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House Proceeding on Apr 14th, 2010 :: 3:01:25 to 3:04:40
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Sam Johnson

3:01:21 to 3:01:41( Edit History Discussion )

Sam Johnson: represents a missed opportunity. i intend to support this bill, mr. speaker, but i believe we could have and should have done so much more for hardworking americans who send us here to conduct the nation's business and who entrust us with such a large portion of the fruits of their labor. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from louisiana

Sam Johnson

3:01:25 to 3:04:40( Edit History Discussion )
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Sam Johnson

3:01:42 to 3:02:03( Edit History Discussion )

Sam Johnson: reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. the gentleman continues to reserve. the gentleman from louisiana. >> at this time i'd like to yield three minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. johnson, a distinguished member of the committee on ways and means. the speaker pro empore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for three minutes.

Sam Johnson

3:02:04 to 3:02:25( Edit History Discussion )

Sam Johnson: mr. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding. i'd means chairman for making my commonsense cell phone fix the cornerstone of the taxpayer assistance act 2010. members may recognize this provision as a bipartan bill, h.r. 690, the mobile cell phone act, which i've introduced with

Sam Johnson

3:02:26 to 3:02:48( Edit History Discussion )

Sam Johnson: mr. poll row. as we all know -- pomeroy. as we all know in today's 24/7 economy, cell phones and blackberries have become the modern version of landline office phones and yet unlike landline phones, workers and their employees are supposed to keep detailed call logs or else

Sam Johnson

3:02:49 to 3:03:10( Edit History Discussion )

Sam Johnson: they'll face the wrath of the i.r.s. this means a business can lose its deduction while a worker can face tas for making personal calls. that's just wrong. we don't want to nickel and dime workers for making the occasional personal call from a desk and we shouldn't for cell phones either. times have changed since the

Sam Johnson

3:03:11 to 3:03:31( Edit History Discussion )

Sam Johnson: congress passed this rule in 1989 when people carried phones in a suitcase. i used to carry one myself when i was in the air force and i could hardly carry it it was so heavy. they were used by the likes of high-flying corporate executives and cost us a small fortune. even the i.r.s. gets it that

Sam Johnson

3:03:32 to 3:03:52( Edit History Discussion )

Sam Johnson: times have changed. in fact, last june the i.r.s. commissioner said in a statement, the passage of time advances in technology and the nation of communication in the modern workplace have rendered this law obsolete. there you have it. even the i.r.s. commissioner believes that this law needs to

Sam Johnson

3:03:53 to 3:04:13( Edit History Discussion )

Sam Johnson: be changed. this provision will especially help our nation's small businesses, according to an nfib poll, nearly four out of five small businesses use a cell phone for work. now, more than ever we need to stop penalizing our job-creating entrepreneurs with this

Sam Johnson

3:04:14 to 3:04:34( Edit History Discussion )

Sam Johnson: ridiculous tax rule. startup small businesses and their employees have better things to do with their time than track each and every call they make. and they shouldn't have to spe time worrying that the i.r.s. will hit them with taxes for perm calls. even the administration -- personal calls. even the administration agrees,

Sam Johnson

3:04:35 to 3:04:41( Edit History Discussion )

Sam Johnson: as they included this proposal in their budget. so how about let's doing awhich

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