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Senate Proceeding on Apr 6th, 2011 :: 2:30:10 to 2:40:45
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Mark Pryor

2:29:58 to 2:30:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: will call the roll. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the mr. pryor: i would understand that we're in a quorum call and i ask that it be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. pryor: i'd like to speak as if in morning business for ten minutes. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. pryor: mr. president, we find ourselves in dangerous territory while republicans and

Mark Pryor

2:30:10 to 2:40:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mark Pryor

Mark Pryor

2:30:19 to 2:30:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: democrats continue to point fingers and hold fiery press conferences, a government shutdown is quickly approaching. the blame game is like quicksand. it has the ability to drag down not just the senate and the house but our entire economy and even our country. no matter how you look at it, a shutdown would be reckless and irresponsible.

Mark Pryor

2:30:40 to 2:31:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: we can get this short-term budget problem resolved if all parties would turn off the rhetoric and stop the campaigning. a few extreme partisans stand in the way of progress, blocking a good-faith effort of many others seeking common ground. i ask them to take to heart what

Mark Pryor

2:31:01 to 2:31:22( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: it says in the book of eye disciia, "come now, let us reason together." we need to overcome this budget impasse and live up to the oath we took and to the people we represent. larger challenges await our attention. it is not in our best interest to see a government shutdown, and i don't think it is in the best interest of the nation to

Mark Pryor

2:31:23 to 2:31:47( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: continue on this deficit spending cycle that we've been on. we owe it to the american people and the world is watching us to show american leadership on both our short-term and long-term fiscal challenges. i'd like to see us turn our forts to the blueprint provided by the -- effort to the

Mark Pryor

2:31:48 to 2:32:11( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: blueprint provided by the deficit commission. we must find ways to reduce spending, address an entitlement -- address entitlement programs and reform the tax code. and now with all the the momentum built up over the last few months, it is the time to lead. we must make the serious decisions to get our nation out

Mark Pryor

2:32:12 to 2:32:32( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: of the red so that we can be competitive in the future. again, i'd say, let's turn off the rhetoric and be part of the solution, not part of the problem. you know, in washington, the blame game has become par for the course. it's become just politics as usual. in fact, it's one thing that

Mark Pryor

2:32:33 to 2:32:53( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: people in my state are sick and tired of. and one of the reasons they've lost confidence in the congress and in our government. and besides that, how in the world does holding press conferences and pointing fingers at others -- how in the world does that help resolve anything?

Mark Pryor

2:32:54 to 2:33:15( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: besides that, it's just not true, because the truth of the matter is that we are in this fiscal situation that we're in today of decisions that all of us have made over the last decades. in fact, i saw yesterday -- or i guess it was yesterday in the paper where speak boehner was talking to some of these caucus

Mark Pryor

2:33:16 to 2:33:38( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: and he talked about get ready for the shutdown and there were ovations over there well, let me say this. there are no ovations over here for a government shutdown. we do not want to see it. i'm not just talking about the democrats in the senate. i don't know of any republicans in the senate who want to sea a shut -- to see a shutdown. one of the stefts i see when i

Mark Pryor

2:33:39 to 2:34:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: look at -- one tests that i use when i look at politicians is is the louder they have, the more often they have press conferences to blame other people, that probably means the more they are to blame for the problems we have today. i certainly hope as the elections roll around next year the american people will remember many of the politicians' attempts here in

Mark Pryor

2:34:01 to 2:34:23( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: washington to avoid responsibility for this terrible fiscal crisis that we're in. one thing we need to keep in mind is that what we're talking about this week in terms of shutting down the government -- i hope that doesn't happen. but what we're talking about this week is really only this important for the next six months.

