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Greg Walden

3:11:06 to 3:11:27( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: opportunity thathe people that, as i said, we're so very honored to what they need and what they deserve. with that, i yield back the balan of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. under the speaker's announced chair recognizes the gentleman

Greg Walden

3:11:10 to 4:11:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Greg Walden

Greg Walden

3:11:28 to 3:11:49( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: from oregon, mr. walden, for 60 minutes. mr. walden: thank you very much, mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempo without objection. m wden: thank you, mr. speaker. it is that season, it's the christmas season is upon us. and i sort of felt like i must have been at the nutcracker because i -- i haven't seen that much spin since the sugar

Greg Walden

3:11:50 to 3:12:11( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: plum fairies. in "the nutcracker." let's talk about jobs and the recovery. let's talk about fact and fact. so when the american recovery act, the stimulus, was raced through this floor on a totally

Greg Walden

3:12:12 to 3:12:32( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: partisan move, we were told to expect that with the stimulus, as you can see here in this chart to my left, that this is what would happen to unemployment. remember, when the year started and president obama took office and the democrats claimed control of the senate with 60-seat margin that can overrun

Greg Walden

3:12:33 to 3:12:53( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: any filibusr, 60 seats and a 40-seat margin here in the house means they are unparalleled in their power and control and ability to pass anything they want, any time they want and sign it into law. they told us when the year started an unemployment, let's

Greg Walden

3:12:54 to 3:13:14( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: see, unemployment was at 7.6%, january this year. high by national standards. no doubt about it. highest it had been in many years. we were headed into a recession, no doubt about it. we'd been through unprecedented times. but we were told if the american taxpayers w go out and loan the congress, actually it's in the the

Greg Walden

3:13:15 to 3:13:37( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: american taxpayers yet, it's our kids and grandkids that get to pay it back later. right now we're going to the chinese, japanese and oil-producing nations and saying, canou loan us that money? if you'll loan us that $800 billion. here's where unemployment will end up. it's going to just barery go

Greg Walden

3:13:38 to 3:13:58( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: up, come out about 8%. we were told by some of the democrats who were all for this that if we didn't pass the stimulus into law, that unemployment would go clear up to here. now let's look at what really happened. many of us on the republican side of the aisle said, that

Greg Walden

3:13:59 to 3:14:19( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: isn't going to work. just throwing more taxpayer money you don't have, borrowing money from foreign countries that already have loaned us morethan they want to, and throwing that out in rapid succession may create a few jobs, but the long-term implications are dangerous for the future of this country because of debt. and you're not going to create

Greg Walden

3:14:20 to 3:14:43( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: that many jobs. sure in a year or two, you can't help but create jobs, we'll talk about some of those, a lot of them were created here in washington, d.c., not in real america and are not sustainable. but we were told if we pass it, here's where we'll be with unemployment at about 8%. if we -- if we don't pass it,

Greg Walden

3:14:44 to 3:15:04( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: gosh, we'll end up almost at 9%. so they rushed it through and what are we at? we're over 10% unemployment. that's the red line. you see, some of us on the republican aisle actually come out of the private sector. we actually have signed the fronts of payroll checks like i

Greg Walden

3:15:05 to 3:15:26( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: have and my wife have for 21, almost 22 years, we were small business owners. we took over a very small family business, got it out of debt, on its feet and we grew it in 20 years. we employed 15 to 17 people. small communities in oregon. i know what small business owner, comy

Greg Walden

3:15:27 to 3:15:48( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: with the heavy hand of government regulation and the burdens of taxation and all the things you all in government think ought to happen because you know best how to create jobs what a farce that is. so we see what happens. problem, you waste it. and you don't create jobs. you see republicans did have an alternative. my friends an colleagues wh

Greg Walden

3:15:49 to 3:16:09( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: were on the floor here earlier said we had no alternative they know that's really not the case at all. in fact, the congressional budget office evaluated both of our plans and said the republican alternative would create twice the jobs at half the cost. now, there are a lot of smart christmas shoppers out there, boys and girls, men and women, come closer.

Greg Walden

3:16:10 to 3:16:32( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: there are a lot of smart shoppers who look for bargains and they say, if i can get twice the product at half the unless you're the democrat majority in the house and senate and downtown. then you want to spend twice as much and get half as much. you want to tell the american people, pass my plan and i'll

Greg Walden

3:16:33 to 3:16:54( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: get you no more than maybe 9% unemployment, somewhere in the upper eights, actually, they said i whoa, it was at 7.6%, now it's over 10%. let's talk about to that stimulus. how did they spend the money? there was an interesting report out in the hill -- in "the

Greg Walden

3:16:55 to 3:17:16( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: hill," $6 million borrowed from youridand grandkids, borrowed from the chinese, chap jap these, the oil-producing companies that buy our debt and our kids and grandkids will get to repay this with interest. $6 million of those dollars went to now secretary of state hillary clinton's pollster. i'm not making this up, folks.

