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House Proceeding on Jul 31st, 2007 :: 4:16:21 to 4:20:08
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argument that has been raised by the opponents of the bill is that there would be a flood of litigation and a a flood of claims that would vex employers across the country. this is not so.

Howard P. Buck McKeon

4:16:21 to 4:16:34( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: we are restoring the law as it has existed for more than three decades and during those three decades there was no such flood or plague of litigation. this conclusion is borne out by the congressional

Howard P. Buck McKeon

4:16:21 to 4:20:08( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Howard P. Buck McKeon

Howard P. Buck McKeon

4:16:34 to 4:16:50( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: budget office, which in analyzing the cost of this bill, concluded that there would be no appreciable increase in the number of claims filed with the eeoc. for these reasons and others, the

Howard P. Buck McKeon

4:16:50 to 4:17:01( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: arguments raised against the bill are invalid. members should vote yes in favor of the bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. who yields time? . mr. mckeon: madam

Howard P. Buck McKeon

4:17:01 to 4:17:14( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: speaker, i yield myself the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mckeon: madam speaker, we had a good debate and this morning. the other side has tried

Howard P. Buck McKeon

4:17:14 to 4:17:27( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: to make this an emotional debate about discrimination. this is not the debate. we have all oppose discrimination. madam speaker, in congress bad process usually makes for bad product. and let

Howard P. Buck McKeon

4:17:27 to 4:17:40( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: there be no mistake, the process that brought about h.r. 2831 was incredibly sloppy. likewise, the product itself could not be sloppier. the title of the bill should be the end of the statute

Howard P. Buck McKeon

4:17:40 to 4:17:56( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: of limitations. this was brought together by the education and labor committee house democrats in hoping to grab a few headlines just a month after the supreme court's decision to uphold the

Howard P. Buck McKeon

4:17:56 to 4:18:15( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: 1964 civil rights act statute of limitations. neither house republicans nor many key outside stake holders was consulted when the bill was drafted, and the bill was not considered in

Howard P. Buck McKeon

4:18:15 to 4:18:29( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: a single legislative hearing. again, the rules committee gained -- granted a completely closed rule, locking out over 400 members. had this bill been a narrow fix, as the supporters would have

Howard P. Buck McKeon

4:18:29 to 4:18:43( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: the american people believe, this may not have been a problem. however, this is major fundamental change to civil rights law and no less than four separate statutes. the last changto civil

Howard P. Buck McKeon

4:18:43 to 4:18:59( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: rights law of this magnitude, the 1991 civil rights act, took two years of negotiation, debate, and bipartisan accord to accomplish. by comparison, this bill took just two month it cheapens

Howard P. Buck McKeon

4:18:59 to 4:19:10( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: our legislative process and indeed it cheapens the work that has gone into decades of serious contract civil rights lawmaking. the legislative product has been by republican colleagues and

Howard P. Buck McKeon

4:19:10 to 4:19:23( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: it is flawed. it guts the statute of limitations in current law and would allow an employee to bring a claim against an employer decades after the alleged initial act of discrimination occurred.

Howard P. Buck McKeon

4:19:23 to 4:19:38( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: and trial lawyers, you can be sure, are salivating at this prospect. madam speaker, this is a bad bill as a result of an equally bad process. the president has threatened to veto it if it arrives

Howard P. Buck McKeon

4:19:38 to 4:19:48( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: at his desk and rightfully so, but we should never let it get to this point. i ask my colleagues to join me in opposing the bill, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro

Howard P. Buck McKeon

4:19:48 to 4:19:57( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: tempore: the gentleman from new jersey. mr. andrews: madam speaker, i yield myself the balance of the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. andrews: madam speaker, this

Howard P. Buck McKeon

4:19:57 to 4:20:08( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: is a narrw bill that supports a very broad principle. the principle is that discrimination has no place in the lives of americans. this house has people working in it whose families came here

Robert E. Andrews

4:20:08 to 4:20:20( Edit History Discussion )

Robert E. Andrews: who could not speak english with you now their sons and daughters write the law. this house has people in it whose ancestors were brought here as slaves but now write the law of the land. and

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