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Senate Proceeding on Mar 24th, 2010 :: 5:18:35 to 5:21:30
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Claire McCaskill

5:18:34 to 5:18:54( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: a nation, and i'm very appreciative -- the presiding officer: the senator's time has expired. mr. sanders: thank you very much. the presiding officer: the senator from montana is recognized. mr. baucus: i ask how much time remains on our half-hour? the presiding officer: two minutes mr. baucus: mr. presint, i yield 40 seconds to the senator from missouri. the presiding officer: the senator from missouri is

Claire McCaskill

5:18:35 to 5:21:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Claire McCaskill

Claire McCaskill

5:18:55 to 5:19:15( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: recognized. mrs. mccaskill: mr. president, we have had a lot of that childhood story that we all learned of chicken little. we have had a lot of chicken little around this building over the last few months. the sky is falling, the sky is falling. and you know, i woke up this morning, i looked up and the sky s not falling.

Claire McCaskill

5:19:16 to 5:19:36( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: and every day that goes by in america, people are going to realize the sky is not falling. in fact, as time goes on, that sky is going to get bluer and brighter because people in america are going to realize that this bill is not full of boobytraps. it's full of good things that will reform health care. but i rise this afternoon just to take a couple of minutes to

Claire McCaskill

5:19:37 to 5:19:58( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: talk about a new low of obstructionism, taking game playing to a whole new level. in ten minutes, i was supposed to convene a hearing on the contracts for police traing in afghanistan. now, this is aery important part of our mission in afghanistan, is the traing of local police departments.

Claire McCaskill

5:19:59 to 5:20:21( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: there was a witness who was going to be there from the state department, a witness there from the defense department. the inspector generals were going to be there. just last week, g.a.o. wiped out a contract that had been let on police traing because of problems in the way the contract was competed. so this hearing was timely and it's important.

Claire McCaskill

5:20:22 to 5:20:42( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: we cannot succeed in afghanistan if we do not have effective police traing, and these contracts are problematic. the state department is supposed to be overseeing it. we have hundreds of millions of dollars that's not accounted for. so what do i find out this morning? the republican party is not going to let us have the hearing?

Claire McCaskill

5:20:43 to 5:21:05( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: what in the world? why in the world are we not being allowed to work this afternoon? why in the world are we not able to ask questions at a hearing in a few minutes as to why the police traing is not going well in afghanistan and how we can do better? our men and women are over there

Claire McCaskill

5:21:06 to 5:21:27( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: and they are at risk if we don't get this right. i don't get it. i don't get what the purpose of saying no is. i don't get what we accomplish. we're sent here to work. we're paid by the people of this country to work. and the idea that i had to call these witnesses and say go home because the republicans won't

Claire McCaskill

5:21:28 to 5:21:30( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: let us have a hearing. somebody has got to explain this

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