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House Proceeding 07-16-09 on Jul 16th, 2009 :: 3:38:00 to 4:09:25
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Steve King

3:37:58 to 3:38:18( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: and i am so happy we had this opportunity to speak tonight on clean energy and our national security. i'll yield back, mr. per. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time is expired. under the speaker's announced chair now recognizes the gentleman from iowa, mr. king, for 60 minutes. mr. king: thank you, mr. speaker.

Steve King

3:38:00 to 4:09:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Steve King

Steve King

3:38:19 to 3:38:39( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: i appreciate the privilege to be recognized here. here on the floor of the house. i would remark that the common courtesy is to yield and i am happy to yield to the gentleman that are here if we can carry on the dialogue without that particular yielding and i know it's four to one and would be

Steve King

3:38:40 to 3:39:00( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: an interesting engagement that could take place but i have to correct a few things on the record. and one of them is, as the gentleman from ohio challenged the mendacity of t republicans who had said that ere is a $4,000 increase on the payroll, that's exactly the number you get if the payroll is $50,000 and you tax it at 8%. that's in the bill, mr.

Steve King

3:39:01 to 3:39:22( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: speaker, and that's a precise number. and that's what i thought to offer and could have been injected in for an open dialogue. but we do deal with the facts. it's hard to get those facts when you have a bill that's drafted and a bill that has to be drafted to match a c.b.o. number, and when the congressional budget office

Steve King

3:39:23 to 3:39:43( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: comes out with an $1 trillion health care plan, and we find out that the congressional budget office came out with that number, without having read the bill, mr. speaker. d so we're poised to go down a path by tying a blindfold around our eyes and charging off into the abyss of socialized medicine with a $1

Steve King

3:39:44 to 3:40:05( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: trillion price tag, a little less than that, that is slapped upon a bill nobody has yet -- i suppose some now have completely read, but the congressional budget office did socialized medicine policy over the telephone with the staff of the committee of the democrats. not even a bipartisan staff.

Steve King

3:40:06 to 3:40:27( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: and that's how we make policy in the unitestates of america? and it's adequate to stand here on the floor and utter platitudes about what your political philosophy might be? and i think it's interesting that i get to hear the quotes from republicans, john mccain on cap and trade. well, i can think of the time

Steve King

3:40:28 to 3:40:49( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: not pretty recently, it would have been after this particular quote that we saw a few moments ago, the time i most emphatically agreed with john mccain and that's when he said president obama has more czars than the roman office. -- romanoffs and was something that illustrated the part of the big picture we should be talking about. this is a government out of

Steve King

3:40:50 to 3:41:11( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: control and overreaching and creating the nationalization of industry after decision in this country. it's breathtaking the scope of the reach of this white house that's supported by the democrats in the house and in the senate. and who would have thought -- let's just say if we roll back in our memory and our mind's eye back to election day in november of 2008, what if

Steve King

3:41:12 to 3:41:33( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: someonwould have said you're ready to go to the polls, think about what you're going to do, because if you elect president obama, he's going to go in and nationalize three huge investment banks, the largest insurance company, a.i.g., fannie mae and freddie mac, two general motors and chrysler, all of those huge eight enties all wrapped up

Steve King

3:41:34 to 3:41:54( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: together will all be controlled, if not controlling interests in the hands of and in control of the white house. and then he's going to manage those by appointing 32 czars and this will be hundreds of billions of dollars, and the idea will be the economic stimulus plan is going to be f.d.r.'s new deal on steroids.

Steve King

3:41:55 to 3:42:16( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: and now never mind that if one goes back and reads the data from the 1930's from that great depression, there was nothing great about what people had to go through during that decade of the 1930's, if one goes back and reads the data and tries to index it back to the actions of

Steve King

3:42:17 to 3:42:37( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: the new deal and this keynesian economics of -- trying to replace private sector jobs with government jobs is what was going on with the new deal, the w.p.a. and the list of these acronyms went on. but what it did is it created a lot of debt and delayed the recovery that would have come from the private sector of the economy. it competed directly with the private sector, one of those

Steve King

3:42:38 to 3:42:59( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: examples would be the tennessee valley association where there was private sector investment prepared to go in and develop just what the t.b.a. turned out to be and f.d.r. went in and stomped on the private sector and grew a government instead. . this is the model for president obama. he told us on the -- on or about

