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Senate Proceeding 09-22-09 on Sep 22nd, 2009 :: 1:05:00 to 1:14:30
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Jim DeMint

1:05:00 to 1:14:30( Edit History Discussion )
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Jim DeMint

1:05:01 to 1:05:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: quorum call: officer the senator from south carolina. mr. demint: are we in a quorum call? the presiding officer: we are. mr. demint: i would ask it be suspended. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. demint: i would like to talk about an issue that is important to our country t involves our food it involves thousands of jobs. while it may appear just to affect we're getting from around the

Jim DeMint

1:05:23 to 1:05:44( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: country is that this is very much a national issue. and i have an amendment to address it which i would like to discuss. this amendment, where i believe if we would take the time we could find agreement t addsses a major problem and the senator from california -- in the

Jim DeMint

1:05:45 to 1:06:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: senator from california's state, but it also addresses a problem that affects the nation's food supply by allowing us to focus on balancing jobs, economy, food with environmental laws. as the chairman knows, there's a major water problem in

Jim DeMint

1:06:06 to 1:06:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: california's central valley. some very narrowly interested environmental groups have used the endangered species act to shut off water to a region that produces 13% of the nation's food supply. the result has been devastating. the land is dry, crops have been destroyed, and tens of thousands

Jim DeMint

1:06:27 to 1:06:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: of jobs -- tens of thousands of people are out of work. a recent university of california-davis study found that up to 40,000 jobs will be lost by the end of this year. and in one city, the unemployment rate has reached 40%. mr. president, this is certainly

Jim DeMint

1:06:50 to 1:07:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: a local water crisis, but it' its it has also become a national issue. the problem has been the subject of several national television promises prams and people across the country are beginning to realize that this problem west coast could touch us all in the form of higher food prices if we don't address it. it is also another precedent

Jim DeMint

1:07:14 to 1:07:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: that affects my state as environmentalists have really swung the balance away from good that seems much more radical to us: the development of our port in south carolina, the passage of ships. you see development all arod the country being affected. so we need to focus on this

Jim DeMint

1:07:35 to 1:07:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: issue in this bill, and this is a good place for the amendment. it's almost impossible to overstate the value of california's agriculture to the nation's economy. most of which most of the food supply we'r talking about is right in the central valley. this region provides the lion's

Jim DeMint

1:07:56 to 1:08:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: share of california's crops, which account for -- and i want to stress this -- 94% of america's tomatoes, 93% oour broccoli, 89% of our carrots, 86% of our garlic, 78% of our lettuce, 90% of our

Jim DeMint

1:08:18 to 1:08:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: strawberries, and 88% of our grapes. just to name a few. we can har issue of one state. this is a national issue that we need to address. people are also coming to realize that if we don't begin to bring a measure of balance back to our environmental laws, special interest groups and activity courts will be able to

Jim DeMint

1:08:41 to 1:09:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: use this statute and others to destroy thousands of jobs at a time when our country is in recession. i want to thank the chairman of the subcommtee for her work on this issue. the senior senator from california has been a leader herhere. she's pledged to work with the department of interior and she

Jim DeMint

1:09:04 to 1:09:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: called for a review of the science underlying the two opinions thatreated this man-made drought. my simple and represents a modest and balanced approach. it turns the water back on for one year to provide time leaders at the local, state, and federal levels to find a long-term solution.

Jim DeMint

1:09:27 to 1:09:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: but it will also give farmers the predictability they need to plan for next year's crops. they can't make the loans and get the seeds and plow the fields if they know in december the water will be turned off again and won't be turned back on until after july. you can't farm with that type of unpredictability. and, mr. president, i know there

Jim DeMint

1:09:49 to 1:10:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: are those who say there is no problem because the pumps are currently on, but those pumps are set to shut off in december, leavingentral valley farms dry as planting season comes around. i will add that my amendment has precedent. in fact, the last time that this environmental provision was

Jim DeMint

1:10:11 to 1:10:31( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: waived was in 2003, when water was turned off in new mexico. at that time the senate voted unanimously for a bill that included a complete waiver of e.s.a. for two years, which was even more aggressive than what i'm proposing today. i know this is a very important issue to the senator from

Jim DeMint

1:10:32 to 1:10:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: california, and support my amendment. i know many people are working on long-term solutions, but we need to do something now. the provision in the bill to study this is likely to take two years. we're likely to lose another two years of farm products as wl as thousands of jobs in the central valley.

Jim DeMint

1:10:54 to 1:11:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: this is not something that i have made up on my own here. a number of groups, farm groups in california as well as the national council, the national cotton council of america, the toleri farm bureau, fresno county farm bureau, kings county

Jim DeMint

1:11:16 to 1:11:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: farm bureau, families protecting the valley, west lands water district -- i've got a whole page of large groups that involve many jobs and families in california and across the country that are supporting this amendment which won't cost the taxpayers anything but will actually create jobs, put people

Jim DeMint

1:11:39 to 1:11:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: back to work and expand the nation's foo we cannot allow a judge or radical environment group to cut off water to people who are producing the supply. my amendment would address this, i think, in a very reasonable

Jim DeMint

1:12:00 to 1:12:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: way, and i'd call on the senator from california to work with me and support this. and at this time i'd like to ask unanimous consent to set aside the pendi my amendment to the desk. the presiding officer: is there mrs. feinstein: mr. president, i would object -- the presiding officer: objection is heard. fine -- but i would like the opportunity to --

Jim DeMint

1:12:21 to 1:12:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: mrs. feinstein: but i would like the opportunity to say why after the presiding officer: the senator fm south carolina. mr. demint: thank you, mr. president. i'm disappointed that we're not able to put this on the floor for debate. certainly it relates to the underlying are so many people and jobs

Jim DeMint

1:12:43 to 1:13:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: across the country depending on us doing something quickly, i like to send a motion to the desk. the presiding officer: the clerk will the clerk: the senator from south carolina, mr. demint,

Jim DeMint

1:13:04 to 1:13:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: moves to recommit the bill, h.r. 2997, to the committee appropriations of the senate with instructions to report the same back to the senate forthwith with the following amendment: number 2500. at the appropriate place insert the following: none of the funds made available by this act may be used by the secretary of the interior to restrict,

Jim DeMint

1:13:26 to 1:13:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: reduce, or reallocate any water as determined in, one, biogical opinion published by the united states fish and wildlife service and dated december and two, the biological opinion published by the national marine fisheries service and dated june 4, mr. demint: i thank you, mr. president. i thank the senator from california. i look forward to more

Jim DeMint

1:13:47 to 1:14:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: discussion on this, because i know there are many people here in the senate concerned about the same issue. there may be better ways to resolve the problem. i'm certainly open to work with anyone. this is an immediate problem. we cannot continue to spend trillions of dollars of taxpayer money to create jobs in this country while we're allowing our government agencies to shut down

Jim DeMint

1:14:08 to 1:14:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: jobs and jeopardize our food supply in this country. we need to be able to act as a body to solve some small problemsnstead of what we're doing here is totally revamp our health care system or major tkhaepbgz do not add -- changes

Jim DeMint

1:14:29 to 1:14:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: that do not address problems in our face.

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