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Mitch McConnell

3:14:20 to 3:32:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell

3:15:07 to 3:15:28( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: quorum call: "the minneapolis star tribune" wrote an editorial in their paper just today entitled "court review "court review is key in senate recount." writing about yesterday's canvas board findings, the editorial says -- and again this is in

Mitch McConnell

3:15:29 to 3:15:50( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: today's "minneapolis star tribune." the editorial today say, "as minnesotans are learning, that determination is not the same as declaring a winner in this amazingly close race." it went on to say both franken and coleman should want a court-ordered answers to questions that the canvassing

Kay Hagan

3:15:45 to 3:21:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Kay Hagan

Mitch McConnell

3:15:51 to 3:16:12( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: board could notnswer. the winner deserves the legitimacy that would come with a court's politically indepen that he got more votes than his opponent. the bottom line, mr. president, is this: the senate race in minnesota

Mitch McConnell

3:16:13 to 3:16:34( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: will be determined by minnesotans, not here in the senate. now, mr. president, on another

Mitch McConnell

3:16:35 to 3:16:55( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: matter congress is always an important moment i nation. every time new legislative term, we're reminded of the grandeur of the we're grateful to the citizens of our respective states -- in

Mitch McConnell

3:16:56 to 3:17:17( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: my c -- who gives the opportunity to serve, and we're thankful once again that has endured to guarantee the freedom and prosperity of so many for so long. the growth of our nation over the years is one of the most

Mitch McConnell

3:17:18 to 3:17:40( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: remarkable feats of man. and it was far from inevitable. when congress first organized under the constitution, the united states consisted of just 11 citizens. today more people than that live in kentucky

Mitch McConnell

3:17:41 to 3:18:01( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: yet despite a bloody civil war, the arriv immigrants, economic collapse, world wars, social unrest, and the long-delayed realization of america's original promise of equality for all, we have hung together as

Mitch McConnell

3:18:02 to 3:18:22( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: nation. we have not just endured things; we have flourished. and that is well worth remembering and celebrating as the 111th congress convenes. as we meet here in january of 2009, america faces many -- many

Mitch McConnell

3:18:23 to 3:18:44( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: -- serious challenges. and none is more urgent troubled economy. president-elect obama was one of those whoecognized of the current troubles early on. he reassured many by feeling a -- fielding a sol team of economic advisors. he agrees with republicans that

Mitch McConnell

3:18:45 to 3:19:06( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: we should p pockets of middle-class american families by cutting the and he's proposed working with republicans to create jobs and to stability for domestic spending bill, the details of which the members of congress and the american people

Mitch McConnell

3:19:07 to 3:19:27( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: are increasingly eager to see. after a long and rough campaign season, it is encouraging for many americans to see that the two parties in washington are broad agreement about something so important to their daily lives, and republicans will work with president-elect obama w make sure that as we consider

Mitch McConnell

3:19:28 to 3:19:50( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: this lecialtion the taxpayer all of us agree that the economy needs help. we're concerned and are concerned. but if we're going to appropriate an unprecedented amount of money from the treasury for this spending bill, it's absolutely essential that we determine

Mitch McConnell

3:19:51 to 3:20:12( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: the spending is going to be wast specifically, the american people should have at least a week -- and it looks like we'll have more than that -- to see what this enormous spending plan includes. president clinton proposed a 6 billion stimulus package in his

Mitch McConnell

3:20:13 to 3:20:33( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: first year in congress back in 1993 rejected it for being too expensive. now democrats in congress are proposing a stimulus that would cost taxpayers more than 50 times what president clinton's would have cost. this bill would be one of the largest

Mitch McConnell

3:20:34 to 3:20:55( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: spending bills in u.s. history. it would increase the deficit by half a trillion dollars overnight and deepen an already enormous national debt. before we all agree to it, the american people need to see the details. they need to be able to see for themselves whether this is money well

Mitch McConnell

3:20:56 to 3:21:17( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: and if lawmakers think that it is, then they need to make a convincing case to the people who are paying for it. 16 years ago we rejected a stimulus the size of the minnesota state budget. we shouldn't be rushed into voting for a bill that by any estimate will be bigger than all

Mitch McConnell

3:21:18 to 3:21:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: 50 state budgets combined especially when many of the jobs it promises won't even materialize for another year. if we're serious about protecng the taxpayer, these projects will be awarded through a fair and open process and allowed to compete with other priorities i we should encourage, not

Kay Hagan

3:21:40 to 3:21:56( Edit History Discussion )

Kay Hagan: discourage, questions about this bill in a reckless rush to meet an arbitrary deadline. and we should be open to new ideas aimed at protecting taxpayer. here are three new ideas worth

