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House Proceeding 05-19-09 on May 19th, 2009 :: 0:23:30 to 0:26:45
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Edolphus Towns

0:23:22 to 0:23:43( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: california, mr. issa, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. towns: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. towns: myself such time as i may

Edolphus Towns

0:23:30 to 0:26:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Edolphus Towns

Edolphus Towns

0:23:44 to 0:24:05( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: consume. i rise in support of h.r. 2182, the enhanced oversight of state and local economic recovery act. h.r. 2182 will help ensure efficient and effective use of the taxpayers' moneys, provided to state and local governments for stimulus projects.

Edolphus Towns

0:24:06 to 0:24:26( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: this legislation grew out of a hearing the oversight committee has held on the recovery act. many state and local officials responsible for overseeing spending of stimulus dollars pointed out to us that in these troubled economic times they are under tremendous pressure to conduct their normal oversight

Edolphus Towns

0:24:27 to 0:24:48( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: work, let alone cope with the increase that the recovery act requires. our hearings, mr. speaker, made clear that state and local governments need additional resources to monitor the large infusion of funds the recovery act directs. h.r. 2182 will provide state and local governments with the

Edolphus Towns

0:24:49 to 0:25:11( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: flexibility to setaside a portion of their stimulus funds for auditing, contract, and grant planning, and management and investigations of waste, frd, and abuse. the bill wl also permit state and local governments to use the federal supply schedules of the general services administration for stimulus projects.

Edolphus Towns

0:25:12 to 0:25:33( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: the g.s.a. schedules are prenegotiated federal contracts for a range of common goo and services. this is a win-win situation. because it will allow state and local governments to acquire certain items without engaging in time consuming contracting procedures. while guaranteeing the lowest

Edolphus Towns

0:25:34 to 0:25:54( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: rate prices for them. lastly h.r. 2182 requires the office of management and budget to give detailed guidance to state and local governments to ensure consistency in their reporting of job creation data. our state and local governments are on the frontlines of the

Edolphus Towns

0:25:55 to 0:26:17( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: efforts to fight mismanagement of recovery act dollars. their success is vital to making the stimulus work for the american people. let me pause here and thank ranking member issa who has worked very closely with me in crafting this legislation and i want to thank him for that. i would also like to thank

Edolphus Towns

0:26:18 to 0:26:39( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: representative kucinich who has worked with us, representative platts, representative welch, and connolly for working with me on this bill. i should note that the legislation incorporates part of h.r. 1911, which was introduced by representative connolly from virginia.

Edolphus Towns

0:26:40 to 0:26:45( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: h.r. 2182 is a strong bill. i urge all members to support this critical oversight and

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