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Senate Proceeding on May 23rd, 2011 :: 0:02:20 to 0:07:35
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Harry Reid

0:02:06 to 0:02:26( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: senate. the clerk: washington, d.c, may 23, 2011. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorable richard blumenthal, a senator from the state of connecticut, to perform the duties of the chair. signed: daniel k. inouye, president pro tempore. mr. reid: the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. reid: following leader

Harry Reid

0:02:20 to 0:07:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Harry Reid

Harry Reid

0:02:27 to 0:02:48( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: remarks, if any, the senate will be in a period of morning business until 3:00 p.m. today. during that period of time, senators will be allowed to speak for up to ten minutes each. at 3:00 p.m., the senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the patriot act. the time until 5:00 p.m. will be equally divided and controlled so at 5:00 there, will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to

Harry Reid

0:02:49 to 0:03:09( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: proceed to the patriot act. mr. president, this will be a busy week in the senate. we have to renew the patriot a act. it's not a perfect law but it plays an important role in keeping our country safe. we also have to reauthorize the f.a.a. bill, the federal aviation administration. we all know what will be the

Harry Reid

0:03:10 to 0:03:32( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: focus of this week's biggest debate and biggest headlines. the primary conversation this week will be about the republicans' plan to kill medicare. people are talking a lot about that plan because there's a lot people have to fear. the republican plan would shatter a cornerstone of our society and would break our promise to the elderly and to the sick. would turn our seniors' health

Harry Reid

0:03:33 to 0:03:53( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: to profit-hungry insurance companies, would let bureaucrats decide what tests and treatments seniors get, and it would ask seniors to pay more for health care in exchange for fewer benefits. that's a bad deal all around. so it's easy to understand why the american people don't support it. democrats, republicans, and independents do not support the

Harry Reid

0:03:54 to 0:04:14( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: plan to kill medicare or to change it as we know it. i won't support it and though the republican house passed the medicare-killing plan almost unanimously, sometimes it's difficult to tell where republican party stands generally. also how quickly one prominent republican presidential candidate spun himself into circles last week.

Harry Reid

0:04:15 to 0:04:36( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: first he called the plan for what it was -- radical. he said it was right-wing social engineering. that's a quote. hours later, after republicans jumped all over him, he reversed course and said he supports the plan to kill medicare. remember, he said, it's radical, it's right-wing social

Harry Reid

0:04:37 to 0:04:57( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: engineering and suddenly he says it's okay. that is some real interesting gymnastics. another prominent republican, one who serves in this body, has been all over the map as well. first he said, in his words, "thank god for the republican plan to kill medicare."

Harry Reid

0:04:58 to 0:05:18( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: direct quote. then he said he was undecided. and now he says he oppose it. -- opposes it. well, tune in tomorrow or maybe this evening to see if he changes his mind again. our republicans colleagues can't seem to believe the same thing today that they said yesterday. but when democrats talk about medicare, we still believe today

Harry Reid

0:05:19 to 0:05:40( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: the same thing we believed years ago, decades ago, generations ago, we believe in our responsibility to each other and especially those in their golden years. 46 years ago this summer, president lyndon johnson, a former medical of this body -- former majority leader of this body, signed medicare into law.

Harry Reid

0:05:41 to 0:06:03( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: as did so, he said the following -- "few can see past the battles to the doctor over that there that is attending to the infirmed, or those receiving anguish or feel in their heart the painful wrath which denies the miracle of healing to the old and to the poor." those injustices don't exist like they used to because of

Harry Reid

0:06:04 to 0:06:24( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: medicare but they still exist, potentially they're still out there. the old and the poor among us still seek help in healing and it's still our responsibility to act not on political impulse but with human person and compassion. it is still our responsibility not to be motivated by short-term politics but to be moved by the people who need medicare, the people who count on this safety net to take them

Harry Reid

0:06:25 to 0:06:45( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: from poverty, illness, and, worse, death. if we pay attention to those people, we'll notice something else also, mr. president. while republicans are tripping over themselves in trying to decide whether or not they want kill medicare, you know who hasn't changed their mind at install the american people. we're on their side. they haven't wavered one inch.

Harry Reid

0:06:46 to 0:07:07( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: they've been as constant as republicans have been erratic. they have been consistent and they have been clear. they don't want us to destroy their medicare, their medicare. we owe it to them to listen. would the chair announce morning business. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the leadership sometime reserved. under the previous order, the senate will be in a period of

Harry Reid

0:07:08 to 0:07:29( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: morning business until 3:00 p.m. with senators permitted to speak therein for up to ten minutes each. mr. reid: i would note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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