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host: if your interested in more, we have more on this information. we want to thank you to jane ross, executive director. jean ross, thank you. now to today's session of the house of representatives. you have a good holiday with your family. . . house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, july 1, 2010. i hereby appoint the honorable jesse l. jackson jr. to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the prayer will be offered by the guest chaplain, first presbyterian church, cedar falls, iowa. the chaplain: shall we pray? great and gracious god, we gather today from north and south and east and west as representatives chosen to lead your people.
as we approach the 234th anniversary of the birth of this great nation, we ask you to rekindle the spirit of independence which values and respects each person's freedom. reignite the spirit of unity that overcame sharp differences of opinion to form these united states. renew a spirit of interdependence which seeks the common good of all above personal preferences. inspire a sense of awe and wonder at the bountiful resources of this land and in light of the environmental tragedy in the gulf of mexico, may we humbly dedicate ourselves to preserving and protecting those resources. guide these leaders in their work today and in the days to come that our nation's example of democracy and compassion may be a beacon of hope to all the
world. amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1 the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from new mexico, congressman heinrich. mr. heinrich: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from iowa, congressman braley, is recognized for one minute. mr. braley: mr. speaker, it's always a privilege when a member of your district, a constituent, gets to deliver the prayer to open the house day and it's also a rare privilege when that individual happens to be your personal pastor.
but, mr. speaker, no one knows better than you what a rare privilege it is when that person is also a member of your family. i'm expreemly -- extremely proud to have my brother here to deliver the opening prayer. this is an important week in his life because this is also the 30th anniversary this week of his ordination as a presbyterian minister. he's the pastor of first presbyterian church in cedar falls, iowa. he got his divinity degree from the university theological seminary in my district. he's been a great role model to me and my family and has been an inspiration to the parishes he's served because of his community leadership, including a very long and strong action in leading the crop walk to help take care of needy people throughout this world. for that reason i am honored to have him here today and i appreciated the inspiring remarks he shared with us and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain up to 10
further requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from new mexico rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. heinrich: last night i hosted a telephone town hall with thousands of new mexicans to discuss what we've been doing to reform wall street and to protect and inform consumers in the marketplace. during the town hall several constituents contacted my office for help with their own financial problems like unfair spikes in their credit card interest rates. just like these callers, all new mexicans have been negatively impacted by the -- for the years of unaccountability of wall street banks and big corporations that caused the financial hardship that we're dealing with today. our working families and our small businesses deserve better. that's why i was proud to vote for the wall street reform and
consummer protection act yesterday. this legislation will rein in the wall street banks and their big bonuses and put an end to taxpayer bailouts and the idea of too big to fail. i'm hopeful the senate will quickly pass this bill so that wall street banks will again be held accountable. hardworking new mexicans deserve no less. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: i ask permission to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute, without objection. mr. wilson: yesterday the house passed the financial regulatory bill which shows washington liberals once again how out of touch they are with the needs of hardworking americans. small business owners and community bankers across south carolina will be adversely impacted by this bill. justin struckman, father of former house page justin strickland jr., said this bill adds 30 new regulations and
severely limit the ability of small banks to extend credit to south carolinians. another explains that this big bank bailout discourages lending to small businesses and reduces job creation. calling this a reform bill is insulting. when it fails to address the giants of the collapse, fannie mae and freddie mac. failing to address these two cancerous entities is like going in for surgery and keeping the large tumor in place. in conclusion, god bless our troops and we will never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i'm troubled by recent press reports suggesting that the justice department is going to sue new mexico for the new arizona law. i believe this is the wrong direction to go.
i believe the administration's time and efforts will be much better securing the border and fixing our broken immigration system. if there's one message that the congress should need is that arizonans are fed up with the federal government from failing to address this important issue. mr. mitchell: it won't fix our broken immigration system, boy cots. the only thing that pro tracted litigation will do is once again demonstrate to arizona that washington just doesn't get it. it will embolden those on all sides who prefer to score political points instead of working on real reform. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. pitts: to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pitts: there was violence
in kurdistan. today there is good news. on sunday the people of kurdistan held a refer dumb on the new -- referendum on the new constitution. they voted to establish a new parliamentary government. this would make them the only nation in the area to go to representative-style democracy. despite the recent violence, the intern government undertook heroic efforts to include as many citizens as possible with 2/3 of the eligible voters participating. election officials visited hospitals and refugee camps to ensure that the injured and displaced were not denied the right to a ballot. the government faces many challenges before the general election this fall, and much to be done for kurdistan to establish a stable government that protects the rights of all of its citizens. but the referendum is a good start and the united states should stand by with assistance in support. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the
gentlelady from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. schwartz: as a result of the deepwater horizon blowout, tens of thousands of gallons of oil polluted the coast. it is a call to action, an urgent call to develop alternative sources of energy. if we don't do that we will never end our nation's addiction to oil which means for us to drill in dangerous locations. i've introduced legislation with bipartisan support to encourage the next generation of biofuel, fuels made from living matter like plants and aljeefment along with incentives to expand other alternative energy sources and promote energy efficiency, this proposal's exactly what the renewable fuels energy needs to get facilities built in the united states. these biorefineries will produce clean energy and create new jobs here at homes. the biotechnology industry
organization estimates a direct job creation from cellulosic biofuels will create over 200,000 jobs in the next decade. by working with the private sector to advance the next generation of fuels we can and should put our nation on path to safe energy. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to express my profound disappointment that yesterday the house passed an ill-advised conference report for the financial regulatory reform bill. mr. coffman: this will create a permanent bailout fund for financial institutions on not placing two safeguards on two culprits, fannie mae and freddie mac.
and the federal government guarantees more than $1.7 trillion of their debt. this misguided bill would create a new government bureaucracy providing unelected federal bureaucrats to power to determine the types and terms offered by financial products. i have severe reservations about such inaction as it will simply serve to make attained credit more unavailable. finally, this act would be paid for in part by redirecting $11 billion in tarp funds. unspent tarp funds must be used to pay down the national debt. instead, this congress is attempting to utilize these moneys for increased spending at a time when americans continue to struggle to make ends meet. i ask you to vote no on the conference report. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida rise? >> to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one
minute. mr. klein: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of all veterans. we will never forget the sacrifice of 294,000 floridians who put on the uniform and served our country in the forgotten war. this year we're marking the 60th anniversary of the korean war and provides us with another opportunity to say thank you to those who fought for the freedoms we all enjoy. once again, our community in south florida have come together and we are dedicating a new memorial in palm beach county to make sure that the war is never forgotten. i'd like to personally thank joe green, the president of the chapter of the korean war veterans. without his hard work, this memorial would not have become a reality and we owe him a great deal of gratitude. i wake up thanking those who served our country. standing with our local veterans is a top priority and today i ask those to remember those who served in the korean war on the occasion of the 60th
anniversary. i thank the speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. poe: i ask permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. poe: mr. speaker, the violence continues to spill across our southern border with mexico. this week seven shots from gunfire hit city hall in downtown el paso, texas, and more cross-border violence. city hall is over a half mile from the rio grande valley. it came from a drug cartel shootout in juarez, mexico. in 1911, 99 years ago, stray bullets rained down when pancho villa seized juarez, mexico. bandits raided ranches and attacked border towns. there was lawlessness on the border frontier. history is repeating itself. but in 1911, president taft
took swift action. he deployed the calvary from fort bliss to the border patrol and to the areas along the border. they stopped the violence on american lives and property, but today this administration is missing in action on the border. meanwhile, the border war continues. and that's just the way it is. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. as we celebrate the coming independence holiday, i note with sadness that more american teenagers are killed in auto accidents over the july fourth weekend than any other time of the year. mr. bishop: from 1995 to 2006, over 76,000 americans between 15 and 20 years of age died in motor vehicle crashes, an average of 122 teenage deaths per week. parents can't always be in the passenger seat, but we as a nation can help our teens drive safely through graduated driver's license programs which allows drivers to develop their skills and road awareness
before they receive a full unrestricted license. graduated driver's license lowered crashes involving 16-year-old drivers after adopting a driver's license program and other states have seen similar results. i have bro deuced bipartisan legislation that would require -- i've introduced bipartisan legislation that would require state to have graduated driver's licenses and i urge my colleagues to support it. i also urge all americans, especially teenagers, to make a safe effort to drive safely this weekend. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from north carolina seek recognition? ms. foxx: i ask permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to congratulate wit maryfield who brought in the winning run in the 11th inning from the university of north carolina who won the
world series. it capped a two-game sweep of ucla for south carolina and helped the gamecocks to capture their first-ever college world series title. the coach called his hit, quote, the biggest hit of his career." maryfield, who is the son of one in north carolina, played on the north carolina all-star select team. hit .400 his senior year and .464 hiss+ junior year. his family, friends and the people of davey county, north carolina, are proud to call him their own. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: flops the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. cogsa: thank you very much,
mr. speaker. this month the department of interior and california department of water resources announced an increase in water alocation -- allocation. our efforts for more water is producing results and is already flowing. our fight for valley jobs and the economy is far from over. regulations restricting the water flow must be revised. i'm pleased the administration has announced its intention to revise and integrate two biological opinions that single out valley agriculture for denigrating the delta when we know that is not true. all factors affecting the health of the sacramento san joaquin delta must be taken into account as we move forward. pred days of invasive species and other factors. i'd like to submit for the record a letter from the central valley regional control board that confirms the need to address water quality issues. this includes the dumping of
pollutants, the impact of power plants on the ecosystem, among other things. we will win this fight and common sense will prevail. recognizing that all factors impacting the delta will allow more water to flow for the valley and the rest of california. i yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. smith: mr. speaker, an associated press poll found only 36% of americans approve of the president's handling of immigration and only 42% approve of his handling unemployment. this is no coincidence. illegal immigration and unemployment are directly linked. there are 15 million unemployed americans in the united states. and eight million illegal immigrants in the labor force. we could cut unemployment in half simply by reclaiming the jobs taken by illegal workers.
