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Senate Proceeding on Apr 16th, 2008 :: 0:42:29 to 0:53:23
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Jim DeMint

0:35:24 to 0:42:29( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jim DeMint

Jim DeMint

0:42:15 to 0:42:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: to thank him, if i could get his attention for a minute. senator demint, i want to get your attention. i want to thank you very much because i know you had initially several amendments. it looks like

Jeff Sessions

0:42:29 to 0:42:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: you boiled it down to one amendment. i know that senator inhofe and i are very glad about that. and i also had thanked you previously for calling me and said that you were pleased with the way that

Jeff Sessions

0:42:29 to 0:53:23( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions

0:42:43 to 0:42:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: we treated the transparency of this bill. so i wanted to thank you very much for that. so, mr. president, i will -- i will have some remarks. i've been given a copy of the amendment by the senator

Jeff Sessions

0:42:51 to 0:43:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: saftrety act and so forth and for other purposes. mrs. boxer: i haves. an amendment at the desk and ask for its i consideration. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: the senator

Jeff Sessions

0:42:57 to 0:43:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: from south carolina. i will listen carefully to his presentation of that. ly have remarks after that. senator inhofe may also have remarks prior to senator demint getting recognized. let me just

Jeff Sessions

0:43:06 to 0:43:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: from california, mrs. boxer proposes amendment 4146. mrs. boxer: mr. president, i know my colleague, senator demint, is here to offer what is the first amendment to this bill, and i am -- i just wanted

Jeff Sessions

0:43:12 to 0:43:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: say senator inhofe and i are very hopeful that we can get this done. this is a bill that overall creates not one more penny of new spending. it will unleash, however a billion dollars already -- already budgeted

Jeff Sessions

0:43:21 to 0:43:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: to thank him, if i could get his attention for a minute. senator demint, i want to get your attention. i want to thank you very much because i know you had initially several amendments. it looks like

Jeff Sessions

0:43:29 to 0:43:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: for into our economy. that's why so many people are supporting this in real life, the construction companies, the workers, and the transit operators, all o them have written us to, and i will put those names

Jeff Sessions

0:43:35 to 0:43:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: you boiled it down to one amendment. i know that senator inhofe and i are very glad about that. and i also had thanked you previously for calling me and said that you were pleased with the way that

Jeff Sessions

0:43:43 to 0:43:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: into the record again. we're very hopeful if everybody cooperates today, that we can get this done. you know, this bill isn't rocket science. it is very simply making technical corrections to safetea-lu

Jeff Sessions

0:43:49 to 0:44:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: we treated the transparency of this bill. so i wanted to thank you very much for that. so, mr. president, i will -- i will have some remarks. i've been given a copy of the amendment by the senator

Jeff Sessions

0:43:55 to 0:44:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and in places where some projects couldn't go forward, replacing those projects without adding a penny of new spending, full transparency. so we're very hopeful that we can get going on this. so i would

Jeff Sessions

0:44:03 to 0:44:18( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: from south carolina. i will listen carefully to his presentation of that. ly have remarks after that. senator inhofe may also have remarks prior to senator demint getting recognized. let me just

Jeff Sessions

0:44:05 to 0:44:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: yield the floor. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from oklahoma. mr. inhofe: i agree with the comments that are made by the chairman. i would say that it's my understanding

Jeff Sessions

0:44:16 to 0:44:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: we're down now to about maybe three amendments is all we're going to have and i've talked to senator coburn, who has an amendment as well as senator bond. it is my hope that senator demint will

Jeff Sessions

0:44:18 to 0:44:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: say senator inhofe and i are very hopeful that we can get this done. this is a bill that overall creates not one more penny of new spending. it will unleash, however a billion dollars already -- already budgeted

Jeff Sessions

0:44:30 to 0:44:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: be able to present his amendment and then it's my understanding that we'll hold votes until early this afternoon and maybe try to get some of the others out of the way. i would say the same thing,

