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Senate Proceeding on Apr 12th, 2011 :: 0:06:30 to 0:11:25
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quorum call: the presiding officer: the republican leader. mr. mcconnell: i ask consent that further proceedings under the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: as the senate gets back to work this week, it's worth noting that a seed change has taken place in washington over the past few weefntle just two months ago the president proposed a vision of government thaig noard the

Mitch McConnell

0:06:30 to 0:06:50( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: quorum call: the presiding officer: the republican leader. mr. mcconnell: i ask consent that further proceedings under the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: as the senate gets back to work this week, it's worth noting that a seed change has taken place in washington over the past few weefntle just two months ago the president proposed a vision of government thaig noard the

Mitch McConnell

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Speech By: Mitch McConnell

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fiscal crisis virtually everyone else in the country knows we need to address. and democrats in congress proposed that rather than cutting washington spending we instead raise taxes on oil and gas companies who, as we know, would pass it along to american consumers in the form of higher gas prices at a time when gas prices are double what they were

Mitch McConnell

0:06:51 to 0:07:11( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: fiscal crisis virtually everyone else in the country knows we need to address. and democrats in congress proposed that rather than cutting washington spending we instead raise taxes on oil and gas companies who, as we know, would pass it along to american consumers in the form of higher gas prices at a time when gas prices are double what they were

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a mere two years ago. in other words, it wasn't that long ago that both the white house and democratic leaders here in congress were doing everything he could they could to ignore the nation's $14 trillion debt and to preserve the massive growth in government that they presided over over the last couple of years. but at some point in the past fee few weeks democrats in washington finally got the message.

Mitch McConnell

0:07:12 to 0:07:34( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: a mere two years ago. in other words, it wasn't that long ago that both the white house and democratic leaders here in congress were doing everything he could they could to ignore the nation's $14 trillion debt and to preserve the massive growth in government that they presided over over the last couple of years. but at some point in the past fee few weeks democrats in washington finally got the message.

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the ground shifted and spending reductions democrats recently described as extreme and draconian, they are now calling historic and commonsense. the debate has turned from how much to grow government to how much to reduce it. this is a major departure from the standard democratic position, and it suggests one of two things:

Mitch McConnell

0:07:35 to 0:07:55( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: the ground shifted and spending reductions democrats recently described as extreme and draconian, they are now calling historic and commonsense. the debate has turned from how much to grow government to how much to reduce it. this is a major departure from the standard democratic position, and it suggests one of two things:

Mitch McConnell

0:07:56 to 0:08:16( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: either democrats in washington are finally waking up to the fact that our only hope of averting the kind of disaster we're seeing unfold in europe is by forcing washington to live within its means or they've made a political calculation that americans will no longer take them seriously if they continue to pretend otherwise.

Mitch McConnell

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Mitch McConnell: but either way, they are there now appears to be a bipartisan agreement in washington that something serious must be done. which brings us to an announcement by the obama administration's top political advisor over the weekend that the president will change his position on entitlement reform, the deficit, and debt in a speech he'll deliver tomorrow afternoon.

Mitch McConnell

0:08:39 to 0:08:59( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: according to administration officials, the president will now propose an outline of his goals in these areas. apparently the president is finally ready to acknowledge problems that the rest of the country has been waiting for him to address. it is unfortunate that he had to be dragged into this discussion, but those on the left and right who have been clamoring for presidential leadership on these issues have to welcome the

Mitch McConnell

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Mitch McConnell: president's long-awaited decision to engage on them. and as we look forward to hearing what the president has to say, but it is my hope that in doing so he offers more than the outline his political advisor suggested. as we know, 0 house republicans have put forward a detailed plan that seeks to preserve and

Mitch McConnell

0:09:21 to 0:09:41( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: protect medicare for current beneficiaries and strengthen medicaid, in part by giving states more flexibility to implement it. at a time when thousands of baby boom remembers retiring every single day, putting even more pressure on our already-overburdened finances, creative solutions like these are very much needed. so hopefully the president will

Mitch McConnell

0:09:42 to 0:10:03( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: put forward a plan that doesn't just pay lip service to the commitments we've made to seniors and the poor but which acknowledges the unique prones problems that this -- problems that this generation faces. too often it seems democrats claim to be interested in

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helping those in need when what they really seek is to protect big government. republicans see america growing its way to prosperity. democrats seem to want to constrict opportunities for everyone so everyone is forced

Mitch McConnell

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Mitch McConnell: helping those in need when what they really seek is to protect big government. republicans see america growing its way to prosperity. democrats seem to want to constrict opportunities for everyone so everyone is forced

Mitch McConnell

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Mitch McConnell: to do with less, except of course the politically connected and those who are lucky enough to get a waiver. but at least the president is joing in the conversation. hopefully that conversation is an adult one and doesn't devolve into the kind of unhelpful, scripted and frankly juvenile name-calling we saw in the

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debate over the continuing resolution last week. we all know that both sides will have to play a part in addressing the crisis we face, so we do well to leave all dishonest rhetoric aside. both sides want to preserve what's best about america. if both sides acknowledge that

Mitch McConnell

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Mitch McConnell: debate over the continuing resolution last week. we all know that both sides will have to play a part in addressing the crisis we face, so we do well to leave all dishonest rhetoric aside. both sides want to preserve what's best about america. if both sides acknowledge that

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up front, as we move from a conversation about billions to a conversation about trillions, we'll have much progress ahe of us. madam president, i yield the floor. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the leadership time is reserved. under the previous order, the senate will be in a period of 11:00 a.m. with senators

Mitch McConnell

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Mitch McConnell: up front, as we move from a conversation about billions to a conversation about trillions, we'll have much progress ahe of us. madam president, i yield the floor. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the leadership time is reserved.

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