House Session 2011-09-13 (12:00:03-13:02:25)

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House Session 2011-09-13 (12:00:03-13:02:25)

IN ORDER THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN TODAY, REVEREND LEROY ADAMS JR A MORNING STAR BAPTIST CHURCH, OMAHA, NEBRASKA OUR GOD, WE COME WITH GRATITUDE FOR ANOTHER DAY AND WITH THANKSGIVING IN OUR HEARTS, FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF LIFE AND OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THIS DAY PURPOSEFUL WE ASK FOR YOUR BLESSINGS IN THIS LEGISLATIVE BODY AS THEY GOVERN THE WELFARE OF ALL PEOPLE OF THIS GREAT NATION ENDOW THEM WITH WISDOM, COURAGE AND CONVICTION, TO ENGAGE THE ISSUES OF OUR DAY AND FOR THE GENERATION TO COME TO BE BETTER OFF AS A RESULT OF ALL DECISIONS MADE WITHIN THIS ASSEMBLY HALL FINALLY, I PRAY TO YOU THAT A SPIRIT OF COOPERATION AND SINCERITY WOULD TRANSCEND OUR NATION TO HAVE SOLIDARITY, PEACE AND EQUALITY FOR ALL WE ASK THIS TO BE DONE THIS DAY AND IN THE DAYS TO COME, TO GIVE GLORY AND HONOR, OUR GOD AND WE PRAY THAT YOUR BLESSINGS BE UPON US ALWAYS, IN YOUR NAME WE PRAY, AMEN 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 TODAY WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. JOHNSON JOIN WITH ME, PLEASE 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 WITHOUT OBJECTION, JUSTICE FOR ALL THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR TERRY, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MR. SPEAKER, I’M HONORED TO RECOGNIZE OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN, MY FELLOW NEBRASKAN AND FRIEND, REVEREND DR. LEROY ADAMS JR., WHO HAS SERVED AS THE SENIOR PASTOR OF OME’S MORNING STAR BAPTIST CHURCH SINCE SEPTEMBER OF 1999 PRIOR TO SERVING IN OMAHA, REVEREND ADAMS’ MINISTRY SPANNED MORE THAN A DECADE IN OKLAHOMA AND INCLUDES SERVING AS THE PASTOR IN STUTTGART, GERMANY, FOR TWO YEARS REVEREND ADAMS HAS EARNED HIS BACHELOR, MASTERS AND DOCTOR AL DEGREES AND HE IS A GRADUATE OF THE HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL’S LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE HE HAS MADE HIS COUNTRY A PRIORITY, HE IS AN EIGHT-YEAR VETERAN, HAVING SERVED HONORABLY IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY HE HAS MADE OUR OMAHA COMMUNITY A PRIORITY, PARTICULARLY THE MORE VULNERABLE CITIZENS, OUR YOUTH AND OUR SENIORS WHEN YOUTH VIOLENCE AROSE IN OUR COMMUNITY, IT WAS DR. REVEREND ADAMS WHO REACHED OUT TO OTHER PASTORS IN NORTH OMAHA TO UNIFY EFFORTS AND MESSAGE AGAINST THE VIOLENCE IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS HE HAS REACHED OUT TO HELP OUR SENIORS WHO NEEDED HOUSING REVEREND ADAMS IS NATIONALLY KNOWN AS A WONDERFUL PREACHER, A GREAT TEACHER, AN IRREPLACEABLE PILLAR IN OUR COMMUNITY AND A FRIEND TO MANY HE IS BLESSED BY HIS TWO CHILDREN, LEROY AND MARIA, AND OMAHA IS IN TURN BLESSED BY THIS MINISTER AND HIS FAMILY MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS HIS LIFE, HIS FAMILY, HIS MINISTRY FOR YEARS TO COME I YIELD BACK THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RISE? THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE MR. SPEAKER, DATA FROM THE BUREAU LABOR OF STATISTICS SHOWS THAT WHILE 14 MILLION AMERICANS ARE LOOKING FOR WORK, THERE ARE ONLY THREE MILLION JOB OPENINGS THIS MEANS THAT IF EVERY SINGLE JOB WAS FILLED OUTRIGHT THERE WOULD STILL BE 11 MILLION AMERICANS UNEMPLOYED AND LOOKING FOR WORK PASSING THE PRESIDENT’S JOBS

BILL WILL HELP THESE PEOPLE AND HELP OUR OVERALL ECONOMY ACCORDING TO MARK ZANDI, MOODY’S ECONOMIST, THE PRESIDENT’S PLAN WOULD ADD TWO PERCENTAGE POINTS TO THE G.D.P. GROWTH NEXT YEAR, ADD 1.9 MILLION JOBS BY NEXT YEAR AND CUT THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE BY ONE PERCENTAGE POINT NEXT YEAR PUBLISHED REPORTS INDICATE THAT ECONOMISTS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY ARE GIVING THE PRESIDENT’S PLAN A THUMBS UP THIS IS A CLEAR CHANCE FOR ALL OF US TO SAY YES YES TO GROWTH, YES TO A MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT AND MOST IMPORTANTLY YES TO JOBS AND OUR OVERALL ECONOMY I YIELD BACK JEAMENT YIELDS BACK FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA RISE? MR. SPEAKER, I ASK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE MR. SPEAKER, LAST THURSDAY THE PRESIDENT ADDRESSED A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS IN ORDER TO DESCRIBE HIS SECOND STIMULUS THIS PROPOSAL WOULD CREATE $447 BILLION IN NEW SPENDING BEING PAID FOR BY TAX INCREASE — INCREASES HOUSE REPUBLICANS REMAIN COMMITTED TO WORKING TOGETHER IN ORDER TO CREATE JOB GROWTH AND PROMOTE AN ENVIRONMENT THAT ALLOWS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO HIRE WORKERS SADLY THE ADMINISTRATION’S PROPOSAL PUSHES NEW TAXES ON SMALL BUSINESSES WHICH WOULD CREATE AN VISHE THAT DESTROYS JOBS — AN ENVIRONMENT THAT DESTROYS JOBS THE PRESIDENT WAS PREVIOUSLY CORRECT SAYING, QUOTE, YOU DO NOT RAISE TAXES IN A RECESSION END OF QUOTE RAISING TAXES DESTROYS JOBS THE ADMINISTRATION’S LAST STIMULUS ADDED $814 BILLION TO OUR DEBT MORE IMPORTANTLY IT FAILED TO ACCOMPLISH THE GOAL OF KEEPING UNEMPLOYMENT BELOW 18% WITH CURRENTLY 14 MILLION PEOPLE UNEMPLOYED AND 25 MILLION WHO WANT A FULL TIME JOB AND DO NOT HAVE ONE, THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE PASSED NUMEROUS BILLS TO CREATE JOBS HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE SHOWN THEIR COMMITMENT TO JUMPSTARTING THE ABILITY OF SMALL BUSINESSES TO CREATE JOBS IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RISE? ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM MINUTE NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER I COME FROM A PART OF THIS COUNTRY WHERE MY CONSTITUENTS ARE REAL DOWN TO EARTH PEOPLE COMMONSENSE PEOPLE WHO WANT A GOOD EDUCATION FOR OUR KIDS, WHO WANT MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY FOR OUR SENIORS AND WHO WANT THE BUFFALO BILLS TO CONTINUE THEIR WINNING STREAK BUT MORE THAN ANYTHING, WE WANT TO GET OUR PEOPLE BACK TO WORK OUR KIDS WHO THOUGHT A COLLEGE EDUCATION WAS A TICKET TO A GOOD JOB FOR OUR VETERANS WHO STEPPED OUT OF LINE TO GO FIGHT AND PROTECT US, WHO NOW FIND THEMSELVES IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE AND FOR MIDDLE MANAGERS WHO THOUGHT THEY WERE SET FOR LIFE UNTIL THE DAY THE PINK SLIP SHOWED UP ON THEIR DESK, TURNED THEIR LIVES UPSIDE DOWN WE ALL KNOW WE HAVE TO GET THIS COUNTRY BACK TO WORK, WE NEED TO PASS THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT TO DO JUST THAT JUST 24 HOURS AGO DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS STOOD SHOULDER TO SHOULDER ON THE STEPS OF THIS CAPITOL UNITED IN REMEMBRANCE OF 10 YEARS AGO, THE NINTH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 WHY CAN’T WE STAND TOGETHER AGAIN AND DO WHAT’S RIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS SHOULDER TO SHOULDER, IF WE GET THE JOB DONE HERE PEOPLE OUT THERE WILL GET JOBS THANK YOU VERY MUCH THE GENTLEWOMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RISE? MINUTE TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ONE MINUTE TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZE FOD FOR FLOOR THIS MORNING TO DISCUSS MR. SPEAKER, I COME TO TO THE THE NEEDS TO CREATE JOBS IN JANUARY MY PRIORITY SINCE I ARRIVED HERE LAST THURSDAY THE PRESIDENT ADDRESSED CONGRESS ABOUT HIS PROPOSAL TO CREATE JOBS AND MOVE THIS COUNTRY FORWARD WE MUST DO BETTER RECENTLY I INTRODUCED TWO BILLS SPUR JOB CREATION THAT ARE MY PROPOSALS TO HELP I DEPROOED THE AMERICA’S ENERGY INDEPENDENCE ACT WHICH WOULD PREVENT THE E.P.A. FROM ENFORCING ITS CROSS-STATE POLLUTION RULE FOR 10 YEARS, TO KEEP THE FLOW OF ELECTRICITY HIGH AND THE COST OF ELECTRICITY FOR AMERICA’S FAMILIES LOW THE PRESIDENT RECOGNIZED THAT THE E.P.A.’S NEW SMOG STANDARDS WOULD LEAD TO JOB LOSSES BUT HE PLAYED POLITICS AND ONLY RESCIND THE STANDARDS UNTIL RIGHT AFTER THE ELECTION I ALSO INTRODUCED THE INVEST IN AMERICA ACT WHICH WOULD SPEND THE CAPITAL GAINS TAX FOR 10 YEARS, PROVIDING MORE CERTAINTY TO FAMILIES WHO ARE BEING PENALIZED FOR SELLING THEIR HOMES, THEIR INVESTMENTS AND FARMS INSTEAD OF SPENDING MONEY WE DON’T HAVE ON INITIATIVES THAT DON’T WORK, THESE BILLS PROVIDE ACTUAL HELP TO AMERICANS SO THEY CAN GET BACK TO THE BUSINESS OF MAKING AMERICA GREAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE

