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Senate Proceeding on Jun 9th, 2011 :: 4:10:20 to 4:21:35
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Mary Landrieu

4:10:16 to 4:10:37( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: thank you. ms. landrieu: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from louisiana. ms. landrieu: mr. president, thank you. i know that the senator from california was on the floor this morning, senator boxer, advocating for the passage of her bill and urging colleagues to vote against the snowe amendment. and i am here to support that

Mary Landrieu

4:10:20 to 4:21:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mary Landrieu

Mary Landrieu

4:10:38 to 4:10:58( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: position. i'd like to respond briefly to senator coburn's last couple of statements about where the bureaucracy failed and he didn't have to remind me, of course, that the bureaucracy failed to respond to katrina and rita, the largest disasters by far in the

Mary Landrieu

4:10:59 to 4:11:19( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: history of the country. but we've spent six years fixing that bureaucracy, not printing bumper stickers for reelection campaigns. and you know what? it's worked. because our efforts to fix the bureaucracy have really helped the people of missouri and

Mary Landrieu

4:11:20 to 4:11:42( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: arkansas and tennessee and montana and indiana that are currently experiencing terrible disasters, as we speak, and the bureaucracy that showed up at the superdome is a lot better in many, many, many ways -- it's better today than it was for the bureaucracy that showed up at

Mary Landrieu

4:11:43 to 4:12:04( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: superdoavment and that's because we -- at the super dome. and that's because we had hundreds and hundreds of hours of committee work done with work that takes debate in the work of the committees. when you are working on major pieces of legislation that have

Mary Landrieu

4:12:05 to 4:12:26( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: major impacts, that's where it is done. besides the freedom act that is on the floor today, there is it the regulatory responsibility for our economy act sponsored by senator roberts with 46 cosponsors.

Mary Landrieu

4:12:27 to 4:12:48( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: i'm assuming that there are -- i don't have the list, but i am assuming that there are democratic and republican cosponsors. that's a major regulatory relief bill. there is a bill by senator collins called the curb act, clearing unnecessary regulatory burdens. the curb act. it has two cosponsors.

Mary Landrieu

4:12:49 to 4:13:10( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and then there's a smaller bill by senator portman that has no cosponsors, but he is the lead sponsor, that has -- that looks like to me it is a smaller bill and has just limited scope, but nonetheless, on regulatory reform. there could be 12 other bills filed in the senate. i don't know. and hundreds of other bills

Mary Landrieu

4:13:11 to 4:13:32( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: filed in the house. forget the house bills. when bills like this are filed in the senate, the usual route and the most effective route is to go through the subcommittee of jurisdiction. you can understand in this topic, which is so broad, regulatory reform, it's regulatory reform in the department of commerce, and

Mary Landrieu

4:13:33 to 4:13:54( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: regulatory reform in the department of e.p.w., environment and public works, regulatory reform for the department of homeland security, regulatory reform in the department of defense. there are many committees of jurisdiction. but what everyone has greed is to have the hearing in the homeland security, which is

Mary Landrieu

4:13:55 to 4:14:15( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: broad jurisdiction and get the work done. senator lieberman is not here today because he's on jewish holiday. he has said time and time again he will have this hearing in the committee and that is the appropriate place. so we can come forward with a bill on regulatory relief. there are a couple of reasons

Mary Landrieu

4:14:16 to 4:14:38( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: why this particular approach is flawed, and i'd like to read the comments -- i'd like to read just three specific reasons why this particular freedom act is not in the proper position that it should be.

Mary Landrieu

4:14:39 to 4:14:59( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: but the way to fix it is not debating on the floor of the senate on a bill that has -- is not germane to really the bill that we're debating, that we're trying to pass. it's to have this kind of debate in committee. so that we can work out these details. senator snowe, has shown herself to be in the past and still

Mary Landrieu

4:15:00 to 4:15:21( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: today willing to work in a very cooperative manner, and the place to do this is in committee. one, the bill, as currently drafted, would allow judicial review before the completion of rule making. that provision in the freedom act would undermine regulatory certainty making it harder for businesses, not easier, harder

Mary Landrieu

4:15:22 to 4:15:44( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: for businesses to plan for the future and compete in the marketplace. it would also invite excessively costly and unwielding litigation. we don't want to have more lawsuits. we want to have less lawsuits. that's one of the problems that small businesses are facing today. lawsuit after lawsuit after lawsuit.

