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Senate Proceeding on Sep 23rd, 2010 :: 7:30:35 to 7:47:55
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Sherrod Brown

7:30:31 to 7:30:52( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: why we need to pass this legislation now. thank you very much, mr. president. i yield the floor. i note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: will the senator withhold her request? ms. klobuchar: thank you. the presiding officer: the senator from ohio is recognized. mr. brown: thank you, mr. president. i appreciate the comments of senator klobuchar, who has been a real leader on moving forward

Sherrod Brown

7:30:35 to 7:47:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Sherrod Brown

Sherrod Brown

7:30:53 to 7:31:13( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: on this legislation on food safety. it's so important to our country. i'm so sorry that pretty much one obstructionist -- or a whole party of unfortunately, have blocked this, and one senator in particular has kept us from moving on this bipartisan bill. it's one of the sad chapters of this united states senate that a

Sherrod Brown

7:31:14 to 7:31:34( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: small minority again can block us from doing the things that we -- from doing our jobs, what we ought to be doing. mr. president, i want to talk for a moment about some positive developments in my state. a couple of weeks ago, i went to lordstown, ohio. it's a general motors plant.

Sherrod Brown

7:31:35 to 7:31:55( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: they were -- governor strickland was asked to drive the first, i believe, red cruze, chevy cruze, their highest mileage new car off the line. it was followed by a white cruze and a blue cruze. the symbolism of that and the beauty of that and the inspiration of that in many ways

Sherrod Brown

7:31:56 to 7:32:16( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: was all about what's -- what's happened here in the last 18 1/2 months to the auto industry. and i'm particularly proud of this. i don't come to the floor and endorse one particular company ever. i wouldn't do that. but i'm proud of this because of what it looked like a year and a half ago. 18 months ago, we rember what happened. barack obama took the oath of

Sherrod Brown

7:32:17 to 7:32:38( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: office. the banks had about imploded. we knew that the financial system was close to collapse. we knew the auto industry was facing bankruptcy. president obama took office in the midst of losing 700,000 jobs a month, and president bush was

Sherrod Brown

7:32:39 to 7:32:59( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: leaving office to -- having left us the largest in history at that time, the largest budget deficit in the history of the united states of america. that's where we started 18 months ago. mr. president, when you think about what it meant in the auto industry -- and i know that my state is considered an auto state. new mexico may not, but new mexico has some number of component manufacturers and a

Sherrod Brown

7:33:00 to 7:33:21( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: lot of car dealerships. the car dealership in taos or albuquerque or truth or consequences or anywhere else in the state is often so involved in the community, helping little league, helping scholarships, all the kinds of things that the good citizens, especially auto dealers, do. but i -- i think about what this meant 18 months ago when this

Sherrod Brown

7:33:22 to 7:33:42( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: auto industry was about to crash, literally -- (the pun -- but the auto industry, what it would have meant in my state, it would have meant tens of thousands of retirees who would have possibly lost significant amounts of pension and health care that they had, as 25, 0, 40-year employees of general motors or chrysler.

Sherrod Brown

7:33:43 to 7:34:03( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: we know it would have meant a huge number of lost jobs, thousands of lost jobs just in the auto companies, let alone all the suppliers, what are called tier one suppliers, tier two suppliers. those small companies, small and medium-sized companies that are suppliers. they -- the machi

Sherrod Brown

7:34:04 to 7:34:25( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: and die makers, stamping plants, all kinds of companies that make components that go into the auto industry, that go into the trucks and the cars, they would have gone out of business. we knew all this was about to happen. because of the recovery act and because this government decided -- president obama and the democrats in the house and senate, in spite of the naysayers, in spite of the

Sherrod Brown

7:34:26 to 7:34:46( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: people out there that said let the market work, the auto industry collapses, it's the market speaking, just let the market work, let the free market work. if we had listened to them, listened to the naysayers, listen to the people, the doom and gloom crowd, my state would have gone into depression. we would have lost thousands of auto jobs, senior citizens relying on those pensions and

Sherrod Brown

7:34:47 to 7:35:07( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: health care would have been in many cases abandoned. the dealerships, the component manufacturers and the auto company employees themselves would have been out of work. and as i said, we didn't listen to the conservative politicians that said let the market work, we didn't listen to the naysayers, we didn't listen to the doom and gloom crowd. it's not our problem, the federal government has got no

Sherrod Brown

7:35:08 to 7:35:29( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: business. well, the fact is the federal government invested in the auto industry. instead of losing 700,000 jobs a month as we were when president obama took office 18, 19 months ago, we're now gaining jobs. we have gained jobs in this country in the private sector for seven or eight straight months. not enough, not even close to what we want to do in new mexico or ohio or in any other state,

Sherrod Brown

7:35:30 to 7:35:51( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: but clearly we have seen -- we have seen some good things happen. now, what's happened in the auto industry, it is particularly interesting. this g.m. plant in lordstown right where i was -- and i have been there many times, a couple of weeks ago where i was with governor strickland. we have seen -- there are 4,500 people working in that plant.

