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Senate Proceeding on Mar 29th, 2011 :: 0:06:20 to 0:12:25
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Mitch McConnell

0:06:20 to 0:12:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell

0:06:25 to 0:06:45( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: case. mr. mcconnell: madam president? the presidin republican leader. mr. mcconnell: as lawmakers return to washington this week, we did so against the backdrop of many world crises. from recovery efforts in japan to battles everywhere from afghanistan to libya, to an unfolding economic crisis in

Mitch McConnell

0:06:46 to 0:07:07( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: europe, the scope and intensity of world events in recent months has been nothing short of breathtaking. yet, in the middle of all this, it's important that we not lose sight of the struggles and concerns of so many around us here at home. at a time when roughly one in four american homeowners owes more money on their mortgage than their home is worth, at a

Mitch McConnell

0:07:08 to 0:07:29( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: time when nearly one in ten working americans is looking for a job, at a time when the federal debt has reached heights that none of us could have even imagined just a few years ago, now is not the time to focus on the paramount issue on the minds of americans every day, and that's the very real crisis that

Mitch McConnell

0:07:30 to 0:07:50( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: we face when it comes to jobs. americans look around them and they see neighbors and friends struggling to find work, and yet all they seem to get from the white house are policies that handcuff small businesses with burdensome new regulations and red tape and that create even more uncertainty about the future.

Mitch McConnell

0:07:51 to 0:08:11( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: including the administration's inexplicable and inexcusable inaction on trade deals that would level the playing field with our competitors overseas. and they're tired of it. americans are tired of the white house paying lip service to their struggles while quietly promoting effort after effort, either through legislation or through some back door

Mitch McConnell

0:08:12 to 0:08:33( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: regulation that makes it harder, not easier, for businesses to create new jobs. but the administration really outdid itself last week when the president told the brazillian president that the united states hopes to be a major customer in the market for oil that brazillian businesses plan to extract from new oil finds off the brazillian coast.

Mitch McConnell

0:08:34 to 0:08:55( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: you can't make this stuff up. here we've got the administration -- excuse me -- we have got the administration looking for just about any excuse it can find to lock up our own energy resources here at home, even as it's applauding another country's efforts to grow its own economy and create jobs by tapping into its energy sources.

Mitch McConnell

0:08:56 to 0:09:16( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: for two years, the blinks has canceled dozens, dozens of oil and gas leases all across america. it's raised permit fees. it's shut down deepwater drilling in the gulf. it won't even allow a conversation about exploring for oil in a remote 2,000-acre piece of land in northern alaska that

Mitch McConnell

0:09:17 to 0:09:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: experts think represents one of our best opportunities for a major oil find. and it continues to press for new regulations through the environmental protection agency that would raise energy costs for every business in america and lead to untold lost jobs for more american workers. in other words, in the midst of

Mitch McConnell

0:09:40 to 0:10:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: average gas prices approaching approaching $4 a gallon and a chronic jobs crisis, the white house plans to make the climate for job growth worse, and that's why republicans led here in the senate by senator inhofe have proposed legislation to prevent this new energy tax from ever

Mitch McConnell

0:10:01 to 0:10:22( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: taking effect without congressional approval. "the wall street journal" has called the amendment we're proposing -- quote -- "one of the best proposals for growth and job creation to make it onto the senate docket in years." our amendment would ensure small businesses across the country that they won't be hit with yet another costly new job-stifling

Mitch McConnell

0:10:23 to 0:10:44( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: burden by democrats here in washington. it will give voters the assurance that a regulation of this kind, which would have a dramatic impact on so many, could not be approved without their elected representatives standing up and actually voting for it. and at a time of rising energy prices, it would prevent democrats in washington from

Mitch McConnell

0:10:45 to 0:11:06( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: adding even more pressure to energy prices than they already have out of special interests that would rather we buy our energy from overseas rather than the bountiful energy resources we already have here at home. so i want to thank senator inhofe for once again leading us on this issue.

Mitch McConnell

0:11:07 to 0:11:27( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: his bill, upon which my amendment is based, has 43 cosponsors. he deserves the credit. he has been a fierce and tireless advocate, not only for american energy but also against new e.p.a. regulations that would sidestep the legislative process. i thank him for his work, along

Mitch McConnell

0:11:28 to 0:11:48( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: with the great work that senators murkowski and barrasso have american people about these issues. at a time when americans are looking for answers on the economy, this amendment is as good as it gets from washington. by voting for it, we would be saying no to more regulations

Mitch McConnell

0:11:49 to 0:12:09( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: and red tape, and we would be saying yes to american job creators and to the jobs they want to create. i would urge my colleagues in both parties to support it. the presiding off previous order, the leadership time is reserved. under the previous order, the

Mitch McConnell

0:12:10 to 0:12:25( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: senate will be in a period of morning business for one hour, with senators permitted to speak therein for up to ten minutes each, with the time equally divided and controlled between the two leaders or their designees, with the majority controlling the first half and the republicans controlling the

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