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House Proceeding on Dec 19th, 2007 :: 2:24:06 to 2:32:20
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Lincoln Diaz-Balart

2:16:49 to 2:24:06( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lincoln Diaz-Balart

Lincoln Diaz-Balart

2:23:50 to 2:24:06( Edit History Discussion )

Lincoln Diaz-Balart: no way to run a democracy, no tter what your ideology, no matter what your party of affiliation. madam speaker, those are not my words, nor are they the words of my republican colleague from

Pete Sessions

2:24:06 to 2:24:28( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: the rules committee, congressman lincoln diaz-balart, who spoke these same words on the floor on monday. they are not the words of my staff or some journalist who is covering the democrat

Pete Sessions

2:24:06 to 2:32:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Pete Sessions

Pete Sessions

2:24:28 to 2:24:40( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: majority's heavy-handed floor tactics. no. these are the clear and clever words of the gentleman from massachusetts, our rules committee colleague, jim mcgovern. he spoke these words on

Pete Sessions

2:24:40 to 2:25:04( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: several occasions last year regarding what was then eloquently called martial law rule. i will also use this opportunity to point out another comment that the gentleman from massachusetts

Pete Sessions

2:25:04 to 2:25:18( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: meads about martial law -- made about martial law rules. it was given to us on this floor last year on december 6, just a month before the democrats took control of the house of representatives.

Pete Sessions

2:25:18 to 2:25:30( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: well after the election. he spoke about how the democrats proposed to run the house, which today stands in sharp contrast to what they are actually doing. about on e year ago, the gentleman from

Pete Sessions

2:25:30 to 2:25:48( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: massachusetts said, and i quote, mr. speaker, there is a better way to run this body. the truth, mr. speaker, is that the american people expect and deserve better. that is why the 110th congress

Pete Sessions

2:25:48 to 2:26:04( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: must be different. i believe we need to rediscover openness and fairness in the house. we must insist on full and fair debate on the issues that come before this body. now, i and all of my

Pete Sessions

2:26:04 to 2:26:19( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: republican colleagues must ask a year into the new democrat majority, where is the openness and fairness that mr. mcgovern spoke about? where is the openness on the energy bill rule where over

Pete Sessions

2:26:19 to 2:26:32( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: 90 amendments were prevented from being considered on the house floor, including a republican substitute? where was that openness when we considered schip re-authorization? and we had a closed

Pete Sessions

2:26:32 to 2:26:45( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: rule. i know exactly where it is. they left it off on the campaign trail. . this like their promises to disclose earmarks and to run the most ethical and open congress in history was an empty

Pete Sessions

2:26:45 to 2:27:04( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: promise. it is an empty promise. which is becoming more and more evident from the opening day of this new majority when the democrats wrote into the rules, closed rules for consideration of the first

Pete Sessions

2:27:04 to 2:27:28( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: six bills that we were to take up. in effect discharging the rules committee from the duties and setting a new partisan tone for this congress. not much has changed since then, madam speaker.

Pete Sessions

2:27:28 to 2:27:48( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: lacking of courage of their convictions to change what they perceive to be problems with how republicans ran the house, the democrat remedy for changing unfairng practices iesn the rules committee

Pete Sessions

2:27:48 to 2:28:05( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: was to have no rules committee at all. and that trend of closing down to house members what started back then sadly continues to this day. madam speaker, there is a better way to run this

Pete Sessions

2:28:05 to 2:28:23( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: body. the truth is is that the american people expect and deserve better. that's why the 110th congress must be different. i believe we must and we need to rediscover openness and fairness in this

Pete Sessions

2:28:23 to 2:28:41( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: house. we must insist on full and fair debate on the issues that come before this body. by the way followinghe rules of the house of at least presenting a bill 24 hours before it's come

Pete Sessions

2:28:41 to 2:28:58( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: to the house floor would be a great place to start. because i know it's on the speaker's website saying that that's the way we should operate. we are still waiting. madam speaker, a year

2:28:58 to 2:29:12( Edit History Discussion )

ago at this time despite the house passing all but one of our spending bills, democrats were on the campaign trail railing against republican leadership calling it a do-nothing congress.

2:29:12 to 2:29:25( Edit History Discussion )

well, if last year was a failure because congress' ability to get all but one appropriations bills to the president for his signature on time, then what does that mean that this year we

2:29:25 to 2:29:41( Edit History Discussion )

should think about democrats when democrats have failed to get more than one to the president after holding back popular bipartisan bills like veterans funding for their own political party zahn

2:29:41 to 2:29:55( Edit History Discussion )

gamemanship? -- partisan gamemanship? madam speaker i agree with the democrats of 2006 not the democrats of 2007. so i rise in opposition to this martial law rule and i reserve the balance

Pete Sessions

2:29:55 to 2:30:08( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves his time of the the gentleman from vermont. mr. welch: madam speaker, we have no additional speakers on my side. i'll

Pete Sessions

2:30:08 to 2:30:20( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from vermont reserves. the gentleman from texas. mr. sessions: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i think

Pete Sessions

2:30:20 to 2:30:36( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: we have said enough. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas yields back his time. the gentleman from vermont. mr. welch: thank you, madam

Pete Sessions

2:30:36 to 2:30:52( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: speaker. i thank my friend from texas. i'll respond in close. a couple of things. first, let's be focused on the fact that the rule that we are -- that is going to be before the house really

Pete Sessions

2:30:52 to 2:31:11( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: applies to two things. consideration of the alternative minimum tax and consideration of the omnibus appropriations bill. and the rule is bng brought up for same day consideration for thefo

Pete Sessions

2:31:11 to 2:31:29( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: recognition of the fact that there has been enormous work on both sides on the a.m.t. there's nothing new. in fact the a.m.t. bill that will be brought before the house for consideration

Pete Sessions

2:31:29 to 2:31:46( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: today corresponds with the view of the minority that being passed without pay-fors. second 4ri -- secondly the omnibus bill is bringing before the house appropriations that had been passed

Pete Sessions

2:31:46 to 2:32:03( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: in 11 separate appropriations bills but have now been consolidated as a result of the inability of our friends in the senate to pass those bills individually as we did here in the house. so

Pete Sessions

2:32:03 to 2:32:20( Edit History Discussion )

Pete Sessions: there's nothing new that is coming up before the members of the house. it's just the convenience of being able to act today rather than wait until tomorrow. secondly my friend from texas made

James P. McGovern

2:32:20 to 2:32:35( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: some assertions about the conduct of this house in application to the rules. context is everything. the reality is that virtually every piece of legislation that has been brought before the floor

James P. McGovern

2:32:20 to 2:35:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: James P. McGovern

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