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Senate Proceeding on Jul 31st, 2006 :: 0:58:33 to 1:10:18
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Mel Martinez

0:47:47 to 0:58:33( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mel Martinez

Mel Martinez

0:58:23 to 0:58:33( Edit History Discussion )

Mel Martinez: in time. i think it is also a good thing for our state because the zone of protection that we've been wanting to have, which was 125 miles, has been greatly exceeded in most dimensions and we can go

Mary Landrieu

0:58:33 to 0:58:43( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: forward until the year 2022 with a settled plate understanding there will be some production coming out of the gulf but it will not impact our state. mr. president, i yield the floor floor. the presiding

Mary Landrieu

0:58:33 to 1:10:18( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mary Landrieu

Mary Landrieu

0:58:43 to 0:58:54( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: officer: morning business is close ed. under the previous order, the hour of 3:00 p.m. vk having a arrived, the senate will resume consideration of s. 3711, which the clerk will report. the clerk:

Mary Landrieu

0:58:54 to 0:59:05( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: calender number 529 529, s. 3711, a bill to enhance the energy independence and security of the united states by providing for exploration, development, and production activity ies for mineral resources in

Mary Landrieu

0:59:05 to 0:59:13( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: the gulf of mexico and for other purposes. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the time until 5:30 p.m. shall be divided equally dween the two managers or their designees. ms. landrieu:

Mary Landrieu

0:59:13 to 0:59:29( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from louisiana is recognize ed. ms. landrieu: mr. president, before the snat senator from florida leaves the floor and he may be staying through the

Mary Landrieu

0:59:29 to 0:59:41( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: debate, because he has been extremely essential and instrumental and essential and vital to the compromise that has come forward -- and i want toed to thank him for his leadership. as he a allude

Mary Landrieu

0:59:41 to 0:59:57( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: ed to the five states in the gulf coast came together, the states of texas, louisiana, mississippi, alabama, and florida, your state, mr. president, and you did an outstanding job being part of this

Mary Landrieu

0:59:57 to 1:00:08( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: coalition as well to help come together with an arrangement that will have many mutual beneficial parts. one, it's going to provide oil and gas and particularly natural gas. mr. president, that's

Mary Landrieu

1:00:08 to 1:00:19( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: in such short supply. as the senator from florida knows, as our colleagues from florida understand, natural gases gasis a raw material that is use ed to -- natural gas is a raw material that is use ed

Mary Landrieu

1:00:19 to 1:00:36( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: to literal literally produce almost every product in america that you can think of, from rubber tires to the automobiles themselves to the products of ethanol, to fertilizers, chemicals, you name

Mary Landrieu

1:00:36 to 1:00:52( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: it, natural gas is use ed as a raw material. the prices are too high. they have to come down. and the industry is doing a very good job of conserving, but we must open domestic supply as well as you

Mary Landrieu

1:00:52 to 1:01:05( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: unfortunately, because the demand is so hierks importly qui tried natural gas now that the technology has presented itself. but before we establish a whole north network of -- -- but before we stob

Mary Landrieu

1:01:05 to 1:01:21( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: establish another net network, let's produce the natural gas that we have here. so this bill, the gulf coast states have come together to open up eight million new acres, four times more than the original

Mary Landrieu

1:01:21 to 1:01:34( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: bill, the compromise that we provided for the nation, four times more than the original bill to open up natural gas for the country. the other beneficial aspect of this bill is establishing a strong

Mary Landrieu

1:01:34 to 1:01:49( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and reliable, trustworthy partnership between the federal government and the gulf coast states, the four producing state states of which texas of course is one, to say the infrastructure that we provide

Mary Landrieu

1:01:49 to 1:02:05( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: basically allowing the federal government to access the land that it owns -- and there's no question that this land off the coast of the united states is owned by everyone, not just the states along

Mary Landrieu

1:02:05 to 1:02:20( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: the coast. but, frankly, mr. president, as you know, without our highways and our helicopter pads and our sheds and our boat launches and our shipping facility ies and fabrication facility ies, the

