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Senate Proceeding on Mar 28th, 2011 :: 1:20:35 to 1:37:25
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Mary Landrieu

1:20:32 to 1:20:54( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: the clerk: calendar number 17, s. 493, a bill to re-authorize and improve the sbir and sttr programs, and for other purposes. the presiding officer: i apologize to the senator from louisiana. ms. landrieu: that's okay. thank you so much, mr. president. i appreciate the opportunity that the leadership has provided

Mary Landrieu

1:20:35 to 1:37:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mary Landrieu

Mary Landrieu

1:20:55 to 1:21:17( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: for senator snowe and -- and i to present s. 493 and continue to it is a very important program that has actually existed at the federal level for 20 years, mr. president. it's not a household word, but

Mary Landrieu

1:21:18 to 1:21:38( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: it is known very well in the small business community, and it is supported by groups like the small business association, the chamber of commerce, many high-tech organizations because they know the same thing that we know, that this is a very important federal program that actually works and is

Mary Landrieu

1:21:39 to 1:21:59( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: accomplishing its mission. it's a government public-private partnership, a government-business partnership with the largest federal agencies that actually set aside a small portion of their research and development dollars. it's actually really relatively small.

Mary Landrieu

1:22:00 to 1:22:21( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: 2.5% to 3% of all their research and development dollars. they set it aside, and they aggressively look for small businesses that are able to provide new services, cutting edge technology, new methodology, new software to solve problems that the government is having.

Mary Landrieu

1:22:22 to 1:22:43( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: now, in the process of these small businesses solving problems for the government, i.e. the taxpayer, the great news is some new businesses are developed, and they can be then commercialized into the private market, which is how this program works, which is why it's so beneficial not only to taxpayers but to the market generally, and i'm excited,

Mary Landrieu

1:22:44 to 1:23:05( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: mr. president, because we have great evidence from the studies and surveys of this program that it is meeting and exceeding its expectations. it is creating thousands of jobs, it's providing an opportunity for small businesses to compete on a level playing field with large businesses, and it's providing the taxpayer with

Mary Landrieu

1:23:06 to 1:23:28( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: some cutting edge technology and innovation. let me just give you one example which is close to my heart because we ran into this problem to deal with the aftermath of katrina. this is just one example of the kinds of new technologies that are being developed through this

Mary Landrieu

1:23:29 to 1:23:50( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: program, and this bill we hope will get passed this week if we can negotiate wisely and smartly on the amendments pending. it will re-authorize this program for eight years. a long-term authorization, which is important to send a signal out to the market and to small businesses and to these coalings. we believe in this partnership. we know it can work.

Mary Landrieu

1:23:51 to 1:24:12( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: we want to give you a long lead time and an eight-year runway to lift some of these businesses off and launch them and to create the kind of jobs and entrepreneurial opportunity that we think we know is out there. this is just one example. a huntsville, alabama, company, gatr technologies.

Mary Landrieu

1:24:13 to 1:24:33( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: it's an inflatable antenna. an inflatable antenna provides emergency internet access, cellular phone coverage and phone lines over satellite networks. first used by responders in haiti and hurricane ike. provides communication support to our special operations forces, to u.s. navy, u.s. air force. it's so far created 30 jobs but

Mary Landrieu

1:24:34 to 1:24:57( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: has tremendous opportunity. last year, $7 million in sales, and this year, approximately approximately $10 million. and this technology was launched with a $148,000 grant. what happened to us in the aftermath of katrina, mr. president, you may rember this, is that even the government's best satellite phones failed to work.

Mary Landrieu

1:24:58 to 1:25:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and so not only we really even with a great evacuation plan in place, with a great medical plan in place, with a great response plan in place, it's not worth the paper it's written on if you can't communicate it. and so what we found was when people landed with satellite phones, there wasn't enough reception base on the ground to be able to communicate those

Mary Landrieu

1:25:19 to 1:25:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: channels. now, the technology has advanced significantly since then, but the same thing when you're trying to get communications in a war-torn place or catastrophically destroyed place, this technology allows basically a balloon to be put down on site.

Mary Landrieu

1:25:40 to 1:26:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: completely increasing and substantially increasing the communications capabilities. this is just one example. so an agency had a problem. it lost -- it couldn't communicate, it didn't have the kind of communication technology, it puts out a small grant, small business responds. this technology is created, and

Mary Landrieu

1:26:01 to 1:26:21( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: potentially this could go on to develop into quite a large company. it might morph self-times before it -- it goes commercial, but that's what this program does. let me give you this is -- and these jobs are being created in huntsville, alabama.