Jeff Sessions

0:44:35 to 0:44:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: for into our economy. that's why so many people are supporting this in real life, the construction companies, the workers, and the transit operators, all o them have written us to, and i will put those names

Jeff Sessions

0:44:41 to 0:44:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: being a conservative, i want to make sure that everybody understands that the technical corrections bill is always necessary when you have a major re-authorization of transportation. and there are some

Jeff Sessions

0:44:49 to 0:45:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: into the record again. we're very hopeful if everybody cooperates today, that we can get this done. you know, this bill isn't rocket science. it is very simply making technical corrections to safetea-lu

Jeff Sessions

0:44:57 to 0:45:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: things in here that are borderline. one case in my state of oklahoma in did your rant -- durrant, oklahoma, i said $200,000 originally, but $300,000, where the department of transportation said that we

Jeff Sessions

0:45:01 to 0:45:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and in places where some projects couldn't go forward, replacing those projects without adding a penny of new spending, full transparency. so we're very hopeful that we can get going on this. so i would

Jeff Sessions

0:45:11 to 0:45:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: thought we were ready for this, but we are on down the road in idabelle, and it makes common sense that that is where that should be done. but it's the same amount of money. i agree with the principle behind

Jeff Sessions

0:45:22 to 0:45:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the amendment by the senator from south carolina. but i think in this case we have to have the technical coections bill in order to go forward with a lot of the projects that have been authorized

Jeff Sessions

0:45:22 to 0:45:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: we're down now to about maybe three amendments is all we're going to have and i've talked to senator coburn, who has an amendment as well as senator bond. it is my hope that senator demint will

Jeff Sessions

0:45:34 to 0:45:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: way back in 2005. so i'm hoping that we'll be able to proceed along those lines. ini yield the floor. a senator: mr. president? the pres iding officer: the senator from south carolina. mr. demint:

Jeff Sessions

0:45:36 to 0:45:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: be able to present his amendment and then it's my understanding that we'll hold votes until early this afternoon and maybe try to get some of the others out of the way. i would say the same thing,

Jeff Sessions

0:45:46 to 0:45:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: i make a motion to recommit. it's at the desk. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: the senator from south carolina, mr. president demint, moves to recommit h.r. 11995 to the committee

Jeff Sessions

0:45:47 to 0:46:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: being a conservative, i want to make sure that everybody understands that the technical corrections bill is always necessary when you have a major re-authorization of transportation. and there are some

Jeff Sessions

0:45:59 to 0:46:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: on environment and public works with instructions to report the bill back to the senate with an amendment striking all new earmarks and spending increases or existing earmarks. mr. demint: thanknk

Jeff Sessions

0:46:03 to 0:46:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: things in here that are borderline. one case in my state of oklahoma in did your rant -- durrant, oklahoma, i said $200,000 originally, but $300,000, where the department of transportation said that we

Jeff Sessions

0:46:11 to 0:46:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: you, mr. president. i do want to saygain and thank the chairman and ranking member. i really believe setting an example for this body and how a bill should be presented to the senate with full

Jeff Sessions

0:46:17 to 0:46:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: thought we were ready for this, but we are on down the road in idabelle, and it makes common sense that that is where that should be done. but it's the same amount of money. i agree with the principle behind

Jeff Sessions

0:46:22 to 0:46:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: disclosure, all of the documentation. it allows us to have an open and honest debate about any differences and there's no question about what's in there and what's not. and i think in tnkhis case

Jeff Sessions

0:46:28 to 0:46:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the amendment by the senator from south carolina. but i think in this case we have to have the technical coections bill in order to go forward with a lot of the projects that have been authorized

Jeff Sessions

0:46:37 to 0:46:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: we -- we disagree on parts of this, but i -- but i don't want to say anything without first saying i believe the chairman and ranking member have set an example for the rest of the committees. my motion

Jeff Sessions

0:46:40 to 0:46:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: way back in 2005. so i'm hoping that we'll be able to proceed along those lines. ini yield the floor. a senator: mr. president? the pres iding officer: the senator from south carolina. mr. demint:

Jeff Sessions

0:46:52 to 0:47:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: i make a motion to recommit. it's at the desk. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: the senator from south carolina, mr. president demint, moves to recommit h.r. 11995 to the committee

Jeff Sessions

0:46:52 to 0:47:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: to recommit simply addresses what i think are serious problems in developing a technical correction bill that actually goes back and changes the legislation from one o earmark to another or pluses

Jeff Sessions

0:47:05 to 0:47:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: on environment and public works with instructions to report the bill back to the senate with an amendment striking all new earmarks and spending increases or existing earmarks. mr. demint: thanknk

Jeff Sessions

0:47:06 to 0:47:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: up earmarks, takes money from an earmark that might be not needed anymore, the project's not wanted, that money is moved somewhere else. and while it's certainly correct that total cost of the bill

Jeff Sessions

0:47:17 to 0:47:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: you, mr. president. i do want to saygain and thank the chairman and ranking member. i really believe setting an example for this body and how a bill should be presented to the senate with full

Jeff Sessions

0:47:26 to 0:47:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: is about the same, we do need to remember that by next year we are projecting over a $3 billion shortfall in the trust fund. so instead of plugs up, -- plussing up, adding to earmarks and creating new

Jeff Sessions

0:47:28 to 0:47:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: disclosure, all of the documentation. it allows us to have an open and honest debate about any differences and there's no question about what's in there and what's not. and i think in tnkhis case

Jeff Sessions

0:47:39 to 0:47:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: earmarks in this bill, it makes sense to try to save some of that money so we can fun d very important infrastructure projects around the country.nt my motion to recommit is very simple. it sends this

Jeff Sessions

0:47:43 to 0:47:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: we -- we disagree on parts of this, but i -- but i don't want to say anything without first saying i believe the chairman and ranking member have set an example for the rest of the committees. my motion

Jeff Sessions

0:47:55 to 0:48:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: bill back to committee with an amendment that says it should be presented back to the senate floor where all of the new earmarks are excluded and any additions to the funding for existing earmarks

Jeff Sessions

0:47:58 to 0:48:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: to recommit simply addresses what i think are serious problems in developing a technical correction bill that actually goes back and changes the legislation from one o earmark to another or pluses

Jeff Sessions

0:48:10 to 0:48:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: is returned to the current level. what that leaves us with is a technical correction bill which is what this bill should be. i should point out that the administration has noted with very strong

Jeff Sessions

0:48:12 to 0:48:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: up earmarks, takes money from an earmark that might be not needed anymore, the project's not wanted, that money is moved somewhere else. and while it's certainly correct that total cost of the bill

Jeff Sessions

0:48:26 to 0:48:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: concerns that the majority of this bill -- this technical correction bill is devoted to earmarks. it modifies hundreds of earmarks from the bill that passed in 2005. and it effectively creates new earmarks,

Jeff Sessions

0:48:32 to 0:48:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: is about the same, we do need to remember that by next year we are projecting over a $3 billion shortfall in the trust fund. so instead of plugs up, -- plussing up, adding to earmarks and creating new

Jeff Sessions

0:48:42 to 0:48:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: including a stand alone section that would prode mandatory funding for a magnetical ly levitating rayon system. so the presence of excessive earmarks in the 2005 bill created significant inefficiencies

Jeff Sessions

0:48:45 to 0:49:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: earmarks in this bill, it makes sense to try to save some of that money so we can fun d very important infrastructure projects around the country.nt my motion to recommit is very simple. it sends this

Jeff Sessions

0:48:55 to 0:49:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: in the allocation of resources to fund transportati on infrastructure. nf and i've heard regularly from the department of transportation about the difficulty in implementing a national transportation system

Jeff Sessions

0:49:01 to 0:49:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: bill back to committee with an amendment that says it should be presented back to the senate floor where all of the new earmarks are excluded and any additions to the funding for existing earmarks

