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House Proceeding 07-15-09 on Jul 15th, 2009 :: 0:20:45 to 0:28:05
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Doris O. Matsui

0:20:41 to 0:21:01( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: amendments on the floor, the amendments that are meritorious, trying to slow down the process. they're simply trying to improve the bill. and with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from california. ms. matsui: again, i want to urge my colleagues to vote yes

Doris O. Matsui

0:20:45 to 0:28:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Doris O. Matsui

Doris O. Matsui

0:21:02 to 0:21:24( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: on this motion to consider so that we can debate and pass this important piece of legislation today and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. all time has expired. the resolution having been read the question is should the house

Doris O. Matsui

0:21:25 to 0:21:45( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: now consider the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the question is decided in the affirmative. the gentlewoman from california is recognized for one hour. ms. matsui: for the purpose of debate only, i yield the

Doris O. Matsui

0:21:46 to 0:22:07( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: customary 30 minutes to the gentleman from florida, my friend, mr. diaz-balart. all time yielded during consideration of the rule is for debate only. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i also ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks on house resolution 645.

Doris O. Matsui

0:22:08 to 0:22:28( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. matsui: mr. speaker, house resolution 645 provides a structured rule for consideration of h.r. 3183, the energy and water development appropations act for fiscal year 2010. the resolution provides for one hour of general debate controlled by the committee on

Doris O. Matsui

0:22:29 to 0:22:49( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: appropriations. mr. speaker, i first want to thank chairman obey as well as mr. pastor and mrs. advice lossky for their work on this bill. they've been tireless advocates for vital funding in this legislation which truly meets the needs of a number of important areas from water infrastructure to our national

Doris O. Matsui

0:22:50 to 0:23:11( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: energy policies. specifically the bill provides $5.5 billion for the corps of engineers which is $139 million over 2009 levels. for my constituents this funding is more than just numbers. it is a matter of survival. my district sits at the confluence of two great rivers,

Doris O. Matsui

0:23:12 to 0:23:33( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: the sacramento and the american. the sacramento is considered to have the highest flood risk of any mainly metropolitan city in the united states -- major metropolitan city in the united states. 110,000 structures, the capitol of the state of california and up to $58 billion are at risk from flooding in my district alone.

Doris O. Matsui

0:23:34 to 0:23:54( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: the federal investments in this legislation for the corps of engineers directly benefits not only my constituents but the catol of the eighth largest economy in the world. vital fund willing strengthen levees along the american and sacramento rivers, levees which keep my constituents safe every single day. the bill also makes it possible for the corps of engineers to

Doris O. Matsui

0:23:55 to 0:24:15( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: complete a g.r.r. to protect the community in my district. additional funds will go toward levee construction isouth sacramento which will give that community a 100-year protection. these are projects i have worked on throughout my career in congress and i am eager to see it move forward. finally this important appropriations bill will also

Doris O. Matsui

0:24:16 to 0:24:38( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: invest in modifications to the joint federal project to provide greater efficiency in managing flood storage in the reservoir. from the joint federal project in sacramento to the levee work in the mississippi delta to coastal restoration in the southeast, this bill works to protect our communities and commits to a strong investment in our aging infrastructure.

Doris O. Matsui

0:24:39 to 0:24:59( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: the legislation before us today builds on the job creating work of the american recovery and reinvestment act which has already started to stem the tide of bad economic news. in april $10 million was invested in flood protection infrastructure in bucks county, pennsylvania. this project alone would create up to 200 quality american jobs

Doris O. Matsui

0:25:00 to 0:25:20( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: and -- in manufacturing and construction in my district alone, the recovery act has invested $21 million alrea in keeping my constituents home safe from floods and in keeping people in their jobs. the legislation before us today builds upon this positive record of infrastructure investment as job creating strategy.

Doris O. Matsui

0:25:21 to 0:25:42( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: it will employ scientists to perform hydraulic studies, engineers to design levees and construction workers to move the drirt the -- dirt. when we build our infrastructure, we rebuild our economy. the same is true for energy. when we invest in energy independence we invest in our economic health. strongly support the significant energy policies that

Doris O. Matsui

0:25:43 to 0:26:03( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: this bill supports. thanks to congressional leadership in this house our country's finely on the right track toward a clean energy future that would create jobs here at home and enhance our competitiveness abroad. between the american recovery and reinvestment act and the american clean energy and security act this congress has

Doris O. Matsui

0:26:04 to 0:26:24( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: created a new day for our national energy policy. the legislation contains $1 billion to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and keep energy prices low. this funding will go toward research, development, demonstration and deployment of energy technologies which will help our country become more energy independent.

Doris O. Matsui

0:26:25 to 0:26:45( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: when i look to the future of the world economy, other countries are already investing in the clean energy technologies that will power the future. china, for example, doubled its wind power investment in 2008 and has made its intentions clear to become a world leader in wind energy development. the legislation before us today

Doris O. Matsui

0:26:46 to 0:27:06( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: represents a strong step that this house can take to compete with the chinese. this bill also looks toward the future and provides robust funding for both the department of energy and the office of science. it makes commitment to support the advancement of innovative technologies by providing $2.25

Doris O. Matsui

0:27:07 to 0:27:27( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: billion for energy efficiency and renewable energy. it also recognizes the importance of an efficient, reliable, secure, flexible transmission and distribution grid by increasing funding for electricity delivery and energy reliability to 208 million, 52%

Doris O. Matsui

0:27:28 to 0:27:50( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: above last year's level. every increase for clean energy in this bill is a betn the ingenuity of the american people to compete in the global marketplace where clean energy will drive investment for decades into the future. just as every dollar invested in levees and other infrastructure in this bill is a down payment on the safety and security of

Doris O. Matsui

0:27:51 to 0:28:06( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: communities like my hometown of sacramento. safety and security, that is what the legislation before us today is all about. i strongly support the rule and the underlying legislation and i urge my colleagues to do the same.

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