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House Proceeding on Feb 14th, 2008 :: 0:00:21 to 0:06:17
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Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Speech By: Louise McIntosh Slaughter

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter: @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @@@@@@ the speaker pro tempore: the nays are 390. the motion is not adopted. the chair will receive a message message. the messenger: mr. speaker,

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter: a message from the senate. the speaker pro tempore: ma'am secretary? mention: i am directed to report to the house the senate has passed h.r. 7920, the airways act of 2008. the speaker pro tempore: the

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter: house will come to order. if members would kindly clear the well, if members would take their seats and remove their conversations from the floor. members and staff, please take their seats. members,

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter: please clear the center aisle. members, please take their seats seats. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york rise? ms. slaughter: madam speaker, by direction of the committee on rules,

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter: i call up house resolution 982 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 188, house resolution 982, re resolved,

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter: that house resolution house resolution 979 and house resolution 980 are hereby adopted. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york is recognized for one hour. ms. slmsaughter: madam

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter: speaker, for the purposes of debate only, i yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentleman from florida, mr. diaz-balart. all time yielded during consideration of the rule is for debate only. and

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous materials into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection.

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter: the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. slaughter: thank you, madam speaker.

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter: madam speaker, h. res. 982 provides that upon its adoption, house resolution 979 and house resolution 980 are hereby adopted. house resolution 979 recommends that the house of representatives find

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter: harriet miers and joshua bolten, white house chief of staff, in contempt of congress for refusal to comply with subpoenas duly issued by the judiciary committee. house resolution 980 authorizes the

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter: judiciary committee to initiate or to intervene in any judicial proceedings to enforce certain subpoenas -- to enforce them. madam speaker, i've had so many requests for time, that i will cut my

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own time short. i simply want to give theth reasons why it's important that we are here today. . in my 21 years in the house i know -- have known there are members of congress simply hoping they

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would always land on the safe square. not wanting to take a vote that might challenge them in any way. not wanting to take a vote that might require explanation. fortunately this is the safe

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter: square today. what we are doing here today is protecting the constitution of the united states of america which all of us are pleased when we come here to raise our hand and swear so to do. it is

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter: critically important that we protect the powers of the congress of the united states for future generations. it would be dreadful if a future president having looked back over the recent events

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter: used it as a precedent. we have a strong case on the merits. the first point i want to make. the administration's assertions of executive privilege are weak, excessively broad, and unprecedented.

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter: we won the executive privilege argument both on legal grounds and our compelling need for requested information. aside from prevailing on the merits of the executive privilege dispute,

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter: enforcing our subpoenas is part and parcel of our current ability to perform effective oversight. if we accept the white house stone walling in this instance, the house in the future will not

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter: be able to conduct its oversight and every future president can view congress not as a co-equal branch of this government but as subordinate to the executive. the enforcement of the subpoenas

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter: in this investigation seeks to strengthen rather than weaken the house's prerogatives by demonstrating that we are serious about citizens respecting the instance of validly authorized

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter: congressional subpoenas. if we count on a process where subpoenas can be ignored where a witness doesn't even bother to appear, where privilege can be asserted on the thinnest of rodriguez

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter: and broadest possible manner, we have already lost and we may be in much more danger than even we believe. there's ample precedent supporting the house's prerogative to initiate a civil action.

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter: if we pursue this court -- course of action and it proves to be legally incorrect, then we here in congress where the laws are passed can take necessary steps to correct that procedure. if we

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter: do not pursue this course of action at all, we again have already lost. there are some who believe that the court will say that indeed we have no rights here. if that is the case, if that

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter: even should be a possibility, then i think we have to say that if the justice department has become that politicized and that weak, then we are in worse shame in this democracy than we know.

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york reserves her time.im the ge ntleman from florida. mr. diaz-balart: madam speaker, i'd like to thank

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter: the gentlelady, ms. slaughter, for the time. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: ther gentleman is recognized. mr . diaz-balart: madam speaker, i was in the funeral

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter: of our distinguished friend and colleague, congressman lantos, someone who i admired very, very much and who was a personal friend. i was standing by the ranking member of the rules committee

Lincoln Diaz-Balart

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Lincoln Diaz-Balart: at th e time during the funeral the house was in recess subject to the call of the chair. under the understanding that we would not come back into session until after the funeral. and i was most

Lincoln Diaz-Balart

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Speech By: Lincoln Diaz-Balart

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