GENTLELADY FROM MARYLAND RISE? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE THANK YOU, MR SPEAKER JUST AS JOHN PAUL STEVENS WARNED THAT THE SUPREME COURT’S RULING IN CITIZENS UNITED THREATENED TO UNDERMINE THE INTEGRITY OF ELECTED INSTITUTIONS AROUND THE NATION HOW RIGHT HE WAS SINCE THE COURT’S DECISION LAST JANUARY CORPORATE SPECIAL INTERESTS HAVE HAD UNPRECEDENTED FREEDOM TO SPEND ON OUR ELECTIONS IN FACT, CAMPAIGN SPENDING BY OUTSIDE GROUPS SURGED TO MORE THAN $300 MILLION IN THE 2010 ELECTION CYCLE AND ARE ALREADY OFF THE CHARTS FOR THIS CYCLE LIKEWISE STATE LAWS THAT LIMITED CORPORATE BANK ROLLING OF CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN STRUCK DOWN LOOK, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE UNPRECEDENTED CHALLENGES IN FRONT OF US, BUT HOW DO WE MAKE THE TOUGH CHOICES ON THE ECONOMY, ON TAXES, ON PROTECTING THE VULNERABLE AND INVESTING IN THE FUTURE AND CREATING JOBS? WE CAN’T STAND IDLY BY WHILE DEEPLY FLAWED INTERPRETATIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION ARE USED TO OBSTRUCT OUR DEMOCRACY RATHER THAN GUIDING IT PUTTING LOBBYISTS AND PILES OF CASH INTO POLICY AND ELECTIONS IT’S TIME FOR THE PEOPLE’S HOUSE TO STOP THE MADNESS AND SO THIS WEEK I JOIN WITH HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER CONYERS TO REINTRODUCE A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT, HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 78, TO RECLAIM CONGRESS AND TO REGULATE CORPORATE EXPENDITURES WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME THE GENTLELADY’S TIME HAS EXPIRED FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS RISE? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R 2218, THE EMPOWERING PARENTS THROUGH QUALITY CHARTER SCHOOLS ACT FOR ME IN MY DISTRICT IN THIS BILL STRIKES CLOSE TO HOME ARKANSAS, WHERE ONE CHARTER SCHOOL PROGRAM, THE KNOWLEDGE IS POWER PROGRAM, OR KIB, AS IT’S CALLED, HAS HAD A PROFOUND IMPACT ON THE LIVES OF ITS STUDENTS AND FAMILIES, IN ONE OF THE POOREST CITIES IN AMERICA IT HAS INSTITUTED A CHARTER SCHOOL THAT EMPOWERS STUDENTS FROM HIGH POVERTY COMMUNITIES TO DEVELOP THE CHARACTER, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS NECESSARY TO FOLLOW THEIR DREAMS AND MORE IMPORTANTLY LEARN TO VALUE A LIFE IN PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE AND TRUTH KIPP STUDENT GOES ABOVE AND BEYOND WHAT IS REQUIRED AND FOR THAT OUR COUNTRY IS A BETTER PLACE THEY HAVE THEIR TEACHERS AND PARENTS TO THANK THEY’RE ALL ACCESSIBLE AND COMMITTED TO THEIR EDUCATION AND WELL-BEING THE APPROACH SHOWS THAT HIGH STANDARDS OVERCOME THE OBSTACLES CREATED BY SOCIOECONOMICS AND CIRCUMSTANCES AS EVIDENCED BY THE FIRST GRADUATES CLASS, 100% OF WHICH NOW ATTEND COLLEGE AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NEW KIPP SCHOOL IN ARKANSAS MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS THIS BILL SO CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EMPOWER THEIR OWN LIVES, THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES THANK YOU THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND RISE? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM RECOGNIZE IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS OFFERED THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT, A CLEAR PATH FORWARD TO PUTTING OUR COUNTRY BACK TO WORK, HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES SUCCEED IN HIRE AND PROVIDING TAX RELIEF FOR OUR WORKERS AND REBUILDING AMERICA THE EMPHASIS OF THE PLAN IS IMMEDIATE ACTION THAT WILL PRESERVE AND CREATE JOBS NOW IT WILL PUT MONEY INTO THE POCKETS OF WORKING AMERICANS NOW AND WILL GIVE BUSINESS JOB CREATING TAX BREAKS NOW IT WILL PROVIDE A BOOST TO THE ECONOMY THAT WE NEED NOW MR. SPEAKER, IT’S TIME FOR DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TO WORK TOGETHER AND WITH OUR PRESIDENT TO PUT THE COUNTRY BACK TO WORK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE LITERALLY CAN’T AFFORD TO WAIT A SINGLE DAY MORE IT’S TIME TO PASS THE AMERICANS JOBS ACT NOW I YIELD BACK THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RISE? HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER IN THESE DIRE FINANCIAL TIMES, GOVERNMENT MUST IDENTIFY WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN’T EDUCATION FOR OUR KIDS EVEN WHEN IT COMES TO SEX THE C.D.C. RELEASED A FASCINATING STUDY THIS YEAR THAT FOUND THAT 2/3 OF TEENS AGE 15 TO 17 ARE ABSTAINING FROM SEX IN FACT 70% OF PARENTS SUPPORT ABSTINENCE UNTIL MARRIAGE FOR THEIR TEENS BUT UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION WE’VE SEEN A TROUBLING 16-1 FUNDING DISPARITY BETWEEN CONTRACEPTIVE-CENTERED EDUCATION AND AVOIDANCE EDUCATION LAST WEEK I FILED A BILL TO RESTORE FAIRNESS TO THE FUNDING AND DIRECT IT INSTEAD TO PROGRAMS WHICH GIVE OUR KIDS THE FACTS ABOUT CONTRACEPTION WITHOUT DISTORTING THEM I’M A DAD TO FOUR GREAT KIDS I HAVE A 15-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER AND A 17-YEAR-OLD SON WHO MAY IN FACT BE WATCHING RIGHT NOW NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT TO ME THAN SEEING THEM MAKE RESPONSIBLE CHOICES I HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE THAT THEY WILL NOW I’M JUST HOPING THE HOUSE AND SENATE WILL DO THE SAME I YIELD BACK THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RISE? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE WE ARE IN A TIME OF NATIONAL ECONOMIC CRISIS THERE ARE 14 MILLION AMERICANS

