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House Session - February 27, 2012

1) H.R. 1433 - Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2012 (Sponsored by Rep. James Sensenbrenner / Judiciary Committee)
2) Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 347 - Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011 (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Rooney / Judiciary Committee)

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  • 02:00:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 02:00:29 PM

    THE CLERK

    ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. FEBRUARY 27, 2012. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE…

    ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. FEBRUARY 27, 2012. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE JEFF DENHAM TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, JOHN A. BOEHNER, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 02:00:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR CHAPLAIN, FATHER CONROY. FATHER CONROY:…

    THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR CHAPLAIN, FATHER CONROY. FATHER CONROY: LET US PRAY. COMPASSIONATE AND MERCIFUL GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. LET THE MEMBERS OF THIS PEOPLE'S HOUSE AS THEY RETURN FROM BUSY DAYS AWAY FROM THE CAPITOL, GIVE THEM STRENGTH, FORTITUDE, AND PATIENCE. FILL THEIR HEARTS WITH CHARITY, THEIR MINDS WITH UNDERSTANDING, THEIR WILLS WITH COURAGE TO DO THE RIGHT THING FOR ALL OF AMERICA. IN THE WORK TO BE DONE NOW, MAY THEY RISE TOGETHER TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT IS BEST FOR OUR GREAT NATION AND INDEED FOR ALL THE WORLD. FOR YOU HAVE BLESSED US WITH MANY GRACES AND GIVEN US THE RESPONSIBILITY OF BEING A LIGHT SHINING ON A HILL. MAY ALL THAT IS DONE THIS DAY BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY. AMEN.

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  • 02:01:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 02:01:56 PM

    MR. WILSON

    EVERYONE, INCLUDING OUR GUESTS IN THE GALLERY, PLEASE JOIN IN. I PLEDGE…

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

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  • 02:02:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RISE.

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  • 02:02:22 PM

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

  • 02:02:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:02:27 PM

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    SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO COMMEND MY ALMA MATER, DETROIT CATHOLIC CENTRAL…

    SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO COMMEND MY ALMA MATER, DETROIT CATHOLIC CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL, FOR WINNING MICHIGAN'S 2012 DIVISION I STATE WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP.

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  • 02:02:40 PM

    MR. MCCOTTER

    TEAM'S NINTH STATE WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP. AFTER WINNING THE CATHOLIC HIGH…

    TEAM'S NINTH STATE WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP. AFTER WINNING THE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE TITLE, C.C. DOMINATED THE DISTRICT IN REGIONAL MEETS AND IN THE FINALS DEFEATED OXFORD TO CAP A 25-3-0 SEASON. THE COACH NOT ONLY CLAIMED THEIR SECOND TITLE IN THREE YEARS, THEY ARE SENDING 10 SHAMROCK WRESTLERS TO THE INDIVIDUAL STATE FINALS. TRULY THE TOIL AND DEVOTION OF EVERY C.C. TEAMMATE IS INSPIRING AND WELL REFLECTS UPON THE ENTIRE CATHOLIC CENTRAL FAMILY WHO CELEBRATES THE STUDENT ATHLETE'S ACHIEVEMENT. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING THE COACH AND THE SHAM ROCKS FOR HAVING EARNED THE 2012 STATE WRESTLING TITLE. AND FOR EXEMPLIFYING THE FATHER'S TEACHINGS OF GOODNESS, DISCIPLINE, AND KNOWLEDGE. LIVE AND DIE FOR C.C. HIGH. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:03:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA RISE.

  • 02:03:40 PM

    MR. WILSON

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

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

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  • 02:03:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MIN.

  • 02:03:47 PM

    MR. WILSON

    MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK I WAS GRATEFUL TO BE PART OF A CONGRESSIONAL…

    MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK I WAS GRATEFUL TO BE PART OF A CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION LED BY CHAIRMAN DAVID DREIER THAT ESTABLISHED A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PLARLMENT OF KURDISTAN. -- PARLIAMENT OF KURDISTAN. WE TRAVELED AS -- KURDISTAN. WE TRAVELED TO BUILD STRONGER LEGISLATURES. FOLLOWING PARLIAMENTRY ELECTIONS IN 2010, THEY COMPLETED THE FIRST PEACEFUL TRANSATION AFTER AN OPEN AND COMPETITIVE ELECTION. THE NEW PRESIDENT IS COMMITTED TO PARLIAMENTRY DEMOCRACY. UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF SPEAKER HASSELBECK, THE PARLIAMENT AND THE H.T.P. WILL WORK TOGETHER TO STRENGTHEN COMMITTEE OPERATIONS, BUDGET ANALYSIS, CONSTITUENT RELATIONS, AND OTHER INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS. IT'S A BRIGHT STAR IN CENTRAL ASIA WITH A GROWING ECONOMY, DEDICATED PRESIDENT, THE PRESTIGIOUS AMERICAN YOUTH OF CENTRAL ASIA, AND A DYNAMIC PARLIAMENTARIAN MEMBERSHIP WORKING WITH AN ENGAGED POPULATION TO ESTABLISH A DEMOCRACY. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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  • 02:05:01 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 TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:05:06 PM

    MR. POE

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

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

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  • 02:05:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:05:12 PM

    MR. POE

    MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THE PRESIDENT TOOK OFFICE, GASOLINE COST $1.96. NOW IT'S…

    MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THE PRESIDENT TOOK OFFICE, GASOLINE COST $1.96. NOW IT'S ALMOST $4 A GALLON. SPRING BREAKERS IN DISNEY WORLD CAN EXPECT TO PAY NEARLY $6 A GALLON TO FILL UP THEIR INDIVIDUAL CARS. BUT AMERICANS HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO PAY THE HIGHER PRICE BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT IS STONEWALLING A DOMESTIC ENERGY POLICY. I GO TO WORK TO MAKE MONEY TO PAY FOR THE GAS JUST TO GET TO WORK. THE PRESIDENT'S ENERGY POLICY IS NOTHING FROM BELOW, NOTHING FROM BELOW THE GROUND, NOTHING FROM BELOW THE SEA. WE ARE THE ONLY NATION IN THE WORLD THAT PLACES MOST OF OUR OFFSHORE TERRITORY OFF LIMITS TO OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION. MEANWHILE, THE GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO SUBSIDIZE FAILED GREEN ENERGY PROJECTS. WE SHOULD BE SAYING YES TO ALL TYPES OF AMERICAN ENERGY. YES TO MORE OFFSHORE DRILLING. YES TO ANWR, YES TO FASTER APPROVAL OF PERMITS. AND YES TO THE KEYSTONE X.L. PIPELINE. LET'S MAKE GASOLINE AFFORDABLE FOR DIANA AND ALL AMERICANS. THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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  • 02:06:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 02:06:21 PM

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

  • 02:06:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:06:26 PM

    MR. COHEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS WEEKEND MANY OF US WATCHED THE OSCARS AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS WEEKEND MANY OF US WATCHED THE OSCARS AND AMONG THE WINNERS WAS A DOCUMENTARY FILM CALLED "THE UNDEFEATED. " IT WAS ABOUT A FOOTBALL TEAM IN MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE. HIGH SCHOOL, MANASSAS HIGH SCHOOL. AND A GENTLEMAN NAMED BILL WHO WAS A VOLUNTEER COACH THERE. AND WENT TO MANASSAS DURING THE 2009-2010 SEASON TO TRY TO HELP THE KIDS AND HELP THEM GET THROUGH AND A BETTER LIFE. IT'S A TOUGH PART OF THE CITY, A LOT OF POVERTY, A LOT OF ONE-PARENT HOUSEHOLDS AND THINGS TO OVERCOME. THEY HAD A FOOTBALL PLAYER NAMED O.C. BROWN, AN OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE TACKLE, HE GOT A SCHOLARSHIP TO GO TO SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI. A GREAT BALLPLAYER. THE COACH WORKED WITH HIM AND OTHERS TO MAKE SURE THAT HE GOT THAT OPPORTUNITY TO ADVANCE. IT'S A LOT LIKE I GUESS THE "BLIND SIDE" EXCEPT IT WAS A STORY ABOUT COACH COURTNEY AND O.C. BROWN OF MANASSAS. IT WON AN OSCAR AND DESERVED IT. IT'S ABOUT PEOPLE NOT GIVING UP AND MAKING A SUCCESS OF THINGS. IN JUST -- UNDER ONE HALF A SEMESTER O.C. BROWN WAS ABLE TO ACHIEVE A 3.0 GRADE AVERAGE AND GET THAT SCHOLARSHIP. MANASSAS' -- IS FILLED WITH TALENTED PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:07:41 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 TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:07:47 PM

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    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:07:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:07:56 PM

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    TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF A GREAT MAN WHO LIVED IN MY DISTRICT, CHARLIE…

    TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF A GREAT MAN WHO LIVED IN MY DISTRICT, CHARLIE PETEYHOUSE WAS BORN IN DETROIT AND RAISED IN RAY COUNTY,TOWN TEMPERATURE TEMPERATURE. A COMMITTED METHODIST, HE EARNED HIS ASSOCIATES DEGREE FROM TENNESSEE WESLEYAN COLLEGE AND MAINEDTAINED -- MAINTAINED A LIFELONG RELATIONSHIP WITH THE INSTITUTION. HE ALSO RECEIVED DEGREES FROM EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY AND VANDERBILT.

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  • 02:08:22 PM

    MR. FLEISCHMANN

    AFTER COMPLETING HIS FEAGS, HE WENT TO WORK AS A TEACH -- HIS EDUCATION,…

    AFTER COMPLETING HIS FEAGS, HE WENT TO WORK AS A TEACH -- HIS EDUCATION, HE WENT TO WORK AS A TEACHER AND PRINCIPAL. HE TOUCHED MANY YOUNG LIVES IN HIS CAREER. AS AN EDUCATOR, WHICH INCLUDED SERVING AS PRINCIPAL AT BACHMANN AND FALLING WATER ELEMENTARY UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1990. I GOT TO KNOW CHARLIE THROUGH HIS WORK IN LOCAL POLITICS. CHARLIE WAS ALWAYS A PRESENCE WHETHER AT THE HAMILTON COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIR, A CAMPAIGN MANAGER, OR A DELEGATE TO THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION. HE ALSO SERVED AS TENNESSEE'S WILDLIFE COMMISSIONER UNDER TWO GOVERNORS. LAST APRIL I JOINED MANY IN CHATTANOOGA TO PAY TRIBUTE TO A MAN WHO INSPIRED SO MANY TO SERVE. I WAS HONORED TO CALL HIM MY MENTOR. CHARLIE PASSED AWAY FEBRUARY 19 AND IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTERS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:09:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 02:09:22 PM

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    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:09:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:09:28 PM

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    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1433, THE PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS…

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1433, THE PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS PROTECTION ACT OF 2012. THIS BILL REPRESENTS A RETURN OF BASIC PROPERTY RIGHTS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. RIGHTS WE ARE GUARANTEED IN THE U.S. CONSTITUTION. IN 2005, THESE RIGHTS CAME UNDER ATTACK WHEN THE U.S. SUPREME COURT RULED IN FAVOR OF A CORPORATION TAKING INDIVIDUAL HOMES IN THE NAME OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

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  • 02:09:54 PM

    MR. PALAZZO

    RESULT, PEOPLE LOST THEIR HOMES TO FALSE PROMISES OF JOBS AND TAX REVENUE.…

    RESULT, PEOPLE LOST THEIR HOMES TO FALSE PROMISES OF JOBS AND TAX REVENUE. NOW INSTEAD OF A BOOMING BUSINESS, THERE IS ONLY A CITY DUMP WHERE THE HOMES ONCE STOOD. I AGREE WITH SUPREME COURT JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMAS WHEN HE WROTE IN HIS DISSENTING OPINION, SOMETHING HAS GONE SERIOUSLY AWRY WITH THIS COURT'S INTERPRETATION OF THE CONSTITUTION. THOSE CITIZENS ARE SAFE FROM THE GOVERNMENT IN THEIR HOMES, THE HOMES THEMSELVES ARE NOT SAFE. THAT IS WHY I SUPPORTED AN EMINENT DOMAIN AMOUNT TO THE MISSISSIPPI CONSTITUTION, MISSISSIPPI INITIATIVE 31, WITH 73% OF MICHIGAN VOTERS APPROVED LAST NOVEMBER. I URGE MY -- MISSISSIPPI OWNERS APPROVED LAST NOVEMBER. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:10:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 02:10:40 PM

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

  • 02:10:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:10:46 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS WEEK IS RARE DISEASE DAY WHICH TAKES PLACE ON…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS WEEK IS RARE DISEASE DAY WHICH TAKES PLACE ON FEBRUARY 29. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE WORK OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND THEIR EFFORT TO BRING DOWN RARE DISEASES. I ALSO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS WHO ARE AFFLICTED WITH DISEASES WHOSE SYMPTOMS ARE SO COMPLEX THEY SIMPLY REMAIN UNDIAGNOSED. THE MAJORITY OF THESE DISORDERS HAVE GENETIC CAUSES AND OVER HALF AFFECT CHILDREN. THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH HAS JOINED A WORLDWIDE EFFORT WITH MORE THAN 40 COUNTRIES TO RECOGNIZE AND SEEK BETTER WAYS TO DIAGNOSE AND TREAT PATIENTS. ON FEBRUARY 29, THE N.I.H. IS OBSERVING A FIFTH ANNUAL RARE KEY SEIZE -- DISEASE DAY. IN CONJUNCTION WITH THAT, N.I.H. DIRECTOR WILL ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF GENETIC TESTING REGISTRY. THIS IS AN ONLINE TOOL DEVELOPED BY N.I.H. SCIENTISTS, PROVIDING HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND PATIENTS ACCESS TO INFORMATION ON GENETIC TESTS. I ALSO HAVE LEGISLATION THAT WOULD EXPAND ON THESE EFFORTS. THIS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, THE RAREST OF DAYS ON THE CALENDAR, WOULD CAUSE PAUSE TO HONOR THOSE WORKING HARD TO RESEARCH AND DIAGNOSE PATIENTS WITH THE RAREST OF RARE DISEASES. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE WORK OF N.I.H. AND GRATEFUL THEY ARE ORGANIZING AN EVENT LIKE RARE DISEASE DAY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:12:02 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 OREGON RISE? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 02:12:13 PM

    MR. DEFAZIO

    DECEMBER THE SPEAKER TOLD US THE REPUBLICAN SIGNATURE JOBS BILL WAS GOING…

    DECEMBER THE SPEAKER TOLD US THE REPUBLICAN SIGNATURE JOBS BILL WAS GOING TO BE THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION RE-AUTHORIZATION. YET UNDER PRESSURE FROM THE EXTREME RIGHT IN HIS CAUCUS TWO WEEKS AGO HE SAID IN THE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS, THIS IS NOT A JOBS BILL. THIS TRANSPORTATION BILL. THEY WROTE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE FOUNDING OF THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY SYSTEM A PURELY PARTISAN TRANSPORTATION BILL IN THE HOPE OF JAMMING IT THROUGH. IT'S FALLING APART NOW. YET THERE ARE 150,000 BRIDGES FALLING APART IN THE FEDERAL SYSTEM. 40% OF THE PAVEMENT ON THE NATIONAL SYSTEM NEEDS TO BE RESTORED. $70 BILLION BACKLOG FOR CRITICAL EQUIPMENT IN OUR TRANSIT SYSTEM. THESE COULD BE JOBS. MADE IN AMERICA. BUT YOU NEED TO WORK TOGETHER. TRANSPORTATION IS NOT, NEVER HAS BEEN, AND SHOULD NOT BE A PARTISAN ISSUE. BY TRYING TO MAKE IT PARTISAN, THEY HAVE STALLED AND FAILED. IT'S TIME TO GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD, PUT TOGETHER A BILL THAT'S GOOD FOR AMERICA. WE DON'T HAVE TO HAVE PARTISAN POLITICS ON EVERY ISSUE. AND TRANSPORTATION INVESTMENT SHOULD NOT BE ONE OF THOSE.

