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House Proceeding on Mar 12th, 2009 :: 1:42:10 to 1:46:20
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Brian Bilbray

1:41:51 to 1:42:11( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: secretary. the secretary: i have been directed by the senate to inform the house that the senate has passed without amendment h.r. extend certain immigration programs. the speaker pro tempore: the committee will resume its

Brian Bilbray

1:42:10 to 1:46:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Brian Bilbray

Brian Bilbray

1:42:12 to 1:42:32( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: sitting. the chair: the committee will be in order. the gentleman from arkansas. mr. boozman: thank you, mr. chairman. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. bilbray. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr chairman. mr. chairman, i appreciate the bill here today. as i'd just like to highlight

Brian Bilbray

1:42:33 to 1:42:54( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: the issue that as we commit taxpays' funds to addressing the environmental issues that face this country that we recognize the outcome is what really matters when we talk about spending money to clean up the environment. chairman oberstar has worked with me for years on a problem that we have that we got to address and i'm not saying we as my dis nationally that we have sent

Brian Bilbray

1:42:55 to 1:43:15( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: funds all over the country and looked at process rather than how a city or a community may impact the environment. and a good example is the fact that you may have a city of chicago, which was outrageous in saying that they were michigan because they were polluting their own water b

Brian Bilbray

1:43:16 to 1:43:36( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: they built a canal so they could dump the water into the illinois river. i think one of the things we need to recognize being smart with our money and address the things that address the environmental benefit and the good example would be the fact there are certain areas where the treatment of the sewage as

Brian Bilbray

1:43:37 to 1:43:57( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: existing levels have no net negative impact but there are other areas which have highly sensitive environments that are bein federal law tect nickly is being protected, sings things like the secondary -- things like the secondary mandate, where you end up having some areas like deepwater

Brian Bilbray

1:43:58 to 1:44:18( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: discharges, places where right now scientists will tell you there is no net degradation. i say when we focus these funds we focus it the most benefit to the environment can be given. much like we've done in california. we've gone beyond the process issue and gone to the outcome base environmental review. the clean oceans project.

Brian Bilbray

1:44:19 to 1:44:40( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: so that we spend every cent in a manner that protects the environment, not just fulfill a regulatory problem. and so i think it's absolutely essential that we avoid situations like we've run into southern california where environmental impact report says that the -- may i yield -- mr. booz gentleman, i think he makes

Brian Bilbray

1:44:41 to 1:45:02( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: some excellent pois, another two minutes. e chair: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. bilbray: the example is, mr. chairman, where you have an environmental report that says where u execute the letter of the law you would be hurting the environment. and no one ever meant that to happen. i would make sure that as we move forward that the letter of the law reflects a protection for the environment first, not

Brian Bilbray

1:45:03 to 1:45:24( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: just following a regulation blindly. the law should always be reminded that it's here to protect the environment first, not just plindly move forward at spending taxpayers' funds. and that is where i would ask that the committee take a look at these situations. think hawaii is a situation where they -- we may be sending funds to hawaii to build facilities that does not have a

Brian Bilbray

1:45:25 to 1:45:45( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: net positive impact on the environment. i don't think any of us ever meant for cleanwater funds to be diverted into an area that is not helping the environment. when you have areas that desperately need these funds that will help the environment. and that's one of those things that i think we've got to recognize the environmental community, the days of just

Brian Bilbray

1:45:46 to 1:46:06( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: caring enough is over with. it's essential that those of us that want to protect the environment need to be smart and make sure that every cent spent, both local and federal, go towards helping the environment, not just fulfilling a regulatory guideline, not just providing a threshold that somehow looks good on paper but doesn't protect the environment. i look forward to working with

Brian Bilbray

1:46:07 to 1:46:21( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Bilbray: the chairman at making sure that every dollar spent in this program helps the environment, cleans up the environment an does it in a manner that we maximize the benefit because there's not enough funds to go around for -- to waste it and that's why i look forward to working with the chairman at

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