president obama is on the wrong side of the american people when it comes to immigration. the president should support policies that help jobless citizens and legal immigrants find the jobs they need and deserve rather than not enforce immigration laws. president obama has failed to protect american jobs. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from louisiana seek recognition? the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today on behalf of thousands of louisiana families that have worked tirelessly in the sea food industry to deliver fish to restaurants and markets. while the news coverage of the oil spoil is reminding us we are facing the largest environmental disaster in our nation's history, it is imperative we prevent another disaster from developing and that of the death of louisiana's seafood industry. i come to say the food is safe
to eat. this oversight comes from florida and i sent a letter to the president requesting a seafood safety task force be asemmedble. that would assure the wholesomeness of the seafood products being presently gathered. mr. melancon: threes closures are necessary and underscore our steadfast commitment to consumer safety. the world must know that approximately 40% of our fishing remains open. i thank the speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. duncan: mr. speaker, according to both the congressional research service and center for defense information, the cost for the wars in iraq and afghanistan will reach over $1 trillion by the end of this year.
today we are being asked to approve many billions more in a slell war appropriations bill. there has never been anything conservative about these wars. this is world government at its worst. we have never had any wars in the past with so much waste, fraud, and abuse and so many billions ripped from the taxpayers by pentagon contractors. fiscal conservatives should be the ones most horrified by all this spending. the worst thing is the loss of young american lives. when iraq and afghani troops should have been doing this fighting. there is really no telling how much we will have to pay out in future medical and disability costs. defense contractors have so many retired admirals and generals to lobby for them that they keep requesting and getting more money. these wars have gone on far too long already. we should bring our troops and especially our rip-off contractors home. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> request permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. sires: mr. speaker, i rise to bring attention to an important initiative of the federal highway administration. called the long-term bridge performance program. this program is being led by rutgers center for transportation in new jersey. the long-term bridge performance program is envisioned as a 20-year comprehensive examination of our nation's work force. highway bridges. the team of workers has been inspecting, evaluating, and monitoring a representative of seven bridges nationwide. these pilot studies are instrumental and gather reliable information as to how to keep things remain satisfy and satisfactory. the researchers will analyze and apply the data to improve the lifecycle in predicted models. better understanding of the bridge and more maintenance. ultimately this study will promote the safety, mobility, longevity, reliability of our nation's highway.
as the highway system grows, it's important to be sure our nation's systems are safe. i'm proud rutgers center for advance infrastructure and transportation is leading the way in helping the country tackle this complicated transportation issue. i ask my colleagues to join me in commending rutgers university. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. murphy: i thank the speaker. what will world leaders saying last weekend about their troubled economies? german's chancellor merkel, budget cuts are needed. prime minister david cameron. those countries that have big budget deficits like ours have to take action. "the washington post" headline says president obama to spend to half deficits. the budget deficit is equal to gross domestic product while other nations are tightening their belts, washington is borrowing chinese money belts. by year's end the national debt will reach 62% of the g.d.p., the highest level since world
war ii. the more washington spends, the more it borrows, the more interest rates, the more taxpayers must spend on interest payments to chinese and foreign debt holders. the first rule when you are in a hole, especially a $13 trillion hole s. stop digging. american families understand just because there are checks in the checkbook doesn't mean there is money in the account. that's the message from main street to wall street. is anybody listening? yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from missouri seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. carnahan: instead of working together like president reagan and speaker o'neill did in the early 1980's to extend the solvency of social security, this week the republican leader announced his plans to raise the social security retirement age and decrease benefits for older americans to pay for the wars in iraq and afghanistan. pay for the wars in iraq and afghanistan on the backs of seniors? you've got to be kidding me. this is the same republican party where the majority under
president bush refused to pay for the two wars and give tax cuts to the wealthiest americans, doubling our national debt and laying the groundwork for the worst financial crisis in a generation. some republicans are still trying to privatize social security. do i need to remind people personal retirement funds have been wiped out under failed republican economics. the other side refuses to work together to create additional jobs and to help those who have lost their jobs. despite republican foot-dragging and naysaying, this year we are on track to create more jobs than were created during the entire eight years under president bush. missourians simply cannot afford more failed economic policies. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from montana seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. rehberg: secret documents, clandestine meetings, code words, and secret identities. despite these elements of a dime store spy novel this isn't fiction. it's the united states
department of interior. almost four months ago a secret momo was discovered across the top where you might see top secret, it said, not for release instead. it contained secret plans to designate millions of acres across the west as national monuments. my colleagues and i demanded the missing pages, and after nearly four months, mum is the word. meanwhile, new emails hint at a conspiracy that would be at home in an ian fleming novel, meetings with united states senators to discuss projects, treasured landscapes. contingency plans complete with maps, fit for a pentagon war room. americans like spy novels but there's no place for covert policymaking in america. the department of interior should stop playing spy games with western lands. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute.
mr. tonko: thank you, mr. speaker. i think the president was right yesterday when he called our friends on the other side of the aisle out of touch. in my hometown of amsterdam, new york, there are neighbors who are hurting. in some instances this recession has eliminated nearly half of their retirement savings. others have lost their homes. despite this downturn and wall street's recklessness, republicans still want to privatize social security. they want to create a a keeno economy and play russian roulette with our hard-earned retirement savings. most of the seniors in amsterdam have worked hard and have played by the rules their entire lives. social security which they had paid into their entire working life is their crucial safety net and financial security. let's not gamble it away to appease republicans. wall street and big banks. just a few days ago the leader of the other side suggested slashing social security benefits and using those funds as savings to pay for the war in iraq and the war in afghanistan.
enough is enough. democrats in congress are standing up for seniors and fighting to protect social security to create jobs here at home and to support small business as the engine of job growth. mr. speaker i will continue to fight for seniors because they are deserving of the respect that they have earned. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the the gentleman california is recognized. mr. dreier: while the president chose yesterday to engage in a strident harsh attack on us, i'm going to respond by complimenting him. at the g-20 meeting i was very gratified to see that the president came forward and said that we could create good, private sector jobs right here in the united states of america if we would proceed with ratification of the u.s.-south korea free trade agreement. it will in fact, mr. speaker, be the largest free trade agreement in the history of the world. some critics would say that calling for its re-negotiation, or delaying for a lame duck
session of vote, would be the wrong thing to do. i believe anything we can do moving in that direction is a positive. one cautionary note, there are two pending trade agreements with both panama and colombia that were negotiated before the u.s.-south korea agreement was completed. millions and millions of consumers would like to have the opportunity, mr. speaker, to purchase u.s. foods and services right here in our hemisphere are denied that opportunity. if we proceed with the u.s.-south korea free trade agreement as the president has called for us to do, we must also proceed immediately with the panama and colombia free trade agreement as well. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, proceed also resume on the motions to suspend the rules previously postponed. votes will be taken in the following order. house resolution 1228, by the yeas and nays. house resolution 2340, de novo. house resolution 1460, de novo. the first electronic vote will
be conducted as a 15-minute vote. remaining electronic votes will be conducted as five-minute votes. the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from california, mr. filner, to suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 1228 as amended on which the yeas and nays were ordered. the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 1228, resolution honoring the veterans of helicopter attack light squadron three and their families. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to the resolution as amended. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 410. the nays are zero. 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the resolution is agreed to, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. the unfinished business is the question on suspend the rules and passing h.r. 2340 as amended. which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: union calendar number 294, h.r. 2340, aill to resolve the plains of the bearing straits native corporation in the state of alaska to land jacent to
salmon lake in the state of alaska and provide for the conveyance to the native corporation of certain other public land in partial satisfaction of the land and titlement of the corporation under the alaska native plains settlement act. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. the gentleman from tennessee. >> mr. speaker, i would like to request the speaker from the great state and land of lincoln for recorded vote on this particular issue. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coveraae of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. hse of
for what purpose does the gentlelady from florida seek recognition? ms. wasserman schultz: mr. speaker, to share some news with the members of the house. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. wasserman schultz: thank you, mr. speaker. members of the house, we thought it only right to continue our efforts thave the women show up the men, our bipartisan congressional women's softball team had a -- had another amazingly successful softball game to raise money for the young survival coalition. it was our second annual game. in the last two years we have raised more than $80,000 for the young survival coalition. we think that's not bad for 49
years of a congressional baseball game and two years of a congressional women's softball game to do pretty well in that time. this year we got smart and decided to play women that may be were a little less athletic and a little older than t team we played last year and played the capitol press corps. we were doing great until the sixth inning. then a couple of us got a little tired and we had a couple of people that the press brought in. in fairness, they did a fantastic job. even though we lost 13-7, congratulations. the press team did a fantastic job and they were devoted a dedicated and worked hard. i yield to my colleague. >> we look forward to challenging -- challenging them again next year. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady will suspend.
