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>> thank you, mike pence. american prosperity is a grass- roots organization with chapters across this country. for this next introduction, i want to introduce you to a gentleman that many of you virginians know, the state director for virginia, then marty -- ben markey. >> we told them for the last 12 months that november was coming. we've got a message today, don't way? november is here! november is here. that message of responsible spending and not wasting our children's inheritance -- i have a son being born next month. he already owes the federal government $40,000.
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that should never be the case. one of those messages we were able to send, we have a lot of new conservative face is joining the britannia delegation in this new congress. one of them is no stranger to actually cutting the size of government. last year in the virginia general assembly, as majority leader, morgan creek that cut $400 billion of state spending. something that these guys across the road here ought to learn real quick. he also sent a message that if you vote against your district and you vote for job-killing cap and trade legislation and kill those natural resources that we depend on in this country, that you are going to be replaced. ladies and gentleman, please griffith.organ breat [applause]
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>> thank you. it is great to be here carrying your message to the capital. and that message is one of accountability when the district representative does not listen to the people. the people will replace him. >> that is right. >> sending your message that november was coming out there and we talked about the obama- pelosi policies, and we talked about jobs, and you sent the message that you are accountable. i have to tell you, we're going through orientation now. it isery interesting and all inspiring to be here and know that i soon will take a seat in that building over there. it has been a long time since i was in high school. but when i was in high school, in salem, va., there was a poster on the wall my senior
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year -- if the picture of that building. it had a quote from alexander hamilton -- hear, sir, the people govern. >> amen. >> we sent a message to the congress that they should remember that the people govern. i pull well understand and know that if i did not heed that message, november is always coming. and i pledge to you today and henceforth that i will remember that it is here, sir, the people govern, and it is a government by, for, and of the people. i am glad that you helped to make sure that people knew had that -- they had the right and the accountability to hold their government accountable. and i wait and hope that i will be a person that you will all find approval of, and when the accountability time comes in
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november new years from now, usa, morgan lived up to his word, his commitment to cut spending and to make sure that this government is doing what the people want, and do not ever forget, here, sir, the people govern. thank you. >> i do not know about you, but i still more confident with people like him voting then these lame ducks right now. what you say? remember when they said conservatism and free markets, it did not work any more in new england? our message is only a southern message. i am a southerner and that is not bad. but this year that was proven to be untrue. you people ran across this country on an unabashed free market, freedom, lower taxes, less spending message and one across the country. another member-elect he did that
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is from new hampshire, the congressman. >> thank you, sam. i have to say i have been here since sunday. i feel like this is a bit of a family reunion. [laughter] it is great to see so many americans, so many people believe in liberty and freedom, so many people who believe that is your right and responsibility to come to our nation's capital and fight for the freedom that our grandfathers fought for. that our kids and our grandkids desert, and that we all with light -- we would say in new hampshire, live free and die for. the last quarter years of my life, i spent as the mayor of manchester, new hampshire. i am very proud of what i did. i took one vote and turned it into cutting taxes, cutting
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spending, cutting ball rolling, cutting debt, cutting deficits, and actually got reelected. [laughter] [applause] that message was the will of the people. it was the will of the people. and the will of the people has spoken again. this infamous freshman class will not let you them. we would join with you. [applause] week feel you with us and among us. we will not let you down. we will make sure that we cut borrowing, that we cut spending, that we cut taxes, that we make sure we get rid of obamacare. [applause] that we make sure your voices are always heard, now and forever, because this is our country, this is our capital, and it deserves a better
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governance. [applause] and i hope this is only the beginning. the beginning of a new america, and america that historians will say marked the change in time when every american rose up, became part of the government, it change the government, to restore individual freedom, to respect the constitution, and to restore the 10th amendment. [applause] i want to thank you hansard for giving me the opportunity to represent -- new hampshire for giving me the opportunity to represent them and that is what i'm here to do. i hope the weekend gathering again and after this congress has concluded, we can mark of very special day where we honored the responsibilities and obligations that we offered each and every one of you. thank you all very much. do not stop believing in our
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country. thank you very much. [applause] >> we have two of the members- elect a we wanted to hear from, who we think will be leaders in this class. the next is from the 18th district of ohio. i was there a number of times and there are great working folks in that district. there representative-elect is with us. please welcome bob gibbs. >> thanks. i have to tell you, i love the sign. that is what it is all about, democracy in action. it is an honor to represent ohio's 18th in the people's house. when i ran in this great fight, i made a commitment of ohio's 18th that i would do three things -- cut deficit spending, cut the borrowing, roll back the tax increases, and reform.
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we have an absolutely to do that to bring confidence back to the private sector, so our employers will start hiring people and get back to work. that is what it is about. if we do not do that, it is a national security issue and it is an erosion of our god-given constitutional freedom. number one priority, we're going to fix that. there is a quote here, nancy pelosi did not get the memo. she is trying to put forth the linda -- the liberal agenda in the lame duck. you know what i think they ought to do? make sure that taxes do not go of january 1. number one. everyone, everyone -- taxes do not go up for anyone, ok? otherwise will have the largest tax increase in american history. i don't want you to think about what will happen if they do that. second, i don't think this lame
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duck congress will do it, but at the very minimum, in the next weaker so, they ought to repeal the burdensome regulations on businesses in the 1099 forms. that ought to go away. obviously they did not pass things like card check, inventing on local workers' rights, they do not pass the national energy tax. major taxes do not go up january 1 and take care of the 1099s so that we do not put more burdensome regulations on our employers, and then go home. [applause] that is all they need to do. we will come back here in january where the real work starts and we will get this economy going and enhance our god given constitutional rights. if people are not economically
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secure, that is an erosion of our rights. we will make this country the greatest country in the world again. we will be a beacon for hope and freedom and opportunity. thank you for being here. >> the congressman-elect's commons remind me of a rock-and- roll song. the song said, do not galway mad, just go away. [laughter] one state that did not quite get the message on november 2, i know we're struck by this, as california. however -- however the people of california did send a couple of folks that are thinking the right way. on economic issues and every other way. one of them is with us. i have known him for several years. it was a leader in the legislature there, which is
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tough in california. i know he will be a leader here. >> thank you, thank you. the fight continues on. the election is over but the fight continues on. make no mistake -- this is a fight. there are those that want to raise taxes. there are those that want to continue to increase spending, and the fight continues on. as a congressman-elect, when i am sworn in in january, you have my word that i will continue this fight. in the meantime, i am still a farmer, i am still a small business owner, i am still a veteran. and this is a fight that we have to win. when they believe that no one is paying attention, the holidays are coming, we can sneak in a spending increase, we can sneak in a tax increase -- now was
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when we have to fight harder than ever and make sure that they hear us. when those that do not believe that a tax increase will continue to kill our jobs, we have to make sure they hear us. i like everyone else want to thank you, but more than anything else, but fight continues on. we need to be ever so vigilant in this fight over the next two months. this lame duck session is unacceable. if the think our tax are going to be raised or spending will increase -- enough is enough. thank you. [applause] >> there are a lot partners in this conservative movement across this country. so many tea party birds, someone did you acted in your local tea parties, local 912, a local american for prosperity chapters
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-- thank you for what you're doing. we have several of our partners to this morning. this next lady is with the concerned women for america. she has been leading spending revolt bus tours across the country. how many of you saw one? they traveled the country. they are great allies. please welcome penny. >> good morning and thank you for coming out. there was a quiet murmur that started about 18 months ago. let me tell you, that murmur culminated on november 2 in a mighty roar. >> you bet it did. >> the concern was americans across the country, let their voices be heard. thank you for what you did. you went to the polls and make your voice is heard.
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we're going have to continue in that room. the other side toes you that what women really wants -- they want federal tax subsidies to pay for abortion. >> know! >> they tell you that women want handouts. what we really want is a responsible constitutional government. >> yes! >> one that allows private entrepreneur ship, one that allows the private sector to create jobs. we do not want a handout. we won a job. >> that is right. that is right. >> with and care about the health care bill. women make 80% of the health care decisions in a family. we are responsible for the help of our families. this health care bill was extremely, extremely repulsive to us. we know it to be the failure that it is. we're going to continue on until we see irepealed. [applause]
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>> that is right. >> we have had at other times in history where we have seen this kind of government spending and as high taxation the levels that it is that today. i would tell the president, look to jfk. he understands that you have to roll back a 91% tax rate, that it was choking the ability of the country to create jobs. i would use that as an example for our president. i will close by quoting -- he quoted blondie, i am one of " ronald reagan. [laughter] ronald reagan said it so well. this is where someone from america is coming from. this is an issue about our children and our grandchildren. this issue is about our future and protecting our family.
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the ronald reagan said, freedom is never what -- never but one generation away from extinction. it must be fought for, protected, and handed down for them to do the same. or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what was once like in the united states when men were free. thank you and god bless america. >> thank you, pending. i agree, ronald reagan was a better quote- blondie. you've got me there. at americans for prosperity, where grass roots, but we have one of the best minds in the conservative movement on our side. you to hear from the cahill leads us on the policy front, and that is our vice-president, bill curtis. >> thanks, tim. thanks everyone for coming today. i think we have to -- rights
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that a huge enormous consequences for the direction of our country that will be decided right now, between now and the end of the year in this lame duck session. the first when you heard about from senator demint, the earmarks of a. to mark the senate republicans will be voted on whether japan pork-barrel earmarked request, like the bridge to nowhere, and museums. all these outrageous examples of pork. they have to ban earmarks. any republican who does not vote to ban air marks will have a primary challenge. they will not get a free pass. we have to keep all the heat on them for this year martin vote tomorrow. the house will also vote this week. it is critical ever republican member of the house needs to know that we wanted in earmarks as well. john boehner is leading the fight there and i think we will lead -- and win on the house side.
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that year marked by it is inside the republican conference in the house and in the senate. we have two huge consequential fights that the democrats can still control because they have because zombie congressman up their casting votes. the spending side and the tax bite. let me tell you -- if they get their way on spending, we're going to have eight trillion dollar omnibus spending bill that funds obamacare, the epa, funds everything that we once thought. it will stop -- it will find everything that they wanted to fund but they could not get away with before the election, that will be in the omnibus spending bill. here is the thing. they only have 59 democratic senators right now. it will drop to 58 as soon as they stop stalling and actually kirk who won his
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special election. they will need to republicans to do that omnibus bill. no republican better help them, no matter what pork they promise, no matter what spending, special-interest giveaways, and no compromise on spending. if we lose, they will have all the funding they need to move everything forward on obamacare , their whole regulatory agenda. even if we did funded, they will have all the money in this bill. we have to stop the omnibus spending bill. no compromise, no on the bus spending bill. -- on the bus spending bill. the third crucial fight that i need is on taxes. we need to stop the largest tax hike in american history from taking place in january 1. the democrats were derelict in their duty when they went home to campaign without doing anything to prevent this tax hike. the american people clearly spoke on this.
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we need to stop every single tax hike that is coming. when it -- that means extend the current tax rate for everyon no tax increases on investors and retirees and small businesses and the rich. none of that. no alternative minimum tax to slam the middle class with higher taxes. and no death tax. [applause] and i am going to need all of you guys -- when we finish, you need to tell your members of congress all three of these things. no earmarks, no on the bus -- omnibus spending bill, no tax hikes. we have to keep this debt. my next friend, dick pattern. -- patton. >> welcome to date 319 note that
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taxes. this is the first time in 96 years of america has had no death taxes, but the government has not reached into in confiscated family property from one generation to another, disrupting family farms and family businesses. that is the good news. the bad news is that congress does nothing in 46 days, that death tax goes from 0% to 55%, the highest death tax on planet earth. ooing] with that lower and lower and now we have no debt taxes. now that we're in the lame duck session and that that tax is before us, it is on the verge of skyrocketing in the future. in the very near future. we need to let congress know that 55% debt taxes are not
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acceptable. 45% is not acceptable. 35% is not acceptable. we are heroes to kill the death tax. -- we are here to kill the death tax. we have got all of these questions. that that tax kills 1.5 million jobs and americans. harms family businesses, it distorts the late between parents and their children. you can boil it down to this one question -- do we actually have property rights or are we merely tax paying surface that somehow after a lifetime of hard work, after a lifetime of paying taxes, when this thing stops beating, the government confiscates our property as if they somehow funded to begin with? this is a huge setback. it occurred to me last week that the original american revolution was preceded by a tea party.
