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April 23, 2007

Currents Under the Surface

Legislative Update
  • Congress: Iraq Supplemental
  • House Judiciary Committee: Hate/Thought Crimes (a Religious Freedom issue)
  • House: Head Start Reauthorization (and Religious Freedom issue)
  • Senate: Medicare Prescription Drugs
Having passed the momentum of the first 100 days of the new Congress and the new majority, and not yet fully into appropriations season, we are in a period where a lot of the significant activity that will make for tomorrow's headlines is being worked out now behind the scenes in committees and subcommittees.

This makes these especially fruitful days for prayer as significant pieces of legislation are in their formative stages.

The big headlines from this week will likely be the Iraq supplemental bill that Congress sends to the President. The withdrawal timeline and whether or not that language will be binding are yet to be determined. (It was binding in the House version and not binding in the Senate version.)

Less noticed by the mainstream media, and noticed more in conservative circles is the "hate crimes" or "thought crimes" bill and its implications for religious freedom, and its overt references to "the actual or perceived" motivation for a crime. The bill makes reference to various "perceived" flags in a crime 11 times. Such subjective language is extremely dangerous and wide open to nearly any interpretation--some easily not even thought of today.

April 18, 2007

Partial Birth Abortion Ban Upheld!

Excerpts:

Gonzales v. Carhart
Held: Respondents have not demonstrated that the Act ... imposes an undue burden on a woman’s right to abortion based on its overbreadth or lack of a health exception.
Opinion of the Court, Justice Kennedy
We conclude that the Act is not void for vagueness, does not impose an undue burden from any overbreadth, and is not invalid on its face.

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There can be no doubt the government “has an interest in protecting the integrity and ethics of the medical profession.” ... Under our precedents it is clear the State has a significant role to play in regulating the medical profession.

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Respect for human life finds an ultimate expression in the bond of love the mother has for her child. The Act recognizes this reality as well.

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The State has an interest in ensuring so grave a choice is well informed.

It is self-evident that a mother who comes to regret her choice to abort must struggle with grief more anguished and sorrow more profound when she learns, only after the event, what she once did not know: that she allowed a doctor to pierce the skull and vacuum the fast-developing brain of her unborn child, a child assuming the human form.

It is a reasonable inference that a necessary effect of the regulation and the knowledge it conveys will be to encourage some women to carry the infant to full term, thus reducing the absolute number of late-term abortions. The medical profession, furthermore, may find different and less shocking methods to abort the fetus in the second trimester, thereby accommodating legislative demand.

The State’s interest in respect for life is advanced by the dialogue that better informs the political and legal systems, the medical profession, expectant mothers, and society as a whole of the consequences that follow from a decision to elect a late-term abortion.

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It was reasonable for Congress to think that partial-birth abortion, ... “undermines the public’s perception of the appropriate role of a physician during the delivery process, and perverts a process during which life is brought into the world.”

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In sum, we reject the contention that the congressional purpose of the Act was “to place a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion.”

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There is documented medical disagreement whether the Act’s prohibition would ever impose significant health risks on women. ... The question becomes whether the Act can stand when this medical uncertainty persists.

The Court’s precedents instruct that the Act can survive this facial attack. The Court has given state and federal legislatures wide discretion to pass legislation in areas where there is medical and scientific uncertainty.

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In reaching the conclusion the Act does not require a health exception we reject certain arguments made by the parties on both sides of these cases.

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A zero tolerance policy would strike down legitimate abortion regulations, like the present one, if some part of the medical community were disinclined to follow the proscription.

This is too exacting a standard to impose on the legislative power, exercised in this instance under the Commerce Clause, to regulate the medical profession.

Concurring Opinion, Justice Thomas
I join the Court’s opinion because it accurately applies current jurisprudence, including Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey, 505 U. S. 833 (1992) .

I write separately to reiterate my view that the Court’s abortion jurisprudence, including Casey and Roe v. Wade, 410 U. S. 113 (1973) , has no basis in the Constitution.

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I also note that whether the Act constitutes a permissible exercise of Congress’ power under the Commerce Clause is not before the Court. The parties did not raise or brief that issue; it is outside the question presented; and the lower courts did not address it.

Dissenting Opinion, Justice Ginsburg
Today’s decision is alarming.

It refuses to take Casey and Stenberg seriously.

It tolerates, indeed applauds, federal intervention to ban nationwide a procedure found necessary and proper in certain cases by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

It blurs the line, firmly drawn in Casey,between previability and postviability abortions.

And, for the first time since Roe, the Court blesses a prohibition with no exception safeguarding a woman’s health.

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Delivery of an intact, albeit nonviable, fetus warrants special condemnation, the Court maintains, because a fetus that is not dismembered resembles an infant.

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Ultimately, the Court admits that “moral concerns” are at work, concerns that could yield prohibitions on any abortion.

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This way of thinking reflects ancient notions about women’s place in the family and under the Constitution—ideas that have long since been discredited.

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The Court’s hostility to the right Roe and Casey secured is not concealed.

Throughout, the opinion refers to obstetrician-gynecologists and surgeons who perform abortions not by the titles of their medical specialties, but by the pejorative label “abortion doctor.” Ante, at 14, 24, 25, 31, 33.

A fetus is described as an “unborn child,” and as a “baby,” ante, at 3, 8;

second-trimester, previability abortions are referred to as “late-term,” ante, at 26;

and the reasoned medical judgments of highly trained doctors are dismissed as “preferences” motivated by “mere convenience,” ante, at 3, 37.

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And, most troubling, Casey’s principles, confirming the continuing vitality of “the essential holding of Roe,” are merely “assume[d]” for the moment, ante, at15, 31, rather than “retained” or “reaffirmed,” Casey, 505 U. S., at 846.

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If there is anything at all redemptive to be said of today’s opinion, it is that the Court is not willing to foreclose entirely a constitutional challenge to the Act.

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Congress imposed a ban despite our clear prior holdings that the State cannot proscribe an abortion procedure when its use is necessary to protect a woman’s health.

[T]he Court defers to the legislative override of our ... rulings.

Thus says the LORD, Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls (Jeremiah 6:16).

April 9, 2007

S. 4 Debate Conclusion

Improving America's Security Act of 2007

Sen. Coburn: "Mr. President, this is a real simple amendment. The improper payments law was passed in 2002. By 2004, all Government agencies were supposed to come under it. The Homeland Security Department has never filed, under the six major agencies, an improper payments report. People will say: Well, this will cut off funding. No. 1, it would not cut..."

