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House Proceeding on Jan 31st, 2007 :: 0:16:43 to 0:23:20
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Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:16:42 to 0:16:55( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: during consideration of the rule is for debate only. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:16:43 to 0:23:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Louise McIntosh Slaughter


Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:16:55 to 0:17:10( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: objection, so ordered. ms. slaughter: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, h.res. 116 provides consideration of h.res. 20. it may seem strange that we're doing that at this late day, but the

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:17:10 to 0:17:19( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: rule provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member on the committee of appropriations. the rule also provides one motion to recommit.

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:17:19 to 0:17:32( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: mr. speaker, every congress has a constitutional responsibility to be good stewards of the money given to it by the american people. but the last congress failed to live up to this duty.

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:17:32 to 0:17:46( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: of the 11 appropriations bills it was supposed to pass in 2006, only two were completed. the others were abandoned, left for the incoming democrat congress to deal with. my fellow democrats and

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:17:46 to 0:17:58( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: i could have approached this responsibility in the way it was approached last year. but we promised to run the house differently, to run it responsibly and that is exactly what we intend to do.

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:17:58 to 0:18:16( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: we have a mess to clean up, mr. speaker. the budget failures of the past republican congress had vastly increased our national debt but they did more than that. they left agencies, states and

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:18:16 to 0:18:29( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: localities in limbo for months concerning their future funding. what's more we've seen an explosion of earmarks over the last 12 years in congress. the number of earmarks approved by the house

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:18:29 to 0:18:43( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: had, according to estimates by even the most conservative of groups, doubled and tripled in recent congresses. and for every shameful, unjustifiable bridge to nowhere that was exposed and

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:18:43 to 0:18:56( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: shouted down by the public, many more questionable earmarks slipped through undetected. a few lines here or there in a large bill, misspending the people's money and taking advantage of their trust.

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:18:56 to 0:19:08( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: but democrats have pledged to fundamentally reform the way earmarks are passed into law by this body. to bring transparency to a process that until recently had been deliberately shrouded in

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:19:08 to 0:19:21( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: darkness. the rules reform package that we enacted on the first day of this congress will shed new and much-needed light on the earmarking process. it will require the full disclosure of

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:19:21 to 0:19:34( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: all earmarks proposed by members of the house. if a project is worth funding, then the representative requesting it should have no qualms withstanding up publicly on its behalf. but the

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:19:34 to 0:19:49( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: earmarks in the budget bills left undone by republicans last congress didn't have any such standards applied to them. and so democrats have decided to rid this c.r. of all earmarks. it

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:19:49 to 0:20:01( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: was a difficult decision and one we all had to justify to all our constituents back home. but in the end, it was a necessary step to bring forth a new day in the people's house. mr. speaker,

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:20:01 to 0:20:16( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: this bill is not perfect. in cleaning up the mess we inherited will require difficult choices between bad alternatives. but i'm very pleased that legislation does contain increases for

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:20:16 to 0:20:35( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: funding for critical programs affecting the lives of millions of people at home and around the world. the spending on veterans health care is increased by $3.6 billion above the 2006 spending

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:20:35 to 0:20:51( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: level. spending on pell grants for the first time in five years is increased by $605 million. and the n.i.h. is going to receive an additional $6.19 million. other increases are going to support

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:20:51 to 0:21:04( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: public housing, crime and law enforcement and domestic transportation needs. the bill even has a global focus granting an additional $1.3 billion to expand the efforts to combat hiv-aids and

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:21:04 to 0:21:23( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: t.b. internationally. mr. speaker, the minority predict will claim that the closed rule under which we are debating this bill is a violation of the spirit of the house and a rejection of the

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:21:23 to 0:21:37( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: promises democrats made last year to open up the legislative process. let me be very clear, extremely clear about the past record of the house. since 1997, the house has voted on 75 continuing

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:21:37 to 0:21:48( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: resolutions, and all of them, 100% were considered under a closed rule process with no amendments allowed. what's more, a third of those continuing resolutions continued substantive policy

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:21:48 to 0:22:00( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: changes. in addition to that extensive precedent, the house has already fully debated and considered eight of the appropriations measures contained here. to do so again would take us all year,

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:22:00 to 0:22:12( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: and we don't have that luxury, not with the many challenges that confront our nation at this moment in history. under the circumstances left for us by the former majority, we've done the best we could.

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:22:12 to 0:22:22( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: we produced a bill that will keep the government functioning and a bill that despite its flaws is a breath of fresh air compared with how appropriations legislation used to be handled in this

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:22:22 to 0:22:34( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: congress. mr. speaker, the american people are ready for a new direction. they have proved that in this country. and that's why they put the new kind of congress in power. this congress is

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:22:34 to 0:22:47( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: going to be defined not just by the way it does business but by the kind of business it conducts. this congress is not going to pass the buck, leaving unfinished business for others to

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:22:47 to 0:22:58( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: handle and leaving problems for others to fix. democrats are making the tough choices the american people expect us to make and that they elected us to make. at the end of the day, that's what real

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:22:58 to 0:23:07( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: leadership is all about. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. cummings: thank you, mr. speaker. and i thank the gentlelady

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:23:07 to 0:23:20( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: and the chairwoman of the rules committee for yielding me the customary 30 minutes and i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, yesterday the rules committee held a three-hour

Doc Hastings

0:23:20 to 0:23:34( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: hearing and took testimony from the appropriations chairman, mr. obey, and members that brought forth amendments of having them considered on the floor here today. many good ideas were

Doc Hastings

0:23:20 to 0:27:01( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Doc Hastings

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