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House Proceeding on Mar 3rd, 2010 :: 0:36:05 to 0:39:50
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Patrick T. McHenry

0:36:04 to 0:36:26( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick T. McHenry: i urge passage of mr. reyes' resolution and i yield back the balance of my time. -- and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina. mr. mchenry: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to claim the time in opposition. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 10 minutes. 20 minutes. mr. mchenry: thank you, mr. chairman. thank you, mr. speaker.

Patrick T. McHenry

0:36:05 to 0:39:50( Edit History Discussion )
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Patrick T. McHenry

0:36:27 to 0:36:47( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick T. McHenry: and i concur with my colleague and fellow member of the oversight and government reform committee. and, mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mchenry: thank you. i rise today in support of h.r. 1096, and i'm proud to co-sponsor this resolution, encouraging full participation

Patrick T. McHenry

0:36:48 to 0:37:08( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick T. McHenry: in the 2010 census and expressing support of the designation of march as census awaness month. our constitution requires that every 10 years the federal government count every person residing in the united states. once and only once and where they live. as a nation we've been doing this every decade since our

Patrick T. McHenry

0:37:09 to 0:37:30( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick T. McHenry: very first census in 1790. this is not new. this week the census bureau will begin the process of delivering the 2010 questionnaire from the census all across america. by mid month, the majority of the -- approximately 120 million households in the united states will receive their form by mail or by hand

Patrick T. McHenry

0:37:31 to 0:37:51( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick T. McHenry: delivery from a census bureau employee. the 2010 questionnaire is the shortest and simplest one the bureau has ever sent out. there are only 10 easy questions that should take les than 10 minutes to fill out. and not only is it easy but it's confident too. the individual information that respondents provide is

Patrick T. McHenry

0:37:52 to 0:38:12( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick T. McHenry: protected by federal law and cannot be shared by any other government agency, period. census data guides the distribution of $400 billion in federal faunds, as my colleague mention -- funds, as my colleague mentioned. and decides the makeup of representative districts from the united states congress on down to the school board. decisions to build new

Patrick T. McHenry

0:38:13 to 0:38:33( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick T. McHenry: infrastructure such as roads, schools and hospitals are dependent on population counts derived from the census. when people do not participate in the census, they only shortchange themselves and their communities. a poor response rate means people cannot be accurately represented in federal, stat and local districts when they are drawn.

Patrick T. McHenry

0:38:34 to 0:38:54( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick T. McHenry: it means that a community may lose its fair share of federal and state funding. it means a road that should be built won't. a 10-minute response can he avoid 10 years of underrepresentation and underfunding. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support this resolution, this very important resolution.

Patrick T. McHenry

0:38:55 to 0:39:15( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick T. McHenry: the census only comes around every 10 years. we have an obligation as the people's representative to make sure that they know this is going to happen. census day this year is april 1. every american should get that form in the mail or hand delivered. simply fill it out, mail it back in and you've done your patriotic duty.

Patrick T. McHenry

0:39:16 to 0:39:36( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick T. McHenry: every individual in this country should respond. let me make this clear. every individual in this country should respond. it's a wonderful opportunity for you to simply do your patriotic duty. it's what the founders insisted on in order for us to have a representive democracy.

Patrick T. McHenry

0:39:37 to 0:39:51( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick T. McHenry: we must know wo we represent, how many people we represent, who's here, and that's our obligation to carry that message out. but it's the american people's obligation to share this message as well. and so with that i urge my colleagues to support this

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