House Session 2011-07-21 (19:28:35-20:29:03)


THE CHAIR APPOINTS MR. WOODALL TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE
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2551 WHICH THE CLERK WILL UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R.
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A BILL MAKING REPORT BY TITLE. APPROPRIATIONERS IN LENNELL SLAILTIVE BRANCH FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2012, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED READ THE FIRST TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. CRENSHAW AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HONDA, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. WITHOUT OBJECTION. THANK YOU. THIS IS THE FUNDING BILL FOR THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON LEGISLATIVE BRANCH OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. FOR 2012. EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF SOME VERY DIFFICULT ECONOMIC TIMES. I DON’T NEED TO TELL THE MEMBERS WE HAVE HAD DEFICITS OF OVER $1 TRILLION FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, DON’T IMMEDIATE TO TELL PEOPLE THAT WE’VE GOT ABOUT $4 TRILLION ADDED TO OUR NATIONAL DEBT IN THE LAST TWO AND A HALF YEARS. WE ALL KNOW THAT WE HAVE $14 TRILLION OF NATIONAL DEBT AND THAT EQUALS OUR ENTIRE ECONOMY. AND THE ONE THING THAT EVERYONE WOULD AGREE ON IS THAT WE JUST CAN’T KEEP SPENDING LIKE THAT. THAT’S JUST NOT SUSTAINABLE. EVERYONE SAYS THAT. AND SO, WE BRING THIS BILL IN THE MIDST OF THAT KIND OF DISCUSSION AND WE WANT TO TRY TO DO OUR PART IN GETTING A HANDLE ON THE WAY WE SPEND MONEY AROUND THIS MACE. WE WANT TO TRY TO STOP THIS CULTURE OF SPENDING AND TURN IT INTO A CULTURE OF SAVINGS. SO WHEN WE BRING THIS BILL THIS LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS BILL, IT WILL SPEND 6.4% LESS THAN LAST YEAR, $227 MILLION, AND IT WILL SPEND 14.2% LESS THAN WAS REQUESTED,
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. THAT’S $474 MILLION. IT’S OUR BEST EFFORT TO KEEP THE COMMITMENT THAT WE ARE GOING TO TRY TO DO THINGS MORE EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY THAN BEFORE. HOW DO WE DO THAT? WELL, WE LISTEN TO THE FACTS. WE HAD EIGHT FORMAL HEARINGS.
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HEARINGS. WE HAD NUMEROUS INFORMAL WE LISTENED. WE SET PRIORITIES. WE MADE SOME TOUGH CHOICES, AND WE HAVE THE BILL BEFORE US. AND I CERTAINLY WANT TO THANK THE MEMBERS OF THIS SUBCOMMITTEE FOR THEIR INVOLVEMENT, FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION, FOR THEIR HARD WORK, FOR THEIR INPUT, AND A SPECIAL WORD OF THANKS TO MIKE HONDA FROM CALIFORNIA, THE RANKING MEMBER, WHO WAS INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS ALL ALONG THE WAY AND KNOWS THE DIFFICULT, DIFFICULT CHOICE THAT IS WE HAD TO MAKE. I CERTAINLY WANT TO THANK OUR STAFF BOTH THE MINORITY AND MAJORITY STAFF. A LOT OF TIMES WE GO HOME AT NIGHT AND THEY STAY AND KEEP ON WORKING AND THEY HELPED US GET TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY TO HAVE THAT FINAL PRODUCT. NOW, LET ME JUST GIVE YOU SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS BILL. IF YOU LOOK AT THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH, ABOUT 36% OF THE SPENDING GOES TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THAT’S WHERE WE ARE TONIGHT. AND HALF OF THE MONEY THAT GOES TO THE HOUSE GOES TO WHAT WE CALL MEMBERS REPRESENTATIONAL ACCOUNTS, THE SO-CALLED M.R.A.’S. AND SO WE THOUGHT THAT SINCE WE HAVE ASKED EVERY AGENCY IN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO REIN IN SPENDING, WE HAVE ASKED THEM ALL TO TIGHTEN THEIR BELT, TO DO MORE WITH LESS, TO BE MORE EFFICIENT THAN THEY EVER HAVE BEEN BEFORE, WE HAVE SUBJECTED THEM TO THIS KIND OF SCRUTINY. WE THOUGHT IT WOULD ONLY BE FAIR TO APPLY THAT SAME PROCESS TO US. AND THAT’S WHY THE M.R.A.’S IN THIS HOUSE ARE REDUCED BY 6.4%. ALL THE COMMITTEE STAFF,
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6.4%. BUDGETS, THEY ARE REDUCED BY THE LEADERSHIP BUDGETS ARE REDUCED BY 6.4%. NOW, THOSE M.R.A.’S, THAT’S MONEY THAT TAXPAYERS MONEY, WE HAVE IT AVAILABLE TO US TO RUN OUR OFFICES. WE CAN HIRE STAFF, LEASE SPACE, BUY EQUIPMENT. WE CAN DO A LOT OF THINGS. WE HAVE A LOT OF DISCRETION. NOW, SOME PEOPLE WILL SAY, WE SHOULDN’T CUT THE M.R.A.’S. SOME PEOPLE SAY WE HAVE CUT THEM TOO MUCH. THAT WE CAN’T CONTINUE TO DO OUR JOB. BUT IT SEEMS TO ME THAT IF WE ARE GOING TO ASK EVERY OTHER AGENCY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DO MORE WITH LESS, THEN WE’VE GOT TO LOOK AT OUR OWNSELVES. THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE DONE HERE. WE HAVE SAID WE WANT TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE. WE WANT TO SHARE IN THE SACRIFICE THAT EVERYONE IS
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GOVERNMENT. SHARING THROUGHOUT THE FEDERAL AND THAT’S WHY WE DID WHAT WE DID. SOME PEOPLE WILL SAY THAT, WELL, WE MIGHT HAVE TO FIRE SOMEBODY. AGAIN, MEMBERS HAVE THE MONEY AVAILABLE TO THEM. THEY CAN DECIDE HOW THEY WANT TO SPEND IT. THEY WANT TO HAVE LOTS OF
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STAFF, THEY CAN HAVE LOTS OF STAFF. IF THEY WANT TO SEND LOTS OF MAIL OUT, THEY CAN DO THAT. THE M.R.A.’S EVEN ALLOW MEMBERS TO LEASE A CAR. THERE WILL BE AN AMENDMENT LATER ON TO SAY YOU CAN’T LEASE A CAR IF IT COSTS MORE THAN $1,000 A MONTH. SO WHEN YOU HEAR PEOPLE SAY THIS IS GOING TO MAKE IT VERY DIFFICULT FOR US TO DO OUR JOB, I THINK WHAT IT’S GOING TO DO IS MAKE US AS MEMBERS BE MORE RESPONSIBLE, BE MORE EFFICIENT, SET THE RIGHT PRIORITIES AND CONTINUE TO DO OUR JOB.
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EVEN MORE. SOME PEOPLE SAY WE OUGHT TO CUT I WOULD SAY THAT IF YOU LOOK AT THE FACTS, WE HAVE CUT THIS LEGISLATIVE BRANCH FUNDING BY 9% OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS. WE HAVE GOT THE M.R.A.’S.