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  • 02:13:21 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 CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:13:25 PM

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    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:13:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:13:30 PM

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO DR. LAWRENCE NEWMAN, A BELOVED EDUCATOR, WRITER WHO PASSED AWAY ON JEWEL 4, 2012 -- ON JULY 4, 2011. HE DISTINGUISHED HIMSELF AS A TALENTED AND DEVOTED TEACHER. BECOMING THE FIRST DEAF PERSON TO BE AWARDED THE CALIFORNIA TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD IN 1968.

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  • 02:14:00 PM

    MR. CALVERT

    CONTRIBUTIONS EXSEND FAR BEYOND THE CLASSROOM. AS A TWO-TERM PRESIDENT OF…

    CONTRIBUTIONS EXSEND FAR BEYOND THE CLASSROOM. AS A TWO-TERM PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE DEATH, HE WAS A TIRELESS PUBLIC ADVOCATE FOR DEAF STUDENTS, RAISING AWARENESS OF THEIR UNIQUE NEEDS AND FIGHTING FOR REFORMS IN THE LAW TO SUPPORT RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS. HE ALSO FOUGHT FOR CHANGE FROM WITHIN THE DEAF COMMUNITY, ENCOURAGING SIGN LANGUAGE AND TOTAL COMMUNICATION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES LAWRENCE'S MOST IMPORTANT ROLE, HOWEVER, WAS THAT OF A FATHER OF FIVE AND HUSBAND TO BETTY, HIS WIFE OF 61 YEARS. HE IS MISSED AND WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO THE DEAF COMMUNITY. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:14:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 4:00 P.M. TODAY.

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  • 04:02:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    WILL CLARIFY, RECORD VOTES WILL BE TAKEN AT 6:30 TODAY.

  • 04:05:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

  • 04:05:44 PM

    MR. SMITH

    SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE…

    SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 347, THE FEDERAL RESTRICTED PLGS AND GROUNDS IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2011.

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  • 04:05:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 04:05:58 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE CORRECT AND SIMPLIFY THE DRAFTING OF SECTION 1752 RELATING TO…

    THE CORRECT AND SIMPLIFY THE DRAFTING OF SECTION 1752 RELATING TO RESTRICTED BUILDINGS OR GROUNDS OF TITLE 18, UNITED STATES CODE, SENATE AMENDMENT.

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  • 04:06:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. JOHNSON, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 04:06:21 PM

    MR. SMITH

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CON SENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 347 CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 04:06:36 PM

    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 04:06:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:06:41 PM

    MR. SMITH

    H.R. 347, THE FEDERAL RESTRICTED BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS AM PRO. S ACT OF…

    H.R. 347, THE FEDERAL RESTRICTED BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS AM PRO. S ACT OF 2011, INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSMAN TOM ROONY, MAKES COMMONSENSE IMPROVEMENTS TO AN EXISTING FEDERAL LAW THAT PROHIBITS UNLAWFUL ACCESS TO THE WHITE HOUSE, THE VICE PRESIDENT'S RESIDENCE AND OTHER RESTRICTED AREAS. CURRENT LAW PROHIBITS UNLAWFUL ENTRIES UPON ANY RESTRICTED BUILDING OR GROUND WHERE THE PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT OR OTHER PROTECTEE IS TEMPORARILY VISITING. HOWEVER THERE IS NO FEDERAL LAW THAT EXPRESSLY PROHIBITS UNLAWFUL ENTRY TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND ITS GROUNDS OR THE VICE PRESIDENT'S RESIDENCE AND ITS GROUNDS. UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE MUST THEREFORE RELY UPON A PROVISION IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CODE WHICH ADDRESSES ONLY MINOR MISDEMEANOR INFRACTIONS WHEN SOMEONE ATTEMPTS TO OR SUCCESSFULLY CLIMBS THE WHITE HOUSE FENCE OR, WORSE, BREACHES THE WHITE HOUSE ITSELF. H.R. 347 REMEDIES THIS PROBLEM. IT SPECIFICALLY INCLUDES THE WHITE HOUSE, THE VICE PRESIDENT'S RESIDENCE AND THEIR RESPECTIVE GROUNDS IN THE DEFINITION OF RESTRICTED BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS. THE BILL ALSO CLARIFIES THAT THE PENALTIES IN SECTION 1752 OF TITLE 18 APPLY TO THOSE WHO KNOWINGLY ENTER OR REMAIN IN ANY RESTRICTED BUILDING OR GROUNDS WITHOUT LAWFUL AUTHORITY TO DO SO. CURRENT LAW DOES NOT INCLUDE THIS IMPORTANT ELEMENT. THE HOUSE PASSED THIS BILL ONE YEAR AGO BY A VOTE OF 399-3. EARLIER THIS MONTH THE SENATE PASSED THE BILL BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT. THE SENATE ALSO COLLARIFIED THAT THE REVISED LAW APPLIES TO INDIVIDUALS THE SECRET SERVICE IS REQUIRED TO PROTECT BY STATUTE OR BY PRESIDENTIAL MEMORANDUM. H.R. 347 ENSURES THAT THE PRESIDENT, THE FIRST FAMILY, THE VICE PRESIDENT AND OTHERS HAD ARE PROTECTED WHETHER THEY ARE IN THE -- AND OTHERS ARE WHECTED WHETHER THEY ARE IN THE HOUSE -- WHETHER -- PROTECTED WEATHER THEY ARE IN THE WHITE HOUSE. THIS ENJOYS OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SPOFFER -- SUPPORT THIS BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:08:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:08:54 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 347 AS AMENDED BY THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 347 AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE. WHICH WILL ASSIST THE SECRET SERVICE IN PERFORMING THEIR DUTIES. OR THEIR PROTECTIVE DUTIES. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY WILL HELP THE SECRET SERVICE CARRY OUT ITS ROLE IN PROTECTING THE PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT AND OTHER DIGNITARIES. CURRENT FEDERAL LAW PROHIBITS INDIVIDUALS FROM ENTERING OR REMAINING IN AREAS CORDONED OFF AS RESTRICTED BECAUSE OF PROTECTION BEING PROVIDED BY THE SECRET SERVICE. THIS BILL WOULD SIMPLY CLARIFY THAT THE PROHIBITION UNDER THE EXISTING STATUTE ONLY APPLIES TO THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE LAWFUL AUTHORITY TO BE IN THOSE AREAS. THE BILL ALSO WOULD ADD THE WHITE HOUSE AND VICE PRESIDENT'S RESIDENCE TO THE DEFINITION OF RESTRICTED AREAS PROTECTED UNDER CURRENT LAW. THE SENATE MADE MINOR CHANGES TO THE BILL INCLUDING EXPANDING THE BILL'S PROTECTIONS TO AREAS IN WHICH THE SECRET SERVICE IS PROTECTING A PERSON BY DIRECTION OF A PRESIDENTIAL MEMORANDUM. I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. THIS BILL WILL ASSIST THE SECRET SERVICE WHICH DID NOT HAVE THIS PROTECTIVE FUNCTION WHEN IT WAS CREATED. THE ROLE OF THE SECRET SERVICE HAS EXPENDED GREATLY SINCE IT WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1865 TO FIGHT THE COUNTERFEITING OF U.S. CURRENCY. THE SERVICE BECAME PART OF THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT IN 1883 AND TOOK ON MANY ADDITIONAL INVESTIGATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES WITH RESPECT TO SAFEGUARDING THE PAYMENT AND FINANCIAL SYSTEMS OF THE UNITED STATES. IT WASN'T UNTIL 1894 THAT THE SECRET SERVICE FIRST STARTED PROTECTING OUR PRESIDENTS AND THAT PROTECTIVE ROLE WITH RESPECT TO THE PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT AND OTHER DIGNITARIES HAS GROWN SUBSTANTIALLY SINCE THAT TIME. THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE SECRET SERVICE CONDUCT THEMSELVES WITH VALOR AND PROFESSIONALISM WHILE CARRYING OUT THE PROTECTIVE FUNCTION OF THEIR AGENCY. THEY PROVIDE PROTECTION FOR A VARIETY OF PEOPLE AND EVENTS INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT AND NATIONAL SPECIAL SECURITY EVENTS. THE SECRET SERVICE HAS OTHER IMPORTANT FUNCTIONS WHICH ALSO DESERVE RECOGNITION. FOR EXAMPLE, THE INVESTIGATIVE ROLE OF THE SECRET SERVICE HAS EXPANDED GREATLY FROM PROTECTING THE CURRENCY AGAINST COUNTERFEITING TO INVESTIGATING A WIDE VARIETY OF CRIMES RELATED TO THIS COUNTRY'S FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND CREDIT SYSTEMS. I COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, REPRESENTATIVE TOM ROONEY, FOR HIS WORK ON THIS BILL. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 347, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:11:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:11:51 PM

    MR. SMITH

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. ROONEY, WHO IS THE SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, ALSO A MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND A FORMER MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.

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  • 04:12:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. ROONEY, IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. ROONEY, IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO CONSUME.

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  • 04:12:07 PM

    MR. ROONEY

    A SECURE ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR NATION'S LEADERS. ONE KEY ASPECT OF THE…

    A SECURE ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR NATION'S LEADERS. ONE KEY ASPECT OF THE SERVICE'S MISSION IS TO SECURE BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS WHERE OUR LEADERS WORK AND LIVE. INCLUDING THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE NAVAL OBSERVATORY. MY BILL WOULD EXPLICITLY PROTECT THESE RESIDENCES OF THE PRESIDENT AND THE VICE PRESIDENT FROM INTRUDERS AND WOULD CLARIFY -- CLARIFY CURRENT LAW TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THOSE TWO ARE ABLE TO ENTER THE GROUNDS LAWFULLY LIKE THE SECRET SERVICE AND THOSE WHO ARE ENTER WITHOUT PERMISSION. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL WOULD IMPROVE EXISTING CRIMINAL LAW, TO ENSURE THAT THE SECRET SERVICE CAN CONTINUE TO IMPLEMENT STRATEGIES THAT PREVENT POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC SECURITY BREACHES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS COMMONSENSE BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION, TO PROTECT OUR NATION'S LEADERS AND NATIONAL SECURITY. I THANK MR. SMITH FROM TEXAS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, AS WELL AS MR. JOHNSON FROM GEORGIA. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:13:26 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 TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:13:31 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS READY TO CONCLUDE, THEN I WILL HAVE AN…

    IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS READY TO CONCLUDE, THEN I WILL HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT.

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  • 04:13:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:13:44 PM

    MR. SMITH

    MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE PREPARED TO CLOSE AND HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    I WILL WAIVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 04:14:02 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 TO H.R. 347. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE --

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  • 04:14:17 PM

    MR. SMITH

    THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    NAYS.

  • 06:31:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PUSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF…

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PUSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH TORQUE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 347 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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  • 06:31:50 PM

    THE CLERK

    AN ACT TO CORRECT AND SIMPLIFY THE DRAFTING OF SECTION 1752, RELATING TO…

    AN ACT TO CORRECT AND SIMPLIFY THE DRAFTING OF SECTION 1752, RELATING TO RESTRICTED BUILDINGS OR GROUNDS OF TITLE 18, UNITED STATES CODE.

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  • 06:32:01 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? MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 06:52:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 387, THE NAYS ARE 3. 2/3 BEING IN THE…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 387, THE NAYS ARE 3. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE --

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  • 06:52:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HAVE ALL MEMBERS VOTED. ANY MEMBER WISH TO CHANGE THEIR VOTE. ON THIS…

    HAVE ALL MEMBERS VOTED. ANY MEMBER WISH TO CHANGE THEIR VOTE. ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 388, THE NAYS ARE 3, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE SENATE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 06:53:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR.

  • 06:54:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE HOIST IS NOT IN ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:54:49 PM

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    COULD GET EVERYBODY'S ATTENTION, ASK FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE. WE JUST LOST…

    COULD GET EVERYBODY'S ATTENTION, ASK FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE. WE JUST LOST A FORMER MEMBER OF CONGRESS, KATIE HALL FROM GARY, INDIANA, AND AFTER THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IF YOU WOULD BE SO KIND, WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A MOMENT OR TWO TO MAKE SOME COMMENTS ABOUT MS. HALL. I REQUEST THAT THE HOUSE HAVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE IN REMEMBRANCE OF KATIE HALL.

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  • 06:55:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:55:37 PM

    MR. BURTON

    MR. SPEAKER. LET ME START OFF REAL QUICKLY BEFORE I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE…

    MR. SPEAKER. LET ME START OFF REAL QUICKLY BEFORE I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM GARY, INDIANA AND SAY KATIE HALL, WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THIS BODY, DIED JUST THIS LAST FEW DAYS FROM AN UNKNOWN ILLNESS AND WAS 73 YEARS OLD AND CAME FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS IN MISSISSIPPI. GREW UP ON HER FATHER'S COTTON FARM AND WAS A TEACHER FOY MORE THAN 30 YEARS.

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  • 06:56:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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  • 06:56:22 PM

    MR. BURTON

    FINE TEACHER AND SHE MOVED IN 1962 TO GARY, INDIANA, WHERE SHE BECAME A…

    FINE TEACHER AND SHE MOVED IN 1962 TO GARY, INDIANA, WHERE SHE BECAME A VERY GOOD FRIEND OF RICHARD HATCHER OF THE MAYOR. AND WHEN A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE DIED, MR. HATCHER, MAYOR HATCHER APPOINTED HER AS THE NOMINEE ON THE DEMOCRAT PARTY TO SUCCEED HIM. SHE ALSO SERVED IN THE INDIANA SENATE. I SERVED WITH HER THERE. SHE WAS A VERY FINE PERSON.

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  • 06:56:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. TAKE YOUR…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA MAY PROCEED.

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  • 06:57:12 PM

    MR. BURTON

    SHE WAS ONE OF THE KEY SPONSORS IN 1983 OF THE NATIONAL HOLIDAY IN…

    SHE WAS ONE OF THE KEY SPONSORS IN 1983 OF THE NATIONAL HOLIDAY IN REMEMBRANCE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING AND CREDITED FOR PLAYING A KEY ROLE IN GETTING THAT BILL PASSED AFTER IT STALLED IN THE HOUSE FOR 14 YEARS. SHE WAS A GREAT LADY, GREAT CONGRESSWOMAN AND WILL BE MISSED AND WE WANT TO SEND OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. AND I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE, THE SENIOR MEMBER FROM GARY, INDIANA.

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  • 06:57:47 PM

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    THE INDULGENCE OF THE CHAIR. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND…

    THE INDULGENCE OF THE CHAIR. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND ASKING FOR THE MOMENT OF SILENCE.

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  • 06:58:05 PM

    MR. VISCLOSKY

    MR. SPEAKER, COULD WE ASK THE FOLKS OVER THERE TO BE SILENT FOR A FEW…

    MR. SPEAKER, COULD WE ASK THE FOLKS OVER THERE TO BE SILENT FOR A FEW MINUTES.

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  • 06:58:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA MAY PROCEED.

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  • 06:58:26 PM

    MR. VISCLOSKY

    I WOULD BE HAPPY TO YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM INDIANAPOLIS.

  • 06:59:38 PM

    MR. BURTON

    BE HAPPY TO YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM INDIANAPOLIS.