Mary Landrieu

1:02:20 to 1:02:37( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: federal government could not even access the minerals. so basically by providing the servitude and the services and the platform, if you will, to host this great industry, we're saying, let us share

Mary Landrieu

1:02:37 to 1:02:56( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: in all future revenues, as you know, 37 37.5%. that's the second-most important thing in my mind that has been established. and for louisiana's purposes and according to the way the bill is currently structured,

Mary Landrieu

1:02:56 to 1:03:10( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: for all the gulf coast states, we will use that money to restore a great coastline, to secure and buffer america's only energy coast. we don't have to roll the reels back or to remind the tape of katrina

Mary Landrieu

1:03:10 to 1:03:26( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and rita. we know what major megastorms can mean for the gulf coast. we've all lived through them. we've watched our families struggle. we've watched our constituents struggle, having lost homes, churches,

Mary Landrieu

1:03:26 to 1:03:41( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and schools, having seen the great infrastructure, these huge pipelines and facility ies, drilling ships and oil rigs and platforms, bent by the great winds ants and waves. we know how important it is

Mary Landrieu

1:03:41 to 1:03:57( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: to take a little bit of that money that we're paying in taxes and reinvest back into the gulf coast to strengthen the infrastructure, not just for the people that live there, in big towns like new orleans,

Mary Landrieu

1:03:57 to 1:04:09( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: in little towns like creole, louisiana, in midcity towns like beaumont and galveston and towser to gulfport and past christian, but for the whole nation because the nation needs the gulf coast to be strong

Mary Landrieu

1:04:09 to 1:04:22( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and security in these storms. so using this money to re restore the great wetlands, which our scientists know we can do, but frankly, mr. president, we haven't had the money to do it. when people say,

Mary Landrieu

1:04:22 to 1:04:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: well, senator, get a man plan, i could fill up this chamber almost with plans that our people have had and i'd say "dreams" that our people have had. we've dreamt all we can dream. we have thought

Mary Landrieu

1:04:39 to 1:04:55( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: all we can think about this. we need money to turn the dirt, restore the wetlands, the technology is there to do it.~ and so that is another great reason that we can have industry and the environmental

Mary Landrieu

1:04:55 to 1:05:10( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: community support this bill shoulder to shoulder. because the uses of the revenue sharing are going to be such beneficial uses to our communities. so besides the drailg and the additional rev -- drilling

Mary Landrieu

1:05:10 to 1:05:25( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and the additional revenues, mr. president, for the gulf coast and the additional gas for the nation, we also have the benefit of directing these revenues to a great purpose, which is the restoration of these

Mary Landrieu

1:05:25 to 1:05:41( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: wetlands. and just a little more on that subject that might brick this home to those that are listening. when katrina and tree hit -- and we're just about a month away from the anniversary, august

Mary Landrieu

1:05:41 to 1:05:54( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: 29 of katrina and about seven weeks away from the anniversary of rita -- we lost an area the size of the district of columbia to open water. 100 square miles. now, the district isn't a hundred

Mary Landrieu

1:05:54 to 1:06:10( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: square miles today, as you know, because a portion was taken back or given back to virginia. but about 70 square miles is the district of columbia now. we lost in a matter of a few days that amount of

Mary Landrieu

1:06:10 to 1:06:22( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: spans -- expanse went from marsh to open water because of the catastrophic loss of this great wetland. at that rate, mr. president, all of our communities along the gulf coast will eventually be threatened.

