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Senate Proceeding on May 9th, 2011 :: 1:06:05 to 1:19:05
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Jeff Sessions

1:05:53 to 1:06:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: quorum call: mr. sessions: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from alabama. mr. sessions: i would ask that the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. sessions: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that i would able to speak for up to 15 minutes. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. sessions: mr. president, i wanted to discuss today the tragedy that has occurred in

Jeff Sessions

1:06:05 to 1:19:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions

1:06:15 to 1:06:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: alabama and other states across the southeast as a result of the tornadoes that hit our region. in a 24-hour period between 8:00 a.m. in the morning on april 27 and 8:00 a.m. in the morning on april 28, the national weather service estimates there were a total of 312 tornadoes across the

Jeff Sessions

1:06:36 to 1:06:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: southeast. the worst outbreak previously reported occurred in april of 1974, and that was with 148 tornadoes. the birmingham-tuscaloosa f-4 tornado had a path with a maximum width of 1.5 miles and a

Jeff Sessions

1:06:59 to 1:07:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: length from tuscaloosa to the birmingham area of 80 miles. it stayed on the ground almost continuously; very unusual. it went through a number of populated areas and it resulted in -- that tornado alone resulted in 65 deaths. alabama's current death toll is

Jeff Sessions

1:07:23 to 1:07:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: nearing 250, with thousands injured. and, frankly, after seeing the damage in the affected areas, i'm amazed that we did not lose more lives. and as i talk to mayors and others on the ground, they say the same thing. i talked to the mayor in hackelburg today.

Jeff Sessions

1:07:44 to 1:08:04( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: i believe he was the one that told me that they were about 18 killed. he was pleased that it was that low. they were hammered with an f-5, the highest, strongest tornado that basically destroyed his whole town.

Jeff Sessions

1:08:05 to 1:08:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: he has all his businesses, including the distribution center for a jeans manufacturing company has been destroyed. it's very, very difficult for them to pay for anything. businesses who pay sales tax that go to the city have been

Jeff Sessions

1:08:26 to 1:08:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: damaged. he's made the point as a good example that he in histh little town of -- in this little town of hackelburg had $100,000 of emergency funds, and they have been on massive overtime for a week since the event.

Jeff Sessions

1:08:49 to 1:09:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: other costs are rising, and it's very difficult for him. i want to thank president obama for the quick response that he made to the tragedy. the people of alabama appreciated the fact that he and later cabinet members actually visited some of the devastated areas. we appreciate the quick action

Jeff Sessions

1:09:10 to 1:09:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: in declaring alabama and other areas a major disaster area. that does help in a lot of different ways. i also had the opportunity to be with him in tuscaloosa when he came there. mrs. obama, and she of course did a beautiful job also of

Jeff Sessions

1:09:31 to 1:09:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: talking to people who have lost so much and comforting them. also secretary napolitano came on sunday to the pratt city area in birmingham, along with several other cabinet members. they also, i think, got a real appreciation for the severity of

Jeff Sessions

1:09:54 to 1:10:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the damage and reassured alabamans that help would be on the way in an appropriate fashion. it certainly will take for a number of our communities an integrated, coordinated state, local, federal response to get

Jeff Sessions

1:10:15 to 1:10:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: these communities back on track. that's why we have a federal emergency management agency. that's why we have moneys in the budget for these kind of things, although this one is a particularly damaging event, i have to say. as a ranking member on the budget committee, i'm aware that

Jeff Sessions

1:10:36 to 1:10:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: we have to be careful about how we spend money. we cer money, not a dime, to waste. and i've got to tell you every time i've been there or i've talked to people on the ground, they tell me how impressed they are with the volunteers that are arriving from all over the country bringing food and water and helping people who are

Jeff Sessions

1:10:58 to 1:11:18( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: working, bringing chain saws to help clear roads and highways and driveways to people's homes. that has been a real encouraging thing. it makes me very, very proud to be from the -- to represent a group of people who have the integrity and work ethic and

Jeff Sessions

1:11:19 to 1:11:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: determining to overcome tragedy. it's been encouraging to me. having -- walking through the devastated neighborhoods less than 24 hours after the tornado, people were stunned at the damages and the complete loss of homes and belongings.

Jeff Sessions

1:11:40 to 1:12:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: many of the people felt themselves lucky to be alive. their entire roof was gone, most of the walls were gone, and yet somehow they came out with minor injuries or less severe injuries. others tkpourbgs not sur-- others of course did not survive.

