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House Proceeding 07-17-09 on Jul 17th, 2009 :: 0:39:50 to 0:58:25
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Steve King

0:39:42 to 0:40:03( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: ms. berkley, mr. franks. the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy of january 6, 2009, the gentleman from iow is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the minority leader. mr. king: thank you, madam speaker. i appreciate being recognized to address here on the floor of the house of the house of

Steve King

0:39:50 to 0:58:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Steve King

Steve King

0:40:04 to 0:40:24( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: representatives. this is often been described as the world's greatest deliberative body and here in these chambers we engage in this debate and dialogue but the dialogue that comes to these chambers is a dialogue that's designed to be filtered through our committee system, through our subcommittees, through our full committee process, whether it be the appropriations subcommittees and committees and

Steve King

0:40:25 to 0:40:45( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: onto the floor or whether it be through our standing committees and what we've seen happen instead is that this process, it's under the process of a wrecking ball that's been taken to the traditions of this house and each day that goes by it seems that there's another one of those opportunities to expand this deliberative body and

Steve King

0:40:46 to 0:41:06( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: instead it's diminished by order of the speaker, by order of the rules committee, shut down the process to the point today where we had a gentleman from oregon, brought a privileged resolution to try to be hearon an amendment that would have otherwise been in order under 220 years of tradition of this house, but instead it was shut

Steve King

0:41:07 to 0:41:28( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: down by the rules committee. the committee that serves up here in this little whole in the -- hole in the wall in a room so small that a few members can come in, once in a while there's room for their staff. i have in her seen a press in the room. there is no camera in the room and there will be no tourists that are allowed to go in there and watch the real debate that takes place, if it takes place

Steve King

0:41:29 to 0:41:50( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: at all in this congress, is in the rules committee. it's been changed that way in order to avoid the light of day, the press, the c-span cameras and in fact even some of the record keeping that is a little bit different there than it might be if it were up in front of everybody in front of the television cameras. and that is of great frustration to most members of congress to

Steve King

0:41:51 to 0:42:11( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: see what's being done to this debate and deliberative process. so these debates that take place here on the floor, we used to have some good debates, some engaging bates, times when people actually changed their mind, when they heard the other side of the argument. that's what makes this the greatest deliberative body in the world. but now the debate's been reduced to something that takes place behind closed doors.

Steve King

0:42:12 to 0:42:32( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: i believe by order of the speaker,nd amendments are shut down tim at least a dozens of mine were struck through just in the last couple of days. and i have sat up there waiting my turn to testify in the rules committee to the extent where i really want to bring up a laptop and other book work so i can

Steve King

0:42:33 to 0:42:53( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: make my time count and if you get up and go to get a bite to eat or something to drink, then you might lose your turn altogether. so i have, madam speaker, introduced legislation that if the business of is house is actually going to be conducted by the rules committee, then let's move the rules committee to the floor of the house of representatives. if you're going to change and

Steve King

0:42:54 to 0:43:16( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: usurp the genuine authority of the franchise of all 435 members of congress who have a constitutional right and duty to express the will and the wishes of their constituents by amending the process, offer amendments, seeking to improve legislation, if the rules are going to be such the authority of the franchise

Steve King

0:43:17 to 0:43:37( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: of each member and put it up behind closed doors, and the doors are closed, and as i sat there waiting my turn -- still this week, i had two of my own staff people waiting out in the hallway. they couldn't even get in to hand me a piece of paperwork. i have to send them an email on my blackberry and they'll pass the paperwork because there wasn't room. the business of the congress is

Steve King

0:43:38 to 0:43:58( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: being conducted either in the rules committee or behind the scenes, behind the rules committee. but it's not being conducted on the floor of the house. amendments that would be in order under the 220 years of the tradition of the house of representatives, but the ones that are allowed will be a whole series of amendments offered by the gentleman from arizona to

Steve King

0:43:59 to 0:44:19( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: strike a little funding here and strike a little funding there, most of which i voted for, by the way, madam speaker, it gives the image to the public that there's a legitimate debate going on here but it is not the legitimate debate and in fact if you listen to the debate, there's no exchange of ideas. there's no clash of the contest

Steve King

0:44:20 to 0:44:41( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: of competing ideas. there'sot an exchange of dialogue. it's rare to have a democrat yield when asked to yield by a republican who simply wants to clarify a fact o that would better bring out something in the debate that would be good for the american public to know. this process has devolved down to where it can't be called any

Steve King

0:44:42 to 0:45:02( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: longer a deliberative process. and the american people do care about whether their voice is heard in this congress and it's not being heard in this congress. as we've watched thingsing rushed through, the cap and trade bill, which i call the cap and tax bill, rammed through here to where a bill was hurried up and rushed and then to have

Steve King

0:45:03 to 0:45:23( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: an opportunity to amend the bill didn't exist for members of congress, it did exist for the manager, apparently, because there was a 316-page amendment that was brought down here and dropped into the record at 3:09 in the morning to stack that on top of an 1,100-page bill that nobody red -- read.

