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Senate Proceeding on Sep 27th, 2008 :: 3:09:57 to 3:36:35
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Jon Kyl

3:00:12 to 3:09:57( Edit History Discussion )
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Jon Kyl

3:09:21 to 3:09:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Kyl: officer: without objection. ms. landrieu: thank you.nk i ask unanimous consent that the judiciary committee be discharged from further consideration of s. 3569 and that the senate proceed to its immediate

Mary Landrieu

3:09:57 to 3:10:05( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: consideration. the presiding officer: clrt. ms. landrieu: i ask unanimous consent -- the clerk: s. 3569, a bill to make improvements in the operation and administration of the federal courts and for

Mary Landrieu

3:09:57 to 3:36:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mary Landrieu

Mary Landrieu

3:10:05 to 3:10:15( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: other purposes. the presiding officer: the committee is disarn disajed and the senate will proceed to the measure, without objection. ms. landrieu: i ask unanimous consent the bill be read a third time

Mary Landrieu

3:10:15 to 3:10:29( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and passed, the motion to reconsider be laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate, and any statements relating to the bill be placed in the record at the appropriate place as if

Mary Landrieu

3:10:29 to 3:10:41( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: read. the presiding officer: without objection. ms. landrieu: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to the immediate consideration of s.3641, introduced earlier today. the

Mary Landrieu

3:10:41 to 3:10:49( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: s. 3641, a bill to authorize funding for the national crime victim law institute and so forth and for other purposes. the presiding officer: without

Mary Landrieu

3:10:49 to 3:10:59( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: objection, the senate proceeds to the measure. ms. landrieu: i ask unanimous consent that the bill be read a third time and passed, motion to reconsider moshing, and that any statement relating to

Mary Landrieu

3:10:59 to 3:11:11( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: the bill appear at this point in the record. the presiding officer: without objection. ms. landrieu: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the committee on banking, housing, and urban affairs

Mary Landrieu

3:11:11 to 3:11:20( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: be disparnlged from further consideration family farm h.r. 3229 and the senate proceed to its immediate consideration. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: h.r. 3229, an act to

Mary Landrieu

3:11:20 to 3:11:29( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: require the secretary of the treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the legacy of the united states army infantry and so forth and for other purposes. the presiding officer: without objection, the

Mary Landrieu

3:11:29 to 3:11:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: committee is discharged and the senate proceeds to the measure. ms. landrieu: i ask unanimous consent now that the bill be read a third time and passed, the motion to reconsider be laid on the

Mary Landrieu

3:11:39 to 3:11:51( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: table, and any statements relating to the measure appear in the appropriate place in the record as if read. the presiding officer: without objection. ms. landrieu: mr. president, i ask unanimous

Mary Landrieu

3:11:51 to 3:11:59( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: consent that the banking committee be discharged from further consideration of h.r. 5872 and the senate proceed to its immediate consideration. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: h.r. 5872,

Mary Landrieu

3:11:59 to 3:12:10( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: an act to require the secretary of the treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the centennial of the boy scouts of america and for other purposes. the presiding officer: the committee is discharged,

Mary Landrieu

3:12:10 to 3:12:20( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: without objection, and the senate will proceed t o the mayor. ms. landrieu: i ask unanimous coent the bill be read a third time and passed, the motion to reconsider be laid on the table, and any --

Mary Landrieu

3:12:20 to 3:12:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: with no intervening action or debate, and any statement related to this bill placed in the record at the appropriate place as if read. the presiding officer: without objection. ms. landrie.u: finally,

Mary Landrieu

3:12:39 to 3:12:46( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to the immediate consideration of calendar number 1052, h.r. h.r. 6098. the clerk: h.r. 6098, an act to amend the homeland security

Mary Landrieu

3:12:46 to 3:12:56( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: of 2002 and so forth and for other purposes. the presiding officer: the senate will proceed to the measure. ms. landrieu: i ask unanimous consent that the committee-reported substitute be agreed to, the

