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Senate Proceeding on Apr 14th, 2011 :: 6:13:55 to 6:26:15
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Daniel Inouye

6:13:53 to 6:14:14( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: i yield the floor. mr. inouye: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from hawaii. mr. inouye: madam president, after six and a half months, it appears that the congress may finally be able to finish the fiscal year 2011 appropriations process. earlier today, the house passed a department of defense appropriations bill which

Daniel Inouye

6:13:55 to 6:26:15( Edit History Discussion )
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Daniel Inouye

6:14:15 to 6:14:37( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: includes an extension of the current continuing resolution through the end of the fiscal year. if the senate passes this bill and the president signs it, we'll be able to close the books on this issue and focus our attention on the budget for fiscal year 2012.

Daniel Inouye

6:14:38 to 6:14:58( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: in reflecting upon how we got here, madam president, i want to point out to my colleagues that the fundamental reason we find ourselves debating a continuing resolution today is because one year ago, the congress was unable to agree upon a budget resolution.

Daniel Inouye

6:14:59 to 6:15:19( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: the failure to reach a consensus agreement on the budget meant that the appropriations committee was asked to resolve its differences in spending itself. after months of attempt to go do so, the committee was unable to bridge the gap between the republicans and the democrats. when the committee finally

Daniel Inouye

6:15:20 to 6:15:40( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: adopted the funding level proposed by republicans, the political environment crippled the committee's effort to enact a bipartisan budget plan. as we go forward, i would ask all of my colleagues to think carefully about this, and i urge everyone to cooperate, both here

Daniel Inouye

6:15:41 to 6:16:04( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: in the senate and with our colleagues in the house. if we can fashion a compromise budget agreement this year, it might allow our committee to restore the bipartisan working relationship which has long been the hallmark of the committee for generations, and i sincerely

Daniel Inouye

6:16:05 to 6:16:27( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: hope that would be the case. in some respects, today we can take that first step. the bill that we are considering reflects a bipartisan agreement reached among the leadership of the house and senate and the white house, with the details being worked out by committees on appropriations.

Daniel Inouye

6:16:28 to 6:16:48( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: it's a very tough measure that cuts domestic spending more than i'm comfortable with, but it is dramatically superior to the alternative passed by the house two months ago and equally superior to not passing any extension through the end of the year.

Daniel Inouye

6:16:49 to 6:17:09( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: in total, the measure reduces government spending $78.5 billion below the president's request. it is nearly $40 billion below the enacted level for fy 2010. never before have we cut our appropriated funding so drastically.

Daniel Inouye

6:17:10 to 6:17:32( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: by far and away, this is the largest one-year cut from the president's budget request in our nation's history. the bill cuts all categories of spending: defense, international and domestic, discretionary and mandatory. while some of my colleagues will argue that the department of

Daniel Inouye

6:17:33 to 6:17:54( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: defense was let off the hook, others will probably say that the bill cuts more than defense than is prudent. mr. inouye: including military construction, the defense department's budget is reduced $20 billion below the president's request. in comparison to the fy 2010

Daniel Inouye

6:17:55 to 6:18:15( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: enacted funding, the department's bust is approximately $2 billion -- department's budget is approximately $2 billion below, with military construction down more than $6 billion and the rest of defense increasing by more than $4 billion. the priority in this defense bill is first and foremost to ensure that we treat our

Daniel Inouye

6:18:16 to 6:18:38( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: military personnel and their families fairly. that means a 1.4% pay raise. it means fully funding health care. but it also means ensuring that our forces have the proper equipment and the funding necessary to operate.

Daniel Inouye

6:18:39 to 6:19:00( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: while funding is austere, the bill includes important enhancements, such as buying more missiles for our aegis missile defense ships, more helicopters for search-and-rescue operations and medical evacuation in afghanistan. it means investing in new technologies at a faster rate than requested, purchasing more

Daniel Inouye

6:19:01 to 6:19:22( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: drones to find and wipe out terrorists, and ensuring the safety of our soldiers and marines by accelerating the purchases of safer striker vehicles and amrams. accomplishing this while at the same time reducing defense spending has been a challenge, but working with our colleagues in the house, we have put

Daniel Inouye

6:19:23 to 6:19:43( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: together a plan which fulfills all of these objectives. but, mr. president, this bill isn't just about defense. for the state department and foreign assistance, we are pro8 billion less than was requested.

