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House Proceeding 07-20-09 on Jul 20th, 2009 :: 1:39:45 to 2:01:20
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Steve King

1:39:51 to 1:40:12( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: leader. mr. king: mr. speaker, i ask to be recognized to address the house under a special order for 60 minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gent mr. king: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i appreciate the privilege to be recognized to address you here on the floor of the house and in the aftermath of the previous special order

Steve King

1:40:13 to 1:40:33( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: that has discussed primarily the health care and health insurance issue here in america. i notice continually the expression, health care gets substituted for the expression health insurance and there is a distinction. everybody in america has access to health care, which means everybody america has health care. everybody in america does not

Steve King

1:40:34 to 1:40:54( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: have health insurance. and when we blend our verbiage sometimes it's intentional and sometime it's it's not and i catch myself occasionally using the wrong expression because our debates here blur the two. it's comparable to the situation when people say immigrants. they sometimes mean illegal immigrants and sometimes they

Steve King

1:40:55 to 1:41:15( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: mean legal immrants. sometimes they mean legal and illegal immigrants. well, health care and health insurance have been blended the same way but there are distinctions and we should remember, everybody in this country has access to health care, everybody in this country that needs servic service. we're talking about how we address those that are uninsured, not those that don't

Steve King

1:41:16 to 1:41:36( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: have accesto health care or that do not have health care. i thought it was interesting that jafmente texas put up the poster, the republicans' ideas on health care or health insurance, i've forgotten which that is, and i look back on last week on the gentleman from ohio, mr. ryan, put up a poster that actually had about the same

Steve King

1:41:37 to 1:41:58( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: title to it. the gentlelady from texas' poster was blank on republican ideas and the gentleman from oh's poster was full of question marks on republican ideas but they were both generated by the same people, the democrat majority caucus produced these posters that come here to the floor. well, we're full of all kinds of ideas and i'm happy to talk

Steve King

1:41:59 to 1:42:19( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: about those ideas, mr. speaker, and some will say you can't beat something withing in no -- nothing and i would submit you can beat bad ideas with most anything and a really, ready bad idea is socialized medicine, care, obama care, united kingdom care, canadian care, european union care, all of that is bad

Steve King

1:42:20 to 1:42:40( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: stuff. freedom is good stuff. i'm all about freedom. and these proposals that are coming from the democrat majority are about diminishing our free our rights, about taking away our respsibilities and in the process of doing so, deinvolving downward the american vitality,

Steve King

1:42:41 to 1:43:01( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: the american dream, the american can-do spirit. what kind of american would sit around and ring their hands and say, woe is me, i can't figure out how to take care of myself? did anybody can come to america and walk through the great hall at ellis island thinking, i'm so glad i'm here now in this

Steve King

1:43:02 to 1:43:23( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: welfare state where i don't have to worry about taking care of myself? woe is me no longer because the united states of america will take care of me? that kind of people didn't come through ellis island. ellis island is now a tourist center, the united states of america is a welfare state. now they sneak into the united states thinking, yes, america will take care of me, they

Steve King

1:43:24 to 1:43:44( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: think, they have now arrived at the giant a.t.m. of the western hemisphere that will provide for everyone's wants and needs and if they aren't so sure they just have to listen to congress here for a whe and somebody over on this side of the aisle as a rule will articulate some other defined want of some people

Steve King

1:43:45 to 1:44:07( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: that's not in need but even though it's just a want, not a need, it will be declared to be a right and maybe even a constitutional right. . it's real people that are working and have real jobs and toil awato produ goods and toil away to produce goods and services that have a markettable

Steve King

1:44:08 to 1:44:28( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: value and they're being taxed day after day, month after month, tasking into their sweat of their brow and being told your taxes won't increase, but everybody else's taxes will increase and obama care will be a better dl. but if you like yours, then you

Steve King

1:44:29 to 1:44:51( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: don't have to worry because if you like the health care you have, you get to keep it. if you like the health care or the heth insurance, i'm not sure which phrase he was actually talking about, if you like it, you get to keep it. the problem is, it's not true. and the president of the united states, hover powerful he is, he cannot make that promise with

