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House Session 2011-12-20 (10:00:53-11:02:25)


THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BY REFUSING TO LET THIS BILL COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY, THE MAJORITY IS APROGATING ITS RESPONSIBILITY TO THE COUNTRY. WE SHOULD OPPOSE THIS RULE. THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED.
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CAROLINA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA, DR. FOXX. THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM SOUTH CAROLINA FOR HANDLING THE RULE AND FOR YIELDING TWO MINUTES. AND I WANT TO SAY FIRST OFF THAT WE SHOULD ALL VOTE FOR THIS RULE. AND WE SHOULD VOTE FOR THE RESOLUTION THAT’S GOING TO COME UP LATER. I WANT TO POINT OUT TO MY COLLEAGUES AGAIN THAT YOU ARE ENTITLED TO YOUR OPINION BUT YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED TO REWRITE HISTORY. THE HOUSE PASSED A BILL LAST WEEK, A BIPARTISAN BILL. THERE’S BEEN SO MUCH TOUTING OF THE SENATE BIPARTISAN BILL, BUT NOT ONE MENTION OF THE FACT THAT — BY OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT WE PASSED A BIPARTISAN BILL LAST WEEK WHICH DID EXACTLY WHAT THE PRESIDENT, MS. PELOSI, MR. HOYER, ALL ROSE IN CHARGE OF THE DEMOCRAT PARTY SAID THEY WANTED A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF THE POLICY PASSED LAST YEAR. WE PASSED — IT ALSO STOPPED RAISES FOR CONGRESS AND FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AN CUT SPENDING. WHAT OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE CANNOT DO AND WHAT THE PRESIDENT SEEMS INCAPABLE OF DOING IS CUTTING FEDERAL SPENDING. WHICH IS DESPERATELY WHAT WE NEED IN THIS COUNTRY. AND I WANT TO POINT OUT TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK WHO SAYS THAT WE ARE DOING NOTHING HERE TODAY, WE ARE NOT DOING ANYTHING, I BELIEVE IS HER COMMENT. I’LL POINT OUT THAT THE CONSTITUTION IN ARTICLE 1, SECTION 1 DEVISES THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, AND SECTION 2 IT TALKS ABOUT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. IF THE FOUNDERS THOUGHT THE HOUSE WAS IRRELEVANT AND OBVIOUSLY MY COLLEAGUE THINKS THAT THE HOUSE IS IRRELEVANT, THEN MAYBE SOME PEOPLE SHOULD GO HOME. DON’T THINK THE HOUSE IS IRRELEVANT. MR. REID HAS SAID THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MUST PASS THEIR BILL. WELL, NOBODY MADE MR. REID THE KING. AND I DON’T THINK THAT WE HAVE TO DO WHAT MR. REID SAYS. HE HAS A VERY HIGH OPINION OF HIMSELF. I THINK WE DO WHAT THE CONSTITUTION TELLS US TO DO. WHEN THERE IS A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION, THEN WE GO TO CONFERENCE. A NO VOTE TO OUR COLLEAGUES MEANS THEY DON’T WANT TO FOLLOW REGULAR ORDER AND WANT TO CONTINUE THE UNCERTAINTY. WHAT HAS THE SENATE DONE THIS YEAR? THE SENATE HAS PASSED APPROXIMATELY 10 SUBSTANTIVE BILLS. IT’S MY OPINION THAT THE SENATE IS OUT OF TOUCH. A TWO-MONTH BILL IS NOT APPROPRIATE. THEY WANT — INSTEAD OF BEING AN ALICE IN WONDERLAND LIKE MY COLLEAGUE SAID LAST NIGHT, WE ARE IN 1984. THE GENTLELADY’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE SENATE OR ITS MEMBERS. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM COLORADO, A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, MS. DEGETTE. THE GENTLELADY FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. SPEAKER, I’M MAD, TOO. I’M MAD AT THE SENATE. I’M MAD THIS IS A SHORT-TERM EXTENSION. I’M MAD THAT THIS ALLOWS THIS PIPELINE THAT I OBJECT TO TO BE BUILT. AND I, TOO, AM MAD AT THE WAY IT’S PAID FOR. BUT THEN, MR. SPEAKER, I THINK ABOUT THE SIX CONSTITUENTS THAT I MET WITH A DUMB WEEKS — COUPLE WEEKS AGO IN DENVER. ALL SIX ARE UNEMPLOYED AND HAVE BEEN FOR OVER TWO YEARS. EVERY MORNING THESE SIX FOLKS WAKE UP WITH HOPE. THEY SEND OUT RESUMES. THEY MAKE PHONE CALLS. THEY VISIT OFFICES. THEY DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN THINK OF TO GET A JOB. BY THE END OF THE DAY, THEY ARE DISPIRTED. BY THE END OF THE WEEK ON SUNDAY NOW WE WANT TO REMOVE ALL HOPE THEY WILL HAVE TO SUBSIST IN ANY WAY. THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN 12 DAYS. THERE’S ALMOST 36,000 PEOPLE LIKE THIS IN MY DISTRIDGET. THERE’S 2.2 MILLION OF THEM AROUND THE COUNTRY. OR I THINK ABOUT THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES WHO DO HAVE JOBS. NOW, THESE FOLKS AS OF JANUARY 1 ARE ALL GOING TO LOSE $1,000 IN THEIR PAYCHECKS. IN 12 DAYS. THESE PEOPLE HAVE PLANNED THEIR CHRISTMAS BUDGETS AROUND THAT MON ANY. NOW EITHER — MONEY. NOW THEY’LL HAVE TO CHARGE IT ON CRIR EDIT CARDS OR MAYBE THEY WON’T BUY TOYS UNDER THE TREE BECAUSE OF CONGRESS. MERRY CHRISTMAS. DON’T FOOL YOURSELF. I HAVE BEEN IN CONGRESS 15 YEARS NOW. THE SENATE IS NOT COMING BACK. THERE WON’T BE A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE. THIS MOTION EFFECTIVELY KILLS THE BILL. LET’S STOP ARGUING ABOUT PROCESS. LET’S STOP ARGUING ABOUT WHAT WE WANT TO SEE. LET’S STOP DEMAGOGUING THIS ISSUE. LET’S TART TALKING FOR ONCE ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT WE — LET’S START TALKING FOR ONCE ABOUT THE PEOPLE WE REPRESENT AND WHO WILL LOSE HOPE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON BECAUSE OF US. LET’S DEFEAT THIS MOTION. LET’S ADOPT THE BIPARTISAN SENATE BILL. LET’S COME BACK IN JANUARY AND WORK TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN AND BICAMERAL WAY TO ACTUALLY
