House Session 2012-06-06 (11:59:47-13:00:16)

C-SPAN THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED TODAY BY OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN, REVEREND JOSEPH SHEA FROM ST ROSE OF LIMA CATHOLIC CHURCH, CALIFORNIA THE CHAPLAIN LORD GOD, AS WE GATHER TODAY, I ASK YOUR BLESSINGS UPON THESE MEN AND WOMEN WHOM YOU AND THIS GREAT NATION HAVE CHOSEN TO SERVE US GRANT THEM THE GRACE TO BE LEADERS WHOSE WALK IS BY FAITH, WHOSE BEHAVIOR IS BY PRINCIPLE, WHOSE VISION IS HIGH, WHOSE PRIDE IS LOW, AND WHOSE LOVE FOR YOU AND THIS WONDERFUL NATION IS WIDE AND DEEP GRANT THAT THESE LEADERS BE RIBBED WITH THE STEEL OF YOUR SPIRIT SO THAT THEIR STRENGTH WILL BE EQUAL TO THE TASK, THAT THEY WON’T FADE UNDER THE LIGHT OF SCRUTINY, THAT THEY WILL BE CALM AMIDST THE STORMS OF CRITICISM, THAT THEY WON’T BEND AMIDST THE STORMS OF CRITICISM, AND BEND UNDER THE HEAVY LOAD OF RESPONSIBILITY, THAT THEY WILL COURAGEOUSLY HOLD HIGH THE THEM YOUR TRUTH TO GUIDE WE ASK THESE BLESSINGS IN YOUR HOLY NAME, AMEN THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY’S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APLUFLE THEREOF PUSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVE THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LEAD BY THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS. BUERKLE 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 CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO — WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GALLEGLY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE THANK YOU, MR SPEAKER

I HAVE KNOWN FATHER JOSEPH SHEA SINCE HE WAS APPOINTED PASTOR LIMA IN MY HOME PARISH IN SIMI VALLEY, CALIFORNIA HE’S BEEN THERE APPROXIMATELY FOUR YEARS AND WE’VE WORKED TOGETHER ON SEVERAL PROJECTS THAT HAVE BENEFITED OUR COMMUNITY CONTINUE THE TRADITION OF IT IS BEFITTING THAT WE HAVING PASTORS FROM ACROSS OUR COUNTRY OPEN THE PEOPLE’S HOUSE WITH A PRAYER FOR OUR NATION AND ITS PEOPLE I WANT TO THANK THE REVEREND PATRICK J. CONROY, CHAPLAIN OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR GIVING FATHER SHEA THE OPPORTUNITY TO OPEN TODAY’S SESSION OF THE HOUSE HAVING GUEST CHAPLAINS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY PARTICIPATE IN THIS HISTORICAL UNDERTAKING TRULY DOES MANIFEST THE FREEDOM OF WORSHIP ENJOYED ACROSS THE UNITED STATES I ALSO WANT TO THANK FATHER SHEA FOR TRAVELING ALL THE WAY ACROSS THIS GREAT NATION TO BE HERE WITH US THIS MORNING TO OFFER THIS SPIRITUAL OPENING FOR THE DAY AND MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME THANK YOU THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN 15 FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE AISLE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION? I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE WITHOUT OBJECTION THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER I RISE TODAY TO HONOR DONALD KACZYNSKI FROM MY HOME STATE OF ARKANSAS WHO HAS A PASSION OF HELPING OTHER VETERANS WITH A DISABILITY AFTER SEPARATE FROM THE MARINES, HE FACED THE OBSTACLE OF FINDING A NEW JOB AFTER MOVING TO HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, ARKANSAS, THE STARTED A MOBILE FOOD STAND BUSINESS HE SERVES AS COMMANDER AND ADJEW TANT OF THE V.F.W HE WAS ELECTED STATE COMMANDER OF THE DISABLED VETERANS OF ARKANSAS HE WAS RECOGNIZED AS V.F.W. MAN OF THE CAREER FOR ARKANSAS AND IN 2008 AS THE DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS MAN OF THE YEAR WE HONOR DONALD KACZYNSKI AND HIS SERVICE TO ARKANSAS’ VETERANS I YIELD BACK FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED AS WE RECALL THE VOTENS, I REMEMBER THE 36 HOURS I SPENT IN THE WAR ZONE IN AFGHANISTAN SPEAKING TO OUR SOLDIERS THE TROOPS ON THE GROUND AND YENS CONFIRM THAT PAKISTAN REMAINS A SAFE HAVEN FOR THE TALIBAN AND AL QAEDA FIRST IT WAS PROVED TO THE WORLD WHEN OSAMA BIN LADEN WAS FOUND TO BE HIDING THERE FOR A LENGTHY AMOUNT OF TIME NEW ON MONDAY, A DRONE STRIKE JUST OVER THE PAKISTANI BORDER THAT KILLED AL QAEDA’S NUMBER TWO IN COMMAND FURTHER PROVING BEYOND ALL DOUBT THAT PAKISTAN CONTINUES TO HARBOR TERRORISTS IF PAKISTAN IS UNWILLING TO CONDEMN THE TERRORISTS AND WORK WITH THE UNITED STATES TO FIND THEM, THEY SHOULD NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR FOREIGN AID, PERIOD, END I WORKED, I PLEDGE TO CONTINUE TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN WAY WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO RESTRICT BY AND PROVIDES REFUGE TO FUNDS AS LONG AS PAKISTAN SITS TERRORISTS WHO PUT OUR TROOPS AND NATION IN HARM’S WAY THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER FOR FROM WEST VIRGINIA SEEK WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RECOGNITION? I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED THE STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA LOST ONE OF ITS GREATEST CITIZENS LAST WEEK AND I LOST A VERY CLOSE FRIEND FORMER HEAD COACH OF THE WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL TEAM AND NEW MARTINSVILLE NATIVE BILL SHORT PASSED AWAY ON — BILL STEWART PASSED AWAY ON MAY 28 HE WAS A MAN OF INTEGRITY AND HIGH MORAL CHARACTER WHO PRACTICED TRULY WHAT HE FIELD PREACHED, BOTH ON AND OFF THE AS HEAD COACH OF THE MOUNTAINEERS, HE REPRESENTED BEST POSSIBLE WAY OUR STATE AND UNIVERSITY IN THE HIS SIGNATURE WIN OVER OKLAHOMA IN THE 2008 FIESTA BOWL LAUNCHED HIM INTO THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT HIS LEGACY WILL BE THAT OF A TYPE OF LIFE HE LIVED COACH STU NEVER MET A STRANGER AND NEVER LOST SITE OF — SIGHT OF HIS HOME HE LIVED EACH DAY TO ITS FULLEST AND HAD A CONTAGIOUS ENTHUSIASM THAT INSPIRED EVERYONE AROUND HIM LEAVE NO DOUBT, BILL STEWART WILL BE MISSED FOR YEARS TO COME BECAUSE HE WAS A MAN OF HIS WORD A MAN WHO OPENLY

