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Senate Proceeding 01-27-11 on Jan 27th, 2011 :: 0:15:50 to 0:20:40
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Amy Klobuchar

0:15:48 to 0:16:09( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: senator grassley and senator mccaskill, at this time, mr. president, i would ask for the yeas and nays. the presiding officer: are there sufficient seconds? there appears to be. there is.

Amy Klobuchar

0:15:50 to 0:20:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

0:16:20 to 0:16:40( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: the yeas a ms. klobuchar: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from minnesota. ms. klobuchar: mr. president, i first want to commend senator wyden, senator grassley, senator mccaskill for their incredible determination to get this done, to finally -- we thought we did it bh our class of senators came n we thought we had go toen rid of the secret -- we thought we

Amy Klobuchar

0:16:41 to 0:17:02( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: had gotten rid of the secret hold but lo and behold they found a way to work around it. secondly, i want to thank senator alexander over there as we will as senator schumer with the rules committee for negotiating a number of these changes as we will as senator reid and senator mcconnell. you know, when i think back to

Amy Klobuchar

0:17:03 to 0:17:24( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: the last few months and what's happened, we really an incredibly productive lame-duck session tend of this last congress. we all know there's a lot of work to be done but in the closing months of this year, would've shown people, think to their surprise, that we could truly get some things done hon a bipartisan basis. when the american people unewt

Amy Klobuchar

0:17:25 to 0:17:45( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: and the -- when the american people unite and see a clear issue, whether it was the nuclear arms treaty, whether it was the repeal of don't ask, don't tell, whether it was the first responders and they say, hey, what's happening in this chamber, because they actually see a debate, they see someone standing up and making a point, as you do so we will, mr. president, on so many

Amy Klobuchar

0:17:46 to 0:18:07( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: issues, then they can make a decision. that's all we're talking about here when we talk about these sometimes complicated and convoluted rules changes. it's getting things out in the open. and obviously the first thing is to get rid of the secret hold and permanently end it. the second thing that's important here is filibuster reform. it is a long-standing tradition

Amy Klobuchar

0:18:08 to 0:18:29( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: in the senate that one senator can, if she chooses, hold the floor to explain her objections to a bill. we always think of jimmy stewart's character jefferson smith in "mr. smith goes to washington." this is where senator udall --, who by the way, i always think his voice sort of sound like jimmy stewart -- but where

Amy Klobuchar

0:18:30 to 0:18:50( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: senator udall and senator merkley have come in and done such a tremendous job of pushing these filibuster reform issues, as we will as tom harkin, who has been working on this long before our group ever came to the senate. a group of us got together with the smart proposals made by senators harkin and udall and

Amy Klobuchar

0:18:51 to 0:19:11( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: merkley, got together to look at what are the best reforms, what are the ones we can truly get through, what's a package that we can go to the other side of the aisle and talk about what we need to get it done? the disagreement that's been reached includes some of the important changes we want. the first i mentioned to get rid of secret holds, but of course

Amy Klobuchar

0:19:12 to 0:19:32( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: critical reforms to the filibuster are still necessary as far aches see. one of the things that i hope we reconsider as we go down the way is the idea that we could actually make people stand to filibuster, so that they're in this chamber, they are discussing why it is so noorn they hold something up, whether

Amy Klobuchar

0:19:33 to 0:19:53( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: it is a judge, whether it is the assistant secretary of oceanic affairs, whether it is a major bill, or a minor bill. people should be able to hear the arguments and then make their own decisions. and, b way, if they have a good argument for filibustering something or if a group of senators have good idea, the american people will say, or, i can understand why this is happening.

Amy Klobuchar

0:19:54 to 0:20:14( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: but if they are doing it for reasons that don't make any sense to the people of this country, it is going to be seen for what it and that's slowing down the progress of this country at a time when there are so many major issues that we need to deal with in this chaivment so i'm happy that we have been able to reach agreement on a number of these important issues. it would not have happened bout

Amy Klobuchar

0:20:15 to 0:20:27( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: the people who are here today, without their dernlt nation, and i look forward to more changes and agreements in the with that, mr. president, i

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