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Senate Proceeding on Jul 31st, 2008 :: 5:27:16 to 5:48:28
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Ken Salazar

5:23:59 to 5:27:16( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Ken Salazar

Ken Salazar

5:27:00 to 5:27:16( Edit History Discussion )

Ken Salazar: planet. madam president, i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from michigan is recognized. a senator: thank you, madam president. ms. stabenow: thank you, madam president. a little earlier

Debbie Stabenow

5:27:16 to 5:27:27( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: this afternoon, our leader came to the floor with colleagues and offered six different opportunities for the united states senate to bring before us bills that include responsible drilling, investments

Debbie Stabenow

5:27:16 to 5:48:28( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Debbie Stabenow

Debbie Stabenow

5:27:27 to 5:27:41( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: in alternatives, investments in areas that will create jobs right away, which relate to my great state of michigan which is investing immediately in advanced battery technology research and development

Debbie Stabenow

5:27:41 to 5:27:57( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: and retooling our plants for the new vehicles this will create within two years, not 15 years, changes that will allow to us move aggressively to hybrids and plug-in automobiles. we saw legislation put forward

Debbie Stabenow

5:27:57 to 5:28:12( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: to deal with energy speculation and what's going on in the marketplaces. each of those times, there was an objection to eventi moving ahead to even consider those bills. twice this week we have tried to move

Debbie Stabenow

5:28:12 to 5:28:24( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: forward on tax incentives for production of alternative energy and other options that will get us off of foreign oil and bring down gas prices for good. each time there were objections. in the month

Debbie Stabenow

5:28:24 to 5:28:42( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: of june, two other times -- we can go back a year, objection, objection, objection. you know, and fnkly, people watching this get sick of this because, you know, they want action, they want something to

Debbie Stabenow

5:28:42 to 5:28:56( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: be done. and the question is: well, who benefits by this blocking continually? by this stopping of us moving forward to alternatives to compete with oil companies or to tackle oil speculation or windfall

5:28:56 to 5:29:19( Edit History Discussion )

profits tax proposals that would require you to pay an extra tax if you don't reinvest in alternatives or in drilling in america to create more supply? who would benefit by these things? well,

Debbie Stabenow

5:29:19 to 5:29:35( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: i think it's very clear from the paper today, the announcement today. today, exxonmobil reported second-quarter profits of $11.68 billion.| the highest ever for an american company. they did that last quarter

Debbie Stabenow

5:29:35 to 5:29:57( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: -- highest profits ever -- ever -- for an american company. altogether, since president george bush and vice president dick cheney, two oil men, have been in the white house the last eight years, altogether

Debbie Stabenow

5:29:57 to 5:30:17( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: exxonmobil has reaped $212 billion in profits of the that's a lot of zeros, mr. president: $212 billion in profits. i wonder who benefits by the inability for us to get agreement to move to bills that create

Debbie Stabenow

5:30:17 to 5:30:31( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: competition with this company? or deal with oil speculation. or deal with other policies that would help them accountable. it's right here. it's right here. this is very clear, as my kids say

Debbie Stabenow

5:30:31 to 5:30:51( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: -- clear as the nose on your face, mr. president, of what this is all about. this is about an oil company agenda that has run wild for eight years and the american people are paying a huge price.

Debbie Stabenow

5:30:51 to 5:31:14( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: our economy is paying a huge, huge price. along with exxonmobil, shell is also reporting profits of $11.56 billion, bringing their grand total since this administration took office to over $157 billion.

Debbie Stabenow

5:31:14 to 5:31:30( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: the total combined net profit, net profits, of the big five oil companies since president bush and dick cheney took office are upwards of $641 billion. now, what have they done with those profits? well,

Debbie Stabenow

5:31:30 to 5:31:45( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: oil companies have spent $188 billion in stock buy backs. and other spending rather than investing it in supply here at home and abroad. we've heard so many times on this floor that there are 68 million

Debbie Stabenow

5:31:45 to 5:32:00( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: acres available right now for exploration that are not being used. i've supported responsible drilling as part of the solution. we know there's no silver bullet. but we also know we have to be aggressively

Debbie Stabenow

5:32:00 to 5:32:16( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: moving to the future and not just stuck in what is an oil company agenda for this country. and we also know that we're in a global marketplace. nobody knows that more than people in my great state