the gentlelady from missouri is recognized. ms. jenkins: we look forward to challenging them again next year. however, i think we have to make a rule that no interns can play because they were quite a bit younger than us. in spite of the thought we thought we had a level playing field. number one, we worked as a team together. we proved we could -- mrs. emerson: and we bonded and i think it makes for a very important friendship in this place. and i think the media -- ms. wasserman schultz: we won for five innings. mrs. emerson: yes. and i say next year our practices will begin even earlier. ms. wasserman schultz: that's right. and mrs. emerson: and we want to thank our coaches here in the house. and ed perlmutter and joe donnelly, joe baca, kevin brady and sandy levin, thank you very
much for helping. and most importantly, thank you to the speak and to the majority -- minority leader and everyone else for being there for us. ms. wasserman schultz: thank you, mr. speaker. we'll see you at the third annual congressional women's softball game next year. we yield back. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, five-minute voting will continue. the unfinished business is the question on suspending the rules and agreeing to house resolution 1460 which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: house resolution 1460, resolution recognizing the important role pollinators play in supporting the ecosystem and supporting the goals and ideals of national pollinator week. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to the resolution. so many as in favor, say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- >> mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the rules are suspended -- >> mr. speaker, i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the gentleman from new york. >> mr. speaker, i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a
recorded vote is requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the chair will clarify there were no nay votes on the last vote. it should appropriately read 412 yeas, zero nays, one present. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. cardoza: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, by direction of the committee on rules i call up house resolution 1495 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 209, house resolution 1495, resolved, that upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill h.r. 5618, to continue federal unemployment programs. all points of order against consideration of the bill are paved except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule 21. the amendment printed --
the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the house will be in order. members will take their conversations off the floor, clear the aisle, and take their seats. the clerk will read. the clerk: the amendment printed in the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution shall be considered as adopted. the bill as amended shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill as amended are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill as amended to final passage without intervening motion except one, one hour of debate
equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on ways and means. and two, one motion to recommit with or without instructions. section 2, the requirement of clause 6-a of rule 13 for a 2/3 vote to consider a report for the committee on rules on the same day it is presented to the house is waived. with respect to any resolution reported through the legislative day of july 3, 2010. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one hour. mr. car dosea: thank you, mr. speaker -- mr. cardoza: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, for the purpose of debate only i yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx. all time yielded during consideration of the rule is for debate only. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. cardoza: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks on house resolution 1495. the speaker pro tempore: without
objection. mr. cardoza: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he may consume. mr. cardoza: mr. speaker, house resolution 1495 provides for consideration of h.r. 5618, the restoration of emergency unemployment compensation act of 2010 under a closed rule. the resolution provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on ways and means. the amendment printed in the rules committee report shall be considered as adopted. the resolution waives all points of order against the bill as amended. the resolution provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. finally, the resolution allows for certain resolutions reported from the committee on rules to be considered the same day they are reported. the resolution applies to the waiver of any resolution reported through the legislative day of july 3, 2010.
the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. members are reminded not to traffic the well when other members are speaking. the house will be in order. the gentleman from california. mr. cardoza: thank you, mr. speaker. as we all know our country is facing enormous troubles like we have not seen since the great depression. at a national level there is clear evidence that some of the actions that the democratic congress have taken are in fact working. the economy is again growing. employers are starting once again to hire. in 2009 we saw the nation's g.d.p. growth -- grow by 2.8% in the third quarter. representing the biggest six-month turn around in our economy since 1980. mr. speaker, the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is correct.
the house will be in order. lit me remind members to take -- let me remind members to take their seats, remove their conversations from the floor. the chair also reminds staff to please take their seats and remove their conversations from the floor. the gentleman from california deserves to be heard. the gentleman from california. mr. cardoza: thank you, mr. speaker. i'll receipt that in 2009 we saw the nation's g.d.p. grow by 2.8% in the third quarter, representing the biggest six-month turn around in our economy since 1980. in each successive quarter we have continued to see positive g.d.p. growth. since the end of 2009, we have created jobs every single month and in the last three months alone we have created an average of over 300,000 jobs per month. this is a dramatic change in the direction when president obama took office and the economy had previously been shrinking at
minus 5.4% and we were losing jobs at an average of 726,000 jobs per month under the bush administration. however although our economy, economic indicators continue to show that we are making significant progress towards recovery, this does not mean that we are out of the woods yet by any stretch of the imagination. we know that all too well many pockets of the country, including my own district in the central valley of california, the recovery continues to lag well behind the national economic picture. in far too many areas of the country businesses continue to shed payroll, job losses continue to mount, and hardworking families across america continue to struggle. mr. speaker, as i said we have not seen times like this since the great depression. these are extraordinary circumstances and they call for extraordinary measures. despite what my friends on the other side of the aisle may say,
what people who are struggling right now need is a help up. and this democratic congress despite all the obstacles from the other side and the other body will continue to reach out and try to assist americans with that hand up. mr. speaker, h.r. 5618 would retroactively restore the emergency unemployment compensation benefits and restore funding for extended benefits through the month of november of this year. it would also ensure that states do not cut the level of regular unemployment benefits when they receive these extended federal benefits. and it would protect workers from having their benefits cut if they experience intermittant earnings that would qualify them for regular state unemployment benefits. without the sort of help provided by this bill, more people will lose their homes, more people fall behind on their bills, and will be able to -- unable to feed their families.
there is a very real risk that the economic crisis could get worse not better if we pull the safety net out of the 1.7 million americans that are facing these economic conditions right now. mr. speaker, never before in our history has congress allowed extended unemployment benefits to lapse when the unemployment rate was anywhere close to 10%. yet here we are again trying to extend this critical program to keep food on the table for millions of households, including millions of american children across this great nation simply because the other side of the aisle repeatedly can only say no. the current emergency unemployment compensation program began to phase out at the end of may and many of those now losing benefits have only received 26 weeks of regular state provided unemployment compensation or one of the first tiers of federal benefits.
this means individuals exhausting their 26 weeks of unemployment benefits are not eligible for emergency unemployment benefits at all. this bill will address -- retroactively restore those benefits and continue them and the program through november. without this extension, as i said before, an estimated 1.7 million individuals have -- who have lost their jobs will lose their unemployment benefits by july 3. mr. speaker, that's no way to celebrate america's independence holiday. this includes well over 300,000 people in california where our unemployment level is over 12%, well above the national average of 9.3%. in my own district, sir, the unemployment rates are much higher than even that. in fact, we have numbers that are near the 20% mark and i have in my district the fourth, fifth, and sixth highest
unemployment rates in my counties in the country. nearly every economist will tell you that cutting off unemployment benefits will undermine the economic recovery by suppressing consumer demand at a critical time when we should be enhancing it and by exacerbating problems like the home foreclosure crisis that plagues many areas of our country. i want to thank the gentleman from washington, mr. mcdermott, for bringing this bill forward and for his steadfast commitment to his hardworking families. it is vitally important that we pass this bill and provide much needed help that our constituents need during these trying times. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for as much time as she may consume. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my colleague from california for yielding time. i rise in opposition to this
closed rule which rewrites h.r. 5618, the restoration of emergency under employment compensation act, and provides martial law same day authority for any resolution reported from the rules committee through saturday, july 3. this bill has been rushed through congress, avoiding committee action. when the democrats who are in charge brought the bill up before the house for consideration on june 29, it failed to garner the necessary 2/3 majority required for passage. there was bipartisan opposition to this bill. but why are our colleagues rushing this through? the senate is not meeting except to honor senator byrd. they know the bill is going nowhere. they say extraordinary circumstances require extraordinary measures. and that the economic crisis is going to get worse if we don't pass this. this bill's going nowhere and they know it.
they want to be able to go home and say we voted to extend unemployment benefits and that republicans voted no. well, republicans want to reduce the deficii and it's the under-- if the underlying bill had been offset with reduced spending elsewhere, republicans would have supported it. but it is not. instead, democrats are relying on budgetary tricks to avoid their own pay-go rules, they are waiting until the last minute to address important issues, and laboring the cost of the emergency spending -- belaboring the cost of the emergency spending so they don't have to account for it in terms of our spending rules. frankly, the need for this bill in the first place is a direct admission of the failure of the obama-pelosi policies because the many spending bills which have already been passed have failed to create the jobs promised by speaker pelosi and president obama.
so they are admitting by saying we have to extend unemployment benefits that all the spending has failed. economists on both sides of the political spectrum are expressing concern over the fiscal health of the u.s. government. yesterday c.b.o. said our debt is now 62% of g.d.p. up 20% in two years, two years when democrats controlled all of congress and had a democratic president and it's the highest since world war ii. congress cannot continue this spending spree. we are simply living beyond our means and i fear the consequences of our actions are not far off. here are a few lines from an article written by john goodman on june 28 entitled how bad is our fiscal crisis? already we have seen some local governments declare bankruptcy. expect more of that. in the next several years i believe some very large cities are going to announce they cannot pay their bills. state governments will be next.
