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ten days -- sundays excepted -- after it shall have been presented to him, the same shall be a law, in like manner as if he had signed it, unless the congress by their adjournment prevent its return, in which case it shall not be a law. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from michigan mr. benishek. mr. benishek:every order, resolution, or vote to which the concurrence of the senate and house of representatives may be necessary, except on a question of adjournment, shall be presented to the president of the united states, and before the same shall take effect shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be re-passed by two thirds of the senate and house of
representatives, according to the rules and limitations prescribed in the case of a bill. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from ohio, ms. kaptur. . ms. kaptur: section 8, the congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the united states, but all duties, imposts, and excises shall be uniform throughout the united states. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from texas, mr. hensarling. mr. hensarling: to borrow money on the credit of the united states, to regulate commerce with
foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the indian tribes, to establish an uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the united states. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from virginia mr. connolly. mr. connolly: to coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures, to provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the united states to establish post offices and post roads. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from hawaii, ms. gabbard. ms. gabbard: to constitute try
bunials inferior to the court, -- to constitute tribunals inferior to the supreme court, to define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offences against the law of nations, god goode i now yield to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. lance. mr. lance -- mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. lance. mr. lance: to promote the science and useful arts, to limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their writings and discoveries. goode -- mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from georgia, mr. allen. mr. allen: to declare a war, grant letters and laws concerning land and water,
support armies but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from florida, ms. graham. ms. graham: to provide and maintain a navy to make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces, to provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from washington, mr. newhouse. mr. newhouse: to provide for
organizing arming and disciplining the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the united states, reserving to the stat respectively, the appointment of officers and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by congress mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from new york, mr. serrano. mr. serrano:to exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such district not exceeding 10 miles square as may be by cession of particular states, and the acceptance of congress, become the seat of the government of the united states, and to exercise like authority over all places purchased by the consent of the legislature of the state in which the same
shall be, for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dock yards and other needful buildings, mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from nebraska, mr. smith. mr. smith:and to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this constitution in the government of the united states, or in any department or officer thereof. section 9, the migration or importation of such persons as any of the states now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the congress prior to the year 1808 but a tax or duty may be imposed on such importation, not exceeding $10 for each person.
mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from texas, mr. green. mr. green:the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it. no bill of attainder or ex post facto law shall be passed. nor cap take or other direct -- no capitation or other direct tax shall be laid, unless in proportion to the census or enumeration herein before directed to be taken. no tax or duty shall be laid on articles exported from any state. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from new mexico, mr. pearce. mr. pearce: i thank the gentleman. no preference shall be given by any regulation of commerce or revenue to the ports of one state over those of another nor shall vessels bound to, or from, one state, be obliged to enter, clear, or pay duties in another.
no money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law, and a regular statement and account of the receipts and expenditures of all public money shall be published from time to time. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from michigan, mrs. lawrence. mrs. lawrence: no title of nobility shall be granted by the united states and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the congress, accept of any present, emolument office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king prince, or foreign state. section 10, no state shall enter into any
treaty, alliance or confederation, grant letters of marque and reprisal, coin money, emit bills of credit make any thing but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts, pass any bill of attainder, ex post facto law or law impairing the obligation of contracts, or grant any title of nobility. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from alabama mr. byrne. mr. byrne: no state shall, without the consent of the congress, lay any imposts or duties on imports or exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing its inspection laws, and the net produce of all duties and imposts, laid by any
state on imports or exports, shall be for the use of the treasury of the united states and all such laws shall be subject to the revision and control of the congress. no state shall, without the consent of congress, lay any duty of tonnage, keep troops, or ships of war in time of peace, enter into any agreement or compact with another state or with a foreign power, or engage in war, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent danger as will not admit of delay. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from illinois, ms. kelly. ms. kelly: thank you. article 2, section 1, the executive power shall be vested in a president of the united states of america. he shall hold his office during the term of four years and together with the vice president, chosen for the same term, be elected, as follows -- each state shall appoint, in
such manner as the legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors, equal to the whole number of senators and representatives to which the state may be entitled in the congress, but no senator or representative, or person holding an office of trust or profit under the united states, shall be appointed an elector. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from virginia, mr. forbes. mr. forbes: the congress may determine the time of choosing the electors and the day they should give their vote, which day shall be the same throughout the united states. no person except a natural born citizen or citizen of the united states at the time of the adoption of the constitution shall be eligible to the office of president. neither person shall not have attain to the age of 35 years and have been 14 years a resident within the united states.
mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from california mr. takano. mr. takano: the president shall at stated times receive for his services a compensation which shall neither be increased or -- nor diminished during the period for which he shall have been elected and he shall not receive within that period any other emoulment of the united states or any of them. before he enter on the execution of his office he shall take the following orte or affirmation. i do solemnly swear or affirm that i will faithfully execute the office of the president of the united states and will, to the best of my ability preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the united states.
mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from minnesota, mr. paulson. mr. paulson: section 2, the president shall be commander in chief of the army and navy of the united states and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the united states, he may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the executive departments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices, and he shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offences against the united states, except in cases of impeachment. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from california, mrs. capps. mrs. capps: he shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the senate, to make treaties, provided 2/3 of the senators present concur, and he shall nominate, and by and with
the advice and consent of the senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the supreme court, and all other officers of the united states whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for and which shall be established by law. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. rothfus. mr. rothfus: but the congress may by law vest the appointment of such inferior officers, as they think proper, in the president alone, in the courts of law, or in the heads of departments. the president shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the senate, by granting commissions which shall expire at the end of their next session. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to
the gentlewoman from new mexico ms. lujan grisham. ms. lujan grisham: he shall from time to time give to the congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient, he may, on extraordinary occasions convene both houses, or either of them, and in case of disagreement between them, with respect to the time of adjournment, he may adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from tennessee, mr. roe. mr. roe: shall receive ambassadors and other public ministers, he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed, and shall cmin all the officersf e it ss.