Debbie Stabenow

5:32:16 to 5:32:32( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: of michigan. we are competing in a global economy. and so as there is supply created, as there is drilling, it goes into the global marketplace. they drill in alaska, it guess to china. so to add

Debbie Stabenow

5:32:32 to 5:32:58( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: insult to injury, we don't even know where the oil will be going. here is what we do know: in february of this year according to the department of energy, shipments outside this country were $1.8 million

Debbie Stabenow

5:32:58 to 5:33:14( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: barrels a day, 1.8 million barrels a day. and outside this country, oil shipments were up 33%. so clearly, the great oil man who has been all over our television sets, t. boone pickens, is right. we're

Debbie Stabenow

5:33:14 to 5:33:31( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: not going to drill our way out of this, madam president, in a global economy where you can drill here and it can go anywhere to the highest bidder. but here's also what we know. we know that we have get to

Debbie Stabenow

5:33:31 to 5:33:46( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: get extremely serious and quickly, about those things that really will make a difference. bringing accountability to the energy markets. and addressing speculation. and focusing aggressively on those areas

Debbie Stabenow

5:33:46 to 5:34:02( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: that will give us real alternatives and competition for these guys who have been doing so well. you know, to add insult to jury, we take a look at the other ways in which this industry has received

Debbie Stabenow

5:34:02 to 5:34:18( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: so many benefits from this administration. just 18 months ago we heard in the "new york times," the bush administration was allowing oil and gas companies to forego royalty payments; didn't have to

Debbie Stabenow

5:34:18 to 5:34:37( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: pay their royalty payments on leases in federal waters in the gulf of mexico. this decision by the department of interior could cost up to $60 billion. it was supposed to pay payments and those payments

Debbie Stabenow

5:34:37 to 5:35:01( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: were waived for whatever reason, costing us up to $60 billion. $60 billion is the equivalent of 38 days of free gas for every american. right now i know a lot of folks would take that, gladly. th reality

Debbie Stabenow

5:35:01 to 5:35:13( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: is we have seen at every return, efforts to support this industry for the last eight years and where has it gotten us? madam president, i want to share with you some sorries of stories from folks from

Debbie Stabenow

5:35:13 to 5:35:25( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: michigan of where it has gotten us. not only $4 a gallon at the pump but when we look at what is whatting to real people it's an outrage what this eight years of a policy that has put oil companies

Debbie Stabenow

5:35:25 to 5:35:44( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: first, has gotten us. we know that everybody is affected. folks going to work. yesterday i read a letter from a young woman who works after school if and was concerned because she takes the because

Debbie Stabenow

5:35:44 to 5:35:56( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: to school and now the buses are being cut because they can't afford to put gasoline in the schoolbuses. what an outrage in the united states of america. let me share today from an article that was in

Debbie Stabenow

5:35:56 to 5:36:14( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: the "new york times," older poor people and those homebound are doubly squeezed by rising gas prices and food prices because they rely not just on social service agencies but also on volunteers

Debbie Stabenow

5:36:14 to 5:36:27( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: and we heard from our home health care agencies that do such a wonderful job in this country, helping people be able to remain at home and allowing them to receive services. in a survey of home health agencies,

Debbie Stabenow

5:36:27 to 5:36:42( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: more than 70% said it was more diffilt to recruit and to keep volunteers. we've heard that from meals on wheels. we've heard that for other kind of volunteer programs, to go into homes, to help seniors, to

Debbie Stabenow

5:36:42 to 5:36:58( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: help the disabled, to help those that need some assistance. and let me just share with you one. mrs. fair who has limited mobility because of diabetes lives on $642 a month in social security. widows

Debbie Stabenow

5:36:58 to 5:37:15( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: benefits, and relies on care from her son who often works odd hours especially during blueberry season. we grow a lot of blue beers, madam president -- blueberries, madam president, and they are terrific.

