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  • COME TO ORDER.

  • THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER.

  • FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE

  • GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA

  • RISE?

  • MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS

  • CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY

  • HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO

  • REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS

  • ON THE LEGISLATION AND TO

  • INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IN

  • THE BILL.

  • WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION

  • 219 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR

  • DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE

  • COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON

  • THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR

  • CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1217.

  • THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE

  • GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.

  • CONAWAY, TO PRESIDE OVER THE

  • COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

  • CHAPLAIN COUGHLIN: THE

  • --

  • COMMITTEE WILL COME TO ORDER.

  • THE COMMITTEE WILL

  • COME TO ORDER.

  • MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR SEATS.

  • THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER.

  • MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR

  • CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR.

  • THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER.

  • THE COMMITTEE WILL COME TO

  • ORDER.

  • THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE

  • OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE

  • OF THE UNION FOR THE

  • CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1217

  • TITLE.

  • WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY

  • A BILL TO REPEAL THE

  • PREVENTION AND PUBLIC HEALTH

  • FUND.

  • PURSUANT TO THE

  • RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED

  • READ THE FIRST TIME.

  • THE GENTLEMAN FROM

  • PENNSYLVANIA, MR. PITTS, AND

  • THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY,

  • 30 MINUTES.

  • MR. PALLONE, WILL EACH CONTROL

  • THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE

  • GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

  • THANK YOU, MR.

  • CHAIRMAN.

  • I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I

  • MAY CONSUME.

  • THE GENTLEMAN IS

  • RECOGNIZED.

  • SECTION 4002 OF THE

  • PACA, WHICH MY BILL WOULD

  • REPEAL.

  • THE SECTION AUTHORIZES THE

  • OPERATIONS -- APPROPRIATIONS OF

  • AND APPROPRIATES THE FUND TO

  • THE TREASURY THE FOLLOWING

  • AMOUNTS, $500 MILLION FOR F.Y.

  • 2010, $750 MILLION FOR F.Y.

  • 2011, $1 BILLION FOR F.Y. 2012,

  • $1.25 BILLION FOR F.Y. 2013,

  • $1.25 BILLION FOR F.Y. 2014.

  • AND FOR F.Y. 2015 AND EVERY

  • FISCAL YEAR THEREAFTER, $2

  • BILLION.

  • HUMAN SERVICES HAS THE FULL

  • THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND

  • AUTHORITY TO USE THIS ACCOUNT

  • TO FUND ANY PROGRAMS OR

  • ACTIVITIES UNDER THE PUBLIC

  • HEALTH SERVICE ACT THAT SHE

  • CHOOSES WITHOUT CONGRESSIONAL

  • INPUT, APPROVAL OR OVERSIGHT.

  • H.H.S. HAS ALREADY MADE

  • DISBURSEMENTS FROM THE FUND

  • SPENDING $500 MILLION LAST YEAR

  • AND SHE HAS $750 MILLION

  • AVAILABLE FOR HER TO SPEND THIS

  • YEAR TO FUND PREVENTION

  • ACTIVITIES.

  • THE NATION'S PUBLIC HEALTH

  • INFRASTRUCTURE, WORK FORCE

  • EXPANSION, INCREASING

  • IMMUNIZATIONS AND PREVENTING A

  • VARIETY OF DISEASES.

  • THE GOALS OF SOME OF THESE

  • DISBURSEMENTS ARE LAUDABLE.

  • BUT WE MUST REMEMBER THAT THIS

  • AMOUNT THAT CONGRESS HAS

  • FUNDING IS OVER AND ABOVE THE

  • ALREADY AUTHORIZED AND

  • APPROPRIATED FOR THESE

  • ACTIVITIES.

  • THERE HAVE ALSO BEEN

  • QUESTIONABLE PROJECTS THAT HAVE

  • BEEN FINANCED FROM THESE FUNDS

  • INCLUDING PLACING SIGNS

  • DIRECTING PEOPLE TO BIKE PATHS.

  • WHEN SECRETARY SEBELIUS

  • TESTIFIED BEFORE MY

  • SUBCOMMITTEE I ASKED HER IF SHE

  • NEEDED FURTHER CONGRESSIONAL

  • APPROVAL TO SPEND THE MONEY

  • FROM THE SECTION 4002 FUND AND

  • SHE ANSWERED NO.

  • I THEN ASKED HER IF SHE COULD

  • FUND ACTIVITIES ABOVE THE LEVEL

  • CONGRESS APPROPRIATED AND SHE

  • STATED YES.

  • THIS SHOULD CONCERN EVERY

  • MEMBER THAT WE HAVE CREATED A

  • SLUSH FUND THAT THE SECRETARY

  • CAN SPEND FROM WITHOUT ANY

  • CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT FOR

  • APPROVAL.

  • NO ONE HERE CAN TELL US HOW

  • THIS FUNDING WILL BE USED.

  • NEXT YEAR OR FIVE OR 10 OR 20

  • YEARS OR 50 YEARS FROM NOW.

  • WE CAN'T PREDICT HOW THE MONEY

  • WILL BE SPENT AND WORSE WE

  • CAN'T EVEN INFLUENCE IT.

  • I WOULD SUGGEST TO MY

  • COLLEAGUES THAT IF YOU WANTED

  • MORE FUNDING TO GO TOWARDS

  • SMOKING CESSATION OR ANY OTHER

  • PROGRAM, THE HEALTH CARE LAW

  • SHOULD HAVE CONTAINED AN

  • EXPLICIT AUTHORIZATION BECAUSE

  • YOU'RE NOT GUARANTEED THAT A

  • DIME OF THE MONEY IN THIS FUND

  • WILL GO TO YOUR PARTICULAR

  • ACTIVITY.

