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Senate Proceeding on Sep 17th, 2009 :: 1:05:00 to 1:24:30
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Dianne Feinstein

1:04:56 to 1:05:01( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: i thank the

Dianne Feinstein

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Dianne Feinstein

1:05:22 to 1:05:43( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: yield the floor. mrs. feinstein: madam president? nator from california. mrs. feinstein: madam president, i'm informed that there's 12 minutes left on the democratic side for morning business. i note that there is no one on the i would yield back the presiding officer: the time is yielded back. morning business is closed. under the previous order, the

Dianne Feinstein

1:05:44 to 1:06:07( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: senate will proceed to the consideration of h.r. 2996, which the clerk will the clerk: calendar number 98, h.r. appropriations for the department of environment and related for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2010,

Dianne Feinstein

1:06:17 to 1:06:38( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: other mrs. feinstein: madam president? the presiding officer: the sena mrs. feinstein: thank you very much i'm pleased to join my distinguished colleague, senator alexander, in presenting the fiscal year 2010 interior and related agencies appropriations bill. this is the first year senator alexander and i have worked

Dianne Feinstein

1:06:39 to 1:07:00( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: together as c member of the appropriations subcommittee, and i'm very pleased to report that it could not have been a better experience. we have consulted on several occasions and worked through several different issues. as a result, i think we've produced a fair, balanced, and workable bill.

Dianne Feinstein

1:07:01 to 1:07:21( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: and so i want to thank him very much and his able staff for all their hard work and cooperation. in total, madam chair, the fiscal year 2010 interior appropriations bill provides $32.1 billion in nonemergency discretionary spending.

Dianne Feinstein

1:07:22 to 1:07:42( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: that amount above the equivalent 2009 enacted level. but $225 million below the president's request. and i want to stress that. this bill is $225 million below the president's

Dianne Feinstein

1:07:43 to 1:08:04( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: and the reason is to make it consistent with the subcommittee's 302-b allocation for both budget authority and outlays. our allocation is substantially lower than that of the house of representatives. theref necessarily constrained.

Dianne Feinstein

1:08:05 to 1:08:26( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: we cannot spend above our allocation. so there are going to be several items that are going to be conferencable in that regard. because the committee's report which spells out all of the funding details has been publicly available for more than two months, i won't go through each and every i'd lik

Dianne Feinstein

1:08:27 to 1:08:47( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: strides we've been able to make in five critical areas. water and sewer infrastructure, wild fewer suppression and prevention on bolstering our public land management agencies, investment in the land and water conservation fund, and helping

Dianne Feinstein

1:08:48 to 1:09:08( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: the most vulnerable in indian country. first, in these five key areas, the bill provides $3.6 billion for water and sewer infrastructure projects. i'm very proud of this. that's a very significant increase over last year's level of $1.6 billion.

Dianne Feinstein

1:09:09 to 1:09:30( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: in fact, this is the largest single commitment of funds that has ever been provided in a annual appropriations bill. now let me say something about this. when you look at america's infrastructure, i c i'm old enough, guess i'm delighted i

Dianne Feinstein

1:09:31 to 1:09:52( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: survived -- to rember when everyone could drink water out of every tap anywhere in america. so you can imagine what i thought when i saw the front of young lab from west virginia -- young lad from west virginia with tpeulgz all over his mouth because he couldn't drink water

Dianne Feinstein

1:09:53 to 1:10:14( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: out of the tap when there was other evidence of people in that great state bathing in water that created skin lee that should -- skin lesio. that should not be the case in the united states of america. the significant increase in water and sewer infrastructure, i think,s extraordinari important. additionally, we will have

Dianne Feinstein

1:10:15 to 1:10:36( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: report language in ourl, i hope, in consultation with the ranking member, that will really instruct e.p.a. to put much more regulatory authority in the area of water quality so that we don't run into these are this is something i have not yet had a chance to talk with the ranking member about, but i do

Dianne Feinstein

1:10:37 to 1:10:57( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: intend to do that. when you factor in the $6 billion that was included in the stimulus bill in february, we are providing nearly $10 billion this calendar year to our state and local water authorities. this is a major investment in

Dianne Feinstein

1:10:58 to 1:11:18( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: public infrastructure and one that as a former mayor i strongly support and am very pleased to be able, along with my ranking member, to accomplish. this money will allow our state and local water aut begin to tackle 1,327 waste water and drinking water

