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Senate Proceeding 07-13-10 on Jul 13th, 2010 :: 0:10:10 to 0:21:00
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Lamar Alexander

0:09:55 to 0:10:15( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: quorum call: mr. alexander: m president? the presiding officer: the senator tennessee. mr. alexander: i ask consent that the quorum call be the presiding officer: without objection. mr. alexander: thank you, mr. president. mr. president, i -- i have a statement that i would like to

Lamar Alexander

0:10:10 to 0:21:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lamar Alexander

Lamar Alexander

0:10:16 to 0:10:36( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: make first on a letter and an announcement that all the republican members of the senate appropriations committee have sent to the chairman of the committee today, because federal spending and debt are at crisis levels. republican senators on the senate appropriations committee

Lamar Alexander

0:10:37 to 0:10:58( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: are asking our democratic colleagues to join us in supporting the sessions-mccaskill freeze on discretionary federal spending. every republican -- every one of us -- and 17 democrats already

Lamar Alexander

0:10:59 to 0:11:22( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: have voted for the sessions-mccaskill amendment this session several times. the amendment would basically freeze federal discretionary appropriations, both military an nonmilitary, which constitute about 38% of the federal budget.

Lamar Alexander

0:11:23 to 0:11:45( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: this action by the senate members of the appropriations committee is especially important this year because the democratic congress has refused to produce a budget. here we're at a time -- here we are at a time when everyone every amecan is worried about the level of federal debt and level of federal spending. the first thing you would expect

Lamar Alexander

0:11:46 to 0:12:08( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: the congress to do before plans next year is to produce a budget that would be able to restrain the spending, both the discretionary part of it, the kind we appropriate year after year, and begin to deal with the entitlements, the mandatory spending that is on automatic pilot. the democratic congress has not

Lamar Alexander

0:12:09 to 0:12:29( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: produced that budget for next year. it indicates it will not. so it, therefore, is the first job of the members of the appropriations committee to decide how much we can spend. year in and year out we decide where and how we spend the money. that's the constitutional responsibility of the united

Lamar Alexander

0:12:30 to 0:12:50( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: states congress under article 1, and that's the job we do. and perhaps we haven't paid as much attention to the first responsibility, as we should. perhaps we've relied too much on the budget committee. well, not this year. what we're saying is if we're going to be members of the senate appropriations committee and if our responsibility is to

Lamar Alexander

0:12:51 to 0:13:12( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: deal with federal spending, then the first question we should decide is how muc spending? and at a time when federal spending and debt is at crisis levels, when the president's ten-year budget up to the year 2018 would double federal spending and triple federal spending -- or, double the debt

Lamar Alexander

0:13:13 to 0:13:33( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: and triple the debt, it is our responsibility to get this under control. so our recommendation -- and this is a serious recommendation; it's one we hope and believe that our colleagues who are democrats on the appropriationsommittee will be able to accept, because it is a bipartisan proposal that has already, as i mentioned,

Lamar Alexander

0:13:34 to 0:13:56( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: received between 16 and 18 democratic votes on the floor of the senate, and every single one of the republican -- 41 republican senators -- and that is that we essentially freeze spending in the discretionary accounts, both military and nonmilitary, between this year and next year.

Lamar Alexander

0:13:57 to 0:14:18( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: the federal debt is a crisis that is imposing a burden on our children and our grandchildren they'll not be able to pay. it's our responsibility to deal with it and to begin it deal with it now. the session-mccaskill freeze on federal discretionary spending for next year is an important first step. the next step would then be getting entitlement spending

Lamar Alexander

0:14:19 to 0:14:40( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: under control, which we should move on as rapidly as possible. now, mr. president, years ago at the time of the first earth day, americans became deeply worried about air and water pollution and a population explosion that threatened to overrun the planet's resources.

