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House Proceeding 07-23-09 on Jul 23rd, 2009 :: 3:05:50 to 3:08:20
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Jeff Flake

3:05:47 to 3:06:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: to support a local landmark while they recover from the loss of over 8,000 jobs. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona. mr. latourette: i reserve. the chair: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from arizona. mr. flake: i thank the gentleman for that explanation.

Jeff Flake

3:05:50 to 3:08:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Flake

Jeff Flake

3:06:09 to 3:06:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: it sounds like a wonderful theater. as i mentioned, i think we all have them in our districts. my own hometown of mesa a few years ago decided to construct a theater, and it was a hard-fought process to get the local residents to tax themselves to build this particular theater. that's as it should be. if the community feels that it

Jeff Flake

3:06:31 to 3:06:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: needs a theater and needs to renovate a theater, i think it falls on the local residents to decide because they are the ones, frankly, that benefit from that. but we can't have a policy at the federal level where we renovate every theater across the country, particularly where we're running a deficit that could hit $2 trillion this year.

Jeff Flake

3:06:52 to 3:07:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: how many theaters out there in need of repair? how many districts are experiencing high unemployment? i can tell you mine is. all of them out there are. and at some point i think we have to decide that perhaps we can't fully fund this account which is for economic development initiatives. now, i won't make the case at all that this -- that this

Jeff Flake

3:07:13 to 3:07:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: theater doesn't fall within the purview of this program. there is nothing that could possibly not fall under the purview of economic development whenever you spend money anywhere, there is some economic benefit. if only fleeting. and so it fits well within the program but i think it behooves us now to say, you know, maybe

Jeff Flake

3:07:34 to 3:07:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: we ought to forego that, maybe we ought to decide we ought to change the 301-b's and 302-a's and all the numbers, and so we do save money on this. and so we do actually spend less this year than we did last year, perhaps, because we're spending it elsewhere. we cannot continue to spend money as we're spending money, and i would submit this is a

Jeff Flake

3:07:57 to 3:08:18( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: good place to start to say let's not fund some of these renovations of theaters under the guise of economic development that clearly anything could fall under. . we just can't decide here in

Jeff Flake

3:08:19 to 3:08:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: congress that we're go to go fund that one, fund that one,

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