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Senate Proceeding on Jul 30th, 2008 :: 3:20:44 to 3:31:36
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Jon Tester

3:09:10 to 3:20:44( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jon Tester

Jon Tester

3:20:28 to 3:20:44( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: follo wing the presentation by the senator from minnesota. the presiding officer: without objection. ms. klobuchar: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from minnesota is recognized.

Amy Klobuchar

3:20:44 to 3:20:54( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: ms. klobuchar: mr. president, i come here today with much dismay over the fact that we were not able to pass the energy extenders, tax extenders, the package of important provisions for our country's

Amy Klobuchar

3:20:44 to 3:31:36( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

3:20:54 to 3:21:11( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: economy, because of this obstructionism on the other side. and let me tell why you thisl was so important to me. we only got four republican votes for this package, and i just think it's outrages

Amy Klobuchar

3:21:11 to 3:21:23( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: when you look at what we're dealing with. you know, this week we are going to be memorializing the tragic, tragic, tragic fall of the bridge in the middle of minnesota. and i'm going to speak to

Amy Klobuchar

3:21:23 to 3:21:36( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: that tomorrow and do a fitting tribute along with senator coleman to the victims of that bridge collapse and to the first responders who saved so many lives and to the reinstruction work that's gone

Amy Klobuchar

3:21:36 to 3:21:50( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: on thanks to the help of this united states senate. i live six blocks from that bridge, so it means a lot to me. i said the week when that bridge fell down that in america, a bridge just shouldn't fall

Amy Klobuchar

3:21:50 to 3:22:02( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: down in the middle of the mississippi river, especially not an eight-lane highway, especially not one of the most heavily traveled bridges in the state, especially not in the heart of rush hour in a major

Amy Klobuchar

3:22:02 to 3:22:23( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: metropolitan area. unfortunatelily, however, it took that disaster to put the issue of infrastructure funding squarely on the national agenda, and it's long overdue. and that is why i was so disappointed

Amy Klobuchar

3:22:23 to 3:22:35( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: that in this important bill, there's $8 billion to replenish the highway trust fund. to rephrepb tpheurb that fund, 400,000 jobs -- to replenish that fund, 400,000 jobs at stake in that bail. look

Amy Klobuchar

3:22:35 to 3:22:47( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: what's happening to our country with the infrastructure. let's take the issue of bridges. nationwide, bridges are deteriorating far faster than we can repair or replace them. about 78,000 bridges

Amy Klobuchar

3:22:47 to 3:23:06( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: across the nation are structurally deficient. what does structurally deficient mean? when inspectors evaluate a bridge, they examine the bridge's super structure and substructure. each of the bridges

Amy Klobuchar

3:23:06 to 3:23:20( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: is ranked on a scale of 0 to 9, with 0 being failed and 9 excellent. if the deck substructure is given a 4 or less, the bridge is classified as structurally deficient. in june of 2006, the i-35w's bridge's

Amy Klobuchar

3:23:20 to 3:23:34( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: super structure was rated at a 4. the bridge's deck was rated at a 5. and the substructure comprised of the piers, footings and other components was rated as a 6. a bridge is shut down if any of its

Amy Klobuchar

3:23:34 to 3:23:48( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: parts are rated at a 2. then we have another 80,000 bridges across the nation which are functional obsolete. what does functional obsolete mean? that means they don't meet today's design standards, don't

Amy Klobuchar

3:23:48 to 3:23:58( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: conform to today's safety standards and they're handling traffic far beyond their design. fully one quarter of america's 6,000 bridges have aged so much that their physical condition or ability to withstand

Amy Klobuchar

3:23:58 to 3:24:14( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: current travel levels is inadequate. these bridges require immediate attention. i can tell you since our bridge fell that summer's day on august 1, we've had a number of bridges shut down, close down

Amy Klobuchar

3:24:14 to 3:24:26( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: in our state. in one that handled a lot of traffic in st. cloud, minnesota. there was one on winonana, minnesota, that was temporarily closed down and is going to have to be rebuilt. we're seeing this

Amy Klobuchar

3:24:26 to 3:24:43( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: across the country. we're seeing a need for infrastructure funding. and at a time when our economy is facing such difficult times, i see this as an investment not only in the long-term viability of

Amy Klobuchar

3:24:43 to 3:24:56( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: our country's transportation system, but also in jobs. and that's why i'm so disappointed that the other side was willing it turning their backs on 400,000 existing new jobs, much less adding new ones

Amy Klobuchar

3:24:56 to 3:25:10( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: by turning down that replenishment of the highway trust fund. it was president kennedy who once said building a road or high waeup isn't pretty, but -- highway isn't pretty but something our country

Amy Klobuchar

3:25:10 to 3:25:23( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: needs to have. nowhere is that truer than rural america. we're seeing a rejuvenation because of the energy economic right now in rural minnesota as we are in so much of rural america. senator tester

Amy Klobuchar

3:25:23 to 3:25:38( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: from montana just talked about this. we're seeing biofuels, whether it's biodiesel ethanol moving to cellulosic ethanol, whether it's wind or solar, we are third in the country in minnesota with wind

Amy Klobuchar

3:25:38 to 3:25:53( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: energy. third in the country. and i have seen jobs like in pipesstone, minnesota where a group of people, ten people decided to quit their jobs and go work for a solar power factory. they were so surprised

