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House Proceeding on Jul 24th, 2009 :: 1:42:20 to 1:46:20
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Tom Price

1:42:18 to 1:42:39( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Price: applicable rules of the house for amendments to appropriations measures and would have been in order under an open amendment process but regrettably the house democratic leadership has dramatically and historically reduced the opportunity for open debate on this floor. and whereas the speaker, ms. pelosi, the democratic leadership and the chairman of the committee on appropriations, mr. obey,

Tom Price

1:42:20 to 1:46:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Tom Price

Tom Price

1:42:40 to 1:43:00( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Price: prevented the house from voting on the amendment by excluding it from the list of amendments made in rder under the rule for the bill. now, therefore, be it resolved that house resolution 669, the rule to accompany h.r. 3288, be amended to allow the gentleman from considered and voted on in the house.

Tom Price

1:43:01 to 1:43:21( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Price: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia. mr. price: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, this house operates under specific rules, specific rules that are incorporated by precedent -- the speaker pro tempore: argument on why the resolution qualifies? mr. price: i do, mr. speaker.

Tom Price

1:43:22 to 1:43:44( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Price: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman may proceed. mr. price: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, this house operates under rules or it's supposed to operate under rules. rules that have been long-standing in this house and that are incorporated in written form. and rule 9 of those rules of the house states specifically, and i quote, members may raise questions, quote, affecting the

Tom Price

1:43:45 to 1:44:05( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Price: rights of the house collectively, its safety, dignity and the integrity of its proceedings and those affecting the rights of members individually in thei representative capacity, unquote. so the question is, mr. speaker, what is more fundamental to the rights of the members of this house than the ability to represent their

Tom Price

1:44:06 to 1:44:26( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Price: constituents and to effect the legislation that's brought to the floor? the democraticic majority under speaker pelosi has unilaterally, some would say brazenly, some would say repressively, allow any member to suspend a spending bill. the speaker pro tempore: his

Tom Price

1:44:27 to 1:44:48( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Price: remarks must be confined to the estion of order to wit why the resolution has precedent over questions under rule 9. mr. price: and that's precisely what i'm attempting to do, mr. speaker. when my constituents sent me here to congress they didn't send me here to push btons. they sent me here to exercise every single ability that a

Tom Price

1:44:49 to 1:45:09( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Price: member of the house is granted. and one of the abilities that the member of the house is granted is the opportunity to affect legislation. and under rule 9, whh states, mr. speaker, that the proceed united states should not affect the rights of the individuals -- members individually in their capacity.

Tom Price

1:45:10 to 1:45:30( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Price: so to being able to offer an amendment does not affect the rights of the house, if it does not affect the rights and integrity of the proceedings, if it doesn't affect the rights, my rights as a representative, then i don't know wha i don't know what does. if members are not allowed to offer amendments, then the

Tom Price

1:45:31 to 1:45:51( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Price: member, him or herself is being said, told to be unable to represent their constituents and consequently is disenf american. so, mr. speaker, i woul contend, respectfully, that the inability of members to offer amendments is an indignity upon the house and makes it so that members are not able to exercise their representative

Tom Price

1:45:52 to 1:46:12( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Price: capacity, and i appeal to the chair to see the light of day and allow this privileged resolution to move forward. the speaker pro tempore: the chair is prepared to rule. in evaluating the resolution offered by the gentleman from georgia under the standards of rule 9, the chair must be mindful of a fundamental principle limited by precedent in section 706 of the house

Tom Price

1:46:13 to 1:46:20( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Price: rules and manual. to wit that a question of the privilege of the house may not be invoked to prescribe a special order of business for

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