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Senate Proceeding on Feb 2nd, 2009 :: 2:05:25 to 2:13:15
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Harry Reid

2:05:22 to 2:05:44( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: i strongly endorse his qirlings, and -- would yield the floor. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: u previous order, the senator from minutes. mrs. hutchison: thank you, mr. president. mr. president, i on the nomination of eric holder for the position general of the united states.

Harry Reid

2:05:25 to 2:13:15( Edit History Discussion )
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Harry Reid

2:05:45 to 2:06:05( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: mr. president, we place enormous trust in the nominee f this position to enforce the laws of our land, of course, but also to advise the president on and conitutional matters. excuse me, mr. president.

Harry Reid

2:06:06 to 2:06:26( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: one of the that we have in the constitution is the right to keep and bear arms guaranteed to us in the second amendment in the bill of rights. manmany jurisdictions around our

Harry Reid

2:06:27 to 2:06:47( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: ability to own a gun, a and there are restrictions in jurisdictions all over our country for the use of a gun. nowhere is it more strict than right here in washington, d.c. in 1976 washington, d.c., the city council passed the toughest

Harry Reid

2:06:48 to 2:07:08( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: gun control laws in the nation, banning rifles and shot guns to be registered and stored unloaded and locked or disassembled. these were the most restrictive laws in our nation regarding gun ownership. i thought they were incomprehensible, but certainly

Harry Reid

2:07:09 to 2:07:30( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: they were unconstitutional. i introduced a bill with a number of my colleagues to repeal these prohibitive measures. these pr in court before my bill could get through congress and the c. circuit court of appeal agreed.

Harry Reid

2:07:31 to 2:07:52( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: when the district appealed to the court, i filed a brief with my colleague john tester that was supported by 53 senators and 250 members of the house of representatives. this was on the interpretation of the second amendment as preserving an individual right to keep and bear firearms. our brief contained the most

Harry Reid

2:07:53 to 2:08:14( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: congressional signatures on any brief ever in the history of our country. in another brief in this same district court opinion that was appealed to the supreme court, the ninee before us, mr. holder, along with 12 other former justice department officials argued in favor of the

Harry Reid

2:08:15 to 2:08:35( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: gun ban in washington, d.c. his brief stated: the second amendment does not protect unrelated to participated -- to participation in a well fortunately on june 2, 2008, the supreme court affirmed the intent of the founders, that

Harry Reid

2:08:36 to 2:08:56( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: right to bear arms is an vipped right protected -- an individual right protected by the constitution. this was a major ruling on the second amendment because local governments that seek gun control measures have made the argument that mr. holder did in his brief. that is the basis for gun control ordnances and laws around our country.

Harry Reid

2:08:57 to 2:09:17( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: the ruling in the d.c. case was a victory for the americans to protect themselves and their families. the supreme court sent a clear message the law of the land is the individual right to keep and bear arms cannot be unreasonably infringe the founding fathers knew what they were doing when they put

Harry Reid

2:09:18 to 2:09:38( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: the right to keep and bear arms in the constitution. they knew from their experience in the revolutionary war that a free people must have the right to possess an bear arms. -- and bear arms. in 1775 the american revolution started because ordinary farmers

Harry Reid

2:09:39 to 2:09:59( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: decided many in george washington's regiments used their own guns. i was alarmed to learn that while serving as deputy attorney general in the clinton administration mr. holder in an appearance on abc's "this week" that the second amendment -- quote -- "talks about bearing guns in a well regulated

Harry Reid

2:10:00 to 2:10:21( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: militia. and i don't think anywhere it talks about an individual." this interpretation, while interesting i academic circles, is not mainstream nor is it reflective of public opinion. indeed, in our brief that we filed we cited every congressional action that has

Harry Reid

2:10:22 to 2:10:42( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: happened throughout the history of our country that affirmed that congress believes the second amendment is an individual right. mr. president, i would ask unanimous consen additional five minutes. the presiding officer: is there objection? mr. leahy: mr. president, i have no objection, but it will have to come from the republican side.

Harry Reid

2:10:43 to 2:11:04( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mrs. hutchison: mr. president, the framers did not intend for this right to be collective. if that were their purpose, it would have been satisfied with article i, section 8 of the constitution that gives congress the power to provide for calling forth the militia to execute the

Harry Reid

2:11:05 to 2:11:25( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: laws of the union suppress insurrections and impel invasions, the frame erts went -- framers went farther making sure that gun ownership was an individual right. they put it in the bill of rights for that compilation of individual rights, free speech, freedom of

Harry Reid

2:11:26 to 2:11:46( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: religion, a fair trial and the right to keep an bear arms the framers looked at the governments of the europe and james madison said -- quote -- "the governments of europe are afraid to trust the people with arms f. they did, the people would surely shake off the yoke of tyranny as america did." later on, president madison

Harry Reid

2:11:47 to 2:12:07( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: explained -- he was preside then -- "the constitution preserves thedvantage of being armed which americans possess over the people of almost every other nation governments are afraid to trust the people with arms." arms. ". the right to bear arms should not be an issue in the united states. the constitution is clear and

Harry Reid

2:12:08 to 2:12:28( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: the supreme court has spoken. our second amendment rig ensures that our people have the ability to secure all of our rights, defend them, if necessary, from government suppression it is this right that a government of the people, by the people, and for the people must ver extinguish. i believe that eric everything that i have read, is

Harry Reid

2:12:29 to 2:12:49( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: an intelligent, experienced and thoughtful candidate for the united states attorney general candidacy. but after examination of mr. holder's public statements and positions on gun rights, i cannot in good conscience support his nomination for the office of attorney i, therefore, will vote "no."

Harry Reid

2:12:50 to 2:13:13( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: mrpresiden floor. i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: will the -- without o ordered. the clerk will call the r

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