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Senate Proceeding on Feb 17th, 2007 :: 0:18:00 to 0:28:37
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Ben Nelson

0:13:01 to 0:18:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Ben Nelson

Ben Nelson

0:17:44 to 0:18:00( Edit History Discussion )

Ben Nelson: the senator from illinois. mr. durbin: madam president, i'd like to make a unanimous consent request that on the democratic side, after senator levin speaks, the next senator to speak will be senator

Lindsey Graham

0:18:00 to 0:18:12( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: feinstein. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. gregg: mr. president, i reserve the right to object -- i apologize. but i would like to ask consent that after senator graham speaks on

Lindsey Graham

0:18:00 to 0:28:37( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham

0:18:12 to 0:18:19( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: our side that i be recognize ed recognized. in the proper order. alternate ing. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection, so ordered. mr. graham: madam president? the presiding

Lindsey Graham

0:18:19 to 0:18:30( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: officer: the senator from south carolina. mr. graham: thank you. i believe under the agreement i'm recognize ed for ten minutes. is that correct? the presiding officer: the senator is correct.

Lindsey Graham

0:18:30 to 0:18:43( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: mr. graham: could you let me know when seven minutes has a arrived. to my colleagues, this is being billed as an unusual saturday session where the senate is work working on saturday. i would argue we're

Lindsey Graham

0:18:43 to 0:18:53( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: not working, we're having a political theatrical debate that does more harm than good, and there are a lot of people working on saturday; not us. we're trying to jockey for political positionings among

Lindsey Graham

0:18:53 to 0:19:06( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: ourselves and for 2008, and there are people working in baghdad and all throughout iraq trying to secure our future against the most violent extreme extremists on the place -- on the face of the

Lindsey Graham

0:19:06 to 0:19:20( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: earth. and if, to my good friend, senator nelson, if you think wu'er we're in the middle of a civil washings cut off funding. if you believe half of what you're saying in these resolutions, then have

Lindsey Graham

0:19:20 to 0:19:34( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: the courage to stop funding. but, no, no one really want dozen that because they don't know how that's going to play off here at home. everyone is trying to hedge their bets. you want to be seen in hoarks

Lindsey Graham

0:19:34 to 0:19:49( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: i guess, or for the next election that this wasn't my idea. this was bush's followy. well, bush is not going to iraq. 21,500 brave young men and women are going to iraq behind a general who believes

Lindsey Graham

0:19:49 to 0:20:03( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: he can win. and this is a low point in my time in the senate. senator reid said a few weeks ago republicans can't run and hide from this debate. well, i'm here. i'm not running and hide ing from any idea

Lindsey Graham

0:20:03 to 0:20:14( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: that any senator has. i'm not running and hiding from senator warner's resolution. i look forward to vote ing against it and talking about how ill- ill-conceived it is. all i'm asking for is a chance for

Lindsey Graham

0:20:14 to 0:20:28( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: the senate to play its role in our democracy and not to become the house. all i'm asking of my fellow colleagues who are certain they're right and want to send a message to our president that they give

Lindsey Graham

0:20:28 to 0:20:39( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: the courtesy to the others, like myself, who believe they're dead wrong. and let's have a vote that reflects where the senate is at and not become the house. and what is the senate? the senate is

Lindsey Graham

0:20:39 to 0:20:50( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: a body that you have to get 0 votes to move an idea forward. do you want to abandon that because of the political moment? i don't. do you want to been a done your colleagues -- do you want to abandon

Lindsey Graham

0:20:50 to 0:21:02( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: your colleagues who have a different view of what we should do? i don't. i've been there before on an emotional issue called immigration. there was an effort to shut down debate. i along with senator mccain

Lindsey Graham

0:21:02 to 0:21:15( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: and several other senators who are very much for a comprehens comprehensive immigration reform told crickets cricket critic told critics within our caucus, we will not leave you behind. and i am extremely dispt

