PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF HR 5856 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS ACT 2013 PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF HR 6020 FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS ACT 2013 AND PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF CONFERENCE REPORT ON HR 4348 MOVING AHEAD FOR PROGRESS IN THE 21ST CENTURY ACT


Rob WoodallU.S. Representative
[R] Georgia, United States

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Mr. WOODALL. Mr. Speaker, I thank my friend from Florida for yielding.

It's not often that I find agreement with both of my friends from Florida at the same time. When I listened to my friend from Florida, my Democratic colleague on the Rules Committee, in his opening statement, he's absolutely right. We're bringing five completely unrelated provisions to the floor in this conference report today, and we're bringing it in a rushed fashion so folks can get out of here and go home for the 4th of July week.

I agree with my friend from the Republican side of the aisle, my freshman colleague, who says this is just a standard conference report rule. That's absolutely right. All of these things that the gentleman from Florida, my Democratic colleague, finds troubling are just part of the standard conference report process.

I've been watching this process for a long time. I may be a freshman, but I've been watching it for a long time. And it's just the way things go around here. We've done better. To be fair to this House leadership, over the 18 months that I've been here in Congress, we've done better. We've made a commitment to bring one idea to the floor at a time, and 99 percent of the bills I've voted on have been 10 pages or less, and I could read them. I didn't have to staff it out. I could do it myself.

But something happens when we get to this conference report time. Mr. Speaker, the question goes to our colleagues. I suspect if we put the question to our colleagues--my friend from Florida knows it's true: Would you rather rush these five unrelated bills to the floor today and get home for all the commitments you've made over the weekend, or would you rather stretch this thing out and do it right?

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