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Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2010

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. ROSKAM. I thank the gentleman for yielding.

If you're Peyton Manning, the football great for the Indianapolis Colts, and you come to the line of scrimmage, you have the right to do an audible call at the line of scrimmage. I mean, Peyton's a champion. Time and time and time again he's come out, he sees the play, he recognizes that the play has to change, he shouts out the play to the team, and they score and they're famous and they're successful.

Unfortunately, Madam Speaker, we don't have any Peyton Manning's on the other side of the aisle who are driving this process. In other words, there is nobody that has the breadth and the depth and the comprehensive understanding--there's, frankly, nobody in this Chamber that has that--to come in and say, You know what? New plan. We're going to do something completely different.

Last night, ironically, the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee was on this very floor in that very seat and said, There are no excuses to vote against this bill. He said that once or twice or three times. I jotted it down. And I reminded him of that during the debate last night, and yet, ironically, within that very short period of time, it's my understanding that the chairman, himself, found that there was a reason to vote against the very bill that moments before he was arguing for.

And why is that? Because the Founders have a process in place that is a process of deliberation. The Founders understood that this process is one that is made better by robust participation.

Now, the majority has known about this 1099 requirement since November of last year, and what have they done? They have stifled the minority. They have said, No, no, no, no. We've got this all figured out. You Republicans, you just continue to press your nose up against the glass and look in and mouth suggestions, but we're really not interested in what you have to say. All right.

Then there's a revelation. The public gets to see this 1099 requirement, and they recognize this is a disaster. We had friends on the other side of the aisle minutes ago recounting about how bad this is going to be for farmers and small businesses. And you know what? They're right.

The 1099 requirement is absurd. The 1099 requirement, I would submit to you, is the result of line of scrimmage audible calls by the majority.

Now, it doesn't have to be this way. Mr. Camp laid out a very articulate process moments ago about how best to improve this. And this is an underperformance. The chairman said that we shouldn't be surprised by things that are in this bill. And, frankly, I'm not surprised by anything the majority does. I've seen the majority run roughshod over process in the name of a better product, and time and again, it has fallen short.

So here we are basically with an admission that ObamaCare is fundamentally flawed in this sense, a mandate on business. I promise you there will be efforts in the future to revisit other parts of ObamaCare--the individual mandate, the employer mandate, health savings account taxes, and on and on and on, all things that the American public has been speaking out--they're even calling right now, they're so upset about it.

Madam Speaker, the reason Republicans are opposed to this is process, but, fundamentally, bad process yields a bad product. This is a bad product. It creates a Hobson's choice. It says we're going to remove the 1099 requirement and, instead, we're going to jeopardize job producers in exchange. We should vote ``no.''


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