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Senate Proceeding on Sep 4th, 2007 :: 3:28:06 to 3:43:57
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Susan Collins

3:17:01 to 3:28:06( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Susan Collins

Susan Collins

3:27:46 to 3:28:06( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: mr. lieberman: i thank the chair chair. madam president, i rise today to express my intention to support the nomination of congressman jim nussle as the next director of the office of management and

Joseph Lieberman

3:28:06 to 3:28:21( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: budgeting. madam president, i do so because congressman nussle, in my judgment, falls comfortably within the standard that i have set as i have had the honor to dispatch my responsibility under

Joseph Lieberman

3:28:06 to 3:43:57( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Joseph Lieberman

Joseph Lieberman

3:28:21 to 3:28:32( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: the advice and consent clause of the constitution. and to state it in nonconstitutional terms, i have always felt that the standard i should apply is not whether i would present this nominee to the

Joseph Lieberman

3:28:32 to 3:28:49( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: senate, because under the constitution, that's not the senate's responsibility, it's the president's authority and responsibility, the question would be in dispatching my responsibility under the

Joseph Lieberman

3:28:49 to 3:29:07( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: advice and consent clause, do i conclude that this individual, which the president -- who the president has nominated, is within an acceptable range for the particular job for which he's been nominated? and

Joseph Lieberman

3:29:07 to 3:29:19( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: on that basis, i have reached a conclusion that i will vote to support congressman nussle's nomination. i speak in my individual capacity, but i also obviously am honored to be the chair of thels and --

Joseph Lieberman

3:29:19 to 3:29:32( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: homeland security and governmental affairs committee example note and will note for the record that there were no negative votes in our committee on this nomination and there was one abstention.

Joseph Lieberman

3:29:32 to 3:29:52( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: madam president, this nomination would be a significant one no matter when it came before the senate snealt for a vote -- the senate for a vote because the office of management and budget is a very significant

Joseph Lieberman

3:29:52 to 3:30:07( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: and powerful office in our government.~ fateblys mr. nussle's nomination at an important challenging and fiscal time in washington and for our country. the fact is in less than a month month, congress must

Joseph Lieberman

3:30:07 to 3:30:26( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: enact twelve appropriations bills to fund the vital functions of the federal government for the fiscal year beginning october 1st. we have much work ahead of us. it's difficult work. it has been

Joseph Lieberman

3:30:26 to 3:30:44( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: complicated by the numerous veto threats emerging from the white house about the appropriations bills. some, as the chair well knows, have even speculated the ensuing confrontation will lead yet again

Joseph Lieberman

3:30:44 to 3:31:01( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: to a shutdown of parts of the federal government. i hope not because no one gains from such stalemate and such shut downs. to meet our obligations to the american people in this as insomuch else, we

Joseph Lieberman

3:31:01 to 3:31:21( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: must reach across the partisan divide at votersave so often made ear they want us to. in this case that means we must have a new director of o.m.b. who is not just competent but who is constructive.

Joseph Lieberman

3:31:21 to 3:31:36( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: he must be a consensus builder, a willing partner with congress, a mediator between the executive and legislative branches working to solve problems and to accommodate legitimate differences of opinion.

Joseph Lieberman

3:31:36 to 3:31:54( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: he must be a fiscal expert but he must in the weeks ahead, also be a statesman. i support this nomination of congressman nussle but i do so with the understanding that the congressman will have

Joseph Lieberman

3:31:54 to 3:32:15( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: to exercise the full measure of his diplomatic skills at both ends of pennsylvania avenue to help bring the fiscal year 2008 budget and appropriations process to a satisfactory conclusion. there's

Joseph Lieberman

3:32:15 to 3:32:28( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: a lot on the line in our achieving that end in a responsible and appropriate way. the nation counts on it but a lot of individual citizens of our government who rely either on the security that

Joseph Lieberman

3:32:28 to 3:32:43( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: the government provides or the services that the government provides count on us, as well. we are a nation at war. our soldiers in the field need critical funding to ensure their safety and the success

Joseph Lieberman

3:32:43 to 3:32:55( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: of their mission. we are a nation still under threat of terrorist attack here at home. resources for our homeland security, for our first responders, must be sufficient, more sufficient, i would add,