Mary Landrieu

3:12:56 to 3:13:08( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: bill as amended be read a third time and passed, the motion to reconsider be laid on the table, with no intervening action or debate, and any statement related thereto be placed in the record as if read

Mary Landrieu

3:13:08 to 3:13:27( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: at the appropriate place. the presiding officer: without objection, it is so ordered. ms. landrieu: thank you, mr. president. i'd like to now proceed to the hour that i've asked the leader to set aside

Mary Landrieu

3:13:27 to 3:13:44( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: for the purposes of discussing in my view a grave oversight that can be correct cd if there is enough political will to do so. and so the purpose of this hour is to try to lay out a case so that

Mary Landrieu

3:13:44 to 3:13:59( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: we can build over the course of the next few days and weeks the will necessary to take an action that, if not taken, could result literally in the bankruptcy of thousands of people and individuals

Mary Landrieu

3:13:59 to 3:14:12( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: in rural communities throughout louisiana and the nation who, through no fault of their own, have been caught up in the disasters of the last few weeks and months, and those disasters are not the disasters

Mary Landrieu

3:14:12 to 3:14:32( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: -- man-made disaster that's happening on wall street as we speak. it's not the purposes for wch a group of senators, both republicans and democrats, have been meeting around the clock for hours. it

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is a disaster of nature's making -- hurricanes, strong winds, heavy rains -- that no one could prevent but we most certainly can stop the economic downturn of the aftermath that will occur. but i'm

Mary Landrieu

3:14:53 to 3:15:16( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: here today because it looks like to me and several of my colleagues that this congress intends to leave without taking any action whatsoever to give even hope to people, thousands of hard-working taxpayers

Mary Landrieu

3:15:16 to 3:15:32( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: that are in this situation. i could and will speak for an hour but this cartoon, mr. president, says it all. this was in the "usa today" yesterday. i really don't think it needs any explanation. i represent

Mary Landrieu

3:15:32 to 3:15:43( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: the lower 9th ward and i'm proud to represent the 9th ward, the lower 9th ward. i also represent plaquemines parish and others that got devastated and basically abandoned in large measure -- in large

Mary Landrieu

3:15:43 to 3:15:59( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: measure -- bias spects of this government -- by aspects of this government that did not come to their aid. it's not just the lower 9th ward. but this cartoon that says we have been building a levee

Mary Landrieu

3:15:59 to 3:16:17( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: for the last several weeks or trying to build a levee around wall street. meanwhile, the rest of the country, whatever. well, out there in the rest of the country -- whatever -- which is what i

Mary Landrieu

3:16:17 to 3:16:34( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: represent -- are thousands of farmers and this is what their fields look like. they are completely underwater. not because they left the hose on too long or failed to do the proper irrigation techniques

Mary Landrieu

3:16:34 to 3:16:52( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: but because we had hurricanes geus geus -- gustav, hurricane ike and hurricane hanna that did not just hit florida, but that storm, as you will remember, dropped significant rains throughout large

Mary Landrieu

3:16:52 to 3:17:05( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: parts of the country right before harvest time. and then a few weeks later, cause the farmers in many districts who watched the weather -- who watch the weather, of course, every day, made the decision

Mary Landrieu

3:17:05 to 3:17:17( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: to wait until these rains were done. they would then go into their fields and harvest the thousands of acres that we have planted in louisiana in cat ton, soybean -- in cotton, soybean, rice, sugar

Mary Landrieu

3:17:17 to 3:17:31( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: cairntion sweet poe take -- sugar cane, swee toe pay toes and our beautifulpecan trees. they would wait until those rains subsided and then gheld to their field for the harvests that they were expecting

Mary Landrieu

3:17:31 to 3:17:42( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: to be really quite spectacular despite price inputs at the front end of the season, high fuel and fertilizer cost. but then hurricane ike came and hurricane gustav and the water just never went away,

Mary Landrieu

3:17:42 to 3:17:57( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: mr. president. it just -- there was nowhere for it to go. and in the state that i represent, as people will know their geography, is the state that basically drains through the mississippi river,

