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House Proceeding 06-26-09 on Jun 26th, 2009 :: 4:49:40 to 5:06:55
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John A. Boehner

4:49:36 to 4:49:56( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: in our bill and this amendment, madam speaker, we know he that we only pay $24 billion and we only have to pay it when we get the results and with that i reserve the balance of my time. gentleman from virginia reserves his time. the gentleman from california. mr. waxman: madam speaker, i understand that our side has the right to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is correct.

John A. Boehner

4:49:40 to 5:06:55( Edit History Discussion )
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John A. Boehner

4:49:57 to 4:50:17( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: mr the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from virginia. mr. forbes: i'd like to yield the balance of my time to the distinguished minority leader, the gentleman from ohio. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized for two minutes. mr. boehner: let me thank my colleague for yielding and, madam speaker, congratulate you

John A. Boehner

4:50:18 to 4:50:40( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: on your your new job and all of us on the republican side of the aisle thank you for your service to this institution, your service in the chair and g you. my colleagues, we've been through a very difficult time in our economy. we had the great economic shocks

John A. Boehner

4:50:41 to 4:51:02( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: of last fall and we've seen unemployment climbing month after month after month. now at some 9.4%. earlier this year we passed a 1,100-page bill that no one had read that was supposed to be about putting the american people back to work again.

John A. Boehner

4:51:03 to 4:51:24( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: it was supposed to be about stimulating our economy and all we heard during that debate was about jobs, jobs and jobs. it's pretty clear that what the bill really ended up being was nothing more than spending, spending, and more spending. because since that bill passed, some $1 -- 1.7 million americans have lost their jobs. and so when we look

John A. Boehner

4:51:25 to 4:51:48( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: legislation that continues to go through here, the american people are seeing an awful lot of spending, an awful lot of money going to government, but they're not seeing new jobs. and now we come to what i believe is the most profound piece of legislation that has come to the floor of this house in the last 100 years.

John A. Boehner

4:51:49 to 4:52:12( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: six months of a new congress that this could be the defing vote and the defing bill for this congress, but i really truly believe that this is the defining bill. the problem that this bill attempts -- the problem that this bill attempts to go after are the issue of

John A. Boehner

4:52:13 to 4:52:34( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: and cleaning up our air. secondly, to build a new alternative energy industry in the united states. those are really the two issues and i guess the third issue would be jobs. bill attempts to go after. but when you look at the

John A. Boehner

4:52:35 to 4:52:55( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: structure that's being built, it defies anyone's imagination to government could create such an lab rat process -- elaborate process to deliver on those thregoals.

John A. Boehner

4:52:56 to 4:53:16( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: a chart here tha all of the agencies involved, all of the structure that is cr it's all being done, of course, in the middle by the environmental protection agency. they're at the center of this. but if you look at all the different agencies involved,

John A. Boehner

4:53:17 to 4:53:38( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: federal energy regulatory commission involved. we've got the united states department of agriculture that's going to be involved. the internal revenue service will b well. the department of treasury. i wish i could tell yo what f.w.s. was but somebody could probably tell me.

John A. Boehner

4:53:39 to 4:54:01( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: we have the commodity futures to be involved in helping to regulate this. the national ocean weather service, basically. the department of health and human services is going to be involved in putting this together. how about the department of state? play a big role in making sure that we get cleaner air and green energy.

John A. Boehner

4:54:02 to 4:54:27( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: we got the department of energy, of course, the department of labor, the u.s. army corps of engineers, the bureau of indian affairs, the bureau of land management, all these federal agencies are going to take part in action. but that's not all. not even close.

John A. Boehner

4:54:28 to 4:54:48( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: we've got the offsets integrity advisory board. we also have the carbon market over group. that are going to try to help control who gets these carbon credits and who doesn't, how they can be traded and how they can't and where in the world these offsets are going to be.

John A. Boehner

4:54:49 to 4:55:09( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: don't have to be in the united states. we're going to see billions of am shipped around the country, around the world, whether it's replanting forests in other parts of the world, they're going to help clean up our air. i'm sure our constituents want our money sent overseas to help

John A. Boehner

4:55:10 to 4:55:30( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: plant trees. but that's not all. we have the consumer refund fund that's going to be outlined here. we got the international reserve how about the domestic offse providers?

