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House Proceeding on Oct 29th, 2009 :: 0:29:30 to 0:40:05
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Alcee L. Hastings

0:29:17 to 0:29:38( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: customary 30 minutes to my good friend, the gentleman from an dimas -- an deem mass, california -- sandimas, california, mr. dreier. all time yielded is for debate only, madam speaker. i also ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks.

Alcee L. Hastings

0:29:30 to 0:40:05( Edit History Discussion )
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Alcee L. Hastings

0:29:39 to 0:30:00( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: on house resolution 876. . the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. hastings: h.res. 876 will accompany h.r. 2996, the department of the interior, environment and related

Alcee L. Hastings

0:30:01 to 0:30:21( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: agencies appropriations act of 2009. -- of 2010. the resolution waives all points of order against the conference report and against its consideration. the resolution provides that the conference report shall be considered as read. finally, the resolution

Alcee L. Hastings

0:30:22 to 0:30:42( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: provides that the previous yes shall be considered as ordered without intervening motion except for one hour of debate and one motion to recommit if applicable. this conference report makes available the necessary resources for the federal government to protect our

Alcee L. Hastings

0:30:43 to 0:31:03( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: nation's precious natural resources. it also provides to ensure clean and safe drinking water, to perform critical restoration work and help native american communities to meet their needs. it will help communities and

Alcee L. Hastings

0:31:04 to 0:31:25( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: public lands by focusing on five priority areas. water, infrastructure and environmental protection, firefighting and fuels reduction on federal lands, bolesering our public land management agencies -- bolsteri

Alcee L. Hastings

0:31:26 to 0:31:46( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: management agencies, and helping the most vulnerable native american populations. together, these priorities and their policies will provide for effective federal stewardship of our environmental and cultural treasures. while also improving the lives

Alcee L. Hastings

0:31:47 to 0:32:08( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: of all americans who depend on these resources for their health and well-being. madam speaker, it's worth noting some of the critical investments that the underlying legislation makes an essential programs and agencies. the environmental protection

Alcee L. Hastings

0:32:09 to 0:32:29( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: agency receives over $10 bill the quality of our nation's air, water and land, including over $3.5 billion to help nearly 1,500 communities improve their drinking water and wastewater system.

Alcee L. Hastings

0:32:30 to 0:32:54( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: improving our nation's water quality will have a direct and positive impact on overall public health making this funding crucial to the bettering of the lives of al americans. the e.p.a. is also provid with increased funding to protect the important bodies of

Alcee L. Hastings

0:32:55 to 0:33:16( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: water such as the great lakes, san francisco bay and chesapeake bay, as well as significant funding to clean up ngerous, toxic waste sites around the country. important climate change programs are also funded in this legislation including money to implement the energy independence and security act

Alcee L. Hastings

0:33:17 to 0:33:37( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: which will help the united states produce 36 billions of renewable fuel by 2020, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. thousands of communities and millions of individual consumers will be able to receive assistance from the

Alcee L. Hastings

0:33:38 to 0:33:59( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: e.p.a. to lower their emissions and adopt green technology. americans and native alaskans will receive hundreds of millions in increased funding from previous years.

Alcee L. Hastings

0:34:00 to 0:34:23( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: both federally and tribally operated health care programs as well as bolstering law enforcement, education and economic programs throughout the country. recognizing the need for a dedicated, steady and predictable funding stream for wildlife, suppression d

Alcee L. Hastings

0:34:24 to 0:34:45( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: firefighting activities, this legislation includes the federal lands assistance management and enhancement act of 2009. in light of recent increases in the less severity and exponential costs of wildfire season, the flame act includes

Alcee L. Hastings

0:34:46 to 0:35:06( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: a number of budgetary reforms to ensure that government agencies and local communities will have the necessary resources to handle large and complex fire events. it is also worth noting that this legislation funds the

Alcee L. Hastings

0:35:07 to 0:35:27( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: smithsonian to the appropriate level of support for the world's largest museum and research complex right here in our nation's capital. here in washington, we see the fruits of these efforts every day up and down the national mall as do our constituents

Alcee L. Hastings

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

Alcee L. Hastings: when they visit us, and i'm particularly pleased with the inclusion of $20 million for planning and design of the new national museum of african-american history and culture, which will be built on the mall. madam speaker, this legislation also includes the continuing

Alcee L. Hastings

0:35:49 to 0:36:09( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: resolution to fun operations through december 18. although we completed our appropriations work during the summer, this resolution is needed to allow our good friends in the other bod the senate, more time to complete their work.

Alcee L. Hastings

0:36:10 to 0:36:32( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: finally, madam speaker, i want to address this report's provisions regarding guantanamo bay. i spoke on this manner when i managed the rule for the conference report on homeland security approprtions two weeks ago. this body seems fit to include language on guantanamo bay in

Alcee L. Hastings

0:36:33 to 0:36:56( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: every appropriation measure that comes before us. i appreciate that many of our colleagues have objections to the various aspects involved in closing the detention facilities at guantanamo which president obama has promised to do by january of 2010.

Alcee L. Hastings

0:36:57 to 0:37:19( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: but as i maintained before, the problem is policy, not the place. the debate over guantanamo in my opinion is missing the larger picture, and that is the need to reform our entire detainment policy. without a system of justice to

Alcee L. Hastings

0:37:20 to 0:37:42( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: deal with suspected terrorists wherever they are held, we are left with a broken system that has tarnished our image abroad and is used as a recruitment tool by al qaeda and other groups which threaten our security. we need to deny them that image of america.

Alcee L. Hastings

0:37:43 to 0:38:03( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: we need a jew dish process that accomplishes -- judicial process that accomplishes three things. one, protects our national security by holding and prosecuting those who have committed crimes or who pose a threat to our country. two, it upholds international standards of human rights by ensuring decent treatment and

Alcee L. Hastings

0:38:04 to 0:38:24( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: access to basic rights and resources. and, three, strengthens our nation's image as a country that upholds the rule of law. we must not resort to arbitrary justiceven while under threat. there's no reason why these three things cannot be accomplished, nor is there a

Alcee L. Hastings

0:38:25 to 0:38:46( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: reason to believe that american courts cannot deal judiciously with individuals suspected of criminal wrongdoing or acts of terrorism. the appropriations season so far brought forth a number of bills. almost all with language relating to guantanamo. at some point we're going to

Alcee L. Hastings

0:38:47 to 0:39:07( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: need to move beyond legislating this matter into appropriations bills and instead establish new policies and guidelines to bring our national security needs in line with our historic national values. this matter cannot be left only to the executive branch or the judiciary.

Alcee L. Hastings

0:39:08 to 0:39:28( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: congress makes laws. we have to put aside political posturing and got you on guantanamo bay and not in my back yard and instead work together to reform a broken system. to that end i am pleased to have introduced 3728, the detainment reform act, which i

Alcee L. Hastings

0:39:29 to 0:39:49( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: believe will move us forward on this matter. and i urge my colleagues in this body to support this effort. and i might add, i have no prior authorship. what i am trying to do is get past where we are in this not in my back yard and deal with a

Alcee L. Hastings

0:39:56 to 0:40:05( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: need policy that will deal with people that will do harm to this country, whether they are in guantanamo or bagram or leavenworth or wherever they may be held. ultimately, madam speaker, the conference report before us today provid the necessary

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