section 4 the president, vice president and all civil officers of the united states, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of treason, bribe or other high crimes and misdemeanors. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from new york, mr. nadler. mr. nadler:article iii section 1 the judicial power of the united states shall be vested in one supreme court, and in such inferior courts as the congress may from time to time ordain and establish. the judges, both of the supreme and inferior courts, shall hold their offices during good behavior, and shall, at stated times, receive for their services a compensation, which shall not be diminished during their continuance in office.
mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from michigan, mr. bishop. mr. bishop:the judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this constitution, the laws of the united states and treaties made, or which shall be made, under their authority to all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls to all cases of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction, mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from arizona, mrs. kirkpatrick. mrs. kirkpatrick:to controversies to which the united states shall be a party, to controversies between two or more states, between a state and citizens of another state between citizens of different states, between citizens of the same state claiming lands under grants of different states, and
between a state, or the citizens thereof, and foreign states, citizens or subjects. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. perry. mr. perry:in all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, and those in which a state shall be party, the supreme court shall have original jurisdiction. in all the other cases before mentioned, the supreme court shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to law and fact, with such exceptions, and under such regulations as the congress shall make. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from -- i now yield to the gentleman from new york, mr. tonko. mr. tonko:the trial of all crimes, except
in cases of impeachment, shall be by jury, and such trial shall be held in the state where the said crimes shall have been committed, but when not committed within any state, the trial shall be at such place or places as the congress may by law have directed. section 3 mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from tennessee mrs. black. mrs. black:treason against the united states, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. no person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from california, mr. costa. mr. costa:the congress shall
have power to declare the punishment of treason, but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture except during the life of the person attainted. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from virginia, mr. hurt. mr. hurt:article iv section 1 full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state. and the congress may by general laws prescribe the manner in which such acts, records and proceedings shall be proved, and the effect thereof. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from florida, ms. castor. ms. castor:the citizens of each
state shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of citizens in the several states. a person charged in any state with treason, felony, or other crime, who shall flee from justice, and be found in another state, shall on demand of the executive authority of the state from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the state having jurisdiction of the crime. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from michigan mr. walberg. mr. walberg: new states may be admitted by the congress into this union. but no new state shall be formed or erected within the jurisdiction of any other state nor any state be formed by the junction of two or more states or parts of states without the consent of the legislatures of the states concerned, as well as of the congress.
mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from illinois, mr. lipinski: mr. lipinski: -- mr.the congress shall have power to lipinski:dispose of and make all needful rules and regulations respecting the territory or other property belonging to the united states and nothing in this constitution shall be so construed as to prejudice any claims of the united states, or of any particular state. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from new york mr. zeldin. mr. zeldin:the united states shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion, and on application of the legislature, or of the executive, when the legislature
cannot be convened, against domestic violence. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from georgia, mr. scott. mr. scat: -- forbes force mr. scott: -- mr. scott:the congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this constitution, or on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states mr. goodlatte: i now yield to
the gentleman from georgia, mr. hice. mr. hice:or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the congress, provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year 1808 shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article, and that no state without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the senate. mr. goodlatte: i'm now pleased to yield to the gentleman from california. >>article vi all debts contracted and engagements entered into, before the adoption of this constitution shall be as valid against the united states under this constitution, as under the
confederation. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from louisiana, mr. abraham. mr. abraham:this constitution, and the laws of the united states which shall be made in pursuance thereof and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the united states, shall be the supreme law of the land, and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, any thing in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from texas, mr. castro. mr. castro:the senators and representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive
and judicial officers, both of the united states and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this constitution, but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the united states. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from california mr. lowenthal. mr. lowenthal:article vii the ratification of the conventions of nine states, shall be sufficient for the establishment of this constitution between the states so ratifying the same. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from michigan.
>> gone in convention of the united states, presented in one,000 seven00 andate the 12th and witness whereof we have here unto subscribed our names. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from connecticut, ms. esty. ms. esty:george washington, president and deputy from virginia, delaware -- george read, gunning bedford jr. john dickinson, richard bassett, jacob broom maryland - james mchenry, daniel of st. thomas jenifer, daniel carroll virginia -- john blair, james madison jr.
mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from oregon, mr. walden. mr. walden:north carolina -- william blount, richard dobbs spaight, hugh williamson south carolina - john rutledge, charles cotesworth pinckney, charles pinckney, pierce butler georgia -- william few, abraham baldwin mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from california, mr. mcnerney. mr. mcnerney:new hampshire -- john langdon, nicholas gilman massachusetts -- nathaniel gorham, rufus king connecticut -- william samuel johnson, roger sherman new york -- alexander hamilton
mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from alabama, mrs. roby. mrs. roby:new jersey -- will livingston, david brearley, william paterson, jonathan dayton pennsylvania -- benjamin franklin, thomas mifflin, robert morris, george clymer, thomas fitzsimons, jared ingersoll, james wilson gouverneur morris mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from california ms. hahn. ms. hahn k4r0 amendment 1, congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press or the right of the people
peacefully to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from west virginia, mr. jenkins. mr. jenkins:amendment ii a well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee. ms. jackson lee: read from the third amendment of the bill of rights of the united states constitution. no soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the
owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from north carolina, mr. rouzer. mr. rouzer:amendment iv the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from delaware, mr. carney. mr. carney: amendment 5 no person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise infamous crime unless on a
presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces or in the militia when in actual service in time of war or public danger. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from arizona, mr. franks. mr. franks: nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be put twice in jeopardy of life or limb, nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law. nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from minnesota mr. emmer.
mr. emmer: amendment 6, in all criminal prosecutions the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have previously been ascertained by law. mr. goodlatte: the gentlewoman from california, ms. chu. ms. chu: and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation, to be confronted with the witnesses against him, to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from indiana mrs. walorski.
