The House Is Not In Session
House Session - December 20, 2011

The House of Representatives convened for the business of the day, one minute speeches, and special order speeches.
The House disapproved of Senate amendments to bill H.R. 3630 to provide incentives for the creation of jobs and extend the Social Security payroll tax cut and appointed a conference committee.
The House of Representatives passed a resolution expressing the sense of the House regarding any final measure to extend the payroll tax holiday, extend Federally funded unemployment insurance benefits, or prevent decreases in reimbursement for physicians who provide care to Medicare beneficiaries; and for other purposes.

Speakers:
Time
Action
  • 09:01:00 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR CHAPLAIN, FATHER CONROY.

  • 09:02:18 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO SECTION 3-A OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 493, THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST…

    PURSUANT TO SECTION 3-A OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 493, THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS IS APPROVED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CARTER.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:02:31 AM

    MR. CARTER

    PLACE YOUR HAND OVER YOUR HEART. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE…

    PLACE YOUR HAND OVER YOUR HEART. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:02:47 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO FIVE REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON…

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO FIVE REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? MR.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:03:01 AM

    MR. POE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 09:03:03 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 09:03:05 AM

    MR. POE

    MR. SPEAKER, JUST ABOUT SUN RISE IN THE DEZER OF THE SUN AND VALLEY OF THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, JUST ABOUT SUN RISE IN THE DEZER OF THE SUN AND VALLEY OF THE GUN, THE LAST AMERICAN TROOPS LEFT IRAQ. IT WAS THIS PAST SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2011. IT HAS BEEN EIGHT YEARS, SEVEN MONTHS, AND 24 DAYS SINCE THE WAR BEGAN. THE AMERICANS ARE COMING HOME BY CHRISTMAS. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. 4,474 AMERICANS GAVE THEIR LIVES AND THOUSANDS OF OTHERS WERE WOUNDED. THE LAST AMERICAN CASUALTY WAS ARMY SPECIALIST DAVID EMANUEL HIGMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. KILLED ON NOVEMBER 14. THESE AMERICANS DIED IN A LAND THEY HAD NEVER BEEN FOR A PEOPLE THEY HAD NEVER KNOWN. THE AMERICANS HAVE LIBERATED IRAQ FROM A DICTATORSHIP. TO APPLY BEN FRANKLIN'S STATEMENT ON THE FOUNDING OF AMERICA, WE HAVE GIVEN THE IRAQIS A FREE CONTRY, LET'S SEE IF THEY CAN KEEP IT OR NOT. THE CHOICE AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR IRAQ IS NOW WITH IRAQ. BUT WE HERE IN AMERICA SHALL REMEMBER THOSE WHO SERVED AND RETURNED. THOSE WHO SERVED AND DID NOT RETURN. AND THOSE WHO SERVED AND RETURNED WITH THE WOUNDS OF WAR. AS ONE WOUNDED TROOPER SAID YESTERDAY, THE WORST CASUALTY OF WAR IS TO BE FORGOTTEN. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:04:15 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 09:04:20 AM

    >>

    SPEAKER, I RISE TO REQUEST ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

  • 09:04:25 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:04:31 AM

    MR. LIPINSKI

    TO CONGREAT LAT THE ST. XAVIER UNIVERSITY CUINGS OR ON WINNING THE NAIA…

    TO CONGREAT LAT THE ST. XAVIER UNIVERSITY CUINGS OR ON WINNING THE NAIA NATIONAL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ON SATURDAY. ANOTHER THRILLING GAME AND FITTING WAY FOR ST. XAVIER TO BRING HOME THE FIRST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN ANY SPORT TO THE SCHOOL. FROM THE FRESHMEN TO THE SENIORS, TO THE TOP-RANKED OFFENSE TO DEFENSE AND SPECIAL TEAMS, EVERYONE PLAYED A PART IN THE VICK IN THE COUGARS' AMAZING SEASON. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1913 THAT COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAM FROM CHICAGO HAS WON A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, AND THE COUGARS DID IT WITH A LOT OF HOMEGROWN TALENT. CHICAGO, LAMONT, JOLIET, CONTINUALLY PARK, OAK LAWN, PARK RIDGE, ROCKFORD, FRANKFURT, THESE AND MANY OTHERS TOWNS ARE WELL REPRESENTED ON THIS HISTORIC TEAM. THE PLAYERS, THE COACH, AND HIS STAFF, ST. XAVIER, THE CITY OF CHICAGO, STATE OF ILLINOIS SHOULD BE PROUD. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE COUGARS, THE NAIA NATIONAL FOOTBALL CHAMPION.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:05:37 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RIGGS IN? --…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RIGGS IN? -- RECOGNITION?

    Show Full Text
  • 09:05:43 AM

    MR. WILSON

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:05:46 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

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

    Show Full Text
  • 09:05:49 AM

    MR. WILSON

    MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY PETER IZBERG PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL PAYROLL…

    MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY PETER IZBERG PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL PAYROLL REPORTING CONSORTIUM INK EXPRESSED CONCERN OVER THE SENATE PROPOSED PAYROLL TAX PLAN WHICH OFFERS ONLY A TWO-MONTH EXTENSION INSTEAD OF THE YEAR-LONG EXTENSION PASSED LAST WEEK BY THE HOUSE. IN A LETTER WRITTEN TO SEVERAL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, HE STATED THAT, QUOTE, INSUFFICIENT LEAD TIME TO CREATE SUBSTANTIAL PROBLEMS, CONFUSION, AND COST. AFFECTING A SIGNIFICANT PERCENTAGE OF U.S. EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES. END OF QUOTE. HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE WILLING TO WORK FOR ONE YEAR-LONG EXTENSION NOW INSTEAD OF PASSING A TWO-MONTH FIX THAT WILL CONFUSE THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS, MEDICAL PROVIDERS, AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS. IT IS NECESSARY FOR BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS TO WORK TOGETHER TO EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX CUT FOR A FULL YEAR. AT A TIME OF CONTINUED RECORD UNEMPLOYMENT, WE SHOULD BE WORKING TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES CREATE JOBS. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS, AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR OUR SERVICE MEMBERS' MILITARY FAMILIES AND VETERANS WHO WERE SUCCESSFUL IN IRAQ.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:07:01 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 09:07:11 AM

    MR. CLARKE

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:07:13 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:07:16 AM

    MR. CLARKE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. STUDENT LOAN DEBT, STUDENT LOAN DEBT IS TOO HIGH…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. STUDENT LOAN DEBT, STUDENT LOAN DEBT IS TOO HIGH AND I'M ASKING THIS CONGRESS, I'M DEMANDING THIS CONGRESS CUT IT DOWN. STUDENT LOAN DEBT WILL SOON APPROACH $1 TRILLION. AND AS OUR GRADUATES ARE STRUGGLING TO REPAY OFF THIS DEBT, THIS DEBT IS ROBBING THEM OF THEIR FUTURE AND IT'S COSTING THIS COUNTRY JOBS. THAT'S WHY I WILL SOON INTRODUCE THIS BILL TO RESPONSIBLY REDUCE STUDENT LOAN DEBT, TO MAKE REPAYMENT SIMPLER AND FAIRER, AND TO GIVE OUR GRADUATES A CHANCE THAT THEY DESERVE. A CHANCE TO ENJOY THE AMERICAN DREAM. I YIELD BACK MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN

    Show Full Text
  • 09:07:58 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 09:08:02 AM

    MR. CARTER

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:08:03 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 09:08:10 AM

    MR. CARTER

    LAST WEEK I DROPPED A RESOLUTION COMMENDING ROBERT GRIFFIN III FOR WINNING…

    LAST WEEK I DROPPED A RESOLUTION COMMENDING ROBERT GRIFFIN III FOR WINNING THE 2011 HEISMAN TROPHY. ROBERT GRIFFIN, A STUDENT OF BAYLOR UNIVERSITY, IS ONE OF THE OUTSTANDING AMERICANS IN THIS COUNTRY. AN AMAZING YOUNG MAN WHO GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL IN TEXAS IN MY DISTRICT. HE GRADUATED IN 2008. WENT OFF TO BAYLOR UNIVERSITY TO PLAY FOOTBALL AND GO TO SCHOOL. HE GRADUATED FROM BAYLOR UNIVERSITY IN 2010. I THINK THAT ALONE IS PRETTY FANTASTIC. HE WENT ON TO BE THE QUARTERBACK OF THE BAYLOR FOOTBALL TEAM, LEADING THEM TO THE BEST SEASON THAT THEY HAVE HAD IN GENERATIONS. THEY ARE RANKED NUMBER 12 IN THE BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES. THIS IS A YOUNG MAN WHOSE MOTHER AND FATHER ARE SERGEANTS IN THE ARMY. HE WAS BORN OVERSEAS WHILE THEY WERE SERVING. HE NOW IS GOING -- IS THE HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER, HAS BEEN NAMED THE OUTSTANDING PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY, AND HE IS NOT ONLY OUTSTANDING AS A STUDENT BUT HE'S OUTSTANDING AS A PLAYER. AND AS A HUMAN BEING. AND HE CHOSE BAYLOR UNIVERSITY BECAUSE HE WANTED TO GO TO A GOOD CHRISTIAN SCHOOL. THIS YOUNG MAN WON AN AWARD, THE KIND OF ROLE MODEL THAT WE WANT OUR CHILDREN TO ASPIRE TO BE. HE'S HARDWORKING WITH A GOOD WORK ETHIC. HE BELIEVES IN HIS FELLOW PLAYERS. HE CARES. HE LEADS. AND HE WINS. THIS YOUNG MAN SHOULD BE COMMENDED. WITHIN TWO YEARS FROM NOW HE WILL BE -- HAVE A MASTER'S DEGREE AND LAW DEGREE IN ADDITION TO HIS BACHELOR'S DEGREE. AND HE STILL HAS ONE MORE YEAR OF ELIGIBILITY. I WOULD SAY THIS IS THE KIND OF KID WE ALL WISH OUR KID COULD GROW UP TO BE. I WANT TO COMMEND HIS PARENTS, THE PEOPLE OF COPPERS COVE, AND STATE OF TEXAS FOR PRODUCING THIS FINE YOUNG FOOTBALL PLAYER. WE CALL HIM RG 3. I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:10:14 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 09:10:18 AM

    >>

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

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

    Show Full Text
  • 09:10:19 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

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

    Show Full Text
  • 09:10:24 AM

    >>

    THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS WILL NOT ALLOW THE SENATE BILL TO COME UP TODAY THAT…

    THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS WILL NOT ALLOW THE SENATE BILL TO COME UP TODAY THAT WILL EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX CUT, THAT WOULD ALSO PROVIDE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FOR SO MANY MILLION AMERICANS THAT ARE OUT OF WORK, AND ALSO ALLOW SENIORS TO HAVE THEIR MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT PAID TO THEIR DOCTORS SO THE DOCTORS WILL ACCEPT MEDICARE.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:10:43 AM

    MR. PALLONE

    BELIEVE THAT AT THE END OF THE YEAR NOW IS THIS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT? IS…

    BELIEVE THAT AT THE END OF THE YEAR NOW IS THIS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT? IS THIS THE NEW YEAR'S GIFT WE ARE GOING TO GIVE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THEIR TAXES ARE GOING TO BE RAISED? THAT THEY ARE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO HAVE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE IF THEY ARE UNEMPLOYED? WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE ECONOMY, MR. SPEAKER? DO THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS WANT TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THE PRESIDENT RIGHT NOW WHEN THE ECONOMY IS ACTUALLY STARTING TO IMPROVE SLIGHTLY? THIS COULD EASILY SEND US BACK AND MAKE THE ECONOMY GO BACK INTO A TAILSPIN. DO THEY DISLIKE THE PRESIDENT SO MUCH THAT THEY WOULD RISK THE ECONOMY FOR THAT? I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TODAY TO VOTE ON THE SENATE BILL AND TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE THINGS ARE EXTENDED, PARTICULARLY THE PAYROLL TAX CUT, BECAUSE THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE ECONOMY. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES. IT IS AN OUTRAGE, MR. SPEAKER.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:11:32 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 09:11:36 AM

    >>

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

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

    Show Full Text
  • 09:11:39 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 09:11:43 AM

    >>

    SPEAKER, THOSE THAT NOW CLAIM WE ARE OPPOSED TO INCREASING THE SALES TAX…

    SPEAKER, THOSE THAT NOW CLAIM WE ARE OPPOSED TO INCREASING THE SALES TAX HOLIDAY FOR ONE YEAR, I ACTUALLY VOTED AGAINST IT A FEW WEEKS AGO.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:11:53 AM

    MR. JOHNSON

    TODAY TO MAKE SURE THAT TAXES OVER 160 MILLION AMERICANS DON'T GO UP ON…

    TODAY TO MAKE SURE THAT TAXES OVER 160 MILLION AMERICANS DON'T GO UP ON JANUARY 1. WE ARE HERE TO STOP POLITICS AS USUAL IN THE WASHINGTON. PRESIDENT OBAMA CALLED FOR ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY, AND WE ARE HERE TO DO THAT. JOB CREATORS NEED ECONOMIC CERTAINTY TO CREATE JOBS AND TO DO THAT WE MUST EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY FOR ONE YEAR. KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD ONLY INTRODUCES MORE UNCERTAINTY INTO OUR ECONOMY. PAYROLL EXPERTS SAY THAT THIS IS GOING TO HURT SMALL BUSINESSES. ENOUGH OF THESE WASHINGTON GIMMICKS. THE HOUSE ALREADY VOTED TO EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX FOR A FULL YEAR. THE HOLIDAY FOR A FULL YEAR FOR ALL HARDWORKING AMERICANS. BUT THE SENATE DEMOCRATS OPPOSE OUR BIPARTISAN BILL. SENATE DEMOCRATS HAVE A CLEAR CHOICE TO MAKE, CONTINUE THE GAME OF WASHINGTON POLITICS AS USUAL OR JOIN WITH HOUSE REPUBLICANS TO STOP A TAX INCREASE ON 160 MILLION AMERICANS. I URGE THEM TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:12:56 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 09:13:01 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

    Show Full Text
  • 09:13:08 AM

    >>

    RISE THIS MORNING IN SUPPORT OF A LONG-TERM EXTENSION FOR AN IMPORTANT…

    RISE THIS MORNING IN SUPPORT OF A LONG-TERM EXTENSION FOR AN IMPORTANT MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES THAT ARE STRUGGLING IN THESE DIFFICULT ECONOMIC TIMES. MR.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:13:18 AM

    MR. FITZPATRICK

    ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE TO DO THEIR WORK AND PROVIDE THE CONDITIONS FOR THE…

    ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE TO DO THEIR WORK AND PROVIDE THE CONDITIONS FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO GET THIS ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK AND PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK. THIS WORK INCLUDES STABLE, PREDICTABLE POLICY FROM WASHINGTON AND THAT INCLUDES TAX POLICY. A TWO-MONTH EXTENSION DOES NOT PROVIDE ANY CERTAINTY TO FAMILIES OR SMALL BUSINESS JOB CREATORS. THE HOUSE AND PRESIDENT OBAMA AGREE THAT A 12-MONTH EXTENSION OF THE PAYROLL TAX CUT MUST BE ENACTED. THEREFORE I ASK THAT LEADER REID AND THE SENATE COME BACK TO TOWN AND JOIN US IN PASSING A LONG-TERM EXTENSION OF THE PAYROLL TAX CUT. ANYTHING LESS IS UNACCEPTABLE. I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:13:56 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

    Show Full Text
  • 09:14:07 AM

    MR. MILLER

    SPEAKER, MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE, IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT TODAY WE FIND…

    SPEAKER, MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE, IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT TODAY WE FIND OURSELVES CONTINUING TO ARGUE OVER WHETHER OR NOT AN EXTENSION OF THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUTS SHOULD TAKE PLACE NOW AS OPPOSED TO CONTINUING TO TRY TO LOAD THE BILL UP WITH POISON PILLS, CUTTING OFF PEOPLE'S HEALTH -- UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, AND GETTING INTO AN ARGUMENT WITH THE SENATE. THE PROPOSAL THAT AFTER A YEAR OF DELIBERATIONS THAT THE REPUBLICANS CAME UP WITH WAS REJECTED IN THE SENATE ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. ANOTHER BILL WAS PASSED OVERWHELMINGLY TO GIVE US A TWO-MONTH EXTENSION SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO TRY TO WORK OUT A LONG-TERM SOLUTION TO A MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT WITHOUT ACCEPTING POISON PILLS. BUT NOW WHAT WE SEE IS THE REPUBLICANS CHOOSE TO TURN DOWN THAT COMPROMISE THAT BROUGHT THE SENATE TOGETHER THAT CAN BRING THIS HOUSE TOGETHER TO REFUSE TO LET US HAVE A VOTE ON THAT MEASURE BECAUSE THEY KNOW THERE WILL BE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THAT MEASURE IN THIS HOUSE. WE CAN COME TOGETHER AND IN THIS HOLIDAY SEASON GIVE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES THE SECURITY THAT THEY WILL HAVE A CONTINUATION OF THE TAX CUT ON JANUARY 1. BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO DO. THEY ARE GOING TO THROW FAMILIES AND OUR ECONOMY INTO CHAOS FOR THE SAKE, FOR THE SAKE OF TRYING TO MAKE POLITICAL POINTS. .

    Show Full Text
  • 09:15:35 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 09:15:40 AM

    MR. SCOTT

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

    MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 502 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:15:47 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

  • 09:15:49 AM

    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 102, HOUSE RESOLUTION 502. RESOLVED, THAT UPON…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 102, HOUSE RESOLUTION 502. RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER, WITHOUT INTERVENTION OF ANY POINT OF ORDER OR QUESTION OF CONSIDERATION, TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE BILL H.R. 3630, TO PROVIDE INCENTIVES FOR THE CREATION OF JOBS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES, WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENTS THERETO, AND TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE A MOTION OFFERED BY THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS OR HIS DESIGNEE THAT THE HOUSE DISAGREE TO THE SENATE AMENDMENTS AND REQUEST A CONFERENCE WITH THE SENATE THEREON. THE SENATE AMENDMENTS AND THE MOTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE MOTION TO ITS ADOPTION WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS. SECTION 2, UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER, WITHOUT INTERVENTION OF ANY POINT OF ORDER OR QUESTION OF CONSIDERATION, TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE RESOLUTION , HOUSE RESOLUTION 501, EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REGARDING ANY FINAL MEASURE TO EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY, EXTEND FEDERALLY FUNDED UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS, OR PREVENT DECREASES IN REIMBURSEMENT FOR PHYSICIANS WHO PROVIDE CARE TO MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES. THE RESOLUTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE RESOLUTION ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE RESOLUTION AND PREAMBLE TO ADOPTION WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION OR DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION EXCEPT ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS. SECTION 3, DURING CONSIDERATION OF A MOTION TO INSTRUCT CONFEREES PENDING THEIR APPOINTMENT TO A CONFERENCE ON H.R. 3630, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED TO ITS ADOPTION WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE HOUR OF DEBATE UNDER CLAUSE 7-B OF RULE 22. SUCH MOTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO ANY QUESTION OF CONSIDERATION. SECTION 4, DURING CONSIDERATION OF A MOTION SPECIFIED IN THE FIRST SECTION OF THIS RESOLUTION OR SECTION 3 OF THIS RESOLUTION, THE CHAIR MAY, A, NOTWITHSTANDING THE OPERATION OF THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, POSTPONE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF THE MOTION TO SUCH TIME AS MAY BE DESIGNATED BY THE SPEAKER AS THOUGH UNDER CLAUSE 1-C OF RULE 19 AND, B, POSTPONE THE QUESTION OF ADOPTION OF THE MOTION AS THOUGH UNDER CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20. SECTION 5, THE REQUIREMENT OF CLAUSE 6-A OF RULE 13 FOR A 2/3 VOTE TO CONSIDER A REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ON THE SAME DAY IT IS PRESENTED TO THE HOUSE IS WAIVED WITH RESPECT TO ANY RESOLUTION REPORTED THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE DAY OF JANUARY 17, 2012. SECTION 6, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER AT ANY TIME THROUGH THE CALENDAR DAY OF JANUARY 15, 2012, FOR THE SPEAKER TO ENTERTAIN MOTIONS THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AS THOUGH UNDER CLAUSE L-C OF RULE 15.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:19:09 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

  • 09:19:12 AM

    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE…

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

    Show Full Text
  • 09:19:35 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 09:19:38 AM

    MR. SCOTT

    502 PROVIDES FOR A MOTION TO GO TO CONFERENCE ON H.R. 3630 AND FOR A…

    502 PROVIDES FOR A MOTION TO GO TO CONFERENCE ON H.R. 3630 AND FOR A CLOSED RULE ON H.RES. 501. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. TO BE HONEST, MR. SPEAKER, BEING HERE TODAY IS ALMOST RIDICULOUS BECAUSE LAST WEEK THE HOUSE PASSED A VERY GOOD BILL. AND THE THREE MAJOR COMPONENTS ARE VERY SIMPLE -- PAYROLL TAX EXTENSION, A HOLIDAY, NOT A 60-DAY HOLIDAY BUT A ONE-YEAR PAYROLL TAX EXTENSION THAT IS PAID FOR. UNEMPLOYED INSURANCE. WE ADDRESSED UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE IN A VERY COMPASSIONATE WAY, WORKING AS THE PRESIDENT HAS SUGGESTED. WE NEED TO CUT IT BY 20 WEEKS OVER TIME SO OUR HOUSE IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION IS WORKING TO TAKE IT FROM 99 WEEKS TO 59 WEEKS HOLDING THE SPIRIT OF OUR BIPARTISAN PRESIDENT. AND THE DOC FIX. IF WE WANT TO KEEP MEDICARE AND THE RECIPIENTS OF MEDICARE WHOLE, WE HAVE TO ADDRESS THE REIMBURSEMENT RATES OF THE DOCTORS. THIS DOC FIX STOPS AN ALMOST 30% CUT IN THE REIMBURSEMENT RATES. BUT BEYOND THAT, WE DECIDED IT IS TIME TO CREATE AMERICAN JOBS SO THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE THAT CREATES MORE THAN 20,000 JOBS IS IN THIS BILL. BUT NOT ONLY DO WE WANT TO CREATE JOBS, WE WANT TO SAVE JOBS, AND SO YOU THINK OF THE BOILER MACT THAT SAVES MORE JOBS THAN THE PIPELINE CREATES. UNFORTUNATELY, MR. SPEAKER, UNFORTUNATELY OUR FRIENDS ON THE LEFT WANT TO CONTINUE TO HOLD THE MIDDLE CLASS HOSTAGE BECAUSE THEY HAVE A PLAN ON -- TO CONTINUE TO RAISE TAXES AS THEY HAVE OVER THE LAST YEAR. AS A MATTER OF FACT, IN 2010, IN ONE BILL ONLY, MR. SPEAKER, ONE BILL ONLY THEY RAISED TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS, AND THIS YEAR, BECAUSE WE'RE MOVING INTO AN ELECTION YEAR, THEY DECIDED IT'S TIME TO REMEMBER THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS. BUT LAST YEAR THEY WERE TAXES THAT MIDDLE CLASS AND TAXING THAT MIDDLE CLASS AND TAXING THAT -- BUT LAST YEAR THEY WERE TAXING THAT MIDDLE CLASS AND TAXING THAT MIDDLE CLASS AND TAXING THAT MIDDLE CLASS. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON THE MIDDLE CLASS ON INVESTMENT INCOME, A HIKE IN MEDICARE PAYROLL TAXES OF $86 BILLION PASSED THROUGH TO THE MIDDLE CLASS. I DON'T KNOW WHY THIS YEAR ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY WANT TO TALK ABOUT TAX BREAKS FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS AND ONLY GIVE THEM 60 DAYS, MR. SPEAKER. I BELIEVE THAT THE MIDDLE CLASS DESERVES CERTAINTY AND OUR BILL GIVES THEM CERTAINTY. WE SAY FOR ONE YEAR WE NEED TO EXTEND TO THE MIDDLE CLASS, PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING EVERY DAY TO MAKE THEIR ENDS MEET. OUR FRIENDS ON THE LEFT, THEY'RE GETTING READY FOR CAMPAIGN SEASON AND SO WHAT THEY'RE REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT IS THEMSELVES. BUT WHEN WE SAID WHEN YOU TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE PERSON WHO NEEDS A MEDICAL DEVICE MUST PAY A PASS-THROUGH TAX UP TO $20 BILLION, THAT'S NOT COMPASSIONATE, THAT'S NOT FAIR, MR. SPEAKER. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT TANNING SERVICES, A $2.7 BILLION PASS-THROUGH TAX TO THE MIDDLE CLASS ON TANNING SERVICES. NOW, I'M NOT QUITE SURE WHAT TANNING SERVICES HAS TO DO WITH HEALTH CARE, BUT WE FIND OURSELVES IN THE MIDST OF ANOTHER BACK DOOR TAX INCREASE ON THE MIDDLE CLASS. OR LET'S GO AHEAD AND TAX THE INNOVATING COMPANIES $22 BILLION AND PASS IT TO THE MIDDLE CLASS. OR IF YOU DON'T LIKE THOSE TAXES WE HAVE ANOTHER ONE, HEALTH INSURERS. LET'S TAKE $60 BILLION OUT OF THE POCKETS OF THE MIDDLE CLASS BY MAKING THE INSURERS PAY MORE WHICH THEY KNOW THEY WILL PASS IT THROUGH TO THE MIDDLE CLASS. BUT SINCE THAT MAY NOT BE ENOUGH, THEY DECIDED THAT THEY WOULD ACTUALLY TAX THE HEALTH PLANS OF THE MIDDLE CLASS $32 BILLION ON THE PLANS OF THE MIDDLE CLASS. I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND IT, MR. SPEAKER. WE MUST NOT ONLY EXTEND THIS TAX CUT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS, WE MUST PAY FOR IT. AS I WAS TALKING TO ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS, $650 EVERY TWO WEEKS AND SHE NEEDS HER $600 TAX CUT BUT SHE'S VERY CLOSE TO SOCIAL SECURITY SO SHE SAYS TO ME, TIM, PLEASE, AS YOU PROVIDE AN EXTENSION OF THE TAX CUT, PLEASE DON'T RAID THE SOCIAL SECURITY FUND SO WE ON THE RIGHT HAVE DECIDED IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO WORK WITH THE PRESIDENT. OUR OFFSETS INCLUDE 90% OFFSETS THAT THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF HAVE AGREED TO. IN A BIPARTISAN WAY WE ADDRESS THE PAYROLL TAX EXTENSION. WE KEEP SOCIAL SECURITY AS SOLVENT AS IT CAN BE TODAY, AND WE CONTINUE TO MAKE SURE THAT SENIOR CITIZENS HAVE DOCTORS WHO WILL SEE THEM BECAUSE WE FIXED THE PROBLEM OF REIMBURSEMENT RATES AND UNEMPLOYMENT IS NOW A GREATER INCENTIVE FOR WORK THAN IT HAS BEEN IN MORE THAN TWO YEARS OR SO BECAUSE WE ARE TAKING 99 WEEKS AND WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION WITH THE PRESIDENT AND TAKING IT DOWN TO 59 WEEKS FOR SOME STATES. ONCE AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:25:44 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME IS RESERVED. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

  • 09:25:49 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GOOD MORNING. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM SOUTH…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GOOD MORNING. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. SCOTT, FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:25:58 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    THANK YOU. A LOT OF VERBAGE IS GOING ON HERE THIS MORNING, BUT, MR. AND…

    THANK YOU. A LOT OF VERBAGE IS GOING ON HERE THIS MORNING, BUT, MR. AND MRS. AMERICA, LET ME TELL YOU WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE. NOTHING. WE WERE PROMISED WE COULD HAVE A VOTE TO CONCUR IN WHAT THE SENATE DID 89-10 AND GIVE IT TO THE PRESIDENT AND MAKE SURE THAT THE PAYROLL TAX CONTINUES BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE TODAY. WHAT THEY CHANGED THAT TO IS TO REJECT WHAT THE SENATE DID AND ASK FOR A CONFERENCE WHICH THE OTHER SIDE, THE LEADER OF THE SENATE SAID HE'S NOT GOING TO DO. WE COULD HAVE DID THIS LAST WEEK BUT WE HAVE BEEN FLOWN HERE THIS WEEK TO DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. AT THE END OF THE DAY HERE WE WILL NOT HAVE ACCOMPLISHED A THING. THERE WILL BE NO PAYROLL TAX. THERE WILL BE NO UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. THERE WILL BE NO DOC FIX. IT SIMPLY SAYS, WE WILL REJECT WHAT THEY DID 89-10, WHICH IS A MIRACLE IN ITSELF, BUT WE ARE NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING HERE. WE WILL KICK IT BACK OVER TO THE OTHER SIDE. IN ADDITION TO THIS, THE PRESIDENT HAS NOT SIGNED THE OMNIBUS BILL. I THINK HE WAS GOING TO WAIT FOR THIS ONE WHICH MEANS COME FRIDAY THE GOVERNMENT COULD SHUT DOWN. ONCE AGAIN BRINKSMANSHIP OF HANGING BY OUR THUMBS. SO IF I COULD MAKE ANY POINT TODAY FOR AMERICA, DON'T PAY ANY ATTENTION TO THAT MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN HERE. WE ARE NOT DOING ANYTHING. WE COULD HAVE, BUT WE ARE NOT. AND AFTER THAT GREAT EXPENSE OF SHUTTLING ALL BACK AND FORTH THIS WEEK WE COME HERE TODAY AND WE HAVE A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY COME TOGETHER AND PROVIDE THE VITAL ASSISTANCE TO AMERICANS IN NEED. THE SENATE CERTAINLY ANSWERED THE CALLED IN A BIPARTISAN BILL WHICH WAS REALLY QUITE WONDERFUL. IT MADE US FEEL GOOD ABOUT THE CONGRESS. THEY PASSED A BILL IN SUPPORT OF 89 SENATORS AND 80% OF THE REPUBLICAN SENATORS. AND I'M VERY PROUD OF THEM. NOT ONLY DID THEY VOTE FOR THAT BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE HOUSE CAN'T DO THE SAME. THIS BILL HAD THE BLESSINGS OF THE SPEAKER OF THIS HOUSE AS OF SATURDAY. AFTER A YEAR OF BITTER BATTLES IN WASHINGTON WE STOOD ON THE BRINK OF A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT TO LOWER TAXES AND PROVIDE MUCH-NEEDED ASSISTANCE TO THOSE STRUGGLING TO GET THROUGH THE HOLIDAY SEASON THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN HAVING LOST THEIR EMPLOYMENT. THAT IS UNTIL A SMALL ARMY OF IDEOLOGUES SAID NO AND DEMANDED THIS TRULY BIPARTISAN BILL BE TOSSED OUT INTO THE COLD. WHAT A SHAME. SO WE MEET TODAY AT THE HEIGHT OF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON, AS A TIME OF TINY TIM AND MR. SCROOGE IS PLAYING OUT IN THE COUNTRY AND HERE IN THE HOUSE. WILL WE COME TOGETHER TO PROVIDE A FWIFT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OR WILL A SMALL GROUP OF IDEOLOGUES LET TAXES RISE AND LET THE UNEMPLOYMENT GO WITHOUT HOUSING AND FOOD AS WE RING IN THE NEW YEAR? IT IS MY BELIEF AND CERTAINLY BORNE OUT BY THE MEDIA THIS MORNING THAT ONE OF THE REASONS THE VOTE TODAY IS TO REJECT THE SENATE BILL IS WE HAD A VOTE TO CONCUR IN IT INSTEAD, TO SAY WE AGREED WITH WHAT THE SENATE HAD DONE, THEN IT WOULD HAVE PASSED. NOW, I SPOKE ABOUT THIS GAME OF BRINKSMANSHIP LAST WEEK AND CERTAINLY WE'VE GONE A WHOLE YEAR HOPING THERE WILL BE NO PAYROLL TAX ON THE OTHER SIDE. THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE IN THAT AND CERTAINLY DID NOT BELIEVE IN THE EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT. NOW SUDDENLY TODAY WE CAN'T JUST HAVE TOO MUCH. WE GOT TO HAVE A YEAR. WELL, THE REASON THEY COULDN'T GET A YEAR IN THE SENATE WAS THE DIFFERENCES OF OPINION IN HOW TO PAY FOR IT. IT WAS DECIDED THAT TWO MONTHS -- WE WILL NOT LOSE IT AFTER TWO MONTHS. THE HOUSE AND SENATE, WE WOULD HOPE, WOULD BE WORKING OUT WAYS SO WE CONTINUE IT FOR A YEAR. THIS WILL NOT BE A GREAT HARDSHIP OF BOOKKEEPING THAT EVERYBODY HAS BEEN TALKING ABOUT. WE WERE GOING TO TALK ABOUT IT DURING THOSE TWO MONTHS. THE TWO MONTHS WAS BASICALLY AN EMERGENCY MEASURE WHICH IS BEING TURNED DOWN BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. WE'D LOVE TO LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE EVERY SINGLE PRINCIPLE WE BELIEVED IT COULD BE MADE TRUE. THOSE THAT DISAGREE WITH US WOULD SUPPORT OUR VIEWS. BUT WE DON'T LIVE IN THAT WORLD. AFTER THE MAJORITY SPENT THE ENTIRE YEAR IGNORING EXTENDING THE TAX BREAK, I HEARD FREQUENT REFRAIN IN THE LAST 24 HOURS POLICIES WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY SHOULD NOT BE IMPLEMENTED FOR TWO MONTHS BUT FOR A YEAR. . THE MAJORITY SHOULD BE HEARTENED TO KNOW THAT HEART AND SOUL WE AGREE WITH THEM, WE ALL WANTED A YEAR, AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. AS I SAID BEFORE WE KNOW WE WILL GET THAT YEAR. WE'LL HAVE TWO MONTHS ON WORKING ON THAT EXTENSION. HOWEVER AFTER WEEKS OF NEGOTIATION, 435 LEGISLATORS CAN AGREE ON AN EQUALLY IMPORTANT POINT, HOW TO PAY FOR THE TAX CUTS FOR A YEAR. DEMOCRATS HAVE SAID THAT MILLIONAIRES AND THOSE WHO BENEFITED THE MOST IN THE PASS DECADE SHOULD PAY FOR THIS TAX BREAK. THE MAJORITY SAID THAT SENIORS RECEIVING MEDICARE SHOULD PAY INSTEAD AND THAT WAS IN THE BILL PASSED HERE LAST WEEK. THIS SIMPLE BUT PROFOUND DISAGREEMENT IS PART OF WHAT HAS LED US HERE TODAY. THE OTHER PART OF THE EQUATION IS THE MAJORITY NEEDED TO DESIGN A VOTE THAT NO MATTER THE VOTE TOTALS THEY WOULD NEVER LOSE. ISN'T THAT CLEVER? IF WE HAD ANOTHER MONTH TO WORK ON RESOLVING OUR DISAGREEMENT WE COULD CONTINUE DEBATE WITHOUT PAUSE. HOWEVER THE CLOCK IS ABOUT TO HIT MIDNIGHT, AND THE TAXES OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE OF MILLIONS MORE ARE ABOUT TO BE HARMED BECAUSE WE WON'T STRIKE A DEAL. IT SHOULD BE OBVIOUS WHY WE MUST PASS THIS SENATE AGREEMENT. IT'S TIME THAT ALL OF US ACCEPT THE WORLD AS IT IS. IT'S TIME THAT WE CAME TO A COMPROMISE, A COMPROMISE TO BENEFIT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS IN THIS TIME OF HOLIDAY CHEER FOR SOME. THERE WILL BE MANY MORE DEBATES IN THE MONTHS TO COME ABOUT HOW TO HELP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, BUT NOW WE WILL SEIZE OR OPPORTUNITY AND PROVIDE FOR THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO SENT US HERE TO MAKE SURE THE SEASON COULD BE A LITTLE BETTER THAN THE LAST. I'M GOING TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WHEN WE GET TO THAT POINT, BUT I WANT TO REITERATE AGAIN NOTHING IS HAPPENING HERE TODAY. WHEN WE LEAVE HERE, THE TAX CUT WILL NOT BE EXTENDED, UNEMPLOYMENT WILL NOT BE EXTENDED, WE WILL SIMPLY GO BACK HOME TO AWAIT THE CONSEQUENCES OF WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE TODAY. I DEEPLY REGRET THAT BECAUSE I WOULD HAVE LIKED NOTHING BETTER THAN THE BIPARTISANSHIP THAT THE SENATE SHOWED IN THIS TIME OF NEED TO HAVE BEEN ON DISPLAY HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:32:54 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME IS RESERVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

  • 09:32:57 AM

    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M NOT QUITE SURE IF I HEARD MS. SLAUGHTER…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M NOT QUITE SURE IF I HEARD MS. SLAUGHTER CORRECTLY, BUT SHE SEEMED TO ALLUDE OR SUGGEST THAT THE PRESIDENT MIGHT NOT PASS THE OMNIBUS BILL BECAUSE OF THIS BILL. WHICH SOUNDS LIKE A REAFFIRMATION OF THE FACT THAT WE ARE PLAYING POLITICS ON THE LEFT WHILE WE ON THE RIGHT CONSISTENTLY LOOK FOR WAYS TO HELP THE MIDDLE CLASS. I WOULD ALSO SAY THAT WHEN REPUBLICAN SENATOR JIM DEMINT AND PRESIDENT OBAMA AND SPEAKER BOEHNER AND DEMOCRAT SENATOR MAN CHEN ARE ON THE SAME PAGE ON A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION, WE OUGHT TO SOUND LIKE A SOUNDING BOARD FOR THOSE FOUR WHO ARE TYPICALLY IN OPPOSITE CORNERS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE GREAT STATE OF GEORGIA, DR. ROB WOODALL.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:33:48 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 09:33:52 AM

    MR. WOODALL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM SOUTH CAROLINA FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM SOUTH CAROLINA FOR YIELDING. HE KNOWS HOW EXCITED I AM TO BE DOWN HERE TODAY. HE KNOWS HOW EXCITED I AM BECAUSE UNLIKE WHAT MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK SUGGESTS ABOUT ACCEPTING HOW THE WORLD IS, TODAY'S A DAY WHERE WE DECIDED, YOU KNOW WHAT? WE CAN DO BETTER. WE CAN DO BETTER. THE MILLION FOLKS I REPRESENT BACK HOME IN GEORGIA DON'T WANT TO ACCEPT THE WAY THIS BODY OPERATES TODAY. THEY WANT US TO DO BETTER. I KNOW WHEN THIS BODY PASSED THIS ONE-YEAR EXTENSION LAST DECEMBER THAT THEY KNEW WE WERE GOING BAB -- TO BE BACK HERE TODAY. FOR A YEAR WE KNEW WE WOULD BE BACK HERE TODAY TO SUGGEST IF ONLY YOU GIVE US 60 DAYS TO DO BETTER, THAT'S THE WAY THIS HOUSE HAS WORKED IN YEARS PAST. BUT THIS YEAR, THIS YEAR THIS BODY HAS SAID IF THESE ISSUES ARE SO IMPORTANT TO THE AMERICAN FAMILY, AND THEY ARE, IF THESE ISSUES ARE SO CRITICAL TO THE ECONOMY, AND THEY ARE, WHY DO WE NEED ANOTHER 60 DAYS? WHY NOT DO IT TODAY? WE KNOW THAT IT HAS TO HAPPEN. WE KNOW IT'S COMING. WHY CAN'T WE GET TOGETHER AND DO IT TODAY? I'LL TELL YOU, I HAVE STUDIED MAJORITY POLITICS IN THIS BODY. AND TRADITIONALLY SPEAKING THE MAJORITY, WHICH THE REPUBLICANS ARE, WOULD JUST BRING A BILL TO THE FLOOR AND JAM IT THROUGH. MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY. YOU HAVE SEEN IT. YOU HAVE SEEN IT WHEN REPUBLICANS HAVE DONE IT, YOU HAVE SEEN IT WHEN DEMOCRATS HAVE DONE IT. IT COULD HAVE HAPPENED THAT WAY AGAIN TODAY. WHAT DID THE RULES COMMITTEE DO? THE RULES COMMITTEE DIDN'T SAY MY WAY OR HEIGHTWAY. THE RULES COMMITTEE SAID WE'VE GOT A POSITION HERE IN THE HOUSE. THEY HAVE A POSITION THERE IN THE SENATE. LET'S DO WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS AND COME TOGETHER IN A CONFERENCE TO WORK OUT OUR DIFFERENCES. THERE ARE THOSE IN THIS BODY WHO WOULD RATHER WORK OUT OUR DIFFERENCES ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE NEWSPAPER. THERE ARE THOSE IN THIS BODY WHO WOULD RATHER WORK OUT OUR DIFFERENCES ON THE SUNDAY MORNING TALK SHOW PROGRAMS. I DON'T THINK THAT'S THE BEST WAY TO GET THE PEOPLE'S BUSINESS DONE AND NEITHER DO THE MILLION FOLKS BACK HOME THAT I REPRESENT. IT'S OK THAT WE DISAGREE ABOUT WHAT THIS POLICY OUGHT TO LOOK LIKE. IT IS NOT OK IF WE LET THAT DISAGREEMENT PUT THE ECONOMY IN PERIL AND PUT THE BUDGETS UPON WORKING AMERICAN TAXPAYERS AT HOME IN PERIL. WE CAN DO BETTER. AND WE ARE DOING BETTER. WE ARE DOING BETTER. YOU KNOW, TRADITIONAL PROCESS WOULD HAVE BEEN TO GO AHEAD AND PUSH THIS THROUGH LATE LAST NIGHT. WE CALLED EVERYBODY BACK. COULD HAVE PASSED IT IN THE DARK OF NIGHT. AND FOLKS SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT? THAT'S NOT THE RIGHT WAY TO OPERATE THIS BODY. WE CAN DO BETTER IF WE ARE PROUD OF WHAT WE ARE DOING, LET'S PUT IT OFF UNTIL TOMORROW MORNING. LET'S DO IT IN THE LIGHT OF DAY AND LET EVERYBODY HAVE THEIR SAY. THAT'S WHAT WE ARE DOING. THAT'S WHY WE ARE HERE TODAY. I SAY TO MY FRIEND FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, I'M PROUD THAT WE SERVE ON THAT RULES COMMITTEE TOGETHER. I'M PROUD OF OUR LEADERSHIP FOR GIVING US THIS OPPORTUNITY TO BE OPEN AND I AM PROUD THAT IT IS NOT A SMALL BAND OF REBELS IN REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE, AS MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK WOULD SUGGEST, THAT ARE HIGH JACKING THIS PROCESS, IT IS A PROUD BAND OF 240 REPUBLICANS WHO SAY REGULAR ORDER HAS MERIT. LET'S DO IT IN THE WAY THAT WE HAVE DONE IT FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS. HOUSE BILL, SENATE BILL, LET'S COME TOGETHER, MR. SPEAKER, AND WORK OUT THOSE DIFFERENCES.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:37:15 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

  • 09:37:19 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

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

    Show Full Text
  • 09:37:26 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 09:37:29 AM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, LAST NIGHT THE RULES COMMITTEE AT THE DIRECTION OF THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, LAST NIGHT THE RULES COMMITTEE AT THE DIRECTION OF THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP VOTED OUT A MARTIAL LAW RULE THAT WILL DENY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AN UP OR DOWN VOTE ON THE BIPARTISAN SENATE COMPROMISE. NO VOTE. WE ARE ONLY DAYS AWAY FROM SEEING 160 MILLION HARDWORKING MIDDLE INCOME AMERICANS SEE THEIR TAXES INCREASE, AND THERE IS NO VOTE. WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF ALLOWING TWO MILLION JOBLESS PEOPLE TO LOSE THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND 48 MILLION SENIORS TO LOSE THEIR HEALTH CARE AND REPUBLICANS TELL US THERE CAN BE NO VOTE. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS LAST NIGHT DEFENDED THEIR DELAYING TACTICS BY SAYING ALL THEY WANTED WAS TO PROTECT REGULAR ORDER WHEN IT COMES TO LEGISLATION. SINCE WHEN? REGULAR ORDER, PLEASE. THE RULES COMMITTEE IS BECOMING A PLACE WHERE DEMOCRACY AND FAIRNESS GO TO DIE. THIS PROCESS IS SHAMEFUL. WE HAVE A HABIT IN THIS HOUSE WHERE WE LIKE TO POINT FINGERS OF BLAME AT THE SENATE FOR ITS DYSFUNCTION, BUT WE CAN'T DO THAT TODAY BECAUSE THE SENATE ACTUALLY FUNCTIONED AND GAVE US A BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE. IT'S NOT PERFECT. AND WE ALL WANT A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF THE PAYROLL TAX CUT. BUT AS WE STRUGGLE TO FIND ACCEPTABLE PAY-FORS, WHICH UP TO THIS POINT WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO DO, THE U.S. SENATE HAS PROVIDED US WITH A BRIDGE TO GET THERE. THIS COMPROMISE INCLUDES A SHORT-TERM EXTENSION OF THE PAYROLL TAX CUT, UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, AND THE DOC FIX. THE PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES REQUIREMENT THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA MAKE A DECISION ON THE KEYSTONE X.L. PIPELINE WHICH MANY OF US FIND HARD TO SWALLOW. BUT DEMOCRATS GET SOMETHING THEY WANT AND REPUBLICANS GET SOMETHING THEY WANT. BUT THAT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR HOUSE REPUBLICANS. AT A TIME WHEN AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS WORK TOGETHER, THE SENATE DID. THE POLITICIANS CAN COME TO AGREEMENT ON IMPORTANT MATTERS I BELIEVE IS A GOOD THING. WHAT'S A BAD THING IS WE ARE DOING HERE IN THE HOUSE. TODAY TRYING TO SCUTTLE THIS DEAL BY DENYING US A VOTE. IN TODAY'S "WASHINGTON POST," A REPUBLICAN MEMBER IS QUOTED AS SAYING, I QUOTE, IT'S HIGH STAKES POKER, END QUOTE. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS NOT A CARD GAME. THIS IS NOT A GAME OF ANY KIND. LET ME INFORM MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES THAT THIS IS REAL LIFE WITH REAL PEOPLE AND REAL CONSEQUENCES. I WOULD SAY TO THE REPUBLICAN LEADERS OF THIS HOUSE, SHOW US THAT YOU CAN GOVERN. THIS IS TIME FOR AN ADULT MOMENT. IT'S TIME TO TELL YOUR TEA PARTY WING THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COME FIRST. IT'S TIME TO PUT COUNTRY AHEAD OF POLITICAL PARTY. WE ARE LESS THAN 12 DAYS AWAY FROM A TAX INCREASE ON MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS AND INSTEAD OF DOING WHAT'S RIGHT FOR 160 MILLION AMERICANS, THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IS PLAYING POLITICS. DENYING US A VOTE. AND ENSURING THAT TODAY WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE WE'LL ACCOMPLISH ABSOLUTELY NOTHING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, VOTE DOWN THIS RULE. DON'T LEAVE TOWN UNTIL WE HAVE A CHANCE TO VOTE ON THE SENATE COMPROMISE SO THAT WE CAN ENSURE THAT MILLIONS OF OUR FELLOW CITIZENS DON'T SEE THEIR TAXES GOING UP DURING THESE DIFFICULT ECONOMIC TIMES. GIVE US A VOTE. WHY WON'T YOU GIVE US A VOTE? WE DEMAND A VOTE. LET US HAVE A VOTE SO WE CAN DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:40:37 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

  • 09:40:42 AM

    MR. SCOTT

    YOU. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD SIMPLY SAY IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A BIPARTISAN…

    YOU. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD SIMPLY SAY IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A BIPARTISAN APPROACH FOR LEGISLATION, IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO WORK WITH THE WHITE HOUSE, 90% OF OUR OFFSETS HAVE BEEN AGREED TO BY THE PRESIDENT. AND I WILL SIMPLY SAY THAT WHEN THE PRESIDENT IS RIGHT, WHICH I DON'T AGREE WITH HIM VERY OFTEN, HE'S RIGHT. THE PRESIDENT SAID THAT CONGRESS SHOULD NOT GO HOME FOR VACATION UNTIL IT 2350EU7BDS A -- FINDS A WAY TO AVOID HITTING 160 MILLION AMERICANS WITH A TAX HIKE ON JANUARY 1. IT WOULD BE INEXCUSABLE FOR CONGRESS NOT TO EXTEND THIS TAX HOLIDAY FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR. I THINK A BIPARTISAN APPROACH HAS BEEN TAKEN. I AM ASSURED BY THAT FACT BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT AND I ARE ON THE SAME PAGE AND IT DOESN'T HAPPEN BUT ONCE EVERY YEAR AND IT MUST BE CHRISTMAS. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, CHAIRMAN JEFF HENSARLING.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:41:35 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 09:41:38 AM

    MR. HENSARLING

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW WHY WE ARE HERE TODAY. WE ARE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW WHY WE ARE HERE TODAY. WE ARE HERE TODAY BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT'S ECONOMIC POLICIES HAVE FAILED. SINCE THE PRESIDENT WAS ELECTED, UNEMPLOYMENT HAS BEEN AT, NEAR, OR ABOVE 9%. SMALL BUSINESS START-UPS, 17-YEAR LOW. THAT'S THE OBAMA ECONOMY. BECAUSE OF THAT, MR. SPEAKER, ALMOST EVERY SING MANY MEMBER OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE AGREE THAT WE SHOULD EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY FOR ANOTHER YEAR. SO WHAT IS SO CONFUSING TO MANY OF US IS THAT, AS MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SAY, YES, WE NEED TO DO THIS FOR A YEAR, LIKE THE PRESIDENT SAID, LIKE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT, AND YET THEY ALL WANT TO VOTE AGAINST IT. SO THE DISAGREEMENT WE HAVE HERE, MR. SPEAKER, IS, DO YOU WANT TO PUNT THE BALL DOWN THE FIELD? DO YOU WANT TO DO THIS FOR 60 DAYS AND DO IT AGAIN 60 DAYS? ANOTHER 60 DAYS? OR DO YOU WANT TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM? THAT'S THE FIRST DEBATE. AND REALLY, MR. SPEAKER, IT BEGS THE QUESTION WHY? WHY DO WE HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE SAYING THEY WANT TO DO THIS FOR A YEAR AND YET THEY ARE ONLY WILLING TO VOTE FOR 60 DAYS. ARE PEOPLE MORE INTERESTED IN MAKING A LAW THAT WILL BENEFIT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OR ARE THEY MORE INTERESTED IN MAKING A CAMPAIGN ISSUE THAT MAY BENEFIT THEIR OWN RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGNS? THAT'S THE QUESTION. THE SECOND POINT OF DEBATE IS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, MANY OF WHOM ARE SUFFERING, BECAUSE OF THIS ECONOMY, THEY ARE WILLING TO WORK OVER THE HOLIDAYS. ARE WE WILLING TO WORK OVER THE HOLIDAYS? THE HOUSE IS WILLING TO WORK. THE QUESTION IS, WHERE'S THE SENATE? OK. SINCE THE DAWN OF THE REPUBLIC, WE HAVE THIS THING CALLED A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE. IF YOU TOOK CIVICS 101, YOU REMEMBER, THE HOUSE PASSES A BILL, THE SENATE PASSES A BILL, THEY COME TOGETHER IN CONFERENCE COMMITTEE, THEY WORK OUT THEIR DIFFERENCES. WE STAND READY TO WORK OVER THE HOLIDAYS. AND HERE'S THE THIRD POINT. DO YOU WANT TO PASS A BILL FOR MESSAGING PURPOSES OR DO YOU WANT TO PASS A BILL THAT WORKS? ABC REPORTED LAST NIGHT, HOLIDAY PASSED BY SENATE PUSHED BY PRESIDENT CANNOT BE IMPLEMENTED PROPERLY, EXPERTS SAY. THE NATIONAL PAYROLL REPORTING CONSORTIUM, THIS IS THE GROUP THAT HANDLES ALL THE PAYROLL ISSUES FOR PRACTICALLY A THIRD OF ALL OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR WORKERS IN THE COUNTRY. AND THEY SAID, QUOTE, IT COULD CREATE SUBSTANTIAL PROBLEMS, CONFUSION, AND COST AFFECTING THE SIGNIFICANT PERCENTAGE OF U.S. EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES. AND IN FACT, THE ASSOCIATION OF BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS HAVE SAID, THIS SORT OF TEMPORARY FIX UNDERSCORES CONGRESS' UNEVEN AD HOC APPROACH TOWARD THE ECONOMY AND CAUSES MORE HARM THAN GOOD FOR AMERICA'S JOB CREATORS. SO AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, -- WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS?

    Show Full Text
  • 09:44:49 AM

    MR. SCOTT

    30 SECONDS.

  • 09:44:52 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 09:44:54 AM

    MR. HENSARLING

    IT COMES DOWN TO THIS. IF YOU SAY YOU WANT TO DO THIS FOR A YEAR, PUT YOUR…

    IT COMES DOWN TO THIS. IF YOU SAY YOU WANT TO DO THIS FOR A YEAR, PUT YOUR VOTE WHERE YOUR RHETORIC IS. IF YOU'RE NOT WILLING TO WORK OVER THE HOLIDAYS, ADMIT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE YOU'RE NOT WILLING TO WORK OVER THE HOLIDAYS. AND DO YOU WANT -- IF YOU WANT TO SUPPORT A BILL THAT ACTUALLY WORKS, TALK TO THE JOB CREATORS IN AMERICA. THAT'S THE PROBLEM IN WASHINGTON. TALK TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ABSOLUTELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS. AND THEY WILL TELL YOU THE 60-DAY AD HOC APPROACH DOESN'T WORK, THAT'S WHY WE NEED A RULE TO GO TO CONFERENCE AND PUT FORTH SOMETHING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT AND NEED. .

    Show Full Text
  • 09:45:33 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

  • 09:45:36 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

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

    SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, A MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE,

    Show Full Text
  • 09:45:41 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED FOR 2 1/2 MINUTES.

  • 09:45:44 AM

    MR. POLIS

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK FOR THE TIME. THREES LAST TWO WEEKS HAS SHOWN…

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK FOR THE TIME. THREES LAST TWO WEEKS HAS SHOWN THE TAX AND SPEND REPUBLICAN PARTY UPCLOSE. THEN WE PASSED A HUGE OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL AND SPENT OVER $900 BILLION, ACTUALLY INCREASING DEFENSE SPENDING, ALL DEFICIT SPENDING. SPENDING, SPENDING, SPENDING. OH, NOW IT GETS WORSE. REPUBLICANS ARE POISED TODAY TO VOTE TO RAISE TAXES BEEN TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. WORSE YET, THEY AREN'T EVEN ALLOWING A VOTE TO KEEP TAXES WHERE THEY ARE. WHETHER THIS BILL PASSES OR NOT, MAKE NO MISTAKE, IT'S PURELY SYMBOLIC AS IT PASSES NO BILL TO PRESIDENT OBAMA TO KEEP TAXES WHERE THEY ARE AND SO THEY WILL GO UP ON JANUARY 1 BY $1,000 FOR THE AVERAGE AMERICAN FAMILY. COSTING AMERICAN TAXPAYERS TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WITHOUT EVEN HELPING REDUCE THE DEFICIT. SINCE THIS REPUBLICAN TAX INCREASE IS MONEY THE REPUBLICANS ALREADY SPENT LAST WEEK IN THE OMNIBUS $900 BILLION SPENDING SPREE. SPENDING, SPENDING, SPENDING, TAXES, TAXES, TAXES. THE DEFICIT GOES UP, UP, UP. YOU CAN'T TAX YOUR WAY OUT OF THIS BUDGET PROBLEM THIS COUNTRY IS IN, BUT THE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN TRYING TO DO JUST THAT THE LAST FEW WEEKS. WE NEED TO CUT SPENDING. NOW, THERE'S SOME BALANCED PLANS OUT THERE AND MOST EXPERTS AGREE THAT IT'S PARDON OF A BALANCED PLANS WITH SOME SPENDING CUTS REVENUES ARE NECESSARY. PRESIDENT OBAMA PUT TOGETHER THE SIMPSON-BOWLES BIPARTISAN PLAN. THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP DIDN'T ALLOW A VOTE. THE GANG OF SIX IN THE SENATE PUT TOGETHER A PROPOSAL TO BALANCE THE BUDGET. THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP DIDN'T ALLOW A VOTE. THE SUPERCOMMITTEE WAS SUPPOSED TO COME OUT WITH A BUDGET FIX THAT INCLUDED EVERYTHING WE ARE TALKING ABOUT, THE PAYROLL TAX, UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, BUT IT FAILED. THE REPUBLICANS WALKED AWAY. NOW, PRESIDENT OBAMA AND A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF 90% OF THE SENATE PROPROSED NOT INCREASING TAXES AND YET THE REPUBLICANS ARE REFUSING TO BRING IT TO THE FLOOR. SO INSTEAD OF A BALANCED PLAN WITH SPENDING CUTS, HERE WE ARE IN THE HEELS OF A HUGE REPUBLICAN OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL WITH RECORD DEFICIT SPENDING AND TAX INCREASES. RAISING TAXES AND RAISING TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS. THE TAX AND SPEND REPUBLICAN PARTY IS HERE TODAY AND HERE TO STAY. NOT ONLY THAT, BUT WHILE THE PEOPLE OF THE COUNTRY ARE WAKING UP, CONGRESS IS GOING TO SLEEP. WITH 10 DAYS LEFT AND SO MUCH WORK TO DO, RATHER THAN WORK THROUGH THE NIGHT TO GET SOMETHING AS QUICK AS POSSIBLE SO THE SENATE MIGHT BE ABLE TO RECONVENE, THEY GAVE THEMSELVES THE NIGHT OFF. CONGRESS DIDN'T DEBATE THIS TOPIC OR A SINGLE VOTE YESTERDAY NIGHT WITH 10 DAYS TO GO. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE RULE AND BILL AND URGE THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP TO VOTE NOW. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:48:35 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

  • 09:48:38 AM

    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ENJOY LISTENING TO MY FRIENDS ON THE LEFT TALK…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ENJOY LISTENING TO MY FRIENDS ON THE LEFT TALK ABOUT HOW THEY NEED TO GET ON OUR SIDE AND STOP THE TAX INCREASES BUT THE FUNNY PROBLEM IS AND IT'S A FUNNY PROBLEM THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MAY LIKE WHAT THEY SAY BUT THEY DON'T LIKE WHAT THEY DO. I WOULD ONLY SUGGEST PEOPLE TO CHECK THE VOTING RECORD ON THE TAX INCREASES. OUR OMNIBUS BILL REDUCES -- THE PAYROLL TAX BILL REDUCES THE DEFICIT AND DEBT BY $953 MILLION. $953 MILLION REDUCTION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, SHERIFF NUGENT.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:49:16 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 09:49:20 AM

    MR. NUGENT

    TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA FOR GIVING ME THIS TIME. MR.…

    TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA FOR GIVING ME THIS TIME. MR. SPEAKER, JUST THINK ABOUT THIS, THREE DAYS AGO, SATURDAY, PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID IN HIS QUOTE, IT WOULD BE INEXCUSABLE FOR CONGRESS NOT TO FURTHER EXTEND THIS MIDDLE TAX -- MIDDLE-CLASS TAX CUT FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR. SAME DAY, HOUSE MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI SAID, HOUSE DEMOCRATS WILL RETURN TO WASHINGTON AND TAKE UP THIS LEGISLATION WITHOUT DELAY AND WILL KEEP THE FIGHT TO EXTEND THE PROVISIONS FOR A FULL YEAR. ON SATURDAY MINORITY WHIP HOYER SAID HE WAS DISAPPOINTED THAT THE SENATE WOULD NOT AGREE TO A LONGER TERM EXTENSION. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT THE SENATE HAS DONE IS -- AND WE HEARD THIS TERM SO MANY TIMES BEFORE IS THEY'RE JUST -- IT'S ABOUT BUSINESS AS USUAL. LET'S NOT MAKE A DECISION THAT WE CAN PUT OFF FOR ANOTHER TWO MONTHS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS HOUSE IN A BIPARTISAN WAY LAST WEEK CAME UP WITH A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION, A TWO-YEAR DOC FIX EXTENSION THAT WILL HELP THOSE INDIVIDUALS PROVIDE MEDICAL SERVICES TO OUR SENIORS. IT GIVES THEM A SUSTAINABLE WAY TO LOOK FORWARD ON OUR DOCS AND THE DOC FIX FOR TWO YEARS, NOT TWO MONTHS. WHEN YOU HEAR FROM OTHER INDIVIDUALS IN THE REAL WORLD, THOSE THAT HAVE TO IMPLEMENT A POLICY THAT WAS DESIGNED BY THOSE IN THE SENATE FOR TWO MONTHS, THINK ABOUT IT. WHEN YOU HAVE TO REPORT THAT TAX TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, IT'S QUARTERLY, NOT TWO MONTHS. HOW ARE THEY SUPPOSED TO DO THAT? HOW DO YOU RECONCILE THAT DIFFERENCE? ONCE AGAIN, THE SENATE REFUSED TO TAKE ACTION THAT THE HOUSE DID. EVERYBODY TALKS ABOUT WHAT THE SENATE'S DONE. THE HOUSE PASSED A BIPARTISAN BILL AND MOVED TO FORWARD IN REGARDS TO A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION ON UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, ONE-YEAR EXTENSION IN REGARDS TO THE PAYROLL TAX AND A TWO-YEAR DOC FIX. THAT'S WHAT THE HOUSE DID, AND NOW ALL WE'RE ASKING IS THAT WE GO TO REGULAR ORDER JUST LIKE THEY'VE CONFOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS WHEN THE TWO -- THEY'VE DONE FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS WHEN THE TWO BODIES CAN'T AGREE, WHEN THE TWO BODIES CAN'T AGREE THEY GO TO CONFERENCE WHERE THERE'S CONFEREES ON BOTH SIDES AND SIT DOWN AND HASH IT OUT AND COME UP WITH A RESOLUTION TO BRING BACK TO BOTH BODIES. THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO DO. THAT'S WHAT OUR FOUNDING FATHERS ENVISIONED. NOT BACK ROOM DEALS, NOT THINGS CUT IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT. IT'S NOT ABOUT US VOTING, AND THANK GOD THAT OUR SPEAKERS SAW THE LIGHT IN REGARDS TO NOT VOTING IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT. HE BELIEVES IN REGULAR ORDER. HE BELIEVES THAT WE SHOULD MOVE AS A BODY AND GO TO CONFERENCE WITH OUR SENATE BROTHERS AND SISTERS TO DECIDE THE COURSE THAT WE NEED TO MAKE. I CAN'T BELIEVE, I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT THERE AREN'T FOLKS IN THE SENATE THAT COULDN'T GET THIS DONE WITH OUR MEMBERS IN THIS HOUSE AND GET IT DONE IN TWO WEEKS. MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT THE RULE AND I WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:52:35 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

  • 09:52:38 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE, MR. MILLER.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:52:45 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 09:52:50 AM

    MR. MILLER

    SPEAKER, UNFORTUNATELY WITH THE PROCEDURE THAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE USING…

    SPEAKER, UNFORTUNATELY WITH THE PROCEDURE THAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE USING TODAY, WE MISS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE HOUSE AND SENATE AND REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS TO COME TOGETHER AROUND AN EXTENSION OF THE MIDDLE-CLASS TAX CUT FOR THE NEXT TWO MONTHS. IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT IT'S FOR TWO MONTHS, BUT THE REPUBLICANS IN THIS HOUSE SENT TO THE SENATE A VERY EXTREME BILL FOR ONE YEAR BY SLASHING PEOPLE'S UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, RUINING FAMILIES' ABILITY IN THIS PERIOD OF ECONOMIC DOWNTURN AND THE SENATE REJECTED THAT ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. THE SENATE WAS THEN ENCOURAGED BY THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE TO NEGOTIATE A DEAL. SENATE LEADER HARRY REID AND MCCONNELL NEGOTIATED A GOOD DEAL. THE SPEAKER HERE SAID IT WAS A VICTORY. WHEN IT CAME BACK FROM THE SENATE WE COULD DO IT ON SOME KIND OF UNANIMOUS CONSENT PROCEDURE. THEN, THERE WERE RUMBLES IN THE HOUSE THERE WAS GOING TO BE REPUBLICANS AND -- IN THE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS THAT WANTED TO JOIN THE 39 REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE THAT VOTED FOR THIS PROCEDURE AND ALL OF A SUDDEN WHAT WE SEE IS THE EMERGENCE OF THE TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS SLAPPING DOWN THAT IDEA, SLAPPING DOWN THE IDEA THERE WOULD BE INDEPENDENT JUDGMENTS MADE IN THE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS AND THEY PULLED IT TO A GRINDING HALT. WE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO VOTE ON THAT BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT. WE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO VOTE ON AN AGREEMENT THAT BROUGHT THE REPUBLICANS AND THE DEMOCRATS TOGETHER IN THE SENATE. WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO VOTE ON A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT THAT HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BRING DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TOGETHER IN THE HOUSE. THAT'S BECAUSE THE TEA PARTY INSISTS UPON THIS RADICAL AGENDA WHERE THEY ARE GOING TO THROW MILLIONS OF PEOPLE OFF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WHO LOST THEIR JOBS THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN AND THAT'S HOW THEY'LL PAY FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUTS BY INJURING MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES WHO HAVE BEEN THROWN INTO ECONOMIC CHAOS BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN CAUSED BY THEIR FRIENDS ON WALL STREET AND THE SCANDALS THAT THEY PERPETRATED ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. LET'S BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER. LET'S PASS THE SENATE BILL AND LET'S GET ON WITH TAKING CARE OF THE PROBLEMS OF THIS NATION.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:55:03 AM

    MR. SCOTT

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. MEEHAN.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:55:08 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:55:10 AM

    MR. MEEHAN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS MOTION THIS MORNING, BUT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS MOTION THIS MORNING, BUT FOR A VERY IMPORTANT REASON. THE POLITICS HERE IS THICKER THAN THE MAIN MA LASSES. IF YOU GO BACK AND TALK TO THE REAL JOB CREATORS IN YOUR DISTRICT YOU'LL SEE THE COMMONSENSE APPROACH THAT'S BEING DETAILED RIGHT HERE TO LOOK FOR A SOLUTION. THE HOUSE HAS ALREADY VOTED. WE HAVE SUPPORTED THE IDEA OF PASSING THE PAYROLL TAX. WE PASSED THAT BILL. WE SUPPORTED THE REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE DOCTORS SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO CREATE CERTAINTY AND THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN DOCTORS AND THEIR PATIENTS. WE PASSED THAT BILL. NOW WE GOT TO COME BACK AND WORK OUT THE DIFFERENCES, BUT WHEN THE DIFFERENCE BECOMES A TWO-MONTH EXTENSION, IT DEFIES COMMON SENSE. I SAT THIS MORNING AND SPOKE WITH ONE OF THE INDIVIDUALS WHO IS A TAX ACCOUNTANT IN MY DISTRICT. THE QUARTERLY TAX RETURN IS THE WAY SO MANY SMALL BUSINESSES DO THEIR WORK. THE QUARTERLY TAX RETURN, A THREE-MONTH SITUATION. THIS BILL WILL REQUIRE US TO GO AND JUST CHANGE THESE FORMS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. LET ME JUST CLOSE BY MY COMMENTS BY THE WORDS FROM THE NFIB. EMPLOYERS DON'T HAVE CORRECT WITHHOLDINGS WILL HAVE TO AMEND THEIR EMPLOYMENT TAX RETURNS NEXT YEAR WHICH MAY INCREASE THEIR CHANCES FOR AN AUDIT. THIS IS THE KIND OF INSANITY THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT SMALL BUSINESSES BEING AUDITED BECAUSE CONGRESS CAN'T DO THEIR WORK. MR. SPEAKER --

    Show Full Text
  • 09:56:40 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

  • 09:56:43 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCLUDE IN THE RECORD…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCLUDE IN THE RECORD THE COMMENTS FROM SENATORS -- REPUBLICAN SENATORS BEGGING THE HOUSE TO TAKE THEIR BILL AND YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:56:55 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 09:56:58 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    I WANT TO PUT IN THE RECORD THE KEY DATES IN THE BOEHNER PAYROLL TAX CUT…

    I WANT TO PUT IN THE RECORD THE KEY DATES IN THE BOEHNER PAYROLL TAX CUT DEBACLE. ON WEDNESDAY, SPEAKER BOEHNER SAID IN A MEETING IN SENATOR MCCONNELL'S OFFICE WITH REID AND MCCONNELL, SPEAKER BOEHNER SAID THE TWO SENATE LEADERS SHOULD NEGOTIATE A DEAL AND SENATOR MCCONNELL HAD HIS PROXY. THURSDAY, SPEAKER BOEHNER MADE PUBLIC COMMENTS PROMISING TO LIVE BY WHATEVER AGREEMENT THE SENATE REACHED. HE SAID, QUOTE, IF THE SENATE ACTS I'M COMMITTED TO BRINGING THE HOUSE BACK. WE CAN DO IT WITHIN 24 HOURS TO DEAL WITH WHATEVER THE SENATE DOES. ON FRIDAY, SPEAKER BOEHNER REACTED TO REPORTS THAT WE MAY HAVE TO SETTLE ON A TWO-MONTH EXTENSION BY SAYING IF THE SENATE PASSED THAT HE WOULD TAKE IT AS A KEYSTONE PIPELINE TO IT AND SEND IT BACK TO THE SENATE. SO WE ADDED THE PIPELINE INTO THE DEAL IN THE SENATE BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT SPEAKER BOEHNER SAID HE NEEDED TO GET THE MEASURE THROUGH THE HOUSE. FRIDAY NIGHT AFTER SENATOR MCCONNELL PRESENTS A PAYROLL TAX DEAL TO HIS CAUCUS, HE'S CAPTURED IN HIS VIDEO LEAVING THE CAUCUS HIGH-FIVING SENATOR BARRASSO AND LATER HE SAID, I OBVIOUSLY KEEP THE SPEAKER INFORMED AS TO WHAT I'M DOING. LET ME YIELD MYSELF 30 SECOND. SATURDAY, MCCONNELL SAID IT'S A BILL DESIGNED TO PASS. HE SAID I THANK MY FRIEND, THE MAJORITY LEADER, FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK ON SOMETHING WHICH COULD PASS THE SENATE AND BE SIGNED BY THE NAT. SATURDAY, SPEAKER BOEHNER CALLED THIS BILL A GOOD DEAL AND URGED VICTORY AND PASS IT ON A CONFERENCE CALL. SATURDAY AFTERNOON, SENATOR MCCONNELL GAVE HIS CONSENT TO ALLOW THE SENATE TO ADJOURN FOR A YEAR. ON SUNDAY, ONCE THE TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS IN THE CAUCUS -- SPEAKER BOEHNER IS NOW DISOWNING A DEAL HE SUPPORTED 24 HOURS EARLIER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. ANDREWS.

