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House Proceeding 07-23-09 on Jul 23rd, 2009 :: 3:38:50 to 3:40:55
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Jeff Flake

3:38:47 to 3:39:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: we're going to punt and not represent our people and let president obama and his team spend all the dough. it's wrong. and i urge defeat of the amendment. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from arizona. mr. flake: the gentleman from kentucky makes a wonderful point of overall spending. earmarks represent a very small

Jeff Flake

3:38:50 to 3:40:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Flake

Jeff Flake

3:39:08 to 3:39:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: portion of federal spending. the problem is as my colleague in the senate, dr. col burn calls them, the gateway drug to spending addiction. and the problem with earmarks, when you load them up in bills, you support bills for the majority and minority but you in

Jeff Flake

3:39:29 to 3:39:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: no other case would support. take the 2005, we re-authorized the highway bill. there was $285 billion multiyear authorization. we knew because the chairman of the appropriations committee stood up and said, we don't have the money in this bill to fund what is being authorized. we're going to run short.

Jeff Flake

3:39:50 to 3:40:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: sure enough we ran short. we had to transfer $8 billion into that bill. and asked to transfer another $6 billion. you know why that bill passed when everybody in this body knew we were spending money we didn't have? because it had 6,300 earmarkin

Jeff Flake

3:40:11 to 3:40:31( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: it and nearly every member in this body had some and knew if they didn't support it, they might get the earmarks yanked out when it went to conference. that's the problem with this body and problem with earmarks. earmarks are much greater than the sum of their parts. they force you to support bills that you ino other case would

Jeff Flake

3:40:32 to 3:40:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: support simply because you have your earmarks in and you have to support that bill. and that's the problem here. and then year after year, we say, well, they are only a small part and if we cut funding for this earmark, it won't cut funding for the bill, but go somewhere else, where we could if we wanted to, lower the allocation of the bill by the

Jeff Flake

3:40:53 to 3:40:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: amount that the earmarks represent.

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