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Senate Proceeding 05-25-10 on May 25th, 2010 :: 1:50:50 to 2:05:10
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Susan Collins

1:50:44 to 1:51:04( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: ask unanimous consent that procee dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. ms. collins: mr. president, i'm not going to call up my amendment at this time because i understand there is an objection on the other side, but i am going to take advantage of this

Susan Collins

1:50:50 to 2:05:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Susan Collins

Susan Collins

1:51:05 to 1:51:25( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: opportunity to discuss my amendment which is number 4218. this is an amendment that i've offered on behalf of myself and senators inhofe, alexander, brown, brownback, gregg, snowe,

Susan Collins

1:51:26 to 1:51:46( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: coburn, bond, murkowski, voinovich, burr, begich, and corker, mr. president. mr. president, on april 22, a new environmental protection agency regulation paint abatement went into

Susan Collins

1:51:47 to 1:52:08( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: effect. now, mr. president, lead paint has been of great concern to me for a number of years. i actuall senator from rhode island, senator reed, in holding field hearings on the dangers of lead paint in older houses several years ago, and it's long been a

Susan Collins

1:52:09 to 1:52:30( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: concern of mine. i support the purpose of this rule because we want to continue our efforts to rid toxic lead-based paint from our homes. i'm deeply concerned, however, as are many of our colleagues,

Susan Collins

1:52:31 to 1:52:51( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: that the e.p.a. has completely botched the implementation of this rule. the rule requires that contractors who are hired to do work in homes paint must first be certified to perform this work.

Susan Collins

1:52:52 to 1:53:14( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: mr. president, we put the cart before the horse with this rule and the result is th e.p.a. has not ensured that there a a sufficient number of trainers to provide the traing and the contractors.

Susan Collins

1:53:15 to 1:53:37( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: that means that many countries simply cannot get the -- that means that many contractors simply cannot get the certification in most states. the relt is businessmen and women are losing out on jobs at a time when many of them are in desperate need of work.

Susan Collins

1:53:38 to 1:53:59( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: ironically, it also means lead paint that homeowners want removed or mitigated will not be be. in my state of maine, for example, as of last week, we

Susan Collins

1:54:00 to 1:54:20( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: in the entire state to certify contractors. just over 10% of the state's contractors have been certified, only a little over 10%. hundreds of maine's contractors have signed up for the traing but they've been forced to wait

Susan Collins

1:54:21 to 1:54:41( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: their names are languishing on waiting lists, some for as long as two months. it's hard to envision worse a job e.p.a. could have done in rolling out this

Susan Collins

1:54:42 to 1:55:06( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: regulation. and it's not as if e.p.a. didn't know that this was coming. e.p.a. has had years to planor the proper implementation this regulation. unfortunately, mr. president, the eri penalty

Susan Collins

1:55:07 to 1:55:28( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: don't get the required if contractors who perform work in homes built before 1978 are not e.p.a. certified, they face fines of up to $37,500 per

Susan Collins

1:55:29 to 1:55:49( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: violation, mr. president, many of painters in my state doing this work don't earn $37,000 in an entire year. how unfair it is when e.p.a.'s fault in many cases

Susan Collins

1:55:50 to 1:56:11( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: that they are not certified. the lack of traing and the e.p.a. fines are creating a no-win situation. if contractors who have not received the e.p.a. traing wo face the possibility of literally losing their

Susan Collins

1:56:12 to 1:56:32( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: businesses, of being fined out of existence due to the severity of the e.p.a. and, meanwhile, mr. president, the lead paint remains, raising the threat of lead poisoning and

Susan Collins

1:56:33 to 1:56:53( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: its significant health impacts. i have been trying to work with e.p.a. officials since this problem first becam became evidence to me in early -- became evident to me in early march, but they have offered absolutely no reasonable

Susan Collins

1:56:54 to 1:57:17( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: accommodations, no solutions. in fact, it took the seven weeks to even offer any ideas for getting more trainers to the state of maine, and even then the e.p.a.'s proposals were unworkable.