FOLLOWED HIS FAITH AND A DEDICATED FATHER, HUSBAND, AND FRIEND BILL STEWART TOOK THAT FINAL DUSTY WINDY — DUSTY, WINDY, COUNTRY ROAD HOME TO HIS PLACE IN HEAVEN MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME THANK YOU FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER I RIDES TO SPEAK OUT ABOUT THE BILL NEED TO PASS A TRANSPORTATION I AM FRUSTRATED BY THE ACTION OF THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN CONFEREES AND HOW THE OBSTRUCTIONISM IS NEGATIVELY AFFECTING JOB CREATION IN THIS COUNTRY THE TRANSPORTATION EXTENSION EXPIRES AT THE END OF THIS MONTH AND WE ARE IN THE HEIGHT OF SUMMER CONSTRUCTION SEASON AND WE ARE LOSING THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET THESE JOBS GOING ON CONSTRUCTION AND THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES BACK TO WORK A SURE FIRE WAY TO CREATE A JOB IS TO INVEST IN OUR COUNTRY’S INFRASTRUCTURE BUT HOUSE EVERY TURN REPUBLICANS OBSTRUCT IT AT LAST MONTH, WE WERE FORCED TO PASS A 10TH TEMPORARY EXTENSION OF HIGHWAY FUNDING BECAUSE OF THE G.O.P. INACTION THIS IS MY 20TH YEAR HERE AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT THIS BILL HAS BEEN HELD UP BECAUSE OF PARTISANISM THIS INACTION ONLY INCREASES INSTABILITY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AND MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO PLAN LONG-TERM THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE GENTLELADY’S TIME HAS EXPIRED FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION? TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS WITHOUT OBJECTION ACCORDING TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUSTEES, THE SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY PROGRAM IS EXPECTED TO EXHAUST ITS TRUST FUND IN JUST FOUR YEARS IF THE FUND IS EXHAUSTED ONLED ABOUT 80% OF BENEFITS WOULD BE PAID OUT IF NOTHING IS DONE OVER 11 MILLION AMERICANS COULD BE IMPACTED AGAIN, WE HAVE ANOTHER GOVERNMENT ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM HEADED TOWARD BANKRUPTCY THIS IS A PROGRAM THAT COSTS AS MUCH AS THE ANNUAL BUDGETS OF THE DEPARTMENTS OF AGRICULTURE, HOMELAND SECURITY, COMMERCE, LABOR, INTERIOR AND JUSTICE COMBINED I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THIS PROGRAM IS TO MANY OF MY OWN CONSTITUENTS MEDICARE, MEDICAID, SOCIAL SECURITY, AND THE DISABILITY PROGRAM, TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE RELY ON THESE PROGRAMS BUT THEY ARE NOT STRUCTURALLY APPS SOUND, DOING NOTHING IS NOT THE AND TAKING FUNDS FROM GENERAL REVENUE DOES NOTHING TO PROVIDE NEED THE LONG-TERM STABILITY WE WE NEED REAL, INNOVATIVE REFORM THAT FIXES OUR PROBLEMS, THAT PROGRAMS SAVES AND STRENGTHENS THESE WITHOUT PILING UP DEBT IF WE DON’T ACT TO SAVE AND STRENGTHEN THESE PROGRAMS OUR CREDITORS WILL MAKE THE DECISIONS FOR US DOWN THE ROAD PROBLEMS IN A BIPARTISAN WE NEED TO ADDRESS THESE MANNER, ONE PARTY CAN’T DO IT ALONE I YIELD BACK FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION? MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE WOGS, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED I RISE TODAY TO HONOR ANTHONY ANDERSON A RISING JUNIOR AT LA SALLE ACADEMY IN MY HOME STATE OF RHODE ISLAND HE WAS AWARDED A GOLD MEDAL FROM THE NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC AND WRITING AWARDS FOR A BULLYING SELF-PORTRAIT HE SUBMITTED ON HE’S BEEN RECOGNIZED EVERY YEAR SINCE HE WAS IN SEVENTH GRADE HIS PAINTING IS ON DISPLAY AT A GALLERY AT NEW YORK CITY HE AND HI FAMILY AND TEACHERS WERE INVITED TO CARNEGIE HALL TO CELEBRATE HIS WORK AND THE WINNERS WORK OF OTHER GOLD MEDAL I CONGRATULATE ANTHONY ON HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND WISH HIM CONTINUED SUCCESS IN THE YEARS AHEAD I YIELD BACK FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION? I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED TOO OFTEN PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON FORGET IT’S THE SMALL BUSINESSES THAT CREATE JOBS, NOT GOVERNMENT BRING ABOUT GROWTH THEY ARE DOING WHAT THEY CAN TO THEY HAVE CREATED AN IMPRESSIVE 65% OF ALL NEW AMERICAN JOBS — JOBS OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN CELEBRATING THE SUCCESSES OF OUR LOCAL JOB CREATORS, INCLUDING TWO INDIVIDUALS FROM MY DISTRICT, WHO ARE BEING RECOGNIZED BY THE U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY CONGRATULATION TOSCA THI KWAN, C.E.O. OF A PLASTICS RECYCLING COMPANY ON BEING EXPORTER OF THE YEAR AND A HEARTY SALUTE TO THE MIKE ROHAN PRESIDENT OF ALL TRUST HOME INCORPORATED WHO HAS

EARNED THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SUCCESS OF THE YEAR AWARD THESE ACHIEVEMENTS ARE IMPORTANT REMINDER TO CONGRESS PUT POLITICS ASIDE AND WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE LEADERS LIKE MIKE AND KATHY CAN DO THEIR — WHAT THEY DO BEST, CREATE JOBS I YIELD BACK THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE GENTLELADY YOOLEDS BACK FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER AMERICAN INNOVATORS CONTRIBUTE TO AN ECONOMY SECOND TO NONE AND PROVIDES STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE TO NATIONAL SECURITY, BUT WHERE WILL THE ADVANCEMENT OF TOMORROW COME? THE U.S. RANKS 27TH IN THE WORLD IN GRADUATES WITH SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING DEGREES, AND THE LAST THING CONGRESS SHOULD DO IS TO MAKE EDUCATION LESS AFFORDABLE YET THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT WILL HAPPEN ON JUNE 30 IF CONGRESS FAILS TO ACT INTEREST RATES ON STUDENT LOANS WILL DOUBLE HIKING THE YEARLY PAYMENTS, $1,000, FOR MORE THAN SEVEN MILLION STUDENTS IN THIS COUNTRY REPUBLICAN ROOTS OF TYING STUDENTS LOAN INTEREST RATES TO THE EVISCERATION OF PLEA VAN HOLLENIVE HEALTH CARE FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN WAS AN UNCONSCIONABLE PARTISAN EMPLOY NO — PLOY NO PARENT SHOULD BE FORCED TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THEIR CHILD’S HEALTH OR EDUCATION NO WOMAN SHOULD HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN BREAST CANCER SCREENING AND A STUDENT LOAN LOWER INTEREST RATES WERE THE RESULT OF OUR PARTISAN COOPERATION WITH THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS AND REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT WE MUST STOP THE INTEREST RATE HIKE IN A RESPONSIBLE AND BIPARTISAN MANNER I URGE THIS SPEEDY ACTION AND YIELD BACK THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION? MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO KRAUSE ADDRESS THE HOUSE WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER I WISH YOU COULD MEET MY FRIEND, DR. GALIAN BIKER A. TRULY RENAISSANCE MAN, BORN IN IOWA BUT RAISED IN HUDSONVILLE, MICHIGAN, IN MY DISTRICT WHERE HE GREW UP IN A FAMILY THAT WAS VERY ENTREPRENEURIAL AND VERY POLITICALLY INVOLVED HIS FATHER ACTUALLY SERVED AS A STATE SENATOR, GARY BIKER HE ATTENDED CALVIN COLLEGE WHERE HE IS NOW PRESIDENT AND EARNED A B.A. IN PHILOSOPHY, ENGLISH, POLITICAL SCIENCE AND SPEECH WITH A MINOR IN RUSSIAN HE ALSO ENTERED THE ARMY IN 1967 AND SERVED IN VIETNAM AND WAS CAPTAIN DISCHARGED WITH THE RANK OF HE WENT ON TO EARN A LAW DEGREE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN AND THEN HIS MASTERS DEGREE IN WELL WORLD POLITICS AT MICHIGAN AS AFTER THAT, HE DECIDED NEEDED TO GET HIS