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Senate Proceeding on Jun 11th, 2008 :: 3:24:51 to 3:33:58
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Charles Schumer

3:24:51 to 3:25:03( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: will call the roll. quorum call: a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from new york. mr. schumer: i ask unanimous consent that the quorum be dispensed with. the presiding

Charles Schumer

3:24:51 to 3:33:58( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Charles Schumer

Charles Schumer

3:25:03 to 3:25:14( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: officer: withoutho objection. mr. schumer: thank you, mr. president. and, mr. president, i rise again to talk about high gas prices and the fact that so many of my colleagues from across the aisle have

Charles Schumer

3:25:14 to 3:25:27( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: no interest or seem to have no interest in addressing the problem. republicans seem not to care about the pain at the pump, but they may well care about the pain at the polls that could come from ignoring

Charles Schumer

3:25:27 to 3:25:39( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: this crisis and their constituents. the bottom line is we are asking to have a debate on the issue of how to reduce gas prices and the other side just says no. they may have a different solution than

Charles Schumer

3:25:39 to 3:25:55( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: we do. they think anwr is the answer, the alaska oil fields. we'll all know that would take seven years before a drop of oil would come. and most estimates say would not reduce the price by very

Charles Schumer

3:25:55 to 3:26:08( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: much at all. but let's debate it. we're willing to debate anwr. an issue that you care about. why aren't you able to debate the windfall profitsax. we're dealing with speculation, we're dweelg

Charles Schumer

3:26:08 to 3:26:22( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: the cartel of opec. we're happy to debate them all. make no mistake about it, mr. president. we're facing an energy crisis that has led to feignful and unprecedented spike in the price of oil. $140

Charles Schumer

3:26:22 to 3:26:37( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: a barrel. $4 a gallon and the minority, the republicans from the other side, say this is a problem that is not yoirtsdz of our attention or action. -- worthy of our attention or action. it's hard to believe.

Charles Schumer

3:26:37 to 3:26:52( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: because when you go home, whether it is at a parade or a veterans hall, even at weddings and kristenings, people are coming over to you saying, what do you do about gas prices? and the other side

Charles Schumer

3:26:52 to 3:27:07( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: says, let's not debatet. it's incredible. 86% of americans are unhappy with the state of our economy. and the most tangible symbol of this is $4 gasoline. and i can't understan why my collgues on the other

Charles Schumer

3:27:07 to 3:27:22( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: side of the aisle refuse to address this issue and block us from helping american consumers as our economy continues to falter. they can filibuster all they want. we're up to 75 filibusters. 75 times

Charles Schumer

3:27:22 to 3:27:33( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: they said, we don't want to move forward. we don't want to debate. but they cannot play the american people for fools. come november they will reap what they sow. my colleagues on the other side of

Charles Schumer

3:27:33 to 3:27:46( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: the aisle will filibuster themselves right out of their senate seats. the american public will not take lightly to the fact that senate republicans have prevented anyone from helping. they will see through

Charles Schumer

3:27:46 to 3:28:00( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: the shams and the false ideas, the strategy of playing to a base that is becoming more and more narrow, that's going to cost them dearly, because the american people know which party is blocking

Charles Schumer

3:28:00 to 3:28:16( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: action on energy prices and on tax extenders. for all of the talk about how american families have benefited from the bush tax cuts, for all of the emphasis that senator mccain is placing on making

Charles Schumer

3:28:16 to 3:28:29( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: them permanent, the simple, undeniable, you can look it up, no spin truth is that the average american family is paying far more in higher gas prices this year than they received in the bush tax cuts.

Charles Schumer

3:28:29 to 3:28:43( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: so set aside for a moment higher health care costs, higher tuition costs, higher food prices, and all of the other way that's american families are feeling the pinch. they're paying more this year in

Charles Schumer

3:28:43 to 3:28:57( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: gas prices alone than they received in the bush tax cuts. let me repeat that. they are playing -- they are paying more this year in gas prices alone than they received in the bush tax cuts. and

Charles Schumer

3:28:57 to 3:29:10( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: our friends across the aisle have turned the economic stimulus plan into the big oil stimulus plan. it is unconscionable that the american public is being forced to use their stimulus checks just to pay

