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Senate Proceeding on Jan 22nd, 2009 :: 6:53:50 to 6:57:15
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Johnny Isakson

6:53:47 to 6:54:10( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: any amendment that seeks to dilute its intent. and, madam president, i would yield the balance of my time. the presidin

Johnny Isakson

6:53:50 to 6:57:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Johnny Isakson

Johnny Isakson

6:54:11 to 6:54:31( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: you. mr. isakson: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from georgia is mr. isakson: is the distinguished chairman prepared to move forward now? thank you. madam president, i'd like to ask unanimous consent that saxby chambliss be added a as an original cosponsor of amendment 37. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered.

Johnny Isakson

6:54:32 to 6:54:53( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: mr. isakson: madam chairwoman, i grew up in the south when the civil rights era came and the civil rights laws were passed. after the passage of the civil rights act, i ran a real estate brokerage company and saw through the transition to fair housing from housing discrimination. i understand the ramifications of the civil rights act, and i

Johnny Isakson

6:54:54 to 6:55:15( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: am proud and appreciative of wh accomplish. the 181 -- the 180 in the statute of limitations applies to every facet of that act. it applies to housing discrimination and obviously in this case it applied to employment and pay discrimination. obviously, with the votes that have taken place and the failure

Johnny Isakson

6:55:16 to 6:55:36( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: of ther hutchison amendment, it's pretty obvious whic which direction the bill is going. it is time we asked ourselves one question: is it fair to reach back to the 1960's, repeal a statute of littleations that applied for over 45 years and open up the possibility of a plethora of cases that haven't been filed

Johnny Isakson

6:55:37 to 6:55:57( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: from now being filed? or, asked another way, is it fair after a game has been played, to change the rules in order to change the outcome? practicallily speaking, i would submit to you -- practically speaker i would submit to you that this bill should be prospective and not reach back t should say that all of the

Johnny Isakson

6:55:58 to 6:56:20( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: provisions apply to any future discrimination. to reach back without limitation and repeal the 180 days changes the rules of the game, changes the law under whicheople were trying to operate in running their business, but most importantly of all, madam president, let me tell you what it specifically does. i ran a company for 22 i am very familiar with what lawyers can do in terms of

Johnny Isakson

6:56:21 to 6:56:41( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: bringing in an alleged case, filing a case, taking you into democrat significances and then saying, you know,e could put a stop to all this, if you'll ju settle for ,000 or 0,000 or 5,000. it's using an opportunity open to them to intimidate or, in some cases, extort, in my

Johnny Isakson

6:56:42 to 6:57:02( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: judgment, a fee out of an unwitting and unwilling business. so i just ask the fairness question: is it right to go back to the inception of the civil rights laws, take an established principle that applied to housing, pay, employment of 108 days and change the rules so that people can reach back after the passage of this and create

Johnny Isakson

6:57:03 to 6:57:17( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: new litigation under changed rules? in the interest of fairness, i would submit that it should be prospective, that all the applications of law should begin with the passage of the law and its enactment, and i'll be glad to yield the floor to the distinguished chairman, who's

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