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House Proceeding 05-05-09 on May 5th, 2009 :: 4:33:45 to 4:46:00
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Phil Gingrey

4:33:39 to 4:33:59( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: have. the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy of january 6, 2009, the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia, mr. gingrey, for 60 minutes. mr. gingrey: madam speaker, thank you very much, madam speaker, for the opportunity to

Phil Gingrey

4:33:45 to 4:46:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Phil Gingrey

Phil Gingrey

4:34:00 to 4:34:20( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: address my colleagues for the best part of the next hour. what we are going to do, madam speaker, is talk about this current virus that's going around that we are now referring to as

Phil Gingrey

4:34:21 to 4:34:41( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: but i think most people would understand better if we said swine flu. now, i understand why we are trying to get away from calling it swine flu, and obviously in states across the country where the pork industry is hugely

Phil Gingrey

4:34:42 to 4:35:05( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: important to the economy, they don't want this fear, unwarranted fear, really, of consuming pork products. we are completely safe. obviously you have been -- know from all of childhood that pork should be be well cooked and to

Phil Gingrey

4:35:06 to 4:35:27( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: atemperature of 160 degrees and it's perfectly safe. that's the reason why i'm going to stand here tonight and probably not use the term swine flu very much because i don't want to create an unnecessary fear of a very, very safe product that could be harmful to states across this country and to other countries as well. we are in a tough time

Phil Gingrey

4:35:28 to 4:35:49( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: economically on a global scale and we don't want to make that -- those matters worse by creating a false sense of concern. i will be joined, madam speaker, this evening by a colleague or two or three or four maybe who are part of the g.o.p. doctors caucus. we formed this caucus at the

Phil Gingrey

4:35:50 to 4:36:12( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: beginning of this congress, the 111th, as we grew our numbers of health care providers in their previous life who are now have morphed into members of this great body, the house of representatives. we have that really on both sides of the aisle, but this is a republican hour, madam speaker, and i will be joined by other republicans.

Phil Gingrey

4:36:13 to 4:36:33( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: i would welcome if any of my democratic friends, health care providers, are sitting in their office television, on c-span if they want to come over and join us and weigh in on this, i'll be glad to yield them time. .

Phil Gingrey

4:36:34 to 4:36:56( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: because the purpose, there's no partisanship involved here, the purpose is to try to inform our colleagues, all 435 in the house, so that they can inform their constituents and each one, as you know, madam speaker, represents almost 700,000 people in their representative

Phil Gingrey

4:36:57 to 4:37:17( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: districts and -- respective districts and we are all getting calls. people are scared. i would say that some fear is warranted but a pandemic of panic is not warranted. and so the more information that we as members of congress can give to our constituents and

Phil Gingrey

4:37:18 to 4:37:39( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: that our staff can give when they call the office either here in washington or in our district, offices, then we get to keep this thing in its proper perspective. and that's my purpose tonight. and that's the purpose of my me late heir in the hour. to talk about this issue and to

Phil Gingrey

4:37:40 to 4:38:02( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: make sure that people have enough information that they can take care of themselves and their children or maybe maybe their elderly parents or possibly someone in the family whose immune system is compromised, so they know what to do, they know what the risks are, they know what their government is doing. and, madam speaker, i want to

Phil Gingrey

4:38:03 to 4:38:25( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: commend and compliment federal gernment and our respective state health departments, the center for disease control in my great state of georgia which is an integral part of the department of health and human is really the lead agency, if you will, in regard to

Phil Gingrey

4:38:26 to 4:38:47( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: infectious disease, communicable disease, epidemiology, and previously the director of c.d.c. these are the kind of people of both -- with experience in infectious disease. the doctor, internal medicine specialist, subspecialdy being infectious disease.