Charles Schumer

3:29:10 to 3:29:23( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: for gas. you know, mr. president, i asked mice, why don't they want to debate the issue? we're willing to debate anwr. we're willing to debate some of their solutions. why aren't they able to debate

Charles Schumer

3:29:23 to 3:29:43( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: ours? i'll tell you why. there are so many -- too many people on the other side of the aisle who don't want to vote yes or no. they're torn between their base. their oil company constituency and the

Charles Schumer

3:29:43 to 3:29:58( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: rest of america, so they want to duck. but that policy, mr. president, is not going to work. not this time, not this place, not this year.~ so, we are here today to ask that we be allowed to debate the two

Charles Schumer

3:29:58 to 3:30:10( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: issues that they block us on yesterday. this week in the senate republicans are blocking lower energy costs. ain, let me repeat that. because that is clear as a bell what's happening. this week

Charles Schumer

3:30:10 to 3:30:26( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: in the senate, republicans are blocking lower energy costs. we can't even debate them. yesterday they blocked us twice from debate ing legislation to address rise ing gas prices. the senate majority

Charles Schumer

3:30:26 to 3:30:42( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: leader put together a comprehensive energy package, "the consumer first energy act." senator baucus put together, "the renewable energy and tax credits" that was to break our dependence on foreign oil.

Charles Schumer

3:30:42 to 3:30:56( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: what did they say to either of these in terms of not just lack of support but debate? no, no, no. so we're stuck with high oil prices. and instead of letting us debate these pieces of legislation, my

Charles Schumer

3:30:56 to 3:31:09( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: colleagues on the other side and the bush administration keep going back to the same, old, tired idea: drilling in alaska. and don't be fooled because presenting this idea is like a poorly performed

Charles Schumer

3:31:09 to 3:31:27( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: magic trick. it doesn't work, and if you look closely enough, you can see through the smoke and mirrors. let me ask my colleagues: when would anwr drill having an impact on prices? when are we going

Charles Schumer

3:31:27 to 3:31:39( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: to get the first by the of oil? 2018. do the american people want to wait until 2018, ten years from now? we democrats -- i was one of the leers here -- we agreed last year to drill in the east gulf.

3:31:39 to 3:31:53( Edit History Discussion )

that would have increased domestic production over the next few years, so when the other side says we don't want to drill, we believe we can't drill our way out of the problem. we need a profound change

Charles Schumer

3:31:53 to 3:32:08( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: in energy policy. but to alleviate the short-term pain -- not 10 years from now but more immediately -- we said "drill in the east gulf." i helped round up democratic votes to pass that. so we're

Charles Schumer

3:32:08 to 3:32:23( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: not saying, "don't drill," but we're saying we need a profound change in energy policy. and anwr is too far away. we should be change ing the policy long before 2018, when the first drop of anwr oil

Charles Schumer

3:32:23 to 3:32:38( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: will come. perhaps the only thing that we've really done that will help reduce the price of oil and gas in the last while is something that had to wait for a democratic congress and senate: higher mileage

Charles Schumer

3:32:38 to 3:32:54( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: standards in the cars. that will be something. but we need to do a lot more. we need to go after the oil companies. we need to go after opec. we need to stop rampant speculation. the consumer first

Charles Schumer

3:32:54 to 3:33:13( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: energy act does those. and we need to change our tax policy so that instead of giving breaks and subsidies to the oil companies, we start encouraging alternative energy -- solar, wind, biomass, you

Charles Schumer

3:33:13 to 3:33:28( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: name it. mr. president, in conclusion, yesterday we heard simply "no, we will not debate oil prices." they're blocking lower energy costs. we hope that over the next day or two that our republican

Charles Schumer

3:33:28 to 3:33:38( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: colleagues will rethink that position and join us in a fulsom fulsome debate because otherwise we will not get gas prices to go down. mr. president, i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator

Charles Schumer

3:33:38 to 3:33:58( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: from tennessee. mr. alexander: mr. president, could you let me know when five minutes have expired, please. the presiding officer: yes, sir. lockbox lockbox mr. president, i will give the senator from

Lamar Alexander

3:33:58 to 3:34:12( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: new york an a-plus for create ive imagination. here we are wanting to debate the boxer climate change substitu te that had long been anticipate ed, and that's the billl we're on today, which is a 53-

Lamar Alexander

3:33:58 to 3:40:57( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lamar Alexander

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