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Senate Proceeding on Apr 1st, 2009 :: 5:04:00 to 5:09:30
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Lindsey Graham

5:03:57 to 5:04:17( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: i ask consent thatenator graham up to five minutes. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. graham: thank you, mr. president. i want to thank the chairman for that courtesy as we talk about different views of the budget. i would like to comment on the people of north dakota. i have been very struck and impressed by the w people in

Lindsey Graham

5:04:00 to 5:09:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham

5:04:18 to 5:04:40( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: north dakota have come together with the flood. it just looks like tough going there but hardy group, and we all wish them well and our two senators from north dakota represent their state well. ththe johanns debate is what i would like to talkbout.

Lindsey Graham

5:04:41 to 5:05:01( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: this is probably mind numbing to those watching and probably not very interesting. but there is a process in legislation that you can take legislation and put it on a fast track. the senate has served the country well. when you're the majority, you don't appreciate the minority's role too much. the one thing about the senate is that it changes hands fairly

Lindsey Graham

5:05:02 to 5:05:22( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: often here. and the a.i.g. legislation in the house where there is a 90% tax on bonuses because people are upset, i can understand people being upset about a.i.g., but that wasn't the right response of creating a retroactive tax on a limited group of people because you're mad.

Lindsey Graham

5:05:23 to 5:05:43( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: the power to tax somebody is a pretty awesome power and it should be in a constitutional, lawful way. and sometimes our friends in the house are up every two years. you know, they get carried in the moment. i guess sometimes the senate does too. the whole idea of the senate cooling things down has served the country well and in that

Lindsey Graham

5:05:44 to 5:06:05( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: regard to end debate, you need 60 votes. 41 -- if 41 senators opposed a piece of legislation strong enough to basically come to the floor every day to talk about it, then that legislation doesn't go anywhere. and i would argue that is probably a good rule. there were times that we were in the majority we didn't

Lindsey Graham

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

Lindsey Graham: particularly like 41 senators from a minority is worth thinking about. reconciliation, if you took climate change and health care, two vy controversial big-ticket items and put them in e reconciliation track, you would basically be doing a lot of damage to the role the senate

Lindsey Graham

5:06:28 to 5:06:50( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: plays in our constitutional democracy, particularly the minority and senator byrd, who is one of the smartest people to ever serve in the senate about rules and parliamentary aspects of the senate said to put climate change in health care and reconciliation a freight train through congress is an

Lindsey Graham

5:06:51 to 5:07:12( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: outrage that should be resisted. senator conrad, i don't believe reconciliation was intended for this purpose. under the law you cannot put social security in reconciliation because we know how controversial that is. i come here to support the johanns amendment that would reject that idea. our majority leader said something that was disturbing to

Lindsey Graham

5:07:13 to 5:07:33( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: me he said that climate change cap-and-trade revenues could be used to pay health care. if you put climate change, you have abused the process and would create a bad climate for the process. there is a lot of bipartisan support not to go down that road to abuse reconciliation. from the climate chang debate, there are democrat and

Lindsey Graham

5:07:34 to 5:07:54( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: republican senators who are opposed to 100% auction, believe that climate change is real, but do not want to go down the road that the administration has chartered, and i do believe manmade emissions are heating up the planet, if you take the revenue to fund the government, you will lose a lot of money.

Lindsey Graham

5:07:55 to 5:08:15( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: the money generated from a cap-and-trade should go back into the energy sector to allow people to comply with the cost of a cap-and-trade and under the obama proposal it is $3,000 per family. so it is a very expensive proposal. i think there is bipartisan support for climate change legislation with auctions and credits that could be done in a reasonable way and

Lindsey Graham

5:08:16 to 5:08:36( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: the idea of putting climate change or health care and wreck reconciliation will bring the congress to a halt. it will be everything of what the president ran on in terms of bringing us together thrcht is a lot of -- a lot of -- there is a lot of democratic push back for this idea. i do pledge to do this.

Lindsey Graham

5:08:37 to 5:08:59( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: let's work on climate change. health care will be tough. we'll certainly try that. i think there is bipartisan support for climate change legislation through the normal process for those who disagree it is a problem, they can come and have their say and i think we can get the votes necessary to put together a bipartisan climate change bill through the

Lindsey Graham

5:09:00 to 5:09:14( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: normal process, and senator johanns has done the senate a service by and i would urge its adoption

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