Greg Walden

3:17:17 to 3:17:38( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: this is not a fairy tale. two firms, run by mark penn, current secretary of state clinton's rmer campaign pollster, received a toe ol of $5.97 million in taxpayer funds from the economic stimulus that solved all these problems. a public relations and

Greg Walden

3:17:39 to 3:17:59( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: communications fund received the funding to advertise the analog to digital television switch, reportedly saving jobs at the firm. three jobs. $6 million. of the $5.97 million, $2.3 million was also allo

Greg Walden

3:18:00 to 3:18:20( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: his campaign polling firm. at the end of the day, taxpayers spend $6 million to save three jobs. how many of you ghome to your constituents and say, in a town meeting, can you loan me $6 million, i've got a brilliant way to create three jobs. for hillary clinton's pollsters

Greg Walden

3:18:21 to 3:18:43( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: and public relations people. to tell people in america that by the way, you're going to switch from analog to digital on tv, which they were capable of figuring out on their enwe didn't need to spend nearly the $2 billion spent in the overall conversion effort. they're smart enough to figure this stuff out. if they're not, they got 12-year-old kids who can figure

Greg Walden

3:18:44 to 3:19:05( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: out how to make the d.v.d. not blink, the v.c.r. not blink. $6 million, two jobs. $2 million on a dance theater. "los angeles times," the minneapolis city council voted to use convert a vacant 99-year-old theater into a center of death instead of funding a solar

Greg Walden

3:19:06 to 3:19:26( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: energy panel manufacturing plant that would have created seven times as many jobs. my friends who were talking before me talked ability green energy jobs. here was a perfect opportunity with your federal tax dollar thoss create green energy jobs and the minneapolis city council decided to put it into a dance theater instead. the dance pr

Greg Walden

3:19:27 to 3:19:48( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: million and create 48 permanent jobs according to the city. interestingly in the spring newsletter, the theater estimated that completing the project would only create 26 full-time and part-time permanent jobs system of in their spring newsletter, they said 26. now it's report at 48.

Greg Walden

3:19:49 to 3:20:10( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: the solar energy panel manufacturing plant, meanwhile, that was in competition for the money, received only $300,000, yet it would have create 360 jobs by 011. but they -- they couldn't do the right, what is it, minuet. they couldn't spin correctly.

Greg Walden

3:20:11 to 3:20:32( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: maybe they didn't have the right tu on or the right shoes. the the dance theater got $2 million. americans could have created 360 jobs in minneapolis, they made that decision. councilman paul ostro was the single councilmember to vote against the center of dance saying, it wasn't creating

Greg Walden

3:20:33 to 3:20:53( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: enough jobs to qualify, whereas the solar energy plant clearly fit the presiden was a home run. it was a home run. i told you a week or so ago about the 95 -- about the $95,000 being spent to study viking-era pollen in iceland.

Greg Walden

3:20:54 to 3:21:14( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: viking-era pollen in iceland. $95,000. you see why when when i get up here sometimes, having been a small business person and helped create jobs and watched every nickel, because you do that in real america, not back here, but hen you're in real america and creating real jobs and trying to get to something we call positive cash flow and maintain that, you watch every

Greg Walden

3:21:15 to 3:21:35( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: nickel. you don't let $95,000 go out the door to study viking era pollen in iceland. . you don't throw money out the door.

Greg Walden

3:21:36 to 3:21:56( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: you are trying to grow and expand your business. my friend earlier talked about as if the whole american recovery, the whole economy and the greatness that we have originated because of some federal programs in the great depression, the w.p.a., c.c. and certainly they left a nice

Greg Walden

3:21:57 to 3:22:17( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: footprint behind w dges and buildings and they did some wonderful work. that is not the essence of america's economy. it doesn't start and stop r here in these two wells, the well of the house or there at the leadership table. we aren't the innovateors and creators of jobs. that's out there in america.

Greg Walden

3:22:18 to 3:22:40( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: ladies and gentlemen, that is in where somebody has an idea, they get a couple of people together who want to believe in that idea and they put that money forward. they don't take it from somebody, like the tax man or woman does. they put their money at risk and say if we do it a little better,

Greg Walden

3:22:41 to 3:23:01( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: a little smarter, we can be successful. we can create jobs. we can benefit from that. and by the way, it's our money at risk as private c and so, we're going to be careful how that gets spent. we aren't going to waste it on lavish offices and all those things.

Greg Walden

3:23:02 to 3:23:22( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: small businessmen and women. yo computer and wall, trying to keep the computer operating. i have been in your offices. the piles. i know what it's like to work day and night to make your ideas

Greg Walden

3:23:23 to 3:23:43( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: successful. that is the entrepreneurial spirit that works. but yet her under the party that's in power, they know no limit, no limi federal government involvement in your life. they know no limit to borrowing and spending and believing that they should take over your

Greg Walden

3:23:44 to 3:24:05( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: health care. they want to put a bureaucrat between you, your insurance company and your doctor. it's bad enough trying to get health care. i pay for health care for our employees, my wife and i did, paid 100% of the premium. i know what those cost increases look

Greg Walden

3:24:06 to 3:24:26( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: we never could target enough. and i want to do something to reform health care and i have supported man so. the irony is the plans coming out of this congress, these plans, however, increase premiums on employers, drive up the cost curve on those of us who are trying to figure out how

Greg Walden

3:24:27 to 3:24:47( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: to make health care more affordable. the democrats' plan drives up the premium, pu individuals and taxes on small businesses and will cost millio make america less competitive. less competitive. you don't think capital doesn't

Greg Walden

3:24:48 to 3:25:10( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: flow any more and we don't live in a global economy, we don't need to be on our best game and have the most efficient press available to create jobs and run a business? no. i sit h i sit here in amazement. i have spent all-nighters in my business trying to make it work.

