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House Proceeding on Jun 5th, 2008 :: 0:10:11 to 0:16:23
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Michael Arcuri

0:04:36 to 0:10:11( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Michael Arcuri

Michael Arcuri

0:09:57 to 0:10:11( Edit History Discussion )

Michael Arcuri: in 1998, the chesapeake bayonet work is a comprehensive -- bay network is a comprehensive network. it serves to identify, conserve, restore and interpret the natural, historical, cultural

Doc Hastings

0:10:11 to 0:10:30( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: and recreational resources within the watershed. these programs can also educate local communities on the significant sites in their region and how their community impacts the overall health

Doc Hastings

0:10:11 to 0:16:23( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Doc Hastings

Doc Hastings

0:10:30 to 0:10:51( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: of the bay. the law requires the national park service to award grants to state and local agencies and not profit organizations with a full matching requirement for such projects. the resulting

Doc Hastings

0:10:51 to 0:11:09( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: network is a system of over 150 parks, museums, historic communities, scenic roadways, watertrails and water access points located within the vast chesapeake bay watershed. each of these sites

Doc Hastings

0:11:09 to 0:11:34( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: tells a piece of a vast chesapeake story. while providing federal support for improvement of these sites, to enhance both the historical and recreational user experience. the network is overseen by

Doc Hastings

0:11:34 to 0:11:46( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: the national park service, but the park service only manages about 10 of the network sites. other gateways are managed by local, state and nongovernmental organizations. the chesapeake bayonet

Doc Hastings

0:11:46 to 0:12:06( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: work -- bay net work has been a bipartisan -- bay network has been a bipartisan service. it was agreed to by unanimous consent in the senate and signed into law by president clinton.

0:12:06 to 0:12:18( Edit History Discussion )

in 2002, a clean five-year re-authorization received similar unanimous support in congress and was signed into law by president bush. the white house conference on cooperative conservation,

0:12:18 to 0:12:38( Edit History Discussion )

headed by the department of the interior, has called the network a success story. the legislation this rule provides for consideration will permanently extend the authorization for this bipartisan

Doc Hastings

0:12:38 to 0:12:52( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: program. and it's worth noting that they recommend permanent re-authorization of the network. i encourage all my colleagues to vote for this rule and the underlying bill and store to support

Doc Hastings

0:12:52 to 0:13:07( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: the chesapeake bay gateways and watertrails network. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington. mr. hastings: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker,

Doc Hastings

0:13:07 to 0:13:21( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: i want to thank my friend, the gentleman from new york, mr. arcuri, for yielding me the customary 30 minutes. and i yield myself such time as i may consume. i ask unanimous consent to revise and

Doc Hastings

0:13:21 to 0:13:38( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: extend my remarks. ar the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. hastings: thank you. mr. speaker, the house of representatives currently -- is currently spending one hour debating what rules

Doc Hastings

0:13:38 to 0:13:56( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: will be used to consider the underlying chesapeake bay watertrails bill. this is legislation that has passed the house in prior years with little or no dissent and without controversy. so the

Doc Hastings

0:13:56 to 0:14:13( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: question must be asked, mr. speaker, why are the democrat leaders going through all this trouble of having the house considering this bill under this special rule? why is the house going to spend

Doc Hastings

0:14:13 to 0:14:33( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: two hours today discussing a bill that could have been handled in just 20 minutes under suss suspension and ultimately -- suspension and ultimately passed by an overwhelming votes in the house?

Doc Hastings

0:14:33 to 0:14:49( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: and why, if the house is going to such lengths and dedicating two hours to consider watertrails on the chesapeake bay are members being blocked from a true meaningful debate on the issue?

Doc Hastings

0:14:49 to 0:15:06( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: this rule allows only one amendment to be offered. and that amendment would simply limit the extension of this existing chesapeake bay law for another five years instead of extending it forever, as

Doc Hastings

0:15:06 to 0:15:23( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: the bill is currently written. if we are going to go through all the trouble of bringing this noncontroversial bill to the floor, why don't we have a real debe that allows every member

Doc Hastings

0:15:23 to 0:15:35( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: who has an amendment or an idea to improve this legislation to come to the house floor and have it discussed and voted on? when the democrat leaders took control of the congress after

Doc Hastings

0:15:35 to 0:15:49( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: the 2006 election, they promised the american people that they would run the house in a more open and honest manner. but ever since they made that promise, democrat leaders have been doing

Doc Hastings

0:15:49 to 0:15:58( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: just exactly the opposite. the congressional record shows that this democrat congress actually has the worst record, mr. speaker, the worst record on openness in the history of our country. in

Doc Hastings

0:15:58 to 0:16:09( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: the past year and a half, they've only allowed one bill, one bill to come to the house floor and debated -- be debated under an open rule. as we see today on this chesapeake bay bill, they're

Doc Hastings

0:16:09 to 0:16:23( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: even shutting down debate on even the most noncontroversial pieces of legislation. now, i might point out, also, the democrat leaders today convened the house early. and normally when you

0:16:23 to 0:16:40( Edit History Discussion )

get to work early, it's either because you have a lot to do or you want to go home early. let's consider that the only two things the house is scheduled to do today is to spend two hours debating

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