EXPRESSING SYMPATHY AND PLEDGING SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS OF FLOODING IN SOUTHERN MEXICO
(House of Representatives - November 14, 2007)

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  EXPRESSING SYMPATHY AND PLEDGING SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS OF FLOODING IN 
                            SOUTHERN MEXICO

  The SPEAKER pro tempore. The unfinished business is the vote on the 
motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, H. Res. 812, 
as amended, on which the yeas and nays were ordered.
  The Clerk read the title of the resolution.
  (By unanimous consent, Mr. Hoyer was allowed to speak out of order.)


                       Regarding Time for Voting

  Mr. HOYER. Madam Speaker, I made this announcement some 10 days ago 
or a week ago, and we frankly didn't follow it very well, but I want to 
take another try.
  On both sides of the aisle, you have correctly expressed concern 
about how long our votes are taking. There are times when votes take a 
longer time, we have Members down at the White House, we are just going 
to finish a committee markup, they are voting, or something like that. 
We understand that.
  Madam Speaker, I would like everybody to hear this, because you are 
going to be angry with me. You are going to be angry with me today.
  There were some 140 votes cast by the time the time ran out on this 
vote. That meant there were some 280 people who had not voted after 15 
minutes. This vote took 25 minutes, give or take. Both sides of the 
aisle and the committee chairmen who are in a markup and it takes so 
long to get back to the markup, and we have witnesses standing there, 
both sides had this problem.
  So I am asking you for your cooperation. Look at the clock, and when 
the clock hits 5 minutes left, come over here. Don't look at how many 
Members have not voted and think to yourself because there are so many 
Members that haven't voted, we're going to call the roll.
  I want to say to my side, I am not going to, frankly, want to lose 
votes. You don't want to lose votes. They didn't want to lose votes 
when they were in charge. I didn't blame them. Either side. But don't 
take the position that they will wait for as long as they need to wait, 
because that is inconsiderate to every Member who comes here in a 
timely fashion and then has to wait because somebody else doesn't.
  Now, I will tell you this: I am an offender. I am not pointing a 
finger. If I am pointing a finger at you, I'm pointing four fingers at 
me. I have in the last week, so I could get up here and pontificate, 
tried to make sure that I got here on time. But I haven't been getting 
here on time. I have done the same thing as you. That's why I know you 
do it. Look at that.
  So I am asking all of us to try to work together so that when the 
bell is rung and the roll is called, you are here on time. We will keep 
these votes in the vicinity of 17 minutes, and some of you are going to 
miss votes.
  Let me clarify so you understand. The Speaker's position articulated 
at the beginning of the session, if you are in the well with a card in 
your hand, you will be allowed to vote. But if somebody yells in the 
back of the room

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``one more,'' if somebody is walking through the door, I do not 
guarantee you that you will be able to vote. We are going to call the 
vote.
  Thank you very much.
  Mr. ABERCROMBIE. Madam Speaker, will the gentleman yield?
  Mr. HOYER. I yield to the gentleman from Hawaii.
  Mr. ABERCROMBIE. I don't think anybody is going to argue with you, 
Mr. Majority Leader, but that means that you have got to do something 
about the elevators. I mean it. I'm not kidding. If you are going to 
make it work, if you are going to make the 15 minutes work, we have to 
have people in the elevators or the doorkeepers or somebody keeping 
everybody out of the elevators.
  Mr. HOYER. Reclaiming my time, ladies and gentlemen, if the elevators 
are slow, you leave with 10 minutes remaining on the vote. You be here.


