House Session 2011-12-06 (16:06:26-17:06:52)
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House Session 2011-12-06 (16:06:26-17:06:52)


THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE
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AND NAYS. GENTLELADY REQUESTS THE YEAS THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED.
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BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES THIS WILL BE A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION
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REPRESENTATIVES. WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE
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COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE REPRESENTATIVES.] ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235, THE NAYS ARE 180. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS A VOTE FOR — IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2471 AS AMENDED ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. UNION CALENDAR H.R. 2471, A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 2710 OF TITLE 18, UNITED STATES CODE, TO CLARIFY THE VIDEOTAPE SERVICE PROVIDER MAY OBTAIN A CONSUMER’S INFORMED WRITTEN CONSENT ON AN ONGOING BASIS AND THAT CONSENT MAY BE OBTAINED THROUGH THE INTERNET.
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THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES
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BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION
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REPRESENTATIVES. WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE REPRESENTATIVES.] ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 303 — ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 303, THE NAYS ARE 116, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S.J. 22. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 22, JOINT RESOLUTION TO GRANT THE CONSENT OF CONGRESS TO AN AMENDMENT TO THE COMPACT BETWEEN THE STATES OF MISSOURI AND ILLINOIS, PROVIDING THAT BONDS ISSUED BY AGENCY MAY MATURE IN NOT TO EXCEED 40 YEARS. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS
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AMENDED? THE JOINT RESOLUTION AS YES. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CONYERS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS INCLUDING EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON S.J.RES. 22 AS AMENDED CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION. WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. THE FOUNDING FATHERS DID NOT BELIEVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD TRY
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COUNTRY. TO SOLVE EVERY PROBLEM IN THE INSTEAD THEY BELIEVED THAT LOCAL PROBLEMS SHOULD HAVE LOCAL SOLUTIONS. THIS SYSTEM OF FEDERALISM
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BECAME THE BEDROCK OF THE CONSTITUTION. ONE PARTICULAR ASPECT OF THE FEDERAL SYSTEM IS FOUND IN THE COMPACT CLAUSE OF THE CONSTITUTION, THE CLAUSE RECOGNIZES AGREEMENTS OR CONTRACTS THAT STATES MAKE AMONG THEMSELVES. WITH CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL WHEN NECESSARY. TODAY, THE APPROXIMATE — THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 200 ACTIVE INTERSTATE COMPACTS ADDRESSES A VARIETY OF ISSUES THAT RANGE FROM ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY POLICY TO NATURAL RESOURCES TO TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION. RATHER THAN WAIT FOR A ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL PROGRAM FROM WASHINGTON, D.C., THE CONSTITUTION ALLOWS STATES TO SOLVE THESE KINDS OF PROBLEMS FOR THEMSELVES. IN 1949, MISSOURI AND ILLINOIS FORMED A COMPACT TO KEY ATE THE BISTATE. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. MADAM SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED. THANK YOU. IN 1949, MISSOURI AND ILLINOIS FORMED A COMPACT TO CREATE THE BISTATE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY, THE SAMENTE’S MISSION IS TO FACILITATE AND COORDINATE ECONOMIC AND INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IN THE ST. LOUIS METROPOLITAN AREA. AMONG OTHER PROJECTS, THE AGENCY RUNS THE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM IN ST. LOUIS. THE AGENCY DOES NOT HAVE TAXING AUTHORITY BUT IT MAY ISSUE BONDS. FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE 1960’S, THE AGENCY SOLD BONDS TO FINANCE CONSTRUCTION OF THE TRAM TO THE TOP OF THE GATEWAY ARCH WHICH IT OPERATES TODAY. THE COMPACT ALLOWS THE AGENCY TO SELL 30-YEAR BONDS, LAST YEAR BOTH STATES ADOPTED LEGISLATION TO AMEND THE COMPACT AND ALLOW THE AGENCY TO ISSUE 40-YEAR BONDS. IN ADDITION TO OTHER CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS, THE AGENCY CAN USE REVENUE FROM THE 40-YEAR BONDS TO SUPPORT THE CITY ARCH RIVER 2015 INITIATIVE. THE PURPOSE OF THE CITY ARCH RIVER 015 IS TO BETTER CONNECT DOWNTOWN ST. LOUIS WITH THE GATEWAY ARCH AND THE JEFFERSON NATIONAL PARK. THE PROJECT ALSO INVOLVES BUILDING ELEVATED WALKWAYS ACROSS THE RIVER TO ILLINOIS. SENATE JONET — JOINT RESOLUTION 2 GIVES
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AMENDMENT. CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL TO THIS THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MARKED UP ITS COMPANION, HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 70, ON SEPTEMBER 1. THE SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION CONTAINS ONE AMENDMENT, REGARDING THE EFFECTIVE DATE. WITH THIS AMENDMENT, SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 22 WILL BE EFFECTIVE UPON THE DATE OF ENACTMENT. IN CONCLUSION I’M PLEASED TO SEE THIS FEATURE OF OUR FEDERALIST SYSTEM AT WORK. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS RESOLUTION AND I LOOK FORWARD TOITS SWIFT PASSAGE. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME. THE
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GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN — I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE, UNDER THE CONSTITUTION, ARTICLE 1, SECTION 10, CLAUSE 3, THESE KINDS OF COMPACTS, INTERSTATE COMPACTS MUST BE RATIFIED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. AND THIS JOINT RESOLUTION 22 GIVES CONGRESS — GIVES CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL TO AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN MISSOURI AND ILLINOIS TO AMEND THE INTERSTATE COMPACT ESTABLISHING THE BISTATE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY. MY COLLEAGUE ON THE JUDICIARY, JUDGE GOHMERT, HAS EXPERTLY DESCRIBED WHAT IT IS THAT BRINGS US HERE, BUT I WOULD MERELY ADD THAT THE AGENCY, THE CONGRESSIONALLY APPROVED INTERSTATE COMPACT ESTABLISHING THE BISTATE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY IN 1950 SERVES AS THE PRIMARY PROVIDER OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FOR THE ST. LOUIS METROPOLITAN AREA. IT ALSO DEVELOPS, MAINTAINS, OWNS, AND OPERATES BRIDGES, AIRPORTS, WHARVES, DOCKS, GRAIN ELEVATORS, INDUSTRIAL PARKS, PARKING FACILITIES, REFUSE AND HANDLING FACILITIES AS WELL AS FUEL ENERGY, AIR, WATER, RAIL, OR COMMODITY STORAGE AREAS. ALSO THERE IS A — ALSO, THERE IS A 40-YEAR MAXIMUM MATURITY PERIOD FOR BONDS AND OTHER FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS WHICH WILL ALLOW THE AGENCY TO FINANCE PROJECTS FOR LONGER PERIODS OF TIME. AND SO, I CONGRATULATE MY COLLEAGUE FROM ST. LOUIS, WILLIAM LACY CLAY, DISTINGUISHED MEMBER FROM MISSOURI, WHOSE FATHER WAS IN ON THE FIRST INTERSTATE COMPACT AND NOW WE’RE PROUD THAT HE AND OTHER OF HIS COLLEAGUES FROM BOTH — FROM MISSOURI AND ARE SUPPORTING THIS SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 22. I URGE ITS FAVORABLE CONSIDERATION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.