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    SHE WILL BE

  • 07:00:51 PM

    MR. BURTON

    ONCE AGAIN OUR SYMPATHY GOES TO HER LOVED ONES, WE YIELD BACK THE BALANCE…

    ONCE AGAIN OUR SYMPATHY GOES TO HER LOVED ONES, WE YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    HE WAS AN OUTSTANDING WRESTLER AND HELPED LEAD HIS TEAM TO THE BLUE RIDGE…

    HE WAS AN OUTSTANDING WRESTLER AND HELPED LEAD HIS TEAM TO THE BLUE RIDGE TITLE IN THE REGULAR SEASON AND THE TOURNAMENT AS A SENIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL. I WISH TO EXTEND MY PRAYERS AND OUR PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES, HIS INFANT SON BENTLEY, HIS PARENTS, HIS RELATIVES AND HIS FRIENDS. HIS FATHER STATED HE WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR HIS GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR, HIS SMILE, HIS KIND HEART AND HIS ABILITY TO BRIGHTEN ANYONE'S DAY. WE GRIEVE TOE THE LOSS OF OUR WARRIOR -- WE GRIEVE THE LOSS OF OUR WARRIOR BROTHER BUT HONOR SERGEANT CONRAD FOR HIS SACRIFICE, HIS COMMITMENT TO DUTY, HONOR AND COUNTRY. HE GAVE HIS ALL IN SERVICE FOR THE SAKE OF OUR SAFETY, OUR FREEDOM, AND OUR LIBERTY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:02:07 PM

    MR. GRIFFITH

    LIBERTY. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 07:03:14 PM

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE MIN TONKA -- THE MINNETONKA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL…

    TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE MIN TONKA -- THE MINNETONKA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY TEAM FOR WINNING THEIR SECOND CONSECUTIVE CHAMPIONSHIP. AFTER WINNING LAST YEAR'S CHAMPIONSHIP IN A NAIL-BITING GAME, THE SKIPPERS THIS YEAR DEFEATED THE RAIDERS 3-0678 THE FIRST SCORE CAME EARLY IN THE FIRST PERIOD BY DEFENDER HOLLY CARN AND DEANNA FOLLOWED UP WITH A GOAL LATE IN THE THIRD PERIOD AND THERE WAS A THIRD GOAL BY JUNIOR LAURA BERMAN WHO SCORED THE FINAL GOAL.

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  • 07:04:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:04:30 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LEE: I SERVE ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE AND HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF…

    LEE: I SERVE ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE AND HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVING ON THE COMMITTEE DEALING WITH FOREIGN AFFAIRS HERE IN THE HOUSE. I RISE TODAY TO, AS USUAL, OFFER OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY FOR ALL OF OUR SOLDIERS THAT HAVE FALLEN IN BATTLE BUT I'M PARTICULARLY OUTRAGED AT THE INCIDENT THAT OUR -- THAT IS OCCURRING AROUND THE UNFORTUNATE BURNING OF THE KORAN WHICH OUR PRESIDENT APPROPRIATELY EXTENDED HIS APOLOGY, AS WE WOULD IF SOMEONE -- WE WOULD WANT IF SOMEONE HAD BURNED BIBLES. BUT IT IS OUTRAGEOUS FOR OUR SOLDIERS TO BE IN HARM'S WAY, FOR THEM TO LOSE THEIR LIFE. IT IS TIME FOR THE AFTER BEGAN NATIONAL SECURITY FORCE IT IS STAND UPENED BE -- SECURITY FORCES TO STAND UP AND BE SECURITY FORCES. IT IS TIME FOR PRESIDENT KARZAI TO INDICATE HE WILL NOT BE DRIVEN OUT BY THE TALIBAN AND NOT ALLOW THE TALIBAN TO TAKE HOLD OF THE AFGHAN PEOPLE. THIS IS A TRAGIC AND HORRIBLE SITUATION NONE OF US WOULD HAVE WANTED TO OCCUR BUT WE CANNOT STAND FOR OUR SOLDIERS TO BE IN THE EYE OF THE STORM AND BEING SHOT FOR SOMETHING THEY DID NOT DO, INTENTIONALLY OR INDIVIDUALLY. SO I WOULD ASK THAT OUR SOLDIERS BE TAKEN OUT OF HARM'S WAY AROUND ANY AFGHAN NATIONAL SECURITY FORCES THAT WE CANNOT VET AND ENSURE THAT THEY ARE INTENDING TO DO THE RIGHT THING. WE NEED TO HEAR FROM PRESIDENT KARZAI IN A WAY THAT DENOUNCE THIS IS HORRIBLE ACTION AND WE MUST STAND UP TO THE TALIBAN AND HAVE A TRANSITION OUT OF AFGHANISTAN WHERE THE AFGHAN NATIONAL SECURITY FORCES ARE PROTECTING THEIR PEOPLE AND THEY'RE ALLOWED, IN ESSENCE, TO HAVE A NATION THAT PROTECTS WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND FAMILIES AND HAS THE ADHERENCE TO THE LAW THAT REQUIRES HUMAN DECENCY. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:06:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THERE FURTHER ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS? IF NOT, THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE…

    THERE FURTHER ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS? IF NOT, THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUEST.

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  • 07:06:27 PM

    THE CLERK

    ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. BILBRAY OF CALIFORNIA FOR TODAY, MR. CULBERSON…

    ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. BILBRAY OF CALIFORNIA FOR TODAY, MR. CULBERSON OF TEXAS FOR TODAY, AND MR. JESSE JACKSON OF ILLINOIS FOR TODAY.

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  • 07:06:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED.

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    POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. GRIFFITH, IS…

    POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. GRIFFITH, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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  • 07:08:04 PM

    MR. GRIFFITH

    MR. SPEAKER. I CAME HERE TO THE FLOOR TONIGHT TO TALK WITH SOME OF MY…

    MR. SPEAKER. I CAME HERE TO THE FLOOR TONIGHT TO TALK WITH SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT WHAT I BELIEVE IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FACING OUR COUNTRY. A LOT OF US HAVE BEEN HOME WORKING IN OUR DISTRICTS OVER THE LAST WEEK, SEEING OUR CONSTITUENTS, SPEAKING AT LOCAL ROTARY CLUBS.

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  • 07:08:32 PM

    MR. GRIFFIN

    VISITING WITH CONSTITUENTS IN THE OFFICE AND AROUND THE DISTRICT. AND IT…

    VISITING WITH CONSTITUENTS IN THE OFFICE AND AROUND THE DISTRICT. AND IT IS CLEAR TO ME THAT THE TOP PRIORITY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OVER THE LAST YEAR REMAINS THE SAME, AND THAT IS, JOBS. PEOPLE BACK HOME ARE ENCOURAGED AND ARE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE FUTURE BUT THEY NEED SOME SIGNS THAT JOBS ARE INCREETSING HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. JOBS REMAIN THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE. SINCE I GOT HERE A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO WITH SOME OF MY FRESHMAN COLLEAGUES, A LOT OF US HAVE MADE JOBS OUR SOLE FOCUS. THERE ARE A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS WE CAN DO TO ENCOURAGE JOB CREATION. MY FOCUS HAS BEEN ON THE PRIVATE SECTOR. PRIVATE SECTOR JOB CREATION IN MY VIEW IS THE WAY THAT WE GET OUR ECONOMY GOING AGAIN. NOT THROUGH GOVERNMENT STIMULUS. WE'VE TRIED THAT. TO THE TUNE OF ABOUT $1 TRILLION, ALMOST. IT HAS NOT DONE WHAT THE PRESIDENT PROMISED. SEEMS TO ME THE BEST APPROACH IS TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT HERE IN THIS COUNTRY WHERE THE PRIVATE SECTOR CAN FLOURISH. WHERE PEOPLE WANT TO TAKE RISKS, WHERE THEY WANT TO INVEST AND COMPETE WITH OTHER COUNTRIES. SO HOW DO WE DO THAT? THERE ARE A VARIETY OF WAYS. THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE TONIGHT TORQUE TALK ABOUT SOME OF THESE. I'M JOINED BY SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES AND I THINK THAT THEY WOULD AGREE THAT ONE OF THE WAYS WE CAN ENCOURAGE THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO GROW AND CREATE JOBS IS THROUGH TAX REFORM. FUNDAMENTAL TAX REFORM. ANOTHER WAY IS REGULATORY REFORM. JOB CREATORS AROUND MY DISTRICT TELL ME WHAT A LOT OF US KNOW AND THAT IS THAT NOT REGULATION, BUT OVERREGULATION, NOT REGULATION, BUT EXCESSIVE REGULATION IS A TAX ON BUSINESSES. IT'S A TAX ON JOB CREATORS. SO WE NEED TAX REFORM. WE NEED REGULATORY REFORM. THIRDLY, WE NEED TO FURTHER PURSUE OUR ENERGY RESOURCES HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. WE NEED TO CONSTRUCT, FOR EXAMPLE, THE KEYSTONE X.L. PIPELINE THAT THE PRESIDENT FIRST DELAYED AND THEN DENIED. SO THIRDLY, WE NEED TO FURTHER EXPLORE OUR ENERGY RESOURCES. FOURTHLY, WE NEED TO LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS. AS A GOVERNMENT. THAT MEANS DEALING WITH OUR SPENDING PROBLEM. OUR SPENDING ADDICTION. OUR DEBT. OUR TRILLION-PLUS DOLLAR DEFICITS. SO IF YOU WERE TO ASK ME, WHAT'S YOUR PLAN? WHAT WOULD YOU DO? WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO DO? WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN FIGHTING FOR FOR A YEAR, OVER A YEAR, TRY TO ENCOURAGE THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO GROW JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY? I WOULD SAY TAX REFORM, REGULATORY REFORM, INCREASED ENERGY EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, AND MAKING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS. THOSE FOUR THINGS, IF WE CAN ADDRESS THEM, IN BOLD WAYS, WE CAN CHANGE THE COURSE OF THIS COUNTRY'S FISCAL SITUATION AND THE ECONOMY AND ULTIMATELY GROW THIS ECONOMY AND CREATE JOBS. I'M GOING TO TURN NOW AND YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, IF YOU'D LIKE TO COMMENT ON SOME OF THIS.

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    CONGRESSMAN GRIFFIN. I DO, AND I AGREE WITH WHAT YOU HAD TO SAY AND WHOLE…

    CONGRESSMAN GRIFFIN. I DO, AND I AGREE WITH WHAT YOU HAD TO SAY AND WHOLE HEARTEDLY SUPPORT YOUR CONCEPTS AND WHERE WE NEED TO BE MOVING THIS COUNTRY. LET ME SAY TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU THAT THE AMERICAN WORKER IS SECOND TO NONE IN THIS WORLD. SECOND TO NONE.

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  • 07:13:37 PM

    MR. GRIFFITH

    KY INJECT SOMETHING THERE?

  • 07:17:17 PM

    MR. GRIFFIN

    A GREAT POINT. AND A LOT OF TIMES SOME OF US THINK ABOUT THIS COUNTRY AND…

    A GREAT POINT. AND A LOT OF TIMES SOME OF US THINK ABOUT THIS COUNTRY AND POLLUTION HERE. BUT I THINK THAT WHAT I HEAR YOU SAYING, IT'S A VERY, VERY GOOD POINT, IS THAT THIS IS ONE WORLD AND WE IN THIS COUNTRY, THROUGH THE PROCESSES AND THE REGULATORY STRUCTURE THAT WE HAVE, WE BURN COAL CLEANER, WE ARE A BETTER STEWARD OF THE EARTH WHEN IT COMES TO USING SOME OF THESE TRADITIONAL ENERGY SOURCES. SO WHAT I HEAR YOU SAYING IS, I THINK IT MAKES A LOT OF SENSE. IF YOU BELIEVE THAT COAL WILL NOT BE USED IF WE DO NOT USE IT HERE, THEN THAT'S NOT EXACTLY ACCURATE. SOMEBODY'S GOING TO BURN IT. THE QUESTION IS, DO WE DO A BETTER JOB WITH SOME OF THESE TRADITIONAL ENERGY SOURCES, DO WE DO A BETTER JOB THAN OTHER COUNTRIES THAT WILL BURN IT IF WE DON'T? THE CHINESE CAN BURN THE SAME COAL YET REGULATE IT IN A WAY WHERE THEY DO A LOT MORE DAMAGE TO THE ENVIRONMENT. AND THAT BRINGS ME ACTUALLY TO THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE. THE PRESIDENT FIRST DELAYED IT, THEN HE DENIED IT. SO THAT THE EXTREME ENVIRONMENTALISTS WOULD BE HAPPY WITH HIM. BUT IF YOU APPLY WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, IT SEEMS TO ME WE WOULD RATHER REFINE -- WE WOULD RATHER BE REFINING THE OIL SANDS FROM CANADA IN THIS COUNTRY, INSTEAD OF THE ALTERNATIVE THAT CANADA'S TALKED ABOUT WHICH IS SHIPPING IT TO CHINA FOR REFINING. WHY? BECAUSE WE REFINE CLEANER, WE REFINE SAFER, WE DO A BETTER JOB. THOSE OIL SANDS ARE GOING TO BE REFINED. THE ISSUE IS NOT, IF WE DON'T REFINE THEM NO ONE WILL. THE FACT IS THEY WILL BE REFINED. THE ISSUE IS, DO WE REFINE THEM OR DO THE CHINESE REFINE THEM? AND I THINK WHAT YOU'RE SAYING, AND I WHOLEHEARDEDLY AGREE, WE DO A BETTER JOB HERE.