                Announcement by the Speaker Pro Tempore

  The SPEAKER pro tempore. Without objection, 5-minute voting will 
continue.
  There was no objection.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore. The Clerk will re-report the title of the 
next question on which proceedings now resume.
  The Clerk read the title of the resolution.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore. The question is on the motion offered by the 
gentleman from American Samoa (Mr. Faleomavaega) that the House suspend 
the rules and agree to the resolution, H. Res. 812, as amended.
  This is a 5-minute vote.
  The vote was taken by electronic device, and there were--yeas 421, 
nays 0, not voting 11, as follows:

                            [Roll No. 1087]

                               YEAS--421

     Abercrombie
     Ackerman
     Aderholt
     Akin
     Alexander
     Allen
     Altmire
     Andrews
     Arcuri
     Baca
     Bachmann
     Bachus
     Baird
     Baker
     Baldwin
     Barrett (SC)
     Barrow
     Bartlett (MD)
     Barton (TX)
     Bean
     Becerra
     Berkley
     Berman
     Berry
     Biggert
     Bilbray
     Bilirakis
     Bishop (GA)
     Bishop (NY)
     Bishop (UT)
     Blackburn
     Blumenauer
     Blunt
     Boehner
     Bonner
     Bono
     Boozman
     Boren
     Boswell
     Boucher
     Boustany
     Boyd (FL)
     Boyda (KS)
     Brady (PA)
     Brady (TX)
     Braley (IA)
     Broun (GA)
     Brown (SC)
     Brown, Corrine
     Brown-Waite, Ginny
     Buchanan
     Burgess
     Burton (IN)
     Butterfield
     Buyer
     Calvert
     Camp (MI)
     Campbell (CA)
     Cannon
     Cantor
     Capito
     Capps
     Capuano
     Cardoza
     Carnahan
     Carney
     Carter
     Castle
     Castor
     Chabot
     Chandler
     Clarke
     Clay
     Cleaver
     Clyburn
     Coble
     Cohen
     Cole (OK)
     Conaway
     Conyers
     Cooper
     Costa
     Costello
     Courtney
     Cramer
     Crenshaw
     Crowley
     Cuellar
     Culberson
     Cummings
     Davis (AL)
     Davis (CA)
     Davis (IL)
     Davis (KY)
     Davis, David
     Davis, Lincoln
     Deal (GA)
     DeFazio
     DeGette
     Delahunt
     DeLauro
     Dent
     Diaz-Balart, L.
     Diaz-Balart, M.
     Dicks
     Dingell
     Doggett
     Donnelly
     Doolittle
     Drake
     Dreier
     Duncan
     Edwards
     Ehlers
     Ellison
     Ellsworth
     Emanuel
     Emerson
     Engel
     English (PA)
     Eshoo
     Etheridge
     Everett
     Fallin
     Farr
     Fattah
     Feeney
     Ferguson
     Filner
     Flake
     Forbes
     Fortenberry
     Fossella
     Foxx
     Frank (MA)
     Franks (AZ)
     Frelinghuysen
     Gallegly
     Garrett (NJ)
     Gerlach
     Giffords
     Gilchrest
     Gillibrand
     Gingrey
     Gohmert
     Gonzalez
     Goode
     Goodlatte
     Gordon
     Granger
     Graves
     Green, Al
     Green, Gene
     Grijalva
     Gutierrez
     Hall (NY)
     Hall (TX)
     Hare
     Harman
     Hastings (FL)
     Hastings (WA)
     Hayes
     Heller
     Hensarling
     Herger
     Herseth Sandlin
     Higgins
     Hill
     Hinchey
     Hinojosa
     Hirono
     Hobson
     Hodes
     Hoekstra
     Holden
     Holt
     Honda
     Hooley
     Hoyer
     Hulshof
     Hunter
     Inglis (SC)
     Inslee
     Israel
     Issa
     Jackson (IL)
     Jackson-Lee (TX)
     Jefferson
     Jindal
     Johnson (GA)
     Johnson, E. B.
     Johnson, Sam
     Jones (NC)
     Jones (OH)
     Jordan
     Kagen
     Kanjorski
     Kaptur
     Keller
     Kennedy
     Kildee
     Kilpatrick
     Kind
     King (IA)
     King (NY)
     Kingston
     Kirk
     Klein (FL)
