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House Proceeding 06-25-09 on Jun 26th, 2009 :: 1:38:30 to 1:42:35
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Norman D. Dicks

1:38:28 to 1:38:48( Edit History Discussion )

Norman D. Dicks: that amount is a 21% increase over what we were functioning on just nine months ago. with that, i would reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his ti waington is recognized. mr. dicks: madam chair, i rise to claim the time in opposition.

Norman D. Dicks

1:38:30 to 1:42:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Norman D. Dicks

Norman D. Dicks

1:38:49 to 1:39:10( Edit History Discussion )

Norman D. Dicks: the chair: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. dicks: this amendment would harm this bill dramatically and would shortchange america's environmentally need conservation and native american programs. as our former colleague would say, this is a mindless meat-axe approach.

Norman D. Dicks

1:39:11 to 1:39:32( Edit History Discussion )

Norman D. Dicks: it takes no choices based on need or merits of the programs. this reduction is a 17.8% cut. this is completely irresponsible. this is not just an accounting change on a spreadsheet. cutting $5.75 billion from the bill would have serious consequences on health, jobs, energy programs, young people

Norman D. Dicks

1:39:33 to 1:39:53( Edit History Discussion )

Norman D. Dicks: and wild places. environmental protection agency would be reduced by $1.8 billion. this would serioly impair enviroental protection, science programs and hazardous area reimmediateation consideration. water and waste water infrastructure would be reduced

Norman D. Dicks

1:39:54 to 1:40:15( Edit History Discussion )

Norman D. Dicks: by $700 million. this would mean that approximately 400 communities would not receive the financial assistance they need to repair and improve water and sewer infrastructure. despite the fact that 76 million americans live within four miles of a toxic waste site, it cu from programs to clean up the

Norman D. Dicks

1:40:16 to 1:40:37( Edit History Discussion )

Norman D. Dicks: nation's most toxic and hazardous waste sites. reduces the landmark effort to clean up the great lakes by $85 million, jeopardizing the cleanup of toxic sediments and harming plants and animals. in our national parks would be cut by $485 million.

Norman D. Dicks

1:40:38 to 1:40:59( Edit History Discussion )

Norman D. Dicks: includes $403 million reduction from the president's request of the 395 units of the national park system. as an example, yosemite, $3.6 million, reduction is the equivalent of closing 75 national park units.

Norman D. Dicks

1:41:00 to 1:41:20( Edit History Discussion )

Norman D. Dicks: many visitors would find closed national parks when ey vacation or on educational trips, reducing the entire tourism industry and harming the economy of many communities and cities. rejects $1.2 billion for programs that received bipartisan support by cutting $721 million out of indian

Norman D. Dicks

1:41:21 to 1:41:42( Edit History Discussion )

Norman D. Dicks: health care programs. this proposal would deny critically needed services to thousands of native americans. more than two million native americans would be denied inpatient and outpatient services and 4,000 cancer screenings would be eliminated. takes $90 million out of the indian education program leaving

Norman D. Dicks

1:41:43 to 1:42:04( Edit History Discussion )

Norman D. Dicks: indian children without education programs. reduces overall funding for firefighting at a time when we are facing another dangerous wildfire season. many small fires would escape initial attack leaving more large wildfires that harm watersheds and cost far more

Norman D. Dicks

1:42:05 to 1:42:25( Edit History Discussion )

Norman D. Dicks: money in recovery costs. cuts 1,700 firefighters, shuts down 50 firefighter stations and significantly reduces air tanker support. december eminates preparedness efforts by failing to provide critical support for initial attacks and will allow 600 more wildfires to escalate.

Norman D. Dicks

1:42:26 to 1:42:35( Edit History Discussion )

Norman D. Dicks: this would lead to larger, more damaging and much more expensive fires, the kind that costs in excess of $100 million to extinguish.

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