WITHOUT A JOB THERE ARE ANOTHER 12 MILLION WHO WISH THEY COULD WORK BUT HAVE GIVEN UP LOOKING ALTOGETHER THAT’S WHY LAST WEEK PRESIDENT OBAMA PRESENTED CONGRESS WITH AN URGENT PROPOSAL TO CREATE JOBS AND FIX THE ECONOMY REPUBLICAN ECONOMIST MARK ZANDI DECLARED THE PRESIDENT’S PLAN WOULD KEEP THE U.S. FROM SLIDING BACK INTO THE RECESSION, ADD TWO MILLION JOBS POINTS TO THE G.D.P. AND ADD 1.9 THIS PLAN IS BASED ON BIPARTISAN PROPOSALS AND IT WON’T ADD A DIME TO THE DEFICIT AFTER NINE MONTHS OF TAKING OVER THE HOUSE, REPUBLICANS HAVE NOT PRESENTED A SINGLE JOBS BILL IT’S WELL PAST TIME FOR THEM TO PUT POLITICS ASIDE AND COME TOGETHER WITH DEMOCRATS TO PUT THE COUNTRY BACK TO WORK WITH SO MANY PEOPLE SUFFERING, WE MUST ACT AND WE MUST ACT NOW FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI RISE? MINUTE TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE GREAT PLACE TO LIVE, WORK, AND MR. SPEAKER, MISSISSIPPI IS A RAISE A FAMILY, AND I WANT TO KEEP IT THAT WAY MISSISSIPPI IS A PROUD RIGHT TO WORK STATE MY STATE HAS ATTRACTED AND CONTINUES TO ATTRACT HIGH-TECH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS AND ADVANCED MANUFACTURING FACILITIES AT A TIME WHEN MORE THAN 14 MILLION WORKERS ARE UNEMPLOYED, WE MUST DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO REMOVE GOVERNMENT BARRIERS TO JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH AS SOUTH CAROLINA KNOWS TOO WELL, THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD IS STIFLING JOB CREATION IN THEIR FEDERAL INTRUSION MUST BE RETRAINED THE PROTECTING JOBS FROM GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE ACT WILL PROHIBIT THE NLRB FROM DICTATING WHERE A PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYEE COULD LOCATE THIS IS GOOD FOR JOB SEEKERS AS WELL AS JOB CREATORS WITHOUT RESTRAINT, ALL STATES, ESPECIALLY RIGHT TO WORK STATES LIKE MY MISSISSIPPI, WILL BE NEGATIVELY IMPACTED WE’D LIKE TO WORK IN MISSISSIPPI AND WE LIKE JOBS, AND WE WANT MORE OF THEM, NOT LESS I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RISE? ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM MINUTE TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE THANK YOU, MR SPEAKER I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S AMERICAN JOBS ACT AS A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE HOUSE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE, I’M ESPECIALLY GLAD TO SEE THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS MAINTAINED HIS UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO MODERNIZING AMERICA’S INFRASTRUCTURE OUR ROADS, BRIDGES, HIGHWAYS, AND STRIT SYSTEM, AND SUPPORT MILLIONS OF JOBS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY THAT ARE CRUCIAL TO STRENGTHONNING OUR ECONOMY ECONOMY THE — STRENGTHENING OUR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A INFRASTRUCTURE BANK IS A BIPARTISAN PROPOSAL THAT I HAVE BEEN A STRONG PROPONENT FOR MANY YEARS, MORE RECENTLY I HAVE LEARNED MY SENIOR SENATORS ALSO ARE VERY SUPPORTIVE THIS BANK WOULD LEVERAGE PRIVATE AND CAPITAL FUNDS TO INVEST IN INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS OF A NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE ITS PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PARTNER — IT’S PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS LIKE THIS THAT MAKE MORE OF THEM OUR COUNTRY SUCCEED AND WE NEED I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN MEASURE GOD BLESS THE TROOPS GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD BLESS THE MEMBERS OF THE PEOPLE’S HOUSE TO RISE ABOVE BIPARTISANISM AND BE BIPARTISAN AND ADDRESSING THE PEOPLE’S PROBLEMS THE GENTLELADY’S TIME HAS EXPIRED FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE? MR. SPEAKER, REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE REVISE AND EXTEND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE MR. SPEAKER, ON AUGUST 14, KEYSTONE LITTLE LEAGUE FROM CLINTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, WON THE LITTLE LEAGUE MID-ATLANTIC REGION TITLE THIS WIN SECURED THEM A PLACE IN THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES TOURNAMENT A SPECIAL GROUP OF YOUNG MEN MADE UP THE KEYSTONE TEAM IT WASN’T JUST A TALENTED PENNSYLVANIA TEAM MAKING IT TO A WORLD SERIES OR THE FACT THEY WERE THE FIRST CLINTON COUNTY TEAM TO MAKE THE WORLD SERIES SINCE 1949, BUT THAT FOR WEEKS THESE BOYS WERE PERHAPS THE BIGGEST STORY IN THE WORLD OF SPORTS WHILE SOME EXCEPTIONAL TEAMS OFTEN HITCH A SUCCESS TO ONE OR TWO EARL LIVE DEVELOPING KIDS, IT WAS THEIR TEAMWORK, SPORTSMAN SHIP, AND CHARACTER THAT SERVED TO RALLY THE ENTIRE STATE AROUND THEM CREATING RECORD BREAKING CROWDS AS WE WATCHED OUR HISTORIC RUN FOR THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP THIS TEAM MORE THAN ANY OTHER HELD THEIR OWN AGAINST NATIONAL COMPETITION WINNING THREE OF FIVE GAMES DURING THE TOURNAMENT IN THE END KEYSTONE LEFT THE SEASON WITH SOMETHING MORE THAN A REGIONAL TITLE THEY LEFT WITH A LEGACY THAT FROM NOW WILL BE REMEMBERED GENERATIONS I WANT TO CONGRATULATION THE WHOLE TEAM THE COACHES AND THE DEDICATED PARENTS WHO HELPED MAKE THIS SEASON ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS CONGRATULATIONS, KEYSTONE I YIELD BACK THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

MINUTE TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE MR. SPEAKER, TODAY MEMBERS OF THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS STOOD UP AND DISPLAYED A VIDEOTAPE IN WHICH THE JOBS TOUR THAT WE WENT ON THIS SUMMER WAS REVEALED WE SHOWED THE CITIES WHERE PEOPLE, AMERICANS OF ALL DESCRIPTIONS, STOOD UP AND SAID, WE NEED JOBS GOOD JOBS NOW AMERICANS FROM DETROIT TO OAKLAND, MINNEAPOLIS, MIAMI, ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY WE WENT TO GO TALK TO THEM FACE TO FACE AND THEY TOLD US WHAT THEY WANTED THEY DID THEIR PART BY COMING TO TELL US WHAT THEY WANTED NOW IT’S TIME FOR US TO DO OUR PART AS CONGRESS MEMBERS OF THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS WILL AND ARE AND ALREADY HAVE INTRODUCED LEGISLATION DEALING WITH GOOD JOBS AND GOOD JOBS NOW, INFRASTRUCTURE, EDUCATION, FAIR TRADE THINGS LIKE THIS MANUFACTURING WE ARE GOING TO BE FORCING THIS AGENDA IT’S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT WHAT THEY DEMAND AND ANYONE WHO DOES NOT STAND WITH US ON THIS JOBS AGENDA WILL BE REVEALED TO BE NOT A FRIEND OF THE AMERICAN WORKER I YIELD BACK THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RISE? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE THANK YOU, MR SPEAKER LAST WEEK THE PRESIDENT CAME IN THIS HOUSE AND MADE AN HISTORIC ADDRESS TO A JOINT SESSION ABOUT THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT THERE WERE THINGS IN HIS PROPOSAL THAT I FELT REAL GOOD ABOUT AND SOME THAT I FELT NOT SO GOOD ABOUT, BUT I’M GOING TO SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT BECAUSE OUR COUNTRY NEEDS JOBS THE PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT NEED JOBS THIS IS THE WAY TO PROVIDE JOBS YOU DON’T PROVIDE JOBS BY PUTTING OFF E.P.A. REGULATIONS THAT COST $350,000 LIVES, BY CAUSING PEOPLE WHO HAVE BREATHING DIFFICULTIES, ASTHMA, TWO FRIENDS OF MINE WHO HAD LUNG CANCER AND LOST A LUNG OR FYBROMYALGIA AND MAY LOSE THEIR LIFE WITHOUT A TRANSPLANT AND PUT THEM JEOPARDY WITH LOSING THEIR LIVES YOU CREATE JOBS BY USING SUMMER WORK PROGRAMS AND TAX BREAKS FOR SMALL BUSINESS, AND THAT’S BEEN OFFERED I HOPE WE CAN COME TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN WAY I WATCHED THE REPUBLICAN DEBATE LAST NIGHT AND ONE OF THE CANDIDATES SUGGESTED IT WAS THE OBAMA DEPRESSION MY GOD, I CAN’T BELIEVE PEOPLE ARE DOING THAT THE HORRORS WE JUST SAW 9/11 AND THOUGHT OF AND THE WAR IN IRAQ UNFUNDED AND AFGHANISTAN HAVE CAUSED THIS BUSH RECESSION I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM HAWAII RISE? I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM HAWAII IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT JOBS AND WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT OUR ECONOMY AND HOW JOBS RELATE TO THAT WE MUST REMEMBER ONE THING WE ARE ALL WORKERS SO, MR. SPEAKER, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT’S