     Kline (MN)
     Knollenberg
     Kucinich
     Kuhl (NY)
     LaHood
     Lamborn
     Lampson
     Langevin
     Lantos
     Larsen (WA)
     Larson (CT)
     Latham
     LaTourette
     Lee
     Levin
     Lewis (CA)
     Lewis (GA)
     Lewis (KY)
     Linder
     Lipinski
     LoBiondo
     Loebsack
     Lofgren, Zoe
     Lowey
     Lucas
     Lungren, Daniel E.
     Lynch
     Mack
     Mahoney (FL)
     Maloney (NY)
     Manzullo
     Marchant
     Markey
     Marshall
     Matheson
     Matsui
     McCarthy (CA)
     McCarthy (NY)
     McCaul (TX)
     McCollum (MN)
     McCotter
     McCrery
     McDermott
     McGovern
     McHenry
     McHugh
     McIntyre
     McKeon
     McMorris Rodgers
     McNerney
     McNulty
     Meek (FL)
     Meeks (NY)
     Melancon
     Mica
     Michaud
     Miller (FL)
     Miller (MI)
     Miller (NC)
     Miller, Gary
     Miller, George
     Mitchell
     Mollohan
     Moore (KS)
     Moore (WI)
     Moran (KS)
     Moran (VA)
     Murphy (CT)
     Murphy, Patrick
     Murphy, Tim
     Murtha
     Musgrave
     Myrick
     Nadler
     Napolitano
     Neal (MA)
     Neugebauer
     Nunes
     Obey
     Olver
     Ortiz
     Pallone
     Pascrell
     Pastor
     Payne
     Pearce
     Pence
     Perlmutter
     Peterson (MN)
     Peterson (PA)
     Petri
     Pickering
     Pitts
     Platts
     Poe
     Pomeroy
     Porter
     Price (GA)
     Price (NC)
     Pryce (OH)
     Putnam
     Radanovich
     Rahall
     Ramstad
     Rangel
     Regula
     Rehberg
     Reichert
     Renzi
     Reyes
     Reynolds
     Richardson
     Rodriguez
     Rogers (AL)
     Rogers (KY)
     Rogers (MI)
     Rohrabacher
     Ros-Lehtinen
     Roskam
     Ross
     Rothman
     Roybal-Allard
     Royce
     Ruppersberger
     Rush
     Ryan (OH)
     Ryan (WI)
     Salazar
     Sali
     Sanchez, Linda T.
     Sanchez, Loretta
     Sarbanes
     Saxton
     Schakowsky
     Schiff
     Schmidt
     Schwartz
     Scott (GA)
     Scott (VA)
     Sensenbrenner
     Serrano
     Shadegg
     Shays
     Shea-Porter
     Sherman
     Shimkus
     Shuler
     Shuster
     Simpson
     Sires
     Skelton
     Slaughter
     Smith (NE)
     Smith (NJ)
     Smith (TX)
     Smith (WA)
     Snyder
     Solis
     Souder
     Space
     Spratt
     Stark
     Stearns
     Stupak
     Sullivan
     Sutton
     Tancredo
     Tanner
     Tauscher
     Taylor
     Terry
     Thompson (CA)
     Thompson (MS)
     Thornberry
     Tiahrt
     Tiberi
     Tierney
     Towns
     Tsongas
     Turner
     Udall (CO)
     Udall (NM)
     Upton
     Van Hollen
     Velazquez
     Visclosky
     Walberg
     Walden (OR)
     Walsh (NY)
     Walz (MN)
     Wamp
     Wasserman Schultz
     Waters
     Watson
     Watt
     Waxman
     Weiner
     Welch (VT)
     Weldon (FL)
     Westmoreland
     Wexler
     Whitfield
     Wicker
     Wilson (NM)
     Wilson (OH)
     Wilson (SC)
     Wolf
     Woolsey
     Wu
     Wynn
     Yarmuth
     Young (AK)
     Young (FL)

                             NOT VOTING--11

     Carson
     Cubin
     Davis, Tom
     Doyle
     Hastert
     Johnson (IL)
     Oberstar
     Paul
     Sessions
     Sestak
     Weller


                Announcement by the Speaker Pro Tempore

  The SPEAKER pro tempore (during the vote). Two minutes remain on this 
vote.

                              {time}  1157

  So (two-thirds being in the affirmative) the rules were suspended and 
the resolution, as amended, was agreed to.
  The result of the vote was announced as above recorded.
  A motion to reconsider was laid on the table.

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