Steve King

1:44:52 to 1:45:12( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: any sense of confidence that he can keep that promise, because it will not be the president that decides whether wal-mart, for example, keeps the health insurance programs that they have in place fo employees. that will be decided by the management of wal-mart, who, a little over a week ago announced they would support a

Steve King

1:45:13 to 1:45:34( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: employer-mandate program that requires employers to provide health insurance for employees. now once they made that decision, it didn't necessarily mean they endorsed the plan, because there isn't quite an obama plan, but only concepts. but they said they would endorse an employer-mandate plan.

Steve King

1:45:35 to 1:45:55( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: that opens the door for wal-mart to be in a position to make the decision when the public option, the federal government-run health insurance policy would be set up to compete directly against the many hundreds of private insurance policies that we have. and for the president to say if

Steve King

1:45:56 to 1:46:17( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: you like your health insurance policy, fine, you get to keep it, you only g to keep it until there is a better alternative. your employer, like wal-mart or any other proud, private sector company that's there that is providing health insurance for a majority of their employees will be making a decision on whether

Steve King

1:46:18 to 1:46:38( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: they want to opt into the public plan or maintain the private plan, but also the newly to be named health insurance czar will be writing new rules forever single health insurance company in america. now, that lays the backdrop for what was said over the last hour

Steve King

1:46:39 to 1:47:00( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: and the way we need to be thinking what transpired here in the last hour. however, i have come here to talk about a number of different things. and one of them is that if we remember correctly, speaker pelosi came to this congress and she said she was going to drain the swamp. she was going to drain the swamp

Steve King

1:47:01 to 1:47:23( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: of corruption and allege that there was crups. and night after night, a team would come down here for years, i would say two, three or four years and make allegations about certain members of congress, allegations about the motives of certain members of congress and

Steve King

1:47:24 to 1:47:45( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: the culture of corruption was fairly baffling to me. but nancy pelosi pledged she would produce thmost open congress in history. and that there would be legitimate debate and ther wouldn't be favorites being played. here's an example of what nancy pelosi said. she said i don't want to have legislation that is used as an

Steve King

1:47:46 to 1:48:06( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: engine for people to put on things to do things that we are are not set out to do, which is to turn this economy around. i have the most to prove with this package. the choices we areaking are those that will work, that must work. our economy requires it. america's families need it.

Steve King

1:48:07 to 1:48:28( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: this is urgent. that's speaker nancy pelosi, january 25, 2009, this year, end of january. and that was her statement about how we were going to direct the efficiency of the stimulus plan to doing what's good for our economy. the truth is this economy -- we're gointo turn this economy around.

Steve King

1:48:29 to 1:48:50( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: well, i came down to the floor and put up this very same picture. and this vy same picture is of the saltwater harvest mouse. it's a mouse that speaker pelosi has been trying to get special earmarks for for a long time. and she has been resisted on

Steve King

1:48:51 to 1:49:12( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: that. i pointed out at in the stimulus package there were $32 millioset aside for the salt water harvest mouse. and i came to the floor with the picture of the mouse and the numbers on top and the spokesperson for the speaker and the defenders of the status quo and the defender of the person

Steve King

1:49:13 to 1:49:37( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: that was going to come here and clean up this congress, the one who has now established the draconian congress i believe in history, the one that is the least deliberative body in history, launched assault on deliberative democracy and said she didn't have an earmark in the stimulus

Steve King

1:49:38 to 1:49:59( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: bill for this salt wallet marsh harvest mouse. and others said steve king made it up and made an allege that there was an earmark for the mouse. however, now we are far enough down the road, here are the real facts. $32 million has been reduced to

Steve King

1:50:00 to 1:50:20( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: $16.1 million and now the mouse has an earmark of $16.1 million and sets his bracish marsh down in san francisco so he can hop around and setting the marsh at the cost near san francisco at the cost of $16.1 million.

