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House Proceeding on Jan 4th, 2007 :: 2:55:01 to 3:04:46
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Louise McIntosh Slaughter

2:54:47 to 2:55:01( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: resolution six, pursuant to this resolution, notwithstanding the operation of the prelves question, the chair may postponefurther consideration of the resolution to a time designated by the speaker.

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

2:55:01 to 2:55:17( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the jam from new york. ms. slaughter: i yield myself such time as i may consume and during consideration of this resolution, all time yielded

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

2:55:01 to 3:04:46( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Louise McIntosh Slaughter


Louise McIntosh Slaughter

2:55:17 to 2:55:28( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: is for the purpose of debate only. the resolution that i'm calling up on this historic day, h. res. 5 provides for the consideration of h. res. 6, that we hope will begin to return the chamber to

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

2:55:28 to 2:55:43( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: its rightful place as the home for democracy and deliberation in our great nation. the resolution we are debating will allow the house to consider and vote on the democratic rules package

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

2:55:43 to 2:55:55( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: in five separate parts. the first title contains rules package our republican colleagues adopted in the 109th congress, while the second contain amendments that will begin reformation of

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

2:55:55 to 2:56:08( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: this body that is long overdue. i include for the record at this time, a detailed summary of the changes h. res. 6 will make to the standing house rules of the 109th congress. mr. speaker,

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

2:56:08 to 2:56:24( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: i consider it to be a great honor to have a chance to address our house on the first day of the 110th congress. that is what serving as a representative in this body is,, an honor. there

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

2:56:24 to 2:56:36( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: are only 435 members of congress chosen from a population of over 300 million. our we are here to represent their interests and defend their needs in washington. what they give us is the

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

2:56:36 to 2:56:51( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: opportunity to improve the lives of millions in america and in many cases, around the world. i can't think why anyone would want to squander that opportunity, mr. speaker. and yet, despite

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

2:56:51 to 2:57:04( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: previous leadership seemed all too often to do just that. a few short weeks ago, a national poll found only 11% of american voters gave the outgoing congress a good or excellent review. what

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

2:57:04 to 2:57:20( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: was worse, fully 74% felt that most of us here are focused on advancing our careers than we are in helping our fellow citizens. the history of the last several years has borne these opinions

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

2:57:20 to 2:57:38( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: out. on the first day of the 109th congress we debate add new rules package. my fellow democrats and i spoke out against that package because we saw what that represented, a retreat from

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

2:57:38 to 2:57:49( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: our real responsibilities. it rendered the ethics committee totally powerless. and while it's most egregious elements were abandoned, it did its job, helping to pave the way for congress. by the

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

2:57:49 to 2:58:06( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: time democratic leaders from both the house and senate joined me to unveil the honest leadership and open government act one year ago, a great deal of damage had already been done. we

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

2:58:06 to 2:58:22( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: had seen a medicare bill that sold out america's seniors. we seen an energy bill that did nothing to make our energy supply more stable but make corporations books solid as a rook. even though

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

2:58:22 to 2:58:36( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: the c.e.o.'s admitted they did not want the tax cuts. we have seen our homeland defenses imper island, by contracts to the most well connected. real meaningful, oversight of those contracts

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

2:58:36 to 2:58:48( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: never seem to make it to the agenda. and one of the most embarrassing series of revelations in our nation's recent history, we have seen top legislators who bought and sold their allegiance, all

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

2:58:48 to 2:59:01( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: work so much less than the american people had given to them 3 people had given to them and which they had been the end lost. as i said at the time, the lobbyists who gave those gifts and

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

2:59:01 to 2:59:19( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: paid for those trips and hosted those parties, those lobbyists could only knock on the doors of congress. members of congress, the ones are the ones who let them in. the culture of the last

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

2:59:19 to 2:59:32( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: congress tend to be defined. it was a culture of corruption. two months ago, the american people decided they had paid enough. they sacrificed enough peace of mind, had their well-being imper

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

2:59:32 to 2:59:47( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: island. they stated loud and clear they were ready for a new culture to take hold in washington, a culture of commitment and that's what we are pledging to bring to this body today, a commitment

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

2:59:47 to 3:00:02( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: to the citizens who elected us, a commitment to their needs and security and their future. it may seem like a tall order, but we are already well on the way. we have a new set of leaders

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

3:00:02 to 3:00:13( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: here. democrats understand the value of trust and we are going to usher in nothing less. while the necessary culture shift is already under way, a new legislative framework is needed as well.

