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Senate Proceeding on Nov 29th, 2010 :: 6:16:55 to 6:34:10
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Daniel Inouye

6:16:44 to 6:17:04( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: mr. president, our founding fathers bestowed upon the congress the authority to ensure that the people's representatives would make the final decisions upon spending, not the executive branch. they lived under monarchy in which the power of the purse

Daniel Inouye

6:16:55 to 6:34:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Daniel Inouye

Daniel Inouye

6:17:05 to 6:17:26( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: resided with the executive and they had no desire to repeat that experience. in short, our founding fathers did not want another king. they wanted a president. but a president whose power would be held firmly in check by co-equal congress.

Daniel Inouye

6:17:27 to 6:17:47( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: none of us should be surprised that president obama has expressed his opposition to earmarks. earmarks would serve to strengthen the executive branch of government by empowering the president to make decisions that the constitution wisely places in the hands of congress.

Daniel Inouye

6:17:48 to 6:18:09( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: this is the exact same reason presidents clinton and bush sought the -- fought the line-item veto during their presidencies. as i've said many times before, the people of hawaii did not elect me to serve as a rubber stamp for any administration. handing over the power of the

Daniel Inouye

6:18:10 to 6:18:31( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: purse to the executive branch would turn the constitution on its head. so i must admit, mr. president, i find it puzzling that some republicans who want to grant all authority over spending to any president, but especially a democratic president. and make no mistake, that is

Daniel Inouye

6:18:32 to 6:18:52( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: exactly what this amendment would do. we have heard numerous misleading arguments from 0 opponents of earmarks, but several in particular seem to be repeated again and again. i cannot allow the misinformation or misrepresentation to go unanswered.

Daniel Inouye

6:18:53 to 6:19:14( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: first and foremost, opponents falsely claim that earmarks contribute to the deficit. perhaps the strongest proponent of this argument is the junior senator from south carolina who stated the following in a fundraising letter he sent out in october, and i quote -- "i'm

Daniel Inouye

6:19:15 to 6:19:37( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: not willing to bankrupt my country for earmarks." fine statement. this is but one example of the many times over the past year in which so-called deficit hawks have falsely asserted that earmarks are the root cause of

Daniel Inouye

6:19:38 to 6:19:58( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: our nation's fiscal problems. this is especially galling when you consider that many of these same individuals supported the policies that led directly to the current budget crisis. in the interest of setting the record straight, and as chairman of the senate appropriations

Daniel Inouye

6:19:59 to 6:20:20( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: committee, i feel compelled to point out to my colleagues that eliminating earmarks would do virtually nothing to balance the federal budget. this is a cynical attempt to distract the american people from the serious challenges before us and nothing more. the numbers clearly demonstrate

Daniel Inouye

6:20:21 to 6:20:41( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: just how misleading the arguments of earmark opponents really are. according to the most recent congressional budget office estimate, federal spending for fiscal year 2010 totals abou about $3.5 trillion and revenues for that year total abou

Daniel Inouye

6:20:42 to 6:21:02( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: about $2.2 trillion resulting in a deficit of $1.3 trillion. congressional initiatives make up less than one half of 1% of the total federal spending. if we expect this proposal to eliminate all earmarks and take the second necessary step of

Daniel Inouye

6:21:03 to 6:21:25( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: actually applying the savings to deficit reduction, the total deficit for the united states would still be $1.3 billion -- trillion. if opponents were serious about eliminating the deficit and paying down the national debt, they would offer specific plan for cutting $1.2 trillion in

Daniel Inouye

6:21:26 to 6:21:46( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: spending or for increasing revenues. instead they choose to mislead the american people by implying that we can balance the budget by cutting a tiny tractio tine tiny fraction of federal spending. calling for the elimination of congressional earmarks is a

Daniel Inouye

6:21:47 to 6:22:09( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: legitimate, philosophical position to take, although not one which i agree. however, to suggest that earmarks are the cause of our deficit of $1.3 trillion is irresponsible. adding to this misleading rhetoric allegations that congressionally directed

