYS IN FRIENDSHIP AND WARMTH. DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON, MAY WE SEEK TO LEAVE LIDSE AS COMPASSIONATE AS THE NO VETERAN DIES ALONE PRANLED THE VOLUNTEERS WHO SELFLESSLY SERVE OUR VETERANS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE SUPPORT OF THE PRIMARY CARE ACT.

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    MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS

    RODGERS: THIS BILL, WHICH I INTRODUCED WITH MR. THOMPSON OF CALIFORNIA,…

    RODGERS: THIS BILL, WHICH I INTRODUCED WITH MR. THOMPSON OF CALIFORNIA, ENSURES THAT RURAL AREAS WILL HAVE GREATER ACCESS TO DOCTORS AND HEALTH CARE THAT WE VALUE AS AMERICANS WILL CONTINUE. RIGHT NOW SOME AREAS OF WASHINGTON STATE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH DOCTORS BECAUSE THERE ISN'T ENOUGH FUNDING FOR THEIR RESIDENCY. OTHER AREAS LIKE GARFIELD COUNTY SIMPLY HAVE NO DOCTORS AT ALL. AS CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL RURAL HEALTH CAUCUS I CAN TELL YOU THIS LEGISLATION DIRECTLY HELPS BY BRINGING MORE PHYSICIANS TO PLACES LIKE EASTERN WASHINGTON BY PROVIDING CREATIVE AVENUES FOR FUNDING OUR GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION. IT ALSO HELPS SOLVE THE LONGER TERM PROBLEM OF TOO FEW DOCTORS IN RURAL AREAS BECAUSE STUDIES SHOW WHEN SOMEONE DOES THEIR RESIDENCY IN THE RURAL AREAS WORKS IN THE RURAL AREAS. I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION AND I THANK MR. THOMPSON FOR INTRODUCING IT WITH ME AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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    MR. MORAN

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN RELUCTANT OPPOSITION TO THE NATIONAL DEFENSE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN RELUCTANT OPPOSITION TO THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2012 WHICH WE'LL BE VOTING ON TODAY. THE BILL DOES INCLUDE PROVISIONS THAT ARE VITAL TO OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE, BUT IT ALSO INCLUDES PROVISIONS THAT PRESENTS A FALSE CHOICE BETWEEN OUR SAFETY AND OUR VALUES. SECTION 1021 WOULD AUTHORIZE THE INDEFINITE MILITARY DETENTION OF ALL TERRORISM SUSPECTS, ALLOWS THE UNITED STATES TO OBTAIN AN INDIVIDUAL WITHOUT CHARGE OR TRIAL DURING THIS ENDLESS WAR ON TERRORISM UNDERMINES OUR MOST DEFINING PRINCIPLES AS A NATION OF INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. MR. CHAIRMAN, OUR CIVILIAN LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES HAVE PROVEN THEMSELVES CAPABLE OF APPREHENDING, INTERROGATING AND PROSECUTING TERRORISM SUSPECTS. IN FACT, CIVILIAN COURTS HAVE OVERSEA THE SUCCESSFUL PROSECUTION OF OVER 400 TERRORISTS. THE MILITARY COURTS, ONLY SIX. THIS CONGRESS SHOULD NOT IMPOSE THESE LAW ENFORCEMENT DUTIES UPON OUR TROOPS. IT IS UN-AMERICAN AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL. WE SHOULD REJECT THE FALSE CHOICE BETWEEN OUR SHORT-TERM SECURITY AND OUR LONG-TERM SURVIVAL AS THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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

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    MR. WELCH

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

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    MR. WELCH

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE IRAN THREAT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE IRAN THREAT REDUCTION ACT. MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE IN DIALOGUE, AND I VERY MUCH BELIEVE IN DIPLOMACY. BUT DESPITE AN UNPRECEDENTED EFFORT BY PRESIDENT OBAMA IN HIS SPEECH TO THE IRANIAN PEOPLE FOR OUTRAGE -- FOR OUTREACH, THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT WAS UNRECIPROCAL IN ANY KIND OF RESPONSE AND INSTEAD WHAT WE'VE SEEN IS THAT THEY ARE PURSUING THE DEVELOPMENT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS FULL SPEED AHEAD. LAST MONTH THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY ADMINISTRATION CONFIRMED THEIR EFFORTS WITH DETAILED EFFORTS BY THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT TO REQUIRE THE SKILL NEEDED TO WEAPONIZE HIGHLY ENRICHED URANIUM. THIS IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. THEY HAVE A LONG-STANDING RELATIONSHIP WITH HEZBOLLAH WHICH CONTINUES TO CONDONE VIOLENCE AS A POLITICAL TACTIC. IN IRAN -- AND IRAN IS CONTINUING TO BE THE SUPPORT FOR THE BRUTAL CRACKDOWN BY THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT ON THE DEMOCRATIC ASPIRATIONS OF ITS PEOPLE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE IRAN REDUCTION ACT. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. BISHOP

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 493 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 100, HOUSE RESOLUTION 493. RESOLVED, THAT UPON…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 100, HOUSE RESOLUTION 493. RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY THE BILL H.R. 1540, TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012 FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, AND FOR DEFENSE ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, TO PRESCRIBE MILITARY PERSONNEL STRENGTHS FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THE CONFERENCE REPORT AND AGAINST ITS CONSIDERATION ARE WAIVED. THE CONFERENCE REPORT SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO ITS ADOPTION WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE, AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT IF APPLICABLE. SECTION 2, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER AT ANY TIME THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE FIRST SESSION OF THE 112TH CONGRESS FOR THE SPEAKER TO ENTERTAIN MOTIONS THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES, AS THOUGH UNDER CLAUSE 1-C OF RULE 15, IF THE TEXT OF THE MEASURE PROPOSED IN A MOTION IS MADE AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS, DELEGATES, AND THE RESIDENT COMMISSIONER, INCLUDING PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 3 OF RULE 29, ON THE CALENDAR DAY BEFORE CONSIDERATION. SECTION 3, ON ANY LEGISLATIVE DAY OF THE FIRST SESSION OF THE 112TH CONGRESS AFTER DECEMBER 16, 2011, A, THE JOURNAL OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE PREVIOUS DAY SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS APPROVED, B, THE CHAIR MAY AT ANY TIME DECLARE THE HOUSE ADJOURNED TO MEET AT A DATE AND TIME, WITHIN THE LIMITS OF CLAUSE 4, SECTION 5, ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION, TO BE ANNOUNCED BY THE CHAIR IN DECLARING THE ADJOURNMENT, AND C, BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS INTRODUCED DURING THE PERIOD ADDRESSED BY THIS SECTION SHALL BE NUMBERED, LISTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, AND WHEN PRINTED SHALL BEAR THEDATE OF INTRODUCTION, BUT MAY BE REFERRED BY THE SPEAKER AT A LATER TIME. SECTION 4, ON ANY LEGISLATIVE DAY OF THE SECOND SESSION OF THE 112TH CONGRESS BEFORE JANUARY 17, 2012, A, THE SPEAKER MAY DISPENSE WITH ORGANIZATIONAL AND LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS, B, THE JOURNAL OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE PREVIOUS DAY SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS APPROVED IF APPLICABLE, AND C, THE CHAIR AT ANY TIME MAY DECLARE THE HOUSE ADJOURNED TO MEET AT A DATE AND TIME, WITHIN THE LIMITS OF CLAUSE 4, SECTION 5, ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION, TO BE ANNOUNCED BY THE CHAIR IN DECLARING THE ADJOURNMENT. SECTION 5, THE SPEAKER MAY APPOINT MEMBERS TO PERFORM THE DUTIES OF THE CHAIR FOR THE DURATION OF THE PERIOD ADDRESSED BY SECTIONS 3 AND 4 AS THOUGH UNDER CLAUSE 8-A OF RULE 1.

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    MR. BISHOP

    MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30…

    MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. DURING THE CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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    MR. BISHOP

    YOU. MR. SPEAKER, THIS RESOLUTION PROVIDES A STANDARD CONFERENCE REPORT…

    YOU. MR. SPEAKER, THIS RESOLUTION PROVIDES A STANDARD CONFERENCE REPORT AND OTHER HOUSEKEEPING PROVISIONS. H.R. 1540, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR 2012, HAS BEEN CONSIDERED IN COMMITTEE, DEBATED ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. IT INCLUDED 152 AMENDMENTS AND THAT WAS DONE IN MAY WITH AN OVERWHELMING AND BIPARTISAN MAJORITY, WENT TO THE SENATE AND NOW WE BRING TO YOU TODAY A BIPARTISAN CONFERENCE REPORT. I HAVE TO COMMEND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCKEON, AS WELL AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. SMITH, FOR HAVING MUTUAL COOPERATION IN THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND THIS PARTICULAR BILL. THERE ARE SOMETIMES WHEN CONGRESS HAS A REPUTATION OF BEING SOMEWHAT CONTENTIOUS AND PARTISAN, SOMETIMES DESERVINGLY SO. HOWEVER, I HAVE BEEN A MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE MYSELF FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND I RECOGNIZE THAT THEY CLEARLY UNDERSTAND ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION THAT REQUIRES A COMMON DEFENSE OF OUR COUNTRY AND THAT IN THAT PARTICULAR COMMITTEE PARTISANSHIP REALLY HAS BEEN CHECKED AT THE DOOR REGARDING THE PRODUCT OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE WHICH IS THIS ANNUAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL. IN ESSENCE, I THINK THE PROCESS HAS BEEN GOOD. THE EFFORTS HAVE BEEN GOOD AND IT HAS MADE A SIGNIFICANT ISSUE THAT WE ARE BRINGING HERE TO THE FLOOR READY TO PASS IN ITS FINAL VERSION FROM THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE. THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT UNDERLYING ISSUES I THINK WE WILL TALK ABOUT DURING THE COURSE OF ITS DISCUSSION ON THE RULE AND PERHAPS THE BILL AS WELL THAT THOSE THINGS I THINK WILL BE HANDLED AS THEY APPEAR AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I AM GOING TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM, MR. HASTINGS, IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK MY FRIEND FROM UTAH FOR…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK MY FRIEND FROM UTAH FOR YIELDING THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S BEEN MORE THAN 10 YEARS SINCE THE ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11. WE FOUGHT TWO WARS AND ENGAGED IN MILITARY ACTION IN NUMEROUS OTHER COUNTRIES. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE DIED AND MANY MORE HAVE BEEN WOUNDED. WE'VE SPENT MORE THAN $1 TRILLION. OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS HAVE DECLARED THAT AL QAEDA IS OPERATIONALLY INEFFECTIVE. HERE AT HOME WE'VE REFORMED OUR NATIONAL GOVERNMENT, COMPROMISED OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES, SPENT BILLIONS ON A SURVEILLANCE STATE AND CREATED A CULTURE OF PARANOIA IN WHICH EVEN IN THE LAST FEW DAYS A REALITY TV SHOW ABOUT MUSLIM AMERICANS IS SUBJECTED TO A CAMPAIGN OF HATE AND INTOLERANCE. BEFORE PROCEEDING, LET ME COMMEND THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE RELEVANT COMMITTEE OF JURISDICTION THAT PUT THIS PACKAGE TOGETHER. I'M FUNDAMENTALLY OPPOSED TO MANIES A PECKS OF IT, BUT I AM -- MANY ASPECTS OF IT BUT I AM IN TREMENDOUS AGREEMENT WITH THEIR BIPARTISAN EFFORTS AND THE STAFFS OF BOTH OF THEM AND THE OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR PUTTING FORTH THE EFFORT TO BRING US TO THIS POINT OF DISCUSSION. WE SHOULD TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY AT THIS MOMENT IN OUR HISTORY TO SERIOUSLY AND CAREFULLY DELIBERATE OUR NATION'S COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS. WE OUGHT TO CONSIDER WHICH POLICIES ARE EFFECTIVE AND WHICH IN THE END ONLY CREATE MORE ANTI-AMERICAN SENTIMENT. WE OUGHT TO CONSIDER WHICH POLICIES ALIGN WITH OUR NATIONAL VALUES AND WHICH INSTEAD UNDERMINE THEM. WE OUGHT TO CONSIDER WHETHER WE SHOULD CONTINUE USING THE FULL THRUST OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES IN COUNTRY AFTER COUNTRY OR RATHER A MORE NUANCED APPROACH MIGHT BETTER SERVE OUR NEEDS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US DOES NOT ATTEMPT TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS. . INSTEAD IT COMMITS US TO DIVE EVEN FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD OF FEAR. IT COMMITS US TO MORE WAR AND MORE WASTEFUL SPENDING AND IT COMMITS US TO CEDING OUR FREEDOMS AND LIBERTIES ON THE MERE SUSPICION OF WRONGDOING. THIS LEGISLATION ERODES OUR SOCIETY AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY BY MILITARIZING OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM AND EMPOWERING THE PRESIDENT TO DETAIN ANYONE IN THE UNITED STATES, INCLUDING AMERICAN CITIZENS, WITHOUT CHARGE OR TRIAL, WITHOUT DUE PROCESS. IF THIS IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE THE DIRECTION OF OUR COUNTRY, MR. SPEAKER, WE DON'T NEED A DEMOCRATIC PARTY OR REPUBLICAN PARTY OR OCCUPY WALL STREET PARTY OR TEA PARTY. WE NEED A MAYFLOWER PARTY. IF WE ARE GOING TO UNDERMINE THE FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLES OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY, WE MIGHT AS WELL SALE AWAY TO SOMEPLACE ELSE. THIS LEGISLATION ESTABLISHES AN AUTHORITY FOR OPEN ENDED WAR ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD AND AGAINST ANYONE. IT COMMITS US TO SEEING A TERRORIST IN ANYONE WHO EVER CRITICIZES THE UNITED STATES IN ANY COUNTRY, INCLUDING THIS ONE. THE LACK OF DEFINITIONS AS TO WHAT CONSTITUTES SUBSTANTIAL SUPPORT AND ASSOCIATED FORCES OF AL QAEDA AND THE TALIBAN MEAN THAT ANYONE COULD BE ACCUSED OF TERRORISM. CONGRESS HAS NOT TRIED TO CURTAIL CIVIL LIBERTIES LIKE THIS SINCE THE MCCARTHY ERA. HERE WE ARE TODAY, TRYING TO RETURN TO AN ERA OF ARBITRARY JUSTICE, WITCH HUNTS, AND FEAR MONGERING. WHILE THIS MEASURE INCLUDES AN EXEMPTION FOR UNITED STATES CITIZENS, IT DOES NOT PROTECT THEM FROM INDEFINITE DETENTION. IN ONE FELL SWOOP, WE'RE SETTING UP A SITUATION WHERE AMERICAN CITIZENS COULD HAVE THEIR FOURTH, FIFTH, SIXTH, SEVENTH, AND EIGHTH AMENDMENT RIGHTS VIOLATED ON MERE SUSPICIONS. AND BY PLACING SUSPECTED TERRORISTS SOLELY IN THE HANDS OF THE MILITARY, THESE PROVISIONS DENY CIVILIAN LAW ENFORCEMENT THE ABILITY TO CONDUCT EFFECTIVE COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND CIVILIAN COURTS HAVE PROVEN OVER AND OVER AGAIN THAT THEY ARE MORE THAN CAPABLE OF HANDLING COUNTERTERRORISM CASES. I HAD THE DISTINCTION PRIVILEGE IN THIS COUNTRY OF SERVING AS A FEDERAL JUDGE AND SHEPHERDING CASES AND PROTECTING THE INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES, VITAL SECURITY INTERESTS, DURING THAT PERIOD OF TIME AND IN EVERY ONE OF THOSE CASES, SOME 11 OVER THE PERIOD OF 9 3/4 YEARS, ALL THE DEFENDANTS WERE FOUND GUILTY, THAT IS BEFORE, NOW, 2001. MORE THAN 400 SUSPECTED TERRORISTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN TRIED IN THE FEDERAL COURTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE SHOULD NOT BREAK SOMETHING THAT ALREADY WORKS. THE IDEA THAT THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH'S CURRENT POWERS ARE INADEQUATE TO FIGHT TERRORISM IS PROVEN FALSE BY 10 YEARS OF SUCCESSFUL COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS. THE IDEA THAT THE PRESIDENT, ANY PRESIDENT, NEEDS A WHOLE NEW EXPANSION OF HIS, AND I HOPE ONE DAY SOON, HER POWERS, IS JUST WRONG. MOST NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERTS, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, ARE TELLING US NOT TO ADOPT THIS LANGUAGE. MANY OFFICIALS RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR HOMELAND SECURITY ARE TELLING US NOT TO ADOPT THIS LANGUAGE. A LOT OF OUR MILITARY LEADERS ARE TELLING US NOT TO ADOPT THIS LANGUAGE, MR. SPEAKER. THIS LEGISLATION GOES TOO FAR. WE SPENT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS EVERY YEAR ON COUNTERTERRORISM BUT WE WEAKEN THOSE EFFORTS BY TOSSING ASIDE OUR OWN SYSTEM OF JUSTICE. WE TELL THE AMERICAN PUBLIC THAT WE'RE FIGHTING OVERSEAS IN ORDER TO PROTECT OUR FREEDOMS BUT THEN WE PASS LEGISLATION THAT UNDERMINES THOSE VERY SAME FREEDOMS HERE IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE AND AT HOME. WE TELL THE REST OF THE WORLD TO EMULATE OUR DEMOCRATIC TRADITIONS AND OUR RULE OF LAW, BUT WE DISREGARD THOSE VALUES IN A MAD RUSH TO FIND OUT HOW WE CAN PRETEND TO BE THE TOUGHEST ON TERRORISM. WE WILL DEFEAT TERRORISM BY USING THE MILITARY TO LOCK UP INNOCENT PEOPLE FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES ON THE MERE SUSPICION OF WRONGDOING. WE WILL NOT DEFEAT TERRORISM BY CLAIMING THE ENTIRE WORLD AS A BATTLEFIELD, AND WE WILL NOT DEFEAT TERRORISM BY REPLACING OUR RULE OF LAW WITH RECKLESS, UNCONTROLLED, AND UNACCOUNTABLE POWERS. MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED TO HAVE A MORE CONSIDERED DEBATE ABOUT THE BEST WAY TO CONDUCT OUR DEFENSE AND COUNTERTERRORISM POLICIES. THIS BILL CONTAINS OVER $600 BILLION IN SPENDING, RUNS TO OVER 1,000 PAGES, AND IS COMING TO THE FLOOR LESS THAN 48 HOURS AFTER IT WAS FILED. WHILE THE DETAINEE PROVISIONS IN THIS LEGISLATION MAY HAVE RECEIVED THE MOST ATTENTION IN THE LAST FEW KAYS -- DAYS, THERE ARE PLENTY OF OTHER CRITICAL PROVISIONS MEMBER MISS MAY HAVE OPINIONS ABOUT AND THAT'S WHY ON THESE KINDS OF MEASURES UNDER OPEN RULE. I REALIZE THAT I SAID CONGRESS, AND WE ARE PROVING IT AT THE END OF THIS SESSION, HAS A BAD CASE OF DEADLINE-ITIS, BUT MY FRIENDS IN THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY DON'T ONLY HAVE DEADLINE-ITIS, THEY HAVE DEADLINE-OPHILIA. YESTERDAY WE CONSIDERED A POORLY CONCEIVED EXTENDER PACKAGE THAT WILL HARM THE MIDDLE CLASS AND OUR ECONOMY. TODAY WE ARE CONSIDERING A DEFENSE BILL THAT SETS A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT AND WILL HARM CIVIL LIBERTIES OF CITIZENS. I APPRECIATE THAT THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITYMARK OF WHOM ARE MY FRIENDS, DON'T WANT THEIR HOLIDAY SEASON RUINED BY HAVING TO WORK. BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE HAVE TO RUIN EVERYONE ELSE'S HOLIDAY SEASON BY PASSING THIS.

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    MR. BISHOP

    AND ACCUSATIONS BROUGHT UP BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA WILL BE…

    AND ACCUSATIONS BROUGHT UP BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA WILL BE ADDRESSED, BUT I WANT TO DO THIS IN A SORT OF REGULAR ORDER. TO DISCUSS THE FIRST OF THE ISSUES, I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. QUAYLE, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. QUAYLE

    SUPPORT OF THE RULE OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. THIS…

    SUPPORT OF THE RULE OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. THIS INCLUDES RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE SMALL BUSINESS BILL. IT HAS BEEN AN EFFECTIVE TOOL SUPPORTING INNOVATION AMONG OUR SMALL BUSINESS COMMUNITY FOR NEARLY 30 YEARS. SINCE ITS INCEPTION, THIS COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM HAS ENABLED MORE THAN 100,000 RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS ACROSS THE NATION AND HAS HELPED SPAWN FAMILIAR COMPANIES SUCH AS QUALCOMM, SON CARE ANDCY MAN TECH. -- AND SIMBINGS YMANTEC. IT OPENS UP THE PROGRAM FOR MORE SMALL COMPANIES TO PARTICIPATE AND INCREASES EMPHASIS ON COMMERCIALIZATION OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND SIGNIFICANTLY STRENGTHENS THE DATA ELECTION AND OVERSIGHT REQUIREMENTS OF THE PROGRAMS. IN PHOENIX, WE HAVE A THRIVING TECH COMMUNITY. BY PASSING TODAY'S BILL AND PROVIDING LONG-TERM RE-AUTHORIZATION, WE WILL PROVIDE OUR SMALL BUSINESSES THE CERTAINTY THEY NEED TO CONTINUE TO INNOVATE AND GROW AND CREATE JOBS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN HALL AND CHAIRMAN GRAVES FOR ALL THEIR WORK IN USHERING THROUGH THIS AGREMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE PLANS OF MY TIME.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I'M PLEASED AT THIS TIME TO YIELD TO MY GOOD FREN, THE DISTINGUISHED…

    I'M PLEASED AT THIS TIME TO YIELD TO MY GOOD FREN, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LEE, 2002 MINUTES. -- TWO MINUTES.

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    MS. LEE

    LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR YIELDING. HE'S A FORMER MEMBER…

    LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR YIELDING. HE'S A FORMER MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AND I HAVE TO THANK HIM FOR HIS TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP AND FOR HIS OPENING STATEMENT WHICH LAID OUT MANY OF THE CONCERNS THAT MANY OF US HAVE ABOUT THIS BILL. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS VERY CONTROVERSIAL BILL THAT DIRECTLY ATTACKS THE BEDROCK VALUES OF AMERICA. I'M TALKING ABOUT THE CONSTITUTIONAL GUARANTEES OF DUE PROCESS FOR THOSE CHARGED WITH CRIMES. NOW, AGAINST THE WISHES OF PRESIDENT OBAMA, OUR DEFENSE SECRETARY, MR. PANETTA, THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, MR. CLAMPER AND F.B.I. DIRECTOR MR. MUELLER THIS BILL ALLOWS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SEIZE SUSPECTED TERRORISTS, INCLUDING, INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES -- INCLUDING UNITED STATES CITIZENS AND HOLD THEM IN INDEFINITE DETENTION. ARRESTING CITIZENS AND HOLDING THEM WITHOUT TRIAL VIOLATES THE FIFTH AMENDMENT'S DUE PROCESS GUARANTEE. THIS BILL FUNDAMENTALLY IS UN-AMERICAN AND THREATENS ALL OF OUR LIBERTIES. WE CANNOT ALLOW THOSE WHO SEEK TO TERRORIZE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO WIN -- TO WIN BY TRASHING THE CIVIL LIBERTIES AT THE HEART OF OUR NATIONAL IDENTITY. GIVING UP AMERICAN IDEALS WILL NOT MAKE US SAFER. THIS LEGISLATION UNDERMINE OURS NATIONAL SECURITY AND OUR DEMOCRACY. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD THIS LETTER FROM 26 RETIRED GENERALS AND ADMIRALS CONCERNED ABOUT HOW THE UNITED STATES TREATS DETAINEES.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. LEE

    RARE PUBLIC LETTER DENOUNCING THE DETENTION PROVISIONS. I WILL CONCLUDE…

    RARE PUBLIC LETTER DENOUNCING THE DETENTION PROVISIONS. I WILL CONCLUDE WITH THE HONORABLE RETIRED GENERALS AND OFFICERS WHO WARN THAT THIS LEGISLATION BOTH REDUCES THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO THE COMMAND FOR THE CHIEF TO INCAPACITATE TERRORISTS AND VIOLATES THE RULE OF LAW AND WOULD SERIOUSLY UNDERMINE THE SAFETY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEND THE CIVIL FREEDOMS WHICH WE ALL CHERISH TO SUPPORT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, TO SUPPORT OUR DEMOCRACY, AND TO VOTE NO ON THIS VERY DANGEROUS BILL AND THIS RULE.

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

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BISHOP

    YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR HIS VIEW ON THIS…

    YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR HIS VIEW ON THIS PARTICULAR BILL, MR. MCCLINTOCK.

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  • 12:56:57 PM

    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    FOR YIELDING TO ME TO OFFER A DISSENTING VIEW ON SECTION 221 OF THE…

    FOR YIELDING TO ME TO OFFER A DISSENTING VIEW ON SECTION 221 OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT, THE SECTION REFERENCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA THAT SPECIFICALLY EA FIRMS THE PRESIDENT HAS THE AUTHORITY TO DETISSUE AFFIRMS THE PRESIDENT HAS THE AUTHORITY TO DENY DUE PROCESS THE GOVERNMENT CHARGES WITH QUOTE SUBSTANTIALLY SUPPORT AL QAEDA, TALIBAN OR ASSOCIATED FORCES, WHATEVER THAT MEANS. WOULD SUBSTANTIAL SUPPORT OF AN ASSOCIATED FORCE MEAN LINKING A WEBSITE TO A WEBSITE THAT LINKS TO AN AL QAEDA SITE? WE DON'T KNOW. THE QUESTION BEFORE US IS, DO WE REALLY WANT TO FIND OUT? WE'RE TOLD NOT TO WORRY, THE BILL EXPLICITLY STATES THAT NOTHING IN IT SHALL ALTER EXISTING LAW. BUT WAIT, THERE IS NO EXISSING LAW THAT GIVES THE PRESIDENT THE POWER TO IGNORE THE BILL OF RIGHTS AND DETAIN AMERICANS WITHOUT DUE PROCESS. THERE IS ONLY AN ASSERTION BY THE LAST TWO PRESIDENTS THAT THIS POWER IS INHENCHT IN AN OPEN-ENDED -- INHERENT IN AN OPEN-ENDED AND ILL DEFINED WAR ON TERRORISM, IT IS A POWER NOT GRANTED BY ANY ACT OF CONGRESS UNTIL NOW. WHAT THIS BILL SAYS IS, WHAT PRESIDENTS HAVE ONLY ASSERTED, CONGRESS NOW AFFIRMS IN STATUTE. WE'RE TOLD THIS MERELY PUSHES THE QUESTION TO THE SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE IF INDEFINITE DETAINMENT IS COMPATIBLE WITH ANY REMAINING VESTIGE OF OUR BILL OF RIGHTS. THAT'S A GOOD POINT. IF THE COURT WERE THE SOLE GUARDIAN OF THE CONSTITUTION. BUT IT IS NOT. IF IT WERE, THERE'D BE NO REASON TO REQUIRE EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO SWEAR TO PRESERVE, PROTECT, AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION, WE WILL ARE ALSO ITS GUARD YAPS. TODAY -- GUARDIANS. TODAY, WE WHO HAVE SWORN FEMALITY TO THAT CONSTITUTION SIT TO CONFER A -- CONSIDER A BILL THAT AFFIRMS A POWER CONTAINED IN NO LAW THAT HAS THE FULL POTENTIAL TO CRACK THE VERY FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN LIBERTY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:59:05 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PASCRELL, TWO…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PASCRELL, TWO MINUTES.

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  • 12:59:11 PM

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    MR. HASTINGS

    THREE MINUTES, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 12:59:19 PM

    MR. PASCRELL

    OVER EIGHT YEARS SINCE THE START OF THE WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN, WE…

    OVER EIGHT YEARS SINCE THE START OF THE WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN, WE ARE NOT PROPERLY ADDRESSING TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, ALSO KNOWN AS THE SIGNATURE INJURY OF BOTH WARS. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN MCKEON, RANKING MEMBER SMITH, CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEES AS WELL AS MEMBERS OF THIS COMMITTEE MOVING FORWARD ON THIS ISSUE. I WISH WE HAD THE SAME COMPROMISE AS WE DO IN -- AS WE WOULD HAVE IN OTHER ISSUES. I COMMENT THEM FOR COMPROMISING. THAT'S WHAT OUR FOREFATHERS TALKED ABOUT. I'M GLAD TO SEE THAT THE DEFENSE CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL HELP AND BRAIN INJURY WILL MOVE OVERSIGHT TO THE ARMY. THERE WILL BE INCREASED EFFICIENCY FOR OUR SOLDIERS. THERE ARE STILL PROBLEMS SCREENING AND TREATING OUR TROOPS. RECENTLY, N.P.R. RAN AN EXPOSE ON HOW THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HAS TESTED OVER 500,000 SOLDIERS WITH A PREDEPLOYMENT COGNITIVE TEST BUT PERFORMED FEWER THAN 3,000 TESTS POST DEPLOYMENT TO ACTUALLY COMPARE THE RESULTS THE FISCAL 2008 NATIONAL DEFENSE BILL BIPARTISANLY SUPPORTED PUBLIC LAW 110-181 REQUIRED PRETHE EMPLOYMENT AND POST-DEPLOYMENT SCREENINGS OF A SOLDIER'S COGNITIVE ABILITY, CURRENT POLICY IS CLEARLY VIOLATING THE INTENT OF THE LAW. WE CAN'T GAUGE THE COGNITIVE HEALTH OF OUR TROOPS WITHOUT COMPARING TESTS. LAST YEAR MY AMENDMENT, TO ADDRESS THIS, PASSED THE HOUSE BUT IS NOT IN THE TIME BILL. WE NEED TO CORRECT IN THE NEXT YEARS DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BEFORE ANYMORE SOLDIERS SLIP THROUGH THE CRACKS. IT HAS CONSEQUENCES WITHIN SERVICE AND WHEN THEY GET OUT OF SERVICE IT HAS BIGGER CONSEQUENCES. THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT HAS RAISED CONCERN WITH THE CURRENTLY ADMINISTERED TEST, BUT AS STATED IT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SELECT AN ALTERNATE UNTIL 2015. THAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. THE LONGER WE WAIT, THE LONGER OUR TROOPS SUFFERING FROM UNDIAGNOSED T.B.I.'S, GO UNTREATED. I AM CONCERNED THAT WE ARE NOT PROVIDING PROPER OVERSIGHT FOR THOSE SOLDIERS WHO COULD HAVE BEEN INJURED IN THEATER BEFORE THIS POLICY TOOK EFFECT IN 2010. MANY OF THESE SOLDIERS REMAIN ON ACTIVE DUTY. WE MUST ENSURE THAT THEY ARE TESTED AND TREATED. I FEAR WE ARE DOING A DISSERVICE TO THEM AND THE ARMED FORCES BY NOT ADDRESSING THIS PROBLEM IN THIS BILL. I ASK EVERYONE TO CONSIDER THIS. THIS IS A CRITICAL, CRITICAL ISSUE GIVEN LITTLE ATTENTION EXCEPT BY MR. MCKEON AND MR. SMITH. I ASK THAT YOU DO REVIEW THAT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

  • 01:02:39 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD TO MY GOOD…

    VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM OHIO, MR. KUCINICH, TWO MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER

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    MR. KUCINICH

    SPEAKER, THANK YOU. THIS BILL AUTHORIZES PERMANENT WARFARE ANYWHERE IN THE…

    SPEAKER, THANK YOU. THIS BILL AUTHORIZES PERMANENT WARFARE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. IT GIVES THE PRESIDENT UNCHECKED POWER TO PURSUE WAR. IT DIMINISHES THE ROLE OF THIS CONGRESS, THE FOUNDERS SAW ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8 OF THE CONSTITUTION WHICH PLACES IN THE HANDS OF CONGRESS THE WAR POWER AS ESSENTIAL TO A CHECK AND BALANCE AGAINST THE EXECUTIVE ABUSE OF POWER. THIS LEGISLATION DIMINISHES CONGRESS' ROLE IN THAT REGARD. THIS LEGISLATION AUTHORIZES THE MILITARY TO INDEFINITELY DETAIN INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT CHARGE OR TRIAL, INCLUDING THE DETENTION OF U.S. CITIZENS ON U.S. SOIL. IN SHORT, WHAT THIS BILL DOES IS IT TAKES A WRECKING BALL TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION AND GIVES ENORMOUS POWER TO THE GOVERNMENT OR THE STATE. I WANT FRIENDS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO UNDERSTAND THIS. WE ARE GIVING THE STATE MORE POWER OVER INDIVIDUALS WITH THIS BILL. IT'S THE WRONG DIRECTION. OUR CHILDREN DESERVE A WORLD WITHOUT END, NOT A WORLD WITHOUT END, OUR CHILDREN DESERVE A WORLD WHERE THEY KNOW THE GOVERNMENT WILL PROTECT THEM THAT IT'S NOT GOING TO RULE OVER THEM BY INVADING THEIR VERY THOUGHTS AND GOING AS THE PATRIOT ACT DOES INTO THEIR BEDROOMS OR INTO -- EXCUSE ME, INTO THEIR BANKING RECORDS OR INTO THEIR EDUCATIONAL RECORDS. WE GOT TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF PEOPLE'S LIVES, STOP THE GOVERNMENT FROM GETTING MORE INTO WAR WHICH GIVES THE GOVERNMENT MORE CONTROL OVER PEOPLE. THIS IS THE TIME WE TAKE A STAND FOR THE CONSTITUTION AND A STAND FOR A GOVERNMENT WHICH IS SMALLER WHEN IT COMES ON MATTERS OF WAR. THANK YOU. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:04:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER

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

  • 01:05:02 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    I WISH TO YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 01:05:11 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    YEAR WE HAVE BEEN HERE DISCUSSING THESE THINGS WE HAVE TALKED A LOT ABOUT…

    YEAR WE HAVE BEEN HERE DISCUSSING THESE THINGS WE HAVE TALKED A LOT ABOUT BUDGET PROBLEMS WE HAVE IN THIS COUNTRY. IT'S MY CONTENTION THAT OUR BUDGET IS NOT JUST WE HAVE BEEN SPENDING TOO MUCH BUT WE HAVE BEEN SPENDING ON TOO MUCH. ONE OF THE THINGS, THOUGH, THAT WE SHOULD BE SPENDING IS OF COURSE MILITARY ISSUES. ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION CLEARLY STATES THE DEFENSE OF THIS COUNTRY IS A CORE CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY. AND FOR THAT THERE MUST BE GOVERNMENT WORKERS WHO ARE REQUIRED TO DO THIS. THAT IS WHAT IT SHOULD INDEED BE. UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE A PRESIDENT AND ADMINISTRATION THAT HAS DECIDED THERE SHOULD BE SOME FINANCIAL RESTRAINTS ON THIS PARTICULAR AREA, INDEED IT MEANS REDUCING SPENDING SIGNIFICANTLY ON THE MILITARY, NOT NECESSARILY OTHER AREAS. THE RESULT OF THIS WILL BE AS HAS BEEN SHOWN IN TESTIMONY THAT WE WILL CREATE AN ARMY SMALLER THAN ANY ARMY WE HAVE HAD SINCE WORLD WAR II, A NAVY AT ITS SMALLEST SINCE WORLD WAR I, AND AN AIR FORCE THAT IS SMALLER AND OLDER THAN ANY TIME IN THIS COUNTRY. AND TO DO THAT THERE WILL AT LEAST BE 100,000 UNIFORMED JOBS 245 WILL BE -- THAT WILL BE CUT, DESTROYED, AND REDUCED. THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO THINK THAT SIMPLY CUTTING A FEW SOLDIERS, AIRMEN, FEW SAILORS WILL BE AN EASY SOLUTION TO THIS ISSUE. THAT IS NAIVE. IT WILL NOT HAPPEN. WHAT IT MEANS, THOUGH, IS ALSO PROGRAMS MUST BE CUT AT THE SAME TIME. WE HAVE ACQUISITION WHICH BUYS NEW MATERIALS FOR OUR SOLDIERS AND SUSTAINMENT WHICH FIXES IT. THAT MEANS IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS OUR MAINTENANCE AND SUSTAINMENT SITE WILL HAVE EVEN GREATER REQUIREMENTS OF THEM BECAUSE OF THE DECISIONS THE ADMINISTRATION HAS FOISTED AND WE WILL BE MAKING IN THIS AND THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL TO COME LATER. FOR EXAMPLE, THE UNITED STATES HAS OWNED AIR SUPERIORITY EVER SINCE THE KOREAN WAR AND WE TAKE IT FOR GRANTED. YET THE F-16'S WE FLY TO MAINTAIN THAT WERE FLYING AT 150% OF THEIR DESIGNED CAPACITY WHEN I WAS FIRST ELECTED TO THIS CONGRESS. YET THIS IS AN ADMINISTRATION THAT EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE THAT WILL DEFICIT DECIDED NOT TO BUILD ANY MORE F-22'S AND PLAYING THE F-35 WHICH DOES PRODUCE AND PUT OUR AIR SUPERIORITY IN JEOPARDY. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A PLANE FOR AN AIR FORCE. AND YOU HAVE TO HAVE A BOAT FOR A NAVY. AND THEY COST MONEY. IN EACH CASE WE WILL HAVE THE OLDEST EQUIPMENT. THAT MEANS WHEN MEN AND WOMEN GO INTO BATTLE TO DEFEND THIS COUNTRY WE ARE EEQUIPPING THEM WITH THE OLDEST PRODUCTS THEY WILL EVER HAVE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AND THAT OLD STUFF REQUIRES MASSIVE MAINTENANCE IF YOU ARE REALLY GOING TO DO THAT. BUT WHAT WE ARE REQUIRING TO DO IN THIS PARTICULAR BUDGET IF WE GO ALONG WITH THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST FOR MAKING BIGGER AND BIGGER CUTS IN THE DEFENSE OF THIS COUNTRY, IS TAKING THOSE CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES THAT MAKE THAT MAINTENANCE EFFORT, THAT DO THAT SUSTAINMENT, THAT MAKE THOSE EQUIPMENT LAST LONGER THAN THEY WERE DESIGNED TO LAST. WE ARE TAKING THEM OUT OF THE PICTURE. THE END RESULT FOR THE MASSIVE CUTS WE ARE LOOKING ABOUT IN THE MILITARY BOTH PROPOSED BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND THEY GO INTO EFFECT BECAUSE OF RESCISSION BY THE FAILED SUPERCOMMITTEE WILL BE ANYWHERE BETWEEN 100 AND HALF MILLION CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES AND THIS VITAL FUNCTION IN THIS CONSTITUTIONAL FUNCTION, THAT WILL LOSE THEIR JOBS. IF YOU GO TO THE WORST CASE SCENARIO IT MAY BE A MILLION EMPLOYEES. I MENTION THAT SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE WE HAVE HEARD OFTEN AND OFTEN WHERE ARE THE JOBS BILLS? THIS JOB HAS PASSED A NUMBER OF JOB BILLS TO PROMOTE PRIVATE SECTOR GROWTH. YET AT THE SAME TIME WE NOW HAVE A SITUATION WHERE INDEED THE RIGHT HAND DOES NOT KNOW WHAT THE LEFT HAND IS DOING. THERE ARE THOSE OUT THERE WHO ARE GOING AROUND SAYING THAT WE HAVE TO PASS AND ARE NOT PILLORING 24 CONGRESS FOR NOT PASSING BIGGER AND BIGGER SPENDING TO CREATE MORE AND MORE GOVERNMENT JOBS WHICH IS QUESTIONABLE IF WE SHOULD BE THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE, BUT WE ARE BEING PILLORED FOR NOT DOING THAT, WE ARE BEING PRESENTED BY THE LEFT HAND WITH A PROPOSAL THAT WILL CUT EXISTING CIVILIAN JOBS IN AREAS WHERE WE ARE ACTUALLY -- ACTUALLY REQUIRED TO HAVE THEM AND MAINTAIN THEM. IF WE DON'T -- CONSTITUTIONALLY REQUIRED TO HAVE THEM AND MAINTAIN THEM. IF WE DON'T FIND THAT INCONSISTENT, IT IS A PROBLEM IN NOT FACING REALITY. WE HAVE ALWAYS THOUGHT PASS MORE GOVERNMENT JOBS, THE SAME PEOPLE DEMANDING THAT NOW IN THIS AREA CUT MORE GOVERNMENT JOBS. THERE IS NO CONSISTENCY WITH THAT. AND THE SAD PART IS THE LEFT HAND, THE ONE THAT IS DEFENDING THIS COUNTRY WITH THE NEEDS OF THE MILITARY WHICH IS OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY, THOSE ARE THE ONES WHICH ARE APPROPRIATE AND THOSE ARE THE JOBS THAT ARE NEEDED, AND THOSE ARE THE JOBS THAT ARE NOT BEING PROTECTED IN THE FUTURE. WE MUST MAKE SOME DECISIONS IN CONGRESS ON WHAT IS SIGNIFICANTLY IMPORTANT TO US AND THIS IS AN AREA WHICH WE MUST MAKE THOSE DECISIONS IN THE FUTURE. WE MUST CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT JOBS, BUT WE HAVE TO REALIZE IF YOU WANT MORE JOBS, YOU CAN'T GO ABOUT CUTTING THE JOBS, AND UNFORTUNATELY THIS ADMINISTRATION IS TRYING TO PLAY BOTH OF THOSE ENDS AND IT IS UNFORTUNATE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER

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

  • 01:10:21 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    AFTER MY GOOD FRIEND FROM UTAH SPOKE I JUST -- I GUESS I SAY WOW. LAST…

    AFTER MY GOOD FRIEND FROM UTAH SPOKE I JUST -- I GUESS I SAY WOW. LAST NIGHT I REMINDED HIM THAT MILITARY PEOPLE ARE GOVERNMENT WORKERS ALSO. INDEED, I DO, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AND TOWARD THAT END WHEN WE TALK ABOUT CUTS AND MY FRIEND TALKED ABOUT PASSING ON SPENDING, I'M CURIOUS WHEN $1 BILLION WALKS AWAY IN IRAQ AND NOBODY KNOWS WHERE IT WENT, I'D ASK MY FRIEND TO TELL THOSE SOLDIERS THAT FORT BRAGG, WHERE PRESIDENT AND MRS. OBAMA HAVE SPOKEN TO THEM TODAY, THAT ARE RETURNING HOME, WHY THEY WERE IN IRAQ AND WHAT IS IT THAT WE PROTECTED BY SPENDING $1 TRILLION, WHY IS IT WE ARE SENDING MONEY TO CORRUPT GOVERNMENTS AND SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE I THINK WE'LL COME UP WITH SOME ANSWERS THAT WE HAD ENOUGH MONEY TO SPEND BUT WE SPENT IT ON THINGS THAT WE SHOULD NOT HAVE. MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY VERY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. ANDREWS.

