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House Proceeding 04-27-09 on Apr 27th, 2009 :: 1:03:05 to 1:06:40
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John R. Carter

1:03:02 to 1:03:24( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: with them. that's not been the case so far. as a result, i think our country is worse off for it. i yield back to the leader of this discussion. mr. carter: the issue of bipartisanship is one that every american wants, including every american in this house.

John R. Carter

1:03:05 to 1:06:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John R. Carter

John R. Carter

1:03:25 to 1:03:48( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: some things are just so diametrically opposed to what you stand for, there's no place you can go there when you talk about bipartisanship, you've got to come in and try to move to a compromise middle position. most of the legislation that we've seen in congress in the first 100 days hadn't really been vetted with the committee

John R. Carter

1:03:49 to 1:04:09( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: system. itlmost comes from the speaker's office to the floor. we don't have any input into all that. you've got to sit down and talk things out, that's why we have committees, that's why we have small you are units that discuss these things.

John R. Carter

1:04:10 to 1:04:31( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: when i was -- my first term of congress, i started on, it was then called the education and workforce, now it's the education and labor committee. we had a group of african-american women and mostly women, but a few men, mostly gra mothers, who came to express

John R. Carter

1:04:32 to 1:04:53( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: their desire to make sure that the voucher program that had been created, before i got here, for the d.c. schools, was kept in place because, and they testified over and over how it was saving the lives of their chilen and grandchildren. that it was allowing them to

John R. Carter

1:04:54 to 1:05:14( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: select the school of their choice and to put an effort forward to excel and be a superior student because they were able to get into the lottery system to get one of these vouchers for 1,700 students as an experimental

John R. Carter

1:05:15 to 1:05:36( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: program. i've never been up here where i saw just ordinary folks come in and -- i mean, i saw a grandmothe cry, please don't take this program away. this program is saving my grandchild's life. please don't take it away.

John R. Carter

1:05:37 to 1:05:58( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: and we didn't. but unfortunately, the administration's eliminated that program. now this program was just what a bunch of poor people wanted. it's just a shame we couldn't expand that program so that we could do something about the failed d.c. school system to

John R. Carter

1:05:59 to 1:06:21( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: make sure that good, hard-working kids, no matter where they live or what their circumstances in life are, would have a place to go to have a chance to have a better education. i don't understand that. i don't understand why that would happen. but it has to do with something to do with politics.

John R. Carter

1:06:22 to 1:06:40( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: but when you're talking about little kids and their chance to go to a safe school and their chance to learn something and you have a program that's giving them that chance and every one of their parents and grandparents say they're the greatest thing that ever happened to us, why in the world

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