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Senate Proceeding on Jan 29th, 2008 :: 0:45:03 to 0:56:44
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Lamar Alexander

0:33:54 to 0:45:03( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lamar Alexander

Lamar Alexander

0:44:49 to 0:45:03( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: mr. president, it is your idea. any idea that the president has is his idea, but he had it before anyone suggested it to him. the idea is very simple. we take this brilliant idea that congress has

John Cornyn

0:45:03 to 0:45:24( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: invented over the last 50 years of giving money directly to college students, which they can spend at any institution of education of their choice, public, priet, nonprofit -- private, nonprofit, catholic,

John Cornyn

0:45:03 to 0:56:44( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Cornyn

John Cornyn

0:45:24 to 0:45:44( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: university of tennessee, notre dame, as long as it is accredited, they can go there and it especially helps those with less money and let's try that with the poorest children. 16 years ago, when

John Cornyn

0:45:44 to 0:46:00( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: i was education secretary, the first president bush proposed a g.i. bill for kids, much the same idea. it was the largest provision in his budget. a half billion dollars that year to give poor kids

John Cornyn

0:46:00 to 0:46:14( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: access to some of the same educational opportunities that others had. i have proposed in a pell grant for kids version that we give every child $500, every child in the middle and low-income children,

John Cornyn

0:46:14 to 0:46:26( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: that's 60% of them all, $500 for after-school programs or other programs. the president has -- has advanced the idea. so, mr. president, president bush has painted a strong agenda for america this year.

John Cornyn

0:46:26 to 0:46:38( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: he has said let's give a boost to the economy, let's begin to give every american health insurance, let's control entitlement spending, let's fund programs to keep good jobs here, and let's give poor

John Cornyn

0:46:38 to 0:46:52( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: children an opportunity to go to more of the better schools. he has challenged us to go to work, we're ready to go to work, we're ready to get results, which means working across the aisle in a

John Cornyn

0:46:52 to 0:47:09( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: bipartisan way. i thank the president and i yield the floor.x the presiding officer: the senator from texas. mr. cornyn: mr. president, may i inquire how much time remains on our side? the presiding officer:

John Cornyn

0:47:09 to 0:47:26( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: 11 minutes. mr. cornyn: i appreciate it. thank you, mr. president. mr. president, when i came to washington about five years ago, a colleague of mine said, welcome to washington, d.c. it's about eight

John Cornyn

0:47:26 to 0:47:42( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: square miles of logic-free environment where perception is reality. and i always chuckled when he would say that, and i've repeated it myself a few times to audiences back home in texas because i

John Cornyn

0:47:42 to 0:47:54( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: think it, unfortunately, has a grain of truth to it. and one reason why i think people chuckle at that and maybe inside groan a little bit when washington is described that way is because we send out

John Cornyn

0:47:54 to 0:48:30( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: such contradictory messages at the same time. at the same time that the speaker of the house of representatives and the republican leader, congressman boehner, and the president of the united states have

John Cornyn

0:48:30 to 0:48:53( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: come together and said we have come up with a bipartisan package to stimulate our economy, to make sure if it's possible that we avoid a recession putting many americans out of work and hurting

John Cornyn

0:48:53 to 0:49:09( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: them in an economic and personal way. now, that was a very welcome message that i heard and that the public heard. and i think it was a hopeful one. i, for one, hoped that it would signal some kind

John Cornyn

0:49:09 to 0:49:25( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: of new period of cooperation. in light of the fact that, frankly, what we had been doing was not working very well, as evidenced by one of the historic lows in congressional approval ratings as a

John Cornyn

0:49:25 to 0:49:37( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: result of the dysfunction in the united states senate and congress last year. by that, i mean you'll recall that we didn't pass but one of the 12 appropriations bills on a timely basis by the end

John Cornyn

0:49:37 to 0:49:49( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: of the fiscal year last year, so we had to roll everything into a big omnibus appropriation. some said ominous appropriations bill. and i think that's an apt description, that is kho bg full of so

John Cornyn

0:49:49 to 0:50:00( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: many earmarks -- that is chock-full of so many earmarks and things people hadn't had adequate time to scrutinize, much less debate and shine the light of public scrutiny on, that i would hope that

John Cornyn

0:50:00 to 0:50:11( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: we would learn from the dysfunction of last year and we would look to the example of bipartisan cooperation as evidenced by the house of representatives and the white house on the economic stimulus.