whereas local governments can declare bankruptcy, state governments can only default. a default by the state of california seems almost inevitable. but is it conceivable that the u.s. government could default? actually, yes. every projection shows the gap between spending and tax revenues rising through time. two years ago the first of the baby boomers started claiming early retirement under social security. next year they'll start signing up for medicare. before they are through 78 million people will quit working, quit paying taxes, quit contributing to our retirement system, and start drawing benefits instead. . it's the end of mr. goodman's quote. the underlying bill adds $34 billion to our ever-increasing debt. when democrats passed their only unemployment insurance extender bill that was offset by other spending cuts last november, the administration
hailed it as a, quote, fiscally responsible way, adding that fiscal responsibility is essential to the recovery of the economy and the creation of jobs, end quote. the cost of extending the democrats' unemployment insurance policy is growing because their failed stimulus bill has not created the promised jobs. democrats predicted their trillion dollar 2009 stimulus bill would create 3.7 million jobs. instead, the debt has grown by $2 trillion and nearly three million more private sector jobs have been eliminated since then. democrats promised unemployment would remain under 8% if their stimulus passed. yet, it remains near 10% today. a total of 48 out of 50 states have lost jobs since the stimulus passed. however, our colleagues keeps spending and keep ignoring
economic realities. that is totally irresponsible, and with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from north carolina reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from california. mr. cardoza: thank you, mr. speaker. i understand that the gentlelady and her party don't understand what's happening in middle america. they don't appreciate what's happening to folks like in my district. they may not hang out in places like my family's bowling alley where a person who loses their job and 20% of my constituents are nearly out of work, there isn't jobs around every corner. she may have plenty of jobs in her home state. she may not have to worry about that for her constituents, but in my world, mr. speaker, when something who comes to our bowling alley that loses their job, they have nothing else. they don't have the wall street bonuses, they don't have the big pension retirement systems and the big 401-k's set aside.
they don't have the situation that so many of us need. we have to provide a safety net for these people, these hardworking americans, and with that, mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from ohio, mr. kucinich. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized for two minutes. mr. cardoza: mr. kucinich, i apologize. the speaker pro tempore: mr. kucinich is recognized for two minutes. mr. kucinich: there's some numbers that bear reflection that came out in the market report today that the labor department estimates 2.3 million people could lose extended unemployment benefits by the end of jewel if they are not renewed -- july if they are not renewed. it goes on to say that the
four-week average of initial claims rose by 3,250 to 4 56,500, the highest level in almost three months. and says the claims data, however, it little impact on the u.s. stock market. so there's a separation between wall street, which is still doing well, because the taxpayers bailed out wall street, and main street, which in many places across the country, is falling apart. now, i traveled my district to countless meetings and events, parades and church services, festivals, and i hear the same thing. people are calling out from crowds asking for help, and this unemployment compensation issue is huge because people are having trouble putting food on the table. we're going to give them a lecture about the budget?
who among us, if our brother asks for a loaf of bread we give them a stone instead? this congress this afternoon is due to appropriate $33 billion to keep the war in afghanistan going, and yet the amount of money we're asking here for the unemployed workers of america, for those who are trying to support their families, almost identical almost, about $34 billion. and we're saying, well, we can't afford that, but you don't hear many people saying we can't afford the war because the truth is we can't afford the war. we have to afford to put people back in economic sustenance and pass the unemployment compensation bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from california reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from new york -- the gentlelady from north carolina.
i do apologize. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. my colleague from california may have been trying to be a little humorous in his comments, but job loss in this economy -- and this economy are very serious business. the american people are asking this congress, this democratic controlled congress, where are the jobs? i yield five minutes to my distinguished colleague from indiana, mr. pence. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from combrin is recognized for five minutes. -- from indiana is recognized for five minutes. mr. pence: i thank the gentlelady. i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pence: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in opposition to the rule and to the underlying bill . but it pains me to do so. as the record will reflect, i and most of my colleagues in this body have supported repeated extensions of unemployment benefits. and as i told my constituents yesterday, i was anxious to do so again.
american families are hurting. this economy is struggling in the aftermath of the worst recession in a quarter of a century. and as my colleague just suggested, this economy is struggling in the midst of the failed economic policies of this administration and this congress. millions of american families are struggling to make ends meet. since the passage of the so-called stimulus bill, 2.6 million jobs have been lost, and unemployment hovers near 10%. so i was anxious to be able to come to this floor before heading home for the independence daybreak having supported an -- day break having supported an extension of unemployment benefits, but i rise in opposition because i think what the american people expect us to do is what they've
been doing at kitchen tables and sitting around desks and small businesses and on family farms and that is making the hard choices. we can provide an extension of unemployment insurance benefits in this congress, and we can make the decisions to pay for it. and i'm sure it is a mystery to millions of americans that will be looking on as to why we didn't even try. this democrat majority, after adopting so-called pay-go rules, after hearing from so-called fiscal conservative members of the democrat majority early in this congress about how we were going to -- we were going to pay for what we spent has waived their own pay-go rules to add $34 billion to the national debt. i just have to think millions of americans are asking why. there's any number of actions that we could take, decisions,
reordering our priorities to provide for the families at the point of the need here. the gentleman from ohio just said that many of us in the minority are saying we can't afford to extend unemployment benefits. we can afford it. in my kitchen table when we say we can afford something it means we can afford to pay for it. not just simply -- when my wife comes to me and says we want to make a major expenditure i say, can we afford it? can we pay for it? here it means getting the credit card of our children and grandchildren and running up the national debt by $34 billion. i rise with a heavy heart in opposition to this bill because we are here extending unemployment benefits again because the economic policies of this administration and this congress have failed.
i mean, would the economic policies of the so-called stimulus had worked, the president said we needed to borrow $1 trillion of future americans a year ago, unemployment was then 7.6% would go over 8%. now it's 10% on average around the country, and higher, as been said, in many jurisdictions. remarkably, yesterday the president of the united states goes to racine, wisconsin, a place that has a 14% unemployment rate and he made these comments. he said, quote, things aren't as bad as they could have been. there could have been a catastrophe in that sense. the stimulus worked. the president of the united states yesterday in racine, wisconsin, said the stimulus worked. and then remarkably he went on to suggest that the republican leader in congress was out of touch.
it just -- it's just mind-boggling that at a time when so many -- what would this majority and this administration say to a father who had been struggling to make ends meet, who had been borrowing money from family members to pay the mortgage because he can't find work, what will he say to the president of the united states say that the stimulus worked? what would he say to the mother that's applied for dozens and dozens of jobs and has gone deeper and deeper in debt during these difficult times, what would she say that the stimulus worked? i ask the gentlelady for two additional minutes. ms. foxx: one additional minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for an additional one minute. mr. pence: the reality is we have to bring new numbers to bear on this economy. the american people know what's necessary to get this economy
moving again. it's fiscal discipline in washington, d.c., and it's fast acting, across-the-board tax relief for families, small businesses and farms. what we hear from corporations across this country is there's over $2 trillion in idled capital. we need to release the inherent power in this economy. we need to restore the confidence of capital markets in our commitment to fiscal discipline in washington, d.c. and we can do that today and meet the needs of families struggling with unemployment. by passing a fiscally responsible extension of unemployment insurance we would send a message that we get it, we know people are hurting, we know the policies aren't working but we want to practice fiscal responsibility. and for heaven's sake, let's stop saying the stimulus worked. let's try some new ideas. let's come together across this aisle and do what's necessary to get america working again.
i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from indiana's time has expired. the gentlelady from north carolina reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from california. mr. cardoza: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i look at today's "hill" newspaper, and i look on page 31 and i oftentimes believe that cartoons and political satire speak better than words we use in long speeches. in today's cartoon, although i can't say this very funny to the american people that are being affected by it, you see an american citizen bungee jumping off an unemployment benefit bridge, and the elephant in the cartoon, signifying the other party, snips the line as the american's jumping off. and the comment in the caption reads, "don't worry, i'm sure
you'll land on your feet." i think too oftentimes we have this situation where we just expect that americans are going to land on their feet and we don't care about those who get left behind. and that's what my discussion was today. the gentleman just referred to mr. boehner's -- the president's comments in wisconsin about mr. boehner. and i will just refer those comments that mr. boehner equated the financial bill that we passed yesterday, the regulatory reform bill that so many americans are yearning for, he said it was a nuclear weapon to be used on an ant, the problem was an ant. well, my constituents certainly don't think they were ants until they started being walked over by wall street. mr. speaker, at this time i'd like to yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from tennessee, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas is recognized for three minutes.
ms. jackson lee: i ask to address the house. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. jackson lee: mr. cardoza, i thank you for sharing with us what is not a funny anecdotal story or cartoon. i think from your words you are saying to the american people that their predicament is not a cartoon. and it is interesting when one of my colleagues comes to the floor of the house and poses the question -- what do we say to the unemployed mother or what do we say to the person who is trying to manage themselves and pay their mortgage? or what do you say to the caller that calls in, i believe from florida, this morning on c-span and said he's laid off from a furniture store that closed and he is looking for work? and if i might paraphrase him.