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GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE MADAM SPEAKER, WE’RE PREPARED TO CLOSE. SO I’LL RESERVE THE REMAINDER OF OUR TIME UNTIL THEN. THE
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GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES HIS TIME. MADAM SPEAKER, I’D LIKE TO YIELD THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM ST. LOUIS, MR.
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CLAY, AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED. THANK YOU, AND, MADAM SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE FULL COMMITTEE AND THE CHAIRMAN AND RANK MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND FOR MOVING THIS CRITICAL RESOLUTION. I’M PROUD TO HAVE INTRODUCED THE HOUSE VERSION OF THIS JOINT RESOLUTION AND IT ACCOMPLISHES TWO VERY GOOD THINGS. APPROVES AN IMPORTANT AMENDMENT TO A COMPACT BETWEEN TWO STATES AND AS WAS MENTIONED BEFORE, IN 19 49, MISSOURI AND ILLINOIS ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT TO FOSTER REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THROUGH EXCELLENCE IN TRANSPORTATION. THE COMPACT CREATED THE BISTATE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY. CONGRESS APPROVED IT AND HAS APPROVED SEVERAL AMENDMENTS OVER THE LAST SIX DECADES. THE AGENCY WAS KNOWN — NOW KNOWN AS METRO OPERATES THE SAME METROPOLITAN REGIONS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. IT HAS MORE THAN 2,400 EMPLOYEES AND CARRIES OVER 55 MILLION PASSENGERS EACH YEAR. THIS RESOLUTION APPROVES A SMALL BUT CRUCIAL CHANGE TO THE BI-STATE COMPACT. BOTH STATE LEGISLATURES HAVE PASSED IT AND BOTH GOVERNORS HAVE SIGNED IT. THIS IS A NECESSARY AND GOOD AMENDMENT AND THERE’S NO NEGATIVE IMPACT TO THE NATION OR THE STATE. AS SUCH, CONGRESS SHOULD APPROVE IT. THIS RESOLUTION ALSO ENABLES THE CONGRESS TO FULFILL ONE OF ITS CONSTITUTIONAL DUTIES AND I AGREE WITH MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. GOHMERT, THAT CONGRESS SHOULD NOT OVERSTEP ITS AUTHORITY. WHILE WE DO NOT ALWAYS AGREE ON THE LIMITS OF THAT POWER, WE AGREE ON THIS RESOLUTION AND ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY FOR IT. ARTICLE 1, SECTION 10, CLAUSE 3 OF THE CONSTITUTION SAYS THAT NO STATE SHALL WITHOUT THE CON SENTS OF CONGRESS ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT OR COMPACT WITH ANOTHER STATE. THE FRAMERS OF THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRE THAT CONGRESS WOULD HAVE TO APPROVE THESE AGREEMENTS TO PROTECT THE INTERESTS AND RIGHTS OF THE OTHER STATES. THIS ALSO PROTECTS THE RIGHTS OF THE CITIZENS WITHIN THE STATES THAT ARE PARTY TO THE COMPACT BY PROVIDING FEDERAL OVERSIGHT. THIS CLAUSE WAS A COMPROMISE, THERE WERE THOSE WHO WANTED TO GIVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GREATER POWER OVER THE STATES, INCLUDING THE AUTHORITY TO REGULATE, TO NEGATE STATE LAWS. OTHERS FELT VERY STRONGLY THAT THIS WOULD BE OVERLY NATIONALIST AND BROAD. THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION, RATHER THAN GIVING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COMPLETE CONTROL OVER EVERYTHING OR NOTHING, COMPROMISED. THEY COMPROMISED FOR THE GOOD OF THE NATION, THEY GRANTED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BLANKET AUTHORITY OVER SOME AREAS. THEY ALSO LIMITED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S AUTHORITY IN OTHERS. AND THEY REQUIRE CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL FOR AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE STATES. THIS COMPROMISE, ONE OF MANY THAT FORMED OUR GREAT COUNTRY, DEMONSTRATES THAT TWO OPPOSING SIDES WHO EACH FEEL PASSIONATELY ABOUT THEIR POINT OF VIEW CAN COME TOGETHER AND COMPROMISE FOR THE GOOD OF THE NATION. THEY EACH PUT ASIDE THEIR WELL-INTENTIONED AND STRONGLY HELD BELIEF THAT THEY WERE COMPLETELY CORRECT AND THAT THE OTHER SIDE WAS COMPLETELY WRONG. AND FOUND A WAY TO WORK OUT THE DIFFERENCES. EACH GAVE UP SOMETHING THEY HELD DEAR IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE A HIGHER GOOD. THAT WAS THE CREATION OF A STRONG NATION, A NATION THAT WOULD ENDURE. MADAM SPEAKER, THERE IS A LESSON HERE, A 224-YEAR-OLD LESSON, FOR US WHO SERVE IN CONGRESS TODAY. AND ONCE AGAIN I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE
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BALANCE OF HIS TIME. GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. WE’RE PREPARED TO CLOSE SO WE’LL RESERVE OUR TIME.
