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Senate Proceeding on Mar 11th, 2010 :: 1:44:35 to 1:54:45
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Jim DeMint

1:44:26 to 1:44:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: i ask unanimous consent to temporarily set aside the pending amendment so that i may call up my amendment numbered 3454 which is filed at the desk. the presiding officer: without objection. the clerk will report. the clerk: the senator from south carolina, mr. demint, proposes an amendment numbered

Jim DeMint

1:44:35 to 1:54:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jim DeMint

Jim DeMint

1:44:49 to 1:45:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: 3454 to amendment numbered 3452. ask that the reading of the amendment be suspended. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. demint: thank you, madam president. my amendment is cosponsored by senators mccain, graham, coburn, grassley, lemieux, feingold. it's an identical bill that has 16 cosponsor including senator

Jim DeMint

1:45:13 to 1:45:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: burr, chambliss, cornyn, cra, johanns, kyl, mccaskill, sessions, a number of others. this is an amendment for a one-year moratorium on earmarks. the fact that we're even having this debate shows how out of touch congress is with the american people.

Jim DeMint

1:45:34 to 1:45:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: i've had a chance ove the last week to speak to thousands of americans in several states, and you will you have to do to get them on their feet cheering is saying the time for excuses and explanations is over. it is tile to end the practice of earmarking and people will stand up, people of bo parties. they understand that earmarks

Jim DeMint

1:45:55 to 1:46:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: are the most offensive form of government spending. wasteful pork-barrel projects to curry favor to small constituents back home and special interest groups. we've heard the excuses for years. it is time to end this practice.

Jim DeMint

1:46:18 to 1:46:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: i've introduced in bill before. at the time, president obama was running for the president o the united states. he flew back to washington to vote on it. he cosponsored the bill with me. and he essentially said the era of earmarks is over. i think as i talk a

Jim DeMint

1:46:39 to 1:46:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: little bit more, that that has been the opposite of what is true. we've all heard the crazy earmarks that are brought up, the infamous bridge to nowhere. we have things that sound so?? ridiculous that people don't even believe it's true. the tattoo removal earmark, the totally teen zone earmark in and

Jim DeMint

1:47:00 to 1:47:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: midnight basketball. you go through the list, and you say, how does this make sense in light of the fact that the same people who are asking for these earmarks come onto this floor, onto the house floor and in the white house and say, our debt is unsustainable. it's crisis. we cannot continue to spend and

Jim DeMint

1:47:22 to 1:47:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: borrow and create debt. yet, i need $1 million for a tattoo removal or a bridge to nowhere or a local museum. the american people are on to us. they know it makes absolutely no sense for us to focus so much time and energy on parochial

Jim DeMint

1:47:44 to 1:48:04( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: earmarks for our press releases rather than working on the issues of our country, the general welfare of our nation. all of these projects add up. last year alone, according to the congressional research service, president obama, who said he would not sign bills

Jim DeMint

1:48:05 to 1:48:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: with earmarks, signed bills with 11,320 earmarks totaling $32 billion for the last fiscal year. that's an increase from $28.8 billion in earmarks from 2008, and $30 billion in earmarks in 2009. big and small, these earmarks are adding up and are causing

Jim DeMint

1:48:27 to 1:48:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: our budget to balloon out of control. and they're saddling our children with an overwhelming debt. beyond just the inherent wastefulness of earmarks themselves is the affect that have on spending. wasteful spending is bankrupting our country.

