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Senate Proceeding 05-25-10 on May 25th, 2010 :: 1:36:00 to 1:48:55
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Patrick Leahy

1:35:59 to 1:36:19( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: year and for future years irrespective of the needs of the government and the american people. i know our distinguished chairman, senator inouye already spoken about it. on that note, this is the fourth time that the senate's been asked to vote on this amendment. the last three times it was

Patrick Leahy

1:36:00 to 1:48:55( Edit History Discussion )
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Patrick Leahy

1:36:20 to 1:36:40( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: defeated, and now we have to vote on it again. i thought we had this rule of three strikes and you're out. do we just do this every other week, vote on this same thing? now, the amendment uses last year's budget resolution as a starting point. it would cut over $20 billion from the president's fiscal yr

Patrick Leahy

1:36:41 to 1:37:05( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: 2011 budget request. now, i share the goal of the sponsors of this amendment to limit federal spending. since i've been in the senate, i voted for hundreds of billions of dollars of cuts in federal spending. but this amendment, the way it's done, using a sledgehammer

Patrick Leahy

1:37:08 to 1:37:29( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: instead of a scalpel, it cut every federal program that in ways will come back and haunt us. not only will critical programs from defense to education to foreign policy be cut, the amendment requires a vote of three-fifth of the senate for emergency spending, and a mere 14 pages it seeks to basically

Patrick Leahy

1:37:30 to 1:37:53( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: do away with the budget committee an setup their own -- and setup their own rules. you know, i would hate to see a situation if we had a flood in mississippi, they ask for three-fifths and for some reason other states say, wait, we didn't hav a flood, why should we vote for this?

Patrick Leahy

1:37:54 to 1:38:15( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: or ifhey had an earthquake in california and say we need three-fifths vote, well, the rest of the country, we don't all feel that way. or -- or an ice storm in vermont or flooding in hawaii or anywhere. i mean, i could go down every single state. the fact of the matter is in

Patrick Leahy

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

Patrick Leahy: most states -- in most states there's been over the years something horrendous that might happen in -- in our state and -- in our state and because we are the united states of america, we come together and we help each

Patrick Leahy

1:38:39 to 1:39:01( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: other out. but now i must admit i take somewhat of a long view of it. madam president, i have not been here as long as our distinguished hi chairman has or

Patrick Leahy

1:39:02 to 1:39:22( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: our distinguished former chairman, senator byrd, but i have been here longer than everybody else in this body. and i would urge people to sometimes be careful what you wish for. it appears that apparently requiring 60 votes and the gridlock we're currently

Patrick Leahy

1:39:23 to 1:39:44( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: experiencing is not enough. the sponsors of this amendment want the body to be held hostage to a minority of two-fifths. as the chairman of the appropriations committee said earlier, it's the wrong direction for the senate to be going. so let me focus specifically on the effect the sessions amendment would have on

Patrick Leahy

1:39:45 to 1:40:06( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: the important national security programs funded in the state and operations budget for fiscal year 2011, which begins on october 1st, the amendment would cut $1.1 billion for the president's state an foreign participatio -- operations request.

Patrick Leahy

1:40:07 to 1:40:27( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: it would have specific and unintended consequences. it is des proportionately deeper than the reductions required by this amendment for any other function in the federal budget. it's going to have real practical effects. i hope the proponents of this amendment or their constituents

Patrick Leahy

1:40:28 to 1:40:48( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: are among those who travel overseas and want their passport processed in a timely manner, because when they're not, i would also hope when their constituents call and say we can't get them processed in time, they would say, yes, but you'll be so proud of me to cut the budget to process the

Patrick Leahy

1:40:49 to 1:41:10( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: passport. i hope they don't mind that the staff is not i hope that it certainly happens to them or their constituents in mexico or kenya or other foreign place and there isn't an american counselor or officer there to help them in an emergency that they will still be able to stand up and say, you realize you're not getting any

Patrick Leahy

1:41:11 to 1:41:31( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: kind of help, the same kind of help you got in the bush administration, reagan administration or clinton administration you can't have now because i've got my points and voted against have the money there. and i hope it doesn't matter that we would only fund a portion of the global help and security initiatives which

Patrick Leahy

1:41:32 to 1:41:53( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: provides the funds for maternal and child health and torevent respond to outbreaks ofeadly contagious diseases like cholera and asian flu. i point out these are not just things halfway around the world maybe in areas that we might have

Patrick Leahy

1:41:54 to 1:42:15( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: difficulty pronouncing. i just remind all my colleagues that these plagues are only an airplane trip away fromur own shores. we are interconnected. i hope theponsors of this ament are not concerned that it may mean we have to cut

Patrick Leahy

1:42:16 to 1:42:37( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: funding for exchange programs for students of predominately muslim countries who are trying to show a different face of america or democracy programs in the former soviet union or training programs for iraqi police officers. you know, there's a price for everything. and the funding for state an foreign participations is one of the -- operations is one of the