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5%. AGAIN, LAST YEAR WE CUT THEM THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE WAS CUT BY 9% LAST YEAR. I THINK WE STRUCK A BALANCE BETWEEN DOING MORE WITH LESS, BEING MORE EFFICIENT, AND YET BEING ABLE TO DO THE THINGS THAT WE NEED TO DO IN A VERY EFFICIENT AND VERY SAFE MANNER. NOW, THERE ARE OTHER AGENCIES THAT WE OVERSEE, AND SOME ARE EXTENSIONS OF THE HOUSE, SO TO SPEAK. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE , THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE. THESE ARE AGENCIES THAT PROVIDE SERVICE TO THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY. AND AS EXTENSIONS OF THE HOUSE, WE FELT LIKE THEY SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO THE SAME SCRUTINY THAT WE WERE. THEIR BUDGETS ARE GOING TO BE REDUCED BY 6.4% AS WELL. THAT MEANS THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE A LITTLE SMARTER, SET PRIORITIES, WORK MORE EFFICIENTLY, AND ACTUALLY AS MEMBERS, MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE MORE JUDICIOUS IN THE THINGS WE ASK FOR THESE AGENCIES. SOMETIMES WE JUST WILLY-NILLY SAY I WANT A REPORT HERE, OR REPORT THERE. WE NEED TO DECIDE WHAT WE REALLY NEED AND WHAT WE DON’T NECESSARILY NEED. AND I THINK THEY’LL BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO DO THE JOB THAT THEY HAVE BEEN DOING ALL ALONG. SUPPLY US WITH THE INFORMATION WE NEED TO BE EFFECTIVE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY. WE ALSO OVERSEE THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS. WONDERFUL HISTORIC BUILDING YOU CAN SEE FROM THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. VERY IMPORTANT TO US. THEIR BUDGET HAS BEEN REDUCED. THEY ARE WORKING WITH US TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY CAN CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THE SERVICE THAT IS WE NEED. WE OVERSEE THE ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL. HE’S CHARGED WITH OVERSEEING OVER A MILLION SQUARE FEET OF OFFICES ALL ACROSS THIS CAPITOL HILL. HIS BUDGET IS BEING CUT. HE’S GOT A LIST OF THE PROJECTS HE NEEDS TO DO. HE’S SET A PRIORITY THERE. AND HE WILL DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE, BUT HE’LL MAKE SURE HE DOESN’T IMPAIR THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ANY MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE, ANY STAFF, OR THE PEOPLE THAT WORK ON THE HILL. WE REDUCE THE BUDGET OF THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE.
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FOONLLY, WE OVERSEE THE CAPITOL POLICE. A LOT HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT OUR ABILITY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE SAFE IN THIS AREA. WE DIDN’T REDUCE THE SPENDING FOR THE CAPITOL POLICE. WE RECOGNIZE THAT SECURITY IS NOT A LUXURY. IT’S SOMETHING THAT WE NEED.
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BE MORE DILIGENT. BUT WE ALSO REALIZE MEMBERS CAN WE CAN BE MORE AWARE WHAT WE LEARN FROM THIS SITUATION IN ARIZONA WITH OUR FELLOW CONGRESSWOMAN, IS THAT OUR SERVICE IS NOT WITHOUT RISK. BUT MANY OF THE THINGS THAT WE NEED TO DO FROM A SECURITY STANDPOINT HAVE TO DO WITH OUR OWN COMMON SENSE. OUR OWN AWARENESS, OUR OWN DILIGENCE. SO WE PROVIDE THE CAPITOL POLICE WITH THE MONEY THAT THEY NEED TO NOT ONLY MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE SAFE IN THIS HOUSE, OUR STAFF, AND THOSE THAT WORK IN THE CAPITOL COMPLEX ARE SAFE, BUT ALSO THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS THAT COME HERE TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE SAFE AS WELL. AND SO I THINK, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE A BILL THAT STRIKES THE
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RIGHT BALANCE. WE RECOGNIZE THE DIFFICULT TIMES WE ARE IN.
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AVAILABLE. WE HAVE TAKEN THE MONEY WE HAVE WE HAVE SET PRIORITIES. WE MADE SOME TOUGH CHOICES. AND I THINK THIS BILL REPRESENTS SOME RESPONSIBLE, FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE SAVINGS THAT WILL ALLOW US TO CONTINUE TO DO OUR JOB, TO DO IT IN A SAFE, SAFE AND EFFICIENT MANNER. AND AS WE HAVE PUT ALL THESE AGENCIES AROUND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT UNDER THIS SCRUTINY TO SEE IF THEY CAN DO THINGS MORE EFFICIENTLY, WE HAVE NOT EXEMPTED OURSELVES. SO WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.
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THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.
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THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. I WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN BY THANKING CHAIRMAN CRENSHAW, THE APPROPRIATIONS MAJORITY STAFF, AND HIS PERSONAL STAFF FOR THE
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PROFESSIONALISM SHOWN DURING THIS PROCESS. WHILE IT IS NOT THE BILL I WOULD HAVE WRITTEN, IT IS THE PROCESS THAT I WOULD HAVE FOLLOWED. THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH MINUS THE SENATE IS BEING CUT BY 6.4%
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2010. FROM F.Y. 2011 AND 9% FROM F.Y. THESE CUTS ARE BEING DONE WHILE WE HAD TO FIX A $1 MILLION HOLE FOR THE CAPITOL POLICE BECAUSE OF THEIR ACCOUNTING MISTAKE IN FEAR 2010. I BELIEVE THESE CUTS ARE HARMFUL TO OUR MEMBERS’ ABILITY TO SERVE THEIR CONSTITUENTS AND TO THE HOUSE’S RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE EFFECTIVE OVERSIGHT. THE BUDGET ALLOCATIONS ONE COULD EXPECT GIVEN THE MAJORITY IS ALSO CUTTING WOMEN AND CHILDREN’S NUTRITION PROGRAMS, CONSUMER PROTECTION, AND OTHER IMPORTANT PROGRAMS IN OTHER BILLS. THE ONLY THING THIS BILL HAS SUCCEEDED IN DOING HOWEVER IS JOINING THE OTHER FLAWED BILLS BY CUTTING AT THE EXPENSE OF JOBS, STRONG OVERSIGHT, AND COMMON SENSE EFFICIENCIES. MAYBE WHAT THIS BILL, THE ONE THAT FUNDS THE MEMBERS’ OPERATION, THE MAJORITY WILL SEE THE REAL LIFE IMPACTS OF THESE CUTS, ONE OF WHICH IS NOT REAL DEFICIT REDUCTION. THIS BILL WILL CUT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS BY 8.5%, INCLUDING A REDUCTION OF OVER 300 EMPLOYEES, 50 OF WHOM WILL BE CUT FROM OUR MUCH RELIED UPON CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE. MEMBERS SHOULD ASK THEIR STAFF HOW OFTEN THEY USE C.R.S. STAFF FOR RESEARCH, PARTICULARLY IN RESPONDING TO QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS FROM THEIR CONSTITUENTS. THIS BELL WOULD CUT THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE BY 16%, AN AGENCY ALREADY PLANNING TO LET GO OF 330 EMPLOYEES. THERE IS LANGUAGE IN THE PRIVATIZATION OF G.P.O.’S ACTIVITIES WHICH COULD MAKE IT
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MORE EXPENSIVE FOR CONGRESS TO OPERATE. THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE OR G.A.O. IS CUT BY 6.4%. EVERY DOLLAR SPENT AT G.A.O. RESULTS IN $4 IN TAXPAYER SAVINGS. THIS BEGS THE QUESTION, IS IT THE MAJORITY’S PRIORITY TO NOT SAVE TAXPAYERS’ MONEY? THOSE WHO CLAIM TO WANT INCREASE OVERSIGHT OF GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS SHOULD REJECT CUTS TO G.A.O. THEY ARE KNOWN AS CONGRESS’ WATCHDOG AND THAT WATCHDOG SHOULD HAVE TEETH. WE HAVE HEARD THAT SOME MEMBERS’ OFFICES ARE FURLOUGHING STAFF TO MEET THE 5% CUT TO THE MEMBERS REPRESENTATIONAL ALLOWANCE, OR M.R.A., IN 2011. NOW THIS BILL WILL FURTHER CUT M.R.A.’S BY 6.4%. CUTS TO M.R.A. MEANS CUTS TO MEMBERS’ DAY-TO-DAY ABILITIES TO EFFECTIVELY REPRESENT OUR AND THEIR CONSTITUENTS FROM THE STAFF ASSISTANT ANSWERING CALLS FROM OUR CONSTITUENTS TO THE CASEWORKERS, HELPING GRANDMA RECOVER HER LOST SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK. ALL OF THESE SERVICES ARE FUNDED THROUGH M.R.A. EACH OFFICE WOULD LOSE ON THE AVERAGE OF $88,000, WHICH WOULD MEAN, IT TWO TO THREE STAFFERS PER OFFICE. IN WHAT WORLD DOES LAYING PEOPLE OFF RECOVER ECONOMY? THE CUT AND GROW MANTRA DOES NOT WORK IN THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE. IT IS CERTAINLY — IT CERTAINLY WILL NOT WORK IN THE CORRIDORS OF CONGRESS. I HOPE THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY UNDERSTAND THAT AGENCIES WE RELY ON WILL HAVE TO DENY OR LIMIT SERVICES PROVIDED TO MEMBERS’ OFFICE BECAUSE THERE ARE FEWER PEOPLE TO HANDLE REQUESTS. I WOULD SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES, REMEMBER THESE CUTS THE NEXT TIME YOU HAVE REQUESTS OF G.A.O. THE ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL, CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE, AND CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE. BEYOND THAT, AFTER THE TRAGIC SHOOTING OF OUR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE GABBY GIFFORDS IN TWO SOP, WE WERE TOLD TO INCREASE SECURITY IN OUR DISTRICT OFFICE,, BUT HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO PAY FOR ALL OF IT? CERTAINLY NOT OUT OF OUR OFFICE BUDGETS THAT ARE BEING WHACKED. NOT FROM THE CAPITOL POLICE WHO ARE FLAT FUNDED AND NOT FROM THE SERGEANT AT ARMS WHOSE BUDGET IS CUT 10%. I HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF RESPECT FOR MY CHAIRMAN CRENSHAW. THERE ARE A LOT OF — THERE ARE NOT MANY THINGS THAT HE COULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY WITH THE ALLOCATION HE HAD TO WORK WITH. I HOPE WE RETHINK TRYING TO BALANCE THE BUDGET BY CUTTING SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WHO SENT US HERE. OUR CONSTITUENTS AND WE CAN AND MUST DO BETTER, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.
