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House Proceeding on Dec 10th, 2009 :: 0:24:40 to 0:28:15
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Jeff Flake

0:24:28 to 0:24:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: conference report and against its consideration are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the adoption without intervening motion except one, one hour of debate and, two, recommit. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arizonarise? mr. flake: i raise a

Jeff Flake

0:24:40 to 0:28:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Flake

Jeff Flake

0:24:49 to 0:25:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: order against h.r. 96 because it violates section 426-a of the congressional budget act. the resolution carries a waiver of all points of order against consideration of the conference report of section 425 of the congressional budget act which cause as violation of 426-a. the speaker pro tempore: th gentleman from arizona makes a point of order that the

Jeff Flake

0:25:10 to 0:25:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: resolution violates section 426-a of the congressional budget act of 1974. the gentleman has met the threshold burden under the rule and the gentleman from arizona and a member opposed each will control 10 minutes of debate on the question of consideration. after that debate, the chair will put the question of consideration. the chair recogniz

Jeff Flake

0:25:31 to 0:25:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: gentleman from arizona. mr. flake: i thank the chair. i raise this point of order not so much out of concern for unfunded mandates, again about the only opportunity we have to stand up and talk about the process by which this conference report is being brought to the floor. we all remember that earlier this unprecedented happen.

Jeff Flake

0:25:52 to 0:26:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: we have never in the history of the republic ever had, every appropriation bill come to the floor under a closed rule. where membe of the aisle were denied the ability to offer amendments. now, until a decade or two ago, appropriation bills typically came to the floor without even going through the rules

Jeff Flake

0:26:13 to 0:26:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: committee at all. it was simply covered under an open rule and amendments would be disposed of and on the floor and there would be open debate. a couple decades ago we started to go to the rules committee but only to set overall parameters. it was still an open rule. any member could offer any amendment to strike funding or move the funding around within the bill as long as it was

Jeff Flake

0:26:34 to 0:26:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: germane. but this year we were told by the majority that we had to rush this legislation through, these appropriation bills. remember, the main reason congress is here is because of the power of the purse. article 1, to dispose of funding legislation. to fund the agencies of the federal government. so that's the we are here.

Jeff Flake

0:26:56 to 0:27:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: we are told we had to rush that through and had to do it uer what amounts to a form of legislative martial law where every appropriation bill this year, every one, came to the floor under a closed rule. members were denied the ability to offer the amendments they wanted to offer. they could only offer the amendments that the rules committee saw fit for them to

Jeff Flake

0:27:17 to 0:27:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: offer. and hundreds and hundreds -- over thousands of were offered, 12% of those amendments were actually allowed on to the house floor. now, i was fortunate to have a number of those amendments allowed. some of my colleagues came to the floor or came to the rules committee over and over again with multiple amendment

Jeff Flake

0:27:40 to 0:28:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Flake: requests on every bill and the entire year were not allowed one. not one amendment. you have several members not allowed one amendment the entire year. because we had to rush these bills through for some unknown reason. we were told that we had to do this because we wanted to avoid an omnibus. here we are with an omnibus.

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