|00:00:00||WITHOUT TAX INCREASES.|
|00:00:03||THE END OF AN ERA OF THE BIGGEST GORILLA OF WALKING OFF WITH THE MOST BANANAS IS OVER.|
|00:00:10||WE WILL PASS RESPONSIBLE LEGISLATION AND WE WILL GET IT DONE.|
|00:00:13||AS THE CABLE GUY SAYS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE ARE GOING TO GIT ARE -- GIT R DON.|
|00:00:25||I YIELD BACK.|
|00:00:26||THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 600, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL.|
|00:00:30||THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING|
Mr. MICA. Madam Speaker, I yield myself the balance of the time to close.
Madam Speaker and my colleagues, I think it might be time right now, Madam Speaker, that we call the Capitol Physician to come to the House floor. I think we should call the Capitol Physician because there appears to be on the other side a mass case of loss of memory, and I think that we need to clear up just a few facts in what has been said here.
Now, we have the gentlelady from California who happened to be the Speaker of the House. As I recall, the other side controlled the House by a huge margin, the Senate by a significant margin--most of the time I think it was 60 votes where you could do anything--and they controlled the White House for those 2 years. They could have done anything they wanted to do. President Obama, in fact, sent Secretary LaHood to Mr. Oberstar and me--I was the ranking Republican, he was the chair--and cut the knees right out from the Democrats and said he wasn't doing a long-term bill, he was doing an 18-month bill, which really sent a death signal to transportation and infrastructure projects.
In fact, the other side would be in the majority probably and I would be the ranking member if they had just done what they could have done. Then they tell you that we can't pass a bill. Well, let's deal with the facts. They six times [Page: H1761] had to do extensions. Not one extension was freestanding. In fact, one time they could not even pass the extension with the House, the Senate, and the White House. In March of 2010, they actually closed down programs.
Madam Speaker, we may need the House Physician because there are multiple cases of amnesia, and we need to remind folks about the facts and what they have forgotten.
Even in the extensions, I offered first a 90-day extension, and I know Speaker Boehner talked to the Senate and the other leaders and said we'll do a 90. No, we want to do a 60-day extension, they said. Then some of the Democrats felt like they were thrown under the bus, and the 60-day extension that they asked us to do, they couldn't get the votes for, they came down and spoke against yesterday.
Madam Speaker, there's something wrong here. I think we really need to get the Capitol Physician involved because the amnesia is very, very serious on the other side. They had earmarks. The last bill was passed with 6,300 earmarks. They had earmarks. They had control. They couldn't even pass a freestanding bill and get it to the full committee. So, again, I think the amnesia is pretty rampant on the other side.
I don't want this to be delayed any further because I want Americans to go back to work.
We offer here today a long-term bill that will put people who want jobs in this country back to work without earmarks and without tax increases. The end of the era of the biggest gorilla walking off with the most bananas is over, and we will pass responsible legislation, and we will get it done.
As the Cable Guy said, Ladies and gentlemen, we're going to ``Git-R-Done.'' I yield back the balance of my time.