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House Proceeding 03-20-10 on Mar 20th, 2010 :: 0:45:55 to 0:48:45
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Tom Cole

0:45:52 to 0:46:13( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oklahoma. mr. cole: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. cole: madam speaker, i rise today to offer what i believe is a noncontroversial amendment that would amend the public land service corps act to allow the secretaries to enter into arrangements with tribal

Tom Cole

0:45:55 to 0:48:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Tom Cole

Tom Cole

0:46:14 to 0:46:34( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: governments in order to provide temporary housing for corps workers. this would be in addition to other federal agencies, states, local governments, or private organizations because tribal governments are not included under the umbrella of any of those other categories, it's necessary to modify the bill's language to include them. tribal governments enjoy a unique government to government

Tom Cole

0:46:35 to 0:46:55( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: sovereign relationship with the united states. the -- tribal governments regularly enter into similar agreements with a variety of federal agencies and have done so for over 200 years. this change would not disturb precedent. throughout this bill tribal lands are designated as a place for young adults employed in this program to expend their efforts.

Tom Cole

0:46:56 to 0:47:16( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: it makes sense, then, that these tribes would be able to house some of the participants thereby enhancing the experience of these workers. not only would this program connect participants to the land, but housing them in tribal areas could enhance their cultural understanding and awareness. indian country is diverse as america itself. so obviously housing these

Tom Cole

0:47:17 to 0:47:37( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: individuals would not be ideal on some reservations. it is important, though, to include willing tribal governments in this program as native americans are historically some of the best stewards of environment and the potential for cultural interchange in this program would certainly have great benefit for both the national lands conservation workers and the tribes.

Tom Cole

0:47:38 to 0:47:58( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? mr. grijalva: i ask unanimous consent to claim time in opposition to the amendment although i am not opposed to the amendment. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. grijalva: thank you. madam speaker, this amendment would ensure that the tribes

Tom Cole

0:47:59 to 0:48:19( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: would be among the governments and groups which the secretaries would contract to provide temporary housing for corps participants. we support this amendment and appreciate the gentleman's efforts. and appreciate the correction of an oversight. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. cole: i thank the gentleman

Tom Cole

0:48:20 to 0:48:40( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: very much. in conclusion i again yield myself the balance of my time. madam speaker, i urge all members to vote yes on this amendment. again this is a simple modification that will allow native american tribes to enter into agreements to house the employees of the public land service corps just like federal agencies face, localities, and

Tom Cole

0:48:41 to 0:48:45( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: private organizations. this designation will give the departments of agriculture and interior more housing option

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