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Senate Proceeding on May 7th, 2010 :: 1:02:00 to 1:18:10
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Amy Klobuchar

1:01:44 to 1:02:06( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: effective. ms. klobuchar: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from minnesota. mminnesota.senators need to be reminded that senators may not yield the floor to one another. they must yield only for a question and through the chair. ms. klobuchar: thank you very much, mr. president, for that correction.

Amy Klobuchar

1:02:00 to 1:18:10( Edit History Discussion )
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Amy Klobuchar

1:02:07 to 1:02:27( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: i appreciate my colleague's statement about his general support. i assume he meant for getting rid of secret holds. he can correct me if i'm wrong. but his general support for changing this process and getting things done. but i will say that when we're in this time of economic challenge, no tter what the motives are -- i really don't

Amy Klobuchar

1:02:28 to 1:02:48( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: care what's in the heads of my colleagues when they put the holds on. what i care about is getting things done in the government when we have so many people unemployed, when we clearly need to move ahead and do more about all i know is this -- if you want to talk about the difference. at this point, 107 obama

Amy Klobuchar

1:02:49 to 1:03:09( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: nominees are on hold and be obstructed. at the same point, whether it was because not enough were minated -- i don't really care -- but at this same point of bush nominees waiting to a vote, there were eight. what matters to me is that we move ahead and get going.

Amy Klobuchar

1:03:10 to 1:03:30( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: it is no surprise to me that the senators that have taken the floor are senators who want to see good government, senators from open states with big, blue skies like the state of new mexico, senator udall, who's now our presiding officer, or my state, the state of minnesota, that's always been a leader in open government and moving things ahead, or senator warner, who knows what it's like to

Amy Klobuchar

1:03:31 to 1:03:51( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: manage a large state and knows that you have to have your team in place if you're going to get things done with the state of virginia, or senator mccaskill, who's been leading this effort from the show-me state -- right? -- the show-me state, the state of missouri. the biggest issue here is not just making sure shah we can run this government and get the government moving and helping people again.

Amy Klobuchar

1:03:52 to 1:04:14( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: the bigger issue for me is that things shouldn't be done in secret. if you're going to put a hold on someone, we should know why. we should i sated other day that what this reminds me of is like an olympic sport where there's a race and they're passing the baton from senator to senator so you can't figure out who's holding the baton.

Amy Klobuchar

1:04:15 to 1:04:35( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: so they rotate who's putting the hold. so they get ar the rule. if the delay was an olympic sport, my colleagues would be getting a gold medal. this has to stop. i want to give you a few examples of the kind of senators -- the kind of senators from we're talking about here. and the kind of nominees that we

Amy Klobuchar

1:04:36 to 1:04:56( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: would like to see get confidence. now, if -- i want to just give you some examples of who these are and i'll then go through and make a motion to put them through. we're right now in the middle of an oil spill of just cataclysmic proportions in the gulf. i'm going there this afternoon

Amy Klobuchar

1:04:57 to 1:05:17( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: actually to see it. we're going to have a major nearing our environmental hearing on use it day. you know who's being held up right now? well, michael tiglman is being held up to be a member of the marine mammal commission. another guy -- darren bonus, member of the marine mammal commission.

Amy Klobuchar

1:05:18 to 1:05:38( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: now, normally you might not think this is the most important position in government. but i say two things. one, we're dealing with marine issues right now. extreme marine issues. and the second thing, why would anyone hold up members of the marine mammal commission?

Amy Klobuchar

1:05:39 to 1:05:59( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: one guy that i actually know, mark rosekind, a member of the national transportation safety board. does a good job. he's being held up, like you, mr. president, i am a member of the coerce department. we know commerce -- commerce committee. we know how important it is. earl weern, a member of the national transportation safety board, as we dealing day in and day out with issues of threats

Amy Klobuchar

1:06:00 to 1:06:20( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: to our transportation. the potential we have -- you know, airplanes that have gone down in the sky in the middle of buffalo. we've got potential terrorist threats to our transportation system, and what are we doing? we're holding up the nominees. we've got toyota putting out cars that have basically killed people across the country because the safety measures

Amy Klobuchar

1:06:21 to 1:06:43( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: weren't taken and they have a just paid the biggest fine in the history of this country. and what are we doing? there are members that are secretly holding up members of the transportation safety commission? why would we do that? so i'll start with these, mr. president. i ask consent that the senate proceed to executive session for the purpose of consideration of

Amy Klobuchar

1:06:44 to 1:07:04( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: calendar number 592, mark rosekind, and 787, earl weaner, both stob members of the national transportation safety board, that the nominations be confirmed en bloc, the motion to reconsider be laid on the table en bloc, that further motions be norksd the president be immediately notified of the senatest action, and that any statements related to the

Amy Klobuchar

1:07:05 to 1:07:25( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: nominee appearing at the appropriate place in the record as if read. the presiding officer: is there objection? mr. coburn: i on. the presiding officer: objection is heard. ms. klobucharthis is a perfect example to me. we look at what happened to the buffalo flight going down, we look at what happened with the toyota cars, we look at what's going on across the country as