John Cornyn

0:50:11 to 0:50:21( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: of course it wasn't limited just to appropriations last year. we saw basically a standstill after 36 votes on iraq on nonbinding resolutions calling for unilatel withdrawal; finally we passed at

John Cornyn

0:50:21 to 0:50:34( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: the very end of last year a $70 billion emergency appropriations so that our troops in afghanistan and iraq would get the support that we owe them as a moral obligation, as a sign of our commitment

John Cornyn

0:50:34 to 0:50:45( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: to supporting the troops and protecting our national security interests. but it took us a long time and a lot of hot air to finally get there. and then of course there was the alternative minimum tax, which

John Cornyn

0:50:45 to 0:50:54( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: true to form people said, well, you know, let's tax the rich. originally it was designed to tax 155 taxpayers. last year affected six million people. and if we hadn't acted, which we finally did at the very

John Cornyn

0:50:54 to 0:51:05( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: end of last year, would have affected 23 million ph euldz middle-class taxpayers. thank goodness we were able to finally get the work done but not in good form last year. so it is with some hope that we

John Cornyn

0:51:05 to 0:51:19( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: would find ourselves learning from that experience last year and the low approval ratings that they brought, my hope was that this early sign of bipartisan cooperation on the economic stimulus package

John Cornyn

0:51:19 to 0:51:32( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: would sort of be, start a new trend. but unfortunately, we found on a matter that really is fundamental to our responsibility -- i think our first responsibility to, keep america and americans

John Cornyn

0:51:32 to 0:51:50( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: safe -- we find ourselves falling back into old bad habits again of d.c. function. what i mean by that is the -- of dysfunction. what i mean by that is the foreign international surveillance act

John Cornyn

0:51:50 to 0:52:01( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: is vital to our national security. it is important we be able to listen to terrorists plotting and planning and plotting future terrorist attacks on our homeland and our troops in iraq and afghanistan and

John Cornyn

0:52:01 to 0:52:12( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: around the world. but rather than pass a legislation that would address that, we passed a patch in october for six months that expired in december. so we passed another one-month extension. and now we

John Cornyn

0:52:12 to 0:52:25( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: find ourselves with our backs up against the wall with this "protect america act" extension expiring february 1. and i was discouraged to hear the majority leader this morning say it was impossible to

John Cornyn

0:52:25 to 0:52:41( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: pass a reauthorization of the foreign intelligence surveillance act, but rather what he suggested is we need another patch for a month or a short period of time without addressing the primary issues

John Cornyn

0:52:41 to 0:52:56( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: that need to be voted on. the senator from florida, senator martinez, talked about the civil liability immunity for the telecoms who may have cooperated with the united states government at the highest

John Cornyn

0:52:56 to 0:53:16( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: levels based on a request from the president of the united states, the commander in chief, during a time of war and the certification by the attorney general that what they were being asked to do was

John Cornyn

0:53:16 to 0:53:35( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: legal and in fact necessary for us to protect ourselves against another attack like we suffered here in washington and in new york on september 11, 2001. and we know that if this law expires without

John Cornyn

0:53:35 to 0:53:47( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: us addressing all aspects of the foreign intelligence surveillance act, our intelligence officials will be literally blind and deaf to the important intelligence that will allow us to detect and deter

John Cornyn

0:53:47 to 0:54:02( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: future attacks against american citizens. the director of national intelligence last summer told us that we were missing about two-thirds of the communications between foreign terrorists that were necessary

John Cornyn

0:54:02 to 0:54:22( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: to protect our country, and that's why we passed the "protect america" act. so why in the world we would get locked down in the same sort o bickering and partisan divide rather than come together to solve

John Cornyn

0:54:22 to 0:54:34( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: this in a bipartisan fashion is, frankly, escapes me. as was pointed out earlier, this very same legislation passed by the intelligence committee by a votef 13-2 -- that's a bipartisan supermajority,

John Cornyn

0:54:34 to 0:54:45( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: sponsored by the chairman, the democrat; senator rockefeller, and the vice chairman, senator bond, a republican. so with that kind of bipartisan support for a product that the director of national

John Cornyn

0:54:45 to 0:54:58( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: intelligence and the leadership of our defense community tell us that they need in order to continue to protect america against attacks, why is it impossible for us to pass this legislation? well, i don't

John Cornyn

0:54:58 to 0:55:09( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: know what any other explanation than just downright stubbornness. and frankly, it represents, again, the sort of reminder of the bad habits of the past that i had hoped that we would learn from and

John Cornyn

0:55:09 to 0:55:23( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: change because, frankly, if the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome, what is happening on fisa is insane, because we're resorting to

John Cornyn

0:55:23 to 0:55:34( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: the same old bad habits and not reaching out and solving this problem which is very real and very urgent. let me just say a word about the economy. i mentioned the economic stimulus package that was

John Cornyn

0:55:34 to 0:55:54( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: negotiated between the democrat speaker of the house and the republican leader and the president of the united states, secretary paulson. and i find myself in agreement with the remarks being made by senator

John Cornyn

0:55:54 to 0:56:09( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: alexander, the senator from tennessee, earlier. while there are parts of that agreement that i'm, frankly, don't like all that much, given the nature of the legislative process, i think it represents

John Cornyn

0:56:09 to 0:56:24( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: a compromise which now, looking at some of the proposals coming out of theenate to add on additional costly programs to grow the size of government, which invariably will either raise taxes or

John Cornyn

0:56:24 to 0:56:44( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: will send the i.o.u. down to our children and grandchildren to pay by way of expanding the deficit, i'm beginning to think the partisan coming out of the house of representatives represents a better alternative

Byron Dorgan

0:56:44 to 0:57:03( Edit History Discussion )

Byron Dorgan: than i've seen so far discussed here in the senate. the last thing we should be doing is using this national challenge to our economy, a great risk of seeing the people put out of work and seeing them

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