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House Session - July 24, 2012

The House met for Morning Hour, during which any member was able to speak for up to five minutes on any topic. When no additional members sought recognition, Morning Hour concluded.

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  • 10:00:16 AM

    HOST

    LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS INCLUDES THE PRESERVING OF AMERICA FAMILY FIRMS ACT.…

    LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS INCLUDES THE PRESERVING OF AMERICA FAMILY FIRMS ACT. A COMMUNICATION FROM THE SPEAKER.

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  • 10:00:35 AM

    THE CLERK

    ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JULY 24, 2012. I HEREBY APPOINT THE THE HONORABLE…

    ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JULY 24, 2012. I HEREBY APPOINT THE THE HONORABLE DAVID RIVERA, TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY, SIGNED, JOHN A. BOEHNER, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 10:00:51 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 17, 2012, THE CHAIR WILL NOW…

    PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 17, 2012, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES WITH EACH PARTY LIMITED TO ONE HOUR AND EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND MINORITY WHIP LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES EACH. BUT IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50 A.M. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:01:27 AM

    MR. POE

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

  • 10:01:32 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 10:01:35 AM

    MR. POE

    YEARS THE UNITED STATES HAS USED DROUGHNS TO TRACK TERRORISTS OVERSEAS,…

    YEARS THE UNITED STATES HAS USED DROUGHNS TO TRACK TERRORISTS OVERSEAS, CATCH OUTLAWS ALONG THE BORDER, AND OTHER LAWFUL PURPOSES. NOW THOUSANDS OF DROUGHNS ARE HEADED TO THE HOMELAND. THE F.A.A. PLANS TO ALLOW EXPANDED USE OF DROUGHNS TO OPERATE NATIONWIDE BY -- DRONES TO OPERATE NATIONWIDE BY THE YEAR 2015. IT IS ESTIMATED BY 2020, 30,000 OF THEM WILL BE FLYING IN AMERICAN SKIES. YES, MR. SPEAKER, THE DRONES ARE COMING. WHO WILL OPERATE THESE DRONES AND WHAT WILL BE THEIR MISSION? COULD IT BE A SUSPICIOUS GOVERNMENT AGENT WHO THINKS SOMEONE LOOKS KIND OF FUNNY? THE E.P.A. BUREAUCRAT TO MONITOR SOMEBODY'S FARM AND WATCH BESSIE THE COW GRAZE IN THE PASTURE? OR A NOSEY NEIGHBOR WHO WANTS TO MAKE SURE SOMEONE'S SHUTTERS ARE PRETTY AND THE FLOWERS DON'T VIOLATE THE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION RULES? OR COULD IT BE A LEGITIMATE AND LAWFUL AND LEGAL PURPOSE OF DRONES THAT DOESN'T VIOLATE THE RIGHT OF PRIVACY? THESE ARE THE KIND OF SITUATIONS AMERICANS FACE AS WE ENTER THIS UNCHARTED AND UNPRECEDENTED WORLD OF DRONE TECHNOLOGY. CONGRESS HAS THE LEGAL OBLIGATION TO ENSURE THAT THE FOURTH AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF PRIVATE CITIZENS ARE PROTECTED IN THIS NEW DRONE WORLD. YOU SEE, MR. SPEAKER, THE FOURTH AMENDMENT SAYS THIS, THE RIGHT OF PEOPLE TO BE SECURE IN THEIR PERSONS, HOUSES, PAPERS, AND EFFECTS AGAINST UNREASONABLE SEARCHES AND SEIZURES SHALL NOT BE VIOLATED. NO WARRANT SHALL ISSUE BUT UPON PROBABLE CAUSE, SUPPORTED BY OATH OR AFFIRMATION. AND PARTICULARLY DESCRIBING THE PLACE TO BE SEARCHED AND THE PERSONS OR THINGS TO BE SEIZED. THE FOURTH AMENDMENT LIMITS GOVERNMENT INTRUSION INTO OUR LIVES. THE CONSTITUTION LIMITS EAVESDROPPING, SNOOPING, AND SPYING ON AMERICAN CITIZENS. AND WHILE THERE ARE SOME LEGITIMATE USES FOR DROUGHNS DOMESTICALLY, SUCH AS MONITORING FOREST FIRES AND FLOODS AND HURRICANES, TRACKING AN ESCAPED BANK ROBBER, AND OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT USES, IT'S UP TO CONGRESS TO LIMIT THEIR USE SO THAT THE FOURTH AMENDMENT AND THE RIGHT OF PRIVACY ARE PROTECTED. THAT'S WHY I AM INTRODUCING THE PRESERVING AMERICAN PRIVACY ACT. NOW IS THE TIME FOR CONGRESS TO ACT NOT IN 2015. WITH THE INCREASED TECHNOLOGY OF SURVEILLANCE, CONGRESS HAS TO BE PROACTIVE IN CONTROLLING DRONE USE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND ALSO PROTECTING CIVILIANS FROM THE PRIVATE USE OF DRONES. THIS BILL ENSURES THE PRIVACY OF PRIVATE CITIZENS THAT IT IS PROTECTED BY ESTABLISHING GUIDELINES ABOUT WHEN AND WHAT PURPOSES LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND PRIVATE CITIZENS AND BUSINESSES CAN USE DRONES. I REPEAT, THIS BILL WILL ENSURE THE PRIVATECY OF -- PRIVACY OF PRIVATE CITIZENS THAT IT IS PROTECTED BY ESTABLISHING GUIDELINES ABOUT WHEN AND WHAT PURPOSES LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, PRIVATE CITIZENS, AND BUSINESSES CAN USE DRONES. FIRST IT WOULD PREVENT THE F.A.A. FROM ISSUING A PERMIT FOR THE USE OF A DRONE TO FLY IN THE UNITED STATES AIRSPACE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT PURPOSES UNLESS IT IS PURSUANT TO A WARRANT AND THE INVESTIGATION OF A FELONY. THIS WOULD APPLY TO STATE, FEDERAL, AND LOCAL JURISDICTION. THE WARRANT EXCEPTIONS AND CIRCUMSTANCES RULE THAT ARE ALREADY THE LAW OF THE LAND WOULD BE THE SAME AS THOSE APPLICABLE IN THE STATE, FEDERAL, OR LOCAL JURISDICTION WHERE THAT SURVEILLANCE OCCURS. IT WOULD ALSO PREVENT THE F.A.A. FROM ISSUING A PERMIT TO ANY PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL FOR THE USE OF A DRONE FOR SURVEILLANCE OF A U.S. CITIZEN OR THE PROPERTY OF A U.S. CITIZEN UNLESS THAT PERSON UNDER SURVEILLANCE HAS CONSENTED OR THE OWNER OF THE PROPERTY HAS CONSENTED. THERE MAY BE SOME OTHER LAWFUL EXCEPTIONS AS WELL. AND LASTLY THIS BILL WOULD ENSURE THAT NO EVIDENCE ATTAINED FROM THE USE OF DRONES MAY BE USED IN ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS. AMERICANS EXPECT THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS WILL BE PROTECTED AT ANY TIME IN OUR HISTORY OR OUR FUTURE. SO CONGRESS MUST DECIDE WHEN DRONES CAN AND CANNOT BE USED TO ENSURE CONSTITUTIONAL SAFEGUARDS. THIS DECISION CANNOT BE LEFT UP TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS, OR OTHERS. MR. SPEAKER, TECHNOLOGY MAY CHANGE, BUT THE CONSTITUTION DOES NOT. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:05:52 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 10:06:02 AM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    MR. SPEAKER. THERE'S PLENTY OF BLAME FOR THE NEAR COLLAPSE OF THE ECONOMY…

    MR. SPEAKER. THERE'S PLENTY OF BLAME FOR THE NEAR COLLAPSE OF THE ECONOMY OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS, GREEDY, EVEN CRIMINAL BUSINESS BEHAVIOR, LAX OR NONEXISTENCE OVERSIGHT, REGULATORS ASLEEP AT THE SWITCH, CLEARLY THERE WERE SOME RECKLESS CONSUMERS AND A FAILED POLITICAL SYSTEM. BUT AS INSTRUCTIVE AS THE POSTMORTEM MIGHT BE, IT'S MORE IMPORTANT TO AVOID A REPEAT PERFORMANCE. WHAT SHOULD WE DO? I WOULD SUGGEST WE SIMPLIFY, REGULATE, AND PROSECUTE. LET'S BEGIN BY REINSTATING THE GLASS-STEAGALL DEPRESSION ERA BANK REGULATION THAT HELPED PROMOTE STABILITY IN THAT INDUSTRY. IT WOULD BE A SMALL STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THAT THE ERA OF DEREGULATION UNFETTERED IS AT AN END. I HOPE WE CAN MOVE TO PERFORMANCE-BASED REGULATION. THE D.O.D.-FRANK BILL WILL -- DODD-FRANK BILL HAD MANY IMPORTANT FEATURES BUT I FEEL IT IS AT RISK OF BECOMING A BUREAUCRATIC NIGHTMARE. WE DO NEED TO REGULATE. THE COZY, LIGHT TOUCH, GENTEEL, SOME WOULD SAY DISSIDENT APPROACH THAT ASSUMES THAT THE GENTLE PEOPLE IN THE FINANCIAL INDUSTRY WILL SELF-POLICE MUST BE A THING OF THE PAST. WE SHOULD PROVIDE THE VARIOUS REGULATORY AUTHORITIES WITH ADEQUATE STAFF AND BUDGET. WE SHOULD PAY THEM SO -- PROPERLY SO THEY AREN'T A TRAINING GROUND FOR -- TO BE HIRED AWAY BY MUCH HIGHER SALARIES FROM THE INDUSTRY THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO REGULATE. WE SHOULD HAVE HIGH EXPECTATIONS THAT THEY WILL DO THEIR JOB, AND THEN WE SHOULD BACK THEM UP AND NOT UNDERCUT THOSE EFFORTS. FINALLY, WE SHOULD PROSECUTE. SENDING PEOPLE TO JAIL WILL SEND A MESSAGE. ALL OF THE PEOPLE IN AMERICAN PRISONS COLLECTIVELY HAVE NOT STOLEN AS MUCH WITH GUNS AS THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, OUR PENSION FUNDS, OUR BUSINESSES LOST IN THE NEAR MELTDOWN OF THE ECONOMY. EVERY TIME SOMEBODY ILLEGALLY PROFITS FROM A FINANCIAL TRANSACTION, SOMEBODY ELSE LOSES. CROOKS, WHATEVER THE COLOR OF THEIR COLLAR, SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN THE PUBLIC NEEDS TO FOCUS SOME OF THEIR FRUSTRATION TO MAKE THIS AN ISSUE IN THE ELECTION. AT A TIME WHEN POLITICIANS AND SPECIAL INTERESTS ARE MAKING STRANGE AND OUTRAGEOUS NOISES, HERE'S A REAL ISSUE FOR THEM TO ADDRESS.

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  • 10:09:10 AM

    MR. WALBERG

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE RECORD AMERICANS -- AMERICA'S…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE RECORD AMERICANS -- AMERICA'S BUSINESSES AND INNOVATORS DO NOT NEED THE ADMINISTRATION MANDATING HOW THEY RUN THEIR COMPANIES. YET IT REGULARLY DOES. AND IN THE FORM OF BURDENSOME AND COSTLY REGULATIONS. WE ALL SHARE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO FIND THE BALANCE OF MAKING SURE EMPLOYEES HAVE THE SAFEST WORKING CONDITIONS POSSIBLE WHILE ALLOWING THEM TO HAVE A JOB TO COME BACK TO EVERY DAY. BURDENSOME, ONEROUS REGULATIONS PLACE SUCH A HEAVY TOLL ON BUSINESSES THAT HIRING SLOWS AND THEY ARE FORCED TO START CUTTING FROM THEIR WORK FORCE. PART OF PROTECTING EMPLOYEES' JOBS IS MAKING SURE THAT BUSINESS THEY WORK FOR IS STILL ABLE TO GROW AND CREATE MORE GOOD-PAYING JOBS FOR THOSE IN MICHIGAN AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. OVER THE COURSE OF THIS CONGRESS I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WITH NUMEROUS SMALL BUSINESSES, OWNERS AND WORKERS WHO STATE UNEQUIVOCALLY THAT THEY WOULD RATHER WASHINGTON HAND OUT LESS REGULATIONS AND MORE CERTAINTY. ACCORDING TO A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SMALL BUSINESS OUTLOOK SURVEY FROM EARLIER THIS YEAR, NEARLY 80% OF SMALL BUSINESSES SAVE TAXES, REGULATIONS AND LEGISLATION MAKE IT HARDER FOR THEM TO HIRE. THAT'S BECAUSE SMALL BUSINESSES ARE FORCED TO PAY ON AVERAGE $10,000 PER EMPLOYEE PER YEAR IN ORDER TO COMPLY WITH EXCESSIVE REGULATIONS. THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION HAS REPORTED THAT WHEN ADDED UP THOSE COSTS AMOUNT TO $1.75 TRILLION ANNUALLY. WHICH IS ENOUGH MONEY FOR BUSINESSES TO PROVIDE 35 MILLION PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS WITH AN AVERAGE SALARY OF $50,000 PER YEAR. TRULY, MR. SPEAKER, THE PRICE OF RED TAPE IS THE LOSS OF AMERICAN JOBS. BECAUSE OF THESE REGULATIONS, THE UNITED STATES IS ALSO LOSING ITS COMPETITIVE EDGE. ACCORDING TO THE GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS REPORT FOR 2011 TO 2012, THE U.S. FELL TO THE FIFTH MOST COMPETITIVE ECONOMY IN THE WORLD. DOWN FROM SECOND PLACE WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK OFFICE IN 2009. AND THE REASON STATED BY THE REPORT? AND I QUOTE, MORE BURDENSOME REGULATIONS. I ASK MY BIG GOVERNMENT COMPLETION, WHAT'S WRONG WITH BEING NUMBER ONE? REGULATIONS ARE IMPORTANT, AND BUSINESSES SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR OUR SAFE -- HOW SAFE THEY KEEP THEIR EMPLOYEES, BUT HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH? SO FAR THIS YEAR THE FEDERAL REGISTER HAS RUN MORE THAN 40,000 PAGES OF REGULATIONS THAT RANGE FROM BURDENSOME TO DOWN RIGHT RIDICULOUS. IT CONTAINS SUCH PROVISIONS AS MULTIPLE HOSPITAL CLAIM REIMBURSEMENT CODES FOR INJURIES CAUSED BY PARENTS AND BURNS FROM FLAMING WATER SKIS. WE NEED REGULATORY REFORM THAT CLEANS UP THE SYSTEM, REMOVES DUPLICATIVE REGS, AND WIPES OUT BURDENSOME EXCESSIVE RULES. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES AND I IN THE HOUSE HAVE PASSED DOZENS OF BILLS TO PULL BACK THE GOVERNMENT'S REGULATORY ARM. WE PASSED THE REGULATIONS FROM THE EXECUTIVE IN NEED OF SCRUTINY WHICH WOULD REQUIRE BOTH CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT APPROVE OF ALL MAJOR RULES CREATED BY FEDERAL AGENCIES. WE ALSO HAVE PASSED REGULATIONS THAT DISCOURAGE OR RULES THAT WOULD DISCOURAGE ANY REGULATION THAT WILL HAVE AN ANNUAL IMPACT OF MORE THAN $100 MILLION RESULTING IN MAJOR INCREASES IN COST AND PRICES OR IMPOSE A SIGNIFICANT NEGATIVE EFFECT ON COMPETITION AND JOBS. THIS WEEK WE'LL VOTE ON H.R. 4078, THE RED TAPE REDUCTION AND SMALL BUSINESS JOB CREATION ACT, WHICH WOULD PREVENT ANY FEDERAL AGENCY FROM TAKING A SIGNIFICANT REGULATORY ACTION UNTIL EMPLOYMENT HAS REACHED 6% OR LESS. HOUSE REPUBLICANS REMAIN COMMITTED TO GROWING THE ECONOMY AND REQUIRING CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL FOR ANY REGULATION THAT HAS SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE ECONOMY OR BURDEN SMALL BUSINESSES AND COST JOBS. WE MUST STOP ALLOWING UN-ELECTED BUREAUCRATS TO ENACT JOB KILLING RULES WITH NO CHECKS OR BALANCES. BY PREVENTING THESE KINDS OF JOB HINDERING PROPOSALS, WE CAN GIVE JOB CREATORS MORE CERTAINTY ABOUT WHAT RULES THEY CAN EXPECT. SMALL BUSINESSES ARE OUR COUNTRY'S REAL JOB CREATORS, CREATING SEVEN OUT OF EVERY 10 JOBS. TO PROTECT THESE JOBS IN OUR COUNTRY AND MICHIGAN, I'LL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR LESS RED TAPE HERE AND IN WASHINGTON AND MORE JOBS IN OUR HOMELAND.

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  • 10:14:17 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 10:14:36 AM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LEE: MR. SPEAKER, THESE ARE TASK THAT IS WE OFTEN -- TASKS THAT WE OFTEN…

    LEE: MR. SPEAKER, THESE ARE TASK THAT IS WE OFTEN -- TASKS THAT WE OFTEN DO NOT FINET WELCOMING. I FIND THIS MORNING TO PAY TRIBUTE TO A PUBLIC SERVANT AMONG US, SOMEONE WHO SERVED THIS HOUSE AS A STAFF PERSON, A CHIEF OF STAFF IN MY OFFICE, I RISE THIS MORNING TO PAY TRIBUTE TO CATH LEAN WILKES WHOSE MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD THIS AFTERNOON, JULY 24, 1:30 P.M. AT THE ALFRED BAPTIST CHURCH IN ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. KATHY DIED SUDDENLY LAST SATURDAY. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT SO MANY OF HER FRIENDS WERE ABLE TO FLY IN AS I WAS ABLE TO DO FROM HOUSTON AND TO BE WITH HER IN THOSE WANING HOURS. . ONE WOULD ASK THE QUESTION WHY AND THERE IS NO EXPLANATION. FOR SOMEONE SO FULL OF LIFE, SO READY TO SERVE, SO WILLING TO HELP, TO LOSE THEIR LIFE SO SUDDENLY. EVEN AS SHE WAS SO ACTIVE THE WEEK OF HER DEATH. KATHY HAD A WONDERFUL HISTORY. COMING FROM OHIO, TOUCHING DOWN IN PENNSYLVANIA, IN HOUSTON, IN WASHINGTON, D.C. HOW OFTEN CAN WHAT WE CALL A CIVILIAN TOUCH THE LIVES OF SO MANY STATES AND SO MANY PEOPLE? KATHY PULLED HERSELF UP BY HER BOOT STRAPS, SUPPORTED HERSELF AND BECAME A NURSE AND WAS SO GOOD AT IT AS WELL. CONTINUED TO NURTURE PEOPLE, MAYBE IN THE SPIRIT OF FLORENCE NIGHTEN GAEL. THAT WAS NOT -- NIGHTENGALE. THAT WAS NOT ENOUGH. SHE BECAME A LAWYER. THAT BROUGHT HER TO HOUSTON, TEXAS, WORKING FOR ONE OF THE MAJOR CORPORATIONS THERE. THAT BROUGHT HER INTO MY LIFE SO MANY, MANY YEARS AGO. THERE SHE WAS A LIGHT AS WELL, INTERESTED IN HELPING, BEFRIENDING NOT ONLY MY HUSBAND AND MYSELF BUT MY TWO LITTLE ONES, AIRCRAFTA AND JASON -- ERICA AND JASON. BOY, DID THEY HAVE A FRIEND IN KATHY WILKES. JUST AS A FUN-LOVING PERSON. AND THEN, OF COURSE, TRAVELING TO PLACES AROUND THE WORLD AND, OF COURSE, EMBRACING FRIENDS. AS SHE CAME BACK TO WASHINGTON, D.C. TO BECOME THE CHIEF OF STAFF IN THE 18TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, WHAT A LIGHT SHE WAS IN THE OFFICE. BRINGING IN GREAT TALENT AND OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WERE NURTURED, COUNSELED BY HER. TUTORED AND MADE GREAT. THROUGH THE UPS AND YOU DOWNS OF THE 1990'S, THROUGH THE IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS, AS I WAS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, ALL OF THESE TOUGH TIMES KATHY WAS THERE. AND THEN, OF COURSE, WE WERE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING QUITE GREAT, IF I MAY SAY SO MYSELF. THIS PLACE, THIS HOUSE WAS BUILT BY SLAVES, THE CAPITOL OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, BUT AS WE LOOKED AROUND A FEW YEARS PAST, THERE WERE NO STATUES OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS. I PASSED LEGISLATION ALONG WITH SECRETARY, THEN-SENATOR CLINTON, TO PLACE SOJOURNER TRUTH, A PERSON THAT HAD BEEN BE A ABOLITIONIST, A SLAVE, A MOTHER OF 13 CHILDREN WHO HAD SEEN MOST ALL OF THEM SOLD INTO SLAVERY. KATHY MADE SURE THAT STATUE WAS SCULPTURED, THAT WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLACE IT HISTORICALLY IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AND IT WAS HONORED WITH 2,000 PEOPLE COMING TO SEE THE PLACEMENT OF THE SOJOURNER TRUTH STATUTE, HAVING BEEN SECRETARY HILLARY CLINTON AND FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA AND, OF COURSE, THE SPEAKER, NANCY PELOSI. WHAT WONDERFUL DAY AND OCCASION AND TRIBUTE TO THE HARD WORK OF KATHY WILKES. AND SO IT IS BEFITTING THAT I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS THE DEEP PAIN THAT SO MANY OF US FEEL. FRIENDS FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD, EVEN, BUT CERTAINLY IN THIS NATION, FRIENDS, AS I SAID, FROM OHIO TO PENNSYLVANIA TO WASHINGTON, D.C. TO TEXAS, MANY OF WHOM WILL BE ABLE TO COME TOGETHER, OTHERS OF WHOM WILL CELEBRATE HER IN HOUSTON AND IN OHIO, ONE WOULD ASK WHY. SHE IS DESERVING OF SUCH. IN THE BACKDROP OF SUCH TERRIBLE TRAGEDIES THAT HAVE FACED US IN AURORA AND PLACES AROUND THE WORLD, AS WE MOURN THE LOSS OF SO MANY IN THE OCCURRENCE OF LAST THURSDAY, I STAND HERE TODAY TO SAY THAT I KNOW THAT IF KATHY WILKES WAS ALIVE TODAY SHE'D BE SOMEWHERE TRYING TO HELP, TO NURTURE, TO ASSIST MY OFFICE, TO BE OF HELP, EVEN AS SHE IS NO LONGER A CHIEF OF STAFF BUT REALLY A FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF. THAT IS SIMPLY THE WAY KATHY WILKES IS TO A MOTHER, A SON AND OF COURSE HER GRANDDAUGHTER AND THE MANY RELATIVES AND MANY, MANY FRIENDS. WE HAVE LOST A GOOD FRIEND, BUT I CAN SEE HER NOW TAKING WINGS. FAREWELL, MY GOOD FRIEND. YOU HAVE SERVED WELL AND MADE US PROUD, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, YOU HAVE GIVEN OF YOURSELF. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 10:20:13 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. JONES, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:20:20 AM

    MR. JONES

    MR. SPEAKER, LAST SATURDAY, I HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO SPEAK TO WELL OVER 200…

    MR. SPEAKER, LAST SATURDAY, I HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO SPEAK TO WELL OVER 200 RETIREES, MANY OF THE RETIREES ARE VETERANS OF OUR PREVIOUS WARS OF THIS COUNTRY. THEY WANTED ME TO BE THERE WITH THEM TO DISCUSS SEQUESTRATION, THEIR BENEFITS AND WHAT DO I THINK IS GOING TO HAPPEN, WHICH I COULD NOT HONESTLY TELL THEM. AND NONE OF US REALLY SEEM TO KNOW UNTIL WE GET BACK AFTER THE ELECTION IN NOVEMBER. BUT MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I SPOKE TO THIS GROUP OF RETIREES, I TOOK THIS POSTER DOWN AND I HAD IT ON A STAND LIKE THIS ONE THAT SAYS, "FUNDING THE ENEMY: HOW U.S. TAXPAYERS BANKROLL THE TALIBAN," AND I TOLD THESE VETERANS THAT IT'S TIME TO GET OUR TROOPS OUT OF AFGHANISTAN. IT WAS TIME TO STOP SENDING MONEY TO A CORRUPT LEADER NAMED KARZAI AND TIME TO BRING THE TROOPS HOME AND SPEND THE MONEY HERE IN AMERICA ON OUR OWN PEOPLE AND GUARANTEE THE BENEFITS FOR OUR VETERANS WHICH THEY HAVE EARNED. MR. SPEAKER, I GOT A STRONG APPLAUSE FROM THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SERVED THIS NATION AND THEIR SPOUSES. THIS TOOK PLACE AT JACKSONVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, WHICH IS IN MY DISTRICT. CAMP LEJEUNE MARINE BASE IS IN MY DISTRICT. AND MANY OF THESE IN ATTENDANCE SERVED IN THE MARINE CORPS, THE NAVY, FEW IN THE AIR FORCE AND THEY AGREE WITH ME, IT IS TIME TO STOP SPENDING MONEY, DIGGING A HOLE THAT HAS NO END TO IT KNOWN AS AFGHANISTAN. MR. SPEAKER, IN A CRITIQUE ON THIS BOOK, "FUNDING THE ENEMY," I READ, ONE OF THE MOST CANDID, BEHIND THE SCENES EXAMPLE OF WAR REPORTAGE, THIS BOOK CONTAINS A HOST OF VOICES THAT SPELL OUT THE CHAOS AND MAYHEM OF AMERICA'S LONGEST WAR. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS A NO-WIN SITUATION. I'M A HISTORY MAJOR FROM COLLEGE, BUT I'M NOT AN EXPERT ON THE HISTORY, BUT EVERYTHING I EVER READ ABOUT AFGHANISTAN, THE END IS ALWAYS THE SAME. NO NATION HAS EVER GONE TO AFGHANISTAN AND CHANGED ANYTHING. NOTHING AT ALL. AND, MR. SPEAKER, SPEAKING OF MAYHEM, YESTERDAY IN "THE NEW YORK TIMES," AND I QUOTE THE ARTICLE, THE TITLE OF THE ARTICLE IS "TOP AFGHANS TIED TO 1990'S CARNAGE," RESEARCHERS SAY. ACTIVISTS SAY POWERFUL FIGURES ARE A BLOCKING A REPORT OF CARNAGE IN THE 1990'S BY MANY OF THOSE THAT ARE LEAVING AFGHANISTAN TODAY. I DON'T KNOW WHY THERE'S NOT MORE OUTRAGE FROM CONGRESS. ANYTIME WE HAVE A DEBATE ABOUT AFGHANISTAN, IT'S A FEW REPORTS, A FEW DEMOCRATS STAND UP AND WE MIGHT GET 10 MINUTES BUT THAT'S ABOUT ALL. 10 MINUTES SPENDING $10 BILLION A MONTH, YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN LOSING THEIR LEGS AND ARMS AND 10 MINUTES IS ALL WE'RE GOING TO DEBATE THE POLICY IN AFGHANISTAN? THAT IN ITSELF IS CRAZY. IN THIS ARTICLE IT FURTHER STATES -- EXCUSE ME -- THE AMERICAN EMBASSY HERE HAS BEEN ANOTHER SOURCE OF OBJECTION TO THE MASS GRAVE REPORT. AMERICAN OFFICIALS SAY RELEASING THE REPORT WOULD BE A BAD IDEA. AT LEAST UNTIL AFTER AFGHANISTAN'S 2014 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. THIS HAS BEEN A FAILED POLICY AND SHOULD HAVE STOPPED AFTER MR. OBAMA GOT BIN LADEN. THAT'S THE REASON WE GOT INTO AFGHANISTAN WAS TO GET BIN LADEN AND AL QAEDA WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR 9/11. WELL, HE IS DEAD NOW. AL QAEDA HAS BEEN DISPERSED ALL AROUND THE WORLD. IT IS TIME TO STOP THIS FAILED POLICY IN AFGHANISTAN. AND I WILL SAY TO THE EMBASSY THAT DOES NOT WANT THIS REPORT OUT, WHY, WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO PLAY THIS GAME WITH THE AMERICAN YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO'VE GIVEN THEIR LIFE AND LIMBS IN AFGHANISTAN? WHY WON'T YOU BE HONEST WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND CONGRESS AND SEBRING THE TROOPS HOME, STOP -- AND BRING THE TROOPS HOME AND? AND WE OWE CHINA $1.3 TRILLION. WE CAN'T PAY OUR OWN BILLS BUT YET WE ARE GOING TO BORROW THE MONEY FROM CHINA TO SEND TO A CORRUPT LEADER NAMED KARZAI IN AFGHANISTAN AND, MR. SPEAKER, THE SUBTITLE OF THIS BOOK "HOW U.S. TAXPAYERS BANKROLL THE TALIBAN." IT'S THE TALIBAN THAT ARE KILLING THE AMERICANS. MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT I WILL YIELD BACK MY TIME AND ASK GOD TO PLEASE BLESS OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:25:42 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:25:52 AM

    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO EXPRESS MY HEART FELT SORROW AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO EXPRESS MY HEART FELT SORROW AND CONDOLENCES TO THE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND THE COMMUNITY OF AURORA, COLORADO, A GREAT TRAGEDY. WORDS ARE INADEQUATE TO DESCRIBE IT. AND IT'S CERTAINLY A REMINDER TO EVERYONE THAT NO TIME IS PROMISED TO ANY OF US, AND WE NEVER KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN THE NEXT SECOND OR THE NEXT MINUTE OR THE NEXT HOUR. CERTAINLY THE NEXT DAY SO WE GIVE PRAISE THAT WE ARE ABLE TO WAKE UP THIS MORNING AND COME TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AND TALK ABOUT AN ISSUE THAT'S GOING TO TAKE A LOT OF TIME TO HEAL, BUT WHILE WE ARE HEALING, WE HAVE WORK TO DO IN THIS CONGRESS. YOU SEE, THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN IN PLACE FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, 10 YEARS ACTUALLY, EXPIRED IN 2004 AND AFTER THE EXPIRATION OF THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN, IT'S BEEN OPEN SEASON. NOW I KNOW THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO HOLD THE SECOND AMENDMENT DEAR, AND IT IS ESTABLISHED CLEARLY IN LAW THAT CITIZENS HAVE A RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. BEYOND THAT THE CONSTITUTION IS SILENT AND SO IT LEAVES IT UP TO US TO ADDRESS ISSUES CONCERNING THE REASONABLE REGULATION OF THAT RIGHT. SHOULD WE NOT HAVE ANY REGULATIONS OR SHOULD WE HAVE REGULATIONS THAT ARE REASONABLE? NOW, I JUST HEARD SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TALKING ABOUT THE NUMEROUS BILLS THAT WE WILL BE CONSIDERING THIS WEEK HAVING TO DO WITH STOPPING REGULATION IN THEIR TRACKS IN ALL AREAS, WHETHER IT BE CHILD SAFETY, FOOD, DRUGS, CARS, SAFETY, WHETHER OR NOT IT BE AIR, WATER, FOOD, DRUGS. I'VE HEARD THE TALK THAT REGULATIONS STOP JOBS FROM BEING CREATED. IT'S ONE THAT I DISAGREE WITH, BUT NEVERTHELESS, WE WILL BE CONSIDERING IT TODAY. BUT THERE ARE SOME REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE THINGS THAT ARE REASONABLE, AND THAT INCLUDES RESTRICTIONS ON WHO CAN BEAR ARMS AND WHAT KIND OF ARMS THEY CAN BEAR. TO SAY THAT WE HAVE -- AND WE SHOULD HAVE NO REGULATIONS ON WEAPONS, PARTICULARLY OUR WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, TO ME IS UNWISE. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY SOMEONE WHO HAS A GUN IN THEIR HOME FOR PROTECTION NEEDS TO HAVE A MAGAZINE THAT'S CAPABLE OF RAPID FIRE, 100 ROUNDS IN A COUPLE MINUTES OR IN A MINUTE, I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY SOMEONE NEEDS THAT KIND OF FIREPOWER TO PROTECT THEIR HOME. . I KNOW PEOPLE LOVE TO GO HUNTING. I MYSELF WILL ONE DAY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. I HAVE NEVER DONE IT BEFORE, BUT I RESPECT THOSE WHO WAIT UNTIL HUNTING SEASON BEGINS ON THEIR PARTICULAR PREY OF CHOICE AND THEY EXERCISE THAT RIGHT. GET A LOT OF JOY AND SATISFACTION OUT OF IT. AND ALSO BRING HOME SOME FOOD. I CAN'T DISAGREE WITH THAT, AND WE DO NEED TO CULL OUR DEER POPULATION AND OTHER POPULATIONS. WE HAVE REASONABLE REGULATIONS ON THAT, BUT YOU DON'T NEED AN AK-47 TO GO DEER HUNTING. AM I AT MY FIVE MINUTES? TIME GOES BY VERY QUICKLY, BUT I THINK YOU-ALL UNDERSTAND WHAT I'M SAYING. I'M GOING TO YIELD BACK MY TIME. THANK YOU.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA MR. FITZPATRICK FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. FITZPATRICK

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. FITZPATRICK

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND MEMORY OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND MEMORY OF PENNSYLVANIA STATE REPRESENTATIVE ANTHONY MELIO WHO PASSED AWAY ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON. TO HIS FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND NEIGHBORS HE WAS KNOWN SIMPLY AS TONY, POPPOP AND UNCLE TONY, IN THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE CAPITAL HE WAS KNOWN AS A HARDWORKING AND HONORABLE STATE REPRESENTATIVE. HAVING SERVED HIS COUNTRY IN THE NAVAL RESERVES AND WORKING AS ONE OF THE FIRST EMPLOYEES IN THE UNITED STATES FIREWORKS IN BUCKS COUNTY, TONY'S STORY IS A STORY OF MY HOMETOWN, A TOWN OF DIGNIFIED AND HARDWORKING PEOPLE. TONY WAS A MAN WHO BUILT HIS POLITICAL CAREER ON BRINGING THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER WITH HIS CONTAGIOUS SMILE AND WARM PERSONALITY. HE EMBODIED THE SPIRIT OF PUBLIC SERVICE DURING HIS TIME IN HARRISBURG. AS THE PEOPLE'S REPRESENTATIVE FROM LOWER BUCKS COUNTY, TONY CARRIED OUT HIS DUTIES WITH DIGNITY AND PERSEVERANCE. HIS COMMITMENT TO HIS FAMILY AND HIS COMMUNITY WERE THE HALLMARKS OF HIS SERVICE. A MAN OF GREAT FAITH, BUCKS COUNTY HAS LOST ONE OF ITS MOST WELL RESPECTED AND BELOVED PUBLIC SERVANTS IN TONY. I, LIKE SO MANY, HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF CALLING TONY A FRIEND AND A NEIGHBOR AND MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY IN THIS DIFFICULT TIME AND I THANK THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR STOPPING TO REMEMBER THIS DIGNIFIED PUBLIC SERVANT THIS MORNING. I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT OBAMA CONTINUES TO PURSUE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT OBAMA CONTINUES TO PURSUE AN ENERGY AGENDA THAT IS CONTRARY TO HIS ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE RHETORIC. THERE IS NO BETTER EXAMPLE THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION'S RECENTLY RELEASED FIVE-YEAR OFFSHORE LEASING PLAN. ACCORDING TO THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE, THE PLAN PROPOSES A MERE 15 LEASE SALES OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. WHICH IS THE LOWEST NUMBER SINCE 1980 WHEN C.R.S. BEGAN TRACKING THAT DATA. INSTEAD OF ALLOWING THE DEVELOPMENT OF AMERICA'S VAST OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS RESOURCES, THE PLAN EFFECTIVELY IMPOSES A MORATORIUM ON MOST DEVELOPMENT. A MORATORIUM WHICH CONGRESS LIFTED NEARLY FOUR YEARS AGO. MR. SPEAKER, THE PLAN BLOCKS DRILLING ON 85% OF THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF. EFFECTIVELY, STATES WHICH SOUGHT FEDERAL APPROVAL WILL HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER 12 YEARS BEFORE ANY PRODUCTION IS POSSIBLE. UNDER CURRENT LAW, CONGRESS HAS A 60 DAY REVIEW PERIOD TO REPLACE THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN. LAST WEEK THE HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCE COMMITTEE PASSED H.R. 6082, A PLAN THAT WILL ALLOW MORE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR ENERGY RESOURCES. INSTEAD OF THE MORATORIUM OF A NONE-OF-THE-ABOVE ENERGY POLICY, WE SHOULD RESPONSIBLY DEVELOP ALL OF OUR RESOURCES FOR THE LONG-TERM BENEFITS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE AFFORDABLE AND RELIABLE ENERGY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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  • 10:35:17 AM

    MR. DREIER

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

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    MR. DREIER

    I RISE TO DISCUSS AN ISSUE WHICH I HOPE WE ARE GOING TO BE ADDRESSING IN…

    I RISE TO DISCUSS AN ISSUE WHICH I HOPE WE ARE GOING TO BE ADDRESSING IN THE COMING DAYS. THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF CONFUSION ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF OUR PASSING PERMANENT NORMAL TRADE RELATIONS FOR RUSSIA. -- PNTR FOR RUSSIA. SOME ARE LABORING UNDER THE IMPRESS THIS IS A REWARD TO PUTIN AND RUSSIA, AND IN FACT THE OPPOSITE IS THE CASE. WE KNOW THAT PUTIN, IN FACT MANY PEOPLE SAY THEY LOOK AT HIM AND WHEN THEY ARE REMINDED OF IS THE K.G.B. WE KNOW THAT PUTIN, ACCORDING TO MANY REPORTS, IS ATTEMPTING TO REASSEMBLE THE FORMER SOVIET UNION. WE KNOW THAT HE HAS GROSSLY VIOLATED HUMAN RIGHTS. WE KNOW THAT THEY HAVE A MASSIVE BUREAUCRACY, CRONY CAPITALISM, AND VERY CORRUPT COURT SYSTEM. THAT'S WHY, MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S WHY IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR US TO MAKE SURE THAT WE PASS RUSSIA PNTR. ACCORDING TO THE "WALL STREET JOURNAL," AN EDITORIAL LAST WEEK, THEY MADE IT CLEAR, PUTIN DOES NOT WANT US TO PASS THE ACT WHICH IS PART OF RUSSIA PNTR AND THEY GO ON TO SAY THAT HE PROBABLY WOULD BE JUST AS HAPPY IF WE DID NOT HAVE PNTR. WHY? BECAUSE BASED ON OVERWHELMING VOTES THAT TOOK PLACE THE LAST TWO WEEKS IN THE RUSSIAN PARLIAMENT, IN THE DUMA, LOWER HOUSE, AND THE FEDERATED COUNCIL, UPPER HOUSE, OVERWHELMING VOTES, RUSSIA IS GOING TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION. I PERSONALLY BELIEVE THAT'S A GOOD THING BECAUSE IT WILL TAKE A GREAT STEP IN THE DIRECTION OF FORCING RUSSIA TO LIVE WITH A RULES-BASED TRADING SYSTEM. TO ADDRESS THOSE ISSUES OF CRONY CAPITALISM, A CORRUPT COURT SYSTEM, AND A MASSIVE BUREAUCRACY. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, HAVING SAID THAT, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT WE HAVE SEEN ACTION TAKEN HERE IN THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, AND WE HAVE SEEN GREAT DEAL OF ENTHUSIASM FOCUSED ON THE MINISKI ACT. WHATTLE IS THAT ACT? IT'S LEGISLATION THAT IS NAMED FOR SERGEI MINISKI WHO WAS A WHISTLE BLOWER WHO FOCUSED ON BASICALLY CORRUPTION THAT EXISTED WITHIN THE TAX REPORTING SYSTEM. BASICALLY TAX FRAUD. HE REPORTED ON THAT AND HE WAS IMPRISONED. HE DIED IN 2009. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT HAPPENED VERY SADLY, ACCORDING TO MOST REPORTS, IS HE WAS BEATEN TO DEATH. WHAT DOES THIS LEGISLATION DO? SOMETHING AGAIN PUTIN WOULD BE OPPOSED TO, IT ACTUALLY PENALIZES ANYONE WHO WAS INVOLVED IN THOSE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AGAINST SERGEI. SO, MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A GOOD THING AND AT THE SAME TIME, AT THE SAME TIME IN PASSING PNTR WE WILL SAY THAT THE 140 MILLION CONSUMERS IN RUSSIA WILL HAVE ACCESS TO GOODS AND SERVICES FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. UNDER THE MEASURE THAT'S PASSED BOTH HOUSES OF THE RUSSIAN PARLIAMENT, AS I SAID, OVERWHELMING MAJORITY, IT WILL GO INTO EFFECT IN -- WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE, THREE WEEKS. WHAT WE NEED TO DO, MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE THAT THE WORLD WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THAT CONSUMER MARKET. WE NEED TO GET -- WE NEED TO CREATE JOBS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE NEED TO OPEN UP THAT MARKET FOR U.S. GOODS AND SERVICES. SO, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THIS VOTE COMES FORWARD, DON'T BELIEVE THAT THIS IS SOMEHOW A REWARDTORIAL PUTIN AND THE PEOPLE WHO ARE LEADING RUSSIA. THIS IN FACT IS A GREAT BENEFIT FOR WORKERS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, BUSINESSES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND A BENEFIT TO THE CONSUMERS OF RUSSIA WHO WILL HAVE ACCESS TO OUR GOODS AND SERVICES. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE IN CLOSING, MR. SPEAKER, MY COLLEAGUES, BILLY LONG AND TOM REED WHO ALONG WITH 71 OTHER OF THE NEWLY ELECTED MEMBERS SENT A LETTER THAT INDICATES STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS EFFORT. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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  • 10:39:36 AM

    MR. DOLD

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CERTAINLY WANT TO ECHO THE COMMENTS OF THE ESTEEMED…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CERTAINLY WANT TO ECHO THE COMMENTS OF THE ESTEEMED CHAIRMAN FROM THE RULES COMMITTEE ABOUT RUSSIAN PNTR, THE EFFECTS IT'S GOING TO HAVE FOR AMERICAN BUSINESSES. IT REALLY IS GOING TO ALLOW US TO COMPETE MORE ON A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY ALSO TO RECOGNIZE A COMPANY IN ILLINOIS WHO WILL CELEBRATE THEIR 100TH ANNIVERSARY ON JULY 25, TOMORROW. THIS IS INDEED A REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT AND SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD CELEBRATE. MR. JAMES HIMES AND HIS TEAM AT BELL FLAVORS AND FRAGRANCES ARE INNOVATING AND SELLING PRODUCTS THAT SATISFY THE NEEDS OF THEIR CUSTOMERS. AND THEIR CUSTOMERS, MR. SPEAKER, ARE LITERALLY ALL OVER THE WORLD. HEADQUARTERED IN NORTH BROOK, ILLINOIS, THEY HAVE SALES OFFICES IN 40 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD AND TAYLORED -- TAILORS ITS PRODUCTS TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF ITS CONSUMERS. THAT'S ONE OF MANY SMALL BUSINESSES IN MY DISTRICT WHO HAVE UTILIZED THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK. THEY UTILIZED IT THIS YEAR TO SUPPORT ITS EXPORT OPERATIONS. AS A MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE AND A STRONG SUPPORTER OF THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK, I AM PROUD THAT HERE IN CONGRESS WE WERE ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER ON A BROAD BIPARTISAN BASIS TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK. SO MANY OF OUR SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES RELY ON THE SUPPORT OF THE EXPORT BANK IN ORDER TO MORE EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY COMPETE IN THE GLEEBLE MARKETPLACE. -- GLOBAL MARKETPLACE. MR. SPEAKER, WE DON'T ALWAYS SPEND ENOUGH TIME, EFFORT, OR ENERGY HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., CELEBRATING BUSINESS GROWTH AND SUCCESS. SO TODAY ON BEHALF OF THE RESIDENTS OF THE 10TH DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE WHO MAKE UP BELL FLAVORS AND FRAGRANCES ON THEIR CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR GUEST…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN TODAY, REVEREND BUD ROLAND, ST. JOHN NEUMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, AUSTIN, TEXAS.

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    THE CHAPLAIN

    AND LOVING GOD, WE THANK YOU FOR THIS DAY. WE THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT OF…

    AND LOVING GOD, WE THANK YOU FOR THIS DAY. WE THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT OF PUBLIC SERVICE. WE ASK FOR YOUR BLESSINGS ON THESE WOMEN AND MEN WHO SERVE ON OUR BEHALF. GRANT THEM THE WISDOM TO BE HUMBLE IN COLLABORATION. THE VISION TO CONSIDER THE NEEDS OF ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS, AND THE DESIRE TO PROTECT OUR FREEDOM AS THEY PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON GOOD. DIRECT THEIR DELIBERATIONS TO BE GOOD LEADERS AND GUIDE THEM IN FRUITFUL DIALOGUE. MAY YOUR GRACE SHINE FORTH IN ALL THEIR PROCEEDINGS. MAY THEY ENACT JUST LAWS FOR OUR GOVERNMENT. AND MAY THEY SEEK TO PRESERVE PEACE, PROMOTE THE NATIONAL HAPPINESS, AND CONTINUE TO BRING US THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY AND EQUALITY. AMEN.

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    MR. CRAWFORD

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER

    JULY 24, 1998, AT 3:40 P.M., OFFICER JACOB J. CHESTNUT, DETECTIVE JOHN M.…

    JULY 24, 1998, AT 3:40 P.M., OFFICER JACOB J. CHESTNUT, DETECTIVE JOHN M. GIBSON OF THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL POLICE WERE KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY DEFENDING THE CAPITAL AGAINST AN INTRUDER ARMED WITH A GUN. AT 3:40 P.M. TODAY, THE CHAIR WILL RECOGNIZE THE ANNIVERSARY OF THIS TRAGEDY BY OBSERVING A MOMENT OF SILENCE IN THEIR MEMORY. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. MCCAUL

    MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO GOOD AND DECENT MAN A. MAN OF…

    MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO GOOD AND DECENT MAN A. MAN OF GOD, A MAN OF FAITH. A MAN WHO HAS DEVOTED HIS ENTIRE LIFE TO THE SERVICE OF HIS FELLOW MAN. FATHER BUD ROW LAN, -- ROLAND, IS OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN TODAY AND PASTOR OF ST. JOHN NEUMAN'S CATHOLIC CHURCH IN AUSTIN, TEXAS. A NATIVE OF AMARILLO, HE WAS ORDAINED A ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST IN JANUARY, 1999. HE WAS INSPIRED TO CONVERT TO CATHOLICISM BY A MAN NAMED JORDAN NOONS. I'M THANKFUL THAT THIS MAN IMPACTED FATHER BUD. HE HAS GONE ON TO SHEPHERD SO MANY WITH GREAT LOVE AND GREAT LEADERSHIP. HE IS REVERED AND ADMIRED BY ALL WHOSE LIVES HE HAS TOUCHED. IT HAS BEEN A GREAT PRIVILEGE TO CALL HIM MY PASTOR, AND EVERYONE WHO KNOWS HIM EXPERIENCES THE TRUE MESSAGE OF CHRIST. IN HIS WORDS AND IN HIS DEEDS, AND ABOVE ALL IN HIS HEART, HIS EXAMPLE IS A BEACON OF LIGHT WHICH DRAWS US ALL CLOSER TO THE CREATOR. I AM REMINDED OF ROMAN CHAPTER 8 VERSE 28 WHICH SAYS WE KNOW THAT FOR THOSE WHO LOVE GOD, ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD. FOR THOSE WHO WERE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE. WE ARE BLESSED AND THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE FATHER BUD WAS CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN 15 FURTHER…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN 15 FURTHER ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS FOR SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS SEEKS RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. CRAWFORD

    I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE LEADERSHIP AND DEDICATION OF MRS. RITA…

    I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE LEADERSHIP AND DEDICATION OF MRS. RITA HAMILTON, WHO HAS MADE A LIFELONG COMMITMENT TO ADVANCING CONSERVATIVE CAUSES. HIS CAREER JUAN BEGAN WAS A VOLUNTEER IN POLITICAL ACTIVISM IN 1995 AND GONE ON TO HOLD POSITIONS OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF ARKANSAS, AND A MEMBER OF THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE'S WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP FORUM. SHE SERVED AS A NATIONAL COMMITTEE WOMAN FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF ARKANSAS SINCE 2004, AND AS A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE SHE'S ABLE TO INFLUENCE PARTY NOMINATIONS AND MESSAGES. SHE'S BEEN A DELEGATE TO EVERY REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION SINCE 1992. SHE'S ALSO A 2012 R.N.C. CONVENTION COMMITTEE MEMBER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I HONOR HER FOR HER COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMONSENSE CONSERVATIVE IDEALS AND THANK HER FOR HER SERVICE.

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

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

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    MS. HOCHUL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, EXACTLY TWO MONTHS AGO I WAS IN AFGHANISTAN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, EXACTLY TWO MONTHS AGO I WAS IN AFGHANISTAN BREAKING BREAD WITH OUR TROOPS, I ASKED THEM, WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST WORRY? WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT? THINKING IT HAD TO BE THE TALIBAN LURKING IN THE NEARBY MOUNTAINS. IT WASN'T. THEIR BIGGEST FEAR, I HEAR THIS OVER AND OVER, WAS THE FEAR OF COMING BACK TO THIS COUNTRY AND NOT FINDING A JOB. AT THIS POINT OUR COUNTRY, OVER 30% RATE IS THE RATE OF UNEMPLOYMENT FOR RECENTLY RETURNING VETERANS FROM IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. THAT IS ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE. WE HAVE TAKEN STEPS IN CONGRESS TO DETECT CREDIT FOR EMPLOYERS IS A GOOD START. I INTRODUCE ADD VETS BILL TO HELP VETERANS RECEIVE TRAINING FOR THE SKILLS THEY HAVE ACQUIRED ABROAD. I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE V.A. AND DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ARE RECOGNIZING THAT WE NEED TO DO MUCH MORE TO HELP THESE INDIVIDUALS TRANSITION INTO CIVILIAN SOCIETY. IN FACT, TOMORROW WE ARE HAVING A JOINT HEARING OF THE ARMED SERVICES AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE TO ADDRESS THESE MATTERS. AS I HAVE TOLD MANY VETERANS' GROUPS, WE DIDN'T GET IT RIGHT AFTER VIETNAM. WE HAVE SO MUCH MORE TO HELP THEM REINTEGRATE INTO SOCIETY AND HELP THEM HEAL THEIR WOUNDS. I SAY INSTEAD OF A THANK YOU, LET'S GIVE THEM A JOB. . THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. WILSON

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

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

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

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    MR. WILSON

    SINCE THE PRESIDENT TOOK OFFICE, HIS ADMINISTRATION HAS ENACTED OVER 400…

    SINCE THE PRESIDENT TOOK OFFICE, HIS ADMINISTRATION HAS ENACTED OVER 400 NEW GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS, LIMITING SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS FROM CREATING NEW JOBS. THIS YEAR ALONE THE FEDERAL REGISTER HAS PUBLISHED OVER 41,000 PAGES OF REGULATIONS THAT WOULD COST $56.6 BILLION AND RESULT IN PAPERWORK THAT WOULD TAKE OVER 114 MILLION WASTED HOURS TO COMPLETE. WITH RECORD UNEMPLOYMENT IT'S SADLY CLEAR THE PRESIDENT'S NEW TAXES AND POLICIES ARE FAILING AMERICAN FAMILIES AND DESTROYING JOBS. HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE FOCUSED ON PUTTING AMERICANS BACK TO WORK. AS A RESULT, WE HAVE PASSED OVER 30 JOB CREATION BILLS IN THE PAST YEAR. SADLY THESE BILLS REMAIN STALLED IN THE LIBERAL CONTROLLED SENATE. THIS WEEK IN THE HOUSE LED BY KEVIN BRADY WILL VOTE ON THE RED TAPE REDUCTION AND SMALL BUSINESS ACT, AND ONCE AGAIN ATTEMPT TO REMOVE GOVERNMENT RED TAPE PROHIBITING AMERICA'S JOB CREATORS FROM ACHIEVING ECONOMIC SUCCESS AND CREATING JOBS. I HOPE WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS, WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I AM DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO DELIVER TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES A MESSAGE IN WRITING.

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    MR. COHEN

    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND IF NECESSARY.

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    DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT?

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    DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. COHEN

    WHOLE COUNTRY WAS STRUCK WITH THE TRAGEDY IN AURORA, COLORADO. A DERANGED…

    WHOLE COUNTRY WAS STRUCK WITH THE TRAGEDY IN AURORA, COLORADO. A DERANGED INDIVIDUAL MURDERED 12 CITIZENS AND WOUNDED 58 OTHERS. MY MIND WENT BACK TO THE DAY THAT GABRIELLE GIFFORDS WAS SHOT, ANOTHER DERANGED INDIVIDUAL. AND WHAT IT SAYS TO ME IS WE NEED TO SPEND MORE MONEY NOT LESS MONEY ON MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. THERE ARE A LOT OF MENTALLY DISTURBED PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO NEED MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT, AND THIS CONGRESS HAS BEEN CUTTING FUNDS FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND CLINICS AND HEALTH CARE. WE NEED MORE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND MORE PROTECTION. THERE ARE CUTS THAT COULD BE MADE TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY'S FISCAL HEALTH, BUT TO PROTECT OUR NATION'S PHYSICAL HEALTH SOME FUNDS NEED TO BE MAINTAINED. LET'S THINK BEFORE WE CUT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS WITH GREAT PRIDE, ADMIRATION, AND…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS WITH GREAT PRIDE, ADMIRATION, AND AFFECTION THAT I RISE TO RECOGNIZE DR. NUNEZ, AN OUTSTANDING MEMBER OF THE SOUTH FLORIDA MEDICAL COMMUNITY ON HIS VERY WELL DESERVED RETIREMENT. IN HIS 69 YEARS OF MEDICAL PRACTICE, HE HAS IMPROVED THE LIVES OF COUNTLESS INDIVIDUALS AND HAS ENJOYED A CAREER OF MANY ACHIEVEMENTS. HE'S A GREAT EXAMPLE OF THE PATRIOTISM AND DEDICATION THAT WE SEE THROUGHOUT OUR NATION AND ALSO TO HIS PROFESSION. FORCED TO FLEE FROM THE EFFECTS OF THE COMMUNIST REGIME OF CASTRO, HE BEGAN HIS NEW LIFE AND CAREER IN MIAMI. THEN MOVED TO SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, WHERE IN 1974 HE WAS ELECTED VICE PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION. IN 1977 HE MOVED BACK TO MIAMI WHERE HE HELPED MANY STRUGGLING YOUNG DOCTORS WHO HAD MOVED TO FREEDOM IN THE UNITED STATES. HE HAS RECEIVED MANY AWARDS, INCLUDING A PROCLAMATION BY THE CITY OF MIAMI, AND A CONGRESSIONAL RECOGNITION IN 2006 FOR HIS MANY CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE MEDICAL FIELD. CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. NUNEZ ON HIS RETIREMENT AND I WISH HIM ALL THE BEST IN HIS NEW EXCITING CHAPTER IN HIS LIFE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE

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    MR. WELCH

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE MAIN STREET RETAILERS, BRICKS AND…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE MAIN STREET RETAILERS, BRICKS AND MORTAR RETAILERS, PLAY AN ESSENTIAL FUNCTION, PROVIDING ACCESS TO STORES IN COMMUNITIES, THEY ARE THE ENGINE OF DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION. E-COMMERCE RETAILERS ARE EMERGING AT THE VERY STRONG RETAILING FORCE PROVIDING CONVENIENCE AND LOW COST TO CONSUMERS. THE CHALLENGE WE FACE IS HAVING A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD BETWEEN THESE TWO RETAILERS. THE WAY THINGS STAND RIGHT NOW IF A STATE ASSESSES THE SALES TAX, MAIN STREET RETAILERS HAVE TO COLLECT IT. E-RETAILERS MORE OFTEN THAN NOT DON'T. THAT'S NOT A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR THEM TO COMPETE ON A FAIR BASIS. THERE ARE TWO BILLS IN THE HOUSE TO RESOLVE THIS. THE MAIN STREET FAIRNESS ACT AND THE MARKETPLACE EQUITY ACT, BOTH I AM A CO-SPONSOR OF WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, FAIR IS FAIR. WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS ON THIS. JUST RECENTLY THE GOVERNORS FROM BOTH PARTIES ATTENDING THE NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION SPOKE IN FAVOR OF THE IMPORTANCE OF UPDATING FEDERAL LAWS SO THAT THERE WILL BE THIS LEVEL PLAYING FIELD. JUST THIS MORNING, CHAIRMAN SMITH'S HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, THERE WAS A HEARING ON THE MARKETPLACE EQUITY ACT. LET'S BRING THIS TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. LET'S PASS IT. LET'S RETURN FAIRNESS. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. GUINTA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH TAX CUTS SET TO EXPIRE AT MIDNIGHT ON…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH TAX CUTS SET TO EXPIRE AT MIDNIGHT ON DECEMBER 31 OF THIS YEAR, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WANTS SOME OF THOSE TAXES TO INCREASE. I THINK THAT WOULD INFLICT A LOAD TO OUR ECONOMY' PROLONG THIS RECOVERY. A RECENT STUDY BY THE ACCOUNTING FIRM ERNST & YOUNG, FINDS RAISING THESE TAXES WOULD CAUSE THE ESTIMATED LOSS OF 00,000 JOBS, WAGES WOULD BE REDUCED BY 1.8%, AND OUR ECONOMY WOULD SHRINK BY 1.3%. MY STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE RELIES HEAVILY ON SMALL BUSINESSES. IT IS THE BACKBONE OF OUR ECONOMY. THIS TAX HIKE WOULD HIT SMALL BUSINESSES ESPECIALLY HARD BECAUSE AT LEAST 75% PAY THEIR TAXES AS INDIVIDUALS. I THINK OF THE MANY JOB CREATORS IN MY DISTRICT, SUCH AS HAM SPIRE FIRE PROTECTION, THEY FACE ENOUGH CHALLENGES WITHOUT WASHINGTON IMPOSING HIGHER TAXES AND THAT BURDEN ON THEIR SMALL BUSINESS. WITH THE NATION'S UNEMPLOYMENT AT 8.2%, WE SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE AN ADDITIONAL 700,000 JOBS. THAT IS WHY I SAY WE MUST STOP THIS TAX HIKE, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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    MRS. DAVIS

    YESTERDAY WE LOST A TRUE HERO IN SALLY RIDE. DR. RIDE WAS A CONSTITUENT…

    YESTERDAY WE LOST A TRUE HERO IN SALLY RIDE. DR. RIDE WAS A CONSTITUENT AND I RECALL MY EXCITEMENT AND FIRST MEETING HER YEARS AGO. AT THE AGE OF 32 SALLY RIDE BROKE HER FIRST BARRIER WHEN SHE FLEW ON THE SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER IN 1983. SHE WAS THE FIRST AMERICAN EVER TO FLY IN SPACE. BUT HER JOURNEY DIDN'T END THERE. SHE WENT BACK TO SPACE IN 1984 AND LATER ON BECAME DIRECTOR OF THE CALIFORNIA SPACE INSTITUTE SPELLS A PROFESSOR OF PHYSICS. SHE WAS A TRAIL BLAZER IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD. SHE CRACKED OVER THE DOOR FOR WOMEN TO ENTER THE FIELD OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING AND HELPED INSPIRE COUNTLESS YOUNG GIRLS TO FOLLOW IN HER FOOTSTEPS. I THINK IT -- WHAT IT WILL MEAN TO MY GRANDDAUGHTER TO SEE HER IN OUR HISTORY BOOKS. DR. RIDE WILL BE MISS BIDE ALL THOSE WHO KNEW HER AND ALL THOSE WHO SHE -- BY ALL THOSE WHO KNEW HER AND ALL THOSE WHO SHE TOUCHED AND REACH. I YIELD BACK. .

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    MS. NOEM

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. NOEM

    THIS IS THE DROUGHT THAT'S HITTING SO MANY PEOPLE AND OUR ECONOMY, I WAS…

    THIS IS THE DROUGHT THAT'S HITTING SO MANY PEOPLE AND OUR ECONOMY, I WAS RECENTLY IN THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SOUTH DAKOTA AND HAD THE CHANCE TO DRIVE ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE STATE AND VISIT WITH PRODUCERS AND COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE BEEN HIT SO HARD. I TELL YOU THE FACTS ARE CLEAR. WE HAVE FEE SHORTAGES, THERE IS ESCALATING FEED COSTS THAT ARE HITTING OUR FARMERS EVERY DAY. OUR RECENTLY IN LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS TAKE A GREAT RISK. THEY DON'T HAVE THE CROP INSURANCE PROGRAMS THAT MANY OF OUR CROP

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    MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK WASHINGTON PLAYS HOST TO THE INTERNATIONAL AIDS…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK WASHINGTON PLAYS HOST TO THE INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE. A CONFERENCE THAT BRINGS TOGETHER ACTIVISTS, SCIENTIST, PEOPLE LIVING WITH H.I.V. TO MOURN THOSE MILLIONS WHO HAVE BEEN LOST TO THAT DISEASE AROUND THIS WORLD, BUT ALSO TO CELEBRATE SOME VERY REAL PROGRESS MADE AGAINST THAT DISEASE.

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    MR. HIMES

    H.I.V. IS NO LOPINGER A DEATH SENTENCE FOR THOSE WHO ARE DIAGNOSED. THAT'S…

    H.I.V. IS NO LOPINGER A DEATH SENTENCE FOR THOSE WHO ARE DIAGNOSED. THAT'S A VERY LARGE ACCOMPLISHMENT. THAT THE U.S. GOVERNMENT CAN CLAIM SOME CREDIT THROUGH RESEARCH AT N.I.H., C.V.C., SMALLS THINGS LIKE THE FACT THAT THE CITY OF WASHINGTON CAN BE HOST BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT'S ADMINISTRATION LIFTED THE TRAVEL BAN ON PEOPLE WITH H.I.V. MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS ALSO SOMETHING FOR US TO LEARN. THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION WHICH I DIDN'T ALWAYS AGREE WITH ALSO CAN TAKE ENORMOUS CREDIT FOR A PROGRAM WHICH SAVED MILLIONS OF LIVES IN AFRICA AND ASIA AND EARNED US THE RESPECT IN THE LAW THAT PEOPLE AROUND THIS PLANET. WE SHOULD LEARN FROM THAT TO WORK TOGETHER TO END THIS DISEASE. TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE WITH IT ARE TREATED AND THAT WE PREVENT IT AND ULTIMATELY END IT. THAT SHOULD BE OUR GOAL. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    I RISE TODAY AS AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE TRANSPARENCY…

    I RISE TODAY AS AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE TRANSPARENCY ACT OF 2011, AUTHORED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, RON PAUL. I COMMEND CONGRESSMAN PAUL FOR HIS YEARS OF DILIGENCE IN PURSUING THIS ISSUE. IT HAS LONG SINCE BEEN TIME FOR THE FEDERAL RESERVE TO COMMIT TO AN AUDIT.

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    MR. MARCHANT

    THIS LEGISLATION REQUIRES THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL TO COMPLETE AN AUDIT OF…

    THIS LEGISLATION REQUIRES THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL TO COMPLETE AN AUDIT OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD OF GOVERNORS AND FEDERAL RESERVE BANK. MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS HAVE N CALLING AND WRITING AND ASKING ME FOR THIS SIGNIFICANT NEW TRANSPARENCY OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE. I AGREE WITH THEM ON THE URGENT NEED FOR ACCOUNTABILITY. THIS LEGISLATION IS AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD IN ACHIEVING THAT GOAL. OY URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THE FEDERAL RESERVE TRANSPARENCY ACT. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    IT'S THE LAW THE LAND, IT'S TIME FOR EVERYONE IN THE COUNTRY TO TAKE A…

    IT'S THE LAW THE LAND, IT'S TIME FOR EVERYONE IN THE COUNTRY TO TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND LOOK AT WHAT REALLY IS IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, OBAMACARE. IF YOU ARE A SENIOR CITIZEN, YOU ARE NO RECEIVING A 50% DISCOUNT ON BRAND NAME DRUGS IF YOU FALL INTO WHAT'S CALLED THE DOUGHNUT HOLE, THE MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE GAP. IF YOU ARE A WOMAN, YOU NOW HAVE FREE COVERAGE OF LIFESAVING PREVENTIVE SERVICES SUCH AS MAMMOGRAMS AND BEGINNING ON AUGUST 1, FREE COVERAGE IS GOING TO INCLUDE MANY MORE PREVENLVENTIVE SERVICES F YOU ARE A PARENT, WITH CHILDREN UNDER AGE 19, THEY CANNOT BE DENIED COVERAGE BY AN INSURANCE COMPANY BECAUSE THEY HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. AND IF YOU ARE A YOUNG ADULT, YOU CAN NOW STAY ON YOUR PARENTS' HEALTH CARE PLAN UNTIL YOU YOUR 26TH BIRTHDAY, WHICH IS REALLY IMPORTANT IF YOU DON'T HAVE A JOB THAT HAS HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE. IF YOU ARE A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER LIKE MY SON IS, THERE ARE MILLIONS NOW OF ELIGIBLE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS THAT ARE RECEIVING TAX CREDITS IF YOU CHOOSE TO OFFER COVERAGE TO YOUR EMPLOYEES. TAKE A LOOK. IT'S REALLY GOOD FOR MOST AMERICANS. I YIELD BACK.

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

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  • 12:21:58 PM

    MR. POE

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

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

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  • 12:22:05 PM

    MR. POE

    LAST WEEK I MET WITH DR. WILLIAMS AN ONCOLOGY NURSE FROM A CANCER CENTER…

    LAST WEEK I MET WITH DR. WILLIAMS AN ONCOLOGY NURSE FROM A CANCER CENTER IN HOUSTON, TEXAS. FOR 30 YEARS DR. WILLIAMS HAS PROVIDED CARE TO CANCER PATIENTS, WHETHER THEY HAVE BATTLED THE DISEASE FOR YEARS OR THEY ARE JUST BEGINNING THAT FIGHT. I WAS IMPRESSED BY HER COMPASSION AND HER DEDICATION. PEOPLE LIKE DR. WILLIAMS ARE WHY M.D. ANDERSON IS THE GREATEST CANCER CENTER IN THE WORLD. NAMED THE TOP HOSPITAL FOR CANCER CARE FOR THE SIXTH YEAR IN A ROW. WHILE ITS INNOVATIVE CANCER RESEARCH IS MOST IMPRESSIVE, DEDICATED AND KNOWLEDGEABLE STAFF ARE THE REASONS WHY IT REMAINS THE NUMBER ONE CENTER FOR CANCER CARE. IT ALL STARTS AT THE TOP WITH DR., HE'S TRYING TO PROVIDE THE BEST CARE POSSIBLE TO DRAMATICALLY REDUCE THE NUMBER OF DEATHS FROM CANCER. THIS YEAR THEY WILL SEE THEIR ONE MILLIONTH PATIENT SINCE THE DOORS OPENED IN 1944. EACH DAY LIVES ARE FOREVER CHANGED BY THE STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS WHO ARE TENACIOUSLY DETERMINED TO STOP CANCER. THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. HIGGINS

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE?

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    DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE?

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    MR. DEFAZIO

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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    MS. HOCHUL

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. HOCHUL

    GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REVEALED THAT THE DEBT CEILING CRISIS…

    GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REVEALED THAT THE DEBT CEILING CRISIS THAT THE REPUBLICANS PUT THROUGH THIS LAST SUMMER COST THE TAXPAYERS $1.3 BILLION. NOW THE AMERICANS ARE HEARING THAT THEY MAY BE PUT THROUGH THAT WRINGER AGAIN. I HOPE MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS WILL AGREE WITH ME THAT THE MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES ARE THE BACKBONE OF OUR ECONOMY. KEEPING THEIR TAXES AT THEIR HISTORICALLY LOW RATE IS THE BEST WAY TO GET OUR ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK. FORTUNATELY, THAT MIDDLE-CLASS TAX CUT EXTENSION IS UNDER THREAT. MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE DEMANDING INSTEAD THAT THE SUPERRICH GET THEIR TAX BREAKS. THIS ISN'T THE WAY FORWARD. WE TRIED TAX BREAKS FOR THE RICH AND THE TAX GIVEAWAYS FOR THE CORPORATIONS DURING THE BUSH YEARS.

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    MS. HAHN

    RATES LOW FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. AMERICANS -- FOR AMERICANS AND MOVE THIS…

    RATES LOW FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. AMERICANS -- FOR AMERICANS AND MOVE THIS COUNTRY FORWARD. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SOME CLAIM THE SOLUTION TO AMERICA'S ENERGY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SOME CLAIM THE SOLUTION TO AMERICA'S ENERGY CONCERNS IS DRILL, BABY,

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    PETROLEUM, DOMESTIC OIL AND NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION INCREASED EVERY YEAR…

    PETROLEUM, DOMESTIC OIL AND NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION INCREASED EVERY YEAR WITH THE LARGEST INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF DRILLING RIGS IN AMERICAN HISTORY. DOMESTIC OIL PRODUCTION LAST YEAR WAS THE HIGHEST IN A DECADE AND NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION, THE HIGHEST EVER IN OUR HISTORY. UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL REDUCE FOREIGN OIL IMPORTS BY ONE MILLION BARRELS OF OIL PER DAY. FOREIGN OIL DEPENDENCE WAS 60% OF U.S. CONSUMPTION IN 2005. UNDER BUSH. IT'S DROPPED TO 49% IN 2010 UNDER OBAMA AND IS NOW ON PACE TO FALL TO 36%. REVERSING TRENDS SINCE THE NIXON PRESIDENCY. BY 2020 U.S. OIL PRODUCTION WILL BE UP 11%, RIVALING THE LARGEST PRODUCER IN THE WORLD, SAUDI ARABIA. UNDER THIS PRESIDENT, U.S. OIL PRODUCTION EXPLORATION ARE BOOMING WHILE FOREIGN OIL IMPORTS ARE PLUMMETING. THE U.S. CONSUMES 21% OF THE WORLD'S ENERGY BUT CONTAINS OF PROVEN OIL RESERVES. THAT'S WHY IT'S IMPERATIVE WE FOLLOW PRESIDENT OBAMA'S LEAD AND PRODUCE MULTIPLE SOURCES OF ENERGY TO MEET OUR EVER EXPANDING NEEDS. FOR THOSE THAT SAY DRILL MORE, PRESIDENT OBAMA CAN SAY, WE HAVE, BABY, WE HAVE.

