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Senate Proceeding on Jun 4th, 2009 :: 1:05:50 to 1:11:14
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Joseph Lieberman

1:05:50 to 1:11:14( Edit History Discussion )
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Joseph Lieberman

1:05:55 to 1:06:15( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: test further. mr lieberman: madam president, i ask ask unanimous consent that further proceedings under the q dispensed with. the presidg offic: without objection. mr. lieberman: i rise to speak on behalf of the bipartisan amendment to this underlying bill that i'm proud to introduce along with senator collins, senator aka, and senator

Joseph Lieberman

1:06:16 to 1:06:37( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: voinovich. the central purpose of the legislation before us, of course, is to give the food and drug administration the authority to regulate tobacco products. i support the aims of the bill strongly and am proud to be an original cosponsor of the senate

Joseph Lieberman

1:06:38 to 1:07:01( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: counterpart, s. 982. because tobacco products is estimated result in some reduction in tobacco excise taxes, the bill before us, h.r. 1256 passes

Joseph Lieberman

1:07:02 to 1:07:22( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: muster under because of an increase in revenues generated by a change that is made in the federal employee retirement system.

Joseph Lieberman

1:07:23 to 1:07:44( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: the aim of senator collins and senator voinovich and myself in proposing this amendment is to make sure while revenue-raising change occurs, that the overall retirement system, it treats federal employees as fairly as possible.

Joseph Lieberman

1:07:45 to 1:08:06( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: we have developed a bipartisan corrections and improvements in the existing federal employee program. in addition, thank senators murkowski, mikulski, inouye, and begich, who have also become cosponsors of this amendment. the central purpose of the

Joseph Lieberman

1:08:07 to 1:08:27( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: amendment is to bring justice federal emoyees who, because of quirks in the law, frankly of errors or oversight have lost out on retiernlt retirement benefits which they would be eligible. many provisions have very strong

Joseph Lieberman

1:08:28 to 1:08:49( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: support of the groups representing federal employees and managers, as our amendment would add back into the pending substitute amendment several of the reforms to the federal retime system that actually were already passed by the house in its version of h.r. 1256.

Joseph Lieberman

1:08:50 to 1:09:11( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: in addition, the amendment includes two very significant reforms to the federal employee pay and retirement systems that our homeland security and governmental affairs committee approved by voice vote without dissent. i should state for the record that the committee now has very broad jurisdiction which has been added to in recent years

Joseph Lieberman

1:09:12 to 1:09:33( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: when we became the homeland security committee but in the original governmental affairs jurisdiction of the committee we not only have general of the activities of government, of the federal is the the civil service, for those who

Joseph Lieberman

1:09:34 to 1:09:54( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: work every day fede the citizens of our country. i have a complete written summary of the provisions that are in this amendment and i will offer it a little bit later, be placed in the record, but now i want to focus on a few of the

Joseph Lieberman

1:09:55 to 1:10:15( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: most significant changes. one of the most important reforms lifts rirement penalties now experienced by long-time federal employees under the civil service retirement system when they want the end of their careers. very important of increasing retirement from federal service and increasing

Joseph Lieberman

1:10:16 to 1:10:36( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: de the amount of an employees' anight is based on the highest rate of salary an employee receives over a three-year-period. because an employee's lary ordinarily naturally reaches the highest rate at the end of the employees' career, employees count on that end of career work

Joseph Lieberman

1:10:37 to 1:10:57( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: period to determine the amount of annuity they live on in retirement. however, as the law now stands, employees who have a substantial period of service before april 1986 and who switch to part-time work at the end the career get part of the ann on the basis of the amount of

Joseph Lieberman

1:10:58 to 1:11:15( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: salary received which for part-time work is only a fraction of the rate of salary received. with retirement credit for part-time work, a lot of employees have vy little incentive to stay on part-time when we need them to do so and

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