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with all due respect. the fact of the matter is that we have an oversight. i see mr. hoekstra on the floor. i don't know that mr. reyes is on the floor. but we have a mechanism for oversight of the c.i.a. and of our intelligence units. my presumption is that intelligence oversight is in fact working. . it is my expectation that it is working. the fact of the matter is that a number of people on both sides of the aisle have raised questions from time to time with respect to the information they have received. vice president cheney on television just the other day made some allegations with respect to information that he had received. the fact of the matter is that it seems to me that the gentleman somehow interrupts the -- interprets the fact that somebody in the intelligence agency may have given wrong
information, may have, that somehow the receiver of the information is the guilty party. i the company follow that reasoning, i tell my friend from virginia. mr. cantor: i thank the gentleman. mr. speaker, i'd ask the gentleman again, has the speaker of this house, not just any member, but the speaker of the house, second in line to the president, the constitutional officer presiding in this house, hasn't she indicated her belief and her position that there has been a pattern of misleading information given to this body by the c.i.a.? and if that is the case, i would ask the gentleman, what value is it for -- from the speaker, then, to engage in these briefings if she cannot trust the veracity of the information? and i'd yield. mr. hoyer: the gentleman's reasoning continues to somewhat con found me.
the fact of the matter is, i am hopeful that the intelligence agencies are in fact giving accurate assessments of what they believe to be the situation as it relates to america's national security interests to the speaker and to any others that they might brief, including myself, from time to time. i expect that to be the case. i think the speaker expects it to be the case. i'm sure that every other person being briefed expects it to be the case. i certainly hope that it is the case. but whether it is the case or not, the gentleman's logic, therefore that -- mr. cantor: i reclaim my time. i reclaim my time to try to clarify my logic, mr. speaker. i think the ntleman and i both agree that we have heard the speaker indicate her position that she is not being told the
truth and if she continues to have the briefings, has something changed, has something been restored to the process that there is integrity in these briefings and if so, does that mean that the speaker of the house has retracted her position that somehow we've been misled by the c.i.a.? and i yield. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman for yielding. the gentleman continues to state his position. i continue to tell him that his reasoning confounds me and therefore i find it not worth while to repeat it for a fourth time. mr. cantor: mr. speaker, i thank the gentleman for his patience and would say again that we have still not given the american people the transparency on this issue that they deserve. the speaker of this house has made ases in a very serious way -- allegations in a very serious way about our intelligence community. this house has given the yore sigh -- oversight responsibility for our nation's intelligence
structure and operation. we all are here sworn to uphold our duty in that respect and the paramount duty of this body to ensure this nation's security. and it is our belief that we should get to the bottom of this. we should have some sense of an investigation that can ensue to understand why the speaker made such allegations. that is our position, mr. speaker. and if the gentleman doesn't agree that there needs to be something to shed some light on this, on behalf of the people, then i guess we agree to disagree. mr. hoyer: will the gentleman yield? mr. cantor: i yield. mr. hoyer:ly repeat, we have a mechanism to do exactly what the gentleman suggests. finding out whether the truth has been told. with respect to the briefings. obviously there are differences of opinion. the gentleman knows that senator graham, a former chairman of the senate intelligence committee, says that he was not briefed on the issues in question.