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RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, MR. ROGERS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING THE TIME. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO COMMEND THE H.R. 285851, THE FISCAL YEAR 2012 APPROPRIATIONS ACT FOR THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS THE 6TH APPROPRIATIONS BILL THAT WE WILL HAVE PASSED THROUGH THE HOUSE OUT OF 12 BILLS THAT WILL BE CONSIDERED. THREE MORE OF THE 12 BILLS ARE WAITING, CUED UP TO COME BEFORE THE HOUSE. BUT THIS IS THE SIXTH. THIS WILL MAKE US HALFWAY THROUGH THE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS FOR 2012. I WANT TO COMMEND CHAIRMAN CRENSHAW AND MR. HONDA FOR HARD WORK, BLOOD CURDLING DECISIONS THEY HAD TO MAKE. BECAUSE THIS BILL DEALS WITH OUR COLLEAGUES AND US AND THE OPERATION OF THIS BODY THAT WE LOVE. THIS BILL WILL HELP STOP GOVERNMENT OVERSPENDING. STARTING IN OUR OWN BACKYARD. IF WE ARE TRYING TO GET BACK ON A MORE SUSTAINABLE COURSE, WE’VE GOT TO CUT SPENDING WHEREVER WE CAN. AND WE’VE GOT TO MAKE DO WITH LESS. OUR CONSTITUENTS ASK US TO GET OUR OWN FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. AND WE ARE LEADING BY EXAMPLE. WITH THIS LEGISLATION. THIS LEGISLATION PRIORITIZES THE SAFETY OF THE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO WORK IN AND VISIT THE CAPITOL COMPLEX EVERY DAY. PROVIDING ESSENTIAL FUNDING FOR THE CAPITOL POLICE, SERVICES FOR OUR VISITORS, AND NECESSARY MAINTENANCE. BUT WE ARE KEEPING TO OUR COMMITMENT TO REDUCE SPENDING AND SO WE CUT BACK IN OTHER AREAS. WE HAVE TRIMMED THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP. AND THE MEMBER AND COMMITTEE BUDGETS BY OVER 6%. THIS LEGISLATION PROVIDES
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OFFICES. SMALLER BUDGETS FOR OUR OWN AND CONTINUES OUR GOAL OF REDUCING SPENDING ACROSS THE
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. ENTIRE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. TO DEMONSTRATE MY COMMITMENT TO SAVINGS AND THE FEASIBILITY OF REDUCED BUDGETS, EARLIER THIS YEAR, WE DIRECTED THAT MY OWN COMMITTEE, THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, CUT ITS BUDGET NOT BY THE 5% THAT ALL OTHER COMMITTEES CUT, WE SAID WE’LL SEE YOU THAT AND ASK FOR FOUR MORE AND WE CUT OUR BUDGET BY 9%. AND THIS BILL CONTINUES THAT REDUCTION, TRIMMING ANOTHER 6.4%. SO SINCE JANUARY OF THIS YEAR, THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, WHEN THIS BILL IS FINISHED, WILL HAVE CUT ITS OWN BUDGET BY SOME 15.4%. JUST AS AMERICAN FAMILIES ARES FORED TO LIVE WITHIN THEIR MEAN, THEIR REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON SHOULD DO THE SAME. I UNDERSTAND THAT MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ARE CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT THESE CUTS MIGHT MEAN FOR THEIR OWN OFFICES. I KNOW MAKING THESE HARD DECISIONS WILL NOT BE EASY FOR THEM. JUST AS THEY WERE NOT EASY FOR US TO MAKE IN THE FIRST PLACE. BUT THESE CUTS ARE NECESSARY. WE CAN’T ASK EVERYONE ELSE TO MAKE CUTS TO THEIR BUDGETS AND NOT DO THE SAME TO OURSELVES. WE ALL HAVE TO SHARE IN THE SACRIFICE DURING THIS FINANCIAL CRISIS AND I’M PROUD THAT WE’RE DOING OUR PART TO HELP OUR NATION DIG ITSELF OUT OF DANGEROUS JOB-KILLING DEBT SO THAT WE CAN GET OUR ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK. AGAIN, I WANT TO COMMEND CHAIRMAN CRENSHAW AND RANKING MEMBER HONDA AND THEIR STAFFS ON A STRONG BILL THAT MAKES THESE RESPONSIBLE REDUCTIONS AND I URGE OUR COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.
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THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS THANK YOU. BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.