Lindsey Graham

0:21:15 to 0:21:30( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: disappointed in our colleagues who want to shut off debate, not understand understanding whether or not people like me and senator gregg will be left behind. i'm not afraid of your ideas, and i respect

Lindsey Graham

0:21:30 to 0:21:44( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: the differences we have. i am just extremely disappointed that you will throw us over. that's not what the senate is about. the senate is about a debate on a full range of ideas that shows a difference

Lindsey Graham

0:21:44 to 0:21:58( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: from the house, and here's the crux of the matter. the reason we're here on a saturday playing stupid political games while people are off in iraq trying to win this war is because our colleagues on

Lindsey Graham

0:21:58 to 0:22:14( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: the other side of the aisle are afraid to take a vote on cutting off funding. i believe that what happened in the house in a nonbinding fashion is the worse possible situation for this congress, but it's

Lindsey Graham

0:22:14 to 0:22:27( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: a precursor to movement toward bleeding this war dry in terms of funds and cutting off funding. and if i am wrong, then let's have a vote on cutting off fund funding. the reason we're not going to

Lindsey Graham

0:22:27 to 0:22:43( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: have a vote on the judd gregg resolution is because 70-plus senators will vote for it, though .the overwhelming majority of this body understands that cutting off funding at this crucial time in the

Lindsey Graham

0:22:43 to 0:22:58( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: war on terror in iraq is ill-advised but they don't want to be on the record. the reason they don't want to be on the record is because the radical left will eat democrat 2508 hoafls for hopefuls for

Lindsey Graham

0:22:58 to 0:23:10( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: lunch. who want to get out yesterday. that's why we're just having a truncate ed debate. and if you really do believe we're in the middle after civil washings take the floor and get people out of

Lindsey Graham

0:23:10 to 0:23:20( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: the middle of the civil war. this is the politics of abandon abandonment. this is abandoning the role of the senate -- this is abandoning the role the senate has played for scene reagan administrations

Lindsey Graham

0:23:20 to 0:23:37( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: to make our country stronger, not weaker. this is abandoning colleagues with contrary ideas who are going to be cut off. and unfortunately these nonbind nonbinding resolutions abandon those who are going

Lindsey Graham

0:23:37 to 0:23:49( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: to the fight voluntarily. so this is a very, very sad saturday. for u.s. senate on the heels of a disaster in the u.s. house. where a majority, a bare majority of the house wants to send a political

Lindsey Graham

0:23:49 to 0:24:02( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: message at a time of war that doesn't keep one person from being shot at. i don't know where this thing is going to go. i don't know how it's going to end. but i can promise you this. as long as i'm

Lindsey Graham

0:24:02 to 0:24:14( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: in the senate, i'm going to take this floor and make sure the senate acts like the senate. i came to the senate for a reason. i want to be part of great debates. and the wait this process will be structured

Lindsey Graham

0:24:14 to 0:24:29( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: is that people like me will get cut out. judd gregg will get cut out because of the politics of the moment. the 60-vote rule is going to have meaning in this debate as long as i'm here, and i hope my

Lindsey Graham

0:24:29 to 0:24:41( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: completion will understand, whatever differences we have, no matter how sincere they are, please don't throw us over. i would like to at is this moment in time read another resolution of sort. this

Lindsey Graham

0:24:41 to 0:24:54( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: is from general petreaus and he's addressing the coalition forces to forces. " "to the soldiers, sailors, airmen, manners and mullly lyty national force iraq, we serve in iraq at a critical tievment

Lindsey Graham

0:24:54 to 0:25:03( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: the war here will soon enter its firj year. a decisive momentate pproaches. shoulder to shoulder with our iraqi comrades comrades we will conduct a pivotal eman campaign to improve descriewrt security

Lindsey Graham

0:25:03 to 0:25:13( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: for the iraqi people. the stakes could not be higher. our task is crucial. security is essential for iraq to build its future. only with the security can the iraqi government come to grips with the

