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has to be transparency. i just assume do away with all earmarks but that probably isn't realistic. you can't have bridges to nowhere for america's children to pay for. or if you do you have to know whose it is. madam chair, there aren't many things lately i agree with the speaker on but i agree with both those two comments. we have to stop passing on debt to our children. we have to stop spending money on things that are not national priorities, are not have to have items and although this is in my home state of california, i believe this is one of those items and i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california rise? wolwol i rise -- ms. woolsey: i rise to claim the time in opposition. the chair: the gentlewoman is recognized for five minutes. ms. woolsey: thank you and i thank the chairman for allowing
me to take this space, but i frankly have to say that i'm absolutely shocked to come to the floor to defend the angel island immigration station. i can only assume that the gentleman from california simply does not realize the cultural and historic significance of angel island immigration station and how very important it is to millions of americans. . angel island is known as ellis island of the west. over a 30-year period, 1910 to 1940, angel island processed one million immigrants from around the world, with the majority coming from asia. today the angel island immigration station contributes greatly to our understanding of our nation's rich and complex immigration history by hosting
more than 50,000 people, including 30,000 school children every single year. but because of their deterioration, many of the historic buildings are in danger of collapsing and in desperate need of repair. that's why along with speaker pelosi requested $1 million to rehabilitate the old angel island immigration hospital that can be used among other things as a museum to tell the story of imgation from asia to the united states. now, i doubt very much that anyone would come to this floor to strike funding for ellis island and argue that its preservation was wasteful government spending. but at the heart of the matter, angel island is just as important for those who crossed through its gates as ellis island was for so many european immigrants.
for those people whose ancestors first stepped on american soil were taken on angel island in the middle of the san francisco bay, this amendment works to deny their history and their struggle. it's also important for me to point out that congress and congressman campbell said this, congress is on record for supporting funding for angel island. in the 109th congress, i sponsored h.r. 606, the angel island immigration station preservation act, which did authorize funding to protect and preserve this historic landmark. h.r. 606 was passed out of the house by voice vote. the senate, by unanimous consent and signed into law by president bush on december 1, 2005. the sponsor of this amendment had no objection then when his
party controlled both houses of congress and the white house. mr. dicks: would the gentlelady yield to me? i want to rise in strong support of her amendment and the speaker's amendment. this is a very important project. and i urge a no vote on the campbell amendment. and i appreciate the gentlelady for yielding. ms. woolsey: reclaiming my time. madam chair, angel island is a national historic landmark that is in desperate need of repair and rehabilitation. i urge my colleagues and i thank the chairman for supporting this . to vote against this amendment. this project is not a bridge to nowhere but a bridge to our past. i thank you and i yield back. mr. dicks: the bridge from nowhere was not an appropriations committee project. this was a project of the house transportation committee and our committee had no responsibility for this.
the chair: does the gentlewoman reserve? ms. woolsey: i reserve. the chair: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. campbell: how much time is there remaining? the chair: the gentleman has 1 1/2 minutes remaining. mr. campbell: i appreciate my colleague from california's comments. again, doesn't change the facts of the matter. let's put it maybe a little bit more specifically. this is $1 million going to this particular project that is a california state park, not a federal park. and of that $1 million, $460,000 will have to be borrowed. much of that money will be borrowed from the chinese, indians, russians, from whom ever. and as much as i gee with you, as i like to see -- our historic
preservation and i'm totally with you on that, but there is a project out there, there is an effort out there to raise private funds for this. and that is where the efforts should be. and as scarce as federal dollars are right now and the number of needs that we have and the jygantic zeverts that we are not passing to our children, but grandchildren. senator mccain talks about generational theft, yeah, there is that. but we are passing this on. in five years, this is going to crush us, not 20, not 30, not 40. and we have to stop it somewhere. and i understand and appreciate your passion for this project, but these are the sorts of things that we can start to save a little money. so i ask for a yes vote. the chair: the gentleman from california yields.
the gentlewoman from california. the gentlewoman has one minute remaining. ms. woolsey: i would like to respond and yes, indeed, we don't want to keep mounting debt on our children and grandchildren, but there are some things we have to preserve for them and that is their history and that is what this project is about. they need to have their history preserved. they need to be able to visit from their classroom. they need to go with their families to angel island and see what came before them, not just the asian children in our community, but all children. and they are getting a new respect for what san francisco and the bay area is all about, because angel island is where their ancestors came before they went out into the communities. and i will yield back the rest of my time. the chair: the gentlewoman yields the balance of her time.
