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Senate Proceeding on Mar 7th, 2011 :: 0:02:05 to 0:14:35
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Harry Reid

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

Harry Reid: president pro tempore. the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. reid: following leader remarks there will be a period of morning business until 4:30 today. senators will be allowed to speak up to t-plts each. -- ten minutes each. at 4:30 the senate will proceed to executive session. at 5:30 today the senate will

Harry Reid

0:02:05 to 0:14:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Harry Reid

Harry Reid

0:02:24 to 0:02:45( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: confirm by consent the nomination of sue myerscough, a judge for the central district of illinois. there will then be a series of up to three roll call votes, first on the confirmation of anthony j. battaglia of california to be united states district judge for the southern

Harry Reid

0:02:46 to 0:03:07( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: district of california; confirmation of the nomination of james shadid to be judge for the southern district of judge and a motion to invoke cloture on s. 23, the america invents act. filing deadline for amendments to s. 23 is 5:00 p.m. today. on friday cloture was filed on

Harry Reid

0:03:08 to 0:03:30( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: motion to proceed on h.r. 1. i hope to reach agreement to vote on h.r. 1 and the democratic alternative introduced by senator inouye by friday. there will be a vote on some of these matters tomorrow. in addition to completing action on the america invents act the senate will begin consideration

Harry Reid

0:03:31 to 0:03:51( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: on the continuing resolution to h.r. 4, the 1099 section of the bill that we passed last year mr. president, budgets and votes

Harry Reid

0:03:52 to 0:04:12( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: have something very important in common. at their heart both require and reflect tough choices. tomorrow we hope the senate will vote on a republican response to the president's budget. that's the so-called h.r. 1 that not only the united states is focused on it but the entire world. and they will vote on the

Harry Reid

0:04:13 to 0:04:33( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: democratic response. everyone's done the math and everyone knows how these votes will turn out. likely either the proposal will pass, which means neither will reach the president's desk and we'll go back to square one, back to the negotiating table. but tomorrow's votes are still significant. just as our budget -- that is

Harry Reid

0:04:34 to 0:04:55( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: how we invest taxpayer money reflects our values -- so will the votes that are cast on these two competing measures. they will show us which senators are serious about fortifying their long-term future and which are more concerned with scoring short-term political points. these votes will show us who

Harry Reid

0:04:56 to 0:05:16( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: wants an easy applause line and who wants to strengthen our nation's bottom line. there is a fine line between a responsible budget and a reckless budget. the republican plan we'll vote on tomorrow is the same plan the tea party already pushed through the house of representatives. it's called h.r. 1. now the same tea party is trying

Harry Reid

0:05:17 to 0:05:37( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: to push it through the senate. that plan will cost 700,000 americans their jobs, and i won't support that, nor will any other democrat that i know of here in the senate. 700,000 is not a figure picked out of the air, mr. president.

Harry Reid

0:05:38 to 0:06:01( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: economists generally agree it is a huge job loss for our country. led by mark sudan dirks who i've -- led by mark zandi who has a pretty good resume. he's a chief economist at moody's and was skwr-bg -- and

Harry Reid

0:06:02 to 0:06:23( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: was john mccain's advisor during the campaign. we're hoping the country doesn't look under the hood and see what's wrong. that's because they know that when we do, we'll see their shiny new budget is a lemon and has a badly broken engine. mr. president, i can remember i represented a number of car dealers when i practiced law.

Harry Reid

0:06:24 to 0:06:46( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: one of them was a wonderful man. his son is now running his operations, and there was someone out picketing his place of business. he had a great big lemon. he alleged that he bought a car there, finley's automobile, and

Harry Reid

0:06:47 to 0:07:08( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: it was a lemon. as an attorney, i wanted to stop it. i was ready to go to court, get an injunction to stop that. and pete finley called me and said there's something wrong with that car and i don't want people to buy cars if there's something wrong with it.

Harry Reid

0:07:09 to 0:07:29( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: take care of it. i'll get him another car. that's what the republicans should do with the lemon they're trying to perpetuate over here. if you look under th h.r. 1, you'll find it is not a good piece of legislation, and that is a gross understatement. h.r. 1 has not only a broken engine, it's a lemon in many

Harry Reid

0:07:30 to 0:07:50( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: other respects. to pull ourselves out of a ditch, we need an engine that powers growth, innovation and our being more competive. we need one that powers recovery. the last thing we can afford is a broken engine that will drive us right back into recession. you can't fix a broken economy with a broken engine.

Harry Reid

0:07:51 to 0:08:11( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: but that's exactly what the republican house is trying to sell us with this h.r. 1. the tea party plan will make nevada students and workers less competitive and will make nevada's families and communities even less safe. it hurts education, which of course threatens our future. there are many examples. i want to give you two or three,

Harry Reid

0:08:12 to 0:08:34( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: starting where many of our children start, in early education. head start is a successful early education program with the poorest of the poor. it's been proven 245 head start -- proven that head start students are more likely than their peers to graduate from high school.