    Show Full Text
  • 09:58:55 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 09:58:59 AM

    MR. ANDREWS

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

  • 09:59:02 AM

    MR. ANDREWS

    MR. SPEAKER, IN JUST OVER TWO WEEKS, AMERICANS WHO ARE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, IN JUST OVER TWO WEEKS, AMERICANS WHO ARE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE WORK WILL GET THEIR FIRST PAYCHECK OF 2012 AND THE PAYCHECK WILL BE LOWER BECAUSE THERE'S A TAX INCREASE. THE QUESTION BEFORE THE COUNTRY TODAY IS, SHOULD WE STOP THAT? YES OR NOT? IN 11 OR 12 DAYS A SENIOR WILL GO SEE HER DOCTOR AND THERE'S A VERY HIGH RISK THAT THE DOCTOR WILL NOT SEE THAT MEDICARE PATIENT BECAUSE THE DOCTOR'S SEEN A 27% CUT IN WHAT THE DOCTOR HAS BEEN PAID. THE QUESTION BEFORE THE COUNTRY IS, SHOULD WE STOP THAT, YES OR NO? IN JUST OVER 11 DAYS, OVER TWO MILLION AMERICANS WILL SEE THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS EXPIRE AND THEY WILL HAVE VIRTUALLY NO INCOME TO PAY ANY OF THEIR BILLS. THE ANSWER SHOULD WE STOP THAT, YES OR NO? NOW, THE OTHER BODY HAS TAKEN UP A BILL THAT GIVES US THE ANSWER. THE TAXES WILL NOT GO UP ON THE MIDDLE CLASS, THE SENIORS WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THEIR DOCTOR AND THE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS WILL NOT EXPIRE. . 89 MEMBERS OF THE SENATE VOTED FOR THIS. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SAID HE WOULD SIGN THIS. VIRTUALLY EVERY MEMBER OF THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE OF THE HOUSE IS PREPARED TO VOTE FOR THIS. BUT THIS IS NOT ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY. NOW, IT'S JUST FINE FOR A MEMBER TO SAY, YES, I SUPPORT THIS COMPROMISE, OR NO, I DON'T SUPPORT THIS COMPROMISE. BUT IT IS AN ABROGATION OF THE BASIC DUTY OF THIS HOUSE NOT TO TAKE A VOTE ON IT. CHOICES ARE YES, WE SUPPORT THE BILL. NO, WE DON'T SUPPORT THE BILL. IT SHOULDN'T BE WE DON'T WANT TO TAKE A VOTE ON THE BILL. WE WANT TO DUCK THE QUESTION. WE ARE COMPENSATED TO CAST VOTES AND EXPLAIN OUR VOTES TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BY REFUSING TO LET THIS BILL COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY, THE MAJORITY IS APROGATING ITS RESPONSIBILITY TO THE COUNTRY. WE SHOULD OPPOSE THIS RULE.

    Show Full Text
  • 10:01:09 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

  • 10:01:13 AM

    MR. SCOTT

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA, DR. FOXX.

  • 10:01:18 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 10:01:21 AM

    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM SOUTH CAROLINA FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM SOUTH CAROLINA FOR HANDLING THE RULE AND FOR YIELDING TWO MINUTES. AND I WANT TO SAY FIRST OFF THAT WE SHOULD ALL VOTE FOR THIS RULE. AND WE SHOULD VOTE FOR THE RESOLUTION THAT'S GOING TO COME UP LATER. I WANT TO POINT OUT TO MY COLLEAGUES AGAIN THAT YOU ARE ENTITLED TO YOUR OPINION BUT YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED TO REWRITE HISTORY. THE HOUSE PASSED A BILL LAST WEEK, A BIPARTISAN BILL. THERE'S BEEN SO MUCH TOUTING OF THE SENATE BIPARTISAN BILL, BUT NOT ONE MENTION OF THE FACT THAT -- BY OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT WE PASSED A BIPARTISAN BILL LAST WEEK WHICH DID EXACTLY WHAT THE PRESIDENT, MS. PELOSI, MR. HOYER, ALL ROSE IN CHARGE OF THE DEMOCRAT PARTY SAID THEY WANTED A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF THE POLICY PASSED LAST YEAR. WE PASSED -- IT ALSO STOPPED RAISES FOR CONGRESS AND FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AN CUT SPENDING. WHAT OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE CANNOT DO AND WHAT THE PRESIDENT SEEMS INCAPABLE OF DOING IS CUTTING FEDERAL SPENDING. WHICH IS DESPERATELY WHAT WE NEED IN THIS COUNTRY. AND I WANT TO POINT OUT TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK WHO SAYS THAT WE ARE DOING NOTHING HERE TODAY, WE ARE NOT DOING ANYTHING, I BELIEVE IS HER COMMENT. I'LL POINT OUT THAT THE CONSTITUTION IN ARTICLE 1, SECTION 1 DEVISES THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, AND SECTION 2 IT TALKS ABOUT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. IF THE FOUNDERS THOUGHT THE HOUSE WAS IRRELEVANT AND OBVIOUSLY MY COLLEAGUE THINKS THAT THE HOUSE IS IRRELEVANT, THEN MAYBE SOME PEOPLE SHOULD GO HOME. I DON'T THINK THE HOUSE IS IRRELEVANT. MR. REID HAS SAID THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MUST PASS THEIR BILL. WELL, NOBODY MADE MR. REID THE KING. AND I DON'T THINK THAT WE HAVE TO DO WHAT MR. REID SAYS. HE HAS A VERY HIGH OPINION OF HIMSELF. I THINK WE DO WHAT THE CONSTITUTION TELLS US TO DO. WHEN THERE IS A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION, THEN WE GO TO CONFERENCE. A NO VOTE TO OUR COLLEAGUES MEANS THEY DON'T WANT TO FOLLOW REGULAR ORDER AND WANT TO CONTINUE THE UNCERTAINTY. WHAT HAS THE SENATE DONE THIS YEAR? THE SENATE HAS PASSED APPROXIMATELY 10 SUBSTANTIVE BILLS. IT'S MY OPINION THAT THE SENATE IS OUT OF TOUCH. A TWO-MONTH BILL IS NOT APPROPRIATE. THEY WANT -- INSTEAD OF BEING AN ALICE IN WONDERLAND LIKE MY COLLEAGUE SAID LAST NIGHT, WE ARE IN 1984.

    Show Full Text
  • 10:03:54 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE SENATE OR ITS MEMBERS. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

    Show Full Text
  • 10:04:02 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM COLORADO, A…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM COLORADO, A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, MS. DEGETTE.

    Show Full Text
  • 10:04:09 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 10:04:13 AM

    MS. DEGETTE

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M MAD, TOO. I'M MAD AT THE SENATE. I'M MAD THIS IS A…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M MAD, TOO. I'M MAD AT THE SENATE. I'M MAD THIS IS A SHORT-TERM EXTENSION. I'M MAD THAT THIS ALLOWS THIS PIPELINE THAT I OBJECT TO TO BE BUILT. AND I, TOO, AM MAD AT THE WAY IT'S PAID FOR. BUT THEN, MR. SPEAKER, I THINK ABOUT THE SIX CONSTITUENTS THAT I MET WITH A DUMB WEEKS -- COUPLE WEEKS AGO IN DENVER. ALL SIX ARE UNEMPLOYED AND HAVE BEEN FOR OVER TWO YEARS. EVERY MORNING THESE SIX FOLKS WAKE UP WITH HOPE. THEY SEND OUT RESUMES. THEY MAKE PHONE CALLS. THEY VISIT OFFICES. THEY DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN THINK OF TO GET A JOB. BY THE END OF THE DAY, THEY ARE DISPIRTED. BY THE END OF THE WEEK ON SUNDAY NOW WE WANT TO REMOVE ALL HOPE THEY WILL HAVE TO SUBSIST IN ANY WAY. THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN 12 DAYS. THERE'S ALMOST 36,000 PEOPLE LIKE THIS IN MY DISTRIDGET. THERE'S 2.2 MILLION OF THEM AROUND THE COUNTRY. OR I THINK ABOUT THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES WHO DO HAVE JOBS. NOW, THESE FOLKS AS OF JANUARY 1 ARE ALL GOING TO LOSE $1,000 IN THEIR PAYCHECKS. IN 12 DAYS. THESE PEOPLE HAVE PLANNED THEIR CHRISTMAS BUDGETS AROUND THAT MON ANY. NOW EITHER -- MONEY. NOW THEY'LL HAVE TO CHARGE IT ON CRIR EDIT CARDS OR MAYBE THEY WON'T BUY TOYS UNDER THE TREE BECAUSE OF CONGRESS. MERRY CHRISTMAS. DON'T FOOL YOURSELF. I HAVE BEEN IN CONGRESS 15 YEARS NOW. THE SENATE IS NOT COMING BACK. THERE WON'T BE A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE. THIS MOTION EFFECTIVELY KILLS THE BILL. LET'S STOP ARGUING ABOUT PROCESS. LET'S STOP ARGUING ABOUT WHAT WE WANT TO SEE. LET'S STOP DEMAGOGUING THIS ISSUE. LET'S TART TALKING FOR ONCE ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT WE -- LET'S START TALKING FOR ONCE ABOUT THE PEOPLE WE REPRESENT AND WHO WILL LOSE HOPE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON BECAUSE OF US. LET'S DEFEAT THIS MOTION. LET'S ADOPT THE BIPARTISAN SENATE BILL. LET'S COME BACK IN JANUARY AND WORK TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN AND BICAMERAL WAY TO ACTUALLY FIX THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 10:06:19 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

  • 10:06:22 AM

    MR. SCOTT

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, --

  • 10:06:32 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 10:06:34 AM

    >>

    THE SENATE PUT A BAD AMENDMENT ON A BILL. WITH ALMOST AS MANY DEMOCRATS…

    THE SENATE PUT A BAD AMENDMENT ON A BILL. WITH ALMOST AS MANY DEMOCRATS VOTING FOR IT AS REPUBLICANS VOTING AGAINST IT. A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT DOES WHAT THE PRESIDENT ASKS US TO DO WHICH IS TO EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX CUT FOR 12 MONTHS. 12 MONTHS IS WHAT THE PRESIDENT ASKED FOR. 12 MONTHS IS WHAT WE DID. NOW, THE SENATE IN THEIR HAYES TO GET OUT OF TOWN -- HASTE TO GET OUT OF TOWN PASSED IT FOR 60 DAYS. NOW, I WOULD RESPECTFULLY SUBMIT IF THEY HAD DONE ANY CONSIDERATION AT ALL, THEY WOULD HAVE MADE IT 90 DAYS. I'M ONE OF THOSE WHO SIGNED A QUARTLY WAGE IN TAX RETURN LIKE MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES. I ASK THE PRESIDENT TO STAND WITH THE REPUBLICAN HOUSE. LET'S PASS THIS TAX CUT FOR A YEAR AND DO WHAT AMERICANS NEED US TO DO.

    Show Full Text
  • 10:07:12 AM

    MR. SCOTT

    YEAR AND DO WHAT AMERICANS NEED US TO DO.

  • 10:07:54 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

  • 10:07:57 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PANE LO.

  • 10:08:03 AM

    MR. PALLONE

    YOU, MR. SPEAKERMENT I LOVE CHRISTMAS, TOO. BUT WHEN THE GENTLEMAN ON THE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKERMENT I LOVE CHRISTMAS, TOO. BUT WHEN THE GENTLEMAN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SUGGESTS THAT SOMEHOW THEY ARE GOING TO STAY AROUND HERE AFTER TODAY, I DON'T BELIEVE THAT FOR ONE MINUTE. I GUARANTEE AT THE END OF THE DAY THE REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO GO HOME. THE DIFFERENCE IS THEY ARE GOING TO GO HOME WITHOUT HAVING PASSED THE SENATE BILL THAT ALLOWS PEOPLE TO GET THEIR PAYROLL TAX CUTS, THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, AND THE SENIORS TO GO OUT AND BE ABLE TO ACCESS MEDICARE. IF YOU REALLY CARED ABOUT THESE ISSUES, THEN YOU WOULD PASS THE SENATE BILL. YOU WOULDN'T PUT UP A VOTE THAT REJECTS THE SENATE BILL AND DOESN'T ALLOW US TO CONSIDER IT AT ALL. DON'T KID ANYBODY HERE. AT THE END OF THE DAY THE REPUBLICANS WILL GO HOME. THE CONSEQUENCE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS THAT THE ECONOMY IS IN A VERY PERILOUS SITUATION RIGHT NOW. IF YOU TAKE THIS TAX CUT AND YOU DON'T EXTEND IT, THEN IT'S VERY POSSIBLE PEOPLE WON'T HAVE MONEY TO SPEND, THE ECONOMY WON'T GROW, AND THIS TEETERING ECONOMY COULD EASILY FALL BACK INTO A RECESSION AGAIN. SO I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON HERE. ALL I CAN THINK OF IS THE TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS, THE EXTREMISTS ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, ARE WAGGING THE REPUBLICAN DOG AND SAYING TO YOUR LEADERSHIP, WE DOESN'T WANT TO DO THIS. THEY COULDN'T WANT THE -- DON'T WANT THE PAYROLL TAX EXTENSION. I DON'T KNOW WHY HE THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE. ARE YOU GOING HOME AT THE END OF THE DAY. THERE ISN'T GOING TO BE A BILL PASSED HERE. THE DEADLINE WILL BE REACHED ON JANUARY 1 AND PEOPLE WILL BE WITHOUT THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE AND A TAX INCREASE. THAT'S WHAT THE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS. I HAVE BEEN HEARING THE REPUBLICANS FOR YEARS SAYING, THEY DON'T WANT A TAX INCREASE. WELL, THEY DON'T CARE IF THE TAX INCREASE IS ON THE MIDDLE CLASS. IF IT'S ON THE WEALTHY, THEY DON'T WANT THAT. BUT IT'S OK TO INCREASE TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS.

    Show Full Text
  • 10:09:40 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

  • 10:09:43 AM

    MR. SCOTT

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. TOM REED.

  • 10:09:48 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:09:50 AM

    MR. REED

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AND UNDERLYING…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AND UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. WHY? BECAUSE ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. THE ARROGANCE OF THIS PLACE IS OUTSTACK. -- IS OUTSTANDING. IT'S UNBELIEVABLE. YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT FROM THE EYES OF OUR CONSTITUENTS AND THE PEOPLE BACK HOME. TWO MONTHS OF CERTAINTY FOR PEOPLE WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR PAYROLL? TO THEIR PAYCHECKS? TWO MONTHS FOR HOW OUR DOCTORS ARE GOING TO GET PAID FOR CARING OUR OUR SICK AND OLD? THAT'S RIDICULOUS. I'LL TELL MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THERE IS A NEW DAWN THAT HAS EMERGED IN THIS CHAMBER. WE ARE NO LONGER GOING TO RUN FROM OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO GOVERN. WE ARE GOING TO DO IT IN THE OPEN. WE ARE GOING TO DO IT HONESTLY. AND WE ARE GOING TO DO IT IN A WAY THAT PROVIDES CERTAINTY TO THESE PROBLEMS BECAUSE GOD KNOWS WE CAN NO LONGER AFFORD BAND-AID. WE NEED REAL SOLUTIONS. LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS. I PLEAD WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO JOIN US AND REACH A RESOLUTION THAT BRINGS CERTAINTY FOR LONGER PERIOD OF TIME THAN TWO MONTHS. WITH THAT I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 10:11:03 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS,…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

    Show Full Text
  • 10:11:07 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES. MS. JACKSON

  • 10:13:03 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 10:13:08 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

  • 10:13:10 AM

    MR. SCOTT

    SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. JEFF…

    SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. JEFF LANDRY.

    Show Full Text
  • 10:13:15 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:13:18 AM

    MR. LANDRY

    SPEAKER, I RISE TO CALL OUT HYPOCRISY. BECAUSE IT IS AMAZING THAT THE SAME…

    SPEAKER, I RISE TO CALL OUT HYPOCRISY. BECAUSE IT IS AMAZING THAT THE SAME LEVEL OF UNCERTAINTY THAT MY COLLEAGUES FROM ACROSS THE AISLE HAVE INJECTED INTO OUR ECONOMY TODAY, WHICH IS FAILING OUR ECONOMY, THEY NOW WANT TO INJECT THAT TYPE OF UNCERTAINTY INTO THE AMERICAN FAMILY'S BUDGET. TWO MONTHS? THE PILLAR, ONE OF THE PILLARS OF THE PRESIDENT'S JOBS BILL WAS THE EXTENSION OF THE PAYROLL TAX FOR ONE YEAR. AND YET REPUBLICANS AGREED WITH HIM AND SENT OVER TO THE SENATE A BILL WHICH EXTENDS THAT PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY FOR ONE YEAR. AND YET THE SENATE CAN ONLY GIVE US A SIXTH OF THAT. WHERE IS THE COMPROMISE? WHERE IS THE AGREEMENT? WHERE HAS THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER AND THE PRESIDENT MISSED EACH OTHER? THE PRESIDENT WANTED A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION AND THAT IS WHAT WE STAND FOR TODAY. IS A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION TO THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY TO GIVE CERTAINTY TO AMERICAN FAMILIES AT A TIME WHEN THEY NEED IT THE MOST. AND I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

    Show Full Text
  • 10:14:36 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

    Show Full Text
  • 10:14:39 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, THE ASSISTANT DEMOCRAT LEADER,

    Show Full Text
  • 10:14:45 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 10:14:48 AM

    MR. CLYBURN

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

    MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO THANK THE 89 SENATORS, 50 DEMOCRATS, AND 39 REPUBLICANS, FOR THEIR BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT TO EXTEND THE CURRENT PAYROLL TAX CUT, UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS, AND MEDICARE DOC FIX PAYMENTS FOR ANOTHER 60 DAYS WHILE WE CONTINUE TO SEE COMMON GROUND FOR A FULL 12-MONT EXTENSION. LET THERE BE NO MISTAKE, THE ONLY WAY FOR THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY TO PREVENT A TAX INCREASE ON 160 MILLION WORKING AMERICANS IS TO PASS THE BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT. . LET ME BE KRIS CAL CLEAR. THE ONLY WAY OF NOT CAN UTTING OFF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE FOR 2.3 MILLION AMERICANS WHO ARE CURRENTLY UNEMPLOYED AND LOOKING FOR WORK IS TO PASS THE BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT. THE ONLY WAY TO PREVENT FUNDS TO PAY DOCTORS WHO CARE FOR MEDICARE PATIENTS IS TO PASS THE BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT. NOW, WHEN THIS THING HAPPENED LAST WEEKEND THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER AND SENATE MINORITY LEADER DEMONSTRATED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS CAN WORK TOGETHER. THEY HAMMERED OUT A COMPROMISE ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, I'M SURE THAT MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE HAVE HEARD THEIR 20'S ASK AS I'VE HEARD MINE ASK TIME AND TIME AGAIN -- CONSTITUENTS ASK AND I HAVE HEARD MINE ASK TIME AND TIME AGAIN, WHY CAN'T YOU GUYS WORK TOGETHER TO GET THINGS DONE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? IT'S A GOOD QUESTION. IT'S A FAIR QUESTION, AND THE SENATE HAVE ANSWERED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE BY PASSING THIS LEGISLATION AND IT'S MY FERVOR HOPE THAT WE WILL DO SO ALSO. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PUT PARTISANSHIP ASIDE AND JOIN OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE OTHER BODY TO DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BRING THE BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT TO THE FLOOR AND LET'S HAVE A VOTE. I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 10:16:54 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

  • 10:17:04 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

  • 10:17:06 AM

    MR. DREIER

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

  • 10:17:08 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:17:10 AM

    MR. DREIER

    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM NORTH CHARLESTON FOR HIS WORK ON THIS RULE.…

    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM NORTH CHARLESTON FOR HIS WORK ON THIS RULE. UNCERTAINTY IS THE ENEMY OF PROSPERITY AND ECONOMIC GROWTH AND WE KNOW THAT EXTENDING THIS PACKAGE FOR A YEAR WILL IN FACT BE DOING EXACTLY WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS SAID IS NECESSARY FOR US TO DO. HE SAID IT'S INEXCUSABLE FOR US NOT TO EXTEND THIS FOR A YEAR, AND SO WE GOT A GREAT CHANCE TO DO THIS. THE OTHER ISSUE THAT I THINK IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE, MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT UNCERTAINTY IS NOW POSING A NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND I SAY THAT BECAUSE LAST NOIT STEVEN HARPER, THE PRIME MINISTER -- NIGHT STEVEN HARPER, THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA, HAD AN INTERVIEW ON CANADIAN TELEVISION THAT HE SAID THERE WOULD BE APPROVAL OF THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE THAT WOULD ALLOW FOR THE FLEE OF CANADIAN ENERGY TO COME INTO THE UNITED STATES -- FLOW OF CANADIAN ENERGY TO COME INTO THE UNITED STATES. OBVIOUSLY UNCERTAINTY EXISTS AND SO HE MADE IT VERY CLEAR. HE SAID, HE'S VERY SERIOUS ABOUT SELLING THAT ENERGY, MOVING THAT ENERGY TO ASIA AND WE KNOW THAT MEANS TO CHINA. NOW, I'M NOT OPPONENT OF CHINA'S ECONOMIC GROWTH BUT I DO BELIEVE THE POTENTIAL FOR US TO WORK WITH OUR CLOSE ALLY TO THE NORTH IS A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT PART OF OUR ECONOMIC GROWTH. JOB CREATION HERE WOULD BE ENHANCED BY IT, AND WE KNOW IT WOULD HELP US HAVE ACCESS TO LOWER COST ENERGY. AND SO, MR. SPEAKER, NOT ONLY IS ENERGY UNCERTAINTY THE ENEMY OF ECONOMIC GROWTH AND PROSPERITY, BUT UNCERTAINTY IS NOW JEOPARDIZING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, SOME HAVE TRIED TO MAKE THE CLAIM THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE AN UNOR DOWN VOTE ON THE SENATE MEASURE. LET ME -- UP OR DOWN VOTE ON THE SENATE MEASURE. THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE IS GOING TO MOVE TO DISAGREE WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENTS AND REQUEST A CONFERENCE, MR. CAMP. THAT'S THE MOTION THAT THE MAJORITY -- THAT THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE WILL HAVE. WHAT THAT MEANS, MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT ANY MEMBER, ANY MEMBER WHO BELIEVES THAT WE SHOULD ACCEPT THE SENATE TEMPORARY TWO-MONTH EXTENSION, THAT PROPOSAL THAT ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL PAYROLL REPORTING CONSORTIUM HAS SAID IS UNWORKABLE AND BLOOMBERG NEWS SAID IS UNWORKABLE AOTHER INDEPENDENT ANALYSES SAYS IS UNWORKABLE, IF A MEMBER SUPPORTS THAT MEASURE THEY SHOULD VOTE NO TO THE MOTION THAT WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CAMP, WHICH SAYS I MOVE TO DISAGREE IN THE SENATE AMENDMENTS AND REQUEST A CONFERENCE. AND SO I THINK IT'S VERY CLEAR, WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY, A RESPONSIBILITY TO DO THE PEOPLE'S BUSINESS. IT'S TRUE, OUR SENATE COLLEAGUES HAVE GONE HOME. OUR SENATE COLLEAGUES HAVE GONE HOME AND THEY SAY THEY DON'T WANT TO ACT. WE NEED TO REQUEST THIS CONFERENCE SO THAT THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE CAN APPOINT CONFEREES AND WORK CAN BEGIN IMMEDIATELY. WHY IS IT THAT ONE WOULD BELIEVE THAT CREATING THIS UNCERTAINTY IN A TEMPORARY TWO-MONTH EXTENSION WILL ALLOW US TO GET THE WORK DONE NEXT YEAR? IT NEEDS TO BE DONE NOW. WE HAVE A DECEMBER 31 DEADLINE. WE'RE GOING TO SEE A TAX INCREASE GO INTO EFFECT IF WE DON'T ACT BECAUSE, WHILE THE SENATE MEASURE PROVIDES $166 TAX BENEFIT ON THE PAYROLL ISSUE, OURS WOULD PROVIDE $1,000. MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE GET THIS WORK DONE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AND WE ARE HERE PREPARED TO DO IT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 10:20:52 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

    Show Full Text
  • 10:20:56 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE AND MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL.

    Show Full Text
  • 10:21:05 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:21:10 AM

    MR. ENGEL

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING TO ME. I HAVE A CHALLENGE TO MY REPUBLICAN…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING TO ME. I HAVE A CHALLENGE TO MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WHO CLAIM WHO WANT TO EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX FOR A YEAR. GIVE US A CLEAN VOTE ON EXTENDING THE PAYROLL TAX FOR A YEAR. GIVE IT TO US TODAY AND WE WILL PASS IT. YOU TALK ABOUT THE BILL THAT WAS PASSED IN THE HOUSE. THAT BILL HAD POISON PILL IN IT. IT MIXED APPLES WITH ORANGES. IT HAD A VOTE ON THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE. IT WAS DESIGNED TO KILL IT. IF YOU'RE SERIOUS AND YOU REALLY WANT A MIDDLE-CLASS TAX EXTENSION, PAYROLL TAX CUT, GIVE US A CLEAN VOTE. THAT'S ALL WE'RE ASKING FOR. THE TRUTH IS THAT MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE INTERESTED IN TAX CUTS FOR MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES BUT THEY'RE NOT INTERESTED IN TAX CUTS FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. AS THE DEMOCRATS ARE. SO GIVE US A CLEAN BILL AND THEN WE'LL CALL THE SENATE BACK TO PASS IT. WHAT THE SENATE HAS DONE IS GIVEN US A TWO-MONTH BREATHER. LET'S TAKE THE TWO-MONTH BREATHER AND THEN PASS A CLEAN, A CLEAN DOC FIX, A CLEAN EX-HE THINKS -- EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. NOT WITH POISON PILLS OR EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL TO KILL IT. GIVE US A CLEAN BILL AND WE'LL PASS IT. I CHALLENGE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WHO CONTROL THIS HOUSE.

    Show Full Text
  • 10:22:28 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

  • 10:22:31 AM

    MR. SCOTT

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE SO I'LL RESERVE MY TIME.

  • 10:22:35 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

    Show Full Text
  • 10:22:38 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    I HAVE ONE MORE SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO OUR DEMOCRAT…

    I HAVE ONE MORE SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO OUR DEMOCRAT LEADER, MS. PELOSI.

    Show Full Text
  • 10:22:45 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:22:48 AM

    MS. PELOSI

    MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I THANK HER FOR HER…

    MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I THANK HER FOR HER LEADERSHIP IN FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT AT THE RULES COMMITTEE. I COMMEND HER FOR HER PATIENCE AND ALSO FOR HER GREAT KNOWLEDGE THAT SHE BRINGS TO THIS DEBATE. THIS IS A PRETTY SIMPLE MATTER. THE FACT IS WHAT WE'RE DEBATING HERE TODAY IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, TO AMERICA'S WORKING FAMILIES AND THEY KNOW IT. SO MUCH OF WHAT WE DEBATE ON THE FLOOR MAY APPEAR IRRELEVANT TO MEETING THEIR NEEDS. THIS IS A -- HAS A DIRECT CONNECTION TO THE DEBATE THAT WE HAVE AROUND OUR TABLE OF DISCUSSION HERE. IT RELATES DIRECTLY TO DISCUSSIONS THAT ARE HAPPENING AT KITCHEN TABLES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS PEOPLE PREPARE FOR THE HOLIDAYS, TO SEE IF THEY'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A HOLIDAY AND IF THEY'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO PAY THE BILLS COME JANUARY. LAST NIGHT THE LEADERSHIP OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ANNOUNCED THAT BILL THAT THE PROCEDURE TODAY WOULD BE THAT WE WOULD BE ABLE TO VOTE UP OR DOWN ON THE SENATE BILL. IN A MATTER OF MINUTES, FROM THE TIME IT WENT TO THE RULES COMMITTEE, THEY CHANGED THAT AND SAID WE WOULDN'T HAVE A CHANCE TO VOTE UP OR DOWN ON THE SENATE BILL. THIS ISN'T, THOUGH, ABOUT PROCESS. IT'S ABOUT, WHY IS THIS HAPPENING AND WHY CAN'T WE GET THE JOB DONE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? WHAT IS AT STAKE IS THE FOLLOWING -- GIVEN THE CHANCE TO HAVE AN UP OR DOWN VOTE ON THE SENATE BILL WILL PROBABLY ATTRACT SOME REPUBLICAN SUPPORT. WHEN PASSED IT COULD GO DIRECTLY TO THE PRESIDENT, BE SIGNED INTO LAW TODAY, WE MOVING ALL DOUBT IN THE MINDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AS TO WHETHER THE FOLLOWING WILL OCCUR -- THEY WILL GET A $1,500 TAX CUT FOR MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES, $160 -- 160 MILLION AMERICAN WORKERS WILL GET THE TAX CUT. IT WILL MEAN 48 MILLION SENIORS WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THEIR DOCTORS UNDER MEDICARE. IT WILL MEAN UP TO TWO MILLION PEOPLE WILL BE RECEIVING UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE IN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS. FOR SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE, LOSING THAT UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE CUTS OFF ANY MEANS OF SUPPORT FOR THEM. IS THAT WHAT WE ARE HERE TO DO? I THOUGHT WE WERE HERE TO DO WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT US TO DO. WHAT THEY HAVE SAID THEY WANT US TO DO IS WORK TOGETHER TO GET THE JOB DONE. WHY CAN'T WE WORK TOGETHER? A. B, THEY WANT JOBS AND THEY WANT THIS TAX CUT. DEMOCRATS, INDEPENDENTS, REPUBLICANS WANT THIS TAX CUT. IN FACT, REPUBLICANS SUPPORT THE PAYROLL TAX CUT. THAT IS REPUBLICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE VOTED FOR THIS. 90% OF THE SENATE IN A BIPARTISAN WAY VOTED FOR THIS TAX CUT. IT IS JUST THE EXTREME TEA PARTY ELEMENT OF THE REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WHO OF STANDING IN THE WAY OF A TAX CUT FOR 160 MILLION AMERICANS, UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND MEDICARE OPPORTUNITY FOR 48 MILLION SENIORS. THE REPUBLICANS SAY THIS IS TOO SHORT. IT REMINDS ME OF A YOGI BERRA STORY. HE SAID, I DON'T LIKE THE FOOD AT THAT RESTAURANT. BESIDES, THE SERVINGS ARE TOO SMALL. WELL, THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE SAYING HERE. THEY NEVER WANTED A TAX CUT AND NOW THEY'RE SAYING THE TAX CUT FOR MIDDLE-INCOME PEOPLE IS TOO SMALL. SO WHAT IS IT? THE RECORD SHOWS THAT AS RECENT AS -- AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SUMMER, SPEAKER BOEHNER SAID THE TAX CUT -- EVEN THE ONE-YEAR TAX CUT WAS A SHORT-TERM GIMMICK, AND HE OPPOSED IT. IT WASN'T UNTIL PRESIDENT OBAMA WENT ACROSS THE COUNTRY WITH THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT TO PERSUADE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO SUPPORT THE JOB CREATION THAT HE WAS ADVOCATING. ONE PART OF THAT WAS THE PAYROLL TAX CUT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORTED THAT. THEY WANT US TO GET THAT JOB DONE. SO THE ONLY REASON THAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE USING THE SUBTERFUGE, THE EXCUSE, IS BECAUSE THEY NEVER WANTED THE TAX CUT TO BEGIN WITH. OUR DISTINGUISHED LEADER, MR. HOYER, SAID THIS IS DESIGNED TO FAIL. DESIGNED TO FAIL BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T WANT IT TO BEGIN WITH. BUT THIS IS DEADLY SERIOUS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE SENATE REPUBLICANS OPPOSED BRINGING UP THE HOUSE BILL. THE REPUBLICAN HOUSE BILL IN THE SENATE BECAUSE THEY KNEW IT WOULD FAIL. THE REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE -- LET'S REPEAT THAT -- THE REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE REFUSED TO ALLOW A VOTE ON THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN BILL BECAUSE THEY KNEW IT WOULD FAIL. THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS REFUSED TO BRING THE SENATE REPUBLICANS BILL BECAUSE THEY'RE AFRAID IT WOULD PASS. IT WOULD TAKE US DOWN A PATH WHERE WE CAN GO FORWARD TO MAKE A PLAN FOR HOW WE EXTEND IT FOR ONE SOLID YEAR. BUT HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THIS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? 90% OF THE SENATE HAS VOTED IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. THAT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT US TO DO, TO WORK TOGETHER FOR A TAX CUT THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT IN OVERWHELMING NUMBERS AND THAT WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO RIGHT HERE AND NOW TODAY. PRESIDENT THOMAS JEFFERSON SAID VERY WISELY THAT EVERY DIFFERENCE OF OPINION IS NOT A DIFFERENCE OF PRINCIPLE. AND SO LET'S SEE WHAT THIS IS TODAY. IS THIS A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION OF THE PATH WE CAN GO DOWN TO HAVE TAX RELIEF FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHICH ECONOMISTS SAY THIS TAX CUT WILL CREATE JOBS? IF WE DON'T PASS IT AS ALMOST AS 600,000 JOBS CAN BE AFFECTED, EITHER LOST OR NOT CONTINUED -- NOT ADDED. 600,000 JOBS BECAUSE OF THE DEMAND INJECTED INTO THE ECONOMY BY PUTTING MONEY INTO THE POCKETS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BY PROVIDING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS WHICH ARE SPENT IMMEDIATELY AND INJECT DEMAND INTO THE ECONOMY, THEREFORE, CREATING JOBS. SO THIS IS DANGEROUS BUSINESS BECAUSE NOT ONLY FOR WHAT -- HOW IT IMPACTS INDIVIDUAL FAMILIES AND THEIR SURVIVAL, IT'S ABOUT THE SUCCESS OF OUR ECONOMY AND NOT PASSING THIS BILL TODAY CAN HURT THE -- OUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY. . LET'S REALLY BE CLEAR. REPUBLICANS SAID WE WERE GOING TO HAVE A VOTE ON THE SENATE BILL, THEY WERE AFRAID IT WOULD WIN, THEY PULLED THAT. NOW WE HAVE TO BE ENGAGED IN THESE PROCESS MANEUVERS. THAT'S ONLY AN EXECUTION. -- AN EXCUSE. IT'S NOT A REASON TO REJECT THE TAX CUT. IT'S AN EXCUSE BECAUSE THEY NEVER WANTED THE TAX CUT FROM THE BEGINNING. SO LET'S UNDERSTAND WHAT WE ARE HERE ABOUT. GETTING BACK TO PRESIDENT JEFFERSON, EVERY DIFFERENCE OF OPINION IS NOT A DIFFERENCE OF PRINCIPLE. BUT MAYBE HERE IT IS. MAYBE THE PRINCIPLE AT STAKE HERE IS THE ANTI-GOVERNMENT, IDEOLOGICAL, WARFARE THAT THE TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS IN THE EXTREME HAVE TAKEN US TO. THEY ALONE ARE STANDING IN THE WAY OF A TAX CUT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. REPUBLICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SUPPORT IT. REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE SUPPORT IT. SOME REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE -- IN THE HOUSE SUPPORT IT. THAT'S WHY WE ARE NOT GETTING A CHANCE TO VOTE ON IT. SO LET'S UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A PATTERN OF HOUSE REPUBLICANS ISOLATING THEMSELVES FROM THE MAINSTREAM OF EVEN THEIR OWN PARTY ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND THEIR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE. WHO MAY OR MAY NOT LIKE THIS BILL. IT ISN'T THE BILL MOST OF US WOULD WRITE, BUT THAT'S WHAT A COMPROMISE IS. SO IT'S NOT AS IF THIS IS A MAD WILD EMBRACE OF THIS. IT'S SAFE IN THE REALITY OF TWO PARTY SYSTEM. NEEDING 60 VOTES IN THE SENATE. AND THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE. I THOUGHT THE SPEAKER SAID THAT THIS WAS A VICTORY AFTER IT PASSED IN THE SENATE. HE WAS THE ONE WHO INSTRUCTED HARRY REID, INSISTED THAT SENATOR REID HAVE A DISCUSSION WITH MITCH MCCONNELL. WAS THAT JUST A FARCE, TOO? IS THIS ALL JUST A DELAYING, STALLING TACTIC THAT SAYS WE WERE NEVER GOING TO DO IT BEFORE. REMEMBER YOGI BERRA. I DON'T LIKE THE FOOD AT THAT RESTAURANT AND THE SERVINGS ARE TOO SMALL. THEY DON'T LIKE THE TAX CUT, AND NOW THEY ARE CLAIMING THAT IT IS TOO SMALL. WHEN IT WAS A ONE-YEAR TAX CUT IT WAS CALLED A GIMMICK BY THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CERTAINLY VOTE NO ON THE RULE THAT DOES NOT -- THE SPEAKER IS PROUD OF SAYING THE HOUSE WILL WORK ITS WILL. IT WON'T IF WE DON'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY UNDER THE RULES OF THE HOUSE THAT ARE PUT ON THIS FLOOR IN OPPOSITION TO THE WISHES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO TAKE A SIMPLE VOTE ON A BILL THAT COMES IN WITH THE STRENGTH OF A 90% BIPARTISAN VOTE IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES. SO IT'S CLEAR, THEY DON'T WANT A TAX CUT, THEY NEVER WANT A TAX CUT. ANYTHING THEY PUT FORTH IS DESIGNED TO FAIL BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. I TELL MY CAUCUS AND THEY MAY BE TIRED OF HEARING IT FROM ME THAT THIS IS LIKE A GENTLEMAN WHO IS WOOING HIS -- WOOING HIS POTENTIAL -- WHO IS WOOING HIS POTENTIAL FIANCE. SHE SAYS OF COURSE I'LL MARRY YOU. I CAN ONLY DO IT ON FEBRUARY 30. THAT DAY IS NEVER COMING. NOR IS THE DAY COMING WHEN THE REPUBLICANS WILL WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT A TAX CUT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. THEIR FOCUS HAS BEEN ON TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY. AND THOSE WEALTHY PEOPLE WANT A TAX CUT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. LET'S DO WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. LET'S VOTE NO ON THIS RULE SO WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE YES ON THE SENATE BILL THAT CAN BE SENT TO THE PRESIDENT THIS VERY DAY SO THAT WE CAN TRULY WISH PEOPLE A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 10:34:11 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA CONTINUE TO RESERVE?

    Show Full Text
  • 10:34:18 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

  • 10:34:21 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. I WANT TO REITERATE THE WAY I STARTED TODAY WHAT…

    I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. I WANT TO REITERATE THE WAY I STARTED TODAY WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE IS KILLING THE TAX CUT BY NOT VOTING ANYTHING HERE EXCEPT THAT WE DO NOT CONCUR WITH THE SENATE. AND THAT WE WILL HOPE SOME CONFERENCE WILL COME FROM SOMEPLACE. THAT MEANS THERE WILL BE NO TAX CUT. THAT MEANS THERE WILL BE NO EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. NOW, LAST NIGHT AT 7:00 WHEN THE RULES COMMITTEE WAS SUPPOSED TO MEET, THE AGENDA CALLED FOR A VOTE TO CONCUR IN THE SENATE BILL. BUT AFTER THE STORMY TWO-HOUR TEA PARTY CONFERENCE, THEY REVERSED THEIR CORRESPOND AND NOW WE HAVE A PROS -- COURSE AND NOW WE HAVE A PROSPECT WHERE NO TAX CUT CAN PASS TODAY NO MATTER WHO WINS WHAT VOTE. IF EVERY MEMBER OF THE HOUSE SUPPORTED THE BIPARTISAN PROPOSAL, IT STILL DOES NOT GO TO THE PRESIDENT AND DOES NOT BECOME LAW. WE HAVE ONE CHANCE, MR. SPEAKER, OF BEING ABLE TO VOTE ON THE SENATE BILL AND ONE CHANCE OF WINNING THAT. AND THAT WILL BE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. NOW, IF WE ARE ABLE TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, WE CAN HAVE -- WHICH I WILL CONSTRUE AS AN UP OR DOWN VOTE ON THE SENATE BILL, WILL I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD, VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, BUT WE WANT AN UP OR DOWN VOTE WITH THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. LET ME REPEAT THAT BECAUSE IT'S TERRIBLY IMPORTANT. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE IF YOU WISH AN UP OR DOWN VOTE ON WHAT THE SENATE HAS DONE SO THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY GET SOME LEGISLATION DONE HERE AND GET IT SIGNED AND SENT BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, YOU MUST VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO THAT WE WILL HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY WHICH WE HAVE ABSOLUTELY BEEN DENIED. LET ME REPEAT AGAIN WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. IT'S SIMPLY A STALLING TACTIC I BELIEVE TO KILL THE TAX CUT AND TO KILL THE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO AND TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN DO THE COMPROMISE TODAY. I URGE A NO VOTE ALSO ON THE RULE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 10:36:28 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

  • 10:36:32 AM

    MR. SCOTT

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS NO DOUBT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS NO DOUBT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE AFRAID. THEY ARE AFRAID OF THE PARTY ON THE LEFT. THEY ARE AFRAID BECAUSE THE PARTY ON THE LEFT RATED -- RAIDED $500 BILLION OUT OF MEDICARE TO PAY FOR A NATIONAL HEALTH CARE PONZI SCHEME. THEY ARE AFRAID BECAUSE THAT SAME PARTY WHO TALKS ABOUT TAX CUTS FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS RAISED TAXES BY A HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS ON THE MIDDLE CLASS. AND AFTER BEING HELD HOSTAGE, THE MIDDLE CLASS NOW HEARS FROM THE PARTY ON THE LEFT, TRUST ME. TRUST ME WITH A 60-DAY EXTENSION. NO PLAYING TIME. NO TIME TO FIGURE IT OUT. TRUST ME AFTER I RAISE TAXES ON YOU IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS BY MORE THAN HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS. MR. SPEAKER, REGULAR ORDER SUGGESTS FOR THE LAST 200 YEARS THAT WHEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE, WHEN THEY DON'T AGREE, THEY GO TO CONFERENCE, SAID THE VOTES ON THE LEFT AND THOSE FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM ON THE RIGHT, HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO COME TOGETHER IN A CONFERENCE. SO, MR. WAXMAN AND MR. LEVIN AND OTHERS ON THE LEFT WHO WANT A SEAT AT THE TABLE, CONFERENCE IS THE WAY YOU GET A SEAT AT THE TABLE. WHAT WE ARE ASKING FOR IS COMMON SENSE. SOMETHING AMERICA HAS NOT SEEN FROM CONGRESS IN THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THE RULE, YES ON THE UNDERLYING BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. AND I MOVE, MR. SPEAKER, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

    Show Full Text
  • 10:38:30 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

    Show Full Text
  • 10:38:41 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK THE YEAS AND NAYS.

  • 10:38:43 AM

    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. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO FIVE MINUTES THE MINIMUM TIME FOR ANY EELECTRONIC VOTE ON THE QUESTION OF ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. 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.]

    Show Full Text
  • 11:02:06 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 233. THE NAYS ARE 187. WITH ONE PRESENT. THE…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 233. THE NAYS ARE 187. WITH ONE PRESENT. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:02:22 AM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

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

  • 11:02:25 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE --

  • 11:09:16 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 231. THE NAYS ARE 187. WITH ONE PRESENT. THE…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 231. THE NAYS ARE 187. WITH ONE PRESENT. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE SHALL BE IN ORDER. WILL ALL MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. CLEAR THE WELL OF THE HOUSE AND THE AISLES. WOULD MEMBERS PLEASE REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR, CLEAR THE WELL, CLEAR THE AISLES. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. ONCE AGAIN WOULD ALL MEMBERS PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. CLEAR THE AISLES. MEMBERS RESPECTFULLY PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. CLEAR THE AISLES. AND LET THE HOUSE BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

    Show Full Text
  • 11:12:15 AM

    >>

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 502 I CALL UP H.R. 3630, THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 502 I CALL UP H.R. 3630, THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX RELIEF AND JOB CREATION ACT OF 2011. WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENTS THERETO AND I HAVE A MOTION AT THE DESK.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:12:27 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. DESIGNATE THE SENATE…

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. DESIGNATE THE SENATE AMENDMENTS, AND DESIGNATE THE MOTION.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:12:35 AM

    >>

    HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

  • 11:12:37 AM

    THE CLERK

    FOR THE CREATION OF JOBS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. SENATE AMENDMENT, MOTION…

    FOR THE CREATION OF JOBS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. SENATE AMENDMENT, MOTION OFFERED BY MR. CAMP OF MICHIGAN.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:12:51 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS. THE…

    CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CAMP, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. WOULD ALL MEMBERS PLEASE THEIR YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. SO THAT THE HOUSE CAN BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:13:28 AM

    MR. CAMP

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

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

    Show Full Text
  • 11:13:33 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 11:13:35 AM

    MR. CAMP

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

  • 11:13:38 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 11:13:41 AM

    MR. CAMP

    DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE BIPARTISAN HOUSE PASSED MIDDLE CLASS TAX RELIEF…

    DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE BIPARTISAN HOUSE PASSED MIDDLE CLASS TAX RELIEF AND JOB CREATION ACT AND WHAT THE SENATE DID SO IT COULD GO ON VACATION COULD NOT BE CLEARER. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:13:57 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 11:14:10 AM

    MR. CAM

    PUTS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FIRST. IT PROVIDED CERTAINTY FOR MIDDLE CLASS…

    PUTS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FIRST. IT PROVIDED CERTAINTY FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET BY EXTENDING THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY. IT PROVIDED CERTAINTY FOR THOSE LEFT BEHIND IN THIS ECONOMY BY EXTENDING NOT ONLY UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FOR ONE YEAR BUT ALSO THE NATION'S WELFARE PROGRAM. IT PROVIDED CERTAINTY TO SENIORS BY ENSURING THEIR DOCTORS WOULD NOT SEE REIMBURSEMENT RATES SLASHED BY NEARLY 30%. AND IT PROVIDED INCENTIVES FOR JOB CREATORS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO HIRE MORE WORKERS BY EXTENDING TAX RELIEF. THE SENATE DECIDED NOT TO DO ANY OF THIS. WORSE YET, IN A RUSH TO GET HOME BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS, THE SENATE PASSED SOMETHING THAT IS TOTALLY UNWORKABLE. YESTERDAY, THE CONGRESS RECEIVED A LETTER FROM THE NATIONAL PAYROLL REPORTING CONSORTIUM, A NONPROFIT TRADE ASSOCIATION. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. .

    Show Full Text
  • 11:15:18 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CAMP, MAY CONTINUE.

  • 11:15:27 AM

    MR. CAMP

    GOT A STUDY FROM THE NATIONAL CONSORTIUM. THEIR LETTER SAYS THE SENATE…

    GOT A STUDY FROM THE NATIONAL CONSORTIUM. THEIR LETTER SAYS THE SENATE BILL, AND I QUOTE, COULD CREATE SUBSTANTIAL PROBLEMS, CONFUSION AND COST AFFECTING A SIGNIFICANT PERCENTAGE OF U.S. EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES. THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS, THE LARGEST SMALL BUSINESS ADVOCACY GROUP IN THE NATION, REPRESENTING 350,000 SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS NATIONWIDE, AND IN EVERY STATE HAS ISSUED A STATEMENT ON THE SENATE BILL. THEY SAY, AND I QUOTE, THE TWO-MONTH PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY WOULD PRESENT A NUMBER OF COMPLICATIONS AND COSTS WHICH WOULD DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECT A NUMBER OF SMALL BUSINESSES. MANY SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS DO PAYROLL PROCESSING BY HAND AND THIS WOULD REQUIRE THEM TO SPEND TIME TO MAKE THESE CHANGES. WITH MORE THAN FIVE MILLION PEOPLE WORKING IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, THIS IS WHAT THE ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS HAVE SAID ABOUT THE SENATE BILL AND, AGAIN, I'M QUOTING, THIS LEGISLATION WILL EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY IN THE MOST COMMECKS KAY POSSIBLE, AT THE BUSIEST TIME POSSIBLE, PROVIDE LITTLE BENEFIT TO TAXPAYERS AND HIT THE SMALL COMPANIES -- MR. SPEAKER.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:16:45 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL COME TOURED. -- TO ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR.…

    THE HOUSE WILL COME TOURED. -- TO ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CAMP, MAY CONTINUE.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:16:56 AM

    MR. CAMP

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 11:17:52 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 11:17:54 AM

    >>

    I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO OBJECT.

  • 11:17:57 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED ON HIS OBJECTION.

  • 11:18:03 AM

    MR. RANGEL

    WON'T OBJECT, BUT IF THE CHAIRMAN IS ASKING TO PUT IN THE RECORD THE…

    WON'T OBJECT, BUT IF THE CHAIRMAN IS ASKING TO PUT IN THE RECORD THE PEOPLE THAT SUPPORT THE AWKWARD POSITION THAT THE MAJORITY HAS TAKEN, MY QUESTION WOULD BE, WOULD WE BE ALLOWED TO PUT IN THE RECORD THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING THROUGH SUCH ECONOMIC PAIN AND WHO SO BADLY WANT TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT THEY DON'T GET A TAX -- A RAISE IN THEIR TAXES, WOULD WE BE ABLE TO SEND THE LETTERS THAT WE GET SAYING, PLEASE DON'T COME HOME UNLESS YOU GIVE US A TAX BREAK? I'M ASKING. MAYBE THE PARLIAMENTARIAN WHETHER OR NOT I WOULD BE IN ORDER IF I ASK THAT. I CERTAINLY THINK THE CHAIRMAN IS IN ORDER. BUT WE ALL HAVE RECEIVED SO MANY LETTERS FROM OUR CONSTITUENTS. I JUST WANT SOME EQUALITY IN TERMS OF HOW THE RECORD WILL LOOK YEARS FROM NOW AS TO HOW WE TREATED THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE. AND I KNOW WE ALL ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT. EVEN THOUGH THE TWO MONTHS MAY BE INCONVENIENT FOR THE ELECTRONIC WAY THEY DO THESE THINGS BUT I THINK THE PAIN WILL BE FAR MORE SEVERE FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO WOULD HAVE A TAX INCREASE. OH, YES, OF COURSE.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:19:39 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    REGULAR ORDER HAS BEEN DEMANDED. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK OBJECT…

    REGULAR ORDER HAS BEEN DEMANDED. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK OBJECT TO THE REQUEST? RANK REIGNING I SAID I RESERVED IT. MAYBE --

    Show Full Text
  • 11:19:48 AM

    MR. RANGEL

    I SAID I RESERVED IT. I WAS RESERVING THE RIGHT TO OBJECT.

  • 11:19:52 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN MUST -- THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. REGULAR ORDER HAS BEEN…

    THE GENTLEMAN MUST -- THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. REGULAR ORDER HAS BEEN DEMANDED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK MUST EITHER REJECT OR WITHDRAW HIS RESERVATION.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:20:06 AM

    MR. RANGEL

    WITH ALL RESPECT TO MY CHAIRMAN, I WITHDRAW. WITH ALL RESPECT TO MY…

    WITH ALL RESPECT TO MY CHAIRMAN, I WITHDRAW. WITH ALL RESPECT TO MY CHAIRMAN, I WITHDRAW MY OBJECTION.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:20:14 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK WITHDRAWS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

  • 11:20:18 AM

    MR. CAMP

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR WITHDRAWING. THESE LETTERS, MANY…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR WITHDRAWING. THESE LETTERS, MANY OF THEM WERE WRITTEN TO BOTH PARTIES, BOTH LEADERS. I THINK MR. LEVIN AND I BOTH RECEIVED THESE LETTERS. THEY WERE WRITTEN TO THE CONGRESS. I WOULD SAY, MR. SPEAKER, OUR ECONOMY IS TOO WEAK AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING FOR FAR TOO LONG FOR CONGRESS NOT TO WORK OUT OUR DIFFERENCES. AMERICA IS NOT ON VACATION NOR SHOULD THE SENATE BE. WE HAVE TWO WEEKS TO FIND A SOLUTION AND SEND SOMETHING TO THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS SIGNATURE. THAT IS WHAT HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE PROPOSING TODAY. LET'S LOOK AT THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. THE HOUSE EXTENDED UNEMPLOYMENT FOR 13 MONTHS. THE SENATE BILL EXTENDED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FOR ONLY TWO MONTHS. MEANING AN ESTIMATED FOUR MILLION AMERICANS COULD LOSE THE EXTENDED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS NEXT YEAR THEY WOULD GET UNDER THE HOUSE BILL. THE HOUSE REFORMED THE UNEMPLOYMENT REFORM TO FOCUS IT ON GETTING THE PEOPLE THE TRAINING AND EDUCATION THEY NEED TO GET BACK TO WORK, NOT JUST HANDING OUT CHECKS. THE SENATE DID NOT. THE HOUSE PROTECTED SENIORS' HEALTH CARE FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS BY ENSURING DOCTORS IN THE MEDICARE PROGRAM DON'T HAVE THEIR REIMBURSEMENT CUT BY MORE THAN 27%. THE SENATE DID THIS FOR ONLY TWO MONTHS. THE HOUSE PROVIDED A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY ENSURING A WORKER EARNING $50,000 NEXT YEAR HAS $1,000 MORE IN THEIR POCKET. THE SENATE DID THIS FOR ONLY TWO MONTHS MEANING THAT THE SAME WORKER WOULD HAVE LESS THAN $200 IN THEIR POCKET OR $800 LESS IN TAKE-HOME PAY THAN UNDER THE HOUSE-PASSED BILL. THE HOUSE HAD A PAY FREEZE FOR FEDERAL WORKERS. THE SENATE DID NOT. THE HOUSE PREVENTED WELFARE BENEFITS BEING USED AT LIQUOR STORES AND STRIP CLUBS. THE SENATE DID NOT. THE HOUSE PROTECTED SOCIAL SECURITY BY REDUCING OVERPAYMENTS. THE SENATE DID NOT. THE HOUSE INCLUDED A PROVISION THAT SAVES TAXPAYERS $9 BILLION BY CRACKING DOWN ON FRAUD AND ABUSE THAT IS KNOWN TO EXIST IN THE REFUNDABLE -- IN A REFUNDABLE TAX CREDIT PROGRAM. THE SENATE DID NOT. THE HOUSE PROVIDED FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOB CREATION IN THE HIGH-TECH INDUSTRY THROUGH SPECTRUM AUCTIONS. THE SENATE DID NOT. THE HOUSE CUT TAXES TO PROMOTE BUSINESS INVESTMENT AND HIRING. THE SENATE DID NOT. MR. SPEAKER, WHILE IT MAY SOUND LIKE THERE ARE GRAVE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE BILL. IT'S NOT A DIFFERENCE OVER POLICY. IT'S SIMPLY A DIFFERENCE OF THE HOUSE DECIDING TO ACT AND THE SENATE DECIDING NOT TO ACT ON SO MANY ITEMS. THE HOUSE BILL INCLUDES COMMONSENSE REFORMS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT, AND IT ADOPTS A NUMBER OF THE PRESIDENT'S LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES WHICH REPRESENT THE BIPARTISAN COOPERATION THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE DEMANDING. ALL TOLD, 90% OF THE HOUSE BILL IS PAID FOR WITH POLICIES THE PRESIDENT HAS ENDORSED IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER. SO WHAT'S REALLY STANDING IN OUR WAY? I'VE HEARD THE PRESIDENT'S PEOPLE SAY IT BREAKS THE AGREEMENT OVER THE DISCRETIONARY CAPS IN THE BUDGETARY CONTROL ACT, BUT LOOK AT THAT TALKING POINT. THOSE CAPS ARE ADJUSTED ONLY BECAUSE WE ARE PROPOSING AS THE PRESIDENT HAS BEFORE TO FREEZE THE PAY OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND OTHER FEDERAL WORKERS. DO THE PRESIDENT AND THE SENATE REALLY WANT TO RISK UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS ON MIDDLE-CLASS TAX CUTS AND REIMBURSEMENT TO DOCTORS TREATING SENIORS AND THOSE WITH DISABILITIES BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO FREEZE THE PAY FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND FEDERAL WORKERS? MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NOT TOO LATE. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY, ONE YEAR OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS WITH CRITICAL REFORMS AND A TWO-YEAR EXTENSION OF REIMBURSEMENTS FOR MEDICARE DOCTORS. I URGE MY DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUES TO NAME CONFERENCE COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO RESOLVE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO BILLS. CONFERENCE COMMITTEES ARE A JEFFERSONIAN CONCEPT AND WE WOULD BE WISE TO FOLLOW THE MODELS LAID OUT BY OUR FOUNDING FATHERS. IF THE SENATE AGREES TO WORK TOGETHER WE WILL HELP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BACK TO WORK AND GET THOSE STRUGGLING IN THIS ECONOMY THE HELP THEY NEED, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:24:24 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CAMP, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CAMP, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN,

    Show Full Text
  • 11:24:29 AM

    MR. LEVIN

    YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 11:24:33 AM

    MR. LEVIN

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

  • 11:24:35 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. LEVIN LETCHHET ME PUT THIS --

  • 11:24:52 AM

    MR. LEVIN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 11:29:34 AM

    MR. LEVIN

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 11:31:16 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CAMP, IS RECOGNIZED.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:31:21 AM

    MR. CAMP

    MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE…

    MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HERGER.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:31:27 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 11:31:29 AM

    MR. HERGER

    MR. SPEAKER, TAXPAYERS, SMALL BUSINESSES, AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS NEED…

    MR. SPEAKER, TAXPAYERS, SMALL BUSINESSES, AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS NEED CERTAINTY AND PREDICTIBILITY TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE. UNFORTUNATELY THE BILL THAT'S COME BACK TO US FROM THE OTHER CHAMBER MAKES OUR USUAL HABIT OF ONLY ONE YEAR-LONG EXTENSIONS LOOK RESPONSIBLE BY COMPARISON. THE SENATE BILL EXTENDS A NUMBER OF KEY POLICIES, INCLUDING THE PACT PREVENTING A STEEP CUT TO DOCTORS' MEDICARE PAYMENT FOR JUST TWO MONTHS. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE BEEN DOWN THIS ROAD BEFORE. LAST YEAR UNDER THE PREVIOUS MAJORITY CONGRESS PASSED FIVE SEPARATE EXTENSIONS OF MEDICARE PHYSICIAN PAYMENT, MOSTLY FOR JUST A MONTH OR TWO. SEVERAL TIMES THE DEADLINE MEANING PAYMENT CUTS TOOKT EFFECT AND HAD TO BE REVERSED. THE FAILURE TO RESPONSIBLY ADDRESS THE S.G.R. CREATED AN UNPRECEDENTED AMOUNT OF CHAOS AND CONFUSION, BOTH FOR DOCTORS AND THE MEDICARE AGENCY. HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN DETERMINED NOT TO LET THIS HAPPEN AGAIN. THAT'S WHY WE PASSED A FULLY PAID FOR TWO-YEAR FIX. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF CONGRESS WASTING TIME ON POLITICAL STUNTS AND WAITING UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO COBBLE TOGETHER HALF MEASURES. MR. SPEAKER, WE STILL HAVE TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR TO GET THIS RIGHT. AND THERE'S NO REASON TO THINK WE'LL DO BETTER IN TWO MONTHS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE MOTION TO GO TO CONFERENCE SO WE CAN GET A RESPONSIBLE SOLUTION. I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:33:29 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN,

  • 11:33:33 AM

    MR. LEVIN

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A VERY SENIOR MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, THE VERY…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A VERY SENIOR MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, THE VERY DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. RANGEL.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:33:39 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 11:33:41 AM

    MR. RANGEL

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

  • 11:33:43 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 11:33:48 AM

    MR. RANGEL

    AT THE ABILITY OF THE MAJORITY TO CHANGE ITS POSITION SO FAST. SOMETIMES I…

    AT THE ABILITY OF THE MAJORITY TO CHANGE ITS POSITION SO FAST. SOMETIMES I WISH DEMOCRATS HAD THE ABILITY TO DO THIS. IT WASN'T TOO LONG AGO THAT THERE WAS OBJECTION FOR THE TAXPAYERS' HOLIDAY BECAUSE OF THE IMPACT ON SOCIAL SECURITY. THEN THERE AS OBJECTION TO THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BECAUSE PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE SAID PEOPLE WOULDN'T GO LOOK FOR A JOB. THAT THEY WOULD JUST STAY HOME AND WATCH TELEVISION AND RECEIVE THE CHECK. AND OF COURSE NO ONE CAN DENY THAT THE DOCTORS THAT PREPARE -- THAT GIVE CARE TO 48 MILLION PEOPLE DESERVE COMPENSATION TO WHAT THEY DO. BUT BEING HERE AS LONG AS I HAVE, I CAN SEE HOW IN THE MAJORITY A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE WILL TRY TO PROVE THAT THEIR CONSTITUENTS THAT THEY ARE NOT MARCHING IN LINE WITH REGULAR ORDER. THEY WOULD COME DOWN HERE TO GO ALONG WITH THEIR SENATE OR LEADERSHIP, AND IT'S KIND OF ROUGH TO BE A PART OF A PARTY THAT IS SO WIDELY SPLIT. I HAD ONLY HOPED THAT THEY COULD COME UP WITH A BETTER EXCUSE THAN THE FACT THAT TWO MONTHS IS NOT ENOUGH TIME TO PREVENT AN INCREASE IN THE TAXES OF SO MANY, 160 MILLION PEOPLE, AND I KNOW THAT EVERYONE IN THIS CHAMBER KNOWS THAT IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT WILL SUFFER SUCH A PAINFUL , INSENSITIVE ACT WAS TO ASK WHAT YOU WANTED FOR TWO MONTHS AND THEN HAVE THE CONGRESS TO EXTEND IT? WOULD YOU TAKE THAT OR WOULD YOU WANT IT TO BE FOR ONE YEAR AND THE POSSIBILITY OF GETTING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING? THAT IS SUCH A FEARFUL, SUCH A CRUEL THING TO DO TO GAMBLE WITH OTHER PEOPLE'S ABILITY TO BE ABLE TO ENJOY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON AS BEST THEY CAN. AND SO I DON'T THINK THAT THERE WILL BE ANY WINNERS IN WHAT'S GOING ON TODAY, BUT I HOPE THAT THE REGULAR REPUBLICANS WOULD BE ABLE TO SEE THEIR WAY CLEAR.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:36:11 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 11:36:17 AM

    MR. CAMP

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

  • 11:36:20 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 11:36:22 AM

    MR. WEST

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEK WE VOTED TO HAVE A…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEK WE VOTED TO HAVE A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY. LAST WEEK WE VOTED TO A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WITH REFORMS. LAST WEEK WE VOTED TO HAVE A TWO-YEAR SUSPENSION OF THE SUSTAINED GROWTH RATE FOR THE DOCTORS THAT PROVIDED THE CARE. LAST YEAR WE VOTED FOR CERTAINTY AND VOTED TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE. WE VOTED FOR A MEASURE THAT WAS PAID FOR, WOULD HAVE NO DETRIMENT OR NEGATIVE OUTCOMES TO SOCIAL SECURITY. LAST WEEK WE VOTED FOR JOB CREATING POLICIES AND A BILL THAT HAD 10 TO 12 OBAMA APPROVED PROVISIONS. WE ARE NOT AFRAID TO VOTE. AND IF YOU DON'T WANT TO ACCEPT THIS MEASURE, THEN CONTINUE TO VOTE NO. JUST THE SAME AS OUR COLLEAGUES FROM ACROSS THE AISLE LAST WEEK VOTED NO. THEY VOTED NO AGAINST WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA WANTED. THEY VOTED NO AGAINST WHAT SENATOR HARRY REID SAID HE WANTED. THEY VOTED NO AGAINST WHAT SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER SAID HE WANTED. THE SENATE SENT US BACK A TWO-MONTH EXTENSION WHICH IS IRRESPONSIBLE AND CANNOT BE IMPLEMENTED. AND IT REFLECTS ABJECT INCOMPETENCE. I URGE ALL OF MY HOUSE COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS MOTION TO DISAGREE WITH THE IRRESPONSIBLE SENATE AMENDMENT AND MOVE THE CONFERENCE. OR DO WE JUST WANT TO CONTINUE TO SEE THE MIRACLE OF PEOPLE SUFFER? THANK YOU.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:37:41 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN,…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN, IS RECOGNIZED.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:37:45 AM

    MR. LEVIN

    I NOW YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM…

    I NOW YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. MCDERMOTT.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:37:56 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 11:38:01 AM

    MR. MCDERMOTT

    A FAMOUS SPEECH STARTED THAT WE WILL LITTLE NOTE NOR LONG REMEMBER WHAT WE…

    A FAMOUS SPEECH STARTED THAT WE WILL LITTLE NOTE NOR LONG REMEMBER WHAT WE SAY HERE TODAY. BUT THE PEOPLE, THE BIBLE SAYS, BY YOUR DEEDS YOU SHALL KNOW THEM. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE SAID THAT IT'S CHRISTMASTIME. KIDS ARE HANGLING THEIR -- HANGING THEIR SOCKS ALL OVER THE WORLD. AND THEY ARE ALL GETTING UP AND HOPING THERE WILL BE SOMETHING IN THAT SOCK ON CHRISTMAS DAY. AND THE REPUBLICANS HAVE SOMETHING TO PUT IN IT. THEY HAVE A LUMP OF COAL. THEY ARE GOING TO SAY TO 160 MILLION PEOPLE, WE ARE GOING TO BOOST YOUR TAXES, HERE YOUR CHRISTMAS GIFT, RIGHT? WE ARE GOING TO SAY TO 2.5 MILLION UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE, NO UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS BECAUSE IT'S ONLY FOR TWO MONTHS AND WE CAN'T -- THERE'S EVERY EXCUSE IN THE BOOK YOU CAN GIVE, BUT WHEN THEY GET UP ON CHRISTMAS, THERE'S GOING TO BE COAL IN THEIR SOCK. THE WORKING POOR OF THIS COUNTRY ARE COUNTING ON THAT TAX BREAK. THEY HAVE GONE OUT AND BOUGHT GIFTS FOR THEIR KIDS AND THEY THINK THEY ARE GOING TO PAY FOR THEM BECAUSE THEY HAVE THIS TAX REDUCTION. AND YOU ARE TAKING IT AWAY FROM THEM AFTER THEY SPENT THE MONEY ON THE CHRISTMAS GIFTS. THAT'S YOUR LUMP OF COAL TO THE MIDDLE CLASS. NOW, FOR THE SENIORS THE LUMP OF COAL IS, WE ARE NOT GOING TO PAY THE DOCTORS, WE ARE GOING TO CUT THE DOCTORS BY 25%. AND DOCTORS ARE GOING TO SAY, I'M GOING TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF SENIORS. REMEMBER THE LUMP OF COAL IN NOVEMBER OF 2012, FOLKS. THEY GAVE IT TO YOU.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:39:51 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CAMP.