IMPROVING AMERICA'S SECURITY ACT OF 2007--Continued

Sen. Chambliss: "Madam President I rise today in opposition to this final bill because I believe one of the provisions included will greatly undermine our homeland security efforts. Specifically, the provision would mandate that the Transportation Security Administration have the ability to collectively bargain with Government unions representing airport..."

Sen. McConnell: "Madam President, let me congratulate Chairman Lieberman and Ranking Member Collins on their Herculean effort on this legislation. I particularly commend our ranking member, Senator Collins, for fighting the good fight when there were some reservations on our side about a major portion of this bill which will compel me to vote against the bill...."

Sen. Reed: "Madam President, today the Senate will vote on a matter of utmost importance--enacting the remaining 9/11 Commission recommendations. Since their publication 2 1/2 years ago, roughly half of the recommendations have been left unaddressed, while many that have been adopted into law have not been effectively implemented. S. 4, the Improving..."

Economic Disparities

Tax Gap
Sen. Grassley: "Mr. President, I will complete my statement later, but I wish people would get it straight. If I were told I could come over here and finish my statement, and do it in morning business, I would like to be able to do it; otherwise, I would have waited to do it tonight."

Tax Gap: Blue Smoke
Sen. Grassley: "Mr. President, I wish to finish the discussion I started earlier today about the tax gap and efforts to close it. As I said this morning, the tax gap is the difference between what is paid in taxes and what is actually owed. While more reliable and timely data on the tax gap is greatly needed, the tax gap was thought to be $345 billion for the..."

Trade Policy
Sen. Brown: "Mr. President, it is only Tuesday, and already we have a laundry list this week of reasons why we need a new direction for trade policy in our country. First, we learned that Halliburton, the beneficiary of more than $20 billion in no-bid Government contracts, is going to, in a sense, take the money and run by moving its headquarters out of ..."

Head Start Reauthorization Moving

Head Start
Sen. Rockefeller: "Mr. President, I rise today to commend and support my colleagues on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for the hard work on the Head Start reauthorization bill. I would particularly like to thank Senators DODD and HARKIN for including important language in the bill regarding childhood obesity prevention as part of Head..."

S. 4 Debate, Week of March 6

March 6, 2007

IMPROVING AMERICA'S SECURITY ACT OF 2007--Continued
Sen. Kyl: "Madam President, I rise today to address an amendment that I have filed to the 9/11 recommendations bill, amendment no. 317. This amendment would prohibit rewarding the families of suicide bombers for such attacks, and stiffen penalties for other terrorist crimes. The first part of the amendment would create a new offense of aiding the..."

IMPROVING AMERICA'S SECURITY ACT OF 2007--Continued

Sen. Coburn: "One of the first things we found out after 9/11 was a lot of our emergency workers could not talk to each other. That was one of the most glaring, obvious defects in our response to emergencies--that emergency personnel had difficulty, from one group to another, talking to one another. As a matter of fact, it limited their ability to save lives...."

Sen. Lautenberg: "Mr. President, I come to the floor to support the Feinstein-Cornyn amendment and tell you I must say I do not get it. We are talking now about the security of our country. We are talking about whether we put the fences up around the most susceptible targets or whether we put fences, protective fences, around places in the country where there is ..."


March 7, 2007

Improving America's Security Act

Sen. Bunning: "Mr. President, this amendment makes changes in the implementation of the Federal Flight Deck Officer Program, commonly referred to as the Armed Pilot Program, to require the Department of Homeland Security to implement the package and program as Congress originally intended. Four years after Congress created this program, the Department of..."

Sen. Kennedy: "Finally, as the good Senator has pointed out, as the smoke was coming out of the buildings in New York, when we saw the collapse of the first buildings and men and women under collective bargaining agreements were asked to go into those fiery infernos, no one was talking about collective bargaining agreements. They were talking about doing..."

Sen. McConnell: "Madam President, just by way of explanation, this modified amendment aims to improve our national security in five areas. For the first time, it will make it a crime to recruit people to commit terrorist acts on American soil. For the first time, it would allow for the immediate deportation of suspected terrorists whose visas have been revoked..."


March 8, 2007

Improving America's Security
Sen. Cornyn: "This last provision provides the right of the American Government to protect families of soldiers from terrorist hoaxes. For example, this provision would increase the penalties for perpetrating a hoax about the death, injury, or capture of a U.S. soldier during wartime. I think we would all agree that a hoax about the death of a U.S...."

Improving America's Security Act of 2007
Sen. Kyl: "Mr. President, this is going to sound too much like the mutual admiration society, but before Senator Specter said what he said, I rose because I wanted, in return, to pay him a compliment. As chairman of the Judiciary Committee prior to the last election, he performed admirable service to the Senate. I think it is not well known that that..."


March 9, 2007

Improving America's Security Act of 2007
Sen. Leahy: "Mr. President, I was pleased to join Senator Specter and Senator Dodd in offering an amendment to restore the Great Writ of habeas corpus, a cornerstone of American liberty since the founding of this Nation. Senator Specter and I introduced this legislation late last year and reintroduced it on the first day of this new Congress. This..."

Sen. Coburn on U.N. and Iran

Improving America's Security Act of 2007
Sen. Coburn: "Mr. President, I rise to support the amendment. I think it is important for the people of America to understand, first, what is at stake here and, No. 2, the tremendous failure of the U.N. in terms of proliferation. The best example of that right now is the enrichment of uranium for purposes of weapons of mass destruction by Iran. The reason..."

House Concludes FY2008 Budget Debate

Concurrent Resolution on The Budget For Fiscal Year 2008

Rep. Scott: "Madam Chairman, we need to review, again, where we are, because we have heard lectures about fiscal responsibility, and this chart shows where we are in fiscal responsibility, way down in the ditch. In fact, in 2001, we were on a trajectory to pay off the entire national debt by 2013. The gentleman from Wisconsin had a chart that showed ..."

Rep. Goodlatte: "Mr. Chairman, I am opposed to H. Con. Res. 99, which has been called the single biggest tax increase in American history. However, I rise today to express my extreme disappointment that the majority decided to oppose debate on an amendment I offered to express the sense of Congress that the money the Federal Government spends is not the..."

Congressional Black Caucus FY2008 Budget Proposal

Congressional Black Caucus Alternative Fiscal Year 08 Budget
Del. Christensen: "Mr. Speaker, today I rise as the Health Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus to express my strong support for the Congressional Black Caucus' alternative fiscal year `08 budget and to urge its passage. I want to begin by applauding our leadership, our chairwoman, Carolyn Kilpatrick, and the person who headed up our Budget Task Force for..."