mrs. walorski: amendment 7, in suits at common law where the value in controversy shall exceed $20, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the united states than according to the rules of the common law. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from washington, the republican conference chair, mrs. mcmorris rodgers. mrs. mcmorris rodgers: amendment 8, excessive bail shall not be required nor excessive fines imposed nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from colorado, mr. perlmutter. mr. perlmutter: the ninth amendment to the constitution,
the enumeration in the constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. pitts. mr. pitts: amendment 10, the powers not delegated to the united states by the constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from florida, ms. frankel. ms. frankel: the judicial power of the united states shall not be construed to extend to any
suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the united states by citizens of another state, or by citizens or subjects of any foreign state. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from texas mr. flores. mr. flores: amendment 12, the elect tores shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for president and vice president, one of whom at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves. they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as president and in distinct ballots the person voted for as vice president. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from minnesota, mr. ellison. mr. ellison: and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as president and of all persons voted for as vice president and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of
the united states districted to the president of the senate. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from utah, mr. stewart. mr. stewart: the president of the senate shall, in the presence of the senate and the house of representatives, open all of the certificates and the votes shall then be counted. the person having the greatest number of votes for president shall be the president, if such number be a majority of the whole number of electors appointed and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as president. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from california, mrs. davis. mrs. davis: the house of representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the president. but in choosing the president, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote.
a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from 2/3 of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from texas, ms. granger. ms. granger: the person having the greatest number of votes as vice president shall be the vice president. if such number be a majority of the whole number of electors appointed, and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the senate shall choose the vice president. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from massachusetts, ms. tsongas. ms. tsongas: a quorum for the purpose shall consist of 2/3 of the whole number of senators, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice. but no person constitutionally
ineligible to the office of president shall be eligible to that of vice president of the united states. god goode i now yield to the gentleman from -- mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from georgia, mr. lewis. mr. lewis: thank you, mr. chairman. the 13th amendment, section 1, neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime wrf the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the united states or any place subject to their jurisdiction. section 2, congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from utah, ms. love. -- mrs. love. mrs. love: amendment 14, section 1, all persons born or naturalized in the united states and subject to the jurisdiction thereof are citizens of the united states and of the state wherein they reside. no state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the united states, nor shall any state deprive any person of life liberty or property without due process of law, nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from rhode island, mr. cicilline. mr. cicilline: amendment 14, section 2 representatives shall be apportioned among the
several states according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each state, excluding indians not taxed. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from michigan, mr. huizenga. mr. huizenga: but when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for president and vice president of the united states, representatives in congress, the executive and judicial officers of a state, or the members of the legislature thereof is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such state being 21 years of age, and citizens of the united states, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion or other crime and the basis of representation thrin shall be reduced in the number of proportioned in which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens 21 years of age in such state. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from illinois, ms. schakowsky.
ms. schakowsky: section 3, no person shall be a senator or representative in congress or elector of president and vice president or hold any office, civil or military, under the united states, or under any state, who having previously taken an oath as a member of congress or or as an officer of the united states. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from kentucky, mr. barr. mr. barr: or as a member of any state legislature or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the constitution of the united states, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies
thereof. but congress may by a vote of 2/3 of each house, remove such disability. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from california, mr. valadao. mr. valadao: section 4, the validity of the public debt of the united states, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion shall not be questioned. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fattah. mr. fattah: thank you. but neither the united states nor any state shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in the aid of insurrection or rebellion against the united states or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave, but all such debts, obligations and
claims shall be held illegal and void. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from california the minority leader, ms. pelosi. ms. pelosi: thank you, mr. chairman. section 5 the congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article. amendment 15, section 1, the right of citizens of the united states to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the united states or by any state on account of race color or previous condition of servitude. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from kansas, mr. yoder. mr. yoder: thank you, mr. chairman. section 2 the congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. amendment 16, the congress
shall have the power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived without apportionment among the several states and without regard to any census or enumeration. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from maryland, ms. edwards. ms. edwards: thank you, mr. chairman. amendment 17, the senate of the united states shall be composed of two senators from each state, elected by the people thereof for six years. and each senator shall have one vote. the electors in each state shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the state legislatures. when vacancies happen in the representation of any state in the senate the executive authority of such state shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from indiana,
mrs. brooks. mrs. brooks: provided that the legislature of any state may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct. this amendment shall not ble so construed as to affect the election or term of any senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the constitution. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from california mrs. walters. mrs. walters:amendment xviii the right of the citizens shall vote shall not -- on account of sex, congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from alabama,
miss sewell. ms. suewell: shall end at noon on the 20th day of january and the terms of senator and representatives at noon on the third day of january. of the year in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified and the terms of their successors shall then begin. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from pennsylvania mr. fitzpatrick. section 2 the congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such meeting shall begin at noon on the 3d day of january, unless they shall by law appoint a different day. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from new york, ms. clark.
ms. clarke: thank you, mr. chairman. section 3 if at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the president, the president elect shall have died, the vice president elect shall become president. if a president shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the president elect shall have failed to qualify, then the vice president elect shall act as president until a president shall have qualified, mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from virginia, mr. griffith. mr. griffith:and the congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a president elect nor a vice president shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as president, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a president or vice president shall have qualified.
mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from vermont mr. welch. mr. welch:section 4 the congress may by law provide for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the house of representatives may choose a president whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them, and for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the senate may choose a vice president whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock. mr. mcclintock:section 5 sections 1 and 2 shall take effect on the 15th day of october following the ratification of this article. section 6 this article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several states within seven
years from the date of its submission. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from new york, mr. maloney. mr. maloney:amendment xxi section 1 the eighteenth article of amendment to the constitution of the united states is hereby repealed. section 2 the transportation or importation into any state territory, or possession of the united states for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof is hereby prohibited. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from north carolina, mr. pittenger. mr.section 3 pittenger:this article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the constitution by conventions in the several states, as provided in the constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the states by the congress.
mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentlewoman from texas, ms. johnson. ms. johnson:amendment xxii section 1 no person shall be elected to the office of the president more than twice, and no person who has held the office of president, or acted as president, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected president shall be elected to the office of president more than once. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from alabama, mr. palmer. mr. palmer:but this article shall not apply to any person holding the office of president when this article was proposed by congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of president, or acting as president, during the term within which this article
becomes operative from holding the office of president or acting as president during the remainder of such term. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the the gentlelady from virgin islands ms. plaskett. ms. plaskett:this article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several states within seven years from the date of its submission to the states by the congress. mr. goodlatte: yield to the gentleman from colorado, mr. tipton. mr. tipton:amendment xxiii section 1 the district constituting the seat of government of the united states shall appoint in such manner as congress may direct a number of electors of president and vice president
equal to the whole number of senators and representatives in congress to which the district would be entitled if it were a state, but in no event more than the least populous state. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from colorado, mr. buck. mr. buck:they shall be in addition to those appointed by the states, but they shall be considered for the purposes of the election of president and vice president to be electors appointed by a state, and they shall meet in the district and perform such duties as provided by the 12th article of amendment. section 2 the congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from ohio. amendment xxiv section 1 >>the right of citizens of the united states to vote in any primary or other election for president or vice president, for
electors for president or vice president, or for senator or representative in congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the united states or any state by reason of failure to pay poll tax or other tax. section 2 the congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. lobiondo. mr. lobiondo:amendment xxv section 1 in case of the removal of the president from office or of his death or resignation, the vice president shall become president. section 2 whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the vice president, the president shall nominate a vice president who who shall take the oath upon confirmation by a majority vote of both house of congress. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from texas, mr. green. mr. green: thank you.
section 3 whenever the president transmits to the president pro tempore of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the vice president as acting president. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from texas, mr. farenthold. mr. farenthold:section 4 whenever the vice president and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as congress may by law provide transmit to the president pro tempore of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives their written declaration that the president is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the vice president shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as acting president.
mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from florida mr. bilirakis. mr. bilirakis:thereafter, when the president transmits to the president pro tempore of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the vice president and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the president pro tempore of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives their written declaration that the president is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to
the gentleman from texas, mr. hurd. mr. hurd:thereupon congress shall decide the issue, assembling within 48 hours for that purpose if not in session. if the congress, within 21 days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if congress is not in session within twenty-one days after congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both houses that the president is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the vice president shall continue to discharge the same as acting president, otherwise, the president shall resume the powers and duties of his office. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from ohio, mr. chabot. mr. chabot:amendment xxvi section 1 the right of citizens of the united states, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the united states or by any state on account of age. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to
the gentleman from arkansas, mr. westerman. mr. westerman k4r0section 2 the congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from texas, mr. veasey. mr. veasey:amendment xxvii no law, varying the compensation for the services of the senators and representatives, shall take effect, until an election of representatives shall have intervened. >> a busy day in the u.s. house. lawmakers approved the keystone sxl pipeline. the chamber is done for the week, but members return excellent with work on funding for the homeland security
departments past february. republicans have also scheduled their retreat later in the week. follow the house live on c-span when the numbers return on mo nday. >> friends, colleagues, and countrymen, thank you for sending me here. and let's welcome all the new members and all their families to what we all know to be a truly historic day. >> today is an important day for our country. many senators took the oath this afternoon. 13 for the first time, and a new republican majority accepted it's the responsibility. we recognize the enormity of the task before us. we know a lot of hard work awaits. we know many important
opportunities await as well. >> the best access is on c-span television, c-span radio, and www.c-span.org. new congress congress, best access, on c-span. coming up tonight on c-span -- french president francois hollande addresses today's situation in paris. that is followed by president obama unveiling a new proposal that would provide free community college education to students. and later, the keystone xl oil pipeline. >> the two brothers suspected of wednesday's deadly attacks on the "charlie hebdo" offices were killed today by police. police shot at the suspects
after they reportedly emerged from the building and opened fire. their hostage was not harmed. that was one of two hostage situations french police were dealing with today. the other, and incident at a jewish supermarket. people were held hostage by a man believed to be part of the same group with the brothers. that confrontation ended with the deaths of four hostages and the hostage taker. and president francois hollande addressed the nation shortly after those events. >> here, the president speaking after those double sieges in paris. >> france has been under attack for three days. the attack against "charlie
hebdo," 12 dead, many seriously injured. the next day, we had a policeman killed in the south of france and today twin hostage crises which ended with 4 people dead. france has faced these attacks and i would like to express my condolences to the families and the victims and those injured -- the families of the victims and those injured. but france faces these attacks because it is our nation's duty. the murders have been taken out in a dual intervention at a printing warehouse and another
at the kosher grocery store. i would like to think of the gendarme -- thanks the gendarmes, the policeman, and all who undertook this today, for their bravery. we are proud that when the order was given, they launched of the assault simultaneously with the same purpose in mind, to save the human lives of the hostages and neutralize the terrorists who have created murders. but even as france is aware it has faced up to these attacks with the courageous men and women, france knows it is not over yet.
hence i would like to issue a call for vigilance. together with the prime minister, i have strengthened our resources to make sure we can get on with our lives quietly, without being subject to any risk or threats, but we do need to be alert to rid i would also like to make a call for unity. and i have already said so to the french nation. security is our weapon. we must be implacable.
we have a horrible anti-semitic act that has been committed. not being divided means we should not paint with a broad brush and we should be aware of the confederation. the sentiment -- the fanatics have nothing in common with the rest of the muslim faith. also, we need to mobilize, we must be able to respond to tax live for us when we need to use force. also with solidarity. and we need to show solidarity is effective. we are a free nation that does not given -- ngive in. --not give in. we carry an idea that is greater than us. once again, i would like to
salute our soldiers, who make sure we effectively fight terrorism. governments and heads of governments from across the world have expressed their solidarity. some have said they will be present during the mass demonstration on sunday. i will be with them, and i would like to call upon all french people to stand up this sunday for liberty pluralism, values that are so important to us and here represent, so we will be even stronger after this trial. long live the republic. long live france. >> president obama was in nashville, tennessee today to announce a proposal that would provide free commute he college
education to qualified students. before speaking on that, though, the president talked about the events in paris. [applause] >> hello, everybody. thank you so much. thank you. thank you everybody. everyone please have a seat. please have a seat. it is good to be back in tennessee. i hope you are not getting tired of me. i have been coming around a lot. there's a lot of good stuff happening here.
