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Senate Proceeding on Oct 8th, 2009 :: 1:29:20 to 1:40:40
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John McCain

1:29:19 to 1:29:43( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: without objection, the clerk will report the mccain amendment. the clerk: the senator from arizona, amendment number 2626. on page 111 -- mr. mccain: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent further reading of the amendment be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mccain: mr. president, i come to the floor with an

John McCain

1:29:20 to 1:40:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John McCain

John McCain

1:29:44 to 1:30:05( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: amendment that would elinate a -- another unneeded and unwanted earmark which is suggested by the president of the united states. before i go into that, mr. president, i would ask unanimous consent that a article from this morning -- an article from this

John McCain

1:30:06 to 1:30:26( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: morning's "washington post" be included in the record entitled "ex-staffers winning defense panel pork study finds." the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mccain: mr. president, i just quote from the beginning of it, something that is well known, but continues to be you a then indicated about the corruption of the -- you a then

John McCain

1:30:27 to 1:30:49( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: indicated about the corruption of the process that we go through in the appropriations here. it says, defense panel pork study finds. in the coming years military spenting bills members of the house panel continue to steer lucrative contracts to representatives of their former

John McCain

1:30:50 to 1:31:10( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: staff who in return steer generous campaign donation t their campaign lawmakers have found." not an astonishing finding, but, again, an example of corruption that goes on around here. the senate for public integrity

John McCain

1:31:11 to 1:31:31( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: found that those on the house committee of the house appropriations -- contractors currently or recently employing former staffers who have become lobbyists. the analysis by the washington wash dog group found that earmarks still often hinge on a web of connections despite at least three criminal

John McCain

1:31:32 to 1:31:52( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: investigations of the practice that became public in the past year. now, mr. president, i bring forward another amendment. this will be my sixth to eliminate a program that the president and -- an appropriation for it that the president of asked for.

John McCain

1:31:53 to 1:32:13( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: now, i often quote from this document. this will be the sixth one. this document is entitled, "terminations, reductions, and savings. budget of the united states government fiscal year 2010. and, again, i'd like it read from introduction. it says, and this comes from the

John McCain

1:32:14 to 1:32:34( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: administration, the president's 2010 budget seeks to usher in a new era in of responsibility, an era where we not only do what we must to do create new jobs an lift our economy out of recession, but also where we much lay a new foundation for long-term truth an prosperity. to do this the nation must

John McCain

1:32:35 to 1:32:55( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: address some of the deep systematic problems that have been ignored too long by making critical investments in education so that every child can compete. it goes on and on. and in the next par another central pillar of a sound economic foundation is restoring fiscal discipline. the administration came into the

John McCain

1:32:56 to 1:33:18( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: office facing a budget deficit of $1.3 trillion for this year alone. i think that's up to $1.4 trillion now. and the cost of confronting recession and the financial crisis has been high. while these are extraordinary times that have demanded extraordinary responses, we cannot put our nation on a course fof long-term growth with uncontrol debts an deficits. it goes on to talk about the

John McCain

1:33:19 to 1:33:40( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: problems that we face and the president has announced a procurement reform effort that will greatly reduce no-bid contracts and save $40 billion in the cabinet's first meeting he directed agency heads to identify $100 million in administrative savings. it says this volume is the first report of that effort. in it the administration

John McCain

1:33:41 to 1:34:01( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: identifies programs that do not accomplish the goals set for them, do not do so efficiently or do a job already done by another initiative and recommends these programs for either termination or reduction. we have -- talking about the administration speaking. we have terminationings, reductions and

John McCain

1:34:02 to 1:34:23( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: other areas of savings that will save approximately $17 billion next year alone. it goes on to describe what they are. half of these savings for the next fiscal year come from defense programs and half come from non-defense. no matter their size, these cuts in reductions are all important to setting the right priorities with our spending, getting our

John McCain

1:34:24 to 1:34:44( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: budget deficit under control, and creating a government that is a sufficient -- that is sufficient and effective. now, as i said at the beginning of my remarks, mr. president, this will be the sixth amendment that i have offered to support the president's request for reduction or termination of unneed or unwanted programs. and i am confident that this

