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House Proceeding on Jul 31st, 2007 :: 1:51:01 to 1:57:18
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John Jr.Conyers

1:44:17 to 1:51:01( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Jr.Conyers

John Jr.Conyers

1:50:50 to 1:51:01( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: gentleman from texas. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he may consume. mr. smith: mr.

Lamar S. Smith

1:51:01 to 1:51:13( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: speaker, we all deplorecal conduct by members and their staff. each party has their fair share of examples. the public and deserves honest government. unfortunately, this legislation does not

Lamar S. Smith

1:51:01 to 1:57:18( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lamar S. Smith

Lamar S. Smith

1:51:13 to 1:51:28( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: bode for this congress' ability to deliver it. in may, this house brought up a base bill that seemed very familiar to republicans because the increased disclosures required in the bill were largely

Lamar S. Smith

1:51:28 to 1:51:50( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: those contained in h.r. 4745 which was introduced by congressman david dreier and passed in last year's congress. it contained all of the following provisions, a requirement for members to

Lamar S. Smith

1:51:50 to 1:52:12( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: disclose employment decisions, an increased quarterly public filing of campaign contributions linked to federal commission filings. that republican legislation also increased for failures

Lamar S. Smith

1:52:12 to 1:52:27( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: to comply, require disclosures by lobbyists of past and present congressional employment and contained a prohibition on lobbying gift ban rules. h.r. 2316 is the same thing. at the judiciary committee's

Lamar S. Smith

1:52:27 to 1:52:39( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: markup of h.r. 2316, several additional republican amendment that is would strengthen this bill were adopted by voice vote. one provided for a one-year revolving door ban which prohibits

Lamar S. Smith

1:52:39 to 1:52:52( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: lawyers and law firms from lobbying congress while under contract to such committees and for one year thereafter. that amendment by representative chris cannon was adopted by voice vote at the

Lamar S. Smith

1:52:52 to 1:53:04( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: committee and was passed out of the house of representatives. but it is nowhere to be found in the bill before us today. also in may, democrats supported and passed two motions to recommit

Lamar S. Smith

1:53:04 to 1:53:16( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: offered by republicans that contained even more ethics reforms. those reforms required lobbyists to disclose which special projects they lobbied for. if a special interest lobbyists having closed

Lamar S. Smith

1:53:16 to 1:53:35( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: door meetings regarding programs that do not benefit all americans but only benefit a small group of people in one part of the country, those those pro >> should be disclosed -- scombrokets should be

Lamar S. Smith

1:53:35 to 1:53:46( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: disclosed -- then those projects should be disclosed. it makes little sense to exempt enter its that operate on taxpayer dlars from the gift and travel ban. current rules allow taxpayer-funded

Lamar S. Smith

1:53:46 to 1:54:00( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: enter its to give gifts and travel to members and staff while they try to convince those same members and staff to send more federal taxpayer dollars their way. that is not fair, and the

Lamar S. Smith

1:54:00 to 1:54:13( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: republican motion to recommit adopted would have ended that practice. the republicans' motion to recommit would reverse revolving door provision that would have prohibit a congressional employee

Lamar S. Smith

1:54:13 to 1:54:26( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: that is a registered lobbyist from engaging in official business with their former private employer for a period one year. republicans' motion to recommit included the republican amended text of h.r.

Lamar S. Smith

1:54:26 to 1:54:42( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: 2317, which required that bundle of contributions to political action committees, be fully disclosed. viewed in the harsh light of recent history, the legislation we consider today is a hollow

Lamar S. Smith

1:54:42 to 1:54:55( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: shell of reform. just listen to the following list of reforms that democrats have abandoned. the provisions in this bill requiring the disclose uring of contributions is weaker than the reforms

Lamar S. Smith

1:54:55 to 1:55:09( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: passed in may. as this legislation requires the bundle contributions exceeding $15,000 rather than the original $5,000. that means less disclosure and less accountability to the american people.

Lamar S. Smith

1:55:09 to 1:55:25( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: the weakened bundling disclosures in this bill do not even cover bundle disclosures to pact, a reform that 33 mocrats accepted as part of the republicans' motion to recommit h.r. 2317, and

Lamar S. Smith

1:55:25 to 1:55:42( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: that 158 democrats supported when it was accepted as part of the republicans' motion to recommit h.r. 2316. the newspaper rk reported yesterday, quote, the average democratic incumbent raised

Lamar S. Smith

1:55:42 to 1:55:53( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: over 63% more from pact during the first half of this year than during the same period in 2005, end quote. could that be why democrats don't want to disclose the bundle contributions lobbyists gives

Lamar S. Smith

1:55:53 to 1:56:05( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: to pacts. it contains the following reforms that 158 democrats supported in may. the length of this list defines the credibility chasms that separates the democratic party from american voters.

Lamar S. Smith

1:56:05 to 1:56:26( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: the provision requiring the bundled contributions by political action committees, gone. the provision requiring lobbyists to disclose the special projects they lobby for, gone. the provision

Lamar S. Smith

1:56:26 to 1:56:36( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: requiring state and local governments from giving expensive gifts and lavish travel to members, gone. the provision -- last may, the "washington post" reported that the democrats brought up

Lamar S. Smith

1:56:36 to 1:56:50( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: their original legislation, quote, after scrapping most key elements of an ethics package meant to deliver on democratic promises to bring unprecedented accountability to congress, end

Lamar S. Smith

1:56:50 to 1:57:00( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: quote. today, essential reforms had been thrown overboard, and the democratic pledge of reform is sinking fast. mr. speaker, i reserve the balancof my time. the speaker pro tempore: the

Lamar S. Smith

1:57:00 to 1:57:18( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from michigan. mr. conyers: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. conyers:

John Jr.Conyers

1:57:18 to 1:57:41( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: i thank my colleagu e for his examination of the bill. we've worked on this bill together. i think we're in support of it. i hope to enjoy the gentleman's continued success and cooperation in

John Jr.Conyers

1:57:18 to 2:01:03( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Jr.Conyers

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