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Senate Proceeding 04-28-09 on Apr 28th, 2009 :: 1:21:05 to 1:27:50
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Claire McCaskill

1:21:03 to 1:21:24( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: quorum call: the presiding officer: the senator from missouri. mrs. mccaskill: i ask unanimous consent the call of the quorum be dispensed. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mrs. mccaskill: i rise this afternoon in support of an incredibly gifted public servant. now, i don't normally stand up

Claire McCaskill

1:21:05 to 1:27:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Claire McCaskill

Claire McCaskill

1:21:25 to 1:21:50( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: and sing the praises of kansas. i'm not a huge fan of kansas. i'm a missouri an and we've got issues between kansas and missouri. urgely just between our basketball teams and our football teams. but during the last decade i've had an opportunity to get to know kathleen sebelius as a

Claire McCaskill

1:21:51 to 1:22:11( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: person, as a mother, as a wife, as a governor, as a friend. and i want my colleagues to know that they are voting to confirm an extraordinary individual who will do an excellent job as

Claire McCaskill

1:22:12 to 1:22:33( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: secretary of health and human services if the united states. kathleen sebelius has shown courage and guts many, many times in her career. frankly, running for kansas' governor as a democrathows guts and courage. i mean, we're talking about a

Claire McCaskill

1:22:34 to 1:22:55( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: state that is not warm and fuzzy about democrats. we're talking about a state that is as red as dorothy's ruby slippers. but she ran f governor after she had served as commissioner of insurance in kansas.

Claire McCaskill

1:22:56 to 1:23:16( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: so why was it that all these republicans got excited about vetting for kathleen sebelius -- about voting for kathleen sebelius. it's because she demonstrated when she was commissioner of insurance in kansas that she was about fighting for and it happened over an insurance company. everyone needs to realize this

Claire McCaskill

1:23:17 to 1:23:37( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: is an experience she's had that relates directly to what we need right now as secretary of health and human services as we embark upon theost aggressive health care agenda this country has faced. when the largest health

Claire McCaskill

1:23:38 to 1:23:58( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: insurance company in kansas wanted to sell -- this was a mutual company owned by the policy holders of. mrs. mccaskill: aholders -- policyholders of kansas and all kathleen sebelius has to do was sign off on it and saying no harm would be done. but she took a look at it and

Claire McCaskill

1:23:59 to 1:24:20( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: said, wait a minute, i don't think the test should be that for harm is done. i want to know whathis sale will do to make things better for the people she took on a titan, a insurance company. what we need is people willing

Claire McCaskill

1:24:21 to 1:24:42( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: to of profit in our health care system, blow them up in order to deliver a better product. she said, i want to make sure this sale will refct a better environment for health insurance for people of kansas and she fought them all the way to the supreme court of kansas and eventually she won.

Claire McCaskill

1:24:43 to 1:25:03( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: and was able to block the sale of this company. she said at the time, bigger is not always better. and unless they could show how this was going to be better for the people of kansas toe. it was that spirit on behalf of real people,

Claire McCaskill

1:25:04 to 1:25:26( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: regular people that don't have the tools t fight big insurance companies, that uniquely qualify her to important age a agency as we embark on the health ce reform agenda. now, not only did she have the guts to run for governor, she won which was remarkable.

Claire McCaskill

1:25:27 to 1:25:47( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: and here's even more remarkable part. she went to the capital of nsas and began working with the republicans. just as president obama has said over and want to work with you." and she did. and she wrestled a senate and a

Claire McCaskill

1:25:48 to 1:26:09( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: house that was dominated by the republican party in kansas. and at the end of four years, what did the people of kansas do? did they say, we're sick of the gridlock? did they say, we don't want this liberal kansas woman anymore from the democratic party as governor? no, oh no, they did not.

Claire McCaskill

1:26:10 to 1:26:32( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: they reelected her by a wide margin. and really it's a remark am thing when you think about it because this is a state that our former president won by 20 or 30 points yet the people of kansas realize they had a fighter. and they looked past the party label to her courage, her integrity, her intelligence,

Claire McCaskill

1:26:33 to 1:26:54( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: ander willingness to go toe to toe with the big guys, for them. i am proud that she has been nominated. i know there has been some distortions about her record. i can assure my colleagues that she will make us all proud in this job. she will work with every one of

Claire McCaskill

1:26:55 to 1:27:16( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: us to try to fin ground. she will leave no opinion behind as they consider the best way to move forward on this health care reform agenda. i am pleased to be able to stand for just a few minutes and let everyone in america know: celebrate today! because we're about to confirm a fighter, someone who will fight

Claire McCaskill

1:27:17 to 1:27:38( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: for you and deliver the kind of health care that we deserve in america at a price we can afford. thank you, mr. pre i yield the floor. i note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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