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Senate Proceeding on Feb 26th, 2009 :: 4:19:50 to 4:29:50
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Sherrod Brown

4:19:50 to 4:29:50( Edit History Discussion )
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Sherrod Brown

4:19:59 to 4:20:19( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: quorum call: mr. brown: i ask unanimous consent the call of the quorum be vitiated. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. brown: we are in the worst recession since the great depression in my state longer than the official 13 months that economists have noted. but with the economic recovery package signed into law last

Sherrod Brown

4:20:20 to 4:20:40( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: week we took a major step forward getting our economy on the path for success and toward rebuilding our nation's -- rebuilding and strengthening our middle class. the economic recovery package means billions to sure up-state budgets, help states pay for essential programs like medicaid d unemployment insurance.

Sherrod Brown

4:20:41 to 4:21:02( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: in the economic recovery package, there is money for job-creating efforts from shovel-ready projects to long-term investment in new technology. mr. president, this economic cris we have seen demand for manufacturing goods slow to a crawl. coupled with the unavailability of credit, many manufactures have seized operations.

Sherrod Brown

4:21:03 to 4:21:27( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: american manufacturing shed 800,000 jobs last year, nearly a third of all last week many probably missed the bad with a report that output in manufacturing fell 2.5% in january -- 2.5% in january. that means manufacturing lost

Sherrod Brown

4:21:28 to 4:21:48( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: 207 thousand jobs in january a-- 207,000 jobs in january alone falling this puts manufacturing's which is why the recovery package is so important. the recovery package stimulates the economy and creates job the government's investing

Sherrod Brown

4:21:49 to 4:22:09( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: billions of tax dollars in infrastructure and safety net programs and alternative energy development. it's commonsense to ensure that federal funds for the recovery are used it buy american products and to help promote manufacturing and job creation in our country. studies across the board say more jobs are created when we

Sherrod Brown

4:22:10 to 4:22:32( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: have strong domestic sourcing requirements. a recent study estimates 33% more manufacturing jobs will be created with buy america. when manufactured jobs the more jobs we create the greater stimulu will be to our economy, an economy that has been the engine of growth for the world.

Sherrod Brown

4:22:33 to 4:22:53( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: the american people clearly have america provisions. it is c the majority of americans know that. 84% of americans in a poll favored strong buy america provisions in the stimulus. last week, in cleveland, i visited manufacturer that's employing lots of people in the united

Sherrod Brown

4:22:54 to 4:23:14( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: states but a foreign-owned company. i met with the plant manager and the staff. i met with union workers including some recently laid off. this company, like all steel companies right now, is down 45% of its capacity. they are forced to lay off workers because the demand for steel has declined, steel for autos, steel for household

Sherrod Brown

4:23:15 to 4:23:36( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: appliances, steel for infrastructure projects. we we talked about "buy america" provisions and how that can help the plant to get up and running. that steel company is an international company and the headquarters are not located in the united states yet that steel

Sherrod Brown

4:23:37 to 4:23:58( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: company bel provisions make sense. a foreign-based company that supports "buy america" provisions in the package. there are more foreign-based companies in manufacturing that can benefit from the stimulus. i hope "buy america," if properly implemented and

Sherrod Brown

4:23:59 to 4:24:20( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: enforced will help manufacturers and even attract new foreign investment in the united states but we need to make sure that the provisions are properly implemented. we need to make sure when a state or local government requests a waiver on "buy america" provisions the agency makes the request known. we need transparency so the taxpayers know if to dollars are

Sherrod Brown

4:24:21 to 4:24:41( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: ping to domestic or foreign manufacturers. there are good reasons on occasion to have waivers. sometimes domestic steel or iron or cement could be too costly for a project to make sense and sometimes the right project and right quanity may available at the right time. waivers are fine if implemented correctly d fairly but that is

Sherrod Brown

4:24:42 to 4:25:03( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: not always the case. since 2001 the federal highway administration has granted 54 "buy america" waivers, waivers to not buy america. granted 40 waivers. most were granted based o product not available in the united states of america. when the waiver request is not known by anyone except the

