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House Proceeding 03-31-09 on Mar 31st, 2009 :: 0:25:00 to 0:30:30
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Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:24:47 to 0:25:08( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: it's because we all recognize that it isn't a republican or democratic issue. it's not black or white or gray or blue or red. it's an american issue. i urge our colleagueso stand with me on the right side of history and s legislation. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. mckeon: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 1388,

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:25:00 to 0:30:30( Edit History Discussion )
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Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:25:09 to 0:25:29( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recogzed. mr. mckeon: mr. speaker, this bill is largely the same as the give act, a bipartisan bill that this chamber passed overwhelmingly two weeks ago. the other chamber took up our version of the bill and made a few minor changes, including some that significantly improve i would like to address a few of the key republican provisions

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:25:30 to 0:25:51( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: that were in the house bill and still remain in this bill. additionally, i will discuss those improvements made by the senate. first, this bill still encourages the spirit of volunteerism that great american trait by updating decades old national service programs for the 21st century. we know the national service programs can work.

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:25:52 to 0:26:13( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: in fact, in the last three years more than four million service hours have been spent helping gulf coast communities recover and rebuild after hurricanes katrina and rita. that's four million hours of service made possible by the organizations and the individuals who choose to participate in national service. but we also know these programs

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:26:14 to 0:26:34( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: can be made stronger. the house bill started us down taxpayer dollars are being used effectively and efficiently. this is important because national service programs aren investment in america's future. .

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:26:35 to 0:26:57( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: by ensuring give big organizations other time will be worth much more than the cost of the bill today. however, despite the great returns on this investment, the accountable, and it will be through regular evaluations and audits. another republican priority reflected in this legislation is the creation of new -- of a

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:26:58 to 0:27:19( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: new veterans' corps this new corps gives former soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines a once again and gives us a chance to serve them. of course, republicans are directly responsible for many of the most critical parts of this legislation before us today. last week we offered a motion to recommit to amend this bill.

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:27:20 to 0:27:41( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: we did it in such a way that it would ensure taxpayer dollars would not be used for activities that we and many americans find objectionable. we won that vote and as we negotiated with the other chamber, we insisted the heart of these safeguards remain in place. because of that, i can say no

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:27:42 to 0:28:02( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: federal money will be used to perform or promote abortions, no money will go to for-profit companies, campaigns, or lobbyists. no money will be used to support voter registration drives and no national service participants will replace employed workers or private volunteers working on a

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:28:03 to 0:28:24( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: particular project. the senate also strengthened the motion to recommit from the 110th congress through an amendment offered by senator richard burr. that motion required criminal background checks for participants in national service programs. his amendment strengthened this provision by requiring

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:28:25 to 0:28:45( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: mandatory f.b.i. fingerprinting for certain participants. the m.t.r. approved by the house prohibited recipients of funding under this act from co-locating with organizations that engage in prohibited activities. that was thoughtful and well-intentioned provision intended to ensure ha that organizations that would

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:28:46 to 0:29:06( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: otherwise be ineligible for funding would not be able to set up dumb -- dummy nonprofits to qualify for funding. that would have had harmful smaller organizations that rely on larger agencies for office space.

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:29:07 to 0:29:27( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: our intent was not to discriminate against small nonprofits, faith-based organizations, or charities. that's why we revised the language to ensurehat funding will never be used for the activities we identified but at the same time, smaller and faith-based organizations will not be cut out of these programs simply because of where their offices are

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:29:28 to 0:29:49( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: located. finally the other chamber included one more change. it added a sense of congress that calls on us to preserve the income tax deduction for charitable contributions. the national service programs depend upon substantial support from the private sector in order to work. on top of that if we are trying

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:29:50 to 0:30:13( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: to inspire a sfirt of volunteerism beyond this bill we must provide incentives for corpations to keep up charitable giving in these tough economic times. mr. speaker, i support this bill because americans who step forward and say, i want to help, should be given the opportunity to do so. this bill is largely the same

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:30:14 to 0:30:30( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: as the bill this chamber overwhelmingly supported a few weeks ago. republican ideas have been adopted in this legislation in both the hse and senate and the bill, h.r. 1388 is stronger because of it. i thank chairman miller for working together on this and making this a good bill we can

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