Mary Landrieu

4:15:45 to 4:16:06( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: the last thing we want to do is encourage more of them. many people have reviewed the technical writing, the technical writing of the bill in its current form and believe it will result in more lawsuits, not less. we'd like to fix that in committee. the amendment would make it harder, not easier, to see the

Mary Landrieu

4:16:07 to 4:16:27( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: actual cost of regulation by expanding the regulatory flexibilities act definition to include indirect effects, which i can understand why she wants to do it. but in interpreting the language as the senator has written it, this legislation would likely undermine any reliable and meaningful economic analysis of regulation, thereby distracting

Mary Landrieu

4:16:28 to 4:16:49( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: the agencies from focusing on what the actual impacts of the rules would be. and finally the amendment inappropriately links regulatory decisions to budget cuts, decisions about regulation should be based on sound economics and science and not on the threat of budget this is just a preliminary review of some of the current problems.

Mary Landrieu

4:16:50 to 4:17:10( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and senator snowe is right, i guess. if we stayed on the floor for the next two or three or four weeks and the other senators who are not on the floor would agree to come and debate their bills on the floor, which is highly unusual. but why not just go to the homeland security committee, have all the sponsors of these major pieces of legislation

Mary Landrieu

4:17:11 to 4:17:31( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: present their bills and have that committee work through these technical difficulties? because it is an important issue. many of us support reg reform. we know that there are some burdens, particularly on small business. we'd like to get it fixed. so let's fix it instead of continuing to rail on the

Mary Landrieu

4:17:32 to 4:17:54( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: subject on every bill that comes before the senate, whether it has anything to do with reg reform or not. and then one thing i want to point out to the senator, and i point this out with the greatest respect, about six months ago or longer now, we were both on the

Mary Landrieu

4:17:55 to 4:18:15( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: floor trying to pass the small business jobs act bill, one of the most significant bills that have actually helped to bolster this economy, help provide literally, literally billions of dollars of loans to small business who couldn't get them anywhere. their credit card companies had raised the rates so high or the

Mary Landrieu

4:18:16 to 4:18:36( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: banks had shut down their lines of credit. senator snowe and i worked together to bring a bill to the floor, and we did and passed it, unfortunately, without the support of the other side of the aisle. but in that debate the senator from maine said, because i included in that bill with a 60-vote margin, i got senator

Mary Landrieu

4:18:37 to 4:19:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: voinovich and senator lemieux to vote for the small business lending fund, which was a little unusual, she said, not included in the overall first and foremost, it has not had a single hearing with respect to this issue. and in my view, it does resurrect the controversial tarp program. and because it hasn't had a hearing, this should not pass.

Mary Landrieu

4:19:01 to 4:19:21( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and yet, within a year she's back arguing against that argument, that her bill which hasn't had any hearing in the committee, should pass. so, you know, there is some inconsistency here. now i say this with the greatest respect to the senator from maine, but we have got to, if we

Mary Landrieu

4:19:22 to 4:19:43( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: want to be serious about reg reform, do have this debate in the committee of jurisdiction, which is right now homeland security. and then have the other chairmen of the committees, the other chairmen try to cooperate with that committee and bring

Mary Landrieu

4:19:44 to 4:20:04( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: something to the floor. we will be happy, many of us, to vote for. but doing this in this way is not helpful. it's not going to fix the problem. it's only going to make the burden on small business worse. and we've got to move past it. so i want to put into the record

Mary Landrieu

4:20:05 to 4:20:26( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: the statement that senator snowe made on the sblf. i want to put into the record the three very clear explanations about why the bill in its current form should not be agreed to. can these be fixed? yes. but this is not the place on the senate floor when there are many

Mary Landrieu

4:20:27 to 4:20:48( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: other bills as well. senator snowe could remain -- the senator from maine could remain the main sponsor because she's put in the most work. she's been -- you know, she's been a tireless advocate. she should get tremendous praise for bringing forth this issue and keeping the fires burning and pushing the senate to this end.

Mary Landrieu

4:20:49 to 4:21:09( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and that would be terrific. and many of us would join that effort. but this is not the bill to do it on. this is not the place to do it. and i would suggest that, again, taking this to the committee of jurisdiction, working out, bringing the administration forward so that we could

Mary Landrieu

4:21:10 to 4:21:30( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: actually make some real progress on curbing regulatory overreach by the federal government would be welcomed by all. i'm going to suggest the absence of a quorum. i see the senator from vermont is here on the floor. i'm assuming he wants to talk about this, and others. and i think, mr. chairman, how

Mary Landrieu

4:21:31 to 4:21:36( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: much time do we have stphraeuplg would the clerk tell us how much time we have remaining?

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