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Senate Proceeding on May 2nd, 2011 :: 3:01:00 to 3:11:10
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Lamar Alexander

3:00:56 to 3:01:16( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: the presiding officer: the senator from tennessee. mr. alexander: mr. president, i would like to congratulate the men and women of our military for a courageous mission and our intelligence community for accurate and important

Lamar Alexander

3:01:00 to 3:11:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lamar Alexander

Lamar Alexander

3:01:17 to 3:01:39( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: intelligence. i would like to congratulate the president for his persistence in bringing a mass murderer to justice, and i would especially like to salute the men and women of our military services who for the last ten years have fought as indispensable consequences of the actions of terrorism.

Lamar Alexander

3:01:40 to 3:02:00( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: and all of us, as has been said by many senators today, expressly having our hearts -- having in our hearts and minds the families of the victims of 9/11 and hope that somehow in a small way this event helps bring some conclusion to what has

Lamar Alexander

3:02:01 to 3:02:22( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: happened to their lives. mr. president, i have just returned from visiting eastern tennessee where there were devastating tornadoes last week. the president at the request of our entire congressional delegation has declared four of our counties -- washington, green, hamilton, bradley -- as

Lamar Alexander

3:02:23 to 3:02:43( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: disaster areas. and we thank him for his prompt attention to that. i visited today a county just north of chattanooga, just north of where the new volkswagen plant will be. in tennessee last week, 36 men

Lamar Alexander

3:02:44 to 3:03:04( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: and women lost their lives as a result of these storms. the area where i visited is one of the two areas most affected, the other being washington and greene counties where our governor was today. someone asked me following my visit if anything about it

Lamar Alexander

3:03:05 to 3:03:26( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: shocked me, and i said it always shocks me when i see the consequences of a devastating flood or especially a massive tornado. this one had winds of nearly 200 miles an hour. and whenever you stand there and you see -- you try to put yourself in the shoes of someone

Lamar Alexander

3:03:27 to 3:03:47( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: who might have been there when the tornado came through, you try to imagine what it would be like, if you saw this funnel coming and knew that it would only interfere with your life for about 20 or 30 seconds, that after that all would be devastated, there is no way you cannot be shocked by it, there is no way i could put myself in

Lamar Alexander

3:03:48 to 3:04:09( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: the shoes of those who were there. i saw one man who was there, arthur bates, 70 years old. i saw his house which was completely demolished. his upright piano was upside-down. he told me that he had killed a calf and left to take some meat to the preacher and had been

Lamar Alexander

3:04:10 to 3:04:31( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: gone for about five minutes when the tornado hit his house. not so lucky was another family not very far away. all of the members of that family were killed except for an 8-year-old boy who was found in a tree and who survived. not far away, several families had signs that said the lord was

Lamar Alexander

3:04:32 to 3:04:54( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: with us, and surely it had to seem to them providential that there could be such devastation almost in their front yard and their homes would be safe. ironically today, as i went from nashville to chattanooga, i was reading about a commemoration of the floods that hit tennessee

Lamar Alexander

3:04:55 to 3:05:15( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: almost exactly a year ago on may 2, 2010. these were floods that affected counties from nashville to memphis. in nashville alone, there was was $2 billion worth of damage. people are still recovering from that flood a year later. businesses have closed in some

Lamar Alexander

3:05:16 to 3:05:37( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: cases but most have opened. the grand ol' opry was shut but it was open again. opryland was open again, nashville is thriving again, people are coming back to nashville, but the commemoration today was for the large number of families in tennessee who hurt and some are still in recovery. and then if that weren't enough, in the western part of our state

Lamar Alexander

3:05:38 to 3:05:58( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: along the mississippi river, we have reports that the water is rising and will rise to levels that will be higher than at any time since the flood of 1937. people are already preparing shelters, tributaries into the mississippi are already rising. on friday, i will be going to memphis to meet with the army corps of engineers and with

Lamar Alexander

3:05:59 to 3:06:19( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: local officials to make sure that we're doing all we can do. none of us in the federal government believe that we can make anyone whole after a disaster like this, but we can help. as i said to those who i sauteed in chattanooga, north of -- who i saw today in chattanooga,

