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House Proceeding on Mar 25th, 2010 :: 0:43:10 to 0:57:05
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Pete Sessions

0:43:07 to 0:43:27( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: already passed the h.r., h.r. 5 15, h.r. 337 1, the airline safety and pilot traing improvement act of 2009. i urge my colleagues to approve this rule. let us move quickly to pass this amendment and send it to the senate. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york reserves the balance of her time.

Pete Sessions

0:43:10 to 0:57:05( Edit History Discussion )
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Pete Sessions

0:43:28 to 0:43:48( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. sessions: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i want to thank the gentlewoman, the chairwoman of the rules committee, for yielding me time on this f.a. authorization act. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he may consume. mr. sessio: mr. speaker, i

Pete Sessions

0:43:49 to 0:44:09( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: thank you very much. mr. speaker, this may not come as a surprise to you or members of this body but once again we are discussing a bill on the floor that has come to the floor under a closed rule. . we continue this process in this house of representatives despite the promise from the

Pete Sessions

0:44:10 to 0:44:31( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: majority that they would lead this floor with open and honest and ethical debate. once again this is neither open, and i do believe it's an honest process if members of this body are shut out day after day after day after day after day in the rules committee.

Pete Sessions

0:44:32 to 0:44:52( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: republicans and democrats who cannot come to this floor as a result of the rules committee action that we took yesterday of not even opening this process up to the members. i think it's bad for this body. i think it's terrible for the rules committee and even worse

Pete Sessions

0:44:53 to 0:45:17( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: i think to extend the expectation that we would be open on this floor is a misnomer and it has been for almost four years now. this democrat majority has not allowed for one open amendment process this entire legislative session. not one. not one, mr. speaker.

Pete Sessions

0:45:18 to 0:45:39( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: and that's unprecedented. last week as we are up over the weekend, saturday in the rules committee, for the important health care debate, members came to the rules committee the entire day, over 80 republican amendments presenting ideas, ideas that they had. some which were tstanding

Pete Sessions

0:45:40 to 0:46:01( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: bills and some which were small and minor fixes. and yet at the end of the day before we voted on sunday, gleefully the rules committee majority, including o chairman, gleefully announced all 80 republican ideas were defeated.

Pete Sessions

0:46:02 to 0:46:24( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: all 80 republican ideas were slam dunked in the rules committee. all 80 republican ideas that members came to express themself up on the floor, slam dunked and gleefully the bill was held as is. no additional outside comment necessary.

Pete Sessions

0:46:25 to 0:46:45( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: democrats have it down. this has happened day after day, bill after bill. and we are here, republicans on the floor of the house of representatives today, saying again, that's not right. that's not the way to run this ship. this is not opened. and this is not the process that should be followed. so, i guess when the speaker

Pete Sessions

0:46:46 to 0:47:06( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: promised we are going to be the most open, most honest, most ethical congress, i don't think she was in reference to how she chairman would be running the rules committee or the legislation on this floor. not only is this rule closed, but it allows for martial law

Pete Sessions

0:47:07 to 0:47:29( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: authority, meaning that whatever the majority wants to do, they can do on this floor. all the way throughout the weekend, all the way into monday. the rules committee continues to shut out republicans, our ideas, and to circumvent the rules that this committee has traditionally had simply to pursue an agenda.

Pete Sessions

0:47:30 to 0:47:50( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: and i believe last weekend as thousands of people were outside trying to have their voices be heard, once again this body did not listen to them and rejected their pleas. which really begs the question.

Pete Sessions

0:48:24 to 0:48:44( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: i think would the majority each process? what is it that continue this is process with not one open rule this legislative session? oh, by the way, we are in the second session -- tay's closed rule is all about the feral aviation administration known as the f.a. and this is their re-authorization act.

Pete Sessions

0:48:45 to 0:49:08( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: this bill would re-authorize the f.a. for three more years. and while the u.s. air travel plays a fundamental role in our economy and making safe provisions, a cornerstone of this legislation is important and yet there are controversial provisions, including cost

Pete Sessions

0:49:09 to 0:49:29( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: increases for passengers, excessive spending and labor negotiations and job losses. and today i'd like to talk about those parts of this bill that was not amended, does not allow for member content for amendments. 7 keeping up the tradition of democratic party spending, this

Pete Sessions

0:49:30 to 0:49:52( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: bill authorizes $70 billion over four years. this is a historical level of fundinfor the f.a. which should come as no surprise from this democrat-controlled congress that has already set record levels of deficit and spending over the past four years.

