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House Proceeding on Mar 12th, 2009 :: 1:27:25 to 1:30:25
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Bill Jr.Pascrell

1:27:22 to 1:27:43( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: from the committee on transportation and infrastructure, but still an advocate for our program and particularly for clean water. recognized for two minutes. mr. pascrell: thank chairman. i rise in support of h.r. 1262, the water quality investment act. i want to commend chairman oberstar and subcommittee chairwoman johnson for bringing this criticalegislation to the floor.

Bill Jr.Pascrell

1:27:25 to 1:30:25( Edit History Discussion )
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Bill Jr.Pascrell

1:27:44 to 1:28:05( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: it has had bipartisan support for quite a few years, but we didn't give up on it, did we? h.r. 1262 makes many crucial investments in our country's water infrastructure system. section 3 of the bill contains language we originally introduced a few years ago in our water quality investment act.

Bill Jr.Pascrell

1:28:06 to 1:28:26( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: the language authorizes $1st8 billion in appropriations for grants to municipalities in states to control combined sewer overflows and sanitary, the municipalities just don't have the gloin to do this yet we mandate them to do it. figure it out. funding for infrastructure

Bill Jr.Pascrell

1:28:27 to 1:28:47( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: projects will help create jobs and spur the economy for every billion dollars, we create 40,000 jobs. . my provision is very important, especially for my colleagues in the northeast and the great lakes area. many of our older cities have combined sewer systems and

Bill Jr.Pascrell

1:28:48 to 1:29:08( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: suffer from overflows that sends sewage and untreated waste flowing into streets, basements, rivers and lakes. all in all, a total of 700 in 72 municipalities have combined sources serving approximately 40 million people. problems that arise during wet weather events can be

Bill Jr.Pascrell

1:29:09 to 1:29:32( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: devastating, and one of the most pressing issues facing urban america. our communities must be given access to the federal resources necessary to upgrade their systems and to upgrade the clean water act. in its 2004 need, e.p.a. estimated the cost of communities of addressing these

Bill Jr.Pascrell

1:29:33 to 1:29:53( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: particular problems and almost -- at almost $55 billion. and the cost of the s.o. problems to be $88.5 billion. and here we are -- mr. oberstar: i yield the gentleman one minute. mr. pascrell: the majority of these costs will be borne by local communities, many of them

Bill Jr.Pascrell

1:29:54 to 1:30:14( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: with fewer than 10,000 people. i know how difficult it is to keep a town going in tough economic times. these communities are struggling financially. many are laying off critical personnel like police officers and firefighters and teachers. because they struggle to provide even the most essential services. during our current economic cris, upgrading these

Bill Jr.Pascrell

1:30:15 to 1:30:26( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: infrastructures is completely out of reach to most of these towns. so i say h.r. 1262 serves many purposes, financially,

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