  • 11:39:55 AM

    MR. CAMP

    AT THIS TIME I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED MAJORITY LEADER.

  • 11:39:59 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE MAJORITY LEADER IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 11:40:02 AM

    MR. CANTOR

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. MR. SPEAKER,…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. MR. SPEAKER, TONIGHT'S THE FIRST NIGHT IN HANUKKAH AND CHRISTMAS IS FAST APPROACHING FOR FAMILIES ACROSS AMERICA. AND WHAT DO THE FAMILIES SEE COMING OUT OF WASHINGTON? DYSFUNCTION. AND HALF OF CONGRESS UNWILLING TO DO ITS JOB. MR. SPEAKER, WE WERE ELECTED TO WORK FOR THE BEST INTEREST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND IN THIS TOUGH ECONOMY, MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS AND WORKING FAMILIES NEED TO KNOW THAT THEIR TAXES WON'T BE GOING UP AT ANY POINT NEXT YEAR. SO FAR THE HOUSE HAS PASSED A BIPARTISAN YEAR-LONG PLAN TO ENSURE THAT TAXES DO NOT GO UP. THE SENATE ON THE OTHER HAND HAS PASSED A TWO-MONTH PLAN. ACCORDING TO EXPERTS, THE TWO-MONTH PLAN IS SIMPLY UNWORKABLE. FAMILIES, EMPLOYERS, AND WORKERS CAN'T LIVE THEIR LIVES MONTH TO MONTH. WASHINGTON NEEDS TO STOP ADDING CONFUSION AND MORE UNCERTAINTY TO PEOPLE'S LIVES. I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT THE TWO-MONTH CONCEPT DOESN'T MAKE A WHOLE LOT OF SENSE. MR. SPEAKER, BOTTOM LINE, A TWO-MONTH PATCH IS IRRESPONSIBLE. THAT'S WHY THE HOUSE IS TAKING A STAND. WE BELIEVE ALL AMERICANS DESERVE CERTAINTY. WE WANT A YEAR-LONG EXTENSION OF THE PAYROLL TAX CUT WHICH WILL PREVENT A TAX INCREASE ON EVERY AMERICAN WITH A JOB. LUCKILY, MR. SPEAKER, EVERYONE CLAIMS TO AGREE. IN FACT, THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF SAID, IT WOULD BE INEXCUSABLE NOT TO EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX CUT FOR A YEAR. THE LEADER OF THE SENATE SAYS THAT WE SHOULD BE WORKING ON EXTENDING THE PAYROLL TAX FOR A YEAR. BUT ONLY AFTER THE NEW YEAR. MR. SPEAKER, A GREAT VIRGINIAN ONCE SAID, NEVER PUT OFF TOMORROW WHAT YOU CAN DO TODAY. THAT MAN WAS THOMAS JEFFERSON. SO LET US DEDICATE OURSELF TO THAT SPIRIT. PEOPLE ACROSS OUR GREAT COUNTRY ARE TIRED OF HEARING WHY WASHINGTON CANNOT DO THINGS. THEY ARE SEEING SAY IN AND DAY OUT THAT WASHINGTON IS NOT WORKING TOGETHER. BUT WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO GIVE THEM SOME HOPE. LET'S SHOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THERE'S A REASON TO BELIEVE THAT WE CAN WORK TOGETHER AND DELIVER RESULTS. THE TRUTH IS, WE ARE NOT FAR APART ON THIS ISSUE. THE NEGOTIATORS GOT EXTREMELY CLOSE. WE OWE SOME STABILITY AND GOOD TAX POLICY TO THE HARDWORKING PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY NOT MORE GIMMICKS AND POLITICAL GAMES. TODAY THIS HOUSE WILL VOTE TO GO TO CONFERENCE AND WORK THESE DIFFERENCES OUT IN REGULAR ORDER. WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER IN A RESPONSIBLE MANNER TO FIND COMMON GROUND WHERE WE CAN ACCOMPLISH EVERYONE'S GOAL OF A YEAR-LONG PAYROLL TAX EXTENSION. MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS NO REASON WHY THE HOUSE, THE SENATE, AND THE PRESIDENT CANNOT SPEND THE NEXT TWO WEEKS WORKING TO GET THAT DONE. AMERICA WILL BE WAITING. I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:43:30 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN, IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN, IS RECOGNIZED.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:43:35 AM

    MR. LEVIN

    TWO MINUTES TO ANOTHER DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, MR. NEAL,…

    TWO MINUTES TO ANOTHER DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, MR. NEAL, FROM THE GREAT STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:43:42 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

  • 11:43:45 AM

    MR. NEAL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IF JUST THE SPEAKER HOUSE, AND MAJORITY LEADER…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IF JUST THE SPEAKER HOUSE, AND MAJORITY LEADER COULD WORK TOGETHER. THERE WAS A DEAL OVER THE WEEK END. THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE ACCEPTED THE SENATE'S VERSION OF THAT AGREEMENT. ONLY TO DISCOVER IN A CONFERENCE CALL THAT HE HAD TO BACK DOWN. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, MY FRIEND, HE DOESN'T BELIEVE WHAT THEY ARE DOING HERE FOR ONE MOMENT. THEY ARE COURTING DISASTER. THIS IS THE SEASON OF ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS FOR CHRISTIANS. HANUKKAH BEGINS TODAY. IT IS THE QUEST FOR LIGHT IN OUR LIVES TO ENLIGHTEN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AS TO WHAT IS TAKING PLACE HERE TODAY. 160 MILLION AMERICANS ARE GOING TO LOSE THIS TAX CUT. ORGANIZED LABOR AND MANAGEMENT, THEY DO THIS ALL THE TIME. YOU HAVE A COOLING OFF PERIOD. YOU GET TO A MORE BENIGN TIME. AND YOU NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH. YOU HAVE SEEN WHAT'S HAPPENED HERE. A RADICAL ELEMENT HAS SEIZED THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. THE SENATOR FROM MASSACHUSETTS, SENATOR BROWN, IS ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE "BOSTON GLOBE" TODAY CRITICIZING HIS OWN PARTY. DEAN HELLER CRITICIZING HIS OWN PARTY. RICHARD LUGAR CRITICIZING HIS OWN PARTY. WE ARE ARGUING TODAY ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS IN THIS SEASON FOR MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN FAMILY WHO ARE GOING TO LOSE THOSE BENEFITS. WE ARE ARGUING ABOUT TAX CUT FOR MIDDLE INCOME AMERICANS TODAY, 160 MILLION STRONG. FOR DOCTORS WHO CARE FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE AMONGST US AS THE MEDICARE PATIENTS. OVER THEIR REIMBURSEMENT RATES. WHEN YOU CONSIDER WHAT REPUBLICANS DID DURING THE BUSH YEARS WITH THOSE TAX CUTS FOR WEALTHY PEOPLE, THEY NEVER FLINCHED FOR ONE MOMENT. THE RICH WERE RICH AND THEY WEREN'T GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE. . AND THERM GOING TO REINFORCE THAT IDEA, CUT TAXES 10 TIMES IN 10 YEARS FOR THE WEALTHIEST AMONG US, WE SHOULD BE VOTING ON WHAT THE SENATE DID. LET'S HAVE AN UP OR DOWN VOTE AND THEN EXPLAIN IT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:46:03 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 11:46:07 AM

    MR. CAMP

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE TRADE…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE TRADE SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BRADY.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:46:11 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 11:46:16 AM

    MR. BRADY

    MR. PRESIDENT, SENATE DEMOCRAT LEADERS, DON'T VACATION UNTIL YOU FINISH…

    MR. PRESIDENT, SENATE DEMOCRAT LEADERS, DON'T VACATION UNTIL YOU FINISH YOUR JOB. FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES NEED TAX RELIEF FOR A FULL YEAR, NOT JUST FOR TWO MONTHS. THE HOUSE, WE'VE ALREADY DONE OUR JOB. WE'VE ALREADY PASSED A FULL ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY. WE'VE INCLUDED UNEMPLOYMENT REFORMS FOR THOSE WHO ARE OUT OF WORK, PAYING OUR LOCAL DOCTORS FAIRLY IN MEDICARE FOR A FULL TWO YEARS, UNLOCKING THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE AND CUTTING SPENDING TO COMPLETELY PAY FOR IT. WE'VE DONE OUR JOB, BUT THE DEMOCRAT-LED SENATE SHORTCHANGED THE AMERICAN PUBLIC BY RUSHING THROUGH A PARTIAL TWO-MONTH EXTENSION AND THEN HURRYING HOME FOR THEIR CHRISTMAS VACATION. THAT'S IRRESPONSIBLE. FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES NEED TO BE ABLE TO PLAN WITH CONFIDENCE FOR A FULL YEAR, NOT JUST TWO MEASLY MONTHS. PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID -- YOU SAID, MR. PRESIDENT, JUST LAST WEEK THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE A ONE-YEAR BILL. OUR DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS SAID A ONE-YEAR BILL. THE DEMOCRATS SAID A ONE-YEAR BILL. WELL, HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO HOLD YOU TO YOUR WORD BY MOVING FORWARD TODAY TO CONFERENCE COMMITTEE TO WORK OUT THE DIFFERENCES. WE'RE GOING TO WORK IT OUT NOT NEXT YEAR, NOT WHEN YOU GET AROUND TO IT BUT NOW. THAT'S THE NEXT STEP IN THE CONSTITUTIONAL PROCESS AND WE, HOUSE REPUBLICANS, ARE WILLING TO WORK THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS TO MAKE SURE WE GET THE JOB DONE FOR THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:47:51 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN, IS RECOGNIZED.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:48:00 AM

    MR. LEVIN

    ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, A VERY DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF…

    ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, A VERY DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, MR. LEWIS.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:48:07 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 11:48:16 AM

    MR. LEWIS

    I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND AND MY COLLEAGUE, MR. LEVIN, FOR YIELDING. IF WE…

    I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND AND MY COLLEAGUE, MR. LEVIN, FOR YIELDING. IF WE GO HOME WITHOUT PASSING A BIPARTISAN SENATE BILL WE DEGRADE OURSELVES AND THIS CONGRESS. WE ARE OUT OF TIME. WE CANNOT IMPINTO THIS HOLIDAY SEASON -- WE CANNOT GO INTO THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WITHOUT HELPING OUR UNEMPLOYED BROTHERS AND SISTERS. WE CANNOT KEEP OUR SENIORS FROM SEEING THEIR DOCTORS. WE CANNOT ALLOW TAXES TO GO UP FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE TODAY IS SHAMEFUL, IT IS A DISGRACE. IT IS UNREAL. IT IS UNBELIEVABLE. WE CAN DO BETTER. IF WE FAIL TODAY, HOW WILL YOU FACE YOUR NEIGHBORS, FAMILY WHO ARE SUFFERING? WHERE IS YOUR COMPASSION? WHERE IS YOUR HEART? WHERE IS YOUR SOUL? I SAY VOTE NO ON THIS MOTION AND PASS THE SENATE BIPARTISAN BILL.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:49:26 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 11:49:30 AM

    MR. CAMP

    AT THIS TIME I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CONFERENCE…

    AT THIS TIME I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CONFERENCE CHAIRMAN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:49:36 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

  • 11:49:39 AM

    MR. HENSARLING

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, WE ALL NEED TO BE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, WE ALL NEED TO BE REMINDED WHY WE'RE HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. WE'RE HERE BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT'S ECONOMIC POLICIES HAVE FAILED. THEY FAILED THIS NATION. EVER SINCE HE WAS ELECTED, UNEMPLOYMENT HAS BEEN AT, NEAR OR ABOVE 9%. AND THE PEOPLE SUFFER. I BELIEVE ALMOST EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY BELIEVES THAT WE MUST EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY. THAT'S NOT THE DEBATE, MR. SPEAKER. WHAT IS MOST CURIOUS, THOUGH, IS OUR PRESIDENT. OUR PRESIDENT HAS SAID IT WILL BE INEXCUSABLE FOR CONGRESS NOT TO FURTHER EXTEND THIS MIDDLE-CLASS TAX CUT FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR. HE DIDN'T SAY 60 DAYS. HE SAID THE REST OF THE YEAR. THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER HAS SAID THAT SHE INTENDS THE FIGHT TO EXTEND THESE PROVISIONS FOR A FULL YEAR. AND SO, MR. SPEAKER, I GUESS I'M CONFUSED. I HEAR MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SAY THEY WANT TO DO THIS FOR A YEAR. THEY SAY THEY WANT TO DO IT FOR A YEAR. THEY'RE JUST NOT WILLING TO VOTE TO DO IT FOR A YEAR. THAT'S MOST CURIOUS, MR. SPEAKER. I DON'T THINK I UNDERSTAND IT. IT'S WHAT THE PRESIDENT ASKED FOR. IT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE. THEY DON'T WANT US TO PUNT THE BALL. THEY WANT US TO DO OUR JOB. AND SO THERE'S NO POINT OF CONTENTION ON WHETHER OR NOT IT SHOULD BE EXTENDED. THE QUESTION IS WHETHER WE'RE GOING TO DO IT FOR A FULL YEAR OR PUNT THE BALL DOWN THE FIELD AND ONCE AGAIN DISAPPOINT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE STAND READY TO WORK OVER THE HOLIDAYS TO GET THIS DONE. THAT'S THE QUESTION. ARE YOU WILLING TO WORK OVER THE HOLIDAYS OR ARE YOU NOT WILLING TO WORK OVER THE HOLIDAYS? THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, MOST OF THEM WILL HAVE TO WORK OVER THE HOLIDAYS. WHY SHOULDN'T WE BE WILLING TO DO THIS? AND, YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, I GUESS IT'S CURIOUS HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE UNAWARE OF THIS THING CALLED A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE. SINCE THE DAWN OF THE REPUBLICAN, THESE ARE HOW THINGS ARE SETTLED BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE. IF YOU DON'T REMEMBER SISKS 101 -- CIVICS 101, YOU CAN GO AND WATCH "SCHOOLHOUSE ROCKS" VIDEO. THEY WILL APPOINT CONFEREES AND COME NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH EXCEPT THE SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER SAID HE WOULDN'T DO IT. THE HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADER SAID SHE WOULDN'T DO IT. SO IT KIND OF BEGS THE QUESTION, MR. SPEAKER. DO THEY WANT TO MAKE LAWS THAT BENEFIT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AT A TIME OF NEED OR DO THEY WANT TO PERPETUATE A CAMPAIGN ISSUE THAT MAYBE THEY BELIEVE HELPS THEIR CAMPAIGNS? THAT'S REALLY THE QUESTION. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, MR. SPEAKER, WE OUGHT TO PASS LAWS THAT ACTUALLY WORK AROUND HERE. ABC NEWS REPORTED LAST NIGHT, QUOTE, HOLIDAY PASSED BY SENATE, PUSHED BY PRESIDENT CANNOT BE IMPLEMENTED PROPERLY, EXPERTS SAY. WELL, ISN'T THAT INTERESTING. THE NATIONAL PAYROLL REPORTING CONSORTIUM THAT HANDLES PAYROLL FOR ABOUT A THIRD OF THE PRIVATE ECONOMY SAID, QUOTE, THIS COULD CREATE SUBSTANTIAL PROBLEMS, CONFUSION AND COST AFFECTING A SIGNIFICANT PERCENTAGE OF U.S. EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES. THE ASSOCIATED BUILDERS OF CONTRACTORS, THE PEOPLE WHO GO OUT AND ACTUALLY BUILD THINGS IN AMERICA HAVE SAID, QUOTE, THIS SORT OF TEMPORARY FIX UNDERSCORES CONGRESS' UNEVEN AD HOC APPROACH TOWARD THE ECONOMY AND CAUSES MORE HARM THAN GOOD FOR AMERICA'S JOB CREATORS. THE LEADING BUILDING TRADE ASSOCIATION IN THE NATION SAID THEIR 60-DAY PLAN WILL CAUSE MORE HARM THAN GOOD. MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE CRAFT A GOOD AND REASONABLE BILL. IT'S ONE YEAR THAT DOES WHAT THE PRESIDENT ASKED US TO DO. IT DOES WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ASKS US TO DO. IT'S ACTUALLY PAID FOR. IT DOESN'T INCREASE THE DEFICIT, AND IT BLOCKS TAX INCREASES. I DON'T KNOW HOW MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THINK WE WILL DO THIS WITHOUT IT. THANK YOU.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:54:04 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 11:54:08 AM

    MR. LEVIN

    IT'S NOW MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ANOTHER MEMBER OF OUR…

    IT'S NOW MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ANOTHER MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, A DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, JAVIER BECERRA.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:54:17 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 11:54:25 AM

    MR. BECERRA

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MY FRIENDS, WE'VE SEEN THIS MOVIE…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MY FRIENDS, WE'VE SEEN THIS MOVIE BEFORE. HOUSE REPUBLICANS ONCE AGAIN ARE DRIVING OUR GOVERNMENT AND OUR ECONOMY TO THE EDGE OF THE CLIFF AND THIS TIME THEY REPLACED 160 MILLION WORKERS AND MILLIONS OF SENIORS IN THE FRONT SEAT OF THAT CAR. THEY ARE REFUSING TO ALLOW 435 MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE TO VOTE ON A BIPARTISAN PROPOSAL PASSED BY 89 OUT OF 100 SENATORS NEXT DOOR. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES KNOW THAT THIS BIPARTISAN BILL PASSED BY THE SENATE WOULD PASS ON THIS FLOOR AND IT WOULD SAVE WORKING AMERICANS FROM HAVING THEIR TAXES INCREASED DURING THE HOLIDAYS. THE TRUTH IS REPUBLICANS ARE FEUDING AMONGST THEMSELVES. HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE FIGHTING WITH SENATE REPUBLICANS AND QUITE FRANKLY THEY'RE FIGHTING WITH REPUBLICANS THROUGHOUT THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE A MAJORITY OF THEM SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT'S PAYROLL TAX CUT. MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN THE PEOPLE, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ALIKE, ARE WAY AHEAD OF THE POLITICIANS. THEY WANT US TO GET OUR WORK DONE AND GET IT DONE NOW. LET'S STOP SHOWING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE B-RATED MOVIES ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AND PASS THE SENATE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:55:47 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN,

  • 11:55:51 AM

    MR. CAMP

    MINUTES TO A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, THE…

    MINUTES TO A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, DR. BOUSTANY.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:55:56 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 11:56:04 AM

    MR. BOUSTANY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BEFORE COMING TO CONGRESS I WAS A CARDIOVASCULAR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BEFORE COMING TO CONGRESS I WAS A CARDIOVASCULAR SURGEON. JUST LIKE DOCTORS ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY, WE'RE THERE 24/7 TO DEAL WITH PROBLEMS. NOW, I REMEMBER DISTINCTLY ONE NIGHT CHRISTMAS EVE, IN FACT, I WAS GETTING READY TO SIT DOWN WITH MY FAMILY FOR DINNER AND AN 86-YEAR-OLD MAN HAD A RUPTURED AN RISM WHO WENT INTO SHOCK. WE SAVED HIS LIFE, LONG STORY SHORT. WE HAD A DUTY, AN OBLIGATION TO OUR PATIENTS. BY GOD, TO PUT PHYSICIANS IN A POSITION OF SEEING A 27%, 28% CUT IN REIMBURSEMENT IS JUST UNTENABLE. WHY? IT'S NOT BECAUSE OF THE POSITIONS. IT'S BECAUSE OF PATIENTS WHO ARE GOING TO LOSE ACCESS. MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES, SENIORS, THOSE WITH DISABILITIES WHO WILL LOSE ACCESS TO CARE IN A SITUATION WHERE WE'RE ALREADY SEEING THAT ERODING ACCESS. WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO ACT BECAUSE THE CONSEQUENCES ARE NOT GOOD. WITH REGARD TO ALL THESE PROVISIONS THAT WE'RE TRYING TO EXTEND. THIS HOUSE PASSED A BILL LAST WEEK. IT WAS A VERY RESPONSIBLE BILL WITH GOOD REFORMS, AND IT GIVES TWO YEARS' STABILITY PERIOD FOR PHYSICIANS AND THOSE PATIENTS WHO DESPERATELY NEED THIS CARE. AND WHAT DID THE SENATE DO? WHAT DID THE SENATE DO? THE SENATE CAPITULATED, THE SENATE CAVED AND THE SENATE BASICALLY JUST GAVE UP WITH CONTEMPT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THAT'S WHAT IT COMES DOWN TO. THEY BASICALLY ARE CONTENT WITH ALLOWING CONFUSION AND DISRUPTION AND CHAOS AND UNCERTAINTY FOR PATIENTS WHO DESERVE GOOD, HIGH-QUALITY CARE. THEY DID THE SAME THING TO THOSE WHO DEPEND ON THESE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND THE SAME, AND THE SAME FOR THOSE WHO DEPEND ON THIS PAYROLL TAX CUT DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. WE'RE GOING TO PASS A BILL TODAY THAT BASICALLY SAYS WE'RE GOING -- WE WANT TO GO TO CONFERENCE TO RESOLVE THESE DIFFERENCES AND THE SENATE HAS AN OBLIGATION TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO STAND WITH US AND FOLLOW ITS CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY TO GO TO CONFERENCE TO RESOLVE THESE DISPUTES, THESE DIFFERENCES IN A TIME-HONORED WAY. MR. SPEAKER, THE SENATE HAS AN OBLIGATION TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE SENATE HAS AN OBLIGATION TO CARRY OUT ITS DUTY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE CAN GET THIS RIGHT. LET'S DO IT AND BE DONE WITH IT, BUT LET'S GET IT DONE AND LET'S GET IT DONE RIGHT AND I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:58:48 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CAMP, HAS 10…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CAMP, HAS 10 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN -- 10 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN, HAS 15 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN, IS RECOGNIZED.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:59:02 AM

    MR. LEVIN

    THANK YOU. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ANOTHER DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF OUR…

    THANK YOU. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ANOTHER DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER.

    Show Full Text
  • 11:59:13 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 11:59:15 AM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. SOME SAY THAT THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. SOME SAY THAT THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP PULLED THE PLUG ON THE SENATE BIPARTISAN BILL BECAUSE THEY WERE AFRAID OF THEIR REPUBLICAN TEA PARTY FRESHMEN PERHAPS. BUT WHAT IS CLEAR IS THAT WE'RE NOT BEING ALLOWED BY THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP TO VOTE ON THE SENATE BILL BECAUSE THE REPUBLICANS ARE AFRAID OF THEIR MODERATES, THEIR INDEPENDENTS, THEIR REASONABLE, UNHARDLINERS. THE MEASURE OF THIS CONGRESS IS THAT THE HOUSE DOESN'T ACT UNTIL THEY ARE FORCED TO AS A RESULT OF SELF-IMPOSED, CRISIS-INDUCED DEADLINES. AND THEN IF THEY CAN'T GET THEIR OWN WAY ON AN AGENDA THAT COULD NEVER BE PASSED THROUGH REGULAR ORDER IN BOTH CHAMBERS AND SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT, THEN THEY THROW A TANTRUM. AND WHAT WE ARE DEALING WITH TODAY IS A LEGISLATIVE TANTRUM. . I DON'T LIKE THE TWO-MONTH EXTENSION. IT HAS SOME DIFFICULTIES AND UNCERTAINTIES, BUT THERE WILL BE FAR MORE UNCERTAINTY AND DIFFICULTY IF THERE WERE A TWO-WEEK GAP OR A TWO-MONTH GAP. WHERE 700,000 PEOPLE IN EARLY JANUARY WILL LOSE THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. TWO MILLION IN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS. IF WE SIMPLY WOULD FOLLOW REGULAR ORDER, ALLOW A VOTE ON THE SENATE, WE COULD BUILD ON THIS GLIMMER OF BIPARTISANSHIP FROM THE OTHER BODY. ALLOW YOUR MEMBERS TO VOTE. WHO KNOWS WHERE IT COULD LEAD. WE ACTUALLY MAY BE ABLE TO SOLVE SOME OF THESE LONG-TERM PROBLEMS. THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:01:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CAMP, IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 12:01:10 PM

    MR. CAMP

    ASK IF MR. LEVIN WOULD LIKE TO YIELD AGAIN TO EVEN UP THE TIME.

  • 12:01:13 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    THANK YOU. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ANOTHER DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF OUR…

    THANK YOU. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ANOTHER DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, MR. PASCRELL, OF THE GREAT STATE OF NEW JERSEY.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:01:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 12:01:26 PM

    MR. PASCRELL

    ALMOST GOOD AFTERNOON, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS NOT A FRATERNITY HOUSE. THIS…

    ALMOST GOOD AFTERNOON, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS NOT A FRATERNITY HOUSE. THIS IS THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. YET WHAT HAVE WE WROUGHT? I HEARD SOMEONE, TWO PEOPLE SAY ON THIS FLOOR, QUOTED THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, THEY SHOULD APOLOGIZE TO HIM IMMEDIATELY, THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS URGING US TO VOTE A ONE-YEAR PLAN. HE WASN'T ASKING US TO VOTE ON YOUR PLAN FOR A YEAR. YOU KNOW WHAT HE THINKS ABOUT WHAT YOU PROPOSED. AND IT DIDN'T EVEN COME UP IN THE SENATE. IN FACT, 39 REPUBLICANS, THAT'S 82% OF THE ENTIRE DELEGATION OF THE REPUBLICAN SENATE, AND 89% OF THE TOTAL SENATE VOTED FOR THIS COMPROMISE. I KNOW YOU HATE THE WORD. COMPROMISE IS -- DOES NOT MEAN YOU SURRENDER YOUR VALUES OR PRINCIPLES. COMPROMISE IS WHAT WAS THE BASIS OF THE FOREFATHERS. THAT'S HOW WE GOT A CONSTITUTION. NOBODY WAS HAPPY WITH THAT CONSTITUTION. THEY DIDN'T GET EVERYTHING THEY WANT AND YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET EVERYTHING YOU WANT. SO YOU BETTER GET IT OUT OF YOUR HEAD RIGHT NOW. THROUGH THE SPEAKER, THROUGH THE SPEAKER. THE MAJORITY LEADER, WONDERFUL CLICHES, HE FORGETS THAT ONLY TWO YEARS AGO A REPUBLICAN MEMBER OF THE HOUSE SPONSORED A TWO-MONTH PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY AND HAD 59 CO-SPONSORS. WE HAVE AMNESIA, SELECTIVE AMNESIA. HE CHANGED HIS TUNE THIS SATURDAY. HE WAS AGAINST THE IDEA OF A SHORT-TERM GIMMICK. THIS SATURDAY HE SAID IT'S A GOOD DEAL. IT'S A VICTORY, HE SAID. HE CLAIMED VICTORY. REMINDS ME OF ANOTHER VICTORY I HEARD A COUPLE YEARS AGO. ONCE THE SAME MEMBERS OF THIS PARTY IN THIS CAUCUS REBELL, THE SPEAKER REVERSED HIS COURSE. KEEPING THE PAYROLL TAX CUT IN PLACE AS WE FIGURE OUT A WAY TO EXTEND IT FOR THE YEAR, REDUCES UNCERTAINTY AMONG EMPLOYERS AND THE FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT, THE WORKERS OF MY DISTRICT, AND I ASK THAT WE RECONSIDER WHAT WE ARE DOING TODAY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:03:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT OTHER MEMBERS OF THE BODY. THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN,

    Show Full Text
  • 12:03:54 PM

    MR. CAMP

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEWOMAN KANSAS, MS. JENKINS.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:04:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED TORE TWO MINUTES.

  • 12:04:03 PM

    MISS JENKINS

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, FOLKS ARE MAD OUT THERE.…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, FOLKS ARE MAD OUT THERE. THEY ARE MAD BECAUSE WHAT CONGRESS IS DOING OR NOT DOING IN MANY CASES MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE. AS A C.P.A. I'LL TELL YOU THAT HANDLING TAX POLICY ON A MONTH TO MONTH BASIS ISN'T JUST IRRESPONSIBLE, IT'S DOWN RIGHT CRAZY. ACCORDING TO THE NONPARTISAN NATIONAL PAYROLL REPORTING CONSORTIUM, THE COST OF COMPLYING WITH THE TWO-MONTH EXTENSION PROPOSED BY THE SENATE MAY ACTUALLY HARM MANY SMALL BUSINESSES. IN FACT, IMPLEMENTING THE CUTS ON THIS SHORT TIMELINE MAY NOT EVEN BE POSSIBLE. IN ADDITION TO BEING A C.P.A., I'M ALSO A MOM. AND I DO JUST ABOUT ANYTHING TO BE WORKING OUT OF OUR TOPEKA OFFICE THIS TIME OF YEAR SO THAT I COULD SPEND THE EVENING WITH MY KIDS, BUT AGREEING TO A TAX POLICY THAT IS SO SHORT LIVED THAT IT COSTS NOT JUST OUR GOVERNMENT BUT ALSO OUR SMALL BUSINESSES BIG BUCKS IS NOT ONE OF THEM. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE EXHAUSTED. THEY ARE SICK AND TIRED OF CONGRESS KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD ON HARD DECISIONS. SO I CAN OUR LEADERS IN THE SENATE, ARE YOUR VACATION PLANS MORE IMPORTANT THAN GOOD POLICY? WHY WILL IT BE EASIER TO NEGOTIATE A DEAL IN FEBRUARY THAN IT IS TODAY? COME BACK. WE STILL HAVE TIME. WORK WITH US TO DO THE JOB WE WERE ELECTED TO DO. LET'S MAKE THE HARD DECISIONS TODAY. LET'S EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX CUT FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR AND LET'S NOT DO IT ON THE BACKS OF A GENERATION MORE FOCUSED ON SANTA RIGHT NOW THAN THEY ARE ON TAX POLICY. I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:05:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN,

  • 12:05:49 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. VAN HOLLEN, WHO…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. VAN HOLLEN, WHO IS RANKING ON THE BUDGET COMMITTEE.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:05:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 12:05:58 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. THE AMERICAN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD UNDERSTAND VERY CLEARLY WHAT'S GOING ON HERE RIGHT NOW. AND THAT IS THAT THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS REFUSING, IS REFUSING TO ALLOW A VOTE IN THIS HOUSE ON THE SENATE BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE. THEY ARE REFUSING TO EVEN ALLOW A VOTE ON A BILL THAT RECEIVED 89 OF 100 VOTES IN THE SENATE, INCLUDING 85% OF THE SENATE REPUBLICANS. WHAT ARE THEY SO AFRAID OF? IT'S VERY CLEAR THAT THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IS AFRAID THAT THAT SAME BIPARTISANSHIP THAT TOOK PLACE IN THE SENATE WILL TAKE PLACE RIGHT HERE IN THE HOUSE. BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT A BIPARTISAN BILL. OTHERWISE WE WOULD HAVE A VOTE ON IT. WHAT WE ARE WITNESSING TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, IS THE TRIUMPH OF TEA PARTY EXTREMISM OVER THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY. THE SAD PART IS WE PROBABLY SHOULDN'T BE SURPRISED BECAUSE IT WAS JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO THAT THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP WAS OPPOSED TO EXTENDING THE PAYROLL TAX CUT AT ALL. THEY ORIGINALLY SAID THAT RAISING TAXES ON 160 MILLION AMERICANS WOULD BE OK. NO PROBLEM. I HAVE A LONG LIST OF STATEMENTS FROM REPUBLICAN HOUSE LEADERS TO THAT EFFECT. THEN TWO THINGS HAPPENED. A WHOLE LOT OF ECONOMISTS TOLD US WHAT WAS COMMON SENSE, THAT IN FACT IF YOU RAISE TAXES ON 160 MILLION AMERICANS, IT WILL HURT THE ECONOMY. AND IT ALSO BEGINS TO SOUND A LITTLE STRANGE FOR OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO BE SKELLOUSLY -- ZEALOUSLY PROTECTING TAX BREAKS FOR SPECIAL INTERESTS AND MILLIONAIRES WHILE ALLOWING TAX INCREASES ON 160 MILLION AMERICANS. SO THEY CHANGED THEIR STORY. THEN IT WAS WE COULDN'T DO THIS BECAUSE IT WAS GOING TO HURT THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND. THAT COMING FROM THE PARTY THAT WANTED TO PRIVATIZE SOCIAL SECURITY. AND THEN THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACTUARY TOLD US AND THE COUNTRY THAT IT WOULDN'T TAKE ONE CENT FROM THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND. SO NOW WE HAVE A WHOLE DIFFERENT STORY TODAY. NOW THE SAME FOLKS WHO WERE OPPOSED TO ANY CONTINUATION OF THE PAYROLL TAX CUT SAY THEY OPPOSE THE BIPARTISAN SENATE BILL BECAUSE IT WAS ONLY FOR TWO MONTHS. NOW THEY ARE PREVENTING A VOTE ON THAT BILL. THE CONSEQUENCE IS GOING TO BE VERY CLEAR. JANUARY 1, 160 MILLION AMERICANS ARE GOING TO SEE THEIR PAYROLL TAXES INCREASE. AT THE END OF THE DAY THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HERE IN THE HOUSE IS GOING TO GO HOME, THEY ARE GOING TO GO HOME, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT WILL REMAIN HERE? THE SENATE BIPARTISAN BILL BECAUSE WE WILL NEVER HAVE VOTED FOR IT. SO AT ANY TIME IN THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS WE CAN ALL COME RIGHT BACK HERE AND IN A MATTER OF FIVE MINUTES SEND THAT BILL TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK WHICH HE SAID HE WILL SIGN AND MAKE SURE THAT WE AVOID A PAYROLL TAX INCREASE ON 160 MILLION AMERICANS. MAKE SURE FOLKS WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN GET UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION. MAKE SURE THAT DOCTORS WILL CONTINUE TO BE PAID WHEN THEY TREAT MEDICARE PATIENTS SO THEY CAN SERVE THOSE PATIENTS. IT WILL BE SITTING RIGHT HERE FOR THREE WEEKS. WHY? BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY WON'T LET US VOTE ON IT. I WOULD BE HAPPY TO YIELD 30 SECONDS TO MY FRIEND, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, TO TELL US WHY YOU REFUSE TO A LOU--ALLOW A VOTE ON THE SENATE BIPARTISAN BILL.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:09:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 12:09:24 PM

    MR. CAMP

    I WOULD JUST SAY THAT IF MINORITY LEADER PELOSI AND SENATOR REID APPOINT…

    I WOULD JUST SAY THAT IF MINORITY LEADER PELOSI AND SENATOR REID APPOINT CONFEREES, THERE IS NO REASON FOR TAXES TO GO UP. WITH THAT I YIELD --

    Show Full Text
  • 12:09:33 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU DIDN'T ANSWER MY QUESTION.

  • 12:09:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS OUT OF ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS OUT OF ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:09:42 PM

    MR. CAMP

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:09:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 12:09:50 PM

    MRS. BLACK

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIXING SOMETHING FOR TWO MONTHS IS NOT FIXING SOMETHING.…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIXING SOMETHING FOR TWO MONTHS IS NOT FIXING SOMETHING. IT'S A BAND-AID AND IT'S BAD POLICY. I HAVE BEEN A NURSE FOR OVER 40 YEARS AND I'M GOING TO USE A MEDICAL ANALOGY TO ILLUSTRATE THIS POINT. IF SOMEONE WERE TO COME INTO THE EMERGENCY WHERE I'M WORKING WITH AN ISSUE, MEDICAL ISSUE, AND I SAID TO THEM, I'LL GIVE YOU A CHOICE. WE CAN EITHER FIX YOUR PROBLEM FOR TWO MONTHS OR WE CAN FIX YOUR PROBLEM FOR A YEAR. I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THE PATIENT WOULD CHOOSE CERTAINTY OF ONE YEAR OVER TWO MONTHS. FOR THE PAST 10 MONTHS I HAVE BEEN VISITING INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES IN MY DISTRICT AND WHAT I CONTINUALLY HEAR FROM THEM IS THAT UNCERTAINTY IS HURTING THEM AND IT'S HURTING OUR ECONOMY. NOW, THE HOUSE SENT A BILL TO THE SENATE THAT CONTAINS SOME CERTAINTY. AND WE GET BACK A TWO-MONTH BAND-AID. IN THIS BILL WE HAD CERTAINTY FOR BUSINESSES. CERTAINTY FOR DOCTORS. CERTAINTY FOR INDIVIDUAL TAXPAYERS. AND CERTAINTY FOR OUR SENIORS. THERE IS A NEED FOR A TWO-YEAR EXTENSION ON THE MEDICARE REIMBURSEMENT FOR OUR DOCTORS TO ENSURE THAT SENIORS RECEIVE ACCESS TO CARE. THERE IS A NEED FOR A ONE-YEAR PAYROLL HOLIDAY FOR INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES. AS HAS ALREADY BEEN SAID, THE NATIONAL PAYROLL REPORTING CONSORTIUM, A NONPARTISAN GROUP, HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERNS TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THAT THE TWO-MONTH PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY PASSED BY THE SENATE AND SUPPORTED BY THE PRESIDENT CANNOT BE IMPLEMENTED PROPERLY. WE ALSO NEED A TWO-YEAR EXTENSION OR FIX FOR OUR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS TO GIVE CERTAINTY TO BUSINESSES AND ALSO TO INDIVIDUALS. MR. SPEAKER, I AM FRUSTRATED THAT THE SENATE KICKED THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD ONE MORE TIME. FOR ONLY TWO MONTHS AFTER WE SENT THEM A BILL THAT WAS NOT ONLY BIPARTISAN, YES A BIPARTISAN BILL PASSED BY THIS HOUSE, BUT ALSO HAD GOOD JOB POLICIES. I CAME BACK TO D.C. YESTERDAY TO DO SOMETHING BETTER.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:12:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN,

  • 12:12:12 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    TWO MINUTES TO A VERY DISTINGUISHED MEMBER, THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS,…

    TWO MINUTES TO A VERY DISTINGUISHED MEMBER, THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS, JAN SCHAKOWSKY.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:12:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 12:12:22 PM

    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. DON'T BLAME CONGRESS FOR NOT WORKING TOGETHER.…

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. DON'T BLAME CONGRESS FOR NOT WORKING TOGETHER. BLAME THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS WHO CAN'T EVEN WORK WITH EACH OTHER. THE ONE AND ONLY REASON THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS NOT VOTING FOR THE BIPARTISAN SENATE BILL TO PROVIDE RELIEF TO MIDDLE CLASS TAXPAYERS, SENIORS, AND DISABLED PEOPLE ON MEDICARE AND JOBLESS AMERICANS IS BECAUSE IT WOULD PASS. THAT'S RIGHT. THE REPUBLICAN SCAM WAS TO BRING UP THE BILL SUPPORTED BY 90% OF THE SENATE AND THEN KILL IT. BUT ON THE WAY TO THIS SLAUGHTER, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED, SENSIBLE REPUBLICANS BASICALLY SAID, YOU WANT ME TO VOTE TO ABANDON MILLIONS OF MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS WITHOUT THE HELP THEY NEED THIS HOLIDAY SEASON? NO WAY. SO THE SANCTIMONIOUS RHETORIC YOU HEAR TODAY FROM THE REPUBLICANS IS NOTHING BUT TALK. BABY TALK. IF THEY DON'T GET THEIR WAY EXACTLY, THEN THEY WON'T PLAY. WHAT THEY ARE SAYING TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS SAYING HAPPY HAN CAN TO MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS -- HANUKKAH TO MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS WHO ARE LIGHTING THE FIRST CANNEL TONIGHT AND WON'T GET THEIR $1,000 TAX BREAK. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO OUR SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WHO MAY LOSE THEIR DOCTOR. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO THE JOBLESS AMERICANS DESPERATE FOR WORK, LOOKING FOR WORK, WHO BARELY SURVIVE ON THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT CHECKS. THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE THE GRINCHES WHO STOLE YOUR CHRISTMAS. AND I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:14:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CAMP, IS…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CAMP, IS RECOGNIZED.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:14:08 PM

    MR. CAMP

    MINUTES TO A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, THE…

    MINUTES TO A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. REED.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:14:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 12:14:15 PM

    MR. REED

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TO MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, IT'S…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TO MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, IT'S NOT $1,000 PAYROLL TAX REDUCTION JUST AS WAS QUOTED BY MY COLLEAGUE WHO JUST SPOKE. THE SENATE BILL IS TWO MONTHS. IT'S $160. SO LET'S BE CLEAR AND HONEST WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE TODAY IS THAT WE WANT TO DO OUR WORK. YES, WE WANT TO BE WITH OUR FAMILIES FOR CHRISTMAS. AND WE WANT TO BE HOME RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER. WE ARE WILLING TO STAY HERE AND DO THE WORK. NOT DO BAND-AID TYPE OF POLICY. TAX POLICY ON A TWO-MONTH BASIS? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? THAT IS RIDICULOUS. WE NEED LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS TO OUR PROBLEMS IN AMERICA. WE NEED TO PUT THE POLITICAL BICKERING ASIDE. TWO MONTHS IS NOT A SOLUTION. IT'S DODGING RESPONSIBILITY IN THE SENATE. . WE STAND AND RISE TO SUPPORT TODAY. AND IT IS A VOTE. WE WILL HAVE A VOTE TO REJECT THE SENATE POSITION WITH THIS AMENDMENT AND ITS BAND-AID POLICY AND WE WILL SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT WE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ARE ABOUT FINDING SOLUTIONS LONG TERM, ONE, TWO YEARS AT A MINIMUM AND WE'RE WILLING TO DO THE WORK AND I CALL ON THE SENATE TO COME BACK TO D.C. AND FINISH THE JOB. HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS OF AMERICA DESERVE NO LESS THAN FOR ALL TO HONOR OUR OATH AND OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO GOVERN THROUGH SOLUTIONS, NOT POLITICAL GAMES. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:16:10 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 MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN, IS RECOGNIZED.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:16:14 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    COULD YOU VERIFY HOW MUCH TIME EACH SIDE HAS?

  • 12:16:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN, HAS 7 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN, HAS 7 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CAMP, HAS FIVE MINUTES.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:16:22 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    1/2 MINUTES TO THE VERY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA, MS.…

    1/2 MINUTES TO THE VERY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA, MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:16:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 2 1/2 MINUTES.

  • 12:16:31 PM

    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    SCHULTZ: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN FIRM OPPOSITION TO THIS…

    SCHULTZ: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN FIRM OPPOSITION TO THIS MOTION TO GO TO CONFERENCE. WITHOUT A VOTE ON THE SENATE BILL TO EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX CUT AND UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. IT IS DEEPLY DISAPPOINTING AND TROUBLING THAT WE'LL BE DENIED THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON THE SENATE'S OVERWHELMINGLY BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE THAT WOULD BRING RELIEF TO MILLIONS OF AMERICA'S WORKING FAMILIES. NOW OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE SAID, PASS THE ONE-YEAR BILL THAT PASSED THE HOUSE LAST WEEK. WELL, TALK TO YOUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE. FOUR TIMES THE SENATE REPUBLICANS -- EXCUSE ME, FOUR TIMES THE SENATE DEMOCRATS TRIED TO BRING UP YOUR BILL AND FOUR TIMES A SENATE REPUBLICAN OBJECTED. FACTS ARE HARD. IF WE DO NOT PASS THIS BILL, 160 MILLION AMERICANS WILL FACE A $1,000 TAX INCREASE AS WE GO INTO THE NEW YEAR. IF WE DO NOT ACT IN MY HOME STATE, NINE MILLION FLORIDIANS WILL SEE THIS TAX INCREASE NEXT YEAR. IF WE DO NOT ACT, 2.2 MILLION UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS WILL LOSE THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. AND IF WE DO NOT ACT, 48 MILLION SENIORS WILL FACE THE SPECTER OF HAVING TO FIND NEW DOCTORS DUE TO CUTS FOR REIMBURSEMENT RATES. I'VE RECEIVED COUNTLESS CONSTITUENT CALLS, LETTERS AND EMAIL, MANY OF THEM VERY PERSONAL AND EMOTIONAL. JUST THIS MORNING I WAS ESPECIALLY MOVED BY A NOTE FROM A SINGLE MOM, CHRISTINE, WITH A 3-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER FROM MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. SHE WROTE, I AM PLEADING MY CASE TO YOU OUT OF DESPERATION, TO EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. THESE BENEFITS HELP HER PROVIDE FOOD AND NECESSITIES FOR HER DAUGHTER. TOO MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES LIKE TO PAINT UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFICIARIES WITH ONE INSENSITIVE AND CRUEL BRUSH. THIS WOMAN ISN'T SITTING AROUND. SHE WAS LAID OFF FROM HER JOB THIS FALL AND HAS ONLY BEEN ON UNEMPLOYMENT FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS WHILE SHE LOOKS FOR ANOTHER JOB. MY CONSTITUENT'S STORY, WHILE PERSONAL AND MOVING, IS UNFORTUNATELY NOT A UNIQUE ONE. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WHO CALLOUSLY IGNORE THE NEEDS OF MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS BY REFUSING TO VOTE ON THE PAYROLL TAX EXTENSION AND UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS ARE SENDING THE MESSAGE TO MILLIONS OF WORKING FAMILIES THAT DESPITE THEIR EFFORTS TO LOOK FOR AND FIND WORK IN THIS DELICATE ECONOMY, THEY SIMPLY DON'T CARE. THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP NEEDS TO ALLOW A STRAIGHT UP OR DOWN D VOTE ON THE -- UP OR DOWN VOTE ON THE SENATE BILL THAT PASSED 89-10 WITH STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. CLEARLY THEY'RE AFRAID IT MIGHT PASS. I URGE YOU TO LISTEN TO THE PLIGHT OF CONSTITUENTS LIKE CHRISTINE WHO SAID, I'M ASKING THAT THEY GIVE PEOPLE MORE TIME TO FIND WORK BY PUSHING THESE DATES BACK FURTHER. I'M HAVING A VERY HARD TIME TRYING TO FIND WORK THAT WILL ACCOMMODATE MY LIVING EXPENSES FOR MIGHT HAVE SELF AND MY DAUGHTER -- FOR MYSELF AND MY DAUGHTER. SHE'S ONLY BEEN ON UNEMPLOYMENT SINCE SEBT SEPTEMBER. SHE NEEDS HER HELP. PASS THIS BILL. AND STOP PLAYING POLITICS WITH PEOPLE'S LIVES. THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:19:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CAMP, IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 12:19:26 PM

    MR. CAMP

    MINUTE AND HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. SCALISE.

  • 12:19:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF.

  • 12:19:31 PM

    MR. SCALISE

  • 12:20:57 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 MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN, IS RECOGNIZED.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:21:03 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 12:21:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 12:21:13 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    YOU VERY MUCH, AND I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME DOWN AND TO SAY A…

    YOU VERY MUCH, AND I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME DOWN AND TO SAY A FEW WORDS ON THIS. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I'M SO GLAD THAT THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY ARE TUNING IN TO WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. WHAT WE ARE SEEING IS A GREAT DYSFUNCTION IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. HERE'S THE SITUATION. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE HURTING. 160 MILLION AMERICAN PEOPLE DO NOT NEED THEIR TAXES TO GO UP. THERE ARE 2.2 MILLION AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO ARE WITHOUT UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS WHO WILL HAVE THOSE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS NOT EXTENDED. AND THERE ARE SENIORS, 48 MILLION OF THEM, WHO WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GO AND VISIT THEIR DOCTORS. AMERICA'S HURTING AND WHAT DOES THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WANT TO DO? THEY WANT TO HURT THEM SOME MORE BY NOT EVEN ALLOWING A VOTE ON A COMPROMISED BILL. THAT WAS PASSED BY THE SENATE WITH 89 VOTES, 39 OF THEM MEMBERS OF THE SENATE REPUBLICAN PARTY. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WHAT'S AT STAKE HERE IS A FAIL TOUR TO COMPROMISE -- FAILURE TO COMPROMISE. THAT IS THE KEY. WHEN HAMILTON AND JEFFERSON FAILED TO COMPROMISE, IT WAS JOHN ADAMS WHO BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER. WHERE WOULD THIS COUNTRY BE IF THAT HAD NOT HAPPENED? LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF AMERICA, WAKE UP AND REALIZE THAT THIS IS NOT JUST THE TEA PARTY PEOPLE OR REPUBLICANS OR DEMOCRATS. IT'S A PARTY OF ALL OF US.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:22:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. REGULAR ORDER WILL BE HAD ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:22:57 PM

    MR. CAMP

    TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. KINGSTON.

  • 12:23:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 12:23:02 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS SAID IT…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS SAID IT WOULD BE INEXCUSABLE NOT TO EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX CUT FOR ONE YEAR. MS. PELOSI, MR. HOYER HAVE SAID THE SAME THING, AS HAVE DOZENS OF OTHER LEADING DEMOCRATS. I AGREE WITH THEM AND SO DOES A BIPARTISAN MAJORITY OF THE HOUSE WHO LAST WEEK VOTED TO EXTEND THE TAX CUT FOR ONE YEAR. NOW, WHY DO WE SUPPORT IT FOR ONE YEAR? BECAUSE TWO MONTHS ONLY GIVES UNCERTAINTY TO THIS FRAGILE ECONOMY. UNCERTAINTY, FAMILIES CAN'T PLAN, BUSINESSES CAN'T PLAN AND JOBS CAN'T BE CREATED. SO WHY DO THE DEMOCRATS WANT THE TWO MONTHS? SADLY, BECAUSE LIKE THEY'RE DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE, THEY WANT TO GO HOME. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? THERE'S A 200-YEAR-OLD MECHANISM FOR IRONING OUT SENATE AND HOUSE AGREEMENTS. IT'S CALLED A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE. NOW, YOUR LEADER HAS DECIDED NOT TO POINT -- APPOINT THIS COMMITTEE. YOU WANT TO COMPROMISE, THAT'S WHAT THIS VOTE IS ALL ABOUT. WE WANT TO COMPROMISE. WE KNOW WE CAN'T GET EVERYTHING WE WANT. BUT UNLIKE THE SENATE WE'RE NOT SAYING IT'S OUR WAY OR THE HIGHWAY. WE'RE SAYING COMPROMISE. VOTE YES ON THIS VOTE AND LET'S COMPROMISE AND LET'S GET THIS DONE.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:24:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN,…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN, IS RECOGNIZED.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:24:26 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. HARKY --…

    I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. HARKY -- MR. MARKY.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:24:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 12:24:35 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    MR. SPEAKER, TAX CUTS DELAYED ARE TAX CUTS DENIED. LAST YEAR JUST BEFORE…

    MR. SPEAKER, TAX CUTS DELAYED ARE TAX CUTS DENIED. LAST YEAR JUST BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS, THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS EXTENDED THE BUSH TAX CUTS FOR MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES, NO STRINGS ATTACHED. AND THIS YEAR REPUBLICANS WON'T EVEN ALLOW A VOTE TO EXTEND MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUTS. REPUBLICANS WANT TO PROCRASTINATE, DEMOCRATS WANT TO LEGISLATE. WHEN IT COMES TO MILLIONAIRES, THE REPUBLICANS ARE SANTA CLAUS. FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS, THEY'RE THE GRIVERAGE. THIS ISN'T -- GRINCH. THIS ISN'T MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, MR. SPEAKER. WE DON'T NEED TOMORROW CRUISE TO SAVE SENIORS, THE MIDDLE CLASS -- TOM CRUISE TO SAVE SENIORS, THE MIDDLE CLASS AND THE UNEMPLOYMENT. WE JUST NEED TO PASS THE SENATE COMPROMISE RIGHT NOW. BUT NOT ALLOWING -- BY NOT ALLOWING AN UP OR DOWN VOTE ON THIS COMPROMISE, THE REPUBLICANS ARE RAISING A CURTAIN ON THEIR REAL PRIORITIES. MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. AMERICANS DON'T NEED ANY MORE MEETSINGS OR DEBATE, THEY JUST NEED US TO MAKE SURE THEIR TAXES DO NOT GO UP ON NEW YEAR'S DAY. TODAY WE CAN PROTECT THE MIDDLE CLASS. THE SENIORS AND THE UNEMPLOYMENT BY PASSING THIS BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE RIGHT NOW. DO IT NOW.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:25:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CAMP,…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CAMP, IS RECOGNIZED.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:25:56 PM

    MR. CAMP

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE SELECT REVENUE…

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE SELECT REVENUE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. TIBERI.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:26:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 12:26:05 PM

    MR. TIBERI

    THIS DEBATE IS IN MANY WAYS SURREAL. I LIVED IN CIVIC -- CIVICS 101 THAT…

    THIS DEBATE IS IN MANY WAYS SURREAL. I LIVED IN CIVIC -- CIVICS 101 THAT THE HOUSE IS A CO-EQUAL BRANCH TO THE SENATE. MEMBERS OF THE OTHER SIDE SAY, WELL, THIS IS A COMPROMISE. IT'S A COMPROMISE IN THE SENATE. NOT THE HOUSE. THE HOUSE HAS SPOKEN. THE SENATE SAYS, MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY. NOW, I UNDERSTAND THAT THAT'S HOW IT'S KIND OF BECOME AROUND HERE AND I KNOW THERE ARE FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO ARE UPSET WITH THE SENATE WHEN THEY'VE DONE IT ON OTHER BILLS, WHEN THEY WERE IN THE MAJORITY. THIS IS ENOUGH. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER. WE NEED TO GET BACK TO REGULAR ORDER. WE NEED TO COMPROMISE BETWEEN THE HOUSE-PASSED BILL AND THE SENATE-PASSED BILL. THAT'S THE WAY THE FOUNDING FATHERS WANTED IT. COMPROMISE BETWEEN THE HOUSE, THE SENATE, NOT BETWEEN THE SENATE AND THE SENATE. FOR TWO MONTHS, FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THAT'S OUTRAGEOUS. THEY DESERVE A YEAR. A FULL YEAR TO HAVE A PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY. NOT TWO MONTHS. COME ON, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. LET'S SEND THE SENATE A MESSAGE. COME BACK TO WASHINGTON, DO YOUR WORK, GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A YEAR, NOT TWO MONTHS. I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:27:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN.

  • 12:27:20 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    HOW MUCH TIME IS THERE LEFT, PLEASE?

  • 12:27:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN, HAS THREE MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN, HAS THREE MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CAMP, HAS 1 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:27:30 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    MR. CAMP, ARE YOU GOING TO CLOSE? I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

  • 12:27:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 12:27:43 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    KNOW, I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS DOING ARGUMENTS BEFORE A COURT AND A JUDGE…

    KNOW, I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS DOING ARGUMENTS BEFORE A COURT AND A JUDGE WOULD ASK ME A VERY SALIENT QUESTION THAT WOULD GET TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER. AND THAT'S WHERE WE ARE TODAY. THERE'S THIS QUESTION TO THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY. IF YOU'RE SO SURE OF YOUR ARGUMENTS, WHY NOT ALLOW A VOTE ON THE SENATE BILL? OTHERWISE EVERYTHING YOU'VE SAID IS A SMOKE SCREEN. IT'S BECAUSE YOU'RE AFRAID YOU'D LOSE IT. OR YOU DON'T WANT SOME PEOPLE VOTING NO ON THE RECORD. THAT'S REALLY WHAT THIS IS ABOUT . AND THERE'S A SECOND QUESTION. IF YOU BELIEVE IN BIPARTISANSHIP , WHY NOT ALLOW A VOTE ON A BIPARTISAN BILL IN THE SENATE? I QUOTED THREE SENATORS AND THREE MORE NOW HAVE SPOKEN OUT, SENATORS SNOW, WICKER AND GRASSLEY. SENATOR GRASSLEY SAYS, IF IT DOESN'T PASS THE HOUSE TODAY THERE'S A CHANCE THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY WILL BE LOST. AND SENATOR WICKER SAYS, I'M SURPRISED THE HOUSE ISN'T WILLING TO TAKE A TWO-MONTH TIME-OUT TO DO SOMETHING MORE LASTING. SO, I THINK THE ANSWER IS, AGAIN, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT BIPARTISANSHIP -- YOUR TALK ABOUT BIPARTISANSHIP IS TOTALLY SHALLOW. THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER SAID, THE SENATE SAID IT'S MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY. NO, THAT ISN'T ACCURATE. THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE SAID TO THE SENATE, GET ON THE ROAD AND PASS A BILL AND NEVER SAID, DON'T DO IT. HE SAID, DO IT. , NO THE PROBLEM IS THAT MANY PEOPLE -- NO, THE PROBLEM IS THAT MANY PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE DIDN'T WANT TO EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX IN THE FIRST PLACE. AND YOU SENT OVER A BILL THAT DELETED 40 WEEKS OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE FOR THE MILLIONS WHO ARE LOOKING FOR WORK AND CAN'T FIND A JOB. SO, TODAY WE HAVE NO CHOICE. BUT TO VOTE NO AND INSIST THAT THIS OBLIGATION BE MET IN THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE ON THE BILL THAT THE SENATE PASSED. . AND YOUR DENIAL OF ALLOWING US A VOTE IS A DENIAL TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY WHO ARE UNINSURED AS OF DECEMBER 1 FOR UNEMPLOYMENT. WHO NEED MEDICARE CARE, AND ALSO THOSE WHO NEED THE CONTINUATION OF THE PAYROLL TAX CUT. THAT'S WHAT ALL OF THIS IS ABOUT. AND ANYTHING ELSE IS A PURE SMOKESCREEN THAT ALL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL SEE THROUGH.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:31:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CAMP,…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CAMP, IS RECOGNIZED.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:31:05 PM

    MR. CAMP

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 12:31:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 12:31:09 PM

    MR. CAMP

    WHAT WE ARE VOTING ON TODAY IS TO DISAGREE WITH WHAT THE SENATE DID TO OUR…

    WHAT WE ARE VOTING ON TODAY IS TO DISAGREE WITH WHAT THE SENATE DID TO OUR BILL. WE ARE VOTING TO DISAGREE TO THE SENATE AMENDMENT. ONCE THAT'S ADOPTED, THE HOUSE MESSAGE ON THIS BILL GOES BACK TO THE SENATE AND THE SENATE THEN HAS -- IS THE ONLY BODY IN POSSESSION OF THE BILL AND WE CANNOT MOVE FORWARD TO RESOLVE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE UNTIL SPEAKER -- UNTIL LEADER REID AND REPRESENTATIVE PELOSI APPOINT CONFEREES. SO WE ARE VOTING TO DISAGREE WITH THE SENATE. LET ME JUST SAY TWO MONTHS ISN'T LONG ENOUGH. YOU HAVE HEARD A LOT OF PEOPLE TALK TODAY IN THIS DEBATE. IT'S EMBARRASSING THAT WE ARE DOING TAX POLICY FOR TWO MONTHS, BUT IT'S NOT JUST HOUSE REPUBLICANS WHO THINK WE NEED A LONGER TERM EXTENSION, IT'S SUPPORTERS INCLUDING MANY OF OUR NATION'S DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS. I RECEIVED A LETTER THAT I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PUT INTO THE RECORD, ACTUALLY WENT TO OUR LEADERS, LAST WEEK FOR 16 OF THE NATION'S GOVERNORS, DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS AFTER WE APPROVED 3630, THEY CALLED FOR A SWIFT PASSAGE OF A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION. NOT TWO MONTHS. ONE YEAR. THAT'S WHAT THE HOUSE BILL DOES. WHAT'S MORE THAT'S WHAT THE SENATE BILL SPECIFICALLY REJECTS. I URGE THAT WE VOTE TO DISAGREE WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENTS AND LET'S GET ON TO A CONFERENCE. LET'S RESOLVE THIS THIS YEAR SO WE CAN MAKE CERTAINTY IN OUR CODE, CERTAINTY FOR ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE OUT OF WORK, AND CERTAINTY FOR THOSE SENIORS WHO ARE -- WHO NEED TO SEE A PHYSICIAN FOR MORE THAN TWO MONTHS, BUT FOR TWO YEARS. I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:32:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 502, THE…

    ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 502, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CAMP. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS AGREED TO. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:33:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN.

  • 12:33:07 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    RECORDED VOTE.

  • 12:33:11 PM

    MR. CAMP

    I REQUEST THE RECORDED VOTE.

  • 12:33:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YEAS AND NAYS.

  • 12:33:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER…

    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 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.]

    Show Full Text
  • 12:54:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 229, THE NAYS ARE 193 AND THE MOTION IS ADOPTED.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 229, THE NAYS ARE 193 AND THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, A MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:57:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL…

    THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RISE?

    Show Full Text
  • 12:57:23 PM

    MR. HOYER

    I HAVE A MOTION TO INSTRUCT AT THE DESK.

  • 12:57:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE MOTION.

  • 12:57:28 PM

    THE CLERK

    INSTRUCT CONFEREES OFFERED BY MR. HOYER OF MARYLAND.

  • 12:57:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 502 THE MOTION IS CONSIDERED READ. PURSUANT…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 502 THE MOTION IS CONSIDERED READ. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 7 OF RULE 22, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CAMP, WILL EACH CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

    Show Full Text
  • 12:57:46 PM

    MR. HOYER

    MR. SPEAKER. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

  • 12:57:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 12:58:06 PM

    MR. HOYER

    IT IS DECEMBER 20. I YIELD MYSELF FOUR MINUTES.