John A. Boehner

4:55:31 to 4:55:52( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: we've got the offset tradersnd the national offset providers. we got the clean vehicle technical advisory board. we have the carbon capture board. and it goes on and oand on. this lab rat -- elaborate

John A. Boehner

4:55:53 to 4:56:14( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: government structure thawill cost the american people several trillion dollars over the next 10 years, all in an effort to clean up our air, help build a new alternative energy indtry in the united states and t create jobs in our country. i don't believe there are hardly any people in america who

John A. Boehner

4:56:15 to 4:56:36( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: believe, when who believe that this giant government bureaucracy is going to beble to deliver on the three goals that youutlined. and it's not just the cost and it's not just the bureaucracy. listen, there's not a member in this body that doesn't want to improve the air quality in our country and around the world.

John A. Boehner

4:56:37 to 4:56:58( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: there isn't a member in this body who doesn't believe that speeding up the development of alternative sources of energy isn't good for america. no one, there's comp agreement on that. but do we need to go through all of this? do we need to have a national energy tax on every person in america who would drive a car,

John A. Boehner

4:56:59 to 4:57:21( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: who would flip on a light switch or who would buy an american made product? because virtually every american made product has aawful lot of energy in it. that's not enough. if you look athis bill and you look at the analysis of this bill, you'll see that $2 1/2 million jobs on average -- 2 1/2

John A. Boehner

4:57:22 to 4:57:42( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: million jobs on average will be lost each year as a result of this bill. some of those people reside in my district, in middletown, ohio, where a.k. steel is headquartered. they make steel the old-fashioned way. they bring in iron-ore, coal, they bring in limestone. you get it hot enough, you've got steel. the cost of their steel will

John A. Boehner

4:57:43 to 4:58:05( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: increase 30% to 40% if this bill were to pass. and in a time when we're trying to help the american automobile industry get back on its feet, the last thing they're going to do is pay 30% or 40% more for their steel. so what are they going to do? they're going to bring it in from china. they'll bring it in from india, who are not burdened under this

John A. Boehner

4:58:06 to 4:58:26( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: regulatory scheme, nor are they burdened under our current environmental regulations. so what happens is high energy jobs in america are going to get shipped overseas. exactly the -- at exactly the wrong time. the american people sent us here to help this economy, to help get them back to work. this is the biggest job-killing bill that has ever been on the

John A. Boehner

4:58:27 to 4:58:47( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: floor of the house of representatives, right here, this bill. and i don't think that's what the american people want. but if our goal, if our goals are to clean up the air, to build an alternative energy business in the united states, a thriving one and to create -- one, and to create jobs, there's

John A. Boehner

4:58:48 to 4:59:09( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: a better way to do this and it the all of the above strategy that we've been talking in this chamber about for nearly a year. and that is to say we need to have more alternative sources, whether they be solar, wind, we can produce those additional types of energy and help renew them, but in the meantime

John A. Boehner

4:59:10 to 4:59:31( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: america needs ergy to grow our economy. so we need to have more for oil and gas in the united states there's no question about it. we nd to increase the supply of american made energy so that we bring down the price. and what we do in our bill is we take all the royalties fro development of additional oil

John A. Boehner

4:59:32 to 4:59:52( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: and gas reserves in the united states and we plow it back renewable sources of energy. and as a result our bill puts more money into renewables and speeding up the development of renewables at a faster pace that be the -- than the bill on the floor of the house today. that's not enough. we need to do all of the above. we need to develop clean coal

John A. Boehner

4:59:53 to 5:00:14( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: technology, we need to be serious about nuclear energy. there's nothing in this bill before us that's going to allow us to produce nuclear energy in any kind of a quick way or, frankly, none at all. but we all know it's the cleanest source of energy that we can have in the united states. and so why shouldn't we do all of the above?

