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to vote no on that -- on this bill for that reason. but i want to say a few words about the fleet modernization proposal that representive sutton who is here has worked so hard on with a large number of people. . there is clearly a crisis in the auto industry. the administration has stepped up to the plate with a plan. that plan is being implemented. it's very difficult. there's a lot of pain involved. it's being carried out. what hasn't happened effectively is work on the demand side. that's what's lagging here. sales were down very substantially these last several
years. there was an uptick in may, but still the analyzed level is far below even a few years ago. the sales are not only down for the domestic industry, but also for the transplants. toyota, down 41% from last may. honda, 42%. nissan, 43%. so there is an effort to make sure there is effective restructuring for the domestic industry. we have to work on the demand side. and this, today, answers that need. a voucher for consumers worth $3,500 to $4500 to pay for fuel-efficient cars and trucks. it will incentivize one million car and truck purchases. anyone who votes no on this
supplemental is voting no on this provision. and that would be a serious mistake. it is critical that this nation retain a strong domestic auto industry. and this effort on the demand side is a critical piece of that effort. i ask for an additional minute. mr. arcuri: i yield to the gentleman an additional minute. mr. levin: this is not an easy effort and there have been different ways to go about it. and i simply want to say to those who have been in the lead and especially to representative sutton, this would not have happened without the dedication of herself and others who have been determined that there be continued in this country a strong domestic auto industry. it's that clear. other countries have stepped up to the plate. they have provided support.
this is now a necessary implementation of this effort. so i plead with people on the minority side to listen, to step up to the plate, to not look for arguments or excuses to duck. there is no ducking the need for a strong domestic auto industry, not only for ohio, not only for michigan, not only for illinois, not only for indiana, but for the entire united states of america. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. dreier: mr. speaker, at this juncture, i don't have any further requests for time. i would inquire whether he has any further speakers. mr. arcuri: i have an additional speaker. mr. dreier: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. arcuri: i yield five minutes to the the gentlewoman from
texas, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized for five minutes. ms. jackson lee: ask to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. jackson lee: i thank the distinguished gentleman for his leadership and really thoughtful conversation on what is a challenging time for america. i rice to support the rule -- i rise to support the rule and want to express both my support and concerns for aspects of this legislation. but i will speak to the overall, seeming overall opposition of our good friends of the other side of the aisle. and i would hope that in their deliberation they have given a thoughtful assessment of the analysis of opposition. we are dealing with some very difficult times. i opposed the war in iraq and
remain opposed. i do, however, want the opportunity to be able to stand down in order to safely have our soldiers redeployed. i want to see the standing up of the iraqis and resources to allow them to proceed in their own defense and to bring our soldiers home as heroes. i also want us to make good on the promise we made to afghanistan. america is good at keeping her promise. her soldiers have never stepped away from promoting the ideals of democracy, liberty and freedom. and the afghan people are in need. they need the collaboration of the nato forces and the united states. they also need to have reconstruction and the empowerment of women and the protection of their children. and so, in part of this legislation addresses this question. it is a recognition that many of us oppose the iraq war and are asking as we have been asking for so long since the horrific
tragedy of 9/11, when we found that those terrorists, horrific terrorists came from the inner parts of afghanistan and we abandoned afghanistan. we did not pay attention to them. and so it is important now to ensure that we do it in the right way. that we don't maintain an extended force in afghanistan, but we help in a col brative way to fight the terrorists and re-establish institutions that will help them build their society, both with respect to education and social services. so part of this legislation does include that funding. the eyes are then on pakistan. there is a regional effort. secretary state clinton and the president have appointed ambassador holbrook to be an envoy and he has been in those camps where he has seen 2.5 million people displaced.
