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House Proceeding 03-12-09 on Mar 12th, 2009 :: 2:18:50 to 2:23:00
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Barbara Lee

2:18:38 to 2:18:58( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: i wish you would describe what it means to come forward with this bill knowing good and well that you're going to have a vote on it, everyone member on both sides of the aisle are going to have a vote on it but that no member from the district of columbia would have a vote for it. you're on that committee.

Barbara Lee

2:18:50 to 2:23:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Barbara Lee

Barbara Lee

2:18:59 to 2:19:21( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: ms. lee: yes. let me first thank you for the historicalerspective that you put this in because i think you're right. had the word gone out, had we sounded the alarm throughout the country much before now, many years ago, these numbers would have been readily there, you know, many, many years ago because the american people care about democracy and they

Barbara Lee

2:19:22 to 2:19:43( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: care about making sure that everperson has a vote on this house floor. as a member of the appropriations committee, it's very important that we, one, establish the priorities in terms of funding priorities for our country. we also eablish and work on priorities for our own

Barbara Lee

2:19:44 to 2:20:04( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: congressional districts. and in fact it's only us who know our districts. we know our districts ourselves just as you know this district, congresswoman norton. and so when the appropriations bills come to this floor, it's incumbent upon us to vote for them ensuring that, one, the

Barbara Lee

2:20:05 to 2:20:25( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: bills are in the national interest in terms of funding priority but also in our own constituents' interests. if the bill comes to the floor that is objectionable to the residents of the district of columbia, you should be able to vote no. if a props bill comes to the floor that you believe is

Barbara Lee

2:20:26 to 2:20:46( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: deserving of the support of the residents of the district of columbia because the funding priorities are such, the types of initiatives that are in that bill are representative of the needs of the district of columbia, you should be able to vote yes. the people of the district of columbia don't have a vote in terms of our national budget, our national priorities.

Barbara Lee

2:20:47 to 2:21:09( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: what if we say we want to support as a national priority health care reform, we we do? how in the world are the resid columbia will they vote for an appropriations to implement health care reform initiative? so, congresswoman norton, it's

Barbara Lee

2:21:10 to 2:21:31( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: appropriate from a funding perspective that you have a vote here because the tax dollars that are paid by the residents of the district of columbia, that they're part of this overall national part, they're part of the u.s. treasury. and so, my goodness, i don't even know how i would feel if i did not have a vote when in fact my district, my constituents are paying the

Barbara Lee

2:21:32 to 2:21:52( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: taxes. i would be very angry. you know, i would be very upset each and every year. and so i think, you know, you have turned this frustration and this anger, which it really should be. the whole country should be enraged about. into a very posive struggle for civil and human rights.

Barbara Lee

2:21:53 to 2:22:13( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: and that's really basically what this is finally, let me just say, this country continues to promote democracy and democratic moments all around the world. we need to start promoting some democratic movements here in here starting with providing the vote for the residents of the district of columbia.

Barbara Lee

2:22:14 to 2:22:35( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: i think that the polling data shows that the american people want that. and so i'm optimistic, as i said earlier, i think we've made a quantum leap and there's a new environment. people want change. i think this is basic change. this is fundamental to our democracy. and i applaud you, again, for working day and night to make su

Barbara Lee

2:22:36 to 2:22:57( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: realized through this vote. ms. norton: that's why i'v been so pleased that even members who are far more conservative than i voted for this bill on the republican side and on the democratic side. you know, the democratic side, we had many members who come from districts. we are so pleased to have them

Barbara Lee

2:22:58 to 2:23:00( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: because we are the signature

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