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House Proceeding 10-22-07 on Oct 22nd, 2007 :: 0:56:25 to 1:00:41
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vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement,

Donna M. Christensen

0:56:25 to 0:56:35( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: further proceedings on the motion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentlelady from the virgin islands rise? mrs. christensen: to suspend the rules, m r. speaker, and pass h.r.

Donna M. Christensen

0:56:25 to 1:00:41( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Donna M. Christensen

Donna M. Christensen

0:56:35 to 0:56:45( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: 53. the speake r pro tempore: the e: clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 253, h.r. 53, a bill to authorize the secretary of the interior to enter into

Donna M. Christensen

0:56:45 to 0:56:55( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: a long-term lease with the government of the united states virgin islands to provide land on the island of saint john, virgin islands, for the establishment of a school, and for other

Donna M. Christensen

0:56:55 to 0:57:03( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: purposes. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentlelady call up the bill as amended? mrs. christensen: yes. i put the bill as amended. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman

Donna M. Christensen

0:57:03 to 0:57:11( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: from the virgin islands, mrs. christensen, and the gentleman from texas, mr. gohmert, each will control 20 minutes. the chaire recognizes the gentlewoman from the virgin islands. mrs. chris

Donna M. Christensen

0:57:11 to 0:57:20( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: tensen: mr. speaker, i also ask unanimous consent that all members may have five ma legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration.er

Donna M. Christensen

0:57:20 to 0:57:36( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. christensen: am i recognized? the speaker pro tempore: the or gentlelady is recognizleed. mrs. christensen: i yield myself such time as i may

Donna M. Christensen

0:57:36 to 0:57:46( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: consume to explain the bill. i want to thank the chair of the subcommittee onarks for coming to the virgin islands and having a hearing in saint john on this important bill. this bill, h.r.

Donna M. Christensen

0:57:46 to 0:57:55( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: 53, was introduced by me on january 4 of this year to authorize the secretary of the interior to lease land on the island of saint john to the government of the united states virgin islands

Donna M. Christensen

0:57:55 to 0:58:08( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: to build a public school. the legislation is strongly supported by the people of the virgin islands, particularly the residents of saint john. the virgin islands national park was authorized by

Donna M. Christensen

0:58:08 to 0:58:21( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: congress in 1956 and established largely by an initial land donation from lawrence rockefeller through the jackson hole preserve incorporated. in 1962 and 1978 the park was enlarged by congress so that it

Donna M. Christensen

0:58:21 to 0:58:34( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: now takes up almost 2/3 of saint john which is only 22 square miles. for at least the past three decades the government of the u.s. virgin islands and the national park service have been discussing

Donna M. Christensen

0:58:34 to 0:58:49( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: the question of securing suitable land on the island of saint john to construct the public school. since the 1970's, public school enrollment on saint john has more than doubled and the u.s.

Donna M. Christensen

0:58:49 to 0:59:01( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: v.i. government owns no land on the island to either expand either of the two public schools that now exist or build a new one. the two existing public schools only accommodate children up to the

Donna M. Christensen

0:59:01 to 0:59:18( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: ninth grade. saint joanian high school children have to travel to st. thomas 20 minutes by ferry over open ocean to complete their secondary education. the school julius eastas brow school

Donna M. Christensen

0:59:18 to 0:59:33( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: is in the middle of a heavily trafficked area which really threatens -- puts the lives of our children atn risk as a they come to and from school. and about two years ago a second grade student was

Donna M. Christensen

0:59:33 to 0:59:50( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: killed leaving a christmas party. . so the schools are not in the best location, especially that school is not in the best location for our students. o it is clear that with limited land and the

Donna M. Christensen

0:59:50 to 1:00:05( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: continued growth and -- in population, this legislation is n eeded. i'd like to thank chairman rahal and don young, subcommittee chair raul grijalva and larry fortuno for having this legislation

Donna M. Christensen

1:00:05 to 1:00:19( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: considered on the floor today. i'd like to thank another th group. i'd like to thank the one campus group in st. john. i'd like to thank them for the work they have done to get us this far and

Donna M. Christensen

1:00:19 to 1:00:29( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: to bring the community together and in support of the process that's outlined in h.r. 53 when all else failed. i'd like to urge my colleagues to support st. john and to support h.r. 53.

Donna M. Christensen

1:00:29 to 1:00:41( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. go hmert: thank you, mr. y speaker. and i do thank my colleague from the virgin islands

Louie Gohmert

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Louie Gohmert: for outlining h.r. 53. 2/3 of the island of st. john is comprised of thise virgin islands national park. the size is ne gatively impacting the quality of life l for the growing population

Louie Gohmert

1:00:41 to 1:01:48( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Louie Gohmert

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