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Senate Proceeding on Feb 3rd, 2009 :: 1:04:55 to 1:18:55
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Dianne Feinstein

1:04:53 to 1:05:14( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: i want to working to accomplish that. i yield the floor. mrs. feinstein: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from california. fine foon i rise in support of the amendment that senator murray has just sent to the desk which would add 5 billion to the infrastructure portion of the i want to thank her for her work on this amendment.

Dianne Feinstein

1:04:55 to 1:18:55( Edit History Discussion )
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Dianne Feinstein

1:05:15 to 1:05:36( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: and i also want to thank the chairman of the committee, senator inouye. senator inouye became chairman of the committee approximately one wee out of committee. so, it really represents a great deal of work in a very short period of time. and i believe that he is to be commended to that.

Dianne Feinstein

1:05:37 to 1:06:00( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: mr. president, in my view, as a former mayor, a stimulus means job production. very simply. as this bill stands, only 16% of the stimulus package goes toward infrastructure, which is the physical basis on wh nation's economy

Dianne Feinstein

1:06:01 to 1:06:21( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: while 39% would fince tax cuts. to be very candid with you, i'm one of those that do not -- does not believe that tax cuts are necessarily stimulative. mrs. feinstein: and the reason i don't believe that is because i believe buying habits of americans in this particular cris have changed.

Dianne Feinstein

1:06:22 to 1:06:42( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: and i don't think 0 a month in the form of a tax credit is going to change we put 35 billion out in a rebate, and less than 15% of it, it was chance went into the economy.

Dianne Feinstein

1:06:43 to 1:07:03( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: so i really worry that this packag doesn't d with of jobs to repair this physical base on which a nation's economy can the amendment, as senator murray

Dianne Feinstein

1:07:04 to 1:07:27( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: said, is cosponsored by 21 of us. and i very much appreciate all of the senator's adds 8 billion for highway and rail. now, those of you that have ridden high-speed rail from tokyo and osaka know that it was built in the mid-1960's. here we are in 2009, we don't

Dianne Feinstein

1:07:28 to 1:07:49( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: have a real high-speed rail either by mag-lev or steel wheel anywhere in this country today. if you travel through you traveln fast trains. ifou go from shanghai to the airport by transit, you can take a mag-lev system which does 30 miles in less than 20 minutes.

Dianne Feinstein

1:07:50 to 1:08:11( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: so, our transportation, our highways are jammed. people go to work in gridlock. this area has the highest transit time in america. and we need to repair this infrastructure. and the part of this package is that it puts people to work

Dianne Feinstein

1:08:12 to 1:08:32( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: on projects that are shovel ready. so, i believe the 8 billion in this bill, which is for highway and rail, and an additional billion in revolving loan funds for clean-water and ser projects are really necessary. you might say 5 billion, what does that do in this package.

Dianne Feinstein

1:08:33 to 1:08:56( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: i'll tell you what it does. it raises the percentage of infrastructure from 16% to 19%. that's all it does. that's how big this package is and how little of it is really the kind of infrastructure that we should be producing. for portion alone, this amendment

Dianne Feinstein

1:08:57 to 1:09:19( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: could create as many as 154,000 additional jobs beyond what that which is estimated in the stimulus package. the transportation portion of the amendment would add 501,000 jobs. so, as senator murray said, in total, this amendment would

Dianne Feinstein

1:09:23 to 1:09:44( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: create a net new jobs that are desperately needed to put americans back to work and revive our country. i come from a state which is big. it's the seventh- or eighth-largest economy in the state. it has stopped all public works projects and it is furloughing state employees. it is in deep trouble.

Dianne Feinstein

1:09:45 to 1:10:05( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: and where california goes because it's so big a part of the economic infrastructure of this nation affects other states as well. i'd like to expand chairman of the interior and environment subcommittee of

Dianne Feinstein

1:10:06 to 1:10:28( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: appropriations, because i'm very concerned with what i believe has insufficient funding for clean water and sewer projects. we put 40% of our allocation into these wasn't enough. we have a huge water infrastructure problem in america. our sewer systems are deteriorating. they're old. they're

Dianne Feinstein

1:10:29 to 1:10:49( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: each year aging and overburdened sewer and storm water systems overflow. they break. they release more than 860 billion gallons of partially treated sewag and streams, polluting them. last year contamination from these spills and overflows were

Dianne Feinstein

1:10:50 to 1:11:13( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: the second-le beach closings and water health advisories more than 4,000 closings and advises, and the problem is only getting worse. so investment in our nation's water systems has with the population growth or sprawling development.