Steve King

1:50:21 to 1:50:44( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: madam speaker, there's no economic stimulus plan -- we're going to do the things that count that do the most for the economy? the language here, turn this economy around, we're going to do that by setting aside a hopping zone for a

Steve King

1:50:45 to 1:51:08( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: here, saltwater harvest marsh. i needs that ear notched because he is now a $16.1 million earmark, all this, borrowed, expanding the debt to the american taxpayers and to americans not yet born where the debt to every man, woman and child in america today totals up

Steve King

1:51:09 to 1:51:29( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: to $37,000 per individual. and still, their hearts are hardened and they want to raise on frivolous projects that don't have a merit that affects the people that are paying the taxes, nor could a project like

Steve King

1:51:30 to 1:51:51( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: that ever gain the support of the majority of the people in this congress. this is like the little mouse bridge to no where. $16.1 million for the little pet project, notched little earmark, the saltwater marsh harvest mouse and speaker pelosi said she came here to clean up this

Steve King

1:51:52 to 1:52:14( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: process to make sure there weren't favorites. and president obama said he wasn't nt going to sign any bill with any earmarks in it. then president obama made other remarks about the integrity of the process. and yet, we have seen earmark after earmark, billion billions of dollars that have

Steve King

1:52:15 to 1:52:35( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: been unfolded here going on our debt, stacking it up against the american people. and we have seen a process that has been shut down where we get -- we get surprise bills that get dropped on us. the stimulus package was the last-minute drop on us and we

Steve King

1:52:36 to 1:52:56( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: could count not days, but hours in reading and understanding what's in a bill, thinking in terms of 1,000 or more pages with eight or 10 hours to read the bill and then try to analyze all that it means when bills reference other sections of exisng code. they reference definitions that

Steve King

1:52:57 to 1:53:17( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: exist other places. and then if you get something like that read through, you also have to figure out what's not in it, what's missing, what's been omitted. and furthermore, what are the implications of what is in it and what are the implications of what's missing. that's why we need the public.

Steve King

1:53:18 to 1:53:40( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: there is no one person, in fact all 435 members of this house of representatives do not have among them, even if given enough time the ability to analyze the implications of big pieces of legislation on their own, not without our staff, not without our constituents, not without

Steve King

1:53:41 to 1:54:02( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: people that have a direct responsibility for the components of the legislation that affects them the most. good leglation is written by members of congresses that go out among the constituents who are paying real taxes among their income and profits, taking

Steve King

1:54:03 to 1:54:24( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: a look at the circumstances of what's right and what's wrong, listening to the proposals that come from them and putting together careful legislation that brings about a right result. and once that's put together you float that out to get the input from democrats and republicans and it isn't just the input from people who sit in these seats,

Steve King

1:54:25 to 1:54:46( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: mr. speaker, it's the input of the american people that talk to the people that sit in these seats that make the difference. when you short-circuit this process, when you take this process and bypass the committee process or do a mock markup, a sham markup in a committee process and pass a bill out and

Steve King

1:54:47 to 1:55:08( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: then do a bait and switch and bring a different bill to the floor than passed out of the committee and it has happened at least three times this year, a different bill came to the floor than was passed out of the committee because they didn't like an amdment that passed in the committee, they don't seem to understand that the job of

Steve King

1:55:09 to 1:55:31( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: the speaker or the job of the chair of a committee is to bring out the will of the group. that's the essential responsibility of someone who is the speaker or someone who is the chair of the committee, bring out the will of the group. it's not to impose their will on the group, but to bring out the will of the group. and even when the chair of the

Steve King

1:55:32 to 1:55:53( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: committee recognizes that there are good ideas that have come before the committee but maybe it doesn't fit the politics that they have been directed to bring out of the committee and when the amendment comes out of the committee, for example, an amendment that would have blocked all funding to acorn, and changed the language or send