Mary Landrieu

3:17:57 to 3:18:11( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: the arkansas, the missouri river come down through the mississippi river to louisiana. there was simply no -- nowhere for the water to go. it broke levees every where. the levees in new orleans held

Mary Landrieu

3:18:11 to 3:18:29( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: because of the work that i've been in large measure fighting with others to help build, but levees all over louisiana broke. federal levees and nonfederal levees, because we are a strong state but

Mary Landrieu

3:18:29 to 3:18:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: we're not always strong enough to hold in the water from the whole nation. and though we've tried on many occasions to build the kind of levee systems that we need, we are 20 or 30 years behind. i got

Mary Landrieu

3:18:39 to 3:18:55( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: here 12 years ago and have worked every day to accelerate that and i'm going to stay here as long as it takes to get the job done. but nonetheless, we are not there yet, and so the water came into

Mary Landrieu

3:18:55 to 3:19:08( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: these fields. the farmers cannot harvest their crop. they can't get into the fields to try to save what is left. this is a farmer who's farmed profitably for probably, his family, for 50 yrs from

Mary Landrieu

3:19:08 to 3:19:21( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: cheneyville. this is what the rice field look like. you can grow rice in water but it can't grow in salt water. and so the salt water and the tidal surge came in ruining the rice crop. and then the

Mary Landrieu

3:19:21 to 3:19:36( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: cotton crop, which looked so beautiful just really a couple of weeks ago, you know, eight weeks ago, the farmers throughout the south were celebrating what a beautiful crop they may have and it's been

Mary Landrieu

3:19:36 to 3:19:49( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: a very tough year, as you know, with high fuel prices and, you know, unsettling in the financial markets, which has not just been going to the last few weeks. farmers have had their eyes on that. many

Mary Landrieu

3:19:49 to 3:20:10( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: of them are leveraged, as you know, quite a bit to try to produce the food that every single person in this country needs safe. but the cotton crop is now, thousands and thousands of acres, absolutely

Mary Landrieu

3:20:10 to 3:20:29( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: unharvestable because of these rains. and this congress, democrats and republicans, are about ready to leave having done nothing. nothing. not even a lifeline. not even a telegraph. not even a message to

Mary Landrieu

3:20:29 to 3:20:43( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: say we hear you. everyone is, right now, many people downstairs in a room talking about how we can build a levee around wall street. and i understand that something has to be done about the financial

Mary Landrieu

3:20:43 to 3:21:08( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: situation. i'm not sure i'm in a position to be able to say exactly what should happen. but i can tell you while everybody's been meeting for weeks about building a levee here, the levees have already broken

Mary Landrieu

3:21:08 to 3:21:25( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: at. they have already broken at home and not just in louisiana but in texas and in arkansas and in missouri and in kansas and throughout the heartland, people who never even heard about a subprime loan,

Mary Landrieu

3:21:25 to 3:21:38( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: never, ever looked at an application for a subprime loan, never went to a bank to inquire about a subprime loan, and most certainly never knowingly bought one. their levees have already broken now,

Mary Landrieu

3:21:38 to 3:21:52( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: i would not have kept my colleagues here. i am known up here as a tenacious but a team player. i fight hard but i fight fair. and i most certainly would have not asked 100 members that i have the

Mary Landrieu

3:21:52 to 3:22:03( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: greatest respect for -- and it has been my honor to work with each of them -- to have great difficulty in their plans for the weekend. and i understand a third are up for reelection. there are senators

Mary Landrieu

3:22:03 to 3:22:16( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: that came to me to say they've taken the first -- tried to take the first vacation with their dmield six months. other senators have said they've had these plans. i understand that. i have two

Mary Landrieu

3:22:16 to 3:22:29( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: young children at home myself. but i could not leave without at least making a one-hour pitch. and i'm going to be here after the vote for several hours. i asked to speak for one hour before this

Mary Landrieu

3:22:29 to 3:22:45( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: vote because i did not want -- i wanted to be able to lay this case down. but i will be here for the rest of the day speaking about this and through the evening if the senate stays in, as long as

