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Senate Proceeding on Apr 7th, 2011 :: 8:11:25 to 8:22:55
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Benjamin L. Cardin

8:11:05 to 8:11:25( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: those make more than a million a year will see tax cut of $125,000 each from the tax cuts. and tens of thousands more fromconsent that the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. cardin: mr. president, i take this time because we're now

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:11:25 to 8:22:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Benjamin L. Cardin

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:11:26 to 8:11:46( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: only literally hours away from a potential shutdow government. i must tell you, i -- my constituents are angry about this and i join them in saying that this should never happen. there's no reason why we should have a government shutdown. we know the financial issues and there's been good-faith

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:11:47 to 8:12:08( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: negotiations, and it's my understanding that we have pretty much resolved the financial issues. and remember, we're dealing with 12% of the federal budget. we need to get on to the 2012 budget. we need to get a credible plan to deal with the deficit. we all understand that. we're talking about the 2011 budget, the budget that started on october 1 of last year and

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:12:09 to 8:12:30( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: will end on september 30 of this year. we're over halfway thro that -- that budget year. and the differences between where the democrats were and where the republicans were, understood they couldn't be what the democrats wanted or the republicans wanted, we needed to have good-faith negotiations. those negotiations have taken place. it's my understanding we pretty much have agreed on the dollar

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:12:31 to 8:12:52( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: amounts and we're prepared to move forward on that. but let me just talk a little bit about what will happen at midnight tomorrow night. i have the honor of representing the people of the state of maryland. mr. president, there's almost 150,000 civilian -- civilian active federal employees that

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:12:53 to 8:13:13( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: live in the state of maryland. i happened to bump into one of those federal employees today who asked me a question. she asked me: what am i supposed to do if we have a government shutdown and i don't get a paycheck? i don't have savings. how am i going to pay for my mortgage?

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:13:14 to 8:13:35( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: cardin: we already have too many people whose mortgages are in jeopardy because of the weakness of our economy, and now 150,000 marylanders are in jeopardy of losing their paycheck as a result of the inability to resolve this year's budget. now, i must tell you, i also happened to talk to people who run our metro system here and

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:13:36 to 8:13:56( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: they told me that if we have a government shutdown, it will mean a million dollars less in fare box policy every day because of the number of people who won't be taking the metro because they're not going to be going to work. a lot of federal workers, they're not going to be going to work. and guess what? they're not going to be stopping at that coffee shop to buy coffee, they're not going to be

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:13:57 to 8:14:18( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: buying that lunch, they won't be patronizing the shops, and it's going to hurt the small business owners who depend upon that business, depend upon the people who use their paychecks to -- to do their -- too their cleaning or do their -- or go to their --

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:14:19 to 8:14:39( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: the different shops. it's going to hurt, it's going to hurt our economy. it's going to hurt innocent small business owners. just at a time that our economy is starting to recover. now, we know, i can give you another example. a person contacted me today, one of my constituents in maryland, who happens to have an issue

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:14:40 to 8:15:05( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: concerning the need for a passport to be issued. quickly. and we're going to try to accommodate that person and get it done by tomorrow. but suppose that call would have come in next week after there's a government shutdown and that person has travel plans that now may be disrupted because we

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:15:07 to 8:15:27( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: can't issue that passport and the list goes on and on of people who will be hurt as a result of a government shutdown. we know that a government shutdown will actually cost the taxpayers more money. a shutdown costs taxpayers money. more money than the differences

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:15:28 to 8:15:48( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: in our negotiations in the last couple of days will be lost. so don't tell the taxpayers of this country that we're having a government shutdown to save money. it won't save taxpayer money. it will cost them additional moneys and will jeopardize our recovery. and individual people are going to get hurt as a result of the government shutdown.

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:15:49 to 8:16:09( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: so, mr. president, what's the issue here? i've already said that the money -- the money issue, this is a budget debate, we pretty well resolved the money issues. so it's not the dollars. not the differences you've heard and the differences, quite frankly, were rather small compared to the size of our national -- of our budget deficit and -- and the gap

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:16:10 to 8:16:31( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: between spending and -- and revenues. the issue that is now being raised by the republicans has nothing to do with dollars, but has to do with their social policies -- their social policies. it has to do with family planning. it has to be with the enviromental protection agency

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:16:32 to 8:16:53( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: being able to enforce our environmental lawsms the clean air act -- laws. the clean air act. does that sound familiar? it should. we debated those issues on the floor yesterday and we took votes on those environmental issues yesterday on the floor of the senate as we should do on debating these issues on their own individual merit.

