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Senate Proceeding on Jul 15th, 2009 :: 1:46:20 to 1:51:55
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John McCain

1:46:12 to 1:46:33( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: and, indeed, if we are able to pass this bill today or whenever we vote, it will, in fact, be a major tribute to him. so thank you very much, mr. president. i yield th mr. mccain: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from arizona. mr. mccain: mr. president, i just want to repeat the

John McCain

1:46:20 to 1:51:55( Edit History Discussion )
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John McCain

1:46:34 to 1:46:55( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: unprecedented fashion we are now addressing legislation that concerns our and the well-being and welfare of the men and women who are serving in it. i always thought that the job of the majority leader of the senate was to move legislation through the senate. obviously, the majority leader has come to the floor of the

John McCain

1:46:56 to 1:47:18( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: senate, taken off at the request of the majority leader chairman of the committee has taken an amendment that addresses a $1.75 billion f-22 amen placed his personal stamp on passing; that the secretary of

John McCain

1:47:19 to 1:47:40( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: defense has viewed as one of his highes of the air force administration officials. so what did we do? we come to the floor is withdraw the amendment so we can take up a major piece of legislaon. now, i'm told that there are --

John McCain

1:47:41 to 1:48:04( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: reminded there are amendments this body that feel that their amendments need to be proposed and feel there's no other avenue than to put them on pending legislation. the majority leader of the senate can bring wherever he wantso. that's the privilege of the majority.

John McCain

1:48:05 to 1:48:25( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: that's the right of the majority majority. so her we are trying an issue of paramount importance to the well-being of the men and women of the united states of america, here we are, trying to address an issue of $1.75

John McCain

1:48:26 to 1:48:46( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: billion which has far more importance in many respects than the actual cost of the themselves and without a hearing in the judiciary committee, without a bill reported out by the judiciary committee which is the committee of majority leader of the united

John McCain

1:48:47 to 1:49:07( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: states senate very important amendment pulled and then puts a piece of legislation which is far reaching in its consequences, which is very controversial -- i had entered into the roar just a little while ago the united states commission on civil rights opposes

John McCain

1:49:08 to 1:49:28( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: doesn't this legislation deserve a hate crimes bill, citizen the amending and that legislation is supposed to go through committees and then on the floor of the senate, open to amendments? no.

John McCain

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

John McCain: defense authorization bill and within a authority time i'm sure the majority leader will come to the floor and have, file a petion for cloture to cut off debate on an issue of significant importance to all americans. and railroad it through in a "bipartisan" basis wit two republican votes.

John McCain

1:49:50 to 1:50:10( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: it's not the way this body should work, mr. president. it is an abuse of it does not make f in fact, those of us committed seeing this

John McCain

1:50:11 to 1:50:33( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: authorization bill done as quickly as possible because we're worried about the security of this nation take good offense, great offense when we come to the majority leader of the senate whose job is legislation through the senate brings an extraneous and

John McCain

1:50:34 to 1:50:54( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: unrelated legislation to a as important for the men and women of this country and our nation's security and to somehow equate that with other amendments that have been proposed from time to time by members on both sides i think is not an appropriate comparison and i resent it a

John McCain

1:50:55 to 1:51:15( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: it's not good for the health of this body, in my view. i have not seen -- wraps there is precedent -- perhaps there is precedent for there is precedent when a defense authorization bill, an issue of the highest criticalness with an amendment on it that the president of the united states has fully weighed

John McCain

1:51:16 to 1:51:37( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: in and committed on is taken o the floor, taken away from consideration in order to put an extraneous and very controversial full package of legislation. mr. president, the hate crimes bill before us is not an amendment. it's legislation. it is an encompassing bill, 20-some pages long.

John McCain

1:51:38 to 1:51:55( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: so we're going to have about 30 hours it, the majority leader will come and cut will probable pass it thereby exacerbating those of us who oppose

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