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Senate Proceeding on Dec 13th, 2007 :: 1:24:06 to 1:29:02
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Sam Brownback

1:18:18 to 1:24:06( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Sam Brownback

Sam Brownback

1:23:50 to 1:24:06( Edit History Discussion )

Sam Brownback: craig: all right. thank you. the presiding officer: the senator from montana is recognize ed. mr. tester: mr. president, first of all, i want to thank the good senators from connecticut kansasfor

Jon Tester

1:24:06 to 1:24:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: their comments. i, too, respect your opinion. i would ask that you pay careful attention to what i'm about to say. i am actually in the specialty crop business personally. it's been well-documented.

Jon Tester

1:24:06 to 1:29:02( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jon Tester

Jon Tester

1:24:22 to 1:24:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: i raise organic crops. i don't raise organic beef. but i am around people who raise organic beef and will continue to be able to raise organic beef beef. they're still going to be able to market their

Jon Tester

1:24:37 to 1:24:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: beef. what this amendment does and it speaks specifically in the packer and stockyards act, it re restrains create ing a monopoly. they can't have an allege ed business justification to do that.

Jon Tester

1:24:56 to 1:25:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: when you're adding adding stroll a product, you are increasing the value. when you're specialize ing in hormone-fed beef, you still have access to those premium prices. what the packers and stockyards

Jon Tester

1:25:08 to 1:25:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: act does is it protects the cattle producers and those feed feeders that you talked about, allows them to stay in business, be ail to get that premium price -- be able to get that premium price. what

Jon Tester

1:25:21 to 1:25:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: this amendment does is protects them from those four packers who control 80% of the country's meat supply and it could be fewer than that next year controlling 0% of the meat supply if they buy one

Jon Tester

1:25:37 to 1:25:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: another out by setting prices by use ing an allege ed business justification to create a monopoly or restrain the commerce around the meatpacking industry. it's critically important that you know that the unintended

Jon Tester

1:25:52 to 1:26:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: consequences you talk about are not going to exist with this amendment. those unintended consequences are simply not there. what this bill will do is it will reinstate the free market system in our cattle

Jon Tester

1:26:12 to 1:26:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: industry. the point that i made earlier in my opening statement where you can literally have four c.e.o.'s of four companies that control 8 80% othe meatpacking industry be able to manipulate forward

Jon Tester

1:26:28 to 1:26:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: contracts, be able to manipulate the transactions within their business, and put a business justification for it and now all of a sudden is okay under the packers stockyard act. that's simply not right.

Jon Tester

1:26:47 to 1:27:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: we ought not be encouraging mon monopolization anywhere, much less in agriculture that puts our producers at risk to driving them off the ranches in this country. we've got about, in montana we've got

Jon Tester

1:27:01 to 1:27:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: about four times as many cattle as we do people i believe. it's a big issue. premiums are still going to be there. specialized beef still going there. the ability to add value to our meat products

Jon Tester

1:27:13 to 1:27:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: are still going to be there and get the price they deserve for them. what this will stop is the meatpackers from -- and i read right straight from the packers and stockyards act -- "restrain "restraining

Jon Tester

1:27:25 to 1:27:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: commerce, creating a monopoly, regardless of any allege ed business justification." next paragraph, "restraining commerce, regardless of any allege ed business justification." the last time i heard

Jon Tester

1:27:37 to 1:27:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: -- the last time i checked, if you're getting paid a premium, you're not restraining commerce. you're promoting commerce. and it goes -- the bhoal -- "to manipulate or control prices, regardless of

Jon Tester

1:27:55 to 1:28:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: any allege ed business justification." there's no boogie man in these amendments, folks. this is a good amendment. you know, we dealt with an amendment yesterday that talked about producers and

Jon Tester

1:28:09 to 1:28:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: the kind of pressures they're under and the mental health aspects that impact farmers and ranchers when they're put under financial pressures. i believe we passed that amendment. the fact is, if you

Jon Tester

1:28:27 to 1:28:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: want to help farmers and ranchers' success, pass this amendment of it will make them more financially -- more financially vibrant. with that, mr. president, i yield the floor. the presiding officer:

Jon Tester

1:28:35 to 1:28:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: who yields time? mr. harkin: how much time is left on the -- the presiding officer: the the senator from iowa has 19 minute minutes. mr. harkin: 19? the presiding officer: the sponsor of the amendment

Jon Tester

1:28:51 to 1:29:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: has 19 minutes. 17 minutes for the opposition. mr. harkin: i'm sorry, we have 19 minutes? the presiding officer: the sponsor has 19 minutes. the opposition has 17. mr. harkin: i ask the senator yield me four

Tom Harkin

1:29:02 to 1:29:14( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: or five minutes. mr. tester: okay. the presiding officer: the senator from iowa is recognize ed. mr. harkin: mr. president, i want to rise in support of the amendment offered by the senator from montana.

Tom Harkin

1:29:02 to 1:36:09( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Tom Harkin

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