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

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    SPEAKER, I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    REDUCE TAXES ON THE GROUP OF AMERICANS THAT FUELS OUR ECONOMY. MS.

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    MS. HANABUSA

    DISAGREE WHO THAT GROUP IS. DEMOCRATS BELIEVE THAT IT IS THE 98%, THE…

    DISAGREE WHO THAT GROUP IS. DEMOCRATS BELIEVE THAT IT IS THE 98%, THE MIDDLE CLASS THAT FUELS OUR ECONOMY. THE BOTTOM LINE IS, DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THE ECONOMY IS GOING TO BE REVISED TOP DOWN, BUT REALLY IT ISN'T. IT'S WHETHER IT'S GOING TO BE A STRONG AND SECURE MIDDLE CLASS. TODAY, THE WHITE HOUSE RELEASED SOME FIGURES. FOR HAWAII, MY STATE, 500,000 FAMILIES QUALIFY AS MIDDLE CLASS. YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS? IF WE DON'T EXTEND THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX CREDITS, TAXI BREAKS, IT WILL MEAN $1,600 MORE PER FAMILY PER YEAR. WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR THE SUPERWEALTHY? IF WE DO NOT AND WE LET THOSE TAX BREAKS EXPIRE, LIKE IT SHOULD, IT WILL MEAN WE'LL BE ABLE TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT BY ABOUT $1.16 TRILLION IN 10 YEARS. THIS IS A NO-BRAINER. EXTEND THE MIDDLE-CLASS TAX CREDITS FOR THOSE WHO REALLY FUEL OUR ECONOMY AND EXPIRE THE BUSH TAX CUTS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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

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    THE CLERK

    OF THE UNITED STATES, SECTION 202-D OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCIES ACT…

    OF THE UNITED STATES, SECTION 202-D OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCIES ACT PROVIDES FOR THE AUTOMATIC TERMINATION OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY UNLESS WITHIN 90 DAYS PRIOR TO THE ANNIVERSARY DATE OF ITS DECLARATION THE PRESIDENT PUBLISHES IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER AND TRANSMITS TO THE CONGRESS A NOTICE STATING THAT THE EMERGENCY IS TO CONTINUE IN EFFECT BEYOND THE ANNIVERSARY DATE. IN ACCORD WANS THIS PROVISION, I HAVE -- IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS PROVISION, I HAVE SENT THE ENCLOSED NOTICE STATING THAT THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARED WITH RESPECT TO THE ACTIONS OF CERTAIN PERSONS TO UNDERMINE THE SOVEREIGNTY OF LEBANON OR ITS DEMOCRATIC PROCESSES AND INSTITUTIONS IS TO CONTINUE IN EFFECT BEYOND AUGUST 1, 2012. CERTAIN ONGOING ACTIVITIES SUCH AS CONTINUING ARMS TRANSFERS TO HEZBOLLAH THAT INCLUDE INCREASINGLY SOPHISTICATED WEAPONS SYSTEMS UNDERMINE LEBANESE SOVEREIGNTY, CONTRIBUTE TO POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC INSTABILITY IN THE REGION AND CONTINUE TO CONSTITUTE AN UNUSUAL AND EXTRAORDINARY THREAT TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY AND FOREIGN POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES. FOR THESE REASONS I HAVE DETERMINED THAT IT IS NECESSARY TO CONTINUE THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARED ON AUGUST 1, 2010, TO DEAL WITH THAT THREAT AND THE RELATED MEASURES ADOPTED ON THAT DATE TO RESPOND TO THE EMERGENCY. SIGNED, BARACK OBAMA, THE WHITE HOUSE.

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  • 01:17:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND ORDERED PRINTED. FOR WHAT…

    REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND ORDERED PRINTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 01:17:23 PM

    MS. FOXX

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

    MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 738 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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  • 01:17:34 PM

    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 151, HOUSE RESOLUTION 738, RESOLVED THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER THE…

    NUMBER 151, HOUSE RESOLUTION 738, RESOLVED THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER THE ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, H.R. 4078, TO PROVIDE THAT NO AGENCY MAY TAKE ANY SIGNIFICANT REGULATORY ACTION UNTIL THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS EQUAL TO OR LESS THAN 6.0%. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAVED -- WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND SHALL NOT EXCEED TWO HOURS EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY AND THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENTS IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEES ON THE JUDICIARY AND OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL, AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 112-28, MODIFIED BY THE AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART A OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED IN THE HOUSE AND IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. THE BILL AS AMENDED SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS THE ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF FURTHER AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AND SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL AS AMENDED ARE WAIVED. NO FURTHER AMENDMENT TO THE BILL AS AMENDED SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART B OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES. EACH SUCH FURTHER AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT, EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH FURTHER AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT, THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL AS AMENDED TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH FURTHER AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AS AMENDED AND ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 2, AT ANY TIME AFTER THE ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, H.R. 6082, TO OFFICIALLY REPLACE WITHIN THE 60-DAY CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW PERIOD UNDER THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELVES ACT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PROPOSED FINAL OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF OIL, GAS LEASING PROGRAM, 2012-2017. WITH A CONGRESSIONAL PLAN THAT WILL CONDUCT ADDITIONAL OIL AND NATURAL GAS LEASE SALES TO PROMOTE OFFSHORE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT, JOB CREATION AND INCREASED DOMESTIC ENERGY PRODUCTION TO ENSURE A MORE SECURE ENERGY FUTURE IN THE UNITED STATES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 112-29. THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE ARE WAIVED. NO AMENDMENT TO THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART C OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT, EQUALLY DIVIDE AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AN -- TO AMENDMENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT, THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. ANY MEMBER MAY DEMAND A SEPARATE VOTE IN THE HOUSE ON ANY AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE TO THE BILL OR TO THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE MADE IN ORDER AS ORIGINAL TEXT. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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  • 01:22:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

  • 01:22:59 PM

    MS. FOXX

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 01:23:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. FOXX

    DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE…

    DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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  • 01:23:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. FOXX

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 738 IS A STRUCTURED RULE PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF…

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 738 IS A STRUCTURED RULE PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 6082, THE CONGRESSIONAL REPLACEMENT OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ENERGY RESTRICTING AND JOB LIMITING OFFSHORE DRILLING PLAN, THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN HASTINGS, AND SEVEN OTHER BILLS THAT WILL BE CONSIDERED AS A SINGLE PACKAGE. INCLUDING MINE, H.R. 373, THE UNFUNDED MANDATE INFORMATION AND TRANSPARENCY ACT. H.R. 438, THE REGULATORY FREEZE FOR JOBS ACT BY MR. GRIFFIN, H.R. 4607, THE MIDNIGHT RULE RELIEF ACT, BY MR. RIBBLE, H.R. 386 , THE SUNSHINE FOR REGULATORY DECREES AND SETTLEMENTS ACT BY MR. QUAYLE. H.R. 4377, THE RAPID ACT BY MR. ROSS OF FLORIDA. H.R. 2308, THE SEQUESTER REGULATORY ACCOUNTABILITY ACT BY -- S.E.C. REGULATORY ACCOUNTABILITY ACT BY MR. GARRETT. AND A BILL BY MR. CONAWAY TO APPROVE CONSIDERATION BY THE COMMODITIES FUTURE TRADING COMMISSION OF THE COST AND BENEFITS OF ITS REGULATIONS AND ORDERS. H.R. 6082 IS A BILL TO REPLACE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S FINAL OFFSHORE DRILLING PLAN ANNOUNCED ON JUNE 28 WHICH KEEPS 85% OF AMERICA'S OFFSHORE AREAS OFFLIMITS TO ENERGY PRODUCTION WITH ONE THAT WOULD ESTABLISH A TIMELINE FOR 29 SPECIFIC LEASES, SOME OF WHICH ARE NOT OPEN FOR DRILLING UNDER THE OBAMA PLAN. THE LEGISLATION WOULD ALSO REQUIRE THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT TO PREPARE A MULTI-LEASE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT FOR ANY LEASES REQUIRED UNDER THE BILL NOT IN THE JUNE, 2012, PLAN. THE REMAINING BILLS ARE ROLLED INTO ONE PACKAGE AND WHILE EACH HAS ITS OWN UNIQUE USE, THEY'RE ALL INTENDED TO PROVIDE FOR FEDERAL REGULATORY RELIEF. H.R. 373 IS A CULMINATION OF NEARLY FIVE YEARS OF WORK TO BUILD ON THE SUCCESS OF THE UNFUNDED MANDATES REFORM ACT OR UMRA, WHICH IS A BIPARTISAN INITIATIVE THAT IS NOT -- THAT HAS NOT BEEN MODERNIZED SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1995. GIVEN THE SUPPORT FOR REGULATORY REFORM, MY HOPE IS THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL SUPPORT MY BILL WHICH INCORPORATES MANY OF HIS IDEAS INCLUDING THOSE EMBODIED IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 13563. MR. SPEAKER, SO OFTEN WE THANK PEOPLE FOR WORKING ON OUR LEGISLATION AND FOR WORKING IN THE CONGRESS, ONLY AT THE TIME THAT THEY RETIRE. BUT I WANT TO GIVE SOME THANKS TODAY FOR THE HARD WORK THAT'S BEEN DONE, PARTICULARLY ON H.R. 373. THERE'S AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF WORK THAT HAS GONE INTO BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. I'D FIRST LIKE TO THANK BRANDEN, MY LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR, WHO HAS WORKED WITH US FOR OVER FIVE YEARS. I THANK KRISTEN NELSON AND PETER WARREN WITH THE HOUSE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE FOR PROVIDING THE DILIGENCE AND CREATIVE THINKING NEEDED TO SHAPE THE PRODUCT WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY. I ALSO THANK RYAN LITTLE, AUSTIN SMITE, DANIEL FLORES, FOR THEIR HELP SHEPHERDING THIS BILL THROUGH THE VARIOUS COMMITTEES OF JURISDICTION. IT'S THIS KIND OF COOPERATION THAT'S NECESSARY TO ENSURE THE PROPER FUNCTIONING OF THIS LEGISLATIVE BODY. I THANK CHAIRMAN DALE ISSA FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE. HE'S PROVIDING EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP FOR THAT COMMITTEE AND OUR COUNTRY. BUT IT'S MY COLLEAGUE AND GOOD FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN JAMES LANKFORD, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON TECHNOLOGY, INFORMATION POLICY, INTERGOVERNMENT RELATIONS AND PROCUREMENT REFORM WHO DESERVES MOST PRAISE. MR. LANKFORD'S DOINGED WORK AND DETERMINATION TO BUILD UPON AND IMPROVE UPON MY INITIATIVE IS ONLY ONE DEMONSTRATION OF HIS KEEN INTELLECT AND EXCEPTIONAL LEGISLATIVE AC MEN. FOR A -- ACMAN. FOR A FRESHMAN WITH NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE TO HAVE RECEIVED SUCH IMMENSE RESPECT BY PEERS OF BOTH PARTIES FURTHER UNDERSCORES HIS PROFESSIONALISM AND AIMBLE PERSONALITY. UNDOUBTABLY THIS HOUSE WOULD BE BETTER OFF IF IT WERE FILLED WITH LEGISLATORS AS SERIOUS ABOUT SEEKING TANGIBLE SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS AS MR. LANKFORD AND MR. ISSA. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S ON THAT NOTE THAT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:27:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:27:55 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

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

  • 01:27:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:27:59 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I'D LIKE…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I'D LIKE TO ADDRESS JUST VERY BRIEFLY AND THAT IS THAT WHEN WE BEGAN THIS SESSION OF CONGRESS, WE WERE ADVISED BY OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES THAT WE WERE GOING TO BRING UP EACH MEASURE INDIVIDUALLY AND DISCUSS THEM. THIS IS A STRUCTURED RULE THAT DOES CONTEMPLATE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR MANY MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE, BUT IT ISN'T AN OPEN RULE AND WHAT IT IS IS IT'S A MEASURE AS THE BASE BILL THAT HAS COBBLED SIX DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT MEASURES, EVIDENCED BY THE NUMBER OF THANKS THAT HAD TO COME FROM DR. FOXX TO THE VARIOUS COMMITTEES. I DO AGREE WITH THE ONE, DR. FOXX, WHERE YOU THANK THE YOUNG MAN FROM CREATING -- FOR CREATIVE THINKING. THIS IS OUT OF THE BOX WHEN IT COMES TO US AS FAR AS PROCESS IS CONCERNED BEING CREATIVE, COBBLING SIX PIECES OF LEGISLATION WITH ANOTHER TO MAKE SEVEN IS A BIT MUCH. THIS RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4078, THE RED TAPE REDUCTION AND SMALL BUSINESS ACT OF 2012, AND H.R. 6082, WHICH HAS SUCH A LONG AND CONVOLUTED NAME THAT THE CALLS TO THE GOVERNMENT TO SIMPLY PREP THE BILL MAY REQUIRE THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING. WHAT THE RED TAPE BILL SHOULD BE CALLED, MR. SPEAKER, IS THE ELIMINATE THE GOVERNMENT'S ABILITY TO PROTECT ITS OWN CITIZENS ACT OF 2012 BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT THE RADICAL LEGISLATION, CREATIVE THOUGH ONE MAY THINK IT IS, AIMS TO DO. UNDER THIS LEGISLATION FEDERAL AGENCIES WOULD BE PROHIBITED FROM ISSUING NEW REGULATIONS UNTIL THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FALLS BELOW 6%. AND I DEFY ANY ECONOMIST OR ANYBODY ELSE IN THE WORLD THAT TELLS ME WHEN THAT'S GOING TO BE IN AN ECONOMY SUCH AS THE ONE WE HAVE. SO TOO WOULD NEW REGULATIONS BE PROHIBITED BETWEEN ELECTION DAY IN EARLY NOVEMBER AND INAUGURATION DAY IN LATE JANUARY. FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS BEEN SPENDING ITS TIME BOOING EVERYTHING IT SEEMS TO ME TO CRASH THE ECONOMY BY DEFAULTING ON OUR DEBT, ELIMINATING THE GREATEST HEALTH CARE PROTECTIONS MADE IN DECADES AND TURNING SENSIBLE DECISIONS ABOUT WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE INTO A FANTASY OF RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION. . NOW IT APPEARS THAT PERHAPS STRUGGLING AMERICANS HAVE FINALLY MANAGED TO CAPTURE THE REPUBLICANS' ATTENTION. EXCEPT THAT THE MAJORITY'S RESPONSE IS NOT TO MAKE THE KIND OF INVESTMENTS THAT WILL ACTUALLY CREATE JOBS BUT INSTEAD TO GUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S EFFORTS TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. I REALIZE THAT IN THE FANTASY WORLD INHABITED BY SOME FAR RIGHT IDEOLOGUES, ALLOWING POLLUTERS TO RUN AMUCK IS TANLT MOUNT -- TANTAMOUNT TO CREATING JOBS. ALLOWING CORPORATIONS TO PURSUE FANTASTIC PROFITS AT THE EXPENSE OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY IS SOMEHOW GOOD GOVERNANCE. AND ENABLING THE MIDDLE CLASS TO FALL FARTHER AND FARTHER BEHIND THE ULTRAWEALTHY IS SOMEHOW A SHINING EXAMPLE OF THE AMERICAN SPIRIT. BUT I HAVE TO ASK UNDER THIS LEGISLATION, WHERE WILL THESE NEW JOBS COME FROM? I SUPPOSE WE'LL NEED MORE DOCTORS TO CARE FOR SICK CHILDREN SINCE THE F.D.A. WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM MONITORING THE SAFETY OF BABY FORMULA. WE WILL NEED CAREGIVERS, I'M SURE, WILLING TO PROVIDE FREE CARE FOR OLDER AMERICANS AS MEDICARE WILL BE UNABLE TO CHANGE ITS PAYMENT TO PROVIDERS. AND WE'LL NEED NEW WATER TREATMENT PLANT WORKERS AS CORPORATE POLLUTERS WILL HAVE INCREASED FREEDOM TO DUMP HARMFUL CHEMICALS INTO OUR DRINKING WATER AS THEY HAVE FOR YEARS. IF I SOUND EXTREME, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S BECAUSE THIS BILL IS EXTREME. A BLANKET PROHIBITION ON NEW REGULATIONS IS NOT ANY KIND OF SOLUTION TO GROW OUR ECONOMY. THE F.D.A., THE E.P.A., AND VETERANS ADMINISTRATION, THESE AGENCIES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FAILURE OF OUR JOBLESS RECOVERY. WHAT IS IRRESPONSIBLE IS THE FAILURE TO ADDRESS THE REAL NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. RATHER THAN PREVENTING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FROM ENSURING CLEAN DRINKING WATER, WE OUGHT TO BE INVESTING IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE THAT MAKES CLEAN DRINKING WATER POSSIBLE AND THAT DEAL NATES SALTWATER. WE OUGHT TO BE INVESTED IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN THE NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE IN CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGY. IN EDUCATION, AND IN THE KINDS OF PROGRAMS THAT SUPPORT THOSE AMERICANS WHO ARE STRUGGLING THE HARDEST. THE C.E.O., BIG POLLUTERS, AREN'T ONE OF THOSE IN NEED, BUT SPEAKING OF C.E.O.'S OUT OF TOUCH WITH EVERYDAY AMERICANS, IT WAS MITT ROMNEY WHO SAID UNTIL 2009 THAT, AND I QUOTE HIM, YOU HAVE TO HAVE REGULATION, END OF QUOTE. HE SAID THAT REGULATIONS NEED TO BE MODERNIZED, REVIEWED, AND EFFECTIVE AND THAT REPUBLICANS, AND I QUOTE MR. ROMNEY AGAIN, MISSPEAK WHEN THEY SAY THEY DON'T LIKE REGULATIONS. I GUESS WHAT MITT ROMNEY CALLS MISSPEAK OTHER PEOPLE MIGHT CALL OUTRIGHT RIDICULOUS, BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT THE IDEOLOGY BEHIND THIS BILL IS. IT IS AS RIDICULOUS A NOTION THAT YES, MORE DRILLING FOR OIL WILL SOMEHOW DRILLING IN THESE PLACES WHERE PLACES LIKE B.P. CAN -- COMPANIES LIKE B.P. CAN CAUSE THE KINDS OF INCIDENTS WE SAW IN THE GULF THAT SOMEHOW THIS IS GOING TO BENEFIT THE COUNTRY. IT WON'T. OTHER BILLS TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER THIS RULE IS JUST THE LATEST MANIFESTATION OF THE REPUBLICAN ENERGY DOCTRINE. ONLY DRILLING ALL THE TIME AND EVERYWHERE. THIS LEGISLATION DOES EXACTLY TWO THINGS, IT TEARS UP SLIRLE PROTECTION AND IT FURTHER -- ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND IT FURTHER INRICHES OIL COMPANY EXECUTIVES. THE HOUSE UNDER THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS TAKEN 142 PRO OIL AND GAS DRILLING VOTES THIS CONGRESS. USING THE HOURLY COST OF VOTING IN THE HOUSE AS CALCULATED BY THE CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE, THE MORE THAN 90 HOURS WE HAVE SPENT DEBATING THESE MEASURES THAT EVERYBODY IN THIS HOUSE KNEW WERE GOING NOWHERE WHEN THEY LEFT THIS HOUSE, WE HAVE SPENT $54 MILLION OF THE TAXPAYERS' MONEY DEBATING. AND THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT WILL TELL ME THEY WANT TO CUT COSTS. I SUPPOSE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THERE IS ALWAYS A CHANCE THAT THE REPUBLICANS WILL ACHIEVE SUCCESS THE 143RD TIME IN ADDITIONAL HOURS THAT THEY TRY SOMETHING. BUT ONCE AGAIN THE MAJORITY'S EFFORTS REFLECT A DOINGED DETERMINATION -- DOGGED DETERMINATION TO RELY ON AN OUTDATED IDEOLOGY THAT SEEKS ONLY TO REWARD THE WEALTHIEST CORPORATION. WE ARE ALREADY DRILLING AT HISTORIC LEVELS IN THIS COUNTRY. THE UNITED STATES IS HOME TO MORE OFFSHORE DRILLING RIGS THAN THE ENTIRE REST OF THE WORLD COMBINED. 70% OF OFFSHORE AREAS CURRENTLY LEASED ARE NOT EVEN ACTIVE YET. THIS LEGISLATION ISN'T GOING TO CHANGE THE PRICE OF FUEL FOR THE AVERAGE AMERICAN. IT DOES NOT MANDATE THAT OIL DRILLS IN THE UNITED STATES. MR. MARKEY BROUGHT AN AMENDMENT THAT ALLOWED IF IT'S GOING TO BE DRILLED HERE IT OUGHT TO STAY HERE. BUT THIS LEGISLATION DOESN'T ALLOW FOR IT TO EVEN BE SOLD IN THE UNITED STATES. IN FACT, OIL WILL SIMPLY BE SHIPPED OUT TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, SIMILAR TO WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH KEYSTONE WHEN IT'S COMPLETED, ON THE WORLD MARKET, GENERATING ENORMOUS PROFITS FOR THE OIL COMPANIES WHILE STICKING THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WITH THE BILL. I RECENTLY SAW AN EDITORIAL CARTOON, AND IN THE CARTOON A MAN STANDS UP AT A CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT AND ASKS, WHAT HAPPENS IF CLIMATE CHANGE IS INDEED A HOAX BUT WE ACHIEVE ENERGY INDEPENDENCE ANYWAY? THAT WE PRESERVE THE ENVIRONMENT ANYWAY? THAT WE CREATE GREEN JOBS ANYWAY? AND LIVABLE CITIES AND HAVE CLEANER AIR AND WATER? THE ANSWER OF COURSE IS THAT WE WILL ALL BE BETTER OFF. REPUBLICANS CAN STICK THEIR HEADS IN THE TAR SANDS ALL THEY WANT, BUT PUMPING MORE FOSSIL FUELS OUT OF THE GROUND AND INTO THE ATMOSPHERE WILL NOT SUSTAIN THE AMERICAN ECONOMY NOR PROVIDE THE KIND OF ECONOMIC PROSPERITY THAT WILL BENEFIT ALL AMERICANS. AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE AND I REPEAT AGAIN, I'LL BE THE CLASS PERSON STANDING AGAINST DRILLING IN THE OFFSHORE OF FLORIDA. AT THE SAME TIME, PREVENTING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FROM ACTING ON BEHALF OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY WILL NOT CREATE NEW JOBS. IT WON'T RETURN THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE TO 6%, AND IT WON'T SEND A SIGNAL TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC THAT THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES ARE ABLING MINDING PUBLIC REFORM. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:38:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:38:18 PM

    MS. FOXX

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JUST WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JUST WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA THAT WE CERTAINLY AGREE ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE WITH GOVERNOR ROMNEY THAT WE NEED REGULATIONS. THESE BILLS DON'T DO AWAY WITH ALL REGULATIONS. WE OBVIOUSLY, REPUBLICANS KNOW YOU NEED GOVERNMENT. WE JUST WANT SOME COMMON SENSE BROUGHT INTO OUR GOVERNMENT. WE WANT A COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS DONE TO RULES AND REGULATIONS. AFTER ALL, WE ARE HERE, WE ARE BREATHING THE AIR, WE ARE DRINKING THE WATER, WE ARE EATING THE FOOD. OUR CHILDREN, OUR GRANDCHILDREN ARE, TOO. IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE THAT THESE TIRED OLD ACCUSATIONS AGAINST REPUBLICANS THAT WE DON'T CARE ANYTHING ABOUT OUR ENVIRONMENT OR OUR FOOD BECAUSE WE ARE HERE LIVING WITH THEM ALSO. SO, I DON'T THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BUY THE ARGUMENTS THAT MY COLLEAGUE MADE. I NOW WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. LANKFORD.

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  • 01:39:22 PM

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 01:39:25 PM

    MR. LANKFORD

    MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO MS. FOXX AND MY COLLEAGUE AS WELL FOR KIND…

    MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO MS. FOXX AND MY COLLEAGUE AS WELL FOR KIND INTRODUCTION ON THAT. ALL ASPECTS OF THIS BILL, EACH PART OF IT, HAS GONE THROUGH THE COMMITTEE PROCESS. MULTIPLE OF THEM HAVE HAD MULTIPLE HEARINGS RELATED TO THAT. THERE'S BEEN PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO ALLOW FOR INPUT AND VOTES THROUGH THE TRADITIONAL COMMITTEE PROCESS ON THIS. THE REALITY IS, RED TAPE IS STRANGLING OUR BUSINESSES. EACH DAY THEY WAKE UP AND THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO DO TO THEM RATHER THAN WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO DO FOR THEM. THERE IS AN APPROPRIATE ROLE FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR REGULATION. BUT IT SEEMS LIKE THERE'S A NEVER-ENDING ACCELERATION OF REGULATIONS, NOT JUST SMALL BUT THEY GET LARGER AND LARGER AND MORE AND MORE EXPENSIVE AND MORE AND MORE NONSENSICAL AT TIMES. LET ME GIVE YOU ONE QUICK EXAMPLE ON IT. COMMUNITY BANKERS THAT ARE FACING HUNDREDS OF NEW REGULATIONS, WHEN THE PROBLEMS SEEM TO BE THE LARGEST INVESTMENT BANKS, WHO GOT HIT THE HARDEST WITH THE REGULATIONS WAS THE COMMUNITY BANKS. NOW COMMUNITY BANKS HAVE TO STEP ASIDE, A BAPPING THAT MAY HAVE 14 TO 20 EMPLOYEES, $50 MILLION OR LESS IN TOTAL ASSETS IS A VERY SMALL RURAL BANK, HAS TO GO AND PROVE THAT THESE RULES DON'T APPLY TO THEM. IT INVOLVES THEM HIRING OUTSIDE ATTORNEYS, INVOLVES SETTING ASIDE STAFF TO PROVE THESE HUNDREDS OF RULES DON'T APPLY TO THEM. THEY ARE NOT A BIG BANK. REGULATIONS PASSED ON THIS THEM. DEATH BY A THOUSAND PAPER CUTS IS HOW THEY EXPLAIN IT TO ME. SIMPLICITIES AND COMMON SENSE NEEDS TO BE APPLIED INTO HOW WE DO REGULATIONS. AND WHEN THERE IS NO CHECK AND BALANCE IN THE REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT, IT NEEDS TO HAVE THAT. NOW, THE OTHER SIDE SEEMS TO ASSUME THAT OCCASIONALLY AMERICANS ARE IN NEED OF DAILY OVERSIGHT BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THAT UNLESS SOME FEDERAL BUREAUCRAT OR SOME FEDERAL REGULATORS NOT STANDING NEXT TO THEIR BED WHEN THEY GET UP, THEY WON'T KNOW HOW TO GET TO WORK. WHEN THEY GET TO WORK THEY ARE GOING TO CHEAT THEIR NEIGHBOR. ON THE WAY HOME THEY ARE GOING TO CHEAT ANOTHER NEIGHBOR SO WE ARE BETTER WITH FEDERAL REGULATORS STANDING RIGHT NEXT TO THEM BECAUSE AMERICAN CITIZENS CAN'T BE TRUSTED TO DO THE RIGHT THING WITHOUT FEDERAL CONTROL. I WOULD SAY THE NEIGHBORS THAT I LIVE AROUND AND THE CITIES I VISITED ALL OVER AMERICA HAVE GREAT CITIZENS WHO WANT TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING. AND ARE SERVING THEIR NEIGHBOR. WE HAVE GREAT CITY AND STATE GOVERNMENTS. THEY ARE DOING VERY GOOD REGULATORY SCHEMES. WE SHOULD TRUST THEM MORE. TO ENGAGE IN WHAT THEY ARE DOING IN THE COMMUNITY THAT THEY LIVE IN. WHERE THEY EAT THE FOOD, DRINK THE WATER. THEY ARE THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE ON THAT RATHER THAN TAKING ALL THOSE THINGS TO WASHINGTON, D.C., AND ASSUMING ALL AMERICANS CAN'T FUNCTION WITHOUT SOMEONE FROM WASHINGTON, D.C., CHECKING ON THEM EACH AND EVERY DAY. LET ME GIVE YOU A COUPLE THINGS ON THAT. THE FIRST HEARING THAT I PARTICIPATED IN HERE IN THIS CONGRESS, SOMEONE FROM THE OTHER SIDE EXTOLD THE BENEFITS OF ADDING MORE REGULATIONS BECAUSE COMPANIES WERE SITTING ON MONEY AND NOT SPENDING IT AND THIS WAS A WAY TO FORCE COMPANIES TO HIRE ADDITIONAL PEOPLE, BY HIRING COMPLIANCE OFFICERS. THEY WOULD HIRE PEOPLE TO OVERSEE REGULATIONS. IF WE CAN'T INCREASE EMPLOYMENT IN AMERICA THROUGH PRODUCING MORE GOODS AND SERVICES, WE WOULD BY CREATING MORE BUREAUCRATS JUST IN THE PRIVATE BIGS. -- BUSINESS. THAT'S NOT HOW I SEE YOU SHOULD GROW AN ECONOMY. LET ME JUST HIGHLIGHT ONE AREA. ONE TITLE OF THIS GREAT BILL. TITLE 4 IS THE UNFUNDED MANDATE TRANSPARENCY ACT OF 2011. THIS WATTS A BILL THAT STARTED IN THE PREVIOUS CONGRESS WITH MS. VIRGINIA FOXX AS THE OFFICER. WE PICKED IT UP IN THE OVERSIGHT GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE AND DID THREE HEARINGS ON IT AT THE BEGINNING OF LAST YEAR. WE HAD CITY LEADERS, TATE AND -- STATE AND COUNTY LEADERS, PRIVATE BUSINESS LEADERS, AND ADMINISTRATION INDIVIDUALS FROM THIS ADMINISTRATION AND PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION COME AND TESTIFY. IN 1995 THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE AND PRESIDENT SIPED A BILL CALLED THE UNFUNDED MANDATES REFORM ACT. IT WAS A WIDE BIPARTISAN ACT. 394 VOTES IN THE HOUSE. 91 VOTES IN THE SENATE. TO GIVE INFORMATION TO THE HOUSE AND SENATE BEFORE ITS DECISIONS WERE MADE ABOUT WHAT IS AN UNFUNDED MANDATE AND WHAT EFFECT WILL THAT HAVE. THERE ARE LARGE LOOPHOLES THAT HAVE BEEN EXPLOITED IN THE LAST 17 YEARS. THIS BILL AIMS TO FIX THOSE LOOPHOLES. IT TAKES IN ALL THE INDEPENDENT AGENCIES AND ALSO PUTS THEM UNDER THE SAME REQUIREMENT. IT PUTS IN THE LANGUAGE THAT PRESIDENT CLINTON PUT IN IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 12866, TO CLARIFY THIS THAT THE ADMINISTRATION'S FUNCTIONED UNDER. IT PUTS THAT LANGUAGE AND CODE PHI IT IS FROM PRESIDENT CLINTON INTO THIS BILL. IT ALSO TAKES A CLARIFICATION OF PRESIDENT OBAMA THAT HE HAS FOR THIS BILL AND ALSO ADDS IT INTO THE LANGUAGE. IT REDEFINES DIRECT COSTS WITH HOW C.B.O. ALREADY DEFINES DIRECT COST, AND ACTUALLY CODIFIES THAT LANGUAGE AND PROVIDES ABILITY. IT ALLOWS FOR A RANKING MEMBER OR CHAIRMAN OF A COMMITTEE TO DO AN ANALYSIS OF A RULE TO MAKE SURE THAT IT'S NOT EXCEEDING OR OUR UNFUNDED MANDATES REQUIREMENT. IT'S VERY BIPARTISAN. IT'S NOT JUST THE CHAIRMAN. CHAIRMAN TORE RANKING MEMBER CAN -- OR RANKING MEMBER CAN GET TO THAT. IT IS AN INTENT TO CLEAN THIS UP AND MAKE SURE CONGRESS HAS THE INFORMATION TO MAKE THE DECISIONS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MY GOOD FRIEND, MS. CASTOR.

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    MS. CASTOR

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM FLORIDA AND RULES…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM FLORIDA AND RULES COMMITTEE FOR YIELDING TIME. I RISE TO OPPOSE THE RULE AND UNDERLYING BILL, PARTICULARLY H.R. 6082, BECAUSE THAT BILL UNREASONABLY EXPANDS OFFSHORE DRILLING WITHOUT THE CORRESPONDING AND NECESSARY SAFETY STANDARDS. . THE REPUBLICANS ARE IGNORING THE LESSONS THAT WE LEARNED AFTER THE B.P. DEEPWATER HORIZON BLOWOUT. AGAIN, THEY'RE PUTTING THE PROFITS OF THE OIL COMPANIES AHEAD OF THE SAFETY AND LARGER ECONOMIC CONCERNS OF FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES ALL ACROSS OUR GREAT COUNTRY. I MEAN, CERTAINLY MEMORIES CANNOT BE SO SHORT THAT WE DON'T REMEMBER THE DEVASTATION CAUSED BY THE B.P. DEEPWATER HORIZON BLOWOUT AND DISASTER, THAT OIL SPEWED FOR MONTHS AND MONTHS. THEY COULD NOT CAP THE WELL AND IN THE MEANTIME IT CAUSED SERIOUS ECONOMIC DAMAGE, NOT JUST TO MY HOME STATE OF FLORIDA AND THE TERRORISM INDUSTRY AND FISHING AND -- TOURISM INDUSTRY AND FISHING AND HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS, BUT ALL ACROSS THE GULF COAST AND ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I RECALL VERY WELL, PRIOR TO THE BLOWOUT THEY SAID IT WAS SAFE. THEY SAID DRILLING IN DEEP WATER AND OFFSHORE IS SAFE. THERE HAVEN'T BEEN VERY MANY ACCIDENTS. BUT THEY WERE WRONG. I REMEMBER TONY HAYWARD CAME IN FRONT OF OUR COMMITTEE AND HE SAID, WE WILL -- WE WERE WRONG, WE DIDN'T ANTICIPATE THIS WOULD HAPPEN. WELL, YOU'VE GOT TO ANTICIPATE THAT IT CAN HAPPEN AND FORTUNATELY IN THE AFTERMATH WE APPOINTED A BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION, THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON B.P. DEEPWATER HORIZON BLOWOUT, THEY ISSUED THEIR REPORT IN JANUARY OF 2011, THEY HAD MANY RECOMMENDATIONS FROM EXPERTS ON HOW YOU MAKE OFFSHORE DRILLING SAFE. THE CONGRESS HAS NOT ACTED ON ANY OF THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS. TO MAKE IT SAFE. AND YET IN THIS BILL THEY PRESS AHEAD TO OPEN EVEN MORE AREAS FOR OIL DRILLING. THAT'S NOT RIGHT. AND YOU'RE PUTTING OUR ECONOMY AND OUR ENVIRONMENT AT RISK WHEN YOU DO SO. THIS WAS A GREAT COMMISSION BY THE WAY BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T JUST STOP THERE, THEY'VE ISSUED PROGRESS REPORTS ALONG THE WAY. I KNOW PEOPLE OFTENTIMES DON'T LIKE REPORT CARDS, BUT -- AND THE CONGRESS IS NOT GOING TO LIKE THIS REPORT CARD. THEY'VE BROKE CONTINUE DOWN INTO SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS -- BROKEN IT DOWN INTO SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS, UNDER SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS THEY SAY CONGRESS HAS DONE NOTHING TO MAKE PERMANENT THE IMPROVEMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE BY INDUSTRY AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. WE'VE GOT TO ENACT THESE INTO LAW BEFORE WE GO FORWARD WITH MORE OFFSHORE DRILLING AND NEW AND -- IN NEW AND PRISTINE AREAS. THEY SAY CONGRESS HAS PROVIDED LITTLE SUPPORT FOR RESPONSE AND CONTAINMENT. IF WE'RE GOING TO EXPAND DRILLING, AND IT CERTAINLY HAS TO BE PART OF OUR ENERGY PORTFOLIO, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO BE ABLE TO RESPOND TO A DISASTER AND YET CONGRESS HAS DONE NOTHING THERE. IT SAYS THAT ALTHOUGH THE ADMINISTRATION HAS PROVIDED INCREASES IN FUNDING TO OVERSIGHT, CONGRESS HAS TAKEN LITTLE ACTION TO ADDRESS THE UNREALISTIC LIMITS ON LIABILITY. WHO IS GOING TO PAY? IT SHOULDN'T BE THE TAXPAYERS THAT PAY FOR THESE DISASTERS. AND RIGHT NOW THEY HAVE NOT ADJUSTED THE OUTRAGEOUS LIABILITY LIMITS THAT THE COMPANIES HAVE. WHAT YOU'RE DOING IS YOU'RE REALLY THUMBING YOUR NOSE, YOU'RE TURNING A BLIND EYE TO THE HARD WORK DONE BY THE COMMISSION, THE COMMISSION THAT PROPOSED TO PROTECT US IF WE'RE GOING TO RELY ON OFFSHORE OIL. AND I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE PART OF OUR PORTFOLIO. SO WHY NOT ADOPT REASONABLE SAFETY STANDARDS? I KNOW SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES SAY, WELL, YOU DON'T LIKE RED TAPE. I DON'T LIKE RED TAPE EITHER. BUT THIS ISN'T RED TAPE. THESE ARE VITAL ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC SAFETY STANDARDS TO ENSURE THAT THE $60 BILLION TOURISM INDUSTRY IN FLORIDA IS MAINTAINED. THOSE ARE HARD WORKING FOLKS, GOOD JOBS BACK HOME. THE HOTELS AND MOTELS, EVEN THOUGH THE OIL WAS COMING OUT OF THE OCEAN 350 MILES AWAY, THEIR BUSINESS FELL OFF. AND ALL WE ASK IS THAT SIMPLE SAFETY STANDARDS BE ADOPTED. MR. MARKEY AND MR. HOLT HAVE PROPOSED SOME OF THOSE AMENDMENTS. THE REPUBLICANS REJECTED OTHER ONES. WE NEED TO ADOPT THESE. OTHERWISE IT'S IRRESPONSIBLE TO PRESS AHEAD WITH EXPANSIVE NEW DEEPWATER DRILLING IN DEEPER AREAS, IN PRISTINE AREAS. THESE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE REASONABLE. AND IF THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS CANNOT TAKE UP REASONABLE SAFETY STANDARDS IN THE WAKE OF ONE OF THE WORST ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTERS IN OUR HISTORY THEN I'D HATE TO SAY WHAT'S AT RISK FOR THIS GREAT COUNTRY.

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  • 01:50:03 PM

    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA, MR. ROSS.

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    MR. ROSS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA. MR.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA. MR. SPEAKER, RECENT ECONOMIC INDICATORS SHOW THAT ANOTHER RECESSION IS A REAL DANGER. CONSUMER CONFIDENCE IS PLUMMETING, BUSINESSES AREN'T HIRING AND RECOVERY CONTINUES TO SLOW. REAL UNEMPLOYMENT IS AT 14.9% AND MILLIONS OF AMERICANS HAVE GIVEN UP HOPE. THE WORLD BANK REPORTS THAT THE U.S. IS NOW 13TH IN THE WORLD WHEN MEASURING THE EASE OF STARTING A NEW BUSINESS. IN 2010 WE WERE RANKED THIRD -- 2007 WE WERE RANKED THIRD. MANUFACTURING SHRANK FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TWO YEARS. ECONOMISTS ARE REVIVING THEIR GROWTH PROJECTIONS DOWNWARD. INFLATION LOOMS ON THE HORIZON AND EUROPE'S SOVEREIGN DEBT CRISIS CONTINUES ON ABATED. SOME OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT LED TO THIS -- UNABATED. SOME OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT LED TO THIS CRISIS ARE OUT OF ANYBODY'S CONTROL BUT MANY OF THESE CIRCUMSTANCES ARE NOT. POLICYMAKERS IN WASHINGTON HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO OUR CONSTITUENTS AND TO THIS COUNTRY TO WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE PROSPER. WE HAVE SUCH AN OPPORTUNITY TODAY. THE RED TAPE REDUCTION AND SMALL BUSINESS JOB CREATION ACT TAKES A BALANCED APPROACH TOWARDS REGULATORY REFORMS THAT ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED IN TODAY'S MARKET. FOR 25 YEARS BEFORE I WAS ELECTED I WAS A SMALL BUSINESSMAN. I STARTED A BUSINESS NOT BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT PROGRAM OR GOVERNMENT LENDING -- IN FACT I COULDN'T EVEN HAVE A BANK TO LOAN ME MONEY, I BORROWED MONEY FROM A FRIEND AND GREW THAT BUSINESS TO 27 EMPLOYEES. AND I DIDN'T DO IT BECAUSE THERE WERE GOOD BRIDGES AND ROADS NEXT DOOR TO ME. I SAW A NEED, I TOOK A RISK AND WORKED HARDER THAN THE NEXT GUY. I ALSO KNEW RULES AND UNDERSTOOD THAT GOVERNMENT WAS THE REFEREE, NOT THE PLAYER. TODAY THE REGULATORY CLIMATE AND NATURE OF MANY GOVERNMENT AGENCIES CREATE UNCERTAINTY. SOME FALSELY CLAIM THAT CERTAINTY HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH OUR CURRENT ECONOMIC CRISIS. MR. SPEAKER, ECONOMICS IS A MUCH A BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE AS ANYTHING. WHEN BUSINESSES DON'T KNOW WHEN THE NEXT REGULATORY HURDLE WILL BE, THEY WON'T INVEST. THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAS DONE A STUDDY OF SMALL BUSINESSES IN FLORIDA. THE RESULTS WERE CLEAR. UNCERTAINTY IS THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE FACING JOB CREATORS AND ENTREPRENEURS. RIGHT NOW THERE IS A -- THERE ARE PROJECTS WAITING ON THE SIDELINE THAT WILL EMPLOY SOME 1.9 MILLION JOBS ANNUALLY IN THIS COUNTRY. TALK ABOUT A SHOT IN THE ARM TO THE ECONOMY. THE ONLY THING CERTAIN ABOUT THIS PRESIDENT HAS BEEN THE UNCERTAINTY THAT HE HAS PROVIDED IN THE REGULATORY REFORM AND TAX REFORM FOR SMALL BILLS. TAKE MY HOME STATE OF FLORIDA, FOR EXAMPLE. ACCORDING TO THE RESEARCH BY THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THERE'S POTENTIAL FOR 121,000 JOBS THERE IF WE HAVE REGULATORY CERTAINTY. AND THE FIRST YEAR OF OPERATIONS, BUSINESSES COULD GENERATE OVER $2 BILLION IN EMPLOYMENT EARNINGS. THIS BILL IS NOT ABOUT GENERATING PROFITS FOR FAT CATS AND BIG OIL. BUT HOW DO I KNOW? BECAUSE I'VE SEEN A A PROJECT IN MY AREA COME TO A HALT BECAUSE OF A LITIGIOUS ACTIVIST GROUP. 200 BLUE COLLAR JOBS, SECRETARIES AND MACHINISTS AND MORE. SEVEN YEARS OF PERMITS AND REVIEW, ONLY TO HAVE A LAWSUIT ONE MONTH LATER. REQUEST 30 ADDITIONAL SECONDS.

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  • 01:53:25 PM

    MS. FOXX

    YIELD 30 ADDITIONAL SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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    MR. ROSS

    YOU. ONLY TO HAVE A LAWSUIT KILL THE DREAMS OF A BETTER LIFE FOR MY…

    YOU. ONLY TO HAVE A LAWSUIT KILL THE DREAMS OF A BETTER LIFE FOR MY NEIGHBORS. MR. SPEAKER, ONE THING I KNOW IS THAT GOVERNMENT BEFORE IT GIVES TO SOMEONE MUST TAKE FROM SOMEONE ELSE. THIS LEGISLATION PRESENTS SOLUTIONS THAT ARE SENSIBLE AND IMMEDIATELY EFFECTIVE. MY NEIGHBORS ARE TIRED OF THE REGULATORY BURDEN. I'M TIRED OF THE REGULATORY BURDEN. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:53:59 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD SAY TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE…

    YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD SAY TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA, WHEN HE SPEAKS ABOUT 10,000 JOBS THAT MAY HAVE BEEN CREATED, GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT CATEGORICALLY REJECTED MONEY FOR LIGHT RAIL BETWEEN THE I-4 CORRIDOR OF ORLANDO AND TAMPA THAT WOULD HAVE DEFINITELY PRODUCED 18,000 JOBS. CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. YOU CAN'T ONE MINUTE SAY THAT YOU DON'T WANT SOMETHING AND THEN THE NEXT MINUTE SAY THAT SOME FICTIONAL NUMBER IS GOING TO TAKE PLACE THAT'S A MAGIC BULLET. WE WORKED HARD TO GET THAT MONEY APPROPRIATED AND THE LAST STATEMENT THAT HE MADE WAS THAT YOU CAN'T GIVE SOMETHING UNLESS YOU GET SOMETHING. WELL, THEY GOT FROM FLORIDA AND THAT MONEY WENT TO THE EAST COAST CORRIDOR, TO CALIFORNIA, TO ILLINOIS AND I'M NOT CERTAIN ABOUT WHETHER ANY OF IT WENT TO KENTUCKY, BUT I'M SURE THAT THE NEXT SPEAKER WOULD BE PREPARED TO ADDRESS THAT. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. YARMUTH.

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    MR. YARMUTH

    I THANK MY FRIEND THERE FROM FLORIDA. AND, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN…

    I THANK MY FRIEND THERE FROM FLORIDA. AND, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE WHICH IF ENACTED WILL BLOCK UNITED STATES' SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS FROM GETTING THE BEST CARE AND SERVICES WE CAN OFFER. IN THE RULES COMMITTEE I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT TO EXEMPT FROM THE PROPOSED MORATORIUM ANY REGULATION THAT IS RELATED TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE UNITED STATES SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS. I DID SO BECAUSE I BELIEVE, AS I'M CERTAIN ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES DO, THAT SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS ARE BEST SERVED WHEN THE AGENCIES THAT SERVE THEM CAN PROVIDE CRITICAL TREATMENT AND ASSISTANCE IN A TIMELY AND RESPONSIVE MANNER. DOING SO OFTEN REQUIRES WRITING NEW RULES AND REGULATIONS. WE SHOULD NOT, FOR EXAMPLE, BLOCK A NEW REGULATION THAT ALLOWS THE V.A. TO PROVIDE MEDICAL OR OTHER BENEFITS TO CAREGIVERS OF VETERANS AND SERVICE MEMBERS. IN EXCHANGE FOR A NEW TALKING POINT ABOUT THE ECONOMY. MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE AGREED. MY AMENDMENT WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. AND YET INEXPLICABLY REPUBLICANS ARE BLOCKING IT FROM A FULL VOTE. SUDDENLY THEY'RE READY TO LET OUR COMMITMENTS TO OUR HEROES LAPTS AND FOR WHAT? -- LAPSE AND FOR WHAT? A NEW TALKING POINT? OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS MORE THAN ONE MILLION VETERANS WILL RETURN HOME FROM WAR. PART OF OUR COMMITMENT TO THEM MUST BE TO ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE THE BEST SERVICES AVAILABLE, WHETHER THAT'S IN HEALTH CARE, JOB TRAINING OR EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS. MR. SPEAKER, MOST LEGISLATION HAS UNANTICIPATED CONSEQUENCES. THIS LEGISLATION HAS A CONSEQUENCE THAT IS EASILY ANTICIPATED AND THAT IS THAT WE WILL BE TYING THE HANDS OF THE AGENCIES THAT SERVE OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE ARMED SERVICES. I ASK ANY ONE OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES FROM THE RULES COMMITTEE TO EXPLAIN WHY THIS AMENDMENT WASN'T MADE IN ORDER AND WHY THIS RULE IS NOT -- IS SENDING A MESSAGE TO OUR MILITARY AND VETERANS THAT THEY AREN'T ENTITLED TO THE BEST WE HAVE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS RULE AND THE BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:57:13 PM

    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AS I OFTEN DO WHEN I'M HANDLING A RULE, I HAVE TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AS I OFTEN DO WHEN I'M HANDLING A RULE, I HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PUBLIC UNDERSTANDS THE FACTS . IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE AMENDMENT THAT THE GENTLEMAN SPOKE OF THAT WAS ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE AND THEN PRESENTED IN THE WAY THAT IT WAS PRESENTED FOR THIS BILL WAS NOT GERMANE. AND I NEED TO POINT OUT TO THE PUBLIC THAT IT IS NOT THE MAJORITY, IT WASN'T THE REPUBLICANS WHO DECIDED THE AMENDMENT WASN'T INJURY MANY -- GERMANE, IT'S OUR PARLIAMENTARIANS WHO ARE NONPARTISAN. I'D NOW LIKE TO YIELD 3 1/2 MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, REPRESENTATIVE CANSECO.

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    MR. CANSECO

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA. I RISE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RULE FOR H.R. 4078. THE REGULATORY FREEZE FOR JOBS ACT IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL ENSURE THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT STAND IN THE WAY OF AMERICA'S JOB CREATORS. I HAVE THE HONOR OF REPRESENTING A DISTRICT THAT REACHES FROM SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, TO EL PASO, TEXAS. INCLUDING NEARLY 800 MILES OF U.S.-MEXICO BOARD. -- BORDER. SO WHEN I HEAD HOME FOR A WORK PERIOD, MY DAYS ARE SPENT ON THE ROAD MEETING WITH DIVERSE GROUPS OF SMALL BUSINESSMEN, ENTREPRENEURS, COMMUNITY BANKERS, FARMERS, ENERGY PRODUCERS, TEACHERS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY AGENTS. THE -- AGENTS. THE MOST COMMON THEME THAT I HEAR FROM MY CONSTITUENTS, WHERE THEY ARE DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN, CONSERVATIVES OR LIBERALS, TO THE LEFT OR TO THE RIGHT, IS THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS INTRUSIVE AND STANDING IN THE WAY OF JOB CREATION BY ISSUING JOB-KILLING REGULATIONS. ONE CONSTITUENT EVEN SENT A LETTER TO MY OFFICE ON HOW REGULATIONS AND HIGH ENERGY COSTS ARE IMPACTING HIS FAMILY AND HE WRITES, OUR FAMILY IS ON A FIXED INCOME. IT HAS BECOME A HARDSHIP TO BUY GASOLINE. NOW WITH THE COAL MINES BEING SHUT DOWN OUR ELECTRIC BILLS ARE GOING TO GO THROUGH THE ROOF. I GUESS THE WIFE AND I WILL HAVE TO GET A BLOCK OF ICE AND A BOX OF -- A BOX FAN TO STAY COOL THIS SUMMER. SINCE PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK OFFICE WE HAVE SEEN A 52% INCREASE IN REGULATIONS DEEMED ECONOMICALLY SIGNIFICANT WHICH MEANS A REGULATION COSTS THE ECONOMY AT LEAST $100 MILLION ANNUALLY. AND ACCORDING TO A SEPTEMBER, 2010, REPORT FROM THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, TOTAL REGULATORY COST AMOUNTS TO $1.75 TRILLION ANNUALLY. ENOUGH MONEY FOR BUSINESSES TO PROVIDE $35 MILLION PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS -- 35 MILLION PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS WITH AN AVERAGE SALARY OF $50,000. IN THE MIDST OF AN ECONOMIC DOWNTURN IN WHICH THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HAS BEEN ABOVE 8% FOR 41 CONSECUTIVE MONTHS, 35 MILLION PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS IS A VERY SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF JOBS. THE LEGISLATION WE BEGIN TO CONSIDER TODAY IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION TO PROVIDE CERTAINTY TO OUR NATION'S JOB CREATORS SO THEY CAN START HIRING AGAIN AND GET OUR ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK. . IT IS AMAZING THIS YEAR ALONE THE FEDERAL REGISTER, WHERE RULES AND REGULATIONS ARE PUBLISHED FOR THE PUBLIC TO VIEW, HAS SEEN MORE THAN 41,000 PAGES ALONE DEVOTED TO THIS REGULATORY EXPLOSION. THESE REGULATIONS WOULD COST $56 BILLION AND RESULT IN PAPERWORK BURDEN THAT WOULD TAKE 14 MILLION HOURS TO COMPLETE, AND -- 114 MILLION HOURS TO COMPLETE, THAT'S WORKING 1 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK FOR 1 YEARS. IMAGINE IF THERE WERE 114 MILLION PAPERWORK HOURS WERE SPENT ON BUILDING ROADS, ISSUING LOANS, EXPANDING SMALL BUSINESSES, AND SELLING PRODUCTS INSTEAD OF PUSHING PAPERWORK ACROSS THE DESK TO PLEASE A GOVERNMENT REGULATOR. FROM REGULATING FARM DUST, STOCK TANKS, AND STREAMS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY, KEEPING YOUNG PEOPLE OFF THE FARM, AND IMPOSING THE MOST EXPENSIVE RULES EVER ON THE ENERGY SECTOR, NOTHING IS OFF LIMITS FOR THE OUT-OF-CONTROL REGULATORS IN THIS ADMINISTRATION. THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS HAD SOME SUCCESS IN REINING IN JOB KILLING REGULATIONS. RIGHT NOW IT'S STILL A GOOD TIME TO GO TO WORK FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AS A REGULATOR IN WASHINGTON, D.C., BECAUSE IT'S HIRING. IF WE WANT MORE JOBS ON MAIN STREET, WE NEED LESS RED TAPE FROM BUREAUCRATS AND OTHER REGULATORS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WOULD YOU BE SO KIND AS TO…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WOULD YOU BE SO KIND AS TO TELL BOTH SIDES HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS?

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    MR. HASTINGS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND MR. COURTNEY…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND MR. COURTNEY WHOSE STATE DID BENEFIT FROM THAT MONEY THAT WAS TO GO TO FLORIDA AS APPROPRIATED.

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    MR. COURTNEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE IN FAVOR OF THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE IN FAVOR OF THE SO-CALLED REGULATORY FREEZE BILL WHICH WILL ACT AS A CHAIN SAW. GOING THROUGH PARTS OF THE GOVERNMENT THAT HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH SMALL BUSINESS OR SMALL BUSINESS JOB CREATION, AND I SAY THAT AS A FORMER SMALL EMPLOYER. ONE OF THE REGULATES -- REGULATIONS WHICH WILL BE BUTCHERED IS THE INCOME-BASED REPAYMENT PROGRAM WHICH THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IS NOW IN THE MIDDLE OF FASHIONING WHICH WILL PROVIDE LOW PAYMENT RELIEF FOR PEOPLE PAYING TITLE 4 STUDENT LOANS. FOR A TEACHER MAKING $25,000 A YEAR WITH MAYBE ABOUT $20,000 A YEAR IN STUDENT LOAN DEBT, THAT PROGRAM WILL REDUCE MONTHLY PAYMENTS BY $100 A MONTH. THAT IS REAL HELP FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE CONTRIBUTING TO THE U.S. ECONOMY. ALLOWING THAT REGULATION TO GO FORWARD WILL NOT HURT THE U.S. ECONOMY. IN FACT, IT WILL PROVIDE MORE BASIS FOR THAT FUTURE TO GO OUT AND SUR -- TEACHER TO GO OUT AND SURVIVE AND SPEND NEW MONEY ON NEW HOUSING, CAR LOANS, ETC. YET THIS BILL IN THE NAME OF JOB CREATION WILL KNOCK DOWN THE INCOME BASED REPAYMENT PROGRAM -- COULD I HAVE 30 SECONDS?

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    MR. COURTNEY

    THE INCOME BASED REPAYMENT PROGRAM TRYING TO PROVIDE STUDENT LOAN RELIEF…

    THE INCOME BASED REPAYMENT PROGRAM TRYING TO PROVIDE STUDENT LOAN RELIEF AT A TIME WHEN STUDENT LOAN DEBT IN THIS COUNTRY NOW EXCEEDS $1 TRILLION. HIGHER THAN CREDIT CARD DEBT. HIGHER THAN CAR LOAN DEBT. IT IS A COMMONSENSE PROGRAM FULLY PAID FOR. THE STUDENT AID AND FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY ACT SIGNED INTO LAW IN 2010 OFFSET EVERY NICKEL OF COST IN THE INCOME-BASED REPAYMENT PROGRAM. YET HERE WE ARE DEBATING A BILL AT A TIME OF CRISIS FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES BECAUSE OF STUDENT LOAN DEBT DENYING THEM NEEDED RELIEF WHICH WILL HELP THE U.S. ECONOMY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. FOXX

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

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    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE RULE BEFORE US TODAY PROVIDES FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE RULE BEFORE US TODAY PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF MY BILL, H.R. 373, THE UNFUNDED MANDATES INFORMATION AND TRANSPARENCY ACT, AS I MENTIONED BEFORE. WHILE WORKING ON THIS LEGISLATION OVER THE YEARS, I HAVE COME TO APPRECIATE THAT THE SUBJECT MATTER IS NOT ONE OF THE MOST THRILLING EVER TO BE CONSIDERED BY THIS HOUSE. IN FACT I'M CONFIDENT THAT READING A SUMMARY OF MY BILL WOULD PROVIDE AN EFFECTIVE REMEDY FOR EVEN THE MOST STUBBORN CASE OF INSOMNIA. SOME HAVE COMPARED OBSERVING THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS WITH THAT OF MAKING SAUSAGE. ADMITTEDLY IN THE CASE OF MY BILL, IT MORE CLOSELY RESEMBLES WATCHING PAINT DRY. NOR DO I EXPECT MANY IN THE MEDIA WILL SELL MANY ADVERTISEMENTS DISSECTING LEGISLATION ENTITLED THE UNFUNDED MANDATES INFORMATION AND TRANSPARENCY ACT. HOWEVER THIS CERTAINLY DOES NOT DIMINISH THE MEANING OR VALUE OF THIS IMPORTANT WORK. BY COLLABORATING WITH THE HOUSE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE, WE HAVE WORKED TO CREATE A COMPREHENSIVE LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE THAT PROMOTES THE PRINCIPLES OF GOOD GOVERNMENT, ACCOUNTABILITY, AND TRANSPARENCY THAT MY CONSTITUENTS SENT ME TO CONGRESS TO REPRESENT. THESE PRINCIPLES HAVE BEEN A TOP PRIORITY OF MINE THROUGHOUT MY LEGISLATIVE CAREER STARTING IN THE NORTH CAROLINA STATE SENATE. VERY SIMPLY H.R. 373 ADVANCES THESE PRIORITIES BY DRAWING UPON BIPARTISAN INITIATIVES TO EXPAND ACCESS TO INFORMATION. THE LEGISLATIVE TEXT ITSELF IDENTIFIES THE STATED PURPOSE OF H.R. 373, IT'S IMPROVING, QUOTE, THE QUALITY OF THE DELIBERATIONS OF CONGRESS WITH RESPECT TO PROPOSED FEDERAL MANDATES BY PROVIDING CONGRESS AND THE PUBLIC WITH MORE COMPLETE INFORMATION ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF SUCH MANDATES. ENSURING THAT CONGRESS ACTS ON SUCH MANDATES ONLY AFTER FOCUSED DELIBERATION ON THEIR EFFECT WHILE ENHANCING THE ABILITY OF CONGRESS AND THE PUBLIC TO IDENTIFY FEDERAL MANDATES THAT MAY IMPOSE UNDUE HARM ON CONSUMERS, WORKERS, EMPLOYERS, SMALL BUSINESSES, AND STATE, LOCAL, AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS. BUT IT DOES SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. THE STRENGTH OF THE BILL IS THAT IT SERVES TO INFORM MORE FULLY DECISIONMAKERS ENGAGED IN THE POLICYMAKING PROCESS WHILE LETTING EFFECTIVE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND THOSE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR WHO MUST PUT WASHINGTON DICTATES INTO PRACTICE KNOW WHAT'S COMING AND BETTER PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCESS. MANY PROVISIONS OF THE BILL SIMPLY CODIFY, CLARIFY, AND STREAMLINE EXISTING PRACTICE. OTHERS ENHANCE THE PURPOSE OF ARMOR BY APPLYING ITS DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS TO MORE CIRCUMSTANCES WHILE INITIATING MORE COMPLETE DETAILS USEFUL AND ACCURATE COST ESTIMATES TO EXPOSE OTHERWISE HIDDEN COSTS. YET OTHERS STILL PROTECT LEGISLATIVE INTENT BY CLOSING LOOPHOLES IN CURRENT LAW, ALLOWING ENTERPRISING RULE MAKERS TO CIRCUMVENT DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS WHEN IMPOSING COSTLY MANDATES. ALL OF THESE PROVISIONS ARE HARMONIZED IN A WAY THAT PROVIDES SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE WHICH UNFORTUNATELY IS A RARE LEGISLATIVE VIRTUE. YET UNDERSCORES THE UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY MEMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES HAVE TO VOTE FOR A MODEST YET EFFECTIVE LEGISLATIVE SOLUTION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I WOULD ADVISE THE GENTLELADY THAT I'M GOING TO BE THE LAST SPEAKER AND…

    I WOULD ADVISE THE GENTLELADY THAT I'M GOING TO BE THE LAST SPEAKER AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    MS. FOXX

    THAT WILL BE FINE WITH ME, MR. SPEAKER. IF THE GENTLEMAN IS PREPARED TO…

    THAT WILL BE FINE WITH ME, MR. SPEAKER. IF THE GENTLEMAN IS PREPARED TO CLOSE, I WILL HAVE SOME MORE COMMENTS TO MAKE AND THEN I CAN CLOSE.

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  • 02:08:06 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, IF WE COULD GO BACK TO THE DAYS WHEN GOVERNMENT WAS HELPLESS…

    MR. SPEAKER, IF WE COULD GO BACK TO THE DAYS WHEN GOVERNMENT WAS HELPLESS AGAINST THE ROBBER BARONS WHO ABUSED OUR PUBLIC RESOURCES, WE COULD GO BACK TO THE DAYS WHEN CITIZENS HAD NO RECOURSE AGAINST CORPORATIONS WHO VALUED PROFIT ABOVE INDIVIDUAL HEALTH AND SAFETY. AND WE COULD GO BACK TO THE DAYS WHEN UN-ELECTED OLLIE GOOD MORNING, EVERYBODIES DROVE THIS NATION'S DESTINY RATHER THAN DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED GOVERNMENT REPRESENTING THE OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. PROHIBITING FEDERAL AGENCIES FROM CARRYING OUT NECESSARY AND ESSENTIAL PUBLIC PROTECTION WILL NOT CREATE NEW JOBS. IT WILL NOT BOOST OUR ECONOMY. IT WILL NOT PROTECT THE MOST VULNERABLE AND DISADVANTAGED AMERICAN IN A TIME OF EXTRAORDINARY UNCERTAINTY. DRILLING FOR OIL EVERYWHERE AND ANYWHERE IS NOT A SOLUTION. IT WON'T EVEN PROVIDE MUCH BENEFIT UNLESS YOU CONSIDER FURTHER ENRICHING OIL EXECUTIVES TO BE A BENEFIT FOR MILLIONS OF STRUGGLING AMERICANS. WHAT AMERICANS NEED IS GOVERNMENT THAT IS WILLING TO INVEST IN ITS CITIZENS. MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THIS RULE TO MAKE IN ORDER AN AMENDMENT WHICH PROPOSES THAT CONGRESS WILL NOT ADJOURN UNTIL THE PRESIDENT SIGNS MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUTS INTO LAW. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXTEND THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUTS FOR 98% OF AMERICANS WHO MAKE LESS THAN $450,000. THIS SHOULD NOT BE A PARTISAN FIGHT. THIS IS WHAT WE WERE ELECTED TO DO. WE SHOULD NOT ADJOURN INTO AUGUST RECESS WHILE AMERICAN FAMILIES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY ARE TRYING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT CONGRESS ACT ON BEHALF OF FAMILIES ACROSS THIS NATION AND BRING THEM THE CERTAINTY AND SECURITY THAT THEIR TAXES WILL NOT GO UP IN SIX MONTHS. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES HERE, BUT I HAVE HAD THE MISFORTUNE OF HAVING BEEN INVOLVED IN LAME DUCK SESSIONS, AND THE ONE THAT IS COMING UP WHERE WE ARE ABOUT TO GO OFF THE CLIFF IS GOING TO BE BOOINGLED FOR NEWCOMERS IN THIS INSTITUTION WHO DO NOT UNDERSTAND IT SEEMS TO BE A METHODOLOGY TO WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE BEFORE WE DO SOMETHING. WE CAN DO IT IN AUGUST. WE CAN GIVE 98% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CERTAINTY ABOUT THEIR TAXES AND BE ASSURED IF THEY MAKE LESS THAN $250,000, THAT THEIR TAXES WILL NOT GO UP IN DECEMBER OR THAT THEIR TAXES WILL NOT BE LEVERAGED SO WE CAN AVOID SEEING TO IT THAT THE BUSH TAX CUTS ON THE 2% OF AMERICANS THAT ARE EVEN CONCERNED ABOUT THE LITTLE BIT OF MONEY THAT EACH ONE OF THEM WOULD HAVE TO PROVIDE IN ORDER FOR US TO ENSURE SAFETY FOR CHILDREN, EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN, SAFETY FOR OLD PEOPLE, AND UNDERSTANDING THAT THE MIDDLE CLASS HAS THIS GREAT NEED. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO AND DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. I URGE A…

    I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO AND DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE RULE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE VARIOUS ELEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE REFORM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE VARIOUS ELEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE REFORM CONTAINED IN TITLE 4 OF THE UNDERLYING BILL CAN BE OVERWHELMING, WHICH IS WHY IT MAY BE HELPFUL TO ELABORATE ON THE PURPOSE OF SOME OF THE MOST PROMINENT INDIVIDUAL PROVISIONS WITHIN THE PACKAGE. IN THAT LIGHT IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THE OPPRESSIVE NATURE AND FULL SCOPE OF THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH COMPLYING WITH FEDERAL MANDATES. AS A FORMER SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, I EXPERIENCED A MYRIAD OF COSTLY, OVERLY BURDENSOME FEDERAL MANDATES AND HEAR FROM MY CONSTITUENTS EVERY DAY ABOUT THE CHALLENGES THAT THEY FACE IN DEALING WITH THEM. IN MY POSITION AS CHAIRWOMAN OF THE HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HIGHER EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE TRAINING, I HAVE BECOME FAMILIAR WITH AN EXAMPLE OF A RIDICULOUS RULE THAT WILL UNNECESSARILY COMPLICATE STUDENT ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION. AS WE ALL KNOW IN RECENT MONTHS STUDENTS AND FAMILIES HAVE URGED CONGRESS TO ACT TO STEM THE EVER INCREASING COST OF HIGHER EDUCATION. IN RESPONSE, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS OFFERED SEVERAL PROPOSALS CLAIMING TO REDUCE STUDENT LOAN DEBT AND RAIN -- REIGN IN UE CONTIGUOUS -- REIN IN TUITION. IN RESPONSE HIGHER EDUCATION OFFICIALS ARE CRYING FOUL OVER A 2010 DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RULE ESTABLISHING A FEDERAL DEFINITION OF A CREDIT HOUR. HIGHER EDUCATION PERSONNEL BELIEVE THIS REGULATION WILL RESTRICT INNOVATION, LIMIT FLEXIBILITY, AND PAVE THE WAY FOR ADDITIONAL FEDERAL OVERREACH IN THE HIGHER EDUCATION. AS WE HAVE SEEN MANY TIMES BEFORE, ONEROUS FEDERAL REGULATIONS ALWAYS COME WITH A PRICE, WHICH IN THIS CASE IS PAID BY STUDENTS OR THEIR PARENTS. IT'S TIME TO TAKE A COMPREHENSIVE VIEW OF THE PROBLEMS FACING OUR NATION HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM AND ELIMINATE BURDENSOME FEDERAL REGULATIONS THAT PILE UNNECESSARY COSTS ON INSTITUTIONS AND STUDENTS. RATHER THAN GETTING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FURTHER ENTRENCHED IN HIGHER EDUCATION, WE SHOULD BE WORKING TOGETHER TO REMOVE COSTLY MANDATES THAT A PILE UNNECESSARY FINANCIAL BURDENSES ON COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD A STATEMENT FROM THE 2012 EDITION OF "10,000 COMMANDMENTS" ISSUED BY THE COMPETITIVE ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE RELATIVE TO THE EXPLOSIVE GROWTH OF REGULATIONS BY FEDERAL AGENCIES IN THE PAST TWO YEARS.

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    MS. FOXX

    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN I WANT TO SAY THAT REPUBLICANS, CONTRARY…

    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN I WANT TO SAY THAT REPUBLICANS, CONTRARY TO WHAT OUR COLLEAGUES HAVE SAID ACROSS THE AISLE, ARE NOT OPPOSED TO ALL REGULATIONS AND RULES. WE ARE NOT OPPOSED TO GOVERNMENT. WE UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE TO HAVE GOVERNMENT IN ORDER TO HAVE A CIVIL SOCIETY. WE UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE TO HAVE REGULATIONS TO PROTECT US IN SOME CASES FROM EACH OTHER AND TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE AN ORDERLY SOCIETY. . WE LIVE IN THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, MR. SPEAKER, AND WE GOT HERE NOT BECAUSE OF THE GOVERNMENT, BUT WE GOT HERE BECAUSE OF THE HARD WORKING AMERICANS WHO HAVE GOOD VALUES, WHO LOVE THIS COUNTRY AND WANT TO SEE IT CONTINUE TO THRIVE. WE CAN COUNT ON THOSE HARD WORKING AMERICANS TO DO THE RIGHT THINGS IN ALMOST EVERY CASE. WHAT REPUBLICANS WANT ARE COMMONSENSE REGULATIONS AND WE WANT TO STOP THE FLOOD OF REGULATIONS THAT HAVE COME PARTICULARLY FROM THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THE MATERIALS THAT I HAVE SUBMITTED TO THE RECORD, MR. SPEAKER, WILL DOCUMENT THE UNNECESSARY RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT HAVE COME, PARTICULARLY IN THIS ADMINISTRATION. WE'VE HEARD TODAY MANY REASONS FOR CONGRESS AND THE -- AND PRESIDENT OBAMA TO PURSUE FEDERAL REGULATORY REFORM AS A COST-FREEWAY IN WHICH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN PROMOTE ECONOMIC GROWTH. WE HAVE THE WORST DEFICIT, THE WORST DEBT WE'VE EVER HAD IN THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE AN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE THAT IS STIFLING ECONOMIC GROWTH . WHAT WE'RE PROPOSING HERE TODAY WILL HELP OUR ECONOMY, WILL HELP REVIVE OUR ECONOMY, AND WILL BRING JOBS TO THIS COUNTRY. THIS LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE, WITH THE PASSAGE OF THIS RULE, REPRESENTS A VARIETY OF WAYS WE CAN MOVE TOWARD THESE ENDS. AS AMERICANS LOOK TO CONGRESS FOR INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO SPUR PRIVATE SECTOR JOB GROWTH, I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN ASK THE YEAS AND NAYS?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES HOW IT'S IN RECESS FOR A PERIOD OF LESS THAN 15 MINUTES.