Sherrod Brown

7:35:52 to 7:36:12( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: they just added 1,100 jobs to the third shift, the chevy cruze. what's particularly great about that if you're the senator from ohio, in defiance, ohio, that's where they make the engines for the chevy cruze. if you travel northeast of there to a toledo suburb called northwood, they make the bumpers. if you go into the city of toledo, that's where they make

Sherrod Brown

7:36:13 to 7:36:33( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: the transmission. east into parma, ohio, that's where they stamped most of the components for the chevy cruze. then east to the youngstown area, they do some of the stamping and that's where they do the assembly. so hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of new jobs created up and down -- well, thousands up and down the supply chain from

Sherrod Brown

7:36:34 to 7:36:54( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: the most basic bolt and the most basic component in an engine or the most basic component in the car door or anywhere else in that car to the ultimate assembly in lordstown, it means thousands of jobs. again, if we listen to the doom and gloom crowd, the naysayers never would have happened. i think, mr. president, we also should look at -- we also need

Sherrod Brown

7:36:55 to 7:37:15( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: to learn from history. when government is in partnership with the private sector, with private businesses and communities, some pretty good things can happen. just take this for a moment. for eight years, january, 1993, to january, 2001, president clinton during his time as president, we saw a 22 million private sector net job increase.

Sherrod Brown

7:37:16 to 7:37:39( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: 22 million new job increase during the clinton years. we also saw wages go up in this country, and president clinton left us with the largest budget, the largest budget surplus in american history. 22 million jobs, increasing in wages, largest budget surplus in american history. the next eight years, january 1 -- january 20, 2001 to

Sherrod Brown

7:37:40 to 7:38:00( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: january 20 at eight years of president bush. one million job increase, one million, not even enough to take care of our sons and daughters who have graduated from high school and entering the work force, coming out of the army, coming out of high school, coming out of college, not even enough to absorb the new population growth. wages were flat or went down for

Sherrod Brown

7:38:01 to 7:38:23( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: the great majority of americans during those eight years, and president bush left us with record budget deficits. so 22 million jobs, one million jobs. incomes went up, incomes flat and went down. huge, biggest budget surplus in american history. record deficit, budget deficit under the bush years. if you go back further, when i

Sherrod Brown

7:38:24 to 7:38:45( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: hear the republicans here, my collea the aisle, when they talk about this philosophy, when you cut taxes on the rich, when you cut taxes on corporations, you're going to have job growth. well, nice try. it's not what happens. during the -- after the ronald reagan tax cuts for the rich in 1981, the next 16 months we had decling employment in this country. 16 months in a row of lost jobs

Sherrod Brown

7:38:46 to 7:39:06( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: after this tax cut which was most of -- going to make the economy take off. fast forward to 1993, president clinton, yeah, he had some tax increases on the wealthiest taxpayers, and he also had some budget cuts and he moved toward the balanced budget. employment took off, 22 m jobs. president bush, 2001. big tax cuts for the rich in 2001.

Sherrod Brown

7:39:07 to 7:39:27( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: big tax cuts for the rich in 2003. no increase -- basically, no real significant increase in jobs during those eight years. and now, the mantra of republicans, those that are on the ballot this year and those that sit across the aisle from me, the mantra again is let's do more tax cuts because that increases jobs. it doesn't. what increases jobs is investment in education,

Sherrod Brown

7:39:28 to 7:39:48( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: investment in health care, investment reducing the deficit, all the things that republicans pay lip service to but in the end simply don't deliver on. mr. president, we have an opportunity next monday, this coming monday we're going to bring a bill to the floor that is the other part of this how do

Sherrod Brown

7:39:49 to 7:40:09( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: we create jobs, and that is we are going to begin to finally move to fix some of our tax law and then next will be some of our trade law so that we quit 30% of our g.d.p. in 1980 was manufacturing, almost 30%. now it's down to 11% of our gross domestic product is

Sherrod Brown

7:40:10 to 7:40:31( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: manufacturing. a big part of that is trade policy, which the presiding officer opposed when he was in the house of representatives. nntr with china and the central american free trade agreement. before that, when i was in the house my first year, the north american free trade agreement, which we opposed those trade agreements coupled with tax law

Sherrod Brown

7:40:32 to 7:40:52( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: that has encouraged companies to move overseas, those days have got to be behind us. what we're going to do on monday night is vote on legislation that will begin to turn the corner. we will begin to take away those tax incentives for companies to go overseas and replace them with tax incentives for businesses that manufacture in shelby, ohio, and in ravenna,

Sherrod Brown

7:40:53 to 7:41:14( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: ohio, and in zanesville, ohio, and all over this country. at the same time, president obama, the first president in years in either party, president obama is beginning to enforce trade law. we know what that meant in findlay, ohio, when he enforced trade laws with the international trade commission, the department of commerce. when chinese tires that have

Sherrod Brown

7:41:15 to 7:41:35( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: been dumped, sold illegally into this country. when president obama enforced those trade rules against -- against the breaking of the law that the chinese government did, immediately we saw several hundred jobs created, 100 of them in findlay, ohio, several hundreds jobs created all over the country. when the president did the same thing, when something called oil

