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Senate Proceeding on Feb 14th, 2008 :: 8:21:58 to 8:26:33
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Harry Reid

8:19:35 to 8:21:58( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Harry Reid

Harry Reid

8:21:48 to 8:21:58( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: that's how a bill becomes law. that is the way it is, mr. president. that is the law. we've already decide ed the facts are stubborn. clearly, if we were argue ing this case to a injury -- and i think

John Rockefeller

8:21:58 to 8:22:09( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: probably here, the american people -- they clearly know that this is an effort by the president to scare us and in ex exchange for that, he wants to try to take care of the phone companies. not the

John Rockefeller

8:21:58 to 8:26:33( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Rockefeller

John Rockefeller

8:22:09 to 8:22:25( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: american people. mr. rockefeller: mr. president mr. president? the presiding officer: the of senator from west virginr ia. mr. rockefeller: my name efhas been invoke ed frequently here over the last several

John Rockefeller

8:22:25 to 8:22:37( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: weeks as passing a bill which was not favored by the majority of the people of my aisle, and the phrase actually was use ed by the majority leader who is never wrong that we did what the president

John Rockefeller

8:22:37 to 8:22:51( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: wanted. i didn't do what the president wanted. i did what i tught was the right thing to do, and i was joined by a variety of my colleagues, including the presiding officer, who reserve ed the right to have

John Rockefeller

8:22:51 to 8:23:01( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: other views on the floor, which he did. but ended up vote ing for the bill bill. what absolutely baffles me is that we are literally -- we can do this fisa bill. i'm meeting tomorrow morning with the

John Rockefeller

8:23:01 to 8:23:12( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: chamber of the house intelligence committee, who may be the only house member in town -- i have no idea, but i don't care because he is the chairman --n what we can do to save this. and i'm absolutely

John Rockefeller

8:23:12 to 8:23:28( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: convince ed that we can have -- and in the hearing this afternoon, the presiding officer heard me put this to the director of national intelligence and who couldn't answer it because it was not a policy

John Rockefeller

8:23:28 to 8:23:38( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: question but more of a political question. i said, you know, you're going to get the majority of your information, all the way through august. the the president praised our bill, then came out the next

John Rockefeller

8:23:38 to 8:23:53( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: day and said, now, if the house doesn't pass it, we'll lose our intelligence, we'll be vul vulnerable to the terrorists. that was a misstatement, an annoying misstatement. and i don't understand.

John Rockefeller

8:23:53 to 8:24:06( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: i simply don't understand. if something is good, if the president is willing to sign a bill which this senator in his conscience feels is right, and it takes 15 days to do it, what the minority leader

John Rockefeller

8:24:06 to 8:24:15( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: needs to understand -- and he served in the house, i'm sure, he understands that they have now been jammed twice. they have been jammed. there's something called human nature. it's not illegal

John Rockefeller

8:24:15 to 8:24:34( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: to talk about human nature on the floor of the united states senate. they have been jammed. they have been pushed down to a two-day period or a three-day period when they had to make a decision. they resent

John Rockefeller

8:24:34 to 8:24:48( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: that. but if they were given a period of time, they would come in my judgment to where we are, and the bill would go to the president and he would sign it. now, let me say something more. when people

John Rockefeller

8:24:48 to 8:25:01( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: have to understand -- people have to understand around here that the quality of the intelligence that we're going to be receiving is going to be degrade ed. it's going to be degrade ed. it's already

John Rockefeller

8:25:01 to 8:25:15( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: going to be degrade degraded as telecommunications companies lose interest. that's -- everybody tosses that around and say, well what do you mean? and i say, well, what are they making out of this?

John Rockefeller

8:25:15 to 8:25:30( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: you know, what's the big.off for the telephone companies? they get fade a lot of money? no, they get nothing. they get $40 billion worth of suits, grief, trashing, but they do it, but they don't

John Rockefeller

8:25:30 to 8:25:41( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: have to do it, because they do have shareholders to appoint to -- to respond to. and there is going to be a. mr. enzi: grade --and there is going to be a de degrade ing of the nature of our intelligence

John Rockefeller

8:25:41 to 8:25:53( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: in some very crucial areas if we follow the path that the minority leader is suggesting, because we'll go right back to where we were last august and that will be a further jolt to the telecommunications

John Rockefeller

8:25:53 to 8:26:08( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: companies because they will understand that you cannot count on the united states congress, you cannot count on us to make policy which will give stability to their -- no, not government agency

John Rockefeller

8:26:08 to 8:26:19( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: ies but to their corporations. 15 days. we're off for a week so maybe it has to be 25 days. i don't know. i don't care about that. we could have the same bill on this floor from the house -- i'm

John Rockefeller

8:26:19 to 8:26:33( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: convinced of it. it's human nature. give them a chance to have a grudge. i'm going to meet with the chamber tomorrow. -- i'm going to meet with the chairman tomorrow. let him rip into me for not

8:26:33 to 8:26:45( Edit History Discussion )

giving the house an adequate time for the second time to discuss this mavment but i'm absolutely convince ed that we could have that bill on the floor in this body and pass it and send it to the president.

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