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House Proceeding 01-06-09 on Jan 6th, 2009 :: 1:24:20 to 1:25:35
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Lamar S. Smith

1:24:00 to 1:24:21( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: mr. dreier: at this time i yield two minutes to my friend from san antonio, mr. smith. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for two minutes. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i thank the member of the rules committee for yielding. democrats have chose to change les on motion to recommit. these changes are not about some arcane rule. they are about a pattern of

Lamar S. Smith

1:24:20 to 1:25:35( Edit History Discussion )
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Lamar S. Smith

1:24:22 to 1:24:44( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: behavior on the part of the democrats that stiffles democracy. this abuse of power has become a habit with the democrats. the democrats brought legislation to the floor under a closed rule 64 times in the last two years. this means there was no opportunity to offer amendments. 61 bills were brought to the floor with less than 24 hours to review the bill text.

Lamar S. Smith

1:24:45 to 1:25:06( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: this breaks the democrats' commitment to allow legislation to be reviewed for 24 hours before a vote. house democrats are disguarding one of the republican minority's only tools to help improve bills and promote better legislation, the motion to recommit bills promptly. this time of motion to recommit allows the majority of the house to say that a bill should

Lamar S. Smith

1:25:07 to 1:25:27( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: be sent back to committee for more work. for example, last yea republicans used this tool to guarantee second amendment rights for the people of the district of columbia. the majority of members supported this motion and voted to send the bill back to coittee. why wod the democrats in the future want to ignore the views of the majority of house members?

Lamar S. Smith

1:25:28 to 1:25:35( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: mr. speaker, changing house rules in a way that silences the voice of the people's elected representatives rangles democracy.

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