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Senate Proceeding on Dec 13th, 2007 :: 1:43:29 to 1:48:04
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Sam Brownback

1:38:49 to 1:43:29( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Sam Brownback

Sam Brownback

1:43:11 to 1:43:29( Edit History Discussion )

Sam Brownback: senator from iowa. mr. tester: five minutes work? mr. grassley: yes. the presiding officer: the senator from iowa is recognized for five minutes. mr. grassley: you know, what the senator from

Chuck Grassley

1:43:29 to 1:43:42( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: montana is trying to do has to be done if we're going to have justice for the family farmer. and the reason why we've been in suits in regard to packinghouses for 20 years. i remember when i first came

Chuck Grassley

1:43:29 to 1:48:04( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Chuck Grassley

Chuck Grassley

1:43:42 to 1:43:59( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: to congress, we were trying to overturn the illinois brick case because it stood in the way of the family farmer getting justice in business. so you end up fighting the national manufacturers association

Chuck Grassley

1:43:59 to 1:44:13( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: and the u.s. chamber of commerce to bring justice to family farmers. and finally, in a lawsuit down in alabama, we get a jury who says that the family farmer's right. but you get a judge that overrules

Chuck Grassley

1:44:13 to 1:44:31( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: the jury. now i want to speak about not just this particular case because senator tester's doing that. but i hope everybody in this senate remembers that on several different occasions everybody in

Chuck Grassley

1:44:31 to 1:44:44( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: the food chain beyond the farmer's gate is lining up against the farmer. and i'll give you just a recent example in regard to food or fuel and the ethanol issue and corn going to $4, and the price

Chuck Grassley

1:44:44 to 1:45:01( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: of food going up, and every farmer getting blamed for it. every person in the food chain outside of the farmer's gate was involved in that conspiracy that had nothing to do with the price of food

Chuck Grassley

1:45:01 to 1:45:15( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: rising. but the family farmer gets blamed for it when food goes to $4. or when corn goes to $4. but when the price of corn goes down to $2.85, i don't see the price of food go down. but the conspiracy

Chuck Grassley

1:45:15 to 1:45:28( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: exists. and this court case and this judge and this ruling on the packers and stockyards act is contributing to that conspiracy. and we need to get behind it and get some justice for the family farmer.

Chuck Grassley

1:45:28 to 1:45:45( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: now, if you want to know why there's a justification in doing what we're doing, all you've got to do is go to a statement that a c.e.o. of a major corporation made to a few years ago, a little bit unrelated

Chuck Grassley

1:45:45 to 1:46:03( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: to this but somewhat related to it, and that is why do slaughter houses and packing companies own livestock? we own livestock, the answer was in a very candid way, we own livestock because when prices

Chuck Grassley

1:46:03 to 1:46:18( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: are high, we kill our own. and when prices are low, we buy from the farmer. now what we need is a marketplace that has a great deal of transparency. we fight trying to get information on sales from

Chuck Grassley

1:46:18 to 1:46:35( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: these packing companies under price discovery. we pass legislation to make price discovery real. and then we get regulations from the u.s. department of agriculture, get regulations from the u.s. department

Chuck Grassley

1:46:35 to 1:46:44( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: of agriculture to the extent that -- to the extent that we do not meet the goals of the legislation, and you don't get as much information under the regulations of the department. i had a staff person just

Chuck Grassley

1:46:44 to 1:46:56( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: want to go back to iowa to work for the department of agriculture. he's going to work for the packers and stockyards act. i said to him, you know, you want to go there because you don't want to do

Chuck Grassley

1:46:56 to 1:47:08( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: anything, because they don't do anything to help the family farmer. i didn't change his mind around. he's still there working. i hope he's doing a good job. he knows how i feel about it. maybe he'll

Chuck Grassley

1:47:08 to 1:47:23( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: actually get something done. but we've got to get rid of this attitude that you're going to let everybody beyond the farmer's gate gang up on the farmers, particularly when there's a court case where

Chuck Grassley

1:47:23 to 1:47:34( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: the jury is given justice to the farmers. we've got to pass this legislation so that we get justice for the family farmer. i yield the floor. the presiding officer: who yields time? mr. chambliss:

Chuck Grassley

1:47:34 to 1:47:43( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: mr. president, can i inquire as to how much time is remaining? the presiding officer: the supporters of the amendment have 7 minutes, 30 seconds. opponents have 10 minutes, 40 seconds. mr. chambliss:

Chuck Grassley

1:47:43 to 1:48:04( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: i would yield to the senator from kansas, senator roberts. the presiding officer: the senator from kansas is recognized. mr. roberts: let me just say to my good friend from iowa who is shaking the hand

Pat Roberts

1:48:04 to 1:48:16( Edit History Discussion )

Pat Roberts: of my good friend from montana that justice and conspiracy are in the eyes of the beholder, and i thank him for his feeling for agriculture and his passion for the, for all of agriculture and all that he

Pat Roberts

1:48:04 to 1:50:58( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Pat Roberts

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