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Senate Proceeding on Apr 2nd, 2009 :: 0:05:15 to 0:14:25
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Mitch McConnell

0:05:15 to 0:05:35( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: remain respectful of each other's views. i thank him for his kind words today and that of the republican leader. the presiding officer: the republican leader. mr. mcconnell: mr. president, anyone who turned on c-span2 over the past few weeks could be excused for knowing somewhat going on in the capitol, most

Mitch McConnell

0:05:15 to 0:14:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell

0:05:36 to 0:05:56( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: people don't know about the legislation and points of order. behind the lingo, an extremely important debate has been taking place on the senate floor. it is a debate about the future of our country and in the course of that debate two very different philosophies have emerged. on one side there are those who

Mitch McConnell

0:05:57 to 0:06:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: think that american lives will improve in direct proportion to the size of the government. that the challenges that we face as where people look to the government for almost everything from the cradle to the grave. on the other side are those who think that government has an important role to play in keeping people safe and creating the conditions in which

Mitch McConnell

0:06:19 to 0:06:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: americans can succeed and that government can also play a role in hping people weather temporary or permanent troubles and even help to the private institutions if the failure of those institutions imperils the well-being of the whole. in all of these areas the role of government is limited.

Mitch McConnell

0:06:40 to 0:07:01( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: liberty and freedom are primary. the first group defends the administration's budget proposal, whi couple of months ago and outlines the administration of years, the second group warned of the consequences of the government which calls for a accurate make and irreversible

Mitch McConnell

0:07:02 to 0:07:22( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: shift of our nation to the left in the areas of health care, education, and private enterprise. and which in imposes the biggest tax hike in history, massive spending and a titanic children and grandchildren will have to pay back. this is a debate worth

Mitch McConnell

0:07:23 to 0:07:45( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: into because absolutely everyone. so i'd like to highlight just co over the course of this debate that everyone should know. the first thing people should know is that the one many already do know, the administration's budget simply taxes too much, spends too much, and borrows too much.

Mitch McConnell

0:07:46 to 0:08:07( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: in aoment interestingly enough when we can least afford it. and there's good reason to believe the american people agree. several of the amendments republicans have proposed adding to the budget as a way protecting american businesses and families have been approved by wide bipartisan margins. the american people cannot afford new taxes and that's why

Mitch McConnell

0:08:08 to 0:08:28( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: senators approve the johanns amendment yesterday, an amendment which forces an open debate on the budget's proposal for would hit every american family by up to $3,100 a year. as a senior senator from missouri put it on tuesday, families are struggling to make ends meet, unable to pay their

Mitch McConnell

0:08:29 to 0:08:49( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: mortgage bills or debts, we should oppose an energy tax. the junior senator from nevada also knows that americans can't afford having their taxes raised especially in a recession. and that's why he offered an amendment yesterday that would ke it harder to raise taxes on middle class couples. as he

Mitch McConnell

0:08:50 to 0:09:11( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: struggling to pay for life's essentials. when we should be discussing is extending tax relief, not raising taxes. this is common sense. his amendment passed. the junior senator from texas knows that business owners can't afford a tax hike. that's why he offered an amendment that would make it harder for democrats to raise taxes on small business. this is also common

Mitch McConnell

0:09:12 to 0:09:34( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: his amendment also passed overwhelmingly. americans know the trouble that they get into when they spend money they don't have. and they tonight want government to spend money it doesn't have that's why the junior senator from alabama came to and lamentd the fact of lack of fiscal responsibility in this budget.

Mitch McConnell

0:09:35 to 0:09:56( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: the american pee people are worried about the size of the debt and worried about the amount that doubles it in five years and triples it it adds more debt than the entire debt accum every person from george washington to george w. bush. the senior senator from tennessee is worried about the size of the debt too and that's why he offered an amendment to

Mitch McConnell

0:09:57 to 0:10:17( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: keep the growth of that debt relative to the g.d.p. in check. as he put it on the senate floor on tuesday, this of not letting the horse get out of the barn, this recognizes that the horse is already out of the barn and we're trying to put a fence around him before he gets into the next country. democrats rejected that amendment too. throughout this debate americans

Mitch McConnell

0:10:18 to 0:10:38( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: have started to the national debt and they've heard some troubling things. if the were listening tuesday they would have heard a very illuminating discussion on the topic between the senior senator from tennessee and senator from new hamhire. the senior senator from new hampshire said at the end of this budget every american

Mitch McConnell

0:10:39 to 0:10:59( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: household will have an obligation relative to the federal debt of $133,000. $133,000 per hsehold. the senior senar from tennessee asked who holds that debt? the answer, of course, is that china is the primary holder of

Mitch McConnell

0:11:00 to 0:11:20( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: that debt, along with russia and oil-producing nations in the middle east. americans are worried about more government spending, higher taxes and higher debt that we may never be able to repay. and a lot of groups that represent these americans are massing against these groups posed to this budget include -- oppose to this budget

Mitch McConnell

0:11:21 to 0:11:41( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: include the national association of manufacturers, the tax coalition, americans for prosperity, citizens against government waste, the club for growth, the council onational policy, associated builders and electric contractors, international food service distributors association, and

Mitch McConnell

0:11:42 to 0:12:03( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: the nationa association of wholesailor distributors. these groups represent millions of small business owners, independent contractors, and millions of ordinary americans who don't want to see their dreams fade away because of someone else's vision of what government should do for them. americans want the freedom to do for themselves and they worry

Mitch McConnell

0:12:04 to 0:12:24( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: freedom may slip awa budget pass in its current form. they can't afford a new national energy tax that could cost every american household up to $3,100 a year. they don't want to have to pay for $250 -- 250,000 bureaucrats who will be needed to spend the money that this budget wants to spend and they don't want their

Mitch McConnell

0:12:25 to 0:12:45( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: children buried, literally buried, in debt. what americans want is for republicans and democrats to work together to craft a budget that let's them keep their hard-ear tax dollars wisely and doesn't saddle their children and grandchildren with debt. that's what they haven't seen this week. and what they also won't see are the back door negotiations where the chairman of the budget

Mitch McConnell

0:12:46 to 0:13:06( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: committee, the senior senator from north dakota, has said he will strip out many of these good amendments we have passed this week. and where some budget writers intend to fast track a mas new energy tax even though we passed an amendment to keep that from happening. americans oppose this energy tax. and if the senior senator from

Mitch McConnell

0:13:07 to 0:13:27( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: north dakota has as much influence over the outcome of the budget as i hope he does, will he make sure that of the senate and american people is reflected in the final product. i hope he will make sure that a new national energy tax costing american households up to $3,100 a year is not rushed through

Mitch McConnell

0:13:28 to 0:13:49( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: congress on party line vote. the drama that unfolded in the senate put two very different philosophies on display. it showed republicans fighting to keep our nation from an irreversible drift to the left. it showe some democrats agreeing to some of our proposals. but the proof of their commitment is in the final product, what finally comes out of conference.

Mitch McConnell

0:13:50 to 0:14:11( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: this debate isn't over with the passage of this budget today. and republicans are not finished fighting on behalf of the priority of the american people. not even close. floor. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: under the previous order, the leadership time is reserved. under the previous order, the senate will resume consideration

Mitch McConnell

0:14:12 to 0:14:25( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: will report. the clerk: res. 13, setting forth the congressional budget for the united states government and so forth. the esiding officer: under the previous order t minutes of debate remaining on the resolution of which 40

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