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Motion to Go to Conference on H.R. 2528, Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2006

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MOTION TO GO TO CONFERENCE ON H.R. 2528, MILITARY QUALITY OF LIFE AND VETERANS AFFAIRS APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2006 -- (House of Representatives - November 03, 2005)

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Mr. HOLT. Mr. Speaker, I rise to support my colleague from Wisconsin in his effort to shed some light on a large array of questions that are before us.

This cover-up theme of the cover-up Congress is so pervasive, and it is not just in this body, it seems to be in the other body. The other body in fact recently took some rather extreme parliamentary measures to force the issue, and some called it a gimmick. But it seemed to be the only way to break through this cover-up, to get answers to questions that we have in our oversight role in the U.S. Congress, to provide a balance of power, to be able to serve the American people as we need to do.

I, for example, have introduced resolutions requesting information about the disclosure of identities of covert agents; and eight times in eight votes here in the House of Representatives those resolutions have been turned down in various committees. Eight times in eight separate votes in various committees, these efforts to get the information that we need in order to exert the oversight, to protect the men and women that we have asked to do dangerous jobs around the world.

Of course, some things clearly have to be kept quiet for the sake of the safety and effectiveness of our troops overseas and so forth. But Congress has a very important oversight role under the Constitution; and in order to exert that role, we need information.

I applaud the gentleman for doing all that he does to try to break through this cover-up theme.

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