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Senate Proceeding on Apr 2nd, 2009 :: 3:07:30 to 3:11:00
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Mitch McConnell

3:07:26 to 3:07:46( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: democratic cloakroom. it would be a lot better if people would vote they could. the presiding officer: the republicaneader. mr. mcconnell: mr. president, our good friend from ia is about to cast his 10,000th vote. senator grassley's been a dist boat for 29 years and in my view the nation is always a lot better off when people are

Mitch McConnell

3:07:30 to 3:11:00( Edit History Discussion )
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Mitch McConnell

3:07:47 to 3:08:10( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: payingery close attention to chuck grassley. over the course of the past two centuries, nearly 2,000 men and women have served in the senate. fewer than 30 have cast more votes than chuck grassley. only one other senator from iowa has served longer and this year senator grassley will mark 50 years of public service to the

Mitch McConnell

3:08:11 to 3:08:31( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: people of the hawkeye state. while som members of congress have a tendency to lose touch with their constituents, senator grassley's always worked har to make sure he never did. he's made it his business to stay connected to the folks back home by holding at least one town hall meeting a of iowa's 99 counties.

Mitch McConnell

3:08:32 to 3:08:52( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: and by responding to every letter, postcard, e-mail or phone call that his office receives from iowans. he also stays close to the land by working his family farm even while he keeps up with his duties in washington. chuck grassley may be a u.s. senator but he's always farmer from butler county.

Mitch McConnell

3:08:53 to 3:09:13( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: visitors to the grassley farm say it's not uncommon to see senator grassley pulling phone out from under baseball cap while he's riding on his tractor. remind me never to senator grassley's cell phone. [laughter] in 1955 -- a 1955 graduate of the

Mitch McConnell

3:09:14 to 3:09:35( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: university of northern iowa, senator grassley ran for the iowa house at the age of 23 and lost. but this is a man that the "des moines register" once wrote for whom the word "dogged "i was on invented. won that seat in the house and iowa voters have been reelecting

Mitch McConnell

3:09:36 to 3:09:56( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: him ever terms in the senate. over the years, senator grassley has distinguished himself for his tenacity and his commitment to the public interest. whistle-blower amendments that he has sponsored have recovered $18 billion to the u.s. treasury. he's kept a watchful eye on spending at the pentagon and as the top republican on the senate

Mitch McConnell

3:09:57 to 3:10:17( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: finance committee, he's been an equal opportunity foe of loopholes. closing them to corporations and individuals alike. he's also done the hard work of following up on these and other accountability measures he's authored over the years. senator grassley has a lot to be proud of in his career.

Mitch McConnell

3:10:18 to 3:10:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: he and barbara are also rightly proud of their 54 years marrge, their five children and nine grandchildren couldn't have foreseen such -- chuck couldn't have foreseen such an eventful life when he and barbara met and barbara probably certainly didn't expect that 30 years of marriage would pass before she finally got her diamond engagement ring. [laughter]

Mitch McConnell

3:10:40 to 3:11:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: now, we all know it's probably because chuck didn't want to spend that money. [laughter] senator grassley's been a farmer, a father, a government watchdog, a steward of the nation's finances. in short, he's a the senateould not be the sam without him and the nation i firmly believe would be a lot

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