|00:00:01||RECLAIMING MY TIME, MR.|
|00:00:02||SPEAKER. I'LL SAY ABSOLUTELY WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THIS YEAR AND THE RESPONSIBILITY WAS THRUST ON US THIS YEAR WAS SO OVERWHELMING BECAUSE LAST YEAR NOTHING WAS DONE, NOTHING WAS ACCOMPLISHED.|
|00:00:11||AND SO WHAT'S HAPPENED, MR.|
|00:00:12||SPEAKER, IS WE ARE IN A POSITION WHERE THE APPROPRIATORS HAVE BEEN SHOULDERING THIS RESPONSIBILITY AND UNFORTUNATELY OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE OTHER BODY, THE MAJORITY LEADERSHIP THERE, SENATOR REID AND OTHERS, ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO REPORT AS I DISCUSSED THIS MORNING AND AS OTHERS HAVE ACKNOWLEDGED, WAS POINTED OUT IN THE PUBLICATIONS OUT THIS MORNING, THIS WAS HELD HOSTAGE AND THAT'S WHY WE ARE WHERE WE ARE.|
|00:00:35||NOW, MY FRIENDS ARE ENJOYING HOLDING UP THE 2,300-PAGE CONFERENCE REPORT AND THE ADDITIONAL 700 PAGES OF THE JOINT MANAGER'S REPORT THAT IS INCLUDED IN THERE, BUT GUESS WHAT, MR.|
|00:00:48||SPEAKER, ALL THAT WAS AVAILABLE, ALL OF THAT WAS AVAILABLE ON MONDAY, FIVE DAYS AGO, AND THE ONLY EXCEPTION IN THIS MEASURE IS ONE ITEM HAS BEEN PULLED OUT.|
|00:00:59||THAT ONE ITEM PULLED OUT HAPPENS TO BE THE CUBA LANGUAGE THAT WAS THERE.|
|00:01:03||AND THERE WAS OBVIOUS A LOT OF CONCERN ABOUT THAT.|
|00:01:05||THAT WAS PULLED OUT.|
|00:01:07||THEN, ONE ITEM WAS ADDED AND THAT HAS TO DO WITH THE COMMODITIES FUTURES TRADING ORGANIZATION.|
|00:01:16||AS OUR COLLEAGUES HOLD UP THE THOUSANDS OF PAGES, WE HAVE TO REALIZE THIS HAS BEEN AVAILABLE SINCE MONDAY.|
|00:01:21||THIS IS FRIDAY.|
|00:01:22||THAT'S MORE THAN THE THREE-DAY LAYOVER REQUIREMENT.|
|00:01:26||WE POINT OUT THOSE.|
|00:01:27||WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, MY VERY GOOD FRIEND FROM KENTUCKY, MR.|
Mr. DREIER. Yes, absolutely. If I could reclaim my time, Mr. Speaker, I would say absolutely, we're talking about this year. And the responsibility that was thrust on us this year was so overwhelming because last year nothing was done, nothing was accomplished. And so what's happened, Mr. Speaker, is we are in a position where the appropriators have been shouldering this responsibility. And, unfortunately, our colleagues in the other body, the majority leadership there, Senator Reid and others, according to the National Public Radio report, as I discussed this morning, as others have acknowledged, it was pointed out in the publications out this morning, this was held hostage, and that's why we are where we are.
Now, my friends are enjoying holding up the 2,300-page conference report and the additional 700 pages of the joint managers' report that is included in there. But guess what, Mr. Speaker, all of that was available on Monday, 5 days ago. And the only exception in this measure is one item has been pulled out. That one item pulled out happens to be the Cuba language that was there, and there was obviously a lot of concern about that. That was pulled out. Then one item was added, and that has to do with the Commodity Futures Trading Corporation. And so, as our colleagues hold up these thousands of pages, we need to realize it's been available since Monday. This is Friday, Mr. Speaker. That's more than the 3-day layover requirement. And we've pointed to these minor modifications.
With that, Mr. Speaker, I would like to yield 2 minutes to the very distinguished chair of the Committee on Appropriations, my very good friend from Somerset, Kentucky (Mr. Rogers).