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House Proceeding 05-21-09 on May 21st, 2009 :: 0:18:30 to 0:22:20
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John Kline

0:18:26 to 0:18:46( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: uniform of this nation, the united states marine corps, my friend, the gentleman from minnesota, mr. klein. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. kline: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman from new york for yielding the time. it seems sometimes like only yesterday when i was wearing that uniform and serving in the pentagon and the office of

John Kline

0:18:30 to 0:22:20( Edit History Discussion )
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John Kline

0:18:47 to 0:19:08( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: secretary of defense and dealing in the acquisition morass, and that's in fact what it was. when you look at the history of how the pentagon has gone about making these purchases, you see president after president, secretary of defense after secretary of defense, senior officials, republicans or

John Kline

0:19:09 to 0:19:29( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: democrats, recognizing that the system was broken. . we were wasting money. cost overruns for the norm. yet even -- were the norm. yet even recognizing there was a problem and vowing to fix it, they couldn't do it, try as they might.

John Kline

0:19:30 to 0:19:50( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: panel after panel. effort after effort. people. and yet it continued year after year after year. cost overruns. stealing money away from t american people, delaying the delivery of weapons systems our troops need now in a system

John Kline

0:19:51 to 0:20:11( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: that's just not functioning. i know i sense the frustration personally as i was sitting there wem them as they struggle with how to fix this and they couldn't do it. so when i came to congress now going on seven years ago, and i was fortunate and honored to

John Kline

0:20:12 to 0:20:33( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: join the house armed services committee, i started raising that question and pointing out to witness after witness that we couldn't seem to fix this system. and so i was delighted, absluthly delighted when the chairman d -- absolutely delighted when the chairman of the committee and the ranking member said, you know what we're going to do?

John Kline

0:20:34 to 0:20:54( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: we're goin from congress. and we're going to do it the right way. we're going to take a blank piece of paper and put it down in front of a bipartisan panel led by my able friend from new jersey, mr. andrews. wonderful panel, great staff as

John Kline

0:20:55 to 0:21:15( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: has already been mentioned and commended by a number of people, and said, go see what you can do to fix the problem. focus it on major acquisition programs and go fix it. blank piece of paper, bipartisan effort. as a result of that, we have

John Kline

0:21:16 to 0:21:36( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: legislation that is going to be passed, and i trust overwhelmingly, because i don't know of anyone in this body that count think this is a great idea, we're going pass this legislation and get it to the president and change the law and provide some help to the able people in the pentagon who have been wringing their hands and struggling with how

John Kline

0:21:37 to 0:21:57( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: to fix this for literally decades system of this piece of legislation went through rapidly, as has been pointed out but not in has. it was put together the right way. the problem was recognized across the board. we had a hearing which i thought was a tremendous hearing a panel of real experts. they agree that this was the

John Kline

0:21:58 to 0:22:18( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: right way to go. i remember asking the question because i think it's an important one as we look and legislation like this, i asked them, does this do any harm? absolutely not was the answer. this is what we ought to be doing, i'm proud to support it, i hope my colleagues will support it. i hope as has been suggested this is the model for how this

John Kline

0:22:19 to 0:22:20( Edit History Discussion )

John Kline: house will work in the future a

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