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House Proceeding on Jan 5th, 2007 :: 0:40:50 to 0:47:30
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David Dreier

0:40:41 to 0:40:53( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: does the gentleman from california wish to yield to the gentlewoman new york for an answer? mr. dreier: i think i already stated -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california.

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:40:50 to 0:47:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Louise McIntosh Slaughter


Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:40:53 to 0:41:05( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: mrs. matsui: i yield 10 seconds to the gentlelady to conclude. ms. slaughter: i simply -- the speaker pro tempore: how much time? miss mat suey: 30 seconds. ms. slaughter: we have no intention

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:41:05 to 0:41:15( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: of keeping our foot on your next the way you did us. just going to have to watch us and see. you have voted against every one of these along with many other things. i'd like to begin my time

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:41:15 to 0:41:23( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: that you yielded me before. the speaker pro tempore: the the gentlewoman from california is recognized. mrs. matsui: for the purpose of debate only i yield five minutes to the gentlewoman

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:41:23 to 0:41:33( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: from new york, the chairman, ms. slaughter. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. thank her for her wonderful

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:41:33 to 0:41:45( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: job. mr. speaker, today we are taking up the third title of the new democrat rules package which will restore civility to this body. the house was always intended to be a place where civil

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:41:45 to 0:41:57( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: discourse and the courteous exchange of ideas would be the normal state of affairs. but referring to this part of our rules package as the civility title is actually a civil term for what we are

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:41:57 to 0:42:08( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: talking about and that is the restoration of democracy itself in the house of representatives. over the last several years parliamentry procedure has broken down here, and i don't know of anybody who

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:42:08 to 0:42:20( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: can deny that. the standard practices of this body carefully design rules that are fundamental to our democratic process fell by the wayside. far too often they have been shunned and ignored

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:42:20 to 0:42:34( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: whenever doing so fit the needs of the former majority. at the end of 2003, the house took up a medicare prescription drug bill. it is a perfect example of the broken legislation produced by

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:42:34 to 0:42:45( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: a broken process. instead of proceeding in an open and transparent matter, conference discussions were held behind closed doors for months, excluding all democrats. on one occasion, democratic

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:42:45 to 0:42:57( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: conferee, charles rangel, and marion berry, men who spent their lives in careers fighting for the good of the nation wrrks not let into the conference room and were physically prevent interested

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:42:57 to 0:43:11( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: coming inside even though they had been appointed to be there. why? because the lobbyists were in the room. the lobbyists were writing the bills. not the members of congress. and certainly

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:43:11 to 0:43:19( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: not the minority who had no fingerprint at all on the medicare prescription drug bill. that abusive secrecy was for good reason. it was bad for the country. and the republican conferees didn't

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:43:19 to 0:43:34( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: want anybody to find out about it. but one group that did learn of its dangerous provisions with as the republican conference. when the bill was brought to the floor on the 21st of november,

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:43:34 to 0:43:44( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: a significant number of principle republicans refused to vote for it. and so once again civil and democratic procedures why denied. the republican leadership had lost the vote after the

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:43:44 to 0:43:55( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: standard time allowed. they simply kept it open. i have never seen anything like that in my years in the house. there were cabinet secretaries all over the floor. there were strangers, people

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:43:55 to 0:44:09( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: we didn't even know on the floor. over three hours they worked on people who were in tears, many of them, to make them vote for that bill. there was also a blanket liability exemption

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:44:09 to 0:44:23( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: for drug manufacturers, inserted into the language, without the approval of the conference about five hours after the conference had been signed off on. absolutely process broken. according

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:44:23 to 0:44:34( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: to the reports, the president of the senate simply walked over to the house side and inserted 40 pages into the bill. it amounted to a multibillion dollar gift to drug companies. mr. frist's liability

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:44:34 to 0:44:46( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: exemption had been brought up during the conference process but it was rejected just like the medicare legislation of 2003 had in truth been rejected by this house. but in each case members

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:44:46 to 0:44:59( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: of the republican leadership wanted something they couldn't get through the democrat process, and they ignored the process. by doing so, they did more than pass flawed legislation, they undermined

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:44:59 to 0:45:12( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: our democracy itself. this democracy is a system designed to prevent abuses from occurring. a system constructs and proved over two centuries so bad legislation could be exposed and voted

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:45:12 to 0:45:24( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: down. if we profess to care about democracy, the proof will be in the process. and, mr. speaker, we must save the democratic process in this house. how hypocritical is it that we try to

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:45:24 to 0:45:35( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: spread democracy to other parts of the world when we disallow it in the american house of representatives. the silty portion of the democratic -- the civility portion of the democratic

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:45:35 to 0:45:50( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: rules package will prevent this from happening again. it will prohibit the speaker for holding open votes so the outcome can be changed. democracy is the art of compromise, not the art of

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:45:50 to 0:46:02( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: coercion. we are also going to insist that conference committees open rate in an open and fair matter and house conferees sign final conference papers at one time and in one place. in other

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:46:02 to 0:46:18( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: words, they have to be present at the conference to do so. never again with the esteemed members of this body on either side of the aisle be locked out of this democracy. in fact, mr. speaker,

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:46:18 to 0:46:37( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: it does not go too far to say that about half of the american public was disenfranchised because of the closedness of the minority and majority party. we left half of america out of the

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:46:37 to 0:46:55( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: world. if a conference can't agree on a legislative provision, it should not be in the conference report. period. if the members of this body believe in the power of ideas -- may have another

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:46:55 to 0:47:05( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: 30 seconds. mrs. matsui: i yield 30 seconds. mrs. slaughter: promoting good ideas and legislation and eliminate corruption. with this new rules package, we are standing up for the system of government

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:47:05 to 0:47:17( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: and the needs of the people it serves and bringing back the government they think they have. up until this last november. democrats are going to return civility and common sense to this

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:47:17 to 0:47:30( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: body. encourage everyone on both sides of the aisle to join us and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. mr. dreier:

David Dreier

0:47:30 to 0:47:41( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: i say once again i'm very enthused about this return to civility. and i'm very proud of engaging in civil debate on a regular basis and i thank the distinguished chair of the rules committee,

David Dreier

0:47:30 to 0:49:39( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: David Dreier

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