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Senate Proceeding on Sep 24th, 2009 :: 5:37:00 to 5:45:50
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Susan Collins

5:36:56 to 5:37:19( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: hasanted to do for decades. so i would hope that the senators would look this amendment. ms. collins: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from maine. ms. collins: thank you, mr. president. mr. president, what is the

Susan Collins

5:37:00 to 5:45:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Susan Collins

Susan Collins

5:37:20 to 5:37:41( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: pending amendment? the presiding officer: the clerk will read the reid amendment. the pending amendment is the reid amendment. ms. collins: thank you, mr. president. mr. president, prior to senator reid offering his proposal, the pending business before senate

Susan Collins

5:37:42 to 5:38:05( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: was an amendment that i offered earlier designed to promote better transparency, accountability, and oversight within our government. i'm deeply disappointed that a

Susan Collins

5:38:06 to 5:38:26( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: procedural tactic will prevent an up or down vo amendment which is designed to bring the proliferation of czars under the normal process. mr. president, the amendment that i proposed would have ensured that the 18 new czar

Susan Collins

5:38:27 to 5:38:48( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: positions appointed by t administration could be held accountable congress- couldn't be held -- could be held accountable to congress and the american people. the proliferation of of current administration to manage so of the most complex and most important issues facing our country has created serious

Susan Collins

5:38:49 to 5:39:09( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: problems in oversight, accountability, and transparency. it is of great ccern to me, mr. president, that these positions congressional requirements for oversight. they

Susan Collins

5:39:10 to 5:39:30( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: constitutional process by which the senate is supposed to give advice and consent to major policy positions within our government. mr. president, i have a list 18 new czar positions that have been created by this

Susan Collins

5:39:31 to 5:39:51( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: administration that i would ask unanimous consent be made part of the record. the presiding officer: without objection. ms. collins: many of the czars on this list seem to either duplicate or dilute the statutory authority and

Susan Collins

5:39:52 to 5:40:12( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: responsibilities that congress cabinet-level officials and other senior executive branch officials who go through the normal constitutional process whereby the senate gives its consent to these nominees. as i said when i first introduced this

Susan Collins

5:40:13 to 5:40:34( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: not consider every positions that been identified as a czar in various problematic. some of those positions are established by law. some of them are subject to senate confirmation.

Susan Collins

5:40:35 to 5:40:56( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: rather my amendment is carefully tailored to cover so that it would not -- so that it would not cover, it would not apply to positions recognized in law or senate -- subject to senate confirmation. for example, the proposal that i have would not apply to the director of national

Susan Collins

5:40:57 to 5:41:19( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: intelligence, to the national securi adviser, to the homeland security adviser, to the chairman of the recovery accountability and transparency board, to the so-called information or regulatory czar within o.m.b. these positions, because they

Susan Collins

5:41:20 to 5:41:41( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: are recognized in law or they are subject to sate confirmation, simply do not raise the same kinds of concerns about accountability, transpains, oversight -- transparency, oversight and vetting. instead, my amendment has been carefully tailored to cover

Susan Collins

5:41:42 to 5:42:02( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: officials that the president has unilaterally designated as responsible for significant policy matters. it would not have covered the president's chief of staff, for example, and it -- it would not cover less senior whe house

Susan Collins

5:42:03 to 5:42:26( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: officials despite some now, mr. president, because the white house has raised so many objeions to my amendment, i have offered to sit down with the white narrow the scope of the amendments still further to address any concerns that the

Susan Collins

5:42:27 to 5:42:48( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: white house might have. unfortunately the white house failed to provide any modifications amendment. instead they just said that they did not want any of these officials to be called to testify before c and let me explain exactly what

Susan Collins

5:42:49 to 5:43:12( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: my amendment would have done so you can see, mr. president, how modest, indeed, was. it simply would have required that the president certify to congress that officials in these important positions would respond to all reasonable

Susan Collins

5:43:13 to 5:43:34( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: requests to provide information to congressional committees with jurisdiction over the issues at -- involved. second, it simply would have required these officials to submit a biannual report to congressional committees with

Susan Collins

5:43:35 to 5:43:57( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: jurisdiction describing the activities of the official and his or her office and any rule, regulation, or policy that the official participated or assisted in the development policy. mr. president, that's it. that's it.

Susan Collins

5:43:58 to 5:44:19( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: how can we that kind of accountability, transparency, it is our job as members of congress to conduct such oversight. we administration sets up a

Susan Collins

5:44:20 to 5:44:43( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: structure where there is an energy czar, an urban affairs czar, an cybersecurity czar. the list goes on and on and on. and it creates, mr. president, confus who is making policy.

Susan Collins

5:44:44 to 5:45:04( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: let's take the area of health care. is the this administration dideparle, who is the health care czar within the executive office of the president, a person, by the way, for whom i have the

Susan Collins

5:45:05 to 5:45:26( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: or is it senate-confirmed kathleen sebelius, the secretary of who's in charge? who do we hold a what the president has done by creating so many czar positions within the white house that

Susan Collins

5:45:27 to 5:45:49( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: appear to duplicate the executive branch officials that are subject to senate confirmation is to blur the lines not good for our system of government. and it is not this

Susan Collins

5:45:50 to 5:45:50( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: be the most transparent

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