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Senate Proceeding on Apr 7th, 2011 :: 0:13:15 to 0:18:15
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Mitch McConnell

0:13:11 to 0:13:33( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: of the bill that the house will be sending over later today, and the abortion provision that my good friend, the majority leader, refers to is one the democratic leaders have previously supported. it's a measure that's been previously in appropriations bills and a measure that's previously been signed by the president. so obviously that's not what

Mitch McConnell

0:13:15 to 0:18:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell

0:13:34 to 0:13:54( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: this measure is about. as the majority leader indicated, the talks are continuing, but two positions that have emerged are very clear. throughout this debate, republicans have consistently said that we prefer a bipartisan agreement that keeps the government running and provides critical funding and certainty for our troops.

Mitch McConnell

0:13:55 to 0:14:15( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: this is exactly what we've been working toward all along. and that is exactly what the bill the house republicans are expected to pass today will do. importantly, this bill will also include a modest reduction in washington spending, a reduction well within the range that even democratic leaders have described as reasonable. in fact, the bill the house

Mitch McConnell

0:14:16 to 0:14:37( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: republicans will send over to the senate today is nothing more than a smaller version of the larger bill the democrats say they want. so let's be specific, very specific. the obama administration and secretary of defense said they

Mitch McConnell

0:14:38 to 0:14:58( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: need an annual defense bill. the house bill we'll get today does that. it passes the defense appropriations bill. the senate democrats have said they want the government to keep running. the house bill will get -- the house bill we'll get today does precisely that. democratic leaders have identified a number of cuts they believe are reasonable.

Mitch McConnell

0:14:59 to 0:15:19( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: the spending cuts that the house bill will get today go no farther than that. democrat leaders have said they wanted no controversial policy riders. that's what we just heard our majority leader talking about. but the policy provisions in the bill we'll get today are provisions that members of the democratic leadership have already voted for and that the

Mitch McConnell

0:15:20 to 0:15:41( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: president himself has previously signed into law. it will be pretty hard to argue that that's controversial. so here's the bottom line. the bill does everything democrats have previously said they want. it cuts washington spending by an amount that democratic leaders believe is reasonable. the policy prescriptions it

Mitch McConnell

0:15:42 to 0:16:02( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: contains have been previously agreed to by democratic leaders and signed by this president, and most importantly, this is the only proposal out there that keeps the government open, the only one that's coming over from the house. in other words, if a shutdown does occur, our democratic friends have no one to blame but themselves because they have

Mitch McConnell

0:16:03 to 0:16:24( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: done nothing whatsoever to prevent it, since they have produced no alternative to the bill that the house is sending over today, no alternative to the one the house is sending over today, this is the only proposal currently on the table that will keep the government open. so there are two options at this point. democrats can either take up and pass this reasonable bill that

Mitch McConnell

0:16:25 to 0:16:45( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: falls well within the bounds of what their own leadership has defined as acceptable or shut down the government. that's it. that's the choice. so rather than talking about a shutdown, i hope our democratic friends join us in actually preventing one. there is only one way to do that

Mitch McConnell

0:16:46 to 0:17:07( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: : by quickly passing the house bill and sending it to the president for his signature before tomorrow night. and, mr. president, on another matter, the president will meet today at the white house with colombian president juan manuel santos. we understand they will announce an agreement to advance a long-awaited and overdue free trade agreement with this

Mitch McConnell

0:17:08 to 0:17:28( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: important trading partner and arguably our best ally in south america. republicans have been urging the president to act on this and on other critical trade deals for over two years. the u.s. chamber of commerce estimates that trade deals with colombia, panama and south korea could provide up to 380,000 u.s.

Mitch McConnell

0:17:29 to 0:17:50( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: jobs, and we know that this deal alone would create tens of thousands of new jobs here in this country. at a time when millions of americans are out of work and businesses are looking for opportunities to hire, there was no excuse to slow walk these deals. so we hope today's meeting marks a real step forward in

Mitch McConnell

0:17:51 to 0:18:11( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: concluding this trade agreement with colombia. we expect this announcement means the president will be submitting all three trade agreements, all three -- korea, colombia, and panama -- in the very near future, and we look forward to working with them to clear them through the mr. president, i yield the floor.

Mitch McConnell

0:18:12 to 0:18:15( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: the presiding officer: under the previous order, the leadership time is reserved.

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