Steve King

3:43:00 to 3:43:20( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: february 10, 2009, he said that f.d.r. didn't go far enough. that he lost his nerve. he got worried about spending too much money. if he hadn't gotten worried about spending too much money, the economy would have recovered. he didn't spend enough money and therefore along came world war ii first and became the largest stimulus plan ever. i don't take issue with the last part of that statement, i just

Steve King

3:43:21 to 3:43:41( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: take issue with the prediction that the new deal would have worked if f.d.r. would have spent more money. this president hasn't lost his nerve. he is spending a lot more money. and if there's any doubt in anybody's mind about whether keynesian economics and spending borrowed money to dump it in and grow government at a time of

Steve King

3:43:42 to 3:44:02( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: economic crisis actually heals up the economy, there isn't any doubt in my mind because i have read the data. in fact i went through every newspaper from the crash of the stock market in 1929 until the japanese attacked pearl harbor on december 7, 1941, reading for the economic news so i could understand what people were living through during those days

Steve King

3:44:03 to 3:44:24( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: of the stock market crash and the deep long trough of the great depression and then the shock of the attack on pearl harbor that launched us into a world war. i wanted to understand what that was like for the people that lived during that period of time. but i couldn't find evidence that the new deal was a good deal on any kind of a broad scale.

Steve King

3:44:25 to 3:44:46( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: small little places it was. it bought some friends, sure. i couldn't find evidence that the new deal worked. and economists have gone back and studied that era can't show you the data that indicates the new deal worked. but if anybody wonders, they can study this era, 25 years from now, when it will be clear there won't be any question about no

Steve King

3:44:47 to 3:45:08( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: more arguments can be brought up, no futureresident will be able to say, president obama, well, his stimulus plan would have worked but he just lost his nerve and didn't spend enough money. this president has not lost his nerve. he has spent way too much money. and he has nationalized eight huge entities.

Steve King

3:45:09 to 3:45:29( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: he's landed blow after blow against the private sector, free market economy that is the engine that drives this economy. and it sets the economy for the world. blow after blow. they'll look back at this and they'll say, $700 billion in tarp, $787 billion in the stimulus plan, untold hundreds

Steve King

3:45:30 to 3:45:51( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: of billions of dollars shoveled out the door of the u.s. treasury top prop up businesses that don't necessari through the appropriations process here in congress, the blank check of tim being spent. and all of that going on and this president has the audacity, he wrote a book audacity in the title, this is a

Steve King

3:45:52 to 3:46:12( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: president with a lot of audacity. he has the audacity now to float the trial balloon to call for another economic stimulus plan. this one is only partly spent and less than half of it, we don't know what those numbers are, it's being trickled out and it doesn't impact on our economy sometimes strung out over a

Steve King

3:46:13 to 3:46:33( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: number of years, but yet it was an act of desperation to get it before this congress and pass it quickly because they had to have it to save us from a financial meltdown. but they didn't use the bill in the fashion they said. neither did they use the tarp bill in the fashion they said. so this urgency to prevent a meltdown was more what i would see in the pattern of

Steve King

3:46:34 to 3:46:54( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: legislation brought through this congress, it's the urgency of bring this thing through this congress before the american people figure out what's going on. pass it quickly. and get it out of the way so it comes out of the public eye. while that's going on, load up another one, put another round in the chamber, and fire another one down through the floor of the house of rresentatives and

Steve King

3:46:55 to 3:47:15( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: on over to the senate. another destructive missile that breaks down the economy in this country, the culture in this country, the spirit of the people in this country. this has been an all-out assault on americanism that i have seen in the months that we have had here. the statements made on this floor that need to be corrected, other than the erroneous

Steve King

3:47:16 to 3:47:36( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: statement that a republican had made a -- i'll just i am ply at least a willful misstatement, this president's plan and the health care -- health insurance plan that's being debated in this congress today and tomorrow has in it an 8% tax on proll

Steve King

3:47:37 to 3:47:57( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: on the employer, on the employer's payroll, if he doesn't provide health insurance for his employees. an 8% tax, you just think about how that works, let's just say there is an employee making $50,000 a year and there is not a health insurance policy. you can talk about the question of whether that's right or wrong.

