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universities. he's just one of many african-american pioneering scientists whose work should be lifted up as the role models they are, not just during black history month but all year round. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina ek recognition? mr. wilson: today, the president's budget proposal erminated fund ink to stop m.o.x. the president hasn't acknowledged how crucial it is to environmental cleanup. support for m.o.x. is bipartisan and shown by former new mexico governor and secretary of energy bill nelson. they are experts who advocate the completion of the facility.
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and there is no viable alternative for eliminating plutonium. what is more closing m.o.x. would make south carolina and georgia a repository for nuclear waste. .t is for upholding the lawsuit who for the have filed a lawsuit to enforce the law with south carolina's agreement. in conclusion, god bless our troops and may the president never forget september 11 and thank you rob o'neal for eliminating osama bin laden. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? mr. langevin: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and resize and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. langevin: mr. speaker, earlier today, the senate health committee passed by voice vote
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s. 800, enhancing the visibility of medical research. as the lead sponsor in the house of representatives with my good friend and representative greg harper, we are advancing the rehabilitation science and improve the care that that are provided to people with disabling injuries and conditions. millions of people require rehabilitation to restore, maintain or prevent deterioration of function and this legislation will play an important role in the provision of that care. i commend senator kirk for championing this important bill and i look forward to its swift passage and urge its swift passage in the house. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. poe: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one
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minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. poe: mr. speaker, as peyton manning and the denver broncows celebrated their wind, a north korean satellite passed over the stadium. what's next? there would be a missile with a nuclear warheaded headed for an american city. this isn't some whacky idea. on january 6, the north koreans tested a nuclear bomb that could kill more people than the nuclear bomb they have. north korea conducted a rocket launch that can hit the united states. the north koreans also support hezbollah, work with iran on missile development and kidnapped an american college student and put him in jail and there is much more.
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north korea is a rogue state. it is time to put them back on the state sponsor of terrorism list before super bowl takes place in my hometown in houston, texas. and that's just the way it is. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? >> request yalk to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, tomorrow is wear something red wednesday to bring back our girls. boca ho haram is burning children alive. victim of boca haram. ms. wilson: and the rest of the
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family survived to be gunned down in front of him. he represents the millions of children and women who are being raped, kidnapped, mutilated and killed by the world's deadliest organization. if you are not outraged, then you are not paying attention. for instance killing for instance, the world has ignored this level of violence. i pray that this country and this congress awaken to these horrific acts and take up efforts to. please continue to tweet, tweet, back our tweet. tweet. bring back our girls. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition?
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without objection, gentleman is recognized. >> i rise to congratulate home f the fighting bramans for receiving a willion golden football. as part of the nationwide super bowl 50 celebration, they started the honor roll program to honor high schools that impacted the game of football for the better. mr. rooney: high schools were chosen to honor a head player or coach and who was on an active roster. the high school was chosen because of jimmy jones who played in super bowls 27 and 28 with the dallas cowboys. jimmy chose to be in florida for a parade rather than in dallas. we are proud to call him one of our own.
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it is my honor to be here in the house of representatives. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? ms. kaptur: permission to address the house for one minute. this past weekend i had the opportunity to travel with congressman dan kildee, congresswoman brenda lawrence, dingell and oman other members of congress, sheila jackson lee to see firsthand the water crisis in flint, michigan. i want to report to the members of the house what i saw was appalling. at this point, so many weeks after the lead crisis was identified, they have no central medical team examining those children. it is appalling.