the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from california. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.. in the opinion of the chair, the noes have it. the amendment is not agreed to. mr. campbell: madam chair, on that i would request a recorded vote. the chair: the gentleman requests a recorded vote. pursuant to clause 6 of rule 18, further proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentleman from california will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? mr. campbell: madam chair, i rise as the designee of the the gentleman from arizona, mr. flake, with his amendment number 25. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: part b, amendment number 4 printed in house report 111-184 offered by mr. campbell of california. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 578, the gentleman from california, mr. campbell, and a member opposed, each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california.
mr. campbell: madam chair, this amendment would remove $150,000 of funding for the historic fort payne and lower the cost of the bill by a commensurate amount. the local paper reported on june 9 of this year that the fort payne coal and iron building will be renovated into the fort payne cultural heritage center. it reveals that the city of fort payne received a $90,000 grant in order to begin construction on this project, which starts this fall. rehabilitation of the coal and iron building into a cultural and heritage center is the kind of thing that ought to be paid for at a state level or at a local level and by local communities. i applaud the ability of the council to make such a grant given the economic conditions that exist out there, but i question, again, whether this is one of those things which rise
is to the level of whether it should have another $150,000 of taxpayer money. now, let me, madam chair, this is the fifth and final of various amendments that i have offered on behalf of myself and other members this evening having to do with earmarks. and let me say this, i have heard the passion pleas and i'm sure i will hear another one from people this evening about the importance of the project they are talking about, and i understand that. i get that. we all have things we think are important. and there are many things that are important and we won't agree on what theyr but they're out there. but budgets are about making choices. we cannot do it all. and when we do it all, we get into the problem that we are in today. we get into deficits that go on without end, trillion dollars or more. we get into debt that will crush
not just our children, but ourselves. we get into spending that rises and rises and rises and won't stop. and there are so many things -- i'm sure this project is one of them. and i'm sure the gentleman from alabama will make a defense of this project. and his defense may be very legitimate. but there will be similar projects in my district and everyone else's and there are a million of other things he we can do. what about national defense? what about all kinds of other things that this federal government has to do. madam chair, it is time that we look at these earmarks and look at this spending and we start to make those priorities. and we say this is the amount of money we've got. and we've got to stop borrowing anymore and stop pouring it on to our children and can't increase the taxes because you will send this economy into a
double-dip recession. if we set these priorities and decide there are certain things that are important and there are certain things that aren't. madam chair, i would just ask, if anybody is listening or watching, is the fort payne coal and iron building historic rehabilitation, is that a national priority that in these times, that in this kind of deficit and this kind of spending environment rises to the level of something that we have to do? madam chair, at some point, we've got to stop it. i would like to hope we can begin that process now. and i will reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from alabama rise? mr. aderholt: i claim opposition to the amendment. the chair: the gentleman from alabama is recognized for five minutes. mr. aderholt: i just want to thank the chair and ranking
member for their work on this subcommittee bill. as a ranking member of one of the subcommittees on appropriations, i know that the work that goes into these bills and putting them together and i thank mr. dicks and mr. simpson for their hard work on this appropriation bill. i would like to talk a little bit about this project. it is an amendment that has been brought up tonight by mr. campbell. it's an amendment that would eliminate funding for what i believe is a worthy and historic preservation project. the funding allows the city of fort payne located in the district i represent, a relatively small town in rural alabama to proceed with this rehabilitation project of an important landmark, the fort payne coal and iron building. it should be noted, madam speaker that's correct this is included in the save america's treasures program.
