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Senate Proceeding on Apr 28th, 2008 :: 3:56:00 to 4:05:41
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Debbie Stabenow

3:55:47 to 3:56:00( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: would ask members take their conversations off the floor so that the senator may be heard. the senator from ohio. mr. brown: thank you, madam president. america's worse force is facing immense challenges.

Sherrod Brown

3:56:00 to 3:56:18( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: our country's lost l 230,000 jobs in just the first three months of 2008. many of those jobs in the presiding officer's state of michigan and my state of ohio. the national unemployment rate has

Sherrod Brown

3:56:00 to 4:05:41( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Sherrod Brown

Sherrod Brown

3:56:18 to 3:56:31( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: gone to 5.1%. in high hiecialtion unemployment hovers around -- in ohio, unemployment hovers around 6%. earlier in year, congress passed a stimulus package but only a small first step. wall street

Sherrod Brown

3:56:31 to 3:56:43( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: projects an unemployment rate by 6.5% by the end of 2009, likely higher in my state. we've not acted on extending unemployment insurance. the republican filibusters -- the republicans filibuster bed extending

Sherrod Brown

3:56:43 to 3:56:54( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: unemployment insurance when we passed the stimulus package earlier this year. again the republicans again have stopped, have refused, stopped our efforts, refused to extend unemployment benefits 6789.

Sherrod Brown

3:56:54 to 3:57:18( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: the presiding officer: if the senator -- unemployment benefits. the presiding officer: if the senatorould suspend. the senate is not in order. would ask that members take their conversations from

Sherrod Brown

3:57:18 to 3:57:30( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: the floor so that the senator from ohio can be heard. the senator from ohio. mr. brown: over 2.6 million americans -- thank you, madam president. 2.6 million americans, 35% of all unemployed workers,

Sherrod Brown

3:57:30 to 3:57:42( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: have already exhausted their unemployment benefits over the past 12 months. these are people that went to work, that have tried to find other jobs, that simply have been unsuccessful in finding decent

Sherrod Brown

3:57:42 to 3:57:52( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: jobs. workers have paid into the unemployment system for years and deserve protection now. again, these are workers who paid into this fund. this is an insurance fund. it's not a welfare fund. and these

Sherrod Brown

3:57:52 to 3:58:05( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: workers deserve the compensation, the help during their difficult times as they search for jobs. i urge my colleagues to end their filibuster and to work on extending unemployment insurance. the

Sherrod Brown

3:58:05 to 3:58:18( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: president continues to push for a colombia trade deal. we've not even acted on trade adjustment assistance which provides vital assistance to workers who lose their jobs because of trade. the president has

Sherrod Brown

3:58:18 to 3:58:27( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: actually threatened to veto the house trade -- trade adjustment assistance package. whether we have another trade deal or not, one thing is: -- trade assistance needs to be reformed, it needs to

Sherrod Brown

3:58:27 to 3:58:41( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: be expanded to workers that can't in every case prove that they lost their jobs because of trade even though they probably did, and it should be expanded to service workers who have lost their

Sherrod Brown

3:58:41 to 3:58:53( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: jobs. last week, senate republicans staged a filibuster to prevent even having a debate on giving a woman a day in court when she faces discrimination in the workplace. today women and victims of discrimination

Sherrod Brown

3:58:53 to 3:59:04( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: based on race or age or disability or relij ron denied a remedy when -- religion are denied a remedy when they're deniedy wall pay for equal work. it shouldn't be -- denied equal pay for equal work.

Sherrod Brown

3:59:04 to 3:59:18( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: it shouldn't be a partisan issue but the republicans have made it one. today, madam president, is worker's memorial day, a day set aside every year to honor workers killed and hurt on the job. trade

Sherrod Brown

3:59:18 to 3:59:33( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: unionists around the world mark april 28 as an international day of mourning. the most recent data show that in the united states, there were 5,840 fatal workplace injuries in 2006. 5,800 americans

Sherrod Brown

3:59:33 to 3:59:43( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: were killed on the job in 200. 100 more than in 2005. this includes 196 workers in my state of ohio. thunder administration, workers workers -- under this administration, workers -- inspections have

Sherrod Brown

3:59:43 to 3:59:54( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: declined, the occupational safety and health administration has not vigorously enforced current laws and regulations on the books, it's not set any standards except by court order t. tons to rely

Sherrod Brown

3:59:54 to 4:00:06( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: on -- order. it continues to rely on voluntary compliance to protect workers in many of the most dangerous occupations. osha's drationd its feet on the butter flavoring chemical in popcorn that has caused

Sherrod Brown

4:00:06 to 4:00:20( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: a fatal lung disease known as popcorn lung disease. that's too late for keith campbell in caledonia, ohio, just 50 years old but has the lungs of an 80-year-old because of exposure to the -- to the