Daniel Inouye

6:19:44 to 6:20:05( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: this lower level of funding was the most we could get our colleagues in the house to agree with and it means many important programs will have to reduced. we won't be able to make as much progress in fighting aids and hunger. we won't have as much funding as i would like to support our operations in afghanistan and iraq. but considering the budget

Daniel Inouye

6:20:06 to 6:20:27( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: situation we face, we will have to make do. it is in the area of domestic spending in which the bill makes the most serious reductions with the total included being approximately $50 billion below the president's request. in achieving this rate of

Daniel Inouye

6:20:28 to 6:20:49( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: savings, this compromise measure sought out as many different ways to reduce spending as possible to allow us to preserve our critically important priorities. we were able to mitigate the damage by looking at areas where we could identify savings from mandatory spending and by

Daniel Inouye

6:20:50 to 6:21:12( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: reducing lower priority projects. in total, domestic discretionary spending is cut by $38.3 billion while mandatory spending comes down by $17.7 billion. madam president, many, many programs have to be cut to reach these levels.

Daniel Inouye

6:21:13 to 6:21:34( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: in health care, in education, in housing, in infrastructure. but this bill is much better than the approach adopted by the house in h.r. 1. for example, we're able to fully fund head start, restoring the house republican cut $1.4 billion, which would have

Daniel Inouye

6:21:35 to 6:21:55( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: denied 218,000 children an opportunity to learn. we provided $30.7 billion for n.i.h., $1.4 billion more than the house republicans. we provided $2.1 billion for food safety than the republican plan.

Daniel Inouye

6:21:56 to 6:22:17( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: in energy, housing, our national parks, our transit programs, in every area we forced the house to back away from the unwise cuts which would have devastated the progress we are making to restore the economy and protect our people. crazy ideas like furloughing social security workers and

Daniel Inouye

6:22:18 to 6:22:39( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: shutting off food inspections were turned around. well, there's more to this story. the house bill wasn't just about dangerous and drastic cuts. it was also an attempt to legislate terrible social policy on a must-pass emergency spending bill.

Daniel Inouye

6:22:40 to 6:23:02( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: here, too, we turned the around. nearly a dozen provisions to overturn health care reform were rejected. 11 riders to gut the environmental protection agency were rejected. provisions to eliminate successful programs like needle exchanges and corporation on

Daniel Inouye

6:23:03 to 6:23:24( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: public broadcasting were denied. their attempts to rewrite gun laws and net neutrality were rejected. madam president, it is true and regrettable that we had to accept limited provisions affecting the district of columbia on abortion and school vouchers.

Daniel Inouye

6:23:25 to 6:23:46( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: we are not happy about that. still, in comparison to what the house wanted to do, this bill is a more enormous improvement even for the district of columbia. as in any compromise, neither party to the agreement is happy with every item in the bill. some on the other side would

Daniel Inouye

6:23:47 to 6:24:07( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: have preferred more cuts in domestic programs, while most members on our side believe we have cut our domestic priorities too deeply. but this is truly a bipartisan bill. when it is approved, it will be the most significant legislation

Daniel Inouye

6:24:08 to 6:24:28( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: to pass the congress this year. madam president, i believe this bill provides a road map on how we can continue to work across party lines to achieve what is necessary for the country. yesterday the president unveiled his long-range strategy to reduce the deficit. his approach is extremely

Daniel Inouye

6:24:29 to 6:24:50( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: different than the approach of the house republicans. in two weeks, our senate budget committee will unveil its plan on regaining fiscal control. it is not a mistake to say it is truly a matter of urgent national security that we reach across party lines and conclude

Daniel Inouye

6:24:51 to 6:25:11( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: an agreement with our colleagues in the house to regain control over our government's finances. both parties feel strongly about the recommendations and the structure of future budgets. the philosophical divisions are wide. but as i watched the president's

Daniel Inouye

6:25:12 to 6:25:32( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: speech, i thought about this continuing resolution and how we were able to bridge the huge divide between the houses and the political parties. because of this experience, i became more optimistic that we can find a way to work with our house colleagues and come up

Daniel Inouye

6:25:33 to 6:25:55( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: with a deficit-reduction plan that would represent all of our best efforts to act in the country's interest. madam president, today, it's vitally important that we take that first step towards putting our fiscal house in order by adopting this bill. it is also critical that the

Daniel Inouye

6:25:56 to 6:26:16( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: congress demonstrate that it can act in the spirit of compromise and in the national interest. this bill represents a fair compromise which will meet our country's needs and i urge all of my colleagues to support it. madam president, i yield the floor.

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