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Senate Proceeding on May 26th, 2010 :: 4:18:45 to 4:31:20
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Susan Collins

4:18:41 to 4:19:04( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: we should be helping. and so i commend you, sir. i yield the floor. i suggest the absence of a quorum. oh, i'm sorry. the presiding officer: the senator from maine. ms. collins: thank you, madam president. madam president, i feel honored that i was on the floor and able

Susan Collins

4:18:45 to 4:31:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Susan Collins

Susan Collins

4:19:05 to 4:19:25( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: to hear the chairman of the appropriations committee reflect on his own service and also compare the differences between world war ii and the experience of our soldiers, our sailors, our airmen and marines in the current conflicts.

Susan Collins

4:19:26 to 4:19:48( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: my own father is a world war ii veteran wounded twice in the battle of the bulge, and the second time that he was when he was waiting to be evacuated. so i can relate slightly from the experience of my own father

Susan Collins

4:19:49 to 4:20:09( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: to what we just heard from the distinguishe chairman of the appropriations committee. i cannot imagine being so badly wounded and waiting for nine hours to be evacuated. and it's a good reminder of us, as we engage in the

Susan Collins

4:20:10 to 4:20:30( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: day-to-day debates and and, at times, contentiousness, that we have true heroes in our midst, and certainly senator -- the senator from hawaii is one of those. so i

Susan Collins

4:20:31 to 4:20:51( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: his service, his lifelong service. and it was an honor to be on the floor and to hear him talk about it because, like many of our world war ii veterans, he does not talk it about it very often. so, madam president, i just wanted to say that before beginning my remarks.

Susan Collins

4:20:52 to 4:21:12( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: madam president, i ask unanimous consent to set amendment and to call up amendment number 4253, which is pending at the desk. the presiding officer: is there objection? there is no objection. it is so ordered. the clerk will report. the clerk: the senator from

Susan Collins

4:21:13 to 4:21:34( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: maine, ms. collins, for herself and oh, proposes an amendment numbered 4253. ms. collins: madam president, i ask unanimous consent that the reading of the amendment be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. ms. collins: madam president, this is a modified version of an amendment that i offered yesterday.

Susan Collins

4:21:35 to 4:21:55( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: i'm joined by senators alexander alexander, inhofe, bond, voinovich, snowe, begich, gregg, brown of massachusetts, murkowski, coburn, thune, and corker in suppo amendment. on april 22, the e.p.a.'s new

Susan Collins

4:21:56 to 4:22:17( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: lead paint rule went into effect. and as i explained to my colleagues yesterday, unfortunately, the e.p.a. completely botched implementation of this important rule. now, this rule is intended to make sure that lead-based paint

Susan Collins

4:22:18 to 4:22:39( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: is removed safely from our homes and, thus, it requires those involved in house renovations to have a training course in the proper removal of lead-based paint and to be certified. but, unfortunately, the e.p.a. did not plan well for the

Susan Collins

4:22:40 to 4:23:01( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: implementation of this new rule. and it did not have in place across our country the necessary trainers and classes so that individuals could be trained to comply with this new rule.

Susan Collins

4:23:02 to 4:23:22( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: is to delay the fines that would apply in cases of violations of this new rule until september 30. and, indeed it would prohibit the e.p.a. from imposing these fines, which are as high

Susan Collins

4:23:23 to 4:23:46( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: $37,500 per day per violation for violations of this rule. i want to make clear that i support efforts to rid our homes of toxic lead-based paint in a safe manner. but it is simply not fair, madam

Susan Collins

4:23:47 to 4:24:07( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: president, to impose these burdensome, onerous fines on contractors who have been unable to get the e.p.a.-provided training because e.p.a. did a lousy job in planning for implementation of this new rule.

Susan Collins

4:24:08 to 4:24:28( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: in my state, elimination, as of last week -- in my state, for example, as of last week we have only three e.p.a. trainers to certify contractors for the entire state. and, as a result, only just about 10% of the state's contractors have been certified.