Domestic Priorities: Health Care, Education

Health Care: The Biggest Domestic Crisis Facing America
Rep. McDermott: "Mr. Speaker, the biggest domestic crisis facing America today is health care. Every 30 seconds, an American files for bankruptcy in the aftermath of a serious health problem. So says a recent study from Harvard University. And that is just one of the chilling new statistics that should compel Congress to act. Every Band-Aid has been tried..."

Return Sovereignty Back to The States, the School Board, and The Parents
Rep. Garrett: "Mr. Speaker, with the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind before us this year, we all have an obligation to consider reforms that both further education policy, and also maintain consistency with our constitutional duties. The Federal Government began its interference, if you will, in education through land grants, and over time has..."

House FY 2008 Budget Debate Highlights

Concurrent Resolution on The Budget For Fiscal Year 2008

Rep. Barrett: "I thank the gentleman for yielding. Mr. Chairman, our friends on the other side have complained that I guess we Republicans don't know what fiscal mismanagement is. What does it mean? I guess our Democrats, by their actions this year, especially looking at this budget, I think that fiscal mismanagement means that we are not spending enough. ..."

Rep. Becerra: "It is $29,000 per person. A child born today is born with a birth tax of $29,000 he or she will owe."

Rep. Bonner: "Mr. Chairman, I thank the distinguished gentleman from Wisconsin, our ranking member. Either our friends on the other side of the aisle have a bad case of amnesia, or their selective memory is such that they need to check themselves into the House physician's office. The Democratic majority likes to claim that when President Bush came..."

Rep. Campbell: "Mr. Chairman, they should tell the American people which one they are going to do, because they either are increasing taxes or not balancing the budget. They mathematically cannot do both. Mr. Chairman, the budget, the way it is written, is, absolutely is, and assumes every penny of the largest tax increase in American history, and that is..."

Rep. Conaway: "Mr. Chairman, I thank the ranking member of the committee for yielding. This budget resolution we are talking about tonight is a target-rich environment for things that we can disagree about that are in there. I have been tasked to talk about the things that aren't in the budget that we wish we would have been able to get in the budget..."

Rep. Lungren: "I thank the gentleman for yielding. Mr. Chairman, I must disappoint you. I have no charts. I was in this body a number of years before and then left and came back; and, frankly, I have never seen such a war of charts as we have on the Budget Committee. They are instructive. But facts really matter. Dandy Don Meredith, the famous..."

Rep. McCotter: "Mr. Chairman, in addressing my issues with this budget, I prepared some elaborate charts. I know that you are pretty worn out of charts by now, but I think these will try to encapsulate some of the problems that I believe my party and myself in particular have with this budget. Some of the problems I think have to be dealt with right off..."

Rep. Mchenry: "I thank my colleague from Wisconsin. Mr. Chairman, this is a landmark day in the House of Representatives; and records are being broken. In fact, they are being shattered here on the House floor. Democrats are poised to pass a $392.5 billion tax increase to this Federal budget and a spending increase to match it. And, you guessed it, it ..."

Rep. Scott: "Mr. Chairman, I stand here tonight as probably the only Member of this House of Representatives that is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Blue Dogs, as well as the New Dems. That is a broad cross-section of diversity within our party that is not shared by this party, and I make that observation only because the American people are ..."

Rep. Spratt: "Mr. Chairman, I yield myself the balance of my time. Mr. Chairman, we have been treated to a show tonight featuring a one-trick pony. Every Republican who has come to the well of this Chamber has come with the same mantra, the same slogan, alleging wrongfully that our budget resolution would raise taxes. We have repeatedly explained why..."

Walter Reed Corrections

Wounded Warrior Assistance Act of 2007

Rep. Andrews: "Mr. Chairman, I thank you; and I thank the chairman for yielding. Chairman Skelton and Chairman Snyder, Ranking Member Hunter, Ranking Member McHugh have shown great leadership on this bill; and I thank them for their efforts and salute them for their work. They led because they listened. First of all, as my friend Mr. McHugh just said, ..."

Rep. Everett: "Mr. Chairman, I rise today to express my support for the Wounded Warriors Assistance Act. As a member of the Armed Services Committee and a veteran myself, this is an issue that I find of the utmost importance. Following the public exposure of the problems at Walter Reed Hospital, it has become clear that changes are needed in order to..."

FY2008: Debate for the Debate

Providing For Consideration of H. Con. Res. 99, Concurrent Resolution on The Budget For Fiscal Year 2008

Rep. DeLauro: "Let's be clear. The 2008 budget resolution, the Democratic proposal leaves the tax cuts in place, it plans for their extension, and it extends the child tax credit and will do that. If my colleagues on the other side of the aisle cared a whit about the child tax credit, they would entertain lowering the eligibility threshold so that families..."

Rep. Hastings: "Madam Speaker, I thank my friend from Texas for yielding. Madam Speaker, there are two ways to balance a budget, whether it is your family budget or the Federal budget. You can either, one, reduce the amount of money being spent or, two, increase the amount of money coming in. Madam Speaker, the Democrats have flat-out rejected option..."

Rep. Kirk: "I thank the gentleman from Texas. Madam Speaker, the budget coming before this House does more than approve the largest tax increase in American history. That is what it includes. But what this budget is notable for is what it also does not include. The leaders of the Republican Tuesday Group and the study committees came together to..."

Rep. McGovern: "Madam Speaker, I am proud to rise in support of this rule and in support of this budget resolution. It provides our families, seniors and children with economic security, health care, and nutrition. Madam Speaker, 5.4 million more people live in poverty today than in the year 2000. That is over 35 million total, and 12.4 million are..."

House FY2008 Debate Introduction

2008 Fiscal Year Budget

Rep. Barrett: "I thank the gentleman for yielding. I think it is very simple. Number one, we will balance the budget without raising taxes; and, number two, we will reform entitlements. Because, as you well know, over the next 5 years, Madam Speaker, entitlement spending will grow 19 percent. Now that is without me, without my friend from California..."

Rep. Garrett: "I will just close on these thoughts: the difference that we are seeing here between what the Democrats will be proposing in their budget and the Republican alternative budget that should also come before the floor is in three areas, I think. We are both aiming towards the same goal, fortunately, of trying to reach a balanced budget by 2012, 5..."

Rep. Campbell: "Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman from New Jersey (Mr. Garrett) so much for his comments and his hard work on these efforts and on these proposals to recognize that it is your money first, taxpayers. It is your money first. It is not the government's first that they let you keep some of. It is your money, and you should keep all of it except..."

