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House Proceeding on Dec 5th, 2006 :: 1:01:44 to 1:04:38
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Don Young

0:59:23 to 1:01:44( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Don Young

Don Young

1:01:35 to 1:01:44( Edit History Discussion )

Don Young: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for time he shall consume. mr. baird: i thank the gentlelady for yielding and my good friend the chairman of the committee from alaska

Brian Baird

1:01:44 to 1:01:58( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: for his insight and leadership for bringing this to the floor. as has been said this legislation would extend section 214 of the water resource development act until december 31, 2008.

Brian Baird

1:01:44 to 1:04:38( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Brian Baird

Brian Baird

1:01:58 to 1:02:12( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: it's a commonsense bill t will save jobs, protect the environment, and promote economic growth. section 214 was enacted in wrda in 2000 to permit nonfederal entities to contribute funds to

Brian Baird

1:02:12 to 1:02:23( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: the army corps to help expedite the sessing of corps permits. this is especially important especially in my region where we have endangered species. this has allowed municipalities and ports

Brian Baird

1:02:23 to 1:02:35( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: to move forward with vital infrastructure projects and these entities that provide funding are given no partiality by the court in their review of the project. however by funding additional

Brian Baird

1:02:35 to 1:02:47( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: staff to work on specific time intensive permits, the staff and corps budget is freed up to work on their permit backlog. in fact, in utilizing this authority the army corps seattle

Brian Baird

1:02:47 to 1:02:59( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: district has seen their tota average review time project -- per project reduced from 804 days to just 69 days in the first three years of implementation. and the city of seattle alone estimates

Brian Baird

1:02:59 to 1:03:09( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: the cost savings at over $5 million again from the piece of legislation that does not cost the federal government a penny. additionally, urgent construction needs thousands of corps staff have volunteered

Brian Baird

1:03:09 to 1:03:20( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: to serve in the katrina area as well as reconstruction areas in iraq and afghanistan. again turning to the seattle corps as an example, they have deployed a total of 233 civilian and

Brian Baird

1:03:20 to 1:03:30( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: military staff, approximately 29% of their staff to these areas. first we appreciate the service of those staff members and their courageous work in those combat areas. at the same time, however,

Brian Baird

1:03:30 to 1:03:42( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: their departure has left a limited number of staff remaining to handle the needs of the regional area. the deployments of the soldiers and men and women serving overseas can range from 30

Brian Baird

1:03:42 to 1:03:55( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: days to a year or more. again leaving a substantial gap. it's during such times of increased deployments and increased demand for permits that we need expedited processes such as 214 and

Brian Baird

1:03:55 to 1:04:07( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: they are a vital and continuing regional growth and economic need. this section as was mentioned was enacted last year unanimously and currently is unfortunately set to expire on december 31.

Brian Baird

1:04:07 to 1:04:17( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: what we are seeking is simply an extension until the committee finishes their work on wrda before the end of the hent -- 110th. i share my colleagues' frustration, in spite of the house. we

Brian Baird

1:04:17 to 1:04:28( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: are with you across the aisle, it's across the capitol we have the problem with the other body as we say. this provision is absolutely vital to core activities. although this authority

Brian Baird

1:04:28 to 1:04:38( Edit History Discussion )

Brian Baird: exists for all regions in the country, it's been particularly utilized in the pacific northwest by the city of seattle, ports of tacoma and long beach, as well as city of san diego and public

1:04:38 to 1:04:48( Edit History Discussion )

entities in florida as well and around sacramento. in the northwest we have seen the backlog in the past had grown to 1,000 permits per year. but we have been able to lower that thanks to this

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