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Providing for Consideration of H.R. 2918, Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2010

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PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2918, LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2010 -- (House of Representatives - June 19, 2009)

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Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. Thank you to the gentleman from Florida, my good friend, Mr. HASTINGS. I appreciate that.

It is important that we get back to the business at hand, and I simply wanted to address the gentleman from New Jersey's remark about the Office of Technology Assessment, which is an important agency of the legislative branch that remains authorized in the U.S. statutes, but that currently does not receive funding. Especially given the age of technology and the advent of scientific progress that we are in the 21st century, I think it is incredibly important that we begin to reestablish or explore reestablishing that legislative branch agency, and I look forward to working with the gentleman and with my colleague, Mr. ADERHOLT, the ranking member, and Mr. WAMP and a number of other bipartisan members that are interested in doing that over the course of the next year.

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Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. Reclaiming my time, just to point out for the Members, we do have $2.5 million that we have carried in the legislative branch bills for the last 2 fiscal years. It is there in the GAO for technology assessments. But we do recognize that the gentleman and many other Members on both sides of the aisle believe that it would be far better and more effective if we conduct those assessments with a staffed agency of experts and bring in the expertise that the Congress currently lacks.


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