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House Proceeding on Mar 12th, 2010 :: 1:04:45 to 1:09:15
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Brian Baird

1:04:41 to 1:05:03( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: debatable for 10 minutes equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent. the gentleman from washington and the gentleman from texas eachill control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from washington. mr. baird: mr. chair, thank you for the recognition. i'd yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection.

Brian Baird

1:04:45 to 1:09:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Brian Baird

Brian Baird

1:05:04 to 1:05:24( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: mr. baird: h.r. 3650, the harmful algal blooms and hypoxia research and control amendments act of 2010, as amended, is a good, bipartisan bill. the bill represents a timely and necessarily step address the large and growing problems of harmful algal blooms and hypoxia. the the harmful algal blooms and hypoxia research and control amendments was last re-authorized in 2004. since the last

Brian Baird

1:05:25 to 1:05:45( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: re-authorization, there's been answer increase in the nuer of frequency and types of algal blooms and hypoxia events. it can affect the areas where they occur, they can close beaches and kill phishes fish. i listened to the debate on the rule prior to our debating the bill itself. part of the question of why we

Brian Baird

1:05:46 to 1:06:06( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: are debating this is, it's simple, it can kill you. it does kill some of our citizens every year. it kills countless numbers of fish life. it destroys tourism. it cost hundreds of millions of dollars. that seems to be good to bring it up. as my good friend from florida will attest, his tour industry

Brian Baird

1:06:07 to 1:06:30( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: as well as mine and the gentleman from california and my colleague from texas all have beaches which are adversely affected. if the issue we're concerned about is jobs, harmful algal blooms is a destroyer of jobs in addition to takers of lives. in freshwater, they present a

Brian Baird

1:06:31 to 1:06:53( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: toxin that's hard to see. all of the things you can purify won't work. boiling separates the toxin from the algae and concentrates the algae. they -- and you can't filter it because it breaks down the bodies of the algae and that also releases the toxin. color even doesn't work because

Brian Baird

1:06:54 to 1:07:14( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: color even is designed to kill protozoa and it's not protozoa. so we've got a very dangerous problem. and beyond that it is a problem that's expanding in duration. harmful algal blooms and hypoxia events are starting early in the season and lasting longer. they are going larger in scale and spreading around the country and we have some ideas

Brian Baird

1:07:15 to 1:07:36( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: about why. we have some ideas about how to control them, but we don't know for certain and that is why this bill tters and that is why my colleague, mr. mack, mr. ehlers and others have worked on it. we have taken some important steps since 1998 and 2004. again, i want to commend my colleague, vern ehlers, who has been instrumental on this issue

Brian Baird

1:07:37 to 1:07:57( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: for many, many years. the bill before us would establish a national harmal bloom and hypoxia program within the no -- the national oceanic and atmospheric administration tasked with the implementation of this national program. habs again doesn't just effect our coast lines.

Brian Baird

1:07:58 to 1:08:18( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: from west virginia to the great lakes, throughout thi country, every single state in the union, whether it's freshwater or marine ecosystems has been affected by this. my area has a dead zone that expands every year. we have increasing dead zones

Brian Baird

1:08:19 to 1:08:39( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: and red tides devastate our tourism season when they stop the clamming season. questions have been raised about the authorized funding levels in this bill, but the increased investment in this bill is necessary to address the harmful economic impacts and health impacts that have imposed on our country.

Brian Baird

1:08:40 to 1:09:00( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: a minimum impact of $82 million was reported. this bill is the product of a bipartisan collaboration, contains the input of both democratic and republican members. as i mentioned, dr. vern ehlers, connie mack, as well as on our side, mr. kratovil and mississippi castor, have offered valuable input. this bill is a product of two

Brian Baird

1:09:01 to 1:09:16( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: hearings, a subcommittee markup, a full committee markup, the three house commiees with jurisdiction over the bill, as well as negotiations with the senate commerce committee. the bill represents a focused effort to address the specific issues of harmful algal blooms and hypoxia. i urge my colleagues to support

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