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House Proceeding 06-16-09 on Jun 16th, 2009 :: 0:03:10 to 0:12:40
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David Dreier

0:03:06 to 0:03:28( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: it's my hope that we will see the beginning of that troop drawdown this year. this report also provides for a few key domestic economic priorities like the cash for clunkers program which will allow americans to trade in old vehicles for new ones with higher fuel efficiency. this conference report also

David Dreier

0:03:10 to 0:12:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: David Dreier

David Dreier

0:03:29 to 0:03:49( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: incles $1.5 biion for response to swine flu pandemic to helstate and local governments, but also to fund global efforts to track, contain and slow down the spread of this flu. although it is not perfect legislation, it provides some essential funding and i will support it and urge my colleagues to do the same. i reserve t

David Dreier

0:03:50 to 0:04:13( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. dreier: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i might consume, ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dreier: and let me begin by thanking my friend for yielding me the customary 30 minutes and i have to say that it's with

David Dreier

0:04:14 to 0:04:34( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: extreme disappointment and sadness that i rise in opposition to this rule having been very supportive of it when we had just a few weeks ago. the underlying measure of the supplemental appropriations bill that's supposed to fund our troops began auspiciously as a wonderfully bipartisan effort.

David Dreier

0:04:35 to 0:04:56( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: in fact, when the house first considered the funding measure last month, republicans were very proud to have what was our first opportunity, mr. speaker, our first opportunity of this 111th congress, to consider a major bill that had been developed in a bipartisan way. i noted on that occasion that the president's call for

David Dreier

0:04:57 to 0:05:18( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: bipartisan action had previously been completely thwarted by the democratic majority and frankly the record proves that could be the case, but finally -- to be the case, but finally, finally when it came to funding our troops, when it came to the issue of funding our troops, even the democratic leadership that had thwarted efforts to follow the obama directive for

David Dreier

0:05:19 to 0:05:39( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: bipartisanship, we had concluded that they weren't about to politicize the process of funding our troops. . the bill we considered last month was not perfect, it did accolish the key issue at hand. adequately providing for the protection and welfare of our troops, and, mr. speaker, as i

David Dreier

0:05:40 to 0:06:02( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: said, we were very proud to do it in a bipartisan way. something the president wants. something the american people want. and frankly it's something that i believe a majority of democrats and republicans in this house want, but unfortunately the democratic leadership does not seem to have that same goal.

David Dreier

0:06:03 to 0:06:24( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: now the democratic leadership is unfortunately back to what has very unfortunately been determined to be business as usual which is considering a measure that should have been as depoliticized as possible considering it in an extraordinarily partisan way. the conference report before us actually cuts troop funding in

David Dreier

0:06:25 to 0:06:45( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: order to pay for billions of dollars in additional nontroop, nonemergency spending. this includes $5 billion for the international monetary fund in order to provide additional global bailouts. any country, any country, mr. speaker, can apply for this money so there's nothing to

David Dreier

0:06:46 to 0:07:06( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: ensure that the united states taxpayer dollars don't go to countries like iran or venezuela. the question of whether to provide this new i.m.f. fund something a controversial one and it may end up being a right decision, but it's one that should be fully debated not airdropped into a conference report.

David Dreier

0:07:07 to 0:07:27( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: again, whatever the outcome of that debate on i.m.f. funding, it is clearly something that should not be considered as emergency funding. it should appropriations process, which we are in the midst of right now. where tough decisions are made, priorities are set, and a

David Dreier

0:07:28 to 0:07:48( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: proposal to send $5 billion to the international monetary fund can be weighed against other priorities that members of this house may have like transportation funding or some other issue that it may be determined through the deliberative process is a higher priority.

David Dreier

0:07:49 to 0:08:09( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: mr. speaker, o military is on the verge of running out of money. we all know that. that frankly is why we are here. the resources needed for our troops to conduct their mission and return home safely are nearly depleted. this the issue of troop fund something a true emergency. this is what this supplemental

David Dreier

0:08:10 to 0:08:30( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: appropriations bill is all about. to protect and support the men and women in harm's way, defending our country. the democratic leadership instead chose to cut troop funding and load this bill up with other controversial, very controversial funding that does not support our troops. republicans made it clear that

David Dreier

0:08:31 to 0:08:51( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: we could not support a troop funding bill that does not in fact fully fund our troops. so the leadership on the other side of the aisle found itself in a dilem. they had lost republican support with their partisanship, their controversial programs, and their cuts for troop funding.

David Dreier

0:08:52 to 0:09:12( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: so what could they do? how could they win the votes necessary to pass this conference report? the obvious solution would have been to return to bipartisanship. at's what the president of the united states has called for. it's what the american people want. and it's what i believe a majority of democrats and republicans in this house would

David Dreier

0:09:13 to 0:09:34( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: like, but instead the democratic leadership chose to push the contents of this bill as far to the left as they possibly could in the hopes of picking up support from the fringes of their own party. having left the middle ground, the fringe was the only left to go. so how did they appeal to the very, very extreme left?

David Dreier

0:09:35 to 0:09:56( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: first, they watered-down language regarding moving terrorists to u.s. soil from guantanamo bay. while republicans had supported much stronger language to ensure no terrorists ever moved or set free on american soil, the original language would at least have required consultation with congress and slowed the process

David Dreier

0:09:57 to 0:10:17( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: down until we could act definitively to ensure the protection of our communities. but inexpolitic economyably as democrats, inexplicably, as democrats, republicans, have voiced their outrage about terrorists foningsly released on american soil, today's conference report

David Dreier

0:10:18 to 0:10:39( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: further weakens the already weakened language. it leaves our neighborhoods even more vulnerable to the movement of gtmo terrorists. furthermore, the democratic leadership removed protections to ensure that information that could put our troops in danger would not be released. many on the far left oppose

David Dreier

0:10:40 to 0:11:00( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: these protections, so the democratic leadership bartered for their support of this bill by stripping them out completely. without those ptections in place, our troops in the fie will be subject to even greater harm. this was the price the democratic leadership paid in order to negotiate with the far left rather than return to

David Dreier

0:11:01 to 0:11:23( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: bipartisanship and common sense that had guided earlier debates on this funding bill. to see just how far out of the mainstream this approach is, mr. speaker, look no further than the vote on the motion to instruct conferees that we had just this past friday. it was a republican motion which handily passed the house by a

David Dreier

0:11:24 to 0:11:44( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: vote of 267-152. mr. speaker, by a vote of 267 -152 this house called for a clean bill that restores full funding for the troops and keeps in place the protections to prevent the release of information that could potentially endanger our troops.

David Dreier

0:11:45 to 0:12:07( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: that strong bipartisan vote just this past friday in favor of this motion indicates how much support in this house there is for a clean, bipartisan, full troop funding bill. for those of us who naively thought the funding of our troops was the one issue, the one issue, mr. speaker, that could not be politicized, this

David Dreier

0:12:08 to 0:12:29( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: is a very, very sobering moment. clearly the democratic leadership cannot help themselves. even when bipartisanship would be the easy choice, they were compelled to move in the exact opposite direction. so, mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to reject this rule, demand a clean troop funding bill, one that fully provides

David Dreier

0:12:30 to 0:12:41( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: the resources they need, one that is stripped of all extraneous, controversial nonemergency funding and one that includes full protections for american communities as well

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