|00:00:02||I COME FROM COMMIG -- CHICAGO, FROM COOK COUNTY.|
|00:00:06||WE LIKE NO-SHOW JOBS.|
|00:00:07||WE THINK IT IS A GOOD THING.|
|00:00:09||WE BUILT A WHOLE POLITICAL PARTY ON NO-SHOW JOBS.|
|00:00:12||NOT FOR $20 A DAY.|
|00:00:14||IN THE LAST TWO MONTHS WE'VE GIVEN IRAQI FAMILIES NEARLY $900.|
|00:00:18||THAT'S EQUAL TO THE AMOUNT WE WOULD PAY FOR THE CHILD CREDIT.|
|00:00:23||SO WE'RE PAYING IRAQIS AND IRAQI FAMILIES $900 OVER THE LAST TWO MONTHS, WHICH IS EQUAL TO WHAT WE'RE FIGHTING OVER HERE, WHICH I DON'T BELIEVE NEEDS TO BE FOUGHT HERE IN THE HOUSE SINCE THE SENATE AGREED 94-6, FOR THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY.|
|00:00:38||YET SOMEHOW WE SAID IN IRAQ, IF YOU DON'T WORK OR SHOW UP FOR WORK, WE'LL GIVE YOU $20 A DAY, LOOKS PRETTY GOOD TO ME.|
|00:00:44||BUT HERE IF YOU WORK FULL TIME, TRYING TO HELP YOUR FAMILY AND RAISE YOUR KIDS WITH THE RIGHT VALUES AND TRY TO PROVIDE THEM CLOTHES FOR SCHOOL AND FOOD FOR THE SUMMER, A CAMP, A PROGRAM, YMCA, YOU'RE NOT PART OF THE AMERICAN FAMILY.|
|00:00:57||AND I WANT TO TELL YOU SOMETHING.|
|00:00:59||HERE IS AN AMERICAN OFFICIAL, A GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL SAID, NOBODY IS GOING TO QUIBBLE ABOUT PAYING A FEW DOLLARS INTO THIS ECONOMY.|
|00:01:06||WELL, I'M GOING TO QUIBBLE.|
|00:01:07||I DON'T KNOW WHO HE TALKS TO.|
|00:01:11||I DON'T KNOW WHO IS PAYING HIS DOLLARS EXCEPT FOR ALL THE AMERICANS AND HE SAYS NOBODY IS GOING TO QUIBBLE?|
|00:01:16||WHAT WE'RE QUIBBLING ABOUT IS 12 MILLION CHILDREN ARE GOING TO GET THE SAME SENSE OF VALUE HERE IN THE AMERICA THAT WE'RE SAYING IN IRAQ THAT FOR $20 A DAY, YOU DON'T HAVE TO SHOW UP FOR WORK AND WE'LL PAY YOU.|
|00:01:27||BUT HERE, IF YOU SHOW UP FOR WORK, WORK HARD, PAY YOUR TAXES, YOU DON'T DESERVE A TAX CUT.|
|00:01:34||WHO ARE THESE CHILDREN?|
|00:01:36||THEY'RE AMERICA'S CHILDREN IS WHO THEY ARE, AND THEY'VE DONE RIGHT.|
|00:01:39||THE PARENTS ARE TRYING TO RAISE THEM WITH GOOD VALUES, TRYING TO TEACH THEM RIGHT FROM WRONG, AND WHAT DO WE DO IN CONGRESS?|
|00:01:45||WE TURN THOSE VALUES ON ITS HEAD.|
|00:01:48||WE TURN THOSE VALUES UPSIDE DOWN AND SAY IF YOU WORK FULL TIME AND TRY TO DO RIGHT BY YOUR KIDS, YOU DON'T DESERVE A TAX CUT AND WE'LL TREAT THE IRAQIS WITH A DIFFERENT SENSE OF APPRECIATION.|
|00:01:59||NOW, LET'S BE CLEAR ABOUT WHAT THIS SAYS ABOUT WHO WE ARE.|
|00:02:04||ENRON IN THE LAST FOUR OUT OF FIVE YEARS HAD RECORD PROFITS AND DIDN'T PAY TAXES FOUR OUT OF FIVE YEARS.|
|00:02:11||THEY GOT BREAKS.|
|00:02:15||5 BILLION IN PROFITS.|
|00:02:17||DIDN'T PAY ANY TAXES FOR TWO YEARS, YET BIG RECIPIENTS OF GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS.|
|00:02:22||DIDN'T PAY TAXES.|
|00:02:24||TYCO DECIDED TO MOVE THEIR ADDRESS TO BERMUDA AND GOT A NEW AREA CODE, $600 MILLION IN GOVERNMENT TAXES WEREN'T PAID, YET THEY GOT BENEFITS AND GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS.|
|00:02:34||THAT'S A FORM OF CORPORATE WELFARE.|
|00:02:36||YOU DON'T PAY, YOU DON'T WORK IN YOUR CORPORATION, WE TAKE CARE OF YOU.|
|00:02:39||YOU'RE AMERICA'S CHILDREN, 12 MILLION OF YOU, WE'RE NOT GIVING YOU A TAX CUT.|
|00:02:45||RECENTLY ON A FRIDAY, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HIT 6.|
|00:02:48||1%. WHEN THIS PRESIDENT CAME INTO OFFICE, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 4%.|
|00:02:52||NEARLY THREE MILLION AMERICANS HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS AND WE'VE ADDED $3 TRILLION TO THE NATION'S DEBT.|
|00:02:58||WHAT A DEAL, AS WE WOULD SAY BACK IN CHICAGO.|
|00:03:01||$3 TRILLION ADDED TO THE NATION'S DEBT AND AMERICANS ARE PAYING WITH THEIR JOBS.|
|00:03:06||NOW, I BELIEVE THE SENATE DID RIGHT.|
|00:03:08||THEY DID RIGHT BY OUR VALUES AS AMERICANS.|
|00:03:10||AND I KNOW PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THEY ARE GOOD PEOPLE WITH GOOD VALUES.|
|00:03:15||BUT THOSE VALUES THAT LEFT THE 12 MILLION CHILDREN ON THE FLOOR WHILE CORPORATE INTERESTS WERE CIRCLING THE CONFERENCE ROOM ARE NOT THE VALUES YOU CAME HERE TO VOTE FOR.|
|00:03:25||WE ALL CAME NOT JUST TO BE A VOTE, BUT WE CAME TO BE A VOICE FOR OUR VALUES.|
