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Providing For Consideration Of Senate Amendments To H.R. 3590, Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act Of 2009, And Providing For Consideration Of H.R. 4872, Health Care And Education Reconciliation Act Of 2010

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Location: Washington, DC

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I thank the gentleman for yielding.

I have to ask my friends who have spoken before me: If the bill is as good as you say it is, why are any of these bribes in the bill to begin with?

The President said, January 25, ``It is an ugly process, and it looks like there are a bunch of backroom deals.''

And here is something that does not come out in the reconciliation process: $7.5 million to Hawaii, page 2,132. Libby, Montana 2,222, something about biohazard. Frontier States, $2 billion, page 2,238. And it goes on. The Louisiana purchase. None of this comes out in reconciliation.

The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentleman has expired.

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I thank the gentleman. And I know my friends on this side of the aisle feel just the same way. Not one of those things comes out in the reconciliation process.

My question is, if the bill is so good, where has the transparency been? Why all the backroom deals? Why this week alone has the President had 64 calls and visits to the White House to twist arms? Why the sweeteners?

You know the bill is not as good as advertised. Vote ``no.'' Let's work for a bipartisan bill.

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