Jeff Sessions

0:49:07 to 0:49:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: with thousands and thousands of earmarks for special projects that don't necessarily match state priorities. so i encourage all of my colleagues to take a look at this motion to recommit. it does

Jeff Sessions

0:49:16 to 0:49:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: is returned to the current level. what that leaves us with is a technical correction bill which is what this bill should be. i should point out that the administration has noted with very strong

Jeff Sessions

0:49:20 to 0:49:31( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: not d kill the bill. it simply refocuses on a technical correction perspective rather than adding earmarks and plussing them up. so i thank the chairman for the opportunity to offer this. and, again,

Jeff Sessions

0:49:31 to 0:49:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: thank both her and the ranking member for setting an example for how bills should be brought to the floor. mr. president, i yield back. the presiding officer: the senator from california. mrs. boxer:

Jeff Sessions

0:49:32 to 0:49:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: concerns that the majority of this bill -- this technical correction bill is devoted to earmarks. it modifies hundreds of earmarks from the bill that passed in 2005. and it effectively creates new earmarks,

Jeff Sessions

0:49:43 to 0:49:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: mr. president, again, i thank the senator for his kind comments about the way we've handled this bill. but i have to say that this amendment is, first of all, i believe it's wrong on its face, and,

Jeff Sessions

0:49:48 to 0:50:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: including a stand alone section that would prode mandatory funding for a magnetical ly levitating rayon system. so the presence of excessive earmarks in the 2005 bill created significant inefficiencies

Jeff Sessions

0:49:58 to 0:50:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: second of all, it's going to kill this bill. and of all of the times to try to kill what i consider a mini economic stimulus plan, this is not the time. we have a lot of people out of work, a lot of people

Jeff Sessions

0:50:01 to 0:50:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: in the allocation of resources to fund transportati on infrastructure. nf and i've heard regularly from the department of transportation about the difficulty in implementing a national transportation system

Jeff Sessions

0:50:11 to 0:50:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: who called us, senator inhofe, myself, and others saying this is an important piece of legislation. i will read you the names of those people because i think it's important that we show the breadth

Jeff Sessions

0:50:13 to 0:50:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: with thousands and thousands of earmarks for special projects that don't necessarily match state priorities. so i encourage all of my colleagues to take a look at this motion to recommit. it does

Jeff Sessions

0:50:23 to 0:50:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: of support for this -- for this piece of legislation. it's a very simple piece of legislation, but it will correct some errors. it will say, as an example in oklahoma, and we have them in california

Jeff Sessions

0:50:26 to 0:50:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: not d kill the bill. it simply refocuses on a technical correction perspective rather than adding earmarks and plussing them up. so i thank the chairman for the opportunity to offer this. and, again,

Jeff Sessions

0:50:37 to 0:50:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and all of -- in all of these 500 projects, one leg of a project might not have been ready, let's put the funds where they can be used now, where they're ready to go. so unleashing up to a billion

Jeff Sessions

0:50:37 to 0:50:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: thank both her and the ranking member for setting an example for how bills should be brought to the floor. mr. president, i yield back. the presiding officer: the senator from california. mrs. boxer:

Jeff Sessions

0:50:48 to 0:51:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: dollars of funds right now means tens of -- tens of thousands of jobs and we have to rebuild the infrastructure and we're doing it within the confines of the money we're already authorized. again,

Jeff Sessions

0:50:49 to 0:51:04( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: mr. president, again, i thank the senator for his kind comments about the way we've handled this bill. but i have to say that this amendment is, first of all, i believe it's wrong on its face, and,

Jeff Sessions

0:51:00 to 0:51:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and i've said this so many times, i'm sure it's boring people, but i think it's important to not who has written to senators inhofe and myself to move this bill. the american association of state

Jeff Sessions

0:51:04 to 0:51:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: second of all, it's going to kill this bill. and of all of the times to try to kill what i consider a mini economic stimulus plan, this is not the time. we have a lot of people out of work, a lot of people

Jeff Sessions

0:51:14 to 0:51:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: highway and transportation officials, whose members include the departments of transportation for all 50 states. the american highway uses alliance, whose members represent millions of highway users.