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  • 07:20:08 PM

    MR. GRIFFITH

    HAVE HAVE TO SAY, WE DO A MUCH BETTER JOB HERE AND IT'S ALMOST LIKE, I CAN…

    HAVE HAVE TO SAY, WE DO A MUCH BETTER JOB HERE AND IT'S ALMOST LIKE, I CAN REMEMBER WHEN I WAS MUCH YOUNGER, LIBERALS ALWAYS SAID TO CONSERVATIVES, WELL, YOU ALL ACT LIKE THE UNITED STATES IS THE ONLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD AND WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THE WHOLE WORLD. NOW THE LIBERALS ARE LOOKING AT IT AND SAYING, WELL, THE UNITED STATES IS THE ONLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, WE HAVE TO ONLY LOOK AT THE UNITED STATES AND WE DON'T LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE AND I THINKED IN A VERNLTLY, EVEN WITH GOOD INTENTIONS -- I THINK INADVERTENTLY, EVEN WITH GOOD INTENTIONS, THERE ARE GREATER POLLUTION RISKS WITH US USING OUR ENERGY -- POLLUTION RISKS WITH US NOT USING OUR ENERGY WITH THAT BEING SAID, LET'S LOOK AT HOW THAT IMPACTS ON JOBS. NOT ONLY DO WE GET THE POLLUTION, BUT WE DON'T GET THE JOBS. WE DON'T GET THE MONEY. AND YOU TALKED ABOUT, YOU KNOW, LIVING WITHIN OUR MEANS AND SO FORTH. LET'S JUST TAKE A LOOK AT MY DISTRICT, AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER IS THE BIGGEST POWER PRODUCER IN MY DISTRICT. THERE ARE OTHERS. THEY HAVE ESTIMATED WITH NEW REGULATIONS ENERGY COSTS ARE GOING TO GO UP 10% TO 15% AS THEY SPEND AN ADDITIONAL $6 BILLION TO $8 BILLION. 10% TO 15% ON HARDWORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES IS TOUGH. BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE JOB COMPONENT, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THAT JOB COMPONENT, THAT MEANS IT'S GOING TO COST MORE IN MY DISTRICT TO MAKE POTATO CHIPS. IT'S GOING TO COST MORE IN MY DISTRICT TO WORK THE FAMILY FARM. IT'S GOING TO COST MORE IN MY DISTRICT TO MAKE FURNITURE. IT'S GOING TO COST MORE IN MY DISTRICT TO MAKE PAPER PRODUCTS. THAT'S JUST -- I'VE JUST TOUCHED ON THE SURFACE. EVERY SINGLE RETAIL ESTABLISHMENT, EVERY SINGLE BUSINESS HAS TO USE ELECTRICITY. BUT WHEN YOU RAISE THE COST OF MANUFACTURING GOODS OR USING ELECTRICITY TO MANUFACTURE GOODS BY 10% TO 15% OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT FEW YEARS, YOU'RE MAKING US LESS COMPETITIVE IN THE WORLD AND WE LOSE MORE JOBS AND WE HAVE MORE PEOPLE WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED AND MORE PEOPLE WHO AREN'T ABLE TO GO OUT AND BUY PRODUCTS WHICH THEN MEANS MORE PEOPLE LOSE THEIR JOBS BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT SELLING THOSE FORDS DOWN AT THE FORD PLACE, THEY'RE NOT SELLING WASHING MACHINES AND TV'S AND ALL THE PRODUCTS THAT ARE OUT THERE AND WE LOSE EVEN MORE JOBS BECAUSE OF THE FAILURE TO RECOGNIZE THAT THE REGULATIONS ARE KILLING OUR JOBS AND OUR JOBS ARE GOING ELSEWHERE. AND I HAVE TO SAY, GETTING BACK TO WHAT I CALL THE FOUR D'S, I'M NOT SAYING WE DON'T LOOK AT ALL OF THE ABOVE. THE PRESIDENT WAS IN FLORIDA, HE SAID, WE ONLY WANT TO DRILL, DRILL, DRILL. HE WAS TALKING ABOUT ALGAE. WELL, I'M NOT ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO'S GOING TO CRITICIZE THE PRESIDENT FOR LOOKING AT ALGAE. I THINK ALGAE ACTUALLY HAS A POSITIVE FUTURE. BUT IT'S A POSITIVE FUTURE THAT IS PROBABLY 15 TO 50 YEARS AWAY. 15 TO 50 YEARS. WE NEED ENERGY NOW. WE NEED AFFORDABLE ENERGY NOW. WE NEED JOBS NOW. AND TO BE LOOKING AT SOMETHING, I THINK IT'S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, THAT'S THE DISCOVER PART OF THOSE FOUR D'S. WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE DISCOVERY. BUT ONE OF THE WAYS TONE COURAGE DISCOVERY IS TO DE-- WAYS TO ENCOURAGE DISCOVERY IS TO DEREGULATE. IT'S INTERESTING HOW FOLKS WANT TO DO ALL THESE THINGS AND THEN THEY COME UP WITH REGULATIONS AND THEY FIND OUT THAT THE NEW STARTUP COMPANIES OFTEN TIMES HAVE DIFFICULTY -- OFTENTIMES HAVE DIFFICULTY CREATING THE NEW ALTERNATIVE ENERGIES BECAUSE THEY RUN INTO OTHER REGULATIONS THAT PROHIBIT THEM FROM GOING FORWARD. SO I THINK WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE LOOK AT DRILL, DIG, DISCOVERY. LOOKING AT THOSE ALTERNATIVES, FINDING MORE WAYS THAT WE CAN BE EFFICIENT AND FINDING NEW ALTERNATIVE ENERGIES AND THEN LET'S NOT REGULATE OUR INDUSTRIES OUT OF EXISTENCE. WHICH IS WHERE WE'RE HEADED AT THIS POINT. WHEN YOU DO THAT, WE CONTINUE TO LOSE JOBS, WE CONTINUE TO HAVE A FLAT ECONOMY. LOOK, I DON'T THINK SAYING, YOU KNOW, WE'RE DOWN ON THE UNEMPLOYMENT -- ON THE -- THE UNEMPLOYMENT SITUATION HAS GOTTEN BETTER BUT WE'RE STILL AT 8%. I DON'T THINK THAT'S ANYTHING TO CELEBRATE. I THINK IT'S BETTER BUT IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT YOU GO OUT AND SAY, WE'VE SOLVED OUR PROBLEMS. AND I BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE NOT SOLVED OUR PROBLEMS AT THIS POINT. WE'RE WORKINGEN TO AND THAT'S GOOD -- WE'RE WORKING ON IT AND THAT'S GOOD. THE ECONOMY IN THIS COUNTRY, BECAUSE OF OUR HARDWORKING AMERICANS, BECAUSE THEY'RE INNOVATIVE AND BECAUSE THEY WORK HARDER THAN ANYBODY ELSE, IS NOT JUST GOING TO ROLL OVER AND DAY BY AT THE SAME TIME IT COULD BE DOING SO MUCH BETTER AND WE NEED TO MAINTAIN THAT WE'RE THE NUMBER ONE ECONOMIC POWER IN THE WORLD AND THE WAY TO DO THAT IS TO KEEP OUR JOBS, BY KEEPING OUR ENERGY AND OUR ENERGY SOURCES AND OUR ENERGY COSTS AT A REASONABLE LEVEL SO THAT WE CAN IN FACT COMPETE WITH THE LOW-WAGE COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD. WE DON'T WANT THE LOW WAGES BUT TO DO SO, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN STILL COMPETE, WE HAVE TO KEEP OUR ENERGY AFFORDABLE.

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  • 07:24:48 PM

    MR. GRIFFIN

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? I WANT TO COMMENT A LITTLE BIT ON THE…

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? I WANT TO COMMENT A LITTLE BIT ON THE ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE STRATEGY THAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT. I AM AN ADVOCATE FOR AN ALL OF THE ABOVE TH ENERGY STRATEGY -- ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE ENERGY STRATEGY. WE'VE HEARD THE PRESIDENT MENTION THAT. BUT WE HERE IN THE HOUSE HAVE BEEN ADVOCATING FOR THAT. I HAVE SINCE I GOT HERE. THAT INCLUDES ALTERNATE ENERGY SOURCES, RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES, BIODIESEL, WIND, SOLAR. I'M FOR THOSE THINGS. BUT I'M ALSO FOR THE TRADITIONAL ENERGY SOURCES AND IN ADDITION NUCLEAR. WE HAVE A CLEAN, SAFE NUCLEAR ENERGY PLANT, POWER PLANT IN ARKANSAS THAT WE COUNT ON TO PROVIDE SAFE, AFFORDABLE ENERGY. WE ALSO HAVE COAL PLANTS. OTHER SORTS OF ENERGY SOURCES. WE MAKE IN MY DISTRICT, WE MAKE THE WIND MILL BLADES THAT GO ON THESE MASSIVE WIND MILLS. WE ALSO HAVE WELL-SPUN TUBULAR IN OUR -- IN HIGH DISTRICT IN THE SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS. AND THEY'VE RECENTLY BEEN IN THE NEWS BECAUSE THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THEIR FUTURE AS A RESULT OF THE PRESIDENT KILLING THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE OR DENYING THE PERMIT. THE HAPPY NEWS THAT I HAVE TO REPORT IS THAT WELL SPUN IS DOING SOME DIVERSIFYING. THEY DID HAVE TO LAY SOME PEOPLE OFF AFTER THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE WAS DELAYED. BUT THEY'RE DOING SOME DIVERSIFYING SO THEY CAN MAKE SOME OTHER SORTS OF PIPE AND THEY'RE ACTUALLY GOING TO EXPAND. I'M HOPING THAT ONCE WE GET, AND I BELIEVE WE WILL ULTIMATELY WIN THE BATTLE ON THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE, ONCE WE GET THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE IN FULL SWING, THE CONSTRUCTION IN FULL SWING, NEN THAT -- THEN THAT WILL FURTHER HELP THEM. SO I'M FOR ALL OF THE ABOVE. BUT I KNOW THAT IN MY LIFETIME WE'RE STILL GOING TO BE USING A LOT OF THESE TRADITIONAL ENERGY SOURCES. IT'S NOT A EITHER-OR. WE CAN CONTINUE TO PURSUE WIND AND CONTINUE TO PURSUE SOLAR AND CONTINUE TO PURSUE BIODIESEL AND ALTERNATE ENERGIES. RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES. BUT AT THE SAME TIME PURSUE THE TRADITIONAL SOURCES. PARTICULARLY NATURAL GAS. NATURAL GAS IS ABUNDANT. AND BEST OF ALL IT'S AMERICAN. AND IN MY CASE IT'S ARKANSAN. GOT A LOT OF NATURAL GAS IN MY DISTRICT AND OTHER DISTRICTS IN ARKANSAS. IT IS ABUNDANT AND IT IS CHEAP AND WHERE ETHANOL CAN INCREASE THE WEAR ON A TRADITIONAL KARENIN, NATURAL GAS CAN EXTEND THE LIFE -- CAR ENGINE, NATURAL GAS CAN EXTEND THE LIFE OF THAT ENGINE. I WANT TO TURN THE CONVERSATION OVER TO MY FRIEND FROM THE THIRD DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS, CONGRESSMAN STEVE WOMACK. HE'S GOT A LOT OF NATURAL GAS IN HIS DISTRICT AS WELL. BEFORE I DO, I JUST WANT TO RECAP. WE HAVE JOBS AS OUR MAIN GOAL. AND THERE ARE PILLARS UNDER THAT GOAL OF JOBS. AND THOSE PILLARS ARE TAX REFORM , REGULATORY REFORM, FURTHER ENERGY EXPLORATION AND GETTING OUR SPENDING UNDER CONTROL SO THAT WE DEAL WITH OUR DEBT AND WE LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS. THOSE ARE FOUR PILLARS. THEY'RE NOT SEPARATE FROM JOB CREATION, THEY ARE CRIT CAM -- THEY ARE A CRITICAL PART OF ENCOURAGING PRIVATE SECTOR JOB CREATION AND GIVING CERTAINTY TO JOB CREATORS. NOW I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM ARKANSAS, STEVE WOMACK.

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  • 07:28:54 PM

    MR. WOMACK

    THE GENTLEMAN AND I DO APPRECIATE HIS LEADERSHIP IN THIS DISCUSSION ABOUT…

    THE GENTLEMAN AND I DO APPRECIATE HIS LEADERSHIP IN THIS DISCUSSION ABOUT JOB CREATION IN AMERICA. I'VE SAID MANY, MANY TIMES THAT IF THERE IS AN ELIXIR OUT THERE TO FIX THE PROBLEMS, THE CHALLENGES FACING OUR COUNTRY TODAY, IT'S JOB CREATION. AND WHAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS HAS BEEN ARTICULATING IN THE LAST SEVERAL MINUTES HAS BEEN A VERY GOOD DISCUSSION ABOUT THE FOUR THINGS, AND I COULDN'T AGREE MORE, THE FOUR THINGS THAT ARE PART AND PARCEL TO OUR COUNTRY, CREATING JOBS -- COUNTRY CREATING JOBS AND PUTTING ITSELF ON A DIFFERENT FISCAL PATH. AND HE'S TALKED ABOUT OVERREGULATION, HE'S TALKED ABOUT THE THREAT OF HIGHER TAXES AND THE NEED FOR COMPREHENSIVE TAX REFORM IN OUR NATION. HE'S TALKED ABOUT THE NEED FOR A SOLID ENERGY POLICY THAT ALLOWS OUR COUNTRY TO ACCESS ITS OWN RESOURCES, AMERICAN ENERGY RESOURCES TO SOLVE AMERICA'S ENERGY CHALLENGES. AND OF COURSE HE'S TALKED ABOUT THE DEFICITS AND THE DEBT. NOW, IF YOU KIND OF LOOK AT THE PLIGHT THAT WE'RE IN TODAY SO FAR AS JOB CREATION, GREATER THAN 8% UNEMPLOYMENT, SUSTAINED UNEMPLOYMENT OVER 8%, AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE FACT THAT PEOPLE ARE OUT HERE SCRAMBLING TO FIND WORK, MEANINGFUL JOBS, THEY WANT TO BE PRODUCTIVE, THEY WANT TO CONTRIBUTE TO AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, AND THE WAY DO YOU THAT IS NOT BY TAKING A WELFARE CHECK -- YOU DO THAT IS NOT BY TAKING A WELFARE CHECK, IT'S BY TAKING A PAYCHECK. IF YOU'RE LOOKING AT THIS PLIGHT TODAY LIKE YOU WOULD A PENDING STORM, IT'S A DARK, DARK CLOUD OF UNCERTAINTY THAT HANGS OVER THE JOB CREATORS AND I SUBMIT TO YOU THAT THE REASON SO MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE SITTING ON TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF CASH, THAT WOULD LIKE TO GET INTO THE GAME AND CREATE JOBS, EXPAND THE AMERICAN ECONOMY, THAT THE REASON THEY'RE NOT DOING IT IS BECAUSE THEY HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME COMPUTING THEIR INPUT COSTS. . THEY DON'T KNOW HOW ENERGY IS GOING TO AFFECT THEIR ABILITY TO CREATE JOBS. THEY DON'T KNOW HOW THE NEXT REGULATION, THE NEXT RULE THAT'S GOING TO COME DOWN FROM WASHINGTON IS GOING TO IMPACT THEIR ABILITY TO EARN A PROFIT. THEY'RE NOT CONFIDENT, AS EVIDENCED BY THE DOWNGRADE WE HAD LAST YEAR BY THE S&P, THEY'RE NOT CONFIDENT THAT THIS CONGRESS, THESE PEOPLE WHO GATHER IN THIS CHAMBER EVERY DAY, ARE CAPABLE OF MAKING THE DECISIONS, HAVING THE COURAGE TO MAKE THE DECISIONS TO PUT AMERICA ON A DIFFERENT FISCAL PATH. IT'S A DASH -- IT'S A DARK, DARK CLOUD OF UNCERTAINTY. I DON'T BLAME THEM FOR SITTING ON THE SIDELINE RIGHT NOW. BUT THERE'S A LOT OF CASH TO GET IN THE GAME IF WE DO SOME OF THE RIGHT THINGS. THE GENTLEMAN -- THE GENTLEMEN WHO HAVE SPOKEN TONIGHT HAVE SPOKEN ABOUT REGULATION. THAT'S NOT WHY I CAME TO THE FLOOR TONIGHT, NOT WHAT I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT PRIMARILY BUT I CAME FROM A MEETING RIGHT BEFORE VOTES TODAY THAT TALKED ABOUT AN ISSUE TOTALLY UNRELATED TO MY DISTRICT, UNRELATED TO MOST OF AMERICA. BUT IT'S OUT IN CALIFORNIA AND LATE THEY ARE WEEK, WE'RE GOING TO VOTE ON H.R. 1837, THE SACRAMENTO-SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY WATER RELIABILITY ACT. WHEN I HEARD MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA TALKING PASSIONATELY ABOUT THIS ISSUE AS HE'S DONE A NUMBER OF TIMES FROM THE WELL OF THIS HOUSE, BACK IN 2009, FEDERAL REGULATIONS, FEDERAL REGULATIONS TO PROTECT A THREE-INCH FISH, THE DELTA SMELT, LED TO THE DELIBERATE DIVERSION OF OVER 300 BILLION GALLONS OF WATER AWAY FROM THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY AND THEIR FARMERS, COST THOUSANDS OF FARMWORKERS THEIR JOBS, INFLICTED UP TO 40% UNEMPLOYMENT IN CERTAIN COMMUNITIES AND FALLOWED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF ACRES OF FERTILE FARMLAND. THOSE ARE REAL PEOPLE. THOSE WERE REAL JOBS. AND BECAUSE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS IN THIS -- AND THIS DESIRE ON THE PART OF THIS CONGRESS, THIS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, I SHOULD SAY TORQUE PROTECT A THREE-INCH FISH, WE TURNED OUR BACK ON AMERICAN WORKERS AND IN SO DOING, WE AFFECTED MILLIONS OF PEOPLE NATIONWIDE BECAUSE WHEN YOU AFFECT THE FERTILE FARMLANDS OF CALIFORNIA THE WAY WE HAVE BY DIVERTING THIS WATER, YOU HAVE INDEED TAKEN A STEP TOWARD INCREASING THE PRICE OF FOOD. THE BILL THAT WE WILL CONSIDER LATER THIS WEEK IS A COMPREHENSIVE SOLUTION THAT WOULD RESTORE WATER DELIVERIES THAT HAVE BEEN CUT OFF DUE TO FEDERAL REGULATIONS AND ENVIRONMENTAL LAWSUITS AND THE PLETHORA OF THINGS FACING THE CALIFORNIA FARMERS.

