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Senate Proceeding on Mar 10th, 2011 :: 3:28:50 to 3:40:15
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David Vitter

3:28:47 to 3:29:07( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: quorum call: a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from louisiana. mr. vitter: th mr. president. i ask unanimous consent to end the quorum call. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. vitter: thank you, mr. president. mr. president, i, too, take the floor of the senate to urge all of us, democrats and republicans alike, to focus on the single biggest domestic threat to our

David Vitter

3:28:50 to 3:40:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: David Vitter

David Vitter

3:29:08 to 3:29:28( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: country, our single greatest challenge in the eyes of every louisianaian, every american i know, and that is to stop this runaway spending and debt. mr. president, americans all around the country, certainly louisianaians all around my state, understand that this is a grave threat to our economic

David Vitter

3:29:29 to 3:29:50( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: future, and it's not just some vague threat to generations two and three away from us. this is an immediate threat because the path of spending and debt we're on is completely unsustainable. we must come together in a bipartisan way. we must act. we must solve this real and

David Vitter

3:29:51 to 3:30:12( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: pressing problem before it's an immediate crisis. and, mr. president, -- excuse me -- mr. president, i think we should clearly do that well before the need -- any need for an increase in the debt limit arises, well before this

David Vitter

3:30:13 to 3:30:33( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: congress reaches a crisis atmosphere over the need for an increase in the debt limit. for all of these reasons, mr. president, i've joined together with p.m. of my colleagues -- many of my colleagues. i sent the majority leader, senator reid, a letter today.

David Vitter

3:30:34 to 3:30:55( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: first let me thank all of my colleagues to join me on this letter: senator sessions, tuohey, ensign. the letter is very simple and very straightforward. it says that this is the greatest challenge we fairks and it says that because of that we need to face it.

David Vitter

3:30:56 to 3:31:17( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: we need to debate it, we need to talk about it, weefnedz to act, and we need to start doing that now well before any significant deadline like when the debt limit may have to be increased. so the letter says, mr. leader, we're going to oppose moving to

David Vitter

3:31:18 to 3:31:40( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: any other bill that doesn't directly address this crisis when we need to act on this grave threat. let me read relevant portions of the letter, because i think it goes right to the point p. "dear leader reid, yesterday the senate voted on two proposals to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year, but this debate gave us only a limited

David Vitter

3:31:41 to 3:32:02( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: opportunity to discuss what americans know is the crucial issue of our time: cutting government spending and dramatically reducing our national debt. additionally, no member of the senate was permitted to offer amendments under the structured process, which in our opinion prevents a full, open, and robust debate.

David Vitter

3:32:03 to 3:32:23( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: with our national debt poised to reach its $14.3 trillion limit in the very near future, taxpayers expect congress to work together to reduce wasteful and unnecessary spending and be more vigilant about how we spend public funds. the american people want congress to deal with the tough

David Vitter

3:32:24 to 3:32:44( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: issues of cutting spending and almost every member of the senate has agreed that we must address our fiscal situation immediately. while there are certainly many issues that warrant the senate's consideration, we feel that the senate must not debate and consider bills at this time that do not affirmatively cut spending, directly address

David Vitter

3:32:45 to 3:33:05( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: structural budget reforms, reduce government's role in the economy so businesses can create jobs or directly address this current financial crisis. the american people resoundingly rejected the way the senate waited until christmas eve as a mechanism to force hurried debate on president obama's

David Vitter

3:33:06 to 3:33:26( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: massive health care legislation. voting to proceed to another legislative measure effectively runs away from the central issues of spending and debt and repeats that flawed process. we, therefore, are notifying you of our intention to object to the consideration of any legislation that fails to

David Vitter

3:33:27 to 3:33:47( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: directly address this crisis in a meaningful way. our objections would be withheld if the senate agrees to dedicate significant floor time to debate this issue well in advance of the federal government reaching our statutorily mandated debt limit.