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they have no water buffalos supplied by the national guard with president bushized p.v.c. tubing. they have no hot showers go, that are portable and put in the schools in that community to me was absolutely appalling. i was told that the governor of that state had not even met with the people of the community. he came in for a press conference. is that what this is about? i met children who had hemorrhages and ulcers from drinking that water and black rashes. our country has a responsibility to this country. there ought to be a central coordinator. and those children and the citizens ought to be taken care of. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. carter: ask unanimous consent to address the house for
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one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. carter: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize curtis fultz as director of the georgia port authority. he has done an exceptional job, including the expansion of the deepwater ports of savannah and brunswick. mr. fultz led the water authority to achieve record cargo growth and improve safety and promote stewardship. i'm honored and grateful for his leadership as georgia ports authority executive director and wish him all the best. i would like to wish the incoming executive director and the georgia portse authority continued growth and success for years to come. thank you and i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following personal requests. the clerk: leaves of absence requested for mr. hudson of north carolina for today. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the request is granted. under the speaker's announced licy of january 6, 2015, jam -- the gentleman from nebraska, mr. fortenberry, is recognized as the designee of the majority leader. mr. fortenberry: i want to share a story with everyone tonight. although i live in nebraska, i keep an old family van here in washington diswhich is particularly helpful when our children are visiting. on one particular occasion, the van was messy. and my children were smaller then and i hadn't had the time to clean it. i was parking it in a downtown
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garage and i handed the keys to the attendant and said to him, sorry, i have five children. and he looked at me and smiled, don't worry, i have seven children and they are going to take care of me when i'm old. i looked back at him and i said you know what that's called? i said that's social security? he said i like that. can i say that? mr. speaker, while we think of social security as that important security program that is so essential to so many people, i want to explore a broader understanding of how we find our security together as a people, as a nation. i want to re-imagine this term social security in a wider sense of the phrase, what it means to find belonging, protection, and
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mutual support. ultimately, society agendas upon a binding set of fartives and agreement with one another about one fundamental fact, the agreement that we should care about each other, that we are committed to one another and that we have a common vision. now, mr. speaker, americans, we are continuing to confront a number of long-standing challenges to our country's well-being. let's be honest, there is distrust of government and the economy is deepening a sense of division and fracturing our society as more and more people seem to be left out. but fortunately, mr. speaker, our nation does still have great character and great strength, found first and foremost in
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durable values that keep us resilient with the ability to adapt and change even in the most turbulent of times. even though there is angstity and anger at the present moment, americans do desire a new settlement of both security and opportunity. mr. speaker, here's the dilemma. a constant focus on a washington -based solution offers a false sense of solidarity and is no substitute for community. it cannot rekindle the via bransy of our society and far from healing our wounded culture, the government cannot fix everything that is wrong. doing so, attempting to do so
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will recalculate winners and losers. this is especially true when america's political system suffers from so much discord and disfunction. here's the answer. a hopeful politics and a truly ood society are ultimately relational. although, for instance, we are not immune from hasher downward trends where i live, we have in my state of nebraska, to some degree safeguarded the importance of community, the necessity and integrity of the family and quality of care for ourselves as well as those around us. i'm proud of this fact, mr. speaker. and i often refer to it as the nebraska model. reduces the intervention and creates happier
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outcomes. the social security program itself is so critical to protecting the well-being of america's seniors. i believe strongly in this program as so many others do. in fact, when i was a child, i received social security myself. my father -- due to the premature death of my father when i was 12 years old. this is an important program for america's security and for peace of mind for so many of our elder citizens. . but i think a broader view of this concept of social security demands that we regrasp the ideals of community and interdependency with one another. proper progress in our nation recognizes that our individual liberty is not merely a license to do whatever we want.
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a hypersense of individualism can obscure the foundational truth of our shared humanity. which longs for community. and it inhibits the common endeavors necessary for advancing a brighter future together as a nation, as one people. liberty and therefore human happiness are inextricably intertwined with our society, with our responsibility to one another. and that is what gives fullness to the meaning of social security. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. under the speaker's announced policy of january 6, 2015, the gentleman from california, mr. garamendi, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the minority leader.
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mr. garamendi: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to talk about the cities of america, at least many of the cities of america, and while i was waiting for the opportunity to speak to the house and people of america, i went into the cloakroom and pulled out today's "roll call," one of the -- what we call the hill rags. these are one of the newspapers around the hill. it says, let in the water, way beyond bill clinton -- way beyond flint. then it talks about the issue of contamination in our water supplies. and indeed they're quite correct. so what do these cities of america have in common? this would be one of maybe 20
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different slides i could put up here. int, michigan, toledo, ohio, baltimore, maryland, brick township, new jersey, washington, a -- washington, d.c., wayne county, north carolina, greenville, north arolina, lakenhurst acres, maine, chicago, illinois, porterville, california. the list goes on and on and on. these are cities that have or have had contaminated water in the last couple of years. some of these are ongoing. we hear a lot of discussion about flint, michigan, and the tragedy of the water supply in flint, michigan. the lead contamination, the 8,000 or 9,000 children that have been inflicted with lead poisoning and the incredible awful affect that will have on the development of their future. this issue is one that we're
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becoming aware of. actually we've been aware of it for a long, long time. the problem is we haven't done anything about it. or we've done very, very little about it. so tonight we're going to talk about contaminated water in america. america's cities and towns that are providing water that is not fit to drink. so what to do? well, we're going to have to deal with the realities of ,000, 9,000 children -- 8,000, 9,000 children, the development, the potential problems they face in their life ahead. that will be dealing with the fact that we had contaminated water in flint, michigan. and in a host of other cities. we can't live without water. the human body requires it. if you don't get it you're going to die very, very
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quickly. the fact of the matter is, not at all sure you can live with contaminated water. that's the actual water that was available to residents of flint, michigan. yucky yellow contaminated, polluted water. not just lead, but yuck. why would you want to drink that? well, it's all you have. you don't want to but you really don't have any choice. contaminated water. what to do? well, tonight we're going to discuss this issue. i guess one thing you can do is what california did in porterville, california, when the wells went dry. they brought a cattle water trough similar to what i have on my ranch to provide water for my cattle. this water trough provided water for the children the porterville, california.