is he is a former governor of florida, a respected member of the united states senate, mentioned for the presidency of the united states. a gentleman for whom i have great respect, as i have great respect for the speaker. there is a mechanism that is in place, that is available and i would certainly hope, very frankly, that the committee is in fact pursuing the facts as they perceive them to be necessary to be disclosed. so there is a mechanism in place, hope that mechanism is being pursued but it does not relation to the speaker. the gentleman wants to focus on the speaker, in my opinion, for partisan reasons. mr. cantor: i reclaim my time, mr. speaker. you know, again, the gentleman and i can have a discussion here without such allegations being made on the floor. the position that we have taken is in response to direct statements made by the speaker. there's no partisan accusation
here. this is in response to direct statements made by the speaker. and we have a situation, mr. speaker, that we need some type of independent third party to intervene here. if there is ever an analogous situation in a court of law when one party accuses another of not being truthful, there must be some way, some independent mechanism to determine whether and what was the truth. this is my question, again, and the gentleman may continue to be confounded, my question, again, is, what has changed? if the speaker doubts the veracity of the information she receives from the c.i.a. but continues to receive that information, how is it that that process doesn't harm the national security of this country? and i yield to the gentleman. mr. hoyer: i continue to be confounded. i presume and hope and the
speaker hopes, i'm sure, and everybody who receives information from the intelligence community believes and hopes that it is accurate and is good an a's -- assessment and an honor an assessment as can be given. everyone hopes that. mr. reyes is the chairman of the committee hopes that, i hope it when i'm briefed, i'm sure you do as well when you're briefed. but if it's not, if the not, i don't hold myself comeble or mr. reyes comeble. so i continue to be confused that your focus is on the speaker. not on the -- mr. cantor: reclaiming my time. mr. hoyer: every time you don't like my answer, frankly, mr. cantor, you reclaim your time i regret that. mr. cantor: mr. speaker, i would just respond to the gentleman, i focus on the speaker because that's where the statements came from and the -- mr. hoyer: no, the statements came from the c.i.a., apparently. mr. cantor: the statements came
from the speaker. she believes she's been misled and this congress has been misled. and she said again today that she is continuing the process of being briefed. mr. hoyer: will the gentleman yield? mr. cantor: what has changed? what i would ask the gentleman, what has changed in the speaker's mind that she continues to receive briefings when she alleges mistruths? i yield. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman for yielding. let me pose to the gentleman a question. the c.i.a. briefs you. you believe the information that you have received is inaccurate. but on your premise, if you say i believe it is inaccurate, the solution you suggestion is that you no longer -- suggest is that you no longer gets briefed. that is what confounds me. that's what i think is perverse reasoning and which i do not agree. that is my answer. i think this discussion is not bearing fruit. mr. cantor: again, mr. speaker, i would respond by saying that the american people deserve some
transparency. we deserve to get to the bottom of the very serious allegations that have been made about the c.i.a. and their conduct in front of this body. so with that, mr. speaker, i thank the gentleman and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: after that exciting interchange, i would ask unanimous consent that when the house adjourns today it adjourns to meet at 12:30 p.m. on monday next for morning hour debate. and further when the house adjourns on that day, it adjourn to meet at 10:30 a.m. on tuesday, june 9, 2009, for morning hour debate. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the committee on energy and commerce may have until 11:59 on friday, june 5, to file its report to accompany h.r. 2454. the speaker pro tempore: without
objection. the chair will now entertain one-minute requests. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan rise? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. dingell: we all know the terrible situation in the auto industry and in the nation in general. on monday, general motors filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. i know the g.m. will emerge from the court again, poised to again lead the world in the automotive sector. but the process will be painful. the company will cut 21,000 employees, 34% of its workforce and this does not include elimination of 2,600 more dealers. furthermore, it comes on the heals of crice -- highlies of chrysler's lay justifies. it this -- a recent study for
the center for automotive research shows that when you include jobs lost from suppliers and other companies tied to g.m. and chrysler, we can see 250,000 jobs or more lost over the next 19 months. this week g.m. announced they're closing the transmission -- willow run transmission plant in michigan, in my district, along with 13 other plants, six of them in michigan. by 2010, 1,110 more g.m. workers will lose their jobs in my district. this is associated with also not just loss of jobs and retirement but loss of comprehensive health care for our people. this becomes now a major reason for us to pass major health care reform. and a greater reason to see to it that we address this problem of health care reform and legacy costs so that our industry will not be destroyed. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired.