Sherrod Brown

4:00:20 to 4:00:31( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: chemical plant -- to the popcorn plant in marion, ohio. the point is, madam president, it's taken decades of struggle by workers and unions to improve conditions in the mines, in the meatpacking plants,

Sherrod Brown

4:00:31 to 4:00:45( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: in the metal stamping shops, in all kinds of plants where workers get all kinds of occupational injuries and illnesses. this progress has been slowly and sometimes not so slowly unraveled by the bushhe

Sherrod Brown

4:00:45 to 4:00:57( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: administration.~ through budget cuts and a shift in emphasis to voluntarily employer programs, the administration is essentially telling workers, "you're on your own." it hearkens back to an era

Sherrod Brown

4:00:57 to 4:01:08( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: when workers were treated like disposable goods. in election year some candidates give drive-by speeches in town hit hard by unfair trade deals and tell them that the ownership society is working.

Sherrod Brown

4:01:08 to 4:01:26( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: and in some sense it's true. more and more workers own responsibility for their own safety, their own retirement, and their own health care. you hear candidates sometimes talk about how if only taxes

Sherrod Brown

4:01:26 to 4:01:33( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: on the wealthiest americans were lower, companies wouldn't outsource production to china or to mexico or to any other country. i don't think that argument is passing the straight-face test these days.

Sherrod Brown

4:01:33 to 4:01:46( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: days. middle-class families aren't buying it. the message of the ownership society coming from the white house is that every man and woman is responsible for himself or herself. but the result

Sherrod Brown

4:01:46 to 4:02:01( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: of the policies pursued under that banner of the ownership society is the greatest concentration of ownership in the hands of a few that we've seen since the great depression. it's ownership all right,

Sherrod Brown

4:02:01 to 4:02:12( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: but only for those in high society. we've seen over the past eight years an administration that neither values nor rewards hard work. we've seen an administration that simply doesn't value manufacturing.

Sherrod Brown

4:02:12 to 4:02:24( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: manufacturing cnged the face of america and created a middle class that used its strength and its power to change the course of society. the progress in labor rights, in women's suffrage in, antitrust

Sherrod Brown

4:02:24 to 4:02:34( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: laws, in conservation in the social safety net wouldn't have happened without manufacturing. it wouldn't have happened without rewarding hard work. when the bush administration fails to value these manufacturing

Sherrod Brown

4:02:34 to 4:02:48( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: jobs in the first place, why should we not be surprised when it dsn't value safety in industries like construction, in mining, in transportation and manufacturing? our nation is struggling. we struggle

Sherrod Brown

4:02:48 to 4:03:03( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: because of the federal government's wrongheaded tax policy. we struggle because our trade policy all too often encourages investors to move jobs overseas. in the last 14 months, i've traveled my state extensively,

Sherrod Brown

4:03:03 to 4:03:16( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: held round tables with community leaders and workers and activists and teachers and farmers and veterans in almost 100 different plas in 62 of ohio's 88 counties. it's clear to me ohio workers are fighting

Sherrod Brown

4:03:16 to 4:03:30( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: back to build a decent standard of living for themselves and for others, to provide opportunities for their children, to constct a more prosperous state, one where smart and hard work is rewarded.

Sherrod Brown

4:03:30 to 4:03:41( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: i listened to a woman, dee dee, who sat in negotiations representing 1,200 january terse in cincinnati, 1,200 men and women who work hard, who contribute to their community and in this case were earning

Sherrod Brown

4:03:41 to 4:03:58( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: not much more than the minimum wage. joined by several others at the bargaining table, dee dee helped reach an agreement with cincinnati's office building owners. over the next three years, 1,200 janitors

Sherrod Brown

4:03:58 to 4:04:11( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: will get between a $2 and $3 an hour raise, will get health benefits and will get a small pension. in northwest ohio in the farm lands of henry county, mark swevert, told me his story. he's proud of

Sherrod Brown

4:04:11 to 4:04:23( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: his farm, to be sure. but he takes his role very seriously as an american citizen. he's an advocate for family farmers and for fair trade, understanding that the prosperity of ohio depends on a vibrant

Sherrod Brown

4:04:23 to 4:04:35( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: rural ohio where young people want to stay and work in their communities. ohioans and workers across the country are fighting back. they will not go away after this chamber votes down the fair pay act, again,

Sherrod Brown

4:04:35 to 4:04:51( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: a victim of republican filibuster. they did not go away last year when republicans mounted yet another filibuster to prevent the senate from considering legislation to level the playing field for unions

Sherrod Brown

4:04:51 to 4:05:01( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: trying to represent new groups of workers. they won't go away just because this administration has ignored worker safety and forcing more families to mourn loved ones opbd workers memorial day. we

Sherrod Brown

4:05:01 to 4:05:41( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: need an ownership society, but it needs one in which workers own a greater share of the profits from their productivity and the government and employers own a greater share of responsibility for their safety

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