|00:03:29||AND THE VALUES THAT SAY WORLDCOM, YOU'RE GOING TO GET PROTECTED, IRAQ, $20 A DAY, NO-SHOW JOB, YOU'RE GOING TO GET PROTECTED, $6.|
|00:03:39||5 MILLION FAMILIES, WORKING FULL TIME, MAKING SOMEWHERE AROUND $20,000, A ROOKIE COP, A FIRST-YEAR TEACHER, A FIRST-YEAR EMERGENCY WORKER, THOSE TYPES OF PEOPLE, YOU AIN'T GETTING A TAX CUT.|
|00:03:51||YOU'RE NOT WORTHY OF IT.|
|00:03:52||WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT WHO WE ARE?|
|00:03:55||THAT TAX BILL IS NOT JUST DOLLARS AND CENTS.|
|00:03:57||IT'S A REFLECTION OF OUR VALUES AS AMERICANS.|
|00:04:00||AND THIS PERSON, THIS BODY IS GOING TO QUIBBLE WITH AN AMERICAN OFFICIAL WHO THINKS THAT SOMEHOW PAYING $20 A DAY NOT TO SHOW UP FOR WORK IS VALUABLE, BUT IF YOU SHOW UP EVERY DAY TRYING TO PROVIDE FOR YOUR CHILDREN, THAT'S NOT VALUABLE OR WORTHY OF A TAX CUT.|
|00:04:14||IT IS WORTHY OF A TAX CUT.|
|00:04:16||THOSE CHILDREN ARE AMERICA'S CHILDREN.|
|00:04:18||THEY'RE AS VALUABLE AS IF THAT MOTHER AND FATHER ARE EARNING $20,000, AS IF THAT MOTHER OR FATHER WERE EARNING $200,000.|
|00:04:24||SO I WOULD SAY THAT THIS HOUSE, THIS BODY, WE DIDN'T COME HERE JUST TO BE A VOTE, WE CAME HERE TO GIVE VOICE TO OUR VALUES.|
|00:04:32||AND THE VALUES THAT WE ALL REPRESENT, REGARDLESS OF WHAT PART OF THE COUNTRY WE COME FROM, REGARDLESS OF WHAT PARTY WE'RE FROM, SAYS THAT THOSE 12 MILLION CHILDREN, THEY DO DESERVE TO GO TO SCHOOL, THEY, TOO, DESERVE TO GO TO YMCA AND THEY, TOO, DESERVE TO GO TO THE SUMMER CAMP AND DESERVE TO HAVE THEIR PARENTS PUT FUNDS AWAY FOR THEIR HIGHER EDUCATION.|
|00:04:54||WE IN THIS BODY NEED TO TAKE UP THE DELAURO BILL AND VOTE ON IT IMMEDIATELY SO THE PRESIDENT CAN SIGN IT SO THAT JULY 1, THEIR TAX CUT GETS SENT, TOO, SO WHEN THEY SHOW UP FOR SCHOOL LIKE THE IRAQIS WHO DON'T SHOW UP FOR WORK GET A TAX CUT, TOO.|
|00:05:08||THANK YOU, MR.|
|00:05:09||SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE REST OF MY TIME.|
|00:05:12||THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES MR.|
|00:05:14||FEENEY OF FLORIDA FOR FIVE MINUTES.|
|00:05:16||FINE EYE: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.|
|00:05:18||THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: -- MR.|
|00:05:20||FEENEY: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.|
|00:05:22||THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION.|
|00:05:23||MR. FEENEY: THANK YOU.|
|00:05:24||IT IS A BIG THRILL TO RISE TODAY TO HONOR A HOMETOWN UNIVERSITY, THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA AND THEIR CHEERLEADING TEAM FOR THEIR DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP AND CHEERLEADING AND DANCE TEAM|
Mr. EMANUEL. Mr. Speaker, yesterday's New York Times story ran a headline: ``Iraqis Are Out of Jobs, But Pay Day Still Comes.'' With the administration's blessing, 200,000 Iraqis are receiving $20 a day for no-show jobs. They do not work. They do not show up for work. They do not do any work. Twenty bucks a day. I come from Chicago, from Cook County. We like no-show jobs. We think that is a good thing. We built an entire political party on no-show jobs, not at 20 bucks a day; but for everybody's appreciation, in the last 2 months we have given Iraqi families nearly $900. That is equal to the amount that we would pay for the child credit. So we are paying Iraqis and Iraqi families 900 bucks over the last 2 months, which is equal to what we are fighting over here, which I do not believe we need to fight here in the House since the Senate agreed 94 to 6 for the same amount of money. Yet somehow we said in Iraq if they do not work, if they do not show up for work, we will give them 20 bucks a day. It is a no-show job. It looks pretty good to me. But here if they work full time, trying to help their families, trying to raise their kids with the right values, trying to provide them clothes for school, food for the summer, a camp, a program, YMCA, they are not part of the American family.
I want to tell the Members something. Here is an American official, a government official who said nobody is going to quibble about paying a few dollars into this economy.
