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Senate Proceeding on Jul 8th, 2009 :: 4:13:20 to 4:17:35
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Claire McCaskill

4:13:16 to 4:13:37( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: with a far better and more efficient way to meet those requirements. mr. feingold: we need a program for emergency operation centers but we don't need another trough for people to feed at for earmarks. if the program becomes just that, which i fear it's becoming, it doesn't stand on its own merits. this is truly an opportunity to protect it.

Claire McCaskill

4:13:20 to 4:17:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Claire McCaskill

Claire McCaskill

4:13:38 to 4:13:58( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: i thank the senator from arizona for his i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from missouri. mrs. mccaskill: i listened with interest to the questions and the conversation concerning senator feingold's amendment and i rise to strongly support this amendment. one of the fantasies around

Claire McCaskill

4:13:59 to 4:14:21( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: he, and i yield to the long experience of my two colleagues in fighting this battle on earmarks, is this fantasy that the money for earmarks created out of nothing. that somehow the money for earmarks just lands on everyone's desks a no programs are hurt by the earmarking process. that no money is taken from

Claire McCaskill

4:14:22 to 4:14:43( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: worthy projects for earmarking. truth be known, i can give example after example in the budget that over the years, good competitive programs have been cut while earmarkin has skyrocketed. the burn grants are a good example. they are in every state to compete for law enforcement dollars based on need. decided at the local basis.

Claire McCaskill

4:14:44 to 4:15:05( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: what h happened to the funding for burn grants? it's dwindled and in the very same budget, earmarks have steadily and continually grown over the last decade. this is a perfect example of robbing peter to pay paul. this amendment will say, you must compete for these dollars

Claire McCaskill

4:15:06 to 4:15:29( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: based on need. and isn't that how we should be spending the public money? last year, fema received a total of 675 individual emergency operation center applications -- 675 applications they received for the funding last year. they were only able to select 22

Claire McCaskill

4:15:30 to 4:15:52( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: of them for funding. do you know why? because 64% of the funding went to earmarks. so because of the earmarking, there was less money there for worthy projects that maybe on merit and need were more important to protect people than

Claire McCaskill

4:15:53 to 4:16:14( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: the earmarking process. this is a taking a pot of deciding through some waving of a magic wand that it goes individually to ten states without any discussion as to whether or not those are the ten most needy projects or ten most needy states. no discussion whatever.

Claire McCaskill

4:16:15 to 4:16:35( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: i will tell you in my state there have been years where we have been under a constant emergency declaration -- flooding, ice storms, tornadoes. we have floodplains. in fact, the national association of floodplain managers supports senator feingold's amendment do you know

Claire McCaskill

4:16:36 to 4:16:57( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: why they support his amendment? because they say it is causing floodplain managers around the country to quit planning to mitigate because they circ an earmark. why do the work, plan and compete as one of 22 out of 675 if you know the easiest and best

Claire McCaskill

4:16:58 to 4:17:20( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: way to do it is to hope and pray that your member is on the right committee? say it like it is. hope and pray your member is on the right committee. so this is a gre opportunity for everyone who believes we need to be careful with the way we spend our money, to be counted. this is a great opportunity

Claire McCaskill

4:17:21 to 4:17:37( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: because this is very clear -- this money is being taken from projects and being earmarked for projects. as a result, 40 states are going to haveless than a 50% chance to participate in this kind of emergency funding.

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