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Senate Proceeding on Jan 30th, 2008 :: 0:06:10 to 0:17:21
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Mitch McConnell

0:05:06 to 0:06:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell

0:05:51 to 0:06:10( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: as rapidly as possible. the presiding officer: the leadership time is reserved. under the previous order there will be a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak up to 10 minutes

Bob Corker

0:06:10 to 0:06:26( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: each. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from tennessee's recognize. a senator: mr. president,si i rise in morning business today to talk about the so-called economic stimulus

Bob Corker

0:06:10 to 0:17:21( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bob Corker

Bob Corker

0:06:26 to 0:06:39( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: package. mr. corker: that we'll be dealing with in this body over the next few weeks. i thin the president knows that it's very seldom that i come to this floor to speak. i try to only speak when i have

Bob Corker

0:06:39 to 0:06:56( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: something to say. and i realize that today i'm probably a voice in the which woulder wilderness and probably will be over the next few weeks. like many americans, all americans that are familiar

Bob Corker

0:06:56 to 0:07:13( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: with being around railroads, i know a freight train when i see it coming. and i realize that the action that was taken yesterday in the house by overwhelming majority sending over to our body a stimulus

Bob Corker

0:07:13 to 0:07:30( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: package to deal with, i realized that the winds are blowing and the fact is that -- that the winds are blowing in the direction of a stimulus package. i am honored to serve in this body. and i

Bob Corker

0:07:30 to 0:07:43( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: know that contrary to much of what the american public thinks, there are many things that happen on this floor that actually show greatness of this body and greatness of individuals. i've seen on this floor

Bob Corker

0:07:43 to 0:07:56( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: both the majority leader and minority leader do things to cause something good to happen for our country and when i've seen that happen, and most of the time it happens under the radar screen,

Bob Corker

0:07:56 to 0:08:11( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: i try to go up and thank them for taking the positions they did, even if it was a private position to make something good happen. i've seen other senators take politically courageous votes that

Bob Corker

0:08:11 to 0:08:27( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: were maybe not in their own best political interest, but were in the country's interest. and i tried to on those occasions when i recognized that to go up and thank them for what they have de. and

Bob Corker

0:08:27 to 0:08:40( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: then on the other hand, i have also seen occasions when we in this body just bow to the political winds and do things that are expedient because they are expedient, even though in our hearts, we know it's

Bob Corker

0:08:40 to 0:08:53( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: not the best thing for our country. today all across america there are young people, young children gathered in classrooms, and they're learning in those classrooms things that will equip them to be productive

Bob Corker

0:08:53 to 0:09:09( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: in life. they're learning not just about facts and figures, but they're also learning about character. they have teachers that they look up to. they have parents, hopefully, that they go home to and

Bob Corker

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

Bob Corker: look up to, coaches, and others, sunday school teachers. and, hopefully, some of the people that they look up to from time to time are us in this body. i know that right now in our country we're going through

Bob Corker

0:09:25 to 0:09:41( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: a tremendous economic turmoil as it relates to the markets in general. and i think most of us know that that's due to excesses that's taken place in the marketplace and that in our country and in this world

Bob Corker

0:09:41 to 0:09:55( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: we have business cycles that exist, and that's what happens in a free market society like we have. those excesses work themselves out and over time we begin building again. i know in the process

Bob Corker

0:09:55 to 0:10:08( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: of these excesses, that in some ways they're beyond the control of the average citizen. there are people in this country that are hurting, and i know they are. and my heart goes out to people across

Bob Corker

0:10:08 to 0:10:21( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: this country that finds themselves in economic situations that in many cases are beyond their control. they have to do with markets, they have to do with the way that we, ourselves, have conducted

Bob Corker

0:10:21 to 0:10:40( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: ourselves as it relates to fiscal policy. they have to do with things that are happening in other parts of the world. and i truly feel for people who go home at night with tremendous economic distress.

Bob Corker

0:10:40 to 0:11:02( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: i'm also always happy, just honestly, always happy when i see americans receive back refunds from the federal government. that's a good thing. d i'm happy for people when that occurs. and i really mean

Bob Corker

0:11:02 to 0:11:15( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: that. but in this backdrop, i must say i find it so odd that today in america we would consider a stimulus package, a package that, in essence, is built on sprinkling money around america, springling

Bob Corker

0:11:15 to 0:11:30( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: -- sprinkling money around america and encourage people to spend that money to create an economic stimulus in this country. i doubt there are -- i doubt there are many people in this body. and there

Bob Corker

0:11:30 to 0:11:45( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: may be some, and i don't want to in any way criticize anybody because i know there are some who may believe that the stimulus package that came from the house yesterday really is going to do any good.