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FIX THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK. THE
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GENTLELADY’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, — THE
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GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GOOD MORNING, I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON THIS ISSUE. I AS MOST AMERICANS LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR. IT’S CHRISTMASTIME WHERE WE CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF CHRIST AND SPEND TIME WITH OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND AT CHURCH. I SENT A QUICK MEMMING TO MY WIFE LAST NIGHT, HONEY, I MAY BE A HERE A WHILE. SHE SAID WE HAVE FIVE DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS. AMERICA NEEDS A FIGHT. WE NEED YOU.
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AMERICA NEEDS US TO BE HERE WORKING. A LOT HAS BEEN SAID TODAY, BUT THE FACT IS SIMPLE. THE SENATE PUT A BAD AMENDMENT ON A BILL. WITH ALMOST AS MANY DEMOCRATS VOTING FOR IT AS REPUBLICANS VOTING AGAINST IT. A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT DOES WHAT THE PRESIDENT ASKS US TO DO WHICH IS TO EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX CUT FOR 12 MONTHS. 12 MONTHS IS WHAT THE PRESIDENT ASKED FOR. 12 MONTHS IS WHAT WE DID. NOW, THE SENATE IN THEIR HAYES TO GET OUT OF TOWN — HASTE TO GET OUT OF TOWN PASSED IT FOR 60 DAYS. NOW, I WOULD RESPECTFULLY SUBMIT IF THEY HAD DONE ANY CONSIDERATION AT ALL, THEY WOULD HAVE MADE IT 90 DAYS. I’M ONE OF THOSE WHO SIGNED A QUARTLY WAGE IN TAX RETURN LIKE MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES. I ASK THE PRESIDENT TO STAND WITH THE REPUBLICAN HOUSE. LET’S PASS THIS TAX CUT FOR A
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US TO DO. YEAR AND DO WHAT AMERICANS NEED THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PANE LO. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR 90 SECONDS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKERMENT I LOVE CHRISTMAS, TOO. BUT WHEN THE GENTLEMAN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SUGGESTS THAT SOMEHOW THEY ARE GOING TO STAY AROUND HERE AFTER
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ONE MINUTE. TODAY, I DON’T BELIEVE THAT FOR I GUARANTEE AT THE END OF THE
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DAY THE REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO GO HOME. THE DIFFERENCE IS THEY ARE GOING TO GO HOME WITHOUT HAVING PASSED THE SENATE BILL THAT ALLOWS PEOPLE TO GET THEIR PAYROLL TAX CUTS, THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, AND THE
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SENIORS TO GO OUT AND BE ABLE TO ACCESS MEDICARE. IF YOU REALLY CARED ABOUT THESE ISSUES, THEN YOU WOULD PASS THE SENATE BILL. YOU WOULDN’T PUT UP A VOTE THAT REJECTS THE SENATE BILL AND
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AT ALL. DOESN’T ALLOW US TO CONSIDER IT DON’T KID ANYBODY HERE. AT THE END OF THE DAY THE REPUBLICANS WILL GO HOME. THE CONSEQUENCE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS THAT THE ECONOMY IS IN A VERY PERILOUS SITUATION RIGHT NOW. IF YOU TAKE THIS TAX CUT AND YOU DON’T EXTEND IT, THEN IT’S VERY POSSIBLE PEOPLE WON’T HAVE MONEY TO SPEND, THE ECONOMY WON’T GROW, AND THIS TEETERING ECONOMY COULD EASILY FALL BACK INTO A RECESSION AGAIN. SO I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON HERE. ALL I CAN THINK OF IS THE TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS, THE EXTREMISTS ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, ARE WAGGING THE REPUBLICAN DOG AND SAYING TO YOUR LEADERSHIP, WE DOESN’T WANT TO DO THIS. THEY COULDN’T WANT THE — DON’T WANT THE PAYROLL TAX EXTENSION. I DON’T KNOW WHY HE THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THAT’S THE BOTTOM LINE. ARE YOU GOING HOME AT THE END OF THE DAY. THERE ISN’T GOING TO BE A BILL PASSED HERE. THE DEADLINE WILL BE REACHED ON JANUARY 1 AND PEOPLE WILL BE WITHOUT THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE AND A TAX INCREASE. THAT’S WHAT THE CONSEQUENCES OF
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I HAVE BEEN HEARING THE THIS. REPUBLICANS FOR YEARS SAYING, THEY DON’T WANT A TAX INCREASE. WELL, THEY DON’T CARE IF THE TAX INCREASE IS ON THE MIDDLE CLASS. IF IT’S ON THE WEALTHY, THEY DON’T WANT THAT. BUT IT’S OK TO INCREASE TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS.