Lamar Alexander

0:14:41 to 0:15:02( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: nuclear power was seen as a savior to these environmental dilemmas. nuclear power could produce large and low costs of reliable energy. unlike oil, nuclear power didn't have to be hauled in leaky tankers from countries that didn't like us. and unlike coal, nuclear power

Lamar Alexander

0:15:03 to 0:15:25( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: didn't spew tons of pollution out of smoke stacks. then thr mile island and chernobyl happened. the world pulled back, fearful of nuclear technology, even though no one was hurt at three mile island. in fact, no one has ever died as a result of a nuclear accident at an american commercial

Lamar Alexander

0:15:26 to 0:15:49( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: reactor or on a u.s. navy ship powered by nuclear reactors. and chernobyl was a tragic result of a flawed technology never used in the united states. still, the united states hasn't licensed a new nuclear reactor since 1978. now the rest of the world is

Lamar Alexander

0:15:54 to 0:16:14( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: returning to nuclear energy. excuse me just a france is 80% nuclear and has among the lowest per capita carbon emissions and cheapest electricity costs in western

Lamar Alexander

0:16:15 to 0:16:35( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: europe. italy, britain, finland and east ern europe of exploring tphaoerbg reactors -- nuclear reactors. south korea is selling reactors. these countries realize that

Lamar Alexander

0:16:36 to 0:16:59( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: exploding populations need cheap electricity to help lift people out of poverty and nuclear power provides that. the national academy of sciences, in a 2009 report, said that the cost of nuclear power is equal to or lower than natural gas, wind, solar, coal, or even kpwapb capture from --

Lamar Alexander

0:17:00 to 0:17:22( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: carbon capture from coal plant smoke stacks. wind and solar lasts about 25 years. can reactors operate 90% of the time while wind and solar are only -l available about a third of the time. remember, wind and solar power can't be stored today in significant amounts. most people don't want their lights and computers working

Lamar Alexander

0:17:23 to 0:17:43( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: oepblt when the wind -- only when the wind bws. nuclear plants occupy only a fraction of the land required for wind and solar. for example, 20% of u.s. electricity comes from 104 nuclear reactors on about 100 square miles. producing the same amount of power from wind would require

Lamar Alexander

0:17:44 to 0:18:04( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: covering an area the size of west virginia with 183,000 50-story turbines as well as building 19,000 miles of new transmission lines through scenic areas and suburban backyards. nuclear fuel is unavailable. nuclear fuel is available in the united states and nuclear fuel

Lamar Alexander

0:18:05 to 0:18:26( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: is virtually unlimited. we don't have to drill f it. we don't have to mine for it nearly as much as we do for coal. and thanks to technology, we can safely recycle nuclear waste and turn most of it in to more fuel. after recycling, the french are able to store all of their final waste from producing 80% of

Lamar Alexander

0:18:27 to 0:18:48( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: their electricity for 30 years in one room in la hague. a more recently realized benefit of nuclear power is its ability to combat climate change. nuclear power emits zero greenhouse gases. today is produces 20% o our

Lamar Alexander

0:18:49 to 0:19:13( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: nation's electricity, but 70% of our carbon-free electricity. let me say that again. nuclear power today produces 20% of the nation's electricity, but 70% of our carbon-free electricity. wind and sar provide less than 2% of our electricity and 6% of

Lamar Alexander

0:19:14 to 0:19:34( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: our carbon-free electricity today. mr. president, the united states uses 25% of all the energy in the world. at time when we need to produce large amounts of clean power at home, at a cost that will not chase jobs overseas looking for cheap energy,

Lamar Alexander

0:19:35 to 0:19:53( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: americans can't afford to ignore nuclear power. i thank the president. i yield the the absence of a quorum. the presiding clerk will call the roll.

Lamar Alexander

0:20:13 to 0:20:35( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: quorum call: mr. alexander: stphr-pt. the presiding senator from tennessee. mr. alexander: i ask consent to vitiate the quorum. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. alexander: i ask unanimous consent to insert in the record following my remarks about the senate appropriations committee members' letter to the chairman of that committee, copy of that letter.

Lamar Alexander

0:20:36 to 0:21:01( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: the presiding officer: without objection. mr i notice the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the

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