Mary Landrieu

1:06:22 to 1:06:35( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and as i laughed with my colleagues from arkansas, the reason they're very supportive of this bill is they've told me privately, they said, "senator, we don't want to be a coastal state. we like arkansas

Mary Landrieu

1:06:35 to 1:06:47( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: the way it is." and i know that's a little bit of an exaggeration but, mr. president, you've been down to east texas and to padre island and to galveston, the coastal communities in texas. you understand

Mary Landrieu

1:06:47 to 1:07:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: these wetland losses that are occurring. and ours in louisiana are exacerbated because we are the mouth of the mississippi river. we are truly a delta. not just a coastal coastal wetland, which you

Mary Landrieu

1:07:00 to 1:07:15( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: find all over our coast, from the east to the west west, but the delta, the mouth of the greatest river system is fragile, strong yet fragile. and these wetlands are leaving us in extraordinary

Mary Landrieu

1:07:15 to 1:07:31( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: numbers, and this -- this money, these sharing of revenues that we're going to get from this bill, will go a long way to build on the science and the technology that's there to restore these wetlands.

Mary Landrieu

1:07:31 to 1:07:41( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: we know that we can do it. 37.5% will go to the gulf coast producing states for these purposes and 12.5% will establish a great stream of revenue for land and water conservation -- for the land and water

Mary Landrieu

1:07:41 to 1:07:55( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: conservation fund that benefits the whole nation. and i see the democratic whip to the floor and i'll wrap i my remarks in just a moment and then i think i'm scheduled later to speak. but i will

Mary Landrieu

1:07:55 to 1:08:08( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: say that i am very grateful to particularly senator salazar and others who stepped up, senator alexander, and said, you know, senator landriue, why don't we try with senator domenici's leadership to

Mary Landrieu

1:08:08 to 1:08:20( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: see if we could restore the real purpose of the land and water conservation fund when it was created in 1965. i wish i could take credit for creating it. i didn't. but i've been determined since i got here

Mary Landrieu

1:08:20 to 1:08:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: to help fund it so we can live up to a promise we made to america's governors a long time ago. if you want to build parks, we'll help you. if you want to build recreational communities for your community,

Mary Landrieu

1:08:39 to 1:08:51( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: we will help you. the federal government said that and then backtracked year after year after year until today, we're spending less than $40 million a year nationally. i'd say that's a disgrace. $40 million

Mary Landrieu

1:08:51 to 1:09:02( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: nationally. the program's authorized as $450 million. at $450 million, it's still not enough but at least it gives a few million dollars to each state to match private donations, to match faith-based,

Mary Landrieu

1:09:02 to 1:09:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: to match literally the pennies that children themselves collect for a planting of a tree in a park or the expansion of a bike path that means a lot to them. we could at least do our part in congress.

Mary Landrieu

1:09:18 to 1:09:27( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and this bill will do that. and then finally, 50% to the federal treasury. so that is these new revenues come in, we can help reduce the deficit, help encourage drilling drilling. where? where people

Mary Landrieu

1:09:27 to 1:09:35( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: will accept it. maybe they won't accept it everywhere. we think we've made a lot of mistakes in louisiana. we admit t. but we have learned from our miss -- we admit it. but we have learned from our

Mary Landrieu

1:09:35 to 1:09:47( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: mistakes. and we have perfected the technology. and we believe we can minimize the environmental footprint and maximize the benefit to the federal treasury. so there are many benefits. i'm going to

Mary Landrieu

1:09:47 to 1:09:54( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: yield the time to those that are scheduled to speak as well and think i have some time reserved later in the day. but at this time, i would yield back the remainder of my time. mr. durbin: mr. president?

Mary Landrieu

1:09:54 to 1:10:05( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: the presiding officer: the assistant democratic leader. mr. dush i want: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent to speak as if in morning business. the presiding officer: without objection. mr.

Mary Landrieu

1:10:05 to 1:10:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: durbin: mr. president, first let me acknowledge my colleague from the state of louisiana. no person has worked harder than senator mary landrieu for a state which was devastated by hurricane katrina,

Richard Durbin

1:10:18 to 1:10:32( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Durbin: city of new orleans, which is still in recovery. my colleague, senator obama, visited there two weeks ago, came back and told me personally of traveling for long periods of time within the city of new orleans

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