VERY TROUBLING IS THE FACT THAT WE DON’T SEEM TO HAVE A GRASP ON WHAT THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD IS AND THAT’S EVIDENCED BY H.R 2587 WHAT THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD DOES IS SIMPLY ENFORCES THE RIGHTS OF WORKERS WE ARE A GREAT ECONOMY WE ARE A GREAT COUNTRY BECAUSE WE RECOGNIZE THAT WE ARE ALL WORKERS AND THAT AS WORKERS WE HAVE RIGHTS TO BE PROTECTED AND ONE OF THE RIGHTS IS TO ACT IN A CONCERTED MANNER THAT’S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT IT PROTECTS PEOPLE’S RIGHTS TO ACT TOGETHER IF THEY SO WISH WHAT’S WRONG WITH THAT? THAT’S WHAT MAKES US THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THAT’S WHAT MAKES US THE GREATEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD AND THAT’S WHAT MAKES US A COUNTRY THAT UNDERSTANDS THAT IN ORDER TO BE THE GREAT ECONOMY, WE MUST NEVER FORGET THE WORKERS WE MUST NEVER FORGET THEIR RIGHTS AND WE MUST ALWAYS PROTECT IT THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER I YIELD BACK THE GENTLELADY’S TIME HAS EXPIRED FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM WISCONSIN RISE? I’D LIKE ONE MINUTE TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM MINUTE WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT HAS SENT US THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT, A PLAN TO PUT THE COUNTRY BACK TO WORK WHILE IT MAKES INVESTMENTS IN OUR STRUGGLING ECONOMY THIS BILL WOULD MODERNIZE AND REHABILITATE 30,000 PUBLIC SCHOOLS, ESTABLISH THE DESPERATELY NEEDED INFRASTRUCTURE BANK, PUMP $50 BILLION INTO OUR AGING ROADS, BRIDGES, RAILROADS AND AIRPORTS IN FACT, WE HAVE 71,000 STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT BRIDGES IN THIS COUNTRY WE ARE FALLING BEHIND THE REST OF THE WORLD WHEN IT COMES TO MODERN RAILWAYS, ROADS, AND SCHOOLS AND THIS BILL, THIS BILL IS OF CRITICAL IMPORTANCE TO MY DISTRICT OF THE NATION’S CITIES,

MILWAUKEE HAS THE SECOND LARGEST PERCENTAGE OF ITS WORK FORCE IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR PASSING THIS BILL MEANS JOBS FOR MY CONSTITUENTS, MAKING SUPPORT BEAMS FOR BRIDGES MANUFACTURING TOOLS BUILDING ENGINES PUTTING TOGETHER CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT DESIGNING, REDUCING COMPUTERS FOR AIRPORTS TRUCKING, RAIL, AND POOR TRANSPORTATION, AND, YES, IT EVEN MEANS MAKING BACON AND EGGS AT THE LOCAL DINER TO SUPPORT THESE WORKERS MR. SPEAKER, LET’S PUT AMERICA BACK TO WORK PASS THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT AND PASS IT NOW THE GENTLELADY’S TIME HAS EXPIRED FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE? MINUTE TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE THANK YOU, MR SPEAKER I RISE TO TALK ABOUT JOBS TODAY THE REPUBLICANS HAVE TAKEN US THROUGH A NO JOBS WINTER AGENDA A NO JOBS SPRING AGENDA A NO JOBS SUMMER AGENDA AND NOW WE ARE ABOUT TO ENTER FALL NOW, EVERYBODY IS TALKING ABOUT JOBS, BUT THEY ARE NOT REALLY DOING ANYTHING OTHER THAN BLAMING THE PRESIDENT IT’S BEEN 250 DAYS SINCE REPUBLICANS HAVE HAD THE CONTROL OF THIS BODY NOT ONE SINGLE JOBS BILL HAS PASSED YESTERDAY THE PRESIDENT GAVE US A SPECIFIC PLAN AND — BUT WE HAVE ALREADY HEARD FROM SOME COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT THEY WILL NOT BE IN SUPPORT OF IT IS THIS A PART OF THEIR NO FALL, NO JOBS AGENDA FOR THE FALL? LOOKS LIKE IT IT’S CERTAINLY NOT LEADERSHIP AND IT’S NOT GOVERNANCE AND I YIELD BACK THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RISE? UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER TODAY AS THE CENSUS BUREAU CAME OUT WITH NEW NUMBERS ON POVERTY IN AMERICA IN 2010, 15.1% OR 46.1 MILLION AMERICANS LIVED IN POVERTY THIS IS UP FROM 14.3%, OR 43.6 MILLION AMERICANS IN 2009 2.6 MILLION MORE AMERICANS FELL INTO THE RANKS OF THE POOR 2.3% OF AMERICANS, THEIR INCOMES FELL AND THIS TREND REALLY DOES CARRY LONG-TERM AND SHORT-TERM CONSEQUENCES FOR OUR CHILDREN, OUR FAMILIES, AND FOR OUR NATIONAL AND FOR OUR ECONOMIC SECURITY AND MIND YOU, THESE ARE NOT ONLY PEOPLE IN DEMOCRATIC DISTRICTS THESE ARE INDIVIDUALS WHO LIVE IN REPUBLICAN DISTRICTS AND REPUBLICAN TEA PARTY DISTRICTS, IN INDEPENDENT DISTRICTS THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO LIVE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY THIS SUMMER THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS AND PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS WENT OUT AND WE LISTENED TO PEOPLE, WE HELPED FIND JOBS FOR PEOPLE, AND I TELL YOU THE STORIES THAT WE HEARD WERE QUITE DEPRESSING, MIND YOU, BUT ALSO REMINDED US OF THE JOB THAT WE HAD TO DO WE HEARD, AND I WANT TO TELL YOU ONE STORY, OF CHILDREN NOW WHO ARE TAKING CARE OF THEIR PARENTS BECAUSE THEIR PARENTS LOST A JOB AND THESE CHILDREN ARE WORKING ON MINIMUM WAGE JOBS, FOR INSTANCE, AT MCDONALD’S THIS IS A MORAL OUTRAGE WE’VE GOT TO PASS THE AMERICA JOBS ACT UNTIL WE CREATE JOBS, AND THERE ARE FOUR INDIVIDUALS WHO WANT JOBS, WE NEED TO PASS H.R. 589 WHICH WOULD EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE HIT THE 99 WALL THAT’S THE LEAST WE CAN DO UNTIL WE CREATE THESE JOBS THE GENTLELADY’S TIME HAS EXPIRED FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R 2887 THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL H.R. 2887, A BILL TO PROVIDE AN EXTENSION OF SURFACE AND AIR TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR MICA, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. RAHALL, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA THANK YOU, MR SPEAKER I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R 2887 WITHOUT OBJECTION THANK YOU I WILL REFERENCE A LETTER BY MR CAMP, MR. SPEAKER, AND A RESPONSE BY MR. — MYSELF, MR MICA MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU, AND I

WOULD LIKE TO YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER, WE’RE HERE TODAY TO EXTEND ONCE AGAIN AUTHORIZATION FOR THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION AND FOR OUR NATION’S TRANSPORTATION HIGHWAY TRANSIT PROGRAMS MR. SPEAKER, THIS UNFORTUNATELY IS — THESE ARE EXTENSIONS THAT HAVE BEEN PILED UPON EXTENSIONS FOR BOTH OF THESE PROGRAMS AND WHILE THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US IS IMPORTANT AND IT SIGNIFIES A BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL AGREEMENT TO MOVE FORWARD, IT MUST NOT BE JUST A TEMPORARY BAND-AID FOR OUR IMPORTANT AVIATION, HIGHWAY, RAIL AND SAFETY PROGRAMS AND FOR FUTURE JOB CREATION FOR OUR NATION TO BUILD OUR NATION’S INFRASTRUCTURE AND TO REALLY PUT PEOPLE TO WORK WE NEED LONG-TERM RE-AUTHORIZATIONS FOR THESE PROGRAMS UNFORTUNATELY THIS BILL IS THE 22ND F.A.A. EXTENSION AND THE EIGHTH SURFACE TRANSPORTATION EXTENSION CONGRESS UNFORTUNATELY HAS DELAYED PASSING A LONG-TERM F.A.A. RE-AUTHORIZATION FOR OVER FOUR YEARS AND THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BILL HAS LAGGED FOR SOME TWO YEARS THIS ACTION TODAY REPRESENTS A LAST CHANCE TO ROLL UP OUR SLEEVES AND GET TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS MOVING FORWARD IN AMERICA AGAIN A COUPLE OF COMMENTS ABOUT THIS LEGISLATION, H.R. 2887 IS A KLEENEX TENSION FOR THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION — IS A CLEAN EXTENSION FOR THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM AND A CLEAN FOUR-MONTH EXTENSION FOR AVIATION