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House Proceeding on May 20th, 2009 :: 1:17:30 to 1:22:00
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Virginia Foxx

1:17:26 to 1:17:46( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlela from north rolina. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank myolleague for yielding time. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. foxx: thk you, mr. speaker.

Virginia Foxx

1:17:30 to 1:22:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Virginia Foxx

Virginia Foxx

1:17:47 to 1:18:07( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: i have read this bill very, very carefully. it's a bipartisan bill. supported by some of my colleagues on this side. i think that the intent of the bill is very positive. i know the folks who are interested in this bill and know that they have the best intentions.

Virginia Foxx

1:18:08 to 1:18:29( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: but i want to say that i think that as a former small businessperson -- small business person and someone who has administered programs such as these through my worker as a former community college president, a university administrator, and having been on a school board and dealt with agencies that operate these

Virginia Foxx

1:18:30 to 1:18:50( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: kinds of programs, i want to say that i have some concerns about this bill and about the rule. i am concerned that because this was a bipartisan bill that we have a closed rule on this. i think that it would have been

Virginia Foxx

1:18:51 to 1:19:12( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: a great opportunity for the majority to have given an opportunity for us to offer a lot of amendments to the bill, have a great deal of discussion on it, and i'm very concerned about the process again because we haven't gone through a process that i think would have been fair to our side of the

Virginia Foxx

1:19:13 to 1:19:33( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: aisle. however i also want to say that i think that while this bill has a great title and it -- the intent is a good intent, that what small businesses, the engine of our economy, need are

Virginia Foxx

1:19:34 to 1:19:56( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: things that are different from this bill. we are going to have many different programs in here. as i said i went through the bill very, very carefully. i looked for ways that it's really going to create jobs. i can't see the kind of accountability that i was hoping to see in the bill.

Virginia Foxx

1:19:57 to 1:20:17( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: as we talked about yesterday in the rules committee. we are going to be creating, i think, a lot of jobs for bureaucrats, but it's very difficult again to see how we are going to create jobs in the small business arena.

Virginia Foxx

1:20:18 to 1:20:39( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: and i think that we come from two different world views in terms of how we approach this kind of an issue. we know that people are hurting in this country. we k lost and we'd like to see those jobs recovered. we know that at least half of

Virginia Foxx

1:20:40 to 1:21:01( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: the jobs in this country are in small businesses. i talk to those people every day and they tell me they are struggling. they are spending down their savings. the individuals are spending down their savings. they are doing everything they can to stay in business. i talked to a gentleman this morning who had geared up in

Virginia Foxx

1:21:02 to 1:21:22( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: anticipation of receiving stimulus money to repair roads and bridges in north carolina. and doesn't understand why none of that money's coming down the pike. again, people in small business are struggling and they want to do something to keep their people employed. i don't -- just don't believe

Virginia Foxx

1:21:23 to 1:21:44( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: that this bill is going to do it. i also don't understand again why this bill's been scheduled in a get away week when -- again with a process that is not as open as it could have been in a noncontroversial bill where we could have discussed it and perhaps amended it and come up

Virginia Foxx

1:21:45 to 1:22:00( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: with a way to really help small businesses. mr. speaker, i'm going to urge my side ofhe aisle to vote no on the rule and we'll discuss more reasons why as we go along during this debate.

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