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  • 07:33:50 PM

    MR. GRIFFIN

    GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 07:33:55 PM

    MR. GRIFFIN

    WITH WHAT THE GENTLEMAN IS SAYING, AND CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG, WHAT…

    WITH WHAT THE GENTLEMAN IS SAYING, AND CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG, WHAT YOU'RE SAYING IS NOT REGULATION, THE ISSUE IS EXCESSIVE REGULATION. THE ISSUE IS OVERREGULATION. I'VE GOT A 2-YEAR-OLD AND A 4-YEAR-OLD. I LOVE THEM DEARLY AND HATE TO GET ON THAT PLANE WHEN I HAVE TO COME UP HERE FROM ARKANSAS AND HAVE TO LEAVE THEM BACK AT THE HOUSE. AND I WANT THEM TO HAVE CLEAN AIR AND CLEAN WATER. SO I DON'T KNOW ANYONE, THE FOLKS HERE TONIGHT INCLUDED, WHO ARE AGAINST ALL REGULATION. REGULATION, USED PROPERLY, PROTECTS US, KIDS, ETC. THIS IS NOT ABOUT WHETHER TO REGULATE OR NOT. THIS IS ABOUT EXCESSIVE REGULATION. OVERREGULATION. REGULATION -- REGULATIONS -- REGULATORY PROCESS THAT DOES NOT CONSIDER COST BENEFIT -- THAT DOES NOT CONSIDER IMPACT ON JOBS. THAT DOES NOT EMPLOY COMMON SENSE, WASHINGTON REGULATORS THAT DON'T SPEAK WITH FOLKS IMPACTED ON THE GROUND. THAT DON'T -- WELL-INTENTIONED THOUGH THEY MAY BE, THAT DON'T LOOK AT THE IMPACT AND POTENTIAL IMPACT OF THEIR OVERREGULATION. THAT'S WHAT I HEAR. -- HEAR FROM MY COLLEAGUES. I AGREE WHOLE HEARTEDLY. I THINK THAT IS A CRITICAL DISTINCTION TO POINT OUT BECAUSE WE ALWAYS HEAR FOLKS SAYING, YOU JUST WANT NO REGULATION. THAT'S A FALSE CHOICE. THAT'S A STRAW MAN. THAT'S NOT ANYONE'S ARGUMENT. THAT I'VE HEARD. THE ISSUE IS ONE OF OVERREGULATION. EXCESSIVE REGULATION. I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 07:36:02 PM

    MR. WOMACK

    IT A STEP FURTHER, I CAN RELATE TO WHAT THE GENTLEMAN IS TALKING ABOUT,…

    IT A STEP FURTHER, I CAN RELATE TO WHAT THE GENTLEMAN IS TALKING ABOUT, RELATE IT BACK TO MY HOME DISTRICT. I THINK THE GENTLEMAN WOULD AGREE THAT OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, IN ARKANSAS, THERE'S BEEN A PHENOMENAL RATE OF GROWTH IN THE NORTHWEST PART OF OUR STATE. THE AREA THAT I HAPPEN TO REPRESENT, THE GREAT THIRD DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS. IT'S KNOWN FOR ITS INCREDIBLE GROWTH OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. NOW IT IS HOME TO SOME PRETTY WELL-KNOWN COMPANIES, COMPANIES LIKE WAL-MART AND J.B. HUNT TRUCKING AND TYSON FOODS. AND IF YOU LOOK AT NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, THERE'S REALLY NO COMPELLING REASON WHY PRIOR TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THOSE MAJOR COMPANIES THAT NORTHWEST ARKANSAS WOULD BE AN AREA WHERE YOU WOULD HAVE THIS UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH. BUT BECAUSE OF THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT AND DRIVE OF GUYS LIKE SAM WALTON AND DON TYSON AND J.B. HUNT AND I COULD GO DOWN ANOTHER LIST OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE PROVIDED JOBS AND EXPANDED, CREATED AND EXPANDED BUSINESSES AND MADE A MEANINGFUL IMPACT ON THE GREATER MID SOUTH AND THE ENTIRE NATION, BUT FOR THEIR ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT, NORTHWEST ARKANSAS WOULD BE KIND OF AN AVERAGE AREA. NO GREAT INFRASTRUCTURE UNTIL RECENTLY THERE. NO REAL COMPELLING REASON WHY IT WOULD BE ANYTHING SPECIAL. BUT WE'RE FIGHTING AN ISSUE IN THE GREATER NORTHWEST ARKANSAS AREA THAT COULD INDEED IMPACT OUR ABILITY TO CONTINUE TO GROW AND I'M TALKING ABOUT E.P.A.'S DESIRE, INSATIABLE APPETITE TORQUE PUT A TOTAL MAXIMUM DAILY LOAD, A T.D.M.L., IF YOU WILL, ON THE WATERSHED THAT FLOWS INTO OKLAHOMA BECAUSE OF A STANDARD, A LOADING STANDARD IMPOSED ON NORTHWEST ARKANSAS BY OUR NEIGHBORING STATE THAT MANY SAY IS NOT EVEN ACHIEVEABLE. SO ALL OF THE GREAT DEVELOPMENT AND JOB CREATION AND THE ELEVATED QUALITY OF LIFE IS IN JEOPARDY. THE FUTURE IS IN JEOPARDY AS A RESULT OF A FEDERAL AGENCY IMPOSING ON THE REGION A STANDARD THAT MAY OR MAY NOT EVEN BE ABLE TO BE ACHIEVED. I BRING THAT UP FOR THIS REASON. BACK WHEN I WAS THE MAYOR OF A CITY IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, I CHALLENGED E.P.A. TO GIVE US THE SCIENCE, TO SHOW US EXACTLY HOW THEY CAN CALCULATE THAT THIS STANDARD IS -- HAS BEEN IMPACTED BY THE FARMERS AND RANCHERS OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS AND THOSE THAT MANAGE THE POINT SOURCES OF POLLUTION, THE MUNICIPALITIES. I HAPPEN TO BE THE MAYOR WHO PRESIDED OVER ONE OF THOSE. AS I UNDERSTAND IT, THE SCIENCE WAS A COLLECTION OF DATA FROM ABOUT 20 STREAMS SOMEWHERE IN AMERICA, NOT KNOWN TO US, AND THEY TOOK, I THINK, THE 75TH PERCENTILE OF THE AVERAGE PHOSPHOROUS LOADING INTO THOSE STREAMS. I DOUBT SERIOUSLY THAT THEY USED STREAMS AND RIVERS THAT WERE SIMILAR TO WHAT WE WERE DEALING WITH IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS. I BRING UP THIS SUBJECT ONLY BECAUSE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT JOB CREATION TONIGHT. AND OUR ABILITY TO CONTINUE TO EXPAND THE ECONOMY IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS IS DEPENDENT ON OUR ABILITY TO HAVE A GOOD, CLEAN WATER SUPPLY AND BE ABLE TO TREAT OUR WASTEWATER AND BE ABLE TO DISCHARGE IT PROPERLY AND SUFFICIENTLY TO BE ABLE TO CREATE GROWTH. BUT I'M AFRAID ONE DAY WE'LL LOOK UP AND BECAUSE OF THESE STANDARDS IMPOSED ON US BY THE FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY, THIS OVERREGULATION WE'VE TALKED ABOUT, WE'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GROW BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO BE INTO MORATORIUMS INTO GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN OUR AREA AS A RESULT OF THE UNFAIR STANDARDS. BUT THAT'S A WHOLE OTHER STORY. I CAME TONIGHT TO TALK WITH MY COLLEAGUE ABOUT TAX REFORM. AS WE'VE INDICATED, THE THREAT OF HIGHER TAXES, OR THE TAX STRUCTURE AS WE NOW KNOW IT, IS IN MY STRONGEST OPINION ONE OF THE GREAT BARRIERS TO JOB CREATION. YOU KNOW, JUST THE OTHER DAY, IN THIS VERY CHAMBER, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES STOOD ON THE DAIS AND TALKED TO THE CONGRESS ABOUT THE NEED FOR COMPREHENSIVE TAX REFORM. HIS PROPOSAL TO REFORM THE CORPORATE TAX CODE, I WAS PLEASED TO SEE THE PRESIDENT SHOWING SOME LEADERSHIP IN THAT REGARD AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE ADMINISTRATION AND MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE TO DO SOMETHING THAT IN MY STRONG OPINION IS LONG OVERDUE. I, ALONG WITH MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES AGREE ON THE NEED FOR CORPORATE TAX REFORM. THE U.S. HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST CORPORATE TAX STRUCTURES IN THE WORLD, SECOND ONLY TO JAPAN. THIS DISCOURAGES JOB GROWTH AND JOB CREATION IN THE UNITED STATES. IT'S TIME TO BROADEN THE BASE. TIME TO GET THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF THE BUSINESS OF PICKING WINNERS AND LOSERS. TIME TO ELIMINATE SPECIAL INTEREST LOOPHOLES AND IT'S TIME TO LOWER THE CORPORATE TAX RATE ONCE AND FOR ALL. BUT CORPORATE TAX REFORM IS NOT THE ONLY PIECE OF THE PUZZLE. THERE ARE MANY OTHER PIECES. IF WE'RE GOING TO GROW THE ECONOMY AND GIVE OUR JOB CREATORS THE CERTAINTY THEY NEED TO INVEST, WE ALSO SHOULD LOOK AT THE INDIVIDUAL RATES, NOT JUST THE CORPORATE RATES BUT THE INDIVIDUAL STRUCTURE AS WELL. THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO SIMPLIFY THE INDIVIDUAL TAX CODE. IN DECEMBER OF 010, ACCORDING TO THE COMPENDIUM OF TAX EXPENDITURES PREPARED BY THE RESEARCH SERVICE WE ALL USE, THERE WERE MORE THAN 00 TAX EXPENDITURES IN THE FORM OF EXCLUSIONS, EXEMPTIONS, CREDITS, RATES AND DEFERRALS. WE NEED TO RE-EVALUATE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE EXPENDITURES. THERE MANY OTHER VENN BITS OF COMPREHENSIVE TAX REFORMS. FOR EXAMPLE, MORE THAN 90% OF THE TREASURY'S BUDGET GOES TO THE I.R.S. IF WE SIMPLIFY THE TAX CODE AND MAKE IT EASIER TO FOLLOW AND ENFORCE, THE I.R.S. DOESN'T NEED THE RESOURCES IT CURRENTLY NEEDS. WHAT'S MORE, I.R.S. REPORTED, AND I THINK THESE NUMBERS WERE BACK IN 2006, HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS, I THINK SOMEWHERE JUST SHORT OF $400 BILLION OF WHAT WE CALL A TAX GAP. AGAIN, SIMPLIFICATION OF THE TAX CODE MAKES IT EASIER TO FOLLOW AND ENFORCE AND WE CAN SIGNIFICANTLY NARROW THAT GAP. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FROM BETH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHO HAVE LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING ON COMPREHENSIVE TAX REFORM. I BELIEVE IN MY HEART THAT IT IS AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM ARKANSAS HAS INDICATED, IT'S ONE OF FOUR THINGS, FOUR BASIC THINGS, FOUR BASIC ISSUES, FACING AMERICA TODAY, THAT CAN HELP PUT OUR JOB CREATORS BACK INTO THE BUSINESS OF DOING WHAT THEY DO BEST. AND THAT IS HAVING IDEAS, INCUBATING THOSE IDEAS. MAKING THOSE IDEAS COME TO REALITY. TAKING THE NECESSARY RISKS. HAVING ACCESS TO THE CAPITAL TO HELP SUPPORT THOSE BUSINESSES. TO EXPAND THOSE BUSINESSES BY HIRING PEOPLE. BY GROWING THINGS, BY MAKING THINGS. AS MY FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA SAID A MOMENT AGO, WE HAVE PROVEN THAT THE AMERICAN WORKER IS THE MOST PRODUCTIVE WORKER IN THE WORLD AND THAT'S WHAT WE NEED TO DO. I BELIEVE THAT CORPORATE TAX REFORM, ENDING THIS EXCESSIVE OVERREGULATORY ENVIRONMENT THAT WE'RE IN, TO ACCESS AMERICAN ENERGY SOLUTIONS TORQUE SOLVE AMERICA'S ENERGY CHALLENGES, AND ONCE AND FOR ALL, DOING SOMETHING ABOUT THE EXTRAORDINARY DEFICITS, FOUR STRAIGHT TRILLION-PLUS DOLLAR DEFICITS FACING AMERICA, AND NEARLY TRILLION-DOLLAR DEFICITS AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE. BASED ON THE CURRENT GLIDE PATH. TO DO THOSE THINGS NECESSARY TO GET OUR DEFICIT UNDER CONTROL, TO BEGIN TO WHITTLE TOWN THAT DEBT AND SAVE FUTURE GENERATIONS THE BURDENS WE HAVE IN AN ALMOST IMMORAL WAY PUT ON THEIR SHOULDERS. I YIELD BACK MY TIME AND THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TONIGHT.

