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Senate Proceeding 03-01-11 on Mar 1st, 2011 :: 2:32:50 to 2:34:25
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Patrick Leahy

2:32:41 to 2:33:01( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: is a major function of our -- of our body and of the president to avert a government shutdown and we don't think it's fair to treat people differently than others. and if other federal employees are going to get their pay cut and your social security recipients don't get their checks, we think the congress and the president ought to have

Patrick Leahy

2:32:50 to 2:34:25( Edit History Discussion )
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Patrick Leahy

2:33:02 to 2:33:26( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: a bite taken out of their pay as well. mr. leahy: i anything that the senator is saying. how do you get -- it would be like reducing a judge's salary. the constitution specifically prohibits that. you say it's not reducing, but, of course it is. say we're shut down five days,

Patrick Leahy

2:33:27 to 2:33:48( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: if you take -- take whatever percentage five days of the president's annual salary, you withhold it, you're not going to give it back when the -- when the -- when the government comes back into -- into service. so you've decreased his salary. i'm not suggesting not doing it for the congress, but i don't

Patrick Leahy

2:33:49 to 2:34:09( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: see how -- i'm not sure what kind of example that we set if we pass a piece of legislation which on the face of it violates the constitution. i'm not talking about members of congress. as i said, the last time we had a shutdown, i took whatever -- i added it to the thousands and thousands of dollars i give

Patrick Leahy

2:34:10 to 2:34:25( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: every year to charity. i added it to that. but in this case, you go against article 2 by decreasing the

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