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  • 01:11:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 01:11:37 PM

    MR. ANDREWS

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

  • 01:11:41 PM

    MR. ANDREWS

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, FOR MANY AMERICAN FAMILIES THEY WILL ONLY…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, FOR MANY AMERICAN FAMILIES THEY WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO CELEBRATE THIS HOLIDAY IF THEY FORGET ABOUT THE BURDENS OF THEIR DAILY LIVES. SOME ARE ABOUT TO LOSE THEIR JOBS, OTHERS ARE ABOUT TO CLOSE THEIR BUSINESSES FOR THE LAST TIME. SOME ARE WORRIED THEY CAN'T PAY FOR THEIR HEALTH CARE. OTHERS ARE WORRIED THEY ARE NEXT IN THE LAYOFF LINE. THIS CONGRESS HAS AN OPPORTUNITY ON THIS DAY TO ADDRESS THOSE PROBLEMS. YESTERDAY THE HOUSE TOOK ACTION ON A BILL THAT, FRANKLY, ISN'T GOING TO GO ANYWHERE TO ADDRESS THESE PROBLEMS. AND TODAY'S THE DAY WE OUGHT TO ENACT A BILL THAT WILL. ON JANUARY 1 EVERYONE WHO EARNS WAGES IN THIS COUNTRY IS FACING A TAX INCREASE IF THIS CONGRESS DOESN'T ACT. $1,000 A YEAR TAX INCREASE ON THE MIDDLE CLASS. WE SHOULD SUSPEND THAT TAX INCREASE TODAY. MANY PEOPLE WILL LOSE THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, THEY'LL HAVE NO INCOME, NO CHECK, AND TO THOSE WHO SAY, WELL, THEY SHOULD GO FIND A JOB, YOU SHOULD WALK IN THE SHOES OF THOSE WHO ARE IN THAT PREDICAMENT BECAUSE HERE'S WHAT YOU'D FIND. FOR EVERY ONE JOB THAT'S AVAILABLE IN THIS COUNTRY, THERE ARE FOUR PEOPLE LOOKING FOR IT. SO FAILING TO EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS IS CRAVEN IN MY OPINION. ON THE FIRST OF JANUARY DOCTORS WHO TAKE CARE OF OUR SENIORS, OUR GRANDMOTHERS, OUR GRANDFATHERS, OUR DISABLED CITIZENS WILL SEE A 23% CUT IN WHAT MEDICARE PAYS THEM. IF WE DO NOT ACT BY DECEMBER 31. YESTERDAY'S BILL WAS DEFICIENT IN SO MANY WAYS, BUT HERE'S TWO OF THE REAL BIG ONES. FIRST OF ALL IT ATTACHED EXTRANEOUS PROVISIONS ABOUT WHETHER TO BUILD A OIL PIPELINE, SOME PEOPLE ARE FOR IT, OTHERS ARE NOT. IT DOESN'T BELONG IN THAT BILL. AND SECOND, A LARGE WAY THE BILL WAS PAID FOR WAS TO BLAME THE UNEMPLOYED AND TO SAY WE ARE GOING TO PAY FOR WHAT'S IN THAT BILL BY CUTTING THEIR BENEFITS. THAT'S WRONG. WHAT WE OUGHT TO BE SAYING IS WE CAN HOLD DOWN THE TAXES -- I WOULD ASK FOR 30 MORE SECONDS.

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  • 01:13:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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    THE SPEAKER

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 MORE SECONDS.

  • 01:14:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER

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

  • 01:14:36 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 01:14:54 PM

    MR. FLAKE

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

    GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF SECTION 1245 IN THE CONFERENCE REPORT. TO REQUIRE WHAT WE HOPE ARE CRIPPLING SANCTIONS ON THE CENTRAL BANK OF IRAN. THESE PROVISIONS OFFERED IN A BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT IN THE OTHER CHAMBER AND APPROVED BY UNANIMOUS VOTE WOULD SEVERELY LIMIT THE FUNDING AVAILABLE TO THE IRANIAN REGIME TO USE IN ITS PURSUIT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS. . I INTRODUCED LEGISLATION AS A STANDALONE BILL HERE IN CONGRESS AND WE URGED THE CONFEREES TO ACCEPT THE LANGUAGE, WHICH THEY DID. THERE IS NO SILVER BULLET TO STOP THE IRANIAN REGIME FROM ACQUIRING NUCLEAR WEAPONS, BUT IF THERE IS A SWEET SPOT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IT IS THE BANK OF IRAN. I AM PLEASED WITH THIS, I WOULD URGE ADOPTION OF THAT SECTION ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE PROCESS. I HOPE THAT THIS SIGNALS OUR INTENT, CERTAINLY TO ENSURE THAT IRAN DOES NOT OBTAIN NUCLEAR WEAPONS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:16:04 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    THE GENTLEMAN --

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    THE SPEAKER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS 10 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS 10 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH HAS 18 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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  • 01:16:19 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND THE…

    MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND THE DISTINGUISHEDWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. DAVIS, TWO MINUTES.

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  • 01:16:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 01:16:30 PM

    MRS. DAVIS

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. S THAT POSITIVE BILL FOR OUR MILITARY FAMILIES. WHEN WE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. S THAT POSITIVE BILL FOR OUR MILITARY FAMILIES. WHEN WE MOVE TO THE BILL I'M GOING TO TAKE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THAT. WHILE WE'RE ON THE RULE, I HAVE TO EXPRESS MY IMMENSE DISAPPOINTMENT THAT STILL, TO THIS DAY, WE AS A CONGRESS WILL NOT EVEN BRING TO THE TABLE, WE WON'T EVEN LOOK AT THE FACT THAT IF A MILITARY SERVICEWOMAN IS RAPED AND BECOMES PREGNANT, SHE DOES NOT HAVE ACCESS TO AN ABORTION PROCEDURE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS REALLY AN OUTRAGE. WE SAY THAT WE WANT TO HELP OUR SERVICEWOMEN, WE SAY WE ARE FINALLY STARTING TO TREAT THEM AS THE WARRIORS THAT THEY ARE. AND YET I ASK YOU, HOW MANY WOMEN HAVE TO FIGHT AND DIE FOR OUR COUNTRY IN ORDER TO HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS AS WOMEN SITTING IN FEDERAL PRISON? THIS IS A SLAP IN THE FACE TO ALL MILITARY WOMEN. THEY VOLUNTEER TO TRAIN, THEY VOLUNTEER TO DEPLOY, AND FIGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY, AND WE REPAY THEM BY TREATING THEM AS LESS WORTHY THAN PRISONERS. HONORING WOMEN IN OUR MILITARY MEANS CHANGING THIS POLICY. AND TREATING THEM WITH RESPECT. HAVEN'T THEY EARNED THIS? IT'S WELL PAST TIME TO SHOW THEM THAT THEY HAVE.

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  • 01:18:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH…

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

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  • 01:18:10 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I'LL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO DEPROVIDE…

    THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I'LL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO DEPROVIDE THAT IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE HOUSE ADOPT THIS IS RULE IT WILL BRING UP THE MIDDLE CLASS FAIRNESS AND PUTTING AMERICA BACK TO WORK ACT OF 2011, WHICH EXTENDS MIDDLE CLASS TAX RELIEF, UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, AND THE MEDICARE REIMBURSEMENT DOC FIX. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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  • 01:18:44 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS.…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. HAHN, TWO MINUTES.

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  • 01:18:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 01:18:56 PM

    MS. HAHN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA FOR GIVING ME THIS…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA FOR GIVING ME THIS TIME. I WANT TO ENCOURAGE MY FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO PASS A CLEAN EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND THE PAYROLL TAX CUT. YOU KNOW, YESTERDAY, THE HOUSE CHAPLAIN BEGAN THE DAY WITH A REMINER THAT THE HOLIDAYS ARE A TIME OF -- REMINDER THAT THE HOL LAYS -- HOLIDAYS ARE A TIME OF HOPE. IT IS IN THAT SPIRIT OF HOPE THAT CONGRESS SHOULD EMBRACE AND PUT ASIDE THE POLITICS THAT HAVE DARKENED RECENT DISCUSSIONS. LAST NIGHT MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS PASSED LEGISLATION THAT HOWEVER WELL INTENDED HAS NO CHANCE OF PASSING IN THE SENATE. IT DID NOT RECEIVE MY VOTE BECAUSE LIKE MANY OF MY FELLOW DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE, I DON'T BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD BE DEBATING CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES AS PART OF THOSE EXTENSIONS. IF YOU BELIEVE THAT BUILDING A PIPELINE THROUGH THE UNITED STATES IS A GOOD IDEA, LET'S HAVE THAT DEBATE. IF YOU BELIEVE THAT THE E.P.A. SHOULDN'T REGULATE EMISSIONS FROM CERTAIN INDUSTRIES AND MACHINES, LET'S HAVE THAT DEBATE. HOWEVER, THOSE ISSUES CLOUD THE NEED FOR EXTENDING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS TO THOSE WHO CAN'T FIND WORK. AND IT CLOUDS THE BENEFITS FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES THAT WOULD GET AN EXTENSION OF THE PAYROLL TAX WITHOUT. I WANT TO WORK WITH MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS TO GET THIS DONE. I KNOW I'M NEW AROUND HERE, BUT I THINK THAT MEANS PUTTING ASIDE THESE OTHER ISSUES TO DEBATE THEM ON THEIR OWN MERIT. LET'S WORK TOGETHER IN A SPIRIT OF HOPE. VOTE AGAINST THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND COME BACK TO THE TABLE AND DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. THANK YOU, AND I YIELD MY TIME.

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  • 01:20:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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    THE SPEAKER

    FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    MY FRIEND FROM UTAH, I'M GOING TO BE THE LAST SPEAKER IF HE'S READY TO…

    MY FRIEND FROM UTAH, I'M GOING TO BE THE LAST SPEAKER IF HE'S READY TO CLOSE.

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  • 01:21:04 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    MAY BE ANOTHER SPEAKER COMING DOWN BUT HE OR SHE IS NOT HERE SO IF YOU…

    MAY BE ANOTHER SPEAKER COMING DOWN BUT HE OR SHE IS NOT HERE SO IF YOU WANT TO GO, I'LL TAKE HIM OUT.

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  • 01:21:13 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    ALL RIGHT. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 01:21:18 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    IN THE MAD RUSH TO GET HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, WE'RE DELIVERING AN EARLY GIFT…

    IN THE MAD RUSH TO GET HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, WE'RE DELIVERING AN EARLY GIFT TO THOSE WHO CRITICIZE OUR COUNTRY FOR FAILING TO LIVE UP TO OUR IDEALS. WITH THIS LEGISLATION, WE'RE UNDERMINING OVER 200 YEARS OF CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS. WE'RE RETURNING AMERICAN SOCIETY TO AN AGE WHEN AN ALL-POWERFUL EXECUTIVE CAN COMMAND UNACCOUNTABLE POWER OVER PEOPLE'S LIVES. TO CODIFY IN LAW THE POWER OF THE PRESIDENT TO INDEFINITELY DETAIN AMERICAN CITIZENS WITHOUT CHARGE OR TRIAL IS AN EGREGIOUS AFFRONT TO OUR NATION'S SYSTEM OF JUSTICE. FRANZ CALF KA WROTE ABOUT IT YEAR -- KAFKA WROTE ABOUT IT YEARS AGO, IT'S KNOWN AS KAFKA-ESQUE. 10 YEARS OF WAR, OF RUNAWAY DEFENSE SPENDING OR OF THE PATRIOT ACT, TORTURE, AND EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION, AND WE ARE STILL RESPONDING TO THE TERRORIST THREAT WITH A KNEE JERK REACTION DEVOID OF REASON AND COMMON SENSE. THIS LEGISLATION SAYS THAT OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES DO NOT WORK, THAT OUR JUDICIARY, OUR COURT SYSTEM, DOES NOT WORK. THIS LEGISLATION SAYS THAT THE PRESIDENT CAN, ALONE, DECIDE WHO IS GUILTY OR INNOCENT. I WOULD REMIND MY FRIENDS THAT BRAUKING -- THAT BARACK OBAMA MAY BE THE PRESIDENT ALL THE TIME. BUT NO PRESIDENT SHOULD HAVE UNTRAMMELED AUTHORITY TO DETERMINE INNOCENCE OR GUILT. IT PUTS THE LIE TO THE JUDICIAL BRAMPLING OF OUR GOVERNMENT AND TO THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH OF OUR GOVERNMENT. THIS LEGISLATION GOES TOO FAR. IF THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY WERE SERIOUS ABOUT HAVING THIS BODY CAREFULLY CONSIDER OUR NATION'S DEFENSE POLICIES, MEMBERS WOULD HAVE HAD MORE THAN TWO DAYS TO REVIEW THE MORE THAN 1,000 PAGES COVERING $600 BILLION IN SPENDING. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:23:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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  • 01:23:48 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    THANK YOU. LET ME REITERATE ONE MORE TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER

    THE GENTLEMAN RECOGNIZES HIMSELF FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

  • 01:23:58 PM

    MR. PISH SHOP

    HAPPY TO RECOGNIZE MYSELF FOR SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. OR EVEN LESS.…

    HAPPY TO RECOGNIZE MYSELF FOR SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. OR EVEN LESS. THIS BILL HAS GONE THROUGH REGULAR ORDER AS NO OTHER BILL HAS. WENT THROUGH ITS COMMITTEE IN REGULAR ORDER AND WAS PASSED OUT IN AN OVERWHELMINGLY BIPARTISAN VOTE, 60-1. CAME ON THE FLOOR WITH 152 AMENDMENTS TO BE CONSIDERED AND WAS PASSED OUT WITH AN OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN VOTE. WENT TO THE SENATE, WAS PASSED OUT IN AN OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN VOTE AND THE CONFERENCE REPORT WAS SIGNED BY THE CONFEREES IN A CLEAR, BIPARTISAN EFFORT. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE GOOD BILLS THAT DOES AUTHORIZE OUR MILITARY FORCES THROUGH FISCAL YEAR 2012 AND IT IS SIGNIFICANT. BUT I WOULD LIKE IN CLOSING TO TALK ABOUT ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT I THINK WAS BROUGHT UP AND BROUGHT UP WITH SOME EXAGGERATION TO THE CONTENT OF WHAT IS THERE THAT DEALS SPECIFICALLY WITH MILITARY DETAINEES. IT IS VERY CLEAR, BOTH CONGRESSMAN MCKEON, CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, CONGRESSMAN SMITH, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, SPOKE AT LENGTH IN RULES COMMITTEE ON THIS SPECIFIC ISSUE. THEY WERE ASKED ABOUT THE ISSUE, THEY ADDRESSED THE ISSUE. LET ME MAKE THIS VERY CLEAR. EVERYTHING IN THIS LAW THAT DEALS WITH RETIRE YESES DOES NOT CHANGE IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM, EXISTING LAW. IT DOES NOT DENY ANYONE HABEAS CORPUS OPPORTUNITY. THAT IS NOT WAIVED IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM. LET ME QUOTE FROM MR. SMITH, THE RANKING DEMOCRAT ON THE COMMITTEE, WHEN HE SAID, WHEN TALKING ABOUT DIFFERENT THINGS, HE SIMPLY SAID THAT THERE IS POSSIBILITY OF ATTENTION WITHOUT A NORM -- DETENTION WITHOUT A NORMAL CRIMINAL CHARGE BUT EVEN IF YOU DO THAT, WHICH ONCE AGAIN THE PRESIDENT SAID HE WON'T DO, BUT EVEN IF YOU DID THAT IN CERTAIN ISOLATED CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE IT COULD BE NECESSARY UNDER THE LAW OF WAR, EVEN IF YOU DO THAT, HABEAS CORPUS STILL APPLIES, WHICH MEANS YOU HAVE TO HAVE A HEARING IN FRONT OF A FEDERAL JUDGE TO MAKE YOUR CASE UNDER THE LAW FOR WHY YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO DETAIN THIS PERSON. AND TO DO THAT, YOU HAVE TO SHOW THERE IS A CONNECTION TO AL QAEDA AND THE TALIBAN AND YOU HAVE TO SHOW THERE IS A THREAT THAT THEY PRESENT, SO HABEAS CORPUS APPLIES TO EVERYONE, WHETHER THEY ARE A CITIZEN, ILLEGAL ALIEN, OR A NONCITIZEN. HABEAS CORPUS STILL APPLIES. IT IS VERY CLEAR IN BOTH SECTIONS 1021 AND 1022 THAT PROTECTIONS FOR AMERICAN CITIZENS ARE CLEARLY STATED IN THERE. IN THE SENATE, THEY ADDED IN 1021 THE WORDS, NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE CON STRURED TO AFFECTING EXISTING LAW -- CONSTRUED TO AFFECTING EXISTING LAW OR AUTHORITYING RELATING TO U.S. CITIZENS, LAWFUL RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OR ANY OTHER PERPS CAPTURED OR ARRESTED IN THE UNITED STATES. IN 1022 IT MAKES IT VERY CLEAR, BEFORE SOMEBODY CAN BE DETAINED, THERE ARE TWO STANDARDS WHICH MUST BE MET. FIRST OF ALL, THERE HAS TO BE ASSOCIATION WITH AN ARMED FORCE THAT IS IN COORDINATION AND ACTING AGAINST THE INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES. AND, NOT JUST MEMBER, BUT THEY HAVE TO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE COURSE OF PLANNING OR CARRYING OUT ATTACKS OR ATTEMPTED ATTACKS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES OR ITS COALITION PARTNERS. CAN'T JUST GO OUT AND PICK PEOPLE OFF THE STREETS, THERE HAS TO BE A STANDARD, AND EVERYONE GETS HABEAS CORPUS RIGHTS IN ALL THESE EVENTS. LET ME REPORT -- QUOTE AGAIN FROM THE LAW, THE BILL WE ARE DEBATING. THE REQUIREMENT TO DETAIN A PERSON IN MILITARY CUSTODY UNDER THIS SECTION, THIS POWER, DOES NOT EXTEND TO CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES. WHICH MEANS YOU CAN'T DO THIS KIND OF DETAINMENT AGAINST A CITIZEN OR LAWFUL AIM YEN OF THE UNITED STATES. ONLY IN THIS SECTION -- LAWFUL ALIEN OF THE UNITED STATES. ONLY IN THIS SECTION AND THE OTHER SECTION YOU HAVE TO MEET SPECIAL CRITERIA THAT ARE NOT DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE ARE CURRENTLY DOING. IT MEANS IN THE PAST HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, ESPECIALLY IN SOME OF OUR WARTIMES, THERE HAVE BEEN PRESIDENTS WE USED TO SAY WOULD THROW PEOPLE IN JAIL WHO OPPOSED THEM. PRESIDENT OBAMA COULD STILL DO THAT, THUNDER STATUTE BUT NOT WITH THIS PARTICULAR LANGUAGE, IN THIS BILL. THERE ARE SPECIFIC PROTECTIONS WRITTEN FOR AMERICAN SIT ZEPPS, FOR LEGAL ALIENS OF THE UNITED STATES. IT IS ONLY A VERY RESTRICTED AUTHORITY AND VERY RESTRICTED POWER AND DOESN'T AFFECT HABEAS CORPUS OR CHANGE EXISTING LAW. IN ESSENCE, THOSE PEOPLE WHO WORKED IN COMMITTEE ON THIS BILL HAVE DONE A OWEMAN'S WORK IN COMING UP WITH -- A YEOMAN'S WORK IN COMING UP WITH A GOOD BILL. THEY CAME UP WITH A GOOD CONFERENCE REPORT. THIS IS A GOOD RULE A STANDARD CONFERENCE RULE. WITH THE ONLY EXCEPTION THAT WE STILL MUST BE VERY CAREFUL THAT IF WE FOLLOW THE ADMINISTRATION'S ADVICE, AND CUT OUR MILITARY SPENDING TOO MUCH, NOT ONLY ARE WE PUTTING OUR MILITARY IN JEOPARDY AND OUR EQUIPMENT IN JEOPARDY BUT WE ARE DESTOYING JOBS WHICH IS WHAT WE DON'T WANT TO BE DOING IN THIS PARTICULAR TIME PERIOD. I WOULD URGE EVERYONE TO VOTE FOR THIS RULE AND I WOULD URGE EVERYONE TO VOTE FOR THE UNDERLYING BILL AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:29:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN MOVE THE…

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION?

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  • 01:29:32 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO URGE ADOPTION OF THE RULE,…

    MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO URGE ADOPTION OF THE RULE, THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, YIELD BACK MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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  • 01:29:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED,…

    ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO.

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  • 01:29:52 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER

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

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOLT BY THE YEAS AND NAYS -- A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO FIVE MINUTES THE MINIMUM TIME FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE ON THE QUESTION OF ADOPTION. THIS WILL BE A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 01:53:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 235RK THE NAYS ARE 173. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 235RK THE NAYS ARE 173. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. PODSE THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 01:53:36 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER. I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 02:00:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 245. THE NAYS ARE 169. THE RESOLUTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 245. THE NAYS ARE 169. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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  • 02:10:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OUT…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OUT OF THE BACK OF THE ROOM. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER.

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  • 02:10:25 PM

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    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 493, I CALL UP THE CONVERSATION REPORT ON THE…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 493, I CALL UP THE CONVERSATION REPORT ON THE BILL -- CONVERSATION REPORT ON THE BILL H.R. 1540 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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  • 02:10:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 02:10:39 PM

    THE CLERK

    1540, AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012 FOR MILITARY…

    1540, AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012 FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, AND FOR DEFENSE ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, TO PROSCRIBE MILITARY PERSONNEL STRENGTH FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 02:11:24 PM

    MR. NADLER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON OPPOSED TO THE CONVERSATION REPORT? --…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON OPPOSED TO THE CONVERSATION REPORT? -- CONFERENCE REPORT?

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  • 02:11:34 PM

    MR. NADLER

    I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE CONFERENCE REPORTS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BROWN-WAITE, CLAUSE 2, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCKEON, THE…

    BROWN-WAITE, CLAUSE 2, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCKEON, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. SMITH, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLER, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCKEON.

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  • 02:11:52 PM

    MR. MCKEON

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

    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 1540.

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  • 02:12:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:12:09 PM

    MR. MCKEON

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS HIMSELF AS MUCH TIME AS HE MIGHT CONSUME.

  • 02:12:18 PM

    MR. MCKEON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF FISCAL YEAR 2012…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF FISCAL YEAR 2012 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT CONFERENCE REPORT. AS YOU KNOW THE NDAA IS THE KEY MECHANISM BY WHICH THE CONGRESS FULFILLS ITS PRIMARY CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE AND THIS YEAR WILL MARK THE 50TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR WE COMPLETED OUR WORK. THE NDAA PASSED THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE WITH A VOTE OF 60-1. IT PASSED THE FULL HOUSE BY A WIDE MARGIN OF 322-96. LIKEWISE THE SENATE ADOPTED THIS VERSION OF THE BILL BY A VOTE OF 93-7. WE NEGOTIATED EVERY PROVISION IN THE TWO BILLS AND HAVE DELIVERED THIS CONFERENCE REPORT USING REGULAR ORDER. THIS IS A BIPARTISAN PRODUCT FROM START TO FINISH WITH A WIDE BASE OF SUPPORT. LET ME FURTHER ASSURE MEMBERS THAT THE BILL'S AUTHORIZATION LEVELS HAVE BEEN REDUCED TO COMPLY WITH THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT. THE BILL WOULD BRING THE TOTAL AUTHORIZED FUNDING FOR THE NATIONAL DEFENSE TO $554 BILLION FOR THE BASE BUDGET, AND $115.5 BILLION FOR OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS. THIS REPRESENTS A $19 BILLION REDUCTION FROM LAST YEAR'S AUTHORIZATION. NONETHELESS, WHAT MAKES OUR BILL SUCH AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION ARE THE VITAL AUTHORITIES CONTAINED THEREIN. OUR BILL PROVIDES FOR PAY AND BENEFITS FOR OUR MILITARY AND THEIR FAMILIES, AS WELL AS THE AUTHORITIES THAT THEY NEED TO CONTINUE PROSECUTING THE WAR ON TERRORISM. IN ADDITION, WE INCLUDE LANDMARK PIECES OF LEGISLATION SANCTIONING THE CENTRAL BANK OF IRAN AND STRENGTHENING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES USED TO DETAIN, INTERROGATE, AND PROSECUTE AL QAEDA, THE TALIBAN, AND AFFILIATED GROUPS, AND THOSE WHO SUBSTANTIALLY SUPPORT THEM. HOWEVER I MUST BE CRYSTAL CLEAR ON THIS POINT, THE PROVISIONS DO NOT EXTEND ANY NEW AUTHORITIES TO DETAIN U.S. CITIZENS AND EXPLICITLY EXEMPT U.S. CITIZENS FROM PROVISIONS RELATED TO MILITARY CUSTODY OF TERRORISTS. THE CONFERENCE REPORT COVERS MANY MORE CRITICAL ISSUES BUT I'LL CLOSE IN THE INTEREST OF TIME. HOWEVER, BEFORE I DO I'D LIKE TO THANK MY PARTNER, THE RANKING MEMBER FROM WASHINGTON, ADAM SMITH, THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE COMMITTEE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:15:08 PM

    MR. SMITH

    THREE MINUTES.

  • 02:15:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 02:15:12 PM

    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I, TOO, WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN, MR. MCKEON. WE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I, TOO, WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN, MR. MCKEON. WE ALWAYS SAY OUR COMMITTEE IS THE MOST BIPARTISAN COMMITTEE IN CONGRESS. WE STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT. REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ON THAT COMMITTEE ARE COMMITTED TO DOING OUR JOB WHICH IS TO PROVIDE THE TROOPS AND MAKE SURE THAT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS PROTECTED IN THIS COUNTRY. MR. MCKEON WAS AN EXCELLENT PARTNER TO WORK WITH. IT'S A MODEL FOR WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SIT DOWN AND TRY TO LEGISLATIVE TOGETHER. SOMETHING I THINK COULD BE EMULATED BY MANY MORE COMMITTEES AND ISSUES. THANK YOU. IT'S BEEN GREAT WORKING WITH YOU ON THIS. I THINK WE PRODUCED A GOOD PRODUCT. . I WANT TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE SURROUNDING DETAINEE POLICY. I HAVE NEVER SEEN AN ISSUE MORE DISTORTED AS TO WHAT PEOPLE SAID IS IN THE BILL VERSUS WHAT IS ACTUALLY IN THE BILL. NUMBER ONE, HABEAS CORPUS IS PROTECTED, NOT TOUCHED, IN THIS BILL. PURSUANT TO COURT RULINGS, ANYONE PICKED UP PURSUANT TO THIS HAS PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORIZATION FOR THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE HAS HABEAS CORPUS RIGHTS. THAT IS NOT TOUCHED CATEGORICALLY. NOW, I UNDERSTAND THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH WHAT IS CURRENT LAW. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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  • 02:16:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RIGHT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RIGHT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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  • 02:16:34 PM

    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND CURRENT LAW, SOMETHING WE HAVE BEEN DEBATING…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND CURRENT LAW, SOMETHING WE HAVE BEEN DEBATING SINCE 9/11, BOTH THE BRUCKS AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS TAKEN THE POSITION THAT INDEFINITE DETENTION IS AN OPTION. A U.S. CITIZEN WAS BRIEFLY SUBJECT TO INDEFINITE -- SORRY -- INDEFINITE DETENTION. THE CIRCUIT UPHELD THAT RIGHT. THAT IS CURRENT LAW AND I ACTUALLY SHARE SOME OF THE CONCERNS AMONGST MY COLLEAGUES ABOUT THAT CURRENT LAW. BUT THIS BILL DOESN'T AFFECT THAT. WE IN FACT MAKE IT CLEAR IN OUR CATEGORY ON MILITARY DETENTION THAT IT IS NOT MEANT TO APPLY TO U.S. CITIZENS OR LAWFUL RESIDENT ALIENS. READ THE BILL. IT IS IN THERE. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL APPLY TO U.S. CITIZENS OR LAWFUL RESIDENT ALIENS. NOW, IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH INDEFINITE DETENTION, THAT IS A PROBLEM WITH CURRENT LAW. DEFEATING THIS BILL WILL NOT CHANGE THAT. WON'T CHANGE IT AT ALL. BUT I'LL TELL YOU WHAT IT WILL DO, IT WILL UNDERMINE THE ABILITY OF OUR TROOPS TO DO THEIR JOB, TO DO WHAT WE'VE ASKED THEM TO DO. IF WE DEFEAT THIS BILL WE DEFEAT A PAY RAISE FOR THE TROOPS, WE DEFEAT MILCON PROJECTS FOR THE TROOPS, WE DEFEAT ENDLESS SUPPORT PROGRAMS THAT ARE ABSOLUTELY VITAL TO THEM DOING THEIR JOBS. AND I DON'T THINK I NEED TO REMIND MY BODY IN A 100,000 OF THOSE TROOPS ARE IN HARM'S WAY IN AFGHANISTAN RIGHT NOW FACING A DETERMINED ENEMY IN THE MIDDLE OF A FIGHT. IT IS NOT THE TIME TO CUT OFF THEIR SUPPORT OVER AN ISSUE THAT ISN'T GOING TO BE FIXED BY THIS BILL. AND LET ME EMPHASIZE THAT JUST ONE MORE TIME. CURRENT LAW, AS INTERPRETED BY THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, AND THE JUDICIARY OF THIS COUNTRY CREATES THE PROBLEMS THAT EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT. NOT THIS BILL. WE PUT LANGUAGE IN UNDER DETENTION POLICY BECAUSE WE THINK IT'S ABOUT TIME THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH AT LEAST SAID SOMETHING ON THE SUBJECT, BUT WE ARE NOT THE ONES TO CREATE THAT PROBLEM. I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. I YIELD MYSELF AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS, IF I MAY. ONE ISSUE I WANT TO TALK IS ABOUT MILITARY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS FOR GUAM. THERE IS SOME LIMITING LANGUAGE IN THIS BILL ON THAT ISSUE BASED ON THE FACT THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS RETHINKING THEIR POSTURE IN ASIA BETWEEN OKINAWA AND GUAM AND OTHER PLACES. LET ME MAKE CLEAR, GUAM IS A CRITICALLY IMPORTANT PART OF OUR ASIA PRESENCE. THEY HAVE PRESENCE OF OUR MILITARY THERE NOW. LANGUAGE IN THIS BILL WAS NOT MEANT TO CUT OFF EXISTING MILITARY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS OR INDEED OTHER ONES THAT MAY NOT BE RELATED TO THIS AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT'S CLEAR AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:19:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:19:32 PM

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 02:19:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 02:19:40 PM

    MR. NADLER

    ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING OUR MOST PRECIOUS HERITAGE, NOT BECAUSE A BAND OF…

    ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING OUR MOST PRECIOUS HERITAGE, NOT BECAUSE A BAND OF THUGS ARE RISKING OUR FREEDOM, BUT BECAUSE WE FORGOT WHO WE ARE. WE HAVE LET GO OF OUR FREEDOMS BIT BY BIT. WITH EVERY EXECUTIVE ORDER, COURT DECISION AND YES, CONGRESS. LAWS OF DETENTION HAVE MAJOR IMPLICATIONS FOR OUR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS. WE SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERING THIS AS A RIDER TO THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL. THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE SUBJECT OF CLOSE SCRUTINY BY THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. THE COMPLEX LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES SHOULD HAVE BEEN PROPERLY ANALYZED AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR OUR VALUES CAREFULLY CONSIDERED. YOU WILL HEAR THAT THIS BILL MERELY RECODIFIES EXISTING LAW. BUT MANY CLEEL SCHOLARS TELLS US IT GOES A GREAT DEAL FURTHER THAN WHAT THE LAW NOW ALLOWS. THAT IT CODIFIES CLAIMS OF EXECUTIVE POWER AGAINST OUR LIBERTIES THAT THE COURTS HAVE NEVER CONFIRMED. YOU'LL HEAR IT REALLY WON'T AFFECT U.S. CITIZENS, ALTHOUGH AGAIN THERE IS CREDIBLE LEGAL AUTHORITY THAT TELLS US JUST THE OPPOSITE. YOU WILL HEAR THAT IT DOESN'T REALLY TURN THE MILITARY INTO A DOMESTIC POLICE FORCE BUT THAT CLEARLY ISN'T THE CASE. MOST OF ALL, YOU WILL HEAR THAT WE MUST DO THIS TO BE SAFE WHEN THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE. WE CAN NEVER BE SAFE WITHOUT OUR LIBERTIES, AND THIS BILL CONTINUES A DECADE LONG CAMPAIGN TO DESTROY THOSE LIBERTIES. THIS BILL GOES FAR BEYOND THE AUTHORIZATION FOR THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE. THAT RESOLUTION AUTHORIZED ALL NECESSARY AND APPROPRIATE FORCE AGAINST THOSE NATIONS, ORGANIZATIONS OR PERSONS THE PRESIDENT DETERMINES PLANNED, AUTHORIZED, OR COMMITTED TERRORIST ATTACKS THAT OCCURRED ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, OR HARBORED SUCH ORGANIZATIONS OR PERSONS. THIS BILL IS NOT LIMITED TO THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS AND THOSE WHO AIDED OR HARBORED THEM. IT INCLUDES ANYONE WHO, QUOTE, SUBSTANTIALLY SUPPORTED AL QAEDA AND THE TALIBAN OR, QUOTE, ASSOCIATED FORCES THAT ARE ENGAGED IN HOSTILITIES AGAINST THE UNITED STATES OR ITS COALITION PARTNERS, UNQUOTE. IT IS NOT CLEAR WHAT IS MEANT BY SUBSTANTIALLY SUPPORTED OR WHAT IT TAKES TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH SOMEONE WHO SUBSTANTIALLY SUPPORTED THEM. IT REFERS TO ANY BELLIGERENT ACT OR DIRECTLY SUPPORTED SUCH HOSTILITIES IN AID OF SUCH ENEMY FORCES. IT DOESN'T, AS DOES OUR CRIMINAL LAW, SAYS MATERIAL SUPPORT SO WE REALLY DON'T KNOW WHETHER THAT SUPPORT COULD BE MERELY A SPEECH OR AN ARTICLE OR SOMETHING ELSE. SO LET'S NOT PRETEND THIS IS THE SAME AS THE AUMF. IF IT WERE THERE WOULD BE NO NEED TO PASS THIS LAW. WE ALREADY HAVE IT. COURTS OPERATE ON THE ASSUMPTION THAT CONGRESS DOESN'T WRITE SURPLUS LANGUAGE THAT IT MUST HAVE BEEN INTENDED TO DO SOMETHING. HERE IT IS PRETTY CLEAR THAT WE ARE STRETCHING THE AUMF BEYOND THE 9/11 COMMISSION. WHOEVER IT REACHES, AND WE DON'T KNOW, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO LOCK THEM UP WITHOUT TRIAL UNTIL, QUOTE, THE END OF HOSTILITIES, END QUOTE. GIVEN HOW THEY HAVE BEEN USED TO JUSTIFY ACTIONS FAR BEYOND AFGHANISTAN MIGHT MEAN FOREVER. AND WHO WILL BE TAKEN OUT OF THE CIVILIAN JUSTICE SYSTEM AND IMPRISONED FOREVER WITHOUT A TRIAL, IT SAYS ANYONE WHO IS UNDER THIS STATUTE. IT DOESN'T SAY WHAT PROTECTIONS A PERSON DOESN'T DISAPPEAR INTO MARLTE PRISON. THAT'S NOT AMERICA. WE ALSO NEED TO BE CLEAR THAT THE SO-CALLED FEINSTEIN AMENDMENT DOES NOT PROVIDE THE PROTECTIONS THE SPONSOR INTENDED. IT SHOULD NOT CONSTRUE EXISTING LAWS OR SCRUTINY OF THE UNITED STATES CITIZENS, LAWFUL ALIENS OF THE UNITED STATES OR ANYONE CAPTURED IN THE UNITED STATES, CLOSED QUOTE. SO WHAT ARE EXISTING LAWS AND AUTHORITIES? AS WILLIAM SESSIONS HAS RECENTLY WRITTEN, THE PROVISION DOES NOT LIMIT SUCH DETENTION AUTHORITY OF THOSE CAPTURED ON THE BATTLEFIELD. THE REALITY IS THAT CURRENT LAW AND THE SCOPE SUCH EXECUTIVE UN DIRECTOR SESSIONS SAYS IN THE TWO CASE WHERE IS THE SUPREME COURT MIGHT HAVE QUESTIONED U.S. CITIZEN, LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENT, THE PRESIDENT HAD THE AUTHORITY, THE ADMINISTRATION CLAIMED THE PRESIDENT HAD THE AUTHORITY TO DETAIN A SUSPECTED TERRORIST CAPTURED IN THE UNITED STATES INDEFINITE WITHOUT CHARGE OR TRIAL. THE GOVERNMENT CHANGED COURSE AND DECIDED TO TRY THEM IN CIVILIAN COURT IN ORDER TO AVOID A SUPREME COURT RULING ON THAT QUESTION AND THAT QUESTION REMAINS UNDETERMINED. SO WHEN THE FEINSTEIN AMENDMENT REFERENCES EXISTING LAW IT DEPRIVES THE PRESIDENT OF THIS DANGEROUS POWER. WE SHOULD ENSURE THAT OUR LIBERTY IS PROTECTED AND NOT LEAVE THAT QUESTION TO SOME FUTURE COURT. AND WE SHOULD CERTAINLY NOT ENACT A LAW CODIFYING -- AND THAT'S WHAT THIS LAW DOES. IT CODIFIES, IT PUTS INTO LAW TERRORFYING CLAIMS OF POWER MADE BY PRESIDENTS BUT NEVER APPROVED BY THE COURTS OR UNTIL NOW BY THE CONGRESS. AND THAT'S THE FUNDAMENTAL REASON WE SHOULD REJECT THIS BILL. WE MUST TAKE GREAT CARE. OUR LIBERTIES ARE TOO PRECIOUS TO BE CAST ASIDE IN TIMES OF PERIL AND FEAR. WE HAVE THE TOOLS TO DEAL WITH THOSE WHO WOULD ATTACK US. I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. NADLER

    NOT DO THIS. BECAUSE OF THIS MOMENT US CHALLENGES TO ONE OF THE FOUNDING…

    NOT DO THIS. BECAUSE OF THIS MOMENT US CHALLENGES TO ONE OF THE FOUNDING PRINCIPLES OF THE UNITED STATES THAT NO PERSON MAY BE DEPRIVED OF HIS LIBERTY WITHOUT DUE PROCESS OF LAW, THIS BILL MUST BE REJECTED. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. MCKEON

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON EMERGING THREATS AND CAPABILITIES AND MEMBER OF THE CONGRESS OF THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE, MR. THORNBERRY.