Amy Klobuchar

3:25:53 to 3:26:09( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: about their jobs. i can tell you this, we're seeing these jobs and we need courage in washington that matches the courage of these employees in starbuck, minnesota, or in pipe stone where they've

Amy Klobuchar

3:26:09 to 3:26:24( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: got the wind, that the courage of these please if they're willing to see a better energy future and this body is willing to shoot down for tax extenders. >> this is the way we're going to be investing

Amy Klobuchar

3:26:24 to 3:26:35( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: in home-grown energy instead of the oil cartels of the mideast. it's about the energy extenders for me and my state. but it's also about the transportation funding that came in replenishing that

Amy Klobuchar

3:26:35 to 3:26:53( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: highway trust fund. when you start building this energy economy with the wind turbines and with the bow fuels and the trucks going across these roads, you're going to put more stress on the roads

Amy Klobuchar

3:26:53 to 3:27:07( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: and rails in america. if we're going to move to the next century economic system, we can't be stuck in the last century's transportation system. i'll give you some examples. the ethanol plant in benson

Amy Klobuchar

3:27:07 to 3:27:18( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: has thousands of gallons of ethanol hauled every week. their production falls about in the middle of our biodiesel facilities in minnesota. s.m.i. hydraulics is a company in rural southwestern minnesota that

Amy Klobuchar

3:27:18 to 3:27:31( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: manufactures for the basis of the wind towers that you see across our country. this is a company that started as a barn, and the wind towers that they manufacture actually come out of the side of the

Amy Klobuchar

3:27:31 to 3:27:43( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: barn as they're employing dozens of people right in this little town. the heavy trucks that bring the steel to the company put a heavy burden on the road as they pafpl and are putting durable to

Amy Klobuchar

3:27:43 to 3:27:56( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: the test. this truck travel and the need for more rail travel is part of our transportation future. when the other side shoots down our ability to even replenish the highway trust fund, we're not

Amy Klobuchar

3:27:56 to 3:28:07( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: going to be moving in the right direction for our economy. we're not going to help these rural people to develop the true energy economy that they need to develop. you know, in his 1963 member

Amy Klobuchar

3:28:07 to 3:28:19( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: wore, "mandate for change," president eisenhower famously said, he said more than any single action by the government since the end of the war, this one would change the face of america. he was

Amy Klobuchar

3:28:19 to 3:28:35( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: talking about the interstate highway system. its impact on the american economy, the jobs it would produce in manufacturing and construction, the rural areas that would open up was beyond calculation. he was

Amy Klobuchar

3:28:35 to 3:28:50( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: right. just as he was right back in 1963, we know that he's still right in 2008. so the gall to turn down the replenishment of that highway trust fund and to stock america as we try to hedge the new

Amy Klobuchar

3:28:50 to 3:29:03( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: energy futures, other countries are leapfrogging us because they have government policies in place that mandate these green jobs, that move us to the right direction is just plain wrong. the one

Amy Klobuchar

3:29:03 to 3:29:14( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: thing i'd like to say, mr. president, is that there is one way as we look to jump starting the economy right now, to solving our oil crisis and our spending of $600,000 a minute on foreign oil, and

Amy Klobuchar

3:29:14 to 3:29:29( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: that is the president. he doesn't need the congress. he can complain about congress all he wants, but the president of the united states can actually release barrels of oil from the spro spro. he could

Amy Klobuchar

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

Amy Klobuchar: do it right now. he could do it in the next hour. you look at 1990-1991, 11 million barrels were released. 1996 to 1997, 28 million barrels were released to reduce the federal debt. 2005, 21 million barrels

Amy Klobuchar

3:29:49 to 3:30:01( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: were released after katrina. you look at how full the petroleum reserve has been in the place. 1993 it was 79% full. 2001, it was 74% full. right now in 2008, it's 97% full. so this president, on

Amy Klobuchar

3:30:01 to 3:30:14( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: his own, could simply release some barrels of oil from that strategic petroleum reserve. we're the home of northwest airlines in minnesota. the c.e.o. there has spoken with he many, many times. millions of

Amy Klobuchar

3:30:14 to 3:30:27( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: airline customers have sent e-mails saying we want -- we want to stop this speculation. sp and we want to do something about helping americans and helping these companies with oil prices. and i can

Amy Klobuchar

3:30:27 to 3:30:39( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: tell you one way to do this immediately is to release some of the barrels of oil 97% full from that strategic petroleum reserve. if you even went down to the year to 90%, you could inject $6 billion

Amy Klobuchar

3:30:39 to 3:30:49( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: into the american economy and help to bring those oil prices down. this is up to the president. he could do it one signature on one document. he doesn't need us passing a bill and have to deal with

Amy Klobuchar

3:30:49 to 3:31:01( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: these guys on the filibuster. he could just do it himself. so, in addition to just passing these tax extenders to getting our green economy going and doing something about that highway trust fund

Amy Klobuchar

3:31:01 to 3:31:36( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: so another bridge doesn't fall down in the middle of america, this president himself, without even one vote from congress, to release both barrels of oil into the american economy and help not only

James Webb

3:31:36 to 3:31:44( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: customers but also help the businesses in this country who are finding it harder and harder to compete as we see the price of oil escalating. thank you very much, mr. prident, and i yield the floor. a senator:

James Webb

3:31:36 to 3:34:46( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: James Webb

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