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Senate Proceeding 09-30-09 on Sep 30th, 2009 :: 0:06:00 to 0:11:25
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Jim DeMint

0:05:54 to 0:06:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: first time it came through the senate and now it's even worse. in fact, we violated one of our new ethics rules that we talk so much about here in the senate and the house where these conference bills quo not contain a provision -- could not contain a provision that was not part of ther the house or senate bill.

Jim DeMint

0:06:00 to 0:11:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jim DeMint

Jim DeMint

0:06:15 to 0:06:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: we call that air-dropping. but we air-drop some significant things in this bill violating our own ethics rule. first of all, we added a one-month continuing resolution that funded our government since we haven't finished our work here in the congress. but we also added a $4 billion bailout for the postal service into this conference report

Jim DeMint

0:06:37 to 0:06:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: bill. again, violating our own ethics rule. the air-drop provisions are undemocratic. it's just another tactic poticians use to have an end run around our constitutional limits. it's also wrong for congress to

Jim DeMint

0:06:59 to 0:07:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: fund itself while allowing all other government agencies to operate under a short-term continuing resolution. in 1995, president clinton vetoed the leg branch bill nor this reason, and i quote, "congress should not take care of its own business before it takes care of the people's business." if we're going to pass a continuing resolution, it should

Jim DeMint

0:07:22 to 0:07:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: cover the entire government until we process that the american people can see. the only reason these tricks are pulled is that politicians don't want people to see what we're doing. but even worse than the process that's been used for this legislation are the policies contained twn.

Jim DeMint

0:07:43 to 0:08:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: around the country, families and businesses are having to tighten their belts because of the recession. many are out of work. at the same time, we're increasing our budgets dramatically here. this leg branch bill itself has increased nearly 6% versus last year, despite the growing debt and the serious eco problems we're havin

Jim DeMint

0:08:04 to 0:08:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: country. just a couple of statistics from the bill: we've increased spending 128% for the house office building, 15% increase for the government printing office, 6.2% increase for the senate whip offices, 4.3% increase for senate leader

Jim DeMint

0:08:31 to 0:08:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: offices, increasen the vice president's office. and don't forget a $200 million -- or a $200,000 earmark for a museum in nebraska. now, if we were in prosperous times and had plenty of money, surpluses, then these increases would make sense. but not at a time when we see

Jim DeMint

0:08:52 to 0:09:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: all of america hurting and having to tighten their belts, we're passing bills -- this is one of the smaller increases of the ones that have gone through in the last couple of weeks. we are spending our nation into bankruptcy. our debt is almost asarge as our entire economy and growing by $1 trillion every year.

Jim DeMint

0:09:14 to 0:09:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: lo and social security are more than $100 trillion. we have no idea how we're going to keep our promises to seniors. when will all this end? the head of the world bank, a former u.s. trade representative, is questioning whether the u.s. dollar will long remain the world's reserve currency.

Jim DeMint

0:09:35 to 0:09:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: because of our spending and because of our debt. a few weeks ago i noted that some officials in zimbabwe were concerned about america, our spending and our debt rs and what could happen to our currency. they have good reasoning to. a friend of mine who returned from zimbabwe brought me one piece of their currency.

Jim DeMint

0:09:59 to 0:10:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: this is a $100 trillion bill from zimbabwe. it's so worthless, he just gave it away as a souvenir. they're worried about our debt. we need to be worried about it, too. this bill also includes a $4 billion bailout for office, the third bailout they've gotten in eight years. but the money is not contingent

Jim DeMint

0:10:21 to 0:10:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: on any reforms within the postal service. so the underlying waste will continue and require another bailout in the next year or two. why would we bail out the postal service without any requirement that they reform their policies, the policies that have led to this mess? there's some very obvious things that we could do.

Jim DeMint

0:10:43 to 0:11:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: we could save $50 by stopping paying employees an average of 45,000 hours of standby we could close offices. therthere's a long list of things that we could do to reform the post office so that we don't continue to bail them out wit taxpayer money. but there's nothing in this bill about doing that.

Jim DeMint

0:11:04 to 0:11:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: it's only another bailout, another giveaway. so simply bailing them out will only prolong the probls and cost the taxpayers more money. in sum, if we look at the legislative branch bill, it's bad policy, it's followed a bad process, it continues this out-of-control spending and debt for our country.

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