Daniel Inouye

6:22:10 to 6:22:32( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: spending is inherently corrupt, a practice that is hidden from the public eye. that allegation is simply false. we all recognize that practices of the previous majorities led to significant abuse of the system -- abuses of the system. however, mr. president, since we

Daniel Inouye

6:22:33 to 6:22:56( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: recaptured the congress in 2006, democrats have instituted a series of major reforms that now hold members accountable and have made earmarking more transparent than ever. that is the law. i would ask any of my colleagues, can anyone name

Daniel Inouye

6:22:57 to 6:23:19( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: another part of the federal budget? and let me remind my colleagues that we're talking about less than 1 half of 1% of the budget that is subject to more scrutiny than earmarks? the appropriation committee requires every member to post his or her request for 30 days prior to the committee's

Daniel Inouye

6:23:20 to 6:23:40( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: consideration of the relevant appropriations bill. the committee requires every member to submit a letter that he or she does not have a pecuniary interest for which the funding is being requested. the committee's website requires

Daniel Inouye

6:23:41 to 6:24:03( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: a link to every single member request. these are all reforms that were implemented when the democrats took control of the senate and the house. to pretend and suggest that earmarks are being doled out in a business as usual manner reflected of previous congresses is flat out misleading.

Daniel Inouye

6:24:04 to 6:24:25( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: reforms have been made that allow great projects that provide benefits to the nation and to individual states and districts to be funded while ensuring that the abuses of the early and mid-2000's are a thing of the past. there can be no doubt that we've

Daniel Inouye

6:24:26 to 6:24:46( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: entered an age of real transparency when it comes to earmarks. moreover, mr. president, each and every earmark that comes before the senate today is listed in the committee reports so that all members are able to identify them and know exactly what they're voting on.

Daniel Inouye

6:24:47 to 6:25:07( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: and, of course, the internet makes all earmark requests available to the press and to the public. the internet also makes all campaign contributions over $200 equally accessible. so where is the so-called corruption?

Daniel Inouye

6:25:08 to 6:25:29( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: where are the secret deals? i'd like to know about them. further, i would remind my colleagues that in the 2010 funding for earmarks it's less than one half of the $32 billion in earmarks provided in 2006. mr. president, i've spent

Daniel Inouye

6:25:30 to 6:25:50( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: considerable time refuting the misinformation being spread by those who oppose to congressionally directed spending initiatives. an highlight a few examples of why the practice of earmark is necessary. as chairman of the defense appropriation subcommittee, i've

Daniel Inouye

6:25:51 to 6:26:14( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: witnessed the benefits of earmarks firsthand over many years. i've previously discussed the benefits to our troops and our nation of the predator drone, the pilotless drone that is able to pick up enemy sites without endangering our troops.

Daniel Inouye

6:26:15 to 6:26:35( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: and i pointed out to the new managers that quickly stop bleeding and serious wounds that have saved countless lives of soldiers fighting in iraq and afganistan. mr. president, these are earmarks. let me now turn to other areas of the federal budget. i will start by reminding my

Daniel Inouye

6:26:36 to 6:26:57( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: colleagues that one of the most successful programs for low-income women an infants started out as an earmark. in the 1969 agricultural appropriations bill, congress earmarked funds for new -- for a new program called w.i.c., w-i-c, to provide critical

Daniel Inouye

6:26:58 to 6:27:18( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: nutrition to low-income women, faints, and children -- infants and children. over the past 41 years this program provided nutritional assistance to 150 million women, infants, and children, making a critical contribution to the health of the nation. a vital program that has

Daniel Inouye

6:27:19 to 6:27:40( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: provided much-needed assistance through millions and it came into existence as an earmark. in 1969 and 1970, congress earmarked $25 million for children's hospital in washington, d.c., despite the

Daniel Inouye

6:27:41 to 6:28:01( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: objections to and the veto by the president. that funding resulted in what we know today as the children's national medical center. children's hospital has become a national and international leader in neonatal and pediatric care, providing the health care

