|00:00:00||IN THIS BODY, BUT IT'S FUNNY WHILE YOU WERE SPEAKING TO STUDENTS FROM YOUR DISTRICT I WAS JUST SPEAKING WITH STUDENTS FROM MY DISTRICT OUTSIDE ON THE CAPITOL STEPS AS WELL.|
|00:00:10||THEY HAPPENED TO HAVE BEEN FROM WEBSTER HIGH SCHOOL.|
|00:00:17||I EXPLAINED TO THEM THE PROCESS THAT WE ARE IN RIGHT NOW GOING TO CONFERENCE ON THE TRANSPORTATION BILL.|
|00:00:22||HOW THE OTHER BODY HAD PASSED IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION, THE OTHER BODY WHO CAN RARELY AGREE ON ANYTHING, INCLUDING A RESOLUTION SAYING I LOVE MOTHER, BUT HERE THEY CAME TOGETHER AND PASSED A BILL WITH 72 VOTES IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION.|
|00:00:36||I EXPLAINED TO THEM BRIEFLY WHAT THE OTHER BODY'S BILL DID AND WHAT OUR BILL DID.|
|00:00:41||THAT'S FUNNY, THEY WERE ALL IN AGREEMENT WE OUGHT TO ACCEPT THE SENATE BILL.|
|00:00:46||GO FOR THE SENATE BILL.|
|00:00:48||SO I GUESS THE POINT I'M MAKING IS THAT WE ALL KNOW HOW THIS PLACE WORKS AND WE ALL KNOW THE DIFFICULTIES IN GETTING SOMETHING THROUGH THE OTHER BODY WHERE LIKE IT OR NOT THE FRAMERS OF OUR CONSTITUTION SET IT UP SO THAT THE MINORITY IN THAT BODY HAD THE POWER.|
|00:01:07||MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, THE RANKING MEMBER ON OUR HIGHWAYS AND TRANSIT SUBCOMMITTEE, MR.|
|00:01:18||THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON FOR THREE MINUTES.|
|00:01:20||MR. DEFAZIO: YOU KNOW, BARELY DIVIDED CONGRESS ALONG|
Mr. RAHALL. Madam Speaker, I yield myself 1 minute.
In order to respond to the distinguished chairman, that's funny, and I appreciate the history lesson he's just given us on legislation in this body. It's funny, while you were speaking to students from your district, I was just speaking to students from my district outside on the Capitol steps as well. They happened to have been from Webster Junior High School from Webster Springs, West Virginia.
I explained to them the process that we're in right now going to conference on the transportation bill, how the other body had passed in a bipartisan fashion, the other body who can rarely agree on anything, including a resolution saying ``I love mother,'' but here they came together and passed a bill with 72 votes in a bipartisan fashion. I had explained to them briefly what the other body's bill did and what our bill did. That's funny. They were all nodding in agreement. They all said we ought to accept the Senate bill; go for the Senate bill.
So I guess the point I'm making is that we all know how this place works. We all know the difficulties in getting something through the other body where, like it or not, the Framers of our Constitution set it up so that the minority in that body has the power.
Madam Speaker, I yield 3 minutes to the distinguished gentleman from Oregon (Mr. DeFazio), the ranking member on our Highways and Transit Subcommittee.