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watch what is happening, they get the most upset. you see, they left what they knew. they risked everything because they believed in the rule of law. they believed in america. i saw victoria back here earlier. she knows what it's like to emigrate here. she knows what it's like to take a risk. she knows what it's like to live up to the rule of law. as this crisis gets worse, it will creep further into american cities. we know now that the biden administration isn't sending illegal immigrants back. they are flying them into cities across the country in the dead of night.
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madam speaker, i don't get to see the president much. when i asked him about the border, he is telling me he's making it so much better. can you ask them why they fly him in the dead of night? do they get a discount or is it so people don't see him? you know what's interesting to me, the word respect. i know many timesty travel the -- times i travel the country -- i see my friend across the aisle here. the flood in houston. i remember us all going down to the facility. the families that are needed. we worked together. you were there. the mayor was there. everybody else was there. why? because we told each other we were coming. we serve together. we work together. why would we fly people into the
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city and not talk to the mayors? we hold them responsible for the public security and safety during covid. why do they have to find out? is it because you are not telling the american public the truth? every american city is set to become a border city and a sanctuary city. you know, madam speaker. you live toward san diego and i think san diego is a beautiful place. i love san francisco. i thought san francisco was the only east coast city america -- california had. i still remember. i was in the sixth grade and i saved up $400. that year was tough. my family didn't have money for
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a vacation. i told my mom and dad, i would give them the $400 if we can go to san francisco and we can go tour alcatraz. some of my fondest memories. my dad driving the van. my sister, my brother, my mom. my dad was a fire chief. he was straight laced. we were yelling at him. we were hungry. we wanted mcdonald's. he cuts across all these lanes. he gets pulled over. he never gets a ticket in his life. you know how a father can punish you with the look of an eye? oh, i'll never forget that moment. we went to san francisco. we went down to the wharf. we went to lombard street. drove all the way that curves down. my mom went and got tickets for alcatraz. she bought the wrong ticket. she bought a boat that just went
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around alcatraz. we went to the lake and went back home. it wasn't until my children were born, until they were in elementary school, that i get to get to alcatraz. my son just moved to san francisco with his new wife. he had to buy a car. he was living in d.c. i had an pass away last week and he was home -- they were home for the funeral. now, i'm worried about him living in san francisco. i read about the walgreen's. i was worried about getting a car. last time i was up there the signs on every door was, please don't break in. i have nothing inside. he says, dad, i just got insurance. i didn't know that was a big deal. but he said, i found out, i live on the safest street in the whole place.
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still cost him three times what mine does. i watched the policies of san francisco change that city. i watched people like chuck schwab, that allows americans to invest. he's changed so many lives. you know what his greatest love? san francisco. there's not a museum, a homeless center that chuck schwab hasn't funded. he doesn't live there anymore. you know what my son told me? i was kind of excited when he said he lives in a safe place. he's got a little dog, otis. said, i can't wear my airpods when i take him for a walk because you got to be looking.
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you got to be looking. i remember another family a few years back strolling out on the pier. beautiful place to go. his family watched their daughter get shot, dead. the person who shot her, somebody came across the border illegally. took her life. the defunding of police has destroyed our cities. destroyed our cities. it's interesting. the first time i ever heard that phrase was in this chamber. madam speaker, it's from your side of the aisle. first time, madam speaker, was
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this year i watched your party defund the iron dome for israel. i never thought that would happen. never thought that would happen. the first time i watched $5 trillion, bigger than the new deal, not $1 to protect americans. russell johnson. i don't know how you feel -- i don't care how you feel about immigration. the drugs that are coming across are coming to your district. i don't care if you live in new york or maine. call your coroner. call your sheriff. ask them. it comes across mexico, but it's made in china.
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we heard from mayor don mclaughlin about the effects of this dangerous policy it will have on american cities. especially those who are near the border. i don't know if i get this right. you may want to tell me, august, cohiz county. sheriff mark daniels told us the rule of law is being destroyed here. the violent behavior we're seeing from the cartels -- listen to this -- the cartels call my office saying they're going to kill my deputy. they're going to kill my deputies. and the things we've seen, quality of life, not just on our borders, but in america is being diminished. maybe you haven't heard that
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before but now you have. so madam speaker, could five democrats pause this bill and put some money in there to protect these deputies from being killed? protect the children in schools? it just takes five. that's all. just five. you got $5 trillion. $5 trillion. no one's ever seen this type of money. i can't believe it. who gave you the right to sacrifice those lives, those dreams, those futures? you know what gets to me? i've told you my father was a firefighter. it's interesting. if you have a first responder job, it's not a job. it's a family. the firefighters, the police
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officers, you're together on christmas. you're together all the time. if one of them needs work at the house, we're over there pouring concrete. we're fixing the roof. it's a way of life. i cannot imagine a deputy coming home, a mom, a deputy being threatened with their own life and looking at the children. because i know they don't sit back and say it won't happen to me because they see it every day. i see it every day. i can't walk by one without saying thank you. but you know what's happening? they're retiring. they're not appreciated. only making it worse. just five. just five is all it takes.
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pause the bill. look, i promise, i promise if five would pause this bill, i'll pay for your plane to puerto rico if you help those along the border. i will pay for your air ticket. i promise, you'll get there. now, let me be clear. objections to mass amnesty are not anti-immigrant. republicans recognize the value that immigrants bring to american society. american culture. america's economy. you know what's so sad? the public doesn't realize a lot of us talk together. when i was majority leader, i
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would bring members in and we'd talk a lot about this broken immigration system. and i understand we have a government that you got to find compromise. if you don't find compromise, you're going to end up just like we are today. one-party rule in one year. we brought two immigration bills to the floor. not one democrat would vote for if. -- vote for it. you know what's the sad thing, madam speaker? i am not sure you were here yet. i went to a number of members in the democratic party that said they wanted it, was so important, they wanted to vote for it. but the minority leader at the time, now the speaker, told them no. they needed an issue for the campaign. they needed an issue for the
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campaign. so when steny hoyer talked about the children's children, to learn about it, hopefully read about that too, we know that america is a nation of immigrants. we honor this tradition of history. as i often say, naturalization ceremonies, as i told you earlier, we're the only nation in the world and we have members on both sides of the aisle that were born in other countries. and lady liberty does what she does best, opens up her arms. she brought you into america. george washington right there. even if you weren't born in this country, he's your founding father.
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abraham lincoln is your liberator. martin lutherking spoke down at the lincoln memorial, he spoke of you. spoke of your dreams. and now you have the opportunity that less than 13,000 americans have ever had to serve in this body. but madam speaker, why at times do i feel the rhetoric that i hear from some almost dislike this country. don't want to tear down -- they want to tear down the founding fathers. want to rename the schools. no one ever said we were perfect. but we strive to be a more perfect union. i would hope those members would come to my office, see the paintings, see how far we've
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come. frederick douglass had every reason to hate this nation. born into slavery. sold from his parents. taught to read. but was beaten for it. gave bible studies to the other slaves. was beaten, escaped. became a free throw man. became an adviser and one of the best friends to abraham lincoln. he had as much to do about america bonding together, of healing, and driving, where everybody would be equal. so yes, we are a nation of immigrants. but we're also a nation of laws. amnesty is unfair. to everyone who plays by the
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rules. whether they are american citizens or legal immigrants. the depressed wages, reward law breaking, and strain public resources. that is why republicans reject the growing calls by democrats to defund i.c.e. and open our boarders to everyone. you know, madam speaker, i said the first time i ever heard the phrase defund police was on the floor. the first time i ever heard the phrase. defund i.c.e. i thought they just wanted to drink water without ice at first, i wasn't sure what they were talking about. how could that possibly be? you could not want to defund i.c.e. just for the american public to know. madam speaker, i have the utmost respect for juan vargas. he and i have served together in the state legislature and we
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serve here. we vote differently. but i respect your character. i respect your faith. you know what i respect as well? your respect of other people who have different opinions. you weren't here earlier, i don't think. i couldn't believe, madam speaker, i couldn't believe there was a person in this body that told me i couldn't look at them when i talked. i've never heard that before. i'm sure people on that side of the aisle might look at me as being unworthy. not equal. that's unfortunate. we're all americans. i didn't disrupt one word they said. i didn't agree with it. i thought this place was a place
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of debate. a place of ideas, madam speaker. where the best idea could win. without the rule of law, we could not have a fair, functioning, or secure immigration system. without the rule of law, we could not have a free society. finally, madam speaker, i want to discuss an issue that has sparked a parents movement across this country. education. every parent in every community in every corner of this country has a right to know what their children are being taught. and what they are actually learning. and no politician or government bureaucrat should have the power
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to deny you that right. i got a lot of hope two weeks ago. so many times in american society you get down. but we are the best form of government. at any moment, our power is not driven from here but from people. and they spoke, loudly. republicans respect the right of parents. after all, these are your children. it's their future. and madam speaker, these are the children that majority leader steny hoyer talked about the children's children, learning about today. i hope they're not denied to hear what went on the floor tonight. that would be a travesty.
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over the last year, everyone has listened to passionate parents speak out. when out of touch politicians and ineffective school boards keep their children's school closed for months on end. madam speaker, i know you must have had your heart torn. watching that father. the father go to a school board. and i didn't quite grasp it at first, i just watched. he's being wrestled down. he was trying to talk. and it depends what station you listened to. in one station, they said he was like a terrorist. you know what we found out? he was handcuffed and removed. why would he do that? why would he fight so hard?
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the same reason all of us would. his child. you see, he went to that school board meeting. his daughter got raped. got raped by an individual who was not of the same gender who went into that bathroom. he notified the school board. the school board didn't know about it. lrveghts o and behold they found out later, they knew about it. emails were there. why? why would they arrest him. i'm shocked he didn't do more. but you know what happened? that's not the end of the story. they just transferred that student to another school to do the exact same thing. i think every parent in that school should have known that took place on that campus. and every student, every parent
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should have known in the next school that student was there. they have a right to know. madam speaker, we introduced the bill to do just that. parents bill of rights. i tell the american public if it gets denied by this democrat majority, it'll be passed one year from now. it'll be one of the first bills we take up. we have seen and heard parents speaking out at school board meetings, frustrated by the government knows best approach to education. it's interesting, there's election in virginia, it's pretty big in virginia this issue.
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he made a statement, parents don't have a right to know what happens in their children's school. i think he last the election over it. but parents rose up. what did the biden administration do? well, the attorney general stopped looking at those who were killing people in chicago or why walgreen's was shutting down in san francisco. start looking at the parents. they're terrorists. when he came before this body, you've got to understand who this person is. he is the top law enforcement officer of this country. look, we're not far from the supreme court. i'm not sure, a lawyer can correct me. what's the statue out there?
