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Senate Proceeding on May 5th, 2011 :: 1:56:25 to 2:17:00
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Sherrod Brown

1:56:21 to 1:56:42( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: mr. brown: thank you, madam president. i was presiding before the -- the senior senator from -- from missouri was to -- took my place in listening to -- two of the last three speakers talk about their budget religion, if you will. and i -- i -- i think about this and i think you've got to look at a little bit of history.

Sherrod Brown

1:56:25 to 2:17:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Sherrod Brown

Sherrod Brown

1:56:43 to 1:57:04( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: and i don't think that i need a lecture on -- on balancing a budget. i was in the house of representatives in the 1990's when, without one republican vote, we passed president clinton's budget much we had a -- budget. we had a huge budget deficit in those days. that budget began us on a path to a balanced budget. i supported a balanced budget

Sherrod Brown

1:57:05 to 1:57:28( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: amendment in the mid-1990's. by 2000, the year that president clinton left office we had the biggest budget surplus in american history. then in 2001 at the push of president bush and his republican colleagues in both houses, this congress passed a major tax cut, mostly for the wealthy in 2001, another major tax cut, mostly for the wealthy

Sherrod Brown

1:57:29 to 1:57:49( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: in 2003, both of which i voted against. president bush with intelligence that was not especially sound being gentle about it, took us into a war with iraq, didn't pay for it, took us in into a -- into a war with afganistan, didn't pay for it. i voted against the war in iraq. in 2003 or 2004 pushed through congress by one vote, i was in

Sherrod Brown

1:57:50 to 1:58:11( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: the house of representatives opposing that bill when they kept the roll call open for two hours or longer, president bush was on the phone with members of the house of representatives pushed through a medicare bill that was a bailout to the drug an insurance companies in the name of medicare privatization without paying for it. president bush leaves office

Sherrod Brown

1:58:12 to 1:58:33( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: then leaving the largest budget deficit in american history. going from the largest budget surplus written by and large by the democrats because the republicans didn't play ball with with us. after the republican leadership in many of those years, the house, the senate, president bush left us with the biggest budget deficit in history.

Sherrod Brown

1:58:34 to 1:58:54( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: so when i hear this revisionist history on the senate floor, i wasn't even going to talk about this today, i heard from two colleagues i have respect for, one from alabama, one from south dakota, talk about this budge deficit in a way that is simply historically inaccurate. in the same -- in the name of this deficit and we have to deal with this deficit. the presiding officer is focused

Sherrod Brown

1:58:55 to 1:59:17( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: on that, a lot of us are focused on it, we have to deal with this deficit. but you don't do the same thing over again or you give big tax cuts to the wealthiest americans and then privatize medicare. that's what they're doing. they're cutting health care, saying it's not sustainable, whatever that means, and giving major tax cuts for the rich. never saying that's not sustainable.

Sherrod Brown

1:59:18 to 1:59:38( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: madam president, i would like to separate my previous remarks with the rest of my remarks in the congressional record, if i could, madam president. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. brown: thank you. i want to talk teachers -- talk about teachers. in my state the -- the legislature passed something called sb-5, the governor of ohio signed it.

Sherrod Brown

1:59:39 to 2:00:00( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: it was a direct assault in many ways on the teaching profession. the discussions i hear from conservative politicians and their allies in the media and they have many on editorial boards especially in central ohio. and the discussions -- in the discussions of the -- the lack of respect they show for people who chose to teach as a

Sherrod Brown

2:00:01 to 2:00:22( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: profession is just mindboggling. we trust our children to teachers, yet we attack them, too many politicians attack them. i'm going to make it personal. i'm going to start with my mom. my mom was a high school english teacher. she was born in mansfield, georgia, in 1920. she taught in the era of seg dwaition in florida and georgia. raising my two older brothers

Sherrod Brown

2:00:23 to 2:00:43( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: and me in mansfield, ohio -- she met my dad coming back from world war ii and moved to another mansfield in the north, in ohio. they met in washington at the end of the war. she taught in the era of a growing american middle class. like teachers throughout our history, she taught her students and her sons that education is a gateway to opportunity that can integrate a segregated nation.

