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House Proceeding on Dec 8th, 2009 :: 0:05:35 to 0:10:20
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Peter A. DeFazio

0:05:33 to 0:05:53( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: bill passed next month and on its way to the senate so we can put america back to work. thank you, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon, mr. defazio, for five minutes. mr. defazio: the

Peter A. DeFazio

0:05:35 to 0:10:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Peter A. DeFazio

Peter A. DeFazio

0:05:54 to 0:06:14( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: ought the jobs summit to very unfortunate and unfortunately ill-informed close in a summary statement. the president is skeptical about shovel ready projes. he said the term shovel ready, let's be honest, it doesn't always live up to it.

Peter A. DeFazio

0:06:15 to 0:06:35( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: if he's talking about infrastructure he's right. the department of energy, they managed to commit a tiny fraction of the money in the stimulus bill, and that would save thousands of jobs. yeah. unfortunately, there are jobs in china making windmills that will be shipped to the united states of america. not exactly what we had in

Peter A. DeFazio

0:06:36 to 0:06:56( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: mind. maybe the tax cuts. all across america people every week are greatful for their tax cut. no, actually they don't know they get a minuscule reduction in their withholding and that's supposed to rebuild our economy. there were seven times tax cuts

Peter A. DeFazio

0:06:57 to 0:07:17( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: than there was for transportation. i think the president is very ill-advised by a predged group of economic advisors for -- by a prejudiced group of economic advisors. the fact is, as the previous

Peter A. DeFazio

0:07:18 to 0:07:38( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: gentleman said, 4% of the funding that which was spent and is already committed and is under way in infrastructure is created -- has created 25% of all of the jobs. all of that money will be spent out by next summer. there are hundreds of billions of dollars in other programs that aren'being spent out so well.

Peter A. DeFazio

0:07:39 to 0:08:00( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: but the shovel ready transportation and going forward. we had a report last week, there's $49 billion more in bridge and highway projects. we have 160,000 bridges that need reconstruction across america, that steel, that concrete, that

Peter A. DeFazio

0:08:01 to 0:08:21( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: job, that engineering work. there is no lengthy review. we are replacing or building things that are already in place. in addition to that, there are many other roads and highway projects of great merit. that can be committed within 120 days, $49 billion. it could take place next

Peter A. DeFazio

0:08:22 to 0:08:42( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: construction season. and then perhaps this would get the attention out of the white house, $20 billion in transit. we're killing people on our transit systems because of the decrepit infrastructure we have. when you begin to fill that backlog, what you can do within a day in some places like the

Peter A. DeFazio

0:08:43 to 0:09:04( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: chicago transit authority who spent a quarter of a billion dolls in 30 days, that's all the money they got, they spent it in 30 days because they have a decrepit system. they created jobs across the system. transit vehicles, buses, then people who make parts for buses have jobs.

Peter A. DeFazio

0:09:05 to 0:09:25( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: the jobs are not going to cheap like the d.o.e. grants are. investments we need to be making. these things work. now, why won'his advisors wake up and tell him the truth? most of the jobs, the real jobs, the private sector jobs that were created by this last so-ca transportation and infrastructure.

Peter A. DeFazio

0:09:26 to 0:09:46( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: the money has been successfully we can give him those statistics. i defy them to go to any other part of that bill other than the money that kept teachers working and other things that help the states or the tax cuts where the money has spent out at such a rapid rate. so it's time to reorient the thinking down there on the

Peter A. DeFazio

0:09:47 to 0:10:09( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: economic team a house. if we want to put america back to work next year we need to rebuilding our decrepit infrastructure across this country. get the huge multiplier effect we get with that. we have a total of close to $80 billion of projects ready to go in 120 days. these just aren't your

Peter A. DeFazio

0:10:10 to 0:10:21( Edit History Discussion )

Peter A. DeFazio: resurfacing things like we saw last year. bridge replacements, major works on transit systems. shovel ready to go. no lie there.

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