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House Proceeding 10-01-09 on Oct 1st, 2009 :: 0:04:20 to 0:10:30
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Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:04:16 to 0:04:37( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: and kevin jones of the minority staff. and nancy fox and kathryn haslet of mr. frelinghuysen's staff. mr. speaker, i urge the unanimous support of the house for the adoption of this conference r?ort, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new jersey.

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:04:20 to 0:10:30( Edit History Discussion )
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Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:04:38 to 0:04:59( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: mr. faleomavaega: -- mr. frelinghuysen: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of the conference agreement for h.r. 3183. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. frelinghuysen: i'd like to thank vice chairman pastor for his friendshipnd leadership. it's been a good working partnership. i'd like to thank all the staff on the subcommittee as well as

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:05:00 to 0:05:21( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: in my office and his for their dedication and hard work. on the majority side, john, clerk, joe levin, bob wednesday al, lauren. on the minority, rob blair, kevin jones. and katie and nancy. and from mr. pastor's staff, mr. patrick.

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:05:22 to 0:05:43( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: all these individuals worked tirelessly to put together the product before us which meets the needs of every congressional district in the nation. mr. chairman, the confence agreement totals $33.465 billion, which is $928 million below the president's request,

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:05:44 to 0:06:06( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: and $167 million, .6% abe the 2000 enacted level. however, the conference agreement was preceded by the american recovery and reen inve reinvestnt act and other stimulus appropriations for the fiscal year 2009, which gave more than $58 billion agencies under the jurisdiction.

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:06:07 to 0:06:27( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: in fact, nearly $39 billion of alone went to the department of energy. while the growth of the fiscal year 2000 regular appropriations this conference report is minimal, the department of energy is going to have a difficult time spending and accounting for all the new money it's received. however, mr. chairman, in general this conference agreement is reasonable and balanced.

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:06:28 to 0:06:48( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: i do want to highlight one area which i have significant concerns, the future of nuclear in this country and what happens when political science trumps sound science. during the republican motion to recommit, the house energy and water bill, my colleagues from idaho, mr. simpson, spoke about

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:06:49 to 0:07:09( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: the rils of the president's plan to terminate our nuclear waste management plan at yucca mountain. my biggest disagreement with this conference report is we were not able to overcome senator reid's influence and consequencely the disposal plan is barely on life support. the amount of funding this plan to continue

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:07:10 to 0:07:32( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: mountain license application is now half of what has requested, further delaying the progress on the establishment of a national nuclear waste disposal sight. this decision? spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste is being stored on site at 121 locations

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:07:33 to 0:07:53( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: across 39 states. their our st constituents. i am sure the fuel is safe where it is today, but i know many of our constituentsant it stored somewhere where the environment will not be affected and where the material will be kept safely. the president and the majority leader's decision in the senate

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:07:54 to 0:08:17( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: will ensure th the fuel stays where it is for at least 15r 20 years with each site all the major costs and responsibilities for management and security of the waste material. seco country of potential jobs and tax revenue. these jobs range from p.h.c.'s

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:08:18 to 0:08:38( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: in physics to pipe fillers to plumbers. power plants can sustain 700 permanent jobs while new plants generate as many as 2,200 construction jobs. the application for 26 new plants, that's at least 60,000 jobs at stake.

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:08:39 to 0:08:59( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: i don't understand how the economic revitalization and reduce carbon emissions while gutting the single technology which will help accomplish both of those goals. our constituents need these jobs and the clean power source that they create. third, killing yucca mountain would bring billions of dollars

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:09:00 to 0:09:20( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: of liability against the federal government. this is money which the federal government owes industry because we failed to live up to our responsibilities. we've signed contracts with these companies to take the waste off their hands and because of the political arrangement between the white

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:09:21 to 0:09:43( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: house and the senate leader, we have failed. taxpayers and rate p now carry that burden for the foreseeable future -- foreseeable future. these are fa last week the nuclear regulatory commission had a vote that basically denies the go-ahead for the construction of new

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:09:44 to 0:10:08( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: nuclear power plants. because of the administration's plans to terminate yucca mountain. earlier, they're on hold. the nuclear waste in our district is still there and not going anywhere. the billions of liabilities that our children will have to pay, on top of the current $1.6

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

0:10:09 to 0:10:32( Edit History Discussion )

Rodney P. Frelinghuysen: trillion deficit. the one right side of the conference agreement is we were able to keep a licensed application alive but just barely. until the american public wakes up to the political arrangement between the white house and the senate leader, we'll all have to bear the cost. with that said, mr. chairman, i'd like to thank vice chairman

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