  • BY ELIMINATING THIS FUND WE'RE

  • NOT CUTTING ANY SPECIFIC

  • PROGRAM OR ACTIVITY.

  • I'M NOT AGAINST PREVENTION AND

  • WELLNESS.

  • THIS IS NOT WHAT THIS IS ABOUT.

  • THIS IS ABOUT RECLAIMING OUR

  • OVERSIGHT ROLE OF HOW FEDERAL

  • TAX DOLLARS SHOULD BE USED.

  • I URGE SUPPORT FOR MY BILL,

  • H.R. 1217, AND I RESERVE THE

  • BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • THE GENTLEMAN

  • RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS

  • TIME.

  • THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY

  • IS RECOGNIZED.

  • I THANK YOU, MR.

  • CHAIRMAN.

  • I YIELD NOW THREE MINUTES TO

  • THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE

  • THE RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF

  • COMMITTEE --

  • YIELD ME TWO.

  • MR. WAXMAN, TWO

  • MINUTES.

  • THE GENTLEMAN IS

  • RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • THIS IS A NEW

  • ATTACK TO DISRUPT, DISMANTLE

  • AND DESTROY THE AFFORDABLE CARE

  • ACT.

  • TODAY THEY ARE DOING SO BY

  • SACRIFICING A LONG-STANDING

  • BIPARTISAN POLICY TO PUSH A NOW

  • PARTISAN IDEOLOGY.

  • FOR YEARS REPUBLICANS HAVE

  • JOINED WITH DEMOCRATS IN

  • SUPPORTING PROGRAMS TO PREVENT

  • DISEASE AND PROMOTE HEALTH AND

  • IN TURN TO CUT HEALTH CARE

  • COSTS.

  • BUT TODAY THE HOUSE WILL VOTE

  • TO END FUNDING FOR THE FIRST

  • AND ONLY FEDERAL PROGRAM WITH

  • DEDICATED ONGOING RESOURCES

  • DESIGNED TO MAKE US A HEALTHIER

  • NATION.

  • EVERY STATE IN THE NATION IS

  • ALREADY BENEFITING FROM THE

  • RESOURCES MADE AVAILABLE FROM

  • THE FUND TO FIGHT CHRONIC AND

  • COSTLY CONDITIONS.

  • SUCH AS OBESITY, HEART DISEASE

  • AND DIABETES.

  • REPEALING THE PREVENTION FUND

  • IS A BLOW AGAINST SENIORS.

  • IN STATES LIKE CALIFORNIA,

  • MICHIGAN, IOWA, MAINE, NORTH

  • CAROLINA AND MASSACHUSETTS,

  • THEY'RE USING THESE FUNDS TO

  • TRAIN PERSONAL HOME CARE AIDS

  • WHO ASSIST -- AIDES WHO ASSIST

  • THE ELDERLY WITH ALZHEIMER'S

  • DISEASE.

  • THIS IS NOT EXTREMELY SHORT

  • SIDED, IT WILL PROVE TO BE

  • FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE.

  • THE RETURN ON THIS KIND OF

  • UPFRONT INVESTMENT TARGETS

  • RESOURCES TO HELP KEEP PEOPLE

  • HEALTHY FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE

  • WILL OVER TIME SAVE PRECIOUS

  • HEALTH CARE DOLLARS.

  • WE NEED TO PRESERVE THE

  • PREVENTION FUND BECAUSE IT CAN

  • SERVE AS A CORNERSTONE FOR A

  • HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT FINALLY

  • RECOGNIZES THAT PREVENTING

  • ILLNESS IS AS IMPORTANT AS

  • TREATING THEM.

  • UNTIL NOW PREVENTION HAS TOO

  • OFTEN BEEN JUST A MERE

  • AFTERTHOUGHT.

  • AMERICAN FAMILIES SUPPORT

  • PREVENTION.

  • THEY WANT EDUCATION TO HELP

  • SENIORS.

  • AND THEN HAVE PROGRAMS SUCH AS

  • MAMMOGRAMS AND COLONOSCOPIES.

  • AND HELP CHILDREN TO GROW UP

  • HEALTHY AND STRONG TO PREVENT

  • OBESITY.

  • WE WANT TO START WORKING

  • TOGETHER TO SOLVE THE REAL

  • PROBLEMS FACING OUR NATION.

  • I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE

  • THIS PARTISAN AND DIVISIVE

  • LEGISLATION.

  • AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF

  • MY TIME.

  • THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME

  • HAS EXPIRED.

  • THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA

  • IS RECOGNIZED.

  • MR. CHAIRMAN, I AT

  • THIS TIME YIELD THREE MINUTES

  • TO THE DISTINGUISHED VICE

  • CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE,

  • THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, DR.

  • BURGESS.

  • THE GENTLEMAN FROM

  • TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE

  • MINUTES.

  • I THANK THE

  • CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING.

  • MR. SPEAKER, I DO RISE TODAY IN

  • SUPPORT OF H.R. 1217, THE BILL

  • THAT AS WE ALREADY HEARD

  • REPEALS THE PUBLIC SLUSH FUND

  • THAT WAS INCLUDED IN THE

  • PATIENT AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE

  • ACT PASSED A LITTLE OVER A YEAR

  • AGO.

  • THIS FUND CALLED THE PUBLIC

  • HEALTH FUND IS ALMOST $18

  • BILLION THAT ACCOUNTS FOR THE

  • NEXT EIGHT FISCAL YEARS, AND

  • THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND

  • HUMAN SERVICES GETS TO SPEND

  • THIS MONEY ON ANY PROGRAM THAT

  • HE OR SHE DEEMS WORTHY.

  • THE MONEY -- WHAT THE MONEY

  • WILL BE USED