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House Proceeding on Jan 21st, 2010 :: 0:57:05 to 1:00:10
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Doc Hastings

0:57:01 to 0:57:24( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: ri need, and i'd urge my colleagues to vote yes on this bill and i yield back my time. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from west virginia reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. hastingsmr. speaker, i reserve my time. the speaker pro mpore: the gentleman from west virginia reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from west

Doc Hastings

0:57:05 to 1:00:10( Edit History Discussion )
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Doc Hastings

0:57:25 to 0:57:45( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: virginia. mr. rahall: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from washington. mr. hastings: mr. speaker, could i inquire of my friend, the distinguished chairman, if he has any more this bill? mr. rahall: i'm prepared to close, mr. speaker. mr. hast close?

Doc Hastings

0:57:46 to 0:58:06( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: mr. rahall: i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. hastings: i yield myself the balance of the time. mr. speaker, i know that mr. mcclintock says he's not going to offer his amendment. so with that i yield myself the balance of the time. the speaker pro tempore: the mr. hastings: mr. speaker, i think that we've made it -- hopefully we've made it very clear in this debate that the

Doc Hastings

0:58:07 to 0:58:29( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: agreement and the settlement of the claims is preferable to litigation when fair resolutions are met. i think most people would agree with that. we certainly do on this side of the aisle. that is better for those to be worked out at the local level rather than

Doc Hastings

0:58:30 to 0:58:50( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: fees and years fighting in court. yet, we as representatives owe it to our constituents to make certain that settlements -- that overly compensate or benefit one community or locality while ultimately being paid out of the tax pockets -- pockets of the taxpayers.

Doc Hastings

0:58:51 to 0:59:11( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: settlements must be fair to claimants, the affected community and to taxpayers. despite several months of efforts to get a answer from the attorney general on the question of whether these sments are in the interest of tax -- settlements are in the interest of taxpayers, they responded, unfortunately, at the very last minute with a short,

Doc Hastings

0:59:12 to 0:59:33( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: letter that leaves the question largely unanswered. these three bills, as i mentioned, mr. speaker, spend over $500 million. taxpayers deserve a transparent and straightforward reply. because that has not been forthcoming, as i must oppose all three bills. but, mr. speaker, in the future

Doc Hastings

0:59:34 to 0:59:56( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: i would hope that the democr majority wou that we expect to hear directly from the justice the merits of the proposed settlements while this is being considered in the resource committee. with hundreds of millions of dollars being spent, these

Doc Hastings

0:59:57 to 1:00:11( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: vetted and explained in a fully transparent manner with clear department. until that happens, these type of bills should not be advanced to the house floor as three bills were advanced to the house floor. so with that, mr. speaker, i

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