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House Proceeding on Jul 17th, 2009 :: 1:09:50 to 1:18:40
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Greg Walden

1:09:43 to 1:10:03( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: made in order under the rule for the bill. now, therefore, be it resolved that house resolution 644, the rule to accompany h.r. 3170, be amended to allow the gentleman from oregos amendment be considered and voted on in the house. the spker pro tempore: does the gentleman from oregon wish to present argument on why the

Greg Walden

1:09:50 to 1:18:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Greg Walden

Greg Walden

1:10:04 to 1:10:24( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: resolution is privileged for immediate consideration? mr. lden: yes, madam speaker, i do. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walden: i appreciate that, madam speaker. rule 9 is intended to allow a member to raise questions which, and i quote, those affecting the rights of the house collectively, its safety, dignity and the integrity of

Greg Walden

1:10:25 to 1:10:45( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: its proceedings. and those affecting the rights of members, individually in their representative capacity. so i pose the question, what is more fundamental to the rights of members of this house than the ability to represent their

Greg Walden

1:10:46 to 1:11:06( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: constituents and effect legislation brought to this floor? the democratic majority under speaker pelosi has unilaterally ended a 220-year tradition of allowing any member to amend a spending bill. when my constituents sent me to congress, they didn't send me here to just push thbuttons using this card in a voting

Greg Walden

1:11:07 to 1:11:28( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: terminal. they wanted me to exercise all of the abilities granted to a member of congress, and the rule which this house passed yesterday by only a handful of votes after arm twisting by the majority denies me and every other member an opportunity to fully represent our constituents. if that does not affect the

Greg Walden

1:11:29 to 1:11:50( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: rights of this house, if that does not affect the dignity and the integrity of its proceedings, if that does not affect my rights as a representative, i don't know what does. 220 years we went long in this house with the opportunity to offer amendments.

Greg Walden

1:11:51 to 1:12:12( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: and sure, there were instances along the way where both parties restricted amendments that could be offered on appropriations bills but not very often. this is unprecedented and historic in terms of the gagging of members on both sides of the aisle. we had them on the floor yesterday trying to offer an amendment, a democrat, and he, too, was turned down and upset.

Greg Walden

1:12:13 to 1:12:33( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: so i'm sure the chair can find some technical reason why my resolution to protect ee speech rights on the public's airwaves may not be in order. so all we were trying to do was offer an amendment that had been offered up in 2007 and approved by over 300 members of this house when it was allowed to be considered a upon. it was aroved by over 300

Greg Walden

1:12:34 to 1:12:54( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: members to protect the free speech rights of broadcasters, the citizens of this country as well. and instayed what we have now -- and instead what we have now affects the very rights of this house collectively, affects its dignity and integrity of its proceedings and affects the rights of its members as

Greg Walden

1:12:55 to 1:13:15( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: described under rule 9 individually in their representative compass aity. that is why -- capacity. that is why i brought this privileged resolution to the floor because i believe as a citizen of this country and a member of this great institution that our rights have been diminished and that indeed the integrity of this very house is on the line. and in fact when you go to the

Greg Walden

1:13:16 to 1:13:36( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: speaker's website, at least i think it's still up, she pledged an open debate and an opportity for members of congress to be able to come to the floor and offer amendments, much like the chairwoman has done over time. and relies that, as i do. it's part of what we do here or

Greg Walden

1:13:37 to 1:13:57( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: what we were sent to do here. it's pretty hard to offer up alternatives to spending bills to reduce deficits and put ideas into law when the speaker's rules committee acts and shuts down our very opportunity to even bring amendment up for debate. whether it passes or not will be up to the collective tes of this body. but we know that if we can never

Greg Walden

1:13:58 to 1:14:19( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: bring them up for debate there will never be a vote. now, maybe that's convenient to those who don't like to vote on difficult issues or stand up for the free speech rights of broadcasters, whether they be religious broadcasters or those on the right or the left otalk radio, which is what my amendment would have sought to protect in the future. but i really believe that rule 9 is intended to allow members to

Greg Walden

1:14:20 to 1:14:42( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: raise questions affecting the rights of the house collectively, to discuss its safety and that's not at issue here, but its dignity i integrity of its proceedings are. those rights, these are fundamental to each of us, regardless of the label behind our name that designates our party.

Greg Walden

1:14:43 to 1:15:05( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: this is the one time we've had in this institution to come forward with our ideas on how to offer an amendment that contls it. it's the only time me as an individual has that opportunity in the appropriations process, because i'm not a member of that committee, constituents. that's why i believe under rule

Greg Walden

1:15:06 to 1:15:26( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: 9 my representative capacity is diminished and that of many other members in this chamber and many who are watching right now. the public needs to understand this as well. that someing's changed here and it's not for the good. and i think it reflects badly on our proceedings. and i think it injured the integrity of this institution,

Greg Walden

1:15:27 to 1:15:47( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: let alone its disneyity -- dignity and that's why i make this parliamentary argument. that under rule 9, under rule 9 members -- it talks about collective affecting the house. tell me when members of the minority or majority come before the rules committee and seek -- first of all, even have to go to

Greg Walden

1:15:48 to 1:16:09( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: the rules committee that didn't used to occur on appropriations bills, did it? didn't used to occur. only rarely. maybe once or twice in a year. and otherwise -- i appreciate the gentlelady's counsel and i will attempt to do that i was trying to do tt here and certainly i'm arguing in favor

Greg Walden

1:16:10 to 1:16:30( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: of the rules of this house being observed. that's why i argue about the integrity of its proceedings. in my view the proceedings have been shattered. members of both parties are denied the opportunity as our predecessors were allowed to have to come to this floor and offer up amendments during the

Greg Walden

1:16:31 to 1:16:51( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: appropriations process. so i think my privileged resolution should be made in order because i think my rights have been affected and not in a good way. the rights of otr members are affected. i had more than one person on my amendment. and so individually our representative capacity has been diminished. the voices i'm trying to

Greg Walden

1:16:52 to 1:17:14( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: represent are not allowed to be considered if i can't get my privileged resolution to be considered. all it did was ask for a vote on my amendment, that it be made in order to so we could vote on it on the rule which, oh, by the way, at this point the way this process has been conducted, not only has the rule been passed

Greg Walden

1:17:15 to 1:17:35( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: but also the bill's been passed. so it's kind of ironic. now we'd have this argument whether my privileged resolution was in order which would have allowed me, if had it been secured, it would allow me to have some additional representative capacity and be able to have a vote on the amendment or a vote on whether i could offer the amendment.

Greg Walden

1:17:36 to 1:17:57( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: i guess that's what would have occurred. so i pause at this point, that under rule 9 we are allowed to raise questions about issues that affect the rights of the house collectively. i can't think of something that affects the house more collectively than our inability to offer amendments. and so i think our integrity's at issue here, these

Greg Walden

1:17:58 to 1:18:19( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: proceedings, i think americans have come to understand, bills are rammed through here without the opportunity to be read, we got energy and commerce committee think a can't imagine anybody's read yet. so, madam speaker, i'll conclude that i hope you'll rule in my favor because i know in your heart of hearts, you're a woman who believes in fairness and you believe in the sbegrilt of these

Greg Walden

1:18:20 to 1:18:41( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: proceedings and you -- integrity of these proceedings and you believe in protecting the rights of members, both individually and collectively, and that you in no way would want to diminish the capacity for yourself, when you're not in the chair, members of this body, and for members who will follow us. so i plead with you to do the

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