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Senate Proceeding on Dec 13th, 2007 :: 1:58:36 to 2:04:30
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Richard Burr

1:58:36 to 1:58:42( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: bring up a point that i may want to refute. mr. chambliss: then i would suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: without objection, the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: mr.

Richard Burr

1:58:36 to 2:04:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Richard Burr

Richard Burr

1:58:42 to 1:58:52( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: chambliss: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from georgia have he can canned. . mr. chambliss: i would yield five minutes to the senator from south carolina -- the presiding officer:

Richard Burr

1:58:52 to 1:59:03( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: a quorum call is in progress. mr. chambliss: beg why you are fard. i would ask the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. the senator has five minutes and 20 seconds remaining.

Richard Burr

1:59:03 to 1:59:15( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: mr. chambliss: i would yield all that time to senator burr. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. burr: i thank the generous offer from the ranking member. this is tough. senator test certificate

Richard Burr

1:59:15 to 1:59:30( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: a friend, but he's misguided. -- senator tester is a friend, but he's misguided. the fact is that the law today has served us well in this country. i think it's vitally important for all senators

Richard Burr

1:59:30 to 1:59:44( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: to realize that agriculture is a business that reacts and changes to market demands. we've put legislation in place that allows the markets to operate, and these laws serve as guidelines for farmers

Richard Burr

1:59:44 to 1:59:58( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: and how they make their business plans for the future. as a matter of fact, we're the envy of the rest of the world. the agricultural markets in this country, the hogs that are raised and sold and eaten,

Richard Burr

1:59:58 to 2:00:11( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: the chickens, the turkeys, and in north carolina's case, we rate and rank extremely high. we're number two in hogs and turkey production, and i dare say every person in the room and even in america has

Richard Burr

2:00:11 to 2:00:27( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: eaten pork from north carolina at one point or another. one of the reasons hog farmers in my state have been able to grow and produce the best pork in the world is the regulatory forcs that govern the

Richard Burr

2:00:27 to 2:00:41( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: livestock industry, and what we're being asked to do in this amendment is to turn that on its head. today current law says that if a producer wants to bring suit against a processor for injuries to the producer's

Richard Burr

2:00:41 to 2:00:55( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: business, they have to show that they've actual actually been injured. let me resthait. current law says that if a producer wants to bring suit against a processor for injure trois a producer's business,

Richard Burr

2:00:55 to 2:01:17( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: they have to so that they've actually been injured. that's a threshold that ought to be for everything that a suit is s brought on. now, let me put it in practical terms exactly what the tester amendment

Richard Burr

2:01:17 to 2:01:32( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: would do. it would say that a company who contracts with a producer, a grower, and because they have determined that that grower has exceeded the minimum standards, has done things that technologically

Richard Burr

2:01:32 to 2:01:46( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: enhance the products that they're going to purchase, that if they reward them by paying them more money, because the product is better, they're now susceptible to a grower that might not be dealing with

Richard Burr

2:01:46 to 2:01:59( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: 10,000 hogs, he might be dealing with 10 hogs, he might not adapt his surroundings to the new technologies, therefore, the meat is not as good. but if they're not paid the same same, he'll go to

Richard Burr

2:01:59 to 2:02:11( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: court and he'll sue that he should have been paid the same thing that the contract was for 10,000. now, what's the net result of it it? and if i was in a state that had smaller producers who felt

Richard Burr

2:02:11 to 2:02:25( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: dis disadvantage ed from a prierks geez, i might look at it differently. but what is the impact? the impact is that companies are not going to raise everybody's boat. they're going to lower everybody everybody's

Richard Burr

2:02:25 to 2:02:42( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: boat. they're going to pay every producer less. there'll be no incentive for new technologies to go into agriculture and specifically hogs, turkeys, and chickens. there'll be no choice for consumers between

Richard Burr

2:02:42 to 2:02:57( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: grades of products, some that taste better than others, because we will have now dumbed downo what this new standard is, and that standard will be to make sure that you're not susceptible to lawsuits,

Richard Burr

2:02:57 to 2:03:13( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: everybody regardless of size, everybody regardless of the quality of the product will be paid the same. now, let me state that again. regardlessga of the quality, regardless of the size of the purchase,

Richard Burr

2:03:13 to 2:03:23( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: because of this one little change which is you have to prove that you were injured, producers will be obligate ed. i mean, you might says it's their choice, but if a choice is between being sued every

Richard Burr

2:03:23 to 2:03:33( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: time there's contracts that say different things or accepting one standard and applying that to everybody, they're going to accept one standard and apply to it to everybody because they can't pass

Richard Burr

2:03:33 to 2:03:48( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: on the litigation cost of these suits. mr. president, would you tell me when there's one minute left. the presiding officer: the senator from north carolina has 30 seconds remaining. mr. burr:

Richard Burr

2:03:48 to 2:04:00( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: mr. president, let me just say that i hope my colleagues here understand the law as currently written works. it has served this country well. it has produced choice. it has produced quality. and it has fairly

Richard Burr

2:04:00 to 2:04:16( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: reimburse ed all who sphwer into it. enter into t let's keep it like it is. let's not change t let's make sure that the products america has chosen and continues to choose in the marketplace is

Richard Burr

2:04:16 to 2:04:30( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: driven by the marketplace and not driven by policy in washington. i yield the floor. mr. tester: i want to thank my colleague from north carolina. i appreciate your comments. as i said earlier, you've

Jon Tester

2:04:30 to 2:04:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: got to have good information to make good decisions. a couple things that i need to point out. first of all, in production agriculture, we are not priced price makers, we're price takers. that's a fact.

Jon Tester

2:04:30 to 2:06:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jon Tester

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