Jim DeMint

1:48:49 to 1:49:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: the cornhusker kickback being a case study at the top of the list right now. fortunately, it seems that we're making some progress, some headway in putting an end to the favor factory we call earmarks here in washington. just this week "roll call" reported that speaker pelosi is considering an earmark

Jim DeMint

1:49:10 to 1:49:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: moratorium. additionally, just this morning the house republican conference has unilaterally declared a moratorium on earmarks. this is an exciting first step, and i commend the republican leadership in the house and all of their members for taking a stand on behalf of the american

Jim DeMint

1:49:31 to 1:49:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: people on this issue that is so clear and obvious to everyone except many here in washington. it's time for the senate to lead and demand that we stop this wasteful earmark spending. keep in mind, i'm not asking that we end the practice forever. but to take a one-year timeout

Jim DeMint

1:49:52 to 1:50:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: while we try to figure out thousand create a system that -- how to create a system that is within the scope of the constituon, within the general welfare of our country, and doesn't turn this federal government into some kind of local sponsorship of many local projects. my amendment will do just that. it's very simple.

Jim DeMint

1:50:13 to 1:50:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: it puts an end to earmarking by prohibiting the consideration of any bill, joint resolution, conference report, or message between the houses that contains earmarks and will use the same definition currently in the senate rules of what an earmark is. we require a t-thirds supermajority to waive the rules. so if there's some kind of

Jim DeMint

1:50:34 to 1:50:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: international that we have to designate spending, we can do it if there's a consensus here. president obama, as i said, highlighted the need for this amendment when he cosponsored the identical language in 2008. he rightly stated -- and i quote -- "we can no longer accept a

Jim DeMint

1:50:55 to 1:51:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: process that doles out earmarks based on a member of congress's seniority rather than the merit of the project." despite his support and election, the problem hasn't gotten any better. citizens against government waste in their 2009 "pig" book, pointed out -- and i quote --

Jim DeMint

1:51:16 to 1:51:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: "that while the number of specific projects declined by 12% from 11,610 in fiscal year 2008 to 10,160 in fiscal year 2009, the total tax dollars spent to fund them increased by

Jim DeMint

1:51:40 to 1:52:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: 14% from $17.2 billion to $19.6 billion. a lot of my colleagues will say, you're making a big deal out of nothing. really, $20 billion or $30 billion is such a small part of our budget that you shouldn't make an issue of it. but this is like saying that an engine is a small part of a train. if you want to look at what's pulling through the bad policy

Jim DeMint

1:52:01 to 1:52:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: and the overspending, all you have to do is look at earmarks. so we continue the same type of wasteful projects that president obama spoke these words, and we need to stop it and we can stop it. my amendment will put these kinds of things to an end, at least for a year, while we look at it.

Jim DeMint

1:52:23 to 1:52:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: and what will immediately happen if we do this? now, we hear the argument here, if we don't designate spending here in congress, the executive branch will. but the first thing we will do if any turn off our own spigot is every appropriations bill would require that the administration only spend money

Jim DeMint

1:52:46 to 1:53:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: according to nonpreferential formulas or to merit-based competitive grants. grants we could bring an end to earmarking in the executive branch as well as in congress and focus attention on true national interest rather than what we have now, which is nearly 535 congressmen and senators who think it is their

Jim DeMint

1:53:07 to 1:53:31( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: job to come to washington to get money for their states and congressional districts. and if you want to know what happens if we allow that to happen, you can look at what's going to be at the end of this year $14 trillion in debt, when people see the federal

Jim DeMint

1:53:32 to 1:53:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: government as a cow of milk rather than a constitutional promise. enough is enough. we're not here to get money for our states. we're here to fulfill our oath of office to protect and defend the constitution, a constitution that would not allow money for local bridges and local roads

Jim DeMint

1:53:54 to 1:54:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: and local museums. all of these are good projects and many are very necessary, but that is not the purpose of the federal government. again, i commend the republican leadership in the house for taking a bold stand against the practice of earmarks. and i challenge my colleagues, republicans and democrats, to vote for this bill that

Jim DeMint

1:54:16 to 1:54:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: president obama cosponsored and many here voted for so that we can show america that we are listening, that we understand perception is reality. e corruption that take plashings the vote-buying with earmarks, the corn

Jim DeMint

1:54:37 to 1:54:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: kickbacks and the louisiana purchase, all we hear about, that we're going to end this for at least one year. so again, the amendment number is 3454.

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