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House Proceeding 09-25-09 on Sep 25th, 2009 :: 0:24:25 to 0:29:55
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Harold Rogers

0:24:21 to 0:24:41( Edit History Discussion )

Harold Rogers: that given the calendar vote against this proposition would be a vote to shut down the government. with that i thank the gentlewoman for the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from alabama is recognized. mr. aderholt: madam speaker, i would like to yield four minutes to the distinguished gentleman from kentucky who is the ranking member of the homeland security

Harold Rogers

0:24:25 to 0:29:55( Edit History Discussion )
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Harold Rogers

0:24:42 to 0:25:02( Edit History Discussion )

Harold Rogers: subcommittee, mr. rogers. the speaker pro tempore: the ge recognized for four minutes. mr. rogers: i thank the gentleman for yielding the time. i have no problem with the bill that is before us. the legislative appropriations bill. i think the chairman and the ranking member have done an excellt job with that bill.

Harold Rogers

0:25:03 to 0:25:24( Edit History Discussion )

Harold Rogers: however, i have to register my objection to considering the funding bill for congress and putting off the bill that funds our homeland security. and including it in the continuing resolution.

Harold Rogers

0:25:25 to 0:25:46( Edit History Discussion )

Harold Rogers: for almost seven years we have had a near perfect track record of getting the hom appropriations bill done before funding for the rest of the government. it took bipartisan wrangling and compromise, but we have always produced a bill that the

Harold Rogers

0:25:47 to 0:26:08( Edit History Discussion )

Harold Rogers: president can sign almost unanimously before the other bills. why? because the consider -- congress considered the security of the nation as paramount. and this year should be no different. we have preconferenced the senate counterparts.

Harold Rogers

0:26:09 to 0:26:30( Edit History Discussion )

Harold Rogers: we could produce a bill for the president to sign in a matter days, and yet the leadership says no. include homeland security in a continuing resolution andput it off and instead first pass funding for the congress. our pay is more important than

Harold Rogers

0:26:31 to 0:26:51( Edit History Discussion )

Harold Rogers: defending our country. >> would the gentleman yield? mr. rogers: not at the moment. i will later. on june 24 of this year the house wrapped up consideration of the homeland bill and passed it with 389 votes in this body. and three weeks later the senate passed their version of the bill

Harold Rogers

0:26:52 to 0:27:13( Edit History Discussion )

Harold Rogers: with a near unanimous vote. so it's been more than two months since both bills were ssed and since august staff has been diligently reconciling these two bills, reaching bicameral, bipartisan agreements . we could have produced a

Harold Rogers

0:27:14 to 0:27:36( Edit History Discussion )

Harold Rogers: finished bill for this body to consider a month ago. a month ago. and yet leadership refused to allow it to happen. so i stand here today very concerned, madam speaker. there's virtually no excuse to punt this vital security

Harold Rogers

0:27:37 to 0:27:58( Edit History Discussion )

Harold Rogers: spending bill and fund the department of homeland security under a continuing resolution. instead of actually doing our work and fulfilling the security needs of our nation, we are placing a priority on congress on budget. putting homeland security spending on ice. taking the next few mondays and

Harold Rogers

0:27:59 to 0:28:19( Edit History Discussion )

Harold Rogers: fridays off and basically waiting around until october until we get further direction from on high. that's as indefensible, madam speaker, as it is dangerous. the security and safety of our citizens should be our number one priority. look around you. we face complex cybersecurity

Harold Rogers

0:28:20 to 0:28:40( Edit History Discussion )

Harold Rogers: challenges, emerging threats from overseas, terrorist cells operating on our soil, and increasing violence along the southwest border that's already claiming u.s. lives. the fiscal 2010 homeland bill

Harold Rogers

0:28:41 to 0:29:03( Edit History Discussion )

Harold Rogers: will infuse much increases to bolster our border security, protect our critical infrastructure, repce the aging coast guard fleet, and improve the preparedness of our first responders. ask the gentleman for additional two minutes. mr. adder bolt holt -- mr. aderholt: i yield two minutes.

Harold Rogers

0:29:04 to 0:29:24( Edit History Discussion )

Harold Rogers: mr. rogers: why must our brave homeland security professionals wait while we bicker and dlay here in the house. real security demands commitment, commitment from this body and commitment from the nation's leadership. i know my subcommittee chairman, david price, and i are ready to finish the work of our bill and

Harold Rogers

0:29:25 to 0:29:49( Edit History Discussion )

Harold Rogers: we could do it in a matter of hours if not days. so i'm disgued, madam speaker, i apologize for that. but i think we should reconsider the decision that has been made by leadership to put off funding for the nation's homeland

Harold Rogers

0:29:50 to 0:29:57( Edit History Discussion )

Harold Rogers: defense and instead take up funding for this body.

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