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lady justice? she's blindfolded with a scale in her hands, supposed to weigh. the same attorney general came this close to being on the supreme court. he looked at the members on both sides of the aisle, wasn't investigating. could you imagine what it took for somebody working in that body to risk their job as a whistleblower to put forth the information that he lied. madam speaker, i heard the speaker. just yesterday tell me they're at a higher standard. madam speaker, i know your body know house to impeach. you've done it twice. you even have now a special investigator telling you the first time you did it was all lies. if you whreve in the rule of law, if you believe in these
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parents, where is adam schiff when you need him, madam speaker. there are -- we write law. the attorney general is the highest person in this administration that represents. he's supposed to be fair on both sides. he promised us he wasn't going to play politics. but now we found that he lied there. now going to go further. use it for intimidation. do you know, no subpoena in congress since 1983 have the attorneys general done anything with. for those held in contempt here,
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nothing ever happens. it was interesting, madam speaker, i don't know if you caught this. but adam schiff said but now it's different. we have an attorney general who will do what we want. madam speaker, adam schiff is right. he's become the most political attorney general in the history of this nation. now i worry, i worry greatly. he lies about spying on parents. what else does he lie about. did he pick who he's going to go after based upon your political affiliation? he's not wearing a blindfold, he's got binoculars looking right at you.
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madam speaker, if we're going to hold this body to a higher level, i would think we could work together on this. when you -- wouldn't you at least want to have a hearing on it? now you've got the facts. wouldn't you want to call him back. not for me but for the parents. what about that father. i wonder if he was investigated. you know what's interesting, the attorney general said he based this all on an organization that sent him one letter. one letter. now that was put out publicly. you know what that organization did, oh, i'm sorry, i'll take it back. but the attorney general never took it back. i wonder. if we -- if we had to question,
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did anybody in the attorney general's office call that organization and ask for that letter? so they could take that action? i don't know. i don't know this. i'd feel better if that didn't happen. but it's interesting to me. they if they acted so fast on that letter, is he opening all the mail that quick? because we sent a lot of things to him. it's almost like he was already prepared. it was interesting. you know, he had like a deadline. had to get done before two weeks ago last tuesday. yeah. i don't know what happened back then or what the deadline would be. but why wouldn't he back away? you know, it's interesting to those who sent the letter, once it was made public, they didn't want any part of it.
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didn't want any part of it. i would hope that organization would change their leadership. they should change their leadership. rightfully so. over the last year, parents has become the teacher, the coach, the music teacher, science teacher. had to do almost all. but you never would have thought they would have become the terrorist. you would never thought they would have become the terrorist. you wonder why, why all of a sudden are more parents coming out to the school board? could it be because the pandemic in the zoom meetings where the
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parents are having to teach they're beginning to hear what is being taught? and it's interesting. one party, one control, one year. and the federal government can come after you in a school board meeting. now in this bill, they can dictate what your children can do. but nowhere in this bill does it say the parents have a right to know. nowhere. nowhere in this bill does it deny the attorney general to spy on a parent. now that you know this information, madam speaker, with five democrats, hold this bill up. don't do it for me, but do it for the parents. simply say, we don't need credit for this.
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a parents bill of rights. they have a right to know of the curriculum. they have a right to know what's being taught. they have a right to know what's being spent. and they have a right to know if there's a violent incident in the campus. just five. just five. that's all it takes. i promise you this. you'll be the most popular five democrats in the nation. you will. i could tell you which five are in the toughest races. listen. far be it for me. but it would be smart of you. i tell you this, two of them -- two of them, madam speaker, are in virginia. and madam speaker, governor-elect youngkin won by 11 points and another by eight. biden had won that state by 10.
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he won new jersey by 16. listen, president clinton realized after losing all those seats in 1994 that he needed to listen to america. that the era of big government is over. in 2010, the exact same thing happened. 2009, virginia and new jersey, republicans won. and four days later, speaker pelosi said you have to pass the bill to find out what's in it. so if you ask me, why am i still speaking, because i want america to know what's in the bill before it gets passed. because i trust you enough, if
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you stayed and heard what's in the bill, you wouldn't vote for it. i don't know. my political team would probably get mad at me for saving some of you. but i don't care. i want to save america. but let me tell you what i never hear from families. hopelessness. as any parent can relate, our children are the most important people in our lives. and we will do anything to protect them and make sure they have the best opportunities available. that is why, despite being targeted by president biden's department of justice, parents are speaking out louder than ever. madam speaker, maybe you and i can go down to the white house
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and see the president. you see, he picked the attorney general. so i don't want to judge the president based upon the actions of the attorney general. but now that the president knows what the attorney general did, i would hope the president didn't know he did this before the whistleblower came forward. because i know, madam speaker, adam schiff would hold that for impeachment. madam speaker, now that the president knows the attorney general of the united states of america lied to congress and spied on parents saying they were terrorists, you know what we can do? just five democrats, vote with us and we'll hold the attorney
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general in contempt. yeah. i'm sure -- i'm sure the attorney general now will base his policy like no other attorney general has done since 1983 and go after himself. i'm sure he's very fair. it's the rule of law. parents nationwide refuse to accept lower expectation for their kids. and this month, we heard virginia parents say enough. madam speaker, i hope your side of the aisle heard it. i know many had to go home. it's ok. they still get paid whether they're here or not. you can vote proxy. you know, madam speaker, i'm worried about some on your side of the aisle. you know, some of them haven't been back since the vote for speaker.
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but they'll probably still vote for this bill. i'm sure they read it. maybe they're watching. madam speaker, i believe puerto rico's on the same time zone. it's not a long flight. just past florida. you know, after the hurricane in puerto rico, i went with the minority whip at the time, steny hoyer, and went with a codel down there and saw the struggles. went up through florida and toured there as well. you see, i was in the majority. i could have one-party rule in this house. i could have gone myself and said no democrat can go with me. but i don't think that's good for the house.
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so i reached out to steny. you know, steny will lead a group of freshman democrats to israel and i lead a group of republicans. we've done it for a number of years. i know on my first trip, i went to my friend, madam speaker, steny hoyer. i said, let's don't go on separate weeks. let's spend a couple times where we overlap. because i don't think our greatest ally should be a partisan issue. and you know when we did this, i may get the number wrong. it's late into the morning. i think we had 25% of the congress there. we did a press conference together with steny and i talking, showing the entire world of our commitment to israel. we broke up in groups of republicans and democrats alike and we went and toured different parts of israel. you know the one place we went altogether? the iron dome.
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the iron dome. you see, the iron dome is not hypersonic. it's not a first-strike weapon. it's defensive weapon. you see, what the iron dome will do, it will look when a missile is shot from gaza and it's coming. it will take it and calculate. is it going to hit in a populated area? it will shoot it up and blow it up. if it doesn't go in an unpopulated area, it will let it go. this technology was worked on by both countries. we were so proud of it. this 25% of this body, we took a picture in front of the iron dome. if you looked at each other's faces, we were with pride. we fist bumped each other. we went back to the king david, did our press conference. we were united. but madam speaker, when
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thousands of rockets were shot at israel just this year -- never before have we've seen these numbers -- when it was time for our greatest ally in the middle east not to provide them with weapons to attack anybody but to say the exact same weapon we all stood beside each other on, madam speaker, your party took it out. your party took it out. even today with one-party rule in one year, israel is now political. the hyde amendment. the millions of lives it has saved. i know the debate of abortion is controversial. but what has been around for 20, 30 years, we agreed whether you support abortion or not, don't
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take american taxpayer money and make them spend on it. that was fair. that was where we came -- that's where we found compromise. that's what america looks at when they look at this body. year after year. it wouldn't matter if you were in power, we were in power. we all kept our word. if you have been here longer than one term, you have voted for the hyde amendment. your leadership, speaker pelosi, steny hoyer, clyburn, years upon years they've been here they supported it. one-party rule, one year. it's wiped away. it's wiped away. so madam speaker, when steny hoyer said, our children's children will learn about today,
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there's going to be a lot of children that won't learn anything because they won't be here. they won't be here. there's so many reasons why this bill is wrong. but madam speaker, just five democrats put a hold on this bill, i know there's more than five over there that thinks it's wrong because you told me so. i'll never question anyone's faith. i've witnessed the faithfulness of people on both sides of the aisle. i prayed with them. we've weepd together. we've prayed
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that's the history that's been made. that's the history that's taking
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place. you cannot put a price on the life of a child. you can't. i don't mean to highlight juan vargas. those in america that don't know him, he's a faithful man. if i'm correct, you were going to be a priest at one time. when we're in sacramento we pray together. i've watched your servant heart. i just wish of all the things and i want to tell our members
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if the american public will trust us with the majority, we will bring it back. i know madam speaker, people laugh at that. madam speaker, i'm pretty sure it's going to happen. soy tell america, don't get down. he may -- it may be your real jus belief but now big government is going to take your taxpayer money and spend it. we all know people, there's people we serve with, who their own life, their doctor told their mother to abort. but she didn't. put them up for adoption. this is so personal. to them.
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technology today and medicine, a child can live so early. in america, land of opportunity. the opportunity just to live. but how can we, why is it, one party, one rule that you have to go after people. people who work in the faith community, who have dedicated their life, who just fundamentally disagree with this. and now you hired 87,000 agents. going to grab it out of their hands. why would you do that to them? can't we disagree?
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you know how tough it was to come to that agreement. i don't know why it's changed so greatly. i don't know why there's one set of rules for you and different for us. i don't know why there's a whole other set for the speaker and nobody else. that's not a proud moment for this floor. it's in the a proud moment for the country. you know, madam speaker, it's almost with fear when you say it, i don't know, next week, there may be a $5,000 fine if i raise their name. never, never, when we were in the majority, did i ever think the way to -- to take away the minority right for amendment. never in the majority when my own conference was as mad as can be because the democrats overtook this body, i let you
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express yourself. they wanted to come back, wanted to fine, broke every rule around, put it online, did all of that. i took arrows. for not doing something. but you know why i didn't? because i believe in this institution. i did not want to destroy it. i did not want to burn it down. it kills me to watch what's happening in this congress. just because you're leaving, don't burn it down because you're not going to be here to pick up the pieces. that's wrong. that's is wrong. enough of elected officials who pay more attention to the head of a national teachers union. randy winegardner. then to the needs of the nation's children.
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madam speaker, i watched that virginia race. i watched governor-elect youngkin, never elected to anything before, we all know what it's like to run. it's difficult. you're scared. they say things about you that aren't true. running in a state that people say you didn't have a chance. learning as he went. i'm sure his political team said, oh, you should bring in all these elected officials. he knew where he stood. said no, no, no. people of virginia are my heroes. they're my stars. that's who i want. he watched and challenged where everybody made fun. i remember reading on twitter right after the primary, david wasserman who works for the cook report, he tweeted, he got this one right. he got the last election wrong.
