Metavid

Video archive of the US Congress

Senate Proceeding on Jul 6th, 2009 :: 2:34:20 to 2:47:35
Total video length: 5 hours 12 minutes Stream Tools: Stream Overview | Edit Time

Note: MetaVid video transcripts may contain inaccuracies, help us build a more perfect archive

Download OptionsEmbed Video

Views:126 Duration: 0:13:15 Discussion

Previous speech: Next speech:

Jim DeMint

2:34:02 to 2:34:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: quorum call: mr. demint: madam president? the presiding officer: the mr. demint: i ask unanimous consent the be suspended. i ask unanimous consent the call of the quorum be suspended. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. demint: thank you, madam president. welcome back. i can't say i'm glad to be back but there are important things to do here. i'd like to start by calling up

Jim DeMint

2:34:20 to 2:47:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jim DeMint

Jim DeMint

2:34:24 to 2:34:44( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: amendment 1370 and ask for its immediate consideration. the presiding officer: witut objection, so the clerk will report. the clerk: the senator from south carolina, mr. demint, 1370. mr. demint: i ask unanimous co dispensed. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. demint: i would like to make a few comments before the majority responds.

Jim DeMint

2:34:45 to 2:35:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: this amendment is about the capitol visitors center. among other things this new capitol visitors center which is very beautiful welcomes and the world to our capitol. it includes interesting and valuable museum-style exhibits

Jim DeMint

2:35:06 to 2:35:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: about the history of the capitol and congress. unfortunately, the way the capitol visitors center has been built and the way the displays have been set up, it conspicuously ignores america's unique religious heritage and

Jim DeMint

2:35:27 to 2:35:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: the role that heritage played in the founding of the republic. indeed, the original exhibits that are there now seem to suggest the federal government was the solution to all our problems and the fulfillment of human aspirations as if we were a government with a nation

Jim DeMint

2:35:48 to 2:36:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: instead of the other way around. even the national motto was misrepresented one." my unanimous consent agreement will help correct it is displayed. it will authorize the engraving of our true national not troa which is "in god we trust," and

Jim DeMint

2:36:11 to 2:36:31( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: it will order the engraving of our pledge of allegiance with its reference to ours as "one nation under god," in a prominent visitors center. from the going, many of us were concerned about what looked like a historical whitewash of our nation's faith heritage from the capitol visitors center.

Jim DeMint

2:36:32 to 2:36:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: i want to thank senator feinstein and bennett for their sport. i have formalizing our agreement for the historical corrections that i've got in my amendment. i ask this letter be submitted to the record. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. demint: thank you,

Jim DeMint

2:36:54 to 2:37:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: finally, i make a point about the unfortunate expense associated with these design corrections. i regret these funds must be spent. that the historical whitewash of the original design contained these accuracies. it was unfortunate, certainly. but the $150,000 this project

Jim DeMint

2:37:17 to 2:37:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: will cost is less than .1 of the cost of the visitors center. anyone interesting in finding offsets can count on my support in identifying waste in the underlying bill that's funding congress for next year. when these engravings are completed and we can welcome god back into the capitol visitors center, visitors to the capitol will see a fairer and more

Jim DeMint

2:37:39 to 2:38:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: historically accurate depiction of the all-important relationship between faith and freedom in america. madam president, i understand the majority is prepared to accept my amendment by voice vote the presiding officer: without

Jim DeMint

2:38:01 to 2:38:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: objection. the presiding officer: if there is in further debate on t amendment, all those in favor say mr. demint: thank you, madam president. the presiding officer: the ayes appear to have it and the ayes do have it and the amendment is agreed to. mr. demint: thank you, map.

Jim DeMint

2:38:22 to 2:38:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: -- thank you, i have another amendment and i am informed the majority plans to block consideration of amendment number reserve. i would, nonetless, like to take a few moms to discuss it. if that is -- the presiding officer: without

Jim DeMint

2:38:43 to 2:39:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: objection, so ordered. mr. demint: the federal reserve, bank of the united a monopoly over the flow of our money and credit but has never been completely transparent and accountable to congress since its creation in 1913.

Jim DeMint

2:39:04 to 2:39:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: since 1913, our dollar has lost more than 95% of its purchasing power. my amendment is called the federal reserve sunshine amendment and it is models after legislation sponsored by representative ron paul of texas in the house and our colleague, senator sanders, of vermont, here in the senate. this amendment amends section

Jim DeMint

2:39:25 to 2:39:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: 714 of title 31 of the u.s. code to remove existing restriction on how the government accounting office can 5u9dz it the federal -- audit the fell reserv the feds discount window operation, funding facilities, open market operations and agreements with foreign central banks and governments would also

Jim DeMint

2:39:47 to 2:40:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: be finally open to congressional oversight. the government accounting office would be required to audit the fed by the end of 2010 and to report its findings to congress. ev has an effect on the value of the dollars in our pkets and bank accounts. we need to pay more attention to

Jim DeMint

2:40:08 to 2:40:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: the effect of washington's decision, whether fiscal policy made by congress or monetary policy made by the fed. they all are ultimately borne by the american people. the federal reserve will create and disburse trillions of dollars in response to our current financial crisis. americans across the nation, regardless of their opinion on

Jim DeMint

2:40:30 to 2:40:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: the bailout, want to know where the money h much has been spent, and what collateral has been taken in return. that is why you see so much bipartisan support in the house in bernie sanders demeant being on the same side in the senate. inflation is a hidden tax and we, unfortunately, forget about

