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Senate Proceeding 12-08-10 on Dec 8th, 2010 :: 2:34:00 to 2:45:25
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Lamar Alexander

2:33:41 to 2:34:04( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: of $2.278 billion. total budgetary effect of h.r. 9 -- 4994 for the 10-year statutory paygo scorecard net decrease in the deaf the sit o of $17.276 billion. also submitted for the record as part of this statement is a table prepared by the congressional budget office which provides additional information on the budgetary

Lamar Alexander

2:34:00 to 2:45:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lamar Alexander

Lamar Alexander

2:34:05 to 2:34:26( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: effects of this act. a senator: the presiding officer: the senator from tennessee. mr. alexander: thank you, mr. president. i was glad i had a chance to hear the senator from colorado and the senator from oklahoma congratulate the senator from colorado o reelection. he mentioned working across

Lamar Alexander

2:34:27 to 2:34:48( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: party lines, one area where we can do that in this next year where he can make a significant contribution is in the area of fixing "no child left behind", the elementary and education act. he has lots of experience earned the hard way on the ground in that area and he's on the relevant committees and i look forward to working with him. second, i join the senator from

Lamar Alexander

2:34:49 to 2:35:11( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: colorado in support for the tax plan agreed upon by the president and democratic and republican leaders. i've noticed that over the last couple of days a large number of the news stories is about who wins. you know, who gets political points for this tax agreement. i think the story is the american people win.

Lamar Alexander

2:35:12 to 2:35:32( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: i mean, the focus of this congress should be, number one, how can we make it easier and cheaper to create private-sector jobs? virtually every economist who's come before us called by democratic senators or republican senators has said that raising taxes on anybody in the middle of an economic

Lamar Alexander

2:35:33 to 2:35:54( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: downturn makes it harder to create private-sector jobs. and then in addition to -- so -- so this legislation which would stop the automatic increase of taxes for tens of millions of americans, some since the largest tax increase in history,

Lamar Alexander

2:35:55 to 2:36:15( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: makes it easier and cheaper to create private-sector jobs. so does the provision to provide 100% expensing for businesses. what that means is that companies can -- who buy equipment in the next year can immediately deduct that.

Lamar Alexander

2:36:16 to 2:36:36( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: so does the provision for giving working people in this country a reduction by one-third during the next year in what they pay on the payroll tax. that will mean they have more money in their pockets and perhaps they'll spend it and perhaps that will help the economy grow as well. and in addition there's the

Lamar Alexander

2:36:37 to 2:36:57( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: provision to give some certainty to the estate tax. some want zero. some want 100%. this comes to a common, reasonable decision for two years. now, no one on the republican side of the aisle is completely happy with this agreement. we want the tax rates

Lamar Alexander

2:36:58 to 2:37:19( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: permanently where they are or at least not higher. we believe that short-term decisions about taxes don't create the kind of certainty that does the best job of helping to create private-sector jobs. but we welcome the fact that the president of the united states has accepted this as a part of

Lamar Alexander

2:37:20 to 2:37:41( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: an agreement and at the same time he has gotten the priority that he put a high goal on which was the extension of unemployment compensation. we don't like to see that passed in a way that adds to the debt. so we have some democrats who don't like everything in the bill and some republicans who don't like everything in the bill.

Lamar Alexander

2:37:42 to 2:38:03( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: what we have is something we haven't seen very much for the last two years. instead of we won the election, we'll write the bill, we have a different attitude. let's sit down and talk and we what we -- see what we can do for the good the country. i think this will not only result in the bill being passed, i think it will result in it being accepted by the people of this country.

Lamar Alexander

2:38:04 to 2:38:25( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: i think it will help to build confidence in our economic growth. i think it will help build confidence in the ability of our government to function and deal with big problems, and i congratulate the democratic and republican leaders of the senate and the house. and i congratulate the president for bringing it this far. now we have a ways to go. it's not decided yet, but it's a

Lamar Alexander

2:38:26 to 2:38:49( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: good step in the right direction. instead of scoring political points, i think we're trying to score some points for the american people. and when they get their paychecks in the middle of january and see the lower withholding and see the amount of taxes that they're not going to have to pay in a tax

Lamar Alexander

2:38:50 to 2:39:10( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: increase, i think they'll -- a small business person in tennessee looking at this might say they're not going to raise taxes and take money that my company earned and take it to the government, so maybe i'll take some of that money and i'll spend it to hire somebody the or they're going to let me deduct everything i spend for new equipment so maybe i'll go ahead and do that this year instead of

Lamar Alexander

2:39:11 to 2:39:31( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: over the next two, three, or five years -- or four or five years and -- and maybe that will help my business grow and maybe i'll hire somebody. and maybe it will say to the people who work that the company -- at that company, i'm going to have a little more money in my pocket, i'll spend it and maybe they'll buy some of the goods made at that small

Lamar Alexander

2:39:32 to 2:39:52( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: business or some of the other small businesses and the economy will grow. there's no doubt that this adds to the deficit. but there are two ways to reduce the deficit. one is to reduce spending, which we must do and we have an opportunity to deal with that that the senator from oklahoma talked about. the other way is to create new revenues and the way you do that is economic growth.

