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Senate Proceeding on Mar 26th, 2009 :: 7:00:25 to 7:12:50
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mexico, 94% of these animals -- 92.3% of the horses are they're not sick and they're not informed and they're not old. people say, well, to me, well, senator, don't you think we have to find a way to get rid of horses that are sick or too old? i said, and there are humane ways to get

Mary Landrieu

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Mary Landrieu: people say, well, to me, well, senator, don't you think we have to find a way to get rid of horses that are sick or too old? i said, and there are humane ways to get rid of horses but the myth and the lie and the shame of slaughtering that's going on is

Mary Landrieu

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Speech By: Mary Landrieu

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rid of horses but the myth and the lie and the shame of slaughtering that's going on is that 92% of the animals are have a great future but because there's a loophole in our law right now they are being treated in this

Mary Landrieu

7:00:48 to 7:01:08( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: that 92% of the animals are have a great future but because there's a loophole in our law right now they are being treated in this so i'm introducing this bill with my good friend and colleague john ensign, senator

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so i'm introducing this bill with my good friend and colleague john ensign, senator ensign from nevada, as a leading cosponsor. also, with senator cardin, boxer, graham, mccain, lautenberg, mendez,

Mary Landrieu

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Mary Landrieu: ensign from nevada, as a leading cosponsor. also, with senator cardin, boxer, graham, mccain, lautenberg, mendez, leahy, carper, lieberman, byrd, kerry, as cosponsors, original

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leahy, carper, lieberman, byrd, kerry, as cosponsors, original cosponsors of this legislation entitled prevention of equine act." if it is signed into law by the president if a person is found

Mary Landrieu

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Mary Landrieu: cosponsors of this legislation entitled prevention of equine act." if it is signed into law by the president if a person is found in violation of this act they are found to knowingly transport or sell or purchase a horse with the intent to slaughter it for

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in violation of this act they are found to knowingly transport or sell or purchase a horse with the intent to slaughter it for human consumption they will be fined and they will be, there will be criminal penalties associated with this practice. if a defendant is found guilty he could be

Mary Landrieu

7:01:58 to 7:02:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: human consumption they will be fined and they will be, there will be criminal penalties associated with this practice. if a defendant is found guilty he could be could be sentenced up to one year in prison if he has no prior convictions and if he does have prior convictions the

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could be sentenced up to one year in prison if he has no prior convictions and if he does have prior convictions the penalty will be increased. as i've said, although u.s. slaughterhouses have been closed, thousands of horses are inhumanely every day, 1,500 a week transportd

Mary Landrieu

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Mary Landrieu: penalty will be increased. as i've said, although u.s. slaughterhouses have been closed, thousands of horses are inhumanely every day, 1,500 a week transportd borders to this deplorable fate. sometimes horses are shipped as many as 700 miles with food and water and i couldhow

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borders to this deplorable fate. sometimes horses are shipped as many as 700 miles with food and water and i couldhow you dozens of pictures that i will spare those that are on the floor and those watching from the horror of some of these priors but if you want to there is ample pictures and evidence

Mary Landrieu

7:02:42 to 7:03:02( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: you dozens of pictures that i will spare those that are on the floor and those watching from the horror of some of these priors but if you want to there is ample pictures and evidence on the internet available for what is just a mindless and

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on the internet available for what is just a mindless and barbaric practice that we want to stop. when people say to me, senator, how are farmers and ranchers going to afford it? it's expensive to put down a horse, it costs about $225 to humanely euthanize a horse.

Mary Landrieu

7:03:03 to 7:03:23( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: barbaric practice that we want to stop. when people say to me, senator, how are farmers and ranchers going to afford it? it's expensive to put down a horse, it costs about $225 to humanely euthanize a horse. it for one month. so if you can afford to purchase

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it for one month. so if you can afford to purchase an animal, if you can maintain an animal, you most certainly can afford the price of putting it down that it has done on your behalf or the pleasure that it has provided you or the

Mary Landrieu

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Mary Landrieu: an animal, if you can maintain an animal, you most certainly can afford the price of putting it down that it has done on your behalf or the pleasure that it has provided you or the transportation that it has provided you because horses are

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transportation that it has provided you because horses are used in our country for many different and very necessary purposes. i just want toay that this has been a longattle. it started many years ago but in september of 2007 states court of appeals upheld the illinois statute that

Mary Landrieu

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Mary Landrieu: used in our country for many different and very necessary purposes. i just want toay that this has been a longattle. it started many years ago but in september of 2007 states court of appeals upheld the illinois statute that the slaughterhouse from continuing.

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the slaughterhouse from continuing. in april of that same year, the u.s. senate commerce committee voted in 2007, in january, the u.s. court of appeals for the fifth circuit decred the slaughter of horses for food illegal in

Mary Landrieu

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Mary Landrieu: in april of that same year, the u.s. senate commerce committee voted in 2007, in january, the u.s. court of appeals for the fifth circuit decred the slaughter of horses for food illegal in texas, upholding a law that dated back to 1949.