  • 12:58:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 12:58:13 PM

    MR. HOYER

    SPEAKER, IT IS DECEMBER 20. AND THE REPUBLICANS ARE USING IT AS A DAY TO…

    SPEAKER, IT IS DECEMBER 20. AND THE REPUBLICANS ARE USING IT AS A DAY TO DIS-- DISSEMBLE. PROTECTING -- PRETENDING TO SUPPORT A TAX CUT FOR WORKING AMERICANS WHILE MAKING IT UNCERTAIN AND DELAYED. WE OF COURSE, AS WE ALL KNOW, COULD PASS THE SENATE BILL BY 2:00 TODAY. SEND IT TO THE PRESIDENT. AND PROVIDE CERTAINTY TO WORKING AMERICANS COME JANUARY 1, THAT TEAR TAXES WILL NOT -- THAT THEIR TAXES WILL NOT GO UP. THE CHOICE, I SUGGEST, TO ALL OF YOU IS NOT BETWEEN 60 DAYS AND ONE YEAR, BECAUSE AT LEAST WE ALL SAY WE'RE FOR ONE YEAR, WE ARE FOR ONE YEAR. WE WILL SUPPORT A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION. BUT WE KNOW THE SENATE HAS BEEN UNABLE TO AGREE AND SO THEY SENT US BACK AN AGREEMENT THAT THEY COULD AGREE ON, TO GIVE US 60 DAYS TO GET TO THAT ONE YEAR. INSTEAD HOUSE REPUBLICANS REFUSED TO EVEN BRING THE SENATE'S BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE TO THE FLOOR. 89 U.S. SENATORS VOTED FOR A COMPROMISE AND YOU WILL NOT BRING IT TO THE FLOOR. AND YOU CREATE UNCERTAINTY AND ANXIETY AMONG THE PUBLIC. THAT IS SHAMEFUL AND DISAPPOINTING. AS A RESULT, ON JANUARY 1, IF THERE IS NO AGREEMENT, THOSE OF YOU WHO VOTE TO SEND THIS TO CONFERENCE TODAY AND AGAINST THIS MOTION TO INSTRUCT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR 160 MILLION AMERICANS SEEING THEIR TAXES INCREASE NEXT YEAR. FOR 2.3 MILLION PEOPLE SEEKING JOBS WHO WILL LOSE THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT LIFELINE BY MID FEBRUARY AND FOR 48 MILLION AMERICANS HAVING THEIR ACCESS TO DOCTORS PLACED IN JEOPARDY. THOSE ARE THE STAKES. AMERICA THOUGHT WE HAD AN AGREEMENT THIS WEEKEND. JOHN MCCAIN THOUGHT WE HAD AN AGREEMENT THIS SATURDAY, AND, YES, SPEAKER BOEHNER THOUGHT WE HAD AN AGREEMENT ON SATURDAY. AMERICA THOUGHT THERE WAS REASON TO HOPE THAT MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS WOULD BE SPARED THIS ENTIRELY PREVENTABLE TAX INCREASE. I TELL YOU, MY FRIENDS, IF THIS WERE ABOUT THE UPPER TAX -- UPPER INCOME TAX INCREASE, THIS WOULD PASS LIKE LIGHTNING. LIKE LIGHTNING. NO, THIS IS ABOUT PUTTING IN JEOPARDY THE MIDDLE-CLASS TAX INCREASE AND WE CAN PLAY GAMES WITH THAT. WE ARE NOW WATCHING THE CONVUNGS OF CONFRONTATION AND OBSTRUCTION IN THIS MOST UNPRODUCTIVE TEA PARTY-DOMINATED PARTISAN SESSION OF CONGRESS. AS A RESULT, SPEAKER BOEHNER DECIDED HE WASN'T FOR THE AGREEMENT. NOW, SPEAKER BOEHNER SOME YEARS AGO -- EXCUSE ME -- SOME MONTHS AGO SAID THIS, BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF TALK ABOUT THIS ONE-YEAR EXTENSION, LET ME TELL YOU WHAT SPEAKER BOEHNER SAID SIX MONTHS AGO. HE CALLED PROPOSALS TO EXTEND OR EXPAND THE PAYROLL TAX CUT AT THAT POINT BY A YEAR, QUOTE, ANOTHER LITTLE SHORT-TERM GIMMICK. SAME RHETORIC, DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES, BUT BOTH PUT AT RISK THE MIDDLE CLASS. AND SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER MCCONNELL'S OWN WORDS, THE COMPROMISE THAT YOU ARE REJECTING TODAY WAS DESIGNED TO PASS. I ASK FOR -- I YIELD MYSELF AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE. IN FACT, THE BILL THAT YOU PASSED AND YOU KNEW IT WAS DESIGNED TO FAIL, AND BECAUSE YOU KNEW IT WAS GOING TO FAIL, YOUR REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IN THE SENATE OBJECTED TO IT BEING CONSIDERED ON THE FLOOR OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE. JUST AS YOU HAVE REFUSED TO CONSIDER THE SENATE'S COMPROMISE ON THIS FLOOR. IT DID SO IN THE SENATE, THAT BILL THAT WAS DESIGNED TO PASS ACCORDING TO SENATOR MCCONNELL. IT DID SO IN THE SENATE WITH AN OVERWHELMING SUPPORT WITH 83% OF REPUBLICANS AND ALMOST EVERY DEMOCRAT, INCLUDING THE ENTIRE SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP AND THE ENTIRE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP. DEMOCRATS, MR. SPEAKER, ARE FIGHTING TO PREVENT A PAINFUL TAX INCREASE FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. THE WAY TO DO THAT IS TO PASS THE SENATE COMPROMISE WHILE WE CONTINUE TO WORK ON A YEAR-LONG EXTENSION. THAT'S WHAT SENATOR REID SAID IT WILL DO, MR. SPEAKER. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE PREPARED TO DO, MR. SPEAKER, BUT WE DON'T WANT TO PUT AT RISK JANUARY 1 COMING AND THAT TAX CUT DISAPPEARING. IF THEY FAIL TO PASS THE COMPROMISE, HOUSE REPUBLICANS WILL HAVE TO ANSWER TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHOSE TAXES WILL GO UP. ONE ADDITIONAL MINUTE. TO THE INNOCENT, UNEMPLOYED AND MEDICARE SENIORS SEEKING SERVICES FROM THEIR DOCTORS. WE MUST NOT LEAVE THIS WORK UNFINISHED JUST DAYS BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS AND NEW YEAR. THAT'S WHAT THE SENATE DID. THEY GAVE US TIME. THEY GAVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TIME. INSTEAD, WE OUGHT TO BE BRINGING RELIEF TO MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES THAT ARE INCREASINGLY ANXIOUS ABOUT THEIR FUTURE DURING WHAT SHOULD BE A JOYFUL AND HOPEFUL HOLIDAY SEASON. WE OUGHT TO PASS THE BIPARTISAN SENATE BILL. THAT'S WHAT THIS MOTION TO INSTRUCT SAYS. THAT IS WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TO HAPPEN IN WASHINGTON, TO SEE US WORK TOGETHER, COME TO AGREEMENT, ACT, BRING CERTAINTY, STOP THE BLAME GAME. WE CAN SEND THE BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT TO THE PRESIDENT TODAY AND HE WILL SIGN IT. VOTE YES ON THIS MOTION TO INSTRUCT. VOTE FOR THE AMERICAN WORKERS, THE MEDICARE RECIPIENT AND THE UNEMPLOYED. VOTE FOR THIS MOTION TO INSTRUCT, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO YIELD FOR THE PURPOSES OF BALANCING THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, JOE CROWLEY, A MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:05:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK WILL CONTROL THE TIME. THE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK WILL CONTROL THE TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:05:15 PM

    MR. CAMP

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT AND I YIELD…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:05:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:05:22 PM

    MR. CAMP

    I WOULD JUST SAY TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MARYLAND, WE JUST VOTED ON THE…

    I WOULD JUST SAY TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MARYLAND, WE JUST VOTED ON THE SENATE AMENDMENT. THEY WERE REJECTED BY THIS HOUSE. JUST YESTERDAY MINORITY LEADER PELOSI TOLD THE MEDIA, I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD GO TO CONFERENCE. THAT'S A QUOTE. IN THOSE SAME REPORTS THE MINORITY LEADER SAID IF THE HOUSE PASSES A MOTION TO GO TO CONFERENCE ON THE MIDDLE-CLASS TAX RELIEF AND JOB CREATION ACT, SHE WOULD NOT APPOINT ANY HOUSE DEMOCRATS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NEGOTIATIONS. SET ASIDE FOR A MOMENT THAT A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE IS THE ESTABLISHED WAY FOR RESOLVING DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE, AND IT'S AN IDEA THAT WAS BEST ARTICULATED BY THOMAS JEFFERSON, ONE OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS, AND SOMEONE WHO PROVIDED THE FOUNDATION FOR THE RULES OF THIS HOUSE. SET ASIDE THE FACT THAT DEMOCRATS ARE WITH TWO WEEKS LEFT BEFORE CRITICAL PROGRAMS EXPIRE REFUSING TO WORK. INSTEAD, LET'S JUST FOCUS ON WHAT THE LEADER OF HOUSE DEMOCRATS SAID. THE MINORITY LEADER DECLARED SHE WOULD NOT APPOINT ANY HOUSE DEMOCRATS TO A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE. SENATE JORD HARRY REID, SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID HE CANOWED THE SAME COMMENTS. I AM ASKING, WHO ARE THE DEMOCRATS SEEKING TO INSTRUCT WITH THIS MOTION? IF THE DEMOCRATS WON'T EVEN APPOINT CONFEREES, HOW CAN THEY INSTRUCT CONFEREES? CLEARLY, THIS IS NOTHING MORE THAN A PARTISAN, POLITICAL STUNT THAT KEEPS US FROM DOING WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS ASKED US TO DO AND WHAT HOUSE REPUBLICANS AGREED TO DO, PASS A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY AND A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. TURNING TO THE SUBSTANCE OF THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT FOR A MINUTE, IT SEEMS LIKE WE'VE ALREADY DEBATED THIS TODAY. THE MOTION ASKS THE HOUSE TO RECREED TO THE POSITION OF THE SENATE -- RECEDE TO THE POSITION OF THE SENATE, MEANING THE DEEPLY FLAWED BILL THAT WOULD SUNSET IN TWO MONTHS AND THAT PAYROLL PROVIDERS, JOB PROVIDERS, EXPERTS HAVE SAID WOULD BE ADMINISTRATIVELY UNWORKABLE. AND THAT EVEN THE ADMINISTRATION CONCEDES WOULD POSE CHALLENGES FOR EMPLOYERS. I URGE DEFEAT OF THIS MOTION TO INSTRUCT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:07:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

    Show Full Text
  • 01:07:46 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. JUST SITTING HERE I WAS --

  • 01:07:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD HIMSELF SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME?

  • 01:07:56 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

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

  • 01:07:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:08:00 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    JUST SITTING HERE I WAS CONTEMPLATING THE END OF THE YEAR AND AT THE END…

    JUST SITTING HERE I WAS CONTEMPLATING THE END OF THE YEAR AND AT THE END OF BUSINESS THAT WE WILL CONDUCT TODAY, MEN AND WOMEN FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WILL PASS EACH OTHER IN THE WELL OR IN THE HALLWAY AND WE WILL WISH EACH OTHER HEALTH FOR THE NEW YEAR. WE WILL WISH EACH OTHER GOODNESS, HAPPINESS. WE WILL ALL LOOK FORWARD TO GOING BACK TO OUR HOME DISTRICTS AND SPENDING TIME WITH OUR FAMILY, WITH OUR FRIENDS, LOOKING BACK AT WHAT HAPPENED, SOME OF THE GOODS THINGS AND NOT SO GOOD THINGS, PRIMARILY FOCUSING ON THE GOOD THINGS THAT HAPPENED TO US THIS YEAR. THE THING THAT COMES TO MIND WHEN I OFTEN SAY TO PEOPLE I WISH YOU PEACE, I WISH YOU PEACE IN THE NEW YEAR, I WISH YOU A PEACEFUL MIND IS WHAT I'M SUGGESTING. GO HOME AND RELAX. NOTHING THAT WE ARE DOING TODAY WILL GIVE PEACE OF MIND TO THE MIDDLE CLASS IN THIS COUNTRY. NOTHING THAT WE WILL DO TODAY WILL GIVE THEM THAT PEACE OF MIND. AND I THINK THAT IS MORE THAN REGRETTABLE. IT'S UNACCEPTABLE. THERE ARE MEN AND WOMEN IN THIS COUNTRY, HARDWORKING MIDDLE-CLASS PEOPLE WHO ARE DESPERATELY TRYING TO KEEP THEIR HOMES TO AFFORD EDUCATION, COLLEGE EDUCATION FOR THEIR CHILDREN, TO AFFORD HEALTH CARE, TO BE ABLE TO SEE THEIR DOCTOR, WHO ARE TRYING TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE, PAY THE HEAT BILL, MAYBE AFFORD THE RENT. THEY'RE STRUGGLING. THIS IS NOT A STORY THAT'S ONLY IN MY DISTRICT. THIS IS IN EVERY DISTRICT, BE THEY DEMOCRAT OR HELD BY A REPUBLICAN. NOW, WHAT WE'VE SEEN OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS IS A COMPLETE TURNAROUND. TWO MONTHS AGO MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE REJECTED THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSAL FOR A PAYROLL TAX CUT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. AND NOW WE COME TO THE END OF THE YEAR AND WE'RE RUNNING OUT OF TIME, AND MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE HAD A CONVERSION. THEY NOW SEE THE WISDOM TO EXTENDING THIS PAYROLL TAX. BUT NOW YOU'RE CRITICIZING US BECAUSE WE HAVE A BILL BEFORE US THAT HAS PASSED IN A BIPARTISAN WAY IN THE SENATE, 89 VOTES THAT WILL EXTEND THIS PAYROLL TAX, TAX REDUCTION FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS FOR AN ADDITIONAL TWO MONTHS. NOW, I CAN UNDERSTAND IF THAT IS ALL WE WERE GOING TO DO YOU CAN COMPLAIN ABOUT IT. BUT WHEN I HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY IN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS AND DO IT FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR -- QUITE FRANKLY, WE CAN MAKE IT PERMANENT, FOR ALL I AM CONCERNED, WE OUGHT NOT TO BE SQUABLING ABOUT TIME -- SQUABBLING ABOUT TIME THAT'S ONLY TWO MONTHS. DON'T PRETEND THAT YOU ARE WORKING ON BEHALF OF THE MIDDLE CLASS. DON'T PRETEND YOU ARE THE WORKING CLASS HERO. YOU'RE NOT. YOU'RE NOT. A CONSTITUENT OF MINE FROM THE BRONX, ONE OF THE MANY MIDDLE-CLASS WORKERS IN MY DISTRICT, WILL HAVE TO PAY AN EXTRA $1,000 A YEAR TO AFFORD HEATING OIL FOR THEIR HOME IF THEY DO NOT GET THIS TAX DECREASE THAT THEY HAVE BEEN HOPING FOR AND THEY HAVE BEEN READING ABOUT THAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN IT MAY NOT HAPPEN. I JUST WANT TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES, THIS IS NOT COTTON CANDY ECONOMICS. ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, MR. RYAN, USED THE TERM THIS IS COTTON CANDY ECONOMICS. THIS IS NOT COTTON CANDY ECONOMICS, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS BREAD AND BUTTER ECONOMICS FOR MY CONSTITUENTS AND FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. THE WORD DISINGENUOUS DOESN'T DO JUSTICE TO DESCRIBE WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE TODAY. THIS IS EITHER AN EXTENSION OF $1,000 TAX CREDIT OR -- TAX CUT OR IT'S NOT. IT'S SIMPLE AS THAT. THIS IS EITHER A TAX CUT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS OR IT'S NOT. A NO VOTE IS A VOTE AGAINST THE MIDDLE-CLASS TAX CUT. IT IS SIMPLY THAT SIMPLE. DON'T DO THIS NOW, GIVE PEOPLE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE PEACE OF MIND THEY DESERVE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. LET THEM KNOW THAT THIS TAX CUT WILL BE EXTENDED. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:12:37 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 MICHIGAN.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:12:40 PM

    MR. CAMP

    AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED…

    AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:12:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:12:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    LET ME THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. AS I WAS ATTEMPTING TO EAT MY…

    LET ME THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. AS I WAS ATTEMPTING TO EAT MY LUNCH, I HEARD MY NAME INVOKED MORE THAN ONCE ABOUT WHAT I DID AND ABOUT WHAT I DIDN'T DO. I JUST WANT ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO KNOW THAT THE PRESIDENT ASKED US TO EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX CREDIT FOR A YEAR, ASKED US TO EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND ASKED US TO EXTEND THE PAYMENT SCHEDULE, THE CURRENT PAYMENT SCHEDULE FOR DOCTORS WHO TREAT MEDICARE PATIENTS. MY COLLEAGUES AND I IN A BIPARTISAN BASIS LAST WEEK PASSED SUCH A BILL. THE SAME KIND OF BILL THAT WAS REQUESTED BY THE MINORITY LEADER AND THE MINORITY WHIP AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. THIS BILL WAS GOING TO COST ABOUT $200 BILLION. WE FOUND REASONABLE OFFSETS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE WERE TAKING CARE OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND AND NOT DEPLETING IT UNNECESSARILY. AS I SAID, THE BILL PASSED THE HOUSE WITH A BIPARTISAN VOTE. UNFORTUNATELY, OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CAPITOL DECIDED TO DO WHAT HAPPENS AROUND HERE ALL TOO OFTEN. TOO HARD TO FIGURE IT OUT. GETTING CLOSE TO CHRISTMAS, WE'RE GOING TO PUNT AND WE'RE GOING TO SEND A TWO-MONTH BILL OVER. NOW MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK WAS ARGUING FOR WHAT'S BASICALLY $1,000 TAX CUT FOR THE AVERAGE AMERICAN FAMILY AND I'M HERE TO SAY TO MY COLLEAGUE, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE FIGHTING FOR. AS I SEE THE DEBATE TODAY, YOU'RE ARGUING FOR $166 TAX CUT BECAUSE IT'S ONLY FOR TWO MONTHS. I WANT TO GIVE THE AVERAGE AMERICAN FAMILY $1,000 TAX CUT, AND THAT MEANS DOING THIS FOR 12 MONTHS AS THE PRESIDENT REQUESTED. WHO DOESN'T BELIEVE THAT IF WE DON'T DO THIS NOW THAT WHEN WE GET TO FEBRUARY 28, GUESS WHERE WE'LL BE? WE'LL BE RIGHT HERE DOING THE SAME THING THAT WE'RE DOING RIGHT NOW. I JUST THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT US TO DO OUR WORK. WE'VE GOT 10 DAYS TO DO OUR WORK. WE CAN RESOLVE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE BILL. EVERYBODY WANTS US TO EXTEND THEM FOR A YEAR, BUT IT JUST HAPPENS TO BE INCONVENIENT FOR SOME TO TRY TO RESOLVE IT AT THIS POINT. WHY? BECAUSE WE'RE GETTING CLOSE TO THE HOLIDAYS. MY COLLEAGUES AND I ARE HERE AND PREPARED TO DO OUR WORK. WE'VE JUST MADE A MOTION TO GO TO CONFERENCE WITH THE SENATE. AS MY COLLEAGUES KNOW, THIS IS THE REGULAR ORDER OF HOW CONGRESS WORKS. THE HOUSE PASSES A BILL, THE SENATE PASSES A DIFFERENT BILL, WE GO TO CONFERENCE TO RESOLVE THE DIFFERENCES. AND ALL WE'RE ASKING IS THAT OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CAPITOL COME BACK TO TOWN, SIT DOWN AND RESOLVE OUR DIFFERENCES AND LET'S DO THIS ONCE AND LET'S DO IT THE RIGHT WAY FOR ONCE. SO I WOULD ASK MY COLLEAGUES, WE CAN TURN THE RHETORIC DOWN. WE DON'T HAVE TO GET OVERLY EXCITED. THERE'S NO DISAGREEMENT HERE. THERE'S NO DISAGREEMENT AT ALL. ABOUT THE FACT THAT EVERYONE WANTS TO EXTEND THIS FOR THE NEXT YEAR. THE ONLY QUESTION IS, WHEN DO PEOPLE WANT TO DO IT? SOME WANT TO KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD AND WAIT UNTIL FEBRUARY AND ON FEBRUARY 28 WE'LL BE SITTING HERE LOOKING AT EACH OTHER THE SAME WAY. WHY DON'T WE JUST DO IT NOW AND GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A REAL CHRISTMAS PRESENT? I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:16:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

  • 01:16:36 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE THREE MONTHS TO DO THIS BILL. UNFORTUNATELY WE WAITED…

    MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE THREE MONTHS TO DO THIS BILL. UNFORTUNATELY WE WAITED UNTIL THE LAST TWO WEEKS TO TAKE THIS BILL UP. IT'S UNFORTUNATE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ISRAEL.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:16:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 01:16:51 PM

    MR. ISRAEL

    I THANK MY VERY GOOD FRIEND, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.…

    I THANK MY VERY GOOD FRIEND, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. MR. SPEAKER, WITH ALL THE RESPECT IN THE WORLD, THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE SAID WE SHOULDN'T KICK THE CAN. WHAT THEY ARE DOING, MR. SPEAKER, IS THEY ARE KICKING THE MIDDLE CLASS IN THE STOMACH. THIS IS A PARTISAN MIDDLE CLASS MUGGING. THE ONLY PART OF THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT THAT THE REPUBLICANS DON'T LIKE IS THE MIDDLE CLASS PART. WHICH IS WHY THEY ARE TRYING EVERY FLIP FLOP, EVERY EXECUTION THEY CAN COME UP WITH. THE LATEST EXCUSE IS, WE OUGHT TO GO TO REGULAR ORDER. I CANNOT IMAGINE A SINGLE AMERICAN OPENING UP THEIR PAYCHECKS IN JANUARY, SEEING THAT THERE'S 100 -- $100 OR $200 LESS AND SAYING, IF ONLY THEY HAD GONE TO REGULAR ORDER. IF ONLY THEY HAD GONE TO A HOUSE SENATE CONFERENCE. A HOUSE SENATE CONFERENCE? I'M SORRY THAT MY TEA PARTY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES CAMPAIGNED ON COMING TO CONGRESS TO SUPPORT REGULAR ORDER AND GO TO CONFERENCE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. NO, THEY CAME HERE SAYING THEY WANTED TAX CUTS. BUT WHEN IT COMES TIME TO GIVE TAX CUT, SUDDENLY THEY'RE SAYING, WE DON'T NEED TAX CUTS. WE NEED A HOUSE-SENATE CONFERENCE TO DEBATE THE TAX CUTS. GIVE ME A BREAK. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TWO THINGS FROM THIS CONGRESS, MR. SPEAKER. THEY WANT TAX HE CAN LOO -- TAX RELIEF FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS, THEY WANT A CONGRESS THAT CAN COMPROMISE. HOUSE DEMOCRATS GAVE BOTH. HOUSE REPUBLICANS SAID NO TO BOTH. HOUSE DEMOCRATS WANTED A FULL ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT. ALL WE SAID IS, LET PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING OVER $1 MILLION PAY A SMALL SURCHARGE ON THE DOLLARS OVER $1 MILLION. HOUSE REPUBLICANS SAID NO. WE WANT TO TAKE IT OUT OF MEDICARE CUTS. HOUSE DEMOCRATS SAID, OUR PARTISAN DIFFERENCES SHOULD NOT COST MIDDLE CLASS TAXPAYERS. HOUSE REPUBLICANS SAID NO. THE MORE YOU SAY NO, THE MORE IT COSTS THE MIDDLE CLASS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:19:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

  • 01:19:03 PM

    MR. CAMP

    EARLIER, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, SAID THE SENATE GAVE US TIME. NO,…

    EARLIER, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, SAID THE SENATE GAVE US TIME. NO, THE SENATE GAVE THEMSELVES A VACATION. THE HOUSE IS PREPARED TO WORK TO ENSURE AMERICANS DON'T FACE A TAX HIKE IN TWO MONTHS AND WITH THAT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HARRIS.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:19:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 01:19:19 PM

    MR. HARRIS

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING SOME TIME. THE AMERICANS WHO ARE WATCHING, THEY'RE…

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING SOME TIME. THE AMERICANS WHO ARE WATCHING, THEY'RE PROBABLY GOING TO HAVE A DEJA VU. LAST TIME THEY WATCHED CONGRESS IN ACTION ON A CONTENTIOUS BILL NEAR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY WAS IN 2009 WHEN THE SENATE HAD PLENTY OF TIME TO COME INTO TOWN AND PASS THE OBAMACARE BILL. AND THE HOUSE, UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE -- OF WHAT IS NOW THE MINORITY PARTY, THOUGHT IT WAS JUST FINE TO DO WHATEVER THE SENATE WANTED. HOW'D THAT WORK OUT FOR YOU, AMERICA? TODAY WE'RE ACTUALLY GOING TO DO WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING WHICH IS GOING TO CONFERENCE AND COMPROMISING WITH THE SENATE. NOW, THE MOTION IS TO CONQUER WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENTS -- CONCUR WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENTS. THE SENATE AMENDMENTS SAY 60 DAYS. MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S NOT KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD, THAT'S BARELY NUDGING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD. AND WHY DOESN'T THAT WORK? BECAUSE AS A PHYSICIAN I WILL TELL YOU, THE REAL DANGER TO OUR SENIORS IS PASSING SOMETHING THAT IS SHORT-TERM TIME AND TIME AGAIN WITH THE 111TH CONGRESS DID. AND I WORK WITH THESE DOCS. THEY TELL YOU, ESPECIALLY IN RURAL AREAS WHERE PHYSICIANS ARE IN SHORT, THEY SAY, IF YOU'RE ONLY GOING TO GIVE ME A TWO-MONTH OR A TWO-WEEK EXTENSION AS HAS BEEN DONE, I'M GOING TO HAVE TO STOP SEEING MEDICARE PATIENTS BECAUSE I WANT TO TAKE CARE OF MEDICARE PATIENTS BUT THAT UNCERTAINTY THAT THOSE SHORT-TERM EXTENSIONS CREATE, I CAN'T DEAL WITH IN MY PRACTICE. UNDER THIS -- YOU KNOW, IF A SENIOR WANTS TO SEE A SPECIALIST, THEY MIGHT -- ESPECIALLY A GOOD SPECIALIST, THEY MIGHT HAVE TO WAIT TWO OR THREE MONTHS. HEAR GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL AFTER THIS -- THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL AFTER THIS EXTENSION. THAT SPECIALIST IS GOING TO SAY, I'M NOT GOING TO SEE A PATIENT. YOU KNOW, THE MINORITY WHIP SAYS, THE REPUBLICANS PRETENDED TO SUPPORT A TAX CUT. I ASK AMERICA, LET'S LOOK AT THE RECORD. WE HAD A VOTE LAST WEEK ON THE TAX CUT. GO LOOK AND SEE WHICH PARTY REJECTED THE TAX CUT FOR MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SAYS WE PRETEND TO BE FOR THE WORKING CLASS.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:21:29 PM

    MR. CAMP

    THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

  • 01:21:31 PM

    MR. HARRIS

    WOULD ASK THAT AMERICA GO TO HOUSE.GOV AND LOOK AT THE VOTE LAST WEEK.…

    WOULD ASK THAT AMERICA GO TO HOUSE.GOV AND LOOK AT THE VOTE LAST WEEK. WHICH PARTY REJECTED A ONE-YEAR-LONG MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT AND WHICH PARTY WAS IN THE MAJORITY TO MOVE THAT TAX CUT? THE MINORITY DOESN'T WANT A ONE-YEAR TAX CUT, THEY MADE IT CLEAR IN LAST YEAR'S VOTE. THE SENATE MADE IT CLEAR IN THIS ACTION THEY TOOK LAST WEEK. YES, WE'RE GOING TO DRAG THEM KICKING AND SCREAMING TO A CONFERENCE. THAT'S TOO BAD THAT THAT'S WHAT THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS HAS COME TO. WE NEED TO SUPPORT GOING TO CONFERENCE AND COMPROMISE.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:22:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 01:22:09 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    SPEAKER, I INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE REMAINING.

  • 01:22:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS 17 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS 17 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN HAS 24 MINUTES.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:22:17 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF JUST 10 SECONDS. BY REJECTING THESE SENATE TAX…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF JUST 10 SECONDS. BY REJECTING THESE SENATE TAX CUT PACKAGE, MR. HARRIS' CONSTITUENTS IN QUEENS ANN COUNTY, MARYLAND, WILL SEE A TAX INCREASE OF $1,503 IN 2012. WITH THAT I YIELD A MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:22:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 01:22:38 PM

    MR. WELCH

    THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE FOURTH TIME THIS…

    THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE FOURTH TIME THIS YEAR CONGRESS HAS FAILED TO REACH A CONSENSUS ON A SIGNIFICANT ISSUE THAT WILL AFFECT THE LIVES OF EVERY AMERICAN AND IMPERIL OUR FRAGILE ECONOMIC RECOVERY. TODAY WE ARE ON THE BRINK OF IMPOSING THE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS DYSFUNCTIONAL CONGRESS ON THOSE WHO CAN LEAST AFFORD IT. IF WE DO NOT ACT TODAY TAXES WILL GO UP ON 160 MILLION MIDDLE -- MIDDLE AND LOW INCOME AMERICANS. IF WE DO NOT ACT TODAY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS WILL LOSE THE SAFETY NET OF UNEMPLOYMENT CONFERENCE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE -- COVERAGE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WORST RECESSION SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION. AND DOCTORS WHO ARE CARING FOR SENIORS -- SENIOR CITIZENS WILL HAVE THEIR PAY SLASHED, PLAYING -- PLACING IN JEOPARDY THEIR ABILITY TO HAVE THAT CARE. THIS IS AN UNACCEPTABLE SITUATION TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE SHOULD BE HERE AS LONG AS IT TAKES TO GET THIS DONE AND WE SHOULD BE VOTING YES OR NO. IS THE MAJORITY MORE COMMITTED TO GRIDLOCK THAN PROGRESS? ONCE AGAIN, FOR THE FOURTH TIME IN A YEAR, THE ANSWER APPEARS TO BE YES. THE PEOPLE WE REPRESENT DESERVE BETTER. I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:23:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

  • 01:23:51 PM

    MR. CAMP

    YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO.

  • 01:23:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 01:23:57 PM

    MR. LABRADOR

    I WANT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND SOMETHING VERY CLEARLY. THIS…

    I WANT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND SOMETHING VERY CLEARLY. THIS DEBATE TODAY IS NOT ABOUT POLICY, IT IS ONLY ABOUT POLITICS. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT POLITICS. NUMBER ONE, THERE IS NO SENATE BILL. OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE KEEP TALKING ABOUT A SENATE BILL. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A SENATE BILL, THERE WAS ONLY A REPUBLICAN HOUSE BILL. THAT'S THE ONLY THING THAT WE HAD. NOW, REPUBLICAN HOUSE BILL WAS PASSED WITH A BIPARTISAN MAJORITY. IT PASSED THIS HOUSE AND IT WENT TO THE OTHER HOUSE AND THE SENATE DECIDED TO AMEND IT. WHEN THEY AMENDED IT THEY TOOK OUT EVERYTHING THAT WE WANTED HERE IN THE HOUSE TO EXTEND THIS PAYROLL TAX CUT. AND WE DECIDED TODAY TO REJECT THE AMENDMENT. ONE OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE OTHER SIDE SAID THAT SOME OF US DID NOT CAMPAIGN ON GOING TO CONFERENCE. YOU KNOW WHAT? WE DID CAMPAIGN ON ONE THING. WE CAMPAIGNED ON FOLLOWING THE CONSTITUTION AND DOING THE THINGS THAT THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES US TO DO. IF YOU GO BACK TO YOUR CIVICS CLASSES IT'S VERY SIMPLE. THE HOUSE PASSES A BILL, THE SENATE PASSES SOMETHING DIFFERENT, WE GO TO CONFERENCE. THAT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE UNDERSTAND. YOU ASK ANY THIRD GRADER ABOUT CIVICS LESSONS AND THEY WILL TELL YOU THAT'S THE WAY IT'S SUPPOSED TO WORK. THE REASON THEY'RE OBJECTING TO IT TODAY IS BECAUSE THAT'S NEVER THE WAY THAT THEY HAVE DONE IT. BECAUSE THEIR IDEA OF COMPROMISING IS MAKING SURE THAT OUR IDEAS ARE OFF THE TABLE AND THEIR IDEAS ARE THE ONLY ONES THAT STAY ON THE TABLE. THAT'S NOT COMPROMISE. THAT'S CAPITULATION. AND THAT'S WHAT WE ARE UNWILLING TO DO. AND YOU'RE UPSET. YOU'RE UPSET BECAUSE YOU'RE UNWILLING TO WORK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DURING THIS WEEK AND DURING THE NEXT WEEK. WE JUST VOTED ON THE SENATE AMENDMENTS. WE TURNED THEM DOWN. IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE TURNED DOWN THE SENATE AMENDMENTS.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:26:07 PM

    MR. CAMP

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

  • 01:26:10 PM

    MR. LABRADOR

    THE DEMOCRATS ONLY WANT TO HAVE A POLITICAL TOOL TO KEEP HITTING US OVER…

    THE DEMOCRATS ONLY WANT TO HAVE A POLITICAL TOOL TO KEEP HITTING US OVER THE HEAD AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN. THEY WANT TO SPEND THE NEXT TWO MONTHS DEBATING THIS ISSUE. IF THE MIDDLE CLASS DOES NOT GET THIS TAX CUT THEY WILL ONLY HAVE ONE PARTY TO BLAME, MR. SPEAKER, AND THAT PARTY IS THE DEMOCRATS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:26:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN…

    MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:26:36 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    I REMIND MR. LABRADOR THAT CONSTITUENTS IN IDAHO WILL SEE A TAX INCREASE…

    I REMIND MR. LABRADOR THAT CONSTITUENTS IN IDAHO WILL SEE A TAX INCREASE OF $860 IN 2012 BECAUSE OF THE GAMES YOUR PARTY IS PLAYING. WITH THAT I WOULD YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA, MS. BERKLEY.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:26:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 01:26:51 PM

    MS. BERKLEY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, LET'S BE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, LET'S BE CLEAR ON WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE TODAY. WITH THOUSANDS OF NEVADANS WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET, HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO SENTENCE THIS MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT TO DEATH BY COMMITTEE. BY CONFERENCE. INSTEAD OF ALLOWING AN UP OR DOWN VOTE, HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO KILL THIS MIDDLE CLASS TAX RELIEF BILL BY BURYING IT IN ONE MORE WASHINGTON BUREAUCRACY. DEATH BY COMMITTEE. CONFERENCE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THESE CYNICAL WASHINGTON GAMES. I KNOW THAT I CERTAINLY HAVE. IF HOUSE REPUBLICANS DON'T WANT A MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT, THEY SHOULD HAVE THE COURAGE TO STAND UP AND VOTE NO. 1.2 MILLION NEVADANS WHO WILL SEE THEIR TAXES GO UP WOULD BE GRATEFUL TO KNOW THE TRUTH. 28,000 UNEMPLOYED NEVADANS WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, THEY WOULD APPRECIATE KNOWING THE TRUTH, WHY THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS ARE GOING TO DISAPPEAR ON JANUARY 1. SO WHY WON'T THE REPUBLICANS DO THIS? WHY WON'T THEY JUST COME CLEAN AND EXPRESS THEIR OPPOSITION TO MIDDLE CLASS TAX RELIEF AND EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS? WASHINGTON REPUBLICANS HAD NO PROBLEM PASSING TAXPAYER GIVEAWAYS TO BIG OIL COMPANIES MAKING RECORD PROFITS. THEY HAD NO PROBLEM PASSING TAX BREAKS FOR CORPORATIONS THAT SHIP JOBS OVERSEAS. THEY HAD NO PROBLEM PASSING A BILL TO KILL MEDICARE BY TURNING IT OVER TO PRIVATE INSURANCE COMPANIES. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO TAX CUTS FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES, THEY SAY, NO, NO, WE CAN'T DO THIS. WE HAVE TO SEND IT BACK TO ANOTHER COMMITTEE, CONFERENCE, LET'S KIP -- LET'S KILL IT. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S TIME TO STAND UP FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS AND THE UNEMPLOYED IN THIS COUNTRY, IN THE STATE IN OF NEVADA. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS REPUBLICAN EMPLOY. LET'S NOT -- PLOY. LET'S NOT SEND THIS MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT TO DIE IN ANOTHER WASHINGTON BUREAUCRATIC COMMITTEE. LET'S PASS THE BISUBPARTISAN SENATE BILL AND HELP OUR FELLOW CITIZENS WHEN WE NEED THE HELP THE MOST. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:28:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

  • 01:28:54 PM

    MR. CAMP

    TIME I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR.…

    TIME I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. FLAKE.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:28:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 01:29:01 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. ONE YEAR AGO, MR. SPEAKER, MANY OF US STOOD AT…

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. ONE YEAR AGO, MR. SPEAKER, MANY OF US STOOD AT THIS CHAMBER AND PLEADED WITH THE LEADERSHIP ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE NOT TO PUT THIS PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY IN PLACE. IT WAS BAD POLICY TO PUT IT IN PLACE AND IT'S BAD POLICY TO EXTEND IT. BY THE END OF THIS YEAR WE WILL HAVE TAKEN A QUARTER OF A TRILLION DOLLARS FROM THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND AND FOR WHAT PURPOSE? IN OUR CANDID MOMENT WES MUST CONFESS THAT THIS EFFORT -- MOMENTS WE MUST CONFESS THAT THIS EFFORT IS MORE TOWARD SECURING VOTES THAN ECONOMIC GROWTH. WE MAY POINT FINGERS ACROSS THE AISLE, BUT IT'S A POX ON BOTH OF OUR HOUSES. DEMOCRATS PAINT THEMSELVES AS CHAMPIONS OF SOCIAL SECURITY YET THEY BLISSFULLY ENDORSE TAKING ANOTHER $120 BILLION OUT OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND. WE REPUBLICANS PAINT OURSELVES AS FIERCE GUARDIANS OF THE PUBLIC PURSE YET WE'RE EAGER TO PRETEND THAT THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY IS PAID FOR BY FLEETING FEES AND PHANTOM SPENDING CUTS. WE KEEP HEARING THAT WE'RE KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD. WE'RE $15 TRILLION IN DEBT. 10,000 BABY BOOMERS RETIRE EVERY YEAR INTO A PROGRAM THAT IS ALREADY RUNNING IN THE RED. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE OUT OF ROAD. THE RESPONSIBLE THING TO DO IS TO NOT EXTEND THIS PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY FOR TWO MONTHS OR FOR 12 MONTHS. I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:30:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

  • 01:30:30 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    THE GENTLEMAN'S HONESTY. WITH THAT I WILL YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S HONESTY. WITH THAT I WILL YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:30:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

  • 01:30:38 PM

    >>

    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS SHAMEFUL. SHAME,…

    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS SHAMEFUL. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:30:43 PM

    MR. CONNOLLY

    WHO ARE WE KIDDING? THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IS IGNORING AN 89-10 VOTE IN…

    WHO ARE WE KIDDING? THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IS IGNORING AN 89-10 VOTE IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND THEY WANT US TO BELIEVE THEY SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING BILL OF 12 MONTHS. THAT'S NOT WHAT THEY'VE SAID ALL YEAR LONG. THE SPEAKER, WHO WAS JUST HERE A FEW MINUTES AGO, DISMISSED THE PAYROLL TAX ITSELF AS GIMMICK. THE MINORITY LEADER HAS SAID -- THE MAJORITY LEADER SAID THERE ARE BETTER WAYS TO GROW THE ECONOMY. TELL THAT TO THE 160 MILLION AMERICANS WHOSE TAXES WILL INCREASE IN JANUARY 1. REPUBLICANS CONSISTENTLY CHIPPED AWAY AT MEDICARE AND MANAGED TO ELIMINATE IT COMPLETELY IN A VOUCHER SYSTEM WITH THE RYAN BUDGET EARLIER THIS YEAR. TELL THAT TO THE 48 MILLION SENIORS WHO ARE AT RISK IF WE DON'T TAKE CARE OF THE DOCTORS' BILL THROUGH THE S.G.R. AND REPUBLICANS HAVE MADE NO SECRET OF THEIR DESIRE TO GUT UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, DESPITE THE FACT THAT IT ACTUALLY HELPS KEEP THE ECONOMY MOVING DURING DOWN TIMES. MORE THAN 2.3 MILLION AMERICANS WILL LOSE BENEFITS IF WE DON'T PASS THIS BILL AND MILLIONS MORE WILL HAVE THEIR BENEFITS REDUCED. MR. SPEAKER, ARE WE TO BELIEVE ALL OF A SUDDEN THAT THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE HAD SOME KIND OF MIRACULOUS AND ARE READY TO COMPROMISE? THAT IS LAUGHABLE AND THE ACTIONS OF OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE FRANKLY MAKE SCRUGE LOOK LIKE A CHARITABLE HUMANITARIAN TODAY. I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:32:07 PM

    MR. CAMP

    AT THIS TIME I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM…

    AT THIS TIME I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. SOUTHERLAND. WERE --

    Show Full Text
  • 01:34:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

  • 01:34:10 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    MR. SPEAKER, I REMIND MR. SOUTHERLAND FAILURE TO PASS THIS BILL WILL HAVE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I REMIND MR. SOUTHERLAND FAILURE TO PASS THIS BILL WILL HAVE AN INCRETION OF $879 TO HIS CONSTITUENTS IN BAY COUNTY, FLORIDA. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:34:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HOW MUCH TIME?

  • 01:34:30 PM

    MR. FATTAH

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND IN THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON, LET ME…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND IN THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON, LET ME WISH ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES A MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH, AND FOR OUR COUNTRY THERE IS GOOD NEWS. IT HAS JUST BEEN REPORTED THAT UNEMPLOYMENT HAS DROPPED IN 43 STATES. THIS IS THE MOST STATES WE HAVE SEEN UNEMPLOYMENT DROP IN EIGHT YEARS. THE POLICIES THAT HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE BY PRESIDENT OBAMA IS WORKING. CAR SALES ARE UP. HOME SALES ARE UP. THE STOCK MARKET IS ABOVE 10,000. HOW BETTER OFF WOULD WE BE IF WE GET THE MAJORITY HERE IN THE HOUSE TO AGREE TO WORK WITH THE PRESIDENT? WE HAVE THREE CAUCUSES OUT OF FOUR THAT HAVE AGREED TO MOVE FORWARD ON KEEPING IN PLACE THE OBAMA TAX CUTS THAT MAKE WORK PAY. THAT IS A TAX CUT ON THEIR PAYROLL TAXES. AND WE HAVE ONE CAUCUS THAT'S DECIDED THEY WANT TO GO THEIR OWN WAY. THAT SOMEHOW THEY KNOW BETTER. THEY WANT TO GO THEIR OWN WAY. BUT THE OTHER THREE CAUCUSES HAVE AGREED. LET'S PUT IN PLACE A CONTINUATION OF THIS TAX CUT AND LET'S WORK TOWARDS A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION. I HEAR MY COLLEAGUES COMPLAIN THAT THEY DIDN'T GET EVERYTHING THEY WANT. WELL, THEY'RE GOING TO BE CHRISTMAS TREES ALL OVER OUR COUNTRY. AND THERE WILL GOING TO BE PRESENTS UNDER THOSE TREES. BUT WE CAT ALWAYS GET EVERYTHING WE WANT. WE NEED TO HAVE COMMON SENSE AND AN ABILITY TO COOPERATE. I WOULD ASK MY COLLEAGUES, MY FRIENDS IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT, CAN'T WE COME TOGETHER AND HELP THIS PRESIDENT WHO'S LIFTING THIS ECONOMY THROUGH POLICIES THAT ARE WORKING? 43 STATES, UNEMPLOYMENT'S DROPPED, THE MOST WE'VE SEEN SINCE 2003. THESE POLICIES WORK. LET'S KEEP THEM IN PLACE AND LET'S ASK OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS TO COME ON, LET'S PUT PARTISANSHIP ASIDE, PUT AMERICA FIRST BECAUSE COUNTING AGAINST THIS COUNTRY IS A BET YOU SHOULDN'T PLACE. AMERICA IS COMING BACK AND COMING BACK STRONGER THAN EVER. I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:36:38 PM

    MR. CAMP

    MINUTES TO MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO, MR. TIPTON.

  • 01:36:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 01:36:44 PM

    MR. TIPTON

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. OUR COLLEAGUE ON THE DEMOCRAT SIDE IS…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. OUR COLLEAGUE ON THE DEMOCRAT SIDE IS CITING THE AMOUNT OF TAX INCREASE THAT AMERICANS WILL HAVE INFLICTED ON THEM. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT AS WELL. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY HERE, MR. SPEAKER, TO STAND UP TODAY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND A VERY CLEAR CHOICE. TWO MONTHS OR 12 MONTHS. EASY MATH. WE TALK ABOUT WAITING TILL FEBRUARY. IT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY MARCH. THE SAME CHALLENGES AFFECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE RIGHT NOW WILL BE PRESENT THEN. THIS IS OUR OPPORTUNITY AS A LEGISLATIVE BODY TO STAND UP FOR A CHANGE RATHER THAN POLITICS AS USUAL. WE CAN'T AFFORD TO LET THEM DOWN. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AMERICAN BUSINESS, AMERICAN SENIORS DESERVE SOME CERTAINTY. CERTAINTY THAT WE CAN PROVIDE. OUT OF THIS HOUSE WE PASSED BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. THE SENATE PASSED THEIR VERSION. IT NOW NEEDS TO GO TO CONFERENCE SO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN BE BETTER SERVED. THIS ISSUE IS NOT ONE THAT WE SHOULD BE DEBATING BUT ONE WE SHOULD BE STANDING TOGETHER AS REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS BECAUSE THIS ISN'T A POLITICAL ISSUE. THIS IS ABOUT STANDING UP FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS IS OUR OPPORTUNITY TO DO JUST THAT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:38:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

  • 01:38:22 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    I INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE, MR. SPEAKER.

  • 01:38:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS 10 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS 10 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN HAS 16 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:38:32 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    MR. TIPTON THAT HIS CONSTITUENTS IN COLORADO WILL SEE TAXES OF AN INCREASE…

    MR. TIPTON THAT HIS CONSTITUENTS IN COLORADO WILL SEE TAXES OF AN INCREASE OF $786 IF THIS BILL IS NOT ENACTED. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MS. LEE FROM CALIFORNIA.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:38:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 01:38:50 PM

    MS. LEE

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND FOR HIS…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE POLITICAL GAMES THAT THE REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO PLAY. WE KNOW THAT AN EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE IS ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS TO GET OUR ECONOMY GOING AGAIN AND IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. ESPECIALLY BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE JUST LIVING ON THE EDGE RIGHT NOW. YET, THE G.O.P. IS READY TO CUT UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FOR 2.2 MILLION AMERICANS. THEY'RE READY TO RAISE TAXES ON 160 MILLION AMERICANS BY $1,000, YET, THEY WANT TO LOWER TAXES FOR THOSE IN THE 1%. THE G.O.P. IS READY TO TELL 48 MILLION SENIORS THAT THEY WILL NO LONGER HAVE ACCESS TO THEIR DOCTORS. THIS IS REALLY OUTRAGEOUS. IT'S UN-AMERICAN AND IT'S WRONG. THIS JOBS CRISIS IS A NATIONAL EMERGENCY AND LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT IS AT UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS. WE NEED AN UP OR DOWN VOTE ON THE SENATE COMPROMISE. THIS RECESSION AND, YES, FOR MANY IT IS STILL A DEPRESSION, IT'S STILL HURTING SO MANY, MANY PEOPLE. HALF OF ALL AMERICANS ARE EITHER IN POVERTY, NEAR POOR OR LOW INCOME. AND IT'S REALLY SO SAD THAT DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON REPUBLICANS ARE PLAYING WITH THE LIVES OF MILLIONS. WHY --

    Show Full Text
  • 01:40:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 01:40:11 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    I YIELD THE GENTLELADY 15 SECONDS.

  • 01:40:14 PM

    MS. LEE

    MR. CROWLEY. WHY IN THE WORLD WON'T YOU BRING THE SENATE BILL TO THE FLOOR…

    MR. CROWLEY. WHY IN THE WORLD WON'T YOU BRING THE SENATE BILL TO THE FLOOR AND LET THE COUNTRY SEE WHOSE SIDE YOU ARE ON? THANK YOU, AGAIN, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:40:27 PM

    MR. CAMP

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. WHICH BILL -- THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. WHICH BILL -- THE HOUSE BILL OR THE HOUSE BILL, AS AMENDED, HAS A BIGGER TAX CUT? WHICH BILL? MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE SEEM TO BE CONFUSED. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER IN THE RECORD THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION --

    Show Full Text
  • 01:40:46 PM

    MS. LEE

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 01:40:48 PM

    MR. CAMP

    I WILL NOT YIELD. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO HE WANT INTO THE RECORD THE…

    I WILL NOT YIELD. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO HE WANT INTO THE RECORD THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION THEIR ANATIONAL SIEVES BOTH PROPOSALS AND WHAT THEY'LL SHOW, THEY'LL SHOW THAT THE HOUSE BILL THAT EXTENDS THE PAYROLL TAX FOR A YEAR PROVIDES $120 BILLION IN TAX RELIEF TO THE AMERICAN WORKER. THE HOUSE BILL, AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE, ONLY PROVIDES $20 BILLION OF TAX RELIEF TO THE AMERICAN WORKER BECAUSE THEY ONLY EXTEND IT FOR TWO MONTHS. NOW, I'VE HEARD MY COLLEAGUES TALK ABOUT THEIR TWO-MONTH EXTENSION GUARANTEEING $1,000 TAX CUT. THIS IS JUST FLAT WRONG. THE SENATE AMENDMENT CAPS THE TAX CUT FOR THAT TAX CUT AT ONLY $167. THAT'S SHORTCHANGING HARDWORKING AMERICANS AND HOUSE REPUBLICANS WON'T STAND FOR IT. LET'S BE CLEAR, THE AVERAGE AMERICAN WORKER WOULD HAVE MORE THAN $800 IN THEIR POCKET NEXT YEAR UNDER THE HOUSE BILL AND WITH THAT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. GARDNER.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:41:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 01:41:48 PM

    MR. GARDNER

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN FOR YIELDING TIME. THIS ARGUMENT SEEMS…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN FOR YIELDING TIME. THIS ARGUMENT SEEMS A LITTLE CONFUSING I'M SURE TO MOST PEOPLE IN AMERICA TODAY. SEVERAL MONTHS AGO HOUSE REPUBLICANS WERE ACCUSED OF JUST DISAGREEING WITH THE PRESIDENT BECAUSE, OH, GEEZ, THE IDEA WAS THE PRESIDENT SO WE WANTED TO DISAGREE WITH HIM. WELL, HERE WE ARE TODAY AGREEING WITH THE PRESIDENT ON A ONE-YEAR, 12-MONTH EXTENSION OF THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY. LET ME READ A QUOTE FROM WHAT THIS PRESIDENT SAID. THIS CONGRESS CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT LEAVE FOR HOLIDAY VACATION UNTIL THEY'VE MADE SURE THAT THE TAX INCREASE DOESN'T HAPPEN. LET ME REPEAT. CONGRESS SHOULD NOT AND CANNOT GO ON VACATION BEFORE THEY HAVE MADE SURE THAT WORKING FAMILIES AREN'T SEEING THEIR TAXES GO UP BY $1,000 AND THOSE WHO ARE OUT THERE LOOKING FOR WORK DON'T SEE THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE EXPIRE. WE PASSED A BILL. THE HOUSE BILL THAT WE PASSED WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT WOULD PROVIDE $1,000 A YEAR. I HEARD IT MANY TIMES. ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AS PEOPLE COME AND SAY, THIS IS $1,000 TAX RELIEF TO THE MIDDLE CLASS. NOT UNDER YOUR PLAN. THE PLAN THAT THE DEMOCRATS PUT FORWARD IN THE SENATE, THE PLAN PUT FORWARD IN THE HOUSE BY OUR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES WOULD PROVIDE $167 --

    Show Full Text
  • 01:43:00 PM

    MR. GARDNER

    WOULD PROVIDE $167 WORTH OF TAX RELIEF. $167 WORTH OF TAX RELIEF IS WHAT…

    WOULD PROVIDE $167 WORTH OF TAX RELIEF. $167 WORTH OF TAX RELIEF IS WHAT THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR TODAY. LET'S TALK ABOUT REAL REFORM. LET'S TALK ABOUT REAL CERTAINTY THAT OUR ECONOMY NEEDS. WE'VE ARGUED FOR $1,000 OF TAX RELIEF TO AMERICA'S WORKING FAMILIES. YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT $160 OF TAX RELIEF. YOU'RE WILLING TO RISK UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, WILLING TO RISK THE PAYROLL TAX INCREASE BECAUSE YOU'RE INSISTING ON A $167 TAX BREAK WHEN WE'RE SITTING HERE, LET'S PROVIDE $1,000 TAX HOLIDAY? WE CAN GET OUR ECONOMY GOING AGAIN IF WE HAVE THE WILLINGNESS TO WORK WITH EACH OTHER. AND I HOPE THAT AFTER TODAY THERE IS WILLINGNESS BY OUR FRIENDS IN THE SENATE TO GET THE JOB DONE, TO GET OUR ECONOMY MOVING AGAIN AND TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS COUNTRY FOCUSES ON THE REAL PRIORITY. THAT'S THE MEN AND WOMEN IN THIS COUNTRY LOOKING FOR WORK, FINDING A WAY TO MAKE ENDS MEET. I URGE TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT, APPOINT CONFEREES.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:44:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. KRAGH KRAGH I WANT TO SAY --

  • 01:44:05 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    I WANT TO SAY THE ABSENCE OF PASSING THIS BILL TODAY WILL HAVE AN INCREASE…

    I WANT TO SAY THE ABSENCE OF PASSING THIS BILL TODAY WILL HAVE AN INCREASE OF $1,026 IN HIS COUNTY. AND FOR THE PURPOSES OF ANSWERING THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN'S QUESTION, I'D YIELD TO MS. LEE FOR 10 SECONDS.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:44:20 PM

    MS. LEE

    TO SAY PERHAPS THE GENTLEMAN WAS CONFUSED ABOUT WHICH BILL I WAS TALKING…

    TO SAY PERHAPS THE GENTLEMAN WAS CONFUSED ABOUT WHICH BILL I WAS TALKING ABOUT. I WAS TALKING ABOUT THE SENATE COMPROMISE WHICH 39 REPUBLICANS VOTED FOR WHICH CAME OVER TO THE HOUSE WHICH IS BIPARTISAN. THAT'S THE BILL I WAS TALKING ABOUT.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:44:37 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 01:44:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 01:44:48 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    TALK ABOUT THIS ONE YEAR. ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY WANTED A ONE YEAR. ALL OF A…

    TALK ABOUT THIS ONE YEAR. ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY WANTED A ONE YEAR. ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY WANT TO DO WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA WANTS TO DO. YOU TALK ABOUT CERTAINTY. YOU TALK ABOUT UNCERTAINTY. NOTHING COULD BE MORE UNCERTAIN THAN NOT GIVING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE SECURED KNOWLEDGE AND THE CONFIDENCE THAT AT THE END OF THE DAY THAT THEIR TAXES ARE NOT GOING UP THE FIRST OF JANUARY, THAT 2.2 MILLION AMERICANS WILL GET THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT. WE CAN DO THAT TODAY. THE SENATE HAS ALREADY GIVEN US THAT CERTAINTY. WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT JUST A TWO-MONTH EXTENSION. WE'RE SIMPLY TALKING ABOUT PUTTING INTO PLACE A COMPROMISE THAT WE COULD GET THAT WOULD GET US INTO NEXT YEAR WHEN WE COME BACK TO FINISH THE JOB AND GET A -- CONTINUE TO GET A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION. SO THIS FACADE OF USING THIS ONE YEAR IS NOTHING BUT A CHARADE. YOU KNOW IT. DOESN'T MATTER WHAT THE TIME IS. YOU DON'T WANT ANYTHING. TWO MONTHS, ONE YEAR, 10 YEARS.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:45:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 01:45:52 PM

    MR. CAMP

    YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME, MR. SPEAKER, AND LET'S JUST GET…

    YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME, MR. SPEAKER, AND LET'S JUST GET BACK TO THE FACTS. THE FACTS ARE THAT THE HOUSE BILL AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE IS A TWO-MONTH BILL. THE TAX RELIEF UNDER THAT BILL FOR THE AVERAGE AMERICAN WORKER IS $167. THE HOUSE BILL EXTENDS UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE FOR A FULL YEAR. THE TAX RELIEF UNDER THAT BILL IS $1,000. BUT DON'T LISTEN TO ME. LOOK AT THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION, THE NONPARTISAN BODY THAT ANALYZES OUR LEGISLATION FOR THE IMPACT OF TAX POLICY ON TAXPAYERS. THAT'S WHAT THEY SAY. THAT'S WITHIN THE RECORD. I WILL YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. HUGHESENER.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:46:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 01:46:36 PM

    MR. HUIZENGA

    YOU, CHAIRMAN CAMP. I APPRECIATE THAT AND I'M A LITTLE CONFUSED MYSELF. I…

    YOU, CHAIRMAN CAMP. I APPRECIATE THAT AND I'M A LITTLE CONFUSED MYSELF. I SAW ONE OF OUR SENATE COLLEAGUES FROM NEW YORK ON TELEVISION THIS MORNING TALKING ABOUT HOW WE NEEDED TO PASS THIS TWO-MONTH EXTENSION AND HE WOULD BE THE FIRST ONE ON AN AIRPLANE BACK TO WASHINGTON, D.C., SO THAT WE COULD NEGOTIATE A YEAR-LONG DEAL. I'M CONFUSED. WHY DON'T WE JUST DO THAT RIGHT NOW? THAT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT US TO GET THIS DEAL DONE RIGHT NOW AND TO PROVIDE THEM SOME CERTAINTY FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR VERSUS TWO MONTHS. NOW, THIS MONDAY MORNING I HAD A BREAKFAST WITH MY JOINT CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AND WE HAD ALMOST 500 PEOPLE THERE AND WHEN I ASKED THE QUESTION, WHO HERE THINKS THAT THIS TWO-MONTH EXTENSION IS A GOOD IDEA, NOT A SINGLE HAND WENT UP. I SAID, OK, MAYBE I NEED TO ASK THIS A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY. WHO HERE THINKS THIS IS A DUMB IDEA TO DO A TWO-MONTH EXTENSION? VIRTUALLY EVERY SINGLE HAND IN THAT BREAKFAST WENT UP. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS. EMPLOYERS ARE LOOKING FOR LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS. IT'S CALLED QUARTERLY REPORTS, ALL RIGHT? I'M A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, OFTENTIMES PEOPLE HAVE TO FILE QUARTERLY REPORTS. WE'RE NOT EVEN DOING THEM THE SERVICE OF GIVING THEM A FULL QUARTER TO CHANGE THEIR PAPERWORK, WE'RE DOING TWO OUT OF THREE MONTHS. NOW, YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT A BURDEN ON SMALL BUSINESS, I CAN TELL YOU IT IS. IT'S TIME FOR THIS HOUSE TO GO TO WORK, WHICH WE HAVE DONE, IT'S TIME FOR OUR SENATE COLLEAGUES TO DO THE EXACT SAME THING BECAUSE GUESS WHAT? MY THREE EMPLOYEES, THEY'RE ALL AT WORK TODAY. WHY ISN'T THAT GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE SENATE? THERE'S TWO THINGS THAT FUNDAMENTALLY NEED TO BE INCLUDED IN THIS. FIRST AND FOREMOST IS 12 MONTHS OF CERTAINTY. LET'S GET THROUGH THAT DEBATE OF HOW WE ARE GOING TO OFFSET THE COSTS AND HOW WE ARE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS WORKS FOR THE EMPLOYEE, THE EMPLOYER, THOSE WITH A JOB AND THOSE WITHOUT A JOB. WE ALSO NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DON'T LOSE SIGHT OF THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE IN HERE. IMMEDIATE 20,000 JOBS THAT CAN BE PROVIDED HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. 20,000 JOBS THAT COULD COME TO THIS COUNTRY AND HELP ALLEVIATE THE NEED FOR THESE SYSTEMS. THE NEED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. AND IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:48:45 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    15 SECONDS. I GET IT, YOU KNOW, YOU GUYS WERE AGAINST, IT I APPRECIATE…

    15 SECONDS. I GET IT, YOU KNOW, YOU GUYS WERE AGAINST, IT I APPRECIATE THAT. NOW YOU'RE FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT. YOU WERE AGAINST IT BUT NOW YOU'RE FOR. IT BUT WHAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND IS WHY CAN'T WE GET THROUGH THESE NEXT TWO MONTHS AND WE'LL COME BACK? EVENTUALLY WE'RE RUNNING OUT OF TIME. WELL, WE'RE NOT IN CHARGE. YOU ALL ARE. YOU COULD HAVE DONE THIS BACK IN SEPTEMBER OR OCTOBER OR NOVEMBER. NOW IT'S DECEMBER. I GET THAT YOU WERE AGAINST IT, NOW YOU'RE FOR IT. WITH THAT I YIELD --

    Show Full Text
  • 01:49:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR WOULD REMIND ALL MEMBERS TO DRECKED THEIR -- ADDRESS THEIR…

    THE CHAIR WOULD REMIND ALL MEMBERS TO DRECKED THEIR -- ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:49:19 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    APOLOGIZE, MR. SPEAKER, I WILL DO THAT THROUGH THE CHAIR. WITH THAT, MR.…

    APOLOGIZE, MR. SPEAKER, I WILL DO THAT THROUGH THE CHAIR. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WILL YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MR. BUTTERFIELD.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:49:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 01:49:31 PM

    MR. BUTTERFIELD

    THANK YOU. LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING THIS BRIEF TIME FOR ME…

    THANK YOU. LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING THIS BRIEF TIME FOR ME TO RESPOND. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO JOIN MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA, MR. DAVID SCOTT, IN TRYING TO EXPOSE SOME OF THE HYPOCRISY THAT WE'RE SEEING PLAYING OUT HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY. I'M JUST SO TERRIBLEY DISAPPOINTED THAT HOUSE REPUBLICANS WANT -- TERRIBLY DISAPPOINTED THAT HOUSE REPUBLICANS WANT TO IGNORE THE OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SENATE VOTE A FEW DAYS AGO AND ARE YOU FAILING TO REALIZE THE DEVASTATION THAT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WILL EXPERIENCE. THEY'RE GOING TO LOSE THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, THE AVERAGE FAMILY IS GOING TO REALIZE A $1,000 TAX INCREASE ON JANUARY 1 AND LET'S NOT FORGET OUR DOCTORS. THERE'S SOME MEDICAL DOCTORS SITTING ON THAT SIDE OF THE CHAMBER. MEDICAL DOCTORS IN THIS COUNTRY WHO TREAT MEDICARE PATIENTS WILL SEE A 27.3% DECREASE IN THEIR REIMBURSEMENT RATES. WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO RECONSIDER THEIR POSITION, LET'S GO AHEAD AND VOTE FOR THE TWO-MONTH FIX AND LET'S GET ON INTO FEBRUARY AND LET'S HAVE THIS DEBATE THAT YOU HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT OVER THE LAST TWO HOURS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE TIME, I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:50:40 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    SPEAKER, CAN WE INQUIRE OF THE TIME?

  • 01:50:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS SIX MINUTES REMAINING. JAFFLET MICHIGAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS SIX MINUTES REMAINING. JAFFLET MICHIGAN HAS 10 MINUTES REMAIN -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN HAS 10 MINUTES REMAINING.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:51:03 PM

    MR. FLEMING

    I THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN, MR. CAMP, FOR GIVING ME TIME TO SPEAK. I…

    I THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN, MR. CAMP, FOR GIVING ME TIME TO SPEAK. I JUST WANT TO SAY, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THIS BOILS DOWN TO ONE OF TWO CHOICES HERE TODAY. WE'RE GOING TO BE EITHER VOTING FOR A TWO-MONTH EXTENSION OF THE PAYROLL TAX OR A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF THE PAYROLL TAX. WE'LL EITHER BE VOTING FOR A TWO-MONTH FIX FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR PHYSICIANS, HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS IN GENERAL, OR WE'LL BE VOTING FOR A ONE-YEAR FIX. NOW, FOR MY MONEY IT SHOULD BE ONE YEAR VERSUS TWO MONTHS. I DON'T UNDERSTAND REALLY WHAT THE PROBLEM IS. BUT HAVING SAID THAT, LET ME ALSO MENTION TO YOU THAT THIS AFFECTS ME AND MANY OF MY FRIENDS BACK HOME IN THIS WAY AND THAT IS, I'M A PHYSICIAN MYSELF AND HAVE MANY FRIENDS IN THE HEALTH PROFESSION, THEY'RE ASKING ME, JOHN, WHY IN THE WORLD DO YOU KEEP US UPSET LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME? WHY IS IT THAT WE CAN'T PREDICT WHAT OUR REIMBURSEMENT RATES ARE GOING TO BE FROM ONE MONTH TO ANOTHER? THEY'RE DESPERATELY BEGGING FOR US, NOT ONLY TO EXTEND THAT FOR A YEAR, BUT FOR TWO YEARS AND EVEN BEYOND THAT. THEY'RE DESPERATELY ASKING FOR A FIX. AND WE'VE BEEN PROMISING THEM THAT WE WOULD TRY. SO THAT'S A LOT BEHIND WHAT WE'RE HERE TODAY ABOUT AND THAT IS TO HAVE A LONG-TERM SOLUTION TO PHYSICIANS. I ALSO COME FROM THE SMALL BUSINESS SECTOR. AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT WHEN YOU DO YOUR TAX DEFRLS OR THE INCOME -- DEFERRALS OR YOUR INCOME TAX FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES, THAT'S USUALLY DONE ON A QUARTERLY BASIS. WELL, HOW DO YOU DO IT ON A QUARTERLY BASIS WHEN YOU ONLY HAVE AN EXTENSION FOR TWO MONTHS? SO, WE HAVE THE ASSOCIATED BILL -- BUILDS AND CONTRACTORS AND MANY THAT SAY THAT IT IS JUST ABSOLUTELY FLATLY UNTENABLE. SO I ENCOURAGE THAT BOTH CHAMBERS VOTE TODAY TO BE IN FAVOR OF SENDING THIS BACK TO THE SENATE, HAVE THE CONFEREES GET TOGETHER. LET'S DO IT THE WAY THE CONSTITUTION ASKED US TO DO IT.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:53:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

  • 01:53:13 PM

    MR. CAMP

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. UPTON.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:53:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 01:53:22 PM

    MR. UPTON

    I THANK, MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN, CHAIRMAN OF WAYS AND MEANS. LET'S FACE…

    I THANK, MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN, CHAIRMAN OF WAYS AND MEANS. LET'S FACE IT, MR. SPEAKER. PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE NOT VERY HAPPY AND THEY ARE FRANKLY SO TIRED OF WASHINGTON GAMES. THEY KNOW THAT WE HAVE A DIVIDED GOVERNMENT, THEY DON'T WANT TO DEAL, THEY WANT -- WANT A DEAL, THEY WANT A SOLUTION. YES, THEY WANT TO REFORM UNEMPLOYMENT, YES, THEY WANT TO EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX DEDUCTION AND YES, THEY WANT A DOC FIX. WITHOUT THE DOC FIX WE PUT LITERALLY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS IN JEOPARDY OF DECENT HEALTH CARE BECAUSE THEIR PHYSICIANS ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE THE PROPER REIMBURSEMENT FOR MEDICARE. BUT COMING FROM THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, I KNOW THAT WHAT AMERICANS WANT MOST ARE JOBS. THIS BILL, THE REPUBLICAN ALTERNATIVE, PROVIDES JOBS FOR KEYSTONE. 20,000 SHOVEL-READY JOBS IN A $7 BILLION PRIVATE INVESTMENT RIGHT AWAY. BOILER MACT REGS, SOMETHING THAT WILL PROTECT AS MANY AS 200,000 BUSINESSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND SPECTRUM, THE SALE OF SPECTRUM WILL CREATE LITERALLY PERHAPS AS MANY AS 50,000 TO 100,000 JOBS AS WELL. THE LAST CONGRESS DIDN'T DEAL WITH THE BUDGET. AND WE SPENT THE FIRST COUPLE OF MONTHS OF THIS YEAR DEALING WITH WHAT WE THOUGHT WAS LUCY AND THE FOOTBALL. BRINGING UP A CONTINUING RESOLUTION, WATCHING IT BE EXTENDED FOR A WEEK OR TWO AND THEN COMING BACK WITH ANOTHER ONE. IF WE DON'T DEAL WITH THESE ISSUES TODAY WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE SAME TROUBLE IN THE NEXT YEAR, IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS. SO LET'S STOP PLAYING LUCY AND THE FOOTBALL. LET'S GET A REAL SOLUTION TO A PROBLEM THAT AMERICANS WANT US TO SOLVE. PLEASE SUPPORT THE REPUBLICAN ALTERNATIVE ON THIS AND RESPECT THE WISHES OF THE HOUSE AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:55:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

  • 01:55:13 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    THE GENTLEMAN'S COMMENTS ABOUT THE ONLY GAMES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TO…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S COMMENTS ABOUT THE ONLY GAMES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TO SEE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON IS FOOTBALL BUT THE REINDEER GAMES THAT ARE GOING ON IN THIS HOUSE IS SOMETHING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO SEE ANY MORE OF. WITH THAT I WILL YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. SHEILA JACKSON LEE.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:55:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 01:57:45 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    I YIELD THE GENTLELADY AN ADDITIONAL 15 SECONDS.

