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House Proceeding 06-16-09 on Jun 16th, 2009 :: 1:10:50 to 1:20:10
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David Dreier

1:10:46 to 1:11:06( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: border against violence and drug trafficking. with all of that in mind, i rise in support of the rule and the underlying bill, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman back the balance of her time. mr. diaz-balart: mr. speaker, i yield such time as he may consume to th

David Dreier

1:10:50 to 1:20:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: David Dreier

David Dreier

1:11:07 to 1:11:28( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: gentleman from california, mr. dreier. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. dreier: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, like all of my colleagues, i know i speakor all of my colleagues when i say that i revere this institution. 220 years ago this summer james madison, following the urging of his constituents came back

David Dreier

1:11:29 to 1:11:49( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: to the house of representatives, doing something that he actually opposed when hpenned the u.s. constitution, that being the implementation of the very important bill of rights. something that we as americans spent a lot of time thinking about and something that the rest of the world looks to.

David Dreier

1:11:50 to 1:12:12( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: there are people in iran today who are looking at our bill of rights as they think about the need to pursue democracy and choose their leaders in their country. and people all over the world continue to look to our bill of rights. and it was 220 years ago this

David Dreier

1:12:13 to 1:12:35( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: summer that james madison moved the bill of rights through this institution, and i'm going to next month spend some time talking about that historic summer 220 years ago. and i say that simply to underscore the fact that i have such great regard for the

David Dreier

1:12:36 to 1:12:57( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: precedence and for the rules of the house of representatives. and i considered it to be a great privilege to serve with mr. di-balart and mr. arcuri and the other members who serve on the house rules committee. and i take the work there very, very seriously.

David Dreier

1:12:58 to 1:13:18( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: and i believe that we're at a troubling moment when it comes to the deliber this institution. we had the exchange that took place between the chairman of the committee on appropriations and the ranking member of the committee on appropriations on this process of filing amendments.

David Dreier

1:13:19 to 1:13:39( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: we had a rigorous debate that took place in the rules committee yesterday about the fact that appropriations bills are considered as privileged. as you know, mr. speaker, what that means is that there's no need for a special rule for consideration of appropriations bills. it is constitutionally a very

David Dreier

1:13:40 to 1:14:00( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: important part of the process. article 1, section 9 of the constitution makes it very clear that spending doesn' imnate from the white house. -- emanate from the white house. it emanates from the congress. it begins here in the house of representatives.

David Dreier

1:14:01 to 1:14:21( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: and as i stand here i think of conversations i had with one of the greatest members to ever serve here, the gentleman from kentucky, mr. matcher, who was chairman of the appropriations committee, long-time committee of the health subcommittee, and i remember his saying to me that he believed appropriations bills should come to the floor without being considered with a

David Dreier

1:14:22 to 1:14:42( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: special rule because they are considered as privileged. but the tradition over the past several decades has been that the need for a special rule would allow for protection of the bill, meaning that points of order cannot be raised against the work product of the

David Dreier

1:14:43 to 1:15:04( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: appropriations committee and that we would then allow for an open amendment process. meaning that any member could stand up here in the house and offer a germane amendment to the appropriations bill. and it's true that the appropriations process can be prolonged and it has been in the past.

David Dreier

1:15:05 to 1:15:26( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: but having when we were in the majority presided regularly over the treasury postal appropriations bill, i remember witnessing the chairman, the ranking member of the full committee or the subcoittee come together and have an agreement that amendments would be addressed and they would put

David Dreier

1:15:27 to 1:15:47( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: an outside time limit for consideration of those amendments. over my nearly three decades here, mr. speaker, i've seen that happen on a regular basis. and guess what, it's worked out pretty dog gone well. now, -- doggone well. now, 127 amendments were filed

David Dreier

1:15:48 to 1:16:08( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: yesterday at the rules committee to the commerce, justice, state appropriations bill. that was not necessary. that was not necessary and it would not have happened had we hathe standard open amendment process for consideration of measures. yes, there are a number of very important issues that i and my

David Dreier

1:16:09 to 1:16:29( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: colleagues believe should be addressed in this appropriations bill. but i will say that it could be done under an open amendment process. but unfortunately the majority has decided to not only have a

David Dreier

1:16:30 to 1:16:50( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: preprinting requirement but to set an arbitrary deadline so that if an appropriations bill may be considered more than a day or so later one could not file additional amendments for consideration of the measure. and in our attempt to get a commitment that we would simply

David Dreier

1:16:51 to 1:17:11( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: be able to allow members to make germane modifications, modifications to their amendments we have been denied that. in fact we had a vote in the rules committee last night, and i know, mr. speaker, i apologize, this is very inside baseball. i know i may not be quite on message, but i think the message is a very clear one.

David Dreier

1:17:12 to 1:17:32( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: it's fairness in dealing with the challenges that the american people are facing. so we on a party line vote, mr. speaker, had this vote and we were denied the opportunity to allow members to even make germane modifications to amendments that had been submitted to the rules

David Dreier

1:17:33 to 1:17:54( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: committee. now, mr. diaz-balart is going to make an attempt to defeat the previous question and this vote on the previous question is one that will simply say that we as an institution want the american people through their elected representatives

David Dreier

1:17:55 to 1:18:15( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: to have the chance, the chance to think about, deliberate and vote on the measures included in this appropriations bill and we hope in the other, i guess it's 11 now, appropriations bills in addition to the one that we're considering here today.

David Dreier

1:18:16 to 1:18:37( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: it's a troubling pattern which undermines deliberate are a tif democracy. now, it's not -- deliberative democracy. now it's not unusual but it's very troubling. i don't know how many amendments would have been offered if we had an open amendment process. but guess what, i don't believe, mr. speaker, for a second that 127 amendments wod be offered. i think it would be many, many

David Dreier

1:18:38 to 1:18:59( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: fewer than that. but when the members of this house, democrats and republicans alike are told that they can't even make germane modifications to their amendments that there was little choice other than to have members file many, many, many different amendments so we

David Dreier

1:19:00 to 1:19:22( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: will aleast be able to allow this p chairman obey referred to the fact that the issue of global climate change, the issue of health care, all issues that the democratic majority wants to bring to the forefront in the next couple of months. we understand elections have

David Dreier

1:19:23 to 1:19:44( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: issues that they clearly have a right to bring up. we want to address those issues in a slightly different way, but we don't believe that we should be addressing those issues at the expense of the very important process enshrined in article 1, section 9 of the u.s. constitution, and that is the power of the purse, the appropriations process.

David Dreier

1:19:45 to 1:20:05( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: so, mr. speaker, i am going to urge my colleagues to join mr. diaz-balart, the gentleman from miami, in attempting to defeat the previous question in the name of deliberative democracy so that we can allow elected representatives to in fact represent their constituents.

David Dreier

1:20:06 to 1:20:10( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: and if by chance, if by chance the previous question is passed, i am going to urge my

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