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    MR. THORNBERRY

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS CONFERENCE REPORT AND IT IS A…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS CONFERENCE REPORT AND IT IS A BROAD-RANGING CONFERENCE REPORT THAT AFFECTS EVERYTHING FROM PERSONNEL POLICIES TO WEAPON SYSTEMS TO RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND THE MILITARY. AND I ESPECIALLY COMMEND CHAIRMAN MCKEON, RANKING MEMBER SMITH AND THE STAFF WHO HAVE WORKED SINCE -- ALL YEAR TO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE BUT WORKED ESPECIALLY HARD IN THE LAST FEW DAYS TO MAKE THIS CONFERENCE REPORT POSSIBLE BEFORE THE CONGRESS ADJOURNS. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF GOOD, IMPORTANT PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL THAT STRENGTHEN OUR COUNTRY'S NATIONAL SECURITY. BUT IN LIGHT OF THE COMMENTS WE HAVE RECENTLY HEARD, MR. SPEAKER, LET ME TALK JUST A MOMENT ABOUT THIS ISSUE OF DETENTION. YOU KNOW, ONE CAN PUT INTO LAW THE SUN COMES UP AND IF SOMEBODY COMES AND SAYS, NO, IT DOESN'T, YOU CAN PRESENT ALL THE EVIDENCE AND YOU CAN PRESENT WORDS THAT HAVE CLEAR MEANING AND IF SOMEBODY JUST WANTS TO SAY, NO, IT DOESN'T, YOU KNOW, AT SOME LEVEL REACH AN IMPASSE. THE TWO PROVISIONS RELATED TO DETENTION IN THIS BILL, THE WORDS HAVE BEEN PUT INTO THE LAW ARE VERY CLEAR. ONE SAYS IT DOES NOT APPLY TO U.S. CITIZENS. IT DOES NOT. NOTHING HERE AFFECTS U.S. CITIZENS. THE OTHER PROVISION SAYS THAT NOTHING IN THIS SECTION CAN BE CONSTRUED TO AFFECT EXISTING LAW OR AUTHORITIES RELATED TO THE DETENTION OF U.S. CITIZENS. NOW, IT SEEMS TO ME THERE MAY WELL BE PEOPLE WHO ARE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH THE CURRENT LAW, AND I UNDERSTAND THAT. AND THE PROPER THING TO DO IS TO INTRODUCE A BILL AND TRY TO GET THAT AMENDED IN SOME WAY, TO GET IT MORE TO YOUR LIKING. BUT TO ARGUE THAT THIS BILL CHANGES IN SOME WAY THE CURRENT LAW WHEN THE WORDS SAY NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO AFFECT EXISTING LAW OR AUTHORITIES IS JUST NOT CREDIBLE. THIS IS A SMALL STEP, THE PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER, ARE A SMALL STEP TOWARDS HAVING THIS CONGRESS BACK INVOLVED IN MAKING THIS DETENTION DECISION. I THINK IT IS THE RIGHT SMALL STEP AND IT SHOULD BE SUPPORTED.

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    MR. SMITH

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. ANDREWS, A VERY IMPORTANT…

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. ANDREWS, A VERY IMPORTANT MEMBER FROM THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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    MR. ANDREWS

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND INSIDE REMARKS.

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    MR. ANDREWS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE WITH PROFOUND RESPECT FOR OUR CONSTITUTION…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE WITH PROFOUND RESPECT FOR OUR CONSTITUTION AND FOR MY COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS WHO CARE DEEPLY ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THIS BILL ON THE CONSTITUTION. IT IS BECAUSE I HAVE CONSIDERED THOSE ISSUES THAT I WOULD RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE WITH SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES AND ARGUE FOR THE PROPRIETY AND CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THIS BILL. I WOULD DEPLORE THE IDEA THAT AN AMERICAN CITIZEN OR A PERMANENT RESIDENT ALIEN COULD BE ROUNDED UP AND PUT IN A PRISON IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THIS BILL DOES NOT AUTHORIZE THAT SCENARIO. I WOULD DEPLORE A CIRCUMSTANCE OR ANY PERSON, EVEN A PERSON WHO IS NOT HERE UNDER SOME PERMANENT LEGAL STATUS, COULD BE ROUNDED UP AND PUT IN A PRISON AND ONLY A MILITARY PRISON. THAT IS NOT WHAT THIS BILL AUTHORIZES. IT LEAVES OPEN THE OPTION THAT SUCH A PERSON COULD BE DETAINED IN A REGULAR CIVILIAN PRISON OR IN A MILITARY PROVISION. I WOULD REJECT COMPLETELY THE PROPOSITION THAT ANY PERSON COULD BE HELD IN ANY FACILITY, MILITARY OR CIVILIAN, ANYWHERE IN OUR COUNTRY INDEFINITELY WITHOUT THE RIGHT TO HAVE THE CHARGES -- THAT ARE LEVIED AGAINST THEM HELD BY SOME MUTUAL FINDING OR EFFECT. IT IS OUR INTERPRETATION THAT THE HABEAS CORPUS PROVISIONS ALREADY EXTEND TO THESE INDIVIDUALS. THAT IS TO SAY THAT A NONRESIDENT OR NONLEGAL PERSON IN THE COUNTRY WHO'S HELD UNDER SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES IN FACT HAS THE RIGHT OF HABEAS CORPUS. I THINK THE LAW REQUIRES IT. I THINK THE CONSTITUTION DEMANDS IT. THERE IS A LEGITIMATE DIFFERENCE OF OPINION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THAT CONCLUSION IS CORRECT. THAT IS THE STATE OF PRESENT LAW. THIS BILL DOES NOT AMEND PRESENT LAW IN A WAY THAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT AMENDED BY CLARIFYING THAT RIGHT OF HABEAS CORPUS BUT IT ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT ERODE OR REDUCE WHATEVER PROTECTIONS EXIST UNDER EXISTING LAW. SO THOSE WHO WOULD SHARE OUR VIEW THAT THE RIGHT OF HABEAS SHOULD BE CLARIFIED SHOULD WORK FOR A STATUTE THAT CLARIFIES THAT BUT WE SHOULD NOT SUBVERT THIS NECESSARY AND IMPORTANT BILL. I WOULD URGE A YES VOTE ON THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. NADLER

    SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY…

    SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. CONYERS

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. CONYERS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THIS ISSUE HAS NEVER GONE BEFORE THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. NEVER. AND I WOULD LIKE TO PUT IN THE RECORD A LETTER FROM THE FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, WILLIAM SESSIONS, AND IT'S DATED DECEMBER 14. AND IT SAYS, THERE HAS BEEN SOME DEBATE OVER WHETHER SECTION 1021 OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE ACT AUTHORITY MERELY RESTATES EXISTING LAW OR WOULD FOR THE FIRST TIME CODIFY AUTHORITY FOR THE PRESIDENT TO INDEFINITELY DETAIN WITHOUT CHARGE VIRTUALLY ANYONE PICKED UP IN ANTI-TERRORISM EFFORTS. INCLUDING UNITED STATES CITIZENS ARRESTED ON UNITED STATES SOIL. ATTACHED PLEASE FIND A LETTER FROM JUDGE WILLIAM SESSIONS, A FORMER FEDERAL JUDGE AND FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE F.B.I. UNDER PRESIDENTS REAGAN, BUSH, AND CLINTON, EXPLAINING THE CURRENT LAW ON THIS POINT IS UNCLEAR AND THAT ENACTING SECTION 1021 OF THIS ACT WOULD DANGEROUSLY EXPAND THE POWER FOR INDEFINITE DETENTION. I KNOW YOU GENTLEMEN HAVE STUDIED THIS IN THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, BUT I'VE GOT A LETTER FROM THE FORMER HEAD OF THE F.B.I. AND JUDGE WILLIAM SESSIONS, AND ANOTHER LETTER FROM 23 GENERALS AND ADMIRALS SAYING THE SAME THING. I KNOW YOU ARE VERY LEARNED PEOPLE AND VERY CONSCIENCIOUS, BUT, PLEASE, WHEN THE HEADS OF THE F.B.I., REPUBLICANS, JUDGES ALL TELL YOU THAT YOU ARE DOING THE WRONG THING, WHAT DOES IT TAKE FOR US TO VOTE THIS DOWN BECAUSE THIS PROVISION ALLOWS FOR THE FIRST TIME, WE CODIFY A COURT DECISION THAT WILL NOW MAKE IT OK TO LOCK UP U.S. CITIZENS FOR TERRORISM. THIS IS WHAT IT SAYS, MR. CHAIRMAN. CAN'T YOU -- I'LL READ IT AGAIN. THERE HAS BEEN SOME DEBATE AND HE SAYS --

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    MR. CONYERS

    LET ME RECOGNIZE YOU ON YOUR OWN TIME. I'VE ONLY GOT THREE MINUTES.

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    AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE,…

    AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON TACTICAL ERROR AND LAND FORCES, MEMBER OF THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE, MR. BARTLETT.

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    MR. BARTLETT

    CONFERENCE REPORT FOR THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL…

    CONFERENCE REPORT FOR THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012. THIS IS THE 50TH CONSECUTIVE CONFERENCE REPORT FOR THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. I HAVE THE HONOR OF SERVING AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TACTICAL ERROR AND LAND FORCES SUBCOMMITTEE OF OUR ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE. UNDER THE FULL COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN MCKEON AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH, OUR SUBCOMMITTEE'S RANKING MEMBER, AND A SUBURB STAFF, OURS IS TRULY A BIPARTISAN -- SUPERB STAFF, OURS IS TRULY A BIPARTISAN EFFORT. THIS COMES AT A CRITICAL PERIOD FOR OUR NATION AND MILITARY. WORLD EVENTS AND THE NATION'S FISCAL CIRCUMSTANCES HAVE CHALLENGED OUR GOVERNMENT'S WILL AND CAPACITY TO ADDRESS THE ENORMITY OF THE CHALLENGES WE FACE. WE NEED TO DEVELOP A NEW NATIONAL MILITARY STRATEGY THAT BETTER REFLECTS THE CURRENT AND PROJECTED THREAT AND FISCAL ENVIRONMENT. THIS IS NEEDED TO FACILITATE FULL AND BALANCED CONSIDERATION OF FORCE STRUCTURE AND EQUIPMENT AND INVESTMENT PLANS AND PROGRAMS. OUR FIRST PRIORITY AND IMMEDIATE REQUIREMENT IS TO FULLY SUPPORT OUR PERSONNEL SERVING OVERSEAS IN AFGHANISTAN AND THE MANY OTHER COUNTRIES WHERE WE HAVE ASKED THEM TO SERVE. UNDER THE DAILY CONSTANT THREAT TO THEIR PERSONAL SURVIVAL. THIS CONFERENCE REPORT PROPERLY REFLECTS THIS IMMEDIATE REQUIREMENT. THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT CONFERENCE REPORT AUTHORIZES AN ADDITIONAL $325 MILLION FOR NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE EQUIPMENT ON FUNDED REQUIREMENTS. $3 BILLION IS PROVIDED TO SUPPORT URGENT OPERATIONAL NEEDS AND COUNTER-- AND TO COUNTER IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE ACTIVITIES. $2.7 BILLION IS PROVIDED TO SUPPORT MINE RESISTANT AMBUSH PROTECTIVE VEHICLE MODERNIZATION. AND $2.4 BILLION IS PROVIDED FOR ARMY AND MARINE CORPS TACTICAL WHEELED VEHICLES, INCLUDING $155 MILLION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE JOINT LIGHT TACTICAL VEHICLE. AN ADDITIONAL $255 MILLION IS PROVIDED TO SUPPORT THE ABRAM INDUSTRIAL BASE AND NATIONAL GUARD TANK MODERNIZATION. INCREASING THE REQUEST OF 21 TO 70 TANK UPGRADES, AVOIDING A PRODUCTION BREAK IN THE TANK UPGRADE PROGRAM. $85 BILLION IS PROVIDED FOR F-35 AIRCRAFT.

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    MR. BARTLETT

    NAVY HELICOPTERS. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS CONFERENCE…

    NAVY HELICOPTERS. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS CONFERENCE REPORT. THANK YOU.

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    MR. SMITH

    MR. SPEAKER. IT'S TIME I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,…

    MR. SPEAKER. IT'S TIME I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE AIR, LAND SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. REYES.

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    MR. REYES

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME TIME. MR.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2012 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. THIS BILL REPRESENTS MONTHS OF HARD WORK BY MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. AND I ESPECIALLY WANTED TO THANK MY FRIEND AND CHAIRMAN, MR. MCKEON, AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH, AS WELL AS MY CHAIRMAN, ROSCOE BARTLETT, FOR THE INCLUSIVE WORK THAT WAS DONE IN THIS LEGISLATION. IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT WHAT THIS BILL DOES NOT INCLUDE DURING CONVERSATION NEGOTIATIONS UNNECESSARY PROVISIONS LIMITING THE WORK OF MILITARY CHAPLAINS WERE DROPPED. NOW THE BILL WILL ALLOW THE REPEAL OF DON'T-ASK, DON'T-TELL TO PROCEED SO THAT TROOPS WHO DEFEND OUR VALUES WILL HAVE PROTECTIONS THAT THEY HAVE FOUGHT TO DEFEND. WORKING WITH THE WHITE HOUSE OUR COMMITTEE ACHIEVED A FINAL COMPROMISE ON DETAINEES THAT DOES NOT GRANT BROAD NEW AUTHORITY FOR THE DETENTION OF U.S. CITIZENS AND DOES NOT ESTABLISH A NEW AUTHORITY FOR INDEFINITE DETENTION OF TERRORISTS. THE BILL STRIKES A REASONABLE BALANCE BETWEEN PROTECTING OUR NATION FROM TERRORISTS LIKE THOSE WHO ATTACKED OUR NATION ON SEPTEMBER 11, AND PROTECTING OUR AMERICAN VALUES. IT DEMONSTRATES THAT WE DO NOT NEED TO SACRIFICE OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES TO BE SAFE. FINALLY, I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION BECAUSE IT ALSO INCLUDES A PAY RAISE FOR OUR TROOPS AND PROVIDES FUNDS FOR THE CARE NEEDED TO RECOVER FROM THE BOUNDS OF -- WOUNDS OF WAR. THE BILL IMPROVES ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVES, AND THE BILL ALSO EXPANDS AND IMPROVES LOSS DEALING WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT AND HARASSMENT. I ASK ALL MEMBERS TO VOTE FOR THIS VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 02:39:20 PM

    MR. NADLER

    MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, FOUR MINUTES.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A UNIQUE POSITION IN CONGRESS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A UNIQUE POSITION IN CONGRESS IN THAT I SERVE BOTH ON THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE IS CHARGED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PROTECTING THE SECURITY OF AMERICA FROM EXTERNAL THREATS. THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IS CHARGED WITH THE AWESOME RESPONSIBILITY OF PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF AMERICANS TO LIVE FREELY AND PROTECTING THAT FRO INTERNAL THREATS. I -- FROM INTERNAL THREATS. I NOTE MY SERVICE ON ARMED SERVICES HAS BEEN GOOD AND I APPRECIATE THE BIPARTISANSHIP WITH WHICH OUR CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER ADDRESS THE ISSUES FOR KEEPING AMERICA SAFE FROM EXTERNAL THREAT. AND I MUST COMMEND YOU FOR A VERY DIFFICULT TIME IN REACHING THIS PARTICULAR PRODUCT. HOWEVER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL REACHED IN CONFERENCE COMMITTEE BECAUSE IT DOES DISTURB THE RIGHTS THAT AMERICANS HAVE COME TO ENJOY UNDER OUR CONSTITUTION. WE HAVE SWORN TO UPHOLD OUR CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA REGARDLESS OF WHICH COMMITTEE YOU SERVE ON. YET WE ARE ABOUT TO GIVE OUR SEAL OF APPROVAL TO A BILL THAT GIVES MILITARY AUTHORITY, OR GIVES THE MILITARY THE AUTHORITY TO HOLD AMERICAN CITIZENS CAPTURED ABROAD ON SUSPICION OF TERRORISM AND TO HOLD THEM INDEFINITELY WITHOUT TRIAL. THIS IS A CODIFICATION OF AN UNFORTUNATE SUPREME COURT RULING THAT IS WRONG, AND IT GIVES THAT RULING STATUTORY LEGITIMACY. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST REJECT INDEFINITE DETENTION OF AMERICANS AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION. AN AMERICAN ARRESTED ABROAD COULD BE SUBJECT TO INDEFINITE DETENTION ABROAD. AND THAT'S WRONG. NO MATTER HOW YOU SPIN IT, IT'S WRONG. IT'S UNJUST, IT'S ORWELLIAN, AND IT'S NOT WHO WE ARE. AS AMERICANS WE DON'T PUT AMERICANS IN JAIL INDEFINITELY WITHOUT TRIAL. NO MATTER HOW HEINOUS THE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST THEM. THIS IS NOT WHAT WE ARE ABOUT. THIS IS NOT WHO WE ARE. IT'S AGAINST OUR VALUES AS AMERICANS AND FOR THIS REASON I CANNOT SUPPORT THE BILL. THE BILL ALSO MAKES THE MILITARY NOT CIVILIAN LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES RESPONSIBLE FOR CUSTODY AND PROSECUTION IN THE MILITARY COURTS OF FOREIGN TERRORISTS SUSPECTS APPREHENDED WITHIN THE UNITED STATES. THIS PROVISION DISRESPECTS AND DEMORALIZES OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND PROSECUTORS WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROTECTING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY USING THE UNITED STATES CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AND PROCESS WHICH HAS BEEN EFFECTIVELY USED REPEATEDLY TO INVESTIGATE, ARREST, PROSECUTE, AND INCARCERATE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE CONVICTED OF TERRORISM. IMAGINE AN F.B.I. AGENT OR FEDERAL PROSECUTOR WITH A TREMENDOUS RECORD FINDING, ARRESTING, CONVICTING, AND LOCKING UP TERRORISTS, NOW YOU ARE TOLD TO STEP ASIDE SO THAT THE MILITARY CAN DO YOUR JOB FOR YOU. THE MILITARY IS A MACHINE OF WAR. NOT A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY. THANK YOU.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU. THAT'S WHY THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, THE DIRECTOR…

    THANK YOU. THAT'S WHY THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, THE DIRECTOR OF THE F.B.I., THE DIRECTOR OF THE C.I.A., THE HEAD OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT'S NATIONAL SECURITY DIVISION, AND THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE HIMSELF OPPOSE THIS PROVISION. MORE THAN 400 TERRORISTS HAVE BEEN CONVICTED IN OUR CIVILIAN COURTS. ONLY A HANDFUL OF CASES HAVE BEEN BROUGHT BEFORE MILITARY TRIBUNALS, AND NOT ALL OF THEM HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL. IF IT AIN'T BROKE, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, DON'T FIX IT. TERRORISM IS A CRIME AND OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES, OUR PROSECUTORS, OUR JUDGES ARE MORE THAN UP TO THE TASK. THIS BILL TIES THE HANDS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, MILITARIZES COUNTERTERRORISM ON OUR OWN SOIL, AND MAKES US LESS SAFE. MR. SPEAKER, OUR CONSTITUENTS SENT US HERE TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE, YES. BUT THEY ALSO SENT US HERE TO SAFEGUARD THEIR LIBERTY. SO I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO THINK LONG AND HARD ABOUT THIS VOTE AND I ASK THE STAFF WATCHING THIS ON C-SPAN TO THINK LONG AND HARD BEFORE MAKING THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS, REJECT INDEFINITE INTENTION, EMPOWER CIVILIAN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION. I YIELD BACK.

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    TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MEMBER OF THE CONFERENCE…

    TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MEMBER OF THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE,

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    MR. AKIN

    MR. CHAIRMAN. I THINK THAT PERHAPS BEFORE WE GIVE THE REPORT ON THE STATUS…

    MR. CHAIRMAN. I THINK THAT PERHAPS BEFORE WE GIVE THE REPORT ON THE STATUS OF SEA POWER I WOULD MAKE THE COMMENT THAT IF THIS SEQUESTRATION GOES THROUGH WHICH PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT IT GRATEFUL INFLUENCES THE ABILITY OF OUR COUNTRY TO PROTECT ITSELF AND IT HALLOWS OUT OUR FORCE. AS IT IS, IF THAT WERE TO GO THROUGH, WE WOULD HAVE THE SMALLEST NAVY OR NAVY SMALLER THAN WE HAD IN THE YEAR 1916. HOWEVER, THIS PARTICULAR AUTHORIZATION BILL HAS SOME GOOD ASPECTS. ONE OF THE THINGS IS IT DOES SUPPORT THE CONSTRUCTION OF 10 NEW SHIPS IN THE BUDGET REQUEST. THE BILL ALSO IS GOING TO REQUIRE A COMPETITIVE ACQUISITION STRATEGY FOR THE MAIN ENGINE OF THE NEXT GENERATION BOMBER. THAT'S A PLACE WE'VE GOTTEN IN TROUBLE BEFORE. IT ALLOWS THE RETIREMENT OF SIX B-1 AIRCRAFT BUT STILL MAINTAINS THE REQUIREMENT FOR 36 AIRCRAFT FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS. IT PROVIDES THE RECOMMENDED FORCE FROM THE AIR FORCE OF THE STRATEGIC AIRLIFT OF 301 AIRCRAFT COMPRISED OF C-17'S AND C-5'S. IT ALSO REQUIRES THE G.A.O. TO CONDUCT AN ANNUAL REVIEW ON THE NEW TANKER PROGRAM WHICH THE MILITARY HAS JUST ENTERED INTO. I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T CALL OUR ATTENTION TO AN HISTORIC PATTERN THAT HAS OCCURRED ALL THROUGH AMERICA'S PAST AND THAT IS IN TIMES OF FEAS WE KEEP CUTTING DEFENSE AND CUT REALLY DEFENSE AND THEN SOME WAR COMES UP AND WE DON'T HAVE WHAT WE NEED AND WE SACRIFICE A LOT OF LIVES AND MONEY AND WE ALSO GIVE OURSELVES FEWER POLITICAL POSSIBILITIES BECAUSE WE ARE NOT PREPARED. WE ARE RAPIDLY APPROACHING THAT SAME MISTAKE ONCE AGAIN IN OUR HISTORY WITH THE DANGER OF THE SEQUESTRATION. WE'VE ALREADY TAKEN ALMOST A 10% CUT IN DEFENSE, $450 BILLION. AS A NAVY GUY WHAT THAT MEANS IS 45 AIRCRAFT CARRIERS. THAT'S HOW MUCH WE'VE CUT. THE EQUIVALENT -- WE ONLY HAVE 1 IN THE NAVY. YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO LOSE THEM OR SINK THEM. THIS WOULD BE THE EQUIVALENT OF CUTTING 45 AIRCRAFT CARRIER. THAT'S BEFORE SEQUESTRATION. WE MUST BE CAREFUL. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, THE REABLE OF THE PERSONNEL SUBCOMMITTEE, MRS. DAVIS.

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  • 02:48:16 PM

    MRS. DAVIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2012. AS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE MILITARY PERSONNEL SUBCOMMITTEE, I AM PLEASED THAT THIS BILL INCLUDES A NUMBER OF PROVISIONS THAT CONTINUES OUR COMMITMENT TO OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AS WELL AS THEIR DEDICATED FAMILIES. FIRST I WANT TO THANK MY CHAIRMAN, JOE WILSON, FOR HIS SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO RECOGNIZE CHAIRMAN MCKEON AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS CONFERENCE REPORT AS IT SUPPORTS OUR MILITARY AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO HAVE FACED THE STRESS AND THE STRAINS OF THE DECADE AT WAR. THE CONFERENCE REPORT INCLUDES A 1.6% PAY RAISE FOR OUR TROOPS AND WOULD ALSO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO ENHANCE SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAMS AND ALLOW SERVICE MEMBERS TO DESIGNATE ANY INDIVIDUAL, REGARDLESS OF THEIR RELATIONSHIP, TO DIRECT HOW THEIR REMAINS ARE TREATED. THIS BILL WILL ALSO ALLOW SERVICE SECRETARIES TO PERMIT MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE IN AN APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES EMPLOYMENT SKILLS TRAINING AND IT MAKES SIGNIFICANT ENHANCEMENTS TO THE SEXUAL ASSAULT AND HARASSMENT POLICIES OF THE D.O.D. SUCH AS REQUIRING FULL-TIME SEXUAL ASSAULT COORDINATORS AND VICTIM ADVOCATES, ENSURING ACCESS TO LEGAL ASSISTANCE AND ALLOWING FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF A PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION. AND FINALLY, H.R. 1540 WILL ENSURE FUTURE TRICARE PRIME ENROLLMENT FEES ARE TIED TO INCREASES IN MILITARY RETIRED PAY COST-OF-LIVING ADJUSTMENTS. THE BILL BEFORE US CONTINUES TO RECOGNIZE THE SACRIFICES OF THOSE WHO SERVE OUR NATION IN UNIFORM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. NADLER

    NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM GUAM.

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    MS. BORDALLO

    TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. SMITH, FOR HIS SUPPORT FOR GUAM AND THE…

    TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. SMITH, FOR HIS SUPPORT FOR GUAM AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1540, THE CONFERENCE REPORT ACCOMPANYING THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012. IF I WERE ABLE TO VOTE ON FINAL PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION, I WOULD VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL. THE BILL COMPLETELY IGNORES THE IMPORTANT EFFORTS THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS TAKEN TO BETTER POSTURE OR MILITARY FORCES IN THE PACIFIC. FURTHERMORE, WE UNDERCUT EFFORTS, SIGNIFICANT EFFORTS BY PRIME MINISTER NOTA IN JAPAN IN TRYING TO ACHIEVE PROGRESS WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE REPLACEMENT FACILITY. I AM DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT THIS BILL BECAUSE THERE ARE CONSTANT TALK IN THIS CHAMBER ABOUT RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION AND NOW WE ARE GOING IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. PEOPLE DISCUSS THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT THE POTENTIAL THREATS POSED BY BOTH CHINA AND NORTH KOREA, YET, WHEN THIS COUNTRY AND THIS ADMINISTRATION ASKS THE CONGRESS TO ACT IN OUR BEST NATIONAL INTEREST, TO REALIGN FORCES IN THE PACIFIC, WE BLINK. WE ARE ALL TALK AND NO ACTION ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. I UNDERSTAND THE BUDGET REALITIES THAT WE CURRENTLY FACE, BUT WE MUST MAKE THE NECESSARY HARD CHOICES AND INVESTMENTS NOW OR IT WILL COST MORE MONEY AND TIME IN THE LONG RUN. THAT SAID, IT IS IMPORTANT FOR OUR PARTNERS IN JAPAN TO CONTINUE THE PROGRESS THEY ARE MAKING TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION OF A REPLACEMENT FACILITY FOR FATIMA IN NORTHERN OKINAWA. IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE PRIME MINISTER TO CONTINUE TO SHOW LEADERSHIP AND PRESENT AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT TO THE GOVERNOR OF OKINAWA BY THE END OF THIS YEAR. FURTHER, WE MUST HAVE FURTHER PROGRESS TOWARD THE PERMITTING OF A LANDFILL SO WE CAN FINALLY MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS REALIGNMENT. RIGHT OR WRONG, THE PATIENCE OF THOSE IN THE SENATE HAS RUN OUT AND IT IS IMPORTANT FOR MORE ACTION AND LESS RHETORIC IN OKINAWA. I ASK THE GENTLEMAN IF I CAN HAVE AN COMBRA 30 -- EXTRA 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. NADLER

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

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    MS. BORDALLO

    IN GUAM IS PUNITIVE. THIS CONGRESS HAS UNIFORMERLY STATED THAT…

    IN GUAM IS PUNITIVE. THIS CONGRESS HAS UNIFORMERLY STATED THAT INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS ARE NEEDED ON GUAM TO SUSTAIN ANY TYPE OF ADDITIONAL MILITARY PRESENCE. YET, ONCE AGAIN OUR RHETORIC DOES NOT MATCH OUR WORDS. I WILL CONTINUE TO WORK TO MAKE SURE THAT WE GET FUNDING TO ADDRESS CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS, AND AS SUCH, I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS LEGISLATION. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. MCKEON

    I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE TO ENGAGE IN A COLLOQUY WITH MY FRIEND FROM…

    I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE TO ENGAGE IN A COLLOQUY WITH MY FRIEND FROM LOUISIANA, MR. LANDRY.

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  • 02:53:33 PM

    MR. MCKEON

    THE NDAA CONFERENCE REPORT, MR. LANDRY.

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    MR. LANDRY

    I RISE TODAY IN ORDER TO FULFILL MY CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY OF PROTECTING THE…

    I RISE TODAY IN ORDER TO FULFILL MY CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY OF PROTECTING THE LIBERTY AND FREEDOM THAT THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO THIS BILL AUTHORIZES TO FIGHT FOR OR PROTECT AND THAT THE PROTECTION IS BESTOWED ON U.S. CITIZENS OF THE ONES I AM CONCERNED THE MOST. THE QUESTION UPON US IS WHETHER OR NOT THE NDAA IMPACTS THE RIGHTS OF A U.S. CITIZEN TO RECEIVE DUE PROCESS TO CHALLENGE THE LEGALITY OF DETENTION BY THE EXECUTIVE BEFORE AN ARTICLE 3 COURT.

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    MR. MCKEON

    THIS CONFERENCE REPORT DOES NO SUCH THING. IT NO WAY AFFECTS THE RIGHTS OF…

    THIS CONFERENCE REPORT DOES NO SUCH THING. IT NO WAY AFFECTS THE RIGHTS OF U.S. CITIZENS.

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    MR. LANDRY

    I AGREE.

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    MR. LANDRY

    AGREE THAT THE SUPREME COURT SAID THAT DURING ARE THE STATE OF WAR IS NOT…

    AGREE THAT THE SUPREME COURT SAID THAT DURING ARE THE STATE OF WAR IS NOT A BLANK CHECK FOR THE PRESIDENT WHEN IT COMES TO THE RIGHTS OF OUR CITIZENS?

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    MR. LANDRY

    YOU YOU A SURE ME THAT YOU WILL WORK WITH --

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    MR. LANDRY

    YOU ASSURE ME THAT WE WILL WORK WITH THE COMMITTEE TO CLARIFY THE LANGUAGE…

    YOU ASSURE ME THAT WE WILL WORK WITH THE COMMITTEE TO CLARIFY THE LANGUAGE CONTAINED IN THIS BILL IN ORDER TO ASSURE THAT CLEAR AND PRECISE LANGUAGE WHICH PROTECTS AMERICAN CITIZENS' CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS ARE PROTECTED?

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    MR. MCKEON

    AND I DO AND WOULD BE HAPPY TO WORK WITH YOU.

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    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AT THIS POINT YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AT THIS POINT YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS,

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    MS. TSONGA

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE ACT THAT IS BEFORE RUSS TODAY. I…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE ACT THAT IS BEFORE RUSS TODAY. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN MCKEON, RANKING MEMBER SMITH AND ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE THAT HAS WORKED TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE HELPING THE SERVICE MEMBERS, PARTICULARLY THOSE WHO ARE SURVIVORS OF MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA. I ALSO WANT TO HIGHLIGHT INCLUSION OF A LONG-TERM RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH PROGRAM. IT IS THE GOVERNMENT'S MOST EFFECTIVE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, CREATING JOBS AND FOSTERING INNOVATION IN MASSACHUSETTS AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND IT PLAYS A CRITICAL ROLE FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY ENSURES THAT THE SBIR PROGRAM RETAINS ITS PROPER FOCUS ON TRUE SMALL BUSINESSES, CREATING A PLATFORM FOR NEEDED JOB GROWTH WHILE GUARANTEEING THAT OUR ARMED FORCES CONTINUE TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE BEST TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE. AND I URGE PASSAGE. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 02:56:36 PM

    MR. NADLER

    MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE AT THIS TIME.

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    MR. MCKEON

    SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN…

    SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON MILITARY PERSONNEL, MR. WILSON.

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    MR. WILSON

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN MCKEON, FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN MCKEON, FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS, FAMILY MEMBERS AND VETERANS. BEFORE I BEGIN I WANT TO COMMEND VICE CHAIRMAN MAC THORNBERRY FOR HIS CLAIRE IF I -- CLARIFICATION OF THE DETAINEE ISSUE AND THAT IS THE ISSUE DOES NOT APPLY TO U.S. CITIZENS. THIS IS DIRECTED AT AL QAEDA, ILLEGAL ENEMY COMBATANTS, NOT AT U.S. CITIZENS. THE MILITARY PERSONNEL PROVISIONS OF THE H.R. 1540 PROVIDE NEW AND IMPORTANT AUTHORITIES TO SUPPORT THE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND THEIR FAMILIES. SOME OF THE MORE IMPORTANT PERSONNEL PROVISIONS CONTAINED IN THE CONFERENCE AGREEMENT ARE A 1.6% INCREASE IN MILITARY BASIC PAY, A REVISED POLICY FOR MEASURING AND REPORTING UNIT OPERATIONS TEMPO AND PERSONNEL TEMPO, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE MUST CONTINUE OUR RESOLVE FOR VICTORY IN THE CURRENT MISSION REQUIREMENTS. ANOTHER INITIATIVE IMPORTANT TO MY CONSTITUENTS IS REFORM OF THE MILITARY RECRUITING SYSTEM TO INCLUDE GRADUATES OF HOMESCHOOLING AND VIRTUAL SCHOOLS. I SEE MILITARY SERVICES OPPORTUNITY AND FULFILLING AND THESE ARE EXTRAORDINARY PATRIOTS WHO DESERVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE. THE CONFERENCE AGREEMENT WOULD MAKE THE CHIEF OF THE NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU A MEMBER OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF. FURTHERMORE, THE AGREEMENT CLARIFIES THE LEGAL AUTHORITY FOR OVERSIGHT OF ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, A NATIONAL SHRINE, FOR VETERANS. I BELIEVE THIS BILL IS STRONG IN THE MULTIPLE PROVISIONS DEALING WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT AND PROVIDES NEW AUTHORITY SUCH AS TEMPORARY EARLY RETIREMENT TO EASE THE IMPACT OF FUTURE MILITARY PERSONNEL REDUCTIONS. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE CONFERENCE REPORT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MAY I FIRST INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME EACH…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MAY I FIRST INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME EACH PERSON HAS LEFT?

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON HAS 10 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCKEON, 8 1/4. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS FOUR ADDITIONAL MINUTES REMAINING.

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    MR. SMITH

    GREAT. THANK YOU. WITH THAT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    GREAT. THANK YOU. WITH THAT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. LANGEVIN.

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    MR. SMITH

    SORRY, RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBMERGING THREAT SUBCOMMITTEE.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. LANGEVIN

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

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1540, THE 2012 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION RACKET. AND I'D LIKE TO BEGIN BY THANKING CHAIRMAN MCKEON AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH AND MY SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR. THORNBERRY, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND COMMITMENT TO KEEPING OUR NATION SAFE AND PROTECTING OUR SERVICE MEMBERS. AS A CONFEREE, I WAS CERTAINLY PROUD TO JOIN THEM IN SIGNING THE CONFERENCE REPORT MONDAY NIGHT AND EVEN MORE PROUD OF OUR EXCELLENT STAFF THAT COMPLETED THE FULL CONFERENCE IN RECORD ONE WEEK'S TIME. AS RANKING MEMBER OF THE EMERGING THREATS SUBCOMMITTEE, I'M ESPECIALLY PLEASED WITH THE INCLUSION OF SIGNIFICANT FUNDING TO SPECIAL OPERATION FORCES, THE FULL RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE SBIR PROGRAM AND SUPPORT -- TO SUPPORT OUR JOB-CREATING SMALL BUSINESSES. AND ALSO THE INCLUSION OF IMPORTANT CYBER PROTECTIONS TO PREVENT FUTURE ACTIONS LIKE WIKILEAKS. THE PURCHASE OF TWO VIRGINIA CLASS SUBMARINES, ALSO FULLY FUNDING THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE OHIO REPLACEMENT SUBMARINE AND CONTINUING WORK ON THE FIRST DG-1000 DESTROYER. FURTHER, THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REMOVED DAMAGING LANGUAGE THAT WOULD HAVE ENDED D.O.D. EFFORTS OF CLEAN FUEL TECHNOLOGY IN ORDER TO BREAK OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL AND REDUCE OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT WHICH D.O.D. OFFICIALS STATED ARE BOTH HIGH RISK TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. FINALLY, WHILE I'M CONCERNED THAT WE WERE UNABLE TO REMOVE SOME HARMFUL MEASURES REQUIRING THAT TERRORIST DETAINEES BE HELD IN MILITARY CUSTODY, PROVISIONS INCLUDED IN THIS BILL HELP ADDRESS CONCERNS ABOUT THE POTENTIAL DETENTION OF U.S. CITIZENS IN MILITARY CUSTODY AND THE FLEXIBILITY OF COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS BY THE F.B.I. . THIS MEASURE SUPPORTS THE EFFORTS OF OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM THAT THEY MAKE FOR OUR COUNTRY EVERY DAY AND PROVIDES RESOURCES TO CARRY OUT VITAL NATIONAL SECURITY PROJECTS. WITH THAT, I'M PROUD TO SERVE ON THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND TO SERVE WITH CHAIRMAN MCKEON AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH AND I COMMEND THEM AND THE GREAT WORK THEY HAVE DONE IN PRODUCING A GOOD BILL AND I APPRECIATE THE STAFF FOR THEIR GREAT WORK AS WELL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA WILL CONTROL THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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    GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON? I RESERVE AT THIS TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

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    YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN, MR. TURNER.