we must provide them the opportunity to return to a rebuilt region. these are individuals who have fought for their freedom, who left the area because they did not want to be overtaken by insurgents, the taliban, who want to undermine the system of democracy and yes, terrorists. one man flad with 13 of his children living in a tent. he said his home is occupied by pakistan soldiers and willing to sacrifice and live homeless because he wants freedom. the resource he we now have will allow that to happen. chad and congo, we are providing peace heap keeping dollars and helping the u.n. chad has collapsed because it is near sudan. fl the gulf coast region, we have provide resources to a region that is still living
under the shadow of hurricane ike. we have the resources to put people in housing and be able to correct the wrong of that terrible storm, but yet the inability to move as fast as we like, pursuant to the work that was not done in the last administration. i think it is important that we are supporting a national monetary fund, because we cannot stand by while we speak the language of reconstruction and rebuilding and not provide for that particular support. so there is a value in the hard work of our colleagues. but i do believe it is important to revisit an issue that impacts many states. the sidestepping of the president's mission on stimulus dollars and our state, texas, is a poster child. $3.2 billion was taken from the monies that should have been utilized for the education of our commirn. one of my school districts has lost $155 milon because it has
been replaced, snuck under in what we call a rainy day fund. we need to fix this. and we have an opportunity going forward to be able to fix it, but i would like to fix it now. i hope we will be in discussion, the congressional delegation of texas who believe our children must come first and follow the vision of president obama who says, save a job and create a job. if we fight to get the $3.2 billion for texas where it needs to be. the underlying bill is an important bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves his time. the gentleman from california. mr. dreier: i plan to close debate if the gentleman -- i yield to my friend. mr. arcuri: i have one more speaker. mr. dreier: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york. mr. arcuri: i yield four minutes
to the the gentlewoman from ohio, ms. sutton. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for four minutes. ms. sutton: thank you, mr. speaker. and i thank the gentleman from new york for his leadership on the rules committee and for the time. i rise today in support of the rule and the underlying bill. but as we prepare to send the war supplemental to president obama, i would be remiss not to express the deep concerns that i have about the bill not including an exit strategy for military operations in afghanistan. and while i support the supplemental, i am also strongly supporting representative mcgovern's bill to require an exit strategy from afghanistan. fairness requires it. our brave soldiers need to know we have a plan and we are looking out for them. and out of fairness to the 185,000 soldiers who have been subject to the stop watch policies since 9/11, the supplemental that we're about to
pass today will provide $500 per month in monthly payments. and the use of stop loss has prevented mothers and fathers from returning home to their children. from families and friends for gathering for the occasions that mark their lives. they have gone above and beyond the expectations of their country. so i'm proud to have worked with my colleagues to create the stop-loss compensation program and ensure its funding in this bill. and i am pleased that we are also funding the bipartisan cars act program, which representative levin spoke of a moment ago. that bill was passed overwhelmingly by this house just last week. and while it's called the cars act, it's about far more than just cars. it's about the environment. and it's about people. it's about consumers. and it's about the millions of
families in this great nation who depend on the strength of our auto and related industries for their livelihoods, to put food on the table, to get health care for their children. it's about our friends and our neighbors and it's about our community that depend on auto jobs for their tax base to support schools and police, firefighters and other city services. and i'm also proud to say that we have worked on language in the bill to allow that safer grants that are used to hire firefighters can be used to rehire and retain much needed firefighters. this bill provides stop loss payments for those who protect us proudly overseas and funds the beneficial cars act to help shore up the three million to five million jobs in our auto industry that americans depend
upon for a living and it provides for more adequate staffing for firefighters who bravely protect us at home. mr. speaker, this is a bill that deserves support. and with that, i urge my colleagues to support it. and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from california. mr. dreier: i think it's safe to say there are no other speakers. mr. arcuri: no other speakers. mr. dreier: i yield myself the balance of the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. dreier: mr. speaker, this has been a fascinating debate that has taken place. it began with some very thoughtful comments with my friend from utica talking about funding for our troops and i laud him for referring to the fact that that is the priority of this measure. we then listened to on our side the distinguished new ranking member of the committee on armed services, my friend from california, mr. mckeon, talk
about the priority of funding for our troops. and then we listened to speeches made by our colleagues, and there was barely a mention of the issue of troop funding. we issues heard our colleague talk about firefighters. hey, i'm from southern california where we have fires and we have horrible fires, loss of life and property is something that regularly takes place there. it's a very, very important issue. it's an issue that should be considered under the regular appropriations process under the leadership of my california colleague, mr. lewis and mr. obey, not in a troop funding bill. then we listened to our very good friend from detroit talk about the automobile industry. a serious challenge that we as a nation are trying to address. i personally believe that the notion of continuing to see the government more and more involved in this area is not the right thing to do, but it's a
