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Senate Proceeding on Mar 15th, 2011 :: 2:12:10 to 2:16:20
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Ben Nelson

2:12:07 to 2:12:27( Edit History Discussion )

Ben Nelson: unanimous consent that that amendment be temporarily laid aside and i send an amendment to the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: the senator from kentucky, mr. mcconnell, proposes amendment numbered 183. at the end -- mr. mcconnell: i ask that the reading of the amendment be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. nelson: the presiding officer: the

Ben Nelson

2:12:10 to 2:16:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Ben Nelson

Ben Nelson

2:12:28 to 2:12:49( Edit History Discussion )

Ben Nelson: senator nebraska. mr. nelson: mr. president, i rise today to speak on the amendment that i've just submitted to the desk dealing with cutting the senate budget by at least 5%. you know, mr. president, when i go home every weekend and i'm at

Ben Nelson

2:12:50 to 2:13:10( Edit History Discussion )

Ben Nelson: the grocery store or i'mality a hardware -- or i'm at a hardware store, i have people coming to me saying they're concerned about the growing deficit, the increasing debt. and they're asking what can congress do, what can the senate do specifically to avoid having this unsustainable growth and debt and deficit. they're concerned.

Ben Nelson

2:13:11 to 2:13:31( Edit History Discussion )

Ben Nelson: in many respects, the growth of that debt is the most threatening thing to the national security of this country. mr. inhofe: would the senator from nebraska yield? for a question. i ask the senator from nebraska, the minority leader has just introduced an amendment that is pending right now.

Ben Nelson

2:13:32 to 2:13:52( Edit History Discussion )

Ben Nelson: and i was going to speak on that amendment rather than go to another one. would you yield for just about -- oh, three or four minutes so i could at least weigh in on this amendment? mr. nelson: we will, ordinarily i would grant that request. i have a speech at another location that should be starting about right now. so i will be very brief.

Ben Nelson

2:13:53 to 2:14:13( Edit History Discussion )

Ben Nelson: mr. inhofe: i ask unanimous consent that at the conclusion of his remarks, i be considered. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. nelson: thank you. admiral mullen noted that the most significant threat to our national security is in fact the national debt. the nation is in a fragile state of recovery, one that we hope

Ben Nelson

2:14:14 to 2:14:34( Edit History Discussion )

Ben Nelson: will improve the unemployment situation in our country and that will improve the overall economy. but as we look at dealing with the deficit and deficit reduction, we must in fact pursue a very -- a very important part of that reduction

Ben Nelson

2:14:35 to 2:14:55( Edit History Discussion )

Ben Nelson: ourselves here within the confines of the senate. the offices and agencies that serve the members of congress have to be reduced along with the rest of the budget. so in order to address the nation's fiscal crisis, i think the senate must lead by example and reduce our own legislative

Ben Nelson

2:14:56 to 2:15:17( Edit History Discussion )

Ben Nelson: budget, so it is in that context that i've introduced this resolution of the senate today, a sense of the senate that it should leadly example and reduce the budget of the senate by at least 5%. this is not something new to me. two years ago we held a line on

Ben Nelson

2:15:18 to 2:15:39( Edit History Discussion )

Ben Nelson: the growth of the senate budget. a year ago we cut the legislative branch budget. we're looking forward beyond this current budget, this continuing resolution, and looking at 2012. i would hope that the legislative branch, on a bipartisan basis as in the past with senator murkowski, now with

Ben Nelson

2:15:40 to 2:16:01( Edit History Discussion )

Ben Nelson: senator hoeven, that we would be able to further reduce the legislative branch budget as we go forward on the 2012 budget that would take effect on october 1 of this year. so, mr. president, this is designed for us to set an example by cutting our own budgets, not just asking other

Ben Nelson

2:16:02 to 2:16:20( Edit History Discussion )

Ben Nelson: people to tighten their belts, and go through the process of deficit reduction through cuts, but to lead by example and do it ourselves. obviously there will be an opportunity to speak more on this in, at a later time. and i hope that that will generate some more discussion on

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