  • 01:58:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 01:58:16 PM

    MR. CAMP

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I'M PREPARED TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE GENTLEMAN IS PREPARED TO CLOSE.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:58:21 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    WE HAVE TWO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS INCLUDING MYSELF AND WITH THAT I WILL…

    WE HAVE TWO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS INCLUDING MYSELF AND WITH THAT I WILL YIELD TO MR. COHEN FOR -- ONE MINUTE TO MR. COHEN.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:58:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 01:58:33 PM

    MR. COHEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS A VERY SAD DAY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS A VERY SAD DAY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THERE WAS AN OPPORTUNITY WITH THE DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE AND THE REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE, 89 OF THEM, INCLUDING MY SENIOR SENATOR, SENATOR HELLER, FORMER COLLEAGUE AND CLASSMATE IN THIS CLASS, SENATOR LUGAR, SENATORS COLLINS AND SNOW AND OTHERS CAME TOGETHER, THEY SAID, WE NEED TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, PROTECT THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE DOCTORS WHEN YOU'RE ON MEDICARE, GET ON INSURANCE AND KEEP THE TAX BREAK. THEY CAME TOGETHER AND SAID, LET'S DO IT FOR 60 DAYS, WE CAN COME BACK LATER AND THEN WE CAN WORK ON IT FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR. THEY KNEW WHAT WAS POSSIBLE WITHIN THE TIME ALLOTTED TO IT. UNFORTUNATELY MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE DON'T REALIZE WHAT TIME MAKES AVAILABLE. THERE IS NO POSSIBILITY OF THE SENATE COMING BACK AND HAVING A EXRO CONFERENCE COMMITTEE. THEY ARE SAYING, BAH-HUMBUG TO THE COMPROMISE AND BIPARTISANSHIP WE SAW IN THE SENATE. IT'S AN UNFORTUNATE DAY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND I'M SORRY FOR MY FOLKS WHO WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET DOCTORS TO TREAT THEM, UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION OR TAX -- OR A TAX BREAK. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:59:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

  • 01:59:35 PM

    MR. CAMP

    MR. SPEAKER, I DO HAVE AN ADDITIONAL SPEAKER AND I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I DO HAVE AN ADDITIONAL SPEAKER AND I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, DR. GINGREY.

    Show Full Text
  • 01:59:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 01:59:43 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS DEMOCRAT MOTION TO INSTRUCT THE CONFEREES, ASSUMING THAT THEY'RE GOING TO INSTRUCT THE CONFEREES TO ADOPT THE SENATE AMENDMENT. CLEARLY THIS HOUSE HAS SPOKEN IN A BIPARTISAN WAY WITH H.R. 3630. IN FACT, WE WILL FOLLOW THIS DEBATE WITH A RESOLUTION, H.RES. 501, RESTATING THE PROVISIONS OF H.R. 3630 WHICH BASICALLY GIVES THAT TAX BREAK TO 160 MILLION MIDDLE INCOME AMERICANS FOR A FULL YEAR. IT EXTENDS THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE TO 99 WEEKS, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN OUT OF WORK FOR MORE THAN SIX MONTHS, FOR AN ADDITIONAL YEAR, AND LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST, MR. SPEAKER, IT GIVES THE ASSURANCE OF THE PHYSICIANS IN THIS COUNTRY THAT PROVIDE CARE FOR OUR BLESSED SENIOR CITIZENS UNDER A MEDICARE PROGRAM THAT THEIR REIMBURSEMENT WILL NOT BE CUT 27%. NO, INDEED, IT NOT ONLY MITIGATES THAT CUT, BUT IT PLUSES IT UP BY 1% FOR TWO FULL YEARS. . THIS GIVES THE DOCTORS THE ASHUNES THEY KNOW THEY CAN CONTINUE TO TREAT MEDICARE PATIENTS. I CAN'T HELP BUT BELIEVE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AGREES WITH ALL THREE OF THESE PROVISIONS. IT'S BEYOND ME THAT THEY WOULD DISAGREE WITH THE JOB CREATING KEYSTONE X.L. PIPELINE, 120,000-PLUS JOBS. IT'S HARD FOR ME TO UNDERSTAND HOW THEY COULD OPPOSE ANY OF THAT. NO, I THINK REALLY THIS IS ALL ABOUT HOW WE PAY FOR IT. WHAT THE DEMOCRATS WANT TO DO, MR. SPEAKER, IS THEY WANT TO CHARGE INCREASED TAXATION ON THE JOB CREATORS IN THIS COUNTRY. WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS PAY FOR IT BY FREEZING THE PAY OF ALL THESE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, YES, INCLUDING OURSELVES, FOR THREE ADDITIONAL YEARS, IN A VERY RESPONSIBLE WAY. AND OTHER PROVISIONS ON THIS SIDE THAT MAKE SENSE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:01:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 02:01:57 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT?

  • 02:01:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS 2 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS 2 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN HAS FOUR MINUTES REMAINING.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:02:04 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    YOU. WITH THAT I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. IN THE MEANTIME, WHILE WE'RE WAITING…

    YOU. WITH THAT I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. IN THE MEANTIME, WHILE WE'RE WAITING FOR A SPEAKER, I WANT TO REMIND MR. GINGREY THAT HIS CONSTITUENTS IN COBB COUNTY WILL SEE A POTENTIAL INCREASE OF $1,258 IN THEIR TAXES IN THE ABSENCE OF PASSING THIS BILL TODAY.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:02:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WHO YIELDS TIME?

  • 02:02:34 PM

    MR. CAMP

    PREPARED TO CLOSE.

  • 02:02:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

  • 02:02:39 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN AS WELL. FOR THIS…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN AS WELL. FOR THIS DEBATE. I LISTENED VERY CLOSELY, VERY INTENTLY TO THE WORDS OF SPEAKER BOEHNER, A MAN WHOM I HAVE TREMENDOUS RESPECT FOR. I NOTE HE'S HAVING DIFFICULT TIMES WITH HIS SIDE OF THE AISLE. I KNOW HE WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO WRAP UP BUSINESS FOR THE END OF THE YEAR AND BE ABLE TO MOVE ON INTO NEXT YEAR TO DO GOOD THINGS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, BUT THE REJECTION BY HIS CAUCUS OF THE COMPROMISE BILL THAT WAS PASSED IN THE SENATE IS PREVENTING HIM AND I THINK PREVENTING SOME OF THE LIKE-MINDED MEMBERS ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE AISLE TO PASS THE SENATE BILL AND GO HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. I ALSO LISTENED VERY INTENTLY TO THE SPEAKER WHEN HE SAID THAT THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL TODAY WOULD ONLY BE A TWO-MONTH EXTENDER. SOMEHOW BY JUST PASSING THIS IT WOULD ONLY MEAN ABOUT 160-SOME-ODD DOLLARS FOR THE AVERAGE AMERICAN WORKER IN TAX SAVINGS. I WOULD SUGGEST THE ABSENCE OF DOING ANYTHING IS A $1,000 INCREASE ON AVERAGE TO THE AVERAGE WORKING MIDDLE CLASS AMERICAN TODAY. $1,000 INCREASE. THE ABSENCE OF DOING NOTHING. NOW, WE ALL KNOW THE SENATE CAN'T GET 60 VOTES TO EVEN -- TO SAY THAT DECEMBER 25TH IS CHRISTMAS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. THEY HAVE GONE HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ALREADY. THEY ARE NOT COMING BACK. WE NEED TO PASS THIS BILL TODAY OR WE SEE THAT NO BILL PASS AND AN INCREASE IN MIDDLE CLASS TAXES WILL TAKE PLACE. NOW, YOU WILL ARGUE HOW DID WE GET HERE? I DON'T KNOW. I'M NOT MINORITY. YOU ARE IN THE MAJORITY. THE PRESIDENT SUGGESTED EXTENDING THIS PAYROLL TAX CUT BACK IN SEPTEMBER. IN FACT, HE WANTED TO ENHANCE IT BACK IN SEPTEMBER, BUT WE DIDN'T TAKE IT UP THEN WITH THE JOBS BILL. QUITE FRANKLY WE HAVEN'T TAKEN UP A JOBS BILL YET IN THIS HOUSE. A FULL YEAR HAS ALMOST EXPIRED AND NOT A JOBS BILL ON THE FLOOR TO PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK. I LISTENED AGAIN TO MY COLLEAGUE, MR. FATTAH, FROM PENNSYLVANIA, WHEN HE SAID HE REELED OFF A NUMBER OF POSITIVE THINGS HAPPENING TODAY THAT HOME BUILDER NUMBERS ARE UP. 2459 -- THAT THE ECONOMY IS IMPROVING. WE HAVE SEEN JOBS INCREASE IN THIS CONTRY. PEOPLE WHO ARE ON UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DECREASING. THAT'S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. WHY IS IT, I ASK, WHY IS IT WHEN SOMETHING GOOD HAPPENS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND TO OUR ECONOMY SOMEHOW IT'S PERCEIVED AS BEING BAD FOR THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY? ISN'T IT SAD? THAT SOMEHOW THAT'S THE SENSE THAT PEOPLE HAVE. MR. SPEAKER, I HOPE THAT WE CAN PASS THIS BILL. SEND THE MILES PER HOUR PEOPLE A MESSAGE WE CAN WORK TOGETHER ON -- SEND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A MESSAGE WE CAN WORK ON THEIR BEHALF.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:05:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN ECKED HAVE.

  • 02:05:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:05:30 PM

    MR. CAMP

    THE MINORITY SEEMS FIXATED ON THIS NOTION SINCE THE SENATE PASSED THEIR…

    THE MINORITY SEEMS FIXATED ON THIS NOTION SINCE THE SENATE PASSED THEIR VERSION OF A HOUSE BILL BY 89-10, SOMEHOW THE HOUSE NEEDS TO TAKE THEIR WORK PRODUCT, NO CHANGES TO ACCEPT IT. VOTE FOR IT. LESS THAN THREE WEEKS AGO THE SENATE PASSED THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL BY A VOTE OF 93-7. DID THE HOUSE JUST ACCEPT THAT AND SEND IT TO THE PRESIDENT? NO. WE REQUESTED A CONFERENCE ON DECEMBER 7 AND A WEEK LATER THAT CONFERENCE REPORT WAS APPROVED BY THE HOUSE. THERE'S NO REASON OTHER THAN THE SENATE'S INSISTENT THAT A MONTH-LONG VACATION WE CAN'T DO THE SAME HERE TO PROVIDE A YEAR-LONG SOLUTION TO THE PAYROLL TAX CUT AND UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE FOR A YEAR AND A TWO-YEAR FIX ON THE PHYSICIAN PAYMENTS IN MEDICARE. WHAT'S KNOWN AS THE S.G.R., SUSTAINABLE GROWTH RATE FORMULA. VOTE NO ON THIS MOTION TO INSTRUCT.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:06:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT WHO HOUSE RESOLUTION 502, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:06:42 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

  • 02:06:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SEW DOES THE GENTLEMAN ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS?

  • 02:06:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER…

    THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 , FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE GENTLELADY FROM MARYLAND, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY RISE?

    Show Full Text
  • 02:07:08 PM

    MS. EDWARDS

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE IT 2-A OF PARAGRAPH 9 I RISE TO GIVE NOTICE TO OFFER A…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE IT 2-A OF PARAGRAPH 9 I RISE TO GIVE NOTICE TO OFFER A RESOLUTION TO RAISE A QUESTION OF THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE. THE FORM OF THE RESOLUTION IS AS FOLLOWS. RESOLUTION, RAISING A QUESTION OF THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE. WHEREAS IN ARTICLE ON DECEMBER 15, 2011, ON THE POLITICO NEWSPAPER WEBSITE QUOTED THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM FLORIDA, MR. WEST, AS SAYING, QUOTE, IF JOSEPH GOEBBELS WAS AROUND HE WOULD BE VERY PROUD OF THE DEMOCRAT PARTY BECAUSE THEY HAVE AN INCREDIBLE PROPAGANDA MACHINE. I THINK THAT YOU HAVE AND LET'S BE HONEST, YOU KNOW, SOME OF THE PEOPLE IN THE MEDIA ARE COMPLICIT IN THIS IN ENABLING THEM TO GET THAT TYPE OF MESSAGE OUT, END QUOTE. WHEREAS JOSEPH GOEBBELS SERVED AS THE THIRD RIKET'S -- REICH'S MINISTERED OF PUBLIC ENLIGHTENMENT AND PROPAGANDA FROM 1933 TO 1945. WHEREAS JOSEPH GOEBBELS OPENLY USED RACISM IN HIS QUEST TO DENEWMANIZE EUROPEAN JEWRY. WHEREAS HE MADE JEWS A SCAPEGOAT OF GERMAN ECONOMIC INSECURITY FOSTERING ANTI-SEMITISM. WHEREAS THE UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MILLION MORIAL MUSEUM REPORTS, QUOTE, THAT JOSEPH GOEBBELS DELIVERED A PASSIONATE ANTI-IS HE MET ECK SPEECH TO THE NAZI PARTY ON NOVEMBER 9, 1938. AFTER THIS SPEECH, NAZI OFFICIALS ORDERED THE STORM TROOPERS, S.A., AND OTHER PARTY FORMATIONS TO ATTACK JEWS AND DESTROYED THEIR HOMES, BUSINESSES, AND HOUSES OF WORSHIP. THE VIOLENCE AGAINST JEWS LASTED -- LASTS INTO THE MORNING HOURS OF NOVEMBER 10, AND BECOMES KNOWN AS THE KRISTALLNACHT, THE NIGHT OF THE BROKEN GLASS. SEVERAL DOZEN JEWS LOSE THEIR LIVES AND TENS OF THOUSANDS ARE ARRESTED AND SENT TO CONCENTRATION CAMPS, END QUOTE. WHEREAS NAZI GERMANY AND THEIR COLLABORATORS KILLED SIX MILLION EUROPEAN JEWS AND MILLIONS OF OTHERS AS PART OF THEIR FINAL SOLUTION. WHEREAS BY INVOKING THE SPECTER OF JOSEPH GOEBBELS THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM FLORIDA, MR. WEST, THOROUGHLY BELITTLES THE HORRORS AND SUFFERING EXPERIENCED BY THE VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF THE HOLOCAUST. WHEREAS THE AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE ISSUED A DECEMBER 15, 2011 STATEMENT SAYING, QUOTE, TO MAKE A LINKAGE BETWEEN ANY MAIN STREAM POLITICAL PARTY IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE HEINOUS ATROCITIES COMMITTED BY THE THIRD REICH SHOULD BE SIMPLY BEYOND THE PALE, WHATEVER POLITICAL DIFFERENCES MAY ARISE IN A HEATED ELECTORAL SEASON. BY INVOKING THE IMAGE OF JOSEPH GOEBBELS AND THE GESTAPO, REPRESENTATIVE WEST DISPLAYED A COMPLETE LACK OF UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORST AGAIN SIDAL ERA IN HUMAN HISTORY. MOREOVER, HE'S DIMINISHED AND TRIVIALIZED THE EVIL PERPETRATED BY THE THEIR REICH THROUGH HIS UNFORTUNATE USE OF LANGUAGE. WHEREAS THE ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE SAID IN A DECEMBER 16, 2011 LETTER TO THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM FLORIDA, MR. WEST, QUOTE, WE WERE DEEPLY DISMAYED BY REPRESENTATIVE WEST'S REMARKS -- REMARK COMPARING THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S ATTEMPTS TO ARTICULATE VIEWS TO THE AMERICA PEOPLE THROUGH THE MEDIA TO THE EFFORTS OF THE NAZI PROPAGANDA MINISTER, JOSEPH GOEBBELS. SUCH OUTRAGEOUS HOLOCAUST AAL GEES HAVE NO PLACE IN OUR POLITICAL DIALOGUE. THEY ARE OFFENSIVE. THEY TRIVIALIZED REAL HISTORICAL EVENTS, AND THEY DIMINISH THE MEMORY OF THE SIX MILLION JEWS AND MILLIONS OF OTHERS WHO PERISHED IN THE HOLOCAUST, END QUOTE. RAILROADAS THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CONYERS, WROTE IN A LETTER TO THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM FLORIDA, MR. WEST, THAT THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM FLORIDA SHOULD, QUOTE, HELP RAISE THE LEVEL OF CONGRESSIONAL DISCOURSE IN A VIGOROUS DEBATE, END QUOTE. WHEREAS THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM FLORIDA, MR. WEST, RESPONDED BACK IN A LETTER TO THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CONYERS, THAT, QUOTE, THE DEMOCRAT PARTY DOES INDEED HAVE A VICIOUS PROPAGANDA MACHINE. IT ESPOUSES LIES AND DECEIT AND THE MASTER OF DEEXCEPTIVE INFORMATION WOULD BE TRULY PROUD, END QUOTE. WHEREAS IN THE REPETITION OF THIS ABHORRENT AND OUTRAGEOUS SENTIMENT TO THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CONYERS, THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM FLORIDA, MR. WEST, DEMONSTRATES NOT ONLY THE WILLFUL AND MALICIOUSNESS APPLICATION OF HISTORY BUT ALSO HIS DISDAIN FOR THE DECORUM OF THE CONGRESS. AND WHEREAS, THE CONDUCT OF THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM FLORIDA WAS REPUGNANT NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISAPPROVES OF THE BEHAVIOR OF THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM FLORIDA, MR. WEST, FOR BRINGING DISCREDIT TO THE HOUSE BY OFFENDING THE MEMORY OF THOSE WHO DIED DURING THE HOLOCAUST.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:12:30 PM

    MS. EDWARDS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

  • 02:12:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE MR. PRICE: PURSUANT…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE MR. PRICE: PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 5202, I CALL UP H.RES. 501 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:12:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

  • 02:12:43 PM

    THE CLERK

    HOUSE 501, RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES…

    HOUSE 501, RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REGARDING ANY FINAL MEASURE TO EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY EXTEND FEDERALLY FUNDED UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS, OR PREVENT DECREASES IN REIMBURSEMENT FOR PHYSICIANS WHO PROVIDE CARE TO MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:13:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 502, THE RESOLUTION IS CONSIDERED AS READ.…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 502, THE RESOLUTION IS CONSIDERED AS READ. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. PRICE, AND A MEMBER TO BE RECOGNIZED LATER, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. PRICE.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:13:12 PM

    MR. PRICE

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

  • 02:13:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:13:16 PM

    MR. PRICE

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, CLEARLY THE ECONOMY AND JOBS IS THE NUMBER ONE…

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, CLEARLY THE ECONOMY AND JOBS IS THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THIS LAND. AND IF YOU ASK THE FOLKS WHO CREATE JOBS, WHAT'S THE GREATEST IMPEDIMENT TO JOB CREATION, THEY SAY IT'S UNCERTAINTY. BUSINESSES DON'T KNOW WHAT TAXES ARE GOING TO BE. JOB CREATORS DON'T KNOW WHAT THE RULES AND REGULATIONS ARE GOING TO BE. EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS DON'T KNOW IF THEIR JOB WILL BE LOST. DOCTORS DON'T KNOW WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO SEE MEDICARE PATIENTS. PATIENTS DON'T KNOW WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO SEE THEIR DOCTORS. THEREFORE THE HOUSE BELIEVES WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ALREADY KNOW, THAT MORE CERTAINTY, GREATER CERTAINTY IS IMPERATIVE IF WE ARE GOING TO GET THIS ECONOMY ROLLING AGAIN. CONSEQUENTLY WE, THE HOUSE, PASSED A BILL THAT PROVIDES THAT CERTAINTY. OUR BILL PROVIDES FOR ONE YEAR EXTENSION OF THE PAYROLL CONTRIBUTION OF SOCIAL SECURITY, OFFSET SO THAT SOCIAL SECURITY RESOURCES ARE NOT DEPLETED. OUR BILL PROVIDES FOR A 13-MONTH EXTENSION OF FEDERAL UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS WITH REAL REFORM, INCLUDING JOB TRAINING AND HELPING FOLKS GET G.E.D.'S AND ALLOWING DRUG SCREENING BY STATES FOR THOSE RECEIVING BENEFITS SHOULD THEY SO DESIRE. OUR BILL PROVIDES A TWO-YEAR EXTENSION OF PAYMENTS TO DOCTORS CARING FOR SENIORS, FOR MEDICARE PATIENTS, SO THAT OUR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS CAN CONTINUE TO SEE THEIR DOCTORS. SO THE HOUSE PASSED A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF PAYROLL TAX DEDUCTIONS AND PAID FOR IT WITH REDUCING SPENDING ELSEWHERE, AND THE SENATE, MR. SPEAKER, WANTS 60 DAYS AND MORE UNCERTAINTY. THE HOUSE PASSED A 13-MONTH EXTENSION OF FEDERAL UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, THE SENATE WANTS 60 DAYS AND MORE UNCERTAINTY. THE HOUSE PASSED A TWO-YEAR CONTINUATION OF FUNDING FOR DOCTORS TO SEE MEDICARE PATIENTS. THE SENATE, THAT'S RIGHT, MR. SPEAKER, 60 DAYS AND MORE UNCERTAINTY. REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE AGREED THAT WE OUGHT TO EXTEND THESE ITEMS, THERE'S NO DEBATE ABOUT THAT. . THE DIFFERENCE LIE WITH WHETHER OR NOT WE GET OUR JOB DONE NOW OR DO WE PUNT ON FULFILLING OUR RESPONSIBILITIES FOR ANOTHER TWO MONTHS. THE SENATE'S ACTION IS UNWORKABLE AND UNACCEPTABLE. VARIOUS ORGANIZATIONS REPRESENTING JOB CREATORS HAVE ALREADY SAID THAT A TWO-MONTH PUNT IS UNWORKABLE AND COSTLY, THEREFORE HARMING MORE JOB CREATION. NOW, WE'RE READY TO SIT DOWN WITH OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AND OR THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CAPITOL TO GET A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION PUT IN PLACE BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR. THAT'S WHAT YOU DO WHEN THERE ARE DIFFERENCES IN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. BOTH SIDES HAVE PASSED LEGISLATION BUT WE HAVE DISAGREEMENTS. SO NOW WE OUGHT TO SIT DOWN LIKE CONGRESSES HAVE DONE FOR OVER 200 YEARS AND WORK OUT THOSE DIFFERENCES. AND WE OUGHT TO DO THAT TODAY. NOT TWO MONTHS FROM NOW. THIS RESOLUTION MAKES IT CLEAR THAT THE HOUSE SUPPORTS TAKING CARE OF MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES, SENIORS AND JOB CREATORS. IT MAKES CLEAR THAT THE HOUSE STANDS READY AND WILLING TO WORK WITH THE SENATE TO GET THIS DONE. IF OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SUPPORT PROVIDING RELIEF AND CERTAINTY FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND FOR SENIORS AND FOR JOB CREATORS, THEN THEY OUGHT TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. THERE'S A BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THE PROPOSALS WITHIN THIS RESOLUTION. AND THERE'S BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION. I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND SUPPORT THE EFFORTS UNDER WAY TO WORK OUT OUR DIFFERENCES WITH THE DEMOCRAT-LED SENATE AND PUT IN PLACE A SET OF SOLUTIONS THAT WILL CREATE CERTAINTY FOR FAMILIES, JOB CREATORS AND SENIORS. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:16:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA WILL CONTROL 30…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:17:02 PM

    >>

    SPEAKER. I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION AS THE DESIGNEE OF MR. LEVIN.…

    SPEAKER. I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION AS THE DESIGNEE OF MR. LEVIN. AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:17:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:17:13 PM

    >>

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, UNEMPLOYMENT RATES, ACCORDING TO A…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, UNEMPLOYMENT RATES, ACCORDING TO A RECENT REPORT THIS MORNING, HAS FALLEN IN 43 STATES IN THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:17:30 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

    TO DECLINE SINCE 2003. THE MEDIA ARE REPORTING THAT THE ECONOMY HAS…

    TO DECLINE SINCE 2003. THE MEDIA ARE REPORTING THAT THE ECONOMY HAS GENERATED 100,000 OR MORE JOBS FIVE MONTHS IN A ROW. THE FIRST TIME THAT'S HAPPENED SINCE 2006. BEFORE THE GREAT RECESSION. MR. SPEAKER, 89 SENATORS, 50 DEMOCRATS AND 39 REPUBLICANS, HAVE PASSED A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT TO EXTEND THE CURRENT PAYROLL TAX, UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS AND MEDICARE DOCTORS' PAYMENTS FOR ANOTHER 60 DAYS SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO SEEK COMMON GROUND FOR A FULL 12-MONTH EXTENSION AND KEEP THESE GREAT NUMBERS IN FRONT OF US. LET THERE BE NO MISTAKE, THE ONLY WAY FOR THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY TO PREVENT A TAX INCREASE ON 160 MILLION WORKING AMERICANS IS TO PASS THE SENATE'S BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT. THE ONLY WAY TO PREVENT CUTTING OFF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE FOR 2.2 MILLION AMERICANS WHO ARE CURRENTLY UNEMPLOYED AND LOOKING FOR WORK IS TO PASS THE SENATE'S BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT. LET BE BE CRYSTAL CLEAR -- LET ME BE CRYSTAL CLEAR. THE ONLY WAY TO PREVENT CUTTING FUNDS TO PAY DOCTORS WHO CARE FOR MEDICARE PATIENTS IS TO PASS THE SENATE'S BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT. THE SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER AND THE SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEMONSTRATED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS CAN WORK TOGETHER. THEY PASSED A BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE TO GET THIS DONE. AND, MR. SPEAKER, MY CONSTITUENTS CONTINUE TO ASK TIME AND TIME AGAIN WHY CAN'T YOU GUYS WORK TOGETHER? -- AGAIN, WHY CAN'T YOU GUYS WORK TOGETHER TO GET SOMETHING DONE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? IT IS A GOOD QUESTION, IT IS A FAIR QUESTION. AND THE SENATE HAS ANSWERED THAT WE CAN. IT IS MY FERVENT HOPE THAT WE IN THIS BODY JOIN THEM TODAY AND DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:20:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 02:20:18 PM

    >>

    MR. SPEAKER. I RESPECTFULLY SUGGEST TO MY FRIEND FROM SOUTH CAROLINA THAT…

    MR. SPEAKER. I RESPECTFULLY SUGGEST TO MY FRIEND FROM SOUTH CAROLINA THAT THE BEST WAY TO PROVIDE CERTAINTY FOR FAMILIES AND JOB CREATORS AND FOR SENIORS IS TO HAVE A HOUSE-SENATE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE WORK TOGETHER FOR THE END OF THE YEAR AND I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROE.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:20:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

  • 02:20:35 PM

    MR. ROE

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK THE HOUSE PASSED MIDDLE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK THE HOUSE PASSED MIDDLE CLASS TAX RELIEF AND JOB CREATION ACT WITH THE SUPPORT OF BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. THE ECONOMY IS STRUGGLING. PERHAPS GETTING BETTER, BUT STRUGGLE -- STRUGGLING. THE PRESIDENT ASKED FOR A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY FOR ONE YEAR. WE AGREED WITH THAT, A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION. EX -- THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PLAN BENEFITS, WE AGREE WITH THAT. A TWO-YEAR EXTENSION OF THE SO-CALLED DOC FIX. I'M A PHYSICIAN. I HAVE BEEN HERE NOW FOR THREE YEARS AND IN THE THREE YEARS I HAVE BEEN HERE, MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE HAD SIX TEMPORARY EXTENSIONS, THIS WILL BE NUMBER SEVEN, FOR ACCESS TO CARE FOR PATIENTS WE MUST GET A PERMANENT FIX FOR S.G.R. OR NO PATIENTS ARE GOING TO HAVE ACCESS. AND I HAVE SPOKEN TO NUMEROUS COLLEAGUES WHO TOTALLY DISAGREE WITH THIS 60 DAYS AND A TRUE SHOVEL-READY PROJECT WHICH IS THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE WHICH WILL GIVE US ACCESS TO ENERGY IN THIS WITH ONE OF OUR BEST NEIGHBORS, CANADA. ALL OF THESE ISSUES ARE PAID FOR WITH SPENDING CUTS, NOT TAX INCREASES AND NOT DEFICIT SPENDING. THE SENATE, HOWEVER, PASSED ONLY A 60-DAY EXTENSION, THE HOUSE, ONE YEAR. 60 DAYS VERSUS ONE YEAR. THE DISTINGUISHED SENATOR FROM TENNESSEE, SENATOR BOB CORKER, JUST SAID, SENATOR REID SHOULD STOP THIS POLITICAL GAMESMANSHIP, CALL THE SENATE BACK INTO SESSION AND FOLLOW REGULAR ORDER WHICH MEANS, BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE DISTRIBUTE HOUSE AND THE SENATE -- AISLE, THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE, PRODUCE A CONFERENCE BILL TO PRODUCE BETTER LEGISLATION WHICH REFLECTS THE WILL OF THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. WE SHOULD BE AT WORK THIS WEEK TO FINISH THE BUSINESS THEY ELECTED US TO DO. PLEASE SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:22:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

  • 02:22:21 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MRS. MALONEY.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:22:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 02:22:28 PM

    MRS. MALONEY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND FOR YIELDING. THE SENATE HAS…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND FOR YIELDING. THE SENATE HAS GONE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS AND JUST FIVE MINUTES BEFORE I CAME TO THIS FLOOR THE PRESIDENT MADE AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE WHITE HOUSE THAT HE SUPPORTED THE BIPARTISAN SENATE COMPROMISED BILL THAT PASSED THE SENATE 89-10. AND WE NEED TO PASS IT AND WRAP UP THIS CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. INSTEAD OF THE PATTERN OF OBSTRUCTION THAT IS CONSTANTLY COMING FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WE SHOULD INTRODUCE THE SENATE BILL HERE IN THE HOUSE AND PASS IT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP SHOULD ALLOW AN UP OR DOWN VOTE AND EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX CUT, THE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND THE DOC FIX FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. WITHOUT THIS TWO-MONTH EXTENSION 160 MILLION AMERICANS WILL FACE A TAX HIKE STARTING JANUARY 1. THE IDEA THAT IT'S SOMEHOW ACCEPTABLE TO LET THIS HAPPEN IS TO BE BLIND TO THE ECONOMIC STRUGGLES THAT THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES HAVE NOW FACING. AND TO BE TOTALLY, TOTALLY DEAF TO THE CRIES OF HELP FROM THE MANY PEOPLE, THE 2.2 MILLION AMERICANS WHO WILL SEE THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS EXPIRE IF WE DO NOT PASS THE SENATE BILL. THIS IS AN EXERCISE IN PARTISAN IDEOLOGY THAT WILL ALSO RESULT IN AN ADDITIONAL 48 MILLION SENIORS BEING DENIED ACCESS TO THEIR DOCTORS. NO BILL WOULD MAKE EVERYBODY HAPPY, BUT TO STOP THIS SENATE BILL NOW, ONE THAT IS SO IMPORTANT TO SO MANY AMERICANS, JUST TO PLEASE THE RIGGED IDEOLOGY OF THE VERY FEW, IT IS THE -- RIG I HAD IDEOLOGY OF THE VERY FEW, IT IS -- RIGID IDEOLOGY OF THE VERY FEW, IT IS THE TAIL WAGGING THE ELEPHANT AND IT IS JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS AND IT IS INDEFENSIBLE.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:24:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

  • 02:24:42 PM

    MR. PRICE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BARTON.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:24:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

  • 02:24:48 PM

    MR. BARTON

    I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED POLICY CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED POLICY CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO FOR HIS EVEN-HANDED LEADERSHIP IN THE DEBATE. AND I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:25:03 PM

    MR. BARTON

    VOTED TO SEND THE SENATE BILL TO CONFERENCE AND I HOPE THAT BOTH PARTIES…

    VOTED TO SEND THE SENATE BILL TO CONFERENCE AND I HOPE THAT BOTH PARTIES IN BOTH CHAMBERS APPOINT SERIOUS CONFEREES AND REALLY TRY TO COME UP WITH A SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM. I DO WANT TO POINT OUT A FEW FACTS THAT HAVE BEEN AVOIDED ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. IT'S REALLY NOT A PAYROLL TAX, IT IS A SOCIAL SECURITY DEDICATED TRUST FUND TAX. SINCE FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT AND THE CONGRESS CREATED SOCIAL SECURITY IN THE 1930'S PAYROLL SOCIAL SECURITY TAXES GO INTO THE SYSTEM BY WORKERS, EMPLOYERS AND SELF-EMPLOYED INDIVIDUALS AND THEN BENEFITS COME OUT. LAST YEAR FOR THE FIRST TIME WE REDUCED THE AMOUNT OF SOCIAL SECURITY TAXES GOING INTO THE SYSTEM AND GAVE AN I.O.U. FROM THE TREASURY INTO THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND. THE EXTENSION, WHETHER IT'S FOR TWO MONTHS OR ONE YEAR OF THAT SAME POLICY THIS YEAR, IS TAKING $120 BILLION TO $150 BILLION OUT OF THE SYSTEM THAT'S REAL MONEY AND PUTTING INTO IT AN I.O.U. THAT WE WILL PAY AT A DATE IN THE FUTURE. IT WOULD BE LIKE IF I WENT TO THE DOCTOR AND THE DOCTOR TELLS ME THAT I'VE GOT LUNG CANCER AND SAY, WELL, WHAT SHOULD I DO, DOCTOR? HE SAYS, SMOKE MORE CIGARETTES. I MEAN, WE PAY MORE OUT IN SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS THIS CURRENT YEAR THAN WE PAID IN AND THIS EXACERBATES THE PROBLEM. I WOULD ASK THAT WE COME UP WITH A PERMANENT SOLUTION, MR. SPEAKER, AND NOT KEEP AVOIDING THE PROBLEM.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:26:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

  • 02:26:42 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. WAXMAN.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:26:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

  • 02:26:49 PM

    MR. WAXMAN

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS HAS BEEN A TERRIBLE YEAR IN COULD CONGRESS. THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS HAS BEEN A TERRIBLE YEAR IN COULD CONGRESS. THE INTRANSIGENCE OF THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP AND THE TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS HAS BROUGHT US TO THE BRINK OF CRISIS AGAIN AND AGAIN AND NOW WE'RE PLAYING ANOTHER GAME OF CHICKEN WITH THE LIVES AND WELL-BEING OF MILLIONS OF AMERICAN FAMILIES AT STAKE.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:27:08 PM

    >>

    THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

  • 02:27:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS AT THE BACK…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS AT THE BACK OF THE CHAMBER, PLEASE TAKE SEATS, MOVE CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:27:27 PM

    MR. WAXMAN

    REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IN THE HOUSE JUST LEARN TODAY THAT IN THE END OF…

    REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IN THE HOUSE JUST LEARN TODAY THAT IN THE END OF THIS MONTH, IN 10 OR 11 DAYS, THESE TAX BREAKS, THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, THE PHYSICIAN REIMBURSEMENTS WERE GOING TO EXPIRE? NO. THEY LEARNED ABOUT IT EARLIER SO THEY PACKAGED A BILL AND THE ONLY WAY THEY COULD FIGURE TO PAY FOR IT WAS TO TAKE IT OUT OF THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, ASK THE ELDERLY TO PAY MORE FOR THEIR MEDICARE, TO CUT BACK ON SPENDING, NEVER TO RAISE TAXES ON PEOPLE WHO MAKE $1 MILLION A YEAR. THE SENATE HAD THE SAME ISSUE BEFORE THEM. AND THE DEMOCRATS THERE WANTED TO HAVE A TAX INCREASE. THEY COULDN'T GET THAT THROUGH. SO THE SENATORS NEGOTIATED A SHORT-TERM EXTENSION FOR TWO MONTHS. BECAUSE THEY COULDN'T AGREE TO A YEAR AND THAT PASSED OVERWHELMINGLY. THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE VOTING ON TODAY. INSTEAD THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE BRINGING A TAX INCREASE STARTING JANUARY 1 TO 160 MILLION AMERICANS, FORCING TWO MILLION AMERICANS TO THE EDGE OF DESPAIR AS THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS RUN OUT AND SCARING 48 MILLION SENIORS WHO WORRY ABOUT THEIR DOCTORS OPTING OUT OF PROVIDING SERVICES UNDER MEDICARE. AND TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY, THIS RESOLUTION SEEKS TO IMPOSE THE REPUBLICANS' EXTREME -- EXTREME ANTIENVIRONMENT AGENDA. THIS HAS BEEN THE MOST ANTIENVIRONMENT HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE HISTORY OF CONGRESS AND THIS RESOLUTION IS A FITTING CAPSTONE TO THIS DISMAL RECORD. THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE HOLDING PAYROLL TAX CUTS, UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, PAYMENT TO PHYSICIANS UNDER MEDICARE HOSTAGE TO THE DEMANDS OF THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY. THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS WANT TO FORCE THE PRESIDENT TO APPROVE THE KEYSTONE X.L. TAR SANDS PIPELINE. THEY FORGET THAT THE FUTURE OF OUR ECONOMY LIES IN CLEAN ENERGY, NOT INCREASING OUR RELIANCE ON THE DIRTIEST SOURCE OF GASOLINE IMAGINABLE. THEY WOULD LIKE TO HOLD THE PIPELINE AS ONE OF THE PRICES FOR THEIR LACK OF BILL BUT THEY ALSO WANT TO GIVE SOME OTHER SPECIAL INTEREST FAVORS. A LUMP OF COAL FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES BUT AT THE SAME TIME THEY WANT E.B. -- E.P.A.'S PUBLIC HEALTH STANDARDS, WHICH WOULD PREVENT 51 -- 5,100 HEART ATTACKS A YEAR, THEY WANT TO ELIMINATE THOSE PUBLIC HEALTH BENEFITS THAT COME WITH CLEAN AIR AND INSTEAD THEY WANT PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL WHICH HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS ISSUE, THEY WANT THESE PROVISIONS TO ALLOW MORE MERCURY, LEAD, ARSENIC POLLUTION IN THE THE AIR WE BREATHE. . WE HAVE SEEN THIS OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THEY CANNOT AGREE ON A COMPROMISE TO PAY FOR ANYTHING. THEY CANNOT AGREE ON LETTING SOMETHING HAPPEN WITHOUT PUTTING IN THE ANTI-ENVIRONMENTAL RIDERS. ONCE AGAIN THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HAS SHOWN THE LENGTHS TO WHICH THEY WILL GO TO IMPOSE THEIR RADICAL EXTREME AGENDA. SACRIFICING THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE SENATE HAS LEAST CAME UP WITH A BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE FOR TWO MONTHS. THIS HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP WILL PUT US IN A SITUATION WHERE ALL OF THESE EXPIRING -- EXPIRING PROVISION ALSO EXPIRE AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL BE DONE A GREAT DISSERVICE BY THIS ACTION. YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:31:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

  • 02:31:12 PM

    MR. PRICE

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A PRODUCTIVE AND EXCELLENT MEMBER OF…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A PRODUCTIVE AND EXCELLENT MEMBER OF OUR CONFERENCE, MR. WILSON FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:31:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:31:21 PM

    MR. WILSON

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. I WANT TO…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP OF THE REPUBLICAN POLICY COMMITTEE AND HIS WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. LAST WEEK THE HOUSE PASSED A ONE-YEAR PAYROLL EXTENSION WHICH INCLUDED A PROVISION TO OVERRIDE THE ADMINISTRATION'S DECISION AGAINST THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE. A REAL SHOVEL READY PROJECT. THE PRESIDENT'S DECISION WILL DELAY THE PROJECT UNTIL 2013. AFTER THE ELECTION WHICH CLEARLY REVEALS THIS IS A POLITICAL NOT SCIENTIFIC DECISION. ON AUGUST 26, DEPARTMENT OF STATE DEEMED THE PROJECT TO BE ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND AFTER THREE YEARS OF ANALYSIS. IN LATE OCTOBER I WAS FORTUNATE TO VISIT ALBERTA, CANADA, AMERICA'S LARGEST TRADING PARTNER, AND WITNESSED FIRSTHAND THE CANADIAN OIL SAND DEVELOPMENT AND EXTRAORDINARY ENVIRONMENTAL SAFEGUARDS TO PRODUCE OIL IN NORTH AMERICA. THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS ENVIRONMENTALLY ADVANCED PROJECT WILL CREATE THE 120,000 NEW JOBS IN AMERICA. WITH RECORD UNEMPLOYMENT, AMERICANS NEED JOBS NOW, AND I KNOW PARENT THAT THE WORKERS OF MICHELIN TIRE CORPORATION OF LEXINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, ARE READY TO PRODUCE HUGE EARTH MOVER TIRES. AND M.T.U. WILL PRODUCE ENGINES. I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:32:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

  • 02:32:36 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO REMIND MY GOOD FRIEND FROM SOUTH…

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO REMIND MY GOOD FRIEND FROM SOUTH CAROLINA THAT THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE IS IN THE SENATE BILL. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. SUSAN CAVES.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:32:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 02:32:59 PM

    MRS. DAVIS

    WE ARE HERE TODAY BECAUSE THE SENATE DID A TERRIBLE THING IN THE EYES OF…

    WE ARE HERE TODAY BECAUSE THE SENATE DID A TERRIBLE THING IN THE EYES OF THE HOUSE MAJORITY, THEY HAD THE AUDACITY TO WORK TOGETHER AND COME UP WITH A COMPROMISE. AT THE REQUEST OF THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER AND THE SENATE MINORITY LEADER REACHED A COMPROMISE ON A PAYROLL TAX CUT EXTENSION. THERE ARE EVEN HIGH FIVES AROUND SENATE REPUBLICANS AFTER THAT SATURDAY VOTE. 89 SENATORS VOTED FOR IT, INCLUDING 82% OF SENATE REPUBLICANS. THE SPEAKER CALLED IT, AND I QUOTE, A GOOD DEAL. BUT THEN CAME THE REVOLT FROM HOUSE REPUBLICANS. PEOPLE ARE ASKING, MR. SPEAKER, AND I THINK IT'S A FAIR QUESTION TO ASK, DO HOUSE REPUBLICANS REALLY WANT CONGRESS TO FUNCTION? BY DENYING A VOTE ON THIS BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE, IT ALLOWS THEM TO CONTINUE TO PUSH THEIR THEME THAT WASHINGTON IS DYSFUNCTIONAL AND DOES NOT WORK. HAD THE HOUSE MAJORITY BROUGHT UP A CLEAN TAX BILL LAST WEEK, WE WOULD NOT EVEN BE HERE TODAY. BUT INSTEAD THEY OFFERED A BILL THAT WAS LOADED WITH SPECIAL INTEREST RIDERS THAT WAS DESIGNED TO FAIL AND IN FACT IT DID FAIL. THE MAJORITY CLAIMS THAT IT WANTS CERTAINTY, WITH A LONG-TERM EXTENSION OF THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT. YES, MANY HERE, CLG MYSELF -- INCLUDING MY SEX WE DO WANT A LONG-TERM EXTENSION AND THOSE NEGOTIATIONS WILL CONTINUE. IF THE HOUSE MAJORITY WAS TALKING ABOUT TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS, THEY WOULD ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO HELP AND SUPPORT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS, THEY PULL THE RUG OUT FROM UNDER THEM. IT IS CLEAR, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE ARE WILLING TO SUPPORT 120 BILLION THAT THEY ARE WILLING TO SUPPORT $120 BILLION TAX INCREASE ON AMERICANS FIGHTING TO RESTORE THE AMERICAN DREAM RATHER THAN ACCEPTING THIS BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE THAT IS BEFORE US TODAY. I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:35:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

  • 02:35:05 PM

    MR. PRICE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS FOR EACH SIDE?

  • 02:35:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA HAS 22 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA HAS 22 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA HAS 19 MINUTES REMAINING.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:35:13 PM

    MR. PRICE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:35:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:35:21 PM

    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. IN ALL OF THIS DEBATE I THINK BOTH PARTIES HAVE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. IN ALL OF THIS DEBATE I THINK BOTH PARTIES HAVE OVERLOOKED A CRITICAL PROBLEM. BOTH VERSIONS OF THIS BILL IMPOSE A PERMANENT NEW TAX ON EVERY MORTGAGE BACKED BY FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC. TO PAY FOR ADDITIONAL TWO MONTHS OF TAX RELIEF UNDER THE SENATE VERSION OR 12 MONTHS UNDER THE HOUSE VERSION, MORE THAN 3,000 -- $3,000 OF NEW TAXES WOULD BE IMPOSED ON OVER $150,000 MORTGAGE BACKED BY FANNIE AND FREDDIE. A FAMILY MAKING $250,000 MORTGAGE WILL PAY $5,000 MORE IN TAXES DIRECTLY AND SOLELY BECAUSE OF THIS BILL HIDDEN IN THEIR FUTURE MORTGAGE PAYMENTS. THIS IS ATROCIOUS PUBLIC POLICY. IT SHIFTS THE BURDEN FOR THIS BILL TO FUTURE HOME BUYERS, KICKS THE HOUSING MARKET WHEN IT'S ALREADY DOWN, MAKES IT THAT MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE FOR HOME BUYERS TO RE-ENTER THE MARKET, AND ADDS TO THE PRESSURES THAT HAVE CHRONICALLY DEPRESSED THE HOME VALUES. THAT'S THE REASON THE SENATE AND HOUSE VERSIONS NEED TO GO BACK FOR MAJOR REVISION.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:36:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

  • 02:36:29 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS NOW MY CLESH SURE TO…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS NOW MY CLESH SURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE -- IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND,

    Show Full Text
  • 02:36:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. WITHOUT…

    GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:36:46 PM

    MR. LANGEVIN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I FIND IT THOROUGHLY…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I FIND IT THOROUGHLY UNCONSCIONABLE THAT HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE PREVENTING CONGRESS FROM WORKING ITS WILL BY STIFLING A VOTE TO SUPPORT A BIPARTISAN SENATE COMPROMISE TO EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS TO THE MIDDLE CLASS FOR TWO MONTHS. WHILE I STRONGLY BELIEVE THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUTS AND OTHER PROVISIONS WITHIN THE BILL DESERVE A FULL-YEAR EXTENSION, THE OTHER INTRANSIGENCE OF TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS HAVE MADE A COMPROMISE WITHOUT A SELF-IMPOSED CRISIS IMPOSSIBLE. WE COULD HAVE SPENT BETTER PART OF A YEAR WORK ON THIS BILL AND OTHERS LIKE IT TO BUOY OUR ECONOMY AND HELP AMERICANS GET BACK TO WORK INSTEAD THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY SPENT THE ENTIRE SESSION CONSIDERING MULTIPLE BILLS REPEAL HEALTH REFORM, AND FURTHER DEREGULATE THE FINANCIAL INDUSTRY, NONE OF WHICH HELPS CREATE JOBS FOR MY CONSTITUENTS BACK IN RHODE ISLAND. NOW MY COLLEAGUE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE MADE A LAST-MINUTE DECISION TO DERAIL A COMPROMISE ON THE ONE BILL THAT ECONOMISTS AGREE WOULD SATELLITE THE ECONOMY. AS A RESULT WHEN -- STIMULATE THE ECONOMY. AS A RESULT WHEN FAMILIES ACROSS RHODE ISLAND COME TOGETHER TO FACE THE HOLIDAYS, THEY FACE THE POSSIBILITY OF PAYING HIGHER TAXES OR SEEING THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS EXPIRE IN THE NEW YEAR. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE AND IT IS UNNECESSARY. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICANS ARE WEARY OF THE POLITICAL GAMES AND THE BROKEN PROMISES THAT HAVE BROUGHT IT TO THIS POINT. THEY WANT A CONGRESS THAT CAN COME TOGETHER AND LEGISLATE IN THEIR BEST INTEREST. INSTEAD, HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE HOLDING THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUTS HOSTAGE TO FURTHER THEIR POLITICAL AGENDA DESPITE CALLS FROM MEMBERS OF THEIR OWN PARTY ASKING THEM TO ACCEPT A BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE WHICH OVERWHELMINGLY PASSED THE SENATE 89-10. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO STOP RISKING THE WELFARE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR THEIR POLITICAL LEVERAGE. GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO PASS A TWO-MONTH EXTENSION SO THAT OUR CONSTITUENTS HAVE SOME REASSURANCE THAT THEY WON'T BE WORSE OFF COME NEW YEAR'S DAY. THE INTEREST OF THE AMERICAN FAMILIES DESERVE TO BE PUT ODD BEFORE THE INTERESTS OF POLITICAL PARTISANSHIP DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, I PRAY THIS CONGRESS CAN HONOR THAT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:38:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

  • 02:39:01 PM

    MR. PRICE

    MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO A DEAR FRIEND AND A…

    MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO A DEAR FRIEND AND A WONDERFUL MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE, MRS. BLACKBURN.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:39:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

  • 02:39:12 PM

    MRS. BLACKBURN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA FOR HIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA FOR HIS EXCELLENT WORK ON H.R. 501, WHICH EXPRESSES WHAT WE AS REPUBLICANS STAND FOR. AS WE FIGHT TO PROVIDE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR HARDWORKING AMERICAN TAXPAYERS. WE ARE FOR CERTAINTY FOR THESE TAXPAYERS. WE ARE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE REFORMS. WE ARE FOR FREEZING FEDERAL SALARIES. WE ARE FOR CERTAINTY FOR OUR SENIORS. WE ARE FOR FAIRNESS FOR OUR DOCTORS AND HOSPITALS. WE ARE FOR JOBS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN THE FORM OF THE KEYSTONE X.L. PIPELINE, IN THE FORM OF BOILER MACT AND THE OTHER BILLS THAT WILL HELP PUT THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS BACK TO WORK. WE ALL KNOW THAT WASHINGTON TAKES TOO MUCH AND WASHINGTON WASTES A LOT OF THE MONEY THAT IT TAKES IN. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TO SEE MORE OF THAT MONEY LEFT IN THEIR POCKET. INDEED, MR. SPEAKER, PART OF THE DEBATE THAT IS TAKING PLACE TODAY IS ABOUT A TRANSITION THAT WE ARE GOING THROUGH AND HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD THIS TRANSITION FROM A GOVERNMENT THAT IS ADDICTED TO THE TAXPAYERS' MONEY. YES, INDEED, IT NEVER GETS ENOUGH, TO A GOVERNMENT THAT IS GOING TO BE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE HARDWORKING AMERICAN TAXPAYER. NOW, FOR SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES THEY MAY WANT TO CALL THAT RADICAL. THEY MAY WANT TO CALL IT EXTREME. THEY MAY WANT --

    Show Full Text
  • 02:40:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 02:40:51 PM

    MRS. BLACKBURN

    THAT IT IS HOLDING IDEAS HOSTAGE. IT IS ABOUT FREEDOM. WE STAND --

  • 02:40:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 02:41:02 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I REMIND THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE THAT THAT'S…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I REMIND THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE THAT THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THIS BILL IS DESIGNED TO DO. PUT INTO THE POCKETS OF 160 MILLION AMERICANS AN EXTENDED TAX CUT. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA,

    Show Full Text
  • 02:41:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 02:43:08 PM

    MR. PRICE

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M HONORED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO OUR REPUBLICAN CHAIR OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M HONORED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO OUR REPUBLICAN CHAIR OF OUR CONFERENCE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:43:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR.

  • 02:43:21 PM

    MR. HENSARLING

    IF MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE CONFUSED WHY WE ARE HERE,…

    IF MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE CONFUSED WHY WE ARE HERE, LET ME ENLIGHTEN THEM. IT'S BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT'S POLICIES HAVE FAILED. IN THE OBAMA ECONOMY, UNEMPLOYMENT HAS BEEN AT, NEAR, OR ABOVE 9% EVER SINCE THE GENTLEMAN WAS ELECTED. ONE IN SEVEN ON FOOD STAMPS. SMALL BUSINESS START-UPS AT A 17-YEAR LOW. MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S WHY WE ARE HERE TODAY. I THINK ALMOST EVERYONE IN THIS CHAMBER AGREES, YES, WE WANT TO EXTEND THE SOCIAL SECURITY PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY, BUT WHAT IS SO CHEEREST TO ME, MR. SPEAKER, I HEAR MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WE NEED TO DO IT FOR A YEAR, BUT WE ARE ONLY WILLING TO VOTE FOR 60 DAYS. I DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT, MR. SPEAKER. AND I HEAR MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SAY, MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES DESERVE THIS $1,000 TAX CUT. YET THEY ARE ONLY WILLING TO VOTE FOR 1 $160. THEN THEY SAY WE HAVE TO PASS IT TODAY. WE CAN'T LET NEW YEAR'S DAY COME WITHOUT PASSING THIS. AND YET THEY WON'T APPOINT ANYBODY TO A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE AND EVERYONE'S GETTING READY TO RUN TO THE AIRPORT. I DON'T UNDERSTAND IT, MR. SPEAKER. SO THE QUESTION IS, ARE MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, ARE THEY INTERESTED IN MAKING A LAW THAT WILL HELP AMERICAN FAMILIES AND HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS, OR ARE THEY INTERESTED IN MAKING A CAMPAIGN ISSUE THAT THEY CAN RECYCLE EVERY 60 DAYS? NOW, ONLY THEY CAN ANSWER THE QUESTION. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS INCONVENIENT IN TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES THAT OUR CONSTITUENTS HAVE TO WORK OVER THE HOLIDAYS. MAYBE IT SHOULD BE INCONVENIENT TO US AS WELL. WE STAND READY, WE JUST CAN'T DO OUR JOB IF THE SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER REFUSES TO APPOINT ANYBODY. IF THE HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADER REFUSES TO APPOINT ANYBODY TO SIT DOWN AND NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH. . I'M SORRY IT'S INCONVENIENT FOR MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO WORK ON THE HOLIDAYS. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST I HEAR MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SAY WE NEED SOMETHING THAT WORKS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WELL, GUESS WHAT? ONCE AGAIN THEY DIDN'T CONSULT WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. ALL OF THE EMPLOYERS THAT WE HEAR ABOUT ARE SAYING THIS IS UNWORKABLE. THE ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS, I QUOTE, TALKING ABOUT THEIR 60-DAY PLAN THIS SORT OF TEMPORARY FAX UNDERSCORES CONGRESS' UNEVEN, AD HOC APPROACH TOWARD THE ECONOMY AND CAUSES MORE HARM THAN GOOD FOR AMERICA'S JOB CREATORS. I HEAR FROM JOB CREATORS FROM MY OWN DISTRICT IN TEXAS, QUOTE, THE TWO-MONTH EXTENSION IS MORE HASSLE THAN A HELP. IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO BUDGET AND PLAN FOR AN UNKNOWN. MR. SPEAKER, IF YOU WANT A YEAR OF TAX RELIEF, VOTE FOR A YEAR OF TAX RELIEF. IF YOU WANT $1,000 OF TAX RELIEF, VOTE FOR IT AND BE WILLING TO WORK OVER THE HOLIDAYS. I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:46:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

  • 02:46:28 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I REMIND MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS THAT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I REMIND MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS THAT ACCORDING TO OUR REPORTS LAST MONTH 43 STATES REGISTERED A DECREASE IN UNEMPLOYMENT, THE FIRST TIME THAT'S HAPPENED SINCE THE YEAR 2003. WITH THAT I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. TOWNS.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:46:57 PM

    MR. TOWNS

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

  • 02:49:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

  • 02:49:04 PM

    MR. PRICE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY PHYSICIAN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY PHYSICIAN COLLEAGUE FROM INDIANA, MR. BUECHON.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:49:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    --

  • 02:49:13 PM

    MR. BUCHANAN

    NO ONE CHOOSES WHEN THEY HAVE A HEART ATTACK. I DID MY JOB. I'M HERE TODAY…

    NO ONE CHOOSES WHEN THEY HAVE A HEART ATTACK. I DID MY JOB. I'M HERE TODAY TO DO MY JOB AND I'LL WORK THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS IF THAT'S WHAT IT TAKES. WE HAVE 11 DAYS TO PASS A TAX RELIEF BILL, ALONG WITH AN EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES AND FINALLY 11 DAYS TO PREVENT A 27% CUT TO MEDICARE THAT WILL PUT AMERICAN SENIORS AT RISK FOR LOSING THEIR ACCESS TO QUALITY WHAT HEALTH CARE. SENIORS RELY ON BEING ABLE TO SEE THEIR DOCTORS, THIS 60-DAY PATCH DOES NOTHING TO CREATE CERTAINTY FOR PROVIDERS OR SENIORS. IN FACT, IT JEOPARDIZES THEIR CARE. I SUPPORT THE BILL WE PASSED LAST WEEK, I SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 501. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:50:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

  • 02:50:08 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

    MR. SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE REMAINING.

  • 02:50:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA HAS 12 3/4 MINUTES REMAINING. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA HAS 12 3/4 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA HAS 16 MINUTES REMAINING.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:50:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 02:50:24 PM

    MR. PRICE

    MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A FRESHMAN MEMBER FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A FRESHMAN MEMBER FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. NUNNELEE.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:50:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:50:30 PM

    MR. NUNNELEE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. I…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE HOUSE-PASSED PROVISIONS, SPECIFICALLY THE PROVISIONS RELATING TOWN EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE REFORM. WE PASSED A FULL YEAR, WE EXTENDED THE BENEFITS BUT WE ADDED COMMONSENSE REFORM. THINGS LIKE STRENGTHENING ENFORCEMENT OF WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE IN UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. STRENGTHENING WORK SEARCH AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS. AND ALLOWING STATES TO TEST FOR DRUGS FOR THOSE THAT ARE RECEIVING BENEFITS. IT'S VERY SIMPLE. IF MEN AND WOMEN THAT ARE WORKING HAVE TO PASS A DRUG TEST IN ORDER TO DRAW THEIR PAYCHECK, THOSE RECEIVING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS OUGHT TO HAVE TO PASS THE SAME DRUG TEST. SO I CALL ON HARRY -- HARRY REID TO BRING THE SENATE BACK TO WORK SO WE CAN REACH A FULL YEAR'S AGREEMENT THAT INCLUDES THESE REFORMS TO OUR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:51:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

  • 02:51:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

  • 02:51:34 PM

    MR. PRICE

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO ANOTHER PHYSICIAN COLLEAGUE AND…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO ANOTHER PHYSICIAN COLLEAGUE AND A COLLEAGUE FROM THE STATE OF GEORGIA, MY FRIEND, MR. GINGREY, 1 1/2 MINUTES.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:51:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

  • 02:51:42 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    MR. SPEAKER, I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING AND I RISE IN STRONG…

    MR. SPEAKER, I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING AND I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.RES. 501 AND COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE WORK HE HAS DONE. COLLEAGUES, OF COURSE, RESOLUTION 501 RESTATES THE PROVISIONS IN HOUSE BILL 3630, THAT WE PASSED LAST FRIDAY IN A VERY BIPARTISAN WAY, SENT IT OVER TO THE SENATE, THINGS LIKE, YES, EXTENDING THE PAYROLL TAX CUT TO 160 MILLION MIDDLE INCOME AMERICANS FOR A FULL YEAR, ALLOWING 99 WEEKS OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE BEEN OUT OF WORK FOR MORE THAN SIX MONTHS, WE DO THAT FOR AN ADDITIONAL YEAR, AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, TO MITIGATE THE PAYMENT CUTS, THE 27% PAYMENT CUT TO HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS WHO NEED TO BE THERE FOR OUR SENIOR CITIZENS. WITH YOU DO THIS ALL AND WE PAY FOR IT IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY. NOW, LET'S BE SERIOUS ABOUT THE CONTROVERSY HERE IN REGARD TO THIS SENATE AMENDMENT VERSUS OUR BILL, H.R. 3630. AND IT'S TIME, MR. SPEAKER, TO END THE MENDACITY. THERE IS NOT ONE SCINTILLA OF LOGIC IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO HOUSE BILL H.R. 3630. THE ONLY THING THAT MAKES SENSE IS THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY IN THE SENATE WANTS TO PAY FOR THESE THINGS BY RAISING TAXES ON JOB CREATORS. WE IN THE HOUSE WANT TO PAY FOR IT IN A MUCH MORE RESPONSIBLE WAY, RAISING TAXES ON NOBODY, BUT FREEZING SALARIES FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, YES, INCLUDING OURSELVES, FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:53:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD ME AN ADDITIONAL 15 SECONDS.

  • 02:53:26 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD ME AN ADDITIONAL 15 SECONDS.

  • 02:53:30 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THE SALE OF ELECTRIC NAG NETIC SPECTRUM -- MAGNETIC…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THE SALE OF ELECTRIC NAG NETIC SPECTRUM -- MAGNETIC SPECTRUM WHICH WILL CREATE THOUPSES OF JOBS. SO, LET'S DON'T MAKE ANY PRETENSES ABOUT THIS. THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE HAVE CHOICES THEM. CAN NAME THE CONFEREES, THEY CAN COME TO CONFERENCE AND THEY CAN GET THIS DONE OR THEY CAN LET THESE BILLS FAIL AND FAIL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:53:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

  • 02:53:56 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA,

    Show Full Text
  • 02:54:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 02:54:05 PM

    MS. SEWELL

    SPEAKER, INSTEAD OF DOING WHAT'S BEST FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WE ARE ONCE…

    SPEAKER, INSTEAD OF DOING WHAT'S BEST FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WE ARE ONCE AGAIN DEALING WITH THE SAME OLD PARTISAN POLITICS THAT HAS PLAGUED THIS CONGRESS THIS ENTIRE YEAR. THE SENATE AMENDED AND PASSED A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT WOULD EXTEND THE PAYROLL CUTS FOR MILLIONS OF WORKERS AND FAMILIES AND PROTECT UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FOR AMERICANS WHILE ENSURING OUR SENIORS HAVE ACCESS TO CRITICAL HEALTH CARE. THIS SENATE VERSION REFLECTS A COMPROMISE THAT WAS NEGOTIATED IN GOOD FAITH, MR. SPEAKER. BY BOTH SENATE DEMOCRATS AS WELL AS SENATE REPUBLICANS. IT WAS OVERWHELMINGLY APPROVED BY 89 SENATORS INCLUDING 39 REPUBLICAN SENATORS. AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, IT IS ABSURD, I BELIEVE, THAT WE ARE BEING DEPRIVED THE OPPORTUNITY, DENIED THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE FOR A BILL THAT WOULD ADD CERTAINTY TO THE ECONOMY AND TO THE PEOPLE THAT WE REPRESENT. IT IS UNACCEPTABLE THAT SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE, THE REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE, HAVE ONCE AGAIN REFUSED TO COMPROMISE. OUR CONSTITUENTS ELECTED US HERE TO MAKE THEIR LIVES BETTER, NOT WORSE. THIS LATEST REPUBLICAN GRANDSTAND WILL COST THE AMERICAN PUBLIC DEALER. AS A RESULT, 160 MILLION MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS WILL SEE A PAYROLL TAX INCREASE AND OVER TWO MILLION AMERICANS, INCLUDING ALMOST 25,000 ALABAMANS, WILL BEGIN LOSING THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. WHILE I HAD HOPED FOR A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION LIKE MANY HERE, THIS TWO-MONTH COMPROMISE IS BETTER THAN THE ALTERNATIVE WHICH IS TO LET MILLIONS OF AMERICANS SUFFER ECONOMIC HARDSHIP. YOU KNOW, IT WAS MARTIN LUTHER KING WHO SAID THAT THE TIME IS ALWAYS RIGHT TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT. IT IS RIGHT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON TO MAKE SURE THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC ENJOYED THE BLESSINGS OF THIS HOLIDAY SEASON BY BEING ENSURED OF THE PROTECTIONS THAT THEY'VE ALREADY SO GREATLY EARNED. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:56:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

  • 02:56:04 PM

    MR. PRICE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN,

    Show Full Text
  • 02:56:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN VOICED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:56:10 PM

    MR. DUFFY

    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I AM SICK OF THE DEMAGOGUERY. I…

    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I AM SICK OF THE DEMAGOGUERY. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE TRULY TALK ABOUT THE FACTS. THIS IS NOT A DEBATE ABOUT WHETHER WE'RE GOING TO EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY OR NOT. THIS IS A DEBATE ABOUT WHAT KIND OF EXTENSION WE'RE GOING TO GET. IS IT GOING TO BE ONE YEAR OR IS IT GOING TO BE 60 DAYS? TO BE CLEAR, WE ARE ADVOCATING FOR A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION WHICH IS A $1,000 PAY CUT -- TAX BREAK FOR EVERY AMERICAN IN THIS COUNTRY. MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE ARE ADVOCATING FOR A $170 PAYROLL TAX CUT, $1,000 VERSUS $170. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT CHRISTMAS GIFTS, $170 PAYROLL TAX GIFT IS NOT A CHRISTMAS GIFT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. $1,000 WOULD BE. THE ONLY GIFT I HEAR BEING OFFERED HERE IS A GIFT TO THE SENATE COLLEAGUES WHO WANT TO GO HOME FOR CHRISTMAS. LET'S STAY HERE AND DO THE WORK OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, MAKE SURE WE EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY AND MAKE SURE WE GIVE CERTAINTY TO EVERY AMERICAN THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:57:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

  • 02:57:15 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 02:57:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 02:57:23 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    I THINK SOMEHOW I MADE A MISTAKE. I CAME OVER HERE TO LISTEN TO THE DEBATE…

    I THINK SOMEHOW I MADE A MISTAKE. I CAME OVER HERE TO LISTEN TO THE DEBATE AND IT'S ALMOST LIKE ALS I IN WONDERLAND -- ALICE IN WONDERLAND. WHITE IS BLACK, BLACK IS WHITE. THIS IS CONFUSING TO THE FOLKS OUT THERE. SO LET'S JUST TRY TO UNDERSTAND WHERE WE ARE AT THIS MOMENT. WE SENT A BILL, THAT IS A REPUBLICAN -- THAT IS THE REPUBLICANS IN THIS HOUSE SENT A BILL TO THE SENATE THAT WAS REJECTED, REJECTED FOR SEVERAL REASONS. ONE OF THEM WAS THE PAY-FOR. HOW IT WAS GOING TO BE PAID FOR. WAYS THAT DEALT, I THINK, UNFAIRLY WITH WORKERS WHO WERE UNEMPLOYED, IT SHORTENED THE PERIOD OF UNEMPLOYMENT, NOT TO 99 WEEKS BUT EVEN SHORTER TO JUST OVER 50. AND IT ALSO WENT AFTER MEDICARE RECIPIENTS, CAUSING THEM TO PAY MORE. IT WAS REREJECTED BY THE SENATE. THE SENATE PUT TOGETHER A COMPLO MICE. 90% OF THE SENATORS, WELL, JUST SHORT OF 90%, 89 SENATORS, DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN, VOTER FOD A TWO-MONTH COMPROMISE THAT WAS PAID FOR. WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THEY WOULD SPEND THE NEXT TWO MONTHS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE THIS THING LAST A WHOLE YEAR. WE REALLY FALL APART ON MANY OF THE UNDERLYING THINGS. AND SO HERE WE ARE RUNNING UP AGAINST THE DEADLINE AND BY THE WAY, IF WE WHAT CONFERENCE COMMITTEE -- IF WE HAD A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE, WE ACTUALLY HAD A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE AND THEY CAME TO A CONCLUSION BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR, DID ANYBODY CONSIDER THE SENATE RULES? THERE'S THE POTENTIAL OF 90 HOURS OF DEBATE IN THE SENATE BEFORE IT COULD BE TAKEN UP AND PASSED. SO, WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? WE OUGHT TO THINK ABOUT THE PEOPLE OUT THERE AND ABOUT THE FOOLISHNESS OF ALL THAT'S GOING ON AROUND HERE. LET'S JUST AGREE TO WHERE THE SENATE IS, WE'VE GOT TWO MONTHS TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE THE REST OF THE YEAR WORK. AND THE RHETORIC GOES BACK AND FORTH AND WE'RE NOT IN ALICE IN WONDERLAND HERE. THIS IS ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET THIS THING DONE ONLY FOR TWO MONTHS, THAT'S NOT IN ANYBODY'S HAPPY ABOUT THAT, BUT AT LEAST WE CAN GET IT DONE AND COME BACK AND DEAL WITH SOME VERY DIFFICULT UNDERLYING ISSUES FOR WHICH THERE IS NO AGREEMENT AT THIS MOMENT. WE NEED TIME TO DO THAT, THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE COULD SURELY NOT DO THAT. I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:59:36 PM

    MR. PRICE

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR.…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GRIFFITH.

