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Senate Proceeding on Oct 4th, 2007 :: 5:57:29 to 6:09:04
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Barbara Mikulski

5:54:48 to 5:57:29( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Barbara Mikulski

Barbara Mikulski

5:57:14 to 5:57:29( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Mikulski: ing us to intercept them. why are they doing that? what is the purpose behind that? what could happen over the next three years as we conclude space shuttle and then the next five while we are without the ability

Jack Reed

5:57:29 to 5:57:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: to put a man in space if our relationship with russia was not as strong today as it might be in eight years, in five years, in six years? it certainly isn't as positive and as strong as it was three

Jack Reed

5:57:29 to 6:09:04( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jack Reed

Jack Reed

5:57:49 to 5:58:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: years ago. so it behooves us, i think, for the sake of our independence, our sovereignty, our ability to be in control and the destiny of this magnificent laboratory which is up in space that we could accelerate

Jack Reed

5:58:03 to 5:58:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: the time where this gap is going to exist. it's going to be there no matter what we do, but we can shorten it. and i believe that if we shorten it by a couple of years, that would be in our best

Jack Reed

5:58:16 to 5:58:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: interests. when we look at the totality of our expenditure, when we look at the cost-benefit ratio of what we get from our space program, how it inspires our young people people, at a time when

Jack Reed

5:58:30 to 5:58:44( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: we're falling behind in competition to the world on science and technology, when we know the world is moving faster than we are as it relates to the education of our young people in the science

Jack Reed

5:58:44 to 5:58:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: and technology ies, what could be better than a vibrant space program to continue to imbue our young people with the desire to explore, the desire to invent, the desire for all of the things that the

Jack Reed

5:58:57 to 5:59:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: space program has been to our country? our technological edge was never fine er hone ed than when we had a vibrant and strong space program in the late 1950's and on into the 1960's. that was our

Jack Reed

5:59:10 to 5:59:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: fine est and best time when it comes to science and technology. we have, in many ways, been living off of that for the last 25 years. and now we can have the dawning of a new age of space exploration

Jack Reed

5:59:23 to 5:59:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: into areas that have so far elude ed us completely, well beyond the moon. and this can all happen. this is a small down payment into a very important part of america's future. it is certainly

Jack Reed

5:59:36 to 5:59:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: a very strong and important issue as we look also with at very practical issues like our work force. the work force at the kennedy space center that has been involved in the space shuttle flight

Jack Reed

5:59:48 to 6:00:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: is a well-trained work force. it's a work force that has, over years, developed and, over years years, improved their skills. now, if we were to tell those people that for the next five years there's

Jack Reed

6:00:03 to 6:00:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: no work for you, they'll go back into other pursuits. these are sharp, talented people people. it's not like they won't be able to get a job. but it is going to be our loss when those people are

Jack Reed

6:00:20 to 6:00:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: not engage engaged in the continuation of united states space flights. and nasa is a good investment for america. we're not talking about breaking the bank. we're talking about a very small investment for

Jack Reed

6:00:35 to 6:00:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: what i believe would be a great return. so i'm very please ed to join with my colleague from florida, senator nelson, who really is my expert when it comes to these issues. we both have great affection

Jack Reed

6:00:52 to 6:01:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: for the cape. he grew up a few miles, a very few miles south of it. i grew up a very few miles to the west of it. this is our backyard. we know it. we love it. and we know what it's meant to our country.

Jack Reed

6:01:09 to 6:01:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: we know that the future of it can be very bright, and we certainly do support this effort to improve funding to nasa. thank you, mr. president. i yield the floor. ms. mikulski: mr. president? the presiding

Jack Reed

6:01:23 to 6:01:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: officer: the senator from maryland. ms. mikulski: could we note the absence of a quorum? the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: ~ quorum call: ms. mikulsli: mr. president?

Jack Reed

6:01:35 to 6:01:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: the presiding officer: the senator from maryland. ms. mikulsli: i ask the call of the quorum call be vacated. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. ms. mikulsli: mr. president, proponents

Jack Reed

6:01:51 to 6:02:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: have had a thorough discussion. we have spoken for about an hour. we certainly want to be sure those who might have pause or flashing yellow lights about it bring their concerns to the floor so we can

Jack Reed

6:02:06 to 6:02:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: engage in a discussion and maybe even a debate so we could move, just move this debate forward and be able to dispose of the amendment no later than 4:00 and earlier, if possible. i just want to give

Jack Reed

6:02:19 to 6:02:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: everybody warning that if there's nobody here ... we'll move the bill. we'll move the amendment. the presiding officer: the senator from washington. mrs. murray: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent

Jack Reed

6:02:36 to 6:02:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: the call of the quorum be rescinded. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mrs. murray: i ask the senate proceed to s.722 the asbestos act of 2007 and the amendment an the desk be

Jack Reed

6:02:49 to 6:03:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: considered and agreed to, the committee report as substituted be agreed to, the bill as amended be read three times, passed and the motion to reconsider be laid upon the table, that the title amendment

Jack Reed

6:03:06 to 6:03:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: be agreed to and any statements appear at the appropriate place in the record as if read. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection, so ordered. mrs. murray: mr. president, i want

Jack Reed

6:03:23 to 6:03:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: to thank all of my colleagues in the senate for taking just a moment this afternoon to pass a very important piece of legislation. what the senate just did was pass the ban asbestos in america act of

Jack Reed

6:03:34 to 6:03:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: 2007. this is a piece of legislation that i have been working on, now, for almost seven years. when i heard about americans, people who were dying from asbestos -- and i thought to myself, my gosh,

Jack Reed

6:03:46 to 6:04:04( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: i thought asbestos was banned many years ago, how can this be? the fact is, mr. president, that as as has never been banned. in fact, today, 2,500 metric tons of asbestos are being imported every year.

