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Senate Proceeding 05-13-08 on May 13th, 2008 :: 2:45:56 to 2:50:23
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Sherrod Brown

2:37:21 to 2:45:56( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Sherrod Brown

Sherrod Brown

2:45:44 to 2:45:56( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: and employers. it's not a mandate. it's certainly not an unfunded mandate. that's why the alexander amendment should be defeated. that's why the underlying bill should be approved. mr. kennedy:

Edward Kennedy

2:45:56 to 2:46:12( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: would the senator yield? mr. brown: i certainly will to the senator from massachusetts. mr. kennedy: mr. president, i hope our colleagues and friends listened carefully to the senator from ohio because

Edward Kennedy

2:45:56 to 2:50:23( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Edward Kennedy

Edward Kennedy

2:46:12 to 2:46:27( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: he has laid out the essential elements of this legislation and did it very effectively and well and as i mentioned very briefly, very often around here we have people that differ with the legislation

Edward Kennedy

2:46:27 to 2:46:41( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: and often they misrepresent or mischaracterize the legislation and then differ with it. i've even done it myself a few times. and we have see that done with regards to this legislation. the senator

Edward Kennedy

2:46:41 to 2:46:54( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: very eloquently -- i listened to my friend and colleague -- and he is my friend and colleague -- from tennessee, i watched him waive the constitution and talk -- wave the constituti on and talk about

Edward Kennedy

2:46:54 to 2:47:07( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: the 10th amendment, and the senator from ohio has answered that. i think it's probably -- does the senator not agree with me that the basic process that is followed is that if this legislation is

Edward Kennedy

2:47:07 to 2:47:30( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: passed, a state then must set up some opportunity for filling -- fulfilling four different requirements that are included in the bill. those are four different requirements that are included in

Edward Kennedy

2:47:30 to 2:47:46( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: the legislation. in providing the public service officers the right to form and join a labor organization. secondly, requires the employers to recognize labor freely chosen chosen -- chosen -- to agree to

Edward Kennedy

2:47:46 to 2:48:00( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: barring win the labor, permit bargaining over the hours and make available an impasse resolution. as the senator correctly pointed pointed, that may very well be arbitration, that may be fact finding.

Edward Kennedy

2:48:00 to 2:48:15( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: completely left open. now the state takes these four broad guidelines and they fashion and shape legislation. now it comes up to tennessee and tennessee said, "we don't like it." they don't have to take

Edward Kennedy

2:48:15 to 2:48:30( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: it. end of the story. i -- i had difficulty in understanding the senator from tennessee talk eloquently for half an hour describing this bill, and i said one of us hasn't read it, because there is

Edward Kennedy

2:48:30 to 2:48:43( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: no such requirement in this legislation as described by the senator from tennessee. and i wish the senator would once again talk and speak to the issue in question of the unfunded mandate. there is

Edward Kennedy

2:48:43 to 2:48:56( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: no possibility, as the senator has mentioned, that there can be any impact on the local community or on the state in terms of requiring them to spend a nickel if it isn't going to be approved by the regular

Edward Kennedy

2:48:56 to 2:49:10( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: order within that state. they'll -- the state is going to have to make that judgment and that decision whether they want. there's nothing included in this legislation that is going to alter or change

Edward Kennedy

2:49:10 to 2:49:19( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: that process or the procedure. so the -- these concerns that we've heard during the course of the -- of the afternoon that this new legislation is going to suddenly be an unfunded mandate -- i'm always

Edward Kennedy

2:49:19 to 2:49:32( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: interested. you know, if you eliminated the words "unfunded mandate," you'd quiet about half the senate around here. they just use those words so frequently when they too often don't have other things

Edward Kennedy

2:49:32 to 2:49:46( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: to say. it's an unfunded mandate and everyone quivers and shakes about it. but that is the situation. it's good if we have a debate and we'll -- we welcome the opportunity to take some time. we're

Edward Kennedy

2:49:46 to 2:49:58( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: in no rush. this is important legislation. it's important that the members understand it. but the important, it does seem to me, as we're doing this debate for the members to understand correct what

Edward Kennedy

2:49:58 to 2:50:11( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: will we are dispiewg what we aren't -- correctly what we are doing and what we aren't doing. and i was just interested that the senator agreed with me that the requirements in here will not require any

Edward Kennedy

2:50:11 to 2:50:23( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: town or community in ohio or any other state to expend resources and funds that the state will not duly authorize under its existingis appropriation procedures? mr. brown: thank you, senator kennedy.

Sherrod Brown

2:50:23 to 2:50:37( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: i certainly agree with the senior senator from massachusetts. and in my state, in ohio, i've watched for 25 years what's happened with collective bargaining, public-employee collective bargaining.

Sherrod Brown

2:50:23 to 2:51:54( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Sherrod Brown

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