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House Proceeding on Dec 16th, 2009 :: 0:53:35 to 1:00:50
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Virginia Foxx

0:53:32 to 0:53:52( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: we are not there yet, but we are heading in the right direction. and with that i yield back. mr. dreier: would the gentlewoman yield? the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from maine reserves? ms. pingree: i mr. dreier: i thought the gentlewoman wanted to engage in a colloquy. ms. pingree: my

Virginia Foxx

0:53:35 to 1:00:50( Edit History Discussion )
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Virginia Foxx

0:53:53 to 0:54:15( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: mr. dreier: i would engage in colloquy with my friend from maine. the speaker pro tempore: the ge reserves. the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i find it very interesting that my colleague from maine says, we find ourselves here at the end of the bush administration. we have been in the obama

Virginia Foxx

0:54:16 to 0:54:37( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: administration for a year. and yet our colleagues the aisle cannot stop harkening back to blaming him for everything that has happened in this country in the last year when president bush hasn't been in office and the republicans have not been

Virginia Foxx

0:54:38 to 0:54:59( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: in control, the democrats in control. they have been in control of congress for three years. they actually inherited from president bush and the republican-controlled congress a very excellent economy. 55 straight months of job growth. the first month that the democrats took over the congress, the economy started

Virginia Foxx

0:55:00 to 0:55:20( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: going downhill and we can document that very, very easily. it isn't the bush administration that deserves the blame for the ills of the economy, it's the democrat-controlled congress which began in january of 2007 and which is when the economy started going sour.

Virginia Foxx

0:55:21 to 0:55:41( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: i want to go back to the issue at hand which is why do we have closed rules? why do we have same-day martial law rule? why isn't there time for us to debate the important issues that the american people want us to be debating? why is it, as my colleague from

Virginia Foxx

0:55:42 to 0:56:02( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: california has pointed out, that our most imp function, the defense of this nation, which can be done by no other group of people in this country, the states can't do it, the locals can't do it, the budget -- the appropriations for that part of our country is

Virginia Foxx

0:56:03 to 0:56:23( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: left to be done on a day when everybody is trying to get out it in a rush. the members aren't allowed to read the bill. the 27-hour rule has gone out the window. nobody's allowed to read the bill because there's not enough time to do it. we have been operating, as my

Virginia Foxx

0:56:24 to 0:56:45( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: colleague said, under closed rules, bills with no amendments, while we are doing things lik recognizing the grand concourse on its 100th anniversary as the pre-eminent thorough fair in the burrough of the bronx and important nexuof commerce and culture for the city of new york. that's how our colleagues want

Virginia Foxx

0:56:46 to 0:57:07( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: to spend their time and that is dealing with with -- with issues that are not a part of our critical job here in the house but dealing with things that could have been done on a voice vote but we have to have no amendmen

Virginia Foxx

0:57:08 to 0:57:30( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: debate time because there isn't time, according to the chairman of the appropriations committee, to do these things. and this is what we are doing. madam speaker, i had an opportunity this week to once more visit arlington national cemetery. it is always a sobering thing to do.

Virginia Foxx

0:57:31 to 0:57:56( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: i went particularly into the active duty section this time where men and women who are currently serving our country have lost theirives. it gets one's attention. there were parents and relatives there grieving, recently lost i visited the eternal flame of

Virginia Foxx

0:57:57 to 0:58:17( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: i don't have to be reminded of his speech, ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country. we are in a totally different time as my colleague has said, we are in a time where we have people representing this

Virginia Foxx

0:58:40 to 0:59:02( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: that not what's important. but that is what's important to us. and i watched the soldiers who guard the tomb of the unknowns and i had -- was given some insights into the preparation that they have for that job and how difficult it is to get it. would that members of congress

Virginia Foxx

0:59:03 to 0:59:23( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: had a tiny little percentage of the dedication that these soldiers have to doing their jobs. they do everything with perfection is not just the goal, it is the standard that those people live up to.

Virginia Foxx

0:59:29 to 0:59:50( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: . we are falling short of the standard that our military people uphold for our country. we are so fortunate that we have men and women willing to serve and have been willing to serve since the founding of this country. and this congress is falling short of the goals that they set. i support our military.

Virginia Foxx

0:59:51 to 1:00:11( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: i support the funding for our military and our troops, the equipment, the medical care and all that we are going to appropriate, but i don't support this marshal law way of operating. i don't support the arrogance of this administration and this congress to bring things up at the last minute and to

Virginia Foxx

1:00:12 to 1:00:33( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: disregard the needs of those people. and to put on to the bills things that are irrelevant, things they don't think they capass any other way. what a travesty, what a shame, what a shame on this congress that we are doing this bill at the last minute and that we are putting these things on here. we should be voting on appropriations for our military

Virginia Foxx

1:00:34 to 1:00:51( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: and honoring them here just before the holiday. and, madam speaker, i will ask my colleagues to vote no on this same day rule, no on the next rule so that we can stop and debate this and not be against a deadline for a group

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