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Senate Proceeding on Jul 23rd, 2009 :: 9:22:05 to 9:26:00
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James Webb

9:22:02 to 9:22:22( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: we're now in because it was the best the military could find anywhere in the country and yield the floor. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the -- senator webb. mr. webb: i regrettably must rise in opposition to this amendment. i believe that this amendment is

James Webb

9:22:05 to 9:26:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: James Webb

James Webb

9:22:23 to 9:22:43( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: not timely. it is premature to eliminate a congressionally imposed sunset clause for existing temporary amendment -- exception to the bury amendment. an exception that was supposed to be temporary. in may of this year senator

James Webb

9:22:44 to 9:23:04( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: graham and i jointly requested the secretary of defense to review the department of defense's continuing reliance on this exception. the undersecretary of defense, mr. carter, has confirm that this review is the results are expected soon. i do not believe we should modify the current statutory requirement which would prejudice the outcome of the

James Webb

9:23:05 to 9:23:25( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: department of defense review until we have department's assessment removing the sunset clause would result in an indefinite extension of an exception that favors foreign suppliers of rayon over our own erican companies. a vote against this amendment will not have an adverse affect

James Webb

9:23:26 to 9:23:46( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: on current arrangements to obtain rayon from foreign sources. today's army uniform procurement contracts will continue until 2013 so long as the army stipulates that a requirement for rayon fiber in fire-resistant uniforms and the departme of defee maintains the exception to the bury

James Webb

9:23:47 to 9:24:08( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: amendment is needed. the 2013 sunset clause was designed to ensure that american industry will be fairly treated during future competions for contracts. if industry can demonstrate an ability to manufactu materials that satisfy army requirements

James Webb

9:24:09 to 9:24:30( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: for fire resistance and other features. under the current arrangement, companies are losing jobs because they can't supply alternative materials. our domtic manufacturers have alternative materials. it is not in the best interest of the united states defense industrial base, our economy or

James Webb

9:24:31 to 9:24:51( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: the united states military to remove a sunset provision at this time. we've had discussions with general fuller, the army's program executive officer sold, who is responsible for acquiring the best equipment for the army and fielding it as quickly as possible. he is confirmed to my staff that he will consult industry to

James Webb

9:24:52 to 9:25:12( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: determine what the nest irk market has to -- domestic has to offer to satisfy performance-base requirements for military uniforms. this will allow american industry to come in with a whole spectrum of ideas materials. the army would then -- the army would then able to explore new

James Webb

9:25:13 to 9:25:33( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: technologies that may have evolved since we last visited this issue. removing the sunset clause also poses a risk to the army's research and development requirements. the army relies on army private industries to an extensive degree to conduct our need for next generation materials and

James Webb

9:25:34 to 9:25:54( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: fabrics for uniforms, body armor and other mission essential materials. some companies, like dupont, for example, have already lost hundreds of jobs owing to their inability to compete for army contracts. a continued reliance on this bury amendment exception would jeopardize their ability to remain segment of the defense industrial base.

James Webb

9:25:55 to 9:26:00( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: i do not afford to lose this critical r&d capacity.

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