Greg Walden

3:25:11 to 3:25:31( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: i have struggled trying to pay the bills, get up early in the morning and try to figure it out, trying to cut your costs and save jobs. we were in business 22 years. bad times and i know what it's like. but i al

Greg Walden

3:25:32 to 3:25:53( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: portant how you spend your money. fox news report, the national institutes of health received $8.2 billion in stimulus funds. i'm for them. n.i.h. is conducting study on the relationship

Greg Walden

3:25:54 to 3:26:15( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: between h petersburg, russia. 65,472 to study the relationship between h.i.v. and sex in st. petersburg, russia. $700,000 on how taxes, trade and politics affect trade in the

Greg Walden

3:26:16 to 3:26:37( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: southeastsia, $73,000 to st whether the asian tradition of dragon boat racing will enhance the lives of cancer survivors. $73,000 to look at whether or not dragon boat racing enhances the lives of cancer survivors. why don't we put it into

Greg Walden

3:26:38 to 3:26:58( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: screenings? that's the administration that says women don't need to do breast screenings maybe as often or even at all. that's the report that came out from this administration. how absurd is that. put your money in dragon boat racing, don't do mammograms. doesn't make sense to me or to americans.

Greg Walden

3:26:59 to 3:27:21( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: e are looking at some of the other spending. $67,726 in taxpayer money to send staff to customer service seminar. the united binge and casino used a federal stimulus grant to send their staff to a customer service seminar.

Greg Walden

3:27:22 to 3:27:43( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: it was held at a loca technical co handle confrontations with customers. these are the investments. you see why some of us, every republican voted against this stimulus. we knew it was going to be wasted. let's go to the congressional budget office, because they said, you know in the first year or two, you can't spend that

Greg Walden

3:27:44 to 3:28:04( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: much money and can't create a few jobs even though they are short-term. i give them that. what they look at is the debt service cost that actually becomes in the out-years, years, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, a drag on the economy. it will cost us jobs, because

Greg Walden

3:28:05 to 3:28:27( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: you can't borrow $800 billn and not have to pay it back, even the federal government needs to even the federal government needs to learn that listen. let's talk about the debt, because that is the single biggest threat to our country's future, to my son's future, to your children's future, is this

Greg Walden

3:28:28 to 3:28:49( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: enormous theft, intergenerational theft senator mccain called it, where we are taking money from them and stealing their credit card and we are using it like there is no necessity to ever pay it back, to buy things today that they get the bill for later.

Greg Walden

3:28:50 to 3:29:10( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: at $1.4 trillion, this year's than that of a year ago. i want that number to sink in. $1.4 trillion this year is triple what it was last oh, and who was president last year, george bush was. so they want to blame the prior administration.

Greg Walden

3:29:11 to 3:29:33( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: we had our complaints at times with any administration. $455 billion deficit the beginning of last fiscal year. this fiscal year under democrat-controlled senate, house, white house, $1.4 trillion. 10% of gr highest level since world war ii. deficits, however, went up under

Greg Walden

3:29:34 to 3:29:55( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: both parties, that's why we need a constitutional amendment to require a balanced great state of oregon has had it in its constitution since statehood and forced the state legislature to make tough sometimes i have agreed, sometimes i haven't, sometimes

Greg Walden

3:29:56 to 3:30:18( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: they have raised taxes or cut spending, but at the end of the day, they had to balance the budget. if you want to reform the congress, you would require that this congress every time and the president, regardless of party, has to balance the budget. you can have an exception if federal government has unique

Greg Walden

3:30:19 to 3:30:41( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: roles, but this is spending with reckless abandon. debt held by the public rose $7.5 total debt now, when speaker pelosi took over, it was at $8.9 trillion. it's so hard to keep track of

Greg Walden

3:30:42 to 3:31:03( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: billions going to trillions. well, i think 100 bucks is a lot when you are spending taxpayer money. we're talking millions? frget it. billions? we don't go there any more. we are talking now why does that matter?

Greg Walden

3:31:04 to 3:31:27( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: the house controls the purse strings. whoever controls the house starts every spending bill. that's how the process works. the house, united states house of representatives, this body, you mean and women who are watching and here tonight know that is how it works. the president can veto but at

Greg Walden

3:31:28 to 3:31:51( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: controls the purse strings. $8.9 trillion. the debt now $12 trillion. every man, woman and child is responsible for $39,000 and going up to $45,000. the debt is projected to double in the next five years, triple in the next 10. under the president's budget,

Greg Walden

3:31:52 to 3:32:14( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: the debt would triple in five. now i want you to think about a debt that goes to $20 trillion and how you ever pay that back. when republicans were in charge of the congress and before the 9/11 attacks and the wars broke out, we actually

Greg Walden

3:32:15 to 3:32:35( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: half a trillion worth, it was a proud moment for this country, this congress and both parties. but it was republicans who drove it. we worked in a bipartisan way to get it done, though and the economy's strong and we paid down debt. go with me on this. ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, get closer to that tv

Greg Walden

3:32:36 to 3:32:56( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: because we will go through th math. i was a journalism major. $20 trillion is at issue. to pay it off, presume the congress would have to run a surplus of $1 trillion a year for a 20-year span and not spend it. actually applied to paying down

Greg Walden

3:32:57 to 3:33:18( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: the debt. how many in this chamber tonight think that's going to -- well, nobody raised their hand, becausnobody believes congress will ever run a $1 trillion surplus and apply it to pay down the debt. that's why these issues today in our country's life are so, so critical.

Greg Walden

3:33:19 to 3:33:41( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: because we have taken our kids and grand kids' credit cards and spent like there was no reason the bill. according to the "washington post," when adjusted for inflation, world war ii, korean war, interstate, race to the moon, iraq war, vietnam war added up to $6 trillion.

