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Senate Proceeding 01-27-11 on Jan 27th, 2011 :: 0:07:05 to 0:10:05
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Lamar Alexander

0:07:02 to 0:07:22( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: relates to secret holds. thank you, mr. president. i yield the floor. mr. wyden: i thank my our invaluable ally in this fight, senator grassley, i believe is on his way. but the senator from tennessee has had many, many discussionings on this topic with me want to thank him for all the

Lamar Alexander

0:07:05 to 0:10:05( Edit History Discussion )
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Lamar Alexander

0:07:23 to 0:07:43( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: time and effort he's put into it and yield him whatever time he would like to pursue. mr. alexander: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from tennessee. mr. alexander: senator grassley and senato senator wyden and more recently senator mccaskill, as well as others, have pointed out the obvious fact that so-called

Lamar Alexander

0:07:44 to 0:08:05( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: holds that members of the senate place on nominations should be public. i think that's a good idea. that has bipartisan support and i believe today that we will change the rules to make that clear and i congratulate them for their perseverence and

Lamar Alexander

0:08:06 to 0:08:26( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: persistence in pushing this ahead. i've always been glad to be public with my holds. i rember when senator reid filibustered my t.v.a. nominee by putting a hold on it. so i filibustered one of his nevada citizens by putting a hold on it but we were able to work it out. but we did it out in public.

Lamar Alexander

0:08:27 to 0:08:48( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: i knew what he was doing and he knew what i was doing. so that's -- that's important to build confidence in the senate. and i would say while i believe the senator from iowa is on his way over, he's been the partner with senator wyden on this for some time, but i would like to say senator wyden, mccaskill,

Lamar Alexander

0:08:49 to 0:09:09( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: and others as i've said to senator merkley and senator udall, that the efforts they have made to change the rules of the senate evening though they won't succeed in all of the changes they are seeking to make have created a window of opportunity which i believe on

Lamar Alexander

0:09:10 to 0:09:30( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: both sides of the aisle we believe will make the senate a better functioning forum with which to discuss serious issues. the majority leader and the republican leader earlier today said they were going to do their best to see that most bills came to the floor after first going

Lamar Alexander

0:09:31 to 0:09:51( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: to committee and once they got here, we'd have amendments. i think that's what most of us want. we want a chance to -- to represent the views that we -- that we are elected to represent and that we have. and sometimes they're in the minority, sometimes we're very solitary with our views.

Lamar Alexander

0:09:52 to 0:10:05( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: maybe we're the only ones that have a view. we want a chance to be heard and offer that amendment. we're presenting in the senate a forum that can be done but at the same time make it a more effective place in which to do

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