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Senate Proceeding on Mar 14th, 2011 :: 0:02:45 to 0:14:05
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Harry Reid

0:02:26 to 0:02:46( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington, d.c., march 14, 2011. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorable christopher coons, a senator from the state of , to perform the duties of the chair.

Harry Reid

0:02:45 to 0:14:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Harry Reid

Harry Reid

0:02:47 to 0:03:08( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: signed: daniel k. inouye, president pro tempore. mr. reid: mr. pre the presiding officer: the majority leader. the presiding officer: under the previous order the leadership time is reserved -- mr. reid: mr. president? following any leader remarks, there will be a period of morning business until

Harry Reid

0:03:09 to 0:03:29( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: 4:30 p.m., senators allowed to speak up to 10 minutes each. at 4:30 the senate will proceed to executive session to consider the nomination of james boasberg to be united states district judge for the district of columbia. there will be an hour of debate prior to vote on that

Harry Reid

0:03:30 to 0:03:50( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: nomination. senators should expect two roll call votes at 5:30 confirmation of james boasberg and the small business reauthorization act of 2011. a current continuing resolution expires this friday. expect the house to send us a

Harry Reid

0:03:51 to 0:04:16( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: three-week c.r. on tuesday or wednesday. i hope we can work out an agreement to consider the bill before the end of this week. mr. president, my thoughts and those of the entire nation, and certainly every member of the united states senate, are with the people of japan. the earthquake that shook that nation has made the entire world

Harry Reid

0:04:17 to 0:04:38( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: tremble and the tsunmai -- really heartbroken at the images we have seen and the stories we have heard. we share the agony of the families who have lost loved ones and anguish of those who are still searching for the missing. the earthquake, tsunmai and subsequent catastrophes have created humanitarian crisis of the first order and the united states will do everything that

Harry Reid

0:04:39 to 0:04:59( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: we can to ease japan's pain and help it heal. as the devastation res. are cue efforts both -- rescue efforts continue, we know that japan will meet this with tenacity and respond to the immense loss with hope. this disaster is not stronger than the people of japan's

Harry Reid

0:05:00 to 0:05:20( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: resolve to recover and rebuild and no match to america's determination to help a friend in need. mr. president, it's really difficult to think of senate's business at such a time as this. but we must. it's difficult to think of the senate's business after hundreds of thousands of lives have been

Harry Reid

0:05:21 to 0:05:42( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: forever changed in an instant. every matter seems immaterial in comparison and our use of the adjective emergency when discussing budget concerns seems so misplaced. we must also focus on the business of our great country and that's what the senate will do this week. i hope both parties and both

Harry Reid

0:05:43 to 0:06:03( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: houses will find the courage to come together before the weekend. i remind my republican colleagues, once again, that this friday's deadline is one that they set. we didn't. we asked for four weeks to work and they demand two weeks. they asked for march 18. march 18 awaits us at the end of this week.

Harry Reid

0:06:04 to 0:06:24( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: so it's really time to get serious. last week budget votes proved what we've been saying throughout this negotiation, we must meet in the middle. the distance between democrats and republicans is not measured in money only. i regret to report that so far we remain far more divided in the willingness to compromise.

Harry Reid

0:06:25 to 0:06:45( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: democrats have made it crystal clear that we're determined to pass a budget, we recognize the reality that one party alone will not reach a resolution without the other party's cooperation and consent. we've accepted and knowledge that we need to share that sacrifice. democrats are willing to find reasonable ways to that and we've offered necessary cuts

Harry Reid

0:06:46 to 0:07:06( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: will strengthen our future rather than weaken our future. we're still waiting for republicans to do the same. they're pretending last week's votes didn't happen. they're covering their eyes an ears to the reality that their proposal, the short-sighted bill, the tea party, the republicans in the house of representatives continue to support was roundly rejected

Harry Reid

0:07:07 to 0:07:28( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: here in the senate. we're still waiting for them to bring something, anything now, to the table. and not only something, but something new. they haven't done that yet. listen to the republicans' speeches and sound bites, you will hear to serious offer, no willing to compromise and no sense of shared responsibility.

Harry Reid

0:07:29 to 0:07:49( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: you'll hear no new ideas. we cannot afford another week of these games. we cannot negotiate through the media and we cannot negotiate if one side is unwilling to give any ground. we can't keep funding the country a couple of weeks at a time. how many times have we heard our

Harry Reid

0:07:50 to 0:08:10( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: friends claim that it hurts inflation. so, mr. president, it's time to lead. on this point democrats have been very clear. i hope a solution is at hand. but if no budget passes, we cannot keep the country running, we're clear which side will tbhair burden. this week we'll also start

Harry Reid

0:08:11 to 0:08:32( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: debating a jobs bill -- another jobs bill, we did the f.a.a. bill, the patent bill, we're told by the experts that's almost 600,000 jobs. the job we're going to take up now will help small businesses do what america businesses do best, imagine, innovate, and invent.

