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Senate Proceeding on Jul 16th, 2008 :: 4:05:04 to 4:14:46
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Bernard Sanders

3:52:25 to 4:05:04( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bernard Sanders

Bernard Sanders

4:04:45 to 4:05:04( Edit History Discussion )

Bernard Sanders: that his time has expired. mr. sanders: okay. i thank the president and i would yield the floor. ms. collins: mr. president, i'm very pleased to join the senator from vermont, my friend and colleague,

Susan Collins

4:05:04 to 4:05:27( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: in discussing the need for legislation which we've introduced to increase funding for the low-income heating assistance program. as my colleague from vermont has described, our citizens in the

Susan Collins

4:05:04 to 4:14:46( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Susan Collins

Susan Collins

4:05:27 to 4:05:50( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: northeast are facing a crisis this winter. mr. president, in the state of maine, 0% of homes -- 80% of homes rely on home heating oil. the average home in maine uses 800 and 1,000 gallons of heating

Susan Collins

4:05:50 to 4:06:11( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: oil to get through the winter season. mr. president, my constituents are looking at paying as much as $5,000 this winter just to keep warm. and this is in a state that ranks 37th in per capita income.

Susan Collins

4:06:11 to 4:06:33( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: this is a true crisis. mr. presiden t, it's clear that we need to do a great deal toea solve the overall energy crisis facing this country. we need to produce more, use less and pursue alternatives,

Susan Collins

4:06:33 to 4:06:53( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: but we also need to look for short-term help for our citizens. the legislation that we've cosponsored, senate bill 3186, would provide an additional $2.5 billion for the low-income heating assistance

Susan Collins

4:06:53 to 4:07:10( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: program known as the liheap program. now, mr. president m, most of our are pretty familiar with this program, but let me remind them that it's a federal grant program that provides vital funding

Susan Collins

4:07:10 to 4:07:28( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: to help very low-income citizens meet their home energy needs. the level of funding that our legislation would provide would bring the program up to the fully authorized amount of $5.1 billion. mr.

Susan Collins

4:07:28 to 4:07:46( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: president, it's the least we can do. due to record high oil costs, the situation for our most vulnerable citizens, particully from low-income elderly, is especially dire. in my state of maine, m

Susan Collins

4:07:46 to 4:08:12( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: people face a crisis as they look ahead and try to figure out how they're going to stay warm this winter. nationwide, over the last few years, the numbers of household receiving assistance under the

Susan Collins

4:08:12 to 4:08:33( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: liheap program increased by 26% from 4.6 million to 5.8 million. but during that same period, federal funding increased by only 10%. and the result is that the average grant declined from $349 to $305

Susan Collins

4:08:33 to 4:08:54( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: at a time of record high prices. the large, rapid increase in energy prices combined with lower levels of funding available per family has imposed a tremendous hardship on those who can afford it least.

Susan Collins

4:08:54 to 4:09:14( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: our bil l would provide an additional $2.5 billion as emergency funding. and the term "emergency" could not be more accurate. because that is exactly what we face. our nation is in an energy emergency.

Susan Collins

4:09:14 to 4:09:32( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: families are already being forced to choose between paying for food and paying for heat for this coming winter. one woman in maine told me that she has to turn over half of her social security check just

Susan Collins

4:09:32 to 4:09:44( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: to meet the budget plan that she's on for meeting her -- her obligation to the oil dealer to stay warm. half of her social security check. she literally is deciding, can she afford to fill the prescription

Susan Collins

4:09:44 to 4:10:03( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: that shet need k, she buy the healthy food that -- flaiption she need, can she buy the healthy food that t she needs. i'm worried we're going to see seniors this winter suffer from hypothermia.

Susan Collins

4:10:03 to 4:10:22( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: i'm worried that we're going to see deaths from carbon monoxide, from pple bringing in unsafe grills trying tog stay warm. i'm worried that we're going to see household fires as people try to stay warm.

Susan Collins

4:10:22 to 4:10:41( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: i would tell my colleagues, we must act and we must act now. if we can increase the funding and help people purchase the fuel they need now, it will make a real difference. as the senator from vermont

Susan Collins

4:10:41 to 4:10:59( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: has said -- and he is not exaggerating -- this is a matter of le and death. that is not an exaggeration. we must act. mr. president, i also want to mention another program that cries out for more funding

Susan Collins

4:10:59 to 4:11:17( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: f and that is the weatherization io program.og now, we're goingno to proceed separately on the weatherization front, but we must not forget that if we can help people weatherize their homes, we can

Susan Collins

4:11:17 to 4:11:34( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: help them on average reduce their fuel consumption by 31%. it's one of the few things that we can do right now that would make a difference this winter. i'd like to s lee us double funding for

Susan Collins

4:11:34 to 4:11:53( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: weatherization. the payback is enormous. it would makeld a real difference. before the current price spike, the department of energy estimated that weatherization saved the average household $358 per

Susan Collins

4:11:53 to 4:12:06( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: year. this winter, with the cost of fuel doubled what it was last winter, the savings will be that much higher of as well. so, mr. president, let's do both both. let's give speedy approval to the

Susan Collins

4:12:06 to 4:12:25( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: legislation that we've introduced to increase the funding for the liheap program 10 that it reaches $5.1 billion, and then let's, through the emergency supplemental bill that i hope will be coming

Susan Collins

4:12:25 to 4:12:40( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: to the floor, let's do a substantial s increase in the weatherization program as well. it was so shortsightedd of president bush to propose the termination of the weatherization program. that makes no sense

Susan Collins

4:12:40 to 4:12:56( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: whatsoever. the energy department spending bill that's before the appropriations committee restores some of the money but it's still below the level that was spent on weatherization last winter. we

Susan Collins

4:12:56 to 4:13:12( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: should be greatly increasing funding for weatherization as well. i've been working with the he senators from minnesota, both senator klobuchar and senator coleman, to lead a bipartisanar effort. my

Susan Collins

4:13:12 to 4:13:29( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: friend from vermont and the presiding officer have also signed on to that, calling upon the appropriators to increase weatherizationri funding as well. if we could provide just anus additional $40 million

Susan Collins

4:13:29 to 4:13:48( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: to the weatherization program, it would help another 15,000 households who are -- which are in need of weatherization.ti so, mr. president, let me justt end my comments by saying that it is imperative that

Susan Collins

4:13:48 to 4:14:06( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: we act bothn the legislation to increase funding for the liheap program and then proceed to also increase funding for weatherization as well. it is the least we can do to help some of the most vulnerable

Susan Collins

4:14:06 to 4:14:46( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: citizens in our nation avoid a true crisis this winter. thank you, mr. president. mr. president, i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call:

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