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Entry Title Date
Legislative Program July 25, 2013
Steny Hoyer, D-MD
"Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the gentleman’s recitation of history. Let me remind him, the first year I was majority leader, all 12 appropriations bills passed the House prior to the August break—all 12. That also happened the third year. It didn’t happen the second year when we had a lot of political delays. And the reason we went to structured rules, as the gentleman I’m sure recalls, because we had filibuster by amendment. We had delay and obstruction in 2007, just as we have delay and obstruction today, just as there is a refusal today to go to conference. Over 120 days after both Houses have passed their budgets, we still have refusal to go to conference. That is why you can’t get agreement."
Republican Freshman Perspective June 4, 2009
Erik Paulsen, R-MN
"I thank the gentlelady for yielding. One of the biggest surprises and frustrations that I have noticed is that it’s been a little bit more partisan than I ever thought it would be; and I can say that, having served in both the majority and the minority in the Minnesota State legislature; and I was majority leader for awhile. I think a lot of being a successful legislator and making yourself a successful State, and now a successful country, is being able to build relationships to get things done and be results-oriented. In the Minnesota Legislature we were always allowed to offer an amendment to a bill as long as it was germane, just as you were mentioning a little while ago. But here in Congress we have to get permission to offer an amendment from the Chair of the Rules Committee or from the Speaker of the House. So it’s a very closed process, and it’s not an open flowing process where I think it’s easier to breed partisanship. I think if the rank-and-file Members, both Republican and Democrat, can get together to kind of break the grips of that leadership power, I think we could really do great things for the American people."
Reception Of Former Members Of Congress April 17, 2008
Steny Hoyer, D-MD
"Unfortunately, as all of you know through the years now, the aisle has become more a wall than an aisle. A division has grown. I lament, I really do, Bob Michel’s loss from the House and from the country’s service in this body—he still serves our country as all of you do as well—because he was, with Tip O’Neill, two unifying leaders who tried to bring us together, not agreeing necessarily but disagree in a sense of trying to get together to solve problems with our different perspectives being involved. As all of you know, I have a deep affection for Bob Michel for that reason. But I always come here—before I was majority leader I came here—because I want to thank all of you for the service you have given to our country, the friendship you have given to me and so many others in this body."
Recognition Of The Minority Leader December 18, 2007
Trent Lott, R-MS
"When you enter my son’s home in Kentucky, on the wall, framed, is a tribute he gave to my first grandchild—a grandson—the week he was born. I was majority leader and came on the floor that Friday, and he asked me if I would be around for a few minutes; he had something he would like to say. It was truly one of the most beautiful things I had ever heard in my life. Maybe it was because I thought my grandson was the most beautiful I had ever seen, but it was so magnificent, and he ended with a quote of how a grandfather wants his grandson to remember him. So it hangs there in a place of great pride. “Chester Trent Lott, III” is the title."
Making Available Funds For The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, 2006 March 3, 2006
Trent Lott, R-MS
"I plead with our leaders to come up with an agreement. I have never seen this happen before—never. Not one time when I was majority leader did the minority leader and I not come to an agreement on a number to go to conference with."

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