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House Proceeding 07-27-09 on Jul 27th, 2009 :: 0:38:40 to 0:43:35
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John Boozman

0:38:31 to 0:38:52( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. boozman: thank you, mr. speaker. i join those members of congress who are concerned about the rapid growth of deficit spending by the federal government. lots of spending with little job growth. for that reason i rise today to express my concern that

John Boozman

0:38:40 to 0:43:35( Edit History Discussion )
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John Boozman

0:38:53 to 0:39:13( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: administration budget attempts to cancel literally cost the taxpayers more to cancel than it will to complete. on july 7, "the new york times" reported on the ozark powerhouse rehabilitation project. according to the times, quote, shutting down the ozark jetta project won't save taxpayers a

John Boozman

0:39:35 to 0:39:56( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: i think it's important for the record to ctain some background information on the ozark powerhouse rehabilitation project. let's take a moment to do that. the corps of engineers is in the middle of a major rehabilitation of the ozark jetta at thiser lore powerhouse on the arkansas river. construction is underway.

John Boozman

0:39:57 to 0:40:19( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: this project involves turbine redesign and replacement that will improve and allow the continued operation of this 100 megawatt hydropower facility. the electricity produced at the ozark powerhouse is sold to customers in arkansas, kansas, louisiana, missouri, oklahoma, and tes.

John Boozman

0:40:20 to 0:40:41( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: as the "times" article noted electricity customers have already invested $20 million through their utilities in this project. neither the president's fiscal year 2010 budget reque nor the initial announcements of stimulus funding for the corps contain any funding for this project. my hope is that the administration will now work with the congress to do the right thing and ensure that

John Boozman

0:40:42 to 0:41:02( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: funding is provided to complete this project. if the project is not fded in 2010, work would be closed out on the project as fiscal year 2009 funds are exhausted. if that happens, what will we have? we will have one turbine unit disassembled and inoperative. we'll have another inoperative

John Boozman

0:41:25 to 0:41:47( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: will have an additional $32 million bill on top of the money they have already spent on an incomplete project. if this project is cut, how can we say we want to reduce our dependence on foreign fuels, or fossil fuels, and cut emissions? if this project is cut, how can we say we want to encourage renewable energy? if this project is cut, how can

John Boozman

0:41:48 to 0:42:08( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: we say we will avoid wasting the taxpayers' money? in fact, because the electricity produced by this federal project will be sold once the habilitation is complete, every taxpayer's invested dollar will be returned to the treasury plus interest. at this point how could we even consider not completing the work? i encourage the president to

John Boozman

0:42:09 to 0:42:30( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: make an honest effort to reduce federal spending and we can start by completing this project rather than canceling. during the presidential campaign, then senator obama talked about the importance of using a scalp -- -- scalpel not a hatchet. this project was thoughtlessly

John Boozman

0:42:31 to 0:42:51( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: cut, the kind made with a patchet. we have all seen crazy decisions made by both republicans and democrats in the white house. i'm not trying to be partisan expressing my concern about the way this project has been handled. instead i believe this cut illustrates that the government too often makes poor decisions and mishandles taxpayers' dollars.

John Boozman

0:43:13 to 0:43:34( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. mr. mccotter of minnesota. -- michigan. the speaker stands corrected. for what purpose does the gentleman rise? mr. mccotter: to address the house for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. th five minutes. mr. mccotter: i thank the gentleman. mr. speaker, tonight i have introduced h.res. 680, calling

John Boozman

0:43:35 to 0:43:35( Edit History Discussion )

John Boozman: upon president obama to reject

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