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House Proceeding 06-04-09 on Jun 4th, 2009 :: 0:09:25 to 0:20:05
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Pete Sessions

0:09:21 to 0:09:41( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: of adoption and foster care the chance at life they deserve. i reserve the balance of my time. the gentleman from texas. mr. sessions: thank you, madam speaker. i want to thk my friend from california for yielding this time to me to discuss the proposed rule consideration for the federal employees paid

Pete Sessions

0:09:25 to 0:20:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Pete Sessions

Pete Sessions

0:09:42 to 0:10:02( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: parental leave act of 2009. and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sessions: thank you, madam speaker. i have heard a lot of arguments here on the floor of house of representatives and i'm not a psychologist, but i would tend to bet that probably more than the first 12 weeks of a child's life is very important to their

Pete Sessions

0:10:03 to 0:10:24( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: development. and i'm kind of surprised that we don't have evidence today that says the first 14, 13, 16 years of a child's life is really the most important point. and maybe we just ought to let employees take 16 years off, since that's the defing moment.

Pete Sessions

0:10:25 to 0:10:46( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: there is no reality with this about the first 12 weeks of a child's life. it's about probably the first 14 or 15 years. and as a parent, i can tell you, i remember the first 12 weeks. i remember them very vividly for

Pete Sessions

0:10:47 to 0:11:07( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: both of my boys. and i'm surehat there is some bit about what my children understood about the bonding with me. let's go straight to this. it's expensive. going to cost a lot of money and it's for federal employees at a time when this federal

Pete Sessions

0:11:08 to 0:11:28( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: government needs to be more efficient and the people of this country cannot afford it. we have done it without these number of years. and i'm surprised that we're doing it today in the economic times that we have. today, i will discuss my opposition to the structured rule, which limits debate and does not provide for the open and honest congress my democrat

Pete Sessions

0:11:29 to 0:11:50( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: colleagues have always called for for the past 3 1/2 years. i rise in opposition in taxpayers further in debt, those people that don work for the government, to pay for this new extension of benefits by expanding an already generous government paid leave.

Pete Sessions

0:11:51 to 0:12:12( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: the economy is in a recession. hello. hello. wake up, washington. we're in a recession and somebody else is going to have to pay for this. i know it's about the kids. i know it's about this bonding for the first 12 weeks. unemployment is at a 25-year high.

Pete Sessions

0:12:13 to 0:12:33( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: government spending is out of control. and individuals and retirees that have lost trillions in their savings and retirement are now going to have to pay another $1 billion for this plan. the government should be ensuring the future of the economy before taking on additional government benefits to those who have some of the

Pete Sessions

0:12:34 to 0:12:55( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: greatest job security at the expense of the people who are paying for it, called the taxpayer. i rise in opposition to the so-called structured rule and to this legislation, which would provide more government benefits to bureaucrats with benefits in

Pete Sessions

0:12:56 to 0:13:18( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: excess of what most hard americans in the private sector have. i guess we're supposed to sacrifice a little bit more to make our government employees get more benefits. madam speaker, as a father of two children, when i return home

Pete Sessions

0:13:19 to 0:13:40( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: to my home every weekend. i have never spent a weekend in washington, d.c. i go home and i, like every member of this body loves their family and we understand the importance of family and how strong families are to this country. additionally, i know how hard federal employees work. i honor them for their work and their devotiono the people of

Pete Sessions

0:13:41 to 0:14:01( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: this country and the devotiono their job. and they do deserve competive compensation and a good benefits package. at the same time, i believe at this time, this bill sends a wrong message at the wrong time to working americans, their taxpayers and families that they

Pete Sessions

0:14:02 to 0:14:22( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: themselves are struggling to sacrifice to give a select few in this government additional new benefits. in february of this year, my democrat colleagues passed a $1.2 trillion economic stimulus package with absolutely no, zero

Pete Sessions

0:14:23 to 0:14:44( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: republican support. this was their failed attempt to provide jobs to the struggling economy. the u.s. has eliminated 663,000 in march alone and an additional 536,000 in april. over the past months, the number of unemployed has risen

Pete Sessions

0:14:45 to 0:15:05( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: by six million people to 13.7 million and the unemployment rate has grown from 3.9%. we should be thinking about how we're going to struggle to get people employed in this country, not giving additional benefits government workers. one would think that this massive amount of spending that

Pete Sessions

0:15:06 to 0:15:26( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: was done this year by my friends on the other side would ensure job growth, investment and economic output. instead, the failed policies of the democratic party and of this administration have led to a bu been announced. it's not just $1 trillion.