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he said we'd lose 15 seats. got the number right, the party wrong. but -- he said there's a chance youngkin could win. you watch twitter. oh my god. they attacked this poor man. and it looked like he'd be wrong throughout this. here you are, terry mcauliffe, former speaker, former governor, right hand to the clintons. terry mcauliffe is the guy who loaned the money to bill clinton when he left the white house to buy his house. he'd won before, know what is to do. biden had just won by 10 points one year ago. less than a year. now watch, all the people they brought in. president obama.
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kamala harris. i believed what kamala harris said. she said this is a bellwether, what happens in virginia is an indicator what's going to happen in the future. she's right. but you know what? i love to study history. i watched the closing days of the campaign. because people are asking me, could youngkin win? it's so difficult but it's going to be close, but he put a good fight in there. right? i know terry mcauliffe. i watched him. how was he going to close? after everything that was going on, "the washington post," they are so smart in politics. you know what they wrote, madam speaker, after the last debate? this is the debate where terry mcauliffe said parents don't have a right in their children's
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education. he said terry mcauliffe put this race away. turned the campaign around. this is it. it's over. so every time they write an editorial about me, never wrote a good one, i know i'm on the right path. but. terry mcauliffe, with all that was going on in the schools, brings in randy. to tell the parents, you don't have a say. what did governor-elect youngkin do? he held a rally. he didn't take his talking points from the white house that said nobody cares about inflation. that it's good for you. you know what he said? i'm going to lower the tax. i'm going to help you. then you know what he said? he didn't say, this bill is so great. if i get in, i'm going to build
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up the bureaucracy so the children's children can learn about it. he said he's going to make the d.m.v. answer the phone and say how can i help you? he was going to break the barriers, make it smaller, hold them accountable and make it more efficient. do you know how many people i know in virginia that would never vote for me, never vote for a republican, not only did they vote for glenn they walked for him they called for him. the point is, you're doing the exact same thing terry mcauliffe did in this bill. listen. madam speaker. one year from now, if you lose your majority, don't blame me. i've warned you. america has warned you.
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they sent you every sign possible. shoot, the truck driver, less than $200, spending 60 of it in dunkin' donuts. beat the president of the senate of new jersey. enough of politicians who tell them they don't deserve to have a say in their own kids' education. enough of local school boards who listen to divisive activists, who want children to judge each other on the color of their skin. but who ignore the parents who try to explain the devastating, long-term effects of a year of lost learning. the message sent by virginia parents on november 2 was loud, clear, and inspirational. you see, they didn't have some
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political organization giving money and training. all they had was love for their children. much more power. these are our kids. and we will have a say in what they learn in the classrooms. a few of these parents joined me earlier this month for a discussion on the harmful policies in this bill. jenny, a northern virginia mom. school choice advocate. she said it perfectly. many parents are frustrated with their k-12 public schools. experienced over a year of closed schools. disastrous remote learning. misspent emergency federal money. refusal to meet the needs of
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children with disabilities. lower academic standards. and classrooms focused on woke agendas. rather than addressing learning loss and essential academic instructions. we are fed up. you know one parent told me, the school board said the kids aren't doing well in testing so we're going to lower the standards. we're going to lower the standards. do you think they say that in china? no. this is america. we want to raise our standards. and if the kids aren't learn, it's not their fault. fix it. republics hear their concerns. but unfortunately, madam speaker, democrats in congress are choosing to ignore them.
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they would rather appease teachers' unions than listen to parents and students. madam speaker, i wonder what would have happened in that campaign if terry mcauliffe could have said no to the union and yes to the parents? if he had on stage parents and teachers. but i guess they didn't write a big enough check. here's how in this bill democrats want the federal government to dictate education standards. make no mistake. nationalized education means less control for parents. and more control for washington politicians. who want to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on unionized universal pre-k.
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i listened to the president, mr. speaker. madam speaker. money can only go if it's a union. there's a lot of states that are right-to-work. if you look at the data, right-to-work states grow faster in their economy. it means the secretaries of h.h.s. and education have the final say in what our children will learn. i wonder if these cabinet members will be different than the other cabinet members? i wonder, madam speaker, if we ask them, what will be the curriculum, will they laugh at us? democrats describe their policies as investments. but the truth is, these are not the kind of investments that pay dividends. in fact, it's the opposite. will they improve education
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performance for children? no. will they keep child care costs down and give parents better choices? no. i'm not sure in the new provision, but you know what you do to child care? if you want to be in child care you got to have a college degree. do you know how many people you're going to knock out? you're going to make it more difficult, more expensive. some of the greatest child care are your neighbors down the street. that open up they'll open up their house. they probably lost their job in bakersfield in the energy industry and tried to do something else and cared for the children. in your bill it won't let them do it. will it create new opportunities? no. instead, it will result in lower
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standards, limited choice, and more indoctrination. that is the path that would quickly transform society. the great equalizer into its greatest failure. i don't believe anybody in this body doesn't believe education is a great equalizer. i was visited the other day by condi rice. what an amazing woman. such talent. such a heart. grew up in a country that judged her. wouldn't give her equal. concert pianist.
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fluent in russian. to the highest office advising our president. i watched her on a show "the view." she has reasons to be mad at the country. i've never seen condi mad. she loves this country. you know, the interesting thing she told me, here she is growing up 1960's, 19650's. she's not the -- 1950's. she's not the first ph.d. woman in her family. her aunt was. they knew the importance of education. she grew up in the south. she got this question, critical race theory. with all that she went through, she could not understand why in today's education they'll judge these innocent children based on
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the color of their skin. to move some from the other side to the other because she witnessed that. she knew what happened to her. we're better. i know we're better. education gives everybody an opportunity. now, what you do with it, there's no guarantee. i'm fearful that in this country, you guarantee an income. you take away the incentive. education is not the same. i know you go-to your schools in -- go to your schools in your district. just in your district the schools are different. my district is unique. we're from every walk of life. i'm a product of public school. when i go back to my elementary, it's more than 90% hispanic.
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a lot of first generation. a lot of school lunches. i give out certificates for those who reach the criteria of a g.p.a. i watch the grandparents, the parents gleam. why? because their greatest investment is their grandchild or that child and how well they're doing. because they know that that generation could do better than their generation. and this bill tells them they don't get to have a say in it. i will tell you this. a school on one side of my district on the other needs difference. it doesn't matter if you come from the wealthiest. just outside my district in david valadao's is a charter school. the grim family are major
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entrepreneurs. you see, in my district, there's two families that grow 50% of all the carrots in the country. have you ever eaten one of these baby carrots? there is no such thing. they are just big carrots and chop them into little. immigrants from all different parts. they love education. they put together a fund to pay for the college of the children of the workers. that's how much they care. you know what, they don't put together and leave it. they started to wonder. the projections would they be spending more and they're not. they could easily say, oh, we saved money. no, they wouldn't listen. why aren't the kids going to
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college? you know what they found out? the local school wasn't preparing them. they say, we'll put up the money. we'll put a charter school in. you know who fought them the hardest? teachers union. that didn't stop barbara grim. the school has uniforms. does another period of school. and the parents have the biggest say in it. you know that school on the outskirts of the farming community, less than a couple years, has better schools than the wealthiest schools in my district. it doesn't matter where you come from. they just need opportunity. this takes it away. we have a better vision. i don't want it just to be ours. i welcome you to join us. we believe that parents matter.
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madam speaker, anybody on your side of the aisle believes that parents matter, join us. we put the parents bill of rights in. you could co-sponsor it. the parents know best and the parents belong at the center of their child's education. they have not only the responsibility but the right to know what their kids learn in the classroom. madam speaker, i was shocked. do you realize in virginia, if a parent went to a certain school and wanted to know what was being taught, they said you can, but you first have to sign an n.d.a. what? an n.d.a.? you can't talk about it? you know, it kind of goes back to the 87,000 i.r.s. agents. if you start with the premise that you don't trust somebody
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and you know best, and you want control, that's the policy you write. that is why republicans have unveiled the parents bill of rights. doesn't matter your wealth or the color of your skin. you have the right to know what is being taught in school. you have a right to have a seat at the table. our children have a right to have a seat at the table, too. education is the great equalizer. we're all created equal in god's eyes. and we're going to make sure we make that happen across this country so all students have a bright future. madam speaker, over 10 years
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ago, this body rushed to pass the government takeover of our health care system. now known as obamacare. you know what's interesting, madam speaker, when they passed it, there was a member in the senate that offered an amendment that said members in congress have to be in obamacare. my health care's obamacare. but they wrote it in a way that the staff of leadership doesn't have to be in obamacare. rules for thee, but not for me. i remember talking to a leader on your side of the aisle. boy, was he mad. he was not putting his staff on obamacare and he wasn't going to
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be in obamacare. but he was going to control it and put it in everybody else's. you know, i wonder. you know, i got fact checked on "the washington post" on whether i won the lottery and whether i had a deli. they actually said it wasn't true. i was on a trip overseas. just so happens nick, a friend of mine. he was traveling with me to san diego that day. and he was in line with me when i bought the ticket. i literally said to nick. hey, he -- hey, nick, if i win the lottery i'll give you a hundred bucks. and i kept my word. this fact checker at the "washington post" called nick 25 years later. did he really win it? he called the food critic for the bakersfield californian that
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wrote an editorial about my deli. but he said it really wasn't. he wanted to know which door opened first. i can't believe how far people will go to try to have control or take somebody down. i think he called a few of my employees. i don't know who was paying them. you know, it's interesting. one of my top-selling sandwiches still sells in some of the deli's back home. they little call it the mccarthy sandwich. that fact checker says it's not true. i wonder if that fact checker, he's still there -- remember what he did to poor tim scott?
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tim scott got up, gave a tremendous speech. i may get it wrong. we're late into the morning. i believe his grandfather picked cotton. so he said he went from cotton to congress. the fact checker said it wasn't true. does he despise republicans that much? interesting. but did that fact checker ever check president obama, if you like your doctor you can keep it? because i'd like him to talk to a few of my constituents. there was a family, husband and wife, they have a beautiful family. one of their sons has little
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movement. is confined to a wheelchair and needs a lot of help. they lost their doctor. they lost their health care. they had to pay more. that's what's happened. i wonder if he checked nancy pelosi, madam speaker, when she said you had to pass it to know what's in it. you know, after -- i said this before -- virginia and new jersey came just three days after americans in virginia and new jersey elected republican governors, sending a loud and clear message to democrats in washington to stop what they were doing. when the speaker was talking about the bill before it passed, that's when she famously said, we have to pass to know what's in it. i remember that day. there were crowds out in front. i remember walking out to the balcony over here, watching the
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people concerned. they remind me of those parents that went to the school board meetings just a couple weeks ago. the majority in here just wanted to rush through the bill. it was thousands of pages, too. i didn't have a magic minute so i couldn't talk this long. i wish i could've. i don't know if this speech is going to make a difference, but in my heart, i know america will know more about it. i hope, madam speaker, your members know this isn't the last time you're voting on this bill. because, madam speaker, i know when you -- that poor josh made that incredible deal making that
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he was not going to vote to start reconciliation until he got the b.i.f., and he was going to have to get an agreement. that, it has to be conferenced before you vote on it. less than 24 hours, it was true they didn't vote on it. he was promised a b.i.f. vote only to feel like he was charlie brown with the football being pulled out from him every couple of weeks. you you see, the bill was supposed to be conferenced with the senate but you couldn't pass it off the floor because a group of members said they wouldn't vote for it unless it had amnesty.
