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House Proceeding 06-04-09 on Jun 4th, 2009 :: 2:26:00 to 2:28:05
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Brian Bilbray

2:25:56 to 2:26:16( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: voluntaril we are put in a position to do this legislatively. mr. chairman, can i ask how much time i have remaining? the chair: the gentleman from massachusetts has 1/2 minutes remaing. the gentleman from utah has four minutes remaining. mr. lynch: i'll reserve my time at this point. the chair: the gentleman from massachusetts reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah.

Brian Bilbray

2:26:00 to 2:28:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Brian Bilbray

Brian Bilbray

2:26:17 to 2:26:37( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: mr. chaffetz: mr. chairman, i'd like to yield as much time as he may consume to the gentleman from california, mr. bilbray. the chair: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. bilbray: i stand in support of the gentleman's amendment. i think it's a commonsense amendment on government oversight. with you saw how there was an inconsistency with the stated purpose of protecting not only the public in general but also our employees.

Brian Bilbray

2:26:38 to 2:27:00( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: but we also saw there was a degree of let's just say insensitivity to the fact of allowing individuals the decency -- allowing them to protect their own health. let me address the author. this addresses a problem we didn't address in our committee and that is the public relations concern that sort of,

Brian Bilbray

2:27:01 to 2:27:21( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: you know, trumped good common sense and public health. and i think that if we make this clear with your amendment now you've got a supervisor who now may be concerned about if somebody wears a mask i might get a complaint and i don't want to put up with that kind of heat. now can say with your amendment that if i get a complaint i

Brian Bilbray

2:27:22 to 2:27:42( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: have the ability to point to a congressional directive here and i have a reason why i can protect myself by allowing the employee to make this call themselves on their own public health. i think this not only wo for the employee on the front line -- it serves not only the public health of the employee

Brian Bilbray

2:27:43 to 2:28:03( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: but it also serves the administrative structure because it eliminates, basically reduces the degree of threat they have of being attacked for allowing the employee to have that. and i think the heat should stop here. i think the buck stops here. i think we set the example, and i appreciate the gentleman proposing this amendment.

Brian Bilbray

2:28:04 to 2:28:06( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: is the kind of bipartisan cooperation we have in

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