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Senate Proceeding on Apr 6th, 2011 :: 5:32:40 to 5:42:30
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Frank Lautenberg

5:32:21 to 5:32:42( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: quorum call: the presiding officer: the senator from new jersey. mr. lautenberg: mr. president, we're speaking as if in morning business, is that correct? the presiding officer: we are in in the middle of a quorum call. mr. lautenberg: mr. president, this afternoon -- the presiding officer: the

Frank Lautenberg

5:32:40 to 5:42:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Frank Lautenberg

Frank Lautenberg

5:32:43 to 5:33:04( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: senate is in a quorum mr. lautenberg: oh. i ask unanimous consent that the quorum call dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. lautenberg: mr. president, this aft this chamber has

Frank Lautenberg

5:33:05 to 5:33:27( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: got to face a clear question: what matters we will be voting on amendments that will cripple the government's ability to enforce the clean air act. mr. lautenberg: now, this is a landmark law that protects our children from toxic chemicals in the air and illnesses like

Frank Lautenberg

5:33:31 to 5:33:54( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: asthma and lung cancer. in 2010, the clean air act prevented 1.7 million cases of childhood asthma and more than 160,000 premature deaths from occurring. the numbers will big but numbers don't mean much unless it's your child. if it's your child, there's no

Frank Lautenberg

5:33:55 to 5:34:16( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: number that's too large to take care of that child's health. you want to know the real value of clean air act to american families? talk to the millions of parents who live in fear of their child's next asthma attack, and it's a fear tha knows very well. i have a grandson, terrific

Frank Lautenberg

5:34:17 to 5:34:38( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: athlete, very energetic and he suffers from asthma. he's an athletic child. every time he goes to play soccer, my daughter, his mother, will check first to see where the nearest emergency room is. she knows very well that if he

Frank Lautenberg

5:34:39 to 5:34:59( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: starts wheeze, she's got to get him to a clinic in a hurry. and no parent should have to worry about that, letting their children play outside. the fact is, the clean air act has improved lives for millions of young people. the supreme court and scientists agree that the clean air act is

Frank Lautenberg

5:35:00 to 5:35:24( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: a tool we must use to stop dangerous pollution. and we have a -- a picture on display here that i'll show you in just a minute and it demonstrates so clearly what it's like with smog in the air

Frank Lautenberg

5:35:25 to 5:35:47( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: and it permits us to imagine what it looks like inside a child's lung. we are for the placard, which we'll shortly have.

Frank Lautenberg

5:35:48 to 5:36:09( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: and -- this picture shows what toxic skies look like, and it's an ugly scene but when it's inside a child's young or a child's body or anybody who is sensitive to polluted area. that's the picture coming out of

Frank Lautenberg

5:36:10 to 5:36:31( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: the smokestack and turns into reality when it's in the lung or the body of an individual. but allowing countries -- companies, rather, to reduce

Frank Lautenberg

5:36:32 to 5:36:52( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: pollution say it would cost too much for polluters. too bad. what's a life worth? what's a -- a -- what's it mean to someone who is sensitive to polluted air not to be able to

Frank Lautenberg

5:36:53 to 5:37:13( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: get out or top coughing or stop wheezing? but allowing companies to continue polluting doesn't eliminate the costs. it simply shifts the cost to our families, our children and all of us who breathe that air. the american lung association and five other health groups

Frank Lautenberg

5:37:14 to 5:37:36( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: sent a letter opposing all of these amendments, health groups opposing all of amendments. they say -- and i quote here -- "the clean air act protects public health and reduces health care costs for all by preventing thousands of adverse health outcomes, including cancer, asthma attacks, heart attacks,

Frank Lautenberg

5:37:37 to 5:38:02( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: strokes, emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and premature deaths. and i'm aware of the threat that asthma can be. i had a sister who was a victim

Frank Lautenberg

5:38:07 to 5:38:27( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: of asthma and she would -- if we traveled together, families together, she would have a little respirator t plugged into the cigarette lighter hole and enable her to breathe more comfortably. and one day she was at a school

Frank Lautenberg

5:38:28 to 5:38:48( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: board meeting in rye, new york, where she was a member of the school board, and she felt an attack coming on. and her instinct was to try to run to her car so she could plug in the machine to the lighter

Frank Lautenberg

5:38:49 to 5:39:10( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: hole, and she collapsed in the parking lot and she died three days later. and we saw it up front and personal. it's a terrible, terrible family tragedy. she had four children at the time. so when we look and we see --

Frank Lautenberg

5:39:11 to 5:39:31( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: talk about how threatening it is to control pliew we say no, no -- control pollution, we say no, no, no. the threat is to our family health and well-being. and that's what we're about, families with young people across the country, across the world.

Frank Lautenberg

5:39:32 to 5:39:53( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: it doesn't matter what the cost is. there isn't a family in the world that wouldn't dispose of all of their assets to protect and continue the life of a child. and history shows that the cost of cleaner air is very low compared to its enormous benefits. thanks to clean air -- the clean

Frank Lautenberg

5:39:54 to 5:40:15( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: air act, fewer parents miss work to take care of children suffering from asthma. more families avoid the crushing health care costs associated with a heart attack or stroke. and people live longer, more comfortable -- more comfortably and more productive lives. simply put, weakening the clean

Frank Lautenberg

5:40:16 to 5:40:36( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: air act puts the profits of polluters ahead of the health of our children. to see what the what's would look like without the clean air act, we only need to look at china. on a visit there, i was scolded

Frank Lautenberg

5:40:37 to 5:40:59( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: by the minister of environment that the united states was using too much of the -- of the world's oil, fuel, creating difficulties in the air. and when i was in the minister's office, i invited me to join him

Frank Lautenberg

5:41:00 to 5:41:24( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: at the window 23 stories up in the air. we looked outside and we couldn't see the sidewalk. that's how thick the polluted air was. the air in china is so polluted that many people where masks when they walk outside. we don't want to be doing that in america.

Frank Lautenberg

5:41:25 to 5:41:48( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: so, mr. president, the -- this poison must not be the future. i don't want it for my grandchildren and i don't want it for anybody else's children or grandchildren. in our senate, in our congress, our goal must be to take care of our obligations to protect our families, and the strongest

Frank Lautenberg

5:41:49 to 5:42:13( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: obligation that anyone has, anybody that we know who has children doesn't want to endanger their health. i ask all of my colleagues, stand up, vote down these dangerous -- these dangerous efforts to destroy the clean air act. it belongs as part of our environment and protects our children and protects the

Frank Lautenberg

5:42:14 to 5:42:32( Edit History Discussion )

Frank Lautenberg: environment and we mustn't let this opportunity miss -- be misunderstood and say, no, we've got to vote "no" to give the polluters a preference before our children. with that, i yield the floor and note the absence of a the presiding officer: the clerk

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