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House Proceeding 07-17-09 on Jul 17th, 2009 :: 0:43:05 to 0:48:35
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Steve King

0:43:01 to 0:43:22( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: of these animals. s my time and urge support of the rahall legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington. mr. hastings: i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the gentleman from iowa, m gentleman is recognized for three minutes.

Steve King

0:43:05 to 0:48:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Steve King

Steve King

0:43:23 to 0:43:43( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: mr. king: i come to the floor to address the subject matter that seems a bit surrealistic. we have a love for horses in this country. most of us in this chamber agree with that. i'm among those. i can think of a lot of happy times around horses and on horses and working with horses. we also ha a responsibility to manage the are resources of

Steve King

0:43:44 to 0:44:04( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: this country. and there seems to be a conviction to try to pull this globe back under the, let's say, the climate change legislation or the cap and tax legislation and many other pieces back to what would have been pregarden of eden, before man supposedly desecrated the planet.

Steve King

0:44:05 to 0:44:25( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: the default position, amazingly for me, what was nature like before mangan to compete as a species with the other species on the planet? that default position from the environmentalists, consistently out of the political left, would be this natural balance of our environment and so i've just heard the gentleman

Steve King

0:44:26 to 0:44:46( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: that these horses were native. but they were not native. they are not indigenous, no surviving species of horse was indigenous to this continent nor this hemisphere. they were brought here by the spanic in th and the horses got loose and began to roam the range and competed with the existing

Steve King

0:44:47 to 0:45:09( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: species that are there. if our default position is back to whatever mother nature gave us before we competed as a species, we should look at it not as horses as a natural part of the habitat but an unnatural, the ral component of this habitat. when i hear about the milon

Steve King

0:45:10 to 0:45:30( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: spent about helicopter cowboys rounding up horses and putting them in visiting the national bison grounds, i forget whether it's southe wyoming, but i rember going there to visit and i was fascinated. i drove a long way to get there, i wanted to see what it was like roamed the planes.

Steve King

0:45:31 to 0:45:51( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: just like i've -- plains. just like i've walked into the virgin timber and stood there and imagined what it was like to walk through the forest. i wanted to see what it was like, the native buffalo. what i saw were paddock-style pastures. we have, the federal government to manage the bison, built a great big old square pastures

Steve King

0:45:52 to 0:46:12( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: and divide it into four quadrants, we manage the bison, moving them from corner to corner we sell them for slaughter and we eat them. we do th with buffalo but a horse is raised to another level of the species. this is amazing to me. as i read through the bill, i

Steve King

0:46:13 to 0:46:33( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: don't think i've ever been taken aback reading through language. i listen to the gentleman from virginia, mr. moran, talk about this contraception that is here, but mr. speaker, i just think it's important, if i could ask for another -- mr. hastings: i yield the gentleman an additional two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the

Steve King

0:46:34 to 0:46:54( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. king: i think it's important for us to read the language on this horse contraception. it says research, develop and plement enhanced surgical or immune noah -- immuno contraception or other forms of birth control. this is enhanced contraception for horses. i don't know what that is.

Steve King

0:46:55 to 0:47:15( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: i think it could be about anything that human beings might use. but i suspect it doesn't include horse abortion for one thing and so i'm implying that there's a different set of standards for a horse species than human species given the debate we've had in this congress. it is a breathtaking step to think of what enhanced contraception is for horses and it's one of those things that i

Steve King

0:47:16 to 0:47:37( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: don't think will be described here on the floor of the house, it's kind of an imagineary thing but it's difficult to manage these horses and i would say that abstinence will not be part of this. that's also part of the debate. so, as i watch what's going on, there's been a real effort here to block the humane harvesting

Steve King

0:47:38 to 0:47:58( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: of horses and the hsus has been successful in doing that. there are no horseslaughtered in america, they're going hauled against the law across the border to be slaughtered elsewhere, but to manage all of our livestock, all of the species in our country, we have to be smart about this. and so what's happened is they have through legislation and litigation blocked the

Steve King

0:47:59 to 0:48:20( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: responsible harvesting of horses. it has taken the market of them down from 500, 600 essentially down to nothing and we have a lot more horses than we need and now they have the you a daft to come to this congress and say we're going to have to hit up the american people for $700 million more more in order to take care of these extra animals that we've decided we now want

Steve King

0:48:21 to 0:48:36( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: to keep around as national pets. and so i do the math on this and if you calculate how the increase in the horse population because of the restrictions in the harvesting, never mind the property of the horse owners, they will eat up enough hay from

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