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[applause] alsoweek's revelation was presorted by tea party -- preceded by tea party. in the spirit of this, let me leave you with this -- no taxation without respiration. [laughter] >> a lot it came down from new jersey and pennsylvania this morning. thank you for joining us. i do not think -- we're not close to finishing up without steve lott and. >> thanks, tim. thank you everyone. thank you so much for getting up early this morning, or late last night, and getting in your cars to come here for the defense of liberty once again.
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it has been one year ago this week, one year ago today that many of you here and many others gathered for a code red health care rally to san nancy pelosi, harry reid, and barack obama a message. they did not listen to that message. they did not compromise or at least a consensus on their liberal agenda. they did whatever they had to do to jam it through. and they paid the price. >> they sure did. >> thanks to you in your efforts, no one here has compromised on their commitments to liberty. we do not expect that from the new leadership in washington. we expect the democrat party, now still under nancy pelosi and harry reid, that the democrat
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party live up to their name and live up to the democratic will of the american people. they have spoken. and not violate that will in this lame ck session. but most of all, we expect the new leadership in washington, the republican leadership not to compromise their principles, not to advocate their police to consensus, but stand solid for the values for which we have fought. if they do not do so, we will be back. we will be back. thank you. >> thank you, steve. god bless you, brother. thank you. thanks, steve. one of our best allies around the country in this fight is andrew langer. you maryland folks know him especially well. he is at the institute for justice. please give him a warm welcome. >> i'm the president of the
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institute for liberty. not to take anything away from your organization. i want to begin on a humble nut. this is my second event of the date. had they began -- that began in maryland with people who are protesting the westboro baptist church. they showed up a solid the memory of a veteran of afpak last week. 5000 mark in showed up at in memory -- 5000 americans showed up in memory at that protest. and the drive home for me, what this movement is all about, each and every one of you stepping up and doing your part. history is not without this ironic moment. we reached one of those today here and now in washington, d.c. we have a system in america
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where we had tw of major parties, a republican party built on principles of the democratic republic that we have, republicanism, separation of powers, federalism, limited government. and we have a party, the democrat party, that is supposed to be based on the will of the people, right? that is what democracy is, all about the will of the people. and one would expect that democratic party to listen, when you? and yet here we are, because of that irony. we're here because despite the fact that americans overwhelmingly came out -- and do not let them tell you otherwise. the narrative that they wanted to spread was that this was nothing -- you would think nothing was going on in washington. none of us ever came out to a tea party have been. but people were punishing the party in power for the economy. but we were, and why?
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because they did absolutely nothing to fix it and everything to exacerbate the problems at hand. and yet here we are, because they will not listen. and it does not matter if it is because they do not understand. what was that? we can come back again and they should understand that. because we have time and time again. and i will. [laughter] i said with tim that our work did not end on election day and you know that. in his messages to everyone out there in the republic. our work began on election day. the hard work of turning back every bad thing that the pelosi-obama agenda has done to america.
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we have started. thank you all for coming out. [applause] >> we have two members before we ask you to go and knock on doors across the capitol. the first is from the great state of texas. my wife's home state. he is from the first district of texas. he has been one of the fighters in congress for. louis gohmert. come up here. >> thank you. i would say thank you so much. i was originally asked by a reporter who did not know my heart about these t party groups. all of these groups, americans for prosperity, freedom works, that all these groups? and i responded, they are an
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answer to many years of prayer. [applause] after this administration was brought into washington to join speaker pelosi and majority leader harry reid and the people and april 2009 realized this is more runaway spending, this is more of government taking away our rights, the people responded in april and said, we still want no deficit spending and we are going to get it. and as president and the speaker said, no, you cannot. and this group and these people said, yes, we can. and when this administration
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responded to the people who said, we want you to protect this country, if you took an oath to protect debt -- to defend against all enemies foreign and domestic, and do not put up signs -- you get us and protect our own land. and this administration said, no, you cannot. but you said, yes, we can. and when this group said, we want the government to be what it was intended in the constitution, serve us. this administration and the speaker said, no, you cannot. but you said, yes, we can. and when you responded by saying, you either give us responsible spending, non- deficit spending, and you live within the means that we provided, and you protect this country, you do not turn on our
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friends like israel, and you said if you do, we will turn you out, they said, no you cannot. and you said -- >> yes, we can! >> and that is what happened. and people who are not even bomb rubble, two months ago as her that they would be back here, said you could not turn them out, and you did. but me tell you briefly because i love a look things that have been said. as a judge, it was breaking my heart to see women, single women with children being brought more and more to my card charge with the felony of welfare fraud. what about -- to my court but the charge of welfare fraud.
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and some would say, just drop out, the government will send you a check. back in the 1960's, i think it was with the best of intentions, congress thought that the deadbeat dads were not helping. we will send you a check for every child you and have out of wedlock. and they said they were lured into this with no way to get out. >> they thought that eventually they would get an up checks to get out of the hole and they did not. they would get a job and not tell the wealthier people and they will hopefully -- the welfare people and they will hopefully get away with it. that is a felony because they did not tell the welfare people about the job. i believe in keeping people accountable. what broke my heart is that this city, this congress, the president of the united states has continued to lure young women into a hole with no hope
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of getting out. the wonderful reform of welfare under obamacare, when in adjusted for inflation, income for women went up for the first time. you may not be aware that the repeal was in obamacare. it has to be repealed for the sake of all of these people across ameca. [cheers and applause] let's stop incentivizing bad conduct and incentivize good conduct. when they say you cannot do it, you said -- >> yes weekend. >> back to work, but you very much. -- thank you very much.
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>> there has been a lot of talk about leadership positions within the republican caucus. there has been a lot of talk about leader positions -- leadership positions within the republican caucus this past week. at americans for prosperity, we know who our leader is in the house. don't we? >> [cheers and applause] >> when we won a message in a legislative battle or a political battle, we know who the leader is, don't we? >> [cheers and applause] we can think of no one more appropriate than our leader in the house, michelle bauman. -- michelle bachman. [cheers and applause]
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>> thank you. do you know that you are the people who change the world? you did that the first tuesday in november. [cheers and applause] interestingly, the sun is shining down on us today because you did it. you came at. he rallied. . phone, you kept it running. you were so persistent. you recruited for office and he donated to people running for office. he persuaded. you brought your friends. you brought your enemies. he brought anyone you could bring out to the polls and you
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have turned this country upside down. there is a chapter in american history books were written just with your name on it. and every year, about this time, there is alway the story about who is the man of the year, who is the one of the year. i want to give my nomination. it the tea party are the people of the year for 2010. [cheers and applause] because the tea party is nothing more than recreating the spirit of 1776 and it is a lot of and it is walking across -- is alive and it is walking across the united states and is here in the capital today.
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we have so much to be faith bausch thankful for. americans for prosperity have been a faithful friend to all of us. the reason this movement is so extraordinary and has compounded so many people in the mainstream media is because this is reality. this was not astroturf. this was not a group of toothless total is -- hillbillies who had no idea what they were talking about, these were angry, hateful people. these are the nicest people you would ever want to meet. every time you see a rally or a meeting, it resembles a family reunion more than it did the hatfields and mccoys, didn't it? [applause] after one of the rallies this
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summer, you could not find a piece of litter on the national mall. not only are you great people, your needs. -- you are neat. your givers. your not takers. -- you are givers, you are not takers. one thing that you so a fully understood -- so thankfully understood is that it was not compassion to steal from our own children. you understood that very well. you understood tt it more represents a gangster government when government takes over one private industry after another. week, we ran -- to read a headline that the chinese government is looking to buying
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into government motors going forward. you have one government buying a private corporation and another government coming in. does that mean that the american taxpayer will now have to prop up shares? this is insanity economics. this is not representative of who we are. we are better than that. [applause] and we are better as a country because we have sent in a new batch of recruits, over 80 strong, who may actually read these bills once they get here. i think they really will. there will be a new sheriff in town and this share of will
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listen to the american people. if we do not, then you had better turn us out, too. because it is all about fidelity. fidelity for the declaration of independence. the glorious mission statement that tells us who we are and who to. we were put here on this earth by a creator. we know that if was not the people in the capital that gave us our rights, it was a creative that give us our lives -- our rights. even if they think they can, they cannot. these are in alienable rights that only a creator gives. life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. we are all created equal before
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that heavenly magistrate. to that end, we are here to remind those that often think that they are better than us, but they are not. they are servants of the people. we are here to remind them in the waning hours, as the shadow falls on speaker policy -- weaker nancy pelosi's gavel, are here to remind them as we did at the ballot box not so subtle lee on the first tuesday of november that we are the keans and queens of this nation. when we are the sovereign, and you serve us and you listen to us. how egregious it would be after the people spoke of that they would take it upon themselves to pass more legislation that would bankrupt the nation, that
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would increase taxes which would mean $1.2 billion taken away out of the pockets of real people in my district and get sent to the people of washington d.c. who spent more than that before they have their morning coffee. i would prefer to see that $1.2 billion left in the hands of people in st. cloud, woodbury and stillwater and districts all across the country. leave it wheret wi do some good. [applause] if they decide that they are going to change the tax policy and have the largest tax increase in american history, it will mean that in my district, to thousand jobs will be lost. -- two thousand jobs will be lost.
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they said they would create two million, 3 million, 4 million jobs. how many jobs did they lose? millions and millions of jobs. how would prefer to be here to talk about where we find more people to fill the jobs and have wages going up so high because prosperity is so high. this is americans for prosperity that are hosting this rally today because we are americans for prosperity. [cheers and applause] and we can have that again. i am an unashamed disciple and promoter in free-market enterprise in this country. that is what this nation was founded upon, upon free
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enterprise, not about an ever- growing bureaucracy. that is what we have seen with obamacare. justice weekend, it was reported that only 111 waivers have been issued. this is an admission of failure by the white house today may not be admitting it, but their actions are admitting it. we see universities and unions and favored companies are getting waivers? what is a waiver? it is an exemption. exemption? obamacare is a cost of driving failure. we were told that we have to pass obamacare. we could not wait. we could not even read the bill. we cannot even take the time to debate it. because president obama promised us that it would drive down the
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care. he promised. he promised. i stood there on the floor of the chamber, and many of you were out here demonstrating against this bill. on sunday, march 21, i stood on the floor and the final speech have the speaker of the house and other democrat members say to the american people that we would save 1.3 trillion dollars if we passed obamacare. let's see where we are at. they said that we would increase jobs, not lose jobs if we pass the stimulus. it did that work? >> no. >> they said that we would save money, not lose money if we passed obamacare. did that work? >> no.
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>> strike to. -- strike two. they said we would have quantitative easing if the federal reserve was printing money and now they are saying that we will print an additional $600 billion. they say that will lower inflation. they say it will lower interest rates. ok, can i sell anybody a bridge in brooklyn? >> no. >> strike 3, they are out. i want to thank you for what you have done but i also want to inspire you. inspire you that america's days are not over. we have already seen the first step in taking our country back.