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THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.
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RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS MADAM SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLELADY FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS, A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. THANK YOU. LET ME THANK THE CHAIRMAN VERY MUCH. AND I WANT TO APPLAUD MR. GOHMERT AND THE RANKING MEMBER AND MY COLLEAGUE FROM MISSOURI AND ECHO THE COMMENTS OF MR. CONYERS ON HIS FATHER, BUT ALSO THE STELLAR WORK THAT HE IS DOING AS A MEMBER OF THE DELEGATION. WE CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON MISSOURI TO TEST THE CONSTITUTION AND TO ASK THE UNITED STATES TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT. SO I AM RISING TO SUPPORT THIS COMPACT AND FRANKLY I WANT TO REALLY EMBRACE IT BECAUSE IT IS MAYBE ONE ASPECT OF LEGISLATION, MADAM SPEAKER, THAT WE ARE ACTUALLY BIPARTISAN
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AND SUPPORTING IT WITHOUT HESITATION. I FRANKLY BELIEVE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT OVERREACH AS IT RELATES TO COMPACTS THAT HAVE BEEN BETWEEN STATES, BUT I DO THINK THAT REGULATION IS KEY AND CRUCIAL TO GIVE STATES EXTRA LEVERAGE. SO LET ME CONGRATULATE MR. CLAY AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION. I WILL ADD AS WELL THAT I IMAGINE THE COMPACT, WHEN I THINK OF BONDS I THINK THE OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUILDING — I THINK OF FUENTS FOR BUILDING, USES RESOURCES TO RESTORE AND BY THE VERY NATURE OF THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, WE’RE TALKING CREATING JOBS. SO I ADD ANOTHER APPLAUSE TO THIS PARTICULAR LEGISLATION COMING OUT OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE BECAUSE FOR ONCE AMONG MANY BILLS THAT WE HAVE BEEN DEBATING FROM THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE THIS BILL MIGHT ENHANCE OPPORTUNITIES FOR JOBS. I THINK HAD OF BONDS, I THINK OF JOBS, I THINK OF UTILIZATION OF FUNDS FROM BONDS AS THEY MATURE AND THIS IS A GOOD THING. I’M SAD TO SAY THAT IN THE COURSE OF THE TIME THAT WE’VE SPENT MAYBE OVER THE LAST THREE WEEKS WHEN WE COULD HAVE ACTUALLY ENGAGED IN REASONABLE DEBATE ON HOW WE RAISE THE PAYROLL TAX, HOW WE EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX CUT AND HOW DO WE EXTEND THE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT. SO LET ME JUST SHARE MY ASSESSMENT OF THE FOLK WHO ARE NEEDING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. PERSONAL SAVINGS HAVE GONE, FAMILY SAVINGS HAVE GONE, 401-K’S AND THEY HAVE TAPPED EVERY OTHER FUNGIBLE AMOUNT OF DOLLARS THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE, MAYBE EVEN TO THE KIDDIES’ SAVINGS ACCOUNT THAT STARTED WITH 25 CENTS, LEAVING MANY INDIVIDUALS IN THIS HARMONIOUS, HUMBLE HOLIDAY TIME DESPERATE, DESPERATE FOR A JOB, DESPERATE
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BEING ABLE TO PAY THEIR FOR ASSISTANCE, DESPERATE FOR MORTGAGE, DESPERATE FOR PAYING THEIR RENT AND, MADAM SPEAKER, MAYBE WE SHOULD ALSO SAY, DESPERATE IN GETTING ONE MORE ALLOTMENT OF FOOD STAMPS. MAYBE WE’RE NOT AWARE THAT THERE ARE 46 MILLION FAMILIES ON FOOD STAMPS AND MOST OF THEM WAIT ALL THE WAY TO THE EXHAUSTION OF THOSE FOOD STAMPS, FIND THEMSELVES BEFORE THE NEXT OPPORTUNITY FOR FOOD STAMPS, LITERALLY DRINKING WATER, MAKING TEA AND EATING CRACKERS. THERE WAS AN EXPOSE OR STORY ON THIS JUST RECENTLY ON ONE OF CABLE STATIONS. FAMILIES WAITING UNTIL 12:00 MIDNIGHT TO WATCH AND SEE IF THEIR ACCOUNT HAD IN IT THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THEY NEEDED TO ENTER A GROCERY STORE TO FEED THEIR CHILDREN. SO I DON’T BELIEVE THAT WE CAN LEAVE THIS SACRED AND AUGUST INSTITUTION WITHOUT, ONE, PROVIDING RELIEF ON EXTENDING THE PAYROLL TAX CUT, GIVING $1,000 AND $1,500 TO THE AMERICAN WORKING CLASS. AND CLEARLY I DON’T BELIEVE THAT WE CAN LEAVE WITHOUT PROVIDING FOR UNEMPLOYMENT. EVERY DOLLAR INVESTED IN UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE YIELDS $1.52 IN ECONOMIC GROWTH AND IT AT LEAST 200,000 JOBS WILL BE LOST IF REPUBLICANS BLOCK THE EXTENSION OF THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. IF FACT — IN FACT, FRANKLY I KNOW THAT SCRUGE WOULD NOT FIND A PLACE OF COMFORT IN THIS HOUSE. MR. CONYERS, WE HAVE ALWAYS RISEN TO THE OCCASION OF HELPING THE MOST DESPERATE, WHETHER IT HAS BEEN UNK FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT IN WORLD WAR II WHERE HE HAD TO PUT THE AM SELLERS BACK TO BORK, — WORK, WHETHER IT WAS WHEN OUR PRESIDENT HAD SO