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Senate Proceeding 07-09-08 on Jul 9th, 2008 :: 3:05:07 to 3:15:29
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Johnny Isakson

3:00:56 to 3:05:07( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Johnny Isakson

Johnny Isakson

3:04:53 to 3:05:07( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: end of july, the mortgage market in the unitedte states of america, the housing market in the united states of america, and the buy public's attitude in the united states of america will be turned

Richard Burr

3:05:07 to 3:15:29( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Richard Burr

Richard Burr

3:05:07 to 3:05:19( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: around. by doing that we can hopefully have a light at the end of the tunnel that is not a locomotive, but a healthy housing market and well capitalized and liquid mortgage market. it is critical

Richard Burr

3:05:19 to 3:05:28( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: to pass this legislation. i urge my colleagues to come to the floor tomorrow and get the motion to agree and get it it to the house and encourage the house members to do the right thing. it is getting

Richard Burr

3:05:28 to 3:05:38( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: too late. and if we wait too long, it won't matter what we do. and i yield back, mr. president. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from north carolina. a senator: mr. president

Richard Burr

3:05:38 to 3:05:57( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: -- the presiding officer: the senator from north carolina is recognized. a senator: i ask unanimous consent to speak as if in morning business and that my tribute to senator helms be included in any section

Richard Burr

3:05:57 to 3:06:13( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: that might be compiled on behalf of senator helms' tribute proovment without objection. a senator: i thank the -- the presiding officer: without objection. mr. burr: i rise to recognize one of north carolina's

Richard Burr

3:06:13 to 3:06:26( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: greatest sons, senator jesse helms. senator helms passed away last friday, the fourth of july. a very fitting day for senator helms to leave because of his deep belief in the independence of this

Richard Burr

3:06:26 to 3:06:40( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: country in the liberties and free tomorrow that's we e have. it says a lot when you can simply mention a man's first name in his home state an everyone knows exactly who you are talking about.

Richard Burr

3:06:40 to 3:06:53( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: jesse, as most north carolinaians referred to had him, was a true gentleman. he is a good man who fought hard for what he believed in. free enterprise, traditional values and a strong national defense

Richard Burr

3:06:53 to 3:07:07( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: guided his 30 years of service in this institution, the united states senate. he never relented in his pursuit to defend his beliefs or to stand up for his constituents, and he wouldn't shy away from

Richard Burr

3:07:07 to 3:07:23( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: an unpopular idea. jesse helms was a fearless, honest man who was considered by all who actually knew him as a true patriot. those he served with on both sides of the aisle considered him one of

Richard Burr

3:07:23 to 3:07:38( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: the most influential members to enter service in this body. you may not have agreed with him on every issue or any issue. and you may have been disappointed by some of his positions that he took.

Richard Burr

3:07:38 to 3:07:54( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: but he was respectful. a soft-spoken an with an impeccable character and a professional and personal integrity that could never, ever be challenged. it speaks volumes, i think, that one of his closest

Richard Burr

3:07:54 to 3:08:08( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: friends among his colleagues was the late paul wellstone of minnesota. both men were to borrow from senator helms' description of senator well stone, courageous defenders of what they believed. senator

Richard Burr

3:08:08 to 3:08:20( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: helms harbored honorable qualities that today too often are taken for granted. if jesse helms looked you in the guy and -- eye and gave you his word, you could count on him to deliver. jesse's word

Richard Burr

3:08:20 to 3:08:33( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: was better than any agreement or signed contract. he was a man you could trust when you shook his hand. a contributor to his qualities was his humble origins in his small town of monroe, north carolina,

Richard Burr

3:08:33 to 3:08:48( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: i could speak for days attempting to describe the full impact that senator helms had on my home state of north carolina. and the impact he had on this great nation. but jesse helms was more than a champion

Richard Burr

3:08:48 to 3:09:00( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: of one state or one nation. he was a global force and was always willing to stand up to oppressive governments, dictatorships and ineffective international organizations. some of the more controversial

Richard Burr

3:09:00 to 3:09:15( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: positions he voiced during the course of his career might have clouded the mammoth change that his service to our nation brought to the entire world. as chairman of the foreign relations committee, he

Richard Burr

3:09:15 to 3:09:31( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: wasn't afraid to boldly speak his mind in the interest of defeating international tyranny, promoting u.s. sovereignty and solidifying our nation's place as the leader of the free world. his global influence

Richard Burr

3:09:31 to 3:09:48( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: is still noticeable in many ways within the international arena. among his historic accomplishments was his tireless efforts toward the much-needed reforms of the united nations. for a legislator,

