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Senate Proceeding on Oct 2nd, 2008 :: 2:02:17 to 2:16:55
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Sherrod Brown

2:05:43 to 2:05:58( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: quorum call: quorum call: mr. brown: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from ohio. mr. brown: thank you, mr. president. i ask unanimous consent to vitiate the quorum call. the presiding

Sherrod Brown

2:05:58 to 2:06:12( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: officer: without objection. mr. brown: mr. president, last week we passed -- excuse me, last night we passed an economic stablization plan that's intended to protect business, pensions, and jobs. i

Sherrod Brown

2:06:12 to 2:06:43( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: know in my state of ohio, which raoul too often i get plant shutdown notifications, applications for trade adjustment assistance, for worker retraining, for all kinds of -- all kinds of responses to

Sherrod Brown

2:06:43 to 2:07:10( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: economic problems, what we did last night was particularly important because of potential lost jobs. with that bill, we're trying to prevent one economic crisis. last week republican members of this

Sherrod Brown

2:07:10 to 2:07:41( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: body, unfortunately, set the stage for another economic crisis. they set the stage for a crisis when they blocked a bill to extend unemployment insurance for millions of americans and their families.

Sherrod Brown

2:07:41 to 2:07:49( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: congress must extend this insurance for americans. we have a bill to do that. i urge my colleagues to support s. 3507. my friend from rhode island, jack reed, senator jack reed has introduced this bill.

Sherrod Brown

2:07:49 to 2:08:00( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: it would provide an extension of snrurns to all states for seven weeks, an additional 13 weeks to high unemployment states, which means those states which have an unemployment rate of at least 6%.

Sherrod Brown

2:08:00 to 2:08:31( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: think about the conditions in -- everywhere from lima to zanes ville, from ashtabula to middletown. in my state and states across the country, food prices exploding, energy prices exploding, unemployment

Sherrod Brown

2:08:31 to 2:08:40( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: benefits running out. if that's not an economic crisis, an american crisis, a crisis not just in chill kathy and ravenna, but a crisis all over the state, then i guess i don't know what the word "crisis"

Sherrod Brown

2:08:40 to 2:09:05( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: means. last month the jobs report from the labor department showed that for the eighth straight month, the country has lost jobs. eight months in a roarks we've lost jobs in this country. tomorrow we'll

Sherrod Brown

2:09:05 to 2:09:20( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: get the latest report. i am neat looking forward to it. just last week there were 493 ,000 -- 439,000 -- almost a half million new unemployment claims filed, the largest number since september 2001.

Sherrod Brown

2:09:20 to 2:09:29( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: and we know what happened that month. before that, you had to go back to july 1992 when the nation's unemployment rate was 7.7%. the unemployment statistics, as we know, we count individuals actively

Sherrod Brown

2:09:29 to 2:09:50( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: looking for work. it may be convenient to characterize the unemployed as lazy, then you don't have to help them. apparently that's what my friends on the other side of the aisle are doing who blocked

Sherrod Brown

2:09:50 to 2:10:12( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: this extension of unemployment benefits. these are working people who can't find work. these are plant shutdowns in dayton. these are major layoffs in mansfield. these are people that simply can't

Sherrod Brown

2:10:12 to 2:10:28( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: find jobs in columbus and akron and youngstown and toledo and bowling green. it is people all over my state. these are men and women who want to support their families and save for the future. these are

Sherrod Brown

2:10:28 to 2:10:37( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: people who want to work. they simply can't find jobs in this economy. people like terri from holmes county, ohio, one o of ohio's least populous counties. he is a veteran of the air force wantsdzed to

Sherrod Brown

2:10:37 to 2:10:53( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: return to ohio. his company laid off workers this past summer. he's been looking for a job. employers are simply not hiring. his unemployment insurance will end in february. people likeop patricia from troy,

Sherrod Brown

2:10:53 to 2:11:14( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: ohio, a small community just north of dayton in miami county. troy, in that part of ohio, clinton county, it is clark county, montgomery county, miami county. that part of ohio is one of the hardest-hit

Sherrod Brown

2:11:14 to 2:11:26( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: parts of the state and the nation. patricia from troy put it better than i could. she said "my husband is just another one of the 334,000 unemployed ohioans. i'd like to know what we're supposed to do without

Sherrod Brown

2:11:26 to 2:11:54( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: unemployment compensation? are we supposed to go without a roof over our head? are we supposed to go without food sna am i supposed to go without medication or the med cay medical care i need suffer?"

Sherrod Brown

2:11:54 to 2:12:14( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: uninsurance -- unemployment insurance is not a welfare program. they paid into this unsnunders fund. that's why it's called unemployment insurance. it has been with us for 75 years since around the time

Sherrod Brown

2:12:14 to 2:12:25( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: of the beginning of the great depression. it matters for people. it not just helps those individuals. it helps to bring money into our community, money that will be spent on the necessities of life,

Sherrod Brown

2:12:25 to 2:12:39( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: will create economic activities, will -- activity andy will help us in our economic recovery. people are all over my state asking questions like patricia asked. what am i supposed to do about medical

Sherrod Brown

2:12:39 to 2:12:46( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: care? how am i supposed to go without food? these people aren't patricia and terri -- they're not paid spokes people they'reot lobbyists. they're watching the news. they're seeing how wall street's greed

Sherrod Brown

2:12:46 to 2:12:59( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: and mistakes have us in this crisis today. they understand -- they understand intuitively that people on wall street betrayed them. they understand intuitively that the people like john mccain's chief

Sherrod Brown

2:12:59 to 2:13:13( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: -- one of his chief economic advisors, carly forini, was let go of as a major c.e.o. of a major company and paid tens of millions of dollars as a bonus, even though she was fired from this company.

