|00:00:00||WILL REDUCE OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOSSIL FUELS AND CREATE HIGHWAY JOBS IN ALL COMMUNITIES.|
|00:00:06||WE MUST INVEST IN OUR AGING WATER AND SEWER SYSTEMS.|
|00:00:09||50 AND 100-YEAR-OLD PIPES THAT LACK THE CAPACITY TO SUPPORT OUR GROWING POPULATION AND PRESERVE AND PROTECT OUR NATION'S DRINKING WATER.|
|00:00:18||SPEAKER, THESE PROBLEMS ARE NOT PARTISAN.|
|00:00:20||AND OUR SOLUTION SHOULD NOT BE EITHER.|
|00:00:23||DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS MUST COME TOGETHER NOW TO GET OUR ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK AND TO RE-INVEST IN AMERICA'S FINANCIAL FUTURE.|
|00:00:31||THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME -- THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.|
|00:00:38||FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RISE?|
|00:00:40||>> TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.|
|00:00:42||I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF THE LATE SENATOR CLAY BORN MCCLELLAN WHO PASSED AWAY LAST WEEK.|
|00:00:48||MOST FAMOUSLY, SHE AUTHOREDED LEGISLATION IN 1972 THAT CREATED THE|
Ms. EDWARDS of Maryland. Mr. Speaker, as we begin the 111th Congress this week, we are plagued by an economic crisis that continues to affect every family in America. We must act now to address these serious challenges or we could experience an even deeper economic downturn and continued job losses this year.
Passing an economic recovery package that provides a short-term economic boost and that invests in America's future is a priority for this new Congress.
Rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges and schools will create jobs today and will transform our economy tomorrow. Making public buildings more energy efficient will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and will create high-wage jobs in all communities.
We must invest in our aging water and sewer systems. Fifty- and 100-year-old pipes lack the capacity to support our growing population and to preserve and protect our Nation's drinking water.
Mr. Speaker, these problems are not partisan, and our solution should not be either. Democrats and Republicans must come together now to get our economy back on track and to reinvest in America's financial future.