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House Proceeding 06-09-09 on Jun 9th, 2009 :: 3:11:05 to 3:28:50
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Paul Braun, Jr.

3:11:03 to 3:11:24( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: the national service caucus, representatives matsui, ehlers, and price. i ask my colleagues to support this and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is mr. tonko: does the gentleman have further speakers? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized.

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:11:05 to 3:28:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Paul Braun, Jr.

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:11:25 to 3:11:48( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: mr. platts: i yield the distinguished gentleman from georgia mr. broun as much time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves the balance of his time and the gentleman is recognized for as much time as me he may consume. mr. broun: i thank my colleague from pennsylvania for yielding me some time this bill

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:11:49 to 3:12:10( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: encourages americans to support americorps. there are some around the country that would agree with that. there are others that would not. because there are problems with americorps, such as moneys have been expended on acorn. other funds and efforts by americorps volunteers have been ??

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:12:11 to 3:12:31( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: utilized in campaigns which i don't think is quite appropriate, particularly when we're trying to promote volunteerism. whether people would support americorps or not, i think, though, there's another issue. that if the american people were to fully comprehend and

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:12:32 to 3:12:52( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: understand that the vast majority in this country would not support. that's what the liberals in this congress are calling cap and trade legislation. i call it tax and cap legislation. because that's what it's all ability. it's about taxes. in fact, the president recently said if this bill was not

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:12:53 to 3:13:13( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: passed, that he would not have the money to fund his socialized medicine program that he's actually pushing very hard and wants passed by the end of this year. socialized medicine is going to take people's choices away. it's going to take their choice of doctors away, choice of hospitals. choice of what med cases they

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:13:14 to 3:13:34( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: can utilize. -- medications they can utilize. whether they can have a procedure or surgery that is so desperately need. it's going to be a program that's going to literally kill people because it's going to deny them care. that's desperately needed system of this tax and cap

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:13:35 to 3:13:55( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: legislation, cap and trade as it's called, is about money. it's not about the environment. it's about money. it's about more funds being brought into the federal government to foster what i call a steam roller of socialism being shoved down the throats of the american people. it's going to slay the american

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:13:56 to 3:14:17( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: commism it's going to cost jobs. the president's talked about using spain as the -- as the icon for what we should look at. well -- spain and the icon the president looks to we already see for every single green job

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:14:18 to 3:14:38( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: that it produced another 2.2 jobs that were real jobs, permanent jobs, were destroyed. in my congressional district in northeast georgia, right now today, in many counties, we have an unemployment rate of nearly 14%. in multiple counties. the national average is over

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:14:39 to 3:15:00( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: 9%. in northeast georgia it's higher, much higher. i have manufacturing entities within my district that tell me if this cap and trade, tax and cap legislation is passed, that they're going to lock the doors. the unemployment rate in northeast georgia is going to go up. markedly from what it is today.

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:15:01 to 3:15:22( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: roughly 14%, i think we're going to see 18%, 20%, maybe 25% unemployment in northeast georgia because of one bill. one bill. that's being pushed down the throats of the american people, this cap and tax, tax and cap as i call it, cap and trade

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:15:23 to 3:15:43( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: legislation, the waxman-markey bill. it's going to be disastrous for the american economy. it's going to be disastrous for american workers, and it's going to be disastrous for the poor and those who are limited incomes. why do i say that? well, i say that because every single person in this country utilizes energy.

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:15:44 to 3:16:06( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: every single person when they flip on their light switch, their electric bill's going up. every single person in this country is dependent upon gasoline and diesel fuel. why? even if they use public transportation, it's gasoline and diesel fuel that motivates america. but it's more than that.

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:16:07 to 3:16:30( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: groceries don't grow in the grocery store. grocery prices are going to go up marketedly because of this tax and cap legislation. every single good and service in this country igoing to go up because of this tax and cap legislation. now, i'm a conservationist.

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:16:31 to 3:16:52( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: i followed in the conservation movement for a long time. we have to be good stewards of our environment and there's no question. i want clean air and clean water just as much as the most environmentalist in this country. i'm a physician and i know what dirty air does to my patients

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:16:53 to 3:17:13( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: who have chronic constructive pulmonary disease or chronic asthma and long diseases. we must have -- or lung diseases. we can do that without costing american jobs. and all we're going to do is run jobs all overseas instead of having them here in america.

