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House Proceeding 07-23-09 on Jul 23rd, 2009 :: 1:32:45 to 1:41:05
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Steve Scalise

1:32:43 to 1:33:03( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: i want to come back before the bottom of the hour. but right now i yield to a member of the commerce committee, the gentleman from louisiana, who has brought great expertise to the congress. is an energy production expert because of the state he comes from and knows we have to increase the energy capacity in order to maintain our competitiveness globally today in a global economy. we can't restrict our sources of

Steve Scalise

1:32:45 to 1:41:05( Edit History Discussion )
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Steve Scalise

1:33:04 to 1:33:25( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: energy and stay competitive, mr. scalise from louisiana is may consume. mr. scalise: i thank the gentleman from tennessee. i appreciate your leadership on this issue and the fact you are willing to come here tonight and talk about some of these challenges our country is facing. when you look across our country today, people are facing many

Steve Scalise

1:33:26 to 1:33:47( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: challenges, but i think what's even more concerning to people when they look here in washington and they look at what's happening in this coress and they look what this administration is doing, i think it's frightening people across the country. the fact that they see these policy that is are being proposed. some of these policies that have actually passed. in january when president obama

Steve Scalise

1:33:48 to 1:34:10( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: took the oath of office, one ever his first steps was to pass this unprecedented spending bill that he called the stimulus bill and he rammed it through congress. a bill that everybody knows that nobody tha had time to read because they rammed it through so fast because they said it needed a pass because it was going to stop unemployment from reaching 8%.

Steve Scalise

1:34:11 to 1:34:31( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: now we are at 9 1/2% unemployment, that number is climbing. the problem is our deficit is climbing even higher. we exceede $1 trillion in deficits just a week ago, unprecedented in our country's history. they are saying why is it that every american family is cutting back t their means?

Steve Scalise

1:34:32 to 1:34:53( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: state governments have been cutting their budgets to live within their means. washington and congress of control at a rate that is unprecedented and cannot be contained. then they look at the policies. i think that's what's concerning people, especially today. they look at this crazy energy proposal, this cap and trade

Steve Scalise

1:34:54 to 1:35:15( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: energy tax, and this proposal to have a government takeover of our health care system. clearly reforms need to be made to health care, but there is bipartisan agreement, bipartisan agreement on a number of reforms that can be made to allow people to have the ability so if they move from one job to another, they can take their health care with them.

Steve Scalise

1:35:16 to 1:35:39( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: competition in health care. or address prexisting conditions. there's bipartisan agreement on those issues. not one of those is in the president's bill. he chose to go it alone. he said i don't need to work with republicans. he's not even working wit moderate democrats. he's decided to go with the most far extreme leftist that want to just have a government takeover

Steve Scalise

1:35:40 to 1:36:01( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: of health care where literally a bureaucrat in washington that's not elected didn't even go through senate confirmation can have the ability to tell you which doctor you can see or even if you can get an operation. we have seen a devastating result in countries like canada, england where they have done the exbe act same thing and now those people who have the means in those countries come to

Steve Scalise

1:36:02 to 1:36:22( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: america to get health care because even with our flaws, we have law -- flaws in our system that need to be worked out, we have the best medical care in the world, yet they want to destroy that system and government taking over and add $800 billion of new taxes on the

Steve Scalise

1:36:23 to 1:36:43( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: backs of american families. if that wasn't enough, that leads us into the topic that i know my friend from tennessee really started off talking about and that's energy. this cap and trade ergy tax that actually passed this house, i sit on the energy and commerce committee and we debated that for weeks, i s their bill because their bill

Steve Scalise

1:36:44 to 1:37:05( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: doesn't address the energy problems in our country. we don't have an energy policy in america. imagine that. the greatest country in the history of the world, the most industrialized nation in the world doesn't have a true energy policy. we've got the ability t a comprehensive energy policy that eliminates our dependence on middle eastern oil.

Steve Scalise

1:37:06 to 1:37:28( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: we filed a bill. some people would lead believe that there's no alternative out there. it's just this cap and trade energy t or nothing. well, there's a different approach. there was an approach called the american energy act which i'm proud to be a co-sponsor of. i know my friend from tennessee is a co-sponsor of. it's an

Steve Scalise

1:37:29 to 1:37:49( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: it says, yes, we should pursue those alternative sources of energy like wind and solar power. unfortunately those technologies aren't advanced enough yet. you can't run your car on wind and solar. you can't run your house exclusively on wind and solar. you surely couldn't run a hospital on wind and solar because they are intermittant sources of energy. you need other forms to keep

Steve Scalise

1:37:50 to 1:38:11( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: power generating in this country. so, yes, you have coal production. and we should advance the technologies to make clean coal technology. but you also need advanced nuclear power. nuclear power emits zero carbon. it's a zero carbon emission source of energy. 80% of europe is on nuclear power now. yet it wasn't even in their bill.

Steve Scalise

1:38:12 to 1:38:32( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: they discouraged nuclear power. we need to move towards some of those other alternatives. we need to also recognize the existing sources of energy we have in our country. that's oil and natural gas it's also some of the new sources and technologies that we have like these tar sands in the midwest which right now are

Steve Scalise

1:38:33 to 1:38:53( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: prohibited from being explored by federal policy. in fact, if you go into the gulf of mexico, there are many areas of the gulf of mexico where there are huge reserves of oil and natural gas that are banned from even being explored. i take -- i have taken a few members out to the gulf of

Steve Scalise

1:38:54 to 1:39:15( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: mexico a few weeks ago. we went to the largest natural gas exploration facility in the country. 900 million cubic feet of natural gas a day, actually represents 2% of our entire country's natural gas needs, is out there in the gulf of mexico and they have greater capacity, in fact we keep more reserves of natural gas

Steve Scalise

1:39:16 to 1:39:36( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: every day in north louisiana i' proud to have gone -- i'm proud to have gone out and visited the area, haynesville shale finds a new find in our countries -- country's history. there are all kind of natural resources our country can use and yet federal policy blocks it

Steve Scalise

1:39:37 to 1:39:57( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: and the only answer president obama gives us is, this cap and trade energy tax which actually limits our ability to explore american resources of energy and gives greater power to those oil opec barrons in saudi arabia and other countries in the middle east that don't like our way of life.

Steve Scalise

1:39:58 to 1:40:20( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: we've got to move away from this idea of taxing business, tagsing families, raising electricity costs which their bill does, and go to a policy that actually adopts a comprehensive all-of-the-above approach. i'm going to yield back to my friend fromtown tfpblet as we are talking in the same week

Steve Scalise

1:40:21 to 1:40:41( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: that neal armstrong and buzz aldrin and collins landed on the moon, the apollo 11 mission, the 40th anniversary this week, hi the honor of meeting the three of of of them, true american heroes, when -- in meeting the three of them, true american heroes, what you didnd what

Steve Scalise

1:40:42 to 1:41:02( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: your crew did, what all the nasa officials did they inspired a nation because they showed us the greatness america can be if we truly set our minds ia bipartisan way, back then under president kennedy when he said and set that objective we are going to go to the moon by the end of the 1960's, the entire country came together. republicans and democrats.

Steve Scalise

1:41:03 to 1:41:05( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: we can do that again. but president obama's got to

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