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Senate Proceeding on May 26th, 2010 :: 4:33:55 to 4:40:00
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Lamar Alexander

4:33:42 to 4:34:06( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: quorum call: a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from tenssee is recognized. mr. alexander: mr. president, are we in a quorum call? the presiding officer: that's correct, we are. mr. alexander: i ask consent to vitiate the quorum call. objection, so ordered. ??. alexander: i thank the president. mr. president, i was not on the floor when the senator from maine made her remarks about the e.p.a.'s lead paint rule, but

Lamar Alexander

4:33:55 to 4:40:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lamar Alexander

Lamar Alexander

4:34:07 to 4:34:27( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: she and i have discussed it numerous times and i wanted to congratulate her for her leadership and persistence on seeing the impracticality of what the environmental protection agency is trying to do. she discussed this in the appropriations committee.

Lamar Alexander

4:34:28 to 4:34:50( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: she discussed this with senator feinstein. i'm the ranking member of the appropriations subcommittee on -- on interior. and as more of us paid attention to what senator collins was saying, we found a significant problem in our own states. of course, the lead paint rule is a good idea. i mean, the idea is that for structures that were built

Lamar Alexander

4:34:51 to 4:35:13( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: before 1978, they mostly have lead paint so if you're going to go in as a repairman or a contractor or a painter and disturb -- disturb six square feet, you need to know what you're doing. and this is especially important to children under six and to pregnant women. so we want to do that.

Lamar Alexander

4:35:14 to 4:35:34( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: but in the state of tennessee, it's a special problem to impose this rule requiring contractors to be certified before they do it all of a sudden because we've just had severe flooding in our state that affects 52 countries from nashville to memphis and is

Lamar Alexander

4:35:35 to 4:35:57( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: the single largest natural disaster since president obama took office. now, people who hear me say that, they say, well, senator alexander, haven't you heard about the gulf oil spill? yes, i've heard about it, but that wasn't a natural disaster. the biggest natural disaster we've had since president obama took office is the flooding in tennesseeffecting 52 countries.

Lamar Alexander

4:35:58 to 4:36:19( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: we've had the mayor of nashville now -- in tennessee, you haven't heard as much about it because a lot of other things have been going on in the world, including the gulf oil spill, but another reason you haven't, because tennesseans are busy cleaning up and helping each other and not complaining and looting so it doesn't make a lot of news. but the mayor of nashville says there's $2 billion of damage

Lamar Alexander

4:36:20 to 4:36:42( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: just in that city alone. there is -- there was water 10 feet high in huge opryland hotel. people had to be taken to a gym to be rescued. and there were two feet of water on the opryland stage. there are many structures in

Lamar Alexander

4:36:43 to 4:37:05( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: nashville alone which have to be repaired as a result of the flood. so i think you can see where i'm going, mr. president. this isn't just a problem in certifying these e.p.a. inspectors in ordinary times. we have 11,000 structures in nashville, 900 in millington,

Lamar Alexander

4:37:06 to 4:37:28( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: and 300 in dyersberg -- maybe it's the reverse but those are two other small towns and counties -- but people are going into their basements, they're taking down dry wall, they're repairing their air conditioning, they're repainting, they're cleaning up, they're getting back on their feet, but we have three e.p.a. trainers to certify up to 50,000

Lamar Alexander

4:37:29 to 4:37:50( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: contractors who might have to be working on these homes. we, in fact, have three-quarters of a million structures in tennessee, that's 750,000, which are homes or child care centers or other buildings that were built before 1978 that are applicable to this rule.

Lamar Alexander

4:37:51 to 4:38:11( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: so having a good rule is one thing. havi a thoroughly application -- implementation period is another, and then to do it in the middle of a flood which is the largest disaster, natural disaster, since president obama took office, is tone-deaf to reality. so i've asked the e.p.a. to

Lamar Alexander

4:38:12 to 4:38:33( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: delay the implementation of its rule until september. i'm a cosponsor of senator collins' amendment, and i think it's very important that -- that the environmental protection agency hear what united states senators from all around the country are saying. especially in our state of tennessee, where we have --

Lamar Alexander

4:38:34 to 4:38:54( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: where we have thousands of repairmen, painters and workmen who need to go to work on tens of thousands of homes and we don't want to have a risk where they may have to pay a fine of $37,500 for each violation. there are a lot of them who don't make $37,500 on in a year.

Lamar Alexander

4:38:55 to 4:39:16( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: we're not talking about wall street financiers here. we're talking about painters and workmen and repairmen who are helping people dig out of a huge natural disaster. so senator collins has done not just the state of maine a service by her persistence and intelligence and leadership on this issue, she has done a service to every citizen in the

Lamar Alexander

4:39:17 to 4:39:40( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: state of tennessee and 52 counties who have been damaged by the severe flooding of the year 2010. and i want to thank her for her leadership and say to her, i'm proud to be a cosponsor of her amendment and pledge to her that insofar as i'm able ashe ranking member of the interior apprriations subcommittee, to work with other senators on both sides of the aisle and try to get some commonsense

Lamar Alexander

4:39:41 to 4:40:00( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: implementation plan for this lead paint rule. good rule -- bad plan. and thousands of people who are going to find that they can't repair their homes or if they do it's going to cost them thousands of dollars more because the repairmen they need to work on the home can't get certified by the e.p.a. because there are only three trainers in

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