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House Proceeding on Jun 20th, 2008 :: 0:35:00 to 0:42:58
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Carolyn McCarthy

0:29:59 to 0:35:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Carolyn McCarthy

Carolyn McCarthy

0:34:51 to 0:35:00( Edit History Discussion )

Carolyn McCarthy: tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from florida. mr. diaz-balart: i would ask my friend if he has any other additional speakers on the rule? mr. cardoza: madam speaker, i have one

George Miller

0:35:00 to 0:42:58( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: George Miller

George Miller

0:35:00 to 0:35:08( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: additional speaker at this time. mr. diaz-balart: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. cardoza: thank you, madam speaker. at this

George Miller

0:35:08 to 0:35:19( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: time i'd like to yield five minutes to the gentleman from california, the chairman of the education and labor committee and a true champion for children for many years in this house, mr. george

George Miller

0:35:19 to 0:35:26( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: miller. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for five minutes. mr. mill: thank you, madam chair. i want to thank the gentleman for yielding me and i want to thank

George Miller

0:35:26 to 0:35:38( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: the rules committee for reporting this rule to the floor. i want to thank mr. cardoza for managing this legislation. he has spent his entire publi hc life being concerned about children at risk,

George Miller

0:35:38 to 0:35:49( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: and clearly the children we seek to protect in this bill are at serious risk. i also want to thank carolyn mccarthy, the gentlewoman from new york, for all of her effort on this legislation. she,

George Miller

0:35:49 to 0:36:00( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: too, has spent her entire time in congress trying to make sure that our children are safe in whatever setting that we have a responsibility for, whether it's in high schools or colleges

George Miller

0:36:00 to 0:36:15( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: or in this case, residential programs. this legislation is designed to address in a reasonable manner a very serious problem that has come to the attention of the education and labor committee

George Miller

0:36:15 to 0:36:24( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: this last -- this last year when we started looking at the abuse and neglect in teenage residential programs. tragically, the number of these cases has resulted in the death of a child. this

George Miller

0:36:24 to 0:36:37( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: legislation will help ensure that children are safe no matter what setting they're in. it will also provide parents with the information they need to make safe choices on behalf of

George Miller

0:36:37 to 0:36:47( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: their children. the rule we are considering today is a fair one. it makes in order the miller-mckeon manager's amendment and one other amendment offered by ms. shea-porter, a member of the

George Miller

0:36:47 to 0:37:01( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: education and labor committee. we've made sure that we cado this in a bipartisan fashion and the manager's amendment reflects the changes to be made to improve the legislation since it left

George Miller

0:37:01 to 0:37:10( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: the committee. the 10 amendments originally submitted to the rules committee are bipartisan compromises and incorporates. it would be disinjen with us for anyone to come to the floor and oppose

George Miller

0:37:10 to 0:37:23( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: this floor since it takes into consideration those concerns. i want to thank mr. mckeon for working on this legislation so that we would have a bill with few amendments, but we would

George Miller

0:37:23 to 0:37:36( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: address the concerns of the members. in the course of crafting the manager's amendment, we worked with several members on provisions that are now reflected in the compromise. representatives cuellar,

George Miller

0:37:36 to 0:37:46( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: matheson made improvements to the legislation. mr. bishop of utah made an amendment to the rules committee which we believed made legitimate concerns. we believe we fully addressed his concerns.

George Miller

0:37:46 to 0:37:58( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: two amendments were made moot by the bipartisan agreement, and yet they were not withdrawn. this should not be a partisan issue. the g.a.o. has found thousands of cases, documented cases and

George Miller

0:37:58 to 0:38:10( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: allegations of child abuse and neglect to children, stretching back decades in teen residential programs. in hearings before our committee, we heard horrific stories about the way children

George Miller

0:38:10 to 0:38:24( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: in these programs were treated by uncaring, untrained and abusive staff members. for example, children were forced to eat food from which they were known to be allergic. they were required

George Miller

0:38:24 to 0:38:33( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: to remain in so-called stress positions for hours and to keep hiking even though it became clear they needed immediate medical attention. madam chair, members of the committee, the time for

George Miller

0:38:33 to 0:38:46( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: congress to act is long past due. the weak patchwork of state laws and regulations regarding teen residential programs has permitted these abuses to continue for far too long. we must act