Steve King

0:45:24 to 0:45:44( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: and the most colossal mistake in the history of the house of representatives was the passage of the cap and trade bill and temperatures done -- it was done so with no member of congress having read the bill. not one. and no member of congress read the amendment. not one. and if they'd read them separately they couldn't understand the composition of

Steve King

0:45:45 to 0:46:05( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: the bill because the 316-page amendment that was dropped on us at 3:09 in the morning was not integrated into the overall bill, it was impossible to do that. you've got a page forward and back and go back into the code and verify the references and rewrite to get this 316-pages amendment blended into an

Steve King

0:46:06 to 0:46:30( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: integrated the overall bill. and when the question was asked of the speaker during the debate, is there a copy of the enrolled bi there was no copy, madam speaker. there was no bill. we were debating something that didn't exist yet and we passed something that didn't exist yet. and members were required to

Steve King

0:46:31 to 0:46:52( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: vote on a bill that was 1,400-plus-pages in its aggregate form, not having ever had it integrated, but that anybody understood the pleat context within complete content of the overall bill in the amendment. but members voted anyway. and even though the speaker said that she was going to provide

Steve King

0:46:53 to 0:47:13( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: for, sometimes 72, other times 48 hours, to fully evaluate the consequences or the merits of the legislation that would come before the floor, that didn't happen, it seldom happens. this place is being run with an iron fist, not with the open kind of a process that was promised when people put their trust in the current majority to

Steve King

0:47:14 to 0:47:35( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: run this congress in a legitimate fashion. it's not legitimate. we can't even put up the front that it's legitimate if we are debating a bill that no one, and i mean no one on the planet, has completely read, and an amendment that no one understands completely how it integrates with the overall bill and to be able to -- we stopped

Steve King

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

Steve King: the process here for over a half hour while we tried to copy of the language that was being voted upon. and never got it done. to the credit of the clerk, she was actively trying to integrate the amendment into the overall bill. but it could not be done within the time that was available. and even if it had been, it was only symbolic because still no

Steve King

0:47:58 to 0:48:18( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: one would have had a chanc read it and i'll even take this to this wild, outrageous stepf we ought to understand the things that we're voti we should be able to get our hands on it, we should have time to read it, deliberate ate -- delnit, consider it, and pass it out to our constituents and ey should have access to it

Steve King

0:48:19 to 0:48:40( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: over the internet and they should give us input on how to affects their lives. we can't bring a wisdom of solomon in us and instantaneously make a decision and snap judgment on something that there's no opportunity to read and it was an embarrassment, i know, for the majority to be debating a huge bill, a colossal bill, a cap and

Steve King

0:48:41 to 0:49:01( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: trade bill, and not even having -- not even a symbolic version for somebody to point to and say, this stack of paper is what is going to save the planet, i think, is the position that the speaker took. and so the question was asked by the gentleman from texas, mr. goal earth, ma gohmert, madam message this bill over -- if

Steve King

0:49:02 to 0:49:25( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: this passes, this bill that was before us, if it passes the house, if we don't have a bill, can we still message it over to the senate? or do we just tell them, we sent you over a bill that we passed but it's not ready for anybody to review, the not been reviewed yet. that's the fact of what we were dealing with when the cap and

Steve King

0:49:26 to 0:49:46( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: tax bill was passed and now its message to the senate, presumably somebody's put it all in its proper form, but i'm confident that not one member of has yet read that bill because now it doesn't pay. they can't strut themselves up and invest the time in reading the cap and tax bill because it's already passed the house,

Steve King

0:49:47 to 0:50:07( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: version of it being in its complete form available to any member senate, i don't know if it was the stacof the bill and then plus the 316 pages and the amendment separately, or if it got messaged over there integrated in a fashion they could say that they received a complete bill in the senate. we don't know. and it doesn't really matter to

Steve King

0:50:08 to 0:50:28( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: the house members because we now have another bill that's coming at us so fast and so hard that hardly anyone has a chance to read it. although i do know a couple of members that have burned a lot of midnight oil and tried to get through it. they have to break it apart and assign it to their staff and read the parts they can as fas as they can and others will read it and write their little memos on it.

Steve King

0:50:29 to 0:50:50( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: that's this health care bill. oh, my. you should see what we have here now that's been cooked up staff this work was done urgently and i think effectively off of the components of the bill that were available and i think this might actually beepresentative of what we have today.

Steve King

0:50:51 to 0:51:11( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: this is the flow he chart, madam speaker, this is the ske matic of what is created by this idea of a public plan for health insurance and to provide health care for the people in america. and i have to point out that

Steve King

0:51:12 to 0:51:33( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: these white boxes on this ske matic flow chart, places like australia, they would not call it a flow chart, they would call it a scheme, i'll stop a little short of that one, ones are the existing agencies and programs that are there, but the colored ones are the new ones. you see a number here that's

Steve King

0:51:34 to 0:51:55( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: about an equal number of new agencies matching up with the equal number of existing agencies. as you read through this, there are all kinds of components to this that ought to scare any freedom-loving person. the one i direct your a-- our attention to is down here at the bottom they have left-hand circle is this, it takes the

Steve King

0:51:56 to 0:52:17( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: traditional health insurance plans, the white that's existing, and now they have to qualify, they'll have to qualify so they meet the obama standard for new health insurance companies. so if yo citizen with a murns plan -- with a health insurance plan that you like and you want to keep what you have for a little

Steve King

0:52:18 to 0:52:38( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: while you can keep what you have, but it'll have to comply, the insurance company will have to comply with the new standards written by the existing or future health insurance czar, surely we have one or will have one, have 32 czars or we couldn't have a nationalized health care without a health insurance czar that czar will be writing the rules.