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    VOTES. VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. ORDERING THE PREVIOUS…

    VOTES. VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 738, AND ADOPTING HOUSE RESOLUTION 738, IF ORDERED. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. THE REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON ORDERING PREAST QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 738 -- PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 738 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED.

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    THE CLERK

    CALENDAR NUMBER 151. HOUSE RESOLUTION 738. RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

    CALENDAR NUMBER 151. HOUSE RESOLUTION 738. RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 4078, TO PROVIDE THAT NO AGENCY MAY TAKE ANY SIGNATURE REGULATORY ACTION UNTIL THE UP EMPLOYMENT RATE IS EQUAL TO OR LESS THAN 6.0%, AND PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 6082, TO OFFICIALLY REPLACE WITHIN THE 60-DAY CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW PERIOD UNDER THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF LANDS ACT, PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PROPOSED FINAL OUTER CON-- CONTINENTAL OIL SHELF 2012, WITH A PLAN THAT WILL CONDUCT ADDITIONAL OIL AND NATURAL GAS RESALES TO PROVIDE OFFSHORE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT, AND INCREASE NECESSARYIC ENERGY PRODUCTION TO ENSURE A MORE SECURE ENERGY FUTURE IN THE UNITED STATES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS 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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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 2378, THE NAYS ARE 17 -- 238, THE NAYS ARE 177.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 2378, THE NAYS ARE 17 -- 238, THE NAYS ARE 177. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    IF I COULD ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. PERLMUTTER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I STAND HERE WITH A LOT OF SADNESS WITH MY FRIENDS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I STAND HERE WITH A LOT OF SADNESS WITH MY FRIENDS FROM THE COLORADO DELEGATION. WE'RE PRETTY -- WE'RE DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, A PRETTY TIGHT KNIT GROUP. WE HAD A TERRIBLE INCIDENT IN AURORA, COLORADO, FRIDAY. YOU ARE WELL AWARE OF IT. 12 PEOPLE WERE KILLED. 58 WERE WOUNDED. AND IT IS WITH SADNESS AND GRIEF THAT WE COME BEFORE YOU TODAY. AS OUR GOVERNOR SAID AT THE VILLINGLE -- VIGIL ON SUNDAY NIGHT, WE WILL REMEMBER THESE 12 AND THOSE WHO WERE SHOT. BUT THERE WAS A SILVER LINING IN THIS VERY, VERY DARK MOMENT IN THE HISTORY OF COLORADO. AND WE SAW BRAVERY AND SELFLESSNESS AND HEROISM AMONG THE PEOPLE THAT WERE IN THAT THEATER THAT NIGHT AND ANY ONE OF US CAN TELL YOU STORIES OF HOW PEOPLE, TO COMPLETE STRANGERS, WERE WILLING TO GIVE UP THEIR OWN LIVES TO SAVE THE LIFE OF THE STRANGER NEXT TO THEM. AND, YOU KNOW, IN TIMES WHEN IT IS DIFFICULT LIKE THAT, YOU WANT TO FIND BRIGHT SPOTS AND THERE WERE MANY. ANOTHER BRIGHT SPOT WAS THE COURAGE DEMONSTRATED BY THE AURORA POLICE AND THE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE F.B.I. AND THE A.T.F. IN THE FACE OF WHAT WAS A MONSTROUS ACTION BY THIS GUY. IN COLORADO WE CONSIDER OURSELVES TO BE PRETTY TOUGH. AURORAANS, THE WAY WE WERE -- WHERE THIS ACT TOOK PLACE, PRETTY TOUGH. IT HURTS. WE ALL HURT. BUT WE'RE RESILIENT AND WE WILL GET THROUGH IT AND THE STORIES THAT SOME OF THOSE WHO ARE INJURED ARE SHARING ACTUALLY REALLY DO LIGHTEN THE DAY. AND KNOW ANY ONE OF US WOULD BE HAPPY TO TALK TO YOU ALL ABOUT THAT. BUT THERE HAS BEEN A TREMENDOUS OUTPOURING OF SYMPATHY AND CONDOLENCES AND COMPASSION FROM ALL OF YOU. AND I KNOW I SPEAK ON BEHALF OF OUR ENTIRE DELEGATION TO THANK YOU FOR THINKING ABOUT US AND WHERE WE LIVE IN OUR COMMUNITY, BECAUSE WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER AND WE JUST THANK YOU VERY MUCH. SO I ASK THAT ALL OF YOU STAND WITH ME AND OUR DELEGATION IN A MOMENT OF SILENCE TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF THOSE THAT WERE KILLED , THE WOUNDED VICTIMS AND ALL AMERICANS DURING THIS TIME OF HEALING AND AS I SAID ONCE BEFORE, AND AS OUR GOVERNOR SAID, WE WILL REMEMBER THESE PEOPLE WHO WERE HURT AND WE WILL HELP THEM ALL ALONG THE WAY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE QUESTION IS ON…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 03:01:19 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 244. THE NAYS ARE 170. THE RESOLUTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 244. THE NAYS ARE 170. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. OR ON WHICH THE VOTE INCURS OBJECTION UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. RECORD VOTES ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS WILL BE TAKEN LATER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WOULD MEMBERS CLEAR THE AISLES, CLEAR THE WELL, TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR SO THAT THE HOUSE CAN BE IN ORDER?

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  • 03:09:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? MR.

  • 03:09:56 PM

    MR. ISSA

    I ASK THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 459 AS AMENDED.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 441, H.R. 459, A BILL TO REQUIRE A FULL AUDIT OF THE…

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 441, H.R. 459, A BILL TO REQUIRE A FULL AUDIT OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM AND THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANKS BY THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES BEFORE THE END OF 2012, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    MR. HOYER

    MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. ONCE AGAIN, WILL MEMBERS CLEAR THE AISLES AND…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. ONCE AGAIN, WILL MEMBERS CLEAR THE AISLES AND THE WELL? PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ISSA, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. CUMMINGS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. ISSA

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ISSA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. H.R. 459, THE FEDERAL RESERVE TRANSPARENCY ACT,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. H.R. 459, THE FEDERAL RESERVE TRANSPARENCY ACT, DIRECTS THE G.A.O. TO CONDUCT A FULL AUDIT OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE. THE DODD-FRANK LEGISLATION MANDATED THE G.A.O. AUDIT OF THE FED, BUT THAT AUDIT ISSUED BY THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE IN JULY OF 2011, FOCUSED SOLELY ON THE ISSUES CONCERNING EMERGENCY CREDIT FACILITY. G.A.O. REMAINS RESTRICTED UNDER CURRENT LAW FROM CONDUCTING A BROADER AUDIT OF THE FED THAT INCLUDES, FOR INSTANCE, A REVIEW OF THE FED'S MONETARY POLICY OPERATIONS AND ITS AGREEMENTS WITH FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS AND CENTRAL BANKS. THE BILL REMEDIES THIS STATUTORY PERMITTING G.A.O. -- PERMITTING G.A.O. THE INVESTIGATIVE ARM OF CONGRESS TO CONDUCT A NONPARTISAN AUDIT THAT WILL REVIEW ALL OF THESE TRANSACTIONS. THE FINDINGS OF THE AUDIT ARE TO BE REPORTED TO CONGRESS. IN PARTICULAR, IT IS APPROPRIATE THAT WE CONSIDER THIS LEGISLATION AT THIS TIME. WHILE CONGRESS SHOULD NOT MANAGE OR MICROMANAGE DETAILS OF MONETARY POLICY, IT NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO CONDUCT OVERSIGHT OF THE FED. THE FED WAS CREATED BY CONGRESS TO BE THE CENTRAL BANK, INDEPENDENT OF THE INFLUENCE OF THE U.S. TREASURY. IT HAS NEVER AND WAS NEVER INTENDED TO IN FACT BE INDEPENDENT OF CONGRESS OR INDEPENDENT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IN RECENT YEARS THE FED'S EXTRAORDINARY INTERVENTIONS INTO THE ECONOMY'S FISCAL MARKET HAS LED SOME TO CALL INTO QUESTION ITS INDEPENDENCE. WE DO NOT ASK FOR AN AUDIT FOR THAT REASON. WE ASK FOR AN AUDIT BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ULTIMATELY MUST BE ABLE TO HOLD THE FED ACCOUNTABLE AND TO DO SO THEY MUST KNOW AT LEAST IN RETROSPECT WHAT THE FED HAS DONE OVER THESE MANY YEARS THAT IT HAS BEEN WITHOUT AN AUDIT. THAT IS WHY I SUPPORT H.R. 459, A BIPARTISAN BILL WITH MINE AND 273 OTHER CO-SPONSORS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED NOT…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED NOT TO TRAFFIC THE WELL WHILE ANOTHER MEMBER IS UNDER RECOGNITION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER, TWO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER, TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. HOYER

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING.

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    MR. HOYER

    MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL TALK ABOUT AUDITING THE FEDERAL…

    MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL TALK ABOUT AUDITING THE FEDERAL RESERVE, THEY DON'T MEAN A TRADITIONAL AUDIT. AN OUTSIDE INDEPENDENT ACCOUNTING FIRM ALREADY AUDITS THE FEDERAL RESERVE'S ANNUAL STATEMENTS AND G.A.O. IS ALREADY EMPOWERED TO REVIEW THE ANNUAL STATEMENTS AND A BROAD RANGE OF ITS FUNCTIONS. IN FACT, THE WALL STREET REFORM LEGISLATION PASSED LAST CONGRESS, THERE IS TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY WHEN IT COMES TO THE FEDERAL RESERVE'S FINANCES AND OPERATIONS. HOWEVER, THIS BILL WOULD INSTEAD JEOPARDIZE THE FED'S INDEPENDENCE BY SUBJECTING ITS DECISIONS ON INTEREST RATES AND MONETARY POLICY TO G.A.O. AUDIT. THE FED, LIKE EVERY OTHER MAJOR CENTRAL BANK IN THE WORLD, IS INDEPENDENT, AND CONGRESS HAS RIGHTLY INSULATED THE FED FROM SHORT-TERM POLITICAL PRESSURES. I AGREE WITH CHAIRMAN BERNANKE THAT CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW OF THE FED'S MONETARY POLICY DECISIONS WOULD BE A, QUOTE, NIGHTMARISH SCENARIO, ESPECIALLY JUDGING THE TRACK RECORD OF INTERVENING IN THE COURTS AND OTHER AREAS. WE DON'T HAVE TO LOOK FURTHER THAN THE CONGRESS UNNECESSARILY TAKING THE COUNTRY TO THE BRINK OF DEFAULT LAST SUMMER IN A DISPLAY OF POLITICS. ALL OF US, MR. SPEAKER, WANT TRANSPARENCY. ALL OF US HERE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE FEDERAL RESERVE IS WORKING TO CARRY OUT THE ECONOMIC GOALS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WHICH ARE MAXIMUM EMPLOYMENT AND PRICE STABILITY, BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT THIS BILL IS ABOUT. THIS BILL INCREASES THE LIKELIHOOD THAT THE FED WILL MAKE DECISIONS BASED ON POLITICAL RATHER THAN ECONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS, AND THAT IS NOT A RECIPE FOR SOUND MONETARY POLICY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THIS BILL AND PRESERVE THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE FED SO IT CAN KEEP OUR CURRENCY STABLE AND CULTIVATE THE BEST CONDITIONS FOR OUR ECONOMY TO GROW AND CREATE JOBS. UNFORTUNATELY, MR. SPEAKER, WE IN CONGRESS HAVE SHOWN TOO FREQUENTLY OUR INABILITY IN A POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT TO MAKE TOUGH CHOICES. THAT FAILURE HAS LED US IN PART TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THIS UNWARRANTED, UNJUSTIFIED AND DANGEROUS LEGISLATION. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. ISSA

    IT'S NOW MY HONOR TO YIELD TIME TO THE AUTHOR OF THIS BILL, THE GENTLEMAN…

    IT'S NOW MY HONOR TO YIELD TIME TO THE AUTHOR OF THIS BILL, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, THE MAN WHO UNDERSTANDS THAT NOT KNOWING SHOULD NEVER BE AN ANSWER, MR. PAUL.

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    FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. PAUL

    GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE OBVIOUSLY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS…

    GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE OBVIOUSLY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. I DON'T KNOW HOW ANYBODY COULD BE AGAINST TRANSPARENCY AND THEY WANT SECRECY, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE SECRECY IS TO PROTECT INDIVIDUALS WHO DEAL IN TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS, MUCH BIGGER THAN WHAT THE CONGRESS DOES, AND THESE TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS BAIL OUT ALL THE WEALTHY , RICH PEOPLE, THE BANKS AND THE BIG CORPORATIONS, INTERNATIONAL, OVERSEAS BANKS, BAILING OUT EUROPE, DEALING WITH CENTRAL BANKS AROUND EUROPE, AROUND EUROPE, AND DIFFERENT PLACES. AND SO SAY THAT WE SHOULD HAVE SECRECY AND SAY THAT IT'S POLITICAL TO HAVE TRANSPARENCY, WELL, IT'S VERY POLITICAL WHEN YOU HAVE A FEDERAL RESERVE THAT CAN BAIL OUT ONE COMPANY AND NOT ANOTHER COMPANY. THAT'S PRETTY POLITICAL. I KNOW WHEN PEOPLE TALK ABOUT INDEPENDENCE AND HAVING THIS PRIVACY OF THE CENTRAL BANK, IT MEANS THEY WANT SECRECY AND SECRECY IS NOT GOOD. WE SHOULD HAVE PRIVACY FOR THE INDIVIDUAL, BUT WE SHOULD HAVE OPENNESS OF GOVERNMENT ALL THE TIME. AND WE DRIFTED A LONG WAY FROM THAT. THE BILLIE ESSENTIALLY REMOVES THE -- THE BILL ESSENTIALLY REMOVES THE PROHIBITION AGAINST A FULL AUDIT. TO AUDIT WE SHOULD KNOW WHAT KIND OF TRANSACTIONS ARE WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE DEALS THAT THEY MADE -- ARE. WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE DEALS THEY MADE WHEN THEY WERE FIXING THE PRICE OF LIBOR. THESE ARE THE KIND OF THINGS THAT WERE GOING ON FOR YEARS AND WE HAVE NO ACCESS TO. SO CONGRESS HAS THIS RESPONSIBILITY. WE ARE RENEGING ON OUR RESPONSIBILITY, WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY AND WE HAVE NOT DONE IT. SO IT IS UP TO US TO REASSERT OURSELVES. THE CONSTITUTION'S VERY CLEAR WHO HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY. BUT THE LAW CONFLICTS WITH THE CONSTITUTION. THE LAW COMES ALONG AND SAYS THE CONGRESS CAN'T DO IT. WELL, YOU CAN'T CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION, PROHIBIT THE CONGRESS FROM FINDING OUT WHAT'S GOING ON BY WRITING A LAW. AND THIS IS WHAT HAS HAPPENED. SO IT IS TIME THAT WE REPEAL THIS PROHIBITION AGAINST A FULL AUDIT OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE. WE DESERVE IT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE IT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT IT AND UNDERSTAND IT AND THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE ASKING FOR. THEY'RE SICK AND TIRED OF WHAT HAPPENED IN THE BAILOUT AND WHERE THE WEALTHY GOT BAILED OUT AND THE POOR LOST THEIR JOBS AND THEY LOST THEIR HOMES. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL…

    I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. FRANK.

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    MR. FRANK

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK THIS IS A BAD IDEA AND I'M SOMEWHAT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK THIS IS A BAD IDEA AND I'M SOMEWHAT CONFUSED. BY THE WAY, WE WILL BE DEBATING TOMORROW A BILL WHICH RESTRICTS RULE MAKING AND EXEMPTS THE FEDERAL RESERVE AS I READ IT. SO WE'RE KIND OF ON AGAIN, OFF AGAIN ABOUT THE FEDERAL RESERVE. IT SEEMS TO ME WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS TAKING SOME THICK PUNCHES AT THE FEDERAL RESERVE BUT NOT DOING ANYTHING SERIOUS. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES BROUGHT UP A RECONCILIATION BILL THAT WAS GOING TO SUBJECT THE CONSUMER BUREAU TO APPROPRIATIONS. SO I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT TO SUBJECT THE FEDERAL RESERVE TO APPROPRIATIONS. THAT WAS VOTED DOWN. SO WE'RE NOT GOING TO RESTRICT THEIR RULEMAKING, WE'RE NOT GOING TO SUBJECT THEM TO APPROPRIATIONS, EVEN THOUGH THAT'S BEING DONE ELSEWHERE, WE'RE GOING TO AUDIT THEM. WHICH IS A WAY TO LOOK TOUGH WITHOUT REALLY BEING TOUGH. DOES THE GENTLEMAN WANT ME TO YIELD?

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    MR. ISSA

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    MR. FRANK

    NO. I WILL TAKE BACK MY TIME AND SAY WE SHOULD DO NONE OF THEM. I HAVE A…

    NO. I WILL TAKE BACK MY TIME AND SAY WE SHOULD DO NONE OF THEM. I HAVE A CONSISTENT POSITION. I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD DO ANY OF THEM. WHAT I'M SAYING IS PEOPLE WHO GET UP THERE AND BEAT THEIR CHEST ABOUT HOW TOUGH THEY ARE AND THEY'RE NOT AFRAID OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE, BUT IT EXEMPT IT FROM THE GREAT RULE MAKING BILL AND SUBJECT THE CONSUMER BUREAU, THAT TERRIBLE THREAT TO THE WELL-BEING OF AMERICANS THROUGH THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS, BUT LET THE FEDERAL RESERVE, WHICH SPENDS ABOUT $1 -- 150 TIMES AS MUCH GO FREE, I AM INCLINED TO DOUBT THEIR SERIOUSNESS. NOT THEIR PURITY. THAT WOULD BE A VIOLATION OF THE RULES. BUT THEIR SERIOUSNESS. THIS IS A WAY TO SHAKE YOUR FIST AT THAT BIG BAD FED AND IT'S NOT A GOOD WAY. WE HEAR A LOT ABOUT UNCERTAINTY. REMEMBER, THE FEDERAL RESERVE IS NOW SUBJECT TO A COMPLETE OPENNESS ABOUT ALL OF ITS TRANSACTIONS WITH PRIVATE COMPANIES. WE DID THAT LAST YEAR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAD A MAJOR ROLE IN THAT. WHEN THE FEDERAL RESERVE DEALS WITH ANY OTHER INSTITUTION WE KNOW WHAT IT DOES. WE DON'T KNOW IT NECESSARILY THE SAME DAY. THERE WERE PREDICTIONS ABOUT WHAT TERRIBLE THINGS WERE GOING TO HAPPEN WHEN THE FEDERAL RESERVE DID THIS AND THAT AND THEY HAVEN'T COME TRUE. MAYBE THEY WILL SOMEDAY. BUT WE WILL KNOW IT. THIS MAKES THIS EXCEPTION, IT SAYS THAT WE WILL AUDIT THE DECISIONS ABOUT MONETARY POLICY. IT SAYS THAT MEMBERS WHO VOTE ON WHAT THE INTEREST RATES SHOULD BE WILL NOW BE AUDITED. THEY WILL BE SUBJECT TO BEING QUIZED ABOUT WHY THEY DID THAT. NOW, I WILL TELL MY DEMOCRAT FRIENDS, I UNDERSTAND THAT ONE PART OF THIS PROBLEM IS THE OBJECTION ON THE PART OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TO THE FACT THAT OUR FEDERAL RESERVE, UNUSUAL AMONG CENTRAL BANKS, HAS A DUAL MANDATE. THEY ARE CHARGED UNDER A STATUTE TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT INFLATION AND ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT. NOW, THE REPUBLICANS HAVE AN AGENDA THAT, THEY KEEP IT ON LOW KEEP KEYSTONE X.L. UNTIL NEXT YEAR, BUT THEY WOULD -- KEEP IT ON LOW KEY UNTIL NEXT YEAR, BUT THEY WOULD LIKE TO STRIP THAT PART OF THE MANDATE. THEY WOULD LIKE THE FEDERAL RESERVE TO BE ONLY INVOLVED WITH INFLATION. THEY DON'T LIKE THAT THEY DEAL WITH UNEMPLOYMENT. THIS IS A WAY, IF IT EVER WERE TO BECOME LAW, NO ONE THINKS IT IS. LOOK HOW TOUGH WE ARE, WE'RE GOING TO WAVE OUR FIST AT THE FED. BUT IT WOULD BE WAY TO KIND OF PUT PRESSURE ON MEMBERS OF THE OPEN MARKET COMMITTEE AND SEE WHAT -- ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT WHEN YOU DID THIS? THAT'S THE AUDIT. IN THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HOW THEY SPEND THEIR MONEY. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHOM THEY CONTRACT. THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE USUALLY THINK ABOUT AUDIT. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE WAY IN WHICH -- WHETHER THEY'RE EFFICIENT OR NOT. IT'S AN IDEOLOGICAL AGENDA BY A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T LIKE WHAT THE FEDERAL RESERVE WAS DOING, UNDER BY THE WAY GEORGE BUSH, THERE WAS REFERENCE TO THE BAILOUTS WHICH OF COURSE WERE UNDER THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. ONE OF THE THINGS WE DID IN THE BILL TWO YEARS AGO, ALL MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES VOTED AGAINST THE BILL, WAS TO TAKE AWAY FROM THE FEDERAL RESERVE THE POWER THEY USED UNDER PRESIDENT BUSH TO GIVE -- LEND $85 BILLION TO A.I.G. WE RESCINDED THAT. I DON'T THINK MR. BERNANKE, A BUSH APPOINTEE, WAS DOING THE WRONG THING NECESSARILY. BUT WE TOOK BACK THAT POWER. SO THIS IS PROBABLY A SHOW BECAUSE ON THE TWO SERIOUS EFFORTS TO CURTAIL THE FED'S POWERS, MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES AREN'T THERE. BUT SECONDLY, AND AS I SAID, I'M CONSISTENT, I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD DO ANY OF THESE THINGS. I THINK WHAT WE DID WITH REGARD TO OPENNESS MAKES SENSE. I'M NOT PRETENDING TO BE TOUGH WHEN I'M NOT.

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    MR. FRANK

    BUT WHAT IT WILL DO IS DESTABILIZE. WE HAVE WORRIES ABOUT EXPECTATIONS.…

    BUT WHAT IT WILL DO IS DESTABILIZE. WE HAVE WORRIES ABOUT EXPECTATIONS. THERE IS A FEAR THAT WE WILL BE TOO INFLATIONARY OR THAT WE WON'T GROW ENOUGH. PEOPLE ON WALL STREET ARE NOT AS SOPHISTICATED AS SOME PEOPLE THINK. THEY'RE NOT EVEN SOPHISTICATED ABOUT THEIR OWN BUSINESS, AS WE KNOW. THEY WILL READ THIS AND TAKE IT MORE SERIOUSLY THAN THE MEMBERS HERE DO. AND IT WILL DESTABILIZE SOME OF THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM. THEY WILL SEE IT AS POLITICAL INTERFERENCE, NOT WITH THE CONTRACTING PROCEDURES, NOT WITH THE BUDGET, NOT WITH HOW MANY CARDS THEY HAVE, BUT WITH HOW THEY DECIDE ON INTEREST RATES. AND THE PERCEPTION THAT THE CONGRESS IS GOING TO POLITICIZE THE WAY IN WHICH INTEREST RATES ARE SET WILL IN ITSELF HAVE A DESTABILIZING EFFECT. AND AS I SAID, NOBODY HERE THINKS THIS IS EVER GOING TO BECOME LAW. BUT THERE IS THIS FEAR ON THE PART OF OTHERS WHO DON'T KNOW THAT THAT WILL TRANSLATE INTO PRECISELY THE KIND OF UNCERTAINTY, PRECISELY THE KIND OF UNSETTLING ON INVESTMENT THAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES PRETEND TO FEAR AND IT WILL ALSO SEND THEM THE MESSAGE, STOP WORRYING ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT.

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    MR. ISSA

    INTRODUCE MY GOOD FRIEND AND LEADER ON THIS ISSUE, MR. CHAFFETZ, I MIGHT…

    INTRODUCE MY GOOD FRIEND AND LEADER ON THIS ISSUE, MR. CHAFFETZ, I MIGHT NOTE THAT WHEN THE WORD REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT ARE USED IN THIS HALL, HOPEFULLY WHEN THERE'S 45 DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS ON THIS BILL AS CO-SPONSORS, WE'D RECOGNIZE THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    THANK YOU. AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I ALSO WANT TO APPRECIATE AND…

    THANK YOU. AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I ALSO WANT TO APPRECIATE AND CONGRATULATE DR. RON PAUL FOR HIS TIRELESS PURSUIT OF THIS OPENNESS AND TRANSPARENCY. WITHOUT HIS LEADERSHIP WE WOULDN'T BE AT THIS POINT TODAY. AND I APPLAUD HIM AND THANK HIM FOR THAT. SOME WOULD SAY THAT THE FED IS ALREADY AUDITED BUT THERE ARE SOME KEY POINTS WHERE IT IS NOT. THESE INCLUDE TRANSACTIONS WITH FOREIGN CENTRAL BANKS, DISCUSSION AND ACTIONS ON MONETARY POLICY, AND TRANSACTIONS MADE UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE FEDERAL OPEN MARKET COMMITTEE. IF WE'RE TRULY ABOUT OPENNESS AND TRANSPARENCY IN THIS NATION, WHICH DISHES -- DISTINGUISHES ABOVE AND BEYOND SO MANY OTHERS, WE DESERVE AND NEED TO KNOW THIS INFORMATION. WE NEED ALSO UNDERSTAND THE IMPERATIVE THAT IS BEFORE US BECAUSE THE FRESHMAN RESERVE BALANCE SHEET HAS EXPLODED IN RECENT YEARS. SINCE 2008 IT HAS LITERALLY TRIPLED. GONE FROM $908 BILLION ON ITS BALANCE SHEET TO OVER $2.8 TRILLION. NEARLY A 33% ANNUALIZED INCREASE SINCE JANUARY OF 2008. THE FEDERAL RESERVE OWNERSHIP OF TREASURIES HAS ALSO INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN RECENT YEARS. HAVING MORE THAN DOUBLED FROM JANUARY OF 2008 TO JANUARY OF 2012. WHERE IT WENT FROM $741 BILLION TO $1.66 TRILLION. LET'S UNDERSTAND ALSO THAT IN FISCAL YEAR 2011 THE FEDERAL RESERVE PURCHASED 76% OF NEW TREASURIES. CERTAINLY THIS DISTRIBUTE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THIS CONGRESS DESERVES MORE OPENNESS, TRANSPARENCY AND AT THE VERY LEAST AN AUDIT. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND AGAIN CONGRATULATE DR. PAUL ON CONTINUED HOPE FOR HIS PURSUIT OF THIS ISSUE. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    I YIELD MRS. MALONEY TWO MINUTES.

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  • 03:27:10 PM

    MRS. MALONEY

    THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE TERRIBLE IDEA. ALTHOUGH I AM IN TOTAL AGREEMENT WITH…

    THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE TERRIBLE IDEA. ALTHOUGH I AM IN TOTAL AGREEMENT WITH MR. PAUL THAT TRANSPARENCY IS A VIRTUE, I ALSO BELIEVE THAT THE FEDERAL RESERVE MUST BE FREE OF ANY POLITICAL INFLUENCE. AND I'M AFRAID THAT THIS BILL OPENS THE DOOR FOR PRECISELY THAT TO HAPPEN. AND I DON'T BELIEVE THAT THERE'S ANY ONE -- ANYONE IN THIS CHAMBER THAT THINKS THAT WHAT THE PROCESS NEEDS IS MORE POLITICS. MAKE NO MISTAKE, I AGRIE DEGREE THAT MAXIMUM TRANSPARENCY IS NECESSARY AND DESIRABLE AND THAT IS PRECISELY WHY WE INCLUDED NUMEROUS TRANSPARENCY REQUIREMENTS IN THE FINANCIAL REFORM BILL AS WELL AS NUMEROUS AUDIT REQUIREMENTS. WE AUTHORIZED THE G.A.O. TO AUDIT THE FED'S EMERGENCY LENDING FACILITY. WE AUTHORIZED THE G.A.O. TO OUGHT AUDIT ANY SPECIAL FACILITY CREATED WITHIN THE FED. AND WE REQUIRED THE FED TO ISSUE AN ASSESSMENT TWO YEARS AFTER INSTITUTIONS WERE GRANTED ACCESS TO THE FED'S DISCOUNT WINDOW. WE CRAFTED THOSE MEASURES AND MORE IN A WAY THAT ENSURES TRANSPARENCY, BUT STILL PRESERVES THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE IN ITS DECISION MAKING PROCESS, IN THE CRITICAL AREA OF MONETARY POLICY. BUT THIS BILL, AS IT NOW STANDS, WOULD PROVIDE INFORMATION WITHOUT A PROPER CONTEXT. AND THAT COULD HAVE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES AND HAVE TOTALLY UNWARRANTED EFFECTS ON CONSUMER CONFIDENCE IN OUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. IF THE INDIVIDUAL NUMBERS OF THE OPEN MARKETS COMMITTEE KNOW THAT EACH ONE OF THEIR DECISIONS ARE SUBJECT TO POTENTIAL POLITICAL PRESSURE, IT WOULD SIGNIFICANTLY ALTER THAT DECISION MAKING PROCESS. AN OPEN DOOR TO THE FEDERAL OPEN MARKETS COMMITTEE WOULD INVITE POLITICAL PRESSURES AND HAVING DECISIONS THAT ARE DRIVEN BY POLITICIAN AND POLLING DATA IS NOT -- POLITICS AND POLLING DATA IS NOT THE PATH TO SOUND MONETARY POLICY. DECISIONS ABOUT MONETARY POLICY SHOULD NEVER BE BASED ON THE RAW POLITICAL NEEDS OF THE MOMENT BUT INSTEAD SHOULD ALWAYS BE BASED STRICTLY ON OBJECTIVE ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTIONS AND GUIDED BY THE TWIN MANDATES OF FULL EMPLOYMENT. THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF THIS BILL WOULD BE TO OPEN THE FEDERAL RESERVE TO POLITICAL INFLUENCE AND THAT WOULD HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE FED'S INDEPENDENCE AND ITS ABILITY TO PRODUCE SOUND ECONOMIC POLICY. I URGE A STRONG BIPARTISAN NO VOTE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:29:34 PM

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. ISSA

    IT'S NOW MY HONOR TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

    IT'S NOW MY HONOR TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FARENTHOLD.

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  • 03:29:43 PM

    MR. FARENTHOLD

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. YOU KNOW, THE CONSTITUTION GRANTS US THE POWER TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. YOU KNOW, THE CONSTITUTION GRANTS US THE POWER TO COIN MONEY AND REGULATE THE VALUE THEREOF AND WE'VE DELEGATED THIS TO THE FED. UNFORTUNATELY WE'VE TA TIED OUR HANDS BEHIND OUR BACK WITH RESPECT TO SEEING WHAT THEY'RE DOING AND IT'S OUR DUTY TO CONDUCT OVERSIGHT. A MOMENT AGO MR. FRANK SAID THE AUDIT WAS JUST FIST POUNDING AND CHEST POUNDING. I DISAGREE. IT'S THE FIRST STEP, IT'S US DOING OUR HOMEWORK TO DETERMINE WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO REFORM THE FED. CHAIRMAN BERNANKE SAID THIS BILL WOULD BE A NIGHTMARE SCENARIO OF POLITICAL MEDDLING IN MONETARY AFFAIRS. I DISAGREE. I THINK THE CURRENT SITUATION IS A NIGHTMARE SCENARIO IN UNACCOUNTABLE GOVERNMENT. AS JUSTICE BRAN DIES SAID, SUNSHINE IS ALWAYS THE BEST DISINFECTANT. AS A MEMBER OF THE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE, WE DEMAND TRANSPARENCY FROM AGENCIES LIKE THE G.S.A., THE T.S.A., AND OTHER FED AGENCIES. I JOIN MY FRIEND AND NEIGHBOR IN CONGRESS, DR. PAUL, IN DEMANDING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT SUNSHINE BE SHINED INTO THE FED AND THIS AUDIT BE CONDUCTED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW.

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  • 03:30:55 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    I GRANT THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, ONE MINUTE, MR. FRANK.

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  • 03:31:01 PM

    MR. FRANK

    ILLUSTRATE THE MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT THIS BILL, LET'S REFER TO WHAT THE…

    ILLUSTRATE THE MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT THIS BILL, LET'S REFER TO WHAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. CHAFFETZ, HAD TO SAY. HE SAID 76% OF THE PURCHASES OF THIS AND THAT -- WELL, IF THIS WAS SO NONTRANSPARENT, I DON'T KNOW HOW HE KNOWS THAT. HE DOESN'T HAVE A SUBPOENA. BUT THE FACT IS, YES, HE KNOWS THAT, BECAUSE OF THE TRANSPARENCY WE BUILT IN. BUT THE MORE IMPORTANT, THE DETAILS, THE SPECIFICS OF EVERY ONE OF THOSE TRANSACTIONS IS ALREADY PUBLIC. THIS ISN'T ABOUT THOSE TRANSACTIONS AND WITH ABOUT WHOM WERE DONE AND UNDER WHAT TIME PERIOD. IT'S ABOUT THE MOTIVES OF THE PEOPLE SETTING MONETARY POLICY. LET ME ADDRESS THE CONSTITUTION. YES, IT IS TRUE THAT THE CONSTITUTION GIVES US THE POWER TO DO THIS. THE CONSTITUTION GIVES US A LOT OF POWER. IT GIVES US POWER TO DECLARE WAR ON CANADA. IT DECLARES -- GIVES US THE POWER TO DO A LOT OF THINGS. WISE PEOPLE PICK AND CHOOSE WHICH POWERS THEY USE, BUT THIS IS NOT ABOUT GETTING MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR TRANSACTIONS OR THAT IS OUT THERE. THIS IS AN EFFORT TO GIVE POLITICSES, A WONDERFUL GROUP OF PEOPLE OF WHICH I AM ONE, MORE DIRECT INVOLVEMENT ON THE SETTING OF INTEREST RATES THAN IS GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY.

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    MR. ISSA

    RECOGNIZE FOR ONE MINUTE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. AMASH.

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    MR. AMASH

    I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ISSA AND CONGRATULATE DR. RON PAUL FOR HIS…

    I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ISSA AND CONGRATULATE DR. RON PAUL FOR HIS TIRELESS WORK ON THIS ISSUE FOR MANY DECADES. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT IS THE FEDERAL RESERVE? I THINK EVEN MANY MEMBERS OF THIS BODY COULDN'T ANSWER THAT QUESTION, AND YET CONGRESS HAS DELEGATED ITS CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY TO THIS COMMITTEE OF BANKERS AND PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTEES. CONGRESS HAS GIVEN SO MUCH POWER WHILE KNOWING SO LITTLE. THE CENTRAL BANK, WE TRUST THE FEDERAL RESERVE FOR MANAGING INFLATION. THAT MEANS THE FED CAN CHANGE THE VALUE OF AMERICANS' LIFE SAVINGS, THEIR MORTGAGES. LATELY THE FED HAS TAKEN ON THE ROLE OF, QUOTE, LENDER OF LAST RESORT. IT HAS PROMISED BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THE COUNTRY'S LARGEST FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. WHEN INVESTORS WOULDN'T BUY MORTGAGES, THE FED DID. WHEN CREDITORS BECAME WORRY OF CONGRESS' SPENDING BIN G, THE FED STEPPED IN. -- BINGE, THE FED STEPPED IT. THE GOVERNMENT'S ACCOUNTANTS UNDERSTANDABLY WERE OUTRAGED SAYING THEY COULDN'T, QUOTE, SATISFACTORILY AUDIT THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM WITHOUT THE AUTHORITY OF EXAMINING THE FED'S LARGEST ASSETS. CONGRESS SHOULD BE WEARY OF ALL TYPES OF CENTRAL PLANNING. WE SHOULD BE ESPECIALLY VIGILANT AGAINST UNACCOUNTABLE GROUPS THAT PROFOUNDLY AFFECT AMERICANS' LIVES AND LIBERTY. PASS THIS BILL AND LET'S AUDIT THE FED. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WATT, TWO MINUTES.

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  • 03:33:54 PM

    MR. WATT

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND LET ME SAY, FIRST, THAT THIS BILL IS NOT ABOUT…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND LET ME SAY, FIRST, THAT THIS BILL IS NOT ABOUT SUNSHINE. IT'S NOT ABOUT TRANSPARENCY. IT IS ABOUT DISSATISFACTION THAT SOME INDIVIDUALS HAVE WITH THE MAN INDICATE THAT CONGRESS HAS GIVEN -- MANDATE THAT CONGRESS HAS GIVEN TO THE FEDERAL RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN WHO JUST SPOKE IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO DEAL WITH INFLATION. THAT'S WHAT WE TOLD THEM TO DO IN THEIR MANDATE. THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO DEAL WITH UNEMPLOYMENT. THAT'S WHAT WE TOLD THEM TO DO IN THE MANDATE WE GAVE THEM. AND SOME PEOPLE OVER THERE ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THE FACT THAT THEY DON'T WANT THEM TO DEAL WITH UNEMPLOYMENT. THEY DON'T WANT THEM TO TRY TO ADJUST AND MAKE CHANGES THAT WILL BE BENEFICIAL TO OUR ECONOMY. AND IF THEY DON'T WANT THAT, THEY OUGHT TO JUST INTRODUCE A BILL THAT REPEALS THE MANDATE THAT WE GAVE TO THEM. DON'T COME AND SAY WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SUNSHINE AND TRANSPARENCY. EVERY TIME I TURN ON THE TELEVISION NOW I HEAR THE FEDERAL RESERVE, CHAIRMAN BERNANKE, AND MEMBERS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE TALKING ABOUT HOW THE ECONOMY IS GOING. THAT IS NOT LACK OF SUNSHINE AND LACK OF INFORMATION. WE -- I THOUGHT WE HAD DEALT WITH THIS WHEN I WAS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE AND MR. PAUL WAS THE CHAIRMAN -- OR I WAS THE CHAIRMAN AND HE WAS THE RANKING MEMBER. MR. PAUL'S PROBLEM IS HE DOESN'T LIKE THE FEDERAL RESERVE. HE'S IN FAVOR OF DOING AWAY WITH THE FEDERAL RESERVE. AND IF -- AND THAT'S AN HONEST POSITION, BUT DON'T COME IN AND TRY TO CLOAK IT IN THE GUISE OF THIS AGENCY IS NOT TRANSPARENT OR IT LACKS SUNSHINE. IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE MANDATE THAT THEY HAVE, THEN HAVE THE GUTS TO STAND UP AND INTRODUCE A BILL THAT SAYS WE'RE DOING AWAY WITH THE FEDERAL RESERVE AND --

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  • 03:36:13 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. WATT

    IF YOU THINK WE'RE IN TROUBLE NOW, YOU GET THE POLITICS AND THE CONGRESS…

    IF YOU THINK WE'RE IN TROUBLE NOW, YOU GET THE POLITICS AND THE CONGRESS INVOLVED IN TRANSACTIONS WITH FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS AND DECISIONS ABOUT HOW WE GET OURSELVES OUT OF THIS UNEMPLOYMENT SITUATION. IF WE HAVE SOME ANSWERS ABOUT HOW TO GET OUT OF UNEMPLOYMENT, I WOULD ASSUME WE WOULD COME FORWARD WITH THEM AND NOBODY ON THIS FLOOR, THIS CONGRESS HAS DONE NOTHING TO TAKE OUT THE PLOUN -- UNEMPLOYMENT BILL, SO I'M GLAD WE HAVE THE FEDERAL RESERVE OVER THERE AT LEAST TRYING TO FIGURING OUT HOW TO MAKE SOME ADJUSTMENTS IN OUR ECONOMY THAT WILL DEAL WITH UNEMPLOYMENT. AND THE LAST THING I WANT IS FOR THIS CONGRESS TO BE SECOND GUESSING OR AN AUDITOR THAT IS NOT ELECTED BY ANYBODY TO BE SECOND GUESSING THE DECISIONS OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ON THE FEDERAL RESERVE. AN AUDITOR MIGHT BE A GOOD ACCOUNTANT. HE CAN COUNT, BUT I WANT SOMEBODY ON THE FEDERAL RESERVE AND HOPEFULLY IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE SOME PEOPLE IN CONGRESS WHO CAN MAKE SOME DECISIONS ABOUT HOW TO DEAL WITH UNEMPLOYMENT.

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    MR. ISSA

    THE RULES OF THE HOUSE PROHIBITS GOING AFTER SOMEONE'S MOTIVATION AND I'M…

    THE RULES OF THE HOUSE PROHIBITS GOING AFTER SOMEONE'S MOTIVATION AND I'M VERY CONCERNED THAT A BILL THAT IN A SUBSTANTIALLY SIMILAR FORM WAS PLACED INTO DODD-FRANK BY THEN CHAIRMAN BARNEY FRANK IS NOW BEING CHARACTERIZED AS SOMEHOW ILL-INTENDED AND MISCHIEVOUS ACTIVITY BY THE PROPONENTS. I WOULD TRUST THAT'S NOT THE INTENT OF THE SPEAKERS ON BEHALF OF THAT SIDE OF THE AISLE ABOUT THIS BIPARTISAN BILL THAT IS VIRTUALLY IDENTICAL TO THE LANGUAGE THAT BARNEY FRANK PUT INTO DODD-FRANK. I'D YIELD.

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  • 03:38:16 PM

    MR. WATT

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    MR. ISSA

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. PAUL

    AGAINST DODD-FRANK? BECAUSE IT WAS IN DODD-FRANK. IT WASN'T A SEPARATE…

    AGAINST DODD-FRANK? BECAUSE IT WAS IN DODD-FRANK. IT WASN'T A SEPARATE BILL. MAYBE ON A SEPARATE VOTE YOU MIGHT HAVE BUT IT WAS IN DODD-FRANK.

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  • 03:38:53 PM

    MR. ISSA

    RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MONTANA FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. REHBERG

    TOMORROW THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WILL VOTE TO PULL BACK THE SECRETIVE…

    TOMORROW THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WILL VOTE TO PULL BACK THE SECRETIVE CURTAIN OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW. IT'S AN IMPORTANT STEP IN OPENNESS IN GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY THAT'S LONG OVERDUE. JUST A FEW YEARS AGO THE SENATE REJECTED AN EFFORT TO ADD THE STRONG AUDIT LANGUAGE TO THE DODD-FRANK BILL, BUT TIMES ARE CHANGING. OUR ECONOMY STRUGGLES AND JOB CREATION LAGS. IT'S MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER TO LOOK UNDER THE HOOD OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE. WE NEED TO FIND OUT EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND WHY. THAT WAY WE CAN DETERMINE IF THE FED IS ACTUALLY HURTING OUR ECONOMY AND DISCOURAGING JOB GROWTH. IN A DRAUKS, NO GOVERNMENT BODY -- DEMOCRACY, IN GOVERNMENT BODY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO HIDE BEHIND A CURTAIN OF SECRECY. THAT'S WHY I STAND BEHIND THIS LEGISLATION. THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK.

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    PURSUANT TO THE CHAIR'S ANNOUNCEMENT OF EARLIER TODAY, THE CHAIR WILL…

    PURSUANT TO THE CHAIR'S ANNOUNCEMENT OF EARLIER TODAY, THE CHAIR WILL OBSERVE A MOMENT OF SILENT. WILL ALL PRESENT PLEASE RISE IN ONANS OF A MOMENT OF SILENCE. -- IN OBSERVANCE OF A MOMENT OF SILENCE.

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  • 03:40:33 PM

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, DEBATE CONTINUES ON H.R. 459. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, DEBATE CONTINUES ON H.R. 459. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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  • 03:40:40 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. FRANK

    I'M GLAD THAT THE COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT IS NOT THE ONE THAT…

    I'M GLAD THAT THE COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT IS NOT THE ONE THAT STARTED. IN FACT, THERE WAS A MOTION TO INCLUDE LANGUAGE LIKE THIS OFFERED TO THE FINANCIAL REFORM BILL. I VOTED NO, AS DID MR. WATT. IT WASN'T INCLUDED IN THE BILL. IT'S TRUE I VOTED FOR THE BILL. OF COURSE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS VOTED AGAINST THE BILL. IF YOU VOTE FOR THE WHOLE BILL AS TAKEN ON HOW YOU FEEL HE WAS AGAINST IT. WHEN IT WENT TO CONFERENCE IT WAS NOT IN THE SENATE BILL WHICH WAS THE TEXT OF THE CONFERENCE SO WE IT DID NOT COME UP AND -- SO IT DID NOT COME UP AND NO REPUBLICAN CONFEREE OFFERED IT AS AN AMENDMENT. THAT IS IN THE CONFERENCE THAT LANGUAGE WHICH I AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA VOTED AGAINST WAS NOT OFFERED BY ANY MEMBER OF THE CONFERENCE, DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN.

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    MR. ISSA

    THAT DEMOCRATS BROADLY VOTED FOR IT WHEN IT WAS VOTED OUT OF THIS BODY.…

    THAT DEMOCRATS BROADLY VOTED FOR IT WHEN IT WAS VOTED OUT OF THIS BODY. NOTHING MORE NEEDS TO BE SAID. WITH THAT I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE, MRS. BLACKBURN, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 03:41:53 PM

    MRS. BLACKBURN

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR THE TIME,…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR THE TIME, AND I WANT TO COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. PAUL, FOR HIS EXCELLENT WORK ON THIS ISSUE. RECENTLY I HAD A CONSTITUENT SAY TO ME IN A TOWN HALL MEETING THEY THOUGHT IT WAS TIME FOR CONGRESS TO START PUTTING SOME MANDATES ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THEY'RE TIRED OF GOVERNMENT MANDATES ON THEM. WHY DON'T WE MANDATE, WHY DON'T WE HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE? THIS IS A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT DOES EXACTLY THAT. IT REQUIRES THE G.A.O. TO CONDUCT A FULL AUDIT OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM AND OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK BY THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR. THAT IS SIGNIFICANT. A TIMELINE TO DO A JOB, TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS GREAT NATION FOR HOW THEY SPEND THEIR TIME, THEIR MONEY, THE DECISIONS THEY MAKE THAT AFFECT US. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE GET THIS ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK. THE ACTIONS THAT WE WILL VOTE ON TODAY ARE PART OF THAT. HAVING A FEDERAL RESERVE THAT IS ACCOUNTABLE, ACCOUNTABLE TO OUR CONSTITUENTS, ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS NATION. I COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FOR A MOVE TOWARD TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

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

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND HAS 6 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND HAS 6 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS 9 1/4 MINUTES REMAINING.

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  • 03:43:29 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 459 WHICH PASSED OUT OF THE OVERSIGHT…

    I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 459 WHICH PASSED OUT OF THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE WITHOUT EVEN A SINGLE HEARING AND WITHOUT TESTIMONY FROM ANY FEDERAL RESERVE OFFICIALS. LET ME BE CLEAR, THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE HAS HAD THE AUTHORITY TO AUDIT THE FEDERAL RESERVE'S BOOKS FOR THREE DECADES. IN 2010, THE DODD-FRANK ACT EXPANDED THE TYPES OF AUDITS G.A.O. CONDUCTS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE AS WELL AS THE DATA THE FED MUST DISCLOSE TO THE DUB. DODD-FRANK REQUIRED G.A.O. TO AUDIT THE EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROVIDED DURING THE FINANCIAL CRISIS. THE ACT ALSO OPENS DISCOUNT WINDOW OPERATIONS AND OPEN MARKET OPERATIONS TO AUDIT SO G.A.O. CAN ASSESS THE OPERATIONAL INTEGRITY, COLLATERAL POLICIES, FAIRNESS, USE OF THIRD-PARTY CONTRACTORS. AND DODD-FRANK REQUIRES THE FEDERAL RESERVE TO RELEASE INFORMATION REGARDING BORROWERS AND COUNTERPARTIES PARTICIPATING IN DISCOUNT LENDING PROGRAMS AND OPEN MARKET OPERATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, AS A CONFEREE WHO HELPED CRAFT THE FINAL DODD-FRANK LEGISLATION, I SUPPORTED ALL OF THESE PROVISIONS. I BELIEVE OTHER AREAS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE'S OPERATIONS ARE ALSO RIGHT FOR AUDIT. DURING THE COMMITTEE'S CONSIDERATION OF THIS LEGISLATION, I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD REQUIRE G.A.O. TO PERFORM AN AUDIT OF THE INDEPENDENT FORECLOSURE RE VIEWS. 14 MORTGAGE SERVICERS HAVE BEEN REQUIRED TO ESTABLISH A PROCESS UNDER WHICH BORROWERS CAN REQUEST AN INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF THEIR LOAN HISTORIES. BUT AT THE END OF MAY, ONLY 200,000 OUT OF 4.4 MILLION BORROWERS HAVE REQUESTED AN INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF THEIR FORECLOSURE CASES. WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHETHER THE DESIGN OF THE PROGRAM IS LIMITED TO A NUMBER OF BORROWERS WHO SOUGHT REVIEWS OF THEIR CASES. FURTHER, IT IS UNCLEAR HOW THE TYPES AND AMOUNTS OF REMEDIATION ARE BEING DETERMINED. THIS IS PRECISELY THE TYPE OF ISSUE THAT SHOULD BE REVIEWED BY THE G.A.O. THE PUBLIC HAS THE RIGHT AND THE CONGRESS HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THE TRANSACTIONS AND ENFORCEMENT TRANSACTIONS UNDERTAKE BIN THE NATION'S CENTRAL BANK. HOWEVER WHEN CONGRESS ESTABLISHED THE FED IN 1913 IT UNDERSTOOD THAT INDEPENDENCE FROM POLITICAL INTERFERENCE WAS CRITICAL TO THE BANK'S ABILITY TO FULFILL ITS MONETARY POLICY RESPONSIBILITIES. THE DODD-FRANK ACT WAS CAREFULLY CRAFTED TO EXPAND TRANSPARENCY WHILE PRESERVING THE PROTECTIONS THAT ENSURED THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE'S INTERNAL DELIBERATIONS ON MONETARY POLICY MATTERS. THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE MUST BE ABLE TO PURSUE THE POLICIES IT CONSIDERS MOST RESPONSE TO HAVE OUR NATION'S CURRENT ECONOMIC CONDITIONS AND MOST LIKELY TO FULFILL ITS DUAL MANDATE OF PROMOTING MAXIMUM EMPLOYMENT AND STABLE PRICES. WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW G.A.O. EXAMINATIONS TO BE THE BACKDOOR THROUGH WHICH POLITICS INTRUDES ON MONETARY POLICY. WHICH IS WHAT THIS LEGISLATION WILL ALLOW. OPENING THE FEDERAL RESERVE'S INTERNAL POLICY DELIBERATIONS TO G.A.O. REVIEW WOULD INFLUENCE HOW SUCH DELIBERATIONS ARE CONDUCTED AND POTENTIALLY THE POLICIES THAT ARE CHOSEN BEST -- THUS DEGRADING THE FED'S INDEPENDENCE. LAST WEEK CHAIRMAN OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE, MR. BERNANKE, DESCRIBED THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF THIS BILL TO THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE AND SAID, AND I QUOTE, THE NIGHTMARE SCENARIO I HAVE IS ONE IN WHICH SOME FUTURE FED CHAIRMAN WOULD DECIDE TO RAISE THE FEDERAL FUNDS RATE BY 25 BASIS POINTS AND SOMEBODY WOULD SAY, I DON'T LIKE THAT DECISION, I WANT THE G.A.O. TO GO IN AND GET ALL THE RESORTS -- RECORDS, GET ALL THE TRANSCRIPTS, GET ALL THE PREPARETORY MATERIALS AND GIVE US AN INDEPENDENT OPINION WHETHER OR NOT THAT WAS THE RIGHT DECISION. I SHARE CHAIRMAN BERNANKE'S CONCERN. FOR THAT REASON DURING THE MARKUP OF THIS LEGISLATION IN THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE, I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD HAVE RETAINED THE PROTECTIONS FOR THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS IN TERM OF MONETARY POLICY DELIBERATIONS TO ENSURE THAT THE AUDIT REQUIRED BY THIS LEGISLATION DID NOT INTRUDE ON THE FEDERAL RESERVE'S INDEPENDENCE. I CONTINUE TO BELIEVE THIS PROVISION IS NEEDED TO ENSURE THIS BILL DOES NOT INHIBIT THE ABILITY OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE TO IMPLEMENT MONETARY POLICIES TO STRENGTHEN OUR NATION'S ECONOMY AS IT HAS DONE REPEATEDLY THROUGHOUT THE RECENT FINANCIAL CRY SILLS.

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    -- CRISIS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS 91 FOURTS MINUTES REMAIN -- -- 9 1/4…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS 91 FOURTS MINUTES REMAIN -- -- 9 1/4 MINUTE REMAINING.

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  • 03:48:16 PM

    MR. ISSA

    THANK YOU. I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM KANSAS.

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  • 03:48:23 PM

    MS. JENKINS

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I THANK DR. PAUL FOR HIS LEADERSHIP…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I THANK DR. PAUL FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, THE FEDERAL RESERVE LENT OUT $16 TRILLION DURING THE FISCAL CRISIS. THAT'S LARGER THAN THE ENTIRE U.S. ECONOMY OR WORSE OUR FEDERAL DEBT. TRILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND WE HAVE VERY LITTLE UNDERSTANDING OF WHERE IT WENT. CONGRESS HOLDS THE PURSE. BUT WE HAVE NO OVERSIGHT OVER HOW THE FED MANAGES THE FUNDS. THIS IS WHY I'VE CO-SPONSORED A BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO AUDIT THE FED IN FULL. IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY. CURRENT MONETARY POLICY AUDITS OF THE FED ARE INSUFFICIENT. MOST FED OPERATIONS CONSIST OF TRANSACTIONS WITH FOREIGN CENTRAL BANKS AND YET THEY ARE EXEMPT FROM REVIEW. WHEN CORRUPTION IS SUSPECTED, A COMMON REFRAIN IS, FOLLOW THE MONEY. WITH THE HISTORIC SOVEREIGN DEBT CRISIS BREWING IN EUROPE, WE MUST LOOK CLOSELY AT OUR OWN BALANCE SHEET. WE MUST FOLLOW THE MONEY. AS A C.P.A. I KNOW WE NEED MORE TRANSPARENCY IN WASHINGTON. IT SHOULD START WITH THE FEDERAL RESERVE. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    TO MR. KUCINICH ONE MINUTE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. KUCINICH

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. KUCINICH

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCLUDE IN THE RECORD OF THIS DEBATE AN ARTICLE…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCLUDE IN THE RECORD OF THIS DEBATE AN ARTICLE FROM BLOOMBERG NEWS THAT TALKS ABOUT HOW SECRET FED LOANS GAVE BANKS BILLIONS THAT WERE UNDISCLOSED TO CONGRESS.

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    THIS IS ALL ABOUT DISCLOSURE AND ACCOUNTABILITY. YOU KNOW, THE FED'S NOT…

    THIS IS ALL ABOUT DISCLOSURE AND ACCOUNTABILITY. YOU KNOW, THE FED'S NOT SOME KIND OF HOCUS POCUS BLACK BOX OPERATION. THE FED ESSENTIALLY SUPPLANTS THE CONSTITUTIONAL MANDATE IN ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8, THAT BELONGS TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. LET'S LOOK AT SOME RECENT HISTORY HERE. 2008, SUBPRIME MELTDOWN, COLLATERALIZED DEBT OBLIGATION, GO BACK FOR MORTGAGE-BACKED SECURITIES. PEOPLE LOSING THEIR HOMES. THE FED LOOKED THE OTHER WAY. AND WE'RE SAYING, OH, DON'T GO INTO THE FED, IT WOULD BE POLITICAL. YES, IT'S POLITICAL. WE HAVE UNEMPLOYMENT BECAUSE OF POLITICS. WE HAVE PEOPLE LOSING THEIR HOMES BECAUSE OF POLITICS. WE HAVE BANKS GETTING UNCALCULATED AMOUNTS OF MONEY FROM THE FEDERAL RESERVE AND WE DON'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT IT. MEANWHILE PEOPLE CAN'T GET A LOAN TO KEEP THEIR HOME OR KEEP THEIR BUSINESS. AUDIT THE FED, YOU BET WE SHOULD AUDIT THE FED. IT'S TIME THAT CONGRESS STOOD FOR ITS CONSTITUTIONAL ROLE. ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8, POWER TO CREATE MONEY. IT'S TIME WE STOOD UP FOR AMERICA'S 99%. IT'S TIME THAT WE STOOD UP TO THE FEDERAL RESERVE THAT RIGHT NOW ACTS LIKE IT'S SOME KIND OF HIGH EXALTED PRIESTHOOD, UNACCOUNTABLE IN A DEMOCRACY. LET'S CHANGE THAT BY VOTING FOR THE PAUL BILL. THANK YOU.

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

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    MR. ISSA

    WOULD YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING, MRS. LUMMIS.

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    THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 03:51:32 PM

    MRS. LUMMIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, BEFORE THE FINANCIAL CRISIS THE FED'S…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, BEFORE THE FINANCIAL CRISIS THE FED'S LENDING TO THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM WAS MINIMAL AND MONETARY POLICY WAS LIMITED. BUT SINCE 2008 THEY'VE TRIPLED THEIR BALANCE SHEET AND TRANSACTED NEARLY $16 TRILLION IN LOANS. CLEARLY CONGRESS HAS DELEGATED MONETARY POLICY TO THE FED AND I FOR ONE AM NOT ADVOCATING THAT WE ABOLISH THE FED. BUT CONGRESS RETAINS OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITY AND CONGRESS SHOULD INSIST ON AN ACCURATE ACCOUNTING OF THE FED SO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CAN BETTER UNDERSTAND MONETARY POLICY. OUR COLLEAGUE RON PAUL WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN GETTING AN AUDIT OF THE FED'S EMERGENCY ACTIVITIES DURING THE FINANCIAL CRISIS. BUT RESTRICTIONS REMAIN IN PLACE ON EXAMINING MONETARY POLICY ACTIONS SUCH AS QUANTITATIVE EASING AND ASSISTING FAILING BANKS IN EUROPE. WHEN THE FED'S CUMULATIVE LENDING HITS THE SIZE AND SCOPE TO BE GREATER THAN THE ENTIRE G.D.P. OF THE UNITED STATES, IT'S PAST TIME FOR CONGRESS TO INSIST ON TRANSPARENCY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND CONTINUE TO RESERVE?

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    WE CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. ISSA

    I YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ISSA

    IT APPEARS AS THOUGH WE AGREE ON CERTAIN THINGS. WE AGREE THAT SOME…

    IT APPEARS AS THOUGH WE AGREE ON CERTAIN THINGS. WE AGREE THAT SOME TRANSPARENCY IS REQUIRED. WE CERTAINLY AGREE ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS THAT WHAT THE G.A.O. DID UNDER DODD-FRANK AT A MINIMUM WAS A GOOD THING. I THINK THERE'S NO QUESTION, MY COLLEAGUE WHO WAS HERE EARLIER, MR. FRANK, CERTAINLY WOULD AGREE TO THE NUMBERS. THE EXPANSION OF THE FED IN THAT PERIOD THAT MRS. LUMMIS TALKED ABOUT IN 2008 TO NOW. I THINK WE WOULD ALL AGREE THE FEDERAL RESERVE IS THE PEOPLE'S BANK. IT IS BROADLY OWNED BY 316 OR 320 MILLION AMERICANS. I SERVED ON THE BOARD OF A PUBLIC COMPANY, ONE THAT I FOUNDED. I UNDERSTAND THAT IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN 500 STOCKHOLDERS, YOU HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO CONSIDERABLE DISCLOSURE. ALTHOUGH THE FED IS AUDITED TO SEE WHETHER BASICALLY SOME NUMBERS ARE CORRECT OR NOT ON A LIMITED BASIS, THE TRUTH IS THE FEDERAL RESERVE IS NOT OPEN AND TRANSPARENT, NOT EVEN YEARS AFTER THEY MAKE DECISIONS. I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE A PIERCING QUESTION RIGHT NOW, ONE THAT IS NOT THE QUESTION THAT DR. PAUL WAS ASKING WHEN HE FIRST WANTED TO AUDIT THE FED. THE QUESTION IS, WILL WE BE LIKE GREECE? WILL WE BE LIKE GERMANY? WILL WE BE LIKE THE TRAUMA THAT'S SWEEPING OVER THE EUROPEAN UNION? DO WE IN FACT KNOW THE TRUE NUMBERS? DO WE KNOW THE EXTENT OF THE LEVERAGE AND THE POLICIES AND THE ACCURACY AND THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE? I THINK CALMLY WE HAVE TO ASK THAT QUESTION. DO WE KNOW WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW OR ARE WE WILLING TO NOT KNOW IN HOPES THAT WE WON'T BE POLITICAL BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW? I'VE BEEN IN CONGRESS FOR 12 FULL YEARS AT THE END OF THIS TERM. AND I'VE LEARNED ONE THING. CONGRESS HAS A TENDENCY TO DO TWO THINGS WELL. NOTHING AT ALL AND OVERREACT. I TRUST TODAY WILL BE A DAY IN WHICH WE'RE IN BETWEEN. I YIELD MYSELF AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    MR. ISSA

    SOMETHING SO THAT WE WOULD KNOW MORE A YEAR FROM NOW THAN WE KNOW TODAY.…

    SOMETHING SO THAT WE WOULD KNOW MORE A YEAR FROM NOW THAN WE KNOW TODAY. WE WOULD NOT OVERREACT, WE WOULD NOT WANT TO STIFLE WHAT THE FED HAS DONE HISTORICALLY WITHOUT AN AWFUL LOT MORE STUDY. CHANGES TO AN ENTITY LIKE THE CENTRAL BANK SHOULD BE DONE THOUGHTFULLY AND OVER TIME. MY FRIEND, DR. PAUL, WOULD LIKE TO DO MORE THAN THIS BILL DOES. BUT THIS MINIMAL EFFORT OFFERED ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS IS OFFERED TODAY BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW, AN INTEREST TO KNOW AND A NEED TO KNOW. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 03:55:56 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. CLAY

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 45. IT HAS THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 45. IT HAS THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL CONDUCT AN AUDIT OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE. SINCE 1982 THE G.A.O. HAS HAD AUTHORITY TO AUDIT THE FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD AND BANKS SUBJECT TO EXCEPTION FOR MONETARY POLICY RELATED DECISIONS AND ACTIVITIES. IN 2009 CONGRESS PROVIDED AUTHORITY FOR THE G.A.O. TO AUDIT ACTIONS BY THE FED UNDER SECTION 1303 OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE ACT, TO LEND TO ANY SINGLE AND SPECIFIC PARTNERSHIP OR CORPORATION NOTWITHSTANDING THE GENERALLY APPLICABLE MONETARY POLICY RELATED EXCEPTIONS. IN 2010 THE DODD-FRANK WALL STREET REFORM ACT ADDED NEW AUDIT AUTHORITIES. IN ADDITION G.A.O. HAS CONDUCTED A NUMBER OF OTHER REVIEWS OF FEDERAL RESERVE ACTIVITYS BUT WE NEED A FULL AUDIT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THE BILL. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MR. ISSA

    MR. SPEAKER, COULD I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME IS AVAILABLE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS 4 1/4 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS 4 1/4 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND HAS ALL OF HIS TIME -- ALL OF HIS TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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  • 03:57:26 PM

    MR. ISSA

    CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, I WON'T USE ALL OF OUR TIME. SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT…

    CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, I WON'T USE ALL OF OUR TIME. SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT OPINION THAN THE RANKING MEMBERS. I BELIEVE REGULAR ORDER HAS BEEN FOLLOWED ON THIS BILL AND FOLLOWED AND THEN SOME. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT DR. PAUL HAS WORKED ON ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS WITH REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS AND DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTS, WITH REPUBLICAN CONGRESSES AND DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSES. THE SUPPORT FOR THIS, AS YOU SAW HERE TODAY, GOES TO REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, PROGRESSIVES, CONSERVATIVES, BLUE DOGS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW , I DON'T BELIEVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO KNOW. OF COURSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WOULD NOT BE COMFORTABLE WITH INTERFERENCE WITH THE FED, WITH MICROMANAGING POLICY DECISIONS, WITH TEARING DOWN THE INSTITUTION. BUT IN FACT I THINK THAT THE 9/11 OF THE FINANCIAL MARKET, IF YOU WILL, THE MELTDOWN IN 2008 AND 2009, $1 TRILLION NEARLY IN TARP MONEY AND COUNTLESS TRILLIONS IN EXPANSION OF THE BALANCE SHEET, HAVE TAUGHT US ONE THING. WHAT WE DON'T KNOW CAN HURT US. NOW BEFORE 9/11 OF THE FINANCIAL MARKET, BEFORE THE MELTDOWN, BEFORE THE LAMEN BROTHERS AND BEAR STEARNS EVAPORATED, WE WOULD HAVE THOUGHT, WELL, THERE'S SOME VERY SMART PEOPLE ON WALL STREET AND WE'D HAVE BEEN RIGHT. BUT SMART PEOPLE CAN BE WRONG. WE PUT VERY GOOD PEOPLE ON THE FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD. WE CHOOSE VERY GOOD CHAIRMEN. CHAIRMAN BERNANKE WAS A CHOICE OF REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ALIKE. BUT ULTIMATELY LOOKING OVER THE SHOULDER BY CONGRESS, BY MY COMMITTEE, BY THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE JUST TO ASK THE QUESTION, ARE THOSE NUMBERS UNDENIABLE TRUTHS BROUGHT DOWN ON TABULATES OR ARE THEY IN FACT OPEN TO SECOND GUESSING AFTER THE FACT? QUESTIONING OF WHETHER OR NOT A MODEL WORKS, OR WHETHER THERE IS JUST A SMALL BUT MEANINGFUL OPPORTUNITY FOR TENSES OF TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO FALL ON THE BACKS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IF THEY GOT IT WRONG. THAT'S THE QUESTION THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ASKED. AND AFTER 2008 IT'S A QUESTION CONGRESS MUST ACT -- ASK. WHEN CHAIRMAN FRANKS VOTED FOR -- FRANK VOTED FOR RON PAUL'S BILL, PERHAPS HE DIDN'T WANT IT BUT HE VOTED FOR IT AS DID COUNTLESS DEMOCRATS. ULTIMATELY IT WAS REDUCED BUT NOT ELIMINATED IN CONFERENCE. THERE WAS SOME RECOGNITION THERE NEEDED TO BE AUDIT. TODAY WHAT WE'RE DOING IS ASKING TO SEND TO THE SENATE A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT MORE PURELY AND CLEARLY SAYS, I BELIEVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW. PERHAPS THE SENATE WILL TAKE UP A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT VERSION. PERHAPS IT WILL BE TRULY A ONE-TIME AUDIT. PERHAPSES IT WILL BE LIMITED. BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO HOLD US IN THE HOUSE AND OUR COUNTERPARTS IN THE SENATE RESPONSIBLE THAT WE DO KNOW WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW AND THAT WE WILL NEVER AGAIN SAY WE RELY ON OTHER PEOPLE TO BE SO SMART THAT WE SHOULDN'T LOOK OVER THEIR SHOULDER. THAT'S NOT THE AMERICA THAT I GREW UP IN. IT'S NOT THE CLEAR AND TRANSPARENT AMERICA THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE ASKING FOR AND WITH THAT I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS BIPARTISAN BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:00:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 459 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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  • 04:01:08 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, AND THE CHAIR'S PRIOR ANNOUNCEMENT, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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  • 04:02:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4157.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN CALL THE BILL AS AMENDED?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 04:02:50 PM

    THE CLERK

    TO PROHIBIT THE SECRETARY OF LABOR FROM FINALIZING A PROPOSED RULE UNDER…

    TO PROHIBIT THE SECRETARY OF LABOR FROM FINALIZING A PROPOSED RULE UNDER THE FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT OF 1938 RELATING TO CHILD LABOR.

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  • 04:03:10 PM

    MR. WALBERG

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON H.R. 4157.