Amy Klobuchar

1:07:26 to 1:07:46( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: we're focusing on terrorism and what happened in times square just recently. this is not the time to block nominees to the national transportation safety board. whatever the motives, whatever the reasons, yi at this point, i don't care. i think the preside should be able to have his team in place. next, i mentioned the marine mammal commission as we're

Amy Klobuchar

1:07:47 to 1:08:08( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: dealing with an oil spill across the gulf. mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to execuve session for the purpose of consideration of calendar number 784, michael f.tillman, and 786, daryl j. boness, that the nominations be

Amy Klobuchar

1:08:09 to 1:08:29( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: confirmed enblorgs, the motion to reconsider be laid on the table en bloc, no further motions be in order, the president being immediately note fisted senate's action and that any statements related to the nominee appearing at the appropriate place in the record as if read. the presiding officer: is there objection? mr. coburn: i object. the presiding officer: socks is heard. ms. klobuchar: all right. very good. agai marine mammals, we're dealing with animals that are

Amy Klobuchar

1:08:30 to 1:08:50( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: almost certainly going to die because of this oil spill, and we're -- there are people on the other side of the aisle that have decided to block these nominations. next, warren miller, who he's been nominated to be director of the office of civilian radioactive waste management at the department of energy. i don't know the reasons this hold was put on. i don't know why this person was

Amy Klobuchar

1:08:51 to 1:09:11( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: held up. but i don't think anyone in this country believes that we should have no person directing the office of civilian radioactive waste. mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to executive session for the purpose of consideration of calendar number 404 for the nomination of warren miller,

Amy Klobuchar

1:09:12 to 1:09:32( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: that the nomination be confidence, the motion to reconsider be laid on the table, no further motions be in order, the president be immediately notified of the senate's action and that any statements relating to the nominee appearing at the appr as if read. the presiding officer: is there objection? mr. coburn: i object. the presidg officer: objection is heard. ms. klobuchar: next, geoto

Amy Klobuchar

1:09:33 to 1:09:54( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: winslow lorenzo sergeant would be the chief counsel for advocacy in the small business administration. 64% of the jobs in this country, mr. president, created by small businesses. you know, wall street has been making record profits, but small businesses in this country are still sumpleght it's like wall street got a gold, main street got pneumonia.

Amy Klobuchar

1:09:55 to 1:10:15( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: this is a time when we should have a strong and robust small business administration. i ask consent that the senate proceed to executive session for the purpose of consideration of calendar number 427, the nomination of winslow lorenzo sergeant, in a the nominations be confirmed, the motion to reconsider be laid on the table,

Amy Klobuchar

1:10:16 to 1:10:38( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: no further motions be in order, the president be notified of the senate's action, any statements appearing in the record as if read. the presiding officer: is there objection? mr. coburn: i object. the presiding officer: objection is heard. ms. klobuchar: mr. president, the next one that's being held of these are being held, benning lynn tucker to be deputy director for state, local, and tribal affairs

Amy Klobuchar

1:10:39 to 1:11:00( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: in the office of national drug control policy. as a former prosecutor d i know you as former attorney general, understand the importance of having people in place to work on our national drug policy and to reduce the illegal drugs in this country. mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to executive session for the purpose of consideration of

Amy Klobuchar

1:11:01 to 1:11:21( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: calendar number 556, benning lynn be confirmed, the nominations be considered and laid upon the table, no further motions be in order, the president be notified of the senate's action, any statements appear at the appropriate place in the record as if read. the pr there objection? burn byrne object. the presiding officer:

Amy Klobuchar

1:11:22 to 1:11:42( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: --mr. coburn: i object. the presiding officer: objection is heard. ms. klobuchar: mr. president, next john law to be director of the national institute of justice. i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to executive session for the purpose of consideration of calendar number 581, john lobby, that the nomination be confirmed, the motion to reconsider be laid on the table, in a further motions

Amy Klobuchar

1:11:43 to 1:12:04( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: be in order, the president be immediately notified of the senate's action, and in a any statements relating to the nominee appearing at the appropriate place in the record as if read. the presiding officer: is there objection? mr. coburn: i object. the presiding officer: objection is heard. ms. the next of the 107 nominations be put on hold, david lopez, p. david lopez, number 618, to be

Amy Klobuchar

1:12:05 to 1:12:25( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: general counsel of the eeoc. mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to executive session for the purpose of consideration of calendar number 618, p. david lopez, that the nomination be confirme the motion to reconsider be laid on the table, in further motions be in order, the president be immediately notified of the senate's action and that any statements relating

Amy Klobuchar

1:12:26 to 1:12:46( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: to the nominee appearing at the appropriate place in the record as if read. the presiding officer: is there 0,? burn brn i object. the presiding officer: objection is heard. ms. klobuchar: next one is joe an thompson, to be a member of the farm credit administration. coming from an agricultural state, i understand how important it is to have people in place for the farm credit administration, especially