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texas, upholding a law that dated back to 1949. and madam president, you might have still been in the house of representatives, the house passed h.r. 503, the american slaughter horse prevention a and unfortunately that congress adjourned before the senate could take itp. however, the senate did,

Mary Landrieu

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Mary Landrieu: and madam president, you might have still been in the house of representatives, the house passed h.r. 503, the american slaughter horse prevention a and unfortunately that congress adjourned before the senate could take itp. however, the senate did, following in october, take up

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following in october, take up this matte appropriations bill only to have it scuttled again. i submit there is a broad base of bipartisan support for this legislation. practice is cruel and inh i submit to y that every court both at the district and appeals

Mary Landrieu

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Mary Landrieu: this matte appropriations bill only to have it scuttled again. i submit there is a broad base of bipartisan support for this legislation. practice is cruel and inh i submit to y that every court both at the district and appeals level that's weighed in has weighed in on the side of our

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level that's weighed in has weighed in on the side of our efforts here today and it's my intention, working with senator john ensign from nevada, to finally get this bill passed so we will have, once ended inhumane slaughter and created a way

Mary Landrieu

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Mary Landrieu: efforts here today and it's my intention, working with senator john ensign from nevada, to finally get this bill passed so we will have, once ended inhumane slaughter and created a way put downr to die naturally and

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put downr to die naturally and to be disposed of appropriately in this country which i think will be a great testimony to the rising awareness of animal care in this nation. now when people say, oh, she has again too far and w do the same thing for cows and

Mary Landrieu

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Mary Landrieu: to be disposed of appropriately in this country which i think will be a great testimony to the rising awareness of animal care in this nation. now when people say, oh, she has again too far and w do the same thing for cows and goats and chickens, horses are not raised for the same purposes as cows and goats and chickens.

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goats and chickens, horses are not raised for the same purposes as cows and goats and chickens. they were never raised for absolute we but for companionship and partnership and that is where the line, i hope, will be drawn. so i submit this bill and would like it to be referred to the appropriate committee and i

Mary Landrieu

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Mary Landrieu: they were never raised for absolute we but for companionship and partnership and that is where the line, i hope, will be drawn. so i submit this bill and would like it to be referred to the appropriate committee and i suggest, if i don't see anyone

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suggest, if i don't see anyone here on the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: thank you. the cl

Mary Landrieu

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Mary Landrieu: here on the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: thank you. the cl

Mary Landrieu

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Mary Landrieu: quorum call: louisiana madam president, i ask unanimous consent the call o the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. ms. landrieu: madam president, i thought i would take a minute to speak about a subject while i was on the floor that you are well aware of dakota and minnesota really struggling right n

Mary Landrieu

7:07:36 to 7:07:57( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: have been, now, for several days. there's a lot of fear that's gripping the community. i wanted to come and just show solidarity to that represents this picture was quite gripping in the paper this morning and brought back horrible memorie

Mary Landrieu

7:07:58 to 7:08:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: experienced almost four years ago with rooftops of people's hopes. the only difference is at home it was 105 degrees and here it looks like it's five degrees below zero or worse and i don't know to be sweltering from the heat

Mary Landrieu

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Mary Landrieu: or friesing from the cold but in any case it is not pleasant to have your home and everything you own under 14, 15, or 20 feet of water it looks like, in this case. it's just horrible. i wanted to come to the floor to say that the homeland security committee has done over the last two years, and particularly the

Mary Landrieu

7:08:42 to 7:09:02( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: work of our subcommittee, has put into place that when this delegation to work with the governors, mayors and local officials and as the work is going on now with the and the communication, the strain on the communication system about where this water is

Mary Landrieu

7:09:03 to 7:09:23( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: going to go and how people need to evacuate and how, what shelters are available and what insurance might be available for them, how the communities will be rebuilt, whether they can get a $2,000 loan or a are the communities entitled to

Mary Landrieu

7:09:24 to 7:09:44( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: by virtue of community loans and when the loans have to be paid back and whether the s.b.a. can grant them that a lot of the work that we've done will go to help this community. it may be more rural in nature. it may not

Mary Landrieu

7:09:45 to 7:10:05( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: setting that hundreds of thousands but it still i devastating to rural communities and in some cases that it threaten towns that had not too long ago been completely destroyed or in large measure destroyed. so let us hope that the system will work better and if it

Mary Landrieu

7:10:06 to 7:10:27( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: doesn't i just wanted to publicly that i am willing to continue to work through our subcommittee and many other subcommittees to make sure that the people of north dakota and minnesota have what they need to recover in a swift way and to be of great help because in my view, and i'll conclude with this, the federal gover

Mary Landrieu

7:10:28 to 7:10:49( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: should never again be absent or anemic in situations like this and they were in our case: absent and anemic. they need to be bold and aggressive and work with local governments to get this job done. these tax-paying american citizens that deserve to have their government step up. we're not a third world nation.

Mary Landrieu

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Mary Landrieu: we're not a developing nation. we are a sophisticated nation of government and law where people pay insurance, they pay their taxes and when something beyond their wildest manual completely out of their control likic getting stuck in the river maybe chunks as big as

Mary Landrieu

7:11:11 to 7:11:31( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: automobiles or trucks, madam president -- this is your area -- and the water is backed up because of these icepacks and, again, would just get this off my chest to people sometimes on the other side of the aisle that say, let individuals find their own way. well, there a times when individuals, even collectively, are not strong enough to do what

Mary Landrieu

7:11:32 to 7:11:52( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: needs toe done and the government needs to come in and blow up this ice and provide help for these victims of flooding along with the private sector and with nonprofit groups. so i just wanted to come to the

Mary Landrieu

7:11:53 to 7:12:13( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: floor and just put that statement in the record. to you, madam president, if my office can be of any assistance to you, please let me know. and i would like to ask unanimous consent to grant floor privileges to brian carter, a fellow in the committee on health and education, labor and pensions for the duration of the

Mary Landrieu

7:12:14 to 7:12:37( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: debate on h.r. 1388. i think i'm now supposed to ask for the quorum call and for the time to be divided -- or counted against both sides equally. okay, i suggest the presiding officer: the will call the roll. thank you very much, senator, and the floor privileges will be

Mary Landrieu

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Mary Landrieu: granted.

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