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Charles Schumer

2:00:41 to 2:00:55( Edit History Discussion )

Charles Schumer: would encourage him to go back to the drawingboard and come up with a fairer, more balanced plan. thank you, madam

James Inhofe

2:00:55 to 2:32:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: James Inhofe

James Inhofe

2:00:56 to 2:01:16( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: and i yield the floor. mr. inhofe: madam president? the presidin senator from oklahoma. mr. inhofe: first of all, let me thank my good friend from new york for allowing me this time and kind of change, rearrange. while i do appreciate his generosity, i have to say i

James Inhofe

2:01:17 to 2:01:37( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: don't agree with what he said. and that comes as no surprise to my friend from new york. i would only make one comment. one statement that i heard him say toward the end of the -- of his comments was, "every other country in the world would do it this way." that's the whole crux of it right there. i often wonder, if you look at

James Inhofe

2:01:38 to 2:02:01( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: the other countries, they are hay all trying to get to our system. they all envy america for its system of freedom, of health delivery, and you wonder sometimes if -- if government owned -- if government-run health care is better. and that's what this is. that's what the obama administration is trying to do.

James Inhofe

2:02:02 to 2:02:22( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: if it's better, then why is it it doesn't work anywhere? it doesn't work in canada, the u.k., in a of the other places places and yet they always work here. a lot of my liberal freeness friends say, if i were running it it would work. a little class warfare is

James Inhofe

2:02:23 to 2:02:46( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: healthy now and then and we had a lit 20 minutes. i am going to be very offensive right knew lot of people, certainly to the rebel group

James Inhofe

2:02:47 to 2:03:07( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: taking over in. introduce you, if i could, madam president, her name is zigina march re-- zigita is an ethiopian name that means "god's grace. ings" this little girl happened toab in ethiopia.

James Inhofe

2:03:08 to 2:03:29( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: she is an orphan. my daughter molly. i should hold this up. these are my 20 kids and grandkids, madam president. so -- and so this is one of them. my daughter molly had nothing but boyce and so she adopted -- but boys and so she adopted zigita marie. that little girl, she was two

James Inhofe

2:03:30 to 2:03:50( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: days old when we first saw her. she's now 10 years old. reads at college electrical. she came up the other day, he said, popeye -- i is for inhofe. that's me. mama and papa i. why is it you do things nobody else will do?

James Inhofe

2:03:51 to 2:04:12( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: i said, that's why i do them. so i will say to you that zigita marie got her answer. i happen to be very familiar with africa. i have been for quite sometime. on the senate armed services committee, they consider me the point man for africa. we started working with africa back at 9/11. at 9/11, we were -- made a

James Inhofe

2:04:13 to 2:04:33( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: decision that while the squeeze in terrorism in the middle east is going down through the horn of africa, we they'd to help the africans build african brigades, supply them with train-and-equip, with the different programs, help send their officers to the use it train. it was a good program and i sometimes kind of joke around by saying, since i was the only member of the senate armed

James Inhofe

2:04:34 to 2:04:54( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: services committee that knew where africa was, i took it on. so, anyway, i do have a background in africa. for that reason, i'm going to speak for the fourth time in a week -- actually the fifth time on the crisis cote d'ivoire is a

James Inhofe

2:04:55 to 2:05:16( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: west african country. you don't read much about t it is sub-sahara africa. they do care about libya. that's up north b sub-sahara africa. anyway, the news is reporting that president gbagbo, the seeded president, and his wife were captured yesterday by the

James Inhofe

2:05:17 to 2:05:38( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: french military forces acting with the military forces offal asane you can put up the other one right now. according to the b.b.c. and reuters, the french helicopters repeatedly attacked the presidential palace and french presidential forces stormed the

James Inhofe

2:05:39 to 2:05:59( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: building with up to 30 french tanks and took them both from the presidential plals to the gulf hotel killing untold hundreds or thousands of people. we can't tell this. right here, madam president, is a picture that is taken -- this is a helicopter right here, a number of u.n. helicopter. it was encouraged to be used by the french. the french said, we authorize you.