Inter-Country Commerce

Maritime Pollution Prevention Act of 2007
Rep. Oberstar: "Mr. Speaker, although it has been discussed previously before I reached the Chamber, I just want to be sure to emphasize the important change to allow EPA to enforce the standards in addition to the Coast Guard. These are changes requested by the administration. The Coast Guard acknowledging that EPA has far more experience than does the Coast..."

Injustice Against Former U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean Continues
Rep. Jones: "Madam Speaker, today is the 69th day since a great injustice took place in this country. On January 17, 2007, two U.S. Border Patrol agents entered Federal prison to begin serving 11 and 12 year sentences, respectively. Agents Compean and Ramos were convicted last spring for shooting a Mexican drug smuggler who brought 743 pounds of..."

Failed Trade Policy
Rep. Kaptur: "I think that if we look at those people that are trying to sell off chunks of America piece by piece, I am offended by that. I am truly offended by it. When I heard the announcement that Hershey, one of America's logo companies, right, was going to move production to Mexico, they are already making those big kisses there, I guess. I did not ..."

Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement

Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2007

Rep. Blumenauer: "Mr. Speaker, I support the Animal Fighting Prohibition Act, which would raise the penalty for violators of the federal animal welfare law, from a class 1 misdemeanor to a felony. In an industry where thousands of dollars change hands with each fight, misdemeanor fines and charges are simply considered 'the costs of doing business'. This bill..."

Rep. Gallegly: "Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding. As you know, along with my good friend EARL BLUMENAUER and ROSCOE BARTLETT, we have been trying to federally criminalize this brutal, inhumane practice of animal fighting for the past several Congresses. When Congress enacted legislation to tighten Federal animal fighting laws, we left in ..."

Agriculture Economy

Deporting After Sixth Offense Five Too Many
Rep. Poe: "Mr. Speaker, according to a memo that was just released from the U.S. Justice Department from 2005 and reported in the Houston Chronicle today, it reveals procedure and criteria for arresting, detaining, prosecuting and deporting illegals that come into the United States. It is a very interesting memo. Apparently the Department of Justice..."

Celebrating National Agriculture Week
Rep. King: "I appreciate the gentleman from Nebraska yielding. And as you discussed, the future of agriculture, and especially the young families, the families that are going to be raising their families on the farm and working in agribusiness in the towns, and it occurs to me that we often don't discuss about entrepreneurial agriculture. And it used to be ..."

Iraq Supplemental Debate Highlights

U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health, and Iraq Accountability Act, 2007

Rep. Boehner: "Mr. Speaker, I think the moment is here, a moment that we have been debating over the last 2 1/2 months and an issue that I think the American people care deeply about. It is an historic moment, and I thought to myself this morning how will history judge what it is that we are doing on the floor of the House today. What will they write 50..."

Rep. Davis: "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to H.R. 1591. This is not an Emergency War Supplemental; it is the Partisan Repayment Act. Indeed, this legislation is less about supplying the troops than feeding the base. There is desperate need for a new Iraq policy, and we should be using this opportunity to have a serious discussion. It is..."

Rep. Flake: "Mr. Speaker, we have passed some good rules with regard to earmark reform and transparency, but we have found a way around them already, because when a report comes to the floor the rule states that it has to state if there is an earmark there, which Member requested it, and what it is for. Yet here we have something that is clearly an earmark..."

Rep. Franks: "Mr. Speaker, before we vote on this bill, we need to remind ourselves one more time, the jihadist terrorism is what this debate is all about. Brink Lindsey put it in such succinct terms when he said, 'Here is the grim truth: We are only one act of madness away from a social cataclysm unlike anything our country has ever known. After a..."

Rep. Hastert: "I thank the chairman, and I rise today in strong opposition to 1591. Mr. Speaker, I just want to say to my friend from Wisconsin, I have a great deal of respect for the fights that he has fought on this floor for over 30 years, but we do disagree. Supplemental spendings are intended to provide additional funding for programs and..."

Rep. McCrery: "Mr. Speaker, I thank Mr. Lewis for yielding me this time. In my almost 19 years in the United States House of Representatives, I have cast many difficult votes. And I have often spoken to groups of constituents over the years, and in the course of their asking me questions, inevitably one of the questions will be, What is the most difficult ..."

Rep. Mchenry: "Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from California. Mr. Speaker, we have an interesting bill before us here today. It appropriates $100 million for shrimp, it appropriates $100 million for citrus growers, it appropriates $74 million for a particular type of peanut storage and $25 million for spinach. It even appropriates $50 million for a..."

Rep. Neugebauer: "Mr. Speaker, I hope today, as we take this vote, that people will understand really what is at stake here. I have heard a lot of discussion today, and some Members are going to go back home and say, well, I voted for this bill and against the troops because I brought home some things for the people in my district. But today this vote is ..."

Rep. Stearns: "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to the Democrats' so-called emergency supplemental. This cynical bill uses our troops as a political bargaining chip for additional billions in unrelated, pork barrel spending, which has nothing to do with winning the global war on terrorism. This bill has become a Christmas tree of pork. I ask my..."

The Constitution and History

A Walk Through the Constitution: The Preamble
Rep. Garrett: "Mr. Speaker, we are here today to announce a new series of weekly topics for the Congressional Constitution Caucus. I found that many Americans, including some of my fellow Members, are not as familiar with the Constitution as they might want to be. Last Thursday this was demonstrated to us when three local schoolchildren, ages 8 to 12..."

America Cannot Repeat Mistake of 1938
Rep. Bishop: "Mr. Speaker, in the year 1938 domestic needs were great in this country. The New Deal programs that FDR had actually failed, and the Depression had deepened during his second term to the point that the P-51 fighter plane was considered so insignificant and so costly it was not funded that year. When World War II started, the bombing runs..."

Tribute to James Madison
Rep. Foxx: "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to the longevity and the genius of our Nation's Constitution and to one of the principal framers of this incredible document, James Madison. As a member of the Constitutional Caucus, I want to do my part in sharing with people each week here items about the Constitution that we think, in the caucus..."

Concurrent Challenges

Nation's Looming Financial Crisis Needs a Bipartisan Solution
Rep. Wolf: "Madam Speaker, as a nation, we are moving closer and closer to the edge of the financial cliff. A few steps forward and we will start the free fall into a canyon of debt which is bad for our country. The baby boomers start retiring at the end of this year, and that will bring unprecedented levels of entitlement and other program spending...."