Mary Landrieu

1:26:22 to 1:26:43( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: we're thrilled for alabama. jobs are created through this program in every state in the union. here is a -- a small business from watertown, massachusetts. it's the a123 lithium-ion battery. advanced lithium-eye on battery is used widely for transportation, power grid and commercial/industrial products.

Mary Landrieu

1:26:44 to 1:27:04( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: opened the largest lithium-eye on battery manufacturing plant in north america, in michigan, a place we need to be creating jobs. this program is doing exactly that. it's created more than 400 jobs across the state of michigan. this grant potentially i think came out of the energy bpt. it was -- the technology

Mary Landrieu

1:27:05 to 1:27:26( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: initially developed at m.i.t., but the road to commercial success was paved in 2002 when this company was awarded awarded $100,000 small business innovation research grant. so this successfully leveraged this sbir grant to take this lab and its product to the market.

Mary Landrieu

1:27:27 to 1:27:50( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: it employs now -- it is up grated and employs more than 2,000 people globally and has facilities around the world. so this is -- this is creating jobs for america, new technology for america, but, mr. president, the world is benefiting from this. in fact, senator snowe has joined me on the floor, and she will rember when we had

Mary Landrieu

1:27:51 to 1:28:11( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: testimony from our consultant, dr. wesserman, testified that actually as the chief -- chief overseer of this program or reviewer, i should say, of this program, he has been asked to speak in many different countries about the success of this program, so while people are trying to eliminate government programs that aren't

Mary Landrieu

1:28:12 to 1:28:32( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: working, let's make sure that this week in the senate, we take the opportunity to re-authorize programs that are and that is creating jobs at home and serving as a model for entrepreneurship development all over the and i see senator snowe on the floor, so i'm going to just wrap

Mary Landrieu

1:28:33 to 1:28:53( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: up my opening remarks, but i do want to just review just briefing. as i said, this program was designed in 1982 to harness the innovative capacity of america's small businesses to meet the needs of our federal agencies. senator warren rudman from new hampshire had a great part to

Mary Landrieu

1:28:54 to 1:29:14( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: play as a lead sponsor of this bill. to date, the sbir, which is small business innovation research and small business technology transfer program, has produced more than 85,000 patents and generated tens of thousands of well-paying jobs across all 50 states, in

Mary Landrieu

1:29:15 to 1:29:35( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: addition to we're creating jobs overseas that are a benefit to america as well. this is a good return on the investment that we make for our economy, and as i said, it's garnered high praise from well-respected sources and governments around the world. it is an eight-year authorization. in this bill, we update the

Mary Landrieu

1:29:36 to 1:29:57( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: award sizes, which have not been changed since 1994. phase one awards will be increased from $100,000 to $150,000. phase 2 from $750,000 to $1 million. and we adopted the house measure that allows the s.b.a. to update these award guidelines annual

Mary Landrieu

1:29:58 to 1:30:19( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and -- annually instead of every five years. we also put certain amounts of caps on some of the awards to make sure that as many businesses as possible got access to these awards, if merited. and, again, this is all merit-based. this is not a formula that's distributed based on applications. these are merit-based awards based on the quality of the

Mary Landrieu

1:30:20 to 1:30:40( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: application, based on the promise of the technology, and based on the level of need the agency has for this kind of new technology. as i said, it creates a federal-state technology partnership programs. it improves the s.b.a.'s ability to oversee and coordinate these programs.

Mary Landrieu

1:30:41 to 1:31:01( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: it does provide some administrative funding which we thought was lacking to make sure that the agencies themselves have the wherewithal and the expertise to really get this program maximized in its job-creation potential. and, mr. president, the reason i think this is so important is

Mary Landrieu

1:31:02 to 1:31:25( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: senator snowe and i have been almost singlely focused on doing everything we can leading this small business committee across party lines and together, both democrats and republicans, to try to put this recession behind us. and this is a fight, mr. president. this isn't something that's going to happen naturally. it's going to be by this government in washington, at the

Mary Landrieu

1:31:26 to 1:31:50( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: state and local level creating atmospheres for businesses to prosper and jobs to be created. and i have to say that i was very pleased to get a copy of the kaufman index on entrepreneurial activity that i'm going to submit a portion for the record. i think people would be pleased to hear its opening program.