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    MR. TURNER

    I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN SPEAKING IN FAVOR OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT. AS…

    I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN SPEAKING IN FAVOR OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT. AS CHAME OF THE STRATEGIC FORCES SUBCOMMITTEE, I'D LIKE TO WALK THROUGH KEY PROVISIONS OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT. THIS CONFERENCE REPORT IMPOSES CHECKS ON THE ADMINISTRATION'S FLARNS NUCLEAR REDUCTIONS BY REQUIRING ASSESSMENTS OF THOSE REDUCTIONS BEFORE ANY NUCLEAR REDUCTIONS ARE MADE. ITAL REQUIRES THE ADMINISTRATION TO DISCLOSE ITS PLANS FOR FUTURE REDUCTIONS AND REASSERTS CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OF THE NATION'S NUCLEAR WAR PLAN. WE HAVE RETAINED HOUSE AND SENATE PROVISIONS TO ENSURE THAT THE F.C.C. WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GIVE FINAL APPROVAL THOO NETWORK UNLESS IT RESOLVES CONCERNED ABOUT IMPACTS TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. RECENT PRESS REPORTS INDICATE THAT PER NEW TEST RESULTS, LIGHTSQUARE'S PROPOSED NETWORK CONTINUES TO CREATE UN-- TO CREATE INTERFERENCE. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROGERS AND MR. FRELINGHUYSEN FOR SUPPORT OF THE VIE CALL WEAPONS PROGRAMS. I WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS AN ISSUE THAT FORCES SERVICE MEMBERS TO CHOOSE BETWEEN SERVICE TO THEIR NATION AND THEIR FAMILIES THESMS ISSUE OF MILITARY CHILD CUSTODY. A SHORT TIME AFTER BECOMING A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE I WAS STRUCK TO LEARN THAT THIS COUNTRY'S JUDICIAL SYSTEM WAS USING A SERVICE MEMBER'S DEEMPLOYMENT AGAINST THEM. WE'RE ASKING AN ALL-VOLUNTEER FORCE THAT CONSISTS OF LESS THAN % OF OUR POPULATION TO ENGAGE IN THE LONGEST CONFLICT IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY AND DO SO AT THE PERIL OF LOSING CUSTODY OF THEIR CHILDREN UPON RETURN. RECOGNIZING THIS UNCONSCIONABLE INJUSTICE WE HAVE INCLUDED LANGUAGE IN THE PAST FIVE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACTS TO PROVIDE SERVICE MEMBERS WITH A UNIFORM STANDARD OF PROTECTION. THIS HAS MADE IT THROUGH THE HOUSE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. UNFORTUNATELY, DESPITE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN THE HOUSE AND THE SUPPORT FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, THE SENATE HAS FAILED OUR SERVICE MEMBERS AN THEIR FAMILIES. IT APPEARS THEY ARE OPERATING ON FALSE INFORMATION. THIS PROVISION SHOULD PASS THE HOUSE AN WE'LL CONTINUE TO WORK ON IT.

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    MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND I THANK HE MEMBERS OF THIS COMMITTEE. THIS…

    I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND I THANK HE MEMBERS OF THIS COMMITTEE. THIS IS A TOUGH DECISION, BUT IN THE MIDST OF WELCOMING HOME MANY OF OUR TROOPS, I BELIEVE IT IS IMPORTANT TO LOOK AT ASPECTS OF THIS LEGISLATION THAT HAS BEEN CORRECTED AND ASPECTS THAT HAVE BEEN ENHANCED. LET ME THANK THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE FOR THE ENHANCEMENT OF THE SMALL BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY AND THE EFFORTS ON RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, LET ME THANK THEM FOR THE RESPONSE TO SEXUAL ASSAULT AND HARASSMENT POLICIES THAT HAVE BEEN IMPROVED AS WELL AS THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE MILITARY PAY FOR OUR MILITARY FAMILIES AND SOLDIERS AND THE ENHANCED RESOURCES THAT HAVE BEEN PUT IN HELPING OUR SOLDIERS RETURN TO THE WORKPLACE. BUT I AM CONCERNED AND AS I REVIEW THIS, LET ME SPECIFICALLY YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN, THE RANKING MEMBER, AND ASK THE QUESTION ON DETENTION WHICH I THINK SO MANY ARE CONCERNED. IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT ALONG WITH PRESENT LAW, THAT THIS HAS BEEN VETTED, THE LANGUAGE OF DETENTION AND THE RESPONSE TO CIVILIANS, AMERICAN CIVILIANS AND LEGAL ALIENS, BEEN VETTED TO BE IN INC. WITH THE CONSTITUTION DUE PROCESS AND THE RIGHT TO HABEAS CORPUS IF INDIVIDUALS ARE DETAINED.

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    THOSE RIGHTS.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LEE: I BELIEVE ALSO THAT CONGRESS HAS THE PRIVILEGE TO BE NOTIFIED IF…

    LEE: I BELIEVE ALSO THAT CONGRESS HAS THE PRIVILEGE TO BE NOTIFIED IF SOMEONE IS DETAINED AND HAS THE ABILITY TO INTERVENE OR INTERACT WITH THE EXECUTIVE, THE PRESIDENT, ON THE PARTICULAR UNIQUE CIRCUMSTANCES OF SOMEONE BEING DETAINED AS A PERSON THAT MAY BE INVOLVED IN TERRORIST ACTS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND WOULD ARGUE THE POINT THAT THIS IS A CHALLENGE BUT THAT THIS BILL HAS A VALUE OF CHANGING THE LAW, OF IMPROVING THE LAW ON THE QUESTION OF THE CONSTITUTION AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME WITH THE SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION.

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    MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN…

    MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, A MEMBER OF THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE, MR. SCHILLING.

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    MR. SCHILLING

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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    THANK YOU. MAY I INQUIRE AGAIN AS TO THE TIME LEFT?

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON HAS 6 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, 5 1/4. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, FOUR MINUTES.

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    YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. BISHOP.

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    MR. BISHOP

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. IN A FEW MINUTES I WILL OFFER A MOTION…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. IN A FEW MINUTES I WILL OFFER A MOTION TO RECOMMIT THAT WOULD STRIKE A MISGUIDED PROVISION IN THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO EXEMPT TRICARE NETWORK PROVIDERS FROM OUR LABOR PROTECTION LAWS. SECTION 715 OF THIS CONFERENCE REPORT EX-DUDES -- EXCLUDES THE TRICARE NETWORK PROVIDERS FROM BEING CONSIDERED SUBCONTRACTORS FOR PURPOSES OF ANY LAW. SECTION 715 IS NOTHING BUT AN ATTEMPT TO OVERRIDE PENDING LITIGATION AND LONG STANDING CIVIL RIGHTS LAW UNDER EXECUTIVE ORDER 11246 OF 65, SECTION 503 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973 AND THE VIETNAM VET RAPS ASSISTANCE ACT OF 1974. THE CIVIL RIGHTS PROTECTIONS CONTAINED IN THESE LAWS HAVE EXISTED FOR DECADES AND EXIST TO PROTECT WORKERS FROM DISCRIMINATION. CONTRACTORS ARE -- MUST HAVE AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PLAN. THE LAW CURRENTLY EXEMPTS EMPLOYERS WITH FEWER THAN 50 EMPLOYEES WHO DO NOT MEET MINIMUM CONTRACT VALUE REQUIREMENTS. THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY EMPLOYEES APPROXIMATELY 16 MILLION WORKERS IN 2009. HOSPITALS AND SIMILAR ENTITIES EMPLOY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MINORITIES, WOMEN, VETERANS AND LOW AGE WORKERS, GROUPS THAT DEPEND ON THE BASIC ASSURANCES OF FAIR TREATMENT. THE HEALTH CARE SECTOR IS THE LARGEST SECTOR OF GROWTH IN THIS DEPARTMENT. VETERANS WOULD BE ESPECIALLY HARD HIT UNDER THIS LAW. THERE ARE 96,000 UNEMPLOYED VETERANS RIGHT NOW. DESPITE THEIR SKILLS, WOUNDED WARRIORS AND VETERANS STRUGGLE TO FIND MEANINGFUL EMPLOYMENT IN THE CIVILIAN SECTOR. THAT'S WHY CONGRESS PASSED LAWS ENFORCED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TO PROTECT THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE OUR COUNTRY. THE OFFICE OF FEDERAL CONTRACT COMPLIANCE ENSURES THAT FEDERAL CONTRACTORS AND SUBCONTRACTORS DO NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST OUR VETERANS AND INSTEAD TAKE STEPS TO RECRUIT TO HIRE TO TRAIN, QUALIFIED VETERANS. TRICARE PROVIDERS, THE VERY PEOPLE WHO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE TO OUR NATION'S VETERANS ARE ARGUING THAT THEY SHOULD BE EXEMPT FROM ADHEARING TO THE REGULATIONS PASSED TO PROTECT OUR VETERANS. THIS ACTION WOULD GRAVELY UNDERMIPE OUR EFFORTS TO EMPLOY VETERANS. THESE LARGE GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE CONTRACTORS SHOULD NOT BE EXEMPTED FROM CIVIL RIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES THAT APPLY TO ALL OTHER SIMILARLY SITUATED CONTRACTORS OR SUBCONTRACTORS. SECTION 715 IS A BRAZEN ATTEMPT BY LARGE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRIES TO OVERTURN PENDING LITIGATION AND EXEMPT THEMSELVES FROM CIVIL RIGHTS SCRUTINY. CONGRESS SHOULD VOTE AGAINST WEAKENING THESE LAWS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN WITH ME IN SUPPORT -- AND SUPPORT MY MOTION TO RECOMMIT THE CONFERENCE REPORT. I YIELD BACK THE PLAN OF MY TIME.

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    MINUTE AND A HALF TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, A MEMBER OF THE CONFERENCE…

    MINUTE AND A HALF TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, A MEMBER OF THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE, MR. GRAVES.

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    MR. GRAVES

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF CONFERENCE REPORT H.R. 1540. INCLUDED IN THIS BILL IS…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF CONFERENCE REPORT H.R. 1540. INCLUDED IN THIS BILL IS A LONG-TERM RE-AUTHORIZATION, THE SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM THIS PROGRAM SETS ASIDE FEDERAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT DEMRARS SMALL BUSINESSES THAT HAVE CUTTING EDGE IDEAS AND PROMISE REGULAR SEARCH THAT THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS. THE SBIR PROGRAM FOSTERS INNOVATION WHILE GIVING A BOOST TO OUR NATION'S PEST JOB CREATE CRORS. I'M PLEASED TO SAY THE HOUSE AND SENATE HAVE COME TOGETHER ON A COMPROMISE TO GIVE CERTAINRY TO -- CERTAINTY TO OUR SMALL BUSINESSES. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN MCKEON AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH FOR PROVIDING THIS DEAL IN THE CONFERENCE REPORT AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE, MS. VELAZQUEZ, FOR HER IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS DEBATE AS WELL AS THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE, MR. HALL AND MS. JOHNSON WHO HAVE BEEN PARTNERS IN THIS EFFORT. AND OF COURSE ALL THE STAFFS ON THE VARIOUS COMMITTEES WHO WORKED VERY HARD ON THIS, THEY DESERVE A LOT OF CREDIT FOR THEIR HARD WORK. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE CONFERENCE REPORT AND THE THOUSANDS OF JOBS THAT BENEFIT FROM THE SBIR PROGRAM AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WOULD SERVE NOTICE THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS A REMAINING 3 3/4 MINUTES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON HAS 3 1/2 MINUTES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS FOUR MINUTES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES NEW YORK RISE?

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    TIME TO CLOSE.

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    ALSO GOING TO RESERVE UNTIL IT'S TIME TO CLOSE.

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    DOES THAT MEAN YOU'RE READY TO CLOSE?

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    TELL THE GENTLEMAN, YES.

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  • 03:14:57 PM

    MR. NADLER

    MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE TOLD, AND THIS SEEMS TO BE A PRINCIPAL ISSUE IN THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE TOLD, AND THIS SEEMS TO BE A PRINCIPAL ISSUE IN THE DEBATE TODAY THAT THIS BILL, WITH REFERENCE TO THE DETENTION AND SECURITY PROVISIONS MERELY CODIFIES EXISTING LAW. SOME OF US SAY NO, IT DOESN'T CODIFY EXISTING LAW. IT CODIFIES CLAIMS OF POWER BY THE LAST TWO ADMINISTRATIONS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN CON FIRED BY THE COURTS. BY SOME COURTS BUT NOT BY THE SUPREME COURT. RATHER TERRIFYING CLAIMS OF POWER, CLAIMS OF THE RIGHT TO PUT AMERICANS IN JAIL INDEFINITELY WITHOUT A TRIAL EVEN IN THE UNITED STATES. . NOW, I CAN CITE SPECIFICS HERE. NOW, THE TEXT, FOR EXAMPLE, SAYS VERY SPECIFICALLY THAT CONGRESS AFFIRMS THE AUTHORITY OF THE PRESIDENT INCLUDES THE AUTHORITY FOR THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES TO DETAIN COVERED PERSONS PENDING DISPOSITION UNDER THE LAW OF WAR AND THEN EXPANDS THE DEFINITION OF COVERED PERSONS WITH PEOPLE NOT IMPLICATED OR SUPPORTING OR HARBORING PEOPLE IMPLICATED IN 9/11 FOR THE FIRST TIME. AND THEN WE HAVE A PROVISION THAT SAYS NOTHING IN THIS SECTION EXPANDS THE LIMIT OF THE PRESIDENT FOR THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE. IT CONTRADICTS WHAT I JUST READ WHICH IS A VERY SPECIFIC PROVISION AND SINCE IT SAYS THAT THE SPECIFIC CONTROLS THE GENERAL THIS PROVISION FRANKLY SNAFFERS IT CONTRADICTS THE FIRST -- INSOFAR AS IT CONTRADICTS THE FIRST. IT CONDRAKETS THE FEINSTEIN AMENDMENT FOR SIMILAR REASONS. NOW, WE HAVE DISAGREEMENTS WE HEARD ON THE FLOOR TODAY, BUT THAT REFLECTS THE DISAGREEMENT IN THE COUNTRY AT LARGE. WE HAVE MANY LAW ENFORCEMENT PEOPLE, MANY LEGAL SCHOLARS DISAGREEING WHAT THIS LANGUAGE MEANS. THE PRESIDENT'S CHIEF COUNTERTERRORISM ADVISOR, JAURN BRENNAN, SAYS THE BILL HAS CERTAIN CLASS OF TERRORISM SUSPECTS AND SINCE IT WOULD APPLY FOR INDIVIDUALS INSIDE THE UNITED STATES, WE WE HEARD DENIED ON THE FLOOR, BUT THE PRESIDENT'S COUNTERTERRORISM ADVISOR THINKS IT DOES, IT WOULD BE INCONSISTENT WITH THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE THAT OUR MILITARY DOES NOT PATROL OUR STREETS. AND WE HAVE MANY GENERALS, INCLUDING THE FORMER COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS, SAYS THIS IS A TERRIBLE CHANGE OF LAW. NOW, THE FACT THAT WHETHER IT SIMPLY CODIFIES EXISTING LAW OR FURTHER RESTRICTS OUR LIBERTIES IN UNPRECEDENTED WAYS IS UNCLEAR. THAT MY FRIENDS HERE CAN SAY IT ONLY CODIFIES EXISTING LAW AND I CAN SAY AND ALL THESE OTHER PEOPLE, EXPERTS, LEGAL PEOPLE, COUNTERTERRORISM EXPERTS SAY IT GOES WAY BEYOND EXISTING LAW SHOWS WHERE IT IS DANGEROUS TO HAVE THIS KIND OF PROVISION AFFECTING THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES IN A DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL WHICH IS ADMIRABLE IN MANY OTHER WAYS. THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE IS NOT THE PROPER PLACE TO CONSIDER QUESTIONS OF CIVIL LIBERTIES AND LEGAL RIGHTS. AND CERTAINLY NOT A CONFERENCE REPORT. ALL THESE QUESTIONS SHOULD HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED IN HEARINGS. THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IN BOTH HOUSES FRANKLY SHOULD HAVE HELD HEARINGS. WE SHOULD HAVE CALLED IN THE COUNTERTERRORISM EXPERTS. WE SHOULD HAVE CALLED IN THE LEGAL SCHOLARS. WE SHOULD HAVE CALLED IN THE STATUTORY SCHOLARS AND SAY, WHAT DOES THIS PROVISION MEAN? HOW SHOULD IT BE CHANGED? DOES THIS PROVISION CONTRADICT THAT PROSCRIGS? AND WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN AND DOES IT GO BEYOND EXISTING LAW AND IF SO HOW CAN WE CHANGE THAT? LEGISLATION LIKE THIS, THERE SHOULD BE HEARINGS AND TESTIMONY AND PROPER DEBATE AND CONSIDERATION. NOW, WE CAN STILL FIX THIS. IF WE DEFEAT THIS BILL NOW, WE CAN THEN TAKE THIS PROVISION OUT OF THE BILL, PASS THE BILL WITHOUT THIS PROVISION IN A COUPLE OF DAYS. WE'RE GOING TO BE HERE. THERE'S NO REASON WE SHOULDN'T DO THAT. AND THEN NEXT YEAR, WHICH IS ONLY A COUPLE WEEKS AWAY, GIVE PROPER CONSIDERATION TO THESE DETENTION PROVISIONS IF PEOPLE FELT A NEED TO PASS THEM. WE SHOULD NOT DO SUCH FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES ON THE FLY IN A CONFERENCE REPORT WITH ONE HOUR OF DEBATE, NO PROPER COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION, NO PUBLIC HEARINGS AND CONSIDERABLE DISAGREEMENT AMONG SCHOLARS AND JUDGES AND COUNTERTERRORISM EXPERTS AND MILITARY EXPERTS AS TO WHAT THIS LANGUAGE MEANS AND WHAT IT DOES. THE TRUE ANSWER IS THAT NOBODY ON THIS FLOOR CAN BE 100% CERTAIN WHAT THIS DOES, AND WHEN YOU'RE DEALING WITH OUR FUNDAMENTAL LIBERTIES THAT SHOULD SAY, DON'T PASS IT. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE BILL. WE CAN THEN TAKE THIS OUT OF THE BILL, TAKE THE BILL UP ON THE FLOOR AGAIN IN A COUPLE DAYS AND THAT'S THE SAFE WAY TO SAFEGUARD OUR LIBERTIES AND TO DO WHAT WE HAVE TO DO FOR OUR MILITARY SECURITY. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:19:29 PM

    MR. SMITH

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

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    MR. SMITH

    ME SAY WE HAD HEARINGS ON THIS. LAST FEBRUARY AND MARCH, WE HAD LANGUAGE…

    ME SAY WE HAD HEARINGS ON THIS. LAST FEBRUARY AND MARCH, WE HAD LANGUAGE IN OUR BILL WHICH WE PASSED IN MAY. THIS ISSUE HAS BEEN THOROUGHLY DEBATED. NOW, I HEARD A COUPLE OF TIMES THAT THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HAS NOT HEARD THIS ISSUE. THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR 10 YEARS UNDER BOTH DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN CONTROL. I DON'T KNOW WHY THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HAS NOT CHOSEN TO HAVE HEARINGS ON THIS ISSUE. BUT THAT'S HARDLY OUR FAULT. WE HAVE. WE'VE HAD ENDLESS DISCUSSIONS ON THIS. IT HAS IN FACT BEEN DEBATED. AND LET ME ALSO SAY THAT I AM VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THESE VERY ISSUES. ON OUR COMMITTEE I HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE STRONGEST VOICES OF CONCERN. I SUPPORT CLOSING GUANTANAMO. I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T. I THINK WE SHOULD HAVE ALL OF THE SUSPECTS HERE IN THE U.S., THAT WE SHOULD TRY THEM. I ALSO STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM HAS TO BE PART OF HOW WE COMBAT AL QAEDA. I HAVE HEARD THE ARGUMENT. PEOPLE SAY THIS IS A WAR, NOT A CRIMINAL MATTER. WHY ARE WE BOTHERING WITH THINGS LIKE ARTICLE 3 COURTS. I DISAGREE WITH THAT AND HAVE SPOKEN OUT PUBLICLY AND STRONGLY AND IN MANY CASES EVEN WHEN POPULAR SUPPORT HAVE BEEN ON OTHER ISSUES LIKE CLOSING GUANTANAMO. I CARE DEEPLY ABOUT IN ISSUE AND FROM THE VERY HARD FOUGHT TO PROTECT THE VERY THINGS THAT MR. NADLER IS REFERENCING. I FOUGHT HARD IN THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE TO MAKE SURE THEY WERE PROTECTED AND THEY WERE. NOW, THE ARGUMENT IS WE DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IT MEANS SO THEREFORE WE SHOULD DO NOTHING. IT IS VERY TRUE THAT LAW IS UNSETTLED. AGAIN, GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS BILL. THERE ARE COURT CASES ONGOING. THERE ARE HABEAS CASES ONGOING AND IT'S BEING INTERPRETED BY COURTS AND ALSO BY THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. LET ME MAKE IT ALSO CLEAR, THE JUDICIARY AND EXECUTIVE BRANCH, THEY WOULD ALWAYS RATHER WE DO NOTHING. THEY WOULD ALWAYS RATHER FORGET THAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE A CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT BUT WE ARE. AFTER 10 YEARS AND AFTER COUNTLESS HEARINGS, THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH SHOULD SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THIS, AND WHAT WE SAID, WE SAID VERY, VERY CAREFULLY TO SIMPLY CODIFY WHAT THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND THE JUDICIARY SAID ABOUT THE AUMF AND TO MAKE ABSOLUTELY CLEAR AND THIS LANGUAGE IS NOT AMBIGUOUS. THE MILITARY CUSTODY IN THE U.S. DOES NOT APPLY TO U.S. CITIZENS AND DOES NOT APPLY TO LAWFUL RESIDENT ALIENS. AGAIN, THE PROBLEMS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE, AND I SHARE WITH THEM, IS WITH EXISTING LAW, NOT WITH THIS BILL. DEFEAT THIS BILL AND IT WON'T CHANGE A PIECE OF THAT EXISTING LAW THAT WE'VE HEARD ABOUT THAT WE SHOULD ALL BE CONCERNED ABOUT. BUT DEFEAT THIS BILL AND IT WILL MAKE IT VERY DIFFICULT FOR OUR TROOPS TO GET THE SUPPORT THEY NEED. NOW, I'VE BEEN AROUND THIS PROCESS LONG ENOUGH TO KNOW, THERE AIN'T NO GUARANTEE OF FIXING ANYTHING. AND IF WE DEFEAT THIS BILL OUR TROOPS WILL BE LEFT TO WONDER IF THEY'RE GOING TO GET THAT PAY RAISE, IF THOSE MILITARY SUPPORT PROJECTS ARE GOING TO GET BUILT, IF OUR TROOPS ARE GOING TO GET THE SUPPORT THEY NEED. AND I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION. SO THERE IS A TON OF VERY, VERY GOOD STUFF IN THIS BILL THAT SUPPORTS OUR TROOPS, THAT ADDRESSES MEMBERS' CONCERNS ON ISSUES LIKE SEXUAL ASSAULT WITHIN THE MILITARY AND A WHOLE HOST OF OTHERS. WE NEED TO SUPPORT THIS BILL TO SUPPORT OUR BILLS. AND THE ISSUES THAT FOLKS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT ON DETENTION, AGAIN, THAT IS EXISTING LAW. WHETHER THIS BILL PASSES OR NOT, THOSE CONTROVERSIES WILL CONTINUE. THIS IS AN EXCELLENT PIECE OF LEGISLATION, WELL CRAFTED, WORKED HARD BY A LOT OF FOLKS. IT DESERVES AN OVERWHELMING YES VOTE. I URGE PASSAGE AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:23:11 PM

    MR. FORBES

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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  • 03:23:18 PM

    MR. FORBES

    THIS BILL AUTHORIZES A MODEST 1.6% PAY INCREASE, BUT IT NEVER CAN EXPRESS…

    THIS BILL AUTHORIZES A MODEST 1.6% PAY INCREASE, BUT IT NEVER CAN EXPRESS HOW TRULY GRATEFUL WE ARE AS A NATION FOR THE SERVICE AND SACRIFICE OF OUR ALL-VOLUNTEER FORCE AND THEIR FAMILIES. ADDITIONALLY, SOME VERY IMPORTANT PROVISIONS WERE INCLUDED TO ENSURE OUR INDUSTRIAL BASE MAINTAINS A CONSTANT WORKLOAD AND A FULLY EMPLOYED WORK FORCE. 14.9 BILLION DOLLARS WAS AUTHORIZED FOR U.S. NAVY SHIPBUILDING, A TOTAL OF 10 SHIPS WHICH INCLUDE TWO VIRGINIA-CLASS SUBMARINES. THE BILL ALSO EXTENDS THE MULTIYEAR FUNDING AUTHORITY FOR THE SECOND AND THIRD FOUR CLASS AIRCRAFT CARRIERS FOR FOUR TO FIVE YEARS OF INCREMENTAL FUNDING AUTHORITY. AMERICAN INGENUITY, CREATIVITY AND INITIATIVE ARE ALIVE AND WELL IN OUR SHIPYARDS THAT BUILD WAR SHIPS FOR THE UNITED STATES NAVY. SHIPBUILDING IS SUPPORTED THROUGH BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIES SPANNING 50 STATES AND DESIGNED AND ENGINEERED BY OUR GREATEST ASSET, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE AMERICAN AIRCRAFT CARRIER IS THE PINNACLE OF THIS INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING INGENUITY AND GENIUS. WHERE MECHANICAL, NUCLEAR, AEROSPACE FORM A MAGNIFICENT 100,000-TON, 1,092-FOOT LONG PIECE OF AMERICAN SOFERT THAT TRAVELS ANYWHERE, ANYTIME AROUND THE WORLD. ADDITIONALLY, THE BILL REINSTATES THE REQUIREMENT OF THE ANNUAL DELIVERY OF THE NAVY SHIPBUILDING PLAN, SLITFYING THE NEED FOR THE NAVY TO COMMUNICATE THEIR PLAN AS IT RELATES TO THE STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES OF THE UNITED STATES BALANCED AGAINST A VERY CHALLENGING BUDGETING ENVIRONMENT. I'M PLEASED THAT THIS LEGISLATION CAME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. IN TIMES OF AUSTERITY THEY REMAIN A PRIORITY AS DOES THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THIS NATION. TODAY, I STAND IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION AND ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE, AND I'D LIKE TO REFLECT THAT ALL 26 SENATE CONFEREES SIGNED THIS REPORT AND 29 OUT OF THE 32 CORPS HOUSE CONFEREES SIGNED AS WELL. THIS IS A SOLID PRODUCT, THOROUGHLY DEBATED AND DELIBERATED CONSIDERABLY. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. WITTMAN

    SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    TO STRENGTHEN IRAN SANCTIONS LAWS FOR THE PURPOSE OF COMPELLING IRAN TO…

    TO STRENGTHEN IRAN SANCTIONS LAWS FOR THE PURPOSE OF COMPELLING IRAN TO ABANDON PURSUIT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND OTHER THREATENING ACTIVITIES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 410, THE NAYS ARE 11. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 06:06:06 PM

    MR. FRANK

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PROCEED OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 06:06:14 PM

    MR. FRANK

    I DEEPLY APPRECIATE THE SOLICIT TUDE OF MY COLLEAGUES ON MY APPEARANCE. I…

    I DEEPLY APPRECIATE THE SOLICIT TUDE OF MY COLLEAGUES ON MY APPEARANCE. I WANT TO FIRST ASSURE THEM THAT THERE IS MUCH LESS HERE THAN MEETS THE EYE. I AM GOING TO EXPLAIN THIS BECAUSE AS MUCH AS I APPRECIATE THE SLISSTUDE, RESPONDING TO IT 400 TIMES WOULD SEEM TO BE A BIT EXCESSIVE. LITERALLY ADDING INSULT TO INJURY. SO, I JUST WANT TO EXPLAIN THAT I DISCOVERED A TORN LIGAMENT, WE'RE NOT EXACTLY SURE HOW IT HAPPENED. IT WAS EASILY REPAIRED TODAY. I AM WEARING THIS BECAUSE THE ARM WAS BLOCKED AND IS NOT MOBILE. IT IS SIMPLY TO PROTECT THE ARM AND, MADAM SPEAKER, I DO WANT TO ANTICIPATE ANY QUESTION, THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MY RETIREMENT. I DID NOT DISCOVER IT UNTIL AFTER MY RETIREMENT AND I WOULD JUST ADD THAT AT NO POINT DURING MY 31 YEARS HERE WAS THIS LIGAMENT EVER ESSENTIAL TO THE PERFORMANCE OF MY DUTIES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2105 AS AMENDED. ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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  • 06:07:33 PM

    THE CLERK

    TO PROVIDE FOR THE APPLICATION OF MEASURES TO FOREIGN PERSONS WHO TRANSFER…

    TO PROVIDE FOR THE APPLICATION OF MEASURES TO FOREIGN PERSONS WHO TRANSFER TO IRAN, NORTH KOREA, AND SYRIA CERTAIN GOODS, SERVICES OR TECHNOLOGY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 06:07:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR…

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

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  • 06:14:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 415, THE NAYS ARE TWO. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 415, THE NAYS ARE TWO. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE --

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  • 06:14:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 416, THE NAYS ARE TWO. 2/3 --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 417, THE NAYS ARE TWO. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 417, THE NAYS ARE TWO. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE -- THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED --

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  • 06:16:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS ARE 418 AND THE NAYS ARE 2. THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT…

    THE YEAS ARE 418 AND THE NAYS ARE 2. THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON SUSPENDING THE RULES AND PASSING H.R. 3421, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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  • 06:16:25 PM

    THE CLERK

    TO AWARD CONGRESSIONAL MEDALS IN HONOR OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PERISHED…

    TO AWARD CONGRESSIONAL MEDALS IN HONOR OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PERISHED AS A RESULT OF THE TERRORIST ATTACKS ON THE UNITED STATES ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001.

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  • 06:16:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL. SO MANY ARE IN FAVOR, SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 06:16:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [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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  • 06:23:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 416, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 BEING IN THE…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 416, THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION IS -- THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS ON SUSPENDING THE RULE AND PASSING H.R. 1264.

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  • 06:23:55 PM

    THE CLERK

    A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE PROPERTY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE AND…

    A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE PROPERTY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE AND THE BUILDING LOCATED AT 109 SOUTH HIGHLAND AVENUE IN JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI AND TO AUTHORIZE THE PLACEMENT OF IDENTIFICATION MARKER ON THE GROUNDS RECOGNIZING THE ACHIEVEMENTS AND PHILANTHROPY OF M.D. ANDERSON.

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  • 06:24:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS…

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 --

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  • 06:24:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS RISE?

  • 06:24:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 06:30:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 418, THE NAYS ARE ONE. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING…

    THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 418, THE NAYS ARE ONE. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1-C OF RULE 19, FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 1540 WILL NOW RESUME. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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  • 06:30:53 PM

    THE CLERK

    AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012 FOR MILITARY…

    AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012 FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES, OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND FOR DEFENSE ACTIVITIES, FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, TO DESCRIBE MILITARY PERSONNEL STRENGTH FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 06:31:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR SEATS. AND CLEAR THE…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR SEATS. AND CLEAR THE AISLES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:31:52 PM

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    IS THE GENTLEMAN --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSED TO THE CONCH REPORT?

  • 06:32:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN QUALIFIES. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

  • 06:32:04 PM

    THE CLERK

    MR. BISHOP OF GEORGIA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE CONFERENCE REPORT ON THE BILL,…

    MR. BISHOP OF GEORGIA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE CONFERENCE REPORT ON THE BILL, H.R. 1540, TO THE COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO THE MANAGERS ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE TO DISAGREE TO SECTION 715 REGARDING THE DETERMINATION OF WHETHER TRICARE NETWORK PROVIDERS ARE CONSIDERED SUBCONTRACTORS FOR PURPOSES OF THE FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATION OR ANY OTHER LAW. AND THE CONFERENCE SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE CONFERENCE.

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  • 06:32:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE MOTION IS NOT DEBATABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

    THE MOTION IS NOT DEBATABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 06:32:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE NOES HAVE IT. YES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A -- PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO FIVE MINUTES THE MINIMUM TIME FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE ON THE QUESTION OF ADOPTION OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT. THIS WILL BE A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.] NAYS ARE 234. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT --

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    THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [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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  • 06:56:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 283 AND THE NAYS ARE 136. THE CONFERENCE REPORT…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 283 AND THE NAYS ARE 136. THE CONFERENCE REPORT IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 06:57:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    DESK A CONCURRENT RECENT LUTION AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR ITS…

    DESK A CONCURRENT RECENT LUTION AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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  • 06:57:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

  • 06:57:40 PM

    THE CLERK

    CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES…

    CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO CORRECT THE ENROLLMENT OF THE BILL H.R. 1540.

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  • 06:57:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION?…

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

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  • 06:58:07 PM

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    A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR A CORRECTION IN THE ENROLLMENT OF…

    A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR A CORRECTION IN THE ENROLLMENT OF THE BILL H.R. 2845 AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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  • 06:58:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

  • 06:58:21 PM

    THE CLERK

    RESOLUTION 93, PROVIDING FOR A CORRECTION TO THE ENROLLMENT OF THE BILL…

    RESOLUTION 93, PROVIDING FOR A CORRECTION TO THE ENROLLMENT OF THE BILL H.R. 2845.

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  • 06:58:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION?…

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 06:59:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONEFURTHER PROCEEDINGS…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONEFURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED OR ON WHICH THE VOTE INCURS OBJECTION UNDER CLAUSE 6, RULE 20. RECORDED ET VOTES ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS WILL BE TAKEN LATER.

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  • 07:00:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 07:00:40 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 07:00:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 07:00:48 PM

    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 216, H.R. 443, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE CONVEYANCE OF CERTAIN…

    NUMBER 216, H.R. 443, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE CONVEYANCE OF CERTAIN PROPERTY FROM THE UNITED STATES TO THE MANIILAQ ASSOCIATION LOCATED IN KOTZEBUE, ALASKA.

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  • 07:01:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. HASTINGS, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. HASTINGS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS, MR. SABLAN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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  • 07:01:13 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

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

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

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  • 07:01:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. DO YOU PROPOSE TO PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED?

  • 07:01:37 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

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

  • 07:01:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 07:01:47 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    WITH THAT I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 07:01:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND ONE MOMENT, PLEASE. I'M SORRY, THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND ONE MOMENT, PLEASE. I'M SORRY, THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED. I APOLOGIZE.

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  • 07:02:10 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 443 IS SPONSORED BY OUR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 443 IS SPONSORED BY OUR COLLEAGUE FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG. THE LEGISLATION DIRECTS THE INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE TO TRANSFER THREE PARCELS OF FEDERAL -- FEDERAL LAND IN ALASKA IN THE MANIILAQ. THE ASSOCIATION IS A NONPROFIT ENTITY THAT RUNS FEDERAL INDIAN HEALTH SERVICES FOR NATIVE PEOPLE IN NORTHWEST ALASKA. THE PARCELS OF LAND SUBJECT TO THIS LEGISLATION WHICH TOTALS ABOUT 15 ACRES ARE CURRENTLY THE SIZE OF THE EXISTING NATIVE HEALTH FACILITY. AND THE PROPOSED LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES AND EMPLOYEE HOUSING. THE CLANS HAVE ALREADY BEEN CONVEYED BY THE SECRETARY TO THE ASSOCIATION THROUGH A QUIT CLAIM DEED. THE FEDERAL INDIAN HEALTH LAWS, HOWEVER, UNDER THESE LAWS, TRANSFERRING A LAND THROUGH THE USE OF A QUIT CLAIM DEED COULD PRESENT SOMES ON KLS TO THE FUTURE USE OF THE LAND BY THE FUTURE ASSOCIATION. H.R. 443 ADDRESSES THIS PROBLEM BY DIRECTING -- DIRECTING THE SECRETARY TO CONVEY THE PROPERTY THROUGH THE USE OF A WARNITY DEED. THIS PROVIDES CLEAN TITLE TO THE LAND. THE ADMINISTRATION TESTIFIED IN SUPPORT OF THE LAND TRANSFER AND WE HAVE HEARD NO OTHER OBJECTION TO THIS BILL. THE BILL WAS REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, THE CHAIRMAN THAT HAVE COMMITTEE, MR. UPTON, HAS KINDLY FOREGONE ACTION ON THE BILL IN THE INTEREST OF EXPEDITING ACTION ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AND I THANK HIM FOR HIS COOPERATION. AT THIS POINT, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCLUDE ON THE RECORD THE EXCHANGE OF LETTERS BETWEEN OUR COMMITTEES REGARDING THIS BILL.

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  • 07:03:50 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, I URGE THE HOUSE TO PASS THE BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I URGE THE HOUSE TO PASS THE BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:03:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE MARIANA…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE MARIANA ISLANDS.

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  • 07:04:02 PM

    MR. SABLAN

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

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

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  • 07:04:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SO ORDERED, WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. SABLAN

    I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN…

    I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 443. THIS BILL WOULD PROVIDE THE MANIILAQ ASSOCIATION WITH CLEAR TITLES TO LANDS PREVIOUSLY CONVEYED BY THE UNITED STATES. ELIMINATION OF THIS RESTRICTION WOULD ENABLE THE ASSOCIATION TO SUSTAIN LONG-TERM IMPROVEMENTS TO THE PROPERTY WITHOUT FEDERAL INVOLVEMENT. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:04:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE AUTHOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG.

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  • 07:04:52 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN HASTINGS…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN HASTINGS AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YOUR COOPERATION MOVING THIS BILL. AS YOU SAID, THIS IS A NONCONTROVERSIAL BILL, SOLVES THE PROBLEM MORE THE HEALTH PROVIDERS IN THAT AREA AND I URGE PASSAGE OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:05:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARIANAS ISLANDS.

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  • 07:05:22 PM

    MR. SABLAN

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS.

  • 07:05:27 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, I URGE SUPPORT OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I URGE SUPPORT OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:05:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON HAS YIELDED BACK. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON HAS YIELDED BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 443 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.

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  • 07:05:53 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

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

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

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  • 07:06:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 07:06:20 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2719.