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THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. TOM REED. THE
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GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.
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THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AND UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. WHY? BECAUSE ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. THE ARROGANCE OF THIS PLACE IS OUTSTACK. — IS OUTSTANDING. IT’S UNBELIEVABLE. YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT FROM THE EYES OF OUR CONSTITUENTS AND THE PEOPLE BACK HOME. TWO MONTHS OF CERTAINTY FOR PEOPLE WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR PAYROLL? TO THEIR PAYCHECKS? TWO MONTHS FOR HOW OUR DOCTORS ARE GOING TO GET PAID FOR CARING OUR OUR SICK AND OLD? THAT’S RIDICULOUS. I’LL TELL MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THERE IS A NEW DAWN THAT HAS EMERGED IN THIS CHAMBER. WE ARE NO LONGER GOING TO RUN
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FROM OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO GOVERN.
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OPEN. WE ARE GOING TO DO IT IN THE WE ARE GOING TO DO IT HONESTLY. AND WE ARE GOING TO DO IT IN A WAY THAT PROVIDES CERTAINTY TO THESE PROBLEMS BECAUSE GOD KNOWS WE CAN NO LONGER AFFORD BAND-AID. WE NEED REAL SOLUTIONS. LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS. I PLEAD WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO JOIN US AND REACH A RESOLUTION THAT BRINGS CERTAINTY FOR
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LONGER PERIOD OF TIME THAN TWO MONTHS.
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OF MY TIME. WITH THAT I YIELD THE BALANCE THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. MR. SPEAKER, I’M PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.
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THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE HERE BASICALLY BECAUSE THE JOKER HAS TAKEN CONTROL OF THE CONGRESS. EVERYONE KNOWS THAT THIS IS A PROCEDURAL CALAMITY THAT WILL NOT WORK. THE HOUSE BILL WAS DEAD ON ARRIVAL IN THE OTHER BODY BECAUSE IT RAISED THE PREMIUM OF MEDICARE ON SENIORS. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT WE ARE DOING TODAY. THE WASHINGTON REPUBLICANS ARE TAKING A HIGH RISK GAMBLE. THIS IS GAMBLING. THIS IS THROWING THE DICE. A SENATOR SAID IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE EXTEND THE SHORT TERM TO GET TO THE LONG TERM ON PAYROLL TAX. RICHARD LUGAR SAID WE MUST DO WHAT IS BEST FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MY VOICE MIGHT BE A LITTLE RASPY, BUT I AM WATCHING THE TREES AND THE LIGHTS IN PEOPLE’S HOMES AS WE GO THROUGH THE HOUSE YOU CAN SEE THOSE LIGHTS BRIGHTLY SHINING. THEN YOU GET CLOSER TO THAT TREE AND YOU SEE THEM BEGINNING TO POP AND BURN AS THE CHRISTMAS TREE BURNS. AND THEN THOSE WHO HAVE LIGHTS IN THEIR HOMES, CANDLES, YOU SEE THEM BURNING TO THE VERY END. IT IS EXTINGUISHED. THEY ARE PUTTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN DARKNESS. THAT’S WHAT THIS JOKE IS DOING. NOT EVEN ALLOWING US TO BE ABLE TO HAVE AN UP OR DOWN VOTE ON THE SENATE BILL THAT GIVES US TWO MONTHS TO HELP OUR SENIORS HAVE THEIR DOCTORS AND TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THE REIMBURSEMENT. I SUBMIT INTO THE RECORD THE RULE COMMITTEE AGENDA. CAN I HAVE 15 SECONDS? I DON’T HAVE ANY MORE TIME. THE GENTLELADY’S TIME HAS EXPIRED.
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THIS IS A JOKE.
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VOTE AGAINST IT. VOTE AGAINST THIS RULE. I YIELD BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. JEFF LANDRY. THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CALL OUT HYPOCRISY. BECAUSE IT IS AMAZING THAT THE SAME LEVEL OF UNCERTAINTY THAT MY COLLEAGUES FROM ACROSS THE AISLE HAVE INJECTED INTO OUR ECONOMY TODAY, WHICH IS FAILING OUR ECONOMY, THEY NOW WANT TO INJECT THAT TYPE OF UNCERTAINTY INTO THE AMERICAN FAMILY’S BUDGET. TWO MONTHS? THE PILLAR, ONE OF THE PILLARS OF THE PRESIDENT’S JOBS BILL WAS THE EXTENSION OF THE PAYROLL TAX FOR ONE YEAR. AND YET REPUBLICANS AGREED WITH HIM AND SENT OVER TO THE SENATE A BILL WHICH EXTENDS THAT PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY FOR ONE YEAR. AND YET THE SENATE CAN ONLY GIVE US A SIXTH OF THAT. WHERE IS THE COMPROMISE? WHERE IS THE AGREEMENT? WHERE HAS THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER AND THE PRESIDENT MISSED EACH OTHER? THE PRESIDENT WANTED A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION AND THAT IS WHAT WE STAND FOR TODAY. IS A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION TO THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY TO GIVE CERTAINTY TO AMERICAN FAMILIES AT A TIME WHEN THEY NEED IT THE MOST. AND I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER. THE
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BALANCE OF HIS TIME. GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. MR. SPEAKER, I’M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, THE ASSISTANT DEMOCRAT LEADER, MR. CLYBURN. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.
