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House Proceeding on Jan 24th, 2007 :: 0:35:27 to 0:38:48
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James P. McGovern

0:34:18 to 0:35:27( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: James P. McGovern

James P. McGovern

0:35:16 to 0:35:27( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: mrs. christensen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from is recognized. mrs. christensen: i rise in support of what is a very fair rule, h.r. res. 86, to provide for the consideration

Donna M. Christensen

0:35:27 to 0:35:40( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: of h.res. 78. to amend the rules of the house of representatives to permit delegates and the resident commissiontory cast votes in the committee of the whole. but i see no reason for any amendment

Donna M. Christensen

0:35:27 to 0:38:48( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Donna M. Christensen

Donna M. Christensen

0:35:40 to 0:35:51( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: to this very straightforward provision that is simply the right thing to do. and it's a rule that we have asked for in every congress since i have been here since the 105th when the republicans

Donna M. Christensen

0:35:51 to 0:36:03( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: were in the majority but have never had a chance to have become a part of the rules. i want to commend and thank my friend and colleague, our majority leader, steny hoyer, as well as the original

Donna M. Christensen

0:36:03 to 0:36:19( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: co-sponsors of the resolution, minority whip clyburn, caucus chair emmanuel, vice chair larson, representative becerra, and rules committee chairwoman slaughter. my fellow delegates and

Donna M. Christensen

0:36:19 to 0:36:30( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: i greatly appreciate their steadfast support for inclusion and full participation of all americans in our national assembly. i -- a few minutes ago i took to the floor to express my sympathy

Donna M. Christensen

0:36:30 to 0:36:42( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: to the national guard from my constituents in the grash of a blackhawk helicopter northeast of baghdad on saturday. i mentioned this because you'll hear a litany of objections from our colleagues

Donna M. Christensen

0:36:42 to 0:36:52( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: on the other side of the aisle to the limited extension of democracy for me and the other delegates because of constitutional concerns. this attempt to prevent us from the practice of democracy in

Donna M. Christensen

0:36:52 to 0:37:04( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: this limited way is shameful because my republican colleagues know well that the proposal the house will be voting on today is constitutional and that the federal courts have held that

Donna M. Christensen

0:37:04 to 0:37:15( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: it is. why, then, are they insisting my fellow delegates and i not be given the opportunity to participate more fully in the deliberations on legislation on the floor on behalf of our constituents?

Donna M. Christensen

0:37:15 to 0:37:25( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: which is in keeping with our country's spirit of inclusion and democratic ideals. when my republican colleagues bring up the question of payment of taxes, they know well that the residents of the

Donna M. Christensen

0:37:25 to 0:37:35( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: territories pay federal taxes. we pay full social security and medicare payroll taxes like every other american. we also pay the same federal income taxes prescribed by the tax laws that

Donna M. Christensen

0:37:35 to 0:37:48( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: are passed here, which i can't vote on. it's just that under the principle of no taxation without representation, which goes back to the founding of our country, congress allows those taxes

Donna M. Christensen

0:37:48 to 0:37:57( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: to remain in the territory to fulfill federal responsibilities there. moreover, because we get to keep those federal taxes that we pay, we don't get the full benefit of all federal programs.

Donna M. Christensen

0:37:57 to 0:38:08( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: in the medicaid program, for example, we receive less than a quarter of the federal share of the program that we would receive if we were fully participating in the program. mr. speaker, as

Donna M. Christensen

0:38:08 to 0:38:48( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: a resident of a u.s. territory, my constituents proudly fulfill the ultimate responsibility of citizenship, being called upon to fight and die for our country but without having a stay in

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