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:17:14 to 3:17:34( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: we ought to have public policy that grows our economic base, not kills it. tax and cap legislation will kill it. we have -- we ought to have public policy that stimulates the economy instead of kills it. cap and tax will kill it.

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:17:35 to 3:17:55( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: we had a bad economic situation today. people are hurting all over this country. we are borrowing too much, we're spending too much, we're taxing too much and we see policy from this administration and the liberals in both the house and senate that's going to not only extend this current recession but i believe is

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:17:56 to 3:18:16( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: going to deepen it. i believe it will even take us into a severe recession to the point of a frank outright depression. and tax and cap legislation is going to be the loke motive that takes us -- loke owe motive that's going to -- locomotive that's going to take

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:18:17 to 3:18:37( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: us towards economic ruin. that high speed train is going to run off a cliff and it's going to take the american economy and the american people with it. it's going to kill small business. it's going to kill big business. it's going to kill jobs. it's going to hurt the poor people. it's going to hurt the elderly, those on limited income. it's going to raise the cost of

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:18:38 to 3:18:59( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: medicine and raise the cost of health care. why are we doing this? so as the president himself has said, so he can have the funds to create a bigger socialized medicine program and other socialized programs, bigger government, bigger spending, more economic doom and gloom

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:19:00 to 3:19:20( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: that's going to be on the american people. we have to stop it. if the american people knew what was happening they would stand up and say no to cap and tax. as well as the socialized medicine program. the two b administration and the liberal leadership in this congress is pushing. both of them are going to be

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:19:21 to 3:19:41( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: disastrous. both of them are going to kill jobs. both of them are going to take away choices. both of them are going to destroy our economy. both of them are going to put our children and grandchildren severe economic peril. and believe immoral.

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:19:42 to 3:20:02( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: i think it's totally immoral because we are robbing our children and our grandchildren of their economic future. they will live at a standard that's much below ours today. we have a clear picture where the leadership in this congress is taking us. and the way the administration is taking us. all we have to do is look in

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:20:03 to 3:20:26( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: venezuela. this administration, the liberal leadership in this congress is going down the same road that hugo chavez is taking the venezuelans. venezuela nationalized their energy system. that's exactly what we're trying to do here with cap and -- cap and trade.

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:20:27 to 3:20:48( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: venezuela, hugo chavez nationalized the financial institutions. we already have done that. we nationalized the chrysler and g.m. and they're trying to force ford into the same trap. we've nationalized the insuranc we're nationalizing everything of major consequence in this

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:20:49 to 3:21:10( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: country economically. and now the leadership wants to nationalize, federalize, socialize the health care system in america. now, where's that train going to take us? we have a clear picture of that o. all we have to do is look in cuba. look in soviet controlled soviet union prior to them making their forms and turning

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:21:11 to 3:21:33( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: towards more capitalistic system. but we can look at cuba. cuba prior to fidel castro taking over that government was very prosperous. certainly they had problems but not the problems that they have today. in cuba we have a very rich

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:21:34 to 3:21:55( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: elite headed by a marxist, fidel castro. and we have a vast majority of the people in that country are struggling, very poor with no choices. that's exactly where we're headed in america today if we continue down this road, the steam roll of socialism, this high-speed train that's going

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:21:56 to 3:22:16( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: to drive us off the economic cliff. and we've got to stop it. republicans have offered alternative after alternative. we had alternatives to the housing cris. the liberals on the other side were obstructionists. they wouldn't let our alternatives be heard. we had alternatives to the stimulus bill.

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:22:17 to 3:22:37( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: i call it a nonstimulus bill because it has not and will not stimulate the economy. we had alternatives. the other side were obstructionists. they would not allow those things to be -- our ideas to be heard, brought to this floor for debate. we've offered alternatives to the banking crisis.

