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Providing for Consideration of H.r. 4, Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. DREIER. Mr. Speaker, let me first say that we all know why we're here. There is a bipartisan consensus that the 1099 provision in this bill is flawed. It's a mistake. And what it says to me is that the health care bill is badly flawed.

And we all recall the very famous statement that was made, ``We have to pass this bill before we can understand what's in it.'' I'm trying to remember who said that. Somebody said that. Somebody very prominent said that.

So here we have a measure that is badly flawed. There is bipartisan consensus--278 cosponsors of Mr. Lungren's bill. And as Mr. Lungren said at the outset, Democrats were discouraged from cosponsoring it because by cosponsoring the measure they admitted that this outrageous health care bill was flawed.

Well, it got to the point where the President of the United States in his news conference right after the election said the bill needs to be fixed, the 1099 provision needs to be fixed. So he was acknowledging right there that it was flawed. Now, we have this big debate on CutGo and how we're paying for this.

And I would be happy to yield to my friend who has been requesting time to ask the question that I know he's going to ask me because I've heard it a million times over the last few minutes.

I yield to my friend from New York (Mr. Crowley).


Mr. DREIER. I'm yielding to my friend. The Speaker doesn't need to yield.


Mr. DREIER. Reclaiming my time, Mr. Speaker, I yielded to the gentleman to ask me a question.


Mr. DREIER. Reclaiming my time, Mr. Speaker, I will answer my friend by saying the following: It is a subsidy that has provided that opportunity for that taxpayer. It is a subsidy.

This is scored by the Congressional Budget Office.


Mr. DREIER. Could I finish the answer to the question? Because I know the gentleman has been interrupting, repeatedly, Members, and I, usually, as I ask people to yield, try not to do it more than three times. And the gentleman has asked three, four, five times. Some of our Members yield when they're doing 1-minute speeches.

So let me just say that this is scored by the Congressional Budget Office, Mr. Speaker.

It is scored not as a tax increase; it is scored as a spending cut. And I know what the Joint Committee on Taxation has said, but they rely on the Congressional Budget Office as they look to this. And so the fact is what this comes down to is returning an improper government subsidy. And that is not a tax increase.

So if I could complete my statement, Mr. Speaker, now that I have answered the question posed by the gentleman, this bill itself is in fact a badly flawed measure, the Obama health care bill. And for that reason, it is absolutely essential that we provide the kind of relief that every small business in this country deserves. And so we are in a position where we have done this in, I believe, the most proper way.

The gentleman's amendment doesn't comply with the CutGo provision that we have. So for that reason, Mr. Speaker, I am going to encourage my colleagues to support this rule.


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