the gentleman from california. >> address the house for one minute, revise and extends my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. lungren: mr. speaker, i listened to interest at the president as he spoke in egypt and there are a lot of things to talk about. but one minute you can't talk about most of them. let me just make one comment. it was interesting that the president made a very pointed statement that the country of iran deserves to have the opportunity to use nuclear power in a peaceful way. i thought it very interesting that the president thought that that was a part of energy that he ought to emphasize overseas. my question is this, when will the president, when will his administration, when will this house understand that energy produced from nuclear power is
appropriate not only for iran and other countries around the world, but for 50 states in the union? when will the president understand that nuclear energy is a source that we ought to look at? and as the president gives us his various plans under the climate change rhetoric, why does he not realize the importance of nuclear energy for his own people? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas. >> ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, 13 million americans are out of work but eight million illegal immigrants hold jobs in the united states. yet the obama administration has just delayed for the third time a requirement that federal contractors use everify to make sure that they hire legal
workers. u.s. citizens and legal immigrant workers should not have to compete with illegal immigrants for employment. especially tax-pair--- taxpayer-funded federal contract jobs. the federal government has several hundred billion dollars worth of contracts. each with good jobs that rightfully belong to american workers. everify is the best tool to ensure job security for them. everify works. it immediately confirms 99.6% of work eligible employees. more than 127,000 companies now use everify and federal contractors should be required to use it. the obama administration should put american workers first. they must stop delaying the requirement that federal contractors hire legal workers. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois rise? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one
minute, revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from georgia is recognized. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. republicans stand for health care reform. there's a number of things that we think should be a part of it. number one, we want good intelligence, we want high-tech noling so that americans can -- high technology so that americans can figure out, who are the best doctors and providers, what's the best prices. we think we should take advantage of all the i.t. that's out there. number two, medical savings accounts. we believe that the market should be put into action so that people can save money and be incentivized to put some of that money in their pocket if they don't spend it by the end of theay. number three, we don't believe that health care decisions should be made by insurance companies, h.m.o.'s or washington bureaucrats. number four, we believe there should be less frivolous lawsuits. we certainly want to protect the
tort laws in america but we conet want frivolous lawsuits. number five, we believe the patient-doctor relationship should be preserved and that we should not have a british, canadian or german-style centralized government planning where the doctor-patient relationship is destroyed and, mr. speaker, i yield back. thank you. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kansas. >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. moran:00 i rise tonight to express confusion, concern. for much of the week i tried to find an answer to the question about why automobile dealerships across the country are being closed. i thought maybe this week i would return to washington, d.c., and find the solution. someone would know, provide an explanation. i cannot understand how closing automobile dealerships, those who sell automobiles, are advantageous to the bottom line of the profit of general motors
or chrysler. this can't be a market based decision. there must be some political consideration that's ongoing to encourage these dealerships to be closed. the closing of those dearlyships are devastating to communities as well as the businesses that we are closing. at the same time provide no economic improvement in the bottom line of our automobile manufacturers. so, mr. speaker, i again ask those, my colleagues, and those at the white house, the automobile task force is it a political consideration that's occurring to encourage general motors and chrysler to disenfranchise their franchisees, or is there some market-based decision which this is based? yet no one can provide that answer. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan rise? >> mr. speaker, i ask permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i was listening to the colloquy this evening as we were talking about what next week might bring in terms of the business.
and as the majority leader as the minority whip were going through the process, the question that was asked is, is the intelligence committee or the intelligence committee was assumed to be moving forward on investigating the allegations that the speaker has made that the c.i.a. over a long period of time consistently lied to congress? i can inform the members that that process and that investigation is not going on because one of the things that has nod happened is the speaker of the house has not outlined or directed the committee as to where she believes she was lied to over this period of time and has presented no evidence that backs up the claims that she has made. if that information is provided to the committee as to the direction and to the evidence that these -- that this action actually took place by the c.i.a., i think the committee hopefully would be ready to move forward. but at this point in time, we
wouldn't know what to take a look at, and we wouldn't know what direction to move in. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia. mr. gingrey: to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. gingrey: thank you. i rise to recognize a very talented group of young men from cardinalville, georgia, in district 11. this past weekend the high school purple hurricanes claimed the class triple-a georgia high school association state baseball championship. success on the baseball diamond is nothing new for them which has won back-to-back state titles and five championships since 2001. however this year's title was extra sweet as the canes rallied back from a 7-5 deficit in the third game of the championship series defeating the columbus blue devils who were the third
ranked high school team in the nation. the final score, 10-7. i ask that all my colleagues join me in recognizing coach stewart chest earn the high school baseball team for their -- chester, and the high school baseball team for their hard work that got them there. and a team that brought home two straight championships, the next question is can they make it a three-peat? i feel sure they can, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. further one-minute requests? the gentleman from pennsylvania. >> request permission to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. thompson: thank you. mr. speaker, i rise today as an emergency medical technician to express my support for the national c.p.r. awareness week. only 8% of the sudden cardiac arrest victims survive. with simple training anyone could attempt to save the life
of a sudden cardiac arrest victim with cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillators. prompt delivery of c.p.r. more than doubles the chance ever survival and using a.d.'s help save lives. the american heart association, american red cross, and national safety council all are promoting training and awareness this week. this lifesaving training must extend throughout the year. a bill we passed this week, h.r. 1380, authorizes funding for schools to purchase a.d.'s and train staff in c.p.r. for 30 years i have responded to such emergencies in rural pennsylvania. with h.r. 1380, rural schools will be able to handle these emergencies. please join me in supporting national c.p.r. awareness week. with that i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields backment are there further one-minute requests?