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now, there's a solution to the water crisis in california. porterville isn't the only city and town in the san joaquin valley. if in fact, there are dozens of -- in fact, there are dowses -- dozens of towns. the largest state, the richest thing. we like to think of california, my home state, as being ahead of everything. i guess we're ahead in providing water troughs. cattle water troughs. to provide water for children. in california. we ought to be ashamed. so what are we going to do about it? there's 535 people here in the house of representatives. and i guess there's another 100 senators across the way. and the president and all the administration. what are we going to do about it? well, i guess we can look at our report card. this is from the civil engineers of america, their
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association. let's see. for 13 report card america's infrastructure, aviation, d, bridges, c-plus, dams, d. down here, schools, d. roads, railroads, c's. water -- oh, here we are. water, a d. we asked them about this, why a d? they said, we'd give them an f but it's too much trouble to trial to -- to try to figure out how to do an f so you go to the lowest which is a d. you don't get lower than a d in the american society of civil engineers. that's our report card in america, folks. that's not just water. that's the entire infrastructure system. and you're wondering why? why that happens? take a look at this little chart. a sharp drop in government
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infrastructure spending. let's see. that's 2002. 2002, $330 billion spent on all infrastructure. roads, bridges, airports, water systems, sanitation systems. $325 billion in 2002 and -- oh, in real dollars. 2014 dollars. nondefense spending on infrastructure, here we are in 2012, 2013, we're down to about $200 billion. about $125 billion less spent on infrastructure of all kinds. oh, back to water. what about water? where do we go with water? spending on clean water and drinking water infrastructure
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in 2014 dollars, deflated . llars, go back to 1973 1973. vietnam war was still going on. let's see. that would be somewhere around 0 billion in 2014 dollars in 1973. 2016, we're down to $2 billion. so don't be surprised when you see a list such as i put up a moment ago of cities in the united states who have water problems. aging infrastructure, lead pipes. here's a picture of a lead ipe. corroded, you wonder why kids get lead poisoning. you don't spend money on infrastructure, you're going to
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wind up with sick kids. u're going to wind up with bridges that collapse, you're going to wind up with a second-rate economy in a third-world -- and a third-world water situation. by the way, that's the bridge on interstate 5, the road from canada to mexico, down the pacific coast. bridge collapsed, so what happens? when you don't spend money on infrastructure, your economy fails, your kids get sick, and they're forced to drink water out of a water trough. this is not the america we want to live in. this is not the america the public sent us here to provide for them. we like to think of ourselves as a strongest, biggest, best country in the worldment and we are in many respects -- world, and we are in many respects. when it comes to providing for he fundamentals of life, water
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, we get a d rating. we get kids getting their water supply out of a water trough. we get kids in flint, michigan, that are poisoned with lead, and that's not the only city. across the united states, city after city, central valley of california, it's arsenic. it's lead. it's other contaminants. we have work to do here in the house of representatives. it's our responsibility. it is our task. we can't toss it off to somebody else. so, yeah, "roll call," you're correct. let in the water, way beyond flint. ers a -- lead in the water, way blond flint. arsenic in the water. feecal contamination in the water. you name it. city after city. ancient systems. more than 100 years old. lead pipes which were put in the ground a century ago
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leeching lead into the food supply. that's america. what would it cost? about $348 billion just for the water systems. how can we pay for it? there's a way. oh, america, are you aware that we're into a new nuclear arms race? we are. in the next 25 years, $1 trillion of your tax money is going to be spent on a total rearmament of our nuclear weapons systems. intercontinental ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, , bmarines, stealth aircraft $1 trillion. and city after city in america
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limps along, poisoning its children with 100-year-old water systems. we got some choices to make here. what are we going to spend your tax money on? new nuclear bombs? or a new water pipe? choices. joining me tonight to discuss these sets of issues are some of my dear friends. paul tonko and i have been working on this infrastructure issue for five years now, what we call the east coast-west coast. i'm going to ask paul if he'd wait just a few moments. sheila jackson lee, you were in flint, michigan, last week. i guess yesterday, actually. for a discussion in flint, michigan. share with us briefly, if you would, your reflections on what you saw there. ms. jackson lee: thank you very much and i thank the gentleman for new york for his kindness
