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Senate Proceeding on Jul 26th, 2007 :: 3:02:16 to 3:08:01
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Robert Byrd

2:50:53 to 3:02:16( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Robert Byrd

Robert Byrd

3:02:00 to 3:02:16( Edit History Discussion )

Robert Byrd: louisiana's honest and hard- hard-working crawfish farmers and processors. ms. landrieu: senator byrd, i thank you, because i am extre extremelconcerned about this situation and would hope that we could find a remedy.

Mary Landrieu

3:02:16 to 3:02:29( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: i want to commend you for your work over many years to try to make sure that our trade laws are fairly enforce ed and that agreements that we've entered into with countries like china and others are

Mary Landrieu

3:02:16 to 3:08:01( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mary Landrieu

Mary Landrieu

3:02:29 to 3:02:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: followed. but in this instance, as you have so eloquent sthrait eloquent he will kent eloquently state ed in this discussion on the floor, this situation is not being handled correctly, senator,

Mary Landrieu

3:02:39 to 3:02:55( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: i might say. our industries, particularly in louisiana, that you have mentioned -- our crawfish producers have lost more money from the failure of u.s. import importers to pay duty ies owed by china

Mary Landrieu

3:02:55 to 3:03:09( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: than any industry in our nation. in louisiana alone, i know it might be hard for people to believe this, but as spring rolls around, it will become quite evident, we have 3,300 crawfish farmers in

Mary Landrieu

3:03:09 to 3:03:26( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: our state and over 40 processors. that employ a tremendous number of people and contribute hundreds of millions of dollars to our economy. and the senator from west virginia understands that our

Mary Landrieu

3:03:26 to 3:03:37( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: government has failed to collect almost $70 million for this industry alone. this is anti-dumping duty ies on crawfish tail meat from china owed to the processors in my state and to our crawfish farmers.

Mary Landrieu

3:03:37 to 3:03:51( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: there are additional funds that are owed. it is my understanding and the senator from west virginia is very aware that our customs officials are required to collect these duty ies, but they are not

Mary Landrieu

3:03:51 to 3:04:04( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: being collected. many of these importers simply close up shop, they change their names, they move offshore, they reorganize, and we evidently are not able to collect the money that is owed to us.

Mary Landrieu

3:04:04 to 3:04:19( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and it is a great detriment to this particular industry and to others. i have expressed concern over the years. we're going to continue to press this issue. we will continue in congress to work to solve

Mary Landrieu

3:04:19 to 3:04:31( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: this problem. i want to say that i feel very strongly that our u.s. secretary of commerce, secretary gutierrez gutierrez, and the u.s. ambassador -- trade ambassador should take it up directly with the

Mary Landrieu

3:04:31 to 3:04:43( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: china ministry of foreign trade and economic cooperation. china sought to become a w.t.o. member. it is my firm belief if china wants to respect the benefits and receive the benefits that accrue

Mary Landrieu

3:04:43 to 3:04:58( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: to them through w.t.o., they should enforce and help us, and we should do a better job of making sure the importers abide by the rules that we've agreed to. i was very pleased to see that in response

Mary Landrieu

3:04:58 to 3:05:14( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: to concerns raised by the senate, g.a.o. recently a announced that it has begun an in-depth investigation as to why our government cannot seem to collect duties owed to u.s. industries on goods imported

Mary Landrieu

3:05:14 to 3:05:30( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: from china. since 2003, the total number of uncollected duty ies on all anti-dumping counterveiling duty orders for all countries totaled $630 million. of this amount, $485 million, or 77% of the

Mary Landrieu

3:05:30 to 3:05:45( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: total, relates to 34 specific anti-dumping and counterveiling duty orders that have been imposed by the united states on agriculture and aquaculture imports from all countries. of that, $485 million,

Mary Landrieu

3:05:45 to 3:05:58( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: 73% relates to six anti-dumping orders that have been imposed on u.s. agriculture imports from china alone. so while the biggest duty non noncollection problem in my state relates to the crawfish

Mary Landrieu

3:05:58 to 3:06:12( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: descrirks as the senator from west virginia most certainly knows, louisiana also is experience ing a problem with our catfish farmers. and i see the senior senator from mississippi. this affects mississippi.

Mary Landrieu

3:06:12 to 3:06:26( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: it affects ash arc. and it affects alabama. we were unable to collect almost one-third of the fees that are owed to our catfish farmers. these are hard-working business people that work long hours, that

Mary Landrieu

3:06:26 to 3:06:40( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: are trying to run these industries and abide by all environmental regulations, pay their taxes, abide by all the wage and hour laws here in the country. and when we enter into trade agreements, the

Mary Landrieu

3:06:40 to 3:06:58( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: least our government can do is enforce them, and that is what i come to the floor to be concerned about and express my myself through this colloquy with the distinguished member from west virginia.

Mary Landrieu

3:06:58 to 3:07:12( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: so i want to just commend the senator for his tireless work. we're going to press on this issue of noncollection, and i would hope that even if this issue or this subsidy offset act expires, that

Mary Landrieu

3:07:12 to 3:07:25( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: our government will continue to collect the money that is owed to us during the time that this act was in effect. it means a great deal to the small businees in my state state, to crawfishers crawfishers

Mary Landrieu

3:07:25 to 3:07:41( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and catfish producers equally and i'm hoping that we can make some progress, and we cannot continue to have our trade laws undermine ed in this way. and i thank the senator for this time on the floor,

Mary Landrieu

3:07:41 to 3:07:50( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and i thank him for his continued work on this issue. mr. dorgan: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator in north north dakota. mr. dorgan: i ask for the regular order and i send an amendment

Mary Landrieu

3:07:50 to 3:08:01( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: to the desk. a senator: oib object. the presiding officer: you cannot object. amendment 2468 is pending. the clerk will report the amendment. mr. cochran: mr. president? mr. dorgan: mr. president,

Byron Dorgan

3:08:01 to 3:08:11( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: let me ask -- mr. cochran: i make a point of order -- the presiding officer: the clerk will report the amendment. the clerk: the senator from north dakota, mr. dorgan, proposes amendment 2505 to the landrieu

Byron Dorgan

3:08:01 to 3:16:29( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Byron Dorgan

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