Lamar Alexander

2:39:53 to 2:40:14( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: this bill will help make it easier and cheaper to create private-sector jobs, that's economic growth, that helps reduce the deficit. i also want to congratulate senator coburn who spoke before the senator from colorado. senator coburn, senator crapo,

Lamar Alexander

2:40:15 to 2:40:36( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: senator conrad, senator durbin, the majority whip, all voted for the debt commission report. that was a courageous act on behalf of all five of them. it's one thing to go around the country saying we need to reduce the debt. it's another thing to take on a wide-ranging proposal that actually does that. because it's very, very painful.

Lamar Alexander

2:40:37 to 2:40:57( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: you can't just say we're going to get rid of earmarks which don't save a penny. you can't just say we're going to focus on discretionary spending that doesn't affect defense, which is 15% of the budget. you've got to deal with the whole picture. you've got to deal with national defense. you've got to deal with social security. you've got to deal with medicare and medicaid.

Lamar Alexander

2:40:58 to 2:41:19( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: and it's true that the report didn't do as much on entitlements as i would like for it to have done, but i'm very proud of the members of the commission. they've given us a serious proposal and i as one senator intend to take it seriously and do my best to support as many of its provisions as possible so we can take a step forward not just

Lamar Alexander

2:41:20 to 2:41:41( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: in creating private-sector jobs, but in attacking our other major goal which is reducing spending so we can reduce the debt. mr. president, i have one other comment i'd like to make as i'm here this afternoon. it involves the abuse of leaders in iran. i rise today, mr. president, i'm here on the floor to discuss an issue that some constituents of

Lamar Alexander

2:41:42 to 2:42:03( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: mine brought to my attention when i was in nashville this summer. we met to discuss the plight of the bahi in iran. the bahi faith was founded in persia in 1844 and is one of the fastest growing religions in the world with more than five million followers an -- in more than 200 countries an

Lamar Alexander

2:42:04 to 2:42:24( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: territories it is the largest nonmuslim religious community in iran today. the high followers have been persecuted for their faith by the iranian government since their religion was established. but the frequency and severity of the persecutions has increased under the presidency of ahmadinejad. more than two years ago a group

Lamar Alexander

2:42:25 to 2:42:46( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: of seven of the high leaders offense referred to as the uron or friends were arrested. they were charged with pursuing propaganda activities against islam and for spying on behalf of israel. after more than two years of temporary confinement, the seven were tried in a closed court proceeding that did not meet

Lamar Alexander

2:42:47 to 2:43:08( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: even the minimum international standards for proper criminal procedures and protection of civil rights. the six men and one women were each sentenced to 20 years in prison august the 8. this is yet another example of the iranian government striking

Lamar Alexander

2:43:09 to 2:43:29( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: out against its own people. we saw violent examples of this when iranian citizens protested the unfair elections. those who dared to -- faced baseless charges, closed court proceedings, extremely harsh sentences, possibly even death. the international community has

Lamar Alexander

2:43:30 to 2:43:52( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: expressed its outrage about the sentencing of this group, and secretary of state clinton has issued a statement on august 12 that reaffirms our country's commitment to protecting religious freedom around the world, including that of the baha'i in iran. this is more than a story from the other side of the world.

Lamar Alexander

2:43:53 to 2:44:14( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: there are more thoon -- than 168,000 baha'i in the united states. there are more than 2,000 in my home state of tennessee. the men and women with whom i met in august have family members, fathers, mothers, sons, brothers, in-laws who have been arrested and imprisoned in iran simply because of their faith. their only request was that we as members of the united states

Lamar Alexander

2:44:15 to 2:44:36( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: senate continue to do all that we can to keep the spotlight on iran and its persecution of peaceful citizens. that is why i wanted to bring this matter to the attention of the senate today. the united states has already imposed sanctions on iran by enacting the iran sanctions act,

Lamar Alexander

2:44:37 to 2:44:59( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: but i hope that by shining a spotlight on this extreme and continued abuse of peaceful adherence of the baha'i faith by the iranian government, that we can, one, reaffirm our commitment to religious freedom around the world, and, two, make a little more comfortable -- make a little more uncomfortable

Lamar Alexander

2:45:00 to 2:45:18( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: the regime in iran which perpetrates these crimes against its own people. mr. president, i yield the floor. and i quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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