he said something about getting off our rears here in congress and helping him. why are we blocking his unemployment insurance? . i can quote a lot of statistics and somebody said something about a number of individuals who are unemployed, there are double-digit communities, 13%, 15%, 16%, high numbers in our youth, in their 20's, recent college graduates. individuals who are likewise looking for work as those who have been employed. ladies and gentlemen, unemployment insurance is the prerogative, is the ownership of the worker who has worked. unemployment insurance is what this is called. why my friends want to block it, why the republicans in the other body would stand against unemployment insurance is an outrage. there is no explanation for it. for the people who get
unemployment insurance, they are paying their mortgage. it turns back into the economy. they are buying groceries. they are paying car payments. maybe they will have an opportunity to keep a young person in community college by putting their pennies together. but here we stand today having to go back again because my friends that i'm looking at here had the audacity to vote against unemployment insurance to the man who is saying i'm going out looking for a job every day. to the mother who is saying, i am looking for a job every day. no, this is not explainable. so i come to the floor today and we will go forward on a supplemental, maybe my colleagues will join me and vote against the war supplemental so we'll be able to balance the budget. but if they are not going to be serious about providing money, they cannot counter that we have created 200,000 jobs in the last month, some are public jobs, but
you cannot get the private sector engaged until you begin to see the churning of the economy. the federal government is the umbrella over a rainy day. we are in a rainy day. but i have faith in this nation. we always rise. we are going to rise now. we are going to stand with the unemployed so they can work and we are going to give them this money today and i dare my friends to vote against this. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: let me remind members to address their comments to the chair. let me remind other members to not frequent in the well when other members are talking. the gentleman from california reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from north carolina. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd now like to yield four minutes to the distinguished ranking member of the rules committee, mr. dreier. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for four minutes. mr. dreier: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dreier: mr. speaker, i thank my friend from grandfather community, north carolina, for yielding the time. i'd like to say it's very sad and unfortunate that we are here
and, mr. speaker, let me say that i believe that it's really unnecessary, really unnecessary for us to be here. why? because if we had 17 months ago put into place a bipartisan vision for economic growth that was utilized very effectively by john f. kennedy during the decade of the 1960's, and ronald reagan during the decade of the 1980's, that's why i call it bipartisan, i am convinced that we would in fact have attained what president obama promised us would have happened with passage of the trillion dollar stimulus bill. you'llble that he said, that if that measure passed, that the unemployment rate would not exceed 8%. and that at this point we would be at an unemployment rate of somewhere around 7.4%. mr. speaker, my friend from california is joining and
managing this rule and he knows very well that we not overwhelm don't have a 7.4% unemployment rate, not only don't have an 8% unemployment rate, as was promised by the president, but we nationally have just under 10% unemployment and tomorrow we are going to get numbers which according to reports are not going to be terribly positive. in our state of california and the area my friend represents, the unemployment rate is far beyond that. the area i represent in southern california is unemployment, in excess -- right around 14%. i know it's well in the double digits in the central valley of california. that's when i say it should be unnecessary for us to be here, mr. speaker, the reason i say it is that if we were to take the bipartisan john f. kennedy, ronald reagan model and utilize that for economic growth, we could have an unemployment rate which would be significantly
less than we are facing today. and we could have a g.d.p. growth rate which would be significantly higher. now, what is that model? that model, the one that worked, that actually doubled the flow of revenues to the federal treasury during the 1960's and 1980's, is one which is designed to bring about marginal tax rate reduction to encourage savings and productivity. now, mr. speaker, that's the kind of thing that we should be doing to avoid where we are today facing this continued extension of unemployment benefits. the notion that somehow those of us who want to put into place pro-growth economic policies are concerned about those who are today in need of unemployment benefits is a preposterous argument. because we believe very passionately that the level, the level of compassion of a
government should be based on -- not on the number of people who have to draw unemployment benefits, but face instead on the number of people who do not need to draw unemployment benefits. that's why we found that over the past 17 months clearly the economic plan which was put into place by president obama and speaker pelosi and the democratic leadership is one that has not met up to what was promised. in fact from my perspective it's been an abject failure when you have unemployment rate that nationally is nearly 2% greater than the level that we were promised. i also believe, mr. speaker, that we have an opportunity that emerged from the discussion that took place last weekend at the g-20 meeting. that plan that the president, i congratulate him for putting forward, calls for moving ahead in a lame duck session after renegotiating a u.s.-south korea free trade agreement. i look forward to working with my friend, the distinguished
chair of the committee on ways and means, on this just as soon as we are able to move forward with it. i guess my time's expired. ms. foxx: i yield another 30 seconds. mr. dreier: i thank my friend for yielding. let me say, mr. speaker, i believe that if we were to take that vision of opening up markets when 96% of the world's consumers are outside of our borders and pass not only the u.s.-south korea agreement, but right here in this hemisphere if we were to pass the panama and colombia agreements, which were negotiated before the south korea agreement was put into place, we would have tens of millions of new consumers. in colombia alone, 40 million consumers, american jobs that could be created for caterpillar, john deere, whirlpool, other great u.s. companies could create u.s. jobs and i hope very much, mr. speaker, we are able to put those kinds of pro-growth
policies into place so we don't have to face what we are facing today. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from north carolina reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from california. mr. cardoza: mr. speaker, i would like to inquire how much time each side has remaining. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california has 16 minutes remaining. the gentlelady from north carolina has 14 1/4 minutes remaining. the gentleman from california. mr. cardoza: thank you, mr. speaker. i would just like to respond to my colleague from california by saying that the gentleman is once again talking about the long-term questions. whether we need tax cuts or whether we need to have more stimulus. all those things are open to debate. what's not open to debate is the fact that 1.7 million americans today will -- and over the next three days and over the last few weeks have lost their unemployment benefits. that is an emergency. that's why we have emergency spending provisions. we have to take care of those americans who will not be able to feed their families, pay their mortgage payments, that's
why we have an uninsurance compensation program. to protect those americans when they find themselves in this kind of a situation. and we can have the other debates on other days. and we certainly have had and we will have. but on today's question of whether we are going to extend those benefits, we need to have the republicans join us in supporting the american people and supporting those out-of-work folks. mr. speaker, i at this time would like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. andrews. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from is recognized for two minutes. mr. andrews: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. andrews: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my friend from california for yielding. there's been discussion on the floor of the long term. for the long-term unemployed in this country the long term happened yesterday or today, actually, the first of the month, when the rent comes due and you can't pay it or your mortgage comes due and you can't
pay it. they are living in the long term right now and they need some help. i think that considering this bill today is the right thing to do. i do want to reference the remarks which preceded me a few minutes ago by my friend from california, the senior member of the rules committee, about how had the congress embarked on the path he suggested early in 2009 that the economy would be so much stronger. and he is a fierce and articulate advocate of that point of view. but let's examine what that point of view is and what its track record is. the gentleman from california argued for cuts in marginal tax rates, mostly distributed to people at the top end. not all but mostly. he argued for deregulation of the domestic markets. and for a policy that pursues that goal. that is a quite accurate description of the economic policies of the administration of president george w. bush.