Amy Klobuchar

1:12:47 to 1:13:08( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: during this difficult time, which because of agencies like the farm credit administration, at least r. our rural areas have not gone off the cliff and have maintained some stability but are always challenged. mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that t senate proceed to executive session for the purpose of consideration of calendar number 628, jill long thompson, that the noim nation

Amy Klobuchar

1:13:09 to 1:13:29( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: be confirmed, the motion to reconsider be laid on the table, no further motions be in order, the president be immediately notified of the senate's action, and that any statements reelgt to the nominee appearing at the as if read. mr. coburn: i object. the presiding officer: objection is heard. ms. klobuchar: mr. president, next, james p. lynch to be director of the bureau of

Amy Klobuchar

1:13:30 to 1:13:50( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: scrusties statistics. again as a former prosecutor, it is incredibly important that we have statistics on crime understand that we know what's going on so we can develop the best picy and triage the cases so we can keep our neiborhoods safe. i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to executive session for the purpose of consideration of calendar number 70 james p. lynch, that the

Amy Klobuchar

1:13:51 to 1:14:11( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: nomination be confirmed, the motion to reconsider be laid on the table, no further motions be in order, the president be immediately notified of the senate's action, understand that any statements relating to the nominee appearing at the appropriate place in the record the presiding officer: is there objection? mr. coburn: i object. the presiding officer: objection is heard. ms. klobuchar: the next one, as a member of the commerce committee again, i'm very

Amy Klobuchar

1:14:12 to 1:14:32( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: concerned that we still don't have a deputy administrator for the federal aviation administration in place. as we know, thrft been many recent incidences. we're trying to get the f.a. reauthorization done to finally modernize our airport with genf

Amy Klobuchar

1:14:33 to 1:14:53( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: nex, so we can better land these planes, so we can have more safety and less congestion at our airports. this is very difficult to do when you don't have in place all of your managers that are supposed to be managing the federal aviation administration. we've had incidences in minnesota, the plane tha overran the airport and ended up in wisconsin. we've had planes that have been

Amy Klobuchar

1:14:54 to 1:15:14( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: sitting on the tarmac for six hours with the passengers without food and water. we've had all kinds of issues with aviation and yet -- and yet my colleagues on the other side of the aisle while supportive at times of these efforts to modernize our air traffic control system are blocking the nomination of the deputy administrator for federal

Amy Klobuchar

1:15:15 to 1:15:36( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: aviation administration. so, mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to executive session for the purposes of consideration of calendar number 782, michael peter huerta, that the nomination be confirmed, the motions to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table, no further motions be in order, the president be notified of the senate's action

Amy Klobuchar

1:15:37 to 1:15:58( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: and any statements related to the nominee peering at the approp appearing at the appropriate place in the the presiding officer: is there objection? a senator: i object. the presiding officer: objection is heard. ms. klobuchar: again we're dealing with a sensitive and catastrophic issue with this oil

Amy Klobuchar

1:15:59 to 1:16:19( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: spin in our oceans. yet another person, administrator of the maritime administration held by my colleagues on the other side of the aisle. i don't know what the motives are. maybe they don't like this person. we don't know who's holding them. but all i know is that a president has to get his team in place when he's dealing with an issue as catastrophic as this b.p. oil spill.

Amy Klobuchar

1:16:20 to 1:16:40( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to executive session for the purposes of consideration of calendar number 783, david matsuda, the phoeplgs be confirmed, no further motion be in order, the president be notified of the senate's action and any statements relating to the nominee appearing at the??

Amy Klobuchar

1:16:41 to 1:17:02( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: appropriate place in the record as if read. the presiding officer: is there objection? coburn i object. the presiding officer: objection is -- mr. coburn: i object. the presiding officer: objection is heard. ms. klobuchar: finally, mr. president, we have arthur alan el k eu ns -- elkins, dealing with an environmental

Amy Klobuchar

1:17:03 to 1:17:25( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: cris in the gulf coast area, yet we can't get the inspector general in place. i know many of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle support having inspector generals in place so we can look at what's going on in government, so we can figure out what's happening and get things right. yet, this nomination is being held. mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to executive session for the purposes of consideration of

Amy Klobuchar

1:17:26 to 1:17:46( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: calendar number 794, arthur allen elkins, that the nomination be confirmed, the motions to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table, no further motions be in order, the president be notified of the senate's action and any statements relating to the nominee appearing at the appropriate place in the record as if the presiding officer: is there objection? coburn --

Amy Klobuchar

1:17:47 to 1:18:08( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: mr. coburn: i object. the presiding officer: objection is heard. ms. klobuchar: thank you. i see a smile on your face as you see i am reaching the end of the nominees i am reporting today. having managed an office of 400 people, this was a local attorney's office, i can't imagine trying to run that place without having my top people in

Amy Klobuchar

1:18:09 to 1:18:11( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: place, and that kind of security. it is very difficult to cut

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