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  • 04:03:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 04:03:21 PM

    MR. WALBERG

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

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:03:27 PM

    MR. WALBERG

    TO THANK THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM IOWA, CONGRESSMAN TOM LATHAM, FOR…

    TO THANK THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM IOWA, CONGRESSMAN TOM LATHAM, FOR INTRODUCING THIS VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. REPRESENTATIVE LATHAM IS A LONGTIME ADVOCATE FOR FARMERS AND AGRI BUSINESS AND HIS LEADERSHIP IN CONGRESS IS GREATLY APPRECIATED. ACCORDING TO A REPORT, A NEW SITE FOR MY HOME STATE OF MICHIGAN, PARTS OF THE COUNTRY ARE EXPERIENCING THE WORST DROUGHT IN MORE THAN 20 YEARS. JIM, A FIFTH GENERATION FARMER FROM LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, SAID THIS, IT'S GOING TO BE ONE OF THE YEARS THAT SEPARATE THOSE THAT ARE POSITIONED WELL FINANCIALLY AND THOSE THAT ARE NOT. UNPREDICTABILITY IN THE WEATHER AND HARVEST ARE NOT NEW CHALLENGES FOR AMERICAN FARMERS. QUITE THE CONTRARY. IT'S A WAY OF LIFE. FARMERS WORK EACH DAY UNDER DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES, GROWING THE FOOD AND RESOURCES NECESSARY TO POWER THIS NATION AND THIS WORLD. AND OFTEN THE PRESENCE OF A SON OR DAUGHTER WORKING WITH THEIR PARENTS IS IMPORTANT TO A FARM'S LONG-TERM SUCCESS. FEDERAL LABOR POLICIES RECOGNIZE THE SUPPORT YOUTH PROVIDE TO FAMILY FARMS BY EXEMPTING FARMER WORKERS BETWEEN 14 AND 16 YEARS OF AGE FROM RESTRICTIONS ON AGRICULTURE ACTIVITIES. FOR DECADES THIS EXEMPTION HAS APPLIED TO YOUTH WORKING ON A FARM OWNED OR OPERATED BY THE PARENT OR AN INDIVIDUAL'S STANDING IN PLACE OF THEIR PARENT. WITH FARMERS FACING A TOUGH YEAR WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES AND LOW RAINFALL, WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE ABILITY FOR YOUTH TO EXPERIENCE SAFE EMPLOYMENT IN AMERICAN FARMING. THAT'S WHY MANY WERE SHOCKED WHEN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED NEW RULES THAT WOULD MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO WORK ON FAMILY FARMS. LAST SEPTEMBER THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PROPOSED REGULATORY CHANGES THAT WOULD NEGATIVELY AFFECT YOUTH EMPLOYMENT IN AGRICULTURE. SUCH AS NARROWING THE PRESENTAL RESTRICTION, RESTRICTING THE RULES OF FARM OWNERSHIP AND PROHIBITING THE USE OF CERTAIN EQUIPMENT CENTRAL TO A FARM'S OPERATION. EVEN FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECEIVED SAFETY TRAINING THROUGH THE FEDERAL SERVICES EXTENSION PROGRAM, THE LABOR DEPARTMENT EVEN TRIED TO PREVENT YOUTH FROM WORKING WITH NONTOXIC PESTICIDES AVAILABLE AT THE LOCAL HARDWARE STORE. THESE PROPOSED REGULATORY SHIFTS FAIL TO REFLECT THE CHANGES IN FARMING THAT HAVE OCCURRED IN RECENT YEARS. WE ALL WANT TO KEEP YOUNG PEOPLE SAFE FROM HARM, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY WORK IN AN INHERENTLY DANGEROUS ENVIRONMENT. HOWEVER, THE ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSAL WOULD DENY YOUTH AN OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN HANDS ON EXPERIENCE THAT IS OFTEN CRUCIAL TO A FARM'S SURVIVAL. THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, FARMS HAVE BEEN HANDED DOWN FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT THROUGH THE KNOWLEDGE OF FUTURE FARMER GAINED WORKING ALONGSIDE HIS OR HER PARENTS. PUBLIC POLICY SHOULD PROMOTE THIS GREAT AMERICAN TRADITION, NOT DISMANTLE IT. MR. SPEAKER, ACROSS THE COUNTRY MANY FARMERS ARE STRUGGLING. WHILE I RECOGNIZE THE DEPARTMENT HAS WITHDRAWN ITS PROPOSAL FOR NOW, WE OWE IT TO THESE HARDWORKING MEN AND WOMEN TO REMOVE AS MUCH UNCERTAINTY AS WE CAN, ESPECIALLY UNCERTAINTY CAUSED BY FLAWED GOVERNMENT POLICIES. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THE PRESERVING AMERICA'S FAMILY FARMS ACT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:07:06 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:07:11 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    MR. SPEAKER, LAST SEPTEMBER THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PUBLISHED A PROPOSED…

    MR. SPEAKER, LAST SEPTEMBER THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PUBLISHED A PROPOSED RULE ON CHILDREN EMPLOYED IN AGRICULTURE. I SAW IT AS AN IMPORTANT REGULATION THAT WILL PROTECT YOUNG PEOPLE WORKING IN ONE OF THE TOP THREE MOST HAZARDOUS INDUSTRIES IN THE NATION, AGRICULTURE. BUT IN MAY, THE DEPARTMENT WITHDREW THE RULE. I WANT TO SAY THIS AGAIN. IN MAY OF THIS YEAR, THE DEPARTMENT WITHDREW THE RULE. THAT WASN'T ENOUGH APPARENTLY FOR THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY. TODAY THEY'VE DECIDED TO WASTE PRECIOUS LEGISLATIVE TIME ON A BILL THAT TELLS THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR NOT TO ISSUE THIS REGULATION. AGAIN, A REGULATION THE DEPARTMENT ALREADY WITHDREW. TODAY'S DEBATE GIVES NEW MEANING TO THE IDEA OF GOVERNMENT WASTE. NOT ONLY DID THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR WITHDRAW THIS RULE, THE ADMINISTRATION HAS SAID IT WILL NOT REISSUE THE RULE. I WAS DISAPPOINTED THAT THE DEPARTMENT CHOSE NOT TO PURSUE THE RULE IN THE FIRST PLACE BECAUSE THE RULE SOUGHT TO IMPLEMENT SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH, OSHA, AND INCREASED PARODY BETWEEN THE AGRICULTURE AND NONAGRICULTURE CHILD LABOR PROVISIONS. AGRICULTURE IS DANGEROUS, MR. SPEAKER. CHILDREN WORKING ON FARMS, LIKE THEIR ADULT COUNTERPARTS, WORK WITH OR AROUND TOXIC PESTICIDES. THEY CARRY VERY HEAVY MATERIALS AND THEY USE DANGEROUS EQUIPMENT. THE FATALITY RATE FOR CHILD FARM WORKERS IS FOUR TIMES HIGHER THAN THE CHILDREN IN OTHER INDUSTRIES. THERE ARE AN ESTIMATED 400,000 CHILDREN WORKING ON FARMS THAT ARE NOT OWNED BY FAMILY MEMBERS. AND THOSE CHILDREN DESERVE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTECTIONS. THAT IS ALL THIS RULE WOULD HAVE REQUIRED. CHILDREN UNDER 16 SHOULD NOT BE PERMITTED OR REQUIRED TO WORK WITH HAZARDOUS PESTICIDES OR DANGEROUS EQUIPMENT, PERIOD. BUT LET'S BE CLEAR. NOTHING IN THE PROPOSED RULE WOULD HAVE APPLIED TO CHILDREN WORKING ON THEIR PARENT'S FARM IN THE FIRST PLACE. IT'S BEEN A -- I'VE BEEN A STEADFAST SUPPORTER OF FAMILY FARMS THROUGHOUT MY 20 YEARS IN CONGRESS. WE HAVE MANY FAMILY FARMS IN CALIFORNIA'S SIXTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. THEY ARE THE IMPORTANT ECONOMIC ENGINE AND A PART OF THE FABRIC OF OUR BEAUTIFUL DIVERSED COMMUNITY. MY INTENT HERE, MR. SPEAKER, IS SIMPLY TO PROTECT CHILDREN WHO ARE IN DANGER OF BEING EXPLOITED AND INJURED. THE WITHDRAWAL OF THIS RULE WAS DISAPPOINTING. TODAY'S DEBATE, HOWEVER, IS A DISGRACE. THERE ARE NEARLY 24 MILLION AMERICANS UNEMPLOYED OR UNDEREMPLOYED. INSTEAD OF ADDRESSING THE REAL ISSUES THAT AFFECT THEM, WE ARE DEBATING LEGISLATION THAT DOES NOTHING THAT HASN'T ALREADY BEEN DONE. IT ALREADY PREVENTS A RULE THAT HAS BEEN PREVENTED BY POWERFUL SPECIAL INTERESTS AND TALK ABOUT A WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY. WITH THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY TAKING FLOOR TIME WITH MEANINGLESS LEGISLATION LIKE THIS, IT'S NO WONDER CONGRESS HAS AN APPROVAL RATING IN THE LOW TEENS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

  • 04:10:56 PM

    MR. WALBERG

    SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, THE SPONSOR OF…

    SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL, MR. LATHAM.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 04:11:03 PM

    MR. LATHAM

    I THANK THE SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING, AND, MR. SPEAKER,…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING, AND, MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO STAND TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4157, PRESERVING AMERICA'S FAMILY FARMS ACT. THIS IS A VERY BIPARTISAN BILL THAT I THINK REALLY GETS TO WHAT WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT IN AGRICULTURE TODAY. ANY MORE THESE DAYS IT SEEMS LIKE ARMY OF FEDERAL BUREAUCRATS ARE DRAWING UP NEW REGULATIONS OFTEN WITH LITTLE OR NO CONSIDERATION OR UNDERSTANDING OF THE VERY INDUSTRIES THAT THEY'RE TRYING TO REGULATE. YOU KNOW, WHILE SOME REGULATIONS DO SERVE A LEGITIMATE PURPOSE, OTHERS DO LITTLE MORE THAN CREATE UNCERTAINTY AND ADDITIONAL COSTS FOR HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS, FARMERS AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS. I BELIEVE WE WANT TO PUT AMERICA BACK TO -- IN BUSINESS, BACK TO WORK. ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS WE MUST DO IS CRACK DOWN ON OVERREGULATION. I'VE INTRODUCED THE PROPOSAL CALLED THE REGULATORY ACCOUNTABILITY AND ECONOMIC FREEDOM ACT THAT WOULD TAKE A NUMBER OF STEPS TO REVERSE OUR GOVERNMENT'S DIRECTION IN OVERREGULATION. UNFORTUNATELY, WE'RE STANDING HERE TODAY TO FIGHT ONE OF THOSE MISGUIDED REGULATION ATTEMPTS. LAST SEPTEMBER THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PROPOSED RULES THAT WOULD HAVE DRAMATICALLY LIMITED THE ABILITY OF AMERICA'S YOUTH TO CONTRIBUTE TO WORK ON THEIR FARM -- FAMILY'S FARM AND IT WOULD HAVE ELIMINATED EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH IN RURAL AMERICA. AS A RESULT, I INTRODUCED H.R. 4157 AS A SOLUTION TO BLOCK THE D.O.L.'S OVERLY BURDENSOME REGULATIONS. WE CAN'T ALLOW FEDERAL BUREAUCRATS, MANY OF THEM HAVE NEVER STEP FOOT ON A FARM TO TELL IOWA FARM FAMILIES TO YOU THEY CAN RUN THEIR OPERATIONS. AS A PERSON WHO GREW UP ON A FAMILY FARM AND LATER BECAME A FARMER MYSELF, I CAN ATTEST TO THE VALUABLE SKILLS THAT ARE DEVELOPED THROUGH DAYS OF BAILING HAY AND SHOWING CATTLE AT THE COUNTY FAIR. I, LIKE SO MANY THOUSANDS OF YOUTH ACROSS THIS COUNTRY TODAY, UTILIZE MY OWN FARM EXPERIENCE TO LEARN THE OFTEN DIFFICULT LESSONS OF HARD WORK, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS AND LEADERSHIP. LIFE ON THE FARM IS NEVER EASY, BUT THE VALUABLE LESSONS LEARNED WHILE PRODUCING AMERICA'S FOOD, FEED, FIBER MAKE FOR A REWARDING WAY OF LIFE. I THINK IT GOES WITHOUT SAFETY THE CONCERN TO OUR YOUTH IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE TO OUR FARMERS AND RANCHERS. THE REGULATIONS IMPOSED BY THE D.O.L. WOULD HAVE DESTROYED OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH ACROSS THE AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY. THIS BILL WILL ENSURE THE DEPARTMENT CANNOT REISSUE A PROPOSED RULE SUBSTANTIAL IN NATURE THROUGH ASPERGS THAT IT RELEASED LAST YEAR. OUR YOUTH DESERVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN AND GROW THROUGH ONFARM EXPERIENCE AND MY LEGISLATION WILL MAKE SURE THAT REMAINS AVAILABLE AND I URGE SUPPORT FOR PRESERVING AMERICA'S FAMILY FARMS ACT. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. DUFFY.

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    MR. DUFFY

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE AMERICAN FAMILY FARM. WISCONSIN FARMS ARE…

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE AMERICAN FAMILY FARM. WISCONSIN FARMS ARE THE BEDROCK OF OUR SOCIETY. THEY ARE THE CORNERSTONE OF THE WISCONSIN ECONOMY. YOU LOOK AT A FAMILY FARM AND IF WE DON'T HAVE THE WHOLE FAMILY IN THE YOUTH WORKING ON THE FAMILY FARM, OFTENTIMES THEY CAN'T BE SUCCESSFUL IN THIS VERY CHALLENGING ECONOMY. YOU LOOK AT THE LIFE SKILLS AND THE WORK ETHIC THAT OUR YOUTH GET FROM THE FAMILY FARM, IT IS AMAZING. THEY LEARN HOW TO MILK COWS, HOW TO PLANT, HOW TO HARVEST, HOW TO BALANCE THE BOOKS, MANAGE RISK. THEY LEARN HOW MARKETS WORK ON THE FAMILY FARM. HERE AGAIN IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF BIG GOVERNMENT GETTING BIGGER AND MORE INTRUSIVE, TELLING AMERICAN FAMILIES WHETHER OR NOT THEIR KIDS CAN ENGAGE IN THE FAMILY FARM AND THE FAMILY BUSINESS. WE TALK TO EMPLOYERS IN WISCONSIN THEY TELL ME SOME OF THEIR BEST WORKERS ARE WORKERS WHO GREW UP ON A FAMILY FARM. AND IF YOU -- THANK GOODNESS THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE WHO ARE GOING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT THE FAMILY FARMS, THE GREATEST GENERATION WAS RAISED ON THE FAMILY FARM. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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    THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. BOSWELL.

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    FOR YIELDING THE TIME. I APPRECIATE THIS OPPORTUNITY. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF…

    FOR YIELDING THE TIME. I APPRECIATE THIS OPPORTUNITY. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4157 TO PRESERVE AMERICA'S FAMILY FARMS OR SHOULD I SAY, FARM FAMILY TRADITIONS. PASSING THIS LEGISLATION TODAY WILL CODIFY OUR SUCCESSFUL EFFORT TO PREVENT THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR FROM UNDERCUTTING THE STRUCTURE OF OUR NATION'S FAMILY FARMS. FOR GENERATIONS, THE CONTRIBUTIONS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE LED TO FAMILY SUCCESS AND BRIGHT FUTURES ON HOUSEHOLD FARMS. HOWEVER, LATE LAST YEAR, OUR FAMILY FARMERS FACED A SWEEPING REGULATION THAT WOULD HAVE PREVENTED CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN FROM PARTICIPATING IN THE VERY IMPORTANT LESSONS AND TRADITIONS THAT HAVE STABILIZED NOT ONLY OUR FAMILY BUS ALSO OUR ECONOMY. THE SHORTSIGHTED RULING PROPOSED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR WOULD HAVE AFFECTED A WIDE VARIETY OF SUBSECTORS WITHIN AGRICULTURE, WORK WITH LIVESTOCK AND GRAIN PRODUCTION, COMMODITY TRANSPORTATION, YOUTH AGRICULTURE AND A NUMBER OF OTHER SECTORS THAT TRAIN AND EDUCATE OUR YOUTH IN FAMILY FARM SETTINGS WITH HANDS ON EXPERIENCE. NOT ONLY WAS THERE LITTLE TO NO DATA AVAILABLE TO BACK THE PROPOSAL BEING MADE, IT WOULD AS STATED BY FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA, OUR YOUTH, IT WOULD LIMIT IF NOT ELIMINATE OPPORTUNITIES TO EFFECTIVELY TEACH STUDENTS TO BE SAFE WHEN WORKING IN AGRICULTURE. I'M PROUD MANY OF US JOINED IN A BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO TELL THE SECRETARY OF LABOR THROUGH MULTIPLE LETTERS THAT THIS RULING IS WRONG. FORTUNATELY, THE DEPARTMENT DID RESCIND THIS RULING, AS WAS STATED A LITTLE WHILE AGO, SO THE YOUTH IN OUR DISTRICTS COULD CONTINUE TO LEARN IMPORTANT LESSONS TAKING PLACE IN THE MOST SUCCESSFUL SECTOR OF OUR ECONOMY. I SUPPORT H.R. 4157 BECAUSE IT WILL CODIFY THIS EFFORT. THIS BILL WILL CLARIFY THE INTENTION OF CONGRESS WITH RESPECT TO YOUTH EDUCATION ON FARMS AND IT WILL PREVENT THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR FROM IMPLEMENTING OR ENFORCING THIS VERY SPECIFIC PROPOSAL. IN CODIFYING OUR INTENTION AND PASSING THIS BILL, WE ENSURE THAT ALL FARMERS HAVE ACCESS TO EDUCATION AND RETAIN THE FAMILY'S TRADITION, TWO THINGS THAT ARE CRITICAL IN OUR CHANGING SOCIETY. I OFTEN THINK BACK TO WHEN I RETURNED HOME FROM THE ARMY TO FARM AND REALIZED THAT CHANGES HAD TAKEN PLACE IN FARM TECHNOLOGY WHILE I WAS ATWHASME FARMERS NOW REQUIRE EVEN MORE SKILLS AND ADJUST TO FASTER CHANGES THAN EVER BEFORE. YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY AND EVEN SOME OF US WHO AREN'T SO YOUNG ARE MAINTAINING HIGH TECH G.P.S. PROGRAMS, AERIAL MAPPING, BIOTECHNOLOGY TO CREATE GREATER EFFICIENCIES IN FARMING, INCREASE OUTPUT AND REDUCE THE COST OF FOOD IN OUR LOCAL GROCERY STORE. THESE YOUNG FARMERS ARE TAKING THEIR EXPERIENCE ON THE FARM TO STUDY AND CREATE THE SOFTWARE TO IMPROVE FARMING, ACQUIRE THE FINANCIAL SKILLS IT TAKES TO RUN A FARM AND GAINING THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT TO BE PART OF ONE OF AMERICA'S GREATEST ECONOMIC SECTORS. THESE YOUTH, BACKED BY THEIR EXPERIENCE ON THE FARM ARE NOT JUST FARMERS. THEIR ECONOMISTS, ENGINEERS, AND INTERNATIONAL LAY ASONS. MAY I HAVE ANOTHER 30 SECONDS?

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    I YIELD ANOTHER 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

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    MR. BOSWELL

    SURE THAT THESE YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO THE EDUCATION THEY DESERVE AND…

    SURE THAT THESE YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO THE EDUCATION THEY DESERVE AND ASSOCIATIONS MANY OF US HOLD DEAR AND TREASURE OUR WHOLE LIFE. I CALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION TODAY, I ALSO CALL ON TAOS DEMAND THAT THE FARM BILL, PASSED WITH 35 OUT OF THING A -- WITH 35 AYES OUT OF THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE BE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR. IT AFFECTS THE ABILITY TO HIRE AND PURCHASE. AMERICAN FARMERS CREATE JOBS AND MAKE INVESTMENTS TO KEEP JOBS. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FARMER AND BUSINESSMAN, THE FARMER'S PROFITS ARE MORE SUBJECT TO THE WHIMS OF THE MARKET. LET'S TAKE CARE OF OUR FARMERS AND FUTURE FARMERS. WE MUST PASS A FIVE-YEAR FARM BILL. LET'S PASS THIS BILL TODAY AND GET ON TO THE FARM BILL NEXT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND I YIELD BACK.

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    TO MY FARMER FRIEND FROM KANSAS, MR. HUELSKAMP, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. HUELSKAMP

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF FAMILY FARMS OF KANSAS AND ALL OF AMERICA. THE…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF FAMILY FARMS OF KANSAS AND ALL OF AMERICA. THE PROPOSED DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RULE TO PREVENT CHILDREN WORKING ON FAMILY FARMS IS A CONTRADICTION TO OUR AG TRADITION. THE FAMILY FARM IS ONE OF THE BEST PLACE FARCE CHILD TO LEARN AND DEVELOP A STRONG WORK ETHIC. I KNOW THIS IS A -- THIS AS A FARMER -- FORMER FARM KID MYSELF, NOW A FIFTH GENERATION FARLER WHO HOPE MISCHILDREN WILL BE THE SIXTH. WITH OUR AGE IN CRISIS, -- WITH A CRISIS AGING -- FACING FARMING, THE LAST THING WE NEED IS FOR BUREAUCRATS WHO KNOW NOTHING ABOUT FARMS, TO REGULATE IT INTO OBLIVIONS. MOMS AND DADS SHOULD BE TRUSTED TO RAISE THEIR KIDS AS THEY SEE FIT. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BLAPS OF MY TIME.

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    TIME TO A FORMER RANCHER KID AND COLLEAGUE OF MINE TWO MINUTES TO THE…

    TIME TO A FORMER RANCHER KID AND COLLEAGUE OF MINE TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM SOUTH DAKOTA.

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    MRS. NOEM

    OFTEN THROUGH DEBATE THAT WE LEARN THINGS ABOUT EACH OTHER. WE MAY LEARN…

    OFTEN THROUGH DEBATE THAT WE LEARN THINGS ABOUT EACH OTHER. WE MAY LEARN FACTS ABOUT A BILL WE'RE DISCUSSING OR EXPERIENCES WE'VE ALL HAD. A LOT OF PEOPLE PROBABLY DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME, I CARE DEEPLY ABOUT THIS SUBJECT BECAUSE I LOST MY DAD IN AN ACCIDENT ON A FARM. IT WAS DEVASTATING TO OUR FAMILY. BUT I THANK GOD EVERY SINGLE DAY FOR EVERY MOMENT THAT I HAD WORKING BESIDE HIM GROWING UP ON THE FAMILY FARM. IT WAS THERE THAT I LEARNED HOW TO PICK OUT GOOD LAND AND LOOK FOR GOOD SOIL. IT'S WHERE I LEARNED HOW TO IDENTIFY A COW THAT WOULD BE A GOOD MOTHER OR GOOD MILKER. AND IT WAS THERE THAT I LEARNED TO LOOK AT A PROBLEM AND NOT JUST TALK ABOUT IT BUT TO ACTUALLY SOLVE IT AND FIX IT. SO MY CHILDREN ARE HAVING THAT SAME EXPERIENCE WITH ME. WE GET THE CHANCE WHEN I GO HOME FROM HERE TO WORK TOGETHER, TO WORK WITH OUR LIVESTOCK AND ANIMALS, WE LOVE IT. I WOULD BE DEVASTATE IF A WASHINGTON BUREAUCRAT CAME AND TOLD ME NO LONGER COULD I TEACH MY CHILDREN THE WAY OF LIFE PASSED ON TO ME BY MY FATHER BECAUSE OF A DECISION THEY DECIDED THEY WOULD BE SAFER, THAT THAT WAS NO LONGER ALOUSMED THAT'S WHY I STAND HERE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4157, PRESERVING AMERICA'S FAMILY FARMS ACT. THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TALKED ABOUT PUTTING THIS REGULATION IN PLACE. THEY WITHDREW IT BECAUSE OF PRESSURE FROM AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO RECOGNIZED THAT IT WAS NOT THE WAY TO GO ABOUT REGULATING FAMILY FARMS AND THIS ACT IS JUST GOING TO ENSURE THAT THEY CAN NO LONGER TAKE THIS ACTION AND PUT IT INTO PLACE. WITH THAT, I PROUDLY STAND HERE AND PROTECT OUR FAMILY FARMS AND OUR WAY OF LIFE BY ENDORSING THIS ACT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. BOREN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 4157. THE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 4157. THE PRESERVING AMERICA'S FAMILY FARMS ACT. I COMMEND MY FRIEND, MR. LATHAM, AND HIS ENTIRE STAFF, FOR ALL THEIR HARD WORK ON ENSURING THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S PROPOSED RULES THAT RESTRICTION FAMILY FARM TRADITION BE REVERSED. IN DECEMBER, THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PROPOSED UPDATED REGULATIONS ON LABOR PRACTICES FOR MINORS IN AGRICULTURAL OPERATIONS INCLUDING A RULE THAT WOULD HAVE PREVENTED CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 16 FROM PERFORMING CERTAIN DUTIES ON FARMS. HISTORICALLY, FAMILY FARMS HAVE BEEN EXEMPTED FROM SUCH RULES. BUT THE NEW PROPOSAL COULD HAVE BEEN INTRERPTED BROADLY TO EXCLUDE OPERATIONS THAT ARE OWNED BY EXTENDED FAMILY MEMBERS. IN RESPONSE TO THE PROPOSED RULE, CONGRESSMAN LATHAM AND I INTRODUCED H R. 4157. THE BILL PROTECTS FAMILY FARM TRADITION BY DIRECTING THE SECRETARY OF LABOR TO RECOGNIZE AND UNDERSTAND THE UNIQUE CIRCUMSTANCES OF FAMILY FARM YOUTH AND MULTIGENERATIONAL FAMILY PARTNERSHIPS WHEN DRAFTING REGULATIONS NOW AND IN THE FUTURE. IN TRILL -- IN APRIL THE ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED THAT AS A RESULT OF LOUD OPPOSITION, THEY WOULD NOT FINALIZE THE PROPOSED RULE. ALTHOUGH I'M PLEASED THAT THEY DECIDED TO ABANDON THE FLAWED RULE AND LISTEN TO THOUSANDS OF VOICES AMONG OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES, PASSAGE OF H.R. 4 57 WILL -- OF 4157 WILL ENSURE THAT IN THE FUTURE THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR DOES NOT REISSUE THIS PROPOSAL OR ANY OTHER RULE THAT WOULD HAVE A SIMILAR EFFECT ON OUR FAMILY FARMS. THIS LEGISLATION ENCOURAGES THE ADMINISTRATION TO WORK COLLABORATIVELY WITH STAKE HOLDERS SUCH AS FARMERS AND RANCHERS TO UNDERSTAND ISSUES THAT AFFECT THEIR MUSTN'TS AND OUR WAY OF LIFE. FAMILY FARMS HAVE A LONG HISTORY OF PROVIDING A VALUABLE WORK ETHIC AND LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE TO FUTURE FARMERS. MANY OF THESE YOUNG FOLKS DEDICATE THEIR ENTIRE LIVES TO PROVIDING US WITH AN ABAUN -- WITH AN ABUNDANT AND SAFE MARKETPLACE SO WE OWE IT TO THEM TO PROTECT THE FOUNDATION ON WHICH THIS AMERICAN SPIRIT OF HARD WORK IS BUILT. PLEASE JOIN ME AND PLEASE JOIN MY FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN LATHAM, AND OVER 93 BIPARTISAN CO-SPONSORS TO PASS THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. DESJARLAIS

    NOT BUREAUCRATS IN WASHINGTON.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    WANT TO REPEAT WHAT I SAID IN MY OPENING REMARKS. NOTHING IN THE PROPOSED…

    WANT TO REPEAT WHAT I SAID IN MY OPENING REMARKS. NOTHING IN THE PROPOSED RULE WOULD HAVE APPLIED TO CHILDREN WORKING ON THEIR PARENTS' FAMILY FARMS. THE PROPOSED RULE MAINTAINED THE PARENTAL EXEMPTION. BUT AGAIN, THE -- AND TO REMIND EVERYBODY -- THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR WITHDREW THEIR PROPOSAL. WE ARE WASTING TIME TODAY. I RESERVE THE PLANS OF MY TIME.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTE OF TIME TO MY FRIEND FROM NEW…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTE OF TIME TO MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, RICHARD HANNA.

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    MR. HANNA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 4157, THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 4157, THE PRESERVING AMERICA'S FARM ACT. I AM PLEASED TO CO-SPONSOR THIS LEGISLATION THIS RULE, HAD IT BEEN ENACTED, WOULD BE ONE MORE SAD EXAMPLE OF HOW FAR OUR GOVERNMENT IS WILLING TO GO TO PROTECT US FROM OURSELVES. IF THERE'S ANYTHING AMERICA'S FAMILY FARMS ACT WOULD PROTECT THE -- THE PRESERVING AMERICA'S FAMILY FARMS ACT WOULD PROHIBIT THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR FROM ISSUING A RULE TO PROHIBIT CHILDREN FROM WORKING ON THEIR FAMILY FARMS. LIKE MANY CHILDREN, I SPENT MANY SUMMERS WORKING ON MY GRANDPARENTS' MODEST DAIRY FARM IN NEW YORK. MY GRANDFATHER -- BY MY GRANDFATHER'S SIDE I LEARNED PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, ACCOUNTABILITY, GAINED CHARACTER AND A SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT, AS WELL AS THE PRIDE AND DIGNITY THAT RESULTS FROM A DAY'S WORK. MY FAMILY FARM WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ECONOMICALLY VIABLE IF MY YOUNGER COUSINS AND I HAD NOT WORKED AND ASSISTING -- AND ASSISTED DURING HARVEST AND MILKING. I'M CONCERNED THAT THE POLICE CHIEF IN PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY, AS WELL AS HARD WORK, WHICH IS BEING INSTILLED -- BEING INSTILLED AT A YOUNG AGE IS BEING DIMINISH THE LESSONS LEARNED ON A FAMILY FARM SHOULD BE REINFORCED AND ENCOURAGED MORE, NOT LESS. MR. SPEAKER, I ACKNOWLEDGE FARMS ARE A DANGEROUS PLACE TO WORK BUT AS A MAN WHO HAS EMPLOYED HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE, THOSE WHO WORKED EARLY AND HARD IN THEIR LIVES, REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEY WORKED, WERE MY MOST EAGER AND RESPONSIBLE EMPLOYEES. I COULD NOT HAVE SUCCEEDED WITHOUT THOSE MEN AND WOMEN AND NEITHER WILL THIS COUNTRY. WE SHOULD NOT RESTRICT YOUNG PEOPLE FROM WORKING, CHARACTER BUILT EARLY GROWS DEEPER AND LASTS A LIFETIME. LET'S PASS THIS BILL AND PROTECT OUR FAMILY FARMS AND THE GREAT AMERICANS THEY PRODUCE. THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE OF TIME TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLELADY FROM

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    MS. HARTZLER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4157, PRESERVING…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4157, PRESERVING AMERICA'S FAMILY FARM. THIS BILL PROHIBITS THE SECRETARY OF LABOR FROM FINALIZING OR ENFORCING THE PROPOSED RULE THAT WILL FUNDAMENTALLY ALTER THE WAY FAMILY FARMS HAVE OPERATED FOR DECADES AND IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF WASHINGTON BUREAUCRATS TRYING TO TELL FARMERS AND RANCHERS HOW TO OPERATE THEIR OPERATIONS. IF THESE RULES ARE FINALIZED IN THEIR EXURNT FORM, CHILDREN IN RURAL -- IN THEIR CURRENT FORM, CHILDREN IN RURAL AMERICA WILL NOT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN LIFE SKILLS AND VALUES THAT WORKING ON THE FARM PROVIDES. AS I TALK WITH FARM FAMILIES IN MISSOURI'S FOURTH DISTRICT, THEY ARE FRUSTRATED BY THIS RULE. THEIR MESSAGE IS CLEAR, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. BIG GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT TELL HARDWORKING AMERICANS HOW TO RAISE THEIR CHILDREN AND CARE FOR THEIR LAND. I BELIEVE THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD ENSURE OUR BASIC LIBERTIES, NOT TRAMPLE ON THEM. PARENTS CARE FOR MORE -- MORE FOR THEIR CHILDREN THAN GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRATS AND SHOULD MAKE THE DECISIONS FOR THEIR CHILDREN, NOT WASHINGTON, D.C. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    SPEAKER, NOTHING IN THE PROPOSAL -- PROPOSED RULE WOULD HAVE APPLIED TO…

    SPEAKER, NOTHING IN THE PROPOSAL -- PROPOSED RULE WOULD HAVE APPLIED TO CHILDREN WORKING ON THEIR PARENTS' FAMILY FARM. AND I YIELD BACK. NO, I DON'T. I RESERVE THE BALANCE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. POINT OF PERSONAL PRIVILEGE. A FAMILY FARM AND A…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. POINT OF PERSONAL PRIVILEGE. A FAMILY FARM AND A FAMILY FARM SOMETIMES ISN'T THE SAME. IT'S INCORPORATED. FOR THAT REASON WE CONTINUE TO OFFER THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. IT GIVES ME PRIVILEGE TO INTRODUCE ANOTHER GREAT FARMER FROM IOWA, A COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN, MR. KING.

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    YIELD ONE MINUTE OF TIME.

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    MR. KING

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TO ME. WHEN I…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TO ME. WHEN I SAW THIS RULE IT WAS APPALLING TO ME TO THINK THAT THIS EAMENT FROM THE ADMINISTRATION, THE ASSAULT ON THE SANCTITY OF THE FAMILY AND THE FAMILY FARM ALL AT THE SAME TIME. AS WE HAD A WITNESS COME BEFORE THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE, THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF LABOR, UNDER OATH, I ASKED HER, WHAT WAS DRIVING THIS RULE? HER ANSWER WAS, IT'S DRIVEN BY DATA. THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF INJURIES IN YOUTH LABOR ARE ON THE FARM. AND SO WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING TO INTERRUPT THIS INJURY THAT'S TAKING PLACE ON THE FARM. SO I ASKED HER, WHAT IS THE SECOND HIGHEST LEVEL OF INJURY IN FARM -- OR IN YOUTH LABOR? HER ANSWER WAS, I DON'T KNOW. NOT DATA DRIVEN. IT'S DRIVEN BY SOME MISGUIDED IDEOLOGY. IT'S ALSO BEEN SUPPORTED BY THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE, TOM VILSACK, WHO THEIR TEAM HAS BEEN WORKING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR. AND THIS HAS NOT BEEN WITHDRAWN BY THE ADMINISTRATION, MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE SAKE OF THEM UNDERSTANDING THIS IS A MISGUIDED POLICY DECISION. IT'S BEEN WITHDRAWN BECAUSE IT'S A MISGUIDED POLITICAL INITIATIVE. AND SO I'M GLAD THAT IT'S TEMPORARY WITHDRAWN. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. LATHAM, FOR BRINGING THIS LEGISLATION, TO PROHIBIT THIS RULE FROM BEING RETO DO -- REINTRODUCED AGAIN. LET'S PROTECT THE TRADITION THAT MADE AMERICA GREAT AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    UNDERSTAND, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE'RE READY TO CLOSE. THEN I WILL YIELD…

    UNDERSTAND, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE'RE READY TO CLOSE. THEN I WILL YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    CLOSING, MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN, AT A TIME WHEN THERE ARE SO MANY…

    CLOSING, MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN, AT A TIME WHEN THERE ARE SO MANY AMERICANS LOOKING FOR WORK AND SO MANY MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET, CONGRESS HAS BETTER THINGS TO DO THAN TO TAKE UP A REDUNDANT BILL. IT'S WASTEFUL, IT'S UNNECESSARY AND IT PREVENTS US FROM DOING THE REAL WORK THAT OUR CONSTITUENTS HAVE SENT US HERE TO DO. LET'S ANSWER THE IMPORTANT CHALLENGE FACING THE COUNTRY. LET'S START CREATING JOBS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. LET'S START NOW AND LET'S STOP WASTING TIME ON SOMETHING THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN SATISFIED. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. WALBERG

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE SO MUCH THAT WE'VE HAD THIS TIME OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE SO MUCH THAT WE'VE HAD THIS TIME OF DEBATE. AGAIN, TRUST BUT VERIFY. THIS IS A VERIFYING OPPORTUNITY. AS HAS BEEN SAID, THE PROPOSED REGULATION WAS PULLED BECAUSE OF POLITICAL CHALLENGES. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE GENERALLY UNDERSTAND COMMON SENSE. AND THIS WASN'T COMMON SENSE. WHEN WE SEE THE COST OF REGULATIONS IN THIS COUNTRY RIGHT NOW BEING $10,000 PER EMPLOYEE, WE ADD THIS TO THE IMPACT ON THE FARM FAMILY, THOSE THAT HAVE INCORPORATED, IN ORDER TO CARRY ON THEIR BUSINESS, AND ULTIMATELY CARRY ON FARMING FOR GENERATIONS, WE SEE ADDITIONAL PROBLEMS. SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS DEBATE CARRIES THROUGH AND ULTIMATELY WE DON'T HAVE TO DO IT AGAIN. BUT THE -- BUT THAT WE PRESERVE THE RIGHT TO FARM, THE TRADITION AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRAIN OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TO DO SOMETHING THAT'S VALUABLE LONG-TERM AND FULL OF IMPACT. HAVING SAID THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. LATHAM.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. LATHAM

    SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN FOR YIELDING ONCE AGAIN AND,…

    SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN FOR YIELDING ONCE AGAIN AND, MR. SPEAKER, I WILL BE SUBMITTING A LETTER HERE FROM 16 NATIONAL FARM GROUPS IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. I'D ALSO LIKE TO RESPOND. THE GENTLEWOMAN TALKED ABOUT, WELL, FAMILIES, PARENTS CAN STILL LET THEIR CHILDREN FARM --ING ABOVED -- BE INVOLVED IN THE FARMING OPERATION. THAT STATEMENT TO ME JUST SHOWS THE TOTAL MISUNDERSTANDING AND MISCOMPREHENSION OF WHAT AGRICULTURE IS TODAY. YES, YOU HAVE A FAMILY, MOM AND DAD, BUT THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF ALL FARMS TODAY ARE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THEIR BROTHERS, WITH THEIR SISTERS, IF THEIR GRANDPARENTS ARE STILL INVOLVED, IF THEIR PARENTS ARE INVOLVED IN THAT FARMING OPERATION. THIS RULE WOULD HAVE PROHIBITED ANY CHILD FROM WORKING ON THE FARM. AND BEING PART OF A FAMILY OPERATION. OR ANY OF THE THINGS THAT ARE SO COMMON TODAY IN PARTNERSHIPS, SMALL BUSINESS CORPORATIONS, THAT THESE FAMILY FARM OPERATIONS ARE, WOULD HAVE TOTALLY PROHIBITED OUR YOUTH FROM GETTING THE KIND OF EDUCATION, OF GETTING THE KNOWLEDGE, GETTING THE EXPERIENCE THAT THEY CAN DERIVE WORKING WITH THEIR PARENTS ON A FAMILY FARM OPERATION. MR. SPEAKER, LAST SATURDAY I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRAVEL TO THREE COUNTY FAIRS, ONE IN BEDFORD, ONE IN RED OAK, AND ONE IN BOKA, IOWA. AND IT WAS BROUGHT BACK SO MANY MEMORIES FROM MY OWN YOUTH, TO GO TO THOSE FAIRS AND SEE YOUNG PEOPLE SHOWING LIVESTOCK. EITHER 4-H OR F.F.A. AND TO EXPERIENCE THE DRN -- SEE THE EXPERIENCE, THE LOVE THEY HAVE FOR THOSE ANIMALS, THE LOVE OF THE FARM, OF THE AGRICULTURE THEY'RE DEVELOPING IN THEIR YOUTH. THIS IS EXTRAORDINARILY IMPORTANT. WHILE SOME PEOPLE MAY DISEASE MISS THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS, THIS BILL -- DISMISS THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS, THIS BILL, IT WILL PROHIBIT, EVEN IN THE PROPOSAL THAT WAS MADE, BUT ALSO ANYTHING LIKE IT FROM HAPPENING AND THAT'S WHAT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT. TO GIVE THOSE FAMILIES OUT THERE THE CERTAINTY, TO GIVE THE 4-H, THE F.F.A., THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS IN AGRICULTURE TODAY A CHANCE TO CONTINUE, TO CONTINUE THIS GREAT LEGACY OF AGRICULTURE, OF FAMILY FARM OPERATIONS. THAT REALLY IS WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. AND, MR. SPEAKER, I AGAIN ASK FOR SUPPORT OF ALL THE MEMBERS FOR THIS BILL. IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR FAMILY FARMS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4157 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE TITLE IS AMENDED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RISE?

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    MR. HASTINGS

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH THEY CAN REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL H.R. 6082.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 6082 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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    THE CLERK

    REPLACE WITHIN THE 60-DAY CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW PERIOD UNDER THE OUTER…

    REPLACE WITHIN THE 60-DAY CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW PERIOD UNDER THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF LANDS ACT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PROPOSED FINAL OUTER COULDN'T NEBLE SHELF -- OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF OIL AND GAS LEASING PROGRAM, 21-17, WITH A CONGRESSIONAL PLAN THAT WILL CONDUCT ADDITIONAL OIL AND NATURAL GAS LEASE SALES, TO PROMOTE OFFSHORE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT, JOB CREATION AND INCREASE DOMESTIC ENERGY PRODUCTION, TO ENSURE A MORE SECURE ENERGY FUTURE IN THE UNITED STATES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE CHAIR

    TO THE RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED READ THE FIRST TIME. THE GENTLEMAN…

    TO THE RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED READ THE FIRST TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. HASTINGS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MARKEY, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. UNDER THE SHADOW OF THE SUPREME COURT'S RULING ON…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. UNDER THE SHADOW OF THE SUPREME COURT'S RULING ON OBAMACARE, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ON JUNE 28 QUIETLY ANNOUNCED THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSED FINAL OFFSHORE DRILLING PLAN FOR 2012 TO 2017. DESPITE CLAIMS OF BEING PROUD OF THEIR ENERGY RECORD, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DELIBERATELY CHOSE TO ANNOUNCE THEIR PLAN ON THE DAY WHEN IT WOULD GET BURIED IN THE OBAMACARE NEWS COVERAGE. THIS SHOWS THAT EVEN THIS ADMINISTRATION IS NOT PROUD OF THEIR PLAN THAT WOULD PLACE 85% OF AMERICA'S OFFSHORE AREAS OFF LIMITS TO ENERGY PRODUCTION. UNDER SECTION 18 OF THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF LEASING ACT, WOULD ANY PRESIDENT -- WHEN ANY PRESIDENT PROPOSES A NEW FIVE-YEAR OFFSHORE DRILLING PLAN, IT MUST BE SUBMITTED TO CONGRESS FOR A MANDATORY 60-DAY REVIEW BEFORE IT CAN BECOME FINAL AND TAKE EFFECT. THAT 60-DAY CLOCK IS NOW TICKING. IT'S NOW CONGRESS' RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE ACTION, TO REJECT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S NO NEW DRILLING, NO NEW JOBS PLAN AND REPLACE IT WITH A ROBUST, RESPONSIBLE PLAN TO SAFELY DEVELOP OUR OFFSHORE ENERGY RESOURCES. ACCORDING TO ANALYSIS CONDUCTED BY THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH OFFICE, THE PRESIDENT HAS PROPOSED FEWER LEASES IN HIS PLAN THAN ANY PRESIDENT SINCE THIS PROCESS BEGAN. THAT GOES BACK TO PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER, SO IT'S EVEN WORSE THAN PRESIDENT CARTER. PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PROPOSAL DOESN'T OPEN UP ONE NEW AREA FOR LEASING AND ENERGY PRODUCTION. IT WOULD SET OUR NATION'S ENERGY PRODUCTION BACK TO THE DAYS BEFORE 2008, WHEN TWO MORER TOIA PROHIBITED DRILLING OF A VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICAN OFFSHORE AREAS WERE IN PLACE. BOTH MORATORIUM WERE LIFTED AFTER THE SUMMER OF 2008 DUE TO THE OUTRAGE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OVER THE COST OF $4 PER GALLON GASOLINE. THEY DEMANDED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TAKE ACTION. PRESIDENT OBAMA PROPOSES TO EFFECTIVELY REIMPOSE THAT MORATORIUM. FROM NEARLY THE DAY HE TOOK THE OATH OF OFFICE THIS PRESIDENT HAS PUT THE BRAKES ON NEW AMERICAN ENERGY PRODUCTION AND JOB CREATION. IN THE FIRST WEEKS OF THE ADMINISTRATION, THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT TOOK A NEARLY COMPLETELY NEW OFFSHORE LEASE PLAN AND PUT IT ON HOLD FOR SIX MONTHS. AND THEN THEY TOSSED OUT THAT DRAFT PLAN ENTIRELY AND STARTED OVER. IT TOOK THEM OVER 3 1/2 YEARS TO GET A NEW PROPOSED PLAN IN PLACE AND ALONG THE WAY, THEY DELAYED AND CANCELED MULTIPLE LEASE SALES. FOR EXAMPLE, PRESIDENT OBAMA CANCELED A VIRGINIA LEASE SALE SCHEDULED FOR 2011, LAST YEAR. AND NOW REFUSES TO INCLUDE VIRGINIA IN HIS 20212-2017 PLAN. HE IS RESPONSELE FOR CLOSING AN ENTIRE NEW AREA OF DRILLS AND CHEATING THE COMMONWEALTH OUT OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS AND ANOTHER INDUSTRY. IF PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS HIS WAY, VIRGINIA WILL BE LEFT OUT IN THE COLD UNTIL 2017 AT THE EARLIEST. THE BILL BEING CONSIDERED TODAY, H.R. 6082, IS ENTITLED THE CONGRESSIONAL REPLACEMENT OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ENERGY RESTRICTING AND JOB-LIMITING OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING PLAN. IN STARK CONTRAST TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PLAN THIS REPRESENTS A DRILL SMART PLAN THAT INCLUDES 29 LEASE SALES AND FOCUSES ENERGY PRODUCTION IN SPECIFIC AREAS CONTAINING AMERICA'S GREATEST KNOWN OIL AND NATURAL GAS RESOURCES. WHAT A NOVEL IDEA. GO TO WHERE THE RESOURCES ARE. THE BILL WOULD REPLACE THE LEASE SALE SCHEDULED IN THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSED PLAN AND SAFELY OPEN NEW AREAS THAT WERE PREVIOUSLY UNDER MORER TOA, SUCH AS THE MID ATLANTIC, THE SOUTH PACIFIC, AND OTHERS. IT DOES THIS WHILE ENSURING THAT NECESSARY ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS ARE CONDUCTED. IT WOULD GENERATE $600 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL REVENUES AND P CREATE P TENS P OF P THOUSANDS P OF P NEW P AMERICAN P JOBS. P TOMORROW, P THERE P WILL P BE P A P DIRECT P UP P OR P DOWN P VOTE P ON P NATURAL RESOURCES OF OUR COUNTRY, THE BEACHES,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    NATURAL RESOURCES OF OUR COUNTRY, THE BEACHES,

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    THE CHAIR

    NATURAL RESOURCES OF OUR COUNTRY, THE BEACHES,

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    THE CHAIR

    NATURAL RESOURCES OF OUR COUNTRY, THE BEACHES,

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    MR. MARKEY

    NATURAL RESOURCES OF OUR COUNTRY, THE BEACHES, THE FISHING AREAS, FINDING…

    NATURAL RESOURCES OF OUR COUNTRY, THE BEACHES, THE FISHING AREAS, FINDING NATURAL GAS AND SHIPPING IT TO OTHER COUNTRIES. LET'S KEEP IT HERE AND THE REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO OPPOSE KEEPING THE NATURAL GAS THAT THEY WOULD FIND OFF OF THESE BEACHES IN CALIFORNIA AND MAINE AND MASSACHUSETTS AND NEW JERSEY AND SEND IT TO OTHER COUNTRIES. THIS IS TRULY THE EVEN MORE OIL REPUBLICAN PARTY. WHATEVER EXXONMOBIL WANTS, WHATEVER SHELL WANTS, WHATEVER B.P. WANTS, WE'LL DO IT. FETCH WE KNOW MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WILL BE PROTESTING, RIGHT FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. AND BY THE WAY, WITHOUT PASSING ONE OF THE REFORMS FROM THE B.P. SPILL COMMISSION TO MAKE SURE THAT THE DRILL OG CURS IN A SAFE FASHION. THEY STILL, IN TWO YEARS, HAVE YET TO BRING OUT ONE SINGLE SAFETY REFORM THAT WOULD IMPLEMENT SAFEGUARDS TO PROTECT AGAINST THE REPETITION OF WHAT HAPPENED IN THE GULF OF MEXICO. SO THE NATURAL GAS THAT'S FOUND CAN GO OVERSEAS, IT WOULD BE DONE IN A RISKY FASHION BECAUSE THEY REFUSE TO LEARN THE LESSONS OF B.P. IN THE GULF OF MEXICO AND THEY INCLUDED NO NEW SAFETY MEASURES BUT, YOU KNOW, THAT'S WHAT EXXONMOBIL WANTS, THAT'S WHAT B.P. WANT, IT'S OUT HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TO BE VOTED UPON, OVER THE VIGOROUS OBJECTIONS OF THIS DEMOCRAT AND DEMOCRATS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN THIS CONGRESS, THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS REPORTED 11 DRILLING BYS -- DRILLING BILLS OUT OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE. THEY HAVE BEEN COMBINED AND BROUGHT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR, THIS IS NOW THE SIXTH MASSIVE PACKAGE OF GIVEAWAYS TO BIG OIL WE HAVE CONSIDERED. TWO OF THOSE WERE LARGELY SIMILAR TO THE LEGISLATION WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY TO DRAMATICALLY EXPAND OFFSHORE DRILLING WITHOUT PUTTING ANY NEW SAFETY MEASURES IN PLACE. AND ALL THE PREVIOUS DRILLING BILLS HAVE SUFFERED THE SAME FATE. THEY WERE ALL FAR TOO EXTREME TO PASS THE SENATE AND NOT A SINGLE ONE OF THEM HAVE BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW. WELL, LET ME LET EVERYONE IN ON A LITTLE SECRET. THIS BILL IS ALSO NOT BECOMING LAW. LIKE THE BILLS BEFORE IT, IT CAN'T PASS THE SENATE AND THE ADMINISTRATION HAS ALREADY SAID THAT THE PRESIDENT WOULD VETO THIS BILL. BUT THAT REALITY HASN'T STOPPED THE REPUBLICAN HOUSE FROM PASSING GIVEAWAYS TO THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THE REASON THEY KEEP PASSING THEM IS THE SAME REASON THAT, WHEN YOU GO TO A MOVIE AND SEE PREVIEWS OF COMING ATTRACTIONS. WHAT THEY'RE SAYING HERE IS, WE'RE PASS, REPUBLICANS ARE PASS, ALL THIS LEGISLATION FOR THE OIL COMPANIES TO DRILL OFF OUR BEACHES, FOR ALL THE BIG OIL COMPANIES, AND IF, IF, JUST SOMEHOW OR OTHER, MITT ROMNEY BECOMES PRESIDENT AND THE REPUBLICANS TAKE OVER THE SENATE, THIS WILL BECOME THE LEW OF THE NATION. SO THEY SEE THIS AS A PREVIEW OF COMING ATRACTIONS AND THEY WANT THE PUBLIC TO KNOW THAT THAT WILL HAPPEN. AND THEY WANT TO RUN, THIS YEAR, ON THIS PREMISE. AND I THINK THAT'S GREAT. IT'S A VERY HONEST WAY OF DEALING WITH SOMETHING THAT WILL HORRIFY PEOPLE WHO LIVE ALL ALONG THE COASTLINES IN THESE STATES THAT WOULD RUN THE RISK OF HAVING DAMAGE DONE TO THEIR BEACHES. WHEN YOU -- WHEN YOU INCLUDE ALL THE BILLS THAT HAVE BEEN REPORTED BY ALL THE COMMITTEES ALTOGETHER, THIS REPUBLICAN HOUSE HAS ALREADY CAST 139 VOTES ON THE HOUSE FLOOR, THIS CONGRESS, TO BENEFIT THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY. WE ARE GOING TO PASS 90 HOURS OF DEBATE ON THE THROOR ON OIL AND GAS LEGISLATION THIS CONGRESS, JUST TODAY. WHAT A STREAK. WHEN MOST PEOPLE THINK OF THE GREAT RECORDS OF AMERICAN HISTORY THEY THINK OF JOE DIMAGGIO'S, 56-GAME HITTING STREAK OR CAL RIPKEN'S 2,062 HITTING GAMES OR MAYBE WILT CHAMBERLAIN SCORING 100 POINTS IN A BASKETBALL GAME BUT WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, THE RECORD OF THIS REPUBLICAN CONGRESS, VOTING TO BENEFIT BIG OIL, MIGHT BE JUST AS UNTOUCHABLE A RECORD WITH NEARLY 139 VOTES AND NEARLY 90 HOURS OF DEBATES ON THESE GIVEAWAYS TO THE OIL INDUSTRY, ON THE HOUSE FLOOR, THIS IS A ONCE-IN-A-GENERATION PERFORMANCE BY THIS REPUBLICAN CONGRESS. IT MAY STAND AS A RECORD THAT CAN NEVER BE BROKEN BY ANY OTHER CONGRESS IN TERMS OF THE NUMBER OF GIVEAWAYS TO THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY. WHETHER IT'S VOTE 3G3 TIMES TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT OR VOTING AGAIN AND AGAIN FOR MORE AND MORE DRILLING UNDER THE G.O.P., THIS ISN'T THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, IT'S THE HOUSE OF REPETITION PRESIDENT TRUMAN DUBBED THE 0TH CONGRESS THE DO NOTHING CONGRESS. THIS IS APATIENTLY THE DO THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN CONGRESS. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS ALREADY CAST 139 VOTES TO AID THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY. HOW MANY VOTES HAVE THEY CAST TO BENEFIT THE WIND AND THE SOLAR INDUSTRY? AH. THERE'S A GOOD QUESTION. WELL THE ANSWER IS, ZERO. 139 FOR OIL AND GAS, ZERO FOR THE WIND AND SOLAR INDUSTRY. IS THAT ALL YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON HERE? IN CONGRESS? CAN YOU IMAGINE THE MILLENIALS OUT THERE LISTENING TO THIS DEBATE SAYING ZERO FOR WIND AND SOLAR? ZERO FOR THE FUTURE? ZERO FOR MAKING OUR COUNTRY MORE OF THE CLEAN ENERGY LEADER OF THE WORLD? OF REDUCING GREENHOUSE GASES? OF CREATING JOBS IN THOSE INDUSTRIES? ZERO FOR WIND AND SOLAR. THE WIND TAX BREAKS ARE EX-PEERING THIS YEAR. DO NOT EXPECT THAT TO COME OUT ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AS A VOTE THE REPUBLICAN SAYS WE MUST EXTEND. BUT TAX BREAKS FOR OIL COMPANIES, EXTRA DRILLING PRIVILEGES OFF OUR BEACHES FOR THE OIL AND GAS COMPANIES, OH, YEAH, PLENTY OF VOTES FOR THAT. WHILE WE HAVE BEEN SPENDING 90 HOURS DEBATING LEGISLATION TO HELP BIG OIL, RECENTLY, THE MAJORITY WOULDN'T EVEN ALLOW A DEBATE ON THE FLOOR ON AN AMENDMENT TO CREATE A RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY STANDARD FOR OUR -- FOR OUR NATION BECAUSE THE RENEWABLE -- BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN ENERGY POLICY ISN'T ALL OF THE ABOVE, IT IS OIL ABOVE ALL. AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO BE DEBATING FOR THE REST OF THE DAY OUT HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. SAD TO SAY. FOR THE FUTURE OF THE RENEWABLE ENERGY FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY. AT THIS POINT, I WOULD LIKE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:59:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    BEFORE I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS…

    BEFORE I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS TO SIMPLY POINT OUT TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS THAT IN RESPONSE TO HIS ANSWER ON HOW MANY BILL THIS IS HOUSE HAS ADDRESSED ON RENEWABLES, THE GENTLEMAN SAID ZERO AND THAT IS INCORRECT. THERE HAS BEEN MULTIPLE BILLS AND PARTS OF BILLS DEALING WITH THE PROCESS OF PUTTING WIND AND SOLAR IN PLACE SPECIFICALLY ON PUBLIC LANDS. SO I AM VERY -- I WANT TO CORRECT THE GENTLEMAN IN THAT REGARD. I AM PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMB BORN.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. LAMBORN

    MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER. THE BILL WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY IS VERY…

    MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER. THE BILL WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY IS VERY SIMPLE. REPUBLICANS ARE TAKING A PROACTIVE STEP TO SECURE A MORE STABLE ENERGY FUTURE FOR OUR CUPRY. LAST WEEK THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE PUBLISHED A REPORT CONFIRMING THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PLAN FOR OFFSHORE DRILLING OFFERS THE LOWEST NUMBER OF LEASE SALES IN THE HISTORY OF OUR OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELL PROGRAM. THERE ON MY LEFT, 15 IS THE NUMBER YOU SEE IN RED, GOING BACK TO 1980, WHEN PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER WAS IN OFFICE, HE HAD 36 LEASE SALES IN HIS PROPOSED FIVE-YEAR PLAN. AND YOU CAN SEE INTERVENING FIVE-YEAR PLANS SINCE 1980 UNTIL TODAY. THIS IS THE FEWEST EVER. EVEN THIS NUMBER IS GENEROUS BECAUSE WE'RE OPERATING UNDER THE ASSUMPTION THAT THE ADMINISTRATION WILL ACTUALLY FOLLOW THROUGH ON DOING ALL OF THESE 15 LEASE SALES. THIS IS NOT A SURE BET WHEN YOU CONSIDER THAT SINCE THE PRESIDENT WAS ELECTED HE HAS CANCELED MORE LEASE SALES THAN HE HAS HELD. LET ME REPEAT THAT. THIS PRESIDENT IN 3 1/2 YEARS HAS CANCELED MORE LEASE SALES THAN HAVE BEEN HELD. NOW, THE ADMINISTRATION PROPOSES A NEW LEASING PLAN THAT OFFERS FOR SALE THE FEWEST LEASING SALES EVER AND LOCKS AWAY 85% OF OUR OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF FROM ANY DEVELOPMENT. WHY WOULD THE PRESIDENT PROPOSE THE FEWEST NUMBER OF LEASE SALES EVER? IS IT BECAUSE WE'VE SOLVED OUR DEPENDENCY ON FOREIGN OIL? NO. WE IMPORT FIVE MILLION BARRELS A DAY. IS IT BECAUSE WE'VE DEVELOPED ALL OF OUR DOMESTIC RESOURCES SO THERE'S NOTHING LEFT TO DEVELOP? NO, THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN LEAVES TENS OF BILLIONS OF BARRELS OF OIL OFF LIMITS AND TRILLIONS OF CUBIC FEET OF NATURAL GAS UNTAPPED, UNUSED AND UNAVAILABLE FOR THE AMERICAN CONSUMER. THE PRESIDENT SAYS OVER AND OVER THAT HE SUPPORTS U.S. ENERGY DEVELOPMENT. THEN WE SEE THAT EVERY OPPORTUNITY HE MAKES THE CHOICE TO PREVENT EFFICIENT ENERGY DEVELOPMENT FROM HAPPENING. WE MUST DO MORE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN GENERATING MORE ENERGY FOR LOWER PRICES AND LESS -- LESSEN OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL. THIS BILL DOES EXACTLY THAT. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN VOTING FOR THIS BILL. VOTE FOR AMERICAN ENERGY AND AMERICAN JOBS. LET'S REPLACE THE PRESIDENT'S DO-NOTHING PLAN WITH A PLAN THAT MOVES AMERICA FORWARD. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:02:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    I THE THANK THE CHAIR AND I RISE IN OPPOSITION -- I THANK THE CHAIR AND I…

    I THE THANK THE CHAIR AND I RISE IN OPPOSITION -- I THANK THE CHAIR AND I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS. I'D LIKE TO ADDRESS A POINT THE CHAIRMAN MADE AS HE ATTEMPTED TO CORRECT MR. MARKEY AND SAID THAT THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF WIND ENERGY BILLS CONSIDERED. I THINK WE WOULD GLADLY COUNT THOSE VOTES IN THE COLUMN OF GUTTING THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT.

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  • 05:03:12 PM

    MR. HOLT

    NO. THE WIND INDUSTRY DID NOT SUPPORT ANY OF THOSE BILLS THAT HE WAS…

    NO. THE WIND INDUSTRY DID NOT SUPPORT ANY OF THOSE BILLS THAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT OR AMENDMENTS. THEY ARE NOT WIND LEGISLATION, THEY ARE ENVIRONMENTAL SPOILAGE LEGISLATION. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS REPUBLICAN BILL WOULD ALLOW DRILLING OFF THE COAST OF EVERY STATE IN THE EAST COAST, FROM MAINE TO SOUTH CAROLINA. AND OFF OF CALIFORNIA AND OFF OF ALASKA. WHICH IS, I MIGHT ADD, ONE OF OUR NATION'S MOST IMPORTANT SALMON FISHERIES. BY REVIVING LONG-DEAD FISHERIES, LONG-DEAD LEASE SALES IN THESE FISHERY AREAS, THEY WOULD BE REVIVING SALES THAT THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION ISSUED JUST FOUR DAYS BEFORE THEY LEFT OFFICE. NOW, IT'S INTERESTING THAT TOMORROW WE WILL CONSIDER REPUBLICAN LEGISLATION ON THIS FLOOR THAT IS INTENDED TO PROHIBIT MIDNIGHT REGULATIONS. YET TODAY WE HAVE A MIDNIGHT DRILLING LEASE SALE. THEY ARE, IN EFFECT, TRYING TO REINSTATE THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S MIDNIGHT OFFSHORE LEASING PLAN. SO I JUST WANT MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE TO KNOW THAT TOMORROW, WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT MIDNIGHT REGULATIONS, THAT THEY WERE ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT IT A DAY IN ADVANCE. THE OTHER SIDE HAS ALSO MADE THE POINT THAT THE ADMINISTRATION'S OFFSHORE DRILLING PLAN WOULD REINSTATE A MORATORIUM. QUITE THE OPPOSITE. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S OFFSHORE DRILLING PLAN ALREADY NOW MAKES MORE THAN 75% OF OUR OIL AND GAS RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR DRILLING. THEY ARE NOT DOING WHAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING THEY ARE DOING. TWO MONTHS AGO INDUSTRY ANALYSTS WERE PROJECTING THAT BY THE END OF THIS YEAR WE WOULD HAVE 50% MORE FLOATING RIGS OPERATING IN THE GULF THAN BEFORE THE B.P. SPILL. TURNS OUT THEY WERE WRONG. NOT BY THE END OF THIS YEAR. IT'S ALREADY HAPPENED. WE HAVE ABOUT 50% MORE RIGS OPERATING IN THE GULF TODAY. WE HAVE MORE RIGS OPERATING IN THE UNITED STATES THAN IN THE REST OF THE WORLD COMBINED. AND THEY'RE SAYING THE PRESIDENT IS TRYING TO KILL THE OIL INDUSTRY. H.R. 6082 IGNORES THE FACT THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE ENERGY STRATEGY HAS SUCCESSFULLY REDUCED OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL FROM 57% IN THE LAST YEAR OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION TO ONLY 45% TODAY. IT IGNORES THE FACT THAT OUR OIL PRODUCTION IS AT AN 18-YEAR HIGH . IT DOES RAISE THE QUESTION OF WHY WE HAVE THIS LEGISLATION IN FRONT OF US AT ALL, IF NOT TO MAYBE EMBARRASS THE PRESIDENT. BUT, NO, THE PRESIDENT WILL NOT BE EMBARRASSED BY THE FACTS. AND I HOPE WE WILL DEAL WITH THE FACTS HERE. THIS LEGISLATION IS UNNECESSARY AND UNWISE. UNNECESSARY BECAUSE THE DRILLING IS TAKING PLACE AND UNWISE BECAUSE THE OTHER SIDE WANTS TO STRIKE ALL OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS THAT, RATHER THAN WEAKENED, SHOULD BE STRENGTHENED. LATER WE WILL BE CONSIDERING AN AMENDMENT THAT I WILL OFFER TO STRIKE THE LANGUAGE FROM THE UNDERLYING BILL THAT REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR TO CONDUCT A SINGLE MULTISALE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT FOR ALL NEW AREAS OPENED FOR DRILLING. YOU MAY RECALL, MR. CHAIRMAN, I SAID A MOMENT AGO THAT THIS LEGISLATION TALKS ABOUT DRILLING FROM MAINE TO SOUTH CAROLINA, OFF CALIFORNIA AND IN ALASKA. AND THEY PROPOSE TO SAY A SINGLE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT WILL DEAL WITH THAT? THAT'S LIKE THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT THAT APPLIED TO THE B.P. DRILLING IN THE GULF THAT TALKED ABOUT WALRUSES. YES, BECAUSE THEY WERE USING THE SAME ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT THAT THEY HAD USED IN ALASKA PREVIOUSLY. NO, THE PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT REQUIRES A LITTLE MORE ATTENTION THAN THAT. CONGRESS HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, TO ENSURE THAT OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS DRILLING IS OCCURRING IN A SAFE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE MANNER. ALSO LATER WE WILL BE CONSIDERING A -- AN AMENDMENT THAT I WILL OFFER THAT HAS TO DO WITH THE ROYALTIES THAT WILL BE COLLECTED OR SHOULD BE COLLECTED FROM OFFSHORE DRILLING. THE BIG FIVE OIL COMPANIES MADE A RECORD PROFIT OF $137 BILLION LAST YEAR. IN THE FIRST QUARTER THIS YEAR THEY CONTINUED TO CAPITALIZE ON THE PAIN OF THE AMERICANS AT THE PUMP, RAKING IN $368 MILLION IN PROFITS PER DAY. AND THIS LEGISLATION THAT IS BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR BY THE REPUBLICANS HERE WANT TO ALLOW THEM TO DRILL IN MANY PLACES WITHOUT PAYING ANY ROYALTIES, WITHOUT PAYING A FEE TO THE TAXPAYERS FOR THE OIL THAT THE TAXPAYERS OWN. RIGHT NOW MORE THAN 25% OF ALL OIL PRODUCED OFFSHORE ON FEDERAL LANDS IS PRODUCED WITHOUT PAYING A PENNY OF ROYALTIES. THAT SHOULD BE CHANGED. MY CONSTITUENTS, AND I THINK THE CONSTITUENTS OF ANY MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE, WOULD SAY IT'S ONLY FAIR THAT THESE OIL COMPANIES PAY FOR WHAT THEY USE. AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:09:44 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 05:09:48 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE…

    MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, A MEMBER OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE AND SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, DR. FLEMING.

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  • 05:09:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:09:59 PM

    MR. FLEMING

    I WANT TO THANK THE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK. FIRST I…

    I WANT TO THANK THE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK. FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. HE IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT THAT OIL PRODUCTION HAS INCREASED IN RECENT YEARS AND THAT OUR DEPENDENCE ON OIL HAS ACTUALLY DECREASED OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF TIME. BUT WHY? WHY? BECAUSE OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR. THE PRIVATE SECTOR INDUSTRY OUT THERE HAS BEEN OUT THERE DRILLING IN NEW AREAS LIKE NORTH DAKOTA, IN MY OWN HOME STATE OF LOUISIANA. IT'S THE PRIVATE SECTOR THAT'S DRIVING THIS, THAT'S PRODUCING MORE OIL THAN WE'VE EVER DONE AND THERE'S MUCH MORE THAT WE CAN HAVE. ON THE OTHER HAND, IN PUBLIC PLANS THAT'S BEEN UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE PRESIDENT, WE'VE SEEN A REDUCTION OF 15%. SO THERE'S NO WAY IN THE WORLD THAT WE CAN GIVE OUR PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT OBAMA, CREDIT FOR THIS THAT -- FOR THAT. UNLESS OF COURSE IF WE SAID, WELL, INDEED THE PRIVATE SECTOR DIDN'T BUILD IT, HE DID. BUT I REALLY DON'T THINK THAT'S THE CASE. MR. SPEAKER, I STAND IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6082. WHAT WE'RE SEEING IN PRESIDENT OBAMA'S LEASE PLAN IS A STUDY IN CONTRAST. WHEN DEMAND FOR ENERGY WAS UP AND PRICES WERE SPIKING IN 2008, THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION OPENED MORE AREAS FOR DRILLING. THAT'S JUST COMMON SENSE -- COMMONSENSE ECONOMICS. WELL, HERE WE ARE FOUR YEARS LATER, WITH HIGH ENERGY PRICES AGAIN AND THIS PRESIDENT'S SOLUTION IS TO PROPOSE A PLAN THAT OPENS NO NEW AREAS OF DRILLING. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION POUNCED ON THE B.P. SPILL TWO YEARS AGO TO RATCHET DOWN OUR NATION'S ABILITY TO DRILL FOR OIL AND THEN DRAGGED ITS FEET IN NEW DRILLING PERMITS. ALL THE WHILE TAXPAYER DOLLARS WERE BEING THROWN AT FAILED WIND AND SOLAR ENERGY PRODUCTS LIKE SOLYNDRA AND MANY OTHERS TOO NOUM RUSE -- TOO NUMEROUS TO NAME TODAY. THIS LEGISLATION IS PART POLICY -- SMART POLICY AND A RETURN TO COMMON SENSE. OUR COUNTRY NEEDS ENERGY AND IT NEEDS JOBS. THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN DOESN'T HELP BUT H.R. 6082 DOES. IT WILL OPEN AREAS FOR DRILLING --

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  • 05:12:09 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

  • 05:12:11 PM

    MR. FLEMING

    THE GENTLEMAN. THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN DOES NOT HELP BUT H.R. 6082 DOES. IT…

    THE GENTLEMAN. THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN DOES NOT HELP BUT H.R. 6082 DOES. IT WILL OPEN AREAS FOR DRILLING THAT NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN CLOSED OFF. AND THAT WILL LEAD TO MORE JOBS AND MORE COST EFFECTIVE ENERGY FOR AMERICANS. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:12:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK…

    YIELDS. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:12:39 PM

    MR. HOLT

    CHAIR. IN 1969 MANY IN AMERICA ENCOUNTERED THE PHRASE, OIL SPILL FOR THE…

    CHAIR. IN 1969 MANY IN AMERICA ENCOUNTERED THE PHRASE, OIL SPILL FOR THE FIRST TIME -- THE PHRASE OIL SPILL FOR THE FIRST TIME. IN -- OFF THE COAST OF SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA, THERE WAS WHAT HAS NOW BECOME THE GRANDDADDY OF OIL SPILLS. CURRENTLY REPRESENTING THAT AREA AND THOSE BEACHES IS OUR GOOD COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. CAPPS, AND I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 05:13:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 05:13:19 PM

    MRS. CAPPS

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. MR. CHAIRMAN, HERE WE ARE, VOTING ONCE…

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. MR. CHAIRMAN, HERE WE ARE, VOTING ONCE AGAIN TO MANDATE NEW OFFSHORE DRILLING IN THE AREAS WHERE IT SIMPLY ISN'T WANTED. JUST LIKE BEFORE THIS PROPOSAL SIMPLEY IGNORES THE FACTS -- SIMPLY IGNORES THE FACTS. THE FACT THAT WE ALREADY MAKE MORE THAN 75% OF THE OFFSHORE AND GAS -- OIL AND GAS RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR DRILLING. THE FACT THAT DOMESTIC OIL PRODUCTION IS AT AN 18-YEAR HIGH , THE FACT THAT WE HAVE MORE RIGS DRILLING IN THE UNITED STATES THAN IN THE REST OF THE WORLD COMBINED. INSTEAD OF ADDRESSING THE REAL ISSUES IN OFFSHORE DRILLING LIKE THE NEED TO ADOPT A SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE NONPARTISAN OIL SPILL COMMISSION, THIS BILL SEEKS TO COMPOUND THE PROBLEMS BY MANDATING NEW DRILLING ALL OVER THE PLACE. H.R. 6082 ALSO CAVALIERLY DISMISSES THE LEGITIMATE CONCERNS RAISED BY THE PEOPLE MOST AFFECTED BY THIS MANDATED NEW DRILLING IDEA, MY CONSTITUENTS. AFTER NEARLY 100 YEARS OF DRILLING OFF MY COASTLINE, CALIFORNIANS HAVE SPOKEN AND CLEAR, WE'VE HAD ENOUGH. IN FACT, A 2010 PROPOSAL TO ALLOW DRILLING FROM THE SHORES OF A COASTAL TOWN IN MY DISTRICT WAS OPPOSED BY 70%. THAT'S RIGHT, 70% OF THE VOTERS. TO PROTECT COMMUNITIES NOW AT RISK UNDER THIS BILL, I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD HAVE STOPPED THE MANDATED NEW LEASE SALES OFF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, OFF MY DISTRICT. BUT THE MAJORITY REFUSED TO ALLOW A DEBATE ON THIS AMENDMENT. IN ADDITION THIS NEW MANDATED DRILLING WOULD HAVE -- WOULD HAPPEN ON PLATFORMS THAT HAVE BEEN IN THE SANTA BARBARA CHANNEL SINCE THE BROTHERS WERE TOPPING THE CHARTS OVER 50 YEARS AGO. IT'S NOT A GOOD IDEA TO USE THESE OLD RIGS FOR EXPANDED DRILLING. 20 OF THEM, INCLUDING PLATFORM A, AS MY COLLEAGUE REFERENCED, THE VERY CULPRIT OF THE 1969 SANTA BARBARA OIL SPILL. I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT TO REQUIRE THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT TO CERTIFY THESE PLATFORMS THAT ARE ACTUALLY CAPABLE OF HANDLING NEW DRILLING BEFORE IT COULD START BUT THANKS TO THE RULES COMMITTEE, WE WON'T BE DEBATING THAT ISSUE EITHER. . WHAT IS TRUE, THE PENTAGON DOESN'T SUPPORT NEW DRILLING OFF ITS BASE OFF THE CENTRAL COAST. THE PENTAGON TOLD EXXON MOBIL THAT THE COMPANY'S PROPOSED DRILLING PLAN AT THE AIR FORCE BASE, AND I QUOTE, WOULD PRESENT A WIDE RANGE OF SIGNIFICANT OPERATIONAL CONSTRAINTS, UNQUOTE AND I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT TO PROTECT THE NATIONAL SPACE LAUNCH MISSION AT THE AIR FORCE BASE. BUT AGAIN, THE HOUSE WON'T BE ABLE TO DEBATE THAT ISSUE AND THE CONCERNS OF THE AIR FORCE ARE LEFT UNADDRESSED. IT'S CLEAR H.R. 6082 IS NOT A WELL THOUGHT-OUT PROPOSAL BUT ANOTHER HEAVY-HANDED KNOW-IT-ALL APPROACH FROM WASHINGTON, D.C.,, CUTTING OUT ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS, LIMITING PUBLIC INPUT. THAT MIGHT BE GOOD POLICY FOR OIL COMPANIES BUT BAD ENERGY POLICY FOR MY CONSTITUENTS AND THIS NATION AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS BILL.