Greg Walden

3:33:42 to 3:34:03( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: we are now at $12 trillion. the government will borrow $9 trillion over the next decade. let's go to a bill that just came up. called the omnibus. whenever you hear that rd, shudder your children's eyes and ears. american families are hurting.

Greg Walden

3:34:04 to 3:34:29( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: 10% unemployment. democrat lea with a massive spending bill last thursday. last thursday this came forward. and let me talk to you about that bill. 2,500 pages. 2,500 pages, nearly half a half a trillion, 5,00 earmarks

Greg Walden

3:34:30 to 3:34:52( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: on hundreds of pages and we under the democrat leadership, we in the house of representatives, you know how much time we were given to read it? i'm not evelyn wo, i'm not a great speed reader, two days to read the bill since the conference report was filed. two days, half a trillion

Greg Walden

3:34:53 to 3:35:14( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: dollars was spent, 5,000 earmarks and we were given two days. the omnibus contained appropriation bills, $446.8 billion, so half a trillion. levels for the same six appropriation bills last ye

Greg Walden

3:35:15 to 3:35:35( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: how many of you got a 12% raise? how many of you would like to have a job? how many of you got a 12% raise? these six spending bills gave your federal agencies 12% in there will be those who will say it was for all these wonderful -- everything's wonderful when you are giving it away.

Greg Walden

3:35:36 to 3:35:56( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: everybody wants to be santa claus. there is a big bag parked be the sleigh. more presents than kids. the problem is, we don't have the elves' work shop. we have kids and families a.m. home who are unemployed trying

Greg Walden

3:35:57 to 3:36:17( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: to figure out how to make ends meet and you would think this government is running a huge surplus. we are running a huge deficit that hurts jobs, takes away jobs and they spend 12% more. some of these bills, transportation-h.u.d. bill was 23%.

Greg Walden

3:36:18 to 3:36:38( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: state and foreign operations, 33.2%. in addition, the normal appropriations, the agencies fued in this omnibus received 128.2 billion in the stimulus bill that we heard about earlier. when you heard about the

Greg Walden

3:36:39 to 3:37:03( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: act and how evil it was and republicans didn't vote for it, remember where the money went. it went back into the government. it didn't go out into middle america. not go out far outside of washington. here's the final tally. the omnibus spending bill i just referenced brings new spending

Greg Walden

3:37:06 to 3:37:29( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: for nondefense, nonven nonveteran years a the speaker pro tempore: would the gentleman suspend. . >> mr. speaker, i send to the desk a privileged report. the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 973, resolution

Greg Walden

3:37:30 to 3:37:50( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: waiving a requirement of clause consideration of certain resolutions rep committee on rules. the speaker pro tempore: r and ordered printed. mr. polis: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon may proceed. mr. walden: now, mr. speaker, i assume that that is the rule coming out of the rules

Greg Walden

3:37:51 to 3:38:11( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: committee same day consideration of four pieces of legislation. would that be correct? could ask a parliamentary inquiry? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will state his inquiry. mr. walden: does clause 6-a provide for same day consideration of the bill? th

Greg Walden

3:38:12 to 3:38:32( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: gentleman is correct. mr. walden: thank you. so what you've heard there is a procedural action that has importance because it comes right into the point i'm talking about with the omnibus where we had two days to consider a bill that costs americans -- american taxpayers half a trillion dollars. what's coming up next are the four go home bills.

Greg Walden

3:38:33 to 3:38:54( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: these are four bills we have to pass in order to wind things up before christmas. and they will -- they'll take these up tomorrow. i haven't seen them, have you? have any of you? nobody here's seen them. maybe they have in the rules co apparently finished its work but we haven't seen them.

Greg Walden

3:38:55 to 3:39:16( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: that he will raise the debt, they'll spend -- i don't know. i'm told one of them's going to spend tens of billionses of dollars. don't know how much, don't know where. t continuing resolution to fund the government because the democrats who control the house by a huge 40-vote margin, 41,

Greg Walden

3:39:17 to 3:39:38( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: the senate with 60 votes and the white house couldn't even with that massive overwhelming powerful control couldn't pa the budget bills by the time the fiscal year ended. now, in america, in real america, that's the area outside the beltway of washington, if you don't pay your bill on time

Greg Walden

3:39:39 to 3:40:00( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: what happens? what happens? you get an interest penalty what happens? somebody says, hey, you're behind on paying your bill. what happens here? nothing happens except it will come november of 2010, i prdict, because i think americans have had enough of what's happened here. so what happe here is they didn't do their work.

Greg Walden

3:40:01 to 3:40:22( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: they didn't finish the process, they didn't meet the dead lines. so now we punt it into 2010. for the budget year we're already in. both parties have done this. it's why we need to reform the but, hey, they control 60 in the senate. that gets you past any filibuster.

Greg Walden

3:40:23 to 3:40:44( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: 60 votes. they control the house with a huge margin. and the white house. and not even with those with single party powerful control of both chambers of congress and the white ho could they pass the budget bill. that's why you had the omnibus at the end of this week where they lumped six of them together and jack up the spending by 10%, 12%.

Greg Walden

3:40:45 to 3:41:06( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: so here's the final tally, the omnibus brings the new spending for nondefense, nonveterans disctionary pr higher than just two years ago. 85%higher spending by the federal government. you want to know where your money's going, out of your paycheck into this body and out into the bureaucracy.