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we are going to keep our pedal to the metal so to speak. not only in this lame duck session, because we cannot afford to have any more out of control spending. we cannot afford to have been out of control tax increases this is the first -- tax increases. this is the first that of taking our government back in 2012. i fully agree with the democratic tons -- pundits and pollsters that are calling on president obama to not one for a second term. -- run for a second term. i believe we just witnessed a referendum, even though president obama denied it when he said that the election had nothing to do with his policies, i think the american people felt quite differently. let's not have this any longer be about politics. let's have this be above personality.
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let's have this be about the people of this country getting back to work. we need to focus on prosperity. turned and focused, not on washington, take the mirrors of washington and turn around and looked out at the greatest country that has ever been constituted in 5000 years of recorded human history. look at our people. look at our greatness. for the very fact of revering those came before us and who sacrificed and bled and died for us. for them, for their memories. so we do not desecrate their memories. back to a sound financial footing and do what we know is true. for those that are in
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generations yet born, let's put this nation on a solid financial footing. let's do this right today. i want to thank all of you who are here today. i want to think americans for prosperity. this really is a new and glorious day. the sun is rising, the sun is not setting. to a rising sun, we will continue to inspire moving forward. [cheers and applause] >> michele bachman! >> usa. usa. usa. usa usa. >> listen, you are here.
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let's make sure of a couple of things. let's go knock on some doors today. senate republican leader mcconnell needs to hear from you about these earmarks. that the lame- duck does not move us backwards.
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[inaudible] count two, conduct and violation of services has been
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-- count three, conduct and violation of the house rule, the committee was unable to reach a conclusion by clear and convincing evidence and divided on a 4-1 vote. count four, postal service laws , the committee found violation by clear and convincing evidence. count five, conduct and violation of the franking statute. the committee found that that conduct was completely covered by the conviction in count four and the interpretation of the statute -- before the executive branches. count six, conduct and violation of the house office building and commission regulations. we found in violation by clear and convincing evidence. count seven, conduct and violation of the purpose law of the handbook. we found a violation by clear
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and convincing evidence. count eight, conduct and violation of the letterhead rule. the committee found that was proven by clear and convincing evidence. count nine, conduct and violation of the -- of the ethics and government act and house rule -- in house rule 26, the financial disclosure provisions, we found a violation by clear and convincing evidence. count 10, conduct in violation of the code of ethics for government service relating to lennox terrorists, the committee found conviction by clear and convincing evidence. count 11, government service clause 2, we found a conviction by clear and convincing evidence. count 12, conduct in violation of the code of conduct, letter and spirit of house rules. the committee found that to be proved by clear and convincing evidence. count 13, conduct in violation of the code of conduct
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reflecting -- reflecting upon the house, we found that to be proven by clear and convincing evidence on a vote 7-1. i would note that that does conclude the deliberations of the administrative subcommittee. i would note that our deliberations are covered by rule 7 of the committee on standards of official conduct which prohibit discussion of our deliberations publicly and require us to keep the confidentiality of our session. i would ask members of the public to respect our obligations relative to the rules. before asking the ranking member if he would like to make a brief comment, i would just like to conclude by saying that none of the members of this committee are volunteers.
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this has been a difficult assignment. time consuming. and we have approached our duties diligently and that includes every member of this subcommittee. we have tried to lead by fairness led only by the facts and the law and i believe we have accomplished that mission and i do give thanks to each of the members who have worked so hard to do the right thing as well as the staff who have worked extraordinarily hard and many, many hours to present this case to us. with that i'd like to turn to the ranking member, mr. mccaul, for any brief comments he may have. >> thank you, madam chair. as you mentioned, no one asked for this assignment. sitting in judgment of a fellow member, a colleague is very
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difficult task, but i believe that you, madam chair, and all the members of this subcommittee have handled yourselves in a very nonpartisan, professional manner and dignified manner which i hope will restore credibility to the house of representatives. as you mentioned, madam chair, we were able to reach consensus on 12 of the 13 counts with count three being a split vote 4-4. when we look at count 13 it talks about reflecting credibility on the house and discussing dishonor. i'm hopeful as we move forward with this manner into the next phase that at the end of the day we will be able to begin an era of transparency and accountability, a new era of ethics that will restore the credibility of this house, the people's house. and with that i yield back.
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>> thank you. the gentleman yields back. i would just note technically it was 11-13 because we rolled five into four. i would just like to note the next procedures. we will be meeting briefly just to approve the brief report that goes to the full committee. after we recess from this session, i will be contacting the ranking member of the full committee so that we can schedule the sanction hearing that is the next step in this process under our rules. and we will certainly give notice of that. >> one clarification. we did achieve consensus, though. >> we did achieve consensus, you are correct. with that we will recess to the closed session this afternoon to briefly go through the language, and thanks to all of you. [captioning performed by
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national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2009] >> while the house has returned from their election period for a lame-duck session today while new members are continuing the orientation process in another part of the capitol, members of the 111th congress returned to complete unfinished business. and now to live coverage of the u.s. house here on c-span. of history, yet ever present to your people, as the sunlight is diminished, at-winds abundance and profits blow across the land. people complained with increasing volumes to one another, but they are not seen
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crying out to you. jeremiah, traditionally the man of tears, has a teaching for the people of this information age, how to truly lament. this venue is more powerful than any terror attack. so he refuses to be negative. the signs of corruption and ruins of former days surround him, but he never allows doubt in youth. they are only the consequences of the sinful actions found in the powerful and poor alike. so leaving disdained divine providence which enlightens this nation's founders, jeremiah says , wise men do not boast to their wisdom nor strong men of their
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strength nor rich men of their wealth. if anyone wants to boast he should boast that he knows and understands me. he knows my love is constant and i do only what is kind and just. these are the things that please me. i,ed lord, have spoken. and so as we hear the word of god say, amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from louisiana, congressman fleming. mr. fleming: everyone say the pledge. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. poe: mr. speaker, a trip to the airport these days leaves americans with embarrassing choices. law-abidinging citizens can bare it all through a peek-a-boo body scanner or groped in a patdown search by a federal employee. that's a choice. there's no evidence these new body scanners make us more secure. but there is evidence that former homeland security chief, michael chertoff, made money hawking these full body scanners. the underwear bomber tried to
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blow up a plane over detroit last christmas. shortly thereafter chertoff went on a media tour promoting the full body scanners. this former homeland security chief told everyone we had to have the body scanners at airports to be safe. too bad he didn't disclose he was getting paid to sell these intrusive devices. isn't that lovely? meanwhile, the populous is giving up more rights in the name of the latest security. these body scanners are a violation of the fourth amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures. there must be a better way to have security at airports than taking pornographic photographs of our citizens, including children, and then giving kick wax to political hacks. that's just the way it is. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what reason does the gentleman from louisiana rise? mr. fleming: i'd like to speak to the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minutes. mr. fleming: mr. speaker, in just a few weeks the obama tax
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hike time bomb, otherwise known as the expiration of the current tax cuts, will explode resulting in the highest single tax increase in u.s. history. for some in attempting to accept the argument that increasing taxes on upper incomes and small businesses will solve our deficit problems. however, any clear thinking american knows that confiscating more americans through taxes to feed a rapidly growing government will only lead to continue the death spiral of increased taxes and expanding government. ultimately we will have a shrinking private sector an fewer jobs. mr. speaker, on november 2 the american people spoke loudly and they said we are in a desperate need of reform in the way the government does its business. to that end let me suggest that instead of making tax cuts temporary, and spending permanent, that we make tax cuts permanent and spending temporary. it is time for congress and the president to put the american people first and extend
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permanently all of the current tax cuts for families and small businesses in order to make this economy sound. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what reason does the gentleman from pennsylvania rise? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. mr. pitts: thank you, mr. speaker, in may, 154 of my republican colleagues and i september a letter to the president's fiscal commission asking them to reject a new value-added tax as a way to balance the federal budget. with top white house advisors like john podesta and paul volcker talking about the need for a v.a.t. tax, there was great concern that the fiscal commission would look to this tax as an easy way to raise more revenue. last week i was pleased to see that the co-chairs released a preliminary report that did not call for new v.a.t. tax. the ease with which a v.a.t. tax could raise revenue makes it especially dangerous. the government cannot create
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jobs and a v.a.t. tax would only further deplete resources from the private sector. the true septre of job growth. -- center of job growth. now we need to have a serious debate in congress about the best way to control government spending and let the private sector flourish and grow and create private sector sustainable jobs. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what reason does the gentleman from south carolina rise? >> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina is recognized for one minute. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, the top priority of congress for this lame duck session should be extending the tax cuts for all americans in order to create jobs and get people back to work. once this important matter is completed, i strongly encourage congress to consider ways to protect the privacy of airline passengers while keeping air travel safe and secure. air travelers across america have come to expect a certain level of discomfort in society
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when they fly and for the most part these american travelers are good sports and team players in the name of tight security. recently the patients and privacy -- patience and privacy of these travelers has been tested of a whole new level of full body scans. these scans of one such screening method congress should examine this year. i -- i support the act authored by congressman chaffetz of utah to make sure the images lifted from scanners are not stored, transferred, or shared. in conclusion god bless our troops and we will never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: for what reason does the gentleman from indiana rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: wowed, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. pence: two weeks ago today
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the american people registered a historic rejection of american liberalism. and the agenda of this administration and this congress. the american people said in definite terms they are tired of the borrowing and spending and bailouts and the takeovers and the tax increases of the recent past. they voted for change. that's why it's so remarkable, mr. speaker, that this congress is poised to allow one of the largest tax increases in american history to take effect in january of this year. a historic $3.9 trillion tax increase could take effect impacting every american if congress fails to act. the average tax increase will be more than $1,500 per household. american families will see the marriage penalty reinstated, child tax credit cut in half, tax rates or investments and savings and inheritance will increase. absolutely imperative if congress accomplishes nothing else in this lame duck that we take immediate action to make
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permanent all the current tax rates. let's be clear, this is not a debate over tax cuts. the tax rates are not preserved permanently, it will result in one of the largest tax increases in history. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. pence: i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. i ask all members to adhere to the gavel, please. for what purpose does the gentleman from arkansas rise? >> permission to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman, without objection, is recognized for one minute. mr. boozman: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor one of america's bravest, lance corporal sineceras of clarksville, ack a., who was taken from us while supporting ghat commissions in afghanistan. after graduating high school in 2007, lance corporal enlisted in the u.s. marine corps. family members cite it was the strength and character of the
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marines that drew him to serve with the corps and his friends and comrades said he was a great machine gunner. he served with the marines all across the globe and less than two weeks after arriving in afghanistan at the age of 21 he made the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation. my prayers and the prayers of the people of arkansas are with the family. i humbly offer my thanks to him, a true american hero, for his selfless service to the security and well-being of all americans. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered or on which the vote incurs objection under clause 6 of rule 20. record votes on postponed questions will be taken later.
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for what purpose does the gentlewoman from the district of columbia rise? ms. norton: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill, h.res. 1475. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 1475 , resolution congratulates the town of tarboro, north carolina, on the occasion of its 250th anniversary. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from the district of columbia, ms. norton, and the gentleman from california, mr. bilbray, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from the district of columbia. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. norton: mr. speaker, on behalf of the house committee on
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oversight and government reform, i'm pleased to present h.res. 1475 for consideration. this measure congratulates the town of tarboro, north carolina, on its 250th anniversary. h.res. 1475 was introduced by our colleague, the gentleman from north carolina, representative butterfield, on june 24, 2010. the measure was referred to the house committee on oversight and reform which ordered it reported favorably by unanimous consent on july 15, 2010. the measure enjoys the support of over 50 members of the house. mr. speaker, the north carolina general assembly approved the tarboro town charter 250 years ago this month, november 30, 1760. it is one of the oldest colonial towns in the state. its downtown is listed in the national register of historic
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places, and it has the only town common outside of boston, to be chartered with the town. it was home to such notable figures as former united states congressman, george henry white, who was elected to the congress in 1896 and 1898. he was the last african-american to serve in congress until world war ii. tarboro is also the home of general hugh skelton -- shelton, who served in the united states army and served as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff from 1997 to 2001. mr. speaker, let us join together in congratulating the town of tarboro on reaching this historic milestone. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting h.res. 1475 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. bilbray: thank you, mr.