Sherrod Brown

2:00:44 to 2:01:06( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: at a time when our nation needs our teachers the most, when our economy needs our students to succeed, it's appropriate that we remind ourselves, in spite of this background noise that i hear from so many conservative politicians about teachers unions and about teachers that don't care and about teachers taking off in the summer and teachers are done at 30:00 and all the kinds of attacks they like to make on teachers, i

Sherrod Brown

2:01:07 to 2:01:27( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: think it's an important reminder of our teachers. this week, our country recognizes national teacher appreciation week to give thanks and gratitude to those people across the country to whom we entrust our children who have made a difference in our lives. let me share a few stories of great teachers in ohio. linda michael of pomeroy, ohio,

Sherrod Brown

2:01:28 to 2:01:49( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: down at the ohio river, miss michael works with homeless students k-12 to make sure they have equal access to the same education as other students, from head start to preschool to doctor referrals. she locates students in shelters and motels and homes of relatives to make sure they have what they need, housing assistance, clothing, food, utilities, mental health. this is a teacher that quits at

Sherrod Brown

2:01:50 to 2:02:10( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: 3:00, that doesn't work in the summers. really, this is above and beyond the call of duty that most of us look -- most of us do in our society. imagine, imagine growing up homeless, growing up homeless, going to school not having your own room, not having a room to share with your sibling, not having a place to go at night.

Sherrod Brown

2:02:11 to 2:02:32( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: we need teachers to take care of them. we need to do better as a society, but teachers are really the safety net for these children in this county. ms. michelle rusidio rupwright is an elementary school teacher in cleveland. her teaching jobs means going to homeless shelters after school where students live.

Sherrod Brown

2:02:33 to 2:02:54( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: it means buying supplies for students out of her pocket. she is a role model to the community. how many teachers -- i know senator mccaskill talks to teachers a lot and tells us this. how many teachers tell us they reach into their pockets -- these aren't wall street bankers. they are teachers. they are sometimes making as little as $45,000 a year. how many reach in their pockets?

Sherrod Brown

2:02:55 to 2:03:15( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: do senators preach into their pockets and buy folders for our office, buy pens? do senators do that? do most business people like that reach into their pocket to take care of their children? so many teachers do, to buy construction paper, to buy pens, to give kids money for lunch sometimes. clearly, teachers play a role that most people in this country don't play.

Sherrod Brown

2:03:16 to 2:03:37( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: david faucet, a columbus drama teacher. mr. faucet has helped generations of new immigrants and low-income students see something greater in themselves, more than just a poor immigrant child trying to make it. he encourages students to learn language and speech and culture through lines of a play or a musical, through elocution lessons and his guiding presence.

Sherrod Brown

2:03:38 to 2:03:58( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: again, another teacher that focuses on the individual, unique needs of a child, a child that may have been born in another country, may have parents that don't speak english coming here. that child has some different childhoods from what i had with educated english speaking as a native language parents in mansfield, ohio, with lots of ideas and privileges. i was taught by my parents to

Sherrod Brown

2:03:59 to 2:04:19( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: read before i started kindergarten because -- because i was smarter than other kids, because i had parents that knew that mattered for me to get ahead and for the advantages i would have. mr. faucet clearly focuses on each child's individual, unique personality, needs, situation, all that. john keller, a government teacher in orange.

Sherrod Brown

2:04:20 to 2:04:40( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: orange is a suburb about 20 miles east, 15 miles east of cleveland. mr. keller addresses the complexity of the subject with the simplest tools and a sense of humor. he engages students as soon as they walk in the classroom, ensuring a passionate debate, empowering students to stand up to speak out to learn about the world around him. he makes them laugh. what better way to teach them

Sherrod Brown

2:04:41 to 2:05:01( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: engaging in students, having a big personality and making people laugh. sometimes the teacher himself, i'm sure, being the butt of the jokes, the humor about himself. miss debby lammer and mr. paul lense, teachers in put new hampshire, ohio, -- in putnam,

Sherrod Brown

2:05:02 to 2:05:22( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: ohio, northwest of toledo. they are the kind of teachers every math student deserves. they are patient and kind. they adapt teaching schools to student needs. they arrive early, they stay late. again, all this stuff. teachers quit at 3:00. teachers don't work in the summer. all this kind of thing that conservatives, why they don't like teachers is beyond me, but like so many conservative

Sherrod Brown

2:05:23 to 2:05:44( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: politicians attack teachers for all kinds of things. i don't even pretend to understand. but these teachers in putnam county, ohio, arrive early, stay late, be accessible to students whenever they neat help. miss dilette walker is a retired grade schoolteacher in shaker heights, a cleveland suburb. for decades, she helped children

Sherrod Brown

2:05:45 to 2:06:05( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: overcome shyness, instilling in them the confidence to loud, to sing in a musical, to confront their fears. we know how young children -- i have four, my wife and i do. when they were young, they were not so shy now, when they were young, they were fairly shy. he had had teachers that helped bring them out of their shell sometimes. as parents, we try to do that,