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in my brief support of all of you on the floor. let me first of all acknowledge , as i indicated, your potent and powerful question to america of $348 billion to solve our problem. are our children that valuable? are our children worth it? my answer is yes. let me add my appreciation, though i know that he would not want to be in this predicament, congressman kildee and the entire michigan delegation that was there on saturday and they stood arm in arm listening to lint residents and just to say how painful it is to hear a mother talk about a child with spots all over his body. and to say -- have her say, point to other children and say, they're getting sick and i've lost my hair. or a teacher saying, i have children coming to school with puss sores.
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so let me say these few points. i sit on the judiciary committee and have the pleasure of being on the oversight committee and as a guest. and i just want to say these things. we need to hold we need to hold someone accountable to generate what the solution is. and as i want to reflect the decision to change the water of yielding? - am i mr. garamendi: i see the esteemed chairman of our rules committee that wants to report the most recent action of the rules committee. if you with hold for a few moments. i yield to the chairman. mr. sessions: i thank the gentleman from california, mr. garamendi, a fellow eagle scout. and i thank the gentlewoman from houston, texas. i send to the desk a privileged
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report for filing under the rule. and i would offer my thanks to the gentleman for the time he yielded to me. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 609, resolution providing for consideration of the bill h.r. 4442 to provide accountability and promote fiscal responsibility and providing for consideration of the bill to provide for greater accountability in federal funding for scientific research promote the research that serves the national interests. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. the gentleman from california is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i will finish very quickly. april, 2014, a nonscientist, i came out of the rules committee on a science initiative
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legislation, just made a decision to go to flint river. had no anti-corrosion plan and their there lies the sources of the problems of the cities that you indicated -- you had one with none toxics and just breaking the law. out of that, of course, to save 5 million has come a billion dollar plus to try and salvage this great city. the governor, of course, no accountability, and just to show emails that e of were released and very difficult to read these. the governor indicates this was not relevant to the issue. the main point is while we are talking about the infrastructure that we have and i do support mr. kildee's effort to help his
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effort, 770 million, we must hold ourselves accountable, this body of republicans and democrats who know we must invest in the infrastructure. i sent a letter early in january for an investigation, the f.b.i. is now investigating, we want to make sure there is a reviewing of whether there is mall feesance. there are many questions and there must be many answers. i want to make sure there is an accountable standard and say to the american people, we can't have a flint where decisions are made -- general mortse start stopped using the water. and this is happening across america partly because cities are broke and because we have
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not invested in the overall structure of america as mr. garamendi has said over and over again. i thank my colleagues knowing how painful how it is to represent that area and congresswoman lawrence who is working together, congressmen dingell and conyers, count me as a collaborator as we stand before the american people and say send me. we are prepared to fight for more infrastructure to help cities across america. mr. garamendi: i thank the gentlelady from texas. your concerns are very real. you traveled to flint and been working on these issues for many, many years. thank you for your participation. and tomorrow, the democrats are holding their own committee hearing on this issue and i'm certain we will go through the issues you talked about.
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what actually happened and who is actually responsible. that will be a discussion for tomorrow and perhaps we will cover it on the floor tonight. let me turn to my colleague from new york, mr. paul tonko with the continuation of the east-west show. mr. tonko: thank you for leading us on what is an important discussion. and you know, infrastructure, in a broad term, is something that needs our immediate attention because of years neglect. but the water infrastructure that has been highlighted as late. i would like to call it the hidden infrastructure and can't be out of sight, out of mind. that would be a very painful outcome, that is the approach taken by us as legislators or society at-large. for a number of years, we have
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been discussing infrastructure. i have made it my goal to invest in water infrastructure for a number of reasons but my ssignment has rankor, the lead democrat which reports to entering and commerce and the assignment of the drinking water act is housed and so it's important for us to maintain a vigilance, if you will, for the outcomes that are deemed acceptable and that is that we do not receive a d on our report card. when you shared that information, i thought if any of us brought home a d on a report card, that would be a little bit of challenge to improve that report card with the next semester.