PH.D. IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS FROM PENNSYLVANIA HE THEN SERVED AND WORKED IN ENERGY EXPLORATION COMPANY OUT OF HOUSTON HE WORKED ON WALL STREET, BOTH ON ENERGY AS WELL AS DERIVATIVES AND FUTURES HE THEN SERVED AS A LAWYER IN PHILADELPHIA HE’S BEEN INVOLVED IN MANY NUMEROUS ORGANIZATIONS AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES, INCLUDING THE ROUGH GROUSE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES HE’S AN AVID HUNTER AND PRETTY GOOD SLOT I MIGHT ADD HE BECAME PRESIDENT OF CALVIN COLLEGE IN 1995 WHERE HE HAS SERVED SINCE THEN THE LAST 17 YEARS HE’S TRULY A PERSON WHO HAS LEFT A PLACE BETTER THAN WHEN HE FOUND IT AND DR. BIKER, WE WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO KOHL VIN COLLEGE AND THE GREATER COMMUNITY IN WEST MICHIGAN THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION? MINUTE TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED WITHOUT OBJECTION MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO BRING ATTENTION TO WHAT IS A VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM FOR THE FAMILIES OF AT LEAST 1,300 WORKERS, 900 OF WHOM LIVE IN MY STATE OF MINNESOTA THERE IS A LABOR DISPUTE WITH THEIR COMPANY AND ON FRIDAY THERE IS A CHANCE TO GO BACK TO THE BARGAINING TABLE TO COME UP WITH A GOOD SETTLEMENT NOW, THESE WORKERS, THEY DIDN’T GO ON STRIKE, THEY HAVE BEEN LOCKED OUT BEEN LOCKED OUT FOR 10 MONTHS AT AMERICAN CRYSTAL SUGAR FACTORY IN MOORE HILL, MINNESOTA MANY OF THESE PEOPLE HAVE WORKED AT THIS FACTORY THEIR ENTIRE LIVES, MADAM SPEAKER, AND ARE REALLY GOOD, SOLID MEMBERS OF THEIR COMMUNITY THESE WORKERS HAVE GONE TO WORK AND THEY HAVE ACTUALLY STOOD UP AND GONE TO BAT FOR THE COMPANY, PARTICULARLY REGARDING THE SUGAR COUNTLESS WAYS AS WELL PROGRAM, AND MANY OTHER WAYS, THESE WORKERS EVEN VOWED NOT TO GO ON STRIKE BECAUSE THEY KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THEIR WORK IS TO THE COMPANY AND THE COMMUNITY THE ONLY THING THEY HAVE DONE WRONG IS THEY HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO PAY THEIR HIGHER HEALTH INSURANCE COSTS, WHICH IS THE REAL CRUX OF THE NEGOTIATION THIS FRIDAY, THE SIDES ARE GOING BACK TO THE BARGAINING TABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOUR MONTHS I COMMEND BOTH LABOR AND MANAGEMENT FOR GETTING BACK TO THE TABLE MADAM SPEAKER, I URGE MANAGEMENT

LISTEN CAREFULLY TO THE PLEAS OF THESE WORKERS AND COME UP WITH A FAIR SETTLEMENT THANK YOU VERY MUCH THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION? UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR IN 2009 THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SAID THAT UNEMPLOYMENT WOULD NEVER REACH 8% IF THE STAY WITH US WAS APPROVED THREE YEARS LATER, IT WAS $1.2 TRILLION IN SPENDING, UNEMPLOYMENT HAS REMAINED ABOVE 8% FOR 40 CONSECUTIVE MONTHS DEPRESSION THE LONGEST SPAN SINCE THE GREAT EVEN MORE ALARMING IS THAT THE 8% DOESN’T ILLUSTRATE HOW GRIM THE SITUATION REALLY IS MORE THAN 500,000 MORE AMERICANS ARE OUT OF WORK TODAY THAN THEY WERE WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK OFFICE IN 2009 AND THE PERCENTAGE OF AMERICANS WORKING IS AT A 30-YEAR LOW UNEMPLOYMENT WOULD BE EVEN HIGHER IF IT WERE NOT FOR THE GRIT AND RESOLVE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THEMSELVES AND WITH THESE NUMBERS IT’S CLEAR THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA’S AGENDA, IT’S FAILED AND IT’S MAKING THE ECONOMY WORSE HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE A PLAN THEY HAVE A PLAN FOR AMERICA’S ECONOMY AROUND JOB CREATORS TO HELP TURN THIS AND IT’S TIME FOR THE PRESIDENT, IT’S TIME FOR THE SENATE DEMOCRATS TO STOP BLOCKING JOBS FOR AMERICANS AND TO JOIN US IN HELPING GET AMERICANS BACK TO WORK THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION? TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE REVISE AND EXTEND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED ANNIVERSARY OF THE AL PLIED I RISE TODAY TO MARK THE 68TH EXPEDITIONARY FORCES LANDING IN NORMANDY FRANCE AT THE START OF THE END OF WORLD WAR II IT WAS LED BY NATIVE KANSAN AND TRULY GREAT AMERICAN HERO, FORMER PRESIDENT AGAIN DWIGHT “IKE” EISENHOWER HE INSPIRED HIS I MEN TO FIGHT FOR THE VALUES OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM, STATING, QUOTE, YOUR TASK WILL NOT BE AN EASY ONE, YOUR ENEMY IS WELL DWAINED, WELL EQUIPPED, HE WILL FIGHT SAVAGELY OUR HOME FRONT HAS GIVEN US AN OVERWHELMINGLY SUPERIORITY AND PLACED AT OUR GREAT DISPOSAL GREAT RESERVES OF GREAT MEN THE FREE MEN OF THE WORLD ARE MARCHING TOGETHER TO VICKTRY GOOD LUCK LET US BESEECH THE BLESSINGS OF ALMIGHTY GOD UPON THIS GREAT AND NOBLE UNDERTAKING WE ALL REQUIRE THE TREMENDOUS SACRIFICES THE GREATEST GENERATION GAVE FOR THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM AND LIBERTY AS WE MARK THIS SOLEMN ANNIVERSARY TODAY THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM HAWAII SEEK RECOGNITION? MADAM SPEAKER, I REQUEST HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER MADAM SPEAKER, I’M HERE TO ASK THAT THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET RESPECT OUR SENIORS YOU’VE GOT TO ASK OURSELVES, WHY ARE WE GIVING THOSE WHO MAKE OVER $1 MILLION, ABOUT $394,000 ON AN AVERAGE OF TAX CUTS? AND THOSE MAKING BETWEEN $20,000 AND $30,000 GET $129 WHY? AND WHY IS IT THAT THERE’S ABOUT $3 TRILLION IN BREAKS THAT WE ARE GIVING TO BIG BUSINESS, BIG OIL, GAS, AND SUPERRICH? WHY ARE WE DOING THAT? AND THEN, AND THEN THERE IS AN EFFORT IN THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET TO CHANGE MEDICAID TO THE VOUCHER PROGRAM THIS IS WHY THE AARP SAYS, REPUBLICANS ARE SHIFTING THE COST TO OUR SENIORS AND ENDING THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE THAT GUARANTEE THAT MANY OF THEM RELY UPON AND OUR CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE AGREES WITH THIS THE ATTACKS ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT BY THE REPUBLICANS ALSO , ALSO ARE GOING TO SET US BACK THAT ACT CLOSES THE DOUGHNUT HOLE FOR THE SENIORS PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, ALSO ALLOWS CARE THEM TO HAVE PREVENTIVE HEALTH AND WE ARE TAKING THAT AWAY, TOO MADAM SPEAKER, LET’S JUST RESPECT OUR SENIORS, RESPECT THEM AND NOT DO WHAT WE ARE DOING THANK YOU THE GENTLELADY’S TIME HAS EXPIRED FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE? MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND EX—CLUE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF 5323, AND THAT I MAY INCLUDE TABULAR MATERIAL ON THE SAME WITHOUT OBJECTION PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 667 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5325 WILL THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN,