Debbie Stabenow

5:37:15 to 5:37:29( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: he said "you belong in a nursing home, i can't take care of you." the delivered meals that she has been receiving have allowed her to eat at normal hours which helped her control her blood sugar

Debbie Stabenow

5:37:29 to 5:37:46( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: levels. last year she lost her balance during a change in blood sugar and spent a month in a nursing home. with no meal delivery in her area now she's she's going to have to find someone to pick

Debbie Stabenow

5:37:46 to 5:38:06( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: up the frozen meals in the center in the next town. she says, if my aide can't get the meals, maybe i can get my pastor to pick them up. i can't travel, even to the drop off center. in union, michigan,

Debbie Stabenow

5:38:06 to 5:38:24( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: a town among flat corn and soybean farms near the indiana border, bill harm and on relies on a home health aide to take care of his wife who has alzheimer's disease. mr. harmon has used a wheelchair

Debbie Stabenow

5:38:24 to 5:38:40( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: since 2000 because of problems. unfortunately, the person that has been coming to her house, katy clark, who is 26, may have to give up her job. she lives 25 miles away and drives 700 mile as week

Debbie Stabenow

5:38:40 to 5:38:59( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: to provide twice daily visits helping mrs. harmon dress in the morning, get to bed at night, feeding her, doing chores around the house and she laughs, putting up with a grumpy old man. her weekly income

Debbie Stabenow

5:38:59 to 5:39:13( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: of $250 is being eaten up by gas expenses which come to $100 a week. some weeks i have to borrow hundred to get here, she says, mrs. clark, a single mom of two. but they're just like family to me.

Debbie Stabenow

5:39:13 to 5:39:30( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: for her work she receives $9 an hour and if she leaves, miles an hour harmon has said he will not be able to care for her. he said when they married, she raised his five children as if they were

Debbie Stabenow

5:39:30 to 5:39:42( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: her own. mrs. harmon started to develop alzheimer's disease eight to 10 years ago and he said i promised her, don't worry, i'll take care of you as long as i can but without a home health aide he said

Debbie Stabenow

5:39:42 to 5:39:59( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: he would have to put his wife in a nursing home and he would need to live there himself. in the greatest country in the world we have folks that are not able to get their meals on wheels, they're not

Debbie Stabenow

5:39:59 to 5:40:12( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: able to get their home health aide now. why? because they can't afford gas. schoolbuses that can't run because they can't afford gas. let me just share with you one other story. sandra prettenger

Debbie Stabenow

5:40:12 to 5:40:27( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: said higher gas prices hit her when she needs to go to the doctor. from her senior apartment in south haven, michigan, she was barely able to pay her bills because gas prices rose. she said, i try to

Debbie Stabenow

5:40:27 to 5:40:40( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: help some of the ladies and here driving them to the doctor or to the store but a round trip to her doctor or the beauty shop now costs $26 in gas and she had to ask her friends to pay half. she

Debbie Stabenow

5:40:40 to 5:41:00( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: said, i hate to ask because necessity have less than i. her social security check arrives on the 3rd of the month. for the first few days the local gas station lets her write a post-dated check to

Debbie Stabenow

5:41:00 to 5:41:19( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: fill up. she said on july 2nd she had no money and owed money to the gas station and she knew that in a few minutes her friend would be calling saying, could you please take me to the store to get

Debbie Stabenow

5:41:19 to 5:41:39( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: the kneels for moore needles for my diabetes. what am i going to do? there is something rock, -- something wrong when we see an agenda befiting the special interests in this country and the world

Debbie Stabenow

5:41:39 to 5:41:54( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: where we have seen the highest profits in in the history of the country creating numbers like $641 billion in profit and we've got seniors who have to write a postdated check at a gas station so

Debbie Stabenow

5:41:54 to 5:42:12( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: they can pay for gas t get themselves and their friends to to the doctor. the reality is, to be able to change that, we've got to do more than drill more so the oil companies can make more of a

Debbie Stabenow

5:42:12 to 5:42:29( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: profit in a global economy. we've got to be able to create a situation where there is competition with other kinds of alternative energies. so we have more than a choice of just whatever price they put up

Debbie Stabenow

5:42:29 to 5:42:41( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: at the pump. that is what this is about. that is what the crux of this is about because if it wasn't about this, we'd would have a compromise or a solution. if it wasn't about this, there wouldn't

Debbie Stabenow

5:42:41 to 5:42:56( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: be objections going on day after day after day to be able to take up legislation on this floor because under normal circumstances if there wasn't this huge amount of money at stake, people would

Debbie Stabenow

5:42:56 to 5:43:13( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: come together. if they weren't backing up these huge interests people would be willing to come together to be able to solve this problem. madam president, there a things that we can do and i'm very proud

Debbie Stabenow

5:43:13 to 5:43:32( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: to be part of a group of people in the democratic majority who have been working very hard to create an alternative vision for the future. yesterday, the senate leadership and senator byrd, the chairman

