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Senate Proceeding on Feb 1st, 2010 :: 2:22:00 to 2:27:30
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Johnny Isakson

2:21:54 to 2:22:14( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: quorum call: a senator: mr. p stph-p. the presiding officer: the senator from georgia. mr. isakson: mr. president, i ask that the quorum call be vitiated. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. isakson: is the current business the nomination on patricia smith. the presiding officer: the

Johnny Isakson

2:22:00 to 2:27:30( Edit History Discussion )
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Johnny Isakson

2:22:15 to 2:22:35( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: smith nomination is before the senate. mr. isakson: i reluctantly rise to oppose moving forward with the nomination of patricia smith. i don't do so easily or happily because i believe the president of the united states has the right to make appointments, and i think within reason those appointments should be confirmed. the question before the senate is this nomination is not

Johnny Isakson

2:22:36 to 2:22:57( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: whether wage or hour laws should be enforced. they should be. the question is not whether ms. smith has done a good job in new york state because republicans and democrats says that she has. the question is whether the senate will tolerate a nominee blatantly and intentionally deceiving a committee of this body. my guess is the democratic body

Johnny Isakson

2:22:58 to 2:23:18( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: would not have stood for it under the previous administration. ms. smith has been evasive in response to numerous questions from members of the the committee specifically with regard to a program called wage watch which deputizes private acvist gros to inspect small businesses to look and seek out and find wage and hour law violations.

Johnny Isakson

2:23:19 to 2:23:39( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: for five years i served as a senior republican on the kphroeuplt workforce -- employment workforce subcommittee. i am a vigilant longtime supporter for fair and fully enforced wage and hour laws. the program in this question, wage watch, is a program that

Johnny Isakson

2:23:40 to 2:24:02( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: empowered prounion special interests to enforce the myriad of labor laws that cover small employers. this approach is simply inappropriat it can at worst be entrapment and at best an improper attempt to enforce the law. on can imagine the outcry of the minute men who patrolled on

Johnny Isakson

2:24:03 to 2:24:23( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: their own on the border to the south had been deputized into the department by the last administration. there would have been an outrage. the program specifically targets small and medium-sized businesses. in discussing the success of the program, ms. smith bragged tha one business was closed as a result of this program, telling the "new york times" that she had -- quote -- "made the

Johnny Isakson

2:24:24 to 2:24:46( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: determination that it would be better for workers to lose their jobs than to continue working there." ms. smith stated the program would not be used for union organization. our documents obtained by the state labor department and a union newsletter show plans specifically to use the program for union organizing throughout new york.

Johnny Isakson

2:24:47 to 2:25:07( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: worse, the program is -- the program itself however was ms. smith's refusal to provide the committee with complete information about the program. in april of 2009, i wrote to mrs. smith to ask if she foresaw -- quote -- "the possibility of instituting similar efforts on a national level." on may 12 she replied that she

Johnny Isakson

2:25:08 to 2:25:29( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: had not considered or advocated expanding it across new york to other parts of the country or to the federal level or to the state level. however, documents produced by the -- procured by the "help" committee revealed that ms. smith wrote in january of 2009, five months before the letter i just mentioned, that she would like to double the number of organizers involved

Johnny Isakson

2:25:30 to 2:25:53( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: while laying the foundation to expand the program to various parts of long island and upstate new york. she continued "we're creating a movement here. and the more the merrier." clearly she had both considered and advocated expansion of the program. thus her statement to me was inaccurate. her deceit on this issue forced me to write the president on

Johnny Isakson

2:25:54 to 2:26:14( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: december 10, 2009, and were ms. smith withdraw her name. i asked the president a new nominee, one that would look out for the interest of the workers and be honest to the congress be nominated. we see a similar program like wage watch, now called we can help, developing in the u.s. department of labor. t special interest groups

Johnny Isakson

2:26:15 to 2:26:39( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: ms. smith deputized to implement her new york program, the so-called national empowerment law project, has been chosen by skraeug solis to assist in the enforcement of federal workplace laws. mr. president, on a personal note, i ran a business for 42 years, and it was a small business.

Johnny Isakson

2:26:40 to 2:27:02( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: i employed golf court superintendent workers. i did a lost construction where we were subject to americans with disabilities act. we were subject to all types of labor laws. i vigorously made sure that whatever the case might be, we worked hard to see to it we obeyed not only the letter of the law but the spirit of the law. i too, in my experience, from time to time found those

Johnny Isakson

2:27:03 to 2:27:23( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: voluntary organizations and sometimes deputized who tried to entrap me to punish me rather than find the mistake and help me to correct it. i think the proactive enforcement of labor law should be vigilantly looking for violations and vigilantly pursuing correction, not vigilantly looking for someone that is in the case of ms. smith in the business of new york, you

Johnny Isakson

2:27:24 to 2:27:32( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: can put out of business and cost the jobs of many employees of that small business. i reluctantly rise today to

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