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Senate Proceeding on Jan 22nd, 2009 :: 1:11:40 to 1:15:55
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Lindsey Graham

1:11:36 to 1:11:57( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: a chance to debate and everybody will get a chance to vote at 11:30. mr. graham: thank you? the presiding officer: the senator from south carolina is recognized. mr. graham: thank you. please let me know when four minutes has expired. i'd like to thank the chairlady for allowing me to speak. just to make the record clear, i'm not in a fog about the hutchison amendment.

Lindsey Graham

1:11:40 to 1:15:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham

1:11:58 to 1:12:18( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: i think it makes a lot of sense. the reason i'm on the floor is that i have a pretty good reputation of making sure that people have a fair day in court. there's nothing more important in a free democratic society than to be able to take your cause to court and have your day in but what we're doing here, imy opinion, is creating a

Lindsey Graham

1:12:19 to 1:12:39( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: statutory, statute of limitations we haven't seen before that, quite frankly, doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me if we pass the bill that came out of committee. and let me tell you why. the ability to create a job in america, keep a job here is very much at risk. the way we regulate, the way we

Lindsey Graham

1:12:40 to 1:13:02( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: litigate and the way we tax will determine if a business will create a job in america o somewhere else. we're on the verge, in my opinion, of having a taxation system, a regulatory system and a litigation system that's going to drive people out of business and leave this country. and, quite frankly, if we go down the road that this bill is charting, we're going to make it harder to do business in this

Lindsey Graham

1:13:03 to 1:13:27( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: country and we will fairness. the whole concept of the hutchison amendment is that you knew or should have known you're being the supreme court case was a ruling that said you have 180 days from the event. that doesn't seem quite fair to me. but this idea that you could

Lindsey Graham

1:13:28 to 1:13:48( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: of it for 20 years and file a lawsuit 20 years later based on the last paycheck is not fair to the legal system and not fair to business because a lot of the people have left. so what -- this is not foggy at all to me. i think a fair process would be that the -- within 180 days of the time you knew or should have

Lindsey Graham

1:13:49 to 1:14:09( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: known you're being discriminated against in the workplace, you should file a lawsuit to preserve the evidence, to allow people to come in and testify with a fresh memory of going on. that's not what we're doing here. we're allowing people to file lawsuits decades potentially after they knew or should have known they were being discriminated against, and that

Lindsey Graham

1:14:10 to 1:14:30( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: will create legal chaos. so we're not we're creating a system that's going to make it harder to do business. and for those employees in the workplace that count o employer opening the door, they're going to lose. and the discriminated against in a legitimate way are not going to be enhanced.

Lindsey Graham

1:14:31 to 1:14:52( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: so to the senator from texas, i'm not in a fog at all about what you're trying to do. i think you're trying to do a reasonable thing, and that is to protect people's rights who have been d fair way or have a claim that they think they may have been discriminated against, in a fair way, 180 days from the time you

Lindsey Graham

1:14:53 to 1:15:13( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: knew or should have known of the act of discrimination, not decades after. i think this is the right balance. if we don't watch it as a nation -- we live in a global economy. i want regulations that protect the air and the water and the worker. want a taxation system that collects a fair amount from the american people to run this government that we all depend on.

Lindsey Graham

1:15:14 to 1:15:34( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: i want a legal system that gives everybody their day in court with no bias, a fair-minded jury or a judge deciding the claim. and if we don't watch it and go down the road of this bill we will make it hard to do

Lindsey Graham

1:15:35 to 1:15:56( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: business, harder than it should be and we will shut done businesses because the ability to do business at this country is at risk in a global economy. if we overtax we overregulate and have unfair litigation rules and the idea is to be fair and balanced. the hutchison amendment achieves that and the base bill does not. i will support the senator from texas, opposthe bill coming

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