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Senate Proceeding 03-09-11 on Mar 9th, 2011 :: 2:33:15 to 2:40:05
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Mary Landrieu

2:33:11 to 2:33:32( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and unintelligently cut medicare beneficiaries the way does. i yield the floor. the presiding officer: who yields time? a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from louisiana. ms. landrieu: mr. p

Mary Landrieu

2:33:15 to 2:40:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mary Landrieu

Mary Landrieu

2:33:33 to 2:33:53( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: i'd like to speak for the six minutes our time has remaining. i see a senator on the floor. i'm happy to yield. let me go ahead with my remarks. the presiding officer: the senator from louisiana is recognized. ms. landrieu: thank you, mr. president. i want to follow up on the

Mary Landrieu

2:33:54 to 2:34:16( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: comments of the senator from montana and maryland, who spoke just so eloquently and clearly about the consequences of adopting the house concurrent resolution which sets spending levels for the next year. in my view, a vote for h.r. 1

Mary Landrieu

2:34:17 to 2:34:38( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: would be indeed a reckless vote because the consequences of such severe cuts in some areas as outlined particularly by the senator from maryland, the senator from montana would be in fact reckless, and as it relates to my subcommittee, which i wanted to speak about for a

Mary Landrieu

2:34:39 to 2:35:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: moment, and that's the subcommittee on homeland security, mr. president, not an inconsequential area of our responsibility. protecting the 350 million-plus americans that live here in the united states and trust that we're doing our jobs well enough to keep them safe every day from

Mary Landrieu

2:35:01 to 2:35:22( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: rising threat levels from a variety of different sources. that's what our job is on the homeland security appropriations committee, and i am going to be voting against h.r. 1 because, in my view, it goes too far and it puts our homeland in jeopardy. and let me be clear, in the

Mary Landrieu

2:35:23 to 2:35:43( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: state of the union, the president stated that al qaeda and its affiliates to plan attacks against our nation. he stressed that extremists are trying to inspire acts of violence by those within our borders. according to the attorney general, in the last two years

Mary Landrieu

2:35:44 to 2:36:05( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: 126 individuals have been indicted for terrorist-related activities, including 50 of our own citizens. the homeland security secretary appeared before my subcommittee last week and said that the threat of terrorist attacks is as high as it's been since 9/11. and what do the republican

Mary Landrieu

2:36:06 to 2:36:26( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: leaders just newly minted and elected come to washington to do? slash the homeland security budget. i'm not going to do that, and i would urge my colleagues not to do that. in view of these threats, we cannot reduce the homeland security budget to levels that preceded the christmas day

Mary Landrieu

2:36:27 to 2:36:48( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: bombing attempt, the times square bombing attempt, the air cargo bombing attempt and the fort hood shooting. and before the escalation of violence and drugs along the mexican border. we had one of our agents gunned down just three weeks ago. what does this budget do that they're recommending? slashing budget security.

Mary Landrieu

2:36:49 to 2:37:10( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: we literally spilled blood on this floor almost building that fence along the border and adding border security. now they want to dismantle it? i don't think so. the bill makes deep cuts in state and local grants to train and equip first responders. do they think it's going to be the f.b.i. agents that are walking around times square

Mary Landrieu

2:37:11 to 2:37:31( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: every day looking for a smoking car? no. it's going to likely be a local new york firefighter or police officer or a citizen walking by noticing something and calling the police. we have very small, relatively small traing grants available.

Mary Landrieu

2:37:32 to 2:37:53( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: they cut that by over 50%. is that smart? i don't think so. the house bill cuts border security infrastructure programs when violence in mexico is at an unprecedented level. the house bill will cut coast guard acquisitions despite the need to revitalize its aging

Mary Landrieu

2:37:54 to 2:38:14( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: fleet and when the coast guard mission is to expand as it was not only a year ago on april 20 when the deep horizon exploded. who did you call when you went to 911 and said there is a rig on fire. who did you call? the coast guard.

Mary Landrieu

2:38:15 to 2:38:35( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: how did they get to the rigs? on cutters that we build. security and transit security in london and madrid. how many more terrorists have to attack trains before we realize there is a level you cannot go beneath without putting our

Mary Landrieu

2:38:36 to 2:38:59( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: citizens at risk? and we're perilously close to that level. the house bill reduces transportation security administration procurement of explosive detection technologies that t.s.a. needs to respond as we've developed since the christmas -- you know, the bombing, the attempted bombing at christmastime.

Mary Landrieu

2:39:00 to 2:39:22( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and sue pwer security, i -- and cybersecurity, i haven't even spoken about this. it's very difficult -- and some of this is classified information and not something people can grasp as well as they can understand explosives on trains and airplanes which is, i guess easier to visualize. thank you. i have one additional minute. i just ask for one additional minute. the presiding officer: without objection.

Mary Landrieu

2:39:23 to 2:39:43( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: ms. landrieu: these attacks through our internet and through the new interconnecting technologies now that are electric grid and all of our companies depend on need to be secured as well. so i'm just going to conclude and put the rest of the statement in the record.

Mary Landrieu

2:39:44 to 2:40:04( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: but the house bill h.r. 1 cuts port security grants by 66%, transportation security grants by 66%. it cuts fema, it cuts the coast guard below levels that are safe. now, homeland security is the newest agency. i realize that we have to make cuts and bring our budget into balance. if this were a plan to get to us

Mary Landrieu

2:40:05 to 2:40:05( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: a balanced budget,

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