frt payne was incorporated in 1889 as investors from new england saw coal as an opportunity. during that time period, this particular building, the fort payne coal and iron building was the first building that was constructed. it served as the administrative building and headquarters for the fort payne coal and iron company and it was from this building that the city itself was planned. this year marks the 120th anniversary of the building as well as the town of fort payne. and this has been a project that has not been dependent on federal funds alone. and that's as mr. campbell pointed out. the city of fort payne has spent $150,000 of its own money working on this project. the state of alabama has committed another $135,000 for this project. the coal and iron building will
house a cultural center. the building is on the national register and it will be a valuable asset to encourage tourism and heighten awareness of the cultural heritage of northern alabama and southern appalachia as it will provide educational opportunities which augustment certain other activities in the region. mr. dicks: would the gentleman yield? i just wanted to say to the gentleman that the committee strongly supports his amendment. we think this is a good amendment. it's well thought out. we like the fact that the city and the state have put up money. it's a real partnership. this is the way we do things today. and the gentleman is a distinguished member of the committee and we are proud of his good work. . mr. adler: it has a rich history of doing that, it was one time the number-one sub producer in
the world and also the birth place of the country music legends alabama. when new york city suffer the terrorism attack of 2001, the industry in fort payne donated and delivered hundreds of payers of socks to the rescue workers for -- payers of socks to rescue workers. the restoration and the use of the building will be a significant cultural and educational benefit to northeastern alabama. while i represent the gentleman who has offered the amendment, i would ask the members to vote no on this amendment and i would like to show a picture of the building. this is a picture of the coal and iron building and this photo was taken somewhere between 1980 and 1899 and i think you -- 1890 and 1899 and you can see it's a part of american history. i'd also like to mention in response to the gentleman from california is that i'm a strong supporter of defense spending
for this country but this particular project in no way hinders the defense spending for this country and he he can check my record and see that i'm a strong supporter of national defense for this country but this is in a different bill completely. this is in a different set of areas of the appropriation bill so i would like to just stress that to the other members and i would ask them if they respectfully could vote no on this amendment. the chair: does the gentleman reserve? mr. aderholt: i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. campbell: thank you, madam chair. this bill, this appropriations bill, interior appropriations, increases spending from last year by 17%. now, i would ask how many americans out there are going to see a 17% increase in their salaries this year? how many companies are going to be spending 17% more on their
marketing budget, on payroll, on anything else? and also today the congressional budget office issued a report on the debt and the deficit and i would encourage members to read it and look at it. it essentially says that we can't keep it up. it is unsustainable. mr. dicks: will the gentleman yield? mr. campbell: i'm afraid i don't have time. you have time remaining. that is basically unsustainable. madam chair, i understand this is only $150,000. but the journey of 1,000 miles does begin with a single step. and if we can begin by starting to not use taxpayers' money for charitable contributions, not using taxpayers' money for nonfederal priorities, not using taxpayers' money for earmarking it to private companies without bids, then we begin that single step and i would be happy to yield to the gentleman what time
i have remaining. the chair: the gentleman reserves. mr. dicks: i appreciate the gentleman yielding. i just would say to the gentleman, i hope when we get to indictment reform, where the real money is spent, over 2/3 of the budget is in indictment reform, that i will see the gentleman from california, the gentleman from arizona, the gentleman from texas out here doing their good work on something that makes a different. the chair: the gentleman from alabama has 0 seconds remaining. >> i yield the additional time. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. dicks: with all due respect, i mean, the good efforts, i think what the gentlemen have done has led to reform. we've changed the way we operate the appropriations committee. everything is put on the website when it's requested. all the agencies review this. if it's for profit it has to be
competed. i would say to the gentleman -- mr. campbell: will the gentleman yield on that point? i know it's not your time. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. both sides -- all time has expired. mr. dicks: we're going to vote no on this amendment. the chair: all time has expired. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from california. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the noes have it. the amendment is not agreed to. mr. campbell: madam chair. on that i would ask for a recorded vote. the chair: the gentleman requests a recorded vote. pursuant to clause 6 of rule 18, further proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentleman from california will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington rise? mr. dicks: i want to ask -- is mr. poe here? yes.
i want to ask unanimous consent that mr. poe be allowed to address the house for one minute on a subject of personal privilege. strike the last word. the chair: for what purpose does the gentleman from idaho rise? >> move to strike the last word. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. >> i yield the gentleman from texas five minutes. poe point i thank the gentleman from idaho for yielding and -- mr. poe: i thank the gentleman from idaho for yielding and thank the chairman for all the indulgence tonight. i know it's been a long evening. as we approach midnight here in the cradle of democracy and freedom, sad darkness is also falling heavy on the men and women and their families of the houston police department in texas.
