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Senate Proceeding on Jun 16th, 2011 :: 2:43:15 to 2:48:35
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Bob Corker

2:43:01 to 2:43:21( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: quorum call: senator from tennessee. mr. corker: madam president, are we in a quorum call? i move unanimous consent to vitiate the quorum the presiding officer: without objection. mr. corker: thank you, madam president. i rise today to speak to the mccain amendment. i notice my colleague from arizona was just on the floor, and i wanted to say that i

Bob Corker

2:43:15 to 2:48:35( Edit History Discussion )
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Bob Corker

2:43:22 to 2:43:43( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: appreciate him offering this amendment and, as with the coburn-feinstein amendment, i support his amendment. i also wanted to make reference to the comments he had made regarding our conflict in libya. i agree with him. these are my words -- that it's bizarre, that the administration

Bob Corker

2:43:44 to 2:44:04( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: has sent over a letter yesterday referring to the fact that we're not involved in hostilities in libya. i mean, it's really totally bizarre when you look at what is going on in the air in libya right now. so i have no idea why mr. coe would have offered this awrgt.

Bob Corker

2:44:05 to 2:44:25( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: i know we're going to have a hearing in foreign relations in the next couple of weeks thankfully to look at this issue. but thirdly i'd like to point out that one of the reasons that we're in this situation right now where congress has not authorized anything is the administration -- i sent a letter to the administration, secretary gates, and secretary

Bob Corker

2:44:26 to 2:44:49( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: clinton, nine weeks ago, madam president, just asking five questions about our engagement in libya, five questions. and i received last week a letter from an acting assistant secretary that gave me a half-answer on one of those five questions. i think most people in this body are aware that senator webb and

Bob Corker

2:44:50 to 2:45:10( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: i then authored a asking 21 questions of the administration regarding libya. i thank them for yesterday transmitting to us some information on libya. we haven't yet gotten access to the classified versions of it. we have obviously, like everyone else here, i'm sure, read the unclassified version.

Bob Corker

2:45:11 to 2:45:31( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: but i think the reason we find ourselves in the place that we are is we just haven't been able to get information from the administration regarding this conflict. so i know the senator from arizona and the senator from massachusetts are working on an authorization request, a limited authorization.

Bob Corker

2:45:32 to 2:45:52( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: i hope that they will potentially wait until we have the answers to all 21 questions, the same questions that many of the same house members wanted the answer to. but i share with him the frustration that congress has not taken any action on this. and i would say i'm just really

Bob Corker

2:45:53 to 2:46:14( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: stunned by the fact that the administration has chosen not to give responses to questions until yesterday, and eelly this was done in request -- and really this was done in request what to they saw was a movement in congress just wondering why in the world they would be so resistant to answering basic questions regarding a conflict.

Bob Corker

2:46:15 to 2:46:36( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: but then secondarily, again, just the bizarre answer that we are not involved in hostilities. i mean, you know, you cannot tell senators one thing in private, the same senators, and tell them something else in public and expect senators to

Bob Corker

2:46:37 to 2:46:57( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: feel any degree of credibility regarding those statements. so i thank the senator from arizona for the comments that he has made. we've had an applicable relationship -- we've an amicable relationship. we've had probably some differing thoughts.

Bob Corker

2:46:58 to 2:47:21( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: but i'm here to shay that i agree with him that his amendment is an theament needs to be passed. i agree with limb that it is incredible that -- i agree with him that it is incredible that we have not acted as a congress. i big reason for that just the lack of information for some reason. for some reason the administration has gone to seek approval from the united nations

Bob Corker

2:47:22 to 2:47:42( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: but has not shown any desire to seek approval from congress. it's just again odd. and then thirdly, just the whole bizarre nature of this administration saying that what we're doing there does not involve hostilities when in their unclassified version that

Bob Corker

2:47:43 to 2:48:03( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: the whole world has the ability to see, there's no way that the engagements that they have said in an unclassified document are occurring in libya do not involve hostilities. that's just absolutely, categorically not possible. so, madam president, i do hope that very soon congress will

Bob Corker

2:48:04 to 2:48:24( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: take afntle hypocrite that all of the answers that we've asked -- answered -- all the questions we've asked answers to have been answered and i hope all of us will know that very soon when we actually gain access to the classified versions of what has been sent oamplet so with that, madam president, i yield the

Bob Corker

2:48:25 to 2:48:37( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: floor. and i notice the senator from minnesota. ms. klobuchar: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from minnesota. ms. klobuchar: i see i'm joined by the senator from iowa, who i know will speak shortly

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