Jim DeMint

2:40:52 to 2:41:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: it too often when we spending bills here in congress. our fiscal actions, higher deficits, increased long-term bt, entitlement obligations, will necessarily need to be paid for by printing new money or burring more money from an increasingly skeptical world. either option results in higher

Jim DeMint

2:41:14 to 2:41:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: interest rates for consumers in a devaluing of the dollars they have already earned and saved. allowing the fed to operate our nation's m almost complete secrecy leads to abuse, inflation, and a lower calculate of life for every american. unfortunately, the majority has decided to use a procedural tactic to block a vote on this

Jim DeMint

2:41:36 to 2:41:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: amendment by invoking something called rule 16. this is a rule that prevents policy from being added to spending bills. the majority claims that we do not legislate on appropriations bills. of course, that is false. in fact, there are already rule 16 violati trying to amend. we also saw this majority

Jim DeMint

2:41:58 to 2:42:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: airdrop the cash for clunkers programnto the recent supplemental appropriations bill much the majority may claim this amendment is not relevant to the underlying bill but, in fact, there are already provisions in this bill related to the government accounting office audits so this language is quite appropriate on this the legislation is already received the support of more

Jim DeMint

2:42:20 to 2:42:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: than one half of the house of representatives within a few short months of its introduction. it's time for the senate to show its mr. presidt, i would like to ask the majority leader, again, to allow a vote on amendment 1367 regarding a g.a.o. audit 6 the federal reserve -- audit of

Jim DeMint

2:42:41 to 2:43:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: the federal reserve. the presiding officer: the senator from nebraska. mr. nelson: madam president? mr. demint: madam president, i would like to call up 1367. the presiding officer: without the clerk will report. the clerk: the senator from south carolina, mr. demint,

Jim DeMint

2:43:02 to 2:43:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: proposes amendment numbered the presiding officer: the senator from nebraska. mr. nelson: i make a point of order against the demint amendment that it's legislation on appropriations. the presiding officer: the point of order is well-taken. the amendment mr. demint: i would like to make a few comments about that

Jim DeMint

2:43:23 to 2:43:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: since the other side is arguing that rule 16 applies my amendment contains language to an existing g.a.o. audit of the federal reserve. it is legislative in nature, and because it actually addresses the audit itself and not just the funding for the general accounting office. they say because of that, it's

Jim DeMint

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

Jim DeMint: out of order. madam president, i'd like to a a parliamentary inquiry. is the language in section 1501 (b) dealing with an g.a.o. audit of t transportation safety board legislative? the presiding officer: it is. mr. demint: i thank the chair.

Jim DeMint

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

Jim DeMint: does it violate rule 16? the presiding officer: it does. mr. demint: so the democrats are suggesting it is illegitimate for me to offer an amendment dealing with an existing g.a.o. when they have included language dealing with other audits that flatly violates 16. madam president, just further parliamentary inquiry: is the

Jim DeMint

2:44:26 to 2:44:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: language in section 1501 (c) regarding a g.a.o. audit of local educational spending legislative in nature and in violation of rule the presiding officer: yes. mr. demint: i thank the chair. what about section 1501 $repealing an audit of the small

Jim DeMint

2:44:47 to 2:45:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: business participation in the alaska national pipeline? is that legislative in nature and does it violate rule 16? officer sphe yes, it is. the presiding officer: yes, it is. mr. demint: i have a long list here that i understand from the parliamentarian that the answers will continue to be "yes." so, madam president, we have

Jim DeMint

2:45:08 to 2:45:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: several provisions obviously dealing with the g.a.o. and a.o. audits in this bill. the other side cannot stand behind a rule that they have flagrantly violated themselves. there is an earmark in this bill for nebraska. it's the only earmark in the bill. i woul ask the chair what about the provisions in the library of

Jim DeMint

2:45:30 to 2:45:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: congress section containg a $200,000 museum in omaha, nebraska? is that a legislative item desands it violate rule 16? -- is there a and does it violate rule 16? the presiding officer: it is legislative but the chair is

Jim DeMint

2:45:52 to 2:46:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: aware of the defen germaneness. mr. demint: thank you. would it be accurate to say that the provision contains legislative language that meets the definition of rule 16, even though it is arguably germane to the house language? the presiding officer: it is legislative in flair. it is legislative in nature. mr. demint: tnk you.

Jim DeMint

2:46:14 to 2:46:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: i think i've made my point. further. clearly there is a double standard here. one of the mosi think sought after amendments that we hav probably brought up in the house and the senate since i've been here is an reserve. everywhere i went last week, people were thanking me for finally looking at what the

Jim DeMint

2:46:35 to 2:46:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: federal reserve was doing in trying to let the american people know what is happening. this is an audit that has broad support, and i wld enurge my colleagues -- encourage my colleagues on the democratic side to allow this amendment to be voted on. but apparently the other side has decided to challenge it with

Jim DeMint

2:46:57 to 2:47:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: a rule 16, which they don afly their own lafnlgt but as i said, madam chairwoman, i have said enough and i thank you for your in and note the absence o quorum the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

There is currently no text in this page. You can search for this page title in other pages, search the related logs, or edit this page.

Personal tools

MetaVid is a non-profit project of UC Santa Cruz and the Sunlight Foundation. Learn more About MetaVid

The C-SPAN logo and other servicemarks that may be found in video content are the property of their respective trademark holders. None of these trademark holders are affiliated with Metavid