Boozman, Durbin, Cardin

The vehicle for the American Water Infrastructure Act (S. 3021)

Senator Boozman: (4:17 p.m.)

  • Spoke on AWIA.
    • "I would like to give thanks, a special thanks to our cosponsors, Senators Barrasso, Cornyn, Inhofe, Capito, Wicker, Feinstein, Casey, Baldwin, Manchin and Senator Whitehouse. The fact that the S.R.F. Act has cosponsors from across the country with vastly different political ideologies makes an important point. Infrastructure investment is not a rural issue or a big city issue. It's not a red state problem or a blue state problem. This is a national emergency, and it's time that we put partisanship aside and show the American people we can work together and provide safe and reliable drinking water and wastewater services to Americans in every part of the country."


Senator Durbin: (4:28 p.m.)

  • Spoke on healthcare reform.
    • "Most of the time the American people kind of look at us, are puzzled, what are they talking about? Or why does this mean anything to me and my family and my future? Let me give you an example of a couple letters I received that relate to a vote we're going to take this week. The first letter was from Richard Lapeman from Napier, Illinois. Richard and Mary wrote, quote, our 13-year-old Sam was diagnosed with leukemia. After the no existing preconditions exclusion for kids collusion went into effect. They went on in their letter to say to me obviously, we're feeling dependent on all of the clauses of the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, right now, including the one that protected those like our family with a child with a preexisting condition."


Senator Cardin: (4:45 p.m.)

  • Spoke on AWIA.
    • "Obviously there are rough edges and problems as far as a lot of negotiations, and I know that Senator Barrasso, Senator Carper, and Senator Inhofe would acknowledge that. I want to acknowledge May Stevens of my staff for the work she has done in advancing the priorities that are important for the people of Maryland and to make sure we have a well-balanced bill for our country. As I think my colleagues know, the focal point of my environmental work has been to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay which is considered one of America's greatest resources and a national treasure."