Lamar Alexander

3:06:20 to 3:06:41( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: north of chattanooga, there is a local number to call for help, there is a fema number to call-1-800-681-fema. we found in a flooding a year ago from nashville to memphis that that was a big help to many tennesseans. i hope the same will be true in east tennessee and across our state today. a year ago, tennesseans

Lamar Alexander

3:06:42 to 3:07:02( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: distinguished themselves by not looting and complaining but by cleaning up and helping one another. i saw that again today in hamilton county. the sheriff told me that within a few hours after the devastation, there were 500 or

Lamar Alexander

3:07:03 to 3:07:25( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: so men with chain saws out clearing debris and trees from the roads and from the yards, helping one another. so, mr. president, i speak today on behalf of all members of the senate in expressing to those in tennessee our concern and our willingness to continue to do all we can to help. i ask unanimous consent to place

Lamar Alexander

3:07:26 to 3:07:46( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: in the record following these remarks a summary of the actions that we are taking and the events that are happening in tennessee as well as two letters from the congressional delegation to the -- well, one letter from the congressional delegation to the president requesting a disaster relief

Lamar Alexander

3:07:47 to 3:08:08( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: which he granted promptly, and another to the general who was president of the mississippi river commission urging him to take every action possible to help the communities along the mississippi river as water rises there. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. alexander: thank you, mr. president. mr. president, i rise today to

Lamar Alexander

3:08:09 to 3:08:30( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: support the nomination of kevin sharp to fill a judicial vacancy on the united states district court for the middle district of tennessee. the senate will be voting on the nomination within a few minutes. kevin is an outstanding individual. i'm pleased to be able to support his nomination today. as a governor, i appointed about 50 judges. i tried to determine in doing

Lamar Alexander

3:08:31 to 3:08:51( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: that if he or she had the character and the intelligence and the temperament to be a judge, whether that person would treat people before the bench with courtesy, and most important whether they were determined to be impartial to litigants before the court. i believe kevin sharp meets these qualifications and i'm

Lamar Alexander

3:08:52 to 3:09:13( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: pleased that he will bring that character and skill to his service on the bench. i congratulate the president for nominating him. kevin is a native of tennessee. he is a founding partner of the national law firm of drescher and sharp. he has been an expert in employment law and commercial disputes. he is a graduate of two tennessee institutions of higher education. he earned his bachelor of

Lamar Alexander

3:09:14 to 3:09:34( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: science degree from christian brothers college, graduating assume cum laude. he earned his juris doctorate from van den built. -- vanderbilt. he was a recipient of the appellant advocacy award. he was a research assistant on constitutional law and habeas corpus.

Lamar Alexander

3:09:35 to 3:09:56( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: as a lawyer, kevin sharp has repeatedly earned recognition from his peers, being named one of the "national business journal"'s best of the bar in 2000 and each year from 2005-2009. prior to becoming a lawyer, kevin served in the united states navy as a flight crew member operating patrol reconnaissance and antisubmarine

Lamar Alexander

3:09:57 to 3:10:18( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: warfare capacities as part of the u.s. pacific fleet. kevin has broad support in tennessee. both the white house and my office and senator corker's office received numerous letters from republicans and democrats and those who didn't indicate any sort of partisan leaning, which is the way it ought to be.

Lamar Alexander

3:10:19 to 3:10:39( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: although the president nominated kevin on november 17 of last year for the first time, the seat that he has been nominated to fill is designated as a judicial emergency. it's been vacant for four years, since march 1, 2007. it's the third longest vacancy on the list of judicial emergencies, and the people of

Lamar Alexander

3:10:40 to 3:11:00( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: tennessee deserve to have this vacancy filled. i thank the judiciary committee and the president for its prompt consideration of kevin sharp's -- well, i thank the president for the nomination and the judiciary committee's prompt consideration of that nomination. i'm grateful for the opportunity to join in support of the nomination of kevin sharp, and i

Lamar Alexander

3:11:01 to 3:11:11( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: encourage my colleagues to join me in supporting the nomination today. i thank the president. i yield the floor. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the

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