Sherrod Brown

4:25:04 to 4:25:24( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: federal agency that receives it, how do we know the products are not made in america? waivers can be fine but in the if they are granted without transparency. we have responsibility to the taxpayers to ensure the dollars are creating american jobs. americans, as we know, from our passing the stimulus package, americans, whether in denver or

Sherrod Brown

4:25:25 to 4:25:45( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: columbus, americans have supported this in large, large numbers. we know that. when the president spoke down the hall in the house of representatives about stimulus package and about our efforts. we also necessity if we are going to ask americans to reach into their pockets and spend tens of billions on infrastructure projects as americans have said they would,

Sherrod Brown

4:25:46 to 4:26:07( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: we also need to know that americans, that the, that this will create the jobs we promised. the american people want three things: accountability, which we will give them in this package; they want to know their products are made by american, this infrastructure is done by american workers; they want to know their tax dollars are used to buy materials made in america

Sherrod Brown

4:26:08 to 4:26:28( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: for the projects that american workers are building. we have a responsibility to give americans, to give american manufactures the opportunity to bid on t steel, iron and concrete in demand for the infrastructure. buy americas significant. it helps ensure we have a diverse and strong manufacturing base.

Sherrod Brown

4:26:29 to 4:26:50( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: textbook trade theory says making companies more and specialized in one sector is an unquestionable good but that is not always true. we have seen countries like eat britain overspecialize in finance while neglecting manufacturing -- some of that has happened here. the peoplen spring bloody murder

Sherrod Brown

4:26:51 to 4:27:11( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: about "buy america," are t people who oversold the benefits of free trade. these are entrenched interests, companies that, for instance, who outsourced their manufacturing, moved their manufacturing plants abroad, they import products back into the united states and they use cheap labor. that's so much of this story.

Sherrod Brown

4:27:12 to 4:27:32( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: companies in opposing "buy america" companies say we want to sell our products overseas. that's not the real sister. the real story is they want to outsource production to c use take advantage of safety rules in china, take advantage of very weak environmenta

Sherrod Brown

4:27:33 to 4:27:53( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: make the products there and import them back interest the united states. outsource the jobs to china, make the products in china, bring those jobs back to the united states. we know what that does to american employment. we also now know what it does for food safety, for toy for vitamins, for all of the

Sherrod Brown

4:27:54 to 4:28:14( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: things we have in the food and toys. we cannot be healthy economy without strong manufacturing. a healthy economy i economy, not overly dependent on one sector. "buy america" is not about stopping or slowing international trade. the editorial boards may scream trade war when the u.s. congress

Sherrod Brown

4:28:15 to 4:28:36( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: considers how it will spend taxpayer dollars but there is no danger of a trade war or of protection itch. we are a open markets in the world, a country deficit, $2 billion a day going out of the country rather than money coming into the country. how can we be called "protectionist,,"" with that kind of trade policy.

Sherrod Brown

4:28:37 to 4:28:59( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: the united states will have the most open market in the world and we should. the u.s. is a signatory to the world trade organization and deals that limit policies that countries can use on "buy america," or on climate change. that is a subject matter for further debate. this is about using tax

Sherrod Brown

4:29:00 to 4:29:20( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: to create jobs in illinois, in colorado, in ohio. now the provisions are in the bill congress will work with the obama administration and implementing them with transparency and accountability. it is the right thing to do and it will put americans back to work. americans demand their tax dollars be spent on american workers using american products

Sherrod Brown

4:29:21 to 4:29:41( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: to build this infrastructure to make for a better economy. thank you, the presiding officer: the senator from illinois. mr. durbin: a vote is scheduled for 2:00? the presiding officer: the senator is correct. mr. durbin: i consent

Sherrod Brown

4:29:42 to 4:29:50( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: i am allowed to speak on amendment. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. durbin: before us is a debate open the fairness doctrine.

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