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Senate Proceeding on Feb 17th, 2011 :: 2:07:45 to 2:10:35
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John Rockefeller

2:07:41 to 2:08:02( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: mr. rockefeller: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senior senator from west virginia is recognized. mr. rockefeller: i thank the presiding officer. i simply wanted to thank senator boxer. the presiding officer: the senator is notified we're in a quorum call.

John Rockefeller

2:07:45 to 2:10:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Rockefeller

John Rockefeller

2:08:03 to 2:08:24( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: mr. rockefeller: yes, i note -- i ask unanimou rescinded. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. rockefeller: i thank you for your distinct guidance, helpful approach to the rules of the senate. senator boxer -- and not everybody knows this -- but she really is the author of the bill of rights for passengers.

John Rockefeller

2:08:25 to 2:08:47( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: it's been just a total obsession of hers. it's not about helping airlines. it's not about helping this or that. it's about helping human beings. and that's been a long process on the committee. it's in the bill. it's a very, very good part. and really, she's responsible for all of that. secondly, when she -- when

John Rockefeller

2:08:48 to 2:09:08( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: senator boxer talks about more flights to the west, she echoes my deepest thinking. i mean, this is -- this is -- it's hard sometimes for people to understand because we're in the east and you get the feeling that everything happens in the east, but the fact is that the west is growing and the east is not. and all of our sort of slots are predicated on the fact that

John Rockefeller

2:09:09 to 2:09:29( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: everybody lives in the east and, yes, there's some people out west. well, there's a lot more people out west, and los angeles is just huge beyond belief. that happens to be senator boxer's home. but there's a lot of, a lo of -- a lot of cities out there which don't get service who should have service. and we have tried to address that in this bill.

John Rockefeller

2:09:30 to 2:09:52( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: the slots issue has been a very difficult one in the bill, but we've tried address that. and we've also tried to address that by allowing the department of transportation to say, all right, well, now, are they getting enough? is d.c. overcrowded? or is it not? and if it isn't, then they allow more to come on.

John Rockefeller

2:09:53 to 2:10:11( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: but i just -- i just enormously appreciate senator boxer in general. she chairs an enormous committee but she comes to our hearings, always makes enormous contributions, and on this bill of rights, she is the author, which puts her right up there i

John Rockefeller

2:10:28 to 2:10:35( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: guess with the founding fathers. mr. rockefeller: mr. president, i note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk

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