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Senate Proceeding on Jan 12th, 2009 :: 3:49:35 to 3:57:50
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Bill Nelson

3:49:31 to 3:49:52( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: produce the kind of tangible benefit the taxpayers are entitled to. madam president, i thank the chair and would yield the floor. a senator: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from florida. mr. ne mresi task happily

Bill Nelson

3:49:35 to 3:57:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bill Nelson

Bill Nelson

3:49:53 to 3:50:14( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: senators each year in which we can chronicle the success of the national champion in college football. and of course there were tens of millions of americans watching

Bill Nelson

3:50:15 to 3:50:35( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: tv last thursday night as the number one and number two team ranked in the country in college football played for the bcs national championship. and of course in that game with two high-powered offenses, university of florida gators

Bill Nelson

3:50:36 to 3:50:56( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: prevailed. and i will be offering a resolution for the senate to pass to present to the university of florida and to its coach and to the team. and they will be coming up here for the traditional visit to the white house to visit with the

Bill Nelson

3:50:57 to 3:51:20( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: president later on this year. i am joined, although the senate rules prohibit albert the alligator from appearing on the floor of the united states senate. and as my colleague, the senator from alabama, over there is giving the gator chomp, the

Bill Nelson

3:51:21 to 3:51:42( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: university of tide having been the victims of the gator chomp in the sec championship game, i make note that albert the alligator, the university of florida's mascot is safely ensconced back in the cloakroom since the alligator is not allowed on to the floor of

Bill Nelson

3:51:43 to 3:52:05( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: the united states senate. but all of us are celebrating this tremendous victory. and i also want to mention that since the bcs national championship rotates among the major bowls, this year it was the turn for the orange bowl to

Bill Nelson

3:52:06 to 3:52:27( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: have not only the orange bowl on january the 1st but then the national championship game. and the entire orange bowl committee, of which the two senators from florida are privileged to be ex officio members, had conducted such a --

Bill Nelson

3:52:28 to 3:52:49( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: a with great aplomb and excellence, great hospitality to the two teams involved, to the university administrations. and it was all around just a very positive experience. but for the national champion

Bill Nelson

3:52:50 to 3:53:11( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: gators, i just want to quote a couple of articles. from the the " "the gators flat-out won this game and this title and all the more impressively because it was

Bill Nelson

3:53:12 to 3:53:33( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: less by quarterback tim tebow's magic -- though he was voted the game most valuable player -- than by his defense diffusing the other team, oklahoma's, epic offense." and then i quote from

Bill Nelson

3:53:34 to 3:53:54( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: columnist in "the gainesville sun," robbie andrew, "the florida gators were apparently right after all obviously had not seen a defense like florida's this season. and tim tebow? there's no way he is in the

Bill Nelson

3:53:55 to 3:54:15( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: fourth best quarterback in the big 12 with the defense coming up with the critical stops when it had to and with tebow, purcy harvin and the offense generating points when the game was on the line, the gators were clutch in the second half and beat the

Bill Nelson

3:54:16 to 3:54:36( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: sooners 24-14 thursday night at dolphin stadium to give florida its third national championship and the second in three years." and coach meyer is quoted, "this is one of the best teams in the history of college football."

Bill Nelson

3:54:37 to 3:54:58( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: and so we celebrate that. now, for -- since we're dealing with these weighty problems, and here we are taking up the stimulus bill, we're taking up this tarp legislation this week, it's good to have a little

Bill Nelson

3:54:59 to 3:55:19( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: -- have alittle levity. indeed, before this game, i went to the senator from oklahoma, senator coburn, and i said, would you like to have a little friendly wager? and what we decided that the losing team's senator would sing a song in front of the winning senator's constituents.

Bill Nelson

3:55:20 to 3:55:40( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: and we agreed in advance that the song would be, that i would sing won and that senator coburn would sing "rocket man" by elton

Bill Nelson

3:55:41 to 3:56:01( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: jorntion a favorite o favorite of the gators won. so next wednesday, two days from now, circa noontime, we are going to have a gathering of florida stitch coburn and me. and i suggested to senator coburn that i would even

Bill Nelson

3:56:02 to 3:56:26( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: graciously sing a few bars of "oklahoma." and that if he couldn't follow the words -- and we're going to play "rocket man" for him -- that if he couldn't follow the words, that clearly we could sing a few bars of the florida alma mater or the florida fight

Bill Nelson

3:56:27 to 3:56:49( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: song, "we are the boys from old florida." it's good to have this levity. it's good to sport that is uniquely american, that we can get enthused about. it's good that we have athletics that add so much to a university

Bill Nelson

3:56:50 to 3:57:11( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: setting, that bring out more of a university personality in addition to the studies, the academics, the research that we are so privileged to in our american universities. and so, indeed, this senator is

Bill Nelson

3:57:12 to 3:57:33( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: here to say, all hail, florida, which comes from the alma mater. all hail, florida. this time again the gators are the national champions. madam president, i yield the floor and i would suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding offi

Bill Nelson

3:57:34 to 3:57:39( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: will call the roll.

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