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Senate Proceeding on Aug 5th, 2010 :: 9:30:15 to 9:35:45
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Mary Landrieu

9:30:15 to 9:30:36( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: louisiana, in your state, in massachusetts and around the world reach out from our main streets to main streets in foreign countries to try to sell goods, and it's going to be a main street to main street partnership around the world. with the internet, this is possible. before the internet, it would be laughable to even suggest such a thing.

Mary Landrieu

9:30:15 to 9:35:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mary Landrieu

Mary Landrieu

9:30:37 to 9:30:58( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: but with the internet, with the global air transportation, with expanded trucking and train transportation, we literally can move goods from main streets right here. i wouldn't be surprised if georgetown cupcakes, which i spok about yesterday, ships their cupcakes to india or china because they're really good cupcakes and maybe they can't make them as well there.

Mary Landrieu

9:30:59 to 9:31:23( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and that may be a little exaggeration but i think it makes the point that if we can help our small businesses, no telling where thescakes, and, in my state it would be kingcakes, can go to support businesses on main street. so i want to submit this for the record as well, and i know there are senatorso speak, but i have one more subjecto speak

Mary Landrieu

9:31:24 to 9:31:45( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: about before i yield the floor. mr. president, in addition to fighting for main street, i'm going to come back here in september and continue through the august recess with many hearings in my state and meetings in my state to fight for justice for the gulf coast. i haven't spent a lot of time in the last week or two here on the

Mary Landrieu

9:31:46 to 9:32:06( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: floor because i'v been handling the small business bill, but i've been spending an awful lot of time on the phone, in meetings and in louisiana and will continue around the country to talk about this tragedy that's occurred. this is what the gulf coast looked like before the moratorium was put in place, this blanket moratorium, unnecessary moratorium by the

Mary Landrieu

9:32:07 to 9:32:27( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: administration. we had 33 deepwater gulf of mexico. as you can see, many of them were off the coast of new orleans and this is what it looks like today. mr. president, nobody is working working. there's one rig being drilled.

Mary Landrieu

9:32:28 to 9:32:48( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: it's the deepwater horizon, current site of the relief well. everybody else has been put out of business in the gulf of mexico. this represents at a minimum 40,000 direct jobs. 40,000 direct jobs. i want to show you the picture of shallow water. this is deepwater.

Mary Landrieu

9:32:49 to 9:33:11( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: this is what it looks like shut down. this is shallow water. there's no moratorium in the shallow water but before the moratorium, there were 55 wells in the shallow gulf of mexico. these wells, each one of them represents hundreds of people supporting them and on the shore supporting them. we're down to 13.

Mary Landrieu

9:33:12 to 9:33:32( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and i have to fight so hard to get one permit issued by m.m.s. now, i am proud, very proud, that my colleague in the house of representatives lamauson, did what i didn't even think was possible, he got the entire democratic caucus on record asking the president basically to lift this

Mary Landrieu

9:33:33 to 9:33:58( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: moratorium. yes, there was some language in there i would have liked it to have been immediately, but the fact that we have now every democrat and every republican in the house of representatives on record lifting this moratorium and helping us get back to work inhe gulf is really extraordinary. and i'm looking forward to coming back to lead the effort

Mary Landrieu

9:34:00 to 9:34:22( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: in the from the congressman that is most affected, senator malausant, to get the gulf back to work. there are 25 idle rigs. there are five nondrilling operator, one deepwater horizon and two wells being drilled. we have to get the gulf coast back to work. so in addition to passing the

Mary Landrieu

9:34:23 to 9:34:43( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: to pass for the whole country, we've got work to do a along the gulf coast. we've got a liability issue to i've got a document i'm going to submit, a bill that i'd like to be filed right now so that we can work in earnest. i hope before we get back here the president administratively lifts this moratorium.

Mary Landrieu

9:34:44 to 9:35:04( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: that's what he should do. we've put new safety requirements in. b.p. is going to pay the fines, billions of dollars of fines. they've put $20 billion in escrow. claims are being paid. that part's working fairly well. what's not working arehe people in the gulf of mexico. we don't want handouts, we don't want welfare, we don't want food stamps -- we want to go back to

Mary Landrieu

9:35:05 to 9:35:25( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: work. and that is what we're going to work on. so this senate has some work to do. the house has done their job in it regard. and i hope, mr. president, that you and your team and the secretary of interior will think very hard about the economic damage that is being done right now.

Mary Landrieu

9:35:26 to 9:35:49( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and i understand safety is at issue. i understand we want our oceans clean. nobody wants them cleaner than those of us that swim in the gulf, live in the gulf, fish in the gulf and have for decades and centuries. but enough is enough. we've got to get back to work, and there are things that can be done. and i submit the bill at this

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