Dianne Feinstein

1:11:19 to 1:11:39( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: projects all across this nation. for those that may not be aware, the agency, which add administers these grants, has estimated that over a 20-year period, our communities will need to spend

Dianne Feinstein

1:11:40 to 1:12:00( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: $660 billion -- billion, not million, madam president -- for drinking water and waste water infrastructure, repairs and innovations -- rein separations. obviously we can't provide that these tough tim but what we were able to provide

Dianne Feinstein

1:12:01 to 1:12:22( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: during our reduced allocation will go a long way in helping our communities tackle cruling infrastructure and pvide residents with more reliable and cleaner water. it will also have the benefit of creating thousands of construction jobs to put more americans back to work. secondly, the bill provides $1.8

Dianne Feinstein

1:12:23 to 1:12:43( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: billion for wild land fire suppression activities. and it's very important that we're providing that level of funding, because that's the same amount that has been spent on average in each of the last three fiscal years. so for the than ten years, we will be providing our federal

Dianne Feinstein

1:12:44 to 1:13:05( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: firefighters the resources they need well before they run out of money. the fact that we're providing this level of funding is extremely important. by appropriating up front what we know need, based experience, we allow the forest

Dianne Feinstein

1:13:06 to 1:13:27( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: service and the interior department to break the cycle of borrowing from other accounts and then hoping congress agrees to repay that money. we've been criticized for doing this. it is good, solid in this bill, it has been remedied the bill also includes $107

Dianne Feinstein

1:13:28 to 1:13:50( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: million in grants to help state and l fighting and efforts. that's a 2% increase over 2009 and it provides $556 million for hazardous fuels-reduction projects on federal lands

Dianne Feinstein

1:13:51 to 1:14:13( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: nationwide, a 7% increase over last year. now that's critical. my state is burning up. other states in the west -- we lost 1.5 million acres last year from and so hazardous mitigation of fuels becomes very critical. as importa as it is to provide

Dianne Feinstein

1:14:14 to 1:14:34( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: our federal firefighters with the funds they suppression, just as important that we make these fuel-reduction funds available so that these agencies can to get in front of the problem and prevent these catastrophic wild land fires or at least reduce their catastrophic potential.

Dianne Feinstein

1:14:35 to 1:14:55( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: e money provided in this bill will allow the forest service and the inter fire-prone federal lands. that's 3.35 million acres of fire-prone federal this will reduce the risk of

Dianne Feinstein

1:14:56 to 1:15:16( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: catastrophic wildfires, like the one being fought right now in southern california. and let me say something about that fire. the station fire in southern california is sti burning in the foothills of los angeles. the fire has swept through canyons that are drowning under decades' worth of dense

Dianne Feinstein

1:15:17 to 1:15:39( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: vegetation. as of tuesday, the fire has burned 160,000 acres, destroyed 183 homes and other buildings, and cost more than $90 million to fight. more than 8 have battled the blaze, and tragically, two firefighters

Dianne Feinstein

1:15:40 to 1:16:02( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: have lost their lives. the station fire is now the largest fire in los angeles county history. it's also a reminder of how important it is to increase funding for fuels reduction and fire suppression, and i am very proud that this bill accomplishes both things.

Dianne Feinstein

1:16:03 to 1:16:23( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: third, the bill shores up our public land management agencies by providing a total of $6 billion for basic operations and backlog maintenance of our national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and on management land. for too long we've neglected

Dianne Feinstein

1:16:24 to 1:16:44( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: these agencies and forced program cuts on them by underfunding the fixed costs they incur every year. in this bill, fixed costs are fully funded. that's important. included in these funds are $2.2

Dianne Feinstein

1:16:45 to 1:17:06( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: billion for basic opera our national parks -- our national parks, 391 of them, an increase of $130 million. these funds will allow the park serv the 3,000 seasonal employees

Dianne Feinstein

1:17:07 to 1:17:28( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: that have made a real difference in the condition and enjoyment of our parks. additional maintenance personnel -- aitional law enforcement officers, and additional park rangers will all be brought back as a way of enhancing the visitor experience now and preparing our parks for the

Dianne Feinstein

1:17:29 to 1:17:51( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: centennial in 2016. our national parks are jewels throughout the united states of america. they cannot be allowed to grow into poor condition. they must be maintained and they must be operated properly. and als

Dianne Feinstein

1:17:52 to 1:18:12( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: that the funding being provided in this bill will allow the service to continue the drug eradication program started next year. and i can tell you, in california this has become a major problem, with literally hundreds of thousands of acres