I am going to quibble. I do not know whom he talks to. I do not know who is paying him except for all Americans, and he says nobody is going to quibble? But what we are quibbling about is whether the children of America, 12 million children, 6.5 million families, are going to get the same sense of value here in America that we are saying in Iraq that for 20 bucks a day they do not have to show up for work and we will pay them. But here if they show up for work, work hard and pay their taxes, they do not deserve a tax cut, that they are unappreciative.
Who are these children? They are America's children, and they have done right. Parents are trying to raise them with good values, trying to teach them right from wrong. And what do we do in Congress? We turn those values on their head. We turn those values upside down and say if they work full time trying to do right by their kids, they do not deserve a tax cut. We are going to treat Iraqis with a different sense of values, a different sense of appreciation.
Let us be clear about what this says about who we are. America's children. Enron in the last 4 out of 5 years had record profits, did not pay taxes 4 out of 5 years. They got breaks. WorldCom, $12.5 billion in profits, 2 out of 3 years did not pay any taxes. They were big recipients of government contracts, yet did not pay taxes. We are paying their taxes. Tyco decided to move their address down to Bermuda, got a new ZIP code, new area code. $600 million dollars in government taxes were not paid; yet they got benefits in government contracts. That is a form of corporate welfare. If they do not pay, if they do not work and they are a corporation, we take care of them. America's children, 12 million of them, we are not going to give them a tax cut.
Recently on a Friday, the unemployment rate hit 6.1 percent. When this President came to office, the unemployment rate was 4 percent. Nearly 3 million Americans have lost their jobs, and we have added $3 trillion to the Nation's debt. What a deal, as we would say back in Chicago. $3 trillion dollars added to the Nation's debt, and Americans are paying with their jobs.
I believe the Senate did right. They did right by our values as Americans; and I know people on the other side of the aisle. They are good people with good values, but those values that left the 12 million children on the floor while corporate interests were circling the conference room are not the values we came here to vote for. We all came not just to be a vote, but we came to be a voice for our values and the values [Page: H5094] that say WorldCom is going to get protected; Iraq, 20 bucks, no-show jobs, they are going to get protected; 6.5 million American families work full time, making somewhere around $20,000, and I am talking about a rookie cop, first-year teacher, first-year emergency worker, those types of people, they are not getting a tax cut. They are not worthy of it.
What does that say about who we are? So that tax bill is not just dollars and cents. It is a reflection of our values as Americans. And this person, this body, is going to quibble with an American official who thinks that somehow paying 20 bucks a day not to shows up for work is valuable; but if one shows up every day trying to provide for their children, that is not valuable and it is not worthy of a tax cut. It is worthy of a tax cut. Those children are America's children. That mother and father earning $20,000 are as valuable as if that mother and father were earning $200,000.
So I would say that this House, this body, we did not come here to just be a vote. We came here to give voice to our values and the values that we all represent regardless of what part of the country we come from. Regardless of what party we are from says that those 12 million children, they too deserve to go to school, they too deserve to go to the YMCA, they too deserve to go to the summer camp, and they too deserve for their parents to put funds away for their higher education; and we in this body need to take up the Senate bill, take up the DeLauro bill and vote on it immediately so the President can sign it so that on July 1 their tax cut gets sent too so that when they show up for school like the Iraqis who do not show up for work, they get a tax cut too.