Harry Reid

0:08:35 to 0:08:56( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: but under h.r. 1, 200,000 head start students, including hundreds and hundreds in nevada would be basically eliminated from the school system that's a careless short-term cut with devastating long-term consequences. second, what about students who are already out of high school and go to college, thanks to pell grants?

Harry Reid

0:08:57 to 0:09:18( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: if the republican plan were to pass, those nevada undergraduates who rely on pell grants would see their tuition assistance cut by more than $600 a year. that means one of two things. these students' tuition bills will be up or they will be forced to drop out. we can't afford this, mr. president. either choice is a bad choice.

Harry Reid

0:09:19 to 0:09:39( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: and third, what about those who are already in the workforce, who are looking to join the job market? this tea party proposal would cost nevada $70 million in job training investments. that would hurt about -- i'm sorry. that would hurt about 8,000 potential nevada workers. these cuts won't do anything to help unemployment go down or

Harry Reid

0:09:40 to 0:10:00( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: help nevada's economy get back on its feet. we all know we have to make some sacrifices. mr. presid to be cuts made, and we made them. but these republican cuts, as indicated in h.r. 1, dealing with education alone are

Harry Reid

0:10:01 to 0:10:21( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: counterproductive. we slash budget in the name of a stronger future but cut the most important way to strengthen our future. what have we really accomplished? nothing. we made things much worse. it's not just education. let's talk about a few more of these dangerous consequences the republicans' reckless budget would have on nevada.

Harry Reid

0:10:22 to 0:10:43( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: mr. president, the same would apply to connecticut. it would pull the plug on renewable energy jobs in nevada, including 600 new jobs at the state's largest solar plant. it would fire another 600 nevadans who work at community health centers. one of the outstanding things we

Harry Reid

0:10:44 to 0:11:06( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: did in the health care bill, we put $10 billion in that bill to build 10,000 new community health centers across the country. these aren't just for poor people. it gives a place for people to go. it doesn't overrun our emergency rooms. all the economists, medical economists say it would cut down

Harry Reid

0:11:07 to 0:11:27( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: the cost of health care delivery significantly. but that is what the republicans do. they, the 600 nevadans who work at community health centers would basically be eliminated, which means fewer nevadans would have jobs and the neediest among us would have fewer places to turn when they need help getting healthy.

Harry Reid

0:11:28 to 0:11:49( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: it would cut more than $1.5 million from local law enforcement programs to help nevada prevent crime like domestic violence to, keep our neighborhoods safe from gangs. the plan would cut homeless security investments by about $1 million which puts every nevada and everyone who visits nevada at risk.

Harry Reid

0:11:50 to 0:12:11( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: some 16 million meme a year visit -- 16 million people a year visit las vegas alone. our plan, democrats know we cannot make our economy work again for the middle class unless we invest the taxpayers' money as responsibly, efficiently and transparently as possible. for anyone to say we don't think

Harry Reid

0:12:12 to 0:12:33( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: there should be cuts, we think there should be cuts. pwraoeufpb that. we've -- we've proven that. we've cut $51 billion below what the president recommended. it's easy to demonize any investments we make by calling it government spending. it's always been a political shortcut that we slash zeros off the end of the budget.

Harry Reid

0:12:34 to 0:12:56( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: before we go on a reckless cutting spree, let's think about what these investments do, who they help and how much they mean to our future. that's what democrats have thought about as we drafted our plan. we made responsible cuts to the tune of $51 billion below president obama's budget. we made some difficult choices.

Harry Reid

0:12:57 to 0:13:18( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: where the republican plan cuts indiscriminately, we cut carefully. the republican plan is bassed on identify kwrol -- is based on ideology. ours is based on reality. eliminate public broadcast. eliminate the national endowment of the arts, national endowment of humanities.

Harry Reid

0:13:19 to 0:13:41( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: there's scores of things they've done just cutting indiscriminately. where the republicans' plan is based on ideology, ours is based on reality. that's because we know the point is to cut in a way that strengthens our economy, not in a way that weakens it. our plan recognizes that our job

Harry Reid

0:13:42 to 0:14:03( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: isn't to cut $1 billion here and $1 billion there just to say we did. it recognizes democrats do, and we're not in a competion of who should cut the most without regard to consequences. we need to cooperate. the budget is complex. the choice is very simple, mr. president. we want to create jobs.

Harry Reid

0:14:04 to 0:14:26( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: the senate cannot pass the plan the tea party pushed through the house. we want to responsibly make the cuts, we all agree the senate should pass the democrats' proposal to bring down the deficit to keep our economy moving in the right direction. and if we want to realistically get something done before it's

Harry Reid

0:14:27 to 0:14:35( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: too late the house democrats and senate republicans should go back to the negotiating table. the country is waiting too.

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