While I relish our warm months, winter forms our character and brings out our best.
Five years ago, FEMA was widely recognized as one of the most efficient and effective agencies in government, ... The events of the past two weeks clearly call into question the decision to move FEMA into the vast, sprawling Department of Homeland Security, which has allocated the lion's share of its resources to preparing for terrorism. Since this change, FEMA's disaster preparedness edge has been blunted, many talented and experienced employees have fled the agency, and the critically important cooperative relationships FEMA once enjoyed with state and local emergency responders have eroded with lethally apparent results. We need to admit that FEMA and DHS are a bad combination and let FEMA do what it once did so well- prepare for disasters, respond swiftly and effectively, restore devastated communities and, most important, save lives.
Every time you play Penn, you know it's going to be a hard-fought game. We've gone there three times since I've been here, and every time it has gone down to the last play or last possession. Our kids really love going there.
We had our best two practices of the year on Monday and Tuesday. I think the kids hopefully understand the sense or urgency we have now. We just (have) to get better every day.
We are spending $1 billion a week in Iraq.
Mercury pollution from power plants is a national problem that requires a national response.
If the parties get too close together they lose their identities, if they get too far apart you're not going to get a whole lot done because you almost always need to have some folks on the other side of the aisle to accomplish anything.
I am confident that the British people will not be intimidated by terrorism.
I think we have a moral obligation to our children that can be easily summarized: number one, protect them from harm.
I'm just going to let you listen for a bit, guys.
Despite the increase in world attention toward Sudan in the past months, the genocide in Darfur has continued without any serious attempt by the Sudanese government to do what governments primarily exist to do, protect their citizens.
Through their work with fetal tissue, researchers hope to find ways to harness embryonic stem cells which have the ability to become any type of human cell and could provide new treatments for many illnesses.
They don't have special rights because we have civil rights laws that protect them. The laws work both ways.
President Bush's mercury rule is a gift to the big energy companies that helped put him in office.
The mercury rule writers also ignored mercury's special qualities.
We had the game wrapped up and let up. We didn't take care of business.
Neither one of those guys had ever played there, but they both stepped up. And (tackle) Mark Crawford, prior to last week, he hadn't played since eighth grade, but he's 6-2, 295 (pounds) with good speed. The whole group is so raw, but the technique will come. There is great upside.
Things are historically specific to the time, ... This is kind of a crisis time. People are paying 4 a gallon for gasoline. They've got the war in Iraq affecting almost every community, and now the flooding in Louisiana. Things like that get on our nerves. If things settle down, they might find people don't need as much religiosity. That's hard to predict.
To do what we are doing in this budget to our children, cutting their health care funds, decreasing opportunity, simply so we can pay for tax cuts and a war in Iraq is beyond belief, and we need to reverse it.
Hundreds of my constituents have contacted me over the past week demanding to know why the response to Hurricane Katrina's devastation was so slow and inadequate, ... They don't want finger-pointing, but they also don't want buck passing. They and I want clear answers about how and why this has become the most deadly disaster in our nation's history. What could we have done in the months and years before Katrina to better protect New Orleans and other Gulf communities Why were so many thousands of people unable to evacuate the area in advance of the storm Why did it take such a fatally long time for basic rescue, relief and security services to reach the tens of thousands of Americans trapped in the nightmare left in Katrina's wake What steps must we take to prevent a similar catastrophe in the future These are just some of the questions that we owe it to the victims to resolve.
We're a company in transition with new employees.
Family farms and small businesses are the backbone of our communities.
But like the rest of the country, Maine has reached an impasse, for most of the mercury that fouls our skies, waters and land comes from outside our borders.
The Republicans in the House and the Bush administration are bankrupting this country.
In 1995, sanctions led Sudan to cut its ties with terrorists and expel Osama bin Laden.
In this part of the world, only Maine gives winter the welcome and the worship it should have.
Yet, much of what lies beneath the ocean's surface remains a mystery, and our nation continues to rely on a confused, antiquated system of ocean governance.
No matter how you divide them up, there are only about a dozen teams that are a lot bigger than everybody else. So unless you take those 12 to 15 teams and let them just play, you're going to have a gap somewhere.
Health care costs blunt the competitive edge of American entrepreneurs, from the auto industry to internet start-ups.
By giving every American access to quality, affordable health care, they will create a more competitive, a stronger and more secure America!
When she moved out to go be with Rick, she told me I'd like him, that he was pro-choice and a humanist. But I don't think there's a humanist bone in that man's body.
What our Republican friends are doing, if we look at what they do and not what they say, they have decided that the most important thing in this country is to increase payments for interest on the national debt.
The universally praised independent, bipartisan commission established in the aftermath of the 911 terrorist attacks provides an ideal model for how such an investigation should be undertaken, ... That panel was created after the families of 911 victims concluded that the Republican-led Congress could not adequately investigate the Bush Administration. Since the political reality has not changed, we owe it to the victims of Katrina to again create an independent Commission free of political bias.
We must invest in America's children to give them the opportunity for success and to strengthen our nation's competitive edge in the global economy.
He's found confidence, and I think he's found his identity with this football team.
Both CEI and the Genesis Fund have proven track records in providing financing services to support affordable housing and community development projects in target Maine communities, ... CEI will use its grant to supply equity capital for its affordable housing initiatives in Western Maine. The Genesis Fund grant will enable the organization to provide permanent financing for both affordable housing and community facility projects in underserved Maine communities. These CDFI grants are yet another example of how a modest investment of federal aid can go a long way in making it possible for Maine people to address important community needs.
The argument on the other side of special rights is completely bogus. It's bogus because you could make exactly the same claim about racial or ethnic or religious minorities.
I support exemptions from the estate tax to ensure that when Maine farm owners die, their families will be able to continue to farm the land that they have protected and lived on, often for generations.
These kids understood what is not immediately obvious; that they were going to pay the bills for tax cuts that had been passed today or in the last 4 years, and for the war in Iraq, because essentially we are borrowing money to do those things.
I do not believe that Congress or the Administration should prohibit the medical community from pursuing a promising avenue of research that may improve the lives of millions of Americans.
Winter in Maine is a time of alternating rest and frenzied activity.
The offshore ocean area under U.S. jurisdiction is larger than our land mass, and teems with plant and animal life, mineral resources, commerce, trade, and energy sources.
Traditionally, our offensive line is depleted every year. Seniors usually dominate it so this is unusual for us. We normally have a starter or two back in the skill positions, but we have the opposite of that this year.
The best thing about our team is we have a lot of kids that nobody really knows about. But in time, we feel like they will emerge.
Energy conservation is the foundation of energy independence.
This is all sweetness, but the work force here did this over a number of years. This is a great day for northern Maine.
Maine's long and cold winters may help keep our State's population low, but our harsh climate also accounts for what is unique and valuable about our land and our people.
Stem cell research holds out the promise of finding cures and treatments for a wide range of diseases.
I find hard to believe we are having this hearing today to consider 10 billion in cuts to Medicaid, ... Survivors of Hurricane Katrina are now scattered across the country and in need of significantly more Medicaid resources than they did before.
I also plan to introduce legislation that will develop a system to measure and document changes resulting from reductions in mercury emissions.
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