Mary Landrieu

1:31:51 to 1:32:15( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: it says, "in 2010, there were .34% of the adult population, which is 340 out of 100,000 adults, created a new business each month, which means that in america in this year, 565,000 new businesses were

Mary Landrieu

1:32:16 to 1:32:38( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: created each month in 2010, approximately. that's pretty extraordinary, if you think about it. every day -- or every month, 565,000 new businesses are launched. now, we know that all of them don't succeed but some of them do and some of them grow to be huge, extraordinary companies.

Mary Landrieu

1:32:39 to 1:33:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: qualcomm comes to mind. microsoft comes to mind. and one started as a small business and then they grow. but the 2010 entrepreneurial activity rate was the same as 2009 but it represents a substantial increase from 2007 and, most significantly, represents the highest level

Mary Landrieu

1:33:01 to 1:33:22( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: over the past decade and a half. now, i wish i could say that this particular program was responsible for all this but obviously it's not. but it's one of the tools the federal government has, along with our contracting and procurement tools, along with our tax code, along with our other incentives that we passed

Mary Landrieu

1:33:23 to 1:33:44( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: in our last small business bill, the new $30 billion lending program which is leveraged up to $300 billion in lending to small businesses on main street, not wall street, but getting money to small businesses, these 565,000 that are started every month by great americans trying

Mary Landrieu

1:33:45 to 1:34:05( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: to provide a livelihood for themselves, opportunities for their family, and strength for their community. so innovation and jobs, fighting hard for them, trying to pass this reauthorization that can contribute to this substantial growth. so things are looking better. trend lines are in a positive direction.

Mary Landrieu

1:34:06 to 1:34:27( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: let me show you some other growth lines that are very important. we had a terribly substantial loss of jobs, as you know, in 2008 and 2009. the president largely inherited this situation. he did not even take office

Mary Landrieu

1:34:28 to 1:34:49( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: until half of this job loss was completed. but i think that we've been working together and the president has been leading a great effort to turn the situation around and start creating jobs as opposed to losing them. and you can see this is a pretty dramatic turnaround, losing .6 million in 200-- $3.6 million

Mary Landrieu

1:34:50 to 1:35:10( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: in 2008, $5.5 million in 2009 but a net increase of 1.3 million in 2010 with things looking very promising in the first quarter of 2011, which we find ourselves still moving in a very positive direction. and i don't know what these projections are but i think

Mary Landrieu

1:35:11 to 1:35:31( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: it's going to be a greater than 1.3 million, which was last year's, which would be very encouraging. we have a long way to go to make up for the recession, when wall street collapsed, parts of wall street collapsed, and the housing market and real estate market were terribly wounded, and that's another story for another day.

Mary Landrieu

1:35:32 to 1:35:53( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: but the good news is it looks like we're recovering. the unemployment rate is still too high in too many places in this country. that is why senator snowe and i are on the floor again this week and that is why we're asking our colleagues to be as cooperative as possible. we know there are so many issues that people want to talk about and time is limited on the floor, but in our -- in our

Mary Landrieu

1:35:54 to 1:36:14( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: mind, we should be almost singularly focused on job creation and reducing the debt and closing this deficit. and by creating jobs and building business in the private sector -- and this is one program that absolutely hits its mark -- we can do all three.

Mary Landrieu

1:36:15 to 1:36:36( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: we can create jobs, expand economic opportunity. we're making a dent in the debt, and we're closing the deficit gap by creating new tax dollars that come in from hard-working americans in the private sector. so, mr. president, i'm excited to present this bill again. we'll have a lot more information as the day unfolds.

Mary Landrieu

1:36:37 to 1:36:57( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: i understand we have a vote on a different matter the about 5:00 or 5:30 today, but senator snowe and i will be on the floor to answer any questions that members might have. we're not encouraging additional amendments. we already have 89 -- we already have 89 amendments that have been filed on this bill. we're hoping to get some of them withdrawn that are not germane

Mary Landrieu

1:36:58 to 1:37:19( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: to this bill, but we will be working throughout the week and hopefully, mr. president, together we can give a very strong vote of confidence to entrepreneurs out there that are taking extraordinary risk in very challenging times. the least we can do is get the government programs that are there for them to support them up and running and as strong as

Mary Landrieu

1:37:20 to 1:37:31( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: possible to help them in their quest to be successful. thank you, mr. president.

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