Bob Corker

0:11:45 to 0:12:01( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: there are some, and i understand that. but i bet there are not man in this body that believe that sprinkling money around america and asking people to spend it is going to do much -- is going to do

Bob Corker

0:12:01 to 0:12:16( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: much to affect the long-thermostatus of this -- the long-term status of this economy. but what i see happening in the name of bipartisanship, and i want to say i have been excited to see bipartisanship take

Bob Corker

0:12:16 to 0:12:32( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: taken up, and i want to know, and go on the record that i have exercised, as you have, mr. president, bipartisanship in many cases to try to make something good happen. but in the name of bipartisanship,

Bob Corker

0:12:32 to 0:12:51( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: what has happened is we've come -- what's come out of the house is a bipartisan bill in the name of economic stimulus that, to me, is nothing more, and i hate to be this crass, nothing more than

Bob Corker

0:12:51 to 0:13:04( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: political stimulus. i hope that this body -- i hope that this body will have the responsibility and the character to deal with our economic situations over the long haul. and it may be that this

Bob Corker

0:13:04 to 0:13:18( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: body takes up this stimulus package and it may be that this body makes changes, and it may be that this body actually passes a stimulus package that's similar to what came out of the house. but, to me,

Bob Corker

0:13:18 to 0:13:34( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: what i see in this package is nothing but a political stimulus. it's a stimulus to make the american people think that we, as a body, are doing something to actually cause the economy to be stronger.

Bob Corker

0:13:34 to 0:13:51( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: and so at this moment i fear i'm going through one of those moments where i'm less encouraged about whated might happen, but i'm hoping -- i'm hoping that somehow or another we will deal with this in

Bob Corker

0:13:51 to 0:14:06( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: an appropriate way. i think all of us know that our country, that we together, have been fiscally reckless over the last several years. and i think that we know that generations who come after us will

Bob Corker

0:14:06 to 0:14:22( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: be dealing with the brunt of our actions. not to be misunderstood. i'm a strong believer in low taxes and creating a structure in this country that people can count on to move ahead and to make investments.

Bob Corker

0:14:22 to 0:14:38( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: but with that has to be the reality that spending has to be under control. and, yet, there's always a reason in this body and in the other body, always a reason to spend money that we don't have. i

Bob Corker

0:14:38 to 0:14:53( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: can go back and cite example after example after example. and for some reason i sense that today we're in another one of those situations. i know that this package is going to change. and i know that some

Bob Corker

0:14:53 to 0:15:11( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: of the components of this package cannot be calculated exactly this way, but what i would like to say is that if you take take $150 billion spent money today, i look at these pages on the floor who

Bob Corker

0:15:11 to 0:15:32( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: come here to excited about their work, i want them to know that actually we in this body will never deal in my generation with paying for the $150 million. but the next generation might, i doubt it.

Bob Corker

0:15:32 to 0:15:47( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: it will be $329 billion in 20 years at present rate. and the generation after that, that, $722 billion. mr.~ mr. president, i know that my time is drawing to a close. and i know that i'm probably a voice

Bob Corker

0:15:47 to 0:16:00( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: in the wilderness. and i'm very discouraged about the wind that i see blowing at this time. and i'm very discouraged about a package that i think many people, if not most, in this body doubt is going

Bob Corker

0:16:00 to 0:16:14( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: to have any long-term effect on our economy. and so i would just ask that i my colleagues consider this, my colleagues that i enjoy serving with. that, number one, we call this package what it is

Bob Corker

0:16:14 to 0:16:29( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: -- a political package, a political stimulus package. that we begin today dealing in a bipartisan way with the tough decisions that we have to make. and if there are anomalies out there that we need

Bob Corker

0:16:29 to 0:16:44( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: to deal with, where people truly are being hurt, let's deal with it. that we adopt the bill, the conrad-gregg bill, to truly deal with long-term entitlements, and that we ask the administration

Bob Corker

0:16:44 to 0:16:56( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: when they bring their budget forth on february 4, to bring forth a real budget that lays out to the american people the deficits that we will have to deal with in the future. this country has been

Bob Corker

0:16:56 to 0:17:21( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: built on sacrifice. it's been built on us, on generations before us making tough decisions and making sacrifice. and i hope that this body in a bipartisan way will do the same. mr. president, thank

John Sununu

0:17:21 to 0:17:33( Edit History Discussion )

John Sununu: you for this time. i yield the floor. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from new hampshire is recognized. mr. conrad: let me begin my points this morning by addressing the

John Sununu

0:17:21 to 0:26:38( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Sununu

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