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Senate Proceeding 03-15-11 on Mar 15th, 2011 :: 1:32:10 to 1:43:45
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Frank Lautenberg

1:32:06 to 1:32:30( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: senator lautenberg, without losing my right to the floor for a question. mr. lautenberg: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from nother. mr. lautenberg: i ask the senator from california what -- how she sees the amendment that

Frank Lautenberg

1:32:10 to 1:43:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Frank Lautenberg

Frank Lautenberg

1:32:31 to 1:32:51( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: we're discussing in terms of the lives of our countrymen as we see them, and i want to first mention what i see and see if the senator agrees with me. mrs. boxer: absolutely. mr. lautenberg: the amendment that's been proposed by the

Frank Lautenberg

1:32:52 to 1:33:12( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: senator from kentucky, republican senator mitch mcc as dangerous an effort as we can imagine that would undermine our children's health while helping polluters and their lobbyists. and what a strange thing this is.

Frank Lautenberg

1:33:13 to 1:33:34( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: and i hope the american public sees it for what it really is. it's an attack on the well-being of our children, our grandchildren. at the expense of promoting those companies, taking the rules off so those companies can run rampant, do any darn thing

Frank Lautenberg

1:33:35 to 1:33:56( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: they want, put up any pollution that they feel like doing, not having to take care that effluent from their manufacturing process has to be properly packaged away but just dump it, get rid of it and usually those dumps -- often those dump sites wind up as superfund sites.

Frank Lautenberg

1:33:57 to 1:34:17( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: but it doesn't matter; just go ahead and do what you want. and i was watching television, as everybody here must be, looking at the calamity that struck japan, and i saw one bright moment. they found a child who was under

Frank Lautenberg

1:34:18 to 1:34:38( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: debris for something like three days, and they unearthed her. she was so beautiful. she -- it brought tears to my eyes, and i am a tough guy, it's believed, to see this beautiful thing alive and wanting to be protected and continuing her life.

Frank Lautenberg

1:34:39 to 1:35:00( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: i never met a grandparent who wasn't ready to show you pictures of their latest grandchild. so there is no deeper love that can be found. a and here we hear the message that's been going around: let's get rid of the e.p.a.'s ability to regulate.

Frank Lautenberg

1:35:01 to 1:35:25( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: who are they to tell us what we -- what businesses can do? thank goodness that in this democratic society that we live in, has rules and regulations to keep us as a civilized nation. the supreme court scientists at the environmental protection agency agree that the clean air act is a tool that we must use

Frank Lautenberg

1:35:26 to 1:35:46( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: to stop dangerous pollution. and this amendment is very clear. it favors one group -- the business community. and i come from the business community. and i know what companies will do to help stretch their profits. some -- most companies do it reliably, honestly and so forth. but there are others who say -- who encourage this kind of

Frank Lautenberg

1:35:47 to 1:36:08( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: thinking and say, get rid of this regulation, this bureaucratic stu and the republican tea party politicians -- and we see them, we see their thoughts reflected here -- say, just ignore the supreme court. ignore the scientists. we know better. they want to reward the

Frank Lautenberg

1:36:09 to 1:36:29( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: polluters by crippling e.p.a.'s ability to enforce the clean air act. gutting this vital law is a clear and present danger. the clean air act protects our children from toxic chemicals in the air and illnesses like asthma and lung cancer.

Frank Lautenberg

1:36:30 to 1:36:52( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: last year alone the law prevented 1.7 million cases of childhood asthma. 1.7 million children. and more than 160,000 premature deaths, according to e.p.a. those numbers are gigantic. but they loom much larger when

Frank Lautenberg

1:36:53 to 1:37:13( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: it is your child, it's your doctor that says i hate to tell you this, mr, mister or mrs.s, your child has asthma, your child has

Frank Lautenberg

1:37:14 to 1:37:34( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: lung numbers are big. what we say here because it doesn't seem to be entering the thought process what goes around, comes around. and it may be your child in danger. and, heaven forbid, because there isn't a parent or a grandparent around who wouldn't

Frank Lautenberg

1:37:35 to 1:37:56( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: give their own lives to protect the lives of their children or grandchildren. you really want to know the real value of the clean air act to american families, talk to the millions of americans who live in fear of their child's next airs ma attack. it is one my child knows very we will.

