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House Proceeding on Jun 4th, 2008 :: 4:38:10 to 4:44:05
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Stephanie Herseth

4:35:37 to 4:38:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Stephanie Herseth

Stephanie Herseth

4:37:48 to 4:38:10( Edit History Discussion )

Stephanie Herseth: however, to criticize a bill and say that criticism is because this bill will not become law and then become against it. things become law when people vote for them. because of that i would

Greg Walden

4:38:10 to 4:38:23( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: encourage my colleagues to vote for this bill. without this bill, 600 counties across the country that are home to millions of americans would be left behind. without this program, millions of rural

Greg Walden

4:38:10 to 4:44:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Greg Walden

Greg Walden

4:38:23 to 4:38:35( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: communities would face steep job losses, breakdowns in service and infrastructure and deep cuts to school budgets. without this bill, thousands of teachers will be laid off. they are facing termination

Greg Walden

4:38:35 to 4:38:49( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: as we speak. delay should not be an option. passage should be our remedy. i urge passage of this fine bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah. mr. bishop:

Greg Walden

4:38:49 to 4:39:02( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: pleased to yshield two minutes to the ranking member of the agricultur oe committee, the gentleman from virginia, mr. goodlatte. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is om recognized

Greg Walden

4:39:02 to 4:39:15( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: for two minutes. mr. goodlatte: i thank the gentleman. mr. speaker, i rise in opposition to h.r. 3080, the public land communities transition act of 2007. mr. speaker, this bill had an opportunity

Greg Walden

4:39:15 to 4:39:27( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: to provide rural schools with the much-needed funding that allows them to keep their doors open and serve sparsely populated areas. unfortunately, the majority decided to offset this bill with provisions

Greg Walden

4:39:27 to 4:39:39( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: that would increase the cost of gas to the american public. already paying $4 a gallon at the pumps, americans should not be forced to bear further increases, especially those living in rural areas

Greg Walden

4:39:39 to 4:39:54( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: that on average already drive greater distances. the fee increases on oil and gas leases would place further confines on domestic energy production at a time when we need to be expanding production

Greg Walden

4:39:54 to 4:40:08( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: and building our nations a energy independence. this provision was included in the farm bill that was brought to the house floor a year ago and was one of several tax increasing provisions

Greg Walden

4:40:08 to 4:40:20( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: that drew criticism from house members as well as the senate and the white house. it would be disinjen with us to sing praises of this bill whesen the cost of providing support to rural schools

Greg Walden

4:40:20 to 4:40:36( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: would be burned by the rural constituents we are trying to help. there is a proposed compromise that was i ntroduced by the 109th congress and enjoyed nj bipartisan support. it would solve the

Greg Walden

4:40:36 to 4:40:49( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: problems created by the oil and gas lease provisions in h.r. 3058 by increasing domestic energy exploration and production, thereby he lping to reduce the gas prices for the american consumer.

Greg Walden

4:40:49 to 4:41:02( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: at the same time, this alternative uld provide the necessary funding for rural school districts. that alternative would be something i could stand behind, but unfortunately that is not

Greg Walden

4:41:02 to 4:41:16( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: the bill we are considering today. i urge my colleagues to vote no. i urge them to vote against the policy that will raise gas prices for americans when they have the opportunity to do it

Greg Walden

4:41:16 to 4:41:28( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: right and create increased domestic energy production and solve this problem for our rural schools. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon. mr. defazio: at this time

Greg Walden

4:41:28 to 4:41:44( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: i would yield to the gentlelady from oregon, ms. hooley, whose district is impacted, by a minute and a half -- for a minute and a half. the speaker pro tethmpore: the ge ntlelady is recognized

Greg Walden

4:41:44 to 4:41:55( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: for 1 1/2 minutes. ms. hooley: i had -- i'd like to thank mr. defazio. a deal is a deal. county payments, available for ab 100 years, are payment for the federal government owing over

Greg Walden

4:41:55 to 4:42:08( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: 57% of the forest -- owning over 57% of the forested land in oregon. if the federal government did not make these payments, these counties would have very little in the way of infrastructure

Greg Walden

4:42:08 to 4:42:22( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: funding. this money will cut the following services if we don't have it and it will impact our most vulnerable citizens. loss of shares, loss of d.a.'s, loss of economic development services,

Greg Walden

4:42:22 to 4:42:34( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: and juvenile services, loss of mental health services, public health and in general, loss of veteran services and senior services. the loss of county payments means the loss of sheriffs in just

Greg Walden

4:42:34 to 4:42:45( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: one county, curry county alone, three sheriffs will have to patrol an area the same size as connecticut, which has a police force of 2,000. this bill is a four-year extension of the secure rural

Greg Walden

4:42:45 to 4:42:57( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: schools. if this program does not continue -- this program will not continue unless we give this an appropriation. it needs to pass to provide that critical funding for our counties. i cannot

Greg Walden

4:42:57 to 4:43:11( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: overemphasize the need for this legislation. for oregon and for the nation to maintain its 100-year-old bargain with the national forest states. i encourag e my colleagues to ue support its passage

Greg Walden

4:43:11 to 4:43:23( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: today, and i yield back. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from utah. mr. bishop: may i inquire how much time is left? the speaker pro

Greg Walden

4:43:23 to 4:43:38( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: tempore: the gentleman from utah has 8 1/2 minutes remaining. the gentleman from oregon has nine. the gentleman from utah. mr. bishop: said that very well. with that i would yield two minutes

Greg Walden

4:43:38 to 4:43:52( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: to the ranking member of the resources committee, the gentleman from alaska, mr. young. the speaker pro tempore: the te gentleman from alaska is recognized for two minutes. mr. young: i thank

Greg Walden

4:43:52 to 4:44:05( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: the gentleman and i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. young: mr. speaker, i -- when this bill came out of the committee,

4:44:05 to 4:44:17( Edit History Discussion )

i thought we had an agreement where there would be an offset and a payment of the bill. and unfortunately that did not occur, and so consequently i will be voting against this legislation.

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