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House Proceeding on Feb 7th, 2008 :: 1:14:26 to 1:19:55
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1:14:13 to 1:14:26( Edit History Discussion )

we want to have that debate. i think that is so important. . and, again, there are tax loopholes that are basically in the specific earmarks. who puts them in? we know who puts them in. on tax earmarks

Doc Hastings

1:14:26 to 1:14:36( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: we do not. the white house. the white house does all kinds of earmarking and we, and certainly the press, lets them get away with it because they're the white house. under the constitutional

Doc Hastings

1:14:26 to 1:19:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Doc Hastings

Doc Hastings

1:14:36 to 1:14:48( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: concept of equal branches of concept, particularly when spending bills originate in the bill, we have a right to be earmarked but we should auble measured by the same yardstick. the only thing

Doc Hastings

1:14:48 to 1:14:58( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: that's important, what is the impact of earmarks on the budget? when you take an earmark out of a bill, it does not reduce the bill. is that something that we should look at? there are all

Doc Hastings

1:14:58 to 1:15:08( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: types of things that a biatpartisan, bicameral committee could look at that would improve this process. i urge a no vo on the rule so we can come back and have an opportunity to vote on this

Doc Hastings

1:15:08 to 1:15:23( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: amendment. i thank the gentleman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from ohio. ms. sutton: mr. speaker, i have one remaining speaker that will close debate

Doc Hastings

1:15:23 to 1:15:34( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: for this time. i will reserve the time until the gentleman has yielded. mr. hastings: i understand she's prepared to close. the gentlelady has one -- -- ms. sutton: i have a speak that will

Doc Hastings

1:15:34 to 1:15:42( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: close. mr. hastings: that will close for you? ms. sutton: yes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington. mr. hastings: let me be clear, there's only one speaker on that side, is that

Doc Hastings

1:15:42 to 1:15:53( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: correct? ms. sutton: that's correct. mr. hastings: mr. speaker, how much time do i have? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington has 4 1/2 minutes. mr. hastings: mr. speaker, i

Doc Hastings

1:15:53 to 1:16:03( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hastings: people are talking about the unfair closed rule. that seems to be a recurring pattern.

Doc Hastings

1:16:03 to 1:16:15( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: i wish that would change, but i don't hold out any hope that th will happen. but, mr. speaker, since house earmark rules were changed just last year, loopholes and concerns have been raised.

Doc Hastings

1:16:15 to 1:16:25( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: questions remain, such as what and what is not an earmark, when do earmark rules apply and how are earmark rules enforced? we've seen examples of members trying to enforce the earmark rules

Doc Hastings

1:16:25 to 1:16:38( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: only to be told they can't because the rules don't apply. and we have seen earmarks reportedly -- repeatedly air dropped in bills in the last minute that were not subject to transparentsly

Doc Hastings

1:16:38 to 1:16:49( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: and scrutiny. time and time again members are coming to the floor advocating for earmark reform including enforceability. taxpayers recognize the earmark process is broken and are outraged with

Doc Hastings

1:16:49 to 1:17:00( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: wasteful spending. this has led to an erosion of perfect confidence in congress and could explain part of the reason why congress' approval rating is so low. it's clear that americans want congress

Doc Hastings

1:17:00 to 1:17:15( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: to fix the broken earmark process. an earmark time-out is needed in order to get our fiscal house in order and restore public confidence. in january, house republicans united together and called

Doc Hastings

1:17:15 to 1:17:27( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: on democrats in joining us on an immediate moratorium on earmarks and an appointment of bipartisan, bicameral process and eliminate wasteful spending. house democrat leaders were joined in with

Doc Hastings

1:17:27 to 1:17:38( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: republicans to reform the broken earmark process. but the democrats have remained silent and chosen to continue the brobalingen -- broken status quo. so today i'm going to give all o members

Doc Hastings

1:17:38 to 1:17:51( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: of the house an opportunity to show their support for a bipartisan solution. mr. speaker, i'm asking my colleagues to vote against the previous question so that i can amendment the -- can amend

Doc Hastings

1:17:51 to 1:18:01( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: the rule and agree to house concurrent resolution 263 which would establish a joint selects committee on earmark reform. the joint select committee would hold hearings and make recommendations

Doc Hastings

1:18:01 to 1:18:14( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: for the comprehensive reform in the earmark process. the resolution would also prohibit bills, resolutions, and conference reports containing earmarks requested by members or the administration

Doc Hastings

1:18:14 to 1:18:28( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: to be considered until the joint select committee has filed its report. considering and adopting the house concurrent resolution is a sensible solution that will bring transparency to the spending

Doc Hastings

1:18:28 to 1:18:40( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: process and will restore taxpayer trust and integrity in congress. let me be clear, with my motion every member of this house will have a chance to publicly vote and take a stand on earmark abuse

Doc Hastings

1:18:40 to 1:18:54( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: and earmark secrecy. every member will vote on whether they believe the earmark process must be es reformed. so, mr. speaker, we will do all that we can on our side to challenge the leaders

Doc Hastings

1:18:54 to 1:19:09( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: to adopt this resolution. until a moratorium or a bipartisan committee is in place, house republicans have adopted already a series of earmark reforms that we will adhere to, including

Doc Hastings

1:19:09 to 1:19:22( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: barring members from using taxpayer moneys to using projects named after themselves and prohibiting earmarks being airdropped into bills to avoid transparency. so, mr. speaker, i ask unanimous

Doc Hastings

1:19:22 to 1:19:32( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: consent to insert the text of the amendment, the letterent from the republican leaders to speaker pelosi on january 25, 2008, and extraneous materials immediately prior to the vote on the

Doc Hastings

1:19:32 to 1:19:46( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. hastings: mr. speaker, i urge all of my colleagues to join me today in acting to permanently change the way in which washington

Doc Hastings

1:19:46 to 1:19:55( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: spends taxpayers' money. vote no on the previous question so that we can address this very important house concurrent resolution. mr. speaker, with that i yield back the balance of my time. the

David R. Obey

1:19:55 to 1:20:03( Edit History Discussion )

David R. Obey: speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from ohio. ms. sutton: mr. speaker, it's my honor to yield the balance of my time to

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