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House Proceeding on May 22nd, 2008 :: 0:28:27 to 0:38:40
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Dennis A. Cardoza

0:22:15 to 0:28:27( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Dennis A. Cardoza

Dennis A. Cardoza

0:28:09 to 0:28:27( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis A. Cardoza: it passed this house with 318 votes. it passed the senate with 81 votes. it represents the tireless effort of many members, including myself, and is far too important to fail, mr. speaker,

Doc Hastings

0:28:27 to 0:28:38( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: especially in the light of what was an unintended clerical error. . this rule offers swift passage and a remedy of our already passed farm bill. and i demand that my colleagues on both sides

Doc Hastings

0:28:27 to 0:38:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Doc Hastings

Doc Hastings

0:28:38 to 0:28:48( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: of the aisle support the rule. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from washington. mr. hastings: thank

Doc Hastings

0:28:48 to 0:28:57( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: you, mr. speaker. and, mr. speaker, i want to thank my friend and colleague from california, mr. cardoza, for yielding me the customary 30 minutes. i yield myself such time as i may consume.

Doc Hastings

0:28:57 to 0:29:05( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. the gentleman is recognized. mr. hastings: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker,

Doc Hastings

0:29:05 to 0:29:18( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: there are two primary purposes to the rule that is before the house today. one purpose, legitimate, though unfair, relating to the defense authorization bill. the other purpose, a unilateral

Doc Hastings

0:29:18 to 0:29:33( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: partisan abuse of power by the liberal leaders of the house. the first purpose. this rule provides for consideration of 58 amendments to the duncan hunter defense authorization act of

Doc Hastings

0:29:33 to 0:29:54( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: fwreer 2009. of the 58 amendments that this rule makes in order, 42 are democrat amendments. just 14 republican amendments were allowed. two of those amendments have bipartisan support. the

Doc Hastings

0:29:54 to 0:30:06( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: rules committee has blocked 2/3 of the -- of amendments submitted by members of the republican party. reasonable and responsible amendments that raise legitimate national defense rules are

Doc Hastings

0:30:06 to 0:30:16( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: not allowed to be on the floor. the national defense authorization bill was passed by unanimous support by the armed services committee. but that doesn't mean that bill is perfect. indeed, amendments

Doc Hastings

0:30:16 to 0:30:29( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: to the bill were filed by the rules committee by both democrats and republican members of the armed services committee. these members, who had worked in a bipartisan way in committee, and

Doc Hastings

0:30:29 to 0:30:43( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: who wanted to have their ideas for improving the defense authorization bill considered by the house, were denied that opportunity. and among those amendments that were blocked by the rules committee,

Doc Hastings

0:30:43 to 0:30:53( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: it is the ranking republican member of the armed services committee for whom this bill is named. at the same time, we are applauding those committee members for their bipartisan work. the rules

Doc Hastings

0:30:53 to 0:31:07( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: committee steps in and shuts down what has been an open, cooperative process by blocking so many republican amendments. mr. speaker, the house should recognize that when a committee works in an open

Doc Hastings

0:31:07 to 0:31:19( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: and honest manner to produce a truly bipartisan bill, we should recognize that, especially because it's become a rarity in this congress. despite the promises made by the democrat leaders

Doc Hastings

0:31:19 to 0:31:32( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: to run the most open and honest house in history, they have made it a matter of routine to close down debate, take away the ability of every representative to offer amendments on the house floor,

Doc Hastings

0:31:32 to 0:31:45( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: to defy rules and to ignore over 200 years of legislative pres dense. yet, mr. speaker -- precedents. yes, mr. speaker, this house has never seen the likes of what the democratic leaders

Doc Hastings

0:31:45 to 0:32:01( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: did last night with a vote to override the president's veto of the farm bill. despite having full knowledge that the bill that the speaker of the house certified with their signature and sent

Doc Hastings

0:32:01 to 0:32:14( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: to the president was not the exact same bill that passed both the house and the senate. democrat leaders deliberately acted to have this house vote on overriding the president's veto. the

Doc Hastings

0:32:14 to 0:32:26( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: bill that the speaker sent to the president completely omitted title iii of the farm bill. this -- title 3 of the entire farm bill. this runs several dozen pages. it's been inserted that deletion

Doc Hastings

0:32:26 to 0:32:42( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: of this title from the farm bill that the speaker sent to the president was simply a mistake, an oversight, or a technical error. that may very well be. that may very well be, mr. speaker, yet

Doc Hastings

0:32:42 to 0:32:55( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: democrat leaders deliberately acted yesterday to have the house vote to override a presidential veto on a bill that the house had never, ever passed. they took this action in direct contradiction

Doc Hastings

0:32:55 to 0:33:10( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: to a simple procedures established in article 1, section 7 of the united states constitution. mr. speaker, like manyf my colleagues, i have often spoken to elementary and high school students about

