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Senate Proceeding on Jul 31st, 2008 :: 3:23:06 to 3:31:53
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Christopher Dodd

3:23:06 to 3:23:13( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: |x | quorum call: 123450 quorum call: quorum call: mr. dodd: madam president? e presiding officer: the senator from connecticut. mr. dodd: madam

Christopher Dodd

3:23:06 to 3:31:53( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Christopher Dodd

Christopher Dodd

3:23:13 to 3:23:28( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: president, i'd ask consent that the call of the quorum be rescinded. the presiding officer: without objeutction. mr. dodd: madam president, i come to the floor today to remember the terrible tragedy that

Christopher Dodd

3:23:28 to 3:23:41( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: occurred one year ago tomorrow in minneapolis, minnesota, when the bridge carrying interstate 35w over the mississippi river near downtown minneapolis abruptly collapsed during the evening rush hour. at

Christopher Dodd

3:23:41 to 3:23:52( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: least 50 vehicles plunged some 60 vote into the mississippi river, killing 13 people and injuring dozens more. and as we approach the anniversary of this devastating event, my thoughts and prayers,

Christopher Dodd

3:23:52 to 3:24:03( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: i know of all of our colleagues are, with the victims and their families, with senator klobuchar, our colleague, senator coleman, representative ellison, whose district the bridge is in, and those

Christopher Dodd

3:24:03 to 3:24:18( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: -- all those affected, of course, by this terrible tragedy. people of my own state of connecticut can sympathize in a direct way with the people of minnesota as they prepare to remember 25 years ago

Christopher Dodd

3:24:18 to 3:24:30( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: a bridge carrying interstate 95, the main they are fur row fair over the -- thorough fair over the eastern part of the united states, abruptly collapsed in the afternoon. four vehicles plunged into

Christopher Dodd

3:24:30 to 3:24:41( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: the meannis river, three people lost their lives, others sustained serious injuries. it remains one of the worst transportation disasers in my small state's history. madam president, the traj tragedy in

Christopher Dodd

3:24:41 to 3:24:54( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: minnesota is the most reasonable example of our national infrastructure crumbling before our very eyes. indeed, this was not a problem that only affects minneapolis or connecticut or in the case of last year's

Christopher Dodd

3:24:54 to 3:25:03( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: steam pipe eruption in new york city. these are problems affecting every single state, every single county, every single community, city in our nation. from san diego, california, to banger, maine.

Christopher Dodd

3:25:03 to 3:25:14( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: for far too long, we've taken our infrastructure systems, our roarksdz bridges, mass transit systems, drinking water -- roads, bridges, mass transit systems, drinking water systems, waste water systems,

Christopher Dodd

3:25:14 to 3:25:26( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: public housing properties all for granted. and for far too long, we have failed to invest adequately in their long-term sustainability. and today we find ourselves in a precarious position concerning

Christopher Dodd

3:25:26 to 3:25:39( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: the future viability of, a precarious position that is costing the lives and jeopardizing the high quality of life that we've come to enjoy and expect as american citizens. the federal highway administration

Christopher Dodd

3:25:39 to 3:25:54( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: estimates, madam president, that 152,000 -- that's 152,000 -- of the nation's bridges are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. put another way, 1 out of every 4 bridges in our nation

Christopher Dodd

3:25:54 to 3:26:06( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: is in a state of serious disrepair. the american association of state highway and transportation officials estimates that it would cost some $140 billion just to repair the 152,000 bridges that are

Christopher Dodd

3:26:06 to 3:26:18( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: in that condition. the life threatening problems are not confined, of course, merely to bridges. the national highway traffic safety administratiom. reports that approximately 14,000 americans die

Christopher Dodd

3:26:18 to 3:26:30( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: each year, at least in part because our roads and bridges are no longer up to the task. congestion on our highways, of course, where tons of carbon dioxide and other pollutants are pumped into the

Christopher Dodd

3:26:30 to 3:26:42( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: atmosphere every day. these emissions compromise the health of children and adults, contribute to global warming and pose immense risks to the future of all of us. again, the congestion on our highways

Christopher Dodd

3:26:42 to 3:26:52( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: because of the absence of mass transit systems or adequate means to move people. tens of millions of americans receive drinking water in their homes every day from pipes on the average are over 100

Christopher Dodd

3:26:52 to 3:27:05( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: years old. here in our nation's capital city in the area of georgetown, one of the city's most affluent neighborhoods, waste water is still conveyed through wooden sewage pipes constructed in the 19th century.