KINDLY TAKE THE CHAIR THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R 5325, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2013, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE ON TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2012, THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR FLORES, HAD BEEN DISPOSED OF AND THE BILL HAD BEEN READ THROUGH PAGE 56, LINE 24 FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION? I RISE TO STRIKE THE LAST WOORD FOR THE PURPOSES OF ENGAGING IN A KOHLY THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES AND A COLLOQUY, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. HEARD I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO HIM FOR THAT PURPOSE THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, IN VIRGINIA’S FIFTH DISTRICT, STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN WORKING TO ATTRACT NEW BUSINESSES TO CREATE NEW JOBS IN SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA IN HENRY COUNTY, A COUNTY LOCATED IN VIRGINIA’S FIFTH DISTRICT, LOCAL OFFICIALS HAVE IDENTIFIED A 200 ACRE SITE THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO ATTRACT MAJOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT A TIME WHEN MARTINSVILLE AND HENRY COUNTY SUFFERS FROM THE HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN VIRGINIA AT 15% AND 10% RESPECTIVELY UNFORTUNATELY, FEDERAL REGULATORS, INCLUDING THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, HAVE RESISTED MOVING FORWARD WITH THIS IMPORTANT INITIATIVE AND STALLED THE COUNTY’S PERMIT APPLICATION BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF IDENTIFIED END USER FOR THE SITE AT THE SAME TIME THE POTENTIAL COMPANIES WHO WOULD INVEST IN THIS SITE AND CREATE JOBS IN SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA ARE UNWILLING TO COMMIT THEIR RESOURCES DUE TO THE RISK AND TIME DELAYS ASSOCIATED WITH AN OUTSTANDING PERMIT WITH THE COURT WHILE STATE REGULATORS HAVE ISSUED PERMITS FOR THE HENRY COUNTY SITE, THE CORPS CONTINUES TO BE STEADFAST IN ITS UNWILLINGNESS TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE PERMIT, EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE ISSUED PERMITS FOR SIMILAR SPECULATIVE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN THE PAST WHICH SUBSEQUENTLY ATTRACTED NEW AREA INDUSTRIES AND JOBS TO THAT MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS SITE REPRESENTS AN ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY THAT COULD BRING THOUSANDS OF JOBS TO AN AREA OF VIRGINIA THAT IS STILL STRUGGLING WITH DOUBLE-DIGIT UNEMPLOYMENT THIS PROJECT HAS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FROM MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION AS WELL AS FROM OUR GOVERNOR, BOB MCDONNELL VIRGINIA HAS PROVEN IT IS THE MOST ATTRACTIVE STATE FOR BUSINESS AND RECOGNIZED AS SUCH IN THE PAST YEAR IF GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THE SITE WOULD BE THE IMPETUS FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN MARTINSVILLE AND HENRY COUNTY, AN AREA WHICH NEEDS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MORE THAN EVER MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD ASK YOUR ASSISTANCE IN WORKING WITH ME TO ENSURE FEDERAL REGULATORS ARE NOT NEEDLESSLY STALLING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND JOB CREATION IN VIRGINIA’S FIFTH DISTRICT AND OTHER AREAS OF OUR COUNTRY I THANK THE GENTLEMAN, AND I YIELD BACK — YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA FOR ATTENTION BRINGING THESE CONCERNS TO MY FEDERAL AGENCIES AND REGULATIONS I AGREE THAT WE MUST ASSURE THAT ARE NOT CONTRIBUTING TO UNNECESSARY DELAYS THAT HARM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND JOB CREATION ESPECIALLY AT A TIME OF ECONOMIC DISTRESS AND HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT I PLEDGE, OUR COMMITTEE PLEDGES TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN AND OTHERS WHO HAVE SEEN AN OVERREACHING REGULATORY PROCESS NEGATIVELY AFFECT JOB PROSPECTS IN THEIR DISTRICTS TO ADDRESS THESE PROBLEMS RECLAIMING MY TIME, I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL AND ON THIS ISSUE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HIM I YIELD BACK MY TIME DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK? I YIELD BACK FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE — MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED I WOULD LIKE AT THIS POINT TO RECOGNIZE THE DOYLE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED THANK YOU, MR SPEAKER I RISE TODAY TO ENGAGE IN A COLLOQUY WITH THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER MR. SPEAKER, I’M HERE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY CONCERN WITH THE FUHR OF THE NATION’S INLAND WATERWAY SYSTEM THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY, DESPITE THE CHAIRMAN’S BEST EFFORTS, CONTINUES A TREND OF UNDERFUNDING NEEDED INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS IN OUR NATION’S LOCKS AND DAMS THIS UNDERFUNDING IS A COMBINATION OF THE ADMINISTRATION’S REQUEST AND LACK OF A LONG-TERM SOLUTION TO THE INLAND WATERWAYS TRUST FUND LOCKS AND DAMS ARE A CRUCIAL MECHANISM OF COMMERCE AND MODE OF TRANSPORTATION IN PENNSYLVANIA THEY ALLOW FOR THE TRANSPORT OF COMMODITIES ESSENTIAL TO BUSINESSES IN MY REGION, LIKE COAL, GRAIN, AND SCRAP METAL ALONG THE ALLEGHENY RIVER, THE ARMY CORPS’ BUDGET FOR OPERATING AND MAINTAINING LOCKS AND DAMS WAS CUT BY NEARLY ONE HALF IN JUST ONE YEAR PROJECTS ON OTHER RIVERS IN THE PITTSBURGH REGION, THE OHIO, AND MA NOTHING HAILA, HAVE SLOWED TO