Steve King

3:47:58 to 3:48:19( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: but in any case there's not a health insurance policy. under the obama p would be an 8% tax on that payroll. 8% of $50,000 is $4,000. precisely the number that the gentleman from ohio objected to applies perfectly to a $50,000

Steve King

3:48:20 to 3:48:40( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: payroll which is not that unusual in the united states. it's becoming far and far more common. so to take issue with a statement that's clearly factual, i believe is misinformation itself. the argument that we are sending, the other gentleman from ohio, mr. ryan, made the statement that $700 billion is

Steve King

3:48:41 to 3:49:03( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: going to those other countries and the real number, he's referring to the importing of petroleum products from foreign countries, and there were statements made last year we were importing -- sending $700 billion to foreign countries to buy their petroleum. those statements that were going out over the media caused me to be curious enough that i actually ran the numbers to find out.

Steve King

3:49:04 to 3:49:24( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: and the real number is this, that over that period of of time, over -- this was the middle of last summer in about july, and in fact july 11 would be the date that this statement was initially made, the actual moneys expended to purchase imported petroleum, that's

Steve King

3:49:25 to 3:49:46( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: natural gas and oil and other products that come from oil wells, in their entirety, the actual money that we sent overseas during that period of time from july 11 of 2008 to a year prior to that, that 12-month period of time, was $332 billion, mr. speaker.

Steve King

3:49:47 to 3:50:07( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: not $700 billion. $332. but we know that july 11 was also the peak day for the highest price for oil and gas. that's when our gas hit the highest price at the pumps and that's about the same time that crude oil by the barrel hit the highest price. so one could then last july 11, a year ago july 11, extrapolate

Steve King

3:50:08 to 3:50:30( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: what we would import if we imported the same number of gallons. $700 billion. if you work it out and take the gallons and multiply it times the highest prices we h, which was on july 11 of 2008, and carry that forward, you come with a number projected of $726 billion. but we never imported

Steve King

3:50:31 to 3:50:52( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: billion because the oil prices plummeted some weeks after that. we saw our gas price goes from $4 and change a gallon and they dropped nearly $2 a gallon in a short period of time. that was moving up to the election in november. so at this point if you look at the most recent data, the number

Steve King

3:50:53 to 3:51:14( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: hasn't quite reached $400 billion and the amount of imported petroleum that we have paid for. it's still too much, mr. speaker. and we can be independent with our energy. and we should work in that direction and build the infrastructure that allows us to be independent. but we should also do it on real data and real facts.

Steve King

3:51:15 to 3:51:36( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: and as the other gentleman spoke about two wars going on, this is pretty interesting to me. the lament is still there we are engaged in two wars. these are conflicts that were -- afghanistan was certainly thrust upon us.

Steve King

3:51:37 to 3:51:59( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: and the iraq situation is this, president obama was elected, at least in part, because he aggressively criticized president bush for going into iraq and for not having an exit strategy. well, mr. speaker, this house needs to know and the american people need to know that president bush had an exit strategy. it was a strategy that said, we

Steve King

3:52:00 to 3:52:20( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: are going to provide victory and we are going to establish a stable government in iraq that reflects the will of the iraqi people. that's what's been achieved there. it really can't be argued today, mr. speaker, as to whether who won the war in iraq? al qaeda is defeated in iraq. they can't mount a military

Steve King

3:52:21 to 3:52:42( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: operation that's there. american deaths in iraq as sad as they are, every one of them is an individual tragedy and every one is an honorable patriot, and we need to keep them all in our prayers as well as their families. it's been a high sacrifice. but it's also been a noble endeavor. those that we have lost in iraq

Steve King

3:52:43 to 3:53:03( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: in the last year to accidents have been almost exactly equal the number to those that we have lost to combat. which says that a soldier, sailor, airman, marine serving in iraq today has roughly -- an equal risk of being injured or killed in a rollover of a humvee

Steve King

3:53:04 to 3:53:25( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: in one of the iraqi roads than they do at the hands of the enemy. those numbers are getting -- it's looking better and better each week that goes by. more stability in iraq. and the exit strategy that president bush devised in iraq was what i said. when the war -- win the war, establish a stable, moderate

Steve King

3:53:26 to 3:53:46( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: government in iraq that reflects the will of the people. so when we listen to the criticism that came from the other side of the aisle here, and when speaker pelosi first was sworn in and received the gavel as speaker of the hse of representatives, that was the 110th congress, we are in the 111th now.