Richard Burr

3:09:48 to 3:10:04( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: jesse wielded a unique international prominence that was proven when he was invited to be the first legislator from any nation to address the united nations security council. through his service

Richard Burr

3:10:04 to 3:10:20( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: jesse made our country safer. but his passion for protecting our national security, assuring our global distinction and preserving our valuable, individual democratic freedoms ran deeper than his

Richard Burr

3:10:20 to 3:10:36( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: broad foreign policy work might suggest. one of jesse's most impressive qualities is that he never lost sight of his roll in washington. he knew as a senator we're sent here to serve constituents of our

Richard Burr

3:10:36 to 3:10:49( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: home states. not with the power of the position. jesse helms focused his most unwavering efforts toward seeing every single one of the constituents that contacted his office. it is a path that i have

Richard Burr

3:10:49 to 3:11:04( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: endeavored to follow and i'm grateful to him for having provided that model. if you were from north carolina and you had a question you wanted answered by the federal government, jesse would get you

Richard Burr

3:11:04 to 3:11:18( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: the answer. it didn't matter what your political affiliation happened to be. or who you supported in an election. jesse helms mastered the art of constituent service. it wasn't unusual for him to pick

Richard Burr

3:11:18 to 3:11:33( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: up the phone himself, call a civil servant at a federal agency, working on a particular piece of casework that was lingering unresolved and directly ask for an answer himself. that's the kind of man senator

Richard Burr

3:11:33 to 3:11:47( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: jesse helms was. he wasn't interested in the rank and file bureaucratic hierarchy of the federal government. he wanted answers to questions. questions that his hardworking federal tax paying constituents had.

Richard Burr

3:11:47 to 3:12:01( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: so in his gentle and respectful tone he would simply ask for an answer. constituents knew that they could turn to their home state senator to solve their problems. even if they disagreed with jesse's

Richard Burr

3:12:01 to 3:12:16( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: politics, they knew he would help. it will surprise no one who reads his memoir that's he dedicates an entire chapter to constituent service and i read it as a tribute to those who worked for senator

Richard Burr

3:12:16 to 3:12:27( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: helms on behalf of north carolina for so many years. the stories about his focus on service, constituent service sound almost legend dairy. i'm sure that many of my colleagues and no doubt a number

Richard Burr

3:12:27 to 3:12:41( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: of north carolinaians have heard the one about two liberals back home chatting about one was having to get a federal agency to respond to a request of one of a kind or another. it could have been about

Richard Burr

3:12:41 to 3:12:54( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: a problem with a social security check or disability payment or any of 100 other things that congressional offices deal with on behalf of their constituents on a daily basis. one was complaining

Richard Burr

3:12:54 to 3:13:08( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: to the other that they were at the end of their rope. they're tired of everything, including their congressional representative. the other one had listened intently, nodding in sympathy with the plight

Richard Burr

3:13:08 to 3:13:24( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: of their friend. when the friend was ton talking, -- don't talking, the other thought for a moment and finally said, i hate to say it, but it's time for you to call jesse. when it came to constituent

Richard Burr

3:13:24 to 3:13:37( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: service, senator no, as he was often referred to by his critickings, was more often than not senator yes. john wooden, the great basketball coach ubs -- once said you can't live a perfect life without doing

Richard Burr

3:13:37 to 3:13:53( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: something for someone who will never be able to repay you. jesse helms lived his days in the senate by that creed. senator helms proved that you don't need to win by a landslide to make policy

Richard Burr

3:13:53 to 3:14:10( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: or make a difference. as he might put it, he campaigned and legislated based upon his principles rather than his preferences. those principles and his constituents guided his public service. he was successful

Richard Burr

3:14:10 to 3:14:26( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: in his work, however, because of his willing noafs take a stand.~ much has been made, of course, about jesse helms stands. his stands on programs and spending that he felt were misguided or weren't

Richard Burr

3:14:26 to 3:14:42( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: proper responsibility of the federal government. those stands had tendency to be misunderstood. if you didn't know where senator helms stood on an issue, it was probably because you didn't ask. mr. president,

Richard Burr

3:14:42 to 3:15:07( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: today i thank jesse helms. i thank senator helms for his service, for his leadership, for the fact that he was willing to take a stand, a stand that wasn't popular every time, a stand that he believed

Richard Burr

3:15:07 to 3:15:29( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: was right not because of any political influence but because of what he understood this job to be about. jesse helms today enters a house that i think he looked forward to being in. it's not the

3:15:29 to 3:15:42( Edit History Discussion )

house of congress. but truly jesse helms was greeted with the sound of angels and the words "good job." today our thoughts and prayers are with his and their entire family. his senate -- are with his

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