Mitch McConnell

3:21:40 to 3:22:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: discourage, questions about this bill in a reckless rush to meet an arbitrary deadline. and we should be open to new ideas aimed at protecting taxpayer. here are three new ideas worth considering. congressional democrats have

Christopher S. Bond

3:21:57 to 3:22:17( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: considering. congressional democrats have talked about spending -- sending hundreds of billions of dol to the states. if we loan these funds rather than give them away, states will be far less likely -- spend the money f and the taxpayer would have h. have greater assurance money is

Mitch McConnell

3:22:01 to 3:22:24( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: talked about spending -- sending hundreds of billions of dol to the states. if we loan these funds rather than give them away, states will be far less likely -- spend the money f and the taxpayer would have h. have greater assurance money is well-spent. idea number two: congress has had nearl

Christopher S. Bond

3:22:18 to 3:22:38( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: well-spent. idea number two: congress has had nearl to review the physical spending request. these remaining bills now make up a 00 billion omnibus appropriation bill. this is a bill that meets the level of spending proposed for

Mitch McConnell

3:22:25 to 3:22:46( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: to review the physical spending request. these remaining bills now make up a 00 billion omnibus appropriation bill. this is a bill that meets the level of spending proposed for the stimulus, and it's a bill that could pass congress by inauguration day. if speed is one. goals, it strikes me that

Christopher S. Bond

3:22:39 to 3:23:01( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: the stimulus, and it's a bill that could pass congress by inauguration day. if speed is one. goals, it strikes me that passion that goal. idea number three: middle-class tax relief. one way to get more money into people's pockets quickly is to increase the size of their

Mitch McConnell

3:22:47 to 3:23:07( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: passion that goal. idea number three: middle-class tax relief. one way to get more money into people's pockets quickly is to increase the size of their paychecks immediately. an immediate 10% cut in taxes for nearly 30 million americans

Christopher S. Bond

3:23:02 to 3:23:23( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: paychecks immediately. an immediate 10% cut in taxes for nearly 30 million americans would provide a significant jolt to the economy that all of us want. these are ideas that both parties could agree on. each of them is designed to protect and empower taxpayer.

Mitch McConnell

3:23:08 to 3:23:28( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: would provide a significant jolt to the economy that all of us want. these are ideas that both parties could agree on. each of them is designed to protect and empower taxpayer. so let's consider them. but either way, the american people should be in on this

Christopher S. Bond

3:23:24 to 3:23:44( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: so let's consider them. but either way, the american people should be in on this spending plan because the poe extension for waste enormous. now some loose-lippe local politicians are alr described the grant as free money from

Mitch McConnell

3:23:29 to 3:23:51( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: spending plan because the poe extension for waste enormous. now some loose-lippe local politicians are alr described the grant as free money from others openly hope to use it on frivolous pet projects that no sensible taxpayer would sign off

Christopher S. Bond

3:23:45 to 3:24:06( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: others openly hope to use it on frivolous pet projects that no sensible taxpayer would sign off on if they had a choice. the american people don't want to and they don't want to be taken advantage of.?? they want a real return on their investment, and all of us should be eager to show that we need

Mitch McConnell

3:23:52 to 3:24:12( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: on if they had a choice. the american people don't want to and they don't want to be taken advantage of.?? they want a real return on their investment, and all of us should be eager to show that we need the difference. -- that we understand the difference. president-elect obama has said

Christopher S. Bond

3:24:07 to 3:24:27( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: the difference. -- that we understand the difference. president-elect obama has said that a stimulus plan will have to create jobs, have an immediate impact and lead to the strengthening of the long-term economy. republicans agree and we'll help to ensure just that by insisting on scrutiny and oversight in the

Mitch McConnell

3:24:13 to 3:24:34( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: that a stimulus plan will have to create jobs, have an immediate impact and lead to the strengthening of the long-term economy. republicans agree and we'll help to ensure just that by insisting on scrutiny and oversight in the face of pressure on congressional democrats from interest groups and local politicians.

Christopher S. Bond

3:24:28 to 3:24:49( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: face of pressure on congressional democrats from interest groups and local politicians. here is an issue on which republicans and democrats can work together for a positive result for the american people. and my hope is that once we achieve it build on for the remainder of the 111th congress.

Mitch McConnell

3:24:35 to 3:24:55( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: here is an issue on which republicans and democrats can work together for a positive result for the american people. and my hope is that once we achieve it build on for the remainder of the 111th congress. the opportunities for cooperation are throughout his campaign,

Christopher S. Bond

3:24:50 to 3:25:11( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: the opportunities for cooperation are throughout his campaign, president-elect obama spoke about the importance of a strong national defense. he spoke of the need to reduce the national debt. he vowed toaght to go through the b wasteful programs.