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so they're all going to vote for that. it's interesting. madam speaker, i don't know, you need to correct me. but it seems to me from this side of the aisle that members in the democratic party are not equal. you see those who ask for amnesty get it. those who ask for the i.v.s. -- i.r.s. and they're a larger number, say they have to be kept out of the bill, they don't get it and they still vote for it. then there's those whole group that, being tough, they are not voting on this until the c.b.o. score it. the congressional budget office. the independent affirms what president biden has told us, that this pays for itself. madam speaker, did you listen to some of their quotes before the c.b.o. came back? doesn't really have to pay for itself.
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i don't know how you go home to your constituents, because if you tell them one thing and you vote for another, what are they going to believe you on? and i don't know, maybe they're home, i don't know. you know, there could be members here who didn't want to change their airline ticket and are already in puerto rico. because they can vote proxy. maybe they're down there. i don't know. i mean, you don't want to make the lobbyists wait, do you? but i wish we had a debate longer than 10 minutes on each side for the final bill.
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how long do you think they debated the new deal? do you think it came in the end of night? you think they gave 10 minutes to each side? that was one party rule. with a much bigger majority. have to pass it to know what's in it. sound familiar? it should. it's almost what is happening on the floor today. only much worse. it's the green new deal, historic tax hike, historic borrowing and spending. a government takeover of our education system, open borders for illegal immigration, and incentives to make products anywhere in the world but here. in america. you know what's interesting?
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when we passed tax cut bill, i remember watching television. i remember people coming up and shaking my hand and said, i got a raise. the company saved money so they gave me more money. and now that they have to pay more i wonder if they take it back? you know what's interesting too? since that passed, there has not been an inversion. just so you understand what that is, an american company domiciling in another country to get the tax benefit. why? they no longer got a benefit to be somewhere else. it was beneficial to be in america. a lot of people made big decisions to move back to
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america. i've had a few of them call me and say, if this passes, we're staying in the other country. they say they have a responsibility to shareholders. they could be sued. because it's beneficial. i guess jared gold season right. when he says so much, the second biggest item in here is the millionaires. but, you did not leave out those who make $75,000, $25,000 they won't get salt but they'll still get a knock on the door of their house from the i.r.s. i don't know, with that many agents, they probably come to your home. and if i needed to, i must remind my colleagues on the other side of the aisle what was awaiting the democratic party
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nearly a year after that vote. americans across the country stood and sent a historic message to washington. 63 new republicans were elected to that next year. madam speaker, i study history but i haven't counted the numbers yet. speaker pelosi lost 63 there. she said, though, i remember, during a press interview, with the dccc chair, they were going to win and keep the majority. remember when we invaded iraq and they had that iraqi spokesperson as we're landing on the runway say, nothing is happening here? kind of felt like that. so she lost 63 there.
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i don't know how many she's going to lose after this vote. but i need to get that data. could she be the speaker in modern history, one of the few to lose the majority twice and lose the most seats? i don't know. maybe i got some time tomorrow, i'll look that up. you know what's interesting. i remember, i don't know, some people in the press say, coming to interview me. you know what they ask me every time, madam speaker, can you still be leader after losing 20 seats? i was dumbfounded. i said did the election already happen? well, no. pelosi and steny hoyer. everybody. the cook report.
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oh, man. going to lose. you know what's interesting that night? that was the first night since 1994, not one republican incumbent lost. not one. since 1994. madam speaker, you know what else happened? that number they put out there about 15 republicans losing, they were right on the number. just wrong on the party. you know what's interesting too? every single democrat incumbent who lost, lost to a republican woman or republican minority. i remember after that it was a sad day. and in statuary hall there, steny hoyer, he's a good man, he felt bad for everybody. so he got them all a resolution. took a photo of all of them. and he put it up on twitter.
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well, he was the majority leader and i'm the minority leader. i thought, that's rude to all my members who lost. so i went out there and took a picture of myself. because nobody lost. madam speaker, you probably know the answer to this one. do you know which state -- we didn't win the majority but we elect master's degree republican women to congress than any time in history. isn't that amazing? in california, now there was a presidential election going on.
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you're probably thinking, picked up seats. lost all four seats some by 10 points. when you think about that in california, and you think about what happened in virginia, and you think about what happened in new jersey, where biden won by 10 and biden won by 16, that almost seems like there's no seat that's safe. after the vet on this bill, i imagine it's going to be much higher. you know, there's going to be some people who still get re-elected on the other side. madam speaker, those people went along with all the rules changes. they vote for the rule package, took away the m.t.r. they voted in ethics.
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to fine members on the other side. they voted to remove a freshman congresswoman from her committees based upon something she said before she ever got here. just voted and spoke on this floor about higher standards. madam speaker, be it california member or the chinese spy, another california member uses a dossier to take a country through something very difficult, madam speaker. then on today, the world has
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learned is not true. created the intel committee, madam speaker, to be an impeachment committee. so when we were shocked that china had this hyper sonic or that afghanistan would collapse so quickly, did anybody ask the intel committee chair? they probably didn't have any hearings on that, did they? they had a lot of other hearings. madam speaker, i remember watching the chairman of the intel on a sunday show. he's really excited because this whistleblower came forth. came forth. was shocked. and they -- i asked them do you know this whistleblower? you could see his body language. i don't know, i don't know. but then you know what we found
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out? he knew the whistleblower. already met with the staff. already been directed where to go. but it was a little like the attorney general today. he doesn't live by the same standards and rule of law. madam speaker, a lot of these changes that have been made are hard to change. they're going to be hard to change. we will change proxies. we believe in science. won't have to wear masks. i don't know what happens in that rotunda but the science shifts. i'm not sure. but once you get halfway past,
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i'm not sure how the doctor writes that. maybe they have better filtration. do you think that's what it is? i think they might be more susceptible, they're older. no, not disrespectful. it's history. we will trust you. you won't need to walk through a magnetometer. we won't fine you. we'll respect what you say. we won't tell you can't look at us when we talk. but the one thing we will do, we will tackle inflation, we'll make america energy independent again, and we will make sure
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parents have a say in their kids' education and we will secure the border. if you vote for the bill, i hope you it's wrong. if you hand your voting card over to speaker pelosi, if you put partisanship above people, that same fate awaits in 55 days. but -- 355 days. but that future is not set in stone. you have a chance. a chance to make a choice. and don't worry. you all don't have to do it. just five. that's all. just five. that choice is not the speaker's choice.
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because i can almost certainly promise you, there's a good chance she won't be here to face the consequences for voting for this bill. madam speaker, i don't know. i don't know in history if there has been a speaker that in three months, when you're working on the most important bill, the culmination of your career, that you've been able to go to europe three times in three months. i'm not sure if there are shirts with cities on it and a tour. but the only thing i would say, madam speaker, if the floor and the rules are going to change like this, people should stay
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for the consequences if they believe in them. that is in her own words, the culmination of her career. that's what she said at the press conference. now, the question, madam speaker, for all of you -- do you want it to be the culmination of yours? when your constituents call for help to secure benefits at the v.a., where do you want them to be? when a crisis hits your community, such as the hurricane -- a hurricane, or wildfire, or earthquake, where do you want to be? or when they are hurting, when they are suffering, when they are in need of your help, where
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do you want them to be? i trust that answer here. that's why you ran for the position in the first place. but if you vote for this bill, i can promise that many of you will not be serving in this body after the mid-terms. today is not just about saving your seat. it's about saving our country. it's about showing your constituents and the american people, the members of congress still vote their conscience. that members of congress still put country before party. your vote is precious. your vote is sacred. your vote is yours.
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not pelosi's and not biden's. cast it accordingly to your conviction and your faith in what is right. so i ask you -- is it right to raise taxes on small businesses whose only crime is making their product in america? is it right to ignore the dire, desperate pleas of our border agents and pass the colossal amnesty for illegal immigrants during the middle of the largest wave of illegal immigration in human history? is it right to cast a vote that will bring more drugs, more crime, more job losses into your
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communities? is it right to destroy safety to accommodate open borders? is it right to tax the energy our seniors need to heat their homes in the winter? is it right to cut taxes for the wealthiest americans simply because they live in nancy pelosi's district or senator schumer's backyard? is it right that $200 million goes to the speaker's district for a park?
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who's going to protect it? it's in san francisco. today is the day to make your choice. to make a choice for your community. your community aren't hives of hyper-partisanship. they overflow with proud americans who work hard today so that tomorrow can be brighter. but what the radical left is trying to do today is crushing, it's callous, it's cruel, it's craven, and a sign of colossal contempt for the law-abiding americans. this is not about compassion. it's about control. madam speaker, we watched that. we watched that from the moment i got to talk. first interrupted every couple
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words. to when i looked to the side out of respect for my friends across the aisle, i was told, as the leader of the republicans, not to look that way. has it gone so far that the democrats think they control everything? this is not pelosi's house. this is the people's house. what the radical left is trying to do today is crushing. we're saying again, callous, cruel, craven, and a sign of colossal contempt. i want to know anybody on the other side, madam speaker, that thinks there's compassion in
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this bill. i want to know where the compassion is. where is the compassion when you remove the hyde amendment? how can you? madam speaker, you've been here longer than one term, right? no. just your first term? you're doing a great job. that's probably why they made you take the midnight hour. it's good for you because it's -- people in california are still watching. you know, somewhere along the way this year, the voices of the american people vanished from this chamber. when you think about it, they
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didn't have the chairs like this. i know we all give tours of the capitol. we can't do that now. control says we can't. but you know where my favorite place to go? statuary hall. you know, they have the little tiles for anyone who became president but was a member of congress. i like to go back to father sierra from california. and right in front of that tile is where abraham lincoln served. he only served one term. there is a great new book i read about his mentors. you know, some of -- you know who his mentors were? political enemies. i don't know if people would like to say. i like to take the constituents and say, stand right here. this is where abraham lincoln, a young congressman, the country was not so big. they were in chairs. he sat right there.