Susan Collins

1:57:18 to 1:57:38( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: so i come to the a commonsense solution to a problem created by washington's poor planning. my bipartisan amendment, which is cosponsored by so many of my colleagues -- and let me give the list again: senator

Susan Collins

1:57:39 to 1:58:01( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: alexander, inhofe, brown, brownback, gregg, snowe, coburn, bond, murkowski, voinovich, burr, begich, would prohibit the e.p.a. from imposing fines against contractors who have signed up

Susan Collins

1:58:02 to 1:58:23( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: for the required training classes by september 30 of this year. this delay will allow, i hope, adequate time for contractors to comply with the law, to get the required training without fear of a fine

Susan Collins

1:58:24 to 1:58:47( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: that could well put them out of business. to be clear, our amendment does not stop the e.p.a. from punishing those who willingly break the law and endanger a child's well-being. it simply gives the e.p.a. more time to ensure that there are

Susan Collins

1:58:48 to 1:59:09( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: sufficient number of trainers in each state. and it simply protects that small painter, that small businessman, that small contractor fined when it's the e.p.a.'s fault that he or she cannot get

Susan Collins

1:59:10 to 1:59:31( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: the required traing. now, mr. president, not conceivably, i have heard the e.p.a. say that it has trained an adequate number of people in maine, so let me give you the statistics f

Susan Collins

1:59:32 to 1:59:54( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: they're typical of many states. first of all, e.p.a. estimates that there are only 1,400 contractors in maine. than 20,000 state, not 1,400. 20,000 people who need to be

Susan Collins

1:59:55 to 2:00:16( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: trained. e.p.a. makes another erroneous assumption. it assumes that all of these people are part of large businesses and that only person at each business needs to be false.

Susan Collins

2:00:17 to 2:00:38( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: e.p.a. also assumes that contractors specialize in doing just old homes or new homes. completely false, mr. president. that makes no sense at all in a rural state like maine which has some of in the country and where most

Susan Collins

2:00:39 to 2:01:00( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: painters are small shops. usually it's just an individual who is self-employed. at most, he might be part of a small business where there are two or three people who are doing the work. in addition, these individuals work in mixed communities which

Susan Collins

2:01:01 to 2:01:23( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: have older homes and newer homes. that'sypical of every community in my state. you cannot a them to give up working in older homes simply because an economist at e.p.a. doesn't understand what our

Susan Collins

2:01:24 to 2:01:45( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: housing stock looks like in maine. furthermore, mr. president, most of the e.p.a.'s classes have been held in the southern part of the state. it is not feasible for people to have to travel in order to obtain this

Susan Collins

2:01:46 to 2:02:09( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: training. i have heard that criticism and that problem from my colleagues in other states as well, that the e.p.a. is offering the classes only in cities and completely neglected the rural parts of their states. my home state of maine is not

Susan Collins

2:02:10 to 2:02:30( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: the only sta trapped in this bureaucratic an e.p.a. evaluation from early may shows, for example, that hawaii only i can't imagine how that can work in hawaii islands. that's not

Susan Collins

2:02:31 to 2:02:52( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: mississippi in the entire state. three states -- louisiana, wyoming and south dakota -- do not have a single e.p.a. certified trainer. so, mr. president, this is just not

Susan Collins

2:02:53 to 2:03:13( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: it is not fair that these small contractors live under the threat of these ownerrous -- onerous fines that would put many of them out of business when it's not their fault that they cannot obtain the traing. it's e.p.a.'s fault. all of us understand, mr. president, that lead is a

Susan Collins

2:03:14 to 2:03:38( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: dangerous toxin and we must work to do whatever we can to keep our homes and our children safe, but the burn should not fall upon the shoulders of small contractors and construction professionals, painters and others who are trying their best

Susan Collins

2:03:39 to 2:03:59( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: to comply with e.p.a.'s rule. spring is home renovation season in most the small business men and women are just gearing up for the spring and summer months, and they are trying to recover from the great recession which has been so hard on their business.

Susan Collins

2:04:00 to 2:04:20( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: the onerous and unfair fines of more than $37,000 pero? day could put many of them out of business, even as they wait for an e.p.a. training class to become available. and as they are waiting, if they

Susan Collins

2:04:21 to 2:04:43( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: choose not to are losing income as well, and that's unfair. all i'm attempting to do with this amendment is provide the e.p.a. with more time in order to increase the number of certified trainers and the offering of these classes.

Susan Collins

2:04:44 to 2:05:04( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: with enough trainers, we can eventually ensure the success of this program, but without enough trainers, we are guaranteeing its failure and penalizing innocent contractors who are simply trying to make a living

Susan Collins

2:05:05 to 2:05:10( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: d to have been unable to secure the traing required by the e.p.a.

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