they cut marginal tax rates, mostly at the upper end of the scale, almost all at the upper end of the scale. they engage in a systematic practice of deregulation of wall street and other industries. and it yielded, quite frakely, -- frankly, the worst economic downturn since the great dregs. -- depression. were those policies the sole cause of that? of course not. is what the american people need a rehashing of that failure? of course not. the american people need a policy that will grow jobs and although the jobs are growing much more slowly than i think any of us hopes. the reality is the economy shed 8.5 million jbs -- jobs following the policy that my friend from california would like us to go back to. and it has gained just over a million jobs since the beginning of this year. those are the facts. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from north
carolina. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i now would like to yield myself five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for five minutes. ms. foxx: mr. speaker, our colleagues across the aisle are saying yes, what the american people want are to see jobs and they keep asking where are the jobs? we keep being told that these failed policies passed by this administration and this congress are going to produce jobs. that is not the case. they'd like to tap the may employment report issued by the bureau of labor statistics, which appears to be positive, with the addition of 431,000 new jobs. however, 412,000 of those new positions are for temporary government census workers. in other words, 96% of may's job growth will be eliminated in just a few weeks. that's almost half of the jobs
that my colleague from new jersey wants to point out. the june unemployment rate we believe, as my colleague from california said, is going to be -- will edge up to 9.8% from 9.7% in may. but they keep bragging about how effective they have been in providing jobs. the bottom line since february, 2009, with democrats in charge of congress and the white house, more than 3.3 million jobs have been lost in the private sector. the federal government has gained more than 590,000 jobs over the same period. i hate to tell you, but the government jobs don't provide a viable solution to help get the economy back on its feet. government jobs are supported by tax dollars and that tax burden is ultimately borne by the entrepreneurs and small businesses that are the engines of economic growth. further strain on these
employers will not help facilitate a healthy economy over the long term. now, my colleague from new jersey just talked about a myth that our colleagues continue to perpetuate which is about how many jobs were lost in the bush administration and how many jobs were gained. i want to quote an article, and, mr. speaker, i'd like to insert into the record -- the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. foxx: a piece. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. 78. . our colleagues are really searching for ways to justify their terrible policies. but as mr. hennessy points out, the democrats are picking their time frames very carefully, they
ignore the four million jobs lost during the first 11 months of a presidency that is so far 16 months old. now, what they don't point out is the fact that president bush inherited a recession and that their statistics again are totally unfounded. if you look at the bureau of labor statistics payroll survey in 2001 to mid 2003, you see a steady employment decline, followed by a steady strong and sustained period of job growth for almost four years. this is a chart put out by keith hennessy and he notes that in the 46 months that we had job growth in the bush administration, is the second longest in recorded history for sustained job creation in the u.s. and more than eight million jobs were created during this
period. a mild recession began in late 2007. who was in charge of the congress at that time? the democrats. they always failed to mention that. followed by a severe contraction the second half of 2008 and continues into the obama administration. so this chart shows it very well and it's very objective, mr. speaker. it isn't opinion on my part, it's the numbers. as i said, our colleagues are very, very selective in how they make the comparison. let me point out one other chart that's been put together and that is to compare the unemployment over time between administrations or among administrations using the average unemployment rate. you'll see very low under president johnson, 4.2% under president eisenhower, 4.9%, the average under president bush,
5.3%, the average under president obama, 9.5%. this is what the american people are interested in. they're asking where are the jobs? why do the obama administration and pelosi policies continue to have us lose jobs? unemployment is almost 10%. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to take this time to correct the statistics and the statements that we just heard from my colleague from north carolina. mr. cardoza: my colleagues forget that in the clinton administration we created -- not we, because i wasn't here, but the democrats and mr. clinton created 22 million new jobs for america. mr. bush, when he took over, did
not in fact inherit a recession, that recession happened after he was in office and it was a severe one. we started to come out of that and again the bush administration policies caused a second recession. when you look at mr. bush's term of office, he did not create all the jobs -- there were some jobs created but they were not private sector jobs as the gentlelady is so fond of talking about. in fact, if you look at the statistics, there were no new private sector jobs created during the bush administration and when mr. bush left office he in fact left a recession that was shedding 750,000-plus jobs a month. and when the good lady from north carolina talks about the fact that there has been job
losses during the obama administration, many of those are the carryovers that it took us a while -- you don't turn around the economy overnight. mr. obama can't flip a light switch and create the jobs overnight. it took time to get the policies in place to start bringing the country out of the bush recession. and in fact in the last three months we've averaged 300,000-plus jobs instead of losing 750,000 a month under the last few months of the bush administration. this rewriteing of history, this total -- rewriting of history, this total denial of economic policies that got us into this mess is something that frankly the american people understand very well. 20% of the population that is unemployed in my district right now, they understand that very well. the 30% of my constituents who have lost their homes to foreclosure understand who got them into this situation.
and i think that we will in fact see a situation where the american people will judge what's going on here. we will have to work hard to create more jobs in the future, we're going to debate those policies, as i said before. there's been discussions on tax cuts and on stimulus. in fact, the statistics tell us that the average american has not paid this less in a percentage of taxes in quite some time, since mr. truman was in office, i believe it is. so i believe that there is significant facts that we need to set straight here and that represent a positive side of the ledger to my party and the policies we're advocating. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from north carolina. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. it is not we republicans who are
rewriting history, it's our colleagues on the other side of the aisle. i'll point out once again, republicans were in charge of the congress during six of the eight years of mr. clinton's administration and that's when we had the job growth, when republicans were making the policy here. and mr. obama did promise to create the jobs, he promised that unemployment would not go above 8%, he made lots of promises, none of the good ones have been kept as far as i've been able to see. i'd like now to yield three minutes to my distinguished colleague from california, mr. lungren. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for three minutes. mr. lungren: i thank the gentlelady for the time, and, mr. speaker, i was listening intently to the debate and i must say that the people in my district would not recognize the america that's been described by the gentleman from california. they would not believe that the economy is moving up, they would not believe that jobs are being created, they would not believe
that they have a low -- have low taxes. frankly they believe all the opposite. because that's what they're reality is -- their reality is. all of us have been home in our districts, as have i, all of us i hope have polled our constituents both informally and formally. and i find what my constituents say in my district is the same in the national polls. the number one thing they're concerned about is jobs. they're concerned about good jobs, permanent jobs, they understand the agony of those who are unemployed and are having difficulty if not impossible prospects for jobs at the present time. and we understand that on this side. but the other thing that my constituents have said to me over and over again is, while jobs is the number one issue, the number two issue is spending
out of control -- spending, out of control, by this congress. so i hear my friends on the other side of the aisle say, we have an emergency in terms of unemployment benefits running out. i understand that. but what my constituents are telling me, what americans are saying all over the country, is there are at least two emergencies. jobs, yes, that is an emergency, but spending, out of control spending, irresponsible spending by this congress under this democratic leadership, is of major concern to them. under this rule we can't deal with both emergencies. we can only deal with the question of jobs in the unemployment compensation arena, but we are prohibited from dealing with how you pay for the government spending here. that's what we've been asking
for. deal with the second emergency so that you don't have further people unemployed for years, so that you don't impose your debt on my children and my grandchildren, so that they will not have the prospect of jobs in the future. the not original with me, it's often been said the best social well you fare program is a job -- welfare program is a job. while we want to have unemployment insurance to cushion people, to transition people from a period of employment to unemployment to employment, that's not the prospect we want for them short-term or long-term, what bewant -- we want are creation of jobs and the irresponsibility of this administration and this democratic leadership in not facing up to the fact that our
persist ept irresponsibility in not paying our bills is something that exacerbates the problem. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from california. ms. foxx: mr. speaker, i'd like to yield the gentleman one more minute. mr. lungren: as i hear my friends on the other side of the aisle say, look, republicans are those scrooge-like people who are not concerned about people who are unemployed, let me just say, we have people unemployed as well as you do in your districts, we have friends and family members who are suffering under this, we understand that, but we also understand this thing at the same time, when you pass legislation in the congress that costs money, find a way to pay for it. find a way to pay for it. you can be both for creation of jobs as well as being responsible in the carrying out of our duties. that's all we're saying. don't promise the american people a free lunch and don't say, well, we'll think about that in the future, because
we've got to think about spending right now. i understand this rule doesn't allow us to do this, the leadership on the democratic side doesn't want to face up to the concerns we have, we're not even going to have a budget, but at some point in time we have to stand up for what's right and we can do two things at once. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. cardoza: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas, a member of the ways and means committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for two minutes. >> i thank the gentleman. this rule makes it possible for us to consider today a supplemental appropriations bill that contains some vital support for public education across america. dog dog most school children learn that -- mr. doggett: most school children learn that three plus three equals six. last year the school children of my state of texas received an unfortunate lesson in state republican math. in texas, three plus three only equals three. how is that? well, last year texas received
more than $3 billion in state stabilization, economic recovery or stimulus funds designated for our local school districts, for our school children. but by exploiting ambiguous language, for every dime of stabilization moneys that went to texas, the state took away money that it had already committed for the same purpose. so instead of a historic boost in local school support, our school children were left no better off than if we'd not as ifed -- passed the economic recovery act with these provisions at all. three million -- $3 billion more made no difference for our local schools. congressional support for our local school districts will flex a two-fold understanding. first, that our local districts know best what the needs of their students and their teachers and administrators are, and, second, that especially in times of a difficult economy, we need to invest in public education, a solid education is
the foundation on which our economy and our democracy rest. now, our texas republican leadership disagree with both those propositions. they balanced a state budget with federal economic recovery funds at the same time our governor was out talking about secession and attacking the economic recovery. much as we've heard this morning. i am hopeful that this supplemental appropriation will include specific language for texas, made at the request of our texas democratic delegation, to ensure that this never happens again. that any money approved for teachers -- do you have another 30 seconds? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. doggett: do you have another 30 seconds? mr. cardoza: i yield the gentleman another 30 seconds. mr. doggett: any money that gos for teachers and public education in texas goes to improve our schools and the lives of our school children. earlier this month statewide groups representing teachers, principles -- principals, school boards and school administrators joined about 40 superintendents from across the state to endorse
this approach. through this bill today was specific language for texas, we can assure that our goals of last year are achieved and we do something at this difficult time to dreals the needs of our texas teachers and our texas school children. i hope this rule can be adopted in order to approve this important language. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from north carolina. ms. foxx: mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: jearlt. the gentleman from california. mr. cardoza: mr. speaker, how much time is remaining on each side? the speaker pro tempore: seven minutes for the gentleman from california. and 4 3/4 for the gentlelady from north carolina. mr. cardoza: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to inquire from the gentlewoman from north carolina if she has any remaining speakers? ms. foxx: we do. mr. cardoza: then i'd ask the gentlelady to proceed and i continue to reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from north carolina. . ms. foxx: i yield myself three
minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. foxx: republicans want to help the long-term unemployed but agreeing with american people that new spending needs to be offset by cuts otherwise. during the rules committee markup of the democrats' h.r. 5618, mr. heller from inform neff offered a republican amendment in the nature of a substitute which was not made in order by a vote of 2/7. this fiscally responsible alternative would have extended unemployment insurance, cobra, and the current property guidelines until september 25, and paid for it with unused funds from the failed stimulus bill. again the bill before us extends federal unemployment benefits only through november 2010 and is not paid for. adding a $34 price tag to our $13 trillion debt. democrats claim that their bill satisfies their pay-go requirements. by declaring its spending an emergency. but that simply an excuse for not paying for it. let me tell you what the -- how an emergency is defined in their
rules. in general the criteria to be considered in determining whether a proposed expenditure or tax change meets an emergency designation include, one, necessary essential and vital. not merely beneficial. two, quickly coming into being and not building up over time. three, an urgent pressing and compelling need requiring immediate action. four, unforeseen or unanticipated and not permanent but temporary in nature. this we have known about this for a long time. this does not meet the criteria for emergency spending. declaring it emergency spending is just a gimmick. it's a way to not have to comply with pay-go. in fact, there are 160 spending programslogical exempt from pay-go or operate under special rules. just because our colleagues say that it's so doesn't make it so. saying that it's pay-go client doesn't mean that there is an
offset to it. so our colleagues are very clever in the way they say things. president obama said in february 2010, now congress will have to pay for what it spends just like everybody else. after a decade of profligacy, the american people are tired of politicians who talk the talk but don't walk the walk when it comes to fiscal responsibility. both the president and our colleagues across the aisle are talking out of both sides+ of their mouths. they go out and announce that they are making something pay-go client but they don't. rather than face facts and support sound economic policies like lowering taxes and reducing regulatory burdens, the democrats continue to advocate misguided policies to expand the government's control and increase the nation's debt. this is not the way to create jobs. and the american people continue to ask the question, where are the jobs? mr. speaker, this bill is not
going to create the jobs. and i urge my colleagues to vote no. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. cardoza: i continue to reserve. i have the right to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from north carolina. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. the president has said that every economist that has worked -- looked at his stimulus plan and all the plans that he has put forward agree with him. let me quote carnegie mellon economist alan h. melcher in an article in the "wall street journal" op-ed june 30. why obamaics has failed. growth is slow, unpoiment remains high. the president and his friends and advisors talk endlessly about the circumstances they inherited as a way of avoiding responsible for the 18 months which they are responsible.
