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House Proceeding on Jul 24th, 2009 :: 0:23:40 to 0:26:35
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Jeff Flake

0:23:37 to 0:23:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: control 10 minutes of debate. after that debate, the chair wil put the will put the question of consideration. the chair recognizes the gentleman from arizona. mr. flake: i come here today completely baffled at this point. we have had this

Jeff Flake

0:23:40 to 0:26:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Flake

Jeff Flake

0:23:59 to 0:24:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: appropriations season what best be described as martial law in legislative terms where we have had appropriation bill after appropriation bill come to the floor under a closed rule or modified structured rule where the majority party decides which amendments the minority party can offer.

Jeff Flake

0:24:20 to 0:24:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: and i suppose it was amusing at first. they claim it was an issue of time. and so some of us on this side that have amendments that were ruled in order asked unanimous consent to be able to substitute other members' amendments that had not been ruled in order, amendments that were germane that the majority party saw

Jeff Flake

0:24:41 to 0:25:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: unfit for this body to vote on and debate. and 16 times that i have asked for unanimous consent, that unanimous consent has been denied. so it's not an issue of time at all. it's not an issue of time. as much as the majority party wants tstand up and say we have to get these finished

Jeff Flake

0:25:02 to 0:25:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: because we have a time limit. it's a pretty sorry excuse. we do appropriations. that's what the congress does. we have the power of the purse and say we have to get these done in one day for the defense next week and labor-h.h.s.

Jeff Flake

0:25:23 to 0:25:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: today, but then we find out that is a ruse because if we agree to stay withinhe constraints they won't allow us to substitute the amendments we would like to offer. on this bill, because the majority party has seen fit to give me amendments to cut earmarks that they knew would

Jeff Flake

0:25:44 to 0:26:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: n this bill, although there are plenty of targets, i believe over 1,000 earmarks in the bill, i decided not to offer one earmark amendment. so surely majority party would see fit to hear my coletiono --

Jeff Flake

0:26:06 to 0:26:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: colleagues' amendments. so i didn't submit any. not one. our party submitted 12 amendments, 12 amendments and wexw were given five-- i'm sorry four. just four amendments, one was given to i think the chairman of the appropriation committee and

Jeff Flake

0:26:27 to 0:26:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: several were rolled into the manager's amendment. i would love to hear and i will

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