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  • 05:16:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

  • 05:16:43 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    TWO MINUTES TO ANOTHER MEMBER TO THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, MR.…

    TWO MINUTES TO ANOTHER MEMBER TO THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, MR. MCCLINTOCK.

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  • 05:16:52 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 05:16:55 PM

    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    REFLECTING ON THE FACT THAT DURING THE SAME PERIOD I REPRESENTED SOME…

    REFLECTING ON THE FACT THAT DURING THE SAME PERIOD I REPRESENTED SOME AREAS OF SANTA BASH BRA FOR EIGHT YEARS AND I WOULD REMIND THE GENTLELADY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PASSED A RESOLUTION FOR MORE OFFSHORE DEVELOPMENT OF THE AREA, SO DEPENDENT IS THE REGION'S ECONOMY ON THAT ENTERPRISE. THAT SPEAKS VOLUMES OF WHERE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE STAND TODAY AS WELL. AMERICA'S ENERGY CRISIS IS NOT BECAUSE OF ANY SHORTAGE OF AMERICAN ENERGY. IT IS BLESSED WITH VAST RESERVES. THE PETROLEUM, NATURAL GAS, COAL, HYDROELECTRICITY AND URANIUM THAT DWARFED THOSE OF ANY OTHER NATION AND MAKE US THE MOST ENERGY-INDEPENDENT NATION IN THE WORLD. THE CRISIS HERE IN WASHINGTON. CAPPS CAPPS WOULD THE GENTLEMAN --

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  • 05:18:00 PM

    MRS. CAPPS

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 05:18:03 PM

    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    WOULD NOT YIELD. THIS IS TO THE GREEN LEFT AND CONTINUES TO THWART THE…

    WOULD NOT YIELD. THIS IS TO THE GREEN LEFT AND CONTINUES TO THWART THE DEVELOPMENT OF AMERICAN RESOURCES. WE HAVE SEEN THIS POLICY TIME AND TIME AGAIN AS THE PRESIDENT WHO HAS BLOCKED THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE, WAGED WAR ON COAL AND THREATENED OFFSHORE EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT, WHICH A PROBLEM THIS BILL NOW ADDRESSES. AND TO ADD HYPOCRISY TO INJURY, WHILE BLOCKING AMERICAN PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT, MANY OF THESE LET THE BRAZILIANS INCREASE THEIR PRODUCTION. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. OUR NATION IS AT A CROSSROADS. WE CAN CHOOSE GOVERNMENT-ENERGY SHORTAGES OR ABUPPEDANCE PRODUCED BY AMERICAN ENTERPRISE. THAT IS THE ISSUE BEFORE US TODAY AND THAT IS ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT WILL BE BEFORE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN NOVEMBER.

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  • 05:19:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. HOLT

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. TONKO, WHO IS A NEW MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE BUT ONE OF THE MORE ENERGETIC MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE AND PASSIONATE ABOUT PRESERVING A HEALTHFUL ENVIRONMENT.

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  • 05:19:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

  • 05:19:24 PM

    MR. TONKO

    OFFSHORE DRILLING PLAN AND THE MAJORITY ISN'T GOING TO BE HAPPY UNTIL WE…

    OFFSHORE DRILLING PLAN AND THE MAJORITY ISN'T GOING TO BE HAPPY UNTIL WE TURNED OVER EVERY SQUART FOOT TO THE OIL AND GAS COMPANIES. H.R. 6082 ABANDONS ANY PRE-TENSE TO THE SUPPORT OF ANY STATES AND EAST COAST AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. THE STATES ON RECORD OPPOSING OIL AND GAS DRILLING. TOO BAD, NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, CONNECTICUT AND MASSACHUSETTS. IF YOUR CITIZENS WANT TO HAVE FISHING, BIG OIL WANTS TO MOVE IN. AND H.R. 6082 GIVES THEM THE AUTHORITY TO DO SO. H.R. 60 2 REQUIRES NO PUBLIC COMMENT OR CONSULTATION WITH THE STATES. APPARENTLY THOSE STEPS, STEPS FOLLOWED BY THE ADMINISTRATION INPUTTING TOGETHER THEIR PLAN ARE TOO TIME CONSUMING. BESIDES THEY MAY RESULT IN OPPOSITION TO THIS ILL-CONCEIVED DRILLING PLAN. ON THE SAME DAY THAT THE CHEMICAL SAFETY BOARD RELEASED ITS REPORT ON THE DEEPWATER HORIZON ACCIDENT AND SAYING SAFETY LESSONS WERE NOT LEARNED, WE ARE MOVING A BILL THAT DOES NOTHING TO IMPROVE THE SAFETY OF OFFSHORE DRILLING FOR THE PEOPLE WHO WORK ON THESE RIGS OR THE MANY CITIZENS AND BUSINESSES WHOSE COASTAL ACCESS, ENJOYMENT OR LIVELIHOOD WOULD BE LOST IF THERE ARE WERE AN OIL SPILL. THANKFULLY THIS BILL WILL GO NO FURTHER. AND IF IT PASSED THE OTHER BODY, THE PRESIDENT ISSUED A VETO THREAT. WHY ARE WE DOING THIS? ONE CAN ONLY SPECULATE. I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT THE RULES COMMITTEE DID NOT MAKE MY AMENDMENT IN ORDER AND WOULD REQUIRE GAS COMPANIES TO DISCLOSE THEIR CAMPAIGN DONATIONS TO SUPER PA CRMP S. FREE SPEECH SHOULDN'T COST MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. SUNSHINE IS THE BEST. THE PUBLIC SHOULD KNOW WHO IS FUNDING ADS AND OTHER CAMPAIGN-FOCUSED ACTIVITIES EMWHEN IT COMES FROM CORPORATIONS THAT COME FROM PRIVATE RESOURCES. THEY UNLEASHED A TIDAL WAVE OF DONATIONS. THERE ARE SUPER PA CRMP S TO SPEND THE $221 MILLION TO DOMINATE THE AIR WAVES WITH THE POLITICAL VIEW POINTS OF CORPORATIONS AND WEALTHY INDIVIDUALS. ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED EARLIER THIS YEAR, AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY PAID OVER $12 MILLION ATTACKING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S GREEN ENERGY POLICY. THE COUNTRY NEEDS TO KNOW HOW MONEY IS BEING USED TO INFLUENCE ELECTIONS. MY AMENDMENT WOULD HAVE PROVIDED THE PUBLIC WITH SOME OF THAT INFORMATION. H.R. 6082 WILL NOT MAKE US ENERGY INDEPENDENT OR MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT AND NOT LOWER FUEL PRICES. INVESTMENT IN OUR NEW ENERGY SOURCES ARE THE REAL WAY TO KICK OUR OIL WELL HABIT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT H.R. 6082 AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:22:40 PM

    MR. HOLT

    TIME REMAINING ON EACH SIDE.

  • 05:22:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY HAS SEVEN MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY HAS SEVEN MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON HAS 17 1/4 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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  • 05:23:02 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    TWO MINUTES TO ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, THE…

    TWO MINUTES TO ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. DUNCAN.

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  • 05:23:14 PM

    MR. DUNCAN

    NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS ISSUE. THE…

    NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS ISSUE. THE CONGRESSMAN FROM LOUISIANA REMINDED US DRILLING EQUALS JOBS AND REPUBLICANS HAVE A PLAN FOR JOB CREATION IN AMERICA AND IT BEGINS GO, IT BEGINS NOT WITH THE GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER IN OUR HEALTH CARE BUT IT BEGINS WITH AMERICA PURSUING ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. UTILIZING THE RESOURCES THAT WE ARE BLESSED WITH IN THIS COUNTRY, PRIMARILY RIGHT NOW IN OFFSHORE AREAS. WE DO THIS BY EXPANDING AREAS OF OUR OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF THAT ARE INCLUDED IN OUR NATION'S PLAN FOR EXPLORATION OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. IT SEEMS SIMPLE TO THE AVERAGE AMERICAN AND THAT'S WHAT FRUSTRATES THEM SO MUCH THAT WE WOULD REFUSE TO EXPLORE OUR RESERVES AND MEET OUR ENERGY NEEDS IN THIS COUNTRY. WITH A 9.4 UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN SOUTH CAROLINA. DRILLING EQUALS JOBS AND THAT IS WHY MY STATE, THEIR OFFSHORE AREA IS INCLUDED WITHIN THIS BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT THIS AMERICAN JOBS AND ENERGY INITIATIVE BYPASSING H.R. 6082. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:24:34 PM

    MR. HOLT

    PLEASED TO YIELD AT THIS TIME THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    PLEASED TO YIELD AT THIS TIME THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. MORAN, WHO ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS, IS A CHAMPION FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.

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  • 05:24:48 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 05:24:52 PM

    MR. MORAN

    MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW JERSEY FOR YIELDING TO ME. A FEW FACTS THAT WE…

    MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW JERSEY FOR YIELDING TO ME. A FEW FACTS THAT WE NEED TO PUT ON THE TABLE HERE. ONE, THIS BILL ISN'T GOING ANYWHERE. NOT GOING TO BE ACCEPTED BY THE SENATE, LET ALONE THE -- ENACTED BY THE PRESIDENT. SECONDLY, WE COULD CREATE MORE JOBS AND A MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE IF WE DROP THE SUBSIDIES FOR OIL AND GAS AND REDIRECTED THEM INTO WIND AND SOLAR POWER. AND THIRDLY, THIS WILL HAVE NO IMPACT UPON THE WORLD OIL PRICE. THE ENACT IS THAT -- THE FACT IS THAT WE HAVE A GOOD DEAL OF EXPERIENCE THAT SHOWS THAT NO MATTER HOW MUCH PRODUCTION COMES OUT OF THE UNITED STATES, IT, AT BEST HAS A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON WHAT CONSUME RS -- CONSUMERS PAY AT THE GAS PUMP. LET ME FLUSTE SOME NUMBERS TO THAT EFFECT TO PROVE THE POINT. WE CURRENTLY CONSUME ABOUT 18.8 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL A DAY AND PRODUCE 5.4 MILLION. DESPITE THE CONCERTED EFFORTS OF FORMER OILMEN, PRESIDENT BUSH AND VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY AND THE CONGRESS THAT EMBRACED THE DRILL, BABY, DRILL MANTRA, TOTAL OIL PRODUCTION DROPPED FROM 2 BILLION BARRELS IN 2001 WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH CAME INTO OFFICE TO 12 BILLION BARRELS WHEN THEY LEFT OFF. U.S. PRODUCTION DECLINED DESPITE TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES IN DRILLING AND DESPITE THE LIFTING OF PREVIOUSLY RESTRICTED AREAS ON LAND AND AT SEA. IRONICALLY, OIL PRODUCTION TODAY UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS HIGHER, IT'S HIGHER THAN AT ANY TIME DURING THE 14 YEARS. I'LL MENTION THAT ONCE AGAIN. OIL PRODUCTION TODAY IS HIGHER UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION THAN AT ANY TIME DUG THE LAST 14 YEARS. JO SHORE, OIL LEASES ON 73 MILLION ACRES ON THE PUBLIC'S LAND. OFFSHORE, MORE THAN 37 MILLION ACRES OF THE OUTER CONTINENTAL HAVE BEEN OFFERED FOR LEASE SINCE 2012. PUBLIC LANDS AND WATERS ARE AVAILABLE AND HAVE BEEN LEASED FOR DRILLING THAN AT ANY PREVIOUS TIME IN U.S. HISTORY. WORTH REPEATING. MORE OF THE PUBLIC'S LANDS AND WATERS ARE AVAILABLE TODAY AND HAVE BEEN LEASED FOR DRILLING THAN AT ANY PREVIOUS TIME IN U.S. HISTORY. AS OF JUNE 1 OF THIS YEAR, 1,980 ROTERY DRILLING RIGS OPERATING ON U.S. LANDS AND WATERS, MORE THAN ALL OTHER COUNTRIES COMBINED. BUT ALL THIS ACTIVITY HAS HAD NO IMPACT ON PRICES. THE FACT IS WE HAVE 36 YEARS OF DATA TO SHOW IT WILL HAVE NO IMPACT ON THE PRICE OF OIL. SO WHY ARE WE DOING THIS? THAT'S THE REAL QUESTION THAT NEEDS TO BE ANSWERED. SO I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR THE TIME.

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  • 05:28:26 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE, MRS.…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE, MRS. BLACKBURN. CHARMEDE THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:28:36 PM

    MRS. BLACKBURN

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TIME. JUST LAST MONTH, THE ADMINISTRATION…

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TIME. JUST LAST MONTH, THE ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED ITS PROPOSED FINAL LEASE PLAN FOR DEVELOPING THE U.S. OFFSHORE ENERGY RESOURCES FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, 2012 TO 2017. THERE WAS A LOT OF ANTICIPATION ABOUT THIS AND WE THOUGHT THAT FINALLY THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD HEAR THE CALLS THAT HAVE COME FROM THIS HOUSE SAYING, YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO INCREASE OUR AMERICAN ENERGY SUPPLY AND WE NEED TO CREATE JOBS. BUT WE WERE DISAPPOINTED. OUR CALLS FOR RELEASE OBVIOUSLY FELL ON DEAF EARS. INSTEAD OF OPENING UP 98% OF THE U.S. OFFSHORE, WHICH IS CURRENTLY UNLEASED FOR ENERGY EXPLORATION, THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN WILL MAKE THE SITUATION WORSE BY CLOSING 85% OF OUR OFFSHORE AREAS TO ENERGY PRODUCTION. I THINK THAT'S SIGNIFICANT. BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO ASK THE QUESTION, WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT? IF YOU WANT ENERGY INDEPENDENCE, OPEN IT UP. LET'S EXPLORE FOR THESE RESOURCES. TO PUT THAT INTO CONTEXT. I THINK WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS LOOK AT THIS PRESIDENT'S PLAN AND COMPARE IT TO PREVIOUS PRESIDENTS. AND MR. CHAIRMAN, WHAT WE FIND IS THAT THIS PRESIDENT'S PLAN OFFERS FEWER OFFSHORE DRILLING LEASES THAN FORMER PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER HAD OFFERED. THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN ALSO IGNORES THE ECONOMIC STRUGGLES THAT ARE FACING OUR COUNTRY, AND IT REALLY DOES NOT MOVE US TOWARD ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. WHAT IT DOES DO IS TO TAKE A STEP BACKWARD. WE ARE HEADING THE WRONG DIRECTION IN THIS ISSUE AND RE-IMPOSES THE DRILLING MORATORIUM THAT HAD BEEN LIFTED, MORATORIUM THAT THE GULF COAST STILL HAS NO RECOVERED FROM. AND I THINK THAT WE NEED TO LOOK AT THAT AND CONSIDER THOSE JOBS IN OUR COASTAL REGIONS AND IN STARK CONTRAST TO THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN, H.R. 6082 PROPOSES A DRILL SMART JOB CREATION PLAN THAT EXPANDS OFFSHORE DRILLING AND OPENS NEW AREAS CONTAINING THE MOST OIL AND NATURAL GAS RESOURCES. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS PLAN AND I YIELD BACK. .

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  • 05:31:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    HAS FOUR MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON HAS 14 MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. -- DR. BOUSTANY.

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  • 05:31:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. BOUSTANY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6082 WHICH I BELIEVE IS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6082 WHICH I BELIEVE IS A COMMONSENSE APPROACH TO ENERGY PRODUCTION AND JOBS IN SOUTH LOUISIANA AND FOR OUR NATION. AND I CONTINUE TO BE DISAPPOINTED. THE PRESIDENT STATES WE MUST HAVE, I QUOTE, AN ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE ENERGY STRATEGY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY THAT DEVELOPS EVERY SOURCE OF AMERICAN-MADE ENERGY, BUT AT THE SAME TIME HE FAILS TO UNDERSTAND THE NEED FOR THE RESOURCES NOW TO DEVELOP RESOURCES NOW FOR FUTURE ENERGY PRODUCTION. SOUTH LOUISIANA HAS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS IN THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY. THIS ADMINISTRATION'S HOSTILITY TO RESPONSIBLE, SAFE, AMERICAN ENERGY PRODUCTION, BY CLOSING 85%, 85% OF OUR OFFSHORE AREAS TO ENERGY PRODUCTION AND ISSUING BURDENSOME AND DUPLICATIVE REGULATIONS, STALLS OUR LANGUISHING ECONOMY, HURTS JOB GROWTH. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6082 BECAUSE IT'S A RATIONAL AND RESPONSIBLE PLAN. NOT ONLY WILL THIS BILL GENERATE A ROBUST DRILLING PLAN, CREATING THOUSANDS OF NEW JOBS, HELPING TO LOWER THE PRICE AT THE PUMP, IMPROVE AMERICAN ENERGY SECURITY AND STRENGTHEN OUR NATIONAL AND ECONOMIC SECURITY, BUT IT REQUIRES SEPARATE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS FROM EACH -- FOR EACH SPECIFIC LEASE. THIS IS GOOD POLICY. PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION SENDS A CRYSTAL CLEAR MESSAGE TO THE ADMINISTRATION THAT A DO-NOTHING ENERGY PLAN IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE. I LOOK OVER AT MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AND I WOULD URGE THE PRESIDENT AS WELL TO TAKE A LOOK AT THAT PLAQUE UP THERE NEAR THE CEILING, ABOVE THE SPEAKER'S CHAIR. READ IT. FROM DANIEL WEBSTER. IT SAYS, LET US DEVELOP THE RESOURCES OF OUR LAND. PASSAGE OF THIS BILL GETS US ON TO A GOOD START OF DEVELOPING THE RESOURCES OF OUR LAND, WHICH INCLUDES GOOD, HIGH-PAYING AMERICAN JOBS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:33:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. HOLT

    YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KEATING.…

    YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KEATING. THREE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. KEATING

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING THIS TIME. I HAVE A LOT OF TIME TO WATCH…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING THIS TIME. I HAVE A LOT OF TIME TO WATCH TELEVISION THESE DAYS, BUT I THINK MOST OF US HAVE SEEN ON TELEVISION A COMMERCIAL THAT COMES UP TIME AND TIME AGAIN. AND IT'S A COMMERCIAL WITH BEAUTIFUL COASTAL SCENES IN IT TELLING PEOPLE, COME TO LOUISIANA, COME TO MISSISSIPPI, COME TO FLORIDA, COME TO THE COAST. AND I LOOKED AT THAT AND I SAID, THAT'S GREAT MARKETING. AT THE END OF THE COMMERCIAL, I WAS SURPRISED TO SEE IT WAS SPONSORED BY B.P., NOW WHY WAS THAT SPONSORED BY B.P.? IT WAS SPONSORED BY B.P. BECAUSE OF THE DEEPWATER HORIZON AND THE DAMAGE THAT THAT DID. AND, YOU KNOW, THIS BILL IS JUST ANOTHER ATTEMPT AT GIVING BIG OIL A HANDOUT. PUTTING OIL COMPANIES AND THEIR PROFITS ABOVE BOTH THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS AND AMERICAN TREASURERS. NOW, MY DISTRICT -- TREASURES. NOW, MY DISTRICT INCLUDES THE SOUTH SHORE MASSACHUSETTS, THE ISLANDS OF MARTHA'S VINEYARD AND THE SOUTH COAST. WE'RE A MARITIME COMMUNITY. ONE THAT RESPECTS THE OCEAN, AND ONE THAT HAS PROSPERED FROM ITS RESOURCES. THIS BILL WOULD THREATEN OUR SHORES, OUR MARINE LIFE AND THE INDUSTRIES THAT RELY UPON THEM BY OPENING UP THE WATERS OF THE EAST COAST FROM MAINE TO SOUTH CAROLINA FOR QUOTE-UNQUOTE REQUIRED OIL AND GAS LEASES. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES, IS THIS NECESSARY? WHY PUT HUNDREDS OF MILES OF OCEAN WATERS AND THE LIVELIHOODS OF OUR FISHING AND TOURISM INDUSTRIES AT RISK WHEN OUR NATION'S OIL IMPORTS ARE ALREADY DOWN TO THEIR LOWEST LEVEL IN NEARLY TWO DECADES AND PRODUCTION IS UP? NOW, IN THE SPIRIT OF COMPROMISE, I'D LIKE TO OFFER A SUGGESTION THAT WILL HELP THE OIL COMPANIES INCREASE THEIR PROFITS. AND THAT WOULD BE THIS. LET'S DEFEAT THIS BILL. AND THE OIL COMPANIES WON'T HAVE TO SPEND ALL THAT MONEY PAYING FOR TV COMMERCIALS TO LURE PEOPLE TO AREAS THAT ARE OUR NATION'S TREASURES, BECAUSE THEY'VE BEEN DAMAGED. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MR. HOLT FROM NEW JERSEY.

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  • 05:35:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM A COASTAL STATE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. NUNNELEE.

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    MR. NUNNELEE

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6082, THE CONGRESSIONAL REPLACEMENT OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ENERGY -RESTRICTING AND JOBS-LIMITING OFFSHORE DRILLING PLAN. THE PRESIDENT'S LEASE PLAN FOR OFFSHORE ENERGY RESOURCES IS UNACCEPTABLE. IT WOULD CLOSE 85% OF OUR OFFSHORE AREAS TO ENERGY PRODUCTION AND RECOVERY. JUST LIKE THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE, THIS IS JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF AN ADMINISTRATION BEHOLDEN TO A RADICAL ENVIRONMENTAL AGENDA. WE MUST BE ABOUT SAFELY AND RESPONSIBLY RECOVERING AMERICAN ENERGY. WE HAVE AVAILABLE ENERGY UNDER OUR FEET AND OFF OUR SHORES. NOW THIS PLAN DOES THAT BY EXPANDING OFFSHORE DRILLING INTO NEW AREAS, AREAS THAT CONTAIN THE MOST OIL AND NATURAL GAS RESOURCES. OUR ECONOMY IS STILL STRUGGLING. PEOPLE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR WORK. THIS BILL WOULD GENERATE $600 MILLION OF GOVERNMENT REVENUE AND AT THE SAME TIME PUT TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS BACK TO WORK. IT'S TIME THAT WE CHOOSE JOBS AND ENERGY SECURITY OVER LEFT WING IDEOLOGY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:37:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. HOLT

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I AM THE FINAL SPEAKER ON OUR SIDE AND IF THE GENTLEMAN…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I AM THE FINAL SPEAKER ON OUR SIDE AND IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON STATE IS READY TO CONCLUDE DEBATE, SO ARE WE ON THE MINORITY SIDE.

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  • 05:37:42 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    CHAIRMAN, I WOULD TELL MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS, I HAVE ONE OTHER…

    CHAIRMAN, I WOULD TELL MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS, I HAVE ONE OTHER PERSON AND THEN MYSELF TO CLOSE.

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  • 05:37:50 PM

    MR. HOLT

    I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:37:56 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR.…

    I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. HURT.

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  • 05:38:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. HURT

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY ON…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA'S FIFTH DISTRICT. AS I VISIT WITH CENTRAL AND SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIANS ACROSS MY DISTRICT, THEY ECHO THE SAME SENTIMENT. THE BURDENS CAUSED BY HIGH FUEL PERUSES AND THE STALLED ECONOMY ARE NEGATIVELY IMPACTING THEIR LIVES. THIS ISSUE PARTICULARLY RESONATES IN THE COMMONWEALTH BECAUSE JUST LAST MONTH THE ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED THAT ITS FIVE-YEAR ENERGY PLAN WILL EXCLUDE RESOURCES OFF OF THE COAST OF VIRGINIA. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT COMES AS A SHOCK TO THE PEOPLE THAT I REPRESENT. AT A TIME WHEN THE FIFTH DISTRICT IS SUFFERING FROM THREE YEARS OF HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT, NOW THE ADMINISTRATION HAS SAID IT WILL PUT THOUSANDS MORE VIRGINIA JOBS ON HOLD. IT ALSO SHOCKS US BECAUSE IT SHOWS JUST HOW OUT OF TOUCH WASHINGTON IS WHEN IT COMES TO THE DEVASTATION THAT HIGH FUEL PRICES ARE CAUSING AT HOME. WHILE ENERGY PRICES MAY HAVE SUBSIDED FOR NOW, NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT. I AM PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION WHICH REPLACES THE ADMINISTRATION'S UNREASONABLE AND IRRESPONSIBLE ENERGY POLICY. I BELIEVE THAT THIS LEGISLATION WILL BRING JOBS TO VIRGINIA, HELP KEEP FUEL PRICES LOW AND MOVE OUR COUNTRY FORWARD TO SPUR ECONOMIC GROWTH IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH SIDE VIRGINIA. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:39:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION?

  • 05:39:27 PM

    MR. HOLT

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I SEEK RECOGNITION AND I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 05:39:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS TWO MINUTES REMAINING.

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    MR. HOLT

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS IS A VERY --

  • 05:39:40 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    VERY SIMPLE DEBATE TO UNDERSTAND. THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO AUTHORIZE…

    VERY SIMPLE DEBATE TO UNDERSTAND. THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO AUTHORIZE DRILLING FOR OIL AND GAS OFF OF THE COASTLINES OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE AND MASSACHUSETTS, RHODE ISLAND, NEW YORK, MARYLAND, NEW JERSEY. THESE STATES DO NOT WANT THIS. THEY'VE LONG AGO GDED -- DECIDED THAT THE RISK IS TOO GREAT TO THEIR BEACHES, THE RISK IS TOO GREAT TO THEIR FISHING INDUSTRIES. THEY DO NOT WANT IT. BUT IT ALSO IS IN THE CONTEXT OF THIS REPUBLICAN AVERSION, THIS REPUBLICAN OPPOSITION TO WIND AND SOLAR AND OTHER RENEWABLES RECEIVING THE SAME ATTENTION AS OIL AND NATURAL GAS DOES. AND THE IMPORTANT THING ABOUT WIND AND SOLAR IS THAT THEY WOULD BE DOMESTICALLY PRODUCED, 100%. AND THE SAME IS TRUE BY THE WAY, YOU WOULD THINK FOR NATURAL GAS, LET'S SAY THEY FIND SOME OFF THE COAST OF MASSACHUSETTS OR OFF THE COAST OF NEW JERSEY. THAT WOULD BE GREAT. BUT WHAT THE REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO AGREE TO IS THAT THAT NATURAL GAS CANNOT BE EXPORTED TO OTHER COUNTRIES. AND THE REASON THAT'S IMPORTANT IS THAT WE COULD USE THAT NATURAL GAS AND SUBSTITUTE IT FOR THE OIL THAT WE IMPORT FROM THE PERSIAN GULF. BUT THEY WON'T AGREE TO DO THAT. SO THE ONE THING THAT DEFINITELY HAS TO BE PRODUCED HERE IS WIND AND SOLAR BECAUSE IT HAS TO BE DOMESTIC. NATURAL GAS, THOUGH, YOU CAN PUT IN A SHIPMENT, YOU CAN SEND IT AROUND THE WORLD. YOU CAN FREEZE IT LIKE LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS. AND THEY WON'T AGREE NOT TO DO THAT. AS PART OF THIS PACKAGE OF RUNNING THE RISK OF DEFOULING THE BEACHES OF THE EAST COAST AND THE WEST COAST. AND IT'S JUST SOMETHING FUNDAMENTALLY WRONG WITH THIS. NOTHING FOR WIND AND SOLAR. EVERYTHING FOR THE OIL INDUSTRY, INCLUDING THEIR DISCRETION TO THEN TAKE THE OIL AND GAS THAT'S DISCOVERED OFF OUR BEACHES AND SELLING IT OVERSEAS. SO THIS IS JUST WRONG ON SO MANY LEVELS. IN TERMS OF WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING TO PROTECT OUR OWN COUNTRY . AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:41:55 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    9 1/4 MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS HIMSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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    MR. HASTINGS

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IN LIEU OF A AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES PRINTED IN THE BILL, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 112-29. THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. NO AMENDMENT TO THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART C OF HOUSE REPORT 112-616. EACH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT AND SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND OPPONENT AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO DEMAND OF DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN PART C OF HOUSE REPORT 112-616. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:46:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    112-616. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON SEEK…

    112-616. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:48:19 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

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

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    PART C IN HOUSE REPORT 112-616 OFFERED BY MR. HASTINGS OF WASHINGTON.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE RULES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. HASTINGS AND A MEMBER…

    THE RULES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. HASTINGS AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 05:48:51 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    THIS AMENDMENT IS VERY SIMPLE AND MAKES TWO SMALL TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS TO…

    THIS AMENDMENT IS VERY SIMPLE AND MAKES TWO SMALL TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS TO THE WAY THE PLAN IS REFERRED TO IN THE BILL AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. AND I WILL YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 05:49:06 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND THE MINORITY HAS NO OBJECTION TO THE AMENDMENT…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND THE MINORITY HAS NO OBJECTION TO THE AMENDMENT BY THE GENTLEMAN AND WE URGE SUPPORT OF IT.

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  • 05:49:14 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.…

    QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART C OF HOUSE REPORT 112-616. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION? HOLT HOLT I HAVE AN -- MR.

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  • 05:49:48 PM

    MR. HOLT

    AT THE DESK.

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    THE CLERK

    REPORT C 112-616 OFFERED BY MR. HOLT OF NEW JERSEY.

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    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO THE RESOLUTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. HOLT, AND A…

    PURSUANT TO THE RESOLUTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. HOLT, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. HOLT HOLT ON PAGE 5, LINE 22, STRIKE SECTION 6. THIS AMENDMENT STRIKES LANGUAGE FROM THE BILL THAT REQUIRES THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT TO CONDUCT A SINGLE MULTI-SCALE -- MULTI-SALE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT. FOR ALL THE NEW AREAS THAT WOULD BE OPENED UNDER THIS BILL. NOW IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN AND WE AREN'T GOING TO SEE THIS INTO LAW. I'M SURE THIS BILL IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE. BUT IF IT WERE, IT WOULD BE AN ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER. THE NOTION THAT ONE ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS WOULD BE SUFFICIENT FOR LEASE SALES IN THE ATLANTIC, IN THE PACIFIC, IN THE BRISTOL BAY OF ALASKA IS SIMPLY ABSURD. THESE ARE VERY DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTS. THE STEPS THAT WOULD BE TAKEN TO PREPARE FOR DRILLING WOULD BE DIFFERENT IN EACH ONE. THE STEPS THAT WOULD BE TAKEN DURING DRILLING WOULD BE DIFFERENT IN EACH ONE. THE STEPS THAT WOULD BE TAKEN TO PREPARE AGAINST AN ACCIDENT WOULD BE DIFFERENT IN EACH ONE. AND THE STEPS FOR A CLEAN-UP WOULD BE DIFFERENT IN EACH ONE. IN FACT, IT WOULD BE HARD TO IMAGINE THREE ENVIRONMENTS THAT COULD BE MORE DIFFERENT. I MEAN ALONG THE ATLANTIC COAST FROM SOUTH CAROLINA TO MASSACHUSETTS, THERE ARE DIFFERENCES. AND CONGRESS HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO ENSURE THAT OFFSHORE DRILLING FOR GAS AND OIL IS OCCURRING IN A SAFE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE MANNER. IT'S BEEN OVER TWO YEARS SINCE THE WORST ENVIRONMENTAL OIL DISASTER IN AMERICAN HISTORY. THE BP OIL SPILL, AND CONGRESS HAS YET TO ENACT A SINGLE LEGISLATIVE REFORM. THIS COMMITTEE, INSTEAD OF DOING A BILL THAT SEEMS TO BE MOTIVATED TO TRY TO EMBARRASS THE PRESIDENT, I GUESS, BASED ON A FALSE PREMISE THAT THE PRESIDENT IS INTERFERING WITH THE OIL INDUSTRY, THEY SHOULD ACTUALLY BE TRYING TO PUT IN PLACE CORRECTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN POINTED OUT THAT ARE NEEDED FOLLOWING THE KNOWLEDGE WE'VE LEARNED FROM THE BP OIL SPILL, THE INDEPENDENT BP SPILL COMMISSION GAVE CONGRESS A GRADE OF D FOR ITS LEGISLATIVE RESPONSE. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS SAID THEY WANTED TO WAIT UNTIL THE FACTS WERE IN BEFORE TAKING ACTION TO RESPOND TO THE BP GULF SPILL. WE HAVE HEARD FROM THE INDEPENDENT BM -- BP INDEPENDENT COMMISSION. AND REPORTS REACHED SIMILAR COMMISSIONS, THE PBP DISASTER WAS PREVENTABLE, NOT INEVITABLE. CORNERS WERE CUT, BAD DECISIONS WERE MADE AND STRONGER SAFETY STANDARDS COULD HAVE HELPED AND PREVENTED THE DISASTER. JUST TODAY, THE UNITED STATES CHEMICAL SAFETY BOARD ISSUED ITS FIRST REPORT ON THE BP OIL SPILL DISASTER AND FOUND THAT BP WHEN IT LOOKED AT OFFSHORE OPERATIONS, IT, QUOTE, FOCUSED ON FINANCIAL RISKS, NOT PROCESS SAFETY RISKS, END QUOTE. THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING HERE TODAY. WE SHOULD BE STRENGTHENING TO PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS, INSTEAD OF SAYING WE ARE GOING TO DRILL EVERYWHERE AND WATER DOWN THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS. HERE WE ARE CONSIDERING THE 11TH DRILLING BILL OVER THE LAST 18 MONTHS. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IS ONCE AGAIN SEEKING TO OPEN UP VAST, VAST SWATHS OF AMERICA'S COASTLINES TO DRILLING WITHOUT PROPER ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW MANDATING A SINGLE IMPACT ANALYSIS FOR THE VARIETY OF LEASE SALES INCLUDED UNDER THIS LEGISLATION. IT IS SIMPLY INSUFFICIENT. IT WILL MAKE DRILLING LESS SAFE. THE AUTHORS OF H.R. 6082 APPARENTLY BELIEVE THAT THE ATLANTIC, THE PACIFIC AND BRISTOL BAY ARE SIMILAR ENOUGH TO WARRANT A SINGLE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT. AN OIL SPILL OFF THE EAST COAST WOULD ENDANGER 200,000 JOBS AND $12 BILLION ASSOCIATED WITH JUST NEW JERSEY'S FISHING AND TOURISM INDUSTRIES. THAT'S NOT COUNTING THE INDIRECT EFFECTS AS THE MONEY FLOWS THROUGH OUR LOCAL ECONOMIES. BRISTOL BAY FORMS THE HEART OF ONE OF THE MOST PRODUCTIVE SALMON FISHING AREAS ON THE PLANET AND CONTRIBUTING TO OUR ECONOMY. THE UNDERLYING BILL OPENS UP THESE AREAS TO DRILLING. MY AMENDMENT SIMPLY STRIKES THE LANGUAGE FROM THE BILL THAT REQUIRES A SINGLE MULTI SALE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT AND WOULD GO A LONG WAY TOWARD PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT. I URGE ADOPTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT. YOU

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  • 05:55:33 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 05:55:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 05:55:39 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE AMENDMENT PRIORITIZES…

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE AMENDMENT PRIORITIZES BUYER BUYER OVER RESPONSIBLY INCREASING ENERGY PRODUCTION AND JOB CREATION. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD STRIKE THE SECTION OF THE BILL REQUIRING THAT AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT BE CONDUCTED BETWEEN ANY LEAS SALES AREAS. THE GENTLEMAN TAKES ISSUE IN WHICH THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT IS REQUIRED TO BE CONDUCTED. HOWEVER, WHAT HE FAILS TO MENTION IS THAT THE ADMINISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO DO YET ANOTHER ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PRIOR TO EACH LEASE SALE AND ADDITIONAL REVIEWS ON EACH LEASE BLOCK AS PART OF THE LEASING PROCESS AND EACH EXPLORATION PLAN HAS ADDITIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL WORK. SO IN EFFECT, ALL OF THE AREAS IN THE UNDERLYING BILL WILL BE STUDIED AND THEN RESTUDIED FOR THE EFFECT THAT ANY ACTIVITY WILL HAVE ON THE ENVIRONMENT. NOT ONLY THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, BUT ALL OF THESE LEASE SALES WILL STILL BE SUBJECT TO THE MANY DIFFERENT LAWS THAT STILL IMPACT THE OFFSHORE LEASING PROCESS, SUCH AS THE COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT ACT, THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT AND THE NATIONAL FISHING ENHANCEMENT ACT, TO NAME A FEW. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THIS BILL DOESN'T HARM OF THE ENVIRONMENT. IT GOES THE EXTRA MILE IN REQUIRING A MULTIPLE SALE I.E.S. ON ALL THE LEASE AREAS WHILE ENSURING THAT LEASING DOES OCCUR. ALTHOUGH THAT LEASING IS STILL SUBJECT TO ALL THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION LAWS THAT ARE ON THE BOOKS. SUPPORT FOR OFFSHORE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU COULD ALSO RESPECT THE RANGE OF DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTAL NEEDS BASED ON A LEASED AREA. MR. CHAIRMAN, I DON'T THINK ANYBODY IN THE COUNTRY WANTS -- DOES NOT WANT TO DRILL SAME AND RESPONSIBLY. I CERTAINLY DON'T AND I KNOW MEMBERS ON MY SIDE OF THE AISLE DON'T. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. AND MR. CHAIRMAN, I UNDERSTAND HE HAS YIELDED BACK HIS TIME? I WILL YIELD BACK AND URGE A NO VOTE.

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  • 05:57:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR.…

    QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. HOLT. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES -- THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 05:58:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE. I'M NOT SURE --

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    THE CHAIR

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

    6, RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN PART C OF HOUSE REPORT 112-616. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:59:03 PM

    MS. RICHARDSON

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, AMENDMENT NUMBER 6.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT C, 212-616 OFFERED BY MS. RICHARDSON CALIFORNIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    RESOLUTION 738, THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. RICHARDSON AND A…

    RESOLUTION 738, THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. RICHARDSON AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 05:59:37 PM

    MS. RICHARDSON

    STAFF AND I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY EARLIER TODAY TO DISCUSS THIS…

    STAFF AND I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY EARLIER TODAY TO DISCUSS THIS AMENDMENT WITH CHAIRMAN HASTINGS AND RANKING MEMBER MARKEY AND THEIR STAFF SO I WILL BE BRIEF. THE RICHARDSON AMENDMENT AMENDS SECTION 8 TO EXPLICITLY REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO CONSULT THE CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR AND THE STATE LEGISLATURE BEFORE LEASING ANY AREAS OFF THE COAST OF CALIFORNIA. MY AMENDMENT CODIFIES IN THE BILL EXISTING LAW, PRACTICE AND CUSTOMS. IN SHORT, THE RICHARDSON AMENDMENT EXTENDS TO CALIFORNIA THE SAME CONSIDERATION THAT THE BILL'S DRAFTERS AFFORDED THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA. THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA HAS MORE THAN 2/3 OF THE NATION'S COASTLINE, A FAR GREATER PERCENTAGE THAN SOUTH CAROLINA HAS WITH RESPECT TO THE ATLANTIC COASTLINE. THE CALIFORNIA'S COASTLINE IS AN INTERNATIONAL TREASURE AND OUR STATE'S RESIDENTS SHOULD HAVE INPUT. OFFSHORE DRILLING SHOULD THOROUGHLY CONSIDER IMPACTS TO TOURISM, FISHERIES, COASTAL RECREATION AND THE ECONOMY AND ITS BENEFIT. THAT IS WHY IT IS REASONABLE AND NECESSARY THAT THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA, THROUGH THEIR CHIEF ELECTED OFFICIALS BE CONSULTED BY THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR ON THE SUBSUBJECT OF OFFSHORE DRILLING OFF THE CALIFORNIA COAST. I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE EXPERTISE AND WILLINGNESS OF CHAIRMAN HASTINGS AND RANKING MEMBER MARKEY FOR WORKING WITH ME ON THE RICHARDSON AMENDMENT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT.

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  • 06:01:09 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    THE GENTLELADY YIELD? I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING AND CONGRATULATE…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELD? I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING AND CONGRATULATE HER ON HER AMENDMENT BECAUSE I THINK THIS IS A RESPONSIBLE APPROACH THAT WE ARE TAKING AND WE ARE TRYING TO TAKE. AND ONE OF THE REASONS WHY CALIFORNIA IS SO IMPORTANT AS THE GENTLELADY KNOWS, THAT THERE ARE SCIENTISTS THAT SAY THERE ARE OVER MILLION BARRELS OF OIL POTENTIALLY OFF THE SHORE AND THAT SHOULD BE IMPORTANT TO THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA BECAUSE NOT TOO LONG AGO YOU WERE PRODUCING 50% AND NOW IT'S DOWN TO 38%. AND WHAT WE SAY IS IN THIS LEGISLATION, IT SHOULD BE DONE FROM PLATFORMS ON LAND. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER AMENDMENT. I THINK IT IS A RESPONSIBLE APPROACH AND IT ADDS TO THIS LEGISLATION AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION -- OR THE AMENDMENT. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. . . MS.

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  • 06:02:10 PM

    MS. RICHARDSON

    TO SAY, I ACKNOWLEDGE AND PREESH THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN HASTINGS AND…

    TO SAY, I ACKNOWLEDGE AND PREESH THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN HASTINGS AND RANKING MEMBER MARKEY AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THEM ON THIS AND OTHER ISSUES AND LOOK FORWARD TO CONSIDERING THE RIGHTFULNESS OF THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 06:02:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER FOUR PRINTED IN PART C OF HOUSE REPORT 112-616. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:02:53 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER FOUR PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-204, OFFER BY MR. MARKEY OF…

    NUMBER FOUR PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-204, OFFER BY MR. MARKEY OF MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 06:03:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURR SUNE THE RESOLUTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MARKEY,…

    PURR SUNE THE RESOLUTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MARKEY, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 06:03:23 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. MARKEY

    THIS AMENDMENT IS VERY, VERY SIMPLE. IT ENSURES THAT THE NATURAL GAS…

    THIS AMENDMENT IS VERY, VERY SIMPLE. IT ENSURES THAT THE NATURAL GAS PRODUCED UNDER THE LEASES ISSUED UNDER THIS LEGISLATION IS SOLD IN AMERICA. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE PUBLIC LANDS OF THE UNITED STATES, THE TAXPAYER OWNED LANDS OF THE UNITED STATES. THESE ARE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S LANDS, OFF OF MASSACHUSETTS, OFF OF NEW YORK, OFF OF NEW JERSEY, OFF OF CALIFORNIA, THAT ARE BEING LEASED UNDER THIS BILL. THE VERY LEAST WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS THAT THEY ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO SEE A BENEFIT FROM ANY OIL OR GAS PRODUCED FROM THESE LANDS. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO TELL AMERICANS THAT WE ARE KEEPING THE NATURAL GAS PRODUCED ON THEIR PUBLIC LANDS HERE IN AMERICA TO KEEP PRICES LOW FOR AMERICANS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. AND WE'RE GOING TO FIND WAYS OF PUTTING THAT NATURAL GAS INTO TRUCKS, INTO BUSES, INTO CARS, SO THAT WE CAN STOP IMPORTING OIL FROM DANGEROUS PARTS OF THE WORLD. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO TELL AMERICANS THAT WE'RE KEEPING THE NATURAL GAS HERE SO THAT WE CAN CREATE MORE AMERICAN JOBS IN MANUFACTURING, IN PLASTICS, IN FERTILIZER NEW YORK CHEMICALS, AND IN STEEL, AND THAT WE TELL THOSE COUNTRIES IN THE MIDEAST WE DON'T NEED YOUR OIL ANY MORE THAN WE NEED YOUR SAND BECAUSE WE HAVE NATURAL GAS HERE IN AMERICA. THAT'S ALL MY AMENDMENT WOULD DO, SEND A STRONG SIGNAL TO THE OPEC NATIONS. CURRENT LAW DOES NOT ALLOW FOR THE EXPORTATION OF OUR CRUDE OIL AND IT SHOULDN'T ALLOW FOR THE EXPORTATION OF OUR NATURAL GAS EITHER. MY AMENDMENT WOULD ENSURE THAT NO WAIVERS CAN BE GRANTED, NO PERMITS CAN BE ISSUED TO EXPORT NATURAL GAS PRODUCED FROM THE PUBLIC LAND OF THE UNITED STATES. TO OTHER COUNTRIES -- FROM THE PUBLIC LANDS OF THE UNITED STATES TO OTHER COUNTRIES WHEN WE'RE STILL IMPORTING OIL FROM OPOKE. HOW MUCH SENSE DOES THAT MAKE, THAT WE FIND NATURAL GAS AND START TO SELL IT TO OTHER COUNTRIES EVEN AS OPEC CONTINUES TO TIP US UPSIDE DOWN AND SHAKE MONEY OUT OF OUR POCKETS AT THE PUMP. I'M GOING TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AT THIS POINT AND CONTINUE MY ARGUMENT IN A FEW MINUTES.

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  • 06:05:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RISE IN

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  • 06:06:01 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED IN OPPOSITION.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I'M HAPPY TO SEE THAT THE GENTLEMAN UNDERSTANDS THAT AMERICA NEEDS OIL AND…

    I'M HAPPY TO SEE THAT THE GENTLEMAN UNDERSTANDS THAT AMERICA NEEDS OIL AND NATURAL GAS. THAT WAS A VERY GOOD STATEMENT ON HIS PART. AND THAT WE'D PREFER TO SEE MORE COMING FROM AMERICA THAN IMPORTED. I THINK WE'RE MAKING PROGRESS. THE GOOD NEWS IS, THIS IS ALREADY LAW, WHAT THE GENTLEMAN IS TRYING TO ADDRESS. TITLE 43, SECTION 29, 1354, SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITS THE EXPORT OF OIL OR GAS FROM THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF UNLESS THE PRESIDENT FINDS THAT IT IS ONE IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST, TWO, WILL NOT INCREASE OUR RELIANCE ON FOREIGN GAS, AND THREE IS IN ACCORDANCE WITH OTHER REGULATIONS ON EXPORT. THE HOUSE HAD SAID REPEATEDLY THAT INCREASED ENERGY PRODUCTION ON FEDERAL LANDS IS IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST. SO I SUPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN COULD SAY THERE'S SOME WIGGLE ROOM THERE. BUT NEVERTHELESS, THIS AMENDMENT HAS FAILED IN COMMITTEE LAST WEEK, IT HAS FAILED ON THE HOUSE FLOOR ON MANY OCCASIONS BECAUSE OF THIS ALREADY BEING IN LAW. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:07:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. MARKEY

    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MARKEY

    OF ENERGY RIGHT NOW HAS APPLICATIONS FROM 15 COMPANIES TO EXPORT 28% OF…

    OF ENERGY RIGHT NOW HAS APPLICATIONS FROM 15 COMPANIES TO EXPORT 28% OF OUR CURRENT NATURAL GAS CONSUMPTION IN THE UNITED STATES. LET ME BE VERY CLEAR. EXPORTING OUR NATURAL GAS WILL INCREASE AMERICAN ENERGY PRICES NO ECONOMIST OR ENERGY ANALYST DISAGREES. WHY FIND NATURAL GAS HERE AND START SELLING IT AROUND THE WORLD, TO RAISE PRICES HERE? IN FACT, EXPORTING FAR LESS THAN WHAT IS CURRENTLY BEING PROPOSED COULD SEND NATURAL GAS PRICES SKYROCKETING BY 54%. WE ARE THE SAUDI ARABIA OF NATURAL GAS. WE ARE RIGHT NOW THE LOWEST NATURAL GAS PRICE IN THE WORLD, IN THE UNITED STATES. IT'S ONLY $2.40, $2.50. AN M.C.F. IN JAPAN AND KOREA, IN CHINA, IT'S SEVEN TIMES HIGHER. IN EUROPE, IT'S FOUR TIMES HIGHER. SO IF YOU'RE A MANUFACTURER, IF YOU'RE A COMPANY THINKING ABOUT MOVING YOUR TRUCKING OR BUS FLEET TO NATURAL GAS AS OPPOSED TO OIL AND YOU'RE IN THESE OTHER COUNTRIES, IT'S DIFFICULT FOR YOU TO DO IT. IT'S TIME FOR THE UNITED STATES TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO THIS. WE HAVE THIS INCREDIBLE BONANZA. NOW THEY'RE PROPOSING TO DRILL OFF THE COASTLINE OF MASSACHUSETTS, OF NEW YORK, OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, TO FIND MORE NATURAL GAS, AND WHAT ARE THEY SAYING? LET'S EXPORT IT. YOU'RE GOING TO EXPORT THE CHEAPEST NATURAL GAS IN THE WORLD. DO YOU KNOW WHAT T. BOONE PICKENS SAYS ABOUT THIS? IF WE DO IT, IF WE EXPORT NATURAL GAS, WE ARE GOING TO GO DOWN AS AMERICA'S DUMBEST GENERATION. IT'S BAD PUBLIC POLICY TO EXPORT NATURAL GAS. THIS IS T. BOONE PICKENS. THIS IS ED MARKEY. THIS IS A COALITION THAT SPANS THE ENTIRE SPECTRUM OF POLITICAL THOUGHT. BUT WE DO AGREE ON THIS ONE THING. WHY WOULD WE TAKE OUR MOST PRECIOUS NATURAL RESOURCE AND SELL IT TO OTHER COUNTRIES WHEN IT GIVES US A MASSIVE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE? SO I'M GOING TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO CONCLUDE DEBATE BUT -- THIS IS A NONSENSE CALL POLICY.

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  • 06:10:14 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    NO MORE REQUESTS FOR TIME AND I UNDERSTAND I HAVE A RIGHT TO -- I HAVE THE…

    NO MORE REQUESTS FOR TIME AND I UNDERSTAND I HAVE A RIGHT TO -- I HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE TO I RESERVE.

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  • 06:10:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. MARKEY

    HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING ON EITHER SIDE.

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    MR. MARKEY

    15 SECONDS. WE DRILL FOR NATURAL GAS OFF OUR BEACHES, OUR PRISTINE BEACH…

    15 SECONDS. WE DRILL FOR NATURAL GAS OFF OUR BEACHES, OUR PRISTINE BEACH WITH EFIND IT, WE TAKE THE RISK, THOSE STATES TAKE THEIR RISK, THAT NATURAL GAS SHOULD STAY HERE IN AMERICA. EXXONMOBIL SHOULDN'T BE ABLE TO PACK IT UP AND SELL TOYOTA CHINA OR TO SOUTH AMERICA THAT NATURAL GAS SHOULD STAY HERE IN AMERICA IF IT'S FOUND OFF OUR BEACHES. THAT'S WHAT THE MARKEY AMENDMENT CALLS FOR.

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  • 06:10:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM WASHINGTON.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    HAS BEEN ON THE BOOKS SINCE 1940. NOW IN 1940'S, THE -- NOW IN 1940, THERE…

    HAS BEEN ON THE BOOKS SINCE 1940. NOW IN 1940'S, THE -- NOW IN 1940, THERE WAS A WHOLE LOT OF UNREST IN THE WORLD PRIOR TO THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND THE WISDOM OF THE CONGRESS AT THAT TIME THEY SAID THAT ENERGY PRODUCTION FROM THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF, WHICH I MIGHT ADD, WAS PROBABLY NOT AS ROBUST AS IT IS TODAY, THERE ARE ONLY CERTAIN CONDITIONS THAT YOU EXPORT WHAT COMES OFF. AS I LISTED THOSE THINGS BEFORE, I THINK THEY'RE IMPORTANT. THAT LAW WAS A GOOD LAW THEN. IT'S A GOOD LAW NOW. THIS AMENDMENT ADDS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO THAT WHATSOEVER. SO MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:11:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    MR. MARKEY

    I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER FIVE PRINTED IN PART C OF HOUSE REPORT 112-616. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:12:17 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    AMENDMENT AT THE DESK THAT HAS BEEN MADE IN ORDER AND DESIGNATED MARKEY…

    AMENDMENT AT THE DESK THAT HAS BEEN MADE IN ORDER AND DESIGNATED MARKEY NUMBER FIVE.

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  • 06:12:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    IN PART C OF HOUSE REPORT 112-616, OFFERED BY MR. MARKEY OF MASSACHUSETTS.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MARKEY AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL…

    GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MARKEY AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZE.

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  • 06:12:48 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE INDEPENDENT BLUE RIBBON B.P. SPILL COMMISSION,…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE INDEPENDENT BLUE RIBBON B.P. SPILL COMMISSION, THIS IS THEIR COMPREHENSIVE COMPENDIUM OF WHAT WENT WRONG AND WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE IN ORDER TO CORRECT WHAT WENT WRONG IN THE GULF OF MEXICO, THE WORST ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY, IT CONCLUDED THAT THERE WERE SYSTEMIC PROBLEMS THAT OCCURRED IN THE ENTIRE INDUSTRY. THE COMMISSION RECOMMENDED SWEEP REGULAR FORMS TO IMPROVE THE SAFETY OF OFFSHORE DRILLING. YET THIS CONGRESS HAS STILL NOT ENACTED A SINGLE LEGISLATIVE REFORM. AS A RESULT, THE B.P. SPILL COMMISSION RECENTLY GAVE CONGRESS A D, THIS REPUBLICAN CONGRESS, ON ITS LEGISLATIVE RESPONSE AND ONLY REFRAINED FROM HANDING OUT AN F BECAUSE IT SAID IT DIDN'T WANT TO INSULT THE INSTITUTION. MY AMENDMENT WOULD SIMPLY ENSURE THAT WE PUT INTO THE STATUTE SPECIFIC MINIMAL SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR BLOWOUT PREVENTERS, CEMENTING, AND THE CASING OF OFFSHORE WELLS. MY AMENDMENT WOULD ENSURE THAT IF WE ARE GOING TO EXPAND DRILLING OFF OF STATES LIKE MASSACHUSETTS AND NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY AND MARYLAND AND CALIFORNIA, THAT WE PUT ADDITIONAL SAFETY REQUIREMENTS ON THE BOOKS TO ENSURE THAT A ROMNEY ADMINISTRATION OR ANY OTHER FUTURE ADMINISTRATION CANNOT SIMPLY ROLL BACK THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT REFORMS. WE DON'T WANT A LOUISIANA MESS OFF OF THE COAST OF MASSACHUSETTS. OFF OF THE COAST OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. WE WANT THE SAFETY REFORMS THAT THE B.P. SPILL COMMISSION RECOMMENDED BE PUT IN PLACE SO THERE IS NO RECURRENCE. THE REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING THEY WANT TO DRILL OFF THE COAST. -- OFF THE COAST OF THESE STATES THAT DON'T WANT THE DRILL, THE LEAST THEY SHOULD DO IS BUILD IN THE SAFETY REFORMS AND JUST TODAY, THE CHEMICAL SAFETY BOARD RELEASED ITS REPORT ON THE DISASTER. THE CHEMICAL SAFETY BOARD REACH MARYLAND OF THE SAME CONCLUSIONS AS THE B.P. SPILL COMMISSION. THE GOVERNMENT'S JOINT INVESTIGATIVE TEAM AND THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING SAID THAT THIS DISASTER WAS NOT INEVITABLE, THAT IT WAS PREVENTABLE. THIS MAJORITY HAS SAID THEY WANTED TO WAIT UNTIL ALL THE FACTS WERE IN BEFORE TAKING ACTION ON SAFETY LEGISLATION, WELL THE TIME HAS NOW COME. WE NOW HAVE TWO BLUE RIBBON REPORTS, EACH REACHING THE SAME CONCLUSIONS. IT IS LONG PASTIME FOR THE CONGRESS TO TAKE THE LESSONS OF THE B.P. SPILL AND TURN THEM INTO LAWS SO THAT WE NEVER HAVE A DISASTER LIKE THIS AGAIN. I'M AFRAID OF WHAT THE MAJORITY IS CONTEMPLATING HERE WHICH IS AUTHORIZING THE DRILLING OFF THE COASTS OF THE EAST AND THE WEST IN OUR COUNTRY WITHOUT BUILDING IN THE SAFETY REFORMS. IF EVER THERE WAS A RECIPE FOR DISASTER, RUINING THE FISHING, RUINING THE TOURISM BUSINESS FOR THESE STATES THAT DON'T WANT THE DRILLING IN THE FIRST PLACE BECAUSE THEIR ECONOMIES ARE NOT BASED UPON THE SAME PREMISE AS THE LOUISIANA AND TEXAS ECONOMY, THEN THIS IS THAT RECIPE. THIS IS WHAT WE'RE VOTING ON HERE TODAY. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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  • 06:16:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED

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  • 06:16:21 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. CHAIRMAN, LET'S BE VERY FRANK. THIS AMENDMENT WON'T INCREASE SAFETY…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, LET'S BE VERY FRANK. THIS AMENDMENT WON'T INCREASE SAFETY BUT WILL ADD RED TAPE AND OPEN NEW AVENUES FOR LAWSUITS TO INTERFERE WITH THE PROCESS OF CREATING AMERICAN ENERGY AND CREATING AMERICAN JOBS. THE TYPES OF SAFETY MEASURES IDENTIFIED IN THE AMENDMENT ARE ALREADY IN PLACE AND THEY ARE ALREADY ENFORCEABLE. ON MULTIPLE OCCASION OCCASIONS, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS SAID OPERATIONS ARE BEING CONDUCTED SAFELY. WITH THIS AMENDMENT, THE MINORITY TRIES TO DIVERT ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE REAL ISSUE OF INCREASING ENERGY PRODUCTION, AMERICAN ENERGY PRODUCTION, CREATING JOBS, AMERICAN JOBS, LOWERING ENERGY COSTS AND IMPROVING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, ALL DOING THAT BECAUSE POTENTIALLY WE LESSEN OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL. IT SEEMS THAT MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SIMPLY DO NOT WANT TO FACE THE FACT THAT THIS BILL SAYS WE CAN MOVE FORWARD WITH A ROBUST AND RESPONSIBLE PROGRAM OF OIL AND GAS DEVELOPMENT WHILE AT THE SAME TIME ENSURING THAT INCREASED SAFETY MEASURES ARE UNDERTAKEN. THESE ARE NOT NOR SHOULD THEY BE MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE GOALS. RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE TWO CHOICES BEFORE US. TOMORROW, WHEN WE VOTE ON THIS AND THE SUSPENSION THAT WILL BE BEFORE US, WE CAN CHOOSE TO ENDORSE THE PRESIDENT'S ENERGY PLAN TO HOLD 15 SALES IN FIVE AREAS IN THE O.C.S. OR WE CAN SUPPORT THIS BILL WHICH WILL HAVE NEARLY DOUBLE 29 SALES IN OVER DOUBLE AREAS, 11 AREAS. BOTH OPTIONS WILL ENSURE THAT THE DRILLING IS DONE SAFELY. BOTH OPTIONS WILL ENSURE THAT OUR ENVIRONMENT IS PROTECTED. BUT ONLY ONE OPTION FOLLOWS THROUGH ON THE PROMISE MADE BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHEN THE MORATORIUM WAS LIFTED. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CLEARLY WANT OUR NATION TO HARNESS OUR ENERGY RESOURCES BUT THE PRESIDENT'S ENERGY PLAN TAKES 85% OF THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF AND MAKES IT OFF LIMITS. THIS AMENDMENT, I SHOULD ADD, HAS FAILED WHEN IT WAS OFFERED ON THIS FLOOR LAST FEBRUARY AND ALSO FAILED WHEN IT WAS OFFERED IN THE COMMITTEE LAST WEEK. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THE AMENDMENT. AND I RESERVE MY TIME.

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  • 06:19:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 06:19:11 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    US THE EXACT TIMES THAT ARE STILL REMAINING?

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE ANY OTHER SPEAKERS?

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    MR. MARKEY

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE ANY OTHER SPEAKERS?

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    MR. HASTINGS

    YIELD BACK, I WILL DO THE SAME. I'M THE LAST SPEAKER ON MY SIDE AND YOU DO…

    YIELD BACK, I WILL DO THE SAME. I'M THE LAST SPEAKER ON MY SIDE AND YOU DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO AND I WILL RESPOND ACCORDINGLY.

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  • 06:19:44 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    THE REMAINING TIME. AGAIN, JUST FOR THE RECORD, REPUBLICANS CAN SAY THIS…

    THE REMAINING TIME. AGAIN, JUST FOR THE RECORD, REPUBLICANS CAN SAY THIS AS MUCH AS THEY WANT, AND I HAVE TO REPEAT, WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS SWORN IN, 57% OF OUR OIL WAS IMPORTED. TODAY ONLY 45% OF OUR OIL IS IMPORTED. CONGRATULATIONS PRESIDENT OBAMA NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO COVER THAT OVER. 72% OF ALL THE OIL AND GAS RESERVES OFFSHORE HAVE BEEN MADE AVAILABLE BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FOR DRILLING. THREE, WE IN THE UNITED STATES ARE AT AN 18-YEAR HIGH IN DRILLING. NOW THE REPUBLICANS HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THIS, BECAUSE THE 18-YEAR HIGH IN DRILLING, THE REDUCTION FROM 57% IMPORTS DOWN TO 45% IMPORTS AND 75% OF ALL AREAS OFF THE SHORES OF OUR COUNTRY ARE OPEN FOR DRILLING, IT RUNS TOTALLY CONTRARY TO EVERYTHING THAT THEY BELIEVE, EVERYTHING THAT THEY WANT AMERICA TO BELIEVE IS BETTER, BECAUSE IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ACTUALLY BELIEVE THE TRUTH, WHICH IS THAT OBAMA HAS REDUCED OUR IMPORTED OIL FROM 57% DOWN TO 45%, REDUCED OUR DEPENDENCE ON IMPORTED OIL AND INCREASED OUR DRILLING TO THE HIGHEST POINT IN 18 YEARS, THEN THEIR ARGUMENT GOES RIGHT DOWN THE DRAIN. THEY HAVE TO KEEP GETTING UP AS IF BUSH WAS THE RIGHT GUY AND HE DID NOTHING. IF YOU WERE SO DESPERATE TO LICENSE ALL OF THIS DRILLING OFF OF THE BEACHES, AND ENACT THE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS THAT PREVENT ANOTHER MESS LIKE THE BP HORIZON CATASTROPHE IN THE GULF OF MEXICO. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:21:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    LET'S SAY IT AGAIN, THE GENTLEMAN'S REMARKS WOULD IMPLY THAT BECAUSE THERE…

    LET'S SAY IT AGAIN, THE GENTLEMAN'S REMARKS WOULD IMPLY THAT BECAUSE THERE IS INCREASED OIL PRODUCTION IN THIS COUNTRY IS BECAUSE OF THE ACTIONS OF THIS ADMINISTRATION. NOTHING, MR. CHAIRMAN, COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH, BECAUSE IT TAKES A WHILE TO GO THROUGH THE PROCESS OF LEASING AND DEVELOPING POTENTIAL RESOURCES BEFORE YOU DRILL AND EVEN THEN YOU DON'T KNOW UNTIL YOU DRILL. ALL OF THAT PROCESS STARTED PRIOR TO THIS ADMINISTRATION TAKING OFFICE. IT HAPPENED IN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. AS A MATTER OF FACT, IT HAPPENED IN THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. THAT'S WHERE WE INCREASE PRODUCTION AND IN LARGE PART CAME FROM, BUT THAT WASN'T ENTIRELY TRUE BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PRODUCTION OF OIL IS COMING FROM STATE AND PRIVATE LAND, NOT FROM FEDERAL LAND. FEDERAL LAND PRODUCTION THE LAST TWO YEARS IS DOWN UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION. BUT IT'S BECAUSE OF PRINCIPALLY NORTH DAKOTA AND WEST TEXAS WE ARE FOUNDING MORE PRODUCTION. I THINK THAT IS GOOD, BUT SHOULD WE IGNORE THE POTENTIAL RESOURCES WE HAVE ON FEDERAL LANDS AND NOT ALLOW THAT TORE PRODUCE OUR AMERICAN ENERGY? THIS AMENDMENT REALLY DOES NOT HELP THAT PROCESS. ALL IT DOES IS ADD RED TAPE TO THE PROCESS. SO I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT THAN I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:23:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 06:23:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN PART C OF HOUSE REPORT 112-616. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:24:03 PM

    MR. HOLT

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    6 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT C, 112-616 OFFERED BY MR. HOLT OF NEW JERSEY.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. HOLT, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL…

    GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. HOLT, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 06:24:27 PM

    MR. HOLT

    MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO PUSH THEIR OIL-ABOVE-ALL AGENDA, WE…

    MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO PUSH THEIR OIL-ABOVE-ALL AGENDA, WE DEMOCRATS WILL PERSIST TO MAKE OFFSHORE DRILLING SAFE, SAFE FOR THE WORKERS AND THE ENVIRONMENT AND TO MAKE SURE THAT THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS ARE GETTING THEIR FAIR SHARE OF RETURN ON THE USE OF THEIR NATURAL RESOURCES. THE BIG FIVE OIL COMPANIES MADE A RECORD PROFIT OF $137 BILLION LAST YEAR. IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR, THEY CONTINUED TO CAPITALIZE ON THE PAIN OF AMERICANS THAT THEY FEEL AT THE PUMP, RAKING IN $368 MILLION IN PROFITS PER DAY. DID THE AMERICANS SEE INCREASED PROFITS FROM SELLING THEIR OIL AS IT WAS PUMPED FROM PUBLIC LANDS OFFSHORE? NO. AS A RESULT OF A LEGAL QUIRK IN THE 1995 LAW, OIL COMPANIES ARE NOT PAYING ANY ROYALTIES TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ON LEASES FROM 1996. NONE, ZERO. AND THE AMOUNT OF FREE OIL THESE COMPANIES HAVE BEEN PUMPING HAS GONE THROUGH THE ROOF. AS MORE OF THESE FAULTY LEASES HAVE GONE INTO PRODUCTION. RIGHT NOW, MORE THAN 25% OF ALL OIL PRODUCED OFFSHORE ON FEDERAL LANDS IS PRODUCED ROYALTY-FREE AND THESE OIL COMPANIES ARE GETTING A COMPLETE WINDFALL ON 25% OF ALL THE OIL PRODUCED OFFSHORE. THEY DON'T PAY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ONE PENNY FOR THEIR DRILLING, REGARDLESS OF THEIR HUGE PROFITS. IT IS UNJUST. ACCORDING TO THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT, AMERICAN TAXPAYERS STAND TO LOSE ABOUT $9.5 BILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. YES, IT'S A GIVE-AWAY AND THE GENERAL ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE PRESENT DIFFICULTIES THIS FREE DRILLING WILL COST US $53 BILLION OVER THE LIFE OF THE LEASES. MY AMENDMENT WOULD RECOVER THESE REVENUES THAT RIGHTLY BELONG TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND I RESERVE.