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  • 07:44:26 PM

    MR. GRIFFIN

    OF ARKANSAS AND APPRECIATE HIS COMMENTS HERE TONIGHT. I'D LIKE TO CONTINUE…

    OF ARKANSAS AND APPRECIATE HIS COMMENTS HERE TONIGHT. I'D LIKE TO CONTINUE TALKING A LITTLE BIT ABOUT TAX REFORM, SINCE REPRESENTATIVE WOMACK WAS TALKING ABOUT SOME ASPECTS OF THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSAL. I THINK MOST OF US AROUND HERE ARE CERTAINLY EXCITED THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS EVEN START DISCUSSING FUNDAMENTAL TAX REFORM. UNFORTUNATELY, I THINK THAT THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSAL HAS A LOT OF ASPECTS THAT WOULD BE BURDENSOME TO THE BUSINESSES AND THE JOB CREATORS THAT HE PURPORTS TO BE TRYING TO HELP AND SO I DON'T THINK THAT IT HAS MUCH CHANCE IN THE HOUSE OR THE SENATE AND I THINK HE KNEW THAT WHEN HE PROPOSED IT. BUT AT LEAST HE'S HAVING THAT CONVERSATION, THAT'S A START. THAT'S A START. WE TALKED ABOUT, WHETHER YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT TAX REFORM, ENERGY EXPLORATION, REGULATORY REFORM, OR COMMON SENSE BUDGETING, MAKING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LIVE WITHIN ITS MEANS, ALL OF THOSE RELATE TO JOBS. THEY ALL ARE DIRECTLY RELATED TO ENCOURAGING PRIVATE SECTOR JOB CREATION. . AND WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON A HIGHWAY BILL RECENTLY. INFRASTRUCTURE IS A CRITICAL PART OF THIS EQUATION. THAT'S PART OF THE SPENDING OUR MONEY WISELY UNDER THE BUDGETING SIDE OF THINGS. BECAUSE WE NEED A STRONG INFRASTRUCTURE SO THAT WE CAN COMPETE WITH OTHER COUNTRIES, CONTINUE TO HAVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THIS COUNTRY. SO THAT'S A CRITICAL PART OF IT. BUT WITH REGARD TO THE PRESIDENT'S TAX PLAN, IT RAISES TAXES, AT LEAST $1 FOR EVERY $1 IN TAX CUTS THAT HE PROVIDES TO SIMPLIFY THE CORPORATE TAX CODE. IT CREATES A WHOLE NEW CATEGORY OF TAXES FOR OUR COUNTRY -- COMPANIES THAT DO -- FOR OUR COMPANIES THAT DO BUSINESS OVERSEAS. AND MOST GLARINGLY IT DOESN'T DO ANYTHING TO ADDRESS INDIVIDUAL TAX RATES. THE TAX RATES THAT YOU PAY AT HOME, I PAY. AND WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT FOR JOB CREATION? WELL, FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS. FIRST OF ALL, THE CODE WE HAVE NOW IS COMPLEX. DOESN'T ALWAYS REWARD HARD WORK. IN FACT, SOMETIMES IT PUNISHES IT. BUT ONE OF THE REAL SPECIFIC REASONS WHY WE MUST DEAL WITH THE INDIVIDUAL TAX RATES TO GROW JOBS IS BECAUSE MANY BUSINESSES PAY THEIR TAXES, PARTICULARLY L.L.C.'S, SOUL PROPRIORER TOSHIPS -- SOLE COMPANIES, MOM AND POP BUSINESSES ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY IN ARKANSAS AND IN MY DISTRICT. THEY PAY THEIR TAXES USING THE INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX BRACKETS. SO, YOU CAN'T JUST ADDRESS THE CORPORATE TAX CODE, ALTHOUGH THE PRESIDENT'S CORPORATE TAX QUOTE REFORM, HAS A LOT OF TAX HIKES IN IT, IT WILL MAKE OUR BUSINESSES, OUR JOB CREATORS IN THIS COUNTRY LESS COMPETITIVE, BUT YOU CAN'T JUST REFORM THE TAX CODE BY DEALING WITH CORPORATE TAX REFORM. YOU'VE GOT TO LOOK AT INDIVIDUAL TAX REFORM. CORPORATE TAX REFORM. ACROSS THE BOARD. YOU HAVE TO MAKE IT SIMPLER, FAIRER AND FLATTER. SOME OF THE TERMS THAT WE'VE TALKED ABOUT, WE'VE CERTAINLY ADVOCATED FOR THAT IN OUR BUDGET LAST YEAR AND WE'RE GOING TO DO THAT AGAIN THIS YEAR. IT'S CRITICAL NOT ONLY FOR JOB CREATION BY LARGER BUSINESSES BUT BY SMALL BUSINESSES, MOM AND POP BUSINESSES. SO TAX REFORM IS A CRITICAL PART OF WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO GET JOBS GOING. AS I'VE TALKED ABOUT EARLYIER, SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES TALKED ABOUT, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF REFORMS THAT WE HAVE BEEN PURSUING FOR OVER A YEAR NOW THAT RELATE DIRECTLY TO PRIVATE SECTOR JOB CREATION. AS I INDICATED EARLIER, IT'S TAX REFORM. IT'S REGULATORY REFORM. IT'S MORE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT. IT'S LIVING WITHIN OUR MEANS. INDIVIDUALLY THESE ISSUES MAY NOT HAVE JOBS IN THE TITLE, BUT THEY ARE THE COLUMNS, THE SUPPORTS THAT HOLD UP THE PRIVATE SECTOR JOB BUILDING, IF YOU WILL. AND I WANT TO SAY A COUPLE OF THINGS ABOUT THE REGULATORY ISSUE BECAUSE I'VE JUST INTRODUCED A BILL, H.R. 4078, REGULATORY FREEZE FOR JOBS ACT. AGAIN, AS LOT OF US SAID, I'M NOT -- AS A LOT OF US SAID, I'M NOT ANTIREGULATION. I'M KNOT DO NOT YOU KNOW -- I DON'T KNOW ANYONE WHO IS AGAINST REGULATIONS ACROSS THE BOARD. WHAT I'M AGAINST IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FAILING TO APPLY COMMON SENSE WHEN REGULATING. WHAT I'M AGAINST ARE EXCESSIVE REGULATIONS, OVERLY BURDENSOME REGULATIONS. I'LL GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE. I HAD A JOBS CONFERENCE DOWN IN MY DISTRICT IN LITTLE ROCK, AT THE CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY , WE HAD A JOBS CONFERENCE, WE INVITED A NUMBER OF JOB CREATORS . SEEMS TO ME, IF YOU WANT KNOW WHAT TO DO TO CREATE -- IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT TO DO TO CREATE PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS, WOULD YOU ASK SOMEONE WHO HAD CREATED THEM. FOLKS FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR, EXPERTS ON THIS ISSUE, WE INVITED THEM IN, SAID, HEY, WHAT'S THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE TO JOB CREATION? WE HAD DEMOCRATS, WE HAD REPUBLICANS BOTH. AND WE ASKED THEM JUST POINT BLANK. AND THE NUMBER ONE ANSWER WAS REGULATORY UNCERTAINTY. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? WELL, IT MEANS THAT FOLKS HAVE MONEY THAT THEY MIGHT WANT TO INVEST BUT THEY HOLD ON TITLE TIGHT TO THAT MONEY BECAUSE THEY'RE NO -- ON TIGHT TO THAT MONEY BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT QUITE SURE WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN. THEY'RE NOT SURE WHETHER WE'RE GOING TO GET OUR DEBT UNDER CONTROL OR NOT. THEY'RE NOT SURE HOW MUCH OBAMACARE, THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE LAW, IS GOING TO COST THEM. THEY'RE NOT SURE WHETHER THE REGULATIONS THAT THEY'VE HEARD PROPOSED BY THE E.P.A. HAS POTENTIALLY BEING PROPOSED, THEY'RE NOT SURE WHETHER OR NOT THOSE ARE GOING TO BE IMPLEMENTED. THERE'S UNCERTAINTY EVERYWHERE. I HAD SOMEONE SAY TO ME THE OTHER NIGHT, THERE'S ALWAYS UNCERTAINTY. YEAH, THERE'S ALWAYS UNCERTAINTY. IF YOU'RE A FARM THERE'S UNCERTAINTY WHETHER THERE'S GOING TO BE ENOUGH RAIN FOR THE CROPS THAT YEAR. THERE'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE SOME UNCERTAINTY IN LIVE BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE -- LIFE BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE CRYSTAL BALLS. I GET. THAT BUT WHAT WE DON'T WANT IS A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT -- I GET THAT. BUT WHAT WE DON'T WANT IS A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT NEEDLESSLY CREATES ADDITIONAL UNCERTAINTY. SOMETIMES WE SAY, I HAD ENOUGH PROBLEMS BEFORE THIS CAME ALONG. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. YOU GOT ENOUGH TO DEAL WITH NATURALLY. YOU'VE GOT ENOUGH UNCERTAINTY AS IT IS. YOU DON'T NEED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CREATING MORE UNCERTAINTY. IF YOU TALK TO COMMUNITY BANKS WHO HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY THE PRESIDENT'S DODD FRANK LAW -- DODD-FRANK LAW, THEY HAVE A LOT UNCERTAINTY. HAVING TO HIRE NEW FOLKS TO COMPLY WITH THE LAW. WHAT ARE THE NEW REGULATIONS GOING TO BE? DON'T KNOW YET. JUST KNOW THEY'RE COMING. DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO BE YET. JUST KNOW THEY'RE COMING. JUST KNOW THEY'RE GOING TO BE BURDENSOME. SAME WITH THE HEALTH CARE LAW. HERE'S A QUOTE FROM, ACTUALLY A WELL-KNOWN DEMOCRAT BUSINESSMAN, COMMISSIONER ON THE ARKANSAS HIGHWAY COMMISSION, APPOINTED BY OUR DEMOCRAT GOVERNOR IN ARKANSAS, FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE ARKANSAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION. HE SAID AT MY JOBS CONFERENCE, QUOTE, EVERY PROJECT I LOOK AT NOW I'VE GOT TO WONDER IF I'M GOING TO GET TO BUILD IT BECAUSE ARE THE REGULATIONS GOING TO STOP ME? I'VE GOT TO ADMIT THAT I PASS ON OVER 50% OF THE PROJECTS I'D LIKE TO DO BECAUSE OF THE BURDEN. THE HURDLE OF THE REGULATIONS, END QUOTE. NOW, PRESIDENT -- THE PRESIDENT RECENTLY SAID IN HIS STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS, THAT HE'S APPROVED FEWER REGULATIONS IN THE FIRST THREE YEARS OF HIS PRESIDENCY THAN HIS REPUBLICAN PREDECESSOR DID IN HIS. WELL, THE PRESIDENT SAID THAT SITTING RIGHT HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE DURING THE STATE OF THE UNION, THIS YEAR. SO I THINK IT DESERVES SOME ATTENTION. WELL, IS THAT TRUE? IF YOU JUST LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, IT'S TRUE. IF YOU JUST LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF REGULATIONS. BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF WHAT ARE CALLED MAJOR REGULATIONS AND THE BURDEN THAT IT PUTS, THE COST OF THE REGULATIONS, WHAT THIS PRESIDENT HAS DONE FAR EXCEEDS WHAT WE'VE SEEN BEFORE. THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION ISSUED AN AVERAGE OF 63 MAJOR REGULATIONS PER YEAR. THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS ISSUED AN AVERAGE OF 88, AN INCREASE OF 40%. UNDER PRESIDENT BUSH THE OFFICE OF INFORMATION AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS REVIEWED AN AVERAGE OF 77 ECONOMICALLY SIGNIFICANT REGULATIONS BIANNUALLY. THESE ARE THE ONES THAT REALLY IMPACT BUSINESS. WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT A MINOR REGULATION HERE OR THERE. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE ONES THAT REALLY IMPACT JOB CREATORS. UNDER PRESIDENT BUSH, HIS OFFICE OF REGULATORY AFFAIRS REVIEWED ABOUT 77 EVERY TWO YEARS. UNDER THIS PRESIDENT IT'S 125. NOT QUITE DOUBLED, BUT NOT FAR FROM IT. IF THE ADMINISTRATION MAINTAINS ITS CURRENT PACE, IT WOULD ADD NEARLY 1 -- $150 BILLION BE A AUTO -- ANNUALLY IN NEW REGULATORY COST OVER EIGHT YEARS. I'M GOING TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA, BUT BEFORE I DO, I JUST WANT TO MENTION THAT I HAVE PROPOSED A REGULATORY FREEZE FOR JOBS ACT, H.R. 4078. BECAUSE WHAT IT WOULD DO, IT WOULD BASICALLY FREEZE THE INTRODUCTION AND PROGRESSION OF MAJOR REGULATIONS, THOSE HAVING AN IMPACT OF $100 BILLION OR MORE. IT WOULD FREEZE THOSE WITH EXCEPTIONS FOR EMERGENCIES, HEALTH ISSUES, WHAT HAVE YOU. THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS IN THE BILL. BUT IT WOULD FREEZE THEM UNTIL OUR UNEMPLOYMENT RATE GETS DOWN TO 6% TO. SHOW THAT WE'RE GETTING OUR -- 6%. TO SHOW THAT WE'RE GETTING OUR FOOTING. BECAUSE WHAT THE REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT IS DOING TOWER JOB CREATERS ARE STIFLING THEIR ABILITIES TO CREATE JOBS. I'M GOING TO YIELD NOW TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 07:57:04 PM

    MR. GRIFFITH

    SO MUCH. I STUCK AROUND BECAUSE I WANTED TO HEAR MORE ABOUT YOUR…

    SO MUCH. I STUCK AROUND BECAUSE I WANTED TO HEAR MORE ABOUT YOUR REGULATORY FOR -- REGULATORY FREEZE FOR JOBS ACT. IT'S THE WAY AND THE DIRECTION THAT WE OUGHT TO BE GOING. BECAUSE I'M WILLING TO BET THAT THOSE REGULATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN APPROVED ARE PROBABLY, IF YOU LOOKED AT THE INCHES OF REGULATIONS, IT MIGHT ONLY BE ONE REG BUT I'D BE WILLING TO BET THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION BEATS THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION ON INCHES OF REGULATION BY A MILE. THAT BEING SAID, I HAVE TO ALSO SAY THAT, YOU KNOW, I GO OUT AND I TALK TO NOT ONLY THE ROTARY CLUBS AND OTHER CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS, BUT I LIKE TALKING TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS BECAUSE WHAT WE DO HERE IN WASHINGTON WILL BE A FAR GREATER IMPACT ON THEIR LIVES THAN WHAT WE DO ON OUR OWN LIVES. IT'S OUR CHILDREN. YOU INDICATED YOU HAVE YOUNG CHILDREN. I HAVE AN 11-YEAR-OLD, A 6-YEAR-OLD AND A 4-YEAR-OLD. I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THEM. BUT THE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GET IT. WHEN I START TALKING ABOUT THE REGULATIONS, AND YOU TALK ABOUT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WERE A FACTORY THAT WAS FACED HAVING TO PAY BINN BIG FINES BECAUSE YOU -- PAY BIG FINES BECAUSE YOU COULDN'T COMPLY, NOT BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T WANT TO, BUT BECAUSE YOU COULDN'T COMPLY WITH AN E.P.A. REGULATION, WHAT HAPPENS TO THOSE JOBS? YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY? I DON'T HAVE TO TEACH THEM THIS. THEY ALREADY KNOW IT. THOSE JOBS GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. USUALLY TO CHINA. AND THEY KNOW AND WE TALK ABOUT THE MONEY ISSUE, AND YOU'VE TALKED ABOUT THAT AND YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THEY KNOW THAT IF WE CREATE A REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT THAT'S CON DEUCE TO HAVE CREATION OF JOBS, NOT NO REGULATIONS, BUT CONDUCIVE TO CREATING JOBS, THAT WE END UP WITH MORE JOBS. YOU END UP WITH MORE JOBS, YOU HAVE MORE TAXPAYERS, YOU HAVE MORE TAXPAYERS, YOU HAVE MORE TAXES AND GUESS WHAT? JUST LIKE IN OUR HOUSEHOLDS, IF YOU HAVE MORE MONEY COMING IN, IT'S A WHOLE LOT EASIER TO PAY YOUR BILLS GOING OUT. AND SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT LIVING WITHIN OUR MEANS, WE CAN LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS AT A HIGHER LEVEL, IF WE JUST HAVE THE ABILITY FOR THE AMERICAN ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT AND THE AMERICAN ENTREPRENEURIAL -- ENTREPRENEUR TO GO OUT AND TAKE THE NORMAL RISKS THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH ANY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE, AND CREATE THE JOBS, THE JOBS THAT OVER THE LAST CENTURIES WE AS AMERICANS HAVE WORKED HARD TO CREATE AND IN A MERE 200 YEARS CREATED THE GREATEST ECONOMIC SYSTEM, THE GREATEST ECONOMIC COUNTRY EVER SEEN ON THIS PLANET. AND I HAVE TO SAY, IT COMES BACK, YOU TALK ABOUT THE DODD-FRANK IN BANKS. THE REGULATING -- COMMUNITY BANKS IN PARTICULAR. I COME FROM A VERY RURAL DISTRICT COMPARED TO A LOT OF THE OTHERS AND, YOU KNOW, THE COMMUNITY BANKS ARE THE HEART AND SOUL OF THOSE COMMUNITIES AND YET THEY ARE AFRAID TO LEND MONEY TO PEOPLE THEY KNOW ARE GOING TO STAY THERE AND FIGHT TO KEEP THOSE JOBS AND TO FIGHT FOR THEIR COMMUNITIES. BUT THEY'RE HESITANT TO LEND THE MONEY BECAUSE THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT THE REGULATORY SCHEME IS GOING TO BE. NOT ONLY DO YOU HAVE THE ENTREPRENEUR WHO DOESN'T KNOW, THE BUT THE BANKER DOESN'T KNOW SO YOU DENT KNOW IF HE CAN LEND MONEY TO THAT -- BUT HE DOESN'T KNOW IF HE CAN LEND MONEY TO THAT ENTREPRENEUR.