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speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of house resolution 1475 and reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from the district of columbia. . ms. norton: mr. speaker, i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves? ms. norton: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. bilbray: mr. speaker, at this time i'm ready to -- i know we got a problem but i will yield my time if that will help move the process along. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman yield back? mr. bilbray: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from the district of
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columbia. ms. norton: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 1475. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspeed, the resolution is -- does the gentlelady request the yeas and nays? the yeas and nays having been requested, all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentlelady from the district of columbia rise? ms. norton: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill h.r. 1428. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution.
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the clerk: house resolution 1428, resolution recognizing brooklyn botanic garden on its 100th anniversary as the preeminent horticultural attraction in the borough of brooklyn and its longstanding commitment to environmental stewardship and education for the city of new york the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from the district of columbia, ms. norton, and the gentleman from california, mr. bilbray, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from the district of columbia. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i now yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in support of h.res. 1428, a resolution recognizing the 100th anniversary of the brooklyn botanic garden. h.res. 1428 was introduced by our colleague, the gentlewoman from new york, representative yvette clarke, on june 9 of 2010. it was referred to the committee on oversight and government reform which ordered it reported favorably by unanimous consent on july 28,
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2010. the measure enjoys the support of 50 members of the house. mr. speaker, the brooklyn botanic garden is a top cultural and environmental attraction in new york city, attracting over 730,000 visitors each year. it is a superb example of urban gardening and horticultural display serving local residents and international visitors alike and features a number of educational programs. through a partnership with the brooklyn academy of science and environmental high school -- and the environmental high school. the brooklyn botanic garden features a number of specialty gardens on its 52 acres including a collection of cherry trees and world renowned cherry blossom festival each spring. its other collections hold over 1,100 different variety of plants from all over the world representing scientific
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resource. i ask my colleagues to join me in congratulating the brooklyn botanic garden on its 100th anniversary and for its commitment to education, community service and environmental stewardship. thank you, mr. speaker, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. bilbray. mr. bilbray: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bilbray: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of house resolution 1428, the 1 -- recognition of the 100th anniversary of the brooklyn botanical gardens. with that i reserve the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from the district of columbia. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers at this time so i yield the balance of any time. excuse me. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance
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of her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. bilbray. mr. bilbray: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time -- ms. norton: we have an additional speaker. mr. bilbray: ok. i will reserve at this time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. chairman -- the chair recognizes the gentlelady from the district of columbia. ms. norton: i'm pleased to yield to the sponsor of the bill, representative yvette clarke, for as much time as she may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for as much time as she may consume. ms. clarke: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i thank you to my colleague, ms. holmes, for giving me this opportunity to share with everyone how proud i am to rise in support of h.res. 1428 which recognizes and salutes the brooklyn botanic garden on the occasion of their 100th anniversary as the preeminent
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horticultural attraction in the borough of brooklyn and its longstanding commitment to the environmental stewardship and education of the city of new york. the brooklyn botanic garden opened its doors to the public in 1910. today, this 52-acre open oasis features more than 11,000 different kinds of plants from around the world, specialty gardens including the japanese hill and pond garden, the children's garden, the native flora garden, the rose garden, the alice iris fragrance garden and the conservatory. the brooklyn bowcal -- botanical garden reaches over 50,000 children every year through various programs on site and in schools throughout the country.
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it has partnerships with the brooklyn academy of science and the environmental high school. the brooklyn botanic garden holds an annual cherry blossom festival and has become part of the cultural life and economical development for the city of new york and provides a service to new york. through the chairmen, the brooklyn botanic garden thrives in a dense urban setting in the heart of new york's 11th congressional district and welcomes more than 725,000 visitors annually. the garden serves more than 150,000 youth annually through a wide range of onsite, in school and community based initiatives. it's a leader in building stronger, healthier community through programs such as green bridge, which involves over 60,000 residents annually in neighborhood greening projects. through its scientific
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research, plant conservation projects and award-winning publication, the garden is a vital source of public awareness and understanding of the essential role plants play in our lives. while the brooklyn botanic garden has had over 100 years of wonderful establishment, i can't wait to see what it holds in the future. i am glad it is reviving its 52 acres by developing mohr than four acres, improving facilities to visitors and expanding its community horticultural program. the new herb program, the first of several new reimagined gardens to come. the visitors center currently under construction will be an extraordinary demonstration of what can be achieved through environmentally sensitive design and will help the garden better welcome its growing
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audience. a series of exciting projects will continue to unfold over the next several years in response of the urgent call for beauty and renewal in urban life and for environmental stewardship at all levels of society. as a brooklyn native, for years i have seen how this dynamic institution has educated people of all diverse urban neighborhoods about the importance of enhancing the quality of their surroundings through the cultivation and enjoyment of plants. it has been an outstanding job of bringing public awareness to the importance of sustaining our environment and providing access to the tools and ways -- in ways in which we can conserve and protect it. i urge anyone who has had a chance to visit the garden and witness firsthand the abundance of breath-taking plant life that resides in the middle of brooklyn, all of us in brooklyn appreciate the role that the brooklyn botanic garden plays in our lives and we look forward to continued enjoyment
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of this beautiful institution. the brooklyn botanical garden is truly a national treasure. this recognition is well deserved and i urge my colleagues to join me in passing this very important legislation. thank you. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady continues to yield -- i mean, to reserve the balance of her time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. bilbray: mr. speaker, i will continue to reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from the district of columbia. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield up such time as he may consume to the gentleman from north carolina, mr. butterfield. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina. mr. butterfield: let me thank the gentlelady for yielding this time and thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today for two reasons. first, to offer my support for h.r. 1428, the measure that was offered by the gentlelady from brooklyn, new york, ms. clarke. that is a resolution
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recognizing the brooklyn botanic garden on its 100th anniversary. that is a good resolution and i urge my colleagues to support it. mr. speaker, i also rise today in support of h.res. 1475 which was a resolution that i authored some months ago. unfortunately i was not on the floor a few moments ago when this matter was taken up. i regret that i was not here at that very moment but i wanted to come to the floor to offer my strong support for h.res. 1475. which is a resolution congratulating the town of tarboro, north carolina, on the occasion of its 250th anniversary. i introduced this resolution in june of this year with 54 original co-sponsors, including the entire north carolina house delegation. i thank my north carolina colleagues for their very strong support. most people, mr. speaker, may not know about tarboro, north carolina, or the tremendous impact the town made on the
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history of our state and nation. on november 30, 1760, the north carolina general assembly approved the charter for the town and tarboro was born making it the 11th oldest colonial town in our state. president george washington visited the town during an historic visit through the south in 1791. choosing to overnight in this small town. settled at a trading post on the tar river in the mid 18th century, tarboro thrived as a river port. mr. chairman, tarboro -- mr. speaker, tarboro was also an early political inc. baitor and produced two congressmen who both represented the second congressional district of north carolina in this house. congressman george h. white was elected to congress in 1897, served until 1901. he was the last reconstruction era african-american from the
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south to serve in congress until the 1970's. rising racial tension made it impossible for george h. white to win a third term in congress. his final speech before his congressional colleagues right here on this house floor has inspired americans for over 100 years. he said, and i quote, this, mr. chairman, is perhaps the negros temporary farewell to the american congress. but let me say, phoenix-like, he will rise up someday and come again. that statement was made right in this chamber. congressman l.h. fountain served in the u.s. house of representatives from 1953 until 1983. he's remembered for being a stall wart advocate for small towns such as tarboro during his service in the house. retired general hugh shelton of the united states army who served in that position under president bill clinton was born
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in tarboro and reared in the neighboring town of speed where he continues to live today. today, mr. speaker, tarboro is home to some 11,000 residents. they are my constituents. its ideal location on the banks of the tar river historically served as a thriving river port and trading post and today offers extensive fishing, boating and recreation for people of all ages. tarboro's downtown is listed on the national register of historic places where many original structures are in use today, including restaurants and theaters and quaint shops and including the home of george h. white and fountain. it joins boston, massachusetts, as the only original town on the east coast. the town remains to grow while connecting its history to original nationality.
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i am proud to represent this town. it's indeed an historic day for the people of tarboro. i congratulate the town on the occasion of its 250th anniversary. i am pleased that the house is considered this resolution. i urge my colleagues to vote aye when it is presented for a vote. again, i'd like to thank the gentlelady, also, would like to thank my friend, mr. bilbray from california, for your courtesy. thank you. i yield back. . mr. bilbray: the lady from the federal district has no further speakers i yield my time at this time. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman yield back his time? the gentlelady from the district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: mr. speaker, for each of the bills considered under suspension today, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. norton: i yield back the remainder of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the remainder of her time. all time now having expired, the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 1428. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair -- miss norton: i -- ms. norton: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentlelady from the district of columbia rise? ms. norton: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill h.r. 5758. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5758, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 2 government center
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in fall river, massachusetts, as the sergeant robert barrett post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from the district of columbia, ms. norton, and the gentleman from california, mr. bilbray, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from the district of columbia. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. norton: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. norton: i rise in support of h.r. 5758. this measure designates the facility of the united states postal service located at 2 government center in falls river massachusetts as the sergeant robert barrett post office building. h.r. 5758 was introduced by our colleague, the gentleman from massachusetts, representative barney frank, on july 15, 2010. it was referred to the
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government oversight -- it was referred to the committee on oversight and government reform which ordered it reported favorably by unanimous consent on july 28, 2010 and enjoys the support of the entire massachusetts delegation to the house. sergeant robert barrett was a member of the first battalion, 101st field artillery regiment, fall river. he had served as a commanding officer in his high school's junior rotc and head of his honor guard. after graduating, he enlisted in the army national guard and served in the army guard including at the inauguration of president obama as a member of the massachusetts national honor guard volunteer regiment. sergeant barrett was stationed as a part of a 15-member embedded training team training in afghan battalion. while on patrol south of gull,
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international airport, sergeant barrett was killed by a suicide bomber in an attack that also injured eight others in his battalion, he was 20 years old. sergeant barrett is survived by his parents, his older sister, rebecca, and his 2-year-old daughter, sophie. mr. speaker, let us now take time to honor the service of sergeant barrett through the passage of h.r. 5655 which we designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 2 government center in fall river, massachusetts, in his name. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting the passage of this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. bilbray. mr. bilbray: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bilbray: i rise today in strong support of h.r. 5758 and strongly request support for it.
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at this time i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentlelady. ms. norton: i thank the gentleman. i'm pleased to yield such time as he may consume to the sponsor of the legislation, my colleague from massachusetts, mr. frank. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. frank, is recognized. mr. frank: mr. speaker, i thank the gentlewoman and i should note that i am speaking on behalf of myself and my colleague with whom i share the honor of representing the city of fall river, mr. mcgovern, who is at a doctor's appointment now. full join him in the sentiment. first i want to thank the committee. as the gentlewoman noted this bill was introduced at the request of the city government in fall river in july of this year. so this is very prompt action by the committee. i appreciate both sides moving so quickly. as the gentlewoman reported, sergeant barrett was a
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20-year-old. patriotic american with a 2-year-old daughter. a loving family. and i can tell you, mr. speaker, because i attended his funeral as i tried to attend the funeral of every one of our service people killed in one of our wars, that he was widely respected, admired, and many cases loved by the people in the city of fall river. there was great sadness in the city when the news came of his death in the service of his country and when the funeral was held. his high school classmates were deeply grieved by the loss of someone they greatly admired. i was glad to respond with the city very appropriately asked we name the post office in his honor. it's a central facility. as the address says government septre, virtually adjacent to the city hall in fall river. center of the town. right at the end of one of our great bridges.
