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House Proceeding on Jul 10th, 2009 :: 0:36:25 to 0:48:25
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Pete Sessions

0:36:22 to 0:36:42( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: which provides for consideration of this essential and important bill, and i reserve the balance of my time. thspeaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. sessions: good morning, mr. speaker. how are you doing today? mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized.

Pete Sessions

0:36:25 to 0:48:25( Edit History Discussion )
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Pete Sessions

0:36:43 to 0:37:04( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: mr. sessions: and i appreciate the gentlewoman yielding me the me. mr. speaker, i rise in opposition to a structured rule , structured appropriations rule, and also i'm opposed to how my democratic colleagues continue to shut out the minority's voice with this structured rule. before taking control of the house of representatives in 2007, our democrat friends promised the american public

Pete Sessions

0:37:05 to 0:37:26( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: that this would be the most open, honest and most ethical congress in history. yet, that is not the case in the past or for the past 2 1/2 years. you heard my colleague, the gentleman, mr. flake, talking about the process, the process that's happening not just today but has been happening for now

Pete Sessions

0:37:27 to 0:37:48( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: 3 1/2 years on this floor -- 2 1/2 years on this floor. the last few weeks, this democrat majority has been forcing spending bills through the house of representatives. my friends on the other side of the aisle have been using extremely restrictive rules to accomplish this legislative business. during the republican majority,

Pete Sessions

0:37:49 to 0:38:09( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: the most appropriations bills considered under a structured rule in any single season was four, and that was back in 1997. this majority has set a new record forcing every appropriations bill under a strict, structured rule. so far, the democrat majority

Pete Sessions

0:38:10 to 0:38:31( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: has limited debate on the six spending bills that the house has already passed, and today's bill is the seventh. mr. speaker, that is not open, honest or ethical. chairman obey said an ash -- set an eashtrear timeline to set the fiscal year 2010 spending bills, which has forced this democrat run rules

Pete Sessions

0:38:32 to 0:38:52( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: committee to limit every single republican and democrats' chances to offer amendments on this floor. hundreds of amendments have beenffered by all of my colleagues, and they have been rejected also. rejected in an unprecedented fashion. what the heck is the majit afraid of?

Pete Sessions

0:38:53 to 0:39:13( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: why don't they want to take the normal time, the normal process why won't they allow for an open and honest debate, the one that they called for? mr. speaker, with that said, i would like to thank the majority and the rules committee for allowing at least my amendment to be made in

Pete Sessions

0:39:14 to 0:39:34( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: order on the floor today. the care of our nation's troops and veterans is extremely important to me and every single member i believe of this body. and it's my hope that my amendment will pass on the house floor today. but, mr. speaker, every single member should have had that opportunity, the opportunity to be able to come to this floor

Pete Sessions

0:39:35 to 0:39:56( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: under an open rule to talk about the things that are important to them. rule for the military construction and veterans' affairs appropriations act of 2009. and i note that myear friend, the gentleman from tennessee, mr. zach wamp, is the republican lead on this bill and i'm very pleased with the

Pete Sessions

0:39:57 to 0:40:17( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: work that not only mr. wamp has done but how he has led in such a way to make sure that the men and women of the military understand his dedication and devotion to this process. it's my intent to discuss the importance of the underlying bill as well as some of the concerns in the legislation. and i would also like to

Pete Sessions

0:40:18 to 0:40:38( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: highlight the democrat majority's large increase in spending across the board for appropriations bills. this is unacceptable, especially in a time of huge deficits and exceptionally high unemployment. mr. speaker, i think we should aim for a balanced budget, not unlimited spending. i think this body should have

Pete Sessions

0:40:39 to 0:41:00( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: to make tough decisions and set priorities, not set the bar so high or in this case so low for just spending so much money that we cannot and do not have to make tougher decisions. this bill provides crucial funding needed for the military construction and housing funding for our troops and

Pete Sessions

0:41:01 to 0:41:21( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: their families and other quality of life projects. and the congress should havto go through thoserojects one by one and make a determination about what is in the best interest, not only of the country but also for our military. i know that the funding priorities for all essential programs at the department of veterans' affairs and related agencies have asked for in their budgets are important.