PROGRAMS THE EXTENSION FUNDING LEVELS ARE CONSISTENT WITH A FULL-YEAR CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS ACT, OUR C.R. PASSED BY CONGRESS IN APRIL OF THIS YEAR FOR OUR SURFACE TRANSPORTATION, THE BILL AUTHORIZES $19.9 BILLION FOR HIGHWAY, $660 BILLION FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY, $5.1 BILLION FOR TRANSIT FOR A TOTAL OF $25.6 BILLION, NOW THAT’S JUST FOR THE SIX-YEAR PERIOD WE DID THIS — I’M SORRY, FOR THE SIX-MONTH PERIOD WHILE I WOULD LIKE TO DO A SIX-YEAR BILL, OUR INTENTION WITH THIS ACTION TODAY IS TO REMAIN FIRMLY COMMITTED TO THE COMMITMENT TO DO A SIX-YEAR TRANSPORTATION BILL THIS IS A SIX-MONTH EXTENSION WHY SIX MONTHS? BECAUSE OUR STATES AND OUR OTHER ENTITIES THAT DEPEND ON RELIABLE FUNDING PARTNER MUST HAVE SOME CERTAINTY WHEN WE DID THE C.R. WHICH EXPIRES IN JUST A FEW WEEKS HERE WE WERE ABLE TO EXTEND ON THE SEVENTH EXTENSION OUR TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS UNTIL THE END OF THIS MONTH SO WE THINK THIS IS BEING GOOD STEWARDS AND RESPONSIBLE AGAIN, IN EXTENDING FOR SIX MONTHS, A PERIOD IN WHICH THERE CAN BE SOME STABILITY IN THESE IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS, AND ALSO TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT JOBS AND EMPLOYMENT IN THIS AREA MOVE FORWARD IN JULY I RELEASED A RE-AUTHORIZATION PROPOSAL, TRANSPORTATION RE-AUTHORIZATION PROPOSAL THIS WAS AN OUTLINE AND WE’VE BEEN WORKING WITH OUR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION SINCE THAT TIME TO ACTUALLY CRAFT LANGUAGE WHICH IS ACCEPTABLE TO SET FORTH THE POLICY AND THE FUNDING, THE FUNDING SCHEDULE ALL OF THE AUTHORIZATION THAT’S SO IMPORTANT TO KEEP OUR MOVING FORWARD NATION’S INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS SO THIS SHOULD GIVE US ENOUGH TIME TO COMPLETE THAT PROCESS AND GET THAT LEGISLATION BEFORE US WITH UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AT RECORD HIGH LEVELS, IT’S IMPERATIVE THAT WE ALSO PROVIDE THIS TIME LET ME TALK ABOUT F.A.A. FOR A MINUTE THIS BILL DOES AUTHORIZE FUNDS THROUGH THE END OF JANUARY FOR

F.A.A THIS IS THE LIST OF EXTENSIONS OF F.A.A I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AVIATION SUBCOMMITTEE IN 2003 TO CRAFT A FOUR-YEAR BILL F.A.A. BILL WHICH EXPIRED IN 2007 SO I HELPED WRITE THE LAST F.A.A. FOUR-YEAR AUTHORIZATION THAT EXPIRED IN 2007 HERE ARE THE EXTENSIONS, THE DEMOCRATS CONTROLLED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE, HERE AS WE START IN, WHEN YOU HAD THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TAKE OVER THEY ALSO CONTROLLED THE WHITE HOUSE, THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE AND WE GET DOWN TO THE 17TH EXTENSION UNDER DEMOCRAT CONTROL AND I’VE AGREED TO THREE OF THEM I SAID ENOUGH IS ENOUGH AND WE MUST MOVE FORWARD WITH A LONG-TERM AUTHORIZATION AND I STAND BEFORE YOU TODAY AND SAY THAT WHILE THE MEASURES THAT WE TOOK IN THE LAST EXTENSION FOR F.A.A. WERE SOMEWHAT EXTRAORDINARY, THIS SITUATION DEMANDS ATTENTION AND ACTION FOR LONG-TERM LEGISLATION BY THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AND I’M GOING TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE DO EVERYTHING TO SEE THAT PEOPLE ARE WORKING IN THIS INDUSTRY AND THAT WE MEET OUR RESPONSIBILITY FOR SETTING THE POLICY FOR ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT INDUSTRIES IN THE UNITED STATES, OUR AVIATION INDUSTRY SO THIS IS THE HISTORY OF WHAT’S TAKEN PLACE, THIS IS THE 22ND EXTENSION AND I CAN GUARANTEE IT WILL BE THE LAST EXTENSION BECAUSE WE MUST AND WE WILL PASS A FOUR-YEAR AUTHORIZATION WHILE THERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT REMAIN TO BE RESOLVED, THEY CONTINUE WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER, WE PASSED LEGISLATION FROM THE HOUSE, LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH SENATOR ROCKEFELLER AND OTHERS, KAY BAILEY HUTCHINSON, THE RANKING REPUBLICAN IN THE SENATE, MR COSTELLO, AND MR. RAHALL, TOGETHER THIS LEGISLATION DONE I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THESE TWO EXTENSIONS ROLLED INTO ONE, 2887 RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST RECOGNIZED VIRGINIA, MR. RAHALL, IS MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2887, THE SURFACE AND AIR TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS EXTENSION ACT OF 2011 IN THIS REGARD I DO COMMEND THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP FOR ARRIVING AT AN AGREEMENT LATE FRIDAY AFTERNOON ON AN EXTENSION OF OUR NATION’S SURFACE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS THROUGH MARCH 31, 2012, AND OF PROGRAMS UNDER THE F.A.A THROUGH JANUARY 31, 2012, AT THE CURRENT FUNDING LEVELS AND WITHOUT ANY ADVERSE POLICY RIDERS I COMMEND OUR CHAIRMAN, MR MICA, SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR, MR DUNCAN, ON SURFACE AND THE AIR SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR, MR. PETRI, OUR RANKING SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBERS, MR. COSTELLO, ON AVIATION AND MR. DEFAZIO ON SURFACE EXTENDING THESE PROGRAMS IS CRITICAL TO OUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY, AND THE PENDING MEASURE DOES SO WITHOUT ENDING THE POISON PILLS OF THE — ANY OF THE POISON PILLS OF THE PAST OR DRACONIAN CUTS TO INVESTMENTS IN OUR PROGRAMS FAILURE TO EXTENDS THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS COULD SHUT DOWN MORE THAN 134,000 ACTIVE HIGHWAY AND BRIDGE PROJECTS IN OVER 5,000 ACTIVE TRANSIT PROJECTS, JEOPARDY DIDSING THE JOBS OF MORE THAN ONE MILLION PRIVATE SECTOR AMERICAN JOBS OVER THE NEXT YEAR THE FUNDING LEVELS IN THE PENDING MEASURE ARE FAR MORE PRENCHBLE THAN WHAT WE ARE SEEING BEING PROPOSED BY REPUBLICANS ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE JUST LAST WEEK THEY WROTE OUT A FISCAL YEAR 2012 APPROPRIATIONS TRANSPORTATION BILL WHICH PROPOSES TO SLASH HIGHWAY AND TRANSIT INVESTMENT, DESTROYING MORE THAN 600,000 GOOD-PAYING PRIVATE SECTOR AMERICAN JOBS JOBS THAT WOULD BE LOST IN EVERY STATE OF THE UNION AND DRA CLONIAN CUTS TO I CANNOT SUPPORT THESE DANGEROUS INVESTMENTS IN — DRACONIAN CUTS TO INVESTMENTS IN AMERICA’S FUTURE TO KEEP PACE WITH OUR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITORS WE NEED TO INVEST MORE, NOT LESS, IN AMERICA’S FUTURE IF WE STOP INVESTING IN THE FUTURE, THERE’S SIMPLY NO WAY WE CAN RETIRE THE DEBT OF THE PAST IT IS MY HOPE THAT WITH THIS HIGHWAY SAFETY AND TRANSIT SIX-MONTH EXTENSION OF HIGHWAY, PROGRAMS, WE CAN COME TOGETHER AND WORK TO DEVELOP A LONG-TERM, ROBUST SURFACE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORIZATION BILL THAT KEEPS THE NATION ECONOMICALLY COMPETITIVE, MEETS THE DEMANDS OF THE 21ST CENTURY AND CREATES MILLIONS OF FAMILY-WAGE AMERICAN JOBS THE PENDING MEASURE ALSO PROVIDES FOR CLEAR EXTENSION IN THE NATION’S AVIATION PROGRAMS