Phil Gingrey

4:38:48 to 4:39:08( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: it's comforting to know that these kinds of professionals are standing guard. they're watching our backs. we had a hearing last week, both republicans and democrats, the new secretary, the day after she

Phil Gingrey

4:39:09 to 4:39:30( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: was confirmed, former govern of kansas and now secretary of health and human services, former governor of arizona, janet napolitano, now secretary of the department of holand security, and admiral shoe sat from the department of -- from

Phil Gingrey

4:39:31 to 4:39:51( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: the c.d.c., who is a brigadier general in the department of public health. all spoke to us and told members of congress exactly what the plan was. and what was being done and what is currently being done in regard to this impending

Phil Gingrey

4:39:52 to 4:40:16( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: pandemic. certainly, we're pleased a week later to find out that things are much better today on what is it, the fifth of may, than they were a week ago or two weeks ago. and it looks like we are not, madam speaker, going to have a pandemic of this potentially

Phil Gingrey

4:40:17 to 4:40:37( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: very viglent virus that has occurred in our past history. we'll talk a little bit maybe about what happened in 1918 when 50 million people across the world died from influenzaa. of course, that was a differen time. it was -- it probably started in the united states, in very

Phil Gingrey

4:40:38 to 4:41:00( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: confined corridors as men were training to be rushed into the battle of the great war, world war i, and very close contact, but, of course, back then there were no vaccinations against any kind of flu, seasonal flu, avian

Phil Gingrey

4:41:01 to 4:41:21( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: flu, this current type ah 1 n 1 influence virus. no vaccine and more importantly, madam speaker, no antibiotics. it was not until 1941, i think, or there abouts that penicillin was discovered. so you really had no way of treating, no effective way, of treating complications and of

Phil Gingrey

4:41:22 to 4:41:45( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: course the complication that would lead to death in let's say even the 35,000 deaths that occur today. following just regular seasonal flu, complications from regular seasonal flu, there were respiretory. it's knew moania.

Phil Gingrey

4:41:46 to 4:42:09( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: back in 1918, i don't think there were anies remain operators that i'm aware of. i don't think -- my colleague from georgia, dr. paul broun, a family practitioner, has joined me and when i yield time to him, we can talk about that in the colloquy about what was available. but i think we could compare the

Phil Gingrey

4:42:10 to 4:42:32( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: current situation, this 2009 concern over this influenza, to 1976 when a very similar virus struck, again, originated in a military facility, i think it was fort dix.

Phil Gingrey

4:42:33 to 4:42:53( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: at least one death and five soldiers were -- came down with this type a influenza h 1 n 1. very similar. i said i wasn't going to say swine flu but very similar to

Phil Gingrey

4:42:54 to 4:43:14( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: what we're looking at today. a vaccine was developed and we start at big vaccine program, i think 50 m during the ford administration, were vaccinated against this virus. and, you know, in retrospect, it

Phil Gingrey

4:43:15 to 4:43:35( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: may have not been necessary and finally that program of vaccinating everybody was canceled because of complications we had. we had more complications really from the vaccine than we did from the flu. and i say that not to suggest today that we shouldn't prepare rselves and again i compliment

Phil Gingrey

4:43:36 to 4:43:58( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: the respective secretaries and the c.d.c. and the states that are ready and they are ready and people should be very comforted by that. but we need to question how much money we spend, is it appropriate to, let's say, spend

Phil Gingrey

4:43:59 to 4:44:19( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: $2 billion in the up coming emergency supplemental that's primarily for ongoing cost of tryinging to win in iraq and afghanistan, a very important spending, it's probably going to end up being $90 billion-plus in this emergency supplemental, but

Phil Gingrey

4:44:20 to 4:44:41( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: whether or not we need to spend $2 billion specifically in this emergency supplemental on developing a vaccine and vaccinating 50 million people like we did in 1976, there is some questio physician who practiced for 30 years, although not in

Phil Gingrey

4:44:42 to 4:45:03( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: infectious disease, but i do have some concerns that we don't overreact. and that we make sure that we have a measured response. the president has an obligation to do that and i can understand that he doesn't want to take this too lightly and i'm sure he

Phil Gingrey

4:45:04 to 4:45:26( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: remembers katrina just as we a do. i'll use the expression, he doesn't want to get katrinaed over this issue by not responding appropriately. and i do understand that. i think we all understand what i'm talking about when i say that. but we will spend, as i say, the best part of an hour talking about this issue. i've got just a very few posters

Phil Gingrey

4:45:27 to 4:45:48( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: that i want to share with my colleagues, madam speaker, before yielding to dr. the great physician member from athens, georgia. this first slide is referencing that outbreak that occurred back in 1976.

Phil Gingrey

4:45:49 to 4:46:03( Edit History Discussion )

Phil Gingrey: and again, it was very similar. the type of virus then was very similar to this 2009 outbreak. five soldiers at fort dix, new england, i believe, -- new

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