Susan Collins

4:24:29 to 4:24:49( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: hundreds of home rein verities have -- hundreds of home renovators have their names on waiting lists, some for as long as two months, but they simply can't get the necessary training, and that's through no fault i would that my amendment has been endorsed by the national

Susan Collins

4:24:50 to 4:25:10( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: federation of independent business, our nation's leading small business advocacy organization. it's been endorsed by the window and door manufacturers association and the national lumber and building material dealers association.

Susan Collins

4:25:11 to 4:25:31( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: these griewrps have endorsed it because -- these groups have endorsed it because they're hearing from their members of the tremendous burden, the tremendous potentially their members are at risk for receiving through no fault of their own. as the nfib pointed out in its

Susan Collins

4:25:32 to 4:25:53( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: letter, the new e.p.a. lead rule applies to virtually anyone who's involved in home renovations involving lead-based paint. at includes painters, plumbers, window and door

Susan Collins

4:25:54 to 4:26:14( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: installers, carpenters, electricians and other spifghtses, so its -- and other speclists, soits reachs very broad. what we found throughout the country is e.p.a. completely underestimatedhe number of people who would have to be trained. ey also seem to be operating

Susan Collins

4:26:15 to 4:26:38( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: under the false assumption that contractors either do new construction or renovation. well, madam president, i don't know about that's not true in my state. in my ste, the home renovators do all sorts of work, particularly in this economy. and this imposes a tremendous

Susan Collins

4:26:39 to 4:26:59( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: burden on those of us who representarge rural states. in my state, most of the courses were held in the southern part of the state, requiring painters and other contractors to travel hundreds of miles to get the aining that they need. there are three states where

Susan Collins

4:27:00 to 4:27:21( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: e.p.a. does not have any certified trainers available, so this is a commonsense amendment to attempt to put some sense in the decion making at the e.p.a. by extending until the

Susan Collins

4:27:22 to 4:27:46( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: end of this fiscal year the time for compliance. now, i want to make clear believe we should try to proceed with the removal of lead-based paint and that we need strict safety standards, but it doesn't

Susan Collins

4:27:47 to 4:28:07( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: make sense to impose huge fines on contractors who were unable to get the required traing, the mandatory classes because e.p.a. did not have the trainers in place before putting the rule into effect. president, in my state, the building industry is still

Susan Collins

4:28:08 to 4:28:30( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: struggling and a lot of individuals who are involved in th their only work is to do home renovations. my state also has an old housing stock, one of the oldest in the nation. ironically, this new rule,

Susan Collins

4:28:31 to 4:28:51( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: because of the way it was implemented, may result in homes not having anyone who was qualified to remove the lead-based paint because of the way that this has been implemented. so, madam president, i talked at some length about this yesterday yesterday.

Susan Collins

4:28:52 to 4:29:12( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: i'm not going to repeat what i said yesterday. but let me just point out that a lot of the state who are struggling already financially do not earn in a whole year the $37,000 that they

Susan Collins

4:29:13 to 4:29:35( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: can be fined for one violation by the e.p.a. and it's simply unfair that these heavy fines can be imposed when it's e.p.a.'s fault that the classes have not been made more readily available. all i'm attempting to do

Susan Collins

4:29:36 to 4:29:56( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: provide the e.p.a. with more time in order to increase the number of certified trainers. this is just a matter of fairness. madam president, i would ask unanimous consent that the endorsement letters from the

Susan Collins

4:29:57 to 4:30:17( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: nfib, from the national lumber and building materials dealers association, and from the window and door manufacturers association be included in the record at the conclusion of my remarks. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. ms. collins: and, mr. president, i would ask for the yeas and

Susan Collins

4:30:18 to 4:30:38( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: nays on this amendment. the presiding officer: is there a sufficient second?

Susan Collins

4:30:39 to 4:30:59( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: there does not appear to be. ms. collins: mr. president, understand that the chairman has mporarily stepped off the senate floor so i would twheeld reques request. and i would suggest the absence of a quorum.

Susan Collins

4:31:00 to 4:31:08( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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