Gulf Coast Hurricane Housing Recovery Act of 2007
Rep. Green: "Mr. Chairman, I yield myself the remainder of the time. Mr. Chairman, many of the persons who will receive these vouchers are persons who will be working full time and living below the poverty line, persons who are what we call extremely low-income persons, making around $12,000 per year. Does someone argue that a person making $12,000 per..."

Human Papilloma Virus
Rep. Garrett: "I appreciate the gentleman for yielding. You brought up another fact, which was good, and then you went on to the details of it more. But I think the point you raised was a good one and I would like to elaborate on for 30 seconds, and that is this: That young girls do go in this country to see their doctors, they do go to see their..."

Rep. Jordan: "I just want to pick up on where Congressman Garrett had kind of emphasized what he had talked about. It is almost as if some people are saying parents aren't smart enough. Parents are smart enough to figure out where their kids need to go to school. They are smart enough to help and save and invest and help their kids get a college education. ..."

Iraq: Beyond the Headlines

Iran's Manipulation In Iraq
Rep. Stearns: "Members of the House, Senate and the media should obviously be aware that Iran, a neighbor that shares decades of vibrant history with Iraq, is heavily involved in shaping the future of Iraq through illegal activities. The president of the Strategic Policy Consulting company here in Washington, DC; Mr. Jafarrzadeh, recently stated, 'Al-Quds ..."

Supporting Our Troops and Veterans Health Care
Rep. Scott: "Mr. Speaker, I rise this evening to talk about our supplemental, the bill that will be before us on this Thursday for a vote. It is very important that the American people understand what it is we are doing. We have no choice in the matter. Yes, we are Democrats. We are in the leadership, and we must move an appropriations bill that will..."

Rural Veterans Access to Care Act
Rep. Moran: "Mr. Speaker, as many in this House of Representatives know, I represent one of the largest congressional districts in this country of over 53,000 square miles. The district is about the size of the State of Illinois. It is bigger than 25 of 26 States east of the Mississippi River. It has more hospitals than any other congressional district, but ..."

Democrats vs. George Washington

The Countdown Crew
Rep. Conaway: "If you look at our history, if you look at the year 1776 and you study George Washington that year, he got up every day thinking that was the last day of the revolution. His army in many cases was in tatters, it was unpaid, it was underequipped. He could not have made the certification that the Democrats are demanding that this President make..."

Our Southern Border
Rep. Rohrabacher: "Mr. Speaker, today I discuss a black mark on this administration. And while I realize this is the fourth anniversary, and I have enjoyed the comments of colleagues, comments with which I may have some disagreement, I would like to discuss another issue. Because no matter what we do in Iraq, one way or the other, whether we succeed there or not, ..."

Iraq Four-Year Anniversary

After Four Years, No More Blank Checks
Rep. Hoyer: "Madam Speaker, 4 years ago tonight, our Commander in Chief, President Bush, gave the orders that instigated Operation Iraqi Freedom. Whether they supported the President's decision or not, all, and I emphasize 'all' patriotic Americans prayed for our success as well as the safe return of our brave service men and women. And 4 years later, we..."

Remarks on Fourth Anniversary of Iraq War
Rep. Pelosi: "Mr. Speaker, as the war in Iraq enters its fifth year, we take time to reflect on those who have made the greatest sacrifices because of this war, our troops. We all salute them because of their courage, their patriotism and the sacrifices they are willing to make. They have done everything asked of them, and we are forever in their debt...."

Lack of Political Progress In Iraq
Rep. Woolsey: "Mr. Speaker, last week the New York Times reported that Iraq is falling well short of the political progress they were supposed to have made by now. Still no constitutional reform. Still no local elections. Still no final action on a law governing distribution of oil revenues. Still no reversal of the de-Baathification laws. The Bush..."

Petrodollars and The Iraq War
Rep. Kaptur: "Mr. Speaker, the Wall Street Journal reported last week what most Americans may not realize, that for the first time in history, our U.S. military is now guarding the major Iraqi oil pipeline that leads to its major refinery in Bayji. Yes, our brave soldiers from the 82nd Airborne are now maintaining around-the-clock presence at Iraq's largest..."

View from An O'brien County, Iowa, Soldier
Rep. King: "Mr. Speaker, I come to the floor tonight to read into the Record an editorial that was published in the O'Brien County Newsletter, O'Brien County, Iowa. It is from Sean P. O'Brien, First Lieutenant, Field Artillery, United States Army and Purple Heart recipient. It reads like this: 'There are few things that a professional military officer..."

Three Criminal Border Cases

Prosecution of Border Patrol Agents
Rep. Poe: "Madam Speaker, this afternoon I want to discuss criminal cases, three criminal cases that have occurred in these United States. All three of these criminal cases have to do with law enforcement officers that were prosecuted by the Federal Government for alleged crimes that they committed on the southern border with Mexico. And I want to discuss ..."

Military Recruitment on Campus

Accountability In Contracting Act

Rep. Murphy: "Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I rise today to simply thank Chairman Waxman and many of his compatriots on the other side of the aisle for giving us this week. If you want to know why there are so many new Members in this Chamber today, it is that there have been a lot of people in this country who have been waiting for this week. You..."

Rep. Hunter: "Mr. Speaker, I like this motion to recommit. You know, all of us have shown our support for the troops. Almost every Member in this body has shown support by traveling to the warfighting theaters. This is a chance to show support in another way, to show that we believe that the military is an outstanding profession, one which many of our young..."

Rep. Waxman: "Mr. Speaker, pursuant to the instructions of the House in the motion to recommit, I report H.R. 1362 back to the House with an amendment."

Taxpayer Bill of Rights

Republican Study Committee
Rep. Campbell: "I thank the lady from Tennessee, Mrs. Blackburn, for yielding and all of your great, great hard work on this and all kinds of other issues on behalf of the taxpayers, because that is what this is about, Mr. Speaker, this is about the taxpayers, American Taxpayers Bill of Rights. It is about American taxpayers having in law rights that they..."

Fighting the War on Terror from Prison

Prison Inmates Help In War Effort
Rep. Poe: "Mr. Speaker, behind the thick walls of some Federal prisons, inmates are being put to work. Not on chain gangs tarring roads and hacking rocks, but in prison factories. Private industries are bringing their businesses behind the barbed wire fortresses, realizing the benefits of incarcerated inmates going to work. Prison industries are..."

