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Senate Proceeding on May 7th, 2010 :: 0:42:50 to 0:49:50
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Claire McCaskill

0:42:39 to 0:43:00( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: forebearance and as a courtesy to those on my side of the aisle to have a problem with some of these nominees. ms. mccaskill: the presiding officer: the senator from ms. mccaskill: well, i am confused. mr. coburn: then objection was heard? the presiding officer: objection is heard. ms. mccaskill: i am cfused. this law was passed in the most

Claire McCaskill

0:42:50 to 0:49:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Claire McCaskill

Claire McCaskill

0:43:01 to 0:43:24( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: bipartisan way possible -- 96-2. are we going to pretend that this law doesn't say what it says? let me make sure i put in the record what it says. "the majority and minority leaders of the senate or their designees shall recognize a notice of intent of a senator who is a member of their caucus to object to a proceeding or a

Claire McCaskill

0:43:25 to 0:43:45( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: measure, only if the senator, first, following the objtion to unanimous consent proceeding submits the notice of intent in writing to the appropriate leader or their designee -- and -- not later than six session days after the submission under paragraph 1 submits for

Claire McCaskill

0:43:46 to 0:44:08( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: inclusion in the "congressional record" and in the applicable calendar section describing subsection-b the following ntsz: i, senator blank, intended to object to proceedings to [blank] dated [blank] for the following reasons [blank]. now, it says the majority and

Claire McCaskill

0:44:09 to 0:44:29( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: minority leader can recognize a hold only if the senator, first, submits the notice of intent in writing after the unanimous consent motion is made and submits it to the "congressional record." now, if we're going to try to slice and dice the pla

Claire McCaskill

0:44:30 to 0:44:54( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: language of this -- really? -- about something as obvious and commonsensical as owning your hold? i know the senator from oklahoma doesn't agree with that. he's just said so. he is not doing this. and i know he's here ha as a curt to his fellow members. but with all due respect, it is

Claire McCaskill

0:44:55 to 0:45:15( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: 107-8 on the executive calendar. eight -- that's how many were on the calendar in the bush administration at the same time. eight on the executive calendar. there is 107 on the executive calendar in this administration. and honestly, we can do this forever. we can say when we were in the majority, you know, we didn't do this and you did it.

Claire McCaskill

0:45:16 to 0:45:38( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: and then when we were in the minority, we didn't do this and you do it. we got a chanceo stop it. we had 96 votes to stop it. then we're going to stand on some kind of notion that the law doesn't say what the law says. i know that part of the senator's amendment that he's got says that he wants senators

Claire McCaskill

0:45:39 to 0:46:00( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: to sign in writing that they've read what they're passing and that they understand the impact. i'll be honest, i'm going to cosponsor that amendment if he'll let me because i agree with the premi of it. but it's a littleaternalistic to make senators sign something that they understand the impact. does anybody really believe that senators doesn't understand the impact of this language?

Claire McCaskill

0:46:01 to 0:46:21( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: are we really going to stand on some kind of format that we don't -- formality that we don't have any way to enforce it? maybe it, i guess the position that the senator is taking on behalf of the republican calks is the law -- republican caucus is the law doesn't say what the law says. i know this is not a standing --

Claire McCaskill

0:46:22 to 0:46:44( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: i've ahead a briefing this week on the standing rules versus the rules versus the law. that's what drives america crazy about this place. that is what drives america crazy about this place. the secret hold is wrong. the senator from oklahoma knows it, and i guarantee you most of his colleagues do. you'd be amazed how many republicans have come to me this

Claire McCaskill

0:46:45 to 0:47:06( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: week and said "i don't do it. i don't do it. you know, claire, i don't do it." i've got to get them all on the letter. i asked the senator from oklahoma to join the letter since he doesn't do it either. he has courage. he has guts. he's accountable to the people that voted for him. but to stand on behalf of the

Claire McCaskill

0:47:07 to 0:47:28( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: republican caucus on some notion that this doesn't say what he says, that's all we were sent here to do. honestly it wasn't. believe me, i know the stuff that goes on around here, democrats are doing it now in the majority. some of this stuff, the republicans. i will say this, we cleared all

Claire McCaskill

0:47:29 to 0:47:49( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: the secret holds this week. and we had a few. the democrats had a few secret holds. we cleared them all. and i had a couple democrats come up to me, you know, i can't believe you made me give up my hold. they weren't happy about it. and we had some reluctant signatures on the letter. they weren't happy about it. but they've done it. you know what's nice about this

Claire McCaskill

0:47:50 to 0:48:10( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: letter, mr. president -- and i think this is important for the senator from oklahoma to understand -- this letter doesn't say we're giving up secret holds for this administration. there is a lot of my friends across the aisle that have a spring in their step right now. they think that my party's on the ropes and that there's a chance that come next year at

Claire McCaskill

0:48:11 to 0:48:34( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: this time, that senator mcconnell will be the majority leader. or that congressman boehner will be the speaker. and you know wt? all the names on this letter do not say while we're in charge. it says forever.

Claire McCaskill

0:48:35 to 0:48:55( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: so we now have 58 members of this caucus, 56 and two independents that caucus with us, and 1 republican so far that says forever, as long as we're senators, we're not going to do secret holds. so, frankly, my friend from oklahoma doesn't have to worry next year about secret holds

Claire McCaskill

0:48:56 to 0:49:18( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: from this side of the aisle. i'm proud that we've done that. now there may be a nominee that a future president makes that's a republican. if the people of missouri are ki enough and good enough to hire me again, that i may not like. but i guarantee you, i'll have

Claire McCaskill

0:49:19 to 0:49:41( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: the gs to say so. and so i -- mr. president, i just wanted to clarify the plain reading of the law and obviously what its intent was. i don't think anybody with a straight face can argue what the intent was. the intent was to stop this stuff. and we can either ignore the intent and stand on some kind of

Claire McCaskill

0:49:42 to 0:49:50( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: slicing and dicing or parsing of the language and reassure the american people that we completely don't get it, or we can move forward and have people come out of the shadows and

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