i want to begin by thanking joel and joe biden. they are not just good friends -- jill and joe biden. they are not just good friends and partners. they believe in the power of education. they believe in creating those letters to opportunity that gave all three of us, the chances, the incredible opportunities we have today. and that is due to the promise of american community colleges. joe does not really have a choice. [laughter] before i get into the reason i am here today, i want to begin with a few words about the tragic events we've seen unfold in france over the last few hours and days. i want to make sure to comment
on the. i just spoke to my counterterrorism advisor. we have been in close touch with the french government throughout this tragedy. the moment the attack took place we directed all of our law enforcement and counterintelligence to address this challenge. we are hopeful the immediate threat is now resolved. the french government continues to face the threat of terrorism and has to remain vigilant. the situation is fluid. president hollande made it clear they are going to do whatever is necessary to protect their people. it is important to understand. france is our oldest ally. i want the people of france to know that the united states stands with you today, tomorrow, our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted.
we grieve with you. we fight alongside you to uphold universal values that bind us as friends and as allies. in the streets of paris, the world has seen once again what terrorists stand for. they have nothing to offer but hatred and suffering. we stand for freedom and hope in the dignity of all human beings. that is what the city of paris represents to the world, and that spirit we will endure forever long after the scourge of terrorism is banished from this world. so -- [applause] now, i am in knoxville not only because i just like knoxville, but i am here today because one of my resolutions is to make
sure that folks across this great country feel like they are coming back. and there is no doubt, thanks to the steps we took early on to rescue our economy and rebuild it on a new foundation, america is coming back. [applause] i am not running for office anymore. [laughter] so let me just present the facts. i promised that 2014 will be a breakthrough year for america. this morning we got more evidence to back that up. in december, our businesses created 240,000 new jobs our unemployment fell to 5.6%.
which is the lowest in six and a half years. that means 2014 was the strongest year for job growth since the 1990's. unemployment -- [cheers and applause] >> unemployment fell in 2014 faster than any year since 1984. think about that, 30 years. most importantly, we are seeing faster job growth in industries that provide good-paying jobs, traditionally middle-class jobs, than anything else. since 2010, the united states of america has created more jobs than europe, europe, japan, and any other advanced economy combined. american manufacturing is in its best stretch of job growth since the 1990's.
we are actually seeing companies insourcing instead of outsourcing, realizing that we want to be here with american workers making american products. america is now the world's number one producer in oil, gas, we have doubled the production of clean energy, and you are saving more than a buck per -- about $1.10 a gallon at the pump compared to this time last year. although i keep on reminding folks gas prices go up and come down and then go up so, i just want everyone to know that you should enjoy this. take the money you are saving, pay off the credit card, kit and -- or go and get a new appliance, buy a fuel efficient
car so that when prices go back up you are still well positioned. thanks to the affordable care act, about 10 million americans have enjoyed health insurance. [applause] by the way, we have done this while cutting our deficits by deficits by about 2/3. everyone thinks they did a survey. 70% of americans say it is going up. the deficit has come down by two thirds since i took office. [applause] so meanwhile, thanks to the hard work of students and educators , dropout rates are down, and graduation rates are up. and after 13 long years of war
in afghanistan has come to a responsible end. so i say all this because of these six years have demanded a lot of hard work and sacrifice. as a country, we have every right to be proud of what we have to show for it. america's resurgence is real. now that we have seen calmer waters economically, if we all do our part, we can start making sure wages and income start rising again and make sure the middle class is the engine that powers american prosperity as it always has. that will be the focus of my state of the union address. i want to give you a little preview. don't tell anyone i said that.
[laughter] >> i am giving you the inside scoop. that will be the emphasis of my message, how do we build on the progress we have made? i figured, why wait for the state of the union? why stand on formalities? let's get the ball rolling right now. two days ago i was in michigan. we talked about what else we can do around advancing manufacturing. yesterday i was in arizona where i announced new actions to make the dream of homeownership a reality for more middle-class families. later today, joe and i will head to a company in clinton that will take action to develop industry further. right here, right now i am going to announce one of my most important state of the union proposals, and that's helping every american afford a higher education.
[applause] >> part of the reason i wanted to come here was because tennessee is at the forefront of doing some really smart stuff. we got some proud tennesseans who can take some credit for the great work that has been done. first, your governor, he is here. your two very fine senators. you got bob corker. and your senior senator, lamar alexander, he was a former secretary of education himself so he knows a little bit about
this. you got congressman john duncan. [applause] your mayor. matlin ribera. [applause] and we have got president anthony wise. hey -- and we have got all of you. [laughter] >> now, joe and jill touched on these, but let me amplify this a little bit. here in america we do not guarantee equal outcomes. some people have good luck and some people have bad luck. you know, things don't always
work out where everything is perfectly equal. but we do expect that everyone gets an equal shot. we do expect everybody can go as far as their dreams and hard work will take them. we don't expect anyone to be bound by the circumstances of their birth. if they were, i would not be if here, and neither would joe. jill is so accomplished, that she would have succeeded no matter what, but we expect everyone to get a fair shot. in exchange, we expect that if you work hard, you can get ahead. it should not matter what your last name is, what you look like, what family we are born
into, or how we worship. what matters is effort and merit. that is the promise of america. and the way we deliver on that is making sure our education system works on behalf of every person who lives here. america thrived in the 20th century in large part because we made high school the norm, and then we sent a generation to college on the g.i. bill including my grandfather. then we dedicated ourselves to cultivating the most educated workforce in the world and invested in one of the crown jewels of this country, our higher education system. and dating back to abraham lincoln, we invested land-grant colleges and understood that this was a hallmark of america this investment in education.