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THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE BEAUTIFUL STATE OF WASHINGTON, MR. DICKS. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. HONDA, FOR YIELDING ME AND I’D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN CRENSHAW, CHAIRMAN ROGERS AND THE STAFF ON BOTH SIDES FOR WHAT THEY’VE BEEN TABLE DO TO ACCOMMODATE THE PRIORITIES OF DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS AS THEY ASSEMBLED THE BILL THIS BILL WOULD FUND THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH, MINUS THE SENATE, AT $3 PPT 3 BILLION, A 4% REDUCTION FROM 2011 AND A 9% REDUCTION FROM FISCAL YEAR 2010. I APPRECIATE THE OVERVIEW THAT CONGRESSMAN HONDA HAS PROVIDED AND WOULD LIKE TO JOIN HIM IN EXPRESSING SERIOUS CONCERN ON BEHALF OF OUR COLLEAGUES REGARDING SECURITY FOR OUR DISTRICT OFFICES AND FOR OFFICIAL EVENTS INVOLVING MEMBERS AS WELL AS THE GENERAL PUBLIC. AFTER THE TRAGIC SHOOTING IN TUCSON, CONGRESS WAS LEFT TO RE-EVALUATE SECURITY IN MEMBERS’ DISTRICTS. WHILE IT IS ONE OF THE MOST — OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE TO ENSURE THAT MEMBERS HAVE — THAT CONSTITUENTS HAVE ACCESS TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, THE TUCSON EVENT IS A REMINDER THAT WE MUST BE VIGILANT IN PROVIDING SECURITY TO STAFF AND HAVE ITORS WHO ATTEND OUR EVENTS. THE EFFORT BY THE HOUSE TO IMPROVE DISTRICT SECURITY AFTER THE SHOOTING PUT MUCH OF THE BURDEN ON THE MEMBERS’ OFFICES, INCLUDING THE PAME FOR THAT SECURITY. AS MEMBERS’ OFFICE BUDGETS ARE BEING CUT FOR THE SECOND TIME IN A REAR, THERE HAS TO BE RECONSIDERATION OF THAT POLICY. PERHAPS WITH AN EYE TOWARD A
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MORE CENTRALIZED APPROACH TO SECURITY. WHILE WE HAVE NOT BEEN SEEING SPECIFIC ESTIMATES OF THE COST INVOLVED HERE, IT WOULD CLEARLY REPRESENT A SUBSTANTIAL EXPENSE, ESPECIALLY THE BUDGET OF THE SECRET SERVICE IS USED AS A GUIDE. THE CAPITOL POLICE APPROPRIATION RECOMMENDED IN THIS BILL — APPROPRIATIONS RECOMMENDED IN THIS BILL IS $340 MILLION, EQUAL TO THE FISCAL YEAR 2011 LEVEL. THE CAPITOL POLICE PROTECT THE ENTIRE CAPITOL COMPLEX WITH PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY FOR 541 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, RESIDENT COMMISSIONERS, AND DELEGATES. BY COMPARISON, THE HOUSE-PASSED SECRET SERVICE APPROPRIATION BILL INCLUDED OVER $1 BILLION FOR THE PROTECTION OF 50 TO 70 INDIVIDUALS, INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT NEFMENT CAPITOL POLICE ARE GOING TO BE REQUIRED TO ASSESS MORE THREATS AGAINST MEMBERS AND TAKE A MORE ACTIVE ROLE IN DISTRICT SECURITY, THE CAPITOL POLICE BUDGET SHOULD REFLECT THESE INCREASED DEMANDS. CONVERSELY, IF MEMBERS’ INDIVIDUAL OFFICE BUDGETS ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO ASSUME THESE ADDITIONAL SECURITY COSTS, THEIR BUDGET SHOULD SOMEHOW REFLECT THIS RESPONSIBILITY. AGAIN, I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HIS WORK ON THE BILL AND THE CHAIRMAN AND MR. ROGERS AND OUR STAFF, WE HAVE A GREAT STAFF AND THEY DO GREAT WORK FOR THIS INSTITUTION. I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME. THE — THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED. I RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. PRICE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I COMMEND BOTH THE CHAIRMAN AND
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RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS BILL, ALTHOUGH WITH AN INADEQUATE ALLOCATION, THERE ARE DECISIONS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE THAT I BELIEVE WILL ADVERSELY AFFECT OUR WORK AND THAT I HOPE CAN BE REHAVE ITED
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DOWN THE LINE. THAT’S NOT WHAT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT AT THIS MOMENT, THOUGH. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT AN UNUSUAL FEATURE OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH BILL THAT I HOPE ALSO CAN BE REHAVE ITED DOWN THE LINE. I WANT TO CALL ATTENTION OF MY COLLEAGUES TO THE ELIMINATION OF A PROGRAM THAT’S SERVED THIS BODY AND OUR NATION’S INTEREST WELL. THE OPEN WORLD LEADERSHIP CENTER. A UNIQUE ENTERPRISE, SPONSORED BY THE LENNELL SLATIVE BRANCH OF OUR GOVERNMENT, SOMETHING THAT I THINK SHOULD MAKE US PROUD OF THIS INSTITUTION. AND ITS INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY PROVIDES ONLY SHUTDOWN EXPENSES FOR THIS PROGRAM. NOW, MR. CHAIRMAN, I’M NOT GOING TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO RESTORE THE PROGRAM’S FUNDING BECAUSE OF THE EXTREMELY LOW SUBCOMMITTEALL CASE AND THE ABSENCE OF ACCEPTABLE — LOW SUBCOMMITTEE ALLOCATIONS AND THE ABSENCE OF ACCEPTABLE OFFSETS, THERE ISN’T MONEY AROUND TO APPLY TO THIS PURPOSE. BUT I CANNOT LET THIS BODY’S COMMITMENT TO THE OPEN WORLD PROGRAM END WITHOUT VOICING MY DISAPPOINTMENT AND MY HOPE THAT THIS MATTER WILL BE RECONSIDERED AND CAN BE RECONSIDERED IN THE CONTEXT OF THE SENATE BILL. THE OPEN RULE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM IS A UNIQUE PROGRAM ADMINISTERED BY THE LIBRARY CONGRESS THAT’S EARNED BIPARTISAN AND BICAMERAL SUPPORT. SINCE 1999, IT’S BOUGHT EERGING LEADERS FROM FORMER SOVIET STATES TO ALL 50 STATES OF OUR COUNTRY, PROVIDING THEM A FIRSTHAND LOOK AT THE U.S. DEMOCRATIC PROCESS, ENABLING THEM TO EXCHANGE IDEAS WITH THEIR AMERICAN COUNTERPARTS, AND ENCOURAGING THEM TO RELATE WHAT THEY LEARN TO THEIR HOME ENVIRONMENTS.
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ARE NOT THE PEOPLE THAT THE PARTICIPANTS IN OPEN WORLD TYPICALLY PARTICIPATE IN INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAMS. THEY’RE NOT JUST THE POLITICAL AND BUSINESS LEAERS IN THE CAPITAL WHO VENTURE TO OTHER PLACES FREQUENTLY. THEY’RE TEACHERS, JUDGES, HEALTH WORKERS, YOUNG ACTIVISTS, ALL SORTS OF PEOPLE WHO LIVE OFTEN IN RURAL AREAS AND SMALLER CITIES. THE PROGRAM PENETRATES DEEPLY. IN MY EXPERIENCE, UNIQUELY SO. THE — RATHER THAN JUST BEING ANOTHER RUN OF THE MILL EXCHANGE PROGRAM. I KNOW ABOUT THIS AND MANY OTHER MEMBERS IN THIS BODY DO AS WELL. I PARTICIPATED PERSONALLY WITH THESE LEADERS AS THEY’VE COME TO MY DISTRICT. THIS IS A WELL DESIGNED PROGRAM. IT’S A PROGRAM THAT HAS MADE AND CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. IT DOESN’T JUST MERELY SCRATCH THE SURFACE. IT INVOLVES RUSSIA, UKRAINE, GEORGIA, ASER BUY ZANN, — AZERBAIJAN, TAJIKISTAN AND SERBIA AND OTHERS. THESE COUNTRIES REMAIN STRATEGICALLY LINKED TO U.S. INTERESTS BECAUSE OF THEIR HISTORY AND THEIR LOCATION IN CENTRAL EUROPE AND EASTERN ASIA. THE OPEN WORLD PROGRAM IS AN EFFECTIVE DIP WILL MATTICK TOOL. MAY I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL TWO
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I YIELD THE MINUTES? GENTLEMAN TWO MORE MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. THE OPEN WORLD PROGRAM IS AN IMPORTANT DIPLOMATIC TOOL. OPEN WORLD IS NOT ABOUT US. IT’S NOT ABOUT US. IT’S NOT ABOUT OUR INSTITUTION. IT’S AN INSTRUMENT OF OUTREACH A UNIQUE ONE. WE SHOULD BE PROUD OF THIS. A UNIQUE INSTRUMENT OF OUTREACH TO A CRITICAL PART OF THE WORLD. ITS LOSS WOULD BE DEEPLY FELT. IN PREVIOUS CONGRESSES, THERE’S BEEN QUESTION OF WHETHER THE OPEN WORLD PROGRAM SHOULD BE PLACED, WHERE IT IS ADMINISTRATIVELY OR IN THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS BILL. I’VE LOOKED AT THIS, AND I’VE CONCLUDED THAT THE PROGRAM’S PLACEMENT IN THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH IS AN ASSET, MAKING CHEER THE PROGRAM IS NOT TIED TO A SPECIFIC ADMINISTRATION WITH ITS FOREIGN POLICY GOALS AND PRIORITIES AND POLITICS. THIS IN FACT WE’RE TOLD HAS SOMETIMES REDEUCED OBSTACLES TO PARTICIPATION. AND HAS MADE THE PROGRAM MORE ACCESSIBLE. MR. CHAIRMAN, CONGRESS’ SPONSORSHIP OF THE OPEN WORLD HAS MADE ME PROUD OF THIS INSTITUTION. WE’VE ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY VERY DIRECTLY FOR PROJECTING OUR DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES AND VALUES TO COUNTRIES WITH HISTORIES OF OPPRESSIVE RULE. WE NEED TO REFLECT FURTHER. WE NEED TO THINK LONG AND HARD ON WHAT IT WOULD MEAN TO DROP THIS PROGRAM. WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT US? WHAT KIND OF OPPORTUNITIES WOULD WE FOR GO? IF WE DO THINK — WE FORGO? IF WE DO THINK LONG AND HARD, I HAVE SOME CONFIDENCE THAT WE WOULD RECONSIDER WHAT THE SUBCOMMITTEE HAS RECOMMENDED. I VERY MUCH HOPE WE WILL HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY. I THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.