  • 07:06:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 219, H.R. 2719, A BILL TO ENSURE PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE SUMMIT OF…

    NUMBER 219, H.R. 2719, A BILL TO ENSURE PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE SUMMIT OF RATTLESNAKE MOUNTAIN IN THE HANFORD REACH NATIONAL MONUMENT FOR EDUCATIONAL, RECREATIONAL, HISTORICAL, SCIENTIFIC, CULTURAL AND OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 07:06:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. HASTINGS, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. HASTINGS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE NORTHERN MARIANAS ISLANDS, MR. SABLAN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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  • 07:06:54 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

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

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

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  • 07:07:05 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

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

  • 07:07:10 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2719 DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR TO…

    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2719 DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR TO ENSURE PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE SIMILAR ITS OF RATTLESNAKE MOUNTAIN LOCATED ON THE HANFORD REACH NATIONAL MONUMENT IN MY DISTRICT. AT 3,600 FEET, RATTLESNAKE MOUNTAIN IS THE HIGHEST POINT IN THE REGION AND IT PROVIDES UNPARALLELED VIEWS FOR MILES AROUND THE MONUMENT OF THE HANFORD SITE, THE COLUMBIA RIVER AND THE SNAKE RIVER. UNFORTUNATELY IT TOOK THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE EIGHT YEARS TO WRITE A MANAGEMENT PLAN THAT EFFECTIVELY CLOSED RATTLESNAKE MOUNTAIN TO PUBLIC ACCESS, DESPITE THE PUBLIC COMMENTS FAVORING JUST THE OPPOSITE. AFTER I INTRODUCED THIS BILL LAST CONGRESS, THE FISH AND WILDLIFE IN OCTOBER 10 -- OCTOBER OF 2010, OFFERED TWO PUBLIC TOURS FOR SELECTED INDIVIDUALS AND THEN SUDDENLY RENEGED ON THE OFFER JUST DAYS BEFORE THE TOURS WERE TOO TO OCCUR WITHOUT -- WERE TO OCCUR WITHOUT ANY EXPLANATION. DURING A RECENT COMMITTEE HEARING ON THE BILL, THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT'S TESTIMONY SUGGESTED THAT THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE SUPPORTS TOURS OF RATTLESNAKE MOUNTAIN BUT VERY CAREFULLY DIDN'T GO THE EXTRA STEP OF ENSURING THAT THE SERVICE WOULD ALLOW PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE ACTUAL SUMMIT. ACCESS TO THE MOUNTAIN AND ACCESS TO THE SUMMIT ARE TWO ENTIRELY DIFFERENT MATTERS. TO PUT IT BLUNTLY, MR. SPEAKER, THE SERVICES HAD MORE THAN 10 YEARS AND THEY SAY IT WILL TAKE SEVERAL MORE BEFORE THEY CAN DETERMINE IF IT WILL ALLOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO HAVE ACCESS TO THIS PORTION OF THE MONUMENT. THAT IS WHY THIS BILL IS SO NECESSARY, TO GUARANTEE PUBLIC ACCESS BY LAW AND TO DO SO IN A VERY TIMELY MANNER. AND, MR. SPEAKER, I MIGHT ADD, THE TALLEST MOUNTAIN IN WASHINGTON STATE IS MOUNT RAINIER, 14,410 FEET. PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO THAT UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS. THIS IS A MOUNTAIN THAT HAS NO TREES, IS 3,600 FEET, THERE'S NO REASON WHY PEOPLE SHOULDN'T HAVE ACCESS. TO THAT EXTENT, THE LEGISLATION IS SUPPORTED BY THE TRICITIES DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, THE BOARD OF BENTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS IN WHICH RATTLESNAKE MOUNTAIN IS LOCATED, THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THE TRICITIES VISITOR AN CONVENTION BUREAU AND THE BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN OF WASHINGTON. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE TO HAVE ACCESS TO PUBLIC LANDS INCLUDING RAT AM SNAKE MOUNTAIN -- RATTLESNAKE MOUNTAIN AND I ASK THAT THE HOUSE PASS THIS REASONABLE LEGISLATION TODAY TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE. I NOTE THAT THE BILL WAS REPORTED BY THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT AND I APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT OF MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THIS MAJOR -- MEASURE. AND WITH THAT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:09:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTHERN MARIANNEANS --…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTHERN MARIANNEANS -- NORTHERN MAR YANA ISLANDS.

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  • 07:09:59 PM

    MR. SABLAN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2179, WHICH…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2179, WHICH WOULD REQUIRE THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE TO PROVIDE BOTH MOTORIZED AND NONMOTORIZED ACCESS TO THE SUMMIT OF RATTLESNAKE MOUNTAIN. THIS BILL WOULD ALLOW THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND OTHER INTERESTED PERSONS TO PROVIDE GUIDED TOURS TO THE SUMMIT OF THE MOUNTAIN AND TO MAINTAIN ACCESS ROADS TO THE SUMMIT. IN 2008 THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE COMPLETED A MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR THIS AREA AND DETERMINED THAT SERVICE TOURS AND HIKING TRAILS ARE APPROPRIATE AND COMPATIBLE USES OF THE AREA. IN OCTOBER AT THE HEARING ON H.R. 2719, THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE SUPPORTED THE BILL'S INTENT TO PROVIDE APPROPRIATE PUBLIC ACCESS ON RATTLESNAKE MOUNTAIN THAT GIVES DUE CONSIDERATION TO ALL STAKEHOLDERS INCLUDING THE TRIBE. I COMMEND CHAIRMAN HASTINGS FROM WASHINGTON FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:11:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY FRIENDS IF HE HAS ANY MORE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY FRIENDS IF HE HAS ANY MORE SPEAKERS. I HAVE NONE AND I'M PREPARED TO YIELD BACK IF HE IS.

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  • 07:11:17 PM

    MR. SABLAN

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:11:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND WITH…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:11:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. HASTINGS

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

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

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  • 07:12:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YES, SIR. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS…

    YES, SIR. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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  • 07:12:16 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 278 AS AMENDED.

  • 07:12:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    TO PROVIDE FOR THE EXCHANGE OF CERTAIN LAND LOCATED IN THE ERAP HOE…

    TO PROVIDE FOR THE EXCHANGE OF CERTAIN LAND LOCATED IN THE ERAP HOE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL FORESTS IN THE STATE OF COLORADO AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 07:12:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. HASTINGS, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. HASTINGS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE NORTHERN MARIANAS ISLANDS, MR. SABLAN, WILL EACH BE RECOGNIZED FOR 20 MINUTES.

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  • 07:12:49 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

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

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

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  • 07:12:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    S. 278 WILL EXCHANGE APPROXIMATELY FIVE ACRES OF LAND BETWEEN THE FOREST…

    S. 278 WILL EXCHANGE APPROXIMATELY FIVE ACRES OF LAND BETWEEN THE FOREST SERVICE AND THE SUGAR LOW FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT IN COLORADO. THE DISTRICT HAS OPERATED TWO FIRE STATIONS ON FOREST LAND SINCE 1967 BUT IT HAS BEEN UNABLE TO INSTALL SEPTIC SERVICES OR MAKE OTHER IMPROVEMENTS TO THE FIRE STATIONS SINCE IT IS -- IT DOES NOT OWN THE LAND. THIS BILL WOULD CORRECT THIS ISSUE BY CONVEYING THE LANDS TO THE DISTRICT IN EXCHANGE FOR AN INHOLDING IT CURRENTLY OWNS WITHIN THE NATIONAL FOREST AT NO COST TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES HAS ALREADY FAVORABLY REPORTED THE HOUSE VERSION OF THIS BILL, H.R. 643, AND IF WE PASS THIS BILL THE BILL WILL GO TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. SO WITH THAT I URGE ADOPTION OF THE MEASURE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:13:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTHERN MARIANNE ANNAPOLISES ISLANDS -- MARIANA ISLANDS.

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  • 07:14:03 PM

    MR. SABLAN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, SINCE 1967, THE FOREST SERVICE HAS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, SINCE 1967, THE FOREST SERVICE HAS ISSUED TWO SPECIAL USE PERMITS TO THE SUGAR LOW FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT TO OWN AND OPERATE TWO FIRE STATIONS ON NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM LAND. THE DISTRICT WOULD LIKE TO OWN THE PARCELS OF LAND ON WHICH THE FIRE STATION SIT IN ORDER TO BUILD AN AREA FOR FIREFIGHTER TRAINING AND BATHROOM FACILITIES. THE LAND EXCHANGE AUTHORIZED IN THIS LEGISLATION WILL ASSIST THE FIRE DISTRICT AT ITS MISSION AND IS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST. MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESSMAN SPONSORED THIS LEGISLATION. WE COMMEND CONGRESS POLIS FOR HIS WORK ON THIS BILL AND WE SUPPORT PASSAGE OF THIS MEASURE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:14:49 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE MY TIME.

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    MR. SABLAN

    I WISH TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE HOUSE SPONSOR OF…

    I WISH TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE HOUSE SPONSOR OF THIS MEASURE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS.

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  • 07:15:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. POLIS

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I RISE TODAY TO PROVIDE A DESCRIPTION AND SOME…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I RISE TODAY TO PROVIDE A DESCRIPTION AND SOME COLOR FOR THIS IMPORTANT BILL WHICH PASSED THIS BODY LAST SESSION IN THE 111TH CONGRESS WITHOUT ANY OBJECTION. BUT IT DID NOT MAKE IT THROUGH THE SENATE LAST SESSION. I'M PROUD TO SAY IT'S CLEARED THE SENATE NOW, THERE ARE SOME MINOR CHANGES TO COMPLY WITH HOUSE RULES THAT WILL BE SENT PACK TO THE SENATE. WE HOPE THAT EXPEDITIOUSLY WE CAN GET THE BILL TO PRESIDENT OPAW MA'S DESK. IT'S VERY SIMPLE AND NONCONTROVERSIAL WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH HERE. IT'S THE RESULT OF A LONGTIME EFFORT BY THE SUGARLOAF FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT IN COLORADO THIS FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT CAME TO NATIONAL NOTICE FOR THEIR HEROIC EFFORTS IN THE FOUR-MILE CANYON FIRE LAST YEAR WHICH REMARKABLY WHILE IT LED TO CONSIDERABLE PROPERTY DANIEL, LED TO NO LOSS OF LIFE, THANKS IN NO SMALL PART TO THEIR EFFORTS. SUGARLOAF FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT AND THE LOCAL GROUPS HAVE WORKED CLOSELY TOGETHER. THE VOLUNTEER FIRST RESPONDERS AT SUGARLOAF ARE KEY TO BOTH WILD LAND ANDRES. ENDRBLE FIRES AS WELL AS CAR ACCIDENTS AND HEALTH EMERGENCIES IN THE LANDS THEY SO CAPABLY SERVE. HOWEVER, UNTIL THIS BILL BECOMES LAW, THEY ARE UNABLE TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS TO THEIR FACILITY. THEY CAN'T EVEN ADD A HUTCH-NEEDED RESTROOM FACILITY SO THEIR VOLUNTEERS CAN HAVE THE SAME TYPE OF PLUMMING WE CAN EXPECT IN THIS DAY AND AGE. SINCE 1967, THE FIRE DISTRICT'S PHYSICAL HOME WAS ESTABLISHED IN AN EXISTING BUILDING THRU A SPECIAL USE PERMIT. THREE YEARS LATER, A SECOND BUILDING WAS BUILT THROUGH A SPECIAL USE PERMIT. THIS BILL WILL EXCHANGE A SMALL AMOUNT OF FEDERAL LAND ON WHICH THE FACILITIES EXIST WITH PRIVATE LAND PURCHASED BY THE FIRE DISTRICT FOR THIS TRANSFER, LAND BETTER SUITED FOR THE RECREATIONAL NEEDS FOR THE LOCAL PUBLIC LAND. IT'S A NET GAIN FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WILE THE FOREST SERVICE SPECIAL USE PERMITS HAVE BEEN GREATLY APPRECIATED, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THE FIRE DISTRICT HAVE THE AUTONOMY TO DIRECT ITS FUTURE, MODERNIZE ITS FA ILL SILL -- FACILITY, BUILD BASICS LIKE RUNNING WATER AND RESTROOMS. THEIR EXISTENCE ON PUBLIC LANDS HAS PREVENTED THEM MAKING THESE CHANGES. THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES HAVE GROWN CONSIDERABLY OVER THE PAST DECADES. VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND THOSE WHO SERVE THEM HAVE TAKEN ON ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES AS COMMUNITY MEETING CENTERS, MAKING IT EVEN MORE CRITICAL THAT WE UPDATE THEM TO FACILITATE THIS ROLE. I APPRECIATE REPRESENTATIVE HASTINGS' AND MARKEY'S EFFORTS. IN BILL HAS BEEN PASSED OUT OF BOTH CHAMBERS OF CONGRESS NOW BUT HASN'T MADE IT PAST THE FINISH LINE IN A SINGLE CONGRESS. IT BARELY RAN OUT OF TIME IN SENATE LAST YEAR. BY THE HOUSE AGREING TO TAKE UP THE SENATE BILL I'M HOPEFUL THAT THIS WILL BECOME LAW. I THANK CHAIRMAN HASTINGS AN RANKING MEMBER MARQUEE FOR BRINGING THE BILL TO THE FLOOR. I URGE A YES VOTE ON THIS MEASURE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:18:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUELT FROM WASHINGTON.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO, HE SAID THAT THE BILL PASSED THE HOUSE LAST YEAR…

    MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO, HE SAID THAT THE BILL PASSED THE HOUSE LAST YEAR AN THE SENATE DIDN'T ACT ON IT. I THINK IT'S A GOOD STRATEGY ON HIS PART TO TAKE THE SENATE BILL, NOW WE HAVE,ING OF, HAVE TO PERFECT IT BUT WE'LL SEND IT BACK AND MAYBE THIS WILL BE EASIER FOR THEM TO ACT, I CERTAINLY HOPE SO. WITH THAT, I URGE PASSAGE OF THE BILL AND ADVISE MY FRIEND I'M PREPARED TO YIELD BACK IF HE YIELDS BACK.

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  • 07:19:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS.

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    MR. SABLAN

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AN I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

  • 07:19:33 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    ADOPTION OF THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE BILL 278 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE PILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 07:19:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 07:20:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    8 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE…

    8 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS ON PASSING BILL H.R. 1668. -- 2668.

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  • 07:20:50 PM

    THE CLERK

    TO DESIGNATE THE STATION OF THE UNITED STATES BORDER PATROL LOCATED AT…

    TO DESIGNATE THE STATION OF THE UNITED STATES BORDER PATROL LOCATED AT 2131 SOUTH NIKO HIGHWAY AS THE BRIAN A. TERRY BORDER PATROL STATION.

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  • 07:21:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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  • 07:21:43 PM

    THE CLERK

    ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. DIAZ-BALART OF FLORIDA FOR TODAY AND THROUGH…

    ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. DIAZ-BALART OF FLORIDA FOR TODAY AND THROUGH FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16.

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  • 07:21:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED SPOIL OF JANUARY 6, 2011, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CARTER IS RECOGNIZED AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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  • 07:23:04 PM

    MR. CARTER

    SPEAKER, 13 ADULTS AND ONE UNBORN CHILD WERE KILLED AND 31 INDIVIDUALS…

    SPEAKER, 13 ADULTS AND ONE UNBORN CHILD WERE KILLED AND 31 INDIVIDUALS WOUNDED IN A SHOOTING ATTACK AT FORT HOOD, TEXAS, ON NOVEMBER 5, 2009. SINCE THAT TIME, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HAS TAKEN NO STEPS TOWARD COMBAT -- TO AWARD COMBAT BENEFITS OF THE CASUALTIES OR RECOGNIZED THE ATTACK AS A TERRORIST INCIDENT. THE HOUSE AND SENATE HAVE INCLUDED TWO REFORM MEASURES IN THE MDAA WHICH WE JUST PASSED AND ALL WHILE ADDITIONAL ATTACKS HAVE BEEN ATTEMPTED BY SIMILAR HIGH PROFILE RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISTS. IT IS PAST TIME FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO DELIVER ON THIS ACT. MR. SPEAKER, HERE WE ARE, ALMOST THREE YEARS LATER, I GUESS THREE YEARS LATER, AND THERE'S BEEN A RECENT REPORT THAT'S COME OUT AND IN THAT REPORT, IT REFERENCES THIS INCIDENT OF THIS SLAUGHTER OF AMERICAN TROOPS ON FORT HOOD SOIL IN TEXAS AND IT REFERENCES THAT IT SHALL BE TAKEN UP AS PART OF WORKPLACE VIOLENCE. OBAMA REGIME CALLS FORT HOOD SHOOTING WORKPLACE VIOLENCE. SURE IT'S WORKPLACE VIOLENCE. IT'S WHERE HE WORKS, IT'S VIOLENCE. BUT WE HAVE A CON SOACHT WHAT WORKPLACE VIOLENCE IS AND THE -- YOUR NORMAL WORKPLACE VIOLENCE IS NOT PRECEDED BY A SHOUT BY THE SHOOTER, GOD IS GREAT, IN THE ARABIC LANGUAGE. IT'S NOT PRECEDED BY DISCUSSIONS BY THE ALLEGED PERPETRATOR, AND IT'S ALLEGED BECAUSE HE HASN'T BEEN CONVICTED YET AND WE IN A FREE AMERICAN WORLD TAKE THE POSITION THAT ALL -- ALL -- ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY SO WE WILL CALL HIM THE ALLEGED SHOOTER, BUT THERE'S CLEAR EVIDENCE IN REPORTS BY THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT AND BY REPORTS BY THE NEWS MEDIA, REPORTS BY WITNESSES ON THE SCENE, REPORTED BY -- REPORTS BY HIS FELLOW SOLDIER RERKS PORTS BY FOLKS FROM WALTER REED HOSPITAL WHERE THIS AMERICAN-TRAINED, MILITARY TRAINED DOCTOR WORKED THAT HE HAD ADVOCATED THAT THE AMERICAN SOLDIER WAS WRONG AND THAT HE WAS CONTRARY AND HE SPOKE AND PREACHED ISLAMIC TERRORISM. SO YOUR NORMAL WORKPLACE VIOLENCE, THAT'S NOT A PART OF THE FACTOR. AND YET THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS CASE. SENATOR COLLINS ON WEDNESDAY BLASTED THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT AND BLESS HER FOR IT FOR CLASSIFYING THE FORT HOOD MASSACRE AS WORKPLACE VIOLENCE AND SUGGESTED POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IS BEING PLACED ABOVE THE SECURITY OF THE NATION'S ARMED FORCES AT HOME. NOW I'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS NOW SEASONS THE DAY AFTER THIS HAPPENED. WE CAN'T HAVE A WORLD WHERE POLITICAL CORRECTNESS FAILS TO DEFINE THE CRIMINAL ACT. BIES ITS -- BY ITS VERY NUDGE -- NATURE, WHETHER BY CRIMINAL RELLSES IN MILITARY LAW OR CRIMINAL ACTS IN SCREN, THEY HAVE TO HAVE -- WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO DEFINE THEM. JUST TO MAKE THE SYSTEM WORK. WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO DEFINE THEM BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, WE ARE -- WE HAVE A DUTY AND RESPONSIBILITY TO THE AMERICAN SOLDIER TO CALL AN EVENT WHAT IT IS AND NOT TRY TO PUT SMOKE SCREEN OVER IT OR CLOUD THE ISSUE OR IN ANY WAY WORRY ABOUT THE FEELINGS OF GROUPS THAT BECAUSE THE DEFINITION IS THE DEFINITION. THIS MAN IDENTIFIED HIMSELF THAT HE WAS COMMITTING THIS ACT IN THE NAME OF GOD IS GREAT IN ARABIC. HE ACKNOWLEDGED WHEN QUESTIONED THAT IT WAS PART OF HIS MISSION. HE ACKNOWLEDGED THAT HE HAD DEALT WITH TERRORIST SPOKESMEN IN THE PAST AND THAT THE CONCEPT CAME IF HIS INTERACTION WITH AL MALL KEY AND OTHERS, I THINK THAT'S THE GUY'S NAME, AND THIS GUY IS AN ISLAMIC TERRORIST. THERE'S NO OTHER WAY TO DESCRIBE THIS GENTLEMAN. BUT WE CONTINUE, NOW YEARS AFTER THE EVENT, AS HE SITS IN THE BELL COUNTY -- COUNTY JAIL IN BELTON, TEXAS, WE CONTINUE TO HAVE REPORTS COMING DOWN FROM OUR DEFENSE DEPARTMENT THAT THE FOLKS THAT ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR SOLDIERS AND RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE WHO DIED IN THIS INSTANCE, TO DOWN PLAY THIS TO BE TREATED AS AN INSTANCE OF WORKPLACE VIOLENCE, WITH ALL THE WHITE BREAD CONNOTATION THAT THAT HAS. AN IT'S JUST, TO ME, WE OUGHT TO BE ASHAMED OF OURSELVES. LET'S GET THE NEXT POSTER UP HERE. LET'S LOOK AT SOME OF THE EVIDENCE WE HAVE THAT CONNECTS -- MY BAD. THAT CONNECT THIS IS TO ISLAMIC TERRORISM. RECOGNIZING THE NOVEMBER 5, 2009, ATTACK ON FORT HOOD, TEXAS, AS AN ACT OF RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM AND JIHAD ANWR AL AWLAKI CONNECTION. MR. AL-AWLAK SIMBINGS NO LONGER WITH US BUT THE BOTTOM LINE WAS AT THE TIME THIS HAPPENED, THEY WERE DIRECTLY CONNECTED AND THIS MAN PREACHED, TAUGHT, ENCOURAGED VIOLENCE. ISLAMIC TERRORIST VIOLENCE. HASAN'S PRESENTATION TO THE D.O.D. ON JIHAD JUSTIFICATION. HE WOULD ARGUE WITH HIS FELLOW SOLDIERS ABOUT THE JUSTIFICATION FOR REASON FOR HAVING JIHAD AGAINST THE AMERICAN MILITARY. MR. HASAN WAS A MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY, HE WAS A MAJOR, HE HAD BEEN SERVING IN THE MEDICAL CORPS, HE WAS A DOCTOR, PSYCHOLOGIST, SCRIFT, HE WAS TRAINED -- PSYCHIATRIST, HE WAS TRAINED WITH AMERICAN TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND HE WAS PREACHING JIHAD TO SOLDIERS. AND THERE'S LOTS OF EVIDENCE. ONE OF THE BILLS -- ONE OF THE -- I HAD A BILL WHICH WAS INCLUDED IN THIS RECENT DEFENSE BILL WE JUST PASSED WHICH SAID THAT THIS GUY WAS TELLING PEOPLE THAT HE BELIEVES IN THIS KIND OF THING FROM MEDICAL SCHOOL. AND NOW HE'S A MAJOR SERVING AS A PSYCHIATRIST ADVISING OUR SOLDIERS. HASAN PURCHASED -- PURCHASE OF A -- AND PRACTICED WITH HIGH CAPACITY FIREARMS PRIOR TO THE ATTACK. HE WENT OUT AND BOUGHT FIREARMS, HE BOUGHT THEM AT A LOCAL GUN STORE. BOTH OF THE GUNS THAT WERE USED IN THE KILLING, ONE OF THEM A SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPON WITH A LARGE MAGAZINE CAPACITY. HE WENT OUT TO THE FIRING RANGE AND FAMILIARIZED HIMSELF WITH THESE WEAPONS PRIOR TO THIS INCIDENT. YOU CAN'T THINK OF THIS AS SOME GUY THAT GOES POSTAL ALL OF A SUDDEN. THIS GUY WAS PLANNING THIS WHOLE EVENT. HE SHOUTS, GOD IS GREAT, BEFORE HE STARTS SHOOTING. AND NOW THEY REFER TO IT IN THE CONTEXT OF THE BROADER THREAT OF WORKPLACE VIOLENCE. I THINK THERE'S A VERY GOOD ARGUMENT THAT THE EVIDENCE SHOWS, THIS WAS A PREMEDITATED ACT ON THE PART OF MAJOR HASAN. AND I BELIEVE WHEN THIS CASE FINALLY GETS TO TRIAL THAT THE EVIDENCE WILL BE OVERWHELMING THAT IT WAS PREMEDITATED. AT THE TIME OF THE EVENT, THE BASE COMMANDER AT FORT HOOD SAID THAT SOLDIERS WHO WITNESSED THE SHOOTING RAMPAGE THAT LEFT 13 PEOPLE DEAD REPORTED THAT THE GUNMAN SHOUTED, ALLAH AKBAR WHICH MEANS GOT IS GREAT, BEFORE OPENING FIRE AT THE TEXAS POST. THE MILITARY GENERAL TOLD NBC NEWS, ON FRIDAY, AFTER THE SHOOTING, THAT THE SUSPECTED SHOOTER, MAJOR NADAL HASAN, MADE THE COMMENT WHICH IS ARABIC FOR GOD IS GREAT BEFORE THE RAMPAGE AND SHOOTING ON THURSDAY. SO THE DAY AFTER IT WAS BEING REPORTED THAT HE DID THIS. AND YET THE INITIAL REPORT THAT CAME OUT FROM THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT TOOK THE POSITION THAT YOU NEVER EVEN HEARD THE MAN'S NAME DIDN'T EVEN APPEAR IN THE REPORT. THE RELATIONSHIP TO ANY ISLAMIC TERRORISM WAS NOT REFERENCED. AND WAS LIKE ANY MAJOR FROM ANY OUTFIT, JUST WANDERED IN AND STARTED SHOOTING SOLDIERS. AND LIKE HE WAS JUST HAVING A BAD DAY OR SOMETHING. AND NOW WE GET ANOTHER COMMENT SAYING, WE'RE GOING TO TREAT THIS IN THE BIGGER SCOPE OF WORKPLACE VIOLENCE. CERTAINLY, WE WANT TO PREVENT WORKPLACE VIOLENCE IN EVERY WORKPLACE. BUT THE CONNOTATION IS THAT THIS IS JUST SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS. AND IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED BECAUSE QUITE HONESTLY, SINCE THAT TIME OTHERS HAVE BEEN CAUGHT AND REPORTEDLY WERE ACTING, TRYING TO IMITATE THIS SHOOTER, MR. HASAN. WE INTRODUCED A BILL, THE FORT HOOD FAMILIES BENEFIT PROTECTION ACT. IT WOULD AWARD BOTH MILITARY AND CIVILIAN CASUALTIES OF THE FORT HOOD ATTACK WITH COMBAT STATUS TO ENSURE FULL BENEFITS AND ELIGIBILITY FOR THE PURPLE HEART AND OTHER AWARDS AN FOR THE CIVILIAN AWARD EQUIVALENTS, THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MEDAL, DEFENSE OF FREEDOM WHICH IS THE CIVILIAN EQUIVALENT. NOW WHY DID I ASK FOR THAT? BECAUSE WHEN THEY FLEW THE PLANE INTO THE PENTAGON ON 9/11, THEY WROTE, THIS IS WHAT WAS THE FINDING OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. THAT IT WAS AN ACT OF TERRORISM AND THEREFORE THEY SHOULD BE TREATED AS COMBAT CASUALTIES AND THOSE TWO MED AVELS WERE AWARD -- TWO MEDALS WERE AWARDED. THIS DIDN'T COME OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE FIRST TERRORIST ATTACK IN OUR COUNTRY. AND THE SECOND OR THIRD OR WHATEVER ATTACK THIS ONE WAS. WHEN THIS MAN WALKED INTO THAT ROOM, THERE ARE PEOPLE IN CIVILIAN GARB AND THERE WERE PEOPLE IN UNIFORM. HE WENT OUT OF HIS WAY TO SHOOT THE PEOPLE IN THE UNIFORMS. AND THE CIVILIANS THAT WERE INJURED WERE INJURED BECAUSE OF MISFIRE, MISDIRECTION, BUT HIS TARGET, AS HE WENT DOWN THAT LINE OF ALL THOSE SOLDIERS WHO WERE DOING NOTHING MORE THAN EITHER COMING BACK FROM BEING OFFPOST AND OUT OF THE COUNTRY OR WHEREVER THEY'D BEEN OR BEING PREPARED FOR THEIR NEXT DUTY STATION, WHEREVER THEY MAY BE GOING, IRAQ OR AFGHANISTAN, THEY WERE BEING PROCESSED AND THEN THIS BIG ROOM, HE WENT DOWN THE LINE, SHOOTING EVERYBODY IN UNIFORM. NOW, WHEN YOU ARE KILLING A COMBAT SOLDIERS, YOU'RE CRYING OUT SLOGANS OF THE JIHAD TERRORISTS, WHY WOULDN'T YOU THINK IT'S A TERRORIST ATTACK AND WHY SHOULDN'T THESE PEOPLE WHO DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BE TREATED LIKE THOSE AT THE PENTAGON WHO DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY? AND IN FACT, EXCEPT FOR WHAT WE WERE ABLE TO PUT TOGETHER IN CIRCLE EVIDENCE AFTER THE FACT, AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT WE HAD NO IDEA WHO FLEW THAT PLANE INTO THE PENTAGON. WE JUST HAD AN EDUCATED GUESS. AND THIS CASE, BEFORE THIS SHOOTING STARTED THE GUY IDENTIFIED HIMSELF IN WHAT HIS MISSION WAS. AND YET FOR SOME REASON IN THIS WORLD OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WE FEEL LIKE IT SEEMS TO BE -- SOMEONE HAS THE IDEA THAT THIS IS GOOD FOR THE MORALE OF OUR MILITARY SOLDIERS OR IT'S GOOD FOR SOMETHING, AS I THINK THE CHIEF OF STAFF SAID, IT WOULD HURT OUR ISLAMIC OUTREACH PROGRAM. WHETHER IT'S GOOD FOR THAT OR NOT, I HOLD NOTHING AGAINST THE ISLAMIC PEOPLE, NOR DOES ANYBODY IN FORT HOOD. BUT WE HOLD A LOT AGAINST ISLAMIC TERRORISTS THAT KILL SOLDIERS. AND WE SHOULD HAVE THE WHOLE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE -- THEY SHOULD HAVE THE GUTS TO STEP UP AND STAND UP FOR THESE SOLDIERS. I SEE MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, FORMER JUDGE LOUIE GOHMERT, HAS JOINED ME HERE. CONGRESSMAN GOHMERT, I'LL YIELD YOU SUCH TIME AS YOU MAY REQUIRE.

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  • 07:38:25 PM

    MR. CARTER

    HE WAS CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE ARMY.

  • 07:38:28 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE ARMY.

  • 07:38:30 PM

    MR. CARTER

    CORRECT. GOAL GO --

  • 07:38:32 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    AND THIS WAS A QUOTE THAT OBVIOUSLY HE AND THOSE HELPING HIM HAVE PREPARED…

    AND THIS WAS A QUOTE THAT OBVIOUSLY HE AND THOSE HELPING HIM HAVE PREPARED TO GIVE IN RESPONSE TO 14 PEOPLE BEING KILLED, WE KNOW ONE WAS AN UNBORN CHILD, ONE OF THE PEOPLE WAS A PREGNANT WOMAN, FEMALE SOLDIER. BUT HERE'S THE QUOTE THAT THEY HAD PREPARED AFTER 13 OF HIS SOLDIERS LAY EITHER DYING OR DEAD AT FORT HOOD. QUOTE, I'M CONCERNED THAT THIS INCREASED SPECULATION COULD CAUSE A BACKLASH AGAINST SOME OF OUR MUSLIM SOLDIERS. OUR DIVERSITY, NOT ONLY IN OUR ARMY, BUT IN OUR COUNTRY, IS A STRENGTH AND HAS AS HORRIFIC AS THIS STRATEGY WAS, IF OUR DIVERSITY BECOMES A CASUALTY I THINK THAT'S WORSE. THIS IS A GENERAL WHO IS CHARGED WITH LEADING SOLDIERS AND DIRECTING SOLDIERS IN WAR AND IN BATTLE WITH AN AVOID ENEMY. WELL, WE HAVE -- AVOWED ENEMY. WELL, WE HAVE AN ENEMY WHO HAS SWORN TO BE AT WAR WITH US. AND ONE OF THOSE ENEMIES WAS MAJOR HASAN AT FORT HOOD THAT WENT OFF IN A SHOOTING SPREE. NOW, UNFORTUNATELY OUR LEADERS DID NOT BOTHER TO MONITOR THE SECURITY OF OUR OWN SOLDIERS, SUCH THAT WHEN MAJOR HASAN MADE ACTUAL PRONOUNCEMENTS IN ADVANCE THAT HE COULD NOT BE DEPLOYED AND BE A MUSLIM BECAUSE IN HIS INTERPRETATION OF THE KORAN, THANKFULLY IT'S NOT ALL OF OUR MUSLIM SOLDIERS IN THE U.S. MILITARY THAT HAD THIS INTERPRETATION, BUT HIS INTERPRETATION WAS THAT HE COULD NOT BE DEPLOYED BECAUSE THAT MIGHT REQUIRE HIM TO KILL MUSLIMS IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY WITHOUT CAUSE AND UNDER THE BELIEFS OF SOME MUSLIMS LIKE MAJOR HASAN, IF HE WERE TO KILL A MUSLIM WITHOUT CAUSE, FOR EXAMPLE, IN HIS WAY OF THINKING IT IS APPROPRIATE CAUSE, SAY, IF A MUSLIM WERE TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN, THEN THAT IS A CAUSE IN HIS MIND WORTHY OF KILLING THE INDIVIDUAL IF THEY CREATED THIS HORRIBLE CRIME IN HIS MIND ACCORDING TO THE KORAN OF BECOMING A CHRISTIAN. THAT'S WORTH KILLING HIM FOR. BUT SINCE HE COULDN'T BE SURE THAT IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY, IN A BATTLE WITH MUSLIMS THAT HE MIGHT NOT BE REQUIRED TO SHOOT SOMEONE WHO HAD NOT COMMITTED A POSTSY, HAD NOT COMMITTED SOME ACT THAT JUSTIFIED MURDER UNDER THE KORAN, THEN HE COULD NOT BE DEPLOYED AND IF HE WERE DEPLOYED HE'D HAVE TO KILL AMERICAN SOLDIERS TO AVOID HAVING TO GO KILL SOLDIERS OVERSEAS. AND IT'S INTERESTING BECAUSE YOU WOULD THINK THAT THE MILITARY WOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS ISSUE AND THAT WE WOULD TRY TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS INCIDENT, AS HAPPENED AT FORT HOOD, WOULD NOT HAPPEN AGAIN. AND SO YOU WOULD THINK THAT WHEN THIS PRIVATE SHOWED UP ON AL JAZEERA IN UNIFORM AND TOLD AL JAZEERA BASICALLY THE SAME THINGS THAT MAJOR HASAN HAD, THAT PEOPLE LIKE GENERAL CASEY WOULD BE CONCERNED. BUT APPARENTLY HE WAS MORE CONCERNED ABOUT OUR DIVERSITY THAN HE WAS ABOUT THE LIVES OF HIS OWN SOLDIERS. AND SO WHEN YOU HAD THIS PRIVATE ON AL JAZEERA AND IT'S NOT HARD, YOU CAN GO ONLINE AND FIND THIS ON YOUTUBE, HIS INTERVIEW. HE SPOKE IN ENGLISH BUT AL JAZEERA, THE STORY WAS DONE ACTUALLY IN THE LANGUAGE THAT AL JAZEERA PREFERS AND IT'S NOT ENGLISH. HE EXPLAINED BASICALLY WHAT MAJOR HASAN DID. THAT HE COULD NOT BE, AS IT SAYS , AND THAT'S AN AL JAZEERA LINE THERE, I CAN'T BOTH DEPLOY AND BE A MUSLIM. AND WE HAVE THE TRANSCRIPT OF WHAT HE SAID, THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE STORY, BUT BY A CLISS HE WAS LETTING PEOPLE -- BUT BASICALLY HE WAS LETTING PEOPLE LIKE GENERAL CASEY WHO WOULD BOTHER TO WORRY ABOUT -- WELL NOT GENERAL CASEY BECAUSE HE'S WORRIED ABOUT DIVERSITY AND THE SAFETY OF HIS SOLDIERS IS SECONDARY TO THAT, BUT FOR THOSE WHO ARE CONCERNED, NUMBER ONE, ABOUT THE SAFETY OF THOSE IN THIS COUNTRY AND MAKING SURE THAT THEIR OWN SOLDIERS ARE TANTAMOUNT IN THEIR MINDS, THEY WOULD BE CONCERNED WHEN YOU HAVE ANOTHER SOLDIER SAYING THE SAME THINGS MAJOR HASAN DID BEFORE THE KILLING SPREE. SO, WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE IN OUR SPECIAL OPS, IN OUR MILITARY THAT NOTED THIS, THAT SAW THIS AND SAID, THIS IS A GUY WE BETTER WATCH. BUT BECAUSE THE PEOPLE AT THE TOP ARE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT DIVERSITY THAN THEY ARE ABOUT OUR SOLDIERS' SAFETY, I MEAN, IT'S BAD ENOUGH THAT THEY PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE, THEY'RE WILLING TO DO THAT IN COMBAT. BUT YOU WOULD THINK THAT THERE WOULD BE MORE CONCERN FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY AND THEIR OWN UNITS. NOTHING WAS DONE ABOUT THIS PRIVATE. AND DESPITE THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TRYING TO VILIFY GUN DEALERS WHO IT FORCED INTO MAKING SALES TO CRIMINALS WHO CARRIED GUNS ACROSS THE BORDER, AND DESPITE THE EFFORTS THAT WERE MADE TO MAYBE -- AND IN FACT THERE WERE EVEN NAMES WERE PRODUCED, PICTURES WERE PRODUCED OF GUN DEALERS OUT OF THE FAST AND FURIOUS THING. DESPITE THAT IT WAS ACTUALLY NOT GENERAL CASEY, NOT ONE OF HIS SBOORD NATS, ONE OF OUR OWN -- SUBORDINATE, NOT ONE OF OUR PEOPLE IN THE MILITARY THAT REPORTED THIS GUY. IT WAS -- NOTHING WAS DONE, EVEN THOUGH THEY KNEW HE WAS READY TO PULL A MAJOR HASAN, HE COULD NOT BE DEPLOYED, NOTHING WAS DONE. IT WAS NOT UNTIL HE WEAPON TO A GUN DEALER, THE GUN DEALER BECAME SUSPICIOUS, THE GUN DEALER REPORTED HIM, THANK GOD FOR AMERICANS. LIKE THAT GUN DEALER. WHO REALIZED, WE'VE GOT OUR OWN SOLDIERS' LIVES AT STAKE HERE. HE REPORTED HIM. AND THEN LOCALLY, HE WAS DEALT WITH AND INTERDICTION OCCURRED AND HE WAS NOT GIVEN THE CHANCE TO KILL THE SOLDIER HE IS WANTED TO, AGAIN, AT FORT HOOD. BECAUSE IF IT WEREN'T FOR THE GUN DEALER AND THOSE INTERVENING, NOT THE MILITARY, NOT OUR INTELLIGENCE, WHO SURELY MONITOR THE AL-JAZEERA AND SHOULD SURELY NOTE A SOLDIER IN UNIFORM WITH THE SCREAMING EAGLE PATCH ON HIS ARM, THAT THIS IS SOMETHING WE NEED TO WORRY ABOUT. BUT BECAUSE WE HAVE BECOME SO POLITICALLY CORRECT, TO THE DETRIMENT AND DEATH OF OUR OWN SOLDIERS, NOTHING WAS DONE, FROM INTELLIGENCE, FROM STATE, FROM JUSTICE, IT TOOK A LOCAL GUN DEALER TO PROTECT OUR SOLDIERS AT FORT HOOD. YOU WONDER HOW MANY MORE TIMES THIS IS GOING TO HAVE TO HAPPEN. THIS SOLDIER, YOU CAN GO ON FACEBOOK AND FIND THAT, HE NOTES HIS ACTIVITIES AND INTEREST, CARE THE COUNCIL OF AMERICAN -- CARE IS NAMED IN THE HOLYLAND FOUNDATION TRIAL, THERE WAS EVIDENCE PRODUCED TO SHOW THAT CARE WAS FUNDING TERRORISM. CARE, FUND --CARE FUNDING TERRORISM, PARTICIPATING IN THAT VENTURE WITH THE LOW HOLYLAND FOUNDATION, WHEN THEY REFUSED TO ELIMINATE CAIR'S NAME FROM THE PLEADINGS. HE IDENTIFIES THAT AS ONE OF HIS INTEREST AND ACTIVITIES AND OUR INTELLIGENCE, OUR MILITARY THEY DIDN'T PICK UP ON THAT. WHY? BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE POLITICALLY INCORRECT AND MIGHT HURT OUR DIVERSITY. WE'VE GOT OUTSTANDING MUSLIM SOLDIERS IN OUR MILITARY SERVING THAT LOVE AND CARE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY LIKE ALL OTHER SOLDIERS. BUT IT IS INSANE AND I BELIEVE A VIOLATION OF THE COMMITMENT AND OATH THAT EVERY OFFICER TAKES, LIKE I DID WHEN I WENT IN THE MILITARY, NOT TO KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN AND PROTECT THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE PUT TO YOUR SERVICE AS YOUR CHARGES. SO HERE HE IS, NASSER ABDO HE WENT ON AL-JAZEERA, HE MAKES IT CLEAR, HE MAY HAVE TO KILL AMERICAN SOLDIERS, HE CANNOT ALLOW HIMSELF TO BE DEPLOYED AS A MUSLIM. HE REQUESTED CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR STATUS AND ALL WE CAN DO IS THANK GOD FOR THE GUN DEALER THAT DID WHAT THE SUPERIORS SHOULD HAVE DONE IN THIS CASE. IT'S TIME TO END POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WHEN IT COSTS THE LIVES OF THOSE PROTECTING US. I YIELD BACK TO MY FRIEND.

