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House Proceeding 04-01-08 on Apr 1st, 2008 :: 2:32:06 to 2:36:10
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John Jr.Conyers

2:27:40 to 2:32:06( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Jr.Conyers

John Jr.Conyers

2:31:56 to 2:32:06( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: i would at this point reserve the balance of my time, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman is recognized. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time

Lamar S. Smith

2:32:06 to 2:32:19( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. smith: mr. speaker, first of all, i want to thank the chairman of the judiciary committee, the gentlemante from mic higan, mr.

Lamar S. Smith

2:32:06 to 2:36:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lamar S. Smith

Lamar S. Smith

2:32:19 to 2:32:43( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: conyers, for his generous comments a while ago. and i certainly appreciated working with him on this bill as well. performing arts organizations use o.m.p. visas to bring many talented artists.

Lamar S. Smith

2:32:43 to 2:32:58( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: despite they should adjudicate visas up to 15 days, 30 -- the long delays creates the risks of them being cancelled, creating high economic risks in the local economies they support. henry

Lamar S. Smith

2:32:58 to 2:33:12( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: field goalle, president of the american symphony orchestra league said, quote, they confront long waits in gang approval for visa petitions for foreign guest artists. this degree of uncertainty

Lamar S. Smith

2:33:12 to 2:33:30( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: can be too risky and is having a direct impact on their ability to present foreign guest artists. orchestra us mus t sell tickets in advance, creating a financial obligation to their audiences.

Lamar S. Smith

2:33:30 to 2:33:44( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: performances are date, time and location specific, and the nature of scheduling groups requires the timing of the people be confirmed, end quote. it requires that the department of homeland security

Lamar S. Smith

2:33:44 to 2:33:56( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: can charge a fee of $1,000 to provide premium processing for plutonium-based visa petitions, adjudication within 15 days.it however, nonprofit organizations cannot afford to pay this extra

Lamar S. Smith

2:33:56 to 2:34:11( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: amount, either because they are small, cash-strapped institutions or because they sponsor many foreign artists over a year's time. the arts required timely service arts act provides that if a

Lamar S. Smith

2:34:11 to 2:34:24( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: nonprofit organization's petition for an o visa or p vees c.i.a. notted a juted wiin 30 days it will receive premium processing free of charge. i support this bill, and i want to thank the

Lamar S. Smith

2:34:24 to 2:34:35( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: chairman and mr. berman for their bipartisan amendment in committee that clarified that only arts organizations that are qualified as tax-exempt under section 501-c of the internal revenue code

Lamar S. Smith

2:34:35 to 2:34:48( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: can receive the fee waiver and athletes do not qualify for this waiver. mr. king, the gentleman from ge iowa, and a member of the immigration subcommittee ranking member -- ranking member of

Lamar S. Smith

2:34:48 to 2:34:59( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: the immigration subcommittee of the judiciary committee, offered a number of amendments in the subcommittee markup of this bill. only small nonprofit arts organizations should be eligible for

Lamar S. Smith

2:34:59 to 2:35:09( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: the fee waivers. these would have in fact, i improved the bill. unfortunately they were not adopted. on the who tle, however, this is, a good bill, and i urge my colleagues to support it. and

Lamar S. Smith

2:35:09 to 2:35:31( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: i'll reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from michigan. mr. conyers: mr. speaker, although there's great support

Lamar S. Smith

2:35:31 to 2:35:42( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: for this bill, i have no other requests for time and in full confidence and trust of the other side i return the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: retain? does the gentleman

Lamar S. Smith

2:35:42 to 2:35:51( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: yield back his time? does the gentleman from michigan yield back his time? mr. conyers: yes, sir, i do. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. smith: i want to assure the chairman

Lamar S. Smith

2:35:51 to 2:36:00( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: that i will not take advantantge of his yielding back the time. i do, however, yield three minutes to mr. king, the gentleman from iowa, the ranking member of the immigration subcommittee

Lamar S. Smith

2:36:00 to 2:36:10( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: of the judiciary committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. king: i thank mr. smith, the ranking member of the immigration -- excuse me -- of the overall judiciary committee

Steve King

2:36:10 to 2:36:24( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: and chairman for his graciousness. i appreciate the privilege to address this issue under these circumstances, and i make no pledge about taking advantage of the situation, but i will

Steve King

2:36:10 to 2:38:38( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Steve King

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