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House Proceeding on Oct 22nd, 2009 :: 1:19:15 to 1:22:25
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Virginia Foxx

1:19:11 to 1:19:32( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: legislation and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from north carolina. ms. foxx: mr. speaker, if i could yield -- inquire of the gent colorado if he is prepared to close. speakers. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker.

Virginia Foxx

1:19:15 to 1:22:25( Edit History Discussion )
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Virginia Foxx

1:19:33 to 1:19:53( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: we have no additional speakers and i will make my closing speech now. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i urge my colleagues to defeat the previous question so an amendment can be added to the rule. the amendment to the rule would provide for separate consideration of h.res. 544, a resolution to require that

Virginia Foxx

1:19:54 to 1:20:14( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: legislation conference reports be posted on the internet for 72 hours prior to consideration by the house. it does not affect the bill made in order by the rule. the amendment to the rule provides that the house will debate the issue of reading bill within three legislative days. it does not disrupt the schedule. the bill currently has 164 co-sponsors.

Virginia Foxx

1:20:15 to 1:20:35( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: the discharge petion has 182 names, including five democrats. thisill has gained support of an overwhelming majority of americans and widely respected by government watchdogs. the existing house rule that committee reports be available for thr consideration has been repeatedly waived by republicans and democrats alike. this is not a

Virginia Foxx

1:20:36 to 1:20:56( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: as members of congress we ought to agree that regardless of the legislation brought before us, we should always have the opportunity to read and understand the legislation before we vote. the american public agrees with this commonsense position. a recent survey reports found 83% of americans say legislation should be posted

Virginia Foxx

1:20:57 to 1:21:19( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: online and available for everyone to read before congress vo the poll also found that this is not a partisan issue. 85% of republicans, 76% of demoats, unaffiliated voters favor posting legislation on line prior to it being voted on. in the beginning of the year, democrat members of this

Virginia Foxx

1:21:20 to 1:21:41( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: congress voted to spend almost $790 billion in taxpayer dollars on a stimulus package that most members did not even read. all republicans voted no. the 1,073-page document wasn't posted on the government's website until after 10:00 p.m the day before the vote to pass it was taken. fuhermore, before debate on the cap and

Virginia Foxx

1:21:42 to 1:22:03( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: last summer, the house was presented with a 300-plus-page amendment at 3:00 a.m. for debate the following important and vote the following afternoon. this was unacceptable and further demonstrated the need to read amendments. mr. speaker, we are elected to congress to represent our constituents. how are we supposed to determine what is right for our fellow americans if we have to vote on

Virginia Foxx

1:22:04 to 1:22:26( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: something before we even have time to read it? we need to have this debate. if people oppose having the text of bills available to read, they should make their case. this amendment to the rule allows them to do just that. i urge my colleag the previous question so that we can have this debate and do the right thing for the american people. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous

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