John McCain

1:34:45 to 1:35:05( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: will be the sixth time that appropriators on both sides of the aisle will vote down. the president's request, not my request, not my assumption, but that of the president of the united states and the office of management an budget. so this particular one -- and by the way, had the senate agreed with my amendments, which they did not, and supported the call of the president to end programs

John McCain

1:35:06 to 1:35:27( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: that don't accomplish the goals set for them, we would have saved the taxpayers $8 billion. now, in this day multitrillion dollar deficits deficits, $87 billion is not a lot in this town, but it is in my home state of arizona. so what this amendment does --

John McCain

1:35:28 to 1:35:48( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: and i quote, president's document. and i will read from it. quote, "the budget supports public broadcasting through increased appropriations to the corporation for public broadcasting and eliminates the unnecessary public telecommunications facilities grant program."

John McCain

1:35:49 to 1:36:10( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: let me make it clear the administration is supporting increases in public broadcasting, but is trying to eliminate the unnecessary public telecommunications facilities grant program in the department of commerce. ptfb funding represents less than 4% of the public broadcting funding and has in

John McCain

1:36:11 to 1:36:32( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: recent years supported the transition to digital television broadcast which will be completed in fiscal year 2009. the administration goes on to say the budget -- since 2000, most of these awards have supported public television stations conversion to digital

John McCain

1:36:33 to 1:36:55( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: broadcasting. digital broadcasting fac mandated by the communication commission will be completed in fiscal year 2009, and there is no further this program. the administration, again, goes on to say -- it goes on to say the administration supports public broadcasters

John McCain

1:36:56 to 1:37:16( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: and it the corporation for public broadcasting in 2010, which is an digs to the enacted in advanced appropriations for total proposed 2010 resources o of $481 million. nearly $20 million above 2009.

John McCain

1:37:17 to 1:37:37( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: the budget also includes an advanced appropriation request for corporation for public broadcasting in 2012 o of $440 million to support public broadcasters. the corporation for public broadcasting and funds can support the same types of

John McCain

1:37:38 to 1:37:58( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: capital projects as ptfb as well as stations operating and programming costs. the national telecommunications an information administration, the commerce department bureau that has administered this program was provide provided $4.7 billion in the american recovery and reinvestment act to implement

John McCain

1:37:59 to 1:38:19( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: the new broadband opportunities program terminating this program will enable the n focus its efforts on the program, the broadman technology opportunities program, a major challenge for this small comm will aid the nation's economic

John McCain

1:38:20 to 1:38:41( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: recovery and promote long-term competitiveness. again, these are not -- these are not my words. these are the president of the united states words. so we're talking about -- abou about $20 million saves by eliminating this program. now, one of the arguments we're going to hear in return and one of the great sacred cows around

John McCain

1:38:42 to 1:39:07( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: here is the corporation for public broadcasting. this does not affect the increase in funds for public broadcasting. it simply terminates a program th states believes is not necessary because its mission has been completed. so i would imagine that we will

John McCain

1:39:08 to 1:39:30( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: both sides of the aisle voting not to eliminate a program, again, the sixth amendment that i have had trying to implement the recommendations of the president of the united states and the office of management and budget. and while we're staring at a $1.4 trillion deficit for this

John McCain

1:39:31 to 1:39:52( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: year and a $9 trillion debt for the next 10 years and those estimates have been completely underestimated. so i tell the american people are mad. they're very angry. it's going to be another tea party in my home state this weekend. and you know they're mad because

John McCain

1:39:53 to 1:40:13( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: we're stealing their children's money. 43 cents out of every dollar we're spending today is on borrowed money. and who's going to pay it back is this they know that they are. -- pay it back? they know that they are. they know their kids and grandkids are. and we can't even eliminate a program or programs that the president of the united states

John McCain

1:40:14 to 1:40:34( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: requests that we terminate and there will come -- there will come, and it will come fairly soon a day of reckoning for this. an article from "the washington post" this morning, because my friends and colleagues, say to you again, there i and there is corruption in the

John McCain

1:40:35 to 1:40:40( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: earmarking and pork barrel process that goes on and the american people are tired of it. i urge my colleagues to

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