    Show Full Text
  • 02:59:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:59:43 PM

    MR. GRIFFITH

    I THINK IF THOMAS JEFFERSON HAD DROPPED BACK INTO THIS BODY HE WOULD THINK…

    I THINK IF THOMAS JEFFERSON HAD DROPPED BACK INTO THIS BODY HE WOULD THINK HE WAS ALICE IN WONDERLAND BECAUSE WHEN HE WROTE THE WONDERFUL JEFFERSON MANUAL OF PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE HE MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT WE HAD TWO BODIES IN THIS GOVERNMENT, THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE, AND EACH WAS TO ACT INDEPENDENTLY, ONE OF THE OTHER, IN ORDER TO COME UP WITH WHAT WAS RIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE ARE NOW TOLD TODAY THAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO ACCEPT A COMPROMISE THAT THE SENATORS COMPROMISED ON AND THEN LEFT TOWN TO GO HOME TO CELEBRATE THEIR HOLIDAY. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I DON'T THINK THAT'S APPROPRIATE. I THINK WE SHOULD DO WHAT THE SYSTEM CALLS FOR WHEN OUR FOUNDING FATHERS PUT IT TOGETHER, THAT IS THEY DO THEIR BUSINESS, WE DO OUR BUSINESS AND WE DO WHAT WE THINK IS RIGHT. WE ARE TRYING TO DO WHAT WE THINK IS RIGHT HERE TODAY. THIS RESOLUTION INCLUDES MANY PARTS, ONE OF THOSE PARTS THAT I THINK IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT IS THE BOILER MACT PART. IT HAD 41 DEMOCRAT VOTES IN THIS HOUSE, IT HAS 13 DEMOCRAT CO-SPONSORS IN THE SENATE, IT IS A VERY BIPARTISAN AND POPULAR MEASURE AND I HOPE WE ADOPT THE RESOLUTION. THANK YOU.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:00:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

  • 03:01:01 PM

    >>

    HAVE REMAINING?

  • 03:01:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA HAS FOUR AND A HALF MINUTES REMAIN, THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA HAS FOUR AND A HALF MINUTES REMAIN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA HAS IS 1 MINUTES REMAINING.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:01:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

  • 03:01:23 PM

    MR. PRICE

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

  • 03:01:27 PM

    >>

    PRESIDENT OBAMA, MANY HOUSE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS AGREE THAT 12 MONTHS…

    PRESIDENT OBAMA, MANY HOUSE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS AGREE THAT 12 MONTHS WOULD BE BETTER THAN TWO MONTHS. THE SENATE DISAGREES. THE CONSTITUTION SAYS THAT IF THE HOUSE AND SENATE DISAGREE, THE TWO COME TOGETHER, HAVE A CONFERENCE, THEY COMPROMISE, COMMON GROUND IS FOUND AND THEN BOTH HOUSES VOTE UPON IT. FOR SOME REASON, WE DON'T WANT TO GO THROUGH THAT PROCESS. FOR SOME REASON, SENATOR REID DOES NOT WANT TO BRING HIS PEOPLE BACK FROM VACATION TO VOTE. NOW I WILL SAY THAT ALL THIS OTHER CONVERSATION ABOUT ISSUES KIND OF OBSCURES, I THINK ALMOST IS THERE TO OBSCURE THE FACT ABOUT WHETHER THE REGULAR ORDER WILL BE FOLLOWED, WHERE THE CONSTITUTIONAL METHOD OF RESOLVING DIFFERENCES WILL BE EMPLOYED. I WILL SAY I ASK THE SENATORS TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT THE CONSTITUTION SAYS TO DO THE WORK OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, I KNOW IT'S INCONVENIENT, I KNOW IT'S A HOLIDAY BUT THIS IS TOO IMPORTANT. LET'S NOT GIVE UP ON THE PROCESS. I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:02:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

  • 03:02:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

  • 03:02:36 PM

    MR. PRICE

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. MURPHY.

  • 03:02:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 03:02:53 PM

    MR. MURPHY

    ARE DOING CHRISTMAS, PLANNING BUDGETS, WE'RE BEING ASKED TO DO A BUDGET…

    ARE DOING CHRISTMAS, PLANNING BUDGETS, WE'RE BEING ASKED TO DO A BUDGET HERE, CONGRESS NEEDS TO BE DOING MORE THAN REHASHING THIS AGAIN. WE IMMEDIATE TO BE DEALING WITH UNEMPLOYMENT, THE DEFICIT AND NOT JUST SPEND MANAGER TIME OVER TWO MONTHS. WE'RE TELLING FAMILIES TO ACCEPT $166 INSTEAD OF $1,000 OF FOR THAT $166, THAT'S ABOUT A WEEK AND A HALF OF GROCERIES FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR. FOR THE SAME FAMILY OF FOUR, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT 12 MONTHS OF GAS BILLS, 11 MONTHS OF DIAPERS, 10 ELECTRIC UTILITY BILLS, NINE MONTHS OF BABY FORMULA, EIGHT MONTHS OF CABLE, SEVEN MONTHS OF AUTOINSURANCE, FIVE MONTHS OF GASOLINE, THREE STUDENT LOAN BILLS AND ONE MORTGAGE PAYMENT FOR YOUR HOUSE. I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:03:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

  • 03:03:44 PM

    MR. TOWNS

    PLEASURE TO YIELD --

  • 03:03:48 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

    PLEASURE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 03:03:55 PM

    MR. CLEAVER

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I SAT IN MY OFFICE AND LISTENED TO THIS DEBATE AND THE…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I SAT IN MY OFFICE AND LISTENED TO THIS DEBATE AND THE ONE THING I KNOW IS THAT NEITHER SIDE IS LISTENING TO EACH OTHER, EVERYBODY IS TRYING TO SAY SOMETHING, THE PEOPLE AT HOME ARE PROBABLY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT IF THERE'S ANY SANITY ANYWHERE IN WASHINGTON. WE'RE HAVING FACT-FREE DEBATES AND THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT WE'RE PUTTING IDEOLOGY OVER LONLIC. -- OVER LOGIC. I'M NOT GOING TO BE HERE ON CHRISTMAS. YOU CAN GET WHATEVER PEOPLE YOU WANT, YOU CAN SEND ALL KINDS OF THINGS INTO MY DISTRICT. WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF THE SECOND HOLIEST HOLIDAY IN MY RELIGIOUS TRADITION. I'M GOING TO BE HOME, I'M GOING TO BE IN CHURCH, THIS IS SICK. THIS IS SICK. AND THE PEOPLE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, THE PEOPLE IN THE GALLERY, THEY KNOW THAT THEY ARE WATCHING DYSFUNCTIONALITY AT ITS BEST. I'M ASHAMED, ASHAMED THAT THIS KIND OF THING IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD -- AND THE WORLD IS WATCHING. ALL WE NEED TO DO IS WAIT UNTIL ANOTHER -- A BETTER SEASON SO THAT WE DON'T LOOK AS BAD. EVERY MINUTE WE DEBATE, OUR POLL NUMBERS DROP. IT'S PROBABLY AT A POINT NOW WHERE THEY CAN'T DROP ANY FURTHER, BUT CAN'T WE STOP THIS AND START TRYING TO RATIONALLY DEAL WITH THE BUSINESS OF THE PUBLIC? WE DON'T LISTEN TO EACH OTHER, THE MEDIA WANTS TO LISTEN TO SEE IF ANYBODY WILL SEE IF SAYS ANYTHING CAUSTIC. THE RED MEAT CROWD IS WAITING FOR SOMEBODY TO SAY SOMETHING INSULTING TO THE OTHER SIDE. WE OUGHT TO BE LISTENING TO OUR BETTER SELVES. WE OUGHT TO CALL THE BEST IN US OUT RIGHT NOW, SOLVE THIS PROBLEM AND GO HOME AND BE OUR FAMILIES. I'M GOING TO BE WITH MY FAMILY. YOU GUYS CAN STAY HERE AND SCREAM AT EACH OTHER ALL YOU WANT, I'M GOING HOME.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:06:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

  • 03:06:13 PM

    MR. PRICE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD REMIND MY FRIEND THAT IT WAS PRESIDENT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD REMIND MY FRIEND THAT IT WAS PRESIDENT OBAMA WHO SAID THIS CONGRESS CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT LEAVE FOR VACATION UNTIL THAT -- UNTIL THEY HAVE MADE SURE THAT TAX INCREASE DOESN'T HAPPEN, LET ME REPEAT THAT CONGRESS SHOULD NOT AND CANNOT GO ON VACATION BEFORE THEY HAVE MADE SURE THAT WALKING -- WORKING FAMILY AREN'T SEEING THEIR TAXES GO UP BY $1,000. MR. SPEAKER, IN ORDER FOR THEIR TAXES NOT TO GO UP BY THRS 1,000 THE LENGTH OF TIME FOR THE PAYROLL DEDUCTION HAS TO BE UP WITH YEAR, NOT 60 DAYS. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TEXAS, MR. CULBERSON.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:06:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:06:57 PM

    MR. CULBERSON

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 03:08:25 PM

    MR. CULBERSON

    WANT TO MAKE SURE NOBODY'S TAXES GO UP FOR AT LEAST ONE MONTH SO…

    WANT TO MAKE SURE NOBODY'S TAXES GO UP FOR AT LEAST ONE MONTH SO BUSINESSES CAN PLAN, PREDICT, AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT BUSINESSES IN AMERICA CAN CONTINUE TO CREATE JOBS.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:08:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

  • 03:08:39 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS MY PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS MY PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MARYLAND.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:08:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 03:08:51 PM

    MS. EDWARDS

    MILLION AMERICANS ARE ASKING WHY REPUBLICANS WANT TO RAISE THEIR TAXES ON…

    MILLION AMERICANS ARE ASKING WHY REPUBLICANS WANT TO RAISE THEIR TAXES ON JANUARY 1. 2.2 MILLION AMERICANS ARE WONDERING WHY WHAT REPUBLICANS THINK WHAT UNEMPLOYED NEED IS A DRUG TEST INSTEAD OF A JOB OR IN THE ABSENCE OF THAT, UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. DOCTORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO TREAT MEDICARE PATIENTS ARE WONDERING WHY REPUBLICANS WANT TO ENSURE THAT THEIR DOCTORS RECEIVE 25% LESS THAN THEY SHOULD FOR TREATING MEDICARE PATIENTS. I AM WITH THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. I'M COMPLETELY CONFUSED ABOUT WHY REPUBLICANS IN THIS CONGRESS WANT TO SEND AMERICANS INTO, 2012, WITHOUT AN UNEMPLOYMENT CHECK, WITH A RAISE IN THEIR TAXES, AND CUTTING THEIR MEDICARE BENEFITS. THAT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW AND DON'T UNDERSTAND. THEY WANT TO KNOW WHY THESE HOUSE REPUBLICANS CAN'T GO ALONG WITH WHAT HOUSE DEMOCRATS WANT TO DO, WHAT SENATE DELS ALREADY VOTED TO DO, WHAT REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE ALREADY VOTED TO DO AND IT'S TIME FOR US TO DO THE BUSINESS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WITH THAT, I YIELD.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:09:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

  • 03:09:58 PM

    MR. PRICE

    INQUIRE HOW MANY SPEAKERS MY COLLEAGUE HAS REMAINING?

  • 03:10:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA HAS 5 3/4 REMAINING AND THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA HAS 5 3/4 REMAINING AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA HAS 7 1/4 MINUTES REMAINING.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:10:18 PM

    MR. PRICE

    TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE GREAT STATE OF…

    TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE GREAT STATE OF MARYLAND, MR. HARRIS.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:10:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF.

  • 03:10:28 PM

    MR. HARRIS

    LAST TIME THE SENATORS PASSED A MAJOR BILL OVER JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS WAS…

    LAST TIME THE SENATORS PASSED A MAJOR BILL OVER JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS WAS 2009. IT WAS THE OBAMACARE BILL. THAT LAST CONGRESS, 211TH CONGRESS, DECIDED NOT TO GO TO CONFERENCE AND TO ACCEPT WHAT THE SENATE SENT OVER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK THOSE AMERICANS WATCHING, ASK THEMSELVES, HOW DID THAT WORK FOR YOU? THAT'S WHAT THEY WANT US TO DO WITH THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. JUST ACCEPT WHAT THE SENATE SAYS. THEY WANT TO GO HOME FOR CHRISTMAS. AND WE'LL JUST SEE HOW IT ALL WORKS OUT. DEPARTMENT WORK OUT SO GOOD THAT TIME, WON'T WORK OUT SO GOOD THIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SAID YOU ALMOST NEED A PLAYBOOK TO FEG YOUR OUT WHAT'S GOING ON. THANK GOODNESS WE HAVE ONE, IT'S CALLED HOUSE.GOV. YOU CAN GO AND SEE EXACTLY HOW YOUR REPRESENTATIVE VOTED ON A ONE-YEAR TAX CUT EXTENSION. WE TOOK A VOTE LAST WEEK, YOU CAN GO SEE THAT ONE. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE THREE TODAY. WHETHER YOU WANT A ONE-YEAR OR A TWO-MONTH. GO TO HOUSE.GOV. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BELIEVE WHAT ANYONE SAYS O-- SAYS ON THE FLOOR, GO TO HOUSE.GOV. LET'S TALK ABOUT THE OTHER PART OF THE BILL A TWO-CAREER MEDICARE FIXED G.R. I SAY TO THE SENIORS WORKING -- WATCHING, PICK UP THE PHONE, CALL YOUR DOCTOR'S OFFICE, AND ASK THEM, DO YOU WANT A TWO-MONTH FIX OR A TWO-YEAR FIX? LET'S SEE WHAT THE DOCTORS WANT. I KNOW WE IN WASHINGTON LIKE TO THINK WE KNOW BEST FOR EVERYTHING THAT GOES ON, INCLUDING WHAT OUR MEDICARE SENIORS WANT AND THEIR DOCTORS WANT. I ASK OUR SENIORS TO DO THAT. THEY'LL GET THE RESULTS. I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:12:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

  • 03:12:17 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. SCOTT.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:12:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 03:12:24 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. SOME HAVE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. SOME HAVE SUGGESTED WE ARE CHOOSING BETWEEN ONE-YEAR AND TWO YEARS. THE FACT IS THAT BY REJECTING THE SENATE BILL, WHICH WOULD HAVE CREATED CERTAINTY FOR TWO MONTHS, WE ARE INSTEAD REPLACING THAT UNCERTAINTY THAT BEGINS IN TWO WEEKS. WE WON'T KNOW IN TWO WEEKS -- IN THE DIRECTION WE'RE GOING IN, IN TWO WEEKS WE WON'T KNOW WHAT THE SITUATION WILL BE FOR PAYROLLS THAT START ON THE FIRST OF JANUARY. A FULL-YEAR CONSIDERATION IS NOT GOING TO BE ACHIEVED IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. THE DOC FIX WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON FOR YEARS, UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION AND TAX POLICY WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON FOR A LONG TIME. THE IDEA THAT WE'RE GOING TO APPOINT A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE AND THEY'RE GOING TO MEET AND AGREE AND FIGURE THIS STUFF OUT IN A COUPLE OF DAY WE TRIED THAT WITH THE SUPER COMMITTEE, THAT DIDN'T WORK. THIS CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ISN'T GOING TO SOLVE ALL THE PROBLEMS IN THE NEXT 10 KAYS -- DAYS. SO WE HAVE A CHOICE. TWO MONTHS OF CERTAINTY OR A FEW DAYS OF TOTAL UNCERTAINTY. WHO KNOWS WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN. THE ECONOMISTS HAVE SAID IF WE DON'T EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX AND UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION IT WILL HAVE SIGNIFICANT ADVERSE EFFECTS ON THE ECONOMY. SO WE SHOULD DO THIS. WE SHOULD DO IT FOR TWO MONTHS, WORK ON IT FOR TWO MONTHS, HOPEFULLY WE'LL HAVE A SOLUTION AT THE ENOF TWO MONTHS. WE CERTAINLY WON'T HAVE A SOLUTION IN THE END OF TWO WEEKS. AND SO, THAT'S THE CHOICE. WHEN PEOPLE TALK ABOUT CERTAINTY, THIS IS A GROUP TO TALK ABOUT CERTAINTY AND THEN CHANGE THE REGULATIONS ON LIGHT BULBS THAT HAVE BEEN IN EFFECT FOR FOUR YEARS ON A TWO-WEEK NOTICE. HERE WE ARE WITH CERTAINTY FOR TWO MONTHS AND THEY SAY WELL, UNCERTAINTY IS A PROBLEM, SO LET'S DO IT IN TWO WEEKS. LET'S HAVE SOME CERTAINTY TWO. MONTHS OF SERBITY, LET'S WORK ON IT, WE CAN GET A FOUR-YEAR SOLUTION. WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO THAT THE WAY WE'RE HEADED. I WOULD HOPE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE WOULD ADOPT THE SENATE AMENDMENT, LEAVE TOWN, SEND THE BILL TO THE PRESIDENT AND BE FINISHED WITH IT RATHER THAN INVITE THE UNCERTAINTY WHICH IS GOING TO BEFALL US IF WE DON'T DO THAT.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:14:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM DEPEA.

  • 03:14:47 PM

    MR. PRICE

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE GREAT…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS, MR. CONAWAY.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:14:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:14:56 PM

    MR. CONAWAY

    HARD TO LISTEN TO IN THE SENSE THAT WE ARE BEING ASKED TO ACCEDE TO THE…

    HARD TO LISTEN TO IN THE SENSE THAT WE ARE BEING ASKED TO ACCEDE TO THE WISDOM OF THE SENATE. THE WISDOM OF THE SENATE WOULD SAY LONG-RANGE PLANNING IS TOO MUCH. THE WISDOM OF THE SENATE WOULD SAY, LET'S PAY FOR TWO MONTHS OF FIXES BY A PERMANENT INCREASE IN MORTGAGE INSURANCE. THAT'S UNWISE. I'M NOT GOING TO ABDICATE MY RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW WHAT'S IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE COUNTRY SIMPLY BECAUSE IT'S CHRISTMAS. WE'VE GOT TWO WEEKS TO WORK THIS OUT. THE HOUSE HAS PASSED AN EXTENSIVE BILL THAT FIXES AND ADDRESSES THE BILL ACROSS THE BROAD SPECTRUM OF THE FIXES. TO HAVE THE OTHER SIDE OVER AND OVER SAY IT'S THE WISDOM OF THE SENATE, LOOK WHAT THE SENATE DID. IT'S IRRESPONSIBLE ON EVERY LEVEL. TO SIMPLY SAY TWO MONTHS IS GOING TO FIX THESE PROBLEMS THAT WE CAN AVOID DEALING WITH THE ISSUE FOR TWO MONTHS AND THEN THAT'S WISE, I WOULD ARGUE THAT MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE WRONG HEADED IN THIS REGARD. WE HAVE A BILL THAT FIXES THIS FOR TWO YEARS, ONE YEAR ON THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND TAXES. WE'VE GOT THE PAY-FORS IN PLACE, THE CONFEREES CAN COME TOGETHER AND GET THIS WORKED OUT OVER THE NEXT WEEK AND A HALF BEFORE THESE THINGS GO INTO EFFECT AND BAD THINGS HAPPEN. TO ASK US TO YIELD TO THE SENATE TO ACCEDE TO THE SENATE'S WISDOM IS WRONGHEADED ON EVERY LEVEL AND I REFUSE TO DO THAT, MR. SPEAKER, AND WOULD ARGUE THAT THE HOUSE-PASSED BILL WE PASSED LAST WEEK SHOULD BE THE PACE FOR THE CONFERENCE AND WORK OUT THESE DIFFERENCES, I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:16:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 03:16:40 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

    MYSELF ONE MINUTE.

  • 03:16:44 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

    MORE TO LEGISLATION THAN A TIMELINE. TWO MONTHS OF CERTAINTY OR WE COULD…

    MORE TO LEGISLATION THAN A TIMELINE. TWO MONTHS OF CERTAINTY OR WE COULD GO WITH THE BILL THAT THIS HOUSE PASSED, IT WAS A YEAR. WHAT DID THEY DO IN THAT YEAR'S TIME? THEY CUT 40 WEEKS OFF OF UNEMPLOYMENT. NOW, THAT MIGHT BE GOOD FOR THEM. BUT IT'S NOT GOOD FOR THE PEOPLE IN MY STATE WHERE IN SPITE OF THE GREAT NUMBERS THAT I SPOKE ABOUT THIS AFTERNOON, 100,000 PEOPLE, MORE PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS CREATED OVER THE LAST FIVE MONTHS, THE BIGGEST NUMBER IN THE LAST SINCE 2006. I YIELD MYSELF AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS. NOW, THE ONLY WAY FOR US TO REALLY INSTILL CERTAINTY IN THE UNEMPLOYED ARE IN THOSE 160 MILLION AMERICANS WHO WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE TO HAVE THEIR TAX CUT IS FOR US TO PASS THE SENATE COMPROMISE AND FOR US TO REALLY SAY TO THOSE PEOPLE THAT WOULD WANT YOU TO HAVE A PLEASANT HOLIDAY SEASON AND WE'LL ALL COME BACK HERE THE FIRST OF THE YEAR AND GIVE YOU AN ADDITIONAL 10 MONTHS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER --

    Show Full Text
  • 03:18:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN HAS 2 1/4 REMAINING.

  • 03:18:53 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA?

  • 03:18:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

  • 03:18:57 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    WE CAN HAVE TWO MONTHS OF CERTAINTY IF WE FOLLOW OUR LEAD. THE REPUBLICANS…

    WE CAN HAVE TWO MONTHS OF CERTAINTY IF WE FOLLOW OUR LEAD. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE SAID THAT WE'LL GET ONE YEAR OF EXTENSION IF WE FOLLOW THEIR LEAD. TOMORROW -- BY TOMORROW AFTERNOON WE'LL SEE WHO'S TELLING THE TRUTH. I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:19:11 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 VIRGINIA.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:19:14 PM

    MR. PRICE

    MR. SPEAKER, I MAY SAY TO MY COLLEAGUE THAT I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MAY SAY TO MY COLLEAGUE THAT I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE GENTLEMAN IS PREPARED TO CLOSE. WE'RE PREPARED TO CLOSE.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:19:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA HAS TWO MINUTES REMAKE.

  • 03:19:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA HAS TWO MINUTES REMAINING.

  • 03:19:34 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

    I WILL CLOSE BY SAYING WE HAVE BEEN GETTING TREMENDOUS, WHAT I WOULD CALL…

    I WILL CLOSE BY SAYING WE HAVE BEEN GETTING TREMENDOUS, WHAT I WOULD CALL TREMENDOUSLY POSITIVE NUMBERS FOR OUR ECONOMY IN THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS. AND I BELIEVE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE BEGINNING TO CREATE MORE CERTAINTY IN THEIR LIVES. I WOULD HATE TO SEE US DISRUPT THAT BY CONTINUING TO DEBATE THIS ISSUE WHEN WE KNOW FULL WELL THAT OUR FAILURE TO PASS THIS BILL WILL ALMOST GUARANTEE THAT 160 MILLION WORKING AMERICANS WILL SEE THEIR TAXES GO UP, THEIR PAYCHECKS GO DOWN. 2.2 MILLION PEOPLE HAD ARE CURRENTLY UNEMPLOYED THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, LOOKING FOR WORK, WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEFICIT REDUCTION THAT WE ARE TRYING TO GAIN BUT WILL SEE THEM CONTINUE IN UNEMPLOYMENT STATUS WITHOUT THEIR BEN PETS IF WE FAIL TO PASS THIS BILL. -- BENEFITS IF WE FAIL TO PASS THIS BILL. ALSO, THE 48 MILLION SENIORS WHO HAVE DEVELOPED RECONCILIATIONSHIPS WITH THEIR DOCTORS -- RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEIR DOCTORS, WHO DURING THIS TIME OF YEAR DEPEND UPON THE MEDICAL PROFESSION FOR THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE COULD VERY WELL SEE THEIR DOCTORS EXPERIENCE A 27% DECREASE IN THEIR REIMBURSEMENTS IF WE FAIL TO PASS THIS BILL, AND WE KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN. THESE DOCTORS WILL WALK OFF THE FIELD AND WILL REFUSE TO TREAT MEDICARE PATIENTS. I WOULD HOPE --

    Show Full Text
  • 03:21:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 03:21:42 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

    MY FRIENDS WOULD COME TO THEIR SENSES AND PASS THE SENATE-PASSED…

    MY FRIENDS WOULD COME TO THEIR SENSES AND PASS THE SENATE-PASSED COMPROMISE, AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:21:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

  • 03:21:50 PM

    MR. PRICE

    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 AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.RES. 501.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:21:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:21:58 PM

    MR. PRICE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, SOMEBODY ONCE SAID THAT WHETHER YOU…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, SOMEBODY ONCE SAID THAT WHETHER YOU SAY YOU CAN OR YOU CAN'T YOU'RE RIGHT. THE OTHER SIDE SAYS THEY CAN'T. THE OTHER SIDE SAYS WE CAN'T. WE BELIEVE WE CAN. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE TWO DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF H.R. 3630. THERE'S A HOUSE VERSION AND A SENATE VERSION, AND EVERYBODY WHO KNOWS ABOUT UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT KNOWS WHEN YOU HAVE TWO DIFFERENT VERSIONS YOU COME TOGETHER IN A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE AND YOU COME TO COMMON GROUND, WORK OUT THE DIFFERENCES AND MOVE THE BILL BACK TO EACH CHAMBER. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES? WELL, FOR THE HOUSE BILL, WE PROTECTS -- PROTECT SENIORS' ACCESS TO DOCTORS FOR 12 MONTHS. THE HOUSE BILL, TWO MONTHS. THE PAYROLL TAX CUT EXTENSION, HOUSE BILL, 12 MONTHS. SENATE BILL, TWO MONTHS. PAYROLL TAX CUT FOR WORKERS EARNING $50,000 A YEAR IN THE HOUSE BILL, IT'S $1,000. IN THE SENATE BILL, $167. PAY FREEZE FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND FEDERAL WORKERS INCLUDED IN THE HOUSE BILL, NOT IN THE SENATE BILL. ENDING UNEMPLOYMENT AND FOOD STAMP BENEFITS FOR MILLIONAIRES, IN THE HOUSE BILL, NOT IN THE SENATE BILL. SO, MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS ABOUT TWO DIFFERENT BILLS. AND IT'S ABOUT CERTAINTY. IT'S ABOUT CERTAINTY FOR FAMILIES AND JOB CREATORS AND FOR SENIORS AND IT'S ABOUT REAL JOBS FOR REAL PEOPLE. OUR BILL PROVIDES CERTAINTY AND 20,000 JOBS WITH THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION AND ANOTHER 120,000 NEW JOBS IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN FOR THE PIPELINE. POSITIVE POLICY. WHY WAIT? WHY WAIT, MR. SPEAKER? WHY NOT MAKE A DECISION IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS ON THESE TAX AND HEALTH CARE AND UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSIONS? WHAT'S THE ECONOMIC OR THE POLICY ARGUMENT FOR PUTTING THIS OFF FOR ANOTHER TWO MONTHS? THE TRUTH IS THAT THERE IS NONE AND THERE ARE STRONG ARGUMENTS AGAINST DELAY. WE OUGHT TO BE WORKING ON ALLEVIATING THE UNCERTAINTY THAT WOULD BRING ABOUT, NOT ADDING TO IT. MR. SPEAKER, I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND MOVE FORWARD POSITIVELY FOR FAMILIES, FOR JOB CREATORS AND FOR SENIORS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:24:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 502 THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE RESOLUTION IN THE PREAMBLE. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:24:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

  • 03:24:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THOSE IN SUPPORT OF TAKING THIS YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT…

    THOSE IN SUPPORT OF TAKING THIS YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM MARYLAND RISE?

    Show Full Text
  • 03:24:57 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE "POLITICO" NEWSPAPER WEBSITE REPORTED THAT MR. WEST SAYING IF JOSEPH…

    THE "POLITICO" NEWSPAPER WEBSITE REPORTED THAT MR. WEST SAYING IF JOSEPH WAS AROUND HE'D BE VERY PROUD OF THE DEMOCRAT PARTY BECAUSE THEY HAVE AN INCREDIBLE PROPAGANDA MACHINE. I THINK THAT YOU HAVE -- LET'S BE HONEST, YOU KNOW, SOME OF THE PEOPLE IN THE MEDIA ARE COMPLICIT ON THIS. IN ENABBLING THEM TO GET THAT TYPE OF MESSAGE OUT. -- ENABLING THEM TO GET THAT TYPE OF MESSAGE OUT. WHERE HE SERVED AS THE PUBLIC ENLIGHTMENT AND PROPAGANDA IN NAZI GERMANY FROM 1933 TO 1935. WHEREAS JOSEPH GERBLE'S RACISM IN HIS QUEST TO DEHUMANIZE EUROPEAN GERMANY. WHERE HE MADE THE SCAPEGOAT OF GERMAN ECONOMIC INSECURITY, WHEREAS THE UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL SAID THAT JOSEPH GERBEL HAD AN ANTI-SEMITIC SPEECH ON NOVEMBER 9, 1938. AFTER THE SPEECH, NAZI OFFICIALS ORDERED THE STORM TROOPERS S.A. AN OTHER PARTY FORMATIONS TO ATTACK JEWS AND TO DESTROY THEIR HOMES, BUSINESSES AND HOUSES OF WORSHIP. THE VIOLENCE AGAINST JEWS LAST INTO THE MORNING HOURS OF NOVEMBER 10, AND BECOMES KNOWN AS CRYSTAL KNOCK, NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS. SEVERAL DOZEN JEWS LOSE THEIR LIVES AND SEVERAL HUNDREDS ARE SENT TO CONCENTRATION CAMPS. WHEREAS NAZI GERMANY AND THEIR COLLABORATORS KILLED SIX MILLION EUROPEAN JEWS AND OTHERS AS PART OF THEIR FINAL SOLUTION. WHEREAS BY INVOKING THE SPECTRUM OF JOSEF GERBLE MR. WEST BELITTLED THE HORRORS AND SUFFERINGS EXPERIENCED BY THE SURVIVORS OF THE HOLOCAUST. WHEREAS THE AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE ISSUED A DECEMBER 15, 2011, STATEMENT TO MAKE A LINKAGE BETWEEN ANY MAIN STREET POLITICAL PARTY IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE HEINOUS ATROCITIES COMMITTED BY THE THIRD REICH SHOULD BE SIMPLY BEYOND THE PALE WHATEVER POLITICAL DIFFERENCES MAY ARISE IN A HEATED POLITICAL SEASON. BY INVOKING THE GESTAPO, REPRESENTATIVE WEST HAS DISPLAYED A COMPLETE LACK OF UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORST GENOCIDAL ERA IN HUMAN HISTORY. MOREOVER, HE DIMINISHED AND TRIVIALIZED THE UNIQUE EVIL PERPETRATED BY THE THIRD REICH THROUGH HIS UNFORTUNATE USE OF LANGUAGE. WHEREAS THE ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE SAID IN A DECEMBER 16, 2011, LETTER TO MR. WEST, WE ARE DISMAYED BY MR. WEST'S REMARKS COMPARING THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S ATTEMPTS TO ARTICULATE VIEWS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THROUGH THE MEDIA THROUGH THE PROPAGANDA MAN, JOSEF GERVEL. THEY ARE OFFENSIVE. THEY TRIVIALIZE REAL HISTORICAL EVENTS AND THEY DIMINISH THE MEMORY OF THE SIX MILLION JEWS AND MILLIONS OTHERS WHO PERISHED IN THE HOLOCAUST. WHEREAS THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CONYERS, WROTE IN A LETTER TO THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM FLORIDA, MR. WEST, THAT THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM FLORIDA SHOULD HELP RAISE THE LEVEL OF CONGRESSIONAL DISCOURSE IN A VIGOROUS DEBATE. WHEREAS THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM FLORIDA, MR. WEST, RESPONDED IN A LETTER TO MR. CONYERS THAT THE DEMOCRAT PARTY DOES INDEED HAVE A VICIOUS PROPAGANDA MACHINE. IT IS A MASTER OF -- AND IN HIS OUTRAGEOUS SENTIMENT TO THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CONYERS, THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM FLORIDA, MR. WEST, DEMONSTRATES NOT ONLY THE WILLFUL AND MISAPPLICATION OF HISTORY BUT ALSO HIS DISDAIN FOR THE DECORUM OF THE CONGRESS. AND WHEREAS THE CONDUCT OF THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM FLORIDA, MR. -- WHEREAS THE CONDUCT OF THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM FLORIDA WAS REPUNGENT. NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISAPPROVES OF THE BEHAVIOR OF THE REPRESENTATIVE OF FLORIDA, MR. WEST, FOR BRINGING DISCREDIT TO THE HOUSE BY OFFENDING THE MEMORY OF THOSE WHO DIED DURING THE HOLOCAUST.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:29:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE RESOLUTION QUALIFIES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA…

    THE RESOLUTION QUALIFIES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

    Show Full Text
  • 03:29:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON -- TO LAY THE TABLE ON THE RESOLUTION. ALL THOSE IN…

    THE QUESTION IS ON -- TO LAY THE TABLE ON THE RESOLUTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:29:33 PM

    MS. EDWARDS

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

  • 03:29:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF TAKING THIS 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 WILL BE A 15-MINUTE VOTE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO TABLE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON MOTION TO INSTRUCT ON H.R. 3630 AND ADOPTION OF THE HOUSE RESOLUTION 501. 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.]

    Show Full Text
  • 03:49:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 228. THE NAYS --

  • 03:51:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 231. THE NAYS ARE 188. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 231. THE NAYS ARE 188. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT ON H.R. 3730 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE MOTION.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:51:35 PM

    THE CLERK

    MOTION TO INSTRUCT CONFEREES OFFERED BY MR. HOYER OF MARYLAND.

  • 03:51:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT. 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.]

    Show Full Text
  • 03:57:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 183. THE NAYS ARE 238. LESS THAN THE MAJORITY…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 183. THE NAYS ARE 238. LESS THAN THE MAJORITY VOTING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:57:38 PM

    MR. HOYER

    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK…

    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER --

    Show Full Text
  • 03:57:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

  • 03:57:58 PM

    MR. HOYER

  • 03:58:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:58:16 PM

    >>

    I'D LIKE TO RESERVE THE RIGHT TO OBJECT.

  • 03:58:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO OBJECT. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WEST…

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO OBJECT. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED ON HER RESERVATION.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:58:30 PM

    MRS. CAPITO

    GET A CHANCE TO REACT. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED. I WITHDRAW MY…

    GET A CHANCE TO REACT. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED. I WITHDRAW MY RESERVATION.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:58:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE RESERVATION IS WITHDRAWN. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

  • 03:58:39 PM

    MR. HOYER

    THE GENTLELADY FOR WITHDRAWING HER RESERVATION. I HAVE JUST BEEN HANDED --…

    THE GENTLELADY FOR WITHDRAWING HER RESERVATION. I HAVE JUST BEEN HANDED -- IT MAY HAVE BEEN SENT OUT EARLIER BUT A MEMBER'S ADVISORY WHICH SAYS THAT THE HOUSE WILL BE IN SESSION AS NECESSARY TO CONSIDER A CONFERENCE REPORT ON H.R. 3630, THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX RELIEF AND JOB CREATION ACT OF 2011. THE HOUSE'S REQUEST FOR A CONFERENCE WILL BE TRANSMITTED TO THE SENATE THIS AFTERNOON WHILE IT WILL AWAIT APPOINTMENTS OF CONFEREES. H.R. 3630 WILL PHYSICALLY RESIDE IN THE U.S. SENATE BY THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS TODAY. AND IT GOES ON TO SAY, MEMBERS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH AT LEAST 24 HOURS' NOTICE PRIOR TO THE HOUSE'S NEXT RECORDED VOTE. WHAT I WANTED TO ASK THE MAJORITY LEADER, DOES HE EXPECT HIS MEMBERS TO GO HOME THIS AFTERNOON? I YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:59:25 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    MR. SPEAKER, I RESPOND TO THE GENTLEMAN AS HE HAS JUST READ, WE HAVE SENT…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RESPOND TO THE GENTLEMAN AS HE HAS JUST READ, WE HAVE SENT OUT A NOTICE ELECTRONICALLY TO ALL MEMBERS. OUR INTENTION IS FOR THE CONFEREES TO DO THEIR WORK. WE HAVE REQUESTED THAT THE SENATE DO THE SAME, APPOINT THEIR CONFEREES. WE CAN OUT -- IRON OUT THE DIFFERENCES SO WE CAN HAVE A TAX RELIEF FOR THE WORKING CLASS.

    Show Full Text
  • 03:59:52 PM

    MR. HOYER

    TIME. I UNDERSTAND THE MAJORITY LEADER'S POSITION, BUT HE DIDN'T ANSWER MY…

    TIME. I UNDERSTAND THE MAJORITY LEADER'S POSITION, BUT HE DIDN'T ANSWER MY QUESTION AS TO WHETHER HIS MEMBERS INTEND TO GO HOME THIS AFTERNOON.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:00:27 PM

    MR. HOYER

    RECLAIMING MY TIME, MR. SPEAKER.

  • 04:00:35 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    GENTLEMAN KNOWS WE WANT TO AFFORD YEAR-LONG TAX RELIEF TO ALL WORKING…

    GENTLEMAN KNOWS WE WANT TO AFFORD YEAR-LONG TAX RELIEF TO ALL WORKING PEOPLE IN THIS CUPRY. I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:00:43 PM

    MR. HOYER

    RECLAIMING MY TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE MAJORITY LEADER'S…

    RECLAIMING MY TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE MAJORITY LEADER'S OBSERVATIONS. I DON'T THINK THAT I GOT AN ANSWER TO THE QUESTION BUT HAVING SAID THAT, IF IN FACT AN AGREEMENT IS NOT REACHED PRIOR TO THE, SAY, MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK, IS THE HOUSE PREPARED TO PRECLUDE THE EVENTUALITY OF 160 MILLION PEOPLE LOSING THAT TAX CUT? ARE YOU PREPARED TO PRECLUDE -- ARE YOU PREPARED TO PRECLUDE THE POSSIBILITY OF 48 MILLION PEOPLE LOSING THEIR MEDICARE BENEFITS? ARE YOU PREPARED TO PRECLUDE 2.3 MILLION PEOPLE LOSING UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BY ACTING ON AN OVERWHELMINGLY BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT THAT WAS REACHED IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE? I YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:01:38 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT I WOULD SAY IS THE HOUSE HAS ACTED.…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT I WOULD SAY IS THE HOUSE HAS ACTED. WE HAVE AGAIN TAKEN THE POSITION THAT ALL PEOPLE, I THINK IN THIS BUILDING, HAVE TAKEN, WHICH IS IT'S SO MUCH BETTER, MORE DESIRABLE, FOR US TO PROVIDE CERTAINTY TO THE WORKING FAMILIES OF THIS COUNTRY WHO DESERVE THE YEAR-LONG CERTAINTY OF TAX RELIEF. NO ONE THINKS -- NO ONE -- NO ONE THINKS THAT 60 DAY-EXTENSION IS EVEN WORKABLE AND I THINK MOST EXPERTS WOULD SAY COULD CAUSE UNNECESSARY UNCERTAINTY, COULD CAUSE ADDITIONAL COSTS TO BE INCURRED BY BUSINESSES AND COULD HURT WORKERS. SO I SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN, THE HOUSE HAS ACTED, IT IS UP TO THE SENATE TO ACT TO STAVE OFF THIS TAX HIKE.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:02:33 PM

    MR. HOYER

    TIME, MR. SPEAKER, WHILE THERE IS CLEARLY A DIFFERENT IN THIS -- A LINCHES…

    TIME, MR. SPEAKER, WHILE THERE IS CLEARLY A DIFFERENT IN THIS -- A LINCHES IN THIS HOUSE ON A NUMBER OF THINGS, ONE OF THE THINGS I DON'T THINK WE DIFFER ON IS A CONFIDENCE OR LACK OF CONFIDENCE THAT THE SENATE WILL DO ITS JOB. I DON'T THINK WE DIFFER ON THAT GREATLY BECAUSE OUR EXPERIENCES SHOWS US DIFFERENTLY. SO WHAT I AM ASKING THE GENTLEMAN IS, THAT WE DO NOT PUT AT RISK THE 160 MILLION PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPECTING THEIR TAX CUT TO CONTINUE, THE 48 MILLION PEOPLE, SENIORS, WHO WANT ACCESS TO THEIR DOCTORS AND THE 2.3 MILLION PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO GO OFF UNEMPLOYMENT, CONTINGENT UPON WHETHER THE SENATE ACTS AS THE GENTLEMAN WANTS IT TO. MY EXPERIENCE HAS NOT BEEN GREAT CONFIDENCE THAT THAT WILL HAPPEN. IF, I WILL TELL THE GENTLEMAN FURTHER, WE HAVE TRIED TO PREPARE FOR THAT CONTINGENCY AND HAVE INTRODUCED A BILL WITH 170 CO-SPONSORS WHICH ADOPTS THE -- WHICH ADOPTS THE COMPROMISE AGREEMENT SO THAT WE WILL GIVE THAT CERTAINTY OF WHICH THE GENTLEMAN SPEAKS, ALLAY THE ANXIETY WHICH WE KNOW EXISTS, AND GIVE TO THOSE 160 MILLION PEOPLE THE CERTAINTY THEY'LL GET THE TAX CUT, THE 48 MILLION, THE CERTAINTY THEY'LL HAVE ACCESS TO THEIR DOCTORS AND THE 2.3 MILLION THE CERTAINTY THAT THEY WILL NOT BE KICKED OFF THE UNEMPLOYMENT ROLLS SO THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. I ASK MY FRIEND IF HE WILL BE PREPARED TO BRING THAT BILL TO THE FLOOR IF IN FACT THE SENATE DOESN'T ACT.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:04:14 PM

    MR. CANTOR

    I SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN IF THE GENTLEMAN WANTS TO DO HIS PART IN TRYING TO…

    I SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN IF THE GENTLEMAN WANTS TO DO HIS PART IN TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PROCESS MOVES FORWARD, CERTAINLY THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE OF THE AISLE AND THE MINORITY LEADER HAS THE OBLIGATION TO APPOINT CONFEREES. AND IF WE ARE ALL TO CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER, WHICH I BELIEVE WE CAN, BECAUSE I THINK THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY ARE TIRED OF HEARING WHAT WASHINGTON CAN'T DO AND WANT TO SEE WHAT WE CAN DO. AND FRANKLY, MR. SPEAKER, THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY ARE BEGINNING TO WONDER ABOUT THE BODY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS CAPITOL AND ARE WONDERING WHAT THE LEADER OVER THERE HAS AGAINST THE MIDDLE CLASS OF THIS COUNTRY. WE WOULD SAY, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S TIME FOR US TO COME TOGETHER, ALL OF US INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT BELIEVE IT'S INEXCUSABLE TO NOT ALLOW FOR YEAR-LONG EXTENSION OF THE PAYROLL TAX RELIEF.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:05:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND HAS THE TIME.

  • 04:05:34 PM

    MR. HOYER

    MUCH. SIX MONTHS AGO, THE SPEAKER SAID THAT HE THOUGHT THE ONE-YEAR…

    MUCH. SIX MONTHS AGO, THE SPEAKER SAID THAT HE THOUGHT THE ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT WAS A SHORT-TERM GIMMICK HE SAID THAT SIX MONTHS AGO OF THE YEAR EXTENSION. SO WE'RE SOMEWHAT CONCERNED ABOUT THE COMMITMENT TO A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION. BUT THAT ASIDE, LET ME SAY TO MY FRIEND, ONE OF THE PROBLEMS THAT I'M WORRIED ABOUT IS, A, WHETHER WE CAN GET THIS WORK DONE IN THE NEXT 14 DAYS BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT THE -- EVEN IF WE HAD A CONFERENCE, THEY TAKE A LONG TIME, VERY SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES BETWEEN US, IN FACT, WE HAVE COMPROMISED ON SOMETHING THAT YOU INDICATED IN OUR COLLOQUIES A WEEK AGO WAS VERY IMPORTANT, THE KEYSTONE BILL WHICH YOUR SIDE BELIEVES WILL CREATE SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF JOBS, THAT, OF COURSE, IS IN THE BILL THAT THE SENATE SENT US BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY WAS NOT FOR IT, THEY CARED ENOUGH ABOUT THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT TO COMPROMISE. UNFORTUNATELY, I WILL TELL MY FRIEND, TOO OFTEN WE HAVE SEEN ON THIS FLOOR UNWILLINGNESS TO COMPROMISE EVEN ON YOUR BILLS. WE HAD A C.R. ON THE FLOOR, WE HAD A C.R. -- WE HAD A C.R. ON THIS FLOOR ON MARCH 15, UNFORTUNATELY, 54 OF YOUR MEMBERS WALKED AWAY FROM THAT. ON APRIL 15, WE HAD A CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN. 59 REPUBLICANS WALKED AWAY FROM THAT. ON JUNE 23, YOU LEFT THE BIDEN TALKS. ON JULY 22, SPEAKER BOEHNER WALKED AWAY FROM THE DEBT LIMIT NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN HIM AND THE PRESIDENT. ON AUGUST 1, 66 REPUBLICANS WALKED AWAY ON THE DEBT LIMIT EXTENSION, WHICH WAS YOUR BILL, NOT OURS, YOUR BILL, ON NOVEMBER 17, SOME 101 REPUBLICANS WALKED AWAY FROM PASSING AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL WHICH WOULD KEEP AGENCIES FUNDED. ON DECEMBER 18, 86 REPUBLICANS WALKED AWAY FROM THE BILL TO FUND THE BALANCE OF GOVERNMENT. SO I MIGHT SAY TO MY FRIEND, IT SEEMS TO ME WHAT WE'RE DOING TODAY IS WALKING AWAY TODAY FROM THOSE 160 MILLION PEOPLE, WALKING AWAY FROM THOSE 48 MILLION SENIORS AND WALKING AWAY FROM THOSE 2.3 MILLION UNEMPLOYED. I YIELD BACK THE PLANS OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:08:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL RESUME. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL RESUME. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 501 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:08:39 PM

    THE CLERK

    BENEFITS OR PREVENT DECREASES IN REIMBURSEMENT FOR PHYSICIANS TO PROVIDE…

    BENEFITS OR PREVENT DECREASES IN REIMBURSEMENT FOR PHYSICIANS TO PROVIDE CARE THROUGH MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:08:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR…

    THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. 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.]

    Show Full Text
  • 04:14:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 226, THE NAYS ARE 185, THE RESOLUTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 226, THE NAYS ARE 185, THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:14:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE CLERK WILL READ THE CHAIR'S APPOINTMENT OF CONFEREES. ADDITIONAL CONFEREES MAY BE APPOINT THOSE OPPOSED, NO RECOMMENDATION OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:15:05 PM

    THE CLERK

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RISE?

  • 04:15:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RISE?

  • 04:15:30 PM

    >>

    TO CLAUSE 4 OF RULE 16, I MOVE THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT…

    TO CLAUSE 4 OF RULE 16, I MOVE THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURN TO MEET AT 10:00 A.M. TOMORROW.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:15:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION, THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION, THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:16:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON SUSPENDING THE RULES AND…

    THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON SUSPENDING THE RULES AND CONCURRING TO THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 2056 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:16:28 PM

    THE CLERK

    TO INSTRUCT THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE…

    TO INSTRUCT THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION TO STUDY THE IMPACT OF INSURED DEPOSITORY INSTITUTION FAILURES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:16:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT. THOSE IN…

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE SENATE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE QUESTION IS ON SUSPENDING THE RULES AND CONCURRING ON THE SENATE AMENDMENT OF H.R. 1801 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:17:07 PM

    THE CLERK

    A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 49, UNITED STATES CODE, TO PROVIDE FOR EXPEDITED…

    A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 49, UNITED STATES CODE, TO PROVIDE FOR EXPEDITED SECURITY SCREENINGS FOR MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:17:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE…

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE SENATE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON SUSPENDING THE RULES AND CONCURRING IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 1059 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:17:36 PM

    THE CLERK

    AN ACT TO PROTECT THE SAFETY OF JUDGES BY EXTENDING THE AUTHORITY OF THE…

    AN ACT TO PROTECT THE SAFETY OF JUDGES BY EXTENDING THE AUTHORITY OF THE JUDICIAL CONFERENCE TO REDACT SENSITIVE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THEIR FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORTS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:17:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE…

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE SENATE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON SUSPENDING THE RULES AND CONCURRING IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 515 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:18:14 PM

    THE CLERK

    515, AN ACT TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE BELARUS DEMOCRACY ACT OF 2004.

  • 04:18:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE…

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE SENATE AMENDMENTS ARE AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN DESERVES TO BE HEARD.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:19:07 PM

    >>

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

  • 04:19:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

  • 04:19:33 PM

    >>

    I ATTENDED SAM'S MEMORIAL YESTERDAY. A LETTER WAS READ THAT WAS WRITTEN…

    I ATTENDED SAM'S MEMORIAL YESTERDAY. A LETTER WAS READ THAT WAS WRITTEN ABOUT A MARINE IN SAM'S UNIT. IT DESCRIBED HAD SAM HAD INSISTED ON TAKING THE OTHER MARINE'S PLACE ON THE NEXT NIGHTLY PAROLE.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:19:46 PM

    MR. RIGELL

    BECAUSE THE PATROL WAS RECEIVING ENEMY FIRE --

  • 04:19:50 PM

    >>

    THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

  • 04:19:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE CLEAR THE AISLE AND TAKE CONVERSATIONS…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE CLEAR THE AISLE AND TAKE CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:20:04 PM

    MR. RIGELL

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RISE?

  • 04:21:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RISE?

  • 04:21:09 PM

    >>

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

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

    Show Full Text
  • 04:21:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 04:21:19 PM

    MR. HOYER

    WE WALKED AWAY TODAY, WE WALKED AWAY FROM 160 MILLION AMERICANS AND PUT…

    WE WALKED AWAY TODAY, WE WALKED AWAY FROM 160 MILLION AMERICANS AND PUT THEIR TAX CUT AT RISK. WE WALKED AWAY FROM 48 MILLION AMERICANS AND PUT THEIR ACCESS TO DOCTORS AT RISK. AND WE WALKED AWAY FROM 2.3 MILLION UNEMPLOYED. FRANKLY, WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH ASKED US TO STABILIZE THE FINANCIAL MARKETS, 2/3 OF HIS OWN PARTY WALKED AWAY. ON DECEMBER 3, THEY WALKED AWAY FROM BOWLES-SIMPSON. ON MARCH 15, 54 REPUBLICANS WALKED AWAY FROM CONTINUING GOVERNMENT FUNDING. ON APRIL 14, 59 REPUBLICANS WALKED AWAY FROM THEIR BILL TO CONTINUE FUNDING OF THE GOVERNMENT. ON JUNE 23, THEIR MAJORITY LEADER WALKED OUT ON THE BIDEN TALKS. ON JULY 22, SPEAKER BOEHNER WALKED OUT ON THE TALKS HE HAD WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA. ON AUGUST 1, 66 REPUBLICANS WALKED AWAY FROM MAKING SURE AMERICA PAYS ITS BILLS. ON NOVEMBER 17, 101 REPUBLICANS WALKED AWAY. ON NOVEMBER -- WHEN THE APPROPRIATION BILL FOR THREE OF OUR DEPARTMENTS, THAT WAS A REPUBLICAN BILL THEY WALKED AWAY FROM. ON NOVEMBER 21, REPUBLICANS WALKED AWAY FROM THE JOINT SELECT COMMITTEE ON DEFICIT REDUCTION. THE WALKAWAY CAUCUS SHOULD NOT WALK AWAY FROM AMERICANS IN THIS COUNTRY TODAY AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:22:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA RISE?

  • 04:22:51 PM

    >>

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

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

    Show Full Text
  • 04:22:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, PLEASE PROCEED.

  • 04:22:56 PM

    MR. BURTON

    MR. SPEAKER, WHILE WE TALK ABOUT THE ISSUES OF THE DAY, ONE OF THE THINGS…

    MR. SPEAKER, WHILE WE TALK ABOUT THE ISSUES OF THE DAY, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAS BEEN MISSING OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS IN THE DISCUSSIONS ON THE FLOOR IS THE AMOUNT OF TREASURE FROM THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER THAT'S GOING TO EUROPE. WE HAVE THROUGH THE FED BEEN SENDING HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS AND TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN LOANS TO EUROPE. IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE'RE SENDING MONEY TO THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND OF WHICH WE PUT 18% IN. WE'RE SENDING HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO EUROPE. WE GOT A LOT OF PROBLEMS HERE AT HOME, AND WE SHOULDN'T BE RISKING AMERICAN TAXPAYERS' MONEY BY SENDING IT TO BAILOUT COUNTRIES IN EUROPE THAT VERY WELL MIGHT GO BELLY UP. AND IF THEY DO GO BELLY UP THAT WILL COME BACK TO HAUNT US IN AMERICA AND THE VALUE OF OUR CURRENCY WILL BE DEPRECIATED AND WE'LL HAVE VERY HIGH INFLATION. WE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF THE UNITED STATES AND NOT WORRY ABOUT EUROPE RIGHT NOW. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:23:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

    Show Full Text
  • 04:24:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PERMISSION GRANTED.

  • 04:24:06 PM

    MR. DEFAZIO

    CONGRESS EXCELS AT DOING NOTHING, BUT SOMETIMES DOING NOTHING OR EMPTY…

    CONGRESS EXCELS AT DOING NOTHING, BUT SOMETIMES DOING NOTHING OR EMPTY POLITICAL POSTURING AS WE'VE JUST SEEN FROM THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IGNORES OUR NATION'S CRITICAL NEEDS. BY LEAVING TOWN WITHOUT EXTENDING UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE TO 2.3 MILLION LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS WHO WANT TO WORK AND CAN'T FIND WORK IN THIS ECONOMY IS ESPECIALLY CRUEL ON THE EVE OF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON. AND FOR 48 MILLION SENIORS AND DISABLED, THE NEW YEAR WILL DAWN WITH A 28% DECREASE IN PHYSICIANS' REIMBURSEMENT. MANY WILL FIND THEY CAN'T GET IN TO SEE A DOCTOR. IT WILL BE SLAMMED IN THEIR FACE. SO WITH THESE ACTIONS OR RATHER THESE INACTIONS BY THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY, THEY TRULY EMBODY THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON, THE GRINCH.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:25:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DO YOU RISE?

  • 04:25:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PERMISSION GRANTED.

  • 04:25:10 PM

    >>

    SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE MY GOOD FRIEND, CHRIS CARNEY, ON…

    SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE MY GOOD FRIEND, CHRIS CARNEY, ON TAKING THE OATH OF OFFICE TO THE STATE SENATE IN NORTH CAROLINA. CHRIS HAS SERVED AS A TOWN COMMISSIONER IN THE TOWN OF MORRISVILLE FOR THE LAST NUMBER OF YEARS. I WAS ABLE TO WORK WITH HIM ON THAT BOARD. HE DEVELOPED A REPUTATION AS A THOUGHTFUL LEADER, SOMEONE WHO LISTENED TO HIS CONSTITUENTS AND ACTUALLY TRIED TO CRAFT SOLUTIONS.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:25:36 PM

    MR. MCHENRY

    HE'LL TAKE THAT SAME MENTALITY TO THE STATE SENATE IN NORTH CAROLINA. SO…

    HE'LL TAKE THAT SAME MENTALITY TO THE STATE SENATE IN NORTH CAROLINA. SO TODAY I RISE TO CONGRATULATE CHRIS CARNEY. HIS COMMUNITY IS PROUD OF HIM AND I'M PROUD TO CALL HIM A FRIEND. I KNOW HIS WIFE AND HIS THREE CHILDREN WILL ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE ROLE HE'S ABOUT TO UNDERTAKE. CONGRATULATIONS, CHRIS.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:26:07 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, PLEASE.

  • 04:26:12 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    THE 2.3 MILLION UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS TO KNOW THAT NOT ALL MEMBERS OF THIS…

    THE 2.3 MILLION UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS TO KNOW THAT NOT ALL MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE ARE HEARTLESS. IN FACT, 193 MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE STAND WITH THE UNEMPLOYED OF THIS COUNTRY. THE 2.3 MILLION MOTHERS AND FATHERS WHO HAVE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES TO FEED AS WE MOVE THROUGH THIS VERY, VERY POIGNANT HOLIDAY SEASON. I HOPE WHEN WE COME BACK IN JANUARY WE CAN DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR AMERICA, BUT WE FELL 36 VOTES SHORT. AND THAT'S BECAUSE THE REPUBLICANS -- AND I HARDLY SEE ANY OF THEM ON THE FLOOR AT THIS POINT -- CARE MORE ABOUT TAKING CARE OF THOSE WHO EARN OVER $1 MILLION THAN THEY DO ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE FALLING OFF THE EDGE. I FEEL SORRY FOR OUR COUNTRY TODAY, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE A WAY OF MAKING THE TABLES OR RIDING THE TABLES WHEN THEY GET SADLY OUT OF BALANCE AND THAT MOMENT IS COMING. I FEEL SORRY FOR THE PEOPLE WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED. BE STRONG DURING THIS SEASON. KNOW THAT WHEN WE RETURN IN JANUARY WE HAVE A CHANCE TO CORRECT WHAT SADLY WAS VOTED DOWN TODAY. I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:27:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

  • 04:27:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 04:27:42 PM

    >>

    THE GENTLELADY WHO SPOKE ME, I'M SORRY SHE LEFT THE FLOOR, SHE'S NOW GONE,…

    THE GENTLELADY WHO SPOKE ME, I'M SORRY SHE LEFT THE FLOOR, SHE'S NOW GONE, TALKED ABOUT REPUBLICANS WANTING TO SEE FOLKS ON EMPLOYMENT HAVE THOSE BENEFITS COME OUT. FOUR TIMES IN 2010 UNDER DEMOCRAT CONTROL, UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS RAN OUT. NOW, YOU ALWAYS DO THE RIGHT THING. YOU ALWAYS SORTED IT OUT. BUT THOSE KIND OF THINGS HAPPEN. WE'RE GOING TO CONFERENCE TODAY. WE HAVE 10 DAYS TO GET THIS RIGHT. WE GOT THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL RIGHT IN SEVEN DAYS, AND THE SENATE CRAFTED THEIR SO-CALLED COMPROMISE IN THREE DAYS. SURELY WE CAN DO BETTER FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND, MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S NOT A PARTISAN DIVIDE. THAT'S AMERICA AT ITS BEST, AND I WELCOME MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US IN THAT.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:28:15 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    I WELCOME MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US IN THAT.

  • 04:29:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI RISE?

  • 04:29:09 PM

    >>

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

  • 04:29:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS SO RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:29:19 PM

    MR. CARNAHAN

    LEON PANETTA DECLARED AN END TO THE WAR IN IRAQ, FULFILLING PRESIDENT…

    LEON PANETTA DECLARED AN END TO THE WAR IN IRAQ, FULFILLING PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PROMISE TO BRING THIS TO A CLOSE. IT SYMBOLIZES OUR REDEFINED RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COUNTRY OF IRAQ. THANKS TO THE RESILIENCEY OF OUR SOLDIERS AND PERSONNEL, ALL U.S. COMBAT TROOPS IN IRAQ WILL BE HOME BY THE END OF THE YEAR. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THEM ON BEING ABLE TO SHARE THEIR HOLIDAY SEASON TOGETHER AGAIN. WE ALSO HONOR THE MEMORY OF LOST HEROS AND RENEW OUR COMMITMENT TO ENSURE THAT OUR NEW GENERATION OF VETERANS RECEIVE THE SERVICES AND CARE WE PROMISED AND THEY EARNED. AT A TIME WHEN FAMILIES ARE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET, OUR COMMITMENTS TO HELP VETERANS IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER. TO ENSURE THEY SUCCESSFULLY TRANSITION THEIR TALENTS HERE AT HOME, FOR THE GOOD OF OUR ECONOMY AND OUR COUNTRY. ON BEHALF OF THE MISSOURI CITIZENS I REPRESENT, I WISH OUR BRAVE TROOPS AND ALL THEIR LOVED ONES A MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR HOME ON AMERICAN SOIL.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:30:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RISE?

  • 04:30:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:31:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM MARYLAND RISE?

  • 04:32:04 PM

    MS. EDWARDS

    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 04:32:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 04:32:15 PM

    MS. EDWARDS

    I'D HAVE TO TAKE TO THE FLOOR AGAIN BUT NOW THAT THE REPUBLICANS HAVE…

    I'D HAVE TO TAKE TO THE FLOOR AGAIN BUT NOW THAT THE REPUBLICANS HAVE WALKED AWAY, IT BEARS NOTICE, 160 MILLION PEOPLE AROSS THE COUNTRY WILL SEE THEIR TAXES GO UP COME JANUARY 1. 2.3 MILLION AMERICANS, INCLUDING 46,000 OF THEM IN MY HOME STATE OF MARYLAND WILL NOT GET AN UNEMPLOYMENT CHECK. 48 MILLION AMERICANS, OUR SENIORS, MOSTLY OUR SENIORS, ARE GOING TO SEE THEIR BENEFITS ESSENTIALLY RIPPED OUT FROM UNDER THEM IN MEDICARE BECAUSE THE DOCTORS WON'T BE ABLE TO TREAT THEM BECAUSE THEIR DOCTORS ARE GETTING A CUT. I'M NOT SURE WHICH CHRISTMAS HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE CELEBRATE BUG IN MY HOUSE, IT'S A CHRISTMAS THAT WE'RE CELEBRATING THAT'S ONE OF CHARITY AND THAT'S ONE OF GOODNESS AND I AM SO SADDENED THAT HERE IN THIS HOUSE, WE HAVE RIPPED OUT FROM UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE, CHRISTMAS, FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICAN FAMILIES WHO WILL NOT GET TO GO INTO THE NEW YEAR WITH A TAX CUT AND WILL GO INTO THE NEW YEAR WITHOUT AN UNEMPLOYMENT CHE. THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE DONE A GREAT DISSERVICE TO THIS COUNTRY AND WITH THAT, I YIELD.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:33:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE BUZZ THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE BUZZ THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

    Show Full Text
  • 04:33:27 PM

    >>

    WITHOUT OBJECTION THEMBING GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:33:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION THEMBING GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:33:34 PM

    >>

    LOT OF CONVERSATIONS THIS AFTERNOON THAT TWISTS ON THE IDEA THAT THE 100…

    LOT OF CONVERSATIONS THIS AFTERNOON THAT TWISTS ON THE IDEA THAT THE 100 MEMBERS OF THE SENATE ARE SO MUCH SMARTER AND SO MUCH MORE INTELLIGENT THAN THE 435 MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE WOULD ASK US TO ACCEDE TO WHATEVER THE SENATE DOES. AS LUDICROUS AS IT IS A TWO-MONTH EXTENSION IS NONSENSE. EVERYONE IN THIS CHAMBER KNOWS THAT.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:33:58 PM

    MR. CONAWAY

    AFTER SPEAKER SAYS, WE NEED TO ACCEDE TO THE WISDOM OF THE SENATE. THE…

    AFTER SPEAKER SAYS, WE NEED TO ACCEDE TO THE WISDOM OF THE SENATE. THE WISDOM OF THE SENATE IS REPRESENTED BY A TWO-MONTH EXTENSION THAT'S NOT PAID FOR. NO, MA'AM, I WON'T. IT'S NOT PAID FOR BY ANYTHING THAT MABESES THE REMOTEMENT AFTER SEPS. APPOINT YOUR CONFEREES, HAVE THEM APOINT THEIR CONFEREES, MR. SPEAKER, AND WE CAN TAKE THIS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND ALL THIS DOOM AN GLOOM BEING SPOUTED HERE GOES AWAY. WITH A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION IN UNPLIMENT AND ONE-YEAR EXTENSION IN PAYROLL TAX AND A TWO-YEAR EXTENSION FOR OUR DOCTORS.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:34:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RECOGNIZED? MR. COHEN…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RECOGNIZED? MR. COHEN TOK TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:34:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:34:44 PM

    MR. COHEN

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

  • 04:35:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

  • 04:35:54 PM

    >>

    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 04:35:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:36:03 PM

    MR. RUSH

    MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL --

  • 04:36:07 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    BE WHAT THE TEA PARTY BACKERS ARE SAYING. THEIR REPUBLICAN PARTY IN THE…

    BE WHAT THE TEA PARTY BACKERS ARE SAYING. THEIR REPUBLICAN PARTY IN THE HOUSE HAS FOR THE WHOLE YEAR BEEN ABLE TO STAVE OFF ANY FAIRNESS BY PROTECTING THEIR MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES FROM A TAX BREAK AND HERE WE ARE AT THE END OF THE SESSION AND THEY LEAVE OUT HAVING NOT ALLOWED THIS BODY TO VOTE ON THE BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT THAT THE SENATE REACHED WITH THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP'S CONSENT THAT PASSED 89-10 AND THEY WENT HOME. AND SO WE WON'T GET A CHANCE TO VOTE ON THAT PACKAGE. THEY REFUSE TO LET US DO SO. THAT'S THE STORY THAT WE END WITH. THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE. AND THAT'S THE WAY IT IS.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:37:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS RISE?

