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Senate Proceeding on Jul 15th, 2009 :: 0:46:35 to 0:55:40
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John McCain

0:46:33 to 0:46:53( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: respect them and i yield the floor. mr. mccain: the presiding officer: the senator from arizona. mr. mccain: mr. president, we have just seen, i know there are a lot of other issues that are consuming the interest of my colleagues and the american

John McCain

0:46:35 to 0:55:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John McCain

John McCain

0:46:54 to 0:47:15( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: people such as the confirmation hearings of of which i amendment member is reporting out one of the most massive takeovers and expenditures of taxpayers' dolladollars in history and we have this bill on the floor and there are other issues so it has

John McCain

0:47:16 to 0:47:36( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: probably gone unnoticed we've seen another really, if unprecedented, certainly highly unusual action on the part of the majority. frankly, to my colleagues on this side of the aisle and the american people, elections have consequences. what we have just seen is an

John McCain

0:47:37 to 0:47:57( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: amendment before this body in a piece of legislation before this body that i think you could argue is probably of more importance than any other that we consider because it authorizes the measures necessary to preserve the security of this nation, care for the men and women who are serving in the military and meet

John McCain

0:47:58 to 0:48:18( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: future threats that we will face in the 21st so what has happened here is that the majority the agreement of my friend from michigan who i highly respect and regard have made it clear that their highest priority is not

John McCain

0:48:19 to 0:48:41( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: their highest priority is a hate crimes bill, a hate crimes bill that has nothing to do whatever with defending this nation. now, my friend from michigan just complained we haven't had time for a vote. of course we haven't had a time for the vote on the pending amendment because we have been

John McCain

0:48:49 to 0:49:10( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: made aware 17 pages, encompassing piece legislation before this body that has not moved through the judiciary committee. the appropriate committee of oversight. so the majority leader of the united states senate the floor after prevailing upon

John McCain

0:49:11 to 0:49:31( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: the distinguished chairman to withdraw his amendment -- an amendment of some consequence, $1.75 billion expenditure and a far moy, a real confrontation between special interests and the national interests so

John McCain

0:49:32 to 0:49:56( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: we can move to the hate crimes bill. now, hate crimes bill is not without controversy, i say. in on june 16, 2001, the united states commission on president, to the leaders of the

John McCain

0:49:57 to 0:50:19( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: congress, opposing -- opposing -- the hate crime bill. mr. president, i ask unanimous consent this letter be made part of the record. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mccain: the united states commission on civil rights sen a letter saying dear senators, we write today to urge you to vote against the matthew

John McCain

0:50:20 to 0:50:40( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: shepherd hate crimes prevention acted. that's basically the bill that the majority leader has just inserted into the process of the legislation designed to defend this and of course there are strong feelings on it. this is a complete abdication of

John McCain

0:50:41 to 0:51:04( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: the responsibilities of the judiciary committee but more importantly could hang up this bill for a long perio while we have young americans fighting and dying in two wars we're going to take up the hate crimes bill because the

John McCain

0:51:05 to 0:51:26( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: leader thinks that's more important -- more important than legislation concerning the defense of this nation. i'm sure the men a the military serving in his home state woulbe interested to know about his priorities. so here we are. now we will go thrgh -- i'm sure the majority leader will

John McCain

0:51:27 to 0:51:50( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: file cloture and we'll go through 30 hours have another vote and all of this is unnecessary. why couldn't we move the hate crimes remember, this is not a single shot amendment on a expect small issue. is is a huge issue, the whole issue of hate crimes is a huge issue. it citizens

John McCain

0:51:51 to 0:52:14( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: and debate. but what are we going to do? for reasons that i guess the majority leader can make clear because i don't get it, put authorization bill and pass it that way. w, probably succeed and he's call it bipartisan.

John McCain

0:52:15 to 0:52:39( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: the last time i checked it h 44 democrat sponsors and two republicans. that's the definition around here of "bipartisan" bills. that's the way package was bipartisan. that's how the omnibus spending bill was bipartisan. and i'm confident if the health

John McCain

0:52:42 to 0:53:02( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: care will reasonable be in another "bipartisan" fashion. so we'll have some hours of debate. we'll have more exacerbated feel ensure between this side of the aisle and that side of the aisle. i

John McCain

0:53:03 to 0:53:25( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: crimes bill, given the way, the makeup of this body, may even be put on a huge issue. a huge issue. it will now be placed on a defense authorization bill and passed through the congress and signed by the president. that's a great disservice to the

John McCain

0:53:26 to 0:53:48( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: the american people deserve debate and dis hearings and witnesses on this legislation. they citizen it. they don't deserve to have a hate crimes bill relation whatever to hate

John McCain

0:53:49 to 0:54:10( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: crimes. now, i'll probably have a lot more to say about this in the hours thisody a fair amount of time. i've watched the authorization bill move its way

John McCain

0:54:11 to 0:54:31( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: th occasionally, including at other times i've seen amendments put on the bills which are nongermane. but i haven't seen leader of th the -- the majority leader of the senate whose responsibility is to move legislation through the

John McCain

0:54:32 to 0:54:53( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: senate -- take nonrelevant, all encompassing controversial piece of legislation and put that is as important to the nation's security as this legislation is. we're breaking new ground here, mr. it's one thing to have one member or two or

John McCain

0:54:54 to 0:55:14( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: amendments that happen to be their pet project or their pet peeve, sometimes; it's an entirely entirely different thing and i have never seen it before that the majority leader of the united states senate comes to the near

John McCain

0:55:15 to 0:55:37( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: irrelevant pie that is controversial, that is fraught with implications for this and future generations t bill that is totally nonrelevant and after 30 hours of debate we'll have a vote on closing that the legislation. i'm deeply, deeply disappointed.

John McCain

0:55:38 to 0:55:42( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: and i would question anyone's

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