two nites ago we lost a hero veteran police officer in our city of houston. the houston police department senior officer henry was killed in the line of duty. he was an undercover police officer doing the very dangerous work of holding criminals accountable to the law. it is because of brave men like this officer that the rest of america can sleep safely tonight and every night. undercover officers face their own unique set of dangers. assuming the identity of a criminal, they mix with the worst elements of evil in our society. they seek out these outlaws, become a part of their world and they bring them to justice. their bravery, their nerve, is unequaled anywhere in our country. they live to serve and protect our freedom and our homes. and two nites ago about this time of night, officer henry and other undercover houston police officers met with four people in the parking lot of a drug store. these four theesks were buying stolen tv's in a sting operation
by the houston police department. things started going downhill in this operation right after the money changed hands. after the transaction, officer canal he is, working undercover, worked around to the front of the truck that a suspect followed and drew a weapon. gunfire rang out in the silent night air and the officer was shot. a second undercover police officer, officer r. lopez, with went to help his fellow downed officer. lopez was team. ing to sub due and handcuff the shooter when the suspect fired at least two more times. lopez returned the fire. the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene and officer lopez was not injured. by the way, madam speaker, the shooter and two other of the bandits were illegally in the united states at the time of this crime. officer canaless served at the houston police department for 16 years, spending the last seven of them in the auto, theft and burglary division. the same he was working when he
killed. he also worked the northeast patrol and officer canalerving s had built and raised hot rods together with his family. he was active in drag racing and raced with an organization called beat the heat which combats street racing. he lived in the nearby community of baytown, texas, with his family. the chief of police said he was not only an outstanding officer, but outstanding individual. he cared a great deal with his family, the people he worked with and, of course, the city of houston that he served. madam speaker, i spent 30 years at the courthouse in houston, texas, as a prosecutor and as a judge. i've known hundreds of houston police officers. they are the finest caliber and strongest of character. and officer canales was a rare breed in our culture who worry the badge to defend and protect the rest of us. officer canales died during surgery at the hospital where he and his family and other officers had gather. he was 42 years of age. this is a photograph of officer canales.
he lives behind his wife, a 15-year-old son and a 17-year-old daughter. the officer was the first houston police department officer killed in the line of duty this year. the last time we had an officer killed was december 7 of last year. officer tim abernathy was killed by gunmen that ambushed him during a foot chase in northeast houston. in the state of texas, six police officers have been killed in the line of duty this year. they are senior corporal normal smith of the dallas police department, officer see czar arreola of the el paso department, lieutenant alexander of the corpus christi police department, sergeant randy white, harvey of the lubbock sheriff's department and now we add the name of henry canales of the houston police department to that hallowed role of honor. all americans should recognize the profound debt of gratitude we owe our law enforcement officers and the gratitude we
owe their families. into he is officers put themselves into harm's way to guard our safety because they care about our communities and the people they serve. they are the ones standing between us and the bad guys every single day. so tonight we bid farewell with humble gratitude to senior officer henry canal he is and to his wife and his children we say, may the lord bless you and keep you, may his face shine upon you and be gracious to you, may he lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. and that's just the way it is. and i want to thank the gentleman from idaho and the chairman for yielding time and with that i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields. >> i yield back the balance of my time. mr. dicks: does he have any time left? the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. dicks: i move that the committee do now rise. the chair: the question is on the motion. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
the ayes have it. the motion is agreed to. accordingly the committee rises. the speaker pro tempore: the house will come tord -- to order. the chair: madam speaker, the committee of the whole on the state of the union, having had under consideration h.r. 2996, directs me to report that we have come to no resolution thereon. the speaker pro tempore: the chair of the committee on the whole house of the state of the union reports that committee has had under consideration h.r. 2996 and has come to no resolution thereon.
the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following personal request. the clerk: leave of absence requested for mr. hastings of florida after 3:00 p.m. today and for the balance of the week. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the question is granted. -- request is granted. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california rise? ms. woolsey: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that today following legislative business and any special orders heretofore entered into, the following members may be permitted to address the house for five minutes, to revise and extends their remarks and include therein extraneous material. ms. woolsey, california, mr. miller, california, mr. spratt,
south carolina. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from texas is recognized for five minutes. mr. poe: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent that today following legislative business and any special orders heretofore entered noork the following members may be permitted to address this house, revise and extends their remarks and include there therein extraneous material. mr. mccotter for today, mr. mcclintock for today and mr. mccotter for june 26. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the chair lays before the house a message from the senate. the clerk: i, nancy ericson, having custody of the seal of the united states senate, hereby certify that the attached record is a true and correct copy of a record of the united states senate, received by the united states senate sergeant at arms from samuel b. kent on june 24, 2009, and presented to the senate in open sessi o