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House Proceeding on Jan 5th, 2007 :: 0:54:30 to 0:56:54
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Brian Baird

0:54:22 to 0:54:32( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: investigating arm for the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. matsui: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from washington mr. baird. the speaker

Brian Baird

0:54:30 to 0:56:54( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Brian Baird

Brian Baird

0:54:32 to 0:54:44( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: pro tempore: the gentleman from washington is recognized for two minutes. mr. baird: of the many concerns my constituents had as they looked at the congress over the last few years one of

Brian Baird

0:54:44 to 0:54:59( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: the most important and troubling is the minimal amount of time we were repeatedly given to address important pieces of legislation. it seemed the more important the legislation before us the less

Brian Baird

0:54:59 to 0:55:10( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: time we had to read it. my colleague from georgia talked momentarily about the prescription drug benefit. during debate there were important elements that no one seemed to understand. i asked

Brian Baird

0:55:10 to 0:55:23( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: repeatedly if people could explain it. i was told one speaker, gee, you will have to ask somebody on the ways and means committee, i'm only on the rules committee. we all voted on it. we voted

Brian Baird

0:55:23 to 0:55:38( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: on things repeatedly we were not given a chance to read, not allowed for amendment. that is wrong. i commend our leadership for trying to set a new tone. i welcome the support of our colleagues on

Brian Baird

0:55:38 to 0:55:53( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: the minority side as they commit to work with us. included in this rules package is a commitment by our leadership to allow adequate time for consideration of legislation. >> would the

Brian Baird

0:55:53 to 0:56:10( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: gentleman yield. mr. baird: i only have two minutes. we ought to make sure we can look our constituents in the eye and say before we voted on this legislation we had ample time for ourselves

Brian Baird

0:56:10 to 0:56:21( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: and our staff to study it and we knew what was in it. for too long lobbyists read the legislation. i had lobbyists calling me to say i should vote for a bill, the text of which was not yet

Brian Baird

0:56:21 to 0:56:32( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: available to the members themselves. members of congress have a responsibility to give themselves and one another time to study legislation, to debate it, to hear from both sides, because

Brian Baird

0:56:32 to 0:56:41( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: there are good ideas on both sides and frankly there are bad ideas on both sides. let's work together in this new congress to set a new tone and precedent and practice. i yield back the balance

Brian Baird

0:56:41 to 0:56:54( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. dreier: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i would like to engage in colloquy with my friend. i wonder if

David Dreier

0:56:54 to 0:57:12( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: the gentleman from has had an opportunity to look at the opening day rules package we are considering. he has talked about some very important provisions. i believe the 24-hour layover idea

David Dreier

0:56:54 to 0:58:29( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: David Dreier

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