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and then i ask you -- i want you to look over your shoulder. i want you to look at the clock. it's a muse there if you look at the artwork. she's supposed to be inscribing what's being said on the floor. i ask them what time is it? they look now, they would say 3:40 in the morning. i ask them twice. 3:40. i say, you know what, do you know why i asked you to do that? because that's the exact same view, the exact same clock that abraham lincoln looked at. that's what this house means. it doesn't mean what has happened with one-party rule in one year to destroy so much. and you know, you can go up. you take a door by my office and you go up and go up in the pillars up above. and when you look down, that
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floor looks really clean. it wasn't at that time. they had spi toons -- spitoons. they fought. they fought. democrats fought because they wanted to maintain slavery. republicans said no. divided the nation. divided the nation. you know, i could only imagine in a war, family against family, more lives lost as americans you could ever imagine. abraham lincoln said malice
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towards none. it's the anniversary of the gettysburg address. could you be -- can you imagine being invited to be the speaker -- to be a speaker near the president of the united states and you're not the main speaker? the person before him went for two hours. i'll give $100 to a person that can quote what that person said. abraham lincoln just spoke a few words. you know, if you go to the library of congress, every five years, they'll put out this exhibit of what was in abraham lincoln's pockets that day. when he was assassinated. he had two pair of glasses. some had a little rubber band put together. he had some confedderate -- confederate money because he had
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just been down to richmond. he had a scribble. he wrote a couple. you know, abraham lincoln, they didn't think he could become president. he didn't run again because he was going to lose. he didn't win on the first ballot to be the nominee. he gets elected november, 1860. he's not sworn in until march, but he's sworn in right outside there. on the east side. his own rivals he puts into his cabinet. you know why? because he trusted americans. he was so compassionate when his soldier didn't do what he wanted. he wanted to hang them many times. he said, let them go.
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if you go to the library of congress, they have for the president -- it's like his library card. they tell you what he checked out. think about the time and place that he served. he checked out this book. the best way to describe it. it's like fighting wars for dummies. and he checked out this book because general after general was losing. it wasn't until that he hired grant that he returned the book. at the same time war was going on, not knowing if we would win, just down the road, the confederates. they had wealth. they had the south. he built the intercontinental railway. because no matter how dire the
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country looked, in those words at gettysburg, he said, but if we fail, government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from earth. think about the time and place. we were not the world power. but he knew where our power came from. the people. . all i'm asking you tonight is to listen to them. they're trying to tell you. two weeks ago. i don't know how clear they can be. he knew. we could not fail. he knew that tomorrow would be better than today. he risked building an intercontinental railway to
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bring the country. that's the first president of this party. that's the fls phi that's instilled in us. you know, we hang a portrait here, he's not an american. but we couldn't have been a country without him. those two men he loved george washington so much he only had one son and he named him george. we weren't even a country, we are an idea, what did we do this
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tome -- do to them this year, when they had their soldiers in afghanistan, their own citizen, they'd been there 20 years side-by-side just like they were when we tried to create a nation. what did we tell them? sorry. the taliban picked the date. i'm sure they have just as many of their citizens stuck there as we do. and what's interesting, their country has helped us get some americans out. never thought my entire life i'd have to go to another country to help an american. that your own state department if you told them of an american that wants out, they work against you to make sure they couldn't get there that the
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taliban literally told us they can leave if you get the secretary of state to say it's ok. inflation now is at the highest rate in years. now affecting all americans. housing, food, grocery, many other goods, are more expensive and disproportionately higher burden on lower income families. the cost of home heating is projected to rise even as much as 50% in the coming months. that's reducing buying powerrer if household expenses. it's especially hard on low-income households and seniors on fixed incomes. what do you think is going to happen when the big storm comesin somebody on a fixed income is going to make a determination on their prescriptions, their food, or
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heating. i'm scared about that. because you know what? some are going to make the wrong decision and freeze to death. we haven't talked enough about how the massive increases in home heating costs are going to impact people. this winter the poor and senior citizens will likely face a choice, heat or eat. i don't have any of any grandparents left. i have my mother. my mother called me the other day. she was mad. she had just gone to cost coe. she fills up once a week. she could tell me exactly how much more she had to pay. she wasn't the only one.
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literally, the threat of winter deaths are real in the high cost of heating homes forces them to li in homes that are too cold. research has shown that energy insecurity is linked with poor sleep quality, meantal strain,s prerest prier to illness. others have found cold stress is connected to cardiovascular risks and declines in neurological function. our seniors in america struggle enough without having the policies of one party rule in one year. costing so much. it's not just costing them money, could cost their lives. in fact, it has been reported that excess winter deaths cause potentially -- caused potentially by fuel poverty kill
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more from vermont each year than car crashes. think about that. fuel poverty will kill more people in vermont each year than a car crash. what do you think 50% increase will do this year? i sure hope opec helps us. maybe if he sends another letter. the projected use increases for natural gas, propane, heating oil, electricity, low income families and the elderly with pre-existing conditions. are going to be in great danger this winter. your bill marks this plight even worse. it is by no means an exaggeration to expect thousands of excess winter deaths as a result of president biden's
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energy policy. and what you have put in this bill. at least the elderly will suffer at home. not forced to suffer and die in a covid-infected nursing home like thousands of senior citizens. madam speaker, i watched families who lived in new york, their loved ones be pushed in to home infected. madam speaker, i watched that governor write a book, win an emmy. i watched those families. i hope they get some of the royalties from that book. i don't think they'll get $450,000. but i think they need something.
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what my republican colleagues and i want to know, what the american people have a right to know, is this. did you fail to make these people -- take these people into consideration when you wrote this bill? madam speaker, just consider them collateral damage. air they all just part of the cost for ramming thru your agenda? i'm wondering how many hearings did we bring senior citizens in to tell us so we can listen? we've all been waiting on the c.b.o. to core this bill and they did and they projected billions in deficit spending. but did you consider another c.b.o. report that was released earlier this fall?
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here's what the report says about the direction we are heading. it kind of goes to the point that the majority leader brought up. on this day. in the future. our children's children. that would be 2051. america's debt-to-g.d.p. ratio will be over 200%. twice the size of our entire economy. madam speaker, i got an m.b.a. but i'll tell you this. if we have a 200% debt to ratio we will not be the world power. we will not have the next generation doing better than the generation before.
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every great society has collapsed when they overextended themselves. unfortunately, madam speaker, sten you hoyer and i disagree. he thinks the children's children will love this. i'm fearful. i'm fearful. i'm just -- i just hope they taught it in school. i hope they can look at each other when they talk. that c.b.o. report said a growing debt burden could increase the risk of a fiscal crisis. and higher inflation. as well as undermining confidence in the u.s. dollar. making it more costly to finance
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public and private activity. in the international market. i guarantee you this, madam speaker. the dollar won't be the world currency. the c.b.o. reports -- c.b.o. report, reported that with growing debt the net spending for interest more than triples the relative size of the economy over the last two decades of the projection period. accounting for most of the growth in total deficit. i guess you're going to have to hire more i.r.s. agents. "the new york times" article reported that the c.b.o. warned that such high debt levels will lift borrowing costs, slow economic output, and raise the risk of a financial crisis. the committee for a responsible federal budget, fiscal watchdog
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group, warned after preliminary forecast was released last month that the nation's long-term outlet was an air raid siren that can be heard for miles. it said that the mounting debt would make it harder to address income inequality and to make needed infrastructure improvement. i don't know if buttigieg is going to solve all that. this is the second time tonight that i've quoted "the new york times." what i want to know is does it concern you that even "the new york times" is raising the alarm about your excessive spending? madam speaker, i don't know if you've had the opportunity, have
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you ever met larry summers? larry summers worked in the clinton administration and the obama administration. highly respected. highly respected. on economic policy. he's a strong democrat. strong democrat. works hard. works hard. he realize head had one party rule in this country again. he wants you to succeed. he wants the best for you. so he warned in february, don't do it. don't do it. don't take $2 trillion, tell the american public it's about covid, when only 9% goes to it, because you'll get inflation. he knows his business. there was another, it's a long
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night, starts with an r. ratner? he just came out with a warning, did he not? you know, we have amazing people on this side of the aisle. i don't know if you ever had a chance to meet french hill. this isn't the first job he ever had. this is the first time he served his country. he was in the treasury department. he was in the time that washington had to clean up from the last time the democrats had one party rule. and then he went out, he made capital. he created capital. for people to grow jobs. you know, i went to his district, he has a very unique district. lot of history in that district. but you took me to those entrepreneurs. young. they're all in this facility. had such hope. they had great ideas.
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but i wonder if this bill passes, will they still take that risk? our can they? i'm not sure. i fear that i fear the majority, madam speaker, don't care. time to wake up. maybe the 21 who signed the letter to the speaker, maybe they care. i guess we'll find out when we vote. maybe five of them will have the moral courage to say no to this bill. look, they said it in a letter. i respect them. i take them at their word. you know what, i talked a lot
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about this bill. i'll say it later. madam speaker, i have a new binder. there's a couple of pages -- i want to save that one for last. that's for closing. madam speaker, i spent almost the full minute covering this bill's partisan, extreme, self-focused, and ultimately destructive policies. every one of those policies, there's a reason to defeat this bill on the merits. another reason is that democrats kept bipartisan, commonsense amendments out of the final text. you know what's interesting? how many of you grew up -- i'm much older than you, madam
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speaker. i don't know if they had it. schoolhouse rocks. conjunction, conjunction. the preamble. we the people in order to form a more perfect union. my favorite was, i'm just a bill on capitol hill. i sit here and wait. you know, that bill taught you a lot about congress. less than one year with one-party rule, they changed all the rules. i don't know if we can show it anymore. but that bill says, you got to have compromise. you got to be in committees. and i'm afraid that this house has been closed for so long that the public hasn't been able to be part of it.
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luckily, i talk fast and i can get this all in a minute. but i can show you and tell the american public, take them on the inside. what was offered? what was the offer but what was rejected? because maybe they didn't -- they'd end up liking the bill. what would be good when we do that town hall meeting, we can bring some of these, too. what i'll talk about is an amendment that was brought up in committee and house democrats rejected every one of them because of the enthis recallment -- enthrallment of power. i am not sure if anyone was told to not look at each other. that may be a rule for the floor. this is another way that democrats aren't listening to the american people. but listen, we are listening. and throughout this process, we offered a different path. we wanted to participate.
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every amendment i will read offered by republicans was rejected. this is a record of what's not in the bill. as i read this record, i want my colleagues on the other side to answer a simple question. when you're on the beach in puerto rico, when you said the house would consider the best ideas, no matter where they came from, did you really mean it? so let's start with kevin hern's committee, the ways and means. what a powerful committee. i wanted to be on that committee. they never let me. you know, article 1, section 7 of the constitution says all tax reform starts in the house. you know what our rules say? all taxes start in the ways and
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means. so it doesn't matter the power of the senate, start right here. now, this is an amendment offered by congresswoman jackie walorski. she's from indiana two. boy, she works hard. you know, when she first got here, she made sure women in the military were not abused. she fought. you know what she did? she worked across the aisle. she got something done. you see, when you work together, you can achieve so much. and i don't know. she's so optimistic. she probably thought this would pass. let me read to you what she said. you know, she works in indiana. in indiana two, they build a lot of r.v.'s. and she talks to her businesses.
