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Mr. CRITZ. I thank the gentleman for yielding.
I think the ranking member of Ways and Means really hit what the point of this is; that this is not against the two bills that are the underlying bills for this rule, but this is about jobs.
And you know, in this body, many times we think about, what does a poll say? What does this poll say?
Well, regardless of what the polls say, when I go home everyone in my congressional district is talking about jobs, is talking about the economy.
I was thrilled to hear that these two bills flew through the process, introduced in September and now we're debating them on the floor. What I can tell you, though, is that the Chinese currency bill, H.R. 639, the currency manipulation bill, was proposed in February of this year.
I've heard comments like ``bipartisan,'' and ``let the House work its will.'' Well, this bill enjoyed tremendous bipartisan support last year, 348-79, with 99 Republicans voting for it. Reintroduced this year. It's interesting; in this body many times we do things and then complain about things that go to the Senate, and it doesn't happen in the Senate.
Well, here's a bill, actually a stronger version of this bill, that passed the Senate 63-35. It's the House, it's the House leadership, it's the Republican leadership in this House that is denying the Chinese manipulation bill coming to the floor. Let the House work its will. This is about jobs.
As the gentleman from Michigan (Mr. Levin) mentioned, estimates are 1 million to 1.5 million jobs, 1.5 percent of GDP. It's something that we should all be passionate about. This is about standing up for the American people. This is about standing up for the American manufacturers.
The Speaker said this could be dangerous. Well, let me tell you something. Ask folks in the tire industry, ask folks in the steel tubing industry who've watched Chinese unfair trade practices put them in jeopardy and put their people out of work. This is something about, you have to stand up, you have to take a stand.
Sixty-two Republicans are cosponsors of this bill. I urge defeat of the previous question. It does not defeat the underlying bill so that we can talk about jobs and this bill, H.R. 639.
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