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Senate Proceeding on May 15th, 2008 :: 1:39:15 to 1:48:38
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Thad Cochran

1:37:02 to 1:39:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Thad Cochran

Thad Cochran

1:39:00 to 1:39:15( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: the senator from iowa has five minutes and 40 seconds. mr. chambliss: thank you. mr. president, let me again thank senator cochran for his generous comments and for his great leadership on this committee.

Saxby Chambliss

1:39:15 to 1:39:28( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: he has been such a valuable member of the conference committee, but more than that, he's just been a dear friend. i want to continue to acknowledge the hard work of a number of folks on the other side

Saxby Chambliss

1:39:15 to 1:48:38( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Saxby Chambliss

Saxby Chambliss

1:39:28 to 1:39:44( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: of the aisle. we had senator baucus, chairman of the finance committee, who worked so closely with senator grassley and every member of the conference committee on our side of the capitol to try to find

Saxby Chambliss

1:39:44 to 1:40:02( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: the funding for this bill, which he did. it's completely offset, as scored by c.b.o. in addition, he worked out a very fair and equitable tax package for agricultural issues, and i emphasize that, to be

Saxby Chambliss

1:40:02 to 1:40:16( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: included in this farm bill, and also that particular amount of spending has been totally offset offset, as scored by c.b.o. so senator baucus, senator grassley deserve an awful lot of credit. to my good friend,

Saxby Chambliss

1:40:16 to 1:40:27( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: senator blanche lincoln, what a real ally she has been to all of us on the committee. senator stabenow has been just a tireless worker from a conference committee standpoint. so its a. th truly has been

Saxby Chambliss

1:40:27 to 1:40:44( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: a -- so this truly has been a real bipartisan effort. but the real work that's been done on this bill, the decisions may be policy decisions that were made by the membership, but the staff is where

Saxby Chambliss

1:40:44 to 1:40:55( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: the real hard work and the long hours take place. and i just want to say to mark halverson and susan keith and all the members of the minority committee how much we appreciate them for their hard

Saxby Chambliss

1:40:55 to 1:41:12( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: work, their commitment to agriculture, and you know, these folks, beginning this december after they had worked so hard to get the bill done and get the bill to the senate floor, then the real work

Saxby Chambliss

1:41:12 to 1:41:24( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: began. every single day since this bill was passed, including weekends, these folks have been working tirelessly to try to accommodate the policy decisions that the members have been making. and it's been

Saxby Chambliss

1:41:24 to 1:41:47( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: an unbelievable process, and without their hard work we simply would not be here here. senator cochran just named all the members of my staff, and i won't go back through the names again -- they know

Saxby Chambliss

1:41:47 to 1:41:57( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: how much i love hem them and how much i appreciate them -- but my scott poindexter and vernie millburg, they've had to put up with me. bee me telling tell me telling them what they netted needed

Saxby Chambliss

1:41:57 to 1:42:10( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: to do. i just have tremendous appreciation for all of the staff that has worked so hard to make this happen today. there's some other staff members that i particularly want to acknowledge because

Saxby Chambliss

1:42:10 to 1:42:29( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: they have just been, again, tremendous and they have been right there side by side with all the ag committee staff from day one. and that's amanda taylor and elizabeth harris and senator grassley's

Saxby Chambliss

1:42:29 to 1:42:42( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: staff. on senator baucus's staff, john ceeli, rebecca backsster, kathy coke, and on senator conrad's staff, tom mar and jim miller. tom and jim particularly have been involved with my staff since

Saxby Chambliss

1:42:42 to 1:42:57( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: literally about a year ago ago. in attempting to craft a farm bill that ultimately came to the floor of the senate and have just been tremendous in providing us numbers, providing us information to

Saxby Chambliss

1:42:57 to 1:43:08( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: help senator conrad and myself to make policy decisions, and those two gentlemen i want to say a special thanks to. this bill, mr. president, is going to finally come to a vote on the conference

Saxby Chambliss

1:43:08 to 1:43:25( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: report, and this is not a perfect bivment it's been said by seferlg different folks here. there have been some folks who have stood up and pointed out some objections they have to the bill. this is

Saxby Chambliss

1:43:25 to 1:43:42( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: my third farm bill, two as a member of the house and now one as a member of the senate. all farm bills are extremely controversial. all farm bills are the portrayed by the media as being a giant welfare

Saxby Chambliss

1:43:42 to 1:43:56( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: program for farmers. nothing could be further from the truth, particularly in this farm bill. in this farm bill, about 11% of the outlays are projected to go to farm programs. 11%. 74% of the outlays are going

Saxby Chambliss

1:43:56 to 1:44:09( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: to go for nutrition programs to feed hungry people in this country. and we have an obligation, as the richest and most abin daunts from a -- and most abundant from a food standpoint in the w0r8d, to take

Saxby Chambliss

1:44:09 to 1:44:24( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: care of those folks who are needy. in addition we're providing conservation measures that are going to save the land, save rural america from being developed in many areas where it ought not to be developed.

