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Senate Proceeding on Apr 29th, 2008 :: 0:30:07 to 0:42:37
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to live in fear when their children fall down or catch the flu or have an allergic reaction to something they ate. they have enough on their plate already. i look forward to working with my colleagues

Bill Nelson

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Bill Nelson: to protect medicaid and the children's health insurance program and to pass this bill.~ mr. president, i yield the floor and i note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call

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Speech By: Bill Nelson

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Bill Nelson: the roll. quorum call: mr. nelson: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from florida. mr. nelson: mr. president, i ask consent that the quorum call be lifted. l the presiding officer:

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Bill Nelson: without objection. mr. nelson: mr. president, the national aeronautics and space administration is this in incredible little federal agency that has pulled off extraordinary feats and continues to do so,

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Bill Nelson: defying the laws of gravity, utilize ing the principles of physics to do wonderous things as we begin to continue our exploration of the heavens. but, mr. president, nasa is going through a very difficult

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Bill Nelson: time. first of all, nasa has been starved of funds. the national aeronautics and space administration, in its human space program, has not been allocate ed enough money by this administration and

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Bill Nelson: these series of congresses over the last several years in order to do everything that they want to do. this was particularly acute earl earlier in this decade when we lost the second space shuttle,

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Bill Nelson: the shuttle "columbia" ," in its breakup in the atmosphere upon reentry over texas. nasa spent $2.8 billion just in the recovery of that disaster and in the recovery of flight. and, unlike the

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Bill Nelson: loss 20 years earlier of "challenge er" in the cost of recovery from "challenge "challenger" ," which was provided outside of the nasa budget, this time nasa had toat the cost of recovery out of

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0:33:16 to 0:33:37( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: its operational budget. therefore leaving almost $3 billion less for nasa to operate on to do all the thifntion that it wants want -- to do all of the things that it wants to do. and what are the

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0:33:37 to 0:33:53( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: things that it wants to do? and what do we want it to do? but to fulfill the vision,, as enunciate ed several years ago by the president, that we would build a new vehicle after the space shuttle, the capsule

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0:33:53 to 0:34:08( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: called orion, the rocket call ar arie snchts the program called "constellation" that would have a new vehicle v that would trans transport like a capsule, like the o ld "apollo" capsule that only

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0:34:08 to 0:34:25( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: carried three astronauts; it this would carry circumstance. it would be our new human vehicle to get to and from the space station, much safer than the space shuttle, more economic econ omical. but then

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Bill Nelson: that the program would then expand on for us to go back to the moon by 2020 and establish a habitation on the moon to learn from dealing in that environment, as ultimately humankind is going to go to mars

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Bill Nelson: mars. that's the program called "constellation." but nasa was never provided with enough mey. now, over the past couple of pl years, this congress, this senate, has tried to provide nasa with that

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0:34:57 to 0:35:19( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: money. indeed, last year we were successful in the nasa appropriations bill of getting an additional $1 billion just to partially pay back nasa for the money that it had eaten out of its operating budget

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Bill Nelson: on the cost of recovery of the space shuttle disaster, the space shuttle "columbia." but when webu got down to the house in the negotiations, the white house -- specifically the white house budget director

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Bill Nelson: -- would not support the additional $1 billion, and the chairman of the house appropriations committee then insisted that that be taken out of the budget, and nasa is right back in the place where

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Bill Nelson: it foundou itself with not enough money to do everything that it's trying to do. it's like saying that you want to take 10 pounds of o potatoes and stuff them into a 5-pound potato sack. it doesn't

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Bill Nelson: fit. now, hopefully the new president will understand this. does america want a successful space program, and does america want a successful human space program complementary with those robotic

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Bill Nelson: spacecraft that do so many very successful things? i think the answer to that is clearly yes. we have always had the high ground this. country's technological a achievements have always kept us at the

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Bill Nelson: cutting edge as the leader in the world. this goes back to -- remember when the soviets just surprised us putting up the first satellite, "sputnik," and we were scrambling to catch up? remember when they

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Bill Nelson: surprised us and put the first human, gargare gargaren, into orbit, and that surprised us, and we hadn't even gotten alan shepherdd up in sub suborbit. and it was 10 months later before we could get

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Bill Nelson: the first american in orbit, former senator john glenn, one of the great heros of this country. and after that, then our resolve resolve, the nation's focus, a presidential declaration by a young president

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Bill Nelson: who said we're going to the moonoo -- all of that combined along with a space race with the soviet union. we clearly became the leader. and the spinoffs from that ogram into everry e day life, the technological

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Bill Nelson: achievements -- velcro, microminiaturization, new products, a lot of the modern miracles of medicine -- are direct spinoffs fromfs the research and development of the space program. when goes going

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Bill Nelson: to the moon we had to have highly reliable systems that were small in volume and light in weight, and that led to a microminiaturization revolution of which we are all beneficiaries today. well, the question

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Bill Nelson: is, are we going togo retain that leadership in space? and yet if we keep bleeding nasa of resources, we're not going to be able to. we're already face ing a situation where we will not have human

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0:39:18 to 0:39:36( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: access to space for five or six years when the space shuttle is shut down in 2010 and the administrator of nasaf tells us that we're not going to be able to fly the new vehicle "orion" with humans

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Bill Nelson: until the year 2015, if that. and what does that mean to us? it means thatt we've got $100 billion investment in orbit rightgh now called the international space station that's supposed to be use

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Bill Nelson: ed for scientific reseaierch, and we're not even going to have ann american vehicle to get there for five or six years. that's unacceptable. how are we going to get there? we're going to pay the russians to

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0:40:21 to 0:40:42( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: get a ride for our american astronauts on their "soy "s oyuz" vehicle which had a problem last week on a reentry, with a too steep entry, 8g's experienced by the cosmo cosmonaut and astronaut on onboard.

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Bill Nelson: so we are going to have to negotiate with vladimir putin during this five-year period, which we're going to have to buy buy. we're going to be laying off american space workers at the kennedy space

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Bill Nelson: center, and we're going to be fundo ing jobs in moscow at who knows what price vladimir put in will charge us, because he knows it's the only way we have to get to the international space station.

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Bill Nelson: and, oh, by the way, mr. president, if that's not enough to cause a heartburn, we can't pay russia for space flights of which we have to go about and contract right now if ifer in a ifif they're going

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0:41:36 to 0:41:55( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: to build a space spacecraft for 2011, if we're going to need it, we can't pay them for it because we're prohibited by a law that says since they are helping iran, a nation that we're concerned

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Bill Nelson: about prft proliferate ing nuclear weapons, we have to get a waive of that law -- we have to get a waiver of that law. all of this is to say, mr. president, that we've got a mess. if this nation

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Bill Nelson: wants to be a leader in space, which i think every american feels that we should, we've got to start helping nasa, and we've got to get the next president attune ed to this issue. mr. president, i

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Bill Nelson: yield tt,he floor floor. ms. murkowski: mr. p. resident? the presiding officer: the senator from alaska. ms. murkowski: mr. president, i rise today -- this morning to talk about what everyone's everyone's

Lisa Murkowski

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Lisa Murkowski: talking about, which is the price of energy in this nation today. i was home in alaska over the weekend, and everywhere that i went the price of gasoline was the main topic. everyone wanted to talk

Lisa Murkowski

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Speech By: Lisa Murkowski

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