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The video shows Representative Louis Gohmert, of East Texas, arguing with Speaker Pro Tempore was Ellen Tauscher, of California. Taushcher was set to resign today after her vote on this bill.

Transcipt of video, provided by the office of Louis Gohmert:

Mr. Gohmert: i tried to get a copy of the bill. we have out here on the table 2454 that has 1090 pages in it. i understand there are another 300 pages that was added in the middle of the night. how do i get a copy of the other 300 pages that people here on the floor hadn't had a chance to read or see? where do we get that before we slam this, cram this down on the american people?

The Speaker Pro Tempore: the amendment is printed in the rules committee report.

Mr. Gohmert: in the rules committee report. and, madam speaker, where would i get that report?

The Speaker Pro Tempore: the rule was passed earlier today.

Mr. Gohmert: i'm sorry.

The Speaker Pro Tempore: the rule was passed earlier today.

Mr. Gohmert: the rule was passed earlier today.

The Speaker Pro Tempore: the rule was passed earlier today.

Mr. Gohmert: that basically says we're going to the floor without people getting a copy.

The Speaker Pro Tempore: the gentleman is not asking a parliamentary inquiry.

Mr. Gohmert: well, i'm asking an inquiry because i really want to know. normally the rules require we have access to a copy of the bill so we can look at it.

The Speaker Pro Tempore: the amendment was included in the rules committee committee report. -- in the rules committee report.

Mr. Gohmert: there's one copy in the rules committee, is that the answer?

The Speaker Pro Tempore: it was part of the rules committee report that was part of the rule that was passed earlier.

Mr. Gohmert: it was part of the rule that was passed earlier today. but where is a physical copy i can get and read, look at?

The Speaker Pro Tempore: the chair is not responsible for disseminating these documents.

the chair is not responsible for disseminating copies. i appreciate that. i was asking where to get a copy. i congratulate you on the new position. i don't know where we can get the 300 pages here.

Mr. Gohmert: i was just at the dais, but apparently the official copy of the 1,090 pages are there and the additional 300 pages are sitting beside it and the clerk is having to go through and is in the process as we speak of going through and figuring out where the extra 300 pages that's been added goes in the official copy. so even as i speak, madam speaker, the official copy is not truly the official copy because it doesn't have all the amendments in it. and since the rule says there is an official copy at the desk, my inquiry is whether it is truly an official copy if it does not have all the pages in the official copy.

The Speaker Pro Tempore: the clerk is currently executing the order of the house in h. res. 587.

Mr. Gohmert: to put the extra pages into the official copy. but is it required that it actually be a full official copy put together before you satisfy the requirement of having an official copy at the desk?

The Speaker Pro Tempore: two components of the official copy are there together. so it is, in effect, the official copy.

Mr. Gohmert: so the two together are in two different piles being worked out together is the official copy. i appreciate the explanation.

Mr. Gohmert: "thank you, madam speaker. you know, i've been trying to get through what i could of this and then finding out, well, actually it's another bill and then you have to incorporate all these other pages into it because i'd like to know what we're doing to the american people. we've had people say we're playing politics on this side. if we wanted to play politics because we know in our hearts this is bad for america, we'd let you pass it and let you lose your jobs. but i've kind of grown kind of fond of some of my friends on the other side. i'd like to keep you around. anyway, let me tell you those who say there won't be any job losses. let me read some of the things that are in your bill. the climate change adjustment allowance. when you lose your job, for any week of unemployment, you going to get some unemployment assistance after that. that's in there. you got some relocation allowance, but the coup de gras is that if you're -- the cue degrass is if you lose your job, we find a study in here. so i would encourage my colleagues, if you lose your job because of this bill, you probably are going to be able to get assistance because you lost your job because of this bill. don't vote for it."

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