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House Proceeding 02-13-09 on Feb 13th, 2009 :: 1:53:10 to 2:01:15
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John A. Boehner

1:53:07 to 1:53:28( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: fiscal year 2010 and 50 2011. i call on the republican leader of the house, john boehner. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recog?(zed for one mr. boehner: mr. speaker, my colleagues mr. boehner: mr. speaker, my colleagues, the american economy needs help.

John A. Boehner

1:53:29 to 1:53:51( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: our neighbors, our friends, our constituents, they're hurting. and there's not a member in this body on either side of the aisle that doesn't understand that. and i think everyone in this chamber on both sides of the aisle understands that congress needs to act act now to help american families and smal

John A. Boehner

1:53:52 to 1:54:12( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: businesses and help bring confidence back into our economy. how do you do that? the president, when he outlined his desires for this bill, summed it up simply when he said this bill needs to be about jobs. i don't think there is anybody in this chamber agrees that this bill needs to be about jobs,

John A. Boehner

1:54:13 to 1:54:33( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: preserving jobs in america, helping to create new jobs and helping to get our economy rolling again. but a bill that was supposed to be about jobs, jobs, jobs has turned into a bill tt is all about spending, spending and spending. this is disappointing. the american people expect more of us.

John A. Boehner

1:54:34 to 1:54:55( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: they expect to have something that's going to work for them. and my opposition to this bill isn't the fact that we're doing a bill, we need to act. but how? when you look at some of the spending in this bill, it will do nothing about creating jobs in america.

John A. Boehner

1:54:56 to 1:55:16( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: tell me spending 0 million for a mouse in san francisco is going to help a struggling auto worker in ohio? tell me how spendi billion in this bill to have a high-speed rail line between los angeles and las vegas is going to help the construction worker

John A. Boehner

1:55:17 to 1:55:38( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: in my district. how about the family who called me winner's hours are going to be cut from 40 hours to 20 hours? can hardly make his payment. what does it do for him? absolutely nothing.

John A. Boehner

1:55:39 to 1:56:00( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: and so, my concern about this is that we have to have a plan that will work for the american people, work for families, work for small businesses and help get our economy going again. i don't think this bill does it. i hope this bill works. i really do, for the good of our country.

John A. Boehner

1:56:01 to 1:56:21( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: but my concern is that the plan that's outlined will not do what we want it to do. that's why republicans came to the table with what we thought was a better idea, a plan that will create twice as many jobs as the bill that we're dating and at exactly half the costs. but our ideas weren't considered.

John A. Boehner

1:56:22 to 1:56:42( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: we weren't allowed in the room. we w participate at all. and all the talk about bipartisanship that we have heard over the last several months went down the drain. now my democrat colleagues know that i know how to be bipartisan, even when we were in

John A. Boehner

1:56:43 to 1:57:03( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: the majority. i have worked with many members on the other side of the aisle to bring bills to this floor that truly were done together. but we would usually start at the beginning of the process. not only were we not included in the beginning of the process, we weren't included at the end of the process. and it's not about us being

John A. Boehner

1:57:04 to 1:57:25( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: excluded, it's about our ideas to help make this economy better, our ideas about how to get american families and small businesses the ability to keep more of what they earn, to help their families, to help their businesses and create more jobs. that's what the american people want.

John A. Boehner

1:57:26 to 1:57:47( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: they don't want spending on a couple of million dollars to get the country for a national health plan, money that's going to go to t bureaucracy. they want to know how their budgets are going to be helped. and unfortunately, they're not.

John A. Boehner

1:57:48 to 1:58:08( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: if all of that wasn't enough, here i have, 1,100 pages, not one member of this body has read. not one. there may be a staffer in the appr read all of this last night. i don't know how you can read 1,100 pages between midnight and now. not one member's read this.

John A. Boehner

1:58:09 to 1:58:29( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: what happened to the promise that we're going to let the american peoe see what's in this bill 48 hours. no. we don't have time to do that. we owe it to the american people to get this bill right. we owe to american families, we owe it to small businesses and

John A. Boehner

1:58:30 to 1:58:51( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: we owe it to ourselves to get this right so we can, in fact, help our economy. i don't believe this is the way to do it. it's disappointing. the way this process has worked and the outcome that we've got. and we shouldn't come to the floor and talk about process,

John A. Boehner

1:58:52 to 1:59:12( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: but bad process leads to bad policy, and that's what we have here, in my view. bad policy that will drive up the debt and put all of this cost on the back of our kids, grandkids and their kids. i hope it works, but i surely have my doubts.

John A. Boehner

1:59:13 to 1:59:33( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: so i'm going to vote no. i'm going to vote no, and i'm going to hope, hope, that the next time that we get into a major piece of legislation on this floor that you include us, you'll include our ideas. i said on opening day that republicans would not be the party of no, that we would be

John A. Boehner

1:59:34 to 1:59:55( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: the party of better ideas. and i'm committed to bring better ideas to the floor and let's debate those better ideas. our fast-acting tax policy that helps american families and small businesses does create twice as many jobs, twice as many jobs, because we want the american people to keep their money and invest in their

John A. Boehner

1:59:56 to 2:00:17( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: families and their small business. we aren't interested in growing the size of government. i asked my colleagues yesterday in our conference, think about the first time you ran for congress. freshman members can rember this because they just did it. for me it was 18 years ago. but i can tell you what i said

John A. Boehner

2:00:18 to 2:00:38( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: 18 years ago, that i would come here to fight for a smaller, less costly and more accountable federal government. this is the epitome of what i came here to stop. i don't think there is one member of congress who came here

John A. Boehner

2:00:39 to 2:01:02( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: to pass a 90 billion bill, .1 trillion of spending to help grow the size of the federal government and to do very little to help american families and shal businesses. i'd suggest that you vote no. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the

John A. Boehner

2:01:05 to 2:01:16( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: gentleman from wisconsin. mr. obey: could i inquire how many more speakers the gentleman has? mr. lewis: assuming that you're the last speaker, i'm ready to yield back the balance of my time.

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