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  • 06:26:34 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION?

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  • 06:26:43 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    YIELD MYSELF SUCH AS TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THIS IS YET ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO…

    YIELD MYSELF SUCH AS TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THIS IS YET ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO LEGISLATE A DECISION THAT WAS MADE DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. THE CONSTANT ATTEMPT TO RENEGOTIATE CONTRACTS THAT WERE SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED UNDER THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION IS IN VIOLATION OF CONTRACT LAW. THAT SHOULD BE VERY, VERY BASIC, IT WOULD SEEM TO ME, IF, INDEED, WE ARE A NATION OF LAWS. THE U.S. SUPREME COURT FOUND THAT THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT DID NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO GO BACK AND INSERT PRICE THRESHOLDS ON THESE LEASES. THE DEPARTMENT HAS LOST THIS ISSUE IN DISTRICT COURT. THEY LOST IT IN THE APPELLATE COURT AND LOST IT IN THE SUPREME COURT. IF THIS AMENDMENT WERE TO PASS, THE ISSUE WOULD MOST CERTAINLY BE CHALLENGED IN COURT AND UNDOUBTEDLY THE DEPARTMENT WOULD AGAIN LOSE AFTER HAVING USED TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO DEFEND. THIS AMENDMENT SEEKS TO FORCE U.S. COMPANIES TO BREAK A CONTRACT. SOME WOULD SAY IT IS A BAD CONTRACT, MAYBE IT WAS. I'M NOT GOING TO SECOND-GUESS WHAT THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION DID BUT THEY SIGNED THAT CONTRACT. THIS AMENDMENT HAS REPEATEDLY FAILED ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AND I HOPE IT FAILS AGAIN AND I URGE ITS OPPOSITION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:28:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. HOLT.

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  • 06:28:18 PM

    MR. HOLT

    MY AMENDMENT WOULD OFFER OIL COMPANIES A CHOICE, THEY COULD CHOOSE TO…

    MY AMENDMENT WOULD OFFER OIL COMPANIES A CHOICE, THEY COULD CHOOSE TO EITHER CONTINUE TO PRODUCE ROYALTY-FREE OIL IN THE GULF AND NOT GET NEW LEASES OR PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE AND PROCEED WITH THIS DRILLING THAT WOULD BE ALLOWED UNDER THIS LAW UNDER THIS LEGISLATION. MY AMENDMENT DOES NOT BREAK CONTRACTS. IT SIMPLY WOULD NOT FORCE COMPANIES TO GIVE UP THEIR LEASES AND WOULD IMPOSE A CONDITION ON FUTURE LEASES AND AS A CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE HAS STATED, AS A GENERAL MATTER, THE UNITED STATES HAS BROAD DISCRETION IN SETTING THE QUALIFICATIONS OF THOSE WITH HOME IT CONTRACTS, UNQUOTE. THESE OIL COMPANIES ARE THE MOST PROFITABLE COMPANIES IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD AND YET THEY RECEIVE MORE THAN $4 BILLION A YEAR IN TAXPAYER SUBSIDIES. AND ON TOP OF THAT, THEY GET TO DRILL FOR FREE ON ALL THESE PUBLIC LANDS BECAUSE OF A QUIRK IN THE 1995 LAW THAT CAME ABOUT BECAUSE THAT REPUBLICAN CONGRESS WASN'T EAGER TO MAKE OIL COMPANIES PAY, WE SHOULDN'T CONTINUE TO GIVE THEM A FREE RIDE. IF YOU ARE SERIOUS ABOUT PAYING DOWN THE DEFICIT, THEN THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR NOT SUPPORTING THIS AMENDMENT TO RECOVER ABOUT $1 BILLION A YEAR -- ACTUALLY SOMEWHAT MORE THAN THAT PROBABLY, THAT IS RIGHTFULLY OWED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. TIME TO END THIS TAXPAYER RIPOFF ONCE AND FOR ALL. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:29:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:30:00 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    OF THIS AMENDMENT AS THE GENTLEMAN SAYS IS JUST TO SAY THAT COMPANIES…

    OF THIS AMENDMENT AS THE GENTLEMAN SAYS IS JUST TO SAY THAT COMPANIES AREN'T FORCED TO BUT COULD RENEGOTIATE THEIR CONTRACTS, I WOULD SAY, WELL THEY CAN DO THAT RIGHT NOW. ANYBODY WHO HAS ENTERED INTO A CONTRACT IS FREE, IF BOTH PARTIES WANT TO, RENEGOTIATE A CONTRACT. NOTHING PREVENTS THEM FROM DOING SO. BUT TO HAVE THE HEAVY HAND, HAVE THE HEAVY HAND OF GOVERNMENT SAY, IN THE FUTURE, IF YOU DON'T DO THIS, I THINK IS A STEP TOO DARN FAR. AND I THINK THAT IS REALLY THE WRONG WAY TO GO. THAT IS THE LAST THING WE NEED IS TO SAY A CONDITION OF GOVERNMENT OR A CONDITION OF LEASING IS THAT YOU HAVE TO RETROACTIVELY GO BACK AND CHANGE A CONTRACT? THAT IS A CHILLING EFFECT, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND AGAIN, I DON'T KNOW WHY THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION SIGNED THESE CONTRACTS. MAYBE IT WAS A QUIRK. WHO KNOWS. BUT TO ADD THIS, WHERE DO YOU STOP THEN? WHERE DO YOU STOP ALL THE FEDERAL CONTRACTS THAT COULD BE NOT ONLY IN ENERGY PRODUCTION, BUT ANYTHING ELSE? THIS IS A VERY, VERY BAD AMENDMENT. IT'S A VERY, VERY BAD PRECEDENT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT IT. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. JABT. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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  • 06:31:33 PM

    MR. HOLT

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE --

  • 06:32:03 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    CHAIRMAN, REPUBLICANS JUSTIFY THESE IRRESPONSIBLE BILLS BY CLAIMING THAT…

    CHAIRMAN, REPUBLICANS JUSTIFY THESE IRRESPONSIBLE BILLS BY CLAIMING THAT MORE DRILLING WILL HELP REDUCE THE COST OF GASOLINE AND FUEL FOR THE AVERAGE AMERICAN. YET OPENING UP EVEN MORE OF OUR COUNTRY'S SHORES TO DRILLING WILL DO LITTLE TO HELP AMERICANS AT THE GAS PUMP. IN REALITY, THE UNITED STATES IS ALREADY PRODUCING MORE OIL PER DAY THAN IT EVER HAS. THERE ARE MORE DRILLING RIGS IN THE UNITED STATES THAN THE REST OF THE WORLD COMBINED. THE DRILLING PLAN ISSUED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA THAT THIS BILL AMENDS ALREADY MAKES THREE QUARTERS OF OUR OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS RESOURCES OPEN TO DRILLING. AND YET, 70% OF THE OFFSHORE AREAS THAT ARE LEASED ARE CURRENTLY NOT EVEN ACTIVE. THAT'S 55 MILLION ACRES UNDER LEASE, NOT ACTIVE. THE PRICE OF OIL AND GAS IS SET ON A GLOBAL LEVEL. PRIMARILY BY THE ORGANIZATION OF PETROLEUM EXPORTING COUNTRIES, OR OPEC. AT MAXIMUM OUTPUT, THE UNITED STATES HOLDS ONLY 2% OF THE WORLD'S OIL RESERVES. NOT NEARLY ENOUGH TO SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT THE PRICE PER BARREL, WHICH IS SET ON A GLOBAL SCALE. ACCORDING TO THE ENERGY INFORMATION AGENCY, EVEN TRIPLING OUR CURRENT OFFSHORE DRILLING CAPABILITIES BY THE YEAR 2030 WOULD LOWER GASOLINE PRICES ONLY FIVE CENTS PER GALLON MORE THAN IF WE CONTINUE AT OUR CURRENT LEVELS. GAS PRICES ARE SET ON THE WORLD MARKET, ON THE BASIS OF MANY GEOPOLITICAL FACTORS. FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN THE WORLD THOUGHT ISRAEL MIGHT ATTACK IRAN OR -- IRAN IN FEBRUARY, GAS PRICES WENT UP, 10%, IN TWO MONTHS, TO REACH A NINE-MONTH HIGH OVER FEAR THAT FUEL SUPPLY LINES WOULD BE DISRUPTED. THOUGH PRODUCTION IN OUR COUNTRY HAS ACTUALLY INCREASED EVERY YEAR SINCE 2005, CRUDE OIL HIT A RECORD $147 PER BARREL OVER THE SAME TIME PERIOD, DEMONSTRATING THAT IS A LITTLE CORRELATION BETWEEN DRILLING LEVELS IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE PRICE OF OIL. WHAT DRIVES THE PRICE OF OIL MORE THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR IS THE LARGE, NONSTOP, WORLDWIDE DEMAND FOR OIL. THE ONLY WAY WE CAN REDUCE GASOLINE PRICES IS TO REDUCE OUR CUPRY'S DISPROPORTIONATE DEMAND FOR FOSSIL FUELS BY INCREASING OUR ENERGY EFFICIENCY, IMPROVING THE FUEL MILEAGE OF OUR CARS, AND DEVELOP REGULAR NEWBLE ENERGY RESOURCES. FEDERAL -- RENEWABLE -- AND DEVELOPING RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCES. WE SHOULD FOCUS ON THESE DEMANDS, NOT INCREASING THE LAND AVAILABLE FOR DRILLING, AND I MAKE IT VERY CLEAR OVER AND OVER AGAIN THAT I'LL BE THE LAST PERSON STANDING OFF OF THE SHORES OF FLORIDA IF WE CONTINUE DOWN THE PATH OF WANTING TO DRILL IN THAT AREA. MR. CHAIRMAN, WITH ALL THIS IN MIND, MY AMENDMENT REQUIRES APPLICANTS FOR DRILLING OF OIL OR GAS EXPLORATION TO EXPLAIN IN DETAIL TO WHAT EXTENT WILL OIL FOUND ON THE PROPERTY REDUCE THE PRICE OF OIL. DRILLING WILL PUT OUR ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH AT AN INCREASED RISK AND SINCE WE KNOW THERE'S NO CORRELATION BETWEEN GAS PRICES AND U.S. DRILLING, THIS BILL IS NOTHING MORE AND I KNOW MY GOOD FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON WILL SAY IT'S NOT A GIVEAWAY HE PERCEIVES IT AS NOT A GIVEAWAY, I DO. I THINK IT'S NOTHING MORE THAN A GIVEAWAY TO THE OIL AND GAS COMPANIES AND MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS, HAVE WE NOT GIVEN THEM ENOUGH? CHIP FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RISE?

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  • 06:36:55 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED IN OPPOSITION.

  • 06:36:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED IN OPPOSITION.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. IN DEFERENCE TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM…

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. IN DEFERENCE TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, I BELIEVE THIS IS A POLITICAL AMENDMENT THAT WOULD REQUIRE COMPANIES SEEKING TO DRILL OFFSHORE TO ESTIMATE THE IMPACT THAT THE OIL AND GAS -- THE INCREASED OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION WOULD HAVE ON GASOLINE PRICES. MR. CHAIRMAN, LET ME REPEAT AGAIN. THIS BILL IS ABOUT INCREASING AMERICAN DOMESTIC ENERGY PRODUCTION. IT'S ABOUT REDUCING OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL. IT'S ABOUT CREATING AMERICAN JOBS AND CREATING AMERICAN ENERGY. SIMPLY PUT, REQUIRING PRODUCERS TO ESTIMATE THE IMPACT THAT EACH AND EVERY WELL HAS ON GLOBAL MARKETS IS NOTHING MORE THAN BUREAUCRATIC PAPERWORK NIGHTMARE THAT WOULD BE PUT ON THOSE THAT WOULD WANT TO GO AND DRILL OFFSHORE AND DELAYING TACTIC BY THOSE THAT ARE OPPOSED TO OFFSHORE DEVELOPMENT. I DON'T THINK THIS IS A GOOD AMENDMENT AND AS I SAID IN DEFERENCE TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, I REALLY BELIEVE THAT THIS IS A POLITICAL AMENDMENT AND I URGE REJECTION OF THE AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE MY TIME.

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  • 06:38:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE CHAIR WILL REMIND ALL PERSONS IN THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE CHAIR WILL REMIND ALL PERSONS IN THE GALLERY THAT THEY ARE HERE AS GUESTS OF THE HOUSE AND ANY MANIFESTATION OF APPROVAL OF DISAPPROVAL OF PROCEEDINGS OR OTHER AUDIBLE CONVERSATION IS IN VIOLATION OF THE HOUSE RULES.

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  • 06:38:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    AM GOING TO USE MY 30 SECONDS, I HOPE TO BE ABLE TO YIELD TO MY GOOD…

    AM GOING TO USE MY 30 SECONDS, I HOPE TO BE ABLE TO YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND FOR A QUESTION AND PERHAPS I CAN GET IT IN, DO YOU DISPUTE, REPRESENTATIVE HASTINGS, THAT WE NOW HAVE 55 MILLION ACRES UNDER LEASE, 70% OF IT IS NOT BEING UTILIZED AND IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS, IF ALL OF WHAT WE WANTED TO DRILL, THAT IT WILL AMOUNT TO MORE THAN 2% OF THE WORLD'S OUTPUT?

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  • 06:39:09 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD AND IF I RUN OUT OF TIME, I'LL CLAIM THE TIME.…

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD AND IF I RUN OUT OF TIME, I'LL CLAIM THE TIME. FIRST, I DO NOT DENY THAT, EXCEPT THE FIGURE THAT YOU'RE USING AREN'T -- THE FIGURES THAT YOU'RE USING AREN'T QUITE ACCURATE. I'LL SAY THAT IN THE SENSE THAT THE 2% YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT IS KNOWN RESERVES.

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  • 06:39:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS RESERVED, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

  • 06:39:35 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MYSELF THE BALANCE MAUVE TIME. THE FIGURE YOU'RE USING IS KNOWN RESERVES.…

    MYSELF THE BALANCE MAUVE TIME. THE FIGURE YOU'RE USING IS KNOWN RESERVES. THE POTENTIAL RESOURCES WE HAVE ARE MUCH, MUCH GREATER THAN THAT. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE POTENTIAL FUTURE ENERGY PRODUCTION IN THIS COUNTRY, YOU LOOK AT THE POTENTIAL RESOURCES, NOT THE KNOWN RESERVES. THERE'S A BIG, BIG DIFFERENCE. 2% IS RESERVES. I ACKNOWLEDGE WHILE WE HAVE 2% RIGHT NOW, OUR POTENTIAL RESOURCES ARE MUCH, MUCH LARGER. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 06:40:09 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    THE GENTLEMAN. IN THE GULF OF MEXICO, WE'RE TOLD THE LARGEST VOLUME OF…

    THE GENTLEMAN. IN THE GULF OF MEXICO, WE'RE TOLD THE LARGEST VOLUME OF UNDISCOVERED, TECHNICALLY RECOVERED -- RECOVERABLE RESOURCES, 20 MILLION ACRES ARE UNDER LEASE AND ONLY 10 MILLION ACRES ARE UNDER A PLAN AND ONLY 2% -- 6% ARE PRODUCING. SO MILLIONS OF -- SO IT'S ESTIMATED TO CONTAIN 17.9 BILLION BARRELS OF OIL AND 49.7 TRILLION CUBIC FEET AND SO I MAKE THE ARGUMENT AGAIN, TO MY DEAR FRIEND, THAT IF WE'RE TALKING ABOUT DOING EVERYTHING THAT YOU CALLED FOR AND I KNOW IT'S MOST SINCERELY IF WE DO THAT, WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT REDUCING THE PRICE OF GAS BUT BY A NICKEL.

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  • 06:41:08 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    RECLAIMING MY TIME --

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    MR. HASTINGS

    THE PLAN FOR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    WHAT THE GENTLEMAN IS TALKING ABOUT WITH LEASE SALES, SOMEBODY MADE AN…

    WHAT THE GENTLEMAN IS TALKING ABOUT WITH LEASE SALES, SOMEBODY MADE AN INVEST THAFMENTE DON'T KNOW IF THE AREA HAS OIL OR NATURAL GAS. THEY DON'T KNOW. THEY'LL GO THROUGH THE STUDY, SPEND MILLIONS, PERHAPS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, FINDING OUT IF SOMETHING IS THERE. IF THEY THINK THERE IS, THEY'LL DRILL, COSTING THAT MUCH MORE. THESE LEASE SALES ARE TIME -- THERE'S A SET TIME. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GETS MONEY FROM THESE LEASE SALES. WHY WOULD SOMEBODY GIVE MONEY TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IF THEY DIDN'T THINK THERE WAS SOMETHING THERE? AND BY THE WAY, MANY TIMES THESE LEASES COME UP EMPTY AND THE COMPANY WALKS AWAY AND THE ONLY REVENUE GOES TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. BUT LET ME SPEAK TO THE AMENDMENT, ONE OTHER AREA, BECAUSE WHAT THE GENTLEMAN IS REALLY SAYING WITH THIS AMENDMENT, HE IS ASKING SOMEBODY THAT PRODUCES A CRUDE PRODUCT TO ESTIMATE THE PRICE OF A FINISHED PRODUCT. THAT'S LIKE TELLING AN APPLE GROWER IN MY PART OF THE COUNTRY THAT IF HE OR SHE SHOULD SELL APPLES OVERSEAS, WHAT'S THE PRICE OF APPLESAUCE GOING TO BE DOWN THE LINE? IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE TO DO THAT. WHETHER THE GENTLEMAN PURPOSELY DID THAT OR NOT, I DON'T KNOW. BUT IN ANY CASE, I DON'T BELIEVE THIS AMENDMENT OUGHT TO BE ADOPTED FOR OTHER REASONS, BUT CERTAINLY FOR THAT ONE. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE PLANS OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:42:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 06:42:56 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

  • 06:43:21 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER EIGHT PRINTED IN PART C OF HOUSE REPORT 112-616, OFFERED BY MR.…

    NUMBER EIGHT PRINTED IN PART C OF HOUSE REPORT 112-616, OFFERED BY MR. HASTINGS OF FLORIDA.

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  • 06:43:34 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TO HOUSERES. -- HOUSE RESOLUTION 67 -- 618, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA AND…

    TO HOUSERES. -- HOUSE RESOLUTION 67 -- 618, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 06:43:49 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I WANT TO SAY TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM…

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I WANT TO SAY TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON, I APPRECIATE HIM YIELDING SOME OF HIS TIME TO ME AND I'M GLAD HE DIDN'T PAIR APPLES TO ORANGES, I THOUGHT THAT'S WHAT HE WAS GOING TO DO WHEN HE WENT DOWN THE APPLESAUCE ROUTE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES CONTINUE, IN MY OPINION, TO CLING TO AN ANTIQUATED 19TH CENTURY ENERGY POLICY WHILE THE REST OF THE WORLD HAS MOVED INTO THE 21ST CENTURY. JUST BECAUSE THE MAJORITY OF THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT HUMAN ACTIVITY CONTRIBUTES TO CLIMATE CHANGE DOES NOT MAKE IT TRUE. CLIMATE CHANGE IS NOT AN ABSTRACT OR DIFFICULT SCIENTIFIC PRINCIPLE TO GRASP. THE EFFECTS ARE ALL AROUND US. OUR COUNTRY IS CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING ITS WORST DROUGHT SINCE THE DUST BOWL IN THE YEAR OF MY BIRTH, 1936. JUST LAST WEEK, SUDDEN VIOLENT STORMS ROCKED THE EAST COAST, REFERRED TO AS MICROBURSTS, KNOCKING OUT POWER FOR THOUSANDS AND KILLING A NUMBER OF PEOPLE. FURTHERMORE, RECORD HEAT WAVES ARE HAVING SERIOUS REPERCUSSIONS IN CROP YIELDS. WE MUST PURSUE RESPONSIBLE, SUSTAINABLE ENERGY POLICIES, BOTH FOR THE LEGACY THAT WE WILL LEAVE OUR CHILDREN, AND ALSO TO MAKE CERTAIN THE UNITED STATES IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE EMERGING GREEN ECONOMY. . MY AMENDMENT WILL NOT LET OIL COMPANIES SHIELD THEMSELVES ANY LONGER. IT REQUIRES EACH PERMIT APPLICATION AND ANALYSIS AND ESTIMATE OF THE IMPACT ON GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE OF THE CONSUMPTION OF THE FOSSIL FUELS DISCOVERED. WHILE THE OIL AND GAS FOUND ON EACH INDIVIDUAL LEASE MAY NOT HAVE A HUGE IMPACT, THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT THE AGGREGATE FOSSIL FUEL CONSUMPTION CONTRIBUTES TO GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT IN ORDER THAT THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS AND BIG OIL COMPANIES ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IS PREPARING FOR. WHEN I WASN'T OF THE ORGANIZATION FOR THE SECURITY AND COOPERATION IN EUROPE'S PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY AND ITS HEADQUARTERS ARE IN DENMARK AND I WENT TO DENMARK DURING THE TWO-YEAR PERIOD OF TIME CLOSE TO 30 TIMES OVER THE COURSE OF THE YEARS THAT I HAVE BEEN HERE. AND WHEN I FLY INTO DENMARK, JUST COMING ON THE SIDE OF SWEDEN, I SEE THE WINDMILLS THAT HAVE BEEN TILTING FOR 16 YEARS AND DENMARK IS THE BENEFICIARY OF MUCH OF THAT PRODUCTION. THEY ARE HEADED FOR THE FUTURE. WE ARE LIVING IN THE PAST. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:47:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

  • 06:47:05 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

  • 06:47:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 06:47:12 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 06:47:21 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    THIS DEBATE AND AGAIN IN DEFERENCE TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM FLORIDA THIS IS…

    THIS DEBATE AND AGAIN IN DEFERENCE TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM FLORIDA THIS IS ANOTHER POLITICAL AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT WOULD REQUIRE COMPANIES SEEKING TO DRILL OFFSHORE TO ESTIMATE THE POTENTIAL IMPACT PRODUCED BY OIL AND NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION, WHAT IMPACT THAT WOULD HAVE ON CLIMATE CHANGE. NOT ONLY THAT, YOU WOULD HAVE TO DO IT ON A WELL-BY-WELL BASIS. MR. CHAIRMAN, IN ALL HONESTY, SOME SORT OF REQUIREMENT LIKE THAT WOULD SIMPLY DRY UP ANYBODY WANTING TO DRILL OFFSHORE OR UTILIZE OUR RESOURCES OFFSHORE. IF THAT'S WHAT THE GENTLEMAN WANTS, THEN OK, THAT'S A GOOD CONCESSION, BUT IF NOT, IT SIMPLY DOES NOT MAKE ANY SENSE. BUT FROM A PRACTICAL STANDPOINT AND I THINK THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT, MR. CHAIRMAN, IF THE ISSUE -- AND THERE IS SOME DEBATE ABOUT THIS, NO QUESTION, BUT IF THE ISSUE OF PRODUCING OIL AND NATURAL GAS WILL AFFECT THE CLIMATE AND WE AS A COUNTRY PROBABLY HAVE THE MOST STRINGENT LAWS, ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS ON OUR AIR QUALITY AND WATER QUALITY, WHY WOULD WE PUT THIS EXTRA BURDEN ON US WHEN IT DOESN'T -- WOULDN'T HAPPEN IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD BUT THIS NET EFFECT, IF IT WERE TO BECOME LAW IS TO DRIVE EVERYBODY FROM AMERICA. IF THE ISSUE, IF THE ISSUE IS REALLY TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND PROTECT THE AIR, WHY WOULD YOU DRIVE IT TO AREAS THAT HAVE LESS STRING EPT ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS. THAT WOULD BE THE PRACTICAL EFFECT IF THIS AMENDMENT BECOMES LAW. WE HAVE BEEN OVER THIS BEFORE AND PUTS EXTRAORDINARY BURDENS ON INDIVIDUAL WELLS AND INDIVIDUAL PRODUCERS AND AS I MENTIONED IN DEFERENCE TO MY FRIEND, IT IS A POLITICAL AMENDMENT. I URGE REJECTION AND RESERVE.

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  • 06:49:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED. HE HAS 1:45 LEFT.

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  • 06:49:36 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    WORDS OF THE CELEBRATED MOVIE THAT THESE WORDS CAME FROM, I'M SHOCKED --…

    WORDS OF THE CELEBRATED MOVIE THAT THESE WORDS CAME FROM, I'M SHOCKED -- JUST SHOCKED THAT THIS IS A POLITICAL AMENDMENT. AND I'M EQUALLY SHOCKED THAT THIS BILL IS POLITICAL. THIS IS THE 144TH TIME THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT OIL DRILLING AND SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE, I'M LOST. I THOUGHT POLITICS IS WHAT WE DO. THAT'S WHAT I DO. THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE SENT ME HERE TO DO AND THAT'S WHAT YOU DO, POLITICS. THE DIFFERENCE IS IS WHERE WE SEPARATE OURSELVES IS WHETHER WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE POLITICS OF THE FUTURE WHERE THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES FOR US TO DO THE THINGS TO BRING US TO ENERGY INDEPENDENCE OR WHETHER OR NOT WE'RE GOING TO CLING TO FOSSIL FUELS UNTIL WE JUST CAN'T FIND ANY PLACE ELSE TO DRILL. MY MAJOR OPPOSITION TO MAIN DRILLING OFFSHORE HAS BEEN SHOWN WHEN THE DEEPWATER HORIZON OCCURRED. THERE HAVE BEEN OTHER ACCIDENTS. YOU WANT TO DRILL IN THE TUNDRA AND THERE HAVE BEEN ACCIDENTS IN THEIR AREA AND DAILY IN FOR THE LAUDERDALE, I SEE SHIPS SITTING OFF THE SHORE AND I FIND THINGS THAT COME FROM THEM WIND UP ON THOSE BEACHES. WE MAKE $60 BILLION A YEAR ON THOSE RESOURCES. I HEARD YOU EARLIER, MY COLLEAGUE ARGUE ABOUT NORTH DAKOTA. I DON'T WANT TO BE IN NORTH DAKOTA IN THE WINTERTIME. I KNOW A LOT OF NORTH DAKOTA PEOPLE WHEN THEY FINISH WITH THE DRILLING ARE GOING TO COME TO OUR BEACHES AND THAT'S WHAT ABOUT I'M ABOUT TRYING TO RESERVE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:51:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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    MR. HASTINGS

    THE BALANCE OF THE TIME. I AM SHOCKED BUT I'M GLAD WE GOT THAT OUT OF THE…

    THE BALANCE OF THE TIME. I AM SHOCKED BUT I'M GLAD WE GOT THAT OUT OF THE WAY. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS BILL IS A BILL THAT ADDRESSES AMERICAN ENERGY AND AMERICAN JOBS AND THEREFORE HAS A POSITIVE EFFECT, POTENTIAL POSITIVE EFFECT ON OUR ECONOMY. THIS AMENDMENT ADDS NOTHING TO THAT. AS A MATTER OF FACT, IT'S AN IMPEDIMENT TO THIS BILL BECOMING LAW IF IT WERE TO BECOME ADOPTED. AND IF I COULD SAY SOMETHING ABOUT ORANGES, BUT I'M TOTALLY AT LOST. I URGE THIS AMENDMENT'S REJECTION AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:52:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. . THOSE IN FAVOR…

    OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. . THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 06:52:33 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    CHAIRMAN I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 06:52:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I MOVE THAT THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

  • 06:52:59 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I MOVE THAT THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE.…

    IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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  • 06:53:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE COMMITTEE ON THE WHOLE HOUSE OF THE STATE OF THE UNION HAVING HAD…

    THE COMMITTEE ON THE WHOLE HOUSE OF THE STATE OF THE UNION HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 6082, DIRECTS ME TO REPORT THAT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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  • 06:53:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE…

    THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 6082 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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  • 06:54:17 PM

    THE CLERK

    ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MS. JACKSON LEE OF TEXAS BETWEEN 1:00 AND 5:00 P.M.…

    ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MS. JACKSON LEE OF TEXAS BETWEEN 1:00 AND 5:00 P.M. TODAY AND MR. REYES OF TEXAS FOR TODAY.

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  • 06:54:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. HASTINGS, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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  • 06:55:14 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    THE --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. CASSIDY IS RECOGNIZED FOR 55 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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  • 07:02:15 PM

    MR. CASSIDY

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AN ISSUE TONIGHT THAT'S MUCH MORE PORN TO THE AMERICAN…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AN ISSUE TONIGHT THAT'S MUCH MORE PORN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAN MANY REALIZE IS MEDICAID. FOR FOLKS WHO DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS, AND THAT'S -- AND YOU REALLY HAVE NO NEED TO UNTIL THIS HEALTH CARE DEBATE BEGAN, BUT IF YOU WILL, THERE'S THREE TYPES OF COVERAGE FOR FOLKS WHO HAVE INSURANCE. ONE IS MEDICARE, AND MEDICARE IS THE PROGRAM FOR FOLK WHORS TYPICALLY 65 AND ABOVE, IT IS THE PROGRAM THAT ALL OF US PAY INTO HAVING A CERTAIN AMOUNT DEDUCTED FROM OUR PAYCHECK INTO AN ACCOUNT. THE SECOND IS PRIVATE INSURANCE. 90% OF AMERICANS HAVE THEIR PRIVATE INSURANCE POLICY THROUGH THEIR EMPLOYER. THE LAST GROUP IS MEDICAID. MEDICAID IS A PROGRAM DESIGNED TO SUPPORT THOSE OF LOWER INCOME AS WELL AS THOSE WHO ARE ELSERLY AND AGAIN OF LOWER INCOME AND LONG-TERM CARE IN NURSING HOMES AND IT SUPPORTS THE BLIND AND DISABLE THE FINANCING OF MEDICAID COMES FROM YOUR TAX DOLLARS BUT IT CAN BE YOUR TAX DOLLARS EITHER FUNNELED THROUGH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PAYING A PORTION TO THE STATE, WHICH IS MATCHED BY THE STATE MATCH, WHICH IS FROM THE STATE ITSELF. SO MEDICAID IS A PROGRAM FOR LOWER INCOME WHICH RECEIVES ABOUT, ON AVERAGE, 57% OF THE MONEY THAT GOES TOWARD IT FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND 43% ON AVERAGE FROM THE STATE GOVERNMENT AND THE STATE ADMINISTERS THE PROGRAM TO TAKE CARE OF, AGAIN, LOW INCOME FOR ACUTE MEDICAL SERVICES, LONG-TERM CARE, THINK NURSING HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY AND THE BLIND AND DISABLED. TONIGHT'S DISCUSSION WILL BE ABOUT MEDICAID. THE IMPORTANCE OF MEDICAID IS THAT 16% OF THE MCDOLLAR IN THE UNITED STATES GOES TOWARD MEDICAID. SO ALMOST -- OF THE HEALTH CARE DOLLAR IN THE UNITED STATES GOES TOWARD MEDICAID. SO IT'S THIS COMBINED FEDERAL-STATE FRESHMAN THAT PROVIDES HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THE POOR. ADDITIONALLY, MEDICAID IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE RIGHT NOW, MEDICAID IS CONSUMING AN EVER LARGER PORTION OF BOTH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S BUDGET AS WELL AS THE STATE GOVERNMENTS' BUDGET. ONE EXAMPLE OF THIS, THE SIMPSON BOWLES BIPARTISAN DEBT COMMISSION WHICH PRESIDENT OBAMA APPOINTED TO HELP GIVE GUIDANCE AS TO HOW OUR COUNTRY COULD GET OUT OF OUR INDEBTEDNESS PINPOINTED MEDICAID AS ONE OF THE DRIVERS OF OUR NATIONAL DEBT SYSTEM OF FIRST WE KNOW ON A NATIONAL LEVEL, MEDICAID HAS BEEN PINPOINTED AS A DRIVER OF OUR NATIONAL DEBT. ON A STATE LEVEL, MEDICAID IS CONSUMING AN EVER LARGER PORTION OF STATE BUDGETS. NOW THERE'S MANY EXAMPLES OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS, BUT AS MEDICAID IS COSTING MORE AND MORE, STATE DOLLARS FOR OTHER PROGRAMS ARE LESS AND LESS. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER, SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER FROM TENNESSEE, SAID THAT THE REASON TUITION IS INCREASING AT UNIVERSITYS IN TENNESSEE IS BECAUSE THERE -- AT UNIVERSITIES IN TENNESSEE IS BECAUSE THERE'S LESS PUBLIC SUPPORT. MORE TAX DOLLARS ARE GOING TO MEDICAID, SO THEREFORE TO MAKE UP THE BUDGET FOR THE UNIVERSITIES IN TENNESSEE, THEY HAVE TO INCREASE TUITION. ONE EXAMPLE OF THIS IS, FOR K THROUGH 12, FOR THE FIRST TIME BEGINNING AROUND 2009, STATES SPENT MORE OF THEIR INCOME UPON MEDICAID THAN ON EDUCATION. AND SO THIS IS A -- A CHART FROM THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE BUDGET OFFICERS, AND IT SHOWS HOW TOTAL STATE SPENDING ON MEDICAID NOW SURPASSES K THROUGH 12 EDUCATION, THAT'S KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 12TH GRADE. THAT'S PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION. THIS BLUE LINE YOU SEE FUNDING FOR EDUCATION. AND YOU CAN SEE THE PERCENT OF TOTAL STATE EXPENDITURES DEVOTED TO, IN THIS CASE, EDUCATION. AND SO IN 2008, IT PEAKED AT AROUND 22%. NOW IN 2011, IT HAS DECREASED DOWN TO ROUGHLY -- IT STARTED OFF AS ROUGHLY 22% HERE AND NOW IT IS DOWN TO ROUGHLY 20%. HERE YOU CAN SEE THAT IN 2008, MEDICAID EXPENDITURES WERE ABOUT 20.7% OF THE STATE BUDGET AND IT IS RAPIDLY RISING. IT IS NOW UP TO ALMOST 24%. WE'RE NOW SPENDING MORE MONEY PROVIDING MEDICAID SERVICES FOR THOSE WHO ARE ELIGIBLE THAN WE ARE EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN. NOW, IT ISN'T AS IF THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS TEMPORARY, RELATED TO THE RECESSION. THIS IS ACTUALLY EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TO WORSEN. SO MEDICAID, AGAIN, THE PROGRAM THAT BOTH THE FEDERAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT, WHICH MEANS BOTH TAXPAYERS PAYING TO THE STATE AND TAXPAYERS PAYING TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, FINANCE, IS GROWING SO RAPIDLY THAT IT IS CANNIBALIZING THE REST OF THE STATE BUDGET. AN EXAMPLE OF THIS IS THAT EXPENDITURES FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION NOW FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY ARE LOWER THAN THOSE EXPENDITURES FOR MEDICAID AND THIS IS EXPECTED TO WORSEN. SO IF YOU WILL, WE HAVE THIS PROGRAM, WHICH IS IMPORTANT, IT'S A SAFETY NET PROGRAM, BUT UNDER ITS CURRENT CONSTRUCTION, IT'S COSTING MORE AND MORE. NOW, I'M JOINED BY A COUPLE OF MY COLLEAGUES AND I WILL FIRST GO TO DOCTOR NAN HAYWORTH, AN OPHTHALMOLOGIST, SHE HELD UP A NOTE EARLIER, BUT SHE DIDN'T REALIZE MY EYES ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO READ THE NOTE, BUT AN AP THAT WILL OPHTHALMOLOGIST FROM NEW YORK, BUT -- AN BUT AN OPHTHALMOLOGIST FROM NEW YORK, WHO WILL TALK ABOUT THIS.

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  • 07:08:34 PM

    MS. HAYWORTH

    UNDERSTAND YOUR NAME MAY BE SLIGHTLY LIMITED, SO DR. HARRIS AND I WILL BE…

    UNDERSTAND YOUR NAME MAY BE SLIGHTLY LIMITED, SO DR. HARRIS AND I WILL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO LEAD THIS DISCUSSION AS WE GO ALONG AND I THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WORK YOU DO ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT SUBJECT. THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HAS MUCH TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT WITH REGARD TO THE MASSIVE 2010 HEALTH LAW. AND THIS WAS, OF COURSE, PASSED ON A PARTY LINE BASIS, UNFORTUNATELY. I AND DR. HARRIS ARE TWO OF THE REPRESENTATIVES WHO WERE ELECTED IN PART IN RESPONSE TO THE PUBLIC'S GRAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THIS ACT. AND IF I CAN DIRECT EVERYONE'S ATTENTION TO THE CHART THAT DR. CASSIDY HAS REVEALED NEXT TO HIM, YOU CAN SEE WHAT IS PROJECTED TO HAPPEN IN TERMS OF MEDICAID SPENDING ALONE AS THE YEARS GO BY AND OF COURSE UNDER THE TERMS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, IT'S LIKE PUTTING GASOLINE ON A FIRE. UNFORTUNATELY.

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  • 07:09:47 PM

    MR. CASSIDY

    IF THE GENTLELADY WILL YIELD, FEDERAL AND STATE MEDICAID SPENDING IN…

    IF THE GENTLELADY WILL YIELD, FEDERAL AND STATE MEDICAID SPENDING IN BILLIONS OF 2010 DOLLARS, CURRENTLY, BY 2009, IT'S DOWN HERE, THE YEARS, SO 1993, 2009, GOING OUT TO 2081, AND SO HERE IS ABOUT $400 BILLION, THIS IS COMBINED FEDERAL AND STATE SPENDING, BY 2017, THIS RISES TO $750 BILLION, BY 2025, OBVIOUSLY, WITHIN OUR LIFETIME, IT WILL RISE TO CLOSE TO $1 TRILLION AND PROJECTIONS ARE BY 2081, IT WILL BE OVER $4.5 TRILLION.

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  • 07:10:31 PM

    MS. HAYWORTH

    I'M GOING TO IMAGINE THAT THIS CHART DOES NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT, BECAUSE…

    I'M GOING TO IMAGINE THAT THIS CHART DOES NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT, BECAUSE IT COULD BE, INDEED, VERY DIFFICULT, TO DO SO, BUT IT HAS TO ENTER THE PUBLIC MIND WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THESE THINGS, THE ENORMOUS COST ON THE AMERICAN PUBLIC OF THE WELL-INTENTIONED BUT POORLY DESIGNED 2010 HEALTH LAW. IT WILL MAKE OUR ECONOMY WEAKER. SO IT'S FAIR TO ANTICIPATE THAT THERE WILL BE A FURTHER IMPETUS TO ACCELERATION OF MEDICAID SPENDING REALLY BECAUSE OF THE IMPOSITION OF THAT $2 TRILLION OR MORE OF WASHINGTON-GENERATED COST DUE TO THE TERMS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. SO THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT CONCERNS EVERY ONE OF US, NOT ONLY PEOPLE WHO ARE TRULY IN NEED AND UNABLE TO SUSTAIN THEIR JOB OR THEIR HEALTH CARE. WE'VE ALL MET POSE FELLOW CITIZENS, AND I HAVE IN MY OWN DISTRICT, THE HUDSON VALLEY OF NEW YORK, THESE ARE PEOPLE LIKE THE FOLKS I MET AT PARK, A CENTER THAT PROVIDES FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE SEVERELY DISABLED BY DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES SUCH AS AUTISM, BUT NOT ONLY AUTISM. AND THESE ARE -- THESE ARE GOOD PEOPLE WHO, NO MATTER HOW ROBUST THE ECONOMY IS, WILL NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD THE KIND OF CARE THAT THEY NEED. AND THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE IN PARTICULAR WHO MEDICAID WAS INITIALLY INTENDED TO HELP.

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  • 07:12:23 PM

    MR. CASSIDY

    GENTLELADY WOULD YIELD. MEDICAID IS AN IMPORTANT SAFETY NET PROGRAM.

  • 07:12:30 PM

    MR. CASSIDY

    FOR THOSE FOLKS WITHOUT MEANS. IT IS TRADITIONALLY DESIGNED TO TAKE CARE…

    FOR THOSE FOLKS WITHOUT MEANS. IT IS TRADITIONALLY DESIGNED TO TAKE CARE OF THE BLIND AND DISABLED, THE ELDERLY IN LONG-TERM CARE AN OFTENTIMES FOCUSED UPON PREGNANT WOMEN AND UPON CHILDREN, SO THE IMPORTANCE OF MAKING SURE THE PROGRAM IS SOUND IS THAT WE CONTINUE TO CARE FOR THESE PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:12:51 PM

    MS. HAYWORTH

    ALL. THANK YOU. PRECISELY. WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE FOR THE PEOPLE…

    ALL. THANK YOU. PRECISELY. WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE FOR THE PEOPLE WHO ARE MOST IN NEED. THAT IS A REASONABLE ROLE FOR GOVERNMENT IN A GREAT NATION. BUT WHAT WE DON'T WANT TO DO, WHAT WE WANT TO AVOID, IS CREATING ECONOMIC HARDSHIP THAT WILL PUSH MORE AMERICANS INTO THIS CATEGORY AND WE SEE THAT PHENOMENON HAPPENING ACROSS OUR ECONOMY AS WE SPEAK. AND IT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY SO MANY STATES HAVE SAID WE CANNOT POSSIBLY AFFORD TO EXPAND OUR MEDICAID PROGRAMS BECAUSE -- AND INDEED, DR. CASSIDY YOU BEING THE GOOD TEACHER THAT YOU ARE, PROVIDED ME WITH AN EXAMPLE FROM THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT, WITH THEIR RECENT EXPERIENCE IN OPENING UP THEIR MEDICAID PROGRAM AND OPENING UP THE ENROLLMENT. THEY HAD SUCH A DRAMATIC INCREASE, I THINK IT WAS SOMETHING LIKE 70% INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF ENROLLEES, THAT THE STATE ACTUALLY COULDN'T HANDLE THAT INCREASE IN ANY WAY, SO THEIR SERVICES TO ALL OF THEIR MEDICAID RECIPIENTS, UNFORTUNATELY, OF NECESSITY, WERE COMPROMISED.

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  • 07:14:15 PM

    MR. CASSIDY

    IF THE GENTLELADY WILL YIELD, I'D LIKE TO BRING IN DR. HARRIS, AN…

    IF THE GENTLELADY WILL YIELD, I'D LIKE TO BRING IN DR. HARRIS, AN ANESTHESIOLOGIST FROM MARYLAND, YOU MENTIONED HOW MEDICAID, AS IT ATTEMPTS TO EXPAND AND BE ALL THINGS TO ALL PEOPLE, BECOMES STRESSED, AND IN THAT STRESS BECOMES LESS CAPABLE OF BEING ANYTHING TO ANYBODY.

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  • 07:14:39 PM

    MR. CASSIDY

    SO A PROGRAM THAT BECOMES TOO STRETCHED, TOO UNFOCUSED, IT BECOMES…

    SO A PROGRAM THAT BECOMES TOO STRETCHED, TOO UNFOCUSED, IT BECOMES INEFFECTIVE AT ITS ORIGINAL MISSION. DR. HARRIS, I CAN LEAVE THIS ONE OR PUT UP THE OTHER.

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  • 07:14:54 PM

    MR. HARRIS

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD LEAVE THAT ONE UP, A PICTURE SAYS A THOUSAND WORDS…

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD LEAVE THAT ONE UP, A PICTURE SAYS A THOUSAND WORDS THAT PICTURE IS THE GROWTH OF MEDICAID FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. MY SON IS 12 NOW. WHEN HE REACHES AGE 65, HE'LL BE AT THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THAT GRAPH. THOUGH NONE OF US LIKE TO THINK OF IT, WE ALL REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE 12, WE NEVER THOUGHT WE'D RETIRE. BUT HERE WE ARE. NEAR REGULAR TIRMENTE AGE. IT'S NOT THAT FAR -- NEAR RETIREMENT AGE. IF I READ THAT GRAPH CORRECTLY, OUR CURRENT ENTIRE BUDGET IN 2010 DOLLARS IS $3.5 TRILLION. OUR ENTIRE BUDGET, PAYING FOR EVERYTHING. THAT GRAPH INDICATES BY THE TIME MY CHILD REACHES RETIREMENT AGE, EVERY PENNY OF THAT BUDGET WILL BE TAKEN UP BY MEDICAID. EVERY PENNY. NOT A SINGLE PENNY FOR MEDICARE, NOT A SINGLE PENMY -- PENNY LEFT EVERY FOR SOCIAL SECURITY, NOT A SINGLE PENNY LEFT OVER FOR INTEREST ON A DEBT THAT'S NOW $16 TRILLION AND GROWING. NOT A SINGLE PENNY LEFT FOR DEFENSE, NOT A SINGLE PENNY LEFT FOR PELL GRANTS, NOT A SINGLE PENNY LEFT FOR ANYTHING.

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  • 07:16:06 PM

    MR. CASSIDY

    IF HE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD, I THINK THE POINT BEING MADE IS NOT ONLY WILL…

    IF HE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD, I THINK THE POINT BEING MADE IS NOT ONLY WILL THE SAFETY NET BECOME TATTERED IN AND OF ITSELF, BUT RATHER, EVEN THOUGH TATTERED, IT WILL DESTROY THESE OTHER GOVERNMENTAL IF YOU THINKS, OURABLE TO FINANCE THESE OTHER GOVERNMENTAL FUNCTIONS, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:16:25 PM

    MR. HARRIS

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. EVERY SINGLE PROGRAM WE HAVE, WHETHER IT'S TO…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. EVERY SINGLE PROGRAM WE HAVE, WHETHER IT'S TO HELP THE ELDERLY WITH HEALTH CARE, THE ELDERLY WITH SOCIAL SECURITY, WHETHER IT'S FOOD STAMPS, WHETHER IT'S UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, WHETHER IT'S TO DO THE THINGS THIS GOVERNMENT HAS TO DO, LIKE PAY THE INTEREST ON AN EVER-GROWING DEBT, WHETHER IT'S PELL GRANTS, WHETHER IT'S K THROUGH 12 EDUCATION WHICH YOUR LAST SLIDE SHOWED, EVERY SINGLE PROGRAM THAT WE HAVE IS THREATENED BY THIS ONE SINGLE PROGRAM, A PROGRAM THAT THE PRESIDENT'S AFFORDABLE CARE ACT BALLOONED OUT OF CONTROL.

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  • 07:17:32 PM

    MR. HARRIS

    GENTLEMAN'S RIGHT. WHAT WE HAVE DONE IS WE'VE ONCE AGAIN MADE PROMISES TO…

    GENTLEMAN'S RIGHT. WHAT WE HAVE DONE IS WE'VE ONCE AGAIN MADE PROMISES TO PEOPLE WE KNOW WE CAN'T KEEP. WE KNOW BECAUSE THAT GRAPH -- I'LL YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN TO ASK THE QUESTION, THAT'S FROM THE FEDERAL BUDGET OFFICE, THAT'S A NONPARTISAN GROUP THAT LOOKS AT THE AFFECT OF FEDERAL -- EFFECT OF FIRST OF ALL LAWS AND POLICY -- OF FEDERAL LAWS AND POLICIES. SO WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS WE HAVE A THIRD PARTY LOOKING AT WHAT'S GOING ON AND SAYING, THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES. BUT IN FACT IF WE CONTINUE THE CURRENT POLICY WITH MEDICAID, WHICH, AS THE GENTLEMAN WELL KNOWS, ROUGHLY DOUBLES THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ELIGIBLE FOR THE SAFETY NET PROGRAM UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, WE WILL NOT ONLY BANKRUPT THE MEDICAID PROGRAM, FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL NO LONGER HAVE THE ABILITY TO BE CONFIDENT THAT SOCIAL SECURITY WILL BE THERE WHEN THEY RETIRE. MEDICARE WILL BE THERE WHEN THEY RETIRE. THE RATING AGENCIES, WHETHER IT'S MOODIES, S&P 500 S&P 500, ALTHE VARIOUS -- STANDARD & POOR'S, ALL THE VARIOUS RATING AGENCIES WILL SAY, YOU DON'T HAVE THE ABILITY TO PAY THE INTEREST BACK ON YOUR DEBT. WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. WE KNOW THE CORNHUSKER KICKBACK. WE KNOW WHAT WENT ON. THE BUYING AND SELLING OF VOTES AT THE EXPENSE OF FUTURE GENERATIONS AND THE ABILITY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO KEEP THEIR PROMISES TO FUTURE GENERATIONS, THE PROMISESED OF MEDICARE, MEDICAID, PELL GRANTS, K THROUGH 12 EDUCATION. THE GENTLEMAN SHOWED A SLIDE THAT SHOWED A 3% INCREASE IN THE COST -- AN AVERAGE OF 3% IN THE STATE'S BUDGET, THE COST OF MEDICAID OVER THE PAST ONLY THREE YEARS BEFORE THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE BILL KICKS IN. AS THE PRESIDENT MAY NOT, IN MARYLAND THAT'S A -- 3% DOESN'T SOUND LIKE MUCH, BUT IN MARYLAND THAT'S A $1 BILLION INCREASE. THAT'S AN INCREASE WE CAN'T AFFORD. THAT'S AN INCREASE THAT MEANS THAT PROPERTY OR INCOME TAXES WOULD HAVE TO GO UP, FURTHER STRANGLING OUR ECONOMY, AND IF THE GENTLEMAN FULL RECOGNIZES, THIS IS WHY THE PRESIDENT'S POLICY, WITH REGARD TO MEDICARE AND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, IS POORLY THOUGHT OUT, IS GOING TO BANKRUPT THE NATION AND REALLY OUGHT TO BE REPEALED AND RETHOUGHT.

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  • 07:19:52 PM

    MR. CASSIDY

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD, I'LL GO TO DR. DESJARLAIS. HE HAS A FRENCH…

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD, I'LL GO TO DR. DESJARLAIS. HE HAS A FRENCH LAST NAME AND YOU'D THINK HE'S FROM LOUISIANA, HE'S ACTUALLY FROM TENNESSEE. NOW, DOCTOR, OBVIOUSLY, OBVIOUSLY TO YOU AND ME BUT PERHAPS NOT TO THOSE WHO ARE LISTENING, TENNESSEE EXPERIMENTED WITH USING MEDICAID AS A SAFETY NET PROGRAM BACK IN THE 1990'S AND IF YOU WILL EXTENDED IT TO MANY OTHERS, CAN YOU COMMENT AS TO THE RESULTS THAT HAVE?

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  • 07:20:23 PM

    MR. DESJARLAIS

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. I MOVED…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. I MOVED TO START MY PRACTICE IN TENNESSEE IN THE FALL OF 1993 AND OUR PROGRAM TENNCARE WAS IMPLEMENTED SOMEWHAT AS AN EXPERIMENT IN JANUARY OF 1994. SO I WITNESSED IT FROM ITS INCEPTION THROUGH WHAT I WOULD CALL ITS CONTINUOUS FAILURE. THE PROGRAM CONTINUED TO GROW AND EXPAND, CONTINUED AS I THINK YOU REFERENCED EARLY, HAS DRAINED OUR STATE'S EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES AND IT GOT SO BAD THAT IN 2007 THE GOVERNOR ACTUALLY HAD TO REABOUT 270,000 PEOPLE FROM THE -- TO REMOVE 270,000 PEOPLE FROM THE PROGRAM JUST TO KEEP THE STATE FROM GOING BANKRUPT. SO CLEARLY IT WAS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW THE PROGRAM AND THE SYSTEM DOES NOT WORK AND DID NOT WORK AND THAT'S MAYBE A GLIMPSE OF WHAT WE CAN EXPECT TO SEE MOVING FORWARD WITH THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE LAW. SO, IT FAILED TO ACCOMPLISH ITS OBJECTIVES AND JUST AS WE WOULD HAVE SUSPECTED, THE COST GREW EXPONENTIALLY. AND SO WE HAVE A GREAT EXAMPLE IN TENNESSEE OF HOW THE SYSTEM DOES NOT WORK. SO CLEARLY WE NEED ALTERNATIVE REFORMS AND BE HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, DR. BROUN.

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  • 07:21:53 PM

    MR. BROUN

    DR. DESJARLAIS. I APPRECIATE YOU YIELDING. IN FACT, MEDICAID IS GOING TO…

    DR. DESJARLAIS. I APPRECIATE YOU YIELDING. IN FACT, MEDICAID IS GOING TO DESTROY THE FEDERAL BUDGET AND CREATE A TOTAL ECONOMIC COLLAPSE OF AMERICA IF WE DON'T CHANGE IT FROM THE PRESENT SYSTEM. THAT'S BEFORE OBAMACARE EVEN TAKES PLACE. AND MARKLY EXPANDS THE STATES HAVING TO COVER MANY MORE PEOPLE AS MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MARYLAND WAS -- DR. HARRIS WAS JUST EXPLAINING. BUT THERE ARE ALTERNATIVES. HOPEFULLY WE CAN REPEAL OBAMACARE AND REPLACE IT WITH SOMETHING WHAT MAKES SENSE. BUT THERE IS A SOLUTION TODAY. IN FACT, THE REPUBLICAN STUDY COMMITTEE, SEVERAL OF US IN THE REPUBLICAN STUDY COMMITTEE, JIM JORDAN, OUR CHAIRMAN, TOM ROKITA, I INTRODUCED THE STATE HEALTH FLEXIBILITY ACT. WHICH WOULD FREEZE MEDICAID SPENDING AT THE CURRENT LEVEL. AND WILL BLOCK GRANT THOSE FUNDS TO THE STATES WITH NO STRINGS ATTACKED -- ATTACHED. NOT ONLY FOR MEDICAID BUT ALSO FOR THE STATE CHILD HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. AND WHAT THE STATES WOULD DO IS UTILIZE THOSE FUNDS IN ANY MANNER THAT THEY WANT TO. IF THEY WANT TO DO DRUG TESTING ON MEDICAID OR SCHIP RECIPIENTS, THEY CAN. THEY CAN ORGANIZE THE PROGRAM ANY WAY THEY WANT TO. WHICH IS GOING TO BE THE SOLUTION, BECAUSE IT FREEZES SPENDING AT CURRENT LEVELS.

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  • 07:23:20 PM

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    WILL YIELD. I JUST OUTSIDE OF PRIDE OF AUTHORSHIP, THERE'S ANOTHER…

    WILL YIELD. I JUST OUTSIDE OF PRIDE OF AUTHORSHIP, THERE'S ANOTHER ALTERNATIVE, A REPUBLICAN MEDICAID PROPOSAL, ONE THAT I AND OTHERS ARE SPONSORING.

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  • 07:23:27 PM

    MR. CASSIDY

    YOU WILL, SIMILAR TO THE BLOCK GRANT, BUT IT READJUSTS AS YOUR POPULATION…

    YOU WILL, SIMILAR TO THE BLOCK GRANT, BUT IT READJUSTS AS YOUR POPULATION CHANGES. I'M FROM LOUISIANA, WHEN HURRICANE KATRINA HIT, WE HAD LOTS OF FOLKS WHO MOVED TO ATLANTA AND MOVED TO HOUSTON. IF YOU WILL, THE DOLLAR WOULD FOLLOW THE PATIENT. IT WOULDN'T JUST STAY IN LOUISIANA. I LOVE MY STATE AND IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE THE EXTRA MONEY, BUT IT'S MORE IMPORTANT THAT WHERE THE PATIENT IS HAVE THE MONEY. IT'S A VARIOUS OF THE THEME BUT ALSO PART OF IT IS THE STATE HAS FLEXIBILITY, FREEING THEM FROM THE MONEY-CONSUMING REGULATIONS THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PUTS ON HOW THOSE MONEYS ARE APPLIED. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:24:04 PM

    MR. BROUN

    ABSOLUTELY. THE STATE HEALTH FLEXIBILITY ACT DOES THAT SAME THING AND THE…

    ABSOLUTELY. THE STATE HEALTH FLEXIBILITY ACT DOES THAT SAME THING AND THE ONLY GROWTH IS DUE TO THE POPULATION GROWTH IN ANY STATE. SO IT DOES ACCOUNT FOR THAT CHANGE IN THE POPULATION OF ANY GIVEN STATE. BUT WE HAVE SOLUTIONS. WE HAVE ECONOMICALLY VIABLE SOLUTIONS THAT REPUBLICANS ARE SUBMITTING AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN GET PASSED INTO LAW. OF COURSE WE'VE GOT TO HAVE A SENATE THAT WILL EVEN TAKE UP THOSE KIND OF BILLS BECAUSE THE HOUSE HAS PASSED BILL AFTER BILL AFTER BILL TO CREATE A STRONGER ECONOMY, TO CREATE JOBS HERE IN AMERICA, TO LOWER THE COST OF GASOLINE, TO DEVELOP ALL OUR ENERGY RESOURCES. WE'VE GOT THESE BILLS THAT WILL SOLVE THE PROBLEMS FOR MEDICAID, EVEN MY PATIENT OPTION ACT IS ACROSS THE BOARD HEALTH CARE REFORM AND REPEALS OBAMACARE AND REPLACES IT WITH POLICY THAT MAKES HEALTH CARE CHEAPER FOR EVERYONE. PROVIDES COVERAGE FOR ALL AMERICANS. AND WILL SAVE MEDICARE FROM GOING BROKE. YOU ADD THAT WITH THE STATE HEALTH FLEXIBILITY ACT, IT COVERS EVERYBODY. WE HAVE SOLUTIONS. BUT HARRY REID IS AN OBSTRUCTIONIST. HE'S ACTING AS A PUPPET FOR THIS PRESIDENT AND THEY THROW IN THE TRASH CAN EVERY BILL WE SEND OVER THERE. WE'VE GOT TO CREATE JOBS, WE'VE GOT TO CREATE A STRONGER ECONOMY, WE HAVE SOLUTIONS TO THE HEALTH CARE PROBLEM, ALL OF US AS PHYSICIANS, ALL OF US AS PHYSICIANS OUT HERE THAT ARE TALKING TONIGHT, WE'VE JUST BEEN JOINED BY ONE NONPHYSICIAN, BUT SHE'S BEEN A STRONG SUPPORTER OF THE DOCTOR'S CAUCUS AND WE'VE SEEN HER HERE MANY TIMES, MRS. LUMMIS FROM WYOMING, BUT WE HAVE SOLUTIONS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND REPUBLICANS HAVE SOLUTIONS. AND WE NEED TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO PASS THOSE SOLUTIONS INTO LAW SO THAT WE CAN HAVE POLICY THAT'S NOT GOING TO BREAK THE BANK.

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  • 07:26:05 PM

    MR. CASSIDY

    THAT'S RIGHT.

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    MR. CASSIDY

    IT WILL TAKE THAT MONEY. I ASKED MRS. LUMMIS IT COME TONIGHT BECAUSE SHE…

    IT WILL TAKE THAT MONEY. I ASKED MRS. LUMMIS IT COME TONIGHT BECAUSE SHE IS A FORMER STATE TREASURER IN WYOMING.

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  • 07:26:48 PM

    MR. BROUN

    TO MRS. LUMMIS, AYE LIKE TO RECLAIM MY TIME AND JUST SAY THIS. I SAY THAT…

    TO MRS. LUMMIS, AYE LIKE TO RECLAIM MY TIME AND JUST SAY THIS. I SAY THAT GEORGIA IS STRUGGLING. WE HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT TO OUR STATE INSTITUTION. -- CONSTITUTION. WE'RE HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME DEALING WITH THE EXTRA COST NOT ONLY OF MEDICAID BUT ALL THESE GOVERNMENT MANDATES THAT HAS FORCED IT UPON OUR STATE FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IT HAS TO STOP AND THE ONLY WAY WE'LL STOP IT IS FOR WE THE PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY TO DEMAND A DIFFERENT KIND OF GOVERNMENT FROM THEIR SENATORS, FROM CONGRESSMEN AND PARTICULARLY FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:27:21 PM

    MR. CASSIDY

    THANK YOU, DR. BROUN. MR. CHAIR, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MRS. LUMMIS TO…

    THANK YOU, DR. BROUN. MR. CHAIR, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MRS. LUMMIS TO DISCUSS THE IMPACT THIS PROGRAM IS HAVING UPON STATE BUDGETS AND THEREFORE OTHER STATES' SERVICES BUT I NEED TO YIELD TO YOU SO THAT YOU CAN THEN RECOGNIZE DR. HARRIS TO REPLACE ME AT THIS STAND.

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  • 07:27:43 PM

    MRS. LUMMIS

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR INVITING ME TO…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR INVITING ME TO PARTICIPATE. ALTHOUGH A NONPHYSICIAN, THE ONLY NONPHYSICIAN HERE.

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  • 07:28:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. HARRIS, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 28 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY PARTY.

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  • 07:28:23 PM

    MR. HARRIS

    MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND I WILL YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING.

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    MRS. LUMMIS

    HARRIS AND I WANT TO THANK DR. CASSIDY. I HAVE SEEN DR. CASSIDY IN THE…

    HARRIS AND I WANT TO THANK DR. CASSIDY. I HAVE SEEN DR. CASSIDY IN THE CLOAKROOM TALKING ON THE PHONE PRO BONO TO PATIENTS THAT HE USED TO SERVE IN LOUISIANA. AND I HAVE SEEN OTHER MEMBERS OF OUR DOCTORS CAUCUS DO THE SAME THING. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT THEIR PATIENTS. AND EVEN THOUGH THEY'RE HERE WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES IN THEIR DISTRICT AND NOT COMPENSATED FINANCIALLY, THEY ARE STILL HERE CARING ABOUT THEIR PATIENTS, WORKING WITHOUT COMPENSATION, PRO BONO, TO HELP PEOPLE THAT THEY USED TO SERVE, TO MAKE SURE THEIR LIVES ARE BETTER AND THEIR HEALTH CARE IS BETTER. SO I WANT TO COMPLIMENT THE PHYSICIANS IN THIS CONFERENCE THAT HAVE MADE SUCH A DIFFERENCE TO MY LIFE AND TO OTHER PEOPLE'S HEALTH CARE LIVES. AND I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR SERVING IN CONGRESS. THEY MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THE DIALOGUE, THE DEBATE, THE NURTURING, THE CARE, THE TENDERNESS AND WHAT WE ALL EXPERIENCE BECAUSE OF THEIR TRAINING AND BECAUSE OF THEIR LOVE OF THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY AND THE MANNER IN WHICH THEY SERVE THEIR PATIENTS. MR. SPEAKER, I WAS STATE TREASURER OF MY STATE. I HAVE SEEN MEDICAID AND OTHER PROGRAMS SOAK UP THE COMPENSATION THAT TAXPAYERS IN EVERY STATE PROVIDE THROUGH TAXES TO THEIR STATES, PREVENTING STATES FROM BEING ABLE TO ALLOCATE MORE MONEY TO EDUCATION AND OTHER STATE-BASED FUNCTIONS. AND MEDICAID IS DEFINITELY ONE OF THEM. BUT IN ADDITION, STATES CARE FOR THEIR WORKING POOR. STATES WANT TO SEE THEIR LOW-INCOME MEDICAID-ELIGIBLE PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY HEALTH CARE AND SUPPORT THE MEDICAID PROGRAM. BUT NOT SUPPORT IT IN A WAY THAT REQUIRES THESE RIGGED HANDCUFFS ON STATES -- RIDGE I HAD HANDCUFFS ON STATES THAT PREVENT STATES FROM INNOVATING, FROM PROVIDING QUALITY CARE TO THEIR PEOPLE. CASE IN POINT, MY STATE OF WYOMING HAS THE SMALLEST POPULATION IN THE NATION. AS A CONSEQUENCE WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO STUDY THINGS THAT OTHER STATES CANNOT STUDY BECAUSE THEIR POPULATIONS ARE SO LARGE. MY STATE OF WYOMING, THROUGH ITS OWN HEALTH CARE COMMISSION, STUDIED EVERY SINGLE MEDICAID-ELIGIBLE CHILD UNDER THE AGE OF 18 AND DETERMINED THAT IT WOULD BE OVER TWO AND A HALF TIMES CHEAPER TO BUY EACH ONE OF THOSE CHILDREN A STANDARD BLUE CROSS-BLUE SHIELD POLICY THAN IT IS TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE THROUGH MEDICAID. THESE ARE THE KIND OF THINGS THAT STATES ARE STUDYING, THAT THEY'RE LEARNING, THAT THEY'RE INNOVATING. FURTHERMORE, THERE ARE PLACES IN THE COUNTRY THAT ARE DEALING WITH DIFFERENT HEALTH CARE PROBLEMS THAN OTHER PLACES IN THE COUNTRY. CASE IN POINT, THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN WEST HAS A MUCH HIGHER INCIDENCE OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS THAN OTHER PARTS OF THE UNITED STATES. NO ONE KNOWS WHY, BUT IT'S A FACT. SO WYOMING AND OTHER ROCKY MOUNTAIN STATES SHOULD BE ABLE TO CONCENTRATE ON M.S., WHEREAS OTHER STATES, PERHAPS SOUTHERN STATES, MAY HAVE MORE PROBLEMS WITH DIABETES. I RECENTLY WAS IN SAUDI ARABIA. THERE'S A TREMENDOUS DIABETES PROBLEM IN SAUDI ARABIA. THEY'RE SPENDING TREMENDOUS AMOUNTS OF MONEY AT THEIR BRAND NEW HIGHER EDUCATION UNIVERSITY WHERE THEY PARTNER WITH BUSINESSES TO STUDY DIABETES IN A WAY THAT WILL HELP THE GREAT NUMBER AND GROWING NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT ARE AFFECTED BY DIABETES. THESE SHOULD BE THINGS THAT REGIONS OF OUR COUNTRY ARE ALLOWED TO WORK TOGETHER ON AND TO CREATE PROGRAMS FOR AND TO INNOVATE AND TO BE THE GREAT INCUBATORS OF INNOVATION THAT STATES ARE. AND SO THAT'S WHY I DO WANT TO COMPLIMENT THE U.S. SUPREME COURT IN THE PORTION OF THE DECISION ON OBAMACARE THAT PROVIDED THAT STATES DO NOT HAVE TO BE HELD HOSTAGE UNDER THE OBAMACARE LAW, THEY DO NOT HAVE TO EXPAND BEYOND THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF THE MEDICAID ELIGIBLE POPULATION TO ACCOMMODATE ITS EXPANSION UNDER THE OBAMACARE LAW, WHEN THEY CAN STILL, IF THEY CHOOSE, CONCENTRATE ON THE MEDICAID-ELIGIBLE POPULATION AS IT EXISTS TODAY TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE QUALITY MEDICAID TO LOW INCOME ELIGIBLE CONSTITUENTS WITHIN THEIR STATES. BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY SHOULD BE UNDER THE SAME CONSTRAINTS THEY ARE UNDER NOW TO PROVIDE MEDICAID TO THEIR POPULATIONS BECAUSE OF THE VARIANCE IN THE KINDS OF DISEASES CROPPING UP IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE COUNTRY AND BECAUSE OF THE DIFFERENT INNOVATIONS THAT STATES ARE ABLE TO USE IF THEY'RE NOT CONSTRAINED BY THE SHACKLES OF FEDERAL ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL. I WANT TO THANK THE PHYSICIANS IN OUR CONFERENCE FOR CONTINUING TO RAISE THESE ISSUES, TO DISCUSS THESE ISSUES. YOU DISCUSS THEM TO THE BENEFIT OF THOSE OF US WHO ARE NOT PHYSICIANS WHO SERVE IN CONGRESS, YOU DISCUSS THESE TO THE BENEFIT OF PEOPLE WHO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE IN THIS NATION AND YOU DO IT AS A SERVICE TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY. I THANK ALL THE PHYSICIANS WHO ARE HERE TONIGHT TO DISCUSS THIS ISSUE AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:34:30 PM

    MR. HARRIS

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. I'D LIKE TO EXPAND A LITTLE ON WHAT YOU JUST…

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. I'D LIKE TO EXPAND A LITTLE ON WHAT YOU JUST COMMENTED ON AND ACTUALLY WHAT THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING TALKED ABOUT IN TERMS OF THE EFFICIENCY IN HER STUDY WHERE THEY COULD ACTUALLY BUY A POLICY FOR THOSE CHEAPER HAN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS IMPLEMENTED.

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  • 07:37:01 PM

    MR. DESJARLAIS

    PATIENT CONTINUALLY WAS LESS MONEY.

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    MR. HARRIS

    THE GENTLEMAN IS SAY, YOU HAD PATIENTS UNDER TENNCARE WHO HAD AN INSURANCE…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS SAY, YOU HAD PATIENTS UNDER TENNCARE WHO HAD AN INSURANCE CARD AND YOU COULDN'T FIND ANYONE TO TAKE CARE OF THEM.

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  • 07:38:31 PM

    MR. HARRIS

    I HAVE HEARD OF THAT STUDY AS WELL. I THINK IT'S AN ACCESS TO CARE ISSUE.…

    I HAVE HEARD OF THAT STUDY AS WELL. I THINK IT'S AN ACCESS TO CARE ISSUE. THAT'S CERTAINLY A PROBLEM THAT'S NOT BEEN ADDRESSED. THE OBAMACARE LAW DOES NOTHING TO ADDRESS ACCESS TO CARE AND DOES NOTHING TO ADDRESS COST OF HEALTH CARE. WE ALL KNOW THAT THE COST OF HEALTH CARE IS DRIVING OUR NATIONAL DEBT. WE NEED TO LOOK AT SOLUTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN OFFERED BY THE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS AND THE DOCTORS CAUCUS THAT WILL MAKE REAL REFORMS TO HEALTH CARE TO MAKE IT MORE AFFORDABLE AND INVOLVE A GREATER ATTEMPT TO GET GOVERNMENT OUT OF THE WAY. JUST LIKE IN SMALL BUSINESSES, THE NUMBER ONE COMPLAINT IS THAT GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRACY IS DRIVING DOWN THE PROFITABILITY REMAINS THE SAME IN HEALTH CARE AS WELL AND WE NEED TO LOOK AT MORE FREE MARKET OPTIONS IN HEALTH CARE IF WE'RE GOING TO ACTUALLY REDUCE COSTS.

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  • 07:39:06 PM

    MR. DESJARLAIS

    IF WE'RE GOING TO ACTUALLY REDUCE COSTS.