Steve King

3:53:47 to 3:54:08( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: that took place in january of 2007. from that moment on there commenced a series of votes here on the floor of the house that were designed to unfund, underfund, or undermine our troops in iraq. they have had past and some of them singularly, but many of

Steve King

3:54:09 to 3:54:30( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: them in their aggregate portion would have brought about a defeat in iraq as opposed to the victory that's been achieved. that's what's taken place in this congress. efforts that undermined our troops. and still our troops prevailed and still president bush had the will to order the surge and

Steve King

3:54:31 to 3:54:51( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: still after the surge was executed to the fashion that it brought about the result we see today, president bush negotiated this so that we would not be giving up a victory tt has been so costly and so nobly earned. i did look him in the eye on this subject matter and i know

Steve King

3:54:52 to 3:55:12( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: that he was preparing this country to sustain the victory that was being achieved at the time. and president bush negotiated the status of forces agreement, and it was signed last fall. the bush agreement of status of forces was signed last fall, the

Steve King

3:55:13 to 3:55:34( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: status of forces agreement and we find ourselves in the ironic situation today, mr. speaker, of having a president of the united states who was elected at least in part for criticizing his predecessor for not having an exit strategy in iraq, but president bush had an exit strategy and it's in print and on paper, and the irony is

Steve King

3:55:35 to 3:55:56( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: president obama is executing president bush's exit strategy to the letter of the sofa agreement. it's on paper. it's there. it's a matter of fact and a matter of of action. and it can't be argued. it's just simply ignored because these are the people over here that wouldn't acknowledge that president bush could do good unless they could put a quote up

Steve King

3:55:57 to 3:56:17( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: there that might -- theyight think would support their cause. so the quotes from john mccain come up in the same way. they criticize john mccain all a last fall. now they put his quote up here on the floor and they argue why don't republicans listen to john mccain democrats wouldn't have listened to john mccain f. they had they

Steve King

3:56:18 to 3:56:39( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: would have voted for him and have a different situation in the world today. the idea that -- the tehran situation and the nuclear endeavor of the iranians. another thing that befuddles me as i listened to the debate in the previous hour. how it is they are arguing that have, let me see, we are on

Steve King

3:56:40 to 3:57:01( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: the cusp of -- the gentleman from virginia said we are on the cusp of a great economic revolution. this economic revolution is the green revolution, i guess. all of these green jobs that are going to be created because they passed cap and tax on the american people out of the house of representatives. they think they are going to get their jobs back after the next election.

Steve King

3:57:02 to 3:57:22( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: the american people know better than this. they understand when y call it cap and trade that it's truly cap and tax. what they do is cap the amount of energy that you're able to access in the united states and identify which forms you can and can't have, and they tax the living day lights out of what you do get.

Steve King

3:57:23 to 3:57:45( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: all energy in america will be more costly because of cap and tax that passed out of this house. . c13 house. and how anybody can think and how anyby can think we're on the great american resolution because we're taxing energy is way beyond me.

Steve King

3:57:49 to 3:58:09( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: excuse me. the basic principles of business are things i had to learn when i started a business, mr. speaker. so you have a -- just think of this as the legal pad and you sit down with a little calculator and draw a line through the middle of the papers, top to bottom. on one side you list all of your expenses, and on the other side you list your income.

