|00:00:00||I'VE BEEN INTERESTED IN MISSOURI -- IN FACT, I WROTE A LETTER TO THE BUDGET CHAIRS IN MISSOURI, BECAUSE THEY WERE KIND OF PUFFING UP ABOUT HOW THEY WERE GOING TO BE ABLE TO BALANCE THE BUDGET THIS YEAR.|
|00:00:12||AND I LOOKED INTO IT AND REALIZED THAT THE ONLY WAY THAT THEY WERE BALANCING THE BUDGET THIS YEAR WAS BECAUSE OF THE STIMULUS MONEY.|
|00:00:21||IT IS IN FACT THE STIMULUS MONEY THAT HAS GONE TO KENTUCKY AND GONE TO ILLINOIS AND GONE TO MISSOURI AND GONE TO OREGON, GONE TO ALASKA, GONE TO RHODE ISLAND -- THAT IS WHAT IS ALLOWING THESE STATE LEGISLATURES TO KEEP FROM MASSIVE LAYOFFS OF PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS.|
|00:00:42||THERE WOULD BE MASSIVE CUTS IN EDUCATION IN MISSOURI THIS YEAR, AND FRANKLY NO CUTS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION WOULD BE POPULAR IN MISSOURI.|
|00:00:52||SO I ASK THE MISSOURI LEGISLATURES, I SAID, NOW, SOME OF YOU HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT HOW WE NEED TO DO AWAY WITH THE STIMULUS, IN FACT, SOME MORE FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE SAY, WELL, WE SHOULD GET RID OF THE REST OF THE STIMULUS.|
|00:01:04||SO I ASKED THE STATE LEGISLATORS, WHAT WILL YOU CUT IF WE PULL THE STIMULUS?|
|00:01:10||TELL ME HOW MISSOURIANS WILL BE HURT IF WE DECIDE TO PULL THE REST OF THE STIMULUS AND MAYBE SPEND IT ON OTHER THINGS LIKE PERHAPS THIS EMERGENCY BILL DEALING WITH UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE?|
|00:01:22||AND YOU KNOW THEY WON'T TELL ME.|
|00:01:26||THEY WANT THE PEOPLE OF MISSOURI TO THINK THEY'RE BALANCING THAT BUDGET WITH FERRY DUST.|
|00:01:31||THEY DON'T WANT THE PEOPLE OF MO TO KNOW THAT -- OF MISSOURI KNOW THAT IN FACT THE STIMULUS IS WHAT'S OUT THERE HELPING THESE STATES BALANCE THESE BUDGETS BECAUSE THEIR REVENUE HAS DROPPED OFF THE CHARTS.|
|00:01:43||JUST LIKE OUR REVENUE HAS, WHICH IS CAUSING SOME.|
|00:01:51||DEFICIT. CERTAINLY CONTRIBUTING TO SOME OF THE DEBT WITH AN INCREASE IN UNEMPLOYMENT EXPENSES AND THEN THE PROGRAMS THAT HAVE BEEN PASSED IN THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION, NOT PAID FOR.|
|00:02:03||I AM -- I HAVE -- I HAVE 20,000 MISSOURIANS, 20,000, THAT ARE GOING TO FIND OUT SOMETIME IN THE NEXT 48 HOURS THAT THEY'RE DONE.|
|00:02:16||-- THEY'RE DONE WITH UNEMPLOYMENT.|
|00:02:21||AND I CAN'T HELP BUT BELIEVE THAT IF WE HAD THIS KIND OF CRISIS AT THE OTHER END OF THE INCOME SCALE THAT ALL OF A SUDDEN WE WOULDN'T HAVE THIS NEWFOUND RELIGION THAT THIS IS THE MOMENT, THIS IS THE HOUR, THIS IS THE DAY THAT WE ARE GOING TO FIND NEW RELIGION ABOUT DEFICITS.|
|00:02:44||IT IS THE WRONG TIME.|
|00:02:47||I'M A COSPONSOR OF PAYGO.|
|00:02:49||I AM A COSPONSOR OF THE FISCAL COMMISSION.|
|00:02:51||I DON'T TAKE EARMARKS.|
|00:02:52||I HAVE VOTED AGAINST THE OMNIBUS.|
|00:02:54||I HAVE VOTED AGAINST MANY BUDGET BILLS BECAUSE I THOUGHT THERE WAS TOO MUCH FAT IN THEM.|
|00:02:59||I VOTED AGAINST A LOT OF FISCAL MEASURES IN THIS BODY, BUT THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO DO THIS ON THE BACKS OF THESE FAMILIES.|
|00:03:08||IT IS THE WRONG TIME.|
|00:03:11||THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT.|
|00:03:12||MR. DURBIN: I THANK THE SENATOR SPHRA MISSOURI.|
|00:03:15||AND FOR THOSE WHO ARE FOLLOWING THIS DEBATE -- MR.|
|00:03:19||BUNNING: YOU SAID YOU WOULD YIELD.|
|00:03:21||MR. DURBIN: I WILL.|
|00:03:22||-- FOR THOSE FOLLOWING THIS DEBATE, WE HAVE ASKED TO EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FOR THOSE OUT OF WORK IN AMERICA FOR 30 DAYS AND TO EXTEND COBRA BENEFITS WHICH HELPS THEM|
Mrs. McCASKILL. These are working folks. They are not--frankly, my family is very blessed. The tax cuts that were passed helped my family. It didn't help some of the families out there now struggling with unemployment.
The rest of the stimulus that is out there--I have been interested in Missouri. In fact, I wrote a letter to the [Page: S786] budget chairs in Missouri because they were kind of puffing up about how they were going to be able to balance the budget this year. I looked into it and realized that the only way they were balancing the budget this year was because of the stimulus money. It is, in fact, the stimulus money that has gone to Kentucky, gone to Illinois, gone to Missouri, gone to Oregon, gone to Alaska, and gone to Rhode Island. That is what is allowing these State legislatures to keep from making massive layoffs of public school teachers. There would be massive cuts in education in Missouri this year, and, frankly, no cuts in public education would be popular in Missouri.
I asked the Missouri legislators. I said: Some of you have been talking about doing away with the stimulus, pulling back the stimulus. In fact, some of our friends across the aisle said we should get rid of the rest of the stimulus. I asked the State legislators: What will you cut if we pull the stimulus? Tell me how Missourians will be hurt if we decide to pull the rest of the stimulus and maybe spend it on other things, such as perhaps this emergency bill dealing with unemployment insurance.
They would not tell me. They want the people of Missouri to think they are balancing that budget with fairy dust. They don't want the people of Missouri to know that, in fact, the stimulus is what is out there helping these States balance these budgets because their revenue has dropped off the charts, just like our revenue has, which is causing some of the deficit and which is certainly contributing in a great way to the debt as it relates to a drop in revenue, an increase in unemployment expenses, and then the programs that have been passed in the previous administration not paid for.
I have 20,000 Missourians--20,000--who are going to find out sometime in the next 48 hours that they are done with unemployment. I cannot help but believe that if we have this kind of crisis at the other end of the income scale, that all of a sudden we would not have this newfound religion that this is the moment, this is the hour, this is the day that we are going to find new religion about deficits. It is the wrong time.
I am a cosponsor of pay-go. I am a cosponsor of the fiscal commission. I don't take earmarks. I voted against the omnibus. I voted against many budget bills because I think there was too much fat in them. I voted against a lot of fiscal measures in this body. But this is not the time to do this on the backs of these families. It is the wrong time.