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Senate Proceeding on Mar 17th, 2011 :: 6:42:45 to 6:51:20
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Mary Landrieu

6:42:45 to 6:43:07( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: on the floor and maybe other members are coming to the floor to talk on other subjects, where i guess technically still talking about our re-authorization of the sbir and sttr programs. senator snowe and i have been working through the week to manage this bill through the floor. i want to again just say how pleased i am with the progress that we made this week.

Mary Landrieu

6:42:45 to 6:51:20( Edit History Discussion )
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Mary Landrieu

6:43:08 to 6:43:28( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: i know we haven't had -- we have had about three or four votes on amendments, and there are others that are pending, but we really have made progress, and i really appreciate the cooperation of all of the members. this is a very important program. we have struggled, as i have said, for six years to get this program re-authorized. while everybody is running

Mary Landrieu

6:43:29 to 6:43:50( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: around, fussing about programs that don't work, mr. president, it's important for us to focus on those programs that do work, particularly those programs that work to create private sector jobs. it's important for us to stay focused on eliminating, reducing and hopefully eliminating our federal debt and reducing annual deficits.

Mary Landrieu

6:43:51 to 6:44:13( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: that's going to be done when we do a couple of things all time. it's not going to be done by standing on the sidelines, slashing and burning discretionary domestic spending only, particularly some of the best programs in america. it's going to be done by thoughtful cuts and eliminations

Mary Landrieu

6:44:14 to 6:44:35( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: of some programs that don't work, some thoughtful eliminations and cuts to the defense budget. it's going to be done by raising revenues, where appropriate, to close some of the gaps and taking back some of the excessive grants to the high-end taxpayers, particularly those making over $1 million a year, in the view of this senator, and

Mary Landrieu

6:44:36 to 6:44:57( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: it's going to take some investments that can actually save taxpayer money in the long run and cutting some mandatory programs. and we know -- and i think that's getting very clear to the american people as this debate over the house c.r. and the debate over deficits and debts

Mary Landrieu

6:44:58 to 6:45:21( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: goes on, people are understanding that, i think, better and better, and so one of the reasons that i'm personally happy to be on the floor this week is because i know the bill that i'm supporting and offering here to the senate, hopefully getting to the house and then eventually to the president's desk, will create private sector jobs and close this deficit gap

Mary Landrieu

6:45:22 to 6:45:46( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and begin to chip away, in a substantial way at the debt. we have got to grow our kpheurbgs and i have a chart i want to call up in just a minute. before i do, i wan again a specific example that i'm talking about so be very clear.

Mary Landrieu

6:45:49 to 6:46:10( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: projects like this were won by irobot. this is an example, one example of the hundreds of thousands of small businesses that received either a contract or an award through this very important program. and d.o.d. has the largest, over $1 billion, mr. president, a portion of their research and development budget. prior to this program, almost

Mary Landrieu

6:46:11 to 6:46:32( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: 100% of that money went to big business or to universities and big business. small businesses were just summarily overlooked, regardless of whether they had good technology or not. they really weren't let in the front door. this program that we're talking about reauthorizing for eight years creates that door and opens it for the small

Mary Landrieu

6:46:33 to 6:46:54( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: businesses in louisiana, in colorado, in new mexico, in new york. and that's why we're going to fight hard for this program and to get it reauthorized to the president's desk. let me just give you one example. the d.o.d. needed more reliable, cost-effective robotic devices for going into caves, checking

Mary Landrieu

6:46:55 to 6:47:15( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and defusing i.e.d.'s. i don't think i have to explain to anyone listening or any member of this senate the challenges of our soldiers in afghanistan. i've been to afghanistan. i have not been in caves in afghanistan, but i have visited our troops there. i've heard their stories. i have seen pictures and read

Mary Landrieu

6:47:16 to 6:47:37( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: enough books to know the frightening thousands of miles of caves and crevices that our soldiers are having to go into to hunt down osama bin laden, who still has not been found and captured, and to project our forces overseas. we have been in some ways as a nation kind of caught off guard,

Mary Landrieu

6:47:38 to 6:47:59( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: mr. president, about the terrorist attacks and military strategies using explosive devices. and i guess we knew that this could be a tactic, but honestly, we did not have what we needed to protect our troops to win the battles.

Mary Landrieu

6:48:00 to 6:48:20( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and so this program steps up and says, okay, this is what we need. let's go out and see who's got the best technology. instead of spending billions and billions and millions and millions of dollars giving a contract to a big company and getting them to go through all the rigmarole to develop it, it's kind of an off-the-shelf

Mary Landrieu

6:48:21 to 6:48:42( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: technology almost except we develop the idea give a small business the opportunity. unlike large businesses, these small firms approach the project unencumbered by last research and approaches. they start with a clean shraeufplt they often -- they start with a clean slate. they also attract young researchers fresh out of

Mary Landrieu

6:48:43 to 6:49:04( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: universities like irobot that started with two m.i.t. students and professors. ideas have turned a company with a market cap of now $400 million, strong military and private-sector sales. you probably heard of the private-sector spinoff, the

Mary Landrieu

6:49:05 to 6:49:25( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: roomba, a product that vacuums while one is at work in the u.s. this is a different product than the i.e.d. and the robot that i'm going to talk about in a minute. but it's an example of one of these programs. when our forces needed to go into caves and find i.e.d.'s, there was some technology that

Mary Landrieu

6:49:26 to 6:49:46( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: developed in order to do that. the navy has many examples. the army has many examples. and i am encouraged to see these outstanding opportunities. this was in bedford, massachusetts. this is the irobot that i mentioned. and i'm going to get the chart

Mary Landrieu

6:49:47 to 6:50:07( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: for the i.e.d. explosive in just a moment. but this is an example of some of the projects that have been funded, and not just good for our soldiers, but obviously this company then became a company that went on to sell other products into the conventional market and creating jobs along the way.

Mary Landrieu

6:50:08 to 6:50:28( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: so i am really -- i know that the senator, senator bingaman wants to speak on energy, and i'm going to yield the floor and then come back later and put a few more things into the record before this weekends, so that when we come back in a couple of weeks, we will have built the strongest record possible for a

Mary Landrieu

6:50:29 to 6:50:49( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: vote as soon as possible on a program that works, that's cost effective, that creates new technologies that help our soldiers at home and help us vacuum our floors. our soldiers overseas and helps us vacuum our floors here at home, and create american jobs in the process and help us to close this deficit and debt gap.

Mary Landrieu

6:50:50 to 6:50:55( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: so i thank you, mr. president,

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