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House Proceeding 10-22-07 on Oct 22nd, 2007 :: 0:13:28 to 0:20:43
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Louie Gohmert

0:11:28 to 0:13:28( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Louie Gohmert

Louie Gohmert

0:13:11 to 0:13:28( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i yield to representative bill pascrell. the speaker pro tempore: mr. pascrell is recognized.

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:13:28 to 0:13:42( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: co mr. pascrell: thank you, mr. th speaker. i am pride to rise in support of the establishment of the paterson great falls national park act. i want to thank chairman rahal, chairman grijalva, for

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:13:28 to 0:20:43( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bill Jr.Pascrell

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:13:42 to 0:13:58( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: bringing this worthy legislation to the floor. i want to thank all the members of the jersey delegation, democrats and republicans, all of them endorsed this legislation. as a lifelong paterson

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:13:58 to 0:14:09( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: resident, as the city's former mayor, i fought to bring recognition to this site that's plague d such a role in american history. the national historic park is the only way to properly showcase

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:14:09 to 0:14:24( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: the significant cultural and historic landmarks in and natural beauty that the great fa lls historic park district has to offer. in this legislation -- and this io legislation ensures that it

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:14:24 to 0:14:39( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: will get the recognition and support that it originally deserves. . the golden state falls was the second largest waterfall in colonial america. at the great falls alexander hamilton conceivedce

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:14:39 to 0:14:57( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: a plan to harness the force of water to power the new industries that would secure our economic independence. he told the congress of the united states and the american people that at the great

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:14:57 to 0:15:16( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: falls he would begin to implement his ambitious strategy to transform an agricultural society, dependent upon slavery, iupnto a modern economy based on freedom. how dare anyone imply this is not significant.

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:15:16 to 0:15:35( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: it was the power of the great falls and true to hamilton's vision paterson became a great manufacturing city. it produced the colt revolver, the first submarine, john holland, 1878, the aircraft

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:15:35 to 0:15:51( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: engine for the first transatlantican flight, more locomotives than any city in the united states. the more silk than any city in the world. this is not significant, mr. speaker? cotton sales

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:15:51 to 0:16:08( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: for the u.s. navy early in the 19th century, scholars have concluded that pierre l'enfant's innovative water power system in paterson, and many factories built later, constitute the finest remaining

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:16:08 to 0:16:23( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: collection of engineering and architectural structures representing each stage of america's progress from a weak agrarian society to the leader in the global economy. the great falls historic

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:16:23 to 0:16:37( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: district is the only national district, the only national historic district, that includes both a national, natural resource and a national historic landmark. the only one in the entire nation.

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:16:37 to 0:16:57( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: and a special bicentennial speech in paterson with the spectacular natural beauty of the falls behind him, president si of the united states, the late gerald ford, in 1976 i had the honor as a democrat

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:16:57 to 0:17:08( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: to introduce him that day, mr. speaker, he said this, we can see the great falls as a symbol of the industrial might which helps to make america the most powerful nation in the world. now so

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:17:08 to 0:17:24( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: many years later we are that much closer to making the dream of a national park at paterson a reality. i do not see facts and figures here, mr. speaker. i see the faces of hard-working people

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:17:24 to 0:17:40( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: from all over the world who came to paterson, came to the falls and worked in those factories. we are talking about human beings. we are talking about people who came here and made this country

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:17:40 to 0:17:54( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: the greatest country in the world. who asked nothing, didn't get a real living wage until years later. i'm talking about those people who are not faceless who do have names who worked hardha

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:17:54 to 0:18:10( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: to give their children a better opportunity a. better place. and that was hamilton's dream. to bring economic, economic superiority to the united states so that we would not pretend to be an agrarian

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:18:10 to 0:18:25( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: society for the rest of our history. he introduced the industrial revel lue, and then secondly to give equal opportunity to each person regardless where he came from, what he looked like, how

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:18:25 to 0:18:36( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: he cooked his food, how he spoke . this slayings enjoys bipartisan -- this legislation enjoys bipartisan and widespread support is co-sponsored by every member of the new jersey's congressional

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:18:36 to 0:18:48( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: delegation, national conservation, and historic organizations, our nation's most renowned hamiltonian scholars and distinguished professors at universities thr oughout america have documented

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:18:48 to 0:19:05( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: that this historicistrict is worthy of national historic park legislation, and when the park service says it is not worthy because we have other places, they were even against lowell,

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:19:05 to 0:19:16( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: massachusetts, they didn't support lowell, massachusetts, either. this has to do with urban parks. this has to do with how we became the country we are today. editorial boards, federal, state, local

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:19:16 to 0:19:28( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: officials and community groups have also endorsed the campaign to create a national park ser nvice. today on page 3 u.s. news full page on the paterson falls and two other places in the

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:19:28 to 0:19:38( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: united te states where that historic district where the park service was able to in partnership with the locality, with the state to bring economic opportunity. it is important to note,

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:19:38 to 0:19:50( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: mr. speaker, that this park will be rub as -- will be run as a patter inship between the state of new jersey and federal government as they are already a state park designated at the

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:19:50 to 0:20:05( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: site. the national park service has a long history of federal-state cooperation. for lowell national historic park to the redwood national parks in california. it is park service policy to foster

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:20:05 to 0:20:18( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: state and federal partnerships to fund and manage parks. and the great falls will be no different. mr. speaker, if the great falls district were added to the park certificate system, federal

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:20:18 to 0:20:31( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: resources could be leveraged to revitalize the falls in the entire city and area. through this federal partnership the great falls will be transformed into an attract shun for visitors. people

Bill Jr.Pascrell

0:20:31 to 0:20:43( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: from paterson alike could lead to the economic revitalization of this entire area be a living reminder of our nation's rich industrial history with so many of our star places we put purple ropes around

Louie Gohmert

0:20:43 to 0:20:57( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: them, don't touch. that's not what we are talking about here. we are talking about living history. congress must act now to pass this vital piece of legislation so that we may fully recognize

Louie Gohmert

0:20:43 to 0:22:34( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Louie Gohmert

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