[Congressional Record Volume 158, Number 85 (Thursday, June 7, 2012)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1007]
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                          PERSONAL EXPLANATION


                           HON. JACKIE SPEIER

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                         Thursday, June 7, 2012

  Ms. SPEIER. Mr. Speaker, I would like to state that my vote against 
the Tipton amendment to the Energy and Water Development and Related 
Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013 was made in error. I support this 
amendment, which prohibits agencies funded under the bill from 
conducting surveys in which money is included or provided for the 
benefit of the survey responder. The amendment does not prohibit 
federal agencies form gathering public input or sending out surveys, 
which is a necessary process, but I agree with the author of the 
amendment that we must put an end to the unethical practice of giving 
away taxpayer dollars to solicit a desired response.