  • 04:37:14 PM

    >>

    REQUEST PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 04:37:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:37:22 PM

    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    JUST ABOUT THIS HOUR, THE SUN IS SETTING AND JEWISH FAMILIES AROUND THE…

    JUST ABOUT THIS HOUR, THE SUN IS SETTING AND JEWISH FAMILIES AROUND THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING MINE, ARE GOING TO THEIR HANUKKAH MENORAH, THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, THE FESTIVAL OF A MIRACLE THAT THE LIGHTS LASTED FOR EIGHT DAYS. USUALLY THIS IS A JOYFUL TIME, A BEAUTIFUL, HOLY CELEBRATION. FOR MANY FAMILIES AROUND THIS COUNTRY, THIS IS A VERY SAD AND WORRISOME TIME. MADE WORSE BY THIS DAY. WITH MILLIONS OF AMERICANS UNEMPLOYED AND RELYING ON A MEAGER AVERAGE $286 A WEEK CHECK WHILE THEY LOOK FOR WORK, REPUBLICANS VOTED TODAY TO NOT EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, TO NOT EXTEND THE TAX CUT FOR MIDDLE INCOME PEOPLE WHO NEED IT SO BADLY THIS YEAR WHEN THE ECONOMICS WAS SO HARD AND IT JUST BREAK MISHEART THAT AT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, WHEN PEOPLE ARE FEELING IN SUCH A FRAGILE ECONOMIC STATE THAT TODAY'S VOTE TOOK PLACE. IT DIDN'T NEED TO. WE COULD HAVE HELPED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TODAY. HAPPY HANUKKAH.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:38:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE?

  • 04:38:42 PM

    >>

    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, MR. SPEAKER.

  • 04:38:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:38:47 PM

    >>

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO FOLLOW UP ON WHAT MY COLLEAGUE FROM ILLINOIS…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO FOLLOW UP ON WHAT MY COLLEAGUE FROM ILLINOIS SAID BECAUSE IT REALLY IS TRUE, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HURT FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES HERE.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:38:56 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    I KNOW THAT IN THE NEXT WEEK AS THIS TIME EXPIRES ON THE UNEMPLOYMENT…

    I KNOW THAT IN THE NEXT WEEK AS THIS TIME EXPIRES ON THE UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION, ON THE MEDICARE REIMBURSEMENT, ON THE PAYROLL TAX CUT, I'M GOING TO GET CALLS FROM SENIORS TELLING ME THE DOCTORS ARE NOT ACCEPTING THEM FOR MEDICARE ANYMORE, I'M GOING TO FIND OUT FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR UNINSURANCE -- LOST THEIR INSURANCE AND THE PAYROLL TAX CUT, WE'RE JUST STARTING TO SEE THE ECONOMY IMPROVE A LITTLE BIT AND I KNOW THAT IF THERE'S A REAL RISK IF WE DON'T EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX CUT THAT WE SEND THE ECONOMY BACK INTO A RECESSION AGAIN. IT IS AMAZING TO ME TO SEE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE SUGGEST THAT SOMEHOW THEY'RE GOING TO STAY HERE AN THE CONFEREES -- NONE OF THAT IS TRUE. THEY'RE HOME. THEY'RE NOT HERE. THEY'RE GOING HOME AND THEY'RE NOT GOING TO COME BACK UNTIL AFTER JANUARY. I THINK IT IS OUTRAGEOUS TO THINK THAT THEY'RE RUNNING THE RISK OF THE ECONOMY BEING HURT BY THIS, THAT PEOPLE DON'T HAVE MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS AND THAT THOSE WHO RECEIVE MEDICARE MAY BE REFUSED A DOCTOR. WE'RE SIMPLY ASKING DEMOCRATS, HAVE A HEART. WHY IS IT THE REPUBLICANS DON'T UNDERSTAND THE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS?

    Show Full Text
  • 04:40:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

    Show Full Text
  • 04:40:07 PM

    >>

    CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 04:40:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:40:18 PM

    MR. ALTMIRE

    KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE DEBATE TODAY IS THAT THERE IS NOBODY IN THIS…

    KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE DEBATE TODAY IS THAT THERE IS NOBODY IN THIS CHAMBER, REPUBLICAN, DEMOCRAT, NOBODY IN THE SENATE ON THE OTHER SIDE, REPUBLICAN, DEMOCRAT, INDEPENDENT, NOBODY BELIEVES A TWO-YEAR FIX IS THE END RESULT OF THIS PROCESS. OR TWO-MONTH FIX IS THE END RESULT. THE TWO-MONTH FIX IS TO ALLOW THE BENEFITS TO CONTINUE SO THE 160 MILLION AMERICANS THAT ARE NOW BENEFITING FROM THE REDUCTION IN THE PAYROLL TAX CONTINUE TO HAVE THOSE BENEFITS WHILE WE COME TOGETHER AND WHILE WE COMPROMISE, WHILE WE COME TO A LONG-TERM AGREEMENT. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. THE OTHER TAKEAWAY IS THE MAJORITY PARTY DID NOT ALLOW A VOTE ON THE SENATE PLAN. FOR ALL THE TALK ABOUT HOW FLAWED THEY BELIEVE THE SENATE PLAN TO BE, THEY DIDN'T ALLOW A VOTE ON THE SENATE PLAN BECAUSE THEY WOULD HAVE LOST THEIR POSITION, THAT BILL WOULD HAVE PASSED, WE WOULD BE DONE WITH IT TODAY SYSTEM OF WHEN YOU HEAR MEMBERS OF THE MAJORITY TALKING ABOUT HOW FLAWED THE SENATE BILL IS AND HOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T SUPPORT IT, THEIR OWN MEMBERS WOULD HAVE VOTED FOR IT AND WE WOULD HAVE PASSED THE BILL IF THEY WOULD HAVE ALLOWED IT.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:41:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

  • 04:41:28 PM

    >>

    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND.

  • 04:41:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS SO RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:41:38 PM

    >>

    SPEAKER. THIS AUGUST BODY DISPLAYED THE WORST OF WHAT WE CAN DO, THE…

    SPEAKER. THIS AUGUST BODY DISPLAYED THE WORST OF WHAT WE CAN DO, THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRY TO COMPROMISE WAS THERE. I HAVE TO SAY, LAST WEEK I SUPPORTED A BILL PUT FORWARD BY MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS, SENT IT TO THE SENATE AND IT CAME BACK AND AS THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER SAID, I DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO VOTE ON IT.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:41:56 PM

    MR. WALS

    PIECE OF LEGISLATION BEING HELD UP THAT THE MORE THAN PUBLIC KNOWS NEEDS…

    PIECE OF LEGISLATION BEING HELD UP THAT THE MORE THAN PUBLIC KNOWS NEEDS TO HAPPEN. THIS DEBATE, WE CAN HAVE DIFFERENCES OF OPINION ACROSS THE AISLE BUT WHAT NEEDS TO GET DONE IS TO BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE ARE PLAYING BY THE RULES, TO STOP TRADING ON CONGRESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE, THE INSIDER TRADING BILL NOW HAS 240 BIPARTISAN CO-SPONSORS, IT'S NOW SUDDENLY BURIED AND GONE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DEMAND US TO DO ONE THING, BE HONEST AND WORK FOR THEM, NOT -- THAT BILL CAN ENSURE THAT HAPPENS. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:42:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RISE?

  • 04:42:33 PM

    >>

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

  • 04:42:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:42:41 PM

    >>

    SPEAKER. AT THE EXPENSE OF THE TAXPAYERMARK MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF…

    SPEAKER. AT THE EXPENSE OF THE TAXPAYERMARK MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WERE CALLED BACK TO WASHINGTON CONCLUDE BUSINESS ON A PAYROLL TAX EXTENSION.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:42:50 PM

    MR. TONKO

    THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS WE DIDN'T VOTE ON THE BILL. WHY? PERISH THE…

    THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS WE DIDN'T VOTE ON THE BILL. WHY? PERISH THE THOUGHT, THE BILL WOULD HAVE PROBABLY PASSED. WHO LOSES, 160 MILLION AMERICANS WHO WON'T REALIZE A PAYROLL TAX EXTENDER, SEENORS WHO WON'T HAVE ACCESS TO THEIR MEDICARE HEALTH PROVIDER 2.2 UNEMPLOYED MILLIONS WHO THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN LOST A JOB AND WON'T HAVE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE EXTENDED. WHEN IT CAME TO PROVIDING TAX CUTS FOR MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES, THERE WERE NO BELLS AND WHISTLES NO PAY-FORS BUT WHEN IT COMES TO A PAYROLL TAX CUT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS, ALL KINDS OF BELLS AND WHISTLES ARE ATTACHED, ALL KINDS OF DEMAND. THIS IS A FACADE SEEN THROUGH CLEARLY. WHEN THEY HAD A CHANCE TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE THEY CALLED IT A GIMMICK, IT WASN'T WORTH OUR ATTENTION. DON'T LET THEM FOOL YOU. THIS IS JUST A WAY TO KEEP MOVING THE GOAL POST AND NOT DO THE REAL THING. WE REGRET NOT TAKING A VOTE IN THIS HOUSE.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:43:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RISE?

  • 04:43:58 PM

    >>

    FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 04:44:03 PM

    >>

    ARE SOME FUNNY THINGS THAT GO ON HERE. WE WATCHED THE SUPER COMMITTEE…

    ARE SOME FUNNY THINGS THAT GO ON HERE. WE WATCHED THE SUPER COMMITTEE OPERATE FOR ABOUT 10 WEEKS AND PRODUCE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:44:15 PM

    MR. MCDERMOTT

    SO TODAY, THE SPEAKER COMES OUT HERE AND SAYS, WE WANT A CONFERENCE…

    SO TODAY, THE SPEAKER COMES OUT HERE AND SAYS, WE WANT A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE. NOW, THE SUPER COMMITTEE WAS 1 MEMBERS, THREE FROM EACH CAUCUS, A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE, THREE MEMBERS FROM EACH CAUCUS, WE'RE GOING TO CREATE ANOTHER ONE AND WE THINK THAT SOMEHOW IT WILL SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. THE DEFINITION OF INSANITY IS DOING THE SAME THING AGAIN AND AGAIN AND EXPECTING A DIFFERENCE RESULT. AND CLEARLY, WEIR NOT GOING TO GET A DIFFERENT RESULT. THE SENATE SENT US A COMPROMISE BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE THAT CAN'T AGREE ON THE TIME OF DAY, HARRY REID AND MITCH MCCONNEL AND THEY GOT 90 VOTES FOR IT. THAT IS AMERICA. THAT'S 90% OF AMERICA WAS AGREED ON THAT AND THE SPEAKER WOULDN'T EVEN ALLOW IT TO COME TO A VOTE HE SAID, LET'S CREATE A COMMITTEE.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:45:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 04:45:17 PM

    MR. MCDERMOTT

    DON'T FORGET IT IN 2012.

  • 04:45:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA RISE?

  • 04:45:24 PM

    >>

    HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

  • 04:45:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:45:35 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE OFTEN TALK ABOUT POISON PILLS AND I DON'T KNOW IF ALL…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE OFTEN TALK ABOUT POISON PILLS AND I DON'T KNOW IF ALL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. I WANT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT THIS ONE-YEAR BILL THAT THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS SEEM TO BE IN LOVE WITH HAD SOME POISON PILLS IN IT. ONE OF THEM CUT 40 WEEKS OFF OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. THAT'S WHAT THEY WANT US TO AGREE TO. BUT ANOTHER ONE AND THE ONE I THINK IS MOST EGREGIOUS, SAID TO THOSE WHO APPLIED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE THAT YOU MUST PASS A G.E.D. IN ORDER TO GET UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. WE WOULD SAY TO A VIETNAM VETERAN WHO IS A MASTER ELECTRICIAN, WHO WENT OFF TO FIGHT A WAR, NEVER FINISHED HIGH SCHOOL, BUT NOW THAT YOU ARE UNEMPLOYED WITH ALL YOUR SKILLS, BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR A G.E.D., YOU MUST TAKE A G.E.D. IN ORDER TO GET YOUR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. THAT IS NOT ONLY A POISON PILL, THAT IS INSULTING AND EGREGIOUS. I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:46:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

    Show Full Text
  • 04:46:57 PM

    >>

    SPEAKER, UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND…

    SPEAKER, UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:47:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS SO RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:47:10 PM

    MR. RICHMOND

    UNFORTUNATE LESSONS I LEARNED FROM "SESAME STREET" IS WHAT WE LEARNED FROM…

    UNFORTUNATE LESSONS I LEARNED FROM "SESAME STREET" IS WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE KIDS. IF YOU LOOK AT THE REPUBLICAN SENATORS, THEY REACHED A COMPROMISE WITH THE DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE. THE HOUSE DEMOCRATS CAME ALONG TONIGHT. THE PRESIDENT CAME ALONG. THERE WAS ONLY ONE OUTLINE AND THAT WAS OUR HOUSE REPUBLICANS. OVER THE HOLIDAYS, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD ASK THAT YOU REMIND AND ENCOURAGE MY HOUSE REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO GO SEE THE WIZARD, GO GET A BRAIN SO WE CAN TALK ABOUT THE INTELLIGENCE NEEDED TO SPUR THIS ECONOMY, GO GET THE COURAGE TO STAND UP TO THE PRIVATE INTERESTS, THE COKE BROTHERS AND THE LOBBYISTS SO THAT YOU CAN DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THE COUNTRY. AND AFTER ALL, GO GET A HEART SO YOU CAN HELP THE.2 MILLION PEOPLE THAT ARE UNEMPLOYED -- 2.2 MILLION PEOPLE THAT ARE UNEMPLOYED HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS SO YOU CAN HELP THE 160 MILLION PEOPLE THAT WILL FACE A TAX HIKE ON JANUARY 1. AND MORE THAN ANYTHING, THE 48 MILLION SENIORS WHO HAVE LESS ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. MR. SPEAKER, I WILL CLOSE WITH ONE THING AND IT'S JUST A TIP OF ADVICE. BE CAREFUL BECAUSE THE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS YOU SAVE MAY BE YOUR OWN.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:48:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. ARE THERE FURTHER ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS?

  • 04:48:37 PM

    >>

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 04:48:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:48:42 PM

    MS. PELOSI

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT I RISE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT I RISE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE PASSING OF A MAN WHOSE LEGACY TO SAN FRANCISCO IS A GREAT ONE. I RISE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF JUAN HELMAND, A COMMUNITY LEADER, A SAN FRANCISCO LEGEND AND AN AMERICAN SUCCESS STORY. SADLY, JUAN PASSED AWAY ON DECEMBER 18, SURROUNDED BY HIS LOVING FAMILY. THAT'S THE WAY HE LIVED, SURROUNDED BY HIS LOVING FAMILY. JUAN WAS A TREMENDOUSLY SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN, AND IT WAS HIS BUSINESS ACCUMAN THAT ALLOWED HIM TO PURSUE HIS TRUE PASSION, PHILANTHROPY. HE WAS A RENAISSANCE MAN. THAT'S HOW HIS DAUGHTER DESCRIBED HIM. THAT'S HOW WE ALL SAW HIM. WITH HIS DEEP GENEROSITY, INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY, HIS VISIONARY DYNAMOISM, HE CHANGED THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO. HIS LEGACY WILL LIVE ON THROUGH HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO EDUCATION, TO MUSIC, TO CIVIC LIFE AND TO THE MEMORY WE ALL HAVE OF HIM OF BEING SUCH A MODEST ATHLETE, SOMETHING HE TOOK GREAT PRIDE IN. WHEN JUAN SAW AN OPPORTUNITY TO ENRICH OUR CITY HE ACTED UPON IT. HIS STRENGTH BUTTEIFIED GOLDEN GATE PARK. HE WORKED TO END HOMELESSNESS. HE SUPPORTED THE SAN FRANCISCO FREE CLINIC. MANY OF THOSE PEOPLE AVAILING THEMSELVES OF SERVICE THERE -- SERVICES THERE BEING HOMELESS. HE HELPED WHEN HE SAW -- CONCERNED ABOUT DOING LOCAL NEWS COVERAGE IN THE INTERNET AGE, HE HELPED FORM BAY CITIZEN JOURNALISM SITE. HE WORKED ON THE BOARD OF MILLS COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT BERKLEY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS. MENTIONED HE WAS AN ATHLETE. HE SUPPORTED -- HE SUPPORTED PROGRAMS AT U.C. BERKLEY WHERE HE HAD PLAYED WHEN HE WAS IN COLLEGE ON THE POLO TEAM AS -- AGAIN, AS A STUDENT. WHETHER IT WAS BICYCLING, SWIMMING, RUNNING, SKIING, YOU NAME IT, WARREN WAS THE BEST. HE WAS A LOVER OF MUSIC, A LOVER OF FAMILY AND LOVER OF LIFE. THE THREE-DAY CONCERT HE FOUNDED WAS USED TO BE CALLED STRICTLY BLUEGRASS, BUT AS THE PROGRAM EXPANDED AND MORE ENTERTAINERS WANTED TO PARTICIPATE AND THE AUDIENCE WAS IN THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS, IT WAS CHANGED TO HARDLY STRICTLY BLUEGRASS. SO IT WASN'T STRICTLY BLUEGRASS. IT WAS HELD EACH YEAR IN GOLDEN GATE PARK AND ALLOWED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF FANS EACH YEAR TO ENJOY THE MUSIC THAT HE LOVED, MOSTLY BLUEGRASS, AND IT WAS ALL FREE. WARREN WAS INVOLVED IN EVERY ASPECT OF THE FESTIVAL, INCLUDING PERSONALLY RECRUITING MUSICIANS HE ADMIRED AND AN INVITATION FROM WARREN WAS ONE WARMLY RESPONDED TO BY THE BIGGEST NAMES IN MUSIC. IT IS SO FITTING THAT THE SITE OF THE FESTIVAL WAS RENAMED HELMAND HOLLOW JUST LAST WEEK, JUST LAST WEEK. I KNOW THIS PLEASED HIS FAMILY IMMENSELY. I MENTIONED HIS INTEREST IN EDUCATION AND THE ARTS. HE AND HIS WIFE, CHRIS, WERE REALLY SUCH MAGNIFICENT PAT RONS OF THE SAN FRANCISCO BALLET. IT'S HARD TO SURPASS THE CONTRIBUTIONS THEY MADE INTELLECTUALLY AND BY WAY OF ENCOURAGEMENT IN EVERY WAY AND IF I TROPICALLY. SAN FRANCISCO LOST A BELOVED CHAMPION. WE HONOR HIS MEMORY AND ENTHUSIASM BY CELEBRATING HIS MANY CONTRIBUTIONS. I SAID HE WAS GOOD AT EVERYTHING HE DID AND THAT INCLUDED BEING A FRIEND, A FRIEND TO SO MANY WHO WILL MISS HIM SO MUCH. I AM PROUD TO CALL WARREN A FRIEND AND I HOPE IT IS A COMFORT TO CHRIS, HIS WIFE, AND HIS FAMILY WHOM HE CHERISHED AND COULDN'T TALK ENOUGH ABOUT HIM. WAS SO PROUD OF HIM AND RIGHTFULLY SO, THAT SO MANY PEOPLE MOURN THEIR LOSS AND ARE PRAYING FOR THEM AT THIS SAD TIME. TOMORROW, THERE WILL BE A PUBLIC SERVICE TO HONOR HIS LIFE AND LEGACY. IT WILL REPRESENT AN OUTPOURING OF PEOPLE FROM EVERY ASPECT OF SAN FRANCISCO LIFE. EVERY ECONOMIC STRATA FROM HOMELESS PEOPLE TO THE MOST PRIVILEGED AND SUCCESSFUL IN TERMS OF THEIR MEASURE OF SUCCESS, BUT IT WILL ALSO REPRESENT PEOPLE IN THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE AND NONPROFIT SECTOR. THIS WAS A VERY SPECIAL PERSON. I WANT EVERYONE WHO FOLLOWS THE WORK OF CONGRESS AND THE PRIDE THAT WE HAVE ALL TAKEN REPRESENTING OUR DISTRICTS AND OUR CONSTITUENTS TO KNOW HOW PROUD WE ALL WERE OF THE LIFE OF WARREN HELMAND. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:54:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. ANY FURTHER ONE-MINUTE…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. ANY FURTHER ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS? THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:54:19 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, THIS IS TO NOTIFY YOU FORMALLY…

    THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, THIS IS TO NOTIFY YOU FORMALLY PURSUANT TO RULE 8 OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT I WAS SERVED WITH A SUBPOENA ISSUED BY THE SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, FOR WITNESS TESTIMONY. PRIOR TO MY REQUIRED APPEARANCE, HOWEVER, THE DEFENDANT IN THE CASE PLED NO CONTEST TO A LESSER CHARGE. THEREBY, ALLEVIATING ANY NEED FOR MY TESTIMONY. AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL AND AS A RESULT OF THE DEVELOPMENT IN THE CASE, NO DETERMINATION REGARDING COMPLIANCE WITH THE SUBPOENA IS REQUIRED. SIGNED SINCERELY, MICHAEL NIELSON, CASEWORKER, SUPERVISOR, OFFICE MANAGER.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:55:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

  • 04:55:10 PM

    THE CLERK

    LEAVE OF BE A REQUESTED FOR MR. -- ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. DIAZ-BALART…

    LEAVE OF BE A REQUESTED FOR MR. -- ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. DIAZ-BALART OF FLORIDA FOR TODAY.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:55:18 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 POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

    Show Full Text
  • 04:55:41 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S SOMETIMES HARD TO RECONCILE THE SPEECHES WE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S SOMETIMES HARD TO RECONCILE THE SPEECHES WE HEAR HERE ON THE FLOOR WITH THE LEGISLATION THAT WE PASSED. PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SPEAKING FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THE LAST 30 MINUTES ABOUT HOW THE REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE APPARENTLY DON'T WANT TAXPAYERS , WORKING AMERICANS, TO HAVE THE 2% OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY TAX BACK THAT DON'T GET PAID INTO SOCIAL SECURITY. WHEN ACTUALLY THIS HOUSE IS TAKING THE RESPONSIBLE POSITION, NOT WANTING TO RAISE TAXES IN A DOWN ECONOMY SO WORKERS WILL HAVE THE MONEY THAT THEY CURRENTLY DO IN THEIR PAYCHECKS. IT MAKES SENSE. I'VE BEING SAYING EVER SINCE THIS FIRST CAME UP THAT THE IDEA OF A 2% TAX CUT IS NOT A HOLIDAY. AND THAT ACTUALLY THE PRESIDENT CORRUPTED THE PAYROLL -- THE TRUE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY IDEA THAT WAS BROUGHT FORWARD THREE YEARS AGO. THAT WAS MY IDEA. IT WAS A STIMULUS IDEA THAT MOODY'S WHEN THEY RATED THE DIFFERENTLY PROPOSALS SAID THEY WOULD STIMULATE THE G.D.P. MORE THAN THE OTHER PROPOSALS. AND IT WOULD HAVE. THE PEOPLE THAT EARNED ALL OF THEIR -- THE MONEY WOULD HAVE GOTTEN IT FOR TWO MONTHS IN A ROW. SOME LAZY REPORTERS HAVE TRIED TO SAY, WELL, THAT'S JUST LIKE THIS. ABSOLUTELY NOT. UNFORTUNATELY IT REQUIRES READING AND NOT ALL REPORTERS ARE WILLING TO DO THAT. BECAUSE IT'S CLEAR MY PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY THAT I TOLD THE PRESIDENT ABOUT IN JANUARY OF 2009, HE LIKED THE IDEA AND THE ONLY THING HE DID WAS TAKE THE NAME OF IT -- SOUNDS FAMILIAR -- AND USE THAT FOR WHAT WAS NOT A HOLIDAY. IT'S NOT A HOLIDAY WHEN YOU'RE AVOIDING 2% OF THE TAXES YOU NORMALLY DO. A HOLIDAY IS WHEN YOU DON'T PAY THE FAXES. THE DIFFERENT -- THE NUMBER OF DIFFERENCES -- A HOLIDAY IS WHEN YOU DON'T PAY THE TAXES. THE NUMBER OF DIFFERENCES, THE PROPOSAL BY THE SENATE JUST PUSHES OFF WHAT HAS TO BE DONE AND THAT'S DEALING WITH THE REST OF THE YEAR. WE WANT TO DEAL WITH THE REST OF THE YEAR. WE WANT TO PROVIDE SERPT. THE BILL I PROPOSED DID NOT CREATE ANY UNCERTAINTY. IT DEALT WITH THE ISSUE THAT PEOPLE COULD NOT SHOVE BONUSES TO THOSE TWO MONTHS, THAT IT WAS A TAX HOLIDAY FOR ALL OF THE INCOME TAX, SOCIAL SECURITY, THOSE TAXES THAT WOULD NORMALLY BE TAKEN OUT OF THEIR CHECK. IT WOULD HAVE AVERAGED, WE WERE TOLD, BETWEEN $2,000 AND $3,000 A MONTH FOR TWO MONTHS INSTEAD OF $80 A MONTH YOU WOULD HAVE HAD, $4,000 TO $5,000 OVER A TWO-MONTH PERIOD. THAT WOULD HAVE STIMULATED THE ECONOMY. NOT ONLY THAT, THIS PROPOSAL IS NOT -- THAT THE PRESIDENT'S HAD, IT HASN'T STIMULATED THE ECONOMY. WE JUST DON'T WANT TO RAISE TAXES ON PEOPLE IN A DOWN ECONOMY. BUT IT DOES HURT THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND. THIS PRESIDENT'S PROPOSAL PITS WORKING AMERICANS AGAINST OUR SENIORS. DIDN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY. BEFORE THIS PRESIDENT RAN UP AN EXTRA $4 TRILLION IN DEBT, BACK WHEN WE WERE AT $11 TRILLION INSTEAD OF $15 TRILLION JUST A FEW YEARS AGO, THE PROPOSAL WAS COMPLETELY PAID FOR AND THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT WOULD HAVE MISSED THE MONEY WAS THE WALL STREET BAILOUT FOLKS THAT WOULDN'T HAVE GOTTEN THEIR MONEY BECAUSE IT TOOK MONEY FROM TARP AND LEFT IT IN THE POCKETS OF THOSE WHO EARNED IT. IT MADE SURE THAT THERE WOULD BE NO SHORTFALL IN THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND. IT MADE SURE THERE WOULD BE NO SHORTAGE IN THE MEDICARE FUND. IT ADDRESSED THAT, AND THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN HURT -- AND I DON'T THINK THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN HURT -- BUT THE ONLY ONES THAT WOULD HAVE MISSED THE MONEY WOULD HAVE BEEN THOSE GETTING THE BAILOUTS. WELL, THE PRESIDENT LIKE THE NAME, LIKED THE IDEA OF LEAVING SOME MONEY IN THE CHECK, BUT INSTEAD OF $4,000, $5,000, THEY DECIDED TO LEAVE $160, TWO MONTHS. HARRY REID SAID HE WANTS TO GIVE AMERICANS $1,000 AND THAT'S WHAT THE NAT IS DOING. THE ONLY WAY WE CAN KEEP HARRY REID FROM BEING A LIAR, AND I DON'T WANT TO MAKE HIM A LIAR, WHAT WE HAVE TO DO IS HAVE THE SENATE PASS WHAT WE'VE PASSED AND AT LEAST SENT CONFEREES TO THE CONFERENCE SO WE CAN WORK OUT A COMPROMISE BECAUSE RIGHT NOW ALL HE'S GOT IS $160, NOT $1,000. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN THE HOUSE WILL URGE THE SENATE, PLEASE HELP US KEEP HARRY REID FROM BEING A LIAR HE SAID THEY PROVIDED $1,000 IN TAX CUTS TO WORKING AMERICANS AND THE ONLY WAY THAT'LL HAPPEN IS IF THEY'LL ADOPT THE HOUSE PROPOSAL OR SEND CONFEREES TO THE CONFERENCE THAT WILL LEAVE THAT MUCH FOR THE WHOLE YEAR, NOT JUST TWO MONTHS. NOW THERE WERE $700 BILLION ORIGINALLY ALLOCATED FOR TARP. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION GOT $350 BILLION OF THAT, PLUS WAS PROJECTED WE'D GET MAYBE $100 BILLION OR $SO BILLION OF THE ORIGINAL $350 BILLION. THERE'S STILL $120 BILLION PLUS IN ASSETS IN THAT SLUSH FUND. THEY NEED TO BE LIQUIDATED AND THEY NEED TO TAKE CARE OF THINGS LIKE SOCIAL SECURITY. AND MEDICARE. THERE'S ANOTHER $50 BILLION OR SO IN THE TARP THAT IS STILL CASH MONEY THAT SHOULD BE USED, IF ANYTHING IS GOING TO BE USED, USE THAT TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY BY LETTING PEOPLE KEEP THEIR OWN MONEY IN THEIR PAYCHECK. THIS TWO MONTHS PROPOSED BY THE SENATE IS NOT GOING TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY, AS NONPARTISAN GROUPS HAVE SAID, IT IS GOING TO CREATE VAST INSTABILITY AND THERE IS NO COMPARISON TO THAT AND A PAID FOR, COMPLETE HOLIDAY FOR WORKING AMERICANS TO KEEP EVERYTHING IN THEIR PAYCHECK. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A STIMULUS. WE MADE INQUIRIES TO PEOPLE, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH IT? WE HEARD FROM PEOPLE SAYING, WE WANT A CAR THAT'S MORE FUEL EFFICIENT BUT THE BIG GAS GUZZLER WE'VE GOT IS UNDER WATER, WE CAN'T GET OUT FROM UNDER IT. IF YOU LET US KEEP OUR TAXES FOR TWO FULL MONTH, WE WOULD BE ABLE TO GET RID OF THIS CLUNKER AND BE ABLE TO GET A MORE FUEL EFFICIENT CAR. OTHERS SAID, WE GOT BEHIND ON OUR MORTGAGE LAST SUMMER WHEN GAS WENT TO $4 A GALLON. BECAUSE SPEAKER PELOSI AND HARRY REID'S POLICY THE BILL THE LEGISLATION THEY HAD PASSED WERE STIFLING THE ABILITY TO PROVIDE FOR MORE OF OUR OWN OIL AND GAS. SPIKED UP TO $4 A GALLON. THEY SAID WE GOT BEHIND THEN BUT IF YOU LET US KEEP TWO MONTHS' OF ALL OF OUR TAXES, WE DON'T NEED ANYMORE GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS, WE CAN GET OUT OF PROBLEMS WITH OUR MORTGAGE OURSELVES. BUT NO, THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THIS TOWN THAT LIKE THE G.R.E., THE GOVERNMENT RUNNING EVERYTHING. AND THE WAY TO DO THAT IS TO KEEP COMING UP WITH PROGRAMS. SO THEY CREATED MORE PROGRAMS. ONE OTHER THING I WANT TO TOUCH ON THAT'S HIT THE NEWS IN THE LAST TWO DAYS BUT UNFORTUNATELY MANY HAVE NOT NOTICED, THIS ADMINISTRATION IS ABOUT -- THEY'RE IN THE PROCESS OF TRYING TO PROVIDE THE TALIBAN A CHRISTMAS PRESENT. NOW, TWO WEEKS AGO, WE FOUND OUT THAT A FOURTH CATEGORY OF THE TERRORIST WATCH LIST WAS BEING CREATED CALLED FORMER MILITARY DETAINEES. HAVING SEEN HOW THIS ADMINISTRATION WORKS, HAVING KNOWN WE HAVE AN ATTORNEY GENERAL THAT REPRESENTED TERRORISTS BEFORE HE BECAME ATTORNEY GENERAL, HAVING AN ATTORNEY GENERAL WHO HAS NO CLUE HOW FAST AND FURIOUS CAME ABOUT, ACCORDING TO HIS TESTIMONY, HAVING AN ATTORNEY GENERAL THAT WAS INVOLVED, WAS AROUND WHEN THE MARK RICH PARDON TOOK PLACE, WE KNEW WE NEEDED TO LOOK CAREFULLY WHEN THESE KIND OF INDICATIONS CAME FORTH. WHAT WE FOUND WAS, THE ADMINISTRATION, NO, NO, NO, WE JUST NEEDED -- WE'RE NOT ABOUT TO RELEASE DETAINEES. NOT MUCH. WHAT'S COME OUT IN THE LAST TWO TAIS IS THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION IS NEGOTIATING WITH TERRORISTS, NEGOTIATING WITH THE TALIBAN DIRECTLY, AND ABOUT TO WORK OUT A DEAL, THE ADMINISTRATION IS SAYING, REUTERS HAD A STORY ON THIS, BUT THE ADMINISTRATION APPARENTLY IS SAYING, IN ESSENCE, WE NEED TO HAVE A SHOW OF GOOD FAITH TO THESE TERRORISTS, THE TALIBAN, THAT WERE COMPLICIT IN THE KILLING AND MURDERING OF OVER 3,000 AMERICANS. WE NEED TO SHOW THEM GOOD FAITH BY RELEASING TALIBAN MURDERERS FROM THEIR DETENTION, AND THEN THEY'LL HAVE A MUCH BETTER FEELING ABOUT US. THEN WE'RE ALSO IN THE PROCESS DIRECTLY OF NEGOTIATING WITH THE KARZAI ADMINISTRATION, IN AFGHANISTAN, AND THE TALIBAN, TRYING TO WORK SOMETHING OUT WHERE THE TALIBAN WILL HAVE A PLACE. THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS FORGOTTEN THEY KILLED AMERICANS. THEY'RE SAYING, WELL, WE THINK THEY'RE SOFTENING UP NOW, THEY DON'T WANT TO KILL AMERICANS AS BADLY AS THEY DID BACK AT 9/11. BUT THEY PROBABLY WON'T PLOT AND TRAIN AND KILL AMERICANS LIKE THEY DID BEFORE. IF THEY JUST SEE HOW WONDERFUL OUR ADMINISTRATION IS AND HOW KIND AND GENEROUS WE ARE JUST TO LET THEM HAVE MURDERERS BACK OUT OF DETENTION WHO HAVE INDICATED NOTHING -- WHO HAVE DONE NOTHING INDICATING THEY DON'T WANT TO KILL AMERICANS ANY FURTHER THIS ADMINISTRATION IS DOING THIS AND THEY NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE PEOPLE THAT THEY'RE ABOUT TO GIVE THIS CHRISTMAS PRESENT TO DON'T BELIEVE IN CHRISTMAS. THEY BELIEVED IN KILLING AMERICANS THEY BELIEVED IN KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE, THEY BELIEVED IN PLOTTING AND TRAINING AND CARRYING OUT SUCH A PLOT TO KILL AMERICANS AND THERE IS NO INDICATION THAT THEY THINK OTHERWISE. BUT THIS ADMINISTRATION IS SO INTENT ON GETTING OUT OF AFGHANISTAN AND TURNING THINGS OVER TO THE TALIBAN AGAIN WE'RE GOING TO BE RIGHT BACK WHERE WE WERE 20 YEARS AGO AS THE TALIBAN WAS WORKING TOWARD THE ULTIMATE 9/11. AND NOT ONLY THAT, THEY WILL THEN KNOW, EVERYTHING OSAMA BIN LADEN SAID ABOUT THE AMERICANS BEING TOO WEAK, NOT BEING UP TO THE FIGHT, THAT EVENTUALLY THEY'LL CAVE IN AND START HELPING US TO DESTROY THEM, THAT'S WHAT APPEARS TO BE HAPPENING WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION. WE CAN'T DO THAT. THE LIVES OF AMERICANS THAT HAVE BEEN LOST IN AFGHANISTAN CRY OUT, DO NOT CONCEDE DEFEAT TO OUR ENEMIES THAT HAVE KILLED US. AFGHANISTAN IS AN ISSUE THAT NEEDS TO BE DEALT WITH BUT NOT BY GIVING THOSE WHO TERRORIZED US ALL THAT THEY WANT. THEY'RE WANTING AN OFFICE OUTSIDE OF AFGHANISTAN AND THIS ADMINISTRATION SAID, WE THINK WE CAN WORK THAT OUT, WE'LL PAY FOR THE OFFICE AND TAKE CARE OF THAT IF YOU PROMISE US YOU WON'T USE IT TO FUNDRAISE FOR TERRORISM, OK? THAT'S NOT LIKE -- THAT'S LIKE NORTH KOREA SAYING IF YOU'LL JUST BUILD US A NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, WE PROMISE WE WON'T USE IT FOR NUKES AND THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION, AND MADELEINE ALBRIGHT, BELIEVED THEM. AND NOW THEY'VE GOT NUKES AND WE HELPED THEM WITH IT. NOW THIS ADMINISTRATION CAN'T LEARN FROM PAST MISTAKES, IT'S ABOUT TO DO THAT WITH THE TALIBAN. IN MEETING WITH WAR LORDS A YEAR AND A HALF AGO FROM NORTHERN AFGHANISTAN, A SMALL GROUP OF US LEARNED THAT AFTER THE TALIBAN WAS INITIALLY DEFEATED IN ABOUT THREE OR FOUR MONTHS WITH MERELY EMBEDDED TROOPS THAT THE UNITED STATES ASKED THE WAR LORDS, THE NORTHERN ALLIANCE TO DISARM. AND THEY DID. AND NOW HERE IT WAS A YEAR AND A HALF AGO, THEY'RE SAYING, YOU MAY NOT BE AWARE BUT YOUR ADMINISTRATION, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS INDIRECTLY NEGOTIATING WITH THE TALIBAN RIGHT NOW. WE KNOW. AND YOU'RE NEGOTIATING WITH THEM AND PAKISTAN AND A CORRUPT KARZAI ADMINISTRATION AND WHO IS GOING TO BE HURT OUT OF ALL OF THIS? YOUR ALLIES. THOSE WHO FOUGHT WITH YOU, WHO DEFEATED THE TALIBAN INITIALLY AND NOW YOU'RE ABOUT TO TURN THINGS OVER TO THE PEOPLE WHO WILL KILL YOUR ALLIES. DO YOU WANT THAT MESSAGE GOING AROUND THE WORLD THAT TO BE AN ALLY WITH THE UNITED STATES MEANS YOU ULTIMATELY WILL BE ABANDONED AND THE ENEMIES OF YOUR ALLIES WILL BE ALLOWED TO KILL YOUR ALLIES? BE HARD TO GET ALLIES IF YOU DO THAT. THIS ADMINISTRATION IS LOOKING AT AN ELECTION YEAR, THIS IS NO TIME TO GIVE IN TO TERRORISTS. WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH SAYS, I HEAR YOU, AND IN ESSENCE SAID, AND SOON THOSE WHO DID THIS WILL HEAR FROM US, I CAN'T IMAGINE THAT HE EVER BELIEVED A PRESIDENT AND ADMINISTRATION WOULD SAY, WE HEAR YOU NOW, TERRORISTS, AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO HURT YOU, WE'LL FIX YOU UP AN OFFICE OUTSIDE AFGHANISTAN, WE'LL MAKE IT WITH WHERE YOU CAN TAKE OVER AREAS OF AFGHANISTAN, WE'LL WORK WITH YOU, WE'LL RELEASE YOUR MURDERERS FROM PRISON. I DON'T THINK THAT'S WHAT PRESIDENT BUSH WAS TALKING ABOUT WHEN HE SAID THEY WOULD HEAR FROM US BUT IT SURE LOOKS LIKE THAT'S ABOUT TO BE WHAT HAPPENS, ACCORDING TO THE STORIES NOW CIRCULATING. THOSE WAR LORDS WERE RIGHT. THEY SAID, LOOK, WE WERE NOT MEANT TO HAVE A BIG CENTRAL GOVERNMENT. WE CAN'T HAVE IT WITHOUT BEING CORRUPT, NOT RIGHT NOW. AT LEAST LET US ELECT OUR REGIONAL GOVERNORS, OUR MAYORS, AT LEAST. DON'T HAVE THE KARZAI ADMINISTRATION APPOINT THE REGIONAL GOVERNORS, APONT THE MAYORS AND PICK CORRUPT POLICE CHIEFS, LET US ELECT THOSE. THE POWER OF AFGHANISTAN IS IN THE REGIONS, IN THE TRIBES. TO HAVE A GOVERNMENT THAT'S CENTRALIZED RIGHT NOW MEANS CORRUPTION. LET US DO THAT REGIONALLY. AND GIVE US BACK WEAPONS SO WE CAN DEFEND OURSELVES AGAINST THE TALIBAN WHO IS ALREADY MOVING. AND IN ANSWER TO THIS ADMINISTRATION'S WONDERFUL GESTURES OF KINDNESS AND WE'LL RELEASE YOUR MURDERERS, WE HAD THEM KILL SEAL TEAM 6, A BIG NUMBER OF OUR PEOPLE. THAT WASN'T ENOUGH. IN SEPTEMBER, THEY KILLED ONE OF THE WAR LORDS, JUST AS A HANDFUL OF US WERE ABOUT TO GO HAVE A MEETING WITH HIM AGAIN. THE MESSAGE IS CLEAR, THE TALIBAN HAVE NOT LEARNED NOTHING. THERE'S ONLY ONE THING THEY UNDERSTAND, THAT'S FORCE. AND IT'S LIKE CAREER CRIMINALS THAT I DEALT WITH AS A JUDGE, IF YOU WANT TO BE PROTECTED, YOU'VE GOT TO PUT THEM WHERE THEY CAN'T HURT YOU ANYMORE. THEY'RE MURDERERS WHO HAVE BEEN PUT WHERE THEY CAN'T HURT US ANYMORE AND THIS ADMINISTRATION IS NOW TALKING ABOUT RELEASING THEM. SO WE HAVE A TWO-FOLD FRONT OF PROBLEMS, ONE IS THE ECONOMY, WHERE THE WALL STREET EXECUTIVES THAT CONTRIBUTE 4-1 TO DEMOCRATS OVER REPUBLICANS, CONTRIBUTE 4-1 TO THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN OVER THE MCCAIN CAMPAIGN, THEY'VE BEEN ENRICHED AND ENGORGED WITH TARP MONEY, IT'S TIME TO END TARP, IT'S TIME TO ALLOW WORKERS TO HAVE A BREAK, IT'S TIME THAT THE SENATE QUIT PLAYING GAMES AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT A FULL YEAR OF CERTAINTY IS A WHOLE LOT BETTER THAN TWO MONTHS, APONT THE CONFEREES, SEND THEM TO CONFER, IT'S HOW THINGS GET WORKED OUT. IT'S THE WAY THAT PROCEDURALLY THINGS WERE MEANT TO HAPPEN. SO, IT CAN BE ABOVE BOARD, THE RULES REQUIRE THAT THEY MUST BE OPEN SESSIONS OF THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE, THAT'S THE WAY YOU RESOLVE THINGS, UNDER REGULAR ORDER. NEEDS TO BE DONE THAT WAY. I KNOW THE SENATE WOULD LIKE TO DO CLOSED DOOR MEETINGS AND GIVE AWAY PROGRAMS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS BUT IT'S TIME TO DO THIS THING THE WAY THE PRESIDENT PROMISED FOUR YEARS AGO THAT HE WOULD IF HE WERE PRESIDENT. MAKE IT OPEN. MAKE IT CLEAR. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL SEE WHO IS NEGOTIATING FOR WHOM. THAT WILL HELP AMERICA. AND I KNOW IN CLOSING FOR MY COMMENTS THAT WITH THE CHRISTMAS SEASON, THERE ARE SO MANY WHO WANT TO ENTHE ABILITY TO SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS, THEY WANT TO END THE ABILITY TO DO MUCH OF ANYTHING THAT REALLY IS ACKNOWLEDGING OUR ROOTS, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO LOOK WHERE WE CAME FROM. SO I WOULD CLOSE WITH THIS MESSAGE FROM RONALD REAGAN. HE BASICALLY REITERATES THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN SAID BACK TO THE TIME OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, ABRAHAM LINCOLN. HE SAID THE THEMES OF CHRISTMAS AND COMING HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS HAVE LONG BEEN INTERTWINED IN SONG AND STORY. THERE'S A PROFOUND IRONY AND LESSON IN THIS BECAUSE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATES THE COMING OF A SAVIOR WHO WAS BORN WITHOUT A HOME. THERE WAS NO ROOM AT THE END FOR THE HOLY FAMILY. WEARY OF TRAVEL A YOUNG MARY, CLOSE TO CHILDBIRTH, AND HER CARPENTER HUSBAND JOSEPH, FOUND BUT THE RUDE SHELT ORE OF A STABLE. THERE WAS BORN THE KING OF KINGS, THE PRINCE OF PEACE, AND -- AN EVENT ON WHICH ALL HISTORY WOULD TURN. JESUS WOULD AGAIN BE WITHOUT A HOME AND MORE THAN ONCE. ON THE FLIGHT TO EGYPT AND DURING HIS PUBLIC MINISTRY WHEN HE SAID THE FOXES HAVE HOLES AND THE BIRDS OF THE AIR HAVE NESTS BUT THE SON OF MAN HAS NOWHERE TO LAY HIS HEAD, FROM HIS VERY INFANCY ON, OUR REDEEMER WAS REMINDING US THAT FROM THEN ON, WE WOULD NEVER LACK A HOME IN HIM. LIKE THE SHEPHERDS WHO COME, TO WHOM THE ANGEL OF THE LORD APPEARED ON THE FIRST CHRISTMAS DAY, WE COULD ALWAYS SAY, LET US NOW GO EVEN UNTO BETHLEHEM AND SEE THIS THING WHICH HAS COME TO PASS WHICH THE LORD MADE KNOWN TO US, AS WE COME HOME WITH GLADNESS TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS THIS CHRISTMAS, LET US ALSO REMEMBER OUR NEIGHBORS WHO CANNOT GO HOME THEMSELVES. OUR COMPASSION AND CONCERN THIS CHRISTMAS AND ALL YEAR LONG WILL MEAN MUCH TO THE HOSPITALIZED, THE HOMELESS, THE CONVALESCENT, THE ORPHANED AND WILL SURELY LEAD US ON THE WAY TO THE JOY AND PEACE OF BETHLEHEM AND THE CHRIST CHILD WHO BIDS US COME, FOR IT IS ONLY IN FINDING AND LIVING THE ETERNAL MEANING OF THE NATIVITY THAT WE CAN BE TRULY HAPPY, TRULY AT PEACE, TRULY AT HOME. MERRY CHRISTMAS, AND GOD BLESS YOU, RONALD REAGAN, DECEMBER 19, 1988. HIS LAST CHRISTMAS MESSAGE AS PRESIDENT. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE THOSE WHO DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO MENTION THE WORD CHRISTMAS AND THERE'S AN EASY SOLUTION. FOR THOSE THAT DON'T WANT TO MENTION CHRISTMAS, DON'T WANT TO OBSERVE CHRISTMAS, THEN IF THEY TAKE THE HOLIDAY, JUST AGREE TO GIVE BACK THE MONEY BECAUSE THE MONEY EARNED ON A HOLIDAY SHOULDN'T BE TAKEN FOR THOSE WHO DON'T THINK IT SHOULD BE A HOLIDAY. THAT'S EASY ENOUGH. BUT IN THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS, AND THE THINGS WE KNOW ABOUT GOVERNMENT, THOSE OF US WHO BELIEVE WHAT'S IN THE BIBLE, WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO PROTECT PEOPLE AS THE GOVERNMENT, AS PUT OUT IN ROMANS 13, COINCIDES WITH PROVIDING FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE. IT'S TIME TO DO THAT, TO MAKE SURE AMERICANS ARE SAFE, THAT THEY'RE PROVIDED WITH A DEFENSE SO THEY CAN TAKE CARE OF THE POOR, THE NEEDY, THE ORPHAN, THE WIDOWS. THEY CAN HELP THEIR FELLOW MAN. THAT'S OUR JOB AS A GOVERNMENT, OUR JOB AS INDIVIDUALS IS TO HAVE THAT SAME SPIRIT OF ASSISTING AND HELPING AND BEING SERVANTS. WE'RE ELECTED TO BE SERVANTS IN THIS BODY, WE'RE NOT ELECTED AND CHARGED WITH TAKING FROM SOME PEOPLE AND GIVING TO OUR FAVORITE CHARITABLE CAUSE. WE'RE TO DO THAT WITH OUR OWN MONEY. NOT WITH PEOPLE'S MONEY THAT MAY HAVE SOME OTHER BETTER CHARITY THEY PREFER TO GIVE IT TO. WE NEED TO GET THE ECONOMY GOING, WE NEED TO BRING DOWN THE COSTS OF ENERGY. THAT WOULD BE A GREAT CHRISTMAS PRESENT. AND SINCE WE KNOW THAT THE MARKET AND THE ENERGY INDUSTRY ADJUST TO ANNOUNCEMENTS, HOW ABOUT A GREAT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM OUR PRESIDENT, WE'RE NOT GOING TO LET MURDERERS GO FREE, SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY, YOU'LL BE SAFE. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE THE BATTLE TO THOSE WHO WANT TO MURDER US, WE ARE NOT GOING TO NEGOTIATE FURTHER WITH TERRORISTS WHO WANT TO KILL US. WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE QUIT BAILING OUT OUR FRIENDS, OUR CRONIES. WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE WHO KNOW BETTER WHAT TO DO WITH THEIR OWN MONEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. WE'RE GOING TO GIVE SOME SECURITY AND SOME CONFIDENCE FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR BECAUSE HERE'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO. AND WE'RE GOING TO WORK TOGETHER AND IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL IF THE PRESIDENT WOULD SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT? I DEMANDED THE CONGRESS PASS A BILL THAT HAD NOT EVEN COME OUT WHEN I STARTED CRITICIZING FOR NOT PASSING, THEN I STARTED CRITICIZING THEM FOR NOT PASSING A BILL I'D FORGETEN TO ASK A DEMOCRAT TO FILE FOR ME -- I'D FORGOTTEN TO ASK A DEMOCRAT TO FILE FOR ME, SO I'M NOT GOING TO DO THAT ANYMORE. I WANT TO WORK WITH CONGRESS, I WANT TO GET THIS COUNTRY BACK ON TRACK. SO INSTEAD OF TRAVELING AROUND THE COUNTRY DEMEANING CONGRESS FOR NOT PASSING BILLS THAT WERE NOT FILED, I'M GOING TO WORK WITH CONGRESS AND I HOPE THAT WILL BE OUR PRESIDENT'S NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION, DON'T RELEASE MURDERERS AND DEAL HONESTLY AND OPENLY WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND WITH CONGRESS. WE CAN GET SOME THINGS WORKED OUT. I'VE JUST BEEN TALKING TO DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS TODAY ABOUT THINGS THAT WE AGREE ON. WE CAN DO THAT. AND GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A PRESENT. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 05:20:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED NOT TO ENGAGE IN…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED NOT TO ENGAGE IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE SENATE OR ITS MEMBERS AND UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL, IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE BALANCE OF THE HOUR AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

    Show Full Text
  • 05:21:13 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    MR. SPEAKER, I THANK YOU FOR THE TIME THIS AFTERNOON. IT'S BEEN A BIG DAY.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I THANK YOU FOR THE TIME THIS AFTERNOON. IT'S BEEN A BIG DAY. BIG DAY. FRESHMAN IN THIS BODY, COMING UP ON THE END OF OUR VERY FIRST YEAR. IN FACT, ALL OF US HERE, HERE WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM WISCONSIN, ALL OF US HERE FRESHMAN FINISHING UP OUR FIRST YEAR. AND IT'S A BIG DAY. I GOT TO TELL YOU, I FEEL GOOD ABOUT THE QUALITY OF THE WORK PRODUCT THAT'S GOING ON TODAY. I FEEL GOOD ABOUT THE FACT THAT THERE'S SERIOUS ISSUES BEFORE THIS BODY AND WE HAVE SAID, LET'S SLOW DOWN AND MAKE SURE WE GET IT RIGHT BECAUSE FAMILIES HAVE THEIR FUTURES ON THE LINE AND I'D LIKE TO ASK MY FRIEND FROM WISCONSIN HOW HE SEES THIS.

    Show Full Text
  • 05:22:22 PM

    MR. DUFFY

    BUT IF YOU WERE LISTENING TO THE DEBATE YOU MIGHT BE CONFUSED BY THAT…

    BUT IF YOU WERE LISTENING TO THE DEBATE YOU MIGHT BE CONFUSED BY THAT BECAUSE WE SO OFTEN HEARD ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT THEY DON'T BELIEVE THAT THE REPUBLICAN SIDE WANTS TO EXTEND IT. AND SO I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT AND JUST TALK ABOUT WHAT I THINK IS HAPPENING HERE WITH REGARD TO THIS DEBATE IN THE HOUSE. I MEAN, LET'S NOT MAKE A MISTAKE. WE HAVE INTRODUCED LEGISLATION THAT IS GOING TO EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY FOR ONE YEAR. AND WHAT THAT MEANS IS $1,000 IN A TAX REDUCTION FOR MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. AND IN MY DISTRICT, CENTRAL AND NORTHERN WISCONSIN, $1,000 FOR THEM AS WELL. ACROSS THE AISLE A PROPOSAL HAS BEEN MADE THAT STARTED ITS PROCESS IN THE SENATE WHERE WE WILL DO A TWO-MONTH EXTENSION, A 60-DAY EXTENSION, WHICH MEANS THE PROPOSAL IS THEY WOULD OFFER MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS $170 IN TAX REDUCTION. SO WE PROPOSED $1,000 OF TAX REDUCTION AND THE DEMOCRATS HAVE PROPOSED $170 IN TAX REDUCTION. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE LOOK AT THIS DEBATE AND SAY, MY GOODNESS, I WANT TO GO FOR THE $1,000 DEDUCTION, NOT THE $170. AND SO AS WE DIVE IN A LITTLE MORE, WE HEAR A LOT ABOUT PARTISANSHIP AND A LOT OF DIFFERENCES BETWEEN BOTH CHAMBERS. AND A LOT OF FOLKS ARE SAYING, WE CAN'T GET THIS DONE. LET'S ADJOURN FOR CHRISTMAS AND LET'S COME BACK AT THE END OF JANUARY AND THROUGH FEBRUARY AND SEE IF WE CAN RESOLVE THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. I WOULD SAY THIS, WHEN WE GET BACK NEXT YEAR THERE WILL BE FIVE, MAYBE SIX WEEKS TO WORK ON THIS. BUT THIS WON'T BE THE ONLY ISSUE ON THE TABLE. WE'RE DEALING WITH BUDGETS AND JOBS BILLS. THE DOCKET, THE CALENDAR IS FULL OF ISSUES THAT WE HAVE TO ADDRESS IN THIS HOUSE. BUT FOR THE NEXT 10 DAYS WE HAVE NOTHING ON THE AGENDA. THE CALENDAR IS CLEAR. LET'S GET THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE TO COME TOGETHER AND ADDRESS THIS ONE VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE, TO EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY AND LET'S DO IT FOR A YEAR. WE HAVE DISAGREEMENTS. BUT FOR 10 DAYS WE CAN TALK ABOUT THOSE DISAGREEMENTS AND FIND SOLUTIONS THAT DON'T WORK FOR PARTIES, THAT DON'T WORK FOR CHAMBERS, BUT SOLUTIONS THAT WORK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND YOU KNOW WHAT? IF THE DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE ARE STEADFAST IN THEIR REQUEST THAT IT ONLY BE 60 DAYS, I'LL GO FOR 60 DAYS. BUT I JUST CAN'T IMAGINE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT WE'RE GOING TO GET A BETTER RESOLUTION IN 60 DAYS THAN WE CAN IN THE NEXT 10 DAYS. AND AS I LOOK ACROSS MY DISTRICT, EVERYONE IN MY DISTRICT, THEY WORK TODAY. THEY WORK TOMORROW. THEY WORK THE NEXT DAY. THEY DON'T TAKE THE WEEK OFF BEFORE CHRISTMAS. AND AFTER CHRISTMAS THEY WORK THAT WHOLE WEEK BETWEEN CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR'S. THEY DON'T TAKE THAT OFF. WHY SHOULD THIS HOUSE? WHY SHOULD THE SENATE? LET'S COME BACK AND GET THIS WORK DONE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THEY DESERVE IT. AND IT IS A REAL IMPACT. PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT HOW THEY'RE GOING TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE FOR THEIR KIDS. HOW THEY'RE GOING TO PAY THE MORTGAGE. AND $1,000 IN THE YEAR MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT. AND TO THINK THAT THE OFFER IS WE'RE GOING TO GIVE 2000 MONTHS AND $170, THAT DOESN'T -- TWO MONTHS AND $170, THAT DOESN'T CUT THE MUSS ARD FOR THEM. THEY -- MUSTARD FOR THEM. GIVE THEM A BREAK FOR A YEAR. I'M REALLY CONCERNED. WE'VE PROPOSED THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE. I KNOW THE PRESIDENT HAS TALKED ABOUT JOB CREATION. WE'VE TALKED ABOUT JOB CREATION. WE DISAGREE ON HOW WE DO IT. THE PRESIDENT AND OTHERS WILL SAY, THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO SPEND MONEY TO CREATE JOBS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH. WE SAY, WELL, LISTEN, IT COMES FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR. HERE WE HAVE A GOOD EXAMPLE WITH THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE WHERE IT'S PRIVATE SECTOR MONEY THAT'S GOING TO CREATE 20,000 NEW JOBS, DIRECT NEW JOBS IN AMERICA IF THAT PIPELINE GOES FORWARD. IT'S GOING TO BE 100,000 INDIRECT JOBS, REAL, GOOD PAYING JOBS FOR HARDWORKING AMERICANS. AND THE PRESIDENT'S SAYING HE DOESN'T WANT TO DO IT. I SAY, LISTEN, MR. PRESIDENT, WE CAN'T WAIT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CANNOT WAIT. LET'S COME TOGETHER AND SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT? 20,000 PEOPLE, 100,000 HARDWORKING AMERICANS CAN GET A GOOD PAYING JOB IF YOU'LL SIGN ONTO THIS LEGISLATION. NOT ONLY THAT, WE'RE GOING TO TAKE OUR ENERGY FROM CANADA, PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY LIKE US, INSTEAD OF COUNTRIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST. LET'S GET OUR ENERGY, LET'S GET OUR OIL FROM OUR FRIENDLY NEIGHBOR TO THE NORTH INSTEAD OF THOSE WHO ARE NOT SO FRIENDLY IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD. AND ANOTHER KEY COMPONENT OF THIS EXTENSION IS BOILER MACT. THIS IS AN E.P.A. REGULATION THAT CAME OUT THAT IS GOING TO INCREASE THE BOILER STANDARDS THAT ARE USED IN AMERICAN MANUFACTURING. COSTING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS IF NOT MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR OUR MANUFACTURERS TO INCREASE THEIR BOILER STANDARDS. AND IN MY DISTRICT, JUST TWO WEEKS AGO, WE HAD ONE OF OUR ENERGY COMPANIES INDICATE THAT THEY'RE GOING TO LAY OFF 74 PEOPLE AND THEY MADE IT VERY CLEAR, IN MAYOR IN PRESS RELEASE, THEY SAID -- IN THEIR PRESS RELEASE, THEY SAID ONE OF THESE ISSUES IS BOILER MACT, THE E.P.A. LET'S TAKE THAT AWAY. LET'S MAKE SURE THAT OUR ENERGY AND OUR MANUFACTURERS HAVE THE ABILITY TO COMPETE, NOT STATE TO STATE, BUT IN A NEW GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT. CHINA, INDIA, MEXICO, VIETNAM. WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO COMPETE WITH THOSE COUNTRIES. AND IF WE IMPLEMENT THIS BOILER MACT REGULATION, WE'RE GOING TO SHUT DOWN AMERICAN MANUFACTURING. IN MY DISTRICT, IT'S PAPER. THIS REGULATION WILL CAUSE WISCONSIN PAPER TO BE CRUSHED BECAUSE RIGHT NOW THEY'RE UNDER IMMENSE COMPETITION FROM FOREIGN COMPETITORS, BUT NOT ONLY THAT, THEY'RE IN A VERY TOUGH INDUSTRY AS PEOPLE MOVE TO COMPUTERS AND IPADS AND THERE'S LESS PAPER BEING USED. SO, I BELIEVE THAT THESE PARTIES , I BELIEVE THAT THESE CHAMBERS HAVE TO COME TOGETHER IN THE NEXT 10 DAYS AND WE HAVE TO FIND A SOLUTION THAT'S GOING TO WORK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THAT IS GOING TO EXTEND THIS PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY, THAT'S GOING TO GIVE THEM CERTAINTY SO AS THEY START THE NEXT YEAR AND AS THEY START IT WITH HOPE AND A THOUGHT OF OPPORTUNITY, THEY KNOW WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO GET IN REGARD TO THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY THAT'S GOING TO COME FROM THIS HOUSE. AND SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO COME TOGETHER DURING THIS SEASON WHERE WE'RE ALL SUPPOSED TO GET ALONG, WE'RE ALL SUPPOSED TO THINK ABOUT THE ME IN -- THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS, REACH YOUR HAND OUT ACROSS THE AISLE TO OUR FRIENDS WHO DON'T ALWAYS AGREE WITH US BUT WHO CAN COME TOGETHER ON THIS ISSUE AND SAY, AMERICA, WE'RE GOING TO STAND TOGETHER AS THE U.S. HOUSE AND THE U.S. SENATE AND PASS A BILL THAT'S GOING TO GIVE YOU CERTAINTY FOR ONE YEAR, GIVING YOU A TAX BREAK TO THE TUNE OF $1,000. AND SO WITH THAT I WOULD YIELD BACK TO MY GOOD FRIEND, I APPRECIATE HIM OFFERING ME THE TIME DURING THIS HOUR DEBATE.

