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House Proceeding on Mar 12th, 2009 :: 1:03:45 to 1:09:15
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John Boozman

1:03:42 to 1:04:02( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: this legislation will move us with those i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves his time. the gentleman from arkansas. mr. boozman: thank you, mr. speaker. anyone who drives on our bridges and roads or ships freight through our rivers and

John Boozman

1:03:45 to 1:09:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Boozman

John Boozman

1:04:03 to 1:04:24( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: locks has the responsibility to maintain our water quality knows that our country's infrastructure system needs attention. we as a nation have allowed important componts of our economic security to fall into disrepair. maintaing municipal water infrastructure has been a

John Boozman

1:04:25 to 1:04:46( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: responsibility. it's a difficult task. around the country many communits have gotten behind. to address this problem we need a collective effort that focuses both on reducing cost and on increasing investment and water infrastructure at all levels. including federal, state and local governments. local ratepayers and the private sector.

John Boozman

1:04:47 to 1:05:08( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: no one element will be able to carry this responsibility alone. the congress believes in helping those communities that need help to get back into control of their wastewater management program and developing good management practices to ensure that the federal government does not become the financing mechanism of choice for these systems.

John Boozman

1:05:09 to 1:05:29( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: our nation's quality of life and economic well-being rely on clean water. however, that challenge to continue providing clean water is substantial. as our existing national wastewater infrastructure is aging, deteriorating and in need of repair, replacement and upgrading. as a nion, we're not

John Boozman

1:05:30 to 1:05:50( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: investing enough in our wastewater infrastructure to ensure that we will continue to keep our waters clean. unless we act we could lose the significant gains in water quality that have been achieved over the last 30 years. in addition to re-authorizing the clean water state revolving loan fund, the bill also exnds the pilot program under

John Boozman

1:05:51 to 1:06:11( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: the clean water act for alternative water source projects. many communities are finding that their water needs cannot be met with existing water supplies. as a result, they are looking at alternative ways to allevte their water shortages and enhance water supplies to meet their future water needs.

John Boozman

1:06:12 to 1:06:32( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: some of these approaches they are looking at involve reclaiming, reusing or conserving water that has already been used. this bill helps them do that. h.r. 1262 provides an authority to help communities meet some of their critical water supply needs through water reclamation, reuse,

John Boozman

1:06:33 to 1:06:54( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: conservation and management. the bill authorizes $250 million over five years for the e.p.a. to make grants to water resource development agencies for these sorts of water alternative water source projects. another provision of h.r. 1262 re-authorizes grants to help communities address the

John Boozman

1:06:55 to 1:07:15( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: widespread problem in our country of sewer overflows. as a result of inadequate or outdated wastewater infrastructure, raw sewage can flow into rivers or back up into people's basements. to provide communities some assistance to meet these needs, the bill authorizes additional resources for e.p.a. to make

John Boozman

1:07:16 to 1:07:37( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: sewer overflow control grants totaling $1.8 billion to states and local communities. the water quality investment act also contains a provision to improve the public's commitment to protect public health and safety. this provision requires that

John Boozman

1:07:38 to 1:07:58( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: communities monitor for potential overflows in their sewer systems and nify the public whenever a release would threaten public health and safety. the public has a right to know when their waters are threatened by sewer releases. also included in this legislation is the re-authorizes of the great lakes legacy act thoord by

John Boozman

1:07:59 to 1:08:19( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: congressman vern ehlers and enacted in 2002. the great lakes legacy act authorized the environmental protection agency to carry out qualified sediment remediation projects and conduct research and development of innovative approaches, technologies and techniques for the remediation of contaminated sediment in the

John Boozman

1:08:20 to 1:08:40( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: great lakes. while i disagree with the clean water goals -- i'm sorry -- while i agree very much with the clean water goals of h.r. 1262, i'm disappointed that the majority included language that requires davis-bacon wage rates to be used for all projects receivinany money from a clean water sta revolving

John Boozman

1:08:41 to 1:09:02( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: fund. even projects paid for with state contributed funds will be subject to the higher wage rates. i'm not a supporter of davis-bacon because it will make clean water projects cost more. it will especially hurt small, disadvantaged communities who are trying to clean up their local waters and it will force states who do not have their own prevailing wage rate law to

John Boozman

1:09:03 to 1:09:16( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: adopt the expensive federal davis-bacon requirement. the result will be fewer projects, fewer jobs and less clean water. despite my concerns with davis-bacon, i believe this be a very, very good bill, a

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