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House Proceeding on May 21st, 2009 :: 0:34:00 to 0:44:00
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David Dreier

0:33:56 to 0:34:16( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: this legislation keepshe taxpayers in mind and the men and women of the armed forces at heart. i look forward to completing the work on this bill, and i reserve the balance of my time. the sp gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. dreier: thank you very much, mr. speaker. let me begin by expressing my

David Dreier

0:34:00 to 0:44:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: David Dreier

David Dreier

0:34:17 to 0:34:37( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: appreciation to my very good friend and new colleague from maine for yielding me the cuomary 30 minutes. and i yield myself such time as i may consume. i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dreier: thank you very much, mr. speaker. let me begin by apologizing for being tarredy as i came to the floor here. i was downstairs meeting with

David Dreier

0:34:38 to 0:34:58( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: the very distinguished chief justice of the california supreme court, ronald george, his colleague and some other staff members about very important foster care progra. so i appreciate the understanding of the house as i was making my way through the corridors and up here to the house floor.

David Dreier

0:34:59 to 0:35:19( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: this is very important legislation that we are addressing today, mr. speaker, and as was said in the testimony delivered by both the chairman of the armed services committee, our friend from lexington, missouri, mr. skelton, and the very distinguished ranking member,

David Dreier

0:35:20 to 0:35:40( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: mr. mchugh, this really is congress at its best. we share a strong commitment to our nation's national security. i know that the president of the united states is delivering a speech at the archives about very great importance of national security and its relationship to the very

David Dreier

0:35:41 to 0:36:01( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: important civil rights that the american people cherish and revere. and i know that it is an ongoing challenge, but as we deal with the issue of national security and our nation's armed services, it's important for us to do everything that we can to ensure that we have a

David Dreier

0:36:02 to 0:36:22( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: cost-effective national defense. when we're debating defense issues, mr regularly like to say the five most important words in the middle of the preamble of the u.s. constitution are provide for the common defense. and i point to those because when one thinks

David Dreier

0:36:23 to 0:36:43( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: everything that the federal government does, virtually everything that the federal government does, most all of it could be handled either by family members and local communities, at the city level, at the county level, at the state level, but there is one

David Dreier

0:36:44 to 0:37:05( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: thing that cannot be handled by families, communities, cities, counties or states and that is the national security of the united states of america. that is solely a federal responsibility. and that's why i believe w we look at what we as a congress are doing, as the

David Dreier

0:37:06 to 0:37:26( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: federal legislature is doing, it seems to me responsibility is to do everything that we can to provide for the common defense as directed in the preamble of the constitution. as we do that we have to recognize that there is a great deal of attention focused, mr. speaker, on the challenging

David Dreier

0:37:27 to 0:37:48( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: ecomic times that we face. in fact, many people today are arguing and we might have a tendency to say that our number one priority is dealing with getting the economic -- getting our economy back on track. and it is clearly what we're spending most of our time and effort discussing and debating as to which path we take to get

David Dreier

0:37:49 to 0:38:10( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: our economy back on track. but we cannot forget that as get our nation's economy back on track it comes in second to our national security. some argue that if we spend too much money on national defense

David Dreier

0:38:11 to 0:38:32( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: what is it that we would lose? we lose some money. if we spend too little on ou national security, what is it that we lose? we lose this very precious experiment known as the united states of america. but tooze as we look at the -- but today as we look at the challenges that exist around the world, the fact that unlike

David Dreier

0:38:33 to 0:38:54( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: wars in the past -- i did a telephone town hall meeting last night and was discussing this with a number of my constitu fact that we don't have adversaries who are uniforms or represent a nation as we continue to try to work in a bipartisan way to prosecute this war against radical extrem

David Dreier

0:38:55 to 0:39:15( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: so we have conflicts today that are much different than those that we as a nation have faced in the past. but we also as i said are facing e difficult economic times. and that gets to the very point of this legislation. what we say we want a strong

David Dreier

0:39:16 to 0:39:38( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: national defense, i always like to have that little caveat, cost-effective. we want to make sure that we have a cost-effective national defense. i'm looking at my colleague from new jersey, my new colleague from maine, and i don't know if they were here -- i know my colleague from maine wasn't here. i don't know if my colleague from new jersey was here, but

David Dreier

0:39:39 to 0:40:00( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: we had raging debates that took place in this institution over $600 hammers and items that people could clearly look at as being horrible examples of wasteful spending, and they were tangible items that they could see. i mean, $600 for a hammer or

David Dreier

0:40:01 to 0:40:21( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: whatever it was, $800 for a toil seats, those things that came back in the news back then. it led to understandable outrage on the part of the american people, and it was reflected here in this congress. and so we tried to turn the corner making sure we had a more cost-effective national defense when it came to those

David Dreier

0:40:22 to 0:40:42( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: issues. again, i always argue when you're talking about smaller levels of spending people can relate to them more. what we're here dealing with today are ways in which can bring about reductions spending for massive large weapon systems. that's what this is all about,

David Dreier

0:40:43 to 0:41:03( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: putting into place a structure that will allow that to happen. and that's why i'm so pleased that mr. mchugh was able to colleagues in the senate as well, senators levin and mccain working very hard on this, came together with a bipartisan

David Dreier

0:41:04 to 0:41:24( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: recommendation. it was reported out of this house by a vote of 428-0, and i don't recall for sure -- i think it must have been unanimous in the senate. i can't imagine anyone voted otherwise. i do rember the vote that we had here. and so here we are today dealing with an area of

David Dreier

0:41:25 to 0:41:45( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: complete agreement. i will say pcedurally this conference report could have been passed without either of us taking the time of the rules committee or standing here. all i would have done, friend from maine would do, as rules committee members we would have mr. skelton and mr.

David Dreier

0:41:46 to 0:42:07( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: mchugh stand up and mr. skelton could profound a unanimous consent request that this conference report be adopted and adopted unanimously. i say it's great to have a chance to stand here and talk to my colleagues, mr. speaker. i enjoy it probably more than they, but the fact is we don't need to be here doing this because there is agreement.

David Dreier

0:42:08 to 0:42:28( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: but it is, i believe, important to focus on the fact that we have been able to work in a bipartisan way to do everything possible to bring about a more cost-effective national defense. and when you think about cost-effectiveness, it means that resources will be able to

David Dreier

0:42:29 to 0:42:50( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: be utilized for something that we all hold near and dear and that is the men and women in uniform who are out there. i mean, i remember in debate that we had last week one of the amendments that unfortunately was not made in order colleague from illinois, mrs. biggert, who wanted to have an increase in compensation for our men and women in uniform.

David Dreier

0:42:51 to 0:43:11( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: i strongly supported her right to offer that amendment and would have supported that amendment. i suspected my colleagues would have as well if we had -- if we had that amendment made in order. but the fact that we are going to be able to save -- and i ask mr. skelton and mchugh last night what they believe we would be able to save

David Dreier

0:43:12 to 0:43:34( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: quantifiablely with this. i mean, numbers in excess of hundreds of billions of dollars were the kinds of numbers thrown out. and so i hope very much that we're able to do that and that those resources will be able to use -- be used for a much greater purpose and that is for our men and women in uniform who need the kind of continued

David Dreier

0:43:35 to 0:43:55( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: support that we can give in this institution. and so, mr. speaker, i'm strongly supportive of this legislation. i congratulate my democratic and republican colleagues for working together on this. and by virtue of that i will be supportive of the standard conference report rule that we have here, which will allow for one hour of debate for the

David Dreier

0:43:56 to 0:44:01( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: managers of the legislation, and then we'll be able to proceed with something that is

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