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and so, i believe, that we have failed in this effort to maintain a strong federal partnership. there's been a lot of finger pointing going on since the flint, michigan disaster went on as a national issue. and that finger pointing won't solve anything. if we are going to finger point, we need to internalize. when you talked about the levels of funding, i came on to my county board in 1976 in montgomery county in upstate new ork and we had a lucrative revenue flow. today, what we look is a 4% investment coming from the federal government. that is grossly inadequate and the fact that we can allow situations like flint, michigan
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or troy, new york or los angeles, california to grip us and shock our senses and not respond leaves us in a pitiful state. we need to form a plan of action. and that must include a stronger investment in the infrastructure, the water infrastructure of this country. now, some of that requires, also, an enhancement of the investment made in the drinking water, the state resolving fund. that fund has not been re-authorized since 2003. we need to go forward and enhance the s.r.f. and our partners can then go forward and have some relief in responding to the strapped cities that are really impacted by declining tax
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bases, a small bit of population in some of our rural communities that are trying to speak to public safety and offer a commodity that is not only important but essential, essential in quality for our homes and small businesses and manufacturing bases and our farming communities, all of this requires water. and we are transinging to a water-based economy. let's put our act into working order. that means you invest, not like we did last year where the outcome was 843 million. that's completely going in the wrong direction. that is not listening to the needs of local government or the essential need of water found,
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drinking water, clean drinking water. that's what we need to invest snl. and making sure we have clean drinking water. it is mandatory. if we are going to compete, we essentials de the including to the business and agricultural community. it is interesting to see. does flint need it? absolutely. i stand ready and willing to assist. it is immoral. we need to move forward. but it shouldn't begin and end there. we need to create a national response that empowers our communities across the country
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and need to have interaction, dialogue to best understand where we have fallen down and where we have failed. we need to have officials from flint, michigan and officials from michigan to testify and i don't think it's appropriate for the governor of that state to walk away from that invitation. it's important for us to go forward with the sort of communication, the dialogue, that will build at the soundest response. nd if we do not respond out of are necessity to the communities, the list continues to grow, we will then see these issues keep rising in our communities. when i last saw troy, new york's dilemma, they were repairing in the worst weather, conditions weld ro, they needed to
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the materials that were completing the project. a major line, representative, garamendi, broke. a main line, a 33-inch pipe. shooting water into the air and 10 million gallons into the street. are we going to say it is acceptable in a nation like this that considers it a world leader? no nation can ignore it. blue infrastructure is what we should be about, providing that clean drinking water. we have a quarter of a million breaks annually in the system annually from coast to coast. 700 million breaks per day. think about it. that wouldn't be acceptable to an ordinary business plan. it shouldn't be acceptable to
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the federal government plan to assist communities. so, representative, garamendi, i'm thrilled to continue to continue the message forward, we need a plan of action, we need commitment and resources and it begins now. tever missed opportunity will perhaps cause the missed opportunity. just should not happen. so. and this is an essential commodity, that being water for our communities. mr. garamendi: mr. tonko, thank you so much. you brought enormous facts. your work as the ranking member of the subcommittee and energy and commerce, positions you in a very, very important place and passion and knowledge should
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help carry the day on this. i would like to call on my colleague from california, mr. and ieu from los angeles mr. tongo if you can stick around, we'll come back on this one more time. u . lieu: i i sit on the water committee and it's clear to me what happened in flint was a crime of epic proportions. tens of thousands of women, children and congresswomen were poisonned with lead. those were most responsible know who they are and should resign and should be prosecuted. but we need to make sure that we
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do what is right. and make sure that this never happens again. it is clear this is not an shy in flint but croo our nation. washington, d.c., had elevated levels in 2000 and see bringing and there was a report by the natural resources defense council in 2011, 19 cities had problems. we need to fund the c.d.c. lead abatement program that had been cut in 2003. e need to also make a strong investment in improving our infrastructure committee. we need to increase our infrastructure and look at alternatives to lead pipes.
