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Senate Proceeding on Mar 25th, 2010 :: 10:50:40 to 10:56:30
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James Webb

10:50:37 to 10:50:58( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: funding for unemployment compensation. and with that, i would yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from illinois is recognized. mr. durbin: i yield five minutes to the gentlelady from michigan. the presiding officer: the senator from michigan is recognized. ms. stabenow: mr. president, first i want to thank the senator from illinois for his leadership on this issue as well

James Webb

10:50:40 to 10:56:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: James Webb

James Webb

10:50:59 to 10:51:20( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: as my friend from rhode island who has been such a staunch fighter and other colleagues on the floor. you know, i can't help but think, mr. president, here they go again. here they go again. one more time, we're in a situation where we need to extend unemployment benefits for

James Webb

10:51:21 to 10:51:41( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: people who are out of work, breadwinners not bringing home the their own, and we're right back where we were before with the senator from kentucky who held up the ability for us to move forward, to help families, to help people who have lost their

James Webb

10:51:42 to 10:52:03( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: jobs or are out of work, looking for work, caught up in an economic tsunami, economic disaster, through no fault of their own. here we are again. we just left a debate where we went same kind stall, say no, try to stop us

James Webb

10:52:04 to 10:52:27( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: from moving ahead to do something very families, small business, to tackle the national debt in this country. health insurance reform. we just went through hours and hours and hours again of the colleagues on the other side who really have become part of a

James Webb

10:52:28 to 10:52:49( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: party of no, trying games, hold up things politically, find tricks in which to make people vote on things that they really support, knowing that if they do, that this will stop us from moving forward on health insurance reform. we finished that. we make it through. we cast the votes.

James Webb

10:52:50 to 10:53:10( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: american people. saving money for middle-class families, saving money for small businesses, saving money for seniors on their medicine, putting in place something that will make a difference in bringing down costs and sure that every family can finally have a family doctor.

James Webb

10:53:11 to 10:53:32( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: an through this and here we are again. mr. president, i come from the state with the highest unemployment in this country, and it's not because people in michigan don't want to work. people in michigan know how to work. they work very, very hard. they are out looking for work. many people are trying to hold it together with some part-time

James Webb

10:53:33 to 10:53:53( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: jobs just get through until they can get back that job that's going to allow them to be able to take care of their families and have holdingheir breath while they are waiting for things to turn around. but we're in a situation now

James Webb

10:53:54 to 10:54:14( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: where we have six people looking for trying for every one job. people are caught up in an economic disaster they didn't create, and our job has been to help them get through that so

James Webb

10:54:15 to 10:54:37( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: they can keep a roof over their head, food on the table, care for the kids as we work to create an economic situation, partnering with business to turn this thing things are beginning to turn around. not fast enough for any of us. we'r that around.

James Webb

10:54:38 to 10:54:58( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: but the reality is we still have more than 700,000 people in michigan who have lost a job, they want to work, they are out of work through no fault of their own, who find themselves in a situation where they are looking to understand the situation for their family and place some

James Webb

10:54:59 to 10:55:20( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: value on that. you know, we seem to be able to pay for things when people think it's important. i have been here long enough to live through a situation where tax cuts for the wealthiest americans somehow were paid -- somehow were passed even though they weren't paid for, more than once. my guess is there will be proposals to do it again.

James Webb

10:55:21 to 10:55:43( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: but when you're talking about somebody who has worked all their lives, finds themselves in a situation where they don't have a job because of happening in the economy and then we say but we're going to have a different set of rules, we're going to have a different set of rules. we're not going to treat this as

James Webb

10:55:44 to 10:56:04( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: a disaster and as an economic situation as we have at every other time in our country, where we move forward as emergency spending. for you, because you're not as important as those folks on wall street or the folks that got the big tax cuts, for you, we're going to have a different set of

James Webb

10:56:05 to 10:56:25( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: rules. well, that's why we are here, because we don't think that's fair. we don't think that's right. it's not right. the presiding officer: the senator has used five minutes. ms. stabenow: mr. president, as i yield the floor, i just want to say that we're going to be here, we're going to keep fighting over and over again as things move forward this year

James Webb

10:56:26 to 10:56:30( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: and beyond on behalf of the people who have one today, who are counting

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