STOP THE BLEEDING WITH THE $800 BILLION STIMULUS, WE HAVE ALWAYS RISEN TO BE ABLE TO FIND A WAY TO MOVE OUR ECONOMY. AND IF WE WOULD TELL THE TRUTH, WE WOULD SEE THAT OUR ECONOMY IS PERCOLATING ALONE. SO IN THE TRIBUTE OF PRESIDENT OBAMA WHO SPEAKS TODAY IN KANSAS, IN THE SAME PLACE THAT PRESIDENT TEDDY ROOSEVELT SPOKE ABOUT OPPORTUNITY FOR AMERICANS, I’M ASKING FOR THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO COME TO THE FLOOR AND GIVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR AMERICANS. I CLOSE BY SAYING TO MY FRIENDS , THERE ARE MANY GOOD FRIENDS WHO ARE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. MANY OF US HAVE WORKED WITH THEM. AND ANY TIME AN AMERICAN WANTS TO OFFER THEM HE WAS — THEM SELF TO SERVE THIS COUNTRY, I HAVE NO ANGST WITH THEM, NO
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MATTER HOW MUCH I DISAGREE WITH THEIR POLICIES. BUT LET ME BE VERY CLEAR. AS A CHILD THAT GREW UP POOR, LIVED WITH NEIGHBORS WHO WERE POOR, NOT IN OUR MINDS BUT CERTAINLY BY OUR ECONOMICS, I WANT TO MAKE THE RECORD VERY CLEAR. POOR CHILDREN HAVE ROLE MODELS BECAUSE POOR FAMILIES GET UP EVERY DAY AND GO TO WORK. AND THE SOLUTION TO POOR CHILDREN BEING BEST THAT THEY CAN BE IS NOT A DONALD TRUMP APPRENTICESHIP AND IT SURE ISN’T TO GET RID OF THE WORKING JANITORS WHO ARE SUPPORTING THEIR FAMILIES AND PUT THE POOR CHILDREN TO WORK. SO I HOPE THAT WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, AND, MR. CONYERS, AND GET BACK TO WORK AND MAKE SURE WE EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX FOR WORKING FAMILIES AND LET’S EXTEND THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE FOR THE 99ERS. I YIELD BACK MY TIME. THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM — MADAM SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD OUR REMAINING TIME TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. TONKO, ALL OF OUR TIME. THE
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GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED. THANK YOU, AND I THANK THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM MICHIGAN FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO THIS MEASURE. AND IT’S REALLY — TO REALLY SHOW CONCERN, EXPRESS CONCERN ABOUT IN ORDER ANT TIME THAT WE’RE SPENDING ON — IN ORDER ANT TIME THAT WE’RE SPENDING ON MEASURES. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE ASKING US TO SET PRIORITIES HERE THAT FOCUS UPON JOB CREATION. THEY’RE DEMANDING THAT THIS BODY FOCUS ON JOBS AND HELPING REBUILD OUR ECONOMY. INSTEAD WE SEEM TO BE SPENDING OURS DEBATE — HOURS DEBATING REGULATORY AND BUREAUCRATIC MEASURES THAT ARE FLAWED AND WOULD DRAMATICALLY UNDERMINE THE ABILITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT THAT AIR THAT WE BREATHE AND THAT WATER THAT WE DRINK. INSTEAD I WOULD SUGGEST THAT OUR TIME BE BETTER SPENT FOCUSING ON PUTTING MORE MONEY IN THE POCKETS OF AMERICAN WORKERS, EMPOWERING OUR MIDDLE CLASS AND ENABLING THEM —
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WILL THE GENTLEMAN
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— YIELD? WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? YES. THANK YOU. IF WE’D BE BETTER OFF DOING THOSE THINGS, WE’D BE GLAD TO SUSPEND THIS AND DROP IT RIGHT NOW. WE’LL BE GLAD TO DO THAT. I’LL MAKE THAT OFFER. WELL, MADAM SPEAKER, MIGHT I SUGGEST THAT DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, AS MEMBERS STRUGGLE TO — OR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE STRUGGLES TO PAY BILLS, THAT RAISE FROM GAS BILLS TO GROCERIES, THAT ARE REQUIRED TO THEIR MORTGAGES, AGAIN, THE FOCUS SHOULD BE ON JOB CREATION. AND THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY IS NEARING ITS EXPIRATION. AND THIS BODY SHOULD ACT TO EXTEND THAT TAX CUT FOR HARD WORKING MIDDLE CLASS AMERICAN FAMILIES. THE FAILURE TO DO SO WOULD RESULT IN JOB LOSSES, A REDUCTION IN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY AND HIGHER TAXES FOR MANY FAMILIES WHEN THEY CAN LEAST AFFORD IT. SO, MY SUGGESTION HERE IS TO STOP WASTING TIME ON LESS IMPORTANT PRIORITIES AND START FOCUSING ON CREATING JOBS AND STANDING UP FOR OUR MIDDLE CLASS, ENABLING THEM TO STRENGTHEN THEIR PURCHASING POWER AND TO ENABLE OUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY, TO BE AS VITAL AND STRONG AS POSSIBLE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE
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BALANCE OF HIS TIME. GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE
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BALANCE OF HIS TIME. GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.