Sherrod Brown

2:06:06 to 2:06:28( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: with some success, but teachers have -- i've watched teachers with my own children, watched them with my young elizabeth. watched them help them believe in themselves, particularly young girls. i wanted to teacher my daughters that they could accomplish anything, anything, and the fact that they are of their gender, especially in that generation a

Sherrod Brown

2:06:29 to 2:06:49( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: few years ago when i was a kid, girls were treated different and girls were not expected to achieve the way boys did in too many cases, the way boys were expected to. i saw teachers with my own daughters help -- help them believe in themselves in a big, important way. that's what mrs. walker did. now retired but with grade school children that she taught

Sherrod Brown

2:06:50 to 2:07:10( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: in shaker heights. diane scelley, vicki hilliard, high school teachers in west carrollton, ohio, outside of dayton. through the written word, chemistry, equations, musicals, they are teachers that encourage students to try higher, reach harder, never to doubt one's talents. i know a young woman in my

Sherrod Brown

2:07:11 to 2:07:32( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: teachers, and i know that she believes -- she believes -- i know her parents, too. i know she believes that she can take on the world and grow and learn, something that women maybe a generation or two might not have been so successful at. and all three of these teachers in west carrollton helped her achieve that and helped countless others in montgomery

Sherrod Brown

2:07:33 to 2:07:54( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: county and that part of southwest too to believe in themselves and move forward, whether it was in english, whether it was music, whether it was chemistry. vicki speakman was a grandview high school teacher, outside of columbus. spanish teacher, dedicated mother, a bedrock of the community. diagnosed with cancer, mrs. speakman remained a constant presence at games and

Sherrod Brown

2:07:55 to 2:08:15( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: concerts, never missing a chance to share a smile, tell a joke, reach out to a lonely student. ten years ago next month, ms. speakman lost her fight with cancer, but like all great teachers, her memory lives with the countless students whose lives are better because of her. not just her memory but the impact she had on these students. whether they think of ms. speakman every day or every

Sherrod Brown

2:08:16 to 2:08:37( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: week, they live a life differently because of ms. speakman. that's -- that's true with so many of these teachers. when i think of this teacher -- and i do not know ms. speakman. but when i think of her presence at ballgames and school plays, i think of so many teachers i had at mansfield senior high school.

Sherrod Brown

2:08:38 to 2:08:58( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: my junior high was one that w probably make the pages here laugh. my junior high was johnny appleseed junior high school in north central ohio where johnny appleseed 200 years ago or so used to go around -- it was a peculiar life he lived. he went around in a country that was totally forested planting apple trees.

Sherrod Brown

2:08:59 to 2:09:20( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: he became a legend. to each his own. i rember at junior high school, high school, i rember so many teachers that would come to our plays. i played basketball in eighth grade and played baseball and basketball in high school. i would see teachers, not just the coaches but teachers come to the games, the friday night basketball games or the tuesday afternoon baseball games or the school plays on saturday.

Sherrod Brown

2:09:21 to 2:09:41( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: part of the community cheering on their students, not showing favorites but caring particularly for those students that were a little shy or a little less talented, that might need a bump up from their teacher and encouragement from their teacher. the same goes for miss jackie geary who taught reading for 45 years in dayton. she was a mate remark of a

Sherrod Brown

2:09:42 to 2:10:02( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: family of educators. her husband mike is a professor at the university of dayton, one of our great universities in ohio. her daughter beth is a special needs teacher for families of u.s. military personnel in the country of japan. aside from her constant smile and laugh, she reminded all who knew her that one of her great responsibilities is to -- is read to a child each and every night. jackie passed away last month

Sherrod Brown

2:10:03 to 2:10:26( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: after a long battle with cancer. up until her very last day, she insisted on teaching the most valuable lesson of all -- compassion and love and commitment. again, teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty, not just to collect a paycheck, not to go home at 3:00, not -- not just be off in the summer and not be part of the community.

Sherrod Brown

2:10:27 to 2:10:47( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: she -- miss geary, as ms. speakman, gave so much of their lives to their both passed away -- ms. speakman sometime ago, ms. geary more recently. both will be rembered and their mability will be seen throughout. sandy ryan is a special ed preschool teacher in cleveland. she first taught special needs adults. she went to college later in

Sherrod Brown

2:10:48 to 2:11:08( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: life to earn a master's degree and teach special needs children. she buys her students coats in the winter, supplies, book bags?? and coats for the children. we don't pay teachers a they are barely in the middle class in terms of their incom if they are a single parent and on a teacher's salary. yet, again, they reach into their pockets.

