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House Proceeding 07-23-09 on Jul 23rd, 2009 :: 1:29:00 to 1:33:50
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Patrick T. McHenry

1:28:56 to 1:29:17( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick T. McHenry: of rule 18, further proceedings offered by -- on the amendment offered by the gentleman from iowa will be postponed. it is now in order to consider amendment number four offered by -- offered in part a of house report 111-219. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina rise? mr. mchenry: i have an

Patrick T. McHenry

1:29:00 to 1:33:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Patrick T. McHenry

Patrick T. McHenry

1:29:18 to 1:29:38( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick T. McHenry: amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment the clerk: amendment number 4 printed in part c of house report 111-219 offered by mr. mchenry of north carolina. the chair: the gentleman from north carolina. mr. mchenry: i think it's important that these matters be brought before the house.

Patrick T. McHenry

1:29:39 to 1:30:01( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick T. McHenry: mr. chairman, at a time when congress is burning through unprecedented amounts of taxpayer dollars, oversight and accountability are of greatest importance. we need to know who's getting the money and what it's being used for. as of the end of june, this congress has already spent $2.6 trillion, an p

Patrick T. McHenry

1:30:02 to 1:30:24( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick T. McHenry: have a $1.8 trillion deficit this year, the largest in our nation's history. the american people know we're spending a lot of money in washington. whether they like it or not is another question. but we need to make sure we're getting value for our dollar. amtrak has recently benefited from this unprecedented funding by taking in $1.3 billion from

Patrick T. McHenry

1:30:25 to 1:30:46( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick T. McHenry: the so-called stimulus bill in addition to their annual appropriations of $1.4 billion. this makes it all the more troubling to find out that i the course of conducting his oversight activities, amtrak's former inspector general, fred whitterholder was being misinformed and deceived by

Patrick T. McHenry

1:30:47 to 1:31:07( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick T. McHenry: lawyers and bureaucrats in his agency in an effort to track down stimulus money. and the same day that a report came out highlighting the ways in which amtrak officials were interfering with his job, mr. chairman, the inspector general unexpectedly resigd. this raises many questions

Patrick T. McHenry

1:31:08 to 1:31:28( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick T. McHenry: about the sudden departure of a career official, particularly where there's political pressure from the current administration for him to step down. the oversight and government reform committee, of which i am a member, is launching an investigation into this matter which occurred last month. and i look forward to seeing

Patrick T. McHenry

1:31:29 to 1:31:49( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick T. McHenry: what comes out of this investigation. the reason why i bring it before the house is so that members know about what's happening with inspectors general across the government. however, it doesn't happen with the amtrak inspector general. his resignation is one of what seems a larger pattern of inspector general purges

Patrick T. McHenry

1:31:50 to 1:32:11( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick T. McHenry: throughout the bralks. gerald walton, the longtime inspect general which oversees americorps was fired in june after the investigation of misuse of grant funds. turned up some disturbing information. judith ginn, the acting inspector general for the international trade commission

Patrick T. McHenry

1:32:12 to 1:32:35( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick T. McHenry: was fired last month. could he incidentally, right after senator grassley of iowa expressed concerns to a letter of the ber national trade commission to -- in a letter to international trade commission chairwoman about the potential agency obstruction of ms. ginn's investigation of contractor --wynn's

Patrick T. McHenry

1:32:36 to 1:32:56( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick T. McHenry: investigation of contractors. and neil about a ross kehas expressed -- barofsky has expressed concern that the department had legal authority over his office. we need to make sure that we have proper oversight and accountability of the funds that we're spending in this government. the american people deserve comprehensive around-the-clock

Patrick T. McHenry

1:32:57 to 1:33:17( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick T. McHenry: oversight of spending. that's why we have inspector generals. the administration's pattern of undermining and removing oversight when it becomes politically inconvenient makes this all more important to be brought to the attention of the house. and the reason why i rise today is under these limited rules we have on appropriations bills, it's very difficult to bring

Patrick T. McHenry

1:33:18 to 1:33:39( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick T. McHenry: issues before the whole house. and so that's why i speak today to make sure that we have inspectors general throughout the government, not just in an amtrak, that are able to do their job without political interference, without any administration or any outside forces. so that's why i rise today to make sure that i have this

Patrick T. McHenry

1:33:40 to 1:33:52( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick T. McHenry: opportunity to bring it before the house of representatives and its members. the chair: does the gentleman reserve his time? mr. mchenry: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to withdraw my amendment. the chair: without objection,

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