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House Proceeding on Sep 17th, 2009 :: 1:57:45 to 2:00:15
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Jeff Flake

1:57:43 to 1:58:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: this out in the conference committee. i have agreed to their discussions, and they're pursuing those at this time. >> will the gentleman yield? mr. miller: i'd be happy to yield. mr. perlmutter: thank you, mr. miller. mr. souder and i had a conversation. i think we'll reach a good compromise that will be good for the bill. i've committed, as have you, to

Jeff Flake

1:57:45 to 2:00:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Flake

Jeff Flake

1:58:04 to 1:58:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: work with mr. souder in a conference committee to get that done. mr. miller: i thank the gentleman with that i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. it is now in order to consider amendment number 23 printed in house report 111-256. for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona rise? mr. flake: i have an amendment at the desk.

Jeff Flake

1:58:25 to 1:58:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 23 printed in house report 111-256 offered by mr. flake of the chair: pursuant to house resolution 746, the gentleman from arizona, mr. flake, and a member opposed, each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from arizona. mr. flake: i thank the chair. this amendment i believe is not noncontroversial. it simply ensures that the

Jeff Flake

1:58:46 to 1:59:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: funds within the new grant programs created in this bill are not earmarked. but rather that they are awarded on a competitive or a formula basis. it's important that we add prohibited language here. there is prohibited language in one of the sections of the bill but it does not apply to the entire bill. we need to make sure that the entire bill, that these new grant programs are not earmarked.

Jeff Flake

1:59:07 to 1:59:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: as we've seen in the past, unfortunately, even when congress says we have no intention of earmarking these accou the best example perhaps is the homeland security bill. we were told when the homeland secuty legislation came through first and we created the department that we wouldn't be earmarking these funds. well, just took us a few years

Jeff Flake

1:59:29 to 1:59:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: and now there are literally hundreds of earmarks in the homeland security bill. many of the accounts that should be awarded on a competive basis, disaster mitigation and other things, are now earmarked. and so when communities and organizations apply for this funding it's already earmarked and they can't even compete. we don't want this to happen in

Jeff Flake

1:59:50 to 2:00:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: other areas as well. so it's important that this amendment is accepted. i believe that it will be. it is consistent with egislation that i've offered before to the beach act a couple years ago. that was voted on, roll call and approved later with a paycheck fairness act passed last year.

Jeff Flake

2:00:11 to 2:00:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: this amendment was accepted by voice vote. most recently it was accepted

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