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THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. I CONTINUE TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. I YIELD BACK.
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THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED.
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IS CONSIDERED READ FOR PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE BILL AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. NO AMENDMENT TO THE BILL SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-173, EACH MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRESENTED EXCEPT AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 AND AMENDMENT NUMBER 12 MAY BE OFFERED OUT OF THE SPECIFIED ORDER. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, DEBATED FOR THE TIME SPEESFIED IN THE REPORT, EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY AN — BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-173. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE? I RISE AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM FWEA, MR. BISHOP, AND OFFER THE AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRIBTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-173, OFFERED BY MR. HONDA OF CALIFORNIA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE AMENDMENT I’M INTRODUCING ON BEHALF OF MY COLLEAGUE, SANFORD BISHOP, WOULD INCREASE THE CAPITOL POLICE BY A MODEST $1 MILLION FOR CURT. AFTER THE SHOOTING OF REPRESENTATIVE GIFFORDS, THE SERNLT AT ARMS PROVIDED MEMBERS WITH SECURITY REVIEWS THIS PROVIDED MEMBERS WITH A LITANY OF EQUIPMENT AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED TO IMPROVE DISTRICT OFFICE SECURITY. EVEN THOUGH THE RECOMMENDATIONS CAME FROM SECURITY AGENCIES, MEMBERS WERE LEFT TO FUND THE UPGRADES THROUGH THEIR OFFICE BUDGET. BUT MEMBERS’ OFFICES ARE BEING CUT BY MORE THAN 10% IN A YEAR. I’M AFRAID THE STRAIN TO CONTINUE CONSTITUENT SERVICES WILL IMPEDE THE ANY MEMBER’S ABILITY TO PAY FOR THESE UPGRADES. I’M HOPING IT WILL BE A SMALL STEP TO PROVIDE A CENTRALIZED FUND SO THESE UPGRADES ARE NOT IGNORED. THE OFFSET IS FROM A LOWER PRIORITY HEALTH ACCOUNT THAT FUNDS TRANSITION COSTS IN 2012. IT IS NOT A TRANSITION YEAR. DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE? I RESERVE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE? I WANT TO SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN WE’RE ALL CONCERNED ABOUT SECURITY UPGRADES AND ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT. DOES THE GENTLEMAN CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. NO, I ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT THAT MEANS I’M IN FAVOR OF IT. SO I JUST ACCEPTED THE AMENDMENT. THE AMENDMENT IS ACCEPTED. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELD BACK IN THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU, MR. CRENSHAW, I YIELD BACK.
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THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES VISIT. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN
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. HOUSE REPORT 112-173. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? I HAVE AN AMENDMENT
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AT THE DESK MADE IN ORDER UNDER THE RULE. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT. AMENDMENT NUMBER 2, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 112-173. OFFERED BY MR. WATT OF NORTH CAROLINA. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 359, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WATT, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.
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THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES.
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THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. CHAIRMAN, MY AMENDMENT TO THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH BILL WOULD DECREASE FUNDING FOR THE OFFICE OF CONGRESSIONAL ETHICS, THE O.C.E., BY 619,200 AND TRANSFER THESE FUNDS TO THE SPENDING REDUCTION ACCOUNT. I HAVE OFFERED THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE I BELIEVE THERE IS A SUBSTANTIAL BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS, ONE THAT THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE O.C.E. ARE REDUNDANT AND DUPLICATIVE OF THE HOUSE ETHICS COMMITTEE. TWO, THAT THE O.C.E.’S OPERATIONS ARE SUBSTANTIALLY STAFF DRIVEN. AND THE STAFF HAS TAKEN THE O.C.E.’S MISSION WELL BEYOND WHAT WAS INTENDED IN THE STATUTE THAT CREATED THE ENTITY. THREE, THAT THE PROCEDURES OF THE O.C.E. ARE UNFAIR AND SOMETIMES ABUSIVE OF THE RIGHTS OF MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE. FOUR, THAT A SUBSTANTIAL PART OF THE FUNDS WE SPEND ON THE C.O.E. WASTE TAXPAYERS’ MONEY. AND FIVE, THAT USING THOSE FUNDS TO REDUCE OUR DEBT AND DEFICIT WOULD BE A FAR BETTER USE. IN THESE DIFFICULT BUDGET TIMES, I BELIEVE WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO JUDGE THE O.C.E. ON THE SAME CRITERIA ON WHICH WE MEASURE OTHER AGENCIES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. USING THOSE CRITERIA, MY AMENDMENT PROPOSES TO ELIMINATE DUPLICATION, DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY, AND ADHERENCE TO THE PURPOSES FOR WHICH THE AGENCY WAS CREATED. DEMAND FAIR, DUE PROCESS TREATMENT FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AS WE WOULD FOR OTHER EMPLOYEES IN BOTH THE PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTORS. AND FORCE US TO MAKE A CHOICE ABOUT HOW BEST TO USE OUR OVER $600,000 OF TAXPAYER FUNDS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. WHO SEEKS TIME?
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I’D LIKE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. IS THE GENTLEMAN
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OPPOSED? YES, I AM. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. THIS AMENDMENT AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED IS PUNISHMENT BECAUSE SOMEONE DOESN’T LIKE SOME OF THE THINGS O.C.E. HAS DONE. I WILL TELL YOU HAVING DRAFTED THE LEGISLATION, I DON’T LIKE EVERYTHING THEY HAVE DONE, BUT THE APPROPRIATE WAY TO DEAL WITH THAT IS TO AMEND THE RULES OF THE HOUSE OR TO AMEND THEIR OWN RULES. THERE ARE WAYS TO DO THE THINGS THAT OTHERS HAVE BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT. SOME OF WHICH I SHARE. SOME OF WHICH I SHARE. I HAVE EXPRESSED MY CONCERN ON CERTAIN ISSUES TO MEMBERS OF THE O.C.E. IN THE PAST. IT’S NOT TO JUST PICK A NUMBER AND SLASH THAT NUMBER OF 40%. THAT IS NEARLY, AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED, DRACONIAN,
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BOSS. PUNISHMENT TO SAY WE ARE THE YOU’RE NOT. IT’S NOT GOING TO CHANGE ONE THING THAT THE O.C.E. DOES. IT WILL SIMPLY MAKE IT A LITTLE BIT MORE DIFFICULT FOR THIS HOUSE TO MAINTAIN THE INTEGRITY LEVEL THAT WE HAVE STRUGGLED SO
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DESPERATELY TO GAIN BACK OVER THE YEARS. WE HAVE HAD OUR TROUBLES. WE WILL HAVE PROBLEMS IN THE FUTURE. SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES WILL DO SOMETHING THAT NONE OF US WILL LIKE. THE QUESTION IS NOT THAT. THE QUESTION IS HOW DOES THE PUBLIC SEE US? I HAVE A LETTER I’D LIKE TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD THAT I THINK EVERYTHING GOT IN THEIR OFFICE TODAY FROM THE CAMPAIGN LEGAL CENTER, THE CITIZENS FOR RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICS IN WASHINGTON, COMMON CAUSE, DEMOCRACY 21, THE LEAGUE MUCH WOMEN VOTERS, PUBLIC CITIZEN, AND U.S. PERG. I DON’T AGREE WITH WHAT EVERY ONE EVER THESE ORGANIZATIONS STANDS FOR, EITHER. HOWEVER THEY ALL AGREE THAT THIS AGENCY, EVEN WITH ITS FLAWS HAS IMPROVED THE REPUTATION OF THIS HOUSE WHEN IT COMES TO POLICING OUR OWN MEMBERS. I WANT TO BE CLEAR. I DO NOT THINK THEY HAVE DONE A PERFECT JOB. MY GUESS IS I DON’T THINK MOST MEMBERS THINK THE ETHICS