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THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. JUST IN CLOSING COMMENT, I’VE COME TO KNOW MR. CLAY, MY FRIEND ACROSS THE AISLE, AND HOLD HIM IN VERY HIGH REGARD. AND I APPRECIATE VERY MUCH HIS COMMENTS EARLIER ABOUT WHAT THIS COMPACT MEANS TO ILLINOIS’ — ILLINOIS AND TO MISSOURI. I KNOW MR. CLAY HAS BEEN A LEADING PROPONENT OF THIS HAPPENING AND I REALLY VERY MUCH APPRECIATE HIS COMMENTS. THIS WILL NOT PROVIDE JOBS ACROSS THE COUNTRY BUT IT SOLVES A PROBLEM. IT WILL EASE THINGS SO THAT, FOR THOSE WHO STATES SO JOBS SHOULD BE EASIER, AND I WAS TOTALLY SERIOUS WHEN I OFFERED MY COLLEAGUE WAS SAYING WE WERE WASTING OUR TIME ON THIS, I KNOW MR. CLAY AND MANY OTHERS HAVE SPENT A GREAT DEAL OF TIME ON THIS AND I DIDN’T THINK THE DEMOCRATS THAT WERE PUSHING THIS BILL SO HARD WERE WASTING OUR TIME. I THINK IT’S A VERY LEGITIMATE USE OF OUR TIME. SOME PEOPLE LIKE TO CONFUSE THE TERM INTERSTATE AS USED IN THE CONSTITUTION. AND THEY WANT THE TERM BE EXPANDED AS IT HAS, SOMETIMES TO APPLY TO NOTHING, BUT ACTIVITY WHOLLY WITHIN ONE STATE. THE SUPREME COURT HAS EVEN GIVEN SOME REGARD TO THOSE KIND OF ARGUMENTS. BUT THIS IS NOT ONE OF THOSE CASES. THIS IS A MATTER THAT’S BEEN TAKEN UP AND PASSED BY THE
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SENATE AND WE SHOULD PASS TODAY. IT TAKES UP A MATTER CLEARLY BETWEEN TWO STATES THAT MAKES IT INTERSTATE, AND THEN IT IS NOT THE STATE OF ILLINOIS OR MISSOURI COMING IN, BEGGING FOR THIS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO TAKE OVER A STATE RESPONSIBILITY. IT’S TWO STATES WITH DIFFERENT OPINIONS, DIFFERENT CONCERNS, BUT WANTING THINGS TO WORK TOGETHER FOR FOOD, COMING TO A SOLUTION — FOR GOOD, COMING TO A SOLUTION AND THEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, SINCE IT IS INTERSTATE, MUST RECOGNIZE THAT COMPACT. I THINK IT’S AN APPROPRIATE THING TO DO. I DON’T THINK THE DEMOCRATS WHO WERE PUSHING THIS BILL WERE
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PAESING — WERE WASTING OUR TIME. I THINK IT’S AN APPROPRIATE USE OF FEDERAL TIME AND WITH THAT, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND YIELD BACK MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 22 AS AMENDED? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE JOINT RESOLUTION IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? MADAM SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 1639. THE
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CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. SENATE 1639, AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 36, UNITED STATES CODE, TO AUTHORIZE THE AMERICAN LEGION TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE AND LEADERSHIP TO THE INDIVIDUAL DEPARTMENTS AND POSTS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION AND FOR O’PURPOSES. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CONYERS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS. WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD TO ME? YES. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, STEVE COHEN, REPLACE ME AS MANAGER ON THIS SIDE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS MAY RESUME. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME AND I DO APPRECIATE MY FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS. THE AMERICAN LEGION RECEIVED ITS FEDERAL CHARTER IN 1919 AS A PATRIOTIC VETERANS’ ORGANIZATION. TODAY THE LEGION IS AMERICA’S LARGEST SERVICE — VETERANS SERVICE ORGANIZATION WITH 2.5 MILLION MEMBERS. MEMBERSHIP IS AVAILABLE TO PERSONS WHO HAVE SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES DURING WARTIME, INCLUDING THE CURRENT WAR ON TERRORISM, AND WERE HONORABLY DISCHARGED OR CONTINUE IN THEIR SERVICE. THE LEGION’S GOALS ARE TO UPHOLD AND DEFEND U.S. CONSTITUTION, PROMOTE WORLDWIDE PEACE AND GOODWILL AND PRESERVE THE MEMORIES OF THE TWO WORLD WARS AND OTHER CONFLICTS FOUGHT TO UPHOLD DEMOCKSTHISM LEGION ALSO AIMS TO SUBMIT THE TIES AND COMRADESHIP BORN OF SERVICE AND COMMIT THE EFFORTS OF ITS MEMBER TOSSER VIS TO THE UNITED STATES. THE AMERICAN LEGION HAS OVER 