Greg Walden

3:41:07 to 3:41:27( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: so it shod come as no surprise during that time which tracks with the recession that's eliminated 2.9 million american jobs, the salaries of government bureaucrats has exploded. employs -- employees making salaries of $140,000 or more jumped to 19% during their session's first 18 months. you wondered where the money's

Greg Walden

3:41:28 to 3:41:49( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: going. you wondered where the money's going. let's go back to the plan. because once again when it came to the deficit a lot of us came out of the private sector. small business. every business that is a good thing in america these days but i happen to come out of

Greg Walden

3:41:50 to 3:42:10( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: small communities and represent a district that's 70,000 square miles of gorgeous country, high desert plateaus, forested, mountain ranges, agriculture. we bel hydro, wind, solar, geothermal, renewable energy matters, it's a

Greg Walden

3:42:11 to 3:42:32( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: good thing. republicans have supported rene will continue to as long as it's reasonable and doesn't jack up rates. but even with what's happening righ taking the government jet over to copenhagen and a whole bunch of members of congress, they're going to go to that climate chge conference. now let's look at what happened here in this congress.

Greg Walden

3:42:33 to 3:42:53( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: when they passed the -- when they passed the climate change bill, the global warming bill, and i was on the committee that dealt with that legislation and it's, you know, it passed in pretty record time. it's a $700 billion cost, but what does it mean to you as an

Greg Walden

3:42:54 to 3:43:14( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: well, let me tell you. if that becomes law, it means the to five million american jobs. because companies will look at all the requirements and say, i can't either afford to continue to operate and i'm closing my doors or i found a cheaper place to manufacture my producted than

Greg Walden

3:43:15 to 3:43:35( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: the good old u.s.a. so i'm going to china or india that doesn't play by the same rules that this law has and i'm going to move my jobs over there. sorry. so for the average american it means a loss of a couple million jobs. a couple million jobs. this is being done

Greg Walden

3:43:36 to 3:43:57( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: intentionally. they're passing this knowing what the estimates show from the national association of manufacturers, the chamber of commerce and other organizations that looked at this legislation, this legislation, and they've said, we run the numbers, this is going to cost us a lot of jobs. puts new taxes on, it's a huge big federal involvement in

Greg Walden

3:43:58 to 3:44:18( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: everything you and i do. in this economy. but what else does it mean? if you're a consumer and happen to live in the great northwest and are a customer of pacific power, they've reviewed this legislation, they've run it through their power production model and out comes the data. and the data on what cap and

Greg Walden

3:44:19 to 3:44:39( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: trade that the democrats passed, speaker pelosi's bill, would do to a specific cus and the rest of their region is electricity rates, as high as they are today, will go up 17.9%. you do want coal in your stocking. 17.9%.

Greg Walden

3:44:40 to 3:45:00( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: is what your electricity rates will go up. now, that's bad enough. maybe you have put in the fluorescent lights and i think that effort, to reduce your energy consumption. maybe you're weatherized and done all the things to reduce y of 68 degrees in the winter and

Greg Walden

3:45:01 to 3:45:21( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: not the summer, maybe you can adjust for that. but here's what it does when you go to to the gas station. there are estimates out there that say, the cap and tax bill that speaker pelosi and others in this chamber have passed will drive gasoline to america by 50 cents, 60, 70, some say as much as $1.

Greg Walden

3:45:22 to 3:45:43( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: nobody knows for sure until it takes effect. explain this to me. this is like bad santa. explain this to me. this isn't the present i want. i don't want higher gasoline prices. don't you think that had an effect on our economy? it certainly did on the families i talked to in medford and john

Greg Walden

3:45:44 to 3:46:04( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: day and aoss my district that commute great distances. if you're a farmer or rancher you saw what it did to the price of fertilizer when natural gas went up. saw when diesel went up to $5 a gallon. we should be accessing america great energy resources, not importing them. we should be working toward new fuel efficient vehicles and backing up that research.

Greg Walden

3:46:05 to 3:46:25( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: i actually d coasts. i'm fortunate in that that respect because i don't want -- in that respect, because i want toreduce my fuel intake and consumption. man, i have -- i want to do my part, i'm fortunate and able to do that now. a lot of people aren't.

Greg Walden

3:46:26 to 3:46:49( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: they can't buy a new car right now. they may not even have a job. my state's like sixth highest unemployment in the country. i have five counties linge rather than access our great oil and reserves which by the way there are estimates that the peak price of gasoline in this country, that america's great oil and gas reserves, if not

Greg Walden

3:46:50 to 3:47:10( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: blocked off by the congress, the democrat-controlled congress, if we had access to those and all of them, it would produce a value of $60 trillion. $60 trillion. now that was at the peak of the value of gas and oil, certainly. but let's say it dropped by half and it's only $30 trillion. remember that debt i talked about earlier?

Greg Walden

3:47:11 to 3:47:31( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: the debt that can be $20 trillion? what if we actually developed our own oil and gas resources in americabecame less dependent on, you know, hugo chavez in venezuela or some of the other countries that frankly aren't real friendly to us, what if we stopped funding some of the things they dto actually work

Greg Walden

3:47:32 to 3:47:52( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: sending money on oil, what if we -- spend money on oil, what if we developed our own resources? they say, it will take you 10 years. let's get started. while we work in a transitional vehicle that doesn't have to use oil and gas, which i'm all for, but in the meantime, hardworking americans have to take that pickup truck, and do the work on the cattle ranch.