    Show Full Text
  • 05:30:00 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    FRIEND. I HOPE FOLKS WERE PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION. I HOPE FOLKS WERE PAYING…

    FRIEND. I HOPE FOLKS WERE PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION. I HOPE FOLKS WERE PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION. WHAT YOU HAVE ARE TWO MEMBERS OF THE FRESHMAN CLASS ON THE FLOOR RIGHT NOW, MR. SPEAKER, AND WHAT YOU HEARD FROM OUR FRESHMAN COLLEAGUE WAS, WHEN CAN WE COME TOGETHER? WHAT YOU HEARD FROM OUR FRESHMAN COLLEAGUE WAS, I DON'T WANT TO DO IT IF IT'S ABOUT PARTY, I DON'T WANT TO DO IT IF IT'S ABOUT CHAMBER PRIDE, I WANT TO DO IT BECAUSE IT'S THE RIGHT THING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE READING, MR. SPEAKER, IN THE NEWSPAPER ABOUT WHAT THIS FRESHMAN CLASS IS DOING? IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE READING IN THE NEWSPAPER ABOUT WHAT THIS CONGRESS IS DOING? PAUSE I TELL YOU, HAVING SAT HERE FOR ONE YEAR, THAT'S WHAT'S GOING ON RIGHT NOW. THAT'S WHAT'S GONING ON RIGHT HERE TODAY. REPUBLICANS ARE IN THE MAJORITY, MR. SPEAKER WORK THE POWER OF YOUR GAVEL, YOU COULD DEMAND THAT THE HOUSE BILL BE THE ONLY BILL THAT ANYBODY CONSIDERS. THAT IT'S OUR WAY OR THE HIGHWAY, WHO CARES WHAT THE SENATE HAS TO SAY, WE'RE IN THE MAJORITY, WE'RE DOING IT OUR WAY. YOU COULD DO THAT, MR. SPEAKER. BUT THAT'S NOT THE ADVICE AND COUNSEL THAT MY COLLEAGUE FROM WISCONSIN GIVES. THE ADVICE AND COUNSEL THAT MY COLLEAGUE FROM WISCONSIN GIVES IS, WE'VE DONE THE VERY BEST WE CAN IN THIS CHAMBER. WORK PRODUCT THAT WE'RE PROUD OF. AND NOW IT'S TIME, SINCE THE SENATE HAS PASSED A VERY DIFFERENT WORK PRODUCT, CANDIDLY A WORK PRODUCT I'M NOT PROUD OF, A VERY DIFFERENT WORK PRODUCT, THAT WE NOW COME TOGETHER, THE HOUSE PRODUCT AN THE SENATE PRODUCT, AND TRY TO AGREE ON A FINAL PRODUCT THAT CAN PASS BOTH HOUSES. THIS IS A PROCESS AS OLD AS THIS INSTITUTION. AS OLD AS THIS INSTITUTION. THOMAS JEFFERSON, WHEN WRITING THE RULES FOR THIS INSTITUTION, MR. SPEAKER, WROTE OF THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE PROCESS AND HOW THAT IS A TOOL FOR RESOLVING DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE BODIES. NOW WHY ARE THERE DIFFERENCES TWOOD? -- TODAY? THERE ARE DIFFERENCES BECAUSE THIS ISN'T SOME RENAMING OF A POST OFFICE. AISLE NOT TRYING TO DENIGRATE THE IMPORTANCE OF A GOOD NAME ON A POST OFFICE BUT I PUT THAT LOWER ON THE PRIORITY LIST. THIS IS ABOUT MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES BEING ABLE TO FIND DOCTORS, THIS IS ABOUT WHETHER UNEMPLOYMENT CHECKS CONTINUE TO GO OUT THE DOOR, THIS IS ABOUT PAYROLL TAX CUTS FOR EVERY SINGLE WORKING AMERICAN FAMILY. THIS IS ABOUT JOBS, NOT JUST FOLKS WHO DON'T HAVE THEM BUT FOLK WHORS LOOKING FOR THEM AND HOW WE CAN HELP THEM FIND THEM IN THE FUTURE. BOILER MAC, THAT MY FRIEND FROM WISCONSIN MENTIONED IS A JOB GROWING PROPOSAL. THE PIPELINE, THAT'S A JOB-GROWING PROPOSAL. THAT'S WHAT WE HAD, IN THE HOUSE-PASSED LEGISLATION, YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAD NOT JUST UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT, NOT JUST PAYROLL TAX BREAKS, BUT ALSO REAL PROPOSALS AND REFORMS TO GROW THIS ECONOMY ONCE AGAIN. THOSE ARE ABSENT FROM THE SENATE PROPOSAL. NOW I'M NOT ATTRIBUTING ANY BAD MOTIVES TO OUR FRIENDS IN THE SENATE FOR PRODUCING A PROPOSAL THAT DIDN'T HAVE ANY JOB CREATING STRUCTURE TO IT BUT I POINT OUTS THAT THE PROPOSAL THEY PRODUCED AND WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER AND TALK ABOUT IT AND CANDIDLY, I THINK WE'LL WIN THAT ONE. I THINK IF OUR FRIENDS IN THE SENATE WEREN'T SO HURRIED TO GET OUT OF TOWN THEY WOULD HAVE PRODUCED A MORE THOUGHTFUL PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WOULD HAVE INCLUDED THE JOB GROWING PROVISIONS WE INCLUDE. AND WE NOW HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME TOGETHER AND DO THAT. LET ME TALK ABOUT WHY IT IS THE SENATE PROPOSAL IS SO CONCERNING TO ME AND MY CONSTITUENTS, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS WHAT ABC NEWS SAYS, HOLIDAY PASSED BY SENATE, PUSHED BY PRESIDENT, CANNOT BE IMPLEMENTED PROPERLY EXPERTS SAY. I DON'T THINK THAT SURPRISES ANY JOB CREATORS IN THIS COUNTRY, MR. SPEAKER. IF YOU'RE SOMEONE WHO HAS TO FILL OUT GOVERNMENT PAPERWORK QUARTER AFTER QUARTER AFTER QUORTER, YOU'RE THINKING, DON'T CHANGE THE RULES ON ME 10 DAYS BEFORE THE START OF A NEW QUARTER AND IF YOU DO, DON'T CHANGE THEM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NEXT QUARTER KSM NO -- CANNOT BE IMPLEMENTED, EXPERTS SAY. THE QUESTION IS, WHY WOULD WE TRY TO PRODOUSE A SHORT-TERM SOLUTION WHEN WE HAVE IT WITHIN THEABLE TO HAVE THIS CHAMBER AND THE ONE NEXT DOOR AND DOWN AT 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE TO PRODUCE A LONG-TERM SOLUTION THAT SERVES THE HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS IN THIS COUNTRY? WE CAN DO BETTER AND WE OWE IT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO DO BETTER. FROM THE SMALL BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP COUNCIL, THE CONFUSION THE TWO-MONTH EXTENSION WOULD IMPOSE ON EMPLOYERS OR THEIR PAYROLL PROVIDERS WILL INEVITABLY DIVERT RESOURCES AWAY FROM PRODUCTIVE ACTIVITIES. INDEED, THE UNCERTAINTY REGARDING WHAT HAPPENS NEXT FOLLOWING THE TWO-MONTH EXPIRATION DATE WILL SERVE AS ADDITIONAL FUEL TO CURRENTLY LOW BUSINESS CONFIDENCE LEVELS. THIS IS WHAT THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, THE EMPLOYER COMMUNITY, THE JOB CREATOR COMMUNITY, IS SAYING ABOUT THE SO-CALLED SENATE SOLUTION. AND IN FAIRNESS, EVEN THE SENATE, MR. SPEAKER, IS NOT STAND BIG THEIR SLOUGH. THEY'RE SAY, LET'S DO IT FOR TWO MONTHS AND THEN COME UP WITH SOMETHING BETTER MASMSE COLLEAGUE FROM WISCONSIN SAID, THE TIME TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING BETTER IS NOW. FROM THE NATIONAL ROOFING CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION, TALKING ABOUT THE SENATE PROPOSAL, THIS WOULD IMPOSE AN UNDUE BURDEN ON EMPLOYERS IN THE FORM OF LOGISTICAL DIFFICULTIES AND COSTS. I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE DEMOCRATIC SID OF THE AISLE AND -- DEMOCRATIC SIDE OF THE AISLE AND THEIR COMMITMENT TO HELPING THE UNEMPLOYED THROUGH A CHECK FROM THE GOVERNMENT. UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE IS A LONGTIME FACET OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. SOMETHING THAT FOLKS PAY INTO AT LEAST FOR THE FIRST 26 WEEKS BUSINESSES PAY INTO. BUT IN THE NAME OF PROVIDING CHECKS FROM THE GOVERNMENT WE'RE SAYING, YOU'RE GOING TO GET FEWER CHECKS FROM EMPLOYERS. LOGISTICAL DIFFICULTIES AND COSTS IN CREATING NEW JOBS. WHICH I CONTINUE TO SAY, MR. SPEAKER IS THE FOCUS OF THIS CONGRESS, HAS BEEN AND HAS MADE ME PROUD. FROM THE ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS THIS SORT OF TEMPORARY FIX UNDERSCORES CONGRESS' UNEVEN, ADD HOC APPROACH TOWARD THE -- AD HOC APPROACH TOWARD THE ECONOMY. WHO DISAGREES WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER? HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU HAD A CONSTITUENT BACK HOME, HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU HEARD FROM ONE OF OUR FRESHMAN COLLEAGUES WHO SAID, I RAN FOR CONGRESS BECAUSE THE GUYS IN CONGRESS ARE DOING MORE HARM THAN GOOD. I'LL SAY IT AGAIN. ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS, OF THE SENATE SOLUTION, THIS SORT OF TEMPORARY FIX UNDERSCORES CONGRESS' UNEVEN, AD HOC APPROACH TOWARD THE ECONOMY AND CAUSES MORE HARM THAN GOOD FOR AMERICA'S JOB CREATORS. MR. SPEAKER, HAVE YOU HEARD MY FRIENDS ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE OF THE AISLE ASKING WHY IT WAS SO IMPORTANT FOR US TO GO TO CONFERENCE WITH THE SENATE TO TRY TO IMPROVE THAT SENATE PROPOSAL? HAVE YOU HEARD SPEAKER AFTER SPEAK THORNE DEMOCRATIC SIDE OF THE AISLE COME TO THE FLOOR AND SAY, WHY WON'T YOU JUST PASS IT? WHY WON'T YOU JUST DO WHAT THE SENATE IN ITS WISDOM HAS SUGGESTED? LET ME REPEAT THE ANSWER, MR. SPEAKER. REFERRING TO THE SENATE SOLUTION, THIS SORT OF TEMPORARY FIX UNDERSCORED CONGRESSMAN -- CONGRESS' UNEVEN, AD HOC APPROACH TO THE ECONOMY AND CAUSES MORE HARM THAN GOOD FOR AMERICA'S JOB CREATORS. I'VE GOT TO TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THERE WERE TIMES IN THE DEBATE TODAY THAT I THOUGHT MY COLLEAGUES ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE OF THE AISLE WERE TRYING TO SHAME ME INTO VOTING A DIFFERENT DIRECTION. SHAME ON ME FOR BELIEVING WHAT I BELIEVE. MR. SPEAKER, I SAY SHAME ON ME FOR NOT STANDING UP FOR MY CONSTITUENTS, IF I DIDN'T STAND UP TODAY. SHAME ON ME FOR NOT STANDING UP AGAINST A PROPOSAL THAT CAUSES MORE HARM THAN GOOD FOR AMERICAN JOB CREATORS. THIS ISN'T A GAME. THIS ISN'T SOME SORT OF POLITICAL ACADEMIC EXERCISE. THIS IS ABOUT FAMILIES, THIS IS ABOUT OUR ECONOMY. THIS IS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OUR REPUBLIC. AND THE DECISIONS WE MAKE HERE HAVE CONSEQUENCES. RUSH THROUGH IT, RUSH THROUGH IT, MR. SPEAKER? PUT IT OFF FOR TWO MONTHS BECAUSE WE'LL COME UP WITH SOMETHING BETTER, LATER? WHEN THAT SHORT-TERM FIX CAUSES MORE HARM THAN GOOD FOR AMERICA'S JOB CREATORS. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NOT JUST THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY THAT HAS THESE CONCERNS. AND IT OUGHT TO TELL YOU SOMETHING ABOUT THE DEBATE GOING ON HERE TODAY, FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, MR. SPEAKER. IT WOULD BE INEXCUSABLE FOR CONGRESS NOT TO FURTHER EXTEND THIS MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR. THE PRESIDENT KNOWS, THE PRESIDENT KNOWS, HE'S BEEN PUSHING IT ALL YEAR, HE KNOWS, IT WAS HIS IDEA LAST DECEMBER, THE PRESIDENT KNOWS THAT A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION PROVIDES MORE CERTAINTY, MORE DEPENDABILITY, AND HE'S ASKED CONGRESS TO DO THAT. NOW WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER? ALL OF THIS TALK DOWN HERE TODAY ABOUT PARTISAN DIVIDES AND GAMES WHAT DOES IT TELL YOU WHEN A HARD CORE CONSERVATIVE FROM GEORGIA IS HOLDING UP QUOTE FROM A HARD CORE DEMOCRAT FROM CHICAGO ABOUT WHAT WE OUGHT TO DO TO MOVE THIS COUNTRY FORWARD? WHAT DOES IT TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN ON BOTH THOVENDSE SPECTRUM WE'RE FEELING THE SAME THING, THAT IT WOULD BE INEXCUSABLE FOR CONGRESS NOT TO FURTHER EXTEND THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT. INEXCUSABLE. FOLKS SAY, OH, YOU CAN'T. THERE'S NOT ENOUGH TIME. FOLKS, THERE'S 10 DAYS. 10 DAYS. WE JUST FINISHED THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT, MR. SPEAKER. THE BIGGEST DEFENSE BILL THAT THIS CONGRESS WILL PRODUCE. AND GUESS WHAT WE DID? SAME THING THOMAS JEFFERSON SUGGESTED, SAME THING GOING ON IN THIS CONGRESS FOR 200 YEARS. WE PASSED THE BILL, THE SENATE PASSED A BILL WE WENT TO CONFERENCE AND IN SEVEN DAYS, MR. SPEAKER, THEY RECONCILED THE LARGEST DEFENSE BILL IN THIS CONGRESS, BROUGHT TOGETHER THE DIFFERENCES, BROUGHT SOMETHING TO THE HOUSE FLOOR AND SENATE FLOOR FOR CONSIDERATION AND WE GOT IT DONE. INEXCUSABLE NOT TO EXTEND THIS. FROM HOUSE MINORITY LEADER NAN ICY PELOSI. HOUSE DEMOCRATS WILL RETURN TO WASHINGTON TO TAKE UP THIS LEGISLATION WITHOUT DELAY AND WE WILL KEEP UP THE FIGHT TO EXTEND THESE PROVISIONS FOR A FULL YEAR. NOW, IN FAIRNESS, TO THE MINORITY LEADER, SHE'S NOT TALKING ABOUT PUSHING THE YEAR-LONG PROVISION THAT THIS HOUSE PASSED. WHAT SHE'S TALKING ABOUT IS PRODUCING THE SHORT-TERM SOLUTION AND THEN CALLING EVERYBODY BACK TO THEN COME BACK AND GET IT RIGHT LATER. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE ALL AGREE THAT A YEAR IS THE RIGHT LENGTH OF TIME, 60 DAYS IS NOT THE RIGHT LENGTH OF TIME, EVERYBODY AGREES IT'S A BAD LENGTH OF TIME, THEY'RE JUST DOING IT INSTEAD OF ZERO. THEY SAY IN -- THEY'RE SAYING 60 IS BETTER THAN ZERO. WHY DO WE HAVE TO HAVE 60? WHY CAN'T WE HAVE 360? WE CAN. WE DON'T HAVE TO HAVE 60 AS THE SENATE PROPOSED, WE CAN HAVE 360 AS THE HOUSE PROPOSED AND THAT'S WHY WE MOVED TODAY TO GO TO CONFERENCE. FROM HOUSE MINORITY WHIP STENY HOYER, I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT SENATE REPUBLICANS WOULD NOT AGREE TO A LONGER-TERM EXTENSION OF CRITICAL POLICIES. HE'S TALKING ABOUT THIS SO-CALLED BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT FROM THE SENATE. I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT SENATE REPUBLICANS WOULD NOT AGREE TO A LONGER TERM EXTENSION OF CRITICAL POLICIES. I'M GOING TO TEAM UP WITH THE MINORITY WHIP AGAIN, ONE END OF THE SPECTRUM, MY END OF THE SPECTRUM, TWO OPPOSITE ENDS OF THE SPECTRUM, I AGREE WITH STENY HOYER, I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT WE DID NOT SEE A LONGER-TERM EXTENSION OF CRITICAL POLICIES COME OUT OF THE SENATE. BUT IT'S NOT TOO LATE. THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING ALL DAY, IT'S TOO LATE. IT'S TOO LATE. IT IS NOT TOO LATE. THESE POLICIES DO NOT EXPIRE UNTIL JANUARY 1 AND THE ONLY THING STANDING BETWEEN US AND A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE TO WORK OUT THESE DIFFERENCES, MR. SPEAKER, IS THE WILL TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. YOU KNOW HOW PAINFUL IT'S BEEN ALL DAY, MR. SPEAKER, TO HAVE FOLKS STAND UP, SPEAKER AFTER SPEAKER, TALKING ABOUT HOW IT CAN'T BE DONE. YOU DIDN'T RUN FOR CONGRESS BECAUSE IT COULDN'T BE DONE, I DIDN'T RUN BECAUSE IT COULDN'T BE DONE, I RAN FOR CONGRESS BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T GETTING IT DONE. MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE BEEN HERE ONE YEAR. WE HAVE 10 DAYS TO GET IT RIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE CAN. AND WE SHOULD. NOW WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? YOU CAN'T SEE THIS CHART, MR. SPEAKER. IT MIGHT NOT EVEN SHOW UP ON THE CAMERAS BACK IN FOLKS' OFFICES BUT I WANT TO GO THROUGH IT BECAUSE IT TAKES ABOUT WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, THIS ISN'T AN ACADEMIC EXERCISE. THIS IS THE COUNTRY, WE'RE -- THIS IS THE COUNTRY WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. FOLKS HAVE BEEN SAYING ALL DAY LONG, WHY DON'T YOU JUST PASS THE SENATE BILL, WHY DON'T WE JUST COME BACK AND DO IT LATER? MR. SPEAKER, I HOPE YOU HAVEN'T HAD TO PUT ANYTHING ON YOUR CREDIT CARD IN THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON BUT I HAVE A LOT OF FRIENDS AN FAMILY THAT HAVE. MONEY IS TIGHT. IF YOU HERE IN THE CHRISTMAS SEASON OPENED UP YOUR CREDIT CARD ACCOUNT ON THE DAY THAT JESUS CHRIST WAS BORN AND YOU PUT $500 ON THAT CREDIT CARD, AND YOU PUT $500 ON IT THE NEXT DAY AN THE NEXT DAY AND THE NEXT DAY AND THE NEXT DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, FROM THE DAY THAT JESUS CHRIST WAS BORN UNTIL TODAY, YOU WOULD HAVE TO CONTINUE TO PUT $500 A DAY ON THAT CREDIT CARD EVERY DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK FOR ANOTHER 700 YEARS TO PUT ON YOUR CREDIT CARD THE KIND OF DEBT THAT THE SENATE BILL PUTS ON AMERICA'S CHILDREN'S CREDIT CARDS NEXT YEAR ALONE. DO THAT. JUST DO IT. JUST DO IT. WE'LL COME BACK LATER AND FIX IT, THEY'LL SAY. THIS ISN'T SOMETHING SMALL WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, MR. SPEAKER. $30 BILLION. ON THE CREDIT CARD OF AMERICA'S CHILDREN. IT'S WHAT THIS BILL DID. NOW, IT RAISES TAXES MORE THAN THAT. IT PUT THE BURDEN ON THE HOME MORTGAGE INDUSTRY, THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, AN INDUSTRY THAT WE DESPERATELY NEED TO REINVIGORATE THIS IN THIS COUNTRY, IT TOOK IT OUT OF FANNIE AND FREDDIE A GROUP WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO BUILD TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN PAY THEIR BILLS WHEN IT HAPPENS BUT IT'S NOT A SMALL DECISION. THAT'S NOT THE ONLY DIFFERENCE, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME JUST COMPARE IT FOR YOU. PROTECTING SENIORS' ACCESS TO THEIR DOCTORS, LET'S TALK ABOUT THIS GIANT MEDICARE CUT THAT IS BEING -- THAT IS LOOMING OUT THERE ON JANUARY 1. EVERYBODY IS LOOKING FOR A SOLUTION TO IT. IT'S A CUT, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WAS PASSED IN 1997. AND NOT A DEMOCRAT -- AND NEITHER DEMOCRATS NOR REPUBLICANS HAVE HAD THE GOOD SENSE TO FIX IT FOR 15 YEARS, BUT AT LEAST WE'RE TRYING THIS YEAR ON THE HOUSE-PASSED BILL TO FIX IT FOR TWO YEARS, A TWO-YEAR FIX TO PROVIDE CERTAINTY TO AMERICA'S SENIORS. HOUSE BILL, PROTECTING SENIORS' ACCESS TO THEIR DOCTORS, 24-MONTH SOLUTION. SENATE BILL, TWO MONTHS. TWO MONTHS. DON'T WORRY, SENIORS. THAT'S MY MOM AND MY DAD, THEY JUST WENT ON MEDICARE. DON'T WORRY. JUST LET US GO HOME, TAKE SOME VACATION TIME, COME BACK, LISTEN TO THE STATE OF THE UNION AND THEN MIRACULOUSLY ALL OF OUR PROBLEMS WILL BE SOLVED AND WE'LL BE ABLE TO AGREE ON SOMETHING. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO AGREE ON SOMETHING TODAY AND IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE DO. TWO MONTHS IN THE SENATE BILL, 24 MONTHS IN THE HOUSE BILL. IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. FEDERAL UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS EXTENSION. IT'S A LOT OF CONTROVERSY ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. YOU KNOW, THE FIRST 26 WEEKS ARE ACTUALLY PAID FOR THROUGH UNEMPLOYMENT TAXES. THE REST OF THIS EXTENSION GENERALLY NOW IS COMING OUT OF FEDERAL GENERAL REVENUES. GENERAL TAXPAYER DOLLARS. SO THERE'S A REAL OVERSIGHT, RESPONSIBILITY, IN DETERMINING HOW WE DEAL WITH THAT. IN THE HOUSE BILL, WE SAY, LET'S DEAL WITH IT, LET'S CREATE MORE JOBS, LET'S DO SOME REFORMS TO HELP PEOPLE GET OFF UNEMPLOYMENT AND FIND WORKING PAYCHECKS THAT THEY CAN RECEIVE, A 13-MONTH EXTENSION. OUR FRIENDS IN THE SENATE, TWO, TWO MONTHS, MR. SPEAKER. WE HEARD SPEAKER AFTER SPEAKER AFTER SPEAKER COME TO THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE OF THE AISLE WANTING TO KNOW WHY REPUBLICANS AREN'T WORKING HARD FOR AMERICA'S UNEMPLOYED. AND THEY ASKED THAT QUESTION, MR. SPEAKER, WHILE PUTTING A -- BRINGING A TWO-MONTH EXTENSION. REPUBLICANS BROUGHT 13. AND BY REPUBLICANS I MEAN IT WAS A BIPARTISAN HOUSE-PASSED BILL, MR. SPEAKER. GOING THROUGH REGULAR ORDER. A NUMBER OF LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED ALLOWED TO START COLLECTING FEDERAL BENEFITS AFTER FEBRUARY. LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED, FOLKS WHO HAVE BEEN LOOKING, WHO CAN'T FIND IT. WE HEARD TODAY ABOUT HOW UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS ARE DROPPING. WE KNOW THEY'RE DROPPING BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE JUST QUITTING, THEY'RE NO LONGER LOOKING, THE OBAMA ECONOMY HAS SO DISCOURAGED THE AMERICAN WORK FORCE THEY'VE JUST QUIT LOOKING. BUT THERE'S STILL SOME LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED FOX HE -- FOLKS OUT THERE. NOT SOME, LOTS. HOW MANY GET HELPED BY THE HOUSE BILL? FOUR MILLION. HOW MANY GET HELP FROM THE SENATE BILL, MR. SPEAKER? ZERO. IS IT WORTH FIGHTING ABOUT, MR. SPEAKER? IS IT WORTH STANDING UP AND BEING COUNTED WHEN THE SOLUTION THAT THIS HOUSE HAS PROPOSED UNDER REGULAR ORDER SPEAKS TO THE NEEDS OF FOUR MILLION LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS? AND THE SENATE BILL SPEAKS TO ZERO. ZERO. PAYROLL TAX CUT EXTENSION. PAYROLL TAX CUT EXTENSION. THIS IS AN EXTRA 2%, ORDINARILY FOLKS ARE PAYING ABOUT 6% IN PAYROLL TAXES OUT OF THEIR PAYCHECK. THIS IS CUTTING THAT DOWN TO 4%. IT'S A 2% REDUCTION IN THE SOCIAL SECURITY CONTRIBUTIONS OF EVERY AMERICAN WORKER. EVERY AMERICAN WORKER TAKES HOME 2% MORE IN THEIR PAYCHECK. HOUSE-PASSED SOLUTION, 12-MONTH EXTENSION OF THAT 2%. SENATE-PASSED SOLUTION, TWO MONTHS. TWO MONTHS. HOW MANY SPEAKERS HAVE WE HEARD TODAY, MR. SPEAKER? -- MR. SPEAKER, WHO HAVE TALKED TO US ABOUT HOW FAMILIES ARE HURTING? MEMBER AFTER MEMBER AFTER MEMBER AFTER MEMBER HAS COME TO THE FLOOR WITH STORIES OF SOMEONE THAT THEY KNOW FROM THEIR CONSTITUENCY WHO IS HURTING IN THIS OBAMA ECONOMY. TWO-MONTH EXTENSION WAS THE BEST THE SENATE COULD DO. 12 MONTHS IS WHAT WE GOT OUT OF THE HOUSE. WE CAN DO BETTER AND WE WILL DO BETTER, MR. SPEAKER, IN CONFERENCE. WHAT'S THAT PAYROLL TAX CUT WORK -- WORTH, MR. SPEAKER, FOR A WORKER EARNING ABOUT $50,000 A YEAR? HOUSE-PASSED BILL, IT'S WORTH $1,000. REAL MONEY IN THE POCKETS OF A $50,000-A-YEAR WORKER. WHAT'S THE SENATE-PASSED BILL DO TO HELP AMERICAN FAMILIES? $170 -- $167. HEAR THAT. TAKE US BACK, MR. SPEAKER, TO WHEN I TOLD YOU IF YOU PUT $500 ON THE CREDIT CARD OF YOUR CHILD AND YOU STARTED THAT CREDIT CARD ACCOUNT ON THE DAY JESUS CHRIST WAS BORN AND YOU RAN UP $500 EVERY DAY AND YOU'D HAVE TO CONTINUE TO DO IT SEVEN DAYS A WEAK FOR ANOTHER 700 YEARS TO RUN UP A $30 BILLION CREDIT CARD BILL. THAT'S WHAT THE SENATE DOES TO AMERICA IN THE NAME OF A TWO-MONTH EXTENSION TO PUT $167 IN SOMEONE'S POCKET. IS $167 IMPORTANT TO THE AMERICAN FAMILY? SURE IT IS, MR. SPEAKER. EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS, EVERY NICKEL COUNTS IN TODAY'S ECONOMY. BUT TELL ME THAT YOU'RE EMPATHETIC WITH THE PLIGHT OF MIDDLE CLASS, HARDWORKING AMERICANS, AND TELL ME YOUR SOLUTION IS TO FIND $167 FOR THEM THAT YOU'RE BORROWING FROM THEIR CHILDREN. $1,000, MR. SPEAKER, IS THE FIRST STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION THAT THE HOUSE-PASSED SOLUTION CONTAINS. IT'S WORTH FIGHTING FOR. REFORMING UNEMPLOYMENT TO FOCUS ON RE-EMPLOYMENT. MR. SPEAKER, DO YOU HAVE ANY CONSTITUENTS THAT SAY TO YOU THAT WHAT THEY'D RATHER HAVE IS AN UNEMPLOYMENT CHECK INSTEAD OF A PAYCHECK? BECAUSE I DON'T. I DON'T. FOLKS IN THE SEVENTH DISTRICT OF GEORGIA WANT PAYCHECKS. NOW SOME OF THEM HAVE TO ACCEPT UNEMPLOYMENT CHECKSES WHILE THEY'RE OUT THERE LOOKING TO FEED THEIR FAMILY, BUT THEY WANT A PAYCHECK. SO IN THE SPIRIT OF SOLVING THE REAL PROBLEMS, NOT JUST PUTTING A BAND-AID ON IT, BUT SOLVING THE REAL PROBLEMS, THE HOUSE-PASSED BILL FOCUSES ON RE-EMPLOYMENT. WHAT DOES THE SENATE BILL DO? NOTHING. REGULATORY REFORMS TO PROTECT AMERICAN JOBS, MR. SPEAKER, YOU HEARD MY COLLEAGUE FROM WISCONSIN WHO SAID, BUSINESSES ARE CLOSING, JOBS, LAYING PEOPLE OFF, BECAUSE OF BOILER MACT. THIS E.P.A. REGULATION. YOU'VE HEARD FROM OUR FRIENDS IN ARKANSAS, MR. SPEAKER, WHO SAY THAT THE FOLKS IN THE PIPE MANUFACTURING BUSINESS THERE IN ARKANSAS LAYING OFF JOBS BECAUSE DELAY OF APPROVING THE X.L. PIPELINE. THIS IS NOT ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT CHECKS ALONE, THIS IS ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT CHECKS OF THOSE WHO CAN'T FIND JOBS AND JOBS FOR THOSE FOLKS WHO ARE LOOKING. WHAT HAPPENS TO THE HOUSE-PASSED BILL? REGULATORY REFORMS TO PROTECT AMERICAN JOBS, YES. WHAT HAPPENS IN THE SENATE BILL? NOTHING. TELL ME, MR. SPEAKER, ARE THESE THINGS WORTH FIGHTING FOR? ARE THESE THINGS WORTH SPENDING A FEW EXTRA DAYS BETWEEN NOW AND THE END OF THE YEAR TO GET RIGHT ? PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS YES. CONSERVATIVE HOUSE FRESHMAN FROM GEORGIA SAYS YES. FROM EXTREME TO EXTREME, MR. SPEAKER, FOLKS ARE SAYING YES. MARK MY WORDS, MR. SPEAKER, HARRY REID'S GOING TO SAY YES, TOO. AND BRING THE SENATE BACK TO GET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S BUSINESS DONE. PAY FREEZE FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND FEDERAL WORKERS. MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T MIND TELLING YOU THAT I THINK I WORK PRETTY HARD. I TRY TO GIVE FOLKS AN HONEST DAY'S WORK FOR AN HONEST DAY'S DOLLAR. BUT DO YOU THINK I CAN GO HOME TO A TOWN HALL MEETING AND LOOK SOMEBODY IN THE EYE AND TELL YOU I'M DOING SUCH A GOOD JOB I DESERVE A RAISE? I'M JUST TELLING YOU HOW THE SENATE'S GOING TO RUN UP YOUR CREDIT CARD BILL BY $30 BILLION ON YOUR CHILDREN, I'M TELLING YOU HOW THE HOUSE CAN'T FIND ENOUGH VOTES TO PER SWRADE THE SENATE TO COME TO THE -- PERSUADE THE SENATE TO COME TO THE TABLE. AM I DOING MY BEST, YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT. AM I GOING TO ACCEPT THE PAY RAISE WHILE AMERICAN FAMILIES ARE HURTING? NO, I AM NOT. IN THE HOUSE-PASSED BILL, PAY FREEZE FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND FEDERAL WORKERS, YES. IN THE SENATE-PASSED BILL, NO. NO. I'LL LEAVE YOU WITH THAT BIT OF IRONY, MR. SPEAKER. WE'RE HERE BEGGING OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TO COME BACK AND WORK. THE HOUSE FREEZES SALARIES FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. THE SENATE SAID, WE'LL SORT THAT OUT WHEN WE COME BACK FROM VACATION IN FEBRUARY. AND I THANK YOU FOR THE TIME.

    Show Full Text
  • 05:54:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES -- EXCUSE ME, UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. JOHNSON, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

    Show Full Text
  • 05:54:40 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'M REMINDED OF A COMMERCIAL THAT'S…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'M REMINDED OF A COMMERCIAL THAT'S BEEN IN HEAVY ROTATION LATELY. IT'S A CHRISTMAS COMMERCIAL, SANTA CLAUS WITH A BACK ACHE AND A PAIN REMEDY BEING OFFERED TO HIM AFTER HE CLIMBS DOWN THE CHIMNEY. Y'ALL ARE PROBABLY FAMILIAR WITH THAT. SANTA IS -- FIRST SHOT IS SANTA KIND OF TRYING TO WORK IN HIS HEADQUARTERS UP IN THE NORTH POLE, PUTTING GIFTS TOGETHER AND HE'S JUST GOT A BAD BACK ACHE. PROBABLY GOT A HEADACHE, TOO. AND HIS ILLS ARE KIND OF -- ELVES ARE KIND OF LOOKING AT HIM CONCERNS AS HE WORKS DUTIFULLY ON A JOB THAT ONLY HE CAN DO AND THEN THEY SHOW HIM AS HE TRUDGES ACROSS A ROOF, ABOUT TO GO DOWN THE CHIMNEY AND HE'S HOLDING HIS BACK AND THEN WHEN HE GETS DOWN THE CHIMNEY THEY SHOW HIM STANDING OVER BY THE CHRISTMAS TREE AND HE'S DISTRIBUTE HOMEOWNER IS KIND OF WATCHING FROM A DIFFERENT ROOM AND HE CEASE SANTA STRUGGLING WITH THIS BACK ACHE AND SO HE THEN GOES TO GET SOME PAIN MEDICINE AND WHILE SANTA IS PRESUMABLY UNPACKING THE GIFTS AND PUTTING THEM UNDER THE TREE AND EVERYTHING, THEN HE TURNS AROUND AND THERE IS A GLASS OF WATER AND THE PAIN MEDICINE RIGHT THERE FOR SANTA. AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN THE MUSIC BECOMES LIVELY AND SANTA PERKS UP AND GOES ON ABOUT HIS BUSINESS. THAT KIND OF REMINDS ME OF THE HEADACHE THAT CITIZENS, THE MIDDLE CLASS, HAVE HAD OVER THE LAST YEAR, HEADACHE AND A BACKACHE. BUT THERE'S NOBODY THERE TO OFFER THEM ANY PAIN MEDICATION. INSTEAD THEY LOOK AT THEM, THIS TEA PARTY-CONTROLLED HOUSE, REPUBLICAN PARTY, LOOKS AT THEM AND JUST LAUGHS AND THEN THEY LEAVE AFTER GETTING AS MUCH AS THEY CAN OUT OF THOSE MIDDLE CLASS CITIZENS. THEY LEAVE, THEY DON'T EVEN OFFER A DRINK OR A PAIN MEDICATION. THEY JUST LEAVE. THAT'S WHAT WE'VE DONE TODAY. NOT IN THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS, NOT IN THE SPIRIT OF HAND CAN -- HANUKKAH, NOT IN THE SPIRIT OF MAN KIND, BUT IN THE SPIRIT OF THE KOCH BROTHERS AND, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I WANT TO TALK TO YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE KOCH BROTHERS WHO YOU'VE HEARD ME TALK ABOUT BEFORE. THE KOCH BROTHERS ARE A SECRETIVE BROTHER-BROTHER COMBINATION, TWO BROTHERS. THEY INHERITED THEIR FORTUNE FROM THEIR DADDY. THEY EARNED IT THE HARD WAY. AND THEY HAVE TURNED THEIR DADDY'S BUSINESS, ONCE HE PASSED ON, THEY'VE CONTINUED THIS BUSINESS AND BUILT IT INTO SOMETHING LIKE A $100 BILLION-A-YEAR COMPANY. IT'S EITHER $100 BILLION OR $200 BILLION A YEAR IN REVENUES FOR THIS -- FOR THEIR COMPANY. AND THEY ARE BILLIONAIRES, BOTH OF THE BROTHERS ARE MULTIBILLIONAIRES, MULTI, MULTIBILLIONAIRES. THEY'VE GOT A LOT OF MONEY. A LOT OF THEIR BUSINESS IS INVOLVED WITH ENERGY-RELATED CONCERNS. IN FACT, THEY OWN REFINERIES, OIL REFINERIES, THEY OWN TERMINALS WHERE THE OIL IS BROUGHT TO FOR PROCESSING, ON THE TRUCKS AND PIPELINES AND THEY'RE ALL INVOLVED IN THE ENERGY BUSINESS. AND THEY STAND TO GET QUITE A BIT OF A RETURN ON THEIR INVESTMENT IN THE 2010 ELECTIONS . THROUGH THE ORGANIZATION AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY, THEY FINANCED WHAT IS CALLED THE TEA PARTY, WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE A GRASS ROOTS GROUP BUT ACTUALLY IT'S A CORPORATE DRIVEN ANIMAL. FINANCING FOR THAT, FROM THE BROTHERS AND THEIR AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY ORGANIZATION, THEY SPENT ABOUT $45 BILLION -- ABOUT $45 MILLION IN THE 2010 ELECTION JUST RUNNING NEGATIVE ADS AGAINST DEMOCRATS. AND THEY SPENT THAT MONEY WITHOUT HAVING TO ACCOUNT FOR WHO THEIR CONTRIBUTORS WERE. SO WE DON'T KNOW WHETHER OR NOT, WE DON'T KNOW WHO THE CONTRIBUTORS ARE TO THOSE SECRET ORGANIZATIONS THAT WERE UNLEASHED TO TAINT PEOPLE'S OPINIONS ABOUT THEIR REPRESENTATIVES AND CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE AND AS A RESULT OF THIS TEA PARTY RUSE THAT WAS PERPETRATED ON THE PEOPLE, THE BROTHERS ENDED UP IN CONTROL OF CONGRESS. USING THE TEA PARTY AS A FRONT OR AS A COSTUME AS YOU -- IF YOU WILL. TAKING MANY JUSTIFIABLY ANGRY AMERICAN CITIZENS DOWN A DECEPTIVE PATH. AMERICANS WHO ARE NOT HAPPY WITH THE SHIFT IN THE INCOME DISPARITY IN THIS COUNTRY THEY CALL THEM THE TEA PARTYIERS, THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENTS. THOSE PEOPLE THEY LOOK AT GOVERNMENT AND THEY SAY THAT IT'S GOVERNMENT THAT IS TOO BIG. WHAT THEY REALLY MEAN IS THAT GOVERNMENT IS NOT WORKING FOR ME. AND THEN WE HAVE THE 99% CROWD, THE OCCUPY WALL STREET FACTION, THAT GROUP HAS ARISEN BASED ON INCOME INEQUALITY AND THEY BLAME THE CORPORATIONS, THE MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES, FOR INCOME INEQUALITY. AND ACTUALLY, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, BOTH SIDES HAVE SOMETHING THAT IS LEGITIMATE ABOUT THEIR CONCERNS. BUT IT ALL BOILS DOWN TO MONEY AND THE MONEY COMES FROM THE COKE BROTHERS, THE COKE BROTHERS DO THEIR AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY, THEY'RE THE ONES WHO BOUGHT THES OF PEOPLE FROM THE HEARTLAND ON BUSTOS WASHINGTON, D.C. DURING THE HEALTH CARE DEBATE TO DEMONSTRATE AGAINST SOMETHING THAT WAS IN THEIR OWN INTEREST. THEIR ABILITY TO ACCESS THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. THE TRICK -- THEY TRICKED THE PEOPLE AND THEN FINANCED THEM TO COME HERE, PUT THEM ON FIRST CLASS BUSES, BROUGHT THEM DOWN HERE AND WE ALL KNEW -- WE ALL KNEW THAT THAT WAS NOT SPONTANEOUS, THAT THAT WAS PREPLANNED AN ORCHESTRATED. AS A RESULT OF THAT MOVEMENT, THEY WERE ABLE TO TAKE OVER THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, CALLING THEMSELVES TEA PARTIERS. THEY TOOK OVER THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THIS IS ALL PURSUANT IF YOU WILL, AND I'M GETTING READY TO GET IN SOME TROUBLE HERE, BUT I DON'T KNOW IF ANY OF YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH LEWIS POWELL, FORMER SUPREME COURT JUSTICE LEWIS POWELL WHO BACK IN 1971, I BELIEVE, WAS APPOINTED TO THE U.S. SUPREME COURT BY PRESIDENT NIXON, WHO WAS A BUSINESS LAWYER OUT OF RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, SAT ON 11 OR 12 DIFFERENT CORPORATE BOARDS AND HE WAS FRIENDS WITH PEOPLE IN THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND AFTER HE WAS APPOINTED BUT BEFORE HE WAS CONFIRMED, HE WROTE A MEMO TO HIS GOOD FRIEND WHO WAS THE HEAD OF THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AT THE TIME, AND THAT DOCUMENT, WHICH IS KNOWN AS THE POWELL MEMO OR THE POWELL MINNESOTA FES TOE WAS ADDRESSED TO HIS FRIEND EUGENE SNYDER, WHO WAS THE DIRECTOR OF THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. THAT MEMO IS DATED AUGUST 23, 1971, JUST TWO SHORT MONTHS BEFORE -- BEFORE POWELL WAS NOMINATED. SO I MISSPOKE. THIS IS -- THIS MEMO WAS WRITTEN BEFORE HE WAS NOMINATED BY PRESIDENT NIXON FOR A SEAT ON THE SUPREME COURT. NO PRIOR JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE, NO PRIOR LITIGATION EXPERIENCE, JUST A CORPORATE LAWYER. APPOINTED ANCON FIRMED BY THE SUPREME COURT. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS MEMO DID NOT COME OUT, DID NOT BECOME PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE UNTIL AT SOME POINT AFTER HIS CONFIRMATION. IT WAS ACTUALLY REVEALED TO JACK ANDERSON WHO WAS A LIBERAL SYNDICATED COLUMNIST WHOSE COLUMN APPEARED IN, AMONG OTHER PUBLICATIONS, "THE WASHINGTON POST." HE WAS AN INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER WITH A BRILLIANT JOURNALISTIC QUALITY THAT IS LACKING IN OUR JOURNALISTS, OUR SO-CALLED JOURNALISTS OF TODAY. BUT ANYWAY, THIS LEWIS POWELL MEMO, WHICH HE WROTE TO EUGENE SNYDER, DIRECTOR OF THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, WAS WRITTEN FOR THE PURPOSE OF GETTING THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE FREE MARKET SYSTEM AND CAPITALISM FOR UNDER ATTACK AND THAT THE BUSINESSES IN THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WERE AIDING AND ABETTING THOSE ATTACKS ON CAPITALISM. IT WENT ON TO TALK ABOUT BLACKS , OUT DEMONSTRATING, AN THE MORE THOUGHTFUL BLACKS, THE MORE WELL-SPOKEN BLACKS, SPEAKING AGAINST CAPITALISM THE CAPITALIST SYSTEM, HE TALKED ABOUT RALPH THEY'DER, SUING LARGE CORPORATIONS -- RALPH THEY'DER SUING LARGE CORPORATIONS, BASED ONLE GETTING INJURED IN CARS THAT WERE NOT MANUFACTURED SUFFICIENTLY, HE TALKED ABOUT RALPH NAY DER SUING THE DRUG -- NADER FOR SUING THE DRUG COMPANIES FOR ADULTERATED DRUGS, FOR DRUGS THAT DID NOT DO WHAT THEY SAID THEY WERE GOING TO DO. THESE KINDS OF THINGS. THEY TALKED ABOUT WILLIAM COULDN'T LER A FAMOUS -- KUNTZLER A FAMOUS CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYER AND LEWIS POWELL AFTER EXPRESSING HIMSELF ON HOW THESE KINDS OF THINGS ARE NOW HAPPENING IN SOCIETY, AND BY THE WAY, THAT WAS DURING THE VIETNAM WAR PERIOD, THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA, AND HE TALKED ABOUT , WHERE ARE WE GOING? WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO TO SAVE OUR FREE MARKET SYSTEM? HE ADVOCATED TO THE CHAMBER MEMBERS, THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBERS, THAT EACH ONE OF THEM SHOULD HAVE A VICE PRESIDENT OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS SO THAT THAT PERSON COULD BE, COULD HAVE A JOB THAT DID NOTHING BUT PROTECT THE CORPORATE INTERESTS. AND HE ALSO RECOMMENDED THAT THE VARIOUS THINK TANKS BE ESTABLISHED, LIKE HE HER -- LIKE THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION, THE CATO INSTITUTE HE SAID WE NEED TO HAVE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, WE NEED TO HEAR SOME DIFFERENT VOICES OTHER THAN THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTION AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS OF FACT GATHERING. AND SO THEY DID THOSE THINGS. UP CAME THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION, THE CATO INSTITUTE, AND A BUNCH OF OTHER RIGHT-WING, NOT FAIR AND BALANCED, BUT RIGHT-WING ORGANIZATIONS CALLING THEMSELVES THINK TANKS. THEN WE HAVE CORPORATE MONEY BEING PUT INTO THE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM TO PRODUCE THE KIND OF THOUGHT THAT WOULD BE PROTECTIVE OF THE STATUS QUO. AND SO THEY BEGAN TO DEMAND A VOICE IN THE ACADEMIC ARENA. IT'S ALL PROPAGANDA THAT THEY STARTED PUTTING OUT THERE. AND THEY'VE BEEN DOING THIS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, SINCE 1971. 40 YEARS. IT HAS PRODUCED A RESULT CULMINATING IN THE 2010 ELECTION CYCLE WHERE THEY WERE ABLE TO PUT THEIR HANDS FIRMLY AROUND THE THROAT OF DEMOCRACY AND TRANGLE IT. -- AND STRANGLE IT. THEY'RE DOING THAT TODAY THROUGH THE FOLKS WHO THEY HAVE -- THE FOLKS WHO THEY HAVE ELECTED. THOSE ARE THE TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS. SO, NOW WHAT HAVE THOSE TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS DONE THIS PAST YEAR SINCE THEY HAVE BEEN IN OFFICE? THEY'VE BEEN UP TO QUITE A BIT. THEY HAVE BEEN UP TO QUITE A BIT. NONE OF WHICH IS IS GOOD FOR AMERICA. IT'S BEEN DESTRUCTIVE FOR THE PEOPLE THE REGULAR WORKING PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY AND THE POOR PEOPLE. WHAT HAVE WE SEEN THAT THEY HAVE DONE? THEY OPPOSED A DEBT CEILING INCREASE BY MISLEADING THE PUBLIC INTO THINKING THAT IT WAS MORE SPENDING AS OPPOSED TO AUTHORIZATION FOR WHAT WE HAVE ALREADY SPENT. TO BORROW THAT MONEY. THEY PLAYED GAMES AS A RESULT OF THEIR FAILURE TO DO WHAT HAD BEEN DONE ON A REGULAR BASIS FOR DECADES, INCREASING THE DEBT CEILING. IT RESULTED IN A DEVALUING OF THIS NATION'S CREDIT RATING. MAKING THE COST OF BORROWING GO UP. NOW, I KNOW SOME OF YOU SAY, WE DON'T NEED TO BE BORROWING ANY MONEY BUT I'LL TELL YOU, I DON'T KNOW OF MANY PEOPLE ABLE TO GO IN AND PURCHASE A HOUSE FOR CASH. YOU GO GET A MORTGAGE. I DON'T KNOW MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE ABLE TO GO BUY A CAR FOR CASH. NO, YOU GET SOME FINANCING. THIS CAPITALIST SYSTEM THAT THEY'RE TRYING SO HARD TO PROTECT, AND I'M A CAPITALIST, I BELIEVE IN CAPITALISM, BUT I BELIEVE IN FAIRNESS ALSO. I DON'T BELIEVE IN LA ZAIRE FAIR CAPITALISM. I BELIEVE IN -- IN LAISSEZ-FAIRE CAPITALISM. I BELIEVE IN CAPITALISM THAT WORKS FOR EVERYBODY, THAT'S FAIR. IN THEIR ENDEAVOR TO PROTECT THAT LAISSEZ-FAIRE CORPORATION, LAISSEZ-FAIRE ECONOMICS, YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE DAMAGED THE ABILITY OF THIS GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE AND TO PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE. THE GENERAL WELFARE, NOT THE WELFARE OF THE MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES BUT THE GENERAL WELFARE, THE 99%. WHAT HAVE THESE TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS DONE FOR THE 99%? WELL, THEY MADE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR THEIR GOVERNMENT TO BORROW MONEY. SOME OF YOU SAY THAT'S GOOD. I SAY THAT WHEN YOU HAVE MONEY, WHEN YOU NEED TO BORROW MONEY IN ORDER TO PRIME THE PUMP OF YOUR ECONOMY, THEN YOU SHOULD BORROW THE MONEY, PRIME THE PUMP OF THE ECONOMY, BUILD UP YOUR ECONOMIC ENGINE, PAY OFF THE DEBT AND MOVE FORWARD. THAT'S THE WAY THAT WE HAVE ALWAYS DONE IT, THAT'S THE WAY THAT AMERICA ROLLS, IF YOU WILL. WE'RE NOT IN ANY DANGER OF NOT BEING ABLE TO PAY BACK OUR DEBT. IT WAS A MANUFACTURED CRISIS. SO, 15 MILLION JOBS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, HAVE BEEN LOST LARGELY OUT OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR. BASED ON THESE CUTBACKS, THESE MINDLESS CUTBACKS. SENIORS HAVE BEEN THREATENED WITH A CHANGE IN MEDICARE INTO A VOUCHER SYSTEM AS PROPOSED BY THE BUDGET COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN. THESE THINGS HAVE NOT BEEN GOOD FOR THE WORKING PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY. THE CUTS IN THE PAUL RYAN HOUSE G.O.P. BUDGET, INHUMANE AND MERCILESS. THEY HAVE BEEN QUITE DUTIFUL IN DOING THE BUSINESS OF THE KOCH BROTHERS. THEY HAVEN'T BEEN DOING ANY BUSINESS ON BEHALF OF THE 99%ERS -- 99 PERCENTERS. THE RYAN BUDGET, THE CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT WHICH SET ARBITRARY SPENDING CAPS AND REQUIRED A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD LOCK IN AN UNFAIR TAX CODE AND TAX RATE AND TAX SYSTEM, WOULD JUST LOCK IT IN FOREVER, REQUIRING A 3/5 VOTE IN ORDER TO ACTUALLY RAISE TAXES, NOT TO MENTION JUST A FAILURE TO LOOK AT A FUNDAMENTAL NEW DIRECTION FOR OUR TAX CODE. NO, THEY'RE MAINTAINING THE STATUS QUO BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THE KOCH BROTHERS WANT. THEY LOVE ALL OF THOSE -- THEY LOVE ALL OF THOSE LOOPHOLES, TAX CREDITS, EXEMPTIONS THAT ARE BUILT INTO THE TAX CODE JUST TO BENEFIT THEM AND A COUPLE OF THEIR WORTHY -- WEALTHY FRIENDS. THEY HAVE SOUGHT TO REMOVE THE ABILITY OF THE FEDERAL AGENCIES LIKE THE E.P.A. AND THE F.D.A. FROM BEING ABLE TO REGULATE AND MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE SAFE PRODUCTS, WE HAVE SAFE AIR AND WATER, FOOD, DRUGS. THEY HAVE FOUGHT AND PASSED LEGISLATION TO REMOVE THOSE REGULATIONS AND TO HAMPER THE ABILITY OF THESE FEDERAL AGENCIES TO PRODUCE OTHER REGULATIONS AS THE NEED ARISES. SHORT SIGHTED. IT WAS ALL TO BENEFIT THE KOCH BROTHERS AND THEIR FRIENDS. THE ENERGY PREVENTION, ENERGY TAX PREVENTION ACT OF 2011, PROHIBITING THE E.P.A. FROM REGULATING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS, THE FARM DUST REGULATION PREVENTION ACT OF 2011, A WASTE OF TIME THAT PREVENTS THE E.P.A. FROM REGULATING FARM DUST. EVEN THOUGH THE E.P.A. HAS SAID THAT IT DOES NOT PLAN TO REGULATE FARM DUST. THE NORTH AMERICAN-MADE ENERGY SECURITY ACT WHICH WE PURPORT TO FORCE THE PRESIDENT TO APPROVE THIS KEYSTONE PIPELINE. KEYSTONE PIPELINE, BY THE WAY, THERE'S A TERMINAL OWNED BY THE KOCH BROTHERS, ONE OF THEIR CORPORATE SUBSIDIARIES LOCATED IN -- AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS PIPELINE, UP IN CANADA, ALBERTA, CANADA, AND THEN ALONG THE ROUTE, THE PROPOSED ROUTE OF THE PIPELINE ARE OTHER KOCH BROTHERS ENTITIES, REFINERIES, THAT WILL PROFIT AS A RESULT OF THE TAR SANDS, OIL SANDS, COMING OUT OF CANADA THROUGH THE U.S. ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE GULF OF MEXICO. AND THEN WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT GULF OF MEXICO? THE OIL WILL BE SHIPPED OVER TO CHINA. NOT ANY OF IT AVAILABLE TO AMERICANS FOR OUR ENERGY USE. IT'S ALL GOING OVERSEAS TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER AND THAT'S A FACT. THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION SAFETY AND SOUNDNESS IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2011, WHICH WOULD -- WHICH WOULD WEAKEN THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU, WHICH WAS A PART OF THE DODD-FRANK WALL STREET REGULATIONS, THEY'VE SOUGHT TO WATER THAT DOWN AND THEN IN THE SENATE THE REPUBLICANS HAVE PREVENTED A A HEAD OF THAT AGENCY FROM BEING -- A HEAD OF THAT AGENCY FROM BEING CONFIRMED . THEY HAVE FOUGHT THE PAYROLL TAX CUTS AND THE EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE TO THE LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED. THEY HAVE FOUGHT THAT WITH GREAT VIGOR. THEY HELD THOSE ITEMS HOSTAGE, BY THE WAY, LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME JUST SO THAT THEY COULD GET A TWO-YEAR EXTENSION ON THE BUSH TAX CUTS WHICH BENEFIT THE TOP 1%. AND I MUST CONGRATULATE THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE, THE TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS WHO HAVE BATTED 100% IN ENSURING THAT NOT ONE TAX INCREASE FOR MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES WAS ABLE TO PASS THROUGH THIS HOUSE. BUT EASILY, THOUGH, THEY CAN WALK AWAY FROM A TAX CUT FOR THE MIDDLE EAST, THEY JUST DID IT TODAY. EXCUSE ME, FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. THEY JUST DID IT TODAY. INSTEAD OF ALLOWING US TO VOTE ON A SENATE BILL WHICH WAS APPROVED OVER THERE IN A BIPARTISAN WAY, 89 OF 100 SENATORS VOTED YES, 10 VOTED NO. THAT'S ALMOST A 90% BIPARTISAN BILL THAT THE SENATE PASSED. IT'S NOT THE BEST BILL, TWO MONTHS OF EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, TWO -MONTH EXTENSION OF THE PAYROLL TAX CUT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS, TWO-MONTH EXTENSION OF THE -- WHAT'S CALLED THE DOC FIX, BUT THE DOCTORS AT THE END OF THE YEAR WHO TREAT MEDICARE PATIENTS ARE SCHEDULED TO RECEIVE A 27% REDUCTION IN THE AMOUNT OF THEIR REIMBURSEMENTS PAID BY THE GOVERNMENT. AND THE REPUBLICANS HERE IN THE HOUSE REFUSED TO ALLOW US TO VOTE ON THAT SENATE BIPARTISAN BILL WHICH, AS THEY SAY, KICKS THE CAN DOWN THE, BUT IT DOES EXTEND -- DOWN THE ROAD, BUT IT DOES EXTEND THE OPPORTUNITY TO REACH A LONGER TERM AGREEMENT BY 60 DAYS. BUT INSTEAD WHAT WE HAVE IS THE REPUBLICANS HERE IN CONGRESS, THE TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS, REFUSING TO LET US VOTE ON THE SENATE PROPOSAL AND THEN THEY, INSTEAD OF ANNOUNCING THAT WE'RE LEAVING TOWN NOW, THEY DON'T INTEND TO COME BACK, THEY'RE GONE. IF YOU GO TO THE AIRPORT RIGHT NOW YOU'LL SEE THEM LINED UP, MANY OF THEM WITH HATS ON, TRYING TO SHIELD THEMSELVES FROM THE GLARE OF PUBLIC ATTENTION, MAKING THEIR WAY BACK HOME. YOU'LL FIND THEM AT THE AIRPORT RIGHT NOW. AND THEY DON'T WANT TO COME BACK . WE COULD HAVE HAD THIS DONE, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. WE COULD HAVE -- WE COULD HAVE ALL LEFT TODAY, THIS CHAMBER, WITH OUR HEADS HELD HIGH, KNOWING THAT THE MIDDLE CLASS, KNOWING THAT IT WON'T BE A TAX INCREASE AS OF JANUARY 1 FOR 160 MILLION AMERICANS. WE WOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT THOSE 2.2 MILLION LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED INDIVIDUALS WOULD HAVE THEIR BENEFITS EXTENDED. WE WOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT THE 47 MILLION SENIORS ON MEDICARE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES WOULD HAVE THE ABILITY TO ACCESS THE SAME DOCTOR THAT THEY HAVE UTILIZED BECAUSE THAT DOC FIX DIDN'T GO INTO EFFECT. THE 27% DECREASE. THAT'S GOING TO CAUSE DOCTORS TO BE UNABLE FINANCIALLY TO TREAT THOSE PATIENTS. SO, IT RAISES THE POSSIBILITY THAT PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO BE REASSIGNED TO ANOTHER DOCTOR AND THEN BECAUSE SO MANY DOCTORS WILL OPT OUT OF TREATING MEDICARE, THEN THAT MEANS THAT THE DOCTORS WHO DO TREAT THEM HAVE A LARGER CLIENTELE, PATIENT BASE, AND CAN'T BE AS EFFECTIVE AS IF THEY COULD JUST SIMPLY PRACTICE MEDICINE IN A WAY THAT WAS NOT VOLUME-ORIENTED. SO, THESE ARE NOT THINGS THAT I FEEL GOOD ABOUT IN TERMS OF BEING ABLE TO LEAVE TODAY. BUT MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS GOT UP AND INFERRED -- ACTUALLY TOLD YOU THAT THE REASON WHY THEY WERE LEAVING IS BECAUSE IT'S NOT A 12-MONTH EXTENSION OF THE TAX CUT. AND YOU KNOW, I KNOW AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THAT THAT'S NOT TRUE AND THEY ARGUED THAT WITH RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION ONE AFTER THE OTHER. IT'S LIKE THEY HAVE GOTTEN TO THE POINT WHERE NOW THEY BELIEVE THE STUFF THEMSELVES. BUT DON'T YOU BE FOOLED, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. DON'T BE HOODWINKED. DON'T BE MISLED. WE'VE GOT ELECTIONS COMING UP IN 2012. THE MONDAY THAT OF DISTRIBUTE MANTRA OF THE OPPOSITION TO PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS -- THE MANTRA TO THE OPPOSITION OF PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS BEEN, WE'RE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAKE HIM A ONE-TERM PRESIDENT. THEY ANNOUNCED THAT ON THE DAY OF HIS INAUGURATION. THEY HAVE STUCK TO IT. AND THEY ARE CONCERNED BECAUSE DESPITE ALL OF THAT OBSTRUCTIONISM, THE ECONOMY HAS STARTED TO GET A LITTLE BETTER. THEY'RE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT. SO THEY WANT TO IMPOSE AS MUCH HARM AND PAIN ON MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE AS THEY CAN. TO TRY TO KEEP THEM CONFUSED ABOUT WHAT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING IN THEIR LIVES. IS IT THE KOCH BROTHERS, AN UNBRIDLED LAISSEZ-FAIRE FREE MARKET ACTIVITY THAT'S HARMING THEM? OR IS IT GOVERNMENT? TO THE EXTENT THAT GOVERNMENT IS IN BED WITH FOLKS LIKE THE KOCH BROTHERS, YES, GOVERNMENT IS THE PROBLEM. BUT THERE'S SOME GOOD PEOPLE OUT HERE, NOT EVERYBODY IS INVOLVED WITH THE KOCH BROTHERS, WHO BOUGHT AND SOLD OFF TO THE -- HAVE SOLD OFF TO THE KOCH BROTHERS. NOT EVERYBODY. NOT EVERYBODY HAS BEEN INFLUENCED UNDER THE LEWIS POWELL MANIFESTO THAT HAS BEEN PUT INTO OPERATION AND HAS RESULTED IN WHERE WE ARE TODAY WITH PEOPLE IN THE STREETS DEMANDING EQUITY. THIS IS A SERIOUS SITUATION THAT WE'RE IN, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. IT'S FOR THE HEART AND SOUL OF OUR CUPRY. AND THERE ARE MANY GOOD PEOPLE OUT HERE IN CONGRESS WHO WANT TO DO THE RIGHT THING BY WAY OF THE PEOPLE. BUT THEN YOU'VE GOT A GROUP OF EXTREMISTS IN HERE CALLING THEMSELVES TEA PARTIERS WHO ARE CONTROLLING THE FLOW OF EVERYTHING. AND IT'S NOT TO YOUR BENEFIT. NOW, I DON'T NORMALLY COME UP AND PARTICIPATE IN THESE ONE-HOUR DISERATIONS, THIS IS THE FIRST ONE I'VE DONE, EVER, BY MYSELF. BUT I THOUGHT I WOULD DO SO TODAY BECAUSE I REALLY -- IT'S ON MY HEART TO MAKE SURE THAT WE SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR AND THAT YOU AT LEAST HAVE A VOICE THAT'S CRYING A DIFFERENT TUNE THAN THE RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION OF THE -- OF THOSE WHO I AGAIN HAVE TO CONGRATULATE THIS YEAR, THE TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS WHO BATTED 100 PK, NOT ONE PENNY OF TAXES FOR THEIR KOCH BROTHERS FRIENDS, MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES, BUT YET THEY LEAVE AND COST EACH MIDDLE CLASS TAXPAYER ON AVERAGE ABOUT $1,000. WHICH WILL GO INTO EFFECT ON JANUARY 1. BECAUSE THEY WOULD NOT LET THIS BODY VOTE ON THE SENATE BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE BILL. THEY DON'T LIKE COMPROMISE. THEY DON'T WANT BIPARTISANSHIP. IT'S OUR WAY OR YOU TAKE THE HIGHWAY. AND THAT'S THE WAY THAT IT'S BEEN THIS PAST YEAR. ALL OF THE MANUFACTURED CRISES THE DEBT CEILING, THE -- WILL WE BE ABLE TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPERATING? GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWNS. WE'VE HAD ABOUT THREE OF THOSE THIS YEAR. AND THEN THEY LEAVE OUT OF HERE SAYING THAT A TWO-MONTH EXTENSION OF TAX CUTS FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS WON'T DO ANYTHING, IT CAN'T BE DONE, I HEARD ONE -- THE FOURTH HIGHEST RANKING REPUBLICAN IN THIS BODY LAMENTED THAT A TWO-MONTH EXTENSION OF THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE FOR THE LONG-TERM UNINSURED WOULD BURDEN THE PAYROLL SOFTWARE COMPANIES, THEY'RE MORE WORRIED ABOUT THE BURDEN OF AN ACCOUNTING FIX THAT CAN BE DONE WITH A COUPLE OF -- ON THE COMPUTER. THEY'RE WORRIED ABOUT THAT BURDEN ON THE CORPORATIONS THAT PREPARE THE PAYROLL CHECKS AND INFORMATION LIKE THAT, THAT PROVIDE PAYMENT FOR THEIR CORPORATE CUSTOMERS, HE'S WORRIED ABOUT THEM BUT HE'S NOT WORRIED ABOUT THE VERY PEOPLE WHO WILL LOSE -- WHO WILL END UP PAYING $1,000 MORE. IT DOESN'T REALLY MAKE A WHOLE LOT OF SENSE. HE DOESN'T CARE ABOUT THOSE WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO STAY IN THE MIDDLE CLASS, DEPENDING ON THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, WHICH WILL GET CUT OFF, WHACKED OFF, COME JANUARY 1. SOMEBODY ELSE TODAY ON THE TEA PARTY SIDE SAID THAT WE ARE -- THIS IS A GAME OF POKER THAT WE'RE PLAYING RIGHT NOW. HOW RIDICULOUS. ARE ANY OF YOU OUT THERE PLAYING POKER? DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO PLAY POKER WITH? TRYING TO BUY CHRISTMAS GIFTS OUT HERE. THEY SAY THAT THIS PAYROLL TAX CUT AND THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE AN THE DOC FIX CAN'T BE IMPLEMENTED WITHIN TWO MONTHS BUT THOSE THINGS ARE -- WE'RE JUST MAINTAINING THE STATUS QUO, THERE'S NOTHING TO IMPLEMENT. WHY CAN'T WE LET IT GO FOR ANOTHER TWO MONTHS AN GIVE IT -- GIVE OURSELVES ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO NEGOTIATE A FAIR AND BALANCED, BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT THE PRESIDENT CAN SIGN? LIKE WHAT THEY DID IN THE SENATE. WHY CAN'T WE DO THAT? WELL, I SUBMIT TO YOU THAT THEY'RE NOT REALLY INTERESTED IN THE MIDDLE CLASS. THAT'S CLEAR. BECAUSE IF THEY WERE, THEY WOULD NOT HAVE LEFT TODAY. SOME OF THEM UNWITTINGLY ARE PAWNS IN THIS MASTER PLAN THAT WAS SET OUT IN THE LEWIS POWELL MEMO AND I'D ADVISE YOU TO GO TO THE INTERNET AND LOOK IT UP. LEWIS LEWIS POWELL. -- L-E-W-I-S, LEWIS POWELL. YOU CAN READ THAT AND SEE HOW EFFECTIVE HIS PLAN HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT AND HOW CLOSE WE ARE TO THE HOPES AND DREAMS OF MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS BEING STRANGLED DUE TO THEIR PUBLIC POLICY BEING CONTROLLED BY THOSE CORPORATIONS. NOT FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PEOPLE BUT FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE RICH, POWERFUL, AND CORPORATIONS, WHICH OUR U.S. SUPREME COURT NOW SAYS ARE PEOPLE. IN THE CITIZENS UNITED DECISION , I WATCHED -- I WATCHED ONE OF THE JUSTICES SHAKING HIS HEAD DURING THE PRESIDENT'S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS, WHERE HE DIRECTED COMMENTS ABOUT THE CITIZENS UNITED DECISION. I WATCHED THAT JUSTICE SHAKING HIS HEAD, NO, I WONDER IF HE WOULD SHAKE HIS HEAD NO TODAY AS THE PRESIDENT POINTED OUT EXACTLY WHAT WOULD HAPPEN AS A RESULT OF THAT CORPORATE INFLUENCE GAINING UNFETTERED ACCESS TO OUR PUBLIC POLICYMAKING APPARATUS, OUR DEMOCRACY. SO WE'RE UNDER ATTACK, MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE, IT'S TIME FOR US TO STAND UP, TO GET EDUCATED ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON OUT HERE AND THE FACT THAT THERE'S NO NEED TO BE ANGRY WITH YOUR NEIGHBOR BECAUSE THEY ARE AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR NEIGHBOR OVER THERE IS GAY OR THIS ONE OVER HERE, I DON'T KNOW IF THEY ARE A ILLEGAL ALIEN OR NOT SO I DON'T -- YOU KNOW, GOT TO DO AWAY WITH THEM. JUST -- AND ABORTION, IS, YOU KNOW, WE END UP DIVIDING OURSELVES BASED ON THE PUBLIC RELATIONS GAME PLAN THAT IS PUT FORWARD TO INFLUENCE US. AND WE FALL FOR IT. SO THEN WE GET DIVIDED, BLAMING OURSELVES INSTEAD OF DIRECTING OUR ATTENTION TO THOSE WHO CONTINUE TO DRIVE THEIR BRINKS TRUCKS, HOUR AFTER HOUR, INTO THE BANK. SO IT'S TIME FOR US TO WAKE UP, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT'S TIME FOR US TO GET SMART IT'S TIME FOR US TO PUT ASIDE OUR DISLIKES BASED ON HOW SOMEBODY LOOKS AND IT'S TIME FOR US TO UNITE AND TAKE THIS COUNTRY BACK. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO ME TODAY. I FEEL BETTER AFTER CLOSING THE YEAR WITH SETTING THINGS IN A PROPER FORMAT AND I LOOK FORWARD TO US BEING TABLE COME BACK NEXT YEAR AND DO SOME THINGS THAT WILL BENEFIT REGULAR WORKING PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY AND TRY TO SHIFT THE -- TRY TO SHIFT THE IMBALANCE OF WEALTH BACK INTO ONE WHERE ALL PEOPLE ARE TABLE PROSPER IN THIS COUNTRY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND I YIELD BACK.

    Show Full Text
  • 06:42:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WOULD NOW ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WOULD NOW ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO ADJOURN.

    Show Full Text
  • 06:42:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURP. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURP. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED,

    Show Full Text

Statistics

115th Congress - House
Total Hours: 1482 (After 657 days)
  • Debate689 Hours
  • Special Orders287 Hours
  • Votes231 Hours
  • One Minute Speeches120 Hours
  • Morning Hour107 Hours
  • Opening Procedures8 Hours

Click a category within the legend to toggle its visibility.

Source: Resume of Congressional Activity (senate.gov)