Saxby Chambliss

1:44:24 to 1:44:37( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: and we're also going to make sure that we provide future generations with alternative energy projects and that we do it in the right way.x i want to -- i want to close by just making a comment on the

Saxby Chambliss

1:44:37 to 1:44:55( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: point of order that senator gregg made, and he knows how much respect i have for him. he did a terrific job when he was chairman of the budget committee, now as a ranking member. again, he's doing a good

Saxby Chambliss

1:44:55 to 1:45:06( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: job, and he knows that i have tremendous respect for his position on any issue relative to the budget. but here's what i want to explain to my colleagues. his point is that we're going to spend more money

Saxby Chambliss

1:45:06 to 1:45:18( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: than is projected -- or excuse me. we're going to spend more money above the budget than we actually say we're going to spend. well, here's why that's the case. if you can tell me what commodity prices

Saxby Chambliss

1:45:18 to 1:45:29( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: are going to be five years from now or ten years from now, mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that we have an additional four minutes equally divided between senator harkin and myself. the presiding

Saxby Chambliss

1:45:29 to 1:45:45( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: officer: is there objection? mr. gregg: reserving the right to object, i would ask for an additional two minutes so it would be six minutes. the presiding officer: is there objection to the amended unanimous

Saxby Chambliss

1:45:45 to 1:46:06( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: consent request that senator harkin get 4 minutes, senator chambliss 4 -- 2 minutes to senator harkin, 2 minutes to senator chambliss, 2 minutes to senator gregg. is there objection. a senator: reserving

Saxby Chambliss

1:46:06 to 1:46:17( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: the right to object. the presiding officer: without ce objection, so ordered. the senator from georgia. mr. chambliss: thank you, mr. president. let me just say in response, if anybody in this body

Saxby Chambliss

1:46:17 to 1:46:31( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: can tell me today what the price of corn is going to be, what t price of cotton's going to be, what the price of soybeans is going to be five years from now or ten years from now, then we would not

Saxby Chambliss

1:46:31 to 1:46:45( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: have to worry about projecting exactly what the expenditure from a budget standpoint in this farm bill is going to be. the fact is we can't even project what the price of corn and soybeans and other

Saxby Chambliss

1:46:45 to 1:47:03( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: commodities are going to be tomorrow, much less what we can predict it's going to be five years from now. and, in fact, the 2002 farm bill which is currently in place had this same budget point of order

Saxby Chambliss

1:47:03 to 1:47:15( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: made against it in 2002 when it was passed. and the fact is in that farm bill not only did we not spend what was projected to be spent, but we spent between $15 billion and $18 billion less than what

Saxby Chambliss

1:47:15 to 1:47:25( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: was projected to be spent. and the reason is that commodity prices have been high. therefore, payments coming out of washington have been either nonexistent or very low. that's where the $15 billion

Saxby Chambliss

1:47:25 to 1:47:39( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: to $18 billion in savings has come from. in this bill, as long as commodity prices remain high, again, farmers are going to have what they want, which is their stream of income coming from the marketplace

Saxby Chambliss

1:47:39 to 1:47:53( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: versus washington. washington is going to have what we want, which is reduction and limitations on the payments going to farmers. so, the budget point of order obviously is correct in saying that we

Saxby Chambliss

1:47:53 to 1:48:06( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: don't know exactly how much money is going to be spent under counter cyclical programs. that's the nation of farm bills. the fact is we spent less under 2002. we're going to spend less under this farm

Saxby Chambliss

1:48:06 to 1:48:38( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: bill, in all probability. but we cannot say that for certain. so, therefore, i would urge my colleagues to vote in opposition to the budget point of order and to vote in favor of the underlying bill.

Judd Gregg

1:48:38 to 1:48:47( Edit History Discussion )

Judd Gregg: with that, mr. president, i would yield back. the presiding officer: who yields time? mr. harkin: mr. president, parliamentary inquiry? the presiding officer: the senator from iowa. mr. harkin: how much

Judd Gregg

1:48:38 to 1:51:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Judd Gregg

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