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Senate Proceeding on Feb 4th, 2010 :: 2:24:20 to 2:35:20
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Patrick Leahy

2:24:17 to 2:24:38( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: thank you, mr. president. and i yield the mr. leahy: mr. president? the presiding officer: the mr. leahy: mr. president, i have 10 i ask unanimous consent requests for committees to meet during today's session of the senate. they have the approval of the

Patrick Leahy

2:24:20 to 2:35:20( Edit History Discussion )
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Patrick Leahy

2:24:39 to 2:24:59( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: majority and minority leaders, i ask i ask unanimous consent that these requests be agreed to and printed in the record. the presiding officer: without objection, so orded. mr. leahy: mr. president, like many others, january 22, i spoke in this chamber about the

Patrick Leahy

2:25:00 to 2:25:21( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: earthquake that struck haiti on january 20th, and the unprecedented deaf station it caused -- devastation it caused. we know that an estimated three million people have been affected including some 700,000 people displaced from port-au-prince an living under plastic or makeshift shelter.

Patrick Leahy

2:25:22 to 2:25:43( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: as many as 200,000 more may have died. tens of thousands suffered injuries including many whose limbs had to be amputated as a way to only save their lives and to extricate them from the damage. hundreds of thousands of children have lost one or both of their parents.

Patrick Leahy

2:25:44 to 2:26:06( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: it is hard to quantify the scale of human suffering. think of it, mr. president, thousands of commercial buildings, 200,000 homes, the presidential palace, the national cathedral, as well as the parliament buildings and government mintries, u.n. headquarters are either heavily damaged or destroyed.

Patrick Leahy

2:26:07 to 2:26:29( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: roads, ports, communication facilities, extensive damage. 90% of the schools in port-au-prince were destroyed. this rebuilding is going to take years. even with the help of the international community, the

Patrick Leahy

2:26:30 to 2:26:53( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: united states, a nei in this hemisphere. the generosity of the american people and the other countries has been extraordinary. hundreds has been raised from corporations, individuals, school children. there have been countless tons

Patrick Leahy

2:26:54 to 2:27:14( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: of donations of food, clothing, medicine. it is especially heartening to see the commitment and dedication of volunteers, many of whom received word the -- aer the earthquake began to pack to go to haiti, not knowing where they would be, but knowing they had a skill an would be there to help.

Patrick Leahy

2:27:15 to 2:27:36( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: one such group is the vermont haiti relief team. it includes members of the vermont haiti project and the vermont federation of nurses and health professionals. they traveled to haiti, have helped some of them. they have talked to some of them and helped with the recovery have heard and read their stories, i've seen the photographs they sent back.

Patrick Leahy

2:27:37 to 2:27:57( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: it is -- here's one photograph carrying out, obviously, a patient on a stretcher. now, i was a -- as a developmenter, as an american, i -- as a vermonter, as an american, i could not be more proud of what they're doing and the doing. our little state of vermont as

Patrick Leahy

2:27:58 to 2:28:18( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: far north from the -- as haiti could be, we're up there on the canadian border. we answered the call immediately. -- immediately to come and help a neighbor in the he hemisphere. on january 7, 11 volunteers from

Patrick Leahy

2:28:19 to 2:28:39( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: vermont arrived in the dominican republic. it is a remote border town where some of the injured were taken from haiti immediately after the earthquake. where many more have arrived. the vermont health workers joined with other doctors and nurses to care for hundreds of patients in the area.

Patrick Leahy

2:28:40 to 2:29:00( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: they established wnd clinics to evaluate an treat injuries, they cared for over 250 amputees. they worked tirelessly to meet the needs of the victims and their families. and, you know, what they did helped so immensely, but i look at the -- just this one

Patrick Leahy

2:29:01 to 2:29:21( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: photograph. look. look at his face in helping this child. some couldn't speak t language. none of them knew the people before they came there. all they knew, they were fellow human beings suffering and the sense that we have in vermont

Patrick Leahy

2:29:22 to 2:29:42( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: and so many other places, if your neighbor is hurting, you're hurting and you help the neighbor and they went and helped. it's lifesaving work. it's also life changing work. these vermonters will return having endured, improvised, that made a difference to the experience of a lifetime.

Patrick Leahy

2:29:43 to 2:30:04( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: how many of us can say that we made a difference in someone's life? they have. but their own lives have been changed. they're confronted with hundreds of injured people. they had just a handful of medical personnel, no supplies. there was no 10 to 5 or 8 to 5.

Patrick Leahy

2:30:05 to 2:30:26( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: this was around the clock with volunteers from haiti and the dominican republic and other countries. sometimes the electricity worked, sometimes it did not. death surrounded them. the team also traveled to another area in haiti where a clinic was established.

Patrick Leahy

2:30:27 to 2:30:47( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: they worked with haitians and other relief organizations to create a wound clinic. after two weeksf working in difficult conditions, the first team of vermonters is coming home. they are exhausted physically and emotionally, but they are proud of the help they provided to the haitian patients and being able to represent vermont

Patrick Leahy

2:30:48 to 2:31:08( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: in the relief effort. this vermonter is proud of them and proud of the second team that has now arrived in haiti that has already begun working. the vermont haiti relief team hope to send volunteers for two-week rotations to support the hospital and the clinic for

Patrick Leahy

2:31:09 to 2:31:30( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: the next three to six months. i have been there, mr. president. i have been to haiti. i know how poor a country it is. my wife marcelle is a registered nurse, now retired. she has gone in those hospitals. she has seen how little there is to it.

Patrick Leahy

2:31:31 to 2:31:51( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: she knows how somebody coming with their skills, what a difference that makes and with international support not only from our country but from others in bringing down the equipment that was lacking, the supplies that was lacking, difference that makes. marcelle and i are very impressed with the commitment of these vermont volunteers.

Patrick Leahy

2:31:52 to 2:32:15( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: this is not an easy job. this is an ee moacial, physically exhausting, but think what they have done. so i thank them for their hard work and dedication, for their selfless example. mr. president, what happened in haiti was as great a tragedy as

Patrick Leahy

2:32:16 to 2:32:38( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: any one of us will hear of. but what it has done is touched the generosity of people. we don't ask what their political parties are, what their race is or where they're from. they all went to help, and look at this help. the help has to continue. i will make sure as chairman of

Patrick Leahy

2:32:39 to 2:32:59( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: the foreign operations subcommittee that the united states help, and europe and asia, the middle east and the far east people are helping. it must continue. for this small group of vermonters who went down there,

Patrick Leahy

2:33:00 to 2:33:19( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: lives were saved, lives were changed. children were rescued. and we vermonters are proud. mr. president, i yield the floor. i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

Patrick Leahy

2:34:02 to 2:34:22( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: quorum the presiding officer: the senator from vermont is recognized. mr. leah unanimous consent the call of the quorum be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. leahy: i ask unanimous consent the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of martha johnson occur at 2:45 p.m. with the time until then be divided equally.

Patrick Leahy

2:34:23 to 2:34:45( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: with the provisions of the order governing this nomination remaing in effect. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. leahy: mr. president, i ask further unanimous consent that upon disposition of the nomination of martha johnson, the senate resuming legislative session, the senate then proceed to a period of morning business, with senators permitted to speak

Patrick Leahy

2:34:46 to 2:35:07( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: therein up to ten minutes, except that when senator kirk is recognized, he be allowed to speak for 20 minutes. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. leahy: and, mr. president, i would suggest the absence of a quorum but i ask consent that the time under the quorum call be divided equally. e presiding officer: without objection, sord

Patrick Leahy

2:35:08 to 2:35:13( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: the clerk will call the

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