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:22:38 to 3:23:00( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: but what have we done? we've bailed out wall street. republicans have offered many alternatives to bail out main street, but they are not heard on this floor. over and over again the other side have been obstructionists, they've blocked every effort that we have brought on our side, on the republican side to

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:23:01 to 3:23:21( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: bring forth commonsense, market-based, free enterprise solutions that would have not put our children and grandchildren's future at peril. but the other side are obstructionists. they have not allowed those things to be heard. they've been buried in committee. we introduced the bills.

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:23:22 to 3:23:43( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: we have press conferences. and the mainstream media around this country are very compliant with the leadership on the liberal side because they bury it, don't even report the alternatives. we hear on the other side that the republicans are the party of no. well, actually we are the party

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:23:44 to 3:24:04( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: of no but it's k-n-o-w. we know how to solve these problems in america. we k-n-o-w the banking problems. we k-n-o-w how tsolve the energy problems, the health

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:24:05 to 3:24:25( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: care problems that america faces. but are our ideas heard? the other side is the side of no, n-o, because they say no to every proposal that we've made on our side. the press also is the party of no, n-o, because they've not reported on any of t

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:24:26 to 3:24:46( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: proposals that we've offered and it's not right. it's actually going to be disastrous to the american people, and the american people need to stand up and say no to this steam roll of socialism. stop this high-speed train running off the cliff of economic doom, that's going to

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:24:47 to 3:25:08( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: ke our children and grandchildren down into the chasm of a poor economy and struggling to try to pay off the debt for this totally inappropriate, outright steam roll of socialism that's being forced down the throats of the american people.

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:25:09 to 3:25:29( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: we've got to stop it. and we can stop it if the american people will rise up and say no to the stm roll. put a stop to this high-speed train that nancy pelosi is driving and harry reid's driving, that's going to hurt our children, it's going to hurt our grandchildren, it's

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:25:30 to 3:25:50( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: going to hurt america, and i'm not sure that we can recover in the next 10 decades, century. it may take that long to put us back on the right track if we can ever get back on the right track. we've seen over and over throughout history societies

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:25:51 to 3:26:12( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: destroyed because of people doing things in a self-centered manner, and that's exactly what's happening in this country today. we are self-centered as a people. we need to look at serving other people, particularly our children and grandchildren. put this country back on the right track, and we can do that.

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:26:13 to 3:26:33( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: former u.s. senator eric durkson once said, when he feels the heat he sees the light. the american people need to put the heat on members of congress, in the house and senate, and say no to cap and tax, cap and trade legislation, to the waxman-markey bill. they need to say no to the socialized medicine program

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:26:34 to 3:26:54( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: that the liberal leadership on the democratic side is trying to force upon us to take our choices away. they need to say no to this steam roll of socialism, no to big government and yes to free enterprise, yes to personal responsibility and accountability, yes to small business.

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:26:55 to 3:27:15( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: we cannot borrow and spend our way to prosperity. we have to stimulate the economy by stimulating small business. we have to have money in the hands of small business, men and women around this country, to create jobs. we have to have money in the hands of the taxpayers so that they can have money for a

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:27:16 to 3:27:38( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: college education for their children, buy clothes, buy food. the bill just before this one was about encouraging physical education for our children. i'm a medical doctor and i've seen over and over again how fat and out of shape the kids in this country are.

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:27:39 to 3:28:00( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: but our economy is going to be skin fat, bloated federal government that the liberal leadership in this house and this senate trying to force on the american people. so the american people need to stand up and say no to all these steam roll of socialism

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:28:01 to 3:28:21( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: programs, to the cap and trade, to socialized medicine and say yes to the republican alternives that will look to the free marketplace and will stimulate the economy, get us back on the right track and help us have a strong economic future. not only for us today but for our children and our

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:28:22 to 3:28:43( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: grandchildren for the next decades to come. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new york. mr. tonko: yes, mr. speaker. does the gentleman from pennsylvania have any further speakers? mr. platts: mr. speaker, how much time do i have remaining? the speaker pro tempore: you

Paul Braun, Jr.

3:28:44 to 3:28:50( Edit History Discussion )

Paul Braun, Jr.: have 30 seconds. mr. platts: mr. speaker, i do not have any additional speakers and i would yield back

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