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Senate Proceeding 07-28-09 on Jul 28th, 2009 :: 2:51:50 to 3:04:10
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John McCain

2:51:31 to 2:51:51( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: the presiding officer: will the senator withhold the suggestion of the absence of a quorum? mr. inouye: question. the presiding officer: the senator from arizona. mr. mccain: i have an amendment at the desk number 1814 and i request unanimous consent the pending business be set aside and call up

John McCain

2:51:50 to 3:04:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John McCain

John McCain

2:52:13 to 2:52:35( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: report that accompanies this bill. i emphasize that are listed in the "committee report," not part of the basic legislation it would prohibit those funds from being spent on any of the hundreds of earmarks unless that project is authorized. as we all

John McCain

2:52:36 to 2:52:56( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: do not have the force of law. they're meant to serve as explanatory statements for what n be complicated legislative bill text. unfortunately around here, appropriations committee reports now are treated as if they were law and are routinely loaded up with millions if not billions of

John McCain

2:52:57 to 2:53:17( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: dollars in unrequested, unauthorized, unnecessary, wastefulful earmarks. when congress establishes the funding priorities it should do so decisively without cause for subjective interpretation or reference the material outside the bill passed by congress and signed into law by the president.

John McCain

2:53:18 to 2:53:40( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: the funding priorities should have the binding force subject only to the president's veto power. yet here we a committee report that contains 622 "congreionally directed spending items." it's a great name -- congressionally directed

John McCain

2:53:41 to 2:54:02( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: spending $985 million. none of the projects were requested by thedministration. many of them were not or competively bid in any way. no hearing was held to judge\@x whether or not these are national priorities, and they're in the bill for one reason and one

John McCain

2:54:03 to 2:54:23( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: reason only: because of the self-serving prerogatives of a few select members of the senate almost all ofhom serve on the appropriations committee. sadly, these members chose to serve their own those of the american taxpayer. early this year in response to criticism about the number of earmarks in the omnibus

John McCain

2:54:24 to 2:54:44( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: appropriations senators stood on the floor and proclaimed, let me say this to the chatterin class that so much focus is on the little tiny\@x porky amendments that the american people don't care. the american people don't really care? then on behalf of the american peop

John McCain

2:54:45 to 2:55:06( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: of the little tiny porky items that are listed in this here's just a few: $1 million project in utah. my colleagues and attention to these processes will know that almost every one

John McCain

2:55:07 to 2:55:28( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: of these projects has a location. and, again, the the appropriations committee. $1 million for the to energy project in utah. i've never heard of the bayview gas energy project and never

John McCain

2:55:29 to 2:55:49( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: heard a thing about it or never read about it. i am sure it is known i but i have no way of knowing whether it's a worthwhile project or not. and the most important thing are there other gas to energy projects i country? maybe so, maybe not. these are ear markeys. $500,000 for the ben franklin

John McCain

2:56:12 to 2:56:32( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: miion for black hills state eating and cooling plant in south dakota. $250,000 for a gas heat pump cooperative traing program

John McCain

2:56:33 to 2:56:55( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: ne -- for the geneticswitch grass in rhode island, and $1 million for high wind turbine in wisconsin; and $2 million for

John McCain

2:56:56 to 2:57:17( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: biofuels research in washington; $1.2 million for the energy schl of the future, nevada. the alternative energy school of the future. $6 million for the hawaii sustainabilityrogram -- hawaii. $6 million for the hawaii renewable energy development

John McCain

2:57:42 to 2:58:02( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: mississippi, dakota, utah, et cetera -- goes on and on. $10 million f the sustainable energy research center, mississippi. $450,000 for the vermont energy investment corporation, vermont. $1.2 million for the fuel dispensing station, west

John McCain

2:58:03 to 2:58:23( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: virginia. $1.25 million for the long-term envinmental and economic impacts of the development of a coal liquification sector in china -- west virginia. $1 million forhe alaska climate center -- alaska. $5 million for the computing

John McCain

2:58:24 to 2:58:45( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: capabili $1 million for the performance assessment institute -- nevada. $1 million for the new school green building in new york. it goes on and on. there are two colleagues may be interested in

John McCain

2:58:46 to 2:59:06( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: the innovative nes. you won't find an explanation in the report on the so let me be clear on one point: i don't the projects. there's no way to fd out what merits are. many of them may be very worthy of federal funds. but if that's the case, one

John McCain

2:59:07 to 2:59:27( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: should wonder why they are national priorities in desperate need of srce federal funding, why they haven't been authorized byongressional committee, why haven't we had a single hearing to talk about the desperate need for hydrogen fuel dispensing station in west virginia. if improve switch grass was so

John McCain

2:59:28 to 2:59:48( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: imperative at this time of cris why was the funding not requested by the administration? i want to point out, again, mr. president, contrary to popular belief, contrary to what members of the appropriations committee will continue to tell you, earmarking appropriations bills is not the way the congress has operated

John McCain

2:59:49 to 3:00:12( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: historically. it's like any other eve growing larger and larger. now, after various scandals, it has leveled off or even decreased some, but after the scanl dies down, earmarks return. 9,000 of them were in the

John McCain

3:00:13 to 3:00:35( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: omnibus appropriations bill, and, of course, the stimulus package as well. so t earmarks were nonexistent or at least very, very rare. and guess what? we didn't have $1.8 trillion worth of deficit for the year. and i'm proud to have served in the house with a man by the name

John McCain

3:00:58 to 3:01:18( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: earmarks since 1 according to citizens against government waste, in 1991, there were 546 earmarks totally $3.5 billion. in 2008, t earmarks totaling $17.2 billion,

John McCain

3:01:19 to 3:01:42( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: and that's an increase of 337% in 17 years. so it gets pleasant for my colleagues from the appropriations cmittee and not particularly pleasant for some of myther colleagues for notice come down here day after day, year after year t against these earmarks and pork-barrel projects.

John McCain

3:01:43 to 3:02:07( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: buthe fact is that they have bred corruption. it wasn't inadequate disclosure requirements that led duke cunningham to violate his oath of offic in bribes in exchange for doling out $70 million to $80 million of taxpayers' funds to a defense contractor. it was his ability to freely earm question.

John McCain

3:02:08 to 3:02:28( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: so here we are with a $1.8 trillion deficit and 22 pages of earmarks, most of whom, of course, have a state -- many of whom have a state earmarked next to them so that there is no competition, there is no revealing of the details of the project, and, meanwhile, we have

John McCain

3:02:29 to 3:02:49( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: places being raided by the f.b.i. around\@x the country due to the allegations that criminal activity has taken place, which can be traced back to this earmark pork-barreling process. so, mr. president, i don't expect to win this vote intend to keep up this fight

John McCain

3:02:50 to 3:03:14( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: until such time as the american peop rise up and demand that we exercise some kind of fiscal discipline. and i'll tell my colleague on the appropriations committee the reason why i think the chances are better and better, they're hav their homes, they're having trouble educating their kids, the unemployment rate is now

John McCain

3:03:15 to 3:03:35( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: 9.5% and predicted to go higher. the present president of the united states campaigned and said that he would change the culture in w one ofy deep disappointments is that the president of the united states has his -- his commitment to go by line, item by item in every appropriations bill and not

John McCain

3:03:36 to 3:03:53( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: allow this pork-barreling earmark practice to continue. the american people won't stand for it forever. mr. president, i ask for the yeas and nays the presiding officer: is th

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