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House Proceeding on Mar 24th, 2010 :: 1:43:50 to 1:51:20
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Virginia Foxx

1:43:46 to 1:44:07( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: disaster relief that has to be managed for the rest of this season of tornadoes and fires and floods. and we're in a flood right now in north dakota and minnesota. we have to address that and we have to fill that emergency fund so we can atres these things promptly and witut any delay as i believe occurred with katrina down in louisiana.

Virginia Foxx

1:43:50 to 1:51:20( Edit History Discussion )
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Virginia Foxx

1:44:08 to 1:44:28( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: with that i'd reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado reserves. the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. and i thank my colleague very much for yielding and answering my questions. you know, i didn't say anything about fema and its response to hurricane katrina. i think if you will look back

Virginia Foxx

1:44:29 to 1:44:49( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: at my comments it was that congress was able to respond immediately when there was a need, which is what i -- what we believe should happen -- mr. perlmutter: wi the gentlewoman yield? ms. foxx: yes. mr. perlmutter: yielding after the hurricane hits isn't fast enough. this is about knowing these things are coming and dealing

Virginia Foxx

1:44:50 to 1:45:12( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: with them in advance. and with that i yield back to my friend. ms. foxx: well, i thank my colleague, and what i don't understand, if this is what the democrats do, why don't we have an emergency reserve fund? again, we know that we advise families to prepare for emergencies. that's what we should do in the government. we should go through regular

Virginia Foxx

1:45:13 to 1:45:33( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: order, we should have debate, we should have some idea of where money is going to need to be spent in advance in terms of how we respond at the federal level. this is more government knowing the answer to everything and government control from the federal level. that's exactly what this is.

Virginia Foxx

1:45:34 to 1:45:54( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: . is it going to create jobs? yes, it's going to create some summer jobs for young people, but it's not going affect that job picture that my colleague talked about. neither did the stimulus. the stimulus was passed. we were told by the white house, by the congress pass this unemployment will not

Virginia Foxx

1:45:55 to 1:46:16( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: exceed 8%. unemployment has been right at 10% for months and months and months. in fact again the only thing that's been stimulated has been the government. and that's not where we need to be become. -- to be going. the american people don't want more government, they want more jobs. the recent health care overhaul

Virginia Foxx

1:46:17 to 1:46:38( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: and last year's stimulus bill illustrate that congress is very good at growing government. not so good at spurring job growth. the simple truth is that if the democrats really wanted to stimulate youth employment, there's one sensible effective policy change that could do so without spending a dime. as articulated in a march 10 "wall street journal" editorial, quote, the recent

Virginia Foxx

1:46:39 to 1:47:00( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: act of congress that's caused the most economic hardship goes to the may, 2007 law raising the minimum wage in three stages to $7.25 an hour from $5.15. rarely has a law hurt more vulnerable people more quickly. a higher minimum wage has the biggest impact on those with the least experience or the fewees skills.

Virginia Foxx

1:47:01 to 1:47:21( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: that means in particular those looking for entry-level jobs, especially teenagers. and sure enough as nearly all economic moms predict, the higher minimum has wreaked havoc with teenage job seekers. well beyond what you would expect even in a recession. the editorial continues by comparing, quote, the

Virginia Foxx

1:47:22 to 1:47:42( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: three-stage increase in the minimum wage with the jobless rate for teens age 16 to 19 since 2007. the first increase, so 585 there 515 came after a decade of no incases. and when the overall jobless rate was below 5% and the teen rate was 14.9%.

Virginia Foxx

1:47:43 to 1:48:04( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: the demand for labor was sufficiently strong in many areas that most employers were probably willing to absorb the higher wage. but as the minimum wage increased, even as the overall job market began to worsen, the damage to teen job seekers became more severe. by the time the third increase

Virginia Foxx

1:48:05 to 1:48:26( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: to $7.25 from $6.55 took effect in july 2009, the teen jobless rate was 24.3% and by october it peaked at 27.6% before dropping to 26.4% in january. the story's even worse for black teens who often have lower than average education levels or live in areas with

Virginia Foxx

1:48:27 to 1:48:48( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: fewer job prospects. their jobless rate climbed from 38.5% before the third wage hike to 49.8% in november, 2009, before falling back to 43.8% in january. for black male teens, the rate climbed to 52.2% in december from 39.2% in july.

Virginia Foxx

1:48:49 to 1:49:09( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: the difference between the jobless rate for black teens and the entire population widened by six percentage points from june, 2007, to january, 2010. even assuming those rates fall as the job market improves this year, they'll remain destructively high. the third increase was especially ill-timed because it

Virginia Foxx

1:49:10 to 1:49:32( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: hit while the recession was ending but before employers felt confident to rehire to raise the cause of unskilled labor precisely when the jobless rate is heading toward 10% is an act of almost willful economic stupidity. madam speaker, i want to remind the speaker that i'm quoting. a congress that has spent $862

Virginia Foxx

1:49:33 to 1:49:53( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: billion to create jobs does manage with its wage increase to harm tens of thousands of entry-level job seekers and it did so in the name of compassion and a living wage. in many cases that wage has since become zero. the evidence is clear that increasing the minimum wage is an expensive and misguided way to move working families out of poverty.

Virginia Foxx

1:49:54 to 1:50:14( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: according to the employment policies institute, 85% of people who earn the minimum wage aren't the primary breadwinner in a family. most readers rember the work habits they learned from their first job, showing up on time, being courteous to customers, learning how to use technology. such habits are often more valuable than the actual paycheck. studies have confirmed when

Virginia Foxx

1:50:15 to 1:50:35( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: teens work during the summer months or after school, they have higher lifetime earnings than those who don't work. raising the minimum wage may inadvertently reduce lifetime earnings. most democrats won't bend on the minimum wage because it's poor in demand. but free thinkers ought to krt

Virginia Foxx

1:50:36 to 1:50:56( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: teenage job problem. the long-term dangers we are building in higher level of structural unemployment as our least skilled workers find it harder to climb on to the first rung of the job market. this will not solve problems. it weights more. -- creates more. with that, madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina

Virginia Foxx

1:51:18 to 1:51:20( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: 1/2 minutes. the gentlewoman from north

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