Mary Landrieu

3:22:45 to 3:23:02( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: the senate's in, i'm prepared to be here. because this is not a one-hour grandstanding on my part. please believe me. this is about my complete inability to understand how this congress could pass

Mary Landrieu

3:23:02 to 3:23:24( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: four major appropriation bills -- defense, homeland security, the stimulus package and -- not the stimulus package, the disaster relief package, and the continuing resolution -- and fail to recognize

Mary Landrieu

3:23:24 to 3:23:36( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: that the program that we established in good intentions and with goodwill is not even in existence yet to help these farmers. and i want to read from the terrific -- from the terrific statement

Mary Landrieu

3:23:36 to 3:23:48( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: that our commissioner from louisiana, mike strain, who has been leading this effort not only for us but nationally. and i want to say something so people understand how strongly i fe about this.

Mary Landrieu

3:23:48 to 3:24:06( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: mike strain is not a democrat. he's a republican. i actually didn't even support him in his re re -- in his election. i supported someone else. but he's the agriculture commissioner now and it's my job

Mary Landrieu

3:24:06 to 3:24:22( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: to stand with him and to do what i can to help our rural communities. so i asked him to testify before the committee that i chair this week to try to get something on the record in congress to help.

Mary Landrieu

3:24:22 to 3:24:36( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and this is what our commissioner says. who is, by the way, a farmer himself. he's a veterinarian, he's very knowledge archlt he's a -- knowledgeable, he's a tenacious fighter and he came up and spent

Mary Landrieu

3:24:36 to 3:24:52( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: days here trying to sound the alamplet and he says -- sound the alarm. and he says -- quote -- "louisiana agriculture faces unprecedented losses from hurricanes gustav and ike. this is the largest natural

Mary Landrieu

3:24:52 to 3:25:02( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: disaster affecting agriculture, aqua culture, forest riz and fisheries in louisiana history." now, that statement did get my attention. i've only been here 12 years, but for a commissioner who's knowledgeable,

Mary Landrieu

3:25:02 to 3:25:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: who's trained, who has been in the business, who's been elected by the people of my state to make such a statement before a committee, i thought it might be worth me bringing that statement to the full

Mary Landrieu

3:25:18 to 3:25:36( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: floor of the senate. "no perish," he goes on, "or commodity was spared by these storms. from the cattle rancher and the oyster fisherman in the southernmost tip of plaquemines perish, to cotton farmers

Mary Landrieu

3:25:36 to 3:25:51( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: in the delta were all severely impacted. combined with the timing of these storms just fryer harvest and the devtation caused by the wind, 110 miles per hour in terabon perish, the flooding -- 24 inches

Mary Landrieu

3:25:51 to 3:26:04( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: in franklin perish -- parish -- and the tidal surge, 12 feet in cameron parish -- our agriculture community is in peril," he writes. he has held 11 meetings across the state with farmers and ranchers.

Mary Landrieu

3:26:04 to 3:26:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: i have been to several of them with him, and there are several reasons why our situation is so grave. one, the inadequacy of the crop insurance program that we have in place but the regulations aren't written

Mary Landrieu

3:26:18 to 3:26:35( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: yet and there is no availability for our farmers to access. insufficient disaster provisions of the farm bill, which i just described. farmers who have contracts with elevators and cannot deliver the commodity.

Mary Landrieu

3:26:35 to 3:26:50( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: bank leins against partially filled commodity contracts. and deterioration of grain and cotton quality, which i have demonstrated in my pictures earlier. and i'd like to go on to read his statement to explain

Mary Landrieu

3:26:50 to 3:27:05( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: these in some detail. higher input costs. fuel and fertilizer costs have more than doubled since the start of the current crop. i don't know what the prices are in your state, mr. president, but in the

Mary Landrieu

3:27:05 to 3:27:22( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: last year, gasoline prices and diesel prices have been -- been on the rise. as you know, several of us have been in negotiations and on bills trying to contain those costs. we have not yet been successful.