Doc Hastings

0:33:10 to 0:33:23( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: my job as a congressman and how congress works. in the most fundamental lesson, i always cvey how a bill becomes law in this congress. it's very simple. the house and the senate must pass

Doc Hastings

0:33:23 to 0:33:37( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: the exact same bill. it must be exact. no difference. and when they do that, that bill is sent to the president to be signed into law or vetoed and returned to congress. mr. speaker, this

Doc Hastings

0:33:37 to 0:33:49( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: did not happen with the farm bill. the bill passed by both the house and the senate was not -- was not the bill that the speaker of the house signed and sent to the president. so, mr. speaker,

Doc Hastings

0:33:49 to 0:34:03( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: last night -- last week i stood right here on the house floor and stated that while i believe that the farm bill was far from perfect, i would vote for the bill because of the positive provisions

Doc Hastings

0:34:03 to 0:34:16( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: it included for specialty crop growers in my congressional district. in my speech to the house and in my communications with my constituents, i specifically cited parts of the farm bill that helped convince

Doc Hastings

0:34:16 to 0:34:32( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: me to help to pass it. in particular, i spoke about the market access program in references to technical trade assistance for specialty crops. both of which helped to break down unfair trade

Doc Hastings

0:34:32 to 0:34:45( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: barriers and open new markets for farmers overseas. both of these programs are part of title 3 of the farm bill, which passed the house and senate but was not sent to the president. mr.

Doc Hastings

0:34:45 to 0:34:58( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: speaker, the farm bill i voted for and the very reasons i voted for it was not the bill that the house voted to override yesterday. democrat leaders of this congress acted in an unconstitutional

Doc Hastings

0:34:58 to 0:35:15( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: way in voting to override the vote -- the veto vote yesterday. the leaders acted unconstitutionally. it's a matter of -- it's not a matter of my personal opinion. it's a matter that has been

Doc Hastings

0:35:15 to 0:35:35( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: ruled upon by the united states supreme court. in a 6-3 majority opinion written by justice stevens in -- in the 1998 line item veto case, clinton vs. the city of new york, the court concluded,

Doc Hastings

0:35:35 to 0:35:49( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: and i quote, the balance budget act of 1997 is a 500-page document that became public law 105-33 after three procedural steps were taken. one, a bill containing -- its exact text was approved by

Doc Hastings

0:35:49 to 0:36:06( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: the majority of the members of the house of representatives. two, the senate approved precisely the same text. three, that text was signed into law by the president. the constitution explicitly

Doc Hastings

0:36:06 to 0:36:28( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: requires that each of these three steps be taken before a bill became a law. article 1, section 7. if one paragraph of that text had been omitted at any one of those three stages, public law

Doc Hastings

0:36:28 to 0:36:40( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: 105-33 would not have been validly enacted. end quote. last night it wasn't until republicans objected that the democrat majority took any action to speak on the floor of the house of

Doc Hastings

0:36:40 to 0:36:53( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: what had occurred by the omission of title 3 of the bill. the democratic majority then responded, as they have for the past 16 months, by choosing the path of unilateral partisan action

Doc Hastings

0:36:53 to 0:37:06( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: over working in a bipartisan way. now, keep in mind, this farm bill passed by over 300 votes in a bipartisan way. so as i say at the beginning of my remarks, there are two parts to this rule.

Doc Hastings

0:37:06 to 0:37:20( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: the first makes in order amendments to the defense authorization bill. the second provides blanket authority for any bill relating to agriculture programs to be considered under suspension of

Doc Hastings

0:37:20 to 0:37:34( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: the house rules. the inclusion of this blanket authority to consider bills was not even discussed with republicans. i say that as i -- with the knowledge i have as i speak here today right now at

Doc Hastings

0:37:34 to 0:37:52( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: 10:39 a.m. my colleagues on the other side of the aisle will claim that this is simply a fix -- an effort to fix the farm bill. mr. speaker, i voted for the farm bill, and i support getting

Doc Hastings

0:37:52 to 0:38:05( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: it enacted into law. but this isn't just about a fix or finding the most convenient or safe way to pass the farm bill. it's about holding democrats accountable for their deliberate actions

Doc Hastings

0:38:05 to 0:38:18( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: yesterday, mr. speaker. they knew the bill they put to an override vote yesterday had never passed the house in the version that it was represented to us for the override, but they did it anyway.

Doc Hastings

0:38:18 to 0:38:28( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: the house should not gloss over this incident with such serious constitutional violations. and with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman

Doc Hastings

0:38:28 to 0:38:40( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. cardoza: thank you, mr. speaker. i would just like to say to my friend, the gentleman from washington state, that his claim

Dennis A. Cardoza

0:38:40 to 0:38:59( Edit History Discussion )

Dennis A. Cardoza: that it was never brought before the house is simply not the facts. i was on the floor. i heard mr. peterson announce to the floor that in fact that there had been an error yesterday during

Dennis A. Cardoza

0:38:40 to 0:40:11( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Dennis A. Cardoza

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