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Senate Proceeding on Apr 14th, 2011 :: 8:39:20 to 8:41:30
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Harry Reid

8:39:17 to 8:39:37( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. reid: mr. president, i object to my friend's request, with the following explanation. we've worked very hard to get this bill done. this is a committee that the senator from maine was chairman of this committee. she is now the ranking member. this legislation -- underline

Harry Reid

8:39:20 to 8:41:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Harry Reid

Harry Reid

8:39:38 to 8:39:58( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: this is extremely important. it is done in the -- it has done in the past wonderful things for our country. this innovation that this bill allows to go forward has created things like the electric toothbrush and many other things. it's a good piece of legislation. my friend from maine's legislation is not relevant or

Harry Reid

8:39:59 to 8:40:20( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: germane to this legislation. what is going to happen if she objects to the consent which i have offered, this bill will not go forward, and that is too bad. we have worked all week long -- in fact, some into last week -- trying to get these amendments cleared and agreed to. the sad part about her amendment is we can't get agreement, not

Harry Reid

8:40:21 to 8:40:41( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: only for our side but on her side without going into detail who they are. people don't want to do this amendment, because it has no direct relevance to this legislation. in addition to that, mr. president, her legislation has not had a hearing, it is something that is a big bill, not only in content but in pages, and it should have a hearing.

Harry Reid

8:40:42 to 8:41:03( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: senators should know what they're voting on in more detail. the other amendments that we've gone through, they have been taken very closely and people understand what's in them, and people know what's in them. my first thought is to say let's try to defeat it, but that's not

Harry Reid

8:41:04 to 8:41:25( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: the way we should do legislation. so i am terribly disappointed that the senator from maine, a former chairman of this committee, recognizing the importance of this legislation, is going to cause this legislation to fail. and we very likely will not have time to bring it up again. now, if that is what my friend wants on her legislative conscience, that's fine, but i think it really shouldn't be there. someone that understands this

Harry Reid

8:41:26 to 8:41:31( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: legislation as well as she does, it's wrong to stand in the way of our completing it.

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