Mitch McConnell

3:24:56 to 3:25:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: president-elect obama spoke about the importance of a strong national defense. he spoke of the need to reduce the national debt. he vowed toaght to go through the b wasteful programs. he pledged to cut taxes on virtually all americans and --

Christopher S. Bond

3:25:12 to 3:25:32( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: he pledged to cut taxes on virtually all americans and -- and -- on small business, and he promised to put america on path to energy independence within the next 10 years. these are all goals republicans support. at this moment nothing should stand in the way of our

Mitch McConnell

3:25:19 to 3:25:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: and -- on small business, and he promised to put america on path to energy independence within the next 10 years. these are all goals republicans support. at this moment nothing should stand in the way of our achieving them together. i've told the new president that i'm eager to work with him. i've told him he can expect

Christopher S. Bond

3:25:33 to 3:25:53( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: achieving them together. i've told the new president that i'm eager to work with him. i've told him he can expect cooperation on the confirmation of qualified nominees to key cabinet posts so the american people don't have to worry about a power vacuum at places like the pentagon, the state department, treasury, or

Mitch McConnell

3:25:40 to 3:26:01( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: cooperation on the confirmation of qualified nominees to key cabinet posts so the american people don't have to worry about a power vacuum at places like the pentagon, the state department, treasury, or homeland security. and i a discussed with him something he already knows but which is worth reporting on the

Christopher S. Bond

3:25:54 to 3:26:14( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: homeland security. and i a discussed with him something he already knows but which is worth reporting on the first day of the new congress: when it comes t new presidents, history offers a clear path, a clear path, to success and a clear path to failure.

Mitch McConnell

3:26:02 to 3:26:24( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: first day of the new congress: when it comes t new presidents, history offers a clear path, a clear path, to success and a clear path to failure. some new presidents have chosen to work with the other party to confront the big issues of the day that neither party sling or able to tackle on its own.

Christopher S. Bond

3:26:15 to 3:26:35( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: some new presidents have chosen to work with the other party to confront the big issues of the day that neither party sling or able to tackle on its own. others have decided they would rather team up with members of their own party and narrow, partisan set of issues that only appeal to a tiny sliver of the

Mitch McConnell

3:26:25 to 3:26:46( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: others have decided they would rather team up with members of their own party and narrow, partisan set of issues that only appeal to a tiny sliver of the which lack the support of the american mainstream. in my view, the choice at this particular moment is clear.

Christopher S. Bond

3:26:36 to 3:26:56( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: which lack the support of the american mainstream. in my view, the choice at this particular moment is clear. if the new president pursues the former course, our chances of achieving a positive result for the american people will be strong.

Mitch McConnell

3:26:47 to 3:27:09( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: if the new president pursues the former course, our chances of achieving a positive result for the american people will be strong. the parties will continue to disagree. this is good for democracy. but political conflict is not an end in and at this moment we have an opportunity to show the american

Christopher S. Bond

3:26:57 to 3:27:18( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: the parties will continue to disagree. this is good for democracy. but political conflict is not an end in and at this moment we have an opportunity to show the american people that we know that. the majority leader has mentioned that this year opening of congress coincides with two important anniversaries:

Mitch McConnell

3:27:10 to 3:27:30( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: people that we know that. the majority leader has mentioned that this year opening of congress coincides with two important anniversaries: the first is senator byrd's 50th this feat of longevity has no equal in the history of this body.

Christopher S. Bond

3:27:19 to 3:27:41( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: the first is senator byrd's 50th this feat of longevity has no equal in the history of this body. anthis is a quite fitting -- this is quite fitting for a senator who has no equal in the history of this body. when robert carlisle byrd took

Mitch McConnell

3:27:31 to 3:27:51( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: anthis is a quite fitting -- this is quite fitting for a senator who has no equal in the history of this body. when robert carlisle byrd took the oath of office on january 7, 1959, he could not have known that he would be the longest-serving senator in u.s. history or that he would one day

Christopher S. Bond

3:27:42 to 3:28:03( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: the oath of office on january 7, 1959, he could not have known that he would be the longest-serving senator in u.s. history or that he would one day wr history. but through the support of his belovedder ma, his legendary devotion to our constitution and

Mitch McConnell

3:27:52 to 3:28:13( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: wr history. but through the support of his belovedder ma, his legendary devotion to our constitution and his tireless ability to the lives of the people of his state, the senior senator from west virginia has accomplish add remarkable feat and today we

Christopher S. Bond

3:28:04 to 3:28:25( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: his tireless ability to the lives of the people of his state, the senior senator from west virginia has accomplish add remarkable feat and today we honor him for it. the other anniversary we commemorate today is no doubt dear to senar 150 years ago this very month,

Mitch McConnell

3:28:14 to 3:28:36( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: honor him for it. the other anniversary we commemorate today is no doubt dear to senar 150 years ago this very month, the senate moved from its old home down the hall where we had the reenactment of swearing in

