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Senate Proceeding on Jun 19th, 2008 :: 3:39:05 to 3:46:49
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Patty Murray

3:32:35 to 3:39:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Patty Murray

Patty Murray

3:38:47 to 3:39:05( Edit History Discussion )

Patty Murray: that the air force made a number of significant errors that unfairly misled boeing and favored airbus, and they recommended that the air force reopen the contract, get new proposals, and make a decision

Christopher Dodd

3:39:05 to 3:39:24( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: that corrects the errors that the g.a.o. found. madam president, to me, that decision was not a surprise. air force and pentagon officials have told me time and time again that they followed the

Christopher Dodd

3:39:05 to 3:46:49( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Christopher Dodd

Christopher Dodd

3:39:24 to 3:39:42( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: law and this contract would stand up to review. but since the very beginning, it has been very clear that airbus tanker did not meet the air force's needs, no matter what the public's relations campaign

Christopher Dodd

3:39:42 to 3:40:00( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: said. even though the air force claimed that it had selected the cheaper plane and made no mistakes, we learned last week that it had made a critical error when calculating the operating costs of

Christopher Dodd

3:40:00 to 3:40:24( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: the two tankers. the air force is now acknowledging that the airbus plane actually costs tens of millions of dollars more. two weeks ago defense secretary gates forced out the top two air force leaders

Christopher Dodd

3:40:24 to 3:40:43( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: -- secretary michael wynne and his chief of staff, general michael moseley. by doing that he expressed a serious lack of confidence in their leadership and oversight. and all along the pentagon has

Christopher Dodd

3:40:43 to 3:41:03( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: refused to answer even basic questions about this contract. madam president, i and many others who have raised concerns about the air force decision tphoeu expect a thorough and honest response

Christopher Dodd

3:41:03 to 3:41:24( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: from the pentagon to the g.a.o. decision. but, as i said all along, the g.a.o. ruling answers only one overarching question that has been raised in this process, and that is: whether the air force

Christopher Dodd

3:41:24 to 3:41:42( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: followed the letter of the law when it chose airbus for the contract? that means that even if it was obvious that airbus's plane was wrong for the war fighter and wrong for the taxpayer, it could not push

3:41:42 to 3:41:55( Edit History Discussion )

for answers. madam president, that is congress's job, and we here in congress who represent the american taxpayers, have to continue to press for real answers to those hard questions. we here in congress

3:41:55 to 3:42:11( Edit History Discussion )

need to know why the air force chose a plane that is bigger and less efficient than it asked for, one that cannot use hundreds of our runways and ramps and hangars and one that will cost billions

3:42:11 to 3:42:22( Edit History Discussion )

of dollars more in fuel and maintenance. we here in congress need to know whether our government should buy a plane that even the air force says is less survivable, less able to keep our war fighters

3:42:22 to 3:42:36( Edit History Discussion )

safe. and, we here in congress need to know what the effect on our economy and our national security will be if we turn this technology that's vital to this nation over to a company that is owned by foreign

Christopher Dodd

3:42:36 to 3:42:47( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: governments. the united states trade representative is so concerned about the subsidies that abus receives thathey have brought a case against the e.u. before the world trade organization. we need to

Christopher Dodd

3:42:47 to 3:42:56( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: know why in the world we would accuse europe of unfair trade practices and then turn around and hand airbus a major piece of our defense industry. and, we need to know why our government would handld them

Christopher Dodd

3:42:56 to 3:43:06( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: the contract now. in may, employers cut 49,000 jobs in the united states. it was the largest one-month jump in unemployment in 22 years. yet, the administration, right in the middle of this, wants

Christopher Dodd

3:43:06 to 3:43:21( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: to send 44,000 u.s. jobs overseas when we're hemorrhaging jobs here at home. madam president, on the day in february when the air force first announced it had awarded this plane to airbus, i was out on

Christopher Dodd

3:43:21 to 3:43:33( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: the 767 line in everett with our boeing workers, and i will never forget the shock and disappointment in their eyes. one woman came up to me and said, "i can't believe this. my son is currently flying

Christopher Dodd

3:43:33 to 3:43:49( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: these tankers over in iraq, serving our country. i" -- this woman -- "want to build those planes with my taxpayer dollars to make sure he is safe and we know what's in that plane." madam president,

Christopher Dodd

3:43:49 to 3:44:05( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: yesterday's g.a.o. study proved that she was right, and she's vindicated. we now have the right process to move forward on this and make a good decision not only for that mom, but for american taxpayers

Christopher Dodd

3:44:05 to 3:44:20( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: and the american security for the future. for months now, i've been saying that this process was flawed. i've been saying we shouldn't hand over billions of dollars, thousands of jobs, and boeing should

Christopher Dodd

3:44:20 to 3:44:35( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: build those tankers. the g.a.o. decision backs up all of my concerns. the process was flawed. now we need to know why. we should not be buying more expensive planes built in france. that seems obvious.

Christopher Dodd

3:44:35 to 3:44:50( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: and with a level playing field, boeing builds the best tankers at the best price. by reevaluating this deal with the proper criteria the g.a.o. has outlined, i'm confident that the air force will in

Christopher Dodd

3:44:50 to 3:45:03( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: the end agree with me and award this contract to boeing. i hope in short order, and i hope our airmen and airwomen will soon have the best possible plane to carry out their missions. thank you,

Christopher Dodd

3:45:03 to 3:45:17( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: madam president. i yield the floor. a senator: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from connecticut. mr. dodd: madam president, let me begin briefly by thanking our colleagues who have

Christopher Dodd

3:45:17 to 3:45:32( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: come and spoken on this bill already this morning. i want to thank senator bob casey of pennsylvania, who is a member of senator shelby's and my committee -- the banking committee -- for his remarks. i

Christopher Dodd

3:45:32 to 3:45:43( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: want to thank judd gregg of new hampshire, who while not a member of our committee, has followed our work very closely and been intimately involved with the committee, i might point out, over the last couple

Christopher Dodd

3:45:43 to 3:45:57( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: of months as we were developing the hope for homeowners act. and the ideas he brings to the table, he brings back an historiccable perspective going back to the resolution trust corporation in dealing

Christopher Dodd

3:45:57 to 3:46:09( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: with another american crisis and how that idea worked. while we're not exactly duplicating it, his knowledge of how that worked and understanding the basic idea behind the bill that we've authored

Christopher Dodd

3:46:09 to 3:46:21( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: over these last several months is very, very helpful. i know senator shelby and i are very grateful, as the other members of the committee are, for having a nonmember of our committee understand the issue

Christopher Dodd

3:46:21 to 3:46:36( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: as well as he does. and his support in what we're trying to do is very, very helpful. i want to thank senator baucus, senator grassley as well. they have been tremendously helpful and cooperative. obviously

Christopher Dodd

3:46:36 to 3:46:49( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: their ideas are a very strong complement to what we're trying to achieve with mortgage revenue bonds and taxes incentives for those who acquire foreclosed property, i think, are very helpful. they

Richard Shelby

3:46:49 to 3:47:01( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Shelby: disregarded some earlier provisions included in the tax proposals. and, candidly, madam president, i think those ideas being kept out of this bill are healthy. i don't dwell on it. but, frankly, i think

Richard Shelby

3:46:49 to 3:49:47( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Richard Shelby

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