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House Proceeding 05-21-08 on May 21st, 2008 :: 0:03:45 to 0:17:43
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Michael Arcuri

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Speech By: Michael Arcuri

Michael Arcuri

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Michael Arcuri: tempore: the gentleman reserves his time. the gentleman depr washington. mr. hastings: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank my friend and colleague from new york, mr. arcuri, for yielding me the

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: customary 30 minutes. i yield myself such time as i may consume and ask unanimous consent to revise and exte may remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. hastings:

Doc Hastings

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Speech By: Doc Hastings

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: thank you, mr. speaker. this bill marks the 60th time the leaders of this congress have totally closed down the house floor by refusing to allow any member of this house to offer an amendment

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: to a bill pending and have it debated and voted upon. this is more closed rules than any congress, any congress in the history of our country which is exactly the opposite of what the promise

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: that the democrat leaders made to the american people when they promised to run the most open and honest house ever. the house is not open when no amendments are allowed to be offered and

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: when a republican alternative is blocked from even a minute of debate and denied a vote on the house floor. and it is not -- and it is not in the most honest hou when he rules committee

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: of the democrats block the republican plan to prevent tax increases from being considered using the excuse that it doesn't meet house pay-go rules, especially, mr. speaker, when it was just one week

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: ago that the same democrats were blatant pli violating pay-go rules by billions of dollars in the farm bill. under this liberal congress, it's only ok to break the house rules, apparently,

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: when you are increasing spending by millions of dollars -- billions of dollars, but not by preventing tax increases on the american people. the republican plan that was denied, that the me republicans

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: refused to allow the house to vote upon, would oprovide the following, one year of relief from the altern tiff minimum tax or a.m.t. a two-year extension of the state and local sales tax the ducks

Doc Hastings

0:05:48 to 0:06:04( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: for those states that do not have a state income tax. two more yearers in research and development tax credit, two years for the tuition tax credit, and extensions for more expiring tax provisions.

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: this democrat bill, for example, does absolutely nothing, nothing at all to fix the a.m.t. tax for 2008. 21 million middle class individuals will pay an additional $61.5 billion in higher taxes

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: next april if the a.m.t. isn't fixed and addressed. that's an average of over $2,800 per affected taxpayer, mr. speaker. the republican plan fully fixes it. but today, that fix is not even

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: allowed to be considered on the house floor. instead, theouse is given one choice. and that's a fool's choice bargain to raise taxes by $54 billion in order to simply extend existing -- existing

Doc Hastings

0:06:53 to 0:07:07( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: tax policies that are due to expire. mr. speaker, current provisions and tax law are expiring and congress needs to act on these taxes from going up. but mr. speaker, we all know that's no excuse

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: to raise other taxes by billions of dollars. i and many of my republican colleagues support a great number of the tax relief extensions included in this bill, including the state and local

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: sales tax deduction, the research and development tax credit, education and tuition tax credits, tax credits for teachers and several renewable energy tax credits. these low tax policies

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: have been -- they've been extended multiple times, always without raising taxes. my democrat colleagues will try to defend their tax raise in ways by invoking the pay-go rules they ignored last

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: week. they will claim this is just being responsible and it's not about increasing the national debt, it's about government living within its means. if only that were true, mr. speaker, but

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: it's not. all you have to do is read the final budget plan for next year that this house will vote on later today. their budget reveal this is congress for what they truly are and what they

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: truly are, mr. speaker, are old-time tax and spend liberals. in their budget, spending increases by $250 billion other the next five years. they increase the debt limit in 2008 by $654 billion,

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: which is the largest increase in history and they raise taxes by $683 billion which is the largest amount in american history. more spending, higher debt, record tax increases, that is obviously

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: the plan of this liberal congress. now, my democrat colleagues will also try to claim the tax increases that are in this bill aren't really that bad. but the facts are facts, and the facts

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: are that this bill unnecessarily increases taxes by over $50 billion, and that's just the beginning. remember, their budget would increase taxes by over 2/3 of $1 trillion. if they aren't

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: raising your taxes this time in this bill, i can assure you, your time is coming. they'll get you the next time. when this liberal congress impoises the largest tax increase in american history

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: to pay for more government spending, don't think that you can escape permanently their tax and spend ways. their tax increase plans include cutting the child tax crit, cutting that in half,

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: reinstating the marriage penalty and think death tax and a tax increase for every single american taxpayer. it would even levy taxes on low-income workers who currently pay none. but in is

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: a ray of sunshine, and there always is a ray of sunshine in bills a newly created tax break, one that will put a big smile on the faces of some in this country and it's worth over $1.5

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: billion, the only problem, mr. speaker is that this new tax break is only -- is only for trial lawyers. so the only people who will be smiling are the trial lawyers. and presumably the

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: democrats that they give tens of millions of dollars in campaign contributions to each year. under this bill, the american taxpayers will be subsidizing speculative lawsuits by trial lawyers to the

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: tune of $1.5 billion. this special interest tax break will allow trial lawyers to make special arrangements that essentially allow them to fwammable on lawsuits where they get paid on contingency

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: fees if they win. meanwhile, tax payers will be footing the bill for trial lawyers writing off the expenses of conducting these sue them and see what we can win lawsuits. count me among

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those, mr. t speaker that believe we already have too many lawsuits in this country. and that we shouldn't be inventing new special tax breaks that may and probably will encourage more lawsuits.