A STOP OR IN NEED OF REPAIR THE CUTS TO THIS FUND HAS THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES AND WONDERING EXACTLY HOW OR IF A REPAIR WILL BE MADE IF SOMETHING BREAKS BUT THIS IS ONLY A PORTION OF THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE AND THE MECHANISM THAT WE HAVE TO FUND NEW OR MAJOR REHABILITATION PROJECTS, THE INLAVEPBD WATERWAY TRUST FUND — ALSO IN NEED OF REPAIR INLAND WATERWAY TRUST FUND, IS EVEN AT TIMES OF FISCAL RESTRAINT, WE MUST FIND WAYS TO FUND PROJECTS THAT PROTECT OUR SAFETY AND ALLOW THE USE OF OUR WATER WAYS FOR COMMERCE THE LONGER WE WAIT, — WAIT TO FULLY RESPOND TO THE CRITICAL NEEDS OF OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, THE MORE IT IS GOING TO COST MR. CHAIRMAN, JUST IN A RECENT ARTICLE IN THE “PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE,” THE QUOTE FROM OUR LOCAL CORPS PERSON SAID THIS IS IT FOR THE ALLEGHENY LOCKS AND DAMS IF SOMETHING BREAKS, WE’VE GOT TO SCRAMBLE FOR FUNDS AND THERE IS NO GUARANTEE WE’LL FIX IT THIS HAS FORCED THE CORPS TO A FIX ONE — THE AVERAGE LOCK IS 60 YEARS OLD IN PITTSBURGH, THEY’RE OVER 80 YEARS OLD I WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH YOU AND THE RANKING MEMBER TO FIND A SOLUTION TO THIS URGENT NEED AND I’D LIKE TO YIELD TIME TO MR. CRITZ TO EXPRESS HIS VIEWS ON THIS ISSUE THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED I’D LIKE TO ADD MY VOICE TO MR. DOYLE’S ON THE ISSUE OF THE AGING STATE OF OUR NATION’S WATERWAYS AND THE VAST SHORTFALLS ON FUNDING URGENTLY NEEDED REPAIRS I WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY TO FIND A LONG-TERM SOLUTION TO THIS ISSUE CONSISTING OF OVER 230 LOCK CHAMBERS, OUR INLAND WATER WAYS OF GOODS ANNUALLY TO MOVE THESE GOODS ON OUR NATION’S HIGHWAYS WOULD REQUIRE MILLIONS MORE TRUCKS AND CAUSE MORE POLLUTION THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS INVESTED IN THIS INFRASTRUCTURE FOR OVER 200 YEARS THE LOCK AND DAMS ARE BUILT WITH A 50-YEAR LIFE YET MANY ARE OVER 100 YEARS OLD I’M DEEPLY TROUBLED BY THE LACK OF FUNDING FOR THE PROJECTS AND THE LACK OF PROGRESS ON FINDING A SOLUTION TO THE FUNDING SHORTFALLS IN THE INLAND WATERWAYS TRUST FUND THIS FUND GENERATES ROUGHLY $85 MILLION PER YEAR THROUGH A FUEL TAX ON BARGES YET FALLS WELL SHORT OF THE $380 MILLION PER YEAR THE INLAND WATERWAYS USERS BOARD ESTIMATES IS NEEDED TO FULLY FUND CAPITAL REINVESTMENTS IN THE SYSTEM THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS THAT THE WATERWAY TRAFFIC WILL INCREASE 20% BY 2020 WE CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO SILT ON OUR HANDS AND WAIT FOR THESE FAIL VITAL LANES OF COMMERCE TO WE NEED TO INVEST IN AMERICA AND KEEP OUR FEDERAL WATERWAYS OPEN FOR BUSINESS THE INLAND WATER WAYS SYSTEM IS FAR TOO IMPORTANT TO ALLOW IT TO CONTINUE TO LANGUISH WITH INADEQUATE FUNDING AND INFRASTRUCTURE I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE CHAIRMAN AND MR..NET TO FIND A SOLUTION TO THIS URGENT NEED AND I YIELD BACK THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK I TELL THE — I TELL THE CONCERNS GENTLEMEN THAT I SHARE THEIR THIS IS WHY YOU SEE EXTENSIVE DUMONTATION ON THE OLMSTEAD LOCK AND DAM ANY CHANGES TO ADDRESS THE SOLVENCY OF THE TRUST FUND ARE MOST APPROPRIATELY DISCUSSED WITHIN THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEES I KNOW THEY’RE AWARE OF THE SITUATION AND ARE EVALUATING VARIOUS OPTIONS CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA’S TIME HAS EXPIRED WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD AND YIELD TO THE RANKING MEMBER THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZENED AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED I ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE CHAIRMAN’S REMARK, MR. CHRIS’ REMARK AND — MR. CRITZ’S REMARK AND MR DOYLE’S REMARK AND CONCLUDE MY PORTION BY THANKING BOTH GENTLEMEN FOR RAISING THIS VITAL ISSUE WE ENGAGE IN INVESTING AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN AFGHANISTAN, WE CREATE INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT IN IRAQ AND ELSEWHERE IT IS TIME THAT WE REPAIR AND INVEST IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE, THE WATERWAY INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO CREATE JOBS IN THE SHORT-TERM AND TO CREATE JOBS IN THE FUTURE AGAIN, I REALLY, FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, THANK YOU GENTLEMEN FOR RAISING THIS ISSUE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THEM

I APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN YIELDING TO ME THE GENTLEMAN FROM IS RECOGNIZED I YIELD BACK WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? RECOGNIZED THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK IT’S DESIGNATED AS NUMBER ONE THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. FLAKE OF ARIZONA, AT THE END OF THE BILL BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, EACH AMOUNT MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT OTHER THAN AN AMOUNT REQUIRED TO BE MADE AVAILABLE BY A 276084897576% PROVISION OF LAW IS REDUCED BY PURSUANT TO THED ORER OF THE HOUSE OF TODAY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR FLAKE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES THANK YOU, MA’AM FUNDED AT $32 BILLION, THE F.Y 2013 WATER APPROPRIATION BILL WE HAVE UNDER CONSIDERATION BILL ACTUALLY SPENDS ABOUT $87 MILLION MORE THAN WE DID LAST YEAR WITH A $1.3 TRILLION DEFICIT AND A NATIONAL DEBT THAT’S NOW MORE THAN $15 TRILLION, I THINK WE’VE GOT TO DO BETTER HERE SO THIS AMENDMENT SIMPLY SAYS, LET’S PEAR IT BACK, LET’S DO — PARE IT BACK, LET’S DO AN ACROSS THE BOARD CUT OF .207 THE REASON WE PICKED THAT NUMBER, IT WOULD BRING US BACK TO LAST YEAR EXACTLY WHEN YOU LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WHAT THE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE DOING, SOMETIMES THEY’RE GOING BACK TO 2005, 2004, OR MAYBE MORE TO TO BALANCE THEIR BUDGETS CONGRESS, WITH A $15 TRILLION WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE IN DEBT? WE ARE INCREASING SPENDING ON SOME BILLS NOW WE’VE CUT OTHERS AND I SUPPORTED THE SO-CALLED RYAN BUDGET WHERE WE DO MAKE SOME OVERALL CUTS AND THAT’S GOOD BUT WHEN OFF BILL LIKE THIS, I JUSTIFY INCREASING SPENDING $87 MILLION OVER LAST YEAR SO AGAIN, SOME WILL SAY, WELL THIS CONFORMS TO THE BUDGET AGREEMENT, THE RYAN BUDGET ACT AND THE 302-A LEVELS WE’VE SET THAT IS TRUE, IT DOES BUT I WOULD SUGGEST THAT IF WE’RE INCREASING FUNDING HERE, SAVINGS THIS IS A GOOD PLACE TO FIND AND PERHAPS THE 302-B LEVEL SHOULD HAVE BEEN SET A LITTLE I URGE ADOPTION OF THE LOWER AMENDMENT AGAIN THIS IS SIMPLY A CUT THAT WERE LAST YEAR WOULD TAKE US BACK TO WHERE WE 2012 NOT 2008 OR 2009, BUT F.Y I DON’T THINK THAT’S UNREASONABLE WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED IN OPPOSITION I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN’S AMENDMENT TO ANY CLAIM THAT OUR BILL UNNECESSARILY INCREASES SPENDING THERE IS ONE REASON THAT THIS BILL IS $188 MILLION ABOVE FISCAL YEAR 2000 IT’S DEFENSE NATIONAL SECURITY MANY MEMBERS MAY NOT REALIZE IT, NEARLY 1/3 OF OUR BILL SUPPORTS CRITICAL NATIONAL SECURITY NEEDS INCLUDING NUCLEAR WEAPONS THAT IS ACTUALLY THE ORIGIN OF WHY WE HAVE A DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TODAY THE ATOMIC