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  • 07:49:20 PM

    MR. CARTER

    FOR YIELDING BACK. RECLAIMING MY TIME, WHEN YOU READ THE REPORT OPS MAJOR…

    FOR YIELDING BACK. RECLAIMING MY TIME, WHEN YOU READ THE REPORT OPS MAJOR HASAN, HE WAS ACTING ERRATICALLY IN THE MONTHS BEFORE THE ATTACK, HE PROMOTED RADICAL ISLAMIC VIEWS AT WALTER REED HOSPITAL, EXCHANGED EMAILS WITH A YEMEN CLERIC WITH TERRORIST TIES, ALL OF THOSE REFERENCES, PERTAIN ALSO TO THE SOLDIER YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT RIGHT THERE. IT'S ALL PART OF A NETWORK. NOW IS EVERY MUSLIM THAT'S INVOLVED IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY INVOLVED IN THIS? ABSOLUTELY NOT. I WENT TO THE NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER IN CALIFORNIA AND I MET LOYAL, TRULY LOYAL AND PATRIOTIC MUSLIM AMERICANS WHO ARE HELP OUR SOLDIERS UNDERSTAND THE NATURE, THE MORETS, THE LANGUAGE, THE CONCEPTS, EVERYTHING THAT THEY MIGHT BE FACING AS THEY INTERACT WITH MUSLIM CIVILIANS OVER IN IRAQ AND THEY DO IT IN CONSTRUCTIVE VILLE ANNALS, I MET A GUY, A FORMER CAB DRIVE FOR THE CHICAGO, HE SAID I'M NOW MAYOR OF THIS TOWN BECAUSE HE WAS PORTRAYING NEGOTIATING WITH A MAYOR AND CITY COUNCILMAN FOR OUR SOLDIERS AS THEY CAME INTA THE NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER. THESE PEOPLE ARE PATRIOTS. THEY'RE LIVING OUT IN THE DESERT TO HELP OUR SOLDIERS UNDERSTAND. I'M NOT ANTI- THOSE FOLK BUS YOU CAN'T HAVE A WORLD WHERE YOU REFUSE TO IDENTIFY EVIL. THIS IS WHAT YOU DO WHEN POLITICAL CORRECTNESS OVERCOMES THE TRUTH. JANET NAPOLITANO PERSONALLY TESTIFIED VIOLENT ISLAMIC TERRORISM WAS PART AND PARCEL OF THE FORT HOOD KILLINGS, HOMELAND SECURITY NAPOLITANO SAID ON FEBRUARY 24, 2010, ABOUT THREE MONTHS AFTER THE EVENT, FOUR MONTHS AFTER THE EVENT IN A SENATE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, SHE TESTIFIED, ACCURATELY, I WOULD -- AND I PRAISE HER FOR IT, THAT THIS WAS A TERRORIST ACT. AND YET, WE CONTINUE TO HAVE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE THE SOFT SOAPING OF THIS WHOLE ISSUE AND THE DISGUISING OF THIS WHOLE ISSUE AND NOW WITH THEIR STATEMENT THAT THEY'RE GOING TO DEAL WITH IT AS THEY WOULD DEAL WITH ANY WORKPLACE VIOLENCE. YOU KNOW, IT JUST NEVER STOPS. THE SHOE BOMBER, THE CHRISTMAS FOLLOWING THIS INCIDENT, THE SHOE BOMBER, WHO DID EXACTLY WHAT THE MAJOR DID, READING BACK WHAT THE PRESS REPORTED, ACTED ERRATICALLY BEFORE HIS ATTACK, PROMOTED RADICALLY ISLAMIC VIEWS, EXCHANGED EMAILS WITH AL-AWLIKI IN YEMEN, HE DID ALL THOSE THINGS, WHEN CAUGHT, HE REFERENCED MAJOR HASAN AS ONE OF HIS HEROES, HE GOT CAUGHT BEFORE HE BLEW UP AN AIRPLANE. PRAISE GOD. THANK GOODNESS. SO, YOU KNOW, FOR THE NOW ALMOST -- WELL, OVER THREE YEARS SINCE THE INCIDENT, THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT STILL TAKING THE POSITION THAT THIS SHOULD BE TREATED AS NORMAL WORK FORCE VIOLENCE OR SOMETHING TO THAT EFFECT.

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  • 07:52:52 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 07:52:56 PM

    MR. CARTER

    I THINK IT'S PARTICULARLY INTERESTING THAT THE DETERMINATION BY THE…

    I THINK IT'S PARTICULARLY INTERESTING THAT THE DETERMINATION BY THE MILITARY LEADERS CAME HERE IN DECEMBER. WE JUST OBSERVED, WASN'T A CELEBRATION, WE OBSERVED THE ANNIVERSARY OF PEARL HARBOR. AS MY FRIEND, AS YOU, JUDGE CARTER, POINTED OUT, NUMEROUS TIMES, THE VICTIMS OF THE 9/11 ATTACK ON THE PENTAGON HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED AS VICTIMS OF WARFARE. THEY WERE ATTACKED BY THE SAME -- BY PEOPLE OF THE SAME BELIEF AS IS MAJOR HASAN. THAT HE SECURES A PLACE IN PARADISE IF HE'S KILLED WHILE KILLING INFIDELS LIKE HIS SOLDIER FRIENDS. IN FACT, THOSE SOLDIERS THAT HE WAS ALSO HIRED TO COUNSEL AS A COUNSELOR AT FORT HOOD. A LOCAL IMAM FOR FORT HOOD. AND YET ONE CANNOT HELP BUT WONDER IF THESE SAME FOLKS WHO DECLARED THE DEATHS AT THE HANDS OF A MUSLIM EXTREMIST AT FORT HOOD IF THESE SAME PEOPLE IN CHARGE TODAY HAD BEEN IN CHARGE ON DECEMBER 7, 1941, THEN THERE IS NOTHING TO INDICATE THEIR REASONING WOULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT. ALL OF THOSE SOLDIERS KILLED AT PEARL HARBOR, THOSE ENTOMBED IN THE ARIZONA, THOSE KILLED IN THAT HORRIFIC SURPRISE ATTACK, ACTUALLY, THEY WERE AT THEIR DUTY STATIONS, THEY WERE AT WORK, AND SOMEONE CAME AND KILLED THEM. THEREFORE, APPARENTLY, UNDER THE REASONING AS APPLIED AT FORT HOOD THOSE KILLED AT PEARL HARBOR COULD ALSO BE CONSIDER AS HAVING BEEN KILLED IN WORKPLACE VIOLENCE. IT WAS VIOLENT, IT WAS THEIR WORKPLACE. THEREFORE, OUR MENTAL GENIUSES THAT DECIDED FORT HOOD WAS WORKPLACE VIOLENCE COULD SAY THAT ABILITY PEARL HARBOR. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:55:26 PM

    MR. CARTER

    DON'T YOU WONDER, HAVE WE CHANGED SO MUCH SINCE THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR…

    DON'T YOU WONDER, HAVE WE CHANGED SO MUCH SINCE THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR THAT WE DON'T RECOGNIZE AN ENEMY ATTACK ON US, AND WE JUST WANT TO STICK OUR HEAD IN THE SAND AND ACT LIKE IT DIDN'T HAPPEN? HERE'S AN INTEREST REGULAR PORT FROM "TIME" MAGAZINE. THEY'RE ASKING THE QUESTION, THEY SAY, THE U.S. MILITARY JUST RULED, THIS IS THAT FIRST REPORT. NOT ONCE MENTIONING MAJOR HASAN'S NAME OR DISCUSSING OR EVEN DISCUSSING WHETHER THE KILLINGS MAY HAVE HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH HIS MUSLIM FAITH. THE FORT IGNORES THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM. THAT'S WHAT I SAID. IT'S TRUE. IT DOES IGNORE THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM. IF BEFORE THE FIRST BULLET WAS FIRED, A MAN SHOUTS WHAT HE DID, THAT ELEPHANT IS IN THE ROOM. ALL THE COVERUP AND ALL THE WRITING OF REPORTS WITH REFERENCES TO TYPICAL WORK FORCE VIOLENCE OR STANDARD WORK FORCE VIOLENCE OR TREATED AS WORK FORCE VIOLENCE, IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. IT WAS ATTACK ON AMERICAN SOLDIERS IN UNIFORM. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:56:47 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    THANK YOU. WITH REGARD TO THAT VERY ISSUE, WE KNOW THAT IN THE 9/11…

    THANK YOU. WITH REGARD TO THAT VERY ISSUE, WE KNOW THAT IN THE 9/11 COMMISSION, THERE WERE HUNDREDS OF MENTIONS OF ISLAM, JIHAD, ALL THESE TYPE THINGS THAT WE KNOW WERE INVOLVED. AND AGAIN, WE THANK GOD THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF MUSLIMS LOVE THIS CUPRY LIKE WE DO, THEY'RE NOT ABOUT TO KILL CHRISTIANS, JEWS, BUT, THERE ARE THOSE IN THE RADICAL ELEMENT BELIEVE OTHERWISE, AND WE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO TALK ABOUT IT. WE NOW KNOW THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS SEEN TO SUCH A PURGING OF OUR TRAINING MATERIAL FOR DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, INTELLIGENCE, STATE, THAT IN THE CURRENT LEXICON FROM WHICH F.B.I., OUR INTELLIGENCE FOLKS ARE TRAINED, THERE ARE ZERO MENTIONS OF ISLAM, ZERO MENTIONS OF JIHAD, ZERO MENTION OF THE VERY THINGS THAT CREATED THE WORST ATTACK ON AMERICAN SOIL IN AMERICAN HISTORY. AS ONE OF OUR OWN OFFICERS TOLD ME, WE HAVE BEEN BLINDED IN THIS WAR WITH THOSE USING TERRORISM. WE'RE NOT ALLOWED TO SEE OUR ENEMY, WE'RE NOT ALLOWED TO DESCRIBE OUR ENEMY, WE'RE NOT ALLOWED TO TALK ABOUT WHO THE REAL ENEMY IS, WE'RE JUST EXPECTED TO PROTECT AMERICA WITH OUR EYES CLOSED AND OUR MOUTHS SHUT. THAT'S NO WAY TO PROTECT AMERICA. I YIELD BACK TO MY FRIEND.

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  • 07:58:39 PM

    MR. CARTER

    THIS EXHIBIT HERE IS FROM THE "SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE"," POLITICAL…

    THIS EXHIBIT HERE IS FROM THE "SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE"," POLITICAL CORRECTNESS ON FORT HOOD AT THE PENTAGON. POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IS ALIVE IN THE PENTAGON. WITNESS THE PROTECTING THE FORCE LESSONS FROM FORT HOOD. A DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE REPORT RELEASED LAST WEEK ON NOVEMBER 5, ON THE NOVEMBER 5 SHOOTING, IF THE REPORT'S PURPOSE WAS TO CRAFT LESSONS TO PREVENT FUTURE ATTACKS, HOW COULD THEY LEAVE OUT RADICAL ISLAM? IGNORING HASAN'S PRO-TERRORIST WEB POSTINGS, THE REPORT INSTEAD FOCUSING ON WORKPLACE VIOLENCE PROGRAMS TO PREVENT WORKPLACE VIOLENCE. SUCH AS THE POST OFFICE'S GOING POSTAL PROGRAM AND THE STRESS IMPOSED ON MILITARY HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS. THE WHOLE POINT OF THAT ARTICLE IS TO POINT OUT, I THINK THE IRONY OF WHAT WE'RE TEACHING OUR SOLDIERS TO PROTECT THEM FROM EVENTS LIKE THIS AND WHAT WE'RE EX-CLUTING FROM THE EVIDENCE. -- EXCLUDING FROM THE EVIDENCE. I THINK THAT'S BLATANTLY NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE SOLDIERS.

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  • 08:00:05 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 08:00:11 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    AN ARTICLE DATED -- IN "THE WASHINGTON TIMES" THAT SAYS ARMY WARNED ABOUT…

    AN ARTICLE DATED -- IN "THE WASHINGTON TIMES" THAT SAYS ARMY WARNED ABOUT JIHADDIST THREAT IN 2008. SAYS ALMOST TWO YEARS BEFORE THE DEADLY FORT HOOD SHOOTING BY RADICALIZED MUSLIM OFFICER, THE U.S. ARMY WAS EXPLICITLY WARNED THAT JIHADISM, ISLAMIC HOLY WAR WAS A SERIOUS PROBLEM AND THREAT TO PERSONNEL IN THE U.S., ACCORDING TO THE CONFERENCE. IT REFERENCES PATRICK POOLE, ARMY LIEUTENANT COLONEL JOE SIFF MYERS -- JOSEPH MYERS. IT SAYS THE SHOOTING AT A LITTLE ROCK SHOPPING CENTER AND A SHOOTING IN FORT HOOD, TEXAS, HAVE EXPOSED THE PROBLEM OF THE ARMY'S DEFICIENCIES IN UNDERSTANDING THE NATURE OF THE DOMESTIC ISLAMIC TERRORIST THREAT, MR. POOLE SAID. . DID THE ARMY MAKE ANY WARNING FROM THE 2008 CONFERENCE AND MAKE POLICIES TO COUNTER THE THREATS. THE ANSWER IS NO, MR. POOLE SAID. AND IT GOES ON TO DISCUSS THIS WHOLE PROBLEM AND MR. POOLE SAID, I NOTED BECAUSE OF OUR LACK OF UNDERSTANDING OF ISLAMIC DOCTRINES, ISLAMIC JIHAD AND THAT OUR COUNTERINTELLIGENCE FUNCTION IS BROKEN, OUTDATED AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY OFFICIALS, WE WERE GOING TO GET SOLDIERS KILLED IN AMERICA ON OUR OWN BASES FOR THAT PROFESSIONAL IGNORANCE. THIS IS THE KIND OF THING THAT SHOULD NOT BE HAPPENING. THIS ARTICLE IS IN 2010, BEFORE AT LEAST TWO OTHER INDIVIDUALS HAD GONE ON AL JAZEERA IN UNIFORM, BLASTING OUR MILITARY AND INDICATING THEY COULD NOT EVER BE DEPLOYED IN A MUSLIM AREA, AND IT'S ALSO WORTH NOTING THAT THE TERM ISLAMA DIDPHOBE THAT IS BEING GENERATED RIGHT NOW ACTUALLY ORIGINATED WITH THE ORGANIZATION OF O.I.C. THEY CAME UP WITH THE TERM, ISLAMAPHOBE AND ONGOING EFFORT TO BRAND ANYBODY WHO ATTEMPTS TO IDENTIFY THOSE BY THEIR BELIEFS WHO HAVE KILLED AMERICANS, TERRORIZING AMERICANS AS AN ISLAMAPHOBE. AND THERE ARE PLACES LIKE HARVARD WHERE A PROFESSOR FROM INDIA WROTE AN ARTICLE ABOUT THE ATTACKS GOING ON IN INDIA BY MUSLIM EXTREMISTS AND HOW THAT SHOULD BE DEALT WITH. HE WAS FIRED BECAUSE ISLAMIC ACTIVISTS AT HARVARD DO NOT BELIEVE WE SHOULD HAVE FREE SPEECH ANYMORE. AS I MENTIONED ON THIS FLOOR EARLIER THIS WEEK, ONE OF THE 2005, 10-YEAR GOALS OF THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD HERE IN AMERICA IS TO SUBVERT OUR CONSTITUTION TO SHARIA LAW BY 2015. AND THAT EFFORT IS ONGOING. AND WHEN THEY CONTINUE TO BRAND PROFESSORS, SOLDIERS, INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS AND WE NEED TO LAWS TO PREVENT PEOPLE FROM DESCRIBING RADICAL JIHADDISTS WHO WANT TO KILL OUR OWN AMERICAN PEOPLE, AS LONG AS THAT'S BEING DONE AND THAT'S BEING ALLOWED, THEN OUR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS ARE BEING SUBVERTED TO SHARIA LAW AND WELL ON OUR WAY TO THEM MEETING THEIR 2015 GOAL AS MORE AND MORE GOOD FOLKS HAVE BEEN WON OVER INTO THIS IDEA THAT WAS THOUGHT, THAT GEE, IF YOU SAY ANYTHING ABOUT RADICAL JIHADDISTS, RADICAL ISLAMICS, YOU ARE THE SICK ONE AND NEED TO BE STOPPED. THIS IS AN ONGOING EFFORT AROUND THE WORLD, AND WE CANNOT ALLOW IT TO OVERTAKE AMERICA. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE THOSE WONDERFUL PATRIOTIC MUSLIMS IN AMERICA FOR WHO THEY ARE AND WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE AND TALK ABOUT THOSE WHO WANT TO KILL US AND DESTROY OUR WAY OF LIFE FOR WHO THEY ARE. THEY ARE RADICAL ISLAMIC JIHADDISTS AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:05:02 PM

    MR. CARTER

    IN YOUR POSTER AND SHOWED US A PICTURE OF THE -- MR. ABDUL -- THE MAN WHO…

    IN YOUR POSTER AND SHOWED US A PICTURE OF THE -- MR. ABDUL -- THE MAN WHO WAS SAYING HE COULDN'T GO TO WAR. THAT WAS BACK IN -- WHAT YEAR WAS THAT -- MR.

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  • 08:05:27 PM

    MR. CARTER

    2011, AFTER THE WORKPLACE VIOLENCE -- I'M SORRY, THAT'S THE WRONG DATE.…

    2011, AFTER THE WORKPLACE VIOLENCE -- I'M SORRY, THAT'S THE WRONG DATE. JULY 28 OF 2011, ANOTHER SOLDIER MADE THE CLAIM THAT HE WAS -- AND THAT WAS ABDUL REFERENCED IN THIS STORY -- MORE AND MORE OF THESE FOLKS ARE STEPPING UP SAYING THEY CAN'T BE DEPLOYED BECAUSE THEY ARE MUSLIM AND CAN'T KILL MUSLIMS AND THEY REFERENCE HASAN, THIS MAN WHO IS SITTING IN THE JAIL AWAITING TRIAL PROBABLY THIS SPRING AND AS I UNDERSTAND IT, AWAITING TRIAL IN A DEATH PENALTY CASE, POTENTIAL DEATH PENALTY CASE. EVERYBODY KNEW WHAT IT WAS WHEN THEY ATTACKED THE PENTAGON. WHAT HAPPENED TO US THAT WE DECIDED WHEN THEY -- IN FRONT OF 50 WITNESSES, SOMEBODY SHOOTS A BUNCH OF PEOPLE, AND WE CAN'T RECOGNIZE WHAT THAT WAS. THIS WAS A SURPRISE ATTACK, LIKE PEARL HARBOR. THAT WAS A PREMEDITATED MURDER WITH MORE WITNESSES THAN YOU CAN PUT ON THE STAND. THIS ISN'T GOING TO BE A HARD CASE TO PROVE. FORTUNATELY, HE DIDN'T KILL EVERYBODY IN THE ROOM AND LEFT A LOT OF WITNESSES LEFT TO TESTIFY. HE IS LUCKY HE DIDN'T KILLED LIKE OUR TWO OFFICERS RESPONDED.

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  • 08:07:15 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    MY FRIEND, THE JUDGE INDICATES HE WAS LUCKY. UNFORTUNATELY IN HIS…

    MY FRIEND, THE JUDGE INDICATES HE WAS LUCKY. UNFORTUNATELY IN HIS PERVERTED WAY OF THINKING AND ALSO THE WAY OF THINKING THAT CONFOUNDED THOMAS JEFFERSON WHEN HE WAS NEGOTIATING WITH THE ISLAMIC PIRATES, HE BELIEVED HE WOULD HAVE GONE TO PARADISE AND HAVE DOZENS OF VIRGINS AT HIS DISPOSAL IF HE HAD BEEN KILLED. HE DOESN'T THINK OF HIMSELF AS LUCKY, NOR WOULD THOSE IN IRAN ONCE A NUCLEAR OR NUCLEAR WEAPONS ARE ASSUREDLY PROCURED BE ANY DIFFERENT. THEY WOULD BELIEVE THAT IF THEY WERE TO GO UP WITH A NUCLEAR WEAPON THAT THEY CARRIED IN TO SOME PLACE WHERE LOTS OF AMERICANS WERE OR ISRAELIS WERE, THEN THEY WOULD BE ASSURED OF INSTANTLY BEING TRANSPORTED TO PARADISE. SOME OF US HAVE A DIFFERENT VIEW OF WHAT THEY WOULD FIND WHEN THEY MEET THEIR MAKER AFTER THIS LIFE AND I THINK THEY ARE GOING TO BE TERRIBLY SURPRISED. BUT OUR JOB AND OUR OATH IS TO OUR CONSTITUTION. IT'S TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE AGAINST ALL ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC. AND WHEN SOMEONE PRESENTS THIS KIND OF DANGER TO OUR TROOPS, IT IS JUST UNCONSCIONABLE THAT OUR MILITARY LEADERS WOULD BECOME SOME POLITICALLY CORRECT AND SO MILITARILY NEUTERED THAT THEY WOULD NOT STAND UP FOR THEIR OWN TROOPS FOR THOSE WHOSE CARE HAS BEEN PUT UNDER THEIR SERVICE AND ATTENTION. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:09:16 PM

    MR. CARTER

    FOR YIELDING, MR. GOHMERT. LET ME READ TO YOU A RESOLUTION, H.RES. 845…

    FOR YIELDING, MR. GOHMERT. LET ME READ TO YOU A RESOLUTION, H.RES. 845 RECOGNIZING NOVEMBER 5, 2009, ATTACK ON FORT HOOD, TEXAS AS A ACT OF RADICAL TERRORISM AND JIHAD AND UNITED STATES ARMY MAJOR HASAN HAS COMMUNICATED ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS WITH RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISTS ON THE TOPIC OF JUSTIFYING JIHAD ON THE UNITED STATES AND ITS ARMED FORCES, WHEREAS MAJOR HASAN ADDRESS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PERSONNEL CONCERNING THE JUSTIFICATION OF JIHAD AGAINST THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES. WHEREAS MAJOR HASAN IS RECORD REPORTED TO HAVE TRAINED AND AN ATTACK AT FORT HOOD, TEXAS, WITH THE SPECIFIC INTENT TO KILL AND INJURY THOSE TROOPS BEFORE DEPLOYMENT TO OVERSEAS THEATERS OF WAR. WHEREAS MAJOR HASAN HAS DECLARED HIS ATTACK TO BE AN ACT OF JIHAD IN DEFENSE OF ISLAM SHOUTING GOD IS GREAT IN ARABIC WHILE GUNNING DOWN UNARMED PERSONNEL AND CIVILIANS. WHEREAS MAJOR HASN IS CHARGED WITH 13 MURDERS DURING THAT ATTACK AND MAZZ THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE SUBMITTED CORRESPONDENCE TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY WHICH REFERRED TO THE VIOLENT ISLAMIC STREAMIST ATTACK ON FORT HOOD, TEXAS IN THE CONTEXT OF A THREAT OF WORKPLACE VIOLENCE. NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES RECOGNIZES THE ATTACK ON FORT HOOD, TEXAS AS AN ACT OF RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM AND JIHAD AGAINST THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES. I HAVE SUBMITTED THIS TO THE HOUSE AND I'M GOING TO BE SEEKING SUPPORT FOR THIS RESOLUTION. I WONDER SOMETIMES WHAT OUR FOREFATHERS WOULD THINK OF HOW FAR WE HAVE GONE OUT OF KILTER IN RECOGNIZING WHO'S OUR FRIEND AND WHO'S OUR ENEMY, HOW WE ARE SO CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT THE SPEAK POLICE OR THE VOICE POLICE WOULD SAY TO US ABOUT SOME LANGUAGE WE USE THAT WE WOULD BE WILLING TO PUT THOSE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WEAR THE UNIFORM OF OUR ARMED SERVICES AT RISK RATHER THAN MAKE A STATEMENT THAT MIGHT OFFEND SOMEBODY. I THINK OF OUR GRANDPARENTS AND WOULD LOOK AT THIS COUNTRY AND SAY, WHAT HAPPENED? WHAT HAPPENED TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THAT I FOUGHT FOR IN WORLD WAR II OR KOREA OR VIETNAM? WHEN DID IT BECOME EVIL FOR AMERICANS TO SPEAK THE TRUTH? WHY WOULD PEOPLE WHO HAVE FOUR STARS ON THEIR SHOULDER AND WHO WE HIGHLY RESPECT AS LEADERS OF OUR ARMED SERVICES TOLERATE BEING INSTRUCTED TO END THIS CONCEPT OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS AND BE TREATING THIS AS IF THIS WERE AN ORDINARY INCIDENT OF WORK FORCE VIOLENCE? HOW DO YOU JUSTIFY THAT? WHERE'S THE COMMON SENSE IN THIS EFFORT? WE'RE WORRIED ABOUT HURTING OTHER PEOPLE'S FEELINGS AND OTHER PEOPLE ARE KILLING US. I MEAN, THIS DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE. AND MOST OF ALL, LET'S NOT FORGET -- BECAUSE I ATTENDED A FUNERAL OF ONE OF THE CIVILIANS. I HAVE MET WITH SOME OF THE WIVES AND CHILDREN OF THESE DEAD COMBAT SOLDIERS AND TALKED TO THE PARENTS WHO LOOKED ME IN THE EYE AND SAID, HOW DO I FIGURE THIS OUT? MY KID WAS THERE TO BE DEPLOYED FOR THE FOURTH TIME. HE STOOD IN HARM'S WAY FOR OUR COUNTRY THREE YEARS ALREADY. AND HE GOES OVER TO THE CENTER FOR A ROUTINE -- ROUTINE PAPERWORK AND GETS ATTACKED AND KILLED IN TEXAS, JUST RIGHT DOWN THE STREET FROM WHERE HE LIVES. AND HIS CHILDREN AND HIS WIFE ARE WITHOUT A BRAVE AMERICAN SOLDIER, WHO HAD PROVEN HIS WORTH IN COMBAT IN THREE DEPLOYMENTS ALREADY? THIS IS SOMETHING THAT A PARENT SAYS, HOW COULD ANYTHING LIKE THIS EVER HAPPEN? I MEAN, I KNOW TO BE PRAYING EVERY DAY FOR MY CHILD WHEN HE IS IN COMBAT. THIS IS THE PROFESSION HE HAS CHOSEN. I RESPECT IT. I FEAR FOR HIM AND I WORRY ABOUT HIM AND I WORRY ABOUT HE OR SHE, AND NOW, I GET THE WORD THAT MY SON IS KILLED DOWN THE STREET FROM HIS KID'S ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WHILE HE'S GOING THROUGH A ROUTINE OF FILLING OUT PAPERWORK IN THE ARMY. WHAT DO WE TELL THAT PARENT WHEN THEY FIND OUT THAT A REPORT HAS COME OUT FROM THE GOVERNMENT THAT SAID ROUTINE WORK FORCE VIOLENCE? COME ON. COME ON. WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS? I THINK IT'S JUST TRAGIC. AND YOU KNOW, WE JUST -- I INTRODUCED A BILL THAT JUST SAID, LOOK, ACKNOWLEDGE IT FOR WHAT IT IS. NOTHING WILL DISRESPECT THE PURPLE HEART OR OTHERS WHO ARE WOUNDED IN A COMBAT THEATER. TO JUST ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THESE INNOCENT PEOPLE WHO GOT ATTACKED ON THEIR WAY TO THEIR NEXT DEPLOYMENT OR ON THEIR WAY BACK ON OUR SOIL, ON OUR MILITARY BASE IN OUR STATE OF TEXAS, GIVE THEM THE RESPECT AND ACKNOWLEDGE THEY WERE PART OF THE WAR EFFORT, THAT THIS GUY SHOT HIM BECAUSE WE ARE AT WAR WITH TERRORISTS. GIVE THEM COMBAT CREDIT, GIVE THEM THE HONOR AND RESPECT THAT COMES FROM THAT. BUT WE AREN'T ABLE TO GET THAT DONE BUT WE'LL KEEP ON TRYING. . . I HAVE PEOPLE SAY, MY KID OUGHT TO GET A PURPLE HEART MY DAUGHTER OUGHT TO GET A PURPLE HEART FOR THE WOUND SHE RECEIVED, NOW SHE'S DEBILITATED, HAS TO GO OUT OF THE ARMY MY SON WHO IS GOING THROUGH CONSTANT THERAPY FOR HIS HEAD WOUND, HE OUGHT TO BE RECOGNIZED BY THE ARMY FOR WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM, THE REALITY OF WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM. SO WE WON'T MAKE THE EASY ACKNOWLEDGMENT THAT THESE FOLKS WERE IN COMBAT AND THE ONLY REASON THEY DIDN'T FIGHT THIS GUY IS BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT ARMED. AND THE REASON THEY WERE NOT ARMED IS BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T -- YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE ARMED ON POST. THIS GUY ATTACKS THEM. IF THEY'D BEEN ARMED, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN OVER FROM THE FIRST BULLET FIRED, THESE WERE COME PAT VETERANS. BUT NO. WE ARE VERY STRICT, WE'RE NOT GOING TO CHANGE DESIGNATION THE ARMY HAS OR THAT DESIGNATION THE ARMY HAS BUT WE AREN'T GOING TO CALL THIS GUY A TERRORIST, DON'T MENTION THE WORD ISLAMIC, DON'T RECOGNIZE HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH ISLAMIC TERRORISTS, IGNORE THAT EVIDENCE, IGNORE THE TESTIMONY OF 50-SOMETHING ODD WITNESSES AND CALL IT, TREAT IT WITHIN THE CONCEPT OF WORK FORCE VIOLENCE. WHAT DOES THAT SAY TO THE WIFE OR HUSBAND OF THE SOLDIER OR THE FATHER OR MOTHER OF THAT SOLDIER OR THE BROTHER AND SISTER OF THAT SOLDIER THAT WAS KILLED OR WOUNDED WITH A DEBILITATING WOUND, MANY OF WHICH ARE STILL STRUGGLING WITH THEIR WOUNDS, JUST LIKE THEY DO IN COMBAT. AND YET WE CONVENIENTLY DEFINE THINGS IN THAT SITUATION BUT REFUSE TO DEFINE THE ACT THAT CAUSED THE SITUATION. NOW THIS JUST IS NOT RIGHT. AND THAT'S WHY I'M VERY GRATEFUL MY FRIEND MR. GOHMERT AND I CAME DOWN HERE TO TALK ABOUT THIS. THIS IS ABOUT TRYING TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT. YOU KNOW, LET'S CALL IT LIKE WE SEE IT. AND LET'S DON'T THINK WE HAVE TO PROTECT ANYBODY. AND IT HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THE LUZZ HIM -- MUSLIM RELIGION. IF HE WAS A BAPTIST AND SHOUTING BAPTIST SLOGANS AN HIS REASON FOR SHOOTING SOMEBODY, WE OUGHT TO CALL HIM A BAPTIST. THIS IS A TRAGEDY. IT'S A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY. BECAUSE THESE WERE SOLDIERS ALL OF WHOM HAD BEEN WILLING TO GO IN HARM'S WAY ON BEHALF OF OUR COUNTRY AND MOST OF WHOM HAD GONE IN HARM'S WAY ON BEHALF OF OUR COUNTRY. AND SUFFER THROUGH THE THAT MISERABLE WEATHER AND THOSE DARK, LONELY NIGHTS AND ALL THE OTHER THINGS THAT SOLDIERS SUFFER THROUGH WHEN THEY'RE ADDRESSING TERRORISM AROUND THE WORLD. I SAY AROUND THE WORLD BECAUSE WE'VE GOT PLENTY OF PLACES WE'RE ADDRESSING TERRORISM, NOT JUST IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. AND TO HAVE US BE WILLING TO SOFT PEDAL WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM IS AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY. I'M GOING TO CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT IT. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME, I WILL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I THANK YOU.

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  • 08:20:17 PM

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  • 08:21:08 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    SPEAKER, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPOOK THIS EVENING, I'M JOINED…

    SPEAKER, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPOOK THIS EVENING, I'M JOINED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR, I WANT TO THANK OUR COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS FOR THE EXPLANATION HE GAVE ABOUT THE TRAGEDY AT FORT HOOD. IT WAS INDEED AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY AS ARE OTHER ACTS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST THIS COUNTRY BOTH WITHIN THE COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD. NO DOUBT THAT THERE IS RADICAL ISLAM NO DOUBT THAT IT IS KILLING NOT ONLY AMERICANS BUT OTHERS AROUND THE WORLD. AND IT IS PART OF OUR TASK TO FIND AN APPROPRIATE WAY TO DEAL WITH IT. IT'S ALSO PART OF OUR TASK TO APPROPRIATELY RECOGNIZE THE TREMENDOUS SACRIFICE MADE BY OUR SOLDIERS BOTH HERE, AS IN THE FORT HOOD INCIDENTERING AND CERTAINLY IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. TODAY MARKS A VERY, VERY SPECIAL DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY. IT IS THE END OF ONE OF THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAGEDIES AND THAT IS THE WAR IN IRAQ. NO MATTER HOW WE MAY THINK OF THIS TODAY, I THINK WE CAN BE VERY CONFIDENT THAT THIS WAR OF CHOICE WAS INDEED A VERY BAD CHOICE. MORE THAN 4,000 MESHES HAVE BEEN KILLED IN THIS WAR AND PERHAPS SEVERAL TIMES THAT NUMBER INJURED. PHYSICAL INJURIES, WE OFTEN SEE THEM JUST OFF THE FLOOR AS THESE MEN AND WOMEN RETURN FROM THEIR MEDICAL TREATMENT AT THE BETHESDA HOSPITALS AND WE MOURN THEIR PHYSICAL LOSS. THE MENTAL PROBLEMS THAT OUR VETERANS HAVE INCURRED AFTER MULTIPLE DEPLOYMENTS IN IRAQ WILL GO ON FOR YEARS AS WILL THE PHYSICAL INJURIES. POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS SYNDROME IS A MAJOR, MAJOR PROBLEM AMONG THE THOUSANDS OF VETERANS OR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF VETERANS THAT HAVE RETURNED. THESE ARE ISSUES THAT WE MUST DEAL WITH AND AS WE MARK TODAY, THE FINAL WITHDRAWAL OF AMERICAN TROOPS FROM IRAQ, OUR HEART, OUR COMPASSION, AND INDEED OUR ACTIONS GO OUT TO THOSE VETERANS WHO HAVE SERVED THIS NATION IN THIS WAR. WHATEVER WE MAY THINK OF THE WAR, WE MUST ALWAYS THINK WELL AND APPROPRIATELY OF THESE SOLDIERS, MEMBER AND WOMEN, MULL PL TOURS, NATIONAL GUARD, RESERVES, AN THE ACT I HAVE ARMY. AND NAVY AND AIR FORCE AND MARINES. ALL SERVING THIS COUNTRY. MANY THINGS HAVE HAPPENED HERE ON THE FLOOR TO DEAL WITH THOSE ISSUES THAT THEY HAVE INCURRED JUST TWO WEEKS AGO WE PASSED MAJOR PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT ARE A FOLLOWUP TO EARLIER PIECES OF LEGISLATION FOR THE VETERANS. THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS IN 2009 AND 2010 ENACTED THE MOST FAR-REACHED VETERANS BEP FITS SINCE THE END OF WORLD WAR II. A NEW G.I. BILL IS IN PLACE. JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND TRAINING ARE IN PLACE. ENHANCEMENT OF THE MEDICAL SERVICES THROUGH THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION AND MANY OTHERS THAT WERE CULMINATED LAST WEEK, WRONG WORD, NOT CULMINATE BUD ADDED TO LAST WEEK WITH LEGISLATION THAT PROVIDES A VERY STRONG INCENTIVE FOR EMPLOYERS TO HIRE UNEMPLOYED VETERANS. THE EMPLOYMENT RATE FOR -- THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR VETERANS IS GENERALLY TWICE AS HIGH AS THE AVERAGE AMERICAN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE. THOSE BENEFITS GO TO THE EMPLOYER, REDUCING THEIR TAXES BY $2,600 FOR EVERY VETERAN THEY HIRE. IF THEY HIRE A LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED VETERAN, IT'LL BE $5,600 AND IF IT HAPPENS TO BE ONE OF THE DISABLED VETERANS, PERHAPS ONE THAT WE OFTEN SEE OUTSIDE THIS CHAMBER, THEN IT'S $9,600 REDUCTION IN THE TAXES FOR IF -- FOR THAT EMPLOYER. WE HOPE EMPLOYERS ACROSS THIS NATION HEAR THIS AND REACH OUT TO THE VETERANS IN THEIR COMMUNITY AND GIVE THEM A JOB. THE REST OF THE TIME WE HAVE TONIGHT I'D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT JOBS FOR AMERICANS. AS MUCH AS WE MAY WANT TO THINK ABOUT THE WARS AND TODAY WE DID, WE PASSED THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT, WE HAVE TO ALSO THINK ABOUT AMERICANS HERE AT HOME THAT NEED A JOB. WE'VE BEEN WORKING FOR SOME TIME ON A PROGRAM THAT WE CALL MAKE IT IN AMERICA. A REBUILDING OF THE STRENGTH OF THE AMERICAN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY. OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS, WE HAVE SEEN A RAPID DECLINE IN THE MANUFACTURING BASE OF AMERICA, BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE THE MIDDLE CLASS FOUND ITS PLACE. THAT'S WHERE THE MIDDLE CLASS FOUND THEIR OPPORTUNITY TO USE THE SKILLS, WHATEVER TRAINING THEY MAY HAVE, WHATEVER EDUCATION THEY MAY HAVE, AND GET A GOOD, SOLID JOB THAT WOULD SUPPORT A FAMILY. 20 MILLION AMERICANS WERE EMPLOYED IN MANUFACTURING 20 YEARS AGO. TODAY, IT IS JUST OVER 11 MILLION. ALMOST A 50% DECLINE. WE CAN'T LET THIS CONTINUE. WE CANNOT ALLOW THE OUTSOURCING OF AMERICAN JOBS. WE HAVE TO BRING THOSE JOBS PACK HOME AND THERE ARE MANY WAYS WE CAN DO THAT AND OUR MAKE IT IN AMERICA AGENDA BY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HERE IN CONGRESS IS TAKING ROOT AND TONIGHT WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT MANY PARTS OF THAT. JOINING ME IS MARCY KAPTUR FROM OHIO, ONCE AND WILL BE THE HEART OF THE AMERICAN MANUFACTURING SECTOR. I KNOW YOU HAVE MANY PIECES OF LEGISLATION AND I KNOW YOUR INTENSE PASSION ON REBUILDING THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IN AMERICA. SO LET'S TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS GOING ON HERE IN CONGRESS AND WHAT WE CAN DO.

