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Senate Proceeding on Mar 1st, 2011 :: 0:29:40 to 0:42:55
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Barbara Boxer

0:29:26 to 0:29:48( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: clear that we're going to do everything we can to live by the same rules. if there is a shut down, then our and with that, i floor. mrs. boxer: madam president, how much time remains on our leader time? the presiding officer: 12 minutes, 45 seconds. mrs. boxer: thank you, madam president. i want to thank the senator from

Barbara Boxer

0:29:40 to 0:42:55( Edit History Discussion )
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Barbara Boxer

0:29:49 to 0:30:09( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: pennsylvania for working hard on this piece of legislation. it's very, very simple. no budget, no pay. that's it. can't have no function of government more important than passing a budget and keeping us going.

Barbara Boxer

0:30:10 to 0:30:30( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: and the people have a right to expect that we will do our work. social security checks, if there is a shutdown, may not arrive on time. veterans may not receive the benefits they've earned. passports may not be issued. superfund sites won't be cleaned

Barbara Boxer

0:30:31 to 0:30:52( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: up, and those are dangerous. oil wells should be inspected. we see what happens when we don't do the functions of government. we pay. our people pay. export licenses must be granted, troops must be paid, and failing to keep the government open because of politics or because no one wants to listen to the

Barbara Boxer

0:30:53 to 0:31:13( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: other side and meet in the middle -- that's a failure. and all we're saying is, treat members of congress and the president the same as other federal employees, and no retroactive back pay either. now, the bigger issue is the one i touched upon, and that is, you

Barbara Boxer

0:31:14 to 0:31:34( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: know, what is the right way to approach this deficit problem? and clearly we have to do it responsibly. and clearly the american people want us to reduce this deficit. i want to reduce it. and i have to say, very proudly,

Barbara Boxer

0:31:35 to 0:31:56( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: not only did i reduce it under bill clinton, but we had surpluses. that's the only time we ever had a surplus. a democratic administration, okay? that's it. i don't understand lectures from the other side of the aisle. show me a time when they balanced the budget. they don't have one to show me.

Barbara Boxer

0:31:57 to 0:32:17( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: they can show me the record under george w. bush and george herbert walker bush deficits. deficits, deficits, deficits. and under george bush, job losses, over the entire eight years 1 million net new jobs compared to 23 million under

Barbara Boxer

0:32:18 to 0:32:38( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: bill cline continue. what a record. -- under bill clinton. what a record. so let's do it the way we know it should be done, which is a balanced approach. cut spending where it useless, dumb to spend money.

Barbara Boxer

0:32:39 to 0:32:59( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: spend it wh it makes sense -- on our kids. the things my colleagues in the house did without one democratic vote are shocking, and the experts tell us, we could lose between 700,000 and 1 million jobs. between 700,000 and 1 million jobs if we go with their package. so they need to sit and talk us

Barbara Boxer

0:33:00 to 0:33:23( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: to. let us reason together. they cut $100 billion off the president's budget. we've already cut -- we've already cut $40 million. let's meet in the middle. but let's not threaten as many as a million jobs. moody's estimate it would

Barbara Boxer

0:33:24 to 0:33:45( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: des,000 jobs. it's inconceivable, after they ran around in this last election saying, where are the jobs, where are the jobs -- that's all i heard -- and it was a good point. but it's inconceivable they would turn their backs on jobs and now focus on the deficit, as if that's the only issue we have

Barbara Boxer

0:33:46 to 0:34:09( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: to worry about. again, when the president took office, president obama, the economy was heading off a clirvetion and i'll never forget -- was heading off a cliff, and i'll never forget hank paulson looking straight into my eyes -- and that was hard because he was

Barbara Boxer

0:34:10 to 0:34:34( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: a 7 feet tall and i'm a little over five feet -- senator, capital tailism is on the -- capitalism is on the brink of collapse. i remember back to the debates then, one of my republican colleagues suggested nationalizing the banks. president obama said, no, we're not going there. we're going to have to figure out a way.

Barbara Boxer

0:34:35 to 0:34:55( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: and yes we did lend out the money. they've paid it back, every penney, the banks did. the auto industry -- oh, my colleagues, oh, we can't help the auto industry. yes, we did. we didn't want to be the only western power that didn't have an automobile industry. it is important to our national defense. we stablized the auto industry. we've stablized the financial

Barbara Boxer

0:34:56 to 0:35:17( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: industry. we approved tax cuts for the middle class, and we made investments in infrastructure, and, yes, it is true, job took a big surplus, state your named it into a -- turned it into ads 1.4 trillion -- is that right? -- $1.3 trillion deficit. the deficit snods 1.6 trillion,

Barbara Boxer

0:35:18 to 0:35:39( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: as we -- the deficit now is $1.6 trillion, as we struggle out of this economic mire that we're in. by the way, ending the wars in afghanistan and iraq over ten years could get us $1.1 trillion. i haven't heard any of my republican friends go there at all with that. we need to do that.

Barbara Boxer

0:35:40 to 0:36:00( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: so they're just looking at one small part of the budget. and i have to tell you from my heart what i think they did over there. cut $100 billion o'off the president budget. this is what they d i believe they used deficit reduction as an excuse to carry out political

Barbara Boxer

0:36:01 to 0:36:22( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: vendettas. -- against the environmental protection agency. they not only took a meat ax to that budget, but they ordered the e.p.a. -- they said, you cannot protect families from pollution from cement plants. you cannot do that.

