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Senate Proceeding on May 26th, 2010 :: 4:41:45 to 4:46:10
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Lamar Alexander

4:41:42 to 4:42:02( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: this amendment. so i thank the senator for his support. mr. alexander: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from tennessee is recognized. mr. alexander: i thank the senator from maine, and i see the senator from mississippi here. i should -- i would be remiss if i did not thank him and the chairman of the committee for -- for supplemental appropriations bill several provisions that will

Lamar Alexander

4:41:45 to 4:46:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lamar Alexander

Lamar Alexander

4:42:03 to 4:42:26( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: make it easier for the people of tennessee, the most important one, of course, is $5.1 billion in money for the federal emergency management agency. that -- that helps everybody who's had a disaster. fema is out of money and -- and that account's dry. and whether it's a flood in iowa or a drought in oregon or -- or

Lamar Alexander

4:42:27 to 4:42:47( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: a river in georgia or a flood in tennessee, all -- or the -- what's happening on the gulf coast today in mississippi, that account needs to be -- needs to be furnished. but there are other provisions in the supplemental appropriations bill. the president didn't ask for these. but he mentioned that in his visit with us yesterday in the republican caucus, he mentioned

Lamar Alexander

4:42:48 to 4:43:08( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: the flooding in tennessee which i appreciate. and i should also say that the fema -- the fema representatives who've come to tennessee ever since the flood have done a first-class job. as of last week, about $100 million had been already delivered to more than 30,000 tennesseans who'd been damaged

Lamar Alexander

4:43:09 to 4:43:29( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: by the flood. this had happened in just ten days, and the very experienced director of fema for tennessee, gracia czech, who was there said she had her breath just taken away by the amount of damage, the number of individuals affected and how rapidly it's gone out. but tennesseans understand that

Lamar Alexander

4:43:30 to 4:43:51( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: federal money is not going t make anybody whole. we're going to have to rebuild our own -- our own homes and our own buildings. but the actions of the supplemental appropriations bill will help. most impressive, though, is -- is, i have mentioned, and i appreciate the senator from maineaying something about it, is just the spirit and at tiewfd

Lamar Alexander

4:43:52 to 4:44:14( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: tennesseans, including clarksville -- attitude of tennesseans, including clarksville, where fort campbell is, the most deployed troops in america, they got a day off. they don't have many days off, and 500 of them went out and cleaned up three neighborhoods in clarksville, montgomery county. i visited the bellview community center in nashville and it was just terrific to see so many

Lamar Alexander

4:44:15 to 4:44:35( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: volunteers walking in and -- and -- and asking to help. whole congregation tennessee, 1,500 people-congregation went en masse out to help other counties and other neighborhoods. and i would say to the senator from mississippi that our church, westminster presbyterian church, during the katrina

Lamar Alexander

4:44:36 to 4:44:57( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: episode a few years ago, sent dozens and dozens of tennesseans down to help with the gulf coast. well, now our church is the headquarters for many mississippians and others who are returning to tennessee to return the favor and help tennesseans get back on their feet. this is going to be a long several-year recovery -- several-year recovery for us,

Lamar Alexander

4:44:58 to 4:45:19( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: but the supplemental appropriations bill will help, just as it will help disasters all over the country and it would be another big help if the e.p.a. didn't make it worse, and the way they could not make it worse is to take back, take look and realize we have 50,000

Lamar Alexander

4:45:20 to 4:45:41( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: contractors eligible to work on this to work on up to 150,000 buildings. many of them are flooded. but we can't get all that done in the next few days and people can't afford $37,500 fines for a voilings and most tennesseeians don't want to pay a few more thousand dollars to fix their

Lamar Alexander

4:45:42 to 4:46:03( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: flooded basement or flooded house. and the repairmen and contractors and painters need the work. this is an industry that has a 30% unemployment rate right now. the e.p.a. rule needs to be adjusted in some sensible way so that we can -- we can enforce the lead paint rule, but we can do in a way that doesn't seriously disadvantage

Lamar Alexander

4:46:04 to 4:46:11( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: tennesseeians damaged by the flood. so the collins amendment deserves support of the united states senate and i am glad to

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