Christopher Dodd

3:27:05 to 3:27:16( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: in the city of milwaukee, over 400,000 people were sickened several years ago with flu-like symptoms caused by a strain of bacteria in the municipal drinking water system of that community. the bacteria

Christopher Dodd

3:27:16 to 3:27:31( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: strain was eventually linked to inadequate treatment of drinking water. it's not just our health and safety, madam president, that's affected by our crumbling infrastructure. in fact, our national

Christopher Dodd

3:27:31 to 3:27:42( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: prosperity is at stake. from the days of the roman aqueducts to the present, a nation's ability to grow and prosper has always been relied upon -- or has always relied upon its ability to effectively

Christopher Dodd

3:27:42 to 3:27:56( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: move people, goods and information. ask anyone american today how we're doing in achieving this objective and chances are the response would be the same: we're not doing very well and we could be doing

Christopher Dodd

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

Christopher Dodd: substantially better. when the average american spends 51 1/2 hours a year, more than two full days of their lives, stuck in traffic congestion, then i think we all can do better. when one out of three

Christopher Dodd

3:28:07 to 3:28:18( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: our roads are in poor or mediocre condition, then i think all of us would agree we can do better. and when the united states invests less than 2% of its gross domestic product on infrastructure while

Christopher Dodd

3:28:18 to 3:28:31( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: nations like china and india, the major competitors of this country in the 21st century, invest between 7% and 12%, then i think all of us recognize that we better do better or we're going to find

Christopher Dodd

3:28:31 to 3:28:43( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: our country in a very weakened position very, very quickly. infrastructure, madam president, is not something you can correct overnight. the investments need to be made. it takes time to do it right. and we're

Christopher Dodd

3:28:43 to 3:28:54( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: already now close to the -- moving to the second decade of this century way behind in this area. madam president, tomorrow is also the one-year anniversary of the introduction of the national infrastructure

Christopher Dodd

3:28:54 to 3:29:08( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: bank act that i've offered with senator chuck hagel of nebraska, a bipartisan bill that we've gained a number of cosponsors on over the last year. we'd like more. the infrastructure bank would establish

Christopher Dodd

3:29:08 to 3:29:16( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: a unique and powerful public-private partnership to restore our nation's infrastructure. using limited federal resources, it would leverage the significant resources, both at home and abroad, global

Christopher Dodd

3:29:16 to 3:29:23( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: resources, of the private sector. madam president, if we don't talk about how we're going to finance this, it's not going to happen. madam president, i'd ask for -- unanimous consent to proceed for

Christopher Dodd

3:29:23 to 3:29:33( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: two additional minutes. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection. mr. dodd: madam president, we need to come up with a financing mechanism. we all understand the need for doing

Christopher Dodd

3:29:33 to 3:29:46( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: this, i think and all of us recognize as well we're not going to talk about us doing this out of the appropriation process. there just isn't enough restlorsz to meet the -- resources there to meet

Christopher Dodd

3:29:46 to 3:29:58( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: the $1.6 tllion needs to just currently repair decaying infrastructure. we need a better mechanism to finance this. and what senator hagel of nebraska and i have designed, having worked with the center for

Christopher Dodd

3:29:58 to 3:30:09( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: strategic and international studies over the last 2 1/2 years, along with senator bob kerrey, former -- bob care reerks former senator from -- bob kerrey, former senator from nebraska, and phil roat,

Christopher Dodd

3:30:09 to 3:30:18( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: a well-known business individual in new york who was almost solely responsible for getting new york city back on its feet years ago, and john hammery, the former official at the defense department

Christopher Dodd

3:30:18 to 3:30:31( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: have constructed is a means by which a limited amount of federal dollars could attract massive amounts of private capital to come and allow us really to begin this work. absent some idea like this

Christopher Dodd

3:30:31 to 3:30:46( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: -- and we think this is a good one one -- absent some idea like this, then year after year we can give speeches about our infrastructure but nothing much will happen.| this bill is only designed to deal

Christopher Dodd

3:30:46 to 3:30:59( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: with national needs, regional needs -- not local ones; we leave that to the local municipalities. to have our economy grow and have the jobs and fulfill aspirations and hopes of many americans we

Christopher Dodd

3:30:59 to 3:31:12( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: have to grow, as well, in our capacity to handle that kind o growth and the infrastructure needs of our nation are daunting. madam president, on this, the tragic anniversary of the events in minneapolis and

Christopher Dodd

3:31:12 to 3:31:25( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: the reminder of what occurred in my own state as well as the recognition of what's occurring every single day all across our nation, my hope would be that in the coming congress, whether we're talking about

Christopher Dodd

3:31:25 to 3:31:36( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: a mccain administration or an obama administration, that infrastructure would be a high priority for our country; that we get on that track together here, as democrats and republicans, and come up with some

Christopher Dodd

3:31:36 to 3:31:53( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: creative ideas on how we can invest in this needed aspect of our economy. with that, madam president, i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from louisiana. mr. vitter: madam president,

David Vitter

3:31:53 to 3:32:06( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: thank you. madam president, i rise to urge action on what's clearly the single top priority, the single top challenge for american families: and that's sky-high gasoline prices and energy prices. madam president,

David Vitter

3:31:53 to 3:42:28( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: David Vitter

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