George Miller

0:38:46 to 0:39:01( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: to prevent children from being put at risk. this legislation will help keep children safe and help parents make sound choices about the care of their children. i hope we can adopt this rule. madam

George Miller

0:39:01 to 0:39:12( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: chair and members of the house, let me say this. i have been involved in this issue for 30 years. this abuse of children in wilderness camps and boot camps, whatever they call themselves,

George Miller

0:39:12 to 0:39:21( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: has gone on for years. there are many programs that take care of children in residential settings, very troubled children, and these programs offer treatment of these children and many

George Miller

0:39:21 to 0:39:31( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: parents have written to congress and my friends who have sent these children to programs have experienced some success with the care of those children to get rid of addictive behavior,

George Miller

0:39:31 to 0:39:43( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: abusive behavior on behalf of those cldren. but yet within this industry there's a group of homes that continue to travel from state to state without awareness by the state or noncaring by

George Miller

0:39:43 to 0:39:53( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: the state or falling through the regulations, no federal regulations, no state regulations, and those are the programs that have abused these children. we've worked with professional associations.

George Miller

0:39:53 to 0:40:02( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: we have worked with trade associations. we've worked with individuals who run homes of high reputation to develop a set of regulations that make sure that parents will be aware of the placement of

George Miller

0:40:02 to 0:40:16( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: their children, the care they are likely to receive, and the skills and the training of the people to take care of them. because that is not true today. as we found out in the other --

George Miller

0:40:16 to 0:40:29( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: in a g.a.o. report, as mrs. mccarthy pointed out, deceptive practices of people who have huge financial interests in the outcomes of referring a family to those -- to those homes can no longer

George Miller

0:40:29 to 0:40:37( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: be accounted. if i could have two additional minutes. mr. cardoza: i yield two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. miller: i thank the gentleman.

George Miller

0:40:37 to 0:40:48( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: and that's what this is about. that's where we saw this incredibly abusive behavior and a number of instances simply lethal to these children. the children died in the care in which their parents

George Miller

0:40:48 to 0:41:00( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: had placed them because the parents were not aware of how poorly run these facilities were. in a couple of cases, referrals for criminal proceedings against those individuals have been --

George Miller

0:41:00 to 0:41:12( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: have been made. why is this bill important? because these children are out of home placements, and we've got to understand the responsibility of those individuals who represent themselves that

George Miller

0:41:12 to 0:41:27( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: they can provide treatment and they can provide care. if that's not true, the parents ought to know it. this is -- this is simple awareness by parents of the care their childreare going to receive.

George Miller

0:41:27 to 0:41:36( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: it's hard to believe that you could put your children in the care of the program, that the child can die of dehydration, of simple neglect because people refuse to call medical personnel

George Miller

0:41:36 to 0:41:49( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: because they said the children were faking. no, they weren't faking, they were dying. they were dying. and people stood around and said, they're faking it, don't touch them, don't go near them

George Miller

0:41:49 to 0:41:58( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: and they died on a trail. they needed water, they were faking. they didn't need water and they pushed them on to hike out in the desert in the heat and they died of dehydration. children standing

George Miller

0:41:58 to 0:42:11( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: in stressed positions that look more like guantanamo bay than looked like a care facility for children. children standing in a stress position with their hands out, with a hood around their

George Miller

0:42:11 to 0:42:24( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: neck in a hangman's noose for hours while other children watched and participated in the treatment of those children. that's not the care of children. there's no -- there's no professional

George Miller

0:42:24 to 0:42:36( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: organization that recognizes that kind of care for the treatment of children. and yet those homes blemish, blemish the reputation of facilities and organizations that are trying to care for

George Miller

0:42:36 to 0:42:46( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: very difficult, very difficult children. and as carolyn mccarthy said, these parents are at their wits end. they have tried almost everything. we ought to make sure that the next thing they

George Miller

0:42:46 to 0:42:58( Edit History Discussion )

George Miller: try is safe and well organized for the care of their children. i thank the gentleman for yielding. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from florida. mr.

Lincoln Diaz-Balart

0:42:58 to 0:43:16( Edit History Discussion )

Lincoln Diaz-Balart: diaz-balart: well, i thank -- i thank you, madam speaker, and i assume from my friend that he has no other speakers on the rule. mr. cardoza: i am the last speaker on our side. mr. diaz-balart:

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