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House Proceeding 12-08-09 on Dec 8th, 2009 :: 0:23:25 to 0:26:35
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Tom Latham

0:23:12 to 0:23:32( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Latham: house of representatives unless the text of such agreement has been available to the managers in an electronic searchable and downloadable former for at least 72 hours time described in such clause. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 7 of rule 22, the gentleman from iowa, mr. latham, and the gentleman

Tom Latham

0:23:25 to 0:26:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Tom Latham

Tom Latham

0:23:33 to 0:23:53( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Latham: from massa will each control 30 minus. the chair recognizes the gentleman from iowa. mr. latham: i thank the speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. madam speaker, this is a very basic motion t instruct on what could be very complicated bill.

Tom Latham

0:23:54 to 0:24:15( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Latham: this motion simply instructs the conferees to refrain from adding any extraneous materials like other appropriation bills and any other issues outside the provisions included in either the house or senate passed transportation, h.u.d. bill. this motion also provides any conference report will be

Tom Latham

0:24:16 to 0:24:38( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Latham: available for no less than 72 hours before the conference report will be brought up for final passage in the house. madam speaker, th every appropriations bill this year was slammed through the house in july under an unprecedented closed and restrictive rule. these bills, and i quote, regular order.

Tom Latham

0:24:39 to 0:25:00( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Latham: the senate even with all of its scheduling issues managed to pass a regular bill in an open process with amendments and i might add by september 17. this bill should have been considered and passed b every -- by early october at the latest. instead here we are now in december. according to the plan as

Tom Latham

0:25:01 to 0:25:21( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Latham: presented to me, chairman obey is planning on lumping five other bills with this bill to create an omnibus. three of those bills, financia service, foreign operations, and the labor-h bills weren't even considered on the senate floor. two of the other bills, military construction, v.a., and commerce, justice,

Tom Latham

0:25:22 to 0:25:42( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Latham: bills have passed both the house and senate and there is no reason these bills shouldn't have their own freestanding conferences. in fact, the commerce, justice, science bill was supposed to go to anches on november 17 but that to some cold feet on the part of the majority at the prospect of having their members have to

Tom Latham

0:25:43 to 0:26:03( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Latham: vote on guantanamo bay policy. by voting for this motion to instruct, you are voting r regular order process on these bills. we should be able to vote on veterans issues separate from the d.c. issues. the foreign aid issues and all the other issues we don't want stacked together. there's other things like railroad issues, immigration

Tom Latham

0:26:04 to 0:26:24( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Latham: issues. they should all be done separately. further, this motion to instruct provides that the house will make available the full text of the conference report to the conferees at least 72 hours prior to consideration. there are billions of dollars at stake and a lot of policy to digest.

Tom Latham

0:26:25 to 0:26:35( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Latham: it's our responsibility that we as elected representatives representing our districts know what we are voting on. further, i believe this motion is not inconsistent with

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