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Senate Proceeding on Mar 10th, 2011 :: 0:07:45 to 0:18:00
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Mitch McConnell

0:07:41 to 0:07:53( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: our jobs bills that already passed the senate. patents and of course the f.a.a.

Mitch McConnell

0:07:45 to 0:18:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell

0:08:13 to 0:08:33( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: bill. mr. mcconnell: the presiding officer: the republican leader is recognized. mr. mcconnell: throughout the week i pointed out that our nation faces a day of reckoning on entitlements like social security and medicare, and i've expressed my disappointment about the white house failure to lead on reforms that would save these programs, that would save

Mitch McConnell

0:08:34 to 0:08:54( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: these programs at an opportune moment like our own. the best time to solve the kind of fiscal crisis we face is when the two parties share power in washington. everyone knows we either address these problems together or they won't be addressed at all. and everyone knows the president has to take the lead.

Mitch McConnell

0:08:55 to 0:09:15( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: that's why presidents from both parties have done just that during periods of divided government in the past. and that's why many of us are calling on this president to do the same for the good of the country now. but when it comes to job creation, the president isn't just failing to lead.

Mitch McConnell

0:09:16 to 0:09:36( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: in many cases he's actually blocking the way. and nowhere is this more evident than in the area of energy exploration. americans looking at the price of gas at the pump these days are justifiably upset. what they may not realize is that some in the administration are actively working to prevent us from increasing our own oil

Mitch McConnell

0:09:37 to 0:09:57( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: production here at home. so this morning with gas prices on the rise, i'd like to just step back for a minute and quickly review what the administration is doing to inhibit energy production right here at home. taken together, it would be a pretty long list, including delays and suspensions and

Mitch McConnell

0:09:58 to 0:10:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: revocations and outright cancellations of lease permits, which translates to higher prices and fewer american jobs. so i'll just list a few of the highlights. the administration started by canceling oil and gas leases for domestic exploration.

Mitch McConnell

0:10:19 to 0:10:40( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: immediately after taking office, the secretary of interior, ken salazar, canceled 77 oil and gas leases in the state of utah. one year later the administration suspended 61 more leases, this time in montana. shortly after canceling the utah leases, secretary salazar extended the public comment

Mitch McConnell

0:10:41 to 0:11:02( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: period for new offshore drilling by another six months, dragging an already lengthy process out even further. then immediately after the gulf oil spill began last april, the administration imposed a six-month moratorium on offshore drilling in the gulf, even as it canceled energy exploration that

Mitch McConnell

0:11:03 to 0:11:25( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: was set to take place thousands of miles away from the spill in the gulf up in the arctic. two federal courts on three separate occasions have declared the moratorium in the gulf unjust. the administration has ignored them. it's kept the ban in place despite these rulings, forcing the drillers who have affected

Mitch McConnell

0:11:26 to 0:11:48( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: by it to relocate their rigs and thousands of good-paying jobs they supported have actually gone to other parts of the world. so if you're wondering where the jobs are, a good place to start is the administration's efforts to block american energy exploration. senator murkowski points out that u.s. oil reserves at just three sources in alaska -- just

Mitch McConnell

0:11:49 to 0:12:10( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: three sources in alaska -- could replace crude oil imports from the persian gulf for nearly 65 years. three sources in alaska currently shut down could replace crude oil imports from the persian gulf for 65 years. yet all three are off limits due to decisions made by or

Mitch McConnell

0:12:11 to 0:12:32( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: continued by this administration. behind all these actions is a complete disconnect. at a time when gas prices are climbing higher and higher, pinching pocketbooks and threatening an economic recovery, democrats in washington would rather ignore the fact that americans will remain dependent on fossil fuel

Mitch McConnell

0:12:33 to 0:12:53( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: for decades to come. but we shouldn't be surprised by it. two months before the president was elected, the man he ended up choosing as his energy secretary told a reporter how he'd go about reducing america's dependence on oil. somehow, he said, we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in europe.

