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Senate Proceeding 04-30-08 on Apr 30th, 2008 :: 3:20:57 to 3:29:57
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John Rockefeller

3:20:57 to 3:21:14( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: ~ quorum call: the presiding officer: the senator from west virginia. mr. rockefeller: i ask unanimous consent the call

John Rockefeller

3:20:57 to 3:29:57( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Rockefeller

John Rockefeller

3:21:14 to 3:21:33( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: of the quorum be suspended. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. rockefeller: madam president, i wish to inform the presiding officer of a quandry. we have in front of us a bill which

John Rockefeller

3:21:33 to 3:21:56( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: would come close to rescuing the aviation industry of the united states of america. it's a bill that the aviation industry supports. it's a bill that the general aviation community supports. but it

John Rockefeller

3:21:56 to 3:22:15( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: is not supported by a couple of senators, and they have their reasons. we find ourselves, therefore, in a position not to be able to move forward in the short term. it is situation where the more you right,

John Rockefeller

3:22:15 to 3:22:35( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: the greater the disagreement, t more people digg in. i wish to offer my feelings -- the more people dig in. i wish to offer my feelings that in a big bill like this, the biggest policy bill this year

John Rockefeller

3:22:35 to 3:23:02( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: if we do it, there are always areas of disagreement. the trick is to work out those areas of disagreement. that's what the floor is for. that's what negotiations are month. for. i do want people to

John Rockefeller

3:23:02 to 3:23:22( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: understand in the interest of protecting certain prerogatives, protocols, our aviation industry as a whole is being ignored and, thereby, threatened. if we were to put up some purportedly helpful amendments,

John Rockefeller

3:23:22 to 3:23:40( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: we have no idea at this point how they might turn out so there really are a couple of people that control this entire situation. as long as they remain negative there is really senior little we -- really

John Rockefeller

3:23:40 to 3:24:00( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: very little we can do to count on success. the aviation industry, just in my state, is a $3.4 billion industry that employs more people than almost anybody does in a state as small as west virginia. we

John Rockefeller

3:24:00 to 3:24:15( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: have to work this through. everybody can't come out an exact winner. if i line up one side versus another side, i think that having an aviation industry, giving them the confidence to go forward, the

John Rockefeller

3:24:15 to 3:24:34( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: passing of this bill would be like an increase in their bond rating certainly psychologically, and it would give them the confidence that we're trying to do the right thing by them. in doing that,

John Rockefeller

3:24:34 to 3:24:57( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: we have not increased -- we've held all the commercial aviation airlines harmless so they will not have to pay anymore fuel tax than they do today which is about $10.7 billion. adding a small

John Rockefeller

3:24:57 to 3:25:15( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: portion of fuel tax on the general aviation industry so they would be paying about $1 billion is being used. we found a mechanism being clever but correct to actually raise $400 million a year for the

John Rockefeller

3:25:15 to 3:25:33( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: life of the bill. of course, there would have to be other bills to get us on our way to building a $20 billion to $30 billion to $40 billionaire traffic billion airtraffic control system and the

John Rockefeller

3:25:33 to 3:25:54( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: presiding officer has an amendment which i would support. there are others who would have -- they just don't want -- i don't know how to put it ... they just doipt want to don't want to lose their

John Rockefeller

3:25:54 to 3:26:15( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: position in all of this. so the question is, what do we do? i'm just here to report, we are hard at work. everybody is working feverishly in back rooms -- in a good sense, like the democrat and republican

John Rockefeller

3:26:15 to 3:26:40( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: cloakroom. senator hutchison and i are in precise agreement on all of this this. it's a bipartisan bill. it has enormous consequences to the economy of america, to the passengers who are held hostage

John Rockefeller

3:26:40 to 3:26:52( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: by delays, maintenance problems. 68 rural states have had airports entirely removed from service which previously were served. it's very painful if you're from a rural state. it sort of defines the

John Rockefeller

3:26:52 to 3:27:08( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: meaning of being cut off from the rest of the world. that's not important to some people but it's very pnt to those of us -- important to those of us who come from a rural state and all of us come from

John Rockefeller

3:27:08 to 3:27:25( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: a rural state in some part. the stakes are extraordinarily high. it is, in my judgment, an amazingly and on a bipartisan basis, an amazingly one-sided case. you protect your legacies -- that is,

John Rockefeller

3:27:25 to 3:27:45( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: your commercial airlines; you get the support of the general aviation community which has an enormous number of airplanes with millions more to come; and you get the financing to start on an air traffic

John Rockefeller

3:27:45 to 3:28:08( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: control system which is behind that of, as i've said today several times, mongolia. landing aircraft by ground radio and x-rays is not really the way to run a safe system. we've had so many close

John Rockefeller

3:28:08 to 3:28:28( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: collisions that have been averted only at the last moment by air traffic control folks or quick-witt ode ed pilots. hundreds of deaths could have been that warred. it is the choice of the people negotiating

John Rockefeller

3:28:28 to 3:28:44( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: or the people who want to block the people who are doing the negotiating to think in very clear terms about what is important here. is it pride? is it the future of an aviation industry? we haven't really

John Rockefeller

3:28:44 to 3:29:01( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: passed any bills here in congress on our side. this would be a major, major accomplishment. but that's not important. the importance is, it would save an aviation industry. and they believe that. because

John Rockefeller

3:29:01 to 3:29:17( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: the bill carries on for a number of years. they would be begin to get their safe landing system. so people must be wondering what's going on. i just wanted to report that people are at work. hopefully,

John Rockefeller

3:29:17 to 3:29:57( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: working in good faith, trying get a parliamentary situation or an amendment situation or whatever that works our way through this crisis. in the meantime, we're on hold. i just wanted to make that

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