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Senate Proceeding on Mar 29th, 2011 :: 1:49:45 to 1:58:00
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Mary Landrieu

1:49:34 to 1:49:55( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: employees or a diminution of health care coverage, i'm sure that we will get the sup my colleagues. with that, mr. president, i yield the floor. a senator: mr. pre the presiding officer: morning business is closed. under the previous order, the senate will resume consideration of s. 493 w report.

Mary Landrieu

1:49:45 to 1:58:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mary Landrieu

Mary Landrieu

1:49:56 to 1:50:16( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: the clerk: calendar number 17, s. 493, a bill to reauthorize and improve the sbir and the sttr programs and for other purposes. the presiding officer: the senator from louisiana. ms. landrieu: thank you, mr. president. before we get into a brief discussion of the bill that's on the floor, i have nine unanimous consent requests for committees to meet during today's session of the senate. they have the approval of the majority and minority leaders.

Mary Landrieu

1:50:17 to 1:50:38( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: i ask unanimous consent that these requests be agreed to and these requests be printed in the record. the presiding officer: without objection. ms. landrieu: thank you, mr. president. can i ask the chair -- i know that we're discussing the bill. do we have a time constraint? i understand that at 12:00 there

Mary Landrieu

1:50:39 to 1:51:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: may be some additional commentary. the presiding officer: there is no formal time constraints at this ms. landrieu: okay, thank you, mr. president. let me just try to recap for just a moment, because it's my understanding that there may be some colleagues coming down to the floor around 12:00 to pay

Mary Landrieu

1:51:01 to 1:51:21( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: tribute to an extraordinary woman, an extraordinary american, geraldine ferraro whom we lost this week. and i most certainly want to be respectful to the members that are coming to the floor to pay tribute to our former colleague and extraordinary leader. but let me remind colleagues

Mary Landrieu

1:51:22 to 1:51:42( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: that we are still trying today to get this bill, an important bill for the country, an important bill to help put this recession in our rear-view mirror, an important bill that gives us yet one more very carefully crafted tool to help

Mary Landrieu

1:51:43 to 1:52:03( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: create jobs on main streets, in rural areas, in suburban areas and in urban areas all across this country. and that is the eight-year reauthorization of the small business innovation and research program and small business technology transfer program.

Mary Landrieu

1:52:04 to 1:52:28( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: this program is 20 -- approximately 20 years old, first passed by senator warren rudman, when a report found its way to congress that said, alarmingly, agencies of the federal government, whether it was the department of defense or nasa or n.i.h., were not

Mary Landrieu

1:52:29 to 1:52:50( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: accessing the power and the technology of the small business community. that when they went out to do research, they were just looking at research offered by either just universities -- which we're very proud of the work that our universities do. but they were looking at really large businesses. what did g.e. have to offer? what did i.b.m. have to offer?

Mary Landrieu

1:52:51 to 1:53:12( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and it occurred to many members of congress at that time that there was a tremendous amount of brainpower and agility and quickness and cutting-edge innovative technologies resting in the minds and hearts and dreams of entrepreneurs and small businesses in america that the taxpayers weren't benefitting from, mr. president. as you can imagine, people might

Mary Landrieu

1:53:13 to 1:53:33( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: think of all this technology coming out of new york or california. they might skip over a place like montana where the president is from, or louisiana, where this senator is from. and so there was some very wise members that said let's create a program that would direct at least a portion of the research

Mary Landrieu

1:53:34 to 1:53:54( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and development funding of these large agencies so that small businesses can compete. now, these are grants not given out by formula or on a first-come, first served basis. these grants and contracts are given out based on merit, about what looks promising, about potential and about what the

Mary Landrieu

1:53:55 to 1:54:16( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: taxpayers need in terms of dealing with problems. one thing that comes immediately to mind is the terrible tragedy unfolding in japan as we speak with the potential meltdown, the process of a nuclear reactor melting down. some of the technology, mr. president, being deployed to

Mary Landrieu

1:54:17 to 1:54:37( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: that situation which is technology developed by -- in the field of robotics, that technology was developed, a portion of it, through this sbir program. so that makes very relevant the debate that we're having on the floor today. when people go home or now turning on their televisions or

Mary Landrieu

1:54:38 to 1:54:58( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: listening to their radio or over the internet following those unfolding dramatic developments in japan knowing that one of the companies that's been deployed and some of the material from the united states actually was developed through this program. so that's just one of 1,000 examples that senator snowe and i have provided in terms of

Mary Landrieu

1:54:59 to 1:55:20( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: testimony before the small business committee to the "congressional record" and our numerous speeches on the floor, to talk about the importance of this program. what we'd like to do is -- i would like as the manager of this bill -- i'm not sure it is going to be possible, but i would most certainly like to have this bill voted on and passed by the end of this week.

Mary Landrieu

1:55:21 to 1:55:43( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: i'm not sure the leadership has decided that that is something that's possible. but i'd like to send a strong bill over to the house, hopefully a bill that doesn't have amendments on it that would warrant a presidential threat of a veto, and get this bill passed through the house and then passed on to the president so that he can sign it and send a very positive signal that his

Mary Landrieu

1:55:44 to 1:56:04( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: agenda and all of our agenda for innovation, having america be the best educated, the best competitors in the world in terms of the economy, and giving our small business yet another tool. we've worked on reducing the abuses in the credit card industry. we've worked on capital access

Mary Landrieu

1:56:05 to 1:56:25( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: through a new lending program. we've reduced fees, reduced taxes to the tune of $12 billion to our small businesses throughout the country in the last congress. we want to continue to work on lowering taxes where we can, eliminating regulations and supporting programs like this that work.

Mary Landrieu

1:56:26 to 1:56:46( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: let's eliminate or modify those programs that aren't working and let's step up our support and reauthorize the programs that are. the assessments done and the reviews of this program have been across the board very positive and outstanding by the independent researchers. senator snowe and i have taken

Mary Landrieu

1:56:47 to 1:57:08( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: into consideration those many reports in the drafting of this bill and made some changes to the program so that it moves forward so that in eight years it will even be better. and one of my key goals and objectives is to make sure that states like louisiana or mississippi or montana or wyoming, states that have not previously been awarded many of

Mary Landrieu

1:57:09 to 1:57:29( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: these grants, that we have stepped up some technical assistance and help so that we can find the best technology in this country to apply to some of our most pressing problems regardless of whether they're in sort of the big cities and big places like new york, los

Mary Landrieu

1:57:30 to 1:57:50( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: angeles, california, but that our entrepreneurs around the country are being benefited by a program that they have access to as well. so, mr. president, i'm pleased that we can get back on the small business innovation and research bill and small business technology transfer bill. senator snowe and i will be coming to the floor periodically during the day to continue to

Mary Landrieu

1:57:51 to 1:58:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: move this bill along. i see my colleague, the senator from maryland, who is scheduled to speak in just a few minutes. so, mr. president, at this time

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