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Senate Proceeding on Apr 8th, 2008 :: 2:18:23 to 2:22:19
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Arlen Specter

2:14:49 to 2:18:23( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Arlen Specter

Arlen Specter

2:18:08 to 2:18:23( Edit History Discussion )

Arlen Specter: that strenuously objected to the bankruptcy reform bill so i had problems with that bill across the board, but i won't go into all of that with you here. there's -- we're trying to do this. let me

Christopher Dodd

2:18:23 to 2:18:33( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: try and frame this again. the respective leaders, the majority leader back about a week or so ago talked with the republican leader about the possibility of us breaking this logjam that had dpissed here

Christopher Dodd

2:18:23 to 2:22:19( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Christopher Dodd

Christopher Dodd

2:18:33 to 2:18:43( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: where nothing could even -- existed here where nothing could even be debated on the housing issue. so the idea was we were designated by our respected leaders, senator shelby and myself, to try and

Christopher Dodd

2:18:43 to 2:18:52( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: come up with a consensus package of ideas here, ones that republicans and democrats by and large could support to come out with as a core. and then from that, other ideas would be offered to add on along

Christopher Dodd

2:18:52 to 2:19:02( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: the way, and if there was consensus here, that we'd try to add those on. it's a complicated process but it was the only way we were going to move beyond the gridlock that was allowing no debate whatsoever.

Christopher Dodd

2:19:02 to 2:19:11( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: so i -- i'm in the position obviously of trying to accomplish what our leader wanted to achieve -- and he remembered and i applaud him for it -- of trying to get us moving on this issue. we're losing,000

Christopher Dodd

2:19:11 to 2:19:20( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: people a day in foreclosure -- 8,000 people a day in foreclosure. the country and the economy is suffering terribly and we were in gridlock on the issue. there's some very meritorious ideas and those

Christopher Dodd

2:19:20 to 2:19:28( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: who have been in this position of managing a piece of legislation trying on get it through know that from time to time you're confronted with one substantively agreeing with what a colleague is offering

Christopher Dodd

2:19:28 to 2:19:37( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: but finding yourself in the position where in order to move the product along, you don't agree at that particular time to deal with the issue for a variety of reasons. mr. specter: specter mr. president,

Christopher Dodd

2:19:37 to 2:19:49( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: would the senator yield for pay question? mr. dodd: let me just finish the thought here with you. and the idea was we're watching the legislation, quite candidly, because it's a tax bill underlying

Christopher Dodd

2:19:49 to 2:19:58( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: all of this which senator baucus and senator grassley are dealing with. but all of a sudden we found ourselves deal with other issues. now, that's not to say this is one. this is one that could clearly

Christopher Dodd

2:19:58 to 2:20:08( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: relate to the subject matter. but there were other things coming along with relating to energy and the like. and this is the only thing that may move. so i understand people wanting to put things

Christopher Dodd

2:20:08 to 2:20:17( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: on this bill that may go somewhere. but we could here endlessly and fail to get out of here with a housing bill albeit short of what i would certainly like or others may like to get us with a

Christopher Dodd

2:20:17 to 2:20:26( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: conference -- to a conference with the house to do something about this issue. now, we can stay here this week or the rest of the week and debate a variety of amendments or we can try and getting moving

Christopher Dodd

2:20:26 to 2:20:35( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: on -- get moving on this to try and get something dplairchltd is the motivation behind the majority leader and i'll let senator shelby speak for the minority leader, but that's the general thought. that's

Christopher Dodd

2:20:35 to 2:20:43( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: not to suggest that these other ideas don't have merit, don't have value, including the idea that's being purported by the senator from pennsylvania. but there's a reason why the leadership is responsible

Christopher Dodd

2:20:43 to 2:20:53( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: for trying to move product through here that may not include every idea that everyone has that they'd like to see addedo a piece of legislation. 10 my hope is that cloture will be invoked and we can

Christopher Dodd

2:20:53 to 2:21:01( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: go forward forward. there will be amendments post-cloture and if they're germane and deal winter you're at hand, then we'll try to accommodate them and where we have consensus add them. try to come

Christopher Dodd

2:21:01 to 2:21:10( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: to some closure and move forward. this is not the end of this debate, it's not the end of the yvmentdz we've 2k3w09 hearings this week in the committee -- idea. we've got hearings this week in the committee.

Christopher Dodd

2:21:10 to 2:21:19( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: we've got proposals we're going on bring up in the committee in the markup in the next couple of weeks, we'll back on this floor with other ideas related directly to the subject matter. so we're

Christopher Dodd

2:21:19 to 2:21:27( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: merely trying to move this product along to allow us to achieve some of the results vovmentd and again, i admire what the senator's trying to do. he and i have worked together on a lot of issues over

Christopher Dodd

2:21:27 to 2:21:37( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: the years and certainly i think this idea, as my colleague from alabama knows, when senator durbin's amendment was offered, i told my colleague before, this is one area where i'm going to be supportive

Christopher Dodd

2:21:37 to 2:21:45( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: of that effort to deal with primary residences. and so i -- i agree with what my colleague wants to achieve here. but there are other considerations we're trying to accomplish with this piece of legislation.

Christopher Dodd

2:21:45 to 2:21:53( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: i'll be happy to yield for a question.. mr. specter: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from pennsylvania. mr. speck to her: mr. president, the problem with the argument -- mr. specter:

Christopher Dodd

2:21:53 to 2:22:03( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: mr. president, the problem with the argument by the senator -- by the change, is that looking to the future -- by the chairman, is that looking to the future, the reality is that nothing will happen.

Christopher Dodd

2:22:03 to 2:22:19( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: it's a long way from a represent chair, i know -- a representation, which i know the chairman makes in very good faith, to having a bill come out of committee and come back to the floor. in light

Arlen Specter

2:22:19 to 2:22:38( Edit History Discussion )

Arlen Specter: of what has happened on the calendar. it's just the chances are so small that it can't remotely be relied upon. and when the chairman makes a comment about post-cloture or germaneness, the senate rules

Arlen Specter

2:22:19 to 2:25:08( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Arlen Specter

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