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Senate Proceeding on Jun 6th, 2011 :: 2:44:20 to 2:50:05
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Lamar Alexander

2:44:16 to 2:44:36( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: senator from tennessee. mr. alexander: thank you, mr. president. i ask consent to vitiate the quorum. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. alexander: and consent to speak for up to five minutes. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. alexander: thank you, mr. president. mr. president, on wednesday i traveled to green and washington counties in upper east tennessee. that's up near virginia, north,

Lamar Alexander

2:44:20 to 2:50:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lamar Alexander

Lamar Alexander

2:44:37 to 2:44:58( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: to visit with victims of tornadoes that have swept across our state on april 27 and to see firsthand how the recovery is going. what i found was what i expected to find. washington county and green county, in those counties the citizens are not complaining. they're cleaning up and they're

Lamar Alexander

2:44:59 to 2:45:21( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: helping each other. i also found out there are some things that still need to be ironed out, but so far the recovery from a devastating disaster is going well in east tennessee. the real work is being done by people affected by those storms. and by volunteers. but i think it says that tennesseans are doing what

Lamar Alexander

2:45:22 to 2:45:43( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: tennesseans usually do. i first met with allen groyle, mayor of green coinlt and the director of green county's emergency and homeland security agency. seven people lost their lives in green county. we visited the camp creek and the horse creek communities. we saw many of the homes that

Lamar Alexander

2:45:44 to 2:46:05( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: had been completely leveled and debris still being removed. we saw one home where a couple, the harrisons, had been helping neighbors into their basement, and the tornado swept through and killed both mr. and mrs. harrison, spared the lives of the neighbors who had been helped into the basement.

Lamar Alexander

2:46:06 to 2:46:27( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: there were two crosses there by what was left of the framework really of the basement structure of the home. at the camp creek elementary school where fema has set up a disaster recovery center, i met pamela ward and her mother-in-law betty ward. ms. ward's home had been completely destroyed by the

Lamar Alexander

2:46:28 to 2:46:51( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: tornado and her husband kevin and their three daughters were staying in a hotel after discovering that the insurance on their home only paid off their mortgage. mr. brown and q. winfield who is fema's federal coordinating officer for tennessee, immediately began working to help the wards.

Lamar Alexander

2:46:52 to 2:47:12( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: by the time we left the next day, mr. winfield had called to let me know that fema had approved the maximum award to help pamela ward and her family get back on their feet. i also visited washington county where i met with mayor dan eldridge who is the mayor of the county. local emergency management officials and families affected

Lamar Alexander

2:47:13 to 2:47:36( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: by the disaster. one resident was killed in a tornado that touched down in washington county, hundreds of homes were damaged. however, it was clear that families and volunteers had been hard at work putting their community back together. rebuilding had begun, the debris had been already removed in many

Lamar Alexander

2:47:43 to 2:48:03( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: areas. fema is doing an excellent job working with state and local officials. from the generosity of the volunteers and the entire community working in a collective way with the churches helped families get back on their feet and it is an amazing sight. still very important for victims

Lamar Alexander

2:48:04 to 2:48:24( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: to register with fema by calling 1-800-321-fema, 3362. families are also eligible for other forms of disaster assistance, including loans from the small business administration and unemployment and food stamp benefits. while we cannot make those families whole, there are family who still need help.

Lamar Alexander

2:48:25 to 2:48:46( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: we have to make sure that they know that help is available. i want to make sure that whatever the federal government is able to do is doing. madam-- mr. president, over the past year, tennessee has experienced disasters of historic proportions. we know very well we're not the only state, the only community where this has happened.

Lamar Alexander

2:48:47 to 2:49:07( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: but beginning with the 1000-year flood that struck middle and west tennessee last may to the devastating tornado outbreak and river flooding this year, in both the eastern and western parts of our state, 74 of tennessee's 95 counties are currently presidentially declared disaster areas. thousands of people are still

Lamar Alexander

2:49:08 to 2:49:31( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: recovering, and many only are just beginning to put their lives back together. in spite of everything this past year has thrown at us, tennesseans are going about their business helping themselves and helping others in remarkable and inspiring ways. mr. president, i yield the floor. i notice the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk

Lamar Alexander

2:49:32 to 2:49:37( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: will call the roll.

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