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Senate Proceeding on May 1st, 2008 :: 8:36:01 to 8:44:02
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Bill Nelson

8:36:01 to 8:36:15( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: will call the roll. quorum call: | quorum call: the presiding officer: the senator from the state of florida. mr. nelson: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent i asimk unanimous consent the call of the

Bill Nelson

8:36:01 to 8:44:02( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bill Nelson

Bill Nelson

8:36:15 to 8:36:36( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: quorum be dispensed. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. nels: mr. president, there ise a colossal waste of taxpayers' money that is occurring at patrick air force base in

Bill Nelson

8:36:36 to 8:36:55( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: the state of florida near my home of melbourne, florida. happily, the senate armed services committee has addressed the issue to try to expose the spotlight on the problem, to get the united states

Bill Nelson

8:36:55 to 8:37:17( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: air force to come clean as to what has happened if this huge fiasco of waste of taxpayers' money. mr. president, it is born out of the privatization of housing for military families. throughout the country,

Bill Nelson

8:37:17 to 8:37:40( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: there has been some success at other military bases but on a particular contractor, a contractor who got the contract to build housing for the air force if four air force bases -- in four air force bases,

Bill Nelson

8:37:40 to 8:37:55( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: including patrick air force base, and three others in other places such as georgia and arkansas, the contractor went belly up and now, in order to try to keep some semblance of housing being built, what's

Bill Nelson

8:37:55 to 8:38:15( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: happening is that the air force now wants to use all of the land that is supposed to be for housing at patrick air force base as the equity in order to build the houses on the other bases in three

Bill Nelson

8:38:15 to 8:38:33( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: other states. now, you will be surprised when i tell you how bad this is. there were 300 acres on the barrier island just south of patrick air force base. this is in the town of satellite beach,

Bill Nelson

8:38:33 to 8:38:53( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: in florida. it's near cape canavaral and the cape canavaral air force station. the 300 acres were basically given by the air force to a joint venture, a corporation, that included this developer

Bill Nelson

8:38:53 to 8:39:18( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: that ultimately went bust. the deal was so bad thatha the air force agrees, of the 300 acres, they're going to outright give 100 acres to the developer. the developer goes off and sells it for something

Bill Nelson

8:39:18 to 8:39:37( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: like $13 million or $15 million and pockets the cash. the remaining 200 acres, the developer is supposed to build 550 new homes for airmen and their families. and, commensurately, tear down the old

Bill Nelson

8:39:37 to 8:39:57( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: dilapidated housing that had been there for several decades. the developer only builds 163 houses. then stops. and all these other old dwellings are there of which the developer has the authority

Bill Nelson

8:39:57 to 8:40:17( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: to go in there and rent that on the market and since it's run down, almost slum-like conditions, you can imagine the kind of tenants you are getting if now living next to air force families. and now,

Bill Nelson

8:40:17 to 8:40:40( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: the air force's idea of rescuing this is to say, we're going to take that remaining 200 acres, we're going to give it to a new developer and that equity is going to help that developer build additional

Bill Nelson

8:40:40 to 8:40:59( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: houses -- but not at at trick; no, in -- at patrick; no, in these three other air force base. now there are only 163 homes for the air force sitting next to the slum dwellings and the air force is

Bill Nelson

8:40:59 to 8:41:20( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: going to give away the rest of this 200 acres? well, something smells awfully fishy. so, fortunately, this has come to this senator's attention and i'm happy to say that i had to strain and grunt a

Bill Nelson

8:41:20 to 8:41:42( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: little bit to get my point of view across to the senate armed services committee yesterday in the markup. but when the test came on a recorded vote it was 22-0 in favor of the amendment that would require the

Bill Nelson

8:41:42 to 8:41:56( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: air force to do a cost-benefit study before they can transfer the property. that is the policy set forth in the defense authorization bill. now, i just want to say a word to the united states air force.

Bill Nelson

8:41:56 to 8:42:10( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: no, technically, you don't have to pay attention because legally you can go on and transfer that property new because our defense authorization bill is not law. it's only been passed out of the

Bill Nelson

8:42:10 to 8:42:29( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: senate armed services committee. but it's going to be law once we get through the house and the senate and it impose to the president if signature -- and it goes to the president for signature. i would

Bill Nelson

8:42:29 to 8:42:49( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: strongly suggest to the united states air force and i'm memorializing these comments in a letter to the secretary of the air force, secretary wen -- withhold, forbear, on any transfer of the title, to a new

Bill Nelson

8:42:49 to 8:43:10( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: developer utilizing that very valuable asset of barrier island, ocean-front land, until you do the cost-benefit analysis so that we can bring this out into the full light of day and we will know

Bill Nelson

8:43:10 to 8:43:32( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: how we can best protect the taxpayers' investment. we want to serve the united states airmen and their families. we want to serve the united states taxpayer and their families. the best way to do that

Bill Nelson

8:43:32 to 8:43:47( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: is get this story out in the open with this cost-benefit analysis. mr. president, i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the distinguished senator from vermon is recognized. mr. sanders: mr. president, thank

Bill Nelson

8:43:47 to 8:44:02( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: you. mr. president, in the last several weeks in a number of venues, i have met with hundreds -- in fact thousands -- of vermonters and to nobody's great surprise, the issue that is upper most on their

Bernard Sanders

8:44:02 to 8:44:19( Edit History Discussion )

Bernard Sanders: minds is the very high price of gas and the price of oil. i know that is true in all 50 states in this country and thousands of communities and it is especially true in rural states because in rural states

Bernard Sanders

8:44:02 to 9:13:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bernard Sanders

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