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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006

August 5, 2009
Floor Statement
Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA]: Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman from Massachusetts for the time.

The special interest Republican Congress is at it again. Republican leaders are packaging three different bills together in one in order to force Members of Congress to pass controversial legislation together with popular legislation. And once again they have brought this complicated legislation to the House floor without providing an opportunity for meaningful debate and without allowing Members to review the text of the bill in advance.

Before the election they packaged tax credit extensions and an increase in the minimum wage together with an estate tax cut that benefits some of the richest people in the country. Now they are packaging tax credit extensions and an adjustment in Medicare payments to physicians together with a special interest giveaway to their friends in the oil industry. This special interest bill opens up 8 million acres of Florida gulf coast waters to offshore oil drilling.

The American people are sick and tired of these deceptive procedures. That is why we won the election.

Perhaps my friends on the opposite side of the aisle just want to provide one more favor to the oil industry before they lose control of Congress next month.

Click link to see the video: https://www.house.gov/waters/video/20061208_HR6111.wmv

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