Greg Walden

3:47:53 to 3:48:13( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: there are a lot of people hauling thi that our economy functions. $3, $4, $5 diesel about killed them economically. so why don't we access our great oil and gas reserves? we should. and we generate revenue to the government that if you had a fiscally responsible congress, we used to pay down the pay down the debt before our

Greg Walden

3:48:14 to 3:48:35( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: kids come of age and our grandkids come of age. that's the christmas present i'd like to see. that would be like sort of good santa. you know, as opposed to bad santa. bad santa says, we're taking away everything we have, we're going to rely on foreign imports for oil and gas, we're going to jack up your electricity rates. you know, that's not christmas like i know it.

Greg Walden

3:48:36 to 3:48:56( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: i want a real christmas where we put people back to work in the private sector, not trying to figure out something about viking in iceland, that's where some of your stimulus money went or jobs that last a day or two or a week or two and then go away and get counted as i they're permanent. i want permanent family wage

Greg Walden

3:48:57 to 3:49:18( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: jobs. this country can get back on its feet if we get this congress out of the way. but as i talked to business people i hear time and again, i can't keep pace with the change coming out of washington. you're changing everything related to energy. i can't plan -- i don't know what those costs are going to be. i don't knowwhere you're

Greg Walden

3:49:19 to 3:49:40( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: headed, i don't know -- how i'm going to deal with that. and then health care takeover by the federal government. same sort of thing. is government going to run all this? ambition going to run all this? what's that going to cost me, penalty? you know, there's another couple of million jobs projected to go away with the government takeover of health care and the debt.

Greg Walden

3:49:41 to 3:50:02( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: people who do have some money want to invest in a startup company are sitting on the sidelines because they don't know what's going to happen on tax policy. do the tax reductions that spurred a very strong economy go away? or do they

Greg Walden

3:50:03 to 3:50:23( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: do people who have some level of federal government on new year's day of 2007 or do their kids -- 2011 or do their kids go tote continue the family farm or family business or does the tax man show up with the undertaker? that's the choice. that's the choice. and it doesn't have to be that way. we can create real jobs in this country.

Greg Walden

3:50:24 to 3:50:45( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: let me tell but the other real jobs you can create. and that is in the great northwest woods. now, you've heard me on this floor before advocate for bipartisan legislative changes, changes in the law, that achieved broad support in this congress to allow us to go out and be good stewards of our federal forests.

Greg Walden

3:50:46 to 3:51:06( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: teddy roosev for thes in 1905, he began that process with the great forest reserves and he said in a speech in utah that the purpose of these researches -- reserves was twofold, to make sure we had good, clean water for agriculture and that wead timber for home making, home building. those were the two purposes he

Greg Walden

3:51:07 to 3:51:27( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: outlined in his speech in utah at about that period. . the choice that the liberals have made in this government and in this congress is away from

Greg Walden

3:51:28 to 3:51:49( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: active management to locking things up and calling it management, calling it preservation. as a result, you have forests across the west that are overgrown and choked, they can't br meanwhile, you have all this ladder fuel building up underneath them because we have

Greg Walden

3:51:50 to 3:52:10( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: suppressed them. stopped forest fires and we dollars every year to fight fire. over hal of the forest budget goes to fight fir should be doing the work on the ground to prevent fire, getting

Greg Walden

3:52:11 to 3:52:31( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: the ladder fuel out of there, used to burn up naturally. we aloud it to grow up. the outcome is that, it just becomes a mess and out of balance until something

Greg Walden

3:52:32 to 3:52:53( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: catastrophic happens. fire is the great equalizer of the forest and it is devastating when there is a fuel load that exists today. and so the fires burn and they release enormous amounts carbon, not only carbon di

Greg Walden

3:52:54 to 3:53:14( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: but all kind of pollutants into the atmosphere that are equivalent to vast volumes of automobiles on the highways. you aren't going to stop every fire. nature has a wonderful way of continuing to participate in the management process. but we can get out and protect

Greg Walden

3:53:15 to 3:53:36( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: our watersheds and we can put people back to work, because this really is about jobs, jobs in the woods. but, you know, in my district where we have 20% unemployment than that in some areas because people have given up. we are sixth in the country with unemployment.

Greg Walden

3:53:37 to 3:53:57( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: the policies of the federal government on federal land have been so over the top. we have lost the jobs. we have lost the mills. and in some communities they are close to losing hope. and nothing this congress has done has helped them in a

Greg Walden

3:53:58 to 3:54:18( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: measureable, sustainable way. so last week, my washington state, brian baird, who unfortunately just announced his retirement from this body, he and stephanie herseth sandlin and some others who care

Greg Walden

3:54:19 to 3:54:39( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: our great forests offered u legislation to take a successful law and expand it out over condition two and three forest lands and allow our professional scientists and biologists, all the people involved in forest management to get out there, get

Greg Walden

3:54:40 to 3:55:02( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: unshack and the computer, get away from the lawsuits and the litigation, the lawsuits and ge actually do what they were trained to do, get our rests back in shape, protect the watersheds, put people to work. we use lumber in this country.

Greg Walden

3:55:03 to 3:55:23( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: this is a carbon right here. this is wood, you know that. this is wood. this is a carbon simping. this was a tree once. what we do now is we put off limits our federal forests for active management and harvests for the most part and instead we import wood from countries that

Greg Walden

3:55:24 to 3:55:44( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: have virtually have no environmental rules. and as a result of that, we just shift the problem and make it worse somewhere else, rather than managing our forests, we let them go up in smoke, catastrophic destructive wildfires that does damage to

Greg Walden

3:55:45 to 3:56:06( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: our water heap sheds and our has been dat, kills firefighters, burns up their homes, so that we could be doing. not because we don't spend enough federal money. one of the things that drives me over the top, over the edge, off the cliff is when peo

Greg Walden

3:56:07 to 3:56:27( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: me, if i just had more government money or more government employees, i could solve that problem. you know, we are at a debt load that is unsustainable. not every problem demands a government solution from washington, d.c. and in fact, we should be more creative than that.