Transparency Debate

Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 2007

Rep. Platts: "Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 1309, the Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 2007. Open and accountable government make up the cornerstones of good government. This legislation before us today seeks to strengthen these cornerstones. The Freedom of Information Act was signed into law over 40 years ago, in July 1966, enacted..."

Rep. Sali: "Mr. Speaker, I rise today because of my serious concerns with section 4 of H.R. 1309. As I begin, let me emphasize that I support the intent of H.R. 1309. Transparency in government is an important priority. I campaigned on it and voted for the new ethics package that came before this House in early January with the hope that Congress might ..."

Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2007:
MOTION TO RECOMMIT

Rep. Tierney: "Mr. Speaker, we are prepared to accept this motion, and assume that means we will have unanimity on final passage. This appears to track President Clinton's executive order, and it is, in fact, current law. To that extent, we have no difficulty in accepting it. The motion to recommit seems to extend the coverage of the Whistleblower..."

Jackson-Lee: Private Donations should be Public Information

Presidential Library Donation Reform Act of 2007
Rep. Jackson-Lee: "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of the public's right to know. I rise in support of H.R. 1254, the 'Presidential Library Donations Reform Act of 2007,' which requires the disclosure of donors to presidential libraries. Mr. Speaker, Presidential libraries are built using private funds raised by an organization or foundation..."

Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2007
Rep. Waxman: "Thank you very much for yielding to me. Mr. Speaker, history is important because it informs us of events of the past, so we can learn from those events, not to make the same mistakes or to follow good examples that turned out to be successful. History always is an ongoing process. It is a process of looking at facts and reinterpreting..."

Doctors in the House

Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Rep. Gingrey: "Madam Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding. This is going to be like two discussions, one from the professor and the other one from maybe his first year master's program student. Although I have a M.D., Dr. Bartlett, of course, is a Ph.D. physiologist, and as he explains this, it is compelling, the evidence that he gives. Sometimes I ..."

Rep. Bartlett: "Thank you very much. I am very appreciative of the contribution that Dr. Gingrey is making. Being a physician and having delivered a very large number of babies, he obviously brings a level of authenticity and credibility to this discussion. On this chart, we have another couple of sequences which shows--the previous one we looked at showed ..."

Conservative Caucus Hour

The Official Truth Squad
Rep. Davis: "Thank you, Congressman Price, for giving me an opportunity to join you today. And, Mr. Kline, thank you for your leadership in the Congress and in the military. I appreciate it so very much. Congressman Price, as you well know, none of us want to be in war; I certainly don't want to be in a war. But the fact is, we are in a war on terror...."

Blue Dog Coalition
Rep. Shea-Porter: "I thank the gentleman, and Madam Speaker. I just came out of an Armed Services hearing where we were discussing, once again, readiness, and we had the Army there telling us the great strains on their budget, the strains on their equipment, and, most importantly, the strains on their soldiers. And so I am standing here today in support of..."

Are Special Ed. Students Left Behind?

A-Plus Act (No Child Left Behind Reform)
Rep. Foxx: "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to address important changes to the No Child Left Behind Act. I recently held a roundtable discussion on this issue with my constituents from all over the Fifth District held in Forsyth County, North Carolina. It was a great opportunity for me to hear from superintendents, board of education members, principals and..."

Winning vs. Ending

Iraq
Rep. Pence: "Thank you, Mr. Speaker. By the end of 2006, most Americans could see that our strategy in Iraq was not working. In January of this year, President Bush outlined his plan to win the war in Iraq. And just last week, Speaker Pelosi and the Democrat majority announced their plan to end the war in Iraq. The only problem with that, Mr. Speaker..."

Energy Security
Rep. Stearns: "Mr. Speaker, on September 19, 2002, in a Wall Street Journal editorial, former CIA Director James Woolsey described the central challenge we face in the global war on terrorism as the United States' dependence on imported oil. My colleagues, this dependence is providing our enemy with so much leverage that defeating terrorism has become..."

Release Israeli Soldiers

Calling For Release of Israeli Soldiers Held Captive by Hamas and Hezbollah

Rep. Hastings: "Mr. Speaker I rise today as a proud original cosponsor of House Resolution 107, calling for the immediate and unconditional release of the Israeli soldiers held captive by Hamas and Hezbollah since last summer. The critical bipartisan legislation being introduced today calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the three Israeli..."

Rep. Murphy: "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of the immediate and unconditional release of Israeli soldiers held captive by Hamas and Hezbollah. As a former soldier myself, my thoughts and prayers are with Gilad Shalit, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev and their families. Let them know that the strength and good wishes of this Congress and of our ..."

Withdrawal = End?

Congress Must Not Intrude on The Constitutional Province of The President As Commander In Chief
Rep. Pence: "Madam Speaker, it has been quite a week here on Capitol Hill with the unveiling by the Democratic majority of their new plan for a fully funded withdrawal from our presence in Iraq. The contrast that took place yesterday also was quite striking. General Petraeus, our new commander on the ground in Baghdad, had his first meeting this..."

Manner of Conducting Proceedings In the 110th Congress
Rep. Shadegg: "I thank the gentleman. You hit upon one of the keys or at least one of the major concerns or arguments that I have over the idea of our colleagues that we can withdraw from Iraq and it will end the war. You touched upon the fact that radical Islam teaches that they must kill all infidels. I make the point that, look, I understand the desire ..."

Thanks from Mississippi

Insurance Issues In Wake of Katrina
Rep. Taylor: "Madam Speaker, I have the great fortune to represent the people of south and coastal Mississippi, and I never want to miss the opportunity on their behalf to thank the other people of our great Nation for the help that has been provided to us in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, both individuals, Rotarians, college kids. But so many people have..."

Battlecry

San Francisco Vs. Teenmania
Rep. Gohmert: "Mr. Speaker, I have come to the floor today to praise the more than 20,000 teens that will reunite in San Francisco this weekend to worship. Their movement called Battlecry has a home base in my district just outside Lindale, Texas. Their message is a hopeful one: they reject the negative messages often portrayed in pop culture and, instead,..."

Honoring the Fallen
Rep. Emanuel: "I thank my colleague. Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the distinguished Members who participated in this tribute and this honor, both those from last year and those who participated tonight. I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of my colleagues to thank the brave men and women who continue to serve our Nation in Iraq and..."

Criminal Border Control

Congressional Immigration Caucus

Rep. King: "Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman from California for organizing this Special Order here this evening, and I also thank the gentleman from Georgia (Mr. Deal) for making his presentation and making a compelling case for why we have to end this thing we call birthright citizenship, anchor babies, or more appropriately, more accurately, as..."