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and anybody who drives from anywhere outside of massachusetts to cape cod will drive along that road and will get to see this post office. i hope will be reminded of the extraordinary sacrifice of a young father and son made on behalf of this country. i want to again express my appreciation to the committee. send again my condolences to his family and friends. and it's a sobering moment, mr. speaker, i will say this. i try, as i know many members do, to attempt the funeral of those killed. it is sometimes necessary for a nation to go to war. there is no question about it. there is a world evil that must be confronted in afghanistan it was an evil that led to the murder of thousands of innocent americans, hundreds of innocent africans a few years before.
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but being reminded of the inevitable consequence of going to war, the death of among our best young people and the pain that it inflicts on those who survive, that's a very important part of the education we need to get. so i will continue, i hope, there won't be many more instances, but i'll continue whenever i can if there is the death of someone in the district i represent to attend to be reminded that war is both necessary and terrible. we will do it when we have to but we should always be aware of those consequences. again to those who survived sergeant barrett, there's nothing we can do to replace the enormous loss you have suffered with the death of this wonderful young man. i hope you will know your country at least understands the depths of that loss and appreciates it. i thank the gentlewoman. i yield back my time to her. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady continues to reserve. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. bilbray: at this time i'd like to yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the
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balance of his time. the gentlelady from the district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i again urge colleagues to join me in supporting this measure and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. all time now having expired, the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5758. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentlelady from the district of columbia rise? ms. norton: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.res. 1529.
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the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 1529, resolution commending bob sheberpped for his long career and public address announcer for the new york yankees and nork giants. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from the district of columbia, ms. norton, and the gentlewoman from california, mr. -- the gentleman from california, mr. bilbray, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from the district of columbia. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that -- i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. norton: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. norton: mr. speaker, on behalf of the house committee on oversight and government reform, i'm proud to present h.res. 1529 for consideration. this legislation commends bob sheppard for his long and respected career as the public
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address announcer for the new york yankees and the new york giants. introduced by friend and colleague, representative carolyn mccarthy of new york on july 15, 2010, h.res. 1529 was favorably reported out of the oversight and government reform committee on september 23, 2010. in addition this legislation enjoys the support of 50 members of congress. mr. speaker, born on october 20, 1910 in queens, new york, bob sheppard served as the public address announcer for the new york yankees from opening day in 1951 through 2007. and was the p.a. announcer for the new york giants from 1956 through 2005. during this period mr. shepherd announced 4,500 yankees baseball games, including 22 pennant winning seasons and 13 world
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series championships. additionally, during his half century covering the new york giants, mr. shepherd announced nine conference championships and three nfl championships. mr. shepherd prided himself on being clear, concise, and correct and his distinctive style earned him the nickname the voice of god which was virs coined by yankee hall of famer reggie jackson. mr. shepherd's distinctive style was -- had set the standard for sports announcing and "new york times" writer and i'm quoting, in an era of blaring stadium music, of public address announcers styling themselves as entertainers and cheerleaders, mr. sheppard, a man with a passion for poetry in shakespeare, shunned hyperbole. notably mr. sheppard did not
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limit his oratory skills to baseball diamond and the football field. in fact, he also served as chair of the speech department of john adams high school in queens and as an adjunct professor of speech at st. john's university in the bronx. for his tireless dedication to his craft, mr. sheppard was elected to the st. john university sports hall of fame, the long island sports hall of fame, and the new york sports hall of fame. he also received honorary degrees from st. john's university and forwardham university and received the -- fordham university and received the st. john's medal of honor, the highest awarded to a graduate. on may 7, 2000, mr. sheppard's legacy was enshrined in yankee
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stadium's monument park with a plaque that reads bob sheppard the voice of yankee stadium for half a century. he has welcomed generations of fans, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to yankee stadium. his clear, concise, and correct vocal style has announced the names of hundreds of players, both unfamiliar and leblingendary -- legendary with equal divine reference making him synonymous with yankee stadium. sadly on july 11, 2010, mr. sheppard passed away at the age of 99 in his home in baldwin, new york. mr. speaker, let us further honor the life and legacy of mr. sheppard through the passage of h.res. 1529. which recognizes his distinctive style of announcing, influence on the entire field of sports announcing and also commend him for his 52 years of service as a
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public address announcer and speech professor. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting h.res. 1529. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. bilbray. mr. bilbray: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bilbray: thank you. i rise today in support of house res. 1529, commending bob sheppard and his long and respected career. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york is recognized. mrs. mccarthy: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank my colleague. i want to thank everybody on the committee. you know, i do rise today to ask my colleagues to support h. resolution 1529, commending bob
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shep period for his long -- bob sheppard for his long and distinguished career as public address announcing for the new york yankees and the new york giants. growing up in new york, his voice was very distinctive, not to new yorkers but to many of my colleagues throughout the country. on july 11, 2010, mr. sheppard passed away at the age of 99 in his home in baldwin which is part of my district, the fourth congressional district in new york. mr. sheppard was a constant in sports announcing for over 50 years. his distinctive voice was both recognizable to both players and fans. each game began with his trademark cadens, as we in new york talk sometimes funny, good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to yankee stadium. he performed the role as a public address announcer at new york stadium for opening day in
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1951 through the year 2007 and as the public address anountser for the new york giants from 1956 through the year 2005. at the age of 62 he announced the world series games, two all-star games and has introduced more than 72 hall of famers throughout his career. he will always be remembered for his clear, concise and correct announcements and pronounciations taking pride in the name of every player he introduced. bob sheppard used his great oratory skills, not only in the sports arena, but as chairman of the speech department at st. john adams high school in queens and also at st. johns university. he received an award at yankee stadium celebrated on may 7,
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2000. and with a permanent plaque behind yankee stadium in the bronx. his voice will always be continue to live on as the recorded introduction of yankee short stop deark jeter. this -- shortstop derek jeter. as i said earlier, to the games of baseball and football and the field of sporting announcement, we congratulate him. i do want to thank my 52 colleagues, co-sponsors of the resolution, including many members from other teams. additionally, the resolution -- i have to say, though, the majority of us over a certain age that we remember bob. the resolution condemns mr. sheppard for his 52 years of service in the field of sports announcing, his dedication to spreading his knowledge and skill through teaching speech at both the high school and the college level. today, we do salute bob
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sheppard, and i ask my colleagues to support this resolution. thank you and i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the gentlelady is recognized. sorry. ms. norton: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. mr. bilbray: at this time, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from the district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i again urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this measure, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. all time now having expired, the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 1529. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the resolution is agreed to and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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for what purpose does the gentlewoman from the district of columbia rise? ms. norton: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.res. 5702 as amended. just a moment, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. norton: thank you, mr. speaker. let me begin again. i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill h.res. 5655. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the toilet of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5655, a bill to designate the little river branch facility of the united states postal service located at 140 northeast 84th street in miami, florida, as the jesse j. mccrary jr. post office. the speaker pro tempore:
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pursuant to the rule, the gentlelady from the district of columbia, ms. norton, and the gentleman from california, mr. bilbray, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from the district of columbia. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. norton: mr. speaker, you now yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. norton: mr. speaker, on behalf of the house committee on oversight and government reform, i present h.r. 5655 for consideration. this measure designates the little river branch facility of the united states postal service located at 140 northeast 84th street in miami, florida, as the jesse j. mccrary jr. post office. h.r. 565 was introduced by our
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colleague, the gentleman from florida, mr. kendrick meek on june 30, 2010. it was referred to the house committee on oversight and government reform which ordered it favorably by unanimous consent. it enjoys the support of the entire florida delegation to the house. jesse mccrary was the first african-american member of the florida cabinet being appointed to the post in 1978. he also is remembered for his work as a civil rights activist during his days studying at florida a&m. mr. mccrary also had an esteemed legal career serving as florida's first african-american assistant attorney general in 1967. he was renowned for his knowledge and constant role and his skill of debate and argument. in 2003, two years after mr. mccrary -- the florida passed a
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resolution -- on constitutional law which won 10 landmark cases presented before the florida supreme court. his colleagues will remember him as a dedicated public servant and a fierce advocate for underserved communities. sadly, mr. mccrary dined of lung cancer on october -- died of lung cancer on october 27, 2007. mr. speaker, let us take time to remember this servant, jesse mccrary jr. through the passage of 565. and i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting the bill, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. bilbray. mr. bilbray: thank you, mr. chairman. mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman is recognized. mr. bilbray: and i would rise today in support of h.r. 5655 and reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. chairman -- the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from the district of columbia. ms. norton: i yield such time as he may consume to the sponsor of the bill, the gentleman from florida, mr. kendrick meek. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida, mr. kendrick meek, such time as he may consume. mr. meek: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. meek: mr. speaker, jesse mccrary is an outstanding american. i believe the chair has done a very fine job in outlining his track record of what he was able to accomplish on behalf of not only of this country. he was a trail blazer in many areas, -- he was a trailblazer in many areas. his memory of being one of creating organizations, of
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those who walked the trails that he actually made, and he started the wilke ferguson bar association, which is in south florida. and it's a place for young african-american lawyers who come into the legal field in the south florida area, a place they can go and share notes and talk about experiences and also to receive professional advice from those who came before them. jesse mccrary was an american that believed and served. even though he was a legal eagle he took time to talk to people in the public defender's office. he took time to talk to young lawyers in the state attorney's office. he took time to talk to 501-c-3 lawyers and share with them the importance of the legal community.
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so i'm very honored that we are moving this legislation forward to recognize his memory and enshrine it in south florida. and i know the south florida community will be forever grateful of the house of representatives' endorsement of his memory and of his purpose. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady continues to reserve. the gentleman from california. mr. bilbray: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from the district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this measure, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. all time now having expired, the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5655. those in favor say aye.
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those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlelady from the district of columbia rise? ms. norton: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5702 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5702, a bill to amend the district of columbia home rule act to reduce the waiting period for holding special elections to fill vacancies in the membership of the council of the district of columbia. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from the district of columbia, ms. norton, and the gentleman from california, mr. bilbray, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from the district of columbia. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 5702 which reduces the waiting period for special elections to fill certain vacancies in the elected government from 114 to 70 days. i introduced this measure on july 1, 2010, and the oversight and government reform committee ordered the bill reported on september 23. mr. speaker, this is a bill that i have to apologize, comes before the house. i hope that in the next session of congress such trivial matters, trivial as far as the congress is concerned but a great moment to the district of columbia no longer have to come before you. they come before you because matters involving the structure
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of the district of columbia are contained in the charter. and although the bill before you has been passed by the city council, charter bills have to be passed by congress. i don't think anybody wants or cares how many days it takes to fill elected positions once the position becomes vacant in a particular city. in this case, the district of columbia. but, of course, the residents of the district of columbia care mightily. we had two councilmembers who were elected to other positions, and the ward councilmembers seats were vacant for 114 days. we get to the 70 days. this is what the council wants. i don't think anyone wants to have vacancies go on for very long in a democracy because
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that meant that these ward -- wards were unrepresented in the d.c. council. on the other hand, it takes people time to gear up to run for new seats so the council in its wisdom decided to reduce the time in half, and i don't think anyone in congress would want to second guess what a local jurisdiction believes on such a locally based issue. the speaker, i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting h.r. 5702 and i are reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. bilbray. mr. bilbray: today i rise in support of the lady from the federal district's proposal. i think that not only does this fall within the category of article i, section viii but i
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think it falls into a category we'd be more familiar with, especially those of us in california, where we have 400 cities that have these type of regulations regulated by the state legislature, limiting how often and when you can move. i think it's appropriate to move this and have the final say on this. i think it is appropriate that we modify it as proposed by the gentlelady from the federal district and make sure we address this thing appropriately. just as a state legislature would do that for any other city, it's -- i think it's appropriate that this body at this time make that change. i ask for support for the proposal and i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from district of columbia. ms. norton: i appreciate the gentleman's remarks and i want him to know that the act does
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delegate decisions precisely like this to the d.c. government. i believe that the state government analogy is inaccurate here. i don't think any member of congress believes that he or she is in a position to revise in any way what the local government would do in this regard and i do believe that this kind of matter does clutter the committee calendar, it clutters the calendar of the house of representatives, at a time when we have very serious issues. i should think we would be looking for matters that have no concern for every single member of this house except me. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has yielded the balance of his time. does the gentlelady yield? he has yielded back are you prepared to yield back. ms. norton: i am prepared to yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back? ms. norton: i yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: thank you very much. all time now having expired, the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5702. as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. without objection, the title amended.