Greg Walden

3:56:28 to 3:56:48( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: spending someone else's money isn't that hard. you can throw it away, throw it away to causes, programs that study pollen from vikings. i got to find out about those vikings with pollen.

Greg Walden

3:56:49 to 3:57:09( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: i don't know if they used claridon. but you can throw money out the door, flush it away. those sector know every dollar is hard to get. making a that's why you are so tight with your funds.

Greg Walden

3:57:10 to 3:57:32( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: and you know the good t and good times go. you try to set aside a reserve. yet in this congress, my gosh, it is out of control in terms of you know, the omnibus that passed last week, the bill that spent half a trillion dollars,

Greg Walden

3:57:33 to 3:57:54( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: two days to think about it, it's not the way to legislate. it's not responsible. it's not becoming of it is not how we should operate regardless of which party is in control. right now the democrats are in control. so they get the glory and they

Greg Walden

3:57:55 to 3:58:17( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: get the responsibility. and it needs to change in terms of how we operate. my colleague, brian baird, from washington state and several members on both sides of the aisle, supported an effort to get at some reform that said we should change the rules of how this house operates so that the

Greg Walden

3:58:18 to 3:58:39( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: american people, the members of congress and the press could see legislation on the internet, the great equalizer of information, on the internet, at least 72 hours before it comes up for a vote on this house floor. 72 hours. now i think it ought to be two,

Greg Walden

3:58:40 to 3:59:01( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: three weeks, by the way. remember this omnibus spending bill was 2,500 pag nobody in here read it. i voted against it, by the way. i wasn't alone. i think every republican voted against it, just like we di against this stimulus. the alternatives we have offered.

Greg Walden

3:59:02 to 3:59:26( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: not on that one because i don't think we were allowed to, but certainly on the others, on health care, energy and creating jobs, we have offered creating alternatives and we will talk about those in subsequent evenings, but this notion we should have 72 hours should be bipartisan.

Greg Walden

3:59:27 to 3:59:48( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: guarantee y to change how we operate in this assembly were to come up for a vote and it said, we get 72 hours, these bills go on the internet for 72 hours so the whole world can read them and understand them and by the way, give us input on what

Greg Walden

3:59:49 to 4:00:09( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: wrong before we vote on them, that's a concept that's novel, if that resolution were brought to this floor and yeas and nays were called for, i doubt there would be a dissenting vote. anyone here think there would be a dissenting vote? no one would go back to a town

Greg Walden

4:00:10 to 4:00:31( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: hall and say, no, you shouldn't have 72 hours to read the bill. i began to ask this question when we were taking up the global warming bill, the administration cabinet secretaries who came before us to tell us the great wonderful nature of this legislation and i asked a simple question of every

Greg Walden

4:00:32 to 4:00:52( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: witness who came before us, have you read this bill. have you read t and with one exception and that person was right at their last hearing we i think saw it coming, everyone said well, no. i really haven't read the bill.

Greg Walden

4:00:53 to 4:01:15( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: but i know its contents. we ought to have 72 hours to read the bill. that ought to change. now, i know when i filed a discharge petion and that goes in a box over here -- not in a box, they keep track over it here in the ledger. it takes 218 members of the house to sign that petition and

Greg Walden

4:01:16 to 4:01:38( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: then it comes up for a vote. but the democrat leadership in the house has made it very clear to their members not to sign the petition. only six of them have and i commend those for standing up for what's right for this body and this process and the american people, those six who signed it.

Greg Walden

4:01:39 to 4:02:00( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: the others have buckled at their knees apparently and refused and walked away. it is available to be signed tonight, tomorrow, when we come back in january. and the american people are watching. they know that this would be a good th they know this would be a good thing. i see we now have the omnibus

Greg Walden

4:02:01 to 4:02:22( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: has arisen. arise. when we talk about 2,500 pages of spending, this is it. this puppy is 2,500 pages of spending. this is what the congress was given two days to work its way through.

Greg Walden

4:02:23 to 4:02:43( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: this is half a trillion dollars. ever seen half a dollars? this is it, right here. half a trillion. come on down. half a trillion dollars. you wonder why the deficit is so big? no time to consider this

Greg Walden

4:02:44 to 4:03:05( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: thoughtfu it through. rush it thrgh. 2,500 pages. so the stimulus, the recovery act that spent $787 billion, i told you, two days to consider this omnibus spending bill. when the stimulus bill passed in february of this year, the house

Greg Walden

4:03:06 to 4:03:28( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: was given 12 hours to review it. 12 hours. it was 1,073 pages. 1,073 pages, spent $787 billion. that's where the viking pollen study in iceland came from or the sidewalk around a casino or

Greg Walden

4:03:29 to 4:03:49( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: sending them to sensitivity training, slot table. cap and trade, $846 billion is the cost of that bill. , 1,

Greg Walden

4:03:50 to 4:04:12( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: consider it and by the way, they dropped a 309-page amendment at 3:00 in the morning. i'm going to tell you, nothing good happens at 3:00 in the morning. nothing good happens at 3:00 in the morning. you know, nothing good happens at 3:00 in the morning.

