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House Proceeding on Jul 24th, 2009 :: 0:29:15 to 0:31:50
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Jeff Flake

0:29:11 to 0:29:31( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: committee that makes the determination as to what rules are going to be on the floor of the house of representatives. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his te. the gentleman from arizona. mr. flake: i thank the gentleman and i think the gentleman does protest too much. we here on the unfunded mandate

Jeff Flake

0:29:15 to 0:31:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Flake

Jeff Flake

0:29:32 to 0:29:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: thing because it's the only opportunity we've got. we have been shut out about everything else. we offered 12 amendments, 12 amendments to a bill that typically has dozens and dozens and dozens and typically we spend a couple of days on, but we are told we have to get it done today and only allow four

Jeff Flake

0:29:53 to 0:30:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: amendments and they are the four that we pick. what has this legislative body come t i suppose the gentleman is referring to the 540 amendments that i have offered for the defense bill. i have offered 5 because that represents the number of no-bid contracts that this body is authorizing for private

Jeff Flake

0:30:15 to 0:30:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: companies in the defense bill. that's why there are investigations swirling around this body. and yet, we come to the floor and authorize 540 -- not authorize, we appropriate money for 540 no-bid contracts. so i make no apology at all for

Jeff Flake

0:30:37 to 0:30:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: offering 540 amendments. but i knew i didn't want to tie up legislative counsel. that's something that we worry about. i said, what can we do without causing trouble and they gave us a template and we did it in our office. my staff was up all night last night making 30 copies of 540

Jeff Flake

0:30:58 to 0:31:18( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: amendments on our own, not taking the legislative counsel's time, just so we could do this body and this institution the favor of trying to actually vet some of the earmarks, no-bid contracts for private companies that come through this body. and then we get scolded for that

Jeff Flake

0:31:19 to 0:31:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: and to say you're taking up too much time. we have given you four amendments on this bill you should be happy with it, these crums that fall from the table, the appropriations committee and the rules committee, just be happy with it. go on your merry way. it is baffling. i don't know what else to say and i n't know what else we

Jeff Flake

0:31:42 to 0:31:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: can do on this side. bad process begets bad policy and it will come back to bite at some point.

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