PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2647, NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2010 -- (House of Representatives - June 24, 2009)
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I thank the gentleman for yielding. I rise today in adamant opposition to this rule.
This is one of many rules which do nothing but censor our side from being able to put forth amendments that make sense, that cut the size of the Federal Government, that cut the size of the huge growth in Federal spending.
Now under the Constitution, national defense should be and must be the major function of the Federal Government. We have to have a strong national Federal defense, and we have to have the experts tell us how that comes about. We need to have the experts tell us what defense systems are needed, such as the F-22.
The prior speaker was talking about how it's unneeded and how those funds could be utilized for social programs, but I disagree. National defense should and must be the major function of the Federal Government. We need to fund our defense because we have people around this world, countries as well as the terrorists, who want to destroy what this country stands for. So we need to fund missile defense; we need to fund the F-22; we need to fund those defense programs as well as the research and development that's absolutely critical to make sure that we stay a sovereign and a secure nation.
But also many Republican amendments were submitted. In fact, I submitted some myself. But the majority decided to stifle our ability to be able to bring those amendments to the floor, to talk about things that Members of Congress think are very important in this bill. But we were hushed. Our voices were quieted. Why? Because we have a steamroller of socialism that's being forced down the throats of the American people. We're trying very hard on our side to stop the outrageous spending. We're trying on our side to have a fiscally responsible government, not only in defense spending but also all across the board. We have an energy tax that's being proposed just this week that's going to cost jobs. It's going to put people literally out of work. It's going to raise the cost of food, medicine and all goods and services in this Nation.
Unfortunately, over and over again we've seen this majority, the leadership of this Congress, prevent Republican proposals from being brought to this floor, from being debated, from being presented to the American public for public examination and for us to be able to debate them. But we've been censored, and it's wrong. The American public needs to stand up and say ``no.'' I very adamantly encourage my colleagues to say ``no'' to this rule.
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