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for what purpose does the gentlelady from the district of columbia rise? ms. norton: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 6278. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 6278, the bill to amend the national islands act to extend the use of the kingman and heritage islands. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from the district of columbia, ms. norton, and the gentleman from california, mr. bilbray, each will control 20 minutes. the chair are recognizes the gentlelady from district of columbia, ms. norton. ms. norton: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. norton: and rise to support
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the kingman and heritage islands act of 2010. this bill would allow the district of columbia to use the kingman and heritage islands for recreational and educational purposes. i introduced this bill in june of 2010. the language was considered by the full house and the senate in h.r. 2092. however because of a clerical error in the senate, minor changes were not included in the bill when it was considered by the senate. i introduced this bill to make sure the correct language is passed by both houses this includes the house-passed language in 2092 and language agreed to in a bipartisan way. the language makes clear that the islands may revert back to the federal government in the future if they are not used for the purposes specified in the
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bill. i should note the house oversight committee did file a report on h.r. 2092 and that report is an important part of legislative history of the bill we are considering now. mr. speaker, we are very pleased that these -- that this bill has come in time before the house. the original act transferred title of this land on the anacostia bill but a prior congress authorized it for another purpose and therefore since we in the district of columbia want to use this for environmental recreation and education purposes, it was necessary to come again with a bill. this is a bill that involves 40 acres of tidal marsh in kingman lake currently being restored
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by the army corps, the district, and local environmental teaching groups. these islands are beautiful little places in the midst of concrete, the concrete of a big city. they, for example, have a memorial tree grove dedicated to the three district of columbia schoolchildren who were on a trip sponsored by the "national geographic" on a plane that went down in the september 11 attack on our country. there's a quaint -- this quaint set of islands has guided trails and interpretive stations. as far as my own work in the congress is concerned, mr. speaker, the dedication of
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these islands to environmental teaching and recreation purposes complements my own work on the anacostia river, i am the primary sponsor of the anacostia river initiative. there's already a 10-year plan to restore the anacostia river so it's no longer one of the most polluted rivers in america. to that end, i regard this bill as another manifestation of our determination to return the river to its original state and to allow the use of these small islands for the recreational and environmental purposes of the citizens of the district of columbia and to all of those who will visit our city and would like some relief from the big city life and will find it
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right in the midst of what appears to be nothing other than big city landscape. i are reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the chair are recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. bilbray: thank you, mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. rise in support of h.r. 6278, the kingman and heritage islands act. i ask for support for it and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady is recognized. ms. norton: i urge my -- i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting thismark and yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. all time therefore having expired, the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 6278?
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those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlelady from the district of columbia rise? ms. nor spon: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous -- ms. norton: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent -- i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5367, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5367, a bill to amend title 11 district of columbia official code to revise certain administrative authorities of the district of columbia courts to and authorize the district of columbia public defender service to provide professional liability insurance for officers and employees of they have service for claims
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relating to services furnished within the scope of employment with the service. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlelady from district of columbia, ms. norton, and the gentleman from california, mr. bilbray, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from the district of columbia, ms. norton. ms. norton: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so order. ms. norton: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. norton: i rise in support of h.r. 5367, the district of columbia courts and public defender service act of 2010. i introduced this bill on may 21, 2010, and the committee on government oversight and reform
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ordered it printed on september 1. this bill is at the special request of the article 1 courts of the district of columbia, where changes need the consent of congress in order to be made. these small but important changes to the court, it wishes the desire to hold its conferences other than on an annual basis, particularly given the fact that the court has access to websites and other ways to communicate to judges and therefore this bill simply leaves this matter to the discretion of the judiciary. the bill also has an important section allowing the courts -- the court to hold judicial proceedings in the event of an
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emergency. we know the district of columbia is in the cross hairs of al qaeda and that we are not immune to natural disasters and while the court has the authority to conduct emergency sessions outside of the district of columbia, it is imperative that it be able to delay proceedings so that it can reconfigure what to do in the event of a -- of a -- of an emergency. similar bills have been introduced here in the congress regarding the federal court system and several states have enacted similar legislation. i do not need to tell members of this house what a court -- what it would mean to a court of jurisdiction to be faced with a calendar and then an emergency as to what to do with, for example, commercial
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transactions or criminal matters. clearly the court needs discretion to delay according to circumstances and the -- and such justice as it sees fit. i ask for the support of my colleagues in supporting h. are r. 5367 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the chair are recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. bilbray: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in support of h.r. 5367, the d.c. courts and public defenders service act of 2010. i ask for support of the bill. with that, i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time.
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the chair recognizes the gentlelady from the district of columbia. ms. norton: thank you, mr. speaker. may i also indicate that this bill gives the public defender of the district of columbia the right to purchase liability insurance as the federal public defenders -- a right that federal public defenders have throughout the united states. the reason the bill is necessary in order to give them this right is that the public defender of the district of columbia exists in a twilight zone, as it were. it handles local matters but it is a federal agency, so it will need the imprimatur of the congress. that said, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california has already yielded back. ms. norton: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from the district of columbia has yielded back the
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balance of her time. all time now having expired, the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5367 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. without objection, the title is amended. for what purpose does the gentlelady from the district of columbia rise? ms. norton: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill s. 3567. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 3567, an act to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 100 broadway in lynbrook, new york, as the navy corpsman jeffee l. wiener
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post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlelady from the district of columbia, ms. norton, and the gentleman from california, mr. bilbray, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from the district of columbia. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i now yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. north of minority on behalf of the house committee -- northern mariana on behalf of the house committee of oversight and government reform, i call up s. 3567. it designates the facility of the united states postal service located at 100 broadway in lynbrook, new york, as the navy corpsman jeffrey l. wiener post office building. it was introduced by senator charles schumer on july 12, 2010. the bill passed by the senate. after it was referred to the
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committee on oversight of government reform which ordered it reported favorably by unanimous consent on september 23, 2010. the measure enjoys the support of both senators from new york. mr. speaker, hospital corpsman jeffrey l. wiener enlisted with the u.s. navy on may 1, 2003, with a goal of serving as a medic with a marine infantry company. after undergoing the navy's basic training, he attended the marine corps medical field in camp lejeune, north carolina, where he fought as an infantryman, also tasked with delivering medical attention to infantry wounded in combat. he arrived in iraq in late february, 2005, and volunteered for duty on the front line with the marine assault platoon. sadly, corpsman wiener was killed on may 7, 2005, in an
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ambush and bombing in iraq. corporationman wiener is survived by his wife and two daughters. corpsman wiener deserves this tribute, not only for his service as a dedicated infantry medic but also as a member and ex-captain of infantry of the department. he also served as a medic for the lynbrook fire department as well as the -- in the police department before he went to the navy. let us pay tribute to this brave corpsman jeffrey l. wiener, s. 3567, to designate the lynbrook, new york, post office building in his honor. i urge all my colleagues to join me in supporting s. 3567. and i reserve the balance of my
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time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. bilbray. mr. bilbray: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bilbray: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i i rise to strongly urge support for senate bill 3567, and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from the district of columbia. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i am pleased to -- i'm pleased to yield such time as she may consume to our colleague from new york state, representative carolyn mccarthy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york is recognized for such time as she may consume. mrs. mccarthy: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank my colleague from new york, senator schummer, for sponsoring this in the senate. i want to thank chairman towns and ranking member issa for bringing this bill to the floor with my colleagues, representative norton and representative bilbray. i rise today to ask the support
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to rename the post office located in my district at 100 broadway in lynbrook, new york, in honor of navy corpsman jeffrey l. wiener. mr. speaker, you know, i know a lot of times you know, we hear, we're renaming post offices. post offices, whether in an urban setting, whether a suburban setting, whether in a rural setting has been a place where people have always gathered. and i think one of the important things that we can do, especially for our young men and women, is serve this country and make the ultimate sacrifice. as one of my constituents did. i think it's important that we remember those that have made that sacrifice. you know, corpsman wiener was killed in iraq in the year 2005, but throughout his life he demonstrated a commitment to saving lives, ensuring public
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safety in his community and serving his country. jeffrey wiener began serving the community of lynbrook in 1987 at the age of 14 as a volunteer as a junior fireman, and we know our junior firemen basically working in the community stay with that and become the volunteer firemen which our communities count ofpblet by the year 2000 he had risen to the rank of captain and became an e.m.t. for the county. in may, 2003, a response to the terrorist attacks that happened to new york and to this country on september 11, 2001, jeffrey chose to serve his country by enlisting in the united states navy. on may 7, the year 2005, jeffrey gave the ultimate sacrifice when he and three other marines from his unit were killed in an ambush in a
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bombing in iraq. it is because of people like jeffrey and his colleagues that we were able to -- we are able to enjoy the rights and the freedom that we all hold so dear. jeffrey is survived by his wife, maria, and his two daughters. this legislation honors the legacy, the sacrifice and the heroism of navy corpsman wiener by renaming the post office located at 100 broadway in lynbrook, new york, as the navy corpsman jeffrey l. wiener post office building. again, mr. speaker, these are very, very little things for the sacrifice that the young men and women across this country do for us on a daily basis, and i think sometimes it becomes very, very easy that people forget what these sacrifices mean, not only to the family, to the community but to our country. and this is one way, a small
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way granted to honor these lives. i ask my colleagues to support this bill, and i thank you and i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i again urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this measure, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. all time now having extired, the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass senate bill 3567. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended and the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlelady from the district of columbia rise? ms. norton: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r.
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6237 as amended. just a moment, mr. speaker. just a moment. correction, mr. speaker. i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill h.res. 1494 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 1494, resolution congratulating the champion, finalists and all other participants in the 83rd annual scripps national spelling bee. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlelady from the district of columbia, ms. norton, and the gentleman from california, mr. bilbray, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from the district of columbia. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore:
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without objection, so ordered. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i now yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. norton: i rise in support of h.res. 1494, a resolution congratulating the champion, finalists and all other participants in the 83rd annual scripps national spelling bee. h.res. 1494 was introduced by our colleague, the gentlewoman from ohio, representative betty sutton, on june 30, 2010. it was referred to the committee on oversight and government reform which ordered it to be reported favorably by unanimous consent. the measure enjoys support of over 50 members of the house. mr. speaker, the scripps national spelling bee is a two-day competition held in may or early june here in washington, d.c. students from around the country and around the world compete in local and regional spelling bees for a chance to participate in a highly competitive event. they participate for egs
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scholarships, cash. but this and other -- participate for scholarships, cash. it improves their vocabulary, spelling and appropriate grammar usage. as the largest and longest running educational promotion in the country, the competition gets national coverage on cable and network television. further promoting its educational ideals to millions of viewers. this year's winner was anamika veeramani, an eighth grade student and -- at incar nate word academy in ohio who won it with the word stromuhr, defined as a tool that measures the speed of blood through an artery. i dare members of congress to try to spell the word.