Steve King

0:52:39 to 0:52:59( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: it's not in the bill, on what it takes fothe traditional he qualify to bobbing the qualified health benefits plans. that's the private side. that's your health insurance if you're an american citizen that is a person who has a plan that's not either medicaid or medicare. they have to qualify. it changes every one of them

Steve King

0:53:00 to 0:53:20( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: potentially, meeting a new standard set by the health insurance czar. these will be the health insurance companies, the one this is a survive, it'll be less than the 1,300 we have today, 1,300 competing against each other, insurance companies providindifferent models to -- models to try to get the

Steve King

0:53:21 to 0:53:41( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: investment doctor in there, the 70% of the peop happy with the health insurance plan they have. we won't have 1,300 when they're done complying with the white house health insurance czar standard, we'll have less. i don't know how many less and nobody knows because we do be. these private companies then

Steve King

0:53:42 to 0:54:02( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: will have to compete with the newly created, if this bill passes, public health plan. the public health plan will be the federal health insurance plan that's there to compete against the private plans. why would they want to do that? why would they create a whole plan for the government to run

Steve King

0:54:03 to 0:54:23( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: with taxpayers on the hook if they've got 13rks00 health insurance companies today that are more than happy to get out and compete in the marketplace? what would be the meverrits? the only ones i can -- the merits? the only ones i can determine are if you want to establish a national health care plan that

Steve King

0:54:24 to 0:54:44( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: didn't have competition if you wanted everybody in a single payer plan, if you want nationaliz health care, socialized medicine, you can't do that without first creating some kind of public health model. that's what the new public health insurance model would be. it would, over time, i believe, compete and push out of the

Steve King

0:54:45 to 0:55:06( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: marketplace everyne of these health insurance programs we know today. because the government would subsidize and to give you an example of how this works, since we don't have an insight into this in the united states on competion, federal competion against private sector, within health insurance, here is a model. flood insurae.

Steve King

0:55:07 to 0:55:27( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: the flood insurance that we used to have that was property and casualty insurance for people who were living in floodplains, afraid they were they would be flooded, they could buy their insurance and pay the premium. if they got flooded, the insurance company would come to their place, look at the damage, write them a check and

Steve King

0:55:28 to 0:55:49( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: settle it out. that's how it works in the insurance industry in a lot of way in plot and casualty, at least, it does. e federal government decided there wasn't enough competition inhe flood insurance business so they set up federal flood insurance years back to compete against the private sector flood insurance plans that were there.

Steve King

0:55:50 to 0:56:11( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: today, actually, yesterday, i checked into this, i was not able to discover a single comp selling flood insurance in competition against the federal government. the federal government has established a monopoly now in flood insurance. now two things can happen if you have a monopoly. you can price it way out of the marketplace.

Steve King

0:56:12 to 0:56:33( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: if you have a captive market you can do that. or if you have a marketplace you're trying to market to, you can undersell your costs by lowering the premiums below the costs which is what the federal government has done. so today, the federal flood

Steve King

0:56:34 to 0:56:54( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: insurance program is a flood insurance program that's $18 billion in the red. that's $18 billion in the red. because it's government. we should not be surprised at this. government came into the marketplace with subsidized by tax dollars, hered the premiums -- lowered the premiums for

Steve King

0:56:55 to 0:57:15( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: flood insurance and took the private sector competition out of the marketplace and went off to do other property and casualty, they cleaned the field out and became the monopoly holder of all flood insurance in america and yet still couldn't set the premiums at the risk they set the premiums at apparently what their bureaucrats thought they should be at, they're $18

Steve King

0:57:16 to 0:57:36( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: billion in the red. if it were the post office and everybody these buy a stamp. we are critical of the post office when they can't hold their balance sheet in the black and they are marginally in the red today. that's a government program, flood insurance, running in the red at $18 billion in the red and that, madam speaker, i

Steve King

0:57:37 to 0:57:57( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: predict is what will happen with our health insurance in america. so when president obama says if you like your health insurance, don't worry, you can keep it. you can't keep it if it doesn't exist. how could anybody have kept their flood insurance if there are noompanies selling flood insurance except the federal government flood plan.

Steve King

0:57:58 to 0:58:19( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: what if thhealth czar writes the specifications for these companies to qualify at such a standard they can't compete with the public plan. and why would not the health insurance czar, why would he not write those regulations so they'r

Steve King

0:58:20 to 0:58:25( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: newly emerging public health plan. after all, they have to find a way to compete in a marketplace that's competive system of

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