Sherrod Brown

7:41:36 to 7:41:56( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: country tubular steel, it's the seemless steel pipes, the tubes that are used for gas and oil drilling, immediately saw 400 -- a commitment of an investment which will result in 400 jobs in the ohio and a good many jobs in lorain, ohio, a city i lived in

Sherrod Brown

7:41:57 to 7:42:18( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: for a decade, west of cleveland on lake erie. we were able to do that because finally it's the democrats working with president obama that are enforcing trade law and beginning to change tax policy so we see don't care where you live in this country. people are just sick and tired of not being able to find american-made products. this is made in china, this is

Sherrod Brown

7:42:19 to 7:42:40( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: made in india, this is made in brazil, this is made in honduras, this is made in bangladesh. nothing against those countries, but oftentimes, especially the chinese, their government is gaming the system, they are not playing fair on trade. we need a whole different trade regimen, we need a different tax system so ameri no longer going to china to find

Sherrod Brown

7:42:41 to 7:43:02( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: cheap labor, weak environmental rules, unenforced worker safety rules and can produce and then send back to america. mr. president, i think -- i think this is the first time in -- since colonial days where a country -- where the business community, where a lot of large manufacturing companies -- and i make the distinction between large and small because small

Sherrod Brown

7:43:03 to 7:43:24( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: manufacturing companies don't do this, but the large manufacturing companies, ten years ago, they came to lobby congress to pass the permanent normal trade relations with china, ten years ago this month the senate for all intents and purposes sold out american manufacturing. they passed pntr it was called. it used to be called most favored nation status with china. they changed the name because it

Sherrod Brown

7:43:25 to 7:43:49( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: didn't sound very good. china passed -- congress passed that ten years ago. what that's meant is our trade deficit with china has -- has almost tripled in that period of time, and the -- but what business community has done, the large companies have done is this: they have -- they lobbied to change the rules, then they

Sherrod Brown

7:43:50 to 7:44:10( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: moved production from -- from st. clairesville, ohio, and portsmouth, ohio, to shanghai and beijing and guanjo, china, to make these products and then they sold them back to the united states. i don't think, mr. president, since colonial times that large companies in one country have adopted that kind of business

Sherrod Brown

7:44:11 to 7:44:34( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: plan, a business plan where you move production out of your country, you make it somewhere else, add all that value to those products and then sell them back into the country where the -- into the home country where the company -- where the corporation headquarters is located. mr. president, it doesn't make sense for us. it means far too many lost jobs.

Sherrod Brown

7:44:35 to 7:44:55( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: i'll give one example. there is an industry where many ohio companies are involved, the paper industry. there is a specific kind of paper called -- called -- it's a glossy paper in magazines, and it's a -- it's produced -- china didn't have an industry. it's called coated paper, coated paper. 12 years ago, china did not have

Sherrod Brown

7:44:56 to 7:45:17( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: a coated paper industry. they began it similar to the last decade when they built wind and solar, clean energy industries, and are now starting to lead the world in those industries as we've sort of unilaterally disarmed. but the chinese started this coated paper industry a dozen years ago. now, get this, they buy most of their coated paper -- they most of the pulp in brazil.

Sherrod Brown

7:45:18 to 7:45:38( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: so they cut down -- they grow the trees -- they cut down the trees in brazil, ship the wood to china, to chinese paper mills, they manufactured the coated paper in -- they manufacture the coated paper in china, they ship it back to the united states and they underprice american paper companies who buy the wood, sometimes within a few miles or a few hundred miles of where

Sherrod Brown

7:45:39 to 7:46:00( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: they are, and produce it. which tells me they're not -- i mean, even though wages are less in china, even though they don't have much enforcement of environmental rules or worker safety rules, it's pretty clear that they're gaming the system with currency, with subsidies, with free land, with all the kinds of things the chinese communist party z. and, mr. president, until we begin to enforce those kinds of trade laws so we play fair and we

Sherrod Brown

7:46:01 to 7:46:21( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: compete, we're going to continue to lose manufacturing jobs. that's why monday night important first step as this congress -- as this senate moves forward on -- on dealing with the problem of outsourcing jobs. there's -- there are a few things we can do in this body -- there are few things we can do in it body more important than to rebuild manufacturing. we know how to make things in this state.

Sherrod Brown

7:46:22 to 7:46:43( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: my state is the third largest manufacturing state in the country behind only california and texas, which are two and three times the size of ohio in population. we know how to make things. we know how to make big things. we know how to make little things. and we have the largest ketchup manufacturer in the tbhorld free -- world in freemont, ohio. we have the largest insulation

Sherrod Brown

7:46:44 to 7:47:09( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: company making fiberglass plant anywhere in the united states in newark, ohio. we know thousand make things in our state. we just need the opportunity. we need a level playing field. we need tax law and trade law to put the united states of america on a level playing field. we know we can compete with anybody. we just need the opportunity mr. president, i yield the floor and suggest the absence of a quorum. will call the roll.

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