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Senate Proceeding 07-24-07 on Jul 24th, 2007 :: 0:20:32 to 0:33:13
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Robert Byrd

0:12:39 to 0:20:32( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Robert Byrd

Robert Byrd

0:20:23 to 0:20:32( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: branches to reevaluate the priority that we're giving to funding to stop terrorist attacks against this country, our country, your country, my country. i look forward to a good debate. mr. cochran:

Thad Cochran

0:20:32 to 0:20:48( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from mississippi. mr. byrd: i yield the floor. mr. cochran: mr. president, i'm pleased to join the distinguished senator from west virginia in presenting

Thad Cochran

0:20:32 to 0:33:13( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Thad Cochran

Thad Cochran

0:20:48 to 0:21:06( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: the fiscal year 2008 appropriations bill for the department of homeland security. i ask unanimous consent that the following appropriations committee staff members and interns be granted floor privileges

Thad Cochran

0:21:06 to 0:21:21( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: during the consideration of the homeland security appropriations bill and any votes that may occur in relation to the bill: carol crib bs, mark vand water, brackston cumes, lori holland, chase thompson,

Thad Cochran

0:21:21 to 0:21:39( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: and mary agnes ray. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. cochran: mr. president, i appreciate very much the courtesies of the distinguished senator from west virginia and his staff. and

Thad Cochran

0:21:39 to 0:21:55( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: all members of the appropriations committee during our hearings and the preparation of this bill.~ we haven't agreed on everything but this bill reflects our best effort to reach a fair resolution

Thad Cochran

0:21:55 to 0:22:14( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: of our differences. i had hoped, for instance, that we could have held the overall level of proposed spending to no more than the president requested in his budget that was submitted to the congress

Thad Cochran

0:22:14 to 0:22:33( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: earlier this year. i'm pleased that the bill recommends approval of the president's budget request for border security and includes 3,000 new border patrol agents, $1 billion for continued work on

Thad Cochran

0:22:33 to 0:22:51( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: the virtual fence and other tactical infrastructure. funding above the president's request is added to accommodate an additional 3,000 detention beds. one of the consistent criticisms we hear about the

Thad Cochran

0:22:51 to 0:23:09( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: department is its challenges to hire the right people for the right jobs and to reduce its reliance on contractors. unfortunately, the bill before us proposes to cut the human resource accounts significantly.

Thad Cochran

0:23:09 to 0:23:28( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: these cuts handicap the department in getting the right people into the right jobs to address many of the issues that critics have complained about. we can all agree that the department should be focused on

Thad Cochran

0:23:28 to 0:23:46( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: hiring and retaining the best personality can. succession planning, diversity initiatives, performance management and workforce relations are all critical issues. by underfunding the programs that are designed

Thad Cochran

0:23:46 to 0:24:05( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: to meet these challenges, we run the risk of creating a cycle of unmet promises and potential. this department is too important for that. i must also express my concern that this bill restricts the

Thad Cochran

0:24:05 to 0:24:22( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: obligation of funds in ten instances. while i recognize this is within the power of the appropriations committee and is sometimes necessary i think we have overdone it in this bill. in three separate

Thad Cochran

0:24:22 to 0:24:39( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: instances this bill provides reductions in funding for the deputy secretary of the department of $1,000 per day if certain deadlines are not met. i would prefer to express our concerns in some other

Thad Cochran

0:24:39 to 0:24:55( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: way and at least consider reasons that may have caused the deadlines to have been missed before automatically reducing appropriated accounts. i'm equly frustrated with the department's inability to meet deadlines

Thad Cochran

0:24:55 to 0:25:11( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: that congress sets and i expect the department to meet statutory deadlines. but this approach is not workable. the report accompanying this bill is harshly critical of the administration's handling of

Thad Cochran

0:25:11 to 0:25:27( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: security at federal facilities. these are federal facilities that receive protection from the federal protective service. i do not agree with that. the federal presentive service has worked hard

Thad Cochran

0:25:27 to 0:25:45( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: to rationalize its fee structure and its mission since joining the department of homeland security. it has not yet finished the process but the administration remains deeply committed to the safety and

Thad Cochran

0:25:45 to 0:26:02( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: security of all government employees. the report also criticizes the department for legislation that congress has passed. it's unlikely that all senators agree with all of the legislation that is enacted

Thad Cochran

0:26:02 to 0:26:20( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: here but to blame it on the executive branch agency charged with carrying out the law is hard to rationalize. it is unfair and it is wrong. last year the appropriations committee worked very closely

Thad Cochran

0:26:20 to 0:26:37( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: with the authorizeizing committee -- authorizing committees to craft language leading to the enactment of a provision in fiscal year 2007 act that will lead to regulating the chemical sector for the

