5:38 PM EDT

David R. Obey, D-WI 7th

Mr. OBEY. Mr. Speaker, that's a very interesting speech. I wish it had something to do with anything in this amendment. Let me simply read the amendment.

On page 22, line 8 and on page 22, line 14 and on page 32, line 21 and on page 32, line 22, it says, Insert: Increased by $1 million. Decreased by $1 million.

That's all the amendment says. So what does it do? Do you know what it does? It don't do nothing. All it does is give one of our friends on that side of the aisle a chance to talk about an issue.

I want to congratulate him. That's the least destructive thing they've done today. I simply want to say that, if this amendment passes, there is no way it can be interpreted by the implementing agency to have anything whatsoever to do with the issue that the gentleman just talked about, because the amendment has no effect on it.

Mr. Speaker, we've sat here for 8 hours and have gone through this elaborate charade today. Other committees have brought veterans to town to talk about the problems of veterans. They've brought little kids to town to talk about the problems of children's hospitals.

That comment says more about you than it says about anything I say.

We've brought American citizens to town to appear at hearing after hearing today about their real life, human problems. Instead, we've watched the other side of the aisle walk around in circles in this well, changing their votes on paper ballots, pretending that they're doing something useful for the country.

I am going to accept this amendment because, as I said, it don't do nothing to nobody or for nobody. As I said, that's the least destructive thing you've managed to do today. Congratulations. Maybe there's hope for you yet.

I yield back the balance of my time.