Rep. Deal: "Thank you, Mr. Bilbray. Mr. Speaker, as we approach this topic of dealing with the ever-increasing problem of illegal immigration in this country, it is certainly one with many facets. But the one that I would like to address briefly tonight is the issue that relates to birthright citizenship. Let me define it, first of all. It is the..."

Rep. Bilbray: "I appreciate that. The fact is most Americans may not understand that it is so out of control that they have had over 30 police officers murdered in Tijuana and over nine Federal prosecutors assassinated in Tijuana. In fact, it was so bad that the Mexican government 10 years ago sent their army to the American border. You hear an outcry here..."

Rep. Royce: "It is certainly true that the lack of border security leads to a criminal element controlling that border. In this case, it is the cartels. And it is important to remember again that the erection of the border fence in San Diego led not only to a reduction of crime on the U.S. side by more than 50 percent but again led to a reduction of crime..."

21st Century GOP: Suburbia

The United States of The 21st Century

Rep. Kirk: "I thank my colleague. I will close out by simply saying that we now present to the American people and the Congress the suburban agenda for 2007, Action Against International Drug Gangs, moving into the suburbs where the Federal Government can help; Safe Schools, relying on the judgment of teachers, full time, using all of their abilities; 401..."

Rep. Sessions: "As we close down our time here with Republicans being on the floor, I would like to remind the gentleman of something that is heard over and over and over again, and that is how great America is. But I would like to ask a rhetorical question. Have you ever heard of the China dream, the Brazilian dream, the French dream, the German dream?..."

U.S. Interstates: Mexico's new commercial zone

Opposition to Expanded Mexican Trucking In the U.S.
Rep. Jones: "Mr. Speaker, in just a matter of weeks, thousands of Mexican trucks will stream across America's southern border and pour onto U.S. highways throughout the country. The U.S. Department of Transportation has given 100 Mexican trucking companies the green light to unleash an unlimited number of trucks onto the highways of America as part of a ..."

A Time for Honor

Glider Pilots of World War II
Rep. McCarthy: "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the glider pilots of World War II. Glider planes were lightweight aircraft without engines that were used to drop supplies and reinforcement personnel for troops and surveillance. They were very efficient, because they made no noise and could fly into the enemy areas undetected. The gliders would be..."

Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Rep. Brown: "Mr. Speaker, I rise today with an apology. Last week, I was in the grocery store in Jacksonville, Florida. A veteran working part time told me about a friend who was at Walter Reed, and he had pictures showing the problems that were occurring there. He walked me to the car and said that there was no way he would ever vote again for a Republican ..."

The Reality of A Modern Day School Teacher
Rep. Moran: "Mr. Speaker, when the question is asked, other than a family member, name one person who has made a difference in your life, the most often answered response is that of a favorite teacher. This simple response speaks volumes about the influence that an educator has on the lives of a young person and the future of our Nation. The education..."

Pay As You Waive

Water Quality Investment Act of 2007

Rep. Johnson: "Mr. Chairman, I move that the Committee do now rise. The motion was agreed to. Accordingly, the Committee rose; and the Speaker pro tempore (Mr. Pascrell) having assumed the chair, Mr. Schiff, Chairman of the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union, reported that that Committee, having had under consideration the bill (H.R..."

Rep. Weldon: "Mr. Chairman, I rise to express my concerns about the bill that is before us, H.R. 569. At the beginning of the 110th Congress, the Democrat majority talked about the need for fiscal responsibility and with much fanfare passed the pay-go rules. Yet, for almost every bill that has been considered thus far this year they have waived the pay-go..."

Blue Dog Coalition: Pray for the Troops, the Debt Tax

Blue Dog Coalition
Rep. Berry: "I thank the gentleman from south Arkansas, and I certainly appreciate his leadership in this matter. I would also encourage everyone that can hear my voice to keep in our hearts and minds and certainly in your prayers our men and women in uniform, especially those on the battlefield this evening. Reach out to them and their families and let ..."

Blue Dog Coalition
today the U.S. national debt is $8,811,969,377,773 and some change. For every man, woman and child in America, their share, our share of the national debt is $29,245. It is what those of us in the Blue Dog Coalition have coined as the debt tax, d-e-b-t, and that is one tax that cannot go awayand cannot be cut until our Nation gets its fiscal House in order.

The Enumerated Powers Act

The Enumerated Powers Act
Rep. Shadegg: "Mr. Speaker, today I rise to speak of the importance of the 10th amendment and of a bill that I have introduced each Congress since the 104th Congress, the Enumerated Powers Act. I speak today as a member of the Constitution caucus, chaired by my colleague, Congressman Scott Garrett of New Jersey. It is a caucus that is dedicated and works..."

The Enumerated Powers Act
Rep. Akin: "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to discuss and to support the Enumerated Powers Act introduced by Congressman Shadegg. The Enumerated Powers Act is most important to protect the tenth amendment. We understand that with the word 'federalism.' People perhaps, though, are not so aware of where the concept of federalism originally came from. They..."

Day 49 for Ramos and Compean

U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean
Rep. Jones: "Mr. Speaker, today is the 49th day since two U.S. Border Patrol Agents entered Federal prison. Agents Ramos and Compean were convicted last spring for shooting a Mexican drug smuggler who brought 743 pounds of marijuana across our borders into Texas. These agents never should have been sent to prison. There are legitimate legal questions..."

First Cooling, Now Warming

Rep. Clifford Stearns [R-FL]: Thank you, Madam Speaker.

My colleagues, here is a quote from a Newsweek article: "There are ominous signs that the Earth's weather patterns have begun to change dramatically, and that these changes may portend a drastic decline in food production, with serious political implications for about every nation on Earth. The drop in food output could begin quite soon, perhaps only 10 years from now."

My colleagues, Newsweek published this dire warning in its April 28, 1975 issue, years before global warming began getting the headlines it does today.

Full Speech: First Cooling, Now Warming

Remembering Columbia, Justice

"Columbia" Space Shuttle Memorial Study Act
Rep. Gohmert: "Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the gentleman from Arizona for his kindness and sensitivity in this issue, as well as the gentleman from Utah. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to properly commemorate and memorialize one of this Nation's most heroic, yet heartbreaking, tragedies. The disintegration of the Space Shuttle Columbia as it re-entered Earth's..."

Former U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean
Rep. Jones: "Mr. Speaker, today is the 48th day since a great injustice took place in this country. On January 17 of 2007, two U.S. Border Patrol agents entered Federal prison to begin serving 11- and 12-year sentences respectively. Agents Compean and Ramos were convicted last spring for shooting a Mexican drug smuggler who brought 743 pounds of..."