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THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO THANK THE 89 SENATORS, 50 DEMOCRATS, AND 39 REPUBLICANS, FOR THEIR BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT TO EXTEND THE CURRENT PAYROLL TAX CUT, UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS, AND MEDICARE DOC FIX PAYMENTS FOR ANOTHER 60 DAYS WHILE WE CONTINUE TO SEE COMMON GROUND FOR A FULL 12-MONT EXTENSION. LET THERE BE NO MISTAKE, THE ONLY WAY FOR THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY TO PREVENT A TAX INCREASE ON 160 MILLION WORKING AMERICANS IS TO PASS THE
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. BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT. LET ME BE KRIS CAL CLEAR. THE ONLY WAY OF NOT CAN UTTING OFF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE FOR 2.3 MILLION AMERICANS WHO ARE CURRENTLY UNEMPLOYED AND LOOKING FOR WORK IS TO PASS THE BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT. THE ONLY WAY TO PREVENT FUNDS TO PAY DOCTORS WHO CARE FOR MEDICARE PATIENTS IS TO PASS THE BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT. NOW, WHEN THIS THING HAPPENED LAST WEEKEND THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER AND SENATE MINORITY LEADER DEMONSTRATED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS CAN WORK TOGETHER. THEY HAMMERED OUT A COMPROMISE ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, I’M SURE THAT MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE HAVE HEARD THEIR 20’S ASK AS I’VE HEARD MINE ASK TIME AND TIME AGAIN — CONSTITUENTS ASK AND I HAVE HEARD MINE ASK TIME AND TIME AGAIN, WHY CAN’T YOU GUYS WORK TOGETHER TO GET THINGS DONE FOR THE AMERICAN
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IT’S A GOOD QUESTION. PEOPLE? IT’S A FAIR QUESTION, AND THE SENATE HAVE ANSWERED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE BY PASSING THIS LEGISLATION AND IT’S MY FERVOR HOPE THAT WE WILL DO SO ALSO. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PUT PARTISANSHIP ASIDE AND JOIN OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE OTHER BODY TO DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BRING THE BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT
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TO THE FLOOR AND LET’S HAVE A VOTE. I YIELD BACK. THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED.
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CAROLINA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH
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MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE GREAT CHAIRMAN OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, DAVID DREIER. THE
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GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. WITHOUT OBJECTION. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM NORTH CHARLESTON FOR HIS WORK ON THIS RULE. UNCERTAINTY IS THE ENEMY OF PROSPERITY AND ECONOMIC GROWTH AND WE KNOW THAT EXTENDING THIS PACKAGE FOR A YEAR WILL IN FACT BE DOING EXACTLY WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS SAID IS NECESSARY FOR US TO DO. HE SAID IT’S INEXCUSABLE FOR US NOT TO EXTEND THIS FOR A YEAR, AND SO WE GOT A GREAT CHANCE TO DO THIS. THE OTHER ISSUE THAT I THINK IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE, MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT UNCERTAINTY IS NOW POSING A NATIONAL SECURITY
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AMERICA. THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES OF AND I SAY THAT BECAUSE LAST NOIT STEVEN HARPER, THE PRIME MINISTER — NIGHT STEVEN HARPER, THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA, HAD AN INTERVIEW ON CANADIAN TELEVISION THAT HE SAID THERE WOULD BE APPROVAL OF THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE THAT WOULD ALLOW FOR THE FLEE OF CANADIAN ENERGY TO COME INTO THE UNITED STATES — FLOW OF CANADIAN ENERGY TO COME INTO THE UNITED STATES. OBVIOUSLY UNCERTAINTY EXISTS AND SO HE MADE IT VERY CLEAR. HE SAID, HE’S VERY SERIOUS ABOUT SELLING THAT ENERGY, MOVING THAT ENERGY TO ASIA AND WE KNOW THAT MEANS TO CHINA. NOW, I’M NOT OPPONENT OF CHINA’S ECONOMIC GROWTH BUT I DO BELIEVE THE POTENTIAL FOR US TO WORK WITH OUR CLOSE ALLY TO THE NORTH IS A VERY, VERY
