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Senate Proceeding on Mar 10th, 2011 :: 4:01:45 to 4:16:39
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Frank Lautenberg

4:01:37 to 4:01:57( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: quorum call: the presiding officer: the senator from new jersey. mr. lautenberg: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that further reading of the roll dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. lautenberg: mr. president,

Frank Lautenberg

4:01:45 to 4:16:39( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Frank Lautenberg

Frank Lautenberg

4:01:58 to 4:02:18( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: everyone is aware of how deeply concerned the american people are about staying in their homes, about having adequate health care, and about providing education and a better path for the lives of their children. but everyone also knows that there's a group calling

Frank Lautenberg

4:02:19 to 4:02:41( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: themselves the tea party and they're busy trying to eliminate those opportunities. in wisconsin a tea party governor is trying to take away workers collective bargaining rights to be represented. it's like going into a courtroom without a lawyer.

Frank Lautenberg

4:02:42 to 4:03:03( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: in florida, another tea party governor has killed a critical high-speed rail project by rejecting federal grant of $2.4 billion to move it along. threw it away. threw it back, $2.4 million. and here in congress, tea party

Frank Lautenberg

4:03:04 to 4:03:25( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: activists have seized control of the republican side of the aisle. and it's a far for the tea party for lots of jobless people and those qualified to study in college but unable to pay. now that they're in power, we

Frank Lautenberg

4:03:26 to 4:03:46( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: see them brewing a toxic tea, a dange concoction that will bring pain to our children. we know that cutting critical programs brings sky-high prices later and more illnesses and a less educated society.

Frank Lautenberg

4:03:47 to 4:04:10( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: so we look at the future and we say we've got to invest in our children, our environment and medical research. but every time they hear something that we need, they just say, no. they insist on saying no to 200,000 little kids who now go to head start programs that help them in the earliest stages of

Frank Lautenberg

4:04:11 to 4:04:31( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: life when learning is fun and curiosity abounds. we -- look here. do you see a -- a young child's face in there holding back 218,000 head start kids from learning to learn.

Frank Lautenberg

4:04:32 to 4:04:52( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: they ought to visit these school rooms and be up front with these children and their parents and just say, sorry, america can't help you. that's not all. look at what they want to do to higher education. we say we must invest in pell grants which makes the dream of

Frank Lautenberg

4:04:53 to 4:05:13( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: college a reality for millions of disadvantaged americans. and they say, sorry, your country captai can't help you. they say no to future employers. too bad. we just don't have enough qualified workers.

Frank Lautenberg

4:05:14 to 4:05:35( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: so maybe the employers then can appropriately say, oh, well, ship the jobs overseas. that's the alternative. is that what we want america to do? they say no even though the unemployment rate is twice as large for those who lack a bachelor's degree as for college graduates.

Frank Lautenberg

4:05:36 to 4:05:58( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: and they're unable to look at a simple chart like this one. there you see the -- the way the arrow is pointed. the year 2000 over here, the year 2009 over here. rising tuitions, that's what's happening. and, therefore, it tells you how difficult it is for those who

Frank Lautenberg

4:05:59 to 4:06:19( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: don't have the money, the family support financially to be able to take advantage of the pell grants as -- because they want to slash them. they just want to get them off the record as much as they can. here it shows you

Frank Lautenberg

4:06:20 to 4:06:42( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: between $10,000 and $15,000 tuition rate 2000-2001. and i repeat, 2008-2009, we're somewhere close to $28,000 a year. do we want middle class students to take on more debt to attend

Frank Lautenberg

4:06:43 to 4:07:05( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: college or slam shut the campus doors for them all together? now, i know the value of a government investment in college education firsthand. i came from a a poor working class family. i was a teenager when i enlisted in the army.

Frank Lautenberg

4:07:06 to 4:07:28( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: my father was on his deathbed. he died and he left a 37-year-old widow, my mother, and my 12-year-old sister. and thanks to the g.i. bill i attended college at columbia and later co-founded a company with two other fellows.

Frank Lautenberg

4:07:29 to 4:07:50( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: a company that we started with nothing, mr. president. we had zero in funding. put together a few hundred bucks. and now that company employs 45,000 employees in 23 countries based in new jersey. jobs in this country. we built the greatest generation

Frank Lautenberg

4:07:51 to 4:08:13( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: out of those education -- the educational opportunities that we had post military. and we were moving america to the top of the economic ladder. government investment in my education made all the difference in my life and now

Frank Lautenberg

4:08:14 to 4:08:34( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: the 45,000 people who work for a.d.p. and now republicans want to take away opportunities like that from young people. people who go into a -- a business, have an education, learn something about how to operate a business, but also learn how we ought to be facing job opportunities and economic development for all in our

Frank Lautenberg

4:08:35 to 4:08:57( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: country. that's not all the house republicans have in store for our country. we've got to protect women's health, but they won't listen. they want to wipe out funding for title x. title x offers women access to critical health services

Frank Lautenberg

4:08:58 to 4:09:22( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: including cervical cancer test, breast cancer screenings, encouragement to think about family planning and how they're going to get by. they want to -- but these people on the other side, they don't want to hear it. they don't care. they -- they don't care that

Frank Lautenberg

4:09:23 to 4:09:48( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: title x offers women access to the -- to take care of their health at all times. millions of poor women benefit from title x, so killing it will take care away from those who need it most. title x funding for women's

Frank Lautenberg

4:09:50 to 4:10:11( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: health, house eliminate $1 billion for women's care. cancel funding for two million breast cancer screenings. how cruel is that in this country of ours? if you've got money, you can take care of yourself. if you don't, too bad. well, that's not the way we want to do it. that's not the way we want to do

Frank Lautenberg

4:10:12 to 4:10:33( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: it on this side of the aisle. they're cutting off resources for 2.2 million cervical cancer screenings. what a horror that is. why did these women -- what did they to deserve higher health risks during their lifetimes?

