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House Proceeding 05-13-09 on May 13th, 2009 :: 0:45:35 to 0:50:25
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Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:45:32 to 0:45:52( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: i beg and i implore my colleagues to make our children a priority and support this bill. i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california, mr. mckeon. mr. mckeon: thank you, mr. chairman. i have been listening to all the comments that were mad and there's good, sound arguments on both sides of this

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:45:35 to 0:50:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Howard P. Buck McKeon

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:45:53 to 0:46:14( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: issue. nobody, i think, says that we shouldn't have the very, very best schools that we can send our children to. i think we talk about priorities and how we decide where the money comes from and how it should be done. i've been here in congress now a little over 16 years. i remember back in my first

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:46:15 to 0:46:36( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: term, a bill was proposed that was also very good. it was to put more cops on the street and i remember the mayor of los angeles c time and he said, if you'll vote for this and support this, just get it started, we'll carry it from then on. and i didn't vote for it.

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:46:37 to 0:46:57( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: i didn't think that they would be able to carry it on and that's what's happened. that bill was passednd i did good things, put more cops on the street, but theinal -- where we are now is we've put more and more money into that each year, the federal government has become more and

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:46:58 to 0:47:18( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: more involved in local law enforcement and now we're to the point where we've even eliminated the local match. we've totally taken over the cops on the street and the federal government involvement now has, as i said, increased year by year. and i can see this program doing the same thing. i served for nine years on a local school board.

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:47:19 to 0:47:39( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: and we always were looking for ways to get more money to cover our needs. there were always more needs than money available. and i know we had problems with our long-term maintenance and we had to maksome sacrifices, we had to make some adjustments so we cou spend money for some long-term investment to build up

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:47:40 to 0:48:02( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: our roofs on the schools so we wouldn't have them collapsing or the rain wouldn't be coming through. and i know how people think, i know how human nature is. and i know if i were still on that school board and this bill

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:48:03 to 0:48:27( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: were passed, became law, that i would be, you know, probably looking to the federal government to meet those needs and then using the local monies for other things and turning more and more over to the federal government. that's just human nature. as i said, there were always more needs than money. and so i see this program

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:48:28 to 0:48:50( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: starting out at $40 billion as it grows over the years, ultimately taking that total responsibility off of the local school boards and looking to the federal government for all school construction, all school improvements and even though it's a good thing, i think by virtue of the constitution and

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:48:51 to 0:49:11( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: tradition, that that is a local problem, not a federal responsibility. and the money all comes from the taxpayers. and when it comes from the federal government, it kind of seems like, at least in california, we send about 12% of the money here and about 10% findsity way back. it would be much better -- finds

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:49:12 to 0:49:34( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: its way back. it would be much better if we could keep our expenses down here, try to cut spending, try to get back within our means of how we live. some things have been said about how we really should be building better schools. i agree with that. but i don't think it's totally necessary. when we think of mr. roe, dr.

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:49:35 to 0:49:55( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: roe, who said he went to a two-room school house, seemed to get a pretty good education, he's a physician. and i think back to president lincoln who was taught by candlelight with a bible, how to read by his mother. had just a couple of years of formal education, i think we would all agree that mr. lincoln

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:49:56 to 0:50:17( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: turned out all right. so i think when we say that there's no way to educate our children unless we pump $40 billion more of the federal government into this program, that that's the way to make it happen. you know, i have to say, as i said earlier, this bill costs

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:50:18 to 0:50:28( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: too much, borrows too much and controls too much. i urge my colleagues to oppose

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