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Senate Proceeding on Apr 21st, 2009 :: 0:09:45 to 0:17:50
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Mitch McConnell

0:09:41 to 0:10:01( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: and our country and benef of the presiding officer: the republican leader.

Mitch McConnell

0:09:45 to 0:17:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell

0:10:02 to 0:10:23( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: mr. mcconnell: mr. president, yesterday i pointed out the president's war funding request contains up to $80 million to close the u.s. detention facility at guantanamo bay. the administration says guantanamo will close -- will be closedy next january. what they haven't what they plan to do with these

Mitch McConnell

0:10:24 to 0:10:47( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: killers once it closes. well, americans want some assurances that closing guantanamo won't make them less safe and, frankly, that's a very important and understandable request. guantanamo currently houses some of the most dangerous men alive. these are men who are proud of the innocent lives they've taken

Mitch McConnell

0:10:48 to 0:11:09( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: and who want to return to terrorism. one person who's there and who we don't know what we'll do with is khalid sheikh mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. we captured him while he was planning follow-up attacks to 9/11, including plots to destroy a west coast skyscraper and to

Mitch McConnell

0:11:10 to 0:11:33( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: smuggle explosives into new york. if we hadn't captured him, he may have succeed in launching the same kind of attack on the west coast as he carried out on the east coast. this is a man who bragged about decapitating the american journalist daniel pearl with the following quote. "with my blessed right handment," he said.

Mitch McConnell

0:11:34 to 0:11:57( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: how does transferring khalid sheikh mohammed make the country safer? another person at gan that the administration doesn't know what it will do with in nine months is alley be aalley who served as a key lieutenant for khalid sheikh mohammed during the 9/11 operation.

Mitch McConnell

0:11:58 to 0:12:19( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: how does transferring him make the country safer? and ashiri, he was the mastermind behind the attack on the u.s. cole which killed 17 sailors in 2000.

Mitch McConnell

0:12:20 to 0:12:41( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: how does transferring or releasing him make our country safer? these are just terrorists that the administration doesn't know what to do with. the one thing they do know is that they claim they're going to close guantanamo in nine months, even though they can't say yet whether the alternative is as

Mitch McConnell

0:12:42 to 0:13:02( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: safe and secure. all of this, despite the faght that after visiting guantanamo for the first time recently, attorney general holder said he was impressed by the people who ar and that the facilities there are good ones p. that was certainly my impression, mr. president, when i went there a few years ago. the administration needs to tell

Mitch McConnell

0:13:03 to 0:13:23( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: the american people what it plans to do with these men closes guantanamo. two years ago the senate voted 94-3 -- 94-3 against sending these men to the united states. foreign countries have been so

Mitch McConnell

0:13:24 to 0:13:44( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: far them in significant numbers. understandably. and even if countries were willing to take them, there's an increasing probability that some of these murderers would return to the battlefield. the defense department recently confirmed that 18 former detainees had returninged battlefield and said

Mitch McConnell

0:13:45 to 0:14:05( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: least 40 more are success specked at having done so. -- are so. these are released back on the battlefield. earlier this year the saudi government said that nearly a dozen saudis released from gitmo are believed to have returned to terrorism. the administration has made a

Mitch McConnell

0:14:06 to 0:14:27( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: priority of c but its first priority should be to assure the american people that the detainees at gitmo will never again be able to harm americans. subject, i'd like to say another word in addition to my comments yesterday about the president's

Mitch McConnell

0:14:28 to 0:14:50( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: welcome gesture spending. the cabinet has been asked to find $100 million in savings over the next few months and this is right direction. but it's news a step. current levels of government spending and debt are completely and totally out of control and the threat of a fiscal catastrophe is very real.

Mitch McConnell

0:14:51 to 0:15:11( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: the only way to really address this out-of-control spend something to get at the heart of the entitlement spending. a lot of people do not realize that 70% of the federal government spends every year is mandatory spending on programs very popular -- like medicare, medicaid and social

Mitch McConnell

0:15:12 to 0:15:32( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: security and the interest we pay on the national debt. entitlements are the heart of the problem. that's where the money is as willie sutton put it. if we don't find a way to address the spending we will be in very serious trouble as a nation. fortunately senators ggg and conrad have a proposal on the

Mitch McConnell

0:15:33 to 0:15:54( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: table that addresses entitlement spending head on by forcing democrats and republicans to come together and make the kind of tough choices necessary to steer the country out of an otherwise inevitable financial shipwreck. it deserves much more attention than it has received. and it citizens a vote here in the senate.

Mitch McConnell

0:15:55 to 0:16:15( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: cutting $100 million in waste is certainly good. but let's put it in context. we'll spend about that much every single day -- $100 million the president asked the cabinet to save yesterday, we will spend that much about every single

Mitch McConnell

0:16:16 to 0:16:38( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: day -- in interest on the stimulus bill that we earlier this year. let me say that again: the amount of money the president asked the cabinet to save yesterday, $100 million, is about how much we're going to spend every interest on the stimulus bill

Mitch McConnell

0:16:39 to 0:17:04( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: that we passed a while back. $100 million in savings is certainly good. it amounts to about 33 cents for every single american. compar spending where to meet our current and future entitlement promises, in order to meet all of our cur entitlement

Mitch McConnell

0:17:06 to 0:17:27( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: have to ex-trc extract every american household. $495,000 from every american household. the way i see it there is simply no question as to where the priority should be. floor. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the leadership

Mitch McConnell

0:17:28 to 0:17:48( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: time is reserved. executive session to consider the following the clerk will report. the clerk: department of state, christopher r. hill of

Mitch McConnell

0:17:49 to 0:17:50( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: rhode island mr. kerry: mr. pre the presiding officer: the

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