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House Proceeding 06-19-09 on Jun 19th, 2009 :: 0:14:00 to 0:18:35
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Robert B. Aderholt

0:13:54 to 0:14:14( Edit History Discussion )

Robert B. Aderholt: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida reserves. the gentleman from alabama is recognized. mr. aderholt: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman. mr. aderholt: this is my first appropriations bill to help manage on the floor. i very much enjoyed the process

Robert B. Aderholt

0:14:00 to 0:18:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Robert B. Aderholt

Robert B. Aderholt

0:14:15 to 0:14:35( Edit History Discussion )

Robert B. Aderholt: and consider it a privilege. i do want toommend the chair, ms. wasserman schultz, for her professional and courteous e way she conducted the process over the last several months for producing fiscal year 2010 legislative branch appropriations bill. we have worked closely and very much in the spirit of

Robert B. Aderholt

0:14:36 to 0:14:57( Edit History Discussion )

Robert B. Aderholt: bipartisanship to meet the funding needs of the legislative branch agencies. in addition, the chair operated under an open process and was responsive to the concerns and input of all the members of this committee. madam speaker, i will say it is unfortunate that the bipartisan approach taken by our committee stopped at th rules committee.

Robert B. Aderholt

0:14:58 to 0:15:18( Edit History Discussion )

Robert B. Aderholt: i understand that th accompanying this bill, the legislative branch appropriations bill has historically been a structured le. traditionally, a much more balanced approach has been taken than we are seeing today. 20 amendments were filed with the rules committee and only

Robert B. Aderholt

0:15:19 to 0:15:39( Edit History Discussion )

Robert B. Aderholt: one was made in order. while i may not have personally supported some of the amendments, i do feel strongly that members should be permitted to debate the issues of concern to them. members have once again been denied the rights to amendments to appropriations bills.

Robert B. Aderholt

0:15:40 to 0:16:00( Edit History Discussion )

Robert B. Aderholt: that being said, the committee -- the legislative branch appropriations subcommittee -- subcommittee on appropriations did its work and we did the many competing priorities and many of the agencies challenges. the committee has reduced the fiscal year 2010 requested increase of 15% down to 6.8%, a

Robert B. Aderholt

0:16:01 to 0:16:21( Edit History Discussion )

Robert B. Aderholt: reduction of $282 million. however, it is important to distinguish that nearly one quarter of this increase or $60 million is for the establishment of the historical buildings revitalization trust fund. you take this into account the agencies will be operating on average of 5.2%ncrease over the last year.

Robert B. Aderholt

0:16:22 to 0:16:42( Edit History Discussion )

Robert B. Aderholt: this allows the committee to continue to focus on critical life safety issues surrounding the capitol complex and maintain adequate funding of current staff operations. amongst the highlights of the -- among the highlights of the bill is $3.75 billion for the expenses for the house of representatives. this provides an appropriate

Robert B. Aderholt

0:16:43 to 0:17:05( Edit History Discussion )

Robert B. Aderholt: level of funding for the members' representational allowances, additional benefits for house employees and a new badge i.d. system. for the capitol police, $325 million will be included. this amount supports the current strength that 1,799

Robert B. Aderholt

0:17:06 to 0:17:26( Edit History Discussion )

Robert B. Aderholt: positions and fully funds the implementation cost with the merger of the library of congress police. it is funded at $541 million and supports the top 20 construction projects. all life safety projects, significant investment and energy saving efforts and thrm 70 million worth of deferred maintenance projects have been

Robert B. Aderholt

0:17:27 to 0:17:47( Edit History Discussion )

Robert B. Aderholt: funded in this bill. and we have started a very needed new initiative, the historic building revitalization trust fund to begin to address the capitol complex deteriorating infrastructure. for the library of congress, $647 million is included and includes $15 million for the beginning of needed new technology investmen.

Robert B. Aderholt

0:17:48 to 0:18:08( Edit History Discussion )

Robert B. Aderholt: the government printing office is to continue the development of the federal digital system and is included at $700 million. and in order to meet the congressional demands, additional work force is provided for the congressional budget office and the government accountability office. in conclusion, h.r. 2918 is a well-rounded bill and

Robert B. Aderholt

0:18:09 to 0:18:30( Edit History Discussion )

Robert B. Aderholt: adequately addresses the needs of the legislative branch. again, i would like to express my thanks to the chair for her bipartisanship and how she has conducted this subcommittee over the last several months, as we've had the hearings and as we've worked together on the bill. i do want to thank the staff, matt glassman and ian raider

Robert B. Aderholt

0:18:31 to 0:18:35( Edit History Discussion )

Robert B. Aderholt: for their help with this bill.

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