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mr. speaker, let us now take a moment to congratulate this remarkable young student and all of the other participants in the 83rd annual scripps national spelling bee through the passage of h.res. 1494. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting the bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. bilbray. mr. bilbray: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bilbray: i rise today in support of h.res. 1494, and ask for support of the bill and reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from the district of columbia. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield such time as she may consume to our colleague from ohio, the sponsor of the bill, representative betty sutton. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlelady from ohio for such time as she
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may consume. ms. sutton: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentlewoman for her leadership and for yielding me the time. i rise today to honor anamika veeramani of north royalton, ohio. anamika is a resident of the 13th congressional district of ohio which i am so honored to represent. she won the 83rd scripps national spelling championship and she brings back to ohio the first national spelling bee title since 1964. the scris national spelling bee is the largest and longest running educational promotion in the united states and is administered by the e.w. scripps company located in cincinnati, ohio. anamika put in the hard word to achieve this greatest accomplishment by working hard. students learn that anything is possible, including spelling difficult and complex words. she won the scripps spelling bee on march 6 for the second year in a row.
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by winning the spelling bee in northeast ohio, she advanced to the national champion here in washington, d.c. to win the title, anamika correctly spelled the name of a tool that measures the speed of blood through an artery called stromuhr. with opportunities like scripps national spelling bee, children are given the chance to learn and succeed and build the confidence that they need moving forward. by winning the bee, she won $30,000 and a trophy from scripps, a $5,000 scholarship from the educational foundation, 2,500 savings bond. and more than $3,500. these winnings will help her reach for a dream of attending college and one day becoming a cardiovascular surgeon and perhaps she will have a head start on her colleagues knowing how to clearly say and spell strom -- stromuhr.
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i'd like to congratulate her on this terrific achievement, and i'd also like to recognize all the finalists. adrian, elizabeth platz, shantanu srivatsa and congratulations are due to all the students who participated in the spelling bee. i want to applaud also all of the teachers, the parents and students for their commitment to this great program and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. bilbray: i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from the district of columbia. ms. norton: i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this measure and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the
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balance of her time. all time having expired, the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 1494 as amended? those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the resolution is agreed to and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlelady from the district of columbia rise? ms. norton: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 6237 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h r. 6237 a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 1351 second street in napa, california, as the tom kongsgaard post office building.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from district of columbia, ms. norton, and the gentleman from california, mr. bilbray, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from district of columbia. ms. norton: i ask that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so order. ms. norton: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. norton: i'm pleased to present this legislation for consideration, it will designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 1351 second street in napa, california, as the tom kongsgaard post office building. it enjoys the support of the california house delegation. born june 23, 1921, son of norwegian immigrants, judge
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thomas kongsgaard began his commitment to public service by enlisting in the u.s. navy in world war ii, fighting in the war, he was severely injured leaving him with a replacement leg. he served in the pacific theater and at the end of the war was stationed at mayor island navy shipyard he began his judicial career as a napa superviseor court judge. nine years after receiving his law degree from stanford university. he served from 1958 to 1984, missing just one day of work in his 26 years. reflecting on his immigrant roots he was always especially proud to preside at naturalization ceremonies. being an avid student of political history and american culture, judge kongsgaard
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organized the halls of history project inside the courthouse that recounts napa county's history of words and photographs -- in words and photographs. that courthouse was dubbed kongsgaard square by the board of supervisors in 1984. a blons plaque cemented to a border that sits in a rose garden on the south side of the courthouse takes note of the jurist's distinguished career. it reads, the board of supervisors names this spot kongsgaard square as a token of esteem for his noble services to the citizens of napa county, end quote. after retiring, the judge continued his judicial career as a visiting judge in 1991. he was appointed by the california supreme court to be one of three special
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representatives who helped rewith redistricting after the census. he worked until the day before he was hospitalized with complications from treatment of lieu chemoyasm regrettably, the judge died on june 25, 2001, at the age of 80. he is survived by his daughters, mary, and martha, and son john and seven grandchildren. mr. speaker, let us honor judge thomas combings ngsgaard for serving both his country and his community through the passage of this bill to designate the second street post office in napa in his honor. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting h.r. 63 -- 6237. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time.
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the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. bilbray. mr. bilbray: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bilbray: i rise in support of h.r. 6237, which is appropriate since i'm one of the 52 original co-sponsors to the item and i strongly urge support for theres. rution. i reserve my time is -- for the resolution. i reserve my time at this time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlelady from the district of columbia. ms. norton: i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting h.r. 6237. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady has yielded back the balance of her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. bilbray: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bilbray: i thank the gentlelady for support of the bill. it's an interesting procedural note, for mr. thompson to bring
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this before us, he had to get 52 co-sponsors. the house rules require that every delegate in the state support it. while tware may only have one or other states only three, we had to have 50 co-sponsors. that's something to consider in the future, should this judge be required to have 52 members of the house co-sponsor a bill when someone else needs two or three or four or five. some people may say it's unfair but it's the house rule and the congressman has lived within those rules. i strongly support the passage, support for this bill and i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. all time now having expired, the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r.
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6237 as amended? those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended. the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlelady from the district of columbia rise? ms. norton: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 6387. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 6387 a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 337 west clark street in eureka, california, as the sam sacco post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlelady from the district of columbia, ms. norton, and think gentleman from california, mr. bilbray, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the
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gentlelady from the district of columbia. ms. norton: i ask that all members have five legislative days for members to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection so ordered. ms. norton: on behalf of the committee on government and over-- of oversight and government reform i'm pleased to bring forth this legislation to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 337 west clark street in eureka, california, as the sam sacco post office building. introduced by our colleague, representative thompson of california, on september 29, 2010, h.r. 6387 enjoys the support of the entire california delegation. born and raised in susanville, california, sam sacco moved to
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eureka, california with his family. for the next 30 years, he dedicated his life to serving his community as a business owner and public official. as a longtime own over a farmers insurance agency in the area, he treated families with a warmth and johns rerostity that won't be forgotten. he was afforded the opportunity to further serve the city of eureka as mayor. throughout his may i don't recall tenure from 1975 to 1979, he devoted his attention to advocacy on behalf of the city's working families, notably, for example, mr. sacco worked tirelessly to safeguard the interests of hundreds of local timber industry workers during expansion of redwood national park. mr. speaker, sam sacco is well regarded as a model citizen. pardon me.
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and a dedicated public servant whose compassion for his local community was larger than life. the life of sam sacco stands as a testament to his public service and it is our hope that we can honor this remarkable individual through the passage of this legislation to designate the west clark street post office in his honor. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting h.r. 6387 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. bilbray. mr. bilbray: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bilbray: i rise in support of h.r. 6387, i think it's quite -- it's quite appropriate that we pass this bill. let me just say, mr. speaker, i had the privilege of serving as a fellow mayor with mayor sam back in the late 1970's, we
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served in the league of california cities together. i find it interesting that all these years later, i stand here on the house floor voting on a post office named after a colleague of mine who, though he lived over almost 1,000 miles away was a fellow mayor in my state at one end, while i was from the southern end. i ask that we support h.r. 6387 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves his time. the chair are recognizes the gentlelady from the district of columbia. ms. norton: i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this measure and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bilbray: i rise to ask again for support of h.r. 6387, and seeing that this is our last bill for the foreseeable future, i'd like to point out, i think there's one thing that all of us are seeing, and today
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is probably a good example, especially those who have been watching this process that we've gone through today is one that we have gone back into over the last decade and a lot of members have raised the issue, is this the most prudent way of handling procedures? i know the gentlelady from the federal district has raised issues about how to streamline and expedite the process. i think the issues of resolutions and the way we're naming post offices are ones we need to be reviewed. hopefully both sides in the new congress will be willing to look at this and say, look, historically, this type of process has been used to buy time for leadership to be able to try to get individuals to vote their way, not necessarily the way the district constituency wanted them to vote and i think that this is one place we should be able to have a frank discussion in january. hopefully we'll see this type of process be put in the, let's
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just say the trash heap of history and we go to a much more expedited process that talks about substance. i don't think any of us were happy with what happened the last few years while we were doing resolutions and naming post offices while there were major budgetary and financial crises going on. i think we can all agree, especially after what we went through today, let's try to look in january at having a better process that talks about more substantive issues, even though these are important to the individuals involved, the nation is in a critical component and for us to be spending the majority of our time in the last few years doing things the average citizen would say were -- would not say were critical, i think we can get together and say this process needs to be reformed and hopefully in january we won't be going through a day like we just did. i want to thank the gentlelady for working with me on this item. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair are recognizes the
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gentlelady from the district of columbia. ms. norton: i thank the gentleman as well. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this measure and i yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from the district of columbia yields back the balance of her time. all time now having expired, the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 6387? those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? >> thank you. mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 6399. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 6399, a bill to improve certain administrative operations of the office of the architect of the capitol.
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and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, ms. -- mrs. davis, and the gentleman from mississippi, mr. harper, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from california, mrs. davis. mrs. davis: thank you. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous material on the measure now under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mrs. davis: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. davis: mr. speaker, this bill does two things -- first, over time congress has passed five laws creating three categories of senior management positions in the architect's office. the five laws specify the number of positions in each category. their functions and compensation. the creation of multiple categories with different pay caps can yield undesirable effects, including the possibility of employees bringing more than soup --
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earning more than supervisors. this past work hinders the architect's flexibility to align sown yor positions equitablely across the agency and to make broad organizational changes. this bill combines the affected positions into one category capped at a single rate of pay. the architect helped solve the problem that congress never intended to create. and second, mr. speaker, the bill provides the architect with authority to purchase a vehicle maintenance facility for the u.s. capitol police. congress has previously appropriated the money and there is no additional cost. mr. speaker, this is a good bill. i urge support and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. mr. harper: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i thank chairman brady for bringing this bill to the floor. this bill provides the
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architect of the capitol with two administrative remedies in order to allow better management of the capitol complex. first, it gives the architect of the capitol more flexibility in its allocation of senior staff positions. currently, there's an arbitrary limitation in place. second, the bill authorizes the architect of the capitol to purchase a building that they have been leasing for sometime. the building is currently used for the united states capitol police vehicle maintenance and is also used as uscp headquarters for the hazard device unit. this money has already been appropriated, and this resolution provides the appropriate authorization needed from our committee of jurisdiction. i thank chairman brady for bringing this bill to the floor, and i'm pleased to support this resolution. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from california, mrs. davis. mrs. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. since the gentleman yielded, i want to urge an aye vote and
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yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. all time now having expired, the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 6399. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas rise? ms. johnson: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and
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pass house resolution 1714, congratulating the engineers, scientists, psychologists and staff of the national aeronautics and space administration for helping to successfully rescue 33 trapped chilean miners from a collapsed mine near -- the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 1714, resolution congratulating the engineers, scientists, psychologists and staff of the national aeronautics and space administration for helping to successfully rescue 33 trapped chilean miners from a collapsed mine near copiapo, chile. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlelady from texas, ms. johnson, and the gentleman from texas, mr. olson, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from texas, ms.
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johnson. ms. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous materials on h.r. 1714, the resolution now under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. johnson: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass the house resolution 1714, congratulating the engineers, scientists, psychologists and staff of the national aeronautics and space administration for helping to successfully rescue 33 chilean miners from a collapsed mine in chile. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the jae reserves -- the gentlelady is recognized.
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ms. johnson: thank you. i'd like to urge my colleagues to support this resolution now under consideration. while we often think of nasa, launching human into space, assembly and operating the international space station and deploying probes that deliver stunning images of the earth, our sun, the universe, in successfully rescuing 33 trapped chilean miners from a chapsed mine in chile shows a different side of nasa's greatness. it shows that the contribution of skills, technology to bring people back here on earth, whether here or around the united states or the world. based on nassas' extensive
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experience and working with extreme isolation analogue missions and space flight, the chilean government sought guidance from nasa. addressing this task to rescue 33 miners trapped over 2,000 feet underground, particularly on the nutritional and behavioral health of the trapped miners was extremely challenging. a team of nasa personnel from the johnson space center in texas and the langley research center was assembled, including two medical doctors, a psychologist and an engineer who traveled to chile to support the chilean government's efforts. the nasa team worked diligently and tirelessly to provide input and information that could help preserve the health and well-being of the 33 trapped miners during and after their confinement as well as aid in their rescue.
