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Can -- see you thank you for letting -- come to your office -- Are in a city where we fight so much and I can't help but notice on the era when your shoulders you have and appointed by President Reagan and over the the one by president Clint sessions -- good start for this job a very good stuff this has to be bipartisan -- to be political.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- It would be nice if the oil stopped that would make my job a bit easier because right now people -- -- certain in the gulf.
What does the future hold -- like survive power like me do.
And over time my goal.
He is to make sure that the people in the gulf.
Believe that this Gulf Coast claims facility.
Will be fear just swift.
And provide them the financial compensation they -- entitled.
Swift is a really good thing because -- -- are suffering and give too much power.
No I don't think -- -- -- with these mass disasters that it.
He it's better to take the heat and usually discretion wisely but not be dependent on committees.
All our conferences.
Or elder statesman.
It's better to make this in your own image into to with the way you -- to do.
I suppose -- a claim and you see you look at my claim -- and you determine it's worth the 50000 dollars.
-- like it I think it's more what no idea what can -- do.
First of all come and seen the all are get a better understanding of why it's 50000 now secondly.
If it's an emergency payment.
To pay the mortgage to keep your business and -- Going full.
To provide a car payment.
You can take that money with no obligation -- -- -- To waive any right to me happily wrong so dependent what the fifty thousands fall.
Don't be too quick not to take it I'll give.
The facility will provide up to six months.
Of emergency payments.
Without any obligation eventually.
I'll tender and offer a check to that individual and -- Now and in the future oil from your.
One -- if you don't wanna take the -- you can go to court.
But I would urge you you'll get a better deal in this facility the -- -- -- -- -- -- and you won't -- -- -- -- -- -- There is so they -- the -- -- this.
Is speed and you don't give up your right to -- If it's an emergency payment that's right and when I offer you a final payment in full and final satisfaction.
Feel -- loss.
Take it and waive your right to sue or rejected.
-- -- Where do you work for.
The people in the gulf that -- Scalia I work for the people in the gulf neither the administration.
-- -- -- -- Have any.
Involvement in overseeing what I'm -- -- mean.
Or second guessing me.
Or anything like that they set up this program jointly as an independent force to deal with the compensation that will be delivered -- the people -- the golf some but who.
-- than if you don't take part of the scene for the compensation is it is the federal government and you or BP RT.
-- he's -- that probably -- we haven't -- comfortable that you're not gonna give them short end of the stick because you were -- BP get a better idea you can't ask the people in the gulf to pay for it.
That'll be I'm not suggested -- just curious what the I think.
That people will see how -- independent RD year.
How I'm dispensing twenty billion dollars that.
Will be available for the distribution troops to eligible claimants.
And I think people will quickly recognize that the fact that the entire facility.
Is being funded.
By PP is appropriate and is not any type of conflict of interest.
Does your feet come out of that twenty billion on -- as a twenty billion may grow later released initial -- -- -- your -- come out of that or from a separate fund separate -- -- so it doesn't make a bit of difference to you in terms of you know and it's you don't get.
To the extent that you get paid more of the people that were victims are not getting paid last know.
And remember this of course BP entered into would an agreement with the administration that if the twenty billion however issues is insufficient.
BP has agreed upfront.
Toll on -- -- all of its other financial obligations even if those obligations.
Cannot be covered by the twenty billion.
Is there is ceiling or -- -- an open ended BP is on the hook open and open and that this is a no cap none at all not.
Then what -- and to -- point -- just to give them some level certainly for business in over a period of time why why is or even a cap at this point.
The -- cap a twenty billion you should ask BP in the administration which entered into agreement.
I -- the twenty billion by the way is enough.
-- -- But you should ask BP or the administration asked why it was twenty billion and whatever ails.
BP has paid out a 135.
Million dollars in eligible.
All ready before I even -- That 135.
Million BP obligation it is -- -- -- -- -- -- -- BP S -- facility on that point.
That is being finalized and will be drawn on probably beginning the beginning next month.
Well -- -- I defy -- -- but I think you're probably around 35 or 40000 legitimate claims with the with the clean numbers.
Is another 20000 people approximately that called in and ask questions about the program and BP has -- -- -- -- number.
But I think that they'll be you know hundreds of thousands of anymore.
Okay now here's -- law school question let's say that I own a seafood restaurant Chicago.
I get -- my seafood from the gulf of Mac's not getting -- so now I'm gonna go from some more expensive suppliers that's at a cost to me because of this and BP's bill.
And can I collect under -- your program.
I'll look at the Laura Illinois.
We live in Chicago I'll look at the law of the pollution control act and of them maritime law I doubt it.
I doubt that a restaurant in Chicago that can't get trimmed from the gulf.
Is going to be able to file -- without being able to mitigate by giving -- else we have for roughly -- ma but we'll take a look at that.
And Clinton and if you denied that I can go to court and have for afraid to go to court to to track my own.
Shot at this that's -- You if I deny you acclaimed free to go to court see -- money.
If I deny the clay.
I am confident that the courts -- in the war.
Yeah some -- are are -- in the -- for instance someone loses about being a fair market value the boat that's pretty easy.
Some claim assessments are far more difficult pain and suffering for instance someone maybe someone's heart is broken because -- businesses been wiped out -- been a family business for our.
-- pain and suffering -- -- Buccaneers.
How can you collect for pain and suffering there's not enough money in the -- I understand that I wondered if that it can maybe you might really get it's in another form now.
Pain and suffering might be relevant consideration even in this -- if you have a physical injury.
Physical injuries as with the 9/11 fund pain and suffering might be relevant consideration.
How long we when the hospital how serious is your disability.
And it will take a look at that in the context of physical injury and death involving the eleven rig workers if they if they came to the fund.
-- certainly look at that.
But the idea of pain and suffering available to any citizen in any state -- -- shell and now suffers from anxiety.
And almost no emotional distress.
No emotional distress but if you are hurt and somehow you have paid anything that you consider that he has -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And the injuries to -- every day of the week across the country I mean it's humid its -- complicated.
And how do you be fair.
I don't know how complicated -- -- years you know better than anybody for 12100 years juries and judges have have calculated.
A lost profits business interruption claims physical injury to your property physical injury death.
I'm not sure that it's that complicated when you look to the law that would otherwise -- I do agree with the -- That my discretion gets challenged.
When you stop talking about equitable planes.
A sense of fairness and justice walk.
The -- mr.
-- may not covered this exactly.
But com more.
He would -- anticipated.
And -- I should be.
And how we deal with those tough calls in a consistent way so not free we won -- and over and -- similarly situated -- That will be a challenge and I guess we both agree it is the there's no perfect way to do this and that's the heartbreak for a -- I think that's right when I've learned in 9/11 in Virginia Tech.
-- agent orange between this.
Is the enemy of the good.
You do the best to care and I'm sure there are thousands maybe millions of Americans that could to -- this is not rocket science it really isn't this is judgment.
This is empathy for people in need.
This is very very important.
Haley Barbour told the governor of Mississippi can.
Get the money out the -- line is the enemy and governor Riley of Alabama took me aside and -- canned.
Look me in the and tell -- -- between the citizens of Alabama fairly and I told him I would I told governor Bob Wright would and that's the real challenge.
Good luck Adam it is -- -- there's no question is tough job and than.
These people don't -- well thank you.
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