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TRUTH IN CALLER ID ACT OF 2009

Dec 15, 2010

Barton, JoeU.S. Representative
[R] Texas

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02:30:57 THANK YOU.
02:30:58 I RISE FOR TWO REASONS.
02:31:01 ONE IS TO SUPPORT THIS BILL.
02:31:02 I TALLLY THOUGHT IT HAD PASSED AND BECOME — I
ACTUALLY THOUGHT IT HAD PASSED AND BECOME LAW BECAUSE WE PASS IT EVERY
CONGRESS AND IT GOES INTO THE OTHER BODY AND FALLS IN THE BLACK
HOLE OVER THERE.
02:31:12 SO IT’S GOOD TO KNOW THAT THEY’RE BRINGING IT BACK.
02:31:15 I’M TOLD THERE ARE TWO WORDS DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE BILL THAT WE SENT TO THEM AND THE BILL THAT THEY SENT BACK TO US.
02:31:20 SO I GUESS WE CAN ACCEPT TWO WORDS DIFFERENCE.
02:31:23 IT IS LONG OVERDUE.
02:31:25 I WANT TO COMPLIMENT MR. ENGEL FOR HIS HARD WORK AND PERSEVERANCE, MR. STEARNS, MR.
02:31:35 MURPHY, OTHERS ON OTHER SIDE AND BILL.
02:31:36 OF COURSE MR. BOUCHER FOR THIS THE PRIMARY REASON THAT
I AM SPEAKING, THOUGH, IS THAT I WANT TO SAY SOME HEARTFELT WORDS
ABOUT MR. BOUCHER.
02:31:49 SOONER OR LATER THIS CONGRESS IS GOING TO MEASURESFULLY ADJOURN AND I HOPE SOONER RATHER THAN LATER.
02:31:56 SO I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY MORE TIMES WE’RE GOING TO BE
ON THE FLOOR BUT I WANTED TO SAY IN HIS PRESENCE WHAT AN HONOR IT HAS
BEEN TO SERVE WITH HIM.
02:32:06 HE IS A WORK HORSE MEMBER, HE IS NOT A SHOW HORSE.
02:32:12 HE DOESN’T GET INVOLVED IN MANY, MANY ISSUES, BUT WHEN
HE DOES GET INVOLVED HE IS METICULOUS IN HIS PREPARATION AND IN HIS
UNDERSTANDING OF THE ISSUE AND HIS DETAIL, HIS WORD IS GOLD, IT’S
ALWAYS GOOD.
02:32:27 ON THE RARE OCCASIONS THAT I HAVE DISAGREED WITH HIM, I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN IMPRESSED BY THE MERIT OF HIS ARGUMENT.
02:32:35 AND HE WILL BE MISSED.
02:32:36 HE IS ONE OF THE MEMBERS THAT MAKES THE INSTITUTION
WORK, HE DOES IT BEHIND THE SCENES, HE IS ALWAYS THOUGHTFUL AND
PREPARED AND JUST A JOY TO WORK WITH.
02:32:49 I HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO WORK WITH HIM WHEN I WAS
SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN AND HE WAS MY RANKING MEMBER AND I’VE HAD THE
PRIVILEGE TO WORK WITH HIM WHILE HE’S BEEN IN THE MAJORITY AS A
SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN AND THE WORK THAT HE AND CONGRESSMAN STEARNS
HAVE DONE ON PRIVACY IS WORK THAT WILL BEAR FRUIT IN THE COMING
CONGRESS, I HOPE.
02:33:10 AND THE WORK THAT HE’S DONE ON ENERGY ISSUES AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS ISSUES IS TIME.
02:33:18 WORK THAT WILL STAND THE TEST OF SO I DO WANT TO SUPPORT
THE PENDING LEGISLATION, BUT I ALSO WANT TO GIVE THE GENTLEMAN FROM
VIRGINIA MY VERY BEST WISHES AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HIM IN
WHATEVER ENDEAVORS HE PURSUES IN THE FUTURE.
02:33:34 IT HAS REALLY BEEN AN HONOR TO SERVE WITH YOU IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
02:33:38 WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

Mr. BARTON of Texas. I rise for two reasons. One is to support this
bill. I actually thought it had passed and become law because we pass it
every Congress, and it goes to the other body and falls in the black
hole over there. So it is good to know they are bringing it [Page:
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back. I am told there is a two-word difference between the bill we sent
to them and the bill they sent back to us. I guess we can accept a
two-word difference. It is long overdue. I want
to compliment Mr. Engel for his hard work and perseverance. And Mr.
Stearns, Mr. Murphy, and others on our side, and of course Mr. Boucher
for this bill.

The primary reason I am speaking, though, is I want to say some
heartfelt words about Mr. Boucher. Sooner or later this Congress is
going to mercifully adjourn–and I hope sooner rather than later–and so
I don’t know how many more times we are going to be on the floor, but I
wanted to say in his presence what an honor it has been to serve with
him. He is a workhorse Member; he is not a show horse. He doesn’t get
involved in many, many issues, but when he does get involved, he is
meticulous
in his preparation and understanding of the issue and his detail. His
word is gold. It is always good.

On the rare occasions when I have disagreed with him, I have always
been impressed with the merit of his argument. He will be missed. He is
one of the Members who makes the institution work. He does it behind the
scenes. He is always thoughtful and prepared and just a joy to work
with.

I had the privilege to work with him when I was the subcommittee
chairman and he was my ranking member, and I have had the privilege to
work with him while he has been in the majority as a subcommittee
chairman. The work he and Congressman Stearns have done on privacy is
work that will bear fruit in the coming Congress I hope. The work he has
done on energy issues and telecommunications issues, his work will
stand the test of time.

I do want to support the pending legislation, but I also wanted to
give the gentleman from Virginia my very best wishes. I look forward to
working with him in whatever endeavors he pursues in the future. It has
really been an honor to serve with you in the House of Representatives.

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