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GROWTH. IMPORTANT PART OF OUR ECONOMIC JOB CREATION HERE WOULD BE ENHANCED BY IT, AND WE KNOW IT WOULD HELP US HAVE ACCESS TO LOWER COST ENERGY. AND SO, MR. SPEAKER, NOT ONLY IS ENERGY UNCERTAINTY THE ENEMY OF ECONOMIC GROWTH AND PROSPERITY, BUT UNCERTAINTY IS NOW JEOPARDIZING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, SOME HAVE TRIED TO MAKE THE CLAIM THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE AN UNOR DOWN VOTE ON THE SENATE MEASURE. LET ME — UP OR DOWN VOTE ON THE SENATE MEASURE. THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE IS GOING TO MOVE TO DISAGREE WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENTS AND REQUEST A CONFERENCE, MR. CAMP. THAT’S THE MOTION THAT THE MAJORITY — THAT THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE WILL HAVE. WHAT THAT MEANS, MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT ANY MEMBER, ANY MEMBER WHO BELIEVES THAT WE SHOULD ACCEPT THE SENATE TEMPORARY TWO-MONTH EXTENSION, THAT PROPOSAL THAT ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL PAYROLL REPORTING CONSORTIUM HAS SAID IS UNWORKABLE AND BLOOMBERG NEWS SAID IS UNWORKABLE AOTHER INDEPENDENT ANALYSES SAYS IS UNWORKABLE, IF A MEMBER SUPPORTS THAT MEASURE THEY SHOULD VOTE NO TO THE MOTION THAT WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CAMP, WHICH SAYS I MOVE TO DISAGREE IN THE SENATE AMENDMENTS AND REQUEST A CONFERENCE. AND SO I THINK IT’S VERY CLEAR, WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY, A RESPONSIBILITY TO DO THE PEOPLE’S BUSINESS. IT’S TRUE, OUR SENATE COLLEAGUES HAVE GONE HOME. OUR SENATE COLLEAGUES HAVE GONE HOME AND THEY SAY THEY DON’T WANT TO ACT. WE NEED TO REQUEST THIS CONFERENCE SO THAT THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE CAN APPOINT CONFEREES AND WORK CAN BEGIN IMMEDIATELY. WHY IS IT THAT ONE WOULD BELIEVE THAT CREATING THIS UNCERTAINTY IN A TEMPORARY TWO-MONTH EXTENSION WILL ALLOW US TO GET THE WORK DONE NEXT YEAR? IT NEEDS TO BE DONE NOW. WE HAVE A DECEMBER 31 DEADLINE. WE’RE GOING TO SEE A TAX INCREASE GO INTO EFFECT IF WE DON’T ACT BECAUSE, WHILE THE SENATE MEASURE PROVIDES $166 TAX BENEFIT ON THE PAYROLL
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$1,000. ISSUE, OURS WOULD PROVIDE MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE GET THIS WORK DONE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AND WE ARE HERE PREPARED TO DO IT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE
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BALANCE OF HIS TIME. GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. MR. SPEAKER, I’M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE AND MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING TO ME. I HAVE A CHALLENGE TO MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WHO CLAIM WHO WANT TO EXTEND THE PAYROLL TAX FOR A YEAR. GIVE US A CLEAN VOTE ON EXTENDING THE PAYROLL TAX FOR A YEAR. GIVE IT TO US TODAY AND WE WILL PASS IT. YOU TALK ABOUT THE BILL THAT WAS PASSED IN THE HOUSE.
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IT. THAT BILL HAD POISON PILL IN IT MIXED APPLES WITH ORANGES. IT HAD A VOTE ON THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE. IT WAS DESIGNED TO KILL IT. IF YOU’RE SERIOUS AND YOU REALLY WANT A MIDDLE-CLASS TAX EXTENSION, PAYROLL TAX CUT, GIVE US A CLEAN VOTE. THAT’S ALL WE’RE ASKING FOR. THE TRUTH IS THAT MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE INTERESTED IN TAX CUTS FOR MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES BUT THEY’RE NOT INTERESTED IN TAX CUTS FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. AS THE DEMOCRATS ARE. SO GIVE US A CLEAN BILL AND THEN WE’LL CALL THE SENATE BACK TO PASS IT. WHAT THE SENATE HAS DONE IS GIVEN US A TWO-MONTH BREATHER. LET’S TAKE THE TWO-MONTH BREATHER AND THEN PASS A CLEAN, A CLEAN DOC FIX, A CLEAN EX-HE THINKS — EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. NOT WITH POISON PILLS OR EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL TO KILL IT. GIVE US A CLEAN BILL AND WE’LL PASS IT. I CHALLENGE MY REPUBLICAN
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COLLEAGUES WHO CONTROL THIS HOUSE. THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED.
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CAROLINA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH MR. SPEAKER, I’M PREPARED TO CLOSE SO I’LL RESERVE MY TIME. THE
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GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. I HAVE ONE MORE SPEAKER. I’D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO OUR DEMOCRAT LEADER, MS. PELOSI. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.
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THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I THANK HER FOR HER LEADERSHIP IN FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT AT THE RULES COMMITTEE. I COMMEND HER FOR HER PATIENCE AND ALSO FOR HER GREAT THAT SHE BRINGS TO THIS DEBATE. THIS IS A PRETTY SIMPLE MATTER. THE FACT IS WHAT WE’RE DEBATING HERE TODAY IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, TO AMERICA’S WORKING FAMILIES AND THEY KNOW IT. SO MUCH OF WHAT WE DEBATE ON THE FLOOR MAY APPEAR IRRELEVANT TO MEETING THEIR NEEDS. THIS IS A — HAS A DIRECT CONNECTION TO THE DEBATE THAT WE HAVE AROUND OUR TABLE OF DISCUSSION HERE.
