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Senate Proceeding on Jul 7th, 2009 :: 1:30:10 to 1:40:00
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Richard Burr

1:30:07 to 1:30:27( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: a government plan that literally does level the playing field means that people will go to the government plan and eventually you won't have a private insurance industry that is viable. thank you, madam president. mr. durbin the

Richard Burr

1:30:10 to 1:40:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Richard Burr

Richard Burr

1:30:28 to 1:30:51( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: senator from north carolina. mr. burr: one of the privileges of being a united states senate is that we to meet extraordinary people every day, whether you're the senator from illinois or the senator from nebraska, extraordinary people walk through our door every day of the week. but sometimes, madam president, we get to individuals that we can honestl

Richard Burr

1:30:52 to 1:31:13( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: call heroes, heroes that lay their life on the line and sacrifice themselves for our freedom. master sergeant brendon o'connor, a forces group is one of those very special people. in june of 2006, he he he was deployed to afgha support

Richard Burr

1:31:14 to 1:31:35( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: freedom, his group was stationed in kandahar. mr. president, we've all heard news reports an heard of suicide bombers driving cars loaded with explosives into markets, and crowded areas killing -- killing innocent men, women, and children. we've all heard accounts of

Richard Burr

1:31:36 to 1:31:57( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: suicide bombers explosives to their weighs and walking into a market and intentionally killing individuals, they have been branded as religious zellrots willing to die for their cause. oftentimes they recruit suicide

Richard Burr

1:31:58 to 1:32:19( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: bombers in other ways and go into villages and hold the family hostage and instruct the young man and family and say if they don't errey out a suicide missio of the family. brendon's team was tracking one of these thugs that was

Richard Burr

1:32:20 to 1:32:41( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: notorious for this recruitment. they tracked a terrorist to a small brandon's team set a perimeter to route out the war lords. they proceed to sweep a village hoping to surprise the local taliban leader.

Richard Burr

1:32:42 to 1:33:02( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: their arrival was tipped off to the taliban. they fled minutes befe the u.s. soldiers arrived. having found evidence of taliban's existence the soldiers knew it was only a matter of time before they engaged the enemy. that first skimmish started the -- skimmish started the next day at dusk.

Richard Burr

1:33:03 to 1:33:23( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: there were ops, took some small arms an rocket-propelled grenade fire but it didn't last long. the taliban attacked and the u.s.-led forces several more times over the next day and night, but never amounting to the u.s.-led forces deny even sustain a single injury during that firefight.

Richard Burr

1:33:24 to 1:33:44( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: after having arrived on wednesday evening sporadically fighting the taliban for two days, brendon's team decided it was time to take the fight to the enemy. on that saturday master sergeant tom mahulok led a small recon

Richard Burr

1:33:45 to 1:34:07( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: group to a small village. the team was comprised of four special op forces and a dozen afghan sergeant muhollik was able to get close enough without being detected. once he assessed the situation, the sergeant thought he could take t simple recon team.

Richard Burr

1:34:08 to 1:34:28( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: he ordered two of his soldiers, staff sergeant bennie and staff sergeant first to cover sergeant mohallik and the eight remaining afghan army contingent. when the u.s.-led recon team launched its first attack on the taliban, they were greeted with

Richard Burr

1:34:29 to 1:34:49( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: heavy machine gun fire. the first fire suppression team returned fire, however the machine gun nested had a tactical advantage over the team. they had the higher ground. matt was struck first by a bullet that grazed his neck and stunned him for a moment. matt regained his senses and he

Richard Burr

1:34:50 to 1:35:11( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: and joe returned they could. the taliban had them pinned down. an r.p.g. round came and struck the staff sergeant first directly in the leg. didn't explode, thankfully, but badly wounded was staff sergeant joe first. staff sergeant bennie was te

Richard Burr

1:35:12 to 1:35:32( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: he was shot through the soldier. the onl one left with a was a young afghan soldier who stayed with them. staff sergeant mohollik radioed for help. at the main perimeter brendon o'connor got the call and put a team together wounded soldiers. when brendon's team got to the

Richard Burr

1:35:33 to 1:35:53( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: area the taliban had taken positions along the route into the wounded -- leaving the wounded soldiers only one path. brendon instructed his team to take up positions to support the wounded and to started on mission to save the lives of these soldiers. at first

Richard Burr

1:35:54 to 1:36:15( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: crawling through an open field with his gear on. he quickly realized this wasn't going to work. under a hail of small arms, r.p.g. and machine gun fire, brendon removed all of his armor, crawled to an open field to g to the two wounded. brendon couldn't locate the two soldiers by sight, only by calling and as he heard them he

Richard Burr

1:36:16 to 1:36:41( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: would get closer and closer. when he arrived at the two wounded, he had to make a quick decision about joe's injuries which were light threatening. he got staff sergeant bennie quickly taken care of and instructed him how to get to safety. staff sergeant kol bert wasn't

Richard Burr

1:36:42 to 1:37:02( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: so ease -- colbert wasn't so easy. he started to brag him, but couldn't do it the entire way. as if brandon team action wasn't heroic enough, this will send chills down your spine. this time during the fight it was estimated nearly 300 taliban

Richard Burr

1:37:03 to 1:37:23( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: fighters engaged the u.s. 300. i say approximately because several afghan army members who accompanied brendon's team fled by this point. as brendon's cover came to an end, he pulled joe under his soldier and ran across an area while 300 taliban fighters were

Richard Burr

1:37:24 to 1:37:46( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: shooting at him. god was watching brendon that day. god saw one man risk his life to save another. god saw fit to save brendon from harm as he soldier to safety. unfortunately joe f soon after brendon got him back

Richard Burr

1:37:47 to 1:38:08( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: because of a massive blood loss. staff sergeant matt bennie survived because of brendon's leadership under fire. the battle that had gone on for three days was coming to an end. the u.s. had air support that escorted them out of the area. all told the killed 125 taliban fighters and

Richard Burr

1:38:09 to 1:38:30( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: only lost two of their own with one wounded. they were not able to capture or kill the war lord at that time due to the losses of the taliban that forces got him several weeks later. for their heroics in combat master sergeant tom

Richard Burr

1:38:31 to 1:38:51( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: matt bennie were awarded the star. brendon distinguished service cross for his valor. it was the first time a member -- of the seventh special force grouhad been awarded the medal since 1964. it is an honor to have brendon and his family in washington today.

Richard Burr

1:38:52 to 1:39:13( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: he's joined by his beautiful wife megan i his children ryan, darby, and dillon. mr. president, it is this type of story that we rarely hear about on the but this store was to a-- this storiestories with so amazing that "60

Richard Burr

1:39:14 to 1:39:34( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: minutes" did a piece on it. master sergeant brendon o'connor is a person that other warriors that have proudly served this country hold in their highest regard. he's a soldier that understands the price of freedom. the united states senate salutes

Richard Burr

1:39:35 to 1:39:57( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: master sergeant brandon o'connor today. i thank the president i yield the floor. the presiding officer: morning business is closed. under the previous order the senate will proceed to the consideration of h.r. 2 the clerk the clerk: h.r. 2892, an act making the appropriations the department of homeland security for the fiscal year

Richard Burr

1:39:58 to 1:40:00( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: ending

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