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House Proceeding 02-26-10 on Feb 26th, 2010 :: 0:24:30 to 0:33:15
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Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:24:26 to 0:24:34( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: meet at 12:30 p.m. on tuesday next for morning hour debate. the speaker pro tempore:

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:24:30 to 0:33:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Sheila Jackson-Lee

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:24:53 to 0:25:15( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: without objection, so ordered. are there any request for one-minute speeches? for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas rise? ms. jackson lee: to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i rise today because i think it

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:25:16 to 0:25:36( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: is important to note the change in the economy as we move forward. but the challeng to us as mers of congress, even as we reflect on the enormous impact, the investment dollars have had, last year in january of

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:25:37 to 0:25:57( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: 2009 we had lost 779,000 jobs. in january of 2010, only 22,000 jobs were lost. and the economy is percolating. but 22,000 is unacceptable. and so we must pass a jobs bill now. but we must also be concerned not only for the recently unemployed, for the white collar workers, but we have to

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:25:58 to 0:26:18( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: be concerned about the young workers, 18 to 30, we have to be concerned about the chronically unemployed. or the ex-felon who has paid his or her dues, has a family, and other than getting work, they would be dependent on a government handout. they don't want that. so when we talk about jobs we have to worry about seniors and working families and people who

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:26:19 to 0:26:39( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: have been unemployed for a long period of time. we have to put a job in their hands. that's what i want to do. work to get jobs for the american people in the 18th congressional district. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the chair lays before the house the following personal request.

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:26:40 to 0:27:01( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: the clerk: leave of absence requested for mr. bishop of new york for today. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the request is granted. for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas rise? ms. jackson lee: i ask unanimous consent that today following the legislative business andny special orders heretofore entered into, the following members may be

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:27:02 to 0:27:22( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: permitted to address the house for five minutes, to revise and extend their remarks, and include therein extraneous material. ms. woolsey of california for five minutes. mr. defazio of oregon for five minutes. ms. kaptur of ohio for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. under the speaker's announced policy of january 6, 2009, and under a previous order of the

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:27:23 to 0:27:43( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: house, the following members are recognized for five minutes each. ms. woolsey. 7 -- mr. burton. mr. defazio.

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:27:44 to 0:28:04( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas rise? without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for five minutes. ms. jackson lee: mr. speaker, besides the question and the need for jobs, i think it is important for america and for my colleagues to know that the

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:28:05 to 0:28:29( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: meeting yesterday at the white house, at blair house, was a vitally important meeting. i know that many americans were able to see it in its purity, meaning you were able to watch it live. the president intended that we have the opportunity to hear real discussion. and i would beg to differ whether this was an opportunity

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:28:30 to 0:28:51( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: for just to show and tell. i have listened to the president's commitment to health care reform. i have listened to the democratic leadership's commitment to health care reform. and i have spent hours listening to constituents through town hall meetings in august and traveling throughout the district. as they speak about jobs, i want us to be very clear, every

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:28:52 to 0:29:12( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: time i am in the district someone says, are you going to get health care reform passed? this is real meat and potatoes. this is premiums that go up $1,400 to $2,500 a year on a family of four. this is about 36 million to 40 million who are now uninsured.

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:29:13 to 0:29:33( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: this is about working peopl who are uninsured. this is about families whose children have asthma or respiratory illnesses or pre-existing conditions and are not able to get insurance because of birth defects or other illnesses that their children are born with. a pre-existing disease.

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:29:34 to 0:29:54( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: and presently you cannot get insurance if you have a pre-existing disease. this is likewise about the noncompetitive atmosphere that health carriers live in and that we suffer under. you know what? before we begin discussng this health care reform, we accepted it as the norm. we didn't think anything of it.

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:29:55 to 0:30:15( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: in alabama, one company in the entire state. in a state like texas, only three insurance companies. that is not competition. that is you take me the way i want you to take me, if you don't like it, move on. that's the kind of atmosphere that health care insurance companies live in. they tell us, move on.

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:30:16 to 0:30:36( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: pre-existing disease, move on. you can't pay your premiums, move on. you're in the hospital and we don't want to pay it, get out. that's what atmosphere americans are living in. i realize that those who have insurance that they like, they don't see these horror stories of people dying because they don't have insurance.

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:30:37 to 0:31:00( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: and i want the people who have insurance to keep their insurance. but 45,000 people die every year because they don't have health insurance. so yesterday's meeting was a serious meeting. because the bottom line of it was, we are listening and we are open, but we have to move on because we are losing people's lives.

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:31:01 to 0:31:21( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: . premiums will go down. we'll save billions of dollars because of the health care reform process. at the 15eu78 time, i want us to do good. i want to make sure we save on hospitals. many of you probably have been patients in physician-owned hospitals where doctors have come back in and purcsed

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:31:22 to 0:31:42( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: failing hospitals by a small percentage of ownership where their name is on the line, where they want high-quality hospitals, like the 40-plus in the state of texas, like doctors hospital, like st. joseph's hospital, like the hospital down in the valley where individuals who are paying the amount of money can

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:31:43 to 0:32:03( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: count on doctors being there who care. so i want this health insurance reform not to close down those hospitals and eliminate those employees who were there. we can do a lot of good and we must pass health care reform. we have to already recognize that we've passed the antitrust

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:32:04 to 0:32:25( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: exemption so you can have more competition noo these states. we did that this past week, that's a good thing. we've got to make sure we increase chips for our children, children's health insurance program, protect medicare and medicaid and open the flood gates for americans who work and have dignity to have dignity when they are sick. the last thing you want to do

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:32:26 to 0:32:48( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: is be on your sick bed and to lose your house, your car, your ability to support yourself while you're losing your job because you're sick. so i simply say that it is time now for the wakeup call to go out amongst all of those who care.

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:32:49 to 0:33:09( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: america needs to wake up, what america demrands, this legislative body, this people's house acts. i thank the president for transparency, i thank the democratic leadership for transparency, i thank my friends on the other side of the aisle for attending and engaging. but after all is said and done, there are still 45,000 people

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:33:10 to 0:33:16( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: dying every year because they don't have insurance. mr. speaker, the call is being made, the question isill we answer?

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