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House Proceeding 07-10-09 on Jul 10th, 2009 :: 0:25:55 to 0:31:05
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David Dreier

0:25:52 to 0:26:14( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: i will be in further discussions with the gentleman. mr. cantor: i thank the gentleman. at this time, i'd like to yield to the ranking member of the rules committee, mr. dreier. mr. dreier: i thank my friend for yielding. as i listen to the thoughtful remarks coming from my friend the majority leader, i'm remind head dime congress a few months after i came in 1980. i'm reminded how we stood here

David Dreier

0:25:55 to 0:31:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: David Dreier

David Dreier

0:26:15 to 0:26:36( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: on opposite sides, engaging in the first oxford-style debate if you recall, mr. speaker, if the gentleman recalls on the issue of tradpolicy being used to enforce human rights. that was the discussion we had two decades ago. and i simply put that forward, mr. speaker, in an attempt to underscore the fact that we are

David Dreier

0:26:37 to 0:26:59( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: both institutionalists. we both served nearly three decades here and we feel strongly about this constitution and the responsibility that we have to the american people. and i know that my friend understands full well that if one looks at the constitution and the precedents that have been set in the past, there is

David Dreier

0:27:00 to 0:27:20( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: a clear differentiation between the ways and means committee's work and the appropriations committee's work. there's also clearly an understanding of the disparity between the notion of opening up the tax code to a completely open amendment process, and dealing with the appropriations process through an open amendment process which has, for 220 years, been the case

David Dreier

0:27:21 to 0:27:41( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: work some exceptions. the interesting thing about those exceptions, and i know we've had both private discussions and we're engaging in public discussion now, and i thank my friend, the distinguished republican whip, for yielding to me, one of the things i believe has not been tried in this process is to

David Dreier

0:27:42 to 0:28:03( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: allow, not the top elected leaders of the party to make these kinds of decisions, not even the chairman and ranking member of the full committee, but just to report to my friends here, mr. speaker, in the rules committee, yesterday, we had an -- earlier this week, i guess it was day before yesterday, we had an

David Dreier

0:28:04 to 0:28:25( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: opportunity to hear from the chair of the agriculture subcommittee, ms. delauro and the ranking member of that subcommittee, mr. kingston. recognizing that the appropriations process has seen members engage in dilatory practices, mr. kingston made it clear that if we were to have

David Dreier

0:28:26 to 0:28:48( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: an open amendment process, that he would do everything within his power to ensure that shenanigans would not take place on our side of the aisle because we all acknowledge we want to get the work done. mr. cantor has said that, mr. lewis has said that, we want that to take place. what we're arguing is that, if you look at when we've had structured rules in the past,

David Dreier

0:28:49 to 0:29:11( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: they have in almost every instance followed the inability of the subcommittee chair and ranking member to successfully propound a unanimous consent agreement. so while mr. cantor has just made an offer, i would like to -- i frankly believe that we should do everything we can to at least attempt, just take one

David Dreier

0:29:12 to 0:29:34( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: of the appropriations bills, and see if, not the majority leader and the republican whip, or the republican leader and the speaker, or whatever, you know, the top elected positions within our party, rather let the subcommittee chairman make an attempt at doing that. i say that, mr. speaker,

David Dreier

0:29:35 to 0:29:55( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: because as we look at even the notion of what we began with, which was what created the high level of frustration for us. yesterday i heard a colleague explaining this process, the notion of somehow having a preprinting requirement does create undue constraint on both democrats and republicans when

David Dreier

0:29:56 to 0:30:16( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: it comes to the appropriations process. that's what led to the over 100 amendments being filed because of the fact that when we consider the bill that we just passed an hour ago in this house, last year, the unfortunate thing was, there was no chance for even perfecting amendments to be

David Dreier

0:30:17 to 0:30:37( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: offered to technical concerns that were there. in light of that, we felt very concerned about even having the preprinting requirement my request would be, since we are now, unfortunately, having passed the five appropriations bills that we have, we are, i guess, six now that we've passed, sixth as of this

David Dreier

0:30:38 to 0:30:58( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: aftern creating what i'm describe -- describing as the new norm. i know that as an institutionalist, the majority leader would not like to see that continue. i hope very much, mr. speaker make an attempt to embolden our -- as has been the case in the

David Dreier

0:30:59 to 0:31:06( Edit History Discussion )

David Dreier: past, our chairs and ranking members of the appropriations subcommittees who are expert on these bills to work on them and work with our colleagues on

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