debate that will go on. and yet, our friend, mr. levin, was talking about the issue of the automobile industry in this troop funding bill. then i listened to our friend from texas talk about, from houston, talk about darfur. one of the most troubled spots on the face of the earth, an issue that does need to be addressed and the challenges of meeting the needs of children in texas. very, very important issue. but not as part of a troop funding measure. now, mr. speaker, as i said through the very thoughtful work of the appropriations committee last month, we came to this floor with what president obama and i believe a majority of democrats and republicans in this house would like to see us achieve. and i know the american people would like to see us achieve, and that is bipartisanship. bipartisanship is a word that is used all the time around here,
all the time. everyone talks about the need for bipartisanship. how important it is. the speaker in her opening address here as we began the 111th congress talked about how she wanted to work in a bipartisan way. we republicans say we want to work in a bipartisan way, but this bill that emerged from the house appropriations committee was the first time, very first time in this 111th congress that we were able to see a bipartisan work product, a bipartisan work product emerge from the democratic leadership. and i congratulate him on that. and i have done that when we considered the bill, and i would like to be able to do it today. . it has crumbled from what it was intended to be, a bill to support funding for our troops. it in fact included a reduction
by transferring money that was intended in the house passed bill to be funding for our troops to the international monetary fund. now, i will say that that may be a worthwhile cause as we deal with the economic challenges that exist here in the united states and around the world. but, again, mr. speaker, that's something that should not be considered as an emergency funding measure. it's something that should be considered under the normal appropriations process so that we could make a determination whether increasing by $5 billion the funding for the international monetary fund is more important than transportation priorities here in the united states or other priorities that we have. and so some might like to say that this bill is just a continuation of what we considered last month. mr. speaker, it unfortunately has gone a long way down from
where we were, creating the potential, the potential for us to not be able to prevent with absolute certainty that terrorists from gitmo end up in the united states. there's no guarantee that that will happen. on the i.m.f., on the i.m.f. there's no guarantee, no guarantee in this measure that funding requests could not be made for countries like iran or venezuela. so, mr. speaker, these are the kinds of things that this troop funding bill is ending up addressing and it was made very clear by an overwhelming majority of the remarks that came from our colleagues on the other side of the aisle. and that's why i urge my colleague to vote no on this rule so we can come back and pass in this house what 267 members last friday said that they wanted to have passed and that is a clean, a clean bill
that funds our troops and ensures that we won't have terrorists in the united states, that ensures that we won't be dramatically expanding a wide range of other programs. so vote no on this rule. if by chance it passes i urge no on the conference report because we can do better. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york. mr. arcuri: thank you, mr. speaker. and i thank my friend and colleague from the rules committee for his management of this rule and also for talking about what i think is ultimately the very -- the most important thing with respect to this bill and that is, of course, our troops. you know, there are many of us who opposed the war in iraq. i was one of them. i continue to oppose it. there are many of us who believe that the funding that this bill contains should be greater. i think on both sides of the aisle there is agreement that
we should do as much as we possibly can. and there are things about this bill that clearly are not perfect. but you know we can't allow the perfect to get in the way of the good. this bill is a good bill. let's not deprive our brave sons and our daughters, our husbands and our wives of what they need to return to their families safely. this is not about what's right or what's wrong. this is about what we as a country, what we as a congress need to do. and that is to make sure that our troops, our sons and our daughters, the people who put their life on the line every day have all that they need. and some people may argue that is not enough. but we need to give them everything we possibly can. voting no is not a solution. that is absolutely not solution. we need to do everything we can to ensure that our soldiers have what they need. with that i urge a yes vote on the previous question and on
the rule and i yield back my time and i move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the previous question is ordered. the question is on adoption of the resolution. all those in favor say aye. all those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the resolution is agreed to. and without objection -- mr. dreier: mr. speaker, on that i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york rise? mr. arcuri: mr. speaker, by the direction of the committee on
rules, i call up, i call up house resolution 544 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 72, house resolution 544. resolved, that at any time after the adoption of this resolution the speaker may, pursuant to clause 2-b of rule 18, declare the house resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of the bill h.r. 2847, making appropriations for the departments of commerce and justice, and science, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2010, and for other purposes. the first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule 21. general debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on appropriations. after general debate the bill
shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. points of order against provisions in the bill for failure to comply with clause 2 of rule 21 are waived. notwithstanding clause 11 of rule 18, no amendment to the bill shall be in order except, one, those received for printing in the portion of the congressional record of june 15, 2009, or earlier designated for that purpose in clause 8 of rule 18. and, two, pro forma amendments for the purpose of debate. each amendment so received may be offered only by the member who submitted it for printing or a designee and shall be considered as read if printed. at the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the committee shall rise and report the bill to the house with such amendments as may have been adopted. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
section 2, clause 9-b-2 of rule 21 is amended by inserting such after no. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for one hour. mr. arcuri: thank you, mr. speaker. for purposes of debate i yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentleman from florida, mr. diaz-balart. all time is for debate only. i yield myself such time as i may consume and i also ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks on house resolution 544. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. arcuri: mr. speaker, house resolution 544 provides for the consideration of h.r. 2487, the departments of commerce, justice, science, and related agencies appropriations act of 2010. i want to thank the distinguished chairman of the committee and ranking member for reporting this bill that does not pay mere lip service
for making communities safer but makes critical investments in our nation's communities. the bill provides $802 million for community-oriented police services, which we know as the cops program. 45% above the current funding level. as a former prosecutor i know how vitally important these programs are in assisting local law enforcement to hire and train new officers to participate in community policing, purchase and deploy new crime fighting techniques and technologies and develop and test new and innovative policing strategies. so often state and local governments are critical to the -- are critical of the federal government programs because they pass down mandates without funding them. but this bill appropriates money to put more police on the street, finds successful -- fund successful drug core programs and increase burn funding to help develop new and innovative law enforcement
techniques which put violent criminals in jail and keep our streets safe for our children. this funding includes $298 million for cops hiring grants program which help our local law enforcement agencies put more police on the street. when combined with the $1 billion provided in the recovery act for the cops hiring grants, the funding in h.r. 2487 will enable the hiring of more than 7,000 police officers. those are officers in each and every state in this country. increasing the number of police on the street will help local law enforcement agencies to reduce violence and get illegal guns off the street. as a former prosecutor i know that the vast majority of the violent crime committed with guns in this country are committed with illegal guns, not legal guns. by putting more police officers on the streets it will give officers the ability to better enforce the laws on the books, not by creating new laws but by reducing the number of illegal guns, which is the cause of gun violence -- the majority of the gun violence in this country.
this bill provides $15 million for the weed and seed program. weed and seed helps localities develop programs to weed out and deter crime and then take the all important step often left out. that is seeding the neighborhoods with revitalization. the funds will be used to carry out this mission in areas like utica. h.r. 2487 provides $280 million for juvenile justice programs. $11 million above the 2009 level. this underscores the strong federal commitment to supporting state and communities in their efforts to develop and implement prevention and intervention programs and to improve the juvenile justice system so that it protects public safety and holds offenders accountable while also providing rehabilitated services that is
made to help juveniles and their families. the underlying bill includes $45 million for grants, technical assistance and training to state and local governments to develop dedicated drug courts. that's subject nonviolent offenders to integrated mix of treatment, drug testing, sanctions. as a district attorney i quickly learned that no matter what initiatives law enforcement took to reduce the supply of drugs it never really affected the demand for drugs. which never seemed to go down and therefore created a market for drug dealers. one thing i saw is that reducing the supply can work but reducing the demand for drugs always works. when my office established a drug corps program i realized the powerful effect the drug had on enrolled participants get control of their addiction and thereby freeing them and their families from their awful addiction and reducing the demand for drugs. the appropriation of $45 million for drug courts provided by h.r. 2487 is a
12.5% more than the current level, and i congratulate the committee on that increase. the bill also includes funding for upgrades to emergency communication systems around the country. mr. speaker, i have addressed only a handful of the important programs for which h.r. 2487 would appropriate funds. my remarks are focused on the criminal justice aspects of this bill, but there are many other important areas addressed in this legislation. it provides funding for critical scientific research, including programs that keep america on the cutting edge of technology, innovation, and those that study climate change as well as funding the department of commerce and economic development administration. the appropriations committee approved a bill which would provide funding for these critical programs, and i once again thank them for their work and welcome the chance to vote in favor of this legislation. thank you, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves the balance of his time. time. the gentleman from florida.