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Senate Proceeding on Feb 13th, 2009 :: 6:14:35 to 6:22:05
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Orrin Hatch

6:14:30 to 6:14:50( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: this country away from the difficult times that we are now in. i yield the floor. mr. hatch: mr. president? senator from utah. mr. hatch: as i understand it, i have seven minutes? the presiding officer: the senator is correct. mr. hatch: well, mr. president, i've enjoyed listening to my colleague from new york, as i always do. i was very interested in him saying that they have met us halfway.

Orrin Hatch

6:14:51 to 6:15:13( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: hey,he first two bills out of this administration has been the chip bill that put together by them without any input from us, especially from people like me who wrote the original chip bill. the second bill was a stimulus package put together with no re impetus or no real help from the republicans or any of us on this side.

Orrin Hatch

6:15:14 to 6:15:35( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: if you watch the process, it was or leave it. when it finally passed by a narrow vote on this floor, by really one -- by really 60 votes, 61 votes, it immediately went into a conference where basically republican ideas were not really considered.

Orrin Hatch

6:15:36 to 6:15:56( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: you know, i can't help but paraphrase one of the leaders of the white house love crisis. we democrats love crises. why? because then we can pass legislation we would never otherwise get through the congress of the united states or the the people. and they have seized this opportunity to put all kinds of

Orrin Hatch

6:15:57 to 6:16:21( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: programs in stimulus, some of which may be very valid in the regular appropriations process. but many of which are not stimulus and are eating funds that really ought to be going to helping to pull us out of the difficulties that we have. i have to say that when my friend from new york talks about

Orrin Hatch

6:16:22 to 6:16:42( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: tax cuts they put in this bill, when you start calling the make work refundable tax credits to people who don't pay taxes o income taxes, that's not a tax cut. it isn't even tax relief. it's a cost to everybody else who works. and it isn't going to produce

Orrin Hatch

6:16:43 to 6:17:04( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: any i'm not against helping poor people. i'm not against helping people who are out of work. let's call it what is it is and let's not put this stuff in a stimulus bill that is supposed to work now, not two, three tkpwraoers now, which is what -- three years from now, ich is what this bill will do. i've been in the congress 33 years this year.

Orrin Hatch

6:17:05 to 6:17:25( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: there has not been one day in my 33 years in the united states senate where the fiscal conservative point of view has been in the majority. not one day. we've won some battles because of great presidential leadership or just plain gutsy leadersp by the conservative republicans, fiscal conservative republicans.

Orrin Hatch

6:17:26 to 6:17:47( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: but between you and me, the congress has been really run by and a few republicans who will go with them on these issues. this has led to too much spending. one of the senators got on the floor yesterday and said how can we take advice from people who ran last eight years?

Orrin Hatch

6:17:48 to 6:18:08( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: well, congress has exceeded the president's budget 20 times in the past 28 years, and it's always been because of the liberal left with a few liberal republicans who make up a majority in the united states senate. since president reagan, congress has exceeded the president's budget every year except the years when president clinton was in the white house. now, why did we match president

Orrin Hatch

6:18:09 to 6:18:31( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: clinton's budget when he was in the white house? it was the first time you had a republican and we were able to -- and i might add a president who listened. president clinton. today's deficit is a percentage of gross domestic product, is moving toward 40%.

Orrin Hatch

6:18:32 to 6:18:52( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: not the deficit. the government spending is a percentage of g.d., is moving towards 40%. that's where europe is, 40% to 50%, spending the g.d.p. is where europe is. we are going throu the europeization of the united states of america we've always

Orrin Hatch

6:18:53 to 6:19:13( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: had to give into the left because there have always been too many liberal people and the few republicans who support liberal spending. this has led to from you principles of freedom, self-reliance and market driven prosperity. why are managers of failed financial institutions not first

Orrin Hatch

6:19:14 to 6:19:34( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: in line to bear of their mistaken actions? the economy was stronger than the democrats have been portraying it during these republican years and during the bush years in particular. democrats keep blaming the current economic decline on the failed economic policies of the past eight years. but the economy grew eac over the past eight years. we've only seen the decline in

Orrin Hatch

6:19:35 to 6:19:55( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: g.d.p. overt past six months -- over the past six months under both houses being controlled by democrats. don't miss the point. over all of these years, we have had a liberal control of spending in the united states congress, and you can't blame george bush for that. he could have vetoed more. i've got to admit that.

Orrin Hatch

6:19:56 to 6:20:17( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: we are headed towards government spending being 40% to 50% of our gross domestic product. and since the bailout last year, we have only added nearly trillion to our national debt. that didn't happen when we were control of the congress. the financial rescue package was 00 other

Orrin Hatch

6:20:18 to 6:20:40( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: they authorized up to 00 billion at any point in time. was amazed that in theast election the democrats went out and chewed up a few republicans who had voted for that because we felt we had to vote for that 00 billion package, even though all of them voted for it, they chewed them up for voting for it and defeated them at the polls. talk about hypocrisy. we've seen very little success for our money.

Orrin Hatch

6:20:41 to 6:21:02( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: but even worse, we've used it to spare management and shareholders of big banks. now we have a stimulus package of 87 billion. while there is concern over the economy, this is a partisan stimulus bill, to explode the size of government. why? because the more you explode it,

Orrin Hatch

6:21:03 to 6:21:23( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: the more you get people dependent upon the almighty federal government and the liberals who have been running us into these years. i think conservatives need to be more alert. if these provisions are made permanent -- and there will be a massive attempt to make permanent -- the expansion of government is going to be

Orrin Hatch

6:21:24 to 6:21:44( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: enormous, and i don't know what you call it other than socialism. so i understand my time is about up. how much time do i have? the presiding officer: the senator has 20 seconds. mr. hatch: 40 seconds; okay? the presiding officer: 20 seconds. mr. hatch: in my 20 seconds let me just say this, look, we

Orrin Hatch

6:21:45 to 6:22:05( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: are for a stimulus bill that would homeowners, that would strengthen r&d research, that the cut corporate and small business tax rates so they can employ more people, that would move further towards creating jobs. this bill doesn't do that and i hope our colleagues would vote

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