Barbara Boxer

0:36:23 to 0:36:43( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: that means our people will be exposed to mercury. they said, you cannot enforce the clean air act when it comes to carbon pollution. imagine! they don't dare come here and say, let's repeal the clean air act. they go around the back door using the budget as a political vendetta tool.

Barbara Boxer

0:36:44 to 0:37:04( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: they said, let's stop our improvements in food safety. now, i got to ska, not one person in my home state ever came up to me -- i don't care if they're republican, democrat, independent -- senator, the two things i want you to do is give me dirty air and give me poisoned food. i really need more contamination in my food.

Barbara Boxer

0:37:05 to 0:37:25( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: i can't believe this. we just did a great bill and they slashed the money for food safety. you tell me how that makes america stronger? you tell me when we know how many people die of food -- of illnesses from contaminated food. they did a political vendetta

Barbara Boxer

0:37:26 to 0:37:47( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: against family planning, which is going to lead to more abortions, if it goes through. we will, it's not going to go through, because we're not going to let them stop ensuring that american women in this day and age -- they're not going to tell me people in california they can't have access to contraception.

Barbara Boxer

0:37:48 to 0:38:08( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: and yet they cut every penney from planned parenthood in a clear, i believe, unconstitutional political have vendetta. five million men and women get the services of planned parenthood. they get tested for s.t.d.'s, aids, cancer screenings -- all of that. and a lot of the women use

Barbara Boxer

0:38:09 to 0:38:29( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: planned parenthood clinics as their first line of health care. this is 2011. we are not going back to the dark days when women died because they didn't have health care. we can't. we can't do it. so drop the political vendettas, come to the table, and let's

Barbara Boxer

0:38:30 to 0:38:51( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: find the cuts that make sense and put a little more faith in our democratic colleaguesings colleaguesings --in your democratic colleagues, since we're the only ones that balanced the budget. i don't need to hear lectures about it. you can talk all you want. the last balanced budget was under bill clinton.

Barbara Boxer

0:38:52 to 0:39:12( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: the last surplus was under bill clinton. the last great economic growth was under bill clinton. and our president gets it. that's why he tackles this deficit over a period of time and gets it down to $600 billion by 2015. now maybe we can do more -- and

Barbara Boxer

0:39:13 to 0:39:33( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: i'm ready to do more -- and we will do more if we have an economic recovery. we won't if we lose another a million jobs and have another million people getting help from us rather than having jobs and keeping their homes and all the rest. what other vendettas? this one -- the corporation for

Barbara Boxer

0:39:34 to 0:39:54( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: public broadcasting. somebody said, four hours of the war in afghanistan would be equal to the cut they made to public broadcasting, four hours of the war in afghanistan. america, we should be proud of the corporation for public

Barbara Boxer

0:39:55 to 0:40:15( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: broadcasting. we go toe to toe with the b.b.c. the b.b.c. funds -- great britain funds 100% of the bbc. we fund 15% of public broadcasting. but now they want to zero it

Barbara Boxer

0:40:16 to 0:40:36( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: out, a vendetta against elmo. they have a vendetta against health reform. and, you know, the president is right. in our bill we say, the states can do another plan. let's push that up to 2014. don't go back to the days when 62% of all bankruptcy were

Barbara Boxer

0:40:37 to 0:40:58( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: linked to a health care crisis. madam president, how much time do i have? the presiding officer: a minute and 45 seconds. mrs. boxer: they have a vendetta against clean energy. i guess they want to keep dependence on foreign oil. we will, i don't and my people don't and we don't enjoy $5-a-gallon gas, which is where

Barbara Boxer

0:40:59 to 0:41:19( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: it is heading -- maybe. -- because of the unrest in the middle east. we need alternatives, clean cars, cars that go 50-60 miles a gallon or don't need any gas at all. oh, they cut that. and they cut head start and our little kids won't have the head start. what are they doing?

Barbara Boxer

0:41:20 to 0:41:40( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: it makes no sense. every dollar you put into this early childhood education saves $10. what are they doing? and pell grants. so there are so many other ways to proceed. do you know, if we just looked

Barbara Boxer

0:41:41 to 0:42:02( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: at the tax loopholes given to corporations who shipped jobs overseas, it is over$140 billion over ten years. let's take a look at that. let's take a look at that. let's take a look at the billionaires. why do we have to ask little

Barbara Boxer

0:42:03 to 0:42:23( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: kids to give up a slot in head start and get that head start they need? why do we have to ask our teenagers to give up on going to college? that's what their budget does. for no reason at all. so let's avert a government shutdown by coming together. i'm willing to move in their direction.

Barbara Boxer

0:42:24 to 0:42:45( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: they've got to be willing to move to mine. again, they cut $100 billion off the president's busmght we cut $-- off the president's busmght we cut $40 billion. let's meet in the middle. let's meet in the middle. let's put this 2011 budget issue

Barbara Boxer

0:42:46 to 0:42:56( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: behind us quickly. let's move on to the long-term deficit reduction and job creation, and if we fail, let us not get paid for our work here

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