Jeff Sessions

0:51:17 to 0:51:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: who called us, senator inhofe, myself, and others saying this is an important piece of legislation. i will read you the names of those people because i think it's important that we show the breadth

Jeff Sessions

0:51:29 to 0:51:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: of support for this -- for this piece of legislation. it's a very simple piece of legislation, but it will correct some errors. it will say, as an example in oklahoma, and we have them in california

Jeff Sessions

0:51:29 to 0:51:44( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the american public transit association. the american road and transportation builders association. the associated general contractors, the council of university transportation centers, the national stone, sand and

Jeff Sessions

0:51:43 to 0:51:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and all of -- in all of these 500 projects, one leg of a project might not have been ready, let's put the funds where they can be used now, where they're ready to go. so unleashing up to a billion

Jeff Sessions

0:51:44 to 0:51:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: gravel association; the national asphalt and pavement association. and, as i say, this is not one of these bills here that is a matter of some intellectual debate. this means real jobs for real people

Jeff Sessions

0:51:54 to 0:52:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: dollars of funds right now means tens of -- tens of thousands of jobs and we have to rebuild the infrastructure and we're doing it within the confines of the money we're already authorized. again,

Jeff Sessions

0:51:59 to 0:52:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and real infrastructure improvements for all of the people this nation who count on us to keep their highway system working and keep their transit system working. well, what does senator demint

Jeff Sessions

0:52:06 to 0:52:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and i've said this so many times, i'm sure it's boring people, but i think it's important to not who has written to senators inhofe and myself to move this bill. the american association of state

Jeff Sessions

0:52:15 to 0:52:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: do? he would send this bill back to the committee, in essence, killing the bill. we passed this bill out of committee in a bipartisan voice vote in june of 2007. now we're we are moving -- here we are now

Jeff Sessions

0:52:20 to 0:52:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: highway and transportation officials, whose members include the departments of transportation for all 50 states. the american highway uses alliance, whose members represent millions of highway users.

Jeff Sessions

0:52:27 to 0:52:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: moving toward june of 2008. why would we want stop the forward moving progress of this piece of legislation? we can't afford further delay. let me just simply say this, and i'm sorry my colleague has left

Jeff Sessions

0:52:35 to 0:52:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the american public transit association. the american road and transportation builders association. the associated general contractors, the council of university transportation centers, the national stone, sand and

Jeff Sessions

0:52:41 to 0:52:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the floor, but my colleague, senator demint, had several projects that he asked for in safetea-lu. and i ask unanimous consent to place those projects into the record. the presiding officer: without

Jeff Sessions

0:52:50 to 0:53:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: gravel association; the national asphalt and pavement association. and, as i say, this is not one of these bills here that is a matter of some intellectual debate. this means real jobs for real people

Jeff Sessions

0:52:52 to 0:53:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: objection. mrs. boxer: all of which will bring jobs and improve transportation in the state of south carolina. and that's why i supported that. and that's why senator inhofe supported that. and

Jeff Sessions

0:53:05 to 0:53:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and real infrastructure improvements for all of the people this nation who count on us to keep their highway system working and keep their transit system working. well, what does senator demint

Jeff Sessions

0:53:08 to 0:53:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: that's why we all supported that. now, the's a number of projects here. there's 13 projects. 11 -- $110 million senator demint has in safetea-lu. now, fortunately for senator demint, none of his

Arlen Specter

0:53:21 to 0:53:33( Edit History Discussion )

Arlen Specter: do? he would send this bill back to the committee, in essence, killing the bill. we passed this bill out of committee in a bipartisan voice vote in june of 2007. now we're we are moving -- here we are now

Arlen Specter

0:53:23 to 0:53:39( Edit History Discussion )

Arlen Specter: projects required any technical corrections. well, let's take this one, for example. construction of i-73 from myrtle beach, south carolina, to i-95, ending at the north carolina state line. supposing

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