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mr. speaker, when called to help the chilean government, the nasa team responded with unwavering excellence and commitment. this enthusiasm is characteristic of the nasa work force at the johnson center and at the other centers. the support of nasa and its team to the government of chile and the successful rescue of the 33 trapped miners is just the latest example of massive accomplishment in applying space technology, scientific knowledge and operational and other skills to enrich the lives of americans and people across the world. those accomplishments includes the use of nasa development and research technologies to identify distressed ships and sailors at sea, the use of nasa air and space-based energy to provide details on the 2010 gulf of mexico oil spill, and the application of software
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developed to process earth science imagery to the diagnostic interpretation of medical imagery. the united states invested in our space program and its work force has far-reaching benefits for our economy. our national security enhances our humanity at large. this rescue operation demonstrates the importance of ensuring a robust future for nasa as a multinational agency. nasa continues to provide the united states' strong leadership in science, aeronautics, human space flight and exploration and they preserve and nurtures our world class talent. the nasa work force is the heart of our space program's greatness, and i urge my colleagues to join me in recognizing that the nasa team and its contributions to the chilean government's successful and inspiring rescue mission
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that brought 33 trapped miners to freedom and safety. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. olson. mr. olson: thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. olson: i rise in strong support of h.res. 1714, congratulating the engineers, scientists, psychologists and staff of the national aeronautics and space administration who contributed to the successful rescue of 33 chilean miners. nasa employees provided technical advice to the chilean government based on the agency's long experience in protecting humans in the hostile environment of space including recommendations on medical care, nutrition, psychological support as well as aiding the design of the device used to extract the miners. as the world watched, chile's
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government turned its full attention to locating the 33 miners following the mine collapse on august 5. 17 days later, rescue located miners by successfully boarding half mile below the surface to a safe haven where the men had taken shelter. the fact that the drilling operation found its target on the first try in itself is a miracle. but it was also a testament to the skills and collaboration of many men and women working on the surface. one day after locating the men chile's government contacted nasa asking for technical advice regarding the best approach to ensure the miners were receiving appropriate psychological support and medical care. nasa also offered its advice to chilean authorities on design requirements for the extraction vehicle. a week later a five-member team of nasa employees visited chile
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and a mine site as part of the agency's response offering their advice and their expertise. and i'd like to recognize dr. michael duncan, dr. albert holland and dr. james polk from the johnson space center in the district i represent. kent cradic from the langley research center and one from national headquarters for their role in helping this grand rescue effort. just another example of how the world benefits from american human space flight. i'd like to thank my fellow colleague, congresswoman eddie bernice johnson, for her hard work in bringing this resolution to the floor. i urge all members to support this resolution and having no speakers on my side, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from texas, ms. johnson. ms. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker.
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i have no requests for time. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. all time now having expired, the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 1714. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the resolution is agreed to and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from hawaii rise? >> iove -- ms. hirono: i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 1654 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: house are resolution 1654, expressing support for undergraduate research week. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from hawaii, ms. hirono, and the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from hawaii. ms. hirono: i request five legislative days in which members can revise and extend and insert extraneous material on h.r. 15464 -- resolution 1654 into the record.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. hirono: i rise today in support of house resolution 1654, which supporting designation of the week april 11, 2011, as undergraduate research week. the undergraduate student of our nation's colleges and university prossvide support across many disciplines at colleges and universities each year. undergraduate research occurs in a number of fields, including arts and humanities, health signs, geosciences, computer science, physics and astronomy, psychology, social science and many more. students work with dedicated faculty members to produce important studies findings, and are reports to advance these fields. it helps individual students and the institutions they attend. students develop critical thinking and analytical skills and an understanding of
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research methodology which helps prepair them for a graduate education and their future career. for stewings of higher education, undergraduate research promotes an innovation oriented culture, bolsters research capacities and improves retention rates by engaging students in the campus community. the university of hawaii system invests heavily in undergraduate research opportunities across its campus. recently,ed they opportunity to meet two outstanding students from the university who presented their scientific research posters at a washington, d.c., awards ceremony. the two are native hawaiian students who were award winners in the alliances for minority participation program. we know that increasing interest in participation among young people in science, tech soling -- technology, engineering, and mathematics, the stem disciplines is crucial
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for the nation's future competitiveness and preparing our studenters in jobs of tomorrow. undergraduate research in stem fields offer students an opportunity to both become interested in careers in these areas and to learn important technical and research skills that prepare them for successful careers. mr. speaker, i would like to thank representative holt for bringing this resolution forward and i express my support for undergraduate research week which recognizes the importance of the contributions of our undergduate students at our nation's colleges and universities. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 1654 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. thompson: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker, i rise today in support of house resolution
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1654, expressing support for the designation of april 11, 2011, as undergraduate research week. almost 600 colleges and universities in the united states offer opportunities for undergraduate research. it encourages students to develop critical thinking skills and may cause students to further their research at all levels. research is essential to the future of the united states. research in science, engineering and mathematics areas are vital to the success of the world today. undergraduate research week recognizes the importance of undergraduate research and encourages colleges and universities, businesses, and other organizations to recognize the occasion. i support this resolution and ask my colleagues to do the same. i reserve the balance of my
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time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from hawaii is recognized. ms. hirono: i'm pleased to recognize the gentleman from new jersey, mr. holt, for three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey, mr. holt is recognized for three minutes. mr. holt: i thank the gentlelady and i rise in support of h.res. 1654. we would like to see the week of april 11, 2011, designated as undergraduate research week. as a scientist and educator, i know the value of undergraduate research both for the students and for the research enterprise. undergraduate researchers form the back bone of my research when i was a faculty member at swartz mr college and -- at swarthmore college and contribute ared at other universities. i watched as their hands on experiences helps them develop skills that could not be obtained just in the classroom. it heightened their
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understanding of science and their enthusiasm for research. and i might add, they produced excellent are research. around the country, thousands of students at hundreds of colleges and universities are involved in undergraduate research experiences that will shape the traject areries of their lives and careers. yet, -- yes, we would benefit if thousands more were involved. recently the national academies followed up on their rising above the gathering storm report from 2005 with an account this year of america's progress over the previous five years. they concluded in part that if the united states is to remain competitive, we need to preserb an adequate supply of creative, leading edge, innovative more than resermingers. early involvement in the real world practice of science is very valuable in meeting this goal and equally vital is our
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economic progress. it produces a scientifically literate society, as well. i commend the students and faculty who are participating in undergraduate research programs across the country and in organizations that support their work, such as the counsel on undergraduate research, the research corporation, the national science foundation and many others. i encourage our colleges, universities and federal agencies to continue robust support for these programs and to work together to develop new opportunities for all interested students to participate in undergraduate research. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. thompson: i have no further speakers, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania yields back. the gentlewoman from hawaii is recognized. ms. hirono: i urge my colleagues to support this resolution and especially at a time when we need to be
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enhancing and strengthening our stem education, i think that this is a very important are resolution to focus our attention on those issues. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from hawaii yields back the balance of her time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 1564 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the resolution is agreed to and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. without objection, the title amended. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from hawaii rise? ms. hirono: i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 1652 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: house resolution
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1652, ex-pretsing support for the month of september 20 10, as national principals month. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from hawaii, ms. hirono, and the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, each will control 20 minutes. the gentlelady from hawaii. ms. hirono: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. hirono: i rise in support of house resolution 1652 supporting national principals month which occurred this past october. we recognize the role principals play. most of us recall principals who made a difference in our lives. he walked down the hall, knew everyone by name and asked about our day. they let us know when they were out of line and smiled with
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pride at our successes. over the years, school leadership roles have broadened substantially to include increased emphasis on curriculum development, data analysis and instructional leadership. they are tasked with complex prabprobs such as systemic reform while managing day-to-day school activies. today over 100,000 principals are supporting our nation's students, teachers, and parents every day. since 1993, the national association of second arery school principals and metlife have partnered to applaud middle and high school principals to demonstrate success in school leadership with the national principal of the year. i would like to congratulate the high school level principal of the year wes taylor and the middle level principal of the year, ms. carnman.
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wes taylor has seen double digit increases in pass rates on the georgia standardized tests. he's well-known for his emphasis on personalized classroom instruction, which focuses on the strengths and needs of each student, despite a school attendance of nearly 3,000 students. i thank mr. taylor for his hard work and dedication to his school and for being the role model he is for high school principals nationwide. ms. kathy carnahan served as principal at dunaway middle school in mcminnville, arkansas. he's shembed there since 1993, including as assistant principal, emphasizing an atmosphere of facty teamwork which led to increased test scores, decreased refers and an
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improved test rate of 90% or higher. i thank ms. carnahan for her did keat -- dedicated work and congratulate her on her recognition. i also had the recognition to meet hawaii's state principals of the year for 2010. one served as principal of the mauna loa principal. the high school now boasts a graduation rate of over 90%, well above the state and national average. compel andal is cote since 2002 he has hosted a statewide professional development conference. he serves as principal of new valley middle school and one of hawaii's 2010 middle school principal of the year. under his leadership, new valley became hawaii's first middle school to offer the advanced international middle year program.
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new valley also has a strong language immergs program. on a personal note, i also attended new valley intermediate school. great principals tremendously improve the outcomes of our nation's youth and play a critical role in school success or failure. national prints month is an opportunity for us all -- principals month is an opportunity for us all to honor the work of all of our nation's principals. mr. speaker, once again i express my support for national principals month and i hope that this resolution serves as a thank you to our nation's principals. i want to thank representative davis for bringing this resolution to the floor and urge my colleagues to join me in supporting house resolution 1652. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker.
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i rise today in support of house resolution 1652, expressing the support for designation of the month of october, 2010, as national principals month. anyone who has visited a successful school or who has watched their children progress through their education knows a good principal is vital to a successful school. a good principal sets the tone for the school and encourages teachers and students alike to do their best each day. principals are also the people who know their schools' needs best -- school's needs best because they're in the building, talking to the teachers and students on a regular basis. unfortunately all too often principals are prevented from doing what they need to do in terms of selecting the best teachers for their school. earlier this year committee republicans developed four key principles on education reform. one of those principles, restoring local control, highlights the importance of ensuring principals have the flexibility they need to help their students and teachers succeed in the classroom. principals are ketone suring
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that every child ac sells in the classroom. for that reason i support this resolution and ask my colleagues to do the same. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from hawaii is recognized. ms. hirono: does the gentleman from pennsylvania have any other speakers? mr. thompson: i do not have any additional speakers so i yield back. ms. hirono: thank you. once again, mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support the recognition of all of the hardworking principals throughout our country and with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. does the gentleman from pennsylvania yield back his time? mr. thompson: yes, sir. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 1652 as amended. those in favor say aye.
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those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, and the resolution is agreed to and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant to clausele 8 of rule 20, proceedings will resume on motions to suspend the rules previously postponed. votes will be taken in the following order. house resolution 1716 by the yeas and nays. house resolution 1475 by the yeas and nays. house resolution 1428 by the yeas and nays. the first electronic vote will be conducted as a 15-minute vote. the remaining electronic votes will be conducted as five-minute votes. the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from michigan, mr. conyers, to suspend the rules and agree thousand resolution 716 on which the yeas and nays
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were ordered. the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 716, resolution recognizing the rape treatment center and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to the resolution. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, madam, i have the honor to transmit herewith a copy of a letter received

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