Debbie Stabenow

5:43:32 to 5:43:51( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: of the appropriations committee, laid out a jobs stimulus that we intend to bring forward for a vote in september. and in there was a major invecht of $300 million -- major investment in $300 million

Debbie Stabenow

5:43:51 to 5:44:10( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: in bat battery technology development. we are so close to having the electric vehicle on the road. we are so close. we are within 18 months to two years, we can have a real alternative to oil. on

Debbie Stabenow

5:44:10 to 5:44:27( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: the road. and part of this package also includes a commitment to americans and american jobs. by helping to recool retool and make capital and credit available so the companies can retool the plants

Debbie Stabenow

5:44:27 to 5:44:46( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: for the new vehicles so we keep the jobs here. our companies are competing with countries right now.| come to korea, we'll build a plant for you. we want those jobs here, and i'm very proud that

Debbie Stabenow

5:44:46 to 5:45:01( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: the stimulus that has been put forward shows a commitment to american jobs and american manufacturing. and i'm very proud that that is part of the stimulus package that we will be working on and vote

Debbie Stabenow

5:45:01 to 5:45:18( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: ing on in september. you know, around the world everybody else gets it, that it's not just about oil and drilling. everybody else understands. every other country is racing to alternatives. germany announce

Debbie Stabenow

5:45:18 to 5:45:31( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: ed the great battery alliance, which will invest over $650 million in advance ed lithium eye on batteries to help the german automobile makers. south korea has spent over $700 million in advance ed batteries

Debbie Stabenow

5:45:31 to 5:45:45( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: and developing hybrid vehicles. we're in a race with them-to-get to the future -- we're in a race with them to get to the future, not the past, the future. china hanes vetted over $1 million in

Debbie Stabenow

5:45:45 to 5:45:59( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: advance ed battery research and development. in the next five years japan will have spent $230 million on this research. as well as $278 million on hydrogen research for zero- zero-emission fuel-cell

Debbie Stabenow

5:45:59 to 5:46:14( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: vehicles vehicles. that's the future. that's the real cometion so that when you go to the pump and look up and see that price for tradition traditional gas, you have another choice. that's the future,

Debbie Stabenow

5:46:14 to 5:46:24( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: and we are working very, very hard to get us to that future. we need a white house that will help us get to that future. we need support from the other side of the aisle -- not just to talk about

Debbie Stabenow

5:46:24 to 5:46:35( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: it -- and i should say, in conclusion, madam president, that part of what's talked about on the other side of the aisle in terms of support supporting advance ed battery research is a prize, is a

Debbie Stabenow

5:46:35 to 5:46:52( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: prize. you go out and you spend all this money. germany spends $650 msm but you, individual business in america, you figure out some way to get the capita to do this we'll give you a prize at the end.

Debbie Stabenow

5:46:52 to 5:47:07( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: well, i am insulted that the presumptive republican nominee and colleagues on the other side of the aisle have decide ed to run our economy like a game show. we have said we have to invest up

Debbie Stabenow

5:47:07 to 5:47:23( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: front from america and in american jobs. madam president, that's the future. that is the future. that's the only way to stop all of this and create the opportunity for school buses to be able to

Debbie Stabenow

5:47:23 to 5:47:40( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: run, seniors to be able to get to the doctor, folks to be able to get home health, folks to be able to get it a job job, and create jobs that we need in the future in advance ed manufacturing. i would

Debbie Stabenow

5:47:40 to 5:47:51( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: hope before this week is out colleagues will come to the floor, stop objecting, and work with us on what we know -- it's right in front of us -- what we know can be done to bring down gas prices

Debbie Stabenow

5:47:51 to 5:48:03( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: and create jobs in america. thank you, madam president. mr. webb: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator senator from virginia is recognize ed. mr. webb: madam president, i would like

Debbie Stabenow

5:48:03 to 5:48:28( Edit History Discussion )

Debbie Stabenow: to take a few minutes today to speak about the state of par rallies sis that we seem to have -- the state of paralysis that we seem to have found ourselves in here on thehe senate floor and also to

James Webb

5:48:28 to 5:48:40( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: make a brief comment about two nominations that the senate will be considering. first of all, we are paralyzed, obviously, the other side has voted against windfall profits for oil companies at a time

James Webb

5:48:28 to 5:51:49( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: James Webb

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