Numbering the Days of Low Taxes

The Countdown Crew: Countdown to The Tax Increase by The Democratic Majority
Rep. Davis: "I want to thank everybody for joining us. For those of you who are regulars and are corresponding with us, we appreciate your joining us and contacting us at countdowncrew@mail.house.gov. We believe that the key is not raising taxes; it is creating taxpayers to project economic growth and opportunity for the future. Our backbone is of small ..."

The Economy
Rep. Kaptur: "Mr. Speaker, if the gentleman will yield further on that point, recently, about a week ago, Hershey Chocolate announced it was going to move its operations out of Pennsylvania to Mexico. They have already been testing those Hershey Kisses, those big ones they are making down there now and the taste has changed. I am thinking, where is the old..."

The Economy
Rep. Sutton: "Well, again, this is the way those who like what is going on with our trade deals, and those would be more or less the multinational companies who are very involved in helping to push them, whenever we start talking about this and the real impact and the real effects, they like to call you names like protectionist. That is how they shut the ..."

Solutions to Trade Problems
Rep. King: "In reclaiming my time, I thank the tenacious Texan for coming to the floor. He knows how much I revere Steve Forbes and Steve Forbes' financial acumen, as well as Alan Greenspan's. Perhaps on this subject matter it is one versus the other. I also notice the gentleman from Texas, however compelling the argument, didn't present a list of..."

Westmoreland on the Democrats, the AMT

Regular Order Lacking Under Democrats
Rep. Westmoreland: "Madam Speaker, I just wanted to come back and talk a little bit more about the majority and the work schedule and the work ethics that they seem to be putting forth. I could come up and read my BlackBerry and my schedule to you. I don't know if that is exactly what our constituents had in mind, was electing us and paying us to come up here and..."

The Consequences of The Democrats' Actions
Rep. Westmoreland: "That is exactly right. Here is the Web site right here: rsc@mail.house.gov. And you can go to the Hensarling Web site, our chairman, and let us know how you feel about the AMT. If this thing has affected you, we want to know about it, because we are going to make sure that we do everything that we can to make sure that this AMT does not..."

The Old House, Learning from Colleagues

Honoring Former Congressman Gene Snyder
Rep. Davis: "Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman. Congressman Rogers, I think you captured the emotion and the power of that funeral, the eulogies, the reminiscences that brought so many to laughter. Sitting with Gene and Pat Snyder was always a wonderful journey back to the old House in the days before C-SPAN, before 24-hour news cycles, before..."

The 30-Something Working Group
Rep. Murphy: "I think the real lesson from Mr. Altmire's story is that he is like a Boy Scout, he is always prepared. He has the information at his fingertips that his constituents need. You can learn something every day from our colleagues."

Blue Dog Coalition: Budget, Debt, Iraq, China

The Budget, Debt and The Blue Dog's Iraq Accountability Legislation

Rep. Sanchez: "So we find ourselves there longer than we are supposed to be, and we ask ourselves, how much longer, $3 billion a week on the credit card? Wait till America really figures out that they have not paid for this war. I think they are going to be very angry at that point. I see I have taken most of your time."

Rep. Chandler: "I am just going to say one more thing and then allow some of my other fine colleagues to have a word on this subject. When I get ready to tell some of my constituents the nature of this spending problem and particularly the point about this administration borrowing more in 6 years than our country has borrowed in the entirety of its history ..."

Rep. Cooper: "The gentleman is exactly right. I believe the Chinese currently hold almost $1 trillion in U.S. Treasury bonds. They are our fastest growing lender. They have aggressively purchased U.S. Treasury bonds, and that means increasingly we are paying interest to the Chinese. Our economies are interconnected. I worry that it is a national security..."

Independence and the Constitution

Congressional Constitution Caucus
Rep. Garrett: "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to announce and renew our hope to be a regular occurrence on the House floor for the 110th Congress. The members of the Congressional Constitution Caucus will use this opportunity to emphasize for our colleagues and for the Nation as well the necessity of ensuring that our government is operating according to the intent of the our Founding Fathers. As the 10th amendment affirms, the authority over most domestic issues belong to the States and local governments and the people themselves."

Reaffirmation of American Independence Resolution
Rep. Bishop: "Mr. Speaker, when I was young, growing up, I would often ask my mother if I could go to my friend's house to play, and she would say no. And instinctively I would then say, well, Billy's mom lets him go. And my mom would then say, I know, but I am not Billy's mom and I don't care what Billy's mom lets Billy do.

"Well, that was an important lesson that I learned. Unfortunately, some of our courts have failed to learn that specific lesson, and that is why I feel honored to be able to stand here and talk about the Reaffirmation of American Independence Resolution, which my good friend, the distinguished gentleman from New Jersey, briefly introduced in his remarks."

April 2, 2007

House Activity: Passed Committee

  • H.R. 1429: Improving Head Start Act of 2007
  • H.R. 1593: To reauthorize the grant program for reentry of offenders into the community in the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, to improve reentry planning and implementation, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 1677: Taxpayer Protection Act of 2007
  • H.R. 1124: To extend the District of Columbia College Access Act of 1999.
  • H.R. 1281: Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2007
  • H.R. 518: International Solid Waste Importation and Management Act of 2007
  • H.Res. 179: Expressing support for a National Foster Parents Day.

Senate Activity: Passed Committee

  • S. 965: U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007
  • S. 261: Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2007
  • S. 627: Safe Babies Act of 2007
  • S. 93: 911 Modernization Act
  • S. 39: Ocean and Coastal Exploration and NOAA Act (OCEAN Act)
  • S. 558: Mental Health Parity Act of 2007
  • S. 223: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act
  • S. 358: Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2007
  • S. 378: Court Security Improvement Act of 2007
  • S. 556: Head Start for School Readiness Act
  • S. 657: Trauma Care Systems Planning and Development Act of 2007
  • S. 845: Keeping Seniors Safe From Falls Act of 2007

Senate Activity: Resolutions Passed Committee

  • S.Res. 30: A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the need for the United States to address global climate change through the negotiation of fair and effective international commitments.
  • S.Res. 76: A resolution calling on the United States Government and the international community to promptly develop, fund, and implement a comprehensive regional strategy in Africa to protect civilians, facilitate humanitarian operations, contain and reduce violence, and contribute to conditions for sustainable peace in eastern Chad, and Central African Republic, and Darfur, Sudan.

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