. without objection, the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. kildee: mr. speaker, as chairman of the house page board, i would like to take this opportunity to express my personal gratitude to all the pages, some of whom we have here tonight, for all they have done to serve so diligently in the house of representatives between the 110th and 111th congresses. i have attached a list of the fine young men who have served this house as pages along with the young ladies who when i first came here were not pages. you have seen the progress of this country, also. i have attached a list of the fine young people who have served this house as pages and i
ask that their names be made part of the congressional record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. kildee: we all recognize the important role that congressional pages play in helping the u.s. house of representatives operate. these groups of young people who come from across our nation represent what is good about our country. to become a page, mr. speaker, these young people have proven themselves to be academically qualified. they have ventured away from the security of their homes and families to spend time in an unfamiliar city. through this experience they have witness add new culture, made new friends, and learned the details of how our government operates. as we all know the job of a congressional page is not an easy one. along with being away from home, the pages must possess the maturity to balance competing demands for their time and their energy. in addition they must have the
dedication to work long hours and the ability to interact with people at a personal level. at the same time they face a challenging academic schedule of classes in the house page school. you pages who are here tonight and those who may be listening have witnessed the house debate issues of war and peace, hunger and poverty, justice and civil rights, and between the 110th and 111th congress you have seen the occupant of the white house change. you have lived through history. we have seen congress at moments of greatness and you have seen congress with its frail -- frailties. you have witnessed the workings of an institution that has
endured well over 200 years. no one has seen congress and members of congress as close up as have you. i am sure that you'll consider your time spent in washington, d.c., to be one of the most valuable and exciting experiences of your lives. and that with this experience you will all move ahead to be successful and productive lives. mr. speaker, as chairman of the house page board i ask my colleagues to join me in honoring this group of distinguished young americans. they certainly will be missed. as i walk by the desk on both sides, i'd like to say hello to you, and i'm proud of you. and you've given the page board much to be proud of this year. you certainly will be missed. before yielding, mr. speaker, i would like to thank the members of the house page board who
provided such fantastic service to this institution. congressman rob bishop, the vice chair of the page board. congresswoman degette. congresswoman virginia foxx. clerk of the house lorraine miller. sergeant at arms bill livinggood. miss lynn silversmithkline. mr. adam jones. i want to thank them for their service on the house page board and thank you-all our departing pages. mr. speaker, at this time i yield my time to the vice chair of the page board and my friend, mr. bishop of utah. mr. bishop: i thank my good friend from michigan for yielding time. it has been an enjoyable experience being part of the page board, part of the page process. the pages who are here and the ones who are not here because you're set to do work in the morning, we are very grateful for you having joined us here.
some for a semester, some for a year. but your time and dedication in helping to serve the house of representatives. i think if nothing else as -- put many of the eloquent words about what you have seen, what you have not seen, what you have experienced here. but if nothing else, i hope that it instilled within you this idea the united states had of self-government still does work. that you put together people who are not experts, not trained to be parliamentarians, put us all together and give us the information and still in a very cumbersome process we can come up with the right answers, solutions. man can govern himself. and through all the years that i have stayed involved in politics, first in the state legislative system and here in congress, i still come back to that one belief that the system of self-government does work. people can govern themselves and that is the positive element that i hope you take with you back home as you return from this experience here in washington, d.c. so the pages who are here, the pages who are still part of the
program and not here this evening, we are thankful to you, we are grateful for you, we hope you have had a wonderful experience and we hope you take back some kind of thrill of the idea of participating in government with you as you go back to your homes and continue on with your education. i yield back to the gentleman from michigan. mr. kildee: if i may add, among all your accomplishments here, one thing the pages have done, you and your predecessors, you have really shown one, at least one unit of the house that is totally nonpartisan. we work together so closely because our concern for you that we always arrive by consensus at the decisions we make in the page board. our concern for you is that great. i consider rob bishop one of my very special friends. we don't always vote on other things, but we always reach
agreement when it comes to the pages. to help us realize that we should come together on those things that are extremely important and probably some other things we could probably do that on, too. thank you very much, god bless all of you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair lays before the house the following personal request. the clerk: leave of absence requested for mr. courtney of connecticut for today after 3:00 p.m., friday, june a 5, and monday, june 8. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the request is granted. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? mr. gohmert: m