LCSN: Film honoring Domenici debuts on final day of conference

September 2, 2011. Retrieved online September 2, 2011 from Reyes Mata III, Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES- Pete V. Domenici – whose political imprint stretches from New Mexico to the former Soviet Union – received a generous standing ovation after a documentary detailing his accomplishments was premiered Thursday during the public policy conference named in his honor.

“I think in the state of New Mexico there has never been anyone, in more than 100 years, more important than him,” said Sam Donaldson, an ABC news commentator and the narrator for the documentary. “I am no longer actually covering politicians, so I can let people know how I feel about him.”

The documentary, unveiled at the fourth annual New Mexico State University 2011 Domenici Public Policy Conference, delved into the stories behind Domenici’s legislation and policies, and included commentary from family, politicos and people directly involved with his career.

“This made it extra special, and I thank you,” said Domenici, after the ovation had subsided.

The two-day conference was a gathering of policy experts who discussed the country’s pressing issues. On Thursday they addressed the national debt, cyber security and national security.

Alice M. Rivlin, the former vice-chair of the Federal Reserve Board, said Thursday that pulling the country from its sinkhole of debt will require an immediate, bi-partisan effort to increase employment throughout the nation.

“We must create jobs now,” said Rivlin, a former Harvard University instructor who co-chaired a debt-reduction task force with Domenici. “Millions are out of work. Millions have lost their homes and millions owe more on their homes than they are worth.”

Rivlin, senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institute, also said the country’s debt problem had been neglected, even when reaching critical levels, until it became part of the “deepest recession in a generation.”

She said the United States had been aware of its debt problems. “We just didn’t do anything about it,” she said.

Retired Gen. Michael Hayden, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Intelligence, spoke to the estimated 600 conference attendees about the Internet and its security risks.

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