September 29, 2010 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — SENATE S7733
and spend the money. You immediately ing the same answer from Republicans A decorated World War II pilot who
pay your bills and go to the store and in the Senate when we propose sound survived a deadly 1978 plane crash, Sen-
keep up with your mortgage payments. legislation like this to give them a ator Stevens was the longest-serving
You spend it on the basics and the hand when they’re hurting the most. Republican Senator in the Nation’s his-
bare necessities while you look for Americans need jobs. Nevadans need tory and Alaska’s most beloved polit-
work. The money goes right back into jobs. And it is our job to help them. ical figure. Known as a giant in the
the economy, which strengthens it, f Senate and affectionately referred to
fuels growth and ultimately lets busi- as ‘‘Uncle Ted’’ by his constituents,
REMEMBERING SENATOR TED
nesses create the very jobs the unem- Stevens helped usher Alaska into
ployed have been looking for, for so statehood in 1959 and was instrumental
long. Mr. KYL. Mr. President, I offer my in its economic growth. He was first
But those benefits don’t last forever. condolences to Catherine Stevens and and foremost a devoted advocate of
They expire. And in a crisis like to- to the entire family of Senator Ted Alaska and its people.
day’s, expiring benefits are leaving too Stevens and to the families of those Born in Indianapolis, IN, Senator
many out in the cold. The Nevada De- who also lost their lives in that tragic Stevens attended Oregon State Univer-
partment of Employment, Training and August 9 accident. sity before serving as an Air Force
Rehabilitation said that 22,000 Nevad- I knew Ted for many years and will pilot in World War II. He went on to
ans have exhausted both their state always remember his devotion to the graduate from the University of Cali-
and federal benefits. Nationwide, that U.S. Senate and, of course, to the State fornia Los Angeles—UCLA—with a
of Alaska. Ted tirelessly committed bachelor of arts degree in political
number reaches well into the millions.
I am proud to cosponsor Senator himself to help transform Alaska into science, and from Harvard University
STABENOW’s bill to help the hardest hit a modern State. Even if he had not be- with a juris doctor degree in law. After
among us: out-of-work Americans who come the longest serving Republican a successful career as a member of the
have exhausted their unemployment Senator in history, with a career span- Alaska House of Representatives, Ste-
ning over 38 years, ‘‘Uncle Ted’’ would vens was appointed to the U.S. Senate,
insurance. It is called the Americans
still have become an Alaskan legend. making him the third Senator in the
Want to Work Act, and it is called that
He was beloved throughout the State. State’s history.
for a very good reason.
Contrary to the other side’s reckless And his love for his State was well Senator Stevens is greatly admired
known, from the largest cities to the for what he did during his four decades
and heartless spin, the people we are
smallest towns. of service in the U.S. Senate. I had the
trying to help want to find work.
Ted devoted his whole life to public pleasure of seeing the Senator in ac-
They’re trying to find work. And they service. Before he was elected to Con-
would much rather get a paycheck tion on many occasions and particu-
gress, Ted went through pilot training larly admired his deep commitment to
than an unemployment check. in Douglas, AZ, and earned his Army
These are people who have tried and working across the aisle to get things
Air Corps wings in May 1944. For his done. Senator Stevens was one of the
tried to find work, who scour job list- service in World War II, he received the
ings, who send out resumes, who fill Senate’s most effective Members, both
Air Medal and the Distinguished Fly- as a valuable ally and worthy oppo-
out applications, who go to inter- ing Cross.
views—but who haven’t had any luck nent. Stevens’ colleagues, both Repub-
Incidentally, Ted often told me of his
for weeks and months and, in some licans and Democrats alike, greatly en-
appreciation for the time he spent
cases, years. joyed working with him and respected
training in Arizona, my home State.
The Americans Want to Work Act He often spoke, too, of the town of his views. We can all learn from the ex-
recognizes that we can do more to help Wickenburg, AZ, where his wife is ample he set.
those who lost their jobs through no I ask that the U.S. Senate join me in
fault of their own. During his time in the Senate, Ted commemorating Senator Ted Stevens’
First, it extends unemployment bene- became a master of Senate procedure. lifelong dedication to the service of our
fits for an additional 20 weeks—the Republicans would often ask him to sit country and to the State of Alaska. He
longest extension ever to match the in the Presiding Officer’s chair during was a courageous advocate for his
most painful crisis we’ve seen in gen- an important vote because we knew he State, and a dear friend who will be
erations. would handle all of the procedural de- greatly missed by all.
Second, it takes the powerful and tails and intricacies perfectly. f
successful incentives we’re giving busi- Not only was he a good legislator, he BUDGET SCOREKEEPING REPORT
nesses to hire and makes them even was a tough legislator. Ted was not shy
better. We passed a bill this year—the Mr. CONRAD. Mr. President, I rise to
about inviting comparisons with the
HIRE Act—that says to businesses: If submit to the Senate the seventh budg-
Incredible Hulk. When he debated an
you hire unemployed workers, we will et scorekeeping report for the 2010
issue that meant a lot to him, he would
give you a tax cut—you don’t have to budget resolution. The report, which
wear his Incredible Hulk necktie. In-
pay the Social Security payroll tax covers fiscal year 2010, was prepared by
deed, that necktie saw many a political
this year. These incentives are already the Congressional Budget Office pursu-
working; businesses are starting to As much as I admired Ted for his ant to section 308(b) and in aid of sec-
hire because of it. Senator STABENOW’s tough side, I will most fondly recall his tion 311 of the Congressional Budget
bill will extend that tax credit through gentle spirit and his compassion for the Act of 1974, as amended.
next year, too. The report shows the effects of con-
people he was so proud to represent.
It will also double the tax credit gressional action through September
His soft side and kind nature were so
we’re giving businesses for keeping 24, 2010, and includes the effects of leg-
apparent I sometimes wondered how
those previously long-term unem- islation enacted since I filed my last
much of his feistier side was for effect.
ployed workers on the payroll for at It was an honor to have known him report for fiscal year 2010 in June. The
least one year. The HIRE Act gave and a privilege to have served along- new legislation includes:
businesses a $1,000 tax credit for each Public Law 111–191, an act to amend the Oil
side him here in the Senate.
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Pollution Act of 1990 to authorize advances
such new hire. Senator STABENOW’s bill Mr. GRAHAM. Mr. President, I ask
from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for
will raise that tax credit to $2,000 for my colleagues to join me in honoring the Deepwater Horizon oil spill;
workers who have exhausted their un- the memory of a dedicated public serv- Public Law 111–192, Preservation of Access
employment benefits. ant and leader, Senator Ted Stevens. to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pen-
Hundreds of thousands of Nevadans After a lifetime of unprecedented serv- sion Relief Act of 2010;
and millions of Americans want to ice to his State and Nation, Senator Public Law 111–197, Airport and Airway Ex-
work. Like Scott Headrick, they seek, Stevens passed away in Alaska on Au- tension Act of 2010, Part II;
Public Law 111–198, Homebuyer Assistance
search and apply, but time and again gust 9, 2010, at the age of 86. His death and Improvement Act of 2010;
they hear nothing but ‘‘no’’ in return. was a loss to the U.S. Senate, the State Public Law 111–205, Unemployment Com-
What a shame it is that they are hear- of Alaska, and the Nation. pensation Extension Act of 2010;
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