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Senate Proceeding on May 13th, 2010 :: 0:56:50 to 0:59:40
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Claire McCaskill

0:56:46 to 0:57:07( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: and, with that, madam president, i yield the floor. a senator: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from missouri. mrs. mcckill: first, let me say how grateful i am to senator cornyn for his patience. i will try to be very, very brief. i know he is wting to address the underlying bill. i think that's everything that's been said -- that nee

Claire McCaskill

0:56:50 to 0:59:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Claire McCaskill

Claire McCaskill

0:57:08 to 0:57:29( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: said has been said. i do -- i'll be interested in this vote. because there are a group of people right now that voted for a rule that simply said you've got to disclose your secret holds if a certain procedure takes place. and there's a bunch of people

Claire McCaskill

0:57:30 to 0:57:50( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: that voted for that that aren't doing it. i don't know how that computes. -- computes in the mind of a united states senate. i don't know how you vote for a rule that requires you to disclose and then you knowingly continue to keep a hold secret. i had a colleague tell me the other day that they had talked

Claire McCaskill

0:57:51 to 0:58:13( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: to a colleague across the aisle about a couple of judges that they desperately wanted to get released from the land of secret holds, and this colleague visited with a republican about it and the republican told her, well, the leader says he's got to get something for it. you've got to get something for it? have we come to that?

Claire McCaskill

0:58:14 to 0:58:34( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: did you get to hold on to someone who's life is in limbo to be a united states district judge until you get something for it? it's not the way the american people want us to operate around here. and i -- i know that senator grassley toiled in this field for a long time. i appreciate their efforts. i appreciate all my colleagues

Claire McCaskill

0:58:35 to 0:58:55( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: who have been helpful in bringing this to the attention of the american people. we now have 60 senators who signed a letter who said that they will holds and they want them completely abolished. the wyden-grassley approach is almost as good as ever. it is a narrow window and i pray

Claire McCaskill

0:58:56 to 0:59:18( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: it would work. i had been wildly optimistic it would work when i voted on the rule in 2007. i thought, well, this is all it's going to take. i'm not as optimistic, frankly, right now. i think games may still be played. i think we'll have to get to 67 names on that letter. i think the american people are

Claire McCaskill

0:59:19 to 0:59:40( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: going to have to rise up with their pitch forks and say, enough already, stop this incredibly bad habit of thinking you can hold up nominations because you feel like it and never have to own it. so i encourage everyone to vote for the wyden-grassley amendment. i appreciate senator cornyn's patience. i look to a vote on this and i

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