Sherrod Brown

2:11:09 to 2:11:30( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: this isn't just buying pencils and pens and occasional lunch money. this is a teacher who -- who buys coats in the winter sometimes for her students because she teaches in a low-income area. ms. donna marie sheur is a high school teacher. she partners with water projects in the community in building

Sherrod Brown

2:11:31 to 2:11:51( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: homes in jamaica and schools in pakistan and afghanistan. she inspires schools to believe education is continuous and service is a lifelong pursuit that extends beyond the classroom. a teacher who by showing -- showing by example, teaching by example helps these students navigate the rest of their lives. a commitment to service beyond, beyond the classroom, beyond

Sherrod Brown

2:11:52 to 2:12:13( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: their workday, beyond their family, a commitment to service in the community, and it doesn't stop at our borders. with ms. sheur from oberland, not far from where i live, it's international, also. i visited clark school last year. it was a finalist for the competition for president obama

Sherrod Brown

2:12:14 to 2:12:34( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: to deliver its commencement speech, losing out at the last minute to a school in michigan. teachers like ms. blaise instill values of curiosity and wonder in their students from diverse backgrounds and academic achievement and community service. teachers are counselors, they are coaches, they are mentors, they serve as surrogate parents,

Sherrod Brown

2:12:35 to 2:12:56( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: they are friends of students at the right time, they are advisors, they are cheerleaders, they are partners, they are -- fill in the blank that any of us can do because we have had good teachers in our lives. they so often go the extra step. they drive talented pupils to competitions and scholarship interviews. they are a central part of our communities.

Sherrod Brown

2:12:57 to 2:13:17( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: yet, yet, yet, madam president, in ohio, amazing thing. it basically takes away rights from teachers, collective bargaining rights -- and i know that teachers that when they collectively bargain, they sit down with the school board. for decent wages.

Sherrod Brown

2:13:18 to 2:13:38( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: they negotiate for health care. they negotiate for a pension. but you know what else they do? they negotiate for class size. roundtable at a church right off capital square last -- a couple of months ago, and she teaches in a columbus -- i believe suburb. i can't rember where she said. i think she teaches in hilliard, maybe, i'm not sure.

Sherrod Brown

2:13:39 to 2:13:59( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: she talked about negotiations, how they negotiate class size because she knows no matter what she is paid or no matter what benefit she has, she wants to be a very good teacher. she can't be as good if there are too many students in the classroom because she can't give them the kind of individual attention chooses to do. yet, the gov legislature, because of this

Sherrod Brown

2:14:00 to 2:14:20( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: intellectual, ideological -- this ideological mission they're on, they want to bust teachers' unions, they want to apparently downgrade the respect teachers have in the community. maybe they think they should become bankers or doctors or lawyers so they can make more money. i don't know why they think that. but what that means is i'm -- i'm just tired of hearing

Sherrod Brown

2:14:21 to 2:14:42( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: parents tell me and young people tell me, you know, my daughter or i or whoever was going to be a teacher and they were studying at miami university or ohio university or toledo or college, and they decided when they hear all these these conservative, mostly republican politicians in ohio, columbus, downgrading teachers and criticizing the profession

Sherrod Brown

2:14:43 to 2:15:03( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: of teacher, they think why do i want to do that? i'm not going to make a lot of money. if i'm not going to have any respect from the people that run our state, why do i want to be a teacher, in spite of the fact they did want to be a teacher. i'm also hearing from young people who are now in the classroom waging these fights -- it's not easy teaching kids who

Sherrod Brown

2:15:04 to 2:15:25( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: easy teaching kids with discipline problems, it's not easy teaching kids whose parents are not engaged for reasons of dysfunctional families or incomes or all the reasons parents aren't as involved as we would like them to be, it's hard to do that without a bunch of conservative republican politicians criticizing the profession, saying they quit at 3:00, they are lazy, no matter

Sherrod Brown

2:15:26 to 2:15:47( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: what they say about them. i wanted to do this to talk about teachers that affected my life. most of these people in my life. almost every one of these teachers was somebody who prepped to produce stars, absolutely and i -- that's one reason i wanted to share their story and i wanted to share their story because i think most of us that

Sherrod Brown

2:15:48 to 2:16:08( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: are fair-minded, unless we're elected to legislatures and right-wing politicians, most of us care about education, most of us honor the tierches and respect them. but area not honoring and respecting teachers, you're not honoring and respecting perhaps the most important profession in this country when you take away their rights, when you downgrade

Sherrod Brown

2:16:09 to 2:16:32( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: them, when you go after their unions in the name of some ideological mission that you're on. it's tragic, madam president. and i'm sorry, i apologize on behalf -- you apologize for them and their behavior to the teachers of ohio and teachers around the country. it is too important a profession to do that. madam president, i yield the

Sherrod Brown

2:16:53 to 2:17:05( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: floor. mr. brown: i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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