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DISCUSSIONS THAT ARE HAPPENING IT RELATES DIRECTLY TO AT KITCHEN TABLES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS PEOPLE PREPARE FOR THE HOLIDAYS, TO SEE IF THEY’RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A HOLIDAY AND IF THEY’RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO PAY THE BILLS COME JANUARY. LAST NIGHT THE LEADERSHIP OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ANNOUNCED THAT BILL THAT THE PROCEDURE TODAY WOULD BE THAT WE WOULD BE ABLE TO VOTE UP OR DOWN ON THE SENATE BILL. IN A MATTER OF MINUTES, FROM THE TIME IT WENT TO THE RULES COMMITTEE, THEY CHANGED THAT AND SAID WE WOULDN’T HAVE A CHANCE TO VOTE UP OR DOWN ON THE SENATE BILL. THIS ISN’T, THOUGH, ABOUT PROCESS. IT’S ABOUT, WHY IS THIS HAPPENING AND WHY CAN’T WE GET THE JOB DONE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? WHAT IS AT STAKE IS THE FOLLOWING — GIVEN THE CHANCE TO HAVE AN UP OR DOWN VOTE ON THE SENATE BILL WILL PROBABLY ATTRACT SOME REPUBLICAN SUPPORT. WHEN PASSED IT COULD GO DIRECTLY TO THE PRESIDENT, BE SIGNED INTO LAW TODAY, WE MOVING ALL DOUBT IN THE MINDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AS TO WHETHER THE FOLLOWING WILL OCCUR — THEY WILL GET A $1,500 TAX CUT FOR MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES, $160 — 160 MILLION AMERICAN WORKERS WILL GET THE TAX CUT. IT WILL MEAN 48 MILLION SENIORS WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THEIR DOCTORS UNDER MEDICARE. IT WILL MEAN UP TO TWO MILLION PEOPLE WILL BE RECEIVING UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE IN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS. FOR SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE, LOSING THAT UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE CUTS OFF ANY MEANS OF SUPPORT FOR THEM. IS THAT WHAT WE ARE HERE TO DO? I THOUGHT WE WERE HERE TO DO WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT US TO DO. WHAT THEY HAVE SAID THEY WANT US TO DO IS WORK TOGETHER TO GET THE JOB DONE. WHY CAN’T WE WORK TOGETHER? A. B, THEY WANT JOBS AND THEY WANT THIS TAX CUT. DEMOCRATS, INDEPENDENTS, REPUBLICANS WANT THIS TAX CUT. IN FACT, REPUBLICANS SUPPORT THE PAYROLL TAX CUT. THAT IS REPUBLICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE VOTED FOR THIS. 90% OF THE SENATE IN A BIPARTISAN WAY VOTED FOR THIS TAX CUT. IT IS JUST THE EXTREME TEA PARTY ELEMENT OF THE REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WHO OF STANDING IN THE WAY OF A TAX CUT FOR 160 MILLION AMERICANS, UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND MEDICARE OPPORTUNITY FOR 48 MILLION SENIORS. THE REPUBLICANS SAY THIS IS TOO SHORT. IT REMINDS ME OF A YOGI BERRA STORY. HE SAID, I DON’T LIKE THE FOOD AT THAT RESTAURANT. BESIDES, THE SERVINGS ARE TOO SMALL. WELL, THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE SAYING HERE. THEY NEVER WANTED A TAX CUT AND NOW THEY’RE SAYING THE TAX CUT
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FOR MIDDLE-INCOME PEOPLE IS TOO SMALL. SO WHAT IS IT? THE RECORD SHOWS THAT AS RECENT AS — AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SAID THE TAX CUT — EVEN THE ONE-YEAR TAX CUT WAS A SHORT-TERM GIMMICK, AND HE OPPOSED IT. IT WASN’T UNTIL PRESIDENT OBAMA WENT ACROSS THE COUNTRY WITH THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT TO PERSUADE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO SUPPORT THE JOB CREATION THAT HE WAS ADVOCATING. ONE PART OF THAT WAS THE PAYROLL TAX CUT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORTED THAT. THEY WANT US TO GET THAT JOB DONE. SO THE ONLY REASON THAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE USING THE SUBTERFUGE, THE EXCUSE, IS BECAUSE THEY NEVER WANTED THE TAX CUT TO BEGIN WITH. OUR DISTINGUISHED LEADER, MR. HOYER, SAID THIS IS DESIGNED TO FAIL. DESIGNED TO FAIL BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T WANT IT TO BEGIN WITH. BUT THIS IS DEADLY SERIOUS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. SENATE REPUBLICANS OPPOSED BRINGING UP THE HOUSE BILL. THE REPUBLICAN HOUSE BILL IN THE SENATE BECAUSE THEY KNEW IT WOULD FAIL. THE REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE — LET’S REPEAT THAT — THE REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE REFUSED TO ALLOW A VOTE ON THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN BILL BECAUSE THEY KNEW IT WOULD FAIL. THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS REFUSED TO BRING THE SENATE REPUBLICANS BILL BECAUSE THEY’RE AFRAID IT WOULD PASS. IT WOULD TAKE US DOWN A PATH WHERE WE CAN GO FORWARD TO MAKE A PLAN FOR HOW WE EXTEND IT FOR ONE SOLID YEAR. BUT HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THIS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? 90% OF THE SENATE HAS VOTED IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. THAT’S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT US TO DO, TO WORK TOGETHER FOR A TAX CUT THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT IN OVERWHELMING THAT WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO RIGHT HERE AND NOW TODAY. PRESIDENT THOMAS JEFFERSON SAID VERY WISELY THAT EVERY DIFFERENCE OF OPINION IS NOT A DIFFERENCE OF PRINCIPLE.
