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House Proceeding on Mar 12th, 2010 :: 1:18:15 to 1:22:20
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Connie Mack

1:18:13 to 1:18:33( Edit History Discussion )

Connie Mack: urge all my colleagues to vote for h.r. 3650. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. hall: i yield three nutes to the gentleman from florida, mr. mack. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mack: thank you very much. i want to thank the chairman, mr. baird, for his work on this important issue.

Connie Mack

1:18:15 to 1:22:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Connie Mack

Connie Mack

1:18:34 to 1:18:54( Edit History Discussion )

Connie Mack: i also want to thank the ranking member, mr. hall, for his hard work and dedication. and also want to recognize that in this bill there may be a lot of people who have concerns about the funding levels and i'll just pick up where the chairman talked about that this is an authorizing bill.

Connie Mack

1:18:55 to 1:19:16( Edit History Discussion )

Connie Mack: this is not the approprtions process. we recognize that for our researchers around the country they need to be able to plan looking forward. if they constantly are relying on funding to be done through the appropriations process once a year, whether or not they are

Connie Mack

1:19:17 to 1:19:37( Edit History Discussion )

Connie Mack: going to have the research dollars or not, that is no way to conduct quality research. especially on an issu that's so important. and i, too, call this red tide. this is an important issue for all of us, not just those that live along the coast. but for all of us. wheneople go on vacation, it

Connie Mack

1:19:38 to 1:19:58( Edit History Discussion )

Connie Mack: used to be thought that red tide was only something that affected the marine life. but now we have seen that this has crossed over and affecting not only the quality of life of people who live or vacation at the beachbut also can cause death. so this -- i commend the committee for this bill. passing this important

Connie Mack

1:19:59 to 1:20:20( Edit History Discussion )

Connie Mack: legislation is the first step in increasing research for red tide while ensuring that scientists and experts in the field and not politicians determine where research money is spent. and this is an important fact because right now me and all of my colleagues, we try to make sure we bring some money home

Connie Mack

1:20:21 to 1:20:41( Edit History Discussion )

Connie Mack: for our local research organizations. which we support. but in this legislation what we are saying is, let's have a peer review group look at the research projects that are out there and let them decide, let scientists decide what's most important, what research is to be supported and funded.

Connie Mack

1:20:42 to 1:21:07( Edit History Discussion )

Connie Mack: this is very important for everybody at home, for those people who want to make sure that we control spending, the best way to control spending is -- one of the ways through this bill is to make sure that peer review groups are deciding where the money's going, not every member of congress fighting for their own little

Connie Mack

1:21:11 to 1:21:33( Edit History Discussion )

Connie Mack: project in their backyard. oceans champions and others have been working hard on this legislation. we need to support them as well. on a last note, growing up in southwest florida i would -- we spent -- i spent my whole life on the water in sanibel and captiva, and we would have red

Connie Mack

1:21:34 to 1:21:54( Edit History Discussion )

Connie Mack: tide maybe one week out of the year. not too long ago -- may i request an additional minute. mr. hall: i yield ather minute. . mack: we would have an outbreak of maybe once a year for one week. not too long ago we had 13 months of straight red tide off the coast of florida in southwest florida.

Connie Mack

1:21:55 to 1:22:16( Edit History Discussion )

Connie Mack: clearly something is changing, something is happening. and right now, frankly, i don't know that we can trust all the research that's out there. this bill will ensure that we can trust the research that's happening, that it's done through a peer review group, through noaa, and that we will have reporting to the congress on those findings so we can continue to monitor and

Connie Mack

1:22:17 to 1:22:20( Edit History Discussion )

Connie Mack: hopefully eliminate or begin to control red tide so the

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