Mary Landrieu

3:27:22 to 3:27:37( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: but the price of gasoline and diesel over the last 12 to 15 months has doubled. fertilizer prices have gone up 300%. and potash, which is a commonly used substance for our agriculture base, the farmers

Mary Landrieu

3:27:37 to 3:27:51( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: were faced with almost 600% increase with no explanation. so. their input costs were higher this year than almost any previous year. that's how the year started. yet farmers absorbed it, they got their

Mary Landrieu

3:27:51 to 3:28:04( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: crops in the field and were ready for a good harvest, but that was a problem on the front end. many farmers did not borrow enough money to cover these exorbitant costs. some of them were totally unexpected

Mary Landrieu

3:28:04 to 3:28:21( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and they used up all their available credit. since the storms occurred just prior to harvest, as i said, many of the farmers have incurred all the costs of the crop except harvesting and now will not be

Mary Landrieu

3:28:21 to 3:28:38( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: able to repay lenders and suppliers. i want to say, they will not be able to repay lenders and suppliers. that's what the wall street bailout is all about -- people unable -- banks, holding companies,

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financiers -- unable to meet their debts. and this congress could not scramble fast enough to try to build them a levee. but the farmers who can't pay their notes, you're on your own. he goes on to say

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and explain the inadequacy of the crop insurance program. the farm bill was signed late. had producers known they would have had a disaster program included that was based on their crop insurance

Mary Landrieu

3:29:06 to 3:29:20( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: coverage level, they may have made different coverage decisions. but in order to be eligible for the shore program, which is the new program, usda requires farmers to purchase catastrophic insurance

Mary Landrieu

3:29:20 to 3:29:32( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: or to participate in the noninsured assistance program. due to thin margins and high cost of buy-up coverage levels, crop insurance protectn and participation is relatively low in louisiana and other

Mary Landrieu

3:29:32 to 3:29:47( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: southern states. it's not that we don't want insurance, and it is not that we don't believe in insurance, but the insurance programs that have been crafted by this congress do not meet the needs of

Mary Landrieu

3:29:47 to 3:30:01( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: southern farmers. every region of the country is very different. the crop insurance programs that exist today have never been adequate for southern farmers. "although a farmer may have harvested only

Mary Landrieu

3:30:01 to 3:30:24( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: a portion of his crop me may have already surpassed the yield threshhold. one reported to me that he met with his insurance agents based on preliminary calculations even though he has more than 1,000 acres

Mary Landrieu

3:30:24 to 3:30:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: of cotton and is facing a 50% crop loss he will only receive $300 in insurance proceeds." $3,300, mr. president, is not gog to keep the farming community in this farmer's hometown, moving forward

Mary Landrieu

3:30:39 to 3:30:53( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and not in a strong position. the disaster provisions of the farm bill, i want to read from his testimony and why it's inadequate. "many of our crops will not qualify for assistance under the current

Mary Landrieu

3:30:53 to 3:31:08( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: disaster provisions. all of the rules and regulations of the new 2008 farm bill have not yet been written." i want to repeat that for the record. the opponents of what i'm trying to do and they

Mary Landrieu

3:31:08 to 3:31:21( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: are unidentifiable by name but obviously there's some opposition or we would have been able to get this amendment moving say that, senator, you're making a mountain out of a mole hill because your

Mary Landrieu

3:31:21 to 3:31:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: farmers can get help through the 2008 disaster farm bill. we passed a farm bill. there's a disaster provision there to try to help your farmers. so i want to read into the record the rules and regulations

Mary Landrieu

3:31:39 to 3:32:01( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: of that bill that is supposed to be a help for us "have not yet been written and apartments may may -- payments may not be available until october or november of 2009." mr. president, our farmers cannotait

Mary Landrieu

3:32:01 to 3:32:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: until november of 2009 for assistance. they need it now. and the only people that can give them assistance is us. so i am filing a bill today on behalf of myself, senator hutchison, senator lincoln,

Mary Landrieu

3:32:18 to 3:32:32( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: senator pryor, and senator wicker. on behalf of these senators, i'm offering this bill today and i am urging other colleagues to look at this bill to see if they will join us in our efforts to