James Inhofe

2:06:00 to 2:06:20( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: we're going to send our troops in there with you. we're going to do whatever they're doing. this is be a did i january. where they're hitting their targets there, there was an area where they had a lot of their ordinates and i have been there. and i have seen it. they are all scattered. you have little holts with

James Inhofe

2:06:21 to 2:06:41( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: galvanized steel roofs over them with countless, hundreds and hundreds of people. they're all dead. they have to be. they can't live -- and there it is. that's the picture. put the other one up to give you an idea of what is happening. there it is. this is -- it was blown up. they are pilfering the entire town. i don't know why -- here i am a member of the united states senate and i can't get even our

James Inhofe

2:06:42 to 2:07:02( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: state department to look into see how many people they murdered that night. that was monday night, a week ago tonight is when that happened. we don't know. but they were murdered. i'm thankful that both the president, president gbagbo and the first lady, simone gbagbo were still alive. but they have been brutally mute lated. i condemn the use of so-called

James Inhofe

2:07:03 to 2:07:23( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: peacekeeping forces made up of the united nations and french forces in the attacks on abidjan and the presidential palace and these forces that have caused countless deaths in the city of abidjan. 4 million people. i hope every president of

James Inhofe

2:07:24 to 2:07:45( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: sub-sahara africa is watching right now because what happened there can happen to any country in sub-sahara africa. africa has 52 countries. i think there are 40 of those -- 41 of those are sub-sahara africa. the multiple firings of the united nations, the french missiles into downtown abidjan

James Inhofe

2:07:46 to 2:08:08( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: are like firing missiles into downtown new york city. you -- you don't really know how many people are dead. you won't know for a long time. who knows how many hundreds, if not thousands, of innocent people were killed as a result of the u.n. and the french bombings just a week ago tonight. mr. president, this is not peacekeeping. this is war-making.

James Inhofe

2:08:09 to 2:08:29( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: this is not the role of the u.n. i quest question why the french are -- i question why the french are participating in thi battle. you know, why don't we listen to africa. africa for so many sears they were used, they were abused, they were -- by the colonialism. and certainly no one has been

James Inhofe

2:08:30 to 2:08:51( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: worse or more offensive in that than the french have. they don't listen to africa. i had -- i called up a good friend, president museveni. he has the courage to put something down in writing women going to read to you, madam president. this is from president museveni.

James Inhofe

2:08:52 to 2:09:12( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: this is in an east africa country, not west africa, like cote d'ivoire. he said "i have not been happy with the way the united nations and international community, especially the frej, have responded to the events of the postelection ivory coast. i desire that it would be ideal for a thorough investigation into the alleged election rigging and it be done by a

James Inhofe

2:09:13 to 2:09:33( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: credible and independent body under the after cay can union he were -- aafrican union leadership instead of violently forcing gbagbo out of power without a hearing. i am not pleased with the way the international community can sanction a situation, a blood

James Inhofe

2:09:34 to 2:09:57( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: bath in the come to stipg i am halfway through reading what he said. why aren't we listening to africans? he is not the only one w i think every african president would agree with what i am saying right now. he went on to say, "i would prefer a peaceful intervention by the african committee that would investigate into the matter, give the parties a

James Inhofe

2:09:58 to 2:10:19( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: faring hearing and come out with way to promote peace in the region. as was done in the case of kenya disciple bab i would, at this point i believe he would be happy to have a team of capable

James Inhofe

2:10:20 to 2:10:40( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: african leaders chosen under the auspices of the african union to work on a peaceful end to the conflict in the ivory coast. i believe the ivory coast, the african union musting given the opportunity to handle the matter in-house. i am of course not pleased with the way the u.n. and the international community has

James Inhofe

2:10:41 to 2:11:01( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: directly thrown their weight and support of alassane quattara and now recognizing hi president." president museveni of uganda. i have talked personally to many other presidents and i could be quoting all of them right now. that's the statement to which they all agree.

James Inhofe

2:11:02 to 2:11:23( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: madam president, i have been informed that this reflects the current sentiments of the african union, too. actually including the current a.u. chairman, obiyang who condemned the foreign military in cote d'ivoire saying "africa does not need external influence.

