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Senate Proceeding on Sep 27th, 2010 :: 6:29:35 to 6:45:15
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Sherrod Brown

6:29:32 to 6:29:52( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: america" become a reality on the floor of the senate legislatively. i ask unanimous consent that the rest of my statement be the presiding officer: without objection. a senator: mr. president? senator from massachusetts. mr. brown: thank you, mr. president. i'm a little under the weather, so if my voice fades in and out,

Sherrod Brown

6:29:35 to 6:45:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Sherrod Brown

Sherrod Brown

6:29:53 to 6:30:13( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: i will do my best to muscle through it. it has been tough thee against one and battling like i will have to do for the next half an hour, but i will do the very best i can. i enjoyed the signs. i didn't bring one. maybe i should borrow that sign, because i agree, it should be made in america, but how are we going to do that when we make america -- excuse me -- uncompetitive?

Sherrod Brown

6:30:14 to 6:30:35( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: we don't give america the tools and resources that businesses need to be competive worldwide. this is not a united states economy solely where we just sell to americans. we have to sell and compete worldwide.

Sherrod Brown

6:30:36 to 6:30:57( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: so i often wonder -- first of all, i know, i have said this before. i'm the new guy. i'm the second newest guy here now, and what i have observed is that there is plenty of blame to go around. thinking about president clinton and everything wonderful he did.

Sherrod Brown

6:30:58 to 6:31:18( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: he did some great things, but he did it with a republican congress as well and their help. it was a bipartisan effort to solve problems. unless i'm mistaken, you have been in the majority party for the last almost five years. you have had the presidency as well for almost two years. we don't hear about the problems we have had since that happens. so i say there is plenty of blame to go around.

Sherrod Brown

6:31:19 to 6:31:41( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: quite frankly, the rhetoric is white hot, and we should try to solve problems instead of keep pointing fingers at each other. and saying well, back then this happened, back then that happened, and we should do it this way and that way. we should focus on today. what's happening today. right now, we are not competitive.

Sherrod Brown

6:31:42 to 6:32:03( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: to think that this -- this effort to so-called close a corporate loophole is going to help, are you kidding me? have you actually gone out to the businesses and say will this, in fact, help you? are you in favor of this? it doesn't work unless you also lower the corporate tax rates to make them competive worldwide, because otherwise if you keep the corporate tax rates as the

Sherrod Brown

6:32:04 to 6:32:27( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: second highest in the world, by doing this, you're just going to chase huge amounts of jobs overseas, and we are going to exacerbate the problem that we're experiencing right now. i often wonder why does it take the chinese to build a -- say a 500,000 square-foot building in

Sherrod Brown

6:32:28 to 6:32:48( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: less than a year, and i have experiences in shopping malls. just trying to put on an addition and it takes years, the siting, the permitting, the harassment the businesses get. if you're a business or you're a corporation, the mentality is that you are evil, you are not good, when we should be embracing businesses for

Sherrod Brown

6:32:49 to 6:33:10( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: employing. because what is a corporation? last i heard, it's a group of individuals forming together to take advantage of protections and opportunities to expand and be competive globally. since when did being a corporation become a bad name in washington? am i missing something? how do you feel we're going to get out of this economic mess? it's not going to be by

Sherrod Brown

6:33:11 to 6:33:31( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: hammering the corporations and small mom and pop businesses and raising taxes in the middle of a two-year recession. are you kidding me? it makes no sense. high taxation. overregulation. regulation.

Sherrod Brown

6:33:32 to 6:33:53( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: siting, permitting. you take the municipal laws and regulations, couple them with the state laws and regulations and the federal laws and regulations, then you throw in the e.p.a. just for the heck of it or any other agency, national labor relations board. just pick an agency, want to put their hands in. then you throw in the taxation

Sherrod Brown

6:33:54 to 6:34:14( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: levels at the city and town levels, state levels, the federal levels. why do you get out of bed to turn on the lights? are you kidding me? what is the incentive for people to actually keep jobs in the united states of america? in massachusetts, the nfib,

Sherrod Brown

6:34:15 to 6:34:35( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: associate industries of massachusetts have deemed massachusetts the worst business climate in decades. that feeling is around the country. when i got elected, they sent a very powerful message to the people they were tired of business as usual in washington, the disconnect when you're dealing with regulation and taxation and debt and spending. we don't seem to have learned a lesson at all.

