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Senate Proceeding on May 14th, 2009 :: 0:20:15 to 0:22:30
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Dianne Feinstein

0:20:15 to 0:20:35( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: controls in this country. and i think most of us believe that we would much prefer to buy american produce than foreign produce. and, yet, we may not have that opportunity. when farmers suffer, there's a triple ripple effect felt throughout the economy in farm

Dianne Feinstein

0:20:15 to 0:22:30( Edit History Discussion )
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Dianne Feinstein

0:20:36 to 0:20:57( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: equipment manufacturing, packaging, processing, transportation, marketing, lending, and insurance. jobs are being lost and our economy is going to decline further as a result. and low-producing farms mean a lowered local tax base as farms no longer generate income and

Dianne Feinstein

0:20:58 to 0:21:18( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: create jobs. as can be seen for this -- from this graphic for every job lost on a family farm and ranch, the country loses approximately three jobs in related sectors that are supported by having the agriculture community here in this country.

Dianne Feinstein

0:21:19 to 0:21:40( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: i have the port of oakland which depends heavily on for its survival. according to the port last year more agricultural products worth approximately $2.6 billion were

Dianne Feinstein

0:21:41 to 0:22:01( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: shipped through the port representing 40% of the port's exports. now, as these disappear, port jobs, basic jobs for people also disappear. so the central issue here is not immigration. it's the bottom line of the american economy.

Dianne Feinstein

0:22:02 to 0:22:22( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: and i think congress should be doing everything we possibly can to prevent united states farms from closing down. now, there is and it is this bill. and ts bill is well known. and this bill has been well supported in the past with the

Dianne Feinstein

0:22:23 to 0:22:31( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: it is bipartisan, and we can take it up and pass it today, and that would immediately help american farmers bolster the

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