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Senate Proceeding 02-24-10 on Feb 24th, 2010 :: 0:18:10 to 0:24:30
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Amy Klobuchar

0:18:07 to 0:18:27( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: as well, senator klobuchar. mr. presid i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from minnesota is recognized. ms. klobuchar: i ask to speak up to ten minutes. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. ms. klobuchar: thank you very much. mr. president, i want to thank senator dorgan for his great leadership. for so long he has been working

Amy Klobuchar

0:18:10 to 0:24:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

0:18:28 to 0:18:48( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: on this, and i have a feeling this is finally going to get done. it is traourbgs we invite the presiding officer -- it is true, we invite the presiding officer to visit north dakota and minnesota. i think he thinks his state of new mexico is pretty cool but he never visited teddy roosevelt park.

Amy Klobuchar

0:18:49 to 0:19:10( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: our market campaigns are done by specific cities -- las vegas, new york. that is very important. when you look at this country, marketing our country as a whole is going to mean something. we're competing against countries the world over that do this all the time. that's why we've seen a 20% decrease in our international visitors. when i held a hearing on this

Amy Klobuchar

0:19:11 to 0:19:31( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: issue along with then-senator martinez this part year, there was a story in "the washington post." it was in good humor about all the senators kind of hawking their own states and the deals you could get, whether senator begich's $99 cruise in alaska or the stuff i was talking about with duluth, minnesota. in truth we were doing that

Amy Klobuchar

0:19:32 to 0:19:52( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: because we know people need to know about the opportunities in america. doing this in a commerce hearing is not going to be anything compared to what you see france doing and indonesia doing and all these countri around the world. they are bringing in visitors. and their visitors, if they came here, would spend thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars. this week we're doing this jobs bill. an important part of this as

Amy Klobuchar

0:19:53 to 0:20:14( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: well is the travel industry. you know how many people it employs? one out of eight americans is employed in the travel industry. and what will this bill do? well, one, as senator dorgan mentioned, it is going to give us that ability to market our country. secondly, it's going to give us the funds we need to better process these visas, because it's expected to bring -- and this is not our estimate.

Amy Klobuchar

0:20:15 to 0:20:37( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: this is an estimate of a nonbiased, nonpartisan organization decreasing 1.6 million new international visitors each year, and they spend $4,500 on average when they come here. you can do the math. 1.6 million new visitors, mr. president, times $4,500 every single year.

Amy Klobuchar

0:20:38 to 0:20:58( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: there's some expectations it could generate $4 billion in new spending. the bill is estimated to create 41,000 new jobs. what is theost to the taxpayer? there's a lot of concern. i'm one that's been pushing on this deficit reduction and putting our commission together. but what is the cost of this bill to the taxpayer? zero. zero.

Amy Klobuchar

0:20:59 to 0:21:20( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: and i think that was a part of the great thing about this bill. we're doing something to create jobs. c.b.o. estimates, and we're doing it at zero costs. because as you know, it's a small fee on foreign visitors to our country. like other countries do to our people when they visit, with of course canada exempted.

Amy Klobuchar

0:21:21 to 0:21:42( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: what i found out is that people really care about this bill not just in the halls of congress. when i was in minnesota, in the area of the home of paul bunyan, they were skpaoeuted about this because -- excited about this because they want to be able to market our country. the problem is we've gotten so far behind what a lot of people

Amy Klobuchar

0:21:43 to 0:22:04( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: who are living in, say, france have to think -- and this is what's going on right now in this country and they're deciding where they're going to go on their summer vacation. they're thinking am i going to go to america where maybe it will take months to process my visa or am i going to spend my vacation in sraoe sarbgs just --

Amy Klobuchar

0:22:05 to 0:22:30( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: visa, across the channel. that's what's happening. that's why we have lost the overseas travel. 48 million more global overseas travelers in 2008 than 2000. that's the worldwide figure. more people are traveling. it makes sense. you've seen more market power across this world, even though we've had this recent recession.

Amy Klobuchar

0:22:31 to 0:22:51( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: yet, 6 33,000 fewer visited the united states. as world travel goes up, the people coming to the united states has gone down. that means less jobs in ts untry. so, mr. president, i really believe that we need to be on an equal playing field with the rest of the world. if we want to compete, if we want to compete as our goods that we want to make and produce

Amy Klobuchar

0:22:52 to 0:23:12( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: and send overseas, we also have to compete in the tourism market. and i'll end with this: duluth, minnesota, it was in some really, really hard times in the 1980's. it was so bad that they actually put up a billboard that said "the last off the lights." that's where that town was headed. and they rebuilt.

Amy Klobuchar

0:23:13 to 0:23:33( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: they rebuilt because they were smart about some businesses that came in but they were smart about tourism. beautiful lake superior right there. that's what they did. when we did a tourism hearing, a field hearing out there and they were talking about how obviously in many areas of the country with the recession, business convention centers had gone down nationally, the woman from

Amy Klobuchar

0:23:34 to 0:23:54( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: duluth whispered to me "ours has gone up." theirs has gone up because people are looking for different things in different parts of their lives. when times are tough they think maybe we'll have our convention in duluth and look at lake superior instead of looking at the pacific ocean. this is a country we're proud of. we want people to visit from other parts of the world.

Amy Klobuchar

0:23:55 to 0:24:17( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: we want to create those 41,000 new jobs. that's what this bill is about. i really am very hopeful we're finally going to get this bill done, get this bill passed and support the tourism part of our country. e in eight americans. let's keep it strong, keep it going. i see senator dorgan is back, and i want to thank him so much for his tremendous leadership.

Amy Klobuchar

0:24:18 to 0:24:30( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: i'm proud as he moved and did a, covered and chaired various committees and subcommittees, i got the opportunity to take over the subcommittee that includes tourism. a lot of work had been don on his bill. and i'm proud to take over that

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