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Senate Proceeding on Apr 7th, 2011 :: 4:52:00 to 5:00:45
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Jim DeMint

4:51:55 to 4:52:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: one has a reproductive right to use somebody else's money for an abortion. and that's all this is about. not only other taxpayers' money but we're borrowing money to do something at a time when the country is nearly broke that americans disagree on and it violates the conscience of many americans. but my colleagues on the other side have decided to make this

Jim DeMint

4:52:00 to 5:00:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jim DeMint

Jim DeMint

4:52:18 to 4:52:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: the crucial issue. either republicans agree to use taxpayer money for abogses or they're going to shut down the government -- for abortions or they're going to shut down the government and say we're emphasizing social issues. this is not a social issue. it is an american issue. even people who support abortion support the idea that taxpayers should not be forced to pay for

Jim DeMint

4:52:39 to 4:52:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: it. it is a small request. the cuts are small. but it is clear, as the senator from utah just said that this shutdown has been planned by the president and the democratic majority for a long time winning that they are win the p.r. battle thinking that americans are too stupid to figure it out.

Jim DeMint

4:53:00 to 4:53:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: i'm confident, as we go into this, that americans are much smarter than my democratic colleagues believing. i think they're going to figure out how irresponsible the president has been, how much lack of leadership there has been here in the senate. trying to blame speaker boehner in the house who controls one half of one branch of government

Jim DeMint

4:53:22 to 4:53:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: for a shutdown when last year the president controlled the whole government, we didn't pass a budget, we didn't fund any aspect of government, and this landed in the lap of the new congress, which still includes a democrat majority here in the senate. there has not been one bill from the senate that the democrats agree on. the president has not sent down

Jim DeMint

4:53:43 to 4:54:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: one funding request that we could vote for. we don't have a bill proposed by senator harry reid today that we can vote for to keep the government open. but he is saying what the republicans on the hoh house side are -- on the house side are send over is not good enough.

Jim DeMint

4:54:06 to 4:54:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: if we had 15 democrats here in the senate who were reasonable, we wouldn't have to deal with this ridiculous, irresponsible government shutdown. i don't know what else republicans in the house could do. they sent over -- over 40 days ago -- a bill that would have funded the government for the rest of the year with very, very nominal cut.

Jim DeMint

4:54:27 to 4:54:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: it was set up to fail here in the senate. and we've yet to have hardly any debate on the issue. during all this time, we spent less than, you know, three hours of debate on the most important issue in the country. we spent the last couple of weeks on a small business bill. i bet no american could tell you what we're even talking b and before that we spent a couple

Jim DeMint

4:54:48 to 4:55:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: weeks on a patent bill. anything we could do to avoid the responsibility of debating the most pressing issue in this country. and i also have to take issue with what the democrats are trying to do here with the tea party. and i'd like to remind them that

Jim DeMint

4:55:09 to 4:55:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: many, many tea party members are democrats. and they're independents, and they're republicans. and many of them have never been involved with politics before. many are hispanic and african-american and they're all americans. but they're concerned about our country. they seem to be able to do something we can't do here: they add and subttracted and they understand you can't keep spending more than you're

Jim DeMint

4:55:30 to 4:55:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: bringing in and expect the country to survive. we've even brought -- we even brought up a resolution here, the senator from utah did, to have a sense of the senate that we should balance our budget. just about every democrat voted against that. do you know what that means? that means that there is an

Jim DeMint

4:55:51 to 4:56:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: intent to bankrupt our country. because there's no way around it. if you keep spending more than you're bringing in you will bankrupt our country. that's the course this president has got us on. that's the course that senator reid and the democrat majority here in the senate want to keep us on. and when we try to do even modest, nominal reductions in

Jim DeMint

4:56:13 to 4:56:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: spending, just to change the trend line, they are coached, as senator schumer has said, to call it extreme and to blame it on the tea parties. americans are smarter than that, and i think my colleagues getting ready to figure that owvment so we come down to the bottom line that the senator from utah just mentions:

Jim DeMint

4:56:34 to 4:56:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: why are they doing this? they look back to 1997, back in the 1990's, they think that they can win the p.r. battle. and even more importantly, the president needs a distraction. the focus on the president now is revealing a lack of leadership in domestic policy, in foreign policy.

Jim DeMint

4:56:56 to 4:57:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: he's led use in a mess in libya. he's led use in a domestic mess and has us on a course to bankrupt our country. he's trying to take over health care and all those unions and other people advocating for are now asking for waives. there's been more than 1,000 waives for people who want to get out of this health care bill.

Jim DeMint

4:57:20 to 4:57:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: this financial reregulation dodd-frank bill is threatening to hurt our economy even more. the president needs a distraction. and this is a correspondent yow graphed distraction to close -- and this is a chore yow graphed distraction to close the shall

Jim DeMint

4:57:42 to 4:58:04( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: shall that's what we need right now. americans are asking us to keep fight, be bold. this is not a matter of part i san politics as much as it is a matter of national survival. we have to make some shard decisions. we can't keep spend more than we're bringing n we have to do what families do: tighten our belts, balance our

Jim DeMint

4:58:05 to 4:58:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: checkbooks. these are not radical ideas. all we have to do is respond to what the house has passed today. the democrats who control this place have not offered any solution. the president has not offered any sliewsmghts and i suspect that we will not even be allowed to vote on the one option we have, what the house sentsdz

Jim DeMint

4:58:26 to 4:58:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: over here. yet they think americans are so stupid that they can come down to the floor and blame the republicans who really have no control of the situation except to send us what they think is best from the house. and that's what they're doing. and they need to be applaud. speaker boehner has done everything he can to try to work with all parties here to

Jim DeMint

4:58:47 to 4:59:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: responsibly keep this government going and at the same time to recognize we cannot keep this reckless spending the president has been doing the last couple years. this is an urgent and serious matter that i am afraid is being played as a p.r. game by the other sievmentd the misrepresentations i heard just before about the budget being

Jim DeMint

4:59:08 to 4:59:31( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: proposed on the house side are very difficult to swallow. the truth is very rare. i hope all americans will take the time to look at what's really going on, because this is all a blame game, and the democrats are counting on americans not paying attention

Jim DeMint

4:59:32 to 4:59:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: and to tak cues from the national media. we are going to do everything we can to keep the government open to responsibly respond to what the voters told us last november and not play the game blame with the other side. but this is being played as a game instead of a matter of serious national survival, a

Jim DeMint

4:59:53 to 5:00:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: serious national issue. but the bill that we'll have a chance to hopefully debate, that the house just passed, we'll take our number-one responsibility to defend our country, fund our troops and make sure that's done for the balance of the year. we can argue about the rest next

Jim DeMint

5:00:15 to 5:00:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: week but let's fund the rest this week and do what we were sent here to do. thank you, mr. president. i yield the floor absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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