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House Proceeding 10-29-07 on Oct 29th, 2007 :: 0:04:50 to 0:12:19
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3678, with best wishes i am. signed sincerely, lorraine c. miller, clerk of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions

John Barrow

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John Barrow: to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered or on which the vote is objected to under clause 6 of rule 20. recorded votes on postponed questions will be taken

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Speech By: John Barrow

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John Barrow: after 6:30 p.m. today. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia rise? mr. barrow: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1473 as a amended. the speaker pro tempore:

John Barrow

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John Barrow: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1473, a bill to amend the no child left behind -- the child development and block grant act of 1990 to require childcare provides --

John Barrow

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John Barrow: providers to provide to parents information regarding whether such providers carry current liability insurance. mr. barrow: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have

John Barrow

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John Barrow: five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. barrow: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, back

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John Barrow: home in augusta, georgia, there's a little 7 1/2-year-old boy named anthony dejuan boatwright who was in a semi comatose state and hooked up to a ventilator. he wasn't born that way but that's

John Barrow

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John Barrow: how he ended up. ended up that way because of an accident, negligence, really, that never would have happened if his mother had been given the information that this bill requires. back in 2001, juan's

John Barrow

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John Barrow: mother, jacqueline boatwright, was doing what millions of mothers all over the country do every day, she placed her child in daycare so she could work to improve her life and that of her

John Barrow

0:06:54 to 0:07:12( Edit History Discussion )

John Barrow: child. she was a sophisticated consumer. she done her homework and she shopped around and she found a daycare center. it was licensed by the state. it was clean. and it complied with all

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John Barrow: sorts of federal regulations under the childcare development and block grant act, such as controlling infeshes diseases, minimum health and safety training for staff. but there is one

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John Barrow: thing that jackie boatwright did t know, that these folks could take her money, they could take her child, they could harm her child, and they would not be financially responsible for any

John Barrow

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John Barrow: of the harm that they could do. that's because they had no liability insurance, and there was no law, state or federal, that required them to tell her that. and sure enough, that's what happened.

John Barrow

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John Barrow: they ignored little juan long enough for him to find a bucket of water and like every child that age, he had just enough strength to pull himself up and to look over inside and to fall inside

John Barrow

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John Barrow: headfirst but not enough uper body strength to push or pull himself back up. it was a death trap. and little juan fell into it. well, juan survived, but his life and that of his family has been ruined

John Barrow

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John Barrow: and changed forever. this bill would have prevented all of this from happening. it would not have done it by creating a whole new bureaucracy of daycare inspectors to watch the watchers.

John Barrow

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John Barrow: it would have done it in the least expensive and most efficient way possible, by simply requiring the daycare center to tell jackie boatwright what they knew but did not tell her, that they

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John Barrow: were willing to self the moral responsibility of taking care of her baby but they were going to accept none of the financial responsibility for failing to do so. that would have prevented

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John Barrow: this from happening because that's all would have taken to prevent this tragedy from happening. because if jackie would have known that, she would have done what any other parent would do, she

John Barrow

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John Barrow: would have taken her business someplace else, someplace where they accept some degree of responsibility for the consequences of their negligence and incorporate the cost in the cost of doing

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John Barrow: business. just like every other financially responsible business does. now jackie has tried to make something positive out of this she's determined to prevent this from happening to anybody

John Barrow

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John Barrow: else. thanks to her efforts, financial responsibility disclosure laws are now on the books in four states, georgia, california, virginia, and new hampshire. this bill will close the gap by requiring

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John Barrow: financial responsibility disclosure for licensed daycare facilities in the rest of the country. in 2005, there were literally millions of kids in this country receiving daycare in facilities that

John Barrow

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John Barrow: are gordon by the childcare and development block grant act. only a fraction of these kids live in the four states that have now stepped forward to enact financial responsibility disclosure

John Barrow

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John Barrow: laws. that means that millions of kids still go to licensed daycare facilities all around the country today whose parents have no idea that their daycare centers can harm their child and accept

John Barrow

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John Barrow: none of the financial consequences doing so. this bill will give the parents of these millions of children the same information that parents are entitled to as a matter of law in the states

John Barrow

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John Barrow: of georgia, california, virginia, and new hampshire. these parents have just as much need to know about the financial responsibility of the folks they give their kids to, and this bill will give

John Barrow

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John Barrow: them the same information. this bill does not require any daycare facilities to go out and get liability insurance. it merely requires licensed daycare centers to tell parents whether or not they have

John Barrow

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John Barrow: insurance, and if so, how much. that's all. it then leaves it up to the parents to do what jackie boatwright would have done if only she had this information, and that's decide for themselves

John Barrow

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John Barrow: whether or not to leave their child with somebody who wants to accept the responsibility for caring for your child, wants to take your money for doing so, but is unwilling and unable to

John Barrow

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John Barrow: accept any of the financial consequences for failing to fulfill this responsibility. indirectly, mr. speaker, this bill actually does more than that. by giving parents the information that

John Barrow

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John Barrow: they have a right to know, it places a powerful economic incentive to do what all daycare centers are doing, and that is to assume the financial responsibility and to incorporate the cost of

John Barrow

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John Barrow: that into doing business that goes along with the moral responsibility to take care of the children in their care. anyone thawants to do business without doing that will be at a comparative disadvantage

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John Barrow: for those that want to do. this gives the invisible hand of self-interest, the opportunity to do some good in the marketplace, the interest re of daycare centers to do the right thing or competeed disadvantage

Dave Davis

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Dave Davis: for those that wants to do. and having parents placing their children in the right place. we have truth in labeling. we have truth in lending and truth in advertising. this is truth in daycare.

Dave Davis

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Speech By: Dave Davis

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