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Senate Proceeding on May 3rd, 2011 :: 0:01:40 to 0:08:30
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Harry Reid

0:01:36 to 0:01:56( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: of allegiance to the flag. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Harry Reid

0:01:40 to 0:08:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Harry Reid

Harry Reid

0:01:57 to 0:02:17( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: the presiding officer: the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington d.c., may 3, 2011. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorablejeanne shaheen, a senator from the state of new hampshire, to perform the duties of the chair. signed: daniel k. inouye, president pro tempore.

Harry Reid

0:02:18 to 0:02:38( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: mr. reid: madam president? the presiding officer: the majo mr. reid: following any leader remarks, the senate will be in a period of morning business until 5:00 p.m. this evening. the republicans will control the first 30 minutes. the majority will control the next 30 minutes. the senate will recess from

Harry Reid

0:02:39 to 0:02:59( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: 12:30 to 2:15. we expect a vote on the adoption of a resolution commending the armed forces and intelligence community regarding the death of bin laden. senators will be notified when that vote is scheduled. additionally, there is a senators-only briefing today. it's classified on the operation

Harry Reid

0:03:00 to 0:03:23( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: that killed osama bin laden. it will be at 5:00 p.m. today in the visitors' center. the c.i.a. director fan -- c.i.a. director panetta will be there. last night i filed cloture on

Harry Reid

0:03:24 to 0:03:46( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: the small business jobs bill, s. 493. senators should expect a cloture vote to occur tomorrow morning. i ask consent that the filing deadline for all first-degree amendments be at 2:30 p.m. today for s. 493. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: i filed cloture on the nomination of john mcconnell of rhode island to

Harry Reid

0:03:47 to 0:04:08( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: be district judge for the district of rhode island. this vote may also occur tomorrow morning. mr. president, the bill before this body today, small business innovation bill, is the latest in a series of bills we've written to help small businesses grow. it's important for a research

Harry Reid

0:04:09 to 0:04:29( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: and development program. the small business research and development program has helped tens of thousands of small businesses create jobs to shape the future. this bill is an adaptation of the bill that president reagan created 30 years ago. it's a continuation of that program. it's been proven that these investments work.

Harry Reid

0:04:30 to 0:04:50( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: they help get great new ideas off the ground. for example, madam president, the electric toothbrush was invented with a small business grant. the satellite antenna to help our first responders, the technologies that keep our food safe and military tanks from overheating in the desert, these

Harry Reid

0:04:51 to 0:05:12( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: are all the result of what this legislation has done over the years. there are success stories in virtually every state and nearly every industry. before the recess, we spent days working on an agreement to have votes on three amendments on this bill so we can move forward and finally pass it. we have voted on many amendments. this legislation started on march 10.

Harry Reid

0:05:13 to 0:05:34( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: it's now the first part of may. now we've had some breaks and time because of our going back to our states, but there's no excuse for not completing this important legislation. every time we get one problem taken care of, another republican raises their head. the latest is senator snowe.

Harry Reid

0:05:35 to 0:05:57( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: of all people, she should understand the importance of small business, the senator from maine who was at wha one time -- who was at one time chairman of the small business kph-fplt yet, she has been unmoving and wanting a vote on a piece of legislation that hasn't had a hearing. the chairman of the small business committee said she's

Harry Reid

0:05:58 to 0:06:18( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: happy to work with senator snowe. senator landrieu said she will work with her on whatever is appropriate. this is unfair we have not been able to move forward on this bill. we've spent days before the recess working on an agreement to have votes on amendments to move this bill forward. included in this agreement were

Harry Reid

0:06:19 to 0:06:42( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: senator cornyn's amendment which would establish a commission on government waste, an amendment on health reform litigation. this agreement was objected to by senator snowe. everyone else in the senate signed off on it. during the course of many weeks

Harry Reid

0:06:43 to 0:07:03( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: tk-bls -- debating this bill. we even had a vote on, as indicated, on an amendment offered by senator snowe, as well as many other republican amendments. nearly every one of which have nothing to do with the underlying legislation. they weren't relevant. they weren't germane. in light of our accommodation of

Harry Reid

0:07:04 to 0:07:26( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: extraneous amendments, it's difficult for me to understand why we can't finish debate on this bill. we've been more than fair. we should be able to reach agreement on considering remaining amendments and voting on final passage. i would hope that my friends on the other side of the aisle would recognize how unfair it is that one senator would hold up this legislation. there are amendments pending --

Harry Reid

0:07:27 to 0:07:47( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: i repeat -- that aren't germane or relevant to this piece of legislation. we're willing to take votes on those. it would seem to me that senators like cornyn and hutchison, who have worked hard to get votes, should vote with us on our ability to move forward on this legislation. we should be able to get this done. it's the right thing for the country. it appears that we're not going

Harry Reid

0:07:48 to 0:08:09( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: to be able to do that. so i have no choice but to file cloture in order to bring this debate to a close. that's what i did last night. if this job-producing legislation is not passed, there's only one problem with it, and that's been the republicans on this side of the aisle. it's unfair, madam president, that we've worked so hard to get this important piece of

Harry Reid

0:08:10 to 0:08:34( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: legislation done, and because of one senator it's not going to happen. i hope that's wrong. i hope my prediction is wrong. this has been on the floor for if a too long. we need move to other matters. would the chair announce morning business, please. the presiding officer: under the previous order,

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