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House Proceeding on Feb 23rd, 2009 :: 2:22:30 to 2:24:45
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Howard P. Buck McKeon

2:22:27 to 2:22:48( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 911 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewo reserv her time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mckeon: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman may proceed. mr. mckeon: residential treatment programs are unfamiliar to most of us. sometimes referre to as

Howard P. Buck McKeon

2:22:30 to 2:24:45( Edit History Discussion )
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Howard P. Buck McKeon

2:22:49 to 2:23:09( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: wilderness therapy or teen boot camps. these programs serve as a small number of extremely tubbled youth. while many teens and their families have benefited from residential treatment programs, those success stories have been overshadowed by instances of abuse, neglect, and worst of all the loss of life. the education and labor committee has been investigating

Howard P. Buck McKeon

2:23:10 to 2:23:30( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: cases of abuse and neglect at these facilities for the last several years and the result of that effort is the bill before us today. no one in this chamber condones abuse, neglect, or mistreatment of the young people enrolled in these programs. and we all want to find the best way to ensure abuse is prevented and prosecuted if it does

Howard P. Buck McKeon

2:23:31 to 2:23:52( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: because this issue is nonpartisan, we have been able to work together to find commonsense solutions. the bill before us today is not perfect, but it has improved at every step of the process. i do wish the bill had been considered under a rule so members and particularly new members who are not here in the last congress when we debated this issue would have had an

Howard P. Buck McKeon

2:23:53 to 2:24:14( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: opportunity to offer amendments. unfortunately that progress -- process has been cut short by considering this bill under suspension of the rules. on a bill of this importance, i believe that regular order is necessary. there are complex issues that we have not yet resolved. for instance, we had a rigorous debate during the committee markup about how to balance

Howard P. Buck McKeon

2:24:15 to 2:24:37( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: parental rights with necessary treatment. members on this side of the aisle, myself included, believe that more needs to be done to ensure the parents are fully informed of and involved with medical decisions made at these facilities. i hope that we can work on this issue as and ensure that parental rights are protected. mr. speaker, this bill attempts

Howard P. Buck McKeon

2:24:38 to 2:24:46( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: to address a serious problem. chairman miller and congresswoman mccarthy deserve credit for drawing attention to these intolerable instances of

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