David Vitter

3:33:48 to 3:34:08( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: sincerely -- "and again it is signinged by bone myself, senator sessions, rubio, demint, paul, lee, toomey, and ensign to the majority leader. and, again, mr. president, the statement is clear: this is a crisis. we need to act certainly before we reach the statutory debt

David Vitter

3:34:09 to 3:34:33( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: limit. so what are we waiting for? let's act now. let's not move to other cats and dogs bills that may be positive legislation but can certainly wait. let's move to the people's business. let's move to the absolute top challenge we face domestically as a cufnlt let's come together

David Vitter

3:34:34 to 3:34:58( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: and debate, vote hopefully begin to solve this problem of unsustainable spending and debt. now, mr. president, to do that, we also need leadership, ideas, suggestions, and i believe we have provided that on this side of the aisle and we would welcome ideas, suggestions, concrete proposals from all members.

David Vitter

3:34:59 to 3:35:20( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: let me just list the more than two dozen pieces of legislation that go directly to this issue. let me just list some of them. senate bill 14 by senator ensign to establish the commission on congressional budgetary accountability and review of federal agencies. senate bill 81, an isakson bill

David Vitter

3:35:21 to 3:35:43( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: to direct unused appropriations for senate pernld and office expense accounts to be deposited into the treasury and actually reduce the federal debt. senate bill 102, a mccain bill, which requires o.m.b. to transmit to congress a message with specified information requesting any rescission the president proposals under the

David Vitter

3:35:44 to 3:36:05( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: procedures instituted under that act. senate bill 162 by senator paul to cut $500 billion in federal spending in fy 2011. a senate bill 163, by senator toomey, the full faith and credit act to prioritize principal and interest payments when and if the debt limit is reached.

David Vitter

3:36:06 to 3:36:27( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: senate bill 178, by senator dees mint to reduce federal spending by $2.5 trillion through fiscal year 2021. senate bill 245 by senator corker, his so-called "cap" act to create a discretionary spending cap for congress.

David Vitter

3:36:28 to 3:36:49( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: senate bill 259. this is my bill to prioritize social security payments, if and when the debt limit is reached. senate bill 360 by senator inhofe to create a point of order to exceed nonsecurity discretionary limits and also to create spending limits for

David Vitter

3:36:50 to 3:37:10( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: fiscal years 2017 to 2021. senate bill 389 by senator kirk, and i believe senator hatch has a very similar bill, to establish a commission to review cost control. senate bill 391 by senator moran to reall unobligated balances of

David Vitter

3:37:11 to 3:37:31( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: president obama's stimulus bill. senate joint resolution 3 by snare hatch, a balanced budget amendment. and senate joint resolution 4 by senator shelby on the same topic. and senate joint resolution 5 by senator lee on the same topic. this is a long list but it's

David Vitter

3:37:32 to 3:37:52( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: certainly not exhaustive, mr. president. i just read a partial list to make the point: we're coming up with ideas, proposals, solutions. we encourage every senator of every party to come up with ideas, proposals, solutions and

David Vitter

3:37:53 to 3:38:13( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: let's actually talk about the greatest face -- threat we face as a country. let's talk about it now. let's debate it now. let's exchange ideas in a positive atmosphere now, well before we reach any crisis atmosphere over the debt limit. again, mr. president, i

David Vitter

3:38:14 to 3:38:35( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: respectfully urge the distinguished majority leader, senator reid, to heed our call to take up our call to arms, to read our letter and react by creating identified time on the floor, well before we reach the statutory debt limit, to debate

David Vitter

3:38:36 to 3:38:56( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: and pass solutions on this crucial topic. again, mr. president, i don't think there is debate that this isn't the greatest challenge we face as a country, that this isn't the greatest economic threat we face. so, quite simply, what are we waiting for? we need time to bring forth

David Vitter

3:38:57 to 3:39:17( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: these ideas and exchange them and debate them and act. we need time to do this well before the statutory debt limit is reached. we need to do the people's business in a reasonable way, in a sober atmosphere, not in an atmosphere of hysteria or threats when the debt limit would be reached in a matter of

David Vitter

3:39:18 to 3:39:39( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: days. with that, mr. president, i urge all of my colleagues to join us in this effort, to come to the floor with your ideas, your proposals, and let's do the people's business. mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that our letter be made part of the record. the presiding officer: without objection.

David Vitter

3:39:40 to 3:39:55( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: mr. vitter: mr. president, i also ask unanimous consent that this partial list of republican solutions and proposals be made part of the record. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. vitter: and with that, mr. president, i yield the

David Vitter

3:40:14 to 3:40:15( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: floor. mrs. hutchison: m

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