Thad Cochran

0:26:37 to 0:26:54( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: first team. i intend to continue to work with the chairman to ensure that sufficient resources are provided to the department so that enforcement of these regulations is achieved. i'm pleased the committee

Thad Cochran

0:26:54 to 0:27:12( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: is recommending nearly full funding for the coast guard's deep water recapitalization effort as well as department for the transportation security agency and fema and infrastructure protection. these are

Thad Cochran

0:27:12 to 0:27:28( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: activities that are needed to continue to improve the security of our homeland. generous funding is fully justified. this bill comes to the senate floor during a time when our intelligence community

Thad Cochran

0:27:28 to 0:27:43( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: has scwunled that the nation -- judges that the nation is -- and i quote -- "heightened threat enenvironment." while there continues to be no credible specific intelligence to suggest an imminent threat

Thad Cochran

0:27:43 to 0:28:09( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: recent events in the united kingdom serve to remind us of the very serious nature and of the potential consequences of terrorist attacks. i hope that we can move expeditiously to pass this bill so that

Thad Cochran

0:28:09 to 0:28:29( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: we can begin conference with the house. mr. president, earlier remarks today on the floor of the senate may have suggested that the department of homeland security isn't doing its job. well, today, this one

Thad Cochran

0:28:29 to 0:29:01( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: day, the department of homeland security will process more than 1.1 million passengers and pedestrians including 680,000 aliens arriving at our nation's airports and seaports. today, the department

Thad Cochran

0:29:01 to 0:29:15( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: will inspect more than 70,900 trucks and containers, 580 vessels, 2,459 aircraft and 327,042 vehicles coming into this country. it will house and care if for 19,000 aliens in detention facilities.

Thad Cochran

0:29:15 to 0:29:37( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: it will screen approximately two million passengers and their 1.6 million pieces of checked baggage before they bored commercial aircraft ---before they board commercial aircraft. it will make 63 arrests

Thad Cochran

0:29:37 to 0:29:54( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: at points of entry and 2,984 apprehensions between ports for illegal entry. it will intercept 27,000 prohibited items at airport check points including over 3,000 knives. it will train more than 3,500

Thad Cochran

0:29:54 to 0:30:16( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: federal officers and agents from more than 80 different federal ages. as well as state, local, tribal, and international officers and agents. today, the coast guard will save 14 lives, assist 123

Thad Cochran

0:30:16 to 0:30:36( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: people in distress and respond to 12 oil and hazardous chemical spills. today, the department of homeland security will naturalize more than 1,900 new citizens. it will conduct 135,000 national security

Thad Cochran

0:30:36 to 0:30:50( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: background checks on those applying for immigration benefits. it will process 30,000 applications for immigrant benefits. it will help american parents adopt nearly 125 foreign-born orphans. the

Thad Cochran

0:30:50 to 0:31:07( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: department will help protect an additional 104 homes from the devastating effects of flooding and protect dozens of high-profile government officials including members of this body, the president and the

Thad Cochran

0:31:07 to 0:31:23( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: vice president of the united states, visiting heads of state and former presidents. this list of daily accomplishments provides just a sample of the important responsibilities and roles of the department

Thad Cochran

0:31:23 to 0:31:41( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: of homeland security. to accomplish these responsibilities this bill provides $36.4 billion in discretionary spending and and $1.1 billion in mandatory spending for fiscal year 2008. i must point

Thad Cochran

0:31:41 to 0:31:54( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: out this bill provides $2.25 billion more in discretionary appropriations than the amount proposed by the president in his budget submission to the congress. the bulk of the increase from the president's request

Thad Cochran

0:31:54 to 0:32:17( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: level -- level -- $1.8 billion -- is devoted to increasing grants to states and localities. these proposed increases would come quickly on the heels of nearly $300 million being added for grants contained

Thad Cochran

0:32:17 to 0:32:31( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: in the emergency appropriations act which was enacted in may. the 9/11 commission report warned about grant programs becoming entrenched as entitlement programs for state and local g governments. we need

Thad Cochran

0:32:31 to 0:32:46( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: to make a strong and successful effort to ensure that all funds we appropriate are fully justified. mr. president, i look forward to considering any amendments that senators may suggest to the bill

Thad Cochran

0:32:46 to 0:33:13( Edit History Discussion )

Thad Cochran: and to continue our work to ensure that we produce a work product that will reflect credit on the senate and provide the funds that are important to the carrying out of duties and responsibilities

Robert Byrd

0:33:13 to 0:33:39( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: of the department of homeland security for the next fiscal year. the presiding officer: the senator from west virginia. mr. byrd: mr. presidentrd, i thank my able friend from mississippi, senator

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