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i've been there many times with her. she's got notre dame in there, too. and when she talks to the families, what they tell her, they want flexibility. you know, in today's world, someone needs money, drive an uber. can i have flexibility? but the hard part, madam speaker, for your side of the aisle, that means you'd have to release control. so this is what it says. defending workers' paycheck and family choice. now, this would improve the existing 45-s tax credit to better support employers in meeting the cost to provide paid leave benefits to employees. sounds pretty good, right? this would allow employers and employees. you see, that's working together. employers and employees.
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to negotiate. it's not government telling you. you guys work together. you work it out. what type of leave makes the best sense for them and their families. boy, that's nice. rather than impose a one-size-fits-all federal mandate that would reduce flexibility and hurt workers' ability to grow in their careers. and provide for the family. that's reasonable. i actually think that could have been in schoolhouse rock. because it would illustrate how government builds these big bureaucracies but would unshackle business, employers, and employees. it would empower the employee. my daughter has practiced here and there. so i'll work this hour instead of there because it's better for
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me. you know what happened when you have happy employees? the productivity goes up. and i will promise you this. i'm a former employer. kevin hern employed hundreds. you want to help your employees. but federal government is telling you no now. so she offered it as an amendment. you know what happened? it was rejected by the democrats. this could have been in the bill. the american public has to understand, this could have been in the bill. all they had to do was vote for it. but that would have relinquished control. this amendment is offered by mike kelley. i -- mike kelly. i love to hear him talk. he is not from indiana but he went to notre dame. he's from pennsylvania. oh, he and vicky.
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beautiful family. works hard. employed a lot of people. ok. his amendment -- because he wanted to work with the other side of the aisle. making government work more efficiently and effectively. whoa. i bet you that statement is almost in every mailer of everybody that runs for congress. doesn't matter what side of the aisle you're on. so this is starting out pretty good. that would have changed the effective date to six months after the treasury could certify they have expertise to stand up a new entitlement program. now, i actually believe he's helping you. you know why? because he's remembering what happened in obamacare. remember?
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remember the website? oh, my god. never been so embarrassed. i mean, when i read this i think, whoa, why didn't a democrat think of that? and here's mike kelly helping you out. but it's not over. let's finish it. if the government plans to spend an enormous amount of money, the least one party rule in washington to do is make sure it has the capabilities to effectively spend the money. boy, that's harsh. harsh. you want to know what happened? the democrats rejected it. so don't blame us if you make another website. all right. here's an amendment offered by our budget ranking member, jason smith. is jason still here? you know what, somebody call
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jason on his phone and wake him up. not very often i talk about him. in a positive sense, too. he's a really nice guy, madam speaker. you just need to meet him. ok. he's from missouri. works hard. helping hardworking families. who's opposed to that? that would means test -- means test, that's good, right? so you make sure -- i mean, you would be embarrassed if you spent so much money and it just went to the millionaires because what would happen is, in the election, people will say, wait a minute. you said that wasn't going to happen. so here's jason helping you out. it would means test the new paid leave benefits, limiting it to families with incomes under $100,000. i think that's pretty good, wouldn't you? i mean, i know -- i know, madam
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speaker, you raise the limit now to $800,000 for those people to be able to have taxpayers benefit them for buying a tesla. so i don't know. you may be upset with this. it is slimming it down to $1,000. and guarantee a minimum benefit for lower income families. what you're doing is you're guaranteeing the benefit for the lower families. isn't that what we want to do? we want to help the needy. under the bill as marked, as it was marked up, the democrat program would benefit substantial benefits to families -- get this. did you know this? oh, my god. the bill you're going to vote for -- listen to this. it's going to benefit families with incomes up to $500,000. oh, my god. so you're hiring the 87,000
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i.r.s. agents to go after that poor husband and wife working so hard making $75,000 to give the benefit to them. man. jason was really trying to help you. but it wouldn't guarantee any minimum benefit to families on the low end. you are not guaranteeing it to those who need it. man. it's anticipation. you're wondering what happened. it was rejected. it was rejected. you know what's interesting? these would be good things to show to constituents for those people who thought this wasn't good. because that would help them with those making $500,000. it really would. it really would. ok. here we go. another amendment in ways and means by a member.
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that would limit benefits to one caregiver per household for the same caregiving days. huh. ok. let's think about that. that's kind of accountability, right? should the federal government pay more than one caregiver on the same caregiving day? that would seem like it would be fraud, would it not? you would think. it was rejected. you know, these members never talk to me ahead of time, but they were really helping you out. i am surprised you didn't take some of these. lloyd smucker, pennsylvania 11. you know, i was just in his district the other day. we were in a barn that the amish built. every walk of life in there. i wish you would have gone with me. i think if you'd gone with me you probably wouldn't vote for the bill. these are hardworking people.
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now, he wants to strengthen our workforce. you know, he had nothing. he had no money. going to school. borrows $1,000 and creates a construction company that's putting up plyboard. builds it into something more, so he knows about the workforce. now, that would require individuals be employed in the last 30 days and have an earnings history in at least four of the last five quarters in order to qualify for paid leave benefits. . that's really giving accountability to the taxpayer, sit not? we want to help these people, is it too much to ask, have you been employed in the last 30 days? i guess for the democrats it doesn't. here's brad wenstrup.
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madam speaker, you do need to meet brad wenstrup. i'll tell you a quick story. he's out of ohio 2. he joined the military late. he served overseas as a doctor. servant's heart. he's an athlete. plays baseball. any time you see steve scalise, it's because of brad wenstrup. the moment he ran on to that field, once that shooter was stopped, he saved his life. why? because he served in theater. he knew what that was like. i'll tell you that night, i went to the hospital, i waited for jennifer scalise to come up, kevin brady and i rode with the doctor, the -- wrote with the doctor, the press release. i'll tell you this. it's a miracle steve is alive.
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on my way home, brad called me. many of you called me, i gave you a whole different impression, he's going to be fine, he's going to be fine. brad was the one i couldn't say that too. he knows how much blood he lost. he knows where the shrapnel was. steve scalise has some of the greatest strength. but i watched jennifer scalise. i don't know if i shared this with you before. but steve and i have been friends long before we ever came to congress. we were in young republicans together. i was actually at his swearing in for the state senate in louisiana. yeah. brad wenstrup. amazing man. he's here for all the right reasons. he's got little brad, cutest little guy. little brad likes to wear a
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uniform like his dad. he'll bring him on the floor sometimes. come say hi. here's this stopping taxpayer theft. who could be opposed to that? that would stop the greatest theft of taxpayer dollars in our lifetime. i believe, i'm no pollster, but i don't believe any party, i believe they'd all support this. if you're going to take a hardworking taxpayer money, as written, the democrat's socialist spending bill, who would have thought this, includes a lot of loopholes. i wonder if they're going to talk about those in puerto rico? i don't know. madam speaker, that would be interesting. madam speaker, i wonder, now, i don't have any facts here.
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but if it's a fundraiser in puerto rico and there's lobbyists down there, would they celebrate if they got a loophole? that was never in schoolhouse rock. includes a lot of loopholes that could be easily exploited. we don't want that. republicans identified these vulnerabilities and tried to introduce amendments that would have strengthened the eligibility requirements, be requiring a simple proof of identification and certification. whoa. how rough is brad? a simple proof of identification to get taxpayer money? jeez. you can't eat in new york without showing your covid i.d. i can't fly here each week without showing my i.d.
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the gall of brad. the gall of brad. remember, madam speaker, i talked about all that fraud in california. i think this would help. now i don't know if you guessed, you all voted it down. all right, now to my friend across from me. kevin hern from oklahoma 1. i don't know if you ever met kevin. kevin is one of those guys that's an entrepreneur, that takes a risk. he's this guy right here. you know what we should do? we should do like a block party and we should meet each other. wouldn't that be better? i appreciate the times i got to eat dinner with you. i really do. you taught me how to do a town
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hall meeting. i'm serious. when we went to israel together and you brought your sister, i thought that was fabulous. oh, yeah. remember. i think that's what america wants us to do. i really do. i'll tell you what. madam speaker, you and i can do this because we're from california. let's have like pot luck dinners. we could get to know each other's district. i've got a conference room in there we don't have to do everybody at once, we want to spend time. the on thing, it's going to cost us more. you know, inflation. but you know what the good news is? you don't have to drive to it. i'm saving you on gas. all right. kevin hern. that american dream of owning a
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mcdonald's. he had to go through the pandemic. he knows what it's like, knows what it is to try to hire somebody. here's an amendment that would protect americans' existing paid family and medical leave plan and prevent unfairly forcing the middle class to subsidize corporations' paid leave plans. here's a guy that worked and think about his work force. they're young. he's mentoring. one of our last speakers worked in a mcdonald's, paul ryan. he has seen what you do. he's trying to look out for the little guy and gal. i won't keep you in suspense any longer. it was rejected. here we go with kevin brady. i can't believe he left us.
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man. all right. this is a bipartisan retirement options and main street protection. this is important for people. that would restore the bipartisan agreement in h.r. 2954 in the 117th congress. that wasn't very long ago. we both agreed upon it. let's find out what it does. as reported by the committee on ways and means by a voice vote, protected small businesses from a new federal retirement mandate. i wonder what changed? one party, one rule. one year. all right. here's an amendment offered by verne buchanan. that's who you really want to meet. it's small business protection. this guy started with nothing.
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made a company, expanded it. that would exempt from the federal retirement mandate excise tax small businesses which fewer than 50 or fewer employees. that's pretty good right? these are the people just trying to start out. they should not be held to the same standards some big corporation, it's going to put them out of business. i bet a democrat probably co-sponsored this. it gets better. minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses, and veterans-owned businesses. now as written, the democrat bill would apply to any firm with six or more employees. whoa. whoa. remember what happened with obamacare? you put that 50 and you crushed so many businesses. now you're going after businesses with just six
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employees. french, i'm sorry, i don't think the incubator is going to make it. the smallest employers lack the financial and logistic ability to provide retirement benefits. and paying the penalty will often be cheaper. man, i wonder where you got that idea. remember in obamacare? you said if they didn't get it you'd penalize them and it was cheaper and everybody just took the penalty. madam speaker, you really got to get some new people working on these bills. they're reyen rating bad old ideas. the republican's amendment would have instead provide for the retirement support package included, get this, in the bipartisan secure 2.0 legislation. that dang verne, he went back to something we both agreed upon
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and offered it to you but now you're one party -- but you you're one party rule and so you said no. that's interesting. you support it one day. but the next day, nah. don't even let us look at it. whoa, listen to this one. protecting workers from financial predators. strike the requirement that employers must offer employees the option to take half of their retirement account as annuities. this requirement creates a large burden on employers to set up these financial contracts. which at a low dollar value will end up being a bad deal for retirees who are -- who rely on this for their retirement income. why can't we let the employee have more choice?