Jeff Sessions

1:12:02 to 1:12:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: but it is always amazing to me in a tornado situation how a house can be just obliterated and persons come out of it with not-too-severe an injury. for that they were expressing great appreciation. it's a reflection, i think, of

Jeff Sessions

1:12:24 to 1:12:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the faith these individuals have in a higher being that i think gives the coura one of the things that is perfectly clear, and that is that housing in some areas will be a

Jeff Sessions

1:12:46 to 1:13:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: many houses are totally destroyed. nothing basically but a slab, a concrete slab left. because many mobile homes, manufactured housing were completely lost and not on a slab. and those homes have been rolled over and completely demolished or disappeared basically.

Jeff Sessions

1:13:08 to 1:13:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: so we're going to in a way that fema has done before to provide emergency housing. some of that in the larger areas with more housing around -- and there's vacant housing in some of our areas -- ought to be moved promptly into that vacant

Jeff Sessions

1:13:30 to 1:13:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: housing that currently exists. some areas are just housing for individuals to move into. i was told today by two mayors that they have people in recreational areas -- gyms and

Jeff Sessions

1:13:51 to 1:14:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: that sort of thing -- using them as a place for shelter. we're definitely not where we need to be, yet fema trailers are being moved into areas of the state. that may have to be done. i wish we could avoid that step, but in many areas it cannot be avoided. avoided in the sense that to me

Jeff Sessions

1:14:12 to 1:14:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the best way to handle a situation where a person's home is gone is to help them move as quickly as possible in what can be a permanent residence either through rental or purchase. the longer that person is in a temporary residence, they also are receiving often federal

Jeff Sessions

1:14:33 to 1:14:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: assistance. the longer they're in this temporary limbo circumstance, their life is less stable, and the federal government is spending more money. so money that could be utilized -- avoid being spent for temporary housing, if that could be used to facility

Jeff Sessions

1:14:54 to 1:15:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: permanent housing would be a more effective policy but it's not just easy. in some instances it just can't be done. initial reports indicate that alabama's losses may rival or surpass its $1 billion loss in

Jeff Sessions

1:15:17 to 1:15:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: hurricane katrina. that's a -- a factor that i -- you don't normally expect from tornadoes. and we will wrestle with those costs as we go forward. but dollar losses are nothing compared to the severe loss of life.

Jeff Sessions

1:15:39 to 1:16:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: we have a recordsetting loss of life. going through the rosedale court area of tuscaloosa, alabama, seeing first responders and volunteers who are frantically trying to help. and in particular they were searching for a missing young girl and they kept on and there was a large number of people

Jeff Sessions

1:16:04 to 1:16:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: where metal was twisted and roofs were gone and no walls hardly were standing and materials were three feet deep on the floor of plywood, roofing and the like the they found that young child, but, unfortunately, it was too late. her life had been lost.

Jeff Sessions

1:16:25 to 1:16:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: so that's the kind of thing that's been happening throughout the state. our people are responding with courage and dignity and hard work and volunteers from all over the country and all over alabama are assisting. i was with the seafood group

Jeff Sessions

1:16:48 to 1:17:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: friday down seafood capital in many ways of the gulf of mexico. and they had been helped so many times over the decade from various hurricanes that came through they wanted to help. and so they brought large amounts of shrimp and seafood and their cookers were going to

Jeff Sessions

1:17:10 to 1:17:31( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: tuscaloosa and some of the areas out there and serving some of the people out there volunteering or emergency responders who were working to help in that neighborhood. that's the kind of thing that makes -- thing that makes you proud and make us all recognize the good that we have in our people. so, mr. president, i just wanted

Jeff Sessions

1:17:32 to 1:17:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: to share these thoughts and to note that i have filed a -- a resolution that deals with this disaster expressing the condolences of the united states and noting many of the factors

Jeff Sessions

1:17:54 to 1:18:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: t relevant to this damage and asking that this senate will pass this. i will note it has been cosponsored by senator shelby, my colleague from alabama, senator alexander and corker from tennessee, cocker and wicker, chambliss and isakson from georgia, and i understand others are signing on as we proceed.

Jeff Sessions

1:18:16 to 1:18:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: so i thank the chair for allowing me to share these thoughts. i thank the administration for helping to respond properly. i thank the volunteers from all over america that have come to our state to assist those in need. i would yield the floor and quote the absence of

Jeff Sessions

1:18:37 to 1:18:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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