Mark Pryor

2:34:24 to 2:34:45( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: we're only ta about for the rest of this year. the only night that we need to have is -- the only fight that we need to have is over the long-term fiscal policy of this country. so for the next six months -- i don't want to say that's not important, because it is -- but i would say it's a time for us

Mark Pryor

2:34:46 to 2:35:07( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: to demonstrate to the american people, to the markets, and to the world that we can come up with political solutions to very challenging problems that we have. i'm also very concerned in this fragile economy that if we do shut down the government, that

Mark Pryor

2:35:08 to 2:35:28( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: might be something that would shake this economy and actually possibly stop it in its tracks. i hope not reverse it, but i do have the concern about an abankrupt cutoff of government spending, twha might do to the economy. you know, our fiscal challenges that the debt commission has focused on and many of us have

Mark Pryor

2:35:29 to 2:35:50( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: focused on, they're beyond politics. they're bigger than politics. they're more important than the next election. in fact, they're more important than our own personal political fortunes. this fiscal situation that we're in is not about the next election, but it's about the next generation.

Mark Pryor

2:35:51 to 2:36:11( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: in fact, if you look back at the time that we call "the battle of britain," one of the things winston churchill that said that always stuck with me, he said, never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. and he was talking about those brave men who flew those

Mark Pryor

2:36:12 to 2:36:32( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: airplanes over great britain to protect the skies and protect the british people and really to win the war, to stop nazi germany from invadi defeating the english imierks the british empire. the so few that we have today

Mark Pryor

2:36:33 to 2:36:54( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: could be named, and their names are tom coburn, dick durbin, mark warner, saxby chambliss, mike crapo and kent conrad. those few have been meeting for weeks, even months, to try to come up with a comprehensive budget agreement based on the blueprint that

Mark Pryor

2:36:55 to 2:37:16( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: commission has given us. i would say that these six senators, they're not politicians. they're states mern. they're trying to do what's right for the country. they're trying to $what's in the country's best interest, not their own best interest. i can guarantee you, each one of the six will face tremendous criticism from their own parties

Mark Pryor

2:37:17 to 2:37:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: and from other quarters about what they're trying to do. to me that's courage, to me that's leadership, to me that's what's being a senator -- that's what being a senator all about. right now i know there's six of them meeting. i know at some point once they come out and once they're ready to announce what they want to do, many others will join that effort. but i think that we need to

Mark Pryor

2:37:40 to 2:38:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: cheer them on and encourage them to finish this very hard task that they've begun. i'm reminded when i think about those six sitting here in the capitol in various rooms around the capitol, i'm reminded of the phrase in the declaration of independence right before our

Mark Pryor

2:38:01 to 2:38:22( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: founding fathers signed that great document where they say, "we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor." well, this is our time to put it all on the line. we need to put our political lives on the line, our political fortunes on the line, and our honor. and we need to honor the commitment we've made to this

Mark Pryor

2:38:23 to 2:38:46( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: country when all 100 of us stood up -- nrvetio in fact, all 535 of us stood up and took the oath of phs -- that we were going to do what was right for this country. i'm also pprehen also reminded -- i mention the book of isiah in my

Mark Pryor

2:38:47 to 2:39:09( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: statement a few minutes ago -- i'm reminded many times in the bible, we're always encouraged to do right, to do justice, to show mercy. we want to really be upright and true. i think that's what they call us to do and what they want us to do.

Mark Pryor

2:39:10 to 2:39:33( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: i'm also reminded in the new testament when jesus is talking to political and religious leadership of his day, he says, are you so blind? and are we so blind that we can't see the forest for the trees here, that we can't understand how important it is for this country to get our debt

Mark Pryor

2:39:34 to 2:39:54( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: and deficit wa where it needs to be? are we so blind as to not be able to see that we need to put everything on the table, that this is a fippl time for great leadership and sacrifice and we all have to give up something to get this done? it is our time to lead. this may be the greatest challenge of our generation, of

Mark Pryor

2:39:55 to 2:40:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: any of us who are in this chamber who are serving either in the house or senate right now, this may be our one moment in history for greatness. and i sincerely hope that we rise to the challenge because i believe the future of the republic depends on it. mr. chairman, i - mr. president, i yield the floor.

Mark Pryor

2:40:36 to 2:40:49( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: thank you. mr. president, i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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