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House Proceeding 10-02-07 on Oct 2nd, 2007 :: 0:25:12 to 0:37:09
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Keith Ellison

0:23:50 to 0:25:12( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Keith Ellison

Keith Ellison

0:24:55 to 0:25:12( Edit History Discussion )

Keith Ellison: time has expired. pursuant to 22 u.s.c. 1928 a clause 10 of rule 1 and the order of the house of january 4, 2007, the chair announces the speaker's appointment of the following member to the united

Al Green

0:25:12 to 0:25:27( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: states group of the nato parliamentarian assembly to fill in the existing vacancy thereon. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend

Al Green

0:25:12 to 0:37:09( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Al Green

Al Green

0:25:27 to 0:25:43( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered or on which the vote is joket to under clause 6 -- objected to under clause 6 of rule 20. for what purpose does the gentleman

Al Green

0:25:43 to 0:25:55( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: from texas rise? >> mr. speaker it is i with great pride and a sense of fulfillment that i move i to su spend the rules and pass the bill s. 474 to award a congressional gold medal to the honorable

Al Green

0:25:55 to 0:26:05( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: dr. michael ellis debakey, m.d. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report title of the bill. the clerk: senate 474, an act to award a congressional gold medal to michael ellis debakey,

Al Green

0:26:05 to 0:26:17( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: m.d. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from texas, mr. green, and the gentleman from texas,t mr. burgess each will control 20ol minutes. es the chair recognizes the gentleman

Al Green

0:26:17 to 0:26:34( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: from texas, mr. green. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous

Al Green

0:26:34 to 0:26:48( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: material on s. 474. the speaker pro tempore: obe. -- without objection. mr. green: mr. speaker, today we take the final steps in the gislative process to accord the honorable dr. michael ellis debakey a congressional

Al Green

0:26:48 to 0:27:02( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: gold medal. while i'm proud to be here at the revelations of this process, while we are now revealing all that has taken place and all that has happened thfor us to have this great opportunity,

Al Green

0:27:02 to 0:27:15( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: i must confess that i was not there at the genesis of the process. but, mr. speaker, there is one person who has been a constant throughout the entirety of this process, and that one person,

Al Green

0:27:15 to 0:27:31( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: mr. speaker, is the honorable kay bailey hutchinson, senator from the great state of texas. she has been consistent in that she has annually filed this bill to get it to this point and she

Al Green

0:27:31 to 0:27:46( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: has been persistent in that she has insisted that we work together so that as to cause the honorable dr. michael ellis debakey to have this opportunity. mr. speaker, while i am the original sponsor

Al Green

0:27:46 to 0:27:58( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: of the house bill, h.r. 1154, to accord this congressional gold medal, there are many other persons who must be thanked. i want to thank my chairman of the financial services committee, the

Al Green

0:27:58 to 0:28:11( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: honorable barney frank, for the outstanding job that he has done to help get this piece of legislation, the bill that has already passed out of the committee and to the floor. but he has also done

Al Green

0:28:11 to 0:28:24( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: an outstanding job in helping us to get the senate bill to the floor. and, for this, mr. chairman, we thank you. i also would like to thank my colleague, congressman michael burgess and congressman

Al Green

0:28:24 to 0:28:35( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: john culberson, for the outstanding s job that the two of them jmointly performed in getting the necessary signatures to get this bill to the floor. that would be the bill in the house side,

Al Green

0:28:35 to 0:28:48( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: not the senate bill. but i want to thank them for what they did. because it took getting the house bill through to get us to the point where we can now get the senate bill passed such that we

Al Green

0:28:48 to 0:29:00( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: can accord the gold medal. i would like to thank the entire texas delegation. they have all thought highly of dr. debakey, and they have worked with us to make sure that we were in a position to

Al Green

0:29:00 to 0:29:13( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: get this done. we want to thank the 313 co-sponsors of this legislation. literally we have gone to the floor of the house and we have talked to persons who agreed that the honorable dr.

Al Green

0:29:13 to 0:29:26( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: michael ellis debakey should be accorded this preeminent privilege and this great honor. i want to thank the house leadershi p, because the leadership made it possible for the follow ship to

Al Green

0:29:26 to 0:29:43( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: be in in position today. and, again, we thank senator hutchinson, and all of the members of the senate who have helped us with this process. mr. speaker, the congressional gold medal has 535

Al Green

0:29:43 to 0:29:57( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: judges. 100 in the senate, 435 in the house. because each member of the house and each member of the senate has a vote on the congressional gold medal. . i am honored to say that while we must receive

Al Green

0:29:57 to 0:30:13( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: 290 votes in the house and 67 votes in the senate, we have exceeded the required numbers in both the house and the senate. people were excited about the opportunity to accord the honorable dr.

Al Green

0:30:13 to 0:30:32( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: michael e. debakey a congressional gold medal. what is a congressional gold medal? it is the nation's highest and most distinguished civilian award. it was originally awarded to military leaders

Al Green

0:30:32 to 0:30:52( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: for their service. and later became a civilian medal. it is the congressional equivalent of the presidential medal of freedom. each medal is unique. it is designed by the u.s. mint and is duplicated

Al Green

0:30:52 to 0:31:13( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: in bronze for sale. the congressional gold medal has been awarded approximately 134 times to approximately 300 individuals. some notable recipies include our first president, george washington.

