Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Actby Representative Al Green
Posted on 2015-01-07
GREEN of Texas. Mr. Speaker, my colleague, the Honorable Ted
Poe, will recognize this name. The Honorable Lee Duggan, a district
court judge in Houston, Texas, reminded young lawyers that we live in a
world where it is not enough for things to be right, they must also
look right, and this bill doesn't look right. It doesn't look right
when you combine 11 bills into one overnight and then present that to
the floor without any amendments being available to the bill.
We should not allow a poison-pill process to develop at the genesis of this Congress. If we do it now, we will continue to do it. I think we have to concern ourselves not only with these 11 bills, but with the many other bills that are to follow. We can never allow this to start the new Congress. We should prevent it.
I would also add this. I am all for doing a lot of things with a hurry-up process. I would like to see us do something about minimum wage; we are not doing anything about minimum wage at all thus far. I would like to see us do something about comprehensive immigration reform; that will be a piecemeal deal if it ever becomes a bill.
Mr. Speaker, I stand with those who believe that the process ought to be fair. It ought to favor the openness that allows for amendments. I say to you that this is not right, and it doesn't even look right.