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we want to determine that everybody makes the same amount. the democrats rejected that. an amendment offered by ranking member of ways and means, kevin brady. no new mandates from washington. whoo! that would be great. this would -- that kevin. you know what he's doing? he's offering a bipartisan autoenrollment to pass the house. republicans and democrats both voted for it. you know what changed? one party rule. voted it down. here's jackie. she's so optimistic. she didn't quit. defending worker paycheck and family choice. gosh. keeps fighting for the family, doesn't she? would strike the democrat's
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government takeover of child care. which would increase costs for families and instead insert an alternative which would improve the child care tax credit and provide flexibility for families to arrange for the type of child care that is best suited for families. why would jackie think about that? madam speaker, if your party doesn't believe parents have a say in education you definitely don't believe parents have a say in their child care. it's got to be one size fits all. so you rejected it. protecting taxpayers from wasteful duplication. this is a positive thing. you know how much duplication there is in government? people hate that. that would keep states from receiving more unnecessary government spending. the amendment would have
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required states to spend down their a.r.p. child care dollars before receiving new funds under this bill. that's pretty smart. make them spend their money before you give them more. here's mike kelly, back at it. you know, mike went to notre dame. not all of us played for alabama. you know if you want to find mike in the morning, even if he's up late, he'll be down at mass. he never misses. i respect that. his amendment is religious freedom amendment. it's personal to him. personal to a lot of us. that would prevent discrimination against faith-based child care providers. look, i remember when my kids were young.
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when we played sporting events, we went to the church. why? because we knew everybody. they knew us. we knew what was being taught. isn't that interesting? i'd hate for government to get in the way of raising your children with faith. wouldn't that go against the founding of our country? i'm not a history major. but weren't there a lot of people that helped found the country because of religious freedom? surely we can't change that now. the democrat bill includes a constitutionally questionable
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prohibition on religious-affiliated childcare providers from receiving funds under the bill. whoa. did you know that, madam speaker? so what's going to happen here, to those churches, they don't do it for profit. they do it because their congregation needs it. you know how many people i know that are single parents, that take a second job so their children can go to a faith-based school for childcare? you know how many work in the church so they can get a discount? i guess it's rules for thee but not for me. government's going to pick.
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you know, i told this story early on about some senators that went on a codel to china, and this general came and lectured them. lectured them. hadn't happened before. he looked at these u.s. senators in the eyes and he said, america's weak because you believe in god and you take fentanyl. i don't know if china reads this bill, they might think we believe in god anymore. hmm. this could carve out the most popular and trusted options for working parents. the amendment would have struck the prohibition. you know what that would do? it would allow the parent to decide. now, i don't know if this came up in the virginia governor's
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race, too, but it smacks of the exact same philosophy and principle. you can have the children, but government's going to raise them. and you have no say. i'm not sure. i don't want to put words in anybody's mouth, madam speaker. but when i heard the chairman of the ways and means was really excited and said we were going to grow the bureaucracy, i'm not sure if he was referring to this, but it meets that criteria. here's an amendment by drew ferguson from georgia. he's supporting women and minority owned businesses over bureaucrats. he's picking the right side. that would provide $1 billion to h.h.s. to support five new childcare grant programs. well, that's pretty good, right? you provide that grant so they can start these childcares.
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that is good for the economy, too. i don't know. maybe if a democrat would have offered it would have been accepted. but it got rejected. hmm. all right. i got to read one from jodey arrington. he works too hard and he would be upset if i didn't. you see, jodey's from texas. i don't know if you met him yet, madam speaker. nice guy. he'll talk a lot but nice guy. spend some time with him, though. but he is passionate, he's passionate. you know, he served -- he served in the administration before. he's got a young kid, a beautiful wife. he's out, not far from august. this is the energy producing of texas. so he sees the families that are getting hurt. now, this would provide assistance to communities in
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blue-collar -- and blue-collar workers harmed by president biden's cancellation of the keystone x.l. pipeline. well, i would think the president would lean in this because he promised those union workers. they endorsed him. they walked for him. he said he was going to take care of them. this one probably went big. on day one of his administration, president biden canceled the keystone pipeline, resulting in thousands of blue-collar workers losing their jobs. that's ok. the government will still audit them. the amendment would have allowed those workers who lost their jobs to this political decision to t.a.a. benefits. don't you think that's fair? because they didn't lose their jobs because they didn't work hard. they lost their job because one man became president on january 20. and by one stroke of the pen.
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it wasn't by anything in here. you didn't need to defend that. madam speaker, i see friends over there from texas. they know what is happening in the oil fields. they know people need help and i know that. i've seen you work hard for them. now, here's an amendment offered by carol miller. she's a fabulous lady. you know she raised buffalo? she's tough. small business. you know what's interesting in west virginia? she'd probably be a good person to talk to on a political basis. because in west virginia, it used to be all democrats. and she ran and she won. there's only a couple of them. now they're heavily in the majority. if you asked her what happened, there's democratic policies. people changed. kind of like what happened two weeks ago.
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this is combating maternal mortality. that would take the funding from the ineffective health professional opportunity grants -- that program -- and put it towards funding for mothers in poverty. man. so you take a program that's failing and let's use that money for women in poverty. and even more, domestic violence prevention as part of the maternal, infant, early child home visiting program. who could be opposed to that? the majority. all right. i see adrian smith here, madam speaker. have you met him yet? we came in together. adrian, great guy. i was at his wedding. i was going to sing but i can't sing. but i did a reading.
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and i don't know. if you want to see some of the cutest kids, he's got this beautiful son. he just adopted this beautiful daughter. we're actually roommates for a while but he got married and kicked me out. when we ran for office, he got the president in air force one to come campaign for him. i didn't get anything. i don't think they liked me. he got on ways and means. i didn't. it was tough. it was tough. his mom and dad, great people. great people. his brother, state farm agent. great kids. kids went to liberty. got married. some lived here. it's good to meet people we work with. it's good friends you make.
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lifetime. lifetime. you know, he's -- scottsbluff. i don't know if you've been in scottsbluff. it's in nebraska. if he gives you his business card, nebraska only has three congressional seats. there's omaha, there's lincoln, and there's all adrian. he's got a big district. big district. he wins by big margins. they like them there. -- they like him there. let me tell you what he did. lower cost for seniors with chronic conditions. that would require patients' exposure to supplemental benefit costs to be no more than that of the average medicare advantage plan for enrollees with chronic conditions.
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well, that's reasonable. they voted it down. madam speaker, i'll give one other idea if you walk up to adrian. don't tell him i told you to say this. just talk about horses. he likes to talk about horses. all right. what else do we got here? my eyesight's going. don't worry. i don't have that much. i just have to get to a certain time. there's a record. there's a record. i'm competitive. i'm competitive. you know the hardest part of this? i can't tell you. this is by ron estes. ron is another guy i met before we ever came to congress. you know, he was in the young republicans from kansas and his wife, susan, oh, my god. fabulous. fabulous. he comes from wichita.
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i'll be there next week. i don't know if you're listening. come on down and see me. so ron writes -- you know, ron, before he got here, he was statewide elected. he really focuses -- this guy knows how to do stuff. keep our promise to seniors. who could be opposed to that? that would prevent touch to benefits for seniors should the medicare trust fund run out. whoa. are you telling me the democrats voted to cut the benefit to seniors if the medicare trust fund runs out? whoa. i don't think they knew what they were voting on. look. i don't know what's going to happen. but i bet you that's going to be a mailer. an amendment by david schweikert. this guy is smart.
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smart. always thanking. oh, my gosh. madam speaker, i don't mean to keep bothering you. but this one's good. david schweikert is one of those individuals that god touched. he was adopted. he has the most beautiful daughter, olivia. you know who her favorite congressman is? me. i am not teasing. i'm not teasing. you come to my office, you see the picture. if you see her on the floor, she'll run up to me. i have never seen a child like this laugh. have you spent time with olivia? my gosh. sweetest, sweetest thing. you know, when she comes here, she comes to my office. she sits on that couch. now, i'm going to be in arizona, too, in another week, and i hope i get to see olivia. but david schweikert, this is an idea guy.
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he was just in my office tonight. i got another idea for you. but it's fabulous. i mean, he's always -- that's what this body should be about. now, this one he says, true priorities. it would invest in cures development and research at the national institute of health. whoa. that sounds pretty good, right? think about the pandemic. think about what we've been going through. now, what is it going to invest in? diabetes, minority health, and health disparities. maternal mortality and postpartum care. this is david schweikert. does not see self-serve -- does not seem self-serving there. you know what else? cancer and alzheimer's and others diseases affecting the brain. do you know if we cured cancer
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and alzheimer's, we'd do a lot for people's lives. it would also do a lot for the budget. you know, david schweikert and i, he's in arizona and i'm in california. you have a little of this, too, in my district. if you want to join us you can. we have a valley fever caucus. now, valley fever is an orphan, ok, and the hard part is -- people think they have the flu. it comes from the supports -- spores of the earth and the dirt, right? 2/3 of all of it is david and i's district and we got together thinking and we created a symposium and do you know the director of n.i.h., the director of the c.d.c. came and we had a town hall meeting. and here's some of the brightest minds -- said, whoa. we didn't know it's this big. afterwards, they invested $7 million to see how best to treat
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it. because an orphan drug, they don't want to work with. david and i worked really hard on this. it is not just people get it. animals get it. there's a vaccine being tested for dogs right now. but it can kill you. and what happens is, you could be driving through our district, a spore could come through the air-condition. if you are inside, you never know. the doctor wouldn't notice, either. we have to bring awareness to it. . david works hard on it. he really, really does. ok. tom reed. i remember tom, you guys ever met tom? he's going to retire at the oabd of this term he came in from new york. came in the majority. serves on ways and means. really good man. has a son and a daughter.