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canada and american cities have had success with these pipes. they last longer than metal pipes, over 100 years. they do not corrode. they do not leach and they do not contain lead. what's happening with flint, they're looking at a short-term solution which is to recoat their lead pipes. i believe that's not acceptable. i believe the governor needs to come in and replace all the lead pipes with a nonlead alternative. the mayor of flint has called for full replacement. i support that. i know representative garamendi and others support that. and also want to give great credit to the great work by representative kildee for his constituents in flint. i also want to note that if we don't do something now, who knows whether your children or your grandchildren will be poisoned by lead in your drinking water. it's very important that we
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make enormous infrastructure investments and the time to do that is now. thank you again, representative garamendi, for highlighting this issue. mr. garamendi: mr. lue, if you'll -- you said -- mr. lieu, if you'll -- you said you were on the oversight committee, you had the hearing last week and began the process of developing an understanding of what happened and who was responsibility or those people that were responsibility -- responsible or those people that were responsible. critically important. you also said you're on the budget committee. if i might just lobby you for a moment. mr. lieu: absolutely. mr. garamendi: you're going to be taking up the budget i think tomorrow actually. mr. lieu: we have various markups coming up. mr. garamendi: so the budget's going to be coming up. that's the allocation of the $4 trillion that the federal government will spend, we'll be spending it on education, we'll be spending it on roads, on the military and the like. let me just toss you some numbers for your consideration. these are adjusted 2015 dollars.
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so we're keeping equal value dollars. in 2007 the safe drinking water or the state revolving fund for drinking water, which mr. tonko talked to, had $957 million for that program. that goes to the states to repair their water systems. and it stayed around $900 million the next year and then we had the stimulus bill in 2009, we spent $3 billion. then we went back down $1.5 billion, $1 billion, $947 million. we stayed somewhere in the range of $900 million. through 2016. so that's the current year. and that's $863 million that e're spending this year on the state. it's estimated that we need $328 billion to repair all the pipes.
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now, the president's budget has $1.2 billion for the coming year and he just introduced that today. also, in the president's budget $1.36 billion for the new long range strike bomber, $113 million for ground-based strategic deterrence. $1.4 billion for the ohio class submarine, a nuke submarine -- a nuclear submarine. the new long range cruise miller missile, $-- missile, $995 million. $137 ild the b-61 bomb, million. and the total amount that the national nuclear security gency is spending this new 240,000,000. 9,
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now, it would seem to me that this is just in the nuclear enterprise. these are our nuclear weapons. so my lobbying is this. when you put together the udget, could you somehow squeeze out of the nuclear arms race that we're engaged in about $1 billion? so that we can stop poisoning our children. mr. lieu: you make some very good points. as you know, america is the leading economy in the world, our g.d.p. is greater than the next two countries combined. we certainly have the resources to make sure we don't poison our kids with lead in the water. or other toxic material. mr. garamendi: just double, if you would, just double the amount we're spending for the clean drinking water programs at the federal level from about $1 billion to let's say $2
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billion. or maybe even $3 billion. by squeezing some of the expenditures that we find in other accounts. my particular target is the nuclear weapons account. which will in the next 25 years cost the american taxpayers $1 trillion. when you got to the hearing, keep it in mind -- when you go to the hearing, keep it in mind. mr. lieu: i appreciate it, i will. i want to talk about what representative tonko mentioned. the hundreds of water main breaks we have daily. that just showses a crumbling infrastructure. in -- shows a crumbling infrastructure. in america in the 21st century, that should not be happening. it's a result of disinvestment in our government, in cities and municipalities and you get what you pay for. right now we're getting children, they're being poisoned with lead. we need to increase investment and i will look into the issues you raised and thank you for highlighting these issues. mr. garamendi: i appreciate the opportunity to lobby you.