Steve King

3:58:10 to 3:58:30( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: you add up your expenses and you add up your income and you take the total income and you subtract the total expenses and that's your profit. probably never heard that described here on the floor of house before. that's simple accounting principle of total income minus total expenses is profit. on some of your expenses of

Steve King

3:58:31 to 3:58:51( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: course are taxes and the overhead and things people don't think about that people in business have to do. but if you're any business you have, if you're running a flower shop, a barbershop, a ethanol plant, if you're manufacturing wind generators, if you're running a gas station, if you have an operation with a dozen

Steve King

3:58:52 to 3:59:13( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: carpenters working out othere with hammers and wheelbarrows, all of these things going on, this energy tax is going to make your business -- it's going to cost you more. so over on that column on the pad that you write down on your business expenses when you see that they have passed cap and tax on you and you look at the cost of your electricity and

Steve King

3:59:14 to 3:59:36( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: your heating gas and the natural gas you might use your manufacturing and diesel fuel you'd put into your trucks and heavy equipment and the fuel oil you might heat with and the cost of the coal that might be generating the electricity, all of those thin add up and they're all part of the expenses of a

Steve King

3:59:37 to 3:59:57( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: business. so if energy gets expensive so does the cost of your business. the more energy intensity it is the higher your overall expenses and the harder it is to find profit on the other side. we're on the cusp of the great revolution because this congress can increase the cost of our energy and it takes energy to do anything that we

Steve King

3:59:58 to 4:00:20( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: want to do. it takes energy to make a cup of co-ee. i go over to the puton and make coffee and they're burning natural gas to create enough heat i can have a cup of coffee. it was cold but speaker pelosi switched that around in our power plant here because there

Steve King

4:00:21 to 4:00:42( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: was a real concern that the coal that was burning was putting carbon dioxide up in the atmosphere and contributing to global warming and when she became speaker she concluded that we would get away from that and we were going to be a carbon neutral capitol complex so speaker pelosi ordered the power plant be converted over

Steve King

4:00:43 to 4:01:03( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: from coal to natural gas. and so that was done and some reports show it doubled the cost of energy and i haven't analyzed those numbers and take it at face value. it's a summary report and may or may not be double. but the cost of our energy went up. we do know that. and still the calculation was

Steve King

4:01:04 to 4:01:24( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: we were putting too many tons of co-2 in the air annual. so the speaker being true to her commitment to saving the planet, saving the planet, saving the planet, i hope i said saving the planet, true to his commitment, she then went on the board of trade to

Steve King

4:01:25 to 4:01:46( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: purchase some carbon credits. these would be like -- well, filling intentions or indulgences is a better word for it. so you can go on the board and buy carbon credits and their indulgences for the c office-it you -- co-2 you put in the atmosphere, and you've reached

Steve King

4:01:47 to 4:02:07( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: your limit because you limit the co-2 emissions. i tracked that, the money spent on the board of trade to pay for the co-2 emissions that take the capitol building and somebody had to sequester carbon they weren't before changed the planet. some of the money went to

Steve King

4:02:08 to 4:02:30( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: farmers in north dakota. farmers union farmers, i think was the exchange that was used. we don't have any evidence these farmers just started no till because they got a check that was a contribution to encourage them to do that. it's more likely they wrned owed to the farmers anyway and were simply rewarded for something they were doing anyway so we can't determine if

Steve King

4:02:31 to 4:02:51( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: there was any carbon sequestered out of that behavior. the balance of the money went to a coal fire generating plant in chillicothe, iowa. that's a curious thing, mr. speaker. think about how this works that the speaker of the house concludes that there is too much co-2 emitted in the

Steve King

4:02:52 to 4:03:12( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: atmosphere because of the coal-fired power plant that feeds this capitol complex, and so she switches it over to natural gas because there's lessee missions of natural gas, at the time she said because natural gas is not a hydrocarbon. that didn't last a day or so when she finally discovered what it was.

Steve King

4:03:13 to 4:03:33( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: i'm not arguing with her about the lack of understanding how it works. her conviction is clear, her understanding is not. but the power plant was converted from coal to gas and then still the emissions of co-2 continued and we had to get to this zero emissions because we were going to be a model for the country.

Steve King

4:03:34 to 4:03:54( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: so that money went to chicago, $89,000, and they brokered it through the exchange and paid some no till farmers in north dakota and then the balance of the money went to chillicothe where we're really interested to find outhat happens at the coal fired generating plant, that you can pay them to sequester some carbon or let's

Steve King

4:03:55 to 4:04:15( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: say diminish the effect of carbon in the atmosphere. so i went to visit that plant. it's a wl-run plant, run by good people. it's an outstanding company. i met with their c.e.o. and had engaging conversations. but i visited that day, i sit in the shed that had big bails of switch grass in it and there