Sherrod Brown

6:34:36 to 6:34:56( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: we're going to do something right now where we're giving a little piece of candy by offering a potential tax break for closing a corporate loophole, because rember, the democrats, the majority party, are apparently protecting main street. isn't that nice? and apparently i, the new guy here, i'm protecting wall street, apparently, and big

Sherrod Brown

6:34:57 to 6:35:17( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: corporations. i didn't know that. i thought i was fighting for the people of massachusetts and this country to get this body working together to solve real problems. enough of the rhetoric. enough of the blame. enough of the posturing for the upcoming november elections. how about just solving problems? how about getting our country

Sherrod Brown

6:35:18 to 6:35:40( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: moving again and get us competing globally. we can't just wave a magic wand and all of a sudden the tax policy in the united states is competitive with the world. if we do this, if we move this forward, we will be in deep, deep trouble, especially if we don't mirror it with a corporate

Sherrod Brown

6:35:41 to 6:36:02( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: tax rate reduction to counter the moves that will absolutely happen almost overnight. and if you think by doing this, jobs are going to come flooding back, let me see, if i'm not mistaken, you actually -- if you fire a foreign worker and hire a u.s. worker, you get a tax credit. that will really work.

Sherrod Brown

6:36:03 to 6:36:24( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: how about if we just do a -- part of this, if we do that, you get a payroll tax deduction. pardon me if i'm wrong, but i made that offer about what? three months ago. payroll tax reduction paid for by the unallocated stimulus dollars. that got about four votes. talk about jolting the economy and giving money to people.

Sherrod Brown

6:36:25 to 6:36:45( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: talk about helping businesses say competive, how about making the research and development tax credits permanent? how about fixing the 1099 mess? how about giving small businesses the incentive to get them cranking and create jobs? do you know how much money is on the sidelines, folks? i have done my homework. believe me, in this position, i

Sherrod Brown

6:36:46 to 6:37:06( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: have to be prepared or else. do you know how much money is actually on the sidelines? corporations and businesses are just say, -- saying, you know what? the health care bill, that's going to cost me about $440 million. that's one corporation in massachusetts, one of the biggest employers, and it has the market on a device that

Sherrod Brown

6:37:07 to 6:37:27( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: saves people's lives. hires -- i think it's what? about 25,000 people throughout the world they hire. if we do this, if we close this loophole, so-called, those jobs that were in massachusetts and the united states are going. so let me see, it cost them $200 million, because they are a medical device company, and then the implementation of

Sherrod Brown

6:37:28 to 6:37:48( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: the health care bill, that's another $240 million. so that's -- correct me if i'm wrong, $440 million. so where does that come from? r&d, employees, expansion. why would they hire or even talk about hiring workers? why?

Sherrod Brown

6:37:49 to 6:38:09( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: that's just one effort, one thing that has been passed by this congress and this administration to crush jobs, crushes massachusetts businesses and jobs. because we already had 98% of our people insured. now we are getting lesser coverage, half a trillion in medicare cuts. give me a break. there's no end in sight.

Sherrod Brown

6:38:10 to 6:38:30( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: the true numbers are coming out. so why, why would a corporation or a mom and pop business or anybody who is even thinking of starting a business, why would they make that effort? why would they even bother to open up the door? the high cost of doing business, transportation pos, energy cost. they are concerned about cap-and-trade.

Sherrod Brown

6:38:31 to 6:38:52( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: they are concerned about maybe card check. they are concerned about a whole host of things that are keeping them on the sidelines. and to take this and throw this in, forget about it. you know, the whole -- the one thing i didn't hear, and i thought i would, is the main street -- you guys on the

Sherrod Brown

6:38:53 to 6:39:13( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: majority party, they are protecting main street. i didn't hear that i'm protecting corporate america. i hear it in everything else. it's usually wall street. up until this year, i had never even been on wall street. i think i walked through it, you know, once. you know, i'm fighting for the people of this country, the people of my state, to get us financially viable, to get us to

Sherrod Brown

6:39:14 to 6:39:34( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: solve problems. you know, sometimes i'm the 41st senator, i am, when it comes to debt and spending and taxation. i'm going to be the guy that's going to hold it up to make sure we don't go further in debt, because let me tell you. when i got here, $11.95 trillion was the national debt.

Sherrod Brown

6:39:35 to 6:39:56( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: it's over $13.2 trillion now in seven months. and i have been blessed. i am so honored to be here. you can't even imagine my life. i am the most honored guy to be here in this chamber, and i have been honored to visit our troops in afghanistan, i went to pakistan, i went to down --

Sherrod Brown

6:39:57 to 6:40:19( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: dubai, israel, jordan, in that seven-month period. the thing that's fascinating to me is the kings and queens and prime ministers and leaders all over those regions, all they talked about were jobs. that's all they talked about. jobs so al qaeda wouldn't infiltrate their youth, jobs so they can get their produce to market, jobs so they can secure their region so we can leave, jobs, jobs, jobs. i'm sorry.