Jack Reed

6:04:04 to 6:04:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: it's in products like hair dryers and ceiling tiles and break pads and products that americans are using and being exposed to. i began with senator paul well wellstone six years ago to pass this. i lost

Jack Reed

6:04:14 to 6:04:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: my friend, senator wellstone in an airplane crash and i thought, how will i get this out of the senate without his passion? well, i found another partner just as passionate. and he's here with us

Jack Reed

6:04:28 to 6:04:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: today, senator isakson, from georgia, who took up this banner with me, who has worked this bill through every way possible, because he, too, looked in the eyes of those families losing loved members

Jack Reed

6:04:40 to 6:04:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: of their family today because asbestos was exposing them to deadly diseases and they were dying of meth theel only ma. i thank him from the bottom of my heart for working this bill through every

Jack Reed

6:04:51 to 6:05:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: difficult challenge we have had, every difficult sentence, for anybody out there who thinks legislation passes without anybody looking at it, we can tell you, that every t has been crossed, every i has

Jack Reed

6:05:03 to 6:05:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: been dotted and this legislation, when it passed, is going to make a real difference in the lives of americans. i want to thank senator boxer, chairman chairman of the epw committee when she heard we

Jack Reed

6:05:13 to 6:05:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: were working on this bill seven or eight months ago said, senator murray, senator isakson, this bill's in my jurisdiction. i'm going to work with you to get it passed. she has worked every sing will

Jack Reed

6:05:26 to 6:05:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: day throh all the -- every single day through all the challenges we have had. when i began this battle i began it with two men i met who were dying as a result of being exposed to asbestos. fred

Jack Reed

6:05:34 to 6:05:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: bealeca and brian harvey and i said i would stick with this bill until it was passed, sent to the president and passed into law. i lost brian and fred because they died of asbestos and i met many

Jack Reed

6:05:47 to 6:05:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: others on the way. today, i stands here on the floor of the senate and i tell everyone, when you believe in something, you work hard, and you find good people to work with you, you can make a difference.

Jack Reed

6:05:58 to 6:06:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: because. fred's and the brian's and the man other people i've men, and my great colleagues on the floor of the senate, today we're making a difference. we are well on our way to banning the use of

Jack Reed

6:06:09 to 6:06:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: asbestos. it goes, now, to the house. we are working to make sure the house gets this passed and it's to the president's desk and i can tell everyone in america when that bill is signed we will

Jack Reed

6:06:22 to 6:06:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: no longer be exposed to the importation of asbestos in this country, you can know that the ceiling tiles you buy or the brake pads that are in your car or the mechanic that is exposed accidentally, will

Jack Reed

6:06:34 to 6:06:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: no longer be exposed and we will have made a major step forward in the health of all americans. i thank senator isakson, senator boxer, senator inhofe -- all of the people who have worked with

Jack Reed

6:06:46 to 6:07:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: us. as we all know, we're doing this because we want america to be a safer place. i really want to thank everybody for this major step forward. thank you, mr. president. i yield to my colleague

Jack Reed

6:07:02 to 6:07:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: who has worked so hard with me on this. the presiding officer: the senator from georgia. mr. isakson: i thank the distinguished senator from washington, senator murray, for her kind remarks and tell much

Jack Reed

6:07:19 to 6:07:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: that reads about this, without her championing this issue over seven years it would not have happened. she has been a marvelous champion those suffering from asbestos-related diseases. i have watched her

Jack Reed

6:07:30 to 6:07:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: encounter countless hurdles on a very complex issue and complex piece of legislation and she has done a marvelous job. her stap staff member, bill camel has been a tremendous help as my staff

Jack Reed

6:07:40 to 6:07:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: member, ed iggy. and as mentioned by senator murray, senator boxer has been the real champion giving up the atform and framework and latitude in committee to work new there. when i entered congress

Jack Reed

6:07:57 to 6:08:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: in nine nunn i had the privilege of meeting a congressman named bru uce vento who died. his wife has worked toward a ban on asbestos. today in washington, renee hanson from my state of georgia who suffers

Jack Reed

6:08:13 to 6:08:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: from the disease is here today, by chance, advocating on behalf of those that suffer from that dread disease and seeking the congress of the united states to take the action this senate has just taken.

Jack Reed

6:08:26 to 6:08:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: this country started 37 years ago by banning asbestos but through regulatory rulings the ban never took place although the use has been restricted. it is used in countless products. this bill puts

Jack Reed

6:08:40 to 6:08:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: an end to asbestos. in those narrow exceptions of national defense, the space program and a chlorine filter in a contained filter sysm, both are grandfathered but with a system where they go out of business

Jack Reed

6:08:50 to 6:09:04( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: as replacements that can substitute for them come in. instead of taking legislative descriptions, we took scientific evidence and declared scientific studies in the future to make the determinations

Mary Landrieu

6:09:04 to 6:09:20( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: to see to it that americans are no longer exposed to life-threatening fineers known as asbestos. it has been a privilege for me to work on many things in my legislative career both back in georgia and

Mary Landrieu

6:09:04 to 6:18:29( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mary Landrieu

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