but eventually the world caught on and caught up. and that is why we have to lead the world in education again. that's why my administration is working to make high-quality education available to all our kids. we know if we invest early it pays dividends on the back end. that is why we are working to bring broadband to 90% of students and make sure every child is plugged in, why we are recruiting more highly trained math and science teachers, why we are working to raise standards and invest more in our elementary and middle and high schools. so every young every young person is prepared for a competitive world. and this world is not easy and
sometimes it's controversial. it's not going to be the same in every state. in places like tennessee, we are seeing incredible strides as the consequences of these efforts. over the past few years tennessee students have improved reading and math scores more than any other state in the country. that is a credit to their hard work, their teachers' hard work the governor's hard work, leaders from both parties. it has been a bipartisan effort. every tennessean should be proud of that. today in a 20th century economy where your most valuable asset is your knowledge, the way to get ahead is not just a high school education, you got to get some higher education.
that is why all of you are here. now, the value of an education is not purely instrumental. education helps us be better people, helps us be better citizens. you came to college to learn about the world and engage with new ideas and discover things you are passionate about. and maybe have a little fun. and expand your horizons. that is terrific. that's a huge part of what college has to offer. you are also here now more than ever because a college degree is the surest ticket to the middle class. it is the key to getting a good job with a good income and providing you the security to or even if you don't have the same job for 30 years, you are so skillful and have the capacity
to learn new skills, it ensures you are always employed. and that is the key not just for individual americans, but for this whole country's ability to compete in the global economy. in the new economy jobs and , businesses will go where the most skilled and educated workforce resides, because businesses are mobile now. technology means they can locate anywhere, and where they have the most educated, most adaptable, most nimble workforce -- that's where they will locate. i want them to look no further than the united states of america. i want them coming right here. i want those businesses here. i want the american people to be able to get those businesses or get those jobs those businesses create. that is why we have increased grants and took on a student loan system and said, let's cut out the middlemen and give it directly to students instead we
-- give it directly to students instead. we can help more students. we have increased scholarships cut taxes for people paying tuition, we have let people cap their student loan payments at 10% of income so that they can borrow with confidence particularly if you're going into a field like nursing. we are creating a new college rating system that will give parents and students clear and concise information to shop around for a school with the best value for you. and it gives us the capacity to recognize schools that offer a great education for a reasonable price. on the flight over here, lamar and i were talking about how we can do more to simplify the application process for federal student loans. which is still too complicated. [applause]
so we have done a lot of good work over the last six years, and we are going to keep at it. but today i want i want to focus on the centerpiece of my education agenda, and that's the community colleges like this one. for millions of americans, community colleges are essential pathways to the middle class because they are local therey are flexible, they work for people who work full-time, they work for parents who have to raise kids full-time, they work for folks who have gone as far as their skills will take them and want to earn new ones, but do not have the capacity to suddenly go study for four years and not work. community colleges work for veterans transitioning back into civilian life. if you are the first in your family to go to college or coming back to school after many years away, community colleges
find a place for you, and you can get a great education. jill has been teaching at community colleges for 20 years. she started when she was 15. [laughter] >> she's still full-time today. i talked to her about her students. she can see the excitement in -- and the promise and sometimes the fear of being a 32-year-old mom going back to school, never finished the degree she started, life got in the way, and now she is coming back and getting a new skill set and seeing a whole range of options opening up. it is exciting. and that is what community colleges are all about, the idea that no one with drive and discipline should be left out,
should be locked out of opportunity, and certainly not denied a college education just because they do not have the money. every american, whether young or young at heart, should be able to earn the skills and education necessary to compete and win in the 21st century economy. so today, i am announcing an ambitious new plan to bring down the cost of community college tuition in america. i want to bring it down to $0. [applause] we are going to -- i want to -- [applause] i want to make it free.
i want to make it free. community colleges should be free for those willing to work for it. because in america, quality education cannot be a privilege reserved for a few, but a right for everyone willing to work for it. the good news is, you already do something like this in tennessee. you call it tennessee promise. so -- you call it tennessee promise. we thought, why not just build on what works? we are going to call it america's college promise. [applause] and the concept is simple. america's college promise will make two years of community college free to responsible students who are willing to work for it.
now, i want to underscore that >> everybody who is working hard for it. there are no free rides in america. students would have to do their part. colleges would have to do their part. states would have to do their part. this is not a blank check, a free lunch, but for those willing to do the work and for states and local communities that want to be a part of this it can be a game changer. think about it. students who started at community colleges during those two years and then go on to a four-year institution essentially get the first half of their bachelor's degree for free. people who enroll for skills training will graduate already
ready to work and will not have a pile of student debt. two years of college we will become as free and universal as high school is today. we are also taking another page from tennessee's playbook and making investments to expand technical programs much like you do through your 27 colleges in applied technologies. [applause] you know, joe did a terrific job running a task a task force we put together to look at job training and technical training systems all around the country. and at a time when jobs are changing and higher wages call for higher skills, we have to make sure workers have a chance to get those skills. real-world training that lead to good jobs. we want older workers to get retrained, so they can compete.
we want more women and minorities to get jobs in fields that traditionally they have been left out of. and we want to connect community colleges with employers, because when that is done right, it pays off for everybody. students learn on the job, employers get access to talent colleges get help designing courses that prepare people for the workplace, all of which creates better pathways to today's middle class. we will find the programs that work and help them grow. in a few weeks, i will send my plan to congress. i hope that congress will come together to support it. because opening the doors of higher education should not be a democratic issue or republican issue. this is an american issue. [applause] the governor is a republican.