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AND SO LET’S SEE WHAT THIS IS TODAY. IS THIS A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION OF THE PATH WE CAN GO DOWN TO HAVE TAX RELIEF FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHICH ECONOMISTS SAY THIS TAX CUT WILL CREATE JOBS? IF WE DON’T PASS IT AS ALMOST AS 600,000 JOBS CAN BE AFFECTED, EITHER LOST OR NOT CONTINUED — NOT ADDED. 600,000 JOBS BECAUSE OF THE DEMAND INJECTED INTO THE ECONOMY BY PUTTING MONEY INTO THE POCKETS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BY PROVIDING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS WHICH ARE SPENT IMMEDIATELY AND INJECT DEMAND INTO THE ECONOMY, THEREFORE, CREATING JOBS. SO THIS IS DANGEROUS BUSINESS BECAUSE NOT ONLY FOR WHAT — HOW IT IMPACTS INDIVIDUAL FAMILIES AND THEIR SURVIVAL, IT’S ABOUT THE SUCCESS OF OUR ECONOMY AND NOT PASSING THIS
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.
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BILL TODAY CAN HURT THE — OUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY. LET’S REALLY BE CLEAR. REPUBLICANS SAID WE WERE GOING TO HAVE A VOTE ON THE SENATE BILL, THEY WERE AFRAID IT WOULD WIN, THEY PULLED THAT. NOW WE HAVE TO BE ENGAGED IN THESE PROCESS MANEUVERS. THAT’S ONLY AN EXECUTION. — AN EXCUSE. IT’S NOT A REASON TO REJECT THE TAX CUT. IT’S AN EXCUSE BECAUSE THEY NEVER WANTED THE TAX CUT FROM THE BEGINNING. SO LET’S UNDERSTAND WHAT WE ARE HERE ABOUT. GETTING BACK TO PRESIDENT JEFFERSON, EVERY DIFFERENCE OF OPINION IS NOT A DIFFERENCE OF PRINCIPLE. BUT MAYBE HERE IT IS. PRINCIPLE AT STAKE HERE IS THE ANTI-GOVERNMENT, IDEOLOGICAL, WARFARE THAT THE TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS IN THE EXTREME HAVE TAKEN US TO. THEY ALONE ARE STANDING IN THE WAY OF A TAX CUT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. REPUBLICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SUPPORT IT. REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE SUPPORT IT. SOME REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE — IN THE HOUSE SUPPORT IT. THAT’S WHY WE ARE NOT GETTING A CHANCE TO VOTE ON IT. SO LET’S UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A PATTERN OF HOUSE REPUBLICANS ISOLATING THEMSELVES FROM THE MAINSTREAM OF EVEN THEIR OWN PARTY ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND THEIR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE.
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BILL. WHO MAY OR MAY NOT LIKE THIS IT ISN’T THE BILL MOST OF US WOULD WRITE, BUT THAT’S WHAT A COMPROMISE IS. SO IT’S NOT AS IF THIS IS A MAD WILD EMBRACE OF THIS. IT’S SAFE IN THE REALITY OF TWO PARTY SYSTEM. NEEDING 60 VOTES IN THE SENATE. AND THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE. I THOUGHT THE SPEAKER SAID THAT THIS WAS A VICTORY AFTER IT PASSED IN THE SENATE. HE WAS THE ONE WHO INSTRUCTED HARRY REID, INSISTED THAT SENATOR REID HAVE A DISCUSSION WITH MITCH MCCONNELL. WAS THAT JUST A FARCE, TOO? IS THIS ALL JUST A DELAYING, STALLING TACTIC THAT SAYS WE WERE NEVER GOING TO DO IT BEFORE. REMEMBER YOGI BERRA. I DON’T LIKE THE FOOD AT THAT RESTAURANT AND THE SERVINGS ARE TOO SMALL. THEY DON’T LIKE THE TAX CUT, AND NOW THEY ARE CLAIMING THAT IT IS TOO SMALL. WHEN IT WAS A ONE-YEAR TAX CUT IT WAS CALLED A GIMMICK BY THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CERTAINLY VOTE NO ON THE RULE THAT DOES NOT — THE SPEAKER IS PROUD OF SAYING THE HOUSE WILL WORK ITS WILL. IT WON’T IF WE DON’T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY UNDER THE RULES OF THE HOUSE THAT ARE PUT ON THIS FLOOR IN OPPOSITION TO THE WISHES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO TAKE A SIMPLE VOTE ON A BILL THAT COMES IN WITH THE STRENGTH OF A 90% BIPARTISAN VOTE IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES. SO IT’S CLEAR, THEY DON’T WANT A TAX CUT, THEY NEVER WANT A TAX CUT. ANYTHING THEY PUT FORTH IS DESIGNED TO FAIL BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. I TELL MY CAUCUS AND THEY MAY BE TIRED OF HEARING IT FROM ME THAT THIS IS LIKE A GENTLEMAN WHO IS WOOING HIS — WOOING HIS POTENTIAL — WHO IS WOOING HIS POTENTIAL FIANCE.
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SHE SAYS OF COURSE I’LL MARRY YOU.
