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House Proceeding 03-24-10 on Mar 24th, 2010 :: 0:14:40 to 0:18:50
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Harold Rogers

0:14:40 to 0:18:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Harold Rogers

Harold Rogers

0:14:57 to 0:15:17( Edit History Discussion )

Harold Rogers: rogers. mr. rogers: i thank the ranking member for yielding. i rise, mr. speaker, to voice my disappointment with this bill. first, the sheer cost of the disaster relief section of this bill has largely resulted from the administration's own

Harold Rogers

0:15:18 to 0:15:39( Edit History Discussion )

Harold Rogers: reluctance to be forth right on true disaster costs. when the administration knew full well that they were looking at an imnse shortfall for disaster relief costs for fiscal 2010 they all but stuck their heads in the sand, refused to get off the dime and submit an

Harold Rogers

0:15:40 to 0:16:00( Edit History Discussion )

Harold Rogers: official request or budget amendment. and that's after continued inquiries and even congressional direction, congressional direction to be mo forthcoming with known costs. to add insult to injury, fema's inability to accurately assess

Harold Rogers

0:16:01 to 0:16:23( Edit History Discussion )

Harold Rogers: the costs of certaindamages have led to several large arbitration rulings and settlements, rulings in which fema was admonished for having no sound basis for its estimates. fema's inept tude has resulted

Harold Rogers

0:16:24 to 0:16:45( Edit History Discussion )

Harold Rogers: in an additional $1.2 billion in costs to the taxpayers. these failures amount to an expensive and now hurried bill. it goes without saying that the administration and fema must do better in estimating and

Harold Rogers

0:16:46 to 0:17:10( Edit History Discussion )

Harold Rogers: budgeting for the real costs of disasters. we've been on this broken path for too long. secondly, given the failings of the administration and fema and considering this supplemental does not follow a singular catastrophic event, i see no reason why the administration and the democrat majority have

Harold Rogers

0:17:11 to 0:17:33( Edit History Discussion )

Harold Rogers: not worked harder to offset this spending. and this concern is especially relevant when billions of dollars in unobligated money is lying around, sloshing in the so-called stimulus bill, a point that chairman lewis has made repeatedly here today. why are we further burdening the

Harold Rogers

0:17:34 to 0:17:54( Edit History Discussion )

Harold Rogers: american people with additional debt when there are moneys that can and should be used to pay for the costs of real emergencies? sadly the majority hasn't even consulted the minority or for that matter the committee on finding ways to pay for this and is choosing instead to just ram

Harold Rogers

0:17:55 to 0:18:16( Edit History Discussion )

Harold Rogers: this bill through the house with only an hour of debate. i'd like to think that had this bill been handled properly th at least some minority input we could have collaborated to produce a more fiscally disciplined bill. and a bill that included some badly need oversight on how

Harold Rogers

0:18:17 to 0:18:37( Edit History Discussion )

Harold Rogers: the administration and fema is budgeting for disaster relief funding. needless to say, the majority seems hell bent on s taxpayer money without even giving lip service to an offset. mr. speaker, at this rate we're simply passing an impossible

Harold Rogers

0:18:38 to 0:18:52( Edit History Discussion )

Harold Rogers: financial emergency to our children. and our grandchildren. to say that i'm disappointed at this bill's cost and lack of oversight and discipline is a gross understatement. the administration and this

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