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Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011

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Mr. AL GREEN of Texas. Mr. Chairman, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

There has been much debate as to whether this bill will create or save jobs. There is much speculation based on whether this bill will create or save jobs. When you have few facts, you, generally speaking, can have much speculation. This amendment addresses speculation.

There is some sense in this country that our approval rating is low in Congress because of much speculation. Speculation can breed distrust. Speculation can lead to fact-free debate, a term my good friend, Emanuel Cleaver, Representative from Missouri, uses--fact-free debate.

This amendment can help us eliminate fact-free debate. This amendment contains less than 100 words, and it addresses the elimination of fact-free debate. It reads:

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this act, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall transmit to Congress a report estimating the increase or decrease in the number of jobs in the United States that will occur as a result of the enactment of this act.

This amendment eliminates fact-free debates and speculation. So if you really want to eliminate fact-free debates and speculation, then you should support this amendment.

If you believe that this bill really does create or save jobs, then you should support this amendment.

If you believe that Carlisle is right, that no lie can live forever, and this will eliminate the possibility of things being done with malice aforethought, you should support this amendment.

If you believe that William Cullen Bryant is right, that truth, when crushed to Earth, can rise again, you should support this amendment, because this amendment will help us to repeal what the truth is.

If you believe that fact-free debates ought to be eliminated, you ought to support this amendment.

I reserve the balance of my time.

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Mr. AL GREEN of Texas. Thank you.

It is an opinion, well stated, and I appreciate the opinion that has been well stated. However, the best way to ascertain whether jobs are being created or eliminated is to utilize empirical evidence, empirical evidence developed after the fact as opposed to before the actual implementation of the bill.

If you believe, and I believe your heart's in the right place, if you believe that this is an opportunity for us to dispel any myths, to dispel any speculation, then let's have a study done after the bill has passed and after there has been some time for implementation.

I'm willing to extend the time. I'm willing to have GAO do the study. My heart's in the right place. I want us to have proof positive that this bill does or does not eliminate jobs. I want to eliminate the speculation.

I believe I have enough time left to engage my friend in a colloquy.

How much time do I have, Mr. Chairman?

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Mr. AL GREEN of Texas. Reclaiming my time for just a moment, you say before. You see, empirical evidence under the scientific method is best acquired after you have the actual evidence. So what you would do is utilize speculation to come to a conclusion and then call that a fact. This would eliminate speculation.

I yield to the gentleman.

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Mr. AL GREEN of Texas. Reclaiming my time, because supporting something is not empirical evidence as to whether or not it will do a certain thing. I respect all who are supporting it.

By the way, I don't disrespect you. I believe your heart is in the right place. What I'm trying to get you to see is if you utilize the scientific method, you will get your empirical evidence after you have given this an opportunity to be enacted.

I yield back the balance of my time.

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