Joseph Lieberman

3:32:55 to 3:33:11( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: in joining with senator collins on this, than the administration has provided to date, to allow our first responders and homeland protectors to do the jobs we expect them to do for us with the proper

Joseph Lieberman

3:33:11 to 3:33:33( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: equipment and the proper training. we are a nation with an aging infrastructure. the minneapolis, minnesota bridge collapse was a clear warning that we cannot ignore the highway and transportation

Joseph Lieberman

3:33:33 to 3:33:47( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: systems that move people and commerce in our dynamic and complex society. we have children going to schools across this country who depend on the investment that the federal government makes in their

Joseph Lieberman

3:33:47 to 3:33:59( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: education. we have senior citizens who depend on the federal government to not only protect their security but to provide a decent minimum standard of living in so many different ways for them in their senior

Joseph Lieberman

3:33:59 to 3:34:20( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: years. these are just a few of the oltions we have to meet -- a few of the obligations we have to meet for our nation. that is why it is so critical on both ends of pennsylvania avenue we come to

Joseph Lieberman

3:34:20 to 3:34:38( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: this budget and appropriations task in the coming weeks with a sense of good faith and shared sal values as americans who care about our future and our people. we cannot meet these obligations with

Joseph Lieberman

3:34:38 to 3:35:03( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: confrontation or deadlock. let me be specific about this. the key difference between congress' fiscal year 2008 budget plan and president bush's plan is the discretionary spending level. congress established

Joseph Lieberman

3:35:03 to 3:35:22( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: a level of of $953 billion. the president set his level at at $933 billion. that's a $20 billion difference. now, $20 billion is a very significant amount of money. but it represents just 2% of all

Joseph Lieberman

3:35:22 to 3:35:45( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: discretion aspend ary spending for the federal government for the next fiscal year and represents less than 1% of all federal expenditures. in other words, as a persol of the budget we are dealing with, the

Joseph Lieberman

3:35:45 to 3:35:59( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: enormous budget we're dealing with, this is a difference -- less than 1% -- that reasonable people sharing a loyalty to our country, ought to be able to resolve. it's not a difference that merits --

Joseph Lieberman

3:35:59 to 3:36:18( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: 2%, 1% -- not a difference that merits a shutdown of the united states government in whole or in part. it is a difference that must be bridged by people who understand the budget process and aring

Joseph Lieberman

3:36:18 to 3:36:36( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: are willing to forge consensus. congressman nussle has considerable experience if in budgetary matters as chairman of the house budget committee and on the house ways and means committee. during his

Joseph Lieberman

3:36:36 to 3:36:56( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: confirmation hearing, madam president, before the homeland security and governmental affairs committee, i asked congressman nussle if he would be willing to advise president bush to remain open to compromise

Joseph Lieberman

3:36:56 to 3:37:17( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: on spending levels to avoid a governmental shut down. he responded -- and i quote -- "i will remain open and i need to remai open." that's part of the reason why i voted to report congressman nussle's

Joseph Lieberman

3:37:17 to 3:37:33( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: nomination out of committee favorably. i repeat, based on his experience, based on his intelligence, he is comfortably within the range, in my judgment, of people who can serve as director of the office of

Joseph Lieberman

3:37:33 to 3:37:49( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: management and budgeting and he is the person that president bush has said -- sent before us. but, i will say that to me it is critically important that congressman nussle keep the promise he made to our

Joseph Lieberman

3:37:49 to 3:38:01( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: committee that he will do everything everything if his power as the next director of office and management and budgeting to avoid confrontation for funding the federal government in the operations

Joseph Lieberman

3:38:01 to 3:38:13( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: of 2008. i ask unanimous consent for up to an additional five minutes which i hope i will not use from the time that has been allocated to me. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection,

Joseph Lieberman

3:38:13 to 3:38:26( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: so ordered. mr. lieberman: achieving compromise on the fiscal year appropriations bill is only one of the o.m.b. director's many critical responsibilities. he also has to help the president prepare and

Joseph Lieberman

3:38:26 to 3:38:41( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: execute the budget for the following year across 14 cabinet departments and more than 100 executive agencies, boards and commissions. the director recommends where every taxpayer dollar is spent overseas,

Joseph Lieberman

3:38:41 to 3:39:01( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: how each agency's programs are managed and reviews vital roles for public health, worker safety, and environmental protection. the o.m.b. director is also the chief management officer of theeing

Joseph Lieberman

3:39:01 to 3:39:17( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: if thefederal government, the largest entity of this kind or any kind in the world today overseeing how agencies conduct procurement and manage information, technology, and carry out their operations.

