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House Proceeding 07-29-08 on Jul 29th, 2008 :: 2:56:53 to 3:03:39
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2:56:40 to 2:56:53( Edit History Discussion )

speaker. r the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north th carolina. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present point of

John Jr.Conyers

2:56:53 to 2:57:05( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: order -- i of make a point of order a quorum is not present. en the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this motion

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2:56:53 to 3:03:39( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Jr.Conyers

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2:57:05 to 2:57:21( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois rise? mr. davis: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend thehe rules and pass h.r. 6113, as amended. the speaker pro tempore:

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2:57:21 to 2:57:48( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: the clerk will repor t the title. the cl erk: union calendar al number 500, h.r.00 6113, a bill to amend title 44, united states code, to require each agency to include a contact telephone number

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2:57:48 to 2:57:59( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: in its collection of information. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, and the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, each will control

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2:57:59 to 2:58:13( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks.

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2:58:13 to 2:58:27( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: r the speaker pro tempore: pr without objection. mr. davis: and now, mr. speaker, it's my pleasure tot' yield such time as she might consuume to the author of thisth legislation, representative

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2:58:27 to 2:58:41( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: r boyda. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from kansas. f mr. boyd a: thank you, mr. speaker, and thank you -- mrs. boyda: thank you, mr. speake r, and thank

John Jr.Conyers

2:58:41 to 2:58:54( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: you, mr. davis. people have been filling out forms, bot h paper and online. it is required to get grants, passports poand so many other things. th with so many forms, questions about what information

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2:58:54 to 2:59:10( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: is nf actually needed are bound toar arise. but finding th e right office to ic call, it's difficult, and to get the answers that peoplepe need in an orderly manner, it's quite frankly very,

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2:59:10 to 2:59:24( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: very ve difficult and that's why it th shouldn't be that way. that's why i've introduced t ihis bill and it's simple. any form that the government uses to collect information about americans

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2:59:24 to 2:59:39( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: also has to include a contact informata ion, a phone number or a website in which a person c an obtain specific informatiopen on who to talk to about that form. hopefully when they call

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2:59:39 to 2:59:53( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: too, a real live person will be on the line. it will have the congressional budget office have a description on how the agencies are responding to complaintsdi about it. ab this bill is especially

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2:59:53 to 3:00:06( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: important to small businesses in and owners, and the national federation of independent i businesses is a strong supporter of my bill. in fact, the idea for this bill came from some of

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3:00:06 to 3:00:25( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: tmhe small businesses righest there in kansas, the good constituents that i get to represent. r they were respondithng to a survey that was distributed to nfib members in which m theyhe overwhelming

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3:00:25 to 3:00:42( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: supported le gislation to help them get to answers to questions about all the go vernment paperwork that er they have to fill out. and, yes, getting that government paperwork reduced is

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3:00:42 to 3:00:55( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: certainly our first priority, rs but in the meantime, let's just get an access number so people can call and find out how to fill these forms out efficiently. i've said time and time again

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3:00:55 to 3:01:11( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: that democracy is a team sport, rt and this is a perfect example of everyone working together to er make our government more responsive. i'd like to thank mr.li towns and ms. watson for their assistance

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3:01:11 to 3:01:28( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: in getting this important legislation to the floor. and i urge my collaneagues to join me in support of this very, very commonsense bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman

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3:01:28 to 3:01:42( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: from north carolina. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. m speaker.ea i yield myself such time as i may consume.ma mr. speaker, as wesp all know every year the government asks americans to provide

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3:01:42 to 3:01:52( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: many s kinds of info rmation. these forms can often be confusing and complicausted. it would be better if we could find a way to reduce the total number of information requests io the government

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3:01:52 to 3:02:13( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: makes to the public. but failing that we oughilt at least make sure someone is avaible to answer quesbltions from people who are trying to o comply with thes e requirements. h.r. 6113 amends

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3:02:13 to 3:02:30( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: the paperwork reduction act to require ac agencies to provide contact information for the agencioy on information collections. i am happy to support this legislation, and i look forward to

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3:02:30 to 3:02:40( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: the day when we actually cut the number and size ofer information requests generated by this government. thank you, mr. speaker. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the

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3:02:40 to 3:02:52( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: tha nk you, mr. speaker. and i yiel d myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, h.r . 6113, the

John Jr.Conyers

3:02:52 to 3:03:13( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: paperwork assistance act, is aimed at making it easieatr for people to fill outpe government paperwork. i commend representative boyda for her leadership in introducing this bill and representative

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3:03:13 to 3:03:25( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: towns for histi work on this bill during committee consideration. io the bill would require each agency to include contacto information for the agency on its forms. under this bill, aun person filling

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3:03:25 to 3:03:39( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: out a government form will be able to go to the agency and get in touch with the pe rson who is responsible for answering questions about the form. based on a suggestion by re presentative diane

Steve King

3:03:39 to 3:03:59( Edit History Discussion )

Steve King: watson, language was added to the wbill during committee consideration to require the offtoice of management and budget to report to congress on how well agencies are implementing this legislation.

Steve King

3:03:39 to 3:08:23( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Steve King

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