14,000 LOCAL POSTS. THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION IS NOT DESIGNED TO HAVE CONTROL OVER ALL THE INDEPENDENT POSTS. AS THE SUPREME COURT OF MINNESOTA HAS FOUND, QUOTE, LOCAL POSTS AND STATE CHAPTERS ARE SEPARATELY INCORPORATED AND THE POSTS ALL HAVE THEIR OWN CONSTITUTIONS AND BYLAWS. UNQUOTE. THE COURT FOUND THERE WAS A VERY LIMITED RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE POSTS AND NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS. THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION’S, QUOTE, OFFICERS, GUIDE, AND MANUAL OF CEREMONY — OFFICERS GUIDE AND MANUAL OF CEREMONIES STATE, THE POST IS ABLE TO FUNCTION INDEPENDENTLY. TO SPECIFY THAT THE NATIONAL AMERICAN LEGION MAY PROVIDE LEADERSHIP BUT MAY NOT CONTROL OR OTHERWISE INFLUENCE SPECIFIC
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ACTIVITIES AND CONDUCT OF THE DEPARTMENTS AN POSTS. THE DIRECTOR OF THE LEGION’S NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION EXPLAINED THE REQUEST BY STATING THE FOLLOWED. — FOLLOWING. THE LEGION WANTS TO ALLOW MEMBERS TO RENEW THEIR MEMBERSHIP AND PAY THEIR DUES TO THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION THROUGH THE USE OF A CREDIT CARD OVER THE INTERNET. CURRENTLY, THESE DUES PAYMENTS FLOW TO THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FROM OUR POSTS THROUGH OUR DEPARTMENTS. WE ARE CONCERNED THAT PLAINTIFF’S LAWYERS WOULD INDICATE THAT THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION HAS CONTROL OVER THOSE DEPARTMENTS AND POSTS, APPEARANCE OF CONTROL MAY SUPPORT A CRAME OF — CLAIM OF LIABILITY AGAINST THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION WHEN A LEGAL DISPUTE AGAINST A POST ARISES. 1639 AMENDS THE
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LEGION’S FEDERAL CHARTER AS REQUESTED. OUR COLLEAGUE, MR. ALTMIRE, INTRODUCED THE HOUSE VERSION OF THE BILL, H R. 2369, WHICH THE
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JUDICIARY COMMITTEE APPROVED BY VOICE VOTE. I THANK MR. ALTMIRE FOR HIS WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION AND AM PLEASED TO SEE THAT HIS BILL HAS A REMARKABLE 432 CO-SPONSORS. ALMOST UNHEARD OF. SO THERE ARE THINGS THAT THIS CONGRESS NEEDS TO BE DOING. THERE ARE MANY THINGS THAT ARE VERY IMPORTANT THAT THIS CONGRESS DOES. BUT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT ONLY THE CONGRESS CAN DO. SO IF WE HEAR FROM OTHER SPEAKERS THAT WANT TO TALK ABOUT A JOBS BILL, I WOULD ENCOURAGE THEM TO GO TALK TO THE SENATE ABOUT THE 15 TO 20 JOBS BILLS THAT THEY ARE DOWN THERE SITTING ON. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY WHEN THE PRESIDENT SAYS THAT THIS IS A DO-NOTHING CONGRESS, THAT HE’S NOT — NO LONGER HALF RIGHT IN MAKING THAT STATEMENT. THE HOUSE IS CERTAINLY NOT A DO-NOTHING HOUSE. THE SENATE IS SITTING ON MANY BILLS, THIS IS A BILL THAT MR. ALTMIRE SAW A NEED, HAS STEPPED UP AND FILLED THAT NEED AND I APPRECIATE HIS EFFORTS IN DOING THIS. THE AMERICAN LEGION HAS PERFORMED A GREAT SERVICE IN BRINGING TOGETHER VETERANS AND I HAVE SPENT A GREAT DEAL OF DIME WITH — OF TIME WITH AMERICAN LEGION POSTS. I AM GRATEFUL THAT EXIST. THIS IS A GOOD BILL.
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I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. OUR BILL IS A BILL MAKING A MINOR CHANGE TO THE AMERICAN LEGION. S. 1639, INTRODUCED BY SENATOR TESTOR OF MONTANA IS THE SENATE COMPANION OF THE BILL INTRODUCED BY THE FORMER DEFENSIVEBACK FROM THE FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES, REPRESENTATIVE ALTMIRE OF PENNSYLVANIA, AND HE DID A GREAT JOB OF GETTING 432 CO-SPONSORS. THAT MIGHT MAKE THIS THE EASIEST VOTE TAKEN. THIS — WHILE THIS IS NOT A MAJOR CHANGE TO THE EXISTING CHARTER, IT WILL HELP THE AMERICAN LEGION CARRY OUT CHANGES UNDER A PROSE — PROCESS ADOPTED BY RESOLUTION AT THE NATIONAL CONVENTION LAST YEAR. I’M PROUD TO JOIN WITH THEM AS JUST ABOUT EVERYBODY ELSE HAS IN THIS HOUSE AN I SUPPORT THE BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.
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I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.