UNDER THE F.A.A OUR AVIATION SYSTEM IS SLIGHTLY MORE THAN A MONTH INTO ITS RECOVERY FROM THE SHOCK, THE SHOCK OF A REPUBLICAN-LED F.A.A SHUTDOWN FOR TWO WEEKS IN JULY AND AUGUST I’M PLEASED THAT MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO FORCE ANOTHER SHUTDOWN I TRUST THEY RECOGNIZE THE DAMAGE THAT WAS CAUSED TO OUR NATION’S AVIATION SYSTEM AND THE FINANCIAL HARDSHIP PLACED ON WORKING CLASS FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WHEN THEY CHOSE TO FORCE A POLICY RIDER INTO AN OTHERWISE KLEENEX TENSION IN JULY — CLEAN EXTENSION IN JULY AND CAUSED A SHUTDOWN TO MAJOR PARTS OF THE F.A.A PENDSING ENACTMENT OF A LONG-TERM BILL AND I JOIN OUR CHAIRMAN IN A DESIRE TO SEE SUCH PASSED THIS SHORT-TERM EXTENSION IS THE RESPONSIBLE PATH FORWARD, IT WILL AVERT MORE DAMAGE TO THE AVIATION SYSTEM AND THE ECONOMY WITH THAT SAID, WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING IS COMPLETING THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON THE LONG-TERM F.A.A RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL THREE MONTHS AGO THE HOUSE AND SENATE NEGOTIATORS INFORMALLY NARROWED DOWN THE LIST OF CHAMBERS TO JUST A FEW DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO THE SENATE APPOINTED CONFEREES OVER FIVE MONTHS AGO, JET HOUSE HAS NOT — YET THE HOUSE HAS NOT FOLLOWED SUIT LET US FINISH THE LONG-TERM RE-AUTHORIZATION AND SHOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT CONGRESS PUTS PLAINS AND PASSENGERS BEFORE POLITICS — PLANES AND PASSENGERS BEFORE POLITICS I SUPPORT THE PENDING MEASURE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA RESERVES RECOGNIZED THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE TO JUST IN RESPONSE, AGAIN, ENJOY WORKING WITH THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. RAHALL AND JUST WANTED TO COMMEND ON — COMMENT ON HIS DISCUSSION OF THE F.A.A. SHUTDOWN, JUST FOR THE RECORD, THE FACTS ARE THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN A BIPARTISAN VOTE PASSED AN F.A.A EXTENSION ON JULY 20, THREE DAYS PRIOR TO THE DEADLINE, JULY 22, 2011 FACT, THE F.A.A. EXTENSION CONTAINED REDUCTIONS IN THOUSAND-DOLLAR-PLUS AIRLINE PORK SUBSIDIES AFFECTING ONLY THREE AIRPORTS THE LANGUAGE THAT WE ADOPTED FROM THE SENATE AFFECTED 10 AIRPORTS WITHIN 90 MILES THE SENATE DEMOCRATS AFTER TWO WEEKS OF FORCING A PARTIAL F.A.A. SHUTDOWN MEEKLY WENT TO THE SENATE FLOOR AND IN 71 SECONDS PASSED THE HOUSE EXTENSION THAT WAS AVAILABLE AND THE FACT IS THAT ONLY PORTS — I GRANT MYSELF 15 ADDITIONAL SECONDS ONLY PORT TICKET SUBSIDIES WERE EXCLUDED THE FACT IS THAT THE DEMOCRATS CONTROLLED THE UNITED STATES HOUSE AND SENATE FOR FOUR YEARS, LETTING F.A.A. AUTHORIZATION EX PIRE IN 2007, FORCING 17 EXTENSIONS EVEN WITH THE PRESIDENCY, FROM 2009 UNTIL THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR, WERE UNABLE TO PASS F.A.A LEGISLATION I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIR OF THE AVIATION SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. PETRI THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES I THANK THE CHAIRMAN I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL BEFORE US, H.R. 2887, THE SURFACE AND AIR TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS EXTENSION ACT OF 2011 HOUSE AND SENATE NEGOTIATORS HAVE WORKED FOR THE LAST FIVE MONTHS TO RESOLVE THE ISSUES BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE ON THE LONG-TERM F.A.A RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL WE WERE SEEKING THIS EXTENSION TO ALLOW TIME FOR US TO COMPLETE NEGOTIATIONS ON THE FINAL MULTIYEAR BILL WE NEED TO GET A LONG-TERM F.A.A. BILL DONE SO THAT THE AGENCY AND AIRPORTS CAN MORE EFFICIENTLY PLAN AND CARRY OUTER PROJECTS THE BILL BEFORE US, H.R. 2887, IS A CLEAN FOUR-MONTH EXTENSION OF THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION’S TAXES AND PROGRAMMATIC AUTHORITIES THE EXTENSION WILL PROVIDE RESOURCES FOR THE SAFE OPERATION OF THE NATIONAL AIR SPACE SYSTEM AND FOR THE CONTINUED CERTIFICATION SERVICES OF THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION THE BILL ALSO AUTHORIZES FUNDING FOR THE AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM WHICH TOGETHER WITH THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM EXTENDED IN THE BILL AUTHORIZES CRITICAL FUNDING FOR IMPORTANT INFRASTRUCTURE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS THAT WILL HELP PRESERVE AND CREATE MUCH-NEEDED JOBS I ALSO WANT TO EXPRESS MY SUPPORT FOR THE EXTENSION OF OUR SURFACE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS WE MUST CONTINUE TO FUND CRITICAL HIGHWAY, BRIDGE AND OTHER PROJECTS ACROSS OUR COUNTRY IN ORDER TO HAVE THE TRANSPORTATION NETWORK NECESSARY FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND OUR GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS THE EXTENSION WE HAVE PROPOSED IS A SENSIBLE WAY FORWARD AND I JOIN CHAIRMAN MICA IN URGING MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION YIELD BACK THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME

THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO OUR DISTINGUISHED SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, RANKING ILLINOIS, MR. COSTELLO MEMBER, THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED THE LEGISLATION IS A CLEAN EXTENSION OF THE F.A.A BILL AND TAKES THE EXTENSION THROUGH JANUARY 31 OF 2012 IN FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR, THE SENATE PASSED A BIPARTISAN COMPREHENSIVE F.A.A RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL BY A VOTE OF 87-8 BY CONTRAST IN APRIL, THE HOUSE APPROVED AN EXTENSION THAT WAS VERY CONTROVERSIAL AND IT WAS A BILL THAT WAS PASSED ON A PARTY-LINE VOTE IN FACT, THE HOUSE PASSED BILL PASSED BY THE NARROWEST VOTE MARGIN FOR A HOUSE F.A.A AUTHORIZATION BILL IN ALMOST 30 YEARS I SAID AT THE TIME THAT THE POISON PILL PROVISION THAT WAS PUT IN THE BILL BY THE MAJORITY THAT IT WOULD PREVENT THE BILL FROM PASSING BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE AND BEING SIGNED INTO LAW BY THE PRESIDENT, AND IN FACT THE WHITE HOUSE SAID THAT THEY WOULD VETO THE LEGISLATION WITH THE POISON PILL PROVISION SO WE KNEW AT THAT POINT THAT THE RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL WAS NOT GOING ANYWHERE WITH THAT PROVISION IN THE BILL IT’S BEEN FIVE MONTHS SINCE THE OTHER BODY INVITED THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP TO APPOINT CONFEREES AND SIT DOWN AT THE TABLE WITH SENATE CONFEREES TO IN FACT TRY AND WORK OUT AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE IN JULY OF THIS YEAR INSTEAD OF PASSING A CLEAN F.A.A EXTENSION, THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP PUT A POISON PILL PROVISION IN THAT EXTENSION THAT LEAD TO A SHUTDOWN OF THE F.A.A FOR ALMOST TWO WEEKS COSTING THE F.A.A. MORE THAN $400 MILLION IN LOST REVENUE IN THAT TWO-WEEK PERIOD I’M PLEASED THAT THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP STEPPED IN, BROUGHT A CLEAN EXTENSION TO THE FLOOR TODAY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF ALL OF THE GAMES, THEY ARE TIRED OF ALL OF THE ONE SIDE BLAMING THE OTHER SIDE THEY WANT REASONABLE PEOPLE TO COME TOGETHER IN THIS BODY AND IN THE SENATE TO ACT REASONABLY AND DO THE RIGHT THING THE SENATE HAS APPOINTED THEIR CONFEREES WE SHOULD APPOINT THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IN THE HOUSE SHOULD APPOINT CONFEREES, AND THIS BODY IMMEDIATELY — IN THIS BODY IMMEDIATELY SO WE IN FACT CAN BILL GET A LONG-TERM AUTHORIZATION LET’S STOP THE GAMES LET’S APPOINT CONFEREES SO WE CAN PASS A COMPREHENSIVE RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL NOW WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MR RAHALL THE BACK GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA RESERVES RECOGNIZED THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED AGAIN I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE MASS THIS BIPARTISAN EXTENSION EXTENSION WE — PASS THIS BIPARTISAN WE WOULDN’T BE HERE PASSING A COMBINATION OF THE TRANSPORTATION, HIGHWAY TRANSIT AND F.A.A. EXTENSIONS IF WE HADN’T TAKEN ACTION THAT WAS EXTRAORDINARY THERE WAS MORE THAN SUFFICIENT TIME FOR THE SENATE TO ACT AGAIN, AND I’LL SUBMIT THIS AS PART OF THE RECORD, THE DEMOCRATS HAD COMPLETE CONTROL OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE, AND EXTRAORDINARY MAJORITIES, NEVER PASSED A BILL, NEVER APPOINTED CONFEREES WE HAVE ONLY HAD THIS RESPONSIBILITY SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR, AND WE WILL PASS A LONG-TERM BILL AND TAKE WHATEVER ACTION IS NECESSARY TO DO THAT FORWARD TODAY WE ARE MOVING THE PROCESS AND I APPLAUD LEADERSHIP ON BOTH — SIDES OF THE AISLE, BIPARTISAN I ASK CHAIRMAN MICA IF HE WOULD BE WILLING TO YEED I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF OUR SURFACE TRANSPORTATION SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. DUNCAN THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES THANK YOU, MR SPEAKER I THANK CHAIRMAN MICA FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME AND FOR HIS AND RANKING MEMBER RAHALL’S OUTSTANDING WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION H.R. 2887 EXTENDS THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS FOR ANOTHER SIX MONTHS FROM OCTOBER 1 THROUGH MARCH 31 OF 2012 AND THE AVIATION PROGRAMS FOR ANOTHER FOUR MONTHS FROM OCTOBER 1 THROUGH JANUARY 31 OF 2012 AND FUNDING LEVELS CONSISTENT WITH THE FULL YEAR CONTINUING RESOLUTION PASSED LAST APRIL THIS EXTENSION IS CONSIDERED CLEAN AND NO POLICY PROVISIONS WERE ADDED DURING THIS SIX-MONTH SIR FAST TRANSPORTATION EXTENSION — SURFACE TRANSPORTATION EXTENSION, CONGRESS WILL WORK HARD TO PASS THE COMMITTEE’S SIX-YEAR SURFACE TRANSPORTATION RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL THE OUTLINE OF THE COMMITTEE’S PROPOSAL WAS UNVEILED IN JUNE

AND MAKES MUCH NEEDED REFORMS TO OUR FEDERAL HIGHWAY TRANSIT, AND HIGHWAY SAFETY PROGRAMS THE COMMITTEE’S PROPOSAL WILL STREAMLINE THE PROJECT DELIVERY PROCESS, CONSOLIDATE EXISTING PROGRAMS, AND BETTER LEVERAGE EXISTING REVENUES IN THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND ACCORDING TO THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION, THE PROJECT DELIVERY PROCESS CAN TAKE UP TO 15 YEARS FROM PLANNING THROUGH CONSTRUCTION THIS IS GOVERNMENT AT ITS WORST LIMITED FINANCIAL RESOURCES FOR TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE CAN BE MORE EFFECTIVELY UTILIZED BY ACCELERATING THE PROCESS FOR PROJECT APPROVAL WHILE PROJECT REVIEWS ARE NECESSARY TO HELP PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT, A MORE REASONABLE PROCESS IS ESSENTIAL TO MAXIMIZING OUR TAXPAYER DOLLARS ADDITIONALLY, THE BILL CONSOLIDATES EXISTING PROGRAMS THAT ARE DUPLICATIVE AND DO NOT SERVE A FEDERAL INTEREST CONSOLIDATION IN OUR SIX-YEAR BILL, CONSOLIDATION WILL HELP STATES ALLOCATE THEIR FEDERAL RESOURCES TO PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES THAT ARE THE MOST NEEDED THESE PROGRAMMATIC REFORMS WILL DEVOLVE THE DECISIONMAKING AUTHORITY TO STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES, GIVING STATE AND LOCAL PEOPLE MORE CONTROL OVER THESE IMPORTANT PROJECTS IF CONGRESS MOVES THIS LANDMARK PIECE OF LEGISLATION BEFORE THE SPRING, AS WE ALL HOPE, IT WILL BE CONSIDERED THE SIGNATURE JOBS BILL THAT AMERICANS HAVE BEEN PASS WAITING FOR THIS CONGRESS TO IT WILL CREATE MILLIONS OF JOBS FOR HARDWORKING AMERICANS RIGHT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, NOT IN CHINA OR INDIA OR OTHER COUNTRIES AND WILL LEAVE A LASTING LEGACY OF TANGIBLE IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE IN THIS COUNTRY BY PASSING A LONG-TERM RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL, AMERICANS WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THEIR TAX DOLLARS GOING TOWARDS REBUILDING AND STRENGTHENING OUR NATION’S HIGHWAYS, BRIDGES, AND TRANSIT SYSTEMS MR. SPEAKER, I ALSO HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO CHAIR THE AVIATION SUBCOMMITTEE FOR SIX YEARS A STRONG AND EFFICIENT AVIATION SYSTEM IS VITAL TO OUR ECONOMY AND I AM PLEASED THAT WE ARE ALSO EXTENDING OUR AIR TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS IN THIS BILL I HOPE WE WILL SOON PASS OUR TRADITIONAL MULTIYEAR F.A.A BILL, TOO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND WORK TOWARDS PASSING A LONG-TERM RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL FOR BOTH OUR SURFACE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS AND OUR AIR TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME BACK TO THE CHAIRMAN MICA THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED, HAS 14 MINUTES REMAINING THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS 5 1/4 MINUTES REMAINING I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR DEFAZIO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED THE BEST WAY TO PUT AMERICA BACK TO WORK IS TO INVEST IN THE UNDERPINNINGS OF OUR ECONOMY, ROADS, BRIDGES, HIGHWAYS, TRANSIT, RAIL OUR PORTS, OUR AIRPORTS THESE THINGS SERVE THE PRIVATE SECTOR, MAKE US MORE PRODUCTIVE, AND MORE COMPETITIVE IN THE WORLD ECONOMY UNFORTUNATELY AT THE CURRENT LEVELS OF INVESTMENT, WE ARE NOT EVEN KEEPING UP WITH OUR MITT 20TH CENTURY SURFACE JUST THINK, BEFORE THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS WHAT A AND GUESS WHAT? DISCONNECTED COUNTRY THIS WAS WE ARE HEADING BACK THERE — HEADED BACK THERE WE ARE NOT INVESTING ENOUGH TO MAINTAIN THE EISENHOWER LEGACY OF THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY SYSTEM WE HAVE 150,000 BRIDGES THAT NEED REPLACEMENT OR REPAIR, 40% OF THE PAVEMENT NEEDS NOT JUST RESURFACING BUT UNDERLIMIT $70 BILLION BACKLOG ON OUR AGED TRANSIT SYSTEMS THAT’S JUST TO GIVE US AN UPDATED AND STATE OF GOOD REPAIR 20TH CENTURY TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE WE NEED A 21ST CENTURY TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE WHICH IS GOING TO REQUIRE MORE INVESTMENT FOR THE LIFE OF ME I DON’T GET IT ON THAT SIDE OF THE AISLE YOU GOT THIS GUY OVER THERE, THE REPUBLICAN LEADER, CAN’TER, HE SAYS WE MIGHT TAKE THE TAX CUTS WITH OBAMA THOSE RETURNED ALMOST 80 CENTS ON EVERY DOLLAR BORROWED, BUT THAT OTHER STUFF, SPENDING MONEY, THAT’S LIKE STIMULUS BUILDING BRIDGES REPAIRING HIGHWAYS REPAIRING AND BUILDING TRANSIT SYSTEMS HAVING A NEW 21ST CENTURY SYSTEM FOR OUR PLANES TO NAVIGATE MORE EFFICIENTLY IN A SKY WITH LESS FUEL CONSUMED CANTOR THAT IS BAD ACCORDING TO ERIC THE TAX CUTS, WE ARE FOR TAX CUTS WE’LL GIVE THE PEOPLE THEIR MONEY BACK AND THEY’LL TAKE CARE OF THOSE PROBLEMS WE’LL PASS THE HAT TO REBUILD THE BRIDGES AND TRANSIT SYSTEMS WE’LL PASS THE HAT TO HAVE A NEW SURFACE — TO HAVE A NEW AVIATION SYSTEM FOR NAVIGATION COME ON ARE WE A GREAT NATION OR NOT? ARE WE GOING TO GIVE UP? ARE WE GOING TO KEEP PRETENDING, GIVE THE MONEY BACK TO THE JOB