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30. I CAN ONLY DO IT ON FEBRUARY THAT DAY IS NEVER COMING. NOR IS THE DAY COMING WHEN THE REPUBLICANS WILL WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT A TAX CUT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. THEIR FOCUS HAS BEEN ON TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY. AND THOSE WEALTHY PEOPLE WANT A TAX CUT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. LET’S DO WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. LET’S VOTE NO ON THIS RULE SO WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON THE SENATE BILL THAT CAN BE SENT TO THE PRESIDENT THIS VERY DAY SO THAT WE CAN TRULY WISH PEOPLE A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE
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GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA CONTINUE TO RESERVE? RESERVE.
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THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.
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MR. SPEAKER, I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. I WANT TO REITERATE THE WAY I STARTED TODAY WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE IS KILLING THE TAX CUT BY NOT VOTING ANYTHING HERE EXCEPT THAT WE DO NOT CONCUR WITH THE SENATE. AND THAT WE WILL HOPE SOME CONFERENCE WILL COME FROM SOMEPLACE.
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CUT. THAT MEANS THERE WILL BE NO TAX THAT MEANS THERE WILL BE NO EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. NOW, LAST NIGHT AT 7:00 WHEN THE RULES COMMITTEE WAS SUPPOSED TO MEET, THE AGENDA CALLED FOR A VOTE TO CONCUR IN THE SENATE BILL. BUT AFTER THE STORMY TWO-HOUR TEA PARTY CONFERENCE, THEY REVERSED THEIR CORRESPOND AND NOW WE HAVE A PROS — COURSE AND NOW WE HAVE A PROSPECT WHERE NO TAX CUT CAN PASS TODAY NO MATTER WHO WINS WHAT VOTE. IF EVERY MEMBER OF THE HOUSE SUPPORTED THE BIPARTISAN PROPOSAL, IT STILL DOES NOT GO TO THE PRESIDENT AND DOES NOT BECOME LAW. WE HAVE ONE CHANCE, MR. SPEAKER, OF BEING ABLE TO VOTE ON THE SENATE BILL AND ONE CHANCE OF WINNING THAT. AND THAT WILL BE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. NOW, IF WE ARE ABLE TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, WE CAN HAVE — WHICH I WILL CONSTRUE AS AN UP OR DOWN VOTE ON THE SENATE BILL, WILL I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD, VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, BUT WE WANT AN UP OR DOWN VOTE WITH THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.
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LET ME REPEAT THAT BECAUSE IT’S TERRIBLY IMPORTANT. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE IF YOU WISH AN UP OR DOWN VOTE ON WHAT THE SENATE HAS DONE SO THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY GET SOME LEGISLATION DONE HERE AND GET IT SIGNED AND SENT BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, YOU MUST VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO THAT WE WILL HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY
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DENIED. WHICH WE HAVE ABSOLUTELY BEEN LET ME REPEAT AGAIN WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. IT’S SIMPLY A STALLING TACTIC I BELIEVE TO KILL THE TAX CUT AND TO KILL THE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO AND TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN DO THE COMPROMISE TODAY. I URGE A NO VOTE ALSO ON THE RULE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE
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GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS NO DOUBT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE AFRAID. THEY ARE AFRAID OF THE PARTY ON THE LEFT. THEY ARE AFRAID BECAUSE THE PARTY ON THE LEFT RATED — RAIDED $500 BILLION OUT OF MEDICARE TO PAY FOR A NATIONAL HEALTH CARE PONZI SCHEME. THEY ARE AFRAID BECAUSE THAT PARTY WHO TALKS ABOUT TAX CUTS FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS RAISED TAXES BY A HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS ON THE MIDDLE CLASS. AND AFTER BEING HELD HOSTAGE, THE MIDDLE CLASS NOW HEARS FROM THE PARTY ON THE LEFT, TRUST ME. TRUST ME WITH A 60-DAY EXTENSION. NO PLAYING TIME. NO TIME TO FIGURE IT OUT. TRUST ME AFTER I RAISE TAXES ON YOU IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS BY MORE THAN HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS. MR. SPEAKER, REGULAR ORDER SUGGESTS FOR THE LAST 200 YEARS THAT WHEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE, WHEN THEY DON’T AGREE, THEY GO TO CONFERENCE, SAID THE VOTES ON THE LEFT AND THOSE FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM ON THE RIGHT, HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO COME TOGETHER IN A CONFERENCE. SO, MR. WAXMAN AND MR. LEVIN AND OTHERS ON THE LEFT WHO WANT A SEAT AT THE TABLE, CONFERENCE IS THE WAY YOU GET A SEAT AT THE TABLE. WHAT WE ARE ASKING FOR IS COMMON SENSE. SOMETHING AMERICA HAS NOT SEEN FROM CONGRESS IN THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THE RULE, YES ON THE UNDERLYING BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. AND I MOVE, MR. SPEAKER, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE
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PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.
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AYE. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING
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ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO FIVE MINUTES THE MINIMUM TIME FOR ANY EELECTRONIC VOTE ON THE QUESTION OF ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE.
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THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION
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REPRESENTATIVES. WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR
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COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE REPRESENTATIVES.]
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ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 233. THE NAYS ARE 187. WITH ONE PRESENT. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED.
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THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION.
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AYE. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY
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IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.
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THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE.

Stephen Childs

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