Pete Sessions

0:49:53 to 0:50:16( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: and once again aiming for a $1.6 trillion deficit this year , $200 billion worth of deficit last month alone. this legislation regulates the 1998 labor agreement between the national air traffic controllers association and the f.a. this is a terrible precedent to have congress interject itself

Pete Sessions

0:50:17 to 0:50:37( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: in a current labor dispute, especially when it is on the back of the american taxpayer. according to c.b.o. this agreement's going to cost taxpayers $83 million this year and over $1 billion throughout the four-year re-authorization. this provision puts funding for other important safety and air

Pete Sessions

0:50:38 to 0:50:59( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: traffic control modernization programs at risk. forget the negotiation, we'll just take care of that here on the floor of the house of representatives. additionally, this legislation directs the f.a. to conduct biannual inspections on all foreign pair stations. this completely disregards the

Pete Sessions

0:51:00 to 0:51:22( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: bilateral safety agreements and invites foreign retaliation that threaten 130,000 american jobs at service stations. mr. speaker, why does this democrat leadership continue to bring bills to the floor of the house of representatives that threaten american jobs?

Pete Sessions

0:51:23 to 0:51:43( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: we should be all about ensuring that american jobs are taken care of, not putting them at risk. we have seen record unemployment over the last year, as a matter of fact. in the last year since president obama has come our president, year and several months, we have doubled the amount of people who are unemployed in this country. more and more people are out of

Pete Sessions

0:51:44 to 0:52:05( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: work every day directly because of the political agenda and will of barack obama and nancy pelosi on this floor of the house of representatives with votes of democratic members. americans want jobs. we want a pro-growth strategy. we want to make se and should

Pete Sessions

0:52:06 to 0:52:26( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: be on this floor talking about being competitive with the world, not here trying to satisfy union concerns and raise taxes and diminishing more jobs and putting them at risk. despite the record unemployment and the 130,000 jobs, this bill

Pete Sessions

0:52:27 to 0:52:48( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: currently threatens, it goes one step further by invalidating all antitrust immunity grants to airline allowances three years after enacting their contracts. this will hurt u.s. carrier competitive and threaten another 15,000 jobs. mr. speaker, why would we want

Pete Sessions

0:52:49 to 0:53:09( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: to become less competive with other foreign nations? why would this congress want to place america in a defensive position against the things which have strengthened americans' relationship with other countries and ensure not just that we get along but the american jobs in the process?

Pete Sessions

0:53:10 to 0:53:30( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: this legislation also increases the passenger facility charge, known as the p.f.c. for those of us who are regular travelers. up to $7 per flight. that is a 56% increase from the current allowable $4.50 per flht. at a time when our airlines not

Pete Sessions

0:53:31 to 0:53:52( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: unlike all other areas of this country are struggling, we are now going to stick it to those who are flying to p for these boondoggle expenses that i believe that this congress is doing. while the f.a. says the fees are important to fund f.a.-approved projects to in

Pete Sessions

0:53:53 to 0:54:13( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: hands safety and security, what it's about is to be able to pay for this union contract. you know, these projects also include things like bike storage for passengers that are laid -- bike storage for passengers on airlines. i don't know about you but i don't know how many passengers who bike to the airports with

Pete Sessions

0:54:14 to 0:54:36( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: their luggage. that's what we are going to do. we are going to go and make bicycle areas available at airports. that's just a lot of money and it's a lot of wasted money that does not make sense at a time when we should be making tough decisions not adding to the expense that is required at

Pete Sessions

0:54:37 to 0:54:57( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: every airport in this country. thisre-authorization does very little to improve our nation's air traffic control dernization program known as nextgen. despite concerns and growing congestion in our nation's airspace, the bill ds not provide a dedicated funding source, does not establish a an

Pete Sessions

0:54:58 to 0:55:18( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: air traffic control modernization board, and does not provide nextgen with needed borrowing authority. authority to be prepared for our future. without proper funding and oversight, nextgen will fail to properly deploy the congestion in u.s. airspace which is reaching critical levels to

Pete Sessions

0:55:19 to 0:55:39( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: ensure the safety areas are fully adopted, too. this legislati does include the bipartisan bill, h.r. 3371. the airline safety and pilot training improvement act that passed the house of representatives last year. this is a step in the right direction for the future safety of airline travel.

Pete Sessions

0:55:40 to 0:56:01( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: ensuring our pilots have the appropriate screening and training that is necessary. over a year ago, mr. speaker, the president promised that unemployment would not reach 8%. over three million americans since then have lost their job. that was a promise. we have now reached a 10.2%

Pete Sessions

0:56:02 to 0:56:23( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: record unemployment rate and continue to hover well above the 8% that we were told would be the margin. congress needs to stop the record spending. need to focus on creating jobs. not diminishing them as this bill threatens 130,000 jobs today. mr. speaker, i believe we have

Pete Sessions

0:56:24 to 0:56:45( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: the ability to make progress in congress, to create jobs, and grow the economy. america should be called employer nation. and instead this congress fails to understand how jobs are formed through investment and reinvesting within businesses in this country. we should work to make the

Pete Sessions

0:56:46 to 0:57:05( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: invest and the free enterprise system to become the global leader. we should not rely on governments to pull us out of this economic stumble that we are in. mr. speaker, at this time i would like to yield eight minutes to the gentleman from florida who is the ranking member.

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