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House Proceeding 03-31-09 on Mar 31st, 2009 :: 0:43:05 to 0:49:30
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Rick Boucher

0:43:01 to 0:43:22( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: security problems without sufficient justification. madam speaker, i'll reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from virginia will control the time of the gentleman from michigan. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. boucher: thank you, madam

Rick Boucher

0:43:05 to 0:49:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Rick Boucher

Rick Boucher

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

Rick Boucher: speaker. i yield myself six minutes. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. boucher: and i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. boucher: thank you, madam speaker. i want to begin by extending my personal appreciation to the chairman of the house judiciary committee, the gentleman from michigan, mr. conyers, for his

Rick Boucher

0:43:44 to 0:44:08( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: determined effort to bring the free flow of information act to the floor of the house today and for the strong supp the last congress and again in this congress that he and his outstanding staff are providing to protect the public's right tonow. the bill tt is before the house today is identical to the bill that passed the house in

Rick Boucher

0:44:09 to 0:44:29( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: the last congress by a vote of 398-21. it is a bipartisan measure which this year, as in the previous congress, i was pleased to introduce and partnership with our republican colleague, the gentleman from indiana, mr. pence, and 49 other co-sponsors in the house. i want to acknowledge mr.

Rick Boucher

0:44:30 to 0:44:50( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: pence's leadership and his deep commitment to protecting freedom of the press. it's been a tremendous privilege to have this opportunity to work with him toward the passage of this needed measure. i also want to thank our virginia colleague, bob goodlatte, for his leadership and his strong support of the bill in this congress.

Rick Boucher

0:44:51 to 0:45:13( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: mr. goodlatte and i have worked together to promote a range of national policies. we co-chair, for example, the congressional internet caucus and it is also a pleasure to work with him in this congress in order to promote passage of the free flow of information act. i want to comment for a moment

Rick Boucher

0:45:14 to 0:45:36( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: today on the fact that in 2007 on this floor this vote -- this bill received the outstanding vote of 398-21. that sweeping majority occurred by virtue of the careful work that was done by the house judiciary committee two years ago when the committee considered this legislation. members on both sides of the

Rick Boucher

0:45:37 to 0:45:57( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: aisle participated. they for improving the legislation for the addition of circumstances when disclosure of information could be compelled including numerous provisions of compelled disclosure for the purpose of protecting the national security. and those national security protections are deeply embedded

Rick Boucher

0:45:58 to 0:46:18( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: in the bill that we're considering today. it was an excellent committee process regarded on this house floor by a vote of 398-21 in fafe. the measure was not considered on the senate floor in the last congress, and so we began the process again today with house consideration.

Rick Boucher

0:46:19 to 0:46:39( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: the free flow of information act protects the public's right to know. this is really not about protecting journalists, as my friend from texas would suggest. the privilege is conferred upon journalists, but it is for the purp public's right to know. the bill promotes the flow of information to the public about matters of large public

Rick Boucher

0:46:40 to 0:47:00( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: interests where public disclosure is needed so that corrective action can be taken in order to prevent or corre a deep harm to society, so that legislation can be introduced to correct that harm, so that a lawsuit can be filed or a criminal prosecution be launched once the public is apprised of what in fact is

Rick Boucher

0:47:01 to 0:47:24( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: happening that constitutes a harm to society. journalists serve as public watchdogs bringing sensitive matters to light and the bill before us enables them to do a better job of it. often the best information that can be obtained about matters large public interest that involve corruption in

Rick Boucher

0:47:25 to 0:47:46( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: government or misdeeds in a large organization like a corporation or a large public charity will come from a person on the inside o organization who knows what is happening, who knows about the harm to the public interest that is occurring and feels a public responsibility to pick up a telephone and call a reporter and bring that

Rick Boucher

0:47:47 to 0:48:07( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: critical information to public scrutiny. but that person has a lot to lose. if his or her identity becomes known, that person can be punished, often by the individual who is responsible for the wrongdoing inside that organization. and so in the absence of th ability of reporters to extend a

Rick Boucher

0:48:08 to 0:48:28( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: pledge of confidentiality, to protect the identity of that person on the inside, that information will never come to public light, there will never be an opportunity for the public to take corrective action. this is why we call our bill the free flow of information act, passing this measure, conferring upon journalists a limited

Rick Boucher

0:48:29 to 0:48:49( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: privilege to refrain from revealing confidential source information, will assure that that vital information flows freely to the public so that corrective action and this congress or another legislative forums or the courts can therefore be taken. the measure extends in federal court proceedings a qualified privilege for reporters to

Rick Boucher

0:48:50 to 0:49:10( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: refrain from testifying or producing documents and a qualified privilege to refrain from revealing the identity of confidential sources. throughout the bill, there are provisions protecting the national security and where it is appropriate to protect national security, disclosure of information can be compelled.

Rick Boucher

0:49:11 to 0:49:30( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: disclosure of source information can be required and reporters can in fact be required to testify in federal court proceedings. and the bill very carefully balances the need to protect the national security with the need to assure the free flow of information. madam speaker, it is a carefully written measure which

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