Pete Sessions

0:41:22 to 0:41:43( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: and i also know that this bill honors our nation's heroes who are serving in our volunteer military, those who have served and also honoring those who are fallen victims as well. this bill illustrates the deep commitment that congress has to our military and to our veterans, and i do recognize

Pete Sessions

0:41:44 to 0:42:04( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: that the gentleman, mr. wamp, and the gentleman, mr. edwards from texas, as they spoke to the rules committee yesterday, not only tolthat story but also a source of pride of how this congress needs to be paying attention to those members of our military. i join ranking member lewis and his concern regarding the

Pete Sessions

0:42:05 to 0:42:27( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: ability for the v.a., however effectively absorb large funding increases provided by this bill. the appropriations committee report was critical of the slow rate of the multibillion dollar major construction account for the v.a. and points out th the spending rates are woefully slow having only spent $1.9

Pete Sessions

0:42:28 to 0:42:49( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: billion of the $4.4 billion that was appropriated between year 2008. when you add fiscal year 2009 and this bill, that account then grows to $6.5 billion. i believe that the current

Pete Sessions

0:42:50 to 0:43:10( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: funding project should be exhausted before receiving additional moneys. mr. lewis agreed also, and so did all of the republicans on the committee. mr. speaker, the bill before us today includes over a 15% increase for fiscal year 2010 spending over last year, which

Pete Sessions

0:43:11 to 0:43:31( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: assists with tricare, mortgage assistance, childcare and other necessary personnel-related accounts. yet, it is important to note that a couple weeks ago congress passed the defense authorization bill, increasing defense-related funding by only 4%. this nation is at war, and my democrat colleagues only

Pete Sessions

0:43:32 to 0:43:53( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: modestly increased our defense and strategic compass its. while all other -- capacities. while all other bills are increasing 10%, 15%, 19% and even 33% more than last year's levels. mr. speaker, this disparity sends a dangerous message to our enemies and one to our troops that are in the field.

Pete Sessions

0:43:54 to 0:44:18( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: to help curb some out-of-control democratic spending, ranking member jerry lewis offered an amendment in the full committee tt would prioritize funding increases for defense, military construction and our veterans by providing a 6% increase for these programs, a 4% increase for homeland security, and holding all other subcommittees

Pete Sessions

0:44:19 to 0:44:40( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: to a very reasonable 2% increase. unfortunately, the amendment was defeated. out of the 12 appropriations bills, this amendment would have reduced the burden on the american public by $35 billion. the american people know that you shouldt spend what you don't have, and that is exactly

Pete Sessions

0:44:41 to 0:45:02( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: what this democrat majority is doing and continues to do. according to the congressional budget office, the obama administration is on its way to doubling the national debt in five years. in doing so, it would drive the

Pete Sessions

0:45:03 to 0:45:25( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: today, to a staggering 7 is -- to a staggering 71% in 2014. the congressional budget office on wednesday of this week released a monthly budget review that states that the federal budget deficit was $1.9 trillion for the first nine months of this fiscal year. c.b. ofment state this is a

Pete Sessions

0:45:26 to 0:45:47( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: this is more than $800 billion greater than the deficit record in june of 2008. the united states is looking at a record $1.8 trillion deficit this year alone. congress should be promoting policy this is a reduce spending and grow job growth in

Pete Sessions

0:45:48 to 0:46:10( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: this country. while our friends on the other side of the aisle continue to tax, borrow, and spend their way into record deficits. the congressional budget office estimates that the unemployment benefit spending is now more than 2.5 times what it was at

Pete Sessions

0:46:11 to 0:46:32( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: this point last year. the current unemployment rate is over 9.5% for the first time since 1983. where are the jobs? it's a question that should continue to be asked on this floor.

Pete Sessions

0:46:33 to 0:46:53( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: where are the jobs that were promised from this economic stimulus, from this president, and our speaker nancy pelosi? mr. speaker, now is the time when the economy should be bouncing back, but this is a time when the democrat congress is forcing america to -- americans to pay for a failed

Pete Sessions

0:46:54 to 0:47:14( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: trillion-dollar stimulus package. a bailout for those who defaulted on their mortgages, a bailout for those who abused their credit cards. a bailout for credit and america's bad decision making from corporate offices. a new national energy tax and a

Pete Sessions

0:47:15 to 0:47:35( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: possible $1.5 trillion care reform package that will force 120 million americans off their current health care coverage. when does the spending stop? not today in this house. in closing, mr. speaker, every member of this body understands

Pete Sessions

0:47:36 to 0:47:57( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: appropriate funding for our nation's military and our veterans and we give thanks to them. this bill provides the necessary benefits to our service men and women, their i'm proud of that. but i would continue to point out to my friends on the other side of the aisle that we

Pete Sessions

0:47:58 to 0:48:19( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: cannot tax, spend, and borrow our way out of this recession. this recession is a national cris and puts all of us at risk. rising unemployment and record deficits cannot be remedies with massive increases in spending.

Pete Sessions

0:48:20 to 0:48:26( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: americans back home are tightening their belts and the united states congress would be

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