thanks to his leadership democrats and republicans came together and offered free community colleges for students. meanwhile in my hometown of chicago, the mayor, who is a democrat, is now offering community college so that they graduate with good jobs. so, if a state where a republican leader is doing this and a city with democratic leadership is doing this how , about we all do it? [applause] let's do it for our future. as i said before, there are a bunch of good bipartisan ideas out there. a few days ago, senator
alexander joined forces with michael bennet to introduce the legislation that would make financial aid forms simpler. a lot of people applauded it because it has been a while since i filled it out, but i understand there are more than 100 questions on it. maybe it should not be hard to apply for aid for college. so i have committed to working , with senator alexander to shrink it down and make life easier. the point is, we are not going to agree on everything, but simplifying the form is something we should be able to agree on and get done this year. [applause] because in the end, nothing is more important to our country than you, our people. that is our asset. we have very nice real estate here.
we have this incredible bounty, the god-given resources that we enjoy. our greatest resource is our people. i want to say to students, staff, and faculty how proud i am of what you are doing. a lot of students here -- i know you had to overcome obstacles to get here. many of you are the first in your families to go to college some of you are working full-time while you are going to school, but you are making an investment in you, and by doing so making an investment in this , country's future. and i want to use one person's story is an example. where is she? is she here? i thought she was here a second ago. i am going to tell the story
anyway. she was raised by a single mom. she helped to make ends meet getting her first job two days after her 16th birthday. when it came time for college, the money was not there. she lives in tennessee. she knew that she had a great free option. she completed two years at this institution. now she is a senior in college working full-time, just like she has since her first day in college. she says, a lot of people like me get discouraged. i get discouraged. but i can look back and say you made it so far. i have learned that things are not always what you want, but you can make them what you want. that is wisdom. things are not always what you want. but you can make them what you want. that is what america is about.
we can make of our lives what we will. there will be bumps and challenges. we have come through some very hard times. things are not always what we wanted, but we have overcome discouragement, overcome division, and discord and do not give up. we get up, fight back, come back stronger than before thanks to the hard people. the united the united states of america is coming back. i have never been as confident in my entire life that we will make of our future what we want of it, thanks to you. i appreciate you, tennessee. god bless you. god bless america. ♪
goal of giving more americans the opportunity to go to college , but i would submit to you that he should not be holding up the tennessee promise plan as an example. he should be holding up the tennessee hope lottery scholarship program. it has provided us with $3 billion in education, $250 million a year. scholarship program should have standards. they should have strong standards in college to maintain them. they should be an addition to pell grants and other scholarships to pay for books and tuition. the promise plan takes from middle class and lower income students and gives to higher income students, doesn't have standards in high school to get the scholarships, and doesn't have high standards to keep it. the president's plan should be more like the tennessee hope lottery scholarship. it should ensure students have an incentive and high school to get it and keep it with high-grade standards.
i think the president for his commitment, but i think he has chosen the wrong program. >> chris van hollen will talk about the democratic agenda in the new congress. as the top democrat on the budget committee, he will also discuss the upcoming budget debate, tax policy, and the potential efforts by the gop to change or repeal the health care law. you can watch that interview live, sunday, 10:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. >> here are a few of the comments we have received on the 114th congress. >> my congress is that nothing will change in washington, d.c. there is too much corruption. some of the senators have been there too long. it is time for them to go. give the younger ones a chance. new ideas. this country is on the wrong
path. we are not going to get anywhere as long as the senators stay in that same position to john mccain, lindsey graham. it is the same old thing. it is time for changes. people are working too hard in this country. they have to work 2-3 jobs to take care of their family, and still not get anywhere. something has to give. >> i'm looking at the overall conversations that you guys have been having for the last 3-4 months. the congress, the government is so huge. what can they do? i'll tell you they could be like the leaders they should have been. the leaders that i was raised around. the men that looked over into communities that they lived in and said, these are our children. these are our young men. these are our daughters. what can we do in a realistic
way to make this a better place to live? anyone is going to carry power the idea of wisdom in front of the faces of us are who are having to work and pay for it. guys, where living a pretty good life here. let's take what you've got, the opportunity to do and do something writing quick playing games with it. >> my question to the 114th congress is that -- they will do nothing for the american people. i can understand how it is that i congressman are good people intel they are elected. when they go to washington, the lies, the propaganda. it seems disturbing to me that -- it seems like everything president obama does is wrong and it's sad to me because i'm a
pastor. your colleges came on and said he was a christian. jesus said that if you do this to the least of them, you have also done it to me. >> continue to let us know about what you think. call us at the following number. e-mail us at the following address. send us a tweet. join the c-span conversation, like us on facebook, follow us on twitter. >> up next on c-span, the house debate on the authorization of the keystone xl oil pipeline. then, nebraska's supreme court's oral argument in a case that challenges the pipelines proposed route through nebraska. later, a debate on the senate's version of the bill that would approve the pipelines construction.
>> before the house ended its session this week, members passed a bill that would authorize the construction of the keystone xl oil pipeline. the final vote was 266-153 with one member voting present. 20 it democrats voted with republicans to pass the measure. they included representatives brad ashford, sanford bishop, robert brady, jerry bustos james clyburn, jim cooper, jim costa, henry cuellar, mike doyle, when graham, al green seek -- sheila jackson lee, dave loebsack sans -- sean patrick maloney. rick nolan, donald norcross, cedric richmond, kurt schrader, david scott, terry sewall, marc veasey, and tim walz. the white house has said that president obama will be to the bill. for congress to override that
threat, 290 members of the full house will need to vote in favor of the measure. here are members debating the bill from the house floor. r. 3. -- on h.r. 3. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. shuster: mr. speaker, pursuant to house resolution 19 i call up the bill h.r. 3, to approve the keystone x.l. pipeline. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3. a bill to improve the keystone x.l. pipeline -- approve the keystone x.l. pipeline. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 19 the bill is considered read, the bill shall be debatable for one hour, equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on transportation and infrastructure. and the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on energy and commerce. the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. shuster, the gentleman from oregon, mr. defazio, the gentleman from kentucky, mr. wit field and the gentleman from new jersey -- whitfield, and the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pallone, each control 15 minutes. mr. shuster: thank you mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized.
