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Senate Proceeding on Mar 26th, 2009 :: 6:21:15 to 6:24:25
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6:20:50 to 6:21:15( Edit History Discussion )

need to be mentioned as well. from my own staff i want to thank chris gamble and brian hickman for their work on this bill. they worked a lot of late nights and early mornings on this legislation. i know about this because they let me hear about it all the time. senator ken kennedy's staff has pulled sometimes triple duty in this effort.

John Thune

6:21:10 to 6:21:15( Edit History Discussion )

John Thune: this effort.

Orrin Hatch

6:21:15 to 6:24:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Orrin Hatch

Orrin Hatch

6:21:16 to 6:21:38( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: i want to single out edna and marcia myers. they herculean load in getting this bill ready for passage. adam brudell and frank marchiola. in working on the reauthorization provisions and carrying much of the load here

Orrin Hatch

6:21:39 to 6:21:59( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: on the side thefbg indies -- they have been indispensable. senator mikulski's staff has beenonderful as well. madam president, i just want to say again that i am grateful to be part of this legislation and i'm thankful to my colleagues for their support. and i know there are many other staff members who deserve credit here, and i hope that -- i hope

Orrin Hatch

6:22:00 to 6:22:20( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: that they realize that what they've done is very, very important. i have a feeling we'll see a pretty sizable margin in favor of final passage. hope so. and this bill is worth it. and i think we all can walk away feeling like we've done something really good in the most bipartisan way we possibly can, at a time when it's very difficult to develop

Orrin Hatch

6:22:21 to 6:22:43( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: bipartisanship and at a time when our nation needs it the most. i just want to thank everybody involved who has helped. and even those who oppose this bill, i know they have done so out of sincerity. i think they're sincerely wrong. but nevertheless, i respect them for their particular viewpoints. this is an important body. it's the most important

Orrin Hatch

6:22:44 to 6:23:04( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: legislative body in the world today. this body has more freedoms in it than any other body in the world. even the filibuster rule, which many decry, it's a rule for freedom. it protects the minority. and we all know when we were in the majority on the republican sideit was a great protection to democrats so they couldn't get run over on everything that

Orrin Hatch

6:23:05 to 6:23:25( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: we wanted to do. and it protects us as republicans so that we can't get run over on everythg the democrats want to sometimes people say, well, why do you have all these problems stopping all these things? sometimes it's good to stop things. sometimes it's good to sto really bad stuff. and sometimes it's just good to see real debates on the floor of

Orrin Hatch

6:23:26 to 6:23:47( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: the senate. and in that regard, in this bill, we've had some real debates, and i think they have been fruitful, i think they have been helpful and i think they have been honest. so i just want to thank everybody concerned. i hope that when we vote at approximately 5:00 tonight, is what i understand, that everybody will consider voting for this bill.

Orrin Hatch

6:23:48 to 6:24:13( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: it's worth it. it's something that will do an immense amount of good i our society. and it's something that i think we can all walk away and feel pretty good about. madam president, i yield the of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the

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