Dianne Feinstein

1:11:14 to 1:11:35( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: you know, i grew up in a nation where there was no bottled water. you had that spritzed out. you store. you drank w that's how i grew up. now it is infrequent that people trust their water taps. and so the bottled water

Dianne Feinstein

1:11:36 to 1:11:56( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: industry has taken over. incidentally, with no real oversight as to whe actually comes from. office and e.p.a. the nation faces a 00 billion to 00 billion water and waste

Dianne Feinstein

1:11:57 to 1:12:18( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: water funding gap over the next 20 years. so, by water and waste water infr create millions of jobs here at home and better protect human health. with this amendment, the total

Dianne Feinstein

1:12:19 to 1:12:40( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: state revolving fund will be 3 billion, with 0 waste water projects and billion for projects. as said, the e.p.a., which oversees this federal program, has indicated to us that they can move dollars quickly. these funds

Dianne Feinstein

1:12:41 to 1:13:03( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: states which in turn make them available to local communities. and because the law is a revolving loan fund, there is language in this that effectively makes these loans, so the billion currently in

Dianne Feinstein

1:13:04 to 1:13:24( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: the bill will fund water projects and 769 drinking water projects. by increasg this funding by billion for a total of 3 billion, this project would triple the projects to 3,226 and provide

Dianne Feinstein

1:13:25 to 1:13:45( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: 30% more drinking water projects. the states will choose these projects based on their most urgent needs. now here are some of the projects that have been funded in the past through this program.

Dianne Feinstein

1:13:46 to 1:14:07( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: county's new york's aquifer was overlewded. the local sewer district used 0 million from the clean water state revolving fund to replace these septic systems with new collection systems and a waste water treatment plant, and the county also installed advanced treatment technology to protect the millions of residents downstream of its facility.

Dianne Feinstein

1:14:08 to 1:14:32( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: the town of eas was flushing huge sewer loads into chesapeake bay. it received to expand its waste water to install enhanced nutrient removal technologies and now exceeds chesapeake bay's water quality goals.

Dianne Feinstein

1:14:33 to 1:14:54( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: a subdivision of septic systems in lexington county, south carolina, neede a connection to the town's nearest public sewer. the area septic system had been improperly maintained and were in jeopardy of contaminating the ground water. thanks to funding from this program, lexington county received its connection.

Dianne Feinstein

1:14:55 to 1:15:16( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: and in my state, orange county, it's using 62.9 million to complement a ground water replenishment system, the largest of its kind in the world. highly treated waste water will be pumped into basins where it will percolate back into the ground. this project not only improves

Dianne Feinstein

1:15:17 to 1:15:39( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: water quali, but reliability and an area facing long-term drought. this amendment, as i said, waives the state match requirement in an effort to maximize the use of funds. so the funding which can be put to use immediately will assist

Dianne Feinstein

1:15:40 to 1:16:00( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: the municipalities of our in upgrading their waste water systems and ending the damage to our environment. but that speak to the increasing this funding -- and if i could do more, we could do more. we could do at least another billion more under

Dianne Feinstein

1:16:01 to 1:16:24( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: ability to move the money. the u.s. conference of mayors estimates that every dollar spent on waste water infrastruc return of to that flows back directly into estimates for each additional job createdn the water and

Dianne Feinstein

1:16:25 to 1:16:47( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: sewer industry, 3.68 jobs are created in all industries. so, it has a ripple the association of state and interstate water pollution control administrators indicates that nearly 20 billion of shovel-ready waste water infrastructure projects await

Dianne Feinstein

1:16:48 to 1:17:10( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: financing today throughout the country. so, package is that in my view, it is heavy on tax cuts, which go right to the bottom line of the deficit and the debt and will reduce allocations to appropriators to fund the next

Dianne Feinstein

1:17:11 to 1:17:31( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: two years' budgets unless we drive this country debt and deficit. and is shy on the infrastructure, which are the stimulus projects. let me make one other point. on the change of americans' buying habits which i believe

Dianne Feinstein

1:17:32 to 1:17:54( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: have taken place. if youook laid off from john deere and y look at retail closures, the latest of which is macy's as of last night, indicating that they are from their jobs, you will see

Dianne Feinstein

1:17:55 to 1:18:16( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: that people are buying less. it's reflected in automobile sales. it's reflected in t t.'s reflected inhopping, electronic equipment shopping. and i believe that the important thing of this package is put people back to

Dianne Feinstein

1:18:17 to 1:18:39( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: my state has 1.7 that are out of work. do those things that are necessary. extend unemployment insurance. produce the safety net. and have a massive program to rebuild what is antique and failing economic infrastructure in this country, so that america

Dianne Feinstein

1:18:40 to 1:18:56( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: can compete in this new millennium. mr. president, i ask that the specific state amounts that would be afforded under this amendment for the clean-water state revolving fund and the

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