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you're in a very important position. as are all of us. 435 of us are going to make choices about what's important and how we spend our constituents' tax money. these are choices we're going to make and we often don't really look at it, but the budget that will be forthcoming, the president's budget and then the response of this house to that budget, will allocate that $4 trillion across a whole variety of programs. and we really do have the opportunity here, as we put together the budget and then the appropriation it's following, to take -- appropriationses following, to take up the challenge that mr. -- appropriations following, to take up the challenges that mr. tonko put before us in the state revolving fund. thank you so very much for joining us. mr. lieu: thank you. i look forward to working with you and others to make sure we invest in america. thank you. mr. garamendi: i appreciate you being here. thank you so very much. pipes.r. tonko, lead
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mr. tonko: you know, lead pipes. the $863 million in the drinking water s.r.f. of which i spoke is a lot of money. but when you put it into context of maybe $10 million -- 10 million lead service lines in the country, when you think of infrastructure that is beyond 100 years old, when i did tours, i've been doing tours in my district of the water system, and i have found systems as old as 145 years. that's when rutherford b. hayes was in the white house. and i saw pipes that were eight inch in diameter, reduced to four-inch flow because of calsfication. i saw pipes removed because of corrosion by the acidity of soils that has taken its toll. you think of new technology,
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invention, innovation, gauges that are -- can be utilized, liners that can be put in certain pipes for extending the useful life, things that we can be doing that provide for preventative maintenance and speak the -- to public health. and public safety. you know, it's a bit of wonderment, isn't it, that we will trade our cell phones every other year or perhaps every year because they've got a new product on the shelf, or we'll trade in our screens, our tv screens, because they're simply not big enough, or the car's got too many miles or we just came to just like the color and so we trade in the automobile every three, four years. but we're content to live with water pipes for 145 years. it defies human logic. why do we accept that? why don't we dig into this hidden infrastructure and nvest in a way that will avoid
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s being of family impacted by contamination of lead? children, innocent children impacted by societal neglect, investment that ought to be highest priority, not put onto a back burner. well, the response, as we know, is, how are you going to pay for it? what's the cost? what's the cost of doing something? let's contrast that with the cost of not doing something. -- of not doing something. what are the bills go going to be for -- going to be for flint, michigan, alone? we don't think people will be silent with these tragedies in their lives. what's the impact to industry? when i saw these lines burst in the city of troy, new york, this winter, businesses were shut down, schools were shut. they were closed for days. families didn't have water in
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their homes. what's the cost? what's the price tag? so it needs to be a framework that's large enough to calculate the human impact, the financial impact, the societal impact, the economic consequences. these are real. and, again, you know, we're a country, a people that can claim the pioneer spirit within our d.n.a. how do we dare say no to what ought to be a sound investment to grow jobs, maintain jobs, to compete effectively on a global scale and an innovation economy ? we can do better, we must do better. and when we look at the situations out there, where we've convinced ourselves that we're not worthy of investment, that is not leadership. we're trying to stall and pats
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it -- pass it on to our next generation. that generation that will be the next generation of leaders are being impacted health-wise as we speak. unacceptable. immoral. we can do better. representative garamendi, i know there are voices that really want to produce here and do this progressive bit of investment that will strengthen our communities. mr. garamendi: as you were talking, i think back when i was growing up and we used to call this not infrastructure, we used to call this public works. public works. this is for the public. it is infrastructure. but this is the public investment in the things that are -- that an individual, even a private company, cannot do. this is something that we do as a community in the public domain. and it is work. we're talking -- if we were to
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invest $2 billion this coming year in these community water systems, we would actually and te thousands of jobs we would increase the economic growth immediately. it's been estimated that for every $1 you put into public works, infrastructure, you immediately increase the $1.4, so this is a way of investing immediately, putting people to work in good, middle class jobs, and laying in the public works for future economic growth. and, as you just said so eloquently, protecting our health, our children's health. so this is absolutely essential. propecious ry moment.
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the president today proposed the budget for the united states of america, next fiscal year, beginning october 1, 2016. it's his proposal on how to spend about $4 trillion of taxpayer money and debt and we as the representatives of the people of the united states ill take that and modify it. and what if we just made one modification in that $4 trillion and said, we're going to spend an additional $1 billion or an additional $2 billion on public works water systems, what would it mean? 140-year-old pipes you talked ?bout, could they be replaced 250 water main breaks across the united states being reduced to maybe just 200,000. people going to work, engineers
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designing the system, financiers figuring out how to put together the local money and the state money and the federal money. generating jobs, growing our economy and stopping the poisoning of our children. the president proposed his budget today. tomorrow our colleagues take up the budget and begin to decide how to move that money to things that are a priority. mr. tonko: when we talk about the infrastructure hidden beneath the surface of the streets and scape of our communities, hard to imagine wooden pipes, along with those decrepit 145-year-old pipes and


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