Frank Lautenberg

4:10:34 to 4:10:55( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: but it get worse. the republicans are also going after medical research. we say we must invest in finding cures and treatment for millions of children suffering from asthma, diabetes, autism and pediatric cancer to name a few of those health-damaging afflictions.

Frank Lautenberg

4:10:56 to 4:11:16( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: and to these children they say, you know what? if you don't feel good, maybe you should go to an emergency room with your parents. stand in line. too bad. we'd like to help, but we just can't do that. the national institutes of health are making strides in fighting childhood diseases, but the republicans want to reduce

Frank Lautenberg

4:11:17 to 4:11:39( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: n.i.h.'s ability to do their research by taking a billion dollars out of the budget -- their budget. you want to see bravery? look into the eyes of a child struggling with leukemia. and look into the parents' eyes

Frank Lautenberg

4:11:40 to 4:12:01( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: and you see tears. often no hope. and look what the republicans want to do to our environment. we say we must invest in the clean air act, a law that spares millions of children's suffering from asthma -- asthma.

Frank Lautenberg

4:12:02 to 4:12:22( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: and republicans say, no can do. the -- they say you can't restrict polluters with regulations. it's too cumbersome. and if you don't regulations, for instance, take a look at a bothersome thing that we have in america. they're called red lights. they're cumbersome. they stop the traffic. they don't -- these people don't

Frank Lautenberg

4:12:23 to 4:12:43( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: want regulations, so we ought to get rid of the red lights. let the traffic move. watch yourself when you get to cross streets. maybe they would like to get rid of the air traffic control system. pilots have to wait for some government bureaucrat to tell them where and when they can fly.

Frank Lautenberg

4:12:44 to 4:13:04( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: what a nerve that is to interfere with these regulations and rules. the republicans also want to let mercury back into our air. mercury, it's brain poisoning for children. and they want us to -- they also want to stop us from restricting

Frank Lautenberg

4:13:05 to 4:13:25( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: soot pollution. look at the picture. soot's ugly when it's pouring from a smoke stack it's even uglier inside a child's lungs. and this is the picture that you see in many places in our -- in our country. some years ago, mr. president, i wrote a law, it's called the

Frank Lautenberg

4:13:26 to 4:13:46( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: right to know. it says to people who live in areas where there's chemical -- chemicals present, either manufacturing, being stored, transported so that people could know that if they hear a particular alarm that they have to respond to it, report it to

Frank Lautenberg

4:13:47 to 4:14:07( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: the fire department. we had an incident in new jersey some years ago when a group of firemen in elizabeth, new jersey, responded to a chemical fire. and in some instances their protective uniforms melted and that's kind of a situation that we want to avoid.

Frank Lautenberg

4:14:08 to 4:14:28( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: we want people to know what's being stored, what's being released in the air in case of a fire. finally, when we say we've got to clean the water that our children drink. the republican answer is, hey, we can't handle that. it costs too much.

Frank Lautenberg

4:14:29 to 4:14:51( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: so they cut the fund that helps states protect our drinking water from eec, arsenic -- e. coli or arsenic. the water's not safe for dish washing, no less consumption. so the house g.o.p. keeps on

Frank Lautenberg

4:14:52 to 4:15:12( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: brewing the toxic tea from our -- ask any parent if they want their kids to drink from that teapot. mr. president, they don't. they don't. and we shouldn't make them do it. so we need to gather together, all of us, for things like birthday parties and school graduations and lots of smiles instead of their toxic tea

Frank Lautenberg

4:15:13 to 4:15:36( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: parties. let's -- let's reject the republican tea party priorities to fund our government. when at the say, hey, join us for a cup of toxic tea, we're going to say, no, we have had this long enough and we're not going to stand for it anymore. mr. president, you know very

Frank Lautenberg

4:15:37 to 4:15:58( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: well that what we're looking at is very constricted budgets. one doesn't have to be an economist or a business executive to know that when there's a financial statement, it comes in two parts. one part of the -- one part is the expenses that you need to

Frank Lautenberg

4:15:59 to 4:16:19( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: operate with. the other is the revenues that permit the companies and the organizations to function. what we're lacking is revenues, and i know that you share that position with me. we've discussed it. why shouldn't people

Frank Lautenberg

4:16:20 to 4:16:39( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: the means, who have the good fortune to make lots and lots and lots of money, why shouldn't we show something this afternoon on a chart that had janitors in new york city, some locations,

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