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Senate Proceeding on Apr 7th, 2011 :: 3:19:30 to 3:27:50
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David Vitter

3:19:18 to 3:19:38( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: quorum call: mr. vitter: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from louisiana. mr. vitter: thank you, mr. president. mr. president, i ask unanimous consent to end the quorum call. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. vitter: thank you, mr. president. mr. president, a few weeks ago as we were debating whether to

David Vitter

3:19:30 to 3:27:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: David Vitter

David Vitter

3:19:39 to 3:20:00( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: move to this bill on the floor now, i sent a letter to the distinguished majority leader, senator reid. and i was joined by several of my colleagues. and we'd made real simple point, and the simple point was this, we have a spending and a debt crisis. we need to act and we need to act now.

David Vitter

3:20:01 to 3:20:24( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: and so rather than continue to bring up various cats and dog bills, various matters that aren't related to that crucial, central spending and debt question before us, we should focus on the task at hand. we should focus on our greatest

David Vitter

3:20:25 to 3:20:46( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: ch meaning that spending. the majority leader did not heed that call. he proceeded with this bill. for the reasons jannetty lined, i and those -- reasons i outlined i and those others sigors moved toward this bill. as we're on the eve of a potential government shutdown, i believe what's transpired has

David Vitter

3:20:47 to 3:21:08( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: sort of made my point over again. why haven't we been focused on that crucial spending and debt challenge like a laser beam to come together to offer sensible solutions to avoid these 11th hour or 12th hour negotiations

David Vitter

3:21:09 to 3:21:30( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: because here we are again, here we go again, another crisis, another 11th or 12th hour negotiation, another potential government shutdown. well, i'm sorry we didn't focus like a laser beam on this central challenge sooner, but now that we're here, mr. president, i come to the floor to urge my colleagues to

David Vitter

3:21:31 to 3:21:51( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: do the reasonable, sensible thing and adopt what the house of representatives is about to adopt, a plan to at least keep the government functioning smoothly for another week as we try to resolve this situation for the entirety of the remainder of the fiscal year.

David Vitter

3:21:52 to 3:22:12( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: and so i strongly support this one-week continuing resolution that i believe will very soon pass the house. you know, mr. president, we all say we're against an unnecessary government shutdown. i certainly say that and mean it. if we all say it and if we all mean it, i believe we'll support

David Vitter

3:22:13 to 3:22:35( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: this sensible measure as we try to come to an agreement, all of us, on a plan for the remainder of the fiscal year. this one-week c.r. would keep the government functioning smoothly, would avoid those disruptions and threats that are concerning to many americans.

David Vitter

3:22:36 to 3:22:57( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: that would also offer significant cuts to the current level of spending, $12 billion of cuts, and what's important is those cuts are not very controversial. they come out of proposal proposals mostly from the democratic side. they mostly come out of the

David Vitter

3:22:58 to 3:23:18( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: president's own budget proposal or the senate democratic plan for cuts or a series of nonpartisan suggestions that were made by the congressional budget office. so i think look to those sources of proposed cuts and work from those lists, and that's what this proposal does.

David Vitter

3:23:19 to 3:23:40( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: and then the only other thing that's included in the proposal is two relatively noncontroversial so-called riders. one about guantanamo bay, which is pretty much current law right now because of language in the defense authorization bill. and a second regarding abortions

David Vitter

3:23:41 to 3:24:02( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: performed in the district of columbia. with regard to that second rider, again, this should be relatively noncontroversial, particularly since this very language was in full force and effect from 1996 until 2009. it was the law for that extended period of time.

David Vitter

3:24:03 to 3:24:23( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: president bill clinton signed that ban into law six times. president barack obama signed that very language into law in 2009. vice president joe biden voted for the legislation, including

David Vitter

3:24:24 to 3:24:45( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: this d.c. abortion banning language, seven times since 1995. even nancy pelosi on the house side voted for legislation, including this language, 14 times. and here the distinguished majority leader, senator reid, voted for legislation including this language 10 times since 1995.

David Vitter

3:24:46 to 3:25:06( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: so, again, this is not extremely controversial and it's certainly no reason to shut down the government. so in summary, mr. president, i'm sorry we haven't been focused on this central challenge and this central issue for the last two weeks as i had urged with my colleagues. i think we should focus, like a laser beam, on spending and debt

David Vitter

3:25:07 to 3:25:27( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: and i think we should have been doing that for the last several weeks rather than bring the bill before us on to the floor. but we are where we are and given that, i hope we'll do the reasonable commonsense thing. and -- thing and continue negotiations for the rest of the fiscal year, but in the mean

David Vitter

3:25:28 to 3:25:49( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: time pass the one-week measure that's about to be passed by the house of representatives. it cont operations of the government, it also funds the department of defense for the entire fiscal year. it takes what should be beyond politics off the table. it protects our military. it gives full funding for our

David Vitter

3:25:50 to 3:26:11( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: military men and women. it gives them certainty. we should all be for that. it cuts $12 billion from current funding levels, but takes the vast majority of those cuts, again, from the president's own lip, from senate democrats' own lips, and from a nonpartisan

David Vitter

3:26:12 to 3:26:32( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: list of the congressional budget office. and it only includes two so-called riders which have been granted wide acceptance in the past including being passed, voted on, supported by senator reid, nancy pelosi, barak obama, joe biden, and others multiple

David Vitter

3:26:33 to 3:26:53( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: times since 1996. that is a reasonable path forward. that is a responsible way to prevent a government shutdown as we continue to negotiate for an overall resolution of this matter for the remainder of this fiscal year. i hope all of us, democrats and republicans, will listen to the american people, will do the

David Vitter

3:26:54 to 3:27:14( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: reasonable commonsense thing, will move forward in a reasonable way as we negotiate on broader issues and good faith, and i hope will pass this one-week measure at a minute right now as we continue to look for an overall resolution for the rest of this the fiscal year. thank you, mr. president. with that, i suggest the absence of a quorum.

David Vitter

3:27:15 to 3:27:25( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: the presiding officer: the clerk will call the

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