Al Green

0:31:13 to 0:31:28( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: general andrew jackson, the wright brothers, thomas edison, sam rayburn, former speaker of this august body, sir winston churchill, robert kennedy, lady bird johnson, mother teresa of india, nelson

Al Green

0:31:28 to 0:31:49( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: mandela, rosa parks, pope john paul ii, the reverend dr. martin luther king and coretta scott king, and the last recipients were the tuskegee airmen. i was honored to be present in the rotunda

Al Green

0:31:49 to 0:32:06( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: when they received thr congressional gold medal in april of 2006. mr. speaker, i think that dr. michael e. debakey, the oldest of five children, born of parents of lebanese descent has truly

Al Green

0:32:06 to 0:32:18( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: been an outstanding american. he was born in louisiana in lake charles, performed his residency at charity c hospital. mr. speaker, i am fro louisiana . i was born in new orleans. i was born at

Al Green

0:32:18 to 0:32:35( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: chirt hospital. while it may be -- charity hospital. while it may be a bit of wishful thinking, there may be the possibility, possibility may exist that i am a debakey baby and that he was

Al Green

0:32:35 to 0:32:51( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: performing his residency at charity hospital at the time that i was born. mr. speaker, he was on the faculty of the baylor college of medicine from 1948 to 1993 where he chaired the department

Al Green

0:32:51 to 0:33:07( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: of surgery. he served as president and chancellor of the baylor college of medicine. and, mr. speaker, i say from the bottom of my heart that i thank god for the honorable dr. michael e.

Al Green

0:33:07 to 0:33:21( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: debakey. he has earned the right to receive a congressional gold medal. he served his country in world war ii and he volunteered to perform this service. he helped to develop while in the military

Al Green

0:33:21 to 0:33:33( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: the mobile army surgical hospital. we know it as the m a s h units. and, mr. speaker, there is a tv program and a movie that was made popular because of the m a s h units that were involved

Al Green

0:33:33 to 0:33:51( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: by -- because of the honorable dr. michael e. debakey. it may be said that but for the honoble michael e. debakey there might not be a m a s h television series. he helped to establish

Al Green

0:33:51 to 0:34:07( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: the v.a. hospitals. he helped to establish the current veterans' affairs medical system. he was one of the first to successfully perform a coronary pass . he established the field of surgery

Al Green

0:34:07 to 0:34:23( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: for strokes. he led the movement to establish the national library of medicine. he performed the historic transplantation procedure with a team of surgeons, of course. he was the first person to

Al Green

0:34:23 to 0:34:41( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: successfully use a partial artificial heart to help patients who could not be weaned from the heart-lung machine following heart surgery. he pioneered the field of telemedicine. with the

Al Green

0:34:41 to 0:34:59( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: first demonstration of open heart surgery transmitted overseas via satellite. he invented the dacron tube using his wife's sewing machine and fabric he purchased from a store in houston, texas.

Al Green

0:34:59 to 0:35:14( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: this, mr. speaker, was the first artificial artery. he was a leader in the development of the artificial heart. he operated on more than 60,000 patients in houston. he has published over 1,600 articles.

Al Green

0:35:14 to 0:35:32( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: he helped to establish the health care system around the world, or i should say he helped to establish health care systems around the world in jordan, morocco, russia, saudi arabia, spain to

Al Green

0:35:32 to 0:35:47( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: name a few countries. he became one of the persons to work at the baylor school of medicine to the extent that baylor has recognized his unprecedented achievements by naming the debakey heart center

Al Green

0:35:47 to 0:36:01( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: in his honor. and also the baylor college of medicine has named the michael e. debakey department of surgery his honor. dr. debakey is a great citizen, mr. speaker, not only of the united

Al Green

0:36:01 to 0:36:14( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: states but also of the world. he is a great humanitarian. he has helped rich and poor alike. if we did not have the congressional gold medal, mr. speaker, we would have to create one for the honorable

Al Green

0:36:14 to 0:36:30( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: dr. michael e. debakey. on his 99th birthday, we called him to let him know that we had completelied -- completedhe process in the house in terms of passing the house bill so that we could

Al Green

0:36:30 to 0:36:43( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: move forward to this point, and his comment was, i am so grateful that i am a citizen of the united states. mr. speaker, i believe that his life stands for the proposition that one person cannot

Al Green

0:36:43 to 0:36:50( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: only impact the world, but can change the world for the good of all. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves the balance

Al Green

0:36:50 to 0:36:59( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: of his time. the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i would like to yield such time as he may consume, to the gentleman from texas, one of the original

Al Green

0:36:59 to 0:37:09( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: co-sponsors of this bill, mr. culberson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for as much time as he may consume. mr. culberson: thank you, dr. burgess. i want

John Abney Culberson

0:37:09 to 0:37:21( Edit History Discussion )

John Abney Culberson: to thank my good friend, al green, my good friend and colleague, michael burgess, senator hutchison who has been a leader in this effort, and the chairman of the fincial services committee as

John Abney Culberson

0:37:09 to 0:39:42( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Abney Culberson

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