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House Proceeding 12-08-09 on Dec 8th, 2009 :: 2:36:30 to 2:41:40
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Wally Herger

2:36:28 to 2:36:48( Edit History Discussion )

Wally Herger: cause exemptions make sense. i'll reserv time, mr. tanner, unless you have more, i've got one speaker. mr. tanne speakers. mr. johnson: thank you, sir. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman reserve the mr. tanner: i reserve.

Wally Herger

2:36:30 to 2:41:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Wally Herger

Wally Herger

2:36:49 to 2:37:09( Edit History Discussion )

Wally Herger: mr. johnson: at this time, i'd like to recognize and yield to the gentleman from california, mr. herger, who is a member of the ways and means committee. one of our staunch allies. as much time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. herger: i thank the speaker and i thank my good friend from

Wally Herger

2:37:10 to 2:37:32( Edit History Discussion )

Wally Herger: texas. i rise today to discuss an issue i've been involved with for many years, the land mark 1996 welfare reform included legislation i drafted that denies fugitive felons, along with probation and parole violator, supplemental security income checks.

Wally Herger

2:37:33 to 2:37:55( Edit History Discussion )

Wally Herger: g.a.o. long recognized those s.s.i. disability payments were at abuse and urged congress to act. subsequent legislation expanded that 1996 ban to include certain social security checks. these provisions have been successful in saving millions

Wally Herger

2:37:56 to 2:38:16( Edit History Discussion )

Wally Herger: of taxpayer dollars and have assisted law enforcement in making over 86,000 arrests and givi felons -- getting felons off the streets, including a man wanted in texas for 20 counts of child molestation. due to a recent court action, however, the social security

Wally Herger

2:38:17 to 2:38:40( Edit History Discussion )

Wally Herger: administration now is required to ban payments only to fugitive felons issued a warrant for trying to escape arrest, rather than the broader group of fugitives with an outstanding felony arrest warrant. that action also compels s.s.a. to restore benefits died

Wally Herger

2:38:41 to 2:39:02( Edit History Discussion )

Wally Herger: earlier which will result in large retroactive payment of as much as $30,000 per individual. not only will this cost taxpayers millions of dollars, but on -- but i'm deeply concerned at the effectiveness of the program we set up in 1996 could be greatly reduced.

Wally Herger

2:39:03 to 2:39:24( Edit History Discussion )

Wally Herger: the bill before us would immediately prevent checks for past due social security and s.i. benefits from being sent to currently incarcerated individuals, including checks that without this action could pay inmates tens of thousands of dollars while they are

Wally Herger

2:39:25 to 2:39:46( Edit History Discussion )

Wally Herger: behind bars. thus the bill before us is a step in the right direction. of addressing issues created by the court decision. but there are more steps to take. following release of an october , 2009, report from the s.s.a. inspector general that brought

Wally Herger

2:39:47 to 2:40:07( Edit History Discussion )

Wally Herger: to light concerns with s.s.a.'s fugitive felon policy, i joined other ways and means members in requesting additional information on how s.s.a. has used the good cause exemptions it is already allowed to make in certain cases. i believe the social security

Wally Herger

2:40:08 to 2:40:30( Edit History Discussion )

Wally Herger: administration should continue to suspend payment for those fugitives wanted based on the most heinous crimes while using the authority it already has to make good cause exemptions as appropriate. as the legislation before us suggestsmark of those made eligible for disability payments under the recent court

Wally Herger

2:40:31 to 2:40:51( Edit History Discussion )

Wally Herger: action continue to break the law and can and do wind up in jail, costing taxpayers thousands of dollars. i look forward to the inspector inquiry so that congress can determine the best way forward to improve this important

Wally Herger

2:40:52 to 2:41:13( Edit History Discussion )

Wally Herger: program and prevent the misuse of taxpayer dollars while protecting those who truly merit relief. let's stop the payments from going to prisoners today and keep working to ensure the right people are getting the right benefits and that taxpayer dollars are spent

Wally Herger

2:41:14 to 2:41:35( Edit History Discussion )

Wally Herger: wisely to help only those in need and i yield bac remainder of my time. mr. johnson balance of my time. mr. tanner: i yield back the balance as well, i want to thank mr. johnson for working with us on this.

Wally Herger

2:41:36 to 2:41:40( Edit History Discussion )

Wally Herger: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r.

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