two overarching reasons explain the failure. first administration economists and outside supporters neglected the longer term cost and consequences of their actions. second, the administration in congress have through their deeds and words heightened uncertainty about the economic future. high uncertainty is the enemy of investment and growth. economists get it. republicans get it. the american people get it. it's high time the democrats wake up to the fact that the stimulus isn't working as promised. we need to cut government spending. repeal nonsensical regulations and lower taxes. we should not be passing this extension without an offset in spending. i urge my colleagues to vote no on the rule and no on the bill. let's answer the question the american people are asking, where are the jobs? let's put in policies that really create jobs. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from california. mr. cardoza: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to close today by discussing a little bit of what the gentlelady just talked about with regard to pay-go. i'd like to point out that i'm quite sure that the gentlelady from north carolina did not vote for the pay-go resolution in the house rules that we passed at the beginning of this congress. nor did she vote for statutory pay-go. but always talks about tax cuts as the answer to all of america's problems. we could take the tax cut to zero and why wouldn't we pay for government? the reality is that they only want to pay for things that affect common folks, the common americans that get up every day, put their shoes on, and just want a job to make a living, pay for their family, pay for their home and earn a better life. they don't want to pay for the
tax cuts for the wall street big shots. they never want to pay for that. they don't want the pay-go rules to apply to that. as i said before in this debate, i grew up in my parents' bowling alley. i saw firsthand what happens to those folks, those hardworking american folks. that would come into my parents' establishment just wanting a little bit of fun on a friday or saturday night. i saw what happened when they lost their jobs. they lost their homes. they couldn't feed their families. families disbanded because of the stress and tension under those economic situations. my colleagues on the other side of the aisle voted against for the most part the financial regulatory reform bill. they are protecting their friends on wall street, the people, the very people that got us into this calamity. 30% of my constituents around
that have lost their home to foreclosure because of the financial collapse that was caused by the greed on wall street. yet my colleagues on the other side of the aisle continue to defend them, but for the most part they will not vote for emergency funding to put food on unemployed workers' tables, to allow them to keep their homes in this time of crisis. i say that it's not all of them because on june 29, 2010, 30 courageous republicans voted with the democrats, the 231 democrats, to extend unemployment benefits and to protect those workers who have lost their job in this economic situation. mr. speaker, i can't sit here today and tell you that every policy that we put in place since mr. obama's been in place has worked as well as i had he like. frankly i have been critical on
a number of issues that i thought the administration could have done a better job. but i will tell you that when it comes time to taking care of americans who are in emergency situations, who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, but for the fact that the economic situation was a scommee that swamped them -- tsunami that swamped them, it was our party standing up to make sure those workers can survive for day. for those workers this absolutely is an emergency. mr. speaker, no one can legitimately doubt that the situation we face right now is an emergency for the american people who are unemployed. and until our economy is fully on track and moving forward, i believe we must provide help to have those unemployed workers pay their bills and feed their
families. if not, we move further into a further economic crisis and we risk leaving way too many families behind. mr. speaker, i urge all members to support this rule and urge them to support the underlying bill. i urge a yes vote on the previous question and on the rule. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. and i move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the previous question is ordered. the question is on adoption of the resolution. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. without, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. mr. cardoza: i demand the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays have been requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a 15-minute vote.
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seem to add to it. the debate on unemployme benefits. what you just got done with the callers about -- i think it is having a real impact on the economy. theres this economic train of thought called rational expectations. people know what is coming so they adjust behavior. now i think one of the reasons consumer confidence is so far down right now, it continues to
decrease, is people look at all of this debt and they know it is not healthy for the economy, they know it is not healthy for the budget and they know someone is going to have to pay it back, so as a result of they are holding on to the cash they have, savings rates continue to grow, they are not making purchases, business is are worried about who will have to pay it back and were about a host of other policy decisions. as a result, i think it is one of the main reasons our eonomy is so sluggish right now. host: 10 you tell our viewers what 62%, what it is estimated to be this year, whait means for the average family, what is the correlation? guest: here is an example. just payg back the bailout stimulus, for a college student graduating this year, it means their share is about $145,000 monthly out of their paycheck is equivalent to a second car
payment, for a young person starting out in life. overall, when you look at the world and country's financial health wn you compare what they owed to the size of the economy, we are at 62% today, right in the middle of those five or six european countries who are facing debt problems. as we continue to grow, we move into that tier, not to the greek level but close to it in the next two or three or four years. what it means the -- it costs more to borrow money, they look to tax people or cut services. so, yes, it has a real impact on a family. host: you mentioned you were listening to the callers in the last segment, and you know the scope of the problem, millions of people long-term unemployed, houses that are under water that they can't sell to move. what is the prescription for the
way it for? guest: the main focus has to be on job creation and unplug th benets are a stopgap measure but most of them are pushing us to get the economy going again. so far to i think the unemployment bill itself has been played with a lot of political games unfortunately. the debt is a real crisis and republicans are just asking that we not add $33 billion, $34 billion to it. so far the bill has been attached to a lot of other spending. just recently -- -- they started offering it as a stand-alone bill. but the boat disaster be on jobs and issues like the debt, issues like higher energy taxes, gher taxes, period, all of that adds to again and stop on new job creation. host: how do you create jobs? guest: stop frightening the
horses. businesses are not making the critical decision of rehiring workers or hiring new ones because they are afraid they will be punished. they do look at captain trade as raising energy prices. they look at all of the new tax proposals from higher income taxes to hire capital gains, regulatory proposals, and they say, we are worried about hiring someone back, let's hold off for a while longer. i think until we stop frighten them and take some of the proposals of the table, we will not see the job reason we s in the reagan recovery, for example. i also think across the board tax cut on business, 20% for small businesses, where there is a certainty. and then with customers, coming back to the debt, i do think of washington really got serious with a game plan on getting back to a balanced budget to where the public realized, look, this
is not going to get worse -- and it is continuing to get worse -- i think it will have input on consumer confidence. host: alrdy getting questions by twitter, about paying for the war when we got so many fiscal priorities. would you tell people what your opinion is, not just the war but overall level of defense spending? guest: there is no comparison. the united states -- i think our defense budget is higher than the next 20 country's total. we are so strong on national security, both the united states and across the world, one of the reasons why i think the world is more stable than it otherwise might have been. we are far more secure than we otherwise would have been after 9/11. history shows that every time we think things are seted worldwide, we let our guard
down, there is another threat and we rebuild again. we are determined not to do that and i think it is the right thing to do. host: new albany, indiana. john on the independent line. caller: you know, i understand that we have issues in this country. i worked almost all of my life and have never gotten unemployment up to this moment. i have been out of work for a year. the company i worked for closed down. for you guys to sit here and say, we can't find the money, but, you know, for eight years you found money to start wars and all of these other things and give money to the oil companies and all of these companies and turned around who left this country anyway and yet here you are, going on vacation, i and unemployed and have a family to feed and take care of and i am about to lose my apartment because you guys can't get off your but and do whats right by the american people.
