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House Proceeding 10-30-07 on Oct 30th, 2007 :: 0:46:18 to 0:50:52
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0:46:05 to 0:46:18( Edit History Discussion )

Linda T. Sánchez: the gentleman from texas. mr. smith: madam speaker, how much time remains on each side? the speaker pro tempore: 10 minutes for your side, texas. the gentlewoman from california has 12 1/2 minutes.

Fred Upton

0:46:18 to 0:46:27( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: mr. smith: madam speaker, i'm going to yield five minutes to mr. upton who is a senior member of the energy and commercnee committee and is also a ranking member of that committee and the subcommittee

Fred Upton

0:46:18 to 0:50:52( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Fred Upton

Fred Upton

0:46:27 to 0:46:36( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: on tele telecommunications and the internet. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman' s recognized for five minutes. mr. upton: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the gentleman from texas for allowing mysel

Fred Upton

0:46:36 to 0:46:53( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: to have a little bit this morning to talk about a very important issue. i'm one of those members of congress that actually reads and signs all of his legislative mail from their district. and i

Fred Upton

0:46:53 to 0:47:03( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: can remember notem too long ago there was a write-in campaign to every congressional office complaining about a bill that congressman snell had introduced that was going to tax the internet, every single

Fred Upton

0:47:03 to 0:47:22( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: piece of transaction that one might have on the internet. and of course, as we know as we look at this board, andis i've served in the congress i like to say not long eno ugh, but i've never served

Fred Upton

0:47:22 to 0:47:31( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: with a congressman snel1-6r7b in the -- snell in the 21 years that congressman smith and i served together. so i looked to see when it did congressman snell serve. he served in the 64th congress

Fred Upton

0:47:31 to 0:47:44( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: congress. that was a long, long time ago. and i dare say it was before the internet. it was before al gore invented the internet and it was before the senate and the house discovered it as well.

Fred Upton

0:47:44 to 0:47:58( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: but can you imagine taxing every different thing that one might do on the internet? i look at our own household here and back in michigan. often, we come home, my wife and i, the first thing we

Fred Upton

0:47:58 to 0:48:12( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: do is we get on the internet. we check what our daughters might be saying at college. two nights ago, i was doing some internet surfing and i got i.m. i.m.'s from my daughter, probably about 20,

Fred Upton

0:48:12 to 0:48:28( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: 25. it was a wonderful experience that she and i had communicate ing communicating. but can you imagine if it was a tax on every single i.m. message that came back and forth? racetrack of a lot

Fred Upton

0:48:28 to 0:48:41( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: of us do our banking on the internet, check our different accounts. can you imagine every single time you're going to get a tax on the internet. for me, i'm a sports nut. when is the michigan state going

Fred Upton

0:48:41 to 0:48:52( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: to be on this weekend? can you imagine if you got taxed every time? i wanted to check if michael hart was going to play this saturday and i checked a bunch of different web sites. can you meablg imagine

Fred Upton

0:48:52 to 0:49:03( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: if you got a tax every single time? that's just nuts. thank goodness we are extending the current moratorium that otherwise expires this week. now, i'm one that wanted to make it a permanent extension.

Fred Upton

0:49:03 to 0:49:19( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: i joined with mr. goodlatte, mr. smith, and others as a cosponsor of legislation to do it so we don't have to do this every single year. we passed in the house a couple weeks ago a bill that was

Fred Upton

0:49:19 to 0:49:31( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: unanimous, in fact, as i recall that extended it for four years. the senate finally did something like that. they actually extended it beyond four years. we're going to see an extension for seven

Fred Upton

0:49:31 to 0:49:44( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: years. even though it's not permanent, seven years is better an nothing, and that's what we're doing today. but as i think about all the different uses that we use on the internet today, to think

Fred Upton

0:49:44 to 0:49:54( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: that we would tax every email, every search of the web, all those different things, and as the former chairman of the tele telecommunications subcommittee, i know that this will stifle the growth of the internet

Fred Upton

0:49:54 to 0:50:14( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: in a major, major way. so i would ask all of my colleagues, republican and democrat, to support this extension . let's get it to the president. i'm sure that he'll sign it, hopefully, before the week is out so

Fred Upton

0:50:14 to 0:50:26( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: that we can no longer have the audacity to think that congressman snell will come back back, and in fact, introduce a piece of legislation that will solve the -- that will, in fact, tax every internet. it

Fred Upton

0:50:26 to 0:50:33( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: would be disastrous. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. the gentlewoman from california. ms. sanchez: i reserve my time to close. the speaker

Fred Upton

0:50:33 to 0:50:39( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california reserves her time. the gentleman from texas. mr. smith: madam speaker, we have no other speakers on this side, so i yield back the balance of my time. the

Fred Upton

0:50:39 to 0:50:52( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. the gentlewoman from california. ms. sanchez: thank you. madam speaker, h.r. 3678, as amended by the senate, remains a good, strong bill that provides

0:50:52 to 0:51:03( Edit History Discussion )

Linda T. Sánchez: much needed clarity to the communications and internet industries, and strikes a balance between state and local governments while helping keep internet access affordable. i urge my colleagues on

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