Christopher S. Bond

3:28:26 to 3:28:46( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: the senate moved from its old home down the hall where we had the reenactment of swearing in of new senators today -- its old home down the hall to the room we're in now. this transition meant far more in its day

Mitch McConnell

3:28:37 to 3:28:59( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: of new senators today -- its old home down the hall to the room we're in now. this transition meant far more in its day packaging of books and rearranging of desks. because back then, expansion of the capitol has come with a fresh realization of

Christopher S. Bond

3:28:47 to 3:29:09( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: packaging of books and rearranging of desks. because back then, expansion of the capitol has come with a fresh realization of the great adaptability of the u.s. constitution and it's further proof of its greatness. according to the congressional

Mitch McConnell

3:29:00 to 3:29:20( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: the great adaptability of the u.s. constitution and it's further proof of its greatness. according to the congressional record, the man who was to speak on the senate's relocation was john breckenridge, a democrat and a kentuckian, who served as vice

Christopher S. Bond

3:29:10 to 3:29:32( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: record, the man who was to speak on the senate's relocation was john breckenridge, a democrat and a kentuckian, who served as vice president under preside buchan. in his remarks, breckenridge hoferredz a lson on the history of the senate and after paying appropriate tribute to

Christopher S. Bond

3:29:10 to 3:41:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Christopher S. Bond

Mitch McConnell

3:29:21 to 3:29:41( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: president under preside buchan. in his remarks, breckenridge hoferredz a lson on the history of the senate and after paying appropriate tribute to the heroes of the revolution, he made an intriguing suggestion to the senators of his day. breckenridge suggested that the

Christopher S. Bond

3:29:33 to 3:29:53( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: the heroes of the revolution, he made an intriguing suggestion to the senators of his day. breckenridge suggested that the senators of 1859 had a even greater responsibility senators of 1789 because, as he put it -- quote -- "the population extent and the power

Mitch McConnell

3:29:42 to 3:30:06( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: senators of 1859 had a even greater responsibility senators of 1789 because, as he put it -- quote -- "the population extent and the power of our country surpasses the dawning promise of its origin." this was true in 1859.

Christopher S. Bond

3:29:54 to 3:30:17( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: of our country surpasses the dawning promise of its origin." this was true in 1859. it is sti vidly over the past eight years and even over the past few months that the challenges confront america and our

Mitch McConnell

3:30:08 to 3:30:28( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: it is sti vidly over the past eight years and even over the past few months that the challenges confront america and our response to those challenges have a powerful effect on the wider world. not a single member of this body is unaware of the profound

Christopher S. Bond

3:30:18 to 3:30:38( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: response to those challenges have a powerful effect on the wider world. not a single member of this body is unaware of the profound impact of his or and that is why not a single senator in this body wishes anything but the best to our new president.

Mitch McConnell

3:30:29 to 3:30:49( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: impact of his or and that is why not a single senator in this body wishes anything but the best to our new president. despite party differences, all of us institutional pride in one of our own in the white house. and every american will feel a

Christopher S. Bond

3:30:39 to 3:30:59( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: despite party differences, all of us institutional pride in one of our own in the white house. and every american will feel a special national pride when, for the first time in our nation's history, an african-america raises his hand to recite the oath of office from the capitol

Mitch McConnell

3:30:50 to 3:31:10( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: special national pride when, for the first time in our nation's history, an african-america raises his hand to recite the oath of office from the capitol steps. the president-elect has promised leadership that sees beyond the politics of division, but that responsibility does not rest

Christopher S. Bond

3:31:00 to 3:31:20( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: steps. the president-elect has promised leadership that sees beyond the politics of division, but that responsibility does not rest with the president alone. it rests with all of us before inauguration day, there

Mitch McConnell

3:31:11 to 3:31:31( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: with the president alone. it rests with all of us before inauguration day, there is the opening of this 111th congress. this too is a great civic ritual and this too should renew our optimism about the future of

Christopher S. Bond

3:31:21 to 3:31:44( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: is the opening of this 111th congress. this too is a great civic ritual and this too should renew our optimism about the future of america and our optimism about achieving something important for the american people over these next two years. now is our chance to deliver not

Mitch McConnell

3:31:32 to 3:31:54( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: america and our optimism about achieving something important for the american people over these next two years. now is our chance to deliver not just in word but indeed -- but in deed. this is a solemn for some it might cut against the grain. but if we are to have a future

Christopher S. Bond

3:31:45 to 3:32:05( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher S. Bond: just in word but indeed -- but in deed. this is a solemn for some it might cut against the grain. but if we are to have a future worthy of our past, it's a charge that must be kept. mr. president, i yield the floor.

Mitch McConnell

3:31:55 to 3:32:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: worthy of our past, it's a

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