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

3:00:13 to 3:00:31( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: we need rules in the house that will keep the body focused on the well-being of the american people, in other words, keep us focused on our job and that's the framework we begin to lay out

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

3:00:31 to 3:00:46( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: today. the political process by which bills are written and voted off often seem ar contain. and yet, it is at the very heart of what we do here. a broken political process undermines the democratic

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

3:00:46 to 3:01:01( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: principles the house is built on and it serves as a gateway to a corrupted congress. by contrast, the responsible process is a powerful check against the abuses and misuse of power so common

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

3:01:01 to 3:01:14( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: in recent years. in so many ways our founding fathers were visionon areas. the rules provide for order and discipline in the house. they provide for transparency and accountability. if they are

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

3:01:14 to 3:01:30( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: fold, corruption will be exposed before it has a chance to take root. democrats are going to follow the long established rules of the house. we're going to allow members to read bills before

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

3:01:30 to 3:01:49( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: being voted on. we will not hold open votes hours on end while arms are twisted and favors traded. we are going to conduct business during normal hours. we're going to be open about the schedule

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

3:01:49 to 3:02:09( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: we keep. we are going to restore basic civility to this body and will never any member of the congress fight to find a conference. we're going to do more. while rules package has embraced the corruption

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

3:02:09 to 3:02:22( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: practices in the 109th congress, this package stamps out. the unethical practices in the past will have no place in our future. they have been used to give select groups of people unfeathered

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

3:02:22 to 3:02:33( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: access. they have no place. the rules package will finally shed light on an earmarking progress that has greased the wheels of a corrupt house machinery. it requires full disclosure on all

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

3:02:33 to 3:02:45( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: bills in conference reports before members are asked to vote on them. if a member is convinced that a project is worth a federal earmark, they should have no problem attaching their name.

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

3:02:45 to 3:02:59( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: if a project is sound, then they have nothing to hide. this package will make real fiscal responsibility a fundamental principle of the house, not a rhetorical won. it will prohibit the consideration

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

3:02:59 to 3:03:12( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: of any legislation that would increase budget deficits without offsets. democrats are joined by so many republicans in believing that it is immoral to pass on deaths to our children and grandchildren.

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

3:03:12 to 3:03:23( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: enough is enough. no more deficit spending. mr. speaker, i know i am joined by my fellow democrats as well as many republicans when i say i want a congress that america can be proud of again.

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

3:03:23 to 3:03:39( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: i'm tired of having to tell my grandchildren and school children that what they have learned in school that the ideals and practices of a democracy isn't true anymore. and once they have learned

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

3:03:39 to 3:03:53( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: how a bill is passed is no longer here. it's long past time this house gives up to those practices. putting transparency, and accountability ahead of everything else. we must rededicate

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

3:03:53 to 3:04:08( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: the people's house. we must return the keys of the government and democracy to the citizens. the body was created to serve as a body of ideas, not a checkbook or back room deals or deception.

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

3:04:08 to 3:04:46( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: it was created to serve the people of the united states. today, the men and women have given us a very special gift. we have the ability to leave our mark on the future of our nation. it is

David Dreier

3:04:46 to 3:04:59( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: the only gift members of congress should ask for and one we must cherish for the good of all. let us begin and i reserve . mr. dreier: mr. speaker, i ask to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore:

David Dreier

3:04:46 to 3:14:48( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: David Dreier

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