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House Proceeding 09-22-09 on Sep 22nd, 2009 :: 1:27:10 to 1:33:15
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Virginia Foxx

1:27:06 to 1:27:27( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: listed up here. but i see my friend virginia foxx is here, would the lady like to claim a little bit of our time? ms. foxx: i would. i want to thank my two colleagues from texas for beginning this hour. i am glad to talk a little bit about this. i think what you're bringin

Virginia Foxx

1:27:10 to 1:33:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Virginia Foxx

Virginia Foxx

1:27:28 to 1:27:48( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: in terms of the committee on oversight is extremely important in terms of what it has found out. i have found that people have been a little bit fooled in the last week about actions having been taken in the congress and i thought i might highlight that issue a little bit.

Virginia Foxx

1:27:49 to 1:28:09( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: i know i'd heard on the news last week several times, the house has voted not to continue to fund aconch. the senate has voted not to continue to fund acorn. congress has voted not to continue to funding -- to continue funding acorn. i think it's important to explain what happened last week

Virginia Foxx

1:28:10 to 1:28:30( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: because people don't have the full picture. what really happened last week was our friend over in the nate, senator coburn from oklahoma, put an amendment on the transportation and h.u.d. appropriations bill, that's what i understand.

Virginia Foxx

1:28:31 to 1:28:54( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: if i don't get this exactly straight, i hope you two will help me get it straight if my memory isn't as good as i'd like it to be. he put an amendment on that bill, an appropriations bill, that said that acorn would get no more funding through the h.u.d. appropriations bill. what happened in the house, we were dealing with a bill which

Virginia Foxx

1:28:55 to 1:29:17( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: i found extremely offensive, the bill that would do away with banks being able to make loans to students who are going to college and setting up the department of education as a banker for students who want to borrow money and what we did was we put an amendment on that

Virginia Foxx

1:29:18 to 1:29:38( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: bill to say, funding would no longer go to acorn. that bill passed with a large vote, so there are people out ere thinking, ok, great, we're defunding acorn. but what is actually happening is, defunding acorn in one particular category in the senate, defunding acorn period

Virginia Foxx

1:29:39 to 1:30:00( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: out of the house. now what has to happen is we have to have language that's exactly the same in both houses. so what i explained to people on the radio show i was on was, yes, it's an easy thing for members of the house to vote to defund acorn.

Virginia Foxx

1:30:01 to 1:30:22( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: they know that bill is going to go over to the senate. they know that's probably not going to be in the senate version of that bill. if the senate were to pass a bill related to loans for college students, it wod most likely be very different from the bill that passed the house, the two bills would go to

Virginia Foxx

1:30:23 to 1:30:44( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: conference, and in the conference, very conveniently, the section on acorn would simply disappear. and as i explained to people that happens all the time. the folks in charge over here let something pass knowing full well it's never going to become law. so those who thought that acorn

Virginia Foxx

1:30:45 to 1:31:05( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: was going to be cut out of its continued funding from the congress think that based on the news accounts from last week, but i think it's important that people know that isn't the case. and if they're interested in stopping funding to acorn, what they need to do is write their members of congress and say, i

Virginia Foxx

1:31:06 to 1:31:26( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: want you to vote to defund acorn and i want you to find a vehicle to do that because we can pass lots of bills over here that people can go home and brag about and say, i voted to defund acorn and then it never happens and they'll be given credit for it. they, knowing full well it's never going to pass in a bill

Virginia Foxx

1:31:27 to 1:31:47( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: that would go to the president for his signature. so i think it's important. i also want to say that i think acorn is a symptom of the probls with the way congress is now operating. the congress -- the federal government was established to provide for the defense of this nation. and that's what we are here

Virginia Foxx

1:31:48 to 1:32:11( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: for. what has happened, particularly since the mid 1960's, is, i guess many members of congress, to justify their being here, thought that the federal taxpayers were providing a giant piggy bank to the members of congress and so we could take their money and spend it any way we want to.

Virginia Foxx

1:32:12 to 1:32:32( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: we've gotten way off target. one of the reasons that acorn could do what it's been doing for the last 15 years is because there's such inadequate oversight because we're simply funding too many different kinds of projects. we need to pull this congress back from where it is now,

Virginia Foxx

1:32:33 to 1:32:54( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: funding lots of things we have no business funding, to the essential job of the congress, which is to focus on national defense. and i'm hoping that -- i know it won't be done in this session of congress because there are too many people of a different philosophy than of

Virginia Foxx

1:32:55 to 1:33:15( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: the three of us, but i'm hoping that after the 2010 election, that we will find more people of like mind with us who understand the reason we have a congress and will say to their members, you need to focus on national defense. if there are programs like acorn, community organizations

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