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COMMITTEE HAS DONE A PERFECT JOB OVER THE YEARS. THAT’S NOT THE MEASURE. IF THAT’S THE MEASURE, NONE OF US WOULD BE IN CONGRESS. WE COULDN’T GET ANYTHING DONE BECAUSE THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS PERFECTION. THE MEASURE IS SIMPLY WHAT HAS BEEN DONE TO IMPROVE THE IMAGE OF THIS HOUSE. AND I THINK EVERYONE IN WASHINGTON WHO FOLLOWS THESE THINGS AGREES THAT THE CREATION OF THIS GROUP AND THE ACTION TAKEN OVERALL HAVE IMPROVED THE IMAGE OF THIS HOUSE AND I WOULD SAY THAT A CUT TO THIS LEVEL IS SIMPLY A DRACONIAN MEASURE TO PUNISH THEM FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE AS OPPOSED TO TRY TO
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FUTURE. IMPROVE WHAT THEY DO IN THE
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OF MY TIME. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MR. KING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM
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IOWA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN
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FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE GENTLEMAN’S AMENDMENT. THE REASON FOR IT IS THIS. AS I WATCHED THE STRUCTURE OF THE O.C.E. BE SET UP, AND I SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN, WE HAVE HAD THIS FOR OVER 200 YEARS WE HAD THE ETHICS COMMITTEE TO TAKE CARE OF THIS BUSINESS. WANT TO AMEND THE RULES OF THE HOUSE, LET’S GO BACK TO WHAT THE RULES OF THE HOUSE ARE. BUT THE O.C.E. HAS CROSSED THE LINE OVER AND OVER AGAIN. AND I MAKE THIS POINT THAT THEY HAVE GONE ON WITCH-HUNTS. THEY HAVE TAKEN PIECES OF INFORMATION THAT CAME FROM POLITICAL OPPOSITION ON EITHER
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SIDE, AND EMBELLISHED THAT INTO THINGS. THEY HAVE VIOLATED ROMAN LAW, ENGLISH COMMON LAW, AND THE DECENCY OF THE HOUSE BY THIS. CLASSIFIED, CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION, USED AGAINST MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO DON’T HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO FACE THEIR ACCUSER, WHOSE REPUTATIONS HAVE BEEN DAMAGED BY SOMETIMES I’LL JUST SAY CERTAINLY LEAKS TO THE PRESS. SOMETIMES I SUSPECT WILLFUL LEAKS TO THE PRESS. WE NEED TO GO BACK TO THE ETHICS COMMITTEE DEALING WITH THIS BUSINESS AS IT HAS BEEN FOR OVER TWO CENTURIES. THIS BILL ONLY PASSED BY ONE VOTE A FEW YEARS AGO. AND NOW WE HAVE A WHOLE MACHINERY OUT THERE WHOSE SOUL PURPOSE IT IS — SOLE PURPOSE IT IS TO ASK ORGANIZATIONS ON BOTH SIDES TO COME IN AND SEND INFORMATION IN THAT WOULD BE USED AGAINST MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. I SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN’S AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK TO
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CAROLINA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION?
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MASSACHUSETTS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MR. SPEAKER, I DON’T KNOW ABOUT ROMAN LAW, SHAKY ON ENGLISH LAW AS WELL. I WILL TELL YOU IT DOESN’T VIOLATE ANY AMERICAN LAWS THAT I AM AWARE OF. IF IT DID IT WOULD BE SUBJECT TO ALL KINDS OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS AGAINST THEM. I UNDERSTAND FULLY WELL THAT
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FOR THIS. SOME MEMBERS DIDN’T LIKE VOTING THEY DON’T LIKE THE IDEA OF MEMBERS — OTHER PEOPLE, OTHER THAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, LOOKING AT ANYTHING WE DO. I UNDERSTAND THAT. IT WAS A GREAT ATTEMPT TO TRY TO BALANCE THAT FEAR WITH THE MOVEMENT FORWARD. WHICH IS WHAT WE DID. AND I’D LIKE TO POINT OUT VERY CLEARLY. THAT WHEN THE CONGRESS CHANGED FROM DEMOCRATIC TO REPUBLICAN, THERE WAS NO ATTEMPT BY ANYBODY THAT I AM AWARE OF TO CHANGE ONE ASPECT OF THIS RULE. NOT ONE ASPECT. THAT WAS THE APPROPRIATE TIME. AND HAD SOMEONE DONE IT, I WOULD HAVE BEEN HAPPY TO WORK WITH THEM.
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HERE. I HAVE EXPRESSED MY CONCERNS
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I HAVE EXPRESSED THEM IN THE O.C.E. I HAVE EXPRESSED THEM TO OTHER MEMBERS. I SHARE SOME OF THESE CONCERNS. BUT I DON’T THINK IT’S AN APPROPRIATE THING TO SIMPLY WHEEL THE OLD-FASHIONED POLITICAL TOOL OF A BIG, HEAVY, DRACONIAN WEAPON AND TRY TO SLASH THEIR BUDGET AND THINK YOU ARE GOING TO CHANGE IT. YOU’RE NOT. AND YOU WILL BE PERCEIVED, THIS HOUSE WILL BE PERCEIVED, BY THE GENERAL PUBLIC FOR WHAT THIS IS. SIMPLY ATTEMPT TO ROLL BACK OUR PROGRESS ON POLICING OUR OWN ACTIVITIES. I UNDERSTAND THAT THAT MIGHT MAKE SOME PEOPLE COMFORTABLE. BUT IT’S NOT THE RIGHT THING TO DO.
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AND PEOPLE HERE KNOW THAT. THIS IS PAYBACK. AND I DON’T MIND. I’M ONE OF THE FEW MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE WHO CALL MYSELF PROUDLY A POLITICIAN. I UNDERSTAND PAYBACK. BUT LET’S CALL IT WHAT IT IS. WE DON’T LIKE WHAT THEY DO. AND WE ARE GOING TO DEFUND THEM. DON’T PRETEND THAT SOMETHING ELSE IS GOING ON. THAT’S WHAT IT IS.
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IT WILL BE BAD FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. AND IT WILL NOT CHANGE THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE HAVE EXPRESSED THAT THEY DON’T LIKE. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.
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THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HONDA.
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THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I REALLY UNDERSTAND THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA’S HIGHLIGHTLING SERIOUS CONCERNS WITH A PROCESS HE SEES THE OFFICE OF THE CONGRESSIONAL ETHICS. I SHARE SOME OF THOSE CONCERNS AS WELL AS I SHARE SOME OF THE CONCERNS THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS SHARES. AND IT’S REALLY RAISING THE QUESTION OF TRYING TO IMPROVE THE ETHICS PROCESS IN THE HOUSE AND IMPROVING THE UNDERLYING AUTHORIZATION THAT MAY BE MORE APPROPRIATE IN SEEKING MORE APPROPRIATE FIRST STEPS. AND I THINK THIS MAY BE AN INDICATOR WHERE WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN’S AMENDMENT, BUT AT THE SAME TIME SUPPORT THE ISSUE OF IMPROVING WHAT IT IS THAT HE’S SEEKING. AND I THINK THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS WILL
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PROBABLY BE WILLING TO WORK ON THAT. I THINK MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE WOULD, TOO. RELUCTANTLY WHILE I’M NOT PERSONALLY IN OPPOSITION I THINK THAT IN THIS PORTION OF THE PROCESS I WOULD BE IN OPPOSITION.
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THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON — THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS? THE GENTLEMAN HAS ONE MINUTE REMAINING. I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.
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THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. LET ME JUST ADDRESS THIS WHOLE ISSUE OF RETALIATION. THIS IS NOT RETALIATION. THIS IS A BETTER USE OF THE MONEY THAN THE O.C.E. IS MAKING OF IT. THERE IS AN UNDERCURRENT IN THIS HOUSE, EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT THE O.C.E. PROCESSES HAVE BEEN UNFAIR, UNDEMOCRATIC, AND THEY HAVE SINGLED PEOPLE OUT. AND IT SHOULD STOP. AND WE SHOULD STAND UP AND SAY THAT IT SHOULD STOP. I THINK WE DID NOT GIVE THE O.C.E. THE AUTHORITY TO INITIATE THEMSELVES, INVESTIGATIONS, WITHOUT AN OUTSIDE COMPLAINER.