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    MR. HARRIS

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD BACK, I'D LIKE TO BRING THE PHYSICIAN FROM…

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD BACK, I'D LIKE TO BRING THE PHYSICIAN FROM TEXAS INTO THE DISCUSSION BECAUSE WOMEN, ACTUALLY, ARE SPECIFICALLY AFFECTED BY THE SHORTFALLS IN MEDICAID BECAUSE THE REIMBURSEMENT RATES FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE IS FREQUENTLY SO LOW THAT IT'S ACTUALLY HARD TO FIND AN OBSTETRICIAN TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE PATIENTS. IN MARYLAND, THIS IS A PROBLEM WE HAD. IN THE FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, THE EASTERN SHORE OF MARYLAND, FOR A WHILE, BEFORE WE DID MEDICAID PAYMENT REFORM, YOU COULDN'T -- WOMEN WHO WERE PREGNANT IN THAT PART OF THE STATE HAD TO DRIVE THREE HOURS TO FIND AN OBSTETRICIAN TO TAKE CARE OF THEM BECAUSE THE REIMBURSEMENTS WERE SO LOW. AND WE KNOW THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT DOES NOTHING FOR MEDICAL LIABILITY AND WE KNOW, FOR INSTANCE, THAT WE HAVE CESAREAN SECTION RATE THAT'S 35% NOW, THE RESULT OF MEDICAL LIABILITY, WE HAVE OBSTETRICIANS WHO HAVE LEFT THE PRACTICE LATER IN THEIR CAREERS OF OBSTETRICS AND GRAVITATE TOWARD JUST DOING GYNECOLOGY, WHERE THEY JOIN FREQUENTLY LARGE GROUP PRACTICES. WE HAVE LEFT THE PRACTICE OF ON SETICS -- OBSTETRICS TO BE AN IMPERSONAL PRACTICE WITH PEOPLE WHO GENERALLY DON'T HAVE AS MUCH EXPERIENCE AS THOSE WHO HAVE LEFT THE PRACTICE AND BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF LIABILITY REFORM, A CESAREAN SECTION RATE THAT'S ROUGHLY DOUBLED OVER MY CAREER IN DEALING WITH ON SET RIBBLINGS AND OBSTETRIC ANESTHESIOLOGY. I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR THE GENTLEMAN'S COMMENTS ON MEDICAL INSURANCE AND WHAT IT'S DOING FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE IN THIS NATION.

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  • 07:41:33 PM

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    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THE DOCTOR FROM MARYLAND MAKES AN EXCELLENT…

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THE DOCTOR FROM MARYLAND MAKES AN EXCELLENT POINT ABOUT HAVING AN INSURANCE CARD, A MEDICAID CARD, DOES NOT NECESSARILY GUARANTEE ACCESS TO CARE. I WOULD SEE IT LITERALLY EVERY MONTH IN MY PRACTICE, BEING AN OBSTETRICIAN, IF I'M CALLED BY THE EMERGENCY ROOM DOCTOR TO ATTEND TO A PATIENT THAT'S PREGNANT, I'VE GOT 30 MINUTES TO SHOW UP OR I GET FINED $50,000.

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  • 07:42:02 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    I WOULD ALWAYS SHOW UP. THE DIFFICULTY IS THAT SOMETIMES THE PROBLEM THAT…

    I WOULD ALWAYS SHOW UP. THE DIFFICULTY IS THAT SOMETIMES THE PROBLEM THAT CAUSED THE PATIENT, ALTHOUGH SHE WAS PREGNANT, THE PROBLEM THAT BROUGHT HER TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM WAS SOMETHING UNRELATED TO PREGNANCY, A HEART MURMUR, TONSILLITIS, I MAY NOT BE THE BEST PERSON TO TAKE CARE OF THAT PROBLEM, BUT IT WAS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND A SPECIALIST TO TREAT THAT PERSON, AND YOU MIGHT ADMIT SOMEONE WHO DIDN'T OTHERWISE NEED ADMITTING TO GET THEM THAT CARE. AN INEFFICIENT AND EXPENSIVE WAY TO GET THAT CARE.

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  • 07:42:46 PM

    MR. HARRIS

    THINK THAT'S THE KIND OF HEALTH CARE THE WOMEN OF AMERICA DESERVE?

  • 07:42:51 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. HARRIS

    WE HAVE ON THE FLOOR WITH US TWO OBSTETRICIANS. IF WOMEN ARE READY FOR…

    WE HAVE ON THE FLOOR WITH US TWO OBSTETRICIANS. IF WOMEN ARE READY FOR CHILD BIRTH, WE'RE READY ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE TONIGHT. BUT THE GENTLEMAN MAKES A GREAT POINT BECAUSE IN THE END HAVING AN INSURANCE CARD DOESN'T GUARANTEE ACCESS, HAVING AN INSURANCE CARD DOESN'T GUARANTEE AFFORDABLE CARE. AND AS WE KNOW THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, WHAT IT DID IS TO AGAIN, TO PRETEND THAT REAL ECONOMICS DON'T EXIST TO. PRETEND THAT THE LAWS OF MATHEMATICS DON'T COUNT. THAT WE CAN EXPAND THIS PROGRAM, AS THE GENTLEMAN POINTED OUT, A PROGRAM THAT WAS MEANT FOR THE SAFETY NET FOR THE POOR, ELDERLY, FOR WOMEN, FOR CHILDREN, AND WE EXPANDED IT WELL BEYOND THAT TO THE POINT WHERE, AS WE BROUGHT UP EARLIER IN THE HOUR, IF GONE UNCHECKED, IT WILL BANKRUPT EVERYTHING ELSE IN GOVERNMENT. AND THE TIME HAS COME FOR, AS THE GENTLEMAN HAS POINTED OUT, FOR US TO RECONSIDER THAT. TO RECONSIDER WHETHER THAT AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WAS THE RIGHT APPROACH. NOW, WE KNOW THAT JUST TODAY THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE HAS RESCORED THE PRESIDENT'S AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND HAS SAID THAT AS A RESULT OF THE SUPREME COURT DECISION, BECAUSE ONE OF THE GOALS WAS TO ENSURE AS MANY AMERICANS AS POSSIBLE, THAT AN ADDITIONAL THREE MILLION TO FOUR MILLION INDIVIDUALS WILL NOT BE INSURED AS A RESULT OF THE SUPREME COURT BECAUSE THE STATES WILL MAKE A RATIONAL DECISION THAT THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO LET THEIR BUDGETS GO BANKRUPT THROUGH THIS GOVERNMENT, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT-MANDATED EXPANSION THAT DOES NOTHING TO CONTROL COST. AND DOES NOTHING REALLY TO INCREASE ACCESS OTHER THAN PUTTING A CARD IN SOMEONE'S HAND AND, AS THE GRAPH SHOWS, THAT CARD DOESN'T HELP ALL THE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THESE PINK BARS. THEY'RE THE ONES WITH THE MEDICAID CARDS CURRENTLY. AND THEIR CHANCE OF SEEING A SPECIALIST IS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 17% AND 57% BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT PAYMENT IS SO LOW, BECAUSE THESE PROGRAMS ARE SO EXPENSIVE AND NEVER ADEQUATELY BUDGETED FOR, JUST AS IN THE CASE IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. NOW WE'RE JOINED THIS EVENING BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA, DR. GINGREY, WHO IS ALSO AN OBSTETRICIAN, WHO BRINGS -- WHO HAS SPENT YEARS TAKING CARE OF PATIENTS, UNDERSTANDS WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO FIX THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN THE UNITED STATES, AND I'M VERY INTERESTED TO HEAR YOUR PERSPECTIVE, DR. GINGREY, ON THE TOPIC WE'RE DISCUSSING TONIGHT. MEDICAID AND ITS EXPANSION UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.

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  • 07:48:37 PM

    MR. GINGREY

    MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MY PHYSICIAN COLLEAGUE,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MY PHYSICIAN COLLEAGUE, FOR YIELDING. AND I MISSED SOME OF THE HOUR, I REGRET THAT AND HOPEFULLY I'M NOT REPEATING SOME REMARK THAT'S ALREADY BEEN MADE, BUT EVEN IF I AM, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT MEDICAID EXPANSION IS THREATENING EACH AND EVERY ONE OF OUR 50 STATES AND THE TERRITORIES. THE PROVISION IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, OBAMACARE, THAT'S TITLED MAINTENANCE OF EFFORT, AND ACTUALLY THIS MAINTENANCE OF EFFORT PROVISION, MR. SPEAKER, BEGAN EVEN BEFORE THE PASSAGE OF OBAMACARE. OBAMACARE PASSED IN MARCH IF, 2010, A LITTLE MORE THAN TWO YEARS AGO. IT JUST EXTENDED THIS. BUT WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE STIMULUS PACKAGE, BACK IN 2008, STATES WERE TOLD THAT THEY WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO PURGE THEIR ROLES -- ROLLS OF PEOPLE THAT WERE AT THAT POINT IN TIME UNDER MEDICAID, TO SEE IF PER CHANCE THEY WERE IN THIS COUNTRY ILLEGALLY AND NOT ELIGIBLE OR THEIR INCOME LEVEL HAD RISEN TO THE POINT THAT THEY WERE DOING JUST FINE, THANK YOU, MAYBE MAKING $50,000 A YEAR AND COULD AFFORD THEIR OWN HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUMS, NOT TO BE PAID FOR BY WE THE TAXPAYER AND THE CITIZENS OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA, MY GREAT STATE. SO, SINCE 2008, AND THEN IT WAS EXTENDED WITH THE PASSAGE OF OBAMACARE TO SAY THAT THROUGH THE YEAR 2013 THESE STATES COULD NOT DO THAT. WELL, WHAT'S HAPPENED IS, I'VE GOT SOME STATISTICS, AND JUST TO QUOTE FROM THE NATIONAL GOVERNOR'S ASSOCIATION REPORT, STATES ARE FACING A COLLECTIVE $175 BILLION BUDGET SHORTFALL THROUGH 2013. IN LARGE PART BECAUSE OF THIS MAINTENANCE OF EFFORT REQUIREMENT UNDER MEDICAID. THAT THEY'RE NOT ALLOWED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PEOPLE ON THE MEDICAID PROGRAM ARE THE ONES THAT NEED TO BE THERE, THE MOST NEEDY, THAT CAN'T AFFORD, THEIR CHILDREN CAN'T AFFORD HEALTH CARE. AND NOW THESE ROLES ARE SORT OF -- ROLLS ARE SORT OF SET IN STONE UNTIL THE YEAR 2013 AND IN MANY CASES, MR. SPEAKER, THEY INCLUDE CHILDLESS ADULTS. CHILDLESS ADULTS WHO MAYBE WERE ELIGIBLE TO GET ON THE PROGRAM AT A POINT WHERE THE INCOME WAS VERY LOW OR MAYBE THEY WERE OUT OF WORK, BUT NOW, YOU KNOW, SHOULDN'T THE GOVERNORS BE ALLOWED, AT LEAST ON AN ANNUAL BASIS, IF NOT EVERY SIX MONTHS, TO LOOK AT THOSE ROLLS AND MAKE SURE THAT THE DOLLARS ARE FOR HEALTH CARE, ARE GOING TO THE FOLKS THAT REALLY NEED IT AND THEIR CHILDREN? THAT'S WHAT THE MEDICAID PROGRAM WAS ALL ABOUT WHEN IT WAS STARTED AS AN AMENDMENT TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT BACK IN 1965. SO, I WANTED TO MENTION THAT AND MAY HAVE ALREADY BEEN TALKED ABOUT EARLIER. MY COLLEAGUES IN THE DOCTORS CAUCUS OF THE HOUSE THAT KNOW OF WHAT THEY SPEAK IN REGARD TO HEALTH CARE, THERE ARE A LOT OF OTHER ISSUES IN MEDICAID, BUT I THOUGHT IN PARTICULAR I WANTED TO DISCUSS THAT AND JUST CONCLUDE MY REMARKS, I'LL BE GLAD TO YIELD BACK TO MY COLLEAGUES AND CONTINUE TO LISTEN AND MAYBE COMMENT ON SOME OTHER ISSUES. BUT IN CONCLUSION, ON THIS POINT, IF ALLOWING A STATE TO IMPROVE ITS ENROLLMENT AND ITS VERSEFICATION SYSTEM SAVES ENOUGH MONEY TO KEEP OUR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION PROGRAM IN TACT, AND THE SAFETY OF ITS CITIZENS IN REGARD TO POLICE AND FIRE PROTECTION IN TACT, WHY WOULDN'T WE SUPPORT THIS CHANGE? WHY WOULDN'T WE REPEAL THIS MAINTENANCE OF EFFORT? IF GIVEN GOVERNORS THE ABILITY -- GIVING GOVERNORS THE ABILITY TO MANAGE THEIR OWN MEDICAID PROGRAMS PREVENTS DRASTIC CUTS TO EDUCATION OR JOB CREATION PROGRAMS, WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD WE NOT SUPPORT THAT? THE ONLY REASON I CAN THINK OF WOULD BE TO FORCE, UNDER OBAMACARE, MORE AND MORE PEOPLE INTO THE MEDICAID PROGRAM, WHERE THE STATES HAVE TO EVENTUALLY DO THAT F MAP AND THAT SHARING OF THE COST BECAUSE OTHERWISE THERE'D BE EXCHANGES AND THE SUBSIDIES AS WE KNOW GO UP TO 400% OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL. IT'S ALL PART OF THIS GRAND SCHEME TO EVENTUALLY HAVE NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE, MEDICARE FOR ALL, IF YOU WILL, AND IT'S GOT TO STOP. AND I YIELD BACK TO MY COLLEAGUE.

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  • 07:54:03 PM

    MR. HARRIS

    MUCH FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. MEDICAID EXPENDITURES NOW EXCEED K…

    MUCH FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. MEDICAID EXPENDITURES NOW EXCEED K THROUGH 12 EDUCATION. AND AS THE OTHER CHART WE'VE SEEN SHOWS, WE'RE OVER AT THE LEFT-HAND SIDE, IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE OVER TIME. I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE OBSTETRICIAN FROM TEXAS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 07:54:27 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I WANTED TO MAKE ONE POINT ON THE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I WANTED TO MAKE ONE POINT ON THE SCORE THAT WAS PROVIDED TODAY. I KNOW SOME PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT THAT AND SAYING THE COST FOR THE PROGRAM, FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS, WAS ONLY SCORED I THINK AT $1.16 TRILLION, IF I CAN USE THE WORDS ONLY AND TRILLION TOGETHER IN A SENTENCE, BUT WHAT MANY PEOPLE OVERLOOK IS THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE MUST SCORE UNDER EXISTING LAW. AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT EXISTING LAW DOES IS CUT PHYSICIAN REIMBURSEMENT IN MEDICARE BY 35% ON DECEMBER 31 OF THIS YEAR. SO, ADD ANOTHER $300 TO $400 BILLION TO THAT COST, JUST FOR THE SO-CALLED SUSTAINABLE GROWTH RATE FORMULA WHICH HAS NOT YET BEEN REPEALED. NOW, WE WILL FIX THAT BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR, FOR AT LEAST ONE MORE YEAR. BUT THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE HAS NO WAY OF SCORING THAT. THEY MUST GO WITH EXISTING LAW. THE OTHER THING THAT -- AND OF COURSE THE INDEPENDENT PAYMENT ADVISORY BOARD, SAME THINGS APPLIES. THEY HAVE TO THINK THAT THE CUTS THAT THE INDEPENDENT PAYMENT ADVISORY BOARD IS PROGRAMMED TO PRODUCE, THAT THEY'RE GOING TO OCCUR. THE OTHER THING THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE CANNOT EASILY ESTIMATE IS THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO WILL BE MOVED OFF EMPLOYER-SPONSORED INSURANCE ONTO THE FEDERAL -- ONTO THE STATE EXCHANGES OR THE FEDERAL EXCHANGE. AND THAT IS A DIFFICULT NUMBER TO KNOW. MCKENZIE CORPORATION SAID IT IS GOING TO BE 30%. THE DELOIT CORPORATION HAS SAID 10%. WE DENT KNOW WHAT THAT NUMBER IS. C.B.O. IS SCORING IT TO 1% TO 2% BECAUSE THAT'S THE AVERAGE HISTORICALLY. THOSE POINTS ARE IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER IN LOOKING AT THESE FIGURES. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:56:09 PM

    MR. HARRIS

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK.

  • 07:56:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY PARTY.

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  • 07:56:56 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    SPEAKER, THANK YOU FOR THE PRIVILEGE AND FOR MY COLLEAGUES IN THE…

    SPEAKER, THANK YOU FOR THE PRIVILEGE AND FOR MY COLLEAGUES IN THE REPUBLICAN DOCTORS CAUCUS, FOR A MOST INTERESTING BUT FACTUALLY INCORRECT 45 MINUTES OF DEBATE HERE. WE REALLY -- WE'RE GOING TO SPEND THIS EVENING TALKING ABOUT JOBS AND ABOUT THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT AND ONE OF THE GREAT WOULDA, COUPA, SHOULDAS OF OUR TIMES. THERE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT REALLY NEED TO BE DISCUSSED FROM THE LAST HALF HOUR. FIRST OF ALL, MOST OF THE DISCUSSION WAS ABOUT MED KAY CADE. THAT'S A PROGRAM, A NATIONAL PROGRAM, IN WHICH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PAYS ABOUT 50%, IF VARIES STATE TO STATE, BUT ROUGHLY 50% OF THE COST OF PROVIDING MEDICAL SERVICES TO THE POOR, WOMEN, CHILDREN, IN THE STATES. NOW, THE DEBATE WAS MOST INTERESTING IN THAT THE ARGUMENT WAS THAT THERE WOULD BE A LACK OF ACCESS AND SIMULTANEOUSLY AN ARGUMENT THAT THE COSTS -- THERE WERE NO COSTS CONTROL. YET IF YOU WERE LISTENING TO OUR ESTEEMED -- ESTEEMED COLLEAGUES, WALK HAVE HEARD THEM SAY THAT DOCTORS ARE NOT PAID ENOUGH. I THINK IF THEY'RE NOT PAID ENOUGH AND THE DOCTORS WANT TO GET PAID MORE, IN ORDER TO PROVIDE SERVICES, THEN THE COSTS ARE GOING TO GO UP. AND SO THE COST CONTROL ARGUMENT HERE DOESN'T MAKE A WHOLE LOT OF SENSE. IF YOU WANT TO KEEP THE COST DOWN, YOU NEED TO IMPROVE THE EFFECTIVENESS AND EFFICIENCY OF THE SYSTEM. AND CERTAINLY CERTAIN SERVICES WITHIN THE MEDICAID AND MEDICAL AS WECAL IT IN CALIFORNIA, ARE NOT PAID SUFFICIENTLY. SOME OTHER SERVICES ARE PAID MORE THAN ENOUGH. SO YOU NEED TO BALANCE THAT UP OVER TIME AND ALL OF THESE PROGRAMS ARE RUN BY THE STATES. IT'S REALLY THE STATE THAT DECIDES WHAT THE REIMBURSEMENT RATE IS GOING TO BE, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THEN MATCHES THE STATE'S CONTRIBUTION. SO THE ARGUMENT REALLY DIDN'T MAKE A WHOLE LOT OF SENSE. AND EVEN MORE SO NRKTS RYAN REPUBLICAN BUDGET, WHICH HAS PASSED THIS HOUSE TWICE NOW, THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN THE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES FOR DOCTORS. SO THAT THE MONEY THAT WE -- ALL AMERICANS SPEND TO EDUCATE DOCTORS, PARTICULARLY IN THAT PART OF THE PROGRAM, BOTH THE BASIC EDUCATION AND THEN IN THE RESIDENCY PROGRAMS, THE RYAN REPUBLICAN BUDGET SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCES THE AMOUNT OF MONEY AVAILABLE FOR RESIDENCY PROGRAMS FOR FAMILY CARE PRACTICES. FOR THE VERY BASIC PROGRAMS THAT WE ALL WANT TO ACCESS. SO FOR FAMILY CARE, FOR BASIC CARE, THAT MONEY IS REDUCED. YOU GO, WAIT A MINUTE. THAT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE, IF YOU'RE DOWN HERE ON FLOOR ARGUING THAT THERE'S INSUFFICIENT NUMBER OF DOCTORS AND THEY'RE NOT PAID ENOUGH, THEN DON'T ARGUE AT THE SAME TIME THAT IT'S TOO EXPENSIVE AND THERE'S NO COST CONTROLS AND PLEASE DON'T ARGUE THAT THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH DOCTORS. BECAUSE IN FACT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT EXPANDED THE NUMBER OF RESIDENCIES FOR THE VERY BASIC CARE, FOR THE FAMILY PRACTICE PROGRAMS. SO I'M NOT QUITE SURE I UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY'RE ARGUING. IN ADDITION TO THAT, ACCESS ACROSS THIS NATION FOR MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IS PROVIDED IN CLINICS. THESE ARE THE COMMUNITY CLINICS THAT A LARGE POPULATION ATTEND THOSE COMMUNITY CLINICS FOR THE BASIC SERVICES AN MOST OF THOSE ARE THE MEDICAID POPULATION AND THE VERY POOR THAT ARE NOT YET ENROLLED IN WHAT WILL BE THE EXPANDED OBAMACARES, OBAMACARES PROGRAM. . WHAT DO THE REPUBLICANS OFFER US. THE RYAN REPUBLICAN BUDGET WOULD CUT BY MORE THAN A THIRD FOR SUPPORT FOR THE CLINICS, CLOSING THOUSANDS OF CLINICS ACROSS THIS STATE, ACROSS THE NATION AND IN MY STATE, WHERE PEOPLE GET ACCESS. SO PLEASE, DO NOT COME DOWN HERE AND ARGUE FOR AN HOUR, HALF AN HOUR THAT ACCESS IS BEING DELAYED WHERE ON THE ONE HAND, YOU ARE CUTTING THE MONEY FOR ACCESS. THAT IS WHAT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET DOES. IT REDUCES THE RESIDENCIES AND REDUCING ACCESS TO CLINICS BY CUTTING MORE THAN A THIRD THE MONEY THAT IS THERE TO BUILDUP THE COMMUNITY CLINICS WHERE PEOPLE GET CARE. IN ADDITION TO THAT, I'M GOING TO TAKE A DEEP BREATH HERE AND DON'T WANT TO GET WOUND UP TOO TIGHT ABOUT THIS ISSUE AND ASK MY COLLEAGUE TO TALK ABOUT THE MEDICARE PORTION OF THIS.

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  • 08:01:54 PM

    MR. TONKO

    ABSOLUTELY. WE DIDN'T HEAR ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT WOULD BE LOST IN THE…

    ABSOLUTELY. WE DIDN'T HEAR ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT WOULD BE LOST IN THE PROCESS OF THEIR CUTS OR THEIR REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. AND REPRESENTATIVE GARMEPPEDY, YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THERE IS MUCH THAT HAS BEEN GAINED BY THE AMERICAN POPULATION. HEALTH CONSUMERS ACROSS THIS NATION WITH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TO CLOSE THE DOUGHNUT HOLE, MAKE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS MORE AFFORDABLE FOR OUR CONSUMERS OUT THERE, FOR SENIORS THAT REQUIRE THIS MEDICATION, PRESCRIPTION DRUGS TO STAY WELL OR TO STAY ALIVE. FAR TOO MANY ARE BALANCING THEIR HOUSEHOLD BUDGET BY REDUCING THEIR INTASK OF PRESCRIPTIONS AGAINST THE ADVICE OF THEIR MEDICAL COMMUNITY. IT IS IMMORAL AND UNNECESSARY AND HAS BEEN ADDRESSED BY THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. SO 5.3 MILLION SENIORS TODAY ARE DRAWING 3.7 BILLION IN BENEFITS. THAT IS SOMETHING THAT COULD BE TAKEN AWAY IF THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAD ITS WAY. NOW, THIS IS A WELLNESS ASPECT. THIS IS PART OF A FORMULA THAT ALLOWS PEOPLE TO BE CURED, TO BE HEALED, TO BE ALLOWED TO LIVE IN A QUALITY OF LIFE THAT THEN ADDRESSES THEIR VERY NEEDS. AND SO, I THINK IT'S NECESSARY TO POINT OUT WHAT WOULD BE TAKEN AWAY FROM ALREADY THE BENEFITS OFFERED, AND THERE ARE MORE TO COME. BUT AS WE KNOW, THEY ARE ROLLED INTO THE OPERATIONS OF REFORM OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS. BUT SUFFICE IT TO SAY, THE SCREENINGS, THE ANNUAL CHECK-UPS, FLU SHOTS, NO CO-PAYMENTS, NO CO-INSURANCE, NO DEDUCTABLE IS REQUIRED, THESE ARE HUGE BENEFITS THAT ARE OFFERED. WE HEARD ABOUT ADDING TO THE COST CURVE OF THE HEALTH CARE. WE HAVE HEARD ABOUT TAKING AWAY THE BENEFITS THAT HAVE JUST RECENTLY ARRIVED AT THE DOORSTEP FOR CONSUMERS ACROSS THIS GREAT NATION, AND WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO PLAY POLITICS WITH THE VERY FABRIC OF QUALITY OF LIFE WITH THE PEOPLE THAT WE REPRESENT COLLECTIVELY BY UNDOING PROGRESS? THIS IS A REKURRING THEME. THEY WANT TO VOUCHER OUT MEDICARE THAT CAME TO US IN THE MID-1960'S THAT ADDRESSED THE PRESENT DIFFICULT BUILT OF SENIOR HOUSEHOLDS AND THE QUALITY OF CARE AND QUALITY OF LIFE IN THOSE HOUSEHOLDS. WHY WOULD WANT TO TAKE THAT PROGRESS AWAY? IT IS HEART WRENCHING TO LISTEN TO SOME OF THIS INSENSITIVE, CALLOUS DIALOGUE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR THAT RENDERS THE PUBLIC THAT WE ARE HERE TO SERVE WITHOUT BENEFITS THAT HAVE JUST RECENTLY ARRIVED THROUGH THE SUCCESS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. AND REPRESENTATIVE, GARAMENDI, IT IS SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE ECHOED OUT THERE FROM THIS HOUSE FLOOR AND SHARED WITH THE CONSTITUENTS OF THIS GREAT NATION IN A WAY THAT ALLOWS THEM TO BETTER UNDERSTAND WHAT IS PART AND PARCEL TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, A MONUMENTAL PIECE OF SUCCESS. IS IT PERFECT? NO. WE AIM FOR PERFECTION AND WE ARE STUCK WITH PROGRESS. BUT THERE IS MANY A BENEFIT THAT IS PART OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. AND WITNESSING AN AATTEMPT BY THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY TO TURN THAT SUCCESS INTO FAILURE.

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  • 08:05:54 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    YOU ARE QUITE CORRECT. IT'S NOT JUST AN ATTEMPT, THERE HAVE BEEN 33 VOTES…

    YOU ARE QUITE CORRECT. IT'S NOT JUST AN ATTEMPT, THERE HAVE BEEN 33 VOTES ON THIS FLOOR BY THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY TO EITHER TERMINATE COMPLETELY OR TO GET RID OF IN PART THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT. WHAT WOULD BE GOTTEN RID OF? THE RYAN REPUBLICAN BUDGET WOULD TERMINATE MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT AND GIVE TO EVERY AMERICAN WHO IS NOT YET 55 YEARS OF AGE A COUPON THAT SAYS, THIS COUPON IS WORTH 70% OF THE COST OF INSURANCE. GO GET YOUR INSURANCE WHEN YOU BECOME 65 FROM A PRIVATE INSURANCE COMPANY. NO LONGER WOULD MEDICARE BE AVAILABLE TO THOSE PEOPLE WHO WILL BE 6. THOSE WHO ARE 55 TO 65, IT MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR MEDICARE TO GO FORWARD ON A FINANCIAL BASIS BECAUSE IT TAKES AWAY THE YOUNGER PEOPLE. I HEARD SOMETHING ON THE FLOOR AND I SAID WAIT A MINUTE. SOME STATISTIC THAT WAS TOSSED OUT A FEW MOMENTS AGO, MORE PEOPLE DIE ON MEDICARE THAN DIE ON REGULAR INSURANCE. YES. MEDICARE IS FOR THE ELDERLY. MEDICARE IS FOR THE ELDERLY. YES. THEY DO GET MEDICAL CARE, BUT EVENTUALLY THEY GET OLD AND YES, I WILL, TOO. BEYOND MEDICARE AND I WILL DIE ON MEDICARE AND I'M SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE MEDICARE AVAILABLE TO ME WHEN I BECOME 65, BECAUSE I KNOW I HAVE A SOLID INSURANCE PROGRAM. I KNOW I WILL BE COVERED AND MY YOUNGER BROTHER AND SISTER WILL BECOME COVERED WHEN THEY ARE 65. THEY WILL HAVE QUALITY CARE AND GET WHAT? THEY WILL DIE ON MEDICARE. THAT HAPPENS. YOU ARE ON MEDICARE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, IT MAY BE FOR A YEAR OR FOR YEARS, BUT YOU HAVE A GUARANTEED BENEFIT THAT IS AVAILABLE TO YOU. IF THE RYAN REPUBLICAN BUDGET AND THE EFFORT TO REPEAL MEDICARE IS LOST, WELL, LET'S SEE, NEARLY 13 MILLION AMERICANS WILL BENEFIT FROM 1.1 BILLION IN REBATES FROM THEIR PRIVATE INSURANCE COMPANIES THAT ARE PRESENTLY OVERCHARGING THEM. H MMP H. 86 MILLION AMERICANS INCLUDING 54 MILLION AMERICANS ON PRIVATE POLICIES AND 32 MILLION AMERICANS THAT ARE ON MEDICARE WILL LOSE THEIR FREE PREVENTATIVE SERVICES. YOU WANT TO REDUCE THE COST OF HEALTH CARE YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE STAY HEALTHY. AND HOW DO YOU THAT? BLOOD PRESSURE. YOU WANT TO DEAL WITH BLOOD PRESSURE. IT'S VERY COMMEEP. IF YOU GET YOUR MEDICINE, BUT YOU HAVE TO FIND OUT ABOUT IT, SO YOU NEED THAT FREE CHECK-UP. DIABETES, STROKE, ALL OF THOSE THINGS CAN BE PREVENTED IF YOU KNOW WHAT'S COMING. WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? 32 MILLION SENIORS WILL NO LONGER HAVE A FREE CHECK-UP. IN AUGUST, JUST A WEEK FROM NOW, WOMEN WILL BEGIN RECEIVING PRE-COVERAGE FOR COMPREHENSIVE WOMEN'S PREVENTIVE SERVICES, PAP SMEARS. YOU WANT TO REPEAL THAT? THAT'S WHAT THE REPUBLICANS HAVE VOTED 33 TIMES TO DO. REPEAL THE FREE CHECK-UPS FOR WOMEN. 105 MILLION AMERICANS WILL NO LONGER HAVE A LIFETIME LIMIT -- 105 MILLION AMERICANS WILL HAVE A LIFETIME LIMIT ONCE AGAIN. TODAY, THEY DO NOT HAVE A LIMIT. IF YOU ARE 30 YEARS OLD AND HAVE A PRIVATE INSURANCE POLICY AND YOU GET CANCER, YOU WILL HIT THAT LIFETIME LIMIT IMMEDIATELY, NOT UNDER THE OBAMACARES PROGRAM. MR. TONKO.

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  • 08:10:06 PM

    MR. TONKO

    YOU TALK ABOUT THE INFLUENCE ON FOCUS OF WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE REMINDS ME OF…

    YOU TALK ABOUT THE INFLUENCE ON FOCUS OF WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE REMINDS ME OF THE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS THAT ARE PRECLUDED NOW AS A RATIONALE FOR DENYING INSURANCE. PRE-EXICING MIGHT MEAN ASTHMA OR CANCER RERECOVERY OR CANCER STRUGGLE. BUT IT CAN ALSO MEAN IN A GENDER-RELATED BIAS, BEING A WOMAN. THAT IS USED AS A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. BEING A WOMAN A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. SO THE BENEFITS TO WOMEN AS YOU OUTLINED IN THE DIRECT SERVICES, THE SCREENINGS, THE MAMMOGRAMS AND THE LIKE AND THE OTHER PORTION IS BEING BORN A WOMAN CAN DENY YOU INSURANCE. AND THEY ARE ASKED TO GO SHOP, THIS IS SAYING THAT COMPARED TO TODAY'S STANDARDS, IT'S THE SENIOR DIGGING MUCH DEEPER INTO HER POCKETS. IT'S THE SENIOR DIGGING INTO ANOTHER POCKET TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD HIS MEDICARE VOUCHER PORTION. AND THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE. THAT IS PLAYING TO A SPECIAL INTEREST. AND THAT'S WHAT I BELIEVE THE ESPOUSED VIRTUE OF THIS DENY, THIS REPEAL IS ABOUT. IT'S ABOUT PLAYING TO SPECIAL INTERESTS THAT DON'T WANT TO BE TOLD THAT THERE IS A TRANSITION HERE THAT THERE IS A NEW DAY IN AMERICA FOR HEALTH CARE CONSUMERS AND THAT THE HEART HAS BEEN POURED INTO THIS TO BE MORE SENSITIVE, TO ADDRESS A MORAL COMPASS THAT THIS NATION HAS UNIQUELY EMBRACED, THAT WE ARE A COMPASSION NATURE SOCIETY AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE OUT THERE, THAT WE ARE SOLUTIONS-BOUND. AND THAT'S WHAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WAS ABOUT, PRESENTING A NEW APPROACH TO HEALTH CARE, PROVIDING MORE FREEDOM AND OPPORTUNITY TO OUR SENIORS, TO OUR CHILDREN. IF YOU'RE 26 AND UNDER, STAYING ON YOUR PARENTS' POLICY. THESE ARE THE FORMULA FOR SUCCESS, FORMULA FOR SUCCESS THAT ALLOW US TO GO FORWARD WITH MUCH MORE DIGNITY AND SUCCESS, COST CONTAINMENT, AFFORDABILITY, ACCESSIBILITY. THESE ARE THE DYNAMICS OF REFORM AND WHY WOULD YOU REPEAL SOMETHING HERE OTHER THAN TO RESPOND TO SPECIAL INTERESTS?

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  • 08:12:42 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    SO. FOR EIGHT YEARS IN THE EARLY 1990'S AND 2000, I WAS THE INSURANCE…

    SO. FOR EIGHT YEARS IN THE EARLY 1990'S AND 2000, I WAS THE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER IN CALIFORNIA. I WISH I HAD THIS LAW, BECAUSE I HAVE HELD THE INSURANCE COMPANIES RESPONSIBLE. NOW, MY ATTITUDE ABOUT THEM IS THEY ALWAYS PUT PROFIT BEFORE PEOPLE. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HAS THE PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS AND THIS IS THE INSURANCE DISCRIMINATION THAT IS ELIMINATED BY LAW. AND YOU SPOKE OF A COUPLE OF THESE ISSUES. DISCRIMINATION AGAINST A WOMAN? THEY CAN GET PREGNANT. THE INSURANCE COMPANIES WOULD NOT COVER OR WOULD CHARGE MORE. THOSE DAYS ARE OFFER. ALSO A YOUNG CHILD, THERE ARE ABOUT 17 MILLION CHILDREN IN AMERICA WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS THAT CAN NO LONGER BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST THE INSURANCE COMPANY AND HAVE TO BE ABLE TO GET INSURANCE. 17 MILLION CHILDREN. ONE OF WHOM IS THE SON OF MY CHIEF OF STAFF, BORN WITH KIDNEY FAILURE. HE HAD INSURANCE AND IMMEDIATELY LOST INSURANCE BECAUSE HE HAD KIDNEY FAILURE AND TODAY AS SOON AS HE IS ABLE TO GET HIS PARENTS' INSURANCE POLICY BECAUSE THEY CANNOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST CHILDREN, HE WILL BE ABLE TO GET INSURANCE. UNDER THE OLD LAW, REPEAL OF THE OBAMACARES LAW AND HE WILL BE DENIED INSURANCE BECAUSE THERE IS AN END TO THE PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS. THE PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS GUARANTEES THAT INSURANCE DISCRIMINATION IS OVER. SO WHAT DO THEY WANT HERE? WHAT DO THE REPUBLICANS WANT FROM AMERICANS? BIG QUESTION. APPARENTLY, THEY WANT MORE MONEY FROM THE DOCTORS AND THAT'S CERTAINLY NECESSARY IN SOME CASES. APPARENTLY THEY SAY THEY WANT GOVERNMENT OUT OF HEALTH CARE. DOES THAT MEAN END MEDICARE? APPARENTLY YES, BECAUSE THE REPUBLICANS HAVE VOTED TWICE ON THIS FLOOR TO END MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. YOU WILL GET VOUCHER AND NOT GET GUARANTEED MIDDLE INSURANCE. THEY DON'T WANT COMMUNITY CLINICS AND VOTED ON THIS FLOOR TO CUT ABOUT A THIRD OF THE COMMUNITY CLINICS IN THIS NATION. APPARENTLY THEY TALK ABOUT ACCESS BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THEY REFUSE TO FUND THE RESIDENCIES FOR FAMILY CARE, FOR THE BASIC HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS THAT WE NEED IN OUR HOSPITALS, IN OUR COMMUNITIES. AND APPARENTLY, THEY WANT TO ELIMINATE THE PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS. . WE ALSO HEARD ON THIS FLOOR A FEW MINUTES AGO, A HALF HOUR, 45 MINUTES AGO, THAT THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE SAID THAT BECAUSE THE SUPREME COURT ELIMINATED THE MANDATE THAT STATES HAVE TO PROVIDE MORE MEDICARE COVERAGE, MEDICAID, MEDICAID COVERAGE, THERE WOULD BE FEWER INSURED. TRUE. THAT'S TRUE. TEXAS HAS REFUSED TO INCREASE ITS MEDICAID PROGRAM. WELL, THAT'S TEXAS' DECISION AND HIME SURE THE GOVERNOR, -- I'M SURE THE GOVERNOR, LEGISLATURE, WILL HAVE TO ADDRESS THAT. BUT THE FACT HERE IS THAT THE MEDICAID COVERAGE ACTUALLY PROVIDES THE OPPORTUNITY FOR SOME 17 MILLION AMERICANS TO GET INSURANCE. THAT DO NOT NOW HAVE INSURANCE. AND IF WE PROVIDE THE CLINICS, IF WE PROVIDE THE RESIDENCIES FOR THE DOCTORS WHO WOULD BE ABLE TO CARE FOR THEM, THEY WILL HAVE ACCESS. AND I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT IF WE ALSO DO THE PREVENTATIVE SERVICES, WE WILL SEE A DECLINE IN THE NUMBER OF SEVERE CASES, PEOPLE WILL NOT GET SO SICK THAT THEY HAVE TO GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM, THEY'LL GET CARE EARLY AND WITH THE DRUGS THAT ARE NECESSARY THEY'LL BE ABLE TO AVOID THE VERY EXPENSIVE ILLNESSES. THAT'S IN ALL OF OUR BENEFIT. YOU MENTIONED VACCINATIONS. THESE ARE ALL WAYS OF REDUCING COSTS. SO, HERE WE ARE. ONCE AGAIN DEBATING SOMETHING THAT IS NOW THE LAW, THAT IS PROVEN, PROVEN TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO AMERICANS, WHETHER THEY ARE SENIORS OR WHETHER THEY ARE YOUNG, WHETHER THEY ARE CHILDREN. IT WORKS. AND IT'S WORKING FOR AMERICA TODAY.

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  • 08:17:18 PM

    MR. TONKO

    MIGHT ASK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IF HE WOULD YIELD. I BELIEVE…

    MIGHT ASK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IF HE WOULD YIELD. I BELIEVE THERE'S A WHOLE LOT OF POLITICAL POSTURING BEGUN GOING -- GOING ON WITH THE MEDICAID DECISION BY STATES. AND, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE HEARING A LOT OF TALK ABOUT, WELL, WE'RE NOT GOING TO PAY FOR THAT PORTION BECAUSE, WELL, WHILE IT MAY BE 100% IN THE NEAR FUTURE, IT MAY GO TO 92%, 90% INTO THE LONG DISTANCE FUTURE. AND THEY DON'T WANT TO PAY ANYTHING FOR THE NEW INSTALLMENT OF THE MEDICAID PLAN. WELL, TODAY WE'RE PAYING, IT'S NOT LIKE IT'S AGAINST AN ABSOLUTE THAT COSTS NOTHING. IF YOU HAVE THE POOR, UNINSURED, UNDERINSURED, IN ANY GIVEN STATE, THERE'S INDIGENT CARE, THERE'S CHARITY THAT IS ADDRESSED IN RATE PAYER DOLLARS FOR INSURANCE COVERAGE SAKE, BECAUSE THAT IS GOING TO BE INCORPORATED INTO THE OVERALL ACTUARIAL PLAN, OR YOU'RE PAYING FOR IT THROUGH TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND FOR A MUCH MORE INEFFICIENT SYSTEM. TO HAVE THE POOR AND UNINSURED AND UNDERINSURED GO TO EMERGENCY ROOMS, VISITING A DIFFERENT DOCTOR TEAM EVERY TIME THEY VISIT THAT EMERGENCY ROOM, OR PERHAPS A DIFFERENT EMERGENCY ROOM, TO NOT PROVIDE THE STABLE, STANDARDIZED CARE, ACCEPTABLE NOTIONS OF HOW TO PROVIDE A PREDICTABLE OUTCOME, YOU'RE GOING TO PAY NEEDLESSLY AND WASTEFULLY. THIS IS ABOUT NETWORKING PEOPLE TO A SYSTEM THAT PROVIDES A STABILITY, A STANDARD THAT WILL ENABLE THEM TO HAVE A CLINIC, HAVE A CONTRACT THAT WILL COVER THEM AND MAKE CERTAIN THAT ALL OF US ARE STRENGTHENED BY IT. AND GUESS WHAT? THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, WE TALK ABOUT COMPETITIVENESS, WE TALK ABOUT A SHARP COMPETITIVE EDGE FOR AMERICA'S BUSINESS COMMUNITY . AS THEY ENTER INTO THE INTERNATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES ON WINNING CONTRACTS AND THAT TRANSLATES INTO PROVIDING JOBS AND PROFITABILITY FOR OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY, WELL, PART OF THEIR COST OF DOING BUSINESS IS TO HAVE HEALTH CARE FOR THEIR WORKERS. MANY WANT THE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE FOR THEIR WORKERS BUT SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD IT. AND SO THE EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE PART OF THE PACKAGE OF AFFORDABLE CARE ACT ENABLES THEM TO CUT THEIR COST. IT'S TAKING THEIR EXPERIENCE, THEIR ACTUARIAL EXPERIENCE OF 10, 15, 20 WORKERS IN THAT SMALL BUSINESS AND PUTTING THEM IN A POOL OF MILLIONS OF WORKERS THAT ENABLES THEM TO SHAVE THE PEAKS AND ENABLES THEM TO TAKE THOSE CATASTROPHIC SITUATIONS, ONE PERSON IN THAT THEIR PLAN OF 10 IMPACTED BY CATASTROPHIC SITUATIONS CAN CAUSE THEIR PREMIUMS AS A COMPANY AND THE CO-PAYMENTS OF THEIR WORKERS TO SKYROCKET. BUT IF THEY'RE ENABLED TO JOIN THIS POOL OF EFFORT -- POOLED EFFORT, IT PROVIDES FOR A BETTER OUTCOME FOR EVERYBODY. SO THERE IS WISDOM AND THOUGHTFULNESS POURED INTO THE REFORM ELEMENTS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND IT'S DONE AGAIN WITH THAT AMERICAN HEART, THAT SPIRIT, THAT SENSE OF COMPASSION FOR THE WORKER, THE SENSITIVITY TOWARD THE EMPLOYER AND PUTTING TOGETHER A PACKAGE THAT HAS EVERYONE RESPONDED TO IN A WAY THAT SPEAKS TO A LONG OVERDUE BID OF SUCCESS. THE LAST INDUSTRIALIZED NATION, REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI, TO GO TO WAR -- TOWARD A GUARANTEED HEALTH PLAN. SO, LONG OVERDUE, AND NOW TO HAVE IT PULLED AWAY FROM THE AMERICAN CONSUMERS OF THIS NATION IS A VERY TROUBLING NOTION.

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  • 08:21:10 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    TONKO, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. NEXT MONDAY, DID YOU KNOW, NEXT MONDAY IS THE…

    TONKO, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. NEXT MONDAY, DID YOU KNOW, NEXT MONDAY IS THE BIRTHDAY, THE ANNUAL BIRTHDAY, OF MEDICARE? NEXT MONDAY. 1965 IT WENT INTO EFFECT -- 1965. IT WENT INTO EFFECT IN 1965. EVER SINCE THE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN TRYING TO TERMINATE IT. THEY TRIED IT THIS YEAR BUT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC KNOWS BETTER. THEY KNOW THEY WANT TO LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO GET TO MEDICARE BECAUSE IN MEDICARE THEY HAVE THE GUARANTEED BENEFIT. THEY KNOW THAT WHEREVER YOU ARE IN THE UNITED STATES, WHETHER WRURE IN VERMONT OR IN CALIFORNIA -- WHETHER YOU'RE IN VERMONT OR CALIFORNIA, YOU HAVE THE SAME QUALITY POLICY THAT WILL COVER MOST OF YOU WHAT -- WHAT YOU NEED. IF YOU WANT MORE YOU CAN GO OUT AND BUY THAT, THAT'S CALL THED -- CALLED THE ADVANTAGE PROGRAM, AND YOU GET TO CHOOSE YOUR DOCTOR. IT'S NOT A GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER AT ALL. IN FACT, IT IS A FINANCING MECHANISM SO THAT EVERY SENIOR IN AMERICA CAN CHOOSE THEIR OWN PROVIDER. THEY GET TO CHOOSE THEIR PROVIDER. THEY CAN GO WHEREVER THEY WANT TO GO TO GET THEIR MEDICAL SERVICES. AND IF THEY DON'T LIKE THE DOCTOR, THEY CAN CHANGE. SO THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT SAYING WHERE YOU CAN GO. IN FACT THE GOVERNMENT IS FINANCING THE SYSTEM SO YOU CAN CHOOSE WHATEVER PROVIDER YOU WANT TO CHOOSE. IT'S A COMMON POLICY ACROSS THE NATION. AND IT IS EFFICIENT AND IT IS EFFECTIVE AND THE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO DESTROY IT. WE WON'T LET THAT HAPPEN. BOTTOM LINE, WE WILL NOT LET THAT HAPPEN. AND THERE ARE SERIOUS COST CONTAINMENTS IN THE CURRENT MEDICARE PROGRAM AND IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT ACT. AND I'M JUST GOING TO -- AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. AND I'M JUST GOING TO END WITH THIS AND WE'LL GET TO WHAT WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT WHICH IS THE JOBS PROGRAMS. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE TODAY ESTIMATED THAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS WILL REDUCE, WILL REDUCE THE DEFICIT BY $109 BILLION. AND IN THE 20 YEARS GOING OUT, BECAUSE OF THE COST CONTAINMENT IN THIS SYSTEM, THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WILL REDUCE THE DEFICIT BY OVER $1 TRILLION. NOW THAT'S WORTH ENGAGING. THAT'S WORTH US DOING AND SIMULTANEOUSLY PROVIDE FAR BETTER HEALTH CARE TO AMERICANS AND FAR BETTER ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE WHEREVER THEY MAY NEED IT ACROSS THIS NATION. IT'S A GOOD THING. AND WE MAY WANT TO STAND UP HERE AND SAY, OBAMACARE, I'M GOING, YOU'RE RIGHT. OBAMACARES. CARES DEEPLY ABOUT THE VERY HEALTH OF EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN. AND THAT'S WHY THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS IN PLACE TODAY, WAS FOUNDED -- FOUND TO BE CONSTITUTIONAL, DOES REDUCE THE DEFICIT, AND DOES PROVIDE QUALITY HEALTH CARE AND CHOICE, AND CHOICE OF WHERE YOU WANT TO GET YOUR MEDICAL CARE.

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  • 08:23:55 PM

    MR. TONKO

    EXACTLY.

  • 08:24:04 PM

    MR. TONKO

    ELSE REDUCES THE DEFICIT? PUTTING PEOPLE TO WORK. PUTTING PEOPLE TO WORK,…

    ELSE REDUCES THE DEFICIT? PUTTING PEOPLE TO WORK. PUTTING PEOPLE TO WORK, THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT. PLAIN AND SIMPLE. IT'S ABOUT ADDRESSING THE DEFICIT AND PROVIDING FOR THE DIGNITY OF WORK AND THE ENHANCEMENT OF SERVICES THAT STRENGTHENS THE FABRIC OF OUR COMMUNITIES, OUR STATES, OUR NATION. SO, THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT, ACCORDING TO EXPERTS, IS A PHENOMENAL PLAN. WE'VE HEARD THE REPUBLICANS SAY, WE HAVE SOME 30 BILLS THAT ARE ABOUT GROWING THE ECONOMY AND PRODUCING JOBS, WHEN IN FACT WHEN PUT UNDER THE TEST, WHEN REVIEWED BY SOME VERY SOUND ORGANIZATIONS OUT THERE AND PROFESSIONAL ECONOMISTS AND ANALYSTS, IT WOULD DO PRECIOUS NOTHING, THAT IT WAS NOT THE FORMULA, NOT WHAT THE DOCTOR CALLED FOR, IF WE CAN SAY ON THAT -- STAY ON THAT HEALTH CARE-RELATED THEME, BUT THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT, WELL, YOU KNOW, LISTEN TO SOME OF THE EXPERTS. THE CHIEF ECONOMIST AT MOODIES -- AT MOODY'S ANALYTICS, WHO BY THE WAY, MARK ZANDI, WAS THE FORMER ECONOMIC ADVISOR FOR SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN, AND WHAT DOES HE THEORIZE? THAT ANYWHERE FROM 1.9 MILLION TO TWO MILLION JOBS WOULD BE THE OUTCOME OF THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT. SOMETHING THAT NOT ONLY PRODUCES THE JOBS BUT WOULD REDUCE THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE BY AT LEAST 1 PERCENT -- ONE PERCENTAGE POINT. THAT'S A MAJOR SIGNIFICANT FACTOR. AND WHAT ALSO HAPPENS IS THAT WHEN YOU PRODUCE THOSE TWO MILLION JOBS, YOU'RE ADDRESSING THE G.D.P.. THE G.D.P. BY AT LEAST TWO PERCENTAGE POINTS. GROWTH IN THE G.D.P., REDUCTION IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT, REDUCING THE DEFICIT, PUTTING PEOPLE TO WORK, STRENGTHENING THE ECONOMY, PROVIDING PURCHASING POWER, AT A TIME WHEN BUSINESSES ARE SAYING THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO, GET US CUSTOMERS. A HEALTHY ECONOMY, PUTTING PEOPLE INTO THE WORK MODE, CREATES CUSTOMERS. IT CREATES PURCHASING POWER. IT CREATES A STRENGTH IN THE ECONOMY. TWO MILLION JOBS. HOW CAN WE WALK AWAY FROM A PROPOSAL? OH, I KNOW WHY. BECAUSE THERE WERE THOSE WHO SPOKE BEFORE CAMERAS REACHING ALL OF AMERICA SAYING, ANYTHING THIS PRESIDENT OFFERS WE WON'T DO, OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE HIM A ONE-TERM PRESIDENT. MY FRIENDS, THAT IS PUTTING PARTISAN POLITICS, PETTY PARTISAN POLITICS AHEAD OF THE INTERESTS, THE BETTER INTERESTS OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. WHERE IS THAT AMERICAN SPIRIT? WHERE IS THAT SENSE OF PATRIOTISM? WHERE IS THAT SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY, OF LEADERSHIP IN THIS HOUSE AND IN THE U.S. SENATE THAT NEEDS TO GO FORWARD WITH THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT? REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI, I KNOW WE'VE BEEN JOIN BY ANOTHER COLLEAGUE AND IT IS JUST GREAT TO SHARE THIS HOUR WITH YOU. TO TALK ABOUT THE PROGRESS WE CAN TASTE THAT WOULD LIFT EVERY COMMUNITY IN THIS GREAT NATION.

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  • 08:27:14 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    READING ONE OF THE HILL -- ONE OF "THE HILL" MAGAZINES AND THEY SAID THAT…

    READING ONE OF THE HILL -- ONE OF "THE HILL" MAGAZINES AND THEY SAID THAT THE SPEAKER OF THIS HOUSE STARTS OFF HIS WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE BY ASKING WHERE ARE THE JOBS? WELL, THE JOBS, MR. SPEAKER, WERE PROPOSED LAST SEPTEMBER BY PRESIDENT OBAMA CALLED THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT. TWO MILLION JOBS MINIMUM COULD HAVE BEEN CREATED. THIS IS ONE OF THE GREAT WOULDA, COULDA, SHOULDAS OF OUR TIME. WE COULD HAVE PEOPLE BACK TO WORK TODAY AND IN DOING SO REDUCE THE DEFICIT. THERE'S SO MANY DIFFERENT PIECES OF THIS. SO, MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT ARE WHERE THE JOBS ARE. YOU TALKED ABOUT A PIECE OF IT. I'M GOING TO JUST PICK UP ONE MORE AND THEN I'M GOING TO TURN TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER. THIS IS ONE THAT SPEAKS TO THE AMERICAN HOMES. WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE HOUSE WHERE WE LIVE? MANY OF THOSE HOMES ARE RUN DOWN. THEY HAVE PROBLEMS WITH INSULATION OR THEY DON'T HAVE ANY INSULATION AT ALL. THEY LEAK ENERGY. WELL, THE PRESIDENT PROPOSED, AS A PIECE OF THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT, THAT WE COULD PROVIDE CONSTRUCTION JOBS, REALLY LOW-SKILLED CONSTRUCTION JOBS IN REHABILITATING THE AMERICAN HOMES. THIS IS NOT A NEW CONCEPT. THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR SOME TIME. AND IT'S BEEN USED REPEATEDLY TO UPGRADE HOMES IN THE UNITED STATES AND SIMULTANEOUSLY SAVE ENERGY AND SAVE DOLLARS FOR THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. ONE PIECE OF IT, CONSTRUCTION JOBS COULD HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE. SO THE OTHER ONE, AND I'LL JUST LET -- AND THEN I THINK MR. BLUMENAUER, IF YOU'RE NOT READY YET -- OK. I'M GOING TO PICK UP ANOTHER ONE THEN AND TURN IT BACK TO YOU, MR. TONKO. MY DAUGHTER'S A TEACHER. MY SEASONAL IN S A TEACHER. THEY'VE -- MY SON-IN-LAW IS A TEACHER. THEY'VE SEEN THEIR CLASSROOM GROW FROM 20, 22, TO SOME 32 PEOPLE IN THE CLASS. NOW, THIS IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM FOR THE TEACHER, MAKING IT MORE DIFFICULT TO PROVIDE THE QUALITY TEACHING THAT'S NECESSARY. MY DAUGHTER'S A GREAT TEACHER. MY SON-IN-LAW IS TOO. BUT IT'S MUCH MORE DIFFICULT, THE CLASS SIZE IS INCREASED BY 1/3. THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT WOULD HAVE PUT 280,000 TEACHERS BACK INTO THE CLASSROOM. NOW, IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE A SECOND GRADER AND YOU'RE NOT GETTING WHAT YOU NEED TO LEARN, THEN THAT'S GOING TO CARRY ON THROUGH THE REMAINING YEARS OF YOUR SCHOOLING. AND SO 280,000 TEACHERS COULD HAVE BEEN BROUGHT BACK INTO THE CLASSROOM, HAD THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT -- EXCUSE ME, THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT PASSED. MR. TONKO?

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  • 08:29:56 PM

    MR. TONKO

    YES. THEY ARE BOTH SIGNIFICANT BITS OF LEGISLATION. SO IT'S GOOD TO…

    YES. THEY ARE BOTH SIGNIFICANT BITS OF LEGISLATION. SO IT'S GOOD TO INTERLACE THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT AND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. TO THE 280,000 TEACHERS, YOU KNOW, I THINK IT'S VERY EASY TO STATE THAT THE HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE IN OUR SCHOOL SYSTEMS ACROSS THIS NATION ARE A CRITICAL COMPONENT TO QUALITY EDUCATION, THAT PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP OF STUDENTS TO TEACHER, THE EXERCISE OF SELF-DISCOVERY, WHO AM I? WHAT ARE MY GIFTS? WHAT ARE MY TALENTS? WHAT ARE MY PASSIONS? THAT IS EXERCISED IN THE CLASSROOM. THAT IS A SPIRIT THAT PREVAILS. IT'S A MAGIC THAT HAPPENS IN THE CLASSROOM AND THAT SENSE OF SELF-DISCOVERY, YOU KNOW, PART OF OUR GOAL HERE IS NOT ONLY TO ENABLE THESE STUDENTS TO UNDERSTAND WHO THEY ARE, TO DRAW FORTH THE SOUL OF THE INDIVIDUAL, IT'S TO -- IT'S TO PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR WORK FORCE OF THE FUTURE. THAT FOURTH GRADER, HYPOTHETICALLY, THAT WAS IMPACTED BY CLASS SIZE OR THE LACK OF A TEACHER FOR CERTAIN SUBJECT AREAS, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT CHILD WILL NEVER GAIN AGAIN. WHAT YOU LOSE IN THAT GIVEN YEAR IS LOST THROUGHOUT THE DEVELOPMENT. . AND IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO MAKE CERTAIN, EVERY BIT OF LEARNING EXPERIENCE IS GRANTED OUR CHILDREN SO THAT THEY UNDERSTAND WHERE THEY CAN BEST CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIETY, WHERE THEIR GIFTS CAN BE UTILIZED AND PART OF THAT DEVELOPMENT OF THE WORKFORCE OF THE FUTURE, WORKFORCE OF THE PRESENT, TRAINING, RETRAINING DOLLARS THAT ARE PART OF THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT, ABSOLUTELY A CRITICAL PIECE OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE. AND THE TENS OF THOUSANDS -- THIS CHART WILL SAY RETAIN THOUSANDS OF POLICE OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS. WE KNOW IT'S TENS OF THOUSANDS. ELEMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY. A QUALITY OF LIFE COMPONENT, MAKING CERTAIN THAT OUR CORE COMMUNITIES HAVE THE GIVEN WORK FORCE OF FIREFIGHTERS, OF POLICE OFFICERS THAT WILL ENABLE US TO RESPOND TO PUBLIC SAFETY MEASURES. THESE ARE A CORE BIT OF PRINCIPLES, ALONG WITH VETERANS THAT WOULD BE HIRED WITH BENEFITS THAT ARE SIGNIFICANT. THAT ELEMENT WAS DONE UNDER PRESSURE, UNDER SCRUTINY, UNDER GROWING PUBLIC SENTIMENT. THINK OF WHAT WE DID ALL OF THESE AND ADDITIONAL SERVICES WITH OUR VETERANS WHO ARE RETURNING HOME AND IN NEED OF EMPLOYMENT. THESE ARE THE FACTS. THESE ARE THE DYNAMICS THAT ARE INTRODUCED THROUGH THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT THAT WOULD ALLOW FOR THE DEFICITS TO BE ADDRESSED SAN AT THE SAME TIME TO HAVE SERVICES RESPONDED TO, ESSENTIAL SERVICEES. YOU KNOW, IT'S ALL WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE BELT TIGHTENING, ELIMINATING WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE. AND OF AFTER THAT EXERCISE, IT'S IMPORTANT TO SLIDE THAT INTO AN INVESTMENT ZONE SO THAT THE RESULT IS CUT WHERE YOU CAN SO AS TO INVEST WHERE WE MUST THROUGH INVESTMENT. ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL. THE INVESTMENT IN JOBS, THE INVESTMENT IN TEACHERS, FIREFIGHTERS, PUBLIC SAFETY ELEMENTS, POLICE OFFICERS, OUR VETERANS' COMMUNITY AND ITEMS LIKE AN INFRASTRUCTURE BANK BILL, FRARK THAT WE WILL TALK ABOUT.

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  • 08:33:38 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    THE MOST IMPORTANT INVESTMENT ANY SOCIETY WILL EVER MAKE IS THE EDUCATION…

    THE MOST IMPORTANT INVESTMENT ANY SOCIETY WILL EVER MAKE IS THE EDUCATION OF THEIR CHILDREN AND RE-EDUCATION OF THEIR WORK FORCE. IN THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT THERE ARE 280,000 TEACHERS THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE CLASSROOM BUT NOT THERE TODAY BECAUSE THERE HASN'T BEEN MOVEMENT ON THIS FLOOR TO DEBATE EVEN IN COMMITTEE OR TAKE UP ON THIS FLOOR THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT. MANY OF THE SCHOOLS ACROSS AMERICA ARE RUN DOWN. THEIR LABORATORIES AND CLASSROOMS ARE OLD, DON'T HAVE AIR CONDITIONING. THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT PROVIDED MONEY FOR 35,000 SCHOOLS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES TO BE UPGRADED AND BE REHABILITATED SO THAT 250,000 WOULD HAVE BEEN CREATED RIGHT THERE. BEFORE WE GO ANY FURTHER, YOU ARE WORRIED IT IS GOING TO INCREASE THE DEFICIT. NO. IT WOULD NOT. MR. TONKO, YOU SPOKE EARLIER ABOUT WHEN PEOPLE GO TO WORK, THE ECONOMY GETS GOING AND MONEY IS CIRCULATED AND TAXES ARE PAID. THE OTHER PART IS AMERICAN JOBS ACT WAS FULLY PAID FOR BY ENDING UNNECESSARY TAX SUBSIDIES TO COMPANIES THAT DON'T NEED IT. SPECIFICALLY, THE OIL INDUSTRY. THE WEALTHIEST INDUSTRY IN THE WORLD WOULD LOSE ITS TAX BREAKS THAT AMOUNT TO OVER $16 BILLION AND THAT MONEY WOULD COME BACK TO PAY FOR AMERICANS GOING BACK TO WORK. THERE ARE OTHER THINGS. THE WEALTHIEST 2% WOULD SEE THEIR TAXES GO BACK TO WHERE THEY WERE DURING THE CLINTON PERIOD. THIS IS HOW THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT WAS GOING TO BE PAID FOR.

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  • 08:35:24 PM

    MR. TONKO

    ABOUT THE JOBS CREATED THAT IMPACT THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, THAT IMPACT THE…

    ABOUT THE JOBS CREATED THAT IMPACT THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, THAT IMPACT THE REDUCTION OF THE DEFICIT. IN CONTRAST, THE RYAN BUDGET, THE REPUBLICAN PLAN FOR THIS HOUSE THAT HAS BEEN ADOPTED BY REPUBLICANS THAT ARE IN LEADERSHIP AND RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, WOULD, IN CONTRAST, ACCORDING TO THE ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE, THE CUTS IN SERVICES WOULD RESULT IN A REDUCTION OF $1.3 -- 1.3 MILLION JOBS IN THE FIRST YEAR AND 2.8 MILLION JOBS IN THE SECOND YEAR. SO THAT CUT IN JOBS, THE CUTS THAT WAS PART OF THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PLAN ADOPTED BY THIS HOUSE, WOULD GROW THE DEFICIT, BECAUSE IF WE ARE ARGUING THAT EMPLOYMENT REDUCES THE DEFICIT, UNEMPLOYMENT, IN CONTRAST TO THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT, WILL DRIVE UP THE DEFICIT. YOU KNOW, IT'S GOING BACK TO THE FAILED POLICIES OF THE PAST. WE FOUGHT TWO WARS THAT WIRE NEVER PUT ON WIDTH R -- THAT WE NEVER PUT ON THE BIGOT. DID WE THINK THERE WAS PRESIDENT GOING TO BE A CRASH, DIDN'T WE THINK THAT BEHAVIOR WOULDN'T COME WITH A PRICE? OF COURSE. AND IT WAS THE LOSS OF 8.2 MILLION JOBS AND LOSS OF AS MANY AS 800,000 JOBS A MONTH AND BRINGING AMERICA'S ECONOMY TO ITS KNEES AND DRAINING TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM HOUSEHOLDS THAT TRUSTED THAT THEY ARE INVESTED WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND FINANCIAL INDUSTRY WAS GOING TO RETURN THEM LUCRATIVE DIVIDENDS. WE SAW THE FAILURE OF THOSE POLICIES. WHY WOULD WE GO BACK DOWN THAT ROAD WHICH SEEMS THAT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET IS ALL ABOUT.

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  • 08:37:32 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    AT WHAT THE RYAN REPUBLICAN BUDGET WOULD CUT EDUCATION AND OTHER SERVICES…

    AT WHAT THE RYAN REPUBLICAN BUDGET WOULD CUT EDUCATION AND OTHER SERVICES BY 33%. INSTEAD OF INVESTING IN OUR CHILDREN AND INVESTIGATING IN OUR WORK SKILLS, THEY WOULD CUT IT BY 33%. IN TRANSPORTATION, THE RYAN REPUBLICAN BUDGET WOULD CUT TRANSPORTATION FUNDING BY 25%. EVEN WHEN WE KNOW THAT OUR INFRASTRUCTURE GETS A D BECAUSE OF POTHOLES, THE BRIDGES ARE FAILING, SO WHY WOULD YOU CUT THE TRANSPORTATION BUDGET BY 25%? IF YOU WANT TO PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK, YOU DON'T DO IT THAT WAY. YOU DID TALK ABOUT THE MOODY ANALYTICS ALREADY, DOESN'T WORK. I'M ON THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND WE HEARD TESTIMONY LAST WEEK FROM THE C.E.O. OF LOOK HEED-MARTIN AND C.E.O. OF EADS AND ALSO FROM TWO OTHER WITNESSES AND THEY SAID THIS, YOU CUT THE BUDGET FOR DEFENSE AND YOU ARE GOING TO LAY OFF TWO MILLION PEOPLE. THAT IS PART OF THE SEQUESTRATION. TOP C.E.O.'S SAYING DON'T CUT THE BUDGET BECAUSE YOU ARE GOING TO LOSE UP TO TWO MILLION JOBS AND YET FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS HAVE BEEN TRYING TO CUT THE BUDGET, NOT IN DEFENSE, BUT IN EVERYTHING ELSE. ARGUING THAT THAT WILL SOMEHOW CREATE JOBS. HOWEVER, TESTIMONY RECEIVED LAST WEEK FROM THE C.E.O.'S OF FOUR, THREE LARGE AMERICAN CORPORATIONS AND ONE SMALL AMERICAN CORPORATION SAID IF YOU CUT THE BUDGET, WE'LL LAY PEOPLE OFF, CREATING UNEMPLOYMENT. IF THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT PUTS PEOPLE BACK TO WORK AND IT IS FULLY FADE FOR, MR. TONKO.

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  • 08:39:41 PM

    MR. TONKO

    MADE MENTION OF MODERNIZING OUR SCHOOLS AND THAT PART OF THE AMERICAN JOBS…

    MADE MENTION OF MODERNIZING OUR SCHOOLS AND THAT PART OF THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT INCLUDES THE INVESTMENT IN THE REVITALIZING OUR SCHOOLS, SOME 35,000 SCHOOLS ACROSS THIS NATION. AND THE STATISTICS ARE THERE. PEOPLE DOCUMENT HISTORICALLY WHAT INVESTMENTS IN REFURBISHING OUR SCHOOLS HAVE MEANT. AND FOR EVERY $1 BILLION OF INVESTMENT, WE CAN GROW SOME 9,000 TO 10,000 JOBS. THAT'S THE START OF THE STORY. AND SO WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS THE MODERNIZATION OF SCHOOLS THAT WOULD CREATE SOME 250,000 JOBS. BUT AS I SAID, THAT'S JUST THE START OF THE STORY. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THAT? MAINTAINANCE COSTS, OPERATING COSTS REDUCED BECAUSE YOU MIGHT HAVE ENERGY EFFICIENCY EMBRACED IN THAT RESTRUCTURING AND WILL HAVE BETTER, MORE EFFICIENT WEATHER-TYPE SITUATIONS, MORE COUPLE SITUATIONS FOR STUDENTS IN WHICH TO LEARN.

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  • 08:40:50 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    YOU MIGHT HAVE BAT ROOMS THAT WORK AND HAVE A PLACE WHERE KIDS WANT TO BE…

    YOU MIGHT HAVE BAT ROOMS THAT WORK AND HAVE A PLACE WHERE KIDS WANT TO BE AND HAVE A SCHOOL THAT HAS A DECENT PAINT JOB, AIR CONDITIONING, KIDS WILL WANT TO BE. WE HAVE SCHOOLS IN THIS NATION THAT YOU WOULDN'T WANT TO BE OR I WOULDN'T WANT TO BE.

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  • 08:41:14 PM

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    ZONES. POORLY UPHELD INFRASTRUCTURE. THE 250,000 COUNT AND WOULD BENEFIT…

    ZONES. POORLY UPHELD INFRASTRUCTURE. THE 250,000 COUNT AND WOULD BENEFIT THE ECONOMY. BUT THESE OPERATING COSTS THAT ARE REDUCED AND THEY TALK ABOUT THAT IT COULD BE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF $100,000 A YEAR. THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU COULD DO LOCALLY. THAT MIGHT MEAN TWO TEACHERS OR MIGHT MEAN 200 MORE COMPUTERS OR MIGHT MEAN 500 TEXTBOOKS. IT'S A WAY TO INVEST BY BALANCING THOSE SAVINGS WITH THE INVESTMENT IN CHILDREN AND OUR FUTURE AND OUR PRESENCE BECAUSE OUR CHILDREN REPRESENT OUR FUTURE AND OUR PRESENCE AND RESPECT TOWARD OUR CHILDREN AND AGAIN, THESER I THINK IN KEEPING WITH THE OLD AMERICAN SPIRIT, THE PIONEER SPIRIT TO ENABLE US TO DREAM BOLD DREAMS AND TO ENCOURAGE OUR YOUNGSTERS TO PURSUE THESE CAREER PATHS AND TO DEVELOP, AGAIN, THE WORK FORCE OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM, WHERE WE ARE GOING TO BE ASKED TO COMPETE IN A GLOBAL MARKETPLACE WHERE THERE ARE INVESTMENTS GOING ON AROUND THE WORLD AND NOW ISN'T THE TIME TO CUT OUR COMMITMENT TO OUR CHIRP, OUR SOCIETY AND OUR COMPETITIVENESS AS A BUSINESS COMMUNITY. SO IT ALL COMES TOGETHER IN A VERY STRUCTURED SENSE, IN A VERY COME PUERTO RICANS I HAVE PLAN.