Sherrod Brown

6:40:20 to 6:40:40( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: i have pneumonia, believe it or not. so if i faint, madam president, will you save me? thank you. i felt it was that important to come and make my point that i have been here about seven months and we have spent ten days talking about jobs. am i on a different planet or something?

Sherrod Brown

6:40:41 to 6:41:01( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: we should be talking about jobs every single day that we are in session. we have spent four days, throw or four days talking about the disclose act. give me a break. do you think the 15 million, give or take, unemployed people throughout this country are concerned about the political content of political ads in the middle of an election season to give one party a tactical advantage over the other?

Sherrod Brown

6:41:02 to 6:41:22( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: or are they concerned about jobs? i know the people i speak to in massachusetts and throughout the country, they want to talk about jobs and how can we do it immediately? we can talk about as i said the r&d tax credits, making it permanent. the 1099 bill, there is no reason why we can't take that separately and put it forth in a bipartisan manner, clean up-or-down vote to protect the

Sherrod Brown

6:41:23 to 6:41:43( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: small businesses that are getting crushed through paperwork. there is no reason why we shouldn't be able to fix that. if we can't even do that, we're in deep trouble. an across the board payroll tack deduction, top to bottom review of every program, a freeze on federal hires, a freeze on federal pay increases. i know it's not popular.

Sherrod Brown

6:41:44 to 6:42:04( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: we have to look at these things. we have to look at entitlements. we have to collect the moneys that are owed to us from contractors, contractors that owe us money. come on, common sense, folks. and the thing that i -- i kind of get sad at.

Sherrod Brown

6:42:05 to 6:42:25( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: i know it wasn't popular in some circles for me to work on the finance reform bill. i got a lot of heat, but i looked at it and i said, you know what? that doesn't include fannie or freddie. i know that. do we do nothing? nothing, right? we don't fix the regulations

Sherrod Brown

6:42:26 to 6:42:47( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: that have potentially been outdated for 50 years. we don't prohibit the closing of an entire industry overnight. we allow our dentists and doctors and people that are going to finance the fillings in their teeth to be all encompassed in this thing, we're going to allow that? i'm not going to allow it. i now they had the votes anyway.

Sherrod Brown

6:42:48 to 6:43:08( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: i took the time to work it through. i tell you what, since i have been here, that's the most proud i have been to work across the aisle with people, for what did we do? 11 weeks, i think. working with every thinker and leader in this country when it dealt with financial issues. and i, you know, i have to admit i -- i learned a lot, spent what?

Sherrod Brown

6:43:09 to 6:43:30( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: five hours a day, maybe, up in my office, trying to figure it out and do it right. i was the most proud to work on that bill in a bipartisan manner. i'm part of history. is it the best bill? no, no. is it going to get better? i hope so. can we fix it? after november, i hope so. did we close tarp? yeah.

Sherrod Brown

6:43:31 to 6:43:51( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: did we stop too big to fail? yeah. did we stop the bank tax? yeah. did we do a lot of things people are concerned about? did we do some things wrong? yes. ever since we got back after july, you know what? it's like we don't talk anymore. we're just filing bills with no hope of them passing. the defense authorization bill, give me a break.

Sherrod Brown

6:43:52 to 6:44:12( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: i remember being in committee, my first defense authorization. the armed services committee. i'm sitting there all eager, ready to go, being someone who was in the mist. gosh, i'm going to make a difference. i'm going to make a difference, everybody. get there and it was an invigorating process. we worked our tails off, with the hope that when the chairman said, scott, the things you're concerned about that affect

Sherrod Brown

6:44:13 to 6:44:33( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: massachusetts and the new england area, we'll do it on the floor. oh, good. i find out when it gets to the floor, the amendment tree is filled up. we offered 20 amendments. that's not good enough. the process is about just scoring points, political points for november. and i think the american people

Sherrod Brown

6:44:34 to 6:44:54( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: are fed up. we are tired of the rhetoric. you're tired of the finger pointing. they are looking for leadership. they are looking for someone to say you know what? sometimes i'm going to be the 41st senator, but other times when it comes to getting this country moving, i'm going to be the 60th senator. and i don't care if i get re-elected or not, but while i'm

Sherrod Brown

6:44:55 to 6:45:15( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: here, i'm going to fight every single day to get this country moving again because we are in deep, deep trouble, folks. and if you don't recognize it, by doing this piece of legislation, this is helpful? could i have some more water, too, please? thank you. helpful? it's not helpful on its own. they say well, it's the first

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