Greg Walden

4:04:13 to 4:04:33( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: you get hit with a golf club at 3:00 in the morning. 16 1/2 hours of consideration. the health bill inoduced july 14, 12:51 in the afternoon, $1.28 trillion. remember we are talki t's.

Greg Walden

4:04:34 to 4:04:54( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: we are now talking trillions. , 1,026 pages. in the committee upon which i serve, energy and commerce committee, we were allocated 19 hours and 9 minutes before we started voting on that bill. now, remember, i'm including all night hours, all night

Greg Walden

4:04:55 to 4:05:18( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: hours. according to a newspaper here on the hill, actually "the hill," democratic leaders waived transparency rules at least 24 times to rush votes this year alone, bills were available for less than 24 hours.

Greg Walden

4:05:19 to 4:05:39( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: this omnibus bill, just this last week passed 221-201. no republicans voti bill. increasing federal agencies 12%, some as much as 21%. final tally for this omnibus f

Greg Walden

4:05:40 to 4:06:00( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: these programs, took it up to a level of 85% years ago, 85% higher than two years ago. the debt up 1.4 trillion. the deficit this year, $1.4 trillion, one year.

Greg Walden

4:06:01 to 4:06:24( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: it wasn't that many years ago, i'm getting older, i think it was in the 1980's, i think our whole national debt was $1 trillion which was an enormous amount then. now it's going up by more than that annually. this is a freight train without brakes.

Greg Walden

4:06:25 to 4:06:45( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: this is a runaway train that's headed off a cliff and it's going to take americans with it if we don't put a stop to it. you cannot continue down this path. you cannot continue down this path. . so, we've tried to figure out how some of this money has basketball spent. the press is doing -- has been

Greg Walden

4:06:46 to 4:07:06( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: spent. the press is doing the press is doing its job. the new orleans "times-picayune" dails, louisiana has seven congressional districts so louisianans visiting recovery.gov, that's the website where all this stuff posted, and accountability, rember,

Greg Walden

4:07:07 to 4:07:29( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: this was the website the president and the vice president, joe biden, said, by golly, you're going to see it all, see it all out there. so louisianans visiting recovery.gov found themselves not just skeptical but truly puzzled to find money going to

Greg Walden

4:07:30 to 4:07:52( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: district. there ar and listed the 45th, the 14th, the 32nd and my favorite, oo. i don't know if that's oo 7 or according to the director of communications for recovery.gov, it rely on stiplants of the money.

Greg Walden

4:07:53 to 4:08:14( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: this is oversight? this is transparency in i mean, this is a government that can't figure out who's going to the white house for dinner is spending your money and this is transparency, pounds that information from federal reporting.gov has been simply transferred to recovery.gov and no one checks to veryify its or to take note of the fact that utah doesn't really have seven

Greg Walden

4:08:15 to 4:08:35( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: congressional districts, it has th south dakota has one, not 10. pound, we're not certifying the accuracy of the information. we know what the problem is and we're trying to fix it, he said, that's -- ask why recipients pound replide, this is my favorite, who knows, man?

Greg Walden

4:08:36 to 4:08:57( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: who really knows? there are 130,000 reports out there. sebody should know. it's your money. well, again, it's not really your money yet because we borrowed it. congress borrowed it from the chinese, japanese, the -- all kinds of lenders. oil producing nations that we pay exorbitant prices to for crude oil because we don't have

Greg Walden

4:08:58 to 4:09:18( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: our own resources here. they're the once do -- ones doing it. talladega county, alabama, saved or created 5,00jobs from o one $42,000 in stimulus funds. 5,000 jobs, $42,000 expenditures. now they're efficient. that would be $8.40 a job. now there's some cheap places to

Greg Walden

4:09:19 to 4:09:41( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: work, i don't even think alabama is paying their people $840 a job, though. so there's something wrong there. belmont, metropolitan housing authority in ohio reported 16,120 jobs saved or created. for $3. now that is efficient, too. so congratulations to bell month.

Greg Walden

4:09:42 to 4:10:04( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: that's $864 a job. folks, the creator of jobs. not jobs that are sustainable cause you have to take money away from those who have it to redistribute it and it's not being done very efficiently, affordably, transparently or with accountability. and how long do these jobs last

Greg Walden

4:10:05 to 4:10:25( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: want jobs created out in the private sector that fund the government and you have a vibrant private sector people are paying taxes. they're going to pay a tax. pay a lot of tax. individuals earning earning a wake, -- wage, they're

Greg Walden

4:10:26 to 4:10:47( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: paying tax, ask them. that's what funds government, not the other way around. and that's the difference between many of us in this body. is there -- is there are those who believe every problem need as federal solution, regardless of what it costs now or in the future. that's why you need a balanced

Greg Walden

4:10:48 to 4:11:10( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: budget, requirement constitution to keep both parties in check. we didn't get this -- we need to get this house back in order and i mean the global house. the u.s. itself. how money is spent, how it's allocated, what we do with it. this is obscene. it really is. but all i see is

Greg Walden

4:11:11 to 4:11:33( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: government takeover after another. now, is there room to do re oversight where it's necessary, fix markets where they're broken? yeah. will we debate how far you go in that? we should. but we should do that in an open and thoughtful manner. you know, i served on some nonprofit boards, a hospital board, you know, a business association board.

Greg Walden

4:11:34 to 4:11:41( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: we'd have vigorous debates but we only did it for the notion of common good with he bring what we had to the table.

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