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House Proceeding 07-23-09 on Jul 23rd, 2009 :: 3:31:20 to 3:35:30
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Ed Whitfield

3:31:16 to 3:31:36( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: money from the taxpayers and then distributing it out as we see it, rather than allo them to keep it themselves. with that, i reserve. the chair: who claims time in opposition. >> i claim time in opposition. i would like to recognize the gentleman from kentucky, mr. whitfield.

Ed Whitfield

3:31:20 to 3:35:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Ed Whitfield

Ed Whitfield

3:31:37 to 3:31:57( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: the chair: for how many minutes? consume. mr. whitfield: i thank the gentleman for kwleeleding. i rise to, not surprisingly, oppose this endment from the gentleman from arizona.

Ed Whitfield

3:31:58 to 3:32:19( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: i might say to him we all appreciate his concern and dedication and commitment to fiscal responsibility. but i would also say that even if we eliminated all earmarks of the legislative branch, it still would not make any dent at all in our deficit and debt in this country stem of i would ask the gentleman and simply suggest that, let's look

Ed Whitfield

3:32:20 to 3:32:40( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: at more meaningful ways to deal with this issue. for example, i think most members would agree with you that the vast majority of earmarks do probably go to appropriators, rather than nonappropriators. i think many members would be willing to join you in an

Ed Whitfield

3:32:41 to 3:33:03( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: effort to try to change the house rules in some way and maybe deal with that issue. i might also say that under the pay-go rules of this congress and the last congrs, 110th congress, they waived pay-go rules enough times that the amount that was represented,

Ed Whitfield

3:33:04 to 3:33:25( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: that they waived was $450 billion. so i would ask the gentleman to join me in a resolution that i introduced yesterday to simply say that if the pay-go rules are waived, that any member of congress has a right to raise a point of order and have a vote

Ed Whitfield

3:33:26 to 3:33:47( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: on that waiver -- the waiving of the pay-go rules. i think those are two ways to more substantively address your concerns. as far as monroe county, kentucky, let me say this. monroe county, kentucky, is a county of 11,000 people located in south central kentucky.

Ed Whitfield

3:33:48 to 3:34:09( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: it is primarily economically driven by agriculture and the textile industry, except the textile industry has closed down over the last 10 years or so. the unemployment rate in monroe coty right now is 15%. the most important economic engine in monroe county is agriculture.

Ed Whitfield

3:34:10 to 3:34:31( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: that's why i requested, at the request of the county judge and the court and the mayor of the community coming to me and asked for $250,000 to develop this farmers exchange facility, help the economic development in that area. i might also point out that on

Ed Whitfield

3:34:32 to 3:34:52( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: september 16, 2008, the chairman of the house transportation and infrastructure committee, james oberstar, and u.s. delegate eleanor holmes norton presented a $2 million e.d.a. investment check to the government of the district of columbia to help restore anupgrade the

Ed Whitfield

3:34:53 to 3:35:13( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: historic eastern market where farmers bring their goods and people buy and sell them. now, monroe county does not have access to high-priced lobbyists, not a lot of influence in monroe county. so when they came to me and i don't get that many earmarks, i simply felt it was the proper

Ed Whitfield

3:35:14 to 3:35:30( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: thing to do, to help this community overcome its high unemployment, try to stimulate the economy in a small way, to help the farmers in that area, so i would urge and request that members of -- members vote

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