CREATORS I HAVEN’T SEEN THE JOB CREATORS BUILD A NATIONAL HIGHWAY SYSTEM LATELY THE PRIVATE SECTOR DOES ALL THESE PROJECTS, THEY CAN’T GOVERNMENT CAN’T MAKE JOBS YOU’RE RIGHT, THIS IS TAXPAYER INVESTED MONEY DESIGNATED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO NEEDED INVESTMENT DONE BY LOWEST COMPETITIVE BID BY COMPETENT PRIVATE CONTRACTORS MILLIONS OF JOBS ARE ON THE TABLE AND NOT JUST IN CONSTRUCTION YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT SOPHISTICATED AVIONICS YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT TRANSIT VEHICLES THAT HAVE ELECTRONICS AND MOTOR DRIVES AND EVERYTHING THAT ALL COME FROM MANUFACTURING WE HAVE THE STRONGEST BUY AMERICA PROVISIONS OF ANY PART OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR TRANSPORTATION INVESTMENT WE ARE NOT GOING TO HEMORRHAGE THIS MONEY TO CHINA LIKE THE TAX CUTS WILL FORTUNATELY CHEAP JUNK BOUGHT FROM CHINA NO, THIS WILL CREATE JOBS HERE AT HOME OF THE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE GET IT WE GET IT ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE IT’S TIME FOR THE LEADERSHIP ON THE RECALL SIDE OF THE AISLE TO GET IT, TOO THE GENTLEMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA RESERVES RECOGNIZED THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS I RECOGNIZE MYSELF FOR 30 SECONDS THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED AGAIN JUST TO DEAL WITH FACTS AND REALITY, I THINK MR. CANTOR, MYSELF, AND OTHERS ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE SUPPORT TRANSPORTATION, BUILDING THE COUNTRY’S INFRASTRUCTURE, AND JOBS, BUT WE HAVE TO LOOK AT WHAT TOOK PLACE OF A $787 BILLION STIMULUS BILL, ONLY $63 BILLION, 7%, WENT FOR INFRASTRUCTURE NOW THE PROPOSAL THIS WEEK IS UP TO 12% OF A $450 BILLION 81% OF THE STIMULUS TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS WERE TEMPORARY, CREATED TEMPORARY JOBS FOR REPAVING SIDEWALKS AND SHORT-TERM PROJECTS AND LESS THAN ONE HALF OF ONE PERCENT OF THE STIMULUS MONEY WENT FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION I’M PLEASED TO YIELD AT THIS TIME IF I MAY TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIR OF THE RAIL SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. SHUSTER THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR TWO MINUTES I THANK THE CHAIRMAN WHERE WAS THE OUTRAGE? WHERE WAS THE OUTRAGE WHEN THEY PASSED THE STIMULUS BILL THAT THE CHAIRMAN POINTED OUT THAT ONLY 60-SOME BILLION DOLLARS WENT TO HIGHWAYS AND INFRASTRUCTURE OF THIS COUNTRY? THAT’S WHEN THE OUTRAGE SHOULD HAVE BEEN PUT FORTH WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? I EXPRESSED MY OUTRAGE THERE IS MORE THAN JUST ONE OF YOU YOU SHOULD HAVE STOOD UP AND SAID RIGHT THERE AND RIGHT THERE AS I DID TO THE FORMER CHAIRMAN, THIS IS GOING TO MESS UP A LONG-RANGE HIGHWAY BILL THEY ARE GOING TO TAKE THAT MONEY AND SQUANDER IT WE COULD HAVE DONE HALF OF A STIMULUS BILL, HALF OF A STIMULUS BILL, PUT MOST OF THE MONEY INTO THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF THIS COUNTRY AND WE WOULDN’T BE SITTING HERE TODAY THE GENTLEMEN ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS REMARKS TO THE CHAIR THANK YOU, MR CHAIRMAN THE GENTLEMAN MAY CONTINUE THANK YOU, MR SPEAKER LET’S MOVE FORWARD WITH A BILL THAT’S WITHIN OUR MEANS ONCE AGAIN I WANT TO REMIND MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE, YOU HAD BOTH BODIES IN THE WHITE HOUSE FOR TWO YEARS WHERE WAS THE BILL? THERE WAS NO BILL WHERE WERE THE JOBS? THERE ARE NO JOBS I JUST REMIND MY COLLEAGUES, WE ARE BORROWING 40 CENTS ON EVERY DOLLAR THIS GOVERNMENT SPENDS MEANS WE HAVE TO LIVE WITHIN OUR I’M WILLING TO SUGGEST THAT THE BILL THE CHAIRMAN AND OUR SIDE IS CRAFTING IS GOING TO STREAMLINE THIS WE DO HAVE LESS MONEY NO DOUBT ABOUT IT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE MONEY WE HAVE TO FIND DIFFERENT REVENUE SOURCES, BUT TAXING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN ECONOMIC DOWN IT TIME IS NOT THE RIGHT TIME TO DO WE CAN TAKE THAT $230 BILLION OR $240 BILLION GOING INTO THE TRUST FUND AND BY STREAMLINING AND TAKING ALL THESE OTHER PROGRAMS THAT DON’T DO ANYTHING TO REBUILD OUR ROADS AND INCREASE OUR CAPACITY, TAKE THEM OFF THE TABLE AND LET’S FOCUS ON WHAT WE NEED TO DO, AND THAT’S BUILD ROADS AND BRIDGES IN THIS COUNTRY AGAIN I REMIND MY COLLEAGUES, LET’S DIRECT THE OUTRAGE WHERE IT’S DUE AND THAT’S IN A FAILED STIMULUS BILL AGAIN I DO RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT H.R. 2887, THE SURFACE AND AIR TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM IT’S A CLEAN EXTENSION FOR THREE MONTHS AND SIX MONTHS I THINK IT’S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THIS MOVES FORWARD SO WE DON’T STOP THE IMPORTANT BRIDGE AND ROAD JOBS, AND OF COURSE THE SAFETY PROGRAMS AND COMMERCE THAT MOVES THROUGH THE AIR, SAFELY THROUGH THE AIR, PEOPLE, I THINK THAT’S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AGAIN I COULD SPEAK MORE ABOUT THESE TWO BILLS, BUT AGAIN WHEN I HEAR THIS OUTRAGE, THERE’S OUTRAGE ON OUR SIDE WHAT’S HAPPENED IN THIS CONGRESS OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA YIELDS BACK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES IS RECOGNIZED THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF OUR ECONOMIC SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLELADY FROM DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, ELEANOR NORTON THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING FORWARD I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR COMING ENOUGH OF THE OUTRAGE ON BOTH SIDES IF I MAY REMIND US ALL THAT’S PRECISELY WHAT THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE TOLD US DURING RECESS THEY DIDN’T WANT TO HEAR I DO WANT TO CORRECT ONE ITEM THAT THE PRIOR GENTLEMAN JUST IN ERROR HE JUST MADE, THERE WERE NO JOBS IN THE AMERICAN RECOVERY ACT THERE WERE THREE MILLION JOBS MADE FROM THE AMERICAN RECOVERY ACT AND IF THERE HAD BEEN MORE FUNDS IN THAT ACT, WE WOULDN’T BE HERE TODAY WITH THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT TRYING TO GET MORE MONEY TO AVOID A DOUBLE DIP RECESSION THIS BILL IS NOT WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE AND I APOLOGIZE TO THEM, THAT WE HAVE HAD TO LOWER OUR STANDARDS BUT IT DOES SAVE US FROM ANOTHER JOBS CATASTROPHE LIKE THE ONE WE EXPERIENCED IN JULY IT SAVES A MILLION TRANSPORTATION JOBS, IMAGINE FURLOUGHING THAT MANY PEOPLE, IF THIS BILL, THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BILL, HAD RUN OUT ON THE 31ST OF THIS MONTH EACH IS VERY SHORT-TERM, BUT BOTH ARE CLEAN, BOTH ARE ABOUT YESTERDAY’S BUSINESS, ABOUT YESTERDAY’S AIRPORTS, BECAUSE THEY DON’T BRING US ENOUGH MONEY TO BRING US FORWARD INTO THE 21ST CENTURY, ABOUT YESTERDAY’S INFRASTRUCTURE AND YET IT’S HARD TO THINK OF BILLS THAT WOULD BE ON THIS FLOOR DURING THIS TIME THAT IS TEARING SUCH A BURDEN TO GET STUFF DOES, THEY’RE CARRYING THE JOBS BURDEN, ALL BY ITSELF, THIS BILL IS A MILLION JOBS IN SURFACE TRANSPORTATION, SOMETHING — AT LEAST 100,000 JOBS AT THE AIRPORTS IT’S KEEPING MODERNIZATION, THE AIR TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE TO CONTINUE, THAT’S WHAT WE LOST WHEN THERE WAS A TWO-WEEK FURLOUGH AND IT’S KEEPING OUR INFRASTRUCTURE FROM DETERIORATING NOT WHAT WE DESERVE, YOU DON’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU DESERVE, AND WE GOT TO FIGHT TO MAKE SURE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE GET JUST THAT THE GENTLEWOMAN’S TIME HAS EXPIRED RESERVES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA RECOGNIZED THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS I’D LIKE TO YIELD TO