Mitch McConnell

0:12:54 to 0:13:16( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: and if that was the strategy, secretary chu seems to be getting his wish. and the administration is doing just about everything it can to keep them there. now is the time to be asking what we can do to increase domestic energy production, not proposing ways to squeeze american families even more. and that's why all of these actions by the administration,

Mitch McConnell

0:13:17 to 0:13:37( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: along with a tax hike on energy production some have proposed that will only be passed on to consumers in the form of even higher gas prices, is the very last thing americans need right now. we should be looking for ways to lighten the burden on american families, not saddling them with a minivan tax. there's a better approach.

Mitch McConnell

0:13:38 to 0:13:58( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: rather than squeezing the public and killing jobs with artificially higher prices, we should be looking for ways to increase domestic production, even as we promote alternative sources of energy for the future. and all of the above approach to energy production and the jobs that come with it of the kind

Mitch McConnell

0:13:59 to 0:14:19( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: republicans have been advocating for years would capitalize on the abundant resources we already have right here at home while at the same time looking for alternative sources of energy and new technologies that will free us from depends on fossil fuels down the road. this, mr. president, is a responsible approach.

Mitch McConnell

0:14:20 to 0:14:41( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: it protects existing jobs and creates new jobs at a time when americans need them. it would reduce our depends on foreign sources of oil. it honors the concerns americans have right now about the rising price of gas, and it respects the reality that most of the cars in this country will run on gas for many, many years to come.

Mitch McConnell

0:14:42 to 0:15:02( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: but higher prices at the pump and fewer american jobs is the wrong answer. now, mr. president, on another subject. sadly, we lost david broder

Mitch McConnell

0:15:03 to 0:15:25( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: yesterday. a lot has been said in the last 24 hours about that distinguished journalist. i'd like to add just a brief word of my own. i won't pretend to have known him well, although we did talk from time to time over the years. but i admired him greatly.

Mitch McConnell

0:15:26 to 0:15:46( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: you couldn't help but admire him and a few things really stand out. first of all, in a city that's full of people in a rush to make an impression, david was the guy who took the time to get it right. day in and day out without

Mitch McConnell

0:15:47 to 0:16:07( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: bombast or pretense. he wasn't looking to make an impression as much as he was trying to do a job and do it well. the notoriety, of course, took care of itself. he was a workhorse first and foremost a reporter who seemed to enjoy the work more than any attention he got for it.

Mitch McConnell

0:16:08 to 0:16:28( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: everyone who worked with him seems to have a story about watching him knock on doors while he was in his late 70's or ernestly listening to a midwest voter out in the cold. it all points to a sort of sturdiness of purpose and to the old virtues of patience and

Mitch McConnell

0:16:29 to 0:16:51( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: fairness, hard work in a sense that other people's opinions were at least as valuable as his own. add to that a deep curiosity and thoughtfulness and a child-like appreciation for the mechanics of democracy and you've got a pretty good model for what political reporting is all about.

Mitch McConnell

0:16:52 to 0:17:12( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: i hesitate to say that he was conservative in temperment, if not, in his politics. but that's what comes through. it became commonplace to say that david broder was the dean of american political reporters, but i think it's worth understanding what people meant by that.

Mitch McConnell

0:17:13 to 0:17:33( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: it doesn't mean he was the most exciting guy in the room. he wasn't. it doesn't mean he had the most scoops. i'm not sure that he did. i think what it means, aside from the sheer length of his career, was that more than most people, his life came to take the shape of the profession that

Mitch McConnell

0:17:34 to 0:17:58( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: he chose in life. it became sort of an extension of himself. that's what seemed to give him so much joy and satisfaction in his work, along with the respect and admiration and maybe even a little bit of envy of so many others. republican or democrat, liberal

Mitch McConnell

0:17:59 to 0:18:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: or conservative, young or old,

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