Steve King

4:04:16 to 4:04:37( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: were expensive equipment that was in there that was designed to pick up and put these big round bails, these are 1,500 pound bales so maybe that high in diameter, seven feet or so in diameter. and they would put them on -- there was designed, i didn't see this happen, but put them on a conveyor belt and run them through a hammer mill and throw

Steve King

4:04:38 to 4:05:00( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: them out through a tube and blend this ground up switch grass in with the coal they were using to generate electricity. that was the plan. and what i saw was -- well, switch grass hay, that it has sat there for two years and nobody has burnt any switch grass in two years, they tried it, experimented with it, they

Steve King

4:05:01 to 4:05:22( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: didn't have any data on what they'd learned from burning the switch grass but in any case stopped doing it so it must not have been a particularly lucrative endeavorut they t a check cut by the taxpayers and signed by speaker pelosi, this is figuratively, we understand, because they had diminished the co-2 in the atmosphere, sometime a couple

Steve King

4:05:23 to 4:05:44( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: years earlier. that's what cap and trade is. that's brokering these imaginary credits that don't create anything except imaginary sequestration of carbons which in somebody's imagination turns the thermos that down on planet earth. and of the people that advocate

Steve King

4:05:45 to 4:06:06( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: this, the aggressive vocal proponents of cap and tax that think the earth is going to be destroyed if we don't go through with our legislation, not one of them can explain the science. not one of them can bate the science here on the floor of the house. i'd be happy to do that. i'd offered that many times and

Steve King

4:06:07 to 4:06:28( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: i would be happy to yield, schedule from special orders from now until the cows come home we can talk about this science. but it is an embarrassment the science that is underneath this. i don't take so much issue with the science as i do with the economics. they're wrong on the science and completely wrong on the economics and people who can get it that wrong should be no surprise they would also get it

Steve King

4:06:29 to 4:06:49( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: so wrong when it comes to a health care plan. but here's a couple of things i want to run through as i observe the gentleman from texas has arrived to lend a hand with this endeavor. what do i have that's entertaining here? i'll just pull this one out. there's so much material in this congress

Steve King

4:06:50 to 4:07:11( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: can get this done in a few short hours of special orders. this house has been kind of hard to hold down. he jumps around on me and stands on his head once in a while. this is, mr. speaker, the saltwater -- let's see, the salt war marsh harvest mouse. he has been the creed to be, a

Steve King

4:07:12 to 4:07:32( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: species that needs special help from the taxpayers of america. we need to have a stimulus plan that's going to jump us out of the deep hole that we are in. and so of all the places we could put money to grow this economy, where could it do the most good? i allege and others allege back during this process of the

Steve King

4:07:33 to 4:07:53( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: stimulus plan, that speake pelosi has set up an earmark in there of $32 million. well, the allegations came back, no, that's not true, that can't be, there isn't any earmark there. the speaker wouldn't do that. and there's a statement that was put by the speaker's office that said no. and so what we really end up with now is we finout, yes,

Steve King

4:07:54 to 4:08:14( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: it is in there, it's just not $32 million, it's $16.1 million. the saltwater marsh harvest mouse. this little pet project right here, this cute little guy has finally arrived to give his particularly special earmark. if you look at what speaker pelosi says, she said, i don't want to have legislation that

Steve King

4:08:15 to 4:08:35( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: is used as an engine for people to put on things that are not going to do what we are setting out to do which is to turn this economy around. i don't think i want to read the rest of that. we'll turn the economy around by dumping $16.1 million into the saltwater marsh harvest mouse.

Steve King

4:08:36 to 4:08:58( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: this pet project everybody promised would really -- that i made this all up, that it wasn't in the bill, well now it's there and no one can refute it, this cute little earmark. so think of this little guy here with -- the least they could do is just notch his ear a little and put an earmark in that little pet project, that saltwater marsh harvest mouse

Steve King

4:08:59 to 4:09:19( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: is getting $16.1 million taxpayer dollars. and that's not as wise an investment as the $89 million that was wasted in the carbon credits to be the microcosm model of what they're doing with the cap and tax bill on us. wee got a great big model on what they're going to do to us all americans on this

Steve King

4:09:20 to 4:09:25( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: socialized medicine plan. it looks to me like it took hillary care and wrote it large

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