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Senate Proceeding 06-02-09 on Jun 2nd, 2009 :: 0:22:55 to 0:29:10
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Saxby Chambliss

0:22:51 to 0:23:11( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: moy to do this with, which i think is key. for those reasons, i would urge the backing of this would yield the i note the absence of a quorum. the presid clerk will call the roll. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the

Saxby Chambliss

0:22:55 to 0:29:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Saxby Chambliss

Saxby Chambliss

0:23:12 to 0:23:34( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: senator from georgia. mr. chambliss: mr. president, i'd ask that the quorum call be suspended. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. chambliss: mr. president, i rise today to discuss the family smoking prevention and tobacco control act. and let me be clear from the outset, thanks to public information campaigns that have been waged for decades, the 45 million americans who smoke

Saxby Chambliss

0:23:35 to 0:23:55( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: already know that cigarettes are dangerous. if you smoke, chances are you could die from this legislation does little, if anything, to change that. the proponents of this bill say it's public health legislation that will lower the cost of medical care, and that is noble goal. everyone is in favor of saving

Saxby Chambliss

0:23:56 to 0:24:16( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: lives and bringing down health care costs. but this bill won't accomplish that. overregulation with no practical effect on smoking rates. the congressional budget office says it would onl 2% reduction in smoking rates over ten years and would have a

Saxby Chambliss

0:24:17 to 0:24:37( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: minimal impact on health care savings. meanwhile, according to the centers for disease control and prevention, smoking rates already declining an average of of time. so according to the c.d.c., if we do nothing, we will still have a decline

Saxby Chambliss

0:24:38 to 0:25:00( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: equal to or greater than what this bill -- what c.b.o. says this bill will do. the goal of any federal tobacco regulation should be to keep children from smoking or using tobacco product and to help adult users stop, or at a very minimum, to use a less harmful product. but this bill does just the opposite.

Saxby Chambliss

0:25:01 to 0:25:22( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: if this bill passes, cigarette manufacturers such morris and reynolds america will be prevented from using the terms light and low tar. that means their cigarettes will still be on the market but under different names. not leading to fewer smokers, but leading to consumer confusion. just as bad as the

Saxby Chambliss

0:25:23 to 0:25:43( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: overregulation that this bill will put on the already beleagured tobacco farmer, in effect, helping put those that are left out of business. it would allow the f.d.a. to enter just about any tobacco farm in the country, and it would indirectly require tobacco manufacturers to dictate production methods to farmers.

Saxby Chambliss

0:25:44 to 0:26:04( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: it would development of a new unnecessary regulatory process at the f.d.a. to set pesticide residue tolerances. this would duplicate a process that already exists at the environmental protection agency. it makes no sense new responsibilities into the

Saxby Chambliss

0:26:05 to 0:26:25( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: f.d.a. since the agency is barely able to keep up present duties. oddly, under this bill, the f.d.a.&, an agency that is designed with ensuring the safety of drugs, would be given regulatory authority over an inherently dangerous product. again, cigarettes will kill you.

Saxby Chambliss

0:26:26 to 0:26:46( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: we've known that for decades. even if the f.d.a. managed to cut smoking-related deaths in half, it would still be vested with regulating a product that kills 200,000 people each year. an the american association of public health physicians has said that even if the the authority to remove some

Saxby Chambliss

0:26:47 to 0:27:07( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: harmful ingredients in cigarettes, changing the chemical nature of tobacco itself or lowering nicotine levels, that will not me tobacco-related illness and death. this bill is slated to spend $5.4 billion to provide even more federal regulation which will have no real effect.

Saxby Chambliss

0:27:08 to 0:27:28( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: about a quarter of that money will be raised off the backs of our n and women in uniform who will be forced into a mandatory thrift savings plan to pay for yet another government program that simply does not work. this legislation mandates t.s.p. participation for new government

Saxby Chambliss

0:27:29 to 0:27:49( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: and military personnel this may sound good in theory, but even with an opt-out provision, which this legislation does call for, it's bad policy for our soldiers, our sailors, our airmen who at junior ranks, frankly, earn very little money and are often under 20 years of age.

Saxby Chambliss

0:27:50 to 0:28:10( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: that's why the joint chiefs of staff opposes this provision and says that if you're going to have any revenue-raising money, it should be an opt-in provision with respect to t.s.p. for our military men and women. and, mr. president, i would ask unanimous consent that the letter from admiral m.g. mullen,

Saxby Chambliss

0:28:11 to 0:28:32( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: chairman of the joint chiefs, be insert the presiding officer: without objection. mr. chambliss: mr. president, we may should do everything we can to keep cigarettes away from children. but adults in this country have a choice, and aware of still choose to smoke, spending billions of taxpayer dollars on an ineffective program to

Saxby Chambliss

0:28:33 to 0:28:57( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: convince them otherwise while regulating our farmers out of buness and taking away more of our troops' paychecks is not good policy. it's more shortsighted government. with that, mr. president, i would suggest the absence of quorum. the presiding officer: the

Saxby Chambliss

0:28:58 to 0:29:03( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: clerk will call the roll.

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