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Senate Proceeding on Mar 19th, 2009 :: 1:20:15 to 1:23:30
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Mel Martinez

1:20:12 to 1:20:32( Edit History Discussion )

Mel Martinez: alaska can have a chance to get her thoughts mr. coburn: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from oklahoma. mr. coburn: i yield three minutes florida. the presiding officer: the senator from florida. mr. martinez: thank you, madam president. i thank the sator from oklahoma. i rise to speak in opposition to his very amendment which shows why i so often find m

Mel Martinez

1:20:15 to 1:23:30( Edit History Discussion )
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Mel Martinez

1:20:33 to 1:20:54( Edit History Discussion )

Mel Martinez: agreement with the senator from oklahoma, because of his kind nature to allow me to do this in opposition to his very amendment. and whaoeu i often find -- while i often find myself in agreement with him, in this instance i must depart and not concur. the amendment is not well-founded. it is trying to authorization for the saint

Mel Martinez

1:20:55 to 1:21:15( Edit History Discussion )

Mel Martinez: augustine, 450th commission act. this is a commemoration of 450 years of the first european settlement in the north american continent, the first in the united states, continental united states. saint augustine was founded by

Mel Martinez

1:21:16 to 1:21:36( Edit History Discussion )

Mel Martinez: the before jamestown. we created in the year 2000 a commission to commemorate that of jamestown. likewise, this one is identically patterned to that. it is the sa but here is the significance and importance of it. our hispanic heritage in this

Mel Martinez

1:21:37 to 1:21:57( Edit History Discussion )

Mel Martinez: country which increasingly is of more and more importance to many of us, is something that we ought to recognize and celebrate. homany young hispanic children do not have the heritage or the foundational heritage to understand their culture and their pro heritage? and how many of them would benefit by understanding that this celebration is about them.

Mel Martinez

1:21:58 to 1:22:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mel Martinez: it is about their heritage and their heritage in this very country of ours. it is the first -- the oldest permanent settlement in the united states -- saint au christianity. it is in saint augustine florida, the first christian catholic mass took place. and it is the first blending of cultures.

Mel Martinez

1:22:19 to 1:22:43( Edit History Discussion )

Mel Martinez: it was a place that was at a time spanish. it was then english. it was then french. it has native american influence as well as african-american influence as well. the first free in north america was in saint augustine. nearly a century before jamestown it was discovered

Mel Martinez

1:22:47 to 1:23:07( Edit History Discussion )

Mel Martinez: where ponse de leon landed. because of saint augustine's location, it established a settlement to protect the capital of florida from the french and british interests. that castle which was later rebuilt still stands today and is a terrific tourist atraction. florida is not only going to

Mel Martinez

1:23:08 to 1:23:29( Edit History Discussion )

Mel Martinez: celebrate this for florida's sake, but this is a national celebration. there are over 70 million visitors to our state of florida every year. many will find their way to saint augustine and of course countless others throughout and around our country celebrate this anniversary by seei the celebrations on television and in other ways. it is an important linkage to our hispanic and so i urge my colleagues to

Mel Martinez

1:23:30 to 1:23:30( Edit History Discussion )

Mel Martinez: vote in opposition to this

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