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THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE. I YIELD THREE MINUTES AN SEVEN SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN WHO REPRESENTS THE — THE FORMER FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLE PLAYER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR HIS KIND WORDS. THERE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS THAN THIS, THE AMERICAN LEGION WOULD BE THE FIRST TO AGREE. BUT AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS POINTED OUT, THIS IS SOMETHING ONLY THE CONGRESS CAN DO. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR THE AMERICAN LEGION. IT MODERNIZES THE CHARTER OF THE AMERICAN LEGION AND CLARIFIES THE LOCAL AUTONOMY OF LOCAL POSTS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY THIS NEEDS TO BE DONE. IT IS IMPORTANT, AND IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE IN THIS CHAMBER HAVE COME TOGETHER TO DO. IT IS LONG OVERDUE AND WHEN I FIRST INTRODUCED THIS BILL IN JUNE, I STARTED TO TALK WITH FOLKS IN THIS CHAMBER AND I FOUND OUT THAT THERE REALLY ARE THINGS WE CAN AGREE ON. WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME OVER THE COURSE OF THE YEAR AND IN FACT A LOT OF TIME TODAY POINTING FINGERS AT EACH OTHER, CASTING BLAME, TALKING ABOUT ALL THE THINGS WE DON’T AGREE ON, BUT FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE HONORABLY AND BRAVELY SERVING THIS COUNTRY AND OUR AMERICAN VETERANS, WE AGREE THAT THEY NEED THIS CHANGE AND THAT WE SUPPORT THEM AND AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS POINTED OUT, ACCORDING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE, THIS BILL THAT WE INTRODUCED IN THE HOUSE THAT IS THE COMPANION BILL TO THE SENATE BILL ON WHICH WE WILL VOTE TODAY — TOMORROW, HAS RECEIVED THE MOST CO-SPONSORS OF ANY BILL EVER INTRODUCED IN THE HISTORY OF THE CONGRESS. 432 CO-SPONSORS, MORE THAN ANY BILL EVER INTRODUCED IN HISTORY.
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AND IT PASSED UNANIMOUSLY IN THE SENATE AFTER IT WAS INTRODUCED IN OCTOBER. AND THAT SHOWS THERE REALLY ARE THINGS WE CAN WORK TOGETHER ON. MAYBE THIS SUSPECT THE MOST
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DOING. IMPORTANT THING WE COULD BE BUT IT’S SOMETHING WE NEED TO DO. IT’S SOMETHING WE’RE GOING TO DO. AND HOPEFULLY IT WILL SEND A MESSAGE ON BOTH SIDES OF THIS CAPITOL THAT WE SHOULD COME TOGETHER AND WE SHOULD PUT OUR DIFFERENCES ASIDE. AND THAT DOESN’T MEAN WE HAVE TO ALWAYS AGREE, BUT AT LEAST LET’S WORK TOGETHER BECAUSE THIS BILL PROVES WE CAN DO IT. SO I AM PROUD TO STAND HERE AS AUTHOR OF THE HOUSE COMPANION OR OF THIS BILL A PROUD SUPPORTER OF THE SENATE BILL WE’LL BE VOTING ON. I’M GRATEFUL THE SENATOR TOOK THE LEADERSHIP ROLE IN THE SENATE TO GET THIS DONE, AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE AND I SUPPORT THIS BILL AND URGE MY COLLEAGUE TO VOTE FOR IT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED. I YIELD BACK THE PLANS OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE — THE
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BACK. GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THANK YOU MADAM SPEAKER. AGAIN, MR. ALTMIRE IS OWED A GREAT DEBT OF THANKS. WHEN MY FRIEND FROM TENNESSEE SAID THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL, APPARENTLY IT’S THE MOST BIPARTISAN BILL EVER BROUGHT BEFORE THE HOUSE, AND IT’S WONDERFUL THAT SOMETHING LIKE — A WONDERFUL GROUP LIKE THE AMERICAN LEGION COULD BRING US TOGETHER AND I APPRECIATE MR. ALTMIRE’S EFFORTS TO GO — IN DOING THAT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT PASSAGE AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.
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THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 1639? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. POSE PEZ — THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 1541. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. SENATE 1541, AN ACT TO REVISE THE FEDERAL CHARTER FOR THE BLUE STAR MOTHERS OF AMERICA INC., REFLECT A CHANGE IN ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIP. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM
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CONTROL 20 MINUTES. TENNESSEE, MR. COHEN, EACH WILL THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS S. 1541, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION. WITHOUT OBJECTION.
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THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.
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MADAM SPEAKER, THE BLUE STAR MOTHERS OF AMERICA WAS ESTABLISHED DURING WORLD WAR II AND FEDERALLY CHARTERED IN 1960. THE ORGANIZATION’S 5,000 MEMBERS AND 225 CHAPTERS PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND ASSIST VETERANS’ ORGANIZATIONS. ACCORDING TO THEIR CHARTER, THE BLUE STAR MOTHERS ALSO CARE FOR UNSUPPORTED MOTHERS. MEMBERSHIP IN THE BLUE STAR MOTHERS IS OPEN TO A MOTHER, AN ADOPTIVE MOTHER, OR STEPMOTHER WHO LIVES IN THE U.S. OF A CHILD WHO SERVES IN THE ARMED FORCES OR HAS SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES DURING WORLD WAR II OR THE KOREAN WAR. WENDY HOFFMAN, THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF THE BLUE STAR HAS SENT A LETTER TO THE COMMITTEE IN REQUEST THAT THEIR CHARTER BE AMENDED, CONSISTENT WITH THE RESOLUTION PASSED AT THEIR NATIONAL CONVENTION. THEY STATED THE FOLLOWING — AS MOTHERS OF AMERICAN SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS WE RECOGNIZE CHANGING FAMILY DYNAMICS AND HAVE FOUNDED EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO INCLUDE OTHER MOTHERS WHO HAVE PLAYED A PART IN RAISING MILITARY HEROES AND ALSO THOSE MOTHERS WHO ARE NOT RESIDENTS OF THE U.S. UNQUOTE. THE BLUE STAR MOTHERS HAVE ALSO OPENED MEMBERSHIP TO MOTHERS OF CHILDREN WHO HAVE SERVED IN THE MILITARY AT ANY TIME. THIS BILL MAKES THE CHANGES TO THE CHARTER REQUESTED BY THE BLUE STAR MOTHERS, OUR COLLEAGUE, SCOTT TIPSON, INTRODUCED THE HOUSE VERSION OF THE BILL, H.R. 2813, AND THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE APPROVED MR. TIPTON’S BILL BY VOICE VOTE. THIS COMMONSENSE BILL OPENS TO, QUOTE, A WOMAN WHO FILLED THE ROLE OF BOTH MOTHER, ADOPTED MOTHER, STEP MOTHER, FOSTER MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER OR LEGAL GUARDIAN, UNQUOTE, TO A CURRENT MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES OR TO A CHILD WHO HAS SERVED AT ANY TIME. TO BE ELIGIBLE, THE MOTHER WILL NOT HAVE TO RESIDE IN THE UNITED STATES AS LONG AS SHE IS A U.S. CITIZEN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, TO HELP ENABLE THE BLUE STAR MOTHERS TO CONTINUE THEIR WONDERFUL WORK. WITH THAT I’D RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THE SENATE VERSION OF H.R. 2813 IS ANOTHER BIPARTISAN BILL TO RESERVE THE FEDERAL CHARTER OF THE BLUE STAR MOTHERS OF AMERICA. THE REVISIONS IMPLEMENTED BY THE LEGISLATION IS ONCE AGAIN REFLECTING MINOR CHANGES. THE BLUE SISTER MOTHERS HAS A FEDERALLY CHARTERED ORGANIZATION SINCE 1960. EXISTING CHARTER HAS THREE WAYS, A, MEMBERS MUST BE BIRTH MOTHERS, STEPMOTHERS. AND THEY MUST BE RESIDENTS OF THE U.S. AND THEY MUST BE SERVING IN THE ARMED FORCES OR SERVED IN WORLD WAR II OR THE KOREAN CONFLICT OR KOREAN WAR. THE GROUP ADOPTED A RESOLUTION EXPANDING THESE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA. FORMING AMENDMENT TO THE FEDERAL CHARTER IS NEEDED TO MAKE THESE CHANGES OPERABLE. 1541, THE SENATE BILL WAS
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COLORADO. INTRODUCED BY SENATOR BENITY OF THE HOUSE COMPANION WAS INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE TIPTON, ALSO OF COLORADO. IT MAKES MINOR REVISIONS. EXPANDS THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS INCLUDING FOSTER MOTHERS, GRANDMOTHERS, FOSTER MOTHERS, ALL STEPMOTHERS. IT EXPANDS ELIGIBILITY RELATED TO SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED IN PRIOR CONFLICTS OTHER THAN WORLD WAR II AND THE KOREAN WAR. OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN THE MILITARY NEED ALL THE SUPPORT WE CAN OFFER SO I YOU A PLAUD THIS EFFORT BY THE BLUE STAR MOTHERS TO EXPAND THE SUPPORT
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PROVIDE. THAT THE ORGANIZATION CAN THEY DO MUCH TO REMEMBER OUR SERVICE PEOPLE AND I APPRECIATE THEIR EFFORTS. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION, AND I WOULD YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.
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RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THIS IS A — ALSO ANOTHER VERY BIPARTISAN BILL. THE BLUE STAR MOTHERS IS A WONDERFUL GROUP. I HAVE MET WITH THEM. I HAVE WEPT WITH THEM. I PRAYED FOR THEM AND AM GRATEFUL TO THEM FOR THEIR WORK. I’M GRATEFUL FOR MY MOTHER WHO PASSED AWAY IN 1991. AS A MOTHER OF A SERVICE MEMBER AND MY STEP MOTHER AS WELL NOW, WHAT THEY’RE ASKING FOR MAKES PERFECT SENSE, AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AS THE BLUE STAR MOTHERS HAVE REQUESTED AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 1541. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR IS PREPARED TO ENTERTAIN ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RISE?
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MINUTE. TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE WITHOUT OBJECTION. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THE OTHER DAY THE POSTMASTER GENERAL SAID FIRST CLASS MAIL WASN’T GOING TO BE FIRST CLASS ANY MORE. IT WASN’T GOING TO BE OVERNIGHT. IT MIGHT BE TWO OR THREE DAYS. BECAUSE OF THE PROBLEMS WE HAVE WITH MAKING THE POST OFFICE FINANCIALLY SUFFICIENT, THERE ARE WAYS THAT CAN ACCOMPLISH THIS. I’VE GOT A BILL THAT ALLOWS THEM TO GO INTO OTHER SERVICES TO EXPAND THEIR REVENUE BASE, AND THERE’S ALSO ABOUT $5 BILLION THAT’S AN ISSUE CONCERNING PAYMENTS INTO A HEALTH FUND THAT COULD BE RESOLVED. THE POST OFFICE IS ALMOST AS AMERICAN AS APPLE PIE. A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL SWITCH TO USING THE INTERNET TO PAY THEIR BILLS AND THEY’LL NEVER GO BACK TO THE POST OFFICE. I’M AFRAID IT’S BEEN RECOMMENDED AS PENNY-WISE AND POUND FOOLISH AND A GREAT AMERICAN INSTITUTION THAT SERVES MANY RURAL PEOPLE AND OTHERS WITHOUT A LOT OF
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CONNECTIVITY AND FORTUNE WILL SUFFER. I WISH THE POSTMASTER GENERALS WILL CONSIDER THIS LEGISLATION. I HOPE WE’LL SAVE THE U.S. POSTAL OFFICE.
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I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE
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ARE THERE ANY FURTHER GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

One Comment

  • conservativetothecor

    They already have the power to make themselves rich……..and have. They are already exempt on all they force on us and will be. They are corrupt as all get up , but Im so sure they can do better and will…….both sides.

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