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Senate Proceeding 03-24-09 on Mar 24th, 2009 :: 1:29:05 to 1:35:55
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Thomas Carper

1:29:01 to 1:29:22( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas Carper: the strong support this bill enjoys is in the surprising given her stewardship and the hard work of senator kennedy who brought us to this point and i thank senators hatch and enzi for their work on this bill. when we worked together across the aisle the end result is a better bill and good governance. i can think of no bill that better represents the values of

Thomas Carper

1:29:05 to 1:35:55( Edit History Discussion )
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Thomas Carper

1:29:23 to 1:29:45( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas Carper: america than the serve america act. it will expand the opportunities for americans to serve their communities and their nation. it makes me and i think all of us here proud that each year over 60 million americans volunteer, donating over 8 billion hours of their own time, their own lives to make our country and the world a

Thomas Carper

1:29:46 to 1:30:06( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas Carper: better place. mr. president, we're at a time of crisis. right now our country needs those volunteers in our schools, hospitals, and shelters more than nonprofits are doing all that they can to help those who have lost their jobs, their houses,

Thomas Carper

1:30:07 to 1:30:27( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas Carper: their savings this bill recognizes the need to reinforce and strengthen the number of ways. mr. president, i recently spoke here in the senate about the need for our country to reset its focus on how best to change the culture of our economy away from a wall street profit-first

Thomas Carper

1:30:28 to 1:30:49( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas Carper: prioritizes jobs and careers that will help our nation tackle the challenges it currently faces. i believe the vitality of our economy rests with our ability to be the world's leader in innovation, and i believe this means that we must do more to attract the best and the brightest to careers in science and engineering.

Thomas Carper

1:30:50 to 1:31:10( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas Carper: those who have dedicated homes to these fields have much to contribute beyond making our economy competitive. they also contribute to our communities' well-being. this bill, i'm proud to say, recognizes the important there'll engineers can play in bettering -- important role that engineers can play in bettering our communities.

Thomas Carper

1:31:11 to 1:31:31( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas Carper: i'd like to commend the health, education, labor and pensions committee for expanding the purpose of this bill to include providing service opportunities for our nation's retiring professionals, including those retiring from the science, technical, engineering and mathematics professions also known as "stem" jobs. not only will this allow to us

Thomas Carper

1:31:32 to 1:31:52( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas Carper: tap the unique skills and knowledge of our retired stem work force but it will allow us to strengthen the stem education pipeline. this bill will send retired engineers into communies, classrooms programs, allowing them to share theirisdom and experience with students. ultimately, they will help these

Thomas Carper

1:31:53 to 1:32:13( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas Carper: young people understand not only the important role that science and math can play in their careers but how they can use their eertise in these fields to solve o world's greatest challenges. this bill also acknowledges tha innovative community-based service

Thomas Carper

1:32:14 to 1:32:36( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas Carper: integrate stem are a successful strategy to engage middle and high school students in meingful hands-on learning opportunities that also help them meet their community's needs. it specifically allows funds to be used to integrate service learning programs into stem curricular -- curricula at elementary, secondary and post-secondary school levels and

Thomas Carper

1:32:37 to 1:32:59( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas Carper: then draw on practicing retired stem professionals to work in these programs. in this case, electrical engineers might participate in a program that helps students apply lessons from their math and science classes to expd and improve broadband access in rural communities. linking the classroom to real-world applications will help students better

Thomas Carper

1:33:00 to 1:33:20( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas Carper: the role and responsibilities of gineers and scientists in the workplacwork. the third way thathis bill draws on expertise and nodges of engineers is -- knowledge of engineers is it professional corps programs to be created. these programs will recruit and place qualified engineers in communities that don't have an

Thomas Carper

1:33:21 to 1:33:41( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas Carper: adequate supply of these professionals. for example, an employer would sponsor an indidual and pay their salary to be placed in an organization that works with the communit energy audits of local public buildings or homes in disadvantaged communities. this will not only reduce a community's carbon footprint, it would also help improve public

Thomas Carper

1:33:42 to 1:34:02( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas Carper: awareness of engineering's critical role in solving our nation's greatest challenges. like energy efficiency and energy dependence. we must once again capture the attention of our students and let them see the numerous ways that stem contribute to our economy lives of their fellow citizens

Thomas Carper

1:34:03 to 1:34:23( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas Carper: in america and abroad. just as i decided to study engineering because i was inspired by sputnik and the race to put a man on the moon, we must inspire our students to work on issues of critical need as well. the underrepresentation of so many groups in stem fields is troubl since diversity is widely acknowledged to spur innovation and creativity.

Thomas Carper

1:34:24 to 1:34:44( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas Carper: innovation and creativity, in turn, spur the development of new products and new which are essential to maintaing a competive economy. engineers and scientists can have a tremendous impact on the lives of these traditionally underrepresented groups by serving as mentors in their community. this bill will encourage our

Thomas Carper

1:34:45 to 1:35:05( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas Carper: nation's scientists and engineers to work in economically disadvantaged communities to ensure that these fields include rather than exclude and encourage rather than discourage traditionally underrepresented groups from pursuing a stem education. the serve america a our young people identify those challenges and provide them with

Thomas Carper

1:35:06 to 1:35:27( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas Carper: real opportunities to make a difference, opportunities like improving energy efficiency, working toward energy independence for america, bolstering disaster preparedness and response, promoting environmental sustainability, strengthening our education and health care infrastructure, and improving opportunitiesor economically disadvantaged

Thomas Carper

1:35:28 to 1:35:49( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas Carper: individuals. these challenges are truly daunting, yet i know that if asked, a new generation of engineers and scientists will rise to the occasion. mr. president, i stand in proud support of the serve america act, as it will inspire multiple again trietionz volunteer and to en-- generations to engage in national service.

Thomas Carper

1:35:50 to 1:35:56( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas Carper: their generosity will not only strengthen america but the world. i appreciate my colleagues allowing me the opportunity to explain how the service

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