Frank Lautenberg

1:37:57 to 1:38:17( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: a grandson of mine suffers from the disease. and he's an active athlete and every time he goes to a soccer game for another game, my daughter first checks to see where the nearest emergency room is because if he starts wheezing, she knows very we will that she has to get him to a clinic.

Frank Lautenberg

1:38:18 to 1:38:39( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: the experience in our family with asthma was a tragic one. my sister, who was in her early 50's, 52 years of age, was at a school board meeting when she felt an attack of asthma coming

Frank Lautenberg

1:38:40 to 1:39:01( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: on, and she started out to run to her car where she carried the plug-in little respirator. she never made it. she collapsed in the parking lot. she died within three days. and so, when you see the effects of these things, you say, what could we do, what could we

Frank Lautenberg

1:39:02 to 1:39:22( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: possibly do to prevent this from happening again to another family, to another relative? the tea party republicans, they say to these families, clean air is flies, but listen, these companies, they got to make money. they got to pay dividends. they got to pay big salaries to the executives.

Frank Lautenberg

1:39:23 to 1:39:43( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: so i -- for us, for them on that side, they say, the most important thing are those profits, are those companies. and too bad, kids, we -- sorry, we can't help you. the tea party republicans say, you can't restrict polluters with regulation. too cumbersome.

Frank Lautenberg

1:39:44 to 1:40:04( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: by their logic, we ought to get rid of traffic signals. those red lights really slow down traffic. it is a darn nuisance. how does that sound for logic? but that's what they're slings saying. while we're at it maybe you ought to get rid of the air traffic control system, too, because why should pilots of these big aircraft have to wait

Frank Lautenberg

1:40:05 to 1:40:25( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: for some government bureaucrat to tell them where and when they can land or take off? just another bureaucratic agency. it's ridiculous as -- as ridiculous as it sounds, mr. president, that's how ridiculous this sound and should sound to the american people, people across this country. stop it, republicans.

Frank Lautenberg

1:40:26 to 1:40:46( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: stop threatening our children. stop taking away a level of protection that they now have. and if the tea party republicans have their way, we will get rid of these environmental regulations, because they interfere with some of these companies' right to pollute.

Frank Lautenberg

1:40:47 to 1:41:08( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: do we want to protect our children from playing outside in foul air by keeping them inon a permanent basis? or should they -- wouldn't it be better if the air was clean and they could go outside and play, you don't have to worry about it? you want to see where the republicans will lead us, look at china.

Frank Lautenberg

1:41:09 to 1:41:30( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: china has no clean air act. the air there is so polluted that many people wear masks when they walk outside, and during the olympics in beijing, some u.s. athletes delayed their arrival to avoid the exposure to the polluted air. i was 0en a trip to -- i was on a trip to china some years ago

Frank Lautenberg

1:41:31 to 1:41:52( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: and i went to visit minister of the environment and he started complaing about how much the energy supply the united states uses and fouls the air and so i -- i was stunned because i had looked outside the window and i invited him to join me from the

Frank Lautenberg

1:41:53 to 1:42:16( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: 23rd floor and look at -- look down at the street. the only thing is, you couldn't see the street. it was so blocked with soot and mist, poisonous mist out there, i'll call it, you couldn't see the sidewalk. that's how heavy the pollution in the air was. we don't need that. we want to make sure that we take care of our obligation to

Frank Lautenberg

1:42:17 to 1:42:38( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: our families, to the children, and the strongest obligation anybody has in america is to the kids. the bottom line is that a day on the playground should not end in an emergency room. but for millions of children with asthma in america, that's exactly where the tea party republicans want to take our

Frank Lautenberg

1:42:39 to 1:42:59( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: country. i just met with a group concerned about diabetes. parents, each one of them, of a child with diabetes. i have a grandchild that suffers from diabetes. the forecast is that of children

Frank Lautenberg

1:43:00 to 1:43:20( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: born in 2000 -- the year 2000 -- one-third of them will ultimately have diabetes. and it sends a chill through your body when you look at these kids and you think, w well, one of the three of them is going to be a diabetic before their lives end. so i use that example to remind everybody, those who can see and

Frank Lautenberg

1:43:21 to 1:43:42( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: hear what we're talking about and those on the other side who want to sweep away all of the protections that we've had with clean air and let those who would pollute go on unencumbered. so i hope my colleagues will stand up and vote down this

Frank Lautenberg

1:43:43 to 1:43:45( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: amendment and i ask the senator from california, do you

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