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  • 08:00:00 PM

    MR. GRIFFIN

    SAY THAT NOT ONLY ARE THEY DECIDING NOT TO LOAN TO FOLKS BASED ON…

    SAY THAT NOT ONLY ARE THEY DECIDING NOT TO LOAN TO FOLKS BASED ON CHARACTER, BASED ON RELATIONSHIP, BUT THEY'RE BEING TOLD THEY CAN'T. THEY'RE BEING TOLD THEY CAN'T. THEY ARE COMMUNITY BANKS, THE SOURCES OF CREDIT, THE SOURCE OF MONEY FOR SMALLTOWN AMERICA ARE BEING TOLD WHO THEY CAN AND CANNOT LEND TO, THEIR JUDGMENT'S BEING TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM AND SAY, LOOK, YOU DON'T HAVE TO DECIDE, WE'RE GOING TO REGULATE THAT, WE'LL TELL YOU WHO YOU CAN LOAN TO AND WHO YOU CAN'T LOAN TO, NEVER MIND THE FACT THAT YOU'VE KNOWN THEM FOR 20, 30, 40 YEARS, GENERATION AFTER GENERATION, WE'RE GOING TO CONTROL THIS FROM WASHINGTON. THIS PRESIDENT TALKS ABOUT HIS FINANCIAL REFORM BILL GOING AFTER WALL STREET. ACTUALLY THE FOLKS ON WALL STREET BACKED IT. . WHAT IT ENDED UP DOING IS HURTING THE FOLKS THAT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FINANCIAL COLLAPSE IN THE FIRST PLACE. SMALLTOWN COMMUNITY BANKS GOT THE BRUNT OF A LOT OF THIS BECAUSE THE BIG BANKS CAN AFFORD IT, THE SMALL BANKS CANNOT. WHAT THE PRESIDENT'S BILL DID, IT IGNORED FANNIE MAE AND FAMILIAR, THE PROBLEMS AND THEN IT WENT AFTER BANKS, MADE WALL STREET HAPPY IN MANY WAYS, MANY OF THEM GOT ON BOARD AND ENDORSED IT AND WHO TOOK THE BURDEN? SMALLTOWN BANKS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:02:09 PM

    MR. GRIFFITH

    STREET DIDN'T BACK IT AND MAIN STREET HAD PROBLEMS. AND I KNOW PERSONALLY…

    STREET DIDN'T BACK IT AND MAIN STREET HAD PROBLEMS. AND I KNOW PERSONALLY ABOUT THIS BECAUSE AS A YOUNG LAWYER RIGHT OUT OF LAW SCHOOL, I TOOK RISKS AND I WENT TO THE BANK AND THEY DIDN'T WORK WITH ME ON BUYING A BUILDING BUT ONE OF MY COMMUNITY BANKS SAID WE KNOW AS LONG AS YOU ARE ALIVE YOU WILL PAY THIS LOAN EVEN IF BUSINESS ISN'T GOOD. WE HAVE KNOWN YOU SINCE YOU WERE A KID AND WE KNOW THAT YOU ARE GOING TO BE THERE AND DO THINGS. WITHOUT THAT MONEY, I DARE SAY THAT I WOULDN'T HAVE HAD A SUCCESSFUL LAW PRACTICE IN 28 YEARS. IF YOU ARE A SOLE PRACTITIONER AS I WAS, YOU HAVE TO MAKE THE PAYROLL AND PAY YOUR LOANS AND DO THE THINGS YOU HAVE TO DO. GUESS WHAT'S HAPPENING. RIGHT NOW, THAT LOAN WOULDN'T BE MADE TO ME. ANOTHER YOUNG MAN AND WANTED TO GO OUT AND PRACTICE ON HIS OWN WOULDN'T BE ALLOWED TO DO THAT UNDER THE CURRENT REGULATORY SCHEME AND THAT JOB PLUS THE JOBS OF ALL THE PEOPLE I HAD WORKING FOR ME IN THAT OFFICE AS I WENT FORWARD WITH MY PRACTICE. SO YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT IN WHAT YOU SAY. AND I HAVE TO GET BACK TO YOUR REGULATORY FREEZE FOR JOBS ACT. I HAVE SAID FOR SOME TIME, IF WE PUT A FREEZE ON NEW REGULATIONS AND SAY TO THE AMERICAN ENTREPRENEUR, THE BUSINESS PEOPLE OUT THERE, IF YOU INVEST IN THE UNITED STATES NOW, WE WILL GIVE YOU A WINDOW WHERE YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ANY NEW REGULATIONS AND TURN THIS ECONOMY AROUND LIKE THAT AND SEE THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE NOT JUST DROP BY POINT ONE OR POINT TWO AND SEE IT DROP BELOW SIX PERCENT IF PEOPLE KNEW THEY COULD COUNT ON HAVING NOT KNOW REGULATION BUT REASONABLE REGULATION. AND I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 08:04:10 PM

    MR. GRIFFIN

    SITTING ON CAPITOL HILL ON THE STEPS OUT HERE SOMEWHERE AND THE CARTOON…

    SITTING ON CAPITOL HILL ON THE STEPS OUT HERE SOMEWHERE AND THE CARTOON TAUGHT ME THE FUNDAMENTALS OF OUR DEMOCRACY, HOW A BILL BECOMES LAW. PASSES THIS HOUSE AND WHAT HAPPENS? HAS TO GO DOWN TO THE SENATE. UNFORTUNATELY, THEY HAVEN'T PASSED A BUDGET IN THE SENATE IN OVER 1,000 DAYS, SO YOU CAN BET, THEY HAVEN'T PASSED OUR BILL EITHER. SO WE HAVE ADDRESSED A LOT OF THIS STUFF. AND WE WILL KEEP TALKING ABOUT IT AND KEEP PUSHING AND KEEP PUSHING. BUT A LOT OF IT IS SITTING RIGHT DOWN THERE IN THE SENATE WAITING FOR ACTION, GOING NOWHERE. SO IF YOU'RE WONDERING WHAT'S HAPPENED TO THESE IDEAS, THAT'S WHERE WE ARE. AND WE ARE CONTINUING TO WORK ON THEM HERE AND CONTINUING TO PRESSURE THE PRESIDENT AND THE SENATE TO WORK WITH US TO GET THIS STUFF DONE BECAUSE THESE PILLARS, TAX REFORM, REGULATORY REFORM, ENERGY EXPLORATION, GETTING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO LIVE WITHIN ITS MEANS AND HAVING A COMMONSENSE BUDGET, AS PART OF THAT ADDRESSING OUR INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUES, ALL OF THOSE TOGETHER, THEY ALL RELATE TO JOBS. WE'LL KEEP FIGHTING FOR JOBS. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MY GOOD FRIEND, THE SPEAKER.

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  • 08:06:54 PM

    MR. BILIRAKIS

    GOOD FRIEND, THE SPEAKER.