Patrick Leahy

1:42:38 to 1:42:58( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: best bargains in the federal budget. contrary to what some may believe, it consists barely of 1% of the entire budget. but for the u.s. mility, it's actually how the united states exerts its influence around the globe and as we're trying to show in so many parts of the globe, it's not just our

Patrick Leahy

1:42:59 to 1:43:20( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: military might that defines america, but it's our -- our global rch and humanitarian areas and diplomacy that's really the face we want to show of america. at a time when china is sharply increasing its spending for these exact same types of activities and extending its fear of influence of the

Patrick Leahy

1:43:21 to 1:43:42( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: country's in our own hemisphere, at a time when they know it's in their nation's best interest to step into our hemisphere, to extend into the areas where we used to be, we say, ok, we're going to pass an amendment that says we're going to pass back. what do we say to the chinese, ok, you win, we lose, we're out of here?

Patrick Leahy

1:43:43 to 1:44:04( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: it makes no sense. and i would ne that even though it's in the state department budget, top officials at the pentagon understand this very well. secretary gates and admiral mullen, chairman of the joint chief of staff both urged the congress to fully fund the state an foreign operati

Patrick Leahy

1:44:05 to 1:44:25( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: this is the head of our department of defense and our uniform military saying, please fund that. they know that these are areas that there are so -- that there are so many areas where our diplomats can handle things much better at far less cost and with far longer lasting effect than they might and let them

Patrick Leahy

1:44:26 to 1:44:46( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: concentrate inning to the things that -- in doing the things that our military is to tremendously well trained and prepared to do. the sponsors of this amendment supporthe deployment of our troops in afganistan and iraq. they have voted to spend the money for our afganistan and iraq and borrow the money because that's the only way it

Patrick Leahy

1:44:47 to 1:45:08( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: could be done. it was not paid for. the only time certainly in my lifetime that we've gone to war anywhere and not paid for it, but the response -- the sponsors of the amendment are perfectly willing to go to afganistan and iraq and borrow the money from china and elsewhere to pay for it. but military force

Patrick Leahy

1:45:09 to 1:45:29( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: alone even though exerted through great sacrifice of the brave men and women in our military can only provide the conditions for longer-term economic and political stability in those countries. the state and foreign operations budgets provides the funds to build that economic growth and political stability, but this amendment would cut those funds. again, at a time when other

Patrick Leahy

1:45:30 to 1:45:50( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: countries want to irease because they know this can increase their influence, sphere of influence around the world, we're saying, okay,hina, and asia and elsewhere, you go over and you be able to plant the flag where the united states used to be. you go and influence the thinking in these countries

Patrick Leahy

1:45:51 to 1:46:11( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: where we used to because we're unilaterally surrendering. i'd ask unanimous consent, mr. president, that letters from both secretary gates and admiral mullen be printed in the record at the end of my remarks. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. leahy: mr. president, no one disagrees we need to control spending. the distinguished chairman of the senate appropriations

Patrick Leahy

1:46:12 to 1:46:32( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: committee, the distinguished ranking member of the senate appropriations committee have worked very hard and do work very hard to control spending. as a member of that committee now for a third of a century, i know the number of votes i've cast to substantially cut spending. we need to eliminate programs

Patrick Leahy

1:46:33 to 1:46:54( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: thatre wasteful or can no longer be justified, and we voted to do that in tens of billions of dollars inrograms. we need to be frugal about what new programs we fund. but just as world today than when i came to

Patrick Leahy

1:46:55 to 1:47:16( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: the senate 35 years ago, then the steps and the things t do to respond to the world of today are different than what they were 35 years ago. the way we is different than when the distinguished appropriations

Patrick Leahy

1:47:17 to 1:47:37( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: chair was in gallantly to protect war ii, something which we all honor because -- and the nation has honored when he received the congressional medal of honor for that. but he, like so many others, tried to make the world safe for

Patrick Leahy

1:47:38 to 1:47:58( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: democracy, tried to make it possible for us to respond to needs. but i think -- and i don't want to put words in his i think world where america could also win on its ideas and not just on its military might, a world where we might he s from around the world coming to study here, that we might be

Patrick Leahy

1:47:59 to 1:48:20( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: able to go there. a world in which america's ideas could be heard as well able to confront those who would teach hatred america tha to say here's what america is supporting our goals.

Patrick Leahy

1:48:21 to 1:48:41( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: but this amendment is not going to make a dent in the federal deficit by cutting a billion dollars from the state and foreign operations budget, but amendment, however, will unintentionally permit a small minority of the sate to dictate to the majority, it would limit the influence of the united states, it would cede more of our influence to

Patrick Leahy

1:48:42 to 1:48:59( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: dhierntion would diminish our ability to develop export markets that are vital to our me and vital to increasing jobs here in the united states. but worse off, it would weaken our security alliances.

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