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our justice system can operate fairly, as it has done for many years, without having to give special tax treatment to trial lawyers. . i want to mention the state and local sales tax deduction

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included in this bill. for nearly 20 years americans who paid state income taxes could deduct those taxes from their federal tax bill while americans who paid state sales taxes but had no state

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income tax were not allowed to do so. in 2006, the republican congress restored the sales taxax deduction after years, years of bipartisan effort from the congressional delegations of the affected states,

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including my home state of washington. the initial reinstatement of the deduction was for two years. 2004, 2005. in 2006 the republican congress extended the sales tax deduction for two more years, 2006,

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2007. that deduction has now expired. and this deduction does not exist this year for the year 2008. efforts last year to extend this deduction and ensure it didn't expire were unfortunately

Doc Hastings

0:12:52 to 0:13:06( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: blocked by the democrat leaders. i regret, i regret that the extension provided for the sales tax deduction in this bill is for one year only. mr. speaker, this is a step backwards. this deduction has

Doc Hastings

0:13:06 to 0:13:17( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: been extended two years each time in the past and it should be extended two years now. otherwise we face expiring in about six months from now, because i mentioned there is no sales tax deduction

Doc Hastings

0:13:17 to 0:13:29( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: for the calendar year 2008. so if we are to pass this and were to be signed into law, we would have six months on it from right now. the bipartisan senate bill introduced last month by the

Doc Hastings

0:13:29 to 0:13:41( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: chairman and ranking member of the finance committee includes a two-year extension of this sales tax deduction. mr. speaker, the republican plan that the house leaders spend in the rules committee

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: last night blocked from being considered and debated on the floor today, provided for a two-year extension. an amendment was filed with the ruse committee by mr. brady of texas which also would

Doc Hastings

0:13:54 to 0:14:09( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: have extended the deduction for two years. but that, too, was blocked by the rules committee from being debated on this floor. it's very unfortunate that this bill moves sales tax deduction

Doc Hastings

0:14:09 to 0:14:21( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: fairness backwards not forwards. taxpayers in income tax states have a permanent tax deduction. and taxpayers in sales tax states that have no state income tax deserve in my view equal

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: treatment. the sales tax deduction should be made into permanent law even though i think a two-year extension is bert than one, it should be made permanent. -- is better than one, it should

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: be made permanent. at the very least they deserve a two-year extension. what is more upsetting, mr. speaker, is that this bill could have provided very easily under existing, "pay-go rules" a two-year

Doc Hastings

0:14:51 to 0:15:06( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: extension. the over $1.5 billion cost of the tax deduction given to trial lawyers could instead have been used to give a one-year extension of the sales tax deduction for those states. so this

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: bill chooses to create a new billion-plus dollar tax cut for trial lawyers over tax fairness for the millions of residents in the state of washington, my state, the state of florida, the state

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: of texas, tennessee, nevada, south dakota, and wyoming. mr. speaker, i have supported every bill that's passed this house to reinstate and extend the state sales tax deduction. but none of these bills,

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: none of these bills that extended that was being held hostage, was being held hostage f another tax cut for another special interest. restoring and continuing the sales -- state sales tax

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: deduction is a matter of fairness. the residents of sales tax states shouldn't have their fair treatment conditioned upon passing huge tax increases. the rule that is currently before

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: the house and the underlying bill reveal this congress for what it really is. the rule is totally closed and does not allow debate for a vote on any amendments or an alternative republican plan.

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: it violates speaker pelosi's promise to the american people to run an open and honest house. the bill itself is just the opening act of a move to impose the largest tax increase in the history

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: on the american people. mr. speaker, under this liberal congress the only tax bill allowed on the floor of the house is one that will raise taxes. under this liberal congress tax relief is a

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: myth. and tax increases are a certainty. mr. spear, under this liberal congress americans will be sending more and more of their hard-earned dollars to washington, d.c., so this congress can

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: increase spending and the size of the federal government. my colleagues should oppose this closed rule and tax increase bill. we should demand a clean tax relief extension bill that doesn't

Doc Hastings

0:17:12 to 0:17:22( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: include newax breaks for trial lawyers and over $50 billion in tax increases. this bill we know will never pass the senate. and it will never be signed into law if, if on the slim chance

Doc Hastings

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Doc Hastings: that it should pass both houses and be sent to the president. raising taxes right now on the american economy is simply the wrong thing to do, mr. speaker. with that i reserve the balance

Doc Hastings

0:17:32 to 0:17:43( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington reserves his time. the gentleman from new york. mr. arcuri: i'd just like to make one point. some people in this institution

Michael Arcuri

0:17:43 to 0:17:58( Edit History Discussion )

Michael Arcuri: tend to talk about trial lawyers and seem to want to point out the things that they do that they think aren't good. no one talks about the fact that trial lawyers are out there representing people

Michael Arcuri

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Speech By: Michael Arcuri

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