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Senate Proceeding 05-13-08 on May 13th, 2008 :: 3:24:13 to 3:28:37
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Bob Corker

3:20:25 to 3:24:13( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bob Corker

Bob Corker

3:23:55 to 3:24:13( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: to determine their own destiny, as it relates to negotiating with people who work in the fire fighting and police departments all across our country. and with that, i'd like to have unanimous consent

Edward Kennedy

3:24:13 to 3:24:25( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: again if possible to send this amendment to the desk. the pres iding officer: is there objection? mr. kennedy: no objection. the presiding officer: without objection, the clerk will report report. the clerk:

Edward Kennedy

3:24:13 to 3:28:37( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Edward Kennedy

Edward Kennedy

3:24:25 to 3:24:37( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: the senator from tennessee, mr. corker, proposes an amendment numbered 4761 to amendment number -- mr. corker: mr. president, i'd like to seek unanimous consent to waive the reading. the presiding officer:

Edward Kennedy

3:24:37 to 3:24:54( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: without objection. mr. corker: thank you, sir. i yield the floor. mr. kennedy: mr. president, just -- the presiding officer: theid senator from massachusetts. mr. kennedy: very quickly, the effect

Edward Kennedy

3:24:54 to 3:25:08( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: of the corker amendment would effective gut, undermine the legislation. what we're trying to do is give the workers a chance and an opportunity to make a judgment and decision about how to proceed, not the federal

Edward Kennedy

3:25:08 to 3:25:19( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: government, not us here in washington, d.c., not in the state or state capitals, not the legislatures, but to let the workers, who are the front line workers, firefighters, police officers, the first

Edward Kennedy

3:25:19 to 3:25:39( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: respders, to make the judgments that are going to make the difference in terms of their lives and in terms of their view what is in the best interest and the safety and security of the fellow citizens.

Edward Kennedy

3:25:39 to 3:25:59( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: and this, of course, will undermine that effort. finally, mr. president, i just wanted to review about what this legislation does. and i won't take -- i've done this a bit earlier today, but i wanted to

Edward Kennedy

3:25:59 to 3:26:12( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: just mention exactly what the requirements that the states would do. first of all, there are four requirements that would be of the states in setting forth the framework by which then the first responders

Edward Kennedy

3:26:12 to 3:26:28( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: and the firefighters and the police would make a judgment. there would be at least a process to be able to form or join a union so they can have a voice in the important decisions decisions, like

Edward Kennedy

3:26:28 to 3:26:43( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: safety, bargain over working conditions with their employers, sign legally en enforceableontracts and have a knew neutral third party help resolve disputes. we don't say whether it is arbitration, mediation,

Edward Kennedy

3:26:43 to 3:26:55( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: or fact finding. all that have can be in and at the end of the day, the states, the local communities say, we don't want that, then it's the -- the issue is settled. but they have the voice. they

Edward Kennedy

3:26:55 to 3:27:08( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: have the voice. that is at the heart and the soul of this legislation. do you have sufficient confidence in these individuals to be able to make that judgment judgment? those 435 extraordinary firefighters

Edward Kennedy

3:27:08 to 3:27:22( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: that lost their lives on 9/11, should they have had the opportunity to make judgments with regard to their safety and security? shouldn't they be the individual individuals that know what is important in

Edward Kennedy

3:27:22 to 3:27:35( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: terms of safety and security? they weren't failing or flagging in terms of their resolution or their courage, and what we are attempting to do is say they are the knowledgeable people, they are the trained

Edward Kennedy

3:27:35 to 3:27:48( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: people, they are the ones that know how to improve safety in the circumstances and all of this about unfunded mandates, all of this about the federal labor relations act, all of the language, the

Edward Kennedy

3:27:48 to 3:28:08( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: wondering about where is the role of the fire department, all of the questions about whether thisanguage, which is in there to avoid the situation where a firefighter might have to be required to perform

Edward Kennedy

3:28:08 to 3:28:26( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: some kind of a duty which they are not trained for, all of that is useful to talk about, mr. president, but misses the very basic and important element and thrust of this legislation, which is so

Edward Kennedy

3:28:26 to 3:28:37( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: important in terms of people that work every day to make our communities and our cities and our countries safe and secure. mr. enzi: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from wyoming.mi mr.

Mike DeWine

3:28:37 to 3:28:57( Edit History Discussion )

Mike DeWine: enzi: well, again, i appreciate the words of the senator from massachusetts and do enjoy working with him on bills and think have been pretty cooperative in getting bills complete committee, as he was when

Mike DeWine

3:28:37 to 3:33:13( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mike DeWine

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