  • 08:08:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 08:09:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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  • 08:09:46 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THESE ARE THE BEST OF TIMES AND SOME WAYS, THE WORST OF…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THESE ARE THE BEST OF TIMES AND SOME WAYS, THE WORST OF TIMES. OUR FREEDOMS ARE UNDER ASSAULT AND SOME PEOPLE IN PLACES OF LEADERSHIP DO NOT APPRECIATE THE THREAT TO OUR FREEDOMS AND THEREFORE, ASSISTING THOSE WHO ARE TAKING THEM AWAY. WE KNOW THAT IN RECENT DAYS, IN AFGHANISTAN, WE HAD SOME SOLDIERS WHO WERE GIVEN THE RESPONSIBILITY TO BURN KORANS, WHICH WERE BEING USED BY PRISONERS TO WRITE MESSAGES OF AN NATURE TO OTHER PRISONERS. IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING OF SHRIA LAW THAT TO WRITE IN SUCH A KORAN COULD BE CONSIDERED A DECEMBER CREATION -- DESECRATION. YET THERE HAS BEEN SNOW OUTRAGE OVER PRISONERS USING THE KORAN TO PASS INFLAM TOWER MESSAGES TO OTHER PRISONERS. AND WE'VE ALSO SEEN THE DEATH OF AMERICANS AS A RESULT, TWO OFFICERS, ALONG WITH OTHERS, HAVE BEEN KILLED AND INJURED. OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF HAS SEEN FIT TO APOLOGIZE TO THOSE WHO ARE HOUSE THE KILLERS OF OUR TWO AMERICAN OFFICERS. WHEN I THINK ABOUT THE FEELINGS OF THOSE FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE TWO AMERICAN OFFICERS WHO WERE SERVING, TO HAVE A COMMANDER NOT DO AS LINCOLN AND SO MANY OTHER COMMANDERS HAVE DONE IN THE PAST, WHERE THEY HAVE SENT THOSE TROUBLING LETTERS TO GRIEVING FAMILIES TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE AND TO TRULY GRIEVE WITH THE FAMILIES. NO, IN THIS CASE, THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF SENT MESSAGES INSTEAD TO THE HOME OF THE KILLERS. WE ARE LED TO BELIEVE BY SOME INTERNATIONALLY THAT, GEE, JUST OVERWHELMED THE KILLER OF THE TWO OFFICERS. BUT THEN WE HEAR THAT HE MAY HAVE TAKEN A EXCELLENCER WITH HIM TO WORK -- A SILENCER WITH HIM TO WORK. WHERE I COME FROM, COURTS WHERE I HAVE BEEN TO PROSECUTE, MY COURT AS A JUDGE, MY LEAGUE END AS A CHIEF JUSTICE, THAT WOULD BE CONSIDERED EVIDENCE OF PREMEDITATION. OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER. AND YET WE APOLOGIZE TO THOSE WHO THINK LIKE THE MURDERER. I HAVEN'T HEARD A DEMAND FOR AN APOLOGY FROM AFGHANISTAN AND FROM THE LEADERS OF AFGHANISTAN WHO WOULD NOT BE IN OFFICE BUT FOR THE LIVES AND SACRIFICE OF AMERICAN SOLDIERS. THEY WOULDN'T BE THERE, BUT FOR AMERICAN SOLDIERS. YET NO APOLOGY FROM AFGHANISTAN. SO I THINK WE HAVE TO LOOK A LITTLE DEEPER WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON HERE. WE KNOW WITHIN THE UNITED STATES IT'S BEEN DEEMED TO BE JUST FINE TO STICK A CROSS THAT SYMBOLIZES THE DEATH AND SACRIFICE OF JESUS CHRIST IN A BEEKER OF URINE. SOME OF US BELIEVE THAT IF ANYBODY DID SUCH A THING WITHOUT REPENTING BEFORE THEY LEAVE THIS LIFE WILL HAVE A SPECIAL PRICE TO PAY BY THE JUDGE OF ALL JUDGES, BY THAT SAME CREATOR THAT GAVE US OUR INALIENABLE RIGHTS. BUT NOT ONLY WAS THAT DONE, IT WAS FUNDED BY THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT. . WE HAVE BEEN TOLD REPEATEDLY THAT THERE'S NOTHING UNCONSTITUTIONAL ABOUT BURNING AN AMERICAN FLAG. THAT FLAG FOR WHICH SO MANY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS HAVE GIVEN THE LAST FULL PRESSURE -- MEASURE OF DEVOTION. WE'RE TOLD THAT IT DOESN'T VIOLATE OUR CONSTITUTION TO BURN AMERICAN BIBLES. THAT THERE'S JUST FINE. UNDER OUR CONSTITUTION -- THAT THERE'S JUST -- THAT THAT'S JUST FINE. UNDER OUR CONSTITUTION. YET WE EVEN HAVE GREAT AMERICANS WHO HAVE RISKED THEIR LIFE FOR THIS COUNTRY WHO SEE THE DEATH AND LOSS OF LIVES AND SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT? MAYBE WE OUGHT TO HAVE A LAW THAT SAYS YOU CAN'T BURN A KORAN OR YOU CAN'T SHOOT AT A KORAN. SOME MAY RECALL THAT IN MAY, MAY 22 OF 2008, THERE WAS A U.S. SOLDIER THAT SHOT AT A KORAN AND THAT SPARKED UNREST AND THERE WAS -- THERE WERE TWO CIVILIANS AND A LITHUANIAN THAT WERE KILLED AS A RESULT OF THAT. SOME PEOPLE MAY REMEMBER LAST YEAR WHEN A PASTOR IN FLORIDA BURNED A KORAN, SPARKED RIOTING, 11 WERE KILLED INCLUDING SEVEN U.N. WORKERS. WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON HERE? WELL, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO LOOK BACK TO THE ORGANIZATION OF ISLAMIC -- WHAT USED TO BE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE, NOW HAS BEEN CHANGED TO ISLAMIC COOPERATION, AND WE CAN FIND SOME THINGS. I'VE GOT A CHART HERE TO SHOW. THIS IS FROM THE THIRD EXTRAORDINARY SESSION OF THE ISLAMIC SUMMIT. IT OUTLINES THE 10-YEAR PROGRAM OF ACTION TO MEET THE CHALLENGES FACING THE MUSLIM IN THE 21ST CENTURY AND THIS IS THE ISLAMIC SUMMIT CONFERENCE RESULTS AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE TERM ISLAMAPHOBIA WAS INVENTED FOR JUST SUCH OCCASIONS TO TRY TO DEMONIZE AMERICANS OR SO-CALLED WESTERNERS WHO MIGHT TRY TO SAY THERE'S SUCH A THING AS FREEDOM OF SPEECH, FREEDOM OF RELIGION, WHO WOULD SEEK TO SUBS GATE OUR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS -- SUB JEW GATE OUR FIRST AMENDMENT -- SUBJUGATE OUR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS TO THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE, THEIR RULES AND SHARI'A LAW. AND THE PLAN, THE 10-YEAR PLAN FROM DECEMBER OF 2005, THE PLAN IS, HERE NUMBER TWO, AFFIRM THE NEED TO COUNTER ISLAMAPHOBIA THROUGH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN OBSERVATORY AT THE O.I.C., GENERAL SECRETARY, TO MONITOR ALL FORMS OF ISLAMAPHOBIA, ISSUE AN ANNUAL REPORT THEREON AND ENSURE COOPERATION WITH THE RELEVANT GOVERNMENTAL AND NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS IN ORDER TO COUNTER ISLAMAPHOBIA. ALSO TO ENDEAVOR TO HAVE THE UNITED NATIONS ADOPT AN INTERNATIONAL RESOLUTION TO COUNTER ISLAMAPHOBIA AND CALL UPON ALL STATES TO ENACT LAWS TO COUNTER IT INCLUDING DETERRENT PUNISHMENTS. THAT'S RIGHT. THIS IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE 10-YEAR PLAN FROM 2005 TO SUBJUGATE AMERICANS' FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS UNDER OUR CONSTITUTION TO SHARI'A LAW. IT'S NOT A TERRIBLY COMPLICATED EFFORT. BUT IT IS BRUTAL, IT'S COST SO MANY LIVES. ALL IN AN EFFORT TO NOT ONLY SHOW DISDAIN FOR ACTIONS OF WESTERNERS REGARDING THE KORAN BUT ALSO TO PUSH TO GET THE U.N. AND ALL STATES SUCH AS THE UNITED STATES TO ADOPT LAWS TO PUNISH ANY, WHAT SHARI'A WOULD CONSIDER, INAPPROPRIATE USE OR ABUSE OF A KORAN. I HAPPEN TO THINK AS A CHRISTIAN IT'S TERRIBLY INAPPROPRIATE TO ABUSE A KORAN. I WOULD ENCOURAGE PEOPLE NOT TO DO SO. I WOULD LIKEWISE SAY THAT IT IS A TERRIBLE THING TO ABUSE A BIBLE AND TO ABUSE A FLAG. IT SHOULDN'T BE DONE. BUT AS A SERVICE MEMBER, PROSECUTOR, JUDGE, CHIEF JUSTICE, I TOOK AN OATH TO SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AND THAT MEANS ALL RIGHTS UNDER OUR CONSTITUTION. SO JUST SO PEOPLE DON'T FORGET, I THINK IT IS APPROPRIATE TO REMEMBER WHAT'S IN THE FIRST AMENDMENT. CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF OR BRIDGING THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH OR THE PRESS OR THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE PEACEABLY -- TO PEACEABLE ASSEMBLE AND TO PETITION THE GOVERNMENT FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES. WE'RE SUPPOSED TO HAVE THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH. THE SUPREME COURT HAS SAD THAT MEANS YOU CAN BURN A FLAG, YOU CAN BURN A BIBLE, YOU CAN BURN A KORAN. BUT THERE IS A MOVEMENT IN ALL 57 STATES, THAT'S RIGHT, 57, STATES OF THE O.I.C. TO GET THE U.N. AND ALL COUNTRIES TO SUBJUGATE THEIR FREEDOMS TO SHARI'A LAW. SO SURE IT'S OK TO BURN A BIBLE AND A FLAG, THAT'S FINE, BUT NOT A KORAN. IT'S WRONG TO DO SO BUT IT'S NOT ILLEGAL. WE'RE TOLD AS OF TODAY THAT THE TALIBAN SAYS THE AIRPORT BLAST IN AFGHANISTAN WAS REVENGE FOR KORAN BURNINGS. THIS ARTICLE TODAY POINTS OUT THAT 40 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN PROTESTS AND RELATED ATTACKS SINCE THE INCIDENT BECAME KNOWN THIS PAST TUESDAY, INCLUDING FOUR U.S. SOLDIERS. NATO, FRANCE, BRITAIN, THE U.S. HAVE PULLED THEIR ADVISORS FROM AFGHAN MINISTRIES OUT OF CONCERN THAT THE ANTIFOREIGNER ANGER MIGHT ERUPT AGAIN. AFTER ALL WE'VE DONE. BUT IT'S NOT OVER. THESE PEOPLE FEEL THEY STILL MUST SUBJUGATE OUR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS TO SHARI'A LAW. FIRST AMENDMENT SHOULD BE PRETTY CLEAR. AND IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT UNTIL THE 1950'S WHEN LINDEN JOHNSON BASICALLY GOT TIRED OF CHURCHES YAPPING AT HIM OVER WHAT THEY DEEMED MORAL ISSUES, HE SHUT THEM UP BY HAVING AN ADDITIONAL PROVISION ADDED TO THE TAX LAWS THAT BASICALLY FOR BADE ANY CHURCH OR SUCH ORGANIZATION FROM GETTING INVOLVED IN POLITICS. MY CHILDREN WERE SURPRISED BASED ON WHAT THEY'D BEEN TAUGHT IN PUBLIC SCHOOL THAT FOR MOST OF THIS COUNTRY'S HISTORY CHURCHES WERE THE BEDROCK, CHURCHES WERE INVOLVED IN EVERY GREAT MOVEMENT THAT OCCURRED, BOTH IN THE REVOLUTION, IN THE CIVIL RIGHT IT'S MOVEMENT -- RIGHTS MOVEMENT THAT RESULTED IN ABOLITION OF SLAVERY, IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT OF THE 1950'S AND 1960'S, LES WE FORGET MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WAS AN ORDAINED CHRISTIAN MINISTER. HE KNEW AND ESPOUSED THE TRUE WAY, TRUTH AND LIGHT. WELL, THE CAIRO DECLARATION ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN ISLAM WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1990 AND SO WHEN WE HEAR ABOUT THE CALLS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS UNDER SHARI'A LAW, IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT MEANS. THIS IS FROM THE CAIRO DECLARATION ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN ISLAM, FROM AUGUST OF 1990. ARTICLE 24 SAYS, ALL THE RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS STIPULATED IN THIS DECLARATION ARE SUBJECT TO THE ISLAMIC SHARI'A. ARTICLE 25, THE LACE AM SHARI'A IS THE ONLY -- THE ISLAMIC SHARI'A IS THE ONLY SOURCE OF REFERENCE FOR THE EXPLANATION OR CLARIFICATION OF ANY OF THE ARTICLES OF THIS DECLARATION. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. WHEN THE TERM HUMAN RIGHTS ARE UTILIZED, IT'S IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT UNDER THIS DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS THAT IS SYSTEM BEING FORDED TODAY AND THRUST AT US, IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THOSE ARE CONSIDERED HUMAN RIGHTS ONLY UNDER THE DEFINITION OF SHARI'A. SO, WHEN WE'RE TOLD ABOUT THE O.I.C. BELIEVING IN PUSHING HUMAN RIGHTS, THAT MEANS NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO DESECRATE A KORAN IN ANY WAY, ALTHOUGH THEY CAN BURP BIBLES AND AMERICAN FLAGS ALL THEY -- BURN BIBLES AND AMERICAN FLAGS ALL DAY LONG. IT MEANS NO ONE HAS THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH TO DRAW A CARTOON ABOUT MUHAMMAD BECAUSE IF THEY DO THEY HAVE THE HUMAN RIGHT TO BE EXECUTED. IF SOMEONE IS A MUSLIM AND THEY PRONOUNCE THAT JESUS CHRIST HAS BECOME THEIR LORD, THEN THEY HAVE THE HUMAN RIGHT TO BE EXECUTED. IF SOMEONE IS A WOMAN TESTIFYING UNDER THE LAWS OF SHARI'A, SHE HAS THE RIGHT TO HAVE HER TESTIMONY ONLY COUNT AS HALF OF THAT OF A MAN. UNDER THESE TERMS IF A WOMAN INHERITS FROM A MALE SHE HAS THE HUMAN RIGHT TO RECEIVE JUST 1/2 OF THE INHERITANCE THAT A MAN WOULD. UNDER SHARI'A, AS TO THOSE WOMEN ON WHOSE PART YOU FEAR DISLOYALTY AND ILL CONDUCT, ADMONISH THEM FIRST, AND LAST BEAT THEM. SO, IF A HUSBAND IS DISPLEASED WITH HIS WIFE, THE WOMAN HAS THE HUMAN RIGHT TO BE BEATEN. THIS GOES ON AND ON. I'M SURPRISED THAT THE WOMEN'S RIGHTS MOVEMENT HAVE NOT BEEN MORE ASSERTIVE IN POINTING OUT THE INEQUALITIES THAT OCCUR IN COUNTRIES THAT ESPOUSE SHARI'A AND THE THREAT THAT IT POSES TO WOMEN'S RIGHTS ALL OVER THE WORLD AND IN AMERICA. UNDER SHARI'A, TO BRING A CLAIM OF RAPE, A MUSLIM WOMAN MUST PRESENT FOUR MALE MUSLIM WITNESSES IN GOOD STANDING. ISLAM PLACES THE BURDEN OF AVOIDING ELICIT SEXUAL ENCOUNTER ENTIRELY ON THE WOMAN. IN EFFECT, UNDER SHARI'A, WOMEN WHO BRING A CLAIM OF RAPE WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO PRODUCE FOUR MALE MUSLIM WITNESSES ADMITTING -- THEY'RE ADMITTING TO HAVING HAD ELICIT SEX, IF SHE OR THE MAN IS MARRIED, THIS AMOUNTS TO AN ADMISSION OF ADULTERY AND SHE SHOULD BE PUNISHEDMENT SOME BELIEVE STONED TO DEATH -- PUNISHED. SOME BELIEVE STONED TO DEATH. AT A MINIMUM FLOGGED. IF SHE IS RAPED AND CAN'T PRODUCE FOUR MEN OF MUSLIM GOOD STANDING ON HER BEHALF. SHE HAS THE HUMAN RIGHT TO BE FLOGGED OR IN SOME EYES TO BE STONED TO DEATH. THOSE ARE SAYING WE SHOULD GET OUT OF AFGHANISTAN NOW. ACTUALLY, WE COULD HAVE DONE THAT A LONG TIME AGO IF A DIFFERENT COURSE HAD BEEN PURSUED. IT IS NOT INAPPROPRIATE TO NOTE THAT IN SO MANY CIRCUMSTANCES, THE ENEMY OF OUR ENEMY SHOULD BE CONSIDERED OUR FRIEND. I'VE MET OUR BACKERS, STEVE KING, MET TWICE WITH NORTHERN ALLIANCE LEADERS. AND ALTHOUGH THESE BRAVE LEADERS AND THEIR SOLDIERS, THEIR HORSE SOLDIERS WITH SOME INTELLIGENCE AND SPECIAL OPS, INDIVIDUALS HAVE INDICATED HAVE PERFORMED ACTS OF HEROISM AND GALLANTRY AS THEY HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE ON THEIR BEHALF AND ON BEHALF OF AMERICA. THE TALIBAN WAS INITIALLY DEFEATED, PEOPLE FORGET, WHEN WE INITIALLY HAD LESS THAN 200 AND NO MORE THAN 1,500 SPECIAL OPS AND INTELLIGENCE JUST EMBEDDED IN THE NORTHERN ALLIANCE, ASSISTING THEM AS THE ENEMY TFT TALIBAN. OUR FRIENDS, THE NORTHERN ALLIANCE, THEY'RE MUSLIMS, MUSLIM FRIENDS, BUT THEY DID NOT WANT THE INTOLERANCE OF THE TALIBAN AND WERE WILLING TO PAY ANY PRICE, JUST AS THE FOUNDERS WERE TO PREVENT HAVING THE TALIBAN TAKE THEM OVER AND AS THEY HAD DONE BEFORE, BURNED FILMS, BURNED ART, DICTATE TO THE WOMEN, THE NORTHERN ALLIANCE HELPED US BY BASICALLY BEING THE PEOPLE THAT DEFEATED THE TALIBAN, WHO PROVIDED THEM THE ARMS TO DO IT, WHO PROVIDED THEM THE AERIAL SUPPORT, AND THEY DID IT. WE DISARMED THEM. WE HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT IT. WE ADDED OVER 100,000 TROOPS AND BECAME OCCUPIERS AND WE TRIED TO NATION BUILD AND GAVE THEM A CONSTITUTION THAT PROVIDES FOR SHRIA LAW. WHERE IS THE APOLOGY TO AFGHAN CHRISTIANS FOR US GETTING THEM A CONSTITUTION THAT DOES NOT PERMIT PUBLIC CHURCHES? THE LAST CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN AFGHANISTAN HAS CLOSED. THE LAST ACCOUNT I HAVE SEEN, THERE IS ONE ACKNOWLEDGED JEWISH PERSON LIVING IN AFGHANISTAN. NOW, THERE'S INTOLERANCE. WE HAVE A $12.5 BILLION GOVERNMENT IN AFGHANISTAN, THAT'S THEIR BUDGET, AND THEY PROVIDE ABOUT $1.5 BILLION OF THEIR OWN. YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO THAT GOVERNMENT WHEN WE PULL OUT? THAT'S WHY THE TALIBAN IS TELLING PEOPLE, EVEN ON AFGHAN TELEVISION, WE ARE GOING TO BE IN CHARGE AS SOON AS THE U.S. PULLS OUT. THERE ARE WAYS TO DEAL WITH THIS ISSUE AND IF YOU JUST LOOK AT THE MAP, YOU GET A GOOD IDEA WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. DURING A RECENT TRIP TO AFGHANISTAN AND MEETING WITH THE PEOPLE -- LET'S FIRST LOOK AT THE MAP ITSELF. AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN, IRAN, INDIA. NOW BEFORE 1948, THIS AREA IN HERE WAS THE ARBITRARY LINES THAT WERE DRAWN -- THIS USED TO BE THE AREA. AND AS A RECENT RECENT EDITORIAL POINTED OUT, MOST OF PAKISTAN'S NATURAL RESOURCES COME FROM THIS AREA. AS PEOPLE HAVE ADVISED US IN AFGHANISTAN WHEN I WAS OVER THERE RECENTLY, THE TALIBAN ARE BEING SUPPORTED BY SUPPLIES, ARMS -- THEY'RE GETTING THEIR SUPPORT FROM SOUTHERN PAKISTAN INTO SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN. THEY'RE COMING THROUGH THE AREA. THEY DON'T WANT THAT. THEY'RE OUR FRIENDS. THEY WANT TO BE OUR FRIENDS. THEY HAVE BEEN WONDERFUL FRIENDS. THEY HAVE BEEN TERRORIZED BY THE PAKISTANI GOVERNMENT FOR DECADES AND WE HAVE STOOD BY AND DIDN'T SEEM TO CARE -- THE WORLD HAS. WELL, PERHAPS IT IS TIME TO RECOGNIZE AN INDEPENDENT AREA WHERE WE WOULD HAVE A FRIEND WHO WOULD NOT KEEP SUPPLYING THE ENEMY OF AMERICA, THOSE PEOPLE THAT HELPED TRAIN AND PREPARE FOR 9/11, TO KILL AS MANY THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS AS THEY COULD. WE DON'T WANT TO LEAVE AFGHANISTAN IN THE HANDS OF THE TALIBAN AND ALL THE AMERICAN LIFE AND TREASURE BE FOR NOTHING. BUT THERE IS AN EASY ANSWER. WE EMPOWER THE ENEMY OF OUR ENEMY, THE NORTHERN ALLIANCE AND THE BELUJ PEOPLE, LET THEM TAKE CARE OF THEIR OWN AREA. LET THEM PREVENT THE TALIBAN FROM TAKING OVER. LET THEM PREVENT PAKISTAN FROM BECOMING SUCH A FOCUSED ENEMY AS THEY HAVE, UNABATED. LET THEM WORRY. INDIA WANTS TO BE OUR FRIEND. IF WE LOOK AT THE AREA OF PAKISTAN -- WELL, THIS SHOWS THE DIFFERENT MAJOR ETHNIC GROUPS. PINK IS THE BELUJ PEOPLE. GREEN IS THE PASHTUN AND ONLY A TINY PERCENTAGE OF THOSE PEOPLE MAKE UP THE TALIBAN. VIRTUALLY ALL OF THE TALIBAN IS MADE UP OF PASHTUN AND THEY COME OVER HERE INTO PAKISTAN. AND THEN WE HAVE THE YELLOW IS THE SUNNI. NORTHERN ALLIANCE IS UP HERE. YOU HAVE A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT GROUPS UP THERE, INCLUDING U SBEKS AND THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT WANT THE TALIBAN TO TAKE OVER. THEY ARE THE ENEMY OF OUR ENEMY, AND THAT'S WHERE WE CAN DO SOME REAL GOOD. IT'S TIME TO SUPPORT -- TO STOP THE SUPPORT OF THOSE WHO WOULD TAKE AWAY OUR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS. THIS IS FROM CNN MAY 20, 2009, MILITARY PERSONNEL BURNED CONFISCATED BIBLES THAT WERE PRINTED IN THE TWO MOST COMMON AFGHAN LANGUAGES AMID CONCERN THAT THEY WOULD TRY TO CONVERT AFGHANS SAID A STATE SPOKESMAN SAID TUESDAY. THEY WERE CON PHYSICIAN INDICATED BECAUSE MILITARY RULES FORBID TROOPS FROM TALKING ABOUT RELIGIONS. AMERICAN TROOPS AND CIVILIANS IN THE MUSLIM NATION. WHY WOULD IT ENDANGER CIVILIANS IF THEY HAD THE RIGHTS THAT AMERICANS SAY WE'RE FIGHTING FOR? WHY? THE BURNING BIBLES, THE AMERICAN MILITARY DID BACK IN 2009, I WAS GIVEN THIS BIBLE BY MY AUNT AND TOLD IT WAS PROVIDED IN WORLD WAR II BY MY UNCLE AND SAYS THE LORD BE WITH YOU. AND INSIDE THE FRONT COVER, IT SAYS, AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF, I TAKE PLEASURE IN COMMENDING THE READING OF THE BIBLE TO ALL WHO SERVE IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES THROUGHOUT THE CENTURIES, MANY HAVE FACED HAVE FOUND IN THE SACRED BOOK WORDS OF WISDOM, COUNSEL AND WISDOM AND IT IS A IF THE OF STRENGTH AND ATTAINING THE HIGHEST ASPIRATION. SIGNED BY PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT. IT WASN'T SIGNED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA. IT WAS SIGNED BY PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT AND GIVEN TO OUR SOLDIERS. MR. SPEAKER, IN CONCLUSION, LET ME JUST SAY IF THE PRESIDENT TAKES MORE ACTION TO DEMEAN THE AMERICAN RIGHTS AND ELIMINATE OUR OWN RIGHTS, THEN IT'S TIME FOR THE PRESIDENT TO APOLOGIZE, NOT TO AFGHANISTAN, BUT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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