Harry Reid

0:08:33 to 0:08:54( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: the bill will -- we'll soon discuss will help a research program to create jobs and shape the future since president reagan started this program three decades ago. these investments work. they've helped get new ideas off the ground. everything from the electric toothbrush to satellite antenna that helped our first responders

Harry Reid

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

Harry Reid: in haiti to technology that keeps our food safe. one company in carson city, nevada have used this small business innovation program to support a technology that helps firefighters reach people on the highest floors of burning buildings. another nevada company from henderson, nevada, has developed an advanced rechargeable battery

Harry Reid

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

Harry Reid: that our troops are using on the field. there are success stories like this in every state because of this legislation that was enacted initially almost 30 years ago. small businesses are the laboratories of visionaries who create jobs and cultivate ideas. we, in turn, must help these businesses grow and succeed. that's what this week's bill

Harry Reid

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

Harry Reid: will do. finally, mr. president, let me say something briefly about gas prices. this budget debate has shown a stark contrast between our nation's serious challenges and a lack of bipartisan agreements on serious solutions. the same is true when it comes to energy. drivers across the country are watching gas prices go up, and

Harry Reid

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

Harry Reid: up and up. they're worried about how expensive it is to drive to work or pick up their kids from school or get to the grocery store and back. it's really a serious challenge. but i'm disappointed, mr. president, that the republicans refuse to join us in offering a serious solution. we know why gas prices are going up.

Harry Reid

0:10:19 to 0:10:41( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: first, the middle east, nations from which we import the vast majority of oil are in turmoil. that hurts production and exports. second, opec, and greedy investors control a widely speculative market and big oil cannot quench its thissist

Harry Reid

0:10:42 to 0:11:03( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: for -- thirst for the market. it is something that we have seen time and time again. the demand is more drilling, as if that will instantly relieve the price at the pump. it's an easy argument to make. it sounds simple, but as a solution to high gas prices, it's plain fiction.

Harry Reid

0:11:04 to 0:11:24( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: here's a little know fact, the united states produces more oil in 2009 than in any year since 2003. so for all the right wing's finger pointing at president obama, it's worth noting that we've drilled more oil since president obama has been in office. when president bush was in the white house, production of crude

Harry Reid

0:11:25 to 0:11:46( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: oil dropped every single year. in his last year in office, prices and oil company profits rose to record heights. let's retire the tired talking point that president obama is sitting on the solution. in fact, the same big oil companies are quite literally sitting on that oil that republicans demand. big oil is sitting on more than 60 million acres of federal land

Harry Reid

0:11:47 to 0:12:08( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: and water that they have leases that they have the right to drill on. that means nearly 20% of our nation's oil refinery capacity sits idle. they've shown more interest in making profits than in making oil. let's pretend for a minute that they did do the drilling. even if big oil drilled on all of its offshore leases, it would

Harry Reid

0:12:09 to 0:12:30( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: have no impact on the price of gasoline during the whole next decade. by 2030, it might lower those prices by three cents a gallon. and that's something -- that's not my calculation, it comes from the energy information agency. let's not forget the big picture. the united states consumes nearly 25% of the world's oil.

Harry Reid

0:12:31 to 0:12:53( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: we have less than 3% of the oil's reserves and they're rapidly declining. we're addicted to oil and we're at the mercy of big oil and opec for the price. let's use the alternative that's we have right here at home. alternatives like solar, wind, and geothermal energy which are abundant in places like nevada.

Harry Reid

0:12:54 to 0:13:15( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: let's encourage these investments. their budget plan would drastically affect the ability to do more with renewable energy. these renewable energy sources are cleaner for environment, wiser for national security and more stable for our economy. best of all, they're made in the u.s.a. and will create jobs here in our great country.

Harry Reid

0:13:16 to 0:13:36( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: the chair morning business. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the leadership time is reserved. and under the previous order the senate will be in a period of morning business until 4:30 p.m. with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. mr. reid: mr. president, the morning business time is not divided.

Harry Reid

0:13:37 to 0:13:53( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: it's under the control of whoever gets here, is that right? the presiding officer: the senator's correct. mr. reid: absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: will call the roll.

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