John A. Boehner

5:00:15 to 5:00:35( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: because here's what all of the above does for us. it gives us cleaner air, it gives us lower energy prices, it really does move us quickly away from our dependence on all the foreign sources of oil that we have to rely on today. and it will do more in a very

John A. Boehner

5:00:36 to 5:00:56( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: simple way than this big complex bureaucracy that is being outlined in this bill. why can't we do all of the above? establish this giant structure that attempts to put some cap in but really doesn't when we can do something simple that will help lower pri

John A. Boehner

5:00:57 to 5:01:19( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: while cleaning up the air and moving us to alternative sources of energy? no, that's not what we're dealing with here today. you know, if all of this wasn't enough, i woke up this morning and realized that last night at

John A. Boehner

5:01:20 to 5:01:40( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: 3:09 a.m. a amendmt was dropped into the hopper, at 3:09 a.m. i have spent most of the day trying to look at this 309-page bill, trying to come up with and understand what this 3-page

John A. Boehner

5:01:41 to 5:02:02( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: amendment to the 1,200-page bill, what does it really do? and so as i started to go through this, i mean, i didn't get past the first page where on page 16, line 5, strike 1992 and insert 1988 and on line 13

John A. Boehner

5:02:03 to 5:02:25( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: strike 1992 and insert 1988. is aears to deal with the hydropower and i'm trying to figure out, what is the impact of this day change? -- date change? nowhere in this manager's amendm the impact of that is.

John A. Boehner

5:02:26 to 5:02:46( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: then we get to page two. components of the national wilderness preservation system, inventoried road areas or old growth stands and late successional stands. does this mean renewable biomass is not defined by what it is, but rather where it comes from?

John A. Boehner

5:02:47 to 5:03:07( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: and why was this change made at 3:09 a.m. this morning? then page nine. the president shall ensure that the total amount of electricity federal agencies consume in the united states during each

John A. Boehner

5:03:08 to 5:03:29( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: calendar year, the following percentages shall be renewable electricity. we're going to mandate to every federal agency how much electricity they buy that comes from renewable sources. 2012, 6%.

John A. Boehner

5:03:30 to 5:03:51( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: 2013, 6%. 2014, 9 1/2%. 2016, we go to 13%. 2018, we go to 16 1/2%. and 2020 through 2039, 30% -- 20% of electricityhat goes into every federal agency has

John A. Boehner

5:03:52 to 5:04:14( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: to come from renewable resources. do we have any idea whether this is possible? i can't find the answer here. or on page 10, it says contract for renewable energy. a contract for the acqsition of electricity generated from a renewable energy resource for the federal government may be made for a period of not more

John A. Boehner

5:04:15 to 5:04:36( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: than 20 years. 20-year contracts. what if the price of renewab energy goes down? are taxpayers going to be stuck with a contract written today as opposed to what that contract could be negotiated for 10 years from now? i can't tell bause there's no answer here. or again on page 12, renewable

John A. Boehner

5:04:37 to 5:04:58( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: biomass. the term renewable means any of the following. it goes through all this language. nothing -- there's nothing renewable in a national wilderness preservation system or inventoried road growth

John A. Boehner

5:04:59 to 5:05:19( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: areas except for dead, severely damaged or badly infested trees. wasn't this the same language we had on page two? why it being repeated again? i can't tell as i read through this. so we get to page 16. so that the vehicle or engine is capable of alternative fuel. we're going to requiren every

John A. Boehner

5:05:20 to 5:05:41( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: car sold in america, it has to have an engine that's capable of operating on an alternative fuel. so if operating -- what if you have a car that doesn't operate on a renewable fuel? are we going to buy the car back from the american people? rewe going to reimburse them for their costs?

John A. Boehner

5:05:42 to 5:06:03( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: i can't tell because again, this was dropped at 3:09 a.m. and no one, probably, has had a chance how about on page 24. there are authoriz appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out this paragraph. sounds like a blank check to me.

John A. Boehner

5:06:04 to 5:06:26( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: or on page 26. this section applies only to states located in the western in apply to states located in the eastern interconnection to the states of alaska or hawaii, or ercot. are we going to have different rates for different parts of

John A. Boehner

5:06:27 to 5:06:49( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: the country under this amendment that was filed at 3:09 a.m. this morning? then we get to page 30678 the federal energy regulatory commission shall act as the lead agency for purposes of coordinating all applicable federal authorizations and

John A. Boehner

5:06:50 to 5:06:55( Edit History Discussion )

John A. Boehner: related environmental reviews.

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