Daniel Inouye

6:28:02 to 6:28:23( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: to over five million children since its doors opened. again, i note that this was an idea, an earmark erected by congress and vetoed by the president. in 1987 congress earmarked funds

Daniel Inouye

6:28:24 to 6:28:44( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: at the request of senator domenici for mapping the human gene. this project became known as the human genome project. this research has led to completely new strategies for disease prevention and treatment

Daniel Inouye

6:28:45 to 6:29:07( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: including discoveries of dramatic new methods of identifying and treating breast, ovarian and colon cancers. no one disputes that these advances will save many, many lives. and they all began with the earmark. this was a project that was not

Daniel Inouye

6:29:08 to 6:29:28( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: supported by unelected agency bureaucrats in the executive branch and thus would never have been made it into the budge we -- would allow congressional intervention. in the early 1990's, i pursued, along with my dear friend, the senator from alaska, the late

Daniel Inouye

6:29:29 to 6:29:49( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: ted stevens, an noaa, to fund a tsunmai warning system. this earmark came under attack in the late 1990's and early 2000 by a few members as wasteful spending. of course, in this particular case, as in many others, time

Daniel Inouye

6:29:50 to 6:30:12( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: and events would prove this to be a wise investment of tax dollars. we all remember that on december 26, 2004, the indian ocean tsunami occurred, killing over 200,000 people in 14 countries. two years later, the republican

Daniel Inouye

6:30:13 to 6:30:34( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: congress passed and the bush administration signed into law the tsunami warning and education act. this legislation was based on the foundation established by the 14 years of earmarking for tsunami hazard mitigation

Daniel Inouye

6:30:35 to 6:30:56( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: program. a congressional initiative that began in 1998 at the behest of senator gregg would lead to the creation of the national domestic preparedness consortium, which is now the principal vehicle through which fema identifies, develops, tests

Daniel Inouye

6:30:57 to 6:31:17( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: and delivers training for state and local emergency responders. the program began as a series of earmarks for several nationally recognized organizations which focus on counterterrorism preparedness and response needs of the nation's federal, state and local emergency first

Daniel Inouye

6:31:18 to 6:31:40( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: responders and emergency management agencies. as a result of the training and expertise provided by ndpc members, thousands of new york city first responders had been through counterterrorism preparedness and response training at the centers prior to

Daniel Inouye

6:31:41 to 6:32:04( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: the 9/11 terrorist attacks. mr. president, there are thousands of other earmarks just like these that over the years have made a difference in the lives of americans, projects that the bureaucrats in downtown washington never hear about because they do not communicate with constituents on a regular basis.

Daniel Inouye

6:32:05 to 6:32:25( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: programs like the predator and the human genome project, they are so innovative that an unelected, unaccountable government official is reluctant to include in the budget out of fear that he or she will be accused of wasting taxpayer

Daniel Inouye

6:32:26 to 6:32:47( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: funds on an unproven technology. mr. president, other members will be speaking against this amendment, and we will have examples of why simply stopping all earmarking is wrong and detrimental for our government and our citizens. the founding fathers bestowed upon the congress the responsibility to determine how

Daniel Inouye

6:32:48 to 6:33:10( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: our taxes should be spent rather than leaving those decisions to unelected bureaucrats in the administration and obviously with good reason. certainly, we can all agree that members of congress will return home nearly every weekend to meet with constituents have a much better understanding of

Daniel Inouye

6:33:11 to 6:33:32( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: what is needed in our cities and towns across rural america than do the bureaucrats sitting in washington. so, mr. president, for all these reasons, i will continue to defend the right of congress to direct spending to worthy projects as long as i'm privileged to serve in the u.s.

Daniel Inouye

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

Daniel Inouye: senate and call attention to those who distort the facts on the subject. and i urge my colleagues to vote against the coburn amendment. we have already taken significant and forceful steps to ensure the abuses of the past are not repeated.

Daniel Inouye

6:33:55 to 6:34:12( Edit History Discussion )

Daniel Inouye: this amendment ignores those steps while at the same time deprives the congress of essential constitutional prerogatives. it does nothing to decrease the debt and is designed to give political cover to those who

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