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Senate Proceeding on Feb 24th, 2009 :: 0:02:25 to 0:11:40
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Harry Reid

0:02:18 to 0:02:38( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: all. the presiding officer: the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington, d.c, tuesday, february 24, 2009, to t under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint thhonorable jeanne shaheen, a senator from the state of new hampshire, to perform duties of the chair. signed: robert c. byrd, president pro tempore.

Harry Reid

0:02:25 to 0:11:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Harry Reid

Harry Reid

0:02:39 to 0:02:59( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: mr. reid: madam president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mrreid: following leader remarks the senate will consider to proceed to s. 160, the d.c. voting rights legislation w the time divided until 11:00 a.m. between the two leaders or designees.

Harry Reid

0:03:00 to 0:03:20( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: the designation that we have is of course senator lieberman there will be a vote on cloture to proceed to this matter, the senate will recess from 12:30 to 2:15 for the weekly caucus luncheons. we will likely, madam president,

Harry Reid

0:03:21 to 0:03:42( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: not have a vote on the nomination of solis, not a cloture vote. it is my understanding that the republicans have almost cleared, they have one more senator to hear from to set it up so that there be a vote at 4:30 time after the caucus waiting for a phone call.

Harry Reid

0:03:43 to 0:04:03( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: the staff is waiting for a phone call. so what we would do, if, in fact, that is granted, we would work until solis nomination and people can come and talk on that however they felt. at 4:30 we would vote on her confirmati and then we would

Harry Reid

0:04:04 to 0:04:24( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: resume legislative session which would be on the d.c. voting rights bill. now, that vote will be completed around -- shortly before everyone should be aware that we're going to legislate tonight. chairman lieberman will be the person that will be managing this bill.

Harry Reid

0:04:25 to 0:04:46( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: we'r want to amend this, they have that right to do that. but i do say that i've spoken at some length to the republican leader. we really have to get o this legislation because a week from this friday, the funding for the government runs out.

Harry Reid

0:04:47 to 0:05:08( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: it's march 6th. so we have to pass the bill that will be coming from the house today or at the we have to get that passed. we have have scheduled a no-vote day next friday. we would really like to keep that. if, however beings we see that this probation bill is running

Harry Reid

0:05:09 to 0:05:30( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: into trouble, we're going to have to cancel that. because we have to continue to work on the legislation until we complete it. but there should be no problem in that regard. i understand that people want to offer amendments. that's fine. let them offer amendments. but this bill has been around for a long time. it is now on the web. people can look at it as of last night. it has been around a long time.

Harry Reid

0:05:31 to 0:05:51( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: and we have had republican input both in the house and in the senate. it has been scrubbed very, very closely, so i would hope that everyone would look at the legislation to determine what amendments they want to offer and recognize the deadline we have madam president, members of congress and all americans look

Harry Reid

0:05:52 to 0:06:13( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: forward to hearing from president obama tonight in his first address in the house chamber. after we passed, as a congress, and he signed the economic recovery pla president can confidently tell the american people that we've begun filling with dirt the deep ecomic ditch that he inherited. and that is especially so with

Harry Reid

0:06:14 to 0:06:34( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: the announcementhat he made in mesa, arizona, last wednesday about the housing crisis. throughout his campaign and now the first wks of his presidency, our president, president obama, has very straight he hasn't sugar coated anything, he hasn't sugar coated the challenges we face or

Harry Reid

0:06:35 to 0:06:56( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: tried to paint a rosie picture of a rapid he will call upon us to lend a hand and with politics aside work together not as two parties, but as one congress for one country. in the early days of congress, we had done just that. with the goodwill hard work of democrats and

Harry Reid

0:06:57 to 0:07:17( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: republicans eya like, we -- alike, we passe a lands bill. we passed the lilly ledbetter fair pay act to help fight pay discrimination and equal pay for equal work. we passed a lands bill on a bipartisan basis

Harry Reid

0:07:18 to 0:07:39( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: lilly ledbetter fair pay act, we passed a n insurance program to provide health coverage to millions of low-income children of those families. we did that on a bipartisan basis and we passed president obama economic recovery plan on an -- on a bipartisan basis. a plan to begin to create jobs, investing in our workforce an

Harry Reid

0:07:40 to 0:08:00( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: provide tax relief to working families. people, as i traveled around the country these last 10 days or so, people said, well, it wasn't bipartisan. madam president, it was. we had governors from florida california, republican governors, and governors in between, being cheerleaders for

Harry Reid

0:08:01 to 0:08:21( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: this legislation. the day beforehe legislation passed in florida, conservative republican governor introduced president obama telli the people of florida this legislation was a must pass for this state. people said, well, what in the senate? than we needed, madam president.

Harry Reid

0:08:22 to 0:08:43( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: we had a republican input. it was a bipartisan bill. and not only -- we may not have had a lot of republican senators voting for this legislation, but there was republican input. senator voinovich from ohio, he was involved in this legislation to the l on this. he -- he asked for certain things in this legislation and,

Harry Reid

0:08:44 to 0:09:05( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: frankly, he got them. it was a bipartisan group of senators led by, on our side, senator nelson and lieberman, on the republican side by senators snowe, collins, and senator specter. so it was and i appreciate the work that we've been able to accomplish in

Harry Reid

0:09:06 to 0:09:26( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: this senate up to this time. we're moving america forward. we're in the early rounds of this fight we have further steps our economic cris will grow worse, not better. but there are going to be further steps. the -- i morning, a tremendous interview

Harry Reid

0:09:27 to 0:09:47( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: about a person whoas selling cars. and he said there's no question about it, that the stimulus is going to help him sell cars. and i believe that's the case. we're going to see improvement. that's why all of us, i repeat democrats and republicans, members of congress and all americans need to pick up that

Harry Reid

0:09:48 to 0:10:12( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: shovel economic ditch with dirt so that we can climb out of this. we we as congress, and our white house, will help millions of american families keep their home values for the tens of millions of done nothing wrong.

Harry Reid

0:10:13 to 0:10:33( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: we will immy meant -- implement banking reform so that families can buy cars and send their children to college and hire workers and protect the american people from any future banking cr we'll pass a budget and we'll do it soon it reflects the priorities of america's working families an safeguards every --

Harry Reid

0:10:34 to 0:10:54( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: taxpayer funds. madam president, throughout this recession, the american people ha news. yet they remain patient tough choices and hard days still to come and feel good about the progress that has been made. people of my state, nevada, the state hit harder than most any other, understand that this

Harry Reid

0:10:55 to 0:11:15( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: turnaround won't happen tomorrow or the next day. but they expect that congress will -- but progress over politics in every decision we make. yesterday president obama sai it all when he said that it is an obligation of the majority party to be inclusive.

Harry Reid

0:11:16 to 0:11:36( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: he's right about that. he also said it is the obligation of the minority party to be constructive. inclusive and constructive. if we keep those these critical next weeks of legislating -- i'm so sorry. if we keep the words in mind, this will provide us with an

Harry Reid

0:11:37 to 0:11:42( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: opportunity to, again, fill this economic ditch that has been dug these last many years and begin

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