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Senate Proceeding on Apr 20th, 2010 :: 1:20:30 to 1:31:05
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Jim Bunning

1:20:28 to 1:20:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: minutes of time controlled by the senator from iowa, mr. grassley. mr. bunning: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from kentucky is mr. bunning: mr. president, thank you very much. i probably will not take the 15 minutes but somewhere between 10 and 15.

Jim Bunning

1:20:30 to 1:31:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jim Bunning

Jim Bunning

1:20:49 to 1:21:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: mr. president, i rise in strong opposition to the nomination of lael brainard to be under secretary of state -- excuse me, under secretary of treasury for international affairs. mr. president, i don't think it's unreasonable for the

Jim Bunning

1:21:10 to 1:21:31( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: american people to expect nominees to an important post in the treasury department t a clean record in the payment of their taxes. after all, treasury is responsible for collecting taxes so treasury nominees have a

Jim Bunning

1:21:32 to 1:21:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: special responsibility to live up to the same high standards that want department demands from ordinary citizens. but the american people deserve much more than that, just someone with a clean tax record. they deserve a nominee who is

Jim Bunning

1:21:56 to 1:22:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: honest, trustworthy and straightforward. the finance committee's bipartisan investigation of miss brainard revealed that she does not have a clean tax record. at worst, she refuses to be straightforward and honest about

Jim Bunning

1:22:18 to 1:22:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: her tax records. the finance committee looked into the tax record of every nominee that comes -- that becomes before the committee. a routine examination of miss brainard's past few tax returns reveal many, many problems.

Jim Bunning

1:22:39 to 1:23:04( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: when asked if she has paid all of her taxes on time, she did not reveal seral cases in which she had failed to pay her taxes on time. when she was asked on her nomination questionnaire that she was current with all of her taxes at the time she was

Jim Bunning

1:23:05 to 1:23:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: nominated, she replied yes. but, in fact, that was not true. she was well overdue on paying county property taxes and d.c. employment insurance taxes at the time. there are also several forms

Jim Bunning

1:23:28 to 1:23:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: that she was supposed to file to prove that her household employee was legal -- legally able to work in this country. on one form, there was a serious problem with a space that the household employee is required to sign. it appears that miss brainard

Jim Bunning

1:23:51 to 1:24:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: filled in that space with her own signature and she could not provide an explanation of why she did so. on another form, des appeared to be have written over to change the year. she could provide no explanation

Jim Bunning

1:24:18 to 1:24:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: of why this was done. on two different forms, mis brainard missed the deadline for completing the employer portion of the form. on another form, the employer portion was filled in one month before the employee portion, but

Jim Bunning

1:24:40 to 1:25:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: the law requires the employee portion to be filled in first. on yet another form, the employee certification section lists her husband's name but the signature is hers. on another form, the employee

Jim Bunning

1:25:02 to 1:25:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: section is filled in but the required employer certification section was left blank. and there was another problem of the home office deduction which she claimed in the past several years. she could not provide a clear and consistent reason for taking

Jim Bunning

1:25:26 to 1:25:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: a home office deduction of one-sixth of her household expenses. she was unable to provide a credible reason for the size of the deduction. she reduced her home office deduction to 1/12th of household expenses on her 2008

Jim Bunning

1:25:51 to 1:26:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: tax return. however, she did not reduce the deduction on her 2005, 2006, or 2007 tax return, all of which had the inflated deduction. mr. president, someenators might come to the conclusion

Jim Bunning

1:26:13 to 1:26:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: that these tax problems alone should not disqualify the nominee. they may say that, atorst, this is simply a pattern of sloppiness. but, mr. president, do we really want someone who is so sloppy in her tax responsibilities to be

Jim Bunning

1:26:37 to 1:26:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: in charge of international affairs at the treasury but this is not just a matter of sloppiness. this is a matter of total lack of candor with the finance committee and, by extension, with the united states senate

Jim Bunning

1:26:58 to 1:27:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: and, by extension, with the american people. miss brainard spent nine months stonewalling the fince committee over all of these tax issues. she gave evasive and incomplete

Jim Bunning

1:27:21 to 1:27:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: answers to the staff of the finance committee. the level of esiveness of this nominee appears to be unprecedented. the committee had to submit ten rounds of questions to clarify inconsistencies and incomplete

Jim Bunning

1:27:47 to 1:28:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: answers miss brainard had given. and now several of those questions have been left unanswered. the many tax problems of this nominee and the extreme difficulty the finance committee had in getting straight answers about these problems was outlined in a bipartisan memo

Jim Bunning

1:28:09 to 1:28:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: senator grassley entered into the "congressional record" on december 23 of last year. if we cannot trust miss brainard to be truthful and straightforward when she is a nominee, how can the american

Jim Bunning

1:28:30 to 1:28:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: people trust her to be straightforward and honest when she is confirmed and serving in the obama administration? as under secretary for international affairs, she will be involved in some highly

Jim Bunning

1:28:52 to 1:29:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: sensitive issues such as determination of whether china is manipulating its currency. do we really want someone with such an abysmal record on truthfulness serving in this high position in the treasury

Jim Bunning

1:29:13 to 1:29:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: department representing our country? this is not just a matter of taxes. it is a matter of trust. the american people deserve a person we can trust in this very important position.

Jim Bunning

1:29:35 to 1:29:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: that person is not lael brainard. we cannot trust someone who gives evasive, inconsistent, and incomplete answers to routine questions. we cannot trust someone who spends nine months refusing to come clean about her record.

Jim Bunning

1:29:56 to 1:30:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: we cannot trust someone who refuses to be straightforward about her tax problems because she is so desperate to be confirmed. mr. president, someone with this record is a terrible noise to serve in the treasury

Jim Bunning

1:30:17 to 1:30:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: department. i want to urge my fellow senators and my colleagues to consider this record before they vote on this nomination. mr. president, i urge a no vote

Jim Bunning

1:30:39 to 1:31:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: on this nomination and note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: will the senator withhold his request? mr. bunning: yes, sir, mr. president, i will. the presiding officer: thank you. the senator from missouri is recognized. mrs. mccaskill: i rise today

Jim Bunning

1:31:01 to 1:31:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: to talk not about obstructionism but rather about transparency and the rules.

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