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House Proceeding 06-14-06 on Jun 14th, 2006 :: 1:28:05 to 1:35:14
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William D. Delahunt

1:27:51 to 1:28:05( Edit History Discussion )

William D. Delahunt: mr. meek: will you yield? mr. delahunt: i yield to my friend. mr. meek: the bottom line is that we have the republican majority that rubber stamps everything that the administration hands to

Kendrick B. Meek

1:28:05 to 1:28:23( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: them. they can't even put the paper on the desk fast enough before they rubber stamp it. and when you start talking about the fact that by the constitution we're supposed to carry out oversight,

Kendrick B. Meek

1:28:05 to 1:35:14( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Kendrick B. Meek

Kendrick B. Meek

1:28:23 to 1:28:32( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: that's not a valve the republican majority. -- value of the republican majority. oversight of what? they're too busy taking care of the special interests. some members -- and you would think that some

Kendrick B. Meek

1:28:32 to 1:28:45( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: members were more concerned with trying to make sure the special interests got what they needed because, you know, we don't want to forget the k street project where you pay to play and you

Kendrick B. Meek

1:28:45 to 1:29:03( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: get access into this republican majority house. so when you look at the rubber stamping of what has happened here, i can't help but have this stamp here, because that's how we got here, but

Kendrick B. Meek

1:29:03 to 1:29:25( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: what's very, very unfortunate, mr. delahunt, and mr. ryan and ms. jackson lee, is the fact that we have ourselves in a situation, a fiscal situation that's going to take a generation almost to

Kendrick B. Meek

1:29:25 to 1:29:39( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: recover from. we have ourselves in a situation in iraq. we don't know how many years it may take. we have ourselves in a situation where the white house now wants to invite members

Kendrick B. Meek

1:29:39 to 1:29:51( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: over to have tea and cookies right now and trying to be nicey nice to say we want to hear from you now when now we have men and women caught in the crossfire and we have millions and billions

Kendrick B. Meek

1:29:51 to 1:30:02( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: of dollars that have been wasted and stolen in iraq, and i will say stolen, because of the rubber stamp republican majority, anything that the administration sends down, we rubber stamp it

Kendrick B. Meek

1:30:02 to 1:30:14( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: i think that the republican majority walks around with a mini rubber stamp in the pocket saying, what, oversight? you mean, this is the way you want it and how you want it? and that's what

Kendrick B. Meek

1:30:14 to 1:30:23( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: the american people has to send a very strong message to this republican majority here in the house that we have three branches of government for a reason, not two branches of government that

Kendrick B. Meek

1:30:23 to 1:30:34( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: deals with the legislation and policy, but three branches. we have the judicial branch, you know, that is separate and aside, but when you look at the legislative branch, we're supposed to

Kendrick B. Meek

1:30:34 to 1:30:51( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: carry out oversight. only a couple of members of the republican majority actually gets that and tries to practice it, but they're in a super minority, and so mr. delahunt, the reason why we

Kendrick B. Meek

1:30:51 to 1:31:01( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: come to the floor is to shed light on the lack of oversight. when it was a democratic house and a democratic white house, there was oversight. call bill clinton up and ask him. i think we know

Kendrick B. Meek

1:31:01 to 1:31:15( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: that, ok? republican majority, the reason why you are going to see people around here scratching and fighting and begging and trying to do things and throwing out fassads and trying to get

Kendrick B. Meek

1:31:15 to 1:31:26( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: press releases out, because the white house is very, very concerned that they will no longer be able to send legislation to the u.s. house of representatives, and that it goes on -- it passes through

Kendrick B. Meek

1:31:26 to 1:31:38( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: committees that may have a half a meeting on it and come to the floor not allowing democrats to do anything to improve the legislation because they're too busy rubber stamping the process and it will

Kendrick B. Meek

1:31:38 to 1:31:51( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: disrupt that. it's all about power and influence. and i can tell you right now the republican majority has gone too far with this because that's the reason why we're in the situation we're

Kendrick B. Meek

1:31:51 to 1:32:09( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: in now, and they have to shake it, and they know it, and they deserve the rubber stamp because that's what they've been doing since the president has been in -- been in the white house. one

Kendrick B. Meek

1:32:09 to 1:32:23( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: -- one last -- i'm coming to you ms. jackson lee. i want to give you a perfect example of what happens in a rubber stamp congress. exhibit a. how can you borrow, mr. speaker , $1.05 trillion in

Kendrick B. Meek

1:32:23 to 1:32:42( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: four years? i don't know how that can be achieved in four years. the republican majority has handed president bush, he can't do it on his own, we have the republican congress right under it,

Kendrick B. Meek

1:32:42 to 1:32:54( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: from 2001 to 2005, $1.05 trillion. now here's the other kicker that comes in, and interest, with interest. 42 presidents, 224 years, 224 years, 42 presidents, we're only able to borrow $1.01

Kendrick B. Meek

1:32:54 to 1:33:09( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: trillion. mr. speaker, i rest my case on that. i rest my case on the fact that the republican majority has given the bush white house everything they wanted on the backs of the american people,

Kendrick B. Meek

1:33:09 to 1:33:21( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: the special interest got what they wanted, the billionaires got what they wanted -- mr. delahunt: point of clairification, mr. meek, that is foreign money. mr. meek: this is just foreign

Kendrick B. Meek

1:33:21 to 1:33:40( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: debt. these are countries that we have borrowed money from and now we owe them. now i'm going to be quiet for a minute, but i just want to make this one last point and it's going to be 30

Kendrick B. Meek

1:33:40 to 1:33:55( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: seconds. ms. jackson lee, if i borrowed $100 from you, and let's say, you know, i still haven't paid you back, our relationship will change. as a matter of fact, your respect for me as an individual

Kendrick B. Meek

1:33:55 to 1:34:11( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: to handle my own finances will be altered. even though we're considered friends, our relationship is forever changed. now for the first time in the history of the republic, mr. speaker,

Kendrick B. Meek

1:34:11 to 1:34:22( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: unfortunately, the republican majority has countries like china, as me that, china, iran, iraq, saudi arabia, korea, the caribbean nations, taiwan, canada, germany, and the opec nations looking

Kendrick B. Meek

1:34:22 to 1:34:32( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: at us in a different way, in an unprecedented way for the fact that, man, how you can tell me what to do on foreign policy? and how can you point your finger at me as it relates to the

Kendrick B. Meek

1:34:32 to 1:34:43( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: war on terror when you can't handle your own finances? and that's not to the american people, that's to the republican rubber stamp majority that have allowed this president to run this country

Kendrick B. Meek

1:34:43 to 1:34:54( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: into a fiscal nightmare, and so i close with that by saying, mr. delahunt, for you to say, you know, the general is coming out? they're coming out because the american spirit is coming

Kendrick B. Meek

1:34:54 to 1:35:14( Edit History Discussion )

Kendrick B. Meek: out of the chest of americans who have put themselves in harm's way because this administration and this congress asked them to put themselves in harm's way. ms. jackson lee? mr. delahunt: i

William D. Delahunt

1:35:14 to 1:35:33( Edit History Discussion )

William D. Delahunt: would like it ask a question of representative jackson lee. if democrats were the majority in this house, would there be a forum for general greg newbold, retired marine lieutenant general, to

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