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House Proceeding on Jan 28th, 2009 :: 0:26:30 to 0:29:40
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Cliff Stearns

0:26:27 to 0:26:47( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: will join with our friend from florida and ensure that we do address this very, very important issue. and i thank my friend for yielding. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. >> madam speaker, may i continue? the distinguished chairman of the rules committee has indicated that this point of order would eliminate debate.

Cliff Stearns

0:26:30 to 0:29:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Cliff Stearns

Cliff Stearns

0:26:48 to 0:27:10( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: not have the opportunity for members to really discuss the rule at all. but i would like to say to her and she was in the rules committee when i came up to present an amendment, when the energy and commerce marked up that portion of the stimulus package, we were in session for 12 hours.

Cliff Stearns

0:27:11 to 0:27:32( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: during that time we got six amendments on the republican minority side. it turns out all of these six amendments were agreed to completely by the majority. when the bill went to print, when i went to rules committee, my amendment was not in there,

Cliff Stearns

0:27:33 to 0:27:53( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: either was the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. blunt's, amendment. three were not included. we questioned hour could this be? that out of a full committee markup of ener and commerce, we passed six amendments and only three were put in? yet the speaker's office had a sheet there, a fact sheet, which indicated -- this fact sheet indicated that all six

Cliff Stearns

0:27:54 to 0:28:17( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: amendments were put in and all six of these amendments show the bipartisanness of this stimulus package. now, i think what happened on the energy and commerce committee happened in the ways

Cliff Stearns

0:28:18 to 0:28:38( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: and means and happened in the appropriation. so this, in fact, stimulus package is not a bipartisan. you know, reading from the office of speaker nancy pelosi, her fact sheet of january 27, 2009, she says, this is a bipartisan, open and transparent legislative process. it is not, madam speaker. and the bills that came out of the energy and commerce, 50% were dropped. arbitrarily, without any comment from the minority. now, one of those amendments, which was mine, indicated, if

Cliff Stearns

0:28:39 to 0:29:01( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: you're going to give cobra, which is unemployment compensation for individuals in america, why give them to people who have a net worth of million or 00 million? there was no threshold. so i basically said, if you're going to give cobra, that is, you're going to ask the taxpayers to pay 65% of the cobra for anybody unemployed,

Cliff Stearns

0:29:02 to 0:29:26( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: including a man who, for example, left lehman brothers, all those people under the democrats' position in the stimulus package would be a position in

Cliff Stearns

0:29:27 to 0:29:40( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: the stimulus package would be a positive. they're asking the taxpayers to pay 65% almost indefinitely, and i basically said this should not apply to people who are making 00 million, 0 million and have a net worth of

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