Sherrod Brown

2:13:13 to 2:13:26( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: they understand that they've worked hard and played by the rules. and, mr. president, what's really amazing about this economic crisis is the eelite in this country, the elite in this country he will

Sherrod Brown

2:13:26 to 2:13:36( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: us over and over, if you work hard, play by the rules, then you're going to do all right. you're going to be reward. well, people in the middle class in this country have worked hard. they have played

Sherrod Brown

2:13:36 to 2:13:46( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: by the rules. but they look to wall street and the bush regulators, the treasury department, the s.e.c., the people who are in charge have gotten rid of the rules for wall street. so the cowboy capitalists

Sherrod Brown

2:13:46 to 2:13:55( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: on wall street who really don't play by the rules get rewarded handsomely while the middle class in my state, the middle class in tiffin, in cambridge in st. clairsville in portsmouth, they play by the

Sherrod Brown

2:13:55 to 2:14:02( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: rules. they don't get rewarded, even though that was the promise made by so many people in this country. these are people are real r keynes they come from real families, from toledo to akron, from

Sherrod Brown

2:14:02 to 2:14:19( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: mansfield to xenia. they're not alone. across the country, 9.4 million workers are unemployed and looking for work. 2.2 million more than a year ago, theighest figure recorded, as i said, since december

Sherrod Brown

2:14:19 to 2:14:31( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: 1992. more than 15 years ago. even september 11 didn't cause this kind of unemployment. 9.4 million unemployed compared to 6% unemployed in january 2001. if congress doesn't act this week, more than 800,000

Sherrod Brown

2:14:31 to 2:14:42( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: unemployed people will stop getting their much-needed checks, including 22,000 people in ohio. so last night -- last night this senate, by a vote of 74-25, more than half of the members of each party,

Sherrod Brown

2:14:42 to 2:14:57( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: voted because we had to. we voted -- we knew that if we didn't do this financial stablization package, we knew that pensions would be threatened. we knew that student loans would disappear, and middle-class

Sherrod Brown

2:14:57 to 2:15:07( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: college -- or interest rates would go tow high they might as well disappear. and middle-class college students would lose the opportunity to go to school. and we knew that small business -- some small businesses

Sherrod Brown

2:15:07 to 2:15:16( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: would be cleesed and others would have to lay off, costing states like mine, which are so hard hit already, more lost jobs. we knew that was what was happening last night. that's why we passed that

Sherrod Brown

2:15:16 to 2:15:29( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: legislation. but the same femme in the treasury department, in the bush administration, the same people that relaxed the rules and betrayed our people, betrayed the middle class, hurt families all

Sherrod Brown

2:15:29 to 2:15:41( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: over my state, those same people have blocked the extension of unemployment benefits. that's why we're not voting on it today because every time we try, the republican leader says, we can't do unemployment.

Sherrod Brown

2:15:41 to 2:15:53( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: i don't know if they think that unemployed people are lazy. i don't know if they think because we provide them a few dollars to get until they can find a job and keep their families going, keep their

Sherrod Brown

2:15:53 to 2:16:06( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: kids in school, keep their -- keep food on their table, keep a roof over their heads, i don't know if they -- i don't know what they think. that they're not going to try to get a job if they get

Sherrod Brown

2:16:06 to 2:16:17( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: a few dollars of unemployment? it is not like it is at congressional pension, for gosh sakes. it is not like unemployment mpensation is like carly forini's bonus for failing her company. it is not

Sherrod Brown

2:16:17 to 2:16:27( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: like these are a lot of moneys that will keep people, you know, so fat and happy that they don't need to work. i just don't get why they would do that. congress, mr. president, needs to extend

Sherrod Brown

2:16:27 to 2:16:35( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: unemployment benefits for unemployed workers. we need to do it for those workers, for those workers families, for those communities in which they live. it's in no one's best interest for congress

Sherrod Brown

2:16:35 to 2:16:45( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: to twiddle its thumbs while more american families sink into poverty. an extension of unemployment insurance, not welfare, insurance, with an economic -- was in the economic stimulus package last week.

Sherrod Brown

2:16:45 to 2:16:55( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: the house may take up before they adjourn. if we're going to talk about stimulating the economy, there's no better way to do t every dollar invested in unemployment benefits need -- leads to $1.64

Sherrod Brown

2:16:55 to 2:17:04( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: in growth. this isn't money that people use to go out and buy a flat-screen tv made in china. this money, unemployment extension is used for food. its a used for books for their children and clonings

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