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  • 08:27:14 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN GARAMENDI FOR BRINGING US TOGETHER TO DISCUSS…

    I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN GARAMENDI FOR BRINGING US TOGETHER TO DISCUSS THE MOST PORN ISSUE ON THE MINDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, HEALING THE ECONOMY HERE AT HOME AN PRODUCING A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF JOBS TO EMPLOY ALL AMERICANS WHO WANT TO WORK. AND I JOIN THE CONGRESSMAN'S COMMENTS ABOUT OUR VETERANS, VETERANS WHO HAVE SERVED OUR COUNTRY SO BRAVELY, A GREAT SENSE OF SELF-SACRIFICE AND NATIONAL SACRIFICE. WE THANK THEM, PARTICULARLY DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, THEIR FAMILIES, THEIR CHILDREN, THEIR RELATIVES, THEIR FRIENDS, THEIR COMMUNITIES, ALL THEIR EMPLOYERS, ALL OF THOSE WHO UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS REQUIRES. AND I WANT TO JUST MENTION THAT IN CONNECTIONING OUR VETERANS COMING HOME TO THE EMPLOYMENT QUESTION, IT'S A VERY SERIOUS CHALLENGE WE FACE BECAUSE EVEN IN A STATE LIKE OHIO, CURRENTLY OF ALL THOSE WHO REMAIN UNEMPLOYED IN HIGHWAY, AND THERE ARE MANY, 52,000 ARE VETERANS. ALREADY. AND IT WAS CORRECT, I THINK, FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA IN GOING TO VISIT WITH OUR VETERANS AND ACTIVE MILITARY AT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON THAT ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT CAME UP REPEATEDLY WAS, WELL WORK OUR VETERANS COMING HOME, WHERE ARE THEY GOING TO WORK? WITH SO MANY UNEMPLOYED ALREADY . TO GIVE AN EXAMPLE, IN OHIO, AND MANY OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, FOR EVERY JOB THAT EXISTS, 100 PEOPLE APPLY. OR MORE. OR MORE. AND EVEN IF WE FILLED EVERY JOB THAT EXISTS, WE WOULD HAVE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS STILL OUT OF WORK. AND YET, WE HAVE HUGE UNMET NATIONAL NEEDS AND THAT'S WHERE MAKING DECISIONS HERE, BOTH ON THE TAX SIDE AND THE SPENDING SIDE, TO GET OUR ECONOMIC HOUSE IN ORDER, AND TO RAIN IN THE ABUSES IN THE FINANCIAL SECTOR ON WALL STREET THAT HAVE CAUSED SUCH DAMAGE HERE AND ABROAD ARE ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL FOR US TO DEAL WITH. AND TO KEEP THOSE AT THE TOP OF OUR PRIORITY LIST. I THINK CONGRESSMAN GARAMENDI AND I AGREE THAT SOME OF THE PARTISAN WRANGLING HERE IS NONPRODUCTIVE. IF YOU WANT TO PUT THE COUNTRY BACK TO WORK, THAT'S WHAT THE DEBATE SHOULD BE ABOUT. WE SHOULD HAVE JOB THERMOMETERS HERE SHOW HOW WELL WE'RE DOING AND HOW FAST WE ARE HELPING TO GROW THIS ECONOMY. SO AS WITH CONGRESSMAN GARAMENDI'S SUPPORT OF THE VETERANS TAX CREDIT FOR HIRING, I SUPPORT THAT AS WELL BUT IT'S NOT SUFFICIENT. IT'S NOT SUFFICIENT. BECAUSE AS I UNDERSTAND IT, THE TAX CREDIT WILL YIELD ABOUT 40,000 OPENINGS AROUND THE COUNTRY, 40,000 COMPANIES WILL HIRE MAYBE ONE WORKER OR HOWEVER IT WILL ULTIMATELY TRANSPYRE BUT WE HAVE A NEED TO RE-- TRANSPIRE BUT WE HAVE A NEED TO REINVEST IN AMERICA AND THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IN REINVESTMENT IS FOR OUR PANKS TO HAVE CONFIDENCE AND OUR PEOPLE TO HAVE CONFIDENCE THAT THERE'S GOING TO BE STABILITY IN OUR COMMAY, AND I THINK THE PARTISAN WRANGLING WORKS AGAINST THAT. WOULDN'T YOU AGREE, DODGEMAN?

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  • 08:30:50 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    IT REALLY DOES IF I MIGHT TAKE A MOMENT HERE. . LATER IN THIS DISCUSSION,…

    IT REALLY DOES IF I MIGHT TAKE A MOMENT HERE. . LATER IN THIS DISCUSSION, YOU WILL TAKE THIS UP IN MUCH MORE DETAIL, BUT IT'S VERY CLEAR THAT THE FINANCIAL SECTOR IN THEIR RUSH FOR PROFIT, CREATED THE HOUSING BUBBLE, DIDN'T DO IT BY THEMSELVES. THERE IS GREED ON THE PART OF CERTAIN PEOPLE WHO BOUGHT HOUSES AND THE REAL ESTATE PEOPLE WAS INVOLVED IN THAT, THE MORTGAGE COMMUNITY. HERE WE ARE AFTER BAILING OUT WALL STREET, WHAT IS WALL STREET DOING TO BAIL OUT MAIN STREET? NOT MUCH. NOT MUCH. I HEARD A DISCUSSION FROM A BANKER SAYING WE ARE MAKING ALL KINDS OF S.B.A. LOANS. THOSE ARE LOANS GUARANTEED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, BUT WHAT RISK ARE THEY TAKING? WE PASSED THE D.O.D.-FRANK LEGISLATION, WHICH WAS -- DODD-FRANK LEGISLATION, WHICH WAS DESIGNED TO RAPE IN WALL STREET. -- TO REIGN IN WALL STREET. AND SO THAT THE KIND OF PROBLEM THAT EXISTED IN 2000 WHERE THE BANKS WENT CRAZY IN GREED, CREATING THESE FAKE INSTRUMENTS. BUT NONETHELESS, DODD FRANK IS THERE. OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE REFUSING TO FUND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THAT PROGRAM, PUTTING ALL OF US AT RISK ONCE AGAIN. LET'S MOVE -- AND I WANT TO GO BACK TO THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AND SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT ARISE THERE AND PARTICULARLY THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN YOUR COMMUNITIES. NOW, WE HAVE TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAM, OTHERWISE, 3.3 MILLION AMERICANS ARE GOING TO LOSE THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE IN THE FIRST OF THE YEAR. AND WHERE YOU HAVE SUCH HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT AS YOU DO IN YOUR COMMUNITIES, WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO? HOW ARE THEY GOING TO FEED THEIR FAMILIES AND PAY THEIR MORTGAGES. AND WHEN YOU PROVIDE AN UNEMPLOYMENT CHECK, IT GOES INTO THE ECONOMY AND CREATES $1.6 FOR EVERY DOLLAR OF A CHECK. AND YOU HAVE TALKED TO ME ABOUT THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND THE WAY IN WHICH THE CESSATION OF THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WOULD DEVASTATE PEOPLE HERE AT HOLIDAY SEASON. SHARE WITH US WHAT YOU WERE SHARING EARLIER IN THE WEEK.

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  • 08:33:44 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    LOOKING FOR A JOB, A GIVEN JOB, MEANS 9 WON'T GET IT, AND THESE ARE PEOPLE…

    LOOKING FOR A JOB, A GIVEN JOB, MEANS 9 WON'T GET IT, AND THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO WORK, THEY HAVE A RECORD OF WORKING AND HAVE ACTUALLY COLLECTED THEIR BENEFITS AND PAID INTO THE INSURANCE FUND FOR UNEMPLOYMENT IN THEIR RESPECTIVE STATES, BUT WHEN THE ECONOMY DOESN'T RECOVER AS FAST AS IT MUST, WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THEY USE THEIR FIRST 26 WEEKS OF UNEMPLOYMENT, WHAT ARE THEY SUPPOSED TO DO? WHERE ARE THEY GOING TO WORK IN ORDER TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILIES? AND WE HAD, AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT BECAUSE OF THIS MASSIVE RECESSION THAT WE ARE DIGGING OUT OF. WE HAVE HAD TO EXTEND PEOPLE -- THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO WORK, WHO HAVE WORKED, WHO HAVE A WORKING RECORD AND THEY CONTINUE LOOKING FOR JOBS AND I CAN TELL YOU SOME OF THEM HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR JOBS FOR THREE AND FOUR YEARS. IT ISN'T THAT THEY DON'T WANT TO WORK, BUT IMAGINE -- AND HOW MANY PEOPLE I HAVE TALKED TO, THEY HAVE SENT OUT HUNDREDS OF RESUMES. THEY HAVE GONE DOOR TO DOOR LOOKING FOR WORK. THEY HAVE TRIED, AND YET, THE DOOR KEEPS GETTING SHUT IN THEIR FACE. AT SOME POINT, ANY HUMAN BEING BEGINS TO THINK, THERE MUST BE SOMETHING WRONG WITH ME. THERE MUST BE -- THAT I CAN'T OBTAIN WORK WHEN THEY HAVE A VERY GOOD RECORD. MANY OF THEM ARE DOING TWO AND THREE JOBS JUST TO BRING INCOME IN AND THEN THEY'RE TRYING TO LOOK FOR A FULL-TIME JOB. IT'S VERY DISRUPTIVE TO FAMILY LIFE. MANY OF THEM HAVE MOVED IN WITH THEIR RELATIVES NOW AND SHOULDN'T FEEL LIKE FAILURES. I SAID TO MY AUDIENCES BACK HOME, IT ISN'T YOUR FAULT. YOU DIDN'T DO THIS TO AMERICA. THE BIGGEST BANKS FAILED US AND FAILED OUR COUNTRY. THEY CREATED FALSE MONEY. MANY OF THEM BECAME SO RICH THAT NO NORMAL PERSON COULD IMAGINE WHAT THEY ARE FLOATING IN. BUT IT ISN'T THE FAULT OF THE ORDINARY WORKER. THEY SHOULDN'T TAKE IT OUT OR EAT THEMSELVES OUT IN SELF-AGONY.

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  • 08:36:02 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    IN MY DISTRICT IN CALIFORNIA. ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO DO…

    IN MY DISTRICT IN CALIFORNIA. ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO DO IS TAKE UP THE PRESIDENT'S CALL ON THIS MATTER. THE PRESIDENT, BACK IN SEPTEMBER, PUT FORTH THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT. MANY PIECES OF -- WE'LL TALK ABOUT SOME OF THOSE PIECES TODAY, IN THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT, THERE WAS AN EXTENSION OF THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE THAT ECONOMISTS, LEFT, RIGHT AND SEPTEMBERER, SAY IS THE BEST WAY TO STIMULATE AND KEEP THE ECONOMY MOVING AND HE SUGGESTED THAT WE DO -- THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN UNEMPLOYED FOR TWO YEARS OR MORE AND I THINK IT'S THE ONLY HUMANE AND COMPASSION NATURE THING TO DO PARTICULARLY HERE AT THE HOLIDAY SEASON. HE MADE A SUGGESTION THAT WE CONTINUE THE PAYROLL TAX REDUCTION, WHICH WAS 2%, THAT IS FROM 5 1/2% TO 3 1/2%. HE SUGGESTED IT GO DOWN TO -- THAT THE REDUCTION BE 3.1%. NOW WE ARE AS CONCERNED AS OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ABOUT THE DEFICIT, AND THE PRESIDENT IS, TOO. AND HE SUGGESTED THAT THIS NEEDS TO BE PAID FOR. WE CANNOT BORROW MONEY FROM CHINA TO DO THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE OR TO DO THE PAYROLL TAX DEDUCTION. THE PAYROLL TAX DEDUCTION, IT'S RATHER IMPORTANT. IT'S OVER $1,500 IN THE POCKET OF EVERY WORKING PERSON IN THIS NATION. THAT'S AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR A PERSON WHO IS EARNING $10, $20 AN HOUR. HOW IS HE GOING TO PAY FOR IT? HE SUGGESTED WE PAY FOR THIS IN WHAT IS CALLED TAX FAIRNESS, THAT WE TAKE THE UPPER INCOME, THOSE PEOPLE THAT HAVE EARNED $1 MILLION A YEAR OR MORE, AND INCREASE THE TAX THAT THEY PAY OVER $1 MILLION BY 3 1/2%,. NOT BET BE LOW BUT ABOVE. THESE FOLKS HAVE HAD AN ENORMOUS TAX REDUCTION OVER THE LAST DECADE, PART OF THE BUSH TAX CUTS. UNFORTUNATELY, THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN. AND YOU AND I HAVE BEEN HERE AND PERHAPS WE OUGHT TO SHARE WITH THE PUBLIC WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY WHEN A BILL CAME TO THE FLOOR TO PROVIDE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE EXTENSION AND A PAYROLL TAX DEDUCTION. IT WAS REALLY NOT A SHINING DAY FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. AND WE'RE GOING INTO SOME DETAIL HERE, BUT WHAT HAPPENED WAS, THE LEGISLATION PUT FORTH BY OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES BASICALLY SAID, OK, WE'LL CONTINUE THE PAYROLL TAX DEDUCTION, NOT AT .1%, BUT AT 2% REDUCTION, WHICH IS ABOUT $1,000 FOR AN AVERAGE WORKER AND THAT'S GOOD, CERTAINLY BETTER THAN NOT DOING ANYTHING, AND WE WILL ALSO DO THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, BUT ONLY FOR HALF THE TIME THAT THE PRESIDENT SUGGESTED. AND HERE'S THE KICKER, ALL OF THAT WILL NOT BE PAID BY THOSE WHO EARN MORE THAN $1 MILLION, THE MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES, THAT WILL BE PAID FOR BY THE MIDDLE CLASS. IT WAS THE 99 PERCENTERS WHO WERE GOING TO PAY FOR THIS. IT WAS THE GREAT SHELL GAME. AND A VERY, VERY SAD DAY. FORTUNATELY, THE PRESIDENT SAID I WILL VETO IF IT GETS TO MY DESK. AND THE SENATE SAID THIS IS NOT FAIR TO THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN OF AMERICA. WE WERE HERE AND SHARE WITH US SOME OF YOUR THOUGHTS THAT WENT ON YESTERDAY AND THAT RATHER SAD PIECE OF LEGISLATION.

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  • 08:40:10 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    A TEETER-TOTTER. AND EVERYBODY IN OUR COUNTRY KNOWS THAT WE ALL WILL HAVE…

    A TEETER-TOTTER. AND EVERYBODY IN OUR COUNTRY KNOWS THAT WE ALL WILL HAVE TO SACRIFICE TO PAY DOWN OUR LONG-TERM DEBT. AND WHEN WE MAKE PUBLIC DECISIONS, THAT WE HELP OUR ECONOMY GROW. EVERY BUSINESS THAT I GO INTO, THEY SAY, MARCY, BRING ME CUSTOMERS. BRING ME CUSTOMERS. THE ADVANTAGE OF HELPING THE MIDDLE CLASS, WHETHER THEY'RE OUT OF WORK AND THEY RECEIVE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS WHICH THEY HAVE EARNED, OR WHETHER IT IS ALLOWING AN INDIVIDUAL THROUGH A PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY TO HAVE A FEW EXTRA DOLLARS OF SPENDING MONEY, THAT IS GOING TO GO DIRECTLY INTO OUR ECONOMY. IT GOES TO EVERY SMALL BUSINESS, WHETHER IT'S TO BUY VEGETABLES AT THE CORNER STAND, WHETHER IT'S TO BUY GASOLINE FOR YOUR CAR, WHETHER IT'S TO BUY CLOTHING FOR YOUR CHILDREN. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT WHERE THOSE DOLLARS WILL GO, IT'S GOING TO GO TO ESSENTIALS, NOT -- IT WON'T BE WEASTED MONEY AND ALL OF HISTORY -- WASTED MONEY AND ALL OF HISTORY HAS SHOWN US THAT MIDDLE CLASS HAS NOT GONE UP. BUYING POWER HAS GONE DOWN AND PRICES ARE GOING UP. THEY ARE GUARDING EVERY PENNY. I HAD TO GO OUT AND BUY THROW RUGS THE OTHER DAY BECAUSE OF THE RAIN AND I COULDN'T BELIEVE THE PRICE OF THROW RUGS. I THOUGHT MY GOODNESS. I WENT TO TWO, THREE STORES AND I DON'T HAVE TIME TO DO THAT. BUT I WAS REACTING TO THE INCREASE IN PRICES. AND THE AVERAGE FAMILY HAS GREAT DIFFICULTY IN BUYING THOSE KINDS OF ITEMS FOR THOSE FEW HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS MEAN EVERYTHING AND THEY WILL USE IT TO IMPROVE THEIR HOME.

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  • 08:42:18 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    VERY IMPORTANT POINT ABOUT THE FATE OF THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS AND THE…

    VERY IMPORTANT POINT ABOUT THE FATE OF THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS AND THE EXTRAORDINARY BENEFIT THAT HAS GROWN TO THE TOP 1%. THIS IS WHERE THE 99% COMES IN. LET ME JUST SHOW YOU THIS CHART. IT'S BECOME ONE OF MY FAVORITES. AND THIS CHART IS ABOUT THE GROWTH OF INCOME. DOWN HERE IN THE BOTTOM ARE THE BOTTOM FOUR -- THE BOTTOM 99% OF AMERICANS AND THE INCOME THAT THEY HAVE SEEN OVER THE LAST -- SINCE 1979. VIRTUALLY NO REAL GROWTH IN THE INCOME OF THE MEN AND WOMEN, MIDDLE CLASS OF AMERICA. IF YOU LOOK AT THESE LINES, THIS IS THE TOP, THIS IS THE MIDDLE AND THE BOTTOM HERE. NO GROWTH, JUST A LITTLE TINY GROWTH. AND INCIDENTALLY, MOST OF THAT COMES BECAUSE BOTH THE HUSBAND AND WIFE ARE WORKING, NOT BECAUSE JUST ONE OF THE WAGE EARNERS HAS SEEN IT. THIS TOP LINE, THIS TOP LINE, MARCY, IS THE 1 PERCENTERS. WE CAN SEE OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS, THE ONE PERCENTERS HAVE DONE VERY NICELY. THEY ARE VERY PRODUCTIVE AND BEEN ABLE TO FIND GOOD OPPORTUNITIES AND MAKE THE MOST OF IT AND WE WOULDN'T DENY ANYBODY THAT OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME VERY, VERY WEALTHY IN AMERICA, IF THEY PLAY BY THE RULES AND I KNOW YOU ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT SOME THAT HAVE NOT PLAYED BY THE RULES AND BECOME EXTRAORDINARILY WEALTHY. BUT IF YOU PLAY BY THE RULES YOU OUGHT TO DO WELL. BUT WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE IS TAX FAIRNESS. A LOT OF THIS GROWTH RIGHT HERE IN THE LAST DECADE WAS A DIRECT RESULT OF TAX POLICY. GEORGE BUSH TAX CUTS FOR THE SUPERWEALTHY THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO CREATE JOBS, DIDN'T CREATE JOBS. IN FACT, WE HAD A LOSS OF EMPLOYMENT IN THE UNITED STATES. EVEN IF YOU DISCOUNT AND TAKE OUT THE GREAT CRASH OF 2007-2008 IN THE GEORGE BUSH ERA, THE ARGUMENT FOR REDUCING THE HIGH INCOME TAX RATE IS THAT IT WOULD CREATE JOBS, BECAUSE THESE WERE THE JOB CREATORS. DIDN'T CREATE JOBS. DID NOT CREATE JOBS. SO NOW WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HOW DO WE KEEP THIS ECONOMY GOING, HOW DO WE PROVIDE FOR THOSE THAT DON'T HAVE A JOB, HOW DO WE PUT MONEY BACK INTO THE ECONOMY. IT WILL BE SPENT. WELL, WE DO IT WITH TAX FAIRNESS AND THAT IS, AS THE PRESIDENT SUGGESTED, THAT FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO EARN MORE THAN $1 MILLION A YEAR, AFTER ALL THEIR DEDUCTIONS, THAT THAT AMOUNT OF INCOME ABOVE $1 MILLION WOULD BE TAXED AN ADDITIONAL 3.5%. . . THAT'S FAIR TO THE AMERICAN WORKERS. IS IF THEY ARE UNEMPLOYED OR LOOKING FOR A JOB, THEY'LL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY.

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  • 08:45:35 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    CONGRESSMAN GARAMENDI, I WAS THINKING AS YOU WERE TALKING, AT THAT CHART…

    CONGRESSMAN GARAMENDI, I WAS THINKING AS YOU WERE TALKING, AT THAT CHART THAT SHOWS THE FLATNESS OF INCOME GROWTH IN THE MIDDLE CLASS, AND THINKING ABOUT THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS OF OUR U.S. TRADE DEFICITS, THANK YOU SO MUCH, AND PROBABLY MOST AMERICANS DON'T REALIZE IT BUT ANNUALLY WE RACK UP ABOUT HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS, OVER $500 BILLION MORE IMPORTS COME INTG OUR COUNTRY THAN EXPORTS GOING OUT. AND IT HITS THE WORKING CLASS, THE MIDDLE CLASS OF PEOPLE VERY, VERY HARD BECAUSE IT SUBSTITUTES FOR THE INCOME THEY WOULD NORMALLY EARN IF THEY WERE MANUFACTURING IN THIS COUNTRY AS MANY CARS AS THEY USED TO AND THE -- WHAT WE SEE HAPPENING IS WE SEE A TIPPING TOWARD THE TOP, BUT REALLY ALL SECTORS ARE AFFECTED BY THE FACT THAT OUR TRADE DEFICIT LOPS OFF MOST OF THE G.D.P., THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT GROWTH, EVERY YEAR. A HALF TRILLION DOLLARS. BLEEDING OUT OF OUR ECONOMY. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR PURCHASES, OF EVERYTHING FROM ELECTRONICS TO ENERGY TO AUTOMOBILES, THAT SHOULD BE MADE INSIDE THIS COUNTRY. IT'S A HUGE DOWNDRAFT ON EVERY INCOME CAR TILE IN OUR COUNTRY. THUS YOUR EFFORTS TO PROMOTE AMERICAN MADE GOODS ARE RIGHT ON TARGET.

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  • 08:47:09 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    BEFORE WE GO BACK TO MACKIC -- TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA, WHICH IS OUR…

    BEFORE WE GO BACK TO MACKIC -- TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA, WHICH IS OUR PRINCIPAL POLICY AT LEAST AMONG THOSE TALKING ABOUT THE MAKE IT IN AMERICA AGENDA, I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THIS DEBATE OVER THE PAYROLL TAX DEDUCTION, OR REDUCTION, AND THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, IS NOT OVER. WE'VE GOT A LITTLE BIT OF TIME TO GET THIS DONE BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR WHEN ALL OF THESE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE TO CONTINUE TO SURVIVE TERMINATE. RIGHT NOW THE SENATE IS GOING TO TAKE UP THE HOUSE BILL AND IT'S OUR UNDERSTANDING THAT THAT BILL IS NOT GOING TO MOVE IN THE SENATE. WE NEED TO GET PAST THIS GAMESMANSHIP THAT WE SAW IN THE LEGISLATION THAT PASSED HERE JUST YESTERDAY AND GET SERIOUS ABOUT FINDING A COMPROMISE THAT CAN DEAL WITH THIS PROBLEM. HERE'S OUR WISH LIST. THIS IS THE AMERICAN WISH LIST, WE HAVE SANTA UP HERE, BUT LET'S JUST SAY IT'S TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, ALL OF US, AND TO THE SENATE. WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE IN THE STOCKING IS NOT A BAD PIECE OF -- LUMP OF COAL BUT RATHER A PAYROLL TAX CUT EXTENSION. AT LEAST -- AND WE COULD PROBABLY SETTLE FOR THE PRESENT. IF WE WANT TO COMPROMISE, WE WANTED 3% BUT WE COULD SETTLE FOR THE 2% REDUCTION. THAT'S $1,000 IN THE POCKET OF EVERY WORKING MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD, WELL, NOT CHILD, BUT EVERY MAN AND WOMAN IN THE STATE. THAT'S $160 -- THAT'S 160 MILLION PEOPLE. THAT'S AN ENORMOUS THING FOR US TO DO. SO THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS WE WISH WOULD HAPPEN THAT WE WOULD DO, YOUR REPRESENTATIVES, DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN ALIKE, AND THE SENATORS THAT WE WOULD DO THIS FOR THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN OF AMERICA. SO THEY CAN HAVE FOOD ON THEIR TABLE AND A ROOF OVER THEM. THE OTHER DEALS WITH THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. 5.7 MILLION PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE LOSING THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE IN THE COMING YEAR. WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE THEY GOING TO DO? THE JOBS ARE NOT THERE AS YOU SO CLEARLY POINT OUT, MS. KAPTUR. THE JOBS ARE NOT THERE. THEY NEED HELP AND THAT'S WHERE THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAM WILL HELP THEM AND SIMULTANEOUSLY HELP THE ECONOMY, AS MS. KAPTUR POINTED OUT. AND WE CAN PAY FOR THIS. WE CAN PAY FOR THIS WITH A FAIR TAX SYSTEM IN AMERICA.

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  • 08:49:52 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    COMMENT OBLIQUELY BASED ON WHAT YOU'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT BUT LOOKING AT…

    COMMENT OBLIQUELY BASED ON WHAT YOU'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT BUT LOOKING AT JOB CREATION IN A GIVEN REGIONISM LOOK AT THE REGIONS I'VE BEEN PRIVILEGED TO REPRESENT. WE HAVE MANY SMALL COMPANIES OR MEDIUM SIZED COMPANIES, I HAPPENED TO BE SPEAKING WITH ONE OF THEM, HERZEL, A MAJOR PRODUCER OF TOMATO PRODUCTS. I SAID, I WAS LOOKING FOR YOUR SPAGHETTI SAUCE IN A MAJOR FWROSERY STORE AND COULDN'T FIND IT. IT'S THE BOAST SPAGHETTI SAUCE I'VE EVER EATEN. THE OWNER OF THE COMPANY SAID YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND, MARCY. HE SAID, WE REALLY AREN'T ALLOWED ON THOSE SHELVES BECAUSE ONE OF THE BIG SPAGHETTI SAUCE MANUFACTURERS, I WON'T MENTION THE NAME, PAYS THE GROCERY STORE A FEE TO KEEP ALL NEW PRODUCTS OFF THEIR SHELVES. AND EVEN THOUGH HERZEL IS NOT A NEW PRODUCT, IT'S REGIONALLY BOUND AND THEY CAN'T GET ON THE SHELVES OF SUPERMARKS BECAUSE OF WHAT'S CALLED SLOTTING FEES.

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  • 08:51:01 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    WE SHOULD WORK TOGETHER, EXCUSE ME FOR INTERRUPTING BUT IN MY DISTRICT WE…

    WE SHOULD WORK TOGETHER, EXCUSE ME FOR INTERRUPTING BUT IN MY DISTRICT WE HAVE A RAVIOLI COMPANY. THEY MAKE, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT OUT OF THE WORLD. MAYBE YOUR SAUCE ON TOP OF THEIR RAVE YOEL LEES WE COULD GET ON THE SHELF.

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  • 08:51:18 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    THE LARGE OUTLETS THAT CONTROL RETAIL SALES IN OUR COUNTRY HURT…

    THE LARGE OUTLETS THAT CONTROL RETAIL SALES IN OUR COUNTRY HURT INNOVATION. WHAT THEY DO IS MAKE DEALS WITH SOME OF THE BIGGEST COMPANIES, ASK YOURSELF WHY WHEN YOU GO THROUGH SUPERMARKET AND YOU WANT TO FIND SODA POP, THEY CALL IT SODA POP IN SOME PLACE, THEY CALL IT, WHAT DO THEY CALL IN IT YOUR PART OF THE COUNTRY?

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  • 08:51:41 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    IF YOU TRY TO FIND DIFFERENT BRANDS, YOU'LL SEE CERTAIN BRANDS AT EYE…

    IF YOU TRY TO FIND DIFFERENT BRANDS, YOU'LL SEE CERTAIN BRANDS AT EYE LEVEL BECAUSE THEY PAY THOUSAND OF DOLLARS TO EACH GROCERY STORE TO PUT IT THERE. BUT IF YOU WANT LOCALLY BOTTLED SODA OR POP, YOU'RE LUCKY IF YOU CAN FIND IT ON THE BOTTOM SHELF AND YOU PROBABLY CAN'T. THEY HAVE GATE KEEPERS. THE PUBLIC IS LARGELY UNAWARE OF THIS LOCAL MEAT. I REPRESENT A REGION THAT'S BOTH URBAN AND RURAL. I LOVE IT, I'M PRIVILEGED TO REPRESENT IT. TRY TO GET LOCALLY PR DEUCED PORK ON THE SHELVES OF LARGE SUPERMARKET CHAINS. GOOD LUCK. YOU KNOW. THE SAME IS TRUE WITH VEGETABLES. WE COULD HAVE SO MUCH MORE INCOME GROWTH AND JOB GROWTH IN THIS COUNTRY IF WE WOULD HAVE SOME CONSCIOUSNESS BY THESE BIG RETAILERS AND BOX STORES TO GO LOCAL. WE GROW LOCAL, WE MAKE LOCAL BUT TO TRY TO MOVE TO IT SHELVES, IT'S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE.

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  • 08:52:41 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    FRIDAY, A WEEK AGO, ALL ABOUT THE BIG RETAILERS. BUT SMALL SATURDAY, NOW…

    FRIDAY, A WEEK AGO, ALL ABOUT THE BIG RETAILERS. BUT SMALL SATURDAY, NOW THAT WAS EXCITING. A LOT OF ADVERTISING OUT IN CALIFORNIA ABOUT GO TO YOUR LOCAL SHOP, BUY LOCAL, BUY SMALL. AND IT WAS JUST WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, THAT IS TO FIND A WAY TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITY, MOVING IN THIS CASE CUSTOMERS TO THE LOCAL STORES INSTEAD OF THE BIG BOX STORE, GO DOWN MAIN STREET, STOP AT THE LOCAL SHOP. THEY'RE VERY POWERFUL. I DON'T KNOW, I SUSPECT THAT MANY OF US DID THAT WE STOPPED A AT THE LOCAL STORE AND DIDN'T GO TO HOME DETEE POWE WE WENT DOWN TO THE ACE HARDWARE. MS. CAP

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  • 08:53:25 PM

    MS. CAP PURR

    PURR: THIS YEAR, I WENT TO CRAFT SHOWS, I BUY DOZENS A CONDITION DOZENS OF…

    PURR: THIS YEAR, I WENT TO CRAFT SHOWS, I BUY DOZENS A CONDITION DOZENS OF GIFTS, I FIND LOCALLY MADE ITEMS I KNOW THE MONEY GO INTO THE POCKETS OF LOCAL PEOPLE AND WHY -- THESE CRAFT SHOW, THEY HOLD THEM IN CHURCHES AND THEY HOLD THEM IN AUDITORIUMS AND -- WHY DON'T SOME BIG SHOPPING CENTER COMPLEXES INVITE THEM IN? WHAT'S THE PROBLEM WITH TRYING TO HELP LOCAL INNOVATION, LOCAL DEVELOPMENT? WE FIND SO MANY RESTRICTIONS THAT MAKE IT HARD, ONE OF THE REASONS WE CAN'T GROW JOBS FAST ENOUGH IS BECAUSE CERTAIN INTERESTS IN OUR SOCIETY HAVE SUCH A LOCK ON WHO CAN GET IN THE DOOR. THERE OUGHT TO BE A SECTION FOR LOCAL. WE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO PASS A FEDERAL LAW FOR THAT. PEOPLE -- WE SHOULD BE SMART ENOUGH OUT THERE TO DO IT, IT CREATES MORE CUSTOMERS, ALWAYS AROUND, AND A LOT OF US WANT TO SUPPORT LOCAL.

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  • 08:54:20 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    THINK WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A LAW OR NEW REGULATION, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT…

    THINK WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A LAW OR NEW REGULATION, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING WE OUGHT TO DO FOR OUR COMMUNITIES, RECOGNIZE THAT WE'RE ALL PART OF A COMMUNITY. YOU SAID SOMETHING A FEW MOMENTS AGO THAT CAUSED ME TO COME BACK TO THIS ISSUE YOU TALKED ABOUT THE TRADE DEFICIT AND THE WAY IN WHICH WE ARE LITERALLY EXPORTING OUR MONEY. WE'RE ALSO EXPORTING OUR JOBS. LAST DECEMBER, JUST A YEAR AGO, ON THIS FLOOR, WE TOOK UP A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT DEALT WITH THIS ISSUE AND IT -- IN THE PREVIOUS TAX CODE, THERE WERE TAX BREAKS GIVEN TO AMERICAN CORPORATIONS FOR SHIPPING JOBS OFFSHORE, FOR OFFSHORING AMERICAN JOBS, THEY GOT A TAX REDUCTION. AND SOME OF US SAID, WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THAT ALL ABOUT? WE SCRAMBLED AND TRIED TO FIGURE OUT WHERE THE CODES WERE AND A BILL CAME FORTH ON THE FLOOR THAT ELIMINATED ABOUT 2/3 OF THOSE TAX BREAKS GIVEN TO AMERICAN CORPORATIONS WHEN THEY OFFSHORE JOBS. VERY INTERESTING DIVISION OCCURRED HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE. IT WAS A STRAIGHT UP BILL, WASN'T COMPLEX, IT WAS ON THAT ISSUE. SHOULD AMERICAN CORPORATIONS CONTINUE TO RECEIVE A TAX BREAK FOR OFFSHORING JOBS. THAT WAS THE BILL. NO RIDERS, NO HIDDEN AYEN DAS, NO EXTRANEOUS SENTENCES PUT IN. THIS HOUSE DIVIDED RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE. THE DEMOCRATS VOTED TO END THE TAX CUTS, THE REPUBLICANS NOT ONE REPUBLICAN VOTED TO END THOSE TAX BREAKS GIVEN TO AMERICAN CORPORATIONS FOR OFFSHORING JOBS. I'M GOING -- I DON'T GET IT, GUYS. YOU TALK ABOUT JOBS ALL THE TIME, YOU TALK ABOUT SMALL BUSINESSES, AND HERE YOU WANT TO CONTINUE TO SUBSIDIZE THE OFFSHORING OF AMERICAN JOBS? WHAT'S THAT ALL ABOUT? WE NEVER GOT AN ANSWER. BUT IT SPEAK DIRECTLY TO THE POINT YOU WERE MAKING EARLIER ABOUT POLICY CHOICES. OUR WORK IS POLICY. POLICY CHOICES. ARE WE GOING TO DO THIS OR ARE WE GOING TO DO THAT? ARE WE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT AMERICAN CORPORATIONS FOR OFFSHORING JOBS, GIVING THEM OUR TAX DOLLARS? ARE WE GOING TO CONTINUE TO ALLOW THE OIL COMPANIES TO BE SUBSIDIZED? THE WEALTHIEST INDUSTRY IN THE WORLD TAKES ABOUT $15 BILLION A YEAR OF YOUR TAX MONEY AND WE GIVE IT TO THEM. THE OIL, THE GAS AND THE COAL INDUSTRIES. ABOUT $15 BILLION A YEAR IN TAX SUBSIDIES. WHY DO WE DO THAT? WHY DO WE DO THAT.

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  • 08:57:04 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    YOU RAISE A GOOD POINT, CONGRESSMAN. I WENT INTO ONE OF THESE DOLLAR…

    YOU RAISE A GOOD POINT, CONGRESSMAN. I WENT INTO ONE OF THESE DOLLAR STORES, I WENT -- WENT SAY WHICH ONE, I COULDN'T FIND A NONCHINESE MADE ITEM ON THE SHELF.

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  • 08:57:18 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    I'D LOVE TO GO INTO WAL-MART AND FIND MADE IN AMERICA. WOULDN'T THAT BE…

    I'D LOVE TO GO INTO WAL-MART AND FIND MADE IN AMERICA. WOULDN'T THAT BE SOMETHING?

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  • 08:57:24 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    CITY PLANNER BY TRAINING SO I LOOK AT THE SPACE IN THESE STORES AND I…

    CITY PLANNER BY TRAINING SO I LOOK AT THE SPACE IN THESE STORES AND I THOUGHT, I COULD DO THIS. I COULD CLEAR ONE OF THESE AISLES, I COULD CONSOLIDATE OVER THERE AND I COULD PROVIDE A PLACE FOR LOCALLY MADE ITEMS AND LET THE LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS COMPETE. BUT GIVE THEM A PLACE ON THE SHELF AND DON'T MAKE THEM PAY EXORBITANT FEES. IT DOESN'T TAKE AN ACT OF CONGRESS FOR BUSINESS INNOVATION IN BIG BOX STORES. MAYBE AMERICA IN SOME WAYS IS LOSING HER EDGE BECAUSE IF THE C.E.O.'S IN HARGE OF THESE RETAIL STORES CAN'T BE CREATIVE ENOUGH TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO HELP US ENCOURAGE INNOVATION AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, WHAT ARE THEY GETTING PAID SO MUCH FOR? I THINK OF ALL THE LOCAL FOOD PRODUCTS, ALL THE HANDMADE SWEATERS, ALL THE ART WORK, ALL THE POTTERY, THAT'S MADE LOCALLY, CAN'T GET TO SHELVES BECAUSE THEY KEEP THEM OUT. YOU KNOW, COME ON, MEN AND WOMEN OUT THERE IN THE RETAIL WORLD. SHOW A LITTLE CREATIVITY HERE. WE HAVE A LOT OF INNOVATION AT THE LOCAL LEVEL.

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  • 08:58:29 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    A LITTLE BIT OF PATRIOTISM.

  • 08:58:33 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    LITTLE BIT OF PATRIOTISM.

  • 08:58:37 PM

    MR. GIR MEN DEE

    ME GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE CAN DO WITH POLICY. WE HAVE A BUY…

    ME GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE CAN DO WITH POLICY. WE HAVE A BUY AMERICA POLICY THAT'S IN THE BEEN ENFORCED MUCH. I INTRODUCED A PIECE OF LEGISLATION, H.R. 613, THAT SIMPLY SAYS IF IT'S OUR TAX MONEY, AND WE PAY THIS EVERY TIME WE BUY A GALLON OF GAS LEAN OR GLAN OF DIESEL FUEL, WE PAY EITHER 18.5 CENTERS IN GASOLINE OR 26 CENTS FOR THE DIESEL FUEL IN TAXES, WHERE'S THE MONEY GOING? SOME OF IT, ALL TOO OFTEN, IN FACT A LOT OF IT, ALL TOO OFTEN, WINDS UP GOING OFFSHORE. GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE. THE OAKLAND-SAN FRANCISCO BAY BRIDGE A MULTIBILLION DOLLAR PROJECT, BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF STEEL GOING INTO THAT BRIDGE. IT'LL BE A BEAUTIFUL THING WHEN IT'S COMPLETED. THE BIDS FOR THAT CAME IN FOR AN AMERICAN MADE STEEL BRIDGE OR A CHI THESE MADE STEEL BRIDGE. -- A CHINESE MADE STEEL BRIDGE. A 10% DIFFERENCE IN COST. THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY. THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA BRIDGE AUTHORITY DECIDED TO TAKE THE 10% CHEAPER CHINESE STEEL. THE RESULT IS, AFTER YEARS, THAT THE STEEL HAD PROBLEMS, THE COST WENT WELL ABOVE 10% AND 3,000 JOBS WOUND UP IN CHINA AND ZERO JOBS WOUND UP IN AMERICA. SO WHAT THIS BILL DOES, IT SIMPLY SAYS NO MORE WAIVERS, NO MORE, IF IT'S AMERICAN MADE, IF IT'S AMERICAN TAX DOLLARS THAT ARE BEING USED, IT'S GOING TO BE USED TO BUY AMERICAN MADE EQUIPMENT. BUSES, TRAINS, AND THE STEEL AND CONCRETE. IT WORKS. IN THE STIMULUS BILL, WHICH ALL OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS WANT TO DISMISS, IN THE STIMULUS BILL THERE WAS ONE LINE FOR THE SEVERAL BILLION DOLLARS OF MONEY THAT WENT INTO TRANSIT THAT SAID, THAT MONEY CAN ONLY BE USED TO BUY AMERICAN MADE LIGHT RAIL, TRANSIT TRAINS AND LOCOMOTIVES FOR AM TRACK. SIEMENS OPENED A FACTORY IN SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA TO BUILD THOSE LIGHT RAIL CARS AND LOCOMOTIVES BECAUSE THE POLICY, DRAFTED HERE ON THIS FLOOR, PASSED BY THE SENATE AND SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT OBAMA, SAID THAT TAX MONEY CAN ONLY BE USED TO BUY AMERICAN MADE EQUIPMENT. AND IT CREATED HUNDREDS OF AMERICAN JOBS IN SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA. THIS BILL AND ANOTHER ONE LIKE IT THAT'S NOW BEEN INTRODUCED BY THE RANKING MEMBER, DEMOCRAT IN THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE, WILL BRING TENS OF THOUSANDS, INDEED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS, WHEN OUR TAX MONEY IS GOING TO BE USED TO BUY AMERICAN-MADE EQUIPMENT.

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  • 09:01:26 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    KNOW, I WANTED TO MENTION, AS YOU WERE TALKING, CONGRESSMAN GARAMENDI,…

    KNOW, I WANTED TO MENTION, AS YOU WERE TALKING, CONGRESSMAN GARAMENDI, THAT AS A RESULT OF THE REFINANCING OF THE U.S. AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY, IN NORTHERN OHIO, FROM CLEVELAND THROUGH LORRAINE, TOLEDO, DEFINES, THE WHOLE CORRIDOR, WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS A REINVESTMENT IN THE SUPPLIER CHAIN. THAT INCLUDES STEEL SUCH AS REPUBLIC STEEL.

