Metavid

Video archive of the US Congress

House Proceeding on Dec 19th, 2007 :: 3:09:09 to 3:12:44
Total video length: 5 hours 55 minutes Stream Tools: Stream Overview | Edit Time

Note: MetaVid video transcripts may contain inaccuracies, help us build a more perfect archive

Download OptionsEmbed Video

Views:364 Duration: 0:03:35 Discussion

Previous speech: Next speech:

Louie Gohmert

3:07:40 to 3:09:09( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Louie Gohmert

Louie Gohmert

3:08:53 to 3:09:09( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: is recognized for five minutes. mr. flake: i thank the t gentleman for yielding. i oppose this rule that will allow this omnibus to be brought to the floor. we had some discussion yesterday

John Jr.Conyers

3:09:09 to 3:09:20( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: and it should continue today about the over 9,000 earmarks that are in this bill. it was mentioned by the majority leader yesterday -- the day before, he said, having said this, justification for

John Jr.Conyers

3:09:09 to 3:12:44( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Jr.Conyers

John Jr.Conyers

3:09:20 to 3:09:35( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: bringing this bill forward, when it was pointed out many of these earmarks had been brought to the floor for the first time with this bill, he said, this bill incorporates all the bills

John Jr.Conyers

3:09:35 to 3:09:49( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: that passed this house. it's not as if these items -- these are items of first impression. these are bills we considered in this house and passed with essentially overwhelming bipartisan

John Jr.Conyers

3:09:49 to 3:10:06( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: votes. that's only partly true. yes, these bills, many of them were brought to the house before. a few of them left the house earmark free. one of them, the department of homeland security

John Jr.Conyers

3:10:06 to 3:10:21( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: bill, we were told we can let this one go and not have the earmarks added because it isn't traditionally eermed. guess what? there are more than 100 earmarks that have now been air dropped into

John Jr.Conyers

3:10:21 to 3:10:38( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: that bill. we are sitting today with hundreds, literally hundreds of earmarks that have been air dropped into the bill that we have never seen before yesterday. never seen before yesterday,

John Jr.Conyers

3:10:38 to 3:10:57( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: or monday, i should say. that's simply wrong. let me give you a couple of examples. $1.6 million for the city of bastrup, louisiana. this money is officially eermed for the purchase of

John Jr.Conyers

3:10:57 to 3:11:11( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: bulletproof vests and body armor. bulletproof vests only cost about $700 to $800, however, so $1.6 million would appear to be overkill. police chief curtis stevenson agrees. conceding there

John Jr.Conyers

3:11:11 to 3:11:26( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: is no way we need that kind of money. just to put all our people in vests. again, this was an earmark for bulletproof vests for the police officers in this city. and the city comes back and

John Jr.Conyers

3:11:26 to 3:11:42( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: says we don't have that many police officers. we are told that these earmarks are vetted. how are they vetted? the answer is they are really not. they are not vetted by that party, they aren't

John Jr.Conyers

3:11:42 to 3:11:57( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: vetted by this party. it's more of a game can you catch me with my hand in the cookie jar or not? earlier this year when i was challenging a couple of earmarks on the floor, one member who

John Jr.Conyers

3:11:57 to 3:12:14( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: had one of the earmarks i was going to challenge beat me to the floor to withdraw his own earmark. because he didn't want the w scrutiny that would come if that earmark were publicly debated.

John Jr.Conyers

3:12:14 to 3:12:34( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: later that same week the appropriations committee when they found out certain other earmarks might be challenged on the floor called the rules committee and struck some other earmarks that were

John Jr.Conyers

3:12:34 to 3:12:44( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: to be debated on the house floor because they couldn't withstand the scrutiny. that isn't vetting. that's hoping your hand isn't caught in the cooe jar. and now we have this bill today with over

Louie Gohmert

3:12:44 to 3:12:59( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: 9,000 of these earmarks. now, the majority will say, hey, that's a 17% reduction in the number of earmarks in our worst year. put another way, that's like saying, you know, last year i smoked

Louie Gohmert

3:12:44 to 3:18:07( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Louie Gohmert

Personal tools

MetaVid is a non-profit project of UC Santa Cruz and the Sunlight Foundation. Learn more About MetaVid

The C-SPAN logo and other servicemarks that may be found in video content are the property of their respective trademark holders. None of these trademark holders are affiliated with Metavid