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Senate Proceeding 03-15-11 on Mar 15th, 2011 :: 2:58:15 to 3:01:55
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Harry Reid

2:58:15 to 2:58:36( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: is still unsettled, states should not be spending the money and small businesses should not be spending the money to implement a law that may be thrown out anyway by the courts. let's not cause the financially strapped states and the financially strapped small businesses in this country to have to spend the money to

Harry Reid

2:58:15 to 3:01:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Harry Reid

Harry Reid

2:58:37 to 2:58:59( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: implement the health care reform bill until we know it really is the law of the land p. and right now that is a question, because two courts have thrown it out as unconstitutional. one in virginia and one in florida. so my amendment number 197 will say, we will delay implementation, we will not

Harry Reid

2:59:00 to 2:59:22( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: require any cost to be incurred by a business, an individual, or a state until it is clear it has gone to the supreme court and the health care reform act really is the law of the land. that could save millions for our states and millions for the businesses across our country. i hope that we can get this amendment pending.

Harry Reid

2:59:23 to 2:59:43( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: the second amendment is number 198. it is called the lease afnlgt it is rulely simple. today we have -- it is called the lease afnlgt it is really simple. today we have a virtual moratorium. my colleague from louisiana has designated what we have senior senator a permtorum because there is alm activity, no activity in the gull of mexico

Harry Reid

2:59:44 to 3:00:04( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: in deepwater drilling activity. now, we know that gasoline at the pump is going up because there is a shortage of supply. if we would get these leases out there, all of the exploration that's being done and allow the people who have paid the bonuses for the leases to fully use

Harry Reid

3:00:05 to 3:00:25( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: their leases, then we would give them one more year to be able to determine if it is worth it to drill a well in the gulf of mexico and start pumping oil and increase our supply through our own natural resources that god has given to our country. our amendment number 198, which

Harry Reid

3:00:26 to 3:00:48( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: is the hutchison-landrieu bill, would just extend for one year, which is the time that these people have paid for a lease but not been able to use it because there is a moratorium on the deepwater drilling and the department of interior has now only given a maximum of three, possibly only two, permits for

Harry Reid

3:00:49 to 3:01:12( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: the people who had been able to explore before the b.p. spill. so i hope to get both of those amendments up. i can think of nothing that would help small business more than to know that they will not have to implement the health care reform afpblgt they can go ahead -- health care reform act. they can go ahead and hire people, free them to build up their employment base, which is

Harry Reid

3:01:13 to 3:01:34( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: what we all want to do -- build our economy. and, secondly, to hopefully get a better price of fuel for them so that they will not have to suffer with these high gasoline prices. most small businesses in a poll said that their top three expenditures include the cost of fuel and electricity and natural gas.

Harry Reid

3:01:35 to 3:01:57( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: so we need to give our small businesses help, and i hope that we can get our amendments number 197 and 198 pending at the appropriate time. and at this point i hope my colleagues will support senator mcconnell's amendment to stop the e.p.a. from adding costs to the refineries and the gasoline producers of our country.

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