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  • 09:01:54 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY?

  • 09:01:56 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    SUPPLY CHAIN IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY. PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE HOW MANY JOBS IN…

    SUPPLY CHAIN IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY. PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE HOW MANY JOBS IN AMERICA ARE CONNECTED TO THE AUTO INDUSTRY. YOUR STATE OF CALIFORNIA WHICH MANUFACTURES A LOT OF SEMICONDUCTORS, HALF OF THE SEMICONDUCTORS PROCURED IN THIS COUNTRY GO INTO THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY. IF YOU THINK ABOUT CARPETING, HALF OF THE CARPETING SOLD IN THIS COUNTRY GOES INTO AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTION. PLASTICS, GLASS, YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT'S REALLY IN THERE. AND AS A RESULT OF WHAT WE WERE ABLE TO DO HERE, WITH A LOT OF FLACK FROM ONE SIDE OF THE AISLE , THOUGH THERE WAS SOME SUPPORT, WAS TO REFINANCE THE U.S. AUTO INDUSTRY. WE JUST HAD AN ANNOUNCEMENT IN AVON LAKE THAT A TRUCK PLATFORM WILL BE COMING BACK TO US FROM MEXICO. AND SO THAT IS RETENTION OF JOBS IN AVON LAKE. IT IS PART OF THE REBIRTH OF AUTOMOTIVE AND TRUCK TRANSPORTATION ACROSS THE NORTH. WE'RE PRODUCING VEHICLES LIKE THE WRANGELER, ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR VEHICLES IN THE COUNTRY, OBVIOUSLY, AND THE NEW CRUISE, FOR GENERAL MOTORS. BUT ALL THE SUPPLIER CHANGE, REPUBLIC STEEL, THEY'RE PUTTING IN A NEWARK FURNACE, YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE RESTORATION OF PRODUCTION. IT'S COMING SLOWLY, BUT IT'S COMING. AND SO WE HAVE TO BE PROUD OF ACTIONS THAT WERE TAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES THROUGH THE ACTION OF CONGRESS AND BY THE PRESIDENT TO HELP SAVE ONE OF AMERICA'S INDUSTRIES THAT IS NOW PAID BACK ITS -- THAT HAS NOW REPAID BACK ITS LOANS AND IS REHIRING.

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  • 09:03:24 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    LET ME ADD TO THIS. THIS WAS A RESULT OF THE STIMULUS BILL THAT PUT THE…

    LET ME ADD TO THIS. THIS WAS A RESULT OF THE STIMULUS BILL THAT PUT THE MONEY THERE, IF NEED BE, TO REBUILD THE CERTAIN SECTORS OF AMERICA. PRESIDENT OBAMA COURAGEOUSLY AND WITH ENORMOUS OPPOSITION FROM REPUBLICANS SAID, I WILL NOT LET THE AMERICAN AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY DIE. THIS IS A FUNDAMENTAL INDUSTRY IN THE UNITED STATES, I WILL NOT LET IT DIE, AND SO HE AUTHORIZED THE MONEY THAT WENT TO BAIL OUT GENERAL MOTORS AND CHRYSLER. FORD DIDN'T TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT BECAUSE THEY HAD A DIFFERENT FINANCIAL SITUATION. BUT THE RESULT OF THAT IS PRECISELY WHAT YOU DESCRIBED, MS. KAPTUR. IT'S PRECISELY THE SAVING OF THE AMERICAN AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY AND ALL OF THE SUPPLY CHAIN THAT GOES WITH IT. A VERY COURAGEOUS ACTION BY THE PRESIDENT. ONE THAT WORKED. FOR THE BENEFIT OF AMERICA SO THAT WE CAN ONCE AGAIN MAKE IT IN AMERICA. I KNOW THAT -- I'M GOING TO WRAP THIS UP VERY QUICKLY BECAUSE I KNOW YOU HAVE ANOTHER THING -- COUPLE OF OTHER THINGS YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT WITH REGARD TO WALL STREET AND I REALLY WANT YOU TO HAVE THE TIME TO DO THAT. AND I THINK WE'VE GOT ABOUT 15 MINUTES? 17. GOOD. I GUESS -- THAT GIVES ME TWO MINUTES TO WRAP UP.

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  • 09:04:43 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    TO ADD ONE ITEM THOUGH.

  • 09:04:45 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    CAN GO A LITTLE LONGER. BUT WHY DON'T YOU GO AHEAD AND TAKE YOURS AND THEN…

    CAN GO A LITTLE LONGER. BUT WHY DON'T YOU GO AHEAD AND TAKE YOURS AND THEN I'LL WRAP AT THE END.

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  • 09:04:50 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    PERFECT. I JUST WANTED TO SAY A DEEP THANKS TO CONGRESSMAN GARAMENDI FOR…

    PERFECT. I JUST WANTED TO SAY A DEEP THANKS TO CONGRESSMAN GARAMENDI FOR BRINGING US TOGETHER TONIGHT AND I WANTED TO SAY AS A MEMBER OF THE CHINA COMMISSION, WE HAD TESTIMONY YESTERDAY FROM VARIOUS WITNESSES ON THE ECONOMY, ON THE LEGAL STRUCTURE OF CHINA, ON DEMOCRACY AND THE LACK THEREOF IN THAT COUNTRY. AND ONE OF THE POINTS THAT WE DISCUSSED WAS HOW CLOSED THE CHINESE MARKET IS TO PRODUCTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. MUCH LIKE JAPAN, MUCH LIKE KOREA . YOU LOOK AT SINGAPORE, MANY OF THE ASIAN NATIONS KEEP OUR PRODUCTS OUT. AND WE'RE ASKING AMERICAN COMPANIES TO TRY TO COMPETE IN A SITUATION WHERE OUR MARKET IS OPEN AND THEIR MARKET IS CLOSED. SO WE CAN'T GET ACCESS TO THOSE CUSTOMERS. AND ONE OF THE POINTS THAT WAS BROUGHT UP BY ONE OF THE TOP ECONOMISTS THAT TESTIFIED BEFORE THE CHINA COMMISSION WAS THE FACT THAT THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT BACKS THOSE COMPANIES, REALLY THE GOVERNMENT OWNS THE COMPANIES, AND THEY INFUSE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. SO THINK ABOUT THIS. THE WORKERS AND COMPANIES OF NORTHERN OHIO AND THE U.S. AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY IS TRYING TO COMPETE IN A GLOBAL MARKET WHERE SOME OF THE MAJOR MARKETS IN THE WORLD LIKE JAPAN ARE CLOSED. AND THEY'VE REMAINED CLOSED FOR DECADES. CHINA DOES NOT WELCOME US IN. WE ARE LITERALLY COMPETING AGAINST STATE-MANAGED CAPITALISM. IT IS NOT A FREE MARKET. IT IS NOT A MARKET ECONOMY THAT WE ARE DEALING WITH. IT'S VERY CONTROLLED. AND SO WHEN THERE WAS CRITICISM BY SOME THAT, OH, GOSH, LOOK AT CONGRESS, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE HELPING THE U.S. AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY. IT SHOWED A LACK OF UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THESE COMPANIES FACE IN THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE. IT IS NOT A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD. IT IS SIMPLY NOT. AND UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE NEVER HAD A TRADE AMBASSADOR KNOWLEDGEABLE ENOUGH ABOUT THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY, THAT CAME OUT AGAIN YESTERDAY, WHO CAN REALLY BARGAIN SUCCESSFULLY TO GIVE US A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD IN ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT INDUSTRIES THAT WE HAVE.

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  • 09:07:02 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    LET ME JUST GIVE YOU ANOTHER EXARM. I THANK YOU FOR RAISING THAT --…

    LET ME JUST GIVE YOU ANOTHER EXARM. I THANK YOU FOR RAISING THAT -- EXAMPLE. I THANK YOU FOR RAISING THAT VERY, VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. LAST YEAR THIS HOUSE BY AN OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN VOTE SET OUT TO ADDRESS THE CHINA SITUATION. AND IT WAS A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT SIMPLY SAID THAT WHEN ANY GOVERNMENT ANYWHERE AROUND THE WORLD UNFAIRLY SUBSIDIZES ITS BUSINESS SECTOR IN A WAY THAT, TO THE DERT MEANT OF THE AMERICAN BUSINESSES -- DETRIMENT OF THE AMERICAN BUSINESSES, THEN THAT COUNTRY WILL FACE SANCTIONS. AND SPECIFICALLY IT HAD TO DO WITH THE CHINESE CURRENCY. THE CHINESE CURRENCY IS SIGNIFICANTLY UNDERVALUED, PERHAPS GIVING AS MUCH AS A 20% ADVANTAGE TO CHINA IN ITS EXPORTS. BIPARTISAN, IT PASSED HERE, IT DID NOT PASS IN THE SENATE. HOWEVER, THIS YEAR, MY REPUBLIC CLEEL COLLEAGUES WERE NOT -- MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WILL NOT EVEN ALLOW THAT TO COME UP FOR A VOTE HERE EVEN THOUGH IT'S PASSED IN THE SENATE. SO THE CHINESE CURRENCY BILL PASSED IN THE SENATE, IT'S LANGUISHING IN THIS HOUSE. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WANT TO CONTINUE TO ALLOW CHINA TO HAVE AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE. AND ANOTHER THING, AND I THINK I WAS GOING TO WRAP UP WITH THIS, I'LL DO IT IN ABOUT 10 SECONDS. CHINA SUBSIDIZES TO ITS SOLAR AND WIND INDUSTRY. SO MUCH SO THAT THEY HAVE LITERALLY TAKEN OVER THE MARKET AND HAVE LED TO THE BANKRUPTCY OF SEVERAL -- A COUPLE OF AMERICAN SOLAR MANUFACTURERS, VOLED ARE A BEING ONE EXAMPLE -- SOLYNDRA BEING ONE EXAMPLE THAT'S MUCH DISCUSSED HERE BUT IT'S REALLY AS A RESULT OF CHINA'S DRIVING DOWN THE PRICE OF SOLAR PANELS. THIS BILL, AGAIN ONE THAT I'VE INTRODUCED AND IT COMES DIRECTLY FROM MY DISTRICT BECAUSE WE HAVE A MAJOR WIND FARM AND SOLAR SYSTEMS THERE, SAYS THAT OUR TAX MONEY THAT PRESENTLY GOES TO SUBSIDIZE THE PURCHASE OF SOLAR SYSTEMS AND WIND TURBINES MUST ONLY BE USED TO BUY AMERICAN-MADE WIND TURBINES AND SOLAR PANELS. IN OTHER WORDS, BUY AMERICAN, MAKE IT IN AMERICA, REBUILD OUR INDUSTRY. I'M GOING TO JUST WRAP VERY QUICKLY AND TURN OVER THE MICROPHONE TO MS. KAPTUR SO SHE CAN CARRY ON A COUPLE OF OTHER ISSUES THAT SHE WANTS TO DISCUSS. IT'S THE HOLIDAY SEASON. IT'S THAT TIME WHEN WE THINK ABOUT OUR FAMILIES, IT'S THAT TIME WHEN WE THINK ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY. AND WE HAVE A REAL OBLIGATION HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO PUT FORTH REALLY SOLID LEGISLATION TO SUPPORT THOSE MEN AND WOMEN AND FAMILIES IN AMERICA THAT THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN ARE UNEMPLOYED. OR HAVING A VERY DIFFICULT TIME OF MAKING IT IN THE CURRENT ECONOMY. AS WAGES ARE DRIVEN DOWN, AS OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADVANCEMENT ARE DIMINISHED. BUT WE HOPE FOR AND WHAT WE PRAY FOR IS A CONSENSUS, A COMPROMISE IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE AND WITH THE SENATE SO THAT WE CAN PASS LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ACTUALLY HELP THE AMERICAN WORKERS. THOSE THAT ARE UNEMPLOYED. AND THOSE THAT ARE SEEKING A JOB OR HAVE A JOB AND UNABLE TO MAKE IT WITH THAT PAYROLL TAX DEDUCTION, PUT ANOTHER $1,000 IN THEIR POCKET. AND I WANT US TO KEEP IN MIND THAT IN AMERICA TODAY THERE ARE 1.4 MILLION CHILDREN, 1.4 MILLION CHILDREN THAT ARE HOMELESS. THEIR PARENTS HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS. THEY'VE LOST THEIR HOME. THEY'RE SLEEPING IN CARS, THEY'RE HOMELESS. THEY MAY BE ABLE TO FIND AN OPPORTUNITY AT A MOTEL. WE'VE SEEN SOME OF THIS ON TELEVISION. BUT THIS IS IN ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES. EVERY COMMUNITY IN AMERICA HAS THIS PROBLEM. AND IT'S UP TO US HERE IN CONGRESS TO USE WHAT COMPASSION AND WISDOM WE POSSESS TO FIND WAYS OF ADDRESSING IT. WE HAVE SUCH AN OPPORTUNITY WITH THE PAYROLL TAX DEDUCTION, WITH THE WELFARE. AND UNFORTUNATELY THE BILL THAT PASSED HERE YESTERDAY BASICALLY WOULD PUT MONEY INTO THE RIGHT POCKET THROUGH A PAYROLL TAX DEDUCTION OR AN UNEMPLOYMENT CHECK AND THEN TAKE IT OUT OF THE LEFT POCKET WITH AN INCREASE IN FEES, A REDUCTION IN MEDICAL SERVICES, THE CLOSE OF CLINICS -- THE CLOSING OF CLINICS OR OTHER WAYS IN WHICH THAT MONEY WOULD BE EXTRACTED. YES, IT WOULD BALANCE, IT WOULDN'T INCREASE THE DEFICIT EXCEPT FOR THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN OF AMERICA. WE THINK THAT'S WRONG. AND WE'VE OFFERED A DIFFERENT SOLUTION. I'D LIKE NOW, I NOTICED THAT MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK HAS COME. A COUPLE OF SHORT COMMENTS, I PROMISED MS. KAPTUR THE LAST FEW MOMENTS OF THIS SO, WELCOME, MR. TONKO, THE EAST-WEST SHOW IS BACK IN SESSION.

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  • 09:11:50 PM

    MR. TONKO

    GO. REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI, THANK YOU AGAIN FOR LEADING US IN WHAT IS A…

    GO. REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI, THANK YOU AGAIN FOR LEADING US IN WHAT IS A VERY IMPORTANT BIT OF DISCUSSION ABOUT JOB CREATION, JOB RETENTION IN OUR COUNTRY. AND I COULDN'T AGREE MORE. WITH YOUR SENTIMENTS THAT INCLUDE THIS CONCERN ABOUT PROVIDING A BENEFIT TO THE MIDDLE CLASS IN TERMS OF PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY EXTENDER. BUT THEN ALSO ASKING THEM TO PAY FOR THAT BENEFIT. SO IT IS LIKE ONE HAND IS OFFERING AND THE OTHER HAND IS TAKING FROM OUR WORKING FAMILIES, MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS. THIS IS NOT THE PRESCRIPTION FOR SUCCESS. WHAT HAS BEEN OFFERED BY THE PRESIDENT IS A PAYROLL HOLIDAY EXTENDER, TAX HOLIDAY EXTENDER FOR BOTH EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES AND THERE ARE MANY SMALL BUSINESSES THAT STAND TO GAIN, THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF SMALL BUSINESSES GAIN BY THAT EXTENSION. AND CERTAINLY THE EMPLOYEES DO. BUT IT WORKS BEST WHEN YOU BRING LEVERAGE INTO THE EQUATION, THAT COMES FROM THE SURCHARGE THAT IS PLACED UPON THE MOST HIGH INCOME STRATA IN OUR COUNTRY. AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE CHART IT'S FROM -- CHARTS FROM 1979 TO THE PRESENT DAY, THERE'S NO DENYING WHAT STATISTICS INDICATE . FACTS CAN'T BE ARGUED WITH. THERE HAS BEEN THIS EXPONENTIAL RISE IN THE GROWTH OF INCOME FOR THE TOP 1% TO ABOUT 250% OF AN INCREASE. ALL WHILE FROM 1979 MIDDLE INCOME AMERICANS HAVE SEEN A FLATLINING OF THEIR HOUSEHOLD INCOME AND NOW IT'S EVEN DIPPING. SO WHY MESS WITH THIS PROGRESS THAT HAS BEEN REALIZED, THIS STEADY CLIMB UPWARD, SLOW BUT STEADY, FROM AN 8.2 MILLION JOBS LOST HOLE, WE HAVE CLIMBED STEADILY, WHY WOULD YOU MESS WITH THAT OBVIOUS SUCCESS THAT IS COMING BACK INTO THE ECONOMY, ALLOW FOR AMERICA'S MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES TO MOVE FORWARD AND ALLOW FOR THAT BENEFIT TO BE PAID FOR BY SOMEONE OTHER THAN THE MIDDLE CLASS? OTHERWISE IT'S GIVING AND TAKING FROM THE SAME AUDIENCE. IT MAKES NO SENSE. WE STAND BY PROGRESS, WE STAND BY PROGRESSIVE POLICY, WE STAND BY OUR MIDDLE CLASS, OUR WORKING FAMILIES. LET'S GET IT DONE FOR MIDDLE CLASS AMERICA. WITHOUT A STRONG MIDDLE THERE'S A THERE IS NOT A STRONG AMERICA.

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  • 09:14:12 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    I THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. TONKO, FOR BRINGING THAT UP. I'M GOING TO ASK…

    I THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. TONKO, FOR BRINGING THAT UP. I'M GOING TO ASK MS. KAPTUR OF OHIO TO TAKE THE PODIUM HERE AND TO TELL US ABOUT WALL STREET AND SOME OF THE REFORMS THAT SHE'S ADVOCATING. PLEASE.

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  • 09:14:29 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME AND RISE THIS EVENING ON…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME AND RISE THIS EVENING ON THE SUBJECT OF M.F. GLOBAL AND A CLEAR NEED FOR GREATER OVERSIGHT BY THIS CONGRESS. MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESS ISN'T DOING ITS JOB TO INVESTIGATE THE FRAUD THAT HAS INFECTED OUR ENTIRE FINANCIAL SYSTEM. FRAUD PERPETRATED BY WALL STREET , AND IT HAS HURT THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL SYSTEM AS WELL. I THINK THE REASON IS THAT TOO MANY PEOPLE HAVE FORGOTTEN THAT GAMBLING WITH OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY OFTEN ENTICES VERY ADDICTIVE PERSONALITIES WHO ARE INCAPABLE OF SELF-POLICING. THEY NEED RULES. THEY NEED LIMITS. AND THEY NEED OVERSIGHT. OTHERWISE THEY JUST KEEP GETTING INTO THE SAME TROUBLE AGAIN AND AGAIN, HARMING INNOCENT PEOPLE IN THE PROCESS BY LOOTING THEIR ASSETS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THAT CORRUPTION ON WALL STREET IS PERVASIVE AND MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS OF OUR FELLOW CITIZENS HAVE BEEN HARMED BY IT. . THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HAS FAILED TO AGGRESSIVELY INVESTIGATE CRIME IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SECTOR. EARLIER THIS MONTHR I SPOKE ABOUT BLOOMBERG'S REPORT ABOUT HANK PAULSEN INAPPROPRIATELY AND HYPED CLOSED DOORS TIPPED OFF HIS FORMER COLLEAGUES AT GOLDMAN SACHS AND A HANDFUL OF WALL STREET INSIDERS HOW FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC MIGHT COLLAPSE AND WHAT STEPS THE GOVERNMENT MIGHT TAKE, ALL OF THIS OCCURRED ON THE SAME DAY THAT SECRETARY PAULSEN LED THE "NEW YORK TIMES" TO BELIEVE THAT THOSE TWO COMPANIES WOULD GIVE A SIGNAL OF CONFIDENCE TO THE MARKETS. YOU COULD IMAGINE WHAT THOSE FINANCIAL INSIDERS DID WITH THEIR INVESTMENTS BEFORE THE REST OF AMERICA WAS EVEN AWARE. I ALSO REMINDED MY COLLEAGUES THAT THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION WAS FINALLY REBUTTED RECENTLY IN A NEW YORK COURT FOR SETTLING FRAUD CASES WITH MAJOR BANKS THAT ALLOWED THE BIGGEST BANKS TO WALK AWAY BY SIMPLY PAYING A FEW FINES WITHOUT SO MUCH AS ADMITTING ANY WRONGDOING. I ASK, WHERE IS THIS CONGRESS' OVERSIGHT OF THESE MOST CRUCIAL MATCH INATIONS THAT HAS HARMED OUR WORLD SINCE THE MARKET CRASH IN 2008. FINALLY AFTER MONTHS AND MONTHS OF PRESS COVERAGE, CONGRESS IS TAKING A TAD OF ACTION. THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE HELD ONE OF THE FIRST HEARINGS WE HAVE SEEN ALL YEAR, THAT HEARING CALLED BY REPRESENTATIVE LUCAS AND RANKING MEMBER PETERSON BEGAN TO SHED LIGHT ON THE EIGHTH LARGEST BANKRUPTCY AT M.F. GLOBAL HOLDING. ITS MISDEEDS HAVE BEEN WIDELY REPORTED BUT THEY DESERVE MUCH CLOSER SCRUTINY, AND WE NEED TO SUBPOENA THEIR FULL RECORDS AND TRANSACTIONS THAT LED TO THE COLLAPSE. EVEN BEFORE LAST WEEK'S HEARING. WE KNEW THAT MF GLOBAL FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY. CITIZENS IN MY DISTRICT HAVE BEEN IMPACTED AND HARMED AS OVER $1 BILLION DISAPPEARED FROM CUSTOMER ACCOUNTS. THE "WASHINGTON POST" AND OTHER PRESS REPORTED WEEKS AGO THAT THE FIRM'S C.E.O. FORMER GOVERNOR JON CORZINE PLACED A $6.3 BILLION DEBT ON THE DEBT OF SEVERAL EUROPEAN GOVERNMENTS. THE QUARTERLY RETURN SHOWED $200 MILLION LOSSES, THEY LOST 67% OF ITS VALUE. THIS IS NOT JUST THE CASE OF AN INVESTMENT FIRM BEING LURED BY THE HIGHER RETURNS OF RISK YEAR BONDS AS THEY CONTINUE TO PIECE EVIDENCE, THERE IS CRIMINAL ACTIVITY. THIS CASE HAS THE TRAPPINGS OF A MASSIVE CASE OF FRAUD. NOW C.M.E. REPORTED WEEKS AGO THAT MR. CORZINE'S COMPANY VIOLATED TO KEEP ITS ACCOUNTS SEPARATE. AT LAST WEEK'S HEARING, THE PUBLIC WAS TOLD THAT AS MUCH AS $1.2 BILLION MAY BE MISSING FROM SEGREGATED CUSTOMER ACCOUNTS. THIS ISN'T JUST A CASE OF MISPLACED MONEY. THE FINANCIAL CREST HAS BEEN REPORTING A STAGGERING AMOUNT OF MALL FEESANCE. IN AN APARENT EFFORT TO BUY TIME, MF GLOBAL SEPTEMBER CHECKS. MANY OF THOSE CHECKS WE KNOW BOUNCED. THEIR REQUEST TO TRANSFER FUNDS WERE DENIED AND ACCOUNT STATEMENTS BEING ISSUED. ACCOUNTS OF PEOPLE RECEIVING BOUNCED CHECKS GOING BACK AND FINDING THEIR ACCOUNTS WERE ALSO ALTERED INAPPROPRIATELY. IF THIS DOESN'T SOUND LIKE FRAUD, WHAT IS IT? THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MUST DEMAND MORE CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. CONGRESS NEEDS TO PRODUCE MORE INFORMATION. I ATTENDED LAST WEEK'S HEARING IN THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE. WHILE SOME IMPORTANT QUESTIONS WERE ASKED OF MR. CORZINE, CONGRESS' RESPONSIBILITY HAS BEEN FAR FROM MET. ANYONE WHO FOLLOWED THE HEARING WATCHED AS MR. CORZINE DODGED QUESTIONS AND PROVIDED HOLLOWED RESPONSES. THE "WALL STREET JOURNAL" PRESENTED AN ASSESSMENT OF HIS TESTIMONY. ACCORDING TO "THE JOURNAL," GOVERNOR CORZINE DUCKED QUESTIONS 15 TIMES AND USED A WELL-KNOWN STRATEGY FOR AVOIDING ACCOUNTABILITY BY SAYING, I DID NOT INTEND TO BREAK ANY RULE. HE APOLOGIZED OR EXPRESSED REGRET SIX TIMES FOR THE DAMAGE ON COUNTLESS FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES, BUT THE FACT IS, $1.2 BILLION, THAT IS THE AMOUNT THAT IS MISSING FROM MF GLOBAL SEGREGATED CLIENT FUNDS WHICH MR. CORZINE COULD PROVIDE NO EXPLANATION. IN FACT, ASTOUNDINGLY, THIS SEASONNED TRADER PLEADED IGNORANCE OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING AT HIS OWN COMPANY. LET ME MENTION THAT THE COMMODITIES FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION, JILL SUMMERS, WHO TESTIFIED AT THE HEARING, WAS VERY INVALUABLE TO PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING. MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE THAT I HAVE A SPECIAL ORDER AND TIME REMAINING, MY OWN SPECIAL ORDER FOR 30 MINUTES?

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  • 09:21:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR NEEDS TO CONFIRM THAT. MY APOLOGIES.

  • 09:22:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THERE BEING NO REPUBLICAN TO TAKE THE HALF HOUR AT THIS TIME, UNDER THE…

    THERE BEING NO REPUBLICAN TO TAKE THE HALF HOUR AT THIS TIME, UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, MS. CAPTURE FOR 30 MINUTES.

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  • 09:22:27 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    ME REPHRASE THIS. AT THE HEARING, THE COMMODITIES FUTURES TRADING…

    ME REPHRASE THIS. AT THE HEARING, THE COMMODITIES FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION, JILL SUMMERS' TESTIMONY WAS INVALUABLE TO THE PUBLIC. HER TESTIMONY PLACES THE MF GLOBAL COLLAPSE IN PROPER PERSPECTIVE AND I'M QUOTING DIRECTLY. HE SAID THEY ARE THE TWO MOST RECENT FUTURES MERCHANT BANKRUPTCY. WHILE THE LEH MAP BROTHERS WAS MON YOU MEN TALL, COMMODITY CUSTOMERS DID NOT LOSE THEIR MONEY AT EITHER FIRM. IN BOTH STANCE INSTANCES, CUSTOMER ACCOUNTS WERE INTACT AND OBTAINED ALL OPEN POSITIONS AND ALL ASSOCIATED SEGREGATED COLLATERAL. THAT BEING THE CASE, CUSTOMER ACCOUNTS WERE PROMPTLY TRANSFERRED TO FUTURES COMMISSION MERCHANTS. WITH THE COMMODITY CUSTOMERS HAVING NO FURTHER INVOLVEMENT IN THE BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING. UNFORTUNATELY, THAT IS NOT WHAT HAPPENED AT MF GLOBAL, BECAUSE CUSTOMER ACCOUNTS WERE NOT INTACT. THE FACT THAT CUSTOMER ACCOUNTS WERE NOT INTACT AS COMMISSIONER SUMMERS DESCRIBED IT, MEANS THAT SOMEONE TOOK OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY. I BELIEVE MOST OF US WOULD CALL THAT THEFT. EVEN IF SOME OF THE MONEY IS RECOVERED BY THE BANKRUPTCY PROCESS, THAT DOES NOT ALTER THE FACT THAT THE PROCESS BY WHICH CUSTOMER ACCOUNTS WERE VIOLATED BROKE THE LAW. IT IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT TO SAY THAT MANY AMERICAN FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES LOST IMPORTANT INVESTMENTS. THE MISMANAGEMENT OF THIS ONE FIRM HAS PUT HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE'S INVESTMENTS IN JEOPARDY. THEY DESERVE ANSWERS. CONGRESS HAS LEAD RESPONSIBILITY TO ASK HARD QUESTIONS AND HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS THAT DEMAND REAPPLY. ON TRANSFERS OF -- REPLY ON TRANSFERS, CONGRESS MUST EXERCISE WHO SAID THAT TRANSFERS AT MF GLOBAL WERE MADE AND I QUOTE IN A MANNER THAT MAY HAVE BEEN DESIGNED TO AVOID DETECTION, SO LET US ASK, SHOULD THE PERSON OR PERSONS WHO ATTEMPTED TO AVOID THIS DETECTION BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE? AND HOW SHOULD THAT OCCUR? IT SEEMS UNLIKELY MR. CORZINE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE. SO WHICH PERSON OR PERSONS AT MF GLOBAL MADE THE DECISION TO INVADE CUSTOMER ACCOUNTS? CONGRESS MUST ASSURE FULL TRACING OF THOSE TRANSACTIONS. A SECOND GROUP OF QUESTIONS SHOULD REVOLVE AROUND WHO ARE THE RESPONSIBLE PARTIES. IF MR. CORZINE CANNOT RECALL OR DOES NOT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED AT MF GLOBAL, AS HE SEEMED TO CLAIM, WHO SHOULD CONGRESS AND INVESTIGATORS SPEAK WITH AT MF GLOBAL TO ASCERTAIN HIS EXACT ROLE AND THOSE OF OTHER TOP EXECUTIVES? WHO'S GOING TO PROBE? THAT'S THE ROLE OF A CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE. WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR SEGREGATING CUSTOMER ACCOUNT FUNDS FROM MF GLOBAL FUNDS. OVER $1 BILLION DID NOT WALK OFF ON ITS OWN. SOME SET OF PERSONS MOVED THOSE FUNDS AND HIGHLY INPLAUSIBLE THAT NO ONE AUTHORIZED THAT ACTION. SO WHAT SET OF PERSONS AUTHORIZED THOSE ACTIONS EXACTLY? ANOTHER SET OF QUESTIONS SHOULD REVOLVE AROUND WHO APPROVED MF GLOBAL RISK STANDARDS. MICHAEL ROSE MAP, FORMER CHIEF RISK OFFICER WHO RESIGNED IN 2011, SAID THAT THE STRESS THAT MF GLOBAL WAS TAKING WAS TOO RISKY. ANY DECISION WAS PRUDENT AT THE TIME -- AND MR. CORZINE IS ARGUING -- IS AGAINST THE FACTS OF HISTORY, BECAUSE MF GLOBAL WENT BANKRUPT. CONGRESS NEEDS TO TAKE WHATEVER STEPS ARE NECESSARY TO FIND OUT EXACTLY WHO PRESSURED MR. ROSEMAN TO RESIGN FROM BLOWING THE WHISTLE FOR THE BEHAVIOR INSIDE THAT COMPANY. ANOTHER SET OF QUESTIONS CAN BE ASKED ABOUT WHAT OTHER FINANCIAL PARTNERS PARTICIPATED IN MF GLOBAL TRADE? THERE ARE ALLEGATIONS THAT THE TRANSFER OF $200 MILLION TO JP MORGAN WAS SUSPECTED BY BANKERS OF UTILIZING MF CLIENT FUNDS. TO WHAT EXTENT ARE THESE ALLEGATIONS TRUE? AT WHAT POINT CAN WE DETERMINE THAT WIRE FRAUD WAS COMMITTED, AND IF SO, BY WHOM AND WHAT EXTENT? ALL OF THIS BEGS THE QUESTION OF WHETHER OR NOT SUFFICIENT PROTECTIONS WERE EXERCISED FOR CUSTOMERS TO STOP WIRE FRAUD. ANOTHER SET OF QUESTIONS CAN REVOLVE AROUND, WERE ANY INSIDE PLAYERS AIDING AND ABETTING MF GLOBAL BEHAVIOR? WE KNOW THAT CURRENT COMMODITY FUTURES CHAIRMAN HAS RECUSED HIMSELF FROM THE CASE. MR. GINSLER WALKED FOR MR. CORZINE AT GOLDMAN SACHS. THE PUBLIC HAS A RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT POINT HE HAD ANY REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THE CUSTOMER ACCOUNTS AT MF GLOBAL MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN INTACT AND HOW DID HE, HIS AGENCY AND STAFF RESPOND? DAY BY DAY, HOUR BY HOUR, EMAIL BY EMAIL. FINALLY, ACCORDING TO REUTERS, COMPANIES LIKE COOK INDUSTRIES REMOVED BILLIONS FROM MF GLOBAL JUST BEFORE IT FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY. HOW DID THAT POWERFUL COMPANY KNOW WHEN TO TAKE THEIR MONEY OUT AND WHY DID MY CONSTITUENTS NOT KNOW WHEN TO TAKE THEIR MONEY OUT? COULD, IN FACT, COOK INDUSTRIES, HAVE GOTTEN THE SAME TIP-OFF THAT GOLDMAN C.E.O. HAD GIVEN FREDDIE MAC AND FANNIE MAE INVESTORS A FEW YEARS BEFORE. HOW MUCH OF MF'S MONEY WAS NOT WIRED RIGHTFULLY, BELONGS TO THE HOLDERS OF SEGREGATED ACCOUNTS THAT WERE INAPPROPRIATELY TAPPED BY MF GLOBAL? HOW DID MY CONSTITUENTS GET FULL RESTITUTION. YES, THERE ARE FAR TOO MANY QUESTIONS, LOTS OF QUESTIONS, AND FAR TOO FEW COMPLETE ANSWERS. YES, THIS CONGRESS NEEDS TO TAKE WHITE COLLAR CRIME MORE SERIOUSLY. WHO WOULD ACCEPT THE EXPLANATION WHEN THEY SAY, I DID NOT INTEND TO STEAL. IT COULD BE $100 FROM THE CORNER GAS STATION. HOW CAN THAT BE ACCEPTABLE? RIGOROUS INVESTIGATION MATTERS. CONGRESS NEEDS MORROW BUS HEARINGS. WE NEED MORE THOROUGH INVESTIGATIONS. WHAT SHOULD CONCERN AIL OF US IS THAT THE FINANCIAL INDUSTRIES, FRAUD AND I AM PRUDENTENS, YES, ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOR IS NOT LIMITED TO A CASE HERE OR THERE. FRAUD HAS BECOME SYSTEMIC. IT IS INDEMOCRATIC. IT HAS HARMED OUR NATION AND HURT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ACROSS OUR COUNTRY AND THE FINANCIAL SYSTEMS OF OTHER COUNTRIES. IN 2009, THE F.B.I. TESTIFIED BEFORE THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE THAT THE CURRENT FINANCIAL CRISIS AND I'M QUOTING DIRECTLY, HAS PRODUCED ONE UNEXPECTED CONSEQUENCE, IT HAS EXPOSED PREVALENT FRAUD SCHEMES THAT HAVE BEEN THRIVING IN THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL SYSTEMS. THEY AREN'T NEW BUT HITTING THE ECONOMY HARD AND THE PUBLIC IS HURTING AS A RESULT OF MARKET DETERIORATION. WHAT A TRUE STATEMENT. REGRUTFULLY, THIS ISN'T -- REGRETFULLY, THIS ISN'T THE FIRST TIME. INDEED THE CRIMES AND ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOR SEEMS TO BE GETTING BIGGER AND NOT SMALLER. IN THE 1980'S, IT WAS THE SAVINGS AND LOAN CRISES AND F.B.I. RESPONDED WITH 1,000 AGENTS AND FORENSIC EXPERTS BASED IN 27 CITIES. YOU KNOW HOW MANY THEY HAD OVER HERE WHEN THIS STARTED? 45. YOU CAN COUNT THEM ON YOUR OWN HANDS. PERPETRATORS WEPT TO JAIL BACK THEN, BUT RATHER THAN THIS CONGRESS IGNORING -- THIS -- THE CONGRESS AT THAT TIME IGNORED THE WARNING OF WHAT HAD HAPPENED AND MAKE EVEN A BIGGER GREEN LIGHT DURING THE 1990'S TO MORE ABUSE BY REMOVING THE RULES OF THE ROAD FOR BANKING DURING THE 1990'S, EXAMPLE, THE UPENDING OF ALLOWING BANKERS AND SPECULATORS TO BE IN THE SAME COMPANY AND LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED. . IN 2000 THE UNDERMINING OF THE DERIVATIVE REGULATION BY THIS CONGRESS LED TO WALL STREET'S BULLISH PLUNDER THAT WE ARE NOW EXPERIENCING AGAIN, THE RESULT OF ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOR OF THE 2000'S. YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU GO BACK TO THE SAVINGS AND LOAN CRISIS, THAT WAS MUCH SMALLER THAN WHAT WE ARE ENDURING TODAY. THAT IS WHY I HAVE A STRAIGHTFORWARD BILL, H.R. 1350, THE FINANCIAL CRISIS CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION ACT. IT AUTHORIZES AN ADDITIONAL 1,000 AGENTS AND FRIEND SI SICK EXPERTS FOR THE WHITE AND FORENSIC EXPERTS TO INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE THESE FINANCIAL CRIMES. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME AS A CO-SPONSOR. THE BUREAU DOES NOT HAVE ANYWHERE NEAR THE RESOURCES IT NEEDS TO TAKE ON CRIMES OF THIS MAGNITUDE AND DIMENSION. CONGRESS HAS LONG DEBATED WHAT LEVEL OF REGULATION IS NEEDED TO RESTRAIN FINANCIAL ADDICTS. THERE SHOULD BE NO DEBATE ABOUT THE NEED TO UPHOLD THE LAW, TO RECOVER INNOCENT PEOPLE'S MONEY, TO PROSECUTE THE ADDICTED GAMBLERS, TO SET A STRICT STANDARD OF BEHAVIOR IN THE FINANCIAL SECTOR SO IT SIMPLY NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN SO, THAT WE CAN RESTORE CONFIDENCE AND REGULAR ORDER, NOT INSIDER ABUSE, TO AMERICA'S FINANCIAL MARKETS. I THINK THIS CONGRESS HAS AN AWESOME RESPONSIBILITY TO DO ITS JOB. AND IT SHOULD NOT FEAR ANYONE. THE COMMITTEES OF THIS HOUSE SHOULD BE WORKING OVERTIME TO PROBE THE TRUTH, TO FIND THE TRUTH, TO GET AT THE TRUTH OF THOSE WHO HAVE HARMED AMERICA. THAT HAVE PUT SO MANY MILLIONS OF PEOPLE OUT OF WORK. WHERE SO MANY HOMES HAVE BEEN FORECLOSED THAT THE PROPERTY VALUES OF THIS COUNTRY CAN'T EVEN FIND THEIR FOOTING AT THIS POINT. IT'S AFFECTING CAPITAL FORMATION, IT'S AFFECTING THE ABILITY OF LOCAL BANKS TO MAKE LOANS BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT SURE OF WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO VALUATION ON THEIR BOOKS. WHAT COULD BE MORE SERIOUS THAN THE COMMITTEES OF THIS CONGRESS DOING THEIR JOB? I WANT TO COMMEND CONGRESSMAN LUCAS OF OKLAHOMA, I WANT TO COMMEND CONGRESSMAN PETERSON OF MINNESOTA. WOULDN'T IT BE WONDERFUL IF THEY COULD CONTINUE THEIR IMPORTANT WORK, BUT THAT THE OTHER COMMITTEES OF THIS CONGRESS THAT HAVE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OVERSIGHT, GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT AND REFORM, THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, WERE ACTUALLY TO DO THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE, TO PUT THIS COUNTRY'S BANKING AND FINANCIAL SYSTEM BACK IN A DECENT POSITION WITH PRUDENT RULES AND TO FINALLY QUASH THE ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOR THAT HAS BROUGHT OUR COUNTRY TO THIS VERY DANGEROUS POINT? MR. SPEAKER, I THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE TIME THIS EVENING. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES AND THOSE WHO ARE LISTENING AND I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE HOUSE STANDS IN RECESS SUBJECT TO THE CALL OF THE CHAIR.

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