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Senate Proceeding on Dec 12th, 2007 :: 7:50:57 to 7:55:59
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Saxby Chambliss

7:50:36 to 7:50:57( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: i would now recognize the senator from louisiana, senator landrieu, for five minutes. a senator: thank you, mr. president, i am pleased to join my colleagues, the senator from alabama and the senators

Mary Landrieu

7:50:57 to 7:51:09( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: from arkansas in our strong appeal to our colleagues to vote against the grassley-dorgan amendment. as senator lincoln so eloquently said, this underlying bill is the single largest reform to the farm

Mary Landrieu

7:50:57 to 7:55:59( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mary Landrieu

Mary Landrieu

7:51:09 to 7:51:25( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: program practically in the last two decades, if not forever. we have made significant underlying reforms to try to limit and streamline subsidies to make it fair. but as the senator from alabama said,

Mary Landrieu

7:51:25 to 7:51:46( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: our rural areas, particularly in the south and southeast, need this bill to continue to grow and to prosper. there are parts of the country that are doing very well. but in rural america there are

Mary Landrieu

7:51:46 to 7:52:03( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: still difficulties. we have over two hun thousand farmers in -- 2,000 farmers in louisiana. they are among the two most respected in the chamber. i have to say perhaps it would be easy for mor support

Mary Landrieu

7:52:03 to 7:52:15( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: an amendment like this if the crop in my state was getting two or three times the price that it once did. but the fact is that -- fact is that rice, sugar cane, cotton are not in the best shape.

Mary Landrieu

7:52:15 to 7:52:29( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: we are being pressed by imports and have different rules and different subsidies. corn has done very well lately. i think a couple of years ago it was selling on the markets for for $2.10 a bushel. today

Mary Landrieu

7:52:29 to 7:52:44( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: the exchange rate, the commodities rate is $4.33. so people growing corn are doing very well. and i have some of them in my state as well. but because of the ethanol subsidies, because of what we've

Mary Landrieu

7:52:44 to 7:53:01( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: done on the energy fuel business, corn is doing well. and we're happy for it. but there are other crops in this country, specialty crops, vegetables, rice, soybean, and sugar cane, that are fighting

Mary Landrieu

7:53:01 to 7:53:16( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: for markets, fighting against unfair trade practices, and this amendment will do them great harm. senator lincoln has done an excellent job representing southern farming on the agriculture committee. she

Mary Landrieu

7:53:16 to 7:53:30( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: has, with our support, put forward some reforms to reduce the cost to taxpayers, but, mr. president, we cannot do anymore. and asking us to do it is not right. so for georgia and for alabama and for

Mary Landrieu

7:53:30 to 7:53:46( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: louisiana and parts of texas, this is as far as we can go. and i am asking our farm guys that we helped you with the subsidies for ethanol. we know that farmers growing corn are making a boatload

Mary Landrieu

7:53:46 to 7:54:01( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: of money. we're happy for it. but we cannot accept this amendment. and i'm urging our colleagues to reject it. and let's move forward together on reform for the taxpayers and for our rural areas. our

Mary Landrieu

7:54:01 to 7:54:16( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: sugar farmers have not had a loan increase in 25 years. and now with this administration supporting huge imports from mexico, we're at a great transitional time for sugar. this is not the time to

Mary Landrieu

7:54:16 to 7:54:31( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: cut them anymore. our rice farmers, which the -- which senator lincoln has spoken about rice, she's from a rice farming family herself. she certainly knows what it means to walk the rice rows, and she's

Mary Landrieu

7:54:31 to 7:54:46( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: explained that many times. but the current loan rate unfairly penalizes, as well, producers of long-grain rice, and we need help in that regard and any further cuts in the rice industry would be detrimental.

Mary Landrieu

7:54:46 to 7:54:58( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: i'm pleased with senator lincoln's assistance, we were able to put in extra help for our specialty crops. sweet potatoes, we grow a lot of. and we're proud of that and others. this is a billion dollar

Mary Landrieu

7:54:58 to 7:55:13( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: business, it's important to louisiana, and we just need to hold the line with the reform. i'm urging my colleagues to vote no on grassley and dorgan. we have given enough from our region and we

Mary Landrieu

7:55:13 to 7:55:24( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: want to support reforms. we have support reforms. but enough is enough. so i'm happy that corn is now at at $4.33 a bushel. i wish my sugar cane farmers an rice farmers were getting two and three

Mary Landrieu

7:55:24 to 7:55:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: times what they were getting a couple of years ago, but they're not, mr. president. thank you very much. let's hold the line with what senator lincoln has led us and the senator from georgia, and

Mary Landrieu

7:55:39 to 7:55:59( Edit History Discussion )

Mary Landrieu: vote no on the grassley-dorgan amendment. thank you. the presiding officer: the senator's time has expired. mr. chambliss: i would yield five minutes to my colleague from georgia. senator isic. --

Johnny Isakson

7:55:59 to 7:56:10( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: is -- isakson. mr. isakson: thank you very much. i have a lot of respect for zell miller, and doing the research for the 2002 farm bill, he made a statement that i think is worth repeating. he said

Johnny Isakson

7:55:59 to 7:58:49( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Johnny Isakson

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