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House Proceeding 01-14-09 on Jan 14th, 2009 :: 0:02:15 to 0:07:35
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Dennis A. Cardoza

0:02:08 to 0:02:29( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis A. Cardoza: the gentleman will suspend. will members please take their conversations off the floor. the gentleman from california. mr. cardoza: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include

Dennis A. Cardoza

0:02:15 to 0:07:35( Edit History Discussion )
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Dennis A. Cardoza

0:02:30 to 0:02:50( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis A. Cardoza: extraneous remarks on house resolution 40. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. cardoza: i yield myself such time as i may consume. make no mistake about it, these are tough times for our country. the united states is facing an economic disaster unlike -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will suspend. the gentleman from california

Dennis A. Cardoza

0:02:51 to 0:03:11( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis A. Cardoza: deserves to be heard. will members please take their conversations off the floor. the gentleman from california. mr. cardoza: thank you, mr. speaker. make no mistake about it, these are tough times for our country. the united states is facing an economic disaster unlike anything we have seen since the

Dennis A. Cardoza

0:03:12 to 0:03:33( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis A. Cardoza: great depression. and in the coming weeks, there will surely be differences and opinion as to how to best address the ailments of our nation, but one thing is certain, now more than ever, it is time to ensure that government spends the taxpayers' money wisely. for the first six years of the

Dennis A. Cardoza

0:03:34 to 0:03:57( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis A. Cardoza: bush administration there was virtually oversight -- mr. dreier: mr. speaker, the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is correct, will members to my right please take their conversations off the floor. members, please clear the

Dennis A. Cardoza

0:03:58 to 0:04:19( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis A. Cardoza: aisles. the gentleman from california. mr. cardoza: i thank my colleague from california, mr. dreier, regain order. in the coming weeks there will be differences of opinion as to how to best address the ailments of our nation, but one thing is absolutely for certain, now more than ever, it is time to ensure

Dennis A. Cardoza

0:04:20 to 0:04:43( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis A. Cardoza: that the government spends the taxpayers' money wisely. for the first six years of the bush administration, there was virtually no oversight in the republican-led congress and this led to billions of dollars of taxpayer dollars that were squandered by the administration, particularly regarding iraq reconstruction and the response to katrina.

Dennis A. Cardoza

0:04:44 to 0:05:04( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis A. Cardoza: beginning in january of 2007, the democratic congress turned a new page and took numerous steps to begin changing the way we do business by restoring accountability and orsight. house resolution 40 introduced by my very good friend and colleague, fellow blue dog colleague, mr. tanner and myself, simply adds another

Dennis A. Cardoza

0:05:05 to 0:05:25( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis A. Cardoza: layer to the rigorous oversight measures that we have already established. this resolution amends house rules to require each standing committee to hold at least three hearings per year on waste, fraud and abuse under each respective committee's jurisdiction. it requires a hearing in the event that an agency's auditor

Dennis A. Cardoza

0:05:26 to 0:05:46( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis A. Cardoza: issues a disclaimer that the agency's financial statements are not in order. it also requires a hearing if an agency under that respective committee's jurisdiction has a program deemed by the g.a.o. to be at high risk for waste, fraud and abuse. mr. speaker, the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is correct.

Dennis A. Cardoza

0:05:47 to 0:06:07( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis A. Cardoza: will members please take their conversations off the floor. the gentleman from california. mr. cardoza: at the request of my friends on the other side of the aisle, there are two other stipulations. first, that the resolution shall be considered in light of existing house rules governing

Dennis A. Cardoza

0:06:08 to 0:06:29( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis A. Cardoza: the conduct of committee hearings, including hearings held in executive session and the treatment of exetive session materials and second, to require that contest' activity reports identify the hearings held under the resolution.

Dennis A. Cardoza

0:06:30 to 0:06:50( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis A. Cardoza: it is now time to audit america's books. this resolution will add another level of accountability by shing light on the most egregious cases of government waste. i would add, mr. speaker, that i'm very encouraged by president-elect obama's statements regarding his intent to pour through the budget line

Dennis A. Cardoza

0:06:51 to 0:07:11( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis A. Cardoza: by line to eliminate wasteful spending. while i take the president-elect at his word, this resolution demonstrates this democratic congress will not turn a blind eye to government waste simply because there is now a democratic administration. free pass are over and we must build upon increased oversight

Dennis A. Cardoza

0:07:12 to 0:07:32( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis A. Cardoza: and accountability efforts. we have an opportunity to re-invent government and adhere to the fiscal accountability measures that the blue dogs have advocated. this will require tough decisions cutting out waste, fraud and abuse must be among our top priorities in this congress.

Dennis A. Cardoza

0:07:33 to 0:07:36( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis A. Cardoza: all this requires is some bureaucratic soul-searching.

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