Dianne Feinstein

1:18:13 to 1:18:33( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: in our national parks taken over by mexican cartels who have moved in to the back areas and set up marijuana production facilities. they are armed, their danger arks and they have taken the resources -- they are dangerous, and they have taken the

Dianne Feinstein

1:18:34 to 1:18:55( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: resources of local, state, and federal officers to go in and route these areas out and also eradicate the planing that has been done. more than $10 million has been made available so law enforcement personnel can work with other federal and state agencies to extricate the illegal drug operations that are

Dianne Feinstein

1:18:56 to 1:19:16( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: increasingly invadg our national parks. and thi limited to the park service. included in the $1.56 billion in a bill provides for operation of the national forests is a new $10 million increase for the forest service's law enforcement program.

Dianne Feinstein

1:19:17 to 1:19:37( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: these funds mean that the service will be able to hire up to 50 new law enforcement officers to battle the epidemic of these marijuana gardens on our public lands. and the bill also contains a $5 million increase to begin cleaning up more than 25,000

Dianne Feinstein

1:19:38 to 1:19:58( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: acres of forestlands nationwide that have suffered environmental damage because of these the word is "gardens." i these drug projects. so i will just say "drug projects." fourth, the bill increases the production -- excuse me, the

Dianne Feinstein

1:19:59 to 1:20:20( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: protection and cefertion of sensitive -- and con sensitive lands by providing $419 million through the land and water conservation fund. that amount, $262 million, is set aside for four federal management agencies for conservation of sensitive lands that provide habitat to

Dianne Feinstein

1:20:21 to 1:20:44( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: and recreation visitors. $55 million is for conservation easements through the forest legacy program. and $54 million is for acquisitions associated with habitat conservation plans. and $35 million is for state grants through the park service's state assistance program.

Dianne Feinstein

1:20:45 to 1:21:05( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: finally, the bill helps some of providing a total of $6.6 billion for the indian health service and the bureau of indian affairs. there is an the 2009-enacted level and the bill includes increases of $450 million in direct health care

Dianne Feinstein

1:21:06 to 1:21:27( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: services. $81 million in k-12 and college education programs, and million in law enforcement programs, which will allow for additional police officer staffi on the streets and in detention centers. with these funds, more than

Dianne Feinstein

1:21:28 to 1:21:49( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: 10,000 will take place that would not otherwise hpen. this means additional well-baby care to prevent problems before they happen. it means additional alcohol and substance abuse treatment, which is truly alague in indian country. and it means

Dianne Feinstein

1:21:50 to 1:22:11( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: health nursing visits so that those rural areas are not left out. funding provided to the bureau of iian affairs will improve programs and the bureau's 183 schools. the $81 million increase in ed the bureau to substantially

Dianne Feinstein

1:22:12 to 1:22:32( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: increase the number of schools that meet the adequate yearly progress goals spelled out in "no child left behind." for the first time -- and i'm proud of this -- nearly half of all schools will meet this milestone. additional funding for law enforcement programs will allow

Dianne Feinstein

1:22:33 to 1:22:53( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: the bureau to increase throughout indian country. but it's not just funding for staff that's going to make a real difference. the bill includes a threefold increase in funds for repair and rehabilitation of detention facilities. too

Dianne Feinstein

1:22:54 to 1:23:14( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: are forced to spend useless time transporting detainees, sometimes hundreds of miles, to be incarcerated in adequate detention facilities. these funds will allow the bureau to repair several local facilities so that less time is spent in transit. all in all, mr. president, i

Dianne Feinstein

1:23:15 to 1:23:35( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: believe senator have been fair and conscientious in crafting this bill, and i urge my colleagues to let us move forward with this measure as soon as possible. i want my ranking member to know at i am very proud of this bill, not only because it is a

Dianne Feinstein

1:23:36 to 1:23:56( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: good bill, it's the first start that we have had together. and i look forward where we can build our fire suppression, our care and concern for our national parks, the smithsonian, all of the 19 institutions it represents, the kennedy center, and all of the

Dianne Feinstein

1:23:57 to 1:24:18( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: various -- that we are concerned with in this appropriations bill. it is to put forward figures, but a both of us have learned from our prior lives, budgets and appropriations condition policy. and so i think this is not only

Dianne Feinstein

1:24:19 to 1:24:30( Edit History Discussion )

Dianne Feinstein: a good appropriation bill, but it's a very good policy bill for the departments that are included within the bill, and its a been a sheer delight for me to work with you, senator

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