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  • 08:42:46 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    IS ONE ADDITIONAL PIECE TO THIS PUZZLE AND THAT IS THE DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN…

    IS ONE ADDITIONAL PIECE TO THIS PUZZLE AND THAT IS THE DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN PUTTING FORTH FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS A PROJECT WHICH WE CALL MAKE IT IN AMERICA. THIS IS THE REBUILDING OF THE AMERICAN MANUFACTURING SECTOR. 25 YEARS AGO THERE WERE 20 MILLION AMERICANS EMPLOYED IN MANUFACTURING. THESE WERE THE MIDDLE-CLASS JOBS. NOW THERE ARE JUST OVER 11 MILLION. WE HAVE SEEN THE HALLOWING OUT, THE OUTSOURCING OF AMERICAN MANUFACTURING JOBS. THERE WERE ACTUALLY POLICIES IN PLACE BEFORE THE DEMOCRATS IN 2010 TOOK CONTROL OF THIS AND ENDED TAX BREAKS FOR AMERICAN CORPORATIONS WHO OUTSOURCED JOBS AND REDUCED TAXES BY SENDING JOBS OVERSEAS. WE ENDED $12 BILLION OF THOSE CRAZY, UNNECESSARY, DESTRUCTIVE TAX BREAKS. AND NOW THE PRESIDENT HAS SUGGESTED THAT WE PUT IN PLACE THE REMAINING $4 BILLION IN THOSE TAX BREAKS, ENDING REWARDING COMPANIES FOR OUTSOURCING JOBS, TURN IT AROUND AND REWARD COMPANIES FOR INSOURCING, BRINGING THOSE JOBS BACK HOME. I HAVE A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT IS GETTING SOME LEGS AND MOVING ALONG AND IT IS PART OF MAKE IT IN AMERICA. OUR TAX DOLLARS HAVE BEEN USED IN THE PAST TO BUY SOLAR SYSTEMS, WIND TURBINES, TRAINS, BUSES, LIGHT RAIL VEHICLES. MY LEGISLATION SAYS IF IT'S OUR TAX MONEY, THEN IT'S GOING TO BE SPENT ON AMERICAN-MADE EQUIPMENT, BRINGING OUR TAX DOLLARS HOME SO WE BUY AMERICAN. SO WE MAKE IT IN AMERICA ONCE AGAIN AND ONCE WE MAKE IT IN AMERICA, AMERICA WILL MAKE IT. MR. TONKO, YOU HAVE INTRODUCED SOME PIECES OF LEGISLATION AND MAYBE YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT THOSE, BUT WE CAN REBUILD THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS BY REBUILDING AMERICA'S MANUFACTURING BASE. THAT'S WHERE YOU CREATE WEALTH. MAYBE IN THE FOOD SERVICES AND MAYBE IN THE MANUFACTURING OF WINE OR MANUFACTURING OF FOOD OR AUTOMOBILES OR LIGHT RAILS OR SOLAR SYSTEMS. WE CAN DO IT, BUT WE NEED TO HAVE IN PLACE SMART, GOVERNMENT POLICIES. AND I BEG MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO LOOK AT THIS. MAKE THIS AN AMERICAN IDEA, REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT IDEA SO WE CAN REBUILD THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS BY MAKING THINGS IN AMERICA ONCE AGAIN. . .

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  • 08:45:33 PM

    MR. TONKO

    THE CAMPUS OF CHOICE ACROSS THIS NATION, THE ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE, A VERY…

    THE CAMPUS OF CHOICE ACROSS THIS NATION, THE ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE, A VERY IMPORTANT MATERIAL TO HAVE IN ONE'S HAPPENED, WE'RE GOING TO RELY HEAVILY ON THOSE DEGREES AND COMMUNITY COLLEGES NEED OUR ASSISTANCE. THEY'RE ALSO THERE AS THE OPERATIONAL CENTER OF RETRAINING PROGRAMS. BUT WHAT ABOUT INVESTMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY, INVESTMENTS IN RESEARCH, INVESTMENTS IN ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SUPPLIES --

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  • 08:46:01 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    TONKO, EXCUSE ME FOR INTERRUPTING. BEFORE YOU CAME TO THE HOUSE OF…

    TONKO, EXCUSE ME FOR INTERRUPTING. BEFORE YOU CAME TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT WAS YOUR WORK IN NEW YORK, WASN'T IT?

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  • 08:46:09 PM

    MR. TONKO

    ABSOLUTELY. I WAS ENERGY CHAIR AT THE STATE 'SEM -- ASSEMBLY FOR THE LAST…

    ABSOLUTELY. I WAS ENERGY CHAIR AT THE STATE 'SEM -- ASSEMBLY FOR THE LAST 15 OF MY 20 YEARS BUT THEN WENT OVER TO NYSERTA. WE MADE CERTAIN THAT WE WOULD INCUBATE THESE IDEAS, THESE INNOVATIONS, THE CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY THAT TRANSLATES INTO JOBS. RESEARCH EQUALS JOBS. I HAVE ADVANCED LEGISLATION THAT WOULD SLIDE SUBSIDIES THAT ARE GIVEN TO THE PROFIT-RICH, THE HISTORICALLY PROFIT-RICH IN THE TENURE OF CAPITALISM. OUR GOAL HERE IS TO NOT FEED THE PROFIT MARGIN OF OUR OIL COMPANIES BUT TO SLIDE THESE SUBSIDIES OVER TO CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY, RENEWABLES, PROVIDING FOR CONSUMER BEHAVIORAL TRANSITIONING THAT ENABLES US TO GROW AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE IN THE ENERGY GENERATION BUSINESS. WHY ARE WE SENDING TENS AND HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OVER TO UNFRIENDLY NATIONS TO THE UNITED STATES FOR OUR DEPENDENCY ON FOSSIL-BASED FUELS? WHEN INSTEAD FACT WE COULD ENCOURAGE RENEWABLE -- WHEN IN FACT WE COULD ENCOURAGE RENEWABLES HERE AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY. UTILIZING THAT AS OUR FUEL OF CHOICE TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE REDUCE DEMAND, THAT THEN REDUCES BILLS, THAT THEN ALLOWS THE COMPETITIVENESS OF OUR BUSINESS TO BE ALL THE SHARPER. THOSE ARE THE SORTS OF THINGS IN WHICH WE WANT TO INVEST AND IT'S THE GOING FORWARD FROM THAT POINT -- HOW ABOUT OUR INFRASTRUCTURE BANK BILL THAT WOULD LEVERAGE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE MONEYS, THAT WOULD STRETCH OUR OPPORTUNITIES TO RESPOND TO THAT DEFICIENT INFRASTRUCTURE OF WHICH YOU SPOKE? THESE ARE IMPORTANT MEASURES. THIS IS THE SORT OF CUTTING-EDGE OPPORTUNITY, THE INVESTMENTS, THE PIONEER SPIRIT AGAIN. WE CAN LEARN FROM OUR AMERICAN STORY. THERE HAVE BEEN THOSE GOLDEN MOMENT WHEN IS WE HIT BOTTOM, THERE WERE THOSE GOLDEN MOMENTS WHEN WE WERE TREMENDOUSLY CHALLENGED, AND WE ROSE TO THE OCCASION IN TOUGH TIMES. PRIMARILY TOUGH TIMES, BY RESPONDING WITH A TOUGH AGENDA THAT SAID, LOOK, TRUE GRIT HERE WILL GET US TO THE FINISH LINE AND IT HAPPENED. IT HAPPENED WITH MEDICARE, IT HAPPENED WITH THE ERIE CANAL OF WHICH WE OFTEN SPEAK.

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  • 08:48:22 PM

    MR. TONKO

    SOCIAL SECURITY, ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THE PRESIDENT LIFTED THIS NATION AND…

    SOCIAL SECURITY, ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THE PRESIDENT LIFTED THIS NATION AND MADE CERTAIN THAT ALL FAMILIES WOULD HAVE AT LEAST A FOUNDATION UPON WHICH THEY COULD GROW, UPON WHICH THEY COULD LIVE IN THIS SOCIETY. IT ADDRESSED AGAIN THE DIGNITY FACTOR WHICH HAS MADE US UNIQUE AS AN AMERICAN SOCIETY. CARING ABOUT OUR FELLOW MAN, CARING ABOUT THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THIS GREAT NATION IN A WAY THAT CREATED AN AMERICAN SOCIETY , SEANS OF COMMUNITY. WE THE PEOPLE, TALKING OF US IN A COMMUNITY SENSE, A NEIGHBORLYNESS, NEIGHBORHOODS AND SOCIETIES SPEAKING IN A COMPASSIONATE WAY, CARING ABOUT ONE ANOTHER. THAT'S WHEN WE'RE AT OUR BEST.

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  • 08:49:07 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    IF WE'RE GOING TO BE CARING ABOUT THE AMERICAN WORKER GOING BACK TO WORK,…

    IF WE'RE GOING TO BE CARING ABOUT THE AMERICAN WORKER GOING BACK TO WORK, WE ALSO NEED TO BE VERY COGNIZANT OF INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION. YOU SPOKE EARLIER ABOUT THE NEED FOR OUR WORK FORCE TO BE COMPETITIVE, WHICH IS THE EDUCATION PROCESS. K THROUGH 12, VOCATIONAL EDUCATION, COMMUNITY COLLEGES, EXCEEDINGLY IMPORTANT. BUT ALSO IMPORTANT IS THAT THERE BE FAIRNESS IN THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE SITUATION. THAT WE LOOK FOR FAIR TRADE, NOT JUST FREE TRADE, BUT FAIR TRADE. AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE REALLY MUST ADDRESS IS THE THREAT OF CHINA'S UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES. THE CHINESE CURRENCY IS UNDERVALUED AND AS A RESULT OF THAT THEY HAVE A 20% TO 25% ADVANTAGE. YOU ELIMINATE THAT AND THE AMERICAN WORKER WILL BE COMPETITIVE. AND WE HAVE ONE OF THE PIECES OF LEGISLATION IN THE MAKE IT IN AMERICA PACKAGE THAT THE DEMOCRATS ARE PUTTING FORWARD, FORCING CHINA TO END ITS CURRENCY MANIPULATION. AND WHEN IT ENDS ITS CURRENCY MANIPULATION AND ALLOWS THE VALUE OF ITS CURRENCY TO RISE TO APPROPRIATE PARITY, WE WILL BE ABLE TO BE COMPETITIVE. YOU CAN BET WHY THE CHINESE DON'T WANT TO DO IT. THEY WANT THAT UNFAIR TRADE ADVANTAGE. THAT'S ONE OF THE PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT WE'VE PUT FORWARD. NOW, WHEN THE DEMOCRATS CONTROLLED CONGRESS A YEAR AND A HALF AGO, WE PUSHED A BILL OUT OF HERE THAT WOULD FORCE SANCTIONS ON CHINA IF THEY CONTINUE THEIR CURRENCY MANIPULATION. SINCE THE REPUBLICANS HAVE TAKEN CONTROL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THAT LEGISLATION HAS DIED, HAS NEVER EVEN COME UP FOR A VOTE ON THE FLOOR. IT OUGHT TO COME UP FOR A VOTE. WE NEED FAIR TRADE PRACTICES, WE NEED TO USE OUR TAX MONEY TO BUY AMERICAN-MADE EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, WE NEED TO EDUCATE OUR WORK FORCES. THESE ARE INVESTMENTS IN AMERICA'S MIDDLE CLASS. THIS IS HOW WE CAN RESTORE THE MIDDLE CLASS OF AMERICA. IT IS PART -- THE HEALTH CARE IS PART OF IT ALSO. YOU TALKED EARLIER ABOUT HEALTH CARE AND AVAILABILITY OF HEALTH CARE FOR WORKING MEN AND WOMEN. WE ALSO NEED TO MAKE SURE THOSE JOBS ARE THERE. THE AMERICAN AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY IS INSTRUCTIVE ON THIS COUNT. IT IS INSTRUCTIVE IN THAT THE U.S. GOVERNMENT AND THE LEADERSHIP OF PRESIDENT OBAMA ACTUALLY ALLOWED THE AMERICAN AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY TO CONTINUE TO EVEN SURVIVE. LOSING THE STIMULUS PROGRAM -- USING STIMULUS PROGRAM, THE PRESIDENT STEPPED FORWARD AND SAID, I WILL NOT ALLOW THE AMERICAN AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY TO DIE AND HE PUT OUR TAX MONEY BEHIND GENERAL MOTORS AND CHRYSLER AND THOSE COMPANIES ARE NOW THRIVING AND IT'S NOT JUST THOSE COMPANIES. IT IS THE THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF MANUFACTURERS ACROSS THIS NATION AND OTHERS WHO SUPPLY ALL OF THE PARTS, ALL OF THE SERVICES. THINK WHERE WE WOULD BE TODAY IF CONGRESS HAD NOT GIVEN THE PRESIDENT THE POWER AND IF THIS PRESIDENT DID NOT HAVE THE COURAGE TO TAKE UP SAVING THE AMERICAN AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY. PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS COME HERE, MR. ROMNEY SAYS HE WOULD NOT HAVE DONE IT. OK, PRESIDENT OBAMA DID IT AND THE AMERICAN AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY IS STRONG AND VIBRANT TODAY AND THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS ARE BACK TO WORK. MR. TONKO, WE MUST BE ABOUT OUT OF TIME.

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  • 08:52:39 PM

    MR. TONKO

    WE'RE DOWN TO OUR LAST FOUR MINUTES. I ALWAYS FIND THESE DISCUSSIONS TO BE…

    WE'RE DOWN TO OUR LAST FOUR MINUTES. I ALWAYS FIND THESE DISCUSSIONS TO BE INTERESTING BECAUSE THERE'S ALSO THIS RHETORIC OUT THERE ABOUT 30 BILLS THAT HAVE BEEN ADVANCED BY THE MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE AND THAT IT'S THE SALVATION THAT'S GOING TO PRODUCE JOBS AND GET AMERICA WORKING AGAIN. WELL, MAJOR ANALYSTS ARE REVIEWED THAT LEGISLATIVE AGENDA AND SAY IT DOESN'T DO WHAT THEY CONTEND IT WOULD DO. AND IT DOESN'T PRODUCE THE RESULTS WE -- RESULTS. WE WOULD LOVE IT TO BE THE CASE BUT IT DOESN'T PRODUCE THE RESULT. THEY SAID THAT WE ARE REALLY IN NEED OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL ADVANCE JOBS. TONIGHT THIS DISCUSSION ABOUT PROVIDING THE TOOLS, PUTTING ADDITIONAL TOOLS INTO THE KIT THAT MAKES AMERICAN INDUSTRY COMPETITIVE, SPEAKS TO OUR HUMBLE BEGINNINGS. SO MANY PEOPLE TRAVEL TO THESE SHORES. THEIR JOURNEY WAS ABOUT THE DREAM. A NOBLE DREAM. AN AMERICAN DREAM. THAT THEY WERE GOING TO MAKE IT HERE. THAT WAS OUR HUMBLE BEGINNING. AND WE ENABLED PEOPLE TO EXPERIENCE SEVERAL RAGS TO RICHES SCENARIO. AND WE ALLOWED FOR GENERATIONS TO CONTINUE TO GROW AND PROSPER AND BUILD UPON THE SUCCESS THAT PRECEDED THEM. TODAY SADLY OUR MIDDLE CLASS IS WEAKENING. HOUSEHOLD INCOMEWISE. THE NEXT GENERATION MAY BE THE FIRST TO GO BACKWARD. THE PRESIDENT IS TRYING TO MOVE US FORWARD WITH GREAT RESISTANCE IN THIS HOUSE TO REJECT PROGRESSIVE POLICY. AND WE SAY, LET'S BUILD UPON THE SUCCESS OF THE PAST. LET'S REACH THROUGH THOSE MOMENTS THOUGH, SHINING MOMENTS WHEN WE WERE CHALLENGED AS A NATION AND PRODUCED THE BEST OUTCOMES. THAT CAN HAPPEN AGAIN HERE IF WE OPEN UP TO WHAT'S BEST FOR AMERICA AND NOT RESORT TO PETTY PARTISAN POLITICS THAT WANT TO DENY A PRESIDENCY, THAT WANT TO DENY OPPOSITION, THAT COMES FORWARD WITH CONSTRUCTIVE QUALITIES TO DO IT IN A BETTER WAY, TO BUILD THE CONSENSUS. WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD ON BEHALF OF THE NOBLENESS OF THE AMERICAN DREAM. AND SO WITH HEART AND SOUL POURED INTO THE EFFORTS HERE, IN THIS HOUSE, WE CAN ACHIEVE. WE CAN ACHIEVE AND GROW THAT MIDDLE CLASS, PURCHASING POWER ENHANCED FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS, OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR MIDDLE CLASS, A STRONG MIDDLE CLASS MEANS A STRONG AMERICA. LET'S GO FORWARD AND AGAIN, REPRESENTATIVE GAR MENDY, THANK YOU FOR LEADING US IN THIS HOUR.

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  • 08:55:13 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    MR. TONKO, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR PASSION ON THIS ISSUE AND THANK…

    MR. TONKO, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR PASSION ON THIS ISSUE AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMPASSION FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE CAN MAKE IT. WE CAN MAKE IT IN AMERICA. WE NEED GOOD, WISE POLICIES TO DO THAT. AND YOU CAN'T DO IT BY CUTTING, CUTTING AND CUTTING. YOU HAVE TO DO IT BY INVESTING, INVESTING, INVESTING. THE AMERICAN PUBLIC UNDERSTANDS. THEY REALLY DO UNDERSTAND THAT WE'RE A GREAT NATION. THERE'S NO GREATER NATION IN THE WORLD. WE NEED THE KIND OF POLICIES THAT WILL PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK AND TO KEEP THEM HEALTHY. I WANT TO THANK THOSE OF YOU THAT ARE LISTENING FOR THIS HOUR 'S DISCUSSION ON HEALTH CARE AND ON JOBS IN AMERICA. MR. TONKO, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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  • 08:55:50 PM

    MR. TONKO

    IT'S A PLEASURE. GAR MR. SPEAKER, WE YIELD BACK OUR --

  • 08:55:54 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    MR. SPEAKER, WE YIELD BACK OUR TIME.

  • 08:55:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 5, 2011, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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  • 08:56:07 PM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE THIS EVENING…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE THIS EVENING FOLLOWING MY GOOD FRIENDS AND THEIR INTERESTING DISCUSSION. I WANTED TO SPEND A COUPLE MOMENTS THIS EVENING TALKING ABOUT REFORM. REFORM HAS BEEN A MAJOR FOCUS OF MY PUBLIC SERVICE CAREER BEGINNING AS A CITIZEN VOLUNTEER, WORKING AS A STATE LEGISLATOR, A LOCAL OFFICIAL. I WAS PLEASED TO BE PART OF INNOVATION IN MY NATIVE STATE OF OREGON, IN AREAS OF TAX REFORM, TRANSPORTATION INNOVATION, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, LAND USE AND GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE. I'M PLEASED TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TAKE SOME OF THE LESSONS THAT I LEARNED IN OREGON HERE TO OUR NATION'S CAPITOL, WORKING IN CONGRESS IN AREAS OF ENERGY, BICYCLES, FLOOD INSURANCE, HEALTH CARE REFORM. FOR ME THAT'S EXCITING AND ENERGIZING. THAT'S WHAT MAKES ME A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED TO SAY THE VERY LEAST IN WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THIS SESSION OF CONGRESS. IT'S SAD TO SEE THAT TODAY IN THE HOUSE THE FOCUS IS NOT TAKING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, WHERE THE QUESTIONS OF ITS CONSTITUTIONALITY HAVE BEEN SETTLED BY THE SUPREME COURT, AND MOVING FORWARD TO ACCELERATE ITS IMPLICATION, ITS IMPLEMENTATION, INSTEAD THE EFFORTS ARE TO SLOW IT DOWN, TO REPEAL IT, TO PUT SAND IN THE GEARS. NOT WITHOUT A CONSTRUCTIVE ALTERNATIVE, MIND YOU, BUT JUST TO BE AGAINST THE REFORM THAT'S ON THE BOOKS. IT'S DEPRESSING TO SEE REPEATED ATTACKS ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS, SOMETHING THAT AMERICANS CARE DEEPLY ABOUT, THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE TO THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF OUR COMMUNITIES, THE STRENGTH OF OUR ECONOMY, THE HEALTH OF OUR FAMILIES. IT HAS BEEN UNFORTUNATE THAT WE WERE GIVEN BY THIS CONGRESS, EARLIER THIS YEAR, WHAT HAS BEEN DESCRIBED I THINK APPROPRIATELY AS THE MOST PARTISAN TRANSPORTATION BILL IN HISTORY AND CERTAINLY THE WORST, UNDOING 20 YEARS OF TRANSPORTATION REFORM. LUCKILY IT COLLAPSED UNDER ITS OWN WEIGHT BUT WE WERE LEFT WITH A PALE TWO-YEAR EXTENSION AND WE'RE SOON GOING TO BE RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED. NOW, WE'RE WATCHING MORE RECENTLY EFFORTS THAT DEAL WITH AGRICULTURE IN TERMS OF THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE FARM BILL. AN OPPORTUNITY TO REFORM, TO BE ABLE TO SAVE MONEY, TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF OUR CITIZENS AND THE ECONOMIC VIABILITY OF AMERICA'S FARMERS AND RANCHERS. INSTEAD THE BILL THAT HAS PASSED OUT OF THE COMMITTEE IN THE HOUSE WOULD CONCENTRATE EVEN MORE SUBSIDY IN THE HANDED OF FEWER WEALTHY FARMERS AND SHORT CIRCUIT THE NEEDS OF AMERICANS WHO EAT, PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT ANIMAL WELFARE, ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT, AND MOST IMPORTANT ABOUT THE WELFARE OF THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICAN FARMERS WHO SADLY HAVE BEEN SHUT OFF. IT LOOKS NOW THAT THE BILL IS SO PRECARIOUS THAT IT MAY NOT EVEN COME TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. BACK TRACKING ON EFFORTS TO REIN IN AND REFORM MILITARY SPENDING, WHERE JUST LAST YEAR THERE WAS AN AGREEMENT, A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT TO DEAL WITH REDUCING THE DEFICIT THAT WAS BALANCED BETWEEN SPENDING FOR MILITARY AND NONMILITARY ACCOUNTS, AND NOW WE SEE PEOPLE RETREATING FROM THAT GOAL AND THE MILITARY APPROPRIATIONS BILL THAT PASSED DESPITE AGGRESSIVE BIPARTISAN EFFORTS TO REIN IT IN IS MOVING FORWARD AS A LOST OPPORTUNITY. WHAT'S IN THAT -- IT'S IN THAT CONTEXT, MR. SPEAKER, THAT I WANTED TO DISCUSS THE ISSUES THAT SURROUND THE POSTAL SERVICE. IT'S NOT BY ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION THAT I'M IN THE INTERESTED IN CHANGING HOW WE DO BUSINESS. I THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT ACROSS THE BOARD, I DEMONSTRATED THAT WITH MY PAST WORK AND MY -- BY WORD AND DEED IN WHAT I DO POLITICALLY. BUT IT'S INTERESTING THAT WE'RE NOW WATCHING, IT'S OFTEN -- I OFTEN FIND MYSELF IN AGREEMENT WITH SOME OF THE EDITORIAL POSITIONS FROM "THE WASHINGTON POST" AND "THE NEW YORK TIMES" BUT THEY'RE MOVING FORWARD WITH URGENT EFFORT TO MOVE LEGISLATION THAT WOULD DRAMATICALLY SCALE DOWN THE POSTAL SERVICE, CUT A LARGE NUMBER OF FACILITIES, SUSPEND SIX-DAY SERVICE. ASSUMING THAT THOSE ARE THE ONLY ALTERNATIVES AVAILABLE FOR US GOING FORWARD. AS I SAY, I'LL BE THE LAST PERSON TO ARGUE THAT WE SHOULD NOT BE DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY, BUT IT SEEMS TO ME IT'S PASTIME FOR TAOS TAKE A STEP BACK AND TALK A HARD LOOK AT THIS SO-CALLED POSTAL CRISIS AND AT POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE FROM THE OUTSET THAT THE POSTAL SERVICE HAS PLAYED A VITAL ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE UNITED STATES. IT IS -- IT DATES BACK TO THE BEGINNING OF OUR COUNTRY, THE FIRST POSTMASTER GENERAL WAS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. THE SERVICE WAS ESTABLISHED 236 YEARS AGO. THE POSTAL SERVICE ACTUALLY HAS BEEN INVOLVED, WHEN WE LET IT WORK A VARIETY OF INNOVATIONS. THERE ARE THOSE CONCERNED TODAY WITH THE ADVENT OF EMAIL, THAT IT IS SOMEHOW -- THAT IT HAS SOMEHOW MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE POSTAL SERVICE TO MOVE FORWARD IN THIS CLIMATE. IT'S INTEREST THIS EPOSTAL SERVICE HAS BEEN ABLE TO SURVIVE THE TELEGRAPH, THE FAX MACHINE, IT HAS IN FACT BEEN PART OF THE INNOVATION, AIRMAIL SERVICE WAS PART OF WHAT THE POSTAL SERVICE DID TO HELP LAUNCH THE AVIATION INDUSTRY IN THIS COUNTRY. AND WE HAVE TODAY A PATTERN OF DEVELOPMENT OF THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD SERVICE, AND THE NATURE OF THE POSTAL SERVICE ITSELF TYING TOGETHER AMERICAN COMMUNITIES. PART OF WHAT I THINK IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO FOCUS ON IS THE ROLE THAT THE POSTAL SERVICE PLAYS IN RURAL AND SMALL-TOWN AMERICA. IT'S AN IMPORTANT PART OF RURAL AND SMALL-TOWN AMERICA IN OREGON AND AROUND THE NATION. AND THESE COMMUNITIES ARE FACING TIMES OF ECONOMIC STRESS AND ISOLATION. THE POST OFFICE PLAYS AN OUTSIDE ROLE. MANY PEOPLE REVEL IN THE QUALITY OF LIFE. IT'S VERY DESIRABLE IN MANY RURAL AND SMALL-TOWN AREAS WHERE GREAT TRADITIONS -- WITH GREAT TRADITIONS BUT IT'S NO SECRET THAT FOR MANY COMMUNITIES AND THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE, IT'S A STRUGGLE. THEY HAVE HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT AS YOUNG PEOPLE LEAVE AND THE POPULATION AGES. THERE ARE REAL CHALLENGES IN TERMS OF CONNECTIVITY. HOW PEOPLE -- THIS IS AN AREA WHERE BROADBAND ACCESS TO OVER 26.2 MILLION AMERICANS, THREE QUARTERS OF THEM LIVE IN RURAL AMERICA. NOW, I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT MOVING FORWARD, DEALING WITH THE CHANGES TO THE POSTAL SERVICE, TO THINK ABOUT THE EXPECTATIONS IN THIS PART OF AMERICA THAT OFTEN GETS LOTS OF RHETORIC BUT NOT THE ATTENTION IT DESERVES. POSTAL SERVICE IN RURAL AND SMALL TOWN AMERICA PROVIDES SERVICES IN TERMS OF PEOPLE BEING ABLE TO GET ACCESS TO NOT JUST MAIL SERVICES AND A SENSE OF COMMUNITY, TYING PEOPLE TOGETHER, A SENSE OF IDENTITY, IT IS A SOURCE OF GOOD-PAYING, FAMILY-WAGE JOBS THAT PLAY AN OUTSIDE ROLE IN THIS PART OF THE UNITED STATES. IT IS IMPORTANT IN TERMS OF BEING ABLE TO ACCESS IMMIGRATION, PASSPORT SERVICES. THESE ARE ITEMS THAT ARE IN SOME INSTANCES DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE IN RURAL AND SMALLTOWN AMERICA. AND ALSO AS WE ARE WATCHING THE EXPLOSION OF ONLINE SHOPPING, WHICH IS PLAYING A LARGER AND LARGER ROLE IN THE AMERICAN ECONOMY, IT'S EVEN MORE SIGNIFICANT IN RURAL AND SMALL TOWN AMERICA. THE POSTAL SERVICE OFTEN PROVIDES THAT LAST MILE FOR TRANSACTIONS THAT TAKE PLACE VIA THE INTERNET. INCREASINGLY, FOR SENIOR CITIZENS WHO RELY ON MAIL ORDER PHARMACY SERVICES TO BE ABLE TO GET THEIR SCRIPTIONS THROUGH THE MAIL. LOOKING AT THE WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR RULE AND SMALLTOWN AMERICA, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO CONSIDER WHAT THE IMPLICATIONS ARE GOING TO BE FOR THEM. FOR THOSE WHO SAY, WELL, WAIT A MINUTE, THEY'LL JUST HAVE TO PAY THE PRICE BECAUSE WE ARE FACING A FUNDING CRISIS IN THE POST OFFICE, IT'S BUMPING UP AGAINST A $15 BILLION DEBT LIMIT, BILLS ARE COMING DUE, AND WE HAVE NO ALTERNATIVE BUT TO MOVE FORWARD WITH DRAMATIC REDUCTIONS IN SERVICE, INCLUDING SATURDAY SERVICE AND CLOSING FACILITIES. IT'S IMPORTANT TO REFLECT ON WHAT IS THE NATURE OF THE CURRENT FUNDING CRISIS THAT FACES THE POST OFFICE. SADLY, IT IS LARGELY A MANUFACTURED CRISIS, THE IMPENDING FUNDING DEADLINE IS SIMPLY A RESULT OF THE LEGISLATION IN 2006 WHICH WAS A COMPROMISE, A RELUCTANT COMPROMISE, BUT IT INCLUDED A PROVISION THAT WOULD REQUIRE THE POSTAL SERVICE TO PREFUND ITS HEALTH INSURANCE COSTS FOR RETIRE YESES WHO HAVEN'T YET BEEN HIRED. -- RETIREES WHO HAVEN'T YET BEEN HIRED. 75 YEARS IN THE FUTURE. AND REQUIRE THAT FUNDING TO BE MADE OVER THE COURSE OF 10 YEARS. WELL, THINKING ABOUT THAT FOR A MOMENT, MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS ACTUALLY A DEVICE THAT IS NOT NECESSARY, NO OTHER BUSINESS OR GOVERNMENT AGENCY IS REQUIRED TO DO IT 75 YEARS IN THE FUTURE. AND IN PART OF THE CHARM FOR THE PEOPLE WHO DEVISED THIS A FEW YEARS AGO WAS IT ACTUALLY ARTIFICIALLY REDUCES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S DEFICIT. BECAUSE THESE PAYMENTS ARE CREDITED TO FEDERAL ACCOUNTS EVEN THOUGH THE POST OFFICE HAS BEEN AN INDEPENDENT AGENCY SINCE 1971, OPERATING WITHOUT SUBSIDY, THESE MONEYS ARE CREDITED TO THE FEDERAL TREASURY AND ARE USED TO TRY AND DISGUISE THE TRUE SIZE OF OUR DEFICIT. THERE IS NO REASON TO ACCELERATE THE PREFUNDING OF THIS OBLIGATION OF 75 YEARS TO MAKE IT OCCUR HERE IN THE COURSE OF THIS 10-YEAR WINDOW. MR. SPEAKER, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR PUTTING IN CONTEXT THE POINT THAT THIS IS AN ARTIFICIAL CRISIS. THE POST OFFICE, IF IT WEREN'T FOR THIS EXTRAORDINARY, UNNECESSARY, AND UNPRECEDENTED PREFUNDING REQUIREMENT, WOULD ACTUALLY NOT BE HEMORRHAGING RED INK. IN FACT, IT'S VERY CLOSE TO BEING SELF-SUFFICIENT. AND IT DOES SO DESPITE THE CONSTRAINTS THAT CONGRESS HAS PLACED ON THE POSTAL SERVICE. BECAUSE BEAR IN MIND, EVEN THOUGH IT DOESN'T GET SUPPORT, THE CONGRESS HAS KEPT A VERY SHORT LEASH ON WHAT THE POSTAL SERVICE CAN DO. IT DOESN'T HAVE THE FLEXIBILITY TO RUN LIKE A BUSINESS, TO ADJUST ITS PRICING. TO BE ABLE TO ADJUST ITS PRODUCT MIX. TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FACT THAT THERE'S A SKILLED WORK FORCE OF OVER HALF A MILLION PEOPLE AND MORE FACILITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAN MCDONALD'S AND WAL-MART AND STARBUCKS, COMBINED. WE DON'T GIVE THEM THE FREEDOM AND FLEXIBILITY TO MOVE FORWARD, TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT PLATFORM. NOW, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE VERY CREATIVE TO THINK OF WAYS THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER TO BE ABLE TO SLIGHTLY MODIFY THE SERVICES THAT ARE PROVIDED, GIVE THEM MORE FLEXIBILITY ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THEIR SERVICE. IT IS IMPORTANT, I THINK, TO BE ABLE TO THINK ABOUT WHAT THIS CONNECTIVITY MEANS FOR THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. IF WE SOMEHOW ELIMINATED THE POSTAL SERVICE, TURNED IT OVER TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR, CUT DOWN MORE DRAMATICALLY IN TERMS OF WHAT IS THE OFFERINGS -- OF WHAT ITS OFFERINGS ARE, DOES ANYBODY THINK WE WOULD BE ABLE TO SEND A FIRST CLASS LETTER FROM THE FLORIDA KEYS TO NOEM, ALASKA, FOR 44 CENTS? THE POST OFFICE MOVES ABOUT 40% OF THE MAIL IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. OTHERS WILL SAY LOOK AT GERMANY. IT'S BEEN PRIVATIZED. WELL, LOOK AT GERMANY. GERMANY IS A COUNTRY THAT IS SMALLER THAN MONTANA, BIGGER THAN WYOMING, TO JUST PUT IT IN CONTEXT OF SIZE. IT'S VERY DENSELY POPULATED. AND IT'S STILL -- IT STILL CHARGES MORE THAN 10% HIGHER THAN WE DO IN THE UNITED STATES AND THEY ARE COMPETITIVE INTERNATIONALLY. GLOBALLY. THE GERMAN POSTAL SERVICE IS DOING BUSINESS IN THE UNITED STATES, COMPETING WITH FEDEX, OUR POSTAL SERVICE, AND U.P.S. IT'S AN EXTRAORDINARY RESOURCE THAT I THINK IS WORTHY OF CONSIDERATION OF WHAT WE'VE GOT AND BUT HOWE WE DO IT. MR. SPEAKER, AS I STATED FROM THE OUTSET, I HAPPEN TO BELIEVE IN REFORM. I BELIEVE THAT WE NEED TO DO BUSINESS DIFFERENTLY. WHETHER IT IS HOW WE DEAL WITH OUR FARM POLICY, OUR MILITARY POLICY, TAX REFORM, HEALTH CARE, I WOULD HOPE THAT IN CONGRESS WE CAN RETURN TO THE DAYS WHERE WE ACTUALLY HAD REGULAR ORDER, WHERE WE DISCUSSED THINGS LIKE THIS IN COMMITTEE, THAT EVERY BILL WASN'T A PARTISAN VEHICLE. AND WHEN THERE WAS GIVE AND TAKE AND CHALLENGING ONE ANOTHER IN TERMS OF WAYS THAT IT COULD BE DONE BETTER. LISTENING TO A WIDE VARIETY OF OPINIONS. I SAY BY ALL MEANS, ALLOW A WIDE VARIETY OF OPINIONS TO COME FORWARD, TO TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE POSTAL SERVICE. I THINK THAT'S HEALTHY. I WELCOME THAT. AND I HAVE SPENT A LOT OF TIME TALKING TO PEOPLE ON THE POSTAL RATE COMMISSION, I'VE TALKED TO LEADERSHIP IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THE POSTAL SERVICE, POSTAL EMPLOYEES, PEOPLE WHO ARE CUSTOMERS AND COMPETITORS OF THE POSTAL VARIOUS. I WANT TO EXPLORE THESE ISSUES. I'M ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED THAT THE INTERESTS INVOLVED WITH THE POSTAL SERVICE, BROADLY DEFINED, INCLUDING ITS UNIONS AND EMPLOYEE, UNDERSTAND THERE'S GOING TO BE MORE CHANGE TAKING PLACE IN THE FUTURE. BUT THERE ARE SOME ADJUSTMENTS, WHERE THERE'S PROBABLY MORE CAPACITY THAN WE NEED, THERE WILL BE CHANGES GOING FORWARD, WE WANT TO BE CAREFUL AND SELECTIVE ABOUT WHAT WE DO. BUT I GO BACK TO MY POINT ABOUT THE IMPACT THAT THAT'S GOING TO HAVE ON RURAL AND SMALLTOWN AMERICA. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE CHANGES THAT WE UNDERTAKE DON'T MAKE GREAT DIFFICULTY FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE THE ACCESS THAT SOME OF US WHO LIVE IN METROPOLITAN AREAS HAVE. PEOPLE WHO ARE CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET. PEOPLE WHO HAVE READY ACCESS TO OTHER RESOURCES. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WHEN PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT REDUCING THE SIXTH DAY OF SERVICE THAT THEY THINK ABOUT THE IMPLICATIONS FOR THE INDIVIDUALS WHO DEPEND ON THAT, FOR MANY PEOPLE WHO WORK AND WHO GET PACKAGES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO THEM, BEING ABLE TO HAVE THEM DELIVERED ON SATURDAY IS IMPORTANT. AND PARTICULARLY WHEN YOU LOOK AT HOLIDAYS THAT GO OVER WEEKENDS, THE DIFFICULTY OF DELIVERY OF THINGS LIKE MEDICINE, IT'S NOT A TRIVIAL QUESTION. AND THE FACT THAT THE POSTAL SERVICE IS IN A SENSE A PARTNER WITH SOME OF ITS PRIVATE SECTOR COMPETITORS, CUTTING BACK ON THAT SERVICE, WHAT IT DOES WITH THOSE COMPETITIVE PARTNERS AND WITH THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE MARKETING THROUGH THE INTERNET, THROUGH THE MAIL, THIS NEEDS CAREFUL CONSIDERATION. IT'S INTERESTING AS PEOPLE DIVE INTO THE NUMBERS BEHIND THE ELIMINATION OF SATURDAY SERVICE, YOU'RE ELIMINATING 17% OF THE POSTAL CAPACITY AND IT WOULD ONLY SAVE 2% OR MAYBE 3%. AND IT WOULD BE COST -- AND THERE WOULD BE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THAT. IT'S INTERESTING. I WOULD LIKE US TO THINK ABOUT WHAT IT DOES TO THE BUSINESS MODEL IF YOU'RE GOING TO ELIMINATE 17% OF THE SERVICE AND YOU SAVE A COUPLE PERCENT IN OPERATIONS. PARTICULARLY AS I MENTIONED THAT WE CONSTRAIN WHAT THEY CHARGE AND WE HAVE AN ARTIFICIAL FINANCIAL BARRIER WITH THE 75-YEAR PREFUNDING OF HEALTH CARE. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO RESPECT WHAT WE'VE GOT, THINK ABOUT THE ALTERNATIVES AND HAVE A DISCUSSION WHERE THE INTERESTS, WHETHER THEY ARE DIRECT MAIL, THEY ARE MARKETING, THEY ARE ONLINE SHOPPING, WHERE PEOPLE IN TERMS OF THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY, SENIOR CITIZENS, RURAL AND SMALL-TOWN AMERICA, LET'S TALK ABOUT THIS. FIND OUT NOT IN A DECLARING WAR AGAINST POSTAL EMPLOYEES, BUT WORKING WITH THEM IN A COOPERATIVE FASHION TO FIND OUT SUGGESTIONS THAT THEY HAVE IN TERMS OF MOVING FORWARD. AND LOOKING AT WHAT THIS TREMENDOUS RESOURCE THAT WE HAVE, WHAT THE VALUE IS. IT HAS BEEN -- I'M IN THE STATE OF OREGON WHERE ALL OUR BALLOTS ARE DONE BY DIRECT MAIL. IT IS A WAY TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY, LOWER COSTS FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, BROADER APPLICATION OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WOULD IMPROVE THE SECURITY, THE EFFICIENCY AND COST SAVINGS. WE BARELY SCRATCHED THE SURFACE OF THAT. THERE ARE DEEP CONCERNS AND I NOTE THAT WE HAD A SOMBER OBSERVANCE TODAY ABOUT THE DEATH OF A COUPLE OF OUR EMPLOYEES, GUARDS WHO WERE GUNNED DOWN ON THIS DAY IN 1998. . WE LIVED THROUGH AIR ASCONCERNED ABOUT ANTHRAX AND OPPORTUNITIES THAT MAY BE INVOLVED WITH BIOTERRORISM AND SCARES ABOUT PANDEMICS. IT MAY WELL BE IN OUR FUTURE THAT THERE WOULD BE GREAT VALUE TO HAVING A NETWORK THAT REACHES 150 MILLION ADDRESSES SIX TIMES A WEEK WITH THE SCALED WORK FORCE THAT CAN TURN THAT AROUND IN A MATTER OF HOURS. YOU DON'T HAVE TO STRETCH YOUR IMAGINATION VERY FAR TO THINK OF ACTS OF DISEASE OR TERROR OR THAT NETWORK MAY MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WE ARE FINDING OFTENTIMES IN COMMUNITIES THAT IT'S THE POSTAL WORKER WHO IS ALERT TO PROBLEMS IN A FAMILY AND SOMEONE WHO IS NOT SHOWING UP. THEY ARE EYES AND EARS THAT JUST DON'T DO VOLUNTEER PROJECTS BUT CONNECT PEOPLE. LET'S THINK ABOUT THE VALUE OF THAT NETWORK BEFORE WE START TO UNRAVEL IT. I WILL CONCLUDE WHERE I BEGAN. I THINK EVERYBODY WHO IS PRIVILEGED TO SERVE IN THIS CHAMBER NEEDS TO THINK ABOUT HOW WE DO BUSINESS DIFFERENTLY. I THINK WE NEED TO BE OPEN TO ARGUMENTS, QUESTIONS, EVIDENCE, TO BE ABLE TO QUEEZE MORE VALUE OUT OF THE PUBLIC DOLLAR, TO USE THE RESOURCES TO PROTECT THE VITALITY AND LIVE BUILT OF OUR COMMUNITIES AND BUILD PARTNERSHIPS AND RELATIONSHIPS. AND I WELCOME THE DISCUSSION THAT WE'RE HAVING WITH THE POSTAL SERVICE IN THE MEDIA AND HERE IN CONGRESS. I WOULD HOPE, MR. SPEAKER, WE COULD DO IT IN A WAY THAT IS THOUGHTFUL AND BROAD-BASED. I WOULD HOPE WE WOULD BE ABLE TO LOOK AT WHAT THE POSTAL SERVICE HAS PROVIDED FOR 236 YEARS. I WOULD HOPE WE WOULD THINK ABOUT THE VALUE OF THE WORK FORCE. IT'S NOT JUST OVER HALF A MILLION FAMILY-WAGED JOBS THAT MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE IN SMALL TOWN AND RURAL AMERICA, BUT THEY HAVE A SKILLSET AND THEY HAVE OTHER VALUES, SOME OF WHICH I JUST MENTIONED AND OTHERS YET WE HAVEN'T EXPLORED. AND LAST BUT NOT LEASE, BEFORE WE MAKE CHANGES, WE OUGHT TO MAKE SURE WE KNOW THEY ARE GOING TO GET WHAT IS ADVERTISED, BECAUSE DESPITE ALL THE RHETORIC, WE HAVE THE LOWEST COST, MOST EFFICIENT POSTAL SERVICE IN THE WORLD. NEARLY 40% OF THE TRAFFIC, DOING IT VERY COST EFFECTIVELY DESPITE THE FACT THAT CONGRESS IN ITS WISDOM HAS TIED THE HANDS OF ITS POSTAL SERVICE, DICTATED RATES AND CHANGED ITS COURSE REPEATEDLY. I WOULD HOPE WE COULD DO A BETTER JOB WORKING WITH OUR PARTNERS THERE AND THE PEOPLE WHO DEPEND ON IT TO MAKE THIS PART OF THE AREA WHERE WE FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO BUSINESS DIFFERENTLY BECAUSE THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES TO NOT ONLY SAVE MONEY AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS RESOURCE. IT OUGHT TO BE DONE THOUGHTFULLY AND SOON AND I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO IT THIS EVENING AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON YIELDS BACK HIS TIME.

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    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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    MR. GOHMERT

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT HAS BEEN A GREAT DEAL OF WAILING AND GNASHING OF…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT HAS BEEN A GREAT DEAL OF WAILING AND GNASHING OF TEETH THAT FIVE OF US SIGNED TO FIVE INSPECTORS GENERAL, FIVE DEPARTMENTS OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT. WE SENT SEPARATE LETTERS THAT WERE QUITE FACTUAL, SET OUT THINGS THAT WERE FOOTNOTED, DOCUMENTED AS TRUE AND SIMPLY ASKING INSPECTOR GENERAL -- INSPECTORS GENERAL OF THE DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS IF THEY WOULD INVESTIGATE ABOUT POTENTIAL MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD EFFECTS WITHIN THOSE DEPARTMENTS. I HAVE BEEN AMAZED, OUT OF FIVE LETTERS TO FIVE DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS, EACH ONE OF THEM DIFFERENT, EACH ONE OF THEM DEALING WITH FACTS THAT WERE IN EACH PARTICULAR DEPARTMENT, WE HAVE BEEN MET WITH THIS FRENZY FROM SOME QUARTERS, INCLUDING SOME OF THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA TO DEMONIZE PEOPLE THAT ARE JUST SIMPLY ASKING QUESTIONS THAT ACTUALLY USED TO HAVE A MAINSTREAM MEDIA THAT WERE ASKING QUESTIONS. AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE FACT THAT IN 1995, THE PROSECUTION OF DEFENDANTS CHARGED WITH INVOLVEMENT IN THE 1993 FIRST WORLD TRADE CENTER BOMBING WERE TRIED. AND AS THE PROSECUTOR, THE FEDERAL PROSECUTOR IN THAT CASE, A BRILLIANT GUY NAMED ANDREW MCCARTHY HAS SET OUT IN ONE OF HIS ARTICLES, WHICH PROVED -- WE INTRODUCED EVIDENCE AND PROVED BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT THAT THE INTENTION OF THESE PEOPLE, THESE RADICAL ISLAMIST GROUPS WAS TO BRING DOWN THIS COUNTRY. AND AS ANDY HAS PROPERLY ASKED, SINCE WE PROVED BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT TO A GREAT GROUP OF JURORS IN NEW YORK ABOUT THE EFFORT OF THESE RADICAL ISLAMISTS, ISLAMIC JIHADDISTS TO BRING DOWN AMERICA, WHAT'S HAPPENED SINCE 1995 THAT ALL OF A SUDDEN THIS ADMINISTRATION SAYS, OH, NO, FORGET WHAT WAS PROVED BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT THE NEW YORKERS IN 1995 AND THEN UPHELD, YOU CAN'T BELIEVE THAT. DON'T LOOK AT THE FACTUAL EVIDENCE BEHIND THE CURTAIN, FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE AND LOOK AT WHAT WE ARE TELLING YOU, AND THERE IS NO MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD INVOLVEMENT IN AMERICA AND NO MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD EFFECT OR INFLUENCE IN THIS ADMINISTRATION. BUT THERE IS DEEPLY TROUBLING, BECAUSE WE KNOW FROM THE HOLY LAND FOUNDATION TRIAL IN DALLAS THAT WAS WELL TRIED IN 2008 AND CONVICTIONS ON OVER 100 DIFFERENT CHARGES AND THEY ESTABLISHED -- THE NAMED DEFENDANTS PROVED BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT ABOUT THE CHARGES OF THEIR SUPPORT FOR TERRORISM AND THEY ALSO NAMED NUMEROUS PARTIES AS CO-CONSPIRATORS TO SUPPORT TERRORISM. AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WAS INVOLVED IN THAT. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE WAS INVOLVED AND THEY HAVE PROVED BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT THAT THERE WERE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD GROUPS WHO WERE SUPPORTING TERRORISM IN AMERICA. AT LEAST THEY PROVED BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT THAT THE DEFENDANTS WERE INVOLVED IN SUPPORTING TERRORISM AND THEN BASICALLY MIGHT BE DEEMED OR CALLED A PREPONDERANCE OF THE EVIDENCE THAT OTHERS WHO WERE NOT INDICTED BUT NAMED, SUCH AS CARE AND THE ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA, AND IN THAT CASE, THE EVIDENCE WAS PLUSED TO ESTABLISH THAT THE ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA IS THE LARGEST MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD FRONT GROUP IN AMERICA. AND SOME OF US WHO SIMPLY SIGNED A LETTER ASKING QUESTIONS -- LOOK HOW ABOUT DOING AN INVESTIGATION TO SEE WHAT THE INFLUENCE OF THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD IS IN THIS ADMINISTRATION? BECAUSE PREVIOUSLY, INCLUDING THROUGH THE PROSECUTION IN NOVEMBER OF 2008, THE LARGEST TERRORISM SUPPORT ALLEGATIONS IN AMERICAN HISTORY, IT WAS ESTABLISHED THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD IS ALIVE AND WELL AND HAVING INFLUENCE IN AMERICA. AND YET THE ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA'S PRESIDENT HAS BEEN A GUEST AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND, IN FACT, SOMEONE -- BECAUSE THEY REGULARLY DON'T DO THEIR HOMEWORK WERE TO CHECK AS I HAVE IN THE PAST, DON'T KNOW, BUT IT WAS IN THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS, BUT IF YOU CHECK WITH THE WHITE HOUSE WEB SITE, THE NUMBER TWO PERSON IN THE DEPUTY NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER IS GIVEN A SPEECH TO A-D-AM-S. THE ALL DULLES AREA MUSLIM SOCIETY. AND THE TRANSCRIPT OF HIS SPEECH AND IT'S ON THE WHITE HOUSE WEB SITE AND THE NUMBER TWO DEPUTY ADVISER THANKS THE PRESIDENT, THE PRESIDENT OF THE NAMED CO-CONSPIRATOR SUPPORTING TERRORISM FOR THE WONDERFUL PRAYERS HE GAVE AT THE CELEBRATION IN THE WHITE HOUSE THE AUGUST BEFORE. THE CELEBRATION THAT CONCLUDES RAMA DAN. SO WE KNOW THE PRESIDENT, ACCORDING TO THE LARGEST MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD, GETS INVITED TO THE WHITE HOUSE TO DO PRAYERS FOR THEIR CELEBRATION AND WE KNOW THAT DENNIS MCDONALD THANKED HIM FOR THE WONDERFUL INTRODUCTION AT THE ALL DULLES AREA MUSLIM SOCIETY. SO IT IS A LITTLE TROUBLING NOT ONLY THAT THIS INFLUENCE IS THERE, BUT WHEN FIVE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS RAISE A QUESTION, HOW ABOUT AN INVESTIGATION TO SEE WHAT THIS INFLUENCE IS, BECAUSE WE KNOW MINDS ARE CHANGING, ALTHOUGH THE EVIDENCE HAS NOT CHANGED THAT WAS INTRODUCED IN 18995 AND -- 1995 AND 2008. OUR GOOD FRIEND DOWN THE HALL, SENATOR MCCAIN, CHASTISED US. AND YET, IF YOU BELIEVE QUOTES AND SOMETIMES YOU CAN'T, BUT HE WAS QUOTED AS SAYING AT THE BEGINNING OF THE TROUBLE IN EGYPT, THAT HE WAS AND HE WAS USING THE WORD OPPOSED TO ANY SUPPORT FOR THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD, WELL, IF THAT WAS THE WORD THEN, THE WORD NOW IS ALTERED, BECAUSE IT APPEARS THAT HE SEES NO PROBLEM WITH WHAT'S GOING FORWARD AND IF HE DOES, THEN MY APOLOGIES IF HE NOW OBJECTS TO ANY ASSISTANCE TO THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD, BUT IT'S MY IMPRESSION THAT HE DIDN'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION'S HELP TO EGYPT NOW. . WHEN WE SEE THE THING THAT WAS GONE ON THIS THING THAT WAS BEEN INTRODUCED AND PROVED IN COURT IN THE FIFTH CIRCUIT SAYING, NO, YOU CANNOT STRIKE THOSE NAMES FROM THE PLEADING BECAUSE THERE'S SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO ESTABLISH THAT THEY WERE SUPPORTING TERRORISM. NO SO -- SO NO, YOU CAN'T STRIKE THOSE NAMED CO-CONSPIRATORS FROM THE PLEADINGS. AND SOMEHOW FIVE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE THE BAD GUYS FOR SAYING, WELL, LET'S INVESTIGATE, WHAT INFLUENCE HAS THIS GROUP HAD -- AND I KNOW FROM BACK IN MY QUESTIONING OF THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY LAST OCTOBER, WHEN I WAS ASKING IF IT WAS TRUE THAT THERE WERE MEMBERS OF THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD WHO WERE PART OF HER COUNTERERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM WORKING GROUP THAT ADVISES HOMELAND SECURITY ON HOW TO DEAL WITH WHAT SOME OF US WOULD CALL RADICAL ISLAMIC JIHAD BUT WHICH HOMELAND SECURITY NOW CALLS VIOLENT EXTREMISM, APPARENTLY NOT WANTING TO OFFEND PEOPLE WHO ARE WANTING TO COMMIT RADICAL ISLAMIC JIHAD ON OUR COUNTRY, BUT I ASKED HER IN THAT HEARING IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR ABOUT THAT AND SHE POINTS OUT THAT SHE HAS ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL IN CHARGE OF THE COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM WORKING GROUP SO SHE DOESN'T REALLY KNOW IF THEY HAVE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD MEMBERS AS PART OF THAT. AND I ASKED HER THIS QUESTION, ALL RIGHT, ARE YOU AWARE THAT THE PRESIDENT OF ISNA, MY AYE MA'AM MAJID, IS A MEMBER OF THAT WORKING GROUP, CORRECT? SECRETARY NAPOLITANO -- I CAN'T ANSWER THAT, BUT THAT IS AN ACCURATE STATEMENT. SO SHE DOESN'T KNOW WHETHER THE PRESIDENT OF WHAT'S BEEN ESTABLISHED IN COURT AS THE LARGEST MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD FRONT GROUP IN AMERICA IS PART OF HER ADVISORY GROUP AT HOMELAND SECURITY. OF COURSE IT WAS INTERESTING IN OUR HEARING LAST WEEK, SHE ALSO INDICATED THAT THERE HAD NOT BEEN A TERRORIST THAT HAS BEEN -- THAT HAD BEEN ALLOWED INTO THE WHITE HOUSE WITH THE EGYPTIAN GROUP AND WHEN WE HAD BEEN READING IN THE PAPER THAT THERE, OF COURSE THAT MAY NOT BE A GOOD SOURCE BECAUSE THEY'RE MAINSTREAM PAPERS, BUT WE'VE BEEN READING THAT THERE WAS A MEMBER OF A KNOWN TERRORIST GROUP THAT WAS ALLOWED INTO THE WHITE HOUSE AND THAT HE USED THAT PLATFORM TO LOBBY FOR THE RELEASE OF THE BLIND SHEIKH, WHO HAD ASSISTED IN PLANNING THE 1993 WORLD TRADE CENTER BOMBING. SO I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE HELPFUL, MR. SPEAKER, TONIGHT, TO JUST TOUCH BASE REGARDING THE TIMELINE THAT "INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY" SPONSORED, IT WAS AN EDITORIAL, IT WAS DATED JULY 19, 2012, POSTED AT 6:46 P.M. EASTERN TIME. AND IT CAN BE FOUND AT INVESTORS.COM, MR. SPEAKER. BUT IT'S ENTITLED "HOW OBAMA ENGINEERED MIDEAST RADICALIZATION." IT GOES THROUGH AND AFTER A FEW PARAGRAPHS IT SETS OUT A TIMELINE FOR THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED. I HOPE MY FRIENDS WHO HAVE BEEN SO QUICK TO CONDEMN AND RIDICULE WHO SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THESE THINGS IN DALLAS, OR THE HOLY LAND FOUNDATION TRIAL, WHERE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD TIES WERE ESTABLISHED, THEY SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE PROOF AT THE 1995 FIRST TRIAL OF THE DEFENDANTS THAT DO THAT. AND I WOULD THINK THAT THEY WOULD BE WELCOMING SINCE THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT AWARE OF WHAT THE EVIDENCE WAS IN THOSE, THEY WOULD WELCOME INPUT FROM SOMEONE AS WELL-VERSED AS THE PROSECUTOR FROM THE 1995 WORLD TRADE CENTER TRIAL. SO THIS IS FROM "INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY," AN EDITORIAL, IT SAYS THE OBAMA RECORD, AFTER ANGRY EGYPTIANS PELTED HER MOTORCADE WITH SHOES CHANTING LEAVE, SECRETARY OF STATE CLINTON INSISTED THE UNITED STATES WAS -- WASN'T THERE TO TAKE SIDES. TOO LATE. QUOTE, I WANT TO BE CLEAR THAT THE UNITED STATES IS NOT IN THE BUSINESS IN EGYPT OF CHOOSING WINNERS AND LOSERS. EVEN IF WE COULD, WHICH OF COURSE WE CANNOT. UNQUOTE. HILLARY CLINTON INTONED EARLIER THIS WEEK. OF COURSE THE ADMINISTRATION COULD AND IT DID, CO-LEWDING WITH THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD AND ONE OF ITS HARDLINERS, MOHAMMED MORSI, SITS IN THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE WHERE HE REFUSED TO SHAKE UNVEILED CLINTON'S HAND. THIS ADMINISTRATION FAVORED ISLAMISTS OVER SECULARRISTS AND HELPED THEM OVERTHROW MUBARAK, THE RELIABLE U.S. ALLY WHO HAD OUT-- WHO HAD OUTLAWED THE TERRORIST BROTHERHOOD AND HONORED THE PEACE PACT WITH ISRAEL FOR THREE DECADES. THE BROTHERHOOD IN CONTRAST HAS BACKED HAMAS AND CALLED FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL. NOW THE ADMINISTRATION IS DEALING WITH THE CONSEQUENCES OF ITS MISGUIDED KING MAKING, OFFICIALS FEAR THE NEW REGIME COULD INVITE AL QAEDA, NOW RUN BY AN EGYPTIAN EXILE, BACK INTO EGYPT AND OPEN UP A FRONT WITH ISRAEL ALONG THE SINAI. THE RESULT, MORE TERRORISTS AND HIGHER GAS PRICES. IN FACT, IT WAS HILLARY'S OWN DEPARTMENT THAT HELPED TRAIN BROTHERHOOD LEADERS FOR THE EGYPTIAN ELECTIONS. BEHIND THE SCENES SHE AND THE WHITE HOUSE MADE A CALCULATED DECISION AND TOOK STEP BY STEP ACTIONS TO EFFECTIVELY SELL OUT ISRAEL AND U.S. INTERESTS IN THE MIDEAST TO THE ISLAMISTS. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SECRETLY HELPED BRING ISLAMIC FASCISTS TO POWER. CONSIDER THIS TIMELINE. AGAIN, THIS IS "INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY" ONLINE," THE TIMELINE, IT SAYS 2009, THE BROTHERHOOD SPIRITUAL LEADER, SHEIKH YUSEF, WRITES A LETTER TO OBAMA URGING TERRORISM AS A DIRECT RESPONSE TO U.S. FOREIGN POLICY. 2009, OBAMA TRAVELS TO CAIRO TO DELIVER AN APOLOGETIC SPEECH TO MUSLIMS AND INFURIATE -- INFURIATES THE MUBARAK BY INVITING BANNED BROTHERHOOD MEMBERS TO ATTEND. HE SNUBS -- OBAMA SNAUBS MUBARAK WHO IS NEITHER PRESENT NOR MENTIONED. 2009, OBAMA APPOINTS A BROTHERHOOD TIED ISLAMIST AS U.S. ENVOY TO THE ORGANIZATION THAT SUPPORTS THE BROTHERHOOD. THE ISLAMIC -- THIS THE ORGANIZATION OF ISLAMIC CONCERNS, THE O.I.C., IS -- THIS ISN'T IN THE ARTICLE BUT IT IS COMPOSED OF 57 STATES. 57 MUSLIM STATES MAKE UP THE O.I.C. THAT'S WHAT IS BEING REFERRED TO THERE. 2010, STATE DEPARTMENT LIFTS VISA BAN ON TARIQ RAMADAN, SUSPECTED TERRORIST AND EGYPTIAN-BORN GRANDSON OF BROTHERHOOD FOUNDER HASAN ABANA, 200, HUSSEIN MEETS WITH RAMADAN AT AMERICAN-SPONSORED CONFERENCE ATTENDED BY U.S. AND BROTHERHOOD OFFICIALS. 2010, HASAN MEETS WITH THE BROTHERHOOD'S GRAND MUKTI IN EGYPT. 2010, OBAMA MEETS ONE-ON-ONE WITH EGYPT'S FOREIGN MINISTER, AHMAD ABUL GHETT, WHO REMARKS ON TV, QUOTE, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT TOLD ME IN CONFIDENCE THAT HE IS MUSLIM, UNQUOTE. 2010, THE BROTHERHOOD'S SUPREME GUIDE CALLS FOR JIHAD AGAINST THE U.S. 2011, THEY CALL FOR DIFES RAGE, UNQUOTE, AGAINST MUBARAK AND OTHER PRO-WESTERN REGIMES THROUGHOUT THE MIDEAST. 2011, RIOTS ERUPT IN CAIRO'S SQUARE, CROWDS ORGANIZED BY THE BROTHERHOOD DEMAND MUBARAK'S OUSTER AND STORM BUILDINGS. 2011, THE WHITE HOUSE FAILS TO BACK LONGTIME ALLY MUBARAK, WHO FLEES CAIRO. 2011, THE U.S. SENDS INTELLIGENCE CZAR JAMES CLAPPER TO CAPITOL HILL TO WHITEWASH THE BROTHER'S -- BROTHERHOOD'S EXTREMISM, HE TESTIFIES THAT THE GROUP IS, QUOTE, MODERATE, LARGELY SECULAR. CALIDARI, EXILED FROM EGYPT FOR 30 YEARS, IS GIVEN A HERO'S WELCOME TO TARIR SQUARE WHERE HE RAISES A BANNER TO JIHAD. 2011, CLINTON EAST SPECIAL COORDINATOR FOR MIDEAST TRANSITIONS AND LONGTIME ASSOCIATE OF BROTHERHOOD APOLOGISTS GIVES BROTHERHOOD AND OTHER EGYPTIAN ISLAMISTS SPECIAL TRAINING TO PREPARE FOR THE POST-MUBARAK ELECTIONS. 2011, THE BROTHERHOOD WINS CONTROL OF EGYPTIAN PARLIAMENT, VOWS TO TEAR UP EYIPT'S 30-YEAR PEACE TREATY WITH ISRAEL AND RE-ESTABLISH HIS TIES WITH HAMAS AND HEZBOLLAH. 2011, OBAMA GIVES MIDEAST SPEECH DEMANDING THAT EGYPT GIVE UP LAND TO PALESTINIAN AND REFUSES TO VISIT ISRAEL. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS NOW SAID IF WE GIVE HIM ANOTHER TERM, THE NEXT FOUR YEAR HE IS WILL GO SEE ISRAEL. BACK TO THE ARTICLE. 2011, JUSTICE DEPARTMENT PULLS PLUG ON FURTHER PROSECUTION OF U.S.-BASED BROTHERHOOD FRONT GROUPS, IDENTIFIED AS COLLABORATORS IN CONSPIRACY TO FUNNEL MILLION OS HAMAS. 2011, IN A SHOCKING FIRST, THE STATE DEPARTMENT FORMALIZES TIES WITH EGYPT'S BROTHERHOOD, LETTING DIPLOMATS DEAL DIRECTLY WITH BROTHERHOOD PARTY OFFICIALS IN CAIRO. APRIL 2012, THE ADMINISTRATION QUIETLY RELEASES $1.5 BILLION IN FOREIGN AID TO THE NEW EGYPTIAN REGIME. JUNE, 2012, MORSI WINS PRESIDENCY AMID WIDESPREAD REPORTS OF ELECTORAL FRAUD AND INTIMIDATION BY GUN TOTING THUGS INCLUDING BLOCKADES OF ENTIRE STREETS TO PREVENT CHRISTIANS FROM GOING TO THE POLLS. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TURNS A BLIND EYE AND RECK NIGHS HIM AS VICTOR. HE VOWS TO INSTATE SHARIA LAW AND ALSO PROMISES TO FREE JAILED TERRORISTS. HE ALSO DEMANDS OBAMA FEE WORLD TRADE CENTER TERRORIST AND BROTHERHOOD LEADER OMAR ABDUL RAH MAN, AMPLE K.A. THE BLIND SHEIKH FROM U.S. PRISON. JUNE, 2012, STATE GRANTS VISA TO BANNED EGYPTIAN TERRORIST WHO JOINS A DELEGATION OF BROTHERHOOD OFFICIALS FROM EGYPT, THEY'RE ALL INVITED TO THE WHITE HOUSE TO MEET WITH OBAMA'S DEPUTY NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISEOR WHO LISTENS TO THEIR DEMANDS FOR THE RELEASE OF THE BLIND SHEIKH. BY THE WAY, IN THE HEARING LAST WEEK, WHEN I ASKED OUR SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY ABOUT THAT INCIDENT, WIDELY REPORTED, EVEN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA WAS REPORTING IT, THAT A MEMBER OF A KNOWN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION WAS GIVEN ACCESS TO THE WHITE HOUSE, SHE INDICATED THAT IT JUST WASN'T TRUE. APPARENTLY NOT KNOWING THE NEWS THAT WAS HAPPENING JUST ACROSS TOWN FROM HER DEPARTMENT. IN ANY EVENT, BECOME TO THE ARTICLE, -- BACK TO THE ARTICLE, JULY, 2012, OBAMA INVITES MORSI TO VISIT THE WHITE HOUSE THIS SEPTEMBER. THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD'S SUDDEN ASCENDANCY IN THE MIDEAST DIDN'T HAPPEN ORGANICALLY, IT WAS HELPED ALONG BY U.S. PRESIDENT SYMPATHETIC TO ITS INTERESTS OVER THOSE OF ISRAEL AND HIS OWN COUNTRY. THAT'S THE "INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY"" EDITORIAL FROM JULY 19, 2012. I WAS SHOCKED TO PREVIOUSLY FIND OUT THAT IT WAS NOT UNTIL 2009 THAT OUR F.B.I. SENT A LETTER SAYING THEY WERE SUSPENDING THEIR RELATIONSHIP, ONE POLICE IT REFERRED TO THE WORD PARTNERS, WITH CARE, CARE BEING A NAMED CODEFENDANT RELATED TO MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD ACTIVITY AND RELATED TO SUPPORT FOR TERRORISM ABROAD. AND I WAS SHOCKED THAT IT DIDN'T -- IT REFERRED TO THE CONVICTIONS IN 2008 HOLY LAND FOUNDATION TRIAL AND THE EVIDENCE INTRODUCED AT THE TRIAL, BUT WHAT SHOCKED ME IS THEY WAITED UNTIL AFTER A CONVICTION WHEN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WAS THE ONE GATHERING THIS EVIDENCE. THEY'VE BEEN GATHERING IT FOR YEARS. I WAS AMAZED THAT THEY SEEMED SURPRISED, WHETHER OR NOT THEY WERE SURPRISED THEY DIDN'T DO ANYTHING TO SEVER TIES WITH CARE, WHICH HAS BEEN THE -- SEEMS TO BE, WITH THE ACLU THE MOST INFLUENTIAL IN GETTING THIS ADMINISTRATION TO PURGE ITS TRAINING DOCUMENTS FOR OUR -- FOR THE PEOPLE THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT US OF ANYTHING THAT MIGHT BE CONSIDERED OFFENSIVE TO SOMEONE WHO WAS A MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD MEMBER OR ISLAMIST. . NOW I VISITED WITH MUSLIMS ABROAD. I BELIEVE I CONSIDER MASSOUD, WHOSE BROTHER WAS ASSASSINATED WITHIN 36 HOURS OF 9/11, I CONSIDER HIM A FRIEND. HE NOUSE ABOUT SACRIFICE. WHEN THE STATE DEPARTMENT WOULD NOT -- THEY SAID THEY COULD NOT SPARE THE SECURITY TO GET ME AND ANYONE ELSE TO A MEETING WITH OUR MUSLIM FRIENDS WHO HAVE FOUGHT WITH AMERICANS, BURIED THEIR LOVED ONES, LIKE AMERICANS HAVE FIGHTING IN AFGHANISTAN, THESE ARE OUR FRIENDS AND TOLD OUR STATE DEPARTMENT, IT'S FINE. I TALKED TO HIM AND SENDING A SECURITY VEHICLE AND I'M WILLING TO PUT MY LIFE IN HIS HANDS BECAUSE I TRUST HIM. HE IS A MUSLIM FRIEND. AND ANY WAY, THEY TOLD THEM I WAS GOING, AFTER FINISHED MEETING WITH OUR TROOPS AND AFTER I MEET WITH OUR TROOPS, I WAS ADVISED WE RANGED FOR AN AMERICAN SECURITY VEHICLE TO TAKE YOU AND WE CONTACTED MR. MASSOUD TO LET HIM KNOW WE WILL GET YOU TO THE MEETING. WE SHOULD NEVER BE AFRAID OF MUSLIMS, BUT WE SHOULD BE AFRAID OF MUSLIM EXTREMISTS THAT WANT TO TAKE OVER OUR COUNTRY AND DESTROY OUR WAY OF LIFE. IT IS CRITICAL THAT OUR INTELLIGENCE, OUR JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, THOSE WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO BE PROTECTING US, EVEN IN THE WHITE HOUSE THAT THEY KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OUR MUSLIM FRIENDS AND THOSE WHO WANT TO SUBVERT THE DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA. AND MAKE NO APOLOGIES FOR THAT. I CAN'T. I TOOK AN OATH TO DEFEND THIS CONSTITUTION. I CAN'T APOLOGIZE FOR LOVING AMERICA ENOUGH THAT I WILL RECOGNIZE THOSE WHO ARE MUSLIM FRIENDS AND THOSE WHO ARE NOT. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A MOTION TO ADJOURN?

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    MR. GOHMERT

    THAT WE DO NOW ADJOURN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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