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Senate Proceeding on Jan 15th, 2009 :: 0:10:50 to 0:20:35
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Mitch McConnell

0:10:47 to 0:11:08( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: my friend. mr. mcconnel the presiding officer: the republican leader. mr. mcconnell: i too shortly want t make some remarks about our good friend from delaware as take up his new responsibilities. but, first, a few about the next item up on the agenda is the -- is the

Mitch McConnell

0:10:50 to 0:20:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell

0:11:09 to 0:11:30( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: so-called ledbetter legislation. let me say to my good friend, the majority leader, i intend to vote for cloture on the motion to proceed. he and i have had a number of constructive conservations privately and he again today publicly that we're going to make an effort to get the way it used to, which is that bi

Mitch McConnell

0:11:31 to 0:11:52( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: and so i have said is to my colleagues, i would say to my good friend trust you and believe you that we're going to get on the ledbetter bill. we're going to have amendments and have votes and then dispose of the legislation in the normal way. with regard to the substance of that particular measu

Mitch McConnell

0:11:53 to 0:12:13( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: the gross distortions that voters heard about this legislation in the runup in the no dbetter bill, as written, is neither about women nor fairness, and it's not about whether pay discrimination should be illegal. pay discrimination is illegal.

Mitch McConnell

0:12:14 to 0:12:35( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: and it rather this bill is about how long the statute of limitations on pay discrimination suits should be. last night republicans began to outline a proposal for addressing this question in a way that's fair for everyone. senator hutchison's bill the right balance. it says the clock suldn't run

Mitch McConnell

0:12:36 to 0:12:56( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: on out someone who has been discriminated against until he or she discrimination. this way the focus is where it should be, on the injured party. the unfairly targets business owners who may or may not have discriminated against a man or woman on the basis of pay years

Mitch McConnell

0:12:57 to 0:13:17( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: or even decades ago. its primary beneficiaries are lawyers who want major settlement out of every company that fears t expense or the publicity of going to court. this bill is unfair to business owners who in many cases will no longer have the evidence they would need to defense and it is unfair it the

Mitch McConnell

0:13:18 to 0:13:38( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: millions of are worried about losing their jobs in the current economic downturn. job creators have enough to worry about at the moment. adding the threat of never-ending lawsuits is a new burden that the federal government shouldn't even considering at this particular time. no right-thinking american would defend discrimination of any

Mitch McConnell

0:13:39 to 0:13:59( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: kind in the workplace or anywhere else and it is unfair to the public touggest that those who oppose this bill endorse discrimination. it degrades our public discourse and it degrades the legislative process. as written because it will paralyze businesses and add an even greater strain on workers than they currently face.

Mitch McConnell

0:14:00 to 0:14:20( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: we support a business climate that creates the conditions for harasses the millions of men and women in this country who support themselves, tir families and their workers by owning and operating small businesses. republicans have a better proposal and good -- and other good ideas to help american workers. i believe we need to get on the

Mitch McConnell

0:14:21 to 0:14:42( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: ledbette minutes ago, and have an open debate about it so that the american people can hear the republican alternatives and the senate has an opportunity to vote on more than what our good friends on the other side have offere now, mr. president, turning to the issue of the moment, which

Mitch McConnell

0:14:43 to 0:15:04( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: is the celebration of the career of our good friend from delaware and wishing him well in the future. i rember being sworn in in january of 1985, thinking i had gotten to the senate at a pretty rly age. i was 42 years old. and i think i got here at a pretty early age.

Mitch McConnell

0:15:05 to 0:15:26( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: at the same day i was third term. he was barely old enough to vote when he got here. and we year, but you got a 12-year head start on me, i would say, mr. president, to my friend from delaware, and has had an extraordinarily distinguished career.

Mitch McConnell

0:15:27 to 0:15:49( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: when we think about senator bide his demeanor, his friendliness. he can have a good rip-roaring debate without being disagreeable, as he's been a pleasure to work with. and i say that has rarely

Mitch McConnell

0:15:50 to 0:16:11( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: side as he has. we say goodbye today to an outstanding individual who's been really a fixture in the senate for 36 years, and a friend to everyone in the chamber. and he's now, of course, had -- he's going to enjoy an even

Mitch McConnell

0:16:12 to 0:16:32( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: greater achievement as he becomes the vice president of the united states. i rember right from the beginning discussing a few minutes ago, that senator biden everybody feel comfortable. although we're born in year, as i indicated, he

Mitch McConnell

0:16:33 to 0:16:53( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: certainly got here at an early, early age, and it has allowed him to spend most of life in the united states senate. now, america got to know joe pretty the last year. they got a chance to witness his humor, his compassion, and,

Mitch McConnell

0:16:54 to 0:17:15( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: his they learned firsthand he's his not entirely undes reputation for loquaciousness, andhey met his wonderful family. barack obama decided he what he saw in jo biden as well and invited him to be his running mate in what turned out

Mitch McConnell

0:17:16 to 0:17:37( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: to be a spirited presidential campaign. and so next week, after the peaceful transition of power from one political party to another that has distinguished our biden will become the 47th vice president of the united states. this inaugurat first time in almost 50 years

Mitch McConnell

0:17:38 to 0:17:58( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: that two senators moved directly into the officesf and vice president. and so no matter what outcome some of us may have hoped for in the election, i think my colleagues and i can feel a little institutional pride at that accomplishment. sworn in as president and vice

Mitch McConnell

0:17:59 to 0:18:20( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: everyone knows by know joe's famous loyalty to his amtrak and his regular commute by rail 80 minutes each day from his home in wilmington to the capitol. and we know of his commitment to being home with his family every night. and i'm sure every single one of my friends in this chamber has a story to tell of working with joe.

Mitch McConnell

0:18:21 to 0:18:42( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: for my part, one of several efforts joe and i worked together on was the palestinian antiterrism act passed in 2006, after the election ofhe hamas-dominated government in gaza, joe recognized, as i and others did, the threat that that situation posed and continues to

Mitch McConnell

0:18:43 to 0:19:04( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: pose as we see up close the last week. the threat that all of that poses to peace in the region. thanks to his efforts, we were able to pass and have signed into law this important bill which restricts u.s. and foreign assistance to government unless and until it takes terror and publicly recognize israel's right to exist.

Mitch McConnell

0:19:05 to 0:19:25( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: that bill was the rig thing to do to confront terrorism. i'm proud of my wor with joe biden on that, and i know he is to i've also w tightening sanctions on the dictatorial illegitimate regime ruling in burma. among other

Mitch McConnell

0:19:26 to 0:19:47( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: lantos act restricts the importation of burmese j america through other countries. that takes every lucrative source of profit from the burmese regime. joe's well versed in these issues and many others thaofrpbgz his years on senate foreign relations mmittee with much of that time as either chairman or ranking member.

Mitch McConnell

0:19:48 to 0:20:08( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: i know his particularly proudf his role in pushing for nato expansion in central and eastern europe in 1988 and 2003. we'll miss joe's presence as one of 100. it will take some getting used to to have a senate witho but the good news is he's not going very far. obviously senator biden's

Mitch McConnell

0:20:09 to 0:20:29( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: election as vice president is a tribute to his 36 years of public service. i look forward to working with him as incoming administration, as congress and the new president work together to tackle the many difficult issues this nation faces. d let me just say on a personal basis, mr. president,

Mitch McConnell

0:20:30 to 0:20:37( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: joe, it's been a pleasure knowing you and work with you over the years. elaine and i wish you and jill

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