Lindsey Graham

0:25:13 to 0:25:26( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: tough decisions it confronts and develop the capacity to serve its citizens. the hopes of the iraqi people and the coalition -- in the coalition countries are with us us." i hope that's right. "the

Lindsey Graham

0:25:26 to 0:25:38( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: enemies of iraq will shrink at no hakt however barbaric. they will do all they can to shake the confidence of the people and to convince the world that this effort is doomed. we must not underestimate

Lindsey Graham

0:25:38 to 0:25:51( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: them. together with our iraqi partners we must defeat those who oppose the new iraq. we cannot allow mass murderers to hold the initiative. we must strike them relentlessly relentlessly. we and

Lindsey Graham

0:25:51 to 0:26:01( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: our iraqi partners must set the terms of the struggle, not our enemies, and together we must prevail. the way ahead will not be easy. there will be difficult times in the months to come. but hard is not hopeless.

Lindsey Graham

0:26:01 to 0:26:11( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: and we must remain steadfast in our effort to help improve security for the iraqi people. i am confident that each of you will fight with skill and courage." the presiding officer: the senator from

Lindsey Graham

0:26:11 to 0:26:24( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: south carolina has use ed seven minutes. mr. graham: thank you. "and that you will remain loyal to your comrades in arms and the values of our nations -- that our nations hold so dear. in the entsdz,

Lindsey Graham

0:26:24 to 0:26:38( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: iraqis will decide the outcome of this struggle. our task is to help them gain the time they need to save their country. to do that, many of us will live and fight alongside them. together we will

Lindsey Graham

0:26:38 to 0:26:53( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: face down the terrorists, the insurgents, and the criminals who slaughter the innocent. success will require discipline, fortitude and initiative, qualities that you have in abundance." do we have

Lindsey Graham

0:26:53 to 0:27:08( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: those qualities in congress? he didn't say that, i did. "i appreciate your sacrifices and those of your families. now more than ever your commitment to service and your skill can make the difference between

Lindsey Graham

0:27:08 to 0:27:20( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: victory and defeat in a very tough mission. it is an honor to soldier again with the members of the multi multinational forces iraq. i know that wherever you serve in this undertaking you will give your

Lindsey Graham

0:27:20 to 0:27:30( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: all. in turn, i pledge my commitment to our commission and every effort to achieve success as we help the iraqis chart a course to the a brighter future. godspeed to each of you and to our iraqi

Lindsey Graham

0:27:30 to 0:27:41( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: come comrades in this crucial endeavor." i would like to enter this into the record, associate myself with these comments, and end on this note. the presiding officer: without objection. mr.

Lindsey Graham

0:27:41 to 0:27:50( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: durbin: madam president? madam president? the presiding officer: is the senator from south carolina yield the floor? mr. graham: i'll finish my time. the senator can have all the time he likes.

Lindsey Graham

0:27:50 to 0:28:04( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: i would like to end with this thought. if you believe this is a lost cause and victory can't be a achieved, then our people are in the middle after mess, a civil war and not one person should

Lindsey Graham

0:28:04 to 0:28:15( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: get injured or killed because we've made huge mistakes that cannot be turned around, then cut off funding, have a vote on something that matters. this political theater empowers our enemy, disheartens

Lindsey Graham

0:28:15 to 0:28:27( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: our own troops and i think is not worthy of the united states senate's senate's time and its naifer been done in history for a reason. weekend that, i yield the floor. mr. durbin: madam president? the

Lindsey Graham

0:28:27 to 0:28:37( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: presiding officer: the majority whip. mr. durbin: i ask unanimous consent that after senator feinstein speaks? n. support of the motion for cleche that the next person in support of that motion be senator

Richard Durbin

0:28:37 to 0:28:57( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Durbin: schumer of new york for five minutes. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. warner: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from virginia. mr. warner: madam president, i've been privileged

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