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Senate Proceeding on Apr 22nd, 2010 :: 3:49:10 to 3:53:05
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Amy Klobuchar

3:49:07 to 3:49:27( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: debate to be. the world is the greatest deliberative body. we shouldn't be doing secret. thank you, mr. president. i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from minnesota is recognized. ms. klobuchar: thank you, mr. president. mr. president, as i listened to the senator from colorado, i was thinking about our two states. they both are beautiful states.

Amy Klobuchar

3:49:10 to 3:53:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

3:49:28 to 3:49:48( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: okay, they have a few more mountains than we do. we have 10,000 lakes. but we both have open democracies, governments that work, governments that are open. there's no secrecy in our states. we have blue skies, open prairies, open land. and it's just to me no surprise that you have senators from these two states standing up and saying, this is ridiculous.

Amy Klobuchar

3:49:49 to 3:50:09( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: i thought that senator udall did a great job of going through all of the numbers and the nominations that have been put on hold, but we all know what's really at the root of this, the procedural game that really allows this to happen is the secret hold. now, i have to tell you this. when i came to the senate in 2007, my first priority was

Amy Klobuchar

3:50:10 to 3:50:31( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: ethics reform, and i was so pleased. i really thought we hadotten rid of the secret hold. that's what we said we did. and the rules that we adopted then, as soon as unanimous consent was made regarding a specific nominee, it says that a senator placing a hold has to submit to the majority leader a written notice of intent that includes the reason for their objection.

Amy Klobuchar

3:50:32 to 3:50:53( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: so they have to actually put in writing why they're objecting. and then it says that no later than six days after the submission, the hold is to be printed in the "congressional record for everyone to see. so we thought this was a pretty good idea, sunshine being the best disinfeck tent. by making the hold public, we

Amy Klobuchar

3:50:54 to 3:51:14( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: could have open debate. as i heard senator shaheen just say, you should tell the whole world why you're putting on the hold. you m good idea. but that's not what's been happening. instead, what's happening is senators who are playing game with the rules are following the letter but not the spirit of the reforms. it's unbelievable to me. they are actually rotating holds. it's almost like what you see in

Amy Klobuchar

3:51:15 to 3:51:36( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: the olympics when you have a relay and they hold off and they -- they hand off the baton from one senator to snore that they can keep this hold going. ones that for six days. then they pass it off to another one that his it for six days. so i guess if delay was an olympic sport, they would get a

Amy Klobuchar

3:51:37 to 3:51:57( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: gold metal. gold -- a gold medal. what we have here is a group of senators from the other se of the aisle for the most part who are gaming the system. we're spending a lot of time in the last few days talking about other people that gamed the system, people on wall street, so i don't think it should be happening in this very chamber. i'm very pleased that senato mccaskill, along with senators

Amy Klobuchar

3:51:58 to 3:52:18( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: grassley and wyden, ve been working on this for so long, have been taking a lead on this. i urge my colleagues to sign this letter to end the secret hold. there shouldn't be secrets from the public when it comes to nominations. this is a matter of some top-secret national security or some strategy that we whose we go to war. this is about nominations from

Amy Klobuchar

3:52:19 to 3:52:39( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: the white house. this is about people who are going to be serving in public jobs. we should know who's holding them, who doesn't want them to come up for a vote and why. and then we can make a decision and the public will have the knowledge of what is going on in this place. that's the only way we're going to be able to build trust again with this democracy.

Amy Klobuchar

3:52:40 to 3:53:01( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: thank you, mr. president, and i

Amy Klobuchar

3:53:02 to 3:53:05( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: yield the floor. ms. klobuchar: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from minnesota is recognized.

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