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Senate Proceeding on Feb 17th, 2011 :: 4:24:00 to 4:28:55
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John Rockefeller

4:24:00 to 4:24:24( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: quorum call: mr. rockefeller: snrp. the presiding officer: the senator from west virginia. mr. rockefeller: i ask unanimous consent that the order of the quorum call be the presiding officer: without objection. mr. rockefeller: mr. president, in about five minutes, we're going to be hopefully voting for cloture on the underlying bill, the basic f.a. bill, which has been the product of an awful lot

John Rockefeller

4:24:00 to 4:28:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Rockefeller

John Rockefeller

4:24:25 to 4:24:47( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: of work. and i think generally speaking, we have tried to bring everybody in senators do have rights and as a bill comes closer to a cloture vote or a passage vote, some of

John Rockefeller

4:24:48 to 4:25:10( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: those rights are exercised, which it then complicates things. but on the other hand, it's what the system is and people ought to have those rights. you can't -- you can't ask everybody to sort of sit back and think through a whole bill. something occurs to them at the last moment, they need to come down and address that, and we tried to do that. i think that we are pretty close

John Rockefeller

4:25:11 to 4:25:32( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: to a slots amendment agreement. not everybody is happy about it but everybody has given up and everybody has gotten from it. and so we'll have this vote and then we will continue work on various aspects of the bill. i hope we can get it done tonight from the senate side. then we have to go negotiate

John Rockefeller

4:25:33 to 4:25:55( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: with the house and their bill is quite different. but what's interesting about the aviation bill, it really does affect america vastly. you know, i don't know how many times i've said, employs 1 million people. actually it employs direct and indirect probably closer to 13 million people. and it's -- it affects people's

John Rockefeller

4:25:56 to 4:26:16( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: lives in every single way. they're trying to build a high-speed rail s. you can't build a high-speed interstate system. you can take a chance at it but it doesn't work very well. so traveling by aviation is really how people get to where

John Rockefeller

4:26:17 to 4:26:37( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: they want go. it's a complicated industry. costs go up. sometimes it's because of fuel. passengers are held on tarmacs, sometimes because there's just congestion or there's a crisis at the airport of some sort. and passengers, when they're on their way from one place to

John Rockefeller

4:26:38 to 4:26:58( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: another, don't sort of think about the problems that the airline industry or the airports are going through. they think think about the fact they're being inconvenienced, if, in fact, they are being that way. but i think it's a very, very good bill and it's been worked on a very, very long time by

John Rockefeller

4:26:59 to 4:27:20( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: myself and an extraordinarily wonderful senator kay bailey hutchison, who's -- i call her cochair of the commerce committee, because she is. and people have operated in good faith, and we've had a lot of scrums and huddles about on the senate floor but that's the way legislation probably needs to work. it's a very complicated bill but

John Rockefeller

4:27:21 to 4:27:41( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: it's a bill that i think that we will get cloture on and people should actually be very anxious to vote for when it comes to final passage. and i -- i will give a talk about that but i just remind people again that we have a air traffic control system which is so antiquated that there are

John Rockefeller

4:27:42 to 4:28:02( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: actually very many near misses in the sky because we're using a radar system and planes often come very close to running into each other on the tarmac. it's a very old system, a 50-year-old system, and this bill will fix that and make it

John Rockefeller

4:28:03 to 4:28:24( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: safer for people to travel and more planes can take off and f fly. so i hope that we invoke cloture at 2:00 and then we'll continue to work on the bill. it's important for america and it's important to satisfy as many people as we possibly can. i thank the presiding officer.

John Rockefeller

4:28:25 to 4:28:38( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: i yield the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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