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his son, his son had some health issues. his son when he was young would come down to the gym, we'd play ping-pong. his wife. tom has no tax shelters for ivy league elite. that's right up your alley right? that's right up your alley. let's make sure this bill is not going to help ivy league elite. now i know we made -- you made a mistake, helping those $500,000 people and $800,000. but this time you've got a chance to correct it this would strike out the carve out for the college endowment anti-abuse tax. the change proposed in the democrat bill would carve the highest cost schools that
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inflate tuition and aid amounts back out of the endowment. that's dirty. that's not right. which was enacted by the republican led tax cut and jobs act to ensure that endowments were being used to fund their charitable purposes of education student. not simply as tax shelters for donors, pet projects and vanity buildings. now how many of us, these ivy league you know how much they've got in their endowment? we're talking billions. look. the first moment i found out that i was going to have a son, i don't have wealth but i believe what einstein told me. there's only one miracle in world, the compounding of interest. i don't think i was making more
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than $35,000 a year. i started taking $50 every time and i bout this mutual fund. by the time connor could make it to college, i wanted him to go to any college he could get into. smart kid. good kid. proud of him. proud of him. he and megan, god blessed us tremendously. i tried to talk him out of going to georgetown. why do you want to go there? why don't you go to a california school in i got enough money saved up. we were able to scrounge and put together and fortunate, his grandmother gave him some money one time. had about $150,000. this was important to us. because we had to pay our own way through college. i wanted something better for my
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son and daughter. so we went. we toured all the campuses. but i remember when he walked back on georgetown and said this is where he's meant to be. so i said ok. you know what, it's a great decision. i believe you end up at the college you're supposed to be at. it's tough. it's tough on parents. it's tough on students. you get rejected or something else. that wasn't enough money. i'm still paying on a $90,000 loan. he got -- smart kid -- he got scholarships. he got help. every year it went up higher. every year. every year. every year.
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so these ivy leagues are telling their donors they're going to help the kids who can't afford it. we're going to be the great equalizer. we're going to allow people who have never been to the ivy league, not to be stopped by their brains but the dollar. now we find out they're not using it for that. they use it for tax shelters. for pet projects. for vanity buildings. madam speaker, i don't know, is there somebody lobbying for these people? that would be wrong. that would be wrong. madam speaker, i'm going to chalk this up that you guys didn't even know this was in here. i can't believe you would vote against that. now if you want, now that i've explained it, it only takes five, to say whoa, whoa, whoa. we can still go to puerto rico.
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let's just add this in. it's ok. don't worry. tom is retiring. he's not going to use it for campaigns. he's just using it because it's good policy. just good policy. i'm getting ways and means a lot of attention. i need to -- let's see. this is a good one. i'm going to give adrian another one. cancer cures instead of salt tax shelters for millionaires. whoa. i bets this what jared was talking about. you said, jared doesn't even serve on ways and means. did you tell him about this? this would make permanent the salt deduction cap for millionaires. i listened. i listened closely. this bill is going to help those
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under 400,000. don't take my word. madam speaker, surely you know jared golden, he's in your conference. are you talked to him today? he's been reading the bill. he's pretty concerned by it. he literally was shocked. he makes the quote, i might not get it right, don't hold me too it. he said, if you would have told me a year ago that the second most amount of money in this thing was going to go to millionaires, i would have said you guys are republicans. no, no, no. yao one party -- you're one party rule in one year. i can't believe it. they rejected it. we bring it up next year.
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all right. hold on. i got to thank staff for putting this all together. not bad. here's a good one. john curtis. what a nice man. madam speaker, if you meet john curtis, he's a former mayor, transformed his city. he'll bring you a pair of socks. he is literally one of the nicest men you could ever meet. he's from utah. he works across the aisle. he cares about so much stuff. he's on energy and commerce. great committee. important committee. now. this amendment that would prevent millionaire, there's that word again, millionaires, i think they're sneaking into your bill. prevent millionaires from receiving taxpayer dollars to replace their plumbing. holy moly.
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now i don't know if you met mark wayne back here but this guy is a plumber. pretty good one. took a risk. madam speaker, you ask markwayne. i got to highlight him for a second. he's an amazing guy. if you want, i don't know if they eped the gym back up but we do a bipartisan workout. he's a former cage fighter. he is teaching me boxing at night. i want to brag on myself. is it ok if i brag on myself? we're boxing. the rule was, he can't hit me in the face. and i could try to hit him anywhere. the boxing match had to stop. you know why? his nose was bleeding. uh-huh. not bad, right? he scratched it on my glove.
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think about this. on a very serious note. i'll give 100 bucks to anybody in congress that can tell me they knew millionaires are going to get money for their plumbing. it's outrageous. well, they need plumbing too i guess guess. i didn't finish about markwayne. you know, i met markwayne when he first came in. on his very first day he missed his first vote. had to call him back to come in. and christy, his wife, she's a saint. she's a saint. you know, now this has been written about in a lot of magazines -- what magazine? women's health? what was it?
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the story of your daughter. oh. well i know it better than he does. so i met him. he has these two wonderful boys. when he first came here. and a daughter. and oh my gosh if you see the two twins, you see these two twins were related to him but they weren't his and they're being raised bicep rat grandparents. and here's markwayne coming to d.c. christy is back there working on everything. she kept asking markwayne, let's adopt these two. markwayne, oh, it's hard, it's hard. you know what christy did? she came to him one day, she didn't can that. she just said markwayne, i want you to pray about it. markwayne looks at me.
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i'm still the before guy, he's the after. we were working out late one night if you wonder how that mirror in the yim got broke, we dropped a weight one night. but -- so what am i going to say? dear god, make me selfish? those two little girls sometimes you'll see hering their jump into your heart just there. but that wasn't the only thing. you see markwayne is a good wrestler too. his boys, oh my gosh. i got to spend a lot of time with jim and markwayne because jim had an accident in wrestling that could have killed him. could have killed him. took the oxygen off from his brain. you know what? he was one week, i think he was in kansas, i happened to call him and check on him.
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i said markwayne, the best brain rehabilitation center happens to be in bakersfield, california. it was almost like it was just on my heart. he got in that camper and he drove all the way to california. and you can see -- i'm not telling personal stories. they put this out. it's been in magazines. i'm so proud of jim. when jim first got there. this is an elite athlete this kid was only a freshman or sophomore but colleges were looking at him. and couldn't touch his toes. he couldn't remember anything he read. you would never know it today. i remember the first time he was reading a bible verse. well, jim had some other friends
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who wrestled too. and this guy, he's a year older, year younger than jim? we don't know why things happen. but his father got sick. his father died. here's markwayne and christy. with a good number of kids. didn't bat an eye. brought him right back into the family. these are the people we work with. these are the people sometimes madam speaker that the press tries to demonize without telling the true story behind something or the passion. of why. he gets a phone call from a woman with young kids stuck in afghanistan. that he'd risk his own life. but his own country attacked him for it.
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he has a giving heart he really does. really, really does. all right. who didn't i -- who has been sitting the whole team that didn't get one read? all right. let's do greg pence. he's not here, is he? he needs his sleep. greg's a very good guy. his wife's hilarious. his kids are great. he's on energy and commerce. he offered an amendment that would ensure policies in this bill will not lead to job losses or transition to lower paying jobs. who could be opposed to that? the majority. gary pal her. -- palmer. nobody works harder. he's ahead of -- he's head of our policy. i don't know if you know the background of gary. he played for alabama football.
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bear bryant. pretty impressive, huh? he ran think tanks for years. so it's ideal to be a member of congress. his whole life is trying to find solutions. now, his that he offered would require funds to be used on domestically produced critical minerals. whoa. this guy's thinking in the future, is he not? whereas this bill will empower china, he's now thinking of the children's children. so we could have the critical minerals. madam speaker, i would actually like to work with any democrat that wants to work on critical minerals. i think it's very important. really important.
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debbie lesko. you spend time with debbie, take her to dinner. i am not going to share it here. tell you a story of growing up. there is in stronger woman than debbie lesko. now, her amendment that would prohibit funds from going to entities tied to the chinese communist party. come on. seriously. i'm serious. this is an amendment that was rejected. i should have started with this one from the very beginning. that's got to get five votes to say no. it's got to. seriously. if you vote for this bill,
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there's nothing that prohibits it for the chinese communist party. and let me tell you this. when you spend $5 trillion, that party's going to be celebrating. unbelievable. unbelievable. i want to apologize to the staff. you do a great job. i owe you another dinner. might make her pay if i win the bet. you are working on late. we didn't count on this. personally, i didn't think i could go this long. madam speaker -- she couldn't tell me how long. my one minute is almost up.
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i got to go to 5:10? i'm over? ok. now, madam speaker, and parliamentarian, is there any way you can verify -- i guess you can't say that because that would be past a minute, right? i could still tell some family stories. we don't want someone to break our record, do we? >> if the gentleman will yield? mr. mccarthy: no. i'm sorry.
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i watched mr. smith goes to washington. i just need the boy scouts up there. it's important. no, i'm not in competition. well, i'm a competitive guy. i'm a competitive guy. madam speaker, this one minute feels almost like eight hours now. i want to thank my colleagues for standing with me, for standing with their constituents, as we do everything in our power to stop this bill. i hope the american public learned a little more. i hope my colleagues did, too. while it has been a long night for many of us who have been on
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this floor, my democratic colleagues chose to handle this debate differently. there's been good moments and bad. i just never thought power would go so far to tell another member where they can look. maybe he was having a bad night. i want to thank my colleagues on the other side for being here. i've enjoyed your company. i probably owe you dinner, too. will you get in trouble if you have dinner with me? we don't have to tell people. you could pick the restaurant. democrats were so unnerved with the truth behind this bill they booed, they yelled, they
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heckled, they even mocked me. quite honestly, it was shameful behavior. it was shameful. i'm not sure, but if it was on the other side, they probably would have lost their committees. not long after that, speaker pelosi heard enough of how this bill will hurt hardworking americans. she came to this floor and directed her members to leave. why are we afraid of debate? why are we afraid to learn? i imagine there are members that are not on all the same committees, they didn't know they're funding the communist party. they didn't know they were paying for millionaires' plumbing. they may change their vote.
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maybe that's why the c.b.o. says it costs so much. could you only imagine some senior paying a lot for their heated but choosing not to and some millionaire getting their plumbing paid for? just doesn't seem fair to me. just doesn't seem fair. she decided it wasn't worth their time to hear how their fellow americans would be affected by this bill. but that's exactly what the democrats don't understand. it's not about them. it's about you, the american people. this is the longest one minute i have ever given. it's the longest one minute ever given in this body.
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there's a reason why. this is a tipping point. this is a point of not coming back from. the american people have spoken, but unfortunately, madam speaker, the democrats have not listened. i tried to stick to the facts. i did not yell back when someone told me i couldn't look at them or they heckled me. i simply asked the speaker that the house was not in order. i don't know if he set a record this night. but i imagine it was coming close to trying to get the house in order. there's been times in people's lives where they act emotionally when they don't want to hear the truth coming at them. i don't know if that's the reason why people acted the way they did. it could be.
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i don't believe ill will on them. i won't bring a censure. i'm not sure if they'll be back here next time. this evening showed that no matter the time, the day, or the circumstances, house republicans will always fight for you, fight for your family, and fight for our country. with that, madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. pursuant to clause 1-c of rule 19, further consideration of h.r. 5376 is postponed. the chair lays before the house
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the following enrolled bill. the clerk: senate 796, an act to codify maternity care, coordination programs at the department of veterans affairs and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 11-b of house resolution 188, the house


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