ENERGY ACT ONLY TWO SUBCOMMITTEES RECEIVED INCREASES IN FISCAL YEAR 2013 THE DEFENSE BILL THE ENERGY AND WATER BILL AND BECAUSE THOSE INCREASES ARE NEEDED TO SUPPORT NATIONAL SECURITY THERE’S NO OTHER REASONS THE DEFENSE PORTION OF THIS BILL IS ALMOST $300 MILLION MORE THAN LAST YEAR, AN INCREASE WHICH DIRECTLY SUPPORTS OUR NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND NATIONAL SECURITY EVEN WITH THOSE SECURITY BILL IS STILL LESS THAN 1/3 OF ONE PERCENT ABOVE LAST YEAR’S BILL THAT MEANS THE REST OF THE BILL IS CUT DEEPLY IT MEANS SPENDING FOR OUR $800 MILLION BELOW LAST YEAR’S NONDEFENSE ACCOUNTS IS CUT BY LEVELS EVEN WITH THE INCREASE FOR DEFENSE SPENDING, OUR BILL IS STILL BELOW 2009 LEVELS ACTUALLY, QUITE CLOSE TO 2008 LEVELS SO I WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY CRITICISM THAT OUR BILL IN ANY WAY IS NOT REFLECTIVE OF THIS BODY’S WORK TO REDUCE SPENDING THE HOUSE’S COMMITMENT TO CUT SPENDING, FEDERAL SPENDING, WAS FULLY ENGAGED IN P IN A BIPARTISAN WAY BY THE ENERGY AND WATER SUBCOMMITTEE THE GENTLEMAN’S AMENDMENT WOULD CUT THE BILL SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE INCREASES WE PROVIDED FOR DEFENSE SPENDING TO BE CLEAR, THE AMENDMENT IS A CUT TO NATIONAL SECURITY,

THAT’S THE POINT I’LL MAKE VERY CLEAR TO ANY MEMBER WHO HAS FOR THIS AMENDMENT QUESTIONS ON WHETHER TO VOTE I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO TO PROTECT DEFENSE SPENDING A POST-SCRIPT OUR BILL HISTORICALLY HAS DONE THINGS FOR A LOT OF STATES AND ARIZONA HAS BENEFITED FROM THE CENTRAL ARIZONA WATER PROJECT IT MAY NOT HAPPEN DURING MR FLAKE’S TENURE AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS BUT IN A BIPARTISAN WAY, WE’VE LOOKED AFTER THE NEEDS OF ARIZONA, HIS CONSTITUENTS AND ARIZONANS WE ARE REDUCING SPENDING EVEN AS WE REDUCE SPEND, WE HAVE OBLIGATIONS TO LOOK AFTER OTHER NEEDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN THE ENERGY SECTOR AS WELL AS THE WATER SECTOR WHICH I RELATE THE ARIZONA — CENTRAL ARIZONA PROJECT SO WE’RE CUTTING SPEND, REDUCING SPENDING, WE’RE KEEPING OUR COMMITMENT TO THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD OBJECTION I APPRECIATE THE RECOGNITION AND I WANT TO ADD MY VOICE TO THE CHAIR’S IN AMENDMENT OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN’S WE JUST HAD A COLLOQUY ON THE HOUSE FLOOR WITH SEVERAL MEMBERS FROM THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, RELATIVE TO THE FATE OF 230 LOCK CHAMBERS ON OUR INLAND WATERWAYS THAT CARRY HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF TONS OF CARGO IF THEY FAIL, WE WOULD NEED, AS HAS ALREADY BEEN MENTIONED THIS MORNING, 24 MILLION ADDITIONAL TRUCKS THAT WOULD COST BILLIONS MORE IN FUEL AND GENERATE MILLIONS OF TONS OF POLLUTION THESE LOCKS THAT ARE THE BACK BONE OF THIS NATION’S INLAND WATERWAY SYSTEM WERE BUILT WITH A 50-YEAR DESIGN LIFE MANY OF THOSE THAT EXIST IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA ARE NOW OVER 100 YEARS OLD RELATIVE TO CUTS, I WANT TO EMPHASIZE TO OUR COLLEAGUES THAT THERE WAS A LOT OF WORK THAT THE CHAIRMAN, THE MEMBERS OF THIS SUBCOMMITTEE, THE STAFFS, PUT INTO THIS BILL TO MAKE VERY DISCREET, DISCERNING DECISIONS AND IN MANY INSTANCES TO MAKE CUTS I WOULD TAKE SIMPLY ONE PROGRAM AS AN EXAMPLE THAT’S ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP WE HAVE AGAIN A NATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO CLEAN UP THESE LEGACIES OF THE COLD WAR FOR THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF $300 MILLION — OF 300 MILLION PEOPLE WE MADE DISCREET DECISIONS FOR DEFENSE ENVIRONMENTAL SITE-BY-SITE DECISIONS, FOR OFFICE OF RIVER PROTECTION IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, WE ARE $30 MILLION BELOW LAST YEAR’S LEVEL FOR THE OAK RIDGE NATIONAL RAB RAH — LABORATORY IN THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, WE ARE $20 MILLION BELOW LAST YEAR’S LEVEL FOR THE RIVER SITE IN SOUTH CAROLINA, WE ARE $43 MILLION CURRENT YEAR LEVEL PILOT PLANT, WE ARE $12 MILLION BELOW LAST YEAR’S LEVEL AND FOR TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT, TO DO A BETTER JOB ON THIS, WE’RE $1 MILLION BELOW WE MADE DISCREET DECISIONS I WOULD SIMPLY CLOSE BY SAYING THE GENTLEMAN AT THE CLOSE OF HIS REMARKS SAID HE WANT THIS IS CUT TO TAKE US BACK TO WHERE WE WERE THOSE LOCKS WERE BUILT 100 YEARS AGO I DON’T WANT TO GO BACK THERE WE ARE HERE TO TAKE THIS NATION FORWARD, TO INVEST IN THE FUTURE OF THIS NATION, SO THAT THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF THIS NATION HAVE A FUTURE I DO NOT WANT TO GO BACK TO WHERE WE WERE I AM ADAMANTLY OPPOSED TO THE GENTLEMAN’S AMENDMENT AND WOULD YIELD BACK MY TIME THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED I THANK THE CHAIR I WOULD — WHAT I SAID WAS TAKE BACK SPENDING LEVEL TO WHERE WE WERE LAST YEAR NOBODY WANTS TO GO BACK IN TIME BUT IF WE WANT TO TALK A FUTURE FOR OUR KIDS, AS WAS MENTIONED, SADDLING THEM WITH $15 TRILLION IN DEBT DOESN’T GIVE THEM MUCH OF A FUTURE THAT’S A PROBLEM HERE WE JUST KEEP DOING THAT, BILL AFTER BILL AFTER BILL AFTER BILL INCREASING SPENDING I TAKE THE GENTLEMAN’S POINT ON THE NEEDS OF DEFENSE BUT WE’VE GOT TO FIND SAVINGS WE’VE GOT TO FIND SAVINGS HERE WE CAN’T CONTINUE TO GO ON AND PILE UP MORE DEBT AND I WOULD SUGGEST THAT FINDING SAVINGS AMOUNTING TO ONE QUARTER OF ONE PENNY ON THIS BILL IS NOT UNRM WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE THOSE OPPOSED, NO

SHARE, — IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, IS NOT AGREED TO THE NOES HAVE IT, THE AMENDMENT I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA WILL BE POSTPONED FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION? THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. DEFAZIO OF OREGON, AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING — THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED I RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER ON THE GENTLEMAN’S AMENDMENT POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED THE CLERK WILL CONTINUE READING I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE READING BE SUSPENDED IS THE OBJECTION TO SUSPENSE WITH FURTHER READING OF THE AMENDMENT? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED RECOGNIZED THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS I THANK THE CHAIR THIS IS A VERY, VERY DRAMATIC MAP THE COLORS INDICATE GASOLINE PRICES ACROSS AMERICA AS OF LAST WEEK BY COUNTY AS YOU CAN SEE, THE ENTIRE WEST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES IS IN BRIGHT RED NOW, WE OFTEN HEAR FROM THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY, PRICES ARE SET INTERNATIONALLY THIS IS AN INTERNATIONAL MARKET YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT IT’S KIND OF INTERESTING CRUDE OIL PRICES ARE DOWN DRAMATICALLY U.S. PRODUCTION OF CRUDE IS UP 1.5 MILLION PERILS A DAY WE ARE EXPORTING GASOLINE FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BUT SOMEHOW WE ARE MISSING THAT INTERNATIONAL MARKET ON THE WEST COAST WE ARE BEING PRICE GOUGED ON THE THROUGH A SERIES OF RATHER WEST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES INTERESTING OR PERHAPS SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES THE LARGEST REFINERY IN WASHINGTON STATE, CHER WILL I POINT — CHERRY POINT, EXPERIENCED A FIRE IN FEBRUARY AND IT’S BEEN QUITE A BIT OF TIME IN RECOVERING IT’S BEEN DELAYED SEVERAL TIMES IT’S NOW COMING BACK ONLINE BUT GIVEN THE FACT THAT IT WAS KNOWN THAT THE LARGEST REFINERY IN THE NORTHWEST WAS OFF LINE, ONE WOULD THINK THAT OTHER REFINERIES IN CALIFORNIA WOULD ENDEAVOR TO STAY ON LINE, PARTICULARLY AS WE BEGIN THE SUMMER DRIVING SEASON WELL, NO ACTUALLY NOT BECAUSE THEY HAD TO DO ROUTINE MAINTENANCE SO FIVE REFINERIES IN CALIFORNIA JUST BEFORE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IN MAY DECIDED THAT IT WAS TIME FOR ROUTINE MAINTENANCE THEN SUDDENLY WE HAD A SHORTAGE ACTUALLY, WE DIDN’T HAVE A SHORTAGE THERE WERE NO GAS STATIONS WITH LITTLE YELLOW FLAGS THERE WERE NO GAS STATIONS WITH LITTLE RED FLAGS THERE WAS, YOU KNOW — NO ONE WAS GOING WITHOUT GASOLINE, BUT A SHORTAGE WAS DECLARED BY THE INDUSTRY AND THE PRICE WAS JACKED UP SO WHILE THE REST OF THE COUNTRY HAS SEEN PRICES COME DOWN FOLLOWING THE INTERNATIONAL MARKETS, THE PRICE ON THE WEST COAST HAS GONE UP, SPROKETTING LAST WEEK 13 CENTS — SKYROCKETING LAST WEEK 13 CENTS DROPPED A PENNY YESTERDAY, ALL RIGHT WE ARE ON THE WAY DOWN SEEMS IT ALWAYS GOES DOWN A LOT SLOWER THAN IT GOES UP KIND OF INTERESTING SO I’VE CONTACTED THE PRESIDENT’S WORKING GROUP FOR OIL PRICE AND MARKET MANIPULATION, AND MY INQUIRY HAS BEEN REFERRED TO VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, TO LOOK AT ANTITRUST IMPLICATIONS, THE COMMODITY FUTURE TRADING COMMISSION, AND OTHERS, TO LOOK AT POTENTIAL MARKET MANIPULATION SO I JUST THOUGHT THAT IN LIGHT OF THE FACT THAT THERE MAY HAVE BEEN, MAY HAVE BEEN SOME MARKET MANIPULATION HERE AND PERHAPS AT OTHER TIMES IN THE PAST, THAT WE SHOULD JUST HAVE A SIMPLE STATEMENT OF FACT ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NO OIL OR GAS COMPANY CONVICTED OF ANTITRUST VIOLATIONS SHOULD BE ABLE TO ACCESS ANY OF THE $500 MILLION IN THE FOSSIL ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SECTION THAT IS TO SAY, TAXPAYERS OF THE UNITED STATES SHOULD NOT GIFT MONEY TO OIL AND GAS COMPANIES THAT HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF PRICE GOUGING THE TAXPAYERS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PRETTY SIMPLE I MEAN I HAVE EVEN GREATER CONCERNS OVER THAT ACCOUNT AND I JOIN WITH THE 102 REPUBLICANS LAST NIGHT AND 36 DEMOCRATS IN VOTING TO DELETE THE $500 MILLION FOR FOSSIL ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT I THINK THE INDUSTRY CAN FUND IT ON ITS OWN AND I WOULD HOPE AT LEAST THOSE 102 REPUBLICANS LAST NIGHT WHO VOTED TO TOTALLY ELIMINATE THAT ACCOUNT AND 36 DEMOCRATS WHO VOTED TO TOTALLY ELIMINATE THAT

ACCOUNT, WOULD JOIN WITH ME TODAY TO SAY, WELL, WE DIDN’T ELIMINATE THE ACCOUNTS BUT WE GOING TO ALLOW ANYBODY CONVICTED OF ANTITRUST, THAT IS PRICE GOUGING AMERICAN CONSUMERS AND TAXPAYERS, TO ACCESS THESE TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO SUBSIDIZE THEIR PRIVATE RESEARCH AND PROFITS WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED I WOULD SIMPLY NOTE THAT WHAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON PROPOSES IS A COMMONSENSE APPROACH TO ENSURING THE HIGHEST ETHICAL STANDARDS CONTRACT WITH THE D.O.E.’S FOR A COMPANY THAT RECEIVES A OFFICE OF FOSSIL ENERGY WE SHOULD NOT BE REWARDING COMPANIES THAT HAVE A HISTORY OF PREDATORY ECONOMIC PRACTICES WITH FEDERAL CONTRACTORS IF HIS AMENDMENT IS ALLOWED IN ORDER, I WOULD CERTAINLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT I YIELD BACK MY TIME THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK RECOGNIZED THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS MADAM CHAIR, I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION THE GENTLEMAN HIGHLIGHTS SOME VERY DIFFICULT ISSUES THAT DESERVE OUR ATTENTION, AND ESPECIALLY I SHARE MY COLLEAGUE’S CONCERN ABOUT GASOLINE PRICES THAT’S WHY THE COMMITTEE HAS FOCUSED ON TRYING TO REDUCE GAS PRICES IN THE FUTURE HOWEVER, THE AREAS OF ANTITRUST DETERMINATIONS, COMPLIANCE, AND ENFORCEMENT THAT HE MENTIONS QUITE HONESTLY ARE WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE ACUTELY AWARE OF THEM WE ARE AWARE OF THEM WE UNDERSTAND WHERE HE’S COMING FROM MADAM CHAIR, I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT PROPOSES TO CHANGE EXISTING LAW AND CONSTITUTES LEGISLATION ON AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL AND THEREFORE VIOLATES CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21 THE RULE STATES IN PERTINENT PART, AN AMENDMENT TO A GENERAL APPROPRIATION BILL SHOULD NOT BE IN ORDER IF CHANGING EXISTING LAW DUTIES THE AMENDMENT IMPOSES ADDITIONAL CHAIR I ASK FOR A RULING FROM THE DOES ANY MEMBER WISH ORDER? TO BE HEARD ON THIS POINT OF IF NOT, THE CHAIR WILL RULE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE MAKES A POINT OF ORDER THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON PROPOSES TO CHANGE EXISTING LAW IN 21 VIOLATION OF CLAUSE 26 OF RULE THE AMENDMENT WOULD LIMIT FUNDS FOR AN ASSISTANT SECRETARY IN THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO IMPLEMENT OR ADMINISTER ANY CHANGE TO A CITED REGULATION AS IN EFFECT ON JANUARY 19, 2001 THE CHAIR IS AWARE THAT SUCH STANDARD IS NO LONGER EFFECTIVE UNDER CURRENT LAW THE AMENDMENT WOULD THEREFORE REQUIRE A DETERMINATION BY THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE STATE OF PRIOR REGULATION AND A FURTHER DETERMINATION OF WHAT, IF ANYTHING, HAS AFFECTED A CHANGE TO THAT PRIOR REGULATION BY REQUIRING A NEW DETERMINATION, THE AMENDMENT CONSTITUTES LEGISLATION WITHIN THE MEANING OF CLAUSE 2-C OF RULE 21 THE POINT OF ORDER IS SUSTAINED THE AMENDMENT IS NOT IN ORDER FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RISE? I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK DESIGNATED AS FLAKE NUMBER 2 THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT — THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT AMENDMENT BY MR FLAKE OF ARIZONA, AT THE END OF INSERT THE FOLLOWING — THE BILL BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING IS THERE AN OBJECTION OF THE AMENDMENT? TO THE DISPENSING OF THE READING IF NOT, PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2012, THE — DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVE THE RIGHT TO OBJECT? I DIDN’T HEAR WHAT THE REQUEST WAS TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING OF THE AMENDMENT THAT’S FINE WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2012, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR FLAKE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE I THANK THE CHAIR I KNOW WE HAVE BEEN ON THIS BILL A LONG TIME AND I DON’T PLAN TO TAKE MY FULL FIVE MINUTES HERE THIS AMENDMENT WOULD SIMPLY PROHIBIT FUNDING FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY BATTERY AND ELECTRONIC — ELECTRIC DRIVE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM, PREVENTING UNNECESSARY FEDERAL SPENDING TO THE TUNE OF ABOUT $171 MILLION WE ALL KNOW THAT FOR TOO LONG WASHINGTON HAS MEDDLED TOO MUCH IN THE ENERGY MARKET NOT ONLY HAS THE GOVERNMENT PROVIDED — PROVED ITSELF TO BE ILL-EQUIPPED TO PICK WINNERS AND LOSERS, I THINK GOVERNMENT IS JUST PLAIN BAD AT IT A LIST OF WINNERS IS DUPEOUS AT BEST AND IT’S A DIVERSE ONE FROM OIL SUBDIES, SOLYNDRA, AND NOW THE CHEVY VOLT THE COMMON THREAD IS A SEEMING ENDLESS SUPPLY, ENDLESS STREAM OF TAXPAYER FUNDING TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM THE BATTERY AND ELECTRIC DRIVE THIS IS ONE OF THE COUNTLESS ACRONYMS THAT TAXPAYERS KNOW

LITTLE OF DESPITE HELPING TO FUND THESE PROGRAMS TO THE TUNE OF A FEW MILLION DOLLARS INTERESTINGLY THE BEDT IS THE VERY PROGRAM THAT DEVELOPED THE CHEVY VOLT BATTERY WE HAVE ALL HEARD SO MUCH ABOUT AND I THINK THE MANUFACTURING LINES THAT ARE NOW STOPPING OR DIMINISHING WHILE I WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT MY COLLEAGUES’ COMMITMENT TO WORK TO REDUCE THE BURDEN OF RISING ENERGY AND GASOLINE PRICES, I BELIEVE THEY WOULD BE IMPRUDENT TO ACQUIESCE KEY FUNDING IN THIS REGARD TO COMPONENTS OF THE PRESIDENT’S GO GREEN OR GO BUST INITIATIVE THIS ENCOURAGING FREE MARKET GROWTH AND INNOVATIONS WE COULD START OUT BY BEDT ELIMINATING FUNDING FOR THE I URGE SUPPORT FOR THE AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE? MADAM CHAIR, I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES RISE TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT THERE IS AN ABSOLUTE VALUABLE CUTTING-EDGE RESEARCH IN THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY THAT ENABLES FUTURE GENERATIONS OF VEHICLE TECHNOLOGIES TO PROCEED TECHNOLOGIES THAT ARE TOO FAR IN THE FUTURE FOR AMERICAN’S SECTORS TO SUPPORT BUT THAT WILL KEEP FUTURE GENERATIONS OF MANUFACTURING AND JOBS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES AND HAVE THE CONSEQUENCES LOWERING WHAT AMERICANS HAVE TO PAY FOR GASOLINE AT THE PUMP THIS AMENDMENT, WE ARE ALL SUPPORTING CUTTING WASTEFUL SPENDING, WOULD VIRTUALLY ELIMINATE THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF OUR COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH AND THEREFORE I STRONGLY OPPOSE IT TIME YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES I ALSO RISE IN AMENDMENT OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN’S WE NEED TO MOVE AWAY FROM OUR ON FUEL IMPORTED BY UNPRESENTED — UNFRIENDLY NATIONS, I HAVE IN PAST DEBATES ON THIS FLOOR AND WOULD DO IT AGAIN REFERENCE THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM INDIANA, SENATOR LUGAR, WHO HAS LONG CHARACTERIZED OUR ENERGY CRISIS PARAMOUNT AS ONE OF NATIONAL SECURITY GIVEN WHERE THOSE PETROLEUM PURCHASES TAKE PLACE THE FACT IS IF WE CAN GET MORE MILES PER GALLON, WE HAVE SOLVED PART OF THAT NATIONAL SECURITY CRISIS NONE OF THIS TODAY STANDING HERE OR SITTING HERE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO MUCH ABOUT THE PRICE OF A BARREL OF OIL BUT IF EACH ONE OF THOSE INDIVIDUAL DRIVERS CAN GIVE SOME RELIEF BY GETTING AN EXTRA MILE PER GALLON FOR THEIR VEHICLE, WE HAVE ALSO HELPED AMELIORATE THEIR ECONOMIC PRESSURE AND THE COSTS THEY HAVE I THINK IT IS SHORTSIGHTED TO ELIMINATE THIS PROGRAM WHICH HAS THE POTENTIAL TO ADDRESS A MAJOR ISSUE IN THE LIABILITY AND PRACTICALITY OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES, AND THAT IS THE BATTERY WE NEED TO BE LOOKING AT THE COST, PERFORMANCE, LIVE, AND ABUSE TOLERANCE OF BATTERIES AND I DO SUPPORT THE DEPARTMENT’S EFFORTS ON THIS FRONT AND HAVE BEEN ACTIVE FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS IN SEEKING ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR IT BECAUSE I THINK IT DOES A GREAT VALUE TO THIS COUNTRY’S FUTURE I OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN’S AMENDMENT AND WOULD YIELD BACK MY TIME THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA VIRGINIA TECH I THANK THE CHAIR IT WAS MENTIONED — IS RECOGNIZED I THANK THE CHAIR IT WAS MENTIONED THAT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GETS RESEARCHED WHEN THE RETURN IS TOO FAR OUT FOR COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISE TO REALIZE ANY BENEFIT I WOULD SUGGEST THAT JUST DOESN’T APPLY HERE AT ALL WE ARE TALKING ABOUT BATTERIES AND THOSE WHO TOUT THIS PROGRAM CLAIM THAT WE ALREADY HAVE EVIDENCE ON THE ROAD, THE CHEVY VOLT, OF THIS TECHNOLOGY WORKING SO THAT’S NOT TOO FAR OUT IF THERE IS TECHNOLOGY ON THE ROAD OR IN THIS CASE MOSTLY STILL SITTING IN THE LOTS BECAUSE THESE CARS AREN’T SELLING WELL, IT’S NOT OUT THERE TOO FAR IN THE FUTURE SO I THINK WE GET CONFUSED ABOUT WHAT REALLY IS THE ROLE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WITH REGARD TO RESEARCH WHERE WE HAVE PROGRAMS LIKE THIS WHERE THERE COULD BE PROFIT AND IS IN CERTAIN TECHNOLOGIES TOMORROW, IT BECOMES LESS RESEARCH EVEN MORE — AND MORE SUBSIDY THAT’S WHERE THIS PROGRAM FALLS INTO I URGE SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME THE QUESTION IS ON GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE THOSE OPPOSED, NO IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RISE? I HAVE AN AMENDMENT

AT THE DESK DESIGNATED AS FLAKE NUMBER THREE THIS — THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT AMENDMENT NUMBER THREE PAFEREDE MR. FLAKE OF ARIZONA AT THE END OF THE BILL INSERT THE FOLLOWING, — I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION PURSUANT TO THED ORER OF THE HOUSE OF TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2012,