Pete Sessions

0:15:27 to 0:15:47( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: it has now grown to $1.8 trillion. and abou $89 billion more than was predicted in the president's budget, nearly four times the record set -- that's right the record that was set last year by my democrat colleagues of this house. this has ledeen to the

Pete Sessions

0:15:48 to 0:16:10( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: president's chief economic advisor, while speaking on cnn to acknowledge that, and i quote, it's pretty reality stick that there will be no -- realistic there will be no job growth until 2010 and the u.s. will hit 5.9% unemployment this year.

Pete Sessions

0:16:11 to 0:16:31( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: let's be honest about it. the democratic plans are there would be 9% unemployment next year. that was the democrats' blueprint, their plan that was in the budget, 9%. that's their best estimate, their guess. we're going to rise to 9%.

Pete Sessions

0:16:32 to 0:16:52( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: well, the question is not whether congress should support families, but whether it makes sense when so many americans are already struggling wit unemployment rates, increased taxes, thanks to our good friends, the democrat majority, and to an economic recession with three years that the house

Pete Sessions

0:16:53 to 0:17:13( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: and the senate have been run by democrat leadership, to increase their tax burden to pay for this increased paid time off from work, especially in light of the fact that government workers, in my opinion, have not even asked for it. madam speaker, my friends on the

Pete Sessions

0:17:14 to 0:17:36( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: other side often argue that federal employees need greater benefits to be more competitive with private industry. there could be truth to that. even the office of personnel management have determined that federal and private sector benefits compare favorably and additional benefits would not help with retirement and retention. additionally, this bill does not

Pete Sessions

0:17:37 to 0:17:58( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: exist -- assist the older work force facing retirement since it deals specifically with paid leave for having a child, adopting a child or taking care of a foster child. the congressional budget office estimates that this new benefit in search of a problem will cost

Pete Sessions

0:17:59 to 0:18:20( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: taxpayers $938 million over the next five years. madam speaker, at a time when the average, hard-working american families are already struggling and working many, many, many more hours and trying to find additional income through a job that they cannot find to pay their bills, i don't believe it's appropriate for congress to increase the paid

Pete Sessions

0:18:21 to 0:18:42( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: leave of feral bureaucrats beyond their already generous levels and using taxpayer dollars to do it. since june of last year, the federal government work force has grown by 37,000 employees, while the private sector has sed more than 4.4 million jobs at the same time.

Pete Sessions

0:18:43 to 0:19:03( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have spent trillis of the taxpayers' dollars over the past six months. americans are faced with a $1.8 trillion deficit this year alone from the democrat majority and this administration. their plan. taxpayers are reaching a

Pete Sessions

0:19:04 to 0:19:24( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: breaking point when it comes to subsidizing higher federal spending at their expense. it is costing the free enterprise system jobs and the opportunity to get a job tomorrow becaue the massive this democrat majority. responsible american families

Pete Sessions

0:19:25 to 0:19:46( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: are cutting back their costs. they're dealing with the job loss. they're doing thehings to help their families and their friends. and they're looking at the destruction of their savings and retirement accounts. i think it's simply wrong. it's wrong for the democratic party to move this bill rather

Pete Sessions

0:19:47 to 0:20:05( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: than trying to create jobs, they're trying to get new benefits for federal employees. madam speaker, i will be honest. darn right this is going to be a tough vote for members of congress. are we going to pay attention to what's happening back home or

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