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Senate Proceeding on Mar 25th, 2009 :: 0:37:45 to 0:41:40
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Bob Corker

0:37:34 to 0:37:55( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: quorum call: a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from tennessee. mr. corker: mr. president, i ask that the quorum c vitiated. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. corker: mr. president, i rise today to talk about the appropriations process that we

Bob Corker

0:37:45 to 0:41:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bob Corker

Bob Corker

0:37:56 to 0:38:16( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: conduct here in the senate, and have come here like you in the not too distant past and have been absolutely amazed by the lack of fiscal discipline that exists here in washington. i some of the same views about the way we go through the appropriations process and the

Bob Corker

0:38:17 to 0:38:39( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: fact that at the end of the year, on many occasions, we end up with a large omnibus bill that does not give the american public, certainly not senators and hou to actually go through this process in a thoughtful way that respects the fact that these are

Bob Corker

0:38:40 to 0:39:00( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: our citizens' resources. and we just tend to bulk all this together in a way that is not transparent. our president on march 11 -- and i agree with him. i agree with him very much -- said that future spending bills should be debated and voted on in an orderly way and sent to

Bob Corker

0:39:01 to 0:39:21( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: his desk without obstruction so that we don't face another massive last-minute omnibus bill like this one. he was talking about the bill that just passed. i could not agree more with the president in that regard. i think what we've seen is that here we've not had the ability to examine the earmarks, the

Bob Corker

0:39:22 to 0:39:43( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: thousands of earmarks that are placed in these bills. we've not had transparent. and in an effort to aid this process in such a manner that we do have some degree of fiscal discipline in republican senators have signed a letter that i hope to make

Bob Corker

0:39:44 to 0:40:04( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: part of the senate record here today that states that we believe that by august recess at least eight appropriations bills should be voted on in singular fashion. eight single bills by the august recess. this body has on many, many occasions taken up each

Bob Corker

0:40:05 to 0:40:25( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: appropriations bill by itself, fully things that cause these bills not to be appropriate, had amendments and passed these bills out of the senate. and so these

Bob Corker

0:40:26 to 0:40:48( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: leader of the senate, urging the appropriations committee to follow this best way business, and that is to vote on obviously we hope that this occurs. and certainly as part of the senate process, in the event that we're n able to meet

Bob Corker

0:40:49 to 0:41:10( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: those objectives, we will avail ourselves of all appropriate procedural methods to ensure that that's the case. mr. president, i thank you for the time this morning. i would like -- i would ask that this letter signed by all 41 republican senators become a part of the record today.

Bob Corker

0:41:11 to 0:41:34( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: mr. president, if that's acceptable, i would also note the absence of a the presidg officer: without objection, so ordered.

Bob Corker

0:41:35 to 0:41:40( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: the clk will call the

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