mr. shuster: i rise today to support h.r. 3, the keystone x.l. pipeline act, and for those who have not heard, according to the administration, the final hurdle has been removed. and that is that the nebraska supreme court this morning has approved the pathway to -- for the pipeline, the routing of the pipeline, the keystone x.l. pipeline. again, the administration has said that was the major hurdle. it has fallen. so i hope the president is not going to establish another hurtle, that being himself -- hurdle that being himself. america is undergoing an energy renaissance and the prospect of securing north american energy independence is in sight. however, to achieve our goal of energy security we need to make sure we have the infrastructure in place to keep pace with the changing energy landscape. keystone will be a critical addition to the nation's pipeline network, increasing our supply of oil and helping to reduce its cost. the state department completed its environmental nail sis a year ago. however, there's still -- analysis a year ago.
however, there's still been no action on the pipeline. there's no reason to delay this project. and as i mentioned, as the president's main arguments in the premature veto threat is that the bill would authorize the pipeline despite uncertainty due to ongoing litigation in nebraska. that uncertainty has ended this morning and the supreme court of nebraska's allowed the planned route to go forward in nebraska. again, there is simply no reason to delay. in fact, the southern leg of the pipeline has already been built. in march, 2012, in oklahoma the president expressed his support for expediting construction for the southern leg of the keystone x.l. pipeline. i agree with the president when he stated at that ceremony that he was directing his administration to cut through red tape, breakthrough bureaucracy hurdles and make this -- bureaucratic hurdles and make this a priority to get done. it was the right thing to do then, it's the right thing to do now and it's exactly what this bill does. we should move forward because this pipeline will be a tremendous boone to the economy , economic development, and one
that doesn't require a single federal dollar. the very nature of infrastructure improvement creates jobs and keystone is no exception. i know my colleagues have made the argument that it's only temporary. but every infrastructure job is a temporary job. when a road's completed when a bridge is completed, when a pipeline is completed. those construction workers move on to hopefully other construction jobs. and indeed five unions representing over three million workers, i repeat that to my democratic colleagues five unions representing three million hardworking americans, support this project. and i'd like to submit their letter in the record for support of this project. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. shuster: i want to name them off. it's the teamsters, international brotherhood of electric workers, labor international union of america, the operating engineers, it's the pipe fitters of the united states and canada, all supporting this project. again they see it as positive economic impact. and again when these jobs are completed, they'll move on to other hopefully construction
jobs. but what's left behind will have a positive impact to our economy, to job creation, for a generation. our energy renaissance is helping make north america more secure and energy independence and -- energy independent and i want to quote the president. in this time of significant political uncertainty in key oil producing countries and regions and in the context of a difficult economic situation,-opec canada crude oil supplies advance the -- situation non-opec canada crude oil supplies advance the energy of the united states. he said this in 2009. about the end bridge pipeline which started transferring oil sands from canada to the gulf coast last month. the president five years ago supported this type of thing. he should support it now. so other than politics, i don't understand why he hasn't approved this project as he did with end bridge. it's time to build. ladies and gentlemen, i especially look to my democratic colleagues. let's put down our gloves, let's do something positive for america, for those three
million union jobs that -- workers that will be rewarded. let's do what's good for the environment. let's do what's good for energy independence and let's be fair to our greatest friends in the world our canadian neighbors. they allowed us to build a pipeline across their land. we should allow them to do the same in ours. they're our best allies, our greatest friends, a great neighbor. lets us today pass this bill -- let us today pass this bill and build the keystone x.l. pipeline with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from -- pipeline. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the nc ofis te. the lanroos regned. mr. defazio: i yield myself such time as i may conme the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. defazio: well, it's ground hog day come early to the -- grundhog day come early to the -- groundhog day come early to the floor of the house. it's cold enough, i guess. this will be the 10th time in the last four years that the house of representatives has moved this bill with the assertion that somehow it leads us to energy independence, energy security lower prices at the pump. well, the reality is, a
canadian corporation is going to build a pipeline from canada to texas. they are going to be exempt from paying into the oil spill liability trust fund unlike most other projects in this country, because of a stupid ruling by the i.r.s. but that's nothing new. regarding tar sands. so they'll be exempt from paying into that. so if this thing bursts, there's an accident, the taxpayers of the united states get the bill. not the taxpayers of canada. they don't get the bill. taxpayers of the united states get the bill. now, that's one of a number of problems regarding this project. it's somewhat unprecedented, i believe -- this may have happened at some other time in american history, but i do find it particularly ironic today, when we had the reading of the constitution, that the effect of passing this bill, if it
were to become law and the president has already said he'll veto it, but if this were to become law would be to give a foreign corporation the right to take private property from american citizens. i'm not aware of any other time in the history of the union where we have given a foreign corporation the right to take americans' private property. yeah, some people were happy to sell the rights. but many others weren't. including some in nebraska and some in texas. it's been quite contentious among land owners who are just having this corporation come. i would like to put in the record a letter from transcanada. we have blacked out the name of the recipient of the letter. but it is a true copy of a letter to a person who will have their private property taken by eminent domain by a foreign corporation. and the foreign corporation informs them that they will begin this month, i guess, because of the anticipated public inaction, to take their
private property away. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. defazio: thank you. now, that's a bit ironic, again on the day we read the constitution, and also of the party of individual rights for property owners. so that is also of concern. yes, there will be construction jobs. and i'm the first to admit we need more jobs in america. in fact, i voted against the president's so-called stimulus bill because it didn't invest enough in building frturethisoury insteadt d a wleunch of stupid tax cuts because of lay summers, you know, a highly acclaimed hack economist. and we didn't put a lot of people back to work. 7% went to infrastructure. that created jobs. 42% went to tax cuts. didn't create jobs. but that's another agenda the republicans are pursuing, is tax cuts to create jobs. but we won't get into that here today. so yes, that will happen. but there are a lot of other