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House Proceeding on Dec 10th, 2009 :: 1:16:15 to 1:20:20
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Tom Latham

1:16:12 to 1:16:33( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Latham: three minutes to my good friend from distinguished ranking member of e subcommittee on transportation and housing, my friend, mr. latham. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from iowa is recogn mr. latham: thank you very much, mr. speaker. thank you -- i thank the gentleman from californiaer for the time.

Tom Latham

1:16:15 to 1:20:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Tom Latham

Tom Latham

1:16:34 to 1:16:55( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Latham: i hear all this talk about the path -- past. if i rember a little bit of the past, recently, that somebody ran on the idea of change y is this the kind of of change that people were talking out to continue the same type of efforts in the house here that

Tom Latham

1:16:56 to 1:17:18( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Latham: is so bad as far as what was in the past? i'm very, very disturbed today that we bring a rule to the floor. we are five months after this bill has passed the floor of the house, three months after it now finally today, almost three months into the new fiscal year

Tom Latham

1:17:19 to 1:17:40( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Latham: , we finding -- finally bring the transportation-h.u.d. bill to the floor. why wait? this bill has been done for months and months. and frustration i think a lot of us have on both sides of the aisle is that there is no reason that this bill should not have been completed other than for the fact that they wanted to use it as it's being used today as a vehicle to

Tom Latham

1:17:41 to 1:18:03( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Latham: carry other bills that maybe could not stand on their own. and because the work hasn't been done. anyone who talks about the -- some kind of delay tactics when you have 80-vote margin in the house, a supermajority in the senate it is simply beyond any kind of of rational argument today.

Tom Latham

1:18:04 to 1:18:25( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Latham: mr. speaker, i will tell you a couple days ago i had a motion to instruct conferees. this is why i think everyone should oppose this rule. i had a motion that said we would have as conferees on this bill 72 hours to look at what's in that 2,500-pages that's being dumped on us today.

Tom Latham

1:18:26 to 1:18:47( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Latham: we were given 30 minutes. when the bill was completed, we were in conference, we had tten the opportunity for 30 minutes after the house had voted to give us 72 hours to study what's in that bill. also, the house voted and a sizable majority said that we should take this bill by itself rather than to have these other

Tom Latham

1:18:48 to 1:19:09( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Latham: five bills added on to it. again, totally ignored. so here we are today with almost a $500 billion bill that we had 30 minutes to look at. just as one example of why it's important to have a chance to look at something like this, there's a provision airdropped that no one knew about it.

Tom Latham

1:19:10 to 1:19:30( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Latham: i asked about it in conference. no one knew the answer to it. that is a huge safety issue on transportation. why airdrop into this conference report just before our conference convened was a special exemption for the state of vermont to have 98,000-pound

Tom Latham

1:19:31 to 1:19:51( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Latham: trucks travel on interstate highways. maybe this is ok. maybe it's fine. but i think every state maybe should have an opportunity. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. dr my friend an additional 30 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for an additional 30 seconds. mr. latham: this is exactly why we should have time to look at it. i know there's a lot of other

Tom Latham

1:19:52 to 1:20:13( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Latham: states who would like to have their weight increased. whether this is a safety issue, certainly it is in many parts of the country, but to have someone airdrop a provision of that importance into a bill like this is is simply outrageous. there was no debate. no one knew a thing about it. even the people who were in charge of the bill could not

Tom Latham

1:20:14 to 1:20:21( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Latham: explain the provision when i asked what is this under that section, why is this language in there as it is?

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