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House Proceeding 07-15-09 on Jul 15th, 2009 :: 0:09:00 to 0:17:55
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Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:08:56 to 0:09:16( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: some programs that are less valuable or less urgent. i urge my colleagues of the house to support it. thank you, mr. chairman. i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from new jersey? >> i yield myself such time as i may consume. the chair: the gentleman is

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:09:00 to 0:17:55( Edit History Discussion )
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Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:09:17 to 0:09:39( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: recognized. mr. frelinghuysen: this is a good bill because it's a significant improvement over the administration's budget request and was put together in a bipartisan manner. before i turn to the contents of the legislation before us, like mr. pastor, i'd like to thank the fantastic staff,

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:09:40 to 0:10:01( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: tonya butham, the clerk, bob sherman, joe wendell, casey pierce, on the minority side, rob blare, in my personal office, katie haslet, and rick plaqueton. all these individuals worked hard to put together the product before us, but no one

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:10:02 to 0:10:23( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: has worked harder than mr. pastor, i want to thank him for his friendship and leadership and guidance on this bill. the gentleman from arizona is a pleasure to work with. i thank him for his leadership and his assistance. plmp, the subcommittee's recommendation totals $33.82 billion which is $1.1 billion

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:10:24 to 0:10:44( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: below the president's request, and $200 million over the fiscal year 2000 enacted level. while the doar amounts are significant, the issues contained in the bill are at the core of the nation's economic prosperity and national security, especially the energy portfolio and our historic responsibility for the

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:10:45 to 0:11:07( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: reliability and protection of our nuclear stockpile and thus worthy of debate and amendment on the house floor. the bill was preceded by the american recovery and reinvestment act which gave more than $44 billion to the agencies under our jurisdiction. in fact, nearly $39 billion alone went to the department of energy.

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:11:08 to 0:11:29( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: the department has nearly 1 1/2 times more money to manage even before we consider this annual appropriations bill. so our bill cannot be viewed simply through the traditional lends of annual appropriations. with the passage of this stimulus bill, of the stimulus bill, sec rechair -- secretary

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:11:30 to 0:11:51( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: chue and his team have new roles as account managers and accountants for billions of new dollars of federal programs and hundreds of new employees. mr. chairman, i'm pleased we were able to improve upon the administration's request in several ways. for example, the legislation before us increases the budget request by other $400 million for the army corps of

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:11:52 to 0:12:12( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: engineers, enabling us to address more water needs across the country. army corps projects touch virtually every ngressional district. i know mr. pastor and i respect the interest of all members who knowing their district needs have sought some assistance and we have done our best to

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:12:13 to 0:12:33( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: accommodate them. it increases research and development for nuclear energy and power while supporting clean coal initiatives and other technologies such as geothermal, solar fusion and wind power. and i'm exceptionally pleased that our bill keep department on track for the next generation nuclear plant program. there are some areas that i

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:12:34 to 0:12:56( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: would have done a bit differently, of course. not surprisingly, i would have preferred to have done more to reverse the administration's decision to terminate the yucca mountain repository in nevada where we've spent over $11 billion of taxpayer and rate pair monies. in fact, $7 billion of rate

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:12:57 to 0:13:17( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: payer monies. with little apparent return and we still have tons of waste to dispose of and to protect. the bill before us doesontain the administration's significant cut to the program and i'm deeply concerned that this basically political decision will be followed by others trumping future scientific

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:13:18 to 0:13:38( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: recommendations and judgments. however, our bill directs $70 million to ensure that the questions raised during the yucca license application process can be answered. and it requires funding for the president's suggested blue ribbon panel is only available for review which includes all the alternatives, including yucca mountain.

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:13:39 to 0:13:59( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: i think th is the only way the future review could be credible. i would also have preferred much more support for nuclear power here in the united states and the greater availability of nuclear loan guarantees. given what china and other nations are doing to bld new nuclear power plants, we could produce much more electricity

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:14:00 to 0:14:20( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: ourselves while adding american jobs which we need if the administration and the house and senate majority leadership were more supportive. american companies are working abroad building nuclear power plants while we digitter here. the president and congressional leadership appear to have a

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:14:21 to 0:14:41( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: strong bias against nuclear power as well as oil and gas production which will leave our nation severely disadvantaged. energy intensive industries like what is left of our american manufacturing se will no longer be able to compete with nations who are making nuclear and other types of capital investments a priority and they

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:14:42 to 0:15:02( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: do not subject themselves to self-imposed cap and trade emissions reductions. our la of vin -- investing in nuke lure pore -- nuclear power, so illustrated in the recent passage of the so-called american clean energy and security act, is a gift that keeps on giving to our economic

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:15:03 to 0:15:24( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: competitors, china and understandia are already sucking away u.s. jobs at an alarming rate. we also improve that portion of the committee's jurisdiction that involves nuclear weapons activities. not to promote more nuclear weapons, but to provide more funds to reduce the weapons stockpile. the president's recent trip to

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:15:25 to 0:15:45( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: russia in his call for major changes in what's called our nuclear posturer review, must be matched by the administration's funding requests that will pay for our country's nuclear dismantlements and for the science to certify the reliability of what's left. and we must provide adequate funding to retain our highly

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:15:46 to 0:16:07( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: specialized nuclear scientists and technicians and to maintain the facilities and laboratories where they do their work. the only way to support our national security is by increasing this account, not holding it flat. talk about a delicate balance between nuclear and renewables is only talk.

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:16:08 to 0:16:28( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: for invests -- investments in renewables received $60 billion in the $800illion stimulus act, all of that borrowed money, and nuclear received nothing. i do hope that we canddress this disproportionality in conference. in one of my biggest disappointments however is not

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:16:29 to 0:16:49( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: with the bill but the way it was brought to the floor. with all the debate about complimet change, global warming, conservation, carbon footprints, green jobs, members of congress of both parties should have the right to propose amendments to address their concerns and supports for sources of power that they specifically favor and know

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:16:50 to 0:17:12( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: about. whether that be nuclear, hydro, solar, wind, gas-based, fuel cell or fusion. that traditional right to amend our appropriationhas been severely curtailed by the house leadership. our appropriation bill affects virtually every part of our economy and the household budget

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:17:13 to 0:17:34( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: of every american family and job prospects for thousands. and the thought that renewables alone are going to give us engy independence is, of course, on its face absurd. before i close, though, i'd like on a positive note to thank the army corps of engineers, both military and civilian, who, as

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:17:35 to 0:17:55( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: we gather here today, continue to do their remarkable work in dangerous territory in iraq and afghanistan. we thank them for their courage and their work and their professionalism. mr. chairman, again, i'd like to thank vice chairman pastor for his leadership and despite my unhappiness about the energy

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