host: tell us more about your situation. what kind of work? caller: a furniture company. host: are they closed for good? caller: closed their doors. host: overseas? caller: they are still here in the area but they closed down one of their plants and i was the last one in and first one out. host: what will you do next? caller: i was working maintenance. are you host: going to be looking -- caller: i am looking for work. there are jobs year, little, small jobs here, but they are all temporary that last two or three months. it i am interviewing for jobs, but the problem is, there are so many people interviewing for the same jobs and that it is really difficult, really difficult. pele pretendike that there
are not people looking for work. everybody is looking for work. everybody is looking for work. you know, and just to throw everybody off the rails like that, arbitrarily throw everybody off because you can't find the money to pay for it and you -- , on. it is just wrong and i can't understand how you can sit here and look as in the face and say we are doing the best we can. no, you are not doing the best we can. host: i will jump in at this point and thank you and good luck for your job search. guest: absolutely. i think he is in a position a lot of people are, especially those who are new hires and are laid off once the recession took hold. but akzo agreed with one key point, you tell me you can find the money for this? hes right. that is what we are asking for, that this be paid for. there is, i tnk, a host of ways to cut money that is less of a priority.
for its -- for example, the stimulus bill, only less than half of it has been spent so far. to much has been wasted. we have seen $3 million for a turtle crossing in florida, $50,000 for a hand puppet grants and $390,000 university of new york buffalo, a study between smoking marijuana and malt liquor beer. just ridiculous use of our tax dollars. and johns question, you tell you can find the money for it -- the money is here. but so far, people are not willing to look at the cuts to pay for the benefits that john and others are waiting for. that is our point, let's pay for it. .
the more you raids on employment taxes, the less people higher in the first place. in real business sense, it does not wor unfortunately. host: timothy is from cecil county, maryland. are you there? caller: good morning. i want to start up by sayiig i am 43 years old and i have been a republican all my life but i will take a page out of the republican's own page book. i suggest to the democrats in
november, it is said that they think they enter -- the answer should be no to everything. all of these people, including myself, are out of work. i am in construction. sice the january 20 this year, i have had to do two john contacts. i have had 93 job interviews and have not found a job. it is unfair to say that these people are just taking these money and are not doing anything about it. the majority of these people are trying tfind gainful employment. once again, last night, they vote no and do not extend unemployment. what do they think they are accomplishing when they seek reelection?
host: this viewer tweets -- guest: i wonder who is saying it is a handout? i was there for the debate every version of this bill. i did not hear that once. all members of congress understand how difficult it is when you are out of work. the debate is two fold. do we believe helping people through tough times is such a priority that we ought to pay for it -- wch we ought to. secondly, what are we doing about getting them back to work? short term is one thing, but they really need a job. what are we doing to encourage businesses to hire again?
guest: i think in is the first admission from democrats that the stimulus failed to jump start the economy or restore consumer confidence. unfortunately, they see it as a slush fund, to use it for whatever product is coming down the road. the public has given up on the stimulus. poll aer poll says that they believe it did not do much for a job creation. our argument was that it was never an economic stimulus, it was a political stimulus. the judge only last as long as taxpayers are willing to pay for it. now, i think, the democra to agree. host: next phone call from kent,
ohio. dale on the democrats line. caller: i want to know, what do you think about the tax cuts? should they be extended for the big companies that are leaving this country in droves anyway? trickle-down voodoo economics, do you believe that is working? when bush took over we had money in the bank, we were in the black, and then he gives out all this money the first year he is in there and it has been downhill ever since. guest: which tax cuts to businesses are you referring to? caller: the tax cut that he gave to all of the rich people.
they are talking about stopping them but they are still getting their brakes. big business is still getting their money. guest: thank you. i think this is a common misconception. and there were no big tax cuts for big business. if you end those tax cuts, it means that american family of pace and average of $3,000 or more than if the cuts were extended. i do not think many peop can afford that right now. actually, republicans lowered taxes for companies to create jobs in america, that invest in mfg., here come in the united states.
-- hear, in the united states. unfortunately, the energy industry. it taxes as if they were paying overseas. to not extend them wiil hurt our economy in a major way. it will not put these people back to work who are callin in and are so worried about it today. host: this story from "the wall street journal." there is a 18-member fiscal commission looking at the debt. this story about the meeting --
this is from the co-chair of the commission -- guest: health care, uer the new report yesterday, will double, over the next decade or so the bill itself never bend the cost curve, which was a big concern. it actually accelerated them, which is a problem from that standpoint. you cannot tax back to a balanced budget. we could tax everyone in the country and we would still running a deficit. at a certain point, you can only tax so much. people' behavior changes.
have seen this in europe. historically, we are around 18% gdp of tax revenue. even if they continue to increase it, people will adjust their income, businesses will stop hiring, and it will not generate much income. it has to be tighteni our belts. there is no other choice. host: let me ask you about social security and mecare. starting with social security, if our obligations are greater than our ability to pay, what is theikely of come of that? guest: social security is easier to solve than medicare and medicaid by a factor of 10. no question, we have to look at everything from 18 peop
retire, and more importantly, can we put in incentives for people who retire? you do not get much of a bump from people staying in the workforce. there are some good ideas, bipartisan ideas, on making that money go to work for younger workers. we have to find a way where we do not have just a virtual social security account and depend on these funds in the future. we need something more like state employee funds for teacher retirement funds, with real assets, real interest, and over time, that will help a great deal. host: in the last discussion, people we suggeing that
workers should retire earlier. guest: this country is never good at gauging social behavr. if people understand what they're paying into with social security, it is actually invested in the government. if they see advantages to working longer, saving themselves, and businesses see the value in creating and hiring new workers, that will go a long way to solve the problems. host: maryland. tom on the independent line. caller: i have some cost-cutting measures that i would like to discuss with the senator. for one thing, you only work about 100 days a ye. let's say you cut yourself every
in half? there is no place in the private sector where someone can go to work, work eight years, and draw retirement. you need to work for the betterment of your country. you do not need retirement. almost all of you are wealthy. you do not need your retirement. let's stop all foreign aid for two, three years. keep that money in this country to help the american people. the people around the world can get their own help. job creation. there are approximately 12 million to 20 million illegal immigrants in this country. let's deport them and that will free up the job market. that will probably create millions of jobs for the american people. get rid of the illegals and
let's see if the american people will not te some of these jobs that your great mr. bush said that they are taking jobs that americans do not want to. guest: there is a lot there. i get the same sorts of messages home about congressional retirements, salaries, but unfortunately, they are all inaccurate. members of congress on no work at least six days of the week in our district. retirement has not changed. now, i is the same as federal workers. 1.7% a year in salaries. it is much more comparable to what it ought to be. the point you made about foreign aid, i think people need to understand the severity of debt
that susan was talking about. we are borrowing 43 cents on every dollar we are spending. think about that. if you are borrowing half of almost everything you burn every year, what a terrible financial position that puts you in. everything in the federal budget will have to shrink for us to get back to a balanced budget. we are going to have to change our thinking about the role of the federal government. what are our priorities? i do not believe people can stomach more tax increases. they should be off the table. we ought to be looking at ways to cut taxes to spur the economy. we are going to have to figure out a way, now, in an urgent manner to cut this dramatically to get back to a point whe we can -- not just break even --
but start to pay back this horrible amount of 181. the resolution is adopted. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. the unfinished business is on the question of suspend the rules and agreeing to h.res. 21, as amended, which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: house resolution 1321, resolution expressing the sense of the house of representatives that the political situation in thailand be solved peacefully and through democratic means. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to the resolution as amended. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended -- the gentleman from virginia. mr. connolly: mr. speaker, on this matter i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker prtempore: the yeas and nays have been recorded -- a recorded vote has been requested. those voring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having
arisen, the recorded vote is ordered. members will record their tes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, in, in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is express prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] guest: it did not happen with
prosperous under president clinton and president bush. president bush actually taxed the top 1% more than president clinton did. i think there are some misconceptions there. host: texas. mike on the republican line. caller: good morning. it seems we're looking at ideas, philosophy. tax increases is one thing you talked about. i think, by law, we should have to write a check to the government and actually see it. then we would feel it. we are not good on short-term versus long term. these people who are unemployed in getting benefits, i feel for them, but they do not recognize
as our debt goes up, if the economy is not doing well, they will he to pay more themselves. it is a vicious cycle. we have to quit spending more money. if we work in this kind of that personally, we would never bcome out of this. guest: thank yo it is a great idea -- how would congress have asked if the election date was april 16? when they handle taxing and spending differently? -- would and i handle taxing and spending differently? the decisions in washington really matter. we know that we are facing job losses as a result of this
drilling moratorium in your area, which i believe was done hastily, an overreaction to the oil spill. companies are already taking their rigs to west africa. companies are playing off workers. what businessan go six months without any revenue and survive? i think the federal judge was right to end the moratorium. the white house seems to be intent on reinstating it. we will see losses tween 50,000 and 100,000 because of this. the decisions in washington that congress considers and makes has a real impact on the the mike's of the country. host: indiana "wall street
journal" -- i want to put that out there as i ask is question on behalf of dianne in new hampshire who asks -- guest: actually, they were not put back on the books. we are debating an emergency supplemental which means we will be allocating another $30 million to fund our troops, ich is the right thing to do, but it will not be paid for. the public perception is, at least back home, i cann