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House Proceeding on Sep 8th, 2009 :: 1:08:30 to 1:12:25
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Diane E. Watson

1:08:28 to 1:08:50( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: this post office represents a symbol of service more than the symbol of any one person. reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from california. ms. watson: mr. speaker, in closing, i again urge my colleagues to join me in honoring america's military veterans through the passage of

Diane E. Watson

1:08:30 to 1:12:25( Edit History Discussion )
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Diane E. Watson

1:08:51 to 1:09:11( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: 2004 and i balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. mr. issa: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields back the balance of his time. the question now is, will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2004. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded

Diane E. Watson

1:09:12 to 1:09:33( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california rise? ms. watson: mr.peaker, for what purpose does -- excuse me, mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1345. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill.

Diane E. Watson

1:09:34 to 1:09:54( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: the clerk: union calendar number 88, h.r. 1345, a bill to end title 5, united states code, to eliminate the discriminatory columbia under the provisions of law commonly referred to as the hatch act. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from california, ms. watson, the gentleman from

Diane E. Watson

1:09:55 to 1:10:15( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: california, mr. issa, each will control 20 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentlewoman from california. ms. watson: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. watt watts i now yield myself --

Diane E. Watson

1:10:16 to 1:10:36( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: ms. watson: i now yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, i'm pleased to rise for the consideration of h.r. 1345, which is designed to ensure that employees of the district of columbia are subject to the same rules of political activity under the hatch act

Diane E. Watson

1:10:37 to 1:10:58( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: that applied to all other state and local government employees, thereby ending the discriminatory treatment they have received since 1993. in october of 1993 congress passed the hatch act reform amendments allowing federal employees to take part in

Diane E. Watson

1:10:59 to 1:11:21( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: political campaigns under offduty personal time. the legislation of 1993 continue to prohibit federal employees from seeking public office in partisan elections. however it also retained a measure which subject d.c. employees to federal hatch act provisions.

Diane E. Watson

1:11:22 to 1:11:43( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: this ignored the district's authority to self-govern and enact its own not to mention that employees in all other state and local jurisdictions are subjected to laws written by their own state and local governments and are not subject to the federal hatch

Diane E. Watson

1:11:44 to 1:12:04( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: act like d.c. government employees. h.r. 1345 ends this dis-- this treatment by placing d.c. employees under the same federal hatch act restrictions that apply to all other states and locates. this bill was -- localities.

Diane E. Watson

1:12:05 to 1:12:25( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: this bill was introduced by the gentlewoman from the district of columbia, ms. norton, on march 5, 2009. having been considered by the subcommittee on federal work force, postal service and the district of columbia, chaired by representative lynch, the committeon oversight and

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