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THAT. THEY HAVE SYSTEMATICALLY DONE AND TO THE EXTENT THEY HAVE DONE IT, WE HAVE PROVIDED MORE FUNDING THAN I THINK IS APPROPRIATE. WHICH IS WHY I GOT TO 40% AS OPPOSED TO 100%. I WANT THEM TO CONTINUE TO GO ON WITH THE INVESTIGATIONS THAT ARE OUT THERE. AND WHEN OTHER PEOPLE INITIATE THEM, THEY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO PURSUE THEM. BUT THEY SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO INITIATE ON THEIR OWN
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CONGRESS. WITCH-HUNTS AGAINST MEMBERS OF I YIELD BACK.
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THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED SAY NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR,
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THE AMENDMENT — THE NOES HAVE IT. I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE. THE GENTLEMAN ASKS FOR A RECORDED VOTE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18 , FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-173. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION? —
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I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT. AMENDMENT NUMBER 3, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 112-173. OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 359, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. BROUP, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT WOULD REDUCE FUNDING FOR THE JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE BY 25% AND TRANSFER MORE THAN $1 MILLION TO THE DEFICIT REDUCTION ACCOUNT. THE JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE IS TASKED WITH MANY OF THE DUTIES OF OTHER CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES. OTHER COMMITTEES ALREADY PERFORM THESE DUTIES SUCH AS HOLDING HEARINGS, PERFORMING RESEARCH, AND STUDYING THE U.S. ECONOMY. WE HERE IN AMERICA ARE FACING A TREMENDOUS FINANCIAL CRISIS. THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH SHOULD NOT BE EXCLUDED DURING BUDGET CUT DEBATES. THE JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE PERFORMS OVERLAPPING DUTIES THAT COULD EASILY BE MAINTAINED BY THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE OR THE BUDGET COMMITTEE OR EVEN THE RESPECTIVE LEADERSHIP POLICY COMMITTEES. A 25% CUT IS VERY MODEST CONSIDERING THE GRAPHITY OF THE E — GRAVITY OF THE ENORMOUS DEBT WE ARE ACCUMULATING EACH AND EVERY DAY AND WE MUST BEGIN PAYING DOWN THAT DEBT. OUR DEBT LEVEL IS UNSUSTAINABLE. TOTALLY UNSUSTAINABLE. WE ARE BROKE AS A NATION. WE HAVE TO START CUTTING IN EVERY ASPECT OF THE
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— EXPENDITURES. GOVERNMENT’S, PENDY TURES. I BELIEVE THE JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE CAN SUPPORT IT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.
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THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES? THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. THE AMENDMENT WOULD CUT THE JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE BY OVER $1 MILLION OR 25%. THE FUNDING INCLUDED IN THE BILL FOR IS ALREADY LESS THAN THE FUNDING LEVEL PROVIDED TO J.E.C. IN F.Y. 2008. AND THE JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE IS A BICAMERAL CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE. COMPOSED OF MEMBERS FROM EACH THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THERE ARE 10 DEMOCRATS AND 10 REPUBLICANS ON THE COMMITTEE. THE GENTLEMAN DOES NOT HAVE AN AMENDMENT TO GO AFTER THE HOUSE COMMITTEE BUT HAS CHOSEN TO GO AFTER FUNDING FOR THIS JOINT
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. COMMITTEE. I HOPE THIS ISN’T AN EFFORT TO STRIKE FUNDING BECAUSE THE COMMITTEE IS JOINTLY MANAGED WITH THE SENATE. THE LAST THING WE NEED IS LESS COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE TWO BODIES. THIS IS EXACTLY THE TYPE OF ANALYSIS MEMBERS FROM BOTH PARTIES AND AS WE TACKLE
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COMPLEX ECONOMIC ISSUES AS A NATION. I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED. THE JELL RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BRADY. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT, I RESPECT VERY MUCH THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA’S EFFORTS ON CUTTING AND SHRINKING THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT BUT THE JOINT COMMITTEE IS ALREADY UNDER THE APPROPRIATIONS RECOMMENDATION OPERATING BELOW THE 2006 LEVELS SYSTEM OF IT IS DOING MORE THAN ITS SHARE OF SHRINKING AND RUNNING EFFICIENTLY. UNLIKE OTHER COMMITTEES, THE JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE IS CREATED BY LAW TO BE THE COUNTERPART FOR CONGRESS TO WEIGH AGAINST THE PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISORS. IT IS BICAMERAL, IT IS BIPARTISAN AND PROVIDES
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INFORMATION IMPORTANT TO THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT, THE EFFICIENCY OF GOVERNMENT, WHAT CAN GET OUR ECONOMY GOING, AN EXAMPLE OF THE RESEARCH IS THE FOUR MONTHS, WEEKENDS, EVPKS, THAT WAS DONE GOING THROUGH EVERY PAGE OF THE 2,801 NEW — PAGE NEW HEALTH CARE LAW TO IDENTIFY THE BUREAUCRACIES, AGENCIES, TAXES THAT WILL BE BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR. THAT RESEARCH COULD NOT BE DONE. I WOULD TELL YOU THE DEMOCRAT FRIENDS WOULD SAY IT PROVIDES THE SAME TYPE OF ANALYSIS FOR THEIR ISSUES. THIS IS THE TYPE OF INFORMATION CONGRESS NEEDS AS WE MOVE FORWARD ON THE CRITICAL ISSUE OF THE ECONOMY THIS COMMITTEE HAS DONE ITS SHARE OF CUTS. I RESPECTFULLY OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECK NOOZED. I RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. I YIELD BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. I APPRECIATE THAT THIS IS A BICAMERAL, BIPARTISAN COMMITTEE BUT AS I MENTIONED DURING MY FIRST REMARKS, THESE FUNCTIONS COULD BE VERY WELL PERFORMED BY OTHER COMMITTEES, OTHER FUNCTIONS. THESE ARE DUPLICATIVE SERVICES. SO I URGE ADOPTION OF MY AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK. THE QUESTION SON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE QUELT FROM GEORGIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. IT’S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER FOUR PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-173. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT. AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-173, OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF FWEA. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 359, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. BROUN, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FWEA. MY AMENDMENT WOULD REDUCE FUNDING FOR THE OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE TO THE FISCAL YEAR 2008 LEVEL AND WOULD TRANSFER ALMOST HALF A MILLION DOLLARS INTO THE SPEND REGULAR DUCKS ACCOUNT. AT THE TIME WE ARE FACING SUCH PRESSING FISCAL CRISIS, WE HAVE A FINANCIAL FIASCO HERE IN AMERICA BECAUSE OF THE OUTRAGEOUS SPENDING THAT CONGRESS HAS BEEN DOING BY BOTH PARTIES. SCALING BACK THE OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE TO THE 2008 LEVELS IS A MODEST AND REASONABLE REQUEST. WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO MAKE CUTS IN EVERY CORNER OF THE BUDGET THAT WE CAN AND WE HAVE TO PRIORITIZE PAYING DOWN OUR MASSIVE FEDERAL DEBT. IT IS TOTALLY UNSUSTAINABLE. AGAIN IF MOST OFFICES IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN REDUCE THEIR SPENDING BACK TO 2008 LEVELS, IT IS ONLY LOGICAL FOR THE OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE TO DO THE VERY SAME. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?