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:16:54 to 8:17:16( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: it shouldn't be included in the budget resolution for the remainder of this year. that's not the appropriate place for it. we're not here to debate the social agenda. those issues should be done on the bills, the substantive bills that come forward. so you sort of get a little suspicious here as these issues

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:17:17 to 8:17:40( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: are being raised as to whether, in fact, those who were negotiating on the republican side are sincere in trying to reach an agreement to prevent a government shutdown or whether they continue -- continually change the goalposts and the rules in order to bring about a government shutdown.

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:17:41 to 8:18:01( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: now, i must tell you i was really disappointed as i heard republican after republican in the last couple weeks talk about, well, you know, a shutdown might be good for the country. so, you know, we have a shutdown, so be it. let's do it. even some republicans calling for a shutdown.

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:18:02 to 8:18:22( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: i understand there's a problem that the speaker of the house has in dealing with the members of the republican caucus who belong to the tea party and they're insisting that he don't -- he doesn't want to see any compromise. i understand that, but those members don't control the process. we have a majority of the members of the house, the

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:18:23 to 8:18:43( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: majority of the members of the senate that are prepared to move forward with this compromise that will not only keep government functioning, but will allow us to get on to the real issues of -- of dealing with the deficit of this country by looking at the 2012 budget where we will be considering more than just the discretionary domestic

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:18:44 to 8:19:04( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: spending cuts where we also can take a look at the other programs including military mandatory spending an revenues and get a credible plan to deal with the deficit. we have enough votes among the democrats and republicans to pass this compromise. we don't have to yield to the extremists on the republican side in the house that don't

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:19:05 to 8:19:26( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: want to see any compromise whatsoever. what really worries me is that perhaps the design here is really to close the government. that's what the republicans want. i know a standing ovation when he informed his caucus to begin

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:19:27 to 8:19:48( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: preparing for a possible shutdown. so, mr. president, these are serious issues. like that marylander who i talked to today who may, in fact, lose her home if there's a government shutdown. or that constituent who had plan

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:19:49 to 8:20:09( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: and a trip and found out -- plan and a trip and found out because their passport expires shortly, they need to get it renewed before they're permitted to enter a foreign country and will need to get that passport tended to or lose the opportunity to travel perhaps for a family

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:20:10 to 8:20:30( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: event or perhaps for business or the taxpayers of this country who scratching their heads saying, what are you doing adding to the cost of government when i thought this was a debate about reducing the cost of government? it's not about the dollars. if we have a -- it's not about the dollars if we have a shut

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:20:31 to 8:20:51( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: down of government and i hope that we don't have a shutdown of government. but if we have a shutdown of government, it's not the dollar difference, it's the social agenda that the republicans are trying to push through this document that shouldn't be on this document that they're now using as a reason to deny a compromise for moving forward

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:20:52 to 8:21:13( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: and it's the extreme elements within the republican caucus that are saying let's have a government shutdown that would be getting their way. mr. president, there's still time remaining. i hope that common sense will prevail. i hope peelle understand -- i people understand how serious a a government shutdown is to our

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:21:14 to 8:21:34( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: country, to our ably to conduct international business as well as provide the services to the people of this nation who expect those services. we still have time. this is a democracy. the majority rules. i think that we have the majority of democrats and republicans alike that want to bring this issue to conclusion,

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:21:35 to 8:21:55( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: know that we have a good compromise done right now. the compromise is the difference between what the democrats would want and what the republicans would want, that's how the process should work. so, yes, i'm here representing the people of married, including -- of maryland, including a large number that work for the federal government

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:21:56 to 8:22:17( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: and a large number that depend upon those who work for the federal government and a l number who depend upon the services of the federal government to say, let's get this done, not yield to the few on the republican side in the house. let's get this job done for the

Benjamin L. Cardin

8:22:18 to 8:22:39( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: people of maryland and for the people of this nation. and, with that, mr. president, i would yield the floor and notice the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: will call the roll.

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