EMERGENCY ECONOMIC STABILIZATION ACT OF 2008 -- (House of Representatives - October 03, 2008)
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Mr. PICKERING. Madam Speaker, this is my last speech, will be my last vote. For all of us in this institution, it will be a legacy vote.
I came to Washington almost 20 years ago and worked in the first Bush administration as communism collapsed. I worked to see those countries, the Soviet Bloc, move to free markets and democracy. This, my last vote, is to preserve those things that I believe in most: a free market capitalist system, that if we can intervene now and stabilize what we preserve and keep the freedoms of our economy and the strength of our Nation from going into decline so that our fiscal house here doesn't worsen, so that our families at home aren't hurt more badly.
This afternoon I will cast this vote, and then I will leave, and I will go home and I will watch my sons play high school football.
I hope that it is with a great sense of pride in this institution that when a crisis came and our character was tested, we didn't do what was easy, but we did what was right--to save what we care about most deeply.
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