Mary Landrieu

3:32:32 to 3:32:53( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: put before this congress at the earliest possible time a bill that will at least provide a glimmer of hope for these farmers in rural communities throughout america. i'd like to send this bill to the

Mary Landrieu

3:32:53 to 3:33:07( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: floor for its immediate consideration. the presiding officer: the bill has been received and will be appropriately referred. ms. landrieu: mr. president, let me go on to say again, the reason this bill has

Mary Landrieu

3:33:07 to 3:33:23( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: to be introduced and the reason this speech had to be given today, and the reason this congress must act before we leave -- now, we're going to, it looks like take a break for a day or two, looks like

Mary Landrieu

3:33:23 to 3:33:35( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: we will come back for a couple of days next week; looks like there will be some bailout package for wall street. it might be $700 billion package. it might be a $300 billion package. it could be $400 billion

Mary Landrieu

3:33:35 to 3:33:56( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: package. by the time they finish negotiating, maybe it's only $200 billion package. right now, i'm leaning against voting for that no matter how it is structured without certain provisions in it.

Mary Landrieu

3:33:56 to 3:34:08( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: but this bill asks for $1 billion -- $1 billion -- which, at least will help all the rest of the farming communities in this part of the country while we're working on bailing out the financial community.

Mary Landrieu

3:34:08 to 3:34:22( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: $1 billion. and maybe that's not sufficient. i introduced the bill at that level because our needs in louisiana are $700 million. i know we might not be able to get every penny that our commissioner

Mary Landrieu

3:34:22 to 3:34:34( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: has testified we desperately ned and most certain -- need and most certainly can justify. i'm most certainly willing for this $1 billion to be shared by other states that can put forth their documents

Mary Landrieu

3:34:34 to 3:34:50( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and their requirements and maybe this is not sufficient but i could not in good conscience leave here without putting something down with my colleagues. and this is a bipartisan effort. i am so grateful

Mary Landrieu

3:34:50 to 3:34:59( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: this morning i was able to secure by the motions that were provided this morning and the calendar, to secure senator hutchison of texas. she can't even get into some places in the texas because the water

Mary Landrieu

3:34:59 to 3:35:11( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: and damage is so high to do the assessment. she has cosponsored this bill with me and i am very proud, as well as having senator lincoln and senator pryor and i will yield to both of them in just

Mary Landrieu

3:35:11 to 3:35:27( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: a moment. i see senator conrad on the floor and i'd like to give each of them five minutes to speak because they are quite knowledge build about this situation and, i must say, more knowledgeable than

Mary Landrieu

3:35:27 to 3:35:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: i am about familiar programs. senator lincoln is on the committee. senator conrad was the chief sponsor and disieper of -- designer of the farm disaster program. i think having his testimony and his

Mary Landrieu

3:35:39 to 3:35:56( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: speaking today about why the program that he wrote with all good intentions is not necessarily going to help us and why we need a special assistance here, i think will give a lot of support to my

Mary Landrieu

3:35:56 to 3:36:08( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: arguments. so at this time let me yield to my good friend from arkansas for the time that she might require. i thank her for being a cosponsor of the bill. the presiding officer: the senator from arkansas. mrs.

Mary Landrieu

3:36:08 to 3:36:20( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: lincoln: th ank you, mr. president. mr. president, i come to the floor today to say an enormous thanks to my good friend and neighbor, senator landrieu. you know, when you grow up in small communities

Mary Landrieu

3:36:20 to 3:36:35( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: in middle america, one of the things you understand the most is that it is important to be a good neighbor and it's very important to have good neighbors. and through the last several years, i think,

Blanche Lincoln

3:36:35 to 3:36:45( Edit History Discussion )

Blanche Lincoln: we in arkansas and the folks in louisiana have really come to understand that. we have housed most or a tremendous number of the evacuees from both katrina and rid take, then gustav sent us more evacuees.

Blanche Lincoln

3:36:35 to 3:43:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Blanche Lincoln

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