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House Proceeding on Jul 26th, 2007 :: 0:28:17 to 0:35:10
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0:28:00 to 0:28:17( Edit History Discussion )

h.r. 3093. will the gentleman from arkansas, mr. smide -- mr. snyder, kindly resume the chair. the chairman: the house is in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for

Cliff Stearns

0:28:17 to 0:28:31( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: the further consideration of h.r. 3093, which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: a bill making appropriations for the departments of commerce and justice and science and related agencies for the

Cliff Stearns

0:28:17 to 0:35:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Cliff Stearns

Cliff Stearns

0:28:31 to 0:28:43( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: fiscal year ending september 30, 2008, and for other purposes. the chairman: when the committee of the whole house rose on wednesday, july 25, 2007, the amendment by the gentleman from

Cliff Stearns

0:28:43 to 0:28:56( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: new york, mr. hinchey, had been disposed of and the bill had been read through page 85, line 24. who seeks recognition? for what purpose does the gentleman from florida rise? mr. stearns:

Cliff Stearns

0:28:56 to 0:29:09( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: mr. chairman, i have an amendment at the desk. the chairman: the clerk will report the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 1, printed in the congressional record, offered by mr. stearns

Cliff Stearns

0:29:09 to 0:29:21( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: of florida. at the end of the bill before the short title insert the following, title 7, additional general provisions, section 701, none of the funds made available in this act to the equal

Cliff Stearns

0:29:21 to 0:29:31( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: employment opportunity commission may be used for litigation expenses incurred in connection with cases commenced after the date of the enactment of this act against employers on the grounds

Cliff Stearns

0:29:31 to 0:29:41( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: that such employers require employees to speak english. the chairman: the gentleman from florida is recognized for five minutes. mr. stearns: mr. chairman, thank you. good morning, my colleagues.

Cliff Stearns

0:29:41 to 0:29:57( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: as mentioned the eeoc, which is the u.s. equal employment opportunity commission, has accused the salvation army of allegedly discriminating against two of their employees in a boston area thrift store

Cliff Stearns

0:29:57 to 0:30:09( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: for requiring them to speak english on the job. so, mr. chairman, the amendment would prevent the eeoc from using any appropriated funds to initiate a civil action or file a motion in any courts

Cliff Stearns

0:30:09 to 0:30:21( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: on the grounds that the organization, in this case the salvation army, requires an employee to speak english while engaged in work. the question i have is, how do you discriminate against

Cliff Stearns

0:30:21 to 0:30:35( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: a person who speaks english on the job? this amendment was prompted by this lawsuit filed in april by the eeoc against the salvation army, which has helped thousands of people in countries all

Cliff Stearns

0:30:35 to 0:30:46( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: over the world. can't you hire people today who speak english? the two employees were given one year to learn english in order to speak the language. you and i are speaking in the house today,

Cliff Stearns

0:30:46 to 0:31:00( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: and the language spokeen by our -- spoken by our co-workers. however these folks failed to try to learn even some basic english and were fired. and even though these salvation army clearly posted

Cliff Stearns

0:31:00 to 0:31:11( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: the rule and gave the two employees a year to learn english, the eeoc lawyers filed a lawsuit seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in monetary damages to compensate the employees for

Cliff Stearns

0:31:11 to 0:31:24( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: the emotional pain. , suffering, and inconvenience, end quote. they suffered by being asked to speak english to the best of their ability while on the job. in 2003, a federal judge in boston

Cliff Stearns

0:31:24 to 0:31:39( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: upheld the salvation army's policy requiring workers to speak english while on the job. however, the eeoc did not like this ruling. so they are continuing to harass the salvation army. now,

Cliff Stearns

0:31:39 to 0:31:50( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: the salvation army as we all know is a christian evangelical organization whose soul -- sole mission is to help the downtrodden, blind, and sick, and anyone else in need. their person stand on cold

Cliff Stearns

0:31:50 to 0:32:03( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: street corners during christmastime is something we know. ringing the bell on behalf of the poor. they select and sell donated clothes, household items in their thrift stores to raise money

Cliff Stearns

0:32:03 to 0:32:16( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: for the poor, operate soup kitchens, and hire people, hire people that no one else will. since 1865 this organization has lived by christ's teaching that we -- that as we do unto the least

Cliff Stearns

0:32:16 to 0:32:29( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: of our people, we do unto the lord. this organization's in trouble for insisting its employees learn to speak english? in order to better serve these lofty goals. remember the salvation army's

Cliff Stearns

0:32:29 to 0:32:44( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: trying to help their employees by encouraging them to simply learn the english language. eeoc has crossed the line in its overzealous pursuit of companies that require english in the

Cliff Stearns

0:32:44 to 0:33:03( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: workplace and only congress can bring this organization bk to its intended mission. if we don't, the continued proliferation of english related lawsuits will cause employers facing close

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0:33:03 to 0:33:15( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: hiring decisions to hire defensively to the detriment with new immigrants with largely madgal english. adult -- largely marginal english. adults learn often through programs simply hosted by

Cliff Stearns

0:33:15 to 0:33:29( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: the employers themselves. this arrangement is ordinarily a win-win situation. the immigrant is encouraged to gain a full knowledge skill that improves his work efforts and civic engagement, and

Cliff Stearns

0:33:29 to 0:33:47( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: the employer benefits from having employees that can communicate with one another. so the eeoc's policy takes a mutually beneficial situation and injects the constant fear of litigation on employers.

Cliff Stearns

0:33:47 to 0:34:03( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: most importantly, since the eeoc's funds are fungible, every dollar uses -- to pursue these cases is a dollar not being spent on pursuing the kind of discrimination that the eeoc was originally

Cliff Stearns

0:34:03 to 0:34:22( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: created to gafment these are our tax dollars, my colleagues, yours and mine, paying the salaries of the eeoc's lawyers who file endless lawsuits while the salvation army must use its

Cliff Stearns

0:34:22 to 0:34:46( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: own funds, funds that would be better used helping the poor instead of hiring more attorneys to fight these kind of cases in court. the eeoc should instead focus its limited resources on

Cliff Stearns

0:34:46 to 0:35:10( Edit History Discussion )

Cliff Stearns: the current backlog of 54,265 complaints. instead of wasting time and taxpayers' money on policies that serve to achieve unity in our country. i encourage my colleagues to support this amendment

David R. Obey

0:35:10 to 0:35:23( Edit History Discussion )

David R. Obey: and help protect the charities like the salvation army. the chairman: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin rise? mr. obey: to oppose the amendment.

David R. Obey

0:35:10 to 0:36:28( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: David R. Obey

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