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THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINS. THE AMENDMENT WOULD CUT THE OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE BY $465,000 EVEN THOUGH IT’S CUT IN THE UNDERLYING BILL 6.4%, THE SAME AS THE OVERALL BILL REDUCTION. I HAVE TO QUESTION THE MOTIVES OF CUTTING THE OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE DISPROPORTIONATELY TO THE OVERALL BILL. MAYBE THE GENTLEMAN IS NOT AWARE BUT THIS OFFICE WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1995 BY THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS TO SANTA FE THE REPUBLICAN CONTRACT WITH AMERICA. THE OFFICE IMPLEMENTS THE CONGRESSIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY ACT TO ENSURE THAT CONGRESS COMPLIES WITH SAFETY, DISCRIMINATIONATION ACCESSIBILITY LAWS THAT EVERYONE ELSE IN THE NATION MUST FOLLOW THIS AMENDMENT SUGGESTS THAT CONGRESS SHOULD EASE UP ON PROVIDING OUR WORKERS A FAIR AND SAFE WORKING ENVIRONMENT. I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND — I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. I ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE GENTLEMAN’S REMARK AND URGE A
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THE GENTLEMAN FROM NO VOTE. GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. I YIELD. I JUST WANT TO CLOSE WITH THE SAME COMMENTS I DID IN THE LAST PARAGRAPH THAT THIS AMENDMENT SUGGESTS THAT CONGRESS SHOULD EASE UP ON REQUIREMENTS TO PROVIDING OUR WORK WERS A FAIR AND SAFE WORKING ENVIRONMENT AND I DON’T THINK WE SHOULD BACK OFF ON THAT. WITH THAT, I YIELD. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE — MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE MY FRIEND MR. HONDA’S COMMENTS. I OFFERED EIGHT AMENDMENTS, ONLY THREE WERE HELD TO BE IN ORDER. I’M NOT LOOKING AT ANYTHING SPECIFICALLY EXCEPT FOR THE WHOLE BILL TO TRY TO CUT SPENDING. BECAUSE IT’S ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL AS WE GO FORWARD THAT WE PUT THIS COUNTRY BACK ON A GOOD FISCAL STANDING. I BELIEVE VERY FIRMLY THAT WE NEED TO LOOK AT EVERY SINGLE NOOK AND CORNER, EVERY DOLLAR SPENT BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND CUT WHEREVER WE CAN. I THINK THIS IS A REASONABLE REQUEST. I YIELD BACK. THE GENTLEMAN — AND I URGE ADOPTION —
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I URGE ADOPTION OF MY AMENDMENT. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE
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AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE QUELT FROM GEORGIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 5 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-173. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO PROPOSE AN AMENDMENT AND I REQUEST THREE MINUTES. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT. AMENDMENT NUMBER 5 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 112-173, OFFERED BY MS. HAYWORTH OF NEW YORK. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 359, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. HAYWORTH, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE
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I YIELD MYSELF GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK. THREE MINUTES. MY AMENDMENT PROPOSES WE CUT THE $632,782, THE PROPOSED INCREASE IN FUNDING TO THE BOE TANNIC GARDEN AND TRANSFER THAT TO THE SPEND REGULAR DUCKS ACCOUNT. WHILE THE BO TANNIC GARDEN IN THE F.Y. 2012 BUDGET RECEIVES AN INCREASE, ALMOST EVERY OTHER ACCOUNT IN THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS BILL HAS BEEN DECREASED, INCLUDING FOR THE CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE, CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, J.C.T. AND THE CAPITOL POLICE BUILDINGS, GROUNDS AND SECURITY ACCOUNT. THE BOE TANNIC GARDEN PROVIDES EDUCATION AND OUTREACH PROGRAMS AND THEY ARE DEFINITELY OF VALUE AND THEY HAVE BEEN COMMENDED IN THE COMMITTEE REPORT FOR THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS. BUT IT IS A TIME OF AUSTERITY AND THE BOE TANNIC GARDENS SHOULD TAKE THE NECESSARY STEPS TO CONTINUE TO PURSUE THOSE PROGRAMS WITH THE SAME FUNDING AS THEY’VE RECEIVED IN FISCAL YEAR 2011. FROUT THE REST OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRAMPLING OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WE’RE CUTTING COSTS. WE’RE ELIMINATING EMPLOYEE SPOTS AND TAKING OTHER REDUCTIVE MEASURES. EACH OF OUR OFFICES WILL BE OPERATING WITH ADDITIONAL CUTS. THE BOE TANNIC GARDEN CAN CONTINUE TO PROVIDE SUCCESSFUL SERVICES WITH THE SAME LEVEL OF FUNDING AS IN F.Y. 2011. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GOSAR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. THANK YOU. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT SUPPORTED WITH MS. HAYWORTH TO REDUCE SPENDING AT THE BOE TANNIC GARDENS. WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A FUNDING CRISIS. IN MY VIEW, THERE ARE FEW PROGRAMS FUNDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT CAN BE EXEMPT FROM CRUTENY. THIS IS AN UNPRECEDENTED FISCAL CRISIS. I APPLAUD THE COMMITMENT TO
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MAKING SPEND REGULAR DUCKS IN THIS BILL INCLUDE REGULAR DEUCING PERSONAL OFFICE EXPENSES AND REDUCING COMMITTEE BUDGETS. THERE ARE MANY WONDERFUL MUSEUMS AND POINTS OF INTEREST HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. AND THE BOTANICAL GARDEN IS AMONG THE BEST MY AMENDMENT, WHICH WOULD REDUCE ITS FUNDING AND TAKE AWAY A PROPOSED INCREASE, IS NOT BASED ON ANY ACT BY THE BOE TANNIC GARDENS. AS AN AVID OUTDOORSMAN AND GARDENER, I DRAW MUCH BENEFIT FROM THE BOE TANNIC GARDENS. OUR AMENDMENT IS NOT INTENDED TO MAKE THE STATEMENT THAT IT’S NOT A GOOD AND WORTHY PROGRAM, IT IS. BUT IT IS NOT CONSTITUTIONALLY MANDATED. IT IS NOT ESSENTIAL TO PROVIDING KEY SERVICES TO AMERICANS. IT DOES NOT GENERATE JOBS. IT DOES CONTRIBUTE TO THE KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD AND THAT HAS GREAT VALUE. OUR COUNTRY IS IN THE MIDST OF AN EPIC FISCAL CRISIS THAT THREATENS THE LIVELIHOOD OF EVERY AMERICAN AND EVEN GOOD AND WORTHY PROGRAMS CANNOT BE SPARED FROM EVERY EFFORT TO SCALE DOWN OUR FEDERAL BUDGET SIGNIFICANTLY THIS PROPOSED AMENDMENT IS A FAIR CUT. IN LIGHT OF OUR FISCAL CRISIS A MODEST CUT. IN KEEPING WITH THE OTHER CUTS IN THIS BILL. I’M CONFIDENT THAT EVEN WITH THIS REDUCED BUNNELL, THEY’LL THE BOE TANNIC GARDEN WILL BE ABLE TO OFFER AN EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE OALL OF US AND TO OUR CONSTITUENTS WHEN THEY COME TO CAPITOL HILL. I YIELD BACK.
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THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE? I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. WHILE I’M NOT NECESSARY OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT, I THINK THE RECORD SHOULD BE CLEAR TO SUGGEST THE $600,000 INCREASE IN THE BOE TANNIC GARDEN IS NOT NEEDED IS NOT TRUE. IT WILL BE USED FOR PAINTING, ELECTRICAL UPGRADES, EVAP RAHTIVE COOLING SYSTEM UPGRADES AND THE REPLACEMENT FOR A VENT SYSTEM USED IN THE GREENHOUSE. I APPLAUD THE CHAIRMAN FOR FUNDING THIS NECESSARY MAINTENANCE WORK SO WE DON’T HAVE MORE EXPENSIVE MAINTENANCE IN THE FUTURE. THIS DOES NOT FUND MILLIONS IN THE DEFERRED MAINTENANCE TO SUSTAIN AND IMPROVE OUR AGING NATIONAL ICONIC BUILDINGS, INCLUDING THE CAPITOL. HOWEVER, THE CHAIRMAN FOUND A SMALL AMOUNT TO TRY TO KEEP UP WITH MAINTENANCE IN THE BOE TANNIC GARDEN AND THE MEMBER OS ATTACK BECAUSE THEY CAN GET A GOOD HEADLINE IN THE PAPER. I RESERVE. THE YEALT FROM NEW YORK. I APPRECIATE THE POINTS THE GENTLEMAN HAS MADE BUT WHEN WE’RE RUNNING A DEFICIT OF $1.4 TRILLION AT LEAST, WE HAVE TO SEEK TO PURSUE SENSIBLE MEASURES TO REDUCE BUDGETS WHEREVER WE CAN AND WE ARE UNFORTUNATELY FACED WITH A TIME IN OUR HISTORY IN WHICH WHAT IS NICE TO HAVE OR GOOD TO HAVE MUST YIELD TO WHAT WE ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE. AND THEREFORE I WILL DEFEND THE PROPOSED REDUCTION IN THE
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ACCOUNT THAT WE HAVE MADE IN THIS AMENDMENT.
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AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. THANK YOU AND I BELIEVE THERE ARE OTHER

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