Steve King

1:55:54 to 1:56:16( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: a different bill to the floor of the house of representatives and the members here have a right to have full confidence that the bill that comes to the floor reflects the product of the committee. too often it does not. and the window for bill and debate and deliberation

Steve King

1:56:17 to 1:56:41( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: has been so short and on the cap and trade bill, that mr. bilirakis: of 1,100 pages that we had a short time to digest was brought to the floor, filed, scheduled for debate and at 3:09 a.m., there was 316-page amendment that was dropped into

Steve King

1:56:42 to 1:57:03( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: the record, 316-page amendment that was dropped into the bill and we with are to debate, deliberate and understand and evaluate with good judgment and due diligence the implications, ramifications and factors that come out of the one of the biggest most important bills in

Steve King

1:57:04 to 1:57:24( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: this congress and i believe congress -- the house of representatives made the most biest mistake ever made in the history of this house. 316 pages at 3:09 a.m. on an 1,100-page bill. no one had a chance to read it,

Steve King

1:57:25 to 1:57:45( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: evaluate it. it was a surprise tactic -- actually, it wasn't a surprise. we expect those kinds of tactics. but bad policies results from those kinds of tactics. if you are passing legislation that can't withstand the light of day, it must be clear that it must be bad legislation and the

Steve King

1:57:46 to 1:58:07( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: american people will reject it. and to have time to read a bill, i would direct, mr. speaker, your attention and the public's attention to section 108 of the legislative re-organization act of 1970, which reads, in part, a measure or matter reported by any subcommittee shall not be considered in the house unless

Steve King

1:58:08 to 1:58:28( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: the report of that committee upon that measure or matter has been available to the members of the house for at least three calendar days. and that's three calendar days prior to the consideration of that measure or matter in the use of representatives. we have law, mr. speaker. we have a law that requires

Steve King

1:58:29 to 1:58:50( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: three calendar days to read a bill. but madam speaker, the saltwater harvest marsh mouse speaker, insists that a bill can come to the floor and it can be a bill that no one has seen and one that is written in the speaker's

Steve King

1:58:51 to 1:59:12( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: office and can have an amendment written right behind it just as a surprise tactic and before the public can understand what's going on and actually before they can believe someone would tear us under this deliberative press, it's an act of the house of representatives message over to the senate.

Steve King

1:59:13 to 1:59:33( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: . and on the cap and trade bill, the 1,100 pages sat down here and the 319 pages didn't. when the gentleman from texas, mr. gohmert, asked was the bill before us, the answer from the speaker's chair, i don't remember exactly, but i remember the response, well we

Steve King

1:59:34 to 1:59:55( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: don't quite have it yet but everybody knows what we're talking about. after many exchanges, finally, we suspended the operation for about 35 minutes while we went through this exchange of trying to determine is there really -- what is the subject of our debate? shouldn't the house of representatives have, even if no one else can get their hand

Steve King

1:59:56 to 2:00:17( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: on the paperwork or the electronic version, shouldn't the united states house of representatives have at least one copy of the subject? we've got a dictionary over here a big, unabridged diionary if someone wants to argue about what the english language is, go to the dictionary. but we're arguing about a bill no one can look it up and read,

Steve King

2:00:18 to 2:00:39( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: the amendment was not here, the bill was, the amendment wasn't. later they brought the amendment down and began to integrate it. it takes a long time to integrate 316 pages into 1,100 and get it right and the question was asked, if this bill passes the house and it's not available for inspection to any member of the house, is it possible for us to message that bill over to the senate if it

Steve King

2:00:40 to 2:01:00( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: doesn't exist at the time of its passage? well, somehow we did. but it shouldn't be possible. the process has to be right. we should follow the law, we should follow the section of the law that is section 108 of the legislative reorganization act of 1970.

Steve King

2:01:01 to 2:01:21( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: that's one law we should follow. we should follow the law of common decency and respect for each other and respect for the process and the founding fathers and for the constitution and do due diligence and not put generational legislation up and pass it because there was a political momentum, get it done before anybody can see what it

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