Joseph Lieberman

3:39:17 to 3:39:34( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: the numbers here, and i want to pause for a moment to stress the "m" part of o.m.b., the management part, which is often overlooked because it's the "b" -- the budgeng -- that is the most publicly

Joseph Lieberman

3:39:34 to 3:39:53( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: visible. the numbers are startling and disturbing and demand our attention and will, if confirmed, demand congress man nussle's attention. government spending on contract has exploded while the overseeing

Joseph Lieberman

3:39:53 to 3:40:12( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: has shrunk causing widely publicized and i add infuriating examples of waste and the problem will only worsen in the yours ahead if we do not act to better protect the taxpayer dollars. the united

Joseph Lieberman

3:40:12 to 3:40:31( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: states government is the largest buyer of goods and services if the in the world. i repeat, the ug ug is united states government is the large of the buyer of goods in the world. between 2000 and

Joseph Lieberman

3:40:31 to 3:40:50( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: 2006 spending on government contracts has grown from $219 billion a year to $415 billion. that is an astounding 89% increase. yet the number of federal acquisition specialests -- the people who

Joseph Lieberman

3:40:50 to 3:41:02( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: negotiate and oversee the contracts for this this $415 billion -- these people in public have dropped dramatically. this is over a significant period of downsizing of the workforce in the 1990's

Joseph Lieberman

3:41:02 to 3:41:18( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: and a small decrease in the last six years in response t an enormous increase in contracting. the numbers are particularly striking at the department of defense where the workforce has declined by nearly

Joseph Lieberman

3:41:18 to 3:41:40( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: 50% since the mid-1990's. government-wide the workforce is about to shrink even further if nothing is done since roughly half the current federal workforce is eligible to retire within the next

Joseph Lieberman

3:41:40 to 3:41:53( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: four years. so, it is imer testify that imperative he pay particular attention to this challenge, federal government buying, contracting, which involves more than $400 billion of taxpayer' hard earned dollars.

Joseph Lieberman

3:41:53 to 3:42:08( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: let me conclude by saying what has been said in brief, i have had serious concerns about how budget responsibilities have been dealt with by the administration over the last 6 1/2 years. while i understand

Joseph Lieberman

3:42:08 to 3:42:25( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: that the next director will not begin with a blank slate his performance will be judged by how well he comes to grips with some of these inherited problems. the next o.m.b. director will likely be president

Joseph Lieberman

3:42:25 to 3:42:42( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: bush's last o.m.b. director. he will have the opportunity to crafpolicy that will be a lasting legacy -- let's hope it's a lasting legacy of responsibility and fairness. i urge that if confirmed, congressman

Joseph Lieberman

3:42:42 to 3:42:54( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: nussle take a long look at tt legacy and work to achieve both the fiscal soundness and fatherness that has too often be absent from this administration's record to date. for the past self years, we

Joseph Lieberman

3:42:54 to 3:43:11( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: have wrestled with the politics of partisan confrontation here in washington and generally speaking, not only have all of us lost, but, more importantly, the american people and the public interest

Joseph Lieberman

3:43:11 to 3:43:26( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: have lost of the as the 2008 election season shifts now into high gear we cannot let that increasingly partisan environment culminate in fiscal and governmental chaos. to meet our obligations, we must

Joseph Lieberman

3:43:26 to 3:43:45( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: work together as voters demand, for the greater go of our country. jim nussle will have a great opportunity and an equally good responsibility to see to it that we do just that. i thank the chair. i yield the

Joseph Lieberman

3:43:45 to 3:43:57( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: floor. the presiding officer: under the previous order the senator from vermont is recognized. mr. sanders: thank you very much, madam president. and let me began by thanking the majority leader, senator

Bernard Sanders

3:43:57 to 3:44:14( Edit History Discussion )

Bernard Sanders: reid and senator conrad for their statements in opposition to the nussle nomination. i think that is the right position and i appreciate them speaking out on it. as a member of the budget committee i placed

Bernard Sanders

3:43:57 to 4:22:29( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bernard Sanders

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