James Inhofe

2:11:24 to 2:11:45( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: africa must manage its own fairs." that's what the africans said. that's president abiyang, the president of the african union. and the kenyan prime minister odinga, who happens to be here. i'll be meeting with him. he was quoted as saying that president gbagbo has been captured and i say that he

James Inhofe

2:11:46 to 2:12:06( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: should not be hurt. i have actually already sent word to mr. quattara saying that gbagbo should not be hurt. if he wants to go out into exile, he should be allowed to go into exile but he needs to be treated humanely. that's all i'm asking our state department and united nations to do. they don't do it.

James Inhofe

2:12:07 to 2:12:27( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: i have warned the u.n. and the french on the floor four times in the past week that they would have blood on their hands if they continued supporting the rebel forces of quattara and continued the bombing of the capital of cote d'ivoire and abidjan. we will, that's what's been

James Inhofe

2:12:28 to 2:12:48( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: happening over the last -- well, that's what's been happening over the last week, ten days. i said on april 4, and i am quoting myself now on the floor, i said, "i think we can avert a real tragedy. something maybe comparable to what happened in 1994 in rwanda with the general sievmentd we

James Inhofe

2:12:49 to 2:13:13( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: also remembered we weren't warned but the united nations was. the secretary-general we now know was warned that the genocide was going to take place in 1994 in rwanda. 800,000 people hacked to death with machetes. the world stood idly by." that's sub-sahara africa. nobody cared.

James Inhofe

2:13:14 to 2:13:36( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: i called for a cease-fire in abidjan. no one responded. this was eight days ago. i wonder sometimes why is it nobody case about sub-sahara africa. i remember way back in 1998 when under president clinton they were going to send troops in to kosovo using at that time was ethnic cleansing.

James Inhofe

2:13:37 to 2:13:57( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: and i said on the senate floor, i said, why is it we're all concerned about ethnic cleansing in kosovo for every one person in kosovoes who's been ethnically cleansed on a given day, 100 in any one country in sub-sahara africa, but nobody case's cares. nobody cares about sub-sahara africa. why is there no outcry for these

James Inhofe

2:13:58 to 2:14:20( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: millions of people being brutally murdered in other places in the world and sub-sahara africa? i have to say this and i know i am repeating what i said in 1998 on the floor. i have to say this and i know it is very unpopular to say it. but i am going to quote a guy named roger wilkins, a professor of history and american culture at george mason university. he said, "i think it is pretty clear u.s. foreign policy is

James Inhofe

2:14:21 to 2:14:41( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: geared to the european-american sensibility which takes the lives of white people much more seriously than the lives of people who are not white." what's he saying there? i think i know what's saying. but no one mobilized on behalf of the 500 people who were shot, hack, burned to death in the village in the eastern congo,

James Inhofe

2:14:42 to 2:15:02( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: central africa around the same time. no rage was expressed on half of the other millions of innocents who were slain. i read this because i knew this was going to happen. it was only five days ago that i warned that this was going to happen.

James Inhofe

2:15:03 to 2:15:23( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: so anyway, on april 5, i said that quattara tried to deny his involvement in the slaughter of up to 1,000 innocent people. this is april 5, a little over a week ago. there it is, folks. that town is called duekoue. it's in cote d'ivoire. it's a small community. the western town of duekoue, its

James Inhofe

2:15:24 to 2:15:44( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: forces took -- i'm talking about quattara -- took the town last week after the gbagbo forces had gone. they were already gone. it had to be the quattara forces. we know now, mr. president, these people were shot, macheted and burned to death by the quattara forces. you may remember me quoting on the floor here just a few days

James Inhofe

2:15:45 to 2:16:05( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: ago, a bbc report back last week, quoted the bbc reporter andrew harding who said of the duekoue massacre, this is it now folks, a little over a week ago, he said "i spot four pigs eating something dark in a charred courtyard, standing by a newly dug masquerade.

James Inhofe

2:16:06 to 2:16:29( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: a u.n. soldier from morocco is choking with rage and grief. i asked him if any of the dead that the hogs were eating were children. he nods and begins to sob quietly into his face mask." and i pointed out that "the guardian "british newspaper quoted the u.n. mission said that hundreds known as dozos

James Inhofe

2:16:30 to 2:16:52( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: fought alongside quattara's forces in the western town of duekoue and that julan geffa, deputy head of the united nations mission in the ivory coast, blamed at least 220 of the deaths on pro-quattara forces. i repeat, this massacre was not caused by gbagbo forces, but by the quattara forces who had

James Inhofe

2:16:53 to 2:17:14( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: taken the town. gbagbo forces had left a week earlier. there they are, look at them, mutilated bodies, chewed up, burned. that's in quattara, a small community in the western part of covered covered. i repeat -- in the western part of cote d'ivoire.

James Inhofe

2:17:15 to 2:17:36( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: again i called for a cease-fire and no one responded, just a week ago. on april 7 and april 8, i pointed out the united nations and the french were bombing abidjan where young supporters circled the presidential palace making a human shield. this is what they did. all these kids, all they had

James Inhofe

2:17:37 to 2:17:58( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: were baseball bats and two-by-four's in a circle, surrounding the palace to protect their president, president gbagbo and his family of about 17 that were there and his wife simone. now, you saw a minute ago in this one right here that you think there's anything left of those kids surrounding the palace? no, they were all mowed down.

James Inhofe

2:17:59 to 2:18:21( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: so we called for -- that was on the 7th and 8th. who knows how many of them were killed. i can't imagine any of them lived. mr. president, i've also pointed out on april 8 that there were roving death squads. there they are right there, folks. that's quattara people. the roving death squads who -- quote -- "are disappearing.

James Inhofe

2:18:22 to 2:18:44( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: they're disappearing supporters of president gbagbo." that means they're killing them. i called again for an immediate cease-fire. no one responded, not our state department, not the united nations. certainly not the french. mr. president, i also pointed out that i believe massive vote fraud occurred on november 28, in the election of 2010. cote d'ivoire presidential election between president

James Inhofe

2:18:45 to 2:19:05( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: laurent gbagbo and the rebel leader alassane quattara from up north. that's the northern part of cote d'ivoire. i submitted evidence in two letters to the state department that showed massive vote fraud allowed quattara to steal the election. in one instance showed that in the first round -- here, we would call this a primary and then a primary runoff. in the first round in one of the

James Inhofe

2:19:06 to 2:19:29( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: five districts in the north, they miscounted. they tabulated and just added 95,000 additional votes. i documented all of this. if we had 95,000 additional votes in each one of the five northern districts, then clearly gbagbo, president gbagbo won reelection. and in another case, the -- if

James Inhofe

2:19:30 to 2:19:51( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: you look at what they had in the primaries, what we call primaries, in the first round president gbagbo got thousands of votes, thousands of votes in the northern five districts. and when they did the runoff, he did zero, zero votes. that's a statistical impossibility. what did our state department do? nothing.

James Inhofe

2:19:52 to 2:20:12( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: i didn't receive -- finally received a response to my two letters saying that they think this is all fraudulent. they're not going to change their mind. this is sub-sahara africa. do they really care? i can only conclude, mr. president, that our state department is engaging in a whitewash of any credible investigation into my allegation.

James Inhofe

2:20:13 to 2:20:33( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: so, mr. -- madam president, i call again on the u.n., french and what you what you forces to halt -- and quattara forces to halt the violence including that being done against president gbagbo and the first lady. they will be held personally responsible if any more harm comes to them. i call for an independent investigation into all the

James Inhofe

2:20:34 to 2:20:54( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: atrocities committed by all military forces involved in fighting in cote d'ivoire. and i call on the u.n., the french and quattara forces to halt immediately the death squads roving around the streets of abidjan, disappearing supporters of president gbagbo. i got a call from one friend down there that i would certainly not identify. they would murder him overnight.

James Inhofe

2:20:55 to 2:21:16( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: he was talking about how he couldn't go out. he could see bodies, corpses in the street. this was two days ago, and they couldn't go out there because they had snipers and they would mow them down. led by soldiers of quattara's rebel armies and supporters of the united nations that killed 40,000 people in addition to the

James Inhofe

2:21:17 to 2:21:39( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: thousands killed in the bombing we've already looked at. right now i have several friends who give me these reports. they're saying is there anything you can do now? if they go in now after they killed all these people -- and i call upon again the united nations, the french which i know are not going to do it and certainly the quattara rebels, and our state department to go in and stop it. we could do it in no time at all.

James Inhofe

2:21:40 to 2:22:04( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: all this concern about libya, this is just as bad, but nobody cares. keep in mind, this is sub-sahara africa. so the streets are filled with the stench of rotting bodies. mr. president, i renew my call for hearings before the senate foreign relations committee into the bombings and killings by the u.n., french and kpwau kwau

James Inhofe

2:22:05 to 2:22:25( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: rebels -- and quattara rebels and voter fraud. i appreciate senator john kerry, his willingness to holding hearings. i've talked to the chairman of the subcommittee, chairman coons and ranking member isakson, and they have agreed to have these hearings. i'm anxious to get into this so all the world can see.

James Inhofe

2:22:26 to 2:22:48( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: maybe we can stop this from happening again. i don't know. i also suggest that the united states step in to help and examine the possibility of seeking a place of exile for gbagbo outside of cote d'ivoire. the u.s. performed such a role before in 1986 under the reagan administration.

James Inhofe

2:22:49 to 2:23:09( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: haiti's baby dock duvalier was sent into exile. it happened before. the american government did it before. i'm asking them to do it again. take these people who are being maybe murdered at this moment. we don't know. we know they're being tortured. allow them to go into exile. this could be an important step

James Inhofe

2:23:10 to 2:23:31( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: toward the beginning process of reconciliation that the people of cote d'ivoire deserve. this is not about the gbagbos. it's about the modern-day return to french colonial imperialism. this time with the help of the united nations they were doing this. here's what my concern is. cote d'ivoire has had a hard enough time trying to break free

James Inhofe

2:23:32 to 2:23:52( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: from the yoke of french colonialism from the days of president bougoi nebraska in 196 -- bougone in 1960. up to that time, the french virtually owned all the presidents.

James Inhofe

2:23:53 to 2:24:13( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: they are all right there with france. all you have to do is go through the streets of abidjan, what streets might be left -- i doubt there are many -- and you'll see that's happening. it's not just the gbagbos. any president on the african continent in sub-sahara africa should know this could just as well happen to them.

James Inhofe

2:24:14 to 2:24:34( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: and their ministers and their friends. and that's what's happening right now. i'm going to sho here that i hesitated doing. but this is the president gbagbo. this is the face i know. this is the president, he's been president since 2000. and he's gone through a lot of these same problems, but he

James Inhofe

2:24:35 to 2:24:59( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: stood up against the french and against quattara up in the north. now he's been captured, and i'll show you what he looks like today. this is three days ago. this is today. his face is beat in from the side. he's there, he's being held on this side by someone while they're mashing his face. then there's simone, his wife. i happen to know her very well.

James Inhofe

2:25:00 to 2:25:21( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: go ahead and put her picture up there. i rember, in my state of oklahoma, we had -- he's not there anymore -- we had a great congressman named j.c. watts. he was an african-american. he served in the house. and when simone came one time -- this is simone gbagbo -- she

James Inhofe

2:25:22 to 2:25:43( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: said, would you let me try to get me introduced to j.c. watts, congressman watts? i said, yeah, i'd be glad to do it. i didn't know why. i went over and took her to the house of representatives -- we're in the senate and that was in the house. he was in a committee hearing. he came oufplt and i said -- he came out. i said i want to introduce you

James Inhofe

2:25:44 to 2:26:06( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: to someone, the first lady of cote d'ivoire. she put her arms around him and started crying. she said to him, will you forgive us. i said forgive you for what, j.c. watts said. because we're the ones who sold your brothers into slavery. in the united states of america, people walk around guilty, and they should, about the slavery they had.

James Inhofe

2:26:07 to 2:26:27( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: but in africa and particularly sub-sahara africa and west africa where most of the slave trade came from such as cote d'ivoire, they realize they are the ones who sold their brothers into slavery. here's simone begging j.c. watts to forgive her for selling them into slavery. at the district level she was elected a member of parliament from her district.

James Inhofe

2:26:28 to 2:26:49( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: she was a leading way for developing a center for the care for orphans in her district. at a national level, simone gbagbo, first lady, nationwide program for women to get their products to market. no name for that program is yet found. on a continental level, organization of african first

James Inhofe

2:26:50 to 2:27:11( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: ladies, she was the head, first ladies against hiv-aids, a forum established for first ladies in dealing with that. that is who simone is. isn't she pretty? that was a week ago. let's see what she looks like today. you can't see it now. they have held her and pulled her hair out by the roots, and

James Inhofe

2:27:12 to 2:27:33( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: they went out in the streets and said this is the hair of simone gbagbo. i don't know what else they did to her. use your own imagination. now, who are these people? they are the the quattara forces. do you think we just made that up? put the next one up. there they are. all of these are identified leaders of the quattara forces holding her.

James Inhofe

2:27:34 to 2:27:54( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: see what they're doing her. and beating her and pulling her hair out. and that's what's happening today. so i only would say -- and i'll conclude with state department's got to wake up. you can't assume that the united nations is doing something that it's right. and we have to understand that there is this half of a

James Inhofe

2:27:55 to 2:28:15( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: continent called sub-sahara africa. and those people, their lives are worth just as much as they're worth in kosovo or bosnia or the united states or any of the other places where we go and we try to save lives. and so again i would say to any of our friends in, the

James Inhofe

2:28:16 to 2:28:36( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: presidents of any of the countries in sub-sahara africa -- put that back u what has happened right here could very well happen to the presidents or the first ladies of your countries. i only ask three things: number one, stop the firing that's going on right now. people are being murdered as we speak, madam president. stop it. we can do it.

James Inhofe

2:28:37 to 2:28:57( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: we've got the power to do it. our state department with the united nations can make it happen, in spite of what the french might want. and, number two, send them into exile. give them the dignity of living someplace else in sub-sahara africa, so that these people, so the people of africa will know. can you imagine what the people of cote d'ivoire will be

James Inhofe

2:28:58 to 2:29:18( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: thinking and doing in the near future if they allow this to go unanswered. that's my appeal to the united states state department, to the united nations, and french. with that, i yield the floor. i suggest the absence of a quorum. the

James Inhofe

2:29:19 to 2:29:24( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: clerk will call the roll.

James Inhofe

2:30:21 to 2:30:42( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: quorum call: mr. inhofe: madam president, there's no one else in the chamber now. they said that they had other speakers lined up and when they come in, i'll be glad to yield the floor to them. in the mean time let me just make a couple of comments about the discussion of today that -- that everyone's addressing, the democrats and republicans. i've been here for a number of years. i have seen different

James Inhofe

2:30:43 to 2:31:04( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: administrations come through. i -- i think this is the first time the american people have finally woken up to the fact that we finally have gotten to a point where we can't continue to do as what we have been doing. when president obama came into office, he came up with a first budget and then the second budget and third budget. if you add the budgets up what

James Inhofe

2:31:05 to 2:31:25( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: he has done and he has successfully since he had total role of the house and senate to be able to pass these budgets. that he has added more debt to our national debt in two years than every president throughout in the history of this country every president from george washington to george w. bush. the -- i can rember coming to

James Inhofe

2:31:26 to 2:31:47( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: this floor when i was outraged back in 1995, then president clinton came up to the budget -- came up with a budget and that budget was a $1.5 trillion. this budget that president obama has come out with is not just -- until a trillion and a half, it's $3.5 trillion and the deficit alone for this one year is greater than the entire

James Inhofe

2:31:48 to 2:32:08( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: budget was for the -- for the entire year of fiscal year 1996. and it can't happen. you can't continue to do that. consequently and i criticized some of my republican friends. a lot of them voted for th the $700 billion bailout. and then none of the republicans voted for the $800 billion

James Inhofe

2:32:09 to 2:32:30( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: stimulus package. and, you know, right now quibbling over well, can you really cut $6 billion or $60 billion from the budget